Sugarland Takes A Timeout

There is some disappointing news for Sugarland fans. Jennifer Nettles has been struggling with voice problems since January and it has gotten to the point where the band has had to cancel several shows so she can take a bit of time and give her voice a rest. Nettles posted a video message to the fans letting them know the situation. She says, “I sang too much. And I blew my voice. It’s like a muscle. It’s like any other part of your body. If you sprain it or strain it, then you have to heal it, or else you will break it. And I don’t want to break it. I want us to come back out there and see you.” The band has been busy in the studio and on the road and that is what has caused the problem. The group was supposed to perform with Kenny Chesney this past Saturday and then with Keith Urban on Sunday and they had to cancel both shows. They had to cancel some shows back in 2008 as well as take about 10 days off in May of 09’ as well. How frustrating for Jennifer, the band and fans. Hopefully some well needed rest will help.

Good news for Keifer Sutherland. All charges have been dropped in that unusual head butting case back in May. It was said that Keifer bashed heads with someone after he accidently bumped into Brooke Shields at an after party. Keifer had been charged with 3rd degree assault from the incident. The D.A. said, “We declined to prosecute after a full investigation, and that included speaking to the complaining witness who was quite uncooperative. Therefore the D.A. declined to prosecute.” It appears that Keifer and Jack McCullough the man who bumped into Brooke worked it out amongst themselves and this also led to the charges been dropped against him. Good news for Keifer considering he is in the midst of serving a 5 year probation sentence from a D.U.I charge back in 2007.

Marc Anthony loves his Miami Dolphins. In fact he loves them so much he is now a minority owner of the football team. One of the new main owners of the team, Stephen Ross, an entrepreneur, wants to focus on rebranding the team and he feels a way to fill up the stadium is “with a blend of entertainment and winning football.” Sound like a smart plan to me. Gloria Estefan and her husband are minority owners in the team as well. Speaking of blending entertainment with football…Marc Anthony will sing the national anthem at the game on October 12th against the New York Jets. The game will be televised on ESPN’s “Monday Night Football.”
Who starts these rumors anyway? Yesterday it was reported that Jamie Kennedy proposed to his girlfriend, Jennifer Love Hewitt (from the Ghost Whisperer), while performing in California at the Laugh Factory. Both Kennedy’s and Hewitt’s reps are saying that “there is no truth to the report.” Jennifer did say in a recent interview that “by this time next year, if we’re not planning something, then there’s a situation.” They are a sweet couple; I hope he does pop the question.

You may not be surprised by this statement but I do not think Lady Gaga is going to be winning any fashion awards. In fact she better be careful, because the fashion police might just arrest her at any given moment. The other day though she wore a doozie during an interview in Germany. She was wearing a top made completely of Kermit the frog stuffed toys. It was atrocious….there was even a frog on her head. Take a look. How she left her house in this and then appeared on TV, I just do not even understand, but hey that is just my opinion. What do you think?

CMT Award Winners

You just never know where life will take you. Former broken hearted bachelorette, Melissa Rycroft has danced her way to a new job on ABC. Melissa will be a special contributor on “Good Morning America”. Melissa will appear on GMA 8 times throughout the summer “bringing lighthearted, uplifting  and fun stories to GMA”. That sounds just perfect for the girl next door who won America’s hearts even if she couldn’t win Jason Mesnick’s from “The Bachelor”.

It seems that its 3 strikes and you’re out for Billy Joel and his third wife, Katie Lee. The two are amicably calling it quits after 5 years of marriage. Katie is 27 and Joel is 60. Katie has been spotted on several occasions with an Israeli fashion designer, Yigal Azrouel who is 36.  The final word also seems to be in for T. R. Knight from “Grey’s Anatomy”. His return to the show has been in question and after the shows season finale it looked grim for the doctor who was unrecognizable after being hit by a bus, but anything is possible in TV land. As of this week however, he has been released from his contract. Still unknown though is the fate of Katherine Heigl, and like T.R Knight the finale left her return very questionable as she was unconscious and being resuscitated after her battle with cancer. So we still have to wait and see. I for one will miss George and although I do not love Izzy, she is part of the show and I hate to see her go, and how sad will the show become if everyone is mourning the loss of George and Izzy for the season?

