Bon Jovi's Richie Sambora Says He May Return to the Band in September

Kevin Mazur/WireImage for Clear ChannelBon Jovi will be headlining a huge show in London's Hyde Park on July 12, but once again, Richie Sambora won't be playing with them.  However, the guitarist's hinting that this fall might see his return to the stage with Jon Bon Jovi and the rest of the group.

Sambora hasn't performed with the band since April, and will only cite "personal matters" as the reason for his absence.  Speaking to the British paper The Sun at an Los Angeles event promoting his fashion line, he said of the Hyde Park gig, "I truly want to be there and I feel very sad for the fans that I won't be performing.  I love the fans, I love the band.  Jon and I have been tight for like 30 years, so all of this is very sad and it affects so many people around us."

But what exactly is the issue that's keeping him from the band?  Richie would only say that it's "a family drama...and it will be resolved."  He added, "I'll be in Paris with my daughter Ava while the band rocks the U.K. But let's see what happens at the end of summer.  September's looking good. So, maybe September."

Sambora later tweeted, "Hey all, to those who saw that interview from the fashion show it was about my hopes. Nothing's really happening yet."

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Bon Jovi's Sambora Says He May Return to the Band in September

Kevin Mazur/WireImage for Clear ChannelBon Jovi will be headlining a huge show in London's Hyde Park on July 12, but once again, guitarist Richie Sambora won't be onstage with them.  However, he's hinting that this fall might see his return to the stage with Jon Bon Jovi and the rest of the group.

Richie hasn't performed with the band since April, and will only cite "personal matters" as the reason for his absence.  Speaking to the British paper The Sun at an L.A. event promoting his fashion line, he said of the Hyde Park gig, "I truly want to be there and I feel very sad for the fans that I won't be performing. I love the fans, I love the band. Jon and I have been tight for like thirty years, so all of this is very sad and it affects so many people around us."

But what exactly is the issue that's keeping him from the band?  Sambora would only say that it's "a family drama...and it will be resolved."  He added, "I'll be in Paris with my daughter Ava while the band rocks the U.K. But let's see what happens at the end of summer. September's looking good. So, maybe September."

Richie later tweeted, "Hey all, to those who saw that interview from the fashion show it was about my hopes. Nothing's really happening yet."

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Latest Teen Choice Awards Nominations: Justin vs. Justin, Taylor vs. Selena, Katy Perry vs. Obama? latest round of nominees have been announced for the 2013 Teen Choice Awards, and all the biggest artists of the moment are well-represented, but in some categories BFFs will be facing off against each other.

In the Choice Single: Female Artist category, Taylor Swift and her bestie Selena Gomez are competing against one another, with "I Knew You Were Trouble" and "Come & Get It," respectively.  And Selena's good friend Demi Lovato is also nominated in that category, for "Heart Attack."  And speaking of Selena and Demi, yet another all-grown-up-now former Disney star is in that category as well: Miley Cyrus, with "We Can't Stop."

Over in the Choice Single: Male Artist category, it's Justin vs. Justin, as The Bieb goes up against Justin Timberlake with "Beauty and a Beat" and "Suit & Tie," respectively.  JT is also up for Choice Love Song, with "Mirrors." 

Other nominees for Choice Love Song include Bruno Mars' "Treasure," Pink's "Just Give Me a Reason," One Direction's "Little Things" and Ariana Grande's "The Way," which Jordin Sparks wrote about her man Jason Derulo.

Meanwhile, in the category of Choice Twitter Personality, there's a bizarre showdown:  Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and Rihanna are competing against none other than President Obama.

Meanwhile, Demi Lovato, Emblem3 and The Wanted all will appear on the show, in addition to the previously announced One Direction and Paramore.  The 2013 Teen Choice Awards air at 8 p.m. ET August 11, live on Fox.

