Monday, January 31, 2011

Toby Keith’s OK Kids Korral to Help Children With Cancer

Toby Keith is funding a new cause, the OK Kids Korral, which is a branch of the Toby Keith Foundation that targets the specific needs of children with cancer.

The OK Kids Korral provides a housing solution where pediatric cancer patients and their families can stay for free while they’re receiving treatment at the Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center in Oklahoma, and it is working in partnership with Ally’s House, Keith’s charity that gives financial help to children with cancer. For more information, head to Keith’s official site.

Rascal Flatts’ Gary LeVox Gets Fit With the Shake Weight

Gary LeVox from Rascal Flatts has a personal fitness trainer named Wes, and he has a secret about Gary that he’s sharing. In order to stay in shape on tour, LeVox has the latest infomercial craze, the Shake Weight, on his bus.

“Y’all can make fun if you want to, but the Shake Weight is the real deal, I’m telling you,” LeVox insists in the video, which was uploaded to YouTube. “I don’t even have the man version — I got the chick version, like two-and-a-half pounds. Don’t say anything. It works.”

This past weekend, the guys taped their live show from St. Paul, Minn.’s Xcel Energy Center that will air as a special on March 12 on ABC.  

Ronnie Dunn’s First Solo Single - “Bleed Red”

Ronnie Dunn’s first single from his upcoming solo album will hit radio on January 30th. You can get a sneak peak of “Bleed Red” on now. The song was written by Tommy Lee James and Andrew Dorff.

“This song knocked me out from the first listen. I genuinely felt the spirit of the lyrics in my gut. It’s a really big song, and it needed to be sung,” Dunn said. You can purchase the song from digital retailers on February 8th.

Reba McEntire Blogs With Update

Reba has been keeping fans updated lately through her official blog.  You can read her most recent post below and read back on her other posts HERE.

Update: Good news!!  I’m on my 2nd lesson for Spanish!  That still doesn’t make it right for someone to come up to me and start speaking perfect Spanish and expect me to understand them, okay!!!!????  This will take a little longer than I expected but what I’m very surprised about is, I love it!!!  I’m having a great time learning!

On another note, I’ve had this week off reading and enjoying life!  Mama gave me a book about Rhett Butler’s family, fiction of course, but being a huge fan of “Gone With The Wind”, I’m loving every minute of it.  I also finished a book Chris Rich had recommended to me entitled,  ”A Reliable Wife”.  I have to say I like reading about Rhett better.

We’re taping the video for “If I Were A Boy” this week so keep your fingers crossed for all of us that it goes smoothly and as planned.  Then we’ll be in Florida for three shows with George and LeeAnn.

Hope to see you all soon,

‘American Idol’ Judge Steven Tyler Welcomes Country Music

Steven Tyler is fine with country music. In a recent interview with ‘FOX and Friends‘ about his high-profile new gig, Tyler is asked about his feelings about the country genre.

“It’s not like that other guy who said, ‘I hate country,’” Tyler says. “Come on, that’s the one thing that turned me off about the show, when Simon passed on this kid, saying, ‘Besides which I hate country. Not my cup of tea.’”

“If I am judging music, you don’t judge the genre … sorry,” he adds. Country music leaning contestants, like Paris Tassin — who was introduced to ‘Idol’ viewers last week with an emotional performance of Carrie Underwood‘s ‘Temporary Home’ — have a friend in open-minded judge Steven Tyler this season.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Jewel and Ty Murray Will Be Having a “Buckaroo”

Jewel and husband Ty Murray have confirmed that they are indeed having a baby boy.

“We would have been happy either way, of course, but we are so excited to be having a little boy,” Jewel tells PEOPLEJewel, 36, had been attempting to get pregnant for two years prior.

Don Henley of the Eagles at Work on Country Album

Don Henley is reportedly in the studio working on a solo country album.

Henley, was with the Eagles throughout the ’70s and then began a two decade career as a multi-platinum hit machine on his own when the band broke up in 1980, reunited with his legendary bandmates in 1994.

The group has focused largely on touring, but did release a double album, ‘Long Road out of Eden,’ in 2007. The Eagles will be touring the Far East and Europe much of this spring, beginning with a Feb. 20 date in Bangkok. 

