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BRELAND: 5 Things To Know About The Viral Country Star

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BRELAND: 5 Things To Know About The Viral Country Star

Who needs eighty tiny reindeer when you have four-wheel drive? BRELAND, the cross-over country star behind ‘My Truck,’ will be part of ‘CMA Country Christmas,’ so here’s what you need to know.

No need to worry if the weather outside is frightful during the 12th Annual CMA Country Christmas – so long as Santa Claus remembered to bring snow chains for BRELAND. The viral singer behind “My Truck” is taking part in the Nov. 29 special, airing on ABC at 8/7c. With first-time hosts and performers Gabby Barrett and Carly Pearce, BRELAND will do his best rendition of “The Christmas Song,” the holiday classic made famous by Mel Tormé. For BRELAND, his involvement with CMA Country Christmas continues his goal of becoming a “cross country” artist, one that melds different genres and sounds into a modern country vibe.

“I’m making the musical equivalent of chicken-and-rice dishes right now,” BRELAND told the Nashville Scene. “Country’s often used to making chicken and rice with one seasoning. Instead, I’m sampling the whole cabinet of flavors. Ears are like palates to me, and I’m serving familiar dishes in ways that people haven’t experienced before.” So, before BRELAND serves up a plateful of holiday cooking, here’s what you need to know.

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1. BRELAND Is A Country Singer From The Garden State.

BRELAND (born Daniel Breland) didn’t grow up in Nebraska, Wyoming, or deep in the heart of Texas. He was raised in New Jersey, growing up in a family of gospel singers, according to The New York Times. He sang and arranged The Phantoms, an acapella group, while he studied at Georgetown. During his sophomore year, he was working in the Far Rockaway home of rapper Chinx. “He left and said, ‘I’m going to go do this show,’” said BRELAND. Except, Chinx never returned. He was murdered in Queens, and BRELAND took that as a sign.

“That let me know that hip-hop probably wasn’t going to be for me,” he said. “I don’t think that I’m really cut out to be in the trenches like that.”

2. He Is The Singer Behind The Song ‘My Truck.’

“I was aware of the fact that the biggest record of all time is a country-trap song by an unknown artist from Atlanta, and now no one else is putting out songs that sound like that,” BRELAND told The New York Times in May 2020, referring to “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X. “Wide open. Why on earth would I not give it a shot?”

After graduation, BRELAND moved to Atlanta and began writing. With the success of “Old Town Road,” BRELAND posted “My Truck” in early 2020. It blew up on TikTok (over 800k videos used the audio) and peaked at No. 28 on the Hot Country Songs chart while reaching No. 92 on The Hot 100. He released a self-titled EP in 2020 and followed it up with “Rage & Sorrow,” a two-track reflection on the murder of George Floyd.

In 2021, he put out the singles “Cross Country” (including a version with Mickey Guyton), “Strawberry Wine,” and “Throw It Back” (featuring Keith Urban.)

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3. He Is Popular on TikTok.

“I didn’t have a TikTok [account] before I put [‘My Truck’] up,” BRELAND told Billboard in 2021. “I put the song out in September of 2019, and TikTok wasn’t what it is now, right? It was just literally a button that I clicked on the website I used to put the song on iTunes and the streaming platforms. I was like, ‘Okay, yeah, I’ve heard of TikTok, I’ll put it on there.’ So, when it started to blow up on TikTok, I was like, ‘Okay, I need to figure out how this works and what this even is.’”

As of November 2021, he has over 468k followers and 2.5 million likes on the clock app.

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I had my debut at the @Grand Ole Opry and got a STANDING OVATION 🤯🤯🤯 From a viral TikTok song to the biggest stage in #CountryMusic 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾

♬ original sound – Breland

4. He Isn’t Worried About Being Called A One Hit Wonder.

BRELAND’s “Cross Country” is more than a song. “Initially, was more of a concept for a movement or a genre or a sub-genre of country music, even before it was a song,” he told Billboard. “I had this idea that it crossed countries. It’s my classification for all of the music that intersects, country and other genres like R&B, hip-hop, dance, whatever. So, ‘My Truck,’ theoretically, would be a cross country song.”