Brad Paisley and Taylor Swift won big at the CMT awards. These awards are based on fan votes and let’s just say they love Brad and 19 year old Taylor. Swift won  Video of the Year Award and Female Video of the year for “Love Story” , while Paisley won Male Video of the Year Award, Collaborative Video of the Year award for “Start a Band” with Keith Urban, and CMT Performer of the Year. Rascal Flatts won Group Video of the Year for “Everyday” for the 7th year in a row and Sugarland won Duo Video of the Year for “All I Want To Do” for the 3rd time. Zac Brown Band won the USA Weekend Breakthrough Video of the Year for “Chicken Fried” and Kid Rock won Wide Open Country Video of the Year for “All Summer Long”. There were some great performances as you can imagine.  Lady Antebellum sang “Lookin’ For A Good Time”, Taylor Swift sang “You Belong With Me”, Brad Paisley sang “Then”, and Dierks Bentley sang “Sideways” and Darius Rucker sang “Alright”. So it was a fun filled night of great music and great winners.

Just wanted to give you and update on the cause of death of Mia Farrow’s brother. The autopsy determined that Patrick Farrow died from a “self inflicted gunshot to the head.” That was quite a shocker to read about. How sad for him and his family.       

Keith Urban Talks About Baby Rumors

Keith Urban speaks out about the baby adoption rumors that have been swirling around.  During a radio interview for a Tampa Bay station, Keith says that the rumors about him and wife Nicole Kidman adopting a baby from Vietnam are completely untrue, and he has no idea how stories like this even get started. He also goes on to say that Nicole is not pregnant either. Keith does talk about how his concert tour which has an element of reality TV added to it. Cameras are following the country star around at all times and then the footage is being shown during his concerts on the jumbo screen. That is a nice touch; I think it would be interesting to see a day in the life of Keith Urban.

“Britain’s Got Talent”, Susan Boyle seems to have fully recovered from exhaustion and is ready to hit the road. Susan has gone from an everyday person to overnight success and are you ready for this, is charging $190,000 to play a 3 song set at corporate events around the world. Has anyone told Susan’s people about the state of the economy and businesses are cutting back?? Susan is currently on tour with “Britain’s Got Talent” Love Tour and the audiences love her….ok, I get that and she has a great voice but $190,000 for 3 songs which is basically 12 minutes on stage???? In other reality show music news…Bo Bice, from “American Idol” and his wife are expecting baby # 3 at the end of January.  He is cranking out kids as quickly as he is cranking out new tunes. Bo and his wife have just been married 4 years and have a 3 1/2 year old and 9 month old and a newbie on the way.
This weekend was the big 8th Annual Bonnaroo Music Festival in Tennessee. It is kind of a throwback to the 1960’s and hippies times with the fans camping out on the grounds. There were big bands and small bands, over 100 in all, from all throughout the country and through the rainy muddy and hot sticky weather in Manchester, Tennessee, the fans were not disappointed. There was the Phish who played Friday and Sunday night doing 3 hour shows and Bruce Springsteen and his band that played for 3 hours as well. Springsteen played his classics as well as taking requests; one fan even asked him to sing “Santa Clause is Coming to Town”. Nine Inch Nails was there as well as the Beastie Boys and David Byrne. Some other fun people who joined the fun were Elvis Costello, Animal Collective, Wilco and Merle Haggard. The fun thing about a festival like this is that you get all these great bands together that are truly so different from each other. You could just tell people were here enjoying the music and the atmosphere. You can see for yourself next Saturday on the Fuse channel which will show parts of the show from this weekend.

After 2 years and two kids, Usher and his wife Tameka are heading to divorce court. The couple has 2 young children Usher Raymond V. who is 18 months old, and Naviyd who is just 6 months old. Tameka has 3 other children from a previous marriage. It is not all sad news for Usher, he is in the studio working on his new album “Monster”, which is due out in the fall plus he just shot a scene in the new Ashton Kutcher Katherine Heigl movie, “Five Killers”.

New Reality Show for Jessica Simpson

Here comes another new reality TV show and this one is being spear headed by Jessica Simpson. After the ordeal she went through personally when she wore those high waited unflattering jeans and the “body bullying” she experienced she has come up with the idea for her new show. At the moment the title is “The Price of Beauty. The plan is that she would travel around the world in order to find out “what people find beautiful and why”. She would take a friend and they would head out on this great road trip and find the answers to these questions. They would also delve into taking a look at some of the outrageous things women go through and do to themselves to look beautiful. Jessica would be taking a very active role in the show and feels that this is a very important topic to learn more about and make people more aware. At this time that is about all the details that are out there.

Big congratulations go out to Mr. George Strait who has been named artist of the decade by the Academy of Country Music. You can watch the show on CBS this Wednesday. It is an all star country music event with performances by all your favorites. Faith Hill and hubby Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Taylor Swift and Martina McBride are just a few of the greats that you can see perform. This is quite a big award, since only 4 other people have been recipients, including, Marty Robbins, Alabama and Brooks and Loretta Lynn.

