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Friday
Nov142014

VH1 Reportedly to Be New Home of "The Osbournes"

Justin Goff\UK Press via Getty ImagesFollowing an announcement by Ozzy Osbourne's wife, Sharon, earlier this week that The Osbournes reality show would be returning to television, The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that VH1 is close to finalizing a deal to air the series.

News about the resurrection of The Osbournes was first announced by Sharon on Tuesday's episode of The Talk.  While she didn't initially say what network would be airing the show, she reported that she and her family would be filming six to eight new episodes.  She also revealed that Ozzy, her son Jack and her daughter Kelly all were on board.

In addition, Sharon explained that the new show won't be a "proper series."  It'll be more like an update on their lives. "It was all my husband's doing," she said.  "He looked back on his life and he said, 'I wish we could have done The Osbournes now where I'm clean and sober.'"

The Osbournes originally ran on MTV from 2002 to 2005, and won an Emmy for Outstanding Reality TV Program.

According to E! News, the new episodes will start filming in early 2015.  Meanwhile, a rep for VH1 tells ABC News Radio that the channel has no comment on the story.


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Friday
Nov142014

Rush's Geddy Lee Talks Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Van Halen, and What Neil Peart Smells Like 

Image Courtesy of Roadrunner RecordsEver wondered what one of rock's most legendary drummers smells like?  Using the hashtag #AskGeddyLee, Rush lead singer/bassist Geddy Lee answered a variety of questions from fans, touching on everything from the band's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, to even what drummer Neil Peart smells like. The Twitter Q&A was moderated by Rolling Stone.

In response to a question about his reaction to being inducted into the Rock Hall, Lee said he felt "shock and gooseflesh."

"That whole moment was quite something. I think we were very taken aback by it," he continued. "We were overwhelmed by that whole beginning of the night. It's indescribable and a moment that I'll never forget."

Now a voting member of the Rock Hall, Lee said he hasn't yet seen the new batch of nominees, which included Green Day, Lou Reed and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, but he does know that two of his favorite bands aren't on the list.

"I'm disappointed that Yes and Deep Purple did not get in," he said. "It's just wrong."

Lee also addressed the rumor that Eddie Van Halen once poured beer into one of his tape recorders.  "Oh, that's an interesting memory," Lee said. "We were at a hotel bar in Leicester and one of the guys in our road crew had his beat box playing. And the guys in Van Halen were a little inebriated and we were on our way to getting inebriated. So I think some beer was spilt, yes."

As for whether he prefers his Van Halen fronted by David Lee Roth or Sammy Hagar, Lee had a simple answer: "I don't listen to either."

As for the question about Peart -- "How bad does Neil smell after a concert?" -- unfortunately, we'll have to go on wondering.  "I wouldn't know because [Peart] leaves straight onto his bus," Geddy said. "I haven't seen him after a show in years."


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Friday
Nov142014

One Direction Meets the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge; Harry Says, "Congratulations on the Bump" 

Credit: RJ ShaughnessyPop royalty met British royalty Thursday night in London, when One Direction greeted the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge -- better known as Prince William and Kate Middleton -- at the London Palladium.

The royal couple were attending their first Royal Variety performance -- an annual charity event -- at the famed venue.  So what do you say to royalty when you first meet them?  If you’re Harry Styles, you tell Kate, “Congratulations on the bump,” meaning Kate’s second pregnancy, although Harry tells U.K. paper The Telegraph that the duchess “didn’t look bumpy.”

Liam Payne was far less casual, saying that his brief chat with the royal couple was “the most nervous I think I’ve ever been in my life.”  Louis Tomlinson, meanwhile, figured he'd made a major faux pas while addressing Kate.  "I didn't say ma'am," he told reporters. "I said - Hi. How are you? I'm Louis."  Liam joked, "So he's off to a bad start."

According to The Telegraph, William and Kate spoke with 1D about their touring plans, and William told them he'd been "keeping a close eye" on them.

Also on the bill for the event Thursday night: Ed Sheeran, Demi Lovato and Ellie Goulding.


