Luke Bryan Achieves NFL Stadium Headliner Status Saturday Night in Pittsburgh

Capitol NashvilleLuke Bryan plays his first headlining show at an NFL stadium Saturday night at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. Only a few country artists — like Kenny Chesney, Garth Brooks, George Strait and Taylor Swift — have reached the status of stadium headliner, and Luke is taking time to savor this milestone.

He tells ABC News Radio, “Being able to go play stadiums and sell out stadiums is the pinnacle of my dreams in this business, and I’m super-honored that the fans showed up and bought the tickets, and I’m going to put every fabric of my mind together to make it a great show.”

Luke will also headline Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts; Soldier Field in Chicago; and Lincoln Financial Stadium in Philadelphia this summer on his That’s My Kind of Night tour. The show is on the road through an October 25 date at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.


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Kenny Chesney Encourages Repeated Listens to “American Kids” to Uncover the Lyrical Details

Photo Credit: Allister AnnKenny Chesney‘s new single, “American Kids,” may have an infectious groove and a catchy hook, but Kenny encourages fans to listen to the lyrics to uncover the song’s deeper meaning.

He says, “Just because it makes you smile, that doesn’t mean a song can’t say something! To me, it’s the songs that feel so good that really bring home a message.”

Kenny adds, “It’s every single detail of being young, growing up, remembering when, laughing about how, but especially knowing you can still do all those things!”

“American Kids” is now available for digital download. Look for a new album from Kenny to come out this fall.


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Kelly Clarkson Reveals First Photo of New Daughter River Rose

Justin Lubin/NBCKelly Clarkson‘s baby girl, River Rose Blackstock, made her debut via Instagram Friday. The shot shows the tiny baby sleeping peacefully in a red carriage wearing white flower headband.

Kelly’s caption reads, “Here is our beautiful baby girl River Rose; 6lbs 6oz, 18 inches, and the greatest thing on the planet.”

Kelly and her husband, Brandon Blackstock, welcomed River Rose on June 12. It’s Kelly’s first child, while Brandon has two children from a previous marriage.

The singer also posted a tweet thanking the studio that photographed River Rose.  It’s the same studio that took the beautiful photos of Kelly’s wedding to Brandon back in October. “Once again, y’all knocked it out of the park!!,” she tweeted.


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Luke Bryan Hits the Beach for Sun-Soaked “Roller Coaster” Video

Photo Credit: A.J. NesteLuke Bryan filmed his latest video, “Roller Coaster,” while in Panama City Beach, FL for his annual Spring Break concerts earlier this year. The clip was directed by Luke’s LBTV videographer Michael Monaco, who has worked with Luke for four years now.

“In my opinion, he did such an amazing job visually capturing these lyrics,” Luke says of Michael. “Also, anytime I can stand on a beach and film a video is a good day!” 

The “Roller Coaster” video is now posted exclusively at People.com. It’s the latest single from Luke’s double-platinum album, Crash My Party.


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Scotty McCreery Happy to Put Former Manager’s Lawsuit Behind Him

Mercury NashvilleScotty McCreery‘s former manager, Todd Cassetty, won a lawsuit against the singer Wednesday in Nashville. According to The Tennessean, a jury found Scotty owes his former manager $239,329 in back payment.

In a statement, Scotty says, “I have a management team, including a professional business manager, in Nashville advising me. Now I am happy to put this behind me and focus on my music. As always, I am thankful to my fans for all of their support.”

Scotty’s latest single, “Feelin’ It,” is now climbing the country chart.


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Blake Shelton Gets Back in the Groove of Touring Tonight in Austin, TX

Warner Music NashvilleBlake Shelton returns to the road Friday night launching his Ten Times Crazier Tour 2014 in Austin, Texas. Due to his schedule taping NBC’s The Voice, Blake only tours during the summer and early fall these days, and that suits him just fine.

He says, “That’s basically all I do anymore. It’s all I really wanna do.”

Spending just a few months on tour does make it harder for Blake to feel at home on the road, though.

“It wasn’t until the end of the tour last year that I kinda felt like we were back in the groove, and I had my routine down,” Blake admits.

When it comes to getting ready for a show, Blake doesn’t have too many demands. He simply needs a good, strong drink before hitting the stage.

Says Blake, “I gotta have it just to loosen up and calm my nerves. That’s really about [it],  that and my guitar and I’m good to go. I think my people would tell you, other than the fact that I’m probably late to everything, that I’m pretty low-maintenance.”

