Posts from April 2014
by Christal Blue posted Apr 30 2014 9:30AM
We were lucky enough to get a call from Cassadee Pope this morning, she's a busy girl!  Going on tour with Tim McGraw, she's released a new single, and she's involved with Outnumber Hunger.  Listen to the full interview:



THE OUTNUMBER HUNGER ANTHEM SONG – “GIVE ‘EM HOPE” 
“Give Em Hope” – available now on iTunes – supports the nationwide initiative OUTNUMBER HUNGER, recorded by top artists in Country music, and produced by James Stroud (on Big Machine Records)   This anthem song was written by Fancy Hagood & Megan James $0.62 (48%) of the song’s purchase price will be donated by Big Machine Records to Feeding America, to benefit local food banks across the country. Featuring 11 top Country artists: (in alphabetical order) Danielle Bradbery, Vince Gill, Lauren Jenkins, Toby Keith, Martina McBride, Cassadee Pope, Reba, The Band Perry, The Cadillac Three, Thomas Rhett, and Chris Young.

Find out more about Cassadee Pope HERE

 
by Christal Blue posted Apr 30 2014 9:08AM
Blake Shelton and Adam Levine's The Voice feud has moved up to a new level of crazy as Shelton tweeted out Levine's real cell phone number on Monday night. Shelton tweeted before the big reveal, "Ya'll! @adamlevine doesn't think I will actually tweet out his personal cell number… he's flirting with danger…" Minutes later, Blake tweeted, "HEY EVERYONE!!! Here it is: (310) 4---7---."

Alan Jackson has recorded "A Million Ways to Die," the title track from Universal Pictures and MRC’s upcoming comedy, A Million Ways to Die in the West, on the forthcoming Original Motion Picture Soundtrack for the film. The movie - which features Seth Macfarlane as the film's director, writer and co-star - features a score by Emmy Award-winning composer and conductor Joel McNeely, along with the new song sung by Jackson and written by McNeely and MacFarlane. The song debuted this week exclusively on www.ew.com and is available digitally today on Back Lot Music, with the album’s release to follow on May 27, both physically and digitally. The film arrives in theaters on May 30.

Brad Paisley recently wrote about his friend Carrie Underwood in Time magazine as a tribute to her, "I remember Carrie Underwood early on telling me how badly she wanted to earn her place in our industry. It was 2005, and she had just won ‘American Idol’ and had her first No. 1 song. Fast-forward to 2014. Not only has she earned her place, she’s also raised the bar: she’s a prolific songwriter, a trendsetter and an Opry member. But it’s her decency as a person that is so impressive." So impressive Brad says, "So many young girls want to be just like her. In that sense, I see hope for the world. If I had a daughter, nothing would make me happier than to hear her say she wanted to grow up to be like Carrie Underwood."

Craig Campbell has announced additional artists to join him at the "2nd Annual Celebrity Cornhole Challenge" taking place on Tuesday, June 3 in downtown Nashville. In addition to the previously announced Jerrod Niemann and Blackjack Billy, Lee Brice, Chase Rice, Parmalee and The Cadillac Three will join Campbell in his efforts to raise money and awareness for the T.J. Martell Foundation’s Colon Cancer research efforts. Tickets are still available. This year fans will be able to participate in the Cornhole tournament alongside their favorite artists. All proceeds from the auction will be going directly to the T.J. Martell Foundation’s Colon Cancer research efforts. (Photo Credit:  www.billboard.com)
by Christal Blue posted Apr 28 2014 9:20AM
Taylor Swift won multiple awards Saturday at the 2014 Radio Disney Music Awards, held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles.  Taylor won best musical collaboration, for "Everything Has Changed," featuring Ed Sheeran. Her followers, collectively known as "Swifties," were named the "fiercest fans."  The 2014 Radio Disney Music Awards aired as a TV special on Sunday night.

