Country band Alabama mark 50 years with new tour after founder reveals Parkinson’s diagnosis

Country band Alabama will mark their 50th year together with a new tour in 2019, more than a year after founding member Jeff Cook announced that he has Parkinson's disease. The Grammy-winning trio of Randy Owen, Teddy Gentry and Cook formed in 1969 in Fort Payne, Alabama, and went on to dominate the sound of country music … Continue reading “Country band Alabama mark 50 years with new tour after founder reveals Parkinson’s diagnosis”

Country band Alabama will mark their 50th year together with a new tour in 2019, more than a year after founding member Jeff Cook announced that he has Parkinson's disease.

The Grammy-winning trio of Randy Owen, Teddy Gentry and Cook formed in 1969 in Fort Payne, Alabama, and went on to dominate the sound of country music in the 1980s, scoring dozens of No. 1 hits, including classics like "Mountain Music" and "Dixieland Delight."

Guitarist and fiddle player Cook announced in 2017 that he had been diagnosed with the chronic neurological disorder years ago and he would limit his touring with the band. Cook will perform on their new tour, which begins Jan. 10 in Detroit, as much as he's physically able.

Tekashi 6ix9ine’s guard gets three years probation for brawl

A member of rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine's security detail was sentenced Monday to three years probation for a brawl at a swanky Upper East Side eatery.

Zachary Bunce, 33, copped to one count of misdemeanor assault as part of a plea deal.

Cops say that on Oct. 26, he showed up to Philippe Chow on Madison Avenue, where the rapper was scheduled to have a dinner party to celebrate dodging jail on a child sex charge in Manhattan.


Bunce and Faheem Walter, 29, were allegedly turned away by security guards, who were working for Tekashi's new manager, police said.

The pair returned to the upscale eatery and got into a fight with one of the guards. Walter allegedly hurled a chair at him, and the guard pulled a licensed pistol and shot him twice in the stomach, according to cops.

Bunce declined to comment as he left Manhattan Criminal Court. Walter’s case is still pending.

Tekashi, who was later locked up on a federal racketeering and gun raps, was not involved in the fight.

Miley Cyrus risks a nip slip on ‘Saturday Night Live’

Miley Cyrus left little to the imagination during her performance of "Nothing Breaks Like a Heart" on "Saturday Night Live" with Mark Ronson this week.

The former "Hannah Montana" star was topless, save for a silver jacket that she wore open — and that miraculously stayed in place, accompanied by matching pants and boots.

Possibly due to her risqué (and risky) ensemble, Cyrus, 26, avoided twerking and remained mostly stationary during the show, save for some careful strutting towards Ronson, who was undistracted by the singer's seemingly routine partial nudity.

Despite Cyrus previously being totally naked in her "Wrecking Ball" music video and showing a ton more skin when she hosted the MTV Video Music Awards in 2015, Twitter still went into a tizzy remarking on her seemingly physics-defying outfit.


Sean Ono Lennon joined Cyrus and Ronson for the evening's second performance, "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)."

She was significantly more covered up for that tune, but chances are she still relied on some double-stick tape.

Carrie Underwood responds to fan who ‘hates’ her ‘Sunday Night Football’ song ‘Game On’

Carrie Underwood knows that not everyone is going to love all of her music.

On Monday, the country star responded to a social media user who tweeted that Underwood's new "Sunday Night Football" theme song, “Game On,” wasn't particularly their favorite.

"I love that NBC has been reading everyone's Collinsworth slide tweets because it means they've also been reading all the tweets about how much we hate the new Carrie Underwood song," the individual wrote.

The 35-year-old "Cry Pretty" apparently noticed the comment, writing back: "Hey, I know my music isn’t for everyone, but I love what I do and I love being a part of @SNFonNBC ! I am one lucky lady! I also love women who build other women up…just saying…"

In a follow-up tweet, Underwood also stressed the importance of being positive to one another.

