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  • Country Music News 7/2/10

    Posted by Scott Hanson



    TOP OF THE CHARTS: Lady A Stays

     Lady Antebellum's Need You Now refuses to budge from the number-one spot on the country album chart, despite a 19 percent drop in sales, according to the latest SoundScan figures. Jaron and the Long Road to Love debut at number-two with Getting Dressed in the Dark, bumping Zac Brown Band's The Foundation to number-three. Miranda Lambert's Revolution goes to number-four. And now that the dust has settled, Carrie Underwood's Play On takes the final spot in the Top 5, inching out Dierks Bentley's Up on the Ridge.

     ROOKS & DUNN: More Dates Added

    Brooks & Dunn are gearing up to get back on the road after Ronnie was put on vocal rest. Ronnie says that he's getting better every day and that he and Kix are raring to get back on tour. They've added three more dates and have added Merle Haggard, Sara Evans and Miranda Lambert on select dates. --Rosemary Young

    7/16 -- Indianapolis, IN -- with Gary Allan

    8/8 -- Chicago, IL -- with Gary Allan

    7/17 -- St. Clairesvile, OH -- with Gary Allan

    8/13 -- Boston, MA -- with Sara Evans

    7/18 -- Cincinnati, OH -- with Gary Allan

    8/14 -- Hartford, CT -- with Sara Evans

    7/23 -- Minot, ND

    8/15 -- Virginia Beach, VA -- with Sara Evans

    7/24 -- Cheyenne, WY

    8/20 -- Oklahoma City, OK -- with Miranda Lambert

    7/25 -- Omaha, NE -- with Gary Allan

    8/21 -- Little Rock, AR -- with Miranda Lambert

    7/29 -- Detroit, MI -- with Gary Allan

    8/22 -- Atlanta, GA -- with Miranda Lambert

    7/30 -- Pittsburgh, PA -- with Gary Allan

    8/26 -- Cleveland, OH -- with Merle Haggard

    7/31 -- Philadelphia, PA -- with Gary Allan

    8/27 -- Darien Lakes, NY -- with Merle Haggard

    8/1 -- Washington, DC -- with Gary Allan

    8/28 -- Holmdel, NJ -- with Merle Haggard

    8/6 -- Kansas City, MO -- with Gary Allan

    8/29 -- Bethel, NY -- with Merle Haggard

    8/7 -- St. Louis, MO -- with Gary Allan

    9/2 -- Nashville, TN


    All dates subject to change


    KEITH URBAN: Inspiring Creativity

     Keith Urban will be doing a benefit concert for the Grammy in the Schools program through the Grammy Foundation on July 23rd at the Los Angeles Tennis Center at UCLA. Keith hopes that the Grammy in the Schools program will encourage kids not only to learn to play instruments, but also inspire creativity.



     Taylor Swift has her second go-around wearing a milk mustache for the Body by Milk campaign. She first appeared in the ads in 2008.


  • Tiger Woods Divorce details

    Posted by Scott Hanson


    Details of the Tiger Woods divorce deal are coming out...

    He is apparently banned from letting girlfriends near his kids and he is handing over a record $750 million to Elin in a settlement.

    Tiger agreed to keep single women away from his son and daughter. He can bring a new flame into their lives only if he marries her.

    In return, Elin gets the biggest payout ever seen in a celebrity divorce. But she can never publicly speak out about his alleged flings for the rest of her life... even if Tiger dies first. If she does, all of the money goes away. "Tiger's main fear is her telling her story after he's rebuilt his reputation, sending him back to the gutter."

    Elin ended up with double what her lawyers thought she would get after they found out Tiger was worth MORE than the $1 billion she thought.

    Elin gets sole physical custody of their kids but they will split legal custody. So she will not be able to permanently relocate them to her native Sweden.

    Tiger will be able to see the kids for up to half of each week. He can renegotiate the custody agreement in five years.

  • Country Music News 7/1/10

    Posted by Scott Hanson


    RASCAL FLATTS: Baby Makes Three

    Rascal Flatts' Jay DeMarcus and his wife, Allison, are expecting their first child in January. Jay says, "Allison and I are thrilled about becoming parents. I am confident Ali will be a wonderful mother because she has done an incredible job raising me over the past six years."

