Swift tours with Pickler
Teen country sensation Taylor Swift, with BFF Kellie Pickler as opening act, is planning a Sept. 5 tour stop in Charlotte on her first headlining tour, according to Swift's Web site.
Albemarle native Pickler, 23, will open for Swift's “Fearless Tour 2009.” The singers opened for Brad Paisley two years ago.
Swift, 19, will start her 52-city tour April 23 in Evansville, Ill. Tickets go on sale at 7 a.m. Feb. 6, according to Swift's Web site.
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The tour makes three other stops in the Carolinas: April 30 in Charleston, June 12 in Greensboro and Sept. 4 in Greenville, S.C.
Swift, who just launched a line of dresses at Wal-Mart, says she plans to keep the show affordable. Ticket prices will start at about $20 in most markets. Staff reports
Britney gets restraining orders
A person close to Britney Spears says the singer has a restraining order against former manager Osama “Sam” Lutfi and one-time boyfriend Adnan Ghalib. Attorneys for Spears and her father, who is her legal conservator, received the order Friday. The person, not authorized to comment publicly, said Lutfi and others were trying to gain control of Spears' affairs. Associated Press
DMX gets 90-day sentence
Rapper DMX was sentenced to 90 days in jail Friday for convictions on theft, drug-possession and animal-cruelty charges. DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, also was placed on at least 18 months' supervised probation in Phoenix. Simmons pleaded guilty Dec. 30 to three felony counts – theft, possession or use of marijuana, and possession or use of narcotic drugs – and one misdemeanor count of animal cruelty. Associated Press
Boss regrets Wal-Mart deal
Bruce Springsteen says he regrets having made a deal with Wal-Mart. This month, the store started exclusively selling a Springsteen greatest hits CD. Some fans were critical because The Boss has been a longtime supporter of workers' rights, and Wal-Mart has faced criticism for its labor practices.
Springsteen told the New York Times for a story Sunday that his team didn't vet the issue as closely as he should have, and that he “dropped the ball on it.”
The singer released his new CD “Working on a Dream” this week and is performing the halftime show at the Super Bowl. Associated Press
Kilmer to rule Bacchus parade
Val Kilmer will reign as celebrity king when the Krewe of Bacchus parade rolls through New Orleans on Feb. 22, two days before Mardi Gras. The actor will be decked out in royal apparel as he rides through the city on a float in the annual parade. Associated Press
Actress Carol Channing, 88. Baseball Hall of Famer Ernie Banks, 78. Composer Philip Glass, 72. Blues singer-musician Charlie Musselwhite, 65. Baseball Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan, 62. Singer-musician KC (KC and the Sunshine Band), 58. Singer Johnny Rotten, 53. Actress Kelly Lynch, 50. Actress Minnie Driver, 39. Actress Portia de Rossi, 36. Actress Kerry Washington, 32. Singer Justin Timberlake, 28.
This day in history Jan. 31
1949: TV's first daytime soap opera, “These Are My Children,” began broadcasting from the NBC station in Chicago. It lasted all of four weeks.
1958: The U.S. entered the Space Age with its first successful launch of a satellite into orbit, Explorer I.