Jason Aldean celebrated his latest Number One hit, "Dirt Road Anthem," with a party in Nashville yesterday (Tuesday, August 30th) afternoon. It's the third consecutive chart-topper from Jason's My Kinda Party CD, but as he tells us, it's hands down the biggest crowd-pleaser."I thought the song was great, and if people had a chance to hear it I thought they would like it, but what it does from there on out is kinda anybody's guess, but I did feel like if it had the opportunity it could possibly be a big song for us and its turned out to be . . . I mean, we've had songs that stayed at Number One for longer than this one, but this song gets a bigger reaction than anything I think we've ever had, so whether it topped it or not, it did its deal, even if it wouldn't have."
Jason's new single is called "Tattoos On This Town."
In other Jason news, his previous Number One hit "My Kinda Party" will open ACC Network's telecasts of the 2011 ACC football season. The song will be featured in the opening video montage to lead into each week's syndicated game.
Jason's My Kinda Party tour continues to crisscross the country with special guests Chris Youngand Thompson Square. This weekend, they stop in Charlotte, Raleigh and Virginia Beach.
"Dirt Road Anthem" is Jason's career seventh Number One hit.
The song was co-written by Brantley Gilbert ("Country Must Be Country Wide") and Colt Ford.
Chris Young gathered the music industry in Nashville yesterday (Tuesday, August 30th) to celebrate his latest Number One hit, "Tomorrow," the release of his new CD, Neon, and the gold certification of his last album, The Man I Want To Be.
For Chris, the most significant part of the evening was being presented his first gold album plaque. He tells us: "It's my first gold record ever, so I don't have any idea what that's like. It's kind of like when I had my first Number One party a little bit, cause I didn't really know what to expect. I've been to 'em a lot. I never had to actually stand up there and say anything intelligent. I mean, I'm sure it'll be a little different from that because we're not only celebrating multiple things but also something that's really for me kind of a benchmark as an artist -- gettin' your first gold record. It's like really, really special!"
"Tomorrow" is Chris' fourth Number One hit.
His new single, "You," is climbing the country charts.
Chris is currently on tour with headliner Jason Aldean.
Chris co-wrote "Tomorrow," as well as "You."
"Tomorrow" was the first single released from Chris' new Neon CD.
Taylor Swift is the first victim on the revived prank show, Punk'd. This time around, Justin Bieber does the punking instead of Ashton Kutcher, who is now only serving as executive producer. The prank went down on Friday (August 26th) in Los Angeles, but no other details have been released.
Lady Antebellum, Kid Rock and Maroon 5 will perform at the NFL Kickoff 2011 concert in Green Bay, Wisconsin on September 8th. The show will reportedly take place just outside of Lambeau Field, home of the Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers. The game is the official start of the 2011 NFL season. The concert will air on NBC and the NFL Network.
LeAnn Rimes' ex-husband, Dean Sheremet, tied the knot with photographer Sarah Silver yesterday (Tuesday, August 20th) morning at City Hall in New York City. He told Us Weekly, "Everyone says I'm getting a second chance at love, but I think I'm just doing it right for the first time." Dean and LeAnn split after seven years of marriage when her affair with actor Eddie Cibrian made front page news. LeAnn and Eddie got married just four months ago.
Grand theft charges against Bucky Covington have been dropped. The former American Idol finalist was accused of stealing $1500 after a June 30th show in Ormond Beach, Florida by the concert's promoter. A judge has dismissed those charges, however, ruling that the accusations are without merit.
The Florida State Attorney General's Office told USA Today, "After a review of the information and evidence presented, the prosecutor determined that there was insufficient evidence to prove the charges against Mr. Covington beyond a reasonable doubt at trial."
Bucky previously told the Daytona Beach News-Journal, "It's absolutely and completely false. The promoter didn't have his fingers together. He did not pay people. I didn't get paid. This is just a paint job gone bad."
Bucky continues touring, with a date scheduled at Andrews Air Force Base in Camp Springs, Maryland on September 10th.
Scotty McCreery will be returning to his hometown of Garner, North Carolina to finish his last year of high school. The singer told a radio station in Raleigh yesterday (Tuesday, August 30th) that he will again be a classmate at Garner High beginning later this month.
Scotty said, "My mom, she's a certified K-12 teacher so she's taking care of business right now on the road, but come October and maybe some days in September . . . it's looking like I'm going to be able to go back to school and just be normal for a little bit. Back to Garner High, walking the halls again."
Scotty also thinks he'll be treated just like every other student, despite his newfound fame. He said, "I think for the first couple of weeks maybe it might be a little weird, but then once all the kids and the faculty and everybody sees that I'm just the same old kid, and this show and this stuff hasn't changed me, there's going to be somewhat normalcy."
