The jail time didn't hurt his career, either. His new album I Am Not a Human Being, released in September while Lil Wayne was in solitary, soared to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart last month. He was featured on albums by Drake and Eminem that came out during his time of travail. He even recorded a verse by phone for "Light Up," a song by Drake and Jay-Z that hit the Web.
Lil Wayne (né Dwayne Carter Jr.) pleaded guilty in October 2009 to attempted weapon possession for having a loaded semiautomatic .40-caliber gun on his tour bus after a Manhattan concert. He was sentenced to a year, but got time off for good behavior (despite spending time in stir for having a charger and headphones, forbidden items, in his cell).
Ex-President Bill Clinton told a Pittsburgh radio station Tuesday that he admired Lil Wayne's talent and hoped he "has a good life now."
Lil Wayne promises fans he hasn't really changed. "I will be the same Martian I was when I left, just better." He plans to make new music and release a new album, Tha Carter IV. And he may turn his prison diary into a book, folks close to him say.
Teen star making scents
Pop idol Justin Bieber
is lending his numinous name to a new fragrance, People mag reports on its website. "It's for my female fans, and I want to create something that will have the girls go crazy," the 16-year-old Biebster tells People.
The perfume, which doesn't have a name yet, will go on sale next summer. "Most male celebrities do male colognes for other males," mop-top Justin confides further to People. "I think that me making a female fragrance is just a different idea and I think it's going to be successful. I'm just really, really excited about it. It's going to be really big."
BTW, Justin demurs when asked what fragrance graces his own personal body. "I can't tell you what I wear," he says mysteriously. "It's got to be mysterious."
Mom changes tune, no charges for Mario
Prosecutors in Baltimore have changed their minds about proceeding with misdemeanor assault charges against R&B singer (and Dancing With the Stars
The singer/dancer (full name Mario Barrett) had been facing a second-degree assault beef for allegedly shoving his mother, Shawntia Hardaway, into a wall at their Baltimore home.
A rep for the state's attorney's office in Baltimore says Hardaway changed her story on the witness stand Tuesday, saying that she was under the influence of drugs and alcohol when she summoned cops and that her son hadn't laid a hand on her.
Mario's lawyer, Billy Murphy, says it was clear from the beginning that his client never struck his mother and that Mario "remains committed to helping his mother battle her addiction."
Gucci Mane off the hook - for now
Here's more from the Charges Dropped file: Authorities in Atlanta have dropped charges against rapper Gucci Mane
for allegedly resisting arrest during a traffic stop. However, a judge told the rapper (born Radric Davis
) that the charges could yet be refiled.
Atlanta cops gave this account of the incident that led to GM's arrest: An off-duty police officer saw Gucci Mane's white Hummer being driven recklessly. Police responding to the call used pepper spray on the rapper when he assaulted another person after an argument. Authorities say he resisted arrest before being apprehended. Charges against Gucci included obstruction of officers, interference with government property, and reckless driving.
DUI in Florida
Onetime teen heartthrob David Cassidy
has been charged with driving under the influence in Florida after a Highway Patrol trooper stopped him for weaving through traffic and almost causing an accident in Fort Pierce, the Associated Press reports. The Highway Patrol says Cassidy told a trooper who stopped him about 6 p.m. Wednesday that he had a glass of wine at lunch and a hydrocodone pill at 3:30 p.m. Police said there was a half-empty bottle of bourbon in the backseat.
The Highway Patrol says Cassidy failed a field sobriety test and two breath tests. Cassidy posted $350 bail and was released from jail early Thursday. His rep told TMZ.com that Cassidy took a pain pill but was not drunk.
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