The Music City Minute ...
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Taylor Swift’s massive hit “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” garnered a Grammy nomination this week for Record of the Year. Taylor admits…she was going through some pretty intense emotions when she wrote it. According to Billboard, the song sets an all-time record for the most weeks at #1 by a solo female. Time Magazine also named it one of the Top 10 Songs of the Year.
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill kickoff their Soul2Soul shows this weekend at The Venetian in Las Vegas. For the first time, the couple will share the spotlight instead of focusing on their solo careers. Tim and Faith are scheduled to play a string of weekend shows at The Venetian through April.
Hunter Hayes is giving you the ultimate concert experience in his new music video for “Somebody’s Heartbreak”. The montage shows Hunter behind the scenes on tour. Hunter is still soaking in his new accomplishments, as he was nominated for THREE Grammy’s this week. He’s up for Best New Artist, Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Album.
America has once again proven that they love Blake Shelton. His first holiday television special – Blake Shelton’s Not So Family Christmas brought in huge ratings. Nearly 11 million people tuned in to the special. As a result…it’ll air again next Friday at 7 PM on NBC.
R&B singer Ne-Yo has spent a lot of time in Nashville. He’s written songs with some of Music City's best songwriters. He also wrote for Carrie Underwood and is featured on Tim McGraw’s Emotional Traffic album. Tim and Ne-Yo collaborated on the track “She Is”…which is featured on Ne-Yo’s new album, R.E.D.
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Jason Aldean is no stranger to #1 hits. But he’s also let a few #1’s slip away. The latest one became a chart topper for another country artist. Jason passed on “Drunk on You”…which was eventually a #1 for his best friend, Luke Bryan. Oh…and Jason’s hit "Big Green Tractor" was originally pitched to Jake Owen. That song became a 4-week #1 for Jason.
C E L E B R I T Y S C O O P
KATE MIDDLETON: Released From Hospital
Pregnant royal Kate Middleton has gotten the all-clear from doctors and is headed home after her hospitalization for severe morning sickness.
A perky-looking Duchess of Cambridge left the hospital on the arm of hubby Prince William, smiling at photographers before getting into her limo for the ride back to the palace.
The royal family issued a statement saying, "The Duchess of Cambridge has been discharged from the hospital and will now head to Kensington Palace
Camilla Belle Meets Tim Tebow's Parents
In Touch has learned that New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow has introduced his girlfriend, 10,000 BC actress Camilla Belle, to his mom and dad, and they approve!
The couple have been seeing each other since May of 2012, but they did not officially start dating until the end of the summer due to their hectic careers. Since then they have spent as much time as they can together and they are on the phone with each other a couple of times a day, the source tells In Touch.
Brooke Burke Undergoes Successful Thyroid Cancer Surgery
Brooke Burke-Charvet is ready to focus on healing.
Confirming her thyroid cancer diagnosis in November, the Dancing With the Stars cohost underwent a successful thyroidectomy Thursday, Dec. 6. "Thank God it's over. I'm clean, surgery went well and I can talk. Losing my voice was my biggest fear," Burke-Charvet, 41, tweeted after her procedure. "Thanks for all your prayers and light."
NEWS OF THE WEIRD!
All San Diego man wants for Christmas is a Latina
Former reality show actor and current millionaire Marc Paskin has a very special Christmas wish: He wants a Latina
Paskin took out an ad on a billboard in San Diego
Paskin, who has a net worth of $200 million, would be best known for his appearance on the ABC reality TV show "Secret Millionaire."
At the end of his "Secret Millionaire" episode, Paskin gave $40,000 to John Cook, the founder of Really Living Foundation, which provides free transportation and financial assistance to those who are uninsured or underinsured, according to Hispanically Speaking News. During Paskin's "undercover" time as a driver, he met 24-year-old mother Courtney, a mother struggling with her young daughter's illness as well as the failure of her own transplanted kidney. In the end, he gave the mother and her daughter $20,000.
Sadly, Paskin is a widower after losing his wife of 28 years to diabetes in 2002.
"When I die, no one will be at my funeral talking about my cash flow or how many properties I own," he told UT San Diego during his time on "Secret Millionaire." "But they will be talking about my heart, and how I used my success to help others in need. Giving back, helping others - to me, that is success, not the size of your bank account."
Airport puppy scheme bilking victims of hundreds
Airport officials are warning people of a scheme that is bilking wannabe pet owners out of hundreds of dollars
The schemers are using fake letterhead and pictures of the airport to make their puppy buying operation look legitimate.
This week, three different families thought they could pick up puppies they bought on the Internet from the airport kennel department.
Warren Jones, the cargo manager at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
"Before you give anyone money, ask specific questions, wait a day before making that purchase. Airlines may ship dogs, but not the airport. Also, if (you're) buying something off the Internet, use a credit card so you can contest the charges as fraud," Jones said.
Verizon Wants to Spy on What You're Doing Through Your TV
It sounds creepy, like something out of a Twilight Zone episode, but it's true. Verizon has applied for a patent for the idea of using customers' TV set-top boxes to see and hear what people are doing in front of their TVs, and then using that information to tailor what ads will show up during commercial breaks. FierceCable first discovered the patent filing, which gives an example of a couple snuggling in front of the TV that might see ads for romantic vacations, flowers or even condoms. Verizon also envisions being able to detect a person's mood from what they're doing, such as singing a happy song, and then featuring ads intended for happy people. The patent filing even suggests that the tracking system could communicate with a smartphone or tablet a viewer might have in their hands, seeing the websites the person is looking at, reading their email drafts or looking at what ebook they're reading. The patent's filing has yet to be approved, however, and this envisioned system may not actually come to pass, with LiveScience.com noting that companies file patents on many ideas that never become a reality.