Jun 14

Daughtry releases new single, new shows kick off July 3

Dove ShoreStarting July 3, Daughtry will hit the road for a tour that will take the band into October.

The band is supporting its latest album Cage to Rattle, and its new single, "As You Are," inspired by a poem written by Chris Daughtry's wife Deanna. As Chris told People earlier this week, "She basically said, ‘If this inspires you, feel free to use it.’”

“She kind of downplayed it and walked away, which made me want to read it even more," he says of the poem. "It just felt very real and very honest. I instantly started hearing the chorus in my head.”

As previously reported, Deanna wrote the poem after coming to terms with her bisexuality, which Chris was aware of but which she'd mostly kept secret. 

Daughtry played the song last week during GLAAD’s annual Concert for Love & Acceptance in Nashville, TN.

Chris and Deanna also shared with People this week how the couple repaired their marriage after his infidelity.

Here are the tour dates:

7/3 -- Mason, OH, Red Rhythm and Boom
7/5 -- New Buffalo, MI, Four Winds Casino Resort, Silver Creek Event Center
7/6 -- Huber Heights, OH, Rose Music Center at the Heights
7/19 -- Robinsonville, MS ,Horseshow Tunica Bluesville
7/20 -- Oklahoma City, OK ,Frontier City Theme Park
8/1 -- Wausau, WI, Wisconsin Valley Fair
8/7 -- Ventura, CA, Ventura County Fair
8/8 -- Livermore, CA, Went Vineyard  
8/16 -- Carlton, MN, Black Bear Casino Resort - Otter Creek event Center
8/23 -- Rhinebeck, NY , Dutchess County Fair
8/24 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun
8/25 -- Westbury, NY, Theatre at Westbury
8/27 -- Morristown, NJ, Mayo Performing Arts Center
8/28 -- Bethlehem, PA, Levitt Pavilion  eel acks
8/30 -- Verona, NY, Turning Stone Resort Casino
8/31 -- Tropicana, AC, Sound Waves at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
9/6 -- Lincoln City, OR, Chinook Winds Casino
9/7 -- Lincoln City, OR, Chinook Winds Casino
9/13 -- Lake Charles, LA, Golden Nugget Grand Event Center
9/14 -- Biloxi, MS, IP Casino Resort and Spa
9/19 -- Ridgefield, CT, The Ridgefield Playhouse
9/20 -- Derry, NH, Tupelo Music Hall
10/5 -- Dallas, TX, State Fair of Texas

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   Jun 14

Jennifer Lopez says first two marriages “don’t really count”

ABC/Rick RowellIn a new YouTube video, Jennifer Lopez opens up about her first two marriages and why she feels they "don't count."

The actress/singer, who’s currently engaged to Alex Rodriguez, says her marriages to Ojani Noa, from 1997 to 1998, and dancer Cris Judd, from 2001 to 2003, were too short and she was too young.

“I’ve been married three times: once was nine months and once was 11 months. So I don’t really count those,” she says.

She adds, “I was married to Marc [Anthony] for 10 years with the kids. I was very young the first two times I tried to get married -- I’m saying tried to get married.”

J.Lo admits in the past, she got married for the wrong reasons.

“It seems like in this life you’re always surrounded by people so you’re never lonely but it’s very lonely,” she says. “…So I felt like if I got married, then I would always have somebody, but that’s not how life works. That’s not how it goes. It's bad reason to get married.”

She’s in the midst of her It’s My Party tour right now, but Jennifer says she’s planning to tie the knot with Rodriguez next year in a big church wedding, which she's never had.

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   Jun 14

Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Dua Lipa to receive O2 Silver Clef awards

Mark SurridgeEd Sheeran, Sam Smith and Dua Lipa are set to take home prizes at this year’s O2 Silver Clef Awards, taking place in London next month.

The awards are presented annually by Nordoff Robbins, a British charity that provides music therapy to vulnerable and isolated people in the U.K. They recognize musicians who support the charity's work.

Ed will be honored with the overall O2 Silver Clef Award

"I want to thank Nordoff Robbins and O2 for the award...this means a lot and I want to applaud Nordoff Robbins for all the wonderful work they do through music therapy,” he says in a statement obtained by U.K.'s The List.

Sam Smith will take home the AEG Best Male Award, while Dua Lipa will be honored with the Smule Best Female Award.

"Music is my life, so I can't think of a better charity to be supporting than one which uses music to enrich the lives of others,” Dua says in a statement. “I can't wait to be there on the day to receive this award!"

Other winners include up-and-coming singer Mabel, who'll get the Ticketmaster Best Newcomer Award, The Black Eyed Peas, who'll get The Raymond Weil Best International Group Award, and electro-pop band Years & Years, who'll receive the Hard Rock Café Best Group prize.

The Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Awards will be held July 5 at the Grosvenor [GROVE-ner] House Hotel in London.

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