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by Christal Blue posted Apr 22 2014 11:48AM
There's a new Baby A on the way! Lady Antebellum's Dave Haywood and wife Kelli have announced that they are expecting their first child in September. The couple announced the happy news on Lady A's Facebook page, revealing that the new addition will be a boy. The new baby boy will join the growing Lady A family alongside Hillary Scott's daughter who was born in October of last year. Dave and Kelli were married in April of 2012.

The tabloids would have us believe that Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert are teetering on the edge of divorce, but Shelton says the truth is the exact opposite. Blake recently sat down with Shakira, Adam Levine and Usher from The Voice and told the show's host Carson Daly about things the viewers may not know about them. The interview appeared on the NBC's Today, with each of the four coaches revealing something about themselves. Blake took the opportunity to clear the air and address the divorce rumors that have been circulating in the tabloids recently. Shelton said, "You may pick up a magazine or a tabloid any day of the week that'll say something about, you know, my relationship with Miranda and it's in turmoil and divorce." Blake then revealed that the gossip in those magazines couldn't be further from the truth. He shared, "The truth is I've never felt a stronger bond with, not only with her, but with any other human being in my life. I mean Miranda and I have … she's my life." (Photo Credit:

Last week, it was reported that Glen Campbell has entered heath care facility that specializes in the treatment of Alzhemier's disease. Campbell's move to the special facility comes three years after he announced that he had been diagnosed with disease, and the singer's wife, Kim, assures everyone that he's doing fine. Country Weekly recently caught up with Kim at the premiere of the documentaryGlen Campbell … I'll Be Me at the 2014 Nashville Film Festival on Friday. Kim told the publication, "He has trouble communicating, (but) he's happy and content and still has his sense of humor. He's doing pretty well, considering everything. We see him every day." Glen Campbell … I'll Be Me is a documentary that was filmed during Glen's "Goodbye Tour."

First Lady Michelle Obama and Kellie Pickler will both make a guest appearance on ABC's hit drama Nashville during the episode set to air on May 7. The First Lady and country star will play themselves in the episode, which follows Connie Britton's character Rayna Jaymes as she visits Fort Campbell to organize a charity concert. Rayna is organizing the concert after she finds out that the show's character Luke Wheeler, played by Will Chase, has been injured while in Afghanistan. The episode featuring the First Lady and Pickler leads up to Nashville's Season 2 finale which is set to air on May 14. Nashville airs on Wednesdays at 10 PM ET on ABC.
by Christal Blue posted Apr 21 2014 9:18AM

KEVIN SHARP died on Saturday at the age of 43. His biggest album was "Measure of a Man", which came out in 1996 and produced three Top Five hits. You probably know him from his song "Nobody Knows", which was a number one hit back in 1995. Kevin had bone cancer in high school, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation granted a wish for him to meet a famous record producer named David Foster. When Kevin beat the cancer and released a hit album . . . with David Foster's help . . . he started granting wishes for other sick kids. In 1997 he won the "Wish Granter of the Year" award from Make-A-Wish. According to reports, he died of complications from different stomach surgeries he's had recently. (Photo Credit:

Miranda Lambert was in Madill, Oklahoma on Friday to help some of her furry friends find new homes with loving families. The "Automatic" singer joined the Animal League's Tour for Life at a local Wal-Mart when its mobile adoption truck made a stop there. Miranda took to Instagram to post pictures of her posing with the pooches and their new owners. Animal League's Tour for Life is a nationwide adoption tour that will travel to 52 cities in 26 states this year to work with shelters and rescue groups to bring attention to and find homes for homeless animals.

The Ray Price album, Beauty Is.. the final sessions, was released just last week and got an enormous response from the fans. After less than 24 hours of being on sale, had completely sold out of the album and the digital download rose to the number three most downloaded country album on Amazon. Last week, several stars paid tribute to the legendary singer on Opry Country Classics at the historic Ryman Auditorium. Lynn Anderson, Larry Gatlin, The Oak Ridge Boys, Chris Janson and newcomer Mary Sarah were all on hand to honor Ray by performing and sharing their memories of him. Ray passed away in December following a longtime battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 87-years-old.

