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New Albums To Check Out This Week

2/23/2016 4:07pm EST
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' 'This Unruly Mess I’ve Made' Leads Albu
Ah, the final week of February is a jam-packed one for new music! Top-heavy, Grammy-winning duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are tops on our list, with their highly anticipated sophomore album leading the charge of albums to check out this week. But it’s not only Macklemore & Ryan Lewis looking for chart glory this week – The 1975 want a piece of the pie as well! Here are eight new albums to check out, along with a list of others dropping this week that we didn’t cover in depth!

1) Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, This Unruly Mess I’ve Made (Macklemore)

Grammy-winning hip-hop duo Macklemore & Ryan L...

Band Scores Its First No. 1 Album

6/11/2015 8:15am EDT
Florence + The Machine Debuts At No. 1 On The Billboard 200
Men, women, and children everywhere, get ready for a total shocker on the albums chart this week. Florence + The Machine scores its first #1 album of its career with How Big, How Big, How Beautiful. Total shocker right? – Totally NOT as all indications suggested that front woman Florence Welch and company was about to “come up.” Kudos, as the alternative band impacted to the tune of 137,000 units, most of which were sales themselves. Compared to the opening performance of previous album Ceremonials, how does the sales of How Big… compare? In sales alone, How Big… wins, with about a 25,00...

Lots Of New Albums To Check Out This Week

6/2/2015 10:14am EDT
Florence And The Machine Leads Albums To Check Out
A new month (June) and a truckload of new releases – literally! June opens with a number of musicians looking to share their latest creations with the world. While there isn’t that ‘homerun’ artist and album dropping a new effort, there are more than enough choices for music listeners to sink their teeth into. Arguably, the packed field is headed by the return of Florence + The Machine, but the others are all “in it to win it” too. Here are eight albums to check out.

1) Florence + The Machine, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful (Island)

Florence Welch, aka Florence + The Machine, ret...

25 Stars Who Can Totally Kick Your Ass

5/7/2015 1:14pm EDT
25 Celebrities Who Have Black Belts
Achieving a black belt involves a lot of hard work, focus, and dedication. Several stars in Hollywood have put in the necessary time and energy to obtain the rank -- and some may surprise you.

Sarah Michelle Gellar has studied kickboxing, boxing, and gymnastics and holds a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Her experience came in handy while she filmed the popular cult TV series "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" from 1997 to 2003. Of course, a stunt double did most of the work.

Gellar has also appeared in the films "I Know What You Did Last Summer," "The Grudge" and "Cruel Intentions." She most recentl...

The Willie Nelson News That Should Shock No One

3/28/2015 1:21pm EDT
Willie Nelson
Here's some news that should come as a shock to absolutely nobody: country legend Willie Nelson is opening his own chain of marijuana dispensaries around the U.S.

"Willie has spent a lifetime in support of cannabis, both the industrial hemp side and the marijuana side," the 81-year-old's business partner Michael Bowman told The Daily Beast.

"He wants it to be something that's reflective of his passion," Bowman adds. "Ultimately, it's his. But it was developed by his family, and their focus on environmental and social issues, and in particular this crazy war on drugs, and trying to be a br...

5 Albums To Check Out : This Week In Music

6/17/2014 3:00pm EDT
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Music Shopping List - Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Ah, there's something special about the third Tuesday music release date in June. Last year (June 18, 2013), the third Tuesday in June played host to three highly anticipated hip-hop releases (Kanye West's Yeezus, J. Cole's Born Sinner, and Mac Miller's Watching Movies With the Sound Off). Additionally the fourth release on that same date, Kelly Rowland's Talk A Good Game, was no slouch in itself. Those four albums debuted at numbers one through four respectively with three of four selling north of 100,000 copies.

This year's third Tuesday - c...

Willie Nelson's Stolen Armadillo Returned To Singer

4/3/2014 8:38am EDT
Willie Nelson
Willie Nelson's armadillo has been reunited with its owner. But before you call PETA about possible animal abuse, the armadillo is a stuffed mascot and has been kidnapped once before.

The armadillo went missing following a concert in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Monday. The stage prop was gone when crew members packed up equipment following a show at the Westin Lake Las Vegas resort.

The possession is so prized that venue bosses looked at surveillance videos to find the culprit. Fortunately, a man returned the animal in a shoebox the following morning and requested that it be returned to the si...

Five Best Performances From The 2014 Grammys

1/28/2014 1:05am EST
Daft Punk Grammys
With so many great live performances at Sunday night's 56th Grammy Awards, it's been hard* whittling them all down to the five best. Well, the five best that didn't include any weddings, Broadway adaptations of Little Red Riding Hood meets Harry Potter meets Showgirls, or cut-off performances, that is.

