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By SARAH KICKLER KELBER | October 9, 2007
Why do Dancing With the Stars viewers insist on casting their votes based solely on who they like and totally ignoring ability? I get that people like Wayne Newton, but it's ridiculous that he stayed on despite a 15/30 from the judges, and Albert Reed was sent home instead. Either the stars need to be of the same level of popularity, or, as one of my blog readers noted, the viewer vote should count for less. We don't need another Master P (or Billy Ray Cyrus or George Hamilton or Jerry Springer)
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By SARAH KICKLER KELBER | October 9, 2007
Why do Dancing With the Stars viewers insist on casting their votes based solely on who they like and totally ignoring ability? I get that people like Wayne Newton, but it's ridiculous that he stayed on despite a 15/30 from the judges, and Albert Reed was sent home instead. Either the stars need to be of the same level of popularity, or, as one of my blog readers noted, the viewer vote should count for less. We don't need another Master P (or Billy Ray Cyrus or George Hamilton or Jerry Springer)
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By James Endrst and James Endrst,The Hartford Courant | February 17, 1993
It's hard to believe Billy Ray Cyrus is for real -- or, if he is, that he'll stay that way for long.Here's a guy who not so long ago was selling cars. Now suddenly he's an overnight superstar (though he's been working at it for a decade), a country-music crossover whose debut album, "Some Gave All," was 1992's biggest seller -- thanks, in large part, to an ultimately inescapable hit single called "Achy Breaky Heart."Things are moving quickly, to say the least, in the 6-foot, 30-something-year-old singer's life.
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By Nathan M. Pitts | April 19, 2001
Just announced The HFStival will be held this year at RFK Stadium in Washington May 27-28. The lineup includes Incubus, Live, Fatboy Slim, Staind, 3 Doors Down, Fuel, Linkin Park, Lifehouse, the Cult, SR 71, Good Charlotte, Coldplay, Stabbing Westward, Sevendust, American Hi Fi, Powderfinger, New Found Glory, Stereophonics, Alien Ant Farm, Tenacious D, Tantric, Cold, Saliva, Sum 41, Nothingface and Idlewild. Tickets go on sale April 28 at 11 a.m. Call 410-481-SEAT. The annnual Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival will be held at Sandy Point State Park May 19-20.
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By Nathan M. Pitts | April 19, 2001
Just announced The HFStival will be held this year at RFK Stadium in Washington May 27-28. The lineup includes Incubus, Live, Fatboy Slim, Staind, 3 Doors Down, Fuel, Linkin Park, Lifehouse, the Cult, SR 71, Good Charlotte, Coldplay, Stabbing Westward, Sevendust, American Hi Fi, Powderfinger, New Found Glory, Stereophonics, Alien Ant Farm, Tenacious D, Tantric, Cold, Saliva, Sum 41, Nothingface and Idlewild. Tickets go on sale April 28 at 11 a.m. Call 410-481-SEAT. The annnual Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival will be held at Sandy Point State Park May 19-20.
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By Casi H. Clocker and Casi H. Clocker,Staff Writer | July 16, 1992
You put your right foot out, you put your left foot back, you put your right foot out and you wiggle your hips about. No, it's not the hokey-pokey -- it's the "Achy Breaky."Spun off from this summer's hottest country music hit by Billy Ray Cyrus, the "Achy Breaky Heart" dance has people in bars nationwide stomping and wiggling. The song (by the same title) is about a man who begs his true love not to let his "achy-breaky" heart know that it's all over."When the first note of the song off the CD hits the speakers, it sends a jolt of electricity to everyone in the room to stop what they're doing and get out there and take part in this dance," said Ray White, general manager of the Holiday Inn Timonium Plaza, home of the country/western club Nashville's.
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By Sandra Crockett and Sandra Crockett,Staff Writer | August 24, 1992
So what is it with male country music stars these days?It's as though there's a requirement that they be drop-dead gorgeous.Even if you aren't into country music, there's no escaping these lean, lanky hunks whose handsome faces can be found on television, magazines and newspapers everywhere."
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January 5, 1994
WANT TO TEST your mental endurance? Turn on radio station WVRT-FM (104.3).Capitol Broadcasting of Raleigh, N.C. recently bought the station, which used to play adult contemporary pop music under the nickname Variety 104. Capitol is trying to shoo that audience over to its other adult pop station in Baltimore, WWMX-FM (106.5).So for a couple of weeks, Capitol is playing the same handful of songs over and over again on 104.3, interrupted only by a cryptic announcement that says "Format Under Construction," with the sound of jackhammers roaring in the background.
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,Pop Music Critic | January 3, 1993
By most normal criteria, not much happened in pop music in 1992.That's not to say there wasn't news, of course, because there was. Plenty of it. There was the "Cop Killer" controversy, and the "Sex" book scandal. There was a riot in Montreal preceded by a concert by Guns N' Roses, and a riot in Los Angeles predicted by Ice Cube and Ice-T. There was Sister Souljah. There was Sinead O'Connor.But musically? Forget it. Garth Brooks sold millions more albums, and Boyz II Men broke the Beatles' record for most consecutive weeks at No. 1, but those achievements had less to do with art than commerce.