Julianne Hough As Ariel Moore In “Footloose” Opening October 14, 2011

Julianne Hough stars in the upcoming remake of the 1980s film Footloose. Julianne plays Ariel Moore in the film, which hits theaters October 14, 2011. 

Zac Brown Band Isn’t Afraid to Fail

Other bands would love to have the success the Zac Brown Band has had with only two albums. Now, they’re sharing one of the secrets to their success so far. 

Drummer Chris Fryer says “you have to be willing to fail miserably in order to succeed greatly.” And he says they’re “just not afraid to fail.” Fry adds “if something falls short, great, we’ll fix it and see to it that it doesn’t fall short again.” 

Clay Walker Announces Second Annual MS Benefit Concert

Clay Walker will host his second annual Multiple Sclerosis (MS) benefit concert at the Wildhorse Saloon in March. 

Clay, who was diagnosed with relapsing-remitting MS in 1996, puts much focus and energy each year into doing his part to raise funds for MS research. He founded BAMS in order to provide educational information and to fund research for MS in hopes of finding a cure to the disease. 

Chords of Hope: The Clay Walker MS benefit concert is scheduled for Wednesday, March 2. Tickets to the event range from $15.50 to $150 and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased by calling 615-902-8211 or by visiting the Wildhorse Saloon's website. Proceeds from the concert will go toward MS research at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Sugarland Start Little Miss Project With Help of Loyal Fan

Sugarland with their current single, 'Little Miss,' that is causing fans to speak out in viral video. 

A loyal listener named Erica, that she created the Little Miss Project, and captured it all on video.

In the short film, individuals start out by sharing what Sugarland means to them personally, and then segue into holding up signs about the obstacles they're facing, like "I overcame anorexia, it didn't overcome me," and "My biggest fear was losing my pregnancy again." As the video continues, the signs change from sharing their difficulties to sharing how they overcame their struggles. Watch the Little Miss Project video here.

The beautiful video prompted Jennifer and Kristian to start the Little Miss Project, inviting people all over the world to share their own stories via video, which could then be shared on their official website. Videos can be uploaded here.

The Grammy-nominated pair have extended their Incredible Machine Tour into 2011, making stops in Texas, Florida and Tennessee. 

Brad Paisley "H2O Frozen Over Tour" Is Underway

Brad Paisley is back on the road. Thursday he launched the winter portion of his "H2O Tour," which carries the mores seasonably appropriate title "H2O Frozen Over Tour".

Brad will keep his trek "frozen" with concerts in Canada later this month. The thaw could begin with some shows across the South next month, starting in Atlanta on February 10th. Paisley will wrap up the road trip back home, with a concert at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on February 26th.

Darius Rucker, who opened dates for Brad on the "H2O Tour" last spring and summer, is once again on the bill. Jerrod Niemann will also perform.

Toby Keith Set to Appear at the PBR Iron Cowboy Invitational

The Professional Bull Riders have added Toby Keith to the Iron Cowboy Invitational at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Feb. 19, 2011.

Toby will perform prior to the world’s top-ranked bull riders and the fiercest bucking bulls taking the field for an action-packed event. Tickets start at $35 and are available at the Cowboys Stadium box office, Ticketmaster or by telephone at (800) 745-3000. 

Eddie Montgomery’s Doctor: “Cancer Was Completely Excised” – On USO TOUR

In a statement released on Montgomery Gentry‘s website, Eddie Montgomery’s doctor, Thomas Kirk Slabaugh, Jr, MD has revealed that Eddie is cancer-free.

“Mr. Montgomery underwent successful robotic surgery for prostate cancer in December,” he states. “His cancer was completely excised and he will not require further treatement for his prostate cancer in the future. Mr. Montgomery has benefited greatly from early detection of prostate cancer with PSA screening.”

Montgomery Gentry made their first public appearance since Eddie’s successful surgery Friday night at the Grand Ole Opry.  Yesterday, the duo embarked on a trip to Seoul, South Korea and Okinawa, Japan to perform for troops and their families as part of an eight day USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour.

Lionel Richie Preps Country Duets Album

He's written some massive country hits for other artists; now Lionel Richie is going country himself.

Come this summer, CMT reports that the Lionel will establish himself on country turf, with the release of his album of country duets with an illustrious bevy of country stars.

