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Tuesday November 3

Host Brad Paisley Says Jokes About Miranda and Blake’s Breakup Won’t Be Off Limits at This Year’s CMA Awards

BY ABC News Radio 

As Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood prepare to helm the CMA Awards for the eighth year in a row, they’re happy to say their initial nerves about taking on country music’s most high-profile hosting gig have subsided somewhat.

“There are butterflies ‘cause this is out of our comfort zone, but we usually are ready when we go out there, although one year we weren’t at all,” Brad reveals. 

“But we still did,” Carrie interjects.

“And ended up being fine. But we didn’t feel ready that year and that was a scary thing ’cause I thought none of you would talk to us ever again when we were done,” Brad jokes.

After a year that’s seen country music have more than its share of high-profile breakups, Brad admits it’s more important than ever to walk the line between being funny while not going too far.

“It’s kind of an exercise in empathy, which I lack,” he jokes. “It is an exercise in sort of putting yourself in that person’s position…and then you weigh the pros and cons of how funny it is versus how damaging it could be and we never want to damage anybody’s reputation or make them feel awkward, but at the same time we don’t want to avoid things that are good humor.”

In fact, Brad says he’s already discussed the issue with his pal Blake Shelton, and jokes about his split from Miranda Lambert won’t be off limits. 

“I will say it’s very admirable that Blake went on Seth Myers and said ‘Bring it!’ So we will! He and I have had a few little conversations here and there. He’s not someone who’s concerned at all quite honestly. It’s really refreshing,” he adds.

You can check out exactly how Brad and Carrie decide to “bring it” as the 49th Annual CMA Awards kick off Wednesday night at 8 p.m. ET live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. 

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Carrie Underwood Makes History with #1 Debut of "Storyteller"

BY ABC News Radio 

Carrie Underwood has quite the story to tell.  The seven-time Grammy winner’s new album, Storyteller, has debuted at #1 on the Billboard Country Album chart, making Carrie the only artist in the chart’s 51-year history to launch her first six albums at #1.

Sony Music notes Storyteller logged “pure” sales in excess of 164 thousand, according to Nielsen Music, as well as 177 thousand equivalent album units — a combination of traditional album sales, streaming equivalent sales, and track equivalent sales. 

Storyteller was released October 23 and has already produced the top-five country hit “Smoke Break,” as well as the Sam Hunt duet “Heartbeat” and the most recent release, “Renegade Runaway.” Underwood will perform “Smoke Break” when she co-hosts the CMA Awards this Wednesday with Brad Paisley, live at 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC

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Florida Georgia Line Experiences Some Nerves During Awards Shows ... Tyler Hubbard says: "Definitely get a little butterfly or two flying around in there when they’re announcing the nominees and you’re just kind of sitting there, waiting to see if you won or not, but it’s a cool feeling. It’s fun. A little shot of adrenaline never hurt anybody."

Brian Kelley says: "I’d say, honestly, presenting someone or having to read the teleprompter, because we perform every night, we play shows all the time and ... we don’t read that much these days. No, I’m just kidding, but when it’s moving that fast, you’ve gotta keep up"

The CMA's are tomorrow night

Dierks Bentley Raises Money For Children's Hospital ..

Dierks Bentley hosted his 10th annual Miles & Music for Kids Celebrity Motorcycle Ride and Concert in Nashville on Sunday. He raised over $630,000 for the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital. Cole Swindell, Thomas Rhett and Florida Georgia Line all performed with Dierks.

Justin Timberlake to perform with Chris Stapleton on CMA Awards

NASHVILLE - Justin Timberlake will perform with country singer Chris Stapleton on the Country Music Association Awards.
The CMA Awards will air live from Nashville, Tennessee, on Wednesday at 8 p.m. Eastern on ABC.
Stapleton is nominated for album of the year, male vocalist and new artist of the year.
Timberlake, who is from Memphis, Tennessee, has been a supporter of Stapleton since before his solo debut album, ``Traveller,'' came out earlier this year. Stapleton has written hits for Luke Bryan and Kenny Chesney. He was lead singer for the bluegrass band The SteelDrivers.
Previously announced presenters for the awards show include Edie Brickell and Steve Martin, Keifer Sutherland, ESPN commentators Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit, and U.S. Women's National Team players Heather O' Reilly and Megan Rapinoe.


 

SAM HUNT

NASHVILLE (AP) Lots of artists who have successful debut albums suddenly feel the heat when it comes to making their second ones. It's not so much for Sam Hunt. He says when he was making ``Montevallo,'' a lot of people with more experience than he has would tell him what he could and could not do in terms of making music. Hunt says that can mess with your head. Now that he's an established act, Hunt says the pressure is less because he has more freedom to do what he wants. That's not to say Hunt feels zero pressure. He says he still wants to get better as a writer and a singer.

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``I LOVE KELLIE PICKLER'' - DEBUT

NASHVILLE (AP) Don't look for drunkenness, debauchery or drama on Kellie Pickler's new reality show. Pickler and her husband, songwriter Kyle Jacobs, say they want to keep the vibe positive. Pickler says having cameras everywhere she turned took some getting used to, but she and Jacobs made a point about setting boundaries while having fun. Jacobs says their relatives and friends who are part of the show ``have just a little bit of crazy in them, just like we do.'' Pickler says there are no cat fights. She says, ``We don't have cats. ... He's allergic.'' ''I Love Kellie Pickler`` premieres Thursday on C-M-T.
 

Monday November 2

Justin Moore Releases New Single, "You Look Like I Need a Drink"

BY ABC News Radio 

Over two years since his last album, Justin Moore released new music today.  “You Look Like I Need a Drink” is apparently the lead single off of Justin’s forthcoming, as-yet untitled fourth studio album.

