Zac Brown Band Joins Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular Lineup

Image Courtesy Southern GroundZac Brown Band has joined the lineup for the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular on NBC this Friday night. Hunter Hayes and Miranda Lambert are among the previously announced performers along with Enrique Iglesias, Lionel Richie and Ariana Grande.

Nick Cannon hosts the two-hour 4th of July special at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. The show broadcasts live from the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City.

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Taylor Swift Keeping Elite Company on “Forbes” Celebrity 100 List

Image Courtesy Sarah BarlowTaylor Swift is keeping pretty elite company on Forbes‘ Annual Celebrity 100 list. She comes in at #18 on the countdown of the world’s most powerful famous people. Toby Keith is ranked at #51 thanks to his touring schedule and multiple business ventures, while Kenny Chesney is ranked at #71.  Beyoncé tops the list, which is based on income, influence and power.

Here are Forbes’ top 10 Most Powerful Celebrities.  To see the full rankings, go to

1. Beyoncé Knowles, $115 million
2. LeBron James, $72 million
3. Dr. Dre, $620 million
4. Oprah Winfrey, $82 million
5. Ellen DeGeneres, $70 million
6. Jay Z, $60 million
7. Floyd Mayweather, $105 million
8. Rihanna, $48 million
9. Katy Perry, $40 million
10. Robert Downey Jr., $75 million

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What Can’t Kelly Clarkson Can’t Wait for Her Baby to Do?

Justin Lubin/NBCWhen a new baby arrives, most parents start looking forward to the day he or she sleeps through the night, or is toilet trained, or old enough to say “Mommy.”  Kelly Clarkson, however, is looking forward to something much simpler from her new baby daughter, River Rose.

“Is it weird that I wait every day to hear my little baby laugh?” she tweeted. “I just really want to hear her giggle and all I get are quirky smiles :)”

River Rose, the first child for Kelly and her husband, Brandon Blackstock, arrived June 12.   Kelly shared a photo of the baby on Twitter on June 20, calling her, “the greatest thing on the planet.”  Brandon has two children from a previous marriage.

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Kenny Chesney Takes a Step Forward with New Album, “The Big Revival,” Due Out September 23

Image Courtesy Sony Music/Blue ChairKenny Chesney‘s new album, The Big Revival, is due out September 23 featuring his latest single, “American Kids.” His pal Grace Potter makes a guest appearance on the project along with Alison Krauss and Dan Tyminski. Kenny took the summer off the road to make sure he got the new album right, and the title, The Big Revival, points to the renewed passion Kenny feels for his music.

He says, “After all this time, if I can’t push myself and give the fans something that inspires them, that gets them pumped up, there’s no reason to just make a record to make a record.”

While Kenny kept an eye on country radio while making The Big Revival, he made sure his new songs would relate to his fans’ everyday lives.

“There’s so much more to country than trucks, creek beds and cut-offs,” Kenny says with a laugh. “That stuff is fun, but when you look at how people really dig in and work, the things they face every day, you wanna remind ’em how hardcore they really are, show ’em that and also show ’em that you know there’s more to ’em than people might think.”

The music video for “American Kids” is now posted on Vevo.


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Country Star Trivia

Image Courtesy Comstock/ThinkstockWhich Dierks Bentley hit is titled after the Los Angeles police code for involuntary psychiatric hold? ANSWER: “5-1-5-0.”

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Billy Currington Is Country Music’s Shoeless Star

Image Courtesy Mercury NashvilleYou won’t see Billy Currington joining the growing list of country stars with their own shoe lines. In fact, you’ll rarely see Billy wear any shoes at all. He’s been going barefoot since his childhood just outside Savannah, Georgia. Unless it actually wintertime, Billy won’t put shoes on for anyone.

Billy says with a laugh, “I’ve definitely been some places in the past few years barefoot, where they’re like, ‘Hey man, you got some shoes or you’re not coming in.’ So, I just don’t go in.”

He even goes shoeless when he’s exercising.

“I’ve been running barefoot for so long, not all the time, but probably half the time, you know, eight, 10 miles,” Billy explains, “and so my feet, they’re used to it.”

Billy is performing barefoot all over the country this summer. His tour dates are posted at

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Dolly Parton Duets with Richie Sambora, Gets Huge Sales Award on European Tour

Image Courtesy Webster PRDolly Parton had a huge weekend in the U.K., starting with her show at London’s O2 Arena. Bon Jovi‘s Richie Sambora joined her onstage for a duet of “Lay Your Hands on Me, which Dolly covered on her latest album, Blue Smoke.

Dolly’s European tour continued with a Sunday set at the Glastonbury Music Festival in Somerset, England. Before the show, Dolly was presented with a plaque commemorating worldwide sales of 100 million albums over the course of her career.

“I’ve been so busy making records for the past several decades, I didn’t realize I had racked up so many sales, Dolly says.  “What a great honor to know that I have so many fans that have supported me through the years.”

Dolly’s European trek continues through a July 14 show in Switzerland.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockPretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale premieres the video for her new country single, “Lie a Little Better,” Monday on ABC’s Good Morning America.

Angaleena Presley of Pistol Annies fame will release her debut solo album, American Middle Class, on October 14. Patty Loveless and Emily Saliers of Indigo Girls are among the special guest singers on the project.

Dierks Bentley‘s August 1 concert at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas has been canceled due to scheduling conflicts. Tickets purchased will be refunded through Ticketmaster or at the original point of purchase.

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The Band Perry’s Kimberly Perry Reflects on Her Laid-Back Wedding Day

Image Courtesy Splash PRThe Band Perry‘s Kimberly Perry is always on the go, due to the group’s tour schedule, but her pace slowed dramatically for her wedding day earlier this month in her hometown of Greeneville, TN.

Kimberly tells ABC News Radio, “It was a special one. I woke up pretty early and spent a lot of time contemplating. It was a very slow morning. I ate two chocolate donuts, which I’m very proud of. That was the one thing I wanted.”

Kimberly’s band mates and brothers, Reid and Neil Perry, didn’t have as slow a morning.  Reid says, “We woke up at six o’clock and started scrubbing dirt and mud off the driveway, so I never got my two eclairs that Kimberly did.”

While Kimberly claims she made sure there was a cinnamon twist for Reid in their morning pastry delivery, he says, “They were gone whenever I had it.”

Kimberly tied the knot with pro baseball player J.P. Arencibia June 12. The Band Perry is now on tour with Blake Shelton. Go to to see where they’re playing next.

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Lee Brice Blends Multiple Influences into Cohesive New Album, “I Don’t Dance”

Image Courtesy Curb RecordsLee Brice‘s new album, I Don’t Dance, is all over the map musically with sounds influenced by rock, blues, hip-hop, and, of course, classic country.

Lee tells American Songwriter, “I didn’t want anything to feel the same. So I really tried to understand what I was doing the whole time.”

Shepherding the entire project into one cohesive piece of work means Lee declined to record some songs he knows will end up on the radio by other artists.  “There were a few songs I loved but I didn’t love the verses,” Lee explains. “I just did not love what they said or how they felt so I just couldn’t get into them. Although they may have been hits, I had to pass on them.”

Now that Lee is finished with I Don’t Dance, he may be shifting his focus to another big project in the works in Music City.  Says Lee, “I got a call. Garth has been making some new music and I think he’s been looking for songs around town.”

Look for Lee’s new album, I Don’t Dance, in stores September 9.

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