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Friday
Apr262013

Member of Boy Band One Direction Thrilled to Meet the Eagles

Image Courtesy Niall Horan via TwitterIf you think the members of the U.K. boy-band sensation One Direction are shallow pop stars who have no interest in the music of the past, think again: At least one of the five guys in the group was practically jumping for joy because he got to meet the Eagles.

The Eagles were recently in London to promote their documentary History of the Eagles, which is where One Direction member Niall Horan ran into them.  The starstruck 19-year-old tweeted, "I met my all time music heroes today 'the eagles' ! Well two of them! Don Henley and Timothy [B. Schmit]!"  He then added the hashtag "#goosebumps," and included a photo of himself grinning ear-to-ear, standing between Don and Timothy.

Later, Niall checked out the Eagles' documentary, and tweeted, "Sittin at home watching the new eagles movie! Holy crap the eagles are soo good! like, its not even right how good they are!"

By the way, the Eagles aren't the only veteran group Niall appreciates.  Last year, he was spotted at a Who concert in New York City and has said that he also enjoys Bon Jovi.

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Friday
Apr262013

One Direction's Niall Freaks Out About Meeting The Eagles 

Image Courtesy Niall Horan via TwitterOne Directon's Niall Horan loves classic rock -- he attended at a concert in New York City last year by legendary British rockers The Who and has said Bon Jovi is one of his favorites as well.  Now, he's freaking out because he got to meet the band that he describes as his "all-time music heroes:" Rock and Roll Hall of Famers the Eagles.

The Eagles were in London recently to promote a new documentary about their 40-year career, History of the Eagles, and that's where Niall ran into them.  The starstruck 19-year-old tweeted, "I met my all time music heroes today 'the eagles' ! Well two of them! Don Henley and Timothy b schmit!"  He then added the hashtag "#goosebumps," and included a photo of himself grinning ear-to-ear, standing between Henley, who sings and plays drums in the band, and Schmit, who sings and plays bass.

Later, Niall checked out the Eagles' documentary, and tweeted, "Sittin at home watching the new eagles movie! Holy crap the eagles are soo good! like, its not even right how good they are!"

Perhaps Niall is hoping that some Directioners will now check out the Eagles' music and discover for themselves how good it is.  Among the band's best known hits are "Take It Easy," "Hotel California," "Desperado," "Heartache Tonight," "New Kid in Town," "Lyin' Eyes" and "Peaceful Easy Feeling."  In fact, the Eagles' first greatest hits album is tied with Michael Jackson's Thriller as the best-selling album of all time in the U.S.

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Friday
Apr262013

One Direction Star Thrilled to Meet the Eagles 

Image Courtesy Niall Horan via TwitterIf you think the members of the boy band sensation One Direction are shallow pop stars who have no interest in the music of the past, think again:  at least one of the five guys in the group was practically jumping for joy because he got to meet the Eagles.

The Eagles were recently in London to promote their documentary History of the Eagles, which is where One Direction member Niall Horan -- he's the blonde Irish guy in the group -- ran into them.  The starstruck 19-year-old tweeted, "I met my all time music heroes today 'the eagles' ! Well two of them! Don Henley and Timothy b schmit!"  He then added the hashtag "#goosebumps," and included a photo of himself grinning ear-to-ear, standing between Don and Timothy.

Later, Niall checked out the Eagles' documentary, and tweeted, "Sittin at home watching the new eagles movie! Holy crap the eagles are soo good! like, its not even right how good they are!"

It's nice to know that young performers have respect for their elders, especially Niall.  Last year, he was spotted at a Who concert in New York City and has said that he also enjoys Bon Jovi.

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Friday
Apr262013

Elton John Confirms that Lady Gaga Is New Baby's Godmother

Kevin Kane/WireImageElton John made headlines when he selected Lady Gaga as godmother to his and partner David Furnish's first child, Zachary.  Now, Elton confirms that the young pop superstar also will fill that role for the couple's new baby, Elijah.

