by Christal Blue posted Aug 18 2014 9:40AM
Garth Brooks has beaten his personal record for tickets sold in Atlanta. The record was previously set at the Omni, March 13th -17th, 1996, with 81,902 paid tickets. Garth has now surpassed that number and is still selling. Garth is now the only artist to ever sell seven consecutive shows at the Philips Arena. The previous record was held by Elvis Presley, with four shows.

Kenny Chesney played to over 40,000 fans on Saturday at his Flora-Bama show on the beach. Fans came as far away as Oregon, Ohio, South Carolina, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Arizona to hear Chesney play his only concert of 2014. Chesney's 32-song set lasted two and a half hours. Mixing old favorites with some new songs. Filmed by Shaun Silva for a TV special this fall, Kenny and band took the tailgate vibe of his shows and distilled it. Bikinis, shorts, tank tops, sunburns and ball caps, the dress code was casual and the mood was great. (Photo Credit: www.newstinder.com )

Brad Paisley has been leaking songs from his new album, Moonshine in the Trunk, via Twitter for the past couple of weeks and he took it to a new level as he made a trip to NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida Saturday to launch a new song from a historic launch pad. Paisley stood on the surface of Launch Pad 39B, where a Saturn V rocket once launched three American astronauts to the moon, as he sent out a tweet to leak, "American Flag on the Moon." He tweeted, "I'm at @NASA's Apollo launch pad in FL! Leaking my new song, American Flag on the Moon." and included a link to the song.

The announcement of the final nominees for "The 48th Annual CMA Awards" will take over New York City on September 3 with host and CMA Award winner Darius Rucker. At daybreak, Rucker will perform "Homegrown Honey," the debut single from his upcoming new album to be released in early 2015. Rucker will also announce the final nominees in five CMA Awards categories live from the Good Morning America studios in the heart of Times Square on ABC.
by Christal Blue posted Aug 15 2014 9:19AM
Brad Paisley tells Billboard magazine this week that his upcoming album Moonshine In The Trunk, has a bit of everything on it and will hold its own against todays kind of country music. He says, "It'll fit in. It feels like modern honky tonk music to me. There's a lot of alcohol and a lot of talking about the weekend and a lot of celebrating what is right in life in spite of whatever is going wrong. That's kind of what honky tonk music always was. That will never die. That's who we are as a format. It's just new ways to say it." (Photo Content: www.billboard.com )

Luke Bryan welcomes Brantley Gilbert on the bill for his show at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia Friday night, and fans at the concert are in for a special treat from the two Georgia boys. The Philadelphia show is just the latest stadium date on Luke's That's My Kind of Night tour. Though the show has some similarities to his regular arena shows, Luke tries to make the most of playing such large venues. Lee Brice and Cole Swindell are also on the bill for Luke's big show in Philadelphia.

Kenny Chesney is primed and ready to entertain his fans at the Flora-Bama Lounge on the Gulf Coast this Saturday. He hasn't been on stage with his band in almost a year, so Kenny plans to keep the show loose and just have fun with it all, and there will be no set list. While the Flora-Bama show is free, fans have to have wristbands to get into the show. Those passes were all claimed very quickly after becoming available online a few weeks back. Of note, show organizers are asking fans without wristbands to stay away from the Flora-Bama this weekend. The show will be taped for a TV special, so fans who can't make it can look forward to seeing highlights at a later date.

