Blog Posts by Wendy Geller

  • 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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  • Exclusive! Get First Look at Lou Doillon’s ‘I.C.U.’

    French beauty Lou Doillon has a famous pedigree--she's the daughter of film director Lou Doillon and iconic British actress Jane Birkin (as well as half-sister to Charlotte Gainsbourg). So, it's not too surprising that she's quickly rising as a bona fide star herself.

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  • Scotty McCreery Risks ‘Duck Dynasty’ Dad’s Wrath by Dancing With Daughter Sadie

    Twitter/Sadie RobertsonWhen you're a teenage girl with one of the most notoriously overprotective fathers on the planet, what boy do you dare invite to your Sweet 16? Well, if you're "Duck Dynasty"'s Sadie Robertson, you just call on squeaky-clean "American Idol" season 10 winner Scotty McCreery!

    The Robertson family was happy to welcome McCreery (who took a short break from his current tour) to Louisiana for the special day, not only to play at Sadie's party, but to partake in a full redneck romp — including off-roading with brother John Luke and sampling matriarch Kay's fried shrimp and banana pudding.

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  • Lamar? Lamar? Awkward Moment at BET Awards Raises Eyebrows

    Photo: Mark DavisTalk about awkward timing. At the 2013 BET Awards, Kendrick Lamar was a fair shoo-in to grab the Best New Artist trophy — which he indeed did. However, one small problem: The artist was nowhere in sight when his name was called.

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  • Exclusive! Get a First Look at Elton John’s New ‘Home Again’ Lyric Video

    When Sir Elton John decides to put out new music, it's safe to say it's a pretty big deal, especially when it's been seven whole years since his last solo album. Fans can mark their calendars now for the September 24 release of The Diving Board, which will mark the end of that long waiting period.

    John's new album will feature 12 brand-new songs written by himself and longtime lyricist Bernie Taupin, as well as three original piano interludes which he composed for the project. The first single, "Home Again," is already available as an instant download for those who pre-order the set, but you can also hear it right here at Yahoo! Music!

    We are pleased to premiere the lyric video for "Home Again," which contains footage of the legendary artist singing and playing piano during a visit to Capitol Studios. This is the first place you'll see this exclusive preview to his new album. Enjoy!

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  • Morgan Frazier Paves Her Own Yellow Brick Road to Nashville Success

    If ever there were a born entrepreneur, Texas-bred teenager Morgan Frazier would personify it. The industrious singer-songwriter took control of her career very early on, deciding that she wanted to be a musician and coming up with a nose-to-the-grindstone plan to achieve the dream (read on!) before she even turned double digits in age.

    Frazier not only began her plan, she saw it all the way through, eschewing a typical childhood to play shows and bring her music across the country, with the help of her supportive parents. By the time the talented kiddo arrived in Music City, she was an unstoppable force, landing a deal with Curb Records at 16 and scoring time with some of the city's top songwriters. She's now put out an EP, Yellow Brick Road, and the future is looking pretty golden as well.

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