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Thursday
Apr192018

Kenney Jones' autobiography, 'Let the Good Times Roll,' due out May 31

Blink PublishingWe've got a publication date for former The Who drummer Kenney Jones' autobiography, and it's just around the corner.  Titled Let the Good Times Roll, it'll be out May 31.

Subtitled My Life In the Small Faces, the Faces and The Who, the book covers exactly that -- Jones' time with three of rock's most influential bands.  "In a career spanning six decades, Kenney was at the epicentre of many of the most exciting moments in music history and has experienced everything the industry has to offer," declares the book's publisher.  "He jointly created some of the world's most-loved records, hung out with the StonesBeatlesDavid BowieKeith Moon and Rod Stewart, and suffered the loss of close friends to rock 'n' roll excess and success."

Jones writes about "the people, the parties, the friendships, the fall-outs, the laughter, the sadness, the sex, drugs, and a lot of rock 'n' roll, while also opening up about his own deeply personal battles and passions, too," according to the publisher.

Jones of course was a founding member of Small Faces, which changed to Faces when lead singer and guitarist Steve Marriott left the band in 1969, and Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood stepped in to cover vocals and guitar, respectively.  Three years after Faces disbanded, Pete Townshend in 1978 invited Jones to join The Who in the wake of drummer Keith Moon's death.  Jones left the band around 1988, though he's performed with them occasionally since. 

You can order Let the Good Times Roll: My Life In the Small Faces, the Faces and The Who now on Amazon.co.uk.  And yes, they do ship to the U.S.

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Thursday
Apr192018

Beyoncé fan gets in "Formation," shows off flawless Coachella performance choreography

Larry Busacca/Getty Images for CoachellaThe love Beyoncé gets from her BeyHive never fails to impress.

A Bey fan named Brianna Bundick-Kelly, known as  "Briyonce" on Twitter, posted a video of herself dancing flawlessly to the choreography from the singer's breathtaking Coachella performance this past weekend. 

Viewing the split screen she posted of her moves alongside Beyoncé's, it's seasy to see that Briyonce barely missed a step.   

Her video's earned her over 240,000 likes and more than 62,000 retweets on Twitter.

"If you thought I was about to sit here, learn choreo & dance like I'm one of Beyoncé's backup dancers ... YOU'RE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT! #BeyChella," Bundick-Kelly wrote.

Beyoncé made history with her Coachella performance as the first black woman to headline the popular music festival. 

She was forced to cancel her appearance last year when she announced she was expecting twins with husband JAY-Z. Her friend Lady Gaga stepped in for her. 

During her appearance on Saturday night, Bey reunited with Destiny's Child, performed a dance break with her sister Solange and shared the stage with her hubby JAY-Z, performing their duet, "Crazy in Love."  

According to social media analytics firm Talkwalker, Beyoncé's Coachella concert earned 2.8 million social mentions. 

It's the most viewed Coachella performance ever on YouTube, and the most-viewed live music festival performance, period, on YouTube. 

458,000 simultaneous global viewers tuned in to watch Bey in action. 

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Thursday
Apr192018

John Travolta says working with Fred Durst "may be [his] favorite experience" making a movie 

Chiaki Nozu/WireImageFred Durst is directing a new film called Moose, which stars John Travolta. When asked about the experience by TMZ, Travolta had nothing but nice things to say about the Limp Bizkit frontman.

"It may be my favorite experience I've had," Travolta said of making the film. "He's so generous, and he's such an artist."

Considering the actor has worked with directors including Quentin Tarantino, Nora Ephron and Oliver Stone, that's certainly high praise. 

In Moose, Travolta plays a character who's obsessed with a celebrity action star to the point of wanting to destroy his hero's life. The plot is based on Durst's own experience with a stalker.

"He allowed me to create a character that nobody else would allow," Travolta said. "I mean, it's really a wild character, and I felt very free to do that."

Moose is Durst's third feature film directorial effort, following 2007's The Education of Charlie Banks and 2008's The Longshots.

