Ashley Cooke earns first No. 1 with ‘Your Place,’ announces tour

Ashley Cooke has earned her first-ever No. 1 with her breakup anthem “Your Place,” co-written by Cooke, Jordan Minton and Mark Trussell. The song is only the second to reach No.1 from a female artist at country radio in 2024, with Cooke currently ranked as the highest-charted solo female on the Billboard Country Airplay chart in 2024.

Said Ashley: “It is truly an honor to join the legacy of country radio No. 1s. Reaching the top of the chart has been a goal of mine since the first time I picked up a microphone, and getting to ring the bell with the greatest team at Big Loud and the radio champions I now call friends is all the more rewarding.”

Cooke is also hitting the road this fall on the headlining Your Place Tour, with the artist sharing on Instagram: “YOUR PLACE – THE TOUR!!! so much to celebrate. an album to scream. new music sneak peaks to show you. and the incredibly talented @greylanjames joining us. can’t WAIT to see you guys 🤟 🎫Ashley added: “Is it October yet? I can’t WAIT for this tour celebrating ‘Your Place’ and all that’s happened since my first tour! The Shot in the Dark Tour holds some of my all-time favorite memories so of course, my band and I can’t wait to get out there and make some more. This new set will have a lot of fun surprises arrangement-wise and also a few sneak peeks at brand-new unreleased music. Counting down the days!”

The Your Place Tour kicks-off on October 23rd in Seattle, WA, hitting 17 cities nationwide with more dates to be announced soon. For ticket information, head to Ticketmaster.com.

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Will Forte joining Tina Fey’s new Netflix series ‘Four Seasons’

Will Forte is returning to Netflix and reuniting with his former Saturday Night Live colleague Tina Fey for her new series, Four Seasons. The series, based on the 1981 film of the same name, was co-created by Fey with the cast featuring Steve Carell, Colman Domingo, Kerri Kenney-Silver and Erika Henningsen. Forte and Fey were castmates on SNL for four years (2002-06) and Forte later had a recurring part on Fey’s series, 30 Rock.

The 1981 film Four Seasons was written and directed by Alan Alda, and centered on three couples who vacation together each season and the changes in the group dynamic when one of couples splits up and the man brings a much younger woman on subsequent trips. Alda also starred in the movie alongside Carol Burnett, Len Cariou, Rita Moreno, Jack Weston, Sandy Dennis and Bess Armstrong.

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‘Disclaimer’ starring Cate Blanchett coming to Apple TV+ in October

Disclaimer, a new show starring Cate Blanchett, is coming to Apple TV+ in October.  Apple TV+ released a first look image of the seven-episode series and announced an Oct. 11 premiere date; with the first two episodes will drop simultaneously, followed by new episodes every Friday through Nov. 15, 2024 (per Variety).

Disclaimer is a psychological thriller based on the bestselling novel by Renée Knight, with the film adaptation written and directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón. Blanchett plays Catherine Ravenscroft, an acclaimed journalist who built her reputation by exposing the misdeeds and transgressions of others. Her life unravels after receiving a novel from an unknown author about her own dark secrets. An official synopsis reads: “As Catherine races to uncover the writer’s true identity, she is forced to confront her past before it destroys both her own life and her relationships with her husband, Robert (Sacha Baron Cohen), and their son, Nicholas (Kodi Smit-McPhee).” 

The show features a score composed by Oscar-winning, singer/songwriter/producer Finneas O’Connell, the brother of Billie Eilish.  The cast of Disclaimer also includes Lesley Manville, Louis Partridge, Leila George and Hoyeon.

Disclaimer will have a two-episode premiere Oct. 11 on Apple TV+.

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4 killed, 10 injured in mass shooting at Birmingham, Alabama nightclub

At least four people were killed and up to 10 others were injured in a shooting at a Birmingham, Alabama nightclub late Saturday night, where a birthday party was being held.

Birmingham Officer Truman Fitzgerald said in a video statement that investigators believe at least one person fired shots from the street into the nightclub on 27th Street North, where responding officers found multiple gunshot victims around 11 p.m. local time. There was some type of altercation at the club, police said, but detectives are trying to determine if that is connected to the shooting.

