Warner Music NashvilleLook for a big reveal from Brett Eldredge and Thomas Rhett Wednesday on Good Morning America. “Big announcement from me and my pal @thomasrhett TOMORROW ON @GMA!!! Tune in!” the “Drunk on Your Love” hitmaker teased Tuesday evening on social media.
"Have some exciting news to share tomorrow," Thomas concurred. "Tune in to @GMA to hear it first."
Not only did the two tour together last fall, they also teamed up to record "You Can't Stop Me" on Brett's Illinois album. Right now, TR continues his trek with Jason Aldean, while Brett heads out with Keith Urban and Maren Morris later this week.
We should find out what exactly Thomas Rhett and Brett are up to sometime after 7 a.m., when GMA airs on ABC.
Arista NashvilleCarrie Underwood wrapped up the first stretch of her Storyteller tour Monday night in London, Ontario. During the tour leg she’d played for more than 600,000 fans in 47 cities across seven different countries. But rest assured there are more chances on the way to see the “Church Bells” hitmaker.
You’ll be able to catch Carrie at various fairs and festivals throughout the summer, before she hits the road with Easton Corbin and The Swon Brothers again in the fall. She’ll take her much-talked-about staging to Anchorage, Alaska on August 31, for a hot ticket that sold out in only half an hour.
Warner Music NashvilleFor Blake Shelton, it looks like honesty really is the best policy. This week, both his new album If I’m Honest and its first single, “Came Here to Forget,” ascend to number one on the charts.
"At almost 40 years old and 15 years in this business, who would've ever thought I would have the biggest week of my career now?” the star of The Voice asks. “Number one album, number one song and number one movie. I am beside myself my friends. Thank you for an incredible journey.”
Blake both voices the part of Earl the pig in The Angry Birds Movie and contributed the track “Friends” to the soundtrack. While he’s performed both “Go Ahead and Break My Heart” with girlfriend Gwen Stefani and “Savior’s Shadow” on national TV, it turns out his next single will be a completely different song. The track "She's Got a Way with Words" will follow his 17th number one in a row.
ABC/Fred LeeNearly a month after Randy Houser’s May 4 wedding to Tatiana Starzynski, the new couple is sharing photos and details of their star-studded ceremony in the latest issue of People magazine. Even a surprise rain shower couldn’t dampen the newlyweds' spirits.
“Right as he said, ‘You may now kiss your bride,’ there were big claps of thunder, and it poured down,” Tatiana recalls.
“It was a beautiful thing,” Randy chimes in. “It was like the environment couldn’t handle all the energy coming out of the place. It was literally the only cloud anywhere near.”
After toweling off, the couple entertained their 120 guests inside the barn at historic Homestead Manor in Thompson’s Station, Tennessee. That included the “Song Number 7” singer’s who’s-who of groomsmen. Lee Brice, Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard, Jamey Johnson, Dierks Bentley and Jerrod Niemann all stood up for him.
ABCIt’s the start of a busy summer for Kelsea Ballerini. Not only will the “Peter Pan” hitmaker be hitting the road with Rascal Flatts and Chris Lane on the Rhythm & Roots tour, she’s also landed a TV gig, on the new ABC show Greatest Hits.
“I'm co-hosting it with Arsenio Hall, who is awesome," she tells ABC Radio. "The show is like this six-episode series and each episode goes over a five-year period of time, between 1980 and 2005. They just are bringing in, like the biggest artists to represent the biggest songs of that five-year period. There's collaborations and there's like, fun pop-up moments, to just kind of represent the generation of music for the last, I guess 25 years.”
While the full list of performers on the new show hasn’t been revealed, we do know that Kelsea will sing as well as host, and Little Big Town has taped an episode as well. Greatest Hits premieres Thursday, June 30 at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.
Warner Music NashvilleBrett Eldredge is throwing ‘em back in the latest edition of Entertainment Weekly’s 3 Rounds With… webisode series. Here’s the formula -- an interviewer extracts truth, while he and a celebrity knock out three rounds of alcoholic beverages.
It turns out even whiskey on the rocks; a martini; and vodka, water and lime can’t get Brett to reveal why he shaved his beard for his forthcoming video for “Wanna Be That Song.” Along the way, he does spill the T on his former life as a singing wedding DJ as well as on Frank Sinatra, Thomas Rhett and how excited his 18-year-old self would be over the number of pairs of socks he owns.
You can check out Brett’s alcohol-fueled confessions online now.
Capitol NashvilleIf you’re waiting to hear the country tunes on Little BigTown’s eight-song collaboration with The Voice’s Pharrell Williams, you probably shouldn’t hold your breath.
“It’s not a country record,” Karen Fairchild tells Billboard of the band’s new project Wanderlust. “It’s not like anything we’ve ever done. It’s fun to be spontaneous and put it out there to the fans… and not to overthink it… because it has brought us a lot of joy… It’s just music, you know?”
At the same time, Little Big Town is back in the studio with Jay Joyce, who’s produced their last few country albums.
