April 9th, 2013
11:18 AM ET

LL Cool J's proud of 'Accidental Racist'

LL Cool J's collaboration with Brad Paisley, "Accidental Racist," has kicked up a lot of dust, but the rapper seems to have expected as much.

As he told CNN, the song, which is from Paisley's newly released album "Wheelhouse," is a "bold statement" not just for country music, but for music in general.

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Brad Paisley being eyed for 'Idol' gig?
July 25th, 2012
10:56 AM ET

Brad Paisley being eyed for 'Idol' gig?

There's still one more seat open at "American Idol's" judges' table, and Deadline reports that Fox is seriously considering adding country star Brad Paisley to the mix.

Considering that some of "Idol’s" most successful acts - including Carrie Underwood, Scotty McCreery and Kellie Pickler - are country stars, Deadline speculates that Paisley could be a good move, as the genre clearly has appeal with "Idol's" audience.

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Tim Tebow is ‘still a guy’
January 23rd, 2012
11:55 AM ET

Tim Tebow is ‘still a guy’

The Denver Broncos' season is over, and you were probably looking forward to reading a little news that didn’t include Tim Tebow in it. Sorry to disappoint, but to be fair... you’re the one who keeps clicking on the headlines.

The NFL quarterback earned an ear-piercing ovation this weekend when he joined country singer Brad Paisley on stage to sing “I’m Still a Guy.”

“We’ve seen you throw an 80-yard touchdown pass, but can you sing?” Paisley asked Tebow during the concert at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado.
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‘New Yorker’ dashed Zach Galifianakis’ caption hopes
September 13th, 2011
05:07 PM ET

‘New Yorker’ dashed Zach Galifianakis’ caption hopes

After years of trying, film critic Roger Ebert won The New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest.

Sadly, Zach Galifianakis never saw this success, and gave up submitting entries in 2007, reports The Wall Street Journal. The New Yorker has rejected every one of the comedian’s submissions.

“The Hangover” star is in good company. The Caption Contest, which appears in the back of the magazine each week, has eluded many notable entrants, including three-term mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg.

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May 7th, 2010
01:07 PM ET

Nashville fundraisers starting to fill the calendar – with or without a national media spotlight

During the last few days, I've received a number of calls and emails from colleagues in Nashville, frustrated with how the catastrophic flooding in their city has not seemed to receive the amount of attention it deserves on many national news outlets – including CNN.

My friend Heather left an impassioned message from her cell, as she pulled moldy siding off a pal's home in Bellevue. Another friend, Jules, opened up her vast rolodex for contacts we needed. And Schatzi Hageman, publicist for Trace Adkins, apologized for delays in responding to emails – never using the fact that her office was uninhabitable as an excuse.

We caught up with Trace himself in Southern California, where he was shooting a music video for his new single, "This Ain't No Love Song." The Louisiana native was defiant about his adopted city's tenacity, and didn't think the national media was obligated to shine a bigger spotlight. "I don't feel slighted in any way," he said. "I'm not worried about it, because I think that Nashville – as a community and as a city – we'll cowboy up, and we'll take care of this situation, and we'll fix what needs to be fixed, and we'll carry on. We don't need everybody in the country to come run to our aid."

Indeed, Tennessee is living up to its moniker as "The Volunteer State." As Vince Gill headlined a telethon on the local NBC affiliate, raising more than $1.7 million, a flurry of press releases hit my BlackBerry:
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