May 01, 2013 7:02pm EST
Kid Rock, Brad Paisley and Alan Jackson are among the stars who will perform at George Jones' funeral in Nashville, Tennessee on Thursday (02May13). The 81-year-old country music icon passed away in hospital on Friday (26Apr13), and the cream of country music will head to The Grand Ole Opry House to pay their respects to the veteran.
A post on Jones' website reveals Kenny Chesney, Charlie Daniels, Vince Gill, Wynonna Judd and Randy Travis are also among the stars who will perform or speak at the ceremony, while former U.S. First Lady Laura Bush will also step up to remember the legend.
Jones' publicist Kirt Webster states, "The calibre of speakers and performers is a testament to what George Jones meant to everyone in the world. (Wife) Nancy is overwhelmed by the love and support of not only George's fans, but also the music community, public figures and friends."
A private memorial for Jones' loved ones and fellow performers is scheduled to take place on Wednesday evening (01May13).
April 29, 2013 2:24pm EST
Stars took to the stage at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee on Friday night (26Apr13) for a radio broadcast that became a tribute to the late George Jones. Friday and Saturday (27Apr13) night's live shows were full of memories of the music of Jones, who died last week (26Apr13).
Kristen Kelly, Mark Chesnutt, Jimmy Newman, bluegrass singer Rhonda Vincent and gospel star Jason Crabb were among the locals who performed the singer/songwriter's classics and Brad Paisley made a surprise appearance to honour his old friend with a medley of Jones hits.
Jones was also remembered by the acts at the Stagecoach Festival in Indio, California, where Toby Keith, Joe Nichols and Trace Adkins saluted the late singer with songs.
Jones' public funeral will take place on Thursday morning (02May13) at the Grand Ole Opry.
April 26, 2013 5:05pm EST
Tributes continue to pour in for country music legend George Jones following his death on Friday (26Apr13). Keith Urban, Faith Hill, Blake Shelton and Sheryl Crow were among the first country stars to offer their thoughts about the icon's passing, and now Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley have added their respects to the He Stopped Loving Her Today singer.
Underwood posted a snapshot of her posing with Jones on a motorbike and wrote, "Happy memory of me and George. You may have left us, but your music and your legacy never will," while her longtime pal and former tour mate Paisley added, "My friend, the greatest singer of all time, has passed.To those who knew him, our lives were full. To those of you who don't: discover him now."
As the music world mourned Jones' death, country stars like Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers and Alan Jackson also remembered the singer, with Jackson tweeting, "Heaven better get ready for George Jones. He will always be the greatest singer of real country music - there’ll never be another."
Meanwhile, Jason Aldean offered, "So sad to hear about the passing of George Jones today. Country music has lost one of our pioneers and legendary icons. You will never be forgotten." And Sugarland star Jennifer Nettles added, "'ll never forget the first time I heard the story in He Stopped Loving Her Today. RIP George Jones. Country Legend. U will be missed."
Other tributes came from Joe Nichols, Bo Bice, Clay Walker and Kings of Leon's Nathan Followill, who tweeted, "Taking my gal dancing tonight. There will be multiple adult beverages drank in Mr Jones honor."
Jones, who died in Nashville, Tennessee, was known as "the greatest voice in country music". He was preparing to bow out of seven decades as an entertainer with a series of final shows at the time of his death.
A final Nashville concert in November (13) was scheduled to feature Keith Richards, Garth Brooks, Kid Rock and Kenny Rogers.
April 24, 2013 6:33am EST
Country star Brad Paisley will join his actress wife Kimberly Williams-Paisley on the small screen after signing up to shoot a cameo appearance on her hit U.S. series Nashville. The singer will play himself and perform alongside Connie Britton in the upcoming first season finale.
April 23, 2013 10:07pm EST
Population in Lochte Nation is Dwindling: Apparently, not that many people are interested in learning what Ryan Lochte would do, or has been doing, since the Olympics. Ratings for his new E! reality show, What Would Ryan Lochte Do?, were pretty abysmal. Only 807,000 people tuned in to the show's Sunday premiere. Maybe they were just watching Game of Thrones instead — the HBO drama scored its highest ratings yet, pulling in 4.9 million viewers. [The Hollywood Reporter]
A Pitch Perfect Reunion: Following in the footsteps of the MTV Movie Awards' big Pitch Perfect reunion, TBS is getting the cast back together in its new comedy pilot, Ground Floor. The a cappella comedy's leading man, Skylar Astin, stars in the new TBS show, which has just cast one of The Bellas' resident hotties in a supporting role. Alexis Knapp will play a party girl coworker of Astin's love interest, Briga Heelan. [Deadline]
Storm's a-Brewin' in Malibu Country: The ABC comedy Malibu Country is on the bubble in terms of its renewal chances, and there's even more trouble afoot for the freshman show. Nastaran Dibai, the sitcom's second showrunner (who took over after the creator headed to rehab in November), will not return for Season 2. [Deadline]
Casting Couch: Nashville's faux country stars will mingle with a real-life superstar when "Accidental Racist" Brad Paisley guests on the ABC drama. Just how did the casting department land him? It could possibly have something to do with the fact that he's married to Kimberly Williams-Paisley, who plays Peggy Kenter, the other woman in Rayna and Teddy's crumbling marriage. [TVLine]
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April 18, 2013 11:36am EST
When Brad Paisley and LL Cool J's baffling, culturally insensitive, and totally racist rap/country duet "Accidental Racist" hit the web a week-and-a-half ago, everyone had something to say about it, from its detractors to its defenders (including Mr. Cool J himself who said he was "proud" of the message in the collaboration). But leave it to Stephen Colbert to cut the crap and get to the real problem at the core of "Accidental Racist": "This song suuuuuuuucks."
