TIM McGRAW SLAPPED MULTIPLE TIMES BY FAN BEFORE SLAPPING HER
New facts are emerging in the Tim McGraw fan-slapping controversy. According to TMZ, there is video footage that actually shows the fan, Jessyln Taylor, repeatedly slapping Tim on the butt as he walked the catwalk high-fiving the crowd during his recent show in Atlanta. Taylor is said to have hit Tim's backside five times before grabbing onto his leg and ripping his jeans.
As we previously told you, Taylor has hired a personal injury lawyer and is seeking an apology and money.
BRAD PAISLEY, COLT FORD COLLABORATE ON 'RIVER BANK' REMIX
Brad Paisley has enlisted the help of country/rap artist Colt Ford on a remix of his current hit, "River Bank." Colt told Rolling Stone that the idea to remix "River Bank" came after a writing session with Brad, who wanted to work with the rapper after hearing some of the songs on Colt's new album of collaborations called Thanks for Listening.
Colt said, "Brad and I had never met before, but I love the way he writes, the double entendre stuff he writes. He just gave me a call and said he wanted to get together."
The remix is called "River Bank Rip Rap." Colt said, "A lot of guys are doing remixes and they go way outside the genre (to recruit guest artists), which is cool, but I think it's cool that Brad asked me, to keep it a for-sure country thing."
Brad's new album, Moonshine In The Trunk, is set for release on August 26th.
DAN + SHAY CROSS MADISON SQUARE GARDEN OFF THEIR BUCKET LIST TONIGHT
Dan + Shay will be crossing another item off their bucket list tonight (Friday, August 1st) when they play the legendary Madison Square Garden in New York City. The guys are on the road with headliner Blake Shelton and special guest The Band Perry.
Shay Mooney and Dan Smyers tell us about being a part of the Ten Times Crazier tour. "First of all, we're just so thankful that Blake took us out and asked us to be a part of this tour. It's just been an incredible experience, even just to get to watch them every night. We go out and we watch the show. I mean, both The Band Perry and Blake have just amazing songs and they have hits. It's been an incredible honor to be a part of that. (Dan) Yeah, and getting to play Madison Square Garden, that's like the pinnacle of music venues. We played at Wrigley Field a couple weeks ago, which is incredible as well, and we're just thankful for a stage and for people coming to the shows and watching us play music, so to play Madison Square Garden is a huge honor. There's been a lot of great artists (that) came there before us and a lot of history so to step on that stage will be one of those special moments. I mean, we played the Grand Ole Opry a couple months ago and that was a similar kind of thing. You could feel the energy and it's just . . . Wow! I feel really lucky to be here doing what I'm doing so MSG is gonna be . . . I don't know. (Shay) Gonna be nuts (laughs). (Day) Gonna be bucket list right there." , the tour rolls on to Darien Center, New York.
Dan + Shay are climbing the charts with their latest single, "Show You Off."
SAM HUNT TO RELEASE FOUR-TRACK DIGITAL ALBUM PREVIEW
Sam Hunt is responding to the demand from fans for new music by releasing X2C to all digital partners on August 12th. X2C, a four-track preview to his major label album debut, is due out on October 27th. It includes Sam’s current Top 25 and climbing single, "Leave The Night On."
Sam said, "I can’t wait to share a few early tracks from the album. We’ve been having so much fun with the music out on the road and I’m excited to get this music out to our fans."
Since the June release of "Leave The Night On" to country radio and digital partners, the single has sold over 197,000 tracks and Sam has consistently been Spotify’s Number One streamed country artist in the U.S. and a Top 30-streamed artist across all genres.
Sam co-wrote all of the tracks on X2C. Here is the track listing: 1. Leave The Night On (Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne) 2. Ex To See (Sam Hunt, Josh Osborne, Matt Ramsey) 3. House Party (Sam Hunt, Zach Crowell, Jerry Flowers) 4. Breakup In A Small Town (Sam Hunt, Zach Crowell, Shane McAnally)
TYLER FARR RELIES ON WATER, VITAMINS TO STAY HEALTHY
Tyler Farr is a busy guy these days. He's out on the Burn It Down tour playing arenas and stadiums with headliner Jason Aldean and is in high demand thanks to his two back-to-back Number One hits, "Redneck Crazy" and "Whiskey In My Water."
