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Friday, January 31, 2014

KFLAG COUNTRY MUSIC


Luke Bryan is hosting friends on Sunday (February 2nd) at his Nashville area home to watch the Super Bowl. While he loves both the cities of Seattle and Denver, Luke tells us his money is on the Broncos. “My Super Bowl pick is, Seattle, I love you, but I’m just pulling for Peyton (Manning) on this one. I got to meet Peyton last year, and he’s a great guy. I did a charity concert for him for a hospital and hung with him and I’d love to see Peyton get him one more ring. I truly feel like Seattle is a powerhouse. I mean, I’m excited just to watch the Super Bowl and have a reason to cheer, certainly,’ for Peyton, but if Seattle wins, I’m gonna be like, ‘Hey! Congrats!,’ because they’re just an awesome football team. I’m excited because I have the Saturday off before the Super Bowl, so I get home and kinda get my bearings off the road and get pumped up before the Super Bowl. It’s gonna be fun.”
Luke's That's My Kinda Night tour plays tonight (Friday, January 31st) in Oklahoma City.
FAST FACTS
  • Luke was nominated for three ACM nods this week for Album of the Year for Crash My Party, Male Vocalist and Entertainer of the Year.
  • He will co-host the ACM Awards with Blake Shelton on April 6th in Las Vegas.

Garth Brooks has still got it! Fans scooped up tickets to his two announced dates at Croke Park in Dublin, Ireland so fast that organizers quickly added a third date. That show, too, was sold out immediately.
More than 10,000 people queued around the country at Ticketmaster outlets, and the entire 240,000 tickets sold out in 90 minutes. This is the first time that an artist has sold out three dates at Croke Park in one day.
Garth will now take the stage at Croke Park July 25-27.
There's no word yet on who will be joining Garth on the bill, but he tells us exclusively that a special Nashville singer/songwriter will definitely be part of the World Tour. "I'm a huge Karyn Rochelle fan. She'll be with us on background vocals, so I would love for her to take a swing at opening this thing up. She's a gift. To introduce her to you, to introduce her to anybody, I'm doing you the favor. This little gal is talented and she is all heart and soul."
Karyn has penned such songs as "Red High Heels", and "Don't You Know You're Beautiful" for Kellie Pickler, as well as "Georgia Rain" and "This Is Me You're Talking To" for Trisha Yearwood.
Garth has yet to announce dates on his upcoming World Tour, but he plans to kick the run off this fall.


Jerrod Niemann will be among the millions of fans tuning in for Super Bowl 48 (XLVIII) this Sunday (February 2nd). Jerrod is a bit torn about who to cheer on this year, but one team does have a slight advantage, as far as he's concerned.
He tells us: “I have learned that it’s such a bad decision to ever choose a team, especially the Super Bowl, because everybody that happens to be a fan of that team gets very upset. But, now that…I prefaced with that: I will say, I don’t have a dog in the fight, but I’ve always been a huge Peyton Manning fan because he’s full of class. He’s a very talented athlete. You know, the Denver Broncos stadium was actually the closest NFL team growin’ up, which didn’t seem right, but it . . . you know, Denver to southwest Kansas, but it was the closest one, so I’ve always appreciated and respected and been of the fan of the Broncos. But I also do like the Seahawks, and I know that they’re an amazing team, and they have a lot of class on their team, too. So, I will be cheering for the Broncos, but once again, I will say that I’m extremely excited to watch the game ’cause I know the Seahawks are absolutely incredible.”
The Super Bowl airs on FOX beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET.
Jerrod’s new album, High Noon, is set for release on March 25th.
CHECK IT OUT
The video preview for Jerrod's hit single, "I Can Drink To That All Night":


Miranda Lambert will be joining Jason Aldean on select dates on his upcoming Burn It Down tour. She will take the stage at the baseball stadium shows in Cleveland on July 18th; Cincinnati on July 19th; and Pittsburgh on July 26th.
Other acts on the bill for those shows include Tyler Farr and Florida Georgia Line.
The Burn It Down tour will play in close to 50 cities, wrapping in Dallas on October 25th.
FAST FACTS
  • Miranda joined Jason last summer during his stadium show at Fenway Park in Boston.


Chris Young has big plans for Super Bowl Sunday (February 2nd). The singer has a short break in his tour schedule so he's heading to Las Vegas with some buddies to take in the game on a big screen at some sports bar on the Strip. Of course, Chris plans to put a little money -- or a lot -- on the game.
He said, “It's a great match up and the Seahawks are strong, but I’m laying a crap load of money on the Broncos. I'm a diehard Dallas Cowboys fan, but early in the season I thought the Broncos would make a run deep run into the playoffs. I have Knowshon Moreno on my fantasy football team. I’ve never spent Super Bowl weekend in Vegas and I’m looking forward to having fun and hopefully, ‘what happens in Vegas doesn't stay in Vegas’ and comes home with me in my wallet."
Chris returns to the road next weekend and joins Dierks Bentley on the Riser tour beginning in May.
His brand new single is called “Who I Am With You.”


As a big football fan, Joe Nichols will be tuning in to watch this weekend's Super Bowl game. He has a reason to root for each team, so he'll be happy either way.
Joe tells us what he really wants is to watch the game played in blizzard conditions: "It should be an interesting game. I heard that's the first time the Number One offense and Number One defense play each other in the Super Bowl in like 25 years, so that's interesting. I think that's the way it should be every year, but I don't know. It's gonna be an interesting game. I'm a big, huge Peyton Manning fan, but then again, my daughter was born in Seattle and she's a big Seahawks fan, so I'm kind of torn. I'm hoping for a good game and I'm hoping for a lot of snow. I know the football players hate this and anybody who actually goes to the game is gonna hate this, but I hope it's like a foot of snow on the ground, cause I don't know . . . There was one game this year, It was like a Detroit-Philadelphia game where it was like a white out, like a blizzard, and it was fun to watch. It looked terrible, like these guys had no idea what they were doing, but I enjoyed it. I was watching it on TV and it was just like this looks like school yard football. It's fun to me, so I hope that happens. It won't. Roger Goodell will probably pay off God for that."
Joe is climbing the charts with his new single, "Yeah."
He recently topped the charts with "Sunny And 75."
FAST FACTS
  • Joe and his wife, Heather, are expecting their second child together later this year.
  • He also has a teenage daughter from a previous relationship.

Alan Jackson and Kid Rock have agreed to perform at SeaWorld Orlando's Bands, Brew & BBQ event this weekend despite the ongoing controversy stirred up by the documentary, Blackfish, which sheds a negative light on the park and its treatment of the whales.
Alan will perform on Saturday (February 1st) followed by Kid Rock on Sunday (February 2nd).
Nine artists who were originally scheduled to perform have backed out, including Trace Adkins, Martina McBride, Trisha Yearwood, Heart, 38 Special and Barenaked Ladies.
Justin Moore and Scotty McCreery also remain on Seaworld's upcoming schedule.


Florida Georgia Line caught up with Luke Bryan on Monday (January 27th) in the desert outside of Los Angeles to film the music video for the duo's new single, "This Is How We Roll," which features Luke. The clip also features cameos by X Games champion Travis Pastrana and The Nitro Circus. "This Is How We Roll" heads to country radio in February.
Hunter Hayes, The Band Perry and the Zac Brown Band are among the nine acts that have recorded covers of Elton John classics for a deluxe reissue of the legendary entertainer's Goodbye Yellow Brick Road album. The cover versions will be part of a five-disc CD/DVD boxed set which will be released on March 25th. Other acts who lent their voices to Elton's classics include Fall Out Boy, Ed Sheeran, and Emeli Sande.

