Youngblood is spotlighting “How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You” by Marvin Gaye.
The lead singer in a Florida-based rock band was arrested Nov. 8 on charges of sex crimes involving a teenager.
Chad Valeu, 42, of Jacksonville, was charged with unlawful sexual activity with a teen, between the age of 16 and 17, and possession of child porn.
Valeu is the second member of the band, Near Empty, arrested on child porn charges.
Police said the victim’s mother came forward after finding explicit pictures on her daughter’s phone.
The report said the victim met Valeu through Facebook and he came to her house, where they had consensual sex.
Police said they found sexually explicit photographs that the suspect and victim sent to each other.
Valeu was the lead singer in Near Empty. Following his arrest, the band posted on Facebook that the group was parting ways.
The post said in part, “The time has come for us to say goodbye [sic]. We would like to thank each and everyone of you for all of your support over the past couple years.”
In June, 42-year-old Adam Ingram, the band’s bass player, was arrested after police said he produced child porn.
A member of Near Empty said Ingram was kicked out of the band immediately after his arrest.
This was a call for Dave Grohl, and the Foo Fighters’ lead singer responded in a big way for firefighters battling the blazes in Southern California.
Grohl used the resources from his company, Backbeat BBQ, to feed firefighters battling the Woolsey Fires in Southern California on Monday night, KSWB reported.
“To all the @losangelesfiredepartment and @lacountyfd heroes we met last night. … thank you,” the drummer wrote on Instagram. “It was an honor to cook for you.”
One of the firefighter’s wives also posted on Instagram. “How cool is this?” she wrote. “Dave Grohl and his family brought home cooked BBQ to babe’s station last night.”
Firestation 68 also thanked Grohl with an Instagram post, writing that it was “awesome” to get a visit from the rocker.
For only the second time in his career, Keith Urban walked away from the Country Music Association Awards cradling the most notable award – entertainer of the year.
The gracious musician, who earlier in the show blasted through his sexy funk jam, “Never Comin’ Down,” reacted with genuine shock, likely assuming that the night’s other major winner, Chris Stapleton, would prevail.
Urban hugged wife Nicole Kidman tightly and wiped tears from his eyes before bounding onstage.
“I wish my dad was alive to see this, but I think he’s watching over me tonight,” he said. “God bless country music.”
Urban reiterated backstage after the show that he harbored no expectations of winning.
“Someone said, ‘Did you do any campaigning?’ and I said, ‘We just played every night.’”
The 52nd annual awards otherwise unspooled with comforting consistency.
Hosts Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley’s easy chemistry was evidenced in jokes that ranged from cute to corny, Stapleton continued his reign as the shaggy savior of soulful country and Kacey Musgraves represented for the women with an album of the year win for her excellent “Golden Hour.”
But for the second year in a row, the awards show opened with a dedication to country music fans killed while enjoying their pastime.
In 2017, it was the victims of the Route 91 Harvest music festival massacre in Las Vegas.
On Wednesday, a solemn Garth Brooks stood alone on stage to offer comforting words and a moment of silence for the 12 people gunned down at the Borderline bar and music venue in California last week.
The tragedy hung in the air during the three-hour show, which aired live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. Soft-spoken male vocalist of the year winner Stapleton noted while picking up a second award for “Broken Halos” (song of the year, single of the year), that it was written “about people who have gone on long before their time. I want to be thinking about the people in California right now.”
Midway through the telecast, Paisley and Underwood also acknowledged the firefighters battling the California blazes.
But the show adeptly balanced tragic and triumph with numerous inspiring performances.
Underwood’s potent rendition of her ballad of hopefulness, “Love Wins,” felt particularly poignant as she delivered it with a choir surrounding her onstage. She later scored her fifth female vocalist of the year win.
Backstage, the pregnant Underwood – she revealed during the show that it’s another boy – welled up while talking about her life.
“I’m honored to hold so many incredible titles – mom is definitely one of them,” she said tearfully. “Hopefully I can be an inspiration to my children and to other moms out there. We got this.”
