Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockCountry newcomer Chase Rice had a hand in writing which one of Florida Georgia Line‘s hits? ANSWER: “Cruise.”

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Taylor Swift Mystery Ends: She’s Doing a Live Stream August 18th

ABC/Richard HarbaughAfter dropping not-so-subtle hints about an upcoming event, Taylor Swift has now ended the mystery for her fans. 

As she revealed in a Twitter posting, the singer will be doing a worldwide live stream event August 18 on Yahoo!  It’ll take place at 5 p.m. ET, and fans based in New York City can enter for a chance to attend the event in person.

As for what Taylor is going to be discussing during this event, her website describes it as “exciting news.”  It’s most likely details about her brand-new album, or perhaps the first single from that album.

Visit for all the info, including how to host your own live stream party.

Meanwhile, there’s speculation online that Taylor’s new single is called “Polaroid.”  This is chiefly because a Polaroid camera is visible in one of the “clue” images Taylor posted, and also because, as Stereogum reports, Taylor apparently invited some top radio programmers to her apartment, and they all tweeted and Instagrammed Polaroid photos of themselves hanging with her.  Stay tuned.

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Taylor Swift, Hunter Hayes Win at Teen Choice 2014

CMATaylor Swift and Hunter Hayes were among the music winners Sunday night at Teen Choice 2014 in Los Angeles.

Taylor earned the surfboard prize for Choice Female Country Artist, while Hunter won the male version of the award.

Both appeared on the two-hour Fox broadcast to present an award: Taylor in person, and Hunter via tape.

Lady Antebellum was voted Choice Country Group, while “This is How We Roll,” by Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan, was selected Choice Country Song.

The other music categories were dominated by pop acts.

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Jason Aldean Says It’s Time to Stop Judging His Relationship with Brittany Kerr

Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsJason Aldean is asking everyone to move on and accept his relationship with his girlfriend, Brittany Kerr, whom he was photographed getting cozy with while he was still married in 2012. Now that Jason is divorced, some fans on Instagram just aren’t letting him live down the way he and Brittany first got together.

On Saturday, Jason posted a photo of himself with Brittany and the new puppy he got her.

A few fans left nasty comments on the photo, which prompted Jason to post a second picture with the words, “You know my name, not my story. You’ve heard what I’ve done, not what I’ve been through.”

He went on to explain in the caption, “So sick of people judging me and @brittanylkerr over things they know nothing about. I have made mistakes but i am a better person because of it, and wouldn’t change a thing. I’m happier than i have ever been, so thank u to all the people who support us. We are happy and life goes on. It’s time to move on people.”

Jason and Brittany made their first public appearance together at the CMT Music Awards in June. According to Brittany’s Instagram account, the couple is headed to the Caribbean this week for some “much-needed” downtime.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockFlorida Georgia Line‘s Tyler Hubbard and his girlfriend, Hayley, often practice yoga on the tour bus before shows.

Garth Brooks is now playing two shows at Atlanta’s Philips Arena on Friday, September 19 along with a third show on September 20.

Dustin Lynch celebrated reaching the one-million likes milestone on Facebook by treating fans to a video of himself cannonballing into a hotel pool in his street clothes.

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Luke Bryan Rocks Huge Crowd in New York City as Son Starts Kindergarten

Image Courtesy ABCLuke Bryan‘s Friday performance on ABC’s Good Morning America Summer Concert Series brought more fans into Central Park than any other act on the show this summer. It’s just the latest nod of approval from the Big Apple for Luke, who is playing three arena shows in the city this year between Manhattan’s Madison Square Garden and Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

ABC News Radio spoke with Luke backstage at GMA Friday about his love affair with New York City. He says, “Growing up a small-town kid from South Georgia, and to be able to come up here and connect with New Yorkers and everybody up here in this part of the U.S., it’s really, really amazing.”

Luke actually watched the fans lining up to get in to Central Park to see his show.

He adds, “You never get tired of it. It always kind of puts a little warmth in your heart, and you just feel good when you know you’ve got a lot of fans that love you.”

While Luke had a big morning performing for his fans, his thoughts were with his son Bo, who started his first day of kindergarten back home in Nashville on Friday. Luke says Bo is much more prepared for school than he was back in Georgia.

