Former Monkees singer Davy Jones died of a heart attack today (Feb. 29) at the age of 66. Though Jones was a pop icon, memorizing kids of the ’60s with his television series band, even country stars were affected by the loss and shared fond memories of the singer and the show via Twitter. It just goes to show that music is a universal language, regardless of genre.
Size does matter to some men, like New Yorker ‘Apotheosis.’ He has a big name – a pseudonym- and a small problem…literally. At five foot, six inches, the 37-year-old was shorter than most men and opted for a costly, cosmetic and incredibly painful limb-lengthening procedure so that he could add six inches onto his frame.
Little girls grow up so fast, but that won’t stop the members of Rascal Flatts from trying to enjoy the sugar, spice and everything nice that their daughters are made of for as long as they can. All three members in the band have daughters, and Gary LeVox, who has 12-year-old and 7-year-old daughters, recently lamented about his little ladies growing up right before his eyes.
Dierks Bentley is a member of the million mile club. The singer just wrapped the Canadian leg of his 2012 Country & Cold Cans Tour in Winnipeg, Manitoba on Thursday, Feb. 23. Upon crossing the border to re-enter his home (or is that ‘Home?’) country of the U.S., “Old Goldie,” his tour bus, logged its millionth mile. Congrats to Bentley on all that hard work, making fans the grassroots way by hitting the road and playing shows. But more importantly, congrats to Old Goldie. It’s quite an accomplishment, even if we’re wondering if she needs a new transmission thanks to all those miles.
The country genre is cooking on Time’s list of Top 10 Celebrity Restaurants. Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill and Kenny Rogers’ Kenny Rogers Roasters both made the cut. Keith and Rogers certainly know their way around the recording studio and the live stage, but they also know how to be successful entrepreneurs in the food biz.
Alan Jackson remains one of the most beloved artists of the country genre. Want proof? Well, the superstar broke the all-time attendance record at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo on Thursday night (Feb. 23), drawing 17,000 fans. Jackson has played this particular event 15 times throughout his career, but this week’s crowd was the largest he’d ever performed before.
To promote their new animated movie ‘The Lorax,’ which lands in multiplexes next weekend, Taylor Swift and Zac Efron, who are not a couple, embarked on an Ellen DeGeneres-designed ‘dance dare’ at the film’s Hollywood premiere. If you are not familiar with the concept of a dance dare, it’s basically when you dance around people until they notice and/or catch you. Silly? Yes? Super fun? Definitely.
With Miranda Lambert and Taylor Swift taking roles on the small screen and in films, respectively, it’s no surprise that another country singer might get in on the fun. Jason Aldean has had his interest in acting aroused. But he will look before he leaps and he will not shoot first and think later. In fact, he would be open to easing into acting to make sure he likes it. It has to be the right fit and Aldean will only take a role judiciously, not impulsively. He’s well within his rights to do just that.
There’s raging speculation over which artists will fill the two vacant mentor positions on the ‘X Factor‘ panel. Heavyweight pop divas like Mariah Carey and Beyonce have seen their names tossed into the ring. Another emerging contender for one of the coveted slots? LeAnn Rimes – and with good reason. ‘X Factor’ could use a dose of country, stat.
Keith Urban hits the desert sand in his video for ‘For You.’ The song appears in the upcoming action flick ‘Act of Valor,’ which tells the story of Navy SEALS. This clip features Urban and his band performing in the baking hot heat of the sun, spliced with images from the film.
Jake Owen brought some serious twang to the ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ indoor stage on Tuesday (Feb. 21). He performed the customary pair of songs, ripping through ‘Alone With You’ and ‘Barefoot Blue Jean Night.’ The performance was a good enough reason to stay up late, but in case you missed it, you can watch footage of each song below.
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