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Sep 22, 2008

Lil' Wayne Heads to Bahamas for Landmark Concert

Chart topper Lil' Wayne is preparing to party like a rockstar over a three-day weekend to celebrate his 26th birthday, with a landmark concert in the Bahamas.

The "Poppin’ Bottles" show will be co-headlined by international reggae legend Buju Banton and will feature a host of Bahamian talent, such as Daddy Whites, Golden Child, and Bobo Ken on September 26, according to

The event is the brainchild of Lisa "Red" Tootle of Red City Entertainment, who promises to showcase a melting pot of the best in Hip-Hop, dancehall, and reggae talent in the U.S. and the Caribbean.

"This concert is quite a fusion. You have one of the leading phenomena of reggae in Buju Banton, who is a legend in his own right, and then you’re taking the number one Hip-Hop artist in the world right now and you’re putting them on the same stage," Tootle told the Nassau Guardian. "I think that in itself puts our concert above all others, and I say that with authority because I’ve been in and out of the Bahamas for the past 8 to 10 years and I’ve been to many, many concerts." The concert is planned to be an all night celebration, with Wayne not taking the stage until well past midnight. "Wayne is expected to be on stage by 1 or 2 a.m. and from what I understand Buju is just so excited about being a part of this show that he is expected to come out with a crazy performance," Tootle explained. "So it will be quite a night."

Wayne’s pre-party will be held September 25 at Club Erupt on Elizabeth Avenue. The "Poppin’ Bottles" concert starts Friday September 26 at 10 p.m., at the Bristol Wines and Spirits Grounds.

A separate "birthday bash" for the New Orleans superstar is set for September 27 at the Marley Resort in Cable Beach.

The Game and Other Hip-Hop Artists Speak On Barker/AM Tragedy

Hip-Hop recording artist The Game issued a statement exclusively to on Sunday regarding the tragic Friday night plane crash that critically injured former Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker and DJ AM, born Adam Goldstein.

"I am deeply hurt by this tragedy. Travis Barker has always been there for me when I needed him creatively. We've done many songs together," The Game told "Just recently he appeared in my video, "Dope Boyz," that he featured on. I respect and love him, my prayers are with him and his family in this difficult time for his speedy & complete recovery."

Barker has a long history of working with Hip-Hop artists, and has worked on Hip-Hop related projects himself, acting as drummer for a Hip-Hop inspired punk band, Transplant, whose second release Haunted Cities was screwed and chopped by Paul Wall.

Barker later formed a band called Expensive Taste with Paul Wall and he recently remixed the monster hit "Crank That" by artist Soulja Boy to critical acclaim, as well as another recent smash with Flo Rida's "Low," which was featured on hit video game "Guitar Hero".

Four people died in the crash, which happened as the popular musicians were taking off from the Columbia, South Carolina Metropolitan Airport in a Learjet 60, just before midnight on Friday, September 19.

They have been identified as pilot Sarah Lemmon, 31, of Anaheim Hills and co-pilot James Bland, 52, of Carlsbad. Barker's assistant Chris Baker, 29, of Studio City, CA, and his security guard Charles Still, 25, of Los Angeles, were also killed in the accident.

"It's so shocking and unexpected," Paul Wall told "Travis and AM are such generous people. They would literally give you the shirt off their back. And Lil' Chris was such a great friend. He was down for life. I feel so bad for his wife and son that are going through such a hard time right now. Family is something very important to Travis and Chris; we all gotta pull together right now."

Barker and fellow crash survivor DJ AM are both currently in "critical but stable" condition in an Augusta, Georgia burn unit.

Both men are expected to recover, but could be remained hospitalized for weeks, according to doctors.

Miley Cyrus: Sticking With Hannah Montana

The Internet was flooded with reports recently that Miley Cyrus was doing her darndest to get thrown off her hit show “Hannah Montana.” And she’s finally come out saying that it’s all false.

The “7 Things” songstress told press, “I am fully committed to Hannah Montana. It’s what gave me this amazing opportunity to reach out to so many people. I couldn’t do it alone. We have an amazing cast that is so supportive, including my dad who has been there for me every step of the way.”

