Wednesday, January 31, 2018

THE DIRT - 1.31

DARIUS RUCKER: Performing Before the Super Bowl


Darius Rucker attended last year's Super Bowl. This year, he'll sing before it.

He'll perform at the NFL Tailgate Party on Sunday. Also on the bill are Sting and Shaggy -- who you might have seen team up at the Grammys.

Portions of the festivities will be broadcast on NBC's pre-game show.


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Grab your tissues, because Luke Combs has released the video for his single "One Number Away," and it's absolutely heartbreaking.


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LANCO's Hallelujah Nights claimed the No. 1 spot on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart this week, making them the first country band to open at the chart's summit with a debut album since Lady Antebellum in 2008. The milestone feat comes on the heels of the group's single "Greatest Love Story" spending two weeks at No. 1 and their latest release, "Born To Love You," dominating the top of the iTunes Country chart since its release.


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The countdown is on till Maren Morris ties the knot with fiancé Ryan Hurd. On Monday night (1/29), Maren shared a picture of the happy couple raising their glasses along with a message saying, "Two months till we say 'I do.'" While Maren's post didn't reveal the exact date for their upcoming nuptials, we do know a few more details about the big day.

Hurd recently told People that one of the couple's must-haves at their reception will be tequila, with Morris chiming in to say the drink is actually her go-to for calming the nerves and energizing. So, what else will the couple need for their wedding? Maren says, "Excellent fiancé, dog, tacos - yeah, it's gonna be a reflection us and our tastes!"



When Reba hit the red carpet ahead of Sunday night's (1/28) Grammy Awards, she did so with her new boyfriend, Skeeter Lasuzzo, in tow. Reba introduced her new man to the world during an interview with Entertainment Tonight, revealing that the two had already been to three plays together while in New York for the Grammys. Reba said of their relationship, "We like to have fun whether it's the mountains or New York City." In December, Reba documented that shared love for the mountains, posting pictures of them spending time outdoors in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

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WEIRD NEWS: Peacocks Can't Fly

A New York woman's attempt to bring her emotional support animal on a cross-country flight didn't quite fly with United Airlines.

The woman, a performance artist who goes by the name Ventiko, tried to board the Newark-to-Los Angeles flight with her emotional support peacock named Dexter. United Airlines says it warned the woman three times that the peacock wouldn't be allowed to board the plane, but she ignored them and came to the airport with the colorful bird perched on her shoulder. She was finally turned away and now Ventiko says Dexter is being driven to California.

WEIRD NEWS: Pizza D'oh!
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A Washington man who didn't have enough dough for a pizza delivery tried to rob the driver, but ended up getting boxed in by a quick-thinking cop who found he'd ordered the same pie from the same cell phone just four days earlier.

A guy who identified himself as "David Adams" rang a Pizza Hut and placed a large order worth more than 80 bucks, but when the driver arrived at his apartment complex, he said he'd meet her in the parking lot, which he did -- pulling out a gun and demanding she hand over the food and the cash she was carrying.

The driver called 911 and reached a dispatcher who thought outside the box and checked with the eatery to see if anyone had used the suspect's phone to order pizza in the past -- finding that he'd done that just four days earlier. Cops were dispatched to his apartment, where they found a group of people smoking weed and eating a few pies, which they insisted had been there long before they showed up for the party.

WEIRD NEWS: Plumbers Crack on Crappy Flight
Vacationers traveling on a flight from Norway to Germany saw their plans go down the tubes due to broken toilets -- even though the plane was packed with nearly 100 plumbers!

The Norwegian Air flight made it almost halfway to Munich, but couldn't go on due to the crappy plumbing. Airline rep Frank Olsen says his staff were unable to intervene and correct the mid-flight problem because it could only be fixed by someone working from the outside. He adds, "There was a good atmosphere in the plane, what with the irony about the broken toilets."

Pilots were able to take off several hours after the emergency landing, so you could say the second time was the Charmin!