Friday, January 31, 2014


COUNTRY TRIVIA
Q. What is the name of Alan Jackson's first country Number One song in Billboard?
A. 1991's "I'd Love You All Over Again"
Friday, January 31st
ON THE TUBE
FOX & FRIENDS/FOX 6:00AM (ET)
Rodney Atkins
TOP 20 COUNTRY COUNTDOWN/GAC 8:00PM, 10:00PM (ET)
Gary Allan

CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS

  • Tyler Hubbard (Florida Georgia Line) (27)
  • Portia De Rossi (actress, Arrested Development's Lindsay, wife of Ellen De Generes) (41)
  • Justin Timberlake (pop star) (33)
  • Kerry Washington (actress, Ray, The Last King of Scotland, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Fantastic Four, Lakeview Terrace, Django Unchained) (37)
  • Minnie Driver (actress, Grosse Pointe BlankGood Will HuntingHope SpringsThe Phantom Of The Opera) (44)
  • Nolan Ryan (Baseball Hall Of Fame pitcher, the all-time strikeout leader) (67)
  • Kelly Lynch (actress, Drugstore CowboyBright Lights Big City) (55)
  • Philip Glass (composer) (77)
  • John Lydon (frontman of the Sex Pistols; also known as Johnny Rotten) (58)
  • Anthony LaPaglia (actor, Without A Trace) (55)
  • KC (Harry Wayne Casey) (of KC & the Sunshine Band, "Boogie Shoes") (63)
  • Carol Channing (actress) (93)
  • Phil Manzanera (guitarist, Roxy Music) (63)
  • Bobby Moynihan (actor, Saturday Night Live, The Invention of Lying, When in Rome) (37)
  • Marcus Mumford (singer, Mumford & Sonshusband of actress Carey Mulligan) (27)
ON THIS COUNTRY DAY
  • Taylor Swift won four times during the 52nd annual Grammy Awards in 2010 -- Album of the Year and Best Country Album for Fearless and Best Country Female Vocal and Best Country Song "White Horse."
  • On the eve of the Super Bowl, Toby Keith and Willie Nelson performed in a live installment of CMT Crossroads from Houston with Aerosmith members Steven Tyler and Joe Perry in 2004.
  • Alan Jackson's father, Eugene Jackson, died of an aortic aneurysm in Newnan, Georgia in 2000.
  • Tim McGraw's Not A Moment Too Soon album was certified quintuple-platinum in 1997.
  • Garth Brooks sang the national anthem during a pre-game show that also featured Tanya Tucker, Billy Burnette and Fleetwood Mac at Super Bowl XXVII at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California in 1993.
  • MCA Records bought ABC Records in 1979, gaining such top country artists as Barbara Mandrell, Roy Clark, Freddy Fender, and Donna Fargo.
  • Tom T. Hall appeared at Number one on the Billboard country chart for the first time with "A Week In A Country Jail" in 1970.
  • Merle Haggard recorded the Number One single "The Legend Of Bonnie And Clyde" in 1968.
  • Porter Wagoner & Dolly Parton recorded the Top 10 single "Holding On To Nothin'" in 1968.
  • Kitty Wells recorded her first sides for RCA Victor in 1949.

CELEBRITY GOSSIP



LINDSAY LOHAN LOSES HER FUR: Part of Lindsay Lohan's $75,000 fur coat allegedly went missing when she was at 10ak nightclub in New York City on Wednesday night (January 29th.) The actress reportedly left the club before realizing that she only had half of her fur but did not find the other piece when she went back in to look for it. The 27-year-old has apparently tried calling everyone who was at her table to see if she could track it down. 10ak also happens to be the club where Lindsay was accused of walking out with someone else's $12,000 mink coat back in 2008.
KYLIE JENNER REVEALS HOW SHE COPES WITH HATERS: Kylie Jenner took some time away from working on her new PacSun line with her sister Kendall on Wednesday (January 29th) to participate in a Mobio Insider Q&A. One fan asked the 16-year-old how she "ignores all the haters out there and continues to be so positive." Kylie responded, "I have my breakdowns every once in a while like everyone else. You just have to sit down and realize that the only opinions that truly matter are your friends and families and yours of course."
COURTNEY STODDEN HAS LEFT THE HOUSE SHE SHARED WITH DOUG HUTCHISON: Celebuzz is reporting that Courtney Stodden is making moves to get out on her own to make a career happen for herself without husband Doug Hutchison. A source told the website, "She moved into the studio apartment next door to the house she and Doug rented together. But Doug still lives in the main house. They're not divorced yet, so she'll stay there until they figure out how they want to proceed with things." The 19-year-old has supposedly inked a development deal with World of Wonder Productions where she has been working on "multiple on-camera projects, one of which is her own show." Radar Online is reporting that Stodden has also started dating again and was spotted out with agent David Weintraub on Monday (January 27th.)
RAMONA SINGER FILES FOR DIVORCE: Real Housewives of New York cast member Ramona Singer has officially confirmed the rumors of marital troubles by filing for divorce from her husband of 22 years, Mario Singer. TMZ has obtained legal documents which indicate that Ramona wants ownership of both their New York City apartment and their house in the Hamptons. The records reportedly also state that the marriage is irretrievably broken and has been for at least six months.
CHRISTIE BRINKLEY REVEALS THE SECRET TO STAYING SEXY AT 60: Christie Brinkley dons a bathing suit on the cover of the new issue of People magazine where she reveals the beauty secrets she uses to look youthful at 60 years old. The supermodel and mother of three reveals that she exfoliates daily and discusses her workout/diet routines saying, "I'll run or do weights, and I do at least 10 minutes a day on my Total Gym machine. I got hooked on SoulCycle this summer and during my Christmas vacation, I did yoga. I credit doing Chicago on Broadway for my legs but I do leg lifts while brushing my teeth! I like to start my day with coffee and coconut milk hazlenut creamer. Then I have sheep's milk yogurt with fruit, wheat germ and Anutra (– a supplement full of omega 3 antioxidants and fiber). Lunch is usually leftovers from dinner: beans, veggies. My snack is melon and walnuts, and I recently discovered PurePrana (an energy-boosting drink). If I'm craving something sweet, I'll drink cold coconut water. That quenches it for me." She posted the magazine cover to her Instagram page and wrote, "I never would have imagined this is how I would be celebrating my 60th...But Thank you PEOPLE Magazine for hopefully sending the message that with proper diet , exercise ,and joie de vie, every Birthday is cause for Celebration!"

INDUSTRY NEWS



SCARLETT JOHANSSON LOSES OXFAM GIG: Scarlett Johansson was forced to step down as an Oxfam Global Ambassador on Wednesday (January 29th) because her new role working with SodaStream was incompatible with her job with the organization. Oxfam released a statement on Thursday (January 30th) revealing their belief that "SodaStream and other businesses operating in Israeli settlements in the West Bank contribute to the denial of rights of the Palestinian communities that we work to support."
LORI PETTY JOINS 'ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK': A League of Their Own actress Lori Petty has scored a new gig guest starring on season two of Orange is the New Black. No additional details about her role have released. Season two of the hit Netflix series recently wrapped with the cast celebrating with a roller disco party. Netflix has not given the new season a premiere date yet.
MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY AND AMY ADAMS TO GO 'INSIDE THE ACTORS STUDIO': Matthew McConaughey and Amy Adams have been booked to appear on upcoming episode of Inside the Actors Studio. Host James Lipton said in a statement, "The period leading up to the Oscar's is always our busiest time of the year, possibly because so many of our guests have wound up holding the treasured trophy. This year is no exception. Bruce Dern's Inside the Actors Studio episode has recently aired. Amy Adams's episode and Matthew McConaughey's episode will air on consecutive nights, Feb. 19th and 20th.Three great new episodes and three great Oscar candidates. Our Actors Studio Drama School students will be cheering loudly and proudly on Oscar night."
CW PICKS UP 'SUPERNATURAL' SPINOFF: The CW has announced plans to move forward with a pilot for a spinoff of Supernatural called Supernatural: Tribes. The new series will feature battles between hunters and monsters in Chicago. A new character will be introduced on the flagship series this season that will serve as a backdoor pilot for the spinoff. The network also airs a spinoff of The Vampire Diaries called The Originals.
'DEXTER' STAR JOINS ABC DRAMA: Dexter alum Jennifer Carpenter has signed on to star in a new ABC pilot called Sea of Fire. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jennifer will be playing FBI Agent Leah Pierce who is described as a driven and "blunt" woman with a secret past. The shows logline reads, "When three teenage girls in a small town star in an illicit film, it tears their families apart and leads to a disappearance, a murder and a host of other secrets boiling under the surface of a close-knit community.

