22-year-old singer Danielle Bradbery just delivered her cover of Kacey Musgraves’ “Slow Burn” from Musgraves’ album Golden Hour. Bradbery puts her own spin on the song, and the performance of “Slow Burn” is Bradbery’s latest installment of her Yours Truly: 2018 covers project, in which she re-interprets her own favorite songs in 2018 and posts her results to YouTube. She announced the project in late December, releasing a cover of Ariana Grande’s “God Is a Woman.” Next up, Bradbery will release a cover of Post Malone’s “Psycho” on January 4. A press release announcing the project also teased two more “massive hits” that she’ll be covering.
Bradbery first came to fame during her run on Season 4 of The Voice in 2013, in which she won the show and signed a record deal. She released her self-titled debut album in November 2013, then took four years between albums before returning with her sophomore project, I Don’t Believe We’ve Met, in 2017. Bradbery’s current single, “Goodbye Summer,” is a new take of one of the tracks from I Don’t Believe We’ve Met, in which she performs the song as a duet with Thomas Rhett.
Bradbery will also hit the road with Kane Brown on his 2019 “Live Forever Tour,” which is set to launch on January 10th.
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Chris Stapleton has landed on the top of Billboard’s year-end “top country artists” list.
After Stapleton, Kane Brown comes in second, followed by Florida Georgia Line, Luke Combs, Thomas Rhett, Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean.
Luke Combs topped the year-end top country albums chart with his release “This One’s For You.” In second, was Gene Autry’s “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Other Christmas Classics,” followed by Elvis Presley’s “It’s Christmas Time.” Kane Brown’s “Experiment,” Dan and Shay’s self-titled debut album, and Chris Stapleton’s “Traveller” round out the list.
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According to court documents filed by the state attorney general, California’s largest public utility provider — Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E) — could face murder or manslaughter charges if it were found responsible for causing the state’s recent deadly wildfires.
Per an amicus brief filed in US District Court Friday by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, PG&E, could potentially face a range of criminal offenses if any of the wildfires broke out as a result of the utility failing to properly operate and maintain power lines. PG&E, which provides electricity to about 16 million Californians, has been under scrutiny for how it maintains its infrastructure amid questions about what caused the Camp Fire — the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in the state’s history.
If PG&E were found liable, the potential charges would be dependent on an investigation into the cause of the fire, and on the utility provider’s degree of negligence and recklessness.
The cause of the Camp Fire is still under investigation, according to state fire officials.
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A 22-year-old intern at a North Carolina zoo was killed Sunday after a lion escaped a locked space. The Conservators Center in Burlington announced that the intern was killed during a routine cleaning of an animal enclosure at about 11:30 a.m. ET. The intern was identified by the Caswell County Sheriff’s Office as Alexandra Black, 22, a native of New Palestine, Indiana, and was a recent graduate of Indiana State University.
The zoo said in a statement: “while a husbandry team led by a professionally trained animal keeper was carrying out a routine enclosure cleaning, one of the lions somehow left a locked space and entered the space the humans were in and quickly killed one person. The Conservators Center is devastated by the loss of a human life today.”
The lion was shot and killed by sheriff’s deputies, and the center said it is investigating how the lion escaped its enclosure.
The zoo will be closed until further notice.
Sony Pictures has announced the title for its Fred Rogers biopic will be called: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. The studio revealed the name on its social media accounts for the film, which is set for theatrical release October 2019.
The movie will star Tom Hanks as the host of the beloved children’s television program, Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood. The cast also includes Matthew Rhys, Chris Cooper, Tammy Blanchard and Sakina Jaffrey.
Fred Rogers’ show ran from 1968 to 2001; he died in 2003 at the age of 74. He was also recently the subject of the acclaimed 2018 documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
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Streaming service Netflix said that over 45 million accounts have watched their new original thriller, “Bird Box,” in what is now the best first week for a Netflix movie.
Netflix tweeted: “Took off my blindfold this morning to discover that 45,037,125 Netflix accounts have already watched Bird Box – best first 7 days ever for a Netflix film!” For Netflix, which has over 137 million subscribers as of October, this means approximately 33% of Netflix accounts viewed “Bird Box.” However, Netflix did not specify how many users actually finished the entire movie.
“Bird Box” stars Sandra Bullock as a mother who’s trying to protect her children after a supernatural force that kills you if you see it wipes out most of humanity. The movie has generated buzz (and memes) online since it debuted on Netflix last Friday, December 21, though critics have given it lukewarm reviews.
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Usher filed for divorce from his wife, Grace Miguel, after three years of marriage, according to reports over the weekend.
Multiple sources obtained the divorce document filed in court in Georgia, confirming the legal action.
The divorce filing is not a surprise, as it comes nine months after Usher, 40, and Miguel, 49, issued a statement confirming their separation. Usher and Miguel, who has also served as his manager, were married in 2015.
Usher — whose full name is Usher Raymond — has most recently appeared as a coach on NBC’s “The Voice.”
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Rapper Rich The Kid had to make a trip to the hospital this weekend after getting into a UTV (utility task vehicle) crash.
Rich suffered the accident in a lot behind Calabasas Luxury Motorcars. Rich was reportedly driving a Polaris RZR and flipped the vehicle, severely injuring his hand in the process. Paramedics arrived at the scene and transported him to a local hospital. Prior to the crash, Rich had been posting pictures and videos of his UTV-riding exploits on Instagram. After the accident, he shared a video of himself in a hospital bed.
Earlier this year, Rich was hospitalized after being the victim of a home invasion, in which he was reportedly beaten up and robbed of a significant amount of cash and jewelry.
Washington Wizards point guard John Wall will undergo surgery on his left heel, the team announced over the weekend. The Wizards said in a press release Wall will miss the remainder of the 2018-19 season: “The procedure will be performed by Dr. Robert Anderson in Green Bay, Wisconsin, next week on a day to be determined. Wall is expected to return to full basketball activity in approximately six to eight months.”
Wall “tried to battle through the pain in his injured heel” to help get the Wizards’ season back on track and according to reports, Wall has been dealing with this issue for years but the pain became “intolerable” this season. Reports also say that Wall has a bone spur sticking into his Achilles tendon, and that surgery would shave the spur down. Wall also missed time in December because of soreness in his heel.
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Tua Tagovailoa threw for 318 yards and four touchdowns as the No. 1-ranked Alabama beat No. 4 ranked Oklahoma 45-34 on Saturday night in the College Football Playoff semifinal at the Orange Bowl. Tagovailoa completed 24 of 27 passes, with scores to four receivers. Oklahoma (12-2) was no match for Alabama (14-0), who led 28-0 after only 17 minutes.
Alabama now advances to the national championship game for the fourth consecutive season and will play in Santa Clara, California on January 7 against Clemson — who beat Notre Dame 30-3 in the Cotton Bowl. Clemson, ranked No. 2, and Alabama will face off in the playoffs for the fourth year in a row, and have split two title games.
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