Arista NashvilleFans at one of Brad Paisley’s stops on his Life Amplified World Tour this weekend definitely got more than they bargained for.
“We cut a little song that came out a week ago and we wanted to practice it, so you’re our guinea pigs tonight,” he teased the crowd at California’s Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, before bringing pop star Demi Lovato onstage to sing the pair’s duet, “Without a Fight.”
Brad was still bathing in the afterglow the next day. “As far as this tour goes, you made my year last night Demi Lovato & it was only the 2nd show!” he tweeted. “Thanks for being here.”
Paisley fans probably shouldn’t hold out for more frequent Demi drop-ins on Brad’s tour, since it will get significantly more complicated as she heads out on her own Future Now trek with Nick Jonas this summer.
Tune in for the TV debut of the pair's duet Tuesday night on Jimmy Kimmel Live! You can catch it at 11:35 p.m. ET on ABC.
Frederick Breedon/WireImageThere’s another reason to tune in to tonight’s season finale of The Voice, besides learning who wins. You’ll get to hear Little Big Town perform their brand-new song, “One of Those Days,” from their forthcoming album, Wanderlust.
Wanderlust was produced by Grammy-winning The Voice coach Pharrell Williams, with some help from pop star Justin Timberlake, who also wrote with LBT for the album. We got our first news of those collaborations last March, when Timberlake teased fans with an Instagram photo of him with Little Big Town, writing "NBD…Just writing with @LittleBigTown. This band is the truth!! So good!!!!" That same month, he also posted a snapshot of himself in the studio with Pharrell.
Written by Little Big Town and Williams, “One Of Those Days” is the lead single from Wanderlust, which drops Friday and features eight tracks.
Can’t wait until tonight to hear “One of Those Days?” It’s available now from all the usual digital retailers.
Warner Music NashvilleIt wasn’t that long ago when Dan Shay debuted their current hit on ABC’s Good Morning America, shortly after weatherperson Ginger Zee revealed she’d be competing on the new season of Dancing with the Stars. Tuesday night, they’ll all be a part of the 22nd-season finale.
Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney hadn’t even intended on writing the day they came up with “From the Ground Up,” which is currently knocking on the door to the top 20.
“My grandfather had just passed away before we wrote it, and Shay's grandfather was in the hospital. It was like this crazy emotional time,” Dan recalls. “We were just chatting, and our grandparents were married for 65-plus years. And it's funny -- my mom sent me a picture of my grandparents' wedding day and it was exactly 65 years to the day we wrote the song. That was like a kind of freaky coincidence.”
In the end, the more-than-half-century relationships of their ancestors became the launching pad for the romantic ballad that will also inspire a dance on the DWTS finale.
“That kind of love is rare these days. You know, you don't see that kind of thing and there's a lot of divorce in the tabloids and just to look at that as an example of hope in our lives and in our own personal relationships is a big deal,” Dan admits.
You can catch Dan Shay’s primetime performance of “From the Ground Up” Tuesday night at 9 p.m. ET on ABC. The duo’s new album, Obsessed, comes out June 3, the same day they hit the road with Darius Rucker and Michael Ray on the Good for a Good Time Tour.
Capitol NashvilleDierks Bentley is gearing up for a busy week, leading up to the release of his new album Black on Friday. Thursday night, the “Somewhere on a Beach” hitmaker stops by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, which starts at 11:35 p.m. ET on NBC.
The following morning, he’ll get up early to perform on New York City’s Rockefeller Plaza as part of Today’s summer concert series. You can catch the show at 7 a.m. on NBC.
Then Saturday night, you’ll be able to relive the pop-up show Dierks did April 10 at The International in Knoxville, Tennessee. Instant Jam: Dierks Bentley premieres May 28 at 9 p.m. ET on CMT. You can watch a preview now at CMT.com.
Warner Music NashvilleIt looks like Dan Shay have found a fan in Kate Hudson. This weekend, the duo tweeted a video of the actress listening to their track “Already Ready” during one of her Snapchat sessions.
“Just starting playing this song,” the daughter of Hollywood legend Goldie Hawn said, as she checked out the tune on her Amazon Echo speaker. The second generation star isn’t too far removed from country music -- you might remember her brother Oliver Hudson played the now-deceased character Jeff Fordham on ABC’s Nashville.
