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Wednesday
Jul232014

Hilary Duff Returns with New Album, New Single Written by Colbie Caillat

RCA RecordsIt's been a while since ex-Disney star Hilary Duff released any music: 2007, to be exact, which is when she put out her album Dignity.  But now, the singer and actress is back with a brand-new single called "Chasing the Sun," a new record label -- RCA -- and a new album, due this fall.

The single, due out July 29, was co-written by Colbie Caillat.  The video for the song will debut on VEVO that same day.  Hilary has also worked with Ed Sheeran on material for the album.

In a statement, Hilary says of her new label home, "I came to them with my vision for the album and it has been a real labor of love, but something I am so proud of. 'Chasing the Sun' is just a peek into my new album. I've worked very hard and the album is a great representation of the experiences I've had in my life and where I want to go from here!"

She adds, "I took a break from music for quite awhile, but it gave me the power to choose my next steps carefully and I'm really proud of the album I've made. 'Chasing the Sun' is a light and fun summer song that I hope helps people to feel a little more carefree."

The new album will be Hilary's fifth.  Since her last album, she's acted, started her own clothing line, launched several fragrances, written three books, and focused on charitable works.  She married NHL player Mike Comrie in 2010; their son Luca Cruz is two years old.  The couple announced in early 2014 that they were splitting.

Recently, both Lorde and Charli XCX have expressed admiration for Hilary.


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Wednesday
Jul232014

Taylor Swift Shares Love Advice with Fan: "Unrequited Love Is Just as Valid as Any Other Kind"

Image Courtesy CMAIf she ever steps away from her music career, Taylor Swift definitely has a future as an advice columnist.

A fan named Hannah reached out to Taylor on Instagram asking the superstar for advice on how to deal with her unrequited feelings for a guy she's known for years.

Hannah, whose name on Instagram is SherbetSwift, describes her love interest as "a guy who's sweet and charming and makes me laugh. A guy who said sorry for eating in front of me after finding out I had to skip breakfast…A guy who was my first best friend." It turns out this guy has a girlfriend, whom Hannah describes as "pretty" and "nice" with an "amazing figure."

Taylor wrote a lengthy reply to Hannah, telling her that true love isn't just "the kind that lasts forever or is fully realized." She continues, "I think unrequited love is just as valid as any other kind. It's just as crushing and just as thrilling. No matter what happens in this situation, I want you to remember that what you are doing is selfless and beautiful and kind."

Taylor goes on to tell Hannah she'll someday find someone who loves her in that same, selfless way.


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Wednesday
Jul232014

American Authors Reveal the Huge Lesson They Learned from Springsteen...or Was It Coldplay?

Andrew Zaeh/Island Def JamAmerican Authors are opening for OneRepublic and The Script all summer, and since they're the first band of the night to take the stage, they've got their work cut out for them. But when they prepare for shows, they keep in mind the words of Bruce Springsteen -- or is it Coldplay?

The band's frontman, Zac Barnett, tells ABC News Radio the band always puts in a "110-percent effort" into their shows because of something one, or both, of those acts said.

"We're big fans of Bruce Springsteen and also huge fans of Coldplay," he explains. "And I don't know who said it first..but they've both been quoted in the past (as) saying...when you go into a live show, you want to give the best show that you can possibly give -- because you don't know if this is someone's first concert ever, or if this is someone's last concert ever."

Barnett describes an American Authors performance as a "dynamic roller coaster, but on a shorter scale." He explains that they bring "pure energy" to their set, which he says includes both the band's favorite songs and the crowd's favorite songs. "Best Day of My Life" undoubtedly falls into both categories.

American Authors will continue their tour with OneRepublic and The Script through an August 12 date in Virginia. Two days later, they'll begin a European trek in Belgium.


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Wednesday
Jul232014

2014 Rock'n'Blues Fest Tour to Continue in Homage to the Late Johnny Winter

Image Courtesy of Johnny WinterBefore his sudden death on July 16 while on tour in Zurich, Switzerland, blues guitar legend Johnny Winter had been scheduled to hit the road next week with his brother Edgar and other stars for a new edition of the annual Rock'n'Blues Fest tour.  Now, Edgar Winter has announced that the trek will go ahead as planned, as a tribute to Johnny.

