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Thursday
Sep252014

Jim Root Says He Was "Mad" and "Depressed" After Dismissal from Stone Sour

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Jim Root has broken his silence on being dismissed from Slipknot's brother band, Stone Sour. In an interview with Revolver, Root -- who is still a member of Slipknot -- reveals that he had a mash-up of emotions over being asked to step down. "I was mad because Stone Sour didn’t want me," he says. "I had a little anger and a little bit of depression. I was kind of hurt. But at the same time it was probably for the better, because I wasn’t really happy in that band anymore."

News of the parting came back in May after a fan asked on Root's Instagram page about an upcoming Stone Sour show -- to which Root replied, "I'm not in that band anymore. Not my decision. Not happy about it."

News of Root's departure was quickly confirmed on the band's Facebook page by Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor, who stated that Root was still a member of Slipknot, whose new album .5: The Gray Chapter was then process.

Root tells Revolver that he has made peace with the decision and that he is "one-thousand percent" committed to Slipknot.

Revolver is on newsstands now. .5: The Gray Chapter will be released on October 21.


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Thursday
Sep252014

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockDierks Bentley hails from which southwestern state? ANSWER: Arizona.


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Thursday
Sep252014

Rascal Flatts Setting Sail with Carnival Cruise Lines for New Concert Series

Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsRascal Flatts is teaming up with Carnival Cruise Lines to entertain fans prior to the Dallas Cowboys game on October 19 at AT&T Stadium. They'll headline the Carnival LIVE concert that day before the Cowboys take on the New York Giants. Look for the Flatts to take part in the cruise line's on-board Carnival LIVE Concert Series next year, too. Lady Antebellum and Martina McBride were among the stars performing in the inaugural concert series this year.

For more information, go to Carnival.com/CarnivalLive.


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Thursday
Sep252014

Neil Young Releases First Single from Forthcoming Album, "STOREYTONE"

Danny ClinchSimply releasing a new single apparently isn't enough for Neil Young.  This morning, he's releasing three versions of the same song, all of them for free.

"Who's Gonna Stand Up?" was originally performed in the U.K. last summer as part of Young's shows there with Crazy Horse, and most recently was featured during the September 13 Farm Aid concert in Raleigh, NC. Young describes "Who's Gonna Stand Up?" as a to "plea to end our dependence of fossil fuels and realize our responsibility to protect our earth's fragile eco systems to ensure the quality of life for future generations."

Young has posted a live version, a solo acoustic version, and even a version backed by a 92-piece orchestra and choir, all of them on Warner Bros. Records' Soundcloud page.

Buried in the news about "Who's Gonna Stand Up?" is apparent confirmation of the title of Young's forthcoming studio album, which will be called STOREYTONE. There's no word on a release date, though the rumor for some time has been that it'll be sometime in November.  For more info, check out NeilYoung.com.


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Thursday
Sep252014

Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band Announce North American Tour

Clay Patrick McBrideBob Seger will hit the road for a North American tour in support of his forthcoming album, Ride Out.

The veteran Detroit rocker, backed by the Silver Bullet Band, will play 34 dates in all, kicking off with a November 19 show in Saginaw, Michigan and wrapping up February 27 in Los Angeles.  Along the way, he’ll play three Canadian dates, as well as a December 19 show at New York’s Madison Square Garden.  The tour then breaks for the holidays, resuming January 22 in Pittsburgh.  The J. Geils Band will support Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band on select dates.

Tickets for the tour’s first leg go on sale Saturday, October 4 via Ticketmaster and Live Nation, though fan club members and Citi cardmembers will get first crack three days earlier.  BobSeger.com has the details.

Ride Out, Seger’s first studio album in eight years, hits retailers October 14.

