Capitol NashvilleLukeBryan is making sure he has plenty of girls to shake it for him when he plays two shows in Panama City Beach, FL next month. He's launched a contest for sorority girls to text a special code to 31996, and the sorority with the most votes will get to send 50 girls to meet Luke. The annual Spring Break Shows are set for March 11 and 12 at Spinnaker Beach Club.
Capitol NashvilleIn celebration of his new album release, Riser, Dierks Bentley is getting fans addicted to his new interactive RISER BIRD game. The concept is inspired by the thunderbird image Dierks is using for the project.
He says, "There are so many addicting games about birds right now, and we thought it would be funny to create our own RISER BIRD game. I’m all about finding interesting ways to get music out to the fans, and this is just supposed to be fun.”
While playing the game, fans will hear Dierks' new music and can enter to win a grand prize trip to see Dierks rehearse for his upcoming tour. Go to RiserBird.com to play the game.
In other Dierks news, his CMT Crossroads special with OneRepublic premieres Friday, March 21 at 10 p.m. ET.
Sony/Sea GayleFans who pre-order Jerrod Niemann's new album, High Noon, at iTunes will receive the lead single, "Drink to That All Night," and an album track, "Donkey," immediately. Fans can also hear a live stream of "Donkey" now at JourneytoHighNoon.com. The album comes out March 25.
Jerrod hits the road again March 7 with a show in Mercedes, TX.
MCA NashvilleDavid Nail celebrated his latest #1 hit, "Whatever She's Got," at a party in Nashville Wednesday, and this time his lifelong battle with depression didn't keep him from getting in on the fun. During an interview prior to the event, David said he decided to get help shortly after his song, "Let It Rain," hit the top of the charts a few years back. He was hanging out with Chris Young at a party prior to the ACM Awards in Las Vegas, but David just wasn't happy.
He says, "I remember walking away and being so blessed to have been at this party, and all these nice things being said. I just should have been on top of the world, but for whatever reason, I couldn't physically get there. Or mentally get there either."
Making the decision to get help for his depression led to a new lease on life for David.
"I've been going to counseling for a couple years now and take a lot of really expensive medicines and made a lot of changes in my personal life," David says. "I've learned to not take life so serious and to kind of enjoy it. I've had a lot of help in doing that."
David's new outlook on life is reflected on his new album, I'm a Fire, due out next week. The second single from that project, "Kiss You Tonight," will hit the airwaves soon.
Warner Music NashvilleColeSwindell shows off a few smooth moves in his video for "Chillin' It," but the Georgia native insists he's just having a little fun in front of the camera.
Cole tells ABC News Radio, "I think that's just proof that I like to just have fun up there and do what I'm feeling, because I am not much of a dancer, obviously."
Cole is currently opening for his pal Luke Bryan, who is filling arenas and stadiums thanks to his dance moves as well as his hit songs. Cole isn't sure he wants to do quite as much on stage gyrating as Luke, though.
"I'm just a guy out there trying to sing and have fun," Cole says. "I think that shows off my personality. So, we'll see if I need to tone that down some. I don't know."
As for the song, "Chillin' It," Cole was inspired to write it after overhearing someone use that phrase in conversation.
He explains, "I just thought, sounds like something I could write a laid back song to. It just sounded like a song about riding around with your girl, just lazy -- lazy afternoon song. So, that's what we did."
"Chillin' It" is included on Cole's self-titled debut album, now in stores.
Blue Cadillac RecordsDionne Warwick recently teamed up with country singer Billy Ray Cyrus for a new duet, "Hope Is Just Ahead," and now the two veteran stars are set to perform the tune Wednesday live on the CBS show The Talk, which airs at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT. The song, which was written by Cyrus, was recorded at actor/singer Jamie Foxx's studio in Los Angeles.
Part of the proceeds raised by "Hope Is Just Ahead" will be donated to the Do the Write Thing -- National Campaign to Stop Violence, an organization that seeks to prevent shootings from occurring in schools. Warwick and Cyrus recently filmed a promotional video for the single, which also includes a clip of a speech by President Obama addressing some of these tragic events, as well as news footage documenting some of the incidents.
In related news, Cyrus recently released an updated, hip-hop-flavored version of his 1992 smash "Achy Breaky Heart," called "Achy Breaky 2." The new tune features rapper Buck 22, who's Warwick's son.
Photo Credit: Randee St. NicholasMartina McBride has captured her passion for cooking and entertaining in a new cookbook called Around the Table. The book comes out October 7 featuring Martina's recipes and tips for recreating a Red, White and Blue Backyard Cookout or Retro Valentine's Day Supper Club.
Martina says, "I have a passion for food and entertaining, and I'm so excited to be putting everything I love onto the pages of my new book."
ACMACM New Artist of the Year nominees Brett Eldredge, Justin Moore and Kip Moore recently taped a new Great American concert special. The show airs Monday, March 24 with reigning ACM New Artist of the Year winners, Florida Georgia Line, serving as hosts.
Fans can vote in the ACM New Artist of the Year category starting March 24 at VoteACM.com. The winner will be announced on the 49th Annual ACM Awards April 6 on CBS.