Nashville News: Friday, 7/15
Miranda Lambert has confirmed the title of her new single, “Vice.”
Rumors are rampant that the single will see official release on Monday, and there has been some speculation
that her upcoming sixth studio album will be titled Records I Never Heard, but neither Miranda nor her label
have confirmed any of those reports. She has said that she has beenhard at work on new musicthat she hopes to
release by mid-summer.
Craig Morgan's son Jerry will be laid to rest on Saturday in Nashville -- and a big honor has been created in his name.
To celebrate his life, family and friends set up a scholarship fund that will honor Jerry's energy, athleticism and love
of life. Scholarships will support student athletes at Dickson County High School -- especially those with dyslexia.
Nashville News: Thursday, 7/7
Kenny Chesney is pushing back the release of his new album, Some Town Somewhere, to October 28th. It was originally
scheduled to come out on Friday.
Kenny wants the album to be perfect -- and that means adding a woman's voice to "Setting the World on Fire." So he called his new friend, the pop star Pink.
Kenny says, “Pink's voice holds so many feelings all at the same time: joy, desire, a bit of toughness, a little hurt. She’s an
incredible singer and has this great tone that shines but has a little wear to it, but doesn’t sound beat up."
He says adding her to the song brought the track to a whole new level.
Miranda Lambert has closed her bed and breakfast in Oklahoma. A notice posted on The Ladysmith'swebsite says it is closed and
has new management. There is no indication when it will reopen.
She previously shuttered her Pink Pistol Boutique, which is in the same town. Blake Sheltonbought the property on which the
boutique was located and says he has plans for it. The Pink Pistol store Miranda owns in Lindale, Texas is in the process of expanding.
Blake filed for divorce from Miranda one year ago Wednesday.
Nashville News: Friday, 7/1
Kelsea Ballerini has already cut six songs for the follow-up to her debut album, The First Time. And seeing as she’s done a lot of living over the last few years,
songwriting has become a whole different experience. She is older now and it is more authentic.
There’s no word yet on when Kelsea's new album will come out.
Chris Young announced via Facebook Live that he is working on a Christmas album.
He broke the news direct from the studio with his producer and co-writer and two friends dressed as
Santa Claus and an elf.
He said, “I am so excited. You guys know Christmas is one of my favorite times of year. I have so many Christmas
songs I want to do, it was hard to narrow it down to this album.”
Chris has not yet revealed a release date for his Christmas project, but he’s clearly in the holiday spirit.
Nashville News: Thursday, 6/23
Brett Eldredge has released the video for his new single, "Wanna Be That Song." He filmed the clip at
Chicago's Wrigley Field.
Brett plays a '40s baseball star in the clip. He tells People, "I wanted to do a storyline that captures those big moments
in your life that you never forget -- that shape you into who you are. I remember as a kid saying, 'One day I'm going to go onstage and sing in front
of thousands of people,' back when I was singing in front of 10. This video is another version of what I envisioned -- and home plate brings it full circle."
Kellie Pickler parted ways with her record label Black River Entertainment. She signed with them back in 2012.
Kellie was a top 6 finalist on American Idol and the season 16 winner of Dancing With the Stars in 2013. She currently
stars with her husband, Kyle Jacobs on the CMT reality series “I Love Kelly Pickler” and she is working on a View like show
in Nashville produced by Faith Hill.
Nashville News: Thursday, 6/16
Reba McEntire seems to be enjoying the single life.
She's been travelling and working with her team -- who are coming up with some fresh, new ideas for her career -- as well as spending time with family and friends.
She just returned from a vacation in the Canadian Rockies. Reba and Brooks and Dunnhead back to Vegas for more
shows this fall.
Drake White will release his long-anticipated debut album on Dot Records later this summer. Titled Spark, the 12-track album will be available Aug. 19 and includes his current single, “Livin’ the Dream.”
Drake says, “Since we began this journey — working on the album — I knew I wanted the title to be Spark. The idea of
starting a fire from a tiny spark has always been so intriguing to me. That’s the way I have always lived my life; starting
with a small plan and then it becomes this dream I didn’t even know to dream.”
Drake wrote 10 of the album’s 12 tracks.
Nashville News: Friday, 6/10
Steven Tyler's long-awaited country album is almost here. We're All Somebody From Somewhere will be
released on July 15th.
He says, “Country music is the new rock and roll. It’s not just about porches, dogs and kicking your boots up.
It's a whole lot more. It's about being real. And nothing is more real than understanding We’re All Just Somebody
Lots of country singers received gold status recently for their singles selling over 500,000 copies and downloads.
Gold single honors went to Tim McGraw for “Humble and Kind,” Dierks Bentley for “Somewhere on a Beach,”
Jon Pardi for “Head Over Boots,” Florida Georgia Line for “Confession,” and Thomas Rhett for “Die A Happy Man.”
Nashville News: Friday, 6/3
Kacey Musgraves is celebrating Christmas in June! She turned to Instagram to give an early holiday announcement.
She posted, “It might be June but we’re getting festive! Be expecting a very special Christmas record for all you little
elves comin’ out just in time to stuff your stockings. Put it on your lists! That’s all for now!”
A huge congratulations is in order for country duoWaterloo Revival, as they announced recently that they have signed
with Show Dog Nashville.
Waterloo Revival were previously signed to Big Machine Records. They join Show Dog Nashville acts including Toby Keith.
Toby said, “I heard their music and thought man, they would be great on Show Dog. I haven’t signed any bands in a long
time and they inspired me to start doing that again.”
