Jason Aldean has taken the country music world by storm in the past few years, shooting out of the ranks of wannabe country stars and into sold-out arena tours. The ‘My Kinda Party’ singer may perform to 20,000 people on any given night, and his songs have been climbing the charts like kids on a playground. Even so, the laid-back country hitmaker says he’s not about to go around giving other hopefuls advice — especially not on a reality TV show.
This weekend, pop diva Whitney Houston’s death shook the music community to its core, leaving stars so stunned and sad that the only appropriate way to respond seemed to be offering up a version of the awe-inspiring ‘I Will Always Love You.’ We saw Jennifer Hudson bring the Grammy audience to the point of tears with her chill-invoking tribute on the big stage last night. But even before that emotional performance, LeAnn Rimes paid tribute to the fallen star by singing the hit song at her show in Reno, Nev.
Chris Young has become known for his philanthropic work to better music education, and he just continued in that work, donating some of his own audio equipment as well as other accessories to his alma mater. Now, Middle Tennessee State University’s Department of Production Services can offer even better music education to their students, and they have one celebrity country singer to thank for that.
In September, we reported Reba McEntire‘s intent to star in and become the executive producer for the sitcom ‘Malibu Country.’ Now, the latest news surrounding the show is that ABC ordered the pilot, adding it to nine other comedy pilots the network is considering for the upcoming television season.
Get ready for a giant dose of adorable. It came out a couple weeks ago that Dierks Bentley‘s 3-year-old daughter, Evie, was making a cameo at the end of his upcoming album release, ‘Home.’ And while that story was sweet in itself, it’s an entirely different thing to actually see the young Evie performing live with her dad, as she did last night at Bentley’s Ryman Auditorium show in Nashville.
Trisha Yearwood is about to marry two of her longtime abilities: being in front of an audience and offering up delicious southern fare. The Grammy Award winning artist has already authored two bestselling cookbooks — ‘Cooking for Family and Friends’ and ‘Georgia Cooking in an Oklahoma Kitchen’ — and now she’s about to step into the spotlight with her own six-episode cooking show on the Food Network.
For the first time ever, the Academy of Country Music is taking a totally different spin on the way they unroll their awards. This year, they’re hitting the internet and announcing the 2012 ACM Awards nominees on Facebook and Twitter, with the bulk of the nominations being unveiled during a digital press conference on Thursday, Jan. 26 at 6:30 AM PT.
Rocker and former Creedence Clearwater Revival member John Fogerty recently announced that he’s been working on a new record for the past few months with several superstar guests, including Brad Paisley, Miranda Lambert and the Foo Fighters. Though the album doesn’t yet have an official release date, Fogerty is set to tour this year, hitting Australia and New Zealand and potentially adding a North American leg of the tour at a later date.
On New Year’s Eve, an 18-year-old Oklahoma mother shot and killed an intruder to protect her 3-month-old baby, after she had just lost her husband to cancer on Christmas day. Now, John Rich of Big and Rich is on a mission to find this young mother and give her some much-needed help.
The latest development in the Mindy McCready saga is that her ex-boyfriend, Billy McKnight — who is also the father of her missing son Zander — spoke with the ‘Today’ show about McCready’s past, their son and his recent communication with both of them. Though there is no warrant out for McCready’s arrest, a judge did issue an ‘emergency’ order on Thursday to have the boy brought back to Florida, regardless of what state he’s currently in.
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