COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS
KENNY CHESNEY: Ready to Return
If you've wondered if Kenny Chesney has missed touring this year, the answer is yes and no. He tells Billboard magazine, "I didn't miss going to catering every day at 5 o'clock. I didn't miss hanging out on the bus all day wasting time ... But, I missed that first note every night. I missed the energy of the crowd. That's what you hope you miss, and boy, I missed it." Kenny's 2011 tour dates will include his legendary stadium shows.
LADY ANTEBELLUM: Country Goes to Town
Lady Antebellum has been invited by Justin Timberlake to perform at his annual benefit to raise money for Shriners Hospital for Children at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas on October 23rd. Also performing at the event are Christina Aguilera, Sean "Diddy" Combs, Salt-N-Pepa, Selena Gomez, T-Pain and FreeSol.
BUCKY COVINGTON: Head First
Bucky Covington took a nasty spill in an ATV race against his brother, Rocky. Bucky went head-first over the handlebars, but managed to get back on the vehicle and win the race. The event was taped for an episode of Fisher's ATV World that will air later this year on the Outdoor Channel.
A group of stripper-pole dancers are lobbying the International Olympic Committee to add pole-dancing as an event. If it were actually to become an Olympic event, it might look something like what these pole gymnasts have been doing in India. This is quite incredible. Don't worry, it's not what you might think. :)
COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS(Posted 3:00 AM, 8/20/2010)
TAYLOR SWIFT: Video Premiere
Taylor Swift has unveiled the cover of her upcoming album and announced that the video for her new single, "Mine" will make its world premiere on CMT, MTV and VH1 August 27th. CMT will air the video in a half-hour special first at 8 p.m. (ET). The MTV Networks websites will follow with airings beginning at 8:30. Taylor's new album, Speak Now, hits stores in October.
KENNY CHESNEY: Double Shot of Whiskey
Kenny Chesney will release a limited deluxe-edition of his upcoming project, Hemingway's Whiskey, on September 28th. The special package includes a CD and DVD featuring bonus content. He says, "We put two extra songs and conversation on the record because there are fans that have been a part of my life for a long time and really love our music and have really invested a lot emotionally. You can call it going the extra mile or whatever. I wanted to give them something special."
RODNEY ATKINS: Roll Out the Barrel
Rodney Atkins joins the growing list of country stars releasing exclusive albums through Cracker Barrel. Cracker Barrel Presents Rodney Atkins hits the chain's stores September 6th and includes four number-ones along with previously unreleased material. Rodney doesn't have just one favorite meal at The Crack. His favorite items include the roast beef sandwich, biscuits and gravy, chicken and dumplin's, hashbrown casserole and sweet tea.
CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL: Tune In
Have you blocked out September 1st to watch CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock on ABC? Tim McGraw hosts the special, which is loaded with performances as well as an insiders view of Taylor Swift's 13-hour autograph signing party, the premiere performance of her new single, "Mine" and behind-the-scenes video with country's biggest stars.
JOHN MELLENCAMP: Campaigning for Willie
John Mellencamp says he's on a "personal campaign" to get "whoever the folks are that do this Nobel Peace Prize thing" to consider Willie Nelson. Interviewed recently at L.A.'s GrammyMuseum, Mellencamp pointed to Nelson's tireless work on behalf of family farmers in the 25 years since Farm-Aid started. "I've helped him and Neil [Young]'s helped him and Dave [Matthews] has helped him, but [we've] just worked from the neck down, [but] the whole thing was dreamt up by Willie; Willie makes all the decisions -- They ought to take a look at Willie Nelson for all the good he's done for the American farmer and people in crisis and the lives he's saved and the money he's donated."
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TOP OF THE CHARTS: Blake Scores With Six-Pack
Congratulations to Blake Shelton -- who scores a number-one debut on the country album chart with his newest six-pack collection, All About Tonight. That bumps Lady Antebellum's Need You Now to number two. Zac Brown Band's The Foundation, in third, and Miranda Lambert's Revolution, in fourth, are the only two projects in the Top 5 showing sales increases. And Jerrod Niemann caps things off at number five with Judge Jerrod and the Hung Jury.
BLAKE SHELTON: The Best of Blake
Having the number-one country album this week assures Blake Shelton that he got it right with All About Tonight. He says, "I've been telling people in interviews that if someone had never heard my music before and asked me what album they should buy of mine, I would recommend this one because it truly is the best work I have done. It's a validation for me to know that fans feel the same way about this album."
JULIANNE HOUGH: Footloose
Julianne Hough will reportedly begin shooting the role of "Ariel" in the remake of Footloose next month in Georgia. The direction of the movie has also changed. Julianne says the movie, which was to be a musical, will now follow the 1984 original, which starred Kevin Bacon.
DARIUS RUCKER: Hootie Who?
Darius Rucker doesn't care if you keep calling him Hootie. He tells Iowa's Des Moines Register, "I'm just glad people know who I am." But he admits that people don't call him Hootie as much anymore -- "When someone calls me Hootie now, I know it's because they want to."
KEITH URBAN: Every Bunny Loves Some Bunny
Even a big star like Keith Urban isn't afraid to look a little silly for the sake of a laugh. During his performance at the Indiana State Fair last weekend, Keith donned a pair of sparkly bunny ears for a portion of his performance of "Better Life." He even altered the lyrics to say, "There's a place for you and me where we can dream as big as these bunny ears."