Here’s the full tour itinerary:

11/19 -- Saginaw, MI, The Dow Event Center
11/ 22 -- Bangor, ME, Cross Insurance Center
11/24 -- Halifax, NS, Scotiabank Centre
11/26 -- Saint John, NB, Saint John Harbour Station
11/29 -- Boston, MA, TD Garden
12/2 -- Albany, NY, Times  Union Center
12/4 -- Cleveland, OH, Quicken Loans Arena         
12/6 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena
12/9 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena
12/11 -- Chicago, IL, United Center
12/13 -- St. Louis, MO, Scottrade Center
12/17 -- Buffalo, NY, First Niagara Center
12/19 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
1/22 -- Pittsburgh, PA, TBA
1/24 -- Toronto, ON, TBA
1/29 -- Columbus, OH, TBA
1/31 -- Atlanta, GA, TBA
2/5 -- Tampa, FL, TBA
2/7 -- Ft. Lauderdale, FL, TBA
2/12 -- Dallas, TX, TBA
2/14 -- Houston, TX, TBA
2/19 -- Phoenix, AZ, TBA
2/27 -- Los Angeles, CA, TBA


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Thursday
Sep252014

Mary Lambert Hopes Sharing "Secrets" Can Save the World

Cliff Lipson/CBSAfter making headlines -- and scoring two Grammy nominations -- for her work on Macklemore's "Same Love," Mary Lambert is now climbing the charts with her solo single "Secrets."  And she says the song, whose lyrics feature a long list of all the things that are wrong with her, is all part of her plan to get people to care a little bit more for one another.

"'Secrets' is a song about living unapologetically and embracing everything about yourself," Mary says of the song, which features lines like, "I've got bipolar disorder," "I'm overweight," "My family is dysfunctional" and "I'm passive, aggressive/I'm scared of the dark."  And while "Secrets" may appear to fit the current trend of songs telling listeners to love themselves just the way they are -- like Colbie Caillat's "Try" or Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass" -- Mary says they don't go far enough.

"I feel like there are a lot of songs about self-empowerment and body positivity," she tells ABC News Radio. "And there's so many amazing songs about that happening.  But I think they're often tied up in this bow, and I think real guilt and shame in our lives is not that tucked-up and pretty.  I think it's a lot uglier than it's painted."

That's why, Mary says, she chose to go into such detail listing all the negative things about herself.

"If I could put the lens sorta on myself in, like, this tongue-in-cheek way and invite people to also be vulnerable, I think that's the quickest way to empathy, which is I think what we're lacking in our culture," she explains. "And I think what disconnects us in a lot of ways.  And so if I can encourage vulnerability, then I can encourage empathy."

"And then," she adds, only half-jokingly, "I can save the world!"

 Mary kicks off a headlining tour in support of her upcoming album Heart on My Sleeve on October 10.  The disc is out October 14.


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Thursday
Sep252014

George Harrison’s Son Pays Tribute to Late Dad with Musical Performance on "Conan"

Michael Putland/Getty ImagesGeorge Harrison’s son, Dhani, made an appearance on Conan Wednesday night as part of the show’s week-long musical salute to the late Beatle.

Dhani played guitar and sang and was backed by several other musicians for a performance of his dad’s song “Let It Down,” from the 1970 album All Things Must Pass.  Dhani told Conan O'Brien it was the first time the song had ever been played live.

The salute to Harrison begin Monday with Beck performing "Wah-Wah."  Paul Simon performed "Here Comes the Sun" on Tuesday’s show.  Norah Jones is scheduled to perform Thursday.  Jones and Dhani will also participate at George Fest, a star-studded tribute concert set for September 28 at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles.

George Harrison Week on Conan coincides with the release this week of an eight-disc box set titled George Harrison: The Apple Years 1968-75.

Conan airs Monday through Thursday at 11 p.m. Eastern time on TBS.


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Thursday
Sep252014

T.I. Honored in Mississippi, Tells Students "There Is No Easy Way"

Atlantic Records/Warwick SaintT.I. was in Jackson, Mississippi, Wednesday where he received the key to the city and spoke to high school students about getting an education and staying out of trouble.

