by Christal Blue posted Jul 23 2014 8:32AM

When Garth Brooks' music does go digital soon, it's a good chance he will break Elvis Presley's record for albums sold. The USA Today speculates that he'll likely become the best-selling solo act in history almost immediately — even before he releases his first comeback single. Garth's digital music will be offered only through www.garthbrooks.com. He said at the recent Nashville press conference, "People are going to mistake (what I'm doing) for giving it away, but I'm not."

Kristian Bush made his solo debut at the Grand Ole Opry on Friday night. Bush stepped up to the microphone and took the opportunity to introduce his voice and new material to the live audience saying, "I feel so grateful, to the Opry for inviting me, to the audience who heard me use my voice, and to my brother for joining me in both writing this song and performing it on such a hallowed stage. It was an amazing experience, like a roller coaster I want to get back on." (Photo Credit: www.cmt.com )

Brad Paisley has commented on the woman being asked to move away from the stage because she was breast feeding real close to the pit with a very young baby at a California show. Brad says, "I don't know what she was doing, but according to police, it had nothing to do with breastfeeding at all. Nothing! There's no way I would take a 6-month old, or however old the baby is, into the pit at one of my concerts. It seems to me that she did the absolute wrong thing. And then, from what I saw in the video, they looked like they were kind. It didn't look like they were mean. They just said, 'get the baby out of here.' I just think that people are crazy. They do some crazy things. And they make some bad decisions. And that was in every way a bad decision. And I wish she would just learn from this, as opposed to pretending like being a victim."

Joe Nichols had to go back on tour shortly after he and his wife, Heather, welcomed their baby girl, Georgia Blue, nine weeks ago. Joe now wants Heather to just kick back, relax and say "Yeah," just like he sings about it in his latest hit, so he's taking her to the Bahamas in the next week for some R&R. Joe expects Heather to get some good sleep on the trip as well. This trip marks Joe's first time back to the Bahamas since singing at Anna Nicole Smith's funeral there in 2007. Joe could definitely use some downtime after undergoing back surgery just four weeks ago. Joe went against his doctors to return to the road just four days after surgery to repair an injury in his lower back from long-distance running.

by Christal Blue posted Jul 22 2014 8:33AM
Lorena Garcia is one of the Celebrity Chefs competing against home cooks on NBC's new show Food Fighters. Denny and Christal find out all about the show, and Christal can't help but mention her celebrity crush, the show's host, Adam Richman. In case you missed it, listen here:

by Christal Blue posted Jul 21 2014 9:07AM
Tim McGraw swatting at a fan at his show last week in Atlanta is all over the Internet. While McGraw himself hasn't commented on the incident where a female fan grabbed onto his leg and he appeared to slap her away and then had her escorted off by security, his Nashville rep did saying in a statement, "At the end of the night during the encore, Tim was singing out in the audience and someone firmly grabbed onto his leg and wouldn't let go as he was moving through the crowd. He instinctively swatted to try and keep them from ripping his jeans -- which they succeeded at doing! -- and so he could get to more fans who were trying to slap hands with him before the end of the show."

The teenagers sure do love them some Luke Bryan as a second wave of nominations were announced last week for the upcoming Teen Choice Awards and Bryan received an additional four nods. Luke's hot-selling "That's My Kind of Night Tour" was nominated for Choice Summer Tour. Bryan also received a nomination as Choice Summer Music Star: Male and two nods in the Country Choice Song category for "Play It Again," and "This Is How We Roll" with Florida Georgia Line. The Teen Choice Awards air August 10 on FOX. (Photo Credit: www.lukebryan.com )

On Saturday night on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry, Opry member Brad Paisley and former Rising Star contestant Sarah Darling performed Paisley's hit "Whiskey Lullaby." This was the fulfillment of the invitation he extended to Darling last week during the live broadcast of ABC's new hit singing competition Rising Star after she was eliminated from the show by just a fraction of a percentage in the votes. Brad introduced Darling before the performance, saying "Welcome home – back to the place you belong, Nashville, Tennessee." Darling responded, "There's no place like home."

Shania Twain was named Las Vegas Weekly's "Best Resident Performer" for their "Best of Vegas 2014" list. Twain returned to Las Vegas last week to begin the July run of her award-winning show, "Shania: Still the One" at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace. The star's return immediately followed two record-setting performances at this year's Calgary Stampede, as she is the first artist to sell-out two back-to-back shows there. Shania's Vegas show debuted in December 2012 and is a concert celebration that takes guests on a spectacular journey through the various stages of Shania's life and career. The high-energy production is a compilation of Shania's most celebrated hits and is designed to give audiences that intimate, only in Las Vegas concert experience.
by Christal Blue posted Jul 18 2014 11:48AM
Denny and Christal visit with Keifer Thompson of Thompson Square!