REPORT: SARAH JESSICA PARKER IS BEING RECRUITED TO RUN 'VOGUE'



Sarah Jessica Parker may end up achieving Carrie Bradshaw's dreams in real life. Despite Gossip Cop's claim that the story is nothing more than a rumor, Radar Online is reporting that Anna Wintour has supposedly been eyeing the Sex and the City star as her replacement as editor-in-chief at Vogue.
The website spoke to a high-level publishing source who revealed, "Anna is worrying colleagues who believe she has found her true successor in Sarah! It's a surprising idea, but one that is not entirely a joke. Anna thinks Sarah, a fashion icon on Sex and the City, truly has what it takes to step into her shoes and take on a role at Vogue one day." The source added, "Sarah has been consulted on a stunning array of Vogue's big moves over the last several months. She has totally entered the inner circle. Sarah is playing this like she is serious and she wants it -- she is doing her homework and learning the business like never before. It's the fashion equivalent of running for president or getting nominated to the Supreme Court and Sarah is treating it that way!"

  • Sarah and Anne allegedly have regular private lunches together. Wintour even hosted a fundraiser for Obama at the actress' home last year.
  • Elle editor Robbie Myers has supposedly long been rumored to be the one stepping in for Anna after her retirement. 

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ZOOEY DESCHANEL DISCUSSES HER FASHION CHOICES



Don't expect to see Zooey Deschanel wearing an outfit because it's part of the latest trend. The New Girl star discusses her fashion rules in the March issue of Lucky magazine and reveals the one thing she thinks nobody over 30 should be wearing.
Zooey tells the magazine, "I like what I like. It has nothing to do with trends or being a slave to fashion. Sometimes things will be in style and they're classic and look great. I think it's important to recognize when fashion has gone to a place that isn't cute. If you look at anyone with great style -- Jackie Onassis, Audrey Hepburn -- they have certain silhouettes that they don't really stray from. It's not like Audrey Hepburn was running around in a bunch of giant shoulder-padded-dresses. She goes on to say, "Fashion is a way of communicating. You're saying, 'Hi world! How are you? This is me today. Take me or leave me!"

  • The 34-year-old also explains, "Daisy Dukes are not for people over 30. I'm just going to go out on a limb and say that right now."
  • It was recently announced that Zooey will be partnering with Tommy Hilfiger to create a 16-piece clothing collection called "To Tommy, From Zooey" arriving in Macy's this spring.

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JERRY SEINFELD TEASES REUNION PROJECT




The top secret project that reunited Jerry Seinfeld and Jason Alexander at Tom's Diner earlier this month is close to being released. The comedian teased the mysterious work during an appearance on the Boomer & Carlon radio show in New York.
When asked if the shoot was part of Super Bowl commercial or an episode of his web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, Jerry responded, "It's neither. But it is not not those things either. It's a secret project." After the hosts grilled Seinfeld for more info, he added, "I've gave you more now than I've given anyone. I told you what it isn't, and then I told you that it isn't not that either." He also revealed that there are other Seinfeld characters involved and described the project as "short-ish form" which is coming out "very, very soon."
  • E! News chatted with Julia Louis-Dreyfus about the reunion at the SAG Award where she said, "We sort of did a Seinfeld reunion within Curb Your Enthusiasm back in 2009. We sort of did the anti-reunion on Curb a couple years ago. So I think it went pretty well. I think that we did it."

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JENNIFER LAWRENCE MESSED UP HER 'AMERICAN HUSTLE' COSTUME WITH DORITOS



Jennifer Lawrence's appetite for snack foods almost destroyed her wardrobe while filming American Hustle. The movie's costume designer, Michael Wilkinson, recently revealed to Vanity Fair how Doritos almost ruined the shoot.
Wilkinson explained, "Jennifer Lawrence is a very...let's say...raw and intuitive young lady, and she's not against eating Doritos and snack food in her costume. So we were glad that we had a couple backups." Michael had four different versions of the gown made up for Jennifer to wear.

  • A rep from Frito-Lay addressed the story saying, "Back in the seventies that would have been the experience consumers would have had with eating Doritos, so technically, it would have been factually accurate to have that Doritos cheese problem."

CHECK IT OUT:

MOVIES OPENING:





Opening today (Friday January 31st) is the new comedy, That Awkward Moment, starring Zac Efron, Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Imogen Poots, Jessica Lucas and Mackenzie Davis. The film follows three best friends, played by Efron, Teller and Jordan, who find themselves where we've all been, that confusing moment in every relationship where you have to decide, "Where is this going?"

  • That Awkward Moment is rated R and has a running time of 1 hour and 34 minutes.




Opening today (Friday January 31st) is the new drama from director Jason ReitmanLabor Day, starring Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, Gattlin Griffith, Tobey Maguire, James Van Der Beek and J.K. Simmons. The film follows a depressed single mother, Adele, played by Winslet, and her son Henry, played by Griffith, who take in escaped convict, Frank, played by Brolin, as the police search the town for him. But through the long Labor Day weekend, as they continue to fight to hide him, Frank and Adele unexpectedly become attached to one another in a way that would last a lifetime.
  • Labor Day is rated PG-13 and has a running time of 1 hour and 51 minutes.

WILMER VALDERRAMA MAY BE GETTING READY TO POP THE QUESTION



Demi Lovato may finally be able to give her heart a break if the rumors of a proposal from Wilmer Valderrama are true. A source close to the couple revealed to OK! magazine that the actor is ready to put his clubbing days behind him and settle down with Demi.
HollywoodLife.com recently spoke with an employee at Tiffany & Co. who revealed that the That 70s Show actor came into the store to shop for a ring. The salesperson said, "We all talked about it afterwards because he was so darn nice! He chose a really classic, beautiful ring. Demi is going to be a happy girl when she gets it. He didn't say what it was for but he was really excited and happy -- he seemed like any other guy getting ready to pop the question."

  • Demi reportedly visited Wilmer on the Texas set of his new TV show, From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series on Wednesday (January 29th.) She tweeted that afternoon, "Sooooo I don't think I've ever been happier in my life than this very moment that I am fully living in..."
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'AMERICAN IDOL': OMAHA AUDITIONS




Last night (January 30th) on American Idol the final round of the season 13 auditions continued in Omaha Nebraska.
21-year-old student Quaid Edwards began the auditions performing "A Change is Gonna Come". Judge Keith Urban said "You got raw talent, and that's a part of the journey, is watching to see what happens with that raw talent." He received three yeses and advanced to the next round.
15-year-old student Madisen Walker performed Carrie Underwood's "Before He Cheats". Judge Jennifer Lopez said "I'm going to take a chance because you have a really great voice, I want to see you, and see if any of what we said makes any sense to you and there's a difference". Walker received a ticket to Hollywood. 20-year-old retail assistant manager Alyssa Siebken performed an acoustic version of Waka Flocka Flame's "No Hands". Even though, Judge Harry Connick Jr. gave her a negative review and said "For me it's a no, I just don't think your voice is strong enough." she was still put through to the next portion of the competition.
21 Idol hopefuls received the final golden tickets, totaling 212 contenders that are heading to Hollywood this season.

