Nashville Notes

Image Courtesy Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockBlake Shelton‘s latest #1 hit, “Lonely Tonight” with Ashley Monroe, has now become his 18th gold-certified single.

Reba was in the audience for Fleetwood Mac’s Wednesday night concert in Nashville. She posted an Instagram photo from the concert with her pals Kelly Clarkson and Reba co-star Melissa Peterman by her side.

 

 


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Keith Urban Reveals His Connections to the Smash Hit TV Show, “Empire”

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleThe Fox TV show Empire has become a ratings smash, with Wednesday night’s season finale bringing in an estimated 16.5 million viewers, according to Deadline. Though the show is focused on hip-hop, country superstar Keith Urban is paying attention to Empire.

He says, “I have watched it a little bit. It’s addictive.”

Of course, Keith is a judge on American Idol, which has been airing before Empire on Wednesday nights.

He adds, “I think Idol and Empire together is a good combo.”

Keith is connected to the Empire phenomenon through his wife, Nicole Kidman, who is a friend of Empire’s creator Lee Daniels. Lee directed Nicole in the film The Paperboy, and Keith says, “We’re really, really happy for Lee as well.”


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Justin Moore Has His Hands Full with His Three-Year-Old Middle Daughter, Kennedy

Imagte Courtesy Valory Music Co.Justin Moore‘s three-year-old daughter Kennedy is emerging as the funny one among his three daughters.

“It’s really not any specific thing. It’s just the way she says things. We’re all convinced that she’s a comedic genius because her timing is impeccable.”

Kennedy is pretty stubborn, too. Justin recently took the little one along when he headlined a show at the Houston Rodeo, and he ended up buying her a cowboy hat to wear at the event.

Says Justin, “[It] kinda looked like mine.”

Kennedy loved the hat so much she kept it on the entire day and refused to take it off the next day back home in Arkansas.

Justin recalls, “She would not take it off. Drove my wife, [Kate], crazy. She’s like, ‘OK, it’s cute, but you have to take this off eventually.’ So, I think [Kennedy] may be turning into a little cowgirl, which is awesome.”

As for the Houston Rodeo gig, Justin was thrilled to perform for the huge crowd in the main arena for the first time.

“It was pretty special,” Justin says. “They give you the belt buckle to commemorate [the performance],  which I told them, ‘I may be the only artist y’all given this to that’ll actually wear this thing. So, thank you,’ but what a huge honor and opportunity that was.”

Justin is on the road with Miranda Lambert‘s Certified Platinum tour all weekend long.


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Kenny Chesney Set to Deliver State-of-the-Art Shows in Nashville Next Week

Image Courtesy Sony/Blue ChairKenny Chesney has been hidden away in a rehearsal space for the past two months getting ready to launch his 2015 Big Revival Tour, his first major outing since 2013. The trek kicks off in Nashville March 26 and 27. Kenny has some brand-new toys, including a state-of-the-art light rig, to show off to the hometown crowd.

He says, “I had the time to really seek out what was special… really find things that are innovative; even if it’s just the quality they deliver.”

Kenny also surrounded himself with the best production staff to deliver the best show possible for his fans.

“I’ve got some of the best people in the business out on The Big Revival Tour.” he says. “Folks who’ve worked for Metallica, Guns N’ Roses, AC/DC, Lady Gaga… They get putting music across in big places, but they also understand that to me — and the fans — the songs are important.”

Go to KennyChesney.com to check out Kenny’s full list of tour dates.


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Brad Paisley and Wife, Kimberly, Renew Wedding Vows in “Very Campy” Ceremony

Image Courtesy Chris Hollo/Grand Ole OpryBrad Paisley and his wife, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, recently renewed their wedding vows in what she describes as a “very campy” ceremony at a friends’ house. According to Us Magazine, the couple, who married in 2003, walked down the aisle with a traditional wedding march. Kimberly’s wedding dress wasn’t so traditional, though.

She says, “You could see my pink panties underneath it. It was pretty awesome. One of my best friend’s went and bought it for me. It was a surprise, I didn’t know we were doing it.”

