Carrie Underwood’s “Something in the Water” Is Now Her Longest-Running Chart Topper

Image Courtesy Sony Music/Jeremy CowartCarrie Underwood’s latest single, “Something in the Water,” has passed a milestone. This week, it spends a seventh week atop Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, giving her the longest run at #1 of her career, besting her debut single.  Nine years ago this week, “Jesus, Take the Wheel” was midway through its six-week run on that same chart. But aside from her chart success, Carrie says she has first-hand knowledge of how her hits are affecting the fans.

“I guess they feel like they know me, especially those that have been with me for 10 years. They definitely have a tendency to write me letters or tell me things that are very, very personal. I think it’s really amazing that they can relate to my stuff in that way. It’s not gonna fix their problems. It’s not gonna make their lives magically any better, but it might make them feel better for a little bit. It’s pretty cool,” she reflects.

But Carrie is careful to make sure all her songs aren’t as deep as “Something in the Water” and “Jesus, Take the Wheel.”

“If I wrote and sang, like really heavy songs all the time, like, that would weigh heavily on my heart, you know, giving that every single night song after song after song. So, it’s important to have fun stuff in there, too, every once in a while that’s just for the sake of being fun,” she says.

“Something in the Water” is up for Best Country Solo Performance at this year’s Grammys.

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Jason Aldean Celebrates Engagement with Super-Secret Nashville Party

Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsJason Aldean celebrated his upcoming wedding to Brittany Kerr with a swanky party at a secret location in Nashville last weekend, according to Us Weekly. Upon their arrival, guests were personally greeted by Jason and his bride-to-be and served champagne. Close to one hundred people attended, including Luke Bryan, Eric Church and family members.

The “Just Gettin’ Started” hitmaker laid aside his trademark hat, sporting instead a black suit with a white shirt, while his fiancée wore a silver-beaded gown. A six-tiered white cake was the centerpiece, while the party also boasted a photo booth and a logo that featured the couple’s initials between a pair of antlers. The celebration lasted well into Sunday morning.

Though they’ve yet to publicly reveal the exact date, Jason and Brittany are set to tie the knot later this year.

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Miranda Lambert Grows “Roots and Wings” for Ram Trucks

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleThere’s new music today from Miranda Lambert, thanks to her partnership with Ram Trucks. Miranda composed “Roots and Wings” especially for Ram’s latest ad campaign. It’s also the focus of a new music video shot at significant locations in Miranda’s life. The YouTube clip showcases many of Miranda’s personal family photographs.

Miranda set out to create a song that would represent what the brand stands for: “being who you are, working hard, staying true to your roots.” “’Roots and Wings’ is personal to me about where I come from and where I am going,” she says. “I hope it speaks to people the way it does to me.”

In November, Ram donated a Laramie Longhorn truck that raised close to $55,000 for Miranda’s MuttNation Foundation dog charity. A similar truck tows Miranda’s Airstream to and from each venue on her Certified Platinum tour, and is on display alongside the trailer she named “Wanda the Wanderer.” This weekend, Miranda and her convoy stop in Knoxville, Tennessee and Charleston, West Virginia. 

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Shania Twain to Release “SHANIA: Still the One Live from Vegas” March 3

Mercury NashvilleIf you never got to Las Vegas to see Shania Twain perform during her residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, no problem.  You’ll be able to see and hear it in the comfort of your own living room this March.

March 3 sees the release of SHANIA: Still the One Live from Vegas, exclusively at Walmart.  It’s available as either a CD, or as a DVD that captures Shania’s full Vegas production, as well as behind-the-scenes footage of rehearsals, costumes, training and more.  The elaborate show featured a 13-piece live band, horses, a flying motorcycle and, of course, Shania’s numerous hits.

In a statement, Shania says, “This show has been my labor of love for over three years. It has meant so much to me and was such a privilege to live out my visions on that stage, and it is so exciting to now get to share the whole experience with the fans all over the world!”

Here’s the track list for the CD and DVD of SHANIA: Still the One Live from Vegas:

1.  “I’m Gonna Getcha Good!”
2.  “You Win My Love”
3.  “Don’t Be Stupid (You Know I Love You)”
4.  “Up!”
5.  “I Ain’t No Quitter”
6.  “No One Needs to Know”
7.  “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?”
8.  “Any Man of Mine”
9.  “That Don’t Impress Me Much”
10. “Honey, I’m Home”
11. “(If You’re Not In It for Love) I’m Outta Here”
12. “Come On Over”  (Acoustic)
13. “Love Gets Me Every Time”  (Acoustic)
14. “Rock This Country!”  (Acoustic)
15. “Today Is Your Day”  (Acoustic)
16. “You’re Still the One”
17. “From This Moment On”
18. “Red Storm”
19. “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!”

