Lady Antebellum Serving Up a Big Hit with Latest Single, “Bartender”

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum is very happy with the success of their latest hit, “Bartender,” but they were a little uneasy about putting it out as the first single from their upcoming album, 747. While they had a few other songs that might have led off the album, everyone they played their new music for started raving about “Bartender.”

Lady A’s Dave Haywood tells ABC News Radio, “You start to show the record to people. These early stages of finishing songs and sharing them with your team and label and friends and family and you start to kinda hear people talk about it. The label was like, ‘I’m telling you, this “Bartender” song.’”

Now that “Bartender” is closing in on the #1 spot at country radio, Lady A has seen their concert crowds really latch on to the up-tempo song.

“We had a feeling fans that were gonna dig it, but we didn’t know they were gonna dig it this much,” says group member Charles Kelley. “This has probably been the fastest-rising single we’ve had in a long time — probably since “Need You Now.”

The lady in Lady Antebellum, Hillary Scott, sings lead on “Bartender,” which tells the story of a woman going out on the town with her girlfriends to get over an ex. That storyline makes it interesting for Charles and Dave singing backup on the song every night.

Charles says with a laugh, “That’s always my most, like, awkward line to have to sing harmony to — ‘Dancin’ with my girls to the D.J.’ It’s like, ‘Yeah, I’m dancing with my girls!’”

Look for Lady Antebellum’s new album, 747, to land in stores and online September 30.

In other Lady A news, Hillary and her husband, Chris, celebrated a big milestone with their baby, Eisele, on Wednesday. Hillary posted the news on Instagram, “Our 13-month-old daughter started walking on what we thought was gonna be just another Wednesday…we are 50% happy and proud, and 50% sad it’s going so fast.”

Hillary admits she cried a lot watching Eisele walk, and she calls the event “bittersweet.”


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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockZac Brown Band has added classic rock act Cheap Trick as the opening act on their upcoming show at Chicago’s Wrigley Field on September 13.

Lee Brice has released “Drinking Class” as the follow-up to his latest #1 hit, “I Don’t Dance.” Both tracks will be included on his new album, also titled I Don’t Dance, due out September 9.


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Blake Shelton Fans Could Paint Themselves into a Meeting with the Star

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleIf you have a knack for painting and drawing, you could be on your way to meet Blake Shelton soon. CMT is asking fans to post their Blake fan art to social media with the hashtag #BlakeNow. One talented winner will get to meet Blake and see him perform at the Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam Sunday, August 31 in Panama City Beach, Florida.

For a complete list of Blake’s tour dates, go to BlakeShelton.com.


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The Band Perry Talks New Album Progress on “Larry King Now” Thursday

Image Courtesy Ora TV/Larry King NowThe Band Perry sits down with Larry King on his new show, Larry King Now, Thursday. The Perry siblings reveal they’ve recorded seven new songs for their upcoming studio album, and they say they’re having a lot of fun making new music. Lead singer Kimberly Perry also reveals she doesn’t like to sing the words “hurricane,” “butterfly” or “rainbows” in a song.

Catch The Band Perry on Larry King Now Thursday at 5 p.m. ET on Hulu.


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Carrie Underwood Performing “Sunday Night Football” Theme Again This Season

Image Courtesy NBCCarrie Underwood returns for a second season performing the theme song for NBC’s Sunday Night Football starting September 7 as the Denver Broncos host the Indianapolis Colts.

Carrie says, “I grew up watching football. I have a passion for it. I have a passion for music. It’s kinda like all of these things get to mesh together for this one event.”

Carrie filmed the “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night” video earlier this year, and 11 pro football players will join Carrie throughout the season. Those players include New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy.

Carrie will also sing a special opening for NBC’s Super Bowl telecast on February 1, 2015.


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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the title of Trisha Yearwood‘s Oscar-nominated hit from the film Con Air? ANSWER: “How Do I Live.”


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Blake Shelton Offers “Neon Light” Download for Fans Who Pre-Order “BRINGING BACK THE SUNSHINE”

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleFans who pre-order Blake Shelton‘s new album, BRINGING BACK THE SUNSHINE, at iTunes or Walmart.com will get an instant download of the project’s first single, “Neon Light.”

Blake says of the song, “Neon Light’ is a song that I fell in love with more each time I heard it. It finds a way to blend this new sound with a very traditional chorus, making it unique.”

Blake’s new album comes out September 30. He returns for another season of NBC’s The Voice on September 22.


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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockJake Owen welcomed Lee Brice, Brothers Osborne and Dan + Shay onstage during his massive beach party concert Monday night at BMI in Nashville.

Taylor Swift has been selected as one of Marie Claire magazine’s 20 Women Changing the World. Look for the full story in their September issue.

Faith Hill took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge this week after receiving a challenge from Reba. She then challenged Nicole Kidman, Rita Wilson and Adam Sandler to take the plunge.


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Trisha Yearwood to Release 12th Studio Album, “PrizeFighter”; New Cookbook Coming Next Spring

Image Courtesy Mark Peterson/Food Network MagazineTrisha Yearwood has been one very busy woman lately. As she gears up to hit the road with hubby Garth Brooks on September 4, Trisha is also completing work on her new album, PrizeFighter. The project will be her first for RCA Nashville, which is also Garth’s new label home. Trisha performed two songs from the album, “Your Husband’s Cheating on Us” and “I Remember You,” at an industry event to celebrate the new music Tuesday in Nashville.

Describing the title track to PrizeFighter, Trisha says, “It’s a song on the album that is about beating the odds and winning and fighting no matter what. I think it’s a message we all need to hear.”

Trisha didn’t announce a release date for PrizeFighter at Tuesday’s event. The announcement of new music comes more than two decades after Trisha first hit the country scene with “She’s in Love with the Boy.” Back when she signed her first record deal at age 26, Trisha compared her singing career to that of a pro baseball player.

“I thought, you know, these guys come out and they have their time and they have a few good years, and they have to know when they can’t swing the bat anymore,” Trisha says. “It’s been 23 years since that first single, and I’m just not ready to stop swinging the bat.”

In addition to the new music, Trisha is also kicking off the fifth season of her Emmy-winning Food Network show Trisha’s Southern Kitchen this Saturday. She’ll release a third cookbook, titled Trisha’s Table, in April 2015, and Trisha’s own line of Precious Metals cookware and a cutlery line will launch in the coming months, too.


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Dustin Lynch Savors the Summertime Success of His Latest Hit, “Where It’s At”

Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsDustin Lynch‘s live show has gotten a big shot in the arm from his feel-good hit, “Where It’s At.” He’s never had a fun hit song like this during the summertime.

Dustin tells ABC News Radio, “The crowds we have coming out are exploding. You know, the energy they’re bringing to our shows are the best I’ve ever felt in my life. I’m having so much fun making music right now.”

“Where It’s At” is the lead single and title cut from Dustin’s upcoming studio album. He’s been playing random pop-up shows across the country to share the new music with fans. Fans have to pay attention to Dustin’s social media accounts to find out where these events take place.

He says, “It’s a fun kind of deal ’cause we leak where we’re at last minute. You know, we’ll have however many people show up last minute. And the energy’s great. It can be from anywhere — we’ve had 12 people show up to 200-something.”

Most of these Find Where It’s At pop-up shows are scheduled on days Dustin would have off in between shows. He doesn’t mind giving up that downtime to hang out with his fans, though.

Dustin says, “It’s fun to do. It beats sitting in a Walmart parking lot with the band dudes.”

Dustin’s new album, Where It’s At, comes out September 9.


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