The third annual edition of the outing features a total of 12 dates, running from a July 31 show in Clarkston, Michigan, through an August 24 concert in Snoqualmie, Washington.  The other acts on the Rock'n'Blues Fest -- A Tribute to Johnny Winter tour lineup are Vanilla Fudge, ex-Rare Earth singer Peter Rivera and Savoy Brown's Kim Simmonds.  In addition, Rick Derringer, who's famously collaborated with both Johnny and Edgar Winter over the years, will be a special guest at the last two shows of the trek -- August 23 in Las Vegas and the aforementioned Snoqualmie gig.

Fans who attend this year's Rock'n'Blues Fest shows can expect the acts to perform a variety of songs that Johnny used to play, including such classics as "Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo," "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl" and "Johnny B. Goode."

Here is the full itinerary of the 2014 Rock'n'Blues Fest trek:

7/31 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
8/1 -- Westbury, NY, Theatre at Westbury
8/2 -- Rockland, ME, Harbor Park
8/8 -- Englewood, NJ, Bergen Performing Arts Center
8/10 -- Waukegan, IL, Genesee Theatre  
8/13 -- Melbourne, FL, King Center for the Performing Arts
8/14 -- Jacksonville, FL, Florida Theatre
8/15 -- Fort Lauderdale, FL, Broward Center for the Performing Arts
8/16 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
8/22 -- Anaheim, CA, City National Civic of Anaheim
8/23 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Cannery
8/24 -- Snoqualmie, WA, Snoqualmie Casino


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Wednesday
Jul232014

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is Jake Owen's twin brother's name? ANSWER: Jarrod.


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Wednesday
Jul232014

Whitney Houston's Mother Reacts to Houston Biopic: "Let Her Rest"

Image Courtesy of Legacy RecordingsIt's no secret that Whitney Houston's family does not support Lifetime's upcoming biopic, but the late singer's mother, Cissy Houston, is now officially expressing her feelings on the matter.

"Lifetime has chosen to go ahead with the movie about Whitney in spite of my family’s objections.  No one connected with this movie knew Whitney or anything about her relationship with Bobby [Brown]," Cissy tells Entertainment Tonight.

She continued, "In the two years since Whitney's death, many people have stepped forward to speak about their close relationship with her.  I find it difficult to believe people who knew and supposedly loved her would participate in a movie about her done by folks who didn't know her."

After being "exhausted" by the people who did not know her, Cissy has one final request: "Please, please let her rest."

The Angela Bassett-directed film has recruited R&B singer Deborah Cox to provide vocal tracks, since "music rights and clearances are still being worked out," a Lifetime rep told E! Online last week.  The movie, starring America's Next Top Model runner-up Yaya DaCosta, is set to premiere next year.


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Wednesday
Jul232014

One Month In, KISS/Def Leppard Tour Is a Giant Success

Courtesy of KISS and Def LeppardIt's a month into KISS' 40th anniversary tour -- a co-headlining trek with Def Leppard -- and a tour source tells ABC News Radio, "It's been an amazing few weeks." The sheer magnitude of the stage shows is enormous, requiring dozens of trucks, buses and assorted vehicles to cart around the sets and equipment from amphitheater to amphitheater.

Because it's a summer tour, the venues are outdoor.  Paul Stanley joked that although KISS tries "to be observant of low-flying planes when we're outdoors, [being outside] doesn't change anything because what we do comes from the heart. What we do comes from who we are."

The singer said that "being outside in the summer is a terrific dichotomy, contrast between what we do and being outside in the midst of a great summer night with the stars shining," but he also noted that indoor shows "[have their] pluses [as well]." In the end, said Stanley, "We've been doing this for 40 years. The reason people still buy tickets...is because you know that we will deliver the goods."

