Justin Bieber's pal Lil Za's felony drug possession charge has been reduced to a misdemeanour after he successfully held up his end of a plea deal. The aspiring rapper was arrested at the Baby hitmaker's California home during a police raid in January (14), when he was found in possession of ecstasy and painkiller Oxycodone, and he was slapped with an additional vandalism count hours later after breaking a telephone at the Los Angeles County Sheriff's jail, where he was being held before posting bail.
He managed to reach a plea deal with prosecutors in April (14) to downgrade the drug case in exchange for three years of probation, a community service sentence and the completion of an outpatient drug treatment programme.
He was also ordered to pay $7,000 (£4,375) in restitution and fines, including $600 (£375) to cover the cost of the broken phone.
He has since fulfilled his obligations and even won the praise of the judge overseeing the case, who commended him for his efforts to make amends.
As a result, his felony drug charge has been officially reclassified as a misdemeanour, according to TMZ.com.
Bieber's house was targeted by cops as part of their investigation into an egging incident involving the pop superstar earlier this year (14). He pleaded no contest to a misdemeanour vandalism charge and was sentenced to five days of community service and 12 weeks of anger management counselling, in addition to paying over $80,900 (£50,000) in restitution.
The singer has since moved out of the gated community in Calabasas, California, where he clashed with neighbours.
Kat Von D's famous tattoo parlor in West Hollywood has sustained serious damage after a blaze broke out in the early hours of Thursday (23Oct14).
Firefighters were called to the scene of the Los Angeles strip mall at around 4am local time to put out the flames that had engulfed the celebrity ink artist's High Voltage Tattoos, where reality show LA Ink is filmed, and a neighboring barber shop.
The cause of the blaze is currently under investigation. No injuries were reported during the incident.
Von D has yet to comment on the news.
Sam Smith was the toast of the Music of Black Origin (MOBO) Awards in London on Wednesday night (22Oct14) when he picked up four top prizes, including the Best Album trophy for his hit debut In The Lonely Hour. The 22-year-old singer also picked up the Best Male title, Best R&B/Soul Act and Best Song for Stay With Me.
The honours came just hours after he was named Best Newcomer at the annual Q Awards.
Smith dedicated his coveted Best Album prize to his supportive parents, and stated, "It's been an incredible year. This is truly a dream come true."
Backstage, Smith said, "I came last year and really wanted to win Best Newcomer but didn't and to come back and win four awards is ridiculous. I am overwhelmed... I don't know what to do with my awards. I need to get a cabinet."
He also took a selfie with MOBO hosts Mel B and Sarah-Jane Crawford and rapper Eve, who presented him one of his prize, and posted it online.
Other big winners included Jessie J, who was named Best Female, Beyonce, who was honoured with the Best International Act title, and actor and DJ Idris Elba, who took home the night's Inspiration Award.
Ella Eyre beat out FKA Twigs among others to land the Best Newcomer award and rapper Skepta's That's Not Me promo was named Best Video.
Jessie J also performed at the SSE Wembley Arena event, alongside Nicole Scherzinger, Professor Green, Tinie Tempah and Candi Staton.
Brantley Gilbert is singing the praises of fellow country music star Keith Urban after he supported his friend while he struggled with sobriety. The You Don't Know Her Like I Do hitmaker was having a hard time giving up alcohol, and he found Urban, who is seven years sober himself, keen to help.
Although the two were only acquaintances at the time, Gilbert tells Country Countdown USA that Urban took it upon himself to reach out to the younger singer.
Gilbert reveals, "Keith's actually been a really good dude to me. When I was making changes in my life, I was down and out, I was even in the hospital, and he showed up and spent several hours with me one day out of nowhere, just encouraging me, because I had a lot of worries about doing my job.
"Looking back, I was thinking, since I was 15 years old, I'd been sneaking beers, I hadn't been sober for a lot of these things; I was nervous about writing, performing, and doing my job like I used to."
He continues, "Keith told me, 'Man it's a whole new world. It's different but you're gonna have a lot more fun with it'. He was just uplifting and reassuring. He's one of those guys when you meet him, you know he has a good soul. He has an awesome heart and is an awesome dude.
"That was a pretty impressive thing to me. You meet people in the business, and wonder how compassionate they are. But he showed up out of the blue, and I hardly knew the guy. I'll never forget that as long as I live, and I'm indebted to him now."
