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  • Country Music News 8/9/10

    Posted by Scott Hanson

    COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

    TAYLOR SWIFT: Valentine's Day Sequel?

     Talk around Tinsletown is that Taylor Swift may take part in a sequel to the movie Valentine's Day. According to E! Online, Taylor has been mentioned to play a college student attending New York University in the project, which would be called New Year's Eve.

     

    KENNY CHESNEY: Under This Old Hat

     Although Kenny Chesney is usually seen with a cowboy hat or baseball cap on, he's not uncomfortable with fans knowing he's bald. He tells Parade magazine, "When I was 17 or 18, I'd take my helmet off on the field, and I'd see hair in it ... It did bother me in college a little bit, but it doesn't at all now. What's ironic about it is that friends of mine in their 30s and 40s are just starting to lose their hair and are freaking out."


    TOBY KEITH: Superstar Coach

     When he's at home in Oklahoma, Toby Keith leaves behind his superstar status and takes on another role -- football coach for his 13 year-old son Stelen's team. Toby tells People magazine that the kids have no problem forgetting that he's a country star. "Kids do better with that than adults do. They are just, 'Hey, coach! Can I go in?'" The People Country Special with Toby on the cover is on newsstands now.


    LAURA BELL BUNDY: Sitcom Role

     Laura Bell Bundy has landed a recurring role on the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother. She plays the character Robin's new co-host on Metro One News. Rumor has it that she'll go out on a date with Ted -- the show's lovelorn bachelor.

  • Country Music News 8/6/10

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    COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

    KENNY CHESNEY: Father and Football

    Kenny Chesney found that when he struggled to communicate with his father, they could always connect on the subject of football. He tells Parade magazine, "Last year, after my tour was over, me and my dad went to lots of games. It was because of football that our relationship got better. We even went to the Super Bowl."


    TAYLOR SWIFT: Rushed to Number One

    Taylor Swift's rush-released single, "Mine" was the most downloaded song on I-Tunes. Taylor got the news that the song was number one at the digital music store after she got off a plane. She tweeted, "I landed in Japan and got 20 texts and looked at I-Tunes and got tears in my eyes. And so, we begin again.:)" The song, which was originally scheduled for release later this month, became available when a poor quality bootleg began surfacing on the Internet.


    MIRANDA LAMBERT: Blake Was Selfless

     Miranda Lambert says her number-one hit "The House That Built Me" was supposed to be recorded by Blake Shelton. But when her fiance played it for her and saw her reaction to it, he knew she had to record it. She says, "It's very selfless of him to give it up ... you know, it does show that Blake and I have a real relationship. It's real. And that he thought enough of me to give me a song that could potentially have been a number-one for him."


    CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL: Country's Night to Rock Line-up Announced

     The line-up has been announced for the CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock TV special. It will include performances by Jason Aldean, Billy Currington, Alan Jackson, Kid Rock, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Justin Moore, Brad Paisley, Kellie Pickler, Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton with Trace Adkins, Josh Turner, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Zac Brown Band and Taylor Swift. The show, hosted by Tim McGraw, airs September 1st at 8 p.m. [ET] on ABC.

  • Country Music News 8/5/10

    Posted by Scott Hanson

    COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

    TOP OF THE CHARTS: Status Quo

     Though a couple of artists had slight bumps in sales, the country album chart is basically a carbon copy of last week. Lady Antebellum's Need You Now posted an 11-percent increase to stay at number one, and Zac Brown Band hangs at number two with The Foundation. Jerrod Niemann's Judge Jerrod and the Hung Jury remains at number three -- a good sign for the newcomer. Miranda Lambert's Revolution is in the number four spot, and Carrie Underwood's Play On is at number five.

     TAYLOR SWIFT: Performs on CMA TV Special

    Taylor Swift will perform her soon-to-be released single "Mine" on the CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock on September 1st. The performance was filmed at a secret event held during the festival. The show will air at 8 p.m. (ET) on ABC-TV.


    FAITH HILL: Hope by the Load

    Faith Hill is the new ambassador for Tide Loads of Hope -- a program which provides free laundry service to areas devastated by natural disasters. Faith became aware of the program in the wake of Hurricane Katrina a few years back, and more recently, during the floods in Nashville. Faith says, "I have been a champion of the work Tide does to restore a sense of hope and normalcy to those affected by disaster through providing a basic necessity -- clean clothing."

    Tide will be hosting a free concert starring Faith on August 24th in New Orleans to celebrate the rebuilding of the city and the surrounding areas.


    CARRIE, MARTINA, JOSH: Up for Inspirational Award

     The nominations for the 2010 Inspirational Country Music Awards are out. The awards include a category of mainstream country artists who have recorded inspirational songs. The awards will be given out on October 14th in Hendersonville, Tennessee.