Scotty will release his debut album, Clear As Day, on October 4th.
His brand new single, called "The Trouble With Girls," heads to radio this week.
Scotty will perform as part of a fundraiser concert for the North Carolina Children's Hospital on November 30th in Durham, North Carolina. Other performers include Brantley Gilbert, Jason Michael Carroll, Jerrod Niemann and David Nail. Tickets for the show are currently available at DpacNC.com.
Scotty's debut single, "I Love You This Big," was a Top 15 hit on the country charts.
The song was the highest debut on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for a new artist's first single since at least 1984.
LeAnn Rimes has never been afraid to take on a celebrity using Twitter -- and E!News hostGiuliana Rancic is no exception. During a recent interview, Giuliana Rancic said that Rimes would be a celebrity she would like to feed at the restaurant that her and her husband, Bill Rancic are opening. Giuliana said, "She lost a lot of weight from all the stress in her life. She seems a little thin right now and I think she looks great when she's a bit curvier." LeAnn didn't take this comment lightly and took to Twitter to express her feelings.
LeAnn said, "@GiulianaRancic hey, we should go to dinner sometime. You get criticized all the time for how small you are. You can see just HOW much I eat and maybe put a stop to this crazy "shrinking" once and for all.....oh, & then we should workout together! Good luck with your restaurant!!!!"
THE TWITTER FEUD HEATS UP
Giuliana hasn't directly responded to LeAnn's tweet. However, LeAnn couldn't help herself whenPopeater reporter, Naughty But Nice Rob tweeted, "Told you. @LeAnnRimes Responds To @GiulianaRancic Saying She Wants To Feed her!"
LeAnn responded, " @NaughtyNiceRob @giulianarancic @huffingtonpost well wouldn't you?! I think it would be good. We have lots in common to chat about."
Meanwhile, LeAnn's ex, Dean Sheremet married his girlfriend, Sarah Silver yesterday (August 30). The two wed at New York City's City Hall.
Q. Who originally recorded "Fancy," which was later recorded by Reba McEntire and became a big hit?
A. Bobbie Gentry
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REESE BUYING BRAD'S HOUSE? Brad Pitt's Malibu beach home might remain an A-list property.X17Online.com reported that Reese Witherspoon and her husband Jim Toth are considering buying the $13.75 million home and even took her kids to check out the pad over the weekend. The family reportedly visited five potential homes on Sunday -- but spent the longest amount of time at the Pitt property.
JENNIFER ANISTION PREGNANCY RUMORS HEAT UP: The Jennifer Aniston pregnancy rumors are again in full effect. Now that the actress and her beau Justin Theroux have moved in together, sources say they are expecting a baby. Us Weekly claims that there have been some hints -- Jen was supposedly sick during the couple's recent trip to Hawaii and she wasn't drinking at Ellen DeGeneresand Portia de Rossi's August 20th anniversary party. One insider told the magazine, "She wasn't drinking alcohol and she looked pregnant. People were noticing and talking about it like it was a fact."
GRANDPA JON VOIGHT HANGS WITH BRANGELINA KIDS: Brangelina's new nanny? None other than Angelina's father Jon Voight. The actor -- who recently reconciled with his daughter -- was spotted taking his grandchildren, Shiloh, Zahara and Pax, for a walk in London this week. People magazine reported that the foursome watched a cricket match in the park and had ice cream together.
BURT REYNOLDS DENIES FACE LIFT: Burt Reynolds has denied rumors that he's undergone a face lift -- but did admit to having surgery on his eyes. The 75-year-old credited his genes for his wrinkle-free skin. He told Britain's OK! magazine, "I was never lifted. I would not have a problem with the truth, but I inherited my smooth skin from my father. In the mid '80s, after some fights in a film, I had to have my eyes done. For one, I almost went blind because I got black powder in my eye. Also I had terrible sacks under my eyes from the many fist fights. My eyes were not in form any more. I had that corrected."
ED O'NEILL GETS WALK OF FAME STAR: Ed O'Neill received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Tuesday -- appropriately in front of a DSW shoe store on Hollywood Boulevard. (O'Neill rose to fame playing shoe salesman Al Bundy on Married With Children.) His TV wives -- Sofia Vergara from Modern Family and Katey Sagal, from Married -- were on hand for Tuesday's presentation. During the ceremony he joked, "Just think, somewhere in this world a baby girl is being born and she is going to be my next wife."
