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Chris Brown released from custody following rape allegation in Paris

Singer Chris Brown was released from custody Tuesday after a woman accused him and two other people of rape, officials with the Paris prosecutor’s office said. 

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The singer-songwriter was taken into custody Monday on suspicion of aggravated rape and drug infractions after a 24-year-old woman claimed she was assaulted by Brown in a hotel room last week, according to BBC News and The Associated Press.

Brown strongly denied the allegation in an Instagram post Tuesday.“I WANNA MAKE IT PERFECTLY CLEAR...... THIS IS FALSE,” the post said. “FOR MY DAUGHTER AND MY FAMILY THIS IS SO DISPRESPECTFUL AND IS AGAINST MY CHARACTER AND MORALS!!!!!”Brown has been in repeated legal trouble since pleading guilty to the felony assault in 2009 of his then-girlfriend, Rihanna. He completed his probation in that case in 2015, but has continued to have run-ins with police.

An unidentified official told the AP that the woman who filed a rape complaint against Brown in Paris said she met the singer and his friends at a nightclub overnight on Jan. 15-16 and that they all went to a hotel in central Paris afterward. According to BBC News, two other men, including Brown’s bodyguard, were also detained after the alleged incident.

In France, aggravated rape is a crime that carries a punishment of 20 years imprisonment upon conviction, according to French newspaper Le Figaro.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Country singer John Berry reveals he has tonsil cancer

Country singer John Berry revealed he is battling tonsil cancer, Billboard reported Tuesday.

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Berry, 59, announced the cancer in a video he recorded with his wife, Robin Berry, and posted to his Facebook page

“We started off this year with a hiccup, and we want to tell you a little bit about that,” John Berry said in the video. 

It is not the first time Berry has experienced a medical scare. On the day his song “Your Love Amazes Me” hit No. 1 in 1994, Berry had surgery to remove a benign brain tumor, Billboard reported.

Berry said he became aware of his latest health issue in November before his latest tour, the magazine reported.“I had a little catch in my throat, it felt like, it felt exactly like, the skin of a Spanish peanut was stuck in my throat,” Berry said in the video. 

After examining his tonsils Berry noticed they were swollen. Despite going to a doctor and receiving steroids and antibiotics, the problem persisted, Berry said.

He completed his tour and then saw a doctor Jan. 4, Rolling Stone reported. A CT scan revealed two tumors in his tonsils, so he had surgery to remove them, the magazine reported. After receiving biopsy results, doctors told Berry he had tonsil cancer.

Berry will begin a five-week chemotherapy and radiation treatment plan this week, Rolling Stone reported.

“This particular cancer is one of the most highly treatable, and has an incredible cure rate,” Berry said in his video.

According to his website, Berry had 20 singles on the country charts during the 1990s, six of which were Top 5 songs. He won a Grammy Award in 1996 for his participation in “Amazing Grace: A Country Salute to Gospel, Vol. 1.”

Cardi B’s former Atlanta home can be your swanky Super Bowl pad

Heading to Atlanta for the Super Bowl and need a posh place to pregame? Hotel rooms and Airbnb accommodations are becoming scarce, but there’s one eye-popping alternative: Cardi B’s former home in the city's affluent Buckhead neighborhood.

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The seven-bedroom, 6.5-bath home on nearly an acre boasts an enormous kitchen perfect for entertaining, a high-tech heated pool and hot tub (it’s Bluetooth-equipped so you can adjust the temperature via your phone) and a stunning foyer just begging to be Instagrammed.

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Cardi did lots of that while she called the Tuxedo Park house home during a very special time in her life - when she was welcoming baby Kulture.

>> 'I will dog walk you,' Cardi B tells Tomi Lahren

The new mom posted this photo not long after Kulture was born:

Here’s that living room:

Kulture’s first bedroom was pretty and pink. Check it out here:

A whiteboard that reads, "Happy first month, Kulture," is still in the house:

Homeowner Jennie Torres-Odom, who loves the soothing interiors and high-end amenities, has welcomed a number of prominent occupants.

“We’ve had a great reception from Hollywood,” she said recently, shortly after a production team scouted it out as a potential filming location. She worked with Gregg Lewis Interiors to achieve the home’s unique appeal.

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“We came up with something eclectic and simple,” Torres-Odom said. “A little luxury goes a long way.”

