Lauren Dukoff/BillboardKaty Perry and Kacey Musgraves are so close Katy’s even seen Kacey in the buff.
The two singers, who recently taped an episode of CMT Crossroads together, grace the cover of the new issue of Billboard magazine, and in the interview, Kacey confirms that Katy has seen her naked. “A couple times, and it won’t be the last,” she adds.
How did the two get together in the first place? Katy tells Billboard that after she heard Kacey’s debut hit “Merry Go ‘Round,” she instantly connected with it, so she tracked her down online and reached out to her about collaborating. The songs they wrote together didn’t end up on Katy’s PRISM album, but the two remained friends.
“I think [Kacey] straddles the line like I straddle the line of appropriateness and still maintaining a sexuality that is healthy and exciting,” Katy tells Billboard. “And it’s not all about that. It’s about sending inspiring and empowering messages and being a think-for-yourself type of woman.” The two plan to duet onstage when Kacey joins Katy’s tour in August. Get a preview by watching the CMT Crossroads episode on June 13.
Photo Credit: Ash NewellTaylor Swift has teamed with Toyota to promote road safety during the Southeast Asia dates of her Red tour, starting May 30 in Shanghai, China. The campaign features a video of Taylor encouraging fans to use their seat belts behind the wheel.
According to Marketing Interactive, the clip will be shown prior to Taylor’s upcoming shows and on print, TV and social media throughout Southeast Asia.
Here are Taylor’s upcoming Southeast Asia tour dates: 5/30 — Shanghai, China, Mercedes-Benz Arena 6/1 — Tokyo, Japan, Saitama Super Arena 6/4 — Jakarta, Indonesia, Meis Ancol 6/6 — Manila, Philippines, Mall of Asia Arena 6/9 — Bangkok, Thailand, Impact Arena 6/11 — Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Putra Indoor Stadium 6/12 — Singapore, Singapore Indoor Stadium
ABC/Dick Clark ProductionsLukeBryan may have been raised on a peanut farm in South Georgia, but he listened to just as much rap as country music growing up. So, it’s no surprise he’s scored hits with country-rap hybrids like “That’s My Kind of Night.”
Luke tells The New York Times, “Nobody grew up more country than me, and we listened to Eazy-E and 2 Live Crew.”
One Luke went to college at Georgia Southern University, he performed at frat parties and spring break events featuring just as much hip-hop as country. “We watched what the D.J. played afterward,” Luke says. “Right when I got offstage, they started playing Juvenile and Outkast.”
Luke regularly opens his shows with “That’s My Kind of Night.” Go to LukeBryan.com to see where he’s playing next.
Schmidt RelationsThe Grand Ole Opry will have a big presence at next month’s CMA Music festival. An Opry matinee is set for Saturday, June 7 at the Ryman Auditorium in downtown Nashville. The Opry Originals store at 34rd Ave. and Broadway will also host autograph signings throughout CMA Music Festival week with Scotty McCreery, Josh Turner, Craig Morgan, Little Big Town, Dustin Lynch, Love and Theft and more.
Valory Music Co.Brantley Gilbert‘s week-long motorcycle ride wraps up at Arlington National Cemetery Monday with a special Memorial Day ceremony to honor our fallen soldiers. The “Bottoms Up” singer partnered with the Folds of Honor Foundation to support the families of those who’ve lost loved ones in battle.
Brantley says, “Those guys not only left a legacy behind, they’ve got families and things that they cared about just as much as freedom, and any way we can help them out we want to make sure we do that.”
Several members of Brantley’s family and friend group have served in the military, including one of his closest friends who recently served as an Army Ranger. Seeing what his friend went through after serving overseas really got Brantley’s attention.
“I saw him come home and go through some of the PTSD,” Brantley says, “and hearing his stories and stuff and once I started getting information about the numbers of soldiers that were coming home that were having trouble finding jobs and education, [I] figured out it wasn’t just physical or mental issues.”
That experience led Brantley to get involved with the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America to support those soldiers returning from the Middle East.
Before his event at Arlington National Ceremony, Brantley will be pulling double duty, appearing at both the Indianapolis 500 race in Indiana and the Coca-Cola 600 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina on Sunday.
Brantley’s ride from Athens to Arlington coincides with the release of his brand-new album, Just As I Am, now in stores and online.
Big Machine Label GroupDanielle Bradbery and Jennifer Nettles will perform on the 2014 National Memorial Day concert airing from Washington, D.C. Sunday night on PBS. The annual event takes place on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol with co-hosts Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise. Members of the U.S. military bands and choirs will also perform at the concert.
Arista NashvilleBrad Paisley and his wife, actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley, recently celebrated their 11th wedding anniversary. What’s the secret to making their love last?
Brad tells Parade, “I think there’s no secret other than mutual respect and a sense of humor. A sense of humor can get you through so much.”
Brad and Kimberly also share that bond with their two young sons, Huck and Jasper. Brad’s trying to instill that sense of humor into his kids, but it doesn’t always go smoothly.
“I remember one of my kids the other day did something that made everybody laugh and he was like, ‘I wish everybody wasn’t laughing at me,” Brad says. “And I told him, ‘you know how hard some people work to try to get people to laugh at them?’”
Brad made people laugh with guest spots on CBS’s The Crazy Ones and Two and a Half Men this year. He’s back on the small screen as a “celebrity expert” on ABC’s new singing competition, Rising Star, premiering June 22.