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Thursday
Apr192018

Melissa Peterman spills the tea on the new man in Reba's life

Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagicReba McEntire’s been very open about the new man in her life, Anthony “Skeeter” Lasuzzo, posting photos on social media and even taking him on the red carpet at awards shows.

Now, Reba’s former sitcom co-star and good friend, Melissa Peterman, is shedding more light on the country icon’s relationship with the 68-year-old retired oilman, who she met last year on vacation in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.  

“I see her completely at ease with him,” Peterman tells Closer. “He adores her wholeheartedly, which is what we all want, right?”

The actress, who played Barbra Jean on Reba, says Lasuzzo seems adept at handling the high-profile situations the Country Music Hall of Famer finds herself in.

“I don’t think it even causes a stir,” Peterman adds. “He’s a confident guy. And when you’re hanging with the crazy crew that Reba has, you gotta be a good sport and be able to roll, and he totally does!”

Reba and her husband of 26 years, Narvel Blackstock, split up in 2015.

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Thursday
Apr192018

Pearl Jam's Jeff Ament details new album, "Heaven/Hell"; shares "Safe in the Car" video 

Jeff Ament/Monkeywrench RecordsPearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament's will release a new album called Heaven/Hell with his solo project Ament on May 10. The album includes the previously released single "Safe in the Car," which also features Pearl Jam's Mike McCready and Matt Cameron, plus indie folk musician Angel Olsen on vocals. 

Speaking to Rolling Stone about the origins of the album, Ament says, "I usually end up having a group of songs that goes to [Pearl Jam], and then there are songs that don't feel right, or they feel too personal."

"Maybe I get too far down the road with them lyrically, and I'm either apprehensive to give them to [Eddie Vedder], or it just feels better for it to be in my voice," he adds. "You keep working on these songs, and all of a sudden, you have maybe a little group of three or four."

Rolling Stone is also premiering the video for "Safe in the Car," a grindhouse-like visual that stars Ament manically driving through a variety of natural disasters.

Here is the Heaven/Hell track list:

"The Noise the Noise"
"The Door"
"Safe in the Car"
"Hyperphagia"
"Drugs"
"Moment of Impact"
"The Voices"
"Somewhere"
"Are you Truing?"
"Choose Your Colour"
"Only One"

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Thursday
Apr192018

Love+1: Thomas Rhett's wife Lauren creates a necklace to help the children of Uganda

Nicola Harger Thomas Rhett’s wife, Lauren, is launching her own line of jewelry to help the children of Uganda.

It's called Lauren Akins X Ladybird, and features your choice of seven necklaces, which all come with three charms: a heart, a plus sign, and the number 1.

The money Lauren raises will go to Love One International. That organization grew out of 147 Million Orphans, which was instrumental in TR and Lauren’s adoption of their daughter Willa Gray last year.

"The impact Love One International is making on kids’ lives in Uganda is truly indescribable,” Lauren says. “We’re helping shape communities and rebuild families through these children.”

“Their bellies are full and more importantly, so are their hearts,” she explains. “I know it is impossible to care for every child’s needs in the world, but we each can love one. This is the idea behind Love+1 and why we created this jewelry line.”

Lauren’s necklaces range from a $99 sterling silver option to a gold-and-diamond version that runs $749. You can check them out at LaurenAkins.com.

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Thursday
Apr192018

Maroon 5 to perform “Wait” on "The Voice" next week 

Travis SchneiderAdam Levine’s Maroon 5 band mates will be joining him on The Voice next week.

The band is set to perform their latest single “Wait” on the show’s live episode Tuesday, April 24 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. That night will also mark the first elimination from the top 12.

On Monday, The Voice kicks off themed weeks. The first week’s theme is “Story of the Song,” during which the contestants will reveal the story of what the song they're performing means to them.

The 12 remaining contestants include Sharane Calister, Rayshun LaMarr and Jackie Verna from Team Adam; Britton Buchanan, Christiana Danielle and Jackie Foster from Team Alicia Keys; Pryor Baird, Spensha Baker and Kyla Jade from Team Blake Shelton; and Brynn Cartelli, D.R. King and Kaleb Lee from Team Kelly Clarkson.

