Tim McGraw Shares Life Lessons on “Oprah’s Master Class” This Sunday

Harpo StudiosTim McGraw shares lessons from his life as a country star, husband to Faith Hill and father to their three daughters on Oprah’s Master Class this Sunday. The singer opens up about his childhood in Louisiana and making the move to Nashville 25 years ago, too.

He says of chasing that country music dream, “I got on a Greyhound bus and got to Nashville at four in the morning.  Never looked back. I mean that’s what I wanted to do; I knew that I wanted to do this no matter what happened.”

Tim’s appearance on Oprah’s Master Class premieres Sunday night at 10 ET on OWN. His new album, Sundown Heaven Town, will come out September 16 featuring his latest hit, “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s,” with Faith Hill.

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ABC’s “Rising Star” Promises “Instant Gratification,” No Results Show

ABC/Bob D’AmicoEveryone likes watching reality singing competitions, but everybody hates having to sit through an entire results show just to find out who got eliminated and who’s moving on.  But ABC’s new competition, Rising Star, is removing the results show from the equation, according to the four music stars who are appearing on it.

In a new trailer, the show’s panel of “experts,” who include Brad Paisley, rapper/actor Ludacris and pop star Kesha — plus the show’s host, Josh Groban – explain how Rising Star works.  During each episode, you’ll watch contestants perform live in front of a massive wall of video screens.  You download the Rising Star app, and if you like what you’re seeing and hearing, you vote in real time by swiping right for “yes” and left for “no.”  The faces of the voters — maybe even yours — will appear on the wall during the voting.

If the contestant gets enough “yes” votes, the wall will rise, and he or she will move on, and then Brad, Ludacris and Kesha will offer their opinions.  If they don’t, the wall stays down and they go home.  The show airs only once per week, because essentially, the performance and the results are combined in a single episode.

“You know those other shows where you gotta wait for results, and the judges make all the decisions?  Well, yeah, we flipped that,” says Ludacris.  “There’s no results show,” says Kesha. “No waiting until the next day,” says Brad.  “We know how you are: you like it now, now, now!” adds Josh.

“I’m talking about instant gratification,” says Ludacris.  “We all crave it,” says Kesha.  Luda responds, “But with this show, you’re gonna get it.”

“We’re not the judges,” they all conclude.  “You are.”

Rising Star begins Sunday, June 22 on ABC and will run for 10 weeks.

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Carrie Underwood Hosts Eighth Annual Fan Club Party at Grand Ole Opry House

Photo Credit: Chris HolloCarrie Underwood hosted her eighth annual fan club party at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry House Monday morning. Fans started lining up Monday night to get into the event, which featured a private concert from Carrie. She returns to the Opry House Tuesday night for a pair of performances on the Grand Ole Opry.

Look for Carrie to perform “Somethin’ Bad” with Miranda Lambert on the 2014 CMT Music Awards Wednesday night at 8 ET.

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Jason Derulo and John Legend Added to CMT Music Awards Performers Lineup

CMTThe CMT Music Awards just added two big stars from the pop world to the performers lineup. Jason Derulo is teaming up with Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line for a collaboration on his hit “Talk Dirty to Me.” R&B star John Legend and Jennifer Nettles will sing a duet version of his hit “All of Me,” arranged by Hunter Hayes. Hunter will also join them on guitar.

Blake Shelton also is slated to perform on the 2014 CMT Music Awards for the first time in his career. Lee Ann Womack and Kacey Musgraves will perform in honor of Alan Jackson, who will be presented with a special award honoring his 25 years of making music and videos. Carrie Underwood also is taking part in that tribute in addition to performing “Somethin’ Bad” with Miranda Lambert.

The 2014 CMT Music Awards airs Wednesday night at 8 ET on CMT.

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Taylor Swift’s Model Pal Says Singer Has “No Time for Boys”

Raymond Hall/GC ImagesDespite the attempts of gossip blogs worldwide to link Taylor Swift romantically with someone — anyone, it often seems — the singer isn’t currently in a relationship.  And that, according to one of her BFFs, is due to a lack of time.

Asked by US Weekly magazine if she’d ever played matchmaker for Taylor, her friend, Victoria’s Secret model Karlie Kloss, said, “I’ve been traveling. She’s been traveling. No time for boys!”  However, Karlie, who shared a California road trip with Taylor earlier this year, thinks she’s a wonderful person who anyone would be lucky to hang with.

