Former Allman Brothers Band members pay tribute to Gregg Allman

Timothy Hiatt/Getty ImagesIn the wake of founding Allman Brothers Band frontman Gregg Allman's death on Saturday, many of his former band mates have posted tributes to the music icon on their social media sites.

Founding Allman Brothers singer/guitarist Dickey Betts, who played with the group until 2000, writes, "I'm so glad I was able to have a couple good talks with him before he passed…It's a very sad thing. I...pass along my deepest sympathies to Gregg's family, friends, and fans."

Warren Haynes, who played guitar with the Allman Brothers from 1989 until the band's 2014 breakup, penned a lengthy homage to Gregg praising Allman's "angelic voice" and "amazing songs," while noting, "I am truly honored to have been fortunate enough to have written many songs with him and equally honored to have traveled the world with him while making the best music the world has ever known. I will never, ever take that for granted. And on top of all that -- he was my dear friend."

Chuck Leavell, who played keyboards with the Allmans from 1972 to 1976 and now tours with The Rolling Stones, says in his tribute, "Thank you, Gregg…for your inspiration, for your talent, for your loyal friendship and for the amazing human being you are. I am forever grateful for my relationship with you, for sharing the stage with you so many times, for the honor of recording with you on some records that have stood the test of time. You will always be my hero and I am your biggest fan."

Longtime Allman Brothers bassist Oteil Burbridge writes, "[Gregg's] songs never got old. You didn't outgrow them, you grew into them more fully."

Ex-Allman Brothers guitarist Jack Pearson writes, "Thank you so much for your music and friendship Gregory, Love you brother."

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Naturi Naugton responds with a "Girl bye!" to former 3LW manager

L-R: Adrienne Houghton, Naturi Naughton, Kiely Williams; Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImageNaturi Naughton is over it.  

The one-time 3LW member, who recently reunited with her former band mate Adrienne Houghton, had just one thing to say to the girl group's previous manager Tse Williams

"Girl bye!" she wrote on Twitter over the weekend, followed by a emoji of one hand waving goodbye and the hashtags #KarmaIsAB**** #TruthWins #tooBlessed2BeStressed."  

Tse responded to Naturi's dismissive message by reaching out to her younger sister, and third member of the original 3LW lineup, Kiely Williams.  

She wrote, "[Kiely] can't wait to run in to you in public." 

In a 2002 interview with MTV, Naturi said she was forced out of the group by both management and its two founding members, Adrienne and Kiely. Naturi was replaced by Jessica Benson in 2002. 

Still, during last Thursday's episode of The Real, Naturi and Adrienne sat down on the talk show to clear the air, with Naturi accepting an apology from Adrienne.  

Kiely has yet to make any public statements about her current relationship with Naturi or Adrienne. After the episode premiered, Tse wrote a series of tweets that included allegations against Naturi and Adrienne, including a statement explaining that The Cheetah Girls franchise ended because of "naked pictures of @AdrienneBailon."    

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A Big Hunk o' Cash: Jet once belonging to Elvis Presley auctioned for more than $400K

Courtesy of GWS Auctions, Inc.A jet formally owned by Elvis Presley and his father, Vernon, sold for the whopping price of $430,000 at an auction held Saturday in Agoura Hills, California, according to The 1962 Lockheed Jetstar jet has been a popular tourist attraction at an airport in Roswell, New Mexico, where it has sat on a runway for more than 30 years.

The jet features an interior with a variety of custom-designed alterations specified by the late King of Rock 'n' Roll, including red-velvet seats, red carpeting, and gold-tone hardware and woodwork. The plane has no engine, and has not been restored since Presley owned it. The jet was the only plane that had belonged to Elvis not currently housed at Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee.

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Linkin Park tops "Billboard" 200 with "One More Light"

ABC/Randy HolmesLinkin Park has grabbed one more number-one album with One More Light.  

The seventh full-length effort from Chester Bennington and company debuts at the top of this week's Billboard 200 with a total of 111,000 equivalent album units, 100,000 of which were pure album sales.

