Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock In a video he shared with fans on Tuesday, John Berry revealed he's battling tonsil cancer. He's already had surgery and will follow that with a five-week regimen of chemo and radiation. This isn't the first health scare for the "Your Love Amazes Me" hitmaker: in 1994, he underwent surgery to remove a benign brain tumor.
Trace Adkins will kick off his Don't Stop Tour February 9 at the San Antonio Rodeo, continuing on to 39 more cities before wrapping up in November.
Dan Shay's follow-up single to their multi-week smash "Speechless" will be the track "All to Myself," which is also on their most recent, self-titled album.
Country Music Hall of Famer Maxine Brown Russell passed away Monday in Little Rock, Arkansas, from complications of kidney and heart disease. The 87-year-old was one-third of the trio The Browns, along with her brother Jim Ed and her sister Bonnie.
ABC/Image Group LAToday in Riviera Maya, Mexico, Luke Bryan kicks off his fifth annual Crash My Playa fan getaway vacation.
On Thursday, he gets back to work, as he headlines his first show of the year in the Caribbean. Since Luke's also prepping the second season of American Idol, it raises the question: which is more work -- touring or Idol?
"They're both equally exhausting," Luke tells ABC Radio, "because touring is physically [exhausting]."
"Idol, when we start falling in love with these kids... And with our auditions, we just did three twelve-hour days," he explains. "It's like you're taking the SAT every day."
"So they both have their deal. They're both enjoyable, and the time kinda flies by"
The "What Make You Country" hitmaker says when it comes down to it, both of his gigs wear him down in different ways.
"The road tires you out in this way: when you're running up and down stadiums and doing all that, you wake up the next day and you feel like you ran through a stadium," he points out.
"And when you're out on Idol, we notice you get done and you just want a nice glass of wine just to kind of shut your brain off, because you've been concentrating for twelve hours on making the right decisions with these kids."
The second season of American Idol premieres Sunday, March 3 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
Luke kicks off his Sunset Repeat Tour May 31 in Philadelphia.
ABC/Image Group LAHow much fun can you have in thirty seconds? Well, a whole lot, apparently, if you’re Dierks Bentley.
Dierks recaps the first weekend of his Burning Man Tour -- with stops in Hamilton, Ottawa, and Oshawa, Ontario -- in a new 35-second video.
In a couple of the shots, you can check out Dierks’ alter ego, as he plays in his nineties cover band, Hot Country Knights.
You can see Dierks himself holding a “Thank God for Dierks Amen” poster made by a fan, a reference to his most recent #1, “Woman, Amen.”
You can also spot Dierks onstage at different times with his openers, Tenille Townes and Jon Pardi. Tenille takes over for Elle King on the #1 duet, “Different for Girls,” while Dierks and Pardi take on Dwight Yoakam’s hit, “Guitars, Cadillacs.”
You can watch the video -- which is set to Dierks #3 hit and tour namesake “Burning Man” -- on YouTube now.
Tonight, the tour continues in Winnipeg, before continuing on to Saskatoon, Edmonton, and Calgary this week.
ABC/Mark LevineChris Stapleton will play a special concert at the Hollywood Palladium on the same night as this year’s Grammys: Sunday, February 10.
It’s all part of Citi Sound Vault, an exclusive live music experience available only to Citi card members.
Citi card members can register as a Verified Fan via Live Nation through January 27 for a chance to attend. Then on January 29, those with a unique code will be able to buy tickets. You can find out more at CitiPrivatePass.com/CitiSoundVault.
Chris is up for three trophies at this year’s Grammys: Best Country Album for From A Room: Volume 2, Best Country Solo Performance for his current single, “Millionaire,” and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “Say Something” with Justin Timberlake.
You can tune in to watch the 61st Annual Grammy Awards February 10 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.
ABC/Image Group LAThomas Rhett’s latest hit “Sixteen” sits at the top of the country chart this week, becoming the twelfth #1 of his career, as well as the fifth chart topper from his Life Changes album.
Tuesday morning, TR took to his socials to thank his fans.
“What a dang year!” he reflected in a short video, as he's seen walking outside on a sunny day. “You guys have been more than supportive and I really just can’t wait to show you the new project and get out on the Very Hot Summer Tour.”
“The [next] record is almost done,” he added, “and I’ve got some new music coming y’all’s way very shortly.”
This Friday, TR headlines Luke Bryan’s Crash My Playa concert in Rivera Maya, Mexico, before heading to Australia in March.
