Country singer Justin Moore has become a father for the third time. The Til My Last Day hitmaker and his wife, Kate, welcomed their third daughter on Monday (14Jul14).
Moore announced the happy news in a statement which reads: "We're very excited to welcome Rebecca Klein Moore into the world. Both Mom and Klein are healthy."
The couple's new daughter joins sisters Kennedy Faye, two, and Ella Kole, four.
Moore adds, "Her two older sisters helped with her first bath and are thrilled to have a little sister! We are blessed."
Moore and his wife have been married since 2007.
Rapper will.i.am has scored his 10th number one in the U.K. singles chart with It's My Birthday. The Black Eyed Peas star's new song, featuring Cody Wise, has shot to the top of the countdown, knocking Ariana Grande's Problem into second place.
Coming in at number three is Ella Henderson's Ghost, while The Vamps' Somebody To You and George Ezra's Budapest round out the top five, in fourth and fifth place, respectively.
Meanwhile, in the U.K. albums chart, Ed Sheeran's X holds on to the number one spot for the third week in a row.
Manic Street Preachers' Futurology is new at two, followed by Dolly Parton's Blue Smoke at three.
Sam Smith's In The Lonely Hour and George Ezra's Wanted On Voyage place fourth and fifth on the charts, respectively.
Pop star Ariana Grande has been given reason to smile after topping the U.K. singles chart with her hit song Problem. The singer's collaboration with rapper Iggy Azalea has climbed to number one thanks to the Official Charts Company's new rules, which combines retail sales with online streaming data.
The chart triumph comes two days after Grande pulled out of an Independence Day (04Jul14) holiday performance in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to visit her sick grandfather in hospital in Florida.
Problem edges out former The X Factor contestant Ella Henderson, whose track Ghost takes second place, ahead of George Ezra's Budapest at three.
Meanwhile, British musician Ed Sheeran holds on to the number one title in the U.K. albums chart with X, while boyband 5 Seconds of Summer debuts its self-titled project at two.
Ezra's Wanted On Voyage, country queen Dolly Parton's Blue Smoke and Michael Jackson's classic release Bad round out the new top five.
Ezra and Parton both saw big boosts in sales following their performances at Britain's Glastonbury Festival last weekend (27-29Jun14), while Jackson's chart success comes days after the fifth anniversary of his death.
Singer Justin Moore has moved out of country music mecca Nashville, Tennessee and relocated to his native Poyen, Arkansas for the sake of his family. The dedicated dad, whose wife Kate is due to give birth to the couple's third child this month (Jul14), reveals he wanted his parents to spend more time with their grandkids and to give the youngsters the chance to experience life in the countryside, just like he did growing up in the tiny town of Poyen, which has a population of less than 300.
Moore tells People.com, "People think I am nuts. But I want my girls to run through the cow pasture to my mum and dad's house. I want them to go to school where I went to school. It's important to me to see them growing up and having a normal childhood."
The move comes months after the Home Sweet Home star decided to cut down his tour schedule so he can be hands-on with his children's daily lives.
He says, "This means that I will be home for over 200 days this year. My four year old just started playing softball. I will be taking her to dance class. These are the things that are tops on my priority list."
Moore and his wife, who wed in 2007, are currently parents to daughters Ella, four, and Kennedy, two.
Although we might bemoan the nostalgia epidemic that has overtaken the pop culture world, we can't help but buy into it from time to time. Occupied so densely by irony and cynicism, the present slate of film and television can seem on occasion to pale in comparison to the spirited, whimsical material with which many of us grew up. We look back to the dawn of Steven Spielberg's triumphant '80s, honing in on films like E.T. and The Goonies that enchanted audiences young and old. We might feel like movies of this nature cannot exist in the callous climate of 2014, but Earth to Echo writer/producer Andrew Panay seems to disagree.
"I think one thing that hasn't changed," he says, considering the past three decades of cultural and technological evolution, "is the way young adults process things. I don't think that feelings change, or emotions change." Panay's sentiment is clear in Earth to Echo, a science-fiction family adventure in the vein of the aforementioned classic pictures told through the lens of the everpresent iPhone. We might instinctively assume that the inclusion of modern devices robs a story of that pre-digital wonder, but Earth to Echo actually uses the found footage technique to access that sort of Spielbergian intimacy front and center. "What’s endearing about Echo is that you’re actually seeing people’s feelings right there," Panay says, citing something that many audiences could treat as hokey in a standard contemporary picture but might be more willing to embrace in a found footage film... specifically one that taps into the immediacy of sharing videos.
