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Normani To Open Ariana Grande's Sweetener World Tour

"Excited would be an absolute understatement."

It's no secret Normani is used to tearing up a stage after touring around for years with her girl group, Fifth Harmony. But after spreading her wings a solo act, the singer will be booked and busy in the new year, as an opening act on Ariana Grande's Sweetener World Tour.

In a joyful Instagram post, the 22-year-old shared her gratitude, saying, "I’m feeling special right now because I get to spend three months on tour with Ariana Grande." With 42 shows on the first leg of the tour, the Houston bred artist also noted that she will be spending a total of three months on tour with Grande.

This is the first time the "Love Lies" singer will be hitting the road without her fellow girl group members. With more than three months until the tour begins, the multifaceted super-star will have time to release music from her highly-anticipated solo-album—much like Grande did with her new, break-up anthem, "thank u, next," where she maturely addresses her past romantic relationships and present focus on self-love.

Along with the former Fith Harmony singer, musical group Social House will make an appearance on the sugary tour. See when Normani and Grande will be in a city near you down below.  Tickets to see Normani and Ariana Grande can be purchased here.

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The Sweetener World Tour
March 18 --- Albany, NY @ Times Union Center
March 20 -- Boston, MA @ TD Garden
March 22 -- Buffalo, NY @ KeyBank Center
March 25 -- Washington, DC @ Capitol One Arena
March 26 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
March 28 -- Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena
March 30 -- Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
April 1 -- Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
April 3 -- Toronto, ON @ Scotiabank Arena
April 5 -- Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena
April 7 -- Chicago, IL @ United Center
April 10 -- Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center
April 12 -- Indianapolis, IN @ Bankers Life Fieldhouse
April 13 -- St. Louis, MO @ Enterprise Center
April 15 -- Milwaukee, WI @ Fiserv Forum
April 17 -- St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
April 18 -- Omaha, NE @ CHI Health Center
April 20 -- Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
April 22 -- Salt Lake City, UT @ Vivint Smart Home Arena
April 25 -- Edmonton, AB @ Rogers Place
April 27 -- Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
April 30 -- Portland, OR @ Moda Center
May 2 -- San Jose, CA @ SAP Center
May 3 -- Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center
May 6 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
May 10 -- Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
May 14 -- Phoenix, AZ @ Talking Stick Resort Arena
May 17 -- San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
May 19 -- Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
May 21 -- Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
May 23 -- Oklahoma City, OK @ Chesapeake Energy Arena
May 25 -- New Orleans, LA @ Smoothie King Center
May 28 -- Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena
May 29 -- Orlando, FL @ Amway Center
May 31 -- Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena
June 4 -- Raleigh, NC @ PNC Arena
June 7 -- Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
June 8 -- Atlanta, GA @ State Farm Arena
June 10 -- Charlotte, NC @ Spectrum Center
June 12 -- Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena
June 14 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
June 18 -- New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden

READ MORE: Ariana Grande Addresses Ex-Boyfriends, Talks Self-Love On “Thank U, Next”

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Kodak Black Sentenced To 46 Months In Prison

Today (Nov. 13), a Miami federal judge sentenced rapper Kodak Black to 46 months in prison on weapons charges. According to the Miami Herald,“  the state asked for 46 to 57 months, while Black’s lawyers had pushed for 37 to 44 months or less.

The 22-year-old rapper pleaded guilty in August to lying on a background form when he purchased handguns back in January. Kodak lied again in March when he attempted to buy more guns. He also ran into trouble during his stint behind bars while awaiting sentencing. During the court hearing, prosecutors revealed that Black had beat up a prison guard.

Before his sentence was handed down, Kodak accepted responsibility for his crimes. “I’m sorry for the actions that led me for where I’m standing,” said the artist, who grew up in Pompano Beach’s Golden Acres housing development. "I do take full responsibility for my mishap.”

Black allegedly got into an altercation with a prison guard since being in jail.  According to reports, prosecutors said Kodak was under the influence of an unknown substance when he assaulted an officer, beating him in the face and groin so badly that the guard ended up in the hospital with a hernia.

Kodak’s lawyers disputed the facts of the melee, insinuating that Kodak was drugged and instigated into the altercation by a gang member.

“Kapri displayed disruptive behavior," said Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Brown. “He was involved in a fight on Oct. 29, with another inmate." A corrections officer stepped in, spraying mace on both inmates.

The judge ultimately decided that the violent dispute couldn’t be factored into the sentence Kodak was to be given.

Kodak also has other pending criminal cases. One involves the 2016 alleged sexual assault of an adult aged high-school female in Florence, South Carolina. Another involves drugs and guns and that were found in Kodak’s car as he and his entourage crossed into Canada for a show last April.

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Eric B Arrested And Jailed On 17-Year-Old Warrant

Legendary hip-hop musician and actor Eric Barrier, known as Eric B, was released on bail Tuesday after spending more than two weeks in a New Jersey jail after surrendering voluntarily in connection to a warrant issued 17 years ago.

The 56-year-old was in jail since Oct. 28. This stems  from an incident that took place September 2001.

NJ Advance Media reports that Barrier pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and resisting arrest/eluding on Jan. 28, 2002 for the incident that took place in Ridgefield Park the previous year. After the veteran artist failed to appear in court, a bench warrant was issued for his arrest.

Barrier was released on bail Tuesday. He is due back in court Nov. 22.

