When Zac Brown found out his band was nominated for the best new artist Grammy, a spontaneous party broke out in his living room. "I was home with my family watching TV when they announced the nominations," the Zac Brown Band frontman tells PEOPLE. "And we just danced. Our kids are 3, 2 and 2 months, so they're a little too young to understand, but they were still dancing around with us!"
Brown, who's the 11th of 12 kids himself, says he was flooded with congratulatory texts and phone calls when the news came out. "My family is very proud."
His band – also nominated for best country performance and album – has come a long way. Best known for their hit "Chicken Fried," off their album The Foundation, the Zac Brown Band has been touring for 13 years, a lifestyle that comes with its own unique ups and downs, especially in their humble beginnings. "I do miss the intimacy that you have with the fans while playing in bars," says Brown. Not having a fancy tour bus can be fun, too. "And I miss staying up all night in strangers' living rooms, sitting around playing music," he says with a laugh.
The downside of his grassroots beginnings? "Other people's cigarettes," Brown says. "I don't miss that!"
People.com...Shocked over Adam Lambert's recent performance antics? Don't be, says American Idol winner Kris Allen, because there is more to come. "Yeah, that's who he is," Allen told the press at last Friday's Z100's Jingle Ball at New York's Madison Square Garden. "Obviously, he couldn't do that stuff on Idol. And so you're getting to see the real Adam now."
Lambert caused an uproar for his sexually-charged performance on the American Music Awards last month, which led ABC to cancel his scheduled New Year's Eve appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live and his performance on Good Morning America. He was allowed to appear on The View.
"I thought it was Adam being Adam," Allen said of Lambert's AMA performance. "I'm going to get a shirt that just says, 'That's Adam.' "
US Weekly...Miley Cyrus made quite the impression on Sarah Jessica Parker when the teen star filmed her Sex and the City 2 cameo.
"I was astounded by her height," Parker told MTV News of her brief time on set with Cyrus. "Did you know that she's tall? She's like a Viking. I had no idea!"
After Cyrus, 17, filmed her cameo Oct. 17 in NYC's Ziegfeld Theater, she gushed that it was "the best job I've ever done" and "a total dream come true." She added the Parker, 44, was "the nicest person in the world."
Parker returned the compliment: "[Miley's] a beautiful young lady and very self-possesed," the actress said. But their time together was quality, not quantity. "I literally was not in the scene with her. I was in the scene, but we were not [onscreen] together. But she was lovely and on time and prompt and professional, very sweet."
Chris Brown Says Retailers Are 'Blackballing' His New Album. Retailers Say His Album is Overstocked.
Retailers: Chris Brown Album 'Overstocked'
By Ed Christman, N.Y.
Chris Brown's rant that U.S. music retailers are boycotting his new album "Grafitti," appears to be unfounded. Brown took to his Twitter account - which is now inactive - over the weekend to complain about the fulfillment and display of his album in a series of posts.
"im tired of this shit. major stores r blackballing my cd. not stockin the shelves and lying to costumers. what the fuck do i gotta do... ... yeah i said it and i aint retracting shit im not biting my tongue about shit else... the industry can kiss my ass," read messages posted.
He also noted specifically that he "JUST WAS AT WALMART IN Wallingford CT,844 north colony.. the didnt even have my album in the back... not on shelves, saw for myself."
A survey and store visits find that Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Trans World, Newbury Comics are all carrying the Brown record and sources say that his album received widespread distribution and promotion by his label, Jive Records, and his distributor, Sony Music Entertainment. Jive shipped over 400,000 units of "Graffiti," and also had it positioned in prime stores space at all key accounts, according to sources. In fact, sources suggest that Jive may have overshipped his record, as sales are slow.
"Not only am I carrying it, I am over carrying it, because it isn't selling," says the head of purchasing at one large chain. "I wish I could return it." He says the album's first week sales only reached 40% of expectations.
At 27-unit Newbury Comics, Carl Mello head of purchasing, echoes that sentiment. "We have it; it's not selling much."
He says the chain never even considered boycotting Brown - an accusation leveled by the artist on Twitter. Brown pleaded guilty to charges in connection with his attack of former girlfriend Rihanna in February, just before the Grammy Awards show. "We never considered not bringing it in," Mello says. "If we stopped bringing in records from every unsavory character that puts out an album, there would be tumbleweed floating around our stores."
When ordering the record, Mello says he took into account Brown's altercation with Rihanna from a sales perspective, only. After saying, "Let's see what has happened with his sales since the incident," Mello reports that "Exclusive," which was issued in November 2007, sold 11 copies chainwide in October 2008, 8 copies in November, 5 units un January, 4 in February, 2 in March, and 0 copies in April, May and June. "From July until now, we have sold 3 copies," Mello adds. "When you see an artist is going to release a new album and then you go back and see these kind of sales, alarm bells go off. You don't feel over confident about bringing in a lot of records."
Nevertheless, "we brought in the new album because you know you are going to sell some," Mello says. "We let the consumer vote on it."
And so far, consumers aren't flocking to stores to vote on behalf of Brown. Sources project that Brown sold about 100,000 units last week, well below the 150,000-175,000 units he was expected to sell. Mello says that the album is probably about the No. 40 best selling title at the chain.
Even Wal-Mart -- which was singled out by Brown on Twitter as one of the so-called merchants boycotting his record because the Wallingford, Conn., store didn't have it in stock -- says they are carrying the Brown album. "We are surprised at the comments on Twitter, since all Wal-Mart stores carried the CD since its release, including the Wallingford store mentioned in the post. This store had in fact sold through their copies over the weekend. The majority of our stores are showing today they have copies on hand." Likewise, Billboard found plenty of Brown in stock at Best Buy in Union Square and on Broadway by Houston Street in Manhattan, as well as at the J&R Music World superstore in downtown Manhattan.
For the fourth consecutive year, the Academy of Country Music hosted the Academy of Country Music Stage at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) held in Las Vegas. Joe Nichols, Heidi Newfield, David Nail and many more performed at this years event.
Does this really surprise you? No shock to me...
Courtney Love is no longer the legal guardian of her 17 year-old daughter Frances Bean Cobain. On Friday Dec. 11, a court appointed Wendy O'Connor and Kimberly Dawn Cobain -- mother and sister to Frances' late father Kurt Cobain -- as the girl's legal guardians, TMZ reports. This legal move typically occurs when the parent "is not capable of taking care of their children," the website notes.
The guardianship covers Frances Bean personally as well as her financial well-being. (The teenager inherited much of the estate of her father, frontman to Nirvana.) Love and Kurt Cobain were married in February 1992. Cobain died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in April 1994 at the age of 27.
Brad always dresses to impress. Not. He looks gooooooooooooood even in a sweatshirt though!! Brad Twittered and posted this last night....
Had dinner with Joan Rivers tonight, an my friend Peter Tilden. I wore a crappy old sweatshirt just to blow her mind.
Josh Turner announced today that he will release a deluxe version of his new album, Haywire, on February 9th. The deluxe version will include the 11 songs that appear on the standard version, also in stores February 9, PLUS two previously unreleased songs as well as live audio tracks of his hits "Your Man" and "Long Black Train." There will also be digital elements that include the music video for the debut single "Why Don't We Just Dance" and behind the scenes footage of Turner in the recording studio discussing every song on the album.