Justin’s most recent album, of course, was 2013’s Off the Beaten Path, which includes the singles “Point at You,” “Lettin’ the Night Roll,” and “This Kind of Town.”  He’s currently in the studio working on his new album, though there’s no word yet of a release date.

“You Look Like I Need a Drink” is available now at all the usual digital outlets.

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"Keith Urban So Far…" Coming Soon to Country Music Hall of Fame

BY ABC News Radi

Starting next month, you’ll be able to relive the career of Keith Urban from its beginnings in Australia to his present-day success, with a new exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

“Keith Urban So Far…” will showcase iconic memorabilia, from the shirt he wore on the cover of his 1999 debut album to the electric guitar he played on his first number one, “But for the Grace of God.” The 1989 Fender Telecaster Keith named “Clarence” will be on display, as well as handwritten song manuscripts, awards and scrapbooks from his childhood and teens.

After the exhibit’s debut November 20, fans will be able to check it out through May of next year. Next week, Keith performs on the 49th Annual CMA Awards on ABC, with his new album, Ripcord, expected in the coming months.

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Chris Janson Completes 10 Year Journey with "Buy Me a Boat"

BY ABC News Radio

Now that Chris Janson’s debut album,  Buy Me a Boat, has officially been released, it marks the end of a journey that was a decade in the making. “I’ve been looking forward to this day a long time and I can’t believe it’s here,” Chris reflects. “It’s been a long time coming.”

In addition to the chart-topping title track, Chris’s first full-length album includes his second single, “Power of Positive Drinkin’,” as well as a duet with a country superstar.

“To have Tim McGraw join me on ‘Messin’ with Jesus’ was a special treat. I’ve been a fan of his work for a long time. He’s such a star and a super cool dude. The whole album takes you from fun to serious with everything in between, kind of like my live shows. It’s been a roller coaster of a journey!” he says.

Chris is set to guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon November 9 on NBC, before he heads out with Blake Shelton February 18 on his winter tour.

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Toby Keith sounds like he might be endorsing Donald Trump for President in a new interview with People magazine.

"The cool thing is that the people who are making the most noise and getting the most poll points are non-politicians. I hope the whole race turns into non-politicians. It would fix the whole thing if you get somebody who doesn't have a political bone in their body. With a business person who knows the difference between right and wrong, instead of right and left, we'd have a chance to go forward," he explained. "With all the division in the world now – we're polarized right wing, left wing, cops and blacks – it looks to me like we're headed for turmoil in every way. The world looks like it's on fire. You've got to get the politicians and the agendas out of the way and get somebody in there that might take it over and save old Uncle Sam." 

NASHVILLE NOTES

Frankie Ballard will hand out the non-televised CMA Awards and honors next week, including Broadcast Personality and Station of the Year.

Both Faith Hill and Sheryl Crow were invited to the opening party for Reese Witherspoon’s new Southern-inspired lifestyle store Draper James Wednesday evening in the 12South neighborhood of Nashville.

Rock and Roll and Country Music Hall of Famer Brenda Lee will perform her first full concert ever in the Nashville area December 9 in the Hall of Fame’s CMA Theater. 

Carrie Underwood tells Extra that her house has become a mess since she had a kid. “You come over to my house, it's a mess. I’m scrambling to make dinner, trying get laundry done.” 

Brad Paisley tells ABC that he remembers the first song he sang to his kids. "'You Are My Sunshine' is the first song I sang to my children when they were born. I took actually a little parlor guitar to the hospital. Wife's idea to sing to the boys when they were born. She said, 'Wouldn't it be neat if one of the first things they hear is you playing the guitar and singing?' So that's what we sang. It's interesting. Because they know the song and they got to the point where they heard the lyrics and they realized it sounds like such a positive song." 

Tim McGraw threw out the first pitch before Game 4 of the World Series between the Mets and Royals. He wore a #45 McGraw Jersey 

Sam Hunt tells Entertainment Weekly that he has no plans to leave country music for pop music. ''I don’t have any intention of leaving country music. I really don’t even know how to go about doing that. The things that are going to be in all my records, for as long as I’m making them, are going to go back to who I am and where I’m from and the lifestyle that I live and come from — and I don’t know how I could ever get any of that close enough to pop to be considered a pop act.'' 

 

Thursday October 29

George Strait Books Vegas Dates in 2017

BY ABC News Radio 

After immediately selling out all six of his shows next year at the Las Vegas Arena, George Strait is already looking ahead to 2017. He’ll play there February 17 and 18, 2017, with ticket pre-sales already set to start this Friday at 10 a.m. PT. They open up to the general public  November 6.

“I’ve missed stepping on stage and playing that first note… hearing the crowd sing in unison,” King George says. “There’s just nothing like it. I’d be lying if I said it didn’t feel good to know that the fans have missed me too.”

Strait will be one of the first performers to play the new Las Vegas Arena when it opens next April. His first Strait to Vegas show is April 22, 2016.

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Brothers Osborne to Debut Pawn Shop January 15

BY ABC News Radio |

With their biggest hit so far, “Stay a Little Longer,“ making a place for itself in the top 15, Brothers Osborne now have another first to look forward to. Their debut full-length album, Pawn Shop, will be out January 15. T.J. Osborne jokes it’s actually pretty difficult to sum up your entire life’s work in 11 songs, but the siblings tried to stay true to their rural, blue collar roots.

“We really focused on having every track on this album held together by what John and I do. We want it to be different scenes on each track, but to keep each one honest and from our perspective,” he says. 

“Our upbringing certainly influenced the theme of this record,” John chimes in. “It’s who you’re with and who you are that makes you happy. For us, as long as you’re able to enjoy yourself with family and friends, you’re really living the good life.” For John and T.J., the good life brought them a nomination for Vocal Duo of the Year at next Wednesday’s CMA Awards.

