Blake Shelton Is No. 6 on McAfee’s “Most Dangerous Cyber Celebrity” List

Warner Bros. RecordsIf you search the name Blake Shelton online, there’s a 18.47 percent chance you’ll click on a page that tests positive for viruses and other malware. That’s according to a new study by the virus fighters at McAfee.

The singer and coach on The Voice is ranked sixth on McAfee’s list of the Most Dangerous Cyber Celebrities of 2014.

ABC late-night host Jimmy Kimmel is number one. According to McAfee, you have an 19.38 percent chance of landing on a malicious website if you search his name.

Carrie Underwood made the top 50.  She’s ranked No. 47.

“Most consumers are completely unaware of the security risks that exist when searching for celebrity and entertainment news, images and videos online, sacrificing safety for immediacy,” said McAfee’s Gary Davis.

“Cybercriminals capitalize on consumers’ attention to breaking celebrity news and leverage this behavior to lead them to unsafe sites that can severely infect their computers and devices and steal personal data,” Davis added.

Here’s McAfee’s top 10 Most Dangerous Cyber Celebrities of 2014:

1. Jimmy Kimmel — 19.38% chance of downloading a virus.
2. Armin van Buuren — 19.33%
3. Ciara — 19.31%
4. Flo Rida — 18.89%
5. Bruce Springsteen — 18.82%
6. Blake Shelton — 18.47%
7. Britney Spears — 18.19%
8. Jon Bon Jovi — 17.64%
9. Chelsea Handler — 17.22%
10. Christina Aguilera — 16.67%


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Kenny Rogers Launching 33rd Christmas Tour November 12 in Niagara Falls

Image Courtesy Webster PRKenny Rogers will kick off his 33rd Christmas tour November 12 in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. The Christmas and Hits Through the Year tour will play 25 dates before wrapping up December 23. Linda Davis is joining Kenny for the trek.

Kenny is also featured on a new song called “That Silent Night” coming out on Jim Brickman‘s new holiday collection On a Winter’s Night: The Songs and Spirit of Christmas. That album is available exclusively at Amazon starting October 7.


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Luke Bryan Making Cameo on ABC’s “Nashville” Tonight; Praises Show’s Depiction of Country Music

Image Courtesy ABCLuke Bryan makes a cameo on ABC’s Nashville Wednesday night sharing a scene with the show’s resident country queen, Rayna Jaymes, played by Connie Britton. This season, Rayna is working hard to get her career back on track, and Luke applauds the Nashville script writers for portraying the country music business accurately.

“You know, there’s some stuff that’s obviously stretched for TV,” Luke tells ABC News Radio, “but all of the producers of the show and the people that we know, they work to keep the show, for the most part, like the reality of Nashville and the music business. It’s fun to see them doing that.”

Luke also gets a kick out of seeing Music City shot so beautifully on Nashville. He adds, “I think Nashville is one of the most interesting cities. It’s just got such an amazing feel and vibe to it. And the show has showcased the city.”

Unfortunately, Luke has to keep up with the storyline of Nashville mostly through word-of-mouth since his hectic touring schedule keeps him away from home most of the time.

Says Luke, “Being in Nashville, you kind of know the storyline of the show. Like, this is probably the period of my life that I have watched TV the least.”

Luke’s fans will want to catch all of Wednesday night’s episode of Nashville since his cameo comes towards the end of the show, which begins at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.


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The Swon Brothers Keep Their Brotherly Love Alive as They Achieve Country Stardom

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleThe Swon Brothers have made the leap from finalists on NBC’s The Voice to the top 20 on the country chart with their debut single, “Later On.” It’s taken a lot of hard work to get this point, and the duo’s Zach Swon tells ABC News Radio he wouldn’t have gotten this far if not for his partnership and friendship with brother, Colton Swon.

Says Zach, “We live together, we’re on a bus together, we fly in planes together, but I think it makes us better. ‘Cause I wouldn’t want to do this, nor do I think I would succeed as a solo artist, and I think he feels the same way.”

While it’s easy for Colton and Zach to focus on the daily demands of getting their country career off the ground, they make a point to maintain their relationship as brothers and best friends, too.

Colton explains, “We’re running a business together, but you’ve also got to take time just to be brothers, like, out on the road. Laugh, enjoy it. And just take time doing brother stuff, you know, making fun of each other. Playing video games.”