According to producer Tony Brown, Richie has so far completed duets with Darius Rucker ('Stuck on You'), Tim McGraw ('Sail On'), Kenny Rogers ('Lady'), Willie Nelson ('Easy'), Little Big Town ('Deep River Woman'), Blake Shelton ('You Are'), and Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band ('All Night Long'). Yet to be recorded are duets with Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles and the Zac Brown Band. Brown anticipates a summer release for the album. 

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Alan Jackson And Sony Music Nashville Part Ways

SONY MUSIC NASHVILLE has announced that they have ended their association with Arista artist Alan Jackson.

According to the statement from SONY: “In an amicable parting, SONY confirms that ALAN has delivered his final recordings to the company and wishes him well."

The 52-year-old singer has spent most of his recording career on the Sony-owned Arista Nashville imprint, signing a contract in 1989 and releasing his first album in 1990. The partnership has yielded dozens of No. 1 hits for the traditional country singer, the 2003 Country Music Association entertainer of the year. 

The Sony statement says Jackson has delivered "his final recordings" to the label but does not elaborate.

Rascal Flatts Planning “Flatts Fest” Is Well Underway

Rascal Flatts‘ Joe Don Rooney revealed to CMT Radio that the group is planning a multi-artist music festival, called “Flatts Fest,” for July of 2011.

“It’s definitely going to be a multiple-artist bill for sure,” Rooney said. “It’s going to be some big names. It’s going to be a lot of fun. It’s just going to be a big party.”

“Country really hasn’t had like a Lollapalooza. There’s a Buzzfest that happens here in Nashville. There’s Ozzfest that happens nationally. … We [thought], ‘Let’s do a Flatts Fest. Let’s invite some big name artists out and just have fun and let the fans enjoy a big day of music, a big night.”

While no specific information about “Flatts Fest” has been announced or confirmed, Rooney says, “It’ll be a blast.” 

Country Music Stars Continue to Support the Boot Campaign

The Boot Campaign was inspired by retired US Navy SEAL and author of the book Lone Survivor, Marcus Luttrell. The campaign is a way for Americans to give back and say thank you to our armed forces.

Country music stars involved include: legends like George Jones, Oak Ridge Boys, Jan Howard, Mel Tillis, Lee Greenwood and Charlie Daniels, along with hit-makers Josh Turner, Phil Vassar, Joe Nichols, Randy Houser, Gretchen Wilson, Little Texas, Joe Diffie, Jamie O’Neal, Heidi Newfield, Justin Moore, Chuck Wicks, Colt Ford, Randy Rogers Band, Eli Young Band, Derek Sholl, Joey + Rory and Jack Ingram. For more information about The Boot Campaign, please visit:

Gretchen Wilson Calls Kanye West an ‘A—’ – Gossip Report

Gretchen Wilson was the target of West’s ire in 2004, when he stormed out of the American Music Awards after she bested him in the new artist competition. He subsequently told the press, “I feel like I was definitely robbed … I was the best new artist this year.”

Wilson and West eventually made up, but that truce may end now that the subject reared its head again when CMT reported that Wilson reportedly commented on West’s continued bratty behavior at Wednesday’s Grammy nominees party in Nashville.

“His adrenaline was going and he gets very … he’s a very passionate person, you know?” Wilson mused before opening up about how she really feels. She continued, “What am I talkin’ about? I don’t know him. I don’t know him at all. I think he’s an a— really for acting like that. He really is. He makes quite a spectacle. So grow up! Quit being such a baby! You know, if somebody beats you, it’s because they deserve to beat you. And I don’t know if you remember all the way back to the first time. I outsold you, bro! Do your homework.”

Wilson also takes a bit of pride in knowing that she was West’s “first” — as in the first to incite him. She said, “It’s kinda cool for me to know that I was the first. Kanye, just remember, I was your first. And I’m not above kicking your a—.”

Gloriana Brothers Mike and Tom Gossin’s Father Suffers Heart Attack

Gloriana members Tom and Mike Gossin father suffered a heart attack early yesterday morning.

Mike took to the band’s Twitter today and said, “One of the toughest days in my life. Please keep our dad in your prayers. He had a heart attack last night at 5AM.”