During Wednesday night's episode of The Colbert Report, the host — who considers himself something of a country music and Paisley aficionado ("He writes a lot of his songs inspired by validating his identity at websites") — was inspired to write his own awful song that also speaks the language of "universal suckage."
So Colbert, along with his rap collaborator, openly gay actor Alan Cumming (who knew he was a rapper?!) debuted their own duet called "Oopsie-Daisy Homophobe" with such inspired lyrics as, "I hope you understand when I told you 'God hates f**s' the only thing I meant to say was I'm a Skynyrd fan" and "Hey Mr. Straight Man I wish you understood/What it's like to live in the world when you look this good."
Much like LL Cool J and Paisley's agreement to not judge his gold chains and forgive and forget about that whole slavery thing, if you don't judge Cummings' tight pants, he'll let it slide that you're a "certified titty fan". So many social issues resolved this month! Watch the hilarious, not-sucky "Oopsie-Daisy Homophobe" here:
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April 17, 2013 2:13pm EST
Rockers Paramore have scored their first number one album in America. The group, fronted by colourful Hayley Williams, leads a string of debuts to the Billboard 200 top 10 with its new self-titled release, which bows at number one with 106,000 first-week sales.
The album just pipped Brad Paisley's Wheelhouse to the top spot by 6,000 sales. Paisley's new release is his fourth successive number two debut on the countdown, tying Sheryl Crow for the most number twos without a chart-topper.
Meanwhile, Justin Timberlake's former number one, The 20/20 Experience, slides to number three and Blake Shelton's Based on a True Story holds onto the number four spot. Eric Church's Caught in the Act: Live debuts at five.
Other new entries in the top 10 are Tyga, who bows at seven with Hotel California; rockers Volbeat, who debut Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies at number nine, and Stone Sour, who return to the top 10 at 10 with House of Gold & Bones, Pt. 2.
Meanwhile, Pink returns to the top of the singles chart with her fourth number one.
Just Give Me a Reason rises from three to one on the Hot 100, leapfrogging Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' Thrift Shop, which stays put at two, while last week's chat-topper, Bruno Mars' When I Was Your Man slides to three.
South Korean pop star Psy is making another charge for the top of the charts with his follow up to Gangnam Style - his Gentleman debuts at number 12 on the countdown, thanks to 27,000 downloads since its release online on Friday (12Apr13).
The video for the song has already been viewed by more than 125 million people worldwide on YouTube.com.
April 14, 2013 12:47pm EST
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April 14, 2013 6:46am EST
Rapper Ll Cool J and country star Brad Paisley poked fun at the furore surrounding their controversial duet Accidental Racist during a skit on U.S. show Saturday Night Live. The duo made headlines this week (begs08Apr13) after releasing the track, about modern-day racial tensions in the U.S.
Critics accused the stars of trivialising the legacy of slavery, but both musicians spoke out to defend the song, and they addressed the topic once again as they appeared on Saturday night's (13Apr13) comedy sketch show.
In a mock interview with anchor Seth Meyers, LL Cool J declared, "We did it, racism's over!"
Paisley added, "What I wanted to do was show folks the gritty racial reality of a man at Starbucks talking to his barista."
The country singer also said, "We know the song's not perfect," to which the rapper joked, "It's not even good. Musically or lyrically. All we're trying to do is start a conversation."
Vince Vaughn gave a monologue on the show and made the audience part of his skit.
He told the crowd, "The most important people that are here tonight is not the cast, it's not the writers, it's not the crew and contrary to popular belief it's not me... the most important people here tonight is the audience. I wanna make sure that we're all on the same page... make sure we're off to the right start."
He then went into the audience to jokingly confiscate a man's cell phone and eject two members of the crowd.
April 13, 2013 11:06am EST
Every week, Hollywood gives us something to whine about, and the week of April 1 was no different. We could make a drinking game out of this week, but that would be too dangerous. Instead, we'll stick to the usual formula: varying levels of alcoholic respite depending on how bothersome the week's issues are. Is your biggest complaint this week a flimsy one? How about a light cocktail to take the edge off? Got a real bone to pick with a celeb or entertainment entity this week? Go ahead, grab a drink that'll put hair on your chest. Here are the week's entertainment stories that are forcing us to seek a bubbly or boozy refuge. And maybe an idea or two about how you should wash them down.
Relax With a Glass of Shiraz
North Korea puts fashion over function. Yes, actually. Just look at the uniforms these female soldiers on patrol have to wear while marching back and forth along a river bank.
Taylor Swift credits Diet Coke as the inspiration for "22." At least that's what it seems like in her new commercial. But Taylor, what are all your ex boyfriends going to think?
We're a little worried we won't like this new Breaking Bad spinoff.We'll move this down to the heavy drinking section if our apprehensions turn into real problems.
Split the Bottle? Sure, Why Not?
"Hottest Celebs" lists aren't enough anymore. Now we have to measure "f**kability." Gross.
Star Trek Into Darkness broke the Internet. Okay, it crashed the IMAX advanced sales site, but does this mean we're not going to be able to get tickets that first week? NERDS!
This is the worst American Idol performance, maybe ever. Luckily, this kid was sent packing where he won't have to endure four famous people telling him that every week.
Go The F**k To Sleep is actually becoming a movie. And it will run longer than 15 minutes. And it will be for kids. We're confused.
Ha. You Think Wine is Going to Cut It?
Michelle Williams has the worst haircut ever. If this is how she reacts to breaking up with Jason Segel, maybe they should just get back together and all will be right in the world again.
Barbie just broke a little girl's heart. All she wanted was a birthday party with black Barbie party supplies, but apparently, that was too much to ask.
The best apology we've seen for "Accidental Racist" was "It's not perfect." Understatement of the year, LL Cool J.
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