RCA NashvilleMirandaLambert is one of country music's biggest stars these days, so her schedule is non-stop between recording, touring, doing interviews and scheduling quality time with husband, Blake Shelton. In all that madness, Miranda has to remind herself to slow down and reflect on how amazing the last few years have been. That's part of the inspiration for her latest hit, "Automatic."
Says Miranda, "I'm getting to where I've lived a little more. I've done some things. I have a long way to go, but I also am realizing that it's very fast-paced this life that I'm living right now, and the life that we're all living."
Miranda thinks of "Automatic" as a mental scrapbook helping her hold on to some precious memories.
"It's always about the next. The next place, the next show, the next event. Whatever's happening. And it's never about right now or what we did five years ago," Miranda says. "It's like, 'Remember that time?' I just want to make sure I'm enjoying this."
"Automatic" is the lead single from Miranda's upcoming album, Platinum, due out June 3.
Macy'sBrett Eldredge and Jana Kramer are taking part in Macy's American Icons campaign, which means you'll see their faces in more than 800 Macy's stores starting next month. They'll be modeling clothes for I.N.C International Concepts in ads appearing in print and online, too.
The program offers styles inspired by America and supports the Got Your 6 initiative to support U.S. veterans and military families.
EMI NashvilleEric Church will release a double-gatefold vinyl version of his latest album, The Outsiders, this Saturday for National Record Store Day. The package also includes an exclusive album poster and two bonus tracks -- "Come Together," and an extended version of the title track. Go to EricChurch.com for more information on where to purchase The Outsiders on vinyl.
Eric will tour behind the album starting September 11 in Bossier City, LA.
Big Machine RecordsRascal Flatts' Jay DeMarcus has a special guest hitting the road with him this summer -- his daughter Madeline. The little one will be heading out on select dates of the Flatts' upcoming Rewind tour.
Jay says, "I’m really excited for my little Maddie to see what her daddy does."
Maddie, who turned three last December, is starting to understand her dad is a big country star.
"She’s old enough now to where she kinda gets it and she’ll see a video on TV and kinda puts two and two together," Jay explains. "So, I’m really lookin’ forward to her bein’ able to watch from the side of the stage."
Rascal Flatts launches their Rewind tour May 15 in St. Louis, MO with Sheryl Crow and Gloriana as the opening acts.
Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockRandy Houser has signed on a spokesperson for Eckrich, the makers of hardwood-smoked sausage and deli meats. Look for Erckrhich mobile sampling events at Randy's concerts this year.
Willie Nelson will be presented with his fifth degree black belt in the martial arts system Gong Kwon Yu Sul, in a ceremony on Monday, April 28 in Austin, TX. The event takes place two days before Willie's 81st birthday.
Easton Corbin's new video for "Clockwork" premiered on People.com this week.
Warner Music NashvilleIf the cold snap affecting a good chunk of the country has got you down, just turn on Brett Eldredge's beach-inspired hit, "Beat of the Music." The song has been heating up the country chart for a while now, but Brett is thankful "Beat of the Music" is headed towards #1 a lot faster than his debut hit, "Don't Ya."
Brett tells ABC News Radio, "'Don't Ya' took like 47 weeks to reach the top of the chart, which was great, 'cause it got people to know me. And soon as they heard 'Beat of the Music,' they knew that was me."
"Beat of the Music" has been getting just as big a reaction as "Don't Ya" during Brett's concerts lately.
Explaining the new song's success, Brett says, "It takes you to a special place, I think. You don't have to think too much. You just gotta feel good. And I like to be 'Mr. Feel Good' sometimes."
"Beat of the Music" and "Don't Ya" are both included on Brett's debut album, Bring You Back.
Capitol NashvilleLady Antebelum and Kip Moore exchanged gifts at the end of his run on the Take Me Downtown tour. Kip got each member of Lady A a bottle of their favorite booze, and Lady A presented Kip with a waterproof watch so he won't lose track of time while surfing.
Lady A's Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood told Kip that Kenny Chesney gave them their first watches back when opened for him. The guys wanted to continue that tradition with Kip, and he joked, "I'll make sure to only put it on when I see you guys."
Lady A's tour continues through the summer. Kip joins Tim McGraw's Sundown Heaven Town tour starting next month.
Alliance EntertainmentCongratulations to Martina McBride on earning her fifth #1 on Billboard's Country Albums chart with Everlasting this week. The project comes in at #7 on the overall Billboard 200 chart, giving Martina her best showing on that chart since 2007's Waking Up Laughing debuted at #4.
Everlasting marks a departure for Martina as she delves into R&B covers with a little help from Kelly Clarkson and Gavin DeGraw.