Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhich one of Nicole Kidman‘s famous husbands is taller? ANSWER:  Keith Urban reportedly stands 5’10″, while Tom Cruise is allegedly only 5′ 7″.


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Jason Aldean Making Big Announcement Tonight; New Album, “Old Boots, New Dirt,” Due Out October 7

Broken Bow RecordsJason Aldean will release his new album, Old Boots, New Dirt, on October 7 featuring his latest hit, “Burnin’ It Down.” He revealed details on the album on BuzzFeed, where he’ll host another surprise event Tuesday night at 8 ET.

Jason says, “It’s going to be a pretty big thing I think and something we’ve never done before.  Just hope everyone will tune in and check it out and see what we got going on.”

As for the album title, Jason says it ties in with the “madness” he’s experienced through in the last two years splitting with his wife in 2013 and forging a new relationship with girlfriend, Brittany Kerr.

Jason tells BuzzFeed, “In the last couple of years, it feels like everything I’ve done has been on blast, personally and professionally. That title and that song, ‘Old Boots, New Dirt,’ is about starting with a clean slate. I’m the same dude, but we’re gonna start over and hit some uncharted territory here.”

As evidenced by the lead single, Jason felt free to explore new sounds on Old Boots, New Dirts. The 15 songs on the album include everything from Southern rock and R&B to pop and classic country.

Jason says, “When we’re cutting a record, we don’t have any rules. It’s just about finding the best songs we can find.”

Here’s the Old Boots, New Dirt track listing:
“Just Getting’ Started”
“Show You Off”
“Burnin’ It Down”
“Tryin’ to Love Me”
“Sweet Little Somethin’”
“Laid Back”
“Tonight Looks Good on You”
“Too Fast”
“If My Truck Could Talk”
“Old Boots, New Dirt”
“I Took It with Me”
“Don’t Change Gone”
“Miss That Girl”
“Gonna Know We Were Here”
“Two Night Town”


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Keith Urban Says Releasing Two Car Songs in a Row Is Just a Coincidence

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleIf you think it’s by design that Keith Urban followed his hit “Cop Car” with another automobile song, “Somewhere in My Car,” he says you’d be wrong.

“It’s not intentional. It’s just the themes, I guess, that hit some of my songs,” he says. “Not all of them, it’s just with these singles — the order of the singles has seen this car theme, but they’re the only car songs on the whole album.”

Keith admits he is definitely a car aficionado, though.

“It’s the first thing, for me, that I was excited to be able to get, my first car,” he recalls, “and most people remember what their first car was. My dad was a car-lover, so I really inherited that. My taste in cars run the gamut of all sort of eclectic things, but it’s trucks, too. I love trucks, cars, everything, and we’ve got some truck songs on the record. But, ‘Somewhere in My Car’ is really, it’s not really about a car so much as it is what happens in the backseat of a car.”

When he’s in the front seat, the Aussie superstar does follow some more serious pursuits, it turns out.

 “It’s where I still listen to more music than anywhere, probably, in the car,” he says. “It’s just a great place of sort of coming to terms with everything, you know what I mean? It’s the only quiet place you can get, sometimes, is in the car, as well.”

Next weekend, Keith takes his Raise ‘Em Up tour to Irvine and Mountain View, California.


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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockJosh Turner recently launched his Instagram account with a video of himself heading into the studio. His new single is called “Lay Low.”

Lady Antebellum fans can get a sneak peek at their new album at ladyapassport.com, with song previews, videos and even a contest to win a cruise. 747 comes out September 30.

Alan Jackson:  25 Years of Keepin’ It Country opened Labor Day Weekend at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. The exhibit runs through March of next year.

 
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Kenny Chesney Performs Surprise Georgia Concert for CMT’s Instant Jam

Sony Music NashvilleKenny Chesney performed a surprise pop-up concert Friday night in front of a small crowd of about 500 lucky fans at the Georgia Theatre in Athens, Georgia.

The concert was videotaped for the first installment of CMT’s new Instant Jam series, which premieres September 27.  Each episode of Instant Jam will showcase live performances, and gives fans a behind-the-scenes look at the hours leading up to the concerts.

At Friday’s show, Chesney performed 23 songs, including two from his upcoming release The Big Revival, which is due out September 23. Kenny even covered Hank Williams Sr.‘s “Kaw Liga” and George Strait’s “Carried Away.”


