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Chris Janson, Jon Pardi Set for Free Show Before iHeartCountry Festival

The iHeartCountry Festival is set for May 6, but you don't have to pay to enjoy all of the music.

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House Intel Chairman Met Trump Surveillance Source Near White House

Rep. Devin Nunes says he learned of incidental U.S. surveillance of the Trump transition team at a secret meeting on White House grounds.

Kristian Bush, John Mayer and the Unexpected Story of Lindsay Ell's 'Worth the Wait' EP

Lindsay Ell simply saying that John Mayer influenced her new Worth the Wait EP is an understatement. In fact, before she cut her new six-song album, she had to cut his — literally.

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Gianopulos named new chairman of Paramount Pictures

Viacom Inc. named Jim Gianopulos the new chairman and chief executive officer of Paramount Pictures, turning to the former Fox chief to revive the flagging movie studio.

Gianopulos will succeed Paramount's former chairman, Brad Grey, who was ousted in February. Viacom Chief Executive Bob Bakish said Monday that Gianopulos will be able to deliver the recovery needed to "begin the next chapter in Paramount's storied history."

But hits have lately been lacking for Paramount, which has trimmed its release schedule and seen its standing in Hollywood slide. Along with overseeing production, marketing and distribution at the studio, Gianopulos has been tasked with setting a new strategy for Paramount. The studio lost $445 million in its 2016 fiscal year.

"Looking ahead, I see a strong opportunity to position the studio for success by creating valuable franchise opportunities, developing fresh creative ventures, and mining Viacom's deep brand portfolio to bring exciting new narratives to life," Gianopulos said in a statement.

Gianopulos was pushed out of 20th Century Fox last year when Stacey Snider was promoted to lead the Fox Filmed Entertainment Group. At Fox, Gianopulos notably oversaw the likes of "Avatar" and the "X-Men" franchise in his 16 years of running the studio.

Though Paramount had a number of critically acclaimed Oscar contenders last year ("Fences," ''Arrival"), it has struggled to find the franchise blockbusters studios depend on for the lion's share of its ticket sales. Paramount's biggest movie last year was the so-so performing "Star Trek Beyond," which made $343.5 million worldwide. But it released a string of clunkers, including "Zoolander 2," ''Ben-Hur" and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows."

Formerly under Sumner M. Redstone, Viacom wasn't willing to plunk down the kind of money other studios, like the Walt Disney Co., have invested in sought-after intellectual properties. Instead, the studio has turned to financing partners and China to claw its way back. But some of those efforts haven't panned out. A ballyhooed $1 billion co-financing deal with Chinese firms, Huahua Media and Shanghai Film Group, has, at least for now, stalled.

Gianopulos is expected to have bigger budgets to work with and to increase the studio's annual output. He will also be called on to better leverage Viacom's other properties (among them Comedy Central, MTV, BET and Nickelodeon) on the big screen.

Viacom's TV business, though, has also recently struggled. Bakish, who was named chief executive in December, has led a restructuring intended to refocus the media conglomerate on its core brands.

Gianopulos named new chairman of Paramount Pictures

Viacom Inc. named Jim Gianopulos the new chairman and chief executive officer of Paramount Pictures, turning to the former Fox chief to revive the flagging movie studio.

Gianopulos will succeed Paramount's former chairman, Brad Grey, who was ousted in February. Viacom Chief Executive Bob Bakish said Monday that Gianopulos will be able to deliver the recovery needed to "begin the next chapter in Paramount's storied history."

But hits have lately been lacking for Paramount, which has trimmed its release schedule and seen its standing in Hollywood slide. Along with overseeing production, marketing and distribution at the studio, Gianopulos has been tasked with setting a new strategy for Paramount. The studio lost $445 million in its 2016 fiscal year.

"Looking ahead, I see a strong opportunity to position the studio for success by creating valuable franchise opportunities, developing fresh creative ventures, and mining Viacom's deep brand portfolio to bring exciting new narratives to life," Gianopulos said in a statement.

Gianopulos was pushed out of 20th Century Fox last year when Stacey Snider was promoted to lead the Fox Filmed Entertainment Group. At Fox, Gianopulos notably oversaw the likes of "Avatar" and the "X-Men" franchise in his 16 years of running the studio.

Though Paramount had a number of critically acclaimed Oscar contenders last year ("Fences," ''Arrival"), it has struggled to find the franchise blockbusters studios depend on for the lion's share of its ticket sales. Paramount's biggest movie last year was the so-so performing "Star Trek Beyond," which made $343.5 million worldwide. But it released a string of clunkers, including "Zoolander 2," ''Ben-Hur" and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows."

Formerly under Sumner M. Redstone, Viacom wasn't willing to plunk down the kind of money other studios, like the Walt Disney Co., have invested in sought-after intellectual properties. Instead, the studio has turned to financing partners and China to claw its way back. But some of those efforts haven't panned out. A ballyhooed $1 billion co-financing deal with Chinese firms, Huahua Media and Shanghai Film Group, has, at least for now, stalled.

Gianopulos is expected to have bigger budgets to work with and to increase the studio's annual output. He will also be called on to better leverage Viacom's other properties (among them Comedy Central, MTV, BET and Nickelodeon) on the big screen.

Viacom's TV business, though, has also recently struggled. Bakish, who was named chief executive in December, has led a restructuring intended to refocus the media conglomerate on its core brands.

Keith Urban Explains How Nicole Kidman Inspired 'The Fighter'

Keith Urban's newest single "The Fighter" was born from a conversation he had with his wife Nicole Kidman more than a decade ago. Continue reading…

Drake's new CD 'More Life' breaks a new streaming record

Drake, who was the most streamed act on Spotify last year, has started 2017 strong — his new album, "More Life," has broken the U.S. record for the number of online streams from a single album in one week.

The rapper's 22-track album recorded 385 million streams across all platforms in its first week, beating the previous record holder — Drake. His 2016 album, "Views," had owned the title with 245 million streams until "More Life" showed up on March 18, according to Nielsen Music.

"More Life" is Drake's seventh consecutive album to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. It had competition from new albums by Ed Sheeran, Rick Ross and the soundtrack for "Beauty and the Beast."

Drake's new CD 'More Life' breaks a new streaming record

Drake, who was the most streamed act on Spotify last year, has started 2017 strong — his new album, "More Life," has broken the U.S. record for the number of online streams from a single album in one week.

The rapper's 22-track album recorded 385 million streams across all platforms in its first week, beating the previous record holder — Drake. His 2016 album, "Views," had owned the title with 245 million streams until "More Life" showed up on March 18, according to Nielsen Music.

"More Life" is Drake's seventh consecutive album to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. It had competition from new albums by Ed Sheeran, Rick Ross and the soundtrack for "Beauty and the Beast."

Darius Rucker Cries Tears of Joy as South Carolina Makes Its First Final Four

Darius Rucker shed happy tears Sunday afternoon (March 26) when the University of South Carolina Gamecocks — Rucker’s alma mater— upset the No. 4 seeded Florida Gators in the NCAA Tournament at Madison Square Garden. Continue reading…

Zac Brown Band, Brad Paisley and More Play 2017 Houston Rodeo [PICTURES]

Check out photos from the concerts at RodeoHouston 2017!

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