Previous reports estimated that One More Light would arrive at number two on the Billboard 200 with around 90,000 units, but the album sold a bit better than expected, and was able to edge out rapper Kendrick Lamar's DAMN. for the top spot.

With One More Light, Linkin Park now has six number-one albums on the Billboard 200, the other five being 2003's Meteora, 2007's Minutes to Midnight, 2010's A Thousand Suns and 2012's Living Things, plus 2004's Collision Course, their collaborative EP with Jay Z.  

Interestingly, Linkin Park's breakthrough debut Hybrid Theory never reached number one on the chart, despite being the band's best-selling album.

Only eight other rock bands have at least six number-one Billboard 200 albums. The Beatles lead the pack with 19, The Rolling Stones have nine, both Led Zeppelin and U2 have seven, and Metallica, Bon Jovi, Dave Matthews Band and the Eagles all have six.

One More Light features a polarizing, poppy new sound for Linkin Park, exemplified by the lead single "Heavy." The band will kick off a North American tour in support of the album July 27 in Boston. The outing includes two stadium dates with Blink-182.

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Guns N' Roses, Eddie Vedder honor Chris Cornell

ABC/Randy HolmesGuns N' Roses and Eddie Vedder both honored the late Chris Cornell in different ways during their respective shows over the weekend.

During GN'R's show in Slane Castle, Ireland on Saturday, Axl Rose and company performed a cover of Soundgarden's signature song "Black Hole Sun." While they played, the stage background projected an image of the Seattle Space Needle. You can watch fan-filmed footage of the performance now via YouTube.

Following the performance, Guns tweeted, "This one's for you Chris."

Meanwhile, Vedder took a more subtle approach to honoring his fellow grunge compatriot. According to reports on Pearl Jam's official online forum, Vedder never mentioned Cornell by name during his solo tour opener in Amsterdam Saturday, but a general sense of mourning was felt throughout the show.  

During one part of his onstage appearance, Vedder reportedly said, "I'm thinking of a lot of people tonight. And some in particular and their families."

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Memorial Day memories: How Sam Hunt's grandfather's service in WWII still affects him today 

Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images via ABCAs America celebrates its military men and women this Memorial Day weekend, it’s a holiday that makes Sam Hunt feel particularly close to his grandfather.

“My granddad was in World World II,” he reveals. “He was on the USS Texas battleship, and he was over at Normandy and over near Japan and he spent a lot of time right in the thick of World War II.”

For the Georgia native, his grandfather became a living example of what it means to truly appreciate the freedoms we enjoy as Americans.

“He really took pride in what that meant,” Sam reflects, “and it was something I got to see firsthand, as somebody who experienced that, and somebody who had that galvanized American trait… Somebody who’s been through that, and seen that really appreciates what it means to be free.”

It’s a characteristic the “Body Like a Back Road” hitmaker has worked to cultivate himself.

“I've tried to channel that into my own life,” Sam says, “because I haven’t fought in any war, but I really, really have a ton of respect for folks who have, and folks who have sacrificed, families who’ve lost lives and just sacrificed years of their own lives and time and effort to maintain those freedoms.”

On Thursday, Sam kicks off his 15 in a 30 Tour with Maren Morris and Chris Janson in Cleveland, Ohio.

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Musicians & others react to Gregg Allman's death

Rick Diamond/GABB14/Getty Images for Blackbird ProductionsIt didn't take long for the music world to react the Saturday's death of Gregg Allman, who died at age 69.  Here are some of the reactions from a variety of notable artists:

"Rest in peace Greg Allman peace and love to all the family," Ringo Starr tweeted.




Cher, who was married to Allman from 1975 to 1979 and gave birth to son Elijah Blue Allman, tweeted a photo of her and Allman together as a couple.  "I've tried...words are impossible," she wrote.  "Forever, chooch."



ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons said in a statement, "Gregg was, of course, a brilliant and intuitive player with a depth of soul reflected in his works in a truly moving manner. Brother Gregg was generous with his talent, his spirit and, of course, his great voice. We were fortunate enough to have been touched by him and those moments remain treasured encounters."

