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T.I. Inks Books Deal

8/31/2011 10:21pm EDT
Embattled rapper T.I. has penned a fictional novel for teenagers.

The "Live Your Life" hitmaker, real name Clifford Harris, Jr., walked free from an Arkansas correctional facility on Wednesday after serving 10-months of his 11-month sentence for violating probation last year.

The star is set to serve the remainder of his sentence at a Georgia halfway house - a residence dedicated to helping convicts begin their reintegration into society in a monitored setting.

T.I. recently announced his plans to share his post-prison life with fans in a new reality TV show on VH1 this December, and now...

T.I. To Star In New Reality TV Show

8/31/2011 3:44pm EDT
Newly-freed rapper T.I. is set to share his post-prison life with fans in an upcoming TV show.

The Live Your Life hit-maker, real name Clifford Harris, Jr., walked free from the Arkansas Forrest City Correctional Facility on Wednesday after serving 10 months behind bars for violating his probation last year, and now he'll will open up the doors of his home to U.S. network VH1 for an as-yet-untitled 10-episode reality show.

The program will follow the rapper/actor as he reunites with his wife and children and returns to the studio to record another album.

Jeff Olde, a VH1 network execu...

T.I. Given Early Release From Prison

8/31/2011 11:53am EDT
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Rapper T.I. has been released from prison, according to a report.

The Live Your Life hitmaker, real name Clifford Harris, Jr., was freed from his 10-month sentence on Wednesday, one month ahead of his scheduled release date, according to

He was arrested for drug possession in September last year and was later sentenced to 10 months for violating his probation stemming from a federal gun conviction in 2009.

A spokesman for the Federal Bureau of Prisons tells the website the rapper was freed from jail in Arkansas on Wednesday and is "in transit" to the next stage of his sentence -...

Eminem Crowned The King Of Hip-Hop

8/17/2011 11:27am EDT
Eminem has beaten Jay-Z and Snoop Dogg to be crowned the world's most successful rapper.

The Stan hit-maker has been named as the king of hip-hop by Rolling Stone magazine, with editors tallying up album sales, social media hits and critical acclaim since 2009.

Eminem garnered 7.5 million record sales, 1.3 billion views on, and has five million Twitter followers - putting him way above his peers.

Lollipop hit-maker Lil Wayne came second in the countdown, followed by relative newcomer Drake at three, Kanye West at number four and legendary 99 Problems superstar Jay-Z in fift...

T.I. 'Thankful' For Lessons Learned During Prison Sentence

8/16/2011 11:30pm EDT
Rapper T.I. has reached out to fans from his prison cell to express his gratitude for the "knowledge, growth and understanding" he has received during his latest stint behind bars.

The "Live Your Life" hitmaker, real name Clifford Harris, Jr., is nearing the end of his 10-month sentence for violating his probation and is due to walk free from Arkansas Forrest City Correctional Facility next month.

In his last message to devotees before his prison release, T.I. admits he has learned and matured a lot in recent months and, for that, he's grateful.

The post on his website reads: "What up wo...

B.o.B. Is New Face Of Akoo

7/29/2011 7:38pm EDT
Rapper B.o.B. can add fashion model to his resume - he's been unveiled as the new face of T.I.'s label, Akoo Clothing.

The Nothin' On You hit-maker, who is signed to hip-hop star T.I.'s Grand Hustle Records, has been named a brand ambassador for the stylish men's range and will feature in Akoo's promo campaign this autumn.

The 22 year old says, "I'm looking forward to working with Tip (T.I.) and Akoo Clothing on more projects this year. We want to continue to add new-ness to American music as well as push the envelop in the contemporary men's fashion landscape."

Incarcerated T.I. Thanks Fans For Support With New Music

6/11/2011 4:00pm EDT
Rapper T.I. is releasing new music from behind bars as a thank you to fans for their continued support as he nears the end of his 10-month prison sentence.

The "Live Your Life" hitmaker, real name Clifford Harris, Jr., is serving time for a probation violation at Arkansas Forrest City Correctional Facility.

The hip-hop star, who is expected to be released in September, has been inundated with fanmail during his sentence and he's decided to give back to his devotees by offering up a slew of new tracks to keep them entertained until he's a free man again.

In a message posted on his website...

T.I. Sued Over Reality TV Show

2/15/2011 11:14am EST
T.I. has been hit with a lawsuit from the family of a deceased man whose body appeared in the rapper's reality show T.I.'s Road To Redemption.

Joseph Williams' relatives claim they suffered mental distress after seeing his corpse in an episode aired on MTV in February 2009. The body is seen in footage shot in Haugabrooks Funeral Home, where Williams was due to be cremated.