The night was all about mixing the past with the present, and in some cases the past, present and future.

5. Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard and Blake Shelton: 2/4 of the original Highwaymen with the legendary Haggard and modern Country giant Shelton wasn't the tightest voc...

Willie Nelson Axes SeaWorld Concert Over 'Scheduling Conflicts'

12/6/2013 1:35pm EST
Willie Nelson
Willie Nelson has cancelled an upcoming performance at Florida's SeaWorld attraction following criticism from animal rights activists.

The country music legend was due to perform at the Orlando sea park next year as part of the venue's Bands, Brew & BBQ events, but organizers have now confirmed he has pulled out.

Nelson's cancellation has been blamed on "scheduling conflicts", according to SeaWorld bosses.

The news comes after animal rights crusaders launched a campaign to persuade Nelson to cancel the show, citing alleged animal cruelty issues which were brought to the surface in new...

Willie Nelson Suspends Tour After Bus Crash

11/24/2013 11:03am EST
Willie Nelson
Country music legend Willie Nelson has cancelled his tour indefinitely after his tour bus crashed.

The 80-year-old singer was not on board the vehicle when it hit a bridge outside of Sulphur Springs, Texas, at around 3.30am Saturday morning, but two of his band members and a crew member were injured in the collision.

A statement on Willie's facebook page read: "No one suffered serious injuries. Paul English injured his ankle, Billy English suffered a bruised hip and crew member Tom Hawkins has a cracked rib.

"The other family members on the bus are sore but everyone is expected to recove...

10 Popular Music Songs Penned By Other Artists

11/17/2013 1:08pm EST
The music industry is one business where it is common for music artists to either meet up and share musical talents or acknowledge the song writing skills of other music artists musically.  Check our following ten popular song picks penned by other music artists.

Singer Rihanna’s hit single “Diamonds” owes it’s “Alternative” flavored leanings to singer-songwriter Sia who penned the track for the singer’s Unapologetic studio music release.  Sia, on her part, is also best known for her co-writing and vocal contribution to DJ David Guetta’s “Titanium” hit single.

If the track “Lovesong”...

Willie Nelson Turns 80, Wants To Play Gandalf In 'The Hobbit' Sequels

4/30/2013 4:37pm EDT
Willie Nelson
Legendary Country music star Willie Nelson celebrated his 80th birthday on Monday by auditioning to replace actor Ian McKellen in the two upcoming sequels to The Hobbit.

The singer hopes to usurp McKellen in the role of the wizard Gandalf in the films, and recorded a screen test for director Peter Jackson during Conan O'Brien's TBS talk show Monday night.

Nelson took lines from the films and did them his way -- adding a marijuana vibe to "Lord of the Rings" quotes like "You shall not pass" and changing it to "You shall not pass... an unlit joint. Man, that's just not cool."

Willie has be...

4/20: Celebrate Weed Day With These 13 Celebrity Stoners

4/20/2013 7:36pm EDT
Willie Nelson
Every year when April 20 rolls around people across the U.S. celebrate an unofficial holiday: weed day.

Stoners everywhere recognize 4:20 as being the time of day to light up, and when the date is 4/20 it's time to kick back, light up and smoke all day -- especially at 4:20. If you're into that kind of thing, of course.

Now that several stats have legalized marijuana to various degrees plenty of folks from sea to shining sea will be lighting up this year, some even in public. Colorado, which has the loosest regulations on pot, sees thousands gather in downtown Denver -- aka the Mile High ...

Willie Nelson To Host Fundraiser For Victims Of Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion

4/19/2013 11:56pm EDT
Willie Nelson
Lone Star State Hero Willie Nelson is planning a fundraising concert in the state to help those affected by this week's devastating fertilizer plant explosion.

On Wednesday, The small town of West was crippled by a huge blast at the local factory - up to fifteen people are feared dead and more than 160 injured, while local houses and schools were among the buildings which were severely damaged. Nelson, who grew up in the town of Abbott, around five miles from West, has now declared an upcoming show in the state will be dedicated to the victims of the explosion.

The On The Road Again sin...

Celebrities Pay Tribute To The Victims Of Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion

4/18/2013 4:19pm EDT
Willie Nelson
Lone Star State stars Willie Nelson and Eva Longoria are among the celebrities sending their regards to residents of the town of West, near Waco in Texas, which was rocked by a massive fertilizer plant explosion last night.

The small community, has been evacuated after a huge blast ripped through the West Fertilizer Plant on Wednesday, sending a giant fireball into the sky. At least 160 people have been treated for injuries following the explosion, and authorities confirm there have been fatalities, but have yet to give an estimated figure.

Local stars Longoria and Nelson, who both grew...