Well if you have been waiting to hear first hand from Chris Brown, the time has finally come. Chris who has a new album, “Graffiti”, coming out soon, has made a short video along with his friend Bow Wow. Chris is excited about his album and is ready to get back out there and put all the bad stuff behind him. Chris says “Everybody that’s haters, they just been haters. All my real fans, I love you all. I ain’t a monster.”Hmmm…doesn’t sound like an apology of any kind to me? You can see it for yourself and be the judge. It sounds like he wants to sell some albums and hopes he still has a few fans out there. The investigation to his case with Rihanna is still ongoing and could even be dismissed. That would be a shame, but it seems that police misconduct could have played a role and if that was the case the whole thing could just go away. There is another hearing today so we will just have to wait and hear what comes out of that.

Sad sad news on the story I told you about yesterday that involved Mike Tyson’s 4 year old daughter. After somehow getting tangled up and strangled by a cord on the family’s treadmill, the little girl did pass away after being on life support.  In a statement from Tyson, he says”We are grateful for the tremendous outpouring of love and prayers from all over the world. There are no words to describe this tragic loss or our beloved Exodus. We ask you now to please respect our need at this very difficult time for privacy to grieve and try to help each other heal”. The mother’s name has not been released and she had been doing some house cleaning at the time of the accident.       

A New American Idol

A new “American Idol” has been crowned and it was a shocker… Kris Allen won it all with almost 100 million votes being cast, an all time record for the show. Kris Allen, the 23 year old home town boy from Arkansas was just a surprised to hear he beat out favorite Adam Lambert who had been predicted to win. Kris started out slow and just continued to get stronger and stronger each week and the fans loved that. And holey moley, did you check out bikini girl, Katrina Darrell and judge Kara DioGuardi – what a duo the two made. Not only did the two sing, they also showed off those bodies. Katrina showed it off the whole time but Judge #4 did it quick. Let’s just say she is definitely ready for bathing suit season. It was a fun night with great performances and duets. Adam got down with Kiss and sang an awesome medley, while Kris and Keith Urban had a blast singing “Kiss A Girl”.  I have to say although I felt bad for Adam it was nice to actually be surprised. And after seeing what other Idol non winners have been up to I am sure he will be just fine and very successful.

Good news for Natalie Cole – she successfully had the kidney transplant that she so desperately needed after being diagnosed with hepatitis C over a year ago. Cole had been getting dialysis since September, 3 times each week and had hoped that her son would be able to be a donor for her, however she ended up getting her kidney from a deceased organ donor. She is going to need about 3 – 4 months to recuperate and this means she is going to have to reschedule her concert dates that she had planned for the summer.

Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez are breathing a collective sigh of relief now that the Jonas Brothers have come out publicly and announced that their new song, “Poison Ivy”, is not about anyone in particular. The song is about toxic relationships and Nick Jonas says “It’s a song about how something may not be too good for you, but you keep going back to it because you can’t resist the urge, the itch, to go back to the person.” Nick also says that “Sometimes when we write songs, it’s not something we’ve been through. It’s something that we’ve seen someone else go through” and then we write a song about it. Glad the boys aren’t slamming any of their famous ex’s.

The big season 5 premiere of Jon and Kate plus 8 is almost here.   The premiere which will air May 25 on TLC will address some of the marital issues that the couple has been experiencing. A clip has been released and I have to say it should be an interesting season. At the moment it seems that Jon has been banished to an apartment over the garage of their new million dollar home. The rumors are just swirling, between Jon’s alleged affair with a 23 year old, and Kate’s alleged affair with her bodyguard, and the newest information that in a 3 month period, the hard to work for perfectionist fired 40 employees. This is a family in turmoil and we have a front row seat, can you even imagine everyone involved in your business like that and talking about you ALL the time??

Check Out Cher in a See Through Bodysuit

Big honors for the country duo Brooks and Dunn along with Dierks Bentley who were honored in Sydney Australia for promoting their country music abroad. They were honored by the Country Music Association and Bentley actually won the International Artist Achievement Award. So it was a pretty big achievement for all of them. In the past some winners have included Keith Urban, Shania Twain, Dwight Yokam, the Dixie Chicks and Trisha Yearwood. Congratulations guys!