STEVEN SODERBERGH RETIRING? Director Steven Soderbergh admitted that he's planning to retire from Hollywood. The man behind the new movie Contagion told the New York Times, "I'm interested in exploring another art form while I have the time and ability to do so. I'll be the first person to say if I can't be any good at it and run out of money I'll be back making another 'Ocean's' movie." Soderbergh's frequent collaborator Matt Damon recently told the Los Angeles Times, "He wants to paint and he says he's still young enough to have another career. He's kind of exhausted with everything that interested him in terms of form. He's not interested in telling stories. Cinema interested him in terms of form and that's it. He says, 'If I see another over-the-shoulder shot, I'm going to blow my brains out.'"
WOMEN ANNOUNCED FOR 'TWO AND A HALF MEN': Courtney Thorne-Smith is headed back toTwo and a Half Men. EW.com reported that the actress will reprise her role as Alan Harper's girlfriend, Lyndsey McElroy -- who last appeared on the show in January. Actress Judy Greer will also appear on the upcoming ninth season, reportedly as the ex-wife of Ashton Kutcher's character.
ANGELINA JOLIE: NOT PREGNANT, NOT ADOPTING, NO SECRET WEDDING
Angelina Jolie debunked nearly all of the rumors that have been floating around the internet about her personal life. The actress flatly told Vanity Fair, "I'm not pregnant. I'm not adopting at the moment."
She also added that there's no "secret wedding" in the works for her and Brad Pitt.
Jolie was more forthcoming about her upcoming film In the Land of Blood and Honey, which she wrote and directed. She revealed that the project started while she was in isolation battling the flu. Angelina explained, "I had to be quarantined from the children for two days. I was in the attic of a house in France. I was isolated, pacing. I don't watch TV and I wasn't reading anything. So I started writing. I went from the beginning to the end."
She admitted that Brad did play a role in the production, saying that he was "so supportive" and offered feedback on the script. Jolie added, "Like any woman, I would listen to most of it and fight a few things. It's hard to separate the person that loves you from the critic, so I don't think he's a fair judge."
Will her experience behind the camera have any effect on her future acting roles? "Brad thinks I'm going to be a nightmare. I had such a good experience he thinks I'm going to be impatient with directors, which I already am."
Women aren't the only ones who go on Dancing With the Stars to lose weight. Rob Kardashian is hoping to follow in the footsteps of Kelly Osbourne and Kirstie Alley -- and drop some serious pounds during his run the show.
The 24-year-old reality star told Us Weekly, "I really want to get into shape. You probably wouldn't know, but I'm the most insecure and overweight I've ever been. I'm over 200 pounds, so I want to drop weight and this will be a good start."
Even though sister Kim previously competed on the show -- he's not looking to her for advice. He explained, "She just said, like 'You're going to be really nervous.' [But] I don't want her advice - I don't need advice from someone who lasted, I think three weeks."
Meanwhile, Rob isn't doing much to debunk rumors that Kardashian matriarch Kris Jenner is a control-freak who treats her famous kids like puppets. He said of DWTS, "My mom pretty much forced me to do this show. She did it to Kim and now she's doing it to me! [She] just says, 'Smile and be yourself.''"
Rob will be competing against the likes of Chaz Bono, Kristin Cavallari, Ricki Lake, Nancy Grace, Elisabetta Canalis and David Arquette beginning on September 19th.
Jon Cryer must continue paying $8,000 a month in child support to his ex-wife Sarah Trigger -- even though he has custody of their son Charlie most of the time.
The Two and a Half Men star has been fighting the payments ever since the court cut Trigger's time with Charlie from 65 percent to just 4 percent. He was paying $10,000 a month through 2009, but he's since been granted primary custody of Charlie.
The court defended their position, saying that not making Cryer financially obligated to Trigger at all could have a detrimental effect on Charlie. They explained, "Although, understandably, Jon may have found the situation unfair, the primary focus must remain on the child's well-being, not the parents' feelings."
Cryer and Trigger divorced in 2004. Her lawyer told TMZ that she now has custody of Charlie 35 percent of the time.
Jon has been married to Lisa Joyner since 2007 and the two adopted a baby girl named Daisy in 2009.
FOOD, WATER AIRLIFTED TO VERMONT TOWNS CUT OFF BY IRENE FLOODING: National Guard helicopters brought food and water Tuesday (August 30th) to a dozen Vermont towns that are cut off after flooding caused by the torrential rains brought by the remains of Hurricane Irene over the weekend washed out roads and bridges. The death toll from Irene has been raised to 44 in 13 states, and more than 2.5 million people from North Carolina to Maine were still without electricity yesterday. Small towns in the upstate New York regions of the Catskills and Adirondacks and parts of New Jersey have also been inundated with floodwaters.
