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Jon Pardi teases "Heartache Medication" video

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Capitol NashvilleJon Pardi is gearing up for the release of the music video for “Heartache Medication.” 

In a 15-second clip posted on Twitter, Jon teases the video, which is set inside a honky tonk and has him spinning around the dance floor with a young woman. Shots of people line dancing and Jon singing the track with his guitar in hand are also included. It’s set to drop in full tomorrow.  

“Had a ton of fun making the #HeartacheMedication music video! Releasing it out into the world on Friday,” he shares in the caption. 

“Heartache Medication” is the title track of Jon’s upcoming album, which will be released on September 27. He’ll launch a coinciding tour with back-to-back dates at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on October 1 and 2, both of which have sold out.

Jon will then continue on the road with “There Was This Girl” opener Riley Green through early November. 

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Idris Elba can't explain 'Cats', but praises the "dedication" of co-star Taylor Swift

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Scott Kowalchyk/CBS ©2019 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved.(NEW YORK) — When it was released last month, the trailer for Cats polarized the internet, with reactions ranging from horror to laughter to confusion.  And of course, there were those who were just there for the shots of pop’s most famous cat lady, Taylor Swift, transformed into a real-life feline. 

But as of her co-stars tells ABC Radio, Taylor came on set knowing that playing her favorite animal onscreen wasn’t going to be easy.

Idris Elba, who plays Macavity the Mystery Cat in the film, tells ABC Radio, “Taylor…found herself in quite a vulnerable place.  Y’know, she sings and dances onscreen all the time in her music videos but this was acting — this was a slightly different thing. And she was very open about that.”

“Her and I worked together closely ’cause our characters did a song together,” Elba adds. “I really enjoyed her process. I really enjoyed her dedication.” Speaking of dedication, onscreen tough guy Elba told ABC he took yoga to limber himself up to play his feline character.

Incidentally, during an appearance earlier this week on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Elba seemed unable to explain the plot of Cats.

“It’s a big musical — and it’s uh, I guess it’s about a cat,” he said, as the audience roared with laughter.

He added, “It’s one cat’s journey towards what is, essentially, cat heaven…there’s this one young cat and she gets taken on a story about how to get to cat heaven,” then gave up, asking, “how am I doing? Does anyone know what the story is?”

Whatever it is, Cats struts into theaters December 20.

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Toby Keith's new greatest hits collection mixes old favorites with new material

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Show Dog Nashville Toby Keith is celebrating his multi-decade career with a greatest hits album that will also include some brand-new material.

Titled Toby Keith Greatest Hits: The Show Dog Years, the album features 16 of the biggest tracks the Oklahoma native released on his own record label, Show Dog.  There’s also a handful of new songs and re-recordings to go along with hits like “Made in America,” “American Ride,” “She Never Cried in Front of Me” and more. 

The four new songs include his current single “That’s Country Bro,” as well as “Don’t Let the Old Man In,” which was featured in the 2018 Clint Eastwood film The Mule. 

Two previously unreleased songs include “Back in the 405,” which he wrote with Colt Ford, and a remix of “American Ride” done with ACM nominee DJ KO.

“Well, folks, here it is. The Show Dog years’ biggest hits,” Toby shares in the album’s liner notes. “I know it’s long overdue, but we put them all in one big pile. Twenty-five years went by fast, but I’m very blessed to have this wonderful career. Still kickin’ it, too. See ya out there on the road.” 

Toby Keith Greatest Hits: The Show Dog Years is available on October 25. 

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What makes him country: Luke Bryan extends Here's to the Farmer campaign

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ABC/Image Group LALuke Bryan is continuing to lend his support to a noble cause. 

The country superstar has announced that he has extended his partnership with Bayer to support farming families until 2021. Known as Here’s to the Farmer, the partnership, which began in 2015, has Bayer continuing to serve as the sponsor of Luke’s annual Farm Tour.

There’s also an online component that asks fans to share the hashtag #HEREStotheFARMER. For every hashtag shared on social media, Bayer will donate one meal to a family in need, with the intent of donating one million meals in total.