According to legal documents filed in Georgia last week, an employee can allegedly be heard in the footage "stating that the parents didn't know what happened to their son" - a comment the family disputes. The worker ...

Film On DVD: 'Takers' [Blu-Ray]

1/20/2011 9:42am EST
Starting Tuesday, you can bring the heist flick Takers home on DVD and Blu-Ray courtesy of Sony Home Entertainment. What's inside for the taking? I open up the Blu-Ray version to help you find out!

The Film

Takers could have been a really great, great movie. Any film that's led by Golden Globe nominee Idris Elba (Luther) is going to have at least one good performance, but adding in Paul Walker (Fast & Furious) and Michael Ealy (FlashForward) had me waiting for this one with bated breath. I couldn't wait to see it...

...and I couldn't believe I'd waited so long for it when it was over.

Drug Charges Against T.I.'s Wife Dropped

1/7/2011 8:48am EST
Incarcerated rapper T.I.'s wife has been handed some good news - the drug possession case against her has been dismissed.

Tameka 'Tiny' Cottle and the hitmaker were arrested after traffic cops searched their car on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood last September, and found drugs.

The husband and wife were booked for possession of a controlled substance - a charge which violated T.I.'s probation and sent him back to prison.

But Los Angeles County District Attorney's officials have dropped the case against Cottle after she completed 24 sessions of a certified drug diversion program in Georgia...

2010 Year In Entertainment Review: October

1/2/2011 3:00pm EST
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Celebrity break-ups were big news in October with a number of high-profile couples calling time on their relationship. Courteney Cox and David Arquette stunned the world by announcing they were taking a break from their 11-year marriage, and just days later singer Christina Aguilera confirmed her split from husband Jordan Bratman. Ben Harper and Laura Dern also filed for divorce after 10 years together.

But October also saw an influx of celebrity weddings - Katy Perry and Russell Brand sealed their love in a lavish Indian ceremony, and both Paul Weller and David Schwimmer hit the news when...

2010 Year In Entertainment Review: September

1/2/2011 1:00pm EST
Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga was the big winner and talking point at the MTV Video Music Awards this month - she picked up eight accolades and stunned everyone by taking to the stage in a meat dress. Meanwhile, Penelope Cruz confirmed the news she was pregnant with Javier Bardem's baby, and Angelina Jolie - who visited flood-ravaged Pakistan - was named Best Celebrity Role Model in an online poll.

George Michael began his eight-week prison sentence in London after being found guilty of cannabis possession and driving under the influence of drugs, and Guns N' Roses were booed and bottled offstage in Ireland a...

37 Hottest Male Stars Of 2010

12/30/2010 8:00am EST
Hottest Male Stars
Yesterday we celebrated the 37 Hottest Female Stars Of 2010, and today it's the men's turn. There were tons of sexy actors, musicians and stars on our radar this year. Check 'em all out below!

Leonardo DiCaprio rocked the big screen with "Inception" and "Shutter Island." He also survived an emergency landing at JFK airport in New York City when the plane he was in experienced an engine failure. That didn't stop him from continuing on to Russia for a tiger conservation event hours after getting caught in the mid-air plane scare.

Johnny Depp

Robert Pattinson

Robert Downey Jr.


Jamie Foxx Releases New CD 'Best Night Of My Life'

12/21/2010 11:32am EST
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Starpulse caught up with Oscar and Grammy winner Jamie Foxx last week in the Windy City for the release party of his latest CD 'Best Night of my Life'. Featuring cameos from Justin Timberlake, Pitbull, T.I., Ludacris and Drake, this new record is available today and guranteed not to dissappoint.

"There is a song on this record for all of the ladies out there," reveals Foxx. "This is not a radio record. It is for the ladies. It is for you and your man."

Thank you again to Starstruck and Diamond Night Chicago!

Katy Perry's 'Firework' Explodes At Top Of The Pop Chart

12/17/2010 8:44am EST
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Katy Perry is continuing to light up the U.S. pop chart - her single "Firework" is at number one for a second consecutive week.

The singer keeps her pal Rihanna from climbing back to the top spot with her Drake collaboration "What's My Name?" at two, while the R&B beauty lands another hit at six with "Only Girl (In the World)."

Bruno Mars moves up to third place with "Grenade," while Pink's "Raise Your Glass" takes fourth and Ke$ha rounds out the Billboard Hot 100 top five with "We R Who We R."

The highest new entry came from incarcerated rapper T.I. - his song "That's All She Wrote" deb...