HEADLINE NEWS


ITALIAN COURT REINSTATES AMANDA KNOX'S MURDER CONVICTION: An Italian court reinstated Amanda Knox's murder conviction in the 2007 stabbing death of her British roommate in Perugia, Meredith Kercher, more than two years after she returned home to Seattle after her earlier conviction was overturned. The court also increased Knox's sentence by more than two years to 28 1/2 years in prison. The 26-year-old Knox said in a statement that she was, quote, "frightened and saddened by the unjust verdict." She stated, "This has gotten out of hand . . . I expected better from the Italian justice system," blaming, quote, "overzealous and intransigent prosecution," ''narrow-minded investigation" and coercive interrogation. Lawyers for Knox and her Italian ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, who was also found guilty, said they'd appeal to Italy's highest court. It was the third trial for Knox and Sollecito, after being found guilty in the first and serving four years in jail in Italy, and then not guilty in the second. Legal experts said it's unlikely Italy will request Knox's extradition before the verdict is final, which will take at least a year, but are split on whether the U.S. would comply if an extradition request is eventually made.
U.S. TO SEEK DEATH PENALTY FOR BOSTON MARATHON SUSPECT: Federal prosecutors announced Thursday (January 30th) that they will seek the death penalty against 20-year-old Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The decision by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder had been widely expected. Three people were killed and more than 260 wounded in the twin bombings, alleged to have been carried out by Tsarnaev and his 26-year-old brother, Tamerlan, who died in a shootout with police days after last year's attack. Tsarnaev pled not guilty, and legal experts have said the defense may try to save his life by arguing that he fell under the influence of his older brother.
U.S. ACCUSES SYRIA OF STALLING IN REMOVAL OF CHEMICAL AGENTS: The U.S. accused the Syrian government Thursday (January 30th) of using stalling tactics to delay efforts to remove and destroy chemical agents used in the creation of its chemical weapons. Syria agreed to give up the weapons after a chemical attack in August on a rebel-held area led to the threat of U.S. missile strikes. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is leading the mission to eliminate Syria's stockpile by a June 30th deadline, but the process is behind the tight timeline that was set up. Syria has cited security concerns for the delay in transporting the chemicals, but Robert Mikulak, the U.S. representative to the OPCW, dismissed those claims as being, quote, "without merit."
TODAY'S FYI:
YAHOO SAYS ATTACK MADE ON YAHOO MAIL ACCOUNTS: In yet another data breach, Yahoo announced yesterday (January 30th) that attackers had tried to get into Yahoo Mail accounts using usernames and passwords taken in a breach on a third-party site. Yahoo said they'd reset passwords for the affected accounts and added two-step verification, which asks users to enter a second, one-time password. The company didn't reveal how many accounts were affected.
VETERAN CONGRESSMAN WEXLER RETIRING, FLUKE MAY RUN FOR SEAT: Veteran U.S. House Rep. Henry Waxman announced Thursday (January 30th) that he would retire from Congress at the end of his 20th term this year. The 74-year-old California Democrat explained, "After 40 years in Congress, it's time for someone else to have the chance to make his or her mark, ideally someone who is young enough to make the long-term commitment that's required for real legislative success." That person might be Sandra Fluke, the young woman who came to national attention in 2012 when she was denied the opportunity to speak at a congressional hearing in favor of Obamacare's contraception coverage requirements and Rush Limbaugh bashed her, calling her a prostitute and a slut. Fluke, who lives in the Los Angeles area, told Southern California radio station KPCC, "I'm flattered that I'm being discussed as a potential candidate. A number of folks I respect very deeply have reached out today and encouraged me to run. I am strongly considering running."
NAVY VICE ADMIRAL TO BE NAMED NEW NSA DIRECTOR: The Obama administration said Thursday (January 30th) that Navy Vice Admiral Michael S. Rogers would be nominated to become the new director of the National Security Agency and the commander of a new Pentagon unit that directs offensive cyberoperations. Rogers, a cryptologist who's risen to the top of naval intelligence operations, would succeed General Keith Alexander, who's been NSA director for nearly nine years and has announced plans to retire. Rogers must be confirmed by the Senate, and the hearings are likely to go into questions about the future of the NSA and its bulk data collections programs.
SNOWDEN REPORTEDLY FABRICATED IDENTITY OF SENIOR OFFICIALS: One of the questions about NSA leaker Edward Snowden is how he got access to all the classified information he took that he didn't have clearance to view. The Daily Beast yesterday (January 30th) cited someone it described as a U.S. intelligence official familiar with the Defense Intelligence Agency's damage assessment of Snowden's actions as saying they'd concluded that he'd fabricated the identity of more than one "super user," senior intelligence officials who had access to large amounts of classified information. This allowed him to access and take documents that revealed the nature of how the U.S. coordinates its satellite coverage with other large signal collection platforms.
SPORTS:
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NFL: CONCUSSIONS DOWN 13 PERCENT: The NFL said Thursday (January 30th) that the number of concussions in the league were down 13 percent from 2012 to 2013, attributing the drop to its efforts to better protect players' heads. Using information from team doctors during preseason and regular-season practices and games, the NFL also said there was a 23 percent decrease over the past two seasons in the number of concussions caused by helmet-to-helmet contact. At the same time, Jeff Miller, the NFL's senior VP of health and safety policy, "there's still more to do." Some players have expressed concern that decreasing hits to the head could lead to more low hits and more knee injuries, but Miller said the injury stats for the past three years didn't show an increase in damaged knee ligaments.
NASCAR REVAMPS CHAMPIONSHIP FORMAT: NASCAR announced Thursday (January 30th) that it's changing the format of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship to a winner-take-all elimination system. The field will be expanded from 12 to 16 drivers, and then whittled down to a final four through eliminations after every three races of the 10-race Chase. The remaining four drivers will go into the season finale with an equal chance to win the championship, with the first one to cross the finish line crowned Sprint Cup champion.
(Headline News, FYI and Sports stories were compiled in part from reports by the Associated Press and Reuters.)


ON THE TUBE


CBS

  • UNDERCOVER BOSS - Hudson Group CEO Joe DiDomizio goes on an undercover mission.
  • HAWAII FIVE-0 - An escaped convict who wants Five-0 to prove his innocence abducts Danny and McGarrett.
  • BLUE BLOODS - A popular drag queen and reality-TV star is found dead in a park; the mother of an accused man abducts Erin.
NBC
  • HOLLYWOOD GAME NIGHT (repeat)
  • DATELINE NBC - After finding his wife and two children dead, a former Indiana state trooper spends 13 years trying to clear his name.
FOX
  • BONES - The team investigates the murder of a kidnap victim whose remains were found at a park.
  • ENLISTED - In an effort to impress a woman, Derrick mistakenly promises to bring her son's father home from war.
  • RAISING HOPE - When Howdy's hosts contestants from around the world in the International Grocery Games, the American team is embroiled in a scandal, so Burt and Virginia must take their place.
ABC
  • LAST MAN STANDING - Speculation begins when a bouquet of roses is delivered anonymously to the Baxter household.
  • THE NEIGHBORS - Debbie's maternal instincts take over when she hosts her college study group.
  • SHARK TANK - Guest judge Steve Tisch; Pro-NRG follow-up.
  • 20/20 - Investigative reporting.
CW
  • THE CARRIE DIARIES - (season premiere) The tension grows between Carrie and Tom; Larissa drops an unexpected bomb on Carrie and Sebastian decides he, too, needs to come clean about something.
  • SUPERNATURAL (repeat)
DAY TIME TALK SHOW
THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - Michael J. Fox, Max Greenfield
THE VIEW - Dr. Mehmet Oz, Greg Behrendt & Amiira Ruotola, Candice Glover, guest co-host DeSean Jackson
LATE NIGHT TALK SHOWS
THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) - Bill Murray, Eagulls
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO (NBC) - Tim Allen, Dave Salmoni, Sara Bareilles
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) - (repeat)
THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON (CBS) - Hayden Panetierre, Brooke Van Poppelen
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) - David Beckham, David Steinberg, Busta Rhymes
LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY (NBC) - (repeat)
THE ARSENIO HALL SHOW (CW) - Mekhi Phifer, Ming-Na Wen, Bow Wow
SATURDAY
NBC
  • SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE - Melissa McCarthy hosts; Imagine Dragons performs.
SUNDAY
CBS
  • THE GOOD WIFE (repeat)
  • THE MENTALIST (repeat)
  • NCIS (repeat)
NBC
  • DATELINE NBC (repeat)
  • LITTLE FOCKERS - As two clans descend on the scene of the youngs twins' birthday, Greg Focker's moonlighting at a pharmaceutical company threatens to derail his position of trust with Jack, his uptight father-in-law. Starring Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro, Owen Wilson, Blythe Danner, Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand.
FOX
  • SUPER BOWL XL VIII - Dencer Broncos vs. Seattle Seahawks. From MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
  • SUPERBOWL XL VIII POSTGAME - Postgame reports.
ABC
  • AMERICA'S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS (repeat)
  • SHARK TANK (repeat)
  • SHARK TANK (repeat)
PBS
  • MASTERPIECE CLASSIC: DOWNTON ABBEY - Rose's surprise party for Robert could be scandalous; Mary meets a former suitor.
  • MASTERPIECE MYSTERY: SHERLOCK - Charles Augustus Magnussen is the only man Sherlock Holmes truly hates.
SHOWTIME
  • SHAMELESS - TBA
  • HOUSE OF LIES - Marty contends with hip-hop  clothing moguls while Jeannie defines her new role.
  • EPISODES - Matt's career takes an unexpected turn; Merc comes in to pitch a new show to Carol.