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Friday
Nov142014

Bleachers Cover Fleetwood Mac with Lauren Mayberry of Chvrches

Image Courtesy of Daniel Silbert/RCA RecordsDuring Thursday night's VH1 You Oughta Know concert spectacular, two big names in alternative joined forces to cover a classic. Joined by Lauren Mayberry of Chvrches, Bleachers performed a rendition of Fleetwood Mac's "Go Your Own Way." Mayberry handled lead vocal duty, while Jack Antonoff showed off his guitar chops on the track's famous solo.

Other performers at the special included Vance Joy, American Authors and Kongos. The show was held in New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom.

Bleachers also performed their songs "Rollercoaster" and "I Wanna Get Better," while Chvrches played "The Mother We Share."

 


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Friday
Nov142014

Culture Club Show Before Canceled Tour Was Enough to Impress Hollywood A-Listers

Credit: Dean StockingsIt's a pity that Culture Club was forced to cancel its upcoming North American tour due to Boy George's vocal problems: based on how a roomful of A-list stars reacted to a set by the reunited group earlier this month, it seems like it would've been great.

The '80s band -- featuring original members Boy George, bass player Mikey Craig, drummer Jon Moss and guitarist/keyboardist Roy Hay -- performed at a star-studded charity event November 1 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.  "It was a tough crowd because it was lots of famous people -- Kanye West, Kim Kardashian and Leonardo DiCaprio, to name a few," George told ABC News Radio last week. "And we got them up, so that's always a result -- if you can get a tough room like that to at least look in your direction, you're halfway there!"

George added that he couldn't resist poking fun at the crowd, which also included Jennifer Lopez, Demi Moore, Ryan Seacrest, Cindy Crawford and Anjelica Huston.  "I said, 'It's really hard when you're not the most famous person in the room.  I feel for you!'" he laughed.  "I think everybody looked up from their gin and tonics at that point," added Craig.

It's amazing that the canceled tour -- which George said he's "devastated" about in a posting on the band's Facebook page -- got scheduled in the first place, though, given Culture Club's turbulent history of romantic drama, drugs and in-fighting.  But the band put their differences aside to not only book the tour, but to record a brand-new album, Tribes, which all the group's members are excited about.

"The thing is, human beings, that's what we do," George said, talking about what it was like to bury the hatchet with his band mates.  "You come back and you go, 'Hi, how are you?' It's all about who you are now.  I think that's really the answer, is that you kind of put the stuff in the past behind you and it's all about what's going on now.  And after a few days you realize, no one's really changed."

As for how the band manages their conflicts nowadays, Roy explained, "Communication's very important now...if someone has got something they want to vent about, they have to vent about it; and if we're wrong, hopefully we'll listen." 

Added Craig, "Problems occurred because people weren't kept in the loop -- now everybody's in the loop.  We got reams of emails coming through every day, so we're all in the loop!  So...there's still problems, but it's a little less!"

This would have been Culture Club's first U.S. tour in 14 years with all the original members, and George said he was particularly looking forward to bringing their hits and new music to their American fans.

"I've always kind of loved the sort of American enthusiasm.  It's a bigger place.  There's more people.  There's more opportunities," he told ABC News Radio.  "There's more to do.  You know, in England, there's really one radio station; in America you've got thousands of them and there's always a little door you can creep through, you know.  I just feel like America really is, for a band like us, the land of opportunity." 

George, who's been advised by doctors not to sing because of a vocal cord hemorrhage, told fans in his posting that touring is "a risk I just cannot take." 

He added, "I have already had a ton of wonderfully supportive message from fans...and I feel gutted to be letting people down...I know that those of you who love and support me will understand that this is a decision I just had to make.  I will definitely get better and see you all soon back on tour."


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Friday
Nov142014

Tyga Hires Drake’s Ex-Girlfriend to Star in “Make It Work” Video

Image Courtesy Pamela Littky/Universal

Tyga has made the latest chess move in his ongoing beef with Drake.

