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Get That Man a Beer: Riley Green announces debut album

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BMLG RecordsRiley Green has set a title and release date for his debut album. 

The Alabama native will make his debut in the form of the 14-track Different ‘Round Here, based on a track of the same name that will see the light of day on September 20.

Fans will also get to hear “There Was This Girl,” the breakthrough hit that became Riley’s first #1, along with current single “In Love By Now” and reflective songs like “I Wish Grandpas Never Died” and “Numbers on the Cars.” 

“I started putting out music independently to have material to do shows around Alabama and Georgia. Here we are just a year or so later and I’m still that same guy from Alabama, just singing those songs on a bigger stage,” Riley says. “Those and each of these songs are a part of my life and I’m ready to play them out on the road!”

Riley is currently on the road with Brad Paisley for the 2019 World Tour and is set to open for Jon Pardi on his Heartache Medication Tour this fall. He’ll round out the year with his own headlining Get That Man a Beer Tour, which launches September 5 and concludes on December 14. 

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A teenage killer’s eerie tweets she sent after stabbing friend to death: 'We really did go on three'

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Lakin Correctional Center(STAR CITY, W.Va.) — Sixteen-year-old Skylar Neese never made it back home after she snuck out of her Star City, West Virginia, home after midnight on July 6, 2012, to meet up with her two friends, Rachel Shoaf and Sheila Eddy, both of whom were the same age.

After Neese went missing, her mother said Eddy told her that the three of them had been driving around town that night getting high before she and Shoaf had dropped Neese off at the end of the road from her apartment building so that Neese could sneak back in. The surveillance camera on Neese’s apartment building captured her sneaking out and getting into a car at around 12:30 a.m.

As the investigation into Neese’s disappearance continued, suspicion mounted that the girls were harboring a secret. A few months later, Shoaf suffered a nervous breakdown. Then, on Jan. 3, 2013, she confessed to her attorney and police that she had stabbed Neese to death with Eddy. She agreed to lead authorities to Neese’s remains, which were in a wooded area over the Pennsylvania state line, about 20 miles from Star City.

“We asked Rachel, ‘Why did you guys kill Skylar?’ And her only answer to that was, ‘We just didn’t like her,’” State Police Cpl. Ronnie Gaskin told “20/20” in a previous interview.

Neese’s parents told “20/20” that the three high school sophomores used to be inseparable. But in the days leading up to her death, Neese’s Twitter account, which was eventually deleted, showed that something had gone awry.

On July 4, 2012, two days before she was murdered, Neese tweeted, “It really doesn’t take much to p*** me off,” and, “Sick of being at f****** home. Thanks ‘friends,’ love hanging out with you all too.”

The day before she was killed, Neese tweeted, “you doing s*** like that is why I can NEVER completely trust you.”

Neese’s last tweet, sent out hours before she snuck out of her bedroom window, was a retweet from a friend who had posted, “All I do is hope.”

Prior to Shoaf’s confession and before the truth about Neese’s disappearance was revealed, Eddy remained active on Twitter, posting regularly about her thoughts and day-to-day activities as authorities searched for her “missing” friend. In hindsight of Neese’s murder, several tweets from Eddy seemed disturbing.

Eddy’s first tweet on July 7, 2012, the day after she and Shoaf killed Neese, was a message to a friend wishing her a happy birthday:



In the months that followed, Eddy regularly tweeted about watching TV, school, hating homework and other typical teenage things. She even tweeted about her and Shoaf’s close friendship, writing in one tweet, “no one on this earth can handle me and rachel if you think you can you’re wrong.”





Then, on Jan. 3, 2013, Shoaf confessed to stabbing Neese to death with Eddy and told authorities where they had left her body. Meanwhile, Eddy kept up appearances that everything was normal, tweeting about watching her favorite TV shows: “staying home on a Tuesday is the best cause law and order svu is on all day.”



On the morning of March 13, 2013, the U.S. Attorney’s Office publically announced that the human remains found in the wooded area in Brave, Pennsylvania, belonged to Skylar Neese. Eddy, still keeping up appearances, pretended to be devastated over the news that her friend had been found dead, tweeting, “Rest easy Skylar, you’ll ALWAYS be my best friend,” with a photo montage of her and Neese together, and the words “worst day of my whole life.”



During her January 2013 confession, Shoaf had told authorities she and Eddy had planned Neese’s murder while in science class together. The plan was to pick Neese up from her house at night and drive to a remote area to smoke marijuana. Once they were in the woods, Shoaf said the plan was to count to three, then stab Neese to death.