Keifer reveals his love of KISS and how even though they spend 24/7 together, he and wife Shawna never need more than a few FEET of space to cool off after a fight. In case you missed it this morning, listen to the whole interview here:

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by Christal Blue posted Jul 16 2014 9:25AM
Kip Moore is a passionate guy and this week he's been all over the news and Twitter fighting ticket scalpers who take his ticket prices and charge the fans double and triple for tickets to his shows. During one spat Moore had on Twitter he challenged one ticket scalper to meet him and hash it out in Florida. It's not clear if the scalper showed up, but Kip did call in to a radio show to defend his stance on ticket scalping. The debate went on for twenty minutes, with the show's host saying Justin makes money either way so why should he care? Justin said "that's not the way I see things. I never set out to make music to make lots of money, and when those scalpers take their opportunity to go in that show man it burns me, it rubs me really wrong."

As we mentioned yesterday, Garth Brooks is set to kick off his world tour and the first stop is Chicago. It will be the first time Garth has played Chicago in 17 years and the date is September 4, 7:30 PM at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois. Tickets will be on sale Friday, July 25th at 10:00 AM Central. There will be a six ticket limit per purchase. They can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com and will run you about $65.50.

Carrie Underwood will be splashed across movie theaters all over the country as NBC Sports Group today announced that on Friday, a new cinema spot starring Underwood performing "Waiting All Day for Sunday Night," the opening theme for primetime television's number one program,Sunday Night Football on NBC. The piece is a 2½-minute behind-the-scenes look at the making of this year's Sunday Night Football show open featuring Underwood and NFL stars. The announcement was made during NBC Sports Group's presentation at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour in Los Angeles. (Photo Credit: www.countrymusicislove.com )

Tyler Farr says of his chart topper – a song he co-wrote – "Whiskey In My Water" after learning of its success on top of the chart this week, "It is truly humbling and I am very grateful. I couldn't ask for a better management team and my record label staff at Columbia Records. And to the fans…Y'all are awesome! Thank you for making this happen, and especially to country radio for all of your continued support from the beginning. Any day I can wake up and play country music for a living is a good day to me. Thank you!"
by Christal Blue posted Jul 14 2014 9:11AM
A woman in California was asked to leave one of Brad Paisley's concert because she was breastfeeding her baby real close to the stage. The woman was at Paisley's concert in San Diego on Thursday night when an officer from the Chula Vista Police Department asked her to leave the area, saying the child could be crushed from a potential surge from the crowd or could be impacted from loud noise coming from speakers. After the woman posted a video on YouTube in protest, the police department wrote on its website, "The Chula Vista Police Department's involvement in the incident was due to the welfare and safety of the infant and not due to a mother's legal right to breastfeed in public."

Shania Twain returned to Canada this past Wednesday and Thursday night with two incredible sold-out shows during the Calgary Stampede. It has been ten years since the star has performed live in Canada. Each night 14,000 people packed the Scotiabank Saddledome to see Twain's high-energy performance, which showcased many of her greatest hits. Following her Calgary performances, Shania returned to the Las Vegas stage for her residency show, Shania: Still The One at The Colosseum at Caesars over the weekend. (Photo Credit: www.musicrow.com )

Tyler Farr sits on the top of the country charts this week with his second consecutive number one single "Whiskey in My Water" and the song has been certified gold. "Whiskey in My Water" has also surpassed over 3 million VEVO views and counting. Farr was just featured on Billboard's first ever Billboard Artist 100 Chart, landing at #93. The chart is the first-ever weekly ranking dedicated to measuring artist activity across our most influential charts, and blends album sales, track sales, radio airplay, streaming and social media fan interaction to provide a weekly multi-dimensional ranking of an artist's popularity across all the main means of music consumption. Tyler will be touring as part of Brantley Gilbert's just announced second leg of his "Let It Ride Tour."

Tomorrow, Garth Brooks enters the digital world as www.garthbrooks.com will offer his music catalogue for the first time digitally. Garth is the only artist whose music has never been for sale throuh digital media like iTunes. Garth addressed the digital music venture at last week's Nashville press conference, he said: "What's coming – I'm gonna tell you right now – people are going to mistake for giving it away, but I'm not. There's gonna be a window coming with this digital era, for anyone who's waited for Garth Brooks to go digital – to get it all at a stupid price.

by Christal Blue posted Jul 11 2014 9:00AM
Garth Brooks' big announcement yesterday afternoon was what most people expected that he's going to announce the first date of his "World Tour" next week and that he has signed a new record deal with Sony Music for a new album to be out quite soon and a single Garth hinted at going out at the end of this month. Under the new worldwide deal with Sony, Brooks will put out a new solo album on or about Black Friday in November through his own Pearl imprint in conjunction with Sony Music's RCA Nashville. Also, for the first time ever, Garth's catalogue of music and as well as the new studio album will be available digitally, exclusively through his website at www.GarthBrooks.com, beginning with catalogue content in the next few weeks. (Photo Credit: www.savingcountrymusic.com )

Craig Morgan has been named the national celebrity spokesperson for The Spirit of Blue Foundation. Craig says, "Our law enforcement officers put their lives on the line each and every day to keep us safe. I'm honored to be joining Spirit of Blue to help bring attention to their sacrifices and how we can help protect our men and women in blue." In that capacity, Morgan will appear in a new public service announcement, perform and speak at select events across the country and will spread the word about Spirit of Blue's work as he tours.