Here are the rest of the KISS/Def Leppard tour dates:

7/23 -- Tampa, FL, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheater
7/25 -- Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live
7/26 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
8/1 -- Mansfield, MA, Xfinity Center
8/2 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Boardwalk Hall
8/3 -- Camden, NJ, Susquehanna Bank Center
8/5 -- Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center
8/6 -- Wantagh, NY, Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre
8/8 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
8/9 -- Scranton, PA, Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain
8/10 -- Hartford, CT, The Xfinity Theatre
8/12 -- Toronto, Canada, Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
8/13 -- Darien Center, NY, Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
8/15 -- East Troy, WI, Alpine Valley Music Theater
8/16 -- Tinley Park, IL, First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
8/17 -- Minneapolis, MN, Target Center
8/20 -- Des Moines, IA, Wells Fargo Arena
8/22 -- Noblesville, IN, Klipsch Music Center
8/23 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
8/24 -- Burgettstown, PA, First Niagara Pavilion
8/26 -- Cuyahoga Falls, OH, Blossom Music Center
8/28 -- Maryland Heights, MO, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
8/29 -- Tulsa, OK, BOK Center
8/31 -- The Woodlands, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion


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Wednesday
Jul232014

Damon Albarn Says His Next Project Is a "Mainstream Musical for Families"

Image Courtesy Linda Brownlee/Warner Bros. RecordsBlur and Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn already accomplished a big career first in 2014 with the April release of his solo debut, Everyday Robots.

Up next is his first musical for London's West End theater district, which Albarn says he'll begin writing in September, reports The Daily Star.

According to Albarn, initially the project was going to be "a left-field, experimental opera," but then it "lurched into a mainstream musical for families." Of course, Albarn has already composed two previous operas: one called Dr. Dee, and another one called Monkey: Journey to the West.

A reboot of Gorillaz might also be in the works for Albarn, who says he's "found himself writing a lot of uptempo songs" in the style of that band.


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Wednesday
Jul232014

Jhene Aiko Preps for Tour, Releases Rehearsal Footage

Image Courtesy Def JamBefore she embarks on her fall tour, Jhené Aiko has shared some footage from her rehearsals.

In the 11-minute clip, which was posted to her official YouTube page, the singer is joined by her guitarist and together they performed an acoustic medley of her hits including "Stay Ready (What a Life)" and "The Worst" lifted from her Sail Out EP.

The footage reveals Aiko preparing for her supporting slot  on The Weeknd's trek, dubbed the “King of the Fall” tour. Alongside ScHoolboy Q, the entertainers are scheduled to begin the outing September 19 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

The tour will support her full-length debut Souled Out, which will arrive later this fall.


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Wednesday
Jul232014

Craig Morgan's 8th Annual Charity Event Raises $60,000 for Tennessee Foster Kids

Image Courtesy Angelyn Tinsley/Edwards Photography StudiosCraig Morgan's 8th annual Charity Event raised more than $60,000 on Sunday in Dickson, Tennessee. Fellow country stars Tracy Lawrence and Chuck Wicks joined Craig and a few other motocross celebrities for a motocross exhibition and trail ride before performing a concert that night at the Dickson War Memorial Lawn.

Proceeds from Craig's Charity Event go to the Dickson County Craig Morgan Foundation to assist foster kids in that county and throughout Middle Tennessee.


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Wednesday
Jul232014

Britney Launching Sleepwear & Lingerie Line, "The Intimate Britney Spears" 

PRNewsFoto/The Intimate Britney SpearsBritney Spears has a line of fragrances, but now she's branching out into clothing -- skimpy clothing. The Intimate Britney Spears, a new collection of sleepwear, loungewear and lingerie, will launch in September 9 in the U.S. in Canada, and September 26 in Europe.

Britney tweeted the news along with a photo of herself wearing a black bra and high-waisted panties, writing, "Coming very soon... The Intimate Collection, by yours truly. Just a peek at what's to come. xo."

The collection, which will be launched by Britney at a New York City event, includes lingerie sets, bustiers, kimonos and relaxed loungewear, including jersey camisoles, shorts and sweats.  The items feature detailing like crocheted edges, satin ribbons and lace trim.  Prices range from $17 to $79, with sizes from A-J cups.