The 33-year-old rapper, born Clifford Harris Jr., told students at Forest Hill High School that going to class every day "isn't just wasted hours, but an investment in your future," according to The Clarion-Ledger.  "There is no easy way. You have to work hard and prepare," T.I. added.

Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber told the newspaper some people may have a problem seeing the key to the city presented to someone who has a criminal record like the rapper, but he explained it was about trying to reach people.  Mayor Yarber said T.I. would have more of an impact on young people to encourage them to stay away from crime.

In a speech after receiving the key, T.I. addressed his criminal past and told the crowd, "If you want something different, you must do something different."

T.I. served almost seven months in prison in 2009 for trying to buy unregistered guns and silencers from undercover federal agents. He was on probation for that offense in September 2010 when he was arrested in L.A. for possession of four ecstasy pills. He was sentenced to 11 months in prison.


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Thursday
Sep252014

The Wanted's Max George Reportedly Saves Young Boy from Drowning

Max George, 2nd from left; ABC/Fred LeeThe Wanted's Max George saved a 10-year-old boy from drowning Monday at beach in Santa Monica, California.

A source tells E! Online the 26-year-old singer was swimming about a hundred feet from shore with a couple of friends when they spotted a boy who appeared to be struggling in a riptide.

The source says Max swam to the boy's rescue and got him safely back to shore, where a lifeguard took over.

Max referenced the incident the next day when he tweeted, “The waves at Santa Monica are gruesome sometimes!”


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Thursday
Sep252014

The One Piece of Advice Ed Sheeran Received from Taylor Swift, Pharrell and Chris Martin

Ben WattsAs his career was taking off, Ed Sheeran said he kept getting the same piece of advice over and over from some of music’s biggest stars, including Taylor Swift and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin.

“The same thing Taylor said to me was the same thing Pharrell said, same thing Chris Martin said, is just the same thing: Constant humility, constant evolution and be a sponge, soak up your influences,” Sheeran told ABC News' Juju Chang in an interview for Nightline.

The 23-year-old British “Sing” singer has done well taking that advice to heart, pulling influences from two other iconic Brits, Paul McCartney and Elton John, into his approach to music.

“Elton John is someone who has done everything right in his career, and everything wrong in his career,” Sheeran said. “He made so many mistakes that he could talk about freely and that’s good advice.”

Sheeran has quickly evolved from just a guy with a guitar to opening for Taylor Swift and selling out New York City’s Madison Square Garden as a solo act, not once, but three times.

He said he is much more at ease when he’s headlining his own show.

“I don’t really think there’s pressure when people have come to see you because they want to be entertained,” he said. “They’re not expecting to be impressed. They come to be like, ‘We like your music, play it for us,’ rather than, ‘We’ve never heard of you, show us what you can do.’”

He’s set himself apart by being brazenly honest in his music, penning incredibly personal lyrics, some of which, like his songs "Lego House" and "Don’t," are about relationships and heartbreak.

“I think it’s nice to get something positive out of a bad situation,” Sheeran said. “I’d say that’s the way I’d look at it. I’m not trying to be bitter in any way. I just wanted to get something good out of that situation.”

Despite his messy red hair and the colorful tattoos that cover his arms, Sheeran is a sort of a humble “un-rock star,” focused more on the producing new music than his image, which makes him all the more appealing to fans. People magazine named Sheeran to the “Sexiest Man Alive” list in 2013, but the singer-songwriter brushed off even that.

“I’ve never seen myself as a sex symbol, and I think if I didn’t play music no one else would [see me that way] either,” Sheeran said. “We’re attracted to people who are good at things. So being in that People magazine thing is very flattering, because it means people think I’m good at my craft. But I would never say that I’m a sex symbol.”