According to NJ Advance Media, Barrier’s attorney at the time, Paul Bergrin of Nutley, told him “there was no need to appear on the sentencing date,” Barrier's current attorney Patrick Toscano said in a letter to the court last week.

Years later, in an unrelated case, according to the report, Bergrin himself was convicted of murder, cocaine, trafficking, racketeering and other crimes, for which he is serving six life sentences at a "supermax" federal prison in Colorado.

According to NJ Advance Media, Toscano wrote in a letter to the judge that “Mr. Bergrin told Mr. Barrier that his case was ‘dismissed’ because he was accepted into PTI (pre-trial intervention)" and that Barrier also said he received no notice from the court about his failure to appear.

Toscano described Bergrin's counsel as "flawed, fraudulent, unethical and deceptive, through no fault of Mr. Barrier.” Toscano says that punishing his client would be “draconian and unfair.”

Barrier came back to New Jersey, contacted an attorney about the warrant and has been in the Bergen County Jail since late last month, according to Toscano, who also says he met with Barrier recently and he “was literally at wits end and overcome with anxiety."

Barrier was part of the legendary rap duo Eric B. & Rakim and is currently an actor on the CBS series Blue Bloods.

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Tyler, The Creator Reacts To Drake Getting Booed At Camp Flog Gnaw

Tyler, the Creator is speaking up about Drake receiving boos at the 2019 Camp Flog Gnaw Festival. The former Odd Future member took to his Twitter account to share his thoughts on the incident and address the reports of the Toronto native making an early departure from the event''s stage.

"I thought bringing one of the biggest [sic] artists on the f**king planet to a music festival was fire!" he exclaimed in all caps in a tweet on Monday afternoon (Nov. 11). "But flipside, a lil tone deaf knowing the specific crowd it drew. Some created a narrative in their head and acted out like a**holes when it didn't come true and I don't f**k with that."

Tyler continued by pointing out that although there were boos "in the front area" by folks who were "mad rude" and came off as "entitled," most attendees were having a great time. "That sh*t was like mob mentality and cancel culture in real life and I think that sh*t is f**king trash."

"Ni**a did feel no ways! That song is beautiful!" remarked Tyler about Drizzy's attempt to fully perform "Feel No Ways" a deep cut off his Views album. "Most guys don't do album cuts! Thank you, Aubrey! Like, I love that song and thought that would never happen....He really did that for me and I appreciate it because he did not have to come at all. See our worlds come together was so great in the theory."

Tyler went on to add a positive perspective to the whole incident and tweeted, "But hey man sh*t happens, all jokes aside, sh*t lowkey funny HAHAHA" he added. "Aside from that, hope everyone had a good time. Again, no [sic] arrests. No bullsh*t, man. A lot of people enjoyed it, thanks again!"

Read Tyler's tweets below and continue here to read about YG bringing out Stormy Daniels during his Camp Flog Gnaw performance of "FDT (F**k Donald Trump)."

I THOUGHT BRINGING ONE OF THE BIGGEST ARTIST ON THE FUCKING PLANET TO A MUSIC FESTIVAL WAS FIRE! BUT FLIPSIDE, A LIL TONE DEAF KNOWING THE SPECIFIC CROWD IT DREW. SOME CREATED A NARRATIVE IN THEIR HEAD AND ACTED OUT LIKE ASSHOLES WHEN IT DIDNT COME TRUE AND I DONT FUCK WITH THAT

— Tyler, The Creator (@tylerthecreator) November 11, 2019

THIS NIGGA DID FEEL NO WAYS! SONG IS BEAUTIFUL. ALSO, MOSTLY EVERYONE WAS HAVING A GREAT TIME, THOSE SHITS IN THE FRONT AREA WERE THE ONES BEING MAD RUDE, WHICH, I CAN SEE WHY, BUT, NAH, FUCK THAT, YALL REPRESENTED ME AND FLOG TO MY GUEST AND MADE US LOOK SOOO ENTITLED AND TRASH

— Tyler, The Creator (@tylerthecreator) November 11, 2019

THAT SHIT WAS LIKE MOB MENTALITY AND CANCEL CULTURE IN REAL LIFE AND I THINK THAT SHIT IS FUCKING TRASH

— Tyler, The Creator (@tylerthecreator) November 11, 2019

NIGGA DID FEEL NO WAYS! THAT SONG IS BEAUTIFUL! MOST GUYS DONT DO ALBUM CUTS! THANK YOU AUBREY!

— Tyler, The Creator (@tylerthecreator) November 11, 2019

LIKE, I LOVE THAT SONG AND THOUGHT THAT WOULD NEVER HAPPEN.......HE REALLY DID THAT FOR ME AND I APPRECIATE IT BECAUSE HE DID NOT HAVE TO COME AT ALL, SEE OUR WORLDS COME TOGETHER WAS SO GREAT IN THEORY

— Tyler, The Creator (@tylerthecreator) November 11, 2019

LIKE, I LOVE THAT SONG AND THOUGHT THAT WOULD NEVER HAPPEN.......HE REALLY DID THAT FOR ME AND I APPRECIATE IT BECAUSE HE DID NOT HAVE TO COME AT ALL, SEE OUR WORLDS COME TOGETHER WAS SO GREAT IN THEORY

— Tyler, The Creator (@tylerthecreator) November 11, 2019

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