Blog Posts by Wendy Geller

  • Emmylou Harris Charged With Hit-And-Run Misdemeanor

    Emmylou Harris (Photo: Jonathan Leibson)Country icon Emmylou Harris is starting off 2013 on a rather bad note: The singer has been slapped with a misdemeanor hit-and-run charge stemming from an accident she had last year.

    Harris, 65, allegedly rammed into the back of another car on Los Angeles's 405 freeway in October 2012, and, according to the other driver's report, took off without exchanging information. TMZ reports that Harris's camp claims she didn't realize she'd hit the car, and that it was a "garden-variety" incident that happens frequently on L.A.'s busy roads.

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  • Blake Shelton ‘Completely Honored’ To Shake Wounded Soldier’s Transplanted Hand

    Blake Shelton (Photo: Gregg DeGuire)Army veteran Brendan Marrocco is a true American hero: The soldier survived a 2009 quadruple amputation after his vehicle was bombed in Iraq. Just recently, he became one of only 7 people in the country to receive a double arm transplant. And now, he’s about to shake hands with his own hero, country superstar and Voice coach Blake Shelton.

    Marrocco, 26, is still recovering from the rare operation and can only partially move and feel his new donor arms at this point. However, he told reporters the first person he’d like to shake hands with once he’s able—following his doctors—is Shelton.

    A fan tweeted the local news story to Shelton on Tuesday, prompting the singer to respond “Wow.. Speechless. I will make this happen!!”

    He then noted that he was “completely honored” and addressed Marrocco directly on Twitter: “I can't WAIT to shake the hand of an American Hero/Stud... You my brother.”

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  • Long Island’s Lisa Matassa Proves That New York Country Girls Rock

    Lisa MatassaCountry musicians come from all parts of America these days, but Lisa Matassa has one cool distinction in this arena: She's considered "Long Island's first bona fide country artist!"

    The singer-songwriter, who was born in New York but raised in Florida, has had an indirect path to country music. Although she grew up loving (and singing) the genre, her career originally took a pop path--she put out two top-10 dance hits while still in her teens, and toured with the likes of Taylor Dayne and Brenda K. Starr. Realizing that her true love was country music, she made the switch to where her creative heart lay, and has released three country albums to date. Her latest, Somebody's Baby, is garnering attention for the title track, which is climbing the charts and attracting ears with its unique rockin' country hybrid sound.

    We had the opportunity to talk to Matassa about her new music, the fact that she's not Nashville based, and how she has managed to blend all her musical influences so successfully. Enjoy!

    Our Country: There is a lot of discussion about how you are a country artist from Long Island. Given that country music is so widespread in popularity these days--and there are artists in the genre from basically all over the country now--do you find that your NY heritage is less of a talking point?

    Lisa Matassa: It definitely continues to intrigue people a bit when they hear I live on Long Island. Once they hear how much country music influenced me as a little girl growing up in South Florida, I think my current place of residence no longer becomes an issue. As far as I'm concerned, country music is America's music regardless of where you hang your hat.

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  • Justin Bieber Opens Up About Gomez Breakup In New Song

    Justin Bieber (Photo: Larry Marano)We all know that Justin Bieber’s breakup with his girlfriend of two years, Selena Gomez, took a toll on the 18-year-old pop star. However, for the first time, he’s being open about the split, explaining that a song off his new album is about Gomez and their failed relationship.

    The tune, “Nothing Like Us,” details a “perfect” and “true” partnership that went wrong—with a girl who ended up pushing Bieber away. When questioned if he was heartbroken over Gomez, the singer told Billboard that he’s not feeling his best lately:

    “I'm not in the happiest place that I've ever been. I'm trying to get through what I'm going through,” he noted. “I have my really close friends to cheer me up and keep me going.”

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  • Taylor Swift’s Making It Official With ‘Great Love Of Her Life’–Diet Coke!

    Taylor Swift (Photo: Francois G. Durand)Aside from her musical talent, Taylor Swift is an astute businesswoman—the superstar has landed partnerships with major brands Cover Girl and Keds…and now, she’s teaming up with yet another huge name. It has just been announced that the superstar will be the face of soft-drink giant Diet Coke.

    Swift posted a video on Sunday in which she talked about how she’s “making it official” with “one of the great loves of my life”—well, all we can say is, this looks like a relationship that will actually last!

    According to Ad Age, Coke’s marketing plan for Swift hasn’t been revealed yet, but it’s anticipated she will become a brand ambassador (much as Beyonce serves for Pepsi). Swift alluded to tie-ins with her upcoming tour, as well as a commercial shoot. Fans who want to keep up with the partnership can “like” Diet Coke’s Facebook page for updates.

