Scotty McCreery Happy to Put Former Manager’s Lawsuit Behind Him

Mercury NashvilleScotty McCreery‘s former manager, Todd Cassetty, won a lawsuit against the singer Wednesday in Nashville. According to The Tennessean, a jury found Scotty owes his former manager $239,329 in back payment.

In a statement, Scotty says, “I have a management team, including a professional business manager, in Nashville advising me. Now I am happy to put this behind me and focus on my music. As always, I am thankful to my fans for all of their support.”

Scotty’s latest single, “Feelin’ It,” is now climbing the country chart.

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Blake Shelton Gets Back in the Groove of Touring Tonight in Austin, TX

Warner Music NashvilleBlake Shelton returns to the road Friday night launching his Ten Times Crazier Tour 2014 in Austin, Texas. Due to his schedule taping NBC’s The Voice, Blake only tours during the summer and early fall these days, and that suits him just fine.

He says, “That’s basically all I do anymore. It’s all I really wanna do.”

Spending just a few months on tour does make it harder for Blake to feel at home on the road, though.

“It wasn’t until the end of the tour last year that I kinda felt like we were back in the groove, and I had my routine down,” Blake admits.

When it comes to getting ready for a show, Blake doesn’t have too many demands. He simply needs a good, strong drink before hitting the stage.

Says Blake, “I gotta have it just to loosen up and calm my nerves. That’s really about [it],  that and my guitar and I’m good to go. I think my people would tell you, other than the fact that I’m probably late to everything, that I’m pretty low-maintenance.”

Blake is taking out The Band Perry, Dan + Shay and Neal McCoy as his opening acts this summer. Go to for a full list of tour dates.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is Blake Shelton‘s middle name? ANSWER: Tollison.

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Brad Paisley Preparing for High-Stakes Premiere of ABC’s “Rising Star”Sunday Night

ABC/Bob D’AmicoBrad Paisley didn’t even want to hear about taking part in a singing competition when his manager first approached him about appearing on ABC’s Rising Star. Only after his manager approached him a second time armed with footage from the show’s Israeli version did Brad decided to sign on as an expert for the American version, hosted by Josh Groban.

Brad tells ABC News, Radio, “It’s insane. It’s just the most dramatic, highest stakes performance setting I’ve ever seen.”

Contestants sing behind a video wall that rises based on viewers real-time votes at home. The singers actually get a sense of what viewers think of their performance as they’re singing, which is a big feat since the show airs live in three out of four U.S. time zones.

“We’re talking about trying to pull something off that works in countries that have one time zone and not a tenth of the population of America,” Brad explains. “Imagine when we get this thing fired up and people download that app, then you’ve got three or four time zones starting to vote. Crazy!”

Brad sits on the expert panel next to rapper Ludacris and pop star Kesha, who has made quite an impression on the country star.

Says Brad, “She is brutally honest, unbridled. She’s just is who she is. She’s the most unique human being I’ve met lately.”

For complete details on Rising Star voting, download the Rising Star app before the show premieres Sunday night at 9 p.m. ET. Check local listings for air time where you live.

Here’s the list of singers set to perform on Sunday’s premiere:

  • Lisa Punch, 21, Brooklyn, NY
  • Joshua Peavy, 28, Soperton, GA
  • Jesse Kinch, 20, Seaford, NY
  • Maneepat Myra Molloy, 16, Los Angeles, CA
  • Sarah Darling, 31, Nashville, TN
  • Summer Collins, 18, Fayetteville, NC
  • Colin Huntley, 16, Georgetown, TX
  • The duo: Daniel & Olivia,(Daniel Wolfe, 24 and Olivia Thai, 25, San Gabriel Valley, CA
  • A group called Beyond 5 from Nashville, TN. (Zac Love, 19; Tanner Myler, 19; TJ Ryan, 16; Patch Crowe, 19; Ammon Soloasa Tuimaualuga, 17)

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Dierks Bentley and Lady Antebellum Taping “Front and Center” Performances for Public Television

Capitol NashvilleDierks Bentley and Lady Antebellum will perform on Public Television’s Front and Center this fall as part of the ramp-up to the 48th Annual CMA Awards. Dierks’ appearance celebrates the 10th anniversary of the CMA Songwriters Series, and hit writers Jim Beavers, Ross Copperman, Brett James and Jon Randall will join him for the show to share stories and songs.