Melissa Etheridge posted a photo of her with Allman and Mick Fleetwood back in the day, with Etheridge marveling at a tattoo on Allman's left forearm.  " He showed me his tattoos...   his voice....   his soul," she wrote.  "My southern-rock heart is breaking."



Peter Frampton tweeted, "So sad to hear Gregg Allman passed away I admire him so much & had the honour of jamming wth him recently. A gentle soul with so much soul."

"Rest in peace, Gregg," Dr. John tweeted, along with a photo of him and his "dear friend" Allman laughing together last January.



E Street Band guitarist Nils Lofgren tweeted, " It's all just too much. #GreggAllman Rest In Peace Midnight Rider."

"My heart breaks today at the passing of soul brutha Gregg Allman," country star Keith Urban posted.  "Blessings and peace to all the Allman family."

Oscar-winning filmmaker and former rock journalist Cameron Crowe wrote, "Thank you @GreggAllman... for the inspiration, and for those many holy nights on stage."

"RIP- Greg Allman, legend and friend," wrote Journey's Jonathan Cain.  "The music world will miss your soulful presence."

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Founding Allman Brothers Band Singer Gregg Allman, Dead at 69

David Becker/WireImageGregg Allman, co-founding lead singer, keyboardist and one of the main songwriters of the legendary The Allman Brothers Band, has died at age 69.

A statement on Allman's official website reads, in part, "It is with deep sadness that we announce that Gregg Allman, a founding member of The Allman Brothers Band, passed away peacefully at his home in Savannah, Georgia.

"Gregg struggled with many health issues over the past several years. During that time, Gregg considered being on the road playing music with his brothers and solo band for his beloved fans, essential medicine for his soul. Playing music lifted him up and kept him going during the toughest of times."

The website statement concludes, "The family will release a statement soon, but for now ask for privacy during this very difficult time."

Allman cancelled all his 2017 tour dates in March, at the time of his death he was working on a solo album, Southern Blood, recorded with his back up band at FAME Recording Studios in Muscle Shoals and produced by Don Was.

"As a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band, Gregg Allman helped give birth to Southern rock, blazing a trail for a generation of musicians who were equally influenced by the blues, Southern soul, and rock," said Recording Academy President and CEO Neil Portnow in a statement.  "His earthy vocals graced songs that have become rock standards. ...We have lost a pioneering force in American music, and our condolences go out to Gregg's family, friends, colleagues, and music fans everywhere."

Allman formed The Allman Brothers Band in 1969 in Jacksonville, Florida, with his older brother Duane, guitarist Dickey Betts, bassist Berry Oakley Jr., and drummers Butch Trucks and Jai Johanny "Jaimoe" Johanson.  The band combined blues, soul, jazz and gospel influences en route to becoming one of the most popular and influential Southern rock acts of all time.

Gregg Allman's soulful vocals and Hammond organ were key ingredients in the group's sound, while he also wrote or co-wrote many of the band's enduring signature hits, including "Whipping Post," "Midnight Rider," "Melissa" and "Ain't Wastin' Time No More."

The band was shaken by the deaths Duane Allman and Oakley in motorcycle accidents in November 1971 and November 1972, respectively, but continued on with a number of lineup changes before temporarily disbanding in 1976.

The Allman Brothers reunited a few times during the ensuing years.  While internal squabbles and other issues led to more roster shakeups -- including the 2000 departure of Betts -- the lineup solidified in the early 2000s and the group continued until calling it quits in October 2014.

Gregg Allman also had a successful solo career that paralleled his work with the Allmans, including his 1987 rock hit "I'm No Angel" and his acclaimed 2011 album, Low Country Blues.

Allman struggled with addiction and alcohol abuse, and in 2010 underwent a liver transplant. He also had a turbulent love life, marrying and divorcing five times, including a high-profile four-year marriage during the 1970s to Cher.

Gregg Allman and the rest of the Allman Brothers were honored with a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award in 2012.  Shortly before his death, Allman had been busy touring with his solo backing band, and had recorded a new album that's expected out in early 2017.

Gregg Allman was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Allman Brothers Band in 1995, and was welcomed into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 2015.

