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'Drift Away' singer Dobie Gray dies of cancer at age 71

7 December 2011 4:31 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Nashville, Tenn. (AP) — Dobie Gray was more than a smooth balladeer who recorded the timeless hit "Drift Away" in 1973.   He wrote songs for an array of country and pop performers, was a trailblazing entertainer in South Africa and, in death, a philanthropist.   Gray died in his sleep at his Nashville home Tuesday after a long battle with cancer. He was 69.   "Drift Away" also was recorded by rap artist Uncle Kracker in 2003 and became a hit again.   Gray's silky tenor also was heard on other hits including "The In Crowd" in 1965 and "Loving »

- Joe Edwards (AP)

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Dobie Gray, 'Drift Away' singer, dead at 71

7 December 2011 1:56 AM, PST | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Texas-born singer-songwriter Dobie Gray, best known for his hit song "Drift Away," has passed away, per his official website. He was 71 years old. Gray, whose real name is unknown (he may have been born Leonard Victor Ainsworth or Laurence Darrow Brown) was given the nickname "Dobie" by Sonny Bono, who was referencing sitcom "The Many Lives of Dobie Gillis."

Gray enjoyed success in the 1960s and early '70s with "The In Crowd" and Mentor Williams' "Drift Away," which would remain a staple song for years to come. Most recently Detroit rapper Uncle Kracker (a Kid Rock protege) enjoyed success with a 2003 version of the song he recorded with Gray, which broke adult contemporary records and transcended radio genres.

The Dec. 6 death announcement offers no cause, simply reading, "Dobie Gray: July 26, 1940 - December 6, 2011."

Kracker tweeted, "My heart goes out to Dobie's family this evening. Rip Dobie Gray. »


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Regis Philbin's Live! Farewell: 3 Best Moments

18 November 2011 8:04 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Live! With Regis & Kelly is finished. Long live Regis!

Yes, today marked host Regis Philbin’s farewell telecast after 28 seasons of his fun, freewheeling morning show — it’ll continue as Live! With Kelly until a permanent cohost is found — and while the hour was perhaps less emotionally compelling than I’d expected, it had three particularly memorable moments:

* Regis’ final walk to the stage, set to a wistful piano tune, reached its crescendo with a stop at Kelly’s dressing room, where the duo linked hands and exchaned “I love yous.” “Every morning, I’ll think of this,” said Regis, »

- Michael Slezak

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Taylor Swift covers Eminem's 'Lose Yourself' and totally wins

4 August 2011 10:31 PM, PDT | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Taylor Swift is adorable. So adorable that she even makes Eminem sound breathlessly cute.

At a recent show in Grand Rapids, Mich., Swift showed off her rap chops when she covered Eminem's "Lose Yourself" -- or about a minute of it. She follows it up with a cover of Uncle Kracker's "Smile" before busting in to her own mega hit, "You Belong with Me."

Honestly, it's just refreshing to see a young musician who is actually, umm, a musician. And, bonus!: No interrupting Kanye! »


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Taylor Swift Loses Herself in Eminem

4 August 2011 5:26 PM, PDT | Boomtron | See recent Boomtron news »

What does country music artist Taylor Swift have in common with rapper Eminem? Not a lot. However she clearly listens to his music.

Swift was under the weather not so long ago, suffering from bronchitis and having to postpone concert stops on her “Speak Now” tour. She is looking much recovered however, in today’s fund video, which you will find below. I’m sure I’m not the only one who adores Taylor Swift’s covers. I have a Lua cover and Coldplay cover on my iPod now. But who knew the young artist would go so diverse for her fans?

In Toronto, she recently (and smartly, I might add) sang a collage of songs from Canadian artists. These included Justin Bieber’s “Baby,” Alanis Morissette’s “You Learn,” and Tal Bachman’s “She’s So High”. Then, in Newark, New Jersey, Entertainment Weekly reporters were on hand for »

- Sasha Nova

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'American Idol' Song Suggestions from the 21st Century

19 April 2011 4:25 AM, PDT | | See recent BuddyTV news »

This week, the Top 7 will take on songs from the 21st century. Songs from The Future (nope, the last 11 years). Get out your Now CDs! I'm just hoping that by now the Top 7 have enough sense to stay away from auto-tuned songs, or anything by the Black Eyed Peas. Will they feel obligated to? Since Will.I.Am will just be sitting there, staring at them?

Here are my suggestions/predictions for the Top 7, which will definitely be wrong.

Casey Abrams

Song: "Wonderful" by Everclear or "Follow Me" by Uncle Kracker

I think Casey has a pretty good '90s vibe, so songs from the early 2000s would work for him. He could also surprise us with "Haven't Met You Yet" by Michael Buble. Would he? Nahh. »


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2011 Acm Awards Full Winners: Taylor Swift Wins Entertainer of the Year

3 April 2011 8:55 PM, PDT | Celebrity Mania | See recent Celebrity Mania news »

More winners are revealed at the live telecast of the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday, April 3. Sugarland win Top Vocal Duo of the Year, beating The JaneDear Girls, Joey and Rory, Montgomery Gentry and Steel Magnolia. This marks the fourth year in a row they get the title.

