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Country singer Jason Isbell swaps concert tickets for Hank Aaron baseball cards

Baseball cards for tickets? Country singer Jason Isbell is ready to deal if the offer is right.

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Well, at least when it come to Hank Aaron.

It began when author Jeff Pearlman, noting that Albert Pujols’ 3,000th career hit put him in a category of four players with 3,000 hits and 600 home runs, mentioned Aaron, who topped the list.

Isbell answered Pearlman in a tweetabout the baseball Hall of Famer on Friday night when a Twitter user posted an offer, MLB.com reported. 

The tweeter, James Herlitz, offered Isbell a 1971 Topps card and card No. 1 from the 1974 Topps set. Both were well-loved cards and the condition was less than pristine, but Isbell agreed to the swap, leaving a pair of tickets for his Aug. 30 show in Berkeley, California, MLB.com reported.

“You can give them to the sound guy. Red beard. Can’t miss him.” Isbell tweeted. “I’ll put you down plus one on the guest list. Have fun.”

Isbell released his sixth album, “The Nashville Sound,” last year.

Jordin Sparks and husband Dana Isaiah welcome baby boy

Singer Jordin Sparks has become a mom.

>> Jordin Sparks announces she's married, pregnant

According to People magazine, Sparks, 28, and her husband, Dana Isaiah, 25, welcomed a son at 9:04 p.m. Wednesday in Los Angeles. The baby boy, named Dana Isaiah Thomas Jr., was 21 1/2 inches long and weighed 8 pounds, 4.5 ounces, the magazine reported.

>> See her Instagram post here

The "American Idol" winner described giving birth as "miraculously beautiful," People reported.

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"He was and is everything we imagined," said Sparks, who plans to call her son DJ. 

Read more here.

How John Legend is preparing 2-year-old Luna for her baby brother’s arrival

John Legend knows it’s important to prepare his 2-year-old daughter, Luna Simone, for the arrival of her baby brother, and what better way to do that than with story time.

On Wednesday, Legend, 39, who’s expecting his second child with wife Chrissy Teigen, shared a photo of him and little Luna spending some father-daughter quality time together reading “The Brother Book.” 

In the adorable photo, the Grammy winner is smiling as he holds up the pair’s reading choice, a book by New York Times bestselling author Todd Parr, which “celebrates all different kinds of brothers,” according to Amazon. Next to the singer, Luna has a huge smile on her face — just like her father.

“Prepping for a new arrival!” Legend captioned the sweet snapshot.

Last November, Teigen, 32, shared that the couple was expecting another baby, hilariously captioning the announcement video, “It’s John’s!”

“Luna, what’s in here?” Teigen is heard asking in the background of the clip, with Luna pointing at her mom’s stomach and proclaiming, “Baby!”

Legend previously told People he doesn’t think “Luna has a concept of exactly what it means to have a little sibling yet.”

“She’ll figure it out sooner or later, and she’ll probably have some moments where she regrets it! But we’re excited,” he shared in March.

Last month the expectant parents celebrated their baby girl’s second birthday with a Sesame Street-themed birthday party, and Legend and Teigen even put the finishing touches on Luna’s birthday cake.

“Making a cake for luna’s birthday today,” Teigen wrote alongside an image of Luna’s yet-to-be-decorated cake on her Instagram Story at the time. In a separate post, Luna was seen giving her parents a hand, using a cookie cutter to make some of the cake’s many bird feathers.

Back together? Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik spotted kissing in New York

Breaking up must be hard to do.

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Model Gigi Hadid and singer Zayn Malik were spotted locked in a kiss Sunday in New York, six weeks after announcing their breakup, Us magazine reported.

According to TMZ, the couple was “all over each other” on the streets of the city. Hadid, 23, was dressed in all black, while Malik, 25, had a shaved head that was adorned with a new tattoo, Us reported.

Hadid and the former One Direction band member announced their split on March 13 after being together for two years.

Malik had been spotted leaving Hadid’s apartment building in Manhattan on several occasions, fueling rumors of a reconciliation, W magazine reported.

Kanye West wants to 'start healing' with surgeon he once blamed for mother's death

Kanye West is ready to meet with the man he once blamed for his mother’s death after the surgeon reached out to him in an open letter on Monday.

The rapper, 40, shared the letter written by Jan Adams and wrote, “Open letter from Jan Adams This is amazing. Thank you so much for this connection brother. I can’t wait to sit with you and start healing.”

Adams – who was the plastic surgeon who operated on Donda West in 2007 – wrote the letter, obtained by The Blast, after West announced plans to feature the doctor’s face on the cover for his new album. In his letter, Adams thanked West but declined to be on the cover “at this time.”

“Dear Kanye: Thank you for thinking of me for the cover of your next album. That is kind of you. I can truly say I have never been on an album cover before. I did do a product cover for Chanel Allure Cologne back in 2005… but never an album cover,” Adams writes.

“Unfortunately, I have to decline at this time, and I ask that you cease and desist using my photo or any image of me to promote your album or any of your work,” he continues. “I don’t want to seem ungrateful… I just think that if in fact this conversion to love is genuine on your part… then it’s inappropriate to drag the negativity of the past with it.”