Additionally, at each tour stop on the 2019 Farm Tour, Luke will bring a local farmer on stage to recognize his or her work and Bayer will donate more than $10,000 to local food banks. 

“I know the important role farmers play in our everyday lives and understand the hard work it takes for them to help feed America and the world,” Luke says.  

“That’s why I’m excited to have this partnership with my friends at Bayer and be able to thank the American farmers for all the hard work they do by saying ‘Here’s to the Farmer.'”

The 2019 Farm Tour will travel to six farms across the U.S. from September 26 – October 5. 

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Prosecutors decline to pursue grand jury indictment against father in NY hot

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — New York prosecutors said Thursday they will not pursue a grand jury indictment at this time against a father whose 1-year-old twins sweltered to death when he mistakenly left them for eight hours in his car on a hot day, officials said.

Juan Rodriguez, 39, a licensed clinical social worker, had already pleaded not guilty to charges of manslaughter in the deaths of his children Luna and Phoenix on Friday afternoon.

But the Bronx District Attorney’s office said Thursday it is adjourning the case against Rodriguez and will not convene a grand jury at this time to pursue an indictment.

Rodriguez appeared in court at the Bronx Hall of Justice with his wife, Marissa, and their 4-year-old son.

Prosecutors said they have decided to put off presenting evidence to a grand jury, pending further investigation. Rodriguez was ordered to return to court for another hearing on Aug. 27.

During a news conference following Thursday’s court appearance, Rodriguez’s attorney, Joey Jackson, issued an appeal to Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark to show his client mercy, saying that Rodriguez has been truthful with investigators and “has nothing to harbor and hide other than misery and sorrow.”

“We’re appealing to her sense of justice to do what we believe to be the right thing, and that is to dismiss these charges,” Jackson said. “We understand that they will continue to evaluate all aspects of the case and we welcome their evaluation of that. We believe that at the conclusion of them evaluating all the facts, all the evidence and everything in this case, they will come to the conclusion that this was a horrible tragedy.”

Rodriguez of Rockland County, just north of New York City, dropped his 4-year-old son off at a home in Westchester, New York, on Friday before driving to work at James J. Peters VA Medical Center in the Bronx, police said. He told police he forgot his infant twins were strapped into their rear-facing car seats when he arrived for work at 8 a.m.

When he returned to his car eight hours later to drive home, he “observed Luna and Phoenix … strapped into their car seats, not moving, not breathing and both children appeared lifeless,” according to a criminal complaint.

Rodriguez pulled over and desperately screamed for help, but the children were pronounced dead on the scene at 4:10 p.m.

Temperatures reached near 90 degrees in New York City on Friday. The city medical examiner’s office determined that the children’s body temperatures were 108 degrees when they were found, according to the criminal complaint.

Following the tragedy, Marissa Rodriguez, released a statement, calling her husband a “good person and a great father.”

“I know he would’ve never done anything to hurt our children intentionally,” Marissa Rodriguez said in her statement. “I will never get over this loss and I know he will never forgive himself for this mistake.”

She added: “This was a horrific accident, and I need him by my side to go through this together. Luna and Phoenix will always live in our hearts and memories and we are working hard to come to terms with what happened. We need to grieve, be strong, and be present for our other children.”

Jackson said Thursday that he has reached out to the speaker of the New York State Assembly on behalf of the parents, who want to work with state lawmakers on legislation requiring auto manufacturers to come up with a mechanism to alert people that children are in car seats before they exit their vehicles.

“Mr. Rodriguez and his family will certainly be dedicating their lives to the cause of assuring this does not happen to anyone else,” Jackson said.

There were a record 52 hot car deaths of children in the United States last year, according to the national nonprofit group KidsAndCars.org. At least 24 children have died in hot cars across the country so far this year, the nonprofit said.

“I want to mention to everyone that this is not exclusive to New York,” Jackson said. “This has happened throughout the country. My client and his family will be working with the legislature when they gain the strength to do so in ensuring that other people are protected.”

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