"Today, let’s be positive," she wrote. "Let’s be NICE to each other. Let’s do something nice FOR someone else. Smile at a stranger. It’s the start of a new week! Today is precious! Don’t waste it! Sending love and cheer to you all!!! #LoveWins."

The fan later apologized for dissing Underwood's new tune, explaining that she just preferred the singer's previous NFL Sunday Night theme song "Waiting All Day for Sunday Night."

"Sorry that I dissed ‘Game On’ in my tweet about Cris Collinsworth’s slides. I didn’t mean to upset Carrie or her fans, and I'm all about supporting women too. I just miss ‘Waiting all day for Sunday Night.'"

When Underwood first debuted "Game On" back in September, it earned mixed reactions.

One viewer said the new song earned a “D+”

“Pros: Sang "Sunday night" on multiple occasions. Cons: Did not sing ‘ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh’ in advance of saying that it was Sunday night. Grade: D+,” the viewer wrote on Twitter.

Another person said, “I’m not a fan of this new Carrie Underwood song at all.”



Despite the criticism, some fans praised “Game On” and said it was a “fun new song.”

Underwood took over singing the NFL theme song in 2013 from Faith Hill, who sang the opener “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night," according to Rolling Stone.

Fox News' Katherine Lam contributed to this report. 

Ariana Grande apologizes after Kanye West accuses her of using him to promote a song

Ariana Grande has apologized to Kanye West after the rapper accused her of using his feud with Drake to promote a song.

In a series of tweets on Saturday, West addressed his feud with the Canadian rapper and his mental health. On Thursday, West unleashed more than 100 tweets into the next day saying Drake was threatening him.

Without mentioning names, Grande tweeted Thursday that she was aware of “grown men arguing online” but encouraged her fans to check out her and Miley Cyrus’ new songs which were being released later in the night.

“Guys, I know there are grown men arguing online right now but Miley and I dropping our beautiful, new songs tonight so if y’all could please just behave for just like a few hours so the girls can shine that’d be so sick thank you,” she wrote.

West accused the “God is a Woman” singer of using the feud to promote her music.

“All of this foolishness weighed on my mental health so Ariana Grande you know I got love for you but until you’re ready to really make sure everyone’s ok don’t use me or this moment to promote a song,” he tweeted.

Grande responded to his tweet saying her initial comment was “probably insensitive.”

“With all due respect, I don’t need to use anyone to promote anything,” she wrote. “Period. I was just making a comment about what men were doing at the time vs. women. It was a joke which I understand now was probably insensitive. I apologize if I was in any way triggering and hope you feel well today.”

Later she tweeted: “Anyway I hate the internet so much. Sending love. But like bye.”

West has not immediately commented.

Kathleen Joyce is a breaking/trending news producer for You can follow her at @Kathleen_Joyce8 on Twitter.

‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ Christmas song controversy isn’t new: A brief history of the lyrics debate

The Christmas classic "Baby, It's Cold Outside" once again made headlines this year when a radio station in Ohio removed the holiday hit from its lineup in November after a listener expressed concerns. The move reignited an old debate across the country — with many once again closely reevaluating the lyrics to the 1940's song.

“It wasn't really our decision. It's the decision of our listeners," WDOK Christmas 102.1 host Desiray told Fox 8, adding there have been many valid points raised about the song. "People might say, ‘Oh, enough with that #MeToo,’ but if you really put that aside and listen to the lyrics … the tune might be catchy, but let's maybe not promote that sort of an idea."

Afterward, radio stations across the country considered echoing WDOK's action and celebrities slowly started weighing in as well.


But this isn't the first time "Baby, It's Cold Outside" has been in the hot seat.

In the tune, a female sings: "I really can’t stay,” to which a man responds: "But baby, it’s cold outside.”

In another part of a song, a woman is heard singing lines like "Say what's in this drink?," "The answer is no" and "I've gotta get home."

The potentially problematic lyrics of the 1944 song, written by Frank Loesser, have been discussed for years. Here's a brief history of the seemingly annual trend.