According to his website, Allman is survived by "his wife, Shannon Allman; his children, Devon, Elijah Blue, Delilah Island Kurtom and Layla Brooklyn Allman; three grandchildren; his niece, Galadrielle Allman; lifelong friend Chank Middleton, and a large extended family."

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Members of Metallica, Audioslave, Linkin Park & more mourn Chris Cornell at Los Angeles funeral

Jason Merritt/Getty ImagesChris Cornell was laid to rest at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles today, and many members of the rock community joined the musician's widow, Vicky, to mourn and pay their respects to the late Soundgarden frontman.

Fellow musicians who attended the ceremony, according to KABC TV Los Angeles, included Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters, Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page, Dave Navarro, James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich of Metallica, singer/producer Pharrell Williams, and Tom Morello, Cornell's Audioslave band mate.  Also attending were actors Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, Jeremy Renner, James Franco and Josh Brolin, plus Lisa Marie Presley and others.

Linkin Park's Chester Bennington performed "Hallelujah" during the service.

Following the service, Cornell's gravesite -- he was buried next to his friend, Johnny Ramone -- was opened to the public.  One fan, Melody Andrade, compared Cornell's passing to the loss of Elvis Presley and John Lennon, declaring it was "one of the saddest days of my life."

Cornell died last week at age 52, officially of suicide by hanging, though his family has suggested that prescription anti-anxiety medication may have contributed to his death. He's survived by his widow, Vicky, and three children.

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Capitol Records plots celebration of 50th anniversary of The Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's" album in L.A.

© Apple Corps Ltd.It was 50 year ago this coming Thursday, June 1, that The Beatles' trailblazing album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band was officially released in the U.K., one day before it hit stores in the U.S. To mark the milestone, a special celebration will take place at the Capitol Records tower in Los Angeles.

The commemorative event, dubbed "Pepper Day," will begin at 9:09 a.m. PT on Thursday with the raising of a specially designed Sgt. Pepper's flag on top of the tower. Doing the honors will be the Sgt. Pepper character from Cirque du Soleil's Beatles-themed Las Vegas production LOVE. In addition, the building will be adorned with variety of themed decorations, including special signs and an inflatable Sgt. Pepper's drum above the tower's Vine Street entrance.

Adding to the festivities, starting at sunset on Thursday, the roof of the Capitol Records building will be illuminated with lights corresponding to the four colors of the suits that The Beatles wore on the Sgt. Pepper's album cover.

As previously reported, a deluxe 50th anniversary reissue of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, featuring a new stereo mix of the album and a variety of previously unheard outtakes, was released today, May 26.

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"Simply amazing": Trey Songz television concert special airs tonight

James DimmockTrey Songz wants you to start the Memorial Day weekend off right -- with his television special.  

The Trey Songz broadcast will treat viewers to an intimate interview with series host Ted Stryker, along with a concert of classic tracks and songs from the "Nobody Else But You" artist's latest disc, Tremaine The Album.   

If you're too busy feasting on barbecue or relaxing on a beach, you can also catch Trey on tour from now until early June.  

For more information, head over to

Trey Songz airs tonight at 9 p.m. ET on DIRECTV Channel 239, AT&T U-verse Channel 1114 and DIRECTV NOW. 

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Sales & streams for Chris Cornell's catalog increase 552 per cent 

ABC/Randy HolmesChris Cornell's catalog, including his work with Soundgarden, Audioslave and Temple of the Dog, plus his solo material, has experienced an 522 per cent increase in sales and streams following his death.

According to Billboard, Cornell's albums have sold 38,000 copies, an uptick of 1,732 per cent, and his total song download sales increased 2,222 per cent to 144,000. Meanwhile, his collective songs streams have jumped 549 per cent, from five million the week ending May 11 to 32.5 million now.

On Billboard's Hot Rock Songs chart, seven of Cornell's songs have jumped on the tally. Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun" charted the highest at number seven. The other six songs that make the chart include Soundgarden's "Fell on Black Days" and "Spoonman," Audioslave's "Like a Stone," "Show Me How to Live" and "I Am the Highway," and Temple of the Dog's "Hunger Strike."

