Billboard Bits: T.I., Waka Flocka Flame, Oasis, Polyphonic Spree
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According to Baller Alert, Lil Wayne's first love and baby mama Antonia "Toya" Carter is doing a bit of namedropping -- literally. The BET reality show star reportedly nixed Weezy's real last name, Carter, opting instead to be known as Antonia Johnson. With the new show and reason for freshly--monogrammed towels, maybe it's safe to say Toya's finally moved on from her high school honey.
Fresh off a prison stint, rapper T.I. may be returning to court real soon on unrelated charges. According to AllHipHop.com, Akoo International alleges that his clothing line, also called Akoo, has infringed upon the social music television network's trademarked name. "Our primary obligation and goal is to prevent confusion among our consumers, which is among the most basic objectives of trademark law. At the same time, Akoo has invested nearly a decade of effort and substantial capital to deploy its network and will do everything in its power to protect its brand," said Akoo CEO Niko Drakoulis. Uh-oh…
Polyphonic Spree guitarist Cory Helms is looking to reach out to even more musicians - as if the ones in his band weren't enough. In a post on the Spree's official blog, Helms is volunteering himself to give one-on-one guitar lessons to fans of the robed chorus. The sessions will be conducted via webcam. In addition to learning songs, playing by ear, and improvisation, Helms is also offering up his advice on which amp to buy with your lunch money. All fans have to do is message his Gmail account! Next up: guerilla guitar tactics on Chatroulette?
Waka Flocka Flame can add his name to the list of rappers who can't help drawing heat after he was reportedly arrested for violating his probation. The Gucci Mane Protégé, whose real name is Juaquin James Malphurs, recently shot a video with Diddy and is working on his debut album but will most likely have to enjoy it from a Georgia jail. Lending credence to his album's title "Murder Man Flocka", the rapper was initially put on probation after being caught in possession of a sawed-off shotgun.
In one of his first public appearances since a serious lack of brotherly love caused the band to split, Noel Gallagher gives fans a glimpse of his career plans post-Oasis. In the video, an Adidas advertisement that also features Snoop Dogg, Ian Brown, N-Dubz, David Beckham and Agyness Deyn, the musician can be seen busking in front of a crowd of people. Hey, at least he's getting gigs!