Brett Eldredge and Jana Kramer are partnering with Macy's American Icons campaign to celebrate the people and traditions that make this country so great. For the second year, Macy's will partner with the initiative Got Your 6, which is dedicated to improving veteran reintegration and putting their skills to work at home. Kicking off May 17 with "Got Your 6 Saturday," Macy's customers can give $3 at any register and receive a savings pass for a day they choose. One hundred percent of the purchase price will be donated to Got Your 6 and its nonprofit partners to empower returning veterans and military families. In the military, "got your six" is a term that means "I've got your back."
by Christal Blue posted Apr 18 2014 9:04AM
Glen Campbell recently entered a heath care facility after three years of battling Alzhemier's disease. The "Rhinestone Cowboy" singer revealed that he had Alzhemier's disease in 2011 and announced that he would hit the road on his "Goodbye Tour." The tour was filmed and is the subject of a documentary called Glen Campbell … I'll Be Me, which will premiere today at the 2014 Nashville Film Festival. (Photo Credit: )

Jason Aldean was in Nashville on Wednesday to celebrate the success of his single "When She Says Baby" at a number one party held at The Pour House near The Gulch. The song hit the top of the country chart in March and is Jason's 13th career number one single. Aldean was joined at the event by the song's writers Rhett Akins and Ben Hayslip, which made the celebration even more significant for him. Jason stood at the podium and said, "Having a number one is a huge deal, and getting to be able to share it with guys you consider your friends, that makes it even more special." "When She Says Baby" is the fifth single from Aldean's platinum-certified album Night Train.

Martina McBride's new album, Everlasting, has debuted atop Billboard's Top Country Albums chart this week, marking the singer's fifth number one on the chart. The big debut also makes McBride the first solo female artist to debut at number one the Top Country Albums chart with an independently released and distributed album in the chart's 50-year history. Everlasting also debuted at number 7 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart, marking Martina's sixth Top 10 debut and her highest since 2007. The album is McBride's first independent project on her new label Vinyl Recordings and features covers of iconic R&B and soul songs.

In recognition of National Record Store Day, Eric Church is set to release a double gatefold vinyl version of his album The Outsiders on Saturday, April 19. The vinyl package features two bonus tracks and will also include an exclusive album poster. This is Eric's second vinyl project in honor of National Record Store Day, which is observed around the world to celebrate the culture of the independently owned record store. Last year, Church released a vinyl version of his live album, Caught in the Act: Live, on Record Store Day. The Outsiders album was originally released in February and debuted at number one.

by Christal Blue posted Apr 17 2014 9:11AM

Willie Nelson will receive his 5th Degree Black Belt in the art of a modern Korean martial arts system. Grand Master Sam Um will be promoting Nelson in a ceremony at his studio in Austin, Texas on April 28. The ceremony will take place just two days before the singer's 81st birthday. Willie has practiced martial arts most of his life, starting with studying kung fu when he was a songwriter in Nashville. Over the past two decades Nelson has been training, often practicing techniques while traveling on the road in his tour bus. (Photo Credit: )

The man is often the one to go in for the first kiss, but that wasn't the case in Luke Bryan and his wife Caroline's relationship. The two met while attending Georgia Southern University, and Caroline reveals that she was actually the one to make the first move. Caroline tells People Country, "He was always a gentleman. We hung out as friends first and he never made a move on me. I kissed him first! He was always so scared of making a girl feel uncomfortable, he wouldn't cross a line." Now, Luke has found enormous success and risen to super-star fame, but Caroline says he's still just the same person he's always been.

The Grand Ole Opry house was packed on Saturday night as The Swon Brothers made their debut appearance on the hallowed stage. The sibling brothers took the stage and talked about how honored they were to be there and how it was a dream come true to be standing on that stage. The brothers also talked about the history of the Opry and introduced their first song as a tribute to the legendary show. They then sang a verse and chorus of the George Jones classic "Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes." Halfway through the song, the duo stopped singing and called their parents on stage with them. They then explained that they wanted to thank their parents for all of the sacrifices they made over the years to help them get to where they are now.

Keith Urban will host a weekly online video series titled "Idol Chatter" that will feature American Idol's on-air talent as well off-air team, as they chat with Urban about life on the set. The unedited series of shorts premiered yesterday online. In the first episode, Keith gives viewers a tour of the trailers where the show's host and judges go to get ready. The video shows Urban standing in the parking lot pointing to the trailers for Ryan Seacrest, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. The camera then pans to a small U-haul where Keith says he spends some of his off-air time. He then opens the door to the U-haul trailer, revealing not much more than folding chair, a guitar and a rack full of t-shirts. Check it out:

by Christal Blue posted Apr 16 2014 9:00AM

Tickets for the 50th Anniversary of the Academy of Country Music Awards went on sale yesterday, with all 70,000 tickets selling out in only 18 minutes. The 50th anniversary ACM Awards will be held on April 19, 2015 from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Tickets also sold out for the accompanying ACM Party for a Cause: 50 Years of Music & Memories on April 17-18 at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The events were the biggest—and fastest—selling in the Academy's history. Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan will return to host the ACM ceremony, which will be broadcast live on CBS at 8:00 PM ET.