Earth to Echo
In fact, Panay delights in things like Instagram and Facebook in helping to bring people together: "[We're] praising it. I think it’s a wonderful thing that people just wanted to share and ... change the world. It’s done a lot of good. Look at how the world has come together so quickly. You can press send, and you can be sharing photos and skyping someone across the world. I think it’s a positive thing."
The Earth to Echo gang — a trio of boys (played by Astro, Teo Halm, Reese Hartwig) and their popular schoolmate (Ella Wahlestedt) who trek out into the desert on a mission to save an endangered alien — represents just as much of the "old world" as it does the new. "I think [the movie speaks to] parents who want to get into the space tour era, that ‘80s era ... but I think this movie was really to give kids the same experience that I had when I was a kid." Plus, the genre can truly help cineastes like Panay and director David Green pay tribute to the power of filmmaking. Panay says to anyone who commands a lens, be it a movie camera or simply an iPhone used to record the events of the day, "You're your own director of how you view the world."
Check out Earth to Echo hits theaters now!
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Ed Sheeran has landed the fastest-selling U.K. release of the year (14) so far after his second album debuted at the top of the British albums chart. Fans snapped up over 182,000 copies of the singer's sophomore project x, setting a new sales record following Coldplay's Ghost Stories, which shifted 168,000 units in its first week on release in May (14).
Celebrating the news on Twitter.com, Sheeran writes, "182k sold in the UK week one making it the fastest selling album of the year. I'm on cloud 9 and keep laughing at everything. Love you all."
Another top seller, Sam Smith's In The Lonely Hour, climbs one spot to two, while last week's (22Jun14) number one, Lana Del Rey's Ultraviolence, slips to three.
Ghost Stories and Paolo Nutini's Caustic Love round out the new top five.
Meanwhile, in the U.K. singles chart, Oliver Heldens and Becky Hill take first place with dance track Gecko (Overdrive), while Ella Henderson's Ghost slips to two and Sheeran's Sing remains at three.
"I'm dreading the teenage years with my daughters; it's not going to be easy for them to go on a date. But I'm hoping one nice, nerdy boy will come into each of their lives at the right time when they're twentysomething, and they'll be with that person forever." Action man Mark Wahlberg worries about the boys his girls Ella, 10, and Grace, four, will date when they're older.
Singer Lana Del Rey has scored her second number one album in the U.K. with Ultraviolence. The Young & Beautiful hitmaker's third studio record has beaten out Linkin Park's The Hunting Party for the top spot.
Rounding out the new top five is Sam Smith's In The Lonely Hour, Coldplay's Ghost Stories and Kasabian's 48:13.
Meanwhile, teenage X Factor star Ella Henderson lands a second week at the top of the pop charts with Ghost, while 5 Seconds Of Summer's Don't Stop lands at number two.
Ed Sheeran's Sing comes in at number three and George Ezra's Budapest and Sam Smith's Stay with Me round out the new top five.
A one-night-only production of American composer Cole Porter's variety show The Ambassador Revue is set to be staged in New York, 85 years after it debuted in Paris, France. The original 1929 show featured singers like Morton Downey and Evelyn Hoey performing a collection of Porter tunes, but the production closed after a few months and the tracks were never heard outside of Europe.
The songwriter went on to return to the U.S. and find fame with hits like I Get a Kick Out of You from Broadway musical Anything Goes, What Is This Thing Called Love from Wake Up and Dream, and one of his most popular releases, Night and Day, which was covered by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Fred Astaire, Eartha Kitt, Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald.
The revue songs were long thought lost until musical theatre historian Ken Bloom and bandleader Vince Giordano discovered the missing compositions in an archive at Universal Music's offices in Milan, Italy, and tunes like Boulevard Break and Blue Hours were heard in a revived production in Paris in 2012.
Now the pair is taking The Ambassador Revue to the Big Apple, where Porter fans will be treated to a collection of 'lost' tracks with singers, tap dancers and showgirls taking part in the one-off show at The Town Hall in New York on 27 June (14).
Former The Dukes of Hazzard star Tom Wopat will star, while Bloom will direct and Giordano, who arranged the show, will perform with his band the Nighthawks.
British singer Ella Eyre nearly missed her slot at the U.K.'s Isle of Wight Festival on Sunday (15Jun14) after suffering a travel nightmare. The 20-year-old star was booked to perform at the British music event after appearing at the Orange Warsaw Festival in Poland earlier in the weekend (14-15Jun14).
However, her journey from Poland back to the U.K. took longer than expected due to flight delays and she arrived at the Isle of Wight Festival just minutes before she was due on stage.
She tells Britain's Daily Star newspaper, "My plane was late from a show in Poland. I got here with minutes to spare. The rush added to the adrenaline and made things even more exciting."