Willie Nelson Hospitalized With Breathing Difficulties

8/20/2012 8:30am EDT
Willie Nelson
Country music legend Willie Nelson scrapped an appearance at a fundraiser in Colorado on Sunday after he was taken to the hospital.

The 79 year old was due to go to the Dumb Friends League event at the Castle Pines Village in Denver but pulled out after suffering breathing problems due to emphysema.

He was taken to a nearby hospital for checks, according to

A rep for the event told the crowd that Nelson was "suffering from breathing problems due to the high altitude and emphysema."

No further details of his condition are available as WENN goes to press.

Willie Nelson's Drug Anthem 'Roll Me Up' Was A Highlight At CMT Music Awards

6/7/2012 8:49am EDT
Willie Nelson
Willie Nelson is known for his penchant for marijuana, and the country star was joined by an all-star band to perform pot anthem "Roll Me Up" at the CMT Music Awards in Nashville, Tennessee, last night.

Toby Keith, the Zac Brown Band, Darius Rucker and Jamey Johnson played the fan-favorite song from Nelson's latest album, "Heroes." Lyrics include: So don't sit around and cry/ Just roll me up and smoke me when I die.

In April, Nelson, Snoop Dogg and Kris Kristofferson teamed up to record the weed anthem to mark the unofficial 4/20 holiday for stoners. The unlikely trio released "Roll Me Up...

Willie Nelson Receives Planet Defender Award

4/25/2012 11:21am EDT
Willie Nelson
Country music icon Willie Nelson has been hailed a green hero after picking up a Planet Defender award for his environmental work.

Nelson was honored at Rock The Earth's Seventh Annual Planet Defender Awards on Monday. The prize is given out to those who have made a difference protecting the planet.

The singer's philanthropic work first began in 1985, when he set up the Farm Aid charity concert series with fellow rockers Neil Young and John Mellencamp, while his other charitable ventures include building two sustainable biodiesel plants and organizing several fundraisers.

Nelson says...

Willie Nelson, Snoop Dogg & Kris Kristofferson Write Weed Anthem

4/21/2012 5:00pm EDT
Willie Nelson
Marijuana lovers Willie Nelson, Snoop Dogg and Kris Kristofferson have teamed up to record a new weed anthem to mark the unofficial 4/20 holiday for stoners.

The unlikely trio have released "Roll Me Up" in honor of the day associated with joint-rolling and smoking.

Country star Jamey Johnson joins them on the track, which begins with Nelson crooning, "Roll me up and smoke me when I die".

The track is available on Nelson's official website.

The 4/20 term was coined by a group of teenagers in San Rafael, California, in 1971 who pledged to meet at 4:20 p.m. every day to search for an aband...

Texas To Unveil Willie Nelson Sculpture On 4/20 At 4:20 P.M.

4/11/2012 8:51am EDT
Willie Nelson
Country legend Willie Nelson is to be honored in Austin, Texas with a new bronze statue.

The sculpture of the singer/songwriter will be unveiled at 4:20 p.m. on April 20 - a reference to the cultural significance of the 4/20 pro-marijuana movement, of which Nelson is a fervent supporter.

The larger-than-life likeness will stand over eight feet tall and weigh more than a ton. It was created by sculptor Clete Shields.

Nelson will be at the unveiling prior to a concert in the city later that night.

Willie Nelson Adopts Two Abused Horses

3/28/2012 4:20pm EDT
Willie Nelson
Country star Willie Nelson has given two severely-abused horses a second chance at life by offering up his ranch as a sanctuary.

The On The Road Again hit-maker swooped in to rescue three-year-old stallion Whisper and 12-year-old mare Traveler after learning the animals were being subjected to severe acts of abuse by their current owner in South Carolina.

Both of the horses are now being prepared for their big move to Nelson's home in Texas by members of LEARN (Livestock and Equine Awareness and Rescue Network).

According to LEARN executive Elizabeth Steed, Whisper was badly burned wi...

Legendary Talent Lines Up To Record Paul McCartney Tribute Album

2/10/2012 5:10pm EST
Brian Wilson, Billy Joel and B.B. King are hitting the studio to record Paul McCartney's greatest hits for a new tribute album.

Willie Nelson, Kiss, Alice Cooper, Jeff Lynne and The Cure will also cover tracks from McCartney's back catalogue, extending from his time in The Beatles, Wings and his solo career.

The as-yet-untitled collection will be released to coincide with the pop legend's 70th birthday in June, and a behind-the-scenes documentary is also being filmed during studio sessions.

Producer Ralph Sall, who is curating the album, tells The Hollywood Reporter that the Beatles icon...

Snoop Dogg Arrested For Marijuana Possession In Texas

1/9/2012 2:14pm EST
Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg has been booked on misdemeanor drug possession charges in Texas, according to reports.