The house is fortified with a security gate and other safety-minded features, and offers a number of unique areas such as the piano room. When Cardi B was in residence, the room was the site of an impromptu commemorative concert:

Here’s a full view of the room:

Baby’s first wheels were made for the ‘gram:

Here’s that entrance area:

The home is on the market for $1.75 million but is available for short-term occupancy including a Super Bowl visit. Carter Phillips, who specializes in helping visiting celebrities find the perfect place to stay while filming in Atlanta (and works with production teams seeking various looks for location shoots), is the man to call if you’re interested in moving in temporarily or permanently. Contact Ansley Atlanta Real Estate for more details.

– Photos of the home: Courtesy of Ansley Atlanta Real Estate.

Jimmy Buffett drops mic after singing national anthem at NFC title game

Singer Jimmy Buffett caused a stir on social media after his a cappella performance of “The Star Spangled Banner” before Sunday’s NFC Championship game, several media outlets reported.

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Reactions were mixed after Buffett’s emphatic drop before the New Orleans Saints hosted the Los Angeles Rams. After the final line of the song, the “Margaritaville” singer raised his right arm and dropped the microphone near the 50-yard line, Rolling Stone reported.

“Wonderful honor. Thank you,” Buffett posted on Twitter.

Buffett’s actions were met with sharp criticism by some.

“Wow. One of the worst renditions of all time. Awful,” New England Patriots color analyst Scott Zolak tweeted.

“Are Jimmy Buffet (sic) concerts as bad as his national anthem?” People quoted one social media poster.

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“Bring in Danny DeVito for the Super Bowl. America is ready,” tweeted Foster the People.

A representative for Buffett “did not immediately return a request for comment,” Fox News reported.

Here is a sampling of reactions posted on social media.

Lady Gaga slams Trump over shutdown, Pence over LGBTQ rights

Lady Gaga isn't holding back when it comes to her feelings about the partial government shutdown and LGBTQ rights.

>> Bon Jovi's restaurant to serve free meal to federal workers furloughed during shutdown

According to Billboard, the award-winning singer and actress got political during a weekend show in Las Vegas, blasting President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. 

>> Watch the moment here (WARNING: Linked video contains profanity.)

"If the [expletive] president of the United States could please put our government back. ... There are people who live paycheck to paycheck and need their money," she said to cheers from the audience.

Gaga also slammed Pence and his wife, Karen Pence.

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"To Mike Pence, who thinks it's acceptable that his wife works at a school that bans LGBTQ: You are wrong," she said, calling him "the worst representation of what it means to be a Christian."

Gaga was referring to reports that the second lady was hired by Immanuel Christian School in Virginia, where students can be expelled or denied admission for “condoning sexual immorality, homosexual activity or bi-sexual activity,” according to the Washington Post.

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Bon Jovi's restaurant to serve free meal to federal workers furloughed during shutdown

As many federal workers go without paychecks during the partial government shutdown, rock star Jon Bon Jovi is stepping up to help.

>> ‘SNL’ takes on government shutdown with 'Deal or No Deal' parody

According to WNBC, the "Livin' on a Prayer" singer and his wife, Dorothea Hurley, own JBJ Soul Kitchen, a nonprofit New Jersey restaurant whose customers usually volunteer or make a donation in exchange for meals. But thanks to a partnership with the Murphy Family Foundation, furloughed federal employees can eat for free from noon to 2 p.m. Monday at the restaurant's Red Bank location. 

>> Trump offers deal to end shutdown in Saturday speech

"In line with our mission, federal workers are encouraged to join us for a delicious meal and to learn about additional support and resources available in our community," the restaurant said in a Facebook post Saturday.

>> See the post here

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In a statement, Bon Jovi and Hurley said they wanted to "create a place of support and resources for furloughed federal workers, many of whom are our friends and neighbors," WNBC reported.

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The couple also said they are "thrilled" to be working on the project with New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and his wife, Tammy, who run the Murphy Family Foundation.

Read more here.

Cranberries announce final album on anniversary of Dolores O'Riordan's death

On the one-year anniversary of the death of Cranberries lead singer Dolores O’Riordan, the surviving members of the band announced their final album, Rolling Stone reported.

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“In the End” is the band’s eighth album and is a collection of songs O’Riordan worked on before her death in a London hotel room on Jan. 15, 2018. She was 46. O’Riordan died by drowning due to alcohol intoxication, according to an inquest at Westminster Coroner’s Court, the Limerick Leader reported.

>> Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan dead at 46

The group shared the new album’s first single, “All Over Now.”