Wanderlust is due June 10. The band confesses they have hopes of one day performing the first single, “One of These Days,” with Pharrell on the Grand Ole Opry stage.
Capitol NashvilleYou usually have to wait until the day after Thanksgiving for Black Friday, but this weekend in Nashville, Dierks Bentley staged his own version of the busy shopping day. The “Somewhere on a Beach” hitmaker opened a special pop-up shop to celebrate the release of his eighth studio album, titled Black. Some lucky fans even got to visit with Dierks on Saturday as he stopped by to check out the store.
The location at the corner of 4th and Broadway downtown is also the future home of Dierks’ bar Whiskey Row. The exclusive boutique will remain open through June 12, giving fans in town for CMA Music Festival a chance to stop by.
CTK Mgmt/Dolly Records/Webster PRFor any couple who makes it to their 50th anniversary, it’s a milestone worthy of a huge celebration. But for Dolly Parton and her notoriously private husband Carl Dean, there’s an even more poignant reason to renew their vows. The wedding they originally planned in 1966 never quite happened, because the music business got in the way.
“When we first got married, I actually had just signed with Monument Records,” Dolly recalls, “and Fred Foster, who was the head of the label, he'd heard that I was engaged. We'd already sent out our wedding invitations. He called me in the office and said, 'I would really appreciate it if you wouldn't get married for at least a year.' I said, 'Okay,'” she adds, pausing for effect.
“So, that weekend, me and Carl went to Ringgold, Georgia,” she laughs, “and got married, so it wouldn't be in the Tennessee papers.”
Dolly’s mother Avie Lee Parton, who was immortalized in her classic song and recent hit movie Coat of Many Colors, did get to be there.
“My mom went with us and Mama had made me a little white dress and I said, 'I'm not getting married in a courthouse.' So we actually got married in Ringgold, Georgia Baptist Church -- no people there, just the preacher and his wife, the witness and Mama,” she remembers.
“I missed having a wedding dress and all that,” the superstar from East Tennessee admits. “So I'm being fitted up for that, and we're gonna take a bunch of pictures and I might even sell some to the rag mags, and take the money and give it to the Imagination Library. That's my plan.”
In typical Dolly Parton fashion, she can’t resist a quick one-liner, referencing her upcoming tour and album, both titled Pure & Simple.
“That dress ain't gonna be pure nor simple!” she laughs.
Warner NashvilleFrankie Ballard will hand out the very first, personally autographed copies of El Rio Thursday, June 9 at his official album release party. The CMA Music Festival-week event will kick off at 11 p.m. that night at Nashville event space aVenue, on the eve of the project’s release in stores and online.
As a hardcore audiophile himself, the “It All Started with a Beer” hitmaker admits he took it especially seriously when he traveled to the Sonic Ranch in Tornillo, Texas, to create his latest offering.
“I’ve always been a guy who counts on music. I rely on it. And I’ve noticed there are a lot of other people that are like that,” he says. “Now that I have the opportunity to make this album and say something, I know I have a responsibility to those people who are counting on a good album to listen and to live their lives by. And I wanted to dig in as hard as I could and take every bit of knowledge and influence and everything else I’ve put into my music and try to put it all into this album.”
The Michigander stops by the Today show Tuesday, June 14 to promote El Rio. You can catch his performance sometime after 7 a.m. that day on NBC.
Capitol NashvilleEven though Dierks Bentley’s new album takes its title, Black, from his wife Cassidy’s maiden name, the “Somewhere on a Beach” singer ended up with no less than five other women on the record. He recalls it all started quite accidentally with a mysterious voice on a demo.
“You know, it wasn't a conscious decision to have that many women on the record. If I'd have been smart enough, I would've thought about that to begin with,” he jokes. “It happened really organically with a song called 'I'll Be the Moon.' I loved that song and I loved the female voice on that song, and I wanted to get her on the record -- whoever she was. And it turns out it was Maren Morris.”
Dierks eventually changed the song slightly so he could duet with the “My Church” newcomer.
“I should've asked permission, but I just tweaked the second verse, so she could actually be more than just background vocals, so she could actually come in and take a verse and be more of the conversation and really make the song a dialogue. She was awesome. She did it, in my mind just elevated the song and made it so much more interesting, and it was already one of my favorite songs.”
From there, the Arizona native asked songwriters Natalie Hemby, Jessi Alexander and Hillary Lindsey to contribute background vocals to the tracks they’d written -- but that wound up not being enough.
“You know [with] the record really taking [on] this whole relationship kinda theme, it really just ended up kinda organically working itself out. But then once I realized I had this thing going on, I kinda cranked Jessi's and Hillary's and Natalie's voice up in the mix and made it more of a featured part of the track.”
The album’s remaining prominent female voice is mainstream hitmaker Elle King, who’s featured on Dierks’ new single, “Different for Girls.” Black is new in stores and online today.
Comstock/Thinkstock This weekend, Dolly Parton celebrates the 50th anniversary of her wedding to Carl Dean in 1966. The following year, she scored her first top-25 hit on the Billboard Country Singles chart, with a song that referenced both her hair color and her intelligence. Can you name it? ANSWER: "Dumb Blonde."
