Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhich country act is hosting this year’s CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock TV special on ABC? ANSWER: Little Big Town.  It airs August 5.


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Luke Bryan to Headline First Country Show Ever at Barclays Center in Brooklyn

CMALuke Bryan will become the first country act to headline the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY on September 14. The show is the first in the venue’s Brooklyn Country series.

Luke tells Newsday, “It’s just amazing. Brooklyn is such an amazing area and it’s incredible the thought of my country self in the heart of Brooklyn.”

The Barclays Center show comes after Luke’s first headlining show at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan last January.


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Miranda Lambert Invites Fans to Live the Platinum Lifestyle

Sony Music NashvilleIt doesn’t seem like that big a risk for Miranda Lambert to name her latest album Platinum since all four of her previous projects have reached platinum sales status. Still, Miranda insists there’s more to that title than selling a million records, though.

While she’d love to see this album go platinum, Miranda says, “It’s a lifestyle kind of thing. It’s about blondes and Airstreams and platinum jewelry. Once I had that in my head, Platinum, for the title, there was no going back. I couldn’t think of anything else that would fit. So, we just went with it.”

Miranda is stepping out of her platinum Airstream trailer looking like a million bucks on the cover of Platinum. She hopes her fans latch on to that fun yet glamorous vibe.

“I see this, hopefully, kind of lifestyle and attitude catching on,” Miranda explains. “People enjoying being a little over-the-top. In the photo shoot, there was a silver flamingo. It’s like, ‘What is that?’ Well, I don’t know, but it’s fun. Why not, you know?”

Miranda hopes her fans get a little over-the-top tailgating prior to her shows on the Platinum tour starting next month.

She adds, “Maybe people get in the spirit with the Airstreams and the flamingos and the Bud Lite Platinum and whatever-else — the blonde wigs and the dying their pets silver, and whatever they wanna do! Just get in the spirit of having fun.”

Platinum is now in stores and online featuring Miranda’s latest hit, “Automatic,” as well as her duet with Carrie Underwood on “Somethin’ Bad.” Look for Miranda and Carrie to sing that song on the 2014 CMT Music Awards Wednesday night.


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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockJonathan Jackson and Charles Esten of ABC’s Nashville and this season’s Bachelorette, Andi Dorfman, will make special appearances at the CMA Music Festival this weekend in Nashville. Look for them at the ABC Summer Block Party on Lower Broadway.

Lucy Hale‘s debut country album, Road Between, is now in stores. The new season of her ABC Family show, Pretty Little Liars, premieres January 10.

Hunter Hayes has released the song, “Tattoo,” as the latest single from his new album, Storyline.

Eric Paslay‘s new video for “Song About a Girl” premiered this week. The song is the follow-up to his #1 hit “Friday Night.”


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Randy Houser Celebrates Third Consecutive #1 Hit, Stays Quiet on Situation Surrounding Divorce

Stoney Creek RecordsRandy Houser celebrated his third consecutive #1 hit, “Goodnight Kiss,” with a party in Nashville Monday afternoon. The event was even sweeter since this is the first chart-topper Randy wrote himself.

He says, “To actually get to be the guy that gets to sing my first #1 as a writer, that’s a real special thing.”

The party comes at a difficult time for Randy as he’s currently going through a divorce from his wife, Jessa. While he’s happy to listen to advice from friends and fans, he’s not going to discuss the split publicly at all.

“Nobody knows the circumstances around my personal life as well as Jessa and I do, and I’m not going to talk about it,” Randy says.

That being said, Randy welcomes words of encouragement from those around him.

“Life’s tough,” he says. “You know, we’re all having to live it and we all gotta get through things and make the best of situations, and I think that both of us are smart enough to do that.”

On a happier note, Randy’s “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight” video is up for Male Video of the Year at the 2014 CMT Music Awards. Randy will be on hand for the broadcast airing live from Nashville Wednesday night at 8 ET.