Speaking to the TV show Extra, John says Lady Gaga is "a great role model," adding, "She's been a great godmother to Zachary.  She came to bathe him in Las Vegas.  She was already dressed to go to the show, and she was sitting there and she bathed him, and she was like dressed like Audrey Hepburn…and she fed him." 

He added, referring to Lady Gaga's legendary eccentricity, "We're all bonkers in this business, but we're human beings at the same time."

According to Elton, Zachary, who's two years old, "loves his younger brother."  But while Zachary's "all boy," notes John, Elijah is "very Zen."

Elton also discussed being a father in general, saying he surprised himself with his tolerance for typical children's behavior.  "Everything I thought I would find annoying about having children, like screaming and shouting, and tantrums…I don't find any of it annoying, I find it all enchanting," he reveals.

So, will John and Furnish be having any other children?  Elton told Extra, "If we wanted three we would love to have a girl, [but] two is enough."

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Friday
Apr262013

Kanye West Announced as Musical Guest on "SNL"

PRNewsFoto/Victoria's SecretOn May 18, musical guest Kanye West will join host Ben Affleck for the season finale of Saturday Night Live, according to a tweet posted on the show's Twitter page.

No word yet on what Kanye will perform though it could be a great time to unveil his new single, the modestly titled, "I Am God," or, in Kanye fashion, do something totally unexpected.  NBC confirmed the roster about a week after rumors of the rapper's appearance started circulating.  The last time Kanye appeared on the late-night comedy show was in October 2010 with actor Bryan Cranston as host.  Meanwhile, this will be Ben's fifth time hosting.

Catch Saturday Night Live at 11:30 p.m. ET on NBC.

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Friday
Apr262013

Beyonce and Jay-Z Enjoy Paris with Blue Ivy

Mychal Watts-WireImagePhotogs caught up with The Carters in Paris as Beyonce and Jay-Z enjoyed lunch and lavished lots of attention on daughter Blue Ivy

An eyewitness tells Us Weekly, "Beyonce and Jay-Z looked like really proud parents... [and] were both taking turns holding, kissing and cuddling Blue Ivy," as they lunched at Septime restaurant.  The eyewitness continues saying that Jay was even spotted "throwing [Ivy] in the air and catching her."  The 15-month-old was taking it all in,  "laughing and screaming and seemed to be having so much fun," the observer notes.

Beyonce was also the focus of Jay's affection. "Every so often Jay-Z would kiss the baby and then kiss Beyonce. They looked like a really loving, happy family," the observer adds.

As the family travels around Paris, the unidentified observer says, the trip has been a "big mother and daughter bonding experience for Bey... [who] is loving getting to see the world through Blue's eyes.  It's like seeing it all from the first time again."  

Blue's even getting a chance to enjoy her mom as a performer.  According to the source, "Blue watches and bops along during soundcheck... It's really, really cute!"

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Friday
Apr262013

Chris Young to Perform National Anthem at NASCAR Race May 4 at Talladega

Sony Music NashvilleChris Young has signed on to perform the national anthem Saturday, May 4 prior to the Aaron's 312 NASCAR Nationwide Series race.  The event takes place at the Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama, and Chris will perform a free concert in the infield that night.

For ticket information, go to TalladegaSuperSpeedway.com.

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Friday
Apr262013

Disturbed's David Draiman Says, "Device Isn’t Going Anywhere Anytime Soon"

Facebook.com/DeviceTheBandHow much is Disturbed frontman David Draiman enjoying his new side project, Device?  The singer says that he has plans to keep the band going for years to come.

“I treat [Device] with the same reverence and importance as I do Disturbed,” Draiman tells Live Metal. “I definitely see this being a continual project, one that continues to incorporate guest appearances, in fact -- I love the brotherhood and camaraderie that it evokes. Device isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.”

Device is currently riding high from the successful debut of the band's self-titled debut album, which scored the #11 spot on the Billboard 200 albums chart its first week out, and continues to tour North America promoting it.  Gemini Syndrome and Nonpoint are supporting the band on select dates.  Visit DeviceBand.com to view the full itinerary.

