Date: Apr 22, 2022
    Posted By: Skip Wulff

It sounds like Dan + Shay are in for 10,000 headaches.

Dan + Shay and Justin Bieber are named in a lawsuit filed Thursday over copyright infringement of their chart-topping hit “10,000 Hours.”
People reported that International Manufacturing Concepts, Melomega music and Sound Gems sued Bieber, Dan + Shay, and others due to similarities in “10,000 Hours” to the 1973 song “The First Time Baby Is A Holiday,” written by Palmer Rakes and Frank Fioravanti.

The suit states the men “stole the core portion,” which includes the chorus, verse and hook from “The First Time Baby Is A Holiday.” “The First Time Baby Is A Holiday” was written in 1973, not registered until 1980, and was recorded in 2014 when it was re-registered because they slightly changed the song title.

“10,000 Hours,” which also includes co-writers Jessie Jo Dillon, Jordan Reynolds, and Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd, was released in 2019 and is from Dan + Shay’s “Good Things” album.

The suit alleges there are “unmistakable similarities.”

Reps for Bieber and Dan + Shay did not immediately respond to People’s request for comment.

Lawsuits aside, Dan + Shay are gearing up to help Kenny Chesney launch his Here And Now 2022 stadium tour presented by Blue Chair Bay Rum and fueled by MARATHON, Saturday at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium. Old Dominion and Carly Pearce will also join Chesney on tour.


    Date: Mar 28, 2022
    Posted By: Skip Wulff

When Will Smith marched onto the Oscars stage and smacked Chris Rock, the unpredictable moment served as a jarring interruption to Hollywoods feel-good celebration.

But once Smith returned moments later to accept his first-ever Academy Award, he delivered a tearful apology for an act sure to overshadow his milestone achievement. He seized the opportunity during Sunday nights awards to speak on being a fierce defender just like his tennis dad character Richard Williams from King Richard.

Smith felt like the protector of many including his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, after Rock made a joke about her appearance that didnt sit right with him.

Richard Williams was a fierce defender of his family, Smith said as he began his acceptance speech after winning best actor honors. He apologized afterward to many people -- including tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams, Richard Williams daughters -- but did not mention Rock in his apology.

Smith then spoke about being a protector for those who worked with him on the film such as Aunjanue Ellis along with Saniyya Sidney and Demi Singleton, the two actors who played Venus and Serena.

Im being called on in my life to love people and to protect people and to be a river to my people, said Smith during his acceptance speech after winning his first-ever Oscar. I know to do what we do youve got to be able to take abuse. Youve got to be able to have people talk crazy about you. In this business, youve got to be able to have people disrespecting you. And youve got to smile and pretend like thats OK.

The exchange began when Rock took aim at Pinkett Smiths shaved head, saying, Jada, I love you. `G.I. Jane 2, cant wait to see it, all right? Rocks reference was made from the 1997 film G.I. Jane, starring Demi Moore, who shaved her head to portray a fictional Navy Seal candidate.

Pinkett Smith revealed in 2018 that she was diagnosed with alopecia. She has often discussed the challenges of hair loss on Instagram and other social media platforms.

The joke missed, badly.

Smith walked onto the stage from his front-row seat and took a swing at Rock with an open palm, generating a loud smack. Smith walked back to his seat and shouted for Rock to leave Pinkett Smith alone. Rock replied that he was just making a G.I. Jane joke -- and Smith yelled back at him a second time.

Smith shouted at Rock to keep my wifes name out of your (expletive) mouth, and the crowd hushed as it became clear this was no act.

The moment shocked the Dolby Theatre audience and viewers at home. At the commercial break, presenter Daniel Kaluuya came up to hug Smith, and Denzel Washington escorted him to the side of the stage. The two talked and hugged and Tyler Perry came over to talk as well.

Smith shared what Washington told him: At your highest moment, be careful because thats when the devil comes for you.

Im hoping the Academy invites me back, Will Smith said, as he concluded his on-stage remarks.

A representative for Rock didnt immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

After the show, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences issued a statement saying it does not condone violence of any form.

The Los Angeles Police Department said in a statement that it was aware of the incident.

The incident involved one individual slapping another, the statement read. The individual involved has declined to file a police report. If the involved party desires a police report at a later date, LAPD will be available to complete an investigative report.

That was the greatest night in the history of television, Rock said before resuming his role as presenter.

A few minutes later, rapper Sean Combs -- on stage to introduce a tribute to The Godfather -- tried to play peacemaker and suggested Smith and Rock settle their differences at an Oscars afterparty.

Will and Chris, were going to solve that like family at the Gold party, Combs said.

The reverberations did not stop there. Several people approached Smith and Pinkett Smith in the commercial breaks that followed; Keith Urban hugged Smith during one stoppage in the show, and Nicole Kidman also went over to say a few words as well.

Backstage, during interview sessions with winners, the Rock-Smith incident seemed like something few -- if anyone -- wanted to discuss.

Im not talking about that, said Ahmir Questlove Thompson, the director of Summer of Soul, which won an Oscar for best documentary.

The confrontation overshadowed Smiths milestone accomplishment. He was previously nominated twice for best actor, for his role in Ali in 2002 and The Pursuit of Happyness in 2007. In those films, he portrayed real-life characters: Boxing legend Muhammad Ali and Chris Garner, a homeless salesman.

This time, Smith won against formidable competition including Andrew Garfield, Javier Bardem, Benedict Cumberbatch and Denzel Washington -- who won his first and only best actor Oscar award in 2002 over Smith for Training Day.

Pinkett Smith was also the subject of jokes from Rock when he hosted the Oscars in 2016. She did not attend the Oscars that year, saying at the time her decision stemmed from a lack of diversity among award nominees and how Black artists were not properly represented.