Jake Owen is currently on the road bringing the beach life to people all across the country on his "Days of Gold Tour," and now he's teaming up with Discover Boating as the tour's sponsor to make the trek even more water-friendly. During the trek, Jake will share personal stories of his connection with boating and how it creates fun in his life and music. These vignettes will be featured throughout the tour, and as part of Discover Boating's new 2014 "Stories of Discovery" series, which will share real boaters' inspiring stories of their life on the water through documentary-style videos.

Zac Brown Band will launch its upcoming "The Great American Road Trip Tour" next month, and the tour will feature the band's new, eighth member Matt Mangano on bass. Mangano's official addition may be news to everyone, but fans of the group might recognize the bass player from on-stage guest performances over the years and from his studio work on The Grohl Sessions Vol. 1 and Uncaged. "The Great American Road Trip Tour" will kick off in Lincoln, Nebraska on May 24 and will run through August. Kacey Musgraves is also set to join the tour for four shows in Florida in late May and early June. The tour announcement comes on the heels of selling out a two-night stand at Boston's Fenway Park without any supporting acts – a feat that only four other bands have accomplished.

Last year, Kenny Chesney announced that he would be taking a break from the road in 2014 to focus on making his next record. Now, Chesney has given his fans an update on the progress on that new album. Kenny tweeted yesterday, "In studio working on new album. Can't wait for everyone to hear the new music." The message was accompanied by a photo that showed the singer sitting in a chair in front of a studio sound board. (Photo Credit: )

by Christal Blue posted Apr 15 2014 9:22AM
Remember when BRETT ELDREDGE came through on a promise to jump out of an airplane after his song "Don't Ya" hit Number One? Well, he's at it again. If "Beat of the Music" tops the chart he'll go swimming with SHARKS. He says, quote, "I can't believe I actually might go shark diving. The song's climbing the charts and the more I sweat every day." Don't worry, Brett WILL be using protection. He says, "I need a cage, so if you all know anybody who has a shark cage I could borrow… and I'll need like 20 drinks." By the way, "Beat of the Music" is #13 on "Billboard's" country chart.

After she made a surprise cameo appearance on Saturday Night Live, Taylor Swift headed to Columbus, Ohio on Sunday to crash a fan's bridal shower. The fan's name is Gena Gabrielle, and she had actually met Swift in 2007 at a meet and greet. The bride-to-be took to her Instagram to share several photos of the two of them hanging out together at the shower. But Swift didn't show up at the party empty-handed; she actually came bearing gifts. Gabrielle then posted a picture on Twitter of the new house warming gifts from Taylor. The photo shows several supplies for the couple's kitchen, including utensils, a cooking pot, a KitchenAid stand mixer and even a Barefoot Contessa cookbook by Ina Garten.

Nancy Jones, the wife of the late George Jones, is planning a memorial for him on the one year anniversary of his death. Friends and fans of the late singer are welcome to celebrate his life and legacy at Woodlawn Cemetery in Nashville on April 26. During the memorial, Nancy will plant two dogwood trees at the "He Stopped Loving Her Today" monument. Nancy said in a statement, "I know how much people loved George, and the love has continued even a year later. I am so fortunate for the friends and fans that George and I made through the years. I want everyone to come celebrate with us, not because he is no longer with us, but to keep his legacy alive." (Photo Credit:

Tickets for the first-ever tour featuring the cast of ABC's hit series Nashville went on sale recently and completely sold out within minutes. Due to the high demand for the show, another date has been added to the tour on May 5 at Tower Theater in Philadelphia. Tickets for the newly added date go on sale April 19. Nashville stars Charles Esten, Clare Bowen, Jonathan Jackson, Sam Palladio and Chris Carmack will hit the stage on the show's first-ever tour, which will also make stops in Chicago, Washington D.C. and New York City. The show in NYC will also feature an appearance by the show's star Will Chase.
by Christal Blue posted Apr 14 2014 8:59AM
Luke Bryan is one of the performers slated to take the stage at the Billboard Music Awards next month. Bryan has earned nominations in six categories at the show, including nods for Top Male Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist and Top Billboard 200 Album for his 2013 release Crash My Party. Luke is also one of the finalists for the second annual Milestone Award, which is presented to an innovative artist who has achieved a notable chart milestone over the past year. The 2014 Billboard Music Awards will air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 18 at 8 PM ET on ABC.

