Brett Eldredge Swims with the Sharks to Celebrate “Beat of the Music” Success

Image Courtesy: Katie Storr/Stuart Cove's Dive BahamasBrett Eldredge made good on his promise to go shark diving if his latest single reached the top of the charts, taking the plunge off the coast of the Bahamas Wednesday. The trip was planned with the non-profit organization Rock the Ocean in celebration of his latest #1 hit, "Beat of the Music." Brett even took the plaques commemorating his gold-selling hit down with him for an underwater photo op.  

Brett tells People, "The people who ran it told us the sharks are curious and would be swimming all around, but respect them and be smart and we'd be fine. I decided right away to be smart!"

He adds, "It was such a surreal feeling. I am definitely hooked on sharks!"

This isn't the first time Brett has risked his life in celebration of a #1 hit. He went skydiving last year after scoring his first chart-topper, "Don't Ya."


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Kenny Chesney’s Fans Snatch Up All the Wristbands for Free Flora-Bama Show in Just Five Minutes

Image Courtesy Allister Ann/Blue Chair/SonyWristbands for Kenny Chesney's free Flora-Bama-Jama show were gone just five minutes after fans could sign up for them at Kenny's site Thursday morning. The show is set for August 16 at the Flora-Bama on the Florida-Alabama line on Perdido Key.  Kenny will preview songs from his upcoming album, The Big Revival, due out September 23.

This concert is the only show Kenny is performing in 2014. He says with a laugh, "Maybe the fans are as hungry to see me as I am them. 'Cause I can’t wait to get out there and play."

"American Kids" is the lead single from The Big Revival.  It's currently racing up the country radio chart.


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Brad Paisley Carries On a Second Generation “River Bank” Tradition

Arista NashvilleWhen you hear Brad Paisley's latest hit, "River Bank," it's not hard to imagine the West Virginia native enjoys the water.

"I grew up 500 feet from the Ohio River… and summertime, for me, was that body of water.  My dad got a boat when I was probably eight," he remembers. "It was a little 75-horsepower Evinrude on the back of some mustard-yellow awful fiberglass thing, but I learned to ski there. I learned to fish. My fondest memories are with him and my granddad."

When he had his first success, Brad put his money where his song is. He used his first royalty check to head out on the water.

"For $8,000, I bought a bass boat with a $10,000 check," he laughs. "That's how smart I am, 'cause boats never lose value. I just realized that that is really the trick in the summertime if you're a country person at all. It's like a body of water, an innertube, something to float, you're good."

Now that he's a father himself, Brad continues the tradition with his boys.

"I have a pond on my property that I built, which is about a two-acre pond, and that's fun. We'll float around in that. We got bass in it, and I got a little jon boat with a little engine on the back… We have fun. "

"River Bank" is the first single from Brad's new CD Moonshine in the Trunk, due out August 26.


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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat was LeAnn Rimes' first number one hit? ANSWER:  "One Way Ticket (Because I Can)," in 1996.


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Florida Georgia Line Connected to “Dirt” Through Tragedy and Triumph

Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleWith close to 183,000 downloads, Florida Georgia Line's "Dirt" has given the duo the largest sales week for a country digital song in a year, since their own "Cruise" sold 193,000 downloads in its first week in July of 2013, according to Billboard.

Even though Bryan Kelley and Tyler Hubbard didn't write the song, the first single from their sophomore album, the two say it immediately hit home, partially because of a personal experience in Tyler's life. His father died in a helicopter crash in Georgia while Tyler was in college in Nashville.

"Yeah, I think that's the main reason that we were so touched by it," Tyler tells ABC News Radio. "As songwriters, when you hear a song you didn't write that you feel like you did write, there's something to be said about that. For us, it was a no-brainer. As soon as we heard it, we were pumped that we were able to cut that song."

But Tyler goes on to point out that "Dirt" doesn't just remind him of sad times.

"Definitely, you know, we relate to that in so many different aspects of life, you know, through sports and through working hard and where we grew up and losing family members and just all types of different ways. For us, it's just a very special song, and we look forward to singing it for a long time."