On March 30, 2013, Eddy tweeted “we really did go on three”:

The following day, she tweeted:

As the investigation continued, police determined that the car Neese had been seen getting into on surveillance footage was Eddy’s car and that blood found on the car belonged to Neese. On May 1, 2013, Eddy was arrested in a restaurant parking lot and Shoaf turned herself in to authorities. Both teens were charged with murder as adults.

Eddy pleaded guilty to first-degree murder for her role in the killing. On Jan. 24, 2014, roughly 18 months after Neese’s death, she was sentenced to life in prison.

Shoaf, who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, was sentenced to 30 years in prison the following month.

Today, both women are 23 years old and remain incarcerated at the Lakin Correctional Center in West Virginia.

In memory of their daughter, Dave and Mary Neese helped pass Skylar’s Law in West Virginia. It requires Amber Alerts for all missing children, not only those believed to have been kidnapped.

The Neeses also transformed the wooded area where their daughter’s body had been found into a memorial.

“Something horrible happened here,” Neese’s father Dave Neese told “20/20” in a previous interview. “But I wanted to take the horrible thing that happened here and try to turn it into something good — a place that people can come and remember Skylar and remember the good little girl that she was, and not the little beast that they treated her like.”

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Brantley Gilbert is going "country wide" with new album "Fire & Brimstone"

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The Valory Music Co.Brantley Gilbert has called on a team of all-star collaborators for his new album. 

Brantley announced today that his new project, Fire and Brimstone, will be released this fall and finds the singer calling on a variety of country music heavy hitters including Willie Nelson, Alison Krauss and Jamey Johnson.

The album will feature 15 songs, all written by the singer.  One song seems him teaming up with Willie and his son Lukas Nelson, plus Colt Ford, on a track titled “Welcome to Hazeville,” while Alison and Jamey appear on the title track. 

The collection also includes his duet with Lindsay Ell, “What Happens in a Small Town,” which is currently in the top 15 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart, and other previously released tracks “Man That Hung the Moon” and “Not Like Us.”

The latter song serves as the namesake of Brantley’s current tour, which wraps up October 11 in Charlotte, NC. His second annual Kick it in the Ship fan cruise travels from Miami to Cozumel, Mexico November 4-8.  

Fire & Brimstone will be released on October 4. 

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5-year-old boy thrown from Mall of America balcony out of intensive care

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BanksPhotos/iStock(BLOOMINGTON, Minn.) — The 5-year-old boy who was thrown from a Mall of America balcony has been moved from the intensive care unit nearly four months after the terrifying incident, his family said.

The child, who has been identified only as Landen, is now in an inpatient physical rehabilitation program at another hospital “to help him continue to heal and focus on the next phase of his recovery,” according to a statement the family posted on the GoFundMe website Thursday.

“There is hard work ahead!” the statement said. “And, our beautiful boy has endured much already, but he is strong and his spirit remains vibrant.”

The child was thrown from the third floor of the Mall of America in Minnesota on April 12. Bloomington Police Chief Jeff Potts described the scene as “gut wrenching.”

Emmanuel Aranda, 24, was sentenced in the case to 19 years in prison after pleading guilty to attempted first-degree murder.

Authorities said Aranda told investigators he was at the mall “looking for someone to kill.”

The boy has since undergone more than 15 medical procedures for broken bones and skull fractures, his family said.

A GoFundMe campaign created to help with his medical costs has raised more than $1 million.

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Dave Chappelle to be honored by Tiffany Haddish, Kevin Hart, Bradley Cooper and more at the Kennedy Center

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Photo: Danny Clinch(WASHINGTON D.C.) — Dave Chappelle is set to be honored by some of Hollywood’s finest when he accepts the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center this fall.

On Thursday, the Kennedy Center announced the early lineup of entertainers set to salute Chappelle. The current list includes Bradley Cooper, Tiffany Haddish, Kevin Hart, Trevor Noah, Jon Stewart, John Legend and Chrissy Teigen.

Chappelle, a two-time Emmy Award winner and Grammy-Award winner, is the 22nd recipient of the Mark Twain Prize, which celebrates “one of the world’s greatest humorists.” He will be honored for his achievements on his ground breaking sketch comedy series, Chappelle’s Show as well as his work as a stand-up comedian.

Previous recipients have included Eddie Murphy, Bill Murray, Ellen DeGeneres, David Letterman, and most recently, Seinfeld and Veep award winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

The Mark Twain Prize for American Humor event will take place at the Kennedy Center on October 27. The ceremony will then be broadcasted on PBS on January 6.

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