Jason Aldean will sit on the Guest Judging Panel for the 2014 Honorary Bat Girl program. The program recognizes baseball fans who have been affected by breast cancer and who demonstrate a commitment to wiping out the disease. The Guest Panel will assist in the selection process of one Honorary Bat Girl for each of the 30 MLB teams. The winners will be recognized by their respective Club on Mother's Day (May 11) or during another game later in May.

The Armed Forces Foundation has jointly named Justin Moore and Big Machine Label Group President/CEO Scott Borchetta the "Congressman Bill and Beverly Young Humanitarian of the Year." The award recognizes their service and commitment to the morale and welfare of military families through the Crown Royal "Your Hero's Name Here" contest and other endeavors. The two were honored on Wednesday night during the 10th annual Congressional Gala in Washington, D.C. Moore said, "Although extremely grateful, I feel a little uncomfortable being honored at an event where there are decorated war heroes present. I feel that my contributions are much less significant than theirs … they are the true American heroes."

Josh Turner is no stranger to signing autographs for fans, but now he'll be signing his name in copies of his first book, Man Stuff: Thoughts on Faith, Family and Fatherhood. Turner's first book signing will take place just outside of Nashville in Franklin, Tennessee at the Lifeway Christian Store on April 22. In the book, Josh shares stories that he's learned over the years as a son, brother, friend, husband and father. Jase Robertson of A&E's hit reality series Duck Dynasty provides the foreword for the new book, which is set to be released nationwide on April 29. Last year, Turner teamed up with Jase's wife, Missy, for a duet on the family's holiday album, Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas. (Photo Credit:
by Christal Blue posted Apr 11 2014 11:26AM
Dan + Shay's Dan Smyers paid a visit to Nashville's Vanderbilt Medical Center on Tuesday after he broke his wrist in a car accident. Smyer took to Twitter to post a pic of his arm in a cast with a caption that read, "Spent the day at the @VUMChealth Emergency Room after a car accident. Missing my guitar already..." But even with a broken wrist, Dan doesn't plan of missing any shows. He later returned to Twitter to say, "Can't thank you all enough for the texts + tweets about my accident. Broken wrist or not, the show must go on. (Photo Credit:

It seems like everyone wants to know when Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton will have a baby. Miranda, too, finds herself thinking about a baby from time to time, and when that happens, she has a good way of getting it off her mind. Entertainment Tonight's Nancy O'Dell recently caught up with Lambert on the ACM red carpet and asked her when the couple is going to have a baby. Miranda said in response, "We have a lot of four-legged babies. Every time I think I might be thinking about it, I get a puppy and I'm like, 'Nope, not ready.'" Miranda wants to have a child someday, but she says raising a little one right now just doesn't make sense.

You know that silly movie cliché where someone's foot pops through the ceiling from the floor above? It actually happened to JAMES OTTO. He posted a pic on Facebook and wrote, "I'm an idiot! Was working in the attic and stepped for a beam and missed. Put my foot through the ceiling. Ugh! Anyone good at sheetrock work?" By the way, his temporary fix was white duct tape.

Trisha Yearwood's home in Brentwood, Tennessee is up for sale and is listed at $2.2 million. The Brentwood home is located just south of Nashville and sits on four acres of land. The home boasts more than 6,000 square feet of space, with 5 bedrooms, 6 baths, and a swimming pool. Yearwood made the decision to sell the home because her husband Garth Brooks owns property just north of Nashville and "it doesn't make sense to have all of it." Last month, Yearwood announced that she and Brooks would be moving to Nashville to spend more time in the city.
by Christal Blue posted Apr 10 2014 9:54AM
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by Christal Blue posted Apr 10 2014 9:40AM
Eric Church has announced that he will be hitting the road later this year on a headlining tour in support of his new album, The Outsiders. Eric's "The Outsiders World Tour" kicks off in Bossier City, Louisiana on September 11 and will run through December. Special guest Dwight Yoakam will join him for the duration. The tour will bring Eric to more than 30 arena dates across the country, including a show at New York City's iconic Madison Square Garden on October 17. Tickets for the tour will go on sale April 18 in select markets with members of the Church Choir having access to a pre-sale starting on April 15.

