Rolling Stone reports that Blake Shelton has filed a defamation lawsuit against In Touch Weekly's parent company, Bauer Publishing Co., for a cover story that was printed in the tabloid magazine in late September. Shelton is reportedly seeking more than $1 million in damages over the article which claimed he was headed to rehab and that his heavy drinking contributed to his divorce from Miranda Lambert. The lawsuit also seeks an injunction against In Touch Weekly that would prevent the mag from printing any additional claims that were made in the story. "Blake Shelton has had enough," the lawsuit reads, before continuing, "Mr. Shelton is not in rehab and has no plans to go to rehab, which Bauer would have known had it bothered to contact any of Mr. Shelton's representatives prior to publication of its misleading Rehab Story."
"KILL THE LIGHTS TOUR" – LUKE BRYAN
Just as his current “Kick the Dust Up Tour” is coming to a close the end of this month, Luke Bryan has announced a new headlining trek that's set to kick off early next year. The first leg of Luke's 2016 "Kill The Lights Tour" will launch on February, 16 in Evansville, Indiana, and will feature special guests Little Big Town and Dustin Lynch. The new tour will be in support of Luke's fifth studio album, Kill the Lights, which was released in August. After playing for more than 100,000 fans on his seventh annual "Farm Tour," Bryan will wrap up his massive "Kick the Dust Up Tour" with a sold-out stadium date at Detroit's Ford Field on October 30.
TIM McGRAW SAYS THE PAPARAZZI NEEDS TO LEAVE THE FAMILY ALONE
Tim McGraw and his wife, Faith Hill, continue to be a high profile celebrity couple, and being as such, the two often attract unwanted attention from the paparazzi. Tim recently told a Washington D.C. radio station that he thinks paparazzi should learn to respect people's privacy, especially when there's children involved. He says, "There has to be some distance. We put ourselves out there, because that’s what we do for a living, but our kids didn’t ask for it." McGraw says living in Nashville has been a "safe haven" from prying eyes in a lot of ways, but insists these paparazzi should show restraint wherever they are.
BRAD PAISLEY ANNOUNCES 2016 WINTER TOUR LEG
Brad Paisley has announced the 2016 leg of his headlining "Crushin' It World Tour" that will make stops across the United States and Canada during the winter months. The winter tour leg will kick off on January 21 in Jonesboro, Arkansas, and will feature special guests Eric Paslay and Cam along for the ride. The winter tour leg announcement comes as Paisley played the last two stops on his "Country Nation College Tour" over the weekend. Brad played for capacity crowds at the University of Georgia and the University of South Carolina. The show at the University of South Carolina showed support for the greater Midlands community that was heavily impacted by recent flooding. There were approximately 1,800 first responders and their families in attendance as special guests at the show and every time #countrynationsc was posted on social media that evening $1 was donated to the local United Way – Midlands by Paisley and the tour's sponsor Zaxby’s.