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Jake Owen’s “Beachin’” Goes Gold; Jake Takes Batting Practice with the Yankees

Sweet Talk PRJake Owen picked up a gold single certification for his latest hit, “Beachin’,” over the weekend. Members of his record label staff and management team presented Jake with the plaque prior to his Friday night show at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City.

While in the Big Apple, Jake headed over to Yankee Stadium to take some batting practice with the New York Yankees. He even posted an Instagram video of Derek Jeter warming up for a big game.


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Miranda Lambert Teams Up with Crystal Light to Launch Platinum Tour Next Month

Sony Music NashvilleCrystal Light is one of the main ingredients in Miranda Lambert‘s favorite drink, the Randa-rita, so it’s only natural she’s teamed up with the drink mix company to sponsor her Platinum tour.

Miranda says, “I’m always talking about the fact that Crystal Light has been a staple in my life – on tour and at home – so joining forces was the perfect way to kick off this tour,”

The trek launches June 10, and Crystal Light is giving fans the opportunity to taste their newest flavors at select concerts. For a complete list of tour dates, go to MirandaLambert.com.  Miranda’s new album, Platinum, is available this week featuring “Automatic” and the Carrie Underwood duet, “Somethin’ Bad.”


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CMT Music Awards Video of the Year Nominees to Be Announced Wednesday Morning

CMTThe six finalists for the CMT Music Awards Video of the Year award will be revealed Wednesday morning in an all-new, hour-long special at 7 a.m. ET on CMT. Fans will be able to vote for their Video of the Year all day long at CMT’s website and other mobile platforms to determine the big winner.

That night, the 2014 CMT Music Awards Red Carpet special starts at 7:00 ET, with exclusive interviews and a look at what the stars are wearing. Kip Moore is also giving a live performance during the Red Carpet special.

The 2014 CMT Music Awards air live from Nashville Wednesday night at 8 ET. Actress Kristen Bell hosts, and Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Florida Georgia Line, Eric Church, and Little Big Town are among the stars on the performers lineup.


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Kip Moore Launching CMT On Tour 2014: Up in Smoke September 25 in New York City

MCA NashvilleKip Moore well head out on his first-ever headlining tour this fall. CMT On Tour 2014: Up in Smoke launches September 25 in New York City, with Charlie Worsham and Sam Hunt in the supporting slots.

Kip says, “To be teaming up with CMT for a tour is a really exciting moment in my career.  We’ll definitely be playing lots of songs from the new album out on the road so it will be fun to test those out and see what the fans think.”

Kip performs his latest single, “Dirt Road,” on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers Monday night. Look for him on the CMT Music Awards Red Carpet pre-show Wednesday night as well.

Here are Kip’s CMT On Tour dates:

9/25 — New York, NY, Best Buy Theatre
9/26 — Albany, NY, Palace Theatre
10/2 — Rockford, IL, Coronado Theatre
10/3 — Cedar Rapids, IA, Paramount Theatre
10/4 — Minneapolis, MN, Orpheum Theatre
10/16 — Chattanooge, TN, Tivoli Theatre
10/23 — Tulsa, OK, Cain’s Ballroom
10/24 – Helotes, TX, Floores Country Store
11/7 — North Myrtle Beach, SC, House of Blues
11/8 — Orlando, FL, House of Blues
11/14 — Athens, GA, Classic Center Theater
11/20 — Sayreville, NJ, Starland Ballroom
11/21 — Boston, MA, Orpheum Theatre Boston



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Kenny Chesney Teases New Single, “American Kids,” with Psychedelic Trailer

Blue Chair/SonyKenny Chesney has released a teaser trailer for his brand-new single, “American Kids.” The clip features Kenny with a bunch of hippies in the desert dancing around a psychedelic-looking school bus. Kenny sings the lyrics, “Little messed up, but we’re all all right” at the end of the video.

“American Kids” hits the airwaves June 20. Last week, Kenny tweeted the date 9/30/14, which likely signals his new album should be coming out on that date. We’ll keep you posted with any further details.



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