Blake is taking out The Band Perry, Dan + Shay and Neal McCoy as his opening acts this summer. Go to BlakeShelton.com for a full list of tour dates.


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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is Blake Shelton‘s middle name? ANSWER: Tollison.


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Brad Paisley Preparing for High-Stakes Premiere of ABC’s “Rising Star”Sunday Night

ABC/Bob D’AmicoBrad Paisley didn’t even want to hear about taking part in a singing competition when his manager first approached him about appearing on ABC’s Rising Star. Only after his manager approached him a second time armed with footage from the show’s Israeli version did Brad decided to sign on as an expert for the American version, hosted by Josh Groban.

Brad tells ABC News, Radio, “It’s insane. It’s just the most dramatic, highest stakes performance setting I’ve ever seen.”

Contestants sing behind a video wall that rises based on viewers real-time votes at home. The singers actually get a sense of what viewers think of their performance as they’re singing, which is a big feat since the show airs live in three out of four U.S. time zones.

“We’re talking about trying to pull something off that works in countries that have one time zone and not a tenth of the population of America,” Brad explains. “Imagine when we get this thing fired up and people download that app, then you’ve got three or four time zones starting to vote. Crazy!”

Brad sits on the expert panel next to rapper Ludacris and pop star Kesha, who has made quite an impression on the country star.

Says Brad, “She is brutally honest, unbridled. She’s just is who she is. She’s the most unique human being I’ve met lately.”

For complete details on Rising Star voting, download the Rising Star app before the show premieres Sunday night at 9 p.m. ET. Check local listings for air time where you live.

Here’s the list of singers set to perform on Sunday’s premiere:

  • Lisa Punch, 21, Brooklyn, NY
  • Joshua Peavy, 28, Soperton, GA
  • Jesse Kinch, 20, Seaford, NY
  • Maneepat Myra Molloy, 16, Los Angeles, CA
  • Sarah Darling, 31, Nashville, TN
  • Summer Collins, 18, Fayetteville, NC
  • Colin Huntley, 16, Georgetown, TX
  • The duo: Daniel & Olivia,(Daniel Wolfe, 24 and Olivia Thai, 25, San Gabriel Valley, CA
  • A group called Beyond 5 from Nashville, TN. (Zac Love, 19; Tanner Myler, 19; TJ Ryan, 16; Patch Crowe, 19; Ammon Soloasa Tuimaualuga, 17)

 
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Dierks Bentley and Lady Antebellum Taping “Front and Center” Performances for Public Television

Capitol NashvilleDierks Bentley and Lady Antebellum will perform on Public Television’s Front and Center this fall as part of the ramp-up to the 48th Annual CMA Awards. Dierks’ appearance celebrates the 10th anniversary of the CMA Songwriters Series, and hit writers Jim Beavers, Ross Copperman, Brett James and Jon Randall will join him for the show to share stories and songs.

Dierks says, “The CMA Songwriters Series is always a really cool gig. It’s like everybody in the room is in on a secret or something. You’ve got a couple guys with guitars, telling stories and drinking whiskey — anything can happen!”

Lady A will have a few special guests for their Front and Center performance as they gear up to release their fifth album this fall. We’ll keep you posted on air dates when they’re announced in the coming months.


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Blake Shelton Gets Birthday Love from Miranda, “The Voice” and Earl Thomas Conley

Warner Music NashvilleThe Voice had a little fun Wednesday with Blake Shelton for his 38th birthday. The team at the show covered his trailer with some old pictures of the singer looking extra vintage with his signature mullet and a great big Blake Shelton smile. The pictures are captioned “my apologies,” “forgive me” and “I’m sorry.”

Blake’s fellow coach on The Voice Adam Levine also planted a kiss on Shelton for his big day, which The Voice made a gif out of and tweeted out! The picture was captioned, “Birthday kisses from @blakeshelton’s favorite bro! #TheVoice.”

Blake’s wife, Miranda Lambert, posted an adorable picture of Blake as a kid with the caption, “HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my best friend in the whole world! @blakeshelton I love you! (And your dimples!)”

So, what was the best gift Blake got for his birthday? He tweeted Wednesday, “Few things in my life have made my heart swell up like the birthday text I got from Earl Thomas Conley this morning… #hero.”



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