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Thursday
Apr192018

Elton John's long-awaited biopic, "Rocketman," has finally landed

Matt Baron/ShutterstockRocketman, the long-in-the-works Elton John biopic, has finally landed a deal with a studio and production is expected to begin this summer.

Deadline reported that Paramount Pictures will finance and distribute the movie, which will feature Taron Egerton, star of the Kingsmen: The Secret Service movies, as Sir Elton.  Egerton, who provided the voice for one of the characters in the hit animated musical Sing!, has plenty of vocal talent, and according to Deadline, he'll be singing Elton's songs himself in the movie.

Dexter Fletcher will direct Rocketman; coincidentally, he'll also be directing a biopic about another flamboyant, iconic British rocker: Queen's Freddie MercuryLee Hall, with whom Elton collaborated on the award-winning musical Billy Elliott, wrote the Rocketman script.

Rocketman will follow Elton's life from his days as child prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music, though his initial meeting and subsequent partnership with Bernie Taupin, to his success and global superstardom.  Deadline describes it as an "unvarnished rock ‘n’ roll biopic with John’s life stripped...of the glitter."

No word on when Rocketman will hit screens.

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Thursday
Apr192018

Prince death investigation closed with no criminal charges filed

Kristian Dowling/Getty Images for Lotusflow3r.comNo criminal charges will be filed in Prince's overdose death and the investigation has been closed, officials revealed during a press conference Thursday.

Speaking at the Carver County, Minnesota Justice Center in Chaska, county attorney Mark Metz said Prince thought he was taking the painkiller Vicodin, for which he did not have a prescription, and was unaware he was actually taking counterfeit pills that had been illegally laced with the prescription painkiller fentanyl, which is some 50 times more powerful than heroin. 

Despite an "intensive investigation," Metz said officials were unable to determine who provided Prince with the drugs that killed him, and so were ending their investigation. 

The announcement comes just two days before the two-year anniversary of Prince's death on April 21. 2016.  His body was discovered at his Paisley Park residence and studios in Chanhassen, located in Carver County, about a half-hour southwest of Minneapolis.  Six weeks later, his cause of death was ruled to be a fentanyl overdose.

Earlier Thursday, Dr. Michael T. Schulenberg agreed to pay a $30,000 civil fine and submit to two years' monitoring by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.  Investigative records unsealed in April of 2017 revealed Schulenberg allegedly prescribed oxycodone for Prince but put the prescription in the name of the artist's longtime friend and bodyguard, Kirk Johnson, “for Prince’s privacy.”  He was consequently facing alleged violations of the Controlled Substances Act.

Both officials and Schulenberg noted that the settlement isn't an admission of liability.  Federal officials also noted they "did not make any concessions regarding the legitimacy of the claims."

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Thursday
Apr192018

Lykke Li announces new album, "so sad so sexy"; listen to single "deep end" now 

Credit: Chloe Le DrezenLykke Li has announced the details of her next album. The Swedish musician's fourth studio effort is called so sad so sexy -- written in all lower-case letters -- and will be released on June 8.

For a preview of what so sad so sexy has to offer, you can download lead single "deep end," plus another track called "hard rain," now via digital outlets.

So sad so sexy is the follow-up to 2014's I Never Learn. Here's the new album's track list:

"hard rain"
"deep end"
"two nights" (feat. Aminé)
"last piece"
"jaguars in the air"
"sex money feelings die"
"so sad so sexy"
"better alone"
"bad woman"
"utopia"

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Thursday
Apr192018

Rihanna and Cardi B make "TIME"'s 100 Most Influential People 2018 list

Peter Hapak for TIMETIME magazine's Most Influential People list this year includes two chart-topping artists fans just can't get enough of these days: Rihanna and Cardi B. 

In the issue, RiRi and Cardi are each the subject of an essay written by a fellow star.