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By Kevin Cowherd | December 4, 1992
For the most part, newspapers today are filled with boring stories about economic summits and good cholesterol vs. bad cholesterol and "lifestyle" pieces on the latest touchy-feely way to raise children.This is why so many people pick up the paper in the morning and discover their eyes closing mid-way through breakfast, to the point where they eventually find themselves slumped face-down in a bowl of Rice Krispies.So imagine my surprise when I actually came across an interesting article while thumbing through the local rag during a visit to upstate New York.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,Sun Staff Writer | September 1, 1994
It happens every game. In those tense final moments before the Baltimore CFLs leave the locker room, Donald Igwebuike loosens his vocal cords and belts out . . . "Achy Breaky Heart"?Billy Ray Cyrus, he isn't.In fact, as a country western singer, the Nigerian-born Igwebuike makes a pretty good place-kicker.But each week, Igwebuike sends the CFLs onto the field on a giddy, if not hilarious, note.At the behest of coach Don Matthews, Igwebuike delivers a soulful rendition of a song of his choice.
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By Anne Haddad and Anne Haddad,Sun Staff Writer | May 12, 1994
A small agency, trying to raise big money, asked celebrities to donate personal items for an auction.Actress Janet Leigh took the request literally.She sent her curling iron, with a few strands of hair still stuck in it.Along with scores of other items -- many offbeat, all with some link to a famous person -- Ms. Leigh's Clairol curling iron will go on the block Sunday at the Celebrity Autograph Auction for the Rape Crisis Intervention Service of Carroll County.Until...
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January 5, 1994
WANT TO TEST your mental endurance? Turn on radio station WVRT-FM (104.3).Capitol Broadcasting of Raleigh, N.C. recently bought the station, which used to play adult contemporary pop music under the nickname Variety 104. Capitol is trying to shoo that audience over to its other adult pop station in Baltimore, WWMX-FM (106.5).So for a couple of weeks, Capitol is playing the same handful of songs over and over again on 104.3, interrupted only by a cryptic announcement that says "Format Under Construction," with the sound of jackhammers roaring in the background.
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By James Endrst and James Endrst,The Hartford Courant | February 17, 1993
It's hard to believe Billy Ray Cyrus is for real -- or, if he is, that he'll stay that way for long.Here's a guy who not so long ago was selling cars. Now suddenly he's an overnight superstar (though he's been working at it for a decade), a country-music crossover whose debut album, "Some Gave All," was 1992's biggest seller -- thanks, in large part, to an ultimately inescapable hit single called "Achy Breaky Heart."Things are moving quickly, to say the least, in the 6-foot, 30-something-year-old singer's life.
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,Pop Music Critic | January 3, 1993
By most normal criteria, not much happened in pop music in 1992.That's not to say there wasn't news, of course, because there was. Plenty of it. There was the "Cop Killer" controversy, and the "Sex" book scandal. There was a riot in Montreal preceded by a concert by Guns N' Roses, and a riot in Los Angeles predicted by Ice Cube and Ice-T. There was Sister Souljah. There was Sinead O'Connor.But musically? Forget it. Garth Brooks sold millions more albums, and Boyz II Men broke the Beatles' record for most consecutive weeks at No. 1, but those achievements had less to do with art than commerce.
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By Dallas Morning News | January 1, 1993
In country music's biggest year in history, Garth Brooks and Billy Ray Cyrus dominated the top spot of the Billboard album charts.The year 1992 saw country radio overtake Top 40 in nationwide listeners. But perhaps the most important innovation in the business of country music was the proliferation of short, offhand comments -- "one-liners" -- to describe these new millionaires and national heroes. Never before have country acts been so easy to sum up, with usually just a simile or a metaphor doing the trick.
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By Anne Haddad and Anne Haddad,Sun Staff Writer | May 12, 1994
A small agency, trying to raise big money, asked celebrities to donate personal items for an auction.Actress Janet Leigh took the request literally.She sent her curling iron, with a few strands of hair still stuck in it.Along with scores of other items -- many offbeat, all with some link to a famous person -- Ms. Leigh's Clairol curling iron will go on the block Sunday at the Celebrity Autograph Auction for the Rape Crisis Intervention Service of Carroll County.Until...
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By Kevin Cowherd | December 4, 1992
For the most part, newspapers today are filled with boring stories about economic summits and good cholesterol vs. bad cholesterol and "lifestyle" pieces on the latest touchy-feely way to raise children.This is why so many people pick up the paper in the morning and discover their eyes closing mid-way through breakfast, to the point where they eventually find themselves slumped face-down in a bowl of Rice Krispies.So imagine my surprise when I actually came across an interesting article while thumbing through the local rag during a visit to upstate New York.
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