Image Courtesy Trae Patton/NBCBlake Shelton is back for the seventh season of NBC’s The Voice along with returning coach Adam Levine and newcomers to the panel, Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani. Blake didn’t know Pharrell and Gwen before they started filming the blind auditions a few weeks ago, and he’s impressed with Pharrell’s tactics to get the best contestants on his team.
“It’s like reverse psychology,” Blake explains. “He hits his button, and then almost begs the artist to go with another coach because he’s just not worthy of their talent and Blake and Adam and Gwen are just so good at what they do and he loves ‘em. And next thing you know, these artists are like — they fall for it every time. It’s so frustrating.”
Blake admits he’d probably choose to be on Gwen Stefani’s team if he was a contestant on The Voice.
He says, “Gwen Stefani is Gwen Stefani. Who’s gonna look at her and not see that she’s just such an accomplished artist and what she’s done for women in music.”
Of course, Blake and Adam have become close friends in the past few years, and Blake considers them all very lucky to have this gig helping up-and-comers realize their dreams.
Says Blake, “We get to come in and share some of the knowledge that we’ve gathered over the years of just banging our heads against the wall and being lucky enough to make our dreams come true. To be able to pass some of that knowledge on to some of these people, it’s perfect.”
The Voice‘s seventh season premieres Monday night at 8 ET on NBC.
Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsHave you ever noticed Jason Aldean doesn’t smile in photographs? Unlike his pal, Luke Bryan, who is always flashing his teeth, Jason just doesn’t think it looks natural for him to be grinning in photos.
He tells Billboard, “We’ll do a photo shoot and I’ll look at all the ones of me smiling and I’ll just move them to the side, like, ‘Those are out.’”
True to form, Jason isn’t smiling on the cover of his new album, Old Boots, New Dirt, due out October 7.
Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsTim McGraw shares little snippets of his life with fans via Twitter and Instagram, but that kind of openness isn’t exactly ideal for Tim’s acting career. Tim, who’s appearing in the upcoming George Clooney film Tomorrowland, admits it’s hard to disappear into a character when everyone knows intimate details about his life as a country star.
He tells Rolling Stone, “When an actor is so good that you can know all that stuff about them and you still buy that character, still believe them every step of the way, that’s something else. That’s real art.”
As for the complicated plot of Tomorrowland, which includes themes of time travel and rocket science, Tim says he’s still scratching his head.
“There’s not much I can say about it because I read the script, I acted in the movie and I still don’t understand it,” Tim says with a laugh. “It’s a huge production; there’s a lot going on. All the stuff I hear back, it’s going to be spectacular.”
Tomorrowland will be in theaters in May 2015. On the music front, Tim’s new album, Sundown Heaven Town, is now on sale, featuring the singles “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s” and “Shotgun Rider.”
Image Courtesy Stoney Creek RecordsThompson Square is back in the studio working on its upcoming third album, but the husband-and-wife duo is in no big hurry to issue a follow-up to 2013′s Just Feels Good. Thompson Square has used Jason Aldean‘s backing band on its previous albums, but this time the group is working with different musicians for more flexibility.
The duo’s Keifer Thompson tells the Albuquerque Journal, “This time we don’t have to wait for schedules to match up. We’re going to move ahead with the album and see how it works out. I know that we will put out the best music we can, and that’s a top priority for us.”
Thompson Square has concert dates lined up for the rest of the year, too. Go to ThompsonSquare.com to see where the duo is playing next.
CMAGarth Brooks has joined the lineup of stars honoring Jay Leno as he receives the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on October 19 in Washington, D.C.
The event takes place at the Kennedy Center with Jimmy Fallon, Chelsea Handler, Seth Meyers and Jerry Seinfeld also set to pay tribute to Leno. The program will be taped for a PBS special airing November 23.
Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleKenny Chesney has added his name to the list of country stars supporting Taylor Swift‘s full-time move into the pop world with her upcoming album, 1989.
He tells Entertainment Tonight, “She is such a global act. I mean, it’s unbelievable. I have always been one of Taylor’s biggest fans and I think that her songwriting has gotten really good. And I think that’s the foundation of everything we do, songwriting.”
While Kenny loves Taylor’s new pop single, “Shake It Off,” you won’t find him flirting with a top 40 crossover anytime soon.
“I am going to be a country act just because of the way I talk and sing. I can’t make those records,” Kenny says. “If I did, it would be very disingenuous.”
Kenny’s new album, The Big Revival, is out Tuesday featuring the #1 hit, “American Kids.”
Image Courtesy Grand Ole Opry/Chris HolloGarth Brooks‘ long-awaited new album will arrive November 11. Garth made the announcement during a Friday press conference in Atlanta, GA. The disc will feature his current hit, “People Loving People.”
Unsurprisingly, you can now pre-order the as-yet untitled album on Garth’s newly-announced digital music service, GhostTunes, as well as at GarthBrooks.com. While you’re at it, you can also order a “mega-bundle” that includes digitally-remastered versions of all eight of Garth’s studio albums; a new 25th anniversary edition of his concert disc Double Live, featuring 30 songs and 30 videos; an instant download of “People Loving People”; and a bonus track, “Send ‘Em on Down the Road.”
The new album will be Garth’s first regular studio disc since 2001′s Scarecrow.
Garth kicked off his world tour with a series of shows in Chicago earlier this month. He’ll play a total of five dates in Atlanta, starting today through September 27 before heading to Jacksonville, FL for another five dates, October 10 through 18. Head to GarthBrooks.com for more info.
Image Courtesy CMAJerrod Niemann and his fiancée, Morgan Petek, will be married next month in San Juan, Puerto Rico, but they’re not looking for traditional gifts from their friends and family to celebrate the wedding. Instead, Jerrod and Morgan are asking for donations to his charity, Free the Music USA, to benefit music education programs.
The couple tells People, “We can’t think of a better way to honor our upcoming nuptials than to combine the two things that we love the most: music and helping others.”