(.. quite literally, since Neil Haislop will post this stuff he shares with A&O clients a day early on his public website tomorrow!)
CARRIE AND TAYLOR APPEAR ON NEW YEAR’S ROCKIN’ EVE
For the 36th year, Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve was the big party in New York City’s Times Square to welcome the New Year and country’s, CARRIE UNDERWOOD and TAYLOR SWIFT were part of the talent collected this year that included co-hosts Dick Clark, Ryan Seacrest and Fergie (in Hollywood) who will also sing. Carrie performed her new single, “All-American Girl.” The Hollywood party also featured Miley Cyrus.
NICOLE KIDMAN NOT HAVING BABY OR BABY ELEPHANT
For the last two years, rumors have continued to surface that Keith Urban’s wife, Nicole Kidman, is pregnant...which, if she had been pregnant for the last 24 months, that’s the gestation period for a baby elephant, not a human. Nevertheless, rumors re-surfaced again this weekend that Nicole and Keith are expecting a baby...NOT TRUE, says her Australian publicist. She added, “It is incorrect...she must have had about 30 babies by now.” The rumor originated with the UK’s Daily Mail who alleged that Nicole and Keith broke the news to their parents in Australia where the couple is for the holidays.
The following items are from the Jan. 14, 2008, issue of COUNTRY WEEKLY, on sale Dec. 31, 2007...
COUNTRY WEEKLY’S TOP 25 STORIES OF THE YEAR ON STANDS
In this special year-end issue, Country Weekly counts down the top 25 stories of the year 2007. The top stories include Kenny Chesney’s blockbuster summer tour, Sara Evans’ divorce saga, the return of Garth Brooks to the concert stage and the year’s biggest hit songs. Plus, we’ll recall who tied the knot in 2007, which stars welcomed new arrivals to the family and the passings of legends like Porter Wagoner and Hank Thompson.
TRISHA MAKES COUNTRY HALL OF FAME..AS TOUR GUIDE
Trisha Yearwood made it to the Country Music Hall of Fame...as a tour guide! Trisha is certainly a candidate for a future spot in the Hall of Fame, but the current issue of Country Weekly has the story of her early days in Nashville where she worked minimum wage as tour guide, as she was trying guide herself to a career in the music business. “I probably wasn’t a great tour guide, because I was so fascinated by the stuff in the museum,” she tells Country Weekly. “I spent most of my time hiding out in the movie theater. They had a really great Patsy Cline movie and a really great Elvis movie, and I was a big fan of both of those artists.”
PHIL VASSAR AT HOME
Phil Vassar gives Country Weekly readers a glimpse of his beautiful Nashville-area home, where he loves to kick back and write songs. Phil admits that he’s a regular homebody, despite his normally outgoing nature. “I’m not one who goes out a lot,” he tells Country Weekly. “I don’t like to go to bars and places like that. So I really like to stay here when I’m off the road.” One of Phil’s favorite areas is an upstairs game room, which features arcade-size video games. “Me and my songwriter buddies all get into it,” says Phil. “They like to come over and hang out.” The feature includes stunning interior photos.
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