Capitol NashvilleDierks Bentley has leant his brand-new song, "I Hold On," to GAC for the network's #DearAmerica campaign this summer. The track will appear on Dierks' upcoming album, Riser, and GAC is asking fans to send in their personal photographs that show what they hold on to as Americans. Those pictures could end up in #DearAmerica spots on GAC or online at GACTV.com. Dierks and the folks at GAC can't wait to see how those photographs enhance the message behind "I Hold On" too.
"This song is probably one of the most personal songs I've ever written or recorded, but at the same time it hits a lot of universal themes that I think we can all relate to," Dierks says of "I Hold On." "I've really been able to sense that from the fans when I play 'I Hold On' out on the road and am really looking forward to seeing what country fans tuning in at home will share."
Fans can submit photographs through Twitter and Instagram using #DearAmerica or by uploading them through the Great American Country mobile app.
Dierks' album, Riser, is due out this fall. It also features his latest single, "Bourbon in Kentucky," which features Kacey Musgraves on background vocals.
Photo Credit: Sarah BarlowThough Taylor Swift is currently touring the U.S. in support of her most recent album, Red, she’s already in the preliminary stages of putting together her next disc.
Taylor tells Rolling Stone that the “floodgates just opened the last couple weeks” as far as her writing new material is concerned. She elaborates, "I'm getting to that point where I'm irritating to be around because I'll be with you for half the conversation and then the second half of the conversation I'm clearly editing the second verse of whatever I'm writing in my head."
Taylor says that her goal is always to take a different approach to each one of her albums. She says, “If you're willing to become a different version of yourself, you can really go anywhere with it. And that's kind of where I am. The kind of the laboratory experimental stage of really catching onto a new thing that I'm liking."
Unfortunately, Taylor wouldn't reveal to Rolling Stone the “new thing” that she’s embraced.
Taylor did allow that she has some people in mind with whom she’d like to collaborate, following the success she experienced with pop super-producer Max Martin, among others, on Red. She says she has a “really long list” of people she admires and to whom she’d like to reach out.
McCarten/PictureGroCongratulations to Taylor Swift on her two MTV Video Music Award nominations for "I Knew You Were Trouble." The edgy clip is up for the show's top prize, Video of the Year, as well as Female Video of the Year.
You'll recall Taylor won Female Video of the Year in 2009, the year Kanye West interrupted her acceptance speech. Taylor made light of that incident in a tweet to her fans, "If you vote and get us one, I promise to keep a firmer grip on the mic this time ;)."
Taylor's up against top nominees Justin Timberlake, Robin Thicke, Bruno Mars and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis for Video of the Year. Fans can now vote in several categories at VMA.MTV.com.
The 30th Annual MTV Video Music Awards broadcast live from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Sunday, August 25 at 9 p.m. ET.
Broken Bow RecordsDustin Lynch is primed and ready to hit the road with Keith Urban and Little Big Town on Keith's Light the Fuse tour, launching Thursday night in Cincinnati. Snagging a spot on this trek is an honor for Dustin because he sees it as a vote of confidence from Keith.
"He trusts me," Dustin says. "I think he wouldn't have me out there if he didn't think I could get everybody fired up."
Since Dustin is the first opening act on the bill, he jokes that he'll be out there helping the fans find their seats. He says with a laugh, "That's what they'll be doing when I'm on stage."
If the fans don't make it for all of Dustin's opening set, they'll get to see him again for the finale performing with Keith and Little Big Town at the end of Keith's headlining set.
Says Dustin, "That's probably the biggest thing I'm nervous about -- is having to get on stage with him and Little Big Town."
We've got a feeling Dustin will get into the groove of performing with Keith and LBT soon enough. He'll be on the road with Keith through December.
Warner Music NashvilleCountry newcomer Charlie Worsham will release his debut album, Rubberband, on August 20, but you can pre-order the album now at CharlieWorsham.com. All pre-orders come with a CD plus a digital copy of the album plus an instant download of Charlie's debut single, "Could It Be," as well as the video for the song.
Fans who spring for the Deluxe Pack will get a Charlie Worsham t-shirt and a personalized print too. The first 50 orders for the Deluxe Pack will also get limited edition vinyl 45 from Charlie.
In addition to "Could It Be," Rubberband features Charlie's collaboration with his heroes Vince Gill and Marty Stuart on the song "Tools of the Trade." Look for Charlie on the road this summer supporting his debut release too.
Twitter.com/Kelly_ClarksonKelly Clarkson shot the video for her new country single, "Tie It Up," Tuesday, and it looks like a few fan photos will be featured in the clip.
Kelly tweeted her fans, "Okay, so I LOVED the #TieItUpVideo wedding pics y'all submitted SO much that I decided they had to be a part of my OFFICIAL video…So, I scrapped the lyric vid and we are fast tracking the new official video!"
Kelly then posted a picture from the wedding-themed video set, which just happens to be an old barn filled with hay bales. The people in the wedding party look like they're having a mighty fine time too.
Kelly wasn't finished working once the video shoot wrapped though. She apparently headed over to the recording studio to sing with Reba and Trisha Yearwood. Kelly tweeted a photo of a studio console with her name written next to the two country legends' names, which seems to signal they were all recording together. The caption reads, "So…This happened today. Suck it world! I win! :) #bestdayever."
Of course, Kelly is marrying Reba's stepson, Brandon Blackstock, soon. She also teamed up with Trisha at last month's CMA Music Festival for a duet on Trisha's hubby Garth Brooks' hit "Ain't Goin' Down ('Til the Sun Comes Up)."
Capitol NashvilleKeith Urban's lyrics have helped his fans express their emotions for years. So, it's only natural Keith is teaming up with Hallmark Gold Crown stores for a new line of greeting cards. The 12-card collection offers greetings for birthdays, friendship, love and support and more, and each one features 15-second sound clips of Keith's hits, like "Sweet Thing" and "Long, Hot Summer."
"For me, a card, like music, has the ability to make an emotional connection," Keith says. "I love knowing that these cards, and my music, will mark such meaningful moments in so many people's lives!"
Check out Keith's full line of sound cards at Hallmark.
MCA NashvilleDavid Nail was inspired to record his latest single, "Whatever She's Got," because the lyrics reminded him of his wife, Catherine. You might think he'd cast Catherine to co-star with him in the new video for the song, but David chose not to go that route.
He tells ABC News Radio, "I definitely didn't want to act in this video. I wanted to just perform. And so, we hired two ridiculously good looking people to interact and portray how fun this song is."
David is seen throughout the video performing with his band on a Nashville rooftop while those ridiculously good looking people have a party with their other attractive friends.
He adds, "We just kind of stood in the background and tried not to look ridiculous."
You can check out David's new video on VEVO. "Whatever She's Got" is the lead single from David's upcoming studio album, due out early next year.