"Hello" singer Adele wrote her thoughts about Rihanna, noting, "I actually can't remember the first time I met Rihanna; I was probably numb from the shock of it." 

The British pop superstar then describes Rihanna as "the most gracious, loyal and funny goofball of an icon," adding, "She glows like when someone’s taken a picture with a flash and you’re dazed for a few minutes after....she’s fearless and full of all the right kind of attitude to be everything that she is and will be forever."

Empire actress Taraji P. Henson takes the reigns to write about Cardi, saying that she relates to the Grammy-nominated rapper.

"When you are cool with who you are, no one can use it against you. I identify with Cardi B, because she knows that too...she talked openly about being a former stripper. And she was proud of it -- like, 'So what, I was on the pole, look what I parlayed that into,'" writes Henson. "When she showed her soul like that, I hit the 'Follow' button." 

The Empire star adds, "When her mixtape came out, I thought, 'That's it. She found it! She's clear on her talent, and she's not trying to get in anybody's else's lane.'" 

"She recorded 'Bodak Yellow' because it's what she loved. Now she's the biggest thing in music." 

"Cardi B's here to stay, baby, and I'm happy to be a witness."  

Other big names who made the list include Oprah WinfreyTiffany HaddishIssa RaeChadwick Boseman and NBA superstar Kevin Durant.  

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Thursday
Apr192018

Arctic Monkeys add new shows to US tour

DominoArctic Monkeys' upcoming U.S. tour just got a bit bigger.

The British rockers have announced two shows in San Diego taking place May 2 and 3, as well as dates in Brooklyn and Canandaigua, New York on May 9 and July 25, respectively.

Tickets go on sale this Friday, April 20 via ArcticMonkeys.com.

Arctic Monkeys will be touring in support of their forthcoming album Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, the long-awaited follow-up to 2013's AM. The new effort will arrive on May 11.

Here are Arctic Monkeys' North American tour dates:

5/2 -- San Diego, CA, The Observatory North Park*
5/3 -- San Diego, CA, The Observatory North Park*
5/5 -- Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Forever Cemetery
5/9 -- Brooklyn, NY, Brooklyn Steel*
6/16 -- Raleigh, NC, Red Hat Amphiteater
6/18 -- Nashville, TN, Ascend Amphitheater
6/19 -- Atlanta, GA, Coca Cola Roxy Theatre
7/24 -- Queens, NY, Forest Hills Stadium
7/25 -- Canandaigua, NY, CMAC*
7/27 -- Boston, MA, TD Garden
7/28 -- Washington, DC, Anthem
7/31 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Petersen Centre
8/1 -- Detroit, MI, Masonic Temple Theatre
8/5 -- Toronto, ON, Air Canada Centre

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Thursday
Apr192018

Doctor who treated Prince pays $30k fine to settle alleged controlled substance violations

Kevin Mazur/WireImageThe doctor who wrote painkiller prescriptions for Prince's drummer, despite allegedly knowing the drugs would actually be taken by Prince, has agreed to a civil settlement with federal investigators.

Dr. Michael T. Schulenberg has agreed to pay a $30,000 civil fine and will be monitored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency for two years, according to United States Attorney Gregory G. Brooker.

In a statement provided to ABC News, Schulenberg's attorney says his client agreed to settle "alleged civil claims in order to avoid the expense, delay, and unknown outcome of litigation." Schulenberg was facing alleged violations of the Controlled Substances Act.

Investigative records unsealed in April of 2017 revealed Schulenberg allegedly prescribed oxycodone for Prince but put the prescription in the name of the artist's longtime friend and bodyguard, Kirk Johnson, “for Prince’s privacy.” 

Schulenberg's attorney statement also declares: "The United States Attorneys’ Office for the District of Minnesota has confirmed that he is not a target in any criminal inquiry and there have been no allegations made by the Government that Dr. Schulenberg had any role in Prince’s death. Dr. Schulenberg affirms his previous statement that he did not prescribe opiates to any patient with the intention that they be given to Prince."

