Kelsea Ballerini Dreams of Adding Pyro and Hydraulic Lifts to Her Live Shows

CMAKelsea Ballerini has big dreams for her live show once she gets a few more #1 hits under her belt. Back when Kelsea first signed with her booking agency to go on the road, she let them know she wanted to make a dramatic entrance to kick off her concerts.

“I said, ‘I want to come up [onstage] on a hydraulic lift,'” Kelsea recalls of that first meeting. “That’s on my bucket list. That’s a real thing. I’m not even sorry about it.”

Kelsea got some big inspiration for her own show when she recently caught Shania Twain‘s concert in Detroit.

She says, “I was sitting with my band, and she came up from a hydraulic lift and [there was] just fire everywhere, and this sick, sparkly dress. I leaned over to my bass player, Scott, and I go, ‘That is what we’re doing.'”

For now, Kelsea is still working her way up in the touring world. She’ll hit the road with Dan + Shay this October.

Of note, Kelsea had a party in Nashville Monday night to celebrate her #1 debut hit, “Love Me Like You Mean It.”

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Thomas Rhett Expects to Share a Lot of Laughs with Pal Brett Eldredge on the Road This Fall

Valory Music Co./Warner Music NashvilleThomas Rhett and Brett Eldredge have become really good friends in the past year, and that friendship led them to go on the road together for the Boots & Suits tour this fall. Thomas expects to share a lot of laughs with Brett onstage and in between shows.

“He’s the goofiest dude I’ve ever met,” Thomas tells ABC Radio. “He’s one of those people that I don’t think you could sit in a room and just, like, watch football without him talking to you. Brett’s energy level from, like, 6 a.m. until he goes to bed, is just nonstop. He’s on 12.”

Thomas goes on to call Brett a “fun, happy person to be around,” and you can see their friendship on display in a new series of lighthearted commercials for the restaurant chain, Zaxby’s.

Says Thomas, “Us doing a commercial together, I mean, there’s no way that that could have failed. I mean, he’s funny and we play off each other really well.”

Look for Thomas and Brett to announce their Boots & Suits tour dates soon.

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Michael Ray Hits #1 with Debut Single, “Kiss You in the Morning”

Warner Music NashvilleMichael Ray has scored his first #1 hit with his debut single, “Kiss You in the Morning.” He’s the first male act to have a #1 debut hit since Sam Hunt did it last year. Michael has been working towards this moment since he started performing with his grandfather’s country band at age nine.

The Florida native says, ” “I can’t say thank you enough to everyone who has helped me make this happen and to everyone who has supported me and my music to get me to this place. “

Look for Michael to perform ‘Kiss You in the Morning” on ABC’s Good Morning America on Tuesday. His self-titled debut album is now on sale.

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Dan + Shay Kicking Off Headlining Tour October 1 with Special Guest Kelsea Ballerini

Warner Music NashvilleDan + Shay kick off their Just the Right Kind of Crazy tour October 1 in Louisville, Kentucky. Kelsea Ballerini will be a special guest on select dates as the trek continues throughout the month.

The duo’s Dan Smyers says, “We are PUMPED to hit the road this fall with a newly designed set list and light show! And we’re really excited to have our good friend Kelsea Ballerini on a handful of the dates. As always, we look forward to meeting as many fans as possible at the shows.”

Tickets for Dan + Shay’s new tour go on sale Friday.

