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Merle Haggard Delays Tour As Pneumonia Battle Continues

The musician scrapped a string of tour dates after he was hospitalised in California in December (15), and he later admitted the condition nearly killed him, declaring, "I was nearly dead... I had...

Willie Nelson Releasing Gershwin Brothers Tribute Album

The musician became the first country star to receive the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song and was feted at a star-studded gala in November (15) in Washington, D.C., where Neil Young, Paul Simon,...

Cyndi Lauper Recruits Willie Nelson For New Album

The True Colors singer has set up shop in Nashville, Tennessee for her upcoming 11th studio record, Detour, which will centre on classic country songs of the 1950s and '60s. For the...

Merle Haggard: 'I Almost Died'

The singer, 78, was forced to scrap a number of shows earlier this month (Dec15), after he was admitted to the Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, California, where he stayed for two...

Merle Haggard Hospitalised With Pneumonia

The country star's illness prompted him to axe plans to perform at the MCCallum Theatre in Palm Desert on Wednesday (02Dec15), and in Riverside on Thursday (03Dec15), and now he has also pulled...

Willie Nelson Recovering From Stem Cell Operation

The country music veteran announced last week (ends15Nov15) he was having to push back the first dates of his joint trek with Merle Haggard due to a mystery health problem. Nelson's musician...

Rihanna Launching Marijuana Line

MaRihanna will feature different strains of the plant as well as edibles and concentrates, according to 18karatreggae.com. The new line will launch early next year (16) and will be available in Alaska,...

Stars Line Up For John Lennon Tribute Gig

The trio will celebrate what would have been Lennon's 75th birthday at New York City's Theater at Madison Square Garden on 5 December (15). The show, which will be taped and broadcast...

Snoop Dogg Launches Cannabis Product Line

The Gin & Juice star, a well-known lover of weed, launched the company in Colorado, where recreational marijuana is legal, on Monday (09Nov15) by showing off the products, which include a range of...

Willie Nelson's Son Insists Star's Health Issue Is 'Minor'

The country music veteran announced on Wednesday (14Oct15) he was having to push back the first dates of his joint trek with Merle Haggard due to a mystery health problem, sparking fears for...

Willie Nelson Postpones First Tour Dates Due To Medical Issue

The veteran country singers were slated to kick off their Django and Jimmie Tour in Florence, South Carolina on Thursday (15Oct15), but that gig and others have been rescheduled. The South Carolina...

‘Jackass’ Star Steve-o Sentenced To Jail Time Over ‘Seaworld Sucks’ Protest

Jackass star Steve-O AK.A. Stephen Glover has been sentenced to 30 days in jail on misdemeanour charges filed against him after he conducted an anti-SeaWorld protest in August.Steve-O photographed at Gatwick Airport in February 2015.Read...

Buddy Emmons Dies

The pedal steel guitar player passed away on Wednesday (29Jul15), but no further details surrounding his death were available as WENN went to press. Emmons moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 1955 aged...

Always On My Mind Songwriter Wayne Carson Dies At 72

Carson died on Monday morning (20Jul15) after suffering a string of health issues, including congestive heart failure. He was best known as one of the co-writers of classic track Always On My...

Willie Nelson To Receive 2015 Gershwin Prize

The Crazy hitmaker will be honoured with the top U.S. cultural accolade from officials at the Library of Congress in recognition of his career as a "musical explorer" who has "helped make country...

Willie Nelson Endorses Texas Anti-discrimination Organisation

The veteran country singer signed up to endorse Texas Wins, a group which focuses on making the state a better place for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community by...

Willie Nelson And Kris Kristofferson To Headline Waylon Jennings Tribute Show

The country music veterans will headline Outlaw: Celebrating the Music of Waylon Jennings at the Moody Theatre in Austin, Texas, where fellow musicians Toby Keith, Eric Church, Sturgill Simpson, Lee Ann Womack, Kacey...

Florence + The Machine Scores First U.s. Number 1 Album

Florence Welch may be recovering from a broken foot, but she’s got even more good news to make her feel better, as the third Florence + The Machine album has entered the American charts at...

Willie Nelson To Cameo In Zoolander Sequel

The movie, Zoolander 2, is due for release in February next year (16), and filming started in Rome, Italy last month (April 15). Nelson has now revealed he has landed a small role...

Willie Nelson's Daughter And Grand-nephew Seeking Funds For Roadie Film

Ben Dorcy has spent over six decades working with stars like John Wayne, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline and Nelson, becoming the first inductee into the Roadie Hall of Fame. And...

Willie Nelson Confesses To Smoking Pot On Roof Of White House

The singer/songwriter and longtime weed advocate makes the confession in his new memoir, It's A Long Story, which was released on Tuesday (05May15). In the tome, Nelson recalls the 1977 incident, which...

Neil Young Debuts New Band At Intimate California Gig

Young performed at SLO Brewing Co. with Willie Nelson's sons Lukas and Micah and Lukas' Promise of the Real bandmates Corey MCCorkmick and Anthony Logerfo. The singer-songwriter confirmed at the start of...

Willie Nelson Launching His Own Brand Of Marijuana In Some American States

Country music legend Willie Nelson has announced more details of his plans to roll out his own brand of marijuana. ‘Willie’s Reserve’, a company formed by Nelson, will sell ‘Willie Weed’ which he intends to...

Willie Nelson Launching Marijuana Line

The hitmaker announced plans to open up a chain of dispensaries throughout America last month (Apr15) and now Nelson is launching the company Willie's Reserve, through which he will release Willie Weed....

Willie Nelson Mourning Loss Of Brother

News of 77-year-old Ira's passing was posted on the country music veteran's Facebook page on Thursday (16Apr15). The sad announcement suggested Ira was "a gentle man who will be dearly missed"....

Pink To Receive Songwriting Award

Pink is to receive the BMI President's Award for Songwriting.The 'Just Give Me A Reason' hitmaker has been named as the recipient of the prestigious accolade, which recognises ''outstanding achievement in songwriting and global impact...

Willie Nelson Is Planning His Own Brand Of Weed And Shops Named 'Willie's Reserve'

Weed enthusiast and country music legend Willie Nelson is planning to launch his own brand of marijuana, as well as a chain of stores across the US in states where pot is legal. The 81...

Willie Nelson To Launch Chain Of Marijuana Stores

The 81 year old, who is a proud pot smoker, is planning to launch the dispensaries throughout America, where cannabis consumption has been decriminalised in many states for medicinal purposes. Nelson's business...

Snoop Dogg Uses Sxsw Keynote Speech To Announce He's Developing Drama For Hbo

Rapper Snoop Dogg has announced he’s developing a new drama series for HBO, alongside director Allen Hughes and writer Rodney Barnes. The 43 year old made the announcement as he delivered the keynote address at...

Willie Nelson And Alison Krauss Revive Co-headlining Tour

Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss are reviving their co-headlining tour for a short U.S. trek this summer (15).The country music stars embarked on a joint venture last year (14), but the tour got off to...

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