In a Facebook post, band members Mike Hogan, Noel Hogan and Fergal Lawler said the album was being released “in honor of our dear friend and bandmate, Dolores.”

“I can’t think of a more fitting way to commemorate the first anniversary of Dolores’ passing and to celebrate her life than to announce to the world the release of her final album with the band,” said O’Riordan’s mother, Eileen O’Riordan, in a statement to Rolling Stone.

O’Riordan and the Cranberries rose to fame with their 1993 album, “Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?” which sold more than 40 million records. 

Riordan and band mate Noel Hogan began working on the songs that would ultimately appear on band’s final album while touring in May 2017, the magazine reported.

“In the End” can be preordered and will be released April 26 via BMG, according to Rolling Stone.

Heavy metal brew: Metallica introduces Enter Night beer

Metallica is debuting its own brand of beer, and it’s not surprising the brew will be packaged in metal cans.

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The heavy metal band announced Enter Night, a collaboration with Stone Brewing Co. of Escondido, California. On its website, Stone Brewing describes the beer as “the cataclysmic collision of two uncompromising supernatural forces.”

The beer, also described as “a hoppy pilsner played through a distortion pedal,” appeared during the band’s tour dates last fall and will be distributed across the United States during the first quarter of 2019, Rolling Stone reported.

The beer also will debut in China, Europe and Australia, the magazine reported.

Metallica worked directly with the brewers at Arrogant Consortia, an imprint of Stone Brewing, to create Enter Night.

It’s not the first time Metallica has ventured into the adult beverage market. In 2018 the band released a whiskey called Blackened.

Fans of Metallica can now sample either drink, as the day exits light and enters night.

Tribute concert in April will celebrate Loretta Lynn's 87th birthday

Country music legend Loretta Lynn turns 87 on April 14, and Nashville will be throwing a giant party for the “Coal Miner’s Daughter” singer.

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Garth Brooks, Keith Urban, George Strait, Trisha Yearwood and Darius Rucker will be among the stars performing April 1 in a concert at Bridgestone Arena, WSMV reported Monday. 

The concert will be called “Loretta Lynn: An All-Star Birthday Celebration,” The Tennessean reported.

"This is the first time I've ever had a birthday party! My birthday wish has come true. The only other wish I have is that Keith Urban jumps out of my birthday cake!" Lynn said a news release, WSMV reported.

Lynn, who suffered a stroke in May 2017 and a broken hip in January 2018, said during a news conference that she “felt great,” Rolling Stone reported. It is not clear whether Lynn will perform during the concert, the magazine reported. Her last public performance came in October 2017 at the Tennessee Motorcycle and Music Revival at her ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee, Rolling Stone reported.

Her last album, “Wouldn’t It Be Great,” was released in September 2018.

April’s show will benefit the Opry Trust Fund and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Rolling Stone reported. 

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. CST Friday at Ticketmaster.com and BridgestoneArena.com. Prices range from $29.50 to 149.50, along with applicable fees, WSMV reported.

R. Kelly-hosted music festival denied permit in Illinois

Illinois officials have reportedly rejected a grant for a concert hosted by R. Kelly in the wake of new sexual assault allegations against the singer. 

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The organizers of the Spring Break Jam, which is supposed to take place in April in Springfield, listed Kelly as its “host” on its permit application. However, the application was denied Thursday due to security concerns following protests outside Kelly’s Chicago studio this week, the Chicago Tribune reported.

>> On AJC.com: 4 things to know about R. Kelly’s children

Illinois Department of Agriculture spokeswoman Denise Albert told the publication that the cancellation was not in response to Lifetime’s “Surviving R. Kelly,” a three-night, six-part docuseries that delved into the artist’s history of alleged physical and emotional abuse of women. It aired last week.

Instead, she said it was in response to a protest held outside of Kelly’s studio Wednesday, which was organized by #MuteRKelly, an organization that seeks to stop his songs from being played and cancel his concerts.

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Albert said Kelly’s event did not meet three of the 13 criteria set by IDOA’s Administrative Code, including one that reads, “Reasonably foreseeable problems with security caused by either the nature of the usage or the identity of the proposed lessee or his/her patrons.”

Albert also explained the event could be reconsidered and approved in the future but not with Kelly on the bill. 

>> On AJC.com: Report: R. Kelly being investigated by Fulton DA after docuseries abuse allegations

Kelly has denied all claims of sexual abuse.

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