The finalists for the 2014 Billboard Music Awards have been announced, with some of country music's hottest stars among the nominees. Luke Bryan has earned 8 nominations at the show, including nods in the all-genre categories Top Male Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist and Top Billboard 200 Album for his 2013 release Crash My Party. Luke also earned two nominations in the Top Country Song category for "Crash My Party" and "That's My Kind of Night." Other country stars to get all-genre nods include Florida Georgia Line for Top Duo/Group and Taylor Swift for Top Social Artist. Luke and Carrie Underwood have also been named as finalists for the second annual Milestone Award. The 2014 Billboard Music Awards will air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 18 at 8 PM ET on ABC.

Lee Brice's song "I Don't Dance" was chosen by wedding site as one of the top wedding songs of the year and was the only country song on the list. The song was also selected by for the Dream Wedding it threw for Boston Marathon bomb survivors Rebekah Gregory and Pete DiMartino on April 4 at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. Brice originally wrote the song as a wedding gift to his wife Sara for their first dance when they got married in April of last year. "I Don't Dance" was released in February as the lead single from Lee's forthcoming third studio album. (Photo credit:

The Tug McGraw Foundation will hold its 3rd Annual "Celebrity Sporting Clay Pro-Am" on June 3 at the Nashville Gun Club in Music City. The event will benefit the Tug McGraw Foundation and its efforts to improve the lives of military service members who have been affected by Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). The event will feature a star-studded lineup of celebrities from both the music and professional sporting clay communities. Some of the country stars who have signed up for this year's event include Brantley Gilbert, Rhett Atkins, Troy Gentry, and many more.
by Christal Blue posted Apr 9 2014 10:58AM

Rascal Flatts has admitted to lip-syncing their hit single "Rewind" during their performance on Sunday night's ACM Awards. Following their performance, social media was buzzing with claims that Rascal Flatts didn't actually sing the tune, and now the band has issued a statement on Facebook and Twitter. It reads, "After having performed several shows earlier in the week, Gary lost his voice. So, instead of canceling our commitment to do the show, we made a last minute decision to lip-sync. We've never done it before, and we're obviously not very good at it. We look forward to singing live again in the very near future!" The trio will get that chance to sing live this week when they play a show in Laughlin, Nevada on April 12. (Photo Credit:

George Strait helped one Paralympic athlete cross an item off his bucket list recently. Nikko Landeros was a member of USA's ice sled hockey team that won the gold medal at the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, Russia. Nikko had accomplished so many things, but one item on his bucket list had eluded him. Nikko desperately wanted to see George in concert before he retired from touring, so he sent the singer a message on Twitter. And King George was happy to grant his request. Strait sent the athlete a reply that read, "There will be two tickets at will call under your name tonight. Thank you for representing our Country!" After the show, Nikko returned to Twitter to thank George for making his dream come true.

On Monday night, Toby Keith was on hand to perform at the television taping for "ACM Presents: An All-Star Salute to the Troops" in Las Vegas. And while Keith was at the event to pay tribute to those serving in our armed forces, it was actually the troops who were honoring him. After his set, Toby was onstage shaking hands with the service members in attendance when a military officer and USO executive took the microphone to present the singer with the Spirit of the USO Award. They told the audience that Keith had performed 200 shows and entertained more than a quarter of a million troops and their families. The "ACM Presents: An All-Star Salute to the Troops" will air on May 20 at 9 PM ET on CBS.

Craig Morgan is preparing to make his eleventh overseas tour to entertain U.S. troops serving abroad. Morgan will travel with Armed Forces Entertainment and Stars For Stripes to perform a series of acoustic shows in Southwest Asia this spring. Morgan spent more than 10 years of active duty in the Army and an additional nine years in the Army Reserves, so he knows how much these concerts can mean for the troops serving abroad. In addition to performing for service members overseas, Morgan has also shown his support for the troops and their families through the Folds of Honor and Jack Daniel's Toast To The Troops charities. Morgan will also appear on "ACM Presents: An All-Star Salute To The Troops," which airs on May 20 at 9 PM ET on CBS.

by Christal Blue posted Apr 8 2014 9:26AM
During Sunday night's broadcast of the ACM Awards, George Strait took the stage with the president and general manager of the Dallas Cowboys, Jerry Jones, to announce that the next year's 50th Anniversary of the Academy of Country Music Awards will be held AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan will return to co-host the event, which will be broadcast live on April 19, 2015 on CBS. The ceremony will cap off three days of events, including the 3rd annual ACM Party for a Cause: 50 Years of Music & Memories on April 17-18 at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas.