Fitzgerald added that two women inside the nightclub and a man who was found on a sidewalk near the venue were pronounced dead at the scene, and another man died at a hospital. Ten other people who were shot were being treated at UAB Hospital, police said, with some were taken there by the Birmingham Fire Department and others arriving in private vehicles. Birmingham police on Sunday identified those killed as: Lerandus Anderson, 24; Stevie McGhee, 39; Markeisha Gettings, 42; and Angela Weatherspoon, 56. Police confirmed that McGhee was found dead outside the business, while Gettings and Weatherspoon were killed inside, and Anderson was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Police did not identify any suspects in the shooting and no arrests have been announced as of Sunday morning; it remains unclear what the motive was to invoke the gunfire. Fitzgerald said: “Detectives are working to determine what led to shots being fired and the victims being shot. Our federal partners have deployed to the scene and are assisting Birmingham police officers in this investigation.”

As of press time there were no arrests; police asked the public for any information. Federal law enforcement agencies are also assisting Birmingham police in the investigation.

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Pennsylvania man killed at Trump rally shielded him family from gunfire

Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro announced Sunday that the man killed at a campaign rally for former President Donald Trump in Butler, Pennsylvania on Saturday has been identified as 50-year-old former firefighter Corey Comperatore. Comperatore was in attendance with his wife and two daughters, and dove over them to protect them when gunshots were heard in the crowd.

Shapiro said Comperatore “died a hero” while protecting his family from the gunfire during the rally. The governor said that “Corey was an avid supporter of the former president and was so excited to be there last night with him in the community,” and described Comperatore as a “girl dad” who went to church every Sunday and loved his family and community. Said Shapiro: “Corey was the very best of us, may his memory be a blessing.”

About six minutes into Trump’s speech at a campaign rally on Saturday, gunshots were heard and the former president could be seen clutching his ear as he ducked to the ground while several Secret Service agents rushed to the stage and surrounded him on all sides. The FBI said the shooter has been identified as 20-year-old Thomas Matthew Crooks of Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, who was immediately killed by the Secret Service. A motive is not known at this time.

Two people were also critically wounded in the assassination attempt on former President Donald Trump. Shapiro said: “last night was shocking for this community and for this commonwealth, and I know, for this country. Political disagreements can never, ever be addressed through violence. Disagreements are OK, but we need to use a peaceful political process to settle those differences.”

President Joe Biden extended his condolences to Comperatore’s family in a speech Saturday afternoon:  “He was a father. He was protecting his family from the bullets that were being fired. He lost his life. God loved him.” In his speech Saturday shortly after the incident, Biden said, “There is no place in America for this kind of violence, or any violence. An assassination attempt is contrary to everything we stand for as a nation, everything. It’s not who we are as a nation. It’s not America, and we cannot allow this to happen.”

Trump also shared his condolences for the victims and their families in a post on TruthSocial, writing on Sunday: “I want to thank The United States Secret Service, and all of Law Enforcement, for their rapid response on the shooting that just took place in Butler, Pennsylvania. Most importantly, I want to extend my condolences to the family of the person at the Rally who was killed, and also to the family of another person that was badly injured. It is incredible that such an act can take place in our Country. Nothing is known at this time about the shooter, who is now dead. I was shot with a bullet that pierced the upper part of my right ear. I knew immediately that something was wrong in that I heard a whizzing sound, shots, and immediately felt the bullet ripping through the skin. Much bleeding took place, so I realized then what was happening. GOD BLESS AMERICA!”

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Maren Morris teams up with Julia Michaels for ‘Cut!’

Maren Morris has teamed up with Julia Michaels for the new song, “Cut!”  The song is featured on Morris’s upcoming five-song project Intermission, set to drop on Aug. 2. Morris shared in a social media post“every good show needs an intermission  5 new songs out 8/2. cut! ft. @juliamichaels out”

Morris, 34, first teased fans to the upcoming collab with Michaels by posting a photo on social media of Morris and Michaels in a kitchen, with Michaels seated at a table and Morris standing atop the table and wielding a chainsaw. Morris captioned the photo: “cut! featuring @juliamichaels out friday. can’t wait to cathartically scream f*ck at the top of our lungs together.”  Michaels and Morris have previously collaborated, co-writing the song “Circles Around This Town” from Morris’ Humble Quest project (2022).

Morris added in a press release: “‘Cut!’ is about me holding myself together through the day, looking well-rested, not a hair out of place, not canceling any plans with friends because that’s how well I want you to think I’m doing. Perhaps those things are all true, but at night, I let the mask slip and let myself scream or fall apart to let the steam out of the kettle. It’s a cathartic release that doesn’t require secrecy, but there are worldly expectations to keep it together despite your feelings. This song gives me permission to fall apart.”