Carrie Underwood's The Sound of Music Live! and Blake Shelton's show, NBC's The Voice, are both up for Emmy Awards. The Sound of Music Live! is up for Outstanding Special Class Program, while The Voice is a finalist for Outstanding Reality-Competition Show. The Emmy Awards, hosted by Seth Meyers, will be held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles on Monday, August 25. NBC will air the ceremony live from coast to coast.

Country music songwriter Dallas Davidson was arrested in Nashville early Thursday after police were called to the Tin Roof restaurant/bar about a person "trying to fight everyone," according to a Metro Police report. When officers arrived, they found Davidson in front of the Tin Roof yelling obscenities and uttering racial and homophobic slurs. Davidson faces charges of public intoxication and disorderly conduct. He was released on his own recognizance. Davidson's credits include Luke Bryan's "That's My Kind Of Night," Lady Antebellum's "We Owned the Night" and Blake Shelton's "All About Tonight." He's also appeared on TNT's Private Lives of Nashville Wives.
by Christal Blue posted Jul 10 2014 9:23AM
In Case You Missed It: Very funny comedian Steve Marshall in the Comic Spotlight! Get more info on Steve by visiting his website www.dontbehave.com

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by Christal Blue posted Jul 10 2014 9:10AM
Well the story of Garth Brooks' five Ireland concerts being cancelled is back again and there's actually hope that Brooks will indeed travel to Dublin with show plans at the end of this month. Garth wrote in a letter to the promoter that was published yesterday in the Irish Independent. Brooks said, "Our guys are still en route and if there is any chance that the five planned concerts can be salvaged and nobody is being let down then we can proceed as planned until the refunds begin. If you think that for any reason that the 'powers that be' in Ireland can fix this, then I will faithfully go to the last second." Meanwhile, Ticketmaster has brought in extra staff to handle the unprecedentedly large refund process which will begin on Monday.

Carrie Underwood is set to headline the third annual Global Citizen Festival on the Great Lawn in New York City's Central Park on September 27. The concert will actually air live on MSNBC and msnbc.com beginning at 4pm ET that day and will be seen as a one-hour special on NBC-TV at 9 that same night. Other big names on the bill include Jay Z, No Doubt, fun., The Roots and Tiësto.

Rascal Flatts has cancelled the concert tonight scheduled in Oklahoma City due to an undisclosed illness of lead singer Gary LeVox. The band posted the news on Twitter and on their website saying an illness is affecting LeVox's vocal chords. Sheryl Crow and Gloriana were the opening acts scheduled for the date at OKC Downtown Airpark. No makeup date was announced. As of now, concerts planned for Austin and Dallas, Texas are still on schedule. (Photo Credit: www.tasteofcountry.com )

Miranda Lambert's compassion for animals and rescuing then goes pretty deep. As Lambert shared recently with The Huffington Post, she went out for a cherry limeade and came back with a new family member, "I found one of 'em at Sonic. Her name's Delta Dawn. Went to get a cherry limeade and came back with a dog. One was literally on the side of the road, starving. They're precious." While she loves picking up strays Miranda admits she's at her limit with six dogs at home.
by Christal Blue posted Jul 8 2014 12:35PM

Garth Brooks' fans have been waiting for an announcement that would happen on 7/7, which was yesterday, but to their disappointment it looks like they will be waiting until Thursday, when Brooks says he will hold a streaming press conference to let it all out of the bag. Speculation is still that he's announcing dates for a World Tour sometime this year. The press conference will play out at 12 PM ET at www.garthbrooks.com.

Meanwhile, Garth released a statement over the weekend about the two canceled Dublin, Ireland concerts saying, "I have faith that [the] Dublin City Council will make the best decision for the people of Ireland. For us, it is five shows or none at all. To choose which shows to do and which shows not to do, would be like asking to choose one child over another." City chiefs held an emergency meeting and even attempted to rebook the two canceled shows at another location – a move promoters say is logistically impossible since staging and lights were designed for the dimensions at Croke Park.

Blake Shelton often tells his story in tweets when he's blasting the tabloids for all the fiction they tell about he and his wife Miranda Lambert and when things are good, Blake also shares via Twitter. Such was the case yesterday when Shelton tweeted out, "Finishing up my last album in the next couple weeks." Not sure what he means by "last" but I'm sure he's only getting started when it comes to rolling out new music to fans. No word on when the new project is set for release.

Jake Owen brought the ultimate beach party to a new level this week with his gold certified "Beachin'" landing at the number one spot on both the Mediabase and Billboard Country Airplay Charts. The song marks Jake's fifth number one single at Country radio and fastest selling hit to date. "Beachin'" is from Owen's latest album Days Of Gold. Jake recently scored his first Teen Choice Awards nomination for Choice Male Country Artist. Fans ages 13-19 can vote once a day via www.teenchoiceawards.com with results airing August 10 at 8P ET on FOX. (Photo Credit: www.tasteofcountry.com )

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