Tim McGraw'sCBS special is slated to air on Sunday (May 19) at 9 pm and it is guaranteed to be filled with all-stars. ACM Presents: Tim McGraw's Superstar Summer Night was filmed in April at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and has performances from Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan and many more.
Tim McGraw told us which performance was his favorite. He said, "Florida Georgia Line and Nelly was really cool. That's one of my favorite things on the radio right now. Gosh, all of them. My wife's performance sort of blew me away. It kinda caught me off guard when she went out there because she sorta upped the game. I had to go out behind her and she did pretty awesome, so her performance was great. Singing with Ne-Yo was something that was really cool for me because he instantly - he's like playing tennis with somebody --or any sort of sport - you always play better if you're against a better opponent or somebody that's really good and makes your game better. He's that kind of singer. When you sing with him, instantly I became a better singer the minute I started singing with him. He's just that good. He's so good he spreads it around everybody."
Hunter Hayes' first three singles have all been about love. So how does the country singer feel about his own relationship? He told The Country Vibe that he thinks any relationship can work, as long as you want it to.
He said, "Talk about time, I don't know, there's always time for that. There's always time for a good relationship that's working. I'm searching for that, trying to figure out what that means, trying to figure out what I can contribute. I don't want to waste anybody's time and I don't want to get into a relationship and be just a pain... I want to contribute to a relationship as much as anyone else does, if not more. And I want it to be mutual and I want it to work."
Hunter's upcoming album, Encore will be released on June 18.
KEITH URBAN WANTS TO RETURN TO AMERICAN IDOL
Keith Urban would love to return to American Idol next season. He admitted the Idol group is a family.
He said, "I would. I mean, I literally enjoy coming to work every day, and that's a rarity. I joined an ensemble like this in the same way I joined a band. I like being in a team and I felt that immediately, with host Ryan Seacrest and Randy, particularly."
TRACE ADKINS SAYS CELEBRITY APPRENTICE IS ALL ABOUT LUCK
Trace Adkins competes to win Celebrity Apprentice on Sunday (May 19) on NBC. He told us that the game is a little bit skill and a lot of luck.
He said, "Well, you know, I think I got lucky to some extent, too. The really tough tasks came along when I was not the project manager (laughs), and so sometimes just the luck of the draw, that's how you win the hand, and maybe that had a lot to do with what happened in this thing, but from day one I looked at that cast and I thought . . . cause I know Penn. I've been around him, been to a show, been backstage, hung out with him and I've watched him on television. I've been familiar with him over the years and from day one I figured if I was gonna win this thing I'd have to go through him, and that's the way it turned out."
He also mentioned that his strength and determination helped get him a lot farther than many of the other cast members. He said, "I also made the announcement the first day -- somebody was in there griping about something, and I said, 'Okay, let's just get this out of the way right now. If any of our careers were going great none of us would be here, so I don't wanna hear any of this diva, prima donna bull**** from any of y'all. I ain't gonna put up with it for one second. If I'd of had a hit last year I wouldn't be here."
Luke Bryan will release his fourth studio album on August 13. Luke will also take his Dirt Road Diaries Tour back on the road this weekend -- starting in Virginia. The tour is slated to run through the end of October.
Luke's most successful album to date, tailgates & tanlines earned him the Academy of Country Music's Entertainer of the Year and was certified Double Platinum.
DIERKS BENTLEY'S RELEASE
Dierks Bentley will be releasing Riser this fall. Bentley wrote and recorded the record the year after his father's death.
He said, "It's different reasons for different folks - could be personal reasons, could be family reasons, your job, drugs, alcohol. That song really applies to anybody that's lived. There have always been those moments when we have to get back up and get on our feet. They are defining moments...breakthrough moments."
BITS AND PIECES
LADY ANTEBELLUM TOPS THE CHARTS: Lady Antebellum scored their third consecutive debut this week at the top of Billboard's Top 200 Chart with their fourth studio album, Golden. Hillary Scott said, "It's been so fun to get feedback from our fans. There are so many ways for us to hear from them and I love finding out how people are relating to different songs. We're really proud of this album and thankful for all the fans and to Country Radio for supporting both 'Downtown' and now 'Goodbye Town' this week!"
FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE ADDED TO BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS: Florida Georgia Line, Jennifer Nettles and Shaina Twain have been added to the Billboard Music Awards. All three will be presenters at the event. Taylor Swift, The Band Perry and Kacey Musgraves are slated to perform. The Billboard Music Awards will air live from Las Vegas at 8 pm on Sunday, May 19 on ABC.
BLOWN AWAY TOUR EXHIBIT: The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will show off Carrie Underwood's critically acclaimed world tour with the exhibition, Carrie Underwood: The Blown Away Tour. The exhibit opens on June 5 and runs through November. It will feature costumes, custom accessories, set pieces, a tribute to Carrie's fans and more.