George Pimentel/LP5/Getty Images for TASCharli XCX is about to hit the road as one of the opening acts on Taylor Swift’s Reputation tour; she and Camila Cabello will be warming up the stadium crowds. In addition to all the fun the three will have on stage, Charli tells Peopleshe’s hoping they’ll be able to collaborate on new music together as well.
“They’re both such great writers so I’d love to write with them while we’re out on the road,” she says of Taylor and Camila. “That’d be really amazing. I think it’s awesome that it’s going to be an all-girl tour.”
She’s already worked with Camila in the studio multiple times before and said the experience was “really inspiring.”
“Writing with other females who are really prolific writers is always so much fun,” she says. “Everybody has different touch points in their life and [things] they want to write about, but it is nice to share that female perspective when writing.”
While she hasn’t written with Taylor before, the superstar did previously invite Charli to sing onstage with her during her 1989 tour stop in Toronto. The two performed Charli's hit "Boom Clap."
“We had a great time, and I got to go on one of those Britney [Spears] lifts where you stand and [the stage] raises you up,” Charli recalls. “I was like, ‘Whoa, this is crazy!’ She’s always been very kind to me and I’m very excited for the tour.”
The Reputation stadium tour kicks off May 8 in Glendale, Arizona.
Kevin Mazur/WireImage for NPG Records 2013)Thursday's announcement that the investigation into Prince's death has been closed reminds us of what we've lost. But on the same day, we're also getting a reminder of what a gifted talent he was, with the release of the original recording of one of his best-known songs.
Prince's estate has shared a previously unreleased studio version of Prince performing "Nothing Compares 2 U," recorded in 1984 at the Flying Cloud Drive Warehouse rehearsal space in Eden Prairie, Minnesota -- that's where Prince and his band rehearsed for the Purple Rain tour, which began that year. Even better, there's a video to go with it, featuring previously unseen footage of Prince rehearsing dance steps with The Revolution for the tour.
"Nothing Compares 2 U" of course became a monster hit for Sinead O'Connor in 1990, and Prince himself didn't begin performing the song live until after that. You can download or stream his new studio version now at most major digital retailers. It's also be available on standard vinyl or picture disc, along with a "Nothing Compares 2 U" tee-shirt, denim jacket or both, at the official Prince HitNRun store. You'll be able to buy the standard vinyl version everywhere beginning May 25.
Prince's estate has also launched a new, interactive website dubbed Prince2Me. Visitors can choose five words, images or a combination of both to create a message that declares what Prince means to you, though you'll have to register with the website to share your composition with others.
ABC/Image Group LAKelly Clarkson is featured in People’s Beautiful Issue this year, but she tells the mag she prefers that girls be described as something other than just “pretty.”
“…I make it a point to always say other adjectives,” she says. “It’s not always like, ‘Oh, you look beautiful.’ It’s like, ‘Man, you’re so rad,’ ‘You’re stylish,’ ‘You’re cool,’ ‘You’re unique.’”
She says she’s especially sensitive of that around her daughter, three-and-a-half-year-old River Rose, and stepdaughter, 16-year-old Savannah.
“Especially our oldest girl, she’s like model-worthy gorgeous,” Kelly says. “You know all the things that she is, but maybe not everybody says [it] all the time, because she’s captivating.”
She continues, “Anytime our little girl -- our 3-year-old -- walks in, everybody’s like, ‘You’re so pretty!’ I don’t mind her being pretty, I don’t mind people saying it, but I don’t want her to get boxed into that.”
Kelly says her husband Brandon Blackstock also helps their kids to realize that there are more important things than just looks.
“My husband and I are really blunt with our kids and I’m like, ‘Pretty fades, character lasts,’” she says. “Being fun lasts, being a good human matters and being smart is important.”
Hedi SlimaneTroye Sivan's upcoming album is so personal that he wasn't sure he wanted any guest artists on it, but he realized he needed just one: Ariana Grande.
Ariana sings on a dance track called "Dance to This," and speaking to Australian GQ, Troye says, "She’s a really good friend...I had this one song and I thought, 'This song really needs Ariana Grande on it.' I hate asking people for things, but I plucked up the courage to ask, and I had it like two days later.”
Troye's also gotten some help from another female pop superstar: Taylor Swift.