Afterwards, Brad Paisley is given Top Male Vocalist of the Year, pushing aside Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton, George Strait and Keith Urban. "I'm so grateful to the fans of country music who gave me the chance to do this for a living," he said. "I don't know who got paid ... I'm just kidding, it's all very fair!" He won the honor for the third year in a row.

Miranda Lambert adds another Acm trophy to her collection. Near the end of the show, she is honored as Top Female Vocalist of the Year, winning over Reba McEntire, Taylor Swift, »


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2011 Grammy winners: Lady Antebellum, Lady Gaga, Eminem, Arcade Fire win big

13 February 2011 7:32 PM, PST | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

The 2011 Grammy Awards were big for the ladies -- country trio Lady Antebellum took home the most awards with five, while Lady Gaga earned three. Eminem had two honors, but Alternative Rock group Arcade Fire won the coveted Album of the Year.

Here is the full list of winners:

Album Of The Year

The Suburbs -- Arcade Fire

Recovery -- Eminem

Need You Now -- Lady Antebellum

The Fame Monster -- Lady Gaga

Teenage Dream -- Katy Perry

Record Of The Year

"Nothin' On You" -- B.o.B Featuring Bruno Mars

"Love The Way You Lie" -- Eminem Featuring Rihanna

"Forget You" -- Cee Lo Green

"Empire State Of Mind" -- Jay-z & Alicia Keys

"Need You Now" -- Lady Antebellum

Best New Artist

Justin Bieber


Florence & The Machine

Mumford & Sons

Esperanza Spalding

Song Of The Year

"Beg Steal Or Borrow" -- Ray Lamontagne, songwriter (Ray Lamontagne And The »


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Carrie Underwood Snubbed, Miranda Lambert Leads 2011 Acm Awards Nominees

1 February 2011 7:37 PM, PST | Celebrity Mania | See recent Celebrity Mania news »

Nominations for the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards have been announced on Tuesday morning, February 1. At a press conference at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, it was unraveled that Triple-Crown Award recipient Carrie Underwood got snubbed while big winner at 2010 Cma Awards Miranda Lambert continued to dominate.

A winner of 11 Acm trophies, Carrie was missing from a number of top categories. The country singer, who won "American Idol" in 2005, only managed to get a nomination for Top Female Vocalist of the Year. She is vying against Miranda, Reba McEntire, Taylor Swift and Lee Ann Womack.

27-year-old Miranda, on the other hand, came out as a leader of the pack with seven nods. In addition to the Top Female Vocalist title, she nabbed her first ever nomination for Entertainer of the Year. She is also up for Single Record of the Year and Song »


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Taylor Swift Is Up For Three Academy Of Country Music Awards! See The Full List Of Nominees!

1 February 2011 12:50 PM, PST | HollywoodLife | See recent HollywoodLife news »

Does Taylor deserves to win Entertainer of the Year? Tell us what you think!

Wow! Taylor Swift sure is on her game this year. Besides Miranda Lambert, she’s the only other woman to be nominated for the Academy of Country Music’s Entertainer of the Year award! Taylor’s also nominated in the categories of Top Female Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year!

In 2008, Tay won Top New Female Vocalist, and in 2009, she won Album of the Year and the Crystal Milestone Award!

Carrie Underwood is also nominated for Top Female Vocalist of the Year — and Keith Urban could possibly take the Entertainer of the Year Award from Tay!

Here are all the nominations for the 2011 Acm Awards:

Entertainer Of The Year:

* Jason Aldean

* Toby Keith

* Miranda Lambert

* Brad Paisley

* Taylor Swift

* Keith Urban

Top Male Vocalist Of The Year

* Jason Aldean

* Brad Paisley

* Blake Shelton »

- lindsey

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Miranda Lambert, Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown Band lead Academy of Country Music nominations

1 February 2011 7:48 AM, PST | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

The Academy of Country Music announced the nominations for its 46th annual awards Tuesday morning (Feb. 1). Miranda Lambert led with seven nominations, including Top Female Vocalist and her first ever nomination for Entertainer of the Year. In addition, Lambert was nominated for Single Record of the Year and Song of the Year for "The House That Built Me," and received two nominations for Video of the Year for "Only Prettier" and "The House That Built Me."

Kenny Chesney is nominated for five awards, including Album of the Year for" Hemingway's Whiskey" and Single Record of the Year and Video of the Year for "The Boys Of Fall." Zac Brown Band is nominated for five awards including Top Vocal Group and Album of the Year.

Taylor Swift received four nominations, including her second nomination for Entertainer of the Year. Carrie Underwood, the reigning Entertainer of the Year and the first woman »


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