Blog Posts by Wendy Geller

  • Randy Travis ‘Improving’ as He Moves to Heart Hospital

    Photo: Gary MillerThere's been quite a bit of confusion about Randy Travis's health this week--the singer was admitted to the hospital with heart issues on Sunday, resulting in conflicting reports about his condition.

    In good news, his actual attending physicians have released a statement explaining what's going on, and it sounds as if the 54-year-old singer may be starting to improve.

    Dr. William Gray, who is the director of cardiovascular services at Baylor Medical Center in McKinney, Texas; and Dr. Michael Mack, director of cardiovascular disease at Dallas's Baylor Health Care System, discussed Travis's condition on Wednesday.

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  • Exclusive! Go Behind The Scenes for Skillet’s New ‘American Noise’ Video

    The month of July is all about American pride, right? It's also a good month for rockers Skillet to feel proud of themselves, as they've just released their latest album, Rise, which hit the top of the Billboard Rock Albums and iTunes Rock charts upon debut.

    In order to celebrate both the USA and this great band, we at Yahoo! Music are proud (yep, us too!) to offer up the official video for Skillet's "American Noise," as well as an exclusive behind-the-scenes clip and an animated lyric video. Check it out, and don't forget to make some "noise" in the comments section to let us know what you think!

  • Scotty McCreery Faces Lawsuit From Ex-Manager

    Photo: Paul Morigi"See You Tonight"...or see you in court? Looks like it's the latter for Scotty McCreery. The season 10 "American Idol" champion has just been hit with a lawsuit by a former manager, allegedly for failure to pay up his fees.

    According to the Nashville Post, music industry veteran Todd Cassetty signed McCreery to his newly formed Cassetty Entertainment back in October 2012. McCreery, who had formerly been contractually obligated to XIX Entertainment for a period of time following his "Idol" win, agreed to hop on board as the new venture's first artist as soon as he was a free agent. However, according to Cassetty, the singer never formalized the deal.

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  • Jon Bon Jovi Back to Happy Times With Troubled Family

    Jon Bon Jovi was spotted out on the streets of SoHo this week with not one, but two lovely ladies — namely, his wife of 24 years, Dorothea, and eldest child Stephanie Bongiovi. The smiling trio were missing Stephanie's younger brothers, Jesse, Jacob, and Romeo, but still radiated an undeniable strong family bond nevertheless.

    Bon Jovi strolls with Stephanie (c) and Dorothea (r) (Photo: Splash News)

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  • Randy Travis: What is Viral Cardiomyopathy? How is it Treated?

    Photo: Rick DiamondMusic fans across the nation were dismayed at the sad news that Grammy-winning country star Randy Travis became very ill and was admitted to a Texas hospital this week — with concern growing after a family member claimed he'd undergone heart surgery.

    As it turns out, that statement was false. According to his publicist, Travis did not have heart surgery, but rather is being treated for viral cardiomyopathy — which involves a different type of procedure.

    What's the difference? Here's a detailed breakdown of viral cardiomyopathy: Its definition, causes, treatments, and prognosis.

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  • Randy Travis’s Family Speaks: Says He Had Heart Surgery

    Travis at June's CMT Awards (Photo: Michael Loccisano)Update: On Tuesday, Travis's publicist released a statement that Travis did not actually have heart surgery; rather, he received a ventricular assist device in order to stabilize his condition.

    Randy Travis has undergone heart surgery after being admitted to a Texas hospital Sunday in critical condition, according to news from his family.

    "We have been told he has had surgery. Our prayers are going out to him because my husband just had a heart attack last year, so it is in their family," Theresa Traywick, who is married to Travis's brother, told People. "Their mother passed away at an early age with her heart, so it is like these boys are following right in their footsteps. My prayers are with them. That's all I can say right now."

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  • Randy Travis Hospitalized in Critical Condition

    Travis performs at June's CMA Music Festival (Photo: Frederick Breedon IV)Randy Travis was admitted to a Texas hospital Sunday and is currently in critical condition at the facility, according to his publicist. The country star is suffering from complications of recently acquired viral cardiomyopathy, which is a condition that weakens the heart and can cause cardiac damage or even failure.

    Very little information otherwise has been released about Travis's condition at posting time. His publicity firm stated there were no further details to share. There are many causes for cardiomyopathy; however, the viral variety is triggered by a virus.

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  • Meeting Taylor Swift is Dream Come True for Sick Kid

    Selena Yorke (Facebook)Taylor Swift truly is the queen of hearts when it comes to reaching out to her fans — especially the youngest and most vulnerable ones. She's written a song about a 4-year-old who died far too soon, invited a teenage cancer patient to be her date at an awards show, and now has made another sick child's dream come true.

    Last year, 11-year-old Canadian Selena Yorke was diagnosed with an extremely rare disease, Friedreich’s Ataxia, which causes its victims to slowly lose their ability to walk and talk. There is no known cure for the condition, and Yorke has already lost so much muscle strength that she is now in a wheelchair part of the time.

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  • Taylor Swift Channels Summertime Fun in New Perfume Ad

    Who's ready for the Fourth of July holiday? Apparently, Taylor Swift is--the blond superstar has just released an ad for her summery new perfume, Taylor by Taylor Swift, which shows her waving a sparkler, swinging in a sundress, and cruising around on a sunny afternoon in a top-down convertible, all to the strains of her breezy tune "Starlight."

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  • Florida Georgia Line’s ‘Cruise’ Cruises Right Over 50-Year Chart Record

    Photo: Christopher PolkLooks like Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise" is on cruise control: Once the smash crossover hit made the charts, it's just been steadily chugging along going forward. The song has now spent a total of 17 weeks in the No. 1 position on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart — making it the longest any song has held that spot in a full 50 years.

    The last tune to top the 50-year-period was Leroy Van Dyke’s "Walk On By," which spent 19 weeks on top in 1961-1962. The all-time record is 21 weeks, a feat that's been accomplished by three artists: Eddy Arnold, Hank Snow and Webb Pierce; so if FLAGA hangs on to the top spot for just five more weeks, they'll be the new overall champions.

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