COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS
NEW IN STORES: Sugarland
Sugarland's highly anticipated album The Incredible Machine is in stores today. Typically, artists hit the road after they release an album, but in this case, the tour came first. And Kristian Bush says it went further than just finding inspiration. He tells us, "There are these moments in the tour where it is the album."
Taylor Swift is not afraid to go after anything she wants -- including fans. She tells Parade magazine, "I was driving near the mall and I saw this girl with my tour T-shirt on. She was probably 11. I made a U-turn and tried to follow her -- I really had to do some maneuvering. I found her in a video-game store and just kind of walked up to her and said, 'Oh, hi. I wanted to meet you.'"
During a luncheon last week in Nashville, the CMA handed out its annual Triple Play Awards to artists and songwriters who've earned three number-one songs in a 12-month period. Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Dierks Bentley, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker and Alan Jackson were among those recognized.
Miranda Lambert and Sheryl Crow will pay tribute to Loretta Lynn on next month's CMA Awards. The two will sing "Coal Miner's Daughter" as the CMA honors Loretta -- the very first female Entertainer of the Year.
The CMA Awards air live from Nashville on November 10th on ABC.
On Thursday, Lady Antebellum will return to the site of what they call their worst gig ever -- a gas station-restaurant combo in Milwaukee.
Charles Kelley tells Entertainment Weekly, "It was the butt crack of dawn to kick off hunting season. Everybody was sitting there eating. They didn't know who the hell we were."
Fast forward a few years and several hits later -- Lady A will play a lunchtime gig there before their sold-out show later that night.