The two co-wrote every song on the project, including their summer favorite, “Rum.” Jay Joyce, known for his work with Eric Church, Little Big Town and Zac Brown Band, produced the record. 

Here’s the track listing for Pawn Shop: 

“Dirt Rich”
“21 Summer”
“Stay a Little Longer”
“Pawn Shop”
“Rum”
“Loving Me Back”
“American Crazy”
“Greener Pastures”
“Down Home”
“Heart Shaped Locket”
“It Ain’t My Fault” 

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Carrie Underwood to headline 'Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve' in NYC's Times Square

NEW YORK - Get ready to ring in the New Year with Carrie Underwood.

ABC announced Wednesday that the country star will perform a number of her hits during ``Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest'' in New York City's Times Square.

The bi-costal event will also include Fergie, who will host the Billboard Hollywood Party. Jenny McCarthy will report live from Times Square.

Underwood released her fifth studio album, ``Storyteller,'' last week.

More performers at the New Year's concert will be announced at a later date. The special, which airs live, starts at 8 p.m. Eastern.



(The Associated Press) 

Reba, Brooks * Dunn to perform at CMA Awards, along with John Mellencamp, Fall Out Boy



NASHVILLE - Country superstar Reba McEntire and duo Brooks * Dunn, fresh off a Las Vegas residency, are headed back to the Country Music Association Awards stage for the first time in seven years.

The three longtime friends and collaborators last performed on the show in 2008, singing ``Cowgirls Don't Cry,'' and Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn retired as a duo the following year. But they have reunited for a series of shows with McEntire at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

Previously announced collaborations on the awards show, which airs Nov. 4 on ABC (8 p.m. Eastern), include Keith Urban and rocker John Mellencamp, Fall Out Boy and Thomas Rhett, Dierks Bentley and violinist Lindsey Stirling. Eric Church and Hank Williams Jr. will open the show.

NASHVILLE NOTES

Cole Swindell’s self-titled debut album has been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. 

Lee Brice played for a sold-out crowd Monday night at New York City’s Beacon Theatre.

Tim McGraw will play a free album release party November 11 in New York City, celebrating the November 6 launch of Damn Country Music. Fans can RSVP for admission online.

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Wednesday October 28

Country Acts Vie for Major "Billboard" Touring Awards

BY ABC News Radio 

Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line and Eric Church are among the finalists for this year’s Billboard Touring Awards.

Country acts dominate the Top Package category, with Florida Georgia Line’s outing competing against Kenny’s Big Revival Tour and Luke Bryan’s Kick the Dust Up dates. Enrique Iglesias & Pitbull featuring J. Balvin are the only non-country acts in the running.  Kenny is also up for the Top Draw title, against Taylor Swift and One Direction. That one is based on attendance.

Eric Church vies for the Breakthrough title, against British singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran and Aussie band 5 Seconds of Summer. The winners will be announced November 19 during a ceremony at New York City’s Roosevelt Hotel.

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LUKE BRYAN - NFL - HALFTIME



ARLINGTON, Tex. (AP) Luke Bryan won't just be watching the Cowboys-Panthers game on the American Thanksgiving Day. He'll be a part of it. Bryan will perform during halftime to kick off The Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign. Bryan says he's a football fan and he's especially excited to be performing on Thanksgiving Day. He says he's honoured to raise awareness for the great work The Salvation Army and the Cowboys do.

KENNY CHESNEY - PITTSBURGH



PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh is welcoming back Kenny Chesney, since he can prove he can throw a party without it getting out of control. Chesney has announced tour dates that include a Pittsburgh stop on July 2nd. Chesney performed there in 2013 and 73 people were arrested. He performed there in May but this time the parking lot was opened later. The May concert resulted in 10 people arrested and far less trash than the 2013 show. Chesney's ``Spread the Love'' tour begins April 23rd in Auburn, Alabama.
 

CARRIE UNDERWOOD - TOUR


NASHVILLE (AP) Carrie Underwood plans to be surrounded by fans for her next concert tour. Underwood will do her first tour of concerts in-the-round when she kicks off her Storyteller tour January 30th in Jacksonville. The stage will be in the middle of the arena floor. Underwood says she is blessed to have this career, but there's nothing like stepping on a stage to sing and have all the fans sing along with her.

NASHVILLE NOTES

Contact Music claims Shania Twain is going to auction off her tour bus after her tour. The tour bus cost $1 million to build in 1999. It has several living quarters, an extra large kitchen, and a recording space 

Cole Swindell’s self-titled debut album has been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. 

Lee Brice played for a sold-out crowd Monday night at New York City’s Beacon Theatre.

Tim McGraw will play a free album release party November 11 in New York City, celebrating the November 6 launch of Damn Country Music. Fans can RSVP for admission online.

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Tuesday October 27

"Lady Antebellum: Wheels Up Tour" DVD Due Next Month

BY ABC News Radio 

Even though Lady Antebellum wrapped their Wheels Up Tour at the beginning of this month in Las Vegas, the show comes to life again next month when the band releases their 2015 outing on DVD.

Lady Antebellum: Wheels Up Tour was taped last summer during their June 27 date at California’s Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre. In addition to songs from Lady A’s latest album, 747, the set contains the band’s biggest hits, as well as behind-the-scene footage, a look at the set design, and intimate moments from the road.  

The trek started last February in Oslo, Norway and continued across Europe, Australia and North America before coming to a close in Sin City. Lady Antebellum: Wheels Up Tour is due November 13 on DVD, Blu-ray and digital formats, with a DVD/CD package available exclusively at Walmart.

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Jason Aldean Remembers His Friend with $615,000 Donation to Fight Breast Cancer

BY ABC News Radio 

Saturday night, Jason Aldean wrapped up his Burn It Down Tour in West Palm Beach by presenting a check for more than $615,000 to Susan G. Komen South Florida. He raised the money by donating a portion of the ticket price from each of the more than two million seats he sold on this year’s trek.