    Mainstream Country Artist:

    • Carrie Underwood
    • Chris Young
    • Craig Morgan
    • Danny Gokey
    • Jeff Bates
    • Josh Turner
    • Martina McBride
    • Oak Ridge Boys
    • Ricky Skaggs
    • Rodney Atkins

    Mainstream Inspirational Country Song:

    • "My Best Days" -- Danny Gokey
    • "Muddy Water" -- Trace Adkins
    • "Love Like Crazy" -- Lee Brice
    • "That's A Man" -- Jack Ingram
    • "That's God" -- Jo Dee Messina
    • "The House That Built Me" - Miranda Lambert
    • "The Man I Want To Be" -- Chris Young
    • "There Is A God" -- Lee Ann Womack
    • "This Ain't Nothing" -- Craig Morgan
    • "Temporary Home" -- Carrie Underwood
  • Country Music News 8/4/10

    Posted by Scott Hanson

    COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

    BRAD PAISLEY: Greatest Hits Album Coming

    Brad Paisley will release his first official greatest hits collection on November 2nd. The double album, Hits Alive will feature his one disc studio versions of his hits, while the second disc will feature previously unreleased songs and songs that were recorded live while on tour.


    TAYLOR SWIFT: VMA Nod

    Taylor Swift is the only country artist nominated for the fan-voted MTV Video Music Awards. She's up for Best Female Video for "Fifteen" against clips by Lady Gaga, Kesha, Katy Perry and Beyonce. She won this award last year for "You Belong with Me" resulting in the now-infamous Kanye West incident. The awards will be given out live on September 12th at 9 p.m. (ET)


    RASCAL FLATTS: More Tour Dates

    Rascal Flatts, who recently jumped to the Big Machine record label, have added a few more shows to their Nothing Like This Tour. They'll be back on the road Friday in Cincinnati, Ohio. The tour wraps up in early October in Mountain View, California.

    8/6 - Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center

    8/28 - Chicago, Il - First Midwest Bank Amphitheater

    8/7 - Indianapolis, IN - Indiana State Fair Grandstand

    8/29 - Louisville, KY - Kentucky State Fair

    8/8 - Columbus, OH - Columbus Crew Stadium

    9/5 - Toronto, ON (Can) - Molson Amphitheater

    8/12 - Hershey, PA - Hershey Park Arena

    9/16 - Cleveland, OH - Blossom Music Center

    8/6 - Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center

    9/17 - Pittsburgh, PA - First Niagara Pavilion

    8/7 - Indianapolis, IN - Indiana State Fair Grandstand

    9/18 - Philadelphia, PA - Susquehanna Bank Center

    8/8 - Columbus, OH - Columbus Crew Stadium

    9/19 - Boston, MA - Comcast Center

    8/12 - Hershey, PA - Hershey Park Arena

    9/24 -- West Palm Beach, FL -- Cruzan Amphitheater

    8/6 - Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center

    9/25 -- Tampa, FL -- Ford Amphitheater

    8/13 - Scranton, PA - Montage Mountain

    10/7 -- Wheatland, CA -- Sleep Train Amphitheater

    8/14 - Washington, DC - Jiffy Lube Live

    10/8 -- Mountain View, CA -- Shoreline Amphitheater

    8/27 - St. Louis, MO - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

    All dates are subject to change


    QUICK SHOTS:

    • Kid Rock will be doing a show on Patriot Day -- September 11th -- in Columbia, South Carolina that will be free for all U.S troops. The show is part of his efforts with Operation Homefront, a charity that provides emergency assistance to the families of service members.
  • Miranda's New video "Only Prettier

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    Check out the BRAND new video for "Only Prettier" by Miranda Lambert featuring her friends Kellie Picker, Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum and Laura Bell Bundy.  

  • Country Music News 8/3/10

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    COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

    TIM McGRAW: Artist of the Decade

     Tim McGraw has been named Most Played Artist of the Decade in any genre by music monitoring service Nielsen BDS. From January 1st, 2000 to December 31, 2009, Tim's music was played on the radio nearly eight million times.

    Source: MusicRow.com


    FARM AID: 25th Details

    Farm Aid will celebrate its 25th anniversary with its first-ever show in Wisconsin, on October 2nd at Miller Park in Milwaukee. Headlining will be Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews. Mellencamp says they chose Milwaukee because "Midwest farmers share the same struggle as family farmers across the country. They are survivors, and they're on the land creating solutions for America's most pressing issues." Additional artists will be added to the bill.