    KENNY CHESNEY: Party Like a Country Star

    Kenny Chesney is featured in the Do Summer Right issue of Men's Journal. Under the heading, Party Like Kenny Chesney, he offers advice such as, "If you're working hard at it, you're not doing it right" and "It's not about dressing up -- the fewer clothes, the better."

    KENNY CHESNEY: Won't Be at
    Gulf Shores Concert

    Kenny Chesney will not be performing on the rescheduled Gulf Shores Concert, hosted by Jimmy Buffett, on July 11th. Kenny writes on Twitter, [I] had something with a lot of people l scheduled for months. Can't back out. No one is sadder than me."

    DOLLY PARTON: Watching Miley Grow

    Dolly Parton appeared on Fox and Friends Tuesday morning to talk about the 25th anniversary of the Dollywood theme park, but was quick to come to the defense of Miley Cyrus during the interview. She told the morning hosts, "She's got everything it takes and she's trying to make the transition now. And I hate it now when people criticize and condemn her ... she's trying to grow up."

  • Country Music News 6/30/10

    Posted by Scott Hanson


    JIMMY BUFFETT: GulfCoast Benefit Postponed

     Jimmy Buffett's Jimmy Buffett and Friends: Live from the Gulf Coast concert has been temporarily postponed. According to Pensacola, Florida's News Journal, the show is being moved to July 11th due to a storm surge off the coast, which could cause unstable conditions for the beachfront performances.

     KELLIE PICKLER: It's Not About the Ring

     Kellie Pickler thought she lost her engagement ring soon after Kyle Jacobs proposed to her. She was so caught up in the moment that she wasn't thinking about the ring and thought she lost it in the sand. Kyle found it in her lap and slipped it on her finger. For Kellie, their engagement isn't about the ring. She tells, "I could care less if it was a Cracker Jack ring. As long as I get to spend the rest of my life with him and wake up every morning and see him, I don't care."

     SUGARLAND: New Album In The Fall

     Sugarland will release their fourth studio album, The Incredible Machine, on October 19th. Jennifer Nettles says the album reflects the duo's growth and evolution -- something their fans have come to expect. The forthcoming single is called, "Stuck Like Glue," which Jennifer says, "sticks in your brain, no pun intended. To me it feels young, hip and of course sassy! I can't wait for it to get out there so we can play it live in our show."

     ALAN JACKSON: Selling Florida Home

     Weeks after his Tennessee home sold for $28 million, Alan Jackson has put one of his Florida homes up on the block. The Palm Beach Post reports that the Key West-style house was used mostly for guests and high-level staff, is on the market for $1.27 million. When in Florida, Alan spends his time at his 8,000 square foot mansion on JupiterIsland.

     MIRANDA LAMBERT: Harvest Time

     Miranda Lambert has taken a few days between shows to do a little harvesting on her farm in Oklahoma. Her haul was a truckload of squash of all different varieties. She writes on Twitter, "We grew it. We picked it from our great 'Garden of Eatin'! Mmmmmm! Fried squash for days!!!"

  • Country Music News 7/29/10

    Posted by Scott Hanson


    TIM McGRAW: Speaks Up About Oil Spill

    Tim McGraw is saddened by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, not far from where he grew up in Louisiana. He says that the effects of the spill will be felt not just in the Gulf States. "When you see this way of life down there that's completely devastated, it bleeds way up into the country from the jobs and the mental anguish that comes with it. It's going to a long process, so there's help that's going to be needed for a long time there."

    TRACE ADKINS: Cowboy Deluxe

    Trace Adkins will release two versions of his new album, Cowboy's Back In Town on August 17th. The original version is a 12-track collection including his current hit, "This Ain't No Love Song" and the regional favorite, "Ala-Freakin' Bama," while the deluxe version adds four additional songs including "Hillbilly Bone" with Blake Shelton. This is Trace's first release from Toby Keith's Show Dog Records.

    CARRIE UNDERWOOD: Bridal Babble

    The internet is buzzing with more rumors of Carrie Underwood's wedding plans. Numerous online sources say that Carrie and a group of girlfriends celebrated her impending nuptials in Las Vegas over the weekend. And like her groom, Carrie remained classy and tasteful. The only constant in the swirl of rumors is the couple's wedding date -- July 10th.

    LUKE BRYAN: Career is on a Roll

    Luke Bryan's life has changed since he won the Academy of Country Music Awards Top New Artist award and CMT's Breakthrough Video of the Year for "Do I." Because of his growing popularity, tickets to his shows are selling a lot faster -- he's even had to tighten security around him. And Luke is on a roll when it comes to nominations. He says, "I'm still blown away by the Teen Choice Award thing. That's just awesome stuff."

