Craig Morgan recently celebrated his five-year anniversary of being a member of the Grand Ole Opry. The 49-year-old country singer performed onstage at the historic venue and received a plaque from Pete Fisher, who is general manager of the Opry. "I wore them out when I first started as a singer," said Morgan of the honor.
Palladia, the sister station of VH1, has aired its behind the scenes doc on the making-of Paul McCartney's latest album, New. Something New alternates footage of the recording process and the memories and reflections of those involved. The result is a look into Paul's creative process and collaboration with the album's star-studded production team.
Katherine Jackson, mother of the late Michael Jackson, is unsatisfied with the verdict in the recently concluded wrongful death trial against AEG - now she's looking to take the concert promoter back to court.
She filed court documents this week citing jury misconduct, new evidence, and general procedural errors as the reason for re-trial, according to TMZ.
Keith Urban has announced that the 2014 Keith Urban Calendar, benefiting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is ready for order via KeithUrbanFans.com. Since 2003, KeithUrbanFans.com has created a limited edition, one-of-a-kind Keith Urban calendar featuring a collection of concert photos taken by his fans.
Eric Church says that the title track to his latest album, The Outsiders, was written for the misfits and loners of the world. Speaking with Billboard, Church said the tune is meant to give such kids hope:
"[It's a song] for a 13 or 14-year-old kid who doesn't quite have it all together yet, and he's the outcast. It's a gladiator song. It's a locker-room song."
In addition to being an R&B hit maker, Ne-Yo is also the co-founder of the Compound Foundation, an organization meant to enhance the well-being of youth growing up in foster care and group homes. In a recent interview, Ne said his goal is to get kids to realize their potential no matter what their background . . ."
Jennifer Hudson says that she and her fiancé, David Otunga, are "holiday fanatics." Speaking with USA Today, the star of the upcoming Christmas musical, Black Nativity, says she got a jump start on decorations: "We met with the people about two months ago about what our holiday decorations were going to be . . ."
Usher says that he had to drop 30 pounds in preparation for the role of Sugar Ray Leonard in the upcoming Roberto Duran biopic, Hands of Stone. Ush, who usually weighs around 180, wanted to get down to Leonard's fighting weight of about 146.
After joining the Rolling Stones on stage for their summer Glastonbury gigs, it has been announced that Mick Jones will again join the group for a slate of 2014 live dates in Abu Dhabi, Japan, China, Australia and New Zealand. The 12 date trek, which has been dubbed the "14 On Fire" tour, begins February 21 at Abu Dhabi's Du Arena . . .
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis topped Spotify's most streamed artist in the world for the year. The rap duo also topped the world's most streamed album with their debut studio effort, The Heist. In addition, the group's single, "Can't Hold Us," was the most streamed song of 2013, and "Thrift Shop" was the most streamed song of the past five years.
Black Sabbath fronter Ozzy Osbourne has posted a Facebook rant against his brother-in-law David Ardin, the brother of his wife Sharon, who he's accused of telling lies about his family. Arden spoke with the Daily Mail, dishing on Sharon's plastic surgery, which he called a "terrible gamble."
The Black Keys, Slash and Mumford & Sons have all donated items to the Grammy Charity Black Friday Online Auction, which started on Black Friday and goes until December 9. The Keys have put up a GF Epiphone electric guitar signed by the duo.
Organizers have announced that the 2014 version of Metallica's Orion Music + More Festival will not take place. A rep for the promoter C3 told the Detroit News that it "may return in 2015," although maybe not in Belle Isle, the Detroit park where it was held in 2013. The first Orion fest in Detroit took place June 8-9 and drew an estimated crowd of 40,000 over two days.
Lady Antebellum, currently on the road promoting their Golden Deluxe album, set up shop on their tour bus to record an acoustic rendition of "And the Radio Played," which they aired as part of their Webisode Wednesday series. The vid features the trio harmonizing on the tune beautifully, despite being packed into the bus' tiny quarters.
Katy Perry and John Mayer have released the single cover for their duet, "Who You Love." The black and white photo, shot by Mario Sorrenti, features Perry lounging on a sofa with Mayer sitting on the floor beneath her with a guitar in his hands. "Who You Love is here," wrote Mayer in an Instagram post.