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Friday
Apr262013

Artists Mourn the Passing of Country Great George Jones

Webster PRCountry music legend George Jones died at the age of 81 on Friday in Nashville after being hospitalized April 18 with a fever and high blood pressure.  The singer/songwriter may have made his greatest impact on the country charts, but his voice and music influenced and inspired artists from many genres.  A wide variety of stars have taken to Twitter and other online outlets to pay tribute to Jones in the wake of his passing.

Poison frontman Bret Michaels posted a message on his official site, saying, "My heartfelt prayers go out the family, friends and fans of George Jones.  He will be missed by everyone and his influence on music can't be matched.  I grew up listening to his music, reminds me of my youth and camping trips with my parents."

Kenny Rogers took to Twitter to say, "Sad morning losing the great George Jones.  He will always be one of the most amazing singers who ever lived."

Dolly Parton wrote on her website, "My heart is absolutely broken.  George Jones was my all time favorite singer and one of my favorite people in the world.  My heart goes out to [his wife] Nancy and the rest of his family."

Southern rock veteran Charlie Daniels tweeted, "Rest in peace George Jones.  There will never be another one like you and we'll miss you a bunch Buddy."

Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx took to Twitter to write, "RIP George Jones.  What a huge loss to music."

Marie Osmond tweeted, "'He Stopped Loving Her Today' George Jones heart-tugger.  We'll NEVER stop loving you, George Jones."

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Friday
Apr262013

Rock Artists Mourn the Passing of Country Great George Jones

Webster PRCountry music legend George Jones died at the age of 81 on Friday in Nashville after being hospitalized April 18 with a fever and high blood pressure.  The singer/songwriter may have made his greatest impact on the country charts, but his music influenced and inspired artists from many genres.  A wide variety of stars have taken to Twitter and other online outlets to pay tribute to Jones in the wake of his passing, including some luminaries from the rock world.

Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx took to Twitter to write, "RIP George Jones.  What a huge loss to music."

Poison frontman Bret Michaels posted a message on his official site, saying, "My heartfelt prayers go out the family, friends and fans of George Jones.  He will be missed by everyone and his influence on music can't be matched.  I grew up listening to his music, reminds me of my youth and camping trips with my parents."

Southern rock veteran Charlie Daniels tweeted, "Rest in peace George Jones.  There will never be another one like you and we'll miss you a bunch Buddy."

Lastly, Rage Against the Machine guitarist and Bruce Springsteen collaborator Tom Morello wrote, "RIP country titan George Jones.  Raw honest music."

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Friday
Apr262013

Artists Mourn the Passing of Country Great George Jones

Webster PRCountry music legend George Jones died at the age of 81 on Friday in Nashville after being hospitalized April 18 with a fever and high blood pressure.  The singer/songwriter may have made his greatest impact on the country charts, but his voice and music influenced and inspired artists from many genres.  A wide variety of stars have taken to Twitter and other online outlets to pay tribute to Jones in the wake of his passing.

Dolly Parton wrote on her official website, "My heart is absolutely broken.  George Jones was my all time favorite singer and one of my favorite people in the world.  My heart goes out to [his wife] Nancy and the rest of his family."

Kenny Rogers took to Twitter to say, "Sad morning losing the great George Jones.  He will always be one of the most amazing singers who ever lived."

Here are some other stars' comments:

Charlie Daniels: Rest in peace George Jones.  There will never be another one like you and we'll miss you a bunch Buddy."

Marie Osmond: "'He Stopped Loving Her Today' George Jones heart-tugger.  We'll NEVER stop loving you, George Jones."

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Friday
Apr262013

It’s a Boy for Arcade Fire’s Win Butler and Régine Chassagne

Michael Buckner/Getty ImagesArcade Fire’s Win Butler and Régine Chassagne are the proud parents of a baby boy.