"[She's] always been really lovely to me – super-kind and generous," he tells GQ. "We have hung out only a couple of times, but she’s just been so open and forthcoming and answered all my questions, because I’m always really interested in what it’s like to be Taylor Swift.”
As for why the album is so personal, it was inspired by Troye's boyfriend, an American model named Jacob. Troye says, “I was in a writing mode and writing about everything, my personal life included."
He notes, "If I had it my way, it would be something that was almost completely private. But I think it’s just so obvious that we’re together. So I’m completely fine with everyone knowing who I’m in a relationship with, but then it’s up to me to protect the ins and outs."
"People see photos of us together, but the relationship itself – the conversations, or the way we talk to each other or the way we look at each other -- the actual substance is almost completely private," he explains. "And that is comforting to me.”
So far there's no release date or title for the album, which has already produced the hit "My My My."
Travis SchneiderAdam Levine’s Maroon 5 band mates will be joining him on The Voice next week.
The band is set to perform their latest single “Wait” on the show’s live episode Tuesday, April 24 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. That night will also mark the first elimination from the top 12.
On Monday, The Voice kicks off themed weeks. The first week’s theme is “Story of the Song,” during which the contestants will reveal the story of what the song they're performing means to them.
The 12 remaining contestants include Sharane Calister, Rayshun LaMarr and Jackie Verna from Team Adam; Britton Buchanan, Christiana Danielle and Jackie Foster from Team Alicia Keys; Pryor Baird, Spensha Baker and Kyla Jade from Team Blake Shelton; and Brynn Cartelli, D.R. King and Kaleb Lee from Team Kelly Clarkson.
Kristian Dowling/Getty Images for Lotusflow3r.comNo criminal charges will be filed in Prince's overdose death and the investigation has been closed, officials revealed during a press conference Thursday.
Speaking at the Carver County, Minnesota Justice Center in Chaska, county attorney Mark Metz said Prince thought he was taking the painkiller Vicodin, for which he did not have a prescription, and was unaware he was actually taking counterfeit pills that had been illegally laced with the prescription painkiller fentanyl, which is some 50 times more powerful than heroin.
Despite an "intensive investigation," Metz said officials were unable to determine who provided Prince with the drugs that killed him, and so were ending their investigation.
The announcement comes just two days before the two-year anniversary of Prince's death on April 21. 2016. His body was discovered at his Paisley Park residence and studios in Chanhassen, located in Carver County, about a half-hour southwest of Minneapolis. Six weeks later, his cause of death was ruled to be a fentanyl overdose.
Earlier Thursday, Dr. Michael T. Schulenberg agreed to pay a $30,000 civil fine and submit to two years' monitoring by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. Investigative records unsealed in April of 2017 revealed Schulenberg allegedly prescribed oxycodone for Prince but put the prescription in the name of the artist's longtime friend and bodyguard, Kirk Johnson, “for Prince’s privacy.” He was consequently facing alleged violations of the Controlled Substances Act.
Both officials and Schulenberg noted that the settlement isn't an admission of liability. Federal officials also noted they "did not make any concessions regarding the legitimacy of the claims."
Kevin Mazur/WireImageThe doctor who wrote painkiller prescriptions for Prince's drummer, despite allegedly knowing the drugs would actually be taken by Prince, has agreed to a civil settlement with federal investigators.
Dr. Michael T. Schulenberg has agreed to pay a $30,000 civil fine and will be monitored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency for two years, according to United States Attorney Gregory G. Brooker.
In a statement provided to ABC News, Schulenberg's attorney says his client agreed to settle "alleged civil claims in order to avoid the expense, delay, and unknown outcome of litigation." Schulenberg was facing alleged violations of the Controlled Substances Act.
Investigative records unsealed in April of 2017 revealed Schulenberg allegedly prescribed oxycodone for Prince but put the prescription in the name of the artist's longtime friend and bodyguard, Kirk Johnson, “for Prince’s privacy.”
Schulenberg's attorney statement also declares: "The United States Attorneys’ Office for the District of Minnesota has confirmed that he is not a target in any criminal inquiry and there have been no allegations made by the Government that Dr. Schulenberg had any role in Prince’s death. Dr. Schulenberg affirms his previous statement that he did not prescribe opiates to any patient with the intention that they be given to Prince."