Here are the latest nominees:

Choice Single: Female Artist
“Come & Get It,” Selena Gomez
“Cups (Pitch Perfect’s  ‘When I'm Gone’),” Anna Kendrick
“Heart Attack,” Demi Lovato
“I Knew You Were Trouble,” Taylor Swift
“We Can't Stop,” Miley Cyrus
Choice Single: Male Artist
“Beauty and a Beat,” Justin Bieber featuring Nicki Minaj
“Blurred Lines,” Robin Thicke featuring T.I + Pharrell
“Feel This Moment,” Pitbull featuring Christina Aguilera
“Locked Out of Heaven,” Bruno Mars
“Suit & Tie,” Justin Timberlake featuring Jay-Z
Choice Single: Group
“Get Lucky,” Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams
“I Love It,” Icona Pop featuring Charli XCX
“Live While We're Young,” One Direction
“Love Somebody,” Maroon 5
“Thrift Shop,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz
Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Song
“#Beautiful,” Mariah Carey
“Can't Hold Us,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton
“Diamonds,” Rihanna
“Next to Me,” Emeli Sandé
“Started from the Bottom,” Drake
Choice Rock Song
“Carry On,” fun.
“Gone, Gone, Gone,” Phillip Phillips
“Ho Hey,” The Lumineers
“Radioactive,” Imagine Dragons
Choice Love Song
“Just Give Me A Reason,” Pink featuring Nate Ruess
“Little Things,” One Direction
“Mirrors,” Justin Timberlake
“Treasure,” Bruno Mars
“The Way,” Ariana Grande featuring Mac Miller
Choice Break-Up Song
“Come and Get It,” Selena Gomez
“DONE.,” The Band Perry
“Stay,” Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko
“We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” Taylor Swift
“When I Was Your Man,” Bruno Mars
Choice Music Breakout Artist
Candice Glover
Ariana Grande
Emeli Sandé
Ed Sheeran
Choice Music Breakout Group
Icona Pop
Imagine Dragons
The Lumineers
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Candie's Choice Style Icon
Miley Cyrus
Ariana Grande
Demi Lovato
Lea Michele
Emma Watson
Choice Twitter Personality
Justin Bieber
Lady Gaga
President Barack Obama
Katy Perry

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Toni Braxton, Babyface Begin Recording Joint Album; Toni Preps Solo Summer Tour

AtlanticR&B fans are in for a treat. Toni Braxton and Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds have begun working on their joint album. The currently untitled project is scheduled to be released by Motown Records in the fall.  And Toni just announced plans for a North American tour to begin in August.

The upcoming effort re-teams Toni with Babyface who, alongside L.A. Reid, wrote and produced much of Toni’s classic self-titled debut album in 1993.  The album would earn Braxton her first two Grammy Awards, including one for Best New Artist, and would go on to sell more than 10 million copies.

Toni previously shared thoughts of wanting to retire from music during the production of her reality series, The Braxton Family Values, on the WE tv network, before making the surprise announcement about the forthcoming album on the show's season finale.

Meanwhile, Toni will kick off her solo North American tour beginning August 9 in Las Vegas at the Palms Concert Theatre with the trek wrapping up on August 31 at the Chastain Park Amphitheatre in Atlanta.

You can expect Braxton to run through all of her new and old hits, including her 2012 number one Billboard dance hit “I Heart You.”

Here are Toni Braxton's North American tour dates:

8/9 -- Las Vegas, NV, Palms Concert Theatre
8/10 -- Coquitlam, BC, Red Robinson Theatre
8/12 -- Brooklyn, NY, Martin Luther King, Jr. Summer Concert Series
8/14 -- New Brunswick, NJ, State Theatre
8/16 -- Rama, ON, Casino Rama Entertainment Centre
8/ 17 -- Detroit, MI, Chene Park – Classic Soul Series
8/18 -- Durham, NC, Durham Performing Arts Center
8/21 -- Baltimore, MD, Pier Six Pavilion
8/23 -- Lincoln, RI, Twin River Casino
8/24 --Atlantic City, NJ, Trump Taj Mahal—Mark G Etess Arena
8/25 -- Westbury, NY, Theatre at Westbury
8/28 -- St. Petersburg, FL, The Mahaffey Theater
8/29 -- Miami, FL, James L. Knight Center
8/31 -- Atlanta, GA, Chastain Park Amphitheatre

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Skillet and August Burns Red Expected to Take Top Two Spots on "Billboard" 200

David MolnarSkillet and August Burns Red are expected to make big debuts on the Billboard 200 album chart this week.

