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Atlanta Hawks first round playoff ticket prices don’t reflect record

Even though the Atlanta Hawks are the No. 1 in the National Basketball Association’sEastern Conference, tickets to the team’s first round playoff game remain relatively cheap.

The San Francisco-based personal finance site NerdWallet took a look at NBA ticket prices on the secondary market based on data from TiqIQ and found the average price of a first round home ticket to see the Hawks is $187.20, the fifth lowest of the 16-playoff-bound teams.

However, the Hawks did see the largest ticket increase during the course of the season – rising by 70.6 percent.

To ensure ticket validity, the Hawks recommend fans use official, verified ticket outlets: Hawks.com, Ticketmaster and the Philips Arena box office.

Doors at Philips Arena are scheduled to open two hours prior to tip-off.

The Hawks will play the Brooklyn Nets in the first round of the playoffs April 19 at 5:30 p.m.

Entertainment Tonights,Mariah Carey’s No. 1s Ranked from the Best to the Very Best

Twenty-five years ago, Mariah Carey claimed her seat atop the pop pantheon, scoring her first No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100.

Another would follow, and then another, and then another until she had eighteen in all — more than Elvis, and just three shy of beating The Beatles’ long-standing record.

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Those hits — featured on the upcoming compilation, #1 to Infinity – will always be our babies. Before the superstar belts out those songs during a Vegas residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, we look back on the very best of Mariah.

18. “Thank God I Found You” (1 week, 2000)

With a handsome entourage that included R&B crooner Joe and 98 Degrees, there was not a feel that wasn’t felt when they all collectively let their voices coalesce into the prettiest (and most banal) of musical paradises.

17. “Touch My Body” (2 weeks, 2008)

Turning up the heat for this slinky, sassy jam from 2008’s E=MC², it was hard to know what or who was hotter: the sexed-up song or Mariah, the object of Jack McBrayer’s nerd affection in the sultry music video.

16. “Don’t Forget About Us” (2 weeks, 2005)

Mariah’s smoldering comeback was in full bloom when “Don’t Forget About Us” was released as a bonus track on the reissue of 2005’s momentous The Emancipation of Mimi. Sure, it capitalized on the massive success of “We Belong Together,” but considering that single’s divinity, can you blame her?

15. “Someday” (2 weeks, 1991)

Bringing the badassery while dressed in some serious mom jeans (hey, it was the early ’90s) Carey was the dumpee on her third consecutive No. 1 — a departure from the songstress’ previous slow jams. She was done, moving on, “not pretending.” And to get her point across, she hit an insane whistle note at the end. Take that, ex-lover. Also, take this.

14. “I Don’t Wanna Cry” (2 weeks, 1991)

Mariah knows real-life heartbreak, and here she vents the best way she knows how — via song. Her voice is full and forceful, working up to a soulful chorus that scales her incomparable range.

13. “Hero” (4 weeks, 1993)

How do we know Mariah appreciates her beloved fans, the “lambs”? She keeps giving them this wonderfully schmaltzy ballad about inner beauty and all things Hallmark, despite loathing it herself.

12. “I’ll Be There” (2 weeks, 1992)

The Jackson 5 made it a hit in 1970, and then Mariah — preserving the magic during this tribute performed at her MTV Unplugged special — did it again 22 years later.

11. “One Sweet Day” (16 weeks, 1995-1996)

It was more than one sweet day for Mariah and Boyz II Men – it spent a whopping 16 weeks at No. 1. They owned that chart like they owned this bittersweet send-off to the dearly departed.

10. “Vision of Love” (4 weeks, 1990)

While the Long Island up-and-comer was having a vision of love, the rest of us — being wooed by her powerhouse chops – were having visions of a long, successful career. It all started with this glorious, gospel-tinged slow burner, the then-20-year-old singer’s first chart-topper.

9. “Heartbreaker” (2 weeks, 1999)

The lead single off 1999’s Rainbow bounced about with infectious gusto and a candy-colored chorus. Jay-Z stopped by mid-song for a rap cameo, and the Voice – alternating between breathy and belt-y — found its sweet spot.