Even more country stars have poured ice-cold water on themselves as the challenge to raise awareness of ALS sweeps the nation. Florida Georgia Line got in on the act at their Wednesday night show in Missouri. Video of FGL taking the challenge was posted online Thursday morning, and they called out none other than Garth Brooks to accept the ice bucket challenge. Keith Urban took the challenge then called out Eric Church, Tim McGraw and John Mayer to douse themselves with water next. Justin Moore, Luke Bryan and Lee Brice are among the other stars dousing themselves with cold water this week.

by Christal Blue posted Aug 14 2014 9:08AM
Luke Bryan isn't the only country superstar to take the ALS ice bucket challenge this week as on Tuesday Blake Shelton took the challenge along with Carson Daly from the Hollywood set of NBC's The Voice. After dumping water on each other, Shelton challenged Pharrell Williams, Gwen Stefani and his buddy Adam Levine, who happened to be there and did the challenge right away, then challenging his friend actor Robert Downey Jr. to take the challenge. Since the challenge began just a few weeks ago, it has raised more than 2 million dollars for the national ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) Association. (Photo Credit: www.tasteofcountry.com )

The Third Annual Eric Church Band "Put a Club in My Hand" Golf Tournament was held August 4 at Gaylord Springs Golf Links. The event raised $112,864 for MusiCares, the charitable arm of The Recording Academy which provides a safety net of assistance for those in the music industry to help with medical, financial and personal emergencies. The funds for the donation were raised through 160 registered golfers, more than 45 generous partners and a silent auction featuring items from artists including Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Easton Corbin, Florida Georgia Line, Colt Ford, Taylor Swift, and The Cadillac Three, as well as the Nashville Predators and multiple NFL, MLB, and NBA franchises.

Taylor Swift confirmed during a visit to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Wednesday that she'll be performing at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards on August 24. Swift was a promotion machine Wednesday night. In addition to making the VMA announcement, the 24-year-old singer also plugged her August 18 Yahoo! worldwide live stream event. Swift told Fallon, "There could be one announcement or there could be multiple announcements." It's most likely details about her brand-new album, or perhaps of the first single from that album. The live stream begins at 5 p.m. Eastern time.

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill's youngest daughter Audrey McGraw – who is just 12-yeard-old - may just be the next superstar in the family as a video has been circulating around the web of the youngest McGraw singing the Dixie Chicks' "Traveling Soldier" and this girl can sing. The performance was an impromptu one before one of Tim's concerts last month in Arkansas.

by Christal Blue posted Aug 13 2014 9:00AM
Garth Brooks met with Ticketmaster recently and decided that he was adding two new concert dates for Atlanta. The shows will be Saturday, September 20, 10:30 PM and Sunday, September 21, 7:30 PM at the Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. Garth said, "I couldn't ask for a better partner. Ticketmaster's scalper screening system is a wonderful idea...with that said, all I saw were tickets on every scalping site and the people that just wanted to come to the show could not get in. The folks at Ticketmaster were totally devoted to achieving our mutual goal ....that the on sale this Saturday runs faster and creates an easier process for people who want to come to the show." Tickets will be on sale this Saturday for the new shows.

Dierks Bentley announced that a second leg has been added to his "2014 Riser Tour." The 20 city run begins October 2 in Stockton, California and runs through the end of the year with special guests Randy Houser and Eric Paslay on the US dates and Houser and rising Canadian artist Tim Hicks on the stops north of the border. Dierks says, "It's going to be tough to top this summer, but every night I get more excited and don't want this run to end. I'm just living in the moment as much as I can and taking it all in."

Alan Jackson will take the stage at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum as its 2014 Artist-in-Residence on October 8 and 22. Both Wednesday night concerts start at 7:00 p.m. in the museum's new 800-seat CMA Theater. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Monday, September 8. A limited number of pre-sale tickets will be available to museum and Alan Jackson fan club members beginning Friday, September 5 at 10:00 AM. (Photo Credit: www.tasteofcountry.com)

