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'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 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."
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.