OFF BEAT BRIEFS

 WOMAN WANTS TO CHANGE HER NAME TO 'SEXY CRABTREE': An Ohio woman wants to legally change her name to Sexy Crabtree. Sheila Ranea Crabtree of Licking County, Ohio is ready to pay $87 and appear in front of a judge in order to make the change official. She told reporters, "I absolutely hate [my name]. I think it's really ugly,." She continued, "I wear Victoria’s Secret clothes all the time. I was like, 'Shoot, I’ll just go for Sexy'," adding that if the judge doesn't allow the change, she might go for "Sparkle" instead. (Metro.co.uk)
THE WEIRD WORLD OF SUPER BOWL BETTING: http://thebea.st/1fo9P28
PIZZA PERFUME IS FINALLY HERE! Fragrance creators Demeter admits they're "stretching the boundary of the concept of wearable fragrance" with their latest scent, "Pizza" -- which smells just like it sounds: like "tomato sauce, creamy mozzarella, a touch of oregano."

Purchase the scent here: http://bit.ly/1bF2JlL
HUNDREDS OF SNAKES AND RATS FOUND IN CALIFORNIA HOME: More than 400 pythons -- both dead and alive -- were found in stacked plastic bins at a Santa Ana, California home that authorities are calling a "house of horrors." According to officials, at least 220 of the snakes were dead. The snakes were discovered after a neighbor called authorities to complained about the smell coming from the house. Animal services supervisor Sondra Berg said, "I mean there’s so many dead snakes... ranging from dead for months to just dead. There’s an infestation of rats and mice all over the house. There are rats and mice in plastic storage tubs that are actually cannibalizing each other." Southern California elementary school teacher, William Buchman, was arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty. Buchman said he was involved in a snake-breeding business. (FoxNews.com)
WANT TO MAKE $9,000 A MONTH BY EATING ON CAMERA? We know this sounds like a really shady ad, but in truth -- a South Korean woman said she makes about $9,300 a month by allowing people to watch her while she eats. 33-Year-old Park Seo-Yoon, a.k.a "the Diva," said she starts eating at 8:00 p.m. and that thousands of people 'tune in' via webcam to watch her. The money comes from her own fans who are making donations so she can continue to keep her channel up and running. Park -- who says that 60% of her fans are female -- explains, "A lot of my viewers are on diets and they say they live vicariously through me, or they are hospital patients who only have access to hospital food so they also watch my broadcasts to see me eat." A spokesman for Afreeca TV -- the company that hosts her stream and several other 'eating room' cams -- says the success is because of three big reasons: "The rise of one-person households in Korea, their ensuing loneliness and finally the huge trend of 'well-being culture' and excessive dieting in Korean society right now." (CNN)
YOU'VE BEEN EATING CHICKEN WINGS ALL WRONG: http://bzfd.it/1n2fegK
DOG CHARGED WITH ASSAULT FOR BITING MAN'S PENIS: A dog in Nigeria, that bit a bank worker's penis, has been arrested and charged with assault. In addition, the dog's 31-year-old owner was charged with negligence after the victim filed a complaint, alleging that the dog "pounced on him and inflicted deep injury on his penis." The victim said he had trouble urinating after the attack and even had to use a pipe to aid him while going to the bathroom. Just before the dog and his owner were arraigned, the victim accepted the owner's offer to pay for medical treatment. The parties now plan to settle out of court. (UPI)

OFFBEAT EXTRAS

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

TEENAGERS SUFFER FROM SEXUAL DYSFUNCTION TOO: Sexual problems are not just for the grey haired folks in Cialis commercials. A Canadian study found that teenagers and young adults also face struggles in the bedroom.  53 percent of boys reported symptoms of a sexual problem, compared to 43 percent of girls.  About 16 percent of the males involved had mild or moderate erectile dysfunction and about 24 percent had low sexual desire.  The most common complaint among the females was difficulty reaching orgasm.  The complaint was more prevalent among 16 and 17 year old girls than the 20 and 21 year olds.   Researchers said it was unclear why so many young people had sexual difficulties. (Fox News)

HOT SAUCE SALES SKY ROCKET: Hot sauce is more popular than ever before.  The US hot sauce market has grown by 150% since 2000. The spicy condiment owes its rise in popularity to two main factors - the rise in the country's immigrant population and the increased popularity of hot wings.  The influx of Asian and Latino immigrants, who have a higher tolerance for heat, have helped make spicy food more conventional.  And hot sauces like Sriracha, Tobasco and Frank's Red Hot have been riding on the coat tails of Buffalo wings. (Quartz)

GENIUS TRICK TO UNDO TYPOS ON YOUR iPHONE: http://yhoo.it/MANlBE

VITAMIN E INCREASES SPREAD OF CANCER: Scientists fear that Vitamin E and other popular antioxidant pills may speed the growth of tumors in lung cancer patients.  Researchers at the University of Gothenburg found that when mice in the early stages of lung cancer were given vitamin E, the disease spread more quickly and the rodents died twice as fast.  Experiments on human cells confirmed the findings.  Antioxidants like vitamins A, C and E are commonly believed to protect against several diseases, but this study suggests that once the cancer has already started to develop, antioxidants may speed up its growth by switching off the body's natural defenses.  (Daily Mail)

A CURE FOR PEANUT ALLERGIES?: A new treatment may eventually make peanut allergies a thing of the past.  After five years of trials, British researchers at Addenbrooke's Hospital were able to develop a treatment that allowed allergy sufferers to eat peanuts without any adverse reaction.  Participants ages seven to 17 were each given a sample of peanut protein in powder form and the dosage was increased over six months.  84% of the 99 children involved in the study were able to eat as many as five peanuts a day and more than 50 percent could eat ten.  The treatment is not yet available to the public.  (Telegraph)

FACEBOOK LAUNCHES NEW APP: Facebook is offering mobile users a brand new way to view their popular social networking site.  The new Paper app was announced on Thursday (January 30) morning and will sort content into sections, just like a newspaper.  The company explains, “You can customize Paper with a choice of more than a dozen other sections about various themes and topics—from photography and sports to food, science and design. Each section includes a rich mix of content from emerging voices and well-known publications.”  The new app's design is being compared to social aggregations apps like Flipboard and will be available for download on February 3. (Fox News)

HOW TO TELL IF YOU'RE A GOOD LIAR IN 5 SECONDS: http://bit.ly/1baY2QS
SCIENTISTS INVENT STRONGER GLASS: Scientists have found a way to make glass less fragile.  Researchers at McGill University noted that the coating on snail shells protects the brittle chalk layer from breakage and were inspired find a way to reinforce glass.  Professor Francois Barthelat from McGill's Department of Mechanical Engineering explained  “Nacre, or mother-of-pearl, which coats the inner shells, is made up of microscopic tablets that are a bit like miniature Lego building blocks, is known to be extremely strong and tough, which is why people have been studying its structure for the past twenty years."  His research team studied the weak internal boundaries of nacre and recreated it on glass slides using a laser to engrave networks of 3D micro-cracks. These glass slides, the kind used with microscopes, were 200 times stronger than non-engraved slides. (UPI)

KINDERGARTEN WEIGHT PREDICTS FUTURE OBESITY: A child's weight at five-years old can strongly predict obesity later in life.  Overweight kindergarteners are more than four times as likely as average weight children to be obese by the eighth grade.  The study was conducted at Emory University in order to better understand how early childhood obesity begins. Researchers analyzed the Body Mass Index of nearly 8,000 children who enrolled in kindergarten in 1998. At the start of the school year, 12 percent were considered obese and an additional 14 percent were considered overweight.  Of the normal weight children, only 8 percent went on to develop obesity by age 14, while 32 percent of the overweight and obese kindergarteners became obese by the 8th grade. (Fox News)

