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  • Scotty McCreery makes history

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    Scotty McCreery "American Idol" winner Scotty McCreery has made history as his debut album, "Clear as Day," opens at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with 197,000 sold.

    McCreery is the first country act to debut at No. 1 with their first studio album, and at 18-years old, the youngest man to open at the top of the chart with their debut release.

    PLUS:  McCreery is also the first "Idol" winner since 2003 to hit No. 1 with their first studio set.

    Ruben Studdard was the last "Idol" champ to start their career with a No. 1 album, when his "Soulful" entered the tally dated Dec. 27, 2003, with 417,000 sold. Kelly Clarkson, the original "Idol" champ, also debuted at No. 1, with "Thankful" on May 3, 2003 (297,000).

    Next week, watch for 2011 "Idol" second-place finisher, Lauren Alaina, to arrive on the Billboard 200 with her debut, "Wildflower."

  • Dancing with the Stars Update 10-11-11

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    chynnaChynna Phillips forgot her routine on Monday's "Dancing With the Stars," and was eliminated during last night's results show.

    The Wilson Phillips singer is "disappointed," "sad", but says she has to "take responsibility. I messed up."

    Phillips lost her place in the middle of her tango with professional partner Tony Dovolani and wasn't able to recover."

    Judges gave the pair 21 points out of 30. Judges' scores are combined with viewer votes to determine which contestant is eliminated each week.

    The results show also featured performances by Raphael Saadiq and Susan Boyle, and the return of two-time "Dancing" champ Julianne Hough. The professional dancer-turned-actress and "Footloose" co-star Kenny Wormald danced to "I Need a Hero" before Blake Shelton offered his take on the movie's title song.

  • Hank on The View

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    Hank Williams Jr. and ESPN parted ways after he compared Obama to Hitler.

    He says he was just making an analogy and his former employers stepped "on the toes of freedom of speech."

    He told the ladies on "The View", “That night, I told my manager that, ‘You could tell ESPN and Disney, adios’ ... the bottom line folks, Mickey is a mean mouse.

    “Disney, ABC and ESPN and me and the opening of ‘Monday Night Football’ are kind of like the Spanish American War, they’re history.”

    When asked if he could take it back, he said, “At this point, I really don’t, that golf game, a bunch of politicians … that are out there juking and jiving and high-fiving was so inappropriate with the things that this country is going to, going through, I mean. … It was absurd.”

  • Keith Urban All for the Hall and Ellen

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    Keith Urban will host the third All for the Hall benefit concert for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on Jan. 18. Urban will perform at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena with guests Vince Gill, Rascal Flatts, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Little Big Town and the Oak Ridge Boys. More artists will be announced later.

    Tickets are $25 and $35. VIP ticket packages are also available. Tickets go on sale on Nov. 4 at Ticketmaster.

    The first two All for the Hall concerts raised approximately $1 million for the museum.

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    Keith performed new single on Ellen


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  • Taylor Swift Billboard's Woman of the Year

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery


    Taylor Swift has been crowned "Woman of the Year" by Billboard magazine.

    The 21-year-old singer-songwriter is the youngest to receive the award, (which has gone to Beyonce, Reba McEntire and Fergie).

    She will be honored at the 2011 Billboard Women in Music event in New York on Dec. 2.

    Her latest album, "Speak Now", has sold over 3.6 million copies since its release last fall, and she's sold the most albums of any artist over the past year.

  • Taylor Swift with B.O.B.

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

     During Taylor Swift‘s Speak Now Tour Stop at the Dallas Cowboys’ Stadium, she invited a special guest. B.O.B. joined Taylor on stage to perform “Airplanes.”  

  • Martina McBride

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    Martina McBride is taking a four-day train trek to launch her new album "Eleven", available today. Martina will mingle with fans in 11 cities along the way. Here's a teaser clip.

  • Jack Black with Keith Urban

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    There were a couple of surprises at Keith Urban's concert Saturday night at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

    Midway through the evening Urban welcomed John Fogerty to the stage. The two of them performed Fogerty's Creedence Clearwater Revival mega-hit, "Proud Mary."

    Later, as part of the encore, Jack Black joined Urban for the trademark Charlie Daniels song "The Devil Went Down to Georgia." It was fast and wild and Jack Black nearly lost his clothes while doing some gymnastics.

  • Surprise homecoming

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    When a 9-year-old girl from Boca Raton, Florida was asked to be in a spelling bee at her school, she wondered why since the school never had one before. She had no idea it was part of a plot.

    U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Therron Johnson surprised his daughter during the mock fourth-gradespelling bee. When she correctly spelled s-e-r-g-e-a-n-t, her father stepped out from behind the curtain.

    They held each other as applause echoed through the school.

    The emotional reunion was repeated at his son’s Middle School, where he picked up his unsuspecting son.

    By way of thanks, the Army vet gave each school a U.S. flag that was flown in Iraq.


  • SNL Spoofs Hank Williams Jr.

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    "Saturday Night Live" pulled out the "Fox And Friends" set, and featured Jason Sudeikis dressed up like Hank Williams Jr..  He and his "Media Representative" (played by Ben Stiller) attempt to set things right.