T.I. Expresses His Agony In New Single 'Castle Walls'

12/1/2010 8:21am EST
Incarcerated rapper T.I. has shed light on his inner turmoil in new track "Castle Walls," rapping about how he lives in "agony" after sacrificing his "sanity" for all of his fame and fortune.

The hitmaker, real name Clifford Harris, has been in and out of jail in the past year and was recently locked up for violating his probation following a drug arrest in September.

He has since vowed to turn his life around once and for all after he completes his latest 11-month sentence next year.

But, on "Castle Walls," his collaboration with Christina Aguilera, T.I. opens up about the dark struggle...

T.I. Brands His Jail Sentence 'Petty'

11/23/2010 2:23pm EST
T.I. has branded officials who sent him back to jail "petty" for punishing him over his recent arrest - because he had managed to turn his "life around" since his last prison stint.

The hip-hop star was jailed earlier this month for parole violation after he and his wife Tameka 'Tiny' Cottle were detained by police officers who allegedly found drugs during a search of the couple's car.

The arrest came just months after he was freed from a previous stint behind bars on weapons possession charges. The rapper is adamant court officials should have taken into consideration his efforts to me...

T.I. Blames His Drug Problems On Dental Surgery

11/22/2010 1:36pm EST
Rapper T.I. has revealed his drug problems started when he was prescribed painkillers after dental surgery earlier this year, and he enrolled in therapy sessions after his September arrest to kick his addiction.

The hip-hop star was jailed earlier this month for parole violation after he and his wife Tameka 'Tiny' Cottle were detained by police officers who allegedly found drugs during a search of the couple's car.

T.I. has now opened up about his demons in a new interview with Vibe magazine, which was conducted prior to his incarceration. The rapper admits he became addicted to prescr...

T.I.: 'I'm F'n Tired Of Going To Jail, Juve, Prison, The Pen...'

11/19/2010 8:18am EST
Prison life is getting to rapper T.I. - and he still has another 11 months to serve.

The hip-hop star, real name Clifford Joseph Harris, Jr., surrendered to authorities in Arkansas at the beginning of the month and is currently serving a year behind bars for violating his parole on illegal weapons charges.

And T.I. is struggling with his latest loss of freedom - as he reveals in a letter to fans on his website.

The statement reads, "I don' t know what effect this will have on my life moving forward but I'm certainly sick and mother f**king tired of going to jail, juve, prison, the pen, c...

T.I. Sued By Sound Engineer

11/11/2010 10:11am EST
Incarcerated rapper T.I. is facing a lawsuit from a studio sound engineer who alleges he was beaten and held hostage by the rapper's associates in a dispute over a missing necklace.

Norris Gresham, an employee of T.I.'s Echo Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, has filed suit against the hip-hop star claiming he was assaulted and held captive for 12 hours on September 8th after T.I.'s associate Michael Render, also known as Mike Bigga and Killer Mike, lost a diamond-encrusted medallion.

In the legal documents, which were filed at Fulton County State Court on Monday, Gresham alleges he was threa...

T.I. Says Prison Time Will Make His Music Better

11/7/2010 6:30pm EST
Rapper T.I. is convinced his latest prison stint will improve his music, because he finds his "greatest inspiration" in his "darkest hours."

The hip-hop star, real name Clifford Harris, Jr., surrendered to authorities in Arkansas on Monday and began serving an 11-month sentence for violating his probation connected to a previous jail stint on weapons possession charges.

T.I. revealed in the same week that he plans to release a new album while behind bars - "No Mercy" will hit shelves next month.

And the rapper has hit back at critics who fear the ongoing legal troubles will ruin his succ...

T.I. To Release New Album 'No Mercy' From Prison

11/4/2010 8:46am EDT
Rapper T.I. is to release his next album from behind bars - his follow-up to 2008's "Paper Trail" will be released next month.

The hitmaker, real name Clifford Harris, Jr., surrendered to authorities in Arkansas on Monday and began serving an 11-month sentence after violating his probation connected to a previous stint behind bars on illegal weapons possession charges.

But his latest prison spell isn't going to halt his career - T.I. has released a video he shot before his sentence began announcing his plans to hit the top of the album charts before the end of 2010.

Following in the foot...

T.I.'s Wife Pleads Not Guilty

11/2/2010 3:30pm EDT
T.I.'s wife Tameka 'Tiny' Cottle is heading to trial after pleading not guilty to a drug possession charge.

The rapper and his partner were driving through Los Angeles in September when their car was pulled over by traffic cops, who allegedly found illegal substances in a search of the vehicle.