LIBYAN REBELS SAY CLOSING IN ON GADHAFI: Libyan rebels said yesterday (August 30th) that they're closing in on Moammar Gadhafi and issued an ultimatum to regime loyalists in Gadhafi's hometown of Sirte, his main remaining center of support, to surrender by this Saturday or face an attack. A top rebel leader said, "We have a good idea where he is." The rebels said they are slowly restoring order in the capital of Tripoli after a week of fighting, including deploying police and collecting garbage. Meanwhile, the rebels were demanding that Algeria return members of Gadhafi's family who were allowed to flee to the neighboring country Monday. They included Gadhafi's wife, daughter Aisha -- who gave birth as they were fleeing to Algeria -- two of his seven sons, and several grandchildren. Evidence has also been mounting since the rebels took over Tripoli that Gadhafi lied when he claimed that his adopted baby daughter Hana was killed in a 1986 U.S. airstrike on his compound and that she is instead alive and well, now a grown woman.
AUGUST IS DEADLIEST MONTH FOR U.S. IN AFGHAN WAR: This August has become the deadliest month for U.S. forces in the nearly 10-year-old war in Afghanistan. The 66 U.S. service members killed this month as of Tuesday (August 30th) passes the previous record of 65 killed in July 2010, according to the Associated Press. Nearly half the August deaths took place when Taliban insurgents shot down a U.S. helicopter on August 6th, killing 30 American troops, most of them Navy SEALs, as well as several Afghan soldiers.
CYBERATTACK ON WIKILEAKS WEBSITE: The WikiLeaks website crashed Tuesday (August 30th) as it came under an apparent cyberattack after it published more than 125,000 leaked secret U.S. State Department cables over several days, a huge acceleration of the slow pace of releases that began in November. WikiLeaks directed its followers on its Twitter account to look for the cables on a mirror site or a separate search system. It wasn't immediately clear who was behind the attack. It's been reported that the huge batch of cables being released didn't have blocked out the names of diplomatic sources who'd spoke under condition that their identities be protected and who the disclosure could put at risk. The group wrote on Twitter, "Dear governments, if you don't want your filth exposed, then stop acting like pigs. Simple."
THREE OFFICIALS REPLACED OVER 'FAST AND FURIOUS' OPERATION AIMED AT GUN TRAFFICKING: The Justice Department replaced three officials Tuesday (August 30th) over their key roles in a flawed law enforcement operation known as "Fast and Furious" that targeted major gun-trafficking networks along the the border with Mexico. The acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the U.S. attorney in Arizona resigned and a prosecutor who worked on the operation was reassigned to civil cases. Fast and Furious was designed to track small-time gun buyers at several Phoenix-area gun shops up the chain to make cases against major weapons traffickers. But a congressional investigation turned up evidence that ATF lost track of many of the more than 2,000 guns linked to the operation. Some guns involved in the operation wound up in the hands of criminals in Mexico.
CONSUMER CONFIDENCE FALLS TO TWO-YEAR LOW: Consumer confidence fell in August to its lowest level since the recession ended in 2009. The Conference board said its index of consumer attitudes fell to 44.5 from 59.2 in July, its largest drop since October 2008 and weakest level since April 2009. The decline came after the contentious battle in Washington over raising the debt ceiling that brought the nation to the brink of default and caused the Standard and Poor's rating agency to downgrade America's credit rating from triple-A to double-A-plus, rattling the stock market. Also weighing on consumers is the continuing high unemployment rate.
SURVEY: MUSLIM-AMERICANS FEEL SINGLED OUT BY TERROR POLICIES: A new survey from the Pew Research Center found that more than half of Muslim-Americans feel singled out for increased surveillance and monitoring by government anti-terrorism policies, but at the same time, most said they're satisfied by how things are going in the U.S. and gave their communities high ratings as places to live. And although many reported more cases of name-calling, threats and harassment by airport security, law enforcement officers and others, the survey didn't find signs of rising alienation or anger among Muslim-Americans. Pew Research Center's Andrew Kohut said, "I was concerned about a bigger sense of alienation, but there was not. You don't see any indication of brewing negativity. When you look at their attitudes, these are still middle-class, mainstream people who want to be loyal to America." The survey also found:
About 21 percent said there is either "a great deal" or "a fair amount" of support for extremism in their communities.
About 81 percent said suicide bombings and other forms of violence against civilians are never justified to defend Islam.
81 percent had an unfavorable view of al-Qaida, compared to 68 percent in 2007.
Nearly half said Muslim leaders in the U.S. must do more to speak out against Islamic extremists, compared with one-third who say Muslim-American leaders have done enough.