As for albums, Soundgarden's Superunknown charts on the Top Rock Albums tally at number five with 17,000 units, up from 1,000.

Cornell died last week at age 52, officially of suicide by hanging. However, his widow Vicky has suggested that prescription anti-anxiety medication may have contributed to his death.

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Watch the trailer for Green Day-produced, Iggy Pop-narrated punk doc "Turn It Around" 

Courtesy of AbramoramaThe trailer for Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk, a new documentary executive produced by Green Day, has debuted online, and you can watch it now via

As its title suggests, Turn It Around explores the influential San Francisco-area punk scene. The doc is narrated by Iggy Pop, and features commentary from Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong, Metallica's Kirk Hammett, Duff McKagan of Guns N' Roses, Rancid's Tim Armstrong and The Offspring's Noodles, among many more.

Turn It Around will make its world premiere at the SF DocFest on Wednesday, May 31. It'll be released in theaters this summer in conjunction with Green Day's upcoming U.S. tour, which kicks off in August.

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Mary J. Blige and ASAP Rocky encourage self-love in new music video for "Love Yourself"

ABC/ Ida Mae AstuteMary J Blige sets out to prove that "love is strong" in the music video for her empowering track, "Love Yourself."  

The visual showcases the singer looking regal in several exquisite outfits as she sings about the power of self-worth and self-love.  

Rapper ASAP Rocky is also featured throughout the clip, taking the place of Kanye West, whose vocals are heard in the original version of the song.  

In one scene, ASAP sits down with a twin version of himself while they both spit bars, while in another scene he's looking debonair in a black and white suit, with Mary by his side.

"Love Yourself" is from Mary's latest album, Strength of a Woman, which topped the Billboard R&B Albums chart at #1 earlier this month. 

The entertainer is currently on tour in support of the album and is expected to appear at several major festivals, including the Wawa Welcome America event in Philadelphia and Essence Festival in New Orleans. Find ticket info at    

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3LW's former manager responds to Naturi Naughton & Adrienne Houghton claims 

Theo Wargo/WireImageIt's not over yet.  

After previous claims of a beef within girl group 3LWAdrienne Houghton, formerly Adrienne Bailon, finally cleared the air with fellow former member Naturi Naughton, issuing the Power actress a public apology on The Real this Thursday.  

However, 3LW's previous manager, Tse Williams, is none too happy with Adrienne and Naturi's recent kiss and make-up session -- nor Naturi's claims of management negligence during the height of 3LW's career -- and decided to tell her side of the story in a series of tweets.  

In one message, Williams writes, "What exactly did we 'do' to @naturinaughton? What is she apologizing for? We put you on and you've spent years talking trash about us."  

Williams continued to list a slew of allegations against Naturi and Adrienne, including a statement explaining that The Cheetah Girls franchise ended because of "naked pictures of @AdrienneBailon."  

In an interview with MTV, Naturi said she was forced out of the group by both management and its two founding members, Adrienne and Kiely Williams, the latter of whom's also Tse Williams' younger sister.  

Naturi was replaced by Jessica Benson in 2002.

On Thursday's episode of The Real, Naturi accepted Bailon's apology, and both vowed to move on from the past.  

Kiely has yet to make any public statements about her current relationship with Naturi or Adrienne. 

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The Rolling Stones' "Olé Olé Olé!" Latin American tour documentary released on DVD and Blu-ray today

Eagle Rock EntertainmentHere's your weekend viewing all sorted: the recent Rolling Stones documentary about the band's 2016 América Latina Olé Tour was released on DVD and Blu-ray today.

Olé Olé Olé! A Trip Across Latin America follows the band throughout the 10-city trek, which culminated with a historic free concert in Havana, Cuba. The film, which was directed by Paul Dugdale, offers a behind-the-scenes look at The Stones and their Latin American fans, and also showcases some live performance footage from the tour.

The documentary, which includes new interviews with Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts, also focuses on how the band's first-ever show in Cuba came together, and the excitement the event generates among the citizens of the Communist country.

The Olé Olé Olé! DVD and Blu-ray contains bonus footage of seven full-length performances captured at various shows during the trip.