“I think that the advantage that I have is that I’m a songwriter first and foremost,” he says when asked if he’s worried that “My Truck” might pigeonhole him. “It’s not like I lucked up on ‘My Truck.’ It wasn’t an accident, you know. I’ve written with Florida Georgia Line, Chris Brown, Justin Bieber, Trey Songz, Keith Urban, and Sam Hunt and people across a lot of different genres and given them songs that they’re really excited about. I don’t see why it would be different writing stuff for myself.”

3. He Is Just Getting Started. 

As someone who defies genre and keeps one foot in the country world and the other in hip-hop (he had two managers specifically for those purposes), BRELAND is not going to be limited. In fact, he’s already planning to take country to new territories and sounds. “I really want to give people some more music before we delve into a whole album, so we’ve got some singles mapped out,” he told Billboard. “A couple have features, potentially from some of the people that I’ve mentioned. We might have a country twerk song, we might have just a straight-up ballad, and we might have like a country ‘Uptown Funk’ type of song.”

 

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Barbara Walters’ Spouses: Everything To Know About Her 3 Marriages & The One Man She Married Twice

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Yes, Barbara Walters had three husbands but was married four times. Here’s how that came to be and everything else you need to know about her ex-husbands.

Barbara Walters is a renowned journalist. She has interviewed an immeasurable number of celebrities including Donald Trump, Tom Cruise and Oprah Winfrey, and hosted shows like 20/20 and The Today Show. However, she is best known for creating and starring on The View. She launched the popular all-female daytime talk show in 1997. She lead firey debates on the series until she announced her retirement from television in 2014.

As far as her personal life goes, the journalist and TV personality was married four times. However, she only had four husbands. While this may seem like on of those brain-teasing riddles, there’s a perfectly reasonable explanation. Here’s how Barbara Walters got married four times and everything you need to know about her three husbands.

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Barbara Walters was married to Robert Henry Katz from 1955 to 1957. (Dave Pickoff/AP/Shutterstock)

Robert Henry Katz was Barbara’s first husband. He has had a fulfilling life as a former Navy lieutenant and business executive. He and Barbara got married on June 20, 1955, at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. She was just 26 years old at the time and her career in journalism hadn’t taken off yet. Unfortunately, their marriage didn’t last long. They filed for divorce in 1957 and had their marriage annulled in 1958.

Lee Guber

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Barbara Walters was married to Lee Guber from 1963 to 1976. (AP/Shutterstock)

Lee Guber was Barbara’s second husband. Lee was also involved in the entertainment industry as a theatrical producer and theater owner. They wed on December 8, 1963, as Barbara was in the early stages of her journey at NBC’s The Today Show. A few years into their marriage, they explored the option of having children. Unfortunately, they struggled to have a child on their own biologically which lead them down the path of adoption. When their friends who were looking to adopt a boy were offered a girl, Barbara and Lee jumped at the opportunity. They adopted Jacqueline Dena Guber when she was an infant in 1968. Barbara and Lee got divorced after 13 years of marriage in 1976 when their daughter was just eight years old.

Merv Adelson

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Barbara Walters and Merv Adelson were married from 1981 to 1984 and then 1986 to 1992. (Mark Terrill/AP/Shutterstock)

Merv Adelson is the lucky husband that got to marry Barbara not once but twice. The two met on a blind date that one could say went exceedingly well. Barbara got married to the CEO of Lorimar Television in 1981 as her career was booming and she was getting started on 20/20. The pair ended up divorcing in 1984, the year she landed the co-host spot on 20/20 alongside Hugh Downs.

They attempted to rekindle their relationship and even got married again in 1986. Unfortunately, the second time wasn’t a charm for them and they ended up splitting again in 1992. Barbara, however, didn’t hold their marriages not working out against him. “Merv was a kind and gentle man with a great sense of humor,” Barbara told The New York Times. “We stayed friends long after our marriage.”

Merv was a big name in the entertainment industry aside from dating Barbara. He was known as the mogul behind hit shows like The Waltons and Dallas. However, his ventures weren’t limited to the entertainment industry. He branched out and invested in the idea of a “24-hour market” opening Market Town off the Vegas strip in 1953. He paired up with a man named Molasky to open the Las Vegas Country Club which was funded by mob boss Moe Dalitz. Merv and the rest of them were exposed in 1963’s “The Green Felt Jungle.” Merv insisted to Vanity Fair in 2013.