“He’s gone to pre-K stuff and stuff to kinda get going,” Luke explains. “I mean, my mother woke me up one day and says, ‘Alright, you’re going to school today.’ That didn’t go well with me.”

Luke continues his That’s My Kind of Night tour next Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.

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Brad Paisley Will Always Find a Way to Spend Time on the Water

Image Courtesy CMABrad Paisley‘s latest single, “River Bank,” was partly inspired by the time he spent on the water in his early days in Nashville. Brad didn’t have much money back then, but he had a friend with a bass boat.

Says Brad, “It was about a 16-footer. It was enough for two guys to go out on the lake. And we would meet up every day that was nice and save up, buy any kind of tackle we could afford, and just head up to the…either the Cumberland River or Percy Priest [lake].”

Brad didn’t have any family or a girlfriend during that time in his life, but he found comfort in spending time on the water.

“It was the release for me,” Brad explains. “I would work all the time, write songs all the time, and then I’d go to the river.”

“River Bank” is the lead single from Brad’s new album, Moonshine in the Trunk, coming out August 25.

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Taylor Swift and The Band Perry Presenting at Teen Choice 2014 Awards Sunday Night

Image Courtesy FOXTaylor Swift and The Band Perry are both nominees and presenters at the Teen Choice 2014 awards Sunday night.

Taylor is mentioned in several categories, including Choice Female Artist, Choice Smile and Choice Female Country Artist. Jana Kramer, Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves and Carrie Underwood round out the Choice Female Country Artist category. The Band Perry is up for Choice Country Group along with Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum, Parmalee, and Zac Brown Band.

Luke Bryan is up against the likes of Justin Timberlake, One Direction, Katy Perry and Beyonce and Jay Z for Choice Summer tour. Florida Georgia Line is up for Choice Summer Music Star: Group, and they’re also nominated for Choice Country Song with Luke Bryan on “This Is How We Roll.” Luke’s solo hit, “Play It Again,” gives him a second nomination in the Country Song category along with “Bartender” by Lady Antebellum, Jake Owen‘s “Beachin'” and “Somethin’ Bad” by Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood.

Keith Urban‘s American Idol XIII is up against Blake Shelton’s music competition, The Voice, in the Choice TV: Reality Competition Show category.

The show begins at 8 p.m. ET on FOX and is tape-delayed in Pacific time.

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Kacey Musgraves and Katy Perry Pen New Song Based on “The Wizard of Oz”

Image Courtesy Rick Diamond/WireImageKacey Musgraves begins her run of shows opening Katy Perry‘s Prismatic Tour Sunday night in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The two struck up a friendship after Katy tweeted about Kacey’s debut hit, “Merry Go Round.” They eventually shared the stage for an installment of CMT Crossroads earlier this year and ended up writing a song that could end up on a future Katy Perry album.

Kacey tells Billboard, “It’s loosely based on Dorothy’s version of The Wizard of Oz, her being in love with the Tin Man, but he didn’t have a heart. And hopefully maybe something will happen with it down the road. Either way, it’s cool to step out of my zone and write for somebody else.”

Kacey is currently climbing the country chart with her new single, “Keep It to Yourself” from her Grammy-winning album, Same Trailer Different Park.

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Florida Georgia Line Keeps Their Fans Guessing with “Dirt”

Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line was lucky enough to have a career-making song with their debut single, “Cruise,” which has been downloaded seven million times so far.  So why didn’t they try to come with a song like “Cruise” to lead off their upcoming sophomore album?

Explaining why they chose to release their new traditional-leaning single, “Dirt,” Brian Kelley tells the Chicago Sun-Times, “I think a ‘Cruise’-type song would have been accepted, but just when you think you have FGL figured out, we wanted to go against the grain and change it up.”

Brian goes on to explain that “Dirt” shows just how open the country format is to party anthems and sentimental songs, too. It’s also an indication of how Brian’s recent marriage, and his duo partner Tyler Hubbard‘s long-term relationship with his girlfriend, Hayley, have affected their music.

“[It] didn’t change the direction of the new album,” Brian says, “but it does change how you feel about certain songs. Of course we have matured. Our lives are better than ever.”

“Dirt” is now available for download at all digital outlets.

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