Arista NashvilleCarrie Underwood has made it to the final round of voting for the Milestone Award at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards next month. She’s up against Ellie Goulding and OneRepublic for the fan-voted trophy. The polls are now open at Billboard.com/Milestone.
The Milestone Award recognizes an innovative artist who achieved a notable chart milestone in the past year. The winner will be announced during the 2014 Billboard Music Awards, airing on ABC Sunday, May 18 at 8 p.m. ET.
Broken Bow RecordsDustin Lynch‘s latest single, “Where It’s At,” features him singing the phrase “yep yep” at several points in the song. Fans have latched onto “yep yep” so much, Dustin’s already selling t-shirts and other items with that line at his concerts.
Dustin tells ABC News Radio, “What’s crazy is how many people have picked up on that in social media, like Twitter and Facebook. I see it all over the place now. Hashtag yep yep.”
The overall message of “Where It’s At” celebrates the everyday magic of a true love relationship well beyond the first few dates.
“It’s about not being able to take your hands off of someone, but for good reasons,” Dustin explains. “It’s about real. Being real. It’s not about glam, you know. It’s about just being who you are in your own clothes and a ballcap and t-shirt and pajamas and being the big spoon on the couch and all that good stuff.”
“Where It’s At” is the lead single from Dustin’s upcoming sophomore album, due out later this year.
CMATheBand Perry recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of the release of their sophomore album, Pioneer. While the latest single from that project, “Chainsaw,” climbs the charts, the Perry siblings are starting to think about what they want to say on their upcoming third album.
Lead singer Kimberly Perry says, “We have begun, slowly but surely, and I can’t even tell you what’s in our heads yet, because we’re still trying to get it all out on paper.”
The Band Perry spent a lot of time writing and re-writing songs for Pioneer. This time around, they’re taking a more intuitive approach to writing music.
“On the third album I can say it’s all about feel,” Kimberly explains. “‘How does this feel? This feels good. This is gonna feel good live.’ So it’s already taken a life of its own and it has its own personality. We’ll see what it becomes.”
There’s a chance The Band Perry could try out some of those new songs on the road. Go to TheBandPerry.com to see where they’re playing next.
Courtesy KevinSharp.comKevin Sharp, who scored a hit in 1996 with “Nobody Knows,” has died.
Sharp’s website announced the singer died Saturday night of ongoing complications from past stomach surgeries and digestive issues. He was 43.
Sharp — who survived a battle with a rare form of bone cancer after he was diagnosed while in high school — earned a #1 country hit in 1996 with “Nobody Knows,” a cover of a song by R&B artist Tony Rich. It was off his debut album, Measure of a Man, which also featured the singles “She’s Sure Taking It Well” and “If You Love Somebody.”
Sharp later released two more studio albums: 1998′s Love Is and 2005′s Make a Wish.
A memorial service is being planned in Nashville. More information will be announced on Sharp’s website in the near future.
CMACountry newcomer Jon Pardi probably wouldn’t have pursued a career in music if it wasn’t for his grandmother’s karaoke machine. She used to watch him sing for hours when he was a kid growing up in Dixon, CA.
Jon tells The Sacramento Bee, “She just loved to sing. We’d play Garth Brooks tracks or George Strait tracks, and we’d sing along. It was fun.”
Jon eventually picked up the guitar and began writing songs before moving to Nashville a few years ago. Now, he’s signed to the same record label as Strait, and the two got to hang out for a little bit earlier this month at the ACM Awards in Las Vegas.
“For five minutes I had a conversation with him, and he was so cool,” Jon says of George. “Talk about a guy who’s conquered it all, but still so level-headed. I always looked up to him before that, but I look up to him even more now.”
Jon recently shot the video for his latest single, “What I Can’t Put Down.” Look for that clip to premiere in the coming weeks.
MCA NashvilleKipMoore is just one of the many country stars you might find digging in the bins at an independent record store. He’s the proud owner of an old record player and is building a collection of old vinyl albums.
Kip tweeted, “Everyone should cut off from the world once a week, grab a drink and listen.”
Saturday, by the way, is national Record Store Day, and a few country artists like Dolly Parton and Eric Church are releasing vinyl products exclusively to independent record stores around the country to celebrate.
ABCFirst lady Michelle Obama and Kellie Pickler will guest star on the May 7 episode of ABC’s Nashville as lead character, Rayna Jaymes, organizes a military benefit concert at Fort Campbell. The military-themed event comes after Rayna finds out her current love interest, country star Luke Wheeler, has been injured while in Afghanistan.
Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line has been playing shows in Canada this past week, but the duo’s Tyler Hubbard isn’t happy with the weather up there. He posted a photo from his hotel room on Instagram Friday saying, “Not the prettiest place I’ve been to in Canada. It’s so cold and nasty today.”
Luckily, FGL heads to Hawaii for a little fun in the sun this coming week before their show in Honolulu on Thursday, April 24.