Here are the bonus performances, as well as the cities where they took place:

"Out of Control" (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
"Paint It Black" (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
"Honky Tonk Women" (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
"Sympathy for the Devil" (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
"You Got the Silver" (Lima, Peru)
"Midnight Rambler" (Lima, Peru)
"Miss You" (Lima, Peru)

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Which current young male pop star calls Don Henley "dad"?

Danny Clinch/David Needleman exclusively for Billboard

When you think of artists who are influenced by The Eagles, U.K.-based pop band One Direction might not immediately come to mind. However, one of the group's members, Niall Horan, not only worships the Rock & Roll Hall of Famers, he tells Billboard that he and Don Henley have a father/son relationship.

The Irish singer, who has launched a solo career while One Direction is on hiatus, reveals to the magazine, "Don Henley and I talk every couple weeks or so. It's [crazy]. I call him 'dad.' He calls me 'son.'"

Not only that, but Horan says his latest solo single, "Slow Hands," was influenced by Henley's 1980s solo hits, like "Boys of Summer." As for Don, he couldn't be more proud of his "son."

"Niall is a solid guy whose focus is right where it ought to be: on songwriting," Henley tells Billboard. "He's got the Irish charm and a healthy, self-effacing sense of humor, which is an essential ­survival tool in this business."

He adds, "I think that Niall will evolve into a resonant, thoughtful voice for his generation."

Don and The Eagles will be performing at The Classic West and The Classic East festivals this summer in Los Angeles and New York City. As previously reported, late Eagles founder Glenn Frey's son Deacon will take his dad's place at the concerts, which also will feature Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers.

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Listen now: Carly Rae Jepsen debuts uplifting track, “Cut to the Feeling”

604/School Boy/Interscope Records Carly Rae Jepsen is taking the leap with her new single, “Cut to the Feeling.” The track, out today, is featured in the upcoming animated movie, Leap!

Set to an uplifting beat, the lyrics tell the story of a euphoric love. “I wanna cut through the clouds/Break the ceiling/I wanna dance on the roof/You and me alone/I wanna cut to the feeling,” Jepsen sings on the triumphant chorus.

Carly Rae initially wrote the track during recording sessions for her 2015 album Emotion, but it didn’t make the album.

Leap!, which comes out August 30, follows an 11-year-old orphan named Felicie in Paris who dreams of becoming a dancer. Carly Rae voices the character Odette, a former prima ballerina who gives Felicie advice.  

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Is Mariah Carey launching her own beauty company?

ABC/Randy HolmesLast year, Mariah Carey launched a makeup collection with MAC. Now, she might be launching a beauty company all her own.

According to New York Post’s Page Six, the singer and her manager, Stella Bulochnikov, are planning to open a Beverly Hills-based business that will feature their own brand of makeup, skin care and fragrances.

“They plan on opening a brick-and-mortar store in Beverly Hills and have been secretly looking at a number of retail spaces with a plan to unveil it this holiday season or next year by the latest,” a source says.

Last holiday season saw the release of Mariah’s MAC collection of shimmery neutrals, including lipsticks, blush, highlighter and eye shadow palettes.

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Till the Rivers All Run Dry: Alison Krauss to lead Opry tribute to "the Gentle Giant"

ABC/Randy HolmesThe Grand Ole Opry will pay tribute to “the Gentle Giant” on Tuesday, honoring Country Music Hall of Famer Don Williams.

1995 CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Alison Krauss will lead the way, performing the classic “Till the Rivers All Run Dry,” from Gentle Giants:  The Songs of Don Williams. Revered singer/songwriter John Prine and Americana favorite Jason Isbell will do their tunes from the record as well.  

Conceived as a benefit for the Grammys’ MusiCares charity, the just-released album also boasts covers from Chris StapletonDierks BentleyLady AntebellumGarth BrooksPistol Annies, and Trisha Yearwood.

Darius Rucker is also scheduled to play the Opry on Tuesday, though he’s not set to be part of the Williams tribute at this point.

Just last year, Don Williams was forced to postpone his tour due to unexpected hip replacement surgery, which resulted in the 77-year-old's eventual retirement from performing.

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