In addition to being available at IntimateBritneySpears.com, you'll be able to purchase the items at boutique retailers in the U.S. and Canada, as well as at Barenecessities.com.

In a statement, Britney says, "Every woman should feel confident and beautiful in everything she puts on. My vision for The Intimate Britney Spears is to create pieces that are sexy, luxurious, and comfortable at the same time. I am excited to introduce this collection because I feel that we accomplished exactly that."

Meanwhile, Britney is launching her 16th -- that's right, 16th -- fragrance, called Fantasy Stage Edition.  It's her previously-released scent, Fantasy, in a limited-edition bottle, with a snakeskin outer coating inspired by Britney's legendary 2001 MTV VMA performance, during which she danced with an enormous python draped over her shoulders. 

According to MTV, Britney said in a statement, "Fantasy Stage Edition represents my daring moments on stage, both past and present. I hope it motivates my fans to be fearless.”


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Wednesday
Jul232014

Bob Geldof's Daughter Died of Heroin Overdose, Inquest Rules

Alex Huckle/GC ImagesThe surprise death in April of Bob Geldof's daughter, 25-year-old British TV presenter, model and journalist Peaches Geldof, was caused by a heroin overdose, a coroner has ruled.

According to the BBC, the inquest into Geldof's death turned up extremely pure heroin in a bag inside her house, as well as syringes, burnt spoons, and a pair of knotted pantyhose -- all evidence of drug use.  A syringe was also found in a box next Geldof's bed.  The level of heroin in her body was in a "fatal range," according to the pathologist, while puncture wounds were found on her elbows, wrists and thumbs.  Codeine, methadone and morphine were also found in her body.

The BBC reports that the married mother of two had formerly been a heroin addict and had taken methadone, a heroin substitute, for two-and-a-half years prior to her death.  Her husband, Tom Cohen, said that Peaches had started using heroin again in February, and had lied to him when she told him that she'd passed drug tests every week.

Peaches Geldof's mother, TV personality Paula Yates and ex-wife of Bob Geldof, died of a heroin overdose at the age of 41, when Peaches was 11.


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Wednesday
Jul232014

Report: Robin Thicke and Paula Patton's Bel Air Home Up for Sale

Prana MarketingCould this be another sign of their ongoing marries woes?  Robin Thicke and his estranged wife Paula Patton's Bel Air, California, home was reportedly put up for sale this past Monday.

According to TMZ, the 3,158-square-foot, two-story house is listed for $2,985,000.

The property was purchased by Robin's father, Alan Thicke, back in 1990 for $910,000, but sources tell the gossip website Robin's name is currently on the deed.

The sources also reveal that while neither Thicke, 37, nor Patton, 38, have officially moved out of the house, the couple haven't lived together there since separating back in February.

Patton and Thicke tied the knot back in 2005. Robin's been trying to get his wife back, most notably through his new album, Paula. So far, no apparent luck.


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Wednesday
Jul232014

Madonna's Daughter Lourdes Leon Reflects on High School and Prom

Rich Schmitt/AFP/GettyImagesMadonna's daughter Lourdes Leon will be off to college soon, but for now, the 17-year-old writes on her Material World blog that she's excited to be graduating from high school and attending her prom.

Lourdes writes, "HEY to all the readers. I don't know if u heard (sarcasm) but I GRADUATED. GRAAAAAD. UATED. From High School.  It's very difficult to wrap my head around because I feel like it’s something I've been talking about FOR EVER and it finally happened. There also isn't the ominous presence of another year of high school and test taking up ahead like there usually is when you're about mid-way into the beautiful summer."

As for her prom, Lourdes explains, "A week before graduation I attended the classic party every American teenager goes to despite the really bad music -- this is known as prom. What can I say? Those of you who have been probably know exactly what I’m talking about," she wrote.

And Madonna’s daughter had a message for her prom dj’s as well.  She jokes, "Note to the prom dj's who feel the need to play 'please don't stop the music' (what a prom classic I know they played that at your prom!) 5 times in 3 hours.  Of course despite all of these weird prom factors, I got to spend an entire weekend kicking it with my high school homies. It was a great way to end the year."

