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by admin // Monday, February 28, 2011 // News, Upfront // 0 Comments

Taylor Swift is reportedly dating 'Glee' star Chord Overstreet.

The 'Love Story' hitmaker - whose most recent relationship was with 'Love & Other Drugs' star Jake Gyllenhaal from October to December last year - has been spotted enjoying dates with the actor and friends say the pair are enjoying getting to know each other.

After the couple were spotted at a hockey game last week, a friend told E! News: "They are dating. It's in the early stages so who knows, but they seem to be into each other."

The pair also attended Harvey Weinstein's pre-Oscar party at Soho House on Saturday night where a source said: "They spent most of the night talking closely and giggling. He would playfully touch her arm, and she couldn't stop smiling. It was cute!!"

Meanwhile Taylor, 21, reportedly had an intense chat with former boyfriend Jake, 30, at the Vanity Fair post Oscars bash last night, where onlookers said they appeared to be "sorting something out."

A guest at the party told People: "They were outside near the restroom having a discussion. It seemed a bit more serious - it certainly wasn't a 'Hi, how are you?' talk. It seemed like they were catching up, sorting something out."

 

by admin // Friday, February 25, 2011 // News, Upfront // 0 Comments

Universal Music Group Nashville presented Jamey Johnson with a plaque commemorating the gold certification of his 25-song double album, The Guitar Song, during a gathering at the Palm in Nashville.

The Guitar Song is up for Album of the Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards and received two Grammy Nominations - Country Album of the Year and Best Male Country Vocal Performance for "Macon."

The Nashville Scene's 11th annual Country Music Critics' Poll named The Guitar Song the best album of 2011 and named Johnson Artist of the Year, Best Male Vocalist and Best Songwriter. Both Rolling Stone and Spin rank the album No. 5 on their lists of Best Albums of 2010 and "Macon" was ranked No. 23 on Rolling Stone's Best Singles of 2010.

UMG chairman Luke Lewis presented Johnson with the framed plaque. "I can't be any prouder than to hand my friend Jamey Johnson a gold record," Lewis announced to the crowd.

Also in attendance to receive gold plaques were the album's producers, Arlis Albritton, Dave Cobb and The Kent Hardly Playboys, and his manager, Ken Levitan.

The country star thanked his band, producers, management and label staff for all of their hard work to make the album such a great success.

"It's always cool to stop what you're doing and bring the whole team together," he says. "These guys and gals don't get to see each other on a regular basis, so it's good that when they do, we're celebrating an accomplishmnent like that. It's something everybody worked equal parts on and holds an equal amount of responsibility for the success of it.

Grateful for a humbled by the honors the project has received, Johnson was even more excited to share the spotlight with those who don't often receive much attention for their work.

"We get positive feedback from the audience every night, so that is our thank you. But the people who work behind the scenes that maybe aren't on the road with us and don't get that immediate feedback, that immediate thank-you from people, it's real important for them to get to come out and share a night like this with everyone else."

He goes on to add, "If it hadn't gone gold, we'd probably still have a party and patted each other on the back no matter what because it is a good team. It's a great team of people working hard and getting it done. Music ain't exactly the easiest profession to be in, but it's one of the best, if you ask me."

After the presentation, Johnson walked across the street to the Bridgestone Arena, where he performed as part of the Kid Rock tour.

Congrats, Jamey!
 

by admin // Friday, February 25, 2011 // News, Upfront // 0 Comments

Josh Kelley co-wrote the theme song to the popular new CBS sitcom Mike & Molly.

The song is called "I See Love," which Josh wrote with Keb' Mo,' who sings the song in the version selected as the show's theme.

Kelly shares, "The Mike & Molly theme song came around sort of randomly. In 2004, I called up Keb' Mo' and said, 'I'd really love to write a song with you.' He called me back and said, 'Let's do it.' I drove up to his house and we sat around for a while and we wrote this song called 'I See Love.' He put it on his album."

Josh adds, "Probably six months ago, he called me and said, 'There's a TV show called Mike & Molly that wants to use the song because they came to my live show and heard it. The creators of the show loved it.' I didn't think much about it. The next thing you know, he's calling me and saying that they took it. It's funny because now I'm a really big fan of the show and every time I watch it, I get to hear this cool song."

Josh likes the tune so much that he's actually considering recording a country version of it for his next album. He says, "The lyrics tell a story and I think they are country lyrics. I definitely think it can be a country song for sure."

Kelley's songs have graced television shows several times over the years. His music has been featured in MTV's The Hills, ABC's Brothers and Sisters and What About Brian and the CW's Smallville.

His tunes have also been heard in movies including Sweet Home Alabama and The Prince and Me, as well as some movies that star his wife, Katherine Heigl, such as  Life As We Know It and The Ugly Truth.

He reveals, "A fulfilling part of my life is being able to write songs for film and television and also write songs for other artists."

He gives his view on supervisors when he says, "They always pick the songs that I think could never be in film and television. The ones that I try to write for film and TV never get picked because I think it comes down to the cliché of trying too hard. When you're doing it because you love it and aren't trying hard, it seems like everything falls into place."

When asked if being married to Katherine Heigl getting an extra edge in regards to getting his music in her films, Josh admits, "I thought I would have a really good 'in' there, but it comes down to the music supervisors and whether they like it or not. That would be nice if they would just throw me a bone! It's a good testament to the quality of the music and just getting better over the years."

by admin // Wednesday, February 23, 2011 // News, Upfront // 0 Comments

Billy Ray Cyrus is working on "mending his family."

The singer-and-actor recently spoke out about his worry at daughter Miley's behavior - which included smoking a legal high through a bong device and throwing her 18th birthday party in a bar - but he has now admitted his comments were "unintentionally explosive."

He told People magazine: "It is very important to me to work on mending my family right now. My family is the most important thing I have, and we are working together to make sure our future is stronger and healthier."

The Hannah Montana star - who is rumored to have cancelled a number of TV talk show appearances in the aftermath of his remarks - admits he has learned from the outcry his comments received.

He added: "It is all a learning process, and we thank everyone for their support and respect of our privacy as we sort through very important family issues."

Billy Ray - who is currently in the process of divorcing Miley's mother Tish Cyrus - had claimed he was scared for Miley and feared she was out of control and receiving bad advice.

He said: "Every time the train went off the track... her people, or as they say in today's news, her handlers, every time they'd put the blame on me... I took it because I'm her daddy... OK, nail me to the cross.

"I'm scared for her. She's got a lot of people around her that's putting her in a great deal of danger. I want to get her sheltered from the storm."