Lady Antebellum and Darius Rucker are joining forces for a co-headlining tour, the foursome announced this week. The two superstar acts will co-headline the 2018 Summer Plays on Tour this summer. The multi-date trek kicks off July 19 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and continues through the summer months and into early fall, wrapping up on Oct. 6. With a catalogue of tracks between the two acts, the tour will also include various collaborations throughout their shows. Russell Dickerson is set to serve as an opening act. Tickets for select cities go on sale Jan. 26, with more to follow.
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Apple Inc. will open a new campus as part of a five-year, $30 billion U.S. investment plan and will make about $38 billion in one-time tax payments on its overseas cash, one of the largest corporate spending plans announced since the passage of a tax cut signed by President Donald Trump. The company has been under increasing pressure to make U.S. investments since the 2016 presidential campaign, when Trump targeted the iPhone maker for making products in Asian factories. While Apple has announced no plans to change that practice, the company has begun to emphasize its U.S. economic impact, from developers who sell software on its App Store to the tens of billions of dollars per year it spends with U.S. suppliers. On Wednesday, Apple estimated it would spend $350 billion in the United States over the next five years.
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Senate Republicans rejected a bipartisan deal to protect DREAMers and are going back to the drawing board, despite a threat by Democrats to shut down the government within days without one. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday Congress would be “just spinning our wheels” if it voted on an immigration deal reached by a bipartisan group of senators without assurances from President Trump that he will sign it. Republicans overwhelmingly say there is no chance for a deal to get done by this week and talks will be restarting from scratch. Democrats will have to choose between potentially forcing a government shutdown over DACA, or taking the CHIP funding for now and hoping for an immigration bill to pass before the March deadline.
Reese Witherspoon has another series headed to Apple, and it will star Kristen Wiig as its lead. Witherspoon’s project is Apple’s first half-hour scripted comedy. Inspired by Curtis Sittenfeld’s upcoming short story collection “You Think It, I’ll Say It,” the show has received a 10-episode order by the tech company. The untitled show marks Wiig’s first regular TV series role since she exited “Saturday Night Live” in 2012. Witherspoon and Lauren Neustadter will executive produce for Hello Sunshine, with Wiig also receiving an EP credits on the series. This marks the third project Apple has ordered from Hello Sunshine, including Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston’s morning show drama and Octavia Spencer’s “Are You Sleeping,” which is co-produced by Chernin Entertainment.
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Almost six years after she was booted from NBC’s “Today” show, journalist Ann Curry is speaking out about Matt Lauer’s sexual assault allegations. Curry has a new PBS documentary program, “We’ll Meet Again” — but the focus of Curry’s interview was on the #MeToo movement and Lauer’s ousting from NBC News. “I think it’s, in general, overdue,” she says on “CBS This Morning” Wednesday, Jan. 17. “We clearly are waking up to a reality, an injustice that has been occurring for some time. And I think it will continue to occur until the glass ceiling is finally broken. Curry, who had worked on the “Today” show for 18 years, also addressed Lauer’s November firing from the show and NBC over allegations of sexual misconduct. “I can tell you that I am not surprised by the allegations,” she said.
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On Wednesday, country music legend Dolly Parton added two more honors to her already-illustrious, decades-long career as she was recognized by Guinness World Records. Parton was presented with two record title certificates, one for the most decades with a top 20 hit on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart and another for the most hits on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart by a female artist. Parton began her career as the duet partner of the late Porter Wagoner, racking up 21 Hot Country Songs hits before getting her first solo Top 20 hit with 1967’s “Something Fishy.” Her solo career led to 73 Top 20 hits, including the 2016 remastered version of “Jolene” with Pentatonix.
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Kenny Chesney is making move in his career: after more than 20 years with Sony Music Nashville, the country star has left the label to sign with Warner Music Nashville. The news came late Tuesday and Chesney confirmed the details in a press release on Wednesday morning, January 17. Chesney began his country music career with Capricorn Records; he then signed with BNA, part of the Sony family. BNA closed its doors in 2012, and Columbia Records — a subsidiary of Sony — absorbed Chesney and his label, Blue Chair Records. His last studio release with Sony came in 2016, with Cosmic Hallelujah. In 2018, Chesney has plans to get back out on the road; his Trip Around the Sun Tour will begin in the spring.
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French Montana, Playboi Carti and Flatbush Zombies have been added to the lineup for Yams Day 2018 Festival, which will take place on Jan. 18 at the New York Expo Center in the Bronx. They will join previously announced names such as A$AP Mob, Lil Yachty, Nav, G Perico, Aston Matthews, Retch and Dash and more. There will also be DJ sets by Cozy Boys and TDE’s Mixed by Ali. The event kicks off at 6:30 p.m with the show set to begin at 8 p.m. Tickets for Yams Day 2018 are on sale now, and a portion of ticket sales will go toward the Always Strive and Prosper Foundation, which was founded in 2016 by Yams’ mother, Tatiana Rodriguez.
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Remy Ma is dropping a new track Friday. In her follow up to the Lil Kim collaboration, “Wake Me Up,” Remy has teamed with Chris Brown and will releasing a track titled “Melanin Magic (Pretty Brown).” The Bronx rapper teased the new track on Instagram Tuesday along with the single’s artwork. Remy has been prepping her new album ever since the release of her joint album with Fat Joe, Plata O Plomo which gave us the platinum hit song “All the Way Up.” While working on her music, Remy also took a shot at reality TV for Vh1’s Love and Hip Hop New York. The rapper is back in the spotlight since serving six years in prison for assault, weapons possession and attempted coercion.
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San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard will remain out indefinitely as he continues recovering from quadriceps tendinopathy, the team announced Wednesday. In a statement, Spurs general manager R.C. Buford said “Kawhi has made significant progress and continues to move forward in his rehabilitation. This is the best approach for the next steps in his return to play.” Leonard didn’t make his 2017-18 debut until San Antonio’s 95-89 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Dec. 12. The team was careful about limiting his playing time as he got back into the swing of things, but the quad injury persisted. Despite his appearing in just nine games so far, the Spurs are third in the West, seven games back of the first-place Golden State Warriors.
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