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  • Kate Plus 8 Cancelled

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    kate The TLC reality show Kate Plus 8 has been cancelled. TLC issued a statement, “By the end of this season Kate Plus 8 will have hit the 150 episode mark (including Jon & Kate Plus 8); an exceptional milestone. TLC hopes to check in with Kate and the family periodically with specials in the future."

    It seems that the ratings for the show took a nose dive after the divorce. At the height of it's popularity Jon and Kate Plus 8 had 10 million viewers and has recently dipped to around 1 million.

    Are you sad to see the show end? 

    Did you watch the show before the divorce?

    If you did watch the show before did you ever watch it after?

  • Sugarland Saved by Tour Manager

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    sugarlandSugarland can thank their tour manager for saving their lives.

    She (Hellen Rollens') decided to keep the group off the stage just minutes before it collapsed from 70 mph winds. The collapse killed four spectators instantly and one the next morning at a hospital.

    Sugarland manager Gail Gellman told The Associated Press that others felt it was safe to go on, but the tour manager (Rollens) acted on her intuition.

    Lead singer Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush are devastated. Bush went home to his two children in Georgia.

    Their set was destroyed in the collapse. But they are planning to perform as scheduled in Albuquerque, N.M., Thursday.



    Lady Antebellum's upcoming concert at the Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis has been canceled as state officials continue the investigation into Saturday's (Aug. 13) stage collapse.

    Lady Antebellum and Brett Eldredge were scheduled to perform this Friday (Aug. 19).

    The fair will not present any additional concerts at the outdoor grandstand area, where the accident occurred. Fair officials were considering the possibility of moving the concert series to other local venues, including the Conseco Fieldhouse, the Verizon Wireless Music Center and the lawn at White River State Park.

    (The fair reopened Monday morning with a memorial service honoring those who were killed. During the ceremony, the victim's names were read as bouquets of flowers were carried across the stage. The service closed with the crowd singing "Amazing Grace.")

  • Sugarland Stage Collapse

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    Five people are dead and more than 40 more were injured after high winds caused the collapse of a stage at the Indiana State Fairgrounds Saturday as crowds waited to see Sugarland perform.

    Concertgoers at the Hoosier Lottery Grandstand in Indianapolis were warned that in the case of inclement weather, they were to move to the Pepsi Coliseum nearby.

    Sugarland tweeted Saturday night: "We are all right. We are praying for our fans, and the people of Indianapolis. We hope you’ll join us. They need your strength."

    Opening act Sara Bareilles performed her set before the bad weather struck. She also expressed her condolences via Twitter, writing, "I'm speechless and feel so helpless. Please send love and prayers to Indianapolis tonight. My heart aches for the lives lost."

    Sugarland singer Jennifer Nettles sent a statement to The Associated Press through her manager, saying she watched recaps of the collapse on the news "in horror."

    She said, "I am so moved. Moved by the grief of those families who lost loved ones. Moved by the pain of those who were injured and the fear of their families. Moved by the great heroism as I watched so many brave Indianapolis fans actually run toward the stage to try and help lift and rescue those injured. Moved by the quickness and organization of the emergency workers who set up the triage and tended to the injured."

    Nettles and Kristian Bush canceled their Sunday show at the Iowa State Fair.


    Other country stars tweeted:

    Taylor Swift: "Wow. :'( I feel so bad for all the people at the Sugarland concert."

    Blake Shelton: "My prayers to the people at the Sugarland concert in Indianapolis.... Absolutely shocking and hard to comprehend... Beyond belief..."

    Uncle Kracker: "My heart goes out to the families of the fans who lost their lives last nite at the Sugarland show in Indiana."

    Martina McBride: "So sad to hear about the State Fair in Indianapolis. Our prayers are with Sugarland, their fans, and all the personnel working there."

    Kelly Clarkson: "Just saw video footage of the stage collapsing at Sugarland's show in Indiana. Oh my gosh that is maybe one of scariest things I've ever seen. I pray everybody on their crew and the band is okay."

    ChelyWright “Sending prayers to the fans who were killed/injured at the Indiana State Fair as they were there to enjoy @SaraBareilles and Sugarland. Xo c”

    JakeOwen “Every guy in our crew has thoughts and prayers going out to folks at Indiana State Fair and our friends @Sugarlandmusic.”

