May 22nd, 2012
08:26 AM ET
John Mayer scoffs when asked about an "unnamed source" who claims his new single, "Shadow Days," was written as an ode to his ex-girlfriend, Jennifer Aniston.
"It's weird because I've never told anybody what a song is about, literally," the seven-time Grammy winner explains to CNN. "There's no sources because no one ever asked! At no time writing the song did the engineer say, 'What's that about?' At no time did (producer) Don Was look at me and say, 'Hey Johnny, what's that song about?'"
But if you listen to the lyrics, you'd realize "Shadow Days" isn't about a woman. It's a mantra from Mayer to himself: "I'm a good man with a good heart/Had a tough time/Got a rough start."
March 29th, 2012
04:15 PM ET
There are pros and cons to holding a press conference in the middle of an outdoor shopping mall, especially in Los Angeles.
True, the weather will probably be nice, and pretty people will be walking around for a built-in audience straight out of Central Casting. But on the downside, your event is in danger of being upstaged by the random celebrity who happened to be shopping at the mall with his family.
Just before Aerosmith made a grand entrance at Wednesday's presser to announce details of their summer tour, CNN stumbled across Paul Stanley from KISS...in a hut with the Easter Bunny.
December 6th, 2011
10:32 AM ET
Blake Shelton didn't seem his usual, joking self at Monday's "American Country Awards," and viewers soon discovered why.
As he took the stage to collect one of two prizes for his music video, "Who Are You When I'm Not Looking," the 35-year-old country superstar gave a shout-out to his father, Dick.
"I just want to say 'Hi' to my dad back home," he told the audience at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. "He's been having a pretty rough couple of weeks, and I know he's watching tonight. I love you, Dad, and I dedicate this to you, man."
November 17th, 2011
01:45 PM ET
Millions of fans know Vince Gill as a country music superstar and 20-time Grammy winner, but the sexual abuse scandal involving Penn State has the artist reflecting on an incident from his past: He was a near-victim of sexual abuse as a preteen.
The 54-year-old singer-songwriter made the revelation to CNN and "Showbiz Tonight" before a show at The Troubadour in West Hollywood, California - a venue he last played 35 years ago as a fledgling artist. Gill was sharing stories about his new album, "Guitar Slinger," when talk turned to Penn State.
"It conjured up something that happened in my past when I was about that age, as a 12-year-old kid starting 7th grade," he confided. "There was unfortunately a gym teacher at our school that wound up being the same kind of thing...and there were some advances made towards me that were very awkward."
November 9th, 2011
06:05 PM ET
Artists are usually a little nervous when they step onto the red carpet at the CMA Awards, but that's certainly not the case the night before.
At the annual BMI Awards, where they honor the best in songwriting, the red carpet is always a party within a party. And that's just talking about Blake Shelton.
Tuesday evening, the country superstar elicited laughs when waxing philosophical (kind of) about his sudden burst in popularity, after a decade-and-a-half of slogging away.
November 8th, 2011
02:30 PM ET
CMA awards week is officially underway, and superstar couple Tim McGraw and Faith Hill kicked it off with a party.
The duo hosted the gathering at their Bear Creek Farms property to celebrate Faith's return to the CMA stage.
Her performance on Wednesday will be her first in five years, and the three-time CMA winner will debut her brand-new single, "Come Home."
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