“Already Ready” is featured on Dan Shay’s new album, Obsessed, which comes out June 3. You can check out the pair’s just-released "instant grat" video, for the track “How Not To,” on YouTube now.
BBR Music GroupFour months after Thompson Square welcomed their first little one, the husband-and-wife duo is back with new music. “You Make It Look So Good” also serves as the soundtrack for a new home movie featuring their pride and joy, Rigney Cooper Thompson.
Keifer and Shawna admit they weren’t immune to many of the fears most first-time parents experience.
“It was the scariest thing we have ever experienced during the first three weeks,” the couple tells People. “We were like ‘I can’t believe that they let us take him home. We have no idea what we’re doing.’ After the sleep-deprived-almost-killing-each-other phase was over and we realized that he was probably going to be OK and it wasn’t an impossible feat, we started enjoying our new life.”
Part of that new life will be taking Cooper along on the road, with the help of a long-time friend, who’s recently become the Thompsons’ nanny.
BBR Music GroupGrangerSmith’s brand new baby boy is a week old today. The “Backroad Song” hitmaker announced the new arrival Friday on his Facebook page.
“Heart and hands are full,” the post said, accompanied by a photo of his family seated in a porch swing, with Granger holding four-year-old daughter London, and wife Amber balancing both two-year-old Lincoln and the newborn. “We added one more boy to the clan. River Kelly Smith has joined his brother and sister!”
It’s back to work for the father of three, as he plays Stampede Houston on Tuesday night. His new single “If the Boot Fits” is currently climbing the charts.
Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Garth Brooks has added a second show at New York City’s Yankee Stadium, after the initial Friday, July 8 concert sold out within an hour. The new date will be Saturday, July 9 at 8:30 p.m. ET.
Blake Shelton sits down with Ellen on Monday. Check your local listings to see when the syndicated The Ellen DeGeneres Show airs in your area.
Martina McBride starts the week by making Grilled Peach Cobbler on The Chew. You can catch her appearance at 1 p.m. ET on ABC.
You can check out Kelsea Ballerini’s performance at The Hotel Café in Hollywood, California on the latest episode of ACM Sessionsonline.
Sweet Talk Publicity/Justin Nolan KeyEven though it appears Dustin Lynch’s love interest in the “Mind Reader” video is telling his future, it turns out Luke Bryan’s current tourmate is a Tarot card virgin.
“I told myself before the music video I wanted to make sure I was comfortable doing it, so I wanted to do it for real, so I wouldn't be faking it on camera. And I pulled up to this place over by my house,” he recalls. “I was by myself, and I just freaked myself out. 'Man, I can't do it! I need somebody with me!'”
Now, it looks like Dustin will have the perfect opportunity to get his cards read, and also take along some company.
“We always try to do an activity as a village after a number one party, and I'm going to take my team out to get some cards read. I think I am! I haven't had a chance to go, but I'm glad I haven't, because I'll get to do that for the first time, and probably some of my team from my record label hasn't done it either. It'll be a great experience for us.”
“Mind Reader” is the final single from Dustin’s sophomore album, Where It’s At. Expect a new single from his forthcoming third project soon.
Dick Clark ProductionsSam Hunt is the most-nominated country artist at Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards, scoring at least one nod in every country category, and two for song. Though he’s not nominated, Blake Shelton will perform his duet with girlfriend Gwen Stefani, “Go Ahead and Break My Heart,” from his new album If I’m Honest.
The 2016 Billboard Music Awards air live from the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
Here’s the complete rundown of nominees in the country categories:
Top Country Artist Zac Brown Band Luke Bryan Sam Hunt Chris Stapleton Carrie Underwood
Top Country Album Traveller -- Chris Stapleton Kill the Lights -- Luke Bryan Montevallo -- Sam Hunt Jekyll Hyde -- Zac Brown Band Storyteller -- Carrie Underwood
Top Country Song “Break Up in a Small Town” -- Sam Hunt “Take Your Time” -- Sam Hunt “Girl Crush” -- Little Big Town “Die a Happy Man” -- Thomas Rhett “I’m Comin’ Over” -- Chris Young
ABC/Image Group LA Darius Rucker’s pals are lining up to help him raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. Hunter Hayes, Scotty McCreery, Country Music Hall of Famer Charley Pride, Terri Clark and newcomer Drake White will all take the stage for the annual Darius & Friends fundraiser Monday, June 6 at Nashville’s Wildhorse Saloon.