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Thursday
Sep252014

Mystery Solved! Taylor Swift Explains Why She Carries Her Cat Around 

Raymond Hall/GC ImagesIf you're a Taylor Swift fan, you've probably seen those paparazzi photos of her leaving her New York City apartment carrying her new kitten, Olivia Benson.  While there's been much speculation about this practice -- and even suggestions that she's committing a serious error with such cavalier cat-handling -- Taylor says there's a simple explanation.

"The kitten freaks out about being put in the cat carrier...she freaks out when she's in there," Taylor told Access Hollywood.  "So I was just like, 'OK, all right, we're gonna just do this!'"  Taylor also notes that it's not like she's literally walking the streets of New York City holding her cat on one arm  -- "It was like a ten foot walk from my door to the car!" she explains, adding, "What I thought was funny about those pictures is that, like, the cat is looking straight at the cameras!"

Speaking of those cameras, Taylor says they're partly responsible for why she always looks so amazing every time she steps out on the streets of New York City, and why she's been named People's Best Dressed of 2014.

"It's been really exciting living in New York and being inspired by the fashion happening there," she tells Access Hollywood. "And, y'know, I think you're a little more cognizant of what you're wearing when you do have a camera crew of, like, 20 people outside your door every day!"


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Thursday
Sep252014

Lady Antebellum Making Fans' Dreams Come True with 7FOR7 Project Launching Monday

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum is launching the 7FOR7 project Monday to fulfill seven wishes for seven fans for seven days in celebration of their new album, 747, due out this Tuesday. The group posted a note on their social media accounts a few weeks back asking people to nominate Lady A fans who would love a surprise from the group.

Lady A's Hillary Scott says, "A ton of great stories rolled in.   There are so many inspiring fans out there who we want to celebrate! We have some HUGE plans up our sleeves, and you never know where we might pop up!" 

Look for videos of Lady A making their fans' dreams come true to start posting Monday. 747 includes Lady A's latest #1 hit, "Bartender."


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Thursday
Sep252014

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockGuests at Dierks Bentley's Wednesday night #1 party  for "Drunk on a Plane" all wore fake mustaches, aviator sunglasses and pilot caps to look like Dierks' character from the video. The signature cocktails served at the party included The Landing Strip, Stewardess' Delight, Mile High Margarita and The Full Throttle.

Scotty McCreery ranks at #16 on Billboard's list of the Top 21 Under 21 people in music.


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Thursday
Sep252014

Graham Nash Discusses Plans to Put Together Expanded "Déjà Vu" Album

Atlantic RecordsIn July, a multiple-disc box set titled CSNY 1974 hit stores, featuring previously unreleased performances from Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's 1974 reunion tour.  Around that time, the man who oversaw the project, Graham Nash, told Rolling Stone that he was considering putting together a new archival release -- an expanded version of the quartet's 1970 debut album, Déjà Vu.  The singer/songwriter tells ABC News Radio he's still keen on the idea.

Nash explained that he came up with the idea for releasing a revamped Déjà Vu after Stephen Barncard, one of engineers who originally worked on the album, played him a tape of a full-length version of the David Crosby-penned CSNY classic, "Almost Cut My Hair."

"From start to finish, [the tape was] seven-and-a-half minutes long," Nash said, "but we had to fade it because of the limitations of how much you can put on a side of a vinyl record… And I thought that people would be interested in…hearing where it went after 'the song' was done, you know, 'cause I was interested."

Graham added that hearing the extended "Almost Cut My Hair" inspired him to compile a version of Déjà Vu with longer takes of other songs that had to be edited because the time constraints of the time.  He admitted that the project is currently "just an idea in my mind," but said he'd already talked with Crosby and Stephen Stills about the album.

"[T]hey trust me, so they'll let me do it," Nash reported, adding that he still had "to deal with Neil" -- referring, of course, to the notoriously stubborn Neil Young.