    Tickets for Farm Aid 25: Growing Hope for America will go on sale on August 14th at the Milwaukee Brewers box office, by phone at (414) 902-4000 and at Tickets.com. Ticket prices range from $39.50 to $97.50.


    CARRIE UNDERWOOD: Superstar in the Produce Aisle

    Carrie Underwood keeps up with her healthy, vegetarian lifestyle on the road by popping into the supermarket and buying her own food. She tells WebMD magazine, "It's a very human thing to do, and that's why I love it so much. When you're out on the road, people see you as a performer -- not necessarily as a human being, first and foremost. So it's really nice to go and do things that ... people do!"


    BRAD
    PAISLEY: Rain Does Dampen Show

     A torrential downpour gave a whole new meaning to Brad Paisley's H2O Tour. Brad, who was playing a private show in his home state of West Virginia, continued performing even though the skies opened up and drenched him. Brad wrote on Twitter, "That was a blast. It was like doing the video again. And no guitars were ruined this time." Brad's clip for the song "Water" had Brad and his band actually playing the song in a pool.


    QUICK SHOTS
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    • Former American Idol and country singer Kristy Lee Cook has her own show on the cable channel Versus. Goin' Country follows Cook on hunting trips for both wild game and a new recording contract. Jake Owen and Aaron Tippin are among the celebrity guests in the eight-episode series that premiered over the weekend.
  • Country Music News 8/2/10

    Posted by Scott Hanson

    COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS(Posted 3:00 AM, 8/2/2010)

    TAYLOR SWIFT: Songwriting Advice

    Taylor Swift's advice to aspiring songwriters is simple: know who you're writing about and write a letter to that person. She says, "The more it seems like a journal entry, the better. The more it seems like an open letter, the better.


    BLAKE SHELTON: Sneak Peek of Six Pack

    Blake Shelton is offering fans a chance to hear the music from his second six-pack collection, All About Tonight, on People.com. Besides the title track, you can hear his duet with fiancee Miranda Lambert, "Draggin' the River." He describes it as "the exact type of duet our fans expect us to do. We sing about being crazy in love and running away."


    MIRANDA LAMBERT: Loved Lillith

    Lillith Fair opened its doors to country music this year and Miranda Lambert blew them off the hinges. She tells Canada's Edmonton Journal, "I couldn't change how I played my show, though. I feel strongly that if someone asks me to be on a tour it's because they want me to do what it is that I do. The thing is, they don't care, they're just a music crowd and they love all kinds of music."


    BRAD
    PAISLEY: Hat Act

    It's a Brad Paisley tradition that he gives away a white hat to a lucky fan in his audience and then gets it back so he can sign it. One day Brad mistakenly threw a 3000-dollar hat into the crowd instead of the less expensive ones he usually tosses. The fan who caught it left and never got it signed. Brad tells, The New Yorker magazine, "If I wanted to buy a hat like that, I wouldn't want a signature on it. Unless it was Clint Eastwood."

  • Country Music News 7/29/10

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    COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

    JIMMY WAYNE: Down the Homestretch

     Jimmy Wayne is entering the last leg of his Meet Me Halfway walk to raise awareness of teenagers who face homelessness as they age out of the foster care system. A free concert is being planned for Saturday at Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill in Mesa, Arizona. In addition, fans and supporters are invited to finish the last mile of the walk with Jimmy on August 1st which leads to the final destination -- Home Base Youth Services in Phoenix.


    REBA McENTIRE: Fashion Forward

     Reba McEntire is already putting together her clothing line for January 2011. Reba, who has to put her stamp of approval on every item of clothing that bears her name, is previewing styles for next year including peasant skirts, jeans with studs on the pockets and some colorful tops.

     

    JUSTIN MOORE: Won't Let It Go To His Head

     Justin Moore admits it would be easy to let success go to his head. He says, "Everything is right there for you. Even with me already -- people are trying to do stuff for you, and you can't even go get your own cup of coffee.Ridiculous stuff like that." So, how does he stay grounded? He reminds himself, "It can be gone as quickly as it came."

     

    LEANN RIMES: Eddie Moves In

     LeAnn Rimes' boyfriend, Eddie Cibrian, and his two kids are moving into her Calabasas, California, home. A source for E! Online says that Eddie is moving in to save money since losing his gig on CSI. People.com's source says that Eddie's lease was up at his previous home and LeAnn's house was close to his kids' school. Eddie and his ex share custody of the boys.