In April, he travels to Canada with Dustin Lynch for another leg of the Life Changes Tour, before setting the Very Hot Summer Tour in motion in May.
ABC/Image Group LAThis weekend, Eric Church takes his Double Down Tour to St. Louis, Missouri for two nights at Enterprise Center. And if fans are wondering what to expect from his two shows, his opening weekend concerts in Omaha, Nebraska may be a pretty good indication.
In total, the Chief played more than seven hours over the two nights, singing close to seventy songs, and only duplicating thirteen tunes between Friday and Saturday. The North Carolina native even took a few requests.
Eric also has good news for Church fans who actually own record players: He’ll be re-releasing three of his classic albums on colored vinyl in the coming weeks and months.
The second vinyl pressing of his debut, Sinners Like Me, will arrive January 25. It’ll be red, just like the second pressing of Chief, which comes out February 15.
This will be the fourth vinyl run of Carolina, which will be available April 5. It’ll be yellow.
The tune comes from Port Saint Joe, which is currently nominated for Best Country Album at the Grammys. Their previous single, “Shoot Me Straight,” is up for Best Country Duo/Group Performance.
You can watch for Brothers on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon starting at 11:35 p.m. ET tonight on NBC.
Meanwhile, TJ and John Osborne are busy with their headlining tour, which kicked off last year with dates in the United Kingdom and Canada. The duo started the U.S. leg earlier this month with a sold-out show in Chicago.
In fact, Brothers Osborne have sold out every venue they’ve played so far. Wednesday night, they play New York City, followed by Boston, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
They also have a top three hit right now with Dierks Bentley and "Burning Man."
ABC/Mitch HaasethAs her single, "Miss More More," climbs the country chart, Kelsea Ballerini's simultaneously experiencing her first taste of pop success with her collaboration with The Chainsmokers, "This Feeling."
"This Chainsmokers song, I've never gotten to do anything like this," Kelsea told ABC Radio during a recent interview in Hollywood. "I've never had a collaboration like this, I've never heard my voice on pop radio."
"It's been awesome, and a new experience," she adds. "And I love those guys, and I love the song, and I'm happy to be a part of it."
The "Legends" hitmaker precisely remembers the first moment she heard her voice on pop radio.
"I was actually out here in L.A. and I was going to dinner," she recalls. "I had just wrapped my music video for 'Miss Me More,' my country single, and I heard it, and I freaked out." she laughs.
This week, "This Feeling" is at #5 on Billboard's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, right next to someone Kelsea knows well. Maren Morris is in the #4 spot with "The Middle," her non-country collaboration with Zedd and Grey.
Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Brooks & Dunn's Ronnie Dunn shot the cover of the February/March issue of Cowboys & Indians magazine. The photo, titled "White Twins of Mustang Monument", was taken at a wild horse sanctuary.
Hunter Hayes will release the new track "Heartbreak" on Friday.
If you missed Kane Brown performing the Experiment track "Homesick," on Live with Kelly and Ryan, you can now check out his Monday appearance online.
Marty Stuart shows off his extensive collection of country music memorabilia and talks about the new museum he's working on in his Mississippi hometown in a new CBS Sunday Morning feature. You can watch the piece on YouTube now.
ABC/Image Group LARight now, Jason Aldean and his wife Brittany are counting down to the arrival of their new daughter, Navy Rome, who's set to make her debut sometime in February.
"Bumpdate: About to pop! (37 weeks)," Brittany recently shared on Instagram, along with a photo of her belly.
But while they're both excited about their new little one, Jason has made it clear that this will be the final addition to their family: He doesn't expect to have another child.
"I have zero plans to do that!" he says. "I'm good. I think at this point, I mean, this is number four for me, you know."
"I got a fifteen, an eleven, a one-year-old, and one that's cooking," he adds. "So, it's like, to me, four healthy kids... I feel blessed to have that. I'm good."
Navy Rome will join her brother Memphis, and Jason's two older daughters from his previous marriage, Keeley and Kendyl.
Jason points out that he thinks Brittany could use a break too, since Memphis only arrived a little more than a year ago.
"My wife's been pregnant for two years," he explains, "so I don't really think she's in any hurry to jump back and go through that again either. So, I think we're good. I'm officially out of the game!"
And as he waits for his baby girl, Jason's current single "Girl Like You" arrives at the #2 spot on the chart this week.
ABC/Image Group LAYou can expect Garth Brooks’ new album to be plenty of FUN.