"After he learned of Prince’s addiction, [Schulenberg] immediately worked to refer Prince to a treatment facility and to transfer care to a chemical dependency specialist," the statement says.
The agreement was revealed fewer than two hours before a scheduled news conference during which Carver County, MN officials are expected to announce what, if any, criminal charges will be brought in Prince's death, and against whom.
Prince died April 21, 2016 at age 57 of an overdose of the powerful painkiller fentanyl. Where Prince obtained the fentanyl is still apparently unknown.
Brian ZiffTIME magazine has unveiled its annual list of Most Influential People, and among those people are Shawn Mendes, Kesha, Rihanna and Cardi B.
Each artist is the subject of an essay by a fellow star. For Rihanna, it's Adele who did the honors.
Adele describes Rihanna as "the most gracious, loyal and funny goofball of an icon," adding, "She glows like when someone’s taken a picture with a flash and you’re dazed for a few minutes after....she’s fearless and full of all the right kind of attitude to be everything that she is and will be forever."
Shawn's pal John Mayerwrites about him, "The more undeniable a heartthrob he becomes, the more he insists on staying grounded. He knows that music is good shelter from its own associated nonsense, and his devotion to his craft is exactly why people twice his age are welcoming him into their lives and playlists."
'80s pop icon Cyndi Lauperwrites about Kesha, "[She] spoke out against sexual harassment and assault long before the #MeToo movement...and nearly lost her career as a result....thanks to Kesha and other women who have stood up for themselves to demand justice and fairness, we are starting to turn a new page."
As for Cardi, Taraji P. Hensonwrites, "When you are cool with who you are, no one can use it against you. I identify with Cardi B, because she knows that too...she talked openly about being a former stripper. And she was proud of it -- like, 'So what, I was on the pole, look what I parlayed that into.' When she showed her soul like that, I hit the 'Follow' button."
Both Shawn and Jennifer Lopez, who also made the list, will perform at the 2018 TIME 100 gala on April 24.
Kai Z. FengLegendary wrestler Bruno Sammartino passed away yesterday at age 82, and now his namesake is paying tribute to him.
Bruno Mars, whose dad nicknamed him "Bruno" after Sammartino, tweeted, "Sending love and prayers to Bruno Sammartino’s family. He was such a gentleman when I met him & really meant a lot to my father & I. RIP." Bruno was born Peter Gene Hernandez.
Last August, the singer met the wrestler backstage in Pittsburgh. He posted a photo with him on Instagram, writing, “I was nicknamed after this professional wrestler Bruno Sammartino. Tonight in Pittsburgh I had the honor of meeting him!”
In the pic, Mars is smiling proudly while holding one of Sammartino’s championship belts.
After the encounter, Sammartino told Sports Illustrated's Extra Mustard column, "I was told he really wanted to meet me. So we arranged for a meeting, and I must tell you, even though he is a popular fellow, I am not really familiar with him."
He added, though, "When we met in person, I was extremely impressed. He seemed so humble and was so very respectful. He called up his father, who was ecstatic that his son met Bruno Sammartino, and I brought a replica of my [championship] belt to give to his dad."
Courtesy PEOPLEPink and her two children Willow and Jameson grace the cover of People magazine's new "Beautiful" issue. She tells PeopleTV that she and her husband Carey Hart are working hard to raise their children the right way...in the hopes that they won't turn out to be "monsters."
"Carey, my husband, is meat and potatoes, he's a caveman, y'know, he's old school..." Pink explains. "But he's also very respectful and very fair and very aware and very in touch with himself, very gentle with his daughter. But he wants her to be tough, and I want Jameson to be allowed to be sensitive."
"So I think between the two of us," she adds, "we'll try not to create two monsters!"
But Pink admits the hardest part of being a parent is that "you never know if anything you're doing is working." She laughs, "I feel like I'm nailing it. In my head, I sound amazing! And then I turn around and [Willow's] eyes are completely glazed over and she wasn't listening to the part where I nailed it."
But though Willow doesn't always listen, Pink has shared some important lessons with the six-and-a-half year old.
"I always tell Willow, 'I'm gonna teach you the rules so you'll know when and how to break them,'" she reveals. "'I didn't make the rules. I break them in my way. I follow some. Some are good! But you create your world.'"