This devastating news comes just days after Tom Gossin’s release from the hospital for knee surgery. 

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Brad Paisley’s Son Huck Is A Caped Crusader

The Paisley Behind The Mask: Is Huck Paisley.  With all the “Hero” shows on TV these days including No Ordinary Family on ABC, The Cape on NBC and the #1 movie in the country being “The Green Hornet”.  It’s understandable.

Many celebrities disguise their children in public, but the Batman mask on Brad Paisley's son Huck isn't an attempt to protect his privacy. It's more like his superhero internship. "Huck's been wearing his Batman costume for a while," Paisley says. "I'm not kidding. He goes everywhere in it. [One time] people came up, this happened out in California, and they saw him in his Batman mask eating at a restaurant. They said, 'We just wanted to say we're really big fans. Do you make him wear that so people can't see his face? Like Michael Jackson?' And I went, 'Yup.'"

Dierks’ New Old ’67 Camaro Goes Up in Flames

Tuesday night, Dierks Bentley‘s prized ’67 Camaro — which he’d only driven three times — caught on fire outside a Nashville bar.

Charles Kelley, Bentley’s good friend from Lady Antebellum, was with him at the time. “He wanted to see my new ’67 Camaro. We walked back outside. It was on fire,” Bentley tweeted. “Not cool.” Not long after that came a Twitter video and another post: “Some footage from last night. Hard to sleep [with] images of flames coming out from under the engine stuck in head.”

In the video, he says, “Every time I hang out with Charles Kelley disaster strikes. Whether it’s flooding … and now we can add fires.”

All the two friends could do was watch it get towed away. Looking at Kelley in the video footage, he adds, “First floods, now fires. Thanks, dude.”

Julianne Hough And Christina Aguilera Golden Globe Scuffle

Christina Aguilera, according to sources, confronted her “Burlesque” co-star Julianne Hough at a pre-bash part before the awards ceremony.  No one is really sure what prompted the argument but many felt very uncomfortable.  It got to the point where Christina had grabbed Julianne and it prompted her to yell, “Don’t Touch Me.”

Check out the whole story here: Christina Aguilera and Julianne Hough Golden Globe Fight

‘Pure Country 2: The Gift’ Soundtrack Release Date Set for February 15th

In the film ‘Pure Country 2: The Gift,’ singer-songwriter Katrina Elam portrays aspiring country singer Bobbie, who was bestowed with the power of song by three angels. The movie was released to select theaters in October 2010.

The ‘Pure Country 2: The Gift’ soundtrack will be available for purchase nationwide on Feb. 15, 2011.

For the early birds, a pre-sale for the soundtrack will also begin on Feb. 1. For more information on the soundtrack and movie, visit the ‘Pure Country 2: The Gift’ website.

‘Pure Country 2: The Gift’ Track List:
1. ‘Might as Well Be Me’
2. ‘Love Is’
3. ‘Dream Big’
4. ‘Job Hunting’
5. ‘That’s My Man’
6. ‘Would Love Love Me Anyway’
7. ‘Concert Hall Montage’
8. ‘If Your Love Was a Rock’
9. ‘Love Will Still Be There’
10. ‘Love Birds’
11. ‘Second Chance’
12. ‘Farewell – Ella and Bobbie’
13. ‘Dream Big’ (Movie Version)

‘Country Dance’ Game Available April 5th for Nintendo Wii

GameMill Entertainment will release ‘Country Dance,’ a country music video game featuring a who’s who in Nashville, for Nintendo Wii in April. The game, showcasing more than 25 country hits, will be the first of its kind and is sure to be a hit with two-stepping music fans.

Players will use their Wii remotes to mimic dance moves shown on screen, with the best imitation earning the most points. The game also has a karaoke feature, where the music fan can sing along to the best of Zac Brown Band, Miranda Lambert and Sugarland. ‘Country Dance’ can accommodate up to four players at a time.

