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SUGARLAND: Tough Order
Sugarland are putting the finishing touches on their next album, and they say figuring out which order the songs should appear in is tougher than you'd think. Jennifer Nettles tells SheKnows.com, "You move one song around and it can change the whole vibe or tone of the record. You would think it wouldn't be that powerful, but it is, and we come from a real album background where you consider the whole journey from top to bottom."
Garth Brooks is teaming up with Carroll Shelby -- the creator of the Shelby Mustang -- to auction off a 2011 Shelby GT 350 for the benefit of Teammates for Kids in association with the Carroll Shelby Foundation. The live auction takes place Friday at the Wynn Resort in Las Vegas, where Garth has been performing. The highest bidders will be treated to a private performance by Garth. The pre-event bidding is already at $90 thousand.
The Internet is bubbling over with pictures of newlyweds Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher enjoying their tropical honeymoon in Tahiti. The destination was a surprise to Carrie, who left all of the post-wedding planning to her new hubby.
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NEW MUSIC IN STORES: Jerrod Niemann
Jerrod Niemann's first major-label release, Judge Jerrod and the Hung Jury, is in stores today. The album's 20 tracks include the hit "Lover, Lover," but not all of them are music. Jerrod strings together the songs with dialogue and skits, making it a unique project. And check out the songwriter credits -- they run the gamut from Jamey Johnson to Smash Mouth's Steve Harwell.
JASON ALDEAN: Autumn Arenas
Jason Aldean has extended his Wide Open Tour into the Fall with Luke Bryan joining him on most dates. He says, "We've had such a great year with some really big songs and our first big arena tour, and I'm just not ready to move on from it quite yet." Fall dates start September 10th in Corbin, Kentucky.
DARIUS RUCKER: Lucky 77
If Darius Rucker had stopped writing songs at number 76, we wouldn't be listening to his next hit "Come Back Song." In a new You Tube video, he explains that it was the last song written for his next record. Also on the new album is a duet with pal Brad Paisley. No release date has been announced.
STEEL MAGNOLIA: The Best For Last
Steel Magnolia admits that their favorite part of H2O Tour is when Brad Paisley launches into the encore, "Alcohol." The duo's Joshua Scott Jones says, "We wait a few minutes and then we walk out...And this bigger-than-life, big-headed Brad walks out on stage and pushes this bar out and serves everybody drinks and then we just kind of run around the stage like idiots." According to Brad though, it took a while for his co-stars to understand they weren't being brought on stage for a prank.
TY BROWN: Bachelorette Contestant Back in Nashville
Ty Brown, who was kicked to the curb on The Bachelorette recently, is back in Nashville working on his country music career. He tells CMT.com, "On the second episode, I played the first verse and the chorus to this song ["Living in the Moment"] on the beach, and got such a great response. So when I got back to Nashville, I re-worked it with [songwriter] Dave Turnbull, and we're so excited about the hype it's been getting now."
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CARRIE UNDERWOOD: Married!
As expected, Carrie Underwood married hockey player Mike Fisher Saturday in an elaborate ceremony at the secluded Ritz Carlton Reynolds Plantation on Lake Oconee in Greensboro, Georgia. In a statement to People.com, Mike and Carrie wrote, "We could not feel more blessed to have found each other and to have shared this day with our friends and family that mean so much to us!"
Various sources report that Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Garth Brooks, Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul were among the 250 guests attending the festivities. Reporters from the Ottowa Citizen, who live-blogged from Greensboro and visited the resort on Saturday, interviewed some guests who said, that Carrie, who wore a Chantilly lace Monique L'Huillier dress, looked so beautiful it was "impossible to describe."
BRAD PAISLEY: Hello Austin, Goodbye Catfish
Brad Paisley drew thousands of boaters to Lake Travis in Austin, Texas, for Aquapalooza. Brad wrote on Twitter, "I don't think I've ever seen a cooler place to put on a concert. Now that's an H2O tour. Thank you Austin-pa-looza. And I hope beer and human urine doesn't kill bass or catfish. Cause they'd be doomed."
LEANN RIMES: Time Off From Tweeting
LeAnn Rimes is the latest celebrity to leave Twitter. She writes, "Taking a break from Twitter for a while. It's unhealthy for me and my family to have to read negative comments from people whose opinions have no bearing on my life. I love my fans so very much and will return one day soon. God bless to you all!" She says she'll be back someday, but first she must heal and work on her happiness and her music
CHUCK WICKS: Happy for Hough
Chuck Wicks has no hard feelings for former girlfriend and fellow country star Julianne Hough -- who's rumored to be dating Ryan Seacrest. He tells his hometown newspaper, the Delaware State Journal, "I wish her nothing but the best. Whatever makes her happy, that's what she should do." Since Chuck and Julianne split, she has also been paired with comedian Dane Cook and Kings of Leon's Jared Followill.
New Music this morning from a new group Stealing Angels. Their song is "He Better Be Dead" Check out a video of them.
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KENNY CHESNEY: Down to the Crossroads
The CMT Crossroads episode with Kenny Chesney and rocker Steve Miller premieres tonight (Friday) at 9 p.m. [ET] on CMT. The show was filmed in March at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Backed by both of their bands, they trade licks on songs including "Living in Fast Forward" and "The Joker."
Following their performance, the two crossed the alley to Nashville's historic Tootsie's Orchid Lounge for an impromptu jam session.
KENNY CHESNEY: At the ESPYS
Kenny Chesney will be a presenter on the 18th Annual ESPY Awards on July 14th. Kenny says, "I'm friends with an awful lot of coaches and athletes, so being able to do this, is being able to honor a lot of my friends -- and that's always nice." The awards will be presented live on ESPN at 9 p.m. [ET].