“I know first-hand how important it is to find a cure for breast cancer,” Jason says, recalling the friend he lost to the disease in 2004 at the age of 29. “So, looking out from stage Saturday night at a sea of pink was a pretty cool way to end the tour. For ten years now the fans have been helping us support Komen and I know we’re going to keep it up until nobody has to fight the disease anymore.”

The Burn It Down Tour saw Jason become the first-ever country performer to headline at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. He heads out on the We Were Here Tour January 15 with Thomas Rhett and A Thousand Horses.

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Taylor Lautner Tailgates with Tim McGraw and Faith Hill

BY ABC News Radio 

If both your mom and your dad are internationally famous country singers with strong ties to Hollywood, one of the perks just might be one of the stars of Twilight showing up at your high school football game. According to E!, Taylor Lautner was hanging out under the Friday night lights this weekend with Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, as their daughter Maggie cheered at her final senior year game. Tim treated his tailgaters to some of his signature chili, cheering the Ensworth Tigers on for a win.

Maggie isn’t the only McGraw-Hill daughter enjoying some of the upsides of the family business these days. Her older sister Gracie steps into the spotlight as Tim’s new album, Damn Country Music, comes out November 6, dueting with her famous dad on the track “Here Tonight.” 

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Dierks Bentley, Garth Brooks & Trisha Yearwood Welcome the 2015 Inductees to the Country Music Hall of Fame

BY ABC News Radio 

In a ceremony that started with Vince Gill and Marty Stuart teaming up to pay tribute to guitarist Grady Martin, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum welcomed its 2015 inductees during a star-studded evening in the CMA Theatre Sunday night in Nashville. Vince played the iconic Spanish guitar on “El Paso,” while Marty mastered the ballad’s myriad verses. Country and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Brenda Lee remembered her insistence Martin be the session leader on her classic recordings, as she officially bestowed the Hall’s medallion on the late guitarist’s family.

Country Music Association CEO Sarah Trahern recalled how Hall of Fame member Bill Anderson gave the coveted medal to Jim Ed Brown in the hospital, days before he succumbed to cancer this summer. Dierks Bentley proved he could replicate the signature “Pop a Top” sound before launching into Jim Ed’s biggest solo hit. Hall of Famer Bobby Bare remarked that everyone including Elvis had a crush on Bonnie Brown, while older sister Maxine told an off-color joke or two as The Browns took their place in country music’s most legendary ranks.

Entertainer of the Year nominee Garth Brooks, a member of the Hall himself, played guitar for wife Trisha Yearwood to sing the Oak Ridge Boys’ hit “I’ll Be True to You,” joining in himself toward the end. Lead singer Duane Allen’s daughter and her family, known as Martin Family Circus, took the stage to deliver a spirited rendition of the group’s biggest hit, “Elvira.” Then Kenny Rogers relived the Oak Ridge Boys’ transformation from gospel quartet to country music supergroup in the seventies, officially welcoming the Oaks into the fold. 

The evening closed with the traditional singing of “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” before a gala reception on the Hall’s top floor overlooking downtown Nashville. 

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NASHVILLE NOTES

Little Big Town, Dierks Bentley, Florida Georgia Line and Zac Brown are going to perform at next week's CMA Awards. 

The New Times newspaper claims Jason Aldean was recently performing in West Palm Beach when his mic caught on fire. He was singing "She's Country" when the mic ignited. No one was injured. The band continued to play while the flames were extinguished. 

Tim McGraw tells E! News that he keeps his mouth shut because he lives with four women. "I've learned to shut up and not say much. I'm outnumbered, but I'm pretty well taken care of." 

Taylor Swift recently spent time with a six year-old Alabama girl, who is battling cancer. Taylor Rayburn attended Swift's recent concert in Atlanta. Taylor Swift's mom spotted Rayburn and invited her to sit with her. After the show, Swift's mom took Rayburn backstage to meet her daughter. 

North Carolina native Scotty McCreery will receive next year’s Patrick D. Kenan Award for Vocal Health and Wellness March 29 from the Duke Voice Care Center as part of World Voice Day. He’ll perform a brief acoustic set during the presentation at the Cary, NC Arts Center.

Previously available only on DVD, Johnny Cash’s Man in Black:  Live in Denmark 1971 makes its debut as a double-LP and CD this winter. It will be pressed on red and white vinyl for Record Store Day Black Friday on November 27, in advance of its December 4 digital release. Columbia/Legacy also plans to release Koncert v Praze (In Prague-Live) on CD February 5. It chronicles his April 1978 performance, the first by a major American artist behind the Iron Curtain. 

The video for Jewel’s new duet with Dolly Parton, “My Father’s Daughter,” is out now. Though the two didn’t shoot any new scenes together, you do catch a glimpse of Dolly in some archival concert footage.

 

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Monday October 26

The Oak Ridge Boys Rub Elbows with Taylor Swift

BY ABC News Radio 

Sunday night, the Oak Ridge Boys officially become members of the Country Music Hall of Fame. But last weekend, they were rubbing elbows with Taylor Swift outside Dallas. The Oaks took in Taylor’s 1989 show at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, and headed backstage to visit with the superstar and her parents.

Lead singer Duane Allen simply called Taylor’s production the “most amazing show I have ever seen.” During their visit, her dad recalled going to see the “Elvira” hitmakers in Hershey, Pennsylvania in 1979, long before his famous daughter was born.

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum officially welcomes the Oak Ridge Boys into its ranks Sunday evening with its yearly medallion ceremony, also honoring Jim Ed Brown and the Browns and guitar legend Grady Martin.

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Tim McGraw Gets Historical for Nashville Public Library

BY ABC News Radio 

Move over Tim McGraw, performer. Here comes Tim McGraw, historian. In December, fans will have a unique chance to see a different side of the musical superstar and actor. First, Tim presents the Nashville Public Library’s 2015 Literary Award to Pulitzer Prize-winner Jon Meacham.