 ‘Country Dance’ for Wii is set for release on April 5, and it features some of the biggest names in the industry, including:
Carrie Underwood, ‘Cowboy Casanova’
Brad Paisley, ‘Water’
Sugarland, ‘Stuck Like Glue’
Trace Adkins, ‘Honky Tonk Badonkadonk’
Tim McGraw, ‘Just to See You Smile’
Zac Brown Band, ‘Chicken Fried’
Rascal Flatts, ‘Life is a Highway’
Blake Shelton, ‘All About Tonight’
Miranda Lambert, ‘White Liar’
Johnny Cash, ‘Ring of Fire’

Monday, January 24, 2011

Rascal Flatts ABC Television Special to Air March 12th

ABC-TV will present “Rascal Flatts: Nothing Like This Presented by JCPenney.”

Rascal Flatts will film a live music special from the Xcel Energy Center this Friday, January 21st in St. Paul, Minnesota. The show is being filmed during a regularly scheduled date on their “Nothing Like This” tour, which launched this past weekend.

“Rascal Flatts: Nothing Like This Presented by JC Penny” airs Saturday, March 12th (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on ABC.

Jason Aldean’s Party Goes Platinum!

Jason Aldean is celebrating platinum certification for sales of one million copies for his fourth studio album My Kinda Party.  It becomes Jason’s third career platinum album and brings him to five million total albums sold since his debut five years ago.

“I just can’t say enough about country music fans and the amount of loyalty they have for their favorite artists,” said Aldean. “To think that a million people already bought this record is hard for me to get my head around. And five million since I started? No way! I am so grateful to them for giving me the opportunity to play music every night.”

Jason will kick off the sold out first weekend of arena dates on his My Kinda Party this Friday in Little Rock, AR. The 30 city run through May features special guests Eric Church and the JaneDear girls.

Lady Antebellum and Dr. Pepper to Make a Fan’s Dream Come True

Lady Antebellum have partnered with Dr. Pepper where one lucky fan will win passes to the 2011 Academy of Country Music Awards and more.

Fans can enter at the official website. Fans can enter at the official website, and no purchase is necessary.  Entrants must be 18  or older, and all entries must be received by March 17, 2011 to be eligible.

The 46th Academy of Country Music Awards will be broadcast from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 3 at 8PM ET on CBS.

Toby Keith Takes His Restaurant Chain to Ohio

Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill restaurant is expanding the chain to Cincinnati, Ohio.

The new restaurant -- like the others of the same name -- will be a combination restaurant and entertainment venue with live music and dancing, reports Patrons can expect dozens of high-definition televisions, an outdoor patio, and an 88-foot guitar centerpiece. Both local and national entertainment will perform six days a week.

The restaurant's opening date has not yet been announced.
Toby's next scheduled concert is February 11 in Mashantucket, Conn. For a complete list of his tour dates and venues, check here.

CMT Crossroad Going Live from Super Bowl XLV with The Pretenders and Faith Hill

CMT Crossroads will go live when Crossroads heads to Super Bowl XLV with a very special episode featuring rock royalty, The Pretenders and Faith Hill CMT Crossroads: The Pretenders and Faith Hill Live from the Pepsi Super Bowl Fan Jam premieres live on CMT on Saturday, February 5 at 10:00 p.m. ET/9:00 p.m. CT, as part of the NFL Pepsi Super Bowl Fan Jam festivities.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Keith Urban & Nicole Kidman Reveal They Are Parents Again

Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban revealed January 17th that they are the parents of a baby girl, who was born via a surrogate. 

Faith Margaret Kidman Urban arrived Dec. 28 at Nashville's Centennial Women's Hospital. Faith was born through a gestational carrier and is the biological daughter of Kidman and Urban. 

"Our family is truly blessed, and just so thankful, to have been given the gift of baby Faith Margaret," the family says in a statement. "No words can adequately convey the incredible gratitude that we feel for everyone who was so supportive throughout this process, in particular our gestational carrier."  

Sugarland to Headline First Ever ACM Fan Jam

Sugarland will headline the first-ever ACM Fan Jam, a fans-only live concert event taking place in Las Vegas simultaneously to the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards broadcast on Sunday, April 3rd.

The ACM Fan Jam will be at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino during the live ACM Awards broadcast from the MGM Grand Garden Arena and will give fans the ultimate opportunity to be part of the LIVE telecast. Throughout the 3-hour live show from the MGM Grand Garden Arena, there will be performances from the Mandalay Bay Events Center by Sugarland and other top-tier music acts, to be announced at a later date.

GET YOUR TICKETS at Ticketmaster priced at $35 and $55. 

