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  • Dukes of Hazzard Co-Stars Join Forces for Christmas Album

    2014 - 10.30

    Dukes of Hazzard co-stars John Schneider and Tom Wopat, who played Bo and Luke Duke on the early 1980s hit television show, have joined together to record a Christmas album. Although it has been over 30 years since the two acted together, they still remain a team to this day.

    Schneider and Wopat have just released an 18 track holiday album titled Home for Christmas, which features traditional seasonal classics including “Silver Bells” and “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”, as well as interpretations of tracks such as “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”. This is the duo’s first full length album, with many of the string arrangements written by jazz musician John Oddo. Jazz plays a predominant role on the release, with some songs featuring country harmonies and fiddles. The Duke Boys singing on an album together sounds almost too good to be true to my friend Susan McGalla, so I know what she’ll be getting this Christmas.

    Surprisingly to most fans, each member of the duo has a long history of being a vocalist. Wopat performed on Broadway both before and after the Dukes of Hazzard, even earning a Tony Nomination for Annie Get Your Gun. Schneider, on the other hand, had a popular solo country music career during the 1980s with four hits making the top of the country charts.

    Expect Some Post-Break-up Songs from Jason Derulo

    2014 - 10.24

    Break-up songs aren’t just for ladies like Adele and Taylor Swift. Jason Derulo is already promising that he plans to craft songs detailing his recent break-up with Jordin Sparks.

    Unlike the ladies, however, Derulo has promised there will be no ambiguity about the subject of his songs. In a recent interview with Billboard writer Christian Broda, he stated that it will be completely clear who and what his songs are about, and that his creative style won’t allow him to separate who he is and what he’s experienced from the music he writes. His music reflects what is going on in his life at that moment, and that will include the recent split.

    Derulo and Sparks dated for three years before parting, in his words, “amicably.” Despite the break-up, Derulo says that he is doing “good,” and is keeping focused on his work.

    Recent tweets from Sparks also imply that she is back in the recording studio, so it is possible that the split may have sparked musical creativity in both members of this musical former couple.