And above all, Pink says, "I tell my daughter the truth. I want her to be six...but I want her to know...that you have to fight for your rights. And that sometimes girls aren't treated the same, and they have to work harder for everything."
Nick Walker"The Middle," Maren Morris' hit collaboration with Zedd and Grey, sounds like a typical upbeat dance song about love, but Maren feels that it's also a reflection of what our society needs at this moment in time.
"I related to it so much, not so much like the vocal, but the meaning behind the song and especially at such a crazy time right now," she tells ABC Radio. "Just politically, the world is just, it feels very divisive."
"I feel like the song 'The Middle,' like, 'Why don't you just meet me in the middle?' is such a great message for right now and I think that's what people want so desperately," she adds.
Maren's also happy that "The Middle" can be enjoyed on more than one level.
She explains, "I loved that the song could pertain to a relationship and also, like, how we feel, just as people, right now in America."
"The Middle" is currently #6 on the Billboard Hot 100. Maren can also be heard on Restoration, one of two recently released albums of Elton John cover songs, performing his classic tune "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters." On June 1, she'll kick off four months of dates as a special guest on Niall Horan's tour.
ABC/Image Group LA (L to R: Kelly's stepdaughter Savannah, daughter River Rose, Kelly Clarkson)Kelly Clarkson’s three-and-a-half-year-old daughter River Rose is a boss baby.
The singer tells People in its new "Beautiful Issue" that she can already tell River is going to be the CEO of a company someday.
“She will run a company one day because there’s no way she’s gonna work for anyone,” Kelly says. “She does not heed to advice very well. She’s just very ba**sy, which is awesome.”
She adds that River has had some empowering female role models, including Wonder Woman and Merida from Disney’s Brave. This singer adds that she’s raising River, who also loves movies like Jurassic Park and Harry Potter, to be progressive.
“I don’t want my daughter to be a pushover when she’s older. So that’s an awesome thing, it’s an awesome aspect of her character,” she explains.
But, she adds, “At the same time, you also want to have an adult that doesn’t think they’re right all the time. But toddlers are just so egocentric and it’s just a stage that some people don’t grow out of, let’s be real. But mine will.”
As for her two-year-old son Remy, Kelly says he’s a “sensitive soul” with a bit of a destructive streak at the moment.
“You will melt. You will be like, ‘Ugh,’” she says. “[But]...I think he’s gonna be more the athlete, just like, ‘How can I knock something over?’ He’s like the Tasmanian Devil — anything that can and will be destroyed, is.”
Kelly is also stepmom to husband Brandon Blackstock’s children from a previous relationship: 11-year-old Seth and 16-year-old Savannah.
ABC/Image Group LAChristina Aguilera’s latest foray in the film, the sci-fi movie Zoe, debuts at the Tribeca Film Festival this week. In it, she plays a robotic prostitute named Jewels.
The film’s director, Drake Doremus, tellsEntertainment Tonight that Christina's involvement in the film was not stunt casting: She earned the part.
“I’m just trying to make the best movie I can and I try to cast the best person for the role and she was the best person,” he says. “She won the role.”
In the film, Jewels encounters Zoe, a more technologically advanced robot, in an underground brothel where Jewels is confined.
“They're both fascinated by each other because they both see things in each other that they don't have and that they want,” Doremus says of the two robots. “It’s really fascinating to see two different class levels observing each other.”
By the way, if you're having trouble imagine Christina as a robot, just think back to the cover of her 2010 album Bionic.
Zoe, which also stars Ewan McGregor and Léa Seydoux, marks Christina’s first movie role since 2010’s Burlesque. It premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 21.
Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesAlmost two years to the day after Prince died, officials in Carver County, Minnesota will announce Thursday whether anyone will face charges in the music legend's death.
Carver County Attorney Mark Metz will hold a press conference at 11:30 a.m. local time April 19 at the Carver County Justice Center in Chaska, the county seat. Prince's Paisley Park residence and studios are located in nearby Chanhassen, in the same county, about a half-hour southwest of Minneapolis.
Prince was found dead at Paisley Park on April 21, 2016 at age 57. Six weeks later, his cause of death was ruled to be an overdose of the prescription pain medication fentanyl, which is some 50 times more powerful than heroin.
Since his death, investigators have looked into whether Prince obtained fentanyl legally and, if not, who may have provided it to him.