After expressing his disdain for Drizzy, Tyga has hired the Toronto rapper's ex-girlfriend, video vixen Dolicia Bryan, to star in his new video “Make It Work.”

The model confirmed the news by posting an Instagram photo of herself posing alongside Tyga, who has his had on her backside as she smiles for the camera.

“Make It Work” is rumored to be a diss track dedicated to Drake, including lyrics: “N***a never was my homie, b***hes know you corny n***a.”

The news comes shortly after Drake intentionally followed and liked a few Instagram pictures of Tyga’s baby momma Blac Chyna, whom Drizzy is said to have briefly dated before Tyga.


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Friday
Nov142014

Miley Cyrus & Patrick Schwarzenegger Share a Kiss and a Selfie 

Peter Kramer/NBCSeems those rumors about Miley Cyrus having a new man in her life are true.

MTV’s got a great shot of Miley and Patrick Schwarzenegger smooching Thursday night at a University of Southern California football game in L.A., while Patrick apparently takes a selfie, which he and Miley are later seen checking out on his phone.

Patrick -- yup, son of Arnold -- and Miley, both 21, were first rumored to be an item a few months ago, but have been seen out together a lot more lately.  Or maybe people are only noticing now.


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Friday
Nov142014

Charli XCX, One Direction, Meghan Trainor Join "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest" 

Credit: Bella HowardCharli XCX, One Direction and Meghan Trainor have all been added to the lineup of Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest, airing December 31 on ABC.

As previously reported, Taylor Swift will perform live from Times Square during the show, and Gavin DeGraw and Lady Antebellum will perform from Nashville.  Charli, 1D and Meghan will all be seen during the Hollywood Party portion of the telecast, hosted by Fergie.  In addition, Jenny McCarthy will return as Times Square correspondent on the show.  As always, Ryan Seacrest hosts and leads the traditional countdown to midnight.

The fun gets underway at 8 p.m. ET on New Year's Eve on ABC.


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Friday
Nov142014

Paramore's Hayley Williams to Be Honored at "Billboard's" Women in Music Awards Gala 

Image Courtesy of ABC/Lou RoccoBillboard will present its first-ever Trailblazer award to Paramore frontwoman Hayley Williams at the publication's upcoming Women in Music Awards gala, scheduled for December 12 in New York City.

"I can remember a time when I would've been made fun of for doing things differently. Now I'm getting an award for it? This is too much. I’m so excited!" says Williams in a statement. "There are women in this industry who totally bulldozed walls down for the likes of me to come along and do what I believe in. I want to be that for even one girl in the future. I can't wait for the event next month and to high-five some of my sisters in music."

Paramore's latest full-length album, 2013's self-titled release, was their first record to hit the number one spot on the Billboard 200. Paramore also reached the top spot on the Alternative Albums and the Top Rock Albums charts.

That success flowed into 2014 with their single "Ain't It Fun," which gave Paramore their first number-one appearance on the Hot Rock Songs chart. Over the summer, they co-headlined a massive tour with Fall Out Boy.

Williams joins pop stars Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande plus Frozen star Idina Menzel as honorees at the event. Grande will receive the Rising Star award, Menzel gets the Breakthrough Artist of the Year trophy, and Swift is Billboard's Woman of the Year, for a second time.


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Friday
Nov142014

Bring Me the Horizon, Chvrches Hit New Peaks on "Billboard's" Hot Rock Songs

Images Courtesy of Jakob Printzlau, Eliot HazelSoundtracks have helped Bring Me the Horizon and Chvrches make their best marks on the Billboard Hot Rock Songs chart. Bring Me the Horizon makes their first appearance ever on the chart with "Drown," which appears on the new, reimagined soundtrack for the film, Drive, which was assembled by Zane Lowe. "Drown" debuts at number 11 on the Hot Rock Songs chart.

Chvrches also appear on the new Drive soundtrack, but their appearance on the Hot Rock Songs chart comes from a different source. Their song "Dead Air," which appears on the Lorde-curated The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 soundtrack, hit number twenty-four on the chart. That position beats Chvrches previous peak -- "The Mother We Share" topped out at number 30.