  • Country Music News 06/28/10

    Posted by Scott Hanson


    CARRIE UNDERWOOD: PeachState Wedding

     The rumor mill has churned out another possible location for the Carrie Underwood/Mike Fisher wedding. is reporting that the couple will get hitched at the Ritz Carlton at Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro, Georgia -- halfway between Atlanta and Augusta. A source of the site said that Carrie rented out the entire hotel for her family and friends on July 10th -- the supposed date for the wedding.

     WILLIE NELSON: Picnic In the Grass

     Willie Nelson and a throng of fans are headed to Austin, Texas, this week for his annual Fourth of July Picnic. The event began in 1973 and draws crowds of as many as 20,000. Among the many other stars performing are Jack Ingram, Jamey Johnson, Kris Kristofferson and Ray Price.

     RODNEY ATKINS: Rolling in the Hay

     If Rodney Atkins looks like he knows what he's doing in the video for "Farmer's Daughter," that's because he really does. Rodney has had some experience driving tractors and hauling hay. And if he looks cozy with the brunette beauty he's cuddling at the end of the video, he is. That's his wife Tammy Jo.


     Train's pop hit "Hey Soul Sister" has been released as a country re-mix. The band's lead singer Pat Monahan likes country music and says he'd even like to do a CMT Crossroads with Miranda Lambert.

  • Little Johnny at the Doctor

    Posted by Scott Hanson

    One day, Little Johnny visited a doctor for a vaccination. After the doctor gave him an injection, he tried to bandage Little Johnny's arm.

    "I think you'd better bandage the other arm", said Little Johnny.

    "But, why? I'm supposed to bandage the injected part of your arm to let your friends know not to touch it."

    "Doc, you really don't have a clue about my friends!"

  • Cool Gadgets for your Butt

    Posted by Scott Hanson



    Swarovski toilet
    Designed by Jemal Wright of Hollywood, this bejeweled toilet festooned with over 50,000 handset Swarovski crystals might not allow your conscience to use it on purpose. But it’s still  worth installing in an alternative bathroom. The iced-out glossy toilet from the Isis collection is complemented with a similar sink. Currently, featured above this shiny toilet is the pride possession of a holder who inked this pricey deal for $75,000.

    Despite its importance, your butt doesn't get much respect.

    Luckily, you can show your rear end some appreciation by getting yourself some of these nifty gadgets:

    • Hiney Heater -- Cold toilet seats suck. The Hiney Heater is the solution. The heater goes on automatically when the lid is closed, getting the seat toasty warm for the next visit.
    • USB Butt Cooler --  This is a USB powered seat cushion that issues a constant cool breeze up your butt cheeks when you're sitting at the desk.
    • Fun and Games Toilet Paper -- The ultimate toilet roll. Now you can spend your time on the can with some great brainteaser tests. From some math puzzles to Sudoku, the Mind Trainer Loo Roll has some ways to keep your mind sharp while taking care of your business.
    • iBum Chair --  It's a chair ... with a photocopier built in, letting you, of course, photo-copy your butt.


  • Country Music News 6/25/10

    Posted by Scott Hanson


    MIRANDA AND BLAKE: Karaoke Engagement Party

     Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton celebrated their engagement with some music business friends on Wednesday night. The party, which was held in an undisclosed location, included karaoke as entertainment. Martina McBride, who was a guest, wrote on Twitter, "Great party! Worth the trip! Sang karaoke -- 'Does He Love You' with Miranda and 'I Love Rock And Roll' with Blake Shelton. Love them both. So much fun!"

     MIRANDA LAMBERT: Pretty Song

     Miranda Lambert's next single is "Only Prettier." She says after "House that Built Me" she needed to sing something fun. "It's very feisty. It's got a little attitude, but it's fun." Miranda invited some of her pretty friends -- namely Kellie Pickler, Hillary Scott and Laura Bell Bundy -- to be in the video. Though the details are under wraps, the plot involves two rival cliques at a high school sock hop.