I think we have to sometimes remember, like at a certain point, everyone breaks, said TV personality Karamo Brown. But I think these are two men that will actually come together, figure it out and like say `OK, enough is enough, Im sorry. ... I havent been in that situation. I never condone violence or anything of that nature, but I also could understand protecting those you love.


    Date: Mar 10, 2022
    Posted By: Skip Wulff

Carrie Underwood “did a thing” and she’s ready for people to know about it.

Monday night, Underwood told a group of journalists that even though it’s been more than three years since she released her last studio country album, she’s “always working on something.”

“Obviously, we can’t spill too many beans right now, but my fans know what I mean when I say soon,” Underwood said. “Soon. They actually hate it when I use that word, because they’re like, ‘What does that mean?’ But it’s been busy, for sure.”

Underwood’s last country album “Cry Pretty” was released in 2018 and home to its title track “Cry Pretty,” “Southbound” and “Love Wins.” But her most recent multi-week No. 1 hit came via her award-winning Jason Aldean duet, “If I Didn’t Love You.” The song is from Aldean’s double album collection “Macon, Georgia.”

Aldean told CMT he had wanted to work with Underwood for a long time but that he was waiting for the right song to send her. When he heard “If I Didn’t Love You,” he couldn’t hit the button fast enough.

Aldean’s bandmembers Kurt Allison and Tully Kennedy teamed with John Morgan and Lydia Vaughn to write “If I Didn’t Love You” specifically for Aldean to sing with Underwood. Aldean loved it immediately and sent it to his manager, declaring: “We finally have the song.”

He was two days away from being finished tracking the album, but they sent the song to Underwood, and she loved it, too.

“From the time they wrote it until it had her vocal on it, and it was getting mixed was two-and-a-half weeks,” he said. “It happened really quick.”


    Date: Jan 20, 2022
    Posted By: Skip Wulff

The Cadillac Three singer Jaren Johnston is mourning the loss of his father to COVID-19.

Johnston shared on Instagram that is dad, Jerry Ray Johnston, tested positive for COVID on Dec. 19. He was hospitalized Dec. 27, and he died on Jan. 9. He was buried in West Monroe, Louisiana, last week.

“My family and I are heartbroken,” the singer shared.

Johnston said he’ll still text his dad every time anything “cool happens in my life” and listed a multitude other ways he’ll remember his dad.

“I will probably still call you everytime I’m trying to take a back road short cut in Nashville to get somewhere quicker,” he said. “I will try to learn how to make Mexican cornbread for Mom and Texa… and most importantly I will never forget how loved I felt my whole life. I will make sure Jude feels that same love everyday.”

But Johnston is also using his dad’s passing as an opportunity to encourage people to take COVID-19 seriously – and to get vaccinated.

“If you are reading this and have someone in your life that doesn’t want to get vaxxed for whatever reason, I will tell you this… My dad chose to be unvaccinated and would have had a chance to live if he were,” Johnston wrote. “My Superman went down in 3 weeks. This virus is not a political joke. It is real. It is scary. And it has dug a big 6 foot hole in so many peoples lives including mine. Not sure I’ll get over this one..

“I love you dad. ❤️ Your son- Jaren”

The band has long been outspoken about COVID-19 safety. In August, the band canceled shows when a member got sick and then was among the country music’s first acts to enact a COVID-19 policy at shows.


    Date: Dec 01, 2021
    Posted By: Skip Wulff
The latest episode of “Yellowstone” highlighted a series of indie country favorites whose sounds deviate far from the pop realm and into much more jam-band, down-home and roots-driven offerings. The music that accompanied the lonesome longings of main character John Dutton rather accurately tied into his character’s desires (or lack thereof).

Blackberry Smoke – “All Over The Road”

Veteran Atlanta-based Blackberry Smoke are a throwback to whiskey-soaked rock jams and searing guitar riffs being met with backwoods boogies or deep, emotional responses. “All Over The Road” is the lead single from the band’s May-released, Dave Cobb-produced album You Hear Georgia, which similar to the work of Chris Stapleton and Jason Isbell — two other artists that Cobb’s had a hand in producing — the rootsier and more soulful elements of the genre are front and center.

Colter Wall – “Cowpoke”

Of the tracks licensed for the fourth season of “Yellowstone,” Colter Wall’s “Cowpoke” — on title alone — could be the most apropos selection of the lot. Alongside “Sleeping On The Blacktop,” it’s his latest appearance on the program. The 2020 release from his album Western Swing & Waltzes and Other Punchy Songs is a self-produced cover of a 1951-released Elton Britt and the Skytoppers track that includes the powerfully poignant line, “I ain’t got a dime in these ol’ wore-out jeans/so I’ll stop eating steak and go back to beans.” It’s a gut-puncher of a song, for certain.

Zach Bryan – “Flying Or Crying”

Dave Cobb-produced “Condemned” was another Zach Bryan release that has been featured — as has now, “Flying Or Crying,” on the current season of Yellowstone. The 2019-released track includes lyrics like, “Don’t stop running boy, but don’t be naive, cause this world will break and burn you worse than hearts like ours believe.” So if looking for the track that maybe fits this episode best, it’s here. “Give your heart but keep your head,” advises Bryan in his Twitter bio. With songs like these, he’s clearly an artist that feels true to his creative motivations.

Turnpike Troubadors – “The Mercury”

“It’s one of the clubs where we first cut out teeth in the Tulsa music scene and remains one of our favorite watering holes,” said Turnpike Troubadors bassist RC Edwards about their 2015-released single. “The characters in the song are familiar faces from ‘The Funeral’ and ‘Good Lord Lorrie’ and an expansion of the canon of the Turnpike Troubadour universe.” The rabble-rousing barroom stomper fits well into the mood and vibe of “Yellowstone.”


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