Morris also shared the track listing for Intermission, including the songs: “Cut!,” “I Hope I Never Fall in Love,” “Push Me Over,” “Because, Of Course,” and “This is How a Woman Leaves.” The new five-song set follows her Humble Quest LP, and her 2019 CMA album of the year, GIRL.

Take a listen to “Cut!” – here.

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Listen to Jelly Roll’s ‘I Am Not Okay,’ see dates added to ‘Beautifully Broken Tour 2024’

Jelly Roll shared the single “I Am Not Okay” off his forthcoming new album due out later this year. “I Am Not Okay” marks Jelly’s first official release of new music since he dropped his debut country album Whitsitt Chapel  last June. Jelly took to Instagram to share the news of his song and wrote in the caption that the song is “For everyone going through something.”

“I Am Not Okay”, co-written by Jelly, Taylor Phillips, Ashley Gorley, and Casey Brown, follows the artists’s Grammy-nominated “Save Me” and his last single, “Halfway to Hell ,” the latter of which marked his fourth consecutive No. 1 at country radio and fifth career No. 1.

In addition, Jelly’s headlining Beautifully Broken Tour kicks off Aug. 27 in Salt Lake City, and the artist recently announced he is extending the run with 15 new dates including stops in Cincinnati, Lexington, Kansas City, Houston and Austin, in addition to previously announced shows in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Atlanta, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, New Orleans and more.  Jelly will also perform in Canada for the first time in July, marking his first ever international tour dates and the first time visiting the country. The dates in St. Catherines, Ontario (July 8) and Ottawa, Ontario (July 9) are currently on sale. Tour openers for all dates through Oct. 27 include Warren Zeiders and Alexandra Kay, with Ernest, Shaboozey and Allie Colleen joining as support starting Oct. 30.

For tickets and a full list of dates, head to jellyroll615.com.

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Fitness Guru Richard Simmons dies at age 76

Fitness guru Richard Simmons died at the age of 76 over the weekend. TMZ was first to report the news on Saturday, July 13. The outlet, citing the Los Angeles Police Department, stated that authorities responded to Simmons’ home after a 911 call from his housekeeper, where they found Simmons had died.

Simmons’ longtime publicist, Tom Estey, confirmed to PEOPLE that the fitness coach died at his Los Angeles home one day after celebrating his 76th birthday.  Said Estey:  “The world has truly lost an angel.”  Simmons’ brother, Lenny Simmons, also confirmed the death in a statement. “I don’t want people to be sad about my brother. I want them to remember him for the genuine joy and love he brought to people’s lives. We are in shock. Please respect the family at this difficult time,” he said. According to ABC News, the fitness guru appeared to have died of natural causes and no foul play is suspected.

An overweight child born raised in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Simmons – born Milton Teagle Simmons to vaudeville performer parents — moved to Los Angeles in the 1970s. He educated himself on all he could about nutrition, and in 1975 opened a health food store/exercise studio, Ruffage and Anatomy Asylum. The studio became a hit with celebrities, and Simmons lived a life in the spotlight from then on.  He released five bestselling books, producing more than 50 workout videos and hosting weight loss cruises, while teaching classes at his Slimmons studio in Beverly Hills and appearing on talk shows and speaking tours.Simmons made regular TV appearances on talk shows including the “Late Show with David Letterman” and the “Rosie O’Donnell Show.” He also had a regular role on the soap opera “General Hospital” and made guest appearances as himself on shows such as “Arrested Development” and “The Larry Sanders Show.” He also hosted his own talk and fitness show, “The Richard Simmons Show,” from 1980-1984, which won four Daytime Emmy Awards.

The fitness guru  had not been seen in public since 2014, when he made the decision to retreat from the public eye; Simmons made his last public appearance in January of that year, and taught his final class at his famed Slimmons studio that February (Slimmons officially closed in November 2016).  However, Simmons was a regular poster on his social media platforms in the past months, with his last posts coming as recently as Saturday morning local time to let his followers fans know he appreciated their birthday well-wishes. Simmons wrote on Friday, July 13: “Thank you…I never got so many messages about my birthday in my life! I am sitting here writing emails. Have a most beautiful rest of your Friday. Love, Richard”

Simmons also had just spoken to PEOPLE about his plans to celebrate his 76th birthday, in a story published on Friday. He said he planned to blow out a few candles for the occasion: “But the candle will probably be on a zucchini. You know, I’m a vegetarian,” he said, before admitting that he would try “maybe one Pepperidge Farm Milano cookie.” Simmons added that he felt good to turn 76: “I am grateful that I’m here, that I am alive for another day. I’ll spend my birthday doing what I do every day, which is to help people.”

