Photo: Adam TaylorFirst, she won hearts on "American Idol," but only finished in sixth place. Now, Kellie Pickler has another reality show accolade to her name, and this time she's right on top. Pickler was crowned winner of "Dancing With the Stars" Tuesday, taking home the mirrorball trophy after narrowly beating out Disney Channel star Zendaya Coleman for the honor.Read More »from Kellie Pickler Wins ‘Dancing With the Stars’
Blog Posts by Wendy Geller
- Wendy Geller | The New Now – 10 hours ago
Willy Moon (Photo: NBC)If you’ve found yourself humming the anthemic “yeah yeah, how you like me now” chorus that set a rainbow of colorful iPods a’bouncin’ in Apple’s recent TV spot—you’re not alone. The artist responsible for the foot-stomping tune, Willy Moon, has managed to carve out a name for himself in short time as both an innovative soundmaker and style influencer.
Moon, 23, has engineered his image since leaving his native New Zealand for London at age 18. A self-described “autodidact” who dropped out of school at age 16, Moon traveled Europe and settled for some time in Berlin, where he was inspired by retro pop music and began writing his own material in earnest.
Returning to London, he adopted a sharply groomed, midcentury suit-and-slicked hair look to offset his modern-sounding musical production—a combo that attracted attention right away when he released his first single via MySpace in 2010. He scored a record deal with Island Records, who put out his first EP.
By 2012 he caught the eye of rockRead More »from It’s Easy To Say ‘Yeah’ To This Exclusive Set From Hip Newcomer Willy Moon
- Wendy Geller | Our Country – 16 hours ago
Toby Keith, who grew up in Moore and whose name is on the Moore water tower, says that although the damage is terrible, he has faith that his home town will be able to rebuild itself.
"This storm has devastated the community that I grew up in. I rode my bike through those neighborhoods," he observed in a statement issued on Monday. "I have family and friends in Moore. My heart and prayers go to those that have lost so much."Read More »from Toby Keith Expresses Sorrow Over Hometown Tornado Devastation
- Wendy Geller | Stop The Presses! – 18 hours ago
John MoenJohn Moen is a busy artist: In addition to his post with the Decemberists, he's worked with such names as Stephen Malkmus's Jicks, Elliott Smith, and Robert Pollard's Boston Spaceships (as well as quite a few others over the years). He's also got a solo career, performing under the name Perhapst, and is poised to release his second album in this capacity.Read More »from Exclusive! Hear New Track from Decemberists’ John Moen
- Wendy Geller | Our Country – 19 hours ago
First of all, the King of Country, George Strait, will be taking the stage. That should be enough for anyone — but to add to the fun, he'll be joined by Carrie Underwood, Darius Rucker, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban and Lady Antebellum!Read More »from Exclusive! Second Round of CMT Awards Performers Announced
Chely Wright and Lauren Blitzer Wright (Photo: Jason LaVeris)Chely Wright is no doubt feeling a little "blue" this week, as she and wife Lauren Blitzer Wright celebrated the birth of their identical twin sons on Saturday.
The boys are named George Samuel and Everett Joseph — after their great-grandfathers — and, according to a report from People, are doing great despite arriving a bit ahead of schedule. The babies were originally supposed to be born sometime in June.Read More »from Chely Wright Welcomes Twin Baby Boys
Photo: Jerod HarrisGiven his remarkable success in the genre, it's safe to say that most country fans enjoy Darius Rucker's music. However, the Grand Ole Opry member was the target of a racist tweet over the weekend that, understandably, set off his ire.
"@dariusrucker Leave country to the white folk," read the tweet, from a user identified as @pqkullman (the account has since been deactivated).Read More »from Darius Rucker Fires Back at Racist Tweet
- Wendy Geller | Stop The Presses! – Sun, May 19, 2013 10:53 PM EDT
Move over, Miley Cyrus. Your crazy jumpsuit has some serious competition. Jennifer Lopez took the wildest outfit of the night award at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards, when she showed up to perform in a revealing leotard.
Wildly revealing on the bottom, that is. While her famous legs and booty were well on display, J-Lo was more than adequately covered up on top--especially her arms, which sported sleeves made of massively fluffy amounts of feathers.
Read More »from Jennifer Lopez Channels Cartoon Character With Daring Outfit at Billboard Music Awards
- Wendy Geller | Stop The Presses! – Sun, May 19, 2013 9:48 PM EDT
Photo: Ethan MillerWhen Kid Rock took the stage to present the award for Top Rap Song of the year at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards, he immediately attracted attention for the random mug (with unknown contents) he was clutching.
However, the multi-genre artist managed to neatly steal the spotlight from his mystery drink with a single neatly barbed statement.
"Let's give it up for people lip-synching under pre-recorded music," the singer said wryly, before presenting the honor to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis for the hit tune "Thrift Shop."Read More »from Kid Rock Makes Waves at Billboard Awards With Barbed ‘Lip-Synching’ Comment
- Wendy Geller | Stop The Presses! – Sun, May 19, 2013 8:19 PM EDT
Miley Cyrus may have started a style revolution when she cropped her locks into a punky, platinum 'do earlier this year — but her adventurous nature isn't limited to her hair. The singer made waves at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards Sunday when she arrived in a strikingly bold jumpsuit rather than a traditional dress.
"I just put it on and it felt really me," Cyrus said of the elaborate Balmain garment, which featured a unique combo of crochet peek-a-boo details and a striking checkerboard motif.Read More »from Miley Cyrus Wows Billboard Music Awards in — Yet Another — Jumpsuit!
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- The new consoles from Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony
NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft is the last of the three big video game console makers to unveil its latest gaming system. The unveiling comes nearly eight years after the Xbox 360 went on sale. It follows last fall's debut of Nintendo's Wii U and a preview in February of the upcoming PlayStation 4 from Sony.
- Singer Kellie Pickler named new 'Dancing' champ
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kellie Pickler came into the final "Dancing With the Stars" episode in second place but finished in first.
- Woman on Trump: 'Somebody had to stand up to him'
CHICAGO (AP) — An 87-year-old woman who alleges Donald Trump cheated her in a skyscraper-condo sale told jurors Monday she had qualms about suing the real estate mogul and TV celebrity. But, she quickly added, "Somebody had to stand up to him."
- Disney-owned ESPN cutting hundreds of jobs: source
By Liana B. Baker (Reuters) - ESPN, the sports channel that is Walt Disney Co's most profitable unit, is cutting 300 to 400 jobs across the company and closing a small Denver office, a person with knowledge of the cuts said. The job cuts, comprising 4 to 6 percent of ESPN's staff of 7,000, include open positions that will not be filled, said the source, who asked not to be named because the information is not public. But ESPN will continue hiring for other open positions, the person said. The channel has recently won rights to exclusive coverage of the U.S. ...
- Man pleads guilty in Picasso vandalism case
HOUSTON (AP) — A man accused of vandalizing a 1929 Pablo Picasso painting in a Houston museum — an act that was caught on cellphone video — agreed Tuesday to a two-year prison term as part of a plea deal with prosecutors.
- First Look: New Xbox elegant, but much unknown
REDMOND, Wash. (AP) — Will gamers want One?