The Band Perry Getting Some National TV Exposure Soon

The Band Perry will Laugh, Dance and Play for Ellen Degenerus on January 27th followed by a visit to the Tonight Show with Jay Leno on January 28th. 

LeAnn Rimes Is a Good Sport About Tabloid Talk

LeAnn Rimes, recently with KMPS, says she takes all the talk in stride and is actually a good sport about it. “We both try and avoid it as much as possible, but it’s unavoidable — but we try and separate ourselves from it,” Rimes says about how she and Cibrian deal with being gossip fodder by taking the high road. 

She proceeds to joke about how she’s going to have three-headed triplets from Mars if you believe what’s written in the tabloids!

She also admits that she, Cibrian and Cibrian’s ex, Brandi Glanville, have indeed faced their drama head on, attending therapy together. “The three of us went to one counseling session and I am hoping it continues,” Rimes admits.

Rimes’ new album ‘Lady and Gentlemen,’ where she covers songs previously sung by men, is out in March. Rimes says she didn’t change all the gender pronouns since she is belting out the tunes, explaining, “We did for ‘Swingin’,’ but for the most part, no.”

Kenny Chesney Hits Mediabase #1 with 'Somewhere with You'

With 'Somewhere with You,' Kenny Chesney scores his latest #1 hit, taking over from Tim McGraw, who's at #2 with 'Felt Good on My Lips,' at the top of the Mediabase Country Singles Chart. Keith Urban enters the top 3 with 'Put You in a Song.' 

Carrie Underwood drops to #4 with 'Mama's Song,' making it the first of her singles to miss out on the Mediabase #1. Chris Young is hearing 'Voices' at #5, and Luke Bryan's 'Someone Else Calling You Baby' climbs to #6. 

Each gaining two spots, Blake Shelton takes 'Who Are You When I'm Not Looking' to #7 and Taylor Swift goes to #8 with 'Back to December.' 

The top 10 closes out with two new entries. Brad Paisley's 'This Is Country Music' climbs to #9 and Billy Currington's 'Let Me Down Easy' reaches #10.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Nashville Resident May Have Found Rare Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis Recording

Nashville resident Rod Lambert claims to have unearthed an over 30-minute recording of Elvis Presley having a private recording session with Jerry Lee Lewis in 1960, and he wants fans to help authenticate the tape.

Lambert initially picked up the tape at a yard sale, and it lay dormant for over a decade before he dragged it out in January 2009.  “I knew it said Jerry Lee, Elvis [Presley] and Mack Vickery on the tape but I just thought it was some standard songs by these artists. I would buy tapes to record over but when I saw Elvis on it, I couldn’t bring myself to use it and threw it back in the box,” Lambert claims about this possible piece of rock ‘n’ roll history.

The tape reportedly features singing and talking and what could be the only existing duet between Presley and Lewis, both of whom enjoyed rock ‘n’ roll and country music success throughout the course of their legendary careers. Fans can go here and listen to several bites from the tape and then vote in the corresponding ballot box. The votes will be used like a petition and the eventual goal is to have the duet, if it is that, released as a single.

John Rich Makes Celebrity Apprentice Roster

The cast for Donald Trump’s 11th season of “Celebrity Apprentice” has been announced and again, country music is represented.

The cast of 16 “celebs” includes rapper Lil Jon, Sugar Ray singer Mark McGrath, John Rich, classic rocker Meat Loaf, LaToya Jackson, Dionne Warwick, Gary Busey, David Cassidy, actress Lisa Rinna,  Marlee Matlin, “Survivor” winner Richard Hatch, “Real Housewife of Atlanta” NeNe Leakes, former “View” host Star Jones, model Niki Taylor,  Jose Canseco and Playboy Playmate  Hope Dworaczyk.

Bellamy Brothers Weighing "Legal Options" Over Britney Song

The Bellamy Brothers initially said they didn't plan to sue over the Britney Spears new song, "Hold It Against Me," a rep for the duo says they're now choosing to, quote, "weigh their legal options." 

After Spears released her song earlier the Bellamy Brothers said they felt "ripped off," claiming the song is very similar to their 1979 chart-topper "If I Said You Had A Beautiful Body, Would You Hold It Against Me." David Bellamy also questioned the originality of the Britney song while discussing the matter this week with TMZ and the "Boston Herald."

