Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Keith Urban Back To Judge For American Idol

It will be his third season, which begins airing after the first of the year.

Urban, along with Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr. and Ryan Seacrest (as host), are currently crisscrossing the country for the audition process. Last year’s judges’ panel seemed to really click and they all became friends, and Keith says it feels like no time has passed since they were behind the desks. The “Somewhere in My Car” singer has also noticed some great talent coming through this year.

“This season, I think we’re finding some really strong talent,” says Keith. “It’s all [in] the journey. You find these diamonds in the rough, or sometimes you just find straight-out [snaps] diamonds, and I love watching the journey of them.”

Keith is nominated for four CMA Awards this year, including Entertainer, Male Vocalist, Album of the Year for Fuse and Musical Event of the Year for “We Were Us” with Miranda Lambert. The 48th Annual CMA Awards will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena November 4th at 8pm ET

Monday, October 20, 2014

Maddie & Tae Can Kill Some Serious Time On Pinterest

The duo have been on the road a lot promoting their debut single, “Girl in a Country Song,” and one of the ways they like to kill time while they’re traveling is by checking out the Pinterest app on their phones.

Tae admits she’s one Pinterest and Twitter way too much. Maddie also loves Pinterest and she says, “I pin a lot of home d├ęcor stuff that I wish I could make that I really can’t, like a bunch of DIY stuff that I wish I could do but I never have time. That, and I love pinning recipes that I never get around to cook, but I still love it (laughs).”

Perhaps one day their schedule will slow down enough that Maddie & Tae can actually make some of the crafts and recipes they love pinning.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

NEWS AND NOTES: Keith, Little Big Town, Strait, Lady A, Kacey, Luke, Dierks

Keith Urban picked up two ARIA Award nominations (Australia’s version of The Grammy Awards). He’s up for Best Country Album (for Fuse) and Best Live Act (for his Light The Fuse Tour). In the States, he’s nominated for several CMA Awards, including Entertainer, Male Vocalist, Album of the Year (for Fuse) and Musical Event of the Year for “We Were Us” with Miranda Lambert.

You can cruise the high seas with Little Big Town during the 2015 Carnival LIVE concert series. The band will perform three times on the “Fun Ships” in Nassau (March 30th, 31st and April 1st). Visit www.carnival.com/CarnivalLIVE for more information.

George Strait is featured cover-to-cover in a new commemorative “bookazine” that was just released by the Academy of Country Music. The collector’s edition celebrates the Country Music Hall of Famer’s career, life (including exclusive photos from his Texas ranch), behind-the scenes and much more. The “bookazine” is on newsstands now.

Lady Antebellum and Kacey Musgraves will be among the artists performing on the new ABC TV Special, Countdown to the CMA Awards: 15 Songs That Changed Country Music next month. The special, which is hosted by Robin Roberts and also features Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley, Darius Rucker, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Florida Georgia Line, Hunter Hayes, Rascal Flatts and Martina McBride, will air Monday, November 3rd at 10pm ET on ABC.

Lady Antebellum are together again with Stevie Nicks. They appear on the song “Blue Water” from the legendary performer’s new album, 24 Karat Gold.

  -- Universal Music/Nashville

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Glen Campbell and His Family Featured On NBC-TV This Week

Already one of the most acclaimed documentaries of the year ahead of its October 24 release, GLEN CAMPBELL…I’LL BE ME, will give movie-goers an intimate look at the life and musical legacy of Country music icon Glen Campbell and his family. Directed by James Keach (Walk The Line) and produced by Trevor Albert (Groundhog Day), the film shows the three-year period after Glen’s diagnosis with Alzheimer’s disease.

Landing the first interview with Glen and his family in advance of the documentary premiere, NBC Nightly News will air the special segment tomorrow (10/7) while TODAY will feature another portion of the interview on Wednesday (10/8). The piece was filmed in Nashville with NBC News correspondent Cynthia McFadden with Jake Whitman serving as producer of the package.

Additionally, a music video for Glen’s final recording, “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” will first appear on NBCNews.com today

The Hollywood Reporter’s film critic Scott Feinberg recently said this of Oscar documentary contenders: “I’m not sure any can match James Keach’s Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me, a gut-punching look at what Alzheimer’s Disease has done to the titular music legend — and the remarkable way in which the 78-year-old and his loved ones have conducted their lives since his diagnosis in 2011.”

The GLEN CAMPBELL…I’LL BE ME SOUNDTRACK EP fro Big Machine Records is now available at all digital music retailers. The five-song set includes Glen’s final recording, “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” a cover of “Gentle On My Mind” by The Band Perry, an original song and performance by daughter Ashley Campbell and two LIVE performances from his final tour stop at the Ryman Auditorium.

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