Adams explains in the letter that Donda’s surgery took five hours and was considered successful “from a surgical standpoint.”

Referencing People’s report on the coroner’s findings, Adams reiterated that he was not found to be responsible for Donda’s death.

The surgeon went on in the letter to suggest that Donda’s nurse Stephan Scoggins, who is also West’s cousin, did not follow postoperative care instructions. Scoggins was cleared of negligence in a subsequent investigation.

» Kanye ♥ Donald: Why can’t black Americans support Trump?

“So if your journey is true… “To forgive and stop hating”… start by dealing with the facts,” Adams writes. “Perhaps you should put your cousin’s picture on your next album. Don’t put my picture out there and claim you are about love.”

He continues, “Love deals with truth. Over the past ten years, I have tolerated all the errors, misinformation and frank lies told be reporters, journalists and people on the street out of respect for the doctor-patient privilege and your mother.”

“If you want to heal, first call out the people in your own camp who knew better and persisted with the charade in order to hide their own guilt,” Adams writes. “You are a father and a family man. Take the time to cherish those things… you won’t regret it. Everyone can get past this but you have to be intellectually honest.”

The surgeon adds a final message to the “Stronger” rapper, referencing his previous conversation with friend John Legend about President Donald Trump.

» Kanye West accuses John Legend of trying to 'manipulate my free thought' amid Trump controversy

“P.S. Please, when you have the opportunity, reach out to JL,” Adams writes. “He is about love. He was not trying to influence you, your thoughts or your process. His message was love and he was only offering perspective.”

Legend, 39, and West made up last week at Legend and Chrissy Teigen’baby shower, one day after West publicly shared their text conversation regarding his recent Twitter spree supporting Trump.

» Kanye West and John Legend party together after they disagreed about rapper's pro-Trump tweets

» Chance the Rapper defends Kanye West: ‘Black people don’t have to be democrats’

On Saturday, West tweeted another text conversation with one of his friends, this time revealing the cover art for his forthcoming album.

“This is my album cover. This is plastic surgeon Jan Adams. The person who performed my moms final surgery. Do you have any title ideas?” West wrote along with a photo of the California doctor who operated on Donda before her sudden November 2007 death.

“I want to forgive and stop hating,” he texted to his friend named Wes, who wrote back, “LOVE EVERYONE.” (West has been known to be close friends with director Wes Anderson as well as his G.O.O.D. artist Sheck Wes.)

Kanye West's new song defends his support for Trump

Rapper Kanye West released a new song Friday that trumpets his support for President Donald Trump, CNN reported.

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West has been outspoken in backing the president. His rap political debate with Tip “T.I.” Harris of Atlanta is the focus of his new song, “Ye vs. The People.” 

The track was played for the first time Friday night on Power 106, a Los Angeles hip-hop radio station. T.I. represents “the People” as he answers “Ye,” The Washington Post reported. Harris, a Grammy-winning rapper, has been a critic of police brutality and is not a fan of the president, CNN reported.

>> Twitter says Kanye West lost followers because of ‘technical inconsistency’

West opens the track by rapping “I know Obama was Heaven sent, but ever since Trump won, it proved that I could be president." 

T.I. answers “Yeah you can, at what cost, though? Don’t that go against the teachings that Ye taught for?”

West has clarified that he does not agree with everything Trump does, has posted a photo of himself in a Make America Great Again hat and shared one photo of a MAGA hat signed by Trump.

"Make America Great Again had a negative reception. I took it, wore it, rocked it gave it a new direction. Added empathy, care and love and affection, and y'all simply questionin' my methods," he raps in the song.

>> Chance the Rapper defends Kanye West

“Bruh, I never ever stopped fightin’ for the people,” West continues. “Actually wearin’ the hat’ll show people that we equal.”

He's still standing: Willie Nelson turns 85

Singing-songwriting legend Willie Nelson turned 85 on Sunday, and he’s ready to go on the road again.

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Nelson released his 73rd studio album, “Last Man Standing,” this week. He told Texas Monthly that his secret for longevity is to continue being creative and being happy while doing it. 

“I think trying to be creative, keeping busy, has a lot to do with keeping you alive,” he told the magazine.

Besides, Nelson told the magazine, why should he retire? 

“All I do is play music and golf,” he told Texas Monthly. “Which one do you want me to give up?” 

Besides, Nelson said he knows that death is inevitable, so he doesn’t worry about it. For now, he is ready to revel in his longevity. “I don’t want to be the last man standing,” he sang on the title track of his latest album, “But, wait a minute, maybe I do.” 

Nelson received many birthday wishes on Twitter. Here’s a sampling:

Rick Ross debuts men’s hair care line

Nearly two months since a health scare left Rick Ross reportedly unresponsive, the rapper is back in business. 

In wake of his recent medical emergency, these days the mogul says he is “feeling good.”

“I’m enjoying myself, I suggest everybody enjoy their life. That’s what its all about,” he tells People.

» Rick Ross throws Sweet 16 bash for daughter at former Versace estate

And this month, Ross unveils his very own collection of grooming products, RICH.