Then, Tim will participate in a lecture and conversation with the presidential scholar, who’s written books about Andrew Jackson and George H.W. Bush. The free December 7 event starts at 6:15 p.m. CT, and will likely last a couple hours.

An admitted history buff, Tim has hinted in the past he might be open to running for political office if the time was right. His latest album, Damn Country Music, comes out November 6.

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Garth Brooks Bests His Ticket-Sales Record in Wichita

BY ABC News Radio |

Friday morning, Garth Brooks broke his own record in Wichita, Kansas, selling more than 65,000 seats in less than an hour. His previous high mark dates back almost 18 years, when he sold more than 51,000 tickets at the Kansas Coliseum in November of 1997. Garth and wife Trisha Yearwood will play six shows at Intrust Bank Arena between December 3 and 6, with seats still available at last check.

The couple wraps up their two-weekend run in Phoenix, Arizona Saturday night, before heading for Salt Lake City, Utah October 29.

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COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Two of country music's top vocal harmony groups have been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. The Oak Ridge Boys join the hall, along with the late Jim Ed Brown and his sisters Maxine and Bonnie. Oak Ridge Boys Joe Bonsall, Duane Allen, William Lee Golden and Richard Sterban each received a medallion as the newest members of the hall. Jim Ed Brown was inducted at his bedside a few days before his death in June, and his sisters received their medallion during the ceremony. Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Dierks Bentley, Vince Gill and Marty Stuart performed tributes during the ceremony in Nashville last night. The late guitar great Grady Martin was also inducted.

Carrie Underwood tells Parade magazine that competing on American Idol was scary

“Idol was probably the most horrifying thing, because I had never been away from my hometown like that before. I was in L.A., of all places, by myself, putting myself out there, which is a scary thing for anybody to do. My first plane ride was when I was going out to L.A. alone. I always kept in my head, If nothing else ever comes of this, I got to do the coolest thing ever and I won American Idol. I was like, OK, I will just have fun with this and save up as much money as I can and finish school and get a real job. Because I am always a practical thinker and would never allow myself to think it would turn out OK all the time.” 

NASHVILLE NOTES

Reba and Crystal Gayle will honor Richard Leigh with SESAC’s Songwriter Legacy Award November 1 at the Nashville Music Awards. Leigh wrote “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue” for Gayle, as well as “The Greatest Man I Never Knew” and “Somewhere in My Broken Heart” for Reba. 

Toby Keith welcomed his third grandchild on Monday, as daughter Krystal Keith gave birth to her first little one, a girl named Hensley Jack Sandubrae.

Reba, Martina McBride, Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood, Kelsea Ballerini and Nashville’s Charles Esten helped the nonprofit Musicians on Call raise more than $130,000 at their Rock the Room event Wednesday night in Nashville. The organization brings music to the bedsides of patients around the country. 

Lee Brice will anchor the Headwaters Country Jam June 16-18 in Three Forks, Montana. This will be the ninth year for the festival, with its other two headliners to be announced soon.

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Kelly Clarkson is expecting another baby boy. She Instagrammed: "In other news, River's gonna have a little baby brother :) #itsaboy We're so excited!" 

OK! Magazine claims Nicole Kidman wants Keith Urban to star in a movie with her. A source tells the magazine: "She's looking at a new script she's fallen in love with and it involves a very racy sex scene with an as-yet uncast actor. She wants Keith for the part, but he's horrified at the thought of making his acting debut naked." 

Friday October 23

Eric Church and Zac Brown Band to Represent Country Music in A+E Special

BY ABC News Radio

Eric Church and Zac Brown Band are the first country artists who’ve signed on to A+E’s Shining a Light:  A Concert for Progress on Race in America. The two-hour special aims to promote unity and progress in the wake of tragedies like the racially motivated shooting last June at a church in Charleston, South Carolina.

A diverse group of talent, including Jamie Foxx, Sting, John Legend, Bruce Springsteen, Pharrell Williams, Pink and Ed Sheeran are already confirmed for the show, with more artists to be added before it tapes November 18 at Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium.

The show will air Friday, November 20 at 8 p.m. ET, followed by the one-hour special Shining a Light:  Conversations on Race in America at 10. The telecasts will air not only on A+E, but also on all affiliated networks, including History, Lifetime and LMN.

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Miranda Lambert Takes Taylor Swift for a Ride in Her "Little Red Wagon"

BY ABC News Radio 

Clad in a black 1989 t-shirt, Miranda Lambert joined Taylor Swift on stage during her show Wednesday night at North Carolina’s Greensboro Coliseum. The two dueted on a sassy version of Miranda’s hit “Little Red Wagon” from her latest album Platinum.

Taylor was so excited about the collaboration, she couldn’t wait to share it with her fans on Instagram, first posting a performance clip with the lyric, “YOU CAN’T RIDE IN MY LITTLE RED WAGON,” and following up with another with the caption “Oooooh Ahhhhhhh.” She finished with a black-and-white photo of the two giving plenty of attitude on stage. She also tweeted the first clip with the caption, “This is a video of @mirandalambert sitting on a throne of men.”

Miranda’s just the latest in a long line of surprise special guests on the 1989 tour, following in the footsteps of Mick Jagger, Alison Krauss, Justin Timberlake and Julia Roberts, just to name a few. Taylor’s next opportunity to host a major celebrity cameo is this weekend at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

Look for Miranda performing at next month’s CMA Awards. She’s the only female nominated for Entertainer of the Year at the ceremonies that air live on ABC on November 4.

Carrie Underwood Plans "Storyteller" TV Takeover

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If you’re a Carrie Underwood super-fan, you may need to go ahead and clear out some space on your DVR.  The American Idol champion kicks off the media blitz behind her new album Storyteller on the day of its release, performing outdoors Friday morning on NBC’s Today show. 