8. “Love Takes Time” (3 weeks, 1990)

Her second stop at the top was with “Love Takes Time,” firmly establishing Carey as the new balladeer on the block. “I can’t escape the pain inside,” she confessed on this forgotten gem. The world couldn’t escape either — from this song.

7. “Dreamlover” (8 weeks, 1993)

Mariah’s career certainly didn’t need any rescuing in 1993, but her heart did. The singer’s personal ad set to music — “I need somebody uplifting to take me away” — was as enchanting as her frolicking through a field wearing Daisy Dukes.

6. “Emotions” (3 weeks, 1991)

High note after high note after high note. You’re welcome.

 

5. “Honey” (3 weeks, 1997)

Stripped of her squeaky-clean image (and most of her clothes), Carey — with the magical touch of Puff Daddy and Bad Boy’s production team — completed her metamorphosis into a hip-hop heroine. The intoxicating summertime single stormed the charts, igniting one of the most memorable rebirths in music history.

4. “My All” (1 week, 1998)

When it comes to bummed-out ballads, this lover’s heavy-hearted plea from the Butterfly era – her first emancipation, in 1997 — is sublimely and unexpectedly understated. Sad, too. Even the Latin-inspired guitar strings can’t suppress the sniffles.

 

3. “We Belong Together” (14 weeks, 2005)

After a rough patch at the onset of the new millennium, Carey made the comeback of all comebacks — 14 weeks in that top spot! — with this R&B-inspired power ballad, which was a throwback to classic Carey.

2. “Fantasy” (8 weeks, 1995)

Merging her pop roots with her rap influences, Mariah made her initial foray into hip-hop with the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard for the radio remix of “Fantasy.” The Tom Tom Club-sampled confection was more than a “sweet, sweet fantasy” — the songbird made it a dizzying, dazzling reality.

1. “Always Be My Baby” (2 weeks, 1996)

That opening coo. Those head-swirling “do do doop dums.” THAT KEY CHANGE. Like the timeless love Carey writes about, this sweetly swaying sing-along just doesn’t grow old. It’s part of us, indefinitely.

Judge Orders Suge Knight to Stand Trial on Murder Charge

Marion “Suge” Knight will stand trial on murder and attempted-murder charges after the former rap music mogul struck two men with his pickup truck in January, killing one and seriously injuring the other.

Suge Knight Collapses in Court at Hearing

Superior Court Judge Ronald Coen made the ruling Thursday after concluding a hearing that focused heavily on testimony from Cle “Bone” Sloan, who was hit outside a Compton burger stand. The judge also reduced bail from $25 million to $10 million.

Sloan told detectives that he attacked Knight but testified Monday that he didn’t remember the fight and did not want to be a “snitch.” Prosecutors played Sloan’s statement to police, which offered a lucid, detailed account of the events Jan. 29 that led up to the deadly encounter.

Authorities contend Knight intentionally hit the men, killing Terry Carter, 55. Knight’s attorney, Matt Fletcher, says his client was ambushed and was trying to escape Sloan’s attack when he ran over the men.

Suge Knight: A Timeline of His Legal Troubles

Sloan’s testimony demonstrated the difficulty in prosecuting Knight, who has gang ties and a reputation for intimidating witnesses.

“I will not be used to send Suge Knight to prison,” Sloan testified, adding that he was only on the stand because he was subpoenaed.

Prosecutors granted Sloan, a former gang member who’s known Knight for decades, limited immunity after he said he intended to invoke his Fifth Amendment right to avoid self-incrimination.

Knight, 49, was a key player in the gangster rap scene that flourished in the 1990s, and his label once listed Dr. DreTupac Shakur and Snoop Dogg among its artists. Knight lost control of the company after it was forced into bankruptcy.

Sloan, an adviser on the upcoming film Straight Outta Compton, said he was trying to forget details of the crash, in which he suffered two fractured ankles, a serious cut to his head, two torn knee ligaments and a shoulder injury.

“Every day, I try to forget it,” Sloan said. “I just know, I screwed up, and Terry’s dead.”

Sloan’s memory troubles prompted the judge to comment on his testimony: “I find that this witness is being deceptive.”