Here are Dan + Shay’s tour dates:
10/1 — Louisville, KY, Headliners Music Hall
10/2 — Milwaukee, WI, Rave
10/3 — Columbus, OH, LC Pavilion
10/4 — University Park, PA, Penn State
10/8 — Philadelphia, PA, The Mann Center
10/9 — Patchogue, NY, The Emporium
10/10 — Richmond, VA, The National
10/11 — Silver Spring, MD, The Fillmore
10/15 — Minneapolis, MN, Mill City Nights
10/16 — Columbia, MO, The Blue Note
10/18 — Grand Rapids, MI, The Intersection
10/21 — Orlando, FL, UCF Arena
10/22 — Pensacola, FL, University of West Florida
10/23 — Jacksonville, FL, Naval Air Station
10/24 — Birmingham, AL, Iron City

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Carrie Underwood Is the Top Country Artist, According to RIAA Digital Singles Rankings

Sony Music NashvilleCarrie Underwood just hit the 28 million mark when it comes to digital single certifications, making her the leading country act on the Recording Industry Association of America’s digital single ranking.

Carrie’s stats include a five-times platinum certification for her crossover hit, “Before He Cheats.” Carrie’s also ranked in the top five among all women in the history of the RIAA’s single rankings, next to superstars Rihanna and Katy Perry.

Carrie’s latest hit, “Little Toy Guns,” has been certified gold.

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Chris Young Heading Out on I’m Comin’ Over Tour, Starting in October

Sony Music NashvilleChris Young is headed out on the I’m Comin’ Over tour starting October 22 in Savannah, Georgia. Eric Paslay and newcomer Clare Dunn are on the bill with him.

The tour announcement comes on the heels of Chris’s new I’m Comin’ Over album cover reveal on Facebook over the weekend. The project is due out later this year, featuring the hit title track.

Here are Chris’s I’m Comin’ Over Tour Dates:

10/22 — Savannah, GA, Savannah Civic Center
10/23 — Alpharetta, GA, Verizon Wireless Amphiteatre
10/24 — Chattanooga, TN, Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Auditorium
10/29 — Reading, PA, Santander Arena
10/30 — Erie, PA, Eric Insurance Arena
10/31 — Huntington, WV, Big Sandy Superstore Arena
11/13 — Muncie, IN, Emens Auditorium
11/14 — Kalamazoo, MI, Miller Auditorium
11/19 — Broomfield, CO, 1STBANK Center
11/20 — Billings, MT, Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark
11/21 — Bismarck, ND, Bismarck Event Center Arena
12/3 — Duluth, MN, AMSOIL Arena
12/4 — Rochester, MN, Mayo Civic Center Arena
12/5 — Green Bay, WI, Resch Center Theatre

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Jana Kramer Expecting Her First Child Early Next Year

Warner Music NashvilleCongratulations to Jana Kramer and her husband, NFL star Michael Caussin, on the impending arrival of their first child earlier next year.  Jana tells People, “Being a mom will be the greatest job I’ll ever have. I feel like the luckiest girl alive to be on this journey with the love of my life.

Michael adds, “I am so incredibly excited about becoming a father. For me it is just another dream come true and I can not imagine tackling parenthood with anyone else but Jana.”

Michael and Jana tied the knot on May 22 in Virginia after getting engaged last December.

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Luke Bryan and Jason DeRulo Duet on “Want to Want Me” Using Karaoke App

Capitol NashvilleLuke Bryan has teamed up with pop star Jason DeRulo for a duet of Jason’s hit song, “Want to Want Me.” Thanks to the Sing! Karaoke app, Luke and Jason were able to perform the song together, and Luke does a really good job of hitting those high notes. A video of the duet is posted on USA Today‘s website.

Luke and Jason previously teamed up on a remix of “This Is How We Roll” with Florida Georgia Line. Keith Urban also appears on a song called “Broke” on Jason’s latest album, Everything is 4.

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Report: Miranda Lambert Says She Deserves a Drink Since She Just Got Divorced

Sony Music NashvilleMiranda Lambert addressed her split from Blake Shelton during her Friday night concert at WE Fest in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. According to tweets from multiple fans, Miranda told the crowd, “I wish I’ve been drinking all day, I deserve it…I just got divorced.”

Blake and Miranda divorced last month after four years of marriage.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockKenny Chesney was briefly married to which Oscar-winning actress? ANSWER: Renee Zellweger.

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