1.  Opening
2.  “I’m Gonna Getcha Good!”
3.  “You Win My Love”
4.  “Don’t Be Stupid (You Know I Love You)”
5.  “Up!”
6.  Good, Bad And Sexy (Interlude)
7.  “I Ain’t No Quitter”
8.  “No One Needs to Know”
9.  “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?”
10. “Any Man of Mine”
11.  Shania Style (Interlude)
12. “That Don’t Impress Me Much”
13. “Honey, I’m Home”
14. “(If You’re Not In It for Love) I’m Outta Here”
15. “Carrie Anne”
16. “Come On Over”
17. “Love Gets Me Every Time”
18. “Rock This Country!”
19. “Today Is Your Day”
20.  Black Horse, White Horse (Interlude)
21. “You’re Still the One”
22. “From This Moment On”
23.  Red Storm (Interlude)
24.  “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!”
25.  “Rock This Country!”  (Live from Calgary) & Credits

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Blake Shelton Admits He Hasn’t Actually Seen “American Sniper”

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleBlake Shelton tells TMZ even though he hasn’t actually seen American Sniper, he has no problem speaking out against the film’s critics.

“I defend our military,” Blake told a paparazzo as he got into a limo outside 30 Rock, where he’ll host Saturday Night Live this weekend. “I don’t like people that talk some sh*t about our military, no matter what arm or leg it is.”

Earlier this week, The Voice star tweeted it “Sickens me to see celebrities or anybody slam the very people who protect their right to talk sh*t,” adding the hashtag #truecowards. Blake was responding to actor Seth Rogen’s post saying the film about the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history reminded him of a fake Nazi propaganda movie in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds. Rogen has since clarified that he’s actually a fan of the movie and didn’t mean any disrespect.

“I want to see the movie real bad,” Blake told the photographer, between signing autographs and posing for pictures with fans.

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Rascal Flatts to Sing National Anthem Before Nevada’s Largest Sporting Event

Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsRascal Flatts will sing the national anthem before the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday, March 8.  More than 100,000 fans are expected to turn out for the Kobalt 400, Nevada’s largest sporting event.

The trio’s patriotic performance takes place during their nine-show residency at The Joint inside Vegas’s Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The Rascal Flatts Vegas Riot! shows start Wednesday February 25 and runs through Saturday, March 14.

The guys kick of their Riot Tour 2015 May 29 in St. Louis, with Scotty McCreery as the opening act.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat was Luke Bryan‘s first hit? ANSWER:  His debut single, “All My Friends Say,” went to #5 in 2007.

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Zac Brown Says It’s All About the People

Image Courtesy Southern GroundZac Brown Band‘s new single, “Homegrown,” is the first venture in the band’s partnership between their own Southern Ground Records, fashion designer John Varvatos‘ record label and Nashville-based Big Machine Records. Zac believes the kind of people he surrounds himself with has been crucial to the band’s success.

“It’s all about the people,” he reflects. “It’s all about the help that I have, and I’ve got brilliant, passionate people that I try to instill the way that I would answer or to do things. We have our philosophy behind it, but that’s the only way it gets done, with all of our people.”

The new album from Zac Brown Band is due in stores and online this spring.

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Nashville Notes

Image Courtesy Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLook for Florida Georgia Line on Access Hollywood Live on Thursday, discussing the sold-out opening weekend of their Anything Goes Tour 2015. Check local listings for details about the syndicated show.

Love And Theft will join Jerrod Niemann for his January 27 Chords For A Cause Benefit at Nashville’s Dan McGuiness Irish Pub, to raise money for Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.

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Blake Shelton Taunts Adam Levine in SNL Promo

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleIt appears that Blake Shelton is taking his rivalry with Voice co-star Adam Levine to Saturday Night Live. Blake shot several SNL promos ahead of his appearance on the show this weekend, taking the opportunity to taunt his fellow Voice coach and Maroon 5 front-man.

In one of the promos, SNL cast member Cecily Strong asks Blake if his rivalry with Adam on The Voice is real or fake. “It’s real,” he says. “I mean, it’s so real. In fact, that guy is such a punk.”

Blake then looks directly into the camera and says, “I actually have a message for you Adam. Hey Adam, look who’s hosting SNL now, pretty boy? Hot shot!” He stops himself when he realizes he can’t cuss on TV. “Oh, well I’m done then,” he says. To which Cecily adds, “Me too. Levine.”

Blake will be the host and the musical guest on Saturday night’s edition. Adam hosted SNL back in 2013.

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