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Luke Bryan is changing things up when it comes to releasing his annual Spring Break digital EP. This year, he’s giving fans a full-length physical album called Spring Break…Here To Party. He’s keeping his annual tradition alive by heading to Panama City, Florida for a couple of shows to support the album. Spring Break…Here To Party will be available online March 5th.
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After collecting his fifth #1 song with “Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain)” and scoring his third #1 album this week with Set You Free…Gary Allan is breathing a little bit of a sigh of a relief! Normally, Gary doesn't focus on the opinions of others...but he admits it's certainly nice when his work is well received!
Tim McGraw is coming clean on why he chose to get sober, as he graces this week’s People magazine. Tim’s three daughters had a lot to do with his newfound look on life and sobriety. Tim also discusses his 16-year marriage to Faith Hill by summing it up in two words…”Yes, ma’am”. Look for Tim on the cover of People magazine on newsstands tomorrow.
Hunter Hayes considers Keith Urban one of his musical heroes…and he’s loving the job Keith is doing on American Idol. See Keith on American Idol again tonight at 7 PM on FOX.
Kelly Clarkson Ranks #1 on Forbes' List of Top-Earning AMERICAN IDOL Contestants
Though Idol’s judges and producers earn far more than its contestants, some of the show’s most successful alums have gone on to have lucrative careers in music and film. And though Idol still collects a sizeable chunk of recent winners’ paychecks—up to half, in some cases—the show still serves as a viable launching pad. Read on to see which former contestants made the most last year.
1. Kelly Clarkson ($8 million)
2. Carrie Underwood ($5 million, tie)
2. Daughtry ($5 million, tie)
4. Scotty McCreery ($4 million)
5. Jennifer Hudson ($3 million)
6. Jordin Sparks ($2 million)
7. Adam Lambert ($1.5 million)
LINDSAY LOHAN HAS HER DAY IN COURT
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A supposedly sick Lindsay Lohan hopped on a last-minute flight to L.A on Tuesday night to appear in front of the judge this morning (January 30th.) Judge Stephanie Sautner requested Lindsay's presence in the courtroom to clear up the confusion of who would be representing her.
Once Lindsay confirmed Mark Heller as her lawyer, he attempted to sweet-talk Sautner by calling it an honor to appear in her courtroom and mentioning how he knew all about her time as a NYPD detective. The judge responded, "Flattery does not get you anywhere in this court." According to TMZ, all parties involved then discussed the details of the case and agreed on March 18th as the tentative start date for the probation violation trial.
Although the case will remain in Sautner's courtroom, the judge will actually be retiring on March 1st.
Beyonce Wears Sexy Referee Costume, Thigh-High Boots in Super Bowl Promo Picture
In the photo, posted to the "Countdown" singer's official Tumblr page, the 31-year-old mom (who welcomed daughter Blue Ivy in January 2012) shows off her world-famous curves in black hot pants and a snug black-and-white-striped jersey. The finishing touch? Thigh-high black-leather stiletto boots.
KISSING DOS AND DON'TS (Yahoo):
1) DO open your eyes...just for a second.
2) DON'T forget to use your hands.
3) DO stop talking.
4) DON'T freak yourself out.
5) DO find your signature kiss.
6) DO remember mints.
7) DON'T criticize a guy in the middle of a kiss.
8) DO use soft, affectionate touches.
9) DO kiss like you mean it.
10) DO try a tender lip bite.
11) DON'T lock your lips.
12) DO mix it up.
13) DON'T let your teeth crash the party.
14) DO grab his hair.
15) DO explore with your lips.
SANDY HOOK CHORUS TO SING AT SUPER BOWL
The chorus from Sandy Hook Elementary School
5 Common Illnesses Your Kids Are Going to Pick Up at School
What Should I Look For?Area of reddened skin with honey-colored discharge on top.
How Contagious Is It? Impetigo spreads only through direct contact with the infected area.
What Prevents It? Frequent handwashing; keeping any cuts or sores covered.
2. Strep Throat
What Should I Look For? Fever and sore throat—but no cough or congestion.
How Contagious Is It? Very, among children in close contact. The bacteria can also be picked up from doorknobs or utensils. A child with strep shouldn't return to school until on antibiotics for 24 hours.
What Prevents It? Not sharing anything, especially drinks or food. Get your kid a new toothbrush after the first 24 hours on antibiotics to avoid a repeat infection.
3. Fifth Disease
What Should I Look For? Sore throat, low-grade fever, headache, then a facial rash like bright-red, slapped cheeks, and a lace-like rash on the chest, back, and arms. If your child has an impaired immune system or blood disease, call the doctor if he's been exposed.
How Contagious Is It? Moderately early on, but not after the rash has appeared.
What Prevents It? Frequent handwashing; not sharing food or drinks.
4. Chicken Pox
What Should I Look For? First, a fever and/or sore throat, then a rash that looks like pimples or little bug bites, usually first seen on the abdomen or back.
How Contagious Is It? Highly, through the airborne virus and the blisters, until every last one has crusted over and new ones aren't appearing.
What Prevents It? Vaccination at 12 to 18 months and again at 4 to 6 years. A vaccinated child can still get chicken pox, but it'll be a shorter, milder case.
What Should I Look For? Fever, headache, stiff neck, vomiting, confusion. Viral meningitis is more common but also less serious than bacterial meningitis, which can be life-threatening. The only way to tell the difference is by testing the spinal fluid, so call the doctor immediately if you suspect meningitis.
How Contagious Is It? Very. It spreads through nasal mucus and fecal contamination.
What Prevents It? The Hib vaccine for bacterial meningitis; thorough handwashing, especially after using the bathroom.
Man claiming to be pastor leaves waiter note: ‘I give God 10%. Why do you get 18?’
A photo of the receipt, posted to Reddit.com, shows a bill for $34.93 with an automatic 18 percent gratuity (or $6.29) added above a blank space for an additional tip.
"I give God 10%," the diner wrote on the receipt, scratching out the automatic tip. "Why do you get 18?" He then wrote "Pastor" above his signature, and an emphatic "0" where the additional tip would be. (The automatic gratuity, however, had already been added to the total.)
The Reddit user who submitted the image explained in the comments section that the receipt was part of a total bill for a party of 20, which is why the gratuity was automatically added.
“Parties up to eight ... may tip whatever they’d like, but larger parties receive an automatic gratuity," the server wrote. "It’s in the computer, it’s not something I do.”
The server added: “They had no problem with my service, and told me I was great. They just didn’t want to pay when the time came.”