So far, the “Wagon Wheel” hitmaker has raised more than $700,000 for St. Jude during the seven-year history of the event. Expect more talent to be announced in the coming weeks.
MCA NashvilleDavid Nail’s fourth studio album, The Fighter, featuring his top-20 hit “Night’s on Fire,” is on its way July 15, but fans don’t have to wait that long for new music. You can download his surprise EP, Uncovered, at the usual outlets now.
“I am really blessed to be at this place in life with my wife and now our two children,” the new dad says, “and the one consistent thread through it all has been music… I am really excited to be able to share some of the music, outside of my own, that has meant something to me. Some of these songs have been with me for years and some obviously are brand new discoveries…”
The Missouri native covers the classics “In the Ghetto” by Elvis Presley and “In the Air Tonight” from Phil Collins. He also ventures into newer material like The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face” and Adele’s “Send My Love (to Your New Lover).” As a bonus, David also recorded a new version of the track “Looking for a Good Time,” from his debut album I’m About to Come Alive.
You can check out David’s version of the Adele tune on SoundCloud now.
BMLGMartina McBride will headline five shows in five different cities on the upcoming Sarah Cannon Tour with Martina & Friends. Venues and supporting acts will be announced in the coming weeks for the concerts in Dallas, Austin and San Antonio, Texas; Denver, Colorado; and Nashville, Tennessee.
Sarah Cannon was the given name of the comedienne better known as Minnie Pearl. The trek is a partnership with Hospital Corporation of America to help connect cancer patients with resources and treatment options.
Reckless, Martina’s thirteenth studio album, recently debuted at number two on the Billboard Country Albums chart.
RCA NashvilleJakeOwen’s fifth studio album, American Love, is on the way July 29, featuring his top-20 hit, “American Country Love Song,” plus ten new tracks. For the first time ever, Jake co-produced three of the cuts himself. In many ways, he says the record feels like a new beginning.
“Over the past few years I’ve experienced the unexpected. My dad received a cancer diagnosis and I, unfortunately, went through a divorce. People probably thought I would record songs that reflected those difficult times, but I found myself gravitating toward songs that had more of a positive vibe and actually made me feel better by singing them. Music truly does seem to help the healing process," he reflects.
Chris Stapleton contributes background vocals to one song, while Jake also had a hand in writing the tune “LAX.”
Here’s the complete track listing for American Love:
“American Love” “After Midnight” “Where I Am” “Everybody Dies Young” “VW Van” “Good Company” “LAX” “If He Ain’t Gonna Love You” “When You Love Someone” “You Ain’t Going Nowhere” “American Country Love Song”
Sony Pictures EntertainmentWhen a jokester like Blake Shelton lands a part in a film like The Angry Birds Movie, he can’t help but take advantage of the opportunity for comedy.
“I play a country-music-playing pig, which is not a big stretch for me. I know all the classic pig tunes, 'Swinestone Cowboy,' 'Sty Fall to Pieces,' 'Stand by Your Ham,' all of 'em,” he riffs. “You know, I've never played a pig before, but I am fluent in Pig Latin. So it was o-nay oblem-pray.”
The star of The Voice says the first time he laid eyes on his character Earl, it was love at first sight.
“Here's this fat, green pig standing there on the screen that had on some chaps and cowboy boots and a cowboy hat. But the thing that sealed the deal for me was that they had put in my tattoo on this pig Earl on his arm, and they had taken the time to replace the deer tracks with actual bird tracks....They had me at that moment,” he recalls.
Not only does Blake voice one of the Angry Birds’ rivals, he also contributes the song “Friends” to the film’s soundtrack. All in all, the “Came Here to Forget” hitmaker couldn’t be more proud of the project.
“You know the movie is so much fun to watch, whether you're an adult or you're a kid, because there's something in there for everybody. And for me personally, I'm still just blown away with the animation. Visually, it's literally unbelievable. The story line is unbelievable, the jokes are so funny. It's one of those movies that's destined to become a classic,” he says.
Both The Angry Birds Movie and Blake’s new album, If I’m Honest, which features his song from the film, are out today.