This weekend, the new mother takes over CMT, with special episodes of CMT Instant Jam, CMT Crossroads and a co-hosting gig on CMT Hot 20. Next Tuesday, she sits down with both Ellen and Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Not only will the following week find Carrie hosting the CMA Awards Wednesday with Brad Paisley, she’ll also flex her vocal chords on Countdown to the CMA Awards:  Country’s Greatest Crossover Hits with Robin Roberts on that Monday evening, before guesting on The Late Late Show with James Corden on CBS later that night. She closes out her TV takeover as a guest judge on Project Runway’s season finale November 5 on Lifetime.

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NASHVILLE NOTES

Taylor Swift was recently performing in Greensboro, North Carolina when Miranda Lambert joined her on stage and sang ''Little Red Wagon.'' 

Keith Urban tells ABC that he will sing two songs at the CMA Awards. One of those songs will be sung with John Mellencamp. ''John and I doing a song together and then we go from that into [‘John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16’]. I don’t know if John’s gonna be a part of this song or not. He could just sing ‘Me, John Deere, John 3:16'. He’s made no secret of the fact that he has particular feelings about the name John Cougar. And I would think particularly Johnny Cougar. But in the context of the song and the period of the song, it makes sense. Mellencamp’s just got too many syllables.'' 

Toby Keith has become a grandfather again. His daughter gave birth to a baby girl named Hensley. This is Toby's third grandchild and second granddaughter. 

Tim McGraw tells E! News that he is a Taylor Swift fan. "I sang with her onstage a few years ago when she came through Nashville, but we've been missing each other all year. We want to see her show—I want to see her show, my wife wants to see her show. It's running out of time—we gotta go check it out. We're big fans of her at our house." 

Lucy Hale and Rascal Flatts have recorded "Let It Go" from the Frozen soundtrack for a new CD called "We Love Disney''

Carrie Underwood tells Entertainment Tonight that she is excited for her first Halloween with her son Isaiah. "This is gonna be our first Halloween with Isaiah. I think I'm gonna have a lot of fun trying to find a costume for him. For Halloween, our house is like the fake headstones in the yard, and there's pumpkins and stuff on the stoop.'' 

Kellie Pickler's husband Kyle Jacobs tells US Weekly that her love of animals sometimes gets out of control. ''Kellie loves animals. Which is great. But in the past, she has literally adopted a raccoon, I can't even count how many dogs, cats, a snake...I mean, sometimes, enough is enough." 

Thursday October 22

LeAnn Rimes Celebrates Veterans with New Christmas Album & Tour

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LeAnn Rimes is reaching out to veterans with her new holiday album, Today Is Christmas. In fact, she recorded a new version of Kenny Loggins’ hit “Celebrate Me Home” with pop star Gavin McGraw, especially with the American heroes in mind. The new video for the song is made up entirely of footage of soliders reuniting with their families as they return home.  

LeAnn also is partnering with the non-profit Disabled American Veterans on her upcoming yuletide tour, with plans to give VIP tickets to a deserving person in each city, eventually bringing them onstage to thank them for their service and give them a gift. The Today Is Christmas Tour starts December 4 in Tacoma, Washington. The new album is out now, including an exclusive Target version with three extra songs.

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Paul Simon and Neil Young Set to Pay Tribute to Willie Nelson at Gershwin Prize Concert

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The Library of Congress will celebrate Willie Nelson’s Gershwin Prize for Popular Song with a tribute concert Wednesday, November 18 at Washington’s DAR Constitution Hall. 

The musically diverse line-up includes Rosanne Cash, Alison Krauss, Jamey Johnson and the Mavericks’ Raul Malo, as well as legends like Paul Simon and Neil Young. Simon was actually the first person presented the honor, with Willie becoming the eighth to join the esteemed ranks.

Even though he recently postponed dates on his Django and Jimmie Tour with Merle Haggard because of an unnamed health concern, Willie is set to be on hand as well. The show will air nationwide on PBS on Friday, January 15 at 9 p.m. ET. 

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Martina McBride Helps Little Girl Serenade Her Cancer-Stricken Mother

Martina McBride made a surprise appearance on "Ellen," where she helped four-year-old McKenna sing to her mom, Dianna. Dianna is currently battling Stage-4 Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Martina and McKenna sang "I'm Gonna Love You Through It".

 

CARRIE UNDERWOOD EXPLAINS WHY SHE CAVED ON WRITING A BABY SONG


NASHVILLE (AP) -- The thought of doing an album of baby songs made Carrie Underwood gag. Underwood says after she announced her pregnancy, she'd meet with songwriters who kept pushing her in that direction. Then she came up with the idea for the song ``What I Never Knew I Always Wanted.'' Underwood says it had to be her own doing or she would have resisted forever. Underwood still struggles to balance her career with caring for her son, Isaiah. She says ``mom guilt'' is rampant in her life. Her new album, ``Storyteller,'' is out tomorrow.

NASHVILLE NOTES

Jake Owen tells Rolling Stone magazine that touring with Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw was like going to school. "It's been a great processing point to be with guys like Kenny [Chesney] or Tim [McGraw] on tour. It's like going to school. You don't go to school and become a lawyer or a doctor overnight. I'm sort of out here doing my residency, until I'm ready to open my own practice." 

Jason Aldean tells the Post Gazette that he liked doing CMT Crossroads with Bob Seger. “It was great. He’s one of the legends. I came through the clubs playing a lot of his stuff over the years, and to finally to meet someone like that, that I’ve looked up to for a long time, was cool. I got a chance to get on stage with him and play ‘Turn the Page’ and ‘Against the Wind’ and some of those songs, and it was a big thrill for me. I think I expected him to be this burly biker guy. He was one of the nicest people I’ve ever met.” 