Luke Bryan is taking his beachfront concerts to a new level with the Crash My Playa musical event, January 23 through 27, 2015 in Mexico. Florida Georgia Line, Cole Swindell, Dustin Lynch, and Eric Paslay are among the other stars performing at the destination event in Riveiera Maya on the Yucatan Peninsula. The five-days, four-night package is all-inclusive, with resort accommodations, entrance to each night's beachfront concert, and a beach towel and beach bag. For more information, go to CrashMyPlaya.com. Citi card members can also take part in a pre-sale starting August 19 at CitiPrivatePass.com.
by Christal Blue posted Aug 12 2014 8:57AM
Many country stars tweeted about the death of beloved actor Robin Williams yesterday. Reba McEntire – who knew Williams - shared a memory of the actor on her Facebook page. It read as follows: My favorite memory of Robin Williams was from Muhammad Ali's Celebrity Fight Night. I was the em-cee at the benefit dinner/auction, trying to get everyone to take their seats so we could start the show but not having much success. Jim Carrey jumps up on his chair at the head table and says, "Hey!! Do you know who that is? That's Reba McEntire! Now sit down and shut up!" Robin at the other end of the head table, stands on his chair and says the same thing but in a foreign language! The crowd loved it, laughed and found their seats. I was speechless and in awe of these very talented wonderful men. I will miss Robin so much, as we all will. Thank God we have so many wonderful memories of him, his wit, talent, big heart and generosity. Love you Robin, Reba

Many Country Artists posted Tweets after hearing of Robin's death, including:
Rascal Flatts: We are completely awestruck by the death of @robinwilliams. He was a great man, comedian & a joy to be around. He will be truly missed. Sheryl Crow: I am so sad to hear about Robin Williams. I only knew him and his family a little, but I know he was well loved and will be missed. RIP. Grand Ole Opry: Saddened to hear about Robin Williams. His work made us all laugh until we cried. Prayers with his family. The Band Perry: "Oh Captain, my Captain..." Forever in our hearts. (Photo Credit: Associated Press)

Taylor Swift will be sharing some news next week on August 18 as she teams up with Yahoo! For a world worldwide live stream at 5PM ET in New York City. No official word yet on what she'll say, but in 2012 in August she had a similar chat with fans and announced a brand new single from her then yet-to-be released Red album. It's a good chance the chat will be about new music.

Lady Antebellum are set to headline the Jack Daniel's New Year's Eve Bash on Broadway. Nashville will once again offer one of the biggest New Year's Eve celebrations in the country with a free concert and Nashville's own midnight "Music Note Drop." Lady A's Hillary Scott says, "We're so looking forward to celebrating New Year's this year in our hometown. It's such a magical time of year, so getting to be home with our friends, family and all of Nashville downtown on Broadway will be such a fun way to ring in 2015!"

by Christal Blue posted Aug 11 2014 9:34AM
A few country stars won at last night's Teen Choice Awards in Los Angeles: Taking home Choice Male Country Artist - Hunter Hayes, Choice Female Country Artist - Taylor Swift, Choice Country Group - Lady Antebellum, and Choice Country Song – "This is How We Roll" - Florida Georgia Line featuring Luke Bryan

Jason Aldean has been dating girlfriend Brittany Kerr for a while now and he's getting tired of his followers unleashing their fury in comments when he posts anything about his new girl. After posting a snapshot of his now girlfriend, Aldean wrote, "So sick of people judging me and @brittanylkerr over things they know nothing about. I have made mistakes but I am a better person because of it, and wouldn't change a thing." Jason - who filed for divorce from wife Jessica Ussery in 2013 – not long after being photographed kissing Brittany.

Luke Bryan rocked his performance in Central Park Friday morning on Good Morning America's "Summer Concert Series" becoming the show's largest concert of the summer as fans began lining up at 2pm Thursday. #LukeBryanOnGMA trended #1 worldwide before and after the show. Bryan performed for another crowd of fans on Sunday when he took his "That's My Kind of Night Tour" to Boston's Gillette Stadium for the second of four stadium dates set for this summer. His June concert in Pittsburgh's Heinz Field made history by setting an all-time country record for sold tickets with more than 50,000 fans in attendance.