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  • Adele’s Dad Says In New Interview: He’s ‘Dead’ To His Daughter

    Adele (Photo: Dave J Hogan)Eight-time Grammy winner Adele has a lot to celebrate in 2013: Her happy relationship with boyfriend Simon Konecki, their new baby boy, and the fact that she's up for yet another Grammy next month--as well as an Oscar! However, there's one family member who won't be sharing in the joy with her.

    Adele vowed last year that she wants nothing to do with her own father, and that promise is holding true--according to her dad himself. In a new interview, Adele's father, Mark Evans, confirms that the singer has completely cut him off and won't accept any attempts at reconciliation. In fact, it's like he is "dead" to her.

    "I'm not interested in her celebrity status or her money, I just want my daughter back and I want to be a proper granddad to the little one," Evans, a part-time plumber in South Wales, told the Daily Mail on Sunday.

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  • LL Cool J Opens Up For The First Time About Violent Home Intrusion

    LL Cool J (Photo: Frederick M. Brown)Rapper/actor and 2013 Grammy Awards host LL Cool J has had lots of memorable moments to chat about over his legendary career. However, there’s one memory he hasn’t spoken publicly about—until now.

    Back in August 2012, LL’s Los Angeles-area home was broken into in the middle of the night . While his family slept, the entertainer woke to an unusual noise, went downstairs, and took down the stranger single-handedly. He punched the man—described by authorities as a 56-year-old transient—and pinned him down until police arrived.

    The intruder ended up suffering a broken nose and jaw and was charged with first-degree burglary. LL and his family were unhurt.

    At the time of the incident, the star released a statement assuring fans that he and his family were okay, and thanking them for their concern. However, months later, he has finally opened up to Oprah Winfrey about the frightening break-in. He explained that at the time he mostly felt relief that he was able to protect his family.

    “What was on my mind was what could have happened if I wasn’t home,” the 45-year-old said. “It wasn’t one of those ‘beat your chest’ moments, it was one of those grateful, gratitude, ‘Thank God’ moments that I was able to handle the situation.”

    “If I wasn’t [there]—a houseful of women, there’s no telling what could have happened,” LL, who has a wife and three daughters, added. “He had bad intentions.”

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  • First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage…Now It’s Twin Baby Carriages For Chely Wright!

    Chely Wright and Lauren Blitzer-Wright (Photo: Jason LaVeris)Chely Wright, who made headlines in 2010 as the first country star to publicly come out as a lesbian, has happy news for the new year: She’s expecting identical twins with her wife, Lauren Blitzer-Wright.

    The couple announced their pregnancy Wednesday on Howard Bragman's YouTube show Gwissues. Wright, 42, is carrying the babies. No word on whether the twins are boys or girls, but they will arrive this summer, according to Wright.

    The little arrivals are technically due in July; however, Wright noted that identical twins often need to be delivered a month early, so their nursery will need to be ready in June.

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  • Exclusive! Legendary Grammy Winner Aaron Neville Performs For Yahoo! Music

    The 55th annual Grammy Awards are nearly upon us, and what could be a better way to celebrate Grammy season than an exclusive performance from one of the music world's most versatile Grammy winners?

    Aaron Neville, who's won scores of awards over his remarkable, multigenre, five-decade career--both as a solo artist and as part of family group the Neville brothers--visited Yahoo! Music to give us a taste of some of his favorite classic tunes. Some of these songs appear on his new collection, My True Story, a project he engineered to showcase the music he grew up loving by covering some of the doo-wop era's best numbers.

    The new set not only features Neville's rich interpretations of these songs, it also boasts guitar playing from yet another musical legend, the Rolling Stones' Keith Richards, as well as production from Richards and Blue Note Records president Don Was.

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  • LeAnn Rimes Debuts Punk/Retro Hairstyle On ‘Kimmel’

    Tired of hearing LeAnn Rimes discuss her ongoing feud with husband Eddie Cibrian’s ex Brandi Glanville? Okay, we are, too—but that said, we still enjoyed seeing Rimes on Jimmy Kimmel Live Tuesday night.

    No, Rimes did not refrain from discussing Glanville—she did plenty of that. However, she did provide visual interest with a new hairstyle, one that we’ve never seen the singer sport before.

    LeAnn Rimes (ABC)

    Best described as a pompadour (of sorts), the slightly punkish/retro ‘do called to mind a look that Gwen Stefani, Pink, and most recently Miley Cyrus has rocked on the red carpet—definitely a departure for the country star, who usually wears her blond locks in a beachy, natural flow and rarely experiments with radical hairstyles.

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