CALIFORNIA MAN THROWS SON OFF TOUR BOAT: A 35-year-old Southern California man is facing charges of child endangerment and resisting arrest after allegedly throwing his seven-year-old son overboard on a Newport Harbor tour boat Sunday (August 28th). After arguing with his girlfriend, Sloane Briles reportedly hit the boy several times before throwing him off the boat when he wouldn't stop crying. Police said he appeared to have been drinking. The boy was quickly rescued by other boaters, and he and his six-year-old brother are now in the custody of their mother, Briles' ex-wife.
SOCIALLY ANXIOUS KIDS VULNERABLE TO BULLIES: Children who want to interact with other kids but find it anxiety-producing to make friends are vulnerable to rejection and bullying, according to a new study from family and human development professor Gary Ladd of Arizona State Univeristy. Ladd's research classified children as either: non-withdrawn, meaning kids who are social and have many friends; unsociable withdrawn, which are kids who aren't social but aren't afraid of interacting with other children; or anxious-solitary withdrawn, kids who want to interact with their peers but are too anxious to do so. They found that even compared with unsociable children, anxious-solitary withdrawn kids have fewer friends and are more likely to lose their friends over time. They are more emotionally sensitive and are more likely to be excluded and bullied. Ladd said that it may be particularly important for these children to develop and participate in friendships through activities such as organized sports and play dates.
LI NA OUT IN FIRST ROUND ON DAY TWO OF U.S. OPEN: Day Two of the U.S. Open yesterday (August 30th) saw sixth-seeded Li Na of China, the winner of the French Open earlier this year, upset in her first round match. Li fell 6-2, 7-5 to 53rd-ranked Simona Halep of Romania. Li's defeat came one day after Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova lost her first-round match, and Australian Open champion Kim Clijsters isn't playing because of a stomach muscle injury. Winners yesterday included top seeds Novak Djokovic and Caroline Wozniacki, as well as defending chamipon Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams,Francesca Schiavone, David Ferrer and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
VICK REPORTEDLY GETS $100 MILLION DEAL: Quarterback Michael Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles have agreed on a six-year, $100 million contract, the Associated Press reported yesterday (August 30th), making Vick one of the highest-paid players in the NFL. The reported deal completes Vick's comeback after spending 18 months in federal prison on dogfighting charges. Vick joined the Eagles in 2009 after getting out of jail, playing little as the third-string QB. He started last season as the backup, but then earned the starting role after Kevin Kolb get hurt in the season opener. He led the Eagles to NFC East title and was the starting quarterback in the Pro Bowl.
(Headline News, FYI and Sports stories were compiled in part from reports by the Associated Press and Reuters.)
MINUTE TO WIN IT - A teacher and construction worker face off in a best-of-three competition, which includes the Stack Attack challenge. Later, a Tucson woman starts a new game and takes on the Chocolate Unicorn challenge.
AMERICA'S GOT TALENT - Five acts advance in a results episode.
THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - (repeat)
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LATE NIGHT TALK SHOWS
THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) - Aubrey Plaza. Thurston Moore performs.
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO (NBC) - Allison Janney; Jay Mohr. Also: OK Go perform.
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) - (repeat)
THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON (CBS) - Leslie Bibb; Louie Anderson.
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) - Christina Ridci; Jim Gaffigan; Jeff Musial. Also: Kirk Franklin performs.
