BLAKE SHELTON IS 'BRINGING BACK THE SUNSHINE' TODAY
Blake Shelton's brand new album, Bringing Back The Sunshine, hits retail outlets today (Tuesday, September 30th). It features the hit song "Neon Light," the debut single from the CD.
While Blake is one of modern country's biggest superstars, he says he wanted to throwback to his earlier days of country music and the kinds of songs he used to cut. "I want fans to hear this album and be reminded of what I used to do and what I’m doing now. When I perform in concert it’s interesting to me because some of those old songs I had like "Austin" and "Ole Red" and "Some Beach," they get as big of a reaction still today as "Boys ‘Round Here" and other current songs. It shows me that that’s still alive, that sound, that type of music is still alive. So fans who bought that older records, I think they’ll be happy when they get this one and hear some of that stuff. It’s almost like reaching back in time and making another record in that time, but making it sound like it’s up to date, too." .
LADY ANTEBELLUM'S '747' COMES IN FOR A LANDING TODAY
Lady Antebellum's new studio album, 747, arrives in stores today (Tuesday, September 30th). The trio have already topped the charts with the debut single, "Bartender," which they co-wrote together.
Lady A brought on a producer they have never worked with for 747, which the group collectively co-produced. Charles Kelley tells us: "We worked with a new producer this time, Nathan Chapman, and we said, we were like, 'People know us more from a lot of the mid-tempo songs like 'Need You Now' and 'Just A Kiss' and we want to kind of remind them again that we're also the band that does 'Love Don't Like Here', 'Lookin' For A Good Time,' 'Our Kind of Love,' and so, I don't know, we just really wanted to capture the most energetic record that we've ever made and kind of even make it sound just a little bit bigger, and Nathan kind of helped us with that. He really does make big-sounding records." in Miami. They surprised South Miami Elementary Expressive Arts Center teacher Vivian Gonzales by sneaking into the music teacher’s classroom and donating a guitar to the school with the help of friends at Little Kids Rock. Lady A also invited Gonzales and her husband on an all-expense paid vacation to New York City tonight to attend the group’s album release show at Gramercy Theatre. Gonzales was nominated by her husband, who describes her as a "a great wife, an amazing mom and a phenomenal music teacher" who "spends her days, nights and weekends coming up with lessons to engage every student she has in the world of music, and change their lives forever."
Taylor Swift is being named in a lawsuit by a chauffeur company in New York which was reportedly contracted to drive the superstar and her people around the city this summer. APG Security claims that they entered into a contract with Firefly Entertainment on June 10th, complying with Taylor's company to lease two additional SUVs at a rate of more than $2000/per month, which Firefly allegedly guaranteed to pay. The NY Daily News reports that APG also followed strict guidelines on when they could speak to the superstar.
All seemed to be going well until July 22nd when Firefly abruptly terminated the contract and refused to pay their bills. APG is seeking unspecified damages for breach of contract and they want Firefly to pay for the remainder of the SUV leases.
Taylor's company has yet to comment on the situation.
DIERKS BENTLEY WRAPS UP FIRST LEG OF TOUR, WRITES BIGGEST CHECK YET FOR CHARITY
Dierks Bentley wrapped the first leg of his 2014 Riser tour with capacity crowds as the tour made its final stops across the Midwest. He capped the weekend with his 9th Annual Miles & Music For Kids event in Nashville, raising $335,479 for Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. This is the event's biggest donation to date.
Dierks said, "I’m still coming down from the high of such an unbelievable last run of shows on the summer leg of this tour. The fans in Cincy, Cleveland and Indianapolis were ready to close out their summer in a big way. Then we got back to Nashville, and I was totally blown away by the outpouring of support we got for this year's 'Miles & Music.' This little event we started nine years ago has taken on a life of its own. I feel like I'm just a small part of this thing. It has really become about country music fans and bikers coming together to help our community and those kids. It's incredible."
Dierks reportedly gifted his opening acts, including Chris Young, Jon Pardi and Chase Rice, with drone cameras which can be operated with an iPad.
The second leg of the Riser tour kicks off this weekend in Stockton, California with new openers Randy Houser and Eric Paslay.
TIM McGRAW COMES BRINGS MOM 'FULL CIRCLE' WITH PHOTO IN CD BOOKLET
The CD booklet included in Tim McGraw's new Sundown Heaven Town CD features an old picture of his mom, Betty, when she was just a teenager. The photo is one of Tim's favorites, and holds a greater meaning than you might think.
Tim tells us why it was important to showcase his mom: "For me it represents a lot of stuff ‘cause my mom, she worked at a radio station in Jacksonville, Florida, when she was in high school and she wanted to be a dancer and her favorite show was, Where the Action Is. When she was doing that back there she had a dance troop that she was working with and she had sent off an application to audition for Where the Action Is. She had met Tug. He was playing baseball for the Jacksonville Suns, minor league Mets team, and they had dated all summer and she ended up getting pregnant. So two days after she found out she was pregnant with me -- it was her senior year in high school -- she found out she was pregnant with me and she got a call back to audition for Where the Action Is and she couldn’t do it because she found out she was pregnant with me. And then she had to drop out of school, they sent her to Louisiana out in the country so nobody could see her being pregnant -- you know, the whole routine back then, so to me that was sort of the moment in time that my mom’s life changed. And to be on my album project and have a picture of her sort of was full circle in a lot of ways. Maybe I helped her fulfill at least vicariously some of her dreams."
Sundown Heaven Town was released earlier this month and debuted at Number One on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.
BRAD PAISLEY, CARRIE UNDERWOOD ADDED TO CMA AWARDS PERFORMERS
Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, and The Band Perry have all been added as performers on the upcoming CMA Awards. They join previously announced performers Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, and Keith Urban.
The CMA Awards will air live from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on November 5th on ABC.
Brad and Carrie return to host the show for the seventh consecutive year.
HUNTER HAYES ADDS 'WILD CARD' SHOWS TO NEW TOUR
Hunter Hayes has added two dates to his upcoming Tattoo (Your Name) tour. Dubbed "Wild Card" shows, after the same-titled song on his latest album, Storyline, the additional shows are set for October 28th at New York City’s Best Buy Theatre and November 29th at the Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie in Dallas, Texas. Tickets for the New York date are currently on sale while tickets for the Dallas show will go on sale to the public on Friday, October 10th at 10 a.m. CT.
Each ticket purchased for Hunter’s Tattoo (Your Name) tour also comes with a customized LED wristband by Glow Motion Technologies that will allow fans to be an integral part of the live show. The wristbands, featuring technology that has never been taken on a full tour before, will officially debut at the October 28th show in New York.
Hunter will be joined at the "Wild Card" shows in Dallas by The Railers, as well as duo Dan + Shay. Both Warner Music labelmates will appear on previously announced U.S. dates for the Tattoo (Your Name) tour.
GEORGE JONES MUSEUM TO OPEN IN NASHVILLE
George Jones' widow is planning on opening a museum dedicated to "the possum" in downtown Nashville. Nancy Jones has plans to dedicate the George Jones Museum and event center to the late singer, which will incorporate a gift shop, restaurant, event space and a music venue inside a four-story, 44,000-square-foot building.
Nancy said, "We are overjoyed to share George's legacy and memory with the Nashville community. We hope that this will draw George's friends and fans worldwide to our great city. George and I made this our home, and he would be happy to know that we found a home to continue his legacy in the heart of Music City."