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T.I. holds head high

Associated Press / May 26, 2009
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Grammy-winning rapper T.I. told fans he would stay optimistic when he heads to prison on a federal weapons conviction. The 28-year-old rapper, whose real name is Clifford J. Harris Jr., performed for a packed audience Sunday night in Atlanta's Philips Arena less than two days before he is to begin serving the sentence of a year and a day. "I'm going to stand up tall, head up high," he said. "Thank you for all of your support." Many in the packed crowd of about 16,000 people held up encouraging signs, like one reading "T.I. We Will Miss U!" He must report by noon today to the Federal Correction Institution at Forrest City, Ark. He was arrested after prosecutors said he tried to buy unregistered machine guns and silencers from undercover federal agents in 2007. During the concert, T.I. said he hoped that everyone learned from his mistakes. He brought his five children on stage, often holding one of them while he performed "No Matter What" - a single off the almost double-platinum album "Paper Trail." T.I., who won a Grammy for "Swagga Like Us," also performed hits from "What You Know" to "Bring 'Em Out" to his recent singles "What Ever You Like" and "Live Your Life."

Suing the piano man
A former drummer for Billy Joel claims the Grammy Award-winning singer of hits including "Uptown Girl" and "Movin' Out" has stiffed him out of royalties for years. Liberty DeVitto has filed a lawsuit in Manhattan's state Supreme Court demanding Joel pay him overdue royalties. The 58-year-old says he was Joel's drummer from 1975 to 2005 and helped the piano man craft some of his biggest albums. DeVitto's lawyer says he doesn't know how much his client is owed. He says Joel's sales are subject to an audit. DeVitto says he's working as a studio musician and teaching to support his family, including three children. Joel has sold more than 100 million records worldwide. His spokeswoman hasn't returned a telephone message seeking comment.

Oh, brothers
'We're pouring it out of our hearts.' Nick Jonas, speaking about the new Jonas Brothers album, "Lines, Vines and Trying Times"

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