This little girl has got it! We can have it too! A great attitude!
One of the latest videos to go viral is of this adorable little girl describing to her mommy and daddy the sounds that she heard coming from their room last night. It's both cute and so very wrong at the same time.
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CARRIE UNDERWOOD: The Baby Race
Carrie Underwood is inching ahead of fellow hockey wife Hillary Duff as most likely to have a baby first, according to Babble.com's Mommyologist. The website credits Carrie's age (27) as giving her an edge over Hillary (22), not to mention the home she and hubby Mike Fisher are building in Ontario, Canada.
LADY ANTEBELLUM: Digital Goodness!
Lady Antebellum have released a seven-song collection of their biggest hits and a few fan favorites for I-Tunes. Included in the exclusive recording session are "I Run to You," "Need You Now," "Our Kind of Love," "Love this Pain," "American Honey," "Hello World" and a cover of Tom Petty's "Learning to Fly."
CMA AWARDS: Nominations to Be Announced
Dierks Bentley and Miranda Lambert have been tapped to announce part of the nominees for the CMA Awards live September 1st on ABC's Good Morning America. Before that, Justin Moore and Chris Young will announce a portion of the finalists on August 31st in Nashville. The CMA Awards will air live from Nashville November 10th on ABC.
DIERKS BENTLEY: Miles and Music Number Five
Dierks Bentley will host the fifth annual Miles and Music for Kids event October 17th in Nashville. The hour-long motorcycle ride begins in Columbia, Tennessee, and ends in downtown Nashville, raising money for children's hospitals around the country. Miranda Lambert and Jerrod Niemann have already agreed to sing at post-race festivities.
Check out new Dierks Bentley "Draw Me A Map" from his latest album 'Up On The Ridge'
This guy could be William Hung's Grandpa. :) So much passion..so much anger.
It takes a lot of guts to get up onstage at a karaoke contest. This guy came to the Carrie-Oke contest in Kansas armed with a full arsenal of guts and performed this insane rendition of Carrie Underwood's "Before He Cheats."
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BLAKE SHELTON: Groom's Cake
Blake Shelton is letting fiancee Miranda Lambert do most of the wedding planning, but he has definite ideas about the groom's cake. He tells the Associated Press that it will be red velvet in the shape of an animal. Ran is currently in Texas scouting venues for the event.
On the business side of things, Blake says that due to the increasing popularity of digital downloading, he may never release another physical album. -- Tammy Ragusa
JUSTIN MOORE: Time for Two
Justin Moore's sophomore album won't be out until 2011, but he's already thinking about it now. He says, "It's tough because everybody tells you you've got your whole life to make your first album and then it's difficult to find songs for your next one. But I've been in town for eight years and I have a whole lot of songs that I've written at different points in the journey that I want to put on the next album, so it's not like I don't have somewhat of a well to draw from." --Tammy Ragusa
NEW IN STORES: Trace Adkins
Trace Adkins' Cowboy's Back in Town is in stores today. He describes the album as "a collection of the best stuff I could get my hands on." And while Trace also says there's an excitement around this new chapter in his life, the album title is not a reflection of that. It's simply the song title that worked. -- Tammy Ragusa
MADISON CAIN: Taylor Made
Country newcomer Madison Cain, daughter of Journey keyboardist Jonathan Cain, cites Taylor Swift as one of her biggest inspirations. She tells Us Magazine, "I feel like she embraces who she is, and doesn't try to be anyone she's not. She's revolutionized the world of country music and brought in an entire generation of fans. Taylor has made it acceptable for young people to want to pursue a career in country music." --Tammy Ragusa
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TAYLOR SWIFT: Swift Move Up the Charts
In less than a week, Taylor Swift's single "Mine" has already made it to the top of Billboard's Hot Digital Song chart and is number-three on the Hot 100 pop chart. The song is from Taylor's Speak Now, which hits stores on October 25th. You can pre-order the album starting August 20th at SpeakNow13.com. -- Rosemary Young
REBA McENTIRE: Facebook Royalty
Reba McEntire just passed the one-million-fans mark on Facebook -- becoming one of only 10 country stars to reach that milestone. The others are:
- Taylor Swift
- Johnny Cash
- Carrie Underwood
- Lady Antebellum
- Rascal Flatts
- Kenny Chesney
- Jason Aldean
- Tim McGraw
- Zac Brown Band
Reba's album All the Women I Am will hit stores on November 9th. -- Rosemary Young
GARY ALLAN: The Last Rodeo
Gary Allan said thanks and farewell to Brooks and Dunn with a grand gesture at their August 8th show in Chicago. When the duo's tour busses pulled up to the venue, Gary had a banner hanging from the side of his bus that read, "Thanks for having us on 82 shows over the past 10 years. You guys are the gold standard of how it should be done. If we ever grow up, we want to be just like you guys." --Tammy Ragusa
JAMEY JOHNSON: Behind The Guitar Song
If you're one of the many Jamey Johnson fans that is anticipating the September 14th release of his new album, The Guitar Song, go directly to his website and watch the video he has posted. Jamey walks you through the entire album breaking down the songs interspersed with live performance video. Especially compelling is footage of him with his daughter Kylee.