David admits he's surprised to be in this situation, telling "Entertainment Weekly," "It's not every day that you get into the middle of a brawl with Britney Spears." The Bellamys' beef isn't only with Spears”

Billy Currington Finds Instant Connection With Latest Single

Billy Currington says his current single, "Let Me Down Easy" is an unusual one for him. He explains that he typically takes his time getting to know a song before he does much with it, but he felt an immediate connection with this track "Let Me Down Easy".

Fans will get the chance to hear Billy sing his hits this summer. He'll be hitting the road with Kenny Chesney on the "Goin' Coastal" tour, which kicks off in Tampa, Florida on March 19th.

Luke Bryan's Love Of Performing Continues To Grow

Luke Bryan says he really enjoys performing for his fans. He explains that he likes playing concerts now even more than he did earlier in his career.

Luke is an opener along with Chris Young on Rascal Flatts' "Nothing Like This Tour," which began in Sioux Falls, South Dakota last Friday. The trek wraps up in March, but that doesn't mean Bryan will have much time off. A few weeks later he'll return to the stage to open shows on Tim McGraw's "Emotional Traffic Tour." The full slate of dates for Tim's trek will begin in Corpus Christi, Texas on April 8th.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Lady Antebellum Ready To Start Work On Next Album

Lady Antebellum is ready to move on from their massive "Need You Now" album. 

The trio's Dave Haywood says the group will be heading into the studio with plenty of material to work with. But Lady A can't leave "Need You Now" behind just yet. 

They are the top country nominee for next month's GRAMMY Awards on the strength of the disc. The group is up for six awards -- three in all-genre General Field categories and three in Country categories. But Dave says such formal recognition isn't playing a role as they prepare to follow up "Need You Now." He explains that they don't feel added pressure from the awards attention, but instead it motivates them to keep on working. 

The 53rd annual GRAMMY Awards will be presented in a ceremony on February 13th, airing on CBS. 

Dierks Bentley is for the Love of Hockey with the Nashville Iceholes

Dierks Bentley took a break from life as a musician recently to engage in his other love: hockey.

Bentley hits the ice with his hockey team, the Nashville Iceholes, from time to time. He spends his Saturday nights handling the puck when he’s not out on the road — a hobby he’s held for ten years.

Bentley shares that hockey acts as a stress reliever for him — a way to clear his head from the hustle and bustle of the road. He adds, “I’ve had more injuries playing music than I’ve had playing hockey, let’s put it that way.”

The Nashville Iceholes have made honorary players of some big country music names, including Brad Paisley, Gretchen Wilson and Keith Urban.

Alan Jackson's 'Good Time' Becomes GE Theme

Alan Jackson’s hit 'Good Time' is the new theme song for an ad for GE and its ecomagination technology initiative. 

In the TV ad, people of various professions – from factory assembly personnel to airline pilots and flight crews – are seen participating in a massive “around the world” line dance which begins as “Good Time” is heard on a radio.

Carrie Underwood Plans to Take Some Time to Breathe in 2011

Carrie Underwood says she plans to take some time off in 2011. “After the tour’s over, it’s kind of like we’ve slept, ate, breathed the tour,” said Underwood to “It’s been all about the tour, so next year I think just being able to kind of stay still for a minute and unpack my bags and live like a person for a little bit, it will be some good medicine.” 

Tim McGraw With Opening Act Gwyneth Paltrow?

Will we see Gwyneth Paltrow on tour with Tim Mcgraw this year?  During the Country Strong premiere, Gwyneth said that Tim “keeps joking that I should go on the road as his opening act. And I keep saying, ‘Let’s do it. Let’s make it happen.’ I don’t know about a whole tour but a string of nights could be fun.” 

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Billy Ray Cyrus is Getting Sued for Age Discrimination

According to WSMV, Billy Ray Cyrus’ former road manager is suing Billy for a half-million dollars, claiming that he was fired because of his age.

The lawsuit filed Monday in Davidson County Circuit Court, states that Billy Ray Cyrus complained that 61-year-old Paul A. Abraham was “old and dumb and didn’t know anything about running a farm.”