ERIC CHURCH is still fighting against the scummy ticket scalpers who are trying to rip off his fans. He CANCELLED the orders for 902 tickets that were bought illegally to his September 16th show in Minneapolis . . . and he put them back on sale to the public the same day.  He issued this statement:  "A lot of acts just want to sell as many tickets as they can and they don't care who they sell them to.  "I want my fans to be the ones who buy tickets to my shows, and I want scalpers to back off.  I can't stop ticket scalpers completely, but I can definitely make it harder for them."  Eric's not stopping there, either.  He plans to closely scrutinize ALL ticket orders for his "The Outsiders" World Tour.  So if you're planning to see him this year, do not buy your tickets from brokers or scalpers.

BRANTLEY GILBERT'S massive guns are shrinking as we speak.  He had to stop lifting weights because he's suffering from an umbilical hernia.  He said, quote, "I've got four tears in my stomach." Despite that, he's kind of in denial about it.  He adds, quote, "I think I legitimately got it from singing."  (Umbilical hernia happens when part of the intestine bulges through the muscle.  It comes from chronic straining, like, you know, lifting weights.) (Photo Credit: www.pinterest.com)

I'm sure there are plenty of country stars who DON'T hunt or fish . . . but I swear COLE SWINDELL is the first one to admit he's not into either.  It came up when he was asked if he's been hanging with LUKE BRYAN on their current tour.  He said, quote, "[Luke's] a huge hunter and fisher and I grew up playing more sports.  Heck, when I'm off I use my free time to just hang and maybe go to a game or watch sports.  I'm just more of a sports guy.  "It's funny, you sing country music and people think you're a huge hunter and fisher, but I just never really got into it."
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by Christal Blue posted Apr 25 2014 9:25AM
TIME magazine has named Carrie Underwood to the TIME 100, its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. The TIME 100 recognizes the activism, innovation and achievement of the world's most influential individuals who are using their ideas, visions and actions to transform the world. Carrie's longtime friend Brad Paisley serves as the guest writer for her profile in this year's issue. The full list and related tributes appear in the May 5 issue of TIME, which is available on newsstands and tablets today.

Kenny Rogers was one of last year's inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame, so it's only fitting that the legendary singer will be featured in a new exhibit coming to the Hall's museum later this year. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will pay tribute to Rogers with the cameo exhibition "Kenny Rogers: Through the Years," which opens in the museum's East Gallery on August 15, and runs through June 14, 2015. The biographical exhibit will chronicle the life and career of Kenny, who has charted a single in each of the last seven decades—including 21 number one country hits on Billboard. Rogers has also sold more than 100 million records worldwide and has one diamond album, 19 platinum albums, and 31 gold albums.

On Tuesday, the members of Rascal Flatts visited the young patients and their families at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital in Nashville to help brighten their day. The trio performed the songs "Fast Cars and Freedom," "My Wish," and "Rewind," and later posed for pictures with every family in attendance. Over the last decade, Rascal Flatts has donated more than $3 million to the hospital and they continue to support the program. Now, the trio has their sights set on raising money to fund research on premature babies. 

VINCE GILL was asked what he's been listening to NOW.  His answer may surprise you.  Or not.  He said, quote, "You're going to think I'm lying, but I listen to hip-hop.  I listen to jazz.  I listen to sports radio.  I listen to comedy.  I love the thought of hearing something I haven't heard before.  That's still magical to me, to find something I haven't heard before and be inspired by it."  Vince refuses to close himself off from any kind of music.  Quote, "I occasionally turn on one of those pop stations and go, 'What are the kids listening to?  Let me hear this KATY PERRY stuff and see why it’s so cool.  Any kind of artistry can be great, and at the end of the day you realize historically that all the things that were sustained had longevity because of great songs." (Photo Credit:  www.countryboss.com)
by Christal Blue posted Apr 24 2014 11:20AM
A big opening weekend is planned to kick off Miranda Lambert's new exhibit coming to The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum next month. The exhibition, dubbed "Miranda Lambert: Backstage Access", opens on May 16 and will run through November 9 of this year. The exhibit will explore a year in the life of Miranda, with the singer's own tweets providing the narrative thread of this journey through her life in 2013. There will also be gowns, stage costumes, awards and much more on display. Some of the items include a prototype of the Miranda by Miranda Lambert platinum-colored boots worn on the Platinum album cover and the Roberto Cavalli gown Lambert wore at the 2013 CMA Awards.

