Randy Houser Celebrates Third Consecutive #1 Hit, Stays Quiet on Situation Surrounding Divorce

Stoney Creek RecordsRandy Houser celebrated his third consecutive #1 hit, “Goodnight Kiss,” with a party in Nashville Monday afternoon. The event was even sweeter since this is the first chart-topper Randy wrote himself.

He says, “To actually get to be the guy that gets to sing my first #1 as a writer, that’s a real special thing.”

The party comes at a difficult time for Randy as he’s currently going through a divorce from his wife, Jessa. While he’s happy to listen to advice from friends and fans, he’s not going to discuss the split publicly at all.

“Nobody knows the circumstances around my personal life as well as Jessa and I do, and I’m not going to talk about it,” Randy says.

That being said, Randy welcomes words of encouragement from those around him.

“Life’s tough,” he says. “You know, we’re all having to live it and we all gotta get through things and make the best of situations, and I think that both of us are smart enough to do that.”

On a happier note, Randy’s “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight” video is up for Male Video of the Year at the 2014 CMT Music Awards. Randy will be on hand for the broadcast airing live from Nashville Wednesday night at 8 ET.

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Jake Owen’s “Beachin’” Goes Gold; Jake Takes Batting Practice with the Yankees

Sweet Talk PRJake Owen picked up a gold single certification for his latest hit, “Beachin’,” over the weekend. Members of his record label staff and management team presented Jake with the plaque prior to his Friday night show at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City.

While in the Big Apple, Jake headed over to Yankee Stadium to take some batting practice with the New York Yankees. He even posted an Instagram video of Derek Jeter warming up for a big game.

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Miranda Lambert Teams Up with Crystal Light to Launch Platinum Tour Next Month

Sony Music NashvilleCrystal Light is one of the main ingredients in Miranda Lambert‘s favorite drink, the Randa-rita, so it’s only natural she’s teamed up with the drink mix company to sponsor her Platinum tour.

Miranda says, “I’m always talking about the fact that Crystal Light has been a staple in my life – on tour and at home – so joining forces was the perfect way to kick off this tour,”

The trek launches June 10, and Crystal Light is giving fans the opportunity to taste their newest flavors at select concerts. For a complete list of tour dates, go to MirandaLambert.com.  Miranda’s new album, Platinum, is available this week featuring “Automatic” and the Carrie Underwood duet, “Somethin’ Bad.”

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CMT Music Awards Video of the Year Nominees to Be Announced Wednesday Morning

CMTThe six finalists for the CMT Music Awards Video of the Year award will be revealed Wednesday morning in an all-new, hour-long special at 7 a.m. ET on CMT. Fans will be able to vote for their Video of the Year all day long at CMT’s website and other mobile platforms to determine the big winner.

That night, the 2014 CMT Music Awards Red Carpet special starts at 7:00 ET, with exclusive interviews and a look at what the stars are wearing. Kip Moore is also giving a live performance during the Red Carpet special.

The 2014 CMT Music Awards air live from Nashville Wednesday night at 8 ET. Actress Kristen Bell hosts, and Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Florida Georgia Line, Eric Church, and Little Big Town are among the stars on the performers lineup.

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Kip Moore Launching CMT On Tour 2014: Up in Smoke September 25 in New York City

MCA NashvilleKip Moore well head out on his first-ever headlining tour this fall. CMT On Tour 2014: Up in Smoke launches September 25 in New York City, with Charlie Worsham and Sam Hunt in the supporting slots.

Kip says, “To be teaming up with CMT for a tour is a really exciting moment in my career.  We’ll definitely be playing lots of songs from the new album out on the road so it will be fun to test those out and see what the fans think.”

Kip performs his latest single, “Dirt Road,” on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers Monday night. Look for him on the CMT Music Awards Red Carpet pre-show Wednesday night as well.

Here are Kip’s CMT On Tour dates:

9/25 — New York, NY, Best Buy Theatre
9/26 — Albany, NY, Palace Theatre
10/2 — Rockford, IL, Coronado Theatre
10/3 — Cedar Rapids, IA, Paramount Theatre
10/4 — Minneapolis, MN, Orpheum Theatre
10/16 — Chattanooge, TN, Tivoli Theatre
10/23 — Tulsa, OK, Cain’s Ballroom
10/24 – Helotes, TX, Floores Country Store
11/7 — North Myrtle Beach, SC, House of Blues
11/8 — Orlando, FL, House of Blues
11/14 — Athens, GA, Classic Center Theater
11/20 — Sayreville, NJ, Starland Ballroom
11/21 — Boston, MA, Orpheum Theatre Boston

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Kenny Chesney Teases New Single, “American Kids,” with Psychedelic Trailer

Blue Chair/SonyKenny Chesney has released a teaser trailer for his brand-new single, “American Kids.” The clip features Kenny with a bunch of hippies in the desert dancing around a psychedelic-looking school bus. Kenny sings the lyrics, “Little messed up, but we’re all all right” at the end of the video.

“American Kids” hits the airwaves June 20. Last week, Kenny tweeted the date 9/30/14, which likely signals his new album should be coming out on that date. We’ll keep you posted with any further details.

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Brad Paisley Takes Selfie with Westboro Baptist Protesters Picketing His Concert

Sony Music NashvilleBrad Paisley had a little fun with protesters from Westboro Baptist Church outside the venue of his Sunday night concert in Kansas City, MO. Before the show, Brad took a selfie with the church members holding signs that said, “God hates drunks” and “Sin breeds violence.” In another photo, the churchgoers actually smile for the camera as Brad takes the picture. He captioned the photo with “Westboro Baptist Selfie!! Or west-Burro(ass) selfie. Hopefully they can hear the show out here. We’ll play loud.”

Brad will crank up his guitar for the fans at CMA Music Festival this weekend in Nashville. He’s set to perform at LP Field Sunday night.

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Eli Young Band Members Help Each Other Carry the Weight of Country Stardom

Republic NashvilleOne of the perks of being in a band versus being a solo artist is the ability to divide up the workload among all the band members. Eli Young Band frontman Mike Eli learned to delegate some of the band’s big business tasks — like keeping up with the money — to band mate Jon Jones early on in their career.

He says, “At the time I was managing us, booking us, and the deposits weren’t always correct ’cause maybe I wasn’t getting enough sleep. So, Jon kinda came in and started helping me with that.”

Now that Eli Young Band is one of country’s top bands, they have managers, accountants and record label staff helping them keep everything straight. Still, their hectic schedule of playing shows, recording albums, writing songs, shooting videos and giving interviews can still be overwhelming. That’s why drummer Chris Thompson is thankful they have each other to take up the slack when one of them is falling behind.

Says Chris, “The really great thing is when one of us is really off and not having a good day or whatever, there’s three other people to kind of pick it up and to figure out where — to kind of fill in that space that needs to be filled in.”

Eli Young Band kicks off their CMA Music Festival week Monday night with a performance at Darius Rucker‘s Darius and Friends benefit concert at Nashville’s Wildhorse Saloon. Thompson Square, David Nail, Kenny Rogers and Clint Black are also on the bill. Proceeds go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWho was Kristen Bell‘s co-host at the 2013 CMT Music Awards? ANSWER: Jason Aldean.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockTerri Clark‘s new album, Some Songs, will be released September 2 featuring five tracks co-written by Terri herself.

Josh Turner has renewed his partnership with work wear company Ariat for his recently launched Roughstock and Rambler tour.

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