Nashville News: Thursday, 5/26
Miranda Lambert is closing her Pink Pistol boutique in Oklahoma and moving the entire operation to her
hometown of Lindale, Texas, where she opened a store a few years ago.
She says, “It feels full circle to have everything under one 'roof' basically where it all began in my hometown of
Lindale. Sometimes you need to close a chapter to build on a new beginning or go back home."
The Lindale location will move to a bigger space and should be open around Labor Day.
Carrie Underwood looks real good on the cover of Us Weekly’s Best Bodies issue.
Inside, she reveals the secret to her famous legs. She says, “I like squats, lunges. If I go for a jog and I meet up with a
good hill, I will lunge up the hill.”
Carrie says she feels better now at 33 than she did when she was 20 because she takes better care of herself. She is
once again set to co-host the CMA Awards with Brad Paisley for the 9th time on November 2nd.
Nashville News: Friday, 5/20
Blake Shelton withThe Oak Ridge Boys, Chris Stapleton, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban,
Luke Bryan and Thomas Rhett have all landed performance spots on theCMT Music Awards. Also performing
will be special guests Brett Eldredgeand Maren Morris.
The show will air live from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on June 8th.
Less than a year after his divorce form his his wife Lacey, Jake Owen thought he'd be putting together an album of break-up songs. Instead, he's singing about love on his new album, American Love.
He says, “I started down that path and then I realized that, for me, making music is about feeling as good as the listeners
that get to hear it. I have to make an album that I enjoy singing every night.”
Though it wasn't intentional, the 11 songs on the album represent love in all of its forms.
Chris Stapleton makes an appearance on American Love, which comes out July 29th.
Nashville News: Thursday, 5/12
Brad Paisley launches his 2016 Life Amplified tour on May 19th in Sacramento, California. He's taking Tyler Farr
and Maddie and Tae out as his openers. So far he is hitting 34 cities and touring through October, but he does plan
on adding more dates. They will all be at Blossom on September 16th!
Jennifer Nettles remembers having just five minutes to convince Jennifer Lopez to sing on “My House,” the last song
on her new Playing With Fire album. Big Machine Label Group president Scott Borchetta asked JLo to spend a few
minutes with J Nett during this most recent season of American Idol.
Jennifer Nettles says, “At the end of the day the things that keep us up in the middle of the night with worry, or that we
dream for our kids or make us laugh … those are all the same.”“My House” takes that idea head on, with JNett even
calling herself Jenny from the Dirt Road at one point before JLo answers with “I’m Jenny from the block.”
Playing With Fire comes out tomorrow!
Nashville News: Friday, 5/6
Save the date! Luke Bryan and Jason Derulo's episode of CMT Crossroads premieres on May 21st.
The two traded vocals on songs including Luke's “That’s My Kinda Night,” “Country Girl (Shake It for Me),”
“Strip It Down” and “Move,” as well as Jason’s “Want to Want Me,” “Talk Dirty to Me,” “Trumpets” and his new
single, “If It Ain’t Love.”
Chris Young and Cassadee Pope's number-one hit, "Think of You," has been a springboard for Cassadee's career. She says the success of the song has been
a source of inspiration as she's making her own album.
Cassadee loved working with Chris so much that she just knows there will be another collaboration with him when
the right song comes along. She says it just has to happen again.
Cassadee has signed on to open for Chris again when he hits the road this fall.
Nashville News: Friday, 4/29
Keith Urban will take his Ripcord tour to Canada this fall.
He says, “Our Canadian shows have always been off-the-hook giant parties. From the very first shows I ever did, there was a synergy with the audience that’s only grown
stronger over the years."
Joining him will be Maren Morris and Canadian country artist Dallas Smith.
Keith's Ripcord album comes out on May 6th and he will be at Blossom on July 15th!
The Band Perry are going for gold. The trio’s song “Live Forever” is making its way to the Olympics!
In a post to Facebook this week, the siblings revealed that “Live Forever” has become Team USA’s official song for the
2016 Olympics. The Band Perry announced the news alongside a new video of the song that showcases several athletes from
the Team USA getting ready for the event.
The 2016 Olympics will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, beginning August 5.
Nashville News: Friday, 4/22
Blake Shelton is in high demand. After a successful stint of sold-out tour dates earlier this year, he will head back out on the road this fall.
Blake will kick off his tour in his home state of Oklahoma in September. The tour wraps up in Brooklyn, New York
in the beginning of October.
His new album, If I’m Honest comes out on May 20th.
Kelsea Ballerini now has a second golden record to hang on her wall, thanks to the sales of her second single “Dibs,”
which has been officially certified Gold.
She earned a gold certification on her first single, “Love Me Like You Mean It,” marking 500,000 copies sold.
Nashville News: Friday, 4/15
Randy Houser and his fiancee Tatiana are counting down the days until their May wedding.
They've been busy for planning the wedding since their engagement last year. Randy is in charge of the music
and has even written a song for their first dance as a surprise for his bride on their big day.
Tatiana's dress will be a surprise to both the bride and groom. She's having it designed and made in Australia,
and won't see it until a few days before the wedding.
Martina McBride and Jennifer Nettles will appear on HSN to promote their new albums.
Martina will perform songs from her album Reckless on Sunday. Jennifer will sing songs from Playing With Fire
on April 26th.
Reckless comes out on April 29th, and Playing With Fire will be released on May 13th.