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Pamela Anderson Realized She Married Dan Hayhurst For ‘Wrong Reasons’: Why Romance Stopped ‘Working’

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Sources are EXCLUSIVELY revealing how Pamela Anderson’s reflecting on her divorce from Dan Hayhurst after a little over a year of marriage.

Pamela Anderson is divorcing from her bodyguard husband Dan Hayhurst of a little more than a year and now, a source close to the actress is revealing her feelings about the split. “Pamela got married to Dan for the wrong reasons. She was in lust, not love. And because they were in the middle of a pandemic, he really helped to get her through that dark time,” a source EXCLUSIVELY revealed to HollywoodLife.

“They quarantined together and it was beautiful. The emotions were so raw and he was exactly what Pamela needed at the time. But right before the holidays, Pamela realized that this wasn’t working for either one of them,” the insider shared. “First off, she did not like living in Canada. She is a California girl through and through and not being close to her sons really got to her. It is over and the divorce is going through but there is no bad blood.  You won’t hear either one of them talking bad about the other one. It just didn’t work anymore.”

Pamela Anderson (Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock).

An additional source close to the family told us that Pam’s sons Brandon and Dylan are “extremely supportive of their mom no matter what” and that they’re “glad she’s back in LA” to spend more quality time together. “Brandon and Dylan trust that their mom knows what’s best for her and that she makes the best decisions for herself,” the insider spilled. “They’re proud that she is able to know what she wants in someone and would never settle for less. They know their mom thought this marriage would last forever, so they’re disappointed for her that it didn’t work out but they love their mom and whatever makes her happy makes them happy.”

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Pamela Anderson (People Picture/Willi Schneider/Shutterstock).

Pamela got married in a private, intimate ceremony over the 2020 holidays to Dan. The pair began dating in Sept. 2020 seven months after Pam’s split from movie mogul Jon Peters. They were living at Pamela’s Vancouver island home but now the Baywatch actress is moved back to Malibu and has taken off her ring. This will be her 5th divorce.

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How Kim Kardashian Feels About Kanye West Dissing Pete Davidson In Song Lyrics

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Sources close to the Kardashians EXCLUSIVELY reveal Kim’s feelings regarding those feud-baiting lyrics of ex Kanye West’s about her new beau, Pete Davidson.

After Kim Kardashian‘s ex Kanye West released a new track, “Eazy,” which talked about beating her new flame Pete Davidson‘s “a–,” fans wondered about how Kim felt about the ordeal. “Kim doesn’t think that Kanye is doing himself any favors by bashing Pete. If anything, it’s only making them grow closer because Pete’s sympathizing with Kim throughout this ordeal,” a source close to Kim revealed EXCLUSIVELY to HollywoodLife. “Kim figured by divorcing Kanye that there would be some distance between them. But Kanye is trying to spend more time with Kim than they did when they were married. She just thinks Kanye wants what he can’t have and she’s not paying any attention to it.”

Kanye West & Kim Kardashian (MediaPunch/Shutterstock).

In addition, another source shared with us that Kanye was “clearly trying to get a reaction out of Kim or out of Pete,” but Kim is smart enough to tell her new beau to “leave it alone” and not react. “She knows that staying silent is the best way to deal with this because, ultimately, Kanye will unravel on his own,” they shared. “She doesn’t want her, or her relationship with Pete, used as part of Kanye’s victim party. Pete isn’t scared of Kanye at all and, if this were any other time, he would use SNL to fire back at him. But because Pete respects her, he is not going to say anything about this – at least not right now,” they shared. “The only thing that Kim wants from Kanye is for their divorce to be finalized and for a clean break.”

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Lucky for Kim, her new boyfriend is definitely on her side and unwilling to fan the flames of the feud. “Pete is going to take the high road when it comes to dissing Kanye in a stand-up act or SNL,” another insider also revealed to HL. “He may eventually talk about it in a interview down the line but right now the way the relationship is going with Kim and the way his career is going he is not going to latch on controversy if he doesn’t have to.”

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