Hootie & The Blowfish frontman-turned-country star Darius Rucker. Sheryl Crow let the news of the seasonal treat for fans out of the gift bag last week (ends12Sep14) by posting a photo of herself with Rucker online and captioning it "Merry Christmas Baby! (I sang on his upcoming Christmas record)", and now the Wagon Wheel singer has confirmed the news.
Home for the Holidays, which will be released in October (14), will feature classics such as Baby It's Cold Outside, which he has recorded with Crow, Winter Wonderland and O Come All Ye Faithful as well as original tunes Candy Cane Christmas and What God Wants For Christmas.
He says, "I am so excited to finally make a Christmas album. This has been a lifelong dream, and I hope my fans enjoy listening as much as I enjoyed making it."
Rucker will join the likes of Leann Rimes and Idina Menzel among those releasing holiday albums this year (14).
Actress Aisha Tyler has revealed she struggled with drug abuse as a teenager in high school. The star opened up about the troubles she experienced as a student in a new school in California during a candid chat on her daytime show The Talk, revealing her struggles eventually led to her expulsion.
The former Friends regular says, "I started at a new school where I was only one of two black kids and the only kid who was poor... and I felt really isolated... I just felt really different from all those kids. I was big, I was gawky and I was nerdy and I felt really alone and I started to rebel quite a bit, which was a new thing for me...
"I really started to go into (the world of drugs) quite a bit and got caught up in alcohol and drugs when I was a freshman and it started to affect my school work. I stopped showing up on time, I would leave school to get high and I got thrown out of my high school... When you're young you feel bulletproof and you feel like nothing can hurt you and I engaged in so much risky behaviour back then that now would terrify me..."
Tyler eventually confessed to her parents about her drug use after she was kicked out of school, and explains the incident proved to be a wake-up call for her.
She continues, "I floated that next year, I didn't get into another school, so for a little while I just floated around really lost.
"I finally got into a good school about halfway through my sophomore year and I slowly turned things around. I didn't stop cold turkey, I mean I had to work back from what I had been doing... (I quit) on my own, I just realised it wasn't for me; it wasn't what I wanted for myself."
Lindsay Lohan may have some explaining to do after revealing she "rolled" the body bag containing Whitney Houston's remains while serving time at the Los Angeles County Morgue.
The actress was performing her community service there in February, 2012, following a probation violation when she claims Houston's body was brought in and assigned to her. Talking about her chequered past in an interview with the Daily Telegraph, the Mean Girls star says, "It's different for me than it would be for other people. Like, no one would really have to work at the morgue in L.A. and roll a body bag for Whitney Houston."
But staff at the L.A. Coroner's office insist that, although the timeline may be correct, Lohan would not have come in contact with Houston.
A spokesman tells TMZ.com that Houston's remains were never in a body bag and insists that no one in the probation programme came in contact with the tragic singer's body. The official adds Whitney was wrapped in plastic with a sheet cover the entire time she was at the morgue.
Carole King musical Beautiful has officially become a Broadway hit after recouping its $13 million (GBP7.6 million) initial investment in 10 months. The production hit the stage for previews at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre at the end of 2013 and has become one of New York's biggest shows, receiving rave reviews from King herself, who surprised the cast with a visit during an encore earlier this year (14).
Directed by Marc Bruni, the show features hits penned by King, Gerry Goffin, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil.
Jessie Mueller, who portrays King onstage, has had an outstanding year, picking up a Tony Award for Lead Actress in a Musical.
The hit show is scheduled to open at the West End's Aldwych Theatre in February (15).
Robin Thicke has confessed under oath that he was so jealous of Pharrell Williams' talents he told interviewers he had a bigger part in the writing of 2013 hit Blurred Lines.
Interrogated for allegedly ripping off Marvin Gaye's song Got to Give it Up, the singer reveals he amped up his involvement in the song because he was upset that his biggest hit was really someone else's brainchild. Thicke and Williams are currently in the middle of a drawn-out legal battle with Gaye's children over claims they sampled various segments of the late soul legend's song without permission, and in sworn testimony, revealed for the first time in a Los Angeles federal court on Monday (15Sep14) and obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, singer Thicke admits he took too much credit for the track.
He told the Gayes' lawyer, "I was jealous and I wanted some of the credit... I tried to take credit for it later because (Williams) wrote the whole thing pretty much by himself and I was envious of that... I was present. Obviously, I sang it. I had to be there."
But when he was asked if he was around when the rhythm track was being created, he added, "To be honest... I was high on Vicodin and alcohol when I showed up at the studio. So my recollection is when we made the song, I thought I wanted... I wanted to be more involved than I actually was by the time, nine months later, it became a huge hit and I wanted credit. "I started kind of convincing myself that I was a little more part of it than I was... but the reality is that Pharrell had the beat and he wrote almost every single part of the song... (I was) lucky enough to be in the room."
Williams appears to agree with Thicke in his deposition, explaining, "This is what happens every day in our industry. You know, people are made to look like they have much more authorship in the situation than they actually do. So that's where the embellishment comes in." But the Happy hitmaker insists it's Thicke's voice that holds the song together - and that's why he gave the singer so much credit: "It's the white man singing soulfully and we, unfortunately, in this country don't get enough... we don't get to hear that as often, so we get excited by it when the mainstream gives that a shot."