Chris Young will help Charlie Daniels celebrate his 79th birthday October 27 at The Palm in Nashville. The Birthday Bash is a fundraiser for The Journey Home Project, which helps veterans as they integrate back into civilian life.

Dustin Lynch will celebrate the number-one success of his single “Hell of a Night” next Monday afternoon with a party at South in Nashville.

Restless Heart was officially inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame during a ceremony last Friday in Muskogee.

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Wednesday October 21

Jake Owen Is One of Nashville’s Most Beautiful People

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Jake Owen spills a few of his beauty secrets in the latest issue of Nashville Lifestyles. Though he lost out on the cover to Nashville’s Chris Carmack, the “real life” hitmaker is one of the magazine’s 25 Most Beautiful People this year, alongside fellow celebs Kellie Pickler and model Martha Followill, who’s married to Jared Followill of Kings of Leon.

In an article that touts his “bright green eyes and megawatt smile,” Jake reveals he gets his hair cut by Ali Ryan at Nashville’s The Dry House, and has used Murray’s Superior Hair Dressing Pomade since he was a kid. He also says Kiehl’s facial firming moisturizer has changed his life.

“It’s really good. For about 31 years of my life, I never moisturized or used anything like that– ever,” he says. “It really changed my mornings — and evenings. It’s like the first time I got a Sonicare toothbrush. What have I been missing all this time?”

Jake goes on to say he believes a truly beautiful person is “someone who’s kind and gentle and gives more of themselves than they expect to gain.”

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Reba Hanging Out with Her Nashville Girlfriends This Week

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If you were lucky enough to be a tourist at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on Monday, you might’ve caught a glimpse of Reba and Trisha Yearwood. The CMA Female Vocalists of the Year were shooting scenes for Trisha’s Southern Kitchen on the Food Network. Trisha’s The Song Remembers When exhibit is on display at the Hall through the end of the year.

Wednesday, Reba is set to play a special acoustic set at the Rock the Room event at Nashville’s City Winery. Martina McBride, Kelly Clarkson and Kelsea Ballerini are also on the bill for the show to benefit Musicians on Call, a nonprofit that brings music to the bedsides of patients around the country.

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Sam Hunt Gets Intense in "Break Up in a Small Town" Video

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Sam Hunt re-teams with the director of his “Take Your Time” video for the dramatic new interpretation of his latest single, “Break Up in a Small Town.” The just-released video alternately features a bearded Sam running down the street, juxtaposed with scenes of a house bursting into flames. All the while, the face of his onscreen ex is digitally obscured.

Nominated for New Artist, Single and Song of the Year at the upcoming CMA Awards, the Montevallo hitmaker is also set to perform on the show. The CMA’s air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena November 4 on ABC. 

 

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NASHVILLE NOTES

Maddie & Tae were recently performing in New York when they forgot some of their lyrics. Maddie tells Rolling Stone that she said: "What's an opening night without forgetting some lyrics?'' 

Chris Young tells Rolling Stone that he enjoys writing songs about love. "I think love — or the lack of it — is easily relatable for everybody. There's always other [topics], as least for me as a songwriter. There's a summer song on this record and different things, for sure, but falling in love and falling out of love — trying to decide whether you're in or out of it, all that stuff — is really easily relatable for people. I've definitely lived my share of love songs and breakup songs." 

Taylor Swift tells Vogue Australia that she is thankful for where she is in life. "The public could change their minds about me tomorrow. Things are good right now but I'm never going to be stupid, foolish or ignorant enough to think I have control over the public. All I can control is making good music. I am so lucky that people seem to like me right now but in no way, shape or form, is that a permanent thing. I think being aware of that is what keeps you on the game." 

Josh Turner is the 2015 Chairman of the Beard for the fourth year of No Shave November. So far, the beard-growing campaign has raised close to a quarter of a million dollars for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 

Jana Kramer’s thirty one debuts in the top ten of this week’s Billboard 200 album chart, coming in at #3 on the country chart as well. It features her latest hit, “I Got the Boy.”

Dustin Lynch’s new lyric video for “Mind Reader” premieres online this week. The third single from his CD Where It’s At was co-written by Thomas Rhett’s father, Rhett Akins.

 

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Tuesday October 20

Blake Shelton Sues "In Touch" Magazine over Rehab Cover

BY ABC News Radio 

Attorneys for Blake Shelton on Monday filed a a lawsuit against the company that publishes In Touch Weekly, charging that the magazine libeled the singer with its September 28 cover story alleging that Blake checked into rehab for alcoholism after his divorce from Miranda Lambert.

“Blake Shelton has had enough,” the suit reads. “Mr. Shelton is not in rehab and has no plans to go to rehab,” which, the suit said, the publishers would have known had they contacted any reps for the singer prior to publication. Claiming that the story is both false and damaging, the suit, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, seeks $2 million in damages.

The lawsuit comes just days before the star of The Voice releases his new album, Reloaded: 20 #1 Hits.

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Kelsea Ballerini Invites Fan Battling Cancer To Be Her CMA Awards Date

Kelsea posted a video to Twitter, inviting Allie Allen to the CMA Awards. Allie has been battling brain cancer since 2013, and recently got a visit from Kelsea at St. Jude Children's Hospital. Kelsea tweeted: "Hey @AlllieAllen, I know you're busy kicking cancer's butt, but I need you to come to Nashville on November 4th"

 

Tim McGraw Keeps The Paparazzi Away From His Family

he says: "Well, you know, we live in Nashville, so for us, it’s a safe haven in a lot a ways. That happens when we go to other places. There has to be some distance. I think that we put ourselves out there, because that’s what we do for a living, but our kids didn’t ask for it. You got to have some restraint, and I think that any time they can push these guys back a bit, it’s a good thing. I don’t mind people taking pictures, but at least if somebody says no, or somebody’s doing something, leave their family out of it"

Kimberly Schlapman Debuts Home Goods Line at Cracker Barrel

BY ABC News Radio 

Starting November 12, you’ll be able to able to buy home goods and kitchenware designed by Little Big Town’s Kimberly Schlapman. The Oh Gussie! line features 50 items priced from $4 to $40, and will be available exclusively at Cracker Barrel.

