Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman Send Thanks for Support Following Her Father’s Death

Image Courtesy CMAKeith Urban and Nicole Kidman have shared a word of thanks via Facebook for the encouragement they’ve received since Nicole’s father, Antony Kidman, died unexpectedly. The note reads, “We would just like to thank everyone for their love and prayers over these past couple of weeks. We are all heartbroken but knowing we are in the hearts and thoughts of others is so comforting.” It’s signed, “Sending love, Nic and Keith xx.”

Antony Kidman died earlier this month after suffering a fall in Singapore.


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Hunter Hayes Adds Two “Wild Card” Shows to Tattoo (Your Name) Tour

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleHunter Hayes had added two “Wild Card” shows to his Tattoo (Your Name) Tour beginning with an October 28 concert at Best Buy Theatre in New York City. The newly scheduled dates continue with a November 29 show at Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie in Dallas, Texas. The “Wild Card” shows are named after a track from Hunter’s latest album, Storyline.

Dan + Shay and new country group The Railers join Hunter in the opening slots on the Tattoo (Your Name) Tour.


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Jason Aldean Earns Platinum Certification for “Burnin’ It Down” in Record Time

Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsJason Aldean‘s new single, “Burnin’ It Down,” has become the fastest-selling single of 2014. The sexy track has been certified platinum just nine weeks after it was released digitally. 

Jason’s understandably happy his fans have accepted this new sound with open arms.  “It’s so awesome that my fans trust that I have a pretty good ear for the kinds of songs they will like, and that they follow me to new places with each album,” he says.  “I couldn’t be happier with all the excitement around the new music.”

“Burnin’ It Down” is the lead single from Jason’s new album, Old Boots, New Dirt, due out next week. Look for Jason to promote the album with a performance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Wednesday.


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Carrie, Brad, Lady A, Little Big Town and The Band Perry Added to CMA Awards Performers Lineup

Image Courtesy CMACarrie Underwood and Brad Paisley are confirmed to perform at the 48th Annual CMA Awards November 5 in Nashville. They’re also hosting the live broadcast for a seventh consecutive year.

Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town and The Band Perry have also joined the performers lineup. Entertainer of the Year nominees Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, and Keith Urban will sing as well.

Tickets for the CMA Awards are sold out for the sixth consecutive year. The show broadcasts live on ABC Wednesday, November 5 at 8 p.m. ET.



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Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood Has a Nursery Set Up on His Tour Bus for Baby Boy, Cash

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum‘s Dave Haywood and his wife, Kelli, welcomed their first child, Cash Van Haywood, earlier this month, and Dave already has a spot for his young family on his tour bus. The back lounge has been converted to a nursery. Dave doesn’t know how often his wife and baby will use the back lounge of his bus, but he wanted to have it ready to go.

He tells The Tennessean, “My guess is that she comes out twice as much as she does now, but not all the time. I don’t want to miss stuff when he’s going through these stages.”

Lady A has a big delivery coming in this week. Their album, 747, is out Tuesday featuring the hit single, “Bartender.”


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Country Star Trivia

Image Courtesy Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the name of Dierks Bentley‘s 2009 bluegrass-inspired album? ANSWER: Up on the Ridge.


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Carrie Underwood Covers R.E.M. at Global Citizen Festival

Chris HolloCarrie Underwood covered one of R.E.M.‘s signature songs Saturday night at the Global Citizen Festival in New York City.

The pregnant artist delivered a sweet rendition of “Everybody Hurts.” The rest of her set in Central Park was packed with hits such as “Jesus, Take the Wheel,” “Blown Away” and “Before He Cheats.”

At one point, Carrie told the audience that her appearance at the event represented one of the top highlights of her career.

The festival included a couple of special guests: Beyoncé joined her husband, headliner Jay Z, for two songs, and Sting paired up with No Doubt for a cover of The Police hit “Message in a Bottle.”

The other artists who took part in the Global Citizen Festival were fun., Alicia Keys, The Roots and Tiesto.


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Dierks Bentley Raises Money for Nashville Children’s Hospital, Gives Opening Acts Drones

Image Courtesy Greenroom PRDierks Bentley hosted his annual Miles & Music for Kids bike ride and concert Sunday in Nashville with proceeds going to the Monroe Carell, Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

Since he launched the event nearly a decade ago, Dierks and his pals have raised more than $2.6 million for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. While that’s an impressive number, it doesn’t quite live up to the amount Dierks’ seven-year-old daughter, Evie, thought he donated to the cause when she was a little bit younger.

While she understands the concept of the benefit show now, Dierk says, “Last year I told her that, and she said, “Every show you do, daddy, gives money back to the children’s hospital.’ I was like, ‘Not exactly, but if you want to think that about me, I like that, but it’s not exactly true.’”

While Dierks is generous with his time giving back to charitable causes, he’s also showing his appreciation for the opening acts on his Riser tour this summer. Two of those acts — Chris Young and Jon Pardi – performed at Dierks’ charity event Sunday, while “Ready Set Roll” singer Chase Rice rounded out the bill.

Before the concert, Chris revealed that Dierks presented all three of his supporting acts with drones you can fly with an iPad. Chris said he, Dierks and Chase all bet Jon would be the first to crash the drone.

“We’re like, ‘I don’t know why, but we just have a gut feeling it’s gonna be you,’” Chris says, “so I don’t know if he’s too happy about that, but all of our money is on him crashing his into a tree or something in the next week.”

As for Dierks’ job as a headliner on the Riser tour, Chris says, “He’s just one of those guys that he wants everybody else to enjoy it as much as he did. He did some incredible numbers this summer, and I was really happy to be a part of that.”

Kip Moore and Randy Houser also performed at Dierks’ charity concert Sunday. This year’s Miles & Music for Kids event raised more than $335,000 for the Monroe Carell, Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.


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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockThe 2014 CMT Artists of the Year special will broadcast live from Nashville on Tuesday, December 2 at 8 p.m. ET. This year’s five honorees will be announced soon.

The Band Perry will perform at the T.J. Martell Foundation’s 39th New York Honors Gala in Manhattan on October 21.

The Swon Brothers deliver an acoustic performance of their song, “Pray for You,” in a new feature now posted at TooFab.com. The song appears on the duo’s upcoming debut album, due out October 14.

Jason Aldean and his tour mates, Florida Georgia Line, had a hardcore female fan rush the stage during their recent show in Chula Vista, CA. The hilarious video of Jason directing the female fan off the stage was captured in a YouTube clip.


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Lady Antebellum Making TV Appearances and Performing Live Streaming Concert to Launch “747″

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum is taking their 747 album launch to your TV. They’ll perform three songs on NBC’s Today on Tuesday when 747 lands in stores and online. Look for them to stop by NBC’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday.

Lady A is taking their 747 celebration online, too. They’ll give an intimate performance at the Gramercy Theater in New York City Tuesday night that will stream live on Yahoo!.

747 features Lady Antebellum’s latest hit, “Bartender.”


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