WATER COOLER TALK


Companies Readying Social Media 'War Rooms' for Super Bowl
The tweet from Oreo when the power went out during the Super Bowl last year -- "You can always dunk in the dark" -- was a big hit and is viewed as a breakthrough moment when companies realized the value of real-time marketing. So this year, Mashable.com reports that several companies are readying so-called "war rooms" to comment and respond on social media to events as they happen during this Sunday's (February 2nd) Super Bowl. Among them:
  • M&M's has Joe Montana on hand to provide analysis of the game while "spokescandy" Yellow will provide some humor. M&M's will also be sending out stop-motion video and imagery on Twitter, Facebook, Vine and Instagram.
  • CarMax will be looking for moments in the game to tag with the hashtag #slowclap, which is affiliated with its Super Bowl TV ad.
  • Toyota will have the Muppets -- who are also appearing in its Super Bowl TV ad -- commenting on the action in real time.
  • Volkswagen will also have a war room looking for moments of opportunity to respond to via social media.
  Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Defends Justin Bieber Justin Bieber may be taking a lot of heat right now for his bad behavior and run-ins with the law, including, just over the last week, charges in Toronto for an altercation with a limo driver last month and a DUI and drag racing arrest in Miami. But at least one of his fellow Canadians has his back -- Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, the man who's defined new lows of behavior for a public official, including admitting that he's smoked crack while in what he called a "drunken stupor." During one of his regular call-ins to a Washington, D.C., sports radio show, Ford said, "He's a young guy. I wish I was as successful as he was. He's 19 years old. Think about when you were 19."

Attempt Being Made to Form Labor Union for College Athletes
Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter and the United Steelworkers announced plans yesterday (January 30th) to form the first labor union for college athletes, the College Athletes Players Association (CAPA). Colter called the current setup a "dictatorship," saying the NCAA dictates terms and leaves players with little or no say about financial compensation or how to improve safety, and pointed to the hundreds of millions of dollars generated in revenue by college sports, saying, "How can they call this amateur athletics when our jerseys are sold in stores and the money we generate turns coaches and commissioners into multimillionaires?" The NCAA and the Big Ten Conference both criticized the attempt to form a union, insisting that college athletes can't be considered employees. NCAA chief legal officer Donald Remy said, "This union-backed attempt to turn student-athletes into employees undermines the purpose of college: an education." NCAA President Mark Emmert and others have proposed a $2,000 stipend for each player to help pay for some of their expenses, but critics say that's nowhere near enough, considering that players help bring in millions of dollars to their schools and conferences. CAPA president Ramogi Huma, a former UCLA football player, said a union would help ensure that scholarships, at minimum, cover all living expenses as well as tuition, and would push for full medical coverage that could carry over past college

Thursday, January 30, 2014

KFLAG COUNTRY MUSIC UPDATE


Luke Bryan is celebrating his three ACM nods for Album of the Year for Crash My Party, Male Vocalist and Entertainer of the Year. The singer was on cloud nine after hearing the good news yesterday (Wednesday, January 29th). He tells us: “We just got ACM nominations. (I’m) very, very excited. Entertainer of the Year nominee, that’s amazing. Album and Male Vocalist, I’m very, very excited about that. It’s gonna be another busy ACM fun )time), me and Blake hosting, and nothing is better than going out there with some amazing nominations. I want to thank the fans for making that happen, and everybody at the ACMs. It was great, great news. Love it!”
The ACM Awards will be held on April 6th in Las Vegas. The show will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena on CBS.
Luke continues on his That's My Kind of Night tour this weekend with shows in Texas and Oklahoma.


Country stars turned to social media and other outlets to react to their ACM Awards nominations, which were announced yesterday (Wednesday, January 29th) morning.
Here's what they had to say:
Miranda Lambert: “I’m beside myself about the ACM nominations. Every single time I see my name on any ballot I still get butterflies and can't believe sometimes that this is my life.  Especially being nominated for Entertainer of the Year! As a female artist, it has been a long time goal for me to be in this category. And such great company too! I work hard on my craft and my art, and to be nominated alongside these incredible artists that are my friends and peers, means the world to me. The road is my other home and the band and crew are my family. So I share this nomination proudly with them! All the miles have paid off! Cheers y'all! Girl power!”
Florida Georgia Line: "Giving thanks to God, our amazing fans and country radio today for our 4 @ACMawards nominations this morning. We cannot thank you all enough for continued blessings. #herestothegoodtimes"
Sheryl Crow: "I can't believe I'm nominated for @ACMawards Female Vocalist with such awesome women. So grateful!"
Dan Smyers from Dan + Shay: ‏"Are you kidding me?!  We're an @ACMawards Vocal Duo of the Year Nominee.  Thanks to everyone who made this possible!"
Kacey Musgraves: "Good morning!! Thanks for the ACM noms!! Bout to fry up some eggs & celebrate."
Keith Urban: "Ahhhhhhhhhh just heard about @ACMawards noms... absolutely blown away!!!! THANK YOU EVERYBODY!!! Big love to Tim, Taylor & Miranda too! - KU"
Gary Allan: “It’s always nice to be recognized for what you do. While we were writing the song, we knew we had something special. I’m glad to hear that our peers agree.”
The ACM Awards will air live from Las Vegas on April 6th on CBS.


Miranda Lambert and Tim McGraw lead the pack of Academy of Country Music nominees with seven nods each at the upcoming ACM Awards. They are closely followed by Keith Urban, who received six nominations.
The nominees were announced earlier this morning (Wednesday, January 29th) online via videos by the likes of Darius Rucker, Katy Perry, Willie & Korie Robertson, 2 Broke Girls' Beth Behrs, and Entertainment Tonight's Nancy O'Dell.
Here are the nominees:
ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
•    Luke Bryan
•    Miranda Lambert
•    Blake Shelton
•    George Strait
•    Taylor Swift
MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
•    Jason Aldean
•    Lee Brice
•    Luke Bryan
•    Blake Shelton
•    Keith Urban
                  
FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
•    Sheryl Crow
•    Miranda Lambert
•    Kacey Musgraves
•    Taylor Swift
•    Carrie Underwood
VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR
•    Big & Rich
•    Dan + Shay
•    Florida Georgia Line
•    Love and Theft
•    Thompson Square
VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR
•    Eli Young Band
•    Lady Antebellum
•    Little Big Town
•    The Band Perry
•    Zac Brown Band
                                                        
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
•    Based On A True Story… – Blake Shelton
•    Crash My Party – Luke Bryan
•    Here's To The Good Times – Florida Georgia Line
•    Same Trailer Different Park – Kacey Musgraves
•    Two Lanes Of Freedom – Tim McGraw
SINGLE RECORD OF THE YEAR (Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s))
•    "Cruise" – Florida Georgia Line
•    "Highway Don't Care" – Tim McGraw Featuring Taylor Swift & Keith Urban
•    "I Drive Your Truck" – Lee Brice
•    "Mama's Broken Heart" – Miranda Lambert
•    "Wagon Wheel" – Darius Rucker Featuring Lady Antebellum
SONG OF THE YEAR (Awarded to Songwriter(s)/Publisher(s)/Artist(s))
•    "Every Storm (Runs Out Of Rain)" – Gary Allan
Songwriters: Gary Allan, Hillary Lindsey, Matthew Warren
•    "I Drive Your Truck" – Lee Brice
   Songwriters: Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington, Jimmy Yeary
•    "Mama’s Broken Heart" – Miranda Lambert
Songwriters: Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves
                                                                             
•    "Mine Would Be You" – Blake Shelton
Songwriters: Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington, Deric Ruttan
•    "Wagon Wheel" – Darius Rucker Featuring Lady Antebellum
Songwriters: Bob Dylan, Ketch Secor
VIDEO OF THE YEAR
•    "Better Dig Two" – The Band Perry
•    "Blowin' Smoke" – Kacey Musgraves
•    "Highway Don't Care" – Tim McGraw Featuring Taylor Swift & Keith Urban
•    "I Drive Your Truck" – Lee Brice
•    "Mama's Broken Heart" – Miranda Lambert
•    "Two Black Cadillacs" – Carrie Underwood
VOCAL EVENT OF THE YEAR
•    "Boys 'Round Here" – Blake Shelton Featuring Pistol Annies & Friends
•    "Cruise: (Remix) – Florida Georgia Line Featuring Nelly
•    "Highway Don't Care" – Tim McGraw Featuring Taylor Swift & Keith Urban
•    "Wagon Wheel" – Darius Rucker Featuring Lady Antebellum
•    "We Were Us" – Keith Urban And Miranda Lambert
The ACM Awards will be held on April 6th in Las Vegas. The show, hosted by Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan, will air live on CBS.


