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Taylor Swift duets with Usher, T.I. during all-star sweep through Atlanta: Watch here

It’s Monday, which means it’s time once again to play Who Showed Up At Taylor Swift’s Tour Stop Over The Weekend?

Swift’s indefatigable Speak Now tour made its way to Atlanta over the weekend, and showcased visits from not one but two local superstars.

On Saturday night, Swift welcomed Usher to the Speak Now stage, and the two of them ran through his massive 2004 single “Yeah.”

Sadly, Swift did not take on the Lil Jon part (or the Ludacris verse), opting instead to sing along with Mr. Raymond in the chorus. Naturally, the ATL fans in attendance went ape, including Usher’s two sons, who ran up on stage at the conclusion of the duet.

On Sunday, Swift brought out another member of Atlanta’s musical royalty: T.I. The rapper (who had only been tasting free air for a few days thanks to his release from prison) tag-teamed with Swift on “Live Your Life,” with Taylor filling in for Rihanna.

Sunday’s performance was quite a bit more theatrical, as Swift started out by crooning the song’s chorus (even adding Rihanna’s island lilt on the word “haters”), then calling for T.I., who began rapping from backstage only to make his way down the dramatic, sparkly staircase that serves as the centerpiece of Swift’s Speak Now set.

Follow the jump for shaky cell phone video of each performance: READ FULL STORY

T.I.'s sent back to federal prison for violating parole terms once again

Cruising in style wasn’t the reason T.I. got sent back to the bing last week, just two days after being moved to a halfway house. It’s who was on the bus with him that got him in trouble.

Yahoo reports that the rapper was sent back to federal prison after officials found out an unauthorized manager and a TV producer were traveling with him on his way home to Atlanta.

As we reported, T.I., 30, is set to debut a VH1 reality show on Dec. 5 at 10 p.m., chronicling his life after serving nearly a year of hard time for parole violation, which stemmed from a 2008 weapons conviction.

T.I. had his wife, Tameka Cottle Harris, manager Brian Sher, and producer Cris Abrego, the co-president of 51 Minds Entertainment, which handles several reality TV shows (Brandy and Ray J: A Family Business, La La’s Full Court Life) in attendance during the ride.

However, Abrego insists that no business was being handled on the bus, as the TV deal had been negotiated and agreed upon earlier in the summer.

At press time reps from VH1 did not respond to inquiries regarding how these recent events would effect the show.

T.I. released from Arkansas prison
Review: T.I., No Mercy

T.I. boards a party bus to a halfway house, ends up back in federal penitentiary

If T.I. isn’t careful, his entire life is going to be like The Godfather Part III, both in the sense that just when he thinks he’s out, he gets pulled back in, but also in the sense that it’s becoming a terrible series of borderline-ridiculous contrivances that end in sadness.

The Atlanta rapper, born Clifford Harris, was released from the Forrest City Correctional Facility in Arkansas on Wednesday, where he was supposed to be transferred to a halfway house to serve the remainder of his sentence for probation violation (which stems from the weapons charge that put him behind bars the first time). After exiting the prison, he hopped aboard a party bus with his entourage and took off for his home city.

Apparently that didn’t sit well with prison authorities, who sent him to a different federal prison in Georgia, where he currently resides (officials didn’t specify where). It’s unclear whether or not he would be finishing his sentence there or moved to another halfway house. The rapper has one month remaining on his sentence. READ FULL STORY

T.I. released from Arkansas prison

Rapper Clifford “T.I.” Harris is a free(r) man, released from prison a month before his scheduled late-September discharge date.  The Atlanta native left the Forrest City Correctional Facility in Arkansas early this morning.

T.I., 30, and wife Tameka “Tiny” Cottle were arrested September 1, 2010, on suspicion of drug possession during a traffic stop in Los Angeles, violating the terms of his probation following his term behind bars for a 2008 weapons conviction.

This morning’s leave ends his 11-month sentence. MTV reports that he’s on his way to a halfway house, though his publicist would only confirm that he’s left jail.

In any case, T.I. is glad to get back to his family and work.

“Feels great to be back where I belong…Back in the arms of those who need me the most,” he tweeted at 9:30am today.

“The storm is over & da sun back out,” he continued. “IT’S OUR TIME TO SHINE SHAWTY!!!!! Welcome to the beginning of our Happy Ending!!!!”

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Georgia rapper Waka Flocka Flame jailed on drug, weapons charges: Depressing day for hip-hop fans continues

Waka-Flocka-FlameImage Credit: Jordin Althaus/WireImage.comWaka Flocka Flame is currently incarcerated in Henry County, Georgia, the county sherriff’s office confirms. The rapper, whose major-label debut album was released in October to positive reviews, was arrested yesterday and booked on charges including possession of marijuana (less than one ounce), possession of firearm by a convicted felon, possession of hydrocodone, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, violation of probation for driving on a suspended license, and violating Georgia’s Criminal Street Gang and Terror Prevention Act. The charges stem from a police raid on his home last month.