"After he learned of Prince’s addiction, [Schulenberg] immediately worked to refer Prince to a treatment facility and to transfer care to a chemical dependency specialist," the statement says.

The agreement was revealed fewer than two hours before a scheduled news conference during which Carver County, MN officials are expected to announce what, if any, criminal charges will be brought in Prince's death, and against whom.

Prince died April 21, 2016 at age 57 of an overdose of the powerful painkiller fentanyl.  Where Prince obtained the fentanyl is still apparently unknown.

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Thursday
Apr192018

Foo Fighters jam with fan in KISS makeup during US tour opener 

Credit: Brantley GutierrezA Foo Fighters fan got the chance of a lifetime at the band's U.S. tour opener in Austin, Texas Wednesday night.

During the show, Dave Grohl invited the fan, who was wearing full Gene Simmons of KISS makeup and a Motorhead t-shirt, on stage to play the Foo classic "Monkeywrench."

"What's your name, KISS guy?" Grohl asked the fan, who was too amazed to answer. Grohl then continued, "F*** it, I don't even wanna know. Your name is 'KISS Guy' right now."

Grohl then handed KISS Guy his guitar and they launched into a seven-minute rendition of "Monkeywrench." Recognizing his opportunity, the new Foo guitarist shredded a few impromptu solos, much to Grohl's delight.

At the end of the song, Grohl gave KISS Guy the Wayne's World "We're not worthy" bow. You can watch fan-shot footage of the performance now on YouTube.

Foo Fighters are on tour in support of their new album, Concrete and Gold. The trek continues Thursday night in Houston.

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Thursday
Apr192018

Elton, Cher, John Mayer and Adele pen essays about "TIME" mag's "Most Influential People 2018"

David LaChappelleTIME magazine has unveiled its annual list of Most Influential People, and has recruited some pretty big names to pen essays about those influential people.  Among those taking pen in hand to salute them: Elton John, Adele, Cher and John Mayer.

Adele did the honors for one of this year's honorees, Rihanna.  She describes the pop superstar as "the most gracious, loyal and funny goofball of an icon," adding, "She glows like when someone’s taken a picture with a flash and you’re dazed for a few minutes after....she’s fearless and full of all the right kind of attitude to be everything that she is and will be forever."

John Mayer writes about his pal Shawn Mendes, another of TIME's "Most Influential. "The more undeniable a heartthrob he becomes, the more he insists on staying grounded," writes John. "He knows that music is good shelter from its own associated nonsense, and his devotion to his craft is exactly why people twice his age are welcoming him into their lives and playlists."

Elton writes about Prince Harry, "What a joy it has been to see that young boy grow to inherit his mother’s warmth, sense of humor and courage to stand up and champion the causes he truly believes in."  He praises Harry's work fighting AIDS and removing the stigma from mental illness.

Cher, meanwhile, salutes Olympic skater Adam Rippon.  She writes, "He isn’t just a beautiful skater. He has humility, grace and an incredible sense of humor....Adam shows people that if you put blood, sweat and tears into what you’re doing, you can achieve something that’s special. You can be special. And I think that’s very brave."

Both Shawn and Jennifer Lopez, who also made the list, will perform at the 2018 TIME 100 gala on April 24.

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Thursday
Apr192018

Shawn Mendes, Kesha, Rihanna Among "TIME"'s Most Influential People 2018 

Brian ZiffTIME magazine has unveiled its annual list of Most Influential People, and among those people are Shawn Mendes, Kesha, Rihanna and Cardi B.

Each artist is the subject of an essay by a fellow star. For Rihanna, it's Adele who did the honors.

Adele describes  Rihanna as "the most gracious, loyal and funny goofball of an icon," adding, "She glows like when someone’s taken a picture with a flash and you’re dazed for a few minutes after....she’s fearless and full of all the right kind of attitude to be everything that she is and will be forever."