Two weeks after entering a rehab facility in Florida, Trace Adkins checked out to be with his father who is reportedly seriously ill. The singer left the facility on Tuesday (January 28th) but asked therapists in Florida to connect him with counselors close to his father's.
TMZ reports that Trace has not yet decided if he will return to inpatient treatment or opt for an outpatient program.



The Band Perry will perform as part of Sunday's (February 2nd) Super Bowl pre-game show in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The trio will sing at the NFL Tailgate Party, but part of the gig includes getting to see the game.
Between the halftime show featuring Bruno Mars and the big game itself, Kimberly, Reid and Neil Perry are all equally happy. “I think my favorite part of the Super Bowl would have to be the halftime show because I’m always excited to see what kind of stage they’re gonna roll out on and what songs they’re gonna play. That’s always my favorite. (Reid) Well, and for me, I love the game of football itself, so to be able to actually go to one for the first time I’m real excited to see both the Broncos and Seahawks play this year. (Neil) Even though we’re going to be at the game, I’m going to make sure we have a TV so we can watch the commercials. They’re always the best, they’re so funny and that’s what I’m looking forward to.”
A portion of The Band Perry’s performance during the Super Bowl pre-game festivities will air live on FOX.
FAST FACTS
  • The Band Perry are nominated for two ACM awards -- Vocal Group and Video of the Year for "Better Dig Two." The ACM Awards will be held on April 6th in Las Vegas.

Cole Swindell is knocking on the top spot on the country singles charts with his debut single, "Chillin' It." He tells us that immediately after writing the song he knew it had to lead his soon-to-be-released self-titled album. "This was one I just had the title. That's something that me and just people from where I'm from say -- 'Whatcha doin', man?' 'Oh, I'm just chillin' it, you know?.' I was like that'd be a cool title just to write about you and your girl riding around just on the perfect day, you know, and at this point when I wrote this song I certainly wasn't writing it for my first single. I just thought it was a cool title and I took it to my buddy Shane Minor and we finished the first day we wrote it and I honestly called my manager and was freaking out. I just knew inside that this is my song. Like, if I'm gonna do this artist thing this may need to be my first single."
The album, Cole Swindell, will be in stores everywhere on February 18th.
Cole is currently on tour with headliner Luke Bryan.
CHECK IT OUT


Rumor has it that Taylor Swift has been playing match-maker and hooked up her best friend, Selena Gomez with Austin Mahone. A source reportedly told Us Weekly, "They're seeing each other." The source went on to say that the two snuck out of the Beats Music concert last Friday (January 24th), but left in the same car.
An insider however, debunked the rumor and told Gossip Cop that the singers are not hooking up.
  • Austin opened up for Taylor's "Red" tour last summer.

CELEBRITY GOSSIP



LEA MICHELE SPEAKS MORE ON RECOVERING FROM THE LOSS OF CORY MONTEITH: Lea Michele is trying to channel the "insane love" she had for Cory Monteith. The Glee actress appears on the cover of Teen Vogue where she was interviewed by her BFF Jonathan Groff. When asked where she got the strength to get over Cory's death, Lea responded, "I somehow feel the insane love Cory and I had for each other morphed into this strength that I have right now. There's just something about knowing he's watching everything I'm doing and feeling like I have to do everything now not just for me but for him. I also have a safety net below me -- if I fall or if it's too much, my friends and family will be there to catch me."
RACHAEL RAY BASHED FOR HER GLUTEN-FREE EPISODE: Former Blue Bloods actress Jennifer Esposito took to Twitter on Monday (January 27th) to call out Rachael Ray for falling to discuss Celiac disease during a gluten-free episode of her show 3 in the Bag. Jennifer shared a link to scathing Gluten Dude blog post and wrote, "Why be responsible? That would mean t @rachaelray would have to understand what she is actually speaking about." She added, "It's a shame that there r so many suffering at the hands of ignorance such as this @rachaelray" The 40-year-old, who suffers from the disease herself, later responded to a fan suggesting an entire gluten-free cooking show by writing, "I've pitched about 10 networks about doing a show about celiac and the recipes that r healthy for all. No one rely cared"
KATE HUDSON ISN'T IN A RUSH TO MARRY: Kate Hudson has been engaged to Muse frontman Matthew Bellamy since 2011 but doesn't plan on heading down the aisle any time soon. The actress appeared on Live! With Kelly and Michael on Tuesday where she told the hosts, "I'm planning nothing right now. I'm so busy, we've been so busy, and it's been great. I come from an unconventional family -- they're not married, my parents aren't married. There's a part of me that goes, if I'm going to do it, I'm going to do it right. I'm going to take the time to really plan it right, and it's a lot. Planning a wedding is a lot!" Hudson's mother, Goldie Hawn, has been dating Kurt Russell since 1983 -- three years after splitting with Kate's biological father, Bill Hudson.
REESE WITHERSPOON HOSTS STAR-STUDDED CANCER BENEFIT: Reese Witherspoon and her husband Jim Toth teamed up with the Entertainment Industry Foundation to host the Stand Up to Cancer benefit co-sponsored by The American Cancer Society in Culver City, California on Tuesday (January 28th.) Big name guests included Selena Gomez, Christina Aguilera, Jamie Foxx, Neil Patrick Harris, Gwyneth Paltrow, Anne Hathaway, Chris Evans, Drew Barrymore, and Jessica Alba. The event involved each organization making an initial pledge of $10 million.
RAMONA SINGER BREAKS SILENCE ON RUMORS OF MARITAL ISSUES: Real Housewives of New York cast member Ramona Singer took to Twitter on Wednesday (January 29th) to break her silence on the rumors that she and her husband Mario have split up. The reality star wrote, "Thank you all for the love & support! For my daughter's sake, I would appreciate everyone respecting our privacy during this difficult time." She cited a quote which read, "Look for something positive about today. Even if you have to look a little harder than usual, it still exists. - Anonymous" Ramona and Mario have been married for 22 years.

INDUSTRY NEWS



CHRIS PRATT IS OFFICIALLY IN 'JURASSIC WORLD': Parks and Recreation actor Chris Pratt has confirmed the rumors that he will be starring in the fourth Jurassic Park film. He made the revelation while promoting his latest project, The Lego Movie, saying, "For me, Jurassic Park was really kind of my Star Wars. I lined up at the theater to see it, I saw it opening night, I saw every sequel. I've seen it a whole bunch of times...for me that was my big movie, I think I was 13 or 14 when it came out. So it's a big deal for me to be any part of that, let alone this part I'm going to be playing. I'm thrilled about it. Everybody around the world knows that franchise. When you say Jurassic Park, no one is like, 'What's Jurassic Park?' More people know Jurassic Park than just about anything. I'm thrilled." Jurassic World will be released June 12th, 2015.
KRISTEN STEWART JOINS 'STILL ALICE': Kristen Stewart will co-star in the film adaptation of Lisa Genova's best-selling novel Still Alice about a middle-aged professor named Alice who is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's. Kristen has been cast as  the youngest daughter of Alice who will be played by Julianne Moore. The movie will also star Alec Baldwin as Alice's husband and Kate Bosworth as her older daughter. Production will begin in New York in March.
NICKELODEON HIRES MARK WAHLBERG FOR 27TH ANNUAL KIDS' CHOICE AWARDS: Mark Wahlberg has been tapped to host the 27th Annual Kids Choice Awards taking place on March 29th. Network president, Russell Hicks, said in a statement, "We are thrilled to welcome a superstar like Mark Wahlberg as he takes the helm as our master of ceremonies at the biggest kid event of the year. We can't wait for him to host and have lots of slime-filled fun with Hollywood's biggest stars and our audience." Last year's show was hosted by Josh Duhamel.
NEW SHOW FROM 'HAPPY ENDINGS' CREATOR TO STAR CASEY WILSON: Happy Endings actress Casey Wilson has landed the lead role in the new NBC comedy, Marry Me created by her fiancé David Caspe. Caspe was also the creator/showrunner of Happy Endings. Marry Me is the story of "a young woman named Annie who gets engaged to boyfriend Jake. She and her fiancé quickly realize betrothed life is a little more difficult than they thought it would be." Wilson also recently sold her own pilot to NBC called Mason Twins that she wrote with production partner June Diane Raphael.
'ENTOURAGE' MOVIE CLOSE TO LANDING BILLY BOB THORNTON: Billy Bob Thornton is negotiating a deal to join the cast of the Entourage movie. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Billy Bob will be playing a billionaire cowboy turned film financier who puts up money for Vince's latest project and sends his 20-something son to L.A. to keep an eye on his investment." The movie adaptation of the hit HBO series is currently filming around the L.A. area.