Dierks says, “The CMA Songwriters Series is always a really cool gig. It’s like everybody in the room is in on a secret or something. You’ve got a couple guys with guitars, telling stories and drinking whiskey — anything can happen!”

Lady A will have a few special guests for their Front and Center performance as they gear up to release their fifth album this fall. We’ll keep you posted on air dates when they’re announced in the coming months.

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Blake Shelton Gets Birthday Love from Miranda, “The Voice” and Earl Thomas Conley

Warner Music NashvilleThe Voice had a little fun Wednesday with Blake Shelton for his 38th birthday. The team at the show covered his trailer with some old pictures of the singer looking extra vintage with his signature mullet and a great big Blake Shelton smile. The pictures are captioned “my apologies,” “forgive me” and “I’m sorry.”

Blake’s fellow coach on The Voice Adam Levine also planted a kiss on Shelton for his big day, which The Voice made a gif out of and tweeted out! The picture was captioned, “Birthday kisses from @blakeshelton’s favorite bro! #TheVoice.”

Blake’s wife, Miranda Lambert, posted an adorable picture of Blake as a kid with the caption, “HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my best friend in the whole world! @blakeshelton I love you! (And your dimples!)”

So, what was the best gift Blake got for his birthday? He tweeted Wednesday, “Few things in my life have made my heart swell up like the birthday text I got from Earl Thomas Conley this morning… #hero.”

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Lady Antebellum Enlists Kate Upton and Tony Hale for Hilarious “Bartender” Video

Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum recruited supermodel Kate Upton and Emmy-winning actor Tony Hale of Veep and Arrested Development fame for their new video, “Bartender.” The clip, which debuted on NBC’s Today Thursday morning, features Kate and her girlfriends going out for a crazy night on the town. Tony plays the bartender, and the drinking battle they get into leaves just one member of the group standing.

Shooting the video last month in Los Angeles was a blast for Lady A.

“Kate and Tony took what could have been just another music video to a really cool place,” says band member Charles Kelley. “I mean, pretty much every guy in America is in love with Kate Upton.  And if I’m being totally honest, Dave and I now both have a little man-crush on Tony too…he’s hilarious!  Hands-down my favorite video we’ve ever done.”

“Bartender” is now available for download at iTunes.

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Taylor Swift Welcomes New Kitten Named After “Law & Order: SVU” Character

ABC/Jon LeMayTaylor Swift‘s beloved cat Meredith is named after Ellen Pompeo‘s character, Meredith Grey, on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy.  And it seems she’s continuing the tradition of naming her pets after characters on TV dramas.

Taylor has posted a photo of herself with a tiny white kitten on her lap.  It’s captioned, “Meet Olivia Benson.”  That’s the name of Mariska Hargitay‘s character on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

The kitten appears to be the same breed as Meredith: a Scottish Fold, which has unusually-shaped folded-down ears.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockKelly Clarkson‘s husband, Brandon Blackstock, is a manager for which country superstar? ANSWER: Blake Shelton.

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Eric Paslay Wins Over Brantley Gilbert’s Hard-Rocking Concert Crowds

Universal Music GroupEric Paslay wasn’t sure how his music would go over with Brantley Gilbert‘s fans on the Let It Ride tour earlier this year. While Eric kicks things up a notch with “Friday Night” and “Song About a Girl,” he doesn’t rock quite as hard as Brantley.

Speaking to his fears of getting a cold shoulder from the crowd, Eric says, “Going out, I was like, ‘Man, I don’t know with Brantley’s [fans] — they’re gonna kill me.’”  

Eric’s fears were unfounded, though. The fans welcomed him and the other opening act, Thomas Rhett, with open arms.

“It was really cool just that his fans dug it also,” Eric says, “and it was a cool tour to be on.”

Unfortunately, Brantley was too busy promoting his new album, Just As I Am, to write any songs this time around, but Eric did get in some songwriting time with Thomas. Overall, Eric learned how major tours like Brantley’s operate on a day-to-day basis.

He says, “It was kinda my first big tour like that to where you don’t have anything to do until five in the afternoon, and it was cool just to go see the cities that you’re in.”

Look for Eric Paslay to play clubs, fairs and festivals all this summer as his latest hit, “Song About a Girl,” climbs the country chart.

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