Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat was LeAnn Rimes‘ first number one hit? ANSWER:  “One Way Ticket (Because I Can),” in 1996.

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Florida Georgia Line Connected to “Dirt” Through Tragedy and Triumph

Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleWith close to 183,000 downloads, Florida Georgia Line‘s “Dirt” has given the duo the largest sales week for a country digital song in a year, since their own “Cruise” sold 193,000 downloads in its first week in July of 2013, according to Billboard.

Even though Bryan Kelley and Tyler Hubbard didn’t write the song, the first single from their sophomore album, the two say it immediately hit home, partially because of a personal experience in Tyler’s life. His father died in a helicopter crash in Georgia while Tyler was in college in Nashville.

“Yeah, I think that’s the main reason that we were so touched by it,” Tyler tells ABC News Radio. “As songwriters, when you hear a song you didn’t write that you feel like you did write, there’s something to be said about that. For us, it was a no-brainer. As soon as we heard it, we were pumped that we were able to cut that song.”

But Tyler goes on to point out that “Dirt” doesn’t just remind him of sad times.

“Definitely, you know, we relate to that in so many different aspects of life, you know, through sports and through working hard and where we grew up and losing family members and just all types of different ways. For us, it’s just a very special song, and we look forward to singing it for a long time.”

Thursday night, the duo performs a medley of their hits on Nickolodeon’s first-ever Kids’ Choice Sports Awards.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/ Triolo Productions/ThinkstockJamey Johnson‘s tribute to Waylon Jennings — held July 9 in Nashville with Waylon’s widow, Jessi Colter, and son Shooter Jennings — raised more than $70,000 for pancreatic cancer research.

Luke Bryan‘s “Play It Again” is the only country song featured on NOW That’s What I Call Music! Volume 51, which comes out August 5.

Toby Keith was on hand last Wednesday night as his daughter Krystal made her Grand Ole Opry debut.

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Jason Aldean Hits Home Run with MLB Stadium Shows

Greenroom PRThis weekend, Jason Aldean kicks off a five-night run at Major League Baseball stadiums with two sell-outs in Ohio. Friday he’ll play Progressive Field in Cleveland, before heading to Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park on Saturday.

“This stadium run is something I’ve been looking forward to all year,” Jason says. “I dreamed of playing MLB stadiums since I was six in Little League and watch games at these stadiums every season.  It’s wild to stand on the mound during load in and watch an empty park totally come alive with our production and crazy, loud fans.  These next two weeks will definitely be something I look back on with unbelievable pride and gratitude.”

The stadium concerts are an extension of the 2014 Burn It Down tour with Florida Georgia Line and Tyler Farr. Miranda Lambert joins the boys this weekend and at PNC Park in Pittsburgh on Saturday July 26. MLB dates in D.C. and Philadelphia round out the run.  

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Wynonna Puts on her “Hollywood Game” Face

Image Courtesy Big EnterprisesThursday, Wynonna competes on Hollywood Game Night, alongside Scandal star Scott Foley, Olympian Johnny Weir and actress Leah Remini, among others. She’ll also give fans a chance to win a pair of shoes from her “Got Soul” line via Twitter during the NBC show that starts at 8 p.m. ET.

On August 2, Wy will be back in Los Angeles, performing a free Saturday night concert, before singing the national anthem for the Dodgers Sunday afternoon game against the Chicago Cubs.

When she’s not on tour, Wy continues to work on her eighth studio album, due out sometime next year.

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Kenny Chesney Plans Free Flora-Bama-Jama August 16

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Thursday morning, Kenny Chesney will release the details of his only concert scheduled so far this year– the Flora-Bama-Jama. The August 16 show takes its name from its location:  the Flora-Bama bar on the beach at the Florida-Alabama border. Kenny took a break from touring in 2014, as he focused on his new CD, The Big Revival, due out September 23.

“I’ve been holed up making a record for the last year… and anyone who knows me knows how much I miss playing, miss the fans, but especially miss the culture the people who love this music bring with them,” he says. “Obviously, this isn’t going to be one of those huge shows we do, but it’s gonna be a long day, a whole lotta music and even more fun.”

A clip from Kenny will be posted Thursday at 7 a.m. CT on his website, as well as specifics about how to get a free wrist band to enter the enclosed area where Orange Beach and Gulf Shores meet Perdido Key.

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Blake Shelton Loves Little Big Town’s “Pain Killer” CD

Capitol NashvilleBlake Shelton has had a dose of Little Big Town’s Pain Killer, and apparently he likes it.

Tuesday night, Blake tweeted, “I just heard some [of] what WILL be one of the most important albums in country music history… Congratulations and thank you @littlebigtown!!!”

Little Big Town’s sixth CD, featuring their hit “Day Drinking,” is due out October 21. Their last CD, Tornado, was one of only ten country albums to sell a million copies last year.

Meanwhile, tickets go on sale this Friday for LBT’s appearance at Baltimore’s Star-Spangled Spectacular. Actor John Lithgow will host the concert commemorating the 200th anniversary of the national anthem, with Kristin Chenoweth, Pentatonix and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra also on the bill. The two-hour show will air live on PBS as part of Great Performances at 8 P.M. ET on September 13.

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Hunter Hayes Gives Fans A Fleeting Glimpse of His “Tattoo” Video

Warner Music NashvilleEven though he’s keeping the premise of the music video for “Tattoo” a secret, Hunter Hayes has released a teaser clip that goes behind the scenes of the shoot. It was filmed on the outskirts of Nashville in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, at least partially inside a large warehouse. The 23-second preview shows Hunter playing the guitar and chatting with an attractive brunette in front of a wall that resembles the back of a large white building.

 “[‘Tattoo’] is about inspiration,” Hunter says. “It’s about that moment when you meet somebody and you’re inspired by them and all you want is to encourage them as much as they’ve motivated you. And that’s the fun of it — meeting that person you’re crazy about.”

We’ll have to wait until July 28 to see the finished “Tattoo” video when it premieres on CMT. In the meantime, expect more teases from Hunter’s camp.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhich 1997 movie featured Trisha Yearwood‘s version of “How Do I Live?” ANSWER: Con Air, starring Nicolas Cage.

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Writing “I Don’t Dance” Signaled the Start of Lee Brice’s New Album

Curb RecordsWhen he wrote his latest top 10 hit, “I Don’t Dance,” Lee Brice says he knew it was time to start a new record.

“We could’ve come with another single or two off of Hard 2 Love, and the label actually really wanted to,” he recalls, “but I asked them, I said, ‘Guys, I feel like the next step [is] these songs — this next record.’”

Lee says the song took a change in his personal life and carried it through to the music he was making.

“That’s where I was at in my life… I was getting married, having a new young’un. Every part of my life, the joy of my life came from home. So, it just fell out all over a lot of the songs that I was writing,” he says.

You can hear those songs when I Don’t Dance the album comes out September 9.

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