Thursday night, the duo performs a medley of their hits on Nickolodeon's first-ever Kids' Choice Sports Awards.


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Nashville Notes

Burke/ Triolo Productions/ThinkstockJamey Johnson's tribute to Waylon Jennings -- held July 9 in Nashville with Waylon's widow, Jessi Colter, and son Shooter Jennings -- raised more than $70,000 for pancreatic cancer research.

Luke Bryan's "Play It Again" is the only country song featured on NOW That's What I Call Music! Volume 51, which comes out August 5.

Toby Keith was on hand last Wednesday night as his daughter Krystal made her Grand Ole Opry debut.


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Jason Aldean Hits Home Run with MLB Stadium Shows

Greenroom PRThis weekend, Jason Aldean kicks off a five-night run at Major League Baseball stadiums with two sell-outs in Ohio. Friday he’ll play Progressive Field in Cleveland, before heading to Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park on Saturday.

“This stadium run is something I've been looking forward to all year,” Jason says. “I dreamed of playing MLB stadiums since I was six in Little League and watch games at these stadiums every season.  It's wild to stand on the mound during load in and watch an empty park totally come alive with our production and crazy, loud fans.  These next two weeks will definitely be something I look back on with unbelievable pride and gratitude."

The stadium concerts are an extension of the 2014 Burn It Down tour with Florida Georgia Line and Tyler Farr. Miranda Lambert joins the boys this weekend and at PNC Park in Pittsburgh on Saturday July 26. MLB dates in D.C. and Philadelphia round out the run.  


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Wynonna Puts on her “Hollywood Game” Face

Image Courtesy Big EnterprisesThursday, Wynonna competes on Hollywood Game Night, alongside Scandal star Scott Foley, Olympian Johnny Weir and actress Leah Remini, among others. She’ll also give fans a chance to win a pair of shoes from her “Got Soul” line via Twitter during the NBC show that starts at 8 p.m. ET.

On August 2, Wy will be back in Los Angeles, performing a free Saturday night concert, before singing the national anthem for the Dodgers Sunday afternoon game against the Chicago Cubs.

When she’s not on tour, Wy continues to work on her eighth studio album, due out sometime next year.


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Kenny Chesney Plans Free Flora-Bama-Jama August 16

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Thursday morning, Kenny Chesney will release the details of his only concert scheduled so far this year-- the Flora-Bama-Jama. The August 16 show takes its name from its location:  the Flora-Bama bar on the beach at the Florida-Alabama border. Kenny took a break from touring in 2014, as he focused on his new CD, The Big Revival, due out September 23.

“I’ve been holed up making a record for the last year... and anyone who knows me knows how much I miss playing, miss the fans, but especially miss the culture the people who love this music bring with them,” he says. “Obviously, this isn’t going to be one of those huge shows we do, but it’s gonna be a long day, a whole lotta music and even more fun.”

A clip from Kenny will be posted Thursday at 7 a.m. CT on his website, as well as specifics about how to get a free wrist band to enter the enclosed area where Orange Beach and Gulf Shores meet Perdido Key.


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Blake Shelton Loves Little Big Town’s “Pain Killer” CD

Capitol NashvilleBlake Shelton has had a dose of Little Big Town’s Pain Killer, and apparently he likes it.

Tuesday night, Blake tweeted, “I just heard some [of] what WILL be one of the most important albums in country music history… Congratulations and thank you @littlebigtown!!!”

Little Big Town's sixth CD, featuring their hit “Day Drinking,” is due out October 21. Their last CD, Tornado, was one of only ten country albums to sell a million copies last year.

Meanwhile, tickets go on sale this Friday for LBT’s appearance at Baltimore’s Star-Spangled Spectacular. Actor John Lithgow will host the concert commemorating the 200th anniversary of the national anthem, with Kristin Chenoweth, Pentatonix and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra also on the bill. The two-hour show will air live on PBS as part of Great Performances at 8 P.M. ET on September 13.


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