Skillet’s ninth studio album, Rise, is headed for the #4 spot on the tally, with projected sales putting it somewhere around 50,000 copies. If the predictions are true, this will be the band’s second top-10 album on the list, following 2009’s Awake. That release debuted and peaked at #2 on the chart, with 68,000 copies sold its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Meanwhile, August Burns Red is on course to score their first top-10 album on the chart. The group’s latest album, Rescue & Restore, is expected to nab the #6 spot on the Billboard 200 album chart, with projections putting its sales somewhere around 25,000 copies. August Burns Red’s fourth studio album, 2011’s Leveler, came the closest to the top 10 when it debuted and peaked at #11 on the list, racking up 29,000 copies its first week out, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The new Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will be released on Wednesday.

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Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" Album Now Available for Pre-Order on iTunes wowing the crowd with his BET Awards performance Sunday night, Robin Thicke has announced that his highly anticipated album, Blurred Lines, is now available for pre-order.

You can order the crooner's sixth CD now, exclusively through iTunes. The disc will reportedly come in the standard 11-track package, deluxe version -- which includes three additional songs -- as well as a Target Deluxe edition that includes the three bonus tracks plus two remixes.

The project includes contributions from Kendrick Lamar, who submitted his guest versus on a song called "Give It 2 U," which was released as a free track on Robin's MySpace page.

The news comes just a few days after Robin's title track, featuring T.I. and Pharrell Williams, spent three consecutive weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It marks Thicke's first single to surpass one million in downloads, which makes the party anthem the most downloaded song of 2013 -- 428,477 total downloads during the week ending June 23.

The summer smash, which sits comfortably atop the Billboard R&B Songs chart, is also a hit in 64 countries, including Ireland, Germany, Australia and New Zealand. 

Due to the overwhelming success of the record, Robin joked with MTV News on the BET red carpet Sunday night in L.A. that he's contemplated changing his moniker.  "I was thinking about changing my name to Blurred Lines at this point," he said.  "We knew it was good, you never know it's going to be that big, but we're very grateful about its success."

Blurred Lines will drop July 30 via Star Trak and Interscope Records. It will be Robin's first CD since 2011's Love After War.

In other news, Robin's scheduled to perform with Estelle during the Taste of Chicago at the outdoor amphitheater, Petrillo Music Shell, next week on July 11.

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Rodney Atkins to Host America's Heroes Celebration Weekend in Georgia

Philip WageRodney Atkins is set to host his America's Heroes Celebration Weekend in Jekyll Island, GA next month. The three-day event honors servicemen and women with fireworks displays, concerts and dance parties running August 16 through 18.  Rodney's Sunday night set will include his big hits "These Are My People" and "Take a Back Road" as well as tracks from his upcoming studio album.

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Lou Reed Reportedly Doing Fine After Being Hospitalized for Medical Scare

Photo: Timothy Greenfield-SandersLou Reed, who underwent a liver transplant just a few weeks ago, suffered a health scare on Sunday that temporarily landed him back in the hospital.  According to the New York Post, the influential rocker was taken from his residence in East Hampton, New York, to a nearby medical facility early that morning after an emergency call was placed reporting a man suffering from dehydration.

Meanwhile, TMZ reports that the 71-year-old musician felt nauseous and vomited a number of times before he was taken to an emergency room.  Sources tell the website that Reed was treated and released, and is now doing fine.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer made his first post-transplant appearance on June 20, when he took part in a Q&A event at France's Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.  Reed had the operation in May at a Cleveland clinic.

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Pearl Jam to Make Special Announcement on July 8

Kevin Mazur/WireImagePearl Jam fans, it looks like the news you've all been waiting for may well be announced next week.  The band has put a countdown clock on their official website, which will unlock a section of the home page when it reaches zero on Monday, July 8 at 1 p.m. ET.