Cleveland radio station WDOK Christmas 102.1 said they pulled "Baby, It's Cold Outside" from its Christmas lineup after a listener noted the inappropriate nature of the song's lyrics. The station later said it conducted a poll online and the results — which were not visible online — revealed the majority were in favor of ditching it.

Many radio stations started following suit, conducting polls on their respective websites to determine if their listeners felt the same way.

KOSI 101 in Denver also said they briefly “decided to rest the song” until they got feedback from listeners. But in the end, roughly 95 percent of people polled said they were in favor of KOSI playing the holiday tune.


“While we are sensitive to those who may be upset by some of the lyrics, the majority of our listeners have expressed their interpretation of the song to be non-offensive," KOSI 101.1 program director, Jim Lawson, said in a news release.

Dean Martin's daughter, Deana, vowed to continue performing the classic, despite the negative feedback it has received over the years.

“It won the Oscar for ‘Best Original Song’ in the 1949 film ‘Neptune’s Daughter.’ It’s been recorded by dozens of the world’s top recording artists for over 60 years, including my dad Dean Martin… This song is included in his very successful 1959 ‘Winter Romance’ album and I’m very proud that it has become an evergreen favorite that is played every holiday season," Deanna told Fox News in December.

“’Baby It’s Cold Outside’ is a cute, flirtatious and romantic song,” she added.


The author of a 2016 article published by Vox posted the lyrics to "Baby, It's Cold Outside" with annotations — with the goal of pointing out how some people may interpret the song as "romantic" while others dub it "rapey."

"In the 'romantic' reading, the woman really does want to stay but feels socially pressured to leave," writer Emily Crockett first explains." It’s 1944, after all, and it’s scandalous for an unmarried woman to spend the night with a man. But since it’s obvious to her date that she really does want to stay, he feels no compunction about pressuring her — and she’s also more than happy to be given an excuse to do what she wants to do anyway."


"The 'rapey' reading, on the other hand, finds the events of the song troubling given our modern understanding of how sexual consent and sexual assault work. Regardless of what Loesser intended, it’s a lousy model for romance that normalizes sexual coercion and date rape," she continues.

Crockett later points readers to a new version of the song performed by Minneapolis duo Lydia Liza and Josiah Lemanski. The pair's updated lyrics "emphasized the importance of affirmative consent," she adds.

A video of their performance has garnered nearly 770,000 views on YouTube since it was published on Dec. 9, 2016.


Again, a writer questioned whether "Baby, It's Cold Outside" was a "date-rape anthem," noting that it isn't the first time the issue has been discussed.

Author Stephen Deusner, writing for Salon, called the lyrics "icky at best" and "reprehensible" at worst. Without a doubt, Deusner said the song describes what is likely a date rape.

"Ultimately there’s something sinister about the song’s playful ambiguity, as we’ll never truly know if she wants to stay or if it’s just the roofie talking," he writes, in part.

"Ultimately there’s something sinister about the song’s playful ambiguity, as we’ll never truly know if she wants to stay or if it’s just the roofie talking."

— Stephen Deusner

Deusner even suggested switching up the lyrics a bit.

"Switch the parts. Have the woman play the Wolf and the man play the Mouse. Or have two men or two women sing the song. Play around with the gender roles and sexual orientations. Find new ways to stage this disturbing little playlet. It might not make for the definitive version of the song, but at least it would give a new twist to the drama and might make 'Baby, It’s Cold Outside' somewhat bearable again," he concluded.


According to Rolling Stone, this is when the debate about "Baby, It's Cold Outside" truly began — thanks to the birth of social media giants such as Facebook and Twitter.

In December 2007, Funny or Die released a parody video of a man acting very creepy. At one point, he drags her away from the door as she clutches the doorknob. He even ties her up with twine.

That's not the first time Funny or Die has tackled the popular song either. The program recreated it again in 2015 — again, showing a man forcing a woman to stay and even slipping drugs into her cocktail. At the end he ties her up and tapes her to a chair before she breaks free and knocks him out with a fireplace tool.

