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  • Miley Cyrus Bus Crash Kills One

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    Miley Cyrus

    A tour bus carrying the concert production crew of singer Miley Cyrus overturned in Virginia on Friday morning -- reportedly killing its driver, with nine others suffering minor injuries.  The Associated Press reports that Cyrus, 16, was not on board the bus when it flipped on Interstate 85, about 40 miles south of Richmond. According to TMZ, the bus involved was part of a 4-vehicle caravan and included 14 passengers.  The bus apparently drifted off the road -- which was particularly wet from overnight rains. Authorities are not yet releasing the identities of those injured.

  • Oprah Reveals Why She's Saying Goodbye To Show

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    Us Weekly...A tearful Oprah Winfrey announced the end of her talk show in 2011 to her studio audience in Chicago Friday morning. "After much prayer and months of careful thought, I have decided that next season," her 25th, "will be the last season of the Oprah Winfrey Show."

    The 55 year-old talk show host recalls that she was "beyond excited" when the show began nationally in September 1986. Yet, "I never would have imagined the yellow brick road of blessings" that the blockbuster show has brought her. A multibillionaire today, her holdings include a magazine and an upcoming cable network.  Nearly breaking down, she says, "You have enriched my life beyond all measure."

    "You have all invited me into your lives," she continues. "We've grown together. I want you all to know that my relationship with you is one that I hold very dear. Your trust in me, your sharing your precious time with me . . . has brought me the greatest joy that I have ever known."

    Eager to dispel speculation, Winfrey explains why she's made this momentous decision now:  "25 years feels right in my bones and my spirit. It's the perfect number, the exact right time."  Promising a final season that will "knock your socks off," she concludes, "the countdown to the end of the Oprah Winfrey Show starts now. I am going to soak up every beautiful, joyful moment with you."

  • New Moon Sets Box Office History

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    New Moon

    Despite poor reviews, New Moon, the second installment in the Twilight series, has set box office history, breaking all records for midnight runs with an estimated $26.3 million.  The last film to hold the title? Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, which made $22.2 million this summer.  Besides New Moon's impressive debut, Twilight was re-released on 2,057 theaters nationwide Thursday night and managed to gross $1.3 million.  New Moon is still expected to earn more than $85 million during its first weekend (it has run up the biggest advance sales of any film in history).

  • Nashville Now: Jason Aldean's Daughter Likes Perks of His Job

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    Carrie Underwood

    *TAYLOR SWIFT is the lead nominee going into this Sunday night's American Music Awards with six nods, including Artist of the Year. Taylor won't actually be at the show since she's set to perform in London on Monday night.

    CARRIE UNDERWOOD is up for Favorite Female Country Artist, and she's also set to perform a song from her new album Play On Sunday night. Favorite Male Country Artist nominee KEITH URBAN will also perform, and RASCAL FLATTS and REBA will be presenters on the American Music Awards, airing live Sunday night at 7:00 PM on ABC. 

    Here are the country nominees:

    Kings of Leon
    Taylor Swift
    Lady Gaga
    Michael Jackson

    Taylor Swift
    Lady Gaga

    The Fame -- Lady Gaga
    Number Ones -- Michael Jackson
    Fearless -- Taylor Swift

    Jason Aldean
    Darius Rucker
    Keith Urban

    Taylor Swift
    Carrie Underwood

    Rascal Flatts
    Zac Brown Band

    Unstoppable -- Rascal Flatts
    Fearless -- Taylor Swift
    The Foundation -- Zac Brown Band

    Pop/Rock Breakthrough Artist -- Kings of Leon, Lady Gaga
    Country Breakthrough Artist -- Gloriana, Zac Brown Band
    Soul/R&B Breakthrough Artist --  Keri Hilson, Jeremih
    Rap/Hip-Hop Breakthrough Artist -- Drake, Kid Cudi


    *TIM McGRAW's movie with SANDRA BULLOCK, The Blind Side, opens nationwide Friday.  Tim is thankful that the film's shooting schedule fit in with his busy recording and touring plans. He says, quote, "I was so lucky that something this great and with this quality of people to work with came along at a time I was available to work."

    Tim plans to continue making movies, but he's not walking away from his country fans in the process. Tim says, quote, "I'm not gonna give up music 'cause it pays the bills." He adds that a movie role would have to be pretty spectacular for him to cancel touring or recording plans. Once The Blind Side is up and running in theaters, Tim will shift his attention to his upcoming Southern Voice tour, kicking off this February.


    Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood

    *A contest to find people who look like characters from the Peanuts comic strip is now underway, and GARTH BROOKS and TRISHA YEARWOOD are taking part. According to Country Weekly, they served on a panel of celebrity judges to help narrow the field down to 30 finalists for the contest, which is being staged to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the legendary comic strip. Voting is now open to the public at PeanutsPhotoContest.com.

    *JASON ALDEAN and his wife JESSICA try very hard to let their young daughters know that Jason's job is no different from anyone else's job, but there are some pretty cool perks that come with being the child of a country star. For instance, Jason's six-year-old daughter KEELEY got to meet one of her heroes recently when he played the All for the Hall benefit concert in Nashville. Jason tells TheBoot.com, quote, "She got to meet TAYLOR [SWIFT] and hang out with her for a minute." Jason continues his own tour tonight in Johnson City, Tennessee.