    EdensEdge “Prayers to everyone at the IN state fair. It’s so scary when a stage collapses…. HB”

    JMCOfficial (Jason Michael Carroll) “My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those that were killed at the Indiana State Fair”

    “Thoughts and prayers goin out to everyone at the @Sugarlandmusic concert at the Indiana state fair 2day. We are sending our love to u all -G”

    DavidNail “We are with you Indianapolis, we were just there! Prayers your way!”

    HunterHayes “Praying for everyone at the fair in Indianapolis. Our thoughts are with you all tonight!”

    JayDeMarcus “All thoughts and prayers go to the folks in Indy and Sugarlands camp tonight… What an awful tragedy…”

    SaraEvansMusic “Omgosh! Just heard about the stage at Sugarland concert! My prayers are with everyone involved! :( “

    Reba “What happened in Indianapolis tonight is what promoters, artists, crews and fans pray never happens. From my band, crew and the entire Starstruck organization, we send our thoughts and prayers to the 4 people who lost their lives tonight and to everyone who was at the concert . Jennifer and Kristen, I love you both.”

     “”I just saw the footage from Indiana State Fair tonight on youtube and am absolutely in shock. We send our prayers and thoughts to each and everyone of you who were there and your families and loved ones as well. God bless you all” – KU”

     “man… my heart goes out to all the country fans at the Indiana state fair. praying for you all….”

    ChuckWicksMusic “The band and myself just watched the horrible footage of the Indiana State Fair…shocking. Thoughts and Prayers to anyone involved.”

    JaronATLRTL “Filled with sadness for those killed and injured in Indiana tonight. So so scary.”

    JulianneHough “My heart hurts so bad for these people! This footage makes me so sick…”

    TheJoshThompson “My prayers go out to the families of the ones lost last night at the Indiana State Fair. Sadness”



  • Luke Bryan Left in Stitches

    Posted by Lee Peek

    Luke Bryan received stitches in his forehead after falling off a skateboard he had just bought in New York City on Wednesday.

    Luke bought the skateboard a few hours after appearing on NBC's "Today" show.He posted a photo of his stitches on Twitter, with a message, "Does anyone wanna see my latest screw up?"

    Luke's scheduled to appear on Tim McGraw's Emotional Traffic tour this week in Charlotte, N.C., Cleveland and Bristow, Va. He'll headline this year's CMT on Tour which kicks off Sept. 15 in Huntington, W.Va., with guests Lee Brice, Josh Thompson and CMT's Next Superstar winner Matt Mason.


  • Lady A Busts Up Some Jason Aldean and Colt Ford

    Posted by Lee Peek

    Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley, Dave Haywood and Hillary Scott have released an amusing parody of Jason Aldean’s “Dirt Road Anthem. Colt Ford is a special guest in the video— he co-wrote “Dirt Road Anthem". 

    We're pretty sure this might be the best Lady A parody yet! 

  • A New (Fake) Tat for LeAnn Rimes

    Posted by Lee Peek

    LeAnn Rimes showed off her (all be it temporary) new tattoo that she had inked on her rib cage at Lollapalooza in Chicago.

    The fake permanent etching was of her wedding vows.

    CLICK HERE to get a closer look.

    No word if she plans on make the tattoo peranent. 


  • Meet the Worlds Luckiest Woman

    Posted by Lee Peek

    Meet The "Luckiest" Woman In The World
    The August issue of Harper's magazine contains a fascinating story about a woman named Joan R. Ginther, known in the press as the "luckiest woman in the world." To earn that appellation, Ginther won the lottery four times. That's right, four times. And she didn't win no measly $20 and $30 payouts either -- she hit multiple million dollar payouts each time. First, she won $5.4 million; then a decade later, she won $2 million; then two years later $3 million; and finally, in the spring of 2008, she hit a $10 million jackpot. The odds of this? One in eighteen septillion. To put this into perspective, the Harper's story's author, Nathaniel Rich, says there are only one septillion stars in the universe, and one septillion grains of sand on Earth. A person with Ginther's kind of luck, writes Rich, would only happen once every quadrillion years.