The CMA'S most-awarded Entertainer of the Year announced that FUN will be the title of his new album on Monday night, during his weekly Inside Studio G series on Facebook.
“The title of the album was sparked because making it has been such a fun process to go through,” he explained. “Being able to go in and out of the studio while being on the tour, working with the same guys, it’s been amazing.”
“The album will be available this spring,” he revealed, “and I want the fans to just have fun with this, because that’s what this has been."
The record will feature his top ten hit “All Day Long,” as well as the new single he debuted on the CMA Awards, “Stronger Than Me.”
So far, Garth hasn't released the cover art or the track listing for the project, but you can pre-order the digital version now for $10 via Amazon.
ABC/Image Group LALauren Alaina and her fiancé Alex Hopkins have decided to call off their engagement. The two made the announcement Monday evening via a joint statement on social media.
“Over the last several years, you have been so supportive of us through all of our ups and downs, including personal struggles with health and family, and we couldn’t be more grateful,” the messages starts. “You share your lives with us, and we always want to be open with you in return.”
“We want to let you know that we have decided to call off our engagement,” the two continue. “While we still have love for each other, we’ve grown into very different people over the last six years. We are now in a place where we are each looking forward to starting our own fresh, new chapters of our lives.”
“We both love and respect each other and hope you all will do the same,” they close. “This has not been an easy decision, but we both feel it is the right decision. Thank you always for your love and support.”
Alex asked Lauren to marry him last July, on the same day she played Braves Stadium in Atlanta with Jason Aldean and Hootie and the Blowfish.
It’s been a year of highs and lows for Lauren: In March, she learned she’d won the Academy of Country’s New Female Vocalist trophy, but in October, she lost her stepfather to cancer.
“We ask for grace, compassion, and respect in this time,” Lauren added. “I don’t regret a single second with Alex. I wish him the very best. Please do the same.”
ABC/Image Group LAAfter a blockbuster 2018 that saw both “Tequila” and “Speechless” go to the top of the chart, Dan Shay are now on the path to international stardom. They’re currently in the middle of a six-show run in the United Kingdom with multiple sold-out dates.
The latest album from Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney features a duet with Kelly Clarkson on the track “Keeping Score.” Even though Kelly wasn’t there Saturday night to sing her part in Manchester, England, the sold-out crowd was more than happy to help out.
“Hey Kelly Clarkson, they know our song in Manchester, England!” Dan Shay tweeted, along with a short video of the audience singing the lyrics at the top of their lungs.
“YES!!!! I love Manchester!!” Kelly responded. “I hope y’all are having so much fun there! Wish I could have been there to sing it with y’all.”
So far, Dan Shay haven’t revealed what their follow-up single to “Speechless” will be.
Meanwhile, they have three more stops on their U.K. trek: Tuesday in Bristol, Wednesday in Cambridge, and Thursday in London.
They kick off their Spring 2019 tour of the U.S. with Morgan Evans February 28 in New Orleans. Every date on the tour is sold out.
ABC/Mark LevineVeteran session guitarist Reggie Young, who played on classic hits by Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson, Kenny Rogers, The Highwaymen, and dozens more, died Thursday at age 82 at his Nashville area home, The Commercial Appeal reports.
Keith Urban remembered his fellow guitar player on his socials, tweeting "My love and prayers go out... to the friends and family of the great Reggie Young!!!!!! Thank u for ALL the music Reggie!!"
Young, whose career spanned seven decades, played for years in the house bands at Memphis' Hi Records and American Studios, before establishing himself as one of Nashville's most sought-after session musicians.
Among the memorable recordings Young lent his guitar talents to: Presley's "Suspicious Minds" and "In the Ghetto," Willie's "Always on My Mind," Kenny's "Lucille," and supergroup The Highwaymen's signature tune, "Highwayman." Young also played on pop hits like Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline," Dobie Gray's "Drift Away," B.J. Thomas' "Hooked on a Feeling," and Dusty Springfield's "Son of a Preacher Man."
Reggie was inducted into Nashville's Musicians Hall of Fame in 2007.
Young didn't release his first solo album until 2017, a collection of original instrumentals titled Forever Young. A new compilation titled Session Guitar Star, featuring highlights from Reggie's long career, is due out next month.
According to The Tennessean, Young is survived by his wife of 15 years, Jenny; a son and a daughter; five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Triple Tigers RecordsEven if you don't know the name Colbie Caillat, you'd probably recognize her platinum smash from 2007, "Bubbly," with its catchy lyrics: "It starts in my toes, and I crinkle my nose/Wherever it goes/I always know." Now, the California-born pop star is in a country band.
