NBC’s new musical drama ‘Smash’ premiered on Monday night, taking in the story of what it takes to make it in a Broadway musical. Next Monday, on the second episode of the show, actress Megan Hilty (from ‘Wicked’) will perform a Broadway-style rendition of Carrie Underwood‘s ‘Crazy Dreams,’ according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Yep, it’s true that Brad Paisley has been taking some humorous shots at Paul McCartney‘s most recent album title. At the same time, it’s also true that Sir McCartney selected a moniker he most certainly assumed might take some flack from the music community. One can hardly land on a title like ‘Kisses on the Bottom’ without first thinking through the potential ramifications (and public commentaries).
Eric Church has never been one to hoist up the cost of his concert tickets to pad his pockets. In fact, he says that goes against his entire philosophy as an artist, as his goal has always been to get more people to his shows rather than more money per ticket sale. With this mentality, then, it’s not surprising that the Grammy-nominated singer is so peeved about what’s been happening at shows all along his Blood, Sweat and Beers Tour. Church has some choice words for the big ticket brokers that have been purchasing his tickets and scalping them to fans.
The media conglomerate Viacom and Taylor Swift just announced that they’re joining forces for the first-ever MTV global music video premiere, featuring Taylor Swift’s ‘Safe and Sound’ video from the soundtrack to the upcoming flick ‘The Hunger Games.’ The video is set to debut Feb. 13, and because of the scope of the media giant and the popularity of the ‘Mean’ singer, Viacom expects the video could air in as many as 600 million homes around the globe.
After news of Randy Travis‘ 1:30AM arrest on a charge of suspicion of public intoxication circulated this morning, Travis came out with a public apology for his actions. In a statement to the Associated Press, the country singer offered his sincerest apologies for ”what resulted following an evening of celebrating the Super Bowl,” assuring that he’s ”committed to being responsible and accountable” in the future.
Country sweetheart Miranda Lambert has been in the news a good bit lately, and most of the headlines have revolved around the personal tragedies she’s encountered in the past couple of weeks. The ‘Baggage Claim’ singer had to deal with the death of her father-in-law, her childhood friend and even her beloved dog, Dixie. Though Lambert has been dealing with these losses, she kept most of her On Fire Tour in tact, but the emotion of everything overcame her at a Huntsville, Ala. show Thursday night. There, Lamber broke down crying in the middle of her nostalgic hit ‘The House That Built Me.’
Dierks Bentley announced that he’s unrolling more U.S. dates for his Country and Cold Cans Tour. After touring around the States last fall with his tour, Bentley went international with a leg in Canada and then a set of dates in Australia. Now, the multi-platinum artist says he doesn’t want the tour to end just yet.
With Rascal Flatts‘ new album ‘Changed‘ coming out on April 3, they’ve been teasing their summer tour for a while now, keeping fans guessing about the details as they drop descriptors like “spectacular” and “fresh.” The wait is finally over, as the trio announced that they will be traveling the country on American Band Tour beginning June 15 at Hartford, Conn.’s Comcast Theatre.
With the 2012 Grammy Awards fast approaching, we’re learning more every day about who will take the iconic stage to host, perform, present and (hopefully) win. The Recording Academy announced today that Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley are confirmed presenters for this year’s awards show. The two country stars will be joined by Drake and Gwyneth Paltrow, with more presenters to be announced in the coming weeks.
When you think about TV highlights for this weekend, the first thing that undoubtedly comes to mind is the Super Bowl. But country fans everywhere can also look forward to Carrie Underwood‘s special episode of ‘CMT Crossroads.’
Rascal Flatts seem to have a finger on the pulse of a number of industries, and of late they’ve revealed that they have a documentary, restaurants and a fragrance all in the works. This all comes just a couple months after they announced the details of their upcoming clothing line. Oh yeah, and they’re dropping a new record in April — and touring that record — all while Jay DeMarcus is gearing up to be a father for the second time.
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