Luke Bryan tagged a cadre of newish-comers for his Georgia-pines saluting “What Makes You Country” (Cole Swindell, a Bronwood native, and Lindsey Ell, a protégé of Sugarland’s Kristian Bush, were among those sharing the stage).
Brooks took the guy-and-a-guitar approach to debut a tender ballad, “Stronger Than Me,” as a surprise to wife Trisha Yearwood, who was seated a few feet in front of him.
“I didn’t cry, so I was happy about that,” a black-hatted Brooks said backstage, and then added with a smile. “She lost the bet, man.”
The triple play from Stapleton, Maren Morris and Mavis Staples unfurled as fiercely as expected, with the trio trading lyrics on Stapleton’s “Friendship” and the twosome wisely stepping back to allow Staples to improvise and roar during the Staple Singers classic, “I’ll Take You There.”
Musgraves, who noted during her acceptance speech that the date marked the 10-year anniversary of her move to Nashville, captivated with her ethereal “Slow Burn.”
“The best things in life are a slow burn, what you enjoy the journey of. It’s about enjoying the ride along the way … It’s one of my most autobiographical songs. It’s very personal to me,” Musgraves said backstage.
As with most awards shows, the actual winners become secondary to the performances, but there were several notables.
New artist of the year winner Luke Combs choked up while receiving his award (“God, I love country music, man.”), while Old Dominion also celebrated their first CMA, for vocal group of the year.
Brothers Osborne maintained their hold on the vocal duo of the year category, wining for the third time.
“I don’t know why we keep winning this. If this was Florida, there’d definitely be a recount,” said John Osborne to much laughter. He then added, “Work hard, be diligent, be good to people.”
The CMA awards are voted on by the 7,300 members of the Country Music Association.
Unlike other award shows, the CMAs usually deliver the biggest winners of the night to the media center backstage.
Some pop in during the telecast – as Garth Brooks, Brothers Osborne and Old Dominion did – while others, usually the major names nominated in later categories, swing through after the show.
This year, the press room was especially busy with heavyweights, including entertainer of the year winner Keith Urban, multiple trophy-snagger Chris Stapleton and co-host/female vocalist of the year victor Carrie Underwood.
Here is what they had to say:Keith Urban
On the support he receives from wife Nicole Kidman: “I feel very blessed that I have the support of my family like I do. It’s a beautiful thing having two artists (in the family). We understand the passion, and the responsibility, of what we get to do. It’s very important.”On his unfailing passion for his work: “I love people. I love people. Every single person’s got a story. We have SO much more in common than different. We all have fears and hopes and dreams and insecurities and dysfunctional families. For me, I feel that in my life more than I’ve ever felt it … I’m perpetually curious. I don’t think of reinvention. I love curiosity and I love passion and I feel fortunate that I have both of those in spades. I feel exactly the same as I did when I moved to (Nashville) 26 years ago. I feel excited to get in the studio, I feel excited to put a show on.”About the remembering his father – who died in 2015 – during his acceptance speech: “I mentioned my father because he’s such a huge influence in my life – my mom and dad both are. I wish he could have seen this tonight; he set me on the path that I’m on. But I feel his presence and I’m very, very grateful for that.”Chris Stapleton
On his blazing performance with Maren Morris, Mavis Staples and other musical talents: “I brought a bunch of ringers out there – Maren, Marty Stuart on guitar, all the guys on my band and from Anderson East’s band on horns. I tell you what, it’s a real treat to be up there with so many great musicians and artists. But to have Maren and Mavis and Marty and my wife up there, that’s a real treat. Mavis, we all owe her so much musically – some of us might not even realize it. She’s electricity. She’s so inspiring to be around as a person and a singer. If we can use some of our time to put her front and center, that’s exactly what we should be doing.”Carrie Underwood
Underwood, who reveled during the show that she’s having another boy, joked about her numerous costume changes: “The wardrobe is definitely a challenge when you don’t recognize your own body,” she said with a laugh. “But I feel bad for returning dresses that aren’t maternity dresses all stretched out in the middle! I’m gonna go put my jammies on soon.”