The group is called Gone West, and it's made up of Colbie, her fiance Justin Kawika Young, her longtime songwriting collaborator Jason Reeves and his wife, Nellie Joy. Nellie and Jason were also in a duo together called High Dive Heart. Their debut EP, TIDES, is out now.
Speaking to Billboard, Justin explained the band's name: "We're all from west of Tennessee and when we're not in Nashville, chances are we've gone west -- back to Iowa, Texas, California or Hawaii."
The four came together after they all worked together on Colbie's 2016 album The Malibu Sessions, and then went on tour to support it.
"It was an acoustic tour and very harmony driven, and we realized how much fun touring could be when you’re with your friends and significant others -- and can bring your dogs out on the road too,” Colbie told Billboard.
Here's the TIDES track listing:
“Gone West” “Home Is Where The Heartbreak Is" “Confetti” “This Time”
ABC/Image Group LA Morgan Evans and Kelsea Ballerini have been so busy they haven’t had time to take down their Christmas tree -- but it’s not bothering them a whole lot.
“So, our Christmas tree is still up,” Morgan tweeted on Sunday. “We are both home for the first time this year and we both still like it.”
“How long is it socially acceptable to leave it up?” he asked.
If you want to weigh in on the Christmas tree debate, you can chime in on Morgan and Kelsea’s socials.
The couple, who just celebrated their one-year anniversary in December, spent part of the holidays Down Under in Morgan’s native Australia before going their separate ways and getting back to work.
Last Thursday, Kelsea was on hand as Morgan celebrated his first #1 in the U.S., “Kiss Somebody,” with a Mexican-themed party in Nashville. His follow-up single, “Day Drunk,” is currently climbing the chart in the U.S., while in Australia, it’s already topped both the country and pop charts and has been certified platinum.
This weekend, Kelsea joined Morgan on Old Dominion’s Make It Sweet Tour to sing their duet, “Dance with Me.” Her country single, “Miss Me More,” is nearing country’s top twenty, while her pop single with The Chainsmokers, “This Feeling,” is in the top five on Billboard’s Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart.
ABC/Image Group LAIt’s no surprise Keith Urban is a huge fan of his Oscar-winning wife, Nicole Kidman, but now he’s taken to his socials to praise one of her latest efforts.
Nicole co-stars as Yvonne Pendleton in The Upside, a film that follows a wealthy paraplegic, played by Bryan Cranston, who hires an ex-parolee, portrayed by Kevin Hart, to be his caretaker.
Clearly, Keith loved it.
“2 words - THE UPSIDE!!!!!” he tweeted. “Babygirl …. You and Kevin and Bryan together…. SO F*N FUNNY! So good !!!!!”
Audiences apparently agree with Keith’s assessment, because The Upside debuted at #1 in its first week in theaters, though it fell to #2 this weekend.
Nicole’s also currently starring in Aquaman and Destroyer, as well as in Boy Erased, which is available to download now.
Thanks to Destroyer and Boy Erased, Nicole may very well be in the running when the Oscar nominations are revealed on Tuesday morning. You’ll be able to watch the 91st Academy Awards Sunday February 24, starting at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
ABC/Image Group LAThis weekend, Morgan Evans spent his first weekend of 2019 on the road with Old Dominion for the Make It Sweet Tour.
The Aussie native is just back from a holiday trip Down Under with his wife, Kelsea Ballerini.
"I had a great trip home," Morgan says. "It was my first Christmas with my family in a few years, so that was awesome. Kelsea came down too and Kelsea's mom came down, so it was a full family affair."
"And I surfed every single day I was there," he adds, "and yes, I saw my first shark in the water when I was down there. And [it] turns out I can paddle a lot faster than I thought I could," he laughs." "Yeah, I went back surfing in the same place the next day, so I don't know what that means."
During their trip to Australia, Kelsea joked on her socials that Morgan had lured her on an outdoor excursion because there was wine at the end. But Morgan says his wife is usually game for an adventure.
"I love getting outside and doing activities or whatever, whether it be surfing or riding bikes or whatever," he explains. "And she does too. I don't feel like I'm ever forcing -- I'm never forcing her to do anything..." he laughs.
"It's awesome to get to share both sides of life, or all the sides of life together. But if there's wine at the end, that does help my cause," he smiles.
This weekend, Kelsea surprised fans in Chicago by appearing to sing "Dance with Me," her duet with Morgan.