Dierks Bentley is taking fans to 40,000 feet with his brand new single "Drunk On A Plane." Dierks acts as the song's narrator who gets stood up at the alter but finds the strength to forge ahead on a hilarious solo trip to Cancun. Bentley says with a laugh, "I have never been jilted at the altar, but I have had a marriage proposal rejected….all you can do is pray there's a good return policy for the ring, get drunk and carry on." Bentley also says that he's been playing this song at his live shows, and the response from the fans has been very positive.

Toby Keith has been hosting his annual Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic for more than ten years, and the event will return again this year. The 11th Annual Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic benefits OK Kids Korral, a cost-free home-away-from-home for pediatric cancer patients, and is the largest event The Toby Keith Foundation hosts. The two day event will take place on May 16-17 and will feature a live auction, nearly 100 silent auction items, food, entertainment, and a celebrity filled round of golf. Some of the items up for auction include an African safari, and autographed items from celebrities such as Derek Jeter, Dan Marino, Nolan Ryan, Phil Mickelson, Jimmy Buffett, Jason Aldean, George Strait and many more. The next day, 200 golfers will hit the links with the many celebrities who are attending the event.

Taylor Swift recently wished a happy birthday to her friend Abigail Anderson, whom she mentions in her 2009 single "Fifteen." Swift befriended Abigail during their freshman year at a high school in Hendersonville, Tennessee, and the two have remained friends ever since. Taylor sent Abigail several presents and a handwritten note to commemorate her 24th birthday, and Abigail posted a photo of the note on her Instagram, it read, "Once upon a time, there lived a girl named Abigail, whose spirit was as fiery as her hair. She never did anything the way they told her to, fell hopelessly in love, and turned 24 without one single regret. Happy Birthday. Love, Taylor." Even her birthday cards read like songs! (Photo Credit:

by Christal Blue posted Apr 8 2014 4:20AM
Taylor Swift has broken yet another record. Tickets for Swift's May 30 show at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, China completely sold out in only one minute, becoming the fastest ticket sellout in Chinese history. Taylor's show in Shanghai is the first date on the Asian leg of her "Red Tour," which will also travel to cities in Japan, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore in June. All seven dates on the tour have sold out in record speeds. Swift's "Red Tour" made stops at sold-out stadiums and arenas across North America, Australia, and New Zealand through much of 2013, and also wrapped a run of sold-out shows in London and Berlin earlier this year.

Last night, Lady Antebellum took the stage with Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks to perform their song "Golden" during the ACM Awards. Now, fans can own and listen to their special collaboration together as a version of the song they recorded has just been released on iTunes. "Golden" left a lasting impression on Stevie Nicks, and she couldn't turn down the opportunity to work with Lady A on the song. For Stevie, "Golden" is one of Lady A's defining songs, much like the iconic tune "Landslide" was for Fleetwood Mac. Stevie said, "it's just that spectacular."

It's been over 2 years since Miranda Lambert's last album, Four the Record, was released, leaving everyone itching to hear new music from her. Now, with her fifth studio album, Platinum, set to be released on June 3, Miranda's fans will soon get the chance to hear that new music. And there's a good reason for the gap in between the release of Lambert's last record and her new one. Miranda says she didn't want to rush it at all. And by not rushing her next project, Lambert gave herself time make sure everything on the record was just right.

Jake Owen's English bulldog Merle has been the singer's trusty sidekick since he brought him home four years ago. But now with Jake's growing family, Merle is learning to live with a few adjustments. Owen tells People Country, "Merle doesn't get to ride shotgun anymore, but he's still my main man." Merle may be taking a backseat to Jake's family, but Owen reveals that the dog actually helped him know that his wife Lacey was the one. Jake says, "I could tell a lot about the girl by how much interest she took in Merle. If you don't care anything about my dog, then you really can't care that much about me. My wife fell in love with him the minute she met him, and he loves her. He follows her everywhere." (Photo Credit:

by Christal Blue posted Apr 4 2014 9:10AM
Tim McGraw has announced that his 13th studio album, Sundown Heaven Town, is set for a release on September 16. During his performance on the ACM Awards this Sunday night, McGraw will launch a program called "Countdown To Sundown." When fans Shazam his ACM performance, they can join the Countdown program and will automatically have access to exclusive content and be entered to win a season pass for 2 tickets to each of Tim's summer tour dates including an all-expense paid trip to Fresno, California for the tour's opening night on May 8. Throughout the "Countdown To Sundown" program, Tim will also be revealing new songs from the album through major primetime television performances and will provide fans with exclusive access to free downloads, first listens, behind the scenes looks and much more through