I have to admit this is getting a bit ridiculous. There are new rumors swirling around the Gosselin family of “Jon and Kate Plus 8”. This time the rumors are aimed at Kate saying that she is having a “more – than- platonic” relationship with the body guard that travels with her and her family. How ironic that this is being said right after all the stuff they are dealing with from her husband’s alleged indiscretions. Honestly they are the “it family” at the moment and it seems that the paparazzi just can’t leave them alone. Kate is fighting mad and in an exclusive interview with People Magazine, says these are just complete lies. She does say that yes they are friends with the people around them like their body guards, publicist, managers etc. because that is who they spend a lot of time with and these work relationships naturally evolve into friendships. She is also very upset and scared that they will lose the friends that they do have because the paparazzi are camped out at their houses. Kate feels that, hey we signed up for this, (we may not like it but it was our choice to put ourselves in the public eye) but their friends did not and it’s just not fair to them. I have to say I am a fan of the show and feel bad for Kate. Who knows what is really going on in her marriage but regardless; she is raising 8 kids and doing the best she can under the circumstances. She is just a regular mom so really, give her a break. Can you even imagine having your life – the good, bad, and ugly played out in front of millions? How did this sweet little show about her sweet kids turn into this? I am sure she asking herself the same thing.

Do you remember Shirley Jones from the Partridge Family? Well if you can believe it she is 75 and looks fabulous. In fact yesterday there was some talk that she was in talks with Playboy Magazine to pose nude. However Playboy has said that is not true, she will not be posing nude. If she had she would have been the oldest woman to do so for the magazine. So Nancy Sinatra will still hold that record posing at 54 along with Farrah Fawcett and Joan Collins who did it at the age of 50. And speaking of some of our favorite aging celebrities, Cher performed this weekend in Las Vegas and appeared in a black see through body suit just like the one she wore almost 20 years ago when she did her “Turn Back Time Video”.  And it looks like if anyone can turn back time it is Cher…she looked amazing and it was hard to even believe she is 62 years old.

Who do you think is going to be this year’s “American Idol” Winner? Simon Cowell told Oprah Winfrey on Monday that he thinks it will be Adam Lambert. It’s hard to believe the season finale is next week already and along with Simon, Randy Jackson is also predicting that Adam will be the winner. We shall see. Tune in tonight for the semi finals and we will see if these guys are right.    

Beatles Reunion

Tonight is Country music’s big night and all the stars are headed to Las Vegas for the 44th Academy of Country Music Awards. The show will air live tonight on CBS at 8:00 so tune in to see all the big winners (and losers.) IT should be a great show with scheduled performances by Rascal Flatts, Sugarland, Toby Keith and Taylor Swift, and as I mentioned earlier this week Miley Cyrus will be on stage singing “The Climb” from her new Hannah Montana movie. Reba McEntire will be hosting the event for her 11th time.  There is big competition tonight for the Entertainer of the Year award. Carrie Underwood is the sole woman up against 4 men in this category. She is competing against George Strait, Brad Paisley, Kenny Chesney and Keith Urban.  I am personally hoping she can do it and beat those 4 men…good luck Carrie; you have had an amazing year!

It looks like 3 year old Mercy James from Malawi will not be going home with Madonna as planned but is going back to the orphanage. First the judge rejected the adoption claim based on the fact that Madonna hadn’t been a resident in Malawi for the 18 -24 months requirement before adopting. As one can imagine Madonna was very upset and has already started the appeal process, but Lourdes as well, was devastated by the turn of events. In addition to that, it seems that the baby’s biological father has stepped forward. James Kambewa is claiming he is the baby’s father and he never knew that she was alive. After getting the baby’s 15 year old mother pregnant he fled. The baby’s mother then died several days after the baby was born and Kambewa said he thought the baby had died as well. So now he is back and claiming that he wants his daughter. HE of course will need to take a DNA test to see if he is indeed that father and then he says he will be ready to meet Mercy. So we will just have to wait and see what happens. All I have to say is regardless of the new information about the father, why would the government make you be a resident for so long? I just feel that if there is better opportunities for these children besides living in the orphanage why make it so difficult? Absolutely, take some time and make sure you have a good family to adopt these children but asking perspective parents to live in the country for almost 2 years seems a lot to ask and who knows what other requirements there are. Hey Madonna can adopt me. Regardless what you think of her and Angelina Jolie they are truly helping these children and giving them a better life then they have in an orphanage. I just think anyone who is willing to bring these children into their lives and try to provide a better life them should be commended.  
It was a night to remember at David Lynch’s “Change Begins Within” concert and benefit at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall this weekend. Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr both performed solo sets during the night. Paul was actually headline the show and after his set he did what everyone hoped he would….he called up his old friend Ringo and the two performed on stage together for the first time in 6 years. How cool is that??  The two sang “With a Little Help From My Friends”, “Cosmically Conscious” and “I Saw Her Standing There”. I bet that was incredible not only to hear them together but to see them together as well. The event was a bit out there but I guess that is no surprise with David Lynch. He organized the event to increase awareness and funds for his foundation for “Consciousness – Based Education and World Peace, a charity that works to promote the late Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s Transcendental Meditation technique. A lot of stars and performers showed up to show their support including Howard Stern, Jerry Seinfeld, Sheryl Crow, Eddie Vedder, Moby.