The rapper's weed stash on a tour bus was discovered by a drug-sniffing dog during a routine border crossing vehicle check over the weekend, reports

Ironically, the drug bust took place in the town of Sierra Blanca, where Willie Nelson was arrested for marijuana possession in 2010.

Reports suggest customs agents found a series of rolled joints in a red prescription bottle in a waste paper bin, and Snoop Dogg immediately admitted the marijuana belonged to him.

The rapper, real n...

Dave Grohl Filming Documentary About 'Nevermind' Studio

10/3/2011 9:27am EDT
Dave Grohl
Rocker Dave Grohl has reportedly turned documentarian to chronicle the history of the studio where he recorded Nevermind with Nirvana over 20 years ago

REO Speedwagon star Kevin Cronin has revealed news of the project to, hinting he'll be a part of the untitled Sound City Studios film.

He explains, "Dave is working on this project based on a studio that we all used to work at. It's really interesting. I probably shouldn't be talking about it... but it's very cool. They (Nirvana) recorded Nevermind (there), and I know that it meant a lot to a lot of artists."

"So Dave is...

Dixie Chicks Come Together For Texas Fire Victims

9/22/2011 8:07pm EDT
Dixie Chicks
The Dixie Chicks are reuniting to raise funds for the victims of this summer's wildfires in Texas.

The trio will team up with Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett and Asleep at the Wheel, among others for the Fire Relief: The Concert for Central Texas event on October 17.

The fundraiser will be hosted by Emmy Award-winning Friday Night Lights star Kyle Chandler.

All proceeds will go to the Central Texas Wildfire Fund at the Austin Community Foundation in its efforts to assist families dealing with long-term problems stemming from the wildfires which ravaged the area this summer.

The fires cost tw...

Snoop Dogg To Be Honored At BMI Urban Awards

8/3/2011 12:25pm EDT
Snoop Dogg
Rapper Snoop Dogg will be honored at the BMI Urban Awards later this month.

The Gin and Juice hit-maker will be bestowed with the BMI Icon title previously awarded to James Brown, George Clinton, Willie Nelson and Al Green.

The event honors urban songwriters who have "a unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers" and belong to Broadcast Music, Inc., - a performance rights organization which represents more than 475,000 songwriters, composers and publishers.

Snoop Dogg will pick up his accolade at a ceremony at the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles, California on Augus...

Willie Nelson To Be Inducted Into The Agricultural Hall of Fame

7/23/2011 4:30pm EDT
Willie Nelson
Grizzled country star Willie Nelson is to be inducted into America's Agricultural Hall of Fame in Kansas in recognition of his work for the country's farmers.

The singer/songwriter will be honored at a ceremony on the morning prior to next month's Farm Aid concert in Kansas City.

Nelson is founder and president of the annual benefit, which he helped launch in 1985.

He says, "I am extremely honored and humbled to join the company of the 38 prominent inductees already in the Agricultural Hall of Fame. I have long said that family farmers are the backbone of our country. I never thought Far...

Judge Rejects Willie Nelson's Plea Deal

7/2/2011 8:30pm EDT
Willie Nelson
A judge has refused to approve a plea deal reducing Willie Nelson's drug charges following a marijuana bust last year.

The country icon was arrested on suspicion of marijuana possession in November after a Border Patrol agent in Texas smelled pot smoke during a search of Nelson's tour bus.

Nelson reportedly struck a deal with prosecutors allowing him to plead no contest to a reduced charge of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, which he did last month, and pay a $500 fine and $280 in court costs.

However, on Friday, County Judge Becky Dean-Walker admitted she had signed the ...

Willie Nelson Fined Over Pot Bust

6/7/2011 8:22pm EDT
Willie Nelson
Country icon Willie Nelson has been ordered to pay a $500 fine following his drug bust last year.

The singer was arrested for marijuana possession in November after a Border Patrol agent in Texas smelled pot smoke during a routine search of Nelson's tour bus.

He was reported to have reached a plea deal with Hudspeth County prosecutors in March, allowing him to plead guilty and hand over a small fine without having to appear in court.

However, the count has now been reduced to misdemeanour possession of drug paraphernalia, to which Nelson pleaded no contest, and the case will be dismissed...

The '20 Most Effective Political Celebrities' Include Angelina Jolie, George Clooney

4/29/2011 10:15am EDT
Angelina Jolie
Washington political news organization National Journal has named the "The 20 Most Politically Effective Celebrities of All Time."

The list, released online and in the April 30 issue of National Journal magazine, includes current Hollywood activists like Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Robert Redford, and Bono, plus some of the most successful celebrity activists in history, including Harry Belafonte, Frank Sinatra, Paul Newman, and Elizabeth Taylor.

To help develop the list, National Journal interviewed dozens of staff members on Capitol Hill and Republican and Democratic o...