Tyler's life is all about planes, trains and buses here lately so he tells us he's upped his regimen to stay healthy. "I take Vitamin C everyday and drink a lot of water to make up for the whiskey. I try to pump in . . . I've got these new vitamins that are like gummies. I take show and Airborne and just a lot of water and make sure I get rest. Rest has been far and few between these days." in Hartford, CT.
Tyler's brand new single is called "A Guy Walks Into A Bar."
BITS AND PIECES: JASON ALDEAN, JAKE OWEN, TAYLOR SWIFT & MORE!
Jason Aldean's brand new single, "Burnin' It Down," makes a gigantic leap from Number 42 to Number One on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart this week. This is Jason's ninth chart-topping hit and the biggest leap to the Number One spot in the chart's history. It also sits at Number One on the all-genre Digital Songs chart and Country Digital Songs with 184,000 downloads sold in its first week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
The Country Music Association and iTunes will join forces to promote CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock, the primetime concert special which airs on Tuesday (August 5th) at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. Beginning this week, songs by CMA Music Festival performers will be featured on a dedicated CMA Music Festival station on iTunes Radio featuring artists from the CMA Music Festival TV special. In addition to the specially created iTunes Radio station, CMA Music Festival content and tune-in messaging will be featured throughout the iTunes store as well as messaging on the company's Facebook page (facebook.com/itunes) and Twitter account (@iTunesMusic). Throughout the broadcast of "CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock," viewers will be invited to visit a specially created CMA Music Festival store at iTunes.com/CMAFestival to purchase music from the artists appearing on the ABC special.
Jake Owen will host the 8th Annual ACM Honors, taking place at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium on September 9th. Tickets are $40 and go on sale today (Friday, August 1st) at 10 a.m. CT at ticketmaster.com and the Ryman box office. Honorees include Kris Kristofferson, Toby Keith, and Carrie Underwood.
Taylor Swift was caught dancing on stage during singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson's show in New York City on Wednesday (July 30th) night. Taylor attended the concert with her friend and model Karlie Kloss.
THROWBACK THURSDAY: ALAN JACKSON RELEASES 'REMEMBER WHEN'
Alan Jackson released his hit song, "Remember When," on this day (August 1st) back in 2003. Alan wrote the song, which was released as the second and final single from his Greatest Hits Volume II CD. It went on to top the country chart in February of 2004.
"Remember When" steals a few pages from his three-decade-plus relationship with his wife, Denise. At the time, Alan said that the song was not completely based on their marriage, but rather bits and pieces of it. "Yeah, I guess some of it you could parallel up with my past and the future too really, but I don't think it's a complete literal translation, but a lot of those feelings and experiences come from mine and Denise's 20-something years together."
Alan's latest CD, The Bluegrass Album, was released in 2013.
HOW A COUNTRY STAR ENDED UP ON THE NEW THEORY OF A DEADMAN ALBUM
The new Theory Of A Deadman album, Savages, came out this past Tuesday (July 29th) and features at least one major surprise: an appearance by country star Joe Don Rooney of Rascal Flatts on the song "Live My Life Like A Country Song." Frontman Tyler Connolly told Loudwire, "Howard Benson, our producer, whom had just finished producing Rascal Flatts, called up Joe Don and asked if he wanted to come sing and play guitar on this track, he was all over it. He was really excited. He did a way better job than we could of emulating. We can play banjo and stuff but these guys are the real deal.".
Connolly said that the band wasn't sure at first if they were even going to put the song on the record, adding, "But we said, ‘Forget it. Let’s just do it. If we’re going have a song called ‘Live My Life Like A Country Song,’ let’s just poke fun at it and go for it all the way.'"
Theory Of A Deadman had to cancel a few shows recently after Connolly blew out his voice, but he said that he's back to full strength now. He explained, "It kind of crept up on me and I got really sick. I sat down on the bus and said, ‘Guys, I think I should go home.’ It was just a few shows we did in a row where I couldn’t even sing at all. It was embarrassing."
Theory Of A Deadman plays on Friday (August 1st) at the Wisconsin Valley Fair in Wausau, Wisconsin and has dates booked through mid-October.
The first official single from Savages, titled "Drown," is Number Four at rock radio.