“She’s true to who she is. She’s such a special girl,” said Karllie of Taylor. “I feel really lucky that we connected and our paths crossed.”  In particular, Karlie tells US Weekly that she likes the fact that Taylor has now set up shop in New York City, which allows them to see each other more often.

“There’s so much to do in New York. I love going to the ballet. Or a bike ride now that it’s warm. There’s a million and a half things to do in New York and that’s why I’m so happy to have her here. It’s good to have a friend,” says Karlie.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhich country act is hosting this year’s CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock TV special on ABC? ANSWER: Little Big Town.  It airs August 5.

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Luke Bryan to Headline First Country Show Ever at Barclays Center in Brooklyn

CMALuke Bryan will become the first country act to headline the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY on September 14. The show is the first in the venue’s Brooklyn Country series.

Luke tells Newsday, “It’s just amazing. Brooklyn is such an amazing area and it’s incredible the thought of my country self in the heart of Brooklyn.”

The Barclays Center show comes after Luke’s first headlining show at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan last January.

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Miranda Lambert Invites Fans to Live the Platinum Lifestyle

Sony Music NashvilleIt doesn’t seem like that big a risk for Miranda Lambert to name her latest album Platinum since all four of her previous projects have reached platinum sales status. Still, Miranda insists there’s more to that title than selling a million records, though.

While she’d love to see this album go platinum, Miranda says, “It’s a lifestyle kind of thing. It’s about blondes and Airstreams and platinum jewelry. Once I had that in my head, Platinum, for the title, there was no going back. I couldn’t think of anything else that would fit. So, we just went with it.”

Miranda is stepping out of her platinum Airstream trailer looking like a million bucks on the cover of Platinum. She hopes her fans latch on to that fun yet glamorous vibe.

“I see this, hopefully, kind of lifestyle and attitude catching on,” Miranda explains. “People enjoying being a little over-the-top. In the photo shoot, there was a silver flamingo. It’s like, ‘What is that?’ Well, I don’t know, but it’s fun. Why not, you know?”

Miranda hopes her fans get a little over-the-top tailgating prior to her shows on the Platinum tour starting next month.

She adds, “Maybe people get in the spirit with the Airstreams and the flamingos and the Bud Lite Platinum and whatever-else — the blonde wigs and the dying their pets silver, and whatever they wanna do! Just get in the spirit of having fun.”

Platinum is now in stores and online featuring Miranda’s latest hit, “Automatic,” as well as her duet with Carrie Underwood on “Somethin’ Bad.” Look for Miranda and Carrie to sing that song on the 2014 CMT Music Awards Wednesday night.

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Randy Houser Celebrates Third Consecutive #1 Hit, Stays Quiet on Situation Surrounding Divorce

Stoney Creek RecordsRandy Houser celebrated his third consecutive #1 hit, “Goodnight Kiss,” with a party in Nashville Monday afternoon. The event was even sweeter since this is the first chart-topper Randy wrote himself.

He says, “To actually get to be the guy that gets to sing my first #1 as a writer, that’s a real special thing.”

The party comes at a difficult time for Randy as he’s currently going through a divorce from his wife, Jessa. While he’s happy to listen to advice from friends and fans, he’s not going to discuss the split publicly at all.

“Nobody knows the circumstances around my personal life as well as Jessa and I do, and I’m not going to talk about it,” Randy says.

That being said, Randy welcomes words of encouragement from those around him.

“Life’s tough,” he says. “You know, we’re all having to live it and we all gotta get through things and make the best of situations, and I think that both of us are smart enough to do that.”

On a happier note, Randy’s “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight” video is up for Male Video of the Year at the 2014 CMT Music Awards. Randy will be on hand for the broadcast airing live from Nashville Wednesday night at 8 ET.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockJonathan Jackson and Charles Esten of ABC’s Nashville and this season’s Bachelorette, Andi Dorfman, will make special appearances at the CMA Music Festival this weekend in Nashville. Look for them at the ABC Summer Block Party on Lower Broadway.

Lucy Hale‘s debut country album, Road Between, is now in stores. The new season of her ABC Family show, Pretty Little Liars, premieres January 10.

Hunter Hayes has released the song, “Tattoo,” as the latest single from his new album, Storyline.

Eric Paslay‘s new video for “Song About a Girl” premiered this week. The song is the follow-up to his #1 hit “Friday Night.”

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