Zach and Colton spend a lot of time just talking on their tour bus when they’re not playing the game Catch Phrase with their band members. 

Zach says, “We’re pretty tame. It’s not really a party bus, or anything.

Colton adds with a laugh,” And by tame, he means lame. We are lame. We like to sleep.”

Look for The Swon Brothers’ self-titled debut album to come out October 14.


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Zac Brown Band Jumped at the Chance to Record “Black Water” with The Doobie Brothers

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleZac Brown Band teams up with The Doobie Brothers for a new version of “Black Water” on the new Doobie Brothers country collaborations album, Southbound. Zac Brown admits he jumped at the chance to perform that classic song from The Doobie Brothers catalog.

“I have seen a lot of people, including myself, make a lot of tip money because of ‘Black Water,’ so this is a full circle moment,” Zac says. ““To collaborate and recreate this iconic song is just an amazing moment as an artist.  As a new generation vocal band, it is an absolute honor to get to play with them.”

Fans can now pre-order Southbound at iTunes or Amazon and get an instant download of The Doobie Brothers and Zac Brown Band’s version of “Black Water.” The full album comes out November 4.


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Dierks Bentley Takes Friend Battling Cancer Out for a Spin in His ’67 Camaro

Image Courtesy Nino Munoz/Capitol NashvilleDierks Bentley often returns to Nashville’s famed bluegrass club, the Station Inn, to catch a show or even sit in with some of his musical heroes. Over the years, Dierks has become close friends with Ann Soyers, the woman who collects cover charges and books talent at the Station Inn. According to The Tennessean, Ann was an early supporter of Dierks’ music before he became a staple of country radio. Now that she’s battling cancer, Dierks has kept a regular vigil at her hospital room in west Nashville. He even took her out for “one last ride” in his vintage ’67 Camaro this week.

Dierks posted a picture on Instagram of their ride. The caption says, “She’s hanging tough. Enjoying good friend and music.”


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Miranda Lambert Taking Annual Cause for the Paws Event to Las Vegas Friday

Image Courtesy Becky FlukeMiranda Lambert is taking her seventh annual Cause for the Paws festival to Las Vegas this Friday in conjunction with the first-ever Route 91 Harvest Festival. Miranda will headline the Friday night show, and all proceeds from her appearance will go to her charity, the MuttNation Foundation, to help homeless dogs get a new lease on life.

Miranda says, “I am so excited to be playing Vegas to raise money for a cause so dear to my heart. With your donations, we are able to watch happy, healthy dogs being given a second chance at life through adoption.”

The Cause for the Paws event also includes a sold-out VIP cocktail party prior to Miranda’s show, complete with a live and silent auction of items from Miranda and her husband, Blake Shelton. An online auction will go live on eBay to coincide with the event.

Miranda’s Cause for the Paws raised more than $400,000 event last year in Oklahoma. Overall, the MuttNation Foundation has generated $1.5 million to help dogs in need in the past seven years. For more information, go to MuttNationFoundation.com.


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Brantley Gilbert Carries a Fleet of Harleys on His Let It Ride Tour

Image Courtesy Valory Music Co.If Brantley Gilbert ever starts feeling cooped up on his tour bus, he’s got his choice of five Harley-Davdison motorcycles on the road with him all the time. His pal, Harley-Davidson dealership owner Ricky Kelley, actually gave Brantley three motorcycles to take with him on tour, but Brantley couldn’t leave his own hogs at home.

He says, “My newest one and my ’99, I’m so addicted to ‘em, that I end up bringing them out anyway.”

Over the past few years, Brantley has become friends with bikers all over the U.S. who are glad to show him around when he’s in their city.

Brantley explains, “If we don’t know a lot of road systems around there and what roads are good to ride and what’s got a good bit of scenery, these guys will show up and we’ll kind of follow ‘em around and get a good ride during the day.”

Brantley is on the road with his Let It Ride tour through December 13.


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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockBig & Rich continue promoting their new album, Gravity, with a performance on The Queen Latifah Show Thursday.

Eric Paslay has released “She Don’t Love You” as the new single from his self-titled debut album.


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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the title of Lady Antebellum‘s 2007 debut hit? ANSWER: “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore.”


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