While it’s unclear whether the band will be revealing information on their upcoming tenth album or announcing the group’s next batch of tour dates, guitarist Stone Gossard recently told ABC News Radio that he's hoping the group will deliver their new album sometime this year.

“I’m optimistic that it’ll be [released] this year, but you never know,” he notes. “We’re not done yet, so until we’re actually done -- and done means not only is the music done but then the artwork’s done and then the marketing plan is done and all of that stuff -- so I’m guessing it’ll be out this year but it could be next.”

As of now, Pearl Jam only has two tour dates left on their calendar this year. The band will be playing sold-out shows at Budweiser Gardens in London, Ontario, Canada on July 16 and at Wrigley Field -- the home of the Chicago Cubs -- on July 19.

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Paul McCartney Says Eric Clapton's Words Inspired Him

Mary McCartney/MPL Communications Ltd.Paul McCartney clearly appreciates the musical talents of his friend Eric Clapton, with whom he's collaborated numerous times over the years, but he also apparently considers the guitar legend a font of wisdom.  In the latest installment of the "You Gave Me the Answer" feature on McCartney's official website, the former Beatles star was asked by a fan, "What is the most inspirational thing someone has ever said to you?" Maccarevealed that it was something Clapton once said to him.

Sir Paul recalled, "I once heard someone say a certain major star was very humble.  Eric Clapton said, 'The great ones usually are.'"

McCartney and Clapton's shared musical history includes guest appearances on each other's latest studio albums: Paul lent his vocal and bass talents to a version of the jazz standard "All of Me" on Eric's 2013 release Old Sock, while Clapton played guitar on the new song "My Valentine" that was featured on McCartney's 2012 project, Kisses on the Bottom collection.

McCartney begins a new North American leg of his Out There World Tour on July 7 in Ottawa, Canada.

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Ex-"American Idol" Champ Ruben Studdard to Compete on "The Biggest Loser"

RubenStuddard.comRecently, American Idol alumna Kellie Pickler won Dancing with the Stars.  Now, yet another American Idol alum will attempt to win yet another reality show.  Ruben Studdard, Idol's season two champ, is going on NBC's The Biggest Loser.

People magazine reports that Ruben, who's struggled with his weight for years, will compete on the 15th installment of the show as part of his attempts to conquer his obesity once and for all.  In 2006, the "Velvet Teddy Bear" tried an intense workout plan and strict diet, but he stopped after losing only 12 pounds because he felt sick and exhausted.  Then, he became a vegetarian and lost 70 pounds, but last year, after his divorce, he started putting the weight back on.

According to People, Ruben has said in the past that he wants to lose weight because of his family's history of high blood pressure, diabetes and heart problems.

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Pixies Welcome New Bassist Kim Shattuck; Reveal Plans to Perform New Tracks on Upcoming World Tour

PixiesMusic.comThe Pixies have found a replacement for founding bassist Kim Deal, who officially left the group last month. The band has announced that Kim Shattuck, who played bass for The Pandoras and was a guitarist for The Muffs, will take Deal’s place in the lineup.

In addition, the Pixies revealed that they'll be hitting the road for a massive world tour starting on September 29 in Paris, France. Frontman Black Francis notes that fans can expect the band to play a wide variety of rare and career-spanning tracks on the outing.

"Along with everyone's favorites, we'll be playing songs that we haven't played in ages or never played live before," says the singer in a statement.  "Songs like 'Brick is Red,' 'Havalina,' 'Tony's Theme.' and 'Sad Punk.'  We've probably rehearsed some 80 songs, so we'll be able to change up the set at the last minute if we feel like it. “

While the first leg of the tour will take the Pixies all around Europe through the end of November, the group is expected to unveil a batch of U.S. dates sometime in the coming weeks.

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Ne-Yo Reveals He's Called Off His Engagement

Photo by Simon Russell/WireImage for Malibu RedNe-Yo has called off his engagement, and apparently he wants everyone to know it.  He announed via his Instagram account over the weekend that he's cancelled his engagement to longtime girlfriend Monyetta Shaw, who was noticeably absent from his arm during the BET Awards on Sunday.

