Florida Georgia Line Getting High on Upcoming Sophomore Album

Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line wants to take their fans higher on their upcoming sophomore album, due out this fall. While wearing a Bob Marley t-shirt in the recording studio, FGL’s Brian Kelley recently played a new song called “Sun Daze” for Rolling Stone. The lyrics include the line, “All I want to do today is wear my favorite shades and get stoned.”

Brian says, “I woke up that morning and literally wrote that in my phone.” His duo partner, Tyler Hubbard, adds, “We’ll probably have to come up with a different word [than 'stoned'] for the radio edit.”

Florida Georgia Line’s sophomore album also includes new songs titled “Smile” and “Smoke.” The lead single, “Dust,” is already racing up the country chart.


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Keith Urban Writes Editorial Encouraging Nashville to Preserve Music Row

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleKeith Urban has written an editorial in The Tennessean speaking out on the need to preserve Nashville’s famous Music Row. The area that houses most of country music’s record labels, publishing houses and recording studios is now dotted with bulldozers and construction crews. Due to Music City’s rapid growth, developers are buying up parcels on Music Row to build condos, apartment buildings and boutique hotels. Keith is sounding the alarm to preserve Music Row’s quaint, community feel.

“Nashville’s growth is exciting, but not at the risk of losing the creative epicenter that is Music Row and that truly makes Nashville Music City,” Keith writes. “I sincerely hope that those who have made Nashville their home over the years, and those who have recently discovered our fair city, will come together as a united front and continue to be vocal about preserving and fortifying our beloved Music Row.”

Keith also writes about seeing Music Row for the first time in 1989. He says, “It was instantly magical being among rows of the most charming cottages and simple buildings that were housing the global center of country music. I knew instantly this is where I belonged, and I became a Nashville resident in 1992.”

He adds, “Music Row became my center, because Music Row IS a center.”

Keith’s editorial comes on the heels of rocker Ben Folds‘ campaign to save historic RCA Studio A from demolition. He’s rented that space for many years now, which has hosted recordings by everyone from Tony Bennett and Dolly Parton to Carrie Underwood and, yes, Keith Urban.


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Taylor Swift Tapped to Present at Teen Choice 2014 Awards

Image Courtesy Sarah Barlow/Big MachineTaylor Swift has signed on as a presenter on the Teen Choice 2014 awards Sunday, August 10. She’s not only up for a few awards — the appearance marks a return to the spotlight for Taylor as she gears up to release her new album this fall.

Voting for Teen Choice 2014 is now underway at TeenChoiceAwards.com. The show airs live on FOX August 10.


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Blake Shelton’s New Album, “BRINGING BACK THE SUNSHINE,” Due Out September 30

Warner Music NashvilleBlake Shelton‘s new album, BRINGING BACK THE SUNSHINE — spelled in all caps — comes out September 30, and it’s now available for pre-order at Walmart.

The black-and-white album cover shows the sun breaking through clouds over the water tower in Blake’s hometown of Ada, OK. A track listing hasn’t been announced yet.

Look for the lead single from Blake’s new project to hit the airwaves soon.



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Wynonna & The Big Noise Launching A Simpler Christmas Tour December 3

Image Courtesy Big EnterprisesWynonna and her band, The Big Noise, will set off on their holiday tour December 3 in Springfield, Ohio. Titled A Simpler Christmas, the trek takes Wy through Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Florida, Michigan and Virginia before wrapping up December 21 in Newberry, South Carolina. The set list will include Wynonna’s favorite holiday songs along with her greatest hits.

She says, “My hope is that people can come to the show, forget about their ‘to do’ list and, for the time we are together, simply enjoy themselves.”

Wynonna is currently working on her eighth studio album, due out next year.

Here are Wynonna’s A Simpler Christmas tour dates:

12/3 — Springfield, OH, Clark State Performing Arts Center
12/5 — Glasgow, KY, Plaza Theatre
12/6 — Danville, KY, Norton Center for the Arts
12/7 — Punxsutawney, PA, Punxsutawney Community Center
12/10 — Fort Myers, FL, Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
12/11 — Fort Pierce, FL, Sunrise Theatre
12/14 — Jacksonville, FL, Florida Theatre
12/18 — Kalamazoo, MI, Miller Auditorium
12/20 — Virginia Beach, VA, Sandler Center for the Performing Arts Center
12/21 — Newberry, SC, Newberry Opera House



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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWho was Billy Currington‘s duet partner on the 2004 country hit, “Party for Two?” ANSWER: Shania Twain.


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Taylor Swift: “People Wouldn’t Listen to My Songs If They Weren’t Heartbroken…”

ABC/Jon LeMayTaylor Swift has never been afraid to wear her heart on her sleeve, and she thinks it’s a big reason for her success.

The 24-year-old singer tells Entertainment Tonight, “To me emotion is such an important part of my life and now I guess my job.”

Swift continues, “People wouldn’t listen to my songs if they weren’t heartbroken or deeply affected and hurt and jilted and sad and bitter and all those wonderful things that I write songs about.”

The Grammy-winning singer/songwriter finds herself on unfamiliar turf in the upcoming film The Giver, in which she plays a character named Rosemary, who seems to have no emotion.

Even more surprising is the fact that Swift didn’t even have to audition for the part.  ET says she was offered the role a week after one of the producers caught her Los Angeles Concert.

The Giver is based on the popular young adult novel, and tells the story of a perfect world where everyone is happy. Jeff Bridges fills the title role of “The Giver,” an old man who reveals a “real world” that is filled with pain, sadness and war.  Meryl Streep also stars.  The film opens August 15.


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Blake Shelton Performs Free Concert for 60,000 on Atlantic City Beach

Image Courtesy of Warner Music NashvilleMore than 60,000 people went to the beach in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Thursday to enjoy a free Blake Shelton concert, Philly.com reports.

Shelton greeted the huge crowd by declaring, “I didn’t drag my big ass out here today to play volleyball or go swimming or build sand castles. I came here to drink and play country music.”

The free concert was presented by The Atlantic City Alliance and Live Nation to showcase the New Jersey city and attract visitors.

Shelton was joined on stage at one point in the concert by Danielle Bradbery, the season 4 winner of The Voice.

Dan + Shay opened for Blake.

Blake’s Ten Times Crazier Tour 2014 continues Friday night with a show at Madison Square Garden in New York.


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Keith Urban “Horrified” to Learn of Alleged Rape at Boston Concert

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleKeith Urban has released a statement regarding the alleged rape that occurred at the Mansfield, Massachusetts, stop on his Raise ‘Em Up tour last Saturday.

“My team and I were horrified to learn of the events reported in Boston this past weekend and our hearts and prayers go out to all those affected,” Keith writes in a statement posted on his official website. “This type of behavior stands in stark contrast to the spirit of our shows,” Keith’s statement concludes.

Mansfield Police say the alleged rape occurred on the lawn of Xfinity Center as onlookers watched with some shooting videos of the attack.  Police say the attack ended when a woman intervened. Eighteen-year-old Sean Murphy of Boston has been charged with one count of rape in connection with the attack.  Officials have not released the alleged victim’s name or age.  Murphy has pleaded not guilty.  He is being held on $10,000 bail.

Keith’s Raise ‘Em Up tour visits St. Louis Friday.



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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockJake Owen will host the 8th Annual ACM Honors ceremony September 9 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. Tickets are now available through Ticketmaster.

Little Big Town spent Thursday having fun at Disneyland in California.


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