Asked if there are a lot of extra songs from the Déjà Vu sessions that might make it onto the expanded album, Graham admitted there aren't.

"I think we only had like…13 songs maybe when we went in to do Déjà Vu, and there were [10] on the album," he explained.  "So there's not a lot of extra stuff, but there sure was a lot of extra playing."


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Thursday
Sep252014

Nivea Speaks Out on Christina Milian Dating Her Ex, Lil Wayne

Image Courtesy Guzman/UniversalChristina Milian and Lil Wayne's rumored relationship is not sitting well with their respective exes. Last month, The Dream openly called their situation "strange," especially since Milian and Wayne's alleged coupling would create a love rectangle. Now, Nivea, who is The-Dream's first ex-wife and mother of Wayne's child, is giving her opinion on the matter.

In an interview with Malcolm Music, Nivea reveals that she was shocked by Milian dating another one of her exes. "I was like, 'What the hell?!' It felt crazy as hell! I’m like, 'What the hell is wrong with you?!' But I haven’t addressed her about it," Nivea says about Milian dating Wayne. "I don’t really care to. I just thought it was very, very crazy."

The timeline of Nivea and Milian's relationships with the the entertainers are seemingly interwoven -- Nivea was engaged to Lil Wayne in 2002, but called it off in 2003 and then married The Dream in 2004. The pair divorced in 2008, which lead to Christina marrying and having a daughter with The Dream in 2009. Meanwhile, Nivea reconciled with Wayne in 2007 and they had their son, but have since split. In 2012, Milian signed to Young Money and she and Wayne recently attended the 2014 ESPY Awards together.

Although Milian hasn't confirmed the relationship, she recently shaved the initials "TNT" into the back of her head, which reportedly stand for "Tunechi and Tina," or "Tina Turnup," the nickname Weezy gave her.


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Thursday
Sep252014

The Edge: "People Who Don't Like U2 Are Just Not Trying Hard Enough"

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In a new Geeks and Beats podcast, U2 guitarist the Edge says he and his band mates don't have hurt feelings about non-fans who don't want the free copy of Songs of Innocence that arrived into their iTunes; in fact, he jokes that maybe those people are just lazy. "We're not naive enough to think that everyone is going to like our work," he says, "There are times, though, when I think that people who don't like U2 are just not trying hard enough."

As previously reported, U2 thrilled millions by releasing its new album free to anyone who has iTunes...but in the process the band members have ticked off a bunch of non-fans who feel the album was foisted upon them unwillingly. So many, in fact, that Apple has come up with an opt-out page for those non-U2-loving folks.  With one click on the page, users can remove Songs of Innocence from their libraries.

Edge thinks a not-universal welcome is to be expected. "When you've got 500 or 600 million people getting your album, of course not everyone's gonna want it or like it," he says.

He says the gains far outweigh the backlash. "We're cool with people, if they wanna throw it [away]. That's up to them. But what's exciting to us is the number of people who are maybe getting to hear our music for the first time."

Edge noted that "all of our albums over the last few weeks have re-entered the...charts. And so far, 38 million people have listened to this album. So I think it's working. I think our songs are going to become more famous as a result of the way of distributing this album than if we had gone for a conventional release."

Edge's comments echo those made by Bono recently. In an interview with Ireland's public radio network, RTE, the singer said that deciding to release Songs of Innocence free to all iTunes users was as much about reaching non-U2 fans as it was pleasing to their existing followers.

Check out the entire Edge podcast at GeeksAndBeats.com.


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Thursday
Sep252014

Lorde Tops "Billboard's" "21 Under 21" List of Music's Hottest Young Stars 

Credit: Andrew WhittonThere are a lot of artists out there who are too young to drink legally, but not many of them have won two Grammys, headlined sold-out tours worldwide or had a song that was #1 for nine weeks.  That's why Lorde tops the 2014 edition of Billboard's "21 Under 21: Music's Hottest Young Stars."