The nine-piece men’s collection includes hair care as well as shaving cream, an aftershave balm and a beard oil. Each contains what he describes as the “boss experience,” essentially a trio of luxe, outside-of-the-box ingredients: caviar extract, champagne and hemp seed oil. 

However, the prices won’t break the bank (the line ranges from $12.99 to $15.99), which is Maybach music to our ears. 

“I think (men’s hair care) is what separates the average person from a distinguished gentleman. (So) we brought this dream to life,” the self-proclaimed “beard connoisseur” says.

The “Diced Pineapples” creator wholeheartedly stands behind the line, and even got a haircut during his launch event (at the Connecticut Barber Expo in Harford, Conn.) to live demo the products for onlookers.

“I fell in love with (them) first and foremost, and that’s why I’m able to push it with so much confidence.”

His venture is an exciting step for the rapper, 42, who was hospitalized for four days in March following a serious health scare. 

» Rapper Rick Ross released from hospital after 4 days, report says

According to the Davie Police Department, someone called 911 from Ross’ Miami mansion at 3:34 a.m. for emergency care for a person matching the rapper’s description.

Ross has had a history of seizures, and was hospitalized twice in 2011 after two seizures occurred within six hours of each other.

Ross posted a photo on Instagram the morning he was released from the hospital in March saying, “Ain’t Nothing like home.”

Former manager sues Cardi B for $10 million

Cardi B is being sued for $10 million by her former manager who claims he was fired by the rapper despite being instrumental in her success.

In court documents filed Thursday and obtained by The Blast, Klenord Raphael, known as Shaft, and his KSR Group and Worldstar Management companies accuse Cardi B (born Belcalis Almanzar) of breach of contract and defamation after she signed a deal with Quality Control management last month.

A rep for Cardi B, 25, and a rep for Shaft did not immediately respond to People’s requests for comment.

Shaft, who began working with the rapper and former “Love & Hip Hop” reality star in 2015, claims he “catapulted (Cardi B) from exotic dancer and social media presence to music icon” and “conceived, arranged and orchestrated Cardi B’s rise to become the biggest music sensation on the planet.”

Shaft claims before he spotted Cardi B’s raw talent, she was not even a rapper and he credits himself with taking her “from the strip club to the recording studio,” thus “her rapid rise as a recording artist and performer is attributable to” him.

However, according to the manager, their professional relationship began to dissolve “by the end of 2017” after Cardi B’s stylist allegedly told her that Shaft was “robbing” the hitmaker by making side deals at her expense. He claims the star then told her rapper fiance, Offset from the Migos, about what she had been told.

“She has also repeatedly defamed Shaft, falsely communicating to her fiancé Kiara Kendrell Cephus (Offset), members of her entourage, and the public that ‘Shaft is robbing me,’ ” the lawsuit states, adding, “Offset is responsible for steering Cardi B to QC to be managed in all of her entertainment endeavors.” (QC is also the management of Offset’s group, Migos.)

According to the court documents, Offset allegedly reached out to Shaft, saying: “(U) better stop play acting like u don’t know u taking her (expletive) from her u a snake. U can’t hide from me (N word) and u not bout to play my WIFE.”

» Cardi B reveals wedding details: ‘The world is not ready for it’

Shaft alleges Cardi B — who is expecting her first child this year with Offset — listened to “the lies” and cut ties with him, jumping ship to Quality Control Management.

Shaft is seeking damages of $10 million, plus $10 million in damages from Quality Control for interfering with his management deal.

“Since discovering Cardi B in 2015, Shaft has played an integral role in developing her music career and public image,” a rep for Shaft said in a statement to Billboard and Variety. “While he is proud of their successful collaborations as she evolved from Instagram influencer to music megastar, Shaft is disappointed by her actions to freeze him out of her career, which are detailed in the complaint. Shaft is confident that his lawsuit will validate his conduct and substantiate his legal claims.”

Cardi B announced on Wednesday night she’s canceling several scheduled summer shows to focus on her pregnancy.

» Pregnant Cardi B to stop performing as 'Shorty keeps growing'

ABBA to release new music for first time in 35 years 

The history book on the shelf continues to repeat itself for ABBA.

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The group from Sweden announced they will release new music for the first time in 35 years, The Independent reported.

On its Instagram account, the group -- Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad -- wrote that “The decision to go ahead with the exciting ABBA avatar tour project had an unexpected consequence. We all four felt that, after some 35 years, it could be fun to join forces again and go into the recording studio. So we did. And it was like time had stood still and that we had only been away on a short holiday. An extremely joyful experience!"

The group said it recorded two new songs, with “I Still Have Faith In You” to be performed “by our digital selves” in a TV special set to air in December, the Independent reported.

The virtual “Abbatars” were announced earlier and will form a digital experience -- the band members themselves will not be performing, but the group can be experienced in a concert setting, had previously been announced; and will form the basis of a “digital gig” - meaning the band themselves won’t be performing, but the group can still be experienced in a concert environment, The Express reported.

The Abbatars’ world tour is expected to take place during 2019 and 2020, the group announced.

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