The judge also heard from the lead detective investigating the case and watched security camera footage of the crash. The camera caught a limited view of the parking lot but shows Knight struggling with Sloan through the window of his truck before putting the vehicle in reverse, striking Sloan, then hitting him again and running over Carter while fleeing the scene.

Fletcher, Knight’s attorney, pressed Sloan on his feelings toward Knight and whether he was “enraged” at him on the day of the crash. Sloan said he was mad but disputed that he told detectives he was enraged.

Fletcher also painted Sloan as the aggressor, saying Knight “hadn’t attacked you in any form, fashion or manner. You agree?”

“Yes,” Sloan said.

Knight faces up to life in prison if convicted in the case. He has prior felony convictions for armed robbery and assault with a gun. Knight pleaded no contest in 1995 and was sentenced to five years’ probation in an assault on two rap entertainers at a Hollywood recording studio in 1992.

The rap figure was sentenced to prison in February 1997 for violating terms of that probation by taking part in a fight at a Las Vegas hotel hours before Shakur was fatally wounded in a drive-by attack as he rode in Knight’s car near the Strip. Shakur’s slaying remains unsolved.

Prosecutors only had to present a fraction of their evidence against Knight during the preliminary hearing that began Monday.

Bow Wow REVEALS (In A Photo Spread) He & His Fiancée Live In Basement Of Mom’s Home, “It Just Makes Sense!”

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If you haven’t heard, Bow Wow (aka Shad Moss) and his fiancée live in the basement of his mother’s mansion in Atlanta. Why? Well, he believes it makes sense and he wants to be close by to make sure his mother is comfortable at all times. Deets inside…..

You would think by the time you reach 28-years-old, one would be ready to hightail it out of their parents’ home, especially if you’re engaged to be married AND star on a huge CBS television series. But, that’s not the case for rapper-turned-actor Bow Wow, who now likes to go by his real name, Shad Moss.

The “CSI: Cyber” star recently revealed that he still lives with his mother Teresa Caldwell. In fact, he AND his fiancée, “Love & Hip Hop NY” star Erica Mena, live with his mother…in the basement! Yep, he moved home girl to the basement.

But, there’s a method to his housing arrangements.

The 28-year-old star says “it just makes sense” to live in the 8-bedroom Atlanta mansion because it’s huge and it’s more than enough room for the three of them. He told PEOPLE“First of all the house is too big, but I want to make sure my mom is comfortable forever.”

Apparently, the mansion is so big the basement is more like a condo. And if he decides to throw wild parties down there, his mother can still be home, and not hear a thing.

“It’s like I have a condo downstairs. I’ve had 100 people there and my mom has been asleep and has never heard the music, screaming, laughter, or drinking. I mean full blown house parties downstairs while she is in the bed asleep. So I’m staying right here.”

Hmph.

And although they say three is a crowd, it appears to work for Shad and his family. He says often times they’ll go days without seeing his mom because that’s how spacious the mansion is. He spilled,

“There’s times where I’ll be down there for three days and we don’t see each other so it’s like I’m out of town even when I’m here,” he says adding one perk of being so close to mom: “I don’t have to get in the car and drive anywhere to see her. I just come up the stairs and say, “What up, Mom.’ ”

So where exactly did Bow Wow come up with this housing situation? It appears, his mentor/producer Jermaine Dupri put him on to the idea.

“I remember when I first moved to Atlanta and Jermaine Dupree had the same situation. He took part of the house and his mom had the whole rest of it. I said then that I wanted to have the same set up,” said Shad.

If it works for them…who are we to judge?  But it IS interesting Shad likes to floss so much on the ‘Gram talking about all the money, jewelry and cars he has….

BRABUS STARTECH Pickup

The 2015 Shanghai Auto Show brings news of a new venture between automotive customizer BRABUS and affiliate company STARTECH. Making its global debut, this converted Range Rover Pickup has been kitted with 100 bespoke body parts made of aluminum, carbon and steel, complete with sizeable forged wheels that dial in at 23 inches. Aside from substantial exterior alterations, the standard engine was replaced with a five-liter, eight-cylinder supercharged variation touting 526 hp, enabling this beast of a vehicle to attain a 100 km/h speed in only 5.3 seconds.

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