According to Le Journal de Montréal, Barry Mack -- the pastor at Montreal's St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church Saint-Lambert and friend of Regine’s father -- revealed that the couple welcomed the child into the world last Sunday.

"It’s great to see that they’re still together and now they have a baby," said Mack, who also officiated the couple’s marriage in 2003. "It’s a little rare in the entertainment industry."

The name of the seven-pound baby boy has yet to be announced.

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Friday
Apr262013

Rock Stars React to Country Music Legend George Jones' Death

Facebook.com/GeorgeJonesCountry music legend George Jones died at the age of 81 on Friday in Nashville, Tennessee after being hospitalized April 18 with a fever and high blood pressure. Despite being one of the defining artists in country music history, reaction to his death on Twitter and online proves that his work was a huge influence on every genre of music.

Kings of Leon drummer Nathan Followill tweeted, “RIP George Jones, you'll be sorely missed. One of the all time greats. #allpossumsgotoheaven.”

The Decemberists frontman Colin Meloy also paid tribute to the late country singer, tweeting, “Thanks for the music, George.” He also included a link to performance by Jones and his ex-wife Tammy Wynette singing “Golden Ring” on the syndicated country music television series Pop Goes the Country two years after their divorce.

Other stars' comments:

Tom Morello: “RIP country titan George Jones. Raw honest music.”

Nikki Sixx: “RIP George Jones. What a huge loss to music.”

Bret Michaels: "#RIPGeorgeJones. My heartfelt prayers go out the family, friends and fans of George Jones."

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Friday
Apr262013

Michael Buble Was "Secretly Hoping" for a Girl

Image Courtesy Michael Buble via InstagramWhen Michael Buble's baby son arrives in August, he'll be thrilled, but maybe not as thrilled as he'd initially hoped.  That's because he's admitted that he was hoping his first child with wife Luisana would be a girl.

Appearing on NBC's Today show on Friday, Michael was asked what his reaction was when he found out his baby would be a boy.  "Truly, I hope it's healthy, don't care if he's gay, straight, doesn't matter, as long as he's happy, but I had secretly hoped for a girl."

Why?  "Girls are always daddy's girls," he explained.  "Girls never leave dad, they're always daddy's girls.  Boys, by the time he's 16, he's gonna want nothing to do with me."  Michael said that was certainly true of him: he wasn't close with his own dad growing up because he was, as he put it, "a rotten kid."  Now, however, he says they're "so close."

Michael had previously spoken about how he and his wife argue about what to name Baby Buble.  So far, they still haven't revealed any picks, though Michael says a name he loves -- Vaughn -- has been shot down.

In other Buble news, look for Michael to perform on the Dancing with the Stars results show Tuesday night on ABC.  He'll be performing "Come Dance with Me," a song from his new album To Be Loved.

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Friday
Apr262013

GAC Re-Airing George Jones TV Specials This Weekend

Webster PRGAC will remember the late George Jones with re-airings this weekend of shows giving fans an in-depth look at the country legend.  First up, GAC goes into the home George shared with his wife Nancy in the Country Stars at Home special from 2011, airing Friday night at 7 p.m. Eastern and 10 p.m. Saturday.

A re-airing of GAC Master Series on Jones airs Saturday at 5 p.m. and a re-airing of Opry Live from 2011 celebrating George Jones' 80th birthday airs at 9 p.m.  Alan Jackson, Lee Ann Womack and Jamey Johnson perform on that special.

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Friday
Apr262013

Black Eyed Peas' Taboo Gives Advice to Pregnant Fergie

Facebook.com/BlackEyedPeasFergie is expecting her first child with husband Josh Duhamel, but when she was thinking about starting a family it's not surprising that she turned to the Black Eyed Peas member who's the most experienced when it comes to children -- Taboo -- for advice.

Speaking to E! Online, Taboo said, "Fergie's doing very well, I'm so proud of her," and added, "I was the first Pea to have kids...I have three wonderful children, and when we talked about that...Fergie would say 'Tab, what is it like?'  I always told her when the time is right, it's gonna happen for you.  And God bless her and I can't wait to see baby Ferg."