Drive was aired in the U.K. with the new soundtrack on October 30. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 soundtrack will be released in full November 17.


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Friday
Nov142014

Culture Club Show Before Canceled Tour Was Enough to Impress Kim, Kanye & Leo

Credit: Dean StockingsIt's a pity that Culture Club was forced to cancel their upcoming North American tour due to Boy George's vocal problems: based on how a roomful of A-list stars reacted to a set by the reunited group earlier this month, it seems like it would've been great.

The '80s band -- featuring original members Boy George, bass player Mikey Craig, drummer Jon Moss and guitarist/keyboardist Roy Hay -- performed at a star-studded charity event November 1 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.  "It was a tough crowd because it was lots of famous people -- Kanye West, Kim Kardashian and Leonardo DiCaprio, to name a few," George told ABC News Radio last week. "And we got them up, so that's always a result -- if you can get a tough room like that to at least look in your direction, you're halfway there!"

George added that he couldn't resist poking fun at the crowd, which also included Jennifer Lopez, Demi Moore, Ryan Seacrest, Cindy Crawford and Anjelica Huston.  "I said, 'It's really hard when you're not the most famous person in the room.  I feel for you!'" he laughed."  "I think everybody looked up from their gin and tonics at that point," said Mikey.

It's amazing that the canceled tour, which George said he's "devastated" about in a posting on the band's Facebook page, got scheduled in the first place, though, given Culture Club's turbulent history of romantic drama, drugs and in-fighting.  But the band put their differences aside to not only book the tour, but to record a brand-new album, Tribes, which all the band members are excited about.

"The thing is, human beings, that's what we do," George said, talking about what it was like to bury the hatchet with his band mates. "You come back and you go, 'Hi, how are you?' It's all about who you are now. I think that's really the answer, is that, you know, you kind of put the stuff in the past behind you and it's all about what's going on now.  And after a few days you realize, no one's really changed."

As for how the band manages their conflicts nowadays, Roy explained, "Communication's very important now....if someone has got something they want to vent about, they have to vent about it; and if we're wrong, hopefully we'll listen." 

"Problems occurred because people weren't kept in the loop -- now everybody's in the loop," Mikey added. "We got reams of emails coming through every day, so we're all in the loop! So...there's still problems, but it's a little less!"

This would have been Culture Club's first U.S. tour in 14 years with all the original members, and George said he was particularly looking forward to bringing their hits and new music to their American fans.

"I've always kind of loved the sort of American enthusiasm.  It's a bigger place.  There's more people.  There's more opportunities," he told ABC News Radio. "There's more to do.  You know, in England, there's really one radio station; in America you've got thousands of them and there's always a little door you can creep through, you know.  I just feel like America really is, for a band like us, the land of opportunity." 

George, who's been advised by doctors not to sing because of a vocal cord hemorrhage, told fans in his posting that touring is "a risk I just cannot take." 

He added, "I have already had a ton of wonderfully supportive message from fans...and I feel gutted to be letting people down...I know that those of you who love and support me will understand that this is a decision I just had to make. I will definitely get better and see you all soon back on tour."


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Friday
Nov142014

Joe Walsh, Joan Jett Among Stars Featured in Tonight's Episode of Foo Fighters' "Sonic Highways" Series

Image Courtesy of Andrew MacphersonJoe Walsh will be among the well-known musicians featured in the latest episode of the Foo Fighters' HBO documentary series, Sonic Highways, which will focus on the history of Los Angeles' music scene.  The Eagles guitarist will appear in interview segments and also will be shown lending his talents to a new Foo Fighters song, "Outside," that the band recorded at the Rancho de la Luna studio in Joshua Tree, California.

Other artists lined up to appear in the show this week are Joan Jett, who burst on the L.A. music scene as a teenager with the all-girl group The Runaways, and Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme.  In addition, surviving Doors members Robby Krieger and John Densmore, who were seen briefly in the Austin, Texas, edition of Sonic Highways last week, are expected to show up in the new episode too.