And though there were rumors that she and her father Billy Ray Cyrus were intentionally showing up late to the set, an inside source says she’s actually quite punctual.

“Miley is really devoted to the show and she’s really upset by the gossip. Miley is never late to work. Every minute of her day is planned out. When she’s not shooting the movie or the series, she’s recording the [Hannah Montana] soundtrack. She has a lot invested in Hannah Montana. It’s not going away any time soon.”

Giving her fans hope in the new season, Miley revealed, “I’m really excited about our new season. We are making great new episodes that I can’t wait for our fans to see.”

Jonas Brothers: Rooftop Workday

Embarking on yet another project, Nick, Kevin, and Joe Jonas were spotted hard at work on their upcoming 3D movie yesterday in Los Angeles.

The Jonas Brothers looked to be having a blast as they filmed scenes, including running from screaming fans who chased them to a rooftop where a helicopter was waiting to aid in their escape.

And in the latest round of their “Ask Us Anything” blog project, the “Burnin’ Up” studs answered more fan-submitted questions this weekend.

They iterated that fame hasn’t really changed them, saying, “We are a whole lot more busy. We feel like we are the same people. For us it doesn’t matter how many opportunities come our way ... family is still most important. Staying grounded is also very important.”

As for their comparisons to the Beatles, they replied, “We definitely DO NOT compare ourselves to the Beatles. They are our idols. We look to them as a source of inspiration but we don’t think anyone will have the impact that the Beatles have had on music.”

Kim Kardashian: Nervous About DWTS

She’s been maintaining a rigorous rehearsal schedule for her big debut on “Dancing With the Stars.” And yesterday Kim Kardashian was spotted leaving the set for a good night’s rest.

The “Disaster Movie” babe was showing off her natural assets as she made her way to a waiting white SUV, sporting a white t-shirt along with a pair of blue-grey stretch pants and flip flops.

And Kim gave her fans an update on her DWTS progress yesterday and again today on her official blog.

She wrote, “Friday we did our first camera blocking, so we rehearsed on the stage for the first time in front of all the cameras, all the producers, some of the other dancers and crew. And for the first time, I feel like we didn’t know what we were doing!”

She continued, “I don’t know if it was because we were on stage for the first time, in front of so many people, or what, but I just felt scared. Mark keeps assuring me it’s normal to mess up the first time on stage rehearsal and feel nervous, but I was really surprised! We know the routines by heart! So we’ll continue to work and work and work …

Earlier this morning she enthused, “UPDATE!! Monday morning is here!! OMG!! Today is the day! I am getting ready to leave—I have to be on set by 7:50am! I am so excited and getting some butterflies in my stomach—so I will have a good breakfast and get to the stage and look forward to seeing Mark! I hope you all watch and love what we’ve worked so hard for! If you like what you see, please vote for us!!!”

Lindsay Lohan and Sam Ronson: Shopping and Lunch

Taking a break from their respective careers to spend time with each other, Lindsay Lohan and Samantha Ronson were spotted enjoying a quiet afternoon together yesterday (September 21).

The “Mean Girls” actress and her celebrity deejay girlfriend were spotted meandering around West Hollywood, stopping into the Fred Segal boutique to comb the racks for some new duds.

After they’d satisfied their need for retail therapy, the ladies moved on to Genghis Cohen restaurant to grab some grub before heading out for more Sunday afternoon fun.

Earlier in the day, Miss Ronson was spotted out and about with her pet pooch, going for a stroll around her neighborhood.

Halle Berry’s Family Day at the Park

Taking full advantage of what was a beautiful last day of summer in Los Angeles, Halle Berry, her mother, and beautiful baby Nahla enjoyed their Sunday in the park.

Doing her best to juggle motherhood with her demanding career, Halle is currently said-to-be working on her new movie “Tulia”.

“Tulia" is based in Tulia, Texas, where “an attorney (Berry) works on behalf of a group of local black men who are wrongly convicted of their involvement in a drug ring.”

Halle also has a role in a film based on the true story of Tierney Cahill called “Class Act”, which is about “a Nevada school teacher enlisting the help of her sixth-grade students in her congressional campaign.”