Rapper Mos Def had to cancel a performance at the inaugural Soulfest tour in Sydney, Australia on Saturday (18Oct14) after missing his flight. The New York native, aka Yasiin Bey, broke the news to fans via his Facebook.com page, less than three hours before he was expected to perform at Victoria Park.
His message read: "Peace Sydney. Sorry Im (sic) going to miss you today. We had some travel issues."
Festival organisers subsequently confirmed the hip-hop star had "missed his flight" and called on local musician Miracle to perform on the main stage in Mos Def's place.
Mos Def's absence prompted a wave of complaints from attendees, some of whom only learned about the cancellation when it was announced at the venue. Promoters subsequently agreed to offer them discounted tickets to another of their gigs headlined by the rapper in Sydney on Monday night (20Oct14).
It's not the first time Mos Def has disappointed fans Down Under - in 2011, he also axed his scheduled tour of Australia and New Zealand at late notice.
Pop star Lorde's hit song Royals has been banned from the radio airwaves in San Francisco, California as the city's Giants baseball team prepare to take on the Kansas City Royals in the World Series. Local broadcasting bosses at KFOG Radio and 96.5 KOIT have chosen to pull the track from their playlists during the World Series championships because the New Zealand teen previously admitted she was inspired to write the track after seeing a photograph of famed former Kansas City Royals player George Brett signing baseballs in a magazine.
In response, radio executives at 99.7 The Point in Kansas City, Missouri have vowed to play the song every hour for 12 hours straight on Tuesday (21Oct14) as the Kansas City Royals prepare to face off with the San Francisco Giants in the first game of the World Series.
Rockers the Foo Fighters closed out their week-long residency on America's The Late Show With David Letterman by performing their new single with Cheap Trick star Rick Nielsen. Dave Grohl and his bandmates, who are all huge fans of Cheap Trick, performed with Nielsen earlier in the week, as well as Heart sisters Nancy and Ann Wilson and Zac Brown - and they brought him back for their last night on Letterman's show.
The programme aired just hours after Grohl's new documentary TV series Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways debuted in America. That too featured Nielsen, recording Something From Nothing with the band in alternative music mogul Steve Albini's Chicago, Illinois studio.
Former Buffy The Vampire Slayer star Nicholas Brendon has been released on bail following his arrest in Idaho on Friday (17Oct14). The 43-year-old actor, who was in the town of Boise for an appearance at the Tree City Comic Con event, was detained after police were called to investigate reports of a disturbance in a hotel lobby.
Brendon is alleged to have become embroiled in a dispute with staff members and broken a valuable decorative dish. He was detained on misdemeanour charges of malicious injury to property and resisting or obstructing officers, according to E! Online.
He spent several hours behind bars before being released on $600 (£375) bail.
The incident comes just two weeks after the actor married his partner Moonda Tee in Las Vegas.
A body found in Washington on Thursday (16Oct14) has been identified as actress Misty Upham. The August: Osage County star was reported missing last week (06Oct14), and a body was discovered by Upham's uncle Robert in a ravine in Auburn, Washington on Thursday afternoon, three days after he started a search party with two pals.
Charles Upham, Misty's father, confirmed the 32 year old's identity to the authorities.
The actress' friend and filmmaker Tracy Rector tells The Hollywood Reporter, "We waited at the site where the team found the body... It took about five-and-a-half hours to confirm. Then we gathered around her body to say prayers and now we're all gathered at the church."
The King County Coroner's Office will make an official statement on Friday (17Oct14).
Upham's cause of death has not yet been determined.
British cycling icon Sir Chris Hoy is a first-time father. The six-time Olympic champion's wife Sarra gave birth on Wednesday (15Oct14) to a son called Callum David Robert Hoy.
The retired athlete took to Twitter.com just hours after they welcomed their bundle of joy weeks before he was due, and wrote, "Amazed, delighted & a little shocked to announce the birth of our beautiful baby son, Callum David Robert Hoy! Born at 29weeks, today at 2pm"
Hoy also shared a photo of his son's hand grasping his finger, along with the caption, "Although v. (very) early days for wee Callum, he's doing well as is Sarra. Huge thanks to incredible medical staff."