Each episode of the Sonic Highways series premieres on HBO on Friday at 11 p.m. ET/PT.  The show chronicles the making of the Foo Fighters' just-released album of the same name, which the band recorded in different studios in cities across America.  Each program also profiles the musical history of the city the Foo Fighters' are visiting.


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Friday
Nov142014

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the name of Justin Moore's hometown in Arkansas? ANSWER: Poyen.


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Friday
Nov142014

Meghan Trainor, Fifth Harmony, Sara Bareilles & More Contribute Holiday Songs to New Xmas EP 

PRNewsFoto/Epic RecordsMeghan Trainor, Fifth Harmony, A Great Big World and Sara Bareilles are among the stars contributing holiday songs to I'll Be Home for Christmas, an EP due November 24 via Walmart, iTunes and all digital outlets.

The EP collects Christmas songs from artists on the Epic Records label, which has had a banner year.  Label boss L.A. Reid personally put together the track list for the disc, which features old favorites and some unexpected surprises.

Meghan Trainor has written, recorded and produced an original song, "I'll Be Home," for the collection, while Fifth Harmony contributes two songs: a remake of Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" and a Spanish version of "Silent Night," "Noche de Paz." 

'90s icon Fiona Apple sings "Frosty the Snowman," while Sara Bareilles teams up with her buddy Ingrid Michaelson for their own original duet, "Winter Song."  A Great Big World takes on the hilarious 1953 novelty tune "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas."  A version of "Sleigh Ride" by R&B singer Tamar Braxton rounds out the package.

You should start hearing Megan's song, and Fifth Harmony's Mariah cover, on the radio sometime after Thanksgiving.

 

Friday
Nov142014

Monica Predicts Keri Hilson's New Album Will Win Some Grammys

Image Courtesy Gomillion & Leupold/UniversalIts hard to believe that four years have passed since Keri Hilson released her sophomore album, No Boys Allowed, but it looks like she's making progress with her third studio effort.

Aside from teaming with Timbaland and Kanye West, Hilson recently collaborated with Monica, who offered praise for Keri's project via Instagram.

“I'm blessed to have a great support system as a woman, mother & artist!! This woman plays a major part @kerihilson in the studio & the music sounds AMAZZZZING !!" Monica wrote in the caption. "The Grammy behind her is so fitting because there's a few on the way!! #NewSoundGoingUp LOL #IJustStoppedByToReturnTheLove #HeadedOffToMySessionNow.”

Hilson later revealed via Twitter that Monica's visit to the recording studio led to an early morning collaboration. "Wow, came to visit me at the studio, heard a song she wants, and got in the booth at 6 AM!! I love it!

Friday
Nov142014

Eric Church's "Austin City Limits" Performance Premieres Saturday

Image Courtesy John Peets/Capitol NashvilleEric Church's performance on PBS's Austin City Limits premieres Saturday night at 9 ET. The show will be available for a limited time at PBS.org as well. Eric calls the show "iconic."

He says, "I grew up watching Austin City Limits, and it’s really cool to be a part of it. It’ll be something that we try to make sure we do something unique or different that allows that to live forever."

Eric's set includes his big hits "Smoke a Little Smoke," "Give Me Back My Hometown" and "Springsteen." Fan favorites "These Boots," "Sinners Like Me," and "Guys Like Me" round out the set list.

You can check out a preview of Eric singing "Drink in My Hand" now at PBS.org.


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Friday
Nov142014

Paramore's Hayley Williams to Be Honored at "Billboard's" Women in Music Awards Gala

ABC/Lou RoccoBillboard will present its first-ever Trailblazer award to Paramore's Hayley Williams, at the publication's upcoming Women in Music Awards gala, scheduled for December 12 in New York City.

Hayley joins her friend Taylor Swift, plus Ariana Grande and Idina Menzel, as honorees at the event.  As previously reported, Ariana will receive the Rising Star award, Idina gets the Breakthrough Artist of the Year trophy, and Taylor is Billboard's Woman of the Year, for a second time.

