Grand Ole Opry membersBrad PaisleyandBlakeShelton will serve as co-hosts for “Grand Ole Opry: 95 Years of Country Music.”
The show honors the iconic Nashville institution and the country stars that call it home. Paisley will celebrate his 20th anniversary as a Grand Ole Opry member, while Shelton is marking 10 years as a member.
The two-hour special is set to air Sunday, Feb. 14 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.
Morgan Wallen’s Dangerous: The Double Album debuted at No.1 on the Billboard 200, with the biggest-ever streaming total for a country album.
The 30-song set logs the 22nd-largest streaming week for an album in the US, and the third-largest ever for a non-R&B or hip-hop album. Dangerous: The Double Album follows Wallen’s debut set If I Know Me, which was released in April 2018 and went on to a No.13 peak on the all-genre chart in August 2020. The set reached No.1 on Top Country Albums and contained three country airplay No.1s: “Up Down” (featuring Florida Georgia Line), “Whiskey Glasses,” and “Chasin’ You.”
Actress Christina Ricci has been granted a restraining order against her estranged husband, James Heerdegen, whom she is accusing of domestic abuse. Ricci filed for the restraining order claiming multiple incidents had led to her fearing for her life and that of her son. The domestic violence restraining order requires Heerdegen to remain 100 yards away from her and their son, and to have no contact with them.
Ricci alleges that she became “trapped” in her house with Heerdegen due to the Covid-19 pandemic after telling him she wanted a divorce. She claims he attacked her twice in June last year and left her with physical injuries, and alleges that one of the attacks took place in front of their six-year-old son. People reports that Ricci filed to the court several photos of injuries she claimed to have suffered from Heerdegen.
Heerdegen’s lawyer Larry Bakman said that he plans to file his own restraining order over allegations of “her abusive conduct fuelled by alcohol and substance abuse”. Bakman also said his client “unequivocally denies all allegations of abuse made by [Ricci] as having occurred in 2020.”
Netflix announced on Thursday that Bridgerton is officially coming back for season 2. The series, based on a series of romance novels by Julia Quinn, follows the wealthy Bridgertonfamily in Regency England. Season 1 centered on eldest Bridgerton daughter, Daphne (Phoebe Dyvenor), and Simon, the Duke of Hastings (Regé-Jean Page). The season also introduced viewers to a wide array of characters, including the rest of the Bridgerton clan, the Featheringtons, Queen Charlotte (Golda Rosheuvel), and anonymous gossip maven/narrator Lady Whistledown (voiced by Julie Andrews).
An announcement from Lady Whistledown teased that Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey), the eldest Bridgerton sibling, “intends to dominate the social season” and that she’ll be at the ready to “report on any and all of his romantic activities.”
Eric Church will join R&B singer Jazmine Sullivan to perform the national anthem together at Super Bowl LV on Feb. 7. H.E.R. will perform “America the Beautiful” as part of Super Bowl LV’s pregame lineup.nSuper Bowl LV will be taking place live from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay and will air nationally on CBS to be broadcast worldwide.
Sullivan, a 12-time Grammy nominee, released Heaux Tales several weeks ago the artist’s first studio album in more than five years. Church earned the prestigious Entertainer of the Year award at the 2020 CMAs, and is set to release his seventh studio album this year. Last year he dropped the Top 40 Country hits “Hell of a View” and “Stick That in Your Country” off the upcoming album. The artist also released “Bad Mother Trucker,” “Crazyland,” and “Through My Ray-Bans,” which he dedicated to the victims and survivors of the 2017 Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting.
The Weeknd was selected in November to headline the Pepsi Super Bowl LV halftime show.
Garth Brooks performed at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 20 at the swearing-in ceremony of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States. Brooks delivered a soaring rendition of “Amazing Grace” alongside the U.S. Marine Band. Following his performance, Brooks made his way over to Vice President Kamala Harris and President Biden to shake their hands, and also took time to hug former Presidents Bill Clinton, Barack Obama and George W. Bush.
Brooks received the invitation to perform directly from Biden and the First Lady, Dr. Jill Biden, and called the opportunity to perform on the historic day an “honor.” Brooks previously performed “We Shall Be Free” during Barack Obama’s inaugural event on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 2009.
The country superstar was one of three artists who had the opportunity to perform at the inauguration, including Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez.
Alec Baldwin announced that he is taking a break from Twitter after the scandal surrounding his wife, Hilaria Baldwin. Baldwin tweeted “Twitter is like a party where everybody is screaming. Not much of a party. Goodbye for now.”
Alec’s announcement comes nearly one month after Hilaria, 37, was forced to deny accusations that she has been lying about her Spanish heritage and faking her accent for years. Hilaria had vowed to “sign off [Instagram] for a long time” in the wake of the controversy, but returned just three hours later. She then sat down for an interview with The New York Times, in which she shut down cultural appropriation allegations.
Alec released an eight-and-a-half-minute Instagram video on December 27, telling his 2 million followers that people were being “ridiculous” for calling out his wife of eight years. “We live in a world now where we’re hidden behind the anonymity of social media,” he said. “People feel that they can say anything.”
The Foo Fighters have released a music video for their new single, “Waiting On A War” from their forthcoming album, “Medicine At Midnight,” which is set for release on February 5th.
Frontman Dave Grohl said, “As a child growing up in the suburbs of Washington DC, I was always afraid of war. I had nightmares of missiles in the sky and soldiers in my backyard, most likely brought upon by the political tension of the early 1980’s and my proximity to the Nation’s Capitol. My youth was spent under the dark cloud of a hopeless future. Last fall, as I was driving my 11 year old daughter to school, she turned to me and asked, ‘Daddy, is there going to be a war?’ My heart sank in my chest as I looked into her innocent eyes, because I realized that she was now living under that same dark cloud of a hopeless future that I had felt 40 years ago. I wrote ‘Waiting On A War’ that day.”