Brad and Kimberly’s two sons, eight-year-old Huck and two-year-old Jasper, were on hand for the ceremony, too. The couple also enjoyed a night out at the Beverly Hilton Wednesday while attending the 23rd annual A Night at Sardi’s benefit for the Alzheimer’s Association.


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Luke Bryan Makes “Billboard” Country Albums Chart History with Simultaneous “Spring Break” Releases

Image Courtesy Schimdt RelationsLuke Bryan is the first artist in the 51-year history of Billboard‘s Country Albums chart to have two albums debut in the top five in the same week. Spring Break…Checkin’ Out bows at #1 on the tally this week with 89,000 copies, according to Nielsen Music. He also takes the #5 spot with Spring Break…The Set List: The Complete Spring Break Collection ZinePak, which collects all of Luke’s previous Spring Break EPs and albums into one compilation.

Spring Break…Checkin’ Out is Luke’s fifth #1 on Billboard‘s Country Albums chart.


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Reba Launching New Beauty Line on April 7

Image Courtesy BMLG/Starstruck/Jeremy CowartReba is branching out into the beauty business. She’s partnered with her longtime makeup artist, Brett Freedman to create Reba Beauty, a line of beauty products starting with the Deluxstick, a slim, shiny lip color. Look for Reba Beauty to launch April 7 at Reba.com and Amazon.com.

 

 

The beauty line is the latest addition to Reba’s empire, which includes bedding, clothing, home goods, furniture and more at Dillards. Of course, Reba’s music is at the center of all of her products. Her new album, Love Somebody, is out April 14 featuring the current single, “Going Out Like That.”


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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockReba and Kelly Clarkson scored a country hit with a duet version of which one of Kelly’s pop hits? ANSWER: “Because of You.”


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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockHere’s a random Brett Eldredge tweet: “I wanna go on of those cooking show competitions and make a peanut butter and jelly…everyone goes fancy…I sneak attack with the PB&J.”

Chris Young is currently entertaining U.S. troops in Japan. Keep up with his international adventures on Instagram, @ChrisYoungMusic.


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Keith Urban Celebrates Latest #1 Hit, Weighs in on “Blurred Lines” Infringement Decision

Image Courtesy CMAKeith Urban celebrated his latest #1 hit, “Somewhere in My Car,” with a party at the Musicians Hall of Fame in Nashville. The event featured Keith performing the song on the piano accompanied by a three-piece string section, and Keith’s wife, Nicole Kidman, was in the crowd among the music industry insiders.

“Somewhere in My Car” is the third #1 hit from Keith’s gold-selling album, Fuse. He thinks fans related to the song’s honest lyrics about remembering an old love.

Says Keith, “I always think the reason, firstly, is people relate to the story of that kind of painful, somewhat pathetic reminiscing — desperate, you know, that you can’t help yourself but sort of replay those memories over and over even though you know it’s never coming back.”

Before the party started, Keith spoke with reporters on several topics, including his thoughts on the verdict against Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams saying they copied Marvin Gaye‘s 1977 song, “Got to Give It Up” for their 2013 hit, “Blurred Lines.” Keith is something of a music historian, and he’s shocked the jury decided against Robin and Pharrell. Keith feels Robin and Pharrell only recreated the feel of “Got to Give It Up,” which is similar to what Marvin did when he first wrote and recorded the song in the first place.

“I’m more interested in the fact why Art Stewart, who produced [‘Got to Give It Up’], hasn’t been brought into the conversation as far as the way in which he put players together to create the sound, which was taken from another song called ‘Disco Lady,'” Keith explains. “Marvin literally heard that song, and Motown were asking him to make something a little more disco-sounding. He got the guy who produced that song by that artist to come and emulate a similar atmosphere in the studio.”

Keith goes on to say he believes the court is forcing Robin and Pharrell to pay more than $7 million to Marvin Gaye’s family for doing something Marvin basically did himself.

He adds, “I don’t know how much of a precedent this particular case is gonna set. I don’t know.”


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