Kacey Musgraves’ Pageant Material Parades In as No. 1 Album

Jul 4, 2015
Kacey Musgraves’ Pageant Material lives up to its title by debuting at No. 1 this week on Billboard’s country albums chart. It achieves that eminence via first-week sales of 54,752 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That total was sufficient to secure Musgraves the No. 3 spot on the Billboard 200 all-genres rankings. And another round... Read more »

Fourth of July: A Short Playlist

Jul 3, 2015
What’s on your Fourth of July playlist? Maybe it’s Lee Greenwood‘s durable “God Bless the U.S.A.” and Elvis Presley’s take on Mickey Newbury’s arrangement of “American Trilogy.” Or maybe it’s the two very different takes following the attacks of 9/11 — Toby Keith’s no-holds-barred “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)” and... Read more »

Recap: Party Down South 2: If the RV’s A’Rockin’, Don’t Come A’Knockin

Jul 3, 2015
The gang takes an RV trip to the Mud Bog. Raven goes four-wheeling, and Hunter and Kelsie make a serious decision about their relationship, and Duke gets caught between two girls. Go Duke! Oh ya, and this happened. Creator of Party Down South 2 has more to share about the recent episode. Here’s her take... Read more »

Natalie Stovall’s Good Deed for the Fourth of July

Jul 3, 2015
Sometimes, the Fourth of July is all about fireworks and barbecues and patriotic playlists and those flag cakes that you see all over Pinterest. And then other times, it’s about celebrating in a way that’s so completely American, you just have to sit back and be proud of what we stand for. That’s the case... Read more »

Unreal Details From Jake Owen’s “Real Life” Video

Jul 2, 2015
One of the things that surprised director Jeff Venable about making Jake Owen‘s “Real Life” video was the crane kick. Actually, it was that, plus all of Owen’s dance skills. “His dancing just kind of came out of nowhere,” Venable told me about the video shoot. “When we were doing the Beastie Boys fisheye lens... Read more »


Obama Praises Military Men and Women at Fourth Celebration

Jul 5, 2015
President says Americans' freedom is paid for by service members.

Greece Votes on High-Stakes Bailout Referendum

Jul 5, 2015
Greece votes on high-stakes bailout referendum with opinion polls showing evenly split nation

That Bad Attitude May Be Making You Sick

Jul 4, 2015
What you should know about the mind-body connection.

'Lone Wolf' Worries Put U.S. on High Alert for July 4th

Jul 4, 2015
On this Fourth of July, law enforcement is fully deployed from Los Angeles to D.C.

At Least 14 Injured in Carolina Beach House Deck Collapse

Jul 4, 2015
A family was getting ready to take a photo when the deck collapsed, police say.

Passengers Rescued From Sailboat Off Florida Coast

Jul 4, 2015
On Friday, a Carnival cruise ship spotted the stranded passengers.