Shawn's pal John Mayer writes about him, "The more undeniable a heartthrob he becomes, the more he insists on staying grounded. He knows that music is good shelter from its own associated nonsense, and his devotion to his craft is exactly why people twice his age are welcoming him into their lives and playlists."

'80s pop icon Cyndi Lauper writes about Kesha, "[She] spoke out against sexual harassment and assault long before the #MeToo movement...and nearly lost her career as a result....thanks to Kesha and other women who have stood up for themselves to demand justice and fairness, we are starting to turn a new page."

As for Cardi, Taraji P. Henson writes, "When you are cool with who you are, no one can use it against you. I identify with Cardi B, because she knows that too...she talked openly about being a former stripper. And she was proud of it -- like, 'So what, I was on the pole, look what I parlayed that into.' When she showed her soul like that, I hit the 'Follow' button."

Both Shawn and Jennifer Lopez, who also made the list, will perform at the 2018 TIME 100 gala on April 24.

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Thursday
Apr192018

Watch now: Ringo Starr releases video for "Give More Love"; announces Peace & Love birthday celebration plans

Denise Truscello/WireImageRingo Starr's most recent album, Give More Love, has been out since last September, but we've just now been treated to a video for the title track.

Released Thursday, the mostly black-and-white video shows Ringo and members of his All-Starr Band performing the song, interspersed with color footage of photos and videos contributed by fans in response to Ringo's #GiveMoreLove call last November to be a part of the video.  "Give More Love" is streaming now on YouTube.

Ringo also revealed plans for his 10th annual Peace & Love birthday celebration July 7.  Since 2008, Ringo -- who will turn 78 this year -- has called on fans around the world to pause at noon local time on July 7 and wish someone peace and love, or share the #peaceandlove hashtag on social media.  The around-the-world celebration began in 2008 at Chicago's Hard Rock Cafe.  This year, it'll begin at the Hard Rock in Nice, France, where Ringo will be on tour.

“I can’t think of a better way to celebrate my birthday, or a better gift I could ask for, then Peace & Love," Ringo says in a statement.  "I was blown away last year with how far this idea keeps spreading... So here we are 10 years later and it keeps growing"

Ringo and his All-Starr band begin the European leg of their latest tour June 6 in Paris, wrapping up July 11 in Rome.  After a break, they hit the road in the U.S. for 20 fall dates, beginning September 1 in Tulsa through September 29 in Los Angeles.  You can check out the full itinerary at RingoStarr.com.

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Thursday
Apr192018

Marilyn Manson says he was "banned" from Coachella 

David Wolff - Patrick/RedfernsMarilyn Manson is performing at Coachella this weekend with Japanese metal band X Japan, and it will apparently be a momentous occasion for the famed shock rocker. According to Manson, he was actually banned from the California festival.

"I never thought I would play at a festival I was banned from," Manson tweeted.

While he doesn't offer any explanation for his exile, it's not too difficult to imagine a scenario that would've gotten Marilyn Manson banned from Coachella.

Manson will take the stage with X Japan this Saturday, April 21.

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Thursday
Apr192018

"Call your congressman!": Reba needs YOU to make the "Reba" reboot happen

ABC/Image Group LA The campaign for a Reba reboot continues, and Reba McEntire wants your help to make it happen.

"Call your congressman!" Reba joked backstage at Sunday's ACM Awards.

"I don't know what's gonna happen," she went on. "I've been trying to get a reboot ever since we left. We had so many more stories to tell. So I hope we get to work it out. I hope it happens."

With shows like RoseanneWill & Grace, and Murphy Brown all enjoying a second life, Reba's 2001-2006 sitcom is another show many fans would like to see come back.

The most recent talk of a Reba reunion came last month, when Reba reunited with co-stars Melissa Peterman and Christopher Rich -- aka Barbra Jean and Brock -- at the annual Celebrity Fight Night fundraiser.

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Thursday
Apr192018

Country star trivia

Comstock/Thinkstock Forty years ago this week, this super-successful album of standards by Willie Nelson was released. Can you name this record, which went on on to sell more than five-million copies? ANSWER: Stardust.

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