Lourdes graduated from Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art Performing Arts in New York City last month.  She's next headed to her mom's alma mater, the University of Michigan.


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Wednesday
Jul232014

Ted Nugent's Idaho Concert Cancelled Due to What Casino Calls "Racist Attitudes and Views"

Jenny Risher/MSO PRTed Nugent's penchant for speaking his mind has gotten him into hot water again. The Coeur d'Alene Tribe has canceled the "Motor City Madman's" August 4 appearance at its casino in Idaho.

A statement on the casino's Facebook page states that the show was canceled after "Nugent's history of racist and hate-filled remarks was brought to the Tribal Council's attention." 

Chief Allan, chairman of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, says in the statement that the tribe it "has always been about human rights -- for decades, we have worked individually and as a Tribe to make sure that each and every person is treated equally and with respect and dignity.  We know what it’s like to be the target of hateful messages and we would never want to perpetuate hate in any way.”

Laura Stensgar, executive director of marketing for the Coeur d’Alene Casino, adds, “We adamantly do not want our casino to be used as a venue for the racist attitudes and views that Ted Nugent espouses.”

She defended the initial decision to book the 65-year-old rocker by explaining that, “We were looking at him from an entertainment perspective, as an 80s rock ‘n roller who we thought folks might enjoy.”

Stensgar goes on to say, “We take the comments and concerns of our community very seriously and we apologize to anyone who was offended by the idea that we would promote these kinds of attitudes. We will do our best to avoid such mistakes moving forward.”

The casino will refund the full ticket price for anyone has purchased tickets to the show.

While Nugent doesn't directly mention the casino, he wrote in a lengthy Facebook post Tuesday, "No matter how much of a supeduper bad**s I think I am, I am obviously a much badder**s than even I think I am, for the fact that the America hating commie left Saul Alinsky-Joseph Goebbells liberal democrat punks have dedicated an entire army to abandon their own lives to unite to destroy mine."

He adds that it "proves beyond any shadow of any doubt how incredibly effective I am at spotlighting these freedom hating cockroaches & impeding their fundamental transformation ie;destruction of America."


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Wednesday
Jul232014

Ryan Tedder: Idea for "Love Runs Out" Fell Out of the Clouds and Into His Car

LeAnn Mueller/Interscope RecordsHow do we know that OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder is a songwriting genius?  Because unlike most writers, he doesn't have to slave away in the studio to come up with a song: for him, ideas for hits simply "fall from the clouds."  Exhibit A: the band's current single, "Love Runs Out."

"Love Runs Out" is a song that didn't originally appear on OneRepublic's album Native -- they put it out after the fact, after Ryan finally finished writing it, and realized he had something great on his hands.  As Ryan explains, he had started the tune quite some time ago, but was never able to complete it.

"When I wrote it, it was right before Coachella a coupla years ago," he tells ABC News Radio. "It's kinda my song about music.  And I couldn't finish it. And I was working on the U2 album in Malibu in January, driving to the studio, [and] the song came on my playlist."

"I hadn't heard it in a year," he recalls, "and out of nowhere, the entire chorus literally fell from the clouds, into the car."

So Ryan did what any self-respecting songwriter would do. "I pulled over to the side of the road, recorded it on my iPhone, and called my manager," he says. "And I said, 'I might wanna switch gears, I have this song...' and here we are now!" 

OneRepublic initially planned to release a song called "I Lived" as the second single from Native, but "Love Runs Out" took its place.  In addition to finding it on Native, you'll find "I Lived" on the upcoming soundtrack for the movie The Giver, along with a brand-new OneRepublic song, "Ordinary Human."


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Wednesday
Jul232014

ZZ Top's Dusty Hill Says He's Looking Forward to Getting Rid of the "Stones in My Passway"

Image Courtesy of Ross HalfinZZ Top announced on Monday that it has to postpone the start of its U.S. summer tour because bassist Dusty Hill needs surgery to remove a pair of kidney stones.  Now, Hill has issued a statement poking a little fun at his ailment.

