Alliance EntertainmentCongratulations to Martina McBride on earning her fifth #1 on Billboard‘s Country Albums chart with Everlasting this week. The project comes in at #7 on the overall Billboard 200 chart, giving Martina her best showing on that chart since 2007′s Waking Up Laughing debuted at #4.
Everlasting marks a departure for Martina as she delves into R&B covers with a little help from Kelly Clarkson and Gavin DeGraw.
CMABlake Shelton and MirandaLambert took to Twitter Wednesday to poke more fun at the endless tabloid stories claiming that they’re headed for a split. He said, “Me & @mirandalambert are reading about our separation. I hope I get all the liquor in the divorce!” Miranda tweeted back, “AND the imaginary baby?!”
A fan then asked Miranda, “Don’t you guys separate every 6 months and have a baby every 3 months?” She replied, “Yes it’s very exhausting!!”
Instagram via Gena GabrielleTaylor Swift has posted a video blog of her weekend trip to Ohio to attend her super-fan Gena Gabrielle‘s bridal shower. Taylor documented the entire visit including the moment she surprised Gena with a handmade, framed sign, a Kitchen Aid mixer, fine cookware and homemade chocolate chip cookies among other items.
Gena got more than 100 text messages from friends and family once word got out Taylor was at the bridal shower. Even though Taylor is 24 years old, this is the first bridal shower she’s ever attended.
Taylor ended the video with a message to Gena saying, “Thank you for inviting me to your bridal shower, and for me into your life. (Since 2007!!!).”
Photo Credit: Nino MunozDierksBentley is hitting both coasts this week. First up, he’s headed out to Los Angeles to film the video for his latest single, “Drunk on a Plane.” After that shoot wrap, Dierks flies back across the country to cheer on his wife, Cassidy, in the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 21.
Dierks tweeted his plans for the week along with the hashtag #BostonStrong in honor of those affected by the bombing at last year’s race.
RCA NashvilleJakeOwen‘s Days of Gold tour is designed to give fans the experience of being on the water, so it’s only natural the Discover Boating campaign has signed on as the trek’s presenting tour sponsor. Jake will share his own stories of boating in the organization’s Stories of Discovery video series as part of the tour.
Jake says, “People boat to get away. The same way people come to our concerts. People like to get away from reality sometimes and as real as this beautiful land of ours is, being out on a boat can take you away to a different sort of reality.”
The Discover Boating campaign is presented by the Recreational Boating Industry. More information is available at DiscoverBoating.com. To see where Jake is playing next, visit JakeOwen.net.
Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockBrad Paisley has signed on guest star on the season 11 finale of CBS’s Two and a Half Men on May 8, according to TV Guide. His wife, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, is guest-starring on a multi-episode story arc this season.
Dolly Parton will release a limited seven-inch blue vinyl single on Record Store Day this Saturday at independent record stores. The single features the new songs “Blue Smoke” and “Home.”
Kenny Chesneytweeted a picture from the recording studio where he’s working on his new album this week. We’ll keep you posted on when to expect that new music.
Warner Music NashvilleHunter Hayes admits both the happy and sad love songs on his upcoming album, Storyline, are mostly inspired by his personal experiences. He’s just not ready to reveal exactly who inspired those songs just yet.
When asked why he keeps his personal life under wraps, Hunter explains, “I’ve bared my soul on this record. That’s my choice for my life. Anyone that is connected to me doesn’t necessarily make those choices, so I guess I just — I respect them.”
It doesn’t look like Hunter will reveal the name of anyone he’s dating until things turn pretty serious in the relationship.
He adds, “They don’t ask to be written about and they don’t ask to be talked about in interviews. So, I just kind of prefer to respect that, until otherwise noted — until otherwise it feels like that’s right.”
For now, it seems the main love in Hunter’s life remains his music.
“Seriously, it does come down to me just being pretty boring,” Hunter says. “I mean, the only thing for me to really talk about is music, and that’s fine with me.”
Hunter’s new album, Storyline, is due out May 6 featuring his latest single, “Invisible.”
Warner Music NashvilleDan + Shay‘s Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney met at a party just over a year ago, and they’ve been hanging out together making music ever since.
Shay tells ABC News Radio, ” I think the reason that this whole thing has worked out is we have that mutual respect musically and just as people. We like hanging out and that’s kind of how it started out.”
In addition to making music together, Dan and Shay love watching movies during their downtime on the road. Shay’s a huge fan of comedies like Anchorman, while Dan prefers blockbusters like The Dark Knight Rises. They find some middle ground on horror movies though.
Dan says, “We’re always like, ‘You wanna watch a horror film?’ That’s our thing. But I love The Ring. That’s a scary one. It still holds up. I’m still terrified of that one.”
Shay adds, “We’ll have to watch The Ring pretty soon. We’re actually gonna screen it instead of performing. We’re just gonna watch The Ring. It’s gonna be fun.”
In all seriousness, Dan + Shay will be singing songs from their just-released debut album, Where It All Began, Thursday night in Huntsville, AL.
ACMAll 70,000 tickets for the 50th Annual ACM Awards and the ACM Party for a Cause music event in Arlington, TX sold out just 18 minutes after going on sale this week. The awards show will take place April 19, 2015 at AT&T Stadium while the ACM Party for a Cause: 50 Years of Music & Memories event is set for April 17 and 18, 2015 at Globe Life Park.
A few seats may open up closer to the event date. Fans who sign up for the free ACM A-List at ACMCountry.com will be notified first about that availability. Artists appearing at these events will be announced at a later date.