Lady A’s Hillary Scott Stepping into Character for “Bartender” Performance on “American Idol”

Green Room PRLady Antebellum debuts their brand-new single, “Bartender,” on the American Idol season finale Wednesday night. Band member Hillary Scott is excited to show off her fun, sassy side singing lead vocals for this performance.

She says, “It’s gonna be a great fun one to really interact with Charles and Dave and just really get all the girls involved and excited about it hopefully in the audience.”

Since “Bartender” is written and performed from a strong female perspective, Hillary’s band mate Charles Kelley is proud of Lady A’s role in representing women on country radio.

“This is really heavy Hillary on this,” Charles says, “and it’s like, what a great time to kinda go, ‘There’s still some strong females.’ Even though she’s a part of a group, she’s still representing that and helping carry that flag along with Miranda and Carrie and all the other girls.”

Tune in to see Lady Antebellum perform “Bartender” on American Idol‘s season finale Wednesday night at 8 ET on Fox. Jennifer Nettles is also slated to perform with Idol finalist Jess Meuse on the finale.

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Josh Turner and Wife Expecting Fourth Son

Image credit: George HolzJosh Turner is going to be a new dad later this year. He and his wife are expecting their fourth son in September.  He tells People magazine “it’s a welcome surprise.”

Josh says, “To have four boys is pretty awesome for a father.”

Josh and wife Jennifer’s brood currently includes Hampton, who’s 7 1/2; Colby, who turns 5 next month; and Marion, 3. Josh says Colby has suggested the family name the baby “Backwoods Boy,” but the singer all but ruled out the idea.

Will he be able to handle four kids in the same house? Josh, 36, says he has “no idea what it’s going to be like,” but, “We’re just going to take it one day at a time.”

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Dan + Shay Launching Where It All Began Tour October 9 in Minneapolis

Warner Music NashvilleNew duo Dan + Shay will head out on their Where It All Began tour starting October 9 in Minneapolis, MN. The club trek takes the guys to New York City’s Highline Ballroom and Washington, D.C.’s Cain’s Ballroom. The 10-city tour wraps up October 26 in Columbus, Ohio. They’ll hit the road with Blake Shelton this summer.

Dan + Shay follow up their gold-certified debut hit, “19 You + Me,” with the new single, “Show You Off.” Both songs are included on Dan + Shay’s debut album, Where It All Began.

Where It All Began Tour Dates:

10/9 — Minneapolis, MN, Mill City Nights
10/10 — Madison, WI, Majestic Theater
10/15 — Nashville, TN, Cannery Ballroom
10/16 — Birmingham, AL, Workplay Soundstage
10/17 — Robinsonville, MS, Horseshoe Tunica
10/19 — Tulsa, OK, Cain’s Ballroom
10/23 — New York, NY, Highline Ballroom
10/24 — Philadelphia, PA, The Trocadero Theatre
10/25 — Washington, D.C., 9:30 Club
10/26 — Columbus, OH, Newport Music Hall

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Carrie Underwood, Kellie Pickler and Kacey Musgraves Make Maxim 100 Hot List

Arista NashvilleA few of country leading ladies have made Maxim‘s annual Hot 100 list. Kellie Pickler leads the pack at #46, and Carrie Underwood comes in at #56. Kacey Musgraves earned the #70 spot.

There is a chance more country stars could make the cut for the Hot List when the full countdown is revealed on June 3.

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Stars Lining Up to Meet the Fans at CMA Music Festival’s Fan Fair X Next Month

CMAThe CMA Music Festival’s Fan Fair X exhibit promises to be bigger than ever with Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore, Craig Morgan, The Band Perry, Thompson Square, Wynonna, Little Big Town, Chris Young and many more signing autographs for fans.

Lady Antebellum, Sara Evans, Kix Brooks and LeAnn Rimes are among the stars taking part in the CMA Close Up interview series each morning at Fan Fair X. The HGTV Lodge in Fan Alley will also feature performances from Brett Eldredge, Tyler Farr, Dustin Lynch, Kip Moore, Rascal Flatts, Josh Turner and Charlie Worsham. Fans attending Fan Fair X will also get to see Dierks Bentley‘s white Chevy truck, also known as Big White.

For a full list of artists participating in Fan Fair X at the Music City Center, go to The CMA Music Festival runs June 5 through 8 in downtown Nashville.

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Joe Nichols and Wife, Heather, Welcome New Baby Girl, Georgia Blue

Red Bow RecordsCongratulations to Joe Nichols on the birth of his new daughter, Georgia Blue Nichols. According to a tweet from Joe, the little one was born at 8:06 a.m. in Texas Tuesday weighing seven pounds, four ounces. Joe says Georgia and her mom, Joe’s wife, Heather, are doing fine.

The couple has a two-year-old daughter named Dylan, and Joe has a 15-year-old daughter, Ashelyn, from a previous relationship.

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Report: Taylor Swift Sued by Clothing Brand

ABC NewsMost Taylor Swift‘s fans know that 13 is her lucky number, but it appears as though her love of it is causing some problems.

E! News reports that the singer is being sued by Lucky 13, a California clothing company that was established in 1991.  A lawsuit filed on Tuesday accuses Taylor of trademark infringement, claiming unauthorized use of the company’s registered trademarks. According to E!, the company has reached out to Taylor and her camp several times, to no avail.

E!’s report doesn’t specify exactly when and how Taylor allegedly used these trademarks.  She does paint the number 13 on her hand before her concerts, for example, and some of the shoes in her footwear line for Keds come with a special charm incorporating the number 13, but it’s not clear how these would count as trademark infringements.

Taylor’s attraction to the number 13 stems from the fact that December 13 is her birthday, and also for its odd re-appearance in her life at key moments. 

As she told MTV, “I turned 13 on Friday the 13th. My first album went gold in 13 weeks. My first No. 1 song had a 13-second intro. Every time I’ve won an award I’ve been seated in either the 13th seat, the 13th row, the 13th section or row M, which is the 13th letter. Basically whenever a 13 comes up in my life, it’s a good thing.”

Except this time, apparently.

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Keith Urban Sells Another 22,000 Signature Guitars Through HSN

Capitol NashvilleKeith Urban reached new heights selling his URBAN line of guitars on HSN over the weekend. Keith’s appearance on the network Sunday moved more than 22,000 of his Light the Fuse and Phoenix URBAN guitar packages. He sold 20,000 guitar packages during an appearance on HSN last November.

Now that more than 40,000 fans have bought his guitars, Keith says, “Hopefully, some people that have gotten these guitars of ours will take to it. That’d be awesome.”

Keith designed the guitars and the accompanying amplifiers, strings and instructional DVDs to help people introduce themselves to the guitar.

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Kristen Bell to Return as Host of Next Month’s CMT Music Awards

CMTActress Kristen Bell has signed on to host the 2014 CMT Music Awards again this year. She previously co-hosted with Toby Keith in 2012 and Jason Aldean in 2013.

Kristen says, “After two years of duets with amazing partners, I’m really excited for my first solo effort. I love that the country community has welcomed me so warmly and I can’t wait to head back to Nashville for what’s sure to be another amazing show this year.”

Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood will perform their duet, “Somethin’ Bad,” on the 2014 CMT Music Awards Wednesday, June 4 live from Music City at 8 p.m. ET. Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton are among the other stars set to sing on the show. More talent will be announced soon.

Fan voting for the CMT Music Awards is now open at

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhich 2005 hit features Tim McGraw and rapper Nelly? Answer:  “Over and Over.”

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