T.I., who completed a prison sentence for weapons possession last December, was sent back to jail after a judge ruled the incident constituted a violation of his probation. He began an 11-month sentence on Monday.

The star's wife was back in court on the same day her husband surrendered to auth...

Nicole Scherzinger: Should She Focus More On Music Or Television & Film?

11/2/2010 1:32pm EDT
An Evening with Mark Ballas
The Pussycat Dolls' lead singer Nicole Scherzinger is prepping for her first solo album. After several attempts in 2007 the beautiful and talented pop singer is finally ready to release her highly anticipated solo project, that she previously held back due to the lack of radio airplay for singles “Groove Tonight,” “Steam,” and “Whatever You Like” featuring rapper T.I.

Earlier this year, the Pussycat Doll singer revealed to The Hollywood Reporter that it was her decision not to release Her Name is Nicole, even after her longtime label Interscope Records spent a fortune hiring in-demand prod...

T.I. Begins Prison Term

11/1/2010 10:30pm EDT
Troubled rapper T.I. has reported to an Arkansas prison to begin serving an 11-month jail sentence, according to reports.

The rapper was sentenced to serve time behind bars after breaking his probation when he was arrested last month in Los Angeles on drug charges. Authorities decided not to pursue the case and it was dropped.

Last Tuesday U.S. Marshal Beverly Harvard ruled the hip-hop star, real name Clifford Harris Jr., had until November 1 to turn himself in to authorities at Forrest City federal prison.

Law enforcement sources tell the hip-hop star checked in to the facility ...

T.I's Wife Charged With Ecstasy Possession

10/30/2010 6:15pm EDT
Rapper T.I.'s wife Tameka 'Tiny' Cottle has been charged with possession of ecstasy following the couple's traffic stop arrest in Los Angeles last month.

Cops who pulled the pair over found illegal substances in their possession and the rap star and his wife were both booked.

The arrest violated T.I.'s probation on an earlier weapons possession charge and that prompted a judge in Atlanta, Georgia to sentence him to 11 months in jail.

Authorities in California elected not to pursue charges against T.I. but his wife now faces up to a year behind bars if convicted. She is due in court for a...

T.I. Must Report To Prison By Nov. 1

10/27/2010 8:28am EDT
Troubled rapper T.I. has been ordered to report to a federal prison to begin serving an 11-month jail sentence.

U.S. Marshal Beverly Harvard ruled on Tuesday that the hip-hop star, real name Clifford Harris Jr., has until November 1 to turn himself in to authorities at Forrest City prison in Arkansas.

The rapper was sentenced to 11 months behind bars after breaking his probation when he was arrested last month in Los Angeles on drug charges. Authorities decided not to pursue the case and it was dropped.

T.I. served six months in Forrest City last year on weapons possession charges.


Drug Charges Against T.I. Dropped

10/25/2010 11:15pm EDT
Jailed rapper T.I. will face no further charges following his arrest for drugs possession in Los Angeles last month - the case has been dropped.

The star, real name Clifford Harris Jr., was taken into custody with his wife Tameka 'Tiny' Cottle after a traffic stop and they were booked for felony possession of a controlled substance.

The arrest came just nine months after T.I. completed a jail sentence on weapons possession charges, and, in a court hearing in his native Atlanta, Georgia on Friday, T.I.'s probation was revoked and he was locked up for a further 11 months.

The rapper faced ...

Atlanta Citizens Fight To Keep T.I. Out Of Jail

10/24/2010 1:00pm EDT
Residents of T.I.'s hometown have filed a court motion asking a judge to overturn the rapper's recent jail sentence and send him to rehab instead.

The hip-hop star, who hails from Atlanta, Georgia, was handed an 11-month jail sentence last week for breaching his probation following an arrest in Los Angeles, which saw him and his wife Tameka 'tiny' Cottle booked on drug possession charges.

T.I. completed a prison stint on weapons charges last year and is expected to head back to jail when he surrenders to authorities within the next two weeks.

But new court documents filed by "Citizens of...

AXE Axes T.I. From Deodorant Campaign

10/20/2010 8:30am EDT
Rapper T.I.'s legal woes have cost him a lucrative deal with deodorant company AXE.

The "Live Your Life" hitmaker was handed an 11-month prison sentence last week after a Georgia judge ruled he had violated the terms of his probation following a drug possession arrest in California.

T.I., real name Clifford Harris, Jr., must surrender to authorities by November 1 - less than a year since he was released from prison after serving time for illegal weapons possession charges.

And his latest spell behind bars has cost him his spokesmodel gig for AXE.

A rep for the company tells, "We...