Thomas Rhett’s Road Education Will Come Into Play on Upcoming Sophomore Album

Big Machine Label GroupNow that Thomas Rhett has two #1 hits under his belt from his debut album, It Goes Like This, he’s busy working on the follow-up project. While the new album will feature songs geared towards the ladies, like “It Goes Like This” and “Get Me Some of That,” Thomas plans to strip things down a little bit on his sophomore release, thematically and sonically.

“The second one’s gonna be just kinda more of what I’m doing now,” Thomas tells ABC News Radio. “Obviously, I write a bunch of girls’ songs, that’s kinda my forte. But there’s songs on there that are gonna be more broken down, more organic feeling. So, I’m looking forward to it, man.”

Thomas has been on tour non-stop for the last few years, and he’s learned a lot being on the road. That education will show up in his new songs.

As for being on the road, Thomas says, “You figure out yourself, I guess. Write different songs. You experience so much that you start writing, you start to get deeper with yourself.”

Look for Thomas at the 2014 CMT Music Awards coming up June 4. His “It Goes Like This” video is up for two trophies.


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Taylor Swift Concert in Bangkok Canceled Due to Political Unrest

ABC/Chris HolloTaylor Swift’s June 9 concert in Bangkok, Thailand, has been canceled in the wake of the recent military coup there.

The concert promoter, BEC-Tero, issued a statement on its website, saying, “Due to recent events in Thailand, Taylor Swift’s concert in Bangkok scheduled for Monday June 9, 2014 has been cancelled. This has been a difficult decision for all parties. Taylor, AEG, BEC Tero and 13 Management all express regret and sincere apologies to the fans in Thailand.”

Taylor tweeted, “I’m sending my love to the fans in Thailand. I’m so sad about the concert being canceled.”

Taylor’s next scheduled concert date on her Red tour in Asia is a May 30 show in Shanghai, China.


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Rascal Flatts Encourages Fans to Remember Soldiers’ Sacrifices this Memorial Day

Big Machine RecordsRascal Flatts is taking time out from their just-launched Rewind tour to honor soldiers who have given their lives in service to their country. Band member Jay DeMarcus is a self-professed history buff, so he spends quite a bit of time thinking about those sacrifices.

“I think that all too often we go about our lives here in America, taking things for granted that have been paid for in blood by so many people that have come before us,” Jay says. “And I hope that we never get to the point to where we’re so complacent that we forget those people that are over there putting their lives on the line for us, day-in and day-out.”

Rascal Flatts is currently working to raise funds for the Civil War-era film, To Appomattox. For more information, check out the film’s Kickstarter campaign.


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Brad Paisley Accompanies President Obama to Afghanistan, Plays for the Troops

Image credit: Scott HorsleyIt wasn’t just President Obama who paid a surprise visit to U.S. troops in Afghanistan Sunday.  Brad Paisley was right there with him.

“About to play a surprise concert for the troops in Afghanistan,” Brad tweeted late Sunday morning.  “God bless our military.  Here we go.”  A few hours later, he tweeted a pic of him sitting in the open door of an enormous armored vehicle, with the comment, “Bagram Afghanistan, now this is a 4 wheel drive.”

Paisley was one of only a handful of people who accompanied President Obama to Afghanistan.  There were no details as of Sunday afternoon about what songs Brad performed for the troops.



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The Band Perry Recalls Recent USO Show in the UK

Republic NashvilleThe Band Perry recently played their first USO show while overseas in the U.K., and hearing the soldiers’ stories was a moving experience for the sibling trio.

Neil Perry says, “We got to talk to some of our service members and listen to what they go through. And the fact that they leave home, leave the place they’re actually protecting to protect us, that just meant a lot to us.”

The Band Perry plans to continue their efforts in giving back to servicemen and women whenever possible in the coming years. In the meantime, they’re gearing up to join Blake Shelton on the Ten Times Crazier tour this summer.


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Jason Aldean Headlining Inaugural Legends Day Concert Saturday Prior Indianapolis 500

Green Room PRJason Aldean headlines the inaugural Legends Day concert at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Saturday. The event celebrates current and legendary drivers of the Indianapolis 500, which will be held Sunday. Jason’s performance is part of his partnership with Firestone tires for their Destiny Country campaign.

Jason’s concert will take place at the new Turn 4 infield stage, and more than 41,000 fans will be on hand. Tyler Farr is set to open the show. Ticket information is available at IMS.com/Aldean.


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Kacey Musgraves Reveals She’s Bared It All for Pal Katy Perry

Lauren Dukoff/BillboardKaty Perry and Kacey Musgraves are so close Katy’s even seen Kacey in the buff.

The two singers, who recently taped an episode of CMT Crossroads together, grace the cover of the new issue of Billboard magazine, and in the interview, Kacey confirms that Katy has seen her naked.  “A couple times, and it won’t be the last,” she adds.

How did the two get together in the first place?  Katy tells Billboard that after she heard Kacey’s debut hit “Merry Go ‘Round,” she instantly connected with it, so she tracked her down online and reached out to her about collaborating.  The songs they wrote together didn’t end up on Katy’s PRISM album, but the two remained friends. 

“I think [Kacey] straddles the line like I straddle the line of appropriateness and still maintaining a sexuality that is healthy and exciting,” Katy tells Billboard. “And it’s not all about that. It’s about sending inspiring and empowering messages and being a think-for-yourself type of woman.”  The two plan to duet onstage when Kacey joins Katy’s tour in August.  Get a preview by watching the CMT Crossroads episode on June 13.


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Taylor Swift Teams with Toyota to Encourage Fans to Buckle Up

Photo Credit: Ash NewellTaylor Swift has teamed with Toyota to promote road safety during the Southeast Asia dates of her Red tour, starting May 30 in Shanghai, China. The campaign features a video of Taylor encouraging fans to use their seat belts behind the wheel.

According to Marketing Interactive, the clip will be shown prior to Taylor’s upcoming shows and on print, TV and social media throughout Southeast Asia.

Here are Taylor’s upcoming Southeast Asia tour dates:
5/30 — Shanghai, China, Mercedes-Benz Arena
6/1 — Tokyo, Japan, Saitama Super Arena
6/4 — Jakarta, Indonesia, Meis Ancol
6/6 — Manila, Philippines, Mall of Asia Arena
6/9 — Bangkok, Thailand, Impact Arena
6/11 — Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Putra Indoor Stadium
6/12 — Singapore, Singapore Indoor Stadium


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Billy Currington Going Barefoot in the Studio Working on His Sixth Album

Mercury NashvilleBilly Currington tweeted a photograph of himself barefoot in a recording studio Friday.  The caption reads, “Working on album 6! Looking forward to sharing this new music with you.”

Billy’s last album, We Are Tonight, was released last September. The title track is now climbing the country chart towards the top 10.


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Luke Bryan Listened to a Lot of Rap Music Down on His Family’s Georgia Farm

ABC/Dick Clark ProductionsLuke Bryan may have been raised on a peanut farm in South Georgia, but he listened to just as much rap as country music growing up. So, it’s no surprise he’s scored hits with country-rap hybrids like “That’s My Kind of Night.”

Luke tells The New York Times, “Nobody grew up more country than me, and we listened to Eazy-E and 2 Live Crew.”

One Luke went to college at Georgia Southern University, he performed at frat parties and spring break events featuring just as much hip-hop as country.  “We watched what the D.J. played afterward,” Luke says. “Right when I got offstage, they started playing Juvenile and Outkast.”

Luke regularly opens his shows with “That’s My Kind of Night.” Go to LukeBryan.com to see where he’s playing next.


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