Dustin Lynch has had a good week as he surpassed the one million Facebook "likes" milestone. Lynch's new album Where It's At will be in stores on September 9. Dustin celebrated the digital media landmark by cannonballing into the pool of a downtown Nashville rooftop. Watch Lynch's message to fans (and the cannonball) click here (Photo Credit: Dustin Lynch Meet & Greet at CVL 8/1/14)

by Christal Blue posted Aug 5 2014 9:19AM
Taylor Swift likes to give her fans clues about her upcoming music and has done just that before the release and announcement of her last few albums. Well, it appears to be that time again as on Monday, Swift uploaded a very short video to Instagram along with the message, "So, here's your first clue..." The video shows Taylor pushing an elevator button reading '18' six times. So 18 is the magic number for details to come on Swift's very own timeline.

Frankie Ballard is preparing for his first headlining run on his very own "Light "Em Up Tour" as part of the exclusive Live Nation Ones To Watch with Skype tour that taps today's hottest emerging artists. The tour kicks off October 19 in Minneapolis, and makes 19 stops through cities across the country. Ballard has opened for Jake Owen, Rascal Flatts, Kenny Chesney, Taylor Swift and longtime idol Bob Seger.

Chase Rice has been chosen as NRA Country's Featured Artist for August. The announcement comes during a busy time, as he preps to launch his highly-anticipated new studio album, Ignite The Night, set to release August 19. Rice is also poised to make his late-night national TV debut on NBC's Late Night with Seth Meyers on Wednesday. As part of the NRA Country promotion, fans can check out an exclusive behind-the-scenes video clip of Rice in a off-road adventure at NRACountry.com. While there, fans can register to win the ultimate "Americaning Prize Package" including: an autographed Ignite The Night CD, T-Shirt, beach towel, sunglasses, trucker hat, water bottle, and koozies. (Photo Credit: www.countryweekly.com )

Keith Urban welcomed his fellow American Idol judges Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick, Jr., to his hometown of Nashville Sunday and Monday to tape the show's Music City audition round. Though they had little free time, Keith was full of suggestions about which Nashville hotspots Jennifer and Harry might want to check out. His recommendations included Robert's Western World on Lower Broadway and Pinewood Social, a restaurant with a bowling alley and private karaoke rooms. Keith also wanted them to check out the Country Music Hall of Fame, but he was mostly thankful the weather was pretty while his pals were in town. Highlights from the Nashville auditions will be shown on the next season of American Idol, premiering next year.
by Christal Blue posted Aug 4 2014 9:49AM
Brad Paisley was so moved by the story of the North Carolina doctor with Ebola after the doctor gave a serum treatment to his friend that he has dedicated a song from his upcoming Moonshine In The Trunk album to him. Paisley tweeted about Dr. Kent Brantly on Saturday, "I'm moved by the Christian Dr. Fighting Ebola who gave the serum to his friend. So Here's a bonus track. For him." The song is called "Me and Jesus."

Keith Urban has responded to all the problems, arrests and even a reported rape that occurred during his concert last week in the Boston area. The Mansfield concert on July 26 saw the hospitalization and arrest of many concert-goers for alcohol-related issues. Later, news broke that an 18-year-old man was charged with raping a 17-year-old girl on the lawn of the Xfinity Center. Urban wrote on his website over the weekend, "My team and I were horrified to learn of the events reported in Boston this past weekend and our hearts and prayers go out to all those affected. This type of behavior stands in stark contrast to the spirit of our shows."

Blake Shelton revealed that his next album will be titled Bringing Back the Sunshine and the new project – his 11th album to date – will be released on September 30. No track listing has yet been released but according to Rolling Stone, the album is being produced again by Shelton's longtime producer Scott Hendricks.