Sarah PiantadosiJames Bay has debuted the unifying new video for his single “Us,” showing that people are better when they stand together.
The video starts by intercutting scenes of people from all walks of life, all facing some sort of internal struggle alone. By the end of the clip, they've each made a connection with someone else, who shows them comfort and support.
“Touring my music means I’ve been lucky enough to meet people all over the world and witness the phenomenal strength of crowds,” James says in a statement. “Gigs can be the greatest proof that positivity and strength comes from us all sticking together.”
He adds, “I wrote this song to explore unity and inclusion. Looking through the lens of my own personal relationships, this song turned out to be a particularly important moment on the album for me.”
“Us” is the latest single from James’ upcoming album Electric Light, which comes out May 18.
Courtesy PEOPLEPeople magazine has changed the name of its annual "50 Most Beautiful" issue to, simply, "The Beautiful Issue," to illustrate that it's not a "beauty contest." Making that point quite well, the woman who graces the cover of this year's issue is beautiful both inside and out.
Pink and her children Willow and Jameson are the cover stars of The Beautiful Issue. While appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Wednesday, the signer described her reaction to hearing the news. "I laughed out loud," she recalls. "I immediately turned to...whoever was in the room and said, ‘Did you ever think this was as good as it gets?’"
Pink, whose speech about beauty and body image at last year's MTV VMAs went viral, went on to tell Ellen, "I love the way things are changing. And I love that our perception of beauty has completely been knocked on its head. There’s nothing wrong with beautiful and there’s nothing wrong with beautiful on the inside, beautiful on the outside. It’s all different shades, it’s all different sizes. It means whatever it means to you."
She added, "I think on one hand, my sense of humor is the best part about all of it, and on the other hand, it’s a wonderful time that we’re celebrating all different kinds of people.”
Unfortunately, Willow, who's 6 1/2, doesn't seem to have gotten the message. Pink told Ellen that the little girl recently told her, referring to the MTV speech, "I still feel that way."
"I was like, ‘What? That you’re ugly?’" Pink continued. "She’s like, ‘Yup, I just want you to know I still feel that way. Nothing you did helped!’"
NBC/Trae PattonThe live playoffs continued on Tuesday night’s one-hour episode of The Voice, with the remaining artists from Blake Shelton and Alicia Keys performing for a spot in the top 12. Adam Levine and Kelly Clarkson's teams will perform on Wednesday.
Carson Daly announced that following Tuesday's performances, two artists from each team will advance: one based on America’s vote, the other to be chosen by his or her coach. The results will be revealed on Wednesday’s show.
First up were the five members of Team Blake:
Spensha Baker kicked the show off with Carrie Underwood’s “Smoke Break.” Kelly praised Spensha for choosing a song by a powerhouse singer like Underwood and “nailing it.” Blake, explaining that he tries to be impartial when judging his artists, admitted that Baker is one of his favorites.
Next up, Wilkes offered his take on “Don’t Speak,” by No Doubt, the band fronted by former Voice coach – and Shelton’s girlfriend -- Gwen Stefani. Wilkes survived an unintentional mic drop, without missing a beat, bringing all four judges to their feet. Adam called it “the ill-est improvisation” he’s ever seen in his life. Technical difficulties aside, Alicia called his vocal range “ridiculous.” After praising his song choice, Shelton dubbed Wilkes “a pro.”
Gravel-voice Pryor Baird delivered a guts rendition of Dolly Parton’s “9-5” that had Levine declaring, “It’s a foregone conclusion you belong on this show.” Blake underscored Pryor’s vocal range, noting that he sang the song in the same key as Dolly.
Crooner Austin Giorgio put a jazzy spin on Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself.” Blake praised the 21-year-old singer for keeping the music of Frank Sinatra and other greats from that era alive. Adding that he was “a gift.”
Gary Edwards wrapped things up for Team Blake with his rendition of “America the Beautiful.” Kelly cheered the artist, not only for his vocal skills, but for his versatility, having performed a Bruno Mars song a night earlier. Blake said Gary “kicked open the door” with his performance.
Team Alicia’s five artists followed:
Terrence Cunningham led off with “Ain’t Nobody,” by Rufus, featuring Chaka Khan. Adam said Terrence’s “seasoned,” but also “left-of-center…jazzy…complicated…sophisticated” voice is what the show epitomizes. Alicia echoed Levine, adding that Cunningham is solely responsible for his song selection and arrangements, as well.