The video, which Funny or Die dubbed an "honest performance" of the song, has been viewed by hundreds of thousands of YouTube users.


A 2006 Livejournal entry by Brad Hicks — who "'achieved limited notoriety' for operating an early Internet bulletin board," per Rolling Stone — went through each line of the song and discussed various points about the song, which he noted he "still rather likes."

He argues the song is "clearly meant as an amusingly rendered seduction," though admits that it's controversial.

"Up until only about a decade and a half ago, it was still a prosecutable crime in some states. And even shorn of the sexist legal principles aimed at protecting a father's financial interest in his daughter's virginity, there are still people who want seduction to be a prosecutable crime now," Hicks wrote.

Fox News’ Mariah Haas, Stephanie Nolasco and Elizabeth Zwirz contributed to this report.

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Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Stevie Nicks thanks Jimmy Iovine for encouraging solo career

Stevie Nicks had a monumental Thursday, starting the day by being elected to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame as a solo artist and ending it onstage with Fleetwood Mac playing before a sold-out audience for the second of three nights at the Forum.

During the show, Nicks addressed her big news that day, saying there was one person early on who assured her that a solo career wouldn’t have to conflict with Fleetwood Mac. That man was Jimmy Iovine, who Nicks said was in the building on this night. In honor of the Rock Hall news, Nicks dedicated a flawless version of “Landslide” to Iovine.


Nicks pointed out that Iovine told her she could make both worlds work. “He was right,” she said. “Here we are.”

Nicks joked about their relationship, saying that after they began working together, “ten days later we were living together. Things moved fast in those days,” she said, smiling.

Nicks also explained how much his support meant as she worked to balance both worlds and what it meant to be recognized as a solo artist. “I never wanted to go to Hawaii,” she said, referring to times when other band members would celebrate the end of a group tour by heading to their vacation homes while she would move on to a solo album or tour. “I want to be on the road. That’s part of who I am.”

Dennis Quaid weighs in on ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ controversy: ‘It’s going a little far’

LOS ANGELES – Dennis Quaid is weighing in on the controversy surrounding the holiday classic song "Baby, It's Cold Outside."

Speaking to Fox News, the actor – who is also a singer – said that he thinks the matter is "going a little far."

"It's kind of innocent, really," the Dennis Quaid and the Sharks frontman told Fox News on Thursday. "It was written in the '40s and there's nothing predatory about it. It's sort of just the relationship between men and women, you know? That's all."

The 1944 classic, written by Frank Loesser, has sparked debate in recent months on whether or not its lyrics are problematic.

In the tune, which has been covered by many artists since its debut, a female sings: "I really can’t stay,” to which a man responds: "But baby, it’s cold outside.”

In another part of a song, a woman is heard singing lines such as, "Say what's in this drink?," "The answer is no" and "I've gotta get home."

When asked if the actor thought the criticism of the decades-old Christmas jingle is fair, the "Parent Trap" alum, 64, said he doesn't think it is.

"It's sort of a dance and courtship – that's what that song, to me, is about – at Christmas season," Quaid explained.

In fact, the "Fortitude" star recently performed "Baby, It's Cold Outside" for the holiday season.

"I sang that song at the Village Studios Christmas Party the other night," the Esurance "Surprisingly Painless Gifting" spokesman revealed.



Last month, "Baby, It's Cold Outside" made headlines after a radio station in Ohio pulled it from its lineup after a listener expressed concern over the song’s lyrics.

According to Fox 8, WDOK Christmas 102.1 removed the tune after one listener called the radio station and suggested it’s not appropriate to play the 1940’s classic in 2018.

“It wasn't really our decision," WDOK host Desiray told the outlet at the time. "It's the decision of our listeners."