Thicke goes on to admit that any comments he made in media interviews about the song's similarities to Gaye's track and his love for the soul man's music, which are now being used as proof of his sampling acts by the Gayes, were probably made in a drug haze, adding, "I had a drug and alcohol problem for the year... I didn't do a sober interview."
Thicke further confesses he was high on painkiller Norco when he sat down for a revealing TV chat with Oprah Winfrey, and reveals his wife Paula Patton left him when he told her the truth about his drug use. Thicke and Williams' depositions were recorded back in April (14).
Actor James Cromwell is set to portray media mogul Rupert Murdoch in an Australian play. Rupert is scheduled to hit the Sydney stage in November (14) before runs in London's West End next year (15) and on Broadway in 2016.
The Green Mile star tells The Sydney Morning Herald he jumped at the chance to play the embattled media tycoon, revealing, "I like taking on the dragon and Murdoch is definitely the dragon...
"I just saw King John, which was really interesting. He doesn't have any soliloquies and never talks about his motives.That's also true of Rupert. Murdoch's reasons are unintelligible to the rest of us. And he doesn't seem to have any perception that the cost of what he does to other people is untenable. The consequences of a misguided passion towards a goal that has a cost for other people, of course, is the stuff of tragedy. Tragic for everybody concerned."
The show has already played in Melbourne and Washington, D.C. and will focus on the News of the World's phone hacking scandal. Murdoch shut down his U.K. Sunday tabloid following claims editors had hired a private eye to illegally hack the phones of celebrities and high-profile public figures.
Expendables 3 star Victor Ortiz is hoping to step back into the boxing ring and take on undefeated champion Floyd Mayweather, Jr. one final time. Mayweather is now 48-0 in his career following a unanimous decision victory in his match with Marcos Maidana on Saturday night (13Sep14), and prior to the big fight night he announced plans to retire from the ring once he hits 50-0, leaving just two bouts left.
Pundits expect Mayweather, Jr. to take on British boxer Amir Khan in May (14), but his final fight opponent remains a mystery.
And now Ortiz has demanded a rematch with the champ, telling TMZ.com he'll fight for free.
The 27-year-old former WBC Welterweight champ, who took part in the 2014 Nautica Malibu Triathlon this past weekend (13-14Sep14), says, "He owes me a rematch, and it's a free one from me to him... Mayweather, whenever you say, bro... I'm waiting for you."
The two boxers last met in the ring in 2011.
Rolling Stones rocker Keith Richards is planning to return to Fiji next month (Oct14) for the first time since his near-death accident there in 2006. The veteran musician fell from a tree in the tropical destination and suffered a severe head injury. He was flown to New Zealand where he underwent emergency brain surgery, and the band put its A Bigger Bang tour on hold while he recovered.
Richards is due back in Australia in October (14) to restart the Down Under leg of the Rolling Stones' latest tour which was postponed following the death of Sir Mick Jagger's girlfriend L'Wren Scott earlier this year (14).
The guitarist is planning to fly to Australia via Fiji and return to the scene of his accident.
He tells the New Zealand Herald, "I figured it out, I'm going to go via Fiji, where I'm going to chop down the tree that I fell out of the last time I was there... and spend a few days getting rid of the jetlag, and then I can pop down to Australia. Because the jetlag is the hardest thing around trips like that. Everybody's waking up and tripping over each other and falling asleep in rehearsals."
Scottish actor/comedian Billy Connolly is convinced he should have done more to help troubled comic Robin Williams. The Mrs. Brown star had been friends with Williams for more than a decade and was devastated when he heard his pal had taken his own life last month (Aug14) following a long battle with depression.
Connolly admits he empathised with the Mrs. Doubtfire star's problems and wishes he had stepped in to help him.
He tells Britain's Daily Mail newspaper, "I used to be not quite like Robin Williams, but I'd find it hard to switch off. Robin was 'on' all the time. He was a joy to be around, let me tell you. In all the years I knew him I never got tired of him. He was a one-off, so warm, so human.
"In my quieter moments I do sometimes think I could have done more (to help him). It's a lonely life, showbusiness. You spend a lot of time on your own, and if you dwell on these things you can hurt yourself, as Robin proved."
Connolly was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease last year (13) and it recently emerged that Williams had also been diagnosed with the early stages of the degenerative disorder prior to his death.
Star Trek legend George Takei has reportedly undergone a procedure to remove a cancerous growth from his face. The veteran actor sparked fears for his health when he arrived at a charity gala in California on Saturday night (13Sep14) with a bandage on his face.
According to Britain's The Sun newspaper, Takei told fans at The Point Foundation's annual Voices On Point event that he had a growth removed as his doctor warned him it showed early signs of skin cancer.
Takei reportedly said, "I went to my doctor for my physical last week and he detected an early sign of skin cancer here. He cut it out and that's why I'm wearing this (bandage)."
The 77-year-old actor went on to joke, "Let me assure you, my husband did not knock me out."
Takei and his partner Brad celebrated their sixth wedding anniversary on Sunday (14Sep14).