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Carrie Underwood Announces She’s Pregnant

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Carrie Underwood picked an appropriate day — Labor Day — to announce that she and her husband Mike Fisher are expecting their first child.

Carrie posted on Twitter a photo of herself holding her two dogs, Ace and Penny.  The caption reads, “In honor of ‘Labor’ Day…Ace & Penny would like to make an announcement. Their parents couldn’t be happier!”  Ace is sporting a t-shirt that reads “I’m gonna be a big brother,” while Penny is wearing one that reads “I’m gonna be a big sister.”

In case there was any question about whether or not Carrie and husband NHL player Mike Fisher were actually having a baby, or just getting a new puppy, he responded to a Twitter question to confirm that in fact the pair are expecting.

It’s not clear how far along Carrie is in her pregnancy.  She and Fisher married in 2010.

 
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Taylor Swift Joining “The Voice” as Season Seven Mentor

Sarah Barlow/Big Machine RecordsGet ready to see a lot of Taylor Swift on your TV this season.  The singer has joined The Voice as a mentor for all four teams, US Weekly reports.

Taylor will be working with the show in the same way that Coldplay’s Chris Martin did last season: she’ll advise the contestants on the teams of veteran coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton, as well as new coaches Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams.

As previously reported, each team will also have its own advisor: Stevie Nicks will work with Adam, while Alicia Keys joins Pharrell. Gwen’s husband, rocker Gavin Rossdale, will advise her team, and Little Big Town will work with Blake.

A source tells US Weekly, “Taylor was an absolute pleasure to work with. She had great feedback for all the contestants. She made for an amazing mentor.” 

The new season of The Voice begins September 22.  Taylor’s new album, 1989, is out October 27.


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Taylor Swift Loves Blake Shelton’s Pizza Hut Spots

Warner Music NashvilleTaylor Swift is apparently a fan of Blake Shelton‘s Pizza Hut commercials.

“I saw Taylor Swift this week,” Blake tells Rolling Stone Country. “She said, ‘You’re so funny in those Pizza Hut commercials!’ And I said, ‘Yeah, Taylor. That was my goal all along as a kid: to make it to this level in country music so I could sell the most amount of pizzas possible… reach the biggest audience of pizzas that I possibly can,” he jokes.

Next up, Blake returns to his regular TV gig when the new season of The Voice starts September 22. The avid sportsman’s only regret is that he’ll be so busy he won’t be able to spend much time in a tree stand this year.

“It’s funny, because every year for the past 10 years, I’ve had this phone call with my manager where I say, ‘Hey man, this fall… I’m not kidding this time, I’m not doing it. I don’t care what it is. I’m tired, I want to protect my fall — that’s when deer season starts. I just want to be home.’ And here we go again.”

Blake’s new album, Bringing Back the Sunshine, comes out September 30, right before he wraps up his tour at the Hollywood Bowl on October 4.


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Country Stars Take Center Stage on MDA Show of Strength

Big Machine Label GroupRascal Flatts, Brad Paisley, LeAnn Rimes, Sara Evans and Nashville‘s Charles Esten all take center stage on this weekend’s MDA Show of Strength Telethon. Rascal Flatts’ performance of “I Wish” and Sara’s “A Little Bit Stronger” were both taped on the Grand Ole Opry stage.  The traditional Labor Day weekend special raises money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. You can catch this year’s two-hour version this Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.

 
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Lee Ann Womack and John Legend Team Up for CMT Crossroads

Sugar Hill Lee Ann Womack teams up with John Legend for CMT’s next episode of Crossroads. The pair will sing alternate versions of each other’s hits and duet on others, in a taping outside Nashville in Franklin, Tennessee before the special  premieres in September.

Legend won the 2005 Best New Artist Grammy and performed his most recent smash hit “All of Me” at June’s CMT Awards with Jennifer Nettles and Hunter Hayes. Lee Ann’s latest single is the title track from her new album The Way I’m Livin’, her first in almost six years.

Fans can enter CMT’s Destination Crossroads sweepstakes to win airfare, hotel and spending money for the taping between now and September 10. CMT Crossroads:  John Legend and Lee Ann Womack airs September 26 at 10 p.m. ET, just a few days after Lee Ann’s album comes out on the 23rd.


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