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AN APP THAT PREDICTS TRAFFIC LIGHTS: A new app developed by MIT and Princeton researchers can predict traffic lights. SignalGuru uses pictures taken with a dashboard mounted smartphone to tell other app users what color traffic light they are approaching. The data that results from this process also lets the nearby drivers know whether or not they'll make the next light or how quickly they have to get there to make it. MIT concluded, "By reducing the need to idle and accelerate from a standstill, the system saves gas: In tests conducted in Cambridge, Mass., it helped drivers cut fuel consumption by 20 percent." (TIME)
SOUTH CAROLINA WOMAN BUYS IPAD; ENDS UP WITH FAKE: A woman in South Carolina who bought an iPad for $180 in the parking lot of a McDonald's found out she got scammed when she got home and opened the box to find a slab of wood painted to look like the gadget. The Spartanburg Sheriff's office said 22-year-old Ashley McDowell told them two men came up to her and asked her if she wanted to buy an iPad. According to the woman, they told her the iPads were purchased in bulk and as a result they were able to sell them at a discount of $300 as opposed to the full retail price of $499. When the McDowell told them she only had $180, they quickly struck a deal with her for that amount. When she got home, she found the box only contained a piece of wood that had a painted-on screen and a fake Best Buy sales ticket. Investigators are still searching for the two men. (NY Daily News)
CHILDREN SUE FOR 'BAD MOTHERING': Two grown children in Illinois who filed a lawsuit against their mother in 2009 had their suit dismissed after the judge called their allegations "petty grievances." Steven Miner II and Kathryn Miner -- both currently in their early 20s -- wanted more than $50,000 for emotional distress they claim was caused by their mother Kimberly Garrity enforcing curfews, sending them insufficient college care packages and causing undue suffering when she haggled with them over homecoming dress budgets. The children were being represented by their father Steven Miner -- who split from Garrity in 2005. The judge ruled, "At its worst, [Garrity's conduct] reflects behavior that is sometimes erratic, sometimes spiteful, sometimes less than generous or fully sensitive to the material and emotional needs of her children. But by no means does the nature and quality of this conduct fall outside 'all possible bounds of decency.'" (CNN)
ARE DOCTORS THE SEXIEST PROFESSION? A poll of Swedish men and women indicates doctors are considered the sexiest professionals. Doctors received 20 percent of the vote overall, getting 20 percent of the men's vote and 26 percent of the women's. Nurses tied with doctors, also receiving votes from 20 percent among male voters. A love coach who helped conduct the survey said, "Men and women seem to be in agreement that the sexiest professions are professions where people take care of other people. There are a number of popular television shows that perhaps make the profession appear rather glamorous." Female voters found cooks to have the second sexiest job, with 16 percent of the vote. (UPI)
KISSING MAKES SEX BETTER: You'll have much better sex if you kiss before intercourse. The lips are packed with nerve endings -- 100 times more than the fingertips. As a result, kissing kick-starts multiple mechanisms in the brain, releasing chemicals that lower stress and boost mood. It increases levels of the pleasure hormones and will make you a lot more receptive to what happens later. A doctor told the Daily Mail, "That's why loving sex can be more satisfying than a quickie -- and that endorphin hit from dopamine is especially important for women." (Daily Mail)
PEOPLE GET DRUNKER IN UNFAMILIAR BARS: Drinkers are twice as likely to lose their inhibitions if they consume alcohol in a bar they have never been to before, according to a study. Scientists say that familiar surroundings, on the other hand, serve to keep people's drunkenness in check. British researchers from the University of Birmingham found that student volunteers were less likely to hold back an inappropriate response when in an environment they haven't drunk alcohol in before. (Telegraph)
MARRIAGE UNDER 18 IS BAD FOR YOU: New research published in the journal Pediatrics on Monday concludes that child marriage is a health risk, leading to a broad range of psychiatric disorders like depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorders. Children who marry are also more likely to have nicotine, alcohol, and drug addictions. Most states require parental consent for marriage under 18; many states require court approval under 16; but in Texas you can marry as young as 14 with parental approval. (Gawker.com)
5 KINDS OF DATES YOU GO ON IN COLLEGE (TheGloss.com)
The One After You Slept Together: Oh, now it's morning! And you are doing something so it doesn't feel sordid. That something is going to be eating pancakes while wearing a dress from the night before, probably hungover. Do you mention the sex? Do you not mention it? Here is a good way to handle it: say "these pancakes are nice." It's a euphemism. Then just stay silent and say nothing else for the entire meal.
The One Where He Watched Romantic Comedies: There's going to be some weirdly earnest guy who is going to have been told that girls don't want to go on a BORING date so he is going to orchestrate the best date ever, as shown by independent romantic comedies. He's going to take you to a carnival or something, which is great, and then he's going to give you a flower which shoots water, which is cute, if, you know, a bit much. Then he's going to tell you that you're going to have an elephant ear contest and you're going to be like "I don't like elephant ears" but he doesn't care, and then he's going to tell you that from now on your going to talk in the weird European accents they used in 'When Harry Met Sally' which is awful. Just awful and uncomfortable. And suddenly you realize that this is no longer an independent romantic comedy, this is a horror film with carny music playing in the background. Continue pretending to enjoy yourself while desperately scanning for exits. Realize there is no exit.
The Date With The Dude On A Wife Hunting Mission: You're going to, at some point, say "I should stop hooking up with dudes and having uncomfortable breakfasts at the Donkey Diner, I will go out with this boy who tucks his collared shirt into his pants." And you will, and then you will realize that he is interviewing you for the position of wife, right there, at The Donkey Diner. He will start off subtly by saying things like "I like kids!" and you will be like "me...too." Because you're no monster! And then he will say "how many would you want?" Reply "43. Or at least enough to form a small land army and take over Georgia" and let him take it from there. If there a lull you can say "these pancakes are nice."