About winning her fifth female vocalist of the year honor: “I think I’m still in shock, to be honest. When we were making this album, I would be lying to say I didn’t want awards. I’m competitive and I love these. I love the CMAs. I have such respect for the show and this organization. When you’re making an album, you want it to be better. For all the ups and downs we’ve been through and to make an album on top of that, this one definitely means a lot.”Garth Brooks
Brooks reiterated that wife Trisha Yearwood didn’t hear the song he wrote for her, “Stronger Than Me,” until he performed it on the show: “The more I’d wait (to debut it here), it seemed like a bad idea! If you’re married there are points in your life that you never get across and we have three of those. That song addresses two of those three points. When I looked up at her at those points, she was laughing and crying at the same time. This song will make our relationship better whether it does anything in the business…I really wanted this to be a surprise to her. When it came to the last verse, that was a little… I couldn’t get to it. (Trisha) took it very well. She’s classy.”Kasey Musgraves
Musgraves, clad completely in orange, shared her excitement about winning album of the year (for “Golden Hour”) for the first time: “This album is probably my most personal yet. What I was craving was time to make it. I took almost a year and a half. Going into the record, I was kind of in a confused place. I didn’t have a lot of self-confidence. I just wanted to find that thing that made my soul really happy again. I got off the road, blocked the schedule off for about a year, got with (producers) Ian (Fitchuk) and Daniel (Tashian) and when we got together it was an instant fit. I started imagining this land musically where it was possible to keep elements of country intrinsic in my music, but I wanted to explore this new frontier for myself with electronic elements. It was a big deal for me to give people kind of a hiding place with this record. We live in such a tumultuous time, but I wanted to turn away from (political commentary). I was inspired to write about this beautiful world we live in…getting married, leaving my 20s. It was a really positive time and my music is really inspired by that.”Brothers Osborne
T.J. Osborne opined on the duo’s continued success (they won best vocal duo for the third time): “If I had to guess, John and I are unabashedly ourselves and sometimes that gets us in trouble! It’s nice to know where people stand on who they are and I think we’ve done that… I’m genuinely just as shocked as the first year I won one of these.”John Osborne made many instant media friends when he proclaimed on his way out: “Free press, speak loud! You are not the enemy of the people! You have a voice, use it!”
Old Dominion scored its first CMA win (for vocal group of the year, unseating Little Big Town after six years. Singer Matt Ramsey had this to say about current single, “Make it Sweet”: “It was such a pure and honest moment for us. We wrote and recorded it in the same day. It really captured who we are as musicians right now and we’re really confident in our place right now. That feeds our soul.”
Action film "Avengers: Infinity War," TV series "Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments," singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes and rapper Nicki Minaj were among the big winners Sunday at the 44th annual People's Choice Awards in Santa Monica, California.
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A monument dedicated to singer Leon Russell will be unveiled in Tulsa on Saturday.
Russell, who grew up in Tulsa, died in his sleep in Tennessee on Nov. 13, 2016. He was 74.
Russell was known for his mixture of rock ‘n’ roll, bluegrass, folk, country and blues during his 60-year career. His signature hits included “Tight Wire,” “A Song for You,” “Lady Blue,” “This Masquerade” and “Delta Lady.”
Nearly $50,000 was raised through GoFundMe by the committee responsible for the monument.
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Meg Ryan has made a big announcement.
After dating for years, and even breaking up for a time, she and John Mellencamp are engaged, USA Today reported.
The star of such romcoms as “When Harry Met Sally” and “Sleepless in Seattle” made the announcement on Instagram on Thursday with a hand-drawn picture of the couple.
Ryan was previously married to Dennis Quaid and dated Russell Crowe after she and Quaid divorced, USA Today reported.
She has two children -- a son with Quaid and a daughter adopted in 2006 after their divorce.
Mellencamp has been married three other times and has five children from his past relationships.
Ryan and Mellencamp dated for three years, but broke up in 2014, People magazine reported. He dated Christie Brinkley, but they broke up in 2017 and he and Ryan resumed their relationship then, USA Today reported.
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