COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS
TAYLOR SWIFT: Speaks Now
Taylor Swift's upcoming album, Speak Now, is, as she puts it, a "collection of confessions." She tells Entertainment Weekly, "I think that whatever I go through in life will be directly reflected in my music. If I have a bunch of different experiences with a bunch of different people and some of them are good and some of them are bad and some of them are confusing, you have an album like this." Speak Now comes out on October 25th.
It's shaping up to be a busy week in country music:
Lady Antebellum is gearing up for their fall headlining tour. Charles Kelley writes on Twitter, "We're going to have some really cool bells and whistles that we've never had in any of the past shows .... It's gonna be one of the greatest experiences of the three of our. The "Need You Now Tour" kicks off in Orlando, Florida, on September 20th.
All dates subject to change
Toby Keith's video for "Trailerhood" got its authentic look because many of the extras actually lived in the Nashville trailer park where it was shot. Toby says that the video's stylist had dressed some of the cast for roles in the mini-movie, but one look around at the residence watching the shoot inspired him to incorporate them into it as well.
David Ball will be preforming in Hibbing at Grandma's In The Park for the Labor Day Shootout Kickoff Party with The Honkytonk Attitude Party and Eagle Creek. Friday September 3rd. Get your tickets in advance at area Lucky 7 stores. Doors open at 6:30......Check out "Private Malone"
Video has surfaced of the 33 men trapped deep in a mine in Chile since August 5th. In the message to their families, the men expressed thanks for the efforts to save them and made a few jokes. Said one man, "We know what you've all been doing for us. You haven't left us alone. We want to send applause to you." On cue, all the men are seen breaking into applause. The men are shirtless in the video with the temperature in the mine reaching 85 degrees, which is a little cooler than estimated. One man is seen sprawled out in a pile of rocks and jokes, "Oh, you're sleeping on a box-spring bed."It's hard to believe that it will take months before these 33 men will be rescued. They have been told to slim down to a 35 inch waist in order to squeeze through the 36 inch rescue tube that will be drilled. They are in an area of about 600 square feet. They are receiving food, water and air through a 6 inch tube. I wonder where they go to the bathroom? ~Scott~
COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS
TAYLOR SWIFT: Video Premieres Tonight
Taylor Swift's video for "Mine" has its world premiere tonight on CMT.com, VH-1.com and MTV.com. The clip, which was shot in Maine, takes Taylor from getting engaged to having kids. T fell in love with the Pine Tree state during the shoot and says it's "the most beautiful place I've ever been." Look for the video at 8:30 p.m. [ET].
TAYLOR SWIFT: Donates to Hometown
Taylor Swift has donated $100,000 to her adopted hometown of Hendersonville, Tennessee, to help refurbish the city's Kids Kingdom playground and volleyball courts. It's not first time Taylor's generosity benefited the Nashville suburb -- on her 21st birthday, she donated $250,000 to schools she'd attended.
KENNY CHESNEY: Surprises Alma Mater
Kenny Chesney made a surprise visit to his alma mater -- Gibbs High School in Corryton, Tennessee -- this week to give the football team a sneak peek at his documentary, Boys of Fall. Kenny, who played varsity football, told the students, "You obviously play on the same football field we played on. Walk through the same halls, and so it's real special for me to be able to come here and play you guys this [documentary] about a game that we all love." The documentary airs on ESPN on Sunday at 2 p.m. [ET].
LEE BRICE: Yearlong Climb
Lee Brice's songwriting career took off in 2007 when Garth Brooks hit number-one with a song he'd co-written, "More Than a Memory," but his recording career has taken a little longer. Lee's single "Love Like Crazy" has been plugging its way up the charts for a year -- but he tells Nashville's Tennessean he has no regrets. "There's no way possible you can [top] the Garth Brooks record, because it debuted at number-one ... So it makes me feel like I've done something that no one can take from me. I was lucky to have that happen to me."
ZAC BROWN: Another Girl On The Way
Zac Brown and his wife, Shelley, are expecting their fourth child, a girl, early next year. They have three daughters -- three-and-a-half-year old Justice, two-year-old Lucy and 11-month-old Georgia Sloan. But don't count on this being their last kid. Zac has said in the past that his daughters are awesome, but he'd like to have a son someday.
COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS
TOP OF THE CHARTS: Trace Debuts At Number One
Trace Adkins' Cowboy's Back in Town debuted in the top spot on the country albums chart followed by Lady Antebellum's Need You Now, which had a 35 percent increase in sales last week. Lady A also took the third spot on the list with their new I-Tunes Session. Blake Shelton's All About Tonight dipped to the number four position down from number one last week. Zac Brown Band's The Foundation rounds out the top five country albums of the week.
FAITH HILL: Waiting for Sunday Fooball
For the fourth season, Faith Hill will perform "Waiting All Day for Sunday Night" -- the opening theme for NBC's Sunday Night Football. Faith shot the opening sequence earlier this summer. She says, "I was honored to be asked to do the song. It's fun. I'm a football fan." The song and the series debut on September 12th.
