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Rascal Flatts Joe Don Rooney Welcomes Son June 3, 2008

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Rascal Flatts singer-guitarist Joe Don Rooney and his wife, Tiffany Fallon, have welcomed a son, their rep confirmed Tuesday.

Jagger Donovan Rooney was born in Nashville on Saturday at 3:50 p.m. The couple’s first child weighed in at 6.45 lbs., and was 20 inches long.

“We are absolutely blown away by this little miracle gift that God has given to us,” Rooney and Fallon said in a statement. “We can’t wait to see what the future has in store for baby Jagger and our new family!”

Rooney, 32, and Fallon, 34, who in first announced that the were expecting in April, got married in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico in 2006.


It’s Official: Katie Holmes Heading to Broadway May 20, 2008

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Katie Holmes will be spending a lot more time in New York City this fall: The actress has signed on to make her Broadway debut in Arthur Miller’s All My Sons.

Holmes, who had been reportedly in final negotiations for the part last March, will join John Lithgow, Dianne Wiest and Patrick Wilson in the revival this fall.

Holmes will play a woman who visits the family of her former lover, a missing pilot. It will be her first play since high school and Holmes will be on stage six nights a week.


Chesney Sought Fan Support Before ACM Awards May 19, 2008

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LAS VEGAS – Kenny Chesney may not have wanted online voters to decide one of country music’s top awards, but he still asked his fans to click for him.

Chesney criticized the process Sunday night after his supporters propelled him to a fourth straight entertainer of the year win at the Academy of Country Music Awards.

“I don’t think it’s right that they pick the one award that means the most, that all the artists sacrifice the most for,” Chesney told reporters backstage after thanking fans for voting for him as he accepted the award onstage.

But that didn’t mean Chesney hadn’t played along. Chesney’s MySpace page still carried a large banner Monday urging fans to “bring it home for KC,” with links to the academy’s online page and messages from fans lower on the page.

The page also included a May 1 posting urging fans to vote, with a video of Chesney saying that awards are important for history’s sake — so people can look back to see what musicians had accomplished.

Chesney made clear Sunday night that his criticism was an industry complaint about the process for one award — not a dig at his fans or at the awards show overall. It was the first time in the show’s 43 years that the top prize was decided by a fan vote.

Traditionally, the awards are decided by ACM members, mostly industry insiders; that didn’t change for the other awards. The industry’s other major awards show, the County Music Association Awards, also decides its winners by a vote of members who are industry professionals.

A spokeswoman for the Academy of Country Music said Monday that senior officials for the academy were not immediately available to comment because they were traveling.

Bob Romeo, executive director of the academy, has called the change to fan voting a “historical accomplishment” in the award show’s program, and said it fosters more interaction with viewers and participants.

Chesney saw it another way.

“They’ve taken it from what the award really represents (and turned it) into a sweepstakes to see who can push people’s buttons the hardest on the Internet,” Chesney said.

With his fourth win as entertainer of the year, Chesney ties Garth Brooks and trails only Alabama, which won five in a row. Chesney also was this year’s leading nominee with 11, and ended up winning twice. His other win was for vocal event of the year.


Country Music Legend Eddy Arnold Dies At 89 May 8, 2008

Filed under: Music News — gervmaine @ 11:31 am

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The legendary country crooner that Billboard Magazine ranked the number one country artist of all time, Eddy Arnold, died at the age of 89 at 4:40 a.m. on Thursday at an assisted living facility in Franklin, Tenn.




American Idol: One Down, Three To Go

Filed under: As Seen on TV,Music News — gervmaine @ 8:58 am

Simon Cowell once told Jason Castro that his face would save him from elimination. Not this time.


Jason Castro started strong on “American Idol,” but faltered in recent weeks.

The dreadlocked heartthrob was voted off “American Idol” Wednesday as the show narrowed the competition to three finalists: David Cook, David Archuleta and Syesha Mercado.

Castro, 20, from Rockwall, Texas, started off strong in the show’s seventh season but lost momentum in recent weeks. He gave weaker performances, and flubbed the lyrics to Bob Dylan’s “Mr. Tambourine Man” on Tuesday’s performance show.

Cowell predicted Castro’s gaffe could spell the end of him. “Jason, I’d pack your suitcase,” Cowell told the singer.

Castro took his fate in stride and didn’t wipe the ever-present grin off his expansive face after learning the result.

Earlier in Wednesday’s show, he told host Ryan Seacrest: “I think it’s just getting tough for me. I think my inexperience is coming in.”

Castro said this week he tried to pick songs he knew — “Mr Tambourine Man” and Bob Marley’s “I Shot the Sheriff” — and yet he “screwed it up.”

After Castro’s cover of “I Shot the Sheriff,” a less-than-impressed Cowell said: “I don’t know what you’re thinking!”

Castro replied: “I’m thinking, Bob Marley!”

Castro had his share of spacey moments while he was in the running, like when a viewer asked Wednesday what the contestants’ biggest challenges were in the competition. Castro answered: “Just the brain being dead.”

FIRST LISTEN: ‘Summertime’ from New Kids on the Block May 5, 2008

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They’ve called their new single “Summertime” and the tune is, well, appropriately sunny. The New Kids on the Block will officially release the synth-heavy anthem on May 13, but has a first taste. Sweet and bright, the song finds the guys getting nostalgic, singing, “I think of you in the summertime / and all the good times we had, baby.”

Listen to it here:

Next up, the New Kids will perform the full song on the Today show on May 16 for their first live performance in 15 years before hitting the road for a summer tour.