Reba Headed to Italy for Celebrity Fight Night, Headlining Sold-Out Johnny Cash Music Festival

Image Courtesy CMAReba is headed to Italy next month to take part in Celebrity Fight Night, which is being held out of the United States for the first time this year. The annual event benefits the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center and the Andrea Bocelli Foundation, and Reba will receive a special honor for her charity work during a gala dinner on September 7 in Florence. Reba is also bringing her pal Ronnie Dunn along to perform, as well as Lionel Richie.

In other Reba news, she’s headlining the sold-out Johnny Cash Music Festival this Friday night at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, AR. Loretta Lynn and Bobby Bare are also on the bill.  Proceeds go to preserving Johnny Cash’s boyhood home in Dyess, AR.


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Dierks Bentley Announces 20 Cities for Second Leg of 2014 Riser Tour

Image Courtesy Nino Munoz/Capitol NashvilleDierks Bentley has announced the 20 cities he’ll be hitting on the second leg of his 2014 Riser tour. The shows start October 2 in Stockton, California, with Randy Houser and Eric Paslay opening the U.S. shows. New Canadian artist Tim Hicks will join Dierks and Randy for the Canadian shows.

Dierks has had a blast on the road this summer with the Riser tour’s first leg. He says, “Every night I get more excited and don’t want this run to end.  I’m just living in the moment as much as I can and taking it all in…it really has been the best summer of my life.”

As for the second leg, Dierks adds, “I’m looking forward to having Randy, Eric and Tim out on the road for the next leg…all three of them are crazy talented.”

Go to Dierks.com for ticket information.

Here are Dierks’ new tour cities:

Stockton, CA
Fresno, CA
Las Vegas, NV
Boise, ID
Missoula, MT
Edmonton, AB (CAN)
Saskatoon, SK (CAN)
Calgary, AB (CAN)
Winnipeg, MT (CAN)
Fargo, ND
Bismark, ND
Brookings, SD
Hershey, PA
Uncasville, CT
Utica, NY
Huntington, WV
Roanoke, VA
Baltimore, MD
Ottawa, ON (CAN)
Hamilton, ON (CAN)
Oshawa, ON (CAN)
London, ON (CAN)


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Blake Shelton Singing with Barbra Streisand on Her New Duets Album, “Partners”

Image Courtesy CMABlake Shelton is sharing the mic with Barbra Streisand on her new duets album, Partners, due out September 16. Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel and even Elvis Presley are among the other “partners” joining Barbra on the album.

Barbra made the announcement on Instagram along with the caption, “What an extraordinary collection of talent!”

This will be Streisand’s first new studio album since 2011′s What Matters Most.


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Kacey Musgraves Launching “Same Tour Different Trailer” Outing September 25

Image Courtesy Kelly Christine Musgraves/SandboxKacey Musgraves launches her new tour, titled Same Tour Different Trailer, on September 25 at Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa, OK. The trek will hit 13 cities in the U.S. before wrapping up in Las Vegas at the Life Is Beautiful tour on October 26. Kacey just launched her run of shows opening for Katy Perry this past weekend after spending a few months opening for Lady Antebellum, Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss.

“I’m so lucky to have toured on so many different sides of the musical spectrum this year with artists who are all over the map,” Kacey says, “And I’m really excited to be bringing a little piece of my world to the fans that have done so much for me.”

For the latest ticket information, go to KaceyMusgraves.com. Newcomers John & Jacob will serve as her opening acts this fall.

Here are Kacey’s new tour dates:

9/25 — Tulsa, OK, Cain’s Ballroom
9/26 — Springfield, MO, Gillioz Theatre
9/27 — Chicago, IL, Riviera Theatre
10/1 — Dallas, TX, Granada Theater
10/2 — Houston, TX, Warehouse Live
10/3 — Baton Rouge, LA, Varsity Theatre
10/4 — Birmingham, AL, Alabama Theatre
10/17 — Athens, GA, Georgia Theatre
10/18 — Asheville, NC, The Orange Peel
10/19 — Savannah, GA, Trustees Theatre
10/23-10/24 — New Braunfels, TX, Gruene Hall
10/26 — Las Vegas, NV, Life Is Beautiful Festival


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Lady Antebellum Headlining Nashville’s 2015 New Year’s Eve Bash

Image Courtesy Jim Wright/Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum will be ringing in 2015 with a performance in downtown Nashville. They’re headlining the Jack Daniel’s New Year’s Eve Bash on Broadway, complete with Nashville’s signature “Music Note Drop” at midnight.