A preliminary hearing for those charges today set Waka Flocka Flame’s bond at $31,950. His bond has not yet been paid, but even if it is, he must remain behind bars awaiting a probation hearing on Jan. 6 (this Thursday). A rep for Waka’s label declined to comment. READ FULL STORY

Susan Boyle's 'Gift' spends its fourth week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart

Susan Boyle’s The Gift comes in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart for the fourth (non-consecutive) week, selling 243,000 more albums. And again, Taylor Swift’s Speak Now follows at No. 2 with 201,000 albums sold. Meanwhile, Glee‘s Christmas album jumps up a slot to No. 3 with 193,000 sets moved.

The chart’s highest debut is T.I.’s No. 4 No Mercy with an underwhelming 159,000 albums sold. His current jail stint leaves him unable to properly promote it. These kinds of numbers were surely expected. Check out the entire top 10 below.

Dec. 15, 2010′s Billboard 200 albums top 10

No. 1 – Susan Boyle, The Gift: 243,000

No. 2 – Taylor Swift, Speak Now: 201,000

No. 3 – Glee‘s Christmas album: 193,000

No. 4 – T.I., No Mercy: 159,000

No. 5 – Jackie Evancho, O Holy Night: 149,000

No. 6 – Nicki Minaj, Pink Friday: 82,000

No. 7 – Josh Groban, Illuminations: 75,000

No. 8 – Glee, the Music: Season Two: Volume 4, 74,000

No. 9 – Rihanna, Loud: 71,000

No. 10 – Daft Punk, TRON: Legacy: 71,000

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T.I. releases 'No Mercy': Can he make his new album a hit from jail?

TIImage Credit: Arnold Turner/WireImage.comT.I. couldn’t have picked a worse time to be missing in action. The rapper-actor, 30, should be out hawking his long-delayed seventh album, No Mercy, which finally arrived in stores today. Instead he’s sitting in a federal prison cell in Arkansas, where he began an 11-month sentence on Nov. 1 after violating probation. “We were gearing up to put an album out,” sighs Michael Kyser, head of urban music at Atlantic Records, T.I.’s label since 2003. “But we wanted him to help market and promote it. That would have been nice.”

Click through to the jump for more of this magazine preview. READ FULL STORY

T.I., Duffy, and Charlie Wilson albums in stores today: Which ones will you buy?

ti-duffy-wilsonToday marks the release of albums from T.I., Duffy, and Charlie Wilson. T.I.’s No Mercy, whose sales will no doubt be affected by his incarceration, is a solid effort. Here he’s apologetic at times. But more often than not, he’s the brash rhymer we know him to be. R&B icon Charlie Wilson returns with another EW-revered effort, rife with smooth tunes and a few bouncy dance tracks as well. While Duffy’s Endlessly finds her teaming up with ’60s writer Albert Hammond for some more retro stylings.

Which albums are you looking out for this week? Let us know.

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T.I. blasts hypocrites and suggests he's the next Tupac in 'No Mercy' video: Watch here

T.I. sits somewhere between remorseful and irritated in the video for his new album’s title track, The-Dream-assisted “No Mercy.” Sitting in a church, the now-incarcerated rhymer blames poor school systems, poor upbringings, and hypocrite haters for his current issues with the law, while taking some of the blame for possibly blowing amazing opportunities afforded to him by his talent. He also likens himself to slain rapper Tupac Shakur, who also had numerous run-ins with the law before being shot.

“Could it be possibly the second coming of ‘Pac is me?” he asks in the song. “Remember that? When he was here? And when he died you realized you need him here? God with me, partner. Ain’t no one for me to fear.” T.I. also says the money and success he’s earned just make it harder to believe that his life is still a rough one. “You can be for certain ain’t nobody perfect. But when you’re rich, nobody gives a s—, no mercy.”

True as that may be, it’s difficult to feel for a person as gifted and [seemingly] financially well off as T.I. when he makes so many ill-advised, potentially career-ending mistakes. If he’s to be held at the same regard as his peers, then he has to be able compete with them. And that can’t be done from jail. Jay-Z, an admitted former drug dealer, has been on the up and up for more than a decade now. And for all the bonehead moves Kanye West is criticized for, he’s at least managed to avoid the revolving door that sometimes appears to vacuum rappers into jails and courthouses.

Watch T.I. plead his case after the jump and let us know what you think of the video.


T.I. performs 'What You Know' on his VH1 Storytellers: Check out the EW exclusive here

On the heels of T.I.‘s No Mercy release, VH1 will air their latest edition of Storytellers–featuring the Atlanta rap star this Friday (Dec. 10) at 11 pm. Recorded months ago when Mercy was still entitled King Uncaged and T.I. was still a free man, the show mostly focuses on the stories behind his biggest hits as well as old cuts he’s hardly performed, rather than even a few songs from his new offering. In this EW exclusive clip, he explains what inspired his chart-topping 2006 single “What You Know.”  It was recorded while he was filming ATL,  his first movie and, well, I’ll let him explain it himself. Check out the clip after the jump.


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