It looks as though Taylor Swift may have a new boyfriend although the photographers have yet to catch up with the new couple. Swift's new alleged beau is an Aussie actor named Brenton Thwaites who appears alongside Taylor in the new movie The Giver, which stars other Hollywood stars such as Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep. In an interview with a teen magazine Thwaites said of Swift, "She's pretty funny, but an Aussie's sense of humor is a whole new kettle of flies. A couple of jokes on my behalf went AWOL. The dating rumors about the two stars were sparked when she was seen spending time with Thwaites at the Toronto Film Festival. (Photo Credit: www.usmagazine.com )
by Christal Blue posted Jul 30 2014 9:04AM
Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood have decided to put their ranch-style beach home in Malibu, California on the market for a cool $7.5 million, according to Variety. The couple purchased the 4,236 square foot home in June of 2008 for $4.95 million. Variety reports that the four bedroom 3.5 bathroom house was extensively remodeled in 2007. This report comes several months after Trisha announced that she and Garth would be moving to Nashville to spend more time in the city. Garth owns several acres of land in Goodlettsville, Tennessee, which is just north of Nashville.

Eric Church released his latest album, The Outsiders, back in February, but he's not launching the world tour behind the album until September. That's given him plenty of time to rehearse and really get excited about playing these new songs live.  To round out the bill, Eric has invited one of his heroes, Dwight Yoakam, as well as a brand-new duo, to open his shows, Brothers Osborne.  Critically-acclaimed singer/songwriter Brandy Clark will also open a few shows on Eric's tour, which kicks off September 11 in Louisiana.

Miranda Lambert and Crystal Light have partnered to create the United States' first-ever "playable poster" to give fans a chance to listen to her latest album, Platinum.  The new technology will be on display at stops on Miranda's Platinum tour. The Crystal Light poster uses conductive ink to sends a signal to a tiny processor that sends the music through a mega-watt speaker attached to the back of the poster.  Miranda's Platinum tour continues through October.

Justin Moore is giving fans a first look at his new baby daughter, Rebecca Klein, at People.com. The little one was born two weeks ago, and Justin's older daughters, four-year-old Ella Kole and two-and-a-half year old Kennedy Faye, have already fallen in love with the bundle of joy.  Things have been pretty low-key since Justin and his wife, Kate, brought Klein home.  Justin and his family live in his home state of Arkansas. (Photo Credit:  www.people.com )
by Christal Blue posted Jul 28 2014 9:28AM
Tickets to see Garth Brooks on his first comeback tour date in Chicago in September were in such high demand, Brooks had one show planned but now nine more shows have been added. Garth has shattered his previous ticket sales for Chicago. It will be the first time Brooks has played Chicago in 17 years. On October 21-26 and December 18-19, 1997, he set a personal record in Chicago when he sold 141,717 paid admissions. "The Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood" will begin September 4 at 7:30pm. Subsequent dates in Chicago are September 5th,6th, 11th, 12th, 13th, and 14th – with some dates hosting an early and a late show at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois. (Photo Credit:  www.theboot.com )

Brad Paisley and his wife Kimberly Williams-Paisley have been together for more than a decade with two boys and according to Brad, their happy marriage will stand the test of time. When asked about the secret to a long marriage, Brad says "I don’t know if there’s a secret. I think you have to have the same sort of priorities and outlook. You’re sharing a car. You’ve got to want to be going to the same place. You have to decide early on that failure’s not an option and that you’re going to evolve together. You’re going to change. We’ve been together now for a decade. You’re going to change. I’m so different than the total hillbilly she met."

It was bound to happen, the fan that Tim McGraw slapped at the Atlanta concert a few weeks ago is now considering legal action and wants a personal apology from McGraw. The female fan's lawyer, Eric Hertz, told TMZ that the she feels "humiliated" after the incident and wants an apology from the country star. Her lawyer adds that she was not trying to harm McGraw when she touched his leg during the show, which took place at Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood. He adds that the show had an "interactive environment" that she was responding to.

Several people at a Keith Urban show in Mansfield, Massachusetts fell ill and emergency workers were called to the scene where officials said alcohol consumption was the likely cause. Ambulances arrived from six cities to help at the Saturday night concert at the Xfinity Center, just outside of Boston. At about 9 PM, Mansfield fire officials declared a mass casualty incident at the concert venue, which typically indicates a large number of people with potential illnesses or injuries. It’s being reported that officials requested help for a 16-year-old boy with an unspecified injury who was unresponsive.

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