“From grandmother’s aprons to flea market finds, I have always had a great love for all things home,” says the host of Kimberly’s Simply Southern on Great American Country and Cooking Channel. Kimberly released her first cookbook earlier this year, which shares its title with the new venture.

In addition to kitchen utensils, household decor and vintage-inspired dishes, the collection includes some items inspired by her father’s newfound love of pottery. 

“The ‘Paw Paw Pottery’ items hold a special place in my heart as they are all inspired by items my sweet daddy created by his own two hands on the potter’s wheel,” Kimberly says. 

You can preview Kimberly’s Cracker Barrel merchandise right now on her website.

 

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NASHVILLE NOTES

24/7 Wall Street says tickets to some Taylor Swift shows are selling for as much as $5,300 

Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt and Blake Shelton will perform at the CMA Awards on Wednesday, November 4th on ABC. 

The reality show I Love Kellie Pickler premieres November 5 at 9 p.m. on CMT.

Keith Urban celebrates his latest #1, “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16,” Wednesday with a party at Nashville’s Rosewall.

Look for Clint Black November 4 on NBC’s Today show.

Monday October 19

COUNTRY CHATTER: TAYLOR SWIFT IS NAMED THE WORLD'S HIGHEST-EARNING MUSIC STAR

 Taylor Swift has been named the highest-paid musician in the world after reportedly earning more than one million dollars a day for the duration of 2015.

The 25-year-old is said to have raked in around $317.8 million since January.

Taylor released her fifth studio album in October last year and it sold 1.287 million in its first week.

On top of the huge success of the album, Taylor embarked on The 1989 World Tour, which was 85 jam-packed dates in North America, Asia, Europe and Oceania.

Just five shows from the North America branch earned $16.8 million from 149,708 ticket sales.

Taylor has a series of endorsements under her belt which add to her considerable wealth.

She has launched three fragrances in conjunction with cosmetics giant Elizabeth Arden as well as her promotional deals with Diet Coke and Keds footwear.

Forbes predicts Taylor will hit billionaire status by her 30th birthday and will eventually wind up as one of the world's wealthiest women.

TRIBUTE TO HANK WILLIAMS HELD IN NASHVILLE

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- He's no Hank Williams -- and even Tom Hiddleston will acknowledge that. But the British actor didn't have to be. However, Hiddleston did get a nice reception when he came on to sing after a premiere of ``I Saw The Light'' -- a biopic about the country legend. Hiddleston stars as Williams in the movie, which is set for release early next year. After the premiere, he showed audience members he got the essence of Williams' character and voice as he performed a short set which included ``Hey God Lookin''' and ``Move It On Over.''
 

Men’s Fitness Names Sam Hunt a Game Changer

BY ABC News Radio 

Calling him “the college quarterback who’s now scoring with country fans,” Men’s Fitness names Sam Hunt one of its Game Changers of 2015 in its current issue.

Looking back on his time as a philosophy major and quarterback at the University of Alabama Birmingham, Sam reflects on how learning to play music transformed him personally. “I had never explored the arts at all, and coming from a football background where everything was very intense, I had more of a wound-up, aggressive nature,” he admits. “Picking up a guitar brought a lot of balance into my life.”

Even though he’s no longer on the field, Sam tells the magazine he’s careful to still keep it physical, doing cardio and weights two to three times a week, even when he’s on the road.

Sam joins celebs like Oliver Hudson, Michael B. Jordan, Matt Bomer, Calvin Harris and Vin Diesel on the list. The October issue of Men’s Fitness is available now.

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Kacey Musgraves Gets into the Boot Business

BY ABC News Radio

If you’ve ever admired the boots Kacey Musgraves wears on stage, you’ll soon have the chance to own some like them yourself.  The “Follow Your Arrow” hitmaker designed the Kacey for Lucchese collection, inspired by her life and music. It includes four designs, with a focus on the one named Golden Arrow.

“This boot is majorly influenced from a 1950’s pair that are my absolute favorite… I probably wear them at every show.” She goes on to say they also contain “the symbol that has brought me so many reasons to celebrate — the arrow.” 

The white, marbled leather boots with metallic accents will be available November 1, along with the other styles. They’ll initially be sold only through Lucchese, CountryOutfitter.com and at Cavender’s stores, before expanding in the spring. Kacey is set to celebrate the launch November 2 at Lucchese’s Nashville store.

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NASHVILLE NOTES

Carrie Underwood was shocked that Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton split up. She tells People magazine: ''It makes you want to take stock of your own marriage. Like, 'What do you need? Are you happy? What can I do to make things better?''' 

In Style Magazine has named Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman ''Hollywood's Best Dressed Couple'' 

Kellie Pickler tells InStyle magazine that she does not like fans, who use phones at her concerts. “There is no eye contact anymore. At my concerts when I’m performing, sometimes all I notice are people’s phones. It’s very distracting. I think about the people who paid all this money to be in the front row, and they’re holding up their phones. They could have sat at home and watched me on YouTube. I dismiss the people with their phones and try to perform to the people paying attention. If someone is standing with their phone in front of their face the whole time, there is a barrier. It’s like they put up a shield that says they don’t want to be bothered. It’s rude and disrespectful. I’d much rather spend my time engaging with someone and thinking to myself, why they connect with the song. You have to be present. You have to be in the moment.” 

The Express newspaper claims Taylor Swift is earning $1 million dollars per day