Reba Takes Fans Behind the Scenes of “Pray for Peace” Recording Session

Image Courtesy StarstruckReba’s new song and video, “Pray for Peace,” has racked up more than 340,000 views since it went live. Now Reba is giving fans a look at the making of “Pray for Peace” in a new video at Billboard.com.

In the clip, Reba gives direction to the musicians on how she wants the song to sound and then goes in to record the track at her studio in Nashville. The video also shows Ronnie Dunn adding his ad lib parts at the end of the song.

“Pray for Peace” is now available as a free download at Reba.com.


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Cole Swindell Getting a Head Start Writing His Sophomore Album

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleCole Swindell‘s second single, “Hope You Get Lonely Tonight,” is still climbing the country chart, but he’s already laying the groundwork for his sophomore album. Following up the success of his #1 debut hit, “Chillin’ It,” is a little intimidating for the Georgia native.

“As of last weekend, I had a writer out on the road with me in order to get back into the writing thing,” Cole tells Playback STL. “I’m proud of this

and my first single, but it puts pressure on you to follow all that up. It’s never too early to get started in my opinion, so I’m excited to get going.”

Cole is opening for Luke Bryan this weekend with back-to-back shows in Atlanta.


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Kelly Clarkson’s Hubby Trumps Every Guy Who Ever Sent You Flowers

Image Courtesy RCA RecordsWhat’s that? You say your husband sent you a bouquet of flowers “just because”?  Well, too bad he — and every other guy — has just been totally owned by Kelly Clarkson‘s husband, Brandon Blackstock.

Kelly posted a photo of a beautiful field of flowers, and then tweeted, “Brandon surprised me with a 10 acre field of sunflowers on our land. This is my heaven :).”

Perhaps Brandon wanted a special way to thank Kelly for delivering their baby girl, River Rose, who arrived June 12, and who Kelly calls “the greatest thing on the planet.”

One fan responded to Kelly’s posting by referring to the singer’s previous troubles finding love, tweeting, “Six years of being single sure pays off,” to which Kelly replied, “yes it does! Hold out for the right one :).”   But the posting also inspired some jealousy as well.

“Seriously! help a sister out, he’s got to have ONE single relative of some sort!” wrote one woman, adding the hashtag #sosweetsojealous.”  Kelly’s reaction?  “hahaha! Best response :).”

Kacey Musgraves also retweeted Kelly’s photo with the caption, “ATTN ALL MEN: Learn.”


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The Band Perry to Appear on Teen Choice Awards August 10

Image Courtesy CMAThe Band Perry has signed on to appear at Teen Choice 2014 airing live on Fox Sunday, August 10. They’re up for Choice Country Group at the fan-voted awards show. Teenagers can cast their ballot now at TeenChoiceAwards.com.

Look for actress and country star Lucy Hale to appear on Teen Choice 2014, too.  The show begins at 8 p.m. ET and is tape-delayed in Pacific time.


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Taylor Swift Pleases Photo-Snapping Fans in NY’s Central Park

Big Machine RecordsTaylor Swift wrote recently that autographs are obsolete, and all people want from her these days are photographs.  It’s no surprise, considering how accommodating the superstar is when fans request them.

The New York Daily News reports that when Taylor was strolling in New York’s Central Park recently, she was spotted by excited fans, all of whom wanted a picture with her.  She obliged them, and even waited patiently for one to get out a rowboat in one of the park’s lakes so she could pose with her.

That same day, the News reports, Taylor, who was wearing sky-high pink heels and a crop top with a matching miniskirt, was spotted dropping $20 into a street musician’s hat.


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Garth Brooks Is Now Playing 10 Shows in Chicago

Image Courtesy Pearl RecordsGarth Brooks is now playing 10 shows at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois, starting September 4. He’ll do two shows on September 6, 12 and 13 with single shows also slated for September 5, 11 and 14.

Trisha Yearwood is opening all dates on Garth’s World Tour, and he’s expected to announce another tour city soon. Tickets for the Chicago shows are on sale through Ticketmaster.

Garth will announce each city on his World Tour individually at GarthBrooks.com. We’ll keep you posted where he’s playing next.


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Billy Currington Has the Crowds Going Wild with “We Are Tonight”

Image Courtesy Mercury NashvilleBilly Currington had his concert crowds in mind when he recorded his latest hit, “We Are Tonight.” Now that fans are screaming the lyrics back to him, Billy is seeing his vision for “We Are Tonight” come to life.

“When I heard the song, I was like, ‘Now there is an anthem for the live show,’” Billy explains.  “As I grew to know the song better and better, and, of course, when I finally recorded it, I just started envisioning everybody chanting the ‘We Are Tonight.’”

The song is now getting the biggest response of any number in Billy’s set, so he’s pushed “We Are Tonight” towards the end of the show.

Says Billy, “People are singing it as loud as they can, probably louder than any song that I have right now. I don’t know if it’s just ‘cause it’s current and they’re hearing it a lot, but, boy, they sing it loud.”

“We Are Tonight” is the title track of Billy’s current album, available in stores and online now. Look for him on the road with Lady Antebellum through August 31.


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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockChase Rice is a co-writer on which one of Florida Georgia Line‘s #1 hits? ANSWER: “Cruise.”


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Taylor Swift Jammed with Oscar Winner Jeff Bridges on “The Giver” Movie Set

Courtesy The Weinstein CompanyTaylor Swift is one of the stars of the much-anticipated movie The Giver, in which she appears opposite such acting heavyweights as Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep.  Not only did she bond with Bridges on set, but according to the Oscar-winning actor, they got to spend some of their downtime jamming.

Bridges is also a musician who’s recorded a few albums and toured.  He told reporters at Comic-Con in San Diego this week, “Taylor was so terrific. Our scenes we had together, a lot of [them] were at a piano. So, we [both being] lovers of music, we talked a lot about music, and we got to pick a little between set-ups and stuff.”

So what did Bridges think of Taylor’s performance in The Giver? She plays Rosemary, a small but crucial role, and her character has a deep connection to The Giver, played by Bridges.  “She’s so, so sweet and such a good actress,” he said. “And, of course, a phenomenal songwriter and musician.”

So, does he think Taylor has a future as an actress?  “Oh, I think so. Yeah!” he replied.

The Giver is Taylor’s third film: her first was 2010′s Valentine’s Day.  She also voiced a role in the 2012 animated film The Lorax.  On TV, she’s appeared on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and New Girl, and has hosted Saturday Night Live.


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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockChase Rice will perform “Ready Set Roll” on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers Wednesday, August 6. The appearance marks Chase’s late-night TV debut. His full-length album, Ignite the Night, comes out August 19.

Montgomery Gentry‘s new single, “Headlights,” hits the airwaves next month.

Miranda Lambert tells People she named her latest rescue dog Bellamy after one of hubby Blake Shelton‘s favorite groups, The Bellamy Brothers. She says, “I figured naming him that might soften the blow of a sixth puppy!”


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