Lady Antebellum star Charles Kelley and Neon Trees frontman Tyler Glenn have formed a Christmas supergroup to spread a little holiday cheer. The stars make up part of Band of Merrymakers, which also features Fitz & the Tantrums star Michael 'Fitz' Fitzpatrick, Nick Hexum of 311 and Better Than Ezra's Kevin Griffin.
The group has recorded new charity track Must Be Christmas, with proceeds from downloads benefiting the MusiCares Foundation.
The track comes with a video featuring a gang of musical Santas enjoying the sights of Los Angeles and Nashville, Tennessee.
Fall Out Boy, rapper Kid Cudi and The Lumineers are set to appear in a new online reality competition all about fulfilling stars' tour rider requests. Concert promoters at Live Nation are turning the task of providing musicians with their backstage demands into a fun task for music fans for The Rider Challenge, which will also feature Fitz & The Tantrums and Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros.
Six teams of two will race to complete the riders before showtime, with the winning duo scoring unlimited access to the company's concerts for a whole year.
The Internet series will debut on 30 September (13).
Actress Kaylee Defer has given birth to her first child with her rocker boyfriend Michael Fitzpatrick. The Gossip Girl star, 26, became a first-time mother on Friday (20Sep13) when she welcomed a little boy named Theodore Ignatius Fitzpatrick, who weighed in at eight pounds and 13 ounces (3.7 kilograms).
Fitzpatrick was due to perform a show with his band Fitz and The Tantrums in San Diego, California on Friday (20Sep13), but cancelled the gig after DeFer went into labour.
A message posted on the band's Facebook.com page after the birth reads, "Congratulations to our partner in crime Fitz and our beautiful friend Kaylee on the birth of their beautiful son. The world has another superstar!!"
Pregnant star Kaylee Defer is planning an acting hiatus once her baby arrives so she can focus on raising her son. The former Gossip Girl actress and her boyfriend, Fitz and The Tantrums singer Michael Fitzpatrick, are expecting their first child together later this year (13).
DeFer accepts her acting ambitions will have to take a backseat once she becomes a mother, and she is already eyeing other jobs behind the scenes.
She tells Us Weekly, "I've actually been thinking about venturing into new creative outlets. Mostly writing, still in the acting genre. I have a lot of time on my hands. I've been wanting to take a break and now I can do the things I didn't have a chance to do before."
The 26 year old previously revealed her doctor is "95 per cent sure" she is carrying a boy: "We think it's a boy. Well, the doctor is 95 per cent sure it's a boy. The baby was really shy that day (of the ultrasound), he was sleeping."