Writing about the 17-year-old New Zealand singer's achievements, Billboard notes that Lorde's "success has grown far beyond ['Royals'], the song that introduced her to the masses."  In addition to her Grammys, she also headlined festivals like Lollapaolooza and Coachella, won an MTV VMA award and even sang with the surviving members of Nirvana at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. 

Lorde also managed to follow-up "Royals" with the top 10 hit "Team," while "Yellow Flicker Beat," her upcoming single from the Mockingjay -- Part 1 soundtrack, is eagerly anticipated.  "Lorde has used her debut single as a springboard to unequivocal superstardom," concludes Billboard, which ranked her #6 last year.

Number two on Billboard's list is 5 Seconds of Summer, thanks to hits like "Amnesia" and "She Looks So Perfect," and their high profile opening slot on One Direction's tour.  Billboard reports that starting May 4 of 2015 they'll embark on their own worldwide arena tour.

In at number three on the list is, yes, Justin Bieber, who's in his final year of eligibility.  While Billboard notes that Justin's slipped a bit from 2012, when he topped the list, he still matters because of his track record of hits, arena tours and celebrity status.

Martin Garrix, who scored a hit last year with the song "Animals," is #4 on Billboard's list, because the Dutch deejay and producer is now "one of electronic dance music’s hottest rising stars."  He's also now managed by Scooter Braun, who oversees the careers of Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande, and has collaborated with the likes of Ed Sheeran.

Rounding out the top 5 on Billboard's list is Fifth Harmony, who scored an MTV VMA last month, and have opened for the likes of Demi Lovato and Austin Mahone.  Their debut album Reflection is due in November.

Here's the rest of Billboard's list:

6. Austin Mahone
7. Earl Sweatshirt
8. Shawn Mendes
9. Becky G.
10. Chief Keef
11. Luis Coronel
12. Meghan Trainor
13. Cody Simpson
14. Madeon
15. Bobby Shmurda
16. Scotty McCreery
17. Troye Sivan
18. Rae Sremmurd
19. Akdong Musician
20. The Vamps
21. Unlocking the Truth


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Thursday
Sep252014

Dierks Bentley Doesn't Have Time to Get "Drunk on a Plane"

Image Courtesy Nino MunozIf you happen to see Dierks Bentley boarding a flight you're taking, don't assume you've found a new drinking buddy. Ever since he scored a big hit with "Drunk on a Plane," Dierks says people always expect him to tie one on every time he's up in the air.

Dierks explains, "I've been on a lot of airplanes traveling all over the country, but it's been like, we've been so busy and just too much work going on to get too drunk."

Plus, the guy in "Drunk on a Plane" is nursing a big broken heart over his fiancée bailing on their wedding and honeymoon. When Dierks travels, he's usually on his way to play a show or take care of some other business.

Dierks adds, "I don't get drunk on every flight that I take. The song's not even about that."

Dierks did tip one back at his Wednesday night party at The Sutler in Nashville to toast "Drunk on a Plane" going to #1. The follow-up single is titled "Say You Do," and both songs are included on Dierks' latest album, RISER.


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Thursday
Sep252014

"Nashville" Recap: That's Me Without You

ABCABC's Nashville returned for a third season Wednesday night with the answers to quite a few questions from last season's cliffhanger.

Closeted country singer Will Lexington and his new wife, Layla Grant, decided to get a divorce after he came clean about being gay. Unfortunately, the producer of their reality show, Gina, has the footage of Will's private confession, and tells them they have to continue their sham marriage or basically pay the network back for the cost of the show.

In order to get over the heartbreak of learning his girlfriend Juliette Barnes cheated on him with record label exec Jeff Fordham,  Avery Barkley headed out on a road trip out of Nashville to Mississippi with ex-girlfriend, Scarlett O'Connor, and her ex-boyfriend, Gunnar Scott. In the end, the three of them sorted out their problems after Avery got into a bar fight and headed back to Music City.