     

    JOSH GRACIN: Free Songs for Fans

     Josh Gracin is saying thank you to his loyal fans who have supported him since his American Idol days by giving them an opportunity to download three new songs for free. Josh, who is in the middle of recording a new album, writes on his MySpace page, "Having a new single, 'Cover Girl,' on the radio and a new album in the works wouldn't be possible if you hadn't stuck with me." The new songs are available by registering on his MySpace page

     

  • Country Music News 7/28/10

    Posted by Scott Hanson

    COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS(Posted 3:00 AM, 7/28/2010)

    TOP OF THE CHARTS: Lady A Is Back At One

     Lady Antebellum's Need You Now is back at number one after being briefly displaced by Jerrod Niemann on the country album chart. Zac Brown Band's The Foundation also resumes its post at number two, leaving Jerrod's Judge Jerrod and the Hung Jury to sit at number three. Miranda Lambert stays steady at four with Revolution, and Carrie Underwood remains at number five with Play On.


    REBA McENTIRE: Tornado Threatens Video

     Sweltering temperatures, a tornado warning and thunder and lightning didn't stop Reba from making her video for her new single, "Turn on Your Radio." The weather in Nashville got so bad that Reba and the crew took cover in the basement of the old warehouse where they were shooting. This is the second time weather threatened one of Reba's video shoots. The first time was when she was making the clip for, "Does He Love You." Reba says, "I hope that's a good omen because 'Does He Love You' ended up being a Grammy winning-song and a great music video!"

     

    GWYNETH PALTROW: Gotta Have Faith

     Gwyneth Paltrow had a top-notch consultant for her role as "Kelly Canter" in Country Strong -- co-star Tim McGraw's wife, Faith Hill. Because of their similar builds, Gwyneth studied Faith's performances to adapt stage movement in the movie

     

    CHUCK WICKS: Rita Rocks

     Chuck Wicks brought a 77-year-old fan, Rita, on stage in Sacramento, California, last week to serenade her with her favorite song -- "Hold That Thought." He writes on his MySpace page, "She knew and sang every word with every emotion she had. Here is the other kicker -- she had just lost her husband and was out with her daughter to just enjoy life. They would have been married 60 years."

     QUICK SHOTS:

     

    • Toby Keith will continue current tour until the end of September, just before the October 5th release of his 17th studio album, Bullets in the Gun.
    • Little Big Town is releasing a new track from their upcoming album, The Reason Why, on i-Tunes every week until the project comes out on August 24th. For a complete list of releases go to LittleBigTown.com.
  • Gwenyth Paltrow "Country Strong"

    Posted by Scott Hanson

    Her husband is a rock star (Chris Martin from Coldplay).

    Will Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow enjoy the same success, in country music?  Early reviews are strong!

    She sings the title track of her upcoming film, 'Country Strong'.

    The song, featuring background vocals by Vince Gill and Patty Griffin, was released to country radio by RCA Records. The single is the first release from the original motion picture soundtrack, set for release October 26.  The movie also stars Tim McGraw.

    (Paltrow has been on the radio before with a remake of Smokey Robinson’s 1979 hit, “Cruisin’,” which she performed with Huey Lewis in the 2000 film, Duets. The song went to the top of Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart.)

  • Country Music News 7/27/10

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    COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

    JOSH TURNER: One's on the Way

     Josh Turner and his wife, Jennifer, are expecting baby number-three early next year. Josh says he knew Jennifer was pregnant even before she did -- and pushed her to take a pregnancy test. He tells People.com, "She did and it was negative, but I refused to believe it. So when she took another and told me she's pregnant, all I could say was, 'I told you!' and she was floored."

     The Turners have two sons -- three-and-a-half-year-old Hampton and one-year-old Colby.

     

     TIM McGRAW: Reaching Puberty

     Tim McGraw has sung his share of fun songs over the years, but he's become much more comfortable with more serious material. He tells the Charlotte Observer, "If you're 22, they won't quite resonate. I'm 43 now, and my wife would probably tell you I've finally hit puberty. Mentally I'm around 16, according to her."

     TOBY KEITH: Songwriter First

     Toby Keith has recorded just a handful of songs that he didn't write himself. And he'll record a song only if it sounds like he could have written it. Toby tells the Vancouver Sun, "I'm first and foremost a songwriter. And when I'm gone, off the world or out of this business, I want people to look back and say, 'Wow, I had no idea that he wrote so many songs.'"

     GWYNETH PALTROW: Gone Country

     Gwyneth Paltrow did more than shoot a movie with Tim McGraw last fall, she recorded a few songs, and one of them, "Country Strong," is now a single. With background vocals from Vince Gill and Patty Griffin, the song is featured prominently in the movie of the same title, which comes out in December. The soundtrack will be available October

     QUICK SHOTS:

    • Craig Morgan is the newest item on the menu at Cracker Barrel. His That's Why: Collectors Edition album is available exclusively at the restaurant's Old Country Store. It includes his latest hits, "Bonfire" and "That Ain't Nothin'," as well as two previously unreleased songs.