Miranda Lambert Reveals Her Favorite Part of Her New, Slimmer Self

C2 Media RelationsNext month, Miranda Lambert becomes the Women’s Health cover girl, in a feature titled “Slim & Happy: How a Girl Who Loves Beer and Burgers Dropped 20 Pounds.”  

“It’s really easy to gain weight and it’s really hard to lose weight,” she tells the magazine.  She says her trick is not to worry about being perfect, but instead is, “Just staying focused. If I eat bad in the morning, I try to do better at night or vice versa– just not blowing it all day long everyday.” Previously, Miranda revealed she also starting working out with a trainer.

While the 30-year-old says she doesn’t get focused on the scale, she admits she is enjoying the benefits of her new, slimmer self.

“I guess if I had to say the favorite part of my new body it would probably be my arms. I always struggle with having big arms, so having smaller arms, more toned is definitely a plus.”

But, in typical Miranda fashion, she keeps it real, admitting she does occasionally splurge with Cheetos. The June issue of Women’s Health comes out next week.

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Dierks Bentley “Riser” Documentary Streaming Free Online

Greenroom PRIf you’ve yet to see Dierks Bentley’s documentary Riser, you can now watch it free on Hulu. It’s the first time the video-streaming giant has ever featured a modern country artist.

The 42-minute film chronicles the time that inspired Dierks’ latest CD, also titled Riser, a period that ran from the death of his father to the birth of his first son. The movie gives fans a glimpse into Dierks’ life on tour, in the studio and at home with his family.

This week, Dierks’ video for “Drunk on a Plane” also premiered on the website Funny or Die.

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Brad Paisley Joins Kesha and Ludacris on Rising Star

ABC Digital MarketingThis summer, Brad Paisley will be wearing a new hat — “celebrity expert” — on ABC’s new singing competition, Rising Star. Crooner Josh Groban hosts, with pop sensation Kesha and rapper Ludacris also on the panel. You can’t call them judges though, since the show bills itself as the first ever interactive music contest. Viewers will decide which contestants advance, by voting via an app during live performances, while the performers watch the results as they do their thing.

Rising Star premieres June 22.  The experts will make their first appearance together on the Billboard Music Awards, live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas this Sunday night beginning at 9:00 p.m. on ABC.

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Report: Randy Houser and Wife Split

Stoney Creek RecordsRandy Houser and his wife are calling it quits, according to People. The 38-year-old married singer-songwriter Jessa Lee Yantz during an intimate ceremony in the Dominican Republic in 2011. The two have a 2-year-old song together, named West.

The “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight” singer kicks off  the Country Nation Tour with Brad Paisley, Charlie Worsham, Leah Turner and Dee Jay Silver this weekend in Pennsylvania.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat was Kenny Rogers first #1 on the Billboard country chart? ANSWER:  “Lucille,” in 1977.

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David Nail Takes to the Sky in Vegas for “Kiss You Tonight”

MCA NashvilleYou can check out David Nail‘s new video on the webpage of iconic men’s fashion magazine Esquire. Like the clip for his previous number one, “Kiss You Tonight” features a similar rooftop performance from David, this time with the Las Vegas skyline in the background.

Chris Hicky directed both videos, with “Whatever She’s Got” landing David in the running for “Breakthrough Video of the Year” at the CMT Music Awards. Fans can vote for their favorite on the CMT website now through the June 4 show.

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Justin Moore Says “Lettin’ the Night Roll” Is Who He Is

Valory Music Co.If you want to know what Justin Moore is really like, he says you just need to listen to his current hit.

“I’ve always tried to cut songs that provide insight as to who I am and what type of person I am,” he reflects. “The way this melody is in ‘Lettin’ the Night Roll’ is kinda roll with the flow, and kinda more chilled out soundin’, kinda like my personality.  I’m real laid-back.”

Justin says it’s also a pretty good snapshot of his latest CD, Off the Beaten Path.

“It’s one of the songs on the album that I think gives people a good idea of what they’re gonna get with the whole album, which is a good mixture of what I’ve done in the past, but also a little fresher, a little more progressive soundin’.”

If you’re still left wanting more of Justin’s sound, you’ll find the ACM New Artist of the Year contributing background vocals to Brantley Gilbert‘s new single, “Small Town Throwdown,” along with Thomas Rhett.

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“Something Bad” Destined to Happen for Miranda and Carrie

Photo Credit: David McClisterNot only will Carrie Underwood be competing for the fan-voted Milestone Award at Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards, she’ll also be debuting her new duet with Miranda Lambert– who isn’t too proud to admit she’s more than a little anxious about singing “Something Bad” onstage for the very first time.

“I’m gonna be really nervous to sing with Carrie,” she confesses. “It will be the first time we sing it live together. That’s the fun part, though. That’s kind of why you want to do it in the first place is to sing it live. I mean, it’s fun to sing it in the studio and all that stuff with her, but definitely singing with someone as powerful as she is pushes you as a vocalist.”

Miranda says she feels even more pressure, because the sassy song affords the two a rare opportunity.

“I’m nervous, but I’m excited, and I’m excited for people to see two female country artists up there onstage together. That doesn’t happen that often, or not often enough, in my opinion. So, we’re just gonna go rock it,” she laughs.

“Something Bad” is one of the tunes on Miranda’s new CD, Platinum, out June 3. You can catch the song’s first live performance Sunday on the 2014 Billboard Music Awards, starting at 8 p.m. Eastern time on ABC.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ ThinkstockTim McGraw will perform on the May 20 season finale of The Voice.

Charlie Daniels takes center stage Memorial Day weekend on AXS TV, starting with The Big Interview hosted by Dan Rather at 9 p.m. ET on Saturday, May 24, immediately followed by a live concert from Greenwood Village, Colorado, at 10. Proceeds from the Volunteer Jam Featuring The Charlie Daniels Band go to help soldiers and first responders.

Kenny Rogers revealed he’s dealing with skin cancer, sharing a photo of his bandaged face on Instagram, and urging everyone to get checked, since it’s National Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month. “The Gambler” went on to promise he’ll be “look(ing) great” in time for his concert this weekend in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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Taylor Swift Gives Details on Met Ball Dress Cat Attack

Ray Tamarra/GC ImagesRight before last week’s big Met Gala in New York City, Taylor Swift sent the fashion world into a tizzy by announcing on Twitter that her cat Meredith had “attacked” her custom Oscar de la Renta gown.  Now, she’s telling People magazine just what happened during the kitty vs. couture showdown.

“I’ve never seen more fashionable people lose their composure quicker than when a cat walks up to a satin, custom Oscar de la Renta gown and then decides to make a home inside of it,” she told People. “She just passed, dug her claws in and started to roll…like when you see a crocodile attack an antelope on National Geographic. That’s what she tried to do to the dress.”

But ultimately, Taylor says, Meredith didn’t do much damage.  Even though the cat “fancies herself as quite a hunter,” says Taylor, she adds, “She’s a chubby housecat. She’s not very strong!”

Taylor also said she got ready for the event with model pal Karlie Kloss.

“We were both wearing Oscar de la Renta, and we kind of shared a hair girl and got ready in a hotel room. It was so much fun getting ready with one of your best friends,” she says.   Karlie later told Us Weekly that Taylor threw a great after-party at her New York City apartment.

“We were all playing pool in our ball gowns, and just eating pizza and hanging out — just like you’d do at a teenage after-party,” said the model.

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