Dierks Bentley played a show at Nashville's Station Inn on Tuesday night, but it was Bentley's daughters who really stole the show. Five-year-old Evie Bentley along with her younger sister Jordan, 3, took the stage as their father's opening act in their newly formed band called Sandy Bottom Sisters. But the girls couldn't stay to see the whole show because they had to get home in time for bed. The night also included special guest appearances by Kip Moore and Kacey Musgraves, with Kacey joining Dierks onstage to perform the Buck Owens' hit "Act Naturally." (Photo Credit:

Garth Brooks will return to Ireland this summer to play five sold-out concerts in Dublin's Croke Park. And while most people are looking forward to Garth's first shows in the country for more than 15 years, some residents are protesting the singer's return to the park and recently picketed outside of the stadium to voice their opposition to the concerts scheduled for July 25-29. Members of the Croke Park Residents Alliance say that the concerts will have a negative effect on the area, including increased noise pollution and litter. Following his upcoming shows in Dublin, Brooks will also hit the road on a worldwide tour later this year.

In case you missed it, LUKE BRYAN admitted on "Ellen" that the only time he drinks alcohol while performing is during his Spring Break shows. So, she brought out some weak-looking guy for a chugging contest . . . and the dude wiped the floor with him. Twice. Check out the video:

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by Christal Blue posted Apr 3 2014 9:54AM
The lineup at this year's ACM Awards has grown with the addition of Lee Brice, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, Rascal Flatts, and Dierks Bentley with Sheryl Crow to the list of performers. These artists will join previously announced performers. It was also just announced that Thea Andrews, Guy Fieri, LL Cool J, Jewel, Olivia Munn, Nancy O'Dell, Chris O'Donnell, Clay Walker and Trisha Yearwood will present awards at the annual ceremony, joining previously announced presenters Garth Brooks and Florida Georgia Line. The 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards will be co-hosted by Luke and Blake and broadcast from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday night at 8 on CBS.

Later this year, Kacey Musgraves will join Katy Perry on select dates of her "Prismatic World Tour." But before they hit the road together in August, these two singers will showcase their chemistry on the upcoming 50th episode of CMT Crossroads. The CMT Crossroads episode featuring Kacey and Katy will also be the first episode in the series history to air on multiple channels besides CMT. Those additional channels include VH1, MTV, MTV Hits and Palladia. CMT Crossroads: Katy Perry and Kacey Musgraves will premiere on June 13 at 10 PM ET on CMT. Air dates for the additional channels will be announced soon. (Photo Credit:

On Tuesday, Scotty McCreery was getting ready to visit the White House alongside his favorite baseball team, the Boston Red Sox, when a missing pilot derailed those plans. Scotty may have initially thought he was the butt of a bad April Fool's Day prank, but in the end he wasn't laughing. He took to Twitter to vent his frustration. He tweeted, "Woulda been at the White House today to celebrate the Red Sox World Series Championship, but @AmericanAir captain decided not to show up…" In response to Scotty's tweet, American Airlines tweeted, "Our apologies for the inconvenience, Scotty, we'll see if we can help." But Scotty was not in the forgiving mood. Scotty tweeted back, "nope, nothing you can do. Had to be at the White House gates no later than 10:15. No free tix will help this either… thanks…"

The Swon Brothers are set to fulfill a lifelong dream and make their debut on the Grand Ole Opry. The duo's Zach and Colton Swon will step onto country music's most revered stage on April 12 where they will perform their debut single "Later On." The duo's single recently broke the Country Aircheck record for most opening-week radio adds of any debut single in the publication's history and currently sits at number 33 on that chart. The song is the lead single from The Swon Brothers' debut yet-to-be-titled studio album on Arista Nashville.
by Christal Blue posted Apr 2 2014 9:01AM
Rascal Flatts' Joe Don Rooney and his wife Tiffany Fallon are expecting their third child! The newest addition will join brother Jagger Donovan, 5, and sister Raquel Blue, 3, and will arrive sometime in late summer. Rooney's band mate, Jay DeMarcus, recently took to Twitter to congratulate his fellow Flatt on the big news. Jay tweeted, "Congrats to my brother @JoeDonRooney I'm proud to be an uncle again!!! Love you guys!!!"