WEIRD NEWS: Highway to Hell

You might say that Arizona is hot as hell, but if you're driving along a particular stretch of Interstate 10, you might think you actually are in hell.

A two-mile portion of the highway between Phoenix and Tucson has been adopted by the Satanic Temple of Arizona. So if you happen to be driving on I-10, you might actually see some Satanists with pitchforks cleaning up trash on the side of the road. Members of the temple say they wanted to do something good for their community, so they contacted the Arizona Department of Transportation and asked to adopt a segment of the highway. They paid the fee and now have their own sign on the side of the road.

A founding member of the temple says, "What we are really showing here is that Satanism is a legitimate religion, even though it’s non-theistic. We are showing the people do have a sense of community and they want to get involved."

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Tom Hanks has been cast as Mr. Rogers in an upcoming bio-pic.


The movie, titled You Are My Friend, was inspired by a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The plot follows a "cynical journalist begrudgingly accepts an assignment to write a profile piece on the beloved icon and finds his perspective on life transformed."

Production is set to begin in September.

Leslie Jones will return to the Olympics as a contributor for NBC. The SNL cast member covered the Rio summer games in 2016 after enthusiastically tweeted about the events. NBC’s live prime-time coverage of the Winter Olympics begins February 8th.

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Film critic Richard Roeper has been suspended from the Chicago Sun-Times after he allegedly bought fake followers on Twitter. The paper's editor in chief Chris Fusco said, "We're investigating these issues. We will not be publishing any reviews or columns by Rich until this investigation is complete."

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USA Network has renewed Suits for an eighth season after the departure of stars Patrick J. Adams and Meghan Markle. Both actors will leave the series at the end of the seventh season.

Meanwhile, Showtime has canceled the Andrew Dice Clay series Dice, and Hulu has canceled the drama series Shut Eye after two seasons.

Zachary Quinto will once again replace Leonard Nimoy. The current Spock has signed on to host a reboot of In Search Of for the History channel. Nimoy hosted the series in the late '70s and early '80s.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

The DIRT - 1.30

BRETT ELDREDGE: Gives a "Lyft" to St. Jude
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Brett Eldredge has teamed up with rideshare service Lyft to help raise money for St. Jude Children's Hospital.

St. Jude is now part of Lyft's Round Up and Donate program, in which people who use the service can round up their fare to the next dollar and donate the difference to a charity.

Brett says, “I am so thankful to St. Jude for the opportunity to meet these incredible kids. The courage and zest for life that they have is something that will inspire me forever. Now everyone can help make an impact with Lyft’s Round Up and Donate. I hope that everyone can see how powerful and simple it is to help by donating.”

Lyft's program has raised over $4 million for various charities in its eight months in existence.

Kenny Chesney has added amphitheater dates to his already announced stadium shows on Trip Around the Sun tour.
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He says, “Nothing’s like the energy of a stadium show. But there’s also something about the amphitheaters, where the people are all so close. It’s like being with your friends somewhere back home, singing songs and hanging out, and having the best party of the year."

The tour kicks off with a stadium show in Tampa, Florida on April 21st and wraps up with another big field in Foxboro, Massachusetts on August 25th.

LADY ANTEBELLUM: Hillary Welcomes Twin Girls

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Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott and her husband Chris Tyrell welcomed twin baby girls yesterday (Monday).

Hillary wrote in an Instagram post, "Our family is thankful and proud to announce the arrival of our precious baby girls. They were born in the early hours of January 29th, 2018 and we can’t wait to share more about them in the days to come. Thank you to everyone who prayed and prayed for these little ladies, and thank you Lord for healthy babies. #twins." The girl join their big sister, four-year-old Eisele.

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WEIRD NEWS: Tat's All, Folks!

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A meat-hating woman in England went bananas when trying to show the world her dietary choice -- by tattooing the word "vegan" on her forehead.

Kate Bullen, who lives in the industrial town of Preston, wanted to spread the word that it's easy eating green, so she had the word inked just above her right eyebrow -- to remind her that she never wanted to go back to munching on her fellow mammals. She says she's gotten a lot of negative feedback over the decision, some from family members who say they're worried she might be harming her chances of getting a job-- although she's been "self-employed" since her late teens.