The singer posted a picture of the two standing side by side with words that read: "Tho fate has decided to split our romantic paths, know that I will always love you. Forever your partner. Forever your friend. Forever my miracle."

To accompany the break-up picture, Ne-Yo also wrote to the mother of his two kids, "I'll always be there. ALWAYS. @incognemo Forever my miracle."

Oh, and just to make sure all his fans got the memo, Ne-Yo also confirmed the breakup on his official Twitter page.

"Love never dies but it CAN change shape," he tweeted on Saturday afternoon. "Tho romantically out paths have split I'll always love you. Forever a father to ours & a best friend." He then linked back to the Instagram post.

For her part, a smiling Shaw posted a slew of pictures all weekend on her social media accounts, posing alongside her girlfriends.  In one image, she even appears to still be wearing her engagement ring.

Just a month prior, Ne-Yo posted a picture collage of his then-fiancée to wish her a happy birthday. He wrote, "TO THE MOTHER OF THE TWO BEST THINGS TO EVER HAPPEN TO ME! TO MY OTHER GUN! Regardless of situation or circumstance KNOW that your place in my heart is SECURE FOREVER. HAPPY BDAY!!!!!!!"

In related news, Ne-Yo tweeted Monday morning that he's scheduled to play the Velvet Villains Festival in Merhaba, Istanbul on Friday, August 30 at KCC Park.

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Rob Zombie to Perform Headlining Set at Great American Nightmare Event in Los Angeles

GreatAmericanNightmare.comRob Zombie will take the stage at his upcoming Halloween-themed event in Los Angeles, Great American Nightmare. The singer has confirmed that he'll perform a headlining set on the last night of the event, supported by Eagles of Death Metal, Powerman 5000 and 45 Grave.

The Great American Nightmare will be held every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from October 10 through November 2 at the Fairplex FEARplex just outside of Los Angeles in Pomona, California. The event will features three fully-immersive haunted house attractions based on Zombie's films, as well as 15 nights of concerts including sets by Andrew WK, The Used and Goldfinger, among others.

Visit to view the full lineup.

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Pink's New Video Stars Her Daughter, Husband, and Vegetables's new video, for her latest single "True Love," is a real family affair: it stars her husband, Carey Hart, and their daughter, Willow Sage.

In the lighthearted clip, Pink sings about her love/hate relationship with Hart while looking into a mirror, performing onstage, and playing with Willow while Hart lounges on the couch.  He's also seen riding his bicycle around an empty arena while Pink rehearses.  Those images are intercut with super-saturated color '80s-style video images of Pink, Hart and Willow, and graphic images like hearts and stars.

Vegetables are a theme in the video as well, strangely.  Willow is seen playing with a group of stuffed vegetables, and then during the song's bridge, guest vocalist Lily Allen is seen viciously chopping carrots and broccoli and putting them in a blender.  We then see images of vegetables swirling around with Pink among them, and then Pink, who's a vegetarian, holding up a glass of what looks like a green smoothie.

There's also plenty of footage of Pink flying over the audience while singing, as she does every night on her Truth About Love tour, which is currently traveling through Australia.

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Demi Lovato Says She Was "Suicidal" at Age 7

Credit: RankinDemi Lovato fans know the personal struggles the singer has gone through in recent years, but in the new issue of Cosmopolitan magazine, Demi reveals that her emotional problems date back to her early childhood.

The singer, who got her start appearing on Barney & Friends, tells Cosmo, "At the time, I was just so grateful to be on TV, but I was also really struggling...Even before Barney, I was suicidal. I was seven. With Barney, I guess subliminally, I did have a relationship with this figure that was saving my life in a way."

She adds, "I've talked about being bullied and the years of being a teenager, but I went through things when I was younger that I've never talked about that probably caused me to turn out the way I ended up turning out."

Along that same topic, one of the songs on Demi's new album, "Warrior," has lyrics that declare, "There's a part of me I can't get back/A little girl grew up too fast/All it took was once, I'll never be the same/Now I'm taking back my life today." 