Arista NashvilleIf you’d like to look like Carrie Underwood -- well, get ready to do some work! The “Church Bells” singer admits she works out for 90 minutes a day as many as six times a week in her gym she takes on the road, while maintaining her strict vegan diet. And even when she’s out for a run, she’s likely to up the ante.
“I like squats, lunges,” she tells Us Weekly. “If I go for a jog and I meet up with a good hill, I will lunge up the hill and that will burn them out,” she says, referring to her admirable gams.
You can check out the results of Carrie’s hard work and dedication on the cover of the magazine’s new Best Bodies issue, which is on newsstands now. “I feel much better now at 33 than I did when I was 20,” she adds, “because I take better care of myself.”
Trae Patton/NBC"Red Nose Day," a two-hour live event designed to raise money for charity organizations that focus on helping children and young people in the U.S. and around the world lift themselves out of poverty, aired Thursday night on NBC.
The star-studded event included a performance from Blake Shelton, who performed "Savior's Shadow."
The telecast also featured celebrities from film and TV, including Julia Roberts, Liam Neeson, Jack Black, Julianne Moore, and Emma Thompson. It was hosted by Craig Ferguson.
"Red Nose Day," which began in the U.K. 30 years ago, benefits 12 charities, including Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the National Urban League, Save the Children, and United Way.
CTK Mgmt/Dolly Records/Webster PROn May 30, Dolly Parton will celebrate fifty years of marriage to one of the most elusive husbands in all of show business. The entertainment icon has often told the story of how Carl Dean vowed to stay out of the spotlight after attending one music business event with his world-famous wife early in her career. In the coming days, he’ll make an exception though -- as Dolly and Carl renew their vows on their golden anniversary.
“My husband is the worst!” Dolly jokes. “It's hard for me to make him do anything. I have to make him go to the dentist, I have to make him go to the doctor. I have to make him get new clothes. I go get 'em and [he says] 'I don't like that... my feet are too long... I don't like those socks.' I said, 'Well, we're going shopping for a wedding suit and I don't want to hear nothin' about it!' So anyway, we've got him all suited up, so he liked the suit.”
The “I Will Always Love You” composer says she’s excited about the ceremony, since she never really got to have a wedding. When Dolly and Carl tied the knot back in 1966, she’d just signed her first recording contract and promised her label she’d wait to marry. So the young couple fled to a church in Ringgold, Georgia, where they tied the knot in secret, with Dolly’s mother as a witness.
“He don't like to do this kind of thing as a rule,” she says of Carl, “but he's like me, he's proud we've made it 50 years. We've been together 52 years. We dated two years and then we got married, so anyway, we're gonna do it. He said he would, so he better -- or it won't last another year!” she jokes.
There’s a possibility the world may get its best look ever at the mysterious Carl Dean after the anniversary, as Dolly’s planning to sell the photos to raise money for her nonprofit that sends books to children all over the world, the Imagination Library.
Capitol NashvilleDierks Bentley is teaming up with Elle King for the second single from his new album, Black.
Though you may not be familiar with the hot new singer’s name, chances are you’ve heard her recent smash, “Ex’s & Oh’s.” She also happens to be the daughter of comic Rob Schneider from Saturday Night Live and Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo. Dierks says being a father himself is part of what drew him to “Different for Girls.”
“The differences in how guys and girls deal with a broken heart is really interesting material to me. Having two daughters certainly has changed the way I see the world and what they have ahead. What I love about Elle being on this record, beside her uniquely powerful but vulnerable voice, is that she’s a total bada**. Having her perspective really helps tell the complete story.”
Even though the song is the pair’s first collaboration, it’s clear the two have a bit of a mutual admiration society going.
“I get a little shy when I’m asked to sing other people’s songs,” Elle confesses, “let alone a duet with one of the biggest country stars in the world. Our voices blended really well together. Since I often write from the male perspective, I was really excited to be a part of someone else’s story that is jumping outside of the norm for a relationship song. The lyrics are really smart and I love that he is bringing a lot of attitude to modern country music.”
You’ll be able to download “Different for Girls” on Friday, the same day Dierks’ new album comes out.
CMTIt’ll be a little bit country and a little bit rock and roll, as Cam teams up with vocal group Fifth Harmony for a performance at the 2016 CMT Music Awards. They’ll do an all-girl mashup of “Mayday,” along with the number one pop smash, “Work from Home.”
Dancing with the Stars’ Erin Andrews returns for the second year as the show’s host, along with the Houston Texans’ J. J. Watt, who’s being promoted from his presenter gig last year. Newly booked to pass out trophies in 2016 are Charles Kelley, Cole Swindell, Dan Shay, Kellie Pickler, actor Vince Vaughn, and NASCAR driver Danica Patrick.
Blake Shelton, Chris Stapleton, Florida Georgia Line, Keith Urban, Brett Eldredge, Maren Morris, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, and Thomas Rhett are all set to sing, with more performers to be announced soon.
The 2016 CMT Music Awards air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena Wednesday, June 8 at 8 p.m. ET.