LADY ANTEBELLUM: Kudos from the Oaks
Lady Antebellum have a big fan in Richard Sterban from the Oak Ridge Boys. He tells the Minnesota's St. Cloud Times, "They are probably the hottest thing going right now. They are making great records. They have some nice harmonies and a pleasant sound." After more than three decades together, the Oaks are still making records and touring.
TRACE ADKINS: Pick A Powder
Trace Adkins and legendary Nascar driver Richard Petty are offering fans an opportunity to win either a trip to Martinsville, North Carolina, for the Goody 500 or a trip to one of Trace's shows. Check out hilarious videos of the pair at PickAPowder.com and learn more about how to enter.
Happy birthday to kentucky Headhunters drummer Fred Young! He does the most AWSOME drum solos I've ever seen!
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LADY ANTEBELLUM: Still Needed
Lady Antebellum remains in familiar territory as Need You Now continues its ride as the nation's top country album. But Zac Brown Band's The Foundation jumps last week's debut from Jaron and the Long Road to Love to return to number two. Miranda Lambert's Revolution also overtakes Jaron's Getting Dressed in the Dark to land at number three, bumping the country newcomer to number four. And Carrie Underwood rounds out the Top 5 with Play On.
BLAKE SHELTON: Six-Pack On Tap
Blake Shelton has released the track listing for his next six-pack project, All About Tonight. Besides the title track, the album includes "Draggin' the River" featuring the future Mrs. Shelton, Miranda Lambert, "Who Are You When I'm Not Looking," "That Thing We Do," "Got a Little Country" and "Suffocating," which was written by Miranda and Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott. All About Tonight will be available August 10th, just five months after the release of his first six-pack, Hillbilly Bone.
TAYLOR SWIFT: Greetings
Taylor Swift has added 14 new cards to her American Greetings line, Us magazine reports. The new cards include one with a pink guitar on the outside and the inside message, "How am I planning to spend your birthday? Front-row super fan style. That's how." Taylor, who designed the cards says, "My idea of a great song is a song that says how I feel better than I could. I feel the same way about greeting cards."
Lady Antebellum recorded the song "Out of Goodbyes" with Maroon Five for the rock group's upcoming album, Hands All Over. The album comes out on September 21st.
This makes me really want to spend some time with my Johnson.
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CRAIG MORGAN: Mother Passes
Condolences go out to Craig Morgan whose mother, Betty Sue Crockett, died Saturday from pancreatic cancer. He sang about the strength of a woman facing cancer in his 2007 number-one hit "Tough." At the time, his wife had just been diagnosed with a pre-cancerous virus.
MARTINA McBRIDE: Not Wild Enough
Martina McBride has passed on a song or two that became hits for other artists including "Wild One," which was Faith Hill's first single. But she has no regrets. She tells USA Today, "It's kind of like, when you look at a rack of gorgeous dresses. You can try them, but they don't really fit or make you look great. They look great on someone else. Songs are not right for some people and right for some other people."
DARIUS RUCKER: The Comeback Kid
Darius Rucker is confident that his pal Tiger Woods' game will return to the legendary status it held prior to personal issues which forced him to take a break from golf. He tells the Sporting News, "There's no doubt in my mind that it's going to be back to the level it was, and he'll be winning again, and he'll be the dominant player that we know." Tiger is expected to start in the British Open July 15th.
KELLIE PICKLER: The List Is Tough
Newly engaged Kellie Pickler and Kyle Jacobs are already hitting some snags in planning their wedding. Kellie writes on Twitter, "So, my fiance and I have come to the conclusion that making "the list" (people to invite to the wedding) is the hardest part so far."
Julianne Hough is keeping coy about her rumored relationship with Ryan Seacrest. She tells Entertainment Tonight, "If you want to know anything about boys or relationships, you'll just have to listen to the album, because it's all on there."
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NEW IN STORES: Trailer Choir
Trailer Choir's debut album, Tailgate, is in stores today. It features their new single, "Shakin' That Tailgate," along with the signature songs "Off the Hillbilly Hook" and "Rockin' the Beer Gut."
BRAD PAISLEY: Paisley-Palooza
Brad Paisley will headline Aquapalooza on Lake Travis in Austin, Texas, on Saturday. Joining him for the free concert will be Lee Brice and Jerrod Niemann. Alan Jackson's Aquapalooza show last year attracted about 4000 boats and 35,000 people.
FAITH HILL: Faith And Football
Faith Hill shot the new promo for NBC's Sunday Night Football recently in Hollywood. According to the L.A. Times, more than a dozen NFL players joined her in the shoot including Peyton and Eli Manning, Tony Romo and Drew Brees. The regular season of Sunday Night Football kicks off September 12th with Dallas taking on Washington.
TAYLOR SWIFT, CARRIE UNDERWOOD: Three More Teen Choice Noms Each
Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood have each gotten another three Teen Choice Awards nominations as the result of the recent addition of some new categories to the August 8th ceremony. Both picked up Country Song and Country Album nods. Taylor is also up, with former beau Taylor Lautner, in a category called Chemistry for their scenes together in Valentine's Day, while Carrie goes up against four other Idol finalists in a new category called American Idol Alums.
Lady Antebellum was also nominated in both new country categories. Miranda Lambert and Brad Paisley nabbed the other two Country Song slots, while Luke Bryan and Zac Brown Band are the other nominees for Country Album. The artists named above each had one nomination before the new categories were added.