Jake Owen Reveals How He Got the Coveted iPhone 6 Plus Without Hitting the Apple Store

Image Courtesy RCA NashvilleJake Owen is the proud owner of a brand-new, gold iPhone 6 Plus, but he didn’t wait in a long line at the Apple store to get it when the phone came out Friday. Instead, Jake turned to Craigslist Friday while on the road in Kansas City. He found a guy who’d waited in line to get the iPhone so he could then turn around and sell it at a higher price.

Jake explains, “I gave him a few hundred extra bucks for it and got one brand-new out of the box the day it came out. We were on the road. I just was out on Kansas City Craigslist and met the guy at a Starbucks.”

That iPhone investment is already paying off, though. Jake and Cadillac Three band member Jaren Johnston, who co-wrote Jake’s hit “Beachin’,” were already writing songs on the iPhone by Friday night.

Jake played a bit of the song during an interview prior to his #1 party in Nashville Monday to celebrate the success of “Beachin’.” While the song played, Jake said with a smile, “So, all the guys that were giving me hell during the day about, ‘Dude, you’re an idiot. You would waste 300 extra dollars on an iPhone?’ I’m like, ‘Sorry!’”

It’s no wonder Jake says he really identifies with his brand-new single about always wanting more, “What We Ain’t Got.” It’s the latest release from Jake’s current album, Days of Gold.


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Dierks Bentley Is All Alone in His New Video for “Say You Do”

Image Courtesy Nino MunozDierks Bentley is the only person seen in the video for his new single, “Say You Do,” filmed last month in Canada.  The clip is now posted on Vevo and features Dierks piloting a seaplane to a remote lake and then taking a motorcycle to a cabin to drink and be alone with his memories.  “Say You Do” captures a “hardcore yearning” to rekindle an old flame even though the relationship is clearly over.

Dierks says, “This song is about wanting something so badly even if it’s not good for you, just wanting that love back, which is something I think everyone can relate to at some point in their life.”

“Say You Do” is included on Dierks’ latest release, RISER, which is nominated for Album of the Year at the 48th Annual CMA Awards, airing November 5 on ABC.



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The Band Perry to Perform at Concert and Film Screening Celebrating New Glen Campbell Documentary

Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleThe Band Perry has signed on to perform at a Nashville concert and film screening of the new Glen Campbell documentary, Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me. The event takes place October 19 at the Music City Center in Nashville, with proceeds going to Alzheimer’s disease awareness.

The film captures Glen as he embarks on the 151-show Goodbye Tour after going public with his Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis. Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley and The Band Perry are among the stars paying tribute to Glen in the documentary. The Band Perry also contributed a live recording of Glen’s classic, “Gentle on My Mind,” to the film’s soundtrack.

Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me opens in theaters in New York and Nashville on October 24 before going national in 50 cities.


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Jason Aldean Is Bringing the Pyrotechnics for His “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Performance

Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsJason Aldean is pulling out all the stops for his first TV performance of his new single, “Burnin’ It Down,” on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday night, September 22.  Jason has a special reason for going on Jimmy’s show.

He says, “That was the first late night show to ever invite me to perform back when nobody knew who I was, so tonight to celebrate the new album, we are going to bring the tour to them.”

Jason adds that the performance will be “a fire marshal’s worst nightmare!”

“Burnin’ It Down” is the lead single from Jason’s sixth studio album, Old Boots, New Dirt, due out October 7.


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Zac Brown Band to Release New Studio Album in Spring 2015

Image Courtesy Southern GroundZac Brown Band will release a new album next spring. The band has partnered with designer John Varvatos‘s record label and the Big Machine Label Group for the project, which explains why the guys have been sporting Varvatos’s clothes on stage lately. Zac Brown tells Billboard it’s a relief to have the designer dressing them.

“What I love is that I don’t have to think about it anymore,” Zac says of Varvatos. “It’s executed so well, you can put that energy into other things creative. He’s got that on lockdown like nobody else.”

ZBB’s most recent single, “All Alright,” is featured on their EP, The Grohl Sessions Vol. 1.



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Keith Urban Premiering “Somewhere in My Car” Video Thursday Morning

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleKeith Urban‘s new video for “Somewhere in My Car” will premiere Thursday at 9 a.m. ET at People.com/KeithUrban. The clip centers on a guy going a little crazy as he thinks about the memories of his old love.

Keith says, “The story [of “Somewhere In My Car”] is what I would call melancholy. So for me, the video had to be centered around the present and the past, but focused on the intoxicating emotion of ‘those nights.’”

Look for a behind-the-scenes feature on the making of the “Somewhere in My Car” video, premiering Wednesday on Entertainment Tonight at ETOnline.com. Check local listings for air time. Keith has also posted a 15-second teaser of the clip on his Instagram account.



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Garth Brooks Breaks Another Personal Ticket Sales Record with Upcoming Jacksonville, FL Shows

Image Courtesy Pearl Records/SonyGarth Brooks has already broken his own personal record for tickets sold in Florida with his upcoming five shows in Jacksonville, FL. He last played the city in 1997 with more than 56,000 fans attending his run of five shows. With his new round of dates at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial , Garth has now surpassed that number, and tickets are still selling.

His Jacksonville shows start October 10 and run through October 18. Go to Ticketmaster.com for tickets.



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Rascal Flatts, Eli Young Band and Danielle Bradbery Added to Tree Town Festival Lineup in Iowa

Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsRascal Flatts, Eli Young Band and Danielle Bradbery have been added to the lineup for the Tree Town Music Festival May 21 through 24, 2015 in Forest City, IA. They join previously-announced performers Blake Shelton and Dierks Bentley on the bill.  You can look for even more acts to join the lineup in the coming months.

For ticket information, go to TreeTownFestival.com.


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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockBlake Shelton and Miranda Lambert primarily reside in which Oklahoma town? ANSWER: Tishomingo.  


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Maddie & Tae Reveal Their Hometown Connections to Blake Shelton and Sugarland

Image Courtesy Dot RecordsNew duo Maddie & Tae are taking the country world by storm with their debut single, “Girl in a Country Song,” just a few years after the two 19-year-olds made the move to Nashville. While growing up in Ada, OK, the duo’s Tae Dye heard all about the town’s other famous native, Blake Shelton.

Tae tells ABC News Radio, “My best friend’s grandma actually taught him in high school at Ada High. I was like, that’s such a small world, but yeah. She said he was a great student, and he had really good hair.”

Blake pays tribute to Ada with a picture of the town’s water tower on the cover of his upcoming album, Bringing Back the Sunshine. Tae admits she got a little misty when she saw that image.

“I almost cried because I love Ada and I miss it so much,” Tae says. “I saw the album cover, and I freaked out.”

Tae’s duo partner, Maddie Marlow, grew up in Sugar Land, TX, but she doesn’t have a connection to the country duo that shares a name with the town.

Says Maddie,  “I love Sugarland. They make amazing music, but we were, like, ‘I wonder if they came through Sugar Land? That’s how they named their band?’”

The town of Sugar Land was named for a now-closed sugar mill, and Maddie often has a hard time convincing people it’s a real place.

Maddie says, “They’re like, ‘Candy Land?’ I’m like, ‘No! Sugar Land!’ And they’re like, ‘There’s no way!’” 

Hopefully Maddie can help put the town of Sugar Land on the map. Maddie & Tae will release their self-titled debut EP on November 4.


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