HUGH GRANT HAS SOME BABY MAMA DRAMA



Hollywood's former go-to romantic lead, Hugh Grant, is caught in the middle of some baby mama drama. UK's The Sun is reporting that the 53-year-old supposedly has a third love child that was kept secret until last month.
According to the newspaper, Grant allegedly fathered a baby boy with a Swedish TV producer named Anna Elisabet Eberstein in September 2012. The actor's name was reportedly left off of the original birth certificate until it was re-registered in December 2013. A source explained, "Anna is being supported by Hugh all the way. She lives in a very comfortable property and knows that Hugh is there for her. Anna's parents in Sweden know all about the relationship and she has their blessing."
The Notting Hill star is also a father to a daughter named Tabitha born in September 2011 and a son named Felix who was born in December 2012. The children were a result of a fling he had with a woman named Tinglan Hong. Grant has apparently described his relationship with Hong as "a fleeting affair" and added, "She is a good person, a nice person, funny, clever, great mother."

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OPRAH ON TURNING 60: 'I'M MORE SECURE IN BEING MYSELF'



Oprah Winfrey has written an open letter celebrating her 60th birthday. The Huffington Post posted the letter -- which the media mogul wrote for O Magazine. She wrote, "I'm turning 60. I'm alive. Healthy. Strong. I'm turning 60, and -- please don't take offense -- I no longer have to be concerned about what anyone thinks of me! (You know, the old Am I doing it right? Am I saying it right? Am I being what or who I'm 'supposed' to be?) I'm turning 60, and I've earned the right to be just as I am. I'm more secure in being myself than I've ever been."
Oprah revealed that her highest achievement is "never shutting my heart down." She explained, "Even in my darkest moments -- through sexual abuse, a pregnancy at 14, lies and betrayals -- I remained faithful, hopeful, and open to seeing the best in people, regardless of whether they were showing me their worst. I stayed open to believing that no matter how hard the climb, there is always a way to let in a sliver of light to illuminate the path forward."

  • She added, "I approach this milestone, the landmark of 60, with humility, supreme thanksgiving, and joy. Knowing for sure grace has brought me safe thus far, and grace will lead me home."
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JOANNA KRUPA HANGS OUT WITH HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS AND ORANGE COUNTY



Real Housewives of Miami cast member Joanna Krupa has been spending a lot of time on the West Coast and rumor has it she may be trying to make it a permanent move. TMZ claims that the reality star is reportedly trying to jump ship from her show in Miami to join either the Beverly Hills or the Orange County franchise.
Krupa was spotted hanging out in L.A. last weekend with Kyle Richards and Joyce Giraud from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills as well as Gretchen Rossi from the O.C. Sources tell the website that Bravo isn't really digging the idea and has no plans to just start shuffling Housewives from one show to another no matter how much Joanna pushes for it.

  • The Miami version of the hit reality series is rumored to be on its way out which is suspected to be the reason for the 34-year-old model to be scrambling around trying to find a new place for herself.
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CAMERON DIAZ BASHES TACO BELL


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Cameron Diaz has no interest in thinking outside the bun anymore. The 41-year-old actress appears on the cover of the February issue of Self magazine where she bashes Taco Bell and discusses how she got started on taking her fitness seriously.
Cameron tells the magazine, "I fell into fitness by accident. But it's become something I depend on physically and emotionally. I feel so much more empowered now. I saw a Taco Bell yesterday -- it made my stomach scream. If I had nothing else to do, I would be, like, 'Three bean-and-cheese burritos and give me some nachos with extra cheese sauce!' I would so kill that s**t. But what I've learned is that just 'cause you can chew it and swallow it and poop it out doesn't mean it's food."

  • The Other Woman star goes on to say, "I love the science of the body, and I love to give information and see people utilize it in their own lives. I want women to know that it's never too late to start paying attention to their bodies. Until I started training at 27 for Charlie's Angels, I didn't. I literally quit smoking a month before. I was, like, 'Ugh, I've got to do this training. I guess I should stop smoking now.' We trained eight hours a day, seven days a week for three months, and I was dying. Crying every day. On Monday, I wondered how am I ever going to do this, but soon enough, I had a six-pack. At 27, I wasn't consciously saying, 'I'm doing this for when I'm 41.' But at 41, I'm saying, 'Thank God I started at 27.'"
  • Cameron published her wellness guide, The Body Book, back in December.

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GEORGE CLOONEY GUSHES OVER SANDRA BULLOCK



George Clooney and Sandra Bullock have been trading playful jabs at one another in the media since promoting their film Gravity and the 52-year-old clearly has nothing but love for his co-star. The actor got serious about his admiration toward Sandra in one of Reddit's "Ask Me Anything" sessions on Tuesday (January 28th) where he also revealed which actor he has enjoyed working with most.
When asked if there were any funny moments with Bullock while shooting Gravity, Clooney wrote, "It's tricky cause Sandy drinks so much that oftentimes it's just hard to keep her upright. No, you know, Sandy and I have known each other for over 20 years and we both were struggling actors when we first met. She was dating a friend of mine at the time who's still a good friend of ours. Every time we're together it's funny. She's somebody I adore, really, she's just fun to be in a room with. I'm sure people will assume people aren't quite who they appear to be on screen -- they're shorter or taller or meaner or dumber -- but Sandy is exactly what she appears on screen, an incredibly charming woman who's really just fun to hang out with. Very smart and centered, even though she does drink a lot."

  • George was also asked which actors he has enjoyed working with most to which he replied, "Let me think about this in the best possible way that doesn't get me murdered by all other actors I've worked with. I don't know...I've done 6 films with Damon now, so I guess I do enjoy working with him, though you wouldn't know it. I've been really lucky to work with people who enjoy what they do. I've worked with a couple of turkeys, but I've mostly been really lucky."
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'AMERICAN IDOL': SALT LAKE CITY AUDITIONS



Last night (January 29th) on American Idol, the 5th round of the season 13 auditions continued in Salt Lake City Utah.
16-year-old student Austin Wolfe performed Imagine Dragon's "Radioactive". Judge Harry Connick Jr. compared her to Hayley Williams from the group Paramore. Austin received positive reviews and a ticket to the next round. 25-year-old music educator Samantha Calmes performed an original song, but the judges asked that she perform another. She decided to go with the Jefferson's theme song, "Movin' On Up". The panel enjoyed her rendition and she advanced to Hollywood.
24-year-old funeral home singer, Tiquila Wilson, performed Adele's "Someone Like You." When asked how the church felt, that she was singing secular music she replied "I really don't care what they think, I'm here to win American Idol." She received three yeses and advances to the next round. 24-year-old resale clerk Carmen Delgina, daughter of Wonder Mike from the Sugar Hill Gang, performed "Tainted Love". "You have a God given voice, it just was very inconsistent" said judge Jennifer Lopez. After the mixed reviews, she still managed to get the golden ticket to Hollywood.
30 contestants move forward in the competition, which makes a total of 193 singers heading to Hollywood so far this season.

 
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