In a statement, Hayley says, "I can remember a time when I would've been made fun of for doing things differently. Now I'm getting an award for it? This is too much. I’m so excited!"  She adds, "There are women in this industry who totally bulldozed walls down for the likes of me to come along and do what I believe in. I want to be that for even one girl in the future. I can't wait for the event next month and to high-five some of my sisters in music."

This past year Hayley and Paramore scored their first-ever top 10 with "Ain't It Fun," and did a huge summer co-headlining tour with Fall Out Boy.

Still to come: the artists who'll be receiving the Billboard Icon Award and Country Artist of the Year Award at the event.


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Friday
Nov142014

Lorde Says Her "Mom" Comment About Naked Kim K. Photo Was Positive

Credit: Andrew WhittonLooks like the world just doesn't understand the way 18-year-old girls talk these days.  That's what Lorde is now saying about the misinterpretation of a comment she made about Kim Kardashian's naked photos for Paper magazine.

Lorde posted a link to the photos and wrote, "mom."  Many believed that Lorde was criticizing Kim, the mother of a young girl, for posing nude; Glee star Naya Rivera made essentially the same criticism.  But as Lorde explains on Tumblr, her comment was a thumbs-up to Kim, who's married to the man she calls her "hero," Kanye West.

"i retweeted kim’s amazing cover and wrote ‘MOM’, which among the youthz is a compliment; it basically jokingly means 'adopt me/be my second mom/i think of you as a mother figure you are so epic'(obviously i love my own mama and she is the best tho)," Lorde writes on Tumblr. "But straight after that, i think someone else called out the cover saying kim has no right to look that sexy as she is a mother which is TOTAL trash - why should that stop her?"

"if anything i think she gets even more beautiful and sexy all the time like a finea** wine, and of course has every right to showcase that - but i think our two comments got lumped in and also maybe reporters don’t understand my breed of humour/worship," Lorde continues.

Lorde then goes on to explain that she particularly appreciated the shoot because the photographer was Jean-Paul Goude.  He famously photographed one of Lorde's idols, model, actress and singer Grace Jones, half-naked and oiled up, back in the '80s.

"i am the biggest fan of jean-paul goude and of grace jones, as you know, and there’s no way i could support one and not the other you know?" Lorde writes. "it wouldn’t make any sense to worship [Rihanna] in her swarovski crystal gown at the CFDAs, or grace naked on the cover of [her album] island life (as shot by goude!), and not kim."

Lorde finishes by saying, "To summarize - kim’s cover was pure heaven. so so beautiful. i’m proud to say it’ll be on my wall."  She adds that she also, through "a mutual friend," explained her comment to Kim, to make sure she understood, and "she does and all is well."

Both Grace Jones and Kanye West appear on the soundtrack of The Hunger Games -- Mockingjay Part 1, which Lorde curated.


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Friday
Nov142014

Brantley Gilbert Reveals Fiancée

James MinchinWhen Brantley Gilbert announced his engagement last month, he didn't reveal his fiancée's name. However, he's now identified the lucky lady to People magazine.

Her name is Amber Cochran, and she's a schoolteacher from Gilbert's Georgia hometown whom he's known for many years. He tells People, "Amber is an amazing person and has inspired a lot of my songs from 'More than Miles' to 'You Don't Know Her Like I Do' for the last 10 years."

Gilbert adds, "I'm a blessed man to have her back in my life and can't wait to make her my wife."

Gilbert was previously engaged to fellow country star Jana Kramer, but they called it off in August 2013.


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Friday
Nov142014

Justin Bieber Ordered to Argentina for Questioning in Alleged Nightclub Assault

Ben WattsJustin Bieber has been ordered by a judge in Argentina to appear in the South American country within 60 days for questioning in connection with an incident at a Buenos Aires nightclub that occurred last year.

According to local news agency Telam, photographer Diego Pesoa claims he was assaulted by Justin's bodyguards outside the INK nightclub in November of 2013.

If Justin fails to appear in court in a timely fashion, his "capture" will be ordered, according to Telam.


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