Lady A’s Hillary Scott says, “We’re so looking forward to celebrating New Year’s this year in our hometown. It’s such a magical time of year, so getting to be home with our friends, family and all of Nashville downtown on Broadway will be such a fun way to ring in 2015!”

More than 85,000 people were on hand for the Music Note Drop last New Year’s Eve. More artists will join Lady A on the bill soon.



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Garth Brooks Meeting with Ticketmaster Today to Iron Out Ticketing Issues

Image Courtesy CMASome fans had trouble getting tickets for Garth Brooks‘ upcoming Atlanta concerts when they went on sale Friday, and Garth isn’t taking the matter lying down. His rep issued a statement Monday morning, saying, “Ticketmaster and Garth Brooks are meeting to discuss how to make the on sale for Garth shows the best they can be.”

As it stands now, Garth is playing three shows in Atlanta on September 19 and 20. His world tour kicks of with 10 shows in Chicago starting September 4. We expect a new tour city will be announced very soon.



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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockCountry newcomer Chase Rice had a hand in writing which one of Florida Georgia Line‘s hits? ANSWER: “Cruise.”


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Taylor Swift Mystery Ends: She’s Doing a Live Stream August 18th

ABC/Richard HarbaughAfter dropping not-so-subtle hints about an upcoming event, Taylor Swift has now ended the mystery for her fans. 

As she revealed in a Twitter posting, the singer will be doing a worldwide live stream event August 18 on Yahoo!  It’ll take place at 5 p.m. ET, and fans based in New York City can enter for a chance to attend the event in person.

As for what Taylor is going to be discussing during this event, her website describes it as “exciting news.”  It’s most likely details about her brand-new album, or perhaps the first single from that album.

Visit TaylorSwift.com for all the info, including how to host your own live stream party.

Meanwhile, there’s speculation online that Taylor’s new single is called “Polaroid.”  This is chiefly because a Polaroid camera is visible in one of the “clue” images Taylor posted, and also because, as Stereogum reports, Taylor apparently invited some top radio programmers to her apartment, and they all tweeted and Instagrammed Polaroid photos of themselves hanging with her.  Stay tuned.


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Taylor Swift, Hunter Hayes Win at Teen Choice 2014

CMATaylor Swift and Hunter Hayes were among the music winners Sunday night at Teen Choice 2014 in Los Angeles.

Taylor earned the surfboard prize for Choice Female Country Artist, while Hunter won the male version of the award.

Both appeared on the two-hour Fox broadcast to present an award: Taylor in person, and Hunter via tape.

Lady Antebellum was voted Choice Country Group, while “This is How We Roll,” by Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan, was selected Choice Country Song.

The other music categories were dominated by pop acts.


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Jason Aldean Says It’s Time to Stop Judging His Relationship with Brittany Kerr

Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsJason Aldean is asking everyone to move on and accept his relationship with his girlfriend, Brittany Kerr, whom he was photographed getting cozy with while he was still married in 2012. Now that Jason is divorced, some fans on Instagram just aren’t letting him live down the way he and Brittany first got together.

On Saturday, Jason posted a photo of himself with Brittany and the new puppy he got her.

A few fans left nasty comments on the photo, which prompted Jason to post a second picture with the words, “You know my name, not my story. You’ve heard what I’ve done, not what I’ve been through.”

He went on to explain in the caption, “So sick of people judging me and @brittanylkerr over things they know nothing about. I have made mistakes but i am a better person because of it, and wouldn’t change a thing. I’m happier than i have ever been, so thank u to all the people who support us. We are happy and life goes on. It’s time to move on people.”

Jason and Brittany made their first public appearance together at the CMT Music Awards in June. According to Brittany’s Instagram account, the couple is headed to the Caribbean this week for some “much-needed” downtime.


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