Miranda Lambert Gets New Tattoo to Celebrate Certified Platinum Tour

Image Courtesy CMAMiranda Lambert is having such a great time on her Certified Platinum tour, she got a new tattoo to celebrate the experience. Miranda, her backup singer Gwen Sebastian, and opening act RaeLynn took to Instagram to show off the matching music note tattoos they got on their forearms over the weekend in Tulsa, OK.

 

 

The three ladies sing the Dixie Chicks‘ “Cowboy Take Me Away” during the show every night, so the tattoos represent their performance as a trio.The caption to the photograph says, “Inked in perfect harmony. Thank you Brookside Tattoo! #sisterink.”

Miranda continues her Certified Platinum tour with a show at the Houston Rodeo Thursday night.


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Blake Shelton and Ashley Monroe Celebrate Separate Milestones with #1 Hit, “Lonely Tonight”

Image Courtesy CMABlake Shelton has scored his 14th consecutive #1 hit with “Lonely Tonight,” featuring Ashley Monroe.  It’s his 19th career #1, but “Lonely Tonight” marks the first time Ashley has topped the country airplay chart.

Blake says, “What I’m most excited about with this particular song is that it’s the launch of Ashley Monroe’s solo career and she’s so talented and deserves this opportunity. That’s really the highlight of this one for me is to see her finally getting the credit she’s deserved for a long time.”

Ashley thanks Blake for giving her the opportunity to sing on “Lonely Tonight.”

“It’s so incredible to see my name aside his at the #1 spot on the chart,” Ashley says. “Since I was a little girl it’s been my dream to be a part of country radio and this is truly a dream come true for me.”

“Lonely Tonight” is the latest single from Blake’s current album, Bringing Back the Sunshine. Ashley’s new solo single, “On to Something Good,” is now starting its climb up the country chart.



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Brad Paisley and Hunter Hayes Among Winners of 2015 YouTube Music Awards

Image Courtesy CMAYou clicked on their videos and made it happen. Brad Paisley and Hunter Hayes are among the winners of the 2015 YouTube Music Awards.

Pop stars Taylor Swift, Sam Smith, Lady Gaga, Meghan Trainor, and Katy Perry are also among the 50 acts being recognized for their unique YouTube contributions.

The winners were chosen based on the biggest growth in views, subscribers and engagement over the last six months. Together, these artists were watched over 47 billion times.

In honor of the artists who proved their YouTube worth, the video-sharing website will be doing something it’s never done before. A collection of exclusive new music videos from 15 of the winning artists will be released on The YouTube Music Awards channel March 23. The videos will debut simultaneously at 10 a.m. PT.

YouTube has enlisted VICE to produce the videos and some A-List video auteurs to direct. You’ll also have the chance to get in on the action: artists will take some lucky fans behind the scenes and invite others to be a part of the videos.


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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhich Jake Owen number one was co-written by Eric Paslay? ANSWER:  “Barefoot Blue Jean Night.”



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Frankie Ballard Rocks Madison Square Garden with Florida Georgia Line

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleAfter playing for a sold-out crowd of 13,000 last week with Florida Georgia Line and Thomas Rhett at New York City’s Madison Square Garden, Frankie Ballard says it’s pretty cool to play a venue where you can actually rock the house.

“The one thing I learned about that place is that it’s hanging from the fifth floor. It’s actually suspended in the air,” Frankie says, showing off his knowledge of the building.

“There’s a giant hub above the scoreboard and bridge cables that are anchored around the circles and it’s actually floating and there’s like an inch of tolerance all the way around the outside, so the engineers wanted the house to actually rock, and it will,” he says. “You can feel it moving. Sometimes it feels like an earthquake in there because it’s actually swinging in the air.”

He discovered one thing that’s not necessarily so easy, though, is trying to park a tour bus in New York City.

“Honestly it’s kind of hectic, cause there’s not a lot of places to park…  We were like, ‘Well we’re on the show,’ and they were like, ‘Well we don’t really care,’ you know. So we were gonna shuttle in from Jersey or something. Then at the last minute, they were like, ‘OK we’ve got a space,’ so we actually got to park the bus down there, which was cool. But it’s right on the street,  you know there’s people walking everywhere. It’s exciting, you know there’s so much happening in the streets and you’re like ‘Wow! Madison Square Garden!’”

The “Young & Crazy” crooner reunites with the Anything Goes tour March 21 in Orange Beach, Alabama.

 

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockKacey Musgraves will play Cincinnati’s Bunbury Music Festival June 5-7, alongside diverse artists like Snoop Dogg and Old Crow Medicine Show.

Wynonna Judd is confirmed for both an in-depth interview and an intimate performance during this year’s South by Southwest Music Conference and Festival March 20 in Austin, Texas.

 

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Eric Paslay Enjoys “Double Number Ones” and Being Engaged

Image Courtesy UMGEric Paslay was set to be featured at Friday night’s prestigious New Faces Show at Nashville’s Country Radio Seminar, and on the occasion, Eric couldn’t help but look back on the journey that brought him there.

“I mean really, the last two years, I recorded this album over two years ago, which is crazy to think it’s been over two years.  But ‘Friday Night’ went number one just over a year ago, ‘Song About a Girl’ rocked it, I call it my double number one,” he jokes. “It went eleven on the charts. I’ve had five number ones and a double number one.”

And while Eric’s current hit, “She Don’t Love You,” may be a heartbreak song, he confesses he’s happy that’s not his case in real life.

“I’m honored to get to sing a song like that on country radio and that it’s doing so well for everybody,” he reflects. “Yeah, it’s great. I’m glad I’ve got a fiancée to get to share the parties with!”


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Watch Things “Fall Apart” in New Casey James Video

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleFans can now see the video for Casey James’ new single at CMT.com.  The clip for “Fall Apart” follows the American Idol alum as he and his band mates load a van, and then destroy various objects by throwing them out the window, including a jar of seashells, a guitar and an antique pocket watch.

“Fall Apart” is the first glimpse at Casey’s sophomore album. “When I listen to this music, I feel like it’s my life,” Casey reflects. “All my mistakes. My decisions, good and bad; my thoughts, my hopes… everything that I am and have been through has led me to make this record.” So far, there’s no word on the new album’s release date.


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Florida Georgia Line Leads Country Stars Heading to Sin City This Fall

Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line, Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, and Jake Owen lead the pack of stars who’ll storm the Vegas strip for this fall’s Route 91 Harvest Festival. The three-day, two-stage event takes place outdoors at the MGM Resorts Village October 2-4.

A Thousand Horses, Frankie Ballard, Mark Chesnutt, Easton Corbin, Brett Eldredge, GlorianaJoe NicholsJon Pardi, Chase Rice, The Cadillac Three, and Thomas Rhett round out the bill for the event’s second year. More than 20,000 fans turned out in 2014.

Tickets go on sale online March 13.

 
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The Band Perry Trades Arenas for High School Gymnasium

Image Courtesy CMAOn Thursday afternoon, The Band Perry traded arenas in favor of a high school gymnasium, giving hundreds of students the memory of a lifetime. The trio treated students at Wayne County High School in Jesup, Georgia to a private concert, their prize for registering the most pledges not to text and drive in State Farm’s nationwide Celebrate My Drive campaign.

The Band Perry’s road musicians spent the morning meeting with guitar students and members of the marching band, while Kimberly, Reid and Neil visited with the Student Council members who organized the drive, according to The Press Sentinel.  Russell Thomas, the Student Council’s vice president of operations, told the paper, “They’re so humble and nice. They greeted us and talked us through a little bit.”


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