TMZ claims that PARIS JACKSON tried to kill herself Saturday morning by slitting her wrists, and that she was being held for psychiatric evaluation. Supposedly, she was distressed over the new allegations in the “Leaving Neverland” documentary. But she returned home that afternoon, and later on she was spotted on a KFC-and-a-movie date with her boyfriend. Paris denied the report. And a “source” says Paris’ hospitalization was the result of an “accident”, not a suicide attempt. Also, the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis has removed three MICHAEL JACKSON items: A glove, a fedora, and a poster.
Honey Boo Boo’s mom, MAMA JUNE and her boyfriend were busted at an Alabama gas station with CRACK and drug paraphernalia including a glass pipe and some needles. Police originally called because the two of them were having a fight. After she was released, Mama June had to go get her truck out of impound.
ERIC CHURCH slipped on stage while performing “Desperate Man” at his show in Greensboro, North Carolina over the weekend. It wasn’t a bad fall, he kept on singing and then cracked a few jokes about it later. The stage may have been slippery because someone gave him a towel that he used to wipe up the nasty spot. There’s something else that Eric did in Greensboro, and this was no accident. He paid tribute to the late NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt. He brought out a black-and-red flag with Dale’s trademark #3 on it, and then he performed “Talladega”. Eric and Dale are both North Carolina natives.
Alicia Keys has a memoir coming out in November. More Myself will be a “360-degree perspective” on her life, from her childhood in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan to her spectacular, Grammy-winning rise.
JIMMIE ALLEN lived in his car when he first moved to Nashville. It took him 10 years before he got a record deal so “People” asked what kept him from giving up. He said, “I have younger and older siblings. My thing was, ‘I know my little sisters are looking up to me.’ The [fear] of them giving up on their dreams because I gave up on mine frightened me. That’s really kept me going even on the days of living in the car and not eating and working two or three jobs at once. I used to get excited waking up thinking, ‘Today could be the day I get an email or a phone call.’ Ten years later, it changed.” Another thing that helped him stay on track were the solid values he got from his parents. “All my dad listens to is country music and all my mom listens to is Christian music so it was cool having those two genres as a foundation.”
GEORGE STRAIT keeps releasing great songs from his album, “Honky Tonk Time Machine”, which drops March 29th. This one’s called “The Weight Of The Badge”, and it’s about a hard-working police officer who’s dedicated to the job.
MAREN MORRIS released a video of “Common”, her song with BRANDI CARLILE. It’s kind of a “making of” video that shows both of them in the studio and on stage.
MIDLAND debuted two new songs at South by Southwest. One is a “honky tonk-flavored” track called “Mr. Lonely”. MARK WYSTRACH told “Billboard” that it’ll be released as a single in a couple of weeks. Both of the songs will be on their upcoming second album, which will be out in late summer.
CHRIS YOUNG’s “Raised on Country” video was filmed at a Nashville area bar called Rosie’s Twin Kegs, as well as the legendary WSM Radio Tower. He says, “As a member of the Opry, I was honored to film in and around the same airwaves where songs from my musical icons have played over the years.”
“Captain Marvel” didn’t slow down much in its second week. It made another $69.3 million, easily capturing the top spot at the box office again. “Wonder Park” opened in a distant second, with $16 million.
Adam Levine is 40.
Phillip Sweet from Little Big Town is 45.
Queen Latifah is 49.
Charley Pride is 85.