The Mass Date: If you are in a sorority - well a sorority's purpose is sort of to organize these kind of large group dates. Oh, and give you umm... valuable networking connections later in life. You will be paired up with someone who is a friend of someone's so you don't have to go to the formal ALONE and someone (hopefully not you) will cry hysterically in a bathroom and you will have to comfort them. Also, someone will vomit. Maybe the crying girl, maybe not! There will be very little time actually spent in the presence of your date.
An Actual Good Date: It will probably happen without any planning whatsoever. All of a sudden, you'll just be eating cake and drinking coffee and saying things without planning them out and it will good. When you graduate, this is what all dates will be like. (Hah! That was a funny for you, everyone who has graduated from college).
Florida Lawmaker Handing Out Belts to Students Due to Anti-Saggy Pants Law
A Florida lawmaker is handing out 200 belts to students as they return to school to help them comply with a new state law banning saggy pants on school campuses. Democratic State Senator Gary Siplinpushed for six years for the law, which overwhelmingly passed earlier this year. Arkansas is the only other state that has a widespread student ban on saggy pants. Siplin, who says he got tired of seeing young men wearing their pants so low that you could see their underwear, told Reuters, "We want our kids to believe they're going to college, and part of that is an attitude, and part of that is being dressed professionally." Repeat saggy pants violators will face up to three days of in-school suspension and up to 30 days suspension from extra-curricular activities. The saggy pants trend is believed to have originated from attire in prison, where inmates aren't allowed belts, and is popular in the rap and hip-hop community. However, Siplin, who is black, has rebuffed objections from the ACLU and the NAACP, who charge the law violates personal freedom and unfairly targets minority students.
Court: Girl Conceived After Father's Death Not Entitled to Benefits
A federal appeals court ruled this week that an Iowa girl who was conceived after her father's death isn't entitled to his Social Security benefits, reversing a lower court decision. Brynn Beeler, who's now eight, was born two years after her father's death. She was conceived by Patti Beeler through in vitro fertilization using sperm banked by her late husband, who died of leukemia at age 37. Patti Beeler filed for Social Security survivor benefits for her daughter soon after Brynn was born, but the federal government said the girl didn't qualify based upon its interpretation of Iowa law. Beeler appealed, and a federal judge judge ruled in 2009 that Brynn could receive the benefits. However, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed that decision, saying that the federal government's interpretation of the law is reasonable. It also noted that the purpose of the Social Security Act is to help children who lost support after the unexpected death of a parent. The Beeler case led Iowa to change its law to allow children conceived up to two years after a parent dies to receive inheritance rights and Social Security benefits, however it doesn't apply to the Beelers since it's not retroactive. Eleven other states have similar laws.
Mayor Says Labor Day Parade Must Be Paid for If GOPers Not Included
The mayor of Wausau, Wisconsin, said yesterday (August 30th) that a local labor council will have to reimburse the city up to $2,000 for the Labor Day parade if Republican lawmakers are blocked from taking part. The move by Mayor Jim Tipple came after Marathon County Labor Council President Randy Radtke said last week that GOP politicians weren't welcome in the parade because of their party's state lawmakers voting against collective bargaining earlier this year. Tipple, who claims no affiliation with either political party, told Reuters, "This is not a political rally, it's a parade, for God's sake," noting that taxpayer money is used to pay for staging the event. But Radtke, who said last week, "It should come as no surprise that organizers choose not to invite elected officials who have openly attacked workers' rights or stood idly by while their political party fought to strip public workers of their right to collectively bargain," told a local TV station that the labor council stood by its decision.
Taylor Swift wrapped up her sold out, four-night run at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday (August 28th). She ended things on a high note, with special guests Ellen DeGeneresand rapper Nicki Minaj.
First, Ellen popped up on stage, where Taylor put her to work. The comedian showed off her skills on the bongo and triangle. Taylor's band soon launched into "Our Song," which Ellen tweeted about after the show, writing, "Just got off the stage with @TaylorSwift13 at Staples Center. Our song is now "Our Song". #taylorswift."
Right after accepting the award for Best Hip-Hop Video at the MTV VMAs, Nicki headed over to the Staples Center to join Taylor on Nicki's hit, "Superbass."
Following the show, Taylor tweeted, "The combination of the INSANE crowd tonight and @NICKIMINAJ joining me onstage for "Superbass" = #IwishthatIcouldhavethismoment4life."
Taylor takes her Speak Now tour to San Jose, California for two nights beginning on Thursday (September 1st).
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Brad Paisley's duet with Carrie Underwood, "Remind Me," claims the Number One spot on both theBillboard and Country Aircheck charts this week. "Remind Me" becomes Brad's 20th chart-topper and Carrie's 14th.
