Money can’t buy everything, especially if you’re a convicted felon. Just ask Jelly Roll. He says his record recently cost him his DREAM HOME. He talked about how he spent most of his time from 14 to 25 in jail, and opened up about an armed robbery when he was 15 that he still regrets every day. He brought it up to talk about how being a convicted felon closes a lot of doors, especially in Tennessee where violent crimes can’t be expunged — he can’t get decent life insurance, and can’t volunteer at his local YMCA. He said it recently came up again when he and his wife thought they’d landed their dream home in a nice, gated community next to a golf course. They accepted his offer at first. But then, “They turn around and say, ‘No, the golf course won’t let a felon be a part of the community.'” He said he spent every birthday from 15 to 20 in jail, and it totally changed him. So that’s why he focuses most of his charity work on keeping kids OUT of jail.
Since her death, Tina Turner’s music has seen a massive spike in sales and listens. Songs like “What’s Love Got to Do with It” and “Private Dancer” are up by hundreds of thousands of percentage points . . . as is the “Private Dancer” album. Meanwhile, the Internet is reminding people that Beyoncé and Jay-Z basically mocked Tina Turner’s abuse by her husband Ike in their song “Drunk In Love” . . . especially since Beyoncé posted such a glowing tribute to Tina after she died. Now the country music community is still mourning the passing of Tina Turner. Online posts include Dolly Parton who wrote, “Roll on Tina. We will always love you.” Mickey Guyton called her “Simply the best.” Faith Hill said, “We will never forget you, Tina.” And Keith Urban wrote, “It hit my heart. Thank you for everything you gave, Tina.”
Jake Owen shared a video yesterday of himself performing his new song Solo, Solo with his four-year-old daughter Paris. He’s on acoustic guitar and she’s at his side. He probably knew she’d steal the show, because she did. “Solo, Solo” is one of four new songs that he dropped today. They’re on Jake’s next album, “Loose Cannon”, which is out June 23rd
Jana Kramer is engaged to a man she’s been dating for six months. He’s from Scotland and his name is Allan Russell. He’s a former soccer player, who is currently a coach for Norwich City club. Jana has been married three times and was also engaged to Brantley Gilbert for a while.
Blake Shelton is launching a production company called Lucky Horseshoe Productions. It’s a partnership between him and TV veteran Lee Metzger, who he met through doing “The Voice”. They also worked together on the show “Barmageddon”.
When Taylor Swift played Philly a couple weeks ago, thousands of fans WITHOUT tickets showed up to party outside the venue. Well, MetLife Stadium in New Jersey is asking fans NOT to do that for her three-night stand this weekend.
Renowned Western/rural novelist Rae DelBianco and Grammy award-winning musician Reid Perry of The Band Perry are engaged!
Morgan Wallen’s Ryl Sweet Tea. Wallen teamed up with the New Jersey-based beverage company Ryl Tea on the new release, which arrived just in time for the Memorial Day festivities.
Toby Keith is celebrating Memorial Day Weekend with a six-song compilation of some of his biggest and most patriotic hits. He announced an EP called America, which comes out today
Brandi Cyrus is 36.
Lenny Kravitz is 59. “Hunger Games”.
Hank Williams Jr. is 74.
Stevie Nicks is 75.
Brent Musburger is 84.