Referencing to a classic song by late blues legend Robert Johnson, the 65-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer quipped, "I got stones in my passway," then added, "...but my doctor says not for long."  ZZ Top has canceled six upcoming concerts because of Hill's condition, which is expected to put him out of action for about two weeks.  The band now will launch its trek with an August 6 headlining show in Sturgis, South Dakota, two days before kicking off a previously announced joint tour with Jeff Beck in Missoula, Montana.

Looking forward to ZZ Top's forthcoming road trip, Hill again paraphrased Johnson, this time reworking a line from "Terraplane Blues," saying, "We're booked and we're bound to go."  He added, "I had stones in my passway but you know those old boulders couldn't last, I had stones in my passway but those stones will soon be in my past."

You can check out the band's full confirmed tour schedule at ZZTop.com.

In other news, ZZ Top released its new concert video Live at Montreux 2013 on Tuesday.  The video, which is available on DVD and Blu-ray, features the Texas trio performing such well-known songs as "Sharp Dressed Man," "Legs," "La Grange" and "Tush," as well as three tunes from the group's 2012 album, La Futura, and a cover of the Jimi Hendrix Experience's "Foxey Lady."


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Wednesday
Jul232014

Godsmack Offers Two Instant Song Downloads with Digital Album Pre-order

Image Courtesy Paul Brown/Universal Music GroupGodsmack's sixth album, 1000hp, doesn't arrive in stores until August 5, but fans can get an immediate two-song taste by purchasing it in advance through iTunes.

By pre-ordering, fans will have access to instant downloads of the title track and "Generation Day."  The band is still offering pre-order packages on Godsmack.com featuring colored vinyl, clothing and signed drumheads.

Look for Godsmack on the road later this summer as part of the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival, which begins August 15 in Clarkston, Michigan, at the DTE Energy Music Theatre.


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Wednesday
Jul232014

Joe Nichols Says "Yeah" to Some Downtime in the Bahamas with His Wife, Heather

Image Courtesy Red Bow RecordsJoe Nichols had to go back on tour shortly after he and his wife, Heather, welcomed their baby girl, Georgia Blue, nine weeks ago.

He tells ABC News Radio, "I feel for Mama right now 'cause I'm gone so much. She's kinda having to pull double-duty with the two-year-old and with our nine-week-old now. She's probably pretty wore out."

Joe now wants Heather to just kick back, relax and say "Yeah," just like he sings about it in his latest hit, so he's taking her to the Bahamas in the next week for some R&R. Joe expects Heather to get some good sleep on the trip as well.

"She can lay back on the beach and just say, 'Yeah,'" Joe says, before making a snoring sound.  "A little bit of snoring. That's right."

This trip marks Joe's first time back to the Bahamas since singing at Anna Nicole Smith's funeral there in 2007. He says, "I think the place we're going to is a pretty stellar place. I hear it is."

Joe could definitely use some downtime after undergoing back surgery just four weeks ago, according to The Country Vibe. Joe went against his doctors to return to the road just four days after surgery to repair an injury in his lower back from long-distance running.


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Wednesday
Jul232014

Whitney Houston's Mother Reacts to Houston Biopic: "Let Her Rest"

Image courtesy Legacy RecordingsIt's no secret that Whitney Houston's family does not support Lifetime’s upcoming biopic, but the late singer's mother Cissy Houston is now officially expressed her feelings on the matter.

"Lifetime has chosen to go ahead with the movie about Whitney in spite of my family’s objections. No one connected with this movie knew Whitney or anything about her relationship with Bobby [Brown]," Cissy tells Entertainment Tonight.

She continued, "In the two years since Whitney’s death, many people have stepped forward to speak about their close relationship with her. I find it difficult to believe people who knew and supposedly loved her would participate in a movie about her done by folks who didn’t know her."

After being "exhausted" by the people who did not know her, Cissy has one final request: "Please, please let her rest."

The Angela Bassett-directed film has recruited R&B singer Deborah Cox to provide vocal tracks since "music rights and clearances are still being worked out," a Lifetime rep told E! Online last week. The movie, starring America's Next Top Model runner-up Yaya DaCosta, is set to premiere next year.


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