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Shannen Doherty dies at age 53 after long battle with cancer

Multiple outlets confirmed that actress Shannen Doherty died on Saturday, July 13, after a years-long battle with cancer. Doherty was 53 years old.

Doherty’s publicist Leslie Sloane said in a statement: “It is with a heavy heart that I confirm the passing of actress Shannen Doherty. On Saturday, July 13, she lost her battle with cancer after many years of fighting the disease. The devoted daughter, sister, aunt and friend was surrounded by her loved ones as well as her dog, Bowie. The family asks for their privacy at this time so they can grieve in peace.”

Doherty, perhaps best known for her role as Brenda Walsh on the 90s series Beverly Hills, 90210, was first diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer in 2015, later revealing in April 2017 that she had gone into remission. By 2019, however, Doherty shared the news that her cancer had returned, telling Good Morning America at the time: . “It’s going to come out in a matter of days or a week that — I’m stage IV. So my cancer came back. And that’s why I’m here. I don’t think I’ve processed it. It’s a bitter pill to swallow in a lot of ways.”  She later announced her diagnosis of metastatic stage 4 cancer, with Doherty telling PEOPLE in November 2023 that it had by then spread to her bones. She said: “I’m not done with living. I’m not done with loving. I’m not done with creating. I’m not done with hopefully changing things for the better. I’m just not — I’m not done.  

Shortly thereafter, Doherty revealed via Instagram that her cancer had spread to her brain, captioning a video of herself tearfully undergoing treatment: “January 12, the first round of radiation took place. My fear is obvious. I am extremely claustrophobic and there was a lot going on in my life. That fear … The turmoil … the timing of it all … This is what cancer can look like.”  Amid her cancer battle, Doherty and her ex-husband Kurt Iswarienko split after 11 years of marriage in April 2023.

Doherty began her career as a child actress on Little House on the Prairie before moving on to roles in Girls Just Want to Have Fun, Our House, and the 1988 dark comedy Heathers. She rose to fame as Brenda Walsh on the original Beverly Hills, 90210, which premiered in October 1990, leaving the show after the fourth season in 1994.  She was later cast in the series Charmed as Prue Halliwell, before leaving the show at the end of the third season in 2001. Doherty ventured into reality television with the short-lived Breaking Up with Shannen Doherty and as a contestant on Dancing with the Stars. In 2019, she signed on to join the TV reboot of Beverly Hills, 90210, once again playing an adult version of her character.

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President Biden holds critical first solo news conference since debate performance

President Biden fielded questions at a solo news conference on Thursday evening, which concluded the NATO summit in Washington, D.C. The high-stakes news conference — his first since November — comes shortly after his poorly-received, unsteady performance two weeks ago at the first presidential debate against former President Donald Trump.

Biden’s performance at the debate sparked concern among Democrats on Capitol Hill and raised concerns about whether he should be the party’s 2024 presidential nominee, and reignited questions about Biden’s age and fitness to carry out his campaign and serve another four years. Multiple democratic have publicly called for the President to exit the 2024 race, however Biden has defiantly insisted he is staying the course, telling lawmakers repeatedly he is not going anywhere.

At Thursday night’s conference, Biden stated: “I think I am the best qualified to win. But there are other people who could beat Trump, too. But it would be hard to start from scratch. We talk about money raised. We are not doing bad. We’ve got about $220 million in the bank. We are doing well.”

When asked by reporters whether he should take another neurological exam, Biden said: “I’ve taken three significant and intense neurological exams … as recently as February, and they say I’m in good shape.” Biden defended his neurological health, saying the decisions he makes every day are evidence that he’s healthy. “I’m tested every single day on my neurological capacity. Decisions I make every day.”

However, Biden’s latest statements at Thursday’s conference still did little to persuade fellow Democrats that he is the right candidate to face Donald Trump in November. In a statement after his news conference, Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., called on Biden to “step away” from the presidential race. Himes, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, is the first member of the Connecticut delegation to call for Biden to drop out: “The 2024 election will define the future of American democracy, and we must put forth the strongest candidate possible to confront the threat posed by Trump’s promised MAGA authoritarianism. I no longer believe that is Joe Biden, and I hope that, as he has through a lifetime of public service, he will continue to put our nation first and, as he promised, make way for a new generation of leaders.”

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