Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat year did Tim McGraw and Faith Hill tie the knot? ANSWER:  1996.


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Newcomer Sam Hunt Keeps Country at the Heart of His Adventurous Songs

Image Courtesy David McClister/UMG NashvilleCountry newcomer Sam Hunt is just now hitting the airwaves with his debut single, “Leave the Night On,” but country fans are already familiar with his songwriting. Sam was a co-writer on Keith Urban‘s recent hit, “Cop Car,” as well as on “Come Over” by Kenny Chesney and Billy Currington‘s current chart-topper, “We Are Tonight.” While listeners will hear some pop and hip-hop influences in Sam’s music, his songwriting roots are planted firmly in the country genre.

Sam says, “Even though musically I might experiment with a little more of a progressive sound, I think the lyrics and the storytelling and the songwriting devices are pretty well anchored in traditional country music, in the way that the songs are crafted.”

The Georgia native adds, “From a songwriting standpoint, that’s really what I’m drawn to.”

“Leave the Night On” is included on Sam’s four-song album preview, titled X2C, coming out August 12. His full-length debut project will follow on October 27.


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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockThe expanded, Target Exclusive version of Luke Bryan‘s latest album, Crash My Party, will be available at all retailers and digital outlets on Tuesday, August 12.

Country newcomer RaeLynn released her brand-new video for “God Made Girls” on Vevo earlier this week.


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Miranda Lambert Learns from Her Mistakes and Then Writes About Them

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleMiranda Lambert was hailed as a stellar songwriter when she released her debut album, Kerosene, nearly a decade ago, but she’s done a lot of living in the years since that album. That life experience has only strengthened her songwriting skills and led to her winning CMA Song of the Year for penning “Over You” with husband Blake Shelton.

Miranda says, “I think I know myself way better than I did 10 years ago, but I think in 10 years I’ll say, ‘Gosh, I know myself way better than I did 10 years ago.’ You just learn so much about who you are, and life experience does that for you.”

Jumping into new situations, like tying the knot with Blake or trying her hand at acting, have also taught Miranda to let go of her fear of failure.

“It’s like, well, you learn from your mistakes, for sure, and then you write about them,” she says with a laugh.

Miranda’s life is on full display on her latest album, Platinum, in stores now.


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Report: Case Against Trio Accused of Throwing Beer Bottles at Taylor Swift’s Mansion Dismissed

ABC/Jon LeMayThree adults in their 20s, charged with disorderly conduct in June after police said they threw beer bottles and shouted expletives at security officers outside Taylor Swift‘s Rhode Island mansion, have had the cases against them dismissed.

TMZ reports that the trio — Tristan Kading, Michael Horrigan and Emily Kading — paid 100 dollars each to a crime victim’s fund. As a result, they’re in the clear.

After the incident, Tristan Kading told TMZ that the three had been drinking at the time of the incident and had no beef with Taylor.


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Eric Church Releasing “Cold One” Video in Stages over the Next Few Days

Image Courtesy Jon Peets/Capitol NashvilleEric Church‘s new video for “Cold One” will be revealed to his fan club members at EricChurch.com Friday. Everyone else can head to Eric’s website Saturday and Sunday and enter their email addresses or connect with social media to unlock the clip and enter to win an Eric Church-branded Yeti cooler.

All other video outlets will have the video Monday. “Cold One” is the latest single from Eric’s album The Outsiders.


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Tim McGraw Talks It Out with Fan from Slapping Incident at Atlanta Show

Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsThe air is now clear between Tim McGraw and Jesslyn Taylor, the woman that Tim alleged struck when she tried to grab his leg. Jesslyn had threatened to sue over the incident, but the two have now ironed things out without lawyers.

Tim’s reps released a statement for both parties to Country Weekly saying, “The matter between Tim McGraw and Jesslyn Taylor stemming from an Atlanta concert has been mutually resolved the old-fashioned way — with a simple conversation.”

After the video of the incident went viral last month, Tim defended his actions in an interview with ET Canada.

He said, “I reacted in an instinctive, defensive way from my perspective of what was going on. I think it was an unfortunate situation I think all the way around. But it happened, it happened in a split second, it was pure instinctive reaction, I think you just got to move on.”

Tim’s Sundown Heaven Town tour continues this weekend with shows in Dallas and Houston.



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Lady Antebellum Going into Georgia Music Hall of Fame October 11 in Atlanta

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum is going into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame October 11 in Atlanta. The trio is made up of two Georgia natives — Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley — along with Tennessee native Hillary Scott.

Dave says, “We’ve never been a part of something like this before. It’s pretty special hearing the words ‘Lady Antebellum’ and ‘hall of fame’ in the same sentence. We really feel honored to be included.”

Country comedian Jeff Foxworthy will also be inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame on October 11 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

As for Lady Antebellum, their new album, 747, is due out September 30 featuring the hit single, “Bartender.”


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Taylor Swift Posts a Third Cryptic Clue

Image Courtesy ABC/Dick Clark ProductionsTaylor Swift‘s cryptic clues are coming faster now, but she still hasn’t revealed any solid information about what she’s teasing. The latest clue, posted on Instagram Thursday, is a screenshot of the Yahoo search engine with “clue #3″ typed as the search term.

Earlier this week, Taylor posted to Instagram her “first clue”: a clip of her repeatedly pressing an elevator button for the 18th floor.

She released a second clue on Wednesday. It was a screenshot of her phone featuring her white kitten, Olivia Benson, sitting near an old-school camera on a storage shelf. Above the cat is a drawing of New York City. The clock on the screenshot reads “5:00.”

If Taylor keeps with her schedule of releasing a new album every two years, she is due to release a new project this fall. We’ll keep you posted on Taylor’s next clue.


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Garth Brooks Breaks His Own Ticket Sales Record with Chicago Shows

Image Courtesy Chris Hollo/Grand Ole OpryGarth Brooks is already breaking records with his upcoming World Tour with Trisha Yearwood. His previous record for most tickets sold in a single city was set back in October 1998 in Minneapolis with 162,822 tickets sold. Garth’s shows in the Chicago area this September have now surpassed that mark and are continuing to sell. The shows kick off September 4 at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois.

Tickets for Garth’s Atlanta show at Philips Arena go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. ET through Ticketmaster.com and 1-800-745-3000.


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