Brad was inspired to write the song because he liked how rappers like Kanye West and Eminem were structuring their collaborations with female acts. He and Carrie tell us: "We got the idea from this based on I'm kind of jealous of the way that Kanye or Eminem or . . . they can take somebody and say, 'Here's what I want you to say.' And they're a character, and we don't, I don't think we do enough of that kind of creativity in country music, so . . . but they used to. I mean, Conway and Loretta, their songs were like this. 'You're the Reason Our Kids Are Ugly' is a fantastic example of two people kind of . . . or 'Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man,' which we've sung. It's like (singing),'Da-da-da-da-da-da-da-da-da-da-da-da-da-da-da' -- Kanye: 'too bad alligator.' Kanye! Conway . . . Twitty! (Carrie) I don't think he ever sang that! (Brad) (laughs) Conway Twitty . . . says at that point, 'too bad alligator, you swim too slow,' and then they tune it. They use that tune . . . (Carrie) We'll have to remember that for CMAs. (Brad) Kanye Twitty. (Carrie) Kanye Twitty. (Brad) Absolutely."
Brad and Carrie will team up for the fourth time to co-host the CMA Awards on November 9th at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. The show will air live on ABC.
"Remind Me" is Brad's third single from his This Is Country Music album.
The song was certified gold earlier this month by the RIAA for sales exceeding 500,000 downloads.
"Remind Me" has already surpassed 750,000 digital downloads.
Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert will help co-produce Neal McCoy's upcoming studio album. The project, which will be his 12th, will be aptly titled XII, and will be released in January of next year.
Blake and Miranda announced the news in a video message, where Blake teased fans with the idea that the two were recording an album of duets.
Neal sad, "Having Miranda and Blake involved in this project is 'Huge' for me. Not only do they have great vision, but they know when to have fun and when to get serious along with being Fantastic musicians."
Blake and Miranda tapped Neal to perform during their wedding reception back in May.
Neal's first single, "A-OK," will be released in October.
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Neal's last album, That's Life, was released in 2005.
Over the years, Neal has charted over twenty-five singles.
Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles will host the ABC-TV holiday special, CMA Country Christmas, for the second year in a row. The show will feature many of today's top country artists and will air on the network later this year during the holiday season.
CMA Country Christmas will be taped in front of a live audience on November 10th at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Performers, television airdate, and ticket information will be announced soon.
Jennifer said, "I love holiday traditions and am so excited to add hosting CMA Country Christmas to my new list of traditions now! I'm gonna have to up my game this second time around, so I'm putting Brad and Carrie on speed dial for hosting emergency consulting services!"
The CMA Country Christmas taping will follow the 45th annual CMA Awards, hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood. That show airs live also from the Bridgestone Arena on November 9th at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
Last year's inaugural CMA Country Christmas drew an average audience of 7.3 million viewers.
Jennifer has won four CMA Awards as one-half of Sugarland, as well as an additional Award on her own when she received the CMA Song of the Year Award for writing the duo's hit single "Stay" in 2008.
Gary Allan has teamed up with stylist Renee Layer to open a high-end clothing store in Nashville called The Label. Gary has tapped designer Tony Sartino for the custom-made clothing. His client list includesKings of Leon, Bon Jovi, Goo Goo Dolls and Prince. The Label, which will also sell jewelry and home furnishings, will open its doors on Thursday (September 1st).
A farmer in Shelby, North Carolina is honoring Jason Aldean by putting his name and image into the design of his corn field. Shelby Corn Maze is celebrating its 10th anniversary with Jason's face and logo. Fans will get a chance to find their way through the maze from September 17th through October 30th.
Rodney Atkins was presented the key to the city of his hometown of Harrogate, Tennessee over the weekend and spent some time with the children of the Holston Children's Home, the home that Rodney was adopted from as a baby. The singer was in town to tape an episode of GAC's Origins.
Trailer Choir member "Big" Vinny Hickerson will be a contestant on The Biggest Loser. The 12th season begins on September 20th on NBC.
Loretta Lynn is on the mend after undergoing knee surgery last week. The legendary singer is at home resting at her Hurricane Mills, Tennessee ranch. Loretta is still unable to perform for a while yet, but she has asked Ray Price to fill in for her on her scheduled September 3rd date at her ranch.
Loretta said, "I love Ray so much. I am very proud to have him play at my ranch for me. He has had more number one hits then all of us put together. I know my fans are going to love him, and they are in for one heck of a show!"
Fans with tickets for the Saturday show will be allowed entrance into Ray's performance.
For more information on Loretta and her future performances, visit her official website at LorettaLynn.com.
Loretta also canceled some shows in July after being hospitalized for heat exhaustion and dehydration.
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