"People might say, ‘Oh, enough with that #MeToo,’ but if you really put that aside and listen to the lyrics, it's not something I would want my daughter to be in that kind of a situation,” she continued, explaining that the “the tune might be catchy, but let's maybe not promote that sort of an idea."

Other stations in the U.S. have also reportedly been tasked with determining the song’s fate in their regions.

The daughter of singer Dean Martin, who arguably sang the most famous version of the Christmas classic, spoke out against the backlash earlier this month telling Fox News she was "absolutely flabbergasted" when she heard about the criticism.

"It’s just insane. When I heard it, I said, ‘This can’t possibly be.’ You know, it’s a sweet, flirty, fun holiday song that’s been around for 40 years for my dad. He did it in ’59. But when I saw it, I tweeted, ‘I think this is crazy. What do you think?’ And then all of a sudden, it went viral," Deana Martin told us earlier this week.

Deana explained that like her, many fans of the longtime track were perplexed by the news over the holiday season.

“They were saying, ‘This is madness. We’ve gone insane now,’” she explained. “… It’s just a sweet, fun song. There’s nothing bad about it.”

Fox News' Stephanie Nolasco contributed to this report.

Post Malone’s custom-made barbed wire Crocs sell out in minutes

Post Malone proved Crocs are still in style.

The rapper teamed up with the footwear company to create a colorful custom pattern for slip-on shoes, which sold out in 10 minutes after going on sale on Tuesday.

The “Better Now” singer's Crocs design features bright yellow shoes with barbed wire graphics — a nod to the barbed wire tattoo he has sprawled across the top of his forehead.


NBC Miami reported people lined up at the Grapevine Mills Mall to purchase the limited pair of shoes.

The company tweeted that the shoes were sold out.

Post Malone’s stylist, Catherine Hahn, told Page Six that the rapper loved wearing Crocs and he can make them look cool.


Post Malone, whose birth name is Austin Richard Post, 23, was also spotted wearing the clogs after a small jet he was flying on blew out two tires and had to make an emergency landing in August.

Kathleen Joyce is a breaking/trending news producer for You can follow her at @Kathleen_Joyce8 on Twitter.

Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards gets sober, quits drinking alcohol

Keith Richards, as famous for his hedonism as he is for his guitar riffs, is sober.

"It's been about a year now," Richards, 74, told Rolling Stone. "I pulled the plug on it. I got fed up with it … It was time to quit, just like all the other stuff."

Richards clarified that he isn't a teetotaler and that he occasionally will have a glass of wine or a beer, but nothing to excess.

The "Gimme Shelter" rocker admitted that it's been an adjustment, but said, "I don't notice any difference really — except for I don't drink. I wasn't feeling [right]. I've done it. I didn't want that anymore."

Fellow Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood, who got sober in 2010, is thrilled for Richards' progress.


"It just wasn't working anymore, you know? I think the Keith that we used to know and love had this cutoff point where if he had one more, he'd go over the top and he'd be nasty," Wood, 71, said. "The cutoff point became shorter and shorter, you know, and he realized that."


Wood added of the newly sober Richards, "He's a pleasure to work with, much more mellow. He's open to more ideas, whereas before I'd kind of grit my teeth and go, 'He's gonna give me some s—t for saying this.' Now, he'll say, 'That's cool, man.' "


"We're weaving [guitar parts] a lot more conscientiously now," Woo added. "We're much more aware of the gaps and the spaces between. We're in our seventies, but we're still rocking like we’re 40-year-olds, you know?"

Wood's own sobriety helped him cope with a series of recent major events in his life, including the birth of twin daughters Gracie and Alice in 2016 and a cancer scare earlier this year.


"I was lucky to get on the wagon when I did and was ready for all the stuff that came at me, cancer and all that. Luckily it was all in one place and I had it removed. I got my life again — I got a second chance and my little girls, and my whole life now is so much better," he said. "I think Keith is seeing that kind of thing as well. And then he went on to the beers for a while, he cut down slowly, and now, you know, good luck to him. If he's gonna keep it up, I'll be there, full support."