Steven Tyler says it wasn't heart attack that cut tour short

Published: Thursday, October 05, 2017 @ 7:38 AM

ROME, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 08:  Steven Tyler performs at the Andrea Bocelli show as part of the 2017 Celebrity Fight Night in Italy Benefiting The Andrea Bocelli Foundation and the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center on September 8, 2017 in Rome, Italy.  (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for Celebrity Fight Night)
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ROME, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 08: Steven Tyler performs at the Andrea Bocelli show as part of the 2017 Celebrity Fight Night in Italy Benefiting The Andrea Bocelli Foundation and the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center on September 8, 2017 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for Celebrity Fight Night)(Jonathan Leibson)

It wasn’t a heart attack that cut short Aerosmith’s 2017 tour, but band frontman Steven Tyler still won’t say exactly what caused the band to cancel dates in Mexico and South America.

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Tyler said he had to have a medical procedure that only his doctor who is located in the United States could perform, The Associated Press reported.

He said that he “certainly did not have a heart attack or seizure” in a statement posted to the band’s website.

Last week, Tyler announced via Twitter that the band was going to cancel stops in Brazil, Chile, Argentina and Mexico.

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Atlanta airport offers nonstop flights to Kingdom of Wakanda

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 5:04 PM

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“Black Panther” fans rejoice: The world’s busiest airport is officially offering nonstop flights to the fictional Kingdom of Wakanda. Sort of.

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Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport shared a photo of a terminal showing a 7:30 p.m. departure time to the hidden city on Twitter Monday, following a holiday weekend that brought in $235 million for the film.

The person behind the airport’s Twitter account had answers to all the essential questions.

According to the state Department of Economic Development, 3,100 people working in Georgia’s booming film industry were employed during the shoot, which started in August 2016 and wrapped up in November 2017.

“We’re incredibly proud that Atlanta has such an important role in the film industry,” Reese McCranie, Hartsfield-Jackson’s director of policy and communications, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. McCranie said the airport’s social media team, which he oversees, came up with the idea during a Monday meeting.

Related: ‘Black Panther’ enjoys record weekend at box office

Since its posting, the playful image shared on the airport’s official Instagram and Twitter accounts has reached hundreds of thousands of people.

“We love keeping our customers engaged,” McCraine said. “And it’s important for us to be part of the cultural conversation.”

Unfortunately, the current flight departing from Gate T3 isn’t headed to the Kingdom of Wakanda. But, McCraine said, “we are certainly looking to explore direct service connection. In the meantime, we hope everyone gets to enjoy the movie.”

Winston Duke as M'Baku in Marvel Studios' "Black Panther."

As for Wakanda, the beauty and wonder of the fictional country was inspired by Africa itself. Before shooting the film, director Ryan Coogler explored the mountainscape of the tiny nation of Lesotho.

Related: 5 things to know about ‘Black Panther’ director Ryan Coogler

According to The Washington Post, Wakanda is actually farther north, along the shores of Lake Victoria. “The country is rendered as a Pan-African pastiche; viewers of Black Panther can point to Ghanaian fabrics and Zulu headdresses, Ethiopian tribal body markings and a prominent Bantu tongue,” the Post reported.

The fictional country was also inspired by several African landmarks, including South Africa’s Three Rondavels (or Three Sisters) and the canyon Orbi Gorge.

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JAY-Z leaves $11,000 tip on $80,000 bar tab for friend’s birthday celebration

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 4:28 PM

JAY-Z reportedly spent thousands on dinner and drinks in New York over President's Day weekend.
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JAY-Z reportedly spent thousands on dinner and drinks in New York over President's Day weekend.(Michael Kovac/Getty Images for NARAS)

JAY-Z reportedly spent big at a New York bar over the weekend.

According to the New York Post’s Page Six, the rapper and father of three spent a combined $110,000 at three locations in the city while celebrating Roc Nation Sports president Juan “OG” Perez, who is also a close friend of Hov.

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Although his wife, Beyonce, daughter, Blue and in-laws, Tina Knowles Lawson and Richard Lawson, were at the NBA All-Star Game, Jay was reportedly at Zuma, a high-end Japanese restaurant, for dinner. He and his friends, other Roc Nation executives, spent about $13,000, according to Page Six.

The tabloid also reported that the group later went to Manhattan’s Made in Mexico Mexican restaurant and spent $9,000 on drinks.

The last stop was Playroom nightclub, where Page Six reported Jay was seen handing out bottles of his own Ace of Spades Champagne to tables. His group paid full price for 40 bottles of the drink.

People reported that a server posted a photo of the tab at Playroom, showing the bottles totaled more than $80,000. The group left an $11,100 tip.

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Courtney Love, Frances Bean Cobain remember Kurt Cobain on his 51st birthday

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 3:34 PM

Frances Bean Cobain and Courtney Love posted Instagram photos remembering Kurt Cobain on what would have been his 51st birthday.
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Frances Bean Cobain and Courtney Love posted Instagram photos remembering Kurt Cobain on what would have been his 51st birthday.(Theo Wargo/Getty Images For US Weekly)

Courtney Love is remembering Kurt Cobain on what would have been his 51st birthday.

People reported that the 53-year-old singer posted a photo of herself with the late Nirvana frontman on Instagram Tuesday.

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“Happy birthday baby,” she captioned the post. “God I miss you.”

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Cobain died of suicide on April 5, 1994, at the age of 27. He had been struggling with depression and drugs. He was married to Love from 1992 until his death.

Spin reported that Cobain and Love’s 25-year-old daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, shared an Instagram post remembering the day as well. She was 1-year-old when her father died.

“I hope they don’t have the internet wherever you are. I feel like that would be counterproductive,” Cobain wrote alongside the post. “Regardless, Happy Birthday to an angel.”

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Toni Braxton confirms engagement to Birdman

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 3:42 PM

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 23:  Birdman and Toni Braxton attends Lifetime
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 23: Birdman and Toni Braxton attends Lifetime"s Film,"Faith Under Fire: The Antoinette Tuff Story" red carpet screening and premiere event at NeueHouse Madison Square In New York, NY on January 23, 2018. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Lifetime)(Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Lifetime)

After months of speculation, Toni Braxton has confirmed she is engaged to rapper Birdman.

In a trailer for the singer’s upcoming season of “Braxton Family Values,” Braxton tells her sisters, “I have an announcement to make: I’m engaged!”

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The reality TV show looks at Braxton’s life with her sisters, Trina, Towanda, Tamar and their mother, Evelyn.

E! News reported that Birdman and Braxton met in 2002 and were reported as an item in May 2016. They made their public debut as a couple in June of that year at the BET Awards.

On Wednesday, Birdman, born Bryan Williams, told Wendy Williams he was not married to Braxton "yet."

“That's my girl, my friend, my family,” Birdman told Williams. “That’s my love, my soldier, my life… she's my life. I love her to death.”

This is the second marriage for Braxton, who was married to Keri Lewis from 2001-2013. She has two sons from that marriage: Denim Cole Braxton-Lewis, 16, and Diezel Ky Braxton-Lewis, 14. Birdman has two adult children, Bryan Williams Jr. and Bria Williams, from a previous relationship.

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