Carrie Underwood will be among the special guests paying tribute to this year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees at the annual ceremony. Underwood will be part of a musical tribute to this year's inductee Linda Ronstadt. Joining Carrie to pay tribute to Ronstadt will be Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Nicks, Emmylou Harris and Sheryl Crow. Linda will be formally inducted by Glenn Frey of the Eagles. The 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductions will be held at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on April 10 and will premiere on HBO on May 31 at 9 PM ET.

Love And Theft's Eric Gunderson and Stephen Barker Liles are bringing the party to country radio with the release of their brand new single, "Night That You'll Never Forget." The song celebrates the surprisingly fun nights that memories are made of. Fans can join the party and be part of the "Night That You'll Never Forget" lyric video by posting their own party selfies to Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #LnTselfies. The duo may have a night they'll never forget in Las Vegas on Sunday as they are nominated for Vocal Duo of the Year at the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards. The awards ceremony will be broadcast live Sunday night at 8 on CBS. In addition to the show, Stephen and Eric will also perform at the ACM Party For A Cause Festival on Saturday. (Photo Credit:

Songs are often recorded piecemeal. Meaning, a musician or singer will go into the studio alone, or with a couple of other players . . . and then leave it to the tech people to put it all together later. A good example of that is "Highway Don't Care" with Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban. Keith played guitar, but he didn't hear the final product until later. He says, quote, "the first time I heard the whole thing completed was on the radio, and it sounded amazing." The song is up for three ACMs: Single Record of the Year, Vocal Event of the Year and Video of the Year. Keith thinks it's funny he's being honored for such a short day's work, saying, "I've never been nominated so much for a guitar solo in my life."

by Christal Blue posted Apr 1 2014 9:13AM
Blake Shelton and Shakira will take the stage to perform together during the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday. The two fellow coaches from The Voice will team up to perform their duet titled "Medicine," which appears on Shakira's recently released self-titled album. Blake and Luke Bryan will co-host the ceremony, which will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 6 at 8:00 PM ET on CBS. Additional acts and presenters will be announced this week.
Brad Paisley has been a guest star on a few episodes of ABC's Nashville, and now the singer is slated to make another appearance on a hit television series. Paisley will appear on an episode of the CBS' comedy series The Crazy Ones, which stars Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar. Paisley portrays himself in the upcoming episode, which is titled "Danny Chase Hates Brad Paisley." In the episode, the show's advertising team tries to get Paisley to record a jingle after one of the characters over promises on a pitch. The episode of The Crazy Ones featuring Brad will air on April 3 at 9:30 PM ET on CBS.

The lineup for next year's Country Music Cruise has been revealed, with some pretty big acts hitting the high seas for this 7 night excursion that takes place January 18-25 of 2015. The event will be headlined by Martina McBride, with additional performances by Charley Pride, Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers, Lorrie Morgan, John Anderson, Aaron Tippin, Darryl Worley, Restless Heart and more. The cruise departs from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and will travel to The Bahamas and U.S. Virgin Islands, making stops at Nassau, St. Thomas, St. Croix and more. The cruise will take place aboard Holland America's Eurodam ship with around-the-clock music and activities available for all who set sail.

The stars of the ABC's TV series Nashville only portray the lives of country artists on the show, and now they'll actually be living that life out on the road. The first-ever "Nashville Concert Tour" has just been announced, with series stars Charles Esten, Clare Bowen, Jonathan Jackson, Sam Palladio and Chris Carmack taking the stage this spring at tour stops in Chicago, Washington D.C. and New York City. The tour will kick off on April 25 at Joe's Bar in Chicago before making stops in D.C on May 4 and NYC on May 6. Will Chase is also slated to join his cast mates for the New York concert only. Big Machine Records, ABC Studios and Lionsgate have previously released three Music of Nashville soundtracks of all original music, with the fourth soundtrack slated to hit store shelves on May 6. Collectively, the previous albums have sold more than 3 million tracks. (Photo Credit:

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April 18, 2014.........Looking for an advertising icon............

1.  This animated advertising icon first appeared in TV commercials in the late 1950s.

2.  He's associated with an advertising catch phrase made up of six words (He is never the one to recite the phrase).

3.  His popularity led him to appear in commercials for other products such as the "Got Milk?" campaign.

Answer:  The Trix Rabbit

The catch phrase he is associated with:  "Silly Rabbit, Trix are for kids".

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