Clint Black has amassed some of the most faithful fans in the business over the years, and one of those fans has taken her dedication to the next level. The fan's name is Cee Cee DeHart and she has been to 99 of Clint’s shows throughout his career. As a way to say thank you for being so loyal, Clint is helping Cee Cee celebrate her 100th Clint Black show with an all-expense paid trip to come see him play. In a video message posted on his website, Black tells DeHart to pick any of the upcoming shows on his calendar and he will fly her out there, put her up in a hotel and pay for the ground transportation. Clint also said that Cee Cee will have to come backstage at the show to pose for a picture to commemorate the big occasion. Black said in the message, "Thanks for being such a great fan all these years, you're the best." (Photo credit:  www.gactv.com)

Fans from all over the world will travel to Nashville this June to take part in one of country music's biggest events of the year –CMA Music Festival. As a way to welcome all of these fans to Music City, the Grand Ole Opry will kick off its CMA Music Fest Week with two big shows featuring some the hottest acts in country music. The two star-studded concerts will take place on Tuesday, June 3 with performances by Carrie Underwood, Josh Turner, the Oak Ridge Boys, Terri Clark, Jennifer Nettles and Charlie Worsham. The 2014 CMA Music Festival will be held on June 5-8 in downtown Nashville.

CARRIE UNDERWOOD has been famous for almost 10 years . . . while THE SWON BROTHERSare just now getting into the game.  But they have a history that goes back to their college days.  ZACH SWON and Carrie were both in a country music theater class at Oklahoma's Northeastern State University.  Because it was at night, students were asked to take turns bringing food to share.  Zach says, quote, "Carrie worked at a place called Sam and Ella's Pizza, and it was awesome; it was right there by campus.  So every time it was her turn, that's what she would bring into the class."  As for Zach's contribution, bags and bags of Arby’s roast beef and cheddar sandwiches.
by Christal Blue posted Apr 23 2014 8:57AM
As media and friends gathered yesterday morning at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in downtown Nashville, the Country Music Association announced that Hank Cochran, Ronnie Milsap and Mac Wiseman will become the newest members of the revered Country Music Hall of Fame. Milsap will be inducted in the "Modern Era Artist" category, while Wiseman will be inducted in the "Veterans Era Artist" category. Cochran will be inducted in the "Songwriter" category. The inductions will increase membership in the coveted Country Music Hall of Fame from 121 to 124 members. The annual and official medallion ceremony (where the artists actually get inducted) will take place in October of this year. (Photo Credit:  www.ronniemilsap.com)

Miley Cyrus' has been through a lot of changes since she starred in the Disney Channel series Hannah Montana, and her godmother Dolly Parton doesn't want to see her new behavior affect her career. Miley has shocked some people with her lewd and racy conduct recently, and Parton doesn't want it to overshadow her talent. Dolly was especially concerned after one particular comment Miley made to her. Parton said, "One day, she'd had enough and told me: 'I need to murder Hannah Montana in order for people to accept who I really am. I think she felt she had to make that severe a change. And she obviously did."

According to The Post-Standard in Syracuse, New York, the local Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill at Destiny USA owes more than $189,000 in tax debt. The debt is related to taxes owed for 2013 and stems from sales taxes the restaurant collected from patrons but didn't forward to the state of New York. The tax warrant filed against Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill allows the state to collect the money owed through deductions from bank accounts. The state could also eventually seize the business. The restaurant opened its doors in 2013 and is located in the sixth largest shopping mall in the country. According to Forbes, Toby doesn't actually own the business. He has a licensing agreement with the restaurant that allows them to use his name.

GEORGE STRAIT added one more show to his Cowboy Rides Away tour.  On June 5th he'll be performing in Hidalgo, Texas.   Speaking of George, RONNIE DUNN joined him at Saturday's show in Tulsa, Oklahoma to perform "You Look So Good In Love" and "Amarillo By Morning".  

 
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: www.people.com)

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: www.kevinsharp.com)

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, Walmart.com 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: blogs.indiewire.com )

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:  www.nashville.com )

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:

 

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