TAYLOR SWIFT: Comic Book Fame
A comic book chronicling Taylor Swift's rise to fame is now in stores. The Fame series featuring Taylor follows her as she shops her demo tape around Nashville. Other stars in the series include Twilight's Kristen Stewart, Justin Bieber, Barbara Walters and the cast of Glee
JAMES OTTO: Daddy's Little Girl
James Otto and his wife, Amy, are the proud parents to a baby girl, Ava Katherine, who was born Tuesday night in Nashville. James says, "She is beautiful like her Mama and I am already wrapped around her tiny finger." James joked on Twitter that there were two babies born on Tuesday -- Ava and his new single, "Soldiers and Jesus."
KEITH URBAN: Reunites With Mayer At The Gorge
Keith Urban and John Mayer will reunite for a special performance Saturday night at the Gorge in Spokane, Washington. The pair originally connected during a taping of CMT's Crossroads in January. Keith says, "There's a certain simpatico between us as guitar players that, I think, comes from sharing the same desire to express the unwritten. Playing together at the Gorge will be like adding a musical score to the most magnificent setting in a film."
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TAYLOR SWIFT: Sometimes A Leak Is A Good Thing
When Taylor Swift's new single, "Mine," was leaked, she found herself in unknown territory. She tells MTV.com, "My manager said, 'I don't want you to panic.' And I said, 'The song leaked, didn't it?' I turned on my phone and there were texts saying, 'Congratulations.' A leak is so out of my comfort zone, but it ended up good in the end. It made me so emotional that I started crying." "Mine" is from her new album, Speak Now, which comes out on October 25th.
SUGARLAND: Collaborating In Concert With Little Big Town
Sugarland and Little Big Town are once again performing together during their concerts. The two groups come together on stage for Marc Cohn's "Walking in Memphis." During their 2007 tour, which also included Jake Owen, the collaborative performance of "Life in a Northern Town" became a runaway hit and was nominated for Vocal Event at the CMAs, ACMs and Grammys.
MARTINA McBRIDE: Rocking, Rapping Renegade
Martina McBride collaborated with Kid Rock and rapper T.I. on the song "Care" from Rock's upcoming album. The combination may sound unusual, but Martina is flattered to be a part of it. She tells Parade.com, "I think Kid Rock is kind of a groundbreaker in that way. He kind of transcends all boundaries and loves all kinds of music and certainly loves country music, so we'll see what happens with that."
DOLLY PARTON: From One Queen To Another
Dolly Parton is excited to co-star with Queen Latifah in the movie Joyful Noise. The queen of country music says, "I really like her and have often thought we would be fun together." Dolly is writing a few songs for the movie, about a struggling small town's gospel choir. The movie is scheduled to premiere next year.
JIMMY WAYNE: Becoming An Author
Jimmy Wayne is writing a fictional account of his time as a homeless teen. He tells the Tennessean, "Not everyone wants to hear my story, so I have to find a new way to tell it over and over again." Jimmy, who completed a walk from Nashville to Phoenix to raise awareness for teens who age out of the foster-care system, hopes the book will continue his campaign. Paper Angels will be out in 2011.
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NEW IN STORES
Little Big Town's newest album, The Reason Why, is in stores today and fans will hear each member of the band clearly taking the lead vocal on at least one song. Kimberly Schlapman explains that was always the band's goal, but with this album, "We pared it down more instrumentally than we have before so the vocals kind of stand out." The Reason Why includes their hit single, "Little White Church."
BLAKE SHELTON: (Not) the Wedding Planner
It's a good thing Blake Shelton isn't the one planning his upcoming wedding to Miranda Lambert. He tells The 9513 that, if it were up to him, they'd be married by now -- "It would be a quick Elvis rock and roll ceremony in Las Vegas with tattooed wedding rings." He knows what she'd like for the reception dinner though -- "... she loves chicken fried deer steak and catfish."
JASON ALDEAN: Parties with Kelly
Jason Aldean teams up with American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson for a duet, "Don't You Wanna Stay" for his upcoming album, My Kinda Party. Jason says of the album's title, "It's totally representative of what I like and what my fans have come to expect on my records and at the 'party' we throw at our shows. I think the key is knowing who you are as an artist and taking it to an extreme without ripping anybody else off...it's all about knowing what it is that sets you apart." My Kinda Party is set for release on November 2nd.
BRAD PAISLEY: Stadium Sell-Out
Brad Paisley played his first stadium show last weekend at Gillette Stadium in Boston in front of a sold-out crowd. Brad says he's shocked at how far he's come. "I'm so far past where I planned to be that I'm here without a road map of any kind. I didn't necessarily ask for directions on the way."
The Court Yard Hounds are headed Down Under. Martie Maguire and Emily Robison are taking their act to Australia for five shows in October as part of a scaled-down Lilith Fair. The shows, dubbed A Taste of Lilith, mark the first time the music festival has been staged outside North America
Move over Snuggie, there's an even more ridiculous product being marketed now. It's called the Snazzy Napper and it comes right at the perfect time because we were all getting tired of making Snuggie jokes. The Snazzy Napper is a blanket that covers your entire head and face, except for an "oval nose opening" that "provides for easy breathing." It's perfect for anyone looking to block out even the slightest trace of light in order to nap in complete darkness.
Would you buy or use the "Snazzy Napper"? ~Scott~
Here's our Monday morning song to remind everyone the weekend's over!