    Bill Anderson

    *BILL ANDERSON will be honored on December 12th at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum for his songwriting career. He's the latest artist featured in the hall's Poets and Prophets: Legendary Country Songwriters series. In addition to his own career, Bill has written more recent hits for the likes of BRAD PAISLEY, GEORGE STRAIT and SUGARLAND. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001. Bonus is Bill.


    *JOE NICHOLS and HEIDI NEWFIELD are among the stars playing the Academy of Country Music Stage at the National Finals Rodeo next month in Las Vegas. Starting December 3rd and running through December 12th, the ACM will feature a new country star each night of the rodeo, with DAVID NAIL and newcomers EASTON CORBIN, JOSH THOMPSON and SUNNY SWEENEY among the stars performing. The shows will take place inside the Cox Pavilion at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

  • Justin Moore Surprised to Learn of Wife's Pregnancy

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    Justine and Kate Moore

    JUSTIN MOORE and his wife KATE will welcome their first daughter, ELLA KOLE, next year. Justin was very surprised to learn that his wife was pregnant, saying, quote, "I don't think I've been home but about three days the whole year." The idea of having a child of his own seemed to be unreal to Justin until he saw his wife's ultrasound 20 weeks into the pregnancy. He describes Ella's picture in the ultrasound as "the most beautiful alien [he's] ever seen." Justin says, quote, "You could see her sucking her thumb already...I said, 'Well, that's it. I'm in love.'" Justin and Kate expect Ella to arrive in February.

  • Zac Brown Band and Jimmy Buffet Teaming Up For CMT Crossroads

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    Zac Brown Band

    Jimmy Buffet will head to Nashville next month to join the Zac Brown Band for a taping of CMT Crossroads.  The duo will perform for an invitation-only crowd for the special that will air in March 2010.

    In other Zac Brown Band news, Variety puts Zac Brown Band among one of the lead contenders for a Best New Artist nomination at the Grammy Awards next year. Those nominations will be announced December 2nd during a live special on CBS that night at 7:00 PM CST.

  • Another Pop Story Gone Country

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    Joshe Kelley and Katherine Heigel

    EW.com Exclusive...He made a name for himself as a pop singer-songwriter, but Josh Kelley is now the latest in a string of folks seeking solace in Nashville. The Georgia native has signed with Universal Music Nashville on the strength of some demos he cut for other artists, and hopes to release a soul-flavored country music debut early next year. “Country is where I’m going to live out the rest of my career,” Kelley tells EW. “This is the style and level of songwriting that I’ve always wanted. I’m coming home.”

    Of course, there’s already a prominent Kelley in country music: Josh’s younger brother Charles, one-third of Lady Antebellum. “Charles is the main person that convinced me [to go country],” Kelley says. “And if Charles says something — all 6’7” of him — you really do listen. He wears a damn song out if he likes it. And when I sent him ‘Gone Like That,’ he said he listened to it every day, all day long.” 

    Other tracks Kelley has pegged for the album include “Naleigh Moon,” written for the daughter he and wife Katherine Heigel recently adopted from Korea, and the upbeat track “Great Idea” — for which Heigl might try to direct a video. “It’s her favorite song,” Kelley says. “She’s never wanted to do that with any of my songs, but when she heard that, she perked up. There’s gonna be a lot of upbeat songs on this album, because at the end of the day, people wanna shake it.”

    I'm digging what I'm hearing of the song on EW.com, listen and decide for yourself!

  • Pamela Anderson Tells Sons About Sex Tape

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    My free advice to anyone is DON'T make a sex tape.  Crazy how smart I am isn't it.

    Pamela Anderson

    From US Weekly...The worst part about making a sex tape? For Pamela Anderson, it was having to tell her kids about it.  In an interview with British talk show host Jeremy Kyle, the former Baywatch star, 47, said that the 2006 comedy Borat forced her to tell her two young sons about the erotic home video she shot with ex-husband Tommy Lee, which was leaked online in 1998.  "I knew kids were going to watch the film and there was a reference to the tape in the movie and they're that age and, you know, people are going start saying things," she said regarding her appearance in Sasha Baron Cohen's flick.

    So, she sat down her sons, Brandon, 12, and Dylan, 11, for the talk.  "I just said, 'Look, Mommy and Daddy were massively in love, we videotaped everything, everything was videotaped, and you’re probably going hear about something at school,'" she recalled.

    In the interview, which airs Thursday in the UK, Anderson also discussed how she's "dabbled" in drugs, including cocaine.  "Well, I’ve tried it and I don’t like it," she said. "I'm completely hyper and it actually doesn't work for me."  Other than that, she said she hasn't "had a drink in a month."  "Champagne -- sometimes I’ll drink it and I’ll get a little crazy, doing back flips and, you know, wrestling people on the floor, but I’m taking a break right now," she said. "My friend calls it 'detox so you can retox.'"