According to Abraham’s attorney, Charles J. Fridell, Paul had worked as the road/stage manager as well as on Billy Ray’s Tennessee farm since 2007 and was fired May 1st.

In addition to asking for $500,000, Paul is also seeking punitive damages for “pain, humiliation, embarrassment and emotional distress,” the lawsuit said.

Tim McGraw Recalls Drunk Texts That Helped Him Quit Drinking

Tim McGraw stopped drinking in early 2008, and he admits that the drunken text messages he was sending to his wife Faith Hill back then may have actually helped him quit. At the time, he thought that texting (rather than calling) Hill would cover up his drinking, but he was wrong.

“I only learned how to text because back when I was drinking, I would get in trouble when I called my wife — she’d find out I was drinking,” McGraw tells On the Red Carpet. “Then I started slurring my texts and I figured, ‘Hell, I’ve got to quit drinking. That’s the only thing that’s going to work.’ And Skype, thank God, nobody knew anything about Skype back then. I’d have never stayed out of trouble.”

In a 2009 issue of PEOPLE, McGraw is reported as saying, “Faith has kept me alive. She’s saved my life in a lot of different ways — from myself more than anything. She’s loved me through times when I didn’t love me. I don’t drink anymore. I’m not a moderate person, and I’ll be the first to say there have been times when things were taken to the extreme. It’s time to grow up a bit. Plus, I got really fat.”

Reba McEntire gets some backup from Blake Shelton at ACMs

Blake Shelton will share the Academy of Country Music Awards hosting duties this April with Reba McEntire, who has hosted the ceremony for 12 years.

The two singers are managed by McEntire's husband, Narvel Blackstock. The awards show will air live from Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 3 (CBS, 8 p.m. ET/PT).

Carrie Underwood’s Car Broken Into

Carrie Underwood and her pro hockey player husband Mike Fisher had their rental car broken into while on a trip in Montreal recently.

“We had to call them and be like, ‘We’re sorry! The car is broken,’” Carrie told Minneapolis radio station K102. The experience turned her off to the city, and she says she doesn’t want to return there.

Looking ahead, Underwood is said to have a new tour starting some time this year, with her next gig being May 1 at the Stagecoach Festival in Indio, Calif.

Other dates on the books so far include June 25 in Cadott, Wis., at the Chippewa Valley Music Festival, and then July 8 in Ft. Loramie, Ohio, at the Country Concert at Hickory Hill Lakes.

Sara Evans 'Stronger' Track List Revealed

Sara Evans fans, the wait is almost over! 'Stronger' -- her sixth studio album and first new music in six years -- will hit store shelves March 8.

"I am so excited and thrilled to finally have NEW music coming out! It took me a long time to make this record for many reasons, both personally and professionally, and now it's all about to come to fruition," Sara tells The Boot. "This new album is full of fresh new sounds from me, and many songs that I co-wrote, but it's also the signature Sara Evans sound that I hope will make the fans want to buy this record!"

Sara co-wrote six of the album's ten tracks, including a new, bluegrass version of her mega-hit, 'Born to Fly.' The project's first single, 'A Little Bit Stronger,' is already a Top 30 hit at radio and can also be heard on the 'Country Strong' movie soundtrack.

Sara shares her 'Stronger' track listing exclusively with The Boot. Check it out below, and pre-order 'Stronger' here.

Sara Evans - 'Stronger' Track List:

1. 'Desperately'
Sara Evans/Marcus Hummon 

2. 'A Little Bit Stronger'
Luke Laird/Hillary Lindsey/Hillary Scott 

3. 'My Heart Can't Tell You No'
Simon Climie/Dennis W. Morgan 

4. 'Anywhere'
Matt Evans/Jaren Johnston

5. 'Alone'
Brian Henningsen/Aaron Henningsen

6. 'Love Don't Need No Ticket to Ride'
Sara Evans/Leslie Satcher 

7. 'Life Without Losing You'
Sara Evans/Barry Dean/Andrew Dorff/Luke Laird 

8. 'What That Drink Cost Me'
Sara Evans/Nathan Chapman/Matt Evans

9. 'Wildfire'
Sara Evans/Kara DioGuardi/Matt Evans/Marti Frederiksen

10. 'Born to Fly' (Bluegrass Version)
Sara Evans/Marcus S. Hummon/Darrell Scott