Asked for the most important piece of advice he could give to Fergie and Josh, Taboo told E! that the key to parenting is "just being present, being there for your children...knowing to nurture their dreams and their aspirations."

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Friday
Apr262013

2 Chainz Acquitted on Drug Charges

Facebook.com/2ChainzIt's good news for 2 Chainz: the rapper has been acquitted of drug charges related to an arrest in Maryland earlier this year. 

According to the Star Democrat newspaper, a Talbot County District Court judge found the rapper not guilty of marijuana and paraphernalia possession.  2 Chainz, whose birth name is Tauheed Epps, was on his way to a homecoming event at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore last February when he was stopped for speeding.  Maryland State Police said they smelled pot smoke smoke, and a subsequent search uncovered a metal marijuana grinder in a bag belonging to 2 Chainz.

One of 2 Chainz's security guards took responsibility for packing the bud grinder in the bag, and the judge ruled there was no way to say for certain that the grinder belonged to Epps.  The judge also found 2 Chaniz not guilty of possessing less than 10 grams of marijuana.

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Friday
Apr262013

John Legend, Ryan Leslie and Kendrick Lamar Join Yahoo! On the Road Tour

ColumbiaJohn Legend, Ryan Leslie and Kendrick Lamar are among the performers taking part in the Yahoo! On the Road tour.  Entertainment correspondent Ben Lyons will host the tour, which will also feature an interactive tour bus outfitted with Yahoo! products, and will crisscross the U.S. through May 31 before heading on to Europe later this summer.

John and Ryan will actually kick off the tour series on May 3 at NYC's United Palace Theater.  Kendrick will join the tour for a May 7 concert in Cincinnati, OH.  On May 12, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis will perform in Milwaukee, WI.  Tour stops in Germany, France, Italy, Spain and England are planned during June and July.  Artist announcements for the European leg of the tour will soon be revealed.

Concert tickets are free and on a first-come, first-served basis.  To be eligible, all you have to do is check the schedule for tour bus stops, download an app or upload a Flickr photo. A few tickets will also be made available online, along with online streams of the events.  More info will also be posted on Twitter at YahooOnTheRoad.  You can find the complete tour schedule on Yahoo!

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Friday
Apr262013

The King of Country George Strait Bows Down and Pays Tribute to the Late George Jones

Facebook.com/GeorgeJonesGeorge Strait was devastated to learn of the loss of his hero, George Jones, Friday.  Strait scored a hit with his cover of Jones' "The Love Bug" back in the '90s, and Jones' passing came as quite a shock to him.

Strait says, "I didn't even know that George was in the hospital.  To the whole music industry, it's just going to be a big void not having George out there, but you know, we've got his music and that music will live forever."

Strait's favorite memory of Jones happened a few years ago at Strait's Country Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Nashville.  Jones presented Strait with the medallion signifying his Hall of Fame membership that night.

"He actually was the one who did the actual induction," Strait says, "and what a special night that was."

Though Jones' struggles with alcohol and drugs in the late '70s and early '80s were well-documented, Strait says that didn't affect the way the country music industry felt about him in the long run.

Says Strait, "He did a lot of crazy things in his career, and no matter how crazy he got, everybody still loved him 'cause that's just the kind of guy that George was.  We're just all gonna miss him.  It's a sad day for the music business for sure."

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Friday
Apr262013

Florida Georgia Line to Perform "Get Your Shine On" on "The Tonight Show" Tuesday

Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line's career is on fire these days now that their follow-up to "Cruise," "Get Your Shine On," is shaping up to be such a big hit.  They'll perform the gold-certified "Get Your Shine On" this Tuesday night on NBC's Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

On the touring front, Florida Georgia Line hooks up with Taylor Swift on The RED Tour for a pair of shows May 7 and 8.  Check out FloridaGeorgiaLine.com for a full tour schedule.

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