    RASCAL FLATTS: Tour Kicks Off Tonight

     Rascal Flatts kick off their Nothing Like This Tour in Raleigh, North Carolina tonight (Friday). Though past tours had a lot of bells and whistles, this time around they've decided to keep it simple and stick to the music. Jay DeMarcus says, "We're actually going to take the fans on a journey throughout the past 10 years and we're going to start with 'Prayin' For Daylight' and work our way down to as many hits as we possibly can."

    JULIANNE HOUGH: Houghcrest?
    Though they've been coy about their relationship, it appears that Julianne Hough and Ryan Seacrest are dating. reports that the two seem to be getting more serious. Recently, they've been seen getting cozy with each other in Los Angeles and were even spotted together in Nashville during the CMA Music Festival. A source tells the magazine, "They're perfect for each other."

  • Good News and Bad News

    Posted by Scott Hanson

    An artist asks the gallery owner if there has been any interest in his paintings that are on display.

    "I have good news and bad news," the owner replies. "The good news is that a gentleman inquired about your work and wondered if it would appreciate in value after your death. When I told him it would, he bought all 15 of your paintings."

    "That’s wonderful," the artist exclaimed. "What’s the bad news?"

    "The guy was your doctor."

  • Country Music News

    Posted by Scott Hanson


    RASCAL FLATTS: Ambassadors

    Rascal Flatts have been named ambassadors for the Jason Foundation -- an organization that helps in raising the awareness and prevention of youth suicide.

    Gary LeVox says, "We look forward to helping give people the right tools to recognize the signs. Our youth need to know they have options and there are people that want to help them."

    The campaign will include public service announcements, posters in school and social media initiatives

    BROOKS & DUNN: Rescheduled Date Set


    Brooks and Dunn have announced a new itinerary for The Lost Rodeo Tour after doctors ordered Ronnie Dunn to three weeks of vocal rest. Most of the postponed dates have been rescheduled except for June 29th in Milwaukee and July 8th in Fort Loramie, Ohio, which will not be rescheduled.

    • 7/16 - Noblesville, IN -- Verizon Wireless Music Center
    • 7/17 - St. Clairsville, OH - Jamboree in the Hills
    • 7/18 - Cincinnati, OH -- Riverbend Music Center
    • 7/23 - Minot, ND - North Dakota State Fair
    • 7/24 - Cheyenne, WY - Cheyenne Frontier Days
    • 7/25 - Omaha, NE -- Qwest Center
    • 7/29 - Detroit, MI - DTE Energy Music Theater
    • 7/30 - Burgettstown, PA - First Niagara Pavilion
    • 8/1 - Washington, DC - Jiffy Lube Live
    • 8/6 - Kansas City, MO -- Sprint Center
    • 8/7 - St. Louis, MO - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
    • 8/8 - Tinley Park, IL - First Midwest Bank Amphitheater
    • 8/13 - Mansfield, MA -- Comcast Center
    • 8/14 - Hartford, CT - Comcast Theater
    • 8/15 - Virginia Beach, VA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
    • 8/22 - Atlanta, GA - Aaron's Amphitheater
    • 8/26 - Cleveland, OH - Blossom Music Center
    • 8/27 - Darien Center, NY -- Darien Lake PAC
    • 8/29 - Bethel, NY -- Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
    • 9/2 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena


    All dates subject to change



    • The first show of Rascal Flatts' Nothing Like This Tour takes place Friday in Raleigh, North Carolina. Kellie Pickler and Chris Young will open for the boys on the first leg, which runs through September 19th.
  • Kellie Pickler Engaged!

    Posted by Scott Hanson
    Pickler Got Popped The Question!
    Kellie Pickler
    Kellie Pickler is country music's latest diva to get engaged. Nashville songwriter Kyle Jacobs proposed to Kellie on a Florida beach at sunset on June 15, which is also the birthday of her late grandmother, Faye Pickler. Kellie reveals to People magazine, "I remember saying to Kyle, 'Baby it's like I'm dreaming - but if this isn't real, I'm going to be very upset!'" She later tweeted, "It's True! Can't wait to say 'I Do!'" Her fiancé Kyle also gave some insight into the engagement on Twitter. He tweeted, "It went like this...'Kellie, will you marry me?' Kellie said, 'Yes.' I said, 'Really?' Kellie said, 'YES REALLY!'...thank you Jesus!"
    No longer will June 15 be a day of gloom for bride-to-be Kellie. She shares, "It turned out to be the most amazing day of my life. My whole world changed. We both feel like we got my grandmother's blessing." Pickler and Jacobs met back in 2007.