Her tattoo artist admits she was initially skeptical about doing the inking, but says that Kate "didn't try to convert" her to eating vegan, so she relented and is glad she did.

WEIRD NEWS: Smothered, Covered, Hot and Bothered
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There's apparently one condiment you won't find at a Waffle House restaurant, and thanks to an insane Georgia man, we now know what it is.

43-year-old Willie Edward Drake sat down at the counter of a Waffle House in Macon, Georgia and asked for some barbecue sauce with his meal. An employee informed him that they don't keep barbecue sauce in stock and Drake didn't take the news very well. He completely lost his mind and started yelling obscenities at the staff. At one point hollered, "I’ll go to [effing] jail over some barbecue sauce!" Well, it turns out he was serious.

Employees feared for their safety and called 911. When police arrived, they found Drake being "uncooperative and disorderly." He was arrested for disorderly conduct.

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TAYLOR SWIFT: Who Called Her Lazy?
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Katy Perry ought to be thrilled to learn that music producer Quincy Jones is on her side in the “Bad Blood” feud with Taylor Swift.

Quincy despises Taylor. In an interview with GQ magazine, he accuses her of being lazy in the recording studio. (quote) “The only place you find ‘success’ before ‘work’ is the dictionary, and that’s alphabetical.”

The Grammys have given Quincy 29 awards. The most significant was 35 years ago for Album and Record of the Year for Michael Jackson’s Thriller and “Beat It.”

When asked about Taylor Swift’s songwriting, which some have called the best of the decade, Quincy told GQ, (quote) “Whatever crumbles your cookie. We need more songs, man. [Freaking] songs, not hooks.”

MERYL STREEP: Trademarking Her Name
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There can be only one Meryl Streep -- and the Oscar-winner wants to make that legal.

The 68-year-old has applied to trademark her name. Her filing would give her exclusive rights to the use of her name in the entertainment industry and protect it from unauthorized commercial use.

It wasn't immediately known why Streep filed the trademark application at this point in her career, but many other celebs have tried the same.

Rapper 50 Cent and power couple David and Victoria Beckham successfully trademarked their names, while Kylie Jenner, Blue Ivy and Donald Trump were denied.

HARVEY WEINSTEIN: Sued by Former Assistant
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Harvey Weinstein is still getting hit with lawsuits.

The mogul is being sued by his former assistant Sandeep Rehal. Among her many claims were that she was harassed, groped and forced to keep a cabinet stocked with his erectile dysfunction shots. She claimed Weinstein made her put a shot in his jacket pocket or a brown paper bag whenever he was supposed to meet a woman at a hotel.

According to the suit, Rehal was "required, as a condition of her employment, to work with Harvey Weinstein when he was naked. On an almost weekly basis, she was required to take dictation of emails from him while he was naked."

Rehal says she also had to clean up semen on Weinstein's office couch and pick up his used condoms.

Weinstein "categorically denies" the claims.

Our Best Friends For A Reason....Actually Several Of Them..

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Our four-legged friends are good for a lot more than cuddling. Research suggests that they can get us moving, improve our immune systems, and work as mental-health boosters. Here are five ways pets make us happier and healthier.

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Y'all Ain't Gonna Believe What KFC Has Come Up With Now...

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From The Folks Who Got REBA To Dress Like A Fried Chicken Slinging Senior Citizen. You'll Never Guess What KFC Is Up To Now.. 

KFC is selling the world’s first EDIBLE COFFEE CUP. It’s made of cookies and lined with chocolate . . . so as you drink your coffee, the chocolate melts and you can start eating the cup. Unfortunately they’re only doing it in the U.K.

I mean what could be better than ordering one of their Double Decker chicken Frankenstein thingies and washing it down with a cup made of coffee, cookies and chocolate, just throw in a side of Lipitor and we're set.

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