Next up, Christiana Danielle covered tackled Hozier’s “Take Me to Church.” Said Kelly afterward, “I shouldn’t even say what I’ about to say, [but] I think you’re the greatest person on this show.” Alicia called Christiana “a goddess descended upon the Earth,” adding she had a “one-of-a-kind voice.”
Jackie Foster brought the judges to their feet with her version of “Alone,” by Heart. Alicia noted that Jackie not only had an incredible range, but “a clear sense of who you are” as well.
Kelsea Johnson sang Jazmine Sullivan’s “Need U Bad,” and Keys likened her to Lauryn Hill, in the sense that Kelsea had her own unique sound that was completely her own.
Johnny Bliss closed out Team Alicia’s performances with Adele’s “One and Only.” Afterwards, Alicia praised his versatility, noting, “There is not one style of music you can’t conquer.”
Daly closed the show by offering “thoughts and prayers” on behalf of the show to the family of former first lady Barbara Bush, who died at her home in Houston on Tuesday at the age of 92.
The Voice returns Wednesday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
We may be getting new music from Ariana Grande a week early. Initially, Ari's new single was scheduled to arrive on April 27, but it appears it's been moved up to this Friday.
Ariana broke her self-imposed social media hiatus on Tuesday, first to tweet a tear-shaped emoji, then the message "missed you," and finally, a title, "No Tears Left to Cry," along with an April 20 release date.
It's not clear whether "No Tears Left to Cry" is the name of a single that's coming out on Friday, or the name of an album, the details of which will be released this Friday. Either way, it'll be Ariana's first new music since the bombing that killed more than 20 people outside her concert in Manchester, England on May 22.
As previously reported, the singer's new album was produced half by Pharrell and half by Max Martin, and for the first time, Ariana co-wrote every song. It's said to be her most personal work to date, and the title "No Tears Left to Cry" seems to suggest those reports are true.
Ariana new album, when it appears, will be the follow-up to 2016's Dangerous Woman, which produced the hits "Into You," "Side to Side" and the title track.
Ari's last major public appearance was performing "Be Alright" at last month's March For Our Lives gun control rally in Washington, D.C.
Art Streiber/NBCNow that the 2018 Billboard Music Awards are airing on NBC, the network didn't have to look very far to find a host. Kelly Clarkson, who's also a coach on NBC's The Voice, will do the honors for this year's telecast.
In a statement, Kelly says, "I already have 20 costume changes planned. I will be flying in like my girl Pink, and calling Amy Schumer and Sarah Silverman for jokes."
The rarely serious singer added, "Or....I’m just gonna show up and celebrate my favorite artists and get to know a few more. Yeah, maybe I’ll go with that plan.”
NBC executive Paul Telegdy said in a statement, "Kelly Clarkson has long been a Billboard chart phenomenon and has a first-hand understanding of what matters most in music today. Her enthusiasm for all genres of music and her innate sense of humor will make for a truly memorable night.”
The show will air May 20 live from the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas.
Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty ImagesAfter releasing one of the top-selling albums of all time, iconic '90s band Hootie & the Blowfish never actually broke up; they just don't play together very often. But the group has just announced two concerts in August, as part of their annual charity event in South Carolina.
The two-night Homegrown Weekend is scheduled for August 10 and 11 at Volvo Car Stadium in Charleston, South Carolina. Tickets go on sale April 20 at 10 a.m. ET at VolvoCarStadiumConcerts.com. The shows will raise money for local educational charities.
This year, the group has also agreed to reunite for another show at SunTrust Park in Atlanta, Georgia, the home of the Atlanta Braves. The July 21 show will feature Hootie opening for country superstar Jason Aldean, and the bill also features country stars Lauren Alaina and Luke Combs.
As you may be aware, when he's not reuniting with his old band, Hootie frontman Darius Rucker is a chart-topping, award-winning country star in his own right. This summer, he'll be touring with country group Lady Antebellum of "Need You Tonight" fame.
Hootie's 1994 album Cracked Rear Viewhas sold 16 million copies in the U.S. alone -- more copies than either Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, Bruce Springsteen's Born in the U.S.A. and Santana's Supernatural.