Avery will be shocked to learn Juliette is pregnant once he gets back home, though. Juliette had a breakdown while singing Patsy Cline's "Crazy" for a group of movie executives, but the suits liked her vulnerability portraying Patsy. She has a good shot at getting the role, but the doctor brought in to make sure her meds were regulated told her she would be delivering either Avery or Jeff's baby in about nine months.

As for the reigning Queen of Country Music, Rayna Jaymes, she ultimately decided to stick with her engagement with fellow superstar, Luke Wheeler, over getting married to her long-time love, Deacon Claybourne. While thinking back on her stormy relationship with Deacon, Rayna realized Luke had been there for her all along when Deacon let her down.

A heartbroken Deacon performed a song he'd written for Rayna titled "I Know How to Love You Now," during a live radio broadcast from the Bluebird Café. He knew she didn't show up for the performance, that she'd turned him down for Luke.

Charles Esten, who plays Deacon on Nashville, actually co-wrote "I Know How to Love You Now," and performed it live on Wednesday night's broadcast. It’s the first time one of his self-penned songs has made it onto the show.

Charles tells ABC News Radio, "For me to know that something I wrote was able to get past the (Laughs) quality control that they have on this show, it wasn't an easy thing. It's the third season, and I sort of like that. It means that, hopefully, it means I earned it a little bit."

He co-wrote the song with "Strawberry Wine" singer Deana Carter, and it ended up being the perfect soundtrack to Deacon and Rayna's love story.

"I know that Deana and I put a whole lot of work and heart into it," Charles says. "So, this is just unbelievable to get to do this." 

Florida Georgia Line performed their new single "Dirt" at the end of the show with Charles onstage as if they were performing with his character Deacon at the Bluebird cafe.

The new songs from ABC's Nashville are now available for download at iTunes. The show returns next Wednesday night at 10 Eastern time.


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Wednesday
Sep242014

Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" Inspires Injured Man to Swim to Shore After Boat Capsizes

Chris Walter/WireImageThe Journey song "Don't Stop Believin'" and a shooting star are what a California man says got him through a nearly five-hour ordeal of being tossed into the sea with a shattered leg and broken hip after his fishing boat capsized off the coast of Hawaii.

Brad Warren was fishing Sunday night on a boat owned and captained by Zack Romanak together with Romanak's 10-year-old son, Noah, of Port Allen, Hawaii, when a large wave hit the boat and twisted it sideways, sending all three passengers into the ocean.

The wave's impact shattered Warren’s leg in three places and broke his hip before submerging him.

"I tilted my head back to get another last breath of air and a swell pushed the boat and I took a big gulp of water and started going down," Warren, 54, told ABC News from his hospital bed.  "It was scary."

The trio spent more than four hours in the water, alternately climbing to the top of the boat and then being knocked back into the water by the relentless waves.

With no hope in sight, it was Noah who suddenly heard something in the distance, the sounds of Journey's inspirational 1981 hit song playing from a party on the shore.

"After I saw that shooting star and I heard the Journey song, 'Don't Stop Believin',' I thought that was the Lord saying, 'You will be fine,'" Warren recalled.

The men, especially Warren, decided to push past their pain and try to swim to land.

"He just wanted to swim in," Noah said of Warren.

"He was convinced the pain was so bad," Noah’s dad, Romanak, told ABC News.

With no use of his right side, Warren swam alongside Noah and Romanak for 30 minutes until they found dry land.

"We were so relieved," said Warren.  "My wife, my daughters, I wanted to make sure I made it to see them."

A handful of the partygoers who had unknowingly inspired Warren with their song choice came to the men's aid once they made it to shore, according to local newspaper The Garden Island.

Firefighters arrived at the harbor shortly after midnight and treated the three survivors, the paper reports.

The Garden Island also reports that Romanak's sunken boat was later found one-mile offshore.


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