Rapper Offset surprised his wife Cardi B with a bundle of designer gifts on Monday (23Jul18), three days after he was arrested near Atlanta, Georgia. The Migos star was taken into custody and booked for counts of improper lane change, marijuana possession, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, and possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime. Offset, real name Kiari Kendrell Cephus, spent the night behind bars before he was released on $17,000 bail on Saturday, and it seems he made an extra effort to make it up to new mum Cardi as she showed off bags from Dior, Louis Vuitton, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Godiva chocolatier, among other retailers, on her Instagram Story timeline on Monday. "I woke up to some gifts from my baby daddy," she whispered in the video post. "Thank you love, I love you." "Thank you sweetheart," she added in the caption. The presents were delivered a day after Cardi revealed she was having a tough time with their daughter Kulture on Sunday. "My child been very very spicy today (sic)," she wrote online. "Its cool thoo i can handle it (sic)". Little Kulture, who was born on 10 July (18), is the Bodak Yellow hitmaker's first child, and Offset's fourth. Meanwhile, Offset's attorney, Drew Findling, has been fighting back against the criminal charges, claiming his client was a victim of racial profiling. He alleges police officers used the traffic violation as a thinly-veiled excuse to target Offset, and insists the firearms found in his car belong to a passenger, an assistant who is a licensed gun holder, reports TMZ.com. The lawyer also asserts no field sobriety test was performed by the cops and the absence of this screening proves the rapper was not impaired at the time of the stop. However, law enforcement sources tell the outlet Offset had actually been weaving in and out of traffic prior to his arrest, apparently posing a more serious safety risk to other drivers.
Taylor Swift has broken her own record for the highest-grossing U.S. tour by a female artist. The Look What You Made Me Do singer has been trekking across the U.S. and other nations since May (18) on her epic Reputation Stadium Tour. Her U.S. gigs alone have now made an incredible $191.1 million (£148 million), according to Billboard.com, meaning that with 11 American dates still to play she has surpassed the gross earnings of the previous record holder, her 1989 World Tour - which made $181.5 million (£140.5 million) in 2015. During the tour, she has averaged earnings of more than $7 million (£5.4 million) per show - with all 27 of her completed dates sold out. The pop princess is having a brief break from the road after performing at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida last Saturday (19Aug18). After the gig, she praised hometown girl Camila Cabello - who has supported her alongside British singer-songwriter Charli XCX throughout the tour. "MIAMI I LOVE YOU!! You were so loud and FUN," she wrote on her Tumblr page. "Shout out to Camila for killing it in her hometown and being just the greatest most precious magical human possible." The concerts will pick up again this coming Saturday in Nashville, Tennessee - the city where a teenage Taylor made her name as a country music star. In addition to her U.S. gigs, Taylor has also performed in the U.K., Ireland and Canada, with the latter concerts having grossed $11.1 million (£8.5 million). Figures for her British and Irish dates are yet to come in, and unlike in the U.S., not all of these shows sold out. She will conclude the tour in Australia, New Zealand and Japan - meaning the worldwide takings from the Reputation Stadium Tour should easily surpass the $250 million (£193 million) her 1989 live dates made globally - and may come close to beating the $408 million (£316 million) Madonna's Sticky & Sweet Tour made in 2008 and 2009, the most earned globally by a female artist.
Ariana Grande is ready to get back on tour following a series of heartbreaks. The 25-year-old singer took to Twitter on Monday (22Oct18) to assure fans she was putting the finishing touches to plans for a tour to promote her new album Sweetener after one follower asked for an update. The fan wrote: "any news about sweetener tour? if not pls don’t stress about it ! we can wait / we want you to be actually ready to go on tour", prompting Ariana to respond: "i’m ready my heart needs it actually (sic). finalizing a few more things but i’m tryna get em dates to u asap." Ariana has had a lot to deal with in the past 17 months, since a bomb attack outside a concert in Manchester, England derailed her Dangerous Woman world tour and cost 22 fans their lives. She split up with her boyfriend, Mac Miller, hooked up with comedian Pete Davidson and became engaged, and then broke up with the Saturday Night Live regular earlier this month (Oct18). She also had to deal with the death of Miller in September (18). Grande recently announced she was taking a break from social media following her "very sad" split from fiance Davidson. "Time to say bye bye again to the internet for just a lil bit," she said last week (ends19Oct18). "It’s hard not to bump news n stuff that I’m not trying to see rn (right now). It’s very sad and we’re all tryin very hard to keep going. love u. and thank u for bein here always." She also revealed she is dealing with anxiety issues that make touring a problem right now. "I'm antsy. can’t sit still. i wanna tour now. yesterday i jus wanted to sit home forever but today i wanna do show and see u. it’s all v (very) up n down rn (right now). but hi. ily (I love you). i am working on it. i’ll keep ya posted (sic),” Ariana responded to a Twitter follower who told her to take some much-needed time off to heal.
Singer Shawn Mendes has vowed to make his proposed collaboration with BTS a reality, even though the South Korean boyband has been too busy to schedule studio time together. The There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back hitmaker met BTS at last year's (17) American Music Awards, where they discussed ideas for a joint project in a chat recorded for the K-pop stars' official YouTube channel. The two acts have continued to tease fans about the idea ever since, but the new material has yet to come to fruition. Now Shawn has addressed the hold up, admitting it's been tough to squeeze the track into their hectic schedules. "Latest on the collaboration, they're a hard group to get with," Mendes told The Roz and Mocha Show in his native Toronto, Canada. "They're busy people. I have no lyrics on their collaboration yet." However, Shawn isn't refusing to give up hope, because he's been a big fan of their work for a while. "It'll happen. Promise," he said. "I can't give you a date because we haven't hung out and wrote a song yet, but it will happen. 'Cause I love them and... their fans too. So, I promise." It's no surprise Shawn and the BTS members haven't had time to get together so far this year - Mendes' self-titled album topped the U.S. Billboard 200 earlier this month (Jun18), making the 19-year-old the third-youngest artist to earn three number one albums, behind fellow Canadian Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus. Meanwhile, BTS recently made U.S. chart history too, after their Love Yourself: Tear release became the first-ever Korean album to lead the Billboard 200.