Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockFlorida Georgia Line‘s Brian Kelley hails from which Florida town? ANSWER: Ormond Beach.

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Miranda Lambert Says It’s “Fricking Awesome” Country Radio’s Playing Her Song About Cross-Dressing

Columbia NashvilleGiven country music’s conservative reputation, you’d think Miranda Lambert singing a song mentioning a cross-dresser would raise an eyebrow or two. Surprisingly, no one seemed to notice when Miranda’s top-20 single, “All Kinds of Kinds,” brought the story of Thomasina, the cross-dressing congressman, to country airwaves.

Miranda tells SPIN, “It’s pretty crazy that country radio embraced cross-dressing and played it on the radio. It’s fricking awesome, actually. I think it’s really cool that that song was able to be a single.”

Now that she’s 30, Miranda says “All Kinds of Kinds” is an indication of her changing attitude towards people who are different than she.

“I had to just sort of come to this realization that it was all about being who you are, no matter what you are about, where you come from, what color you are, or if you’re gay or straight, or whatever it is, Miranda explains. “I was just getting to that point in my life where I was starting to accept people for who they are, and myself.”

“All Kinds of Kinds” is the last single from Miranda’s album, Four the Record. Her new album, Platinum, comes out this June featuring the lead single, “Automatic.”

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Florida Georgia Line Taking Time to Enjoy Success and Build a Lasting Career

ABC News RadioFlorida Georgia Line has been on a rocket ride to the top ever since their hit, “Cruise,” came out in 2012. The duo’s sudden success was a shock even to them, but they’re doing their best to enjoy their good fortune.

“We get to do what we love every single night,” says FGL’s Tyler Hubbard. “It’s a very blessed life that we live. We worked hard to get here, so we’re enjoying the fruits of our labor. We’re just trying to make the best of it. Make smart decisions, and hopefully keep this thing going for a while.”

Tyler’s duo partner, Brian Kelley, agrees, saying, “Every day we wake up, it’s like, ‘Is this really our life?’ Things don’t happen this quick and this fast.”

Above all, Florida Georgia Line is thrilled to lead country’s new wave and bring young fans into the format.

Brian says, “It’s just a really cool time in country music. It really is. People are taking chances. A lot of great new artists. A lot of older artists that are still creating great country music. We just feel like the luckiest dudes to be a part of it.”

Look for Florida Georgia Line to make a major announcement Friday morning.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockJason Aldean‘s “Dirt Road Anthem” has passed the four-million download mark, making it the best-selling digital track by a solo male country artist in history.

More than 230,000 fans came out to see Luke Bryan‘s two-day spring break concert event at Spinnakers in Panama City Beach, FL earlier this week.

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Tim McGraw Channels James Bond for Sexy, New “Lookin’ for That Girl” Video

Big Machine RecordsTim McGraw went for a sexy, James Bond feel in his new video for “Lookin’ for That Girl.” The clip premieres Thursday on Extra, and Tim gave their cameras an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the video shoot.

He says, “It’s not coming from my point of view, so to speak. It’s more about just sort of a character in a movie or a character in a song, and I just happen to be the one singing about it.”

“Lookin’ for That Girl” is the lead single from Tim’s upcoming studio album, due out later this year.

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Taylor Swift Hits the Kitchen with Her Culinary Hero, Ina Garten

Taylor Swift via InstagramTaylor Swift is known for her love of baking, so it was a big thrill for Taylor to hit the kitchen with food guru Ina Garten, also known as “The Barefoot Contessa.” Taylor posted a photo of herself with Ina on Instagram on Thursday.

The caption reads, “A day cooking of cooking in the Hamptons with my HERO. How bad can that be?”  The Hamptons is an upscale part of Long Island, New York, where many top celebrities have homes.

Taylor also tagged the Food Network in her post, so you can bet this day of cooking will be featured on the network in some form down the line.

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Thompson Square and Eli Young Band Living It Up Down Under This Week

Eli Young Band/Thompson Square via TwitterAustralia is starting to look pretty country these days, as the stars make their way to perform at the annual CMC Rocks the Hunter festival this weekend.

Thompson Square‘s Keifer and Shawna Thompson enjoyed some sailing on the Sydney Harbor Thursday, while Eli Young Band downed a few beers in Brisbane with their road crew.

Toby Keith headlines the CMC Rocks the Hunter festival. Love and Theft and Kellie Pickler are among the other stars on the bill.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockJerrod Niemann had a hand in writing which one of Garth Brooks‘ middle-2000s hits? ANSWER: “Good Ride Cowboy.”

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Kelly Clarkson’s New Album Is “Left of Center,” Says Recording Engineer

RCA RecordsKelly Clarkson‘s got a bun in the oven, but that’s not the only thing she’s got going on: she’s also working on a new album that’s set for release later this year.  And to hear one of her recording engineers talk, the new music will be a little different from what we’ve come to expect from the Grammy-winning singer.

Jesse Shatkin, a songwriter, producer and recording engineer who worked on Kelly’s 2011 album Stronger and her 2013 holiday album Wrapped in Red, is also working on her new album.  He tells the website MuuMuse that the songs she’s choosing sound “a little left-of-center and cool.” 

So exactly how left-of-center are we talking about?  “One of [the songs] is kind of an electronic banger, but it has kind of a haunting melody that I think she was attracted to,” says Shatkin, adding that Kelly’s “really open-minded” when it comes to trying out new sounds.

The new album, when it’s released, will be Kelly’s official follow-up to Stronger.  It remains to be seen which one will emerge first: the album or Kelly’s baby girl, who she’s expecting with husband Brandon Blackstock.  She recently tweeted, “Okay my baby is moving like crazy in my belly this morning. Such a cool yet weird feeling.”

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Luke, Miranda, Blake, Taylor and Strait Featured in 2014 ACM Awards Zinepak

ACMThe Academy of Country Music will release the Official 2014 ACM Awards Zinepak again this year exclusively through Walmart. The collection includes a 120-page magazine featuring this year’s nominees along with a 31-song CD sampler including songs from Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, George Strait and Taylor Swift.

Look for the ACM Awards Zinepak at Walmart and March 18. The 49th Annual ACM Awards broadcast live from Las Vegas Sunday, April 6.

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