Demi tells Cosmopolitan, "My family knows what it's about. When I'm ready to open up on that subject with the outside world, then I'll be free to talk about it. But right now, it's kind of one of those things where the lyrics speak for me. It's all in the song."

Demi says she refuses to numb her emotional pain with drugs or alcohol.   "When I look at someone who's out there partying excessively or rappers rapping about doing drugs, who people look up to, and think, 'Oh that's a gangster,' I think, 'You're actually being a giant p***y'...If you're spending your entire early 20s chasing the next party, what are you running away from? That's not a bad*ss. What's a bad*ss is when you can sit through your problems and feel emotions when you don't want to have them."

She adds, "There have been nights where I've had to sit on my hands, because I want to act out, because I physically can't sit still in the pain I'm dealing with, from looking back and being bullied or other things that happened. And now, as hard as it may be, I will do that. That's what makes me a bad*ss. Being a bad*ss is handling your sh*t."

Read more from Demi in the August issue of Cosmo.

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Country Stars Swept Up in Second Wave of Teen Choice Awards Nominations few country stars are mentioned in the second wave of 2013 Teen Choice Awards nominees.

Blake Shelton is up for Choice TV Personality -- Male category for his gig as a coach on The Voice. He's also mentioned in the Choice Country Song category for "Boys 'Round Here" with Pistol Annies. Luke Bryan's "Crash My Party," "Cruise" by Florida Georgia Line, Hunter Hayes' "I Want Crazy" and "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" by Taylor Swift round out the Choice Country Song nominees.

"We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" and The Band Perry hit "DONE." are mentioned in the Choice Break-Up Song category. Taylor's song "I Knew You Were Trouble" earned her a nomination in the Choice Single: Female Artist list.

Voting is now open for the 2013 Teen Choice Awards at The show airs live Sunday, August 11 at 8 p.m. ET on FOX.

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Toby Keith's Bus Catches on Fire in Indiana; Singer Not on Board

Greg WatermannToby Keith's tour bus caught fire early Monday morning on I-65 near Lebanon, IN. The singer wasn't on board at the time, according to Indianapolis TV station WISH. Backup singers and crew members were on board the bus when the fire occurred, but no injuries were reported.

The bus was headed back to Nashville after Toby's Sunday night show in Chicago when the driver saw flames shooting from the back of the vehicle. He successfully pulled the bus over into the emergency lane after the vehicle lost power.

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Adam Levine, Katy Perry Among Top "Celebrity Hall Pass" Choices in New Poll of Married Men & Women your husband gave you a "hall pass" to sleep with any celebrity you choose, who would it be?  Apparently, married women everywhere would want to spend "one more night" with Maroon 5's Adam Levine.

In a new survey of 1,000 married men and women conducted by WE tv, women chose Channing Tatum as their #1 "celebrity hall pass," with 29 percent of the vote.  Ryan Gosling received 20 percent of the vote and, continuing the theme of hot, frequently-shirtless men with great abs, Adam Levine came in third with 17 percent of the vote, tying Leonardo DiCaprio.

On the other hand, the guys surveyed chose Jessica Alba as their top celebrity hall pass, followed by Mila Kunis.  Megan Fox and Kate Upton tied for third, and Katy Perry came in fourth, tied with Scarlett Johansson -- both received 27 percent of the vote.

Strangely, when asked which celebrity couple marriages will last more than five years, the greatest number of respondents -- 35 percent -- said Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel.  But when asked which celebrity couple would get divorced first, Justin and Jessica came in second, right behind Alec Baldwin and Hilaria Thomas.

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Brantley Gilbert Loves His Mama, but He Takes After His Daddy

Valory Music CompanyBrantley Gilbert gets a lot of love and support from his mother, but he mostly takes after his father in the personality department.

"He's a lot like me," Brantley says of his dad. "He's unpredictable and crazy as all get-out."

His dad is also really funny, and Brantley keeps people laughing a lot too. He says, "I like to think I'm humorous."

Like his mother, Brantley's fiancée, Jana Kramer, serves as a grounding force in his life. They'll tie the knot soon.

Brantley is on the road with Tim McGraw's Two Lanes of Freedom tour this summer. Go to for tour dates.

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