BRAD PAISLEY SONG INSPIRED BY HIS WIFE AND ELLEN DEGENERES
There was nothing random about the fact that Ellen DeGeneres was the one to help BradPaisley leak the song "Shattered Glass" Wednesday (August 20th) on Twitter. Brad tells us that the talk show host and his wife, actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley, were his inspiration for the song. "I just feel so inspired by watching her as she does a couple of really interesting things in her life right now. She's working so closely with Alzheimer's research. She's working on a TV show thing and all these things, and I've had to go to some meetings with her and, you know, you walk in the room. I don't get to know what it feels like to walk in the room as a woman -- other than one time in college, but other than that . . . I don't really know, and yet I can appreciate in new ways the difficulty of this, so, you know, I think about people that epitomize that like somebody like my friend Ellen DeGeneres who is all of a sudden really the most powerful person in Hollywood against all odds." at 9 p.m. ET on ABC. Each of the Rising Star finalists will join Brad for this performance.
GARTH BROOKS TO BE HONORED WITH SPECIAL ASCAP AWARD
Garth Brooks will be among the recipients of songwriting organization ASCAP's Centennial Awards when they are presented on November 17th at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. Other honorees include Joan Baez, Billy Joel, Stephen Sondheim and Stevie Wonder.
The gala will also celebrate ASCAP’s 100th anniversary. Special guest artists will perform in tribute to the honorees. In addition, several young ASCAP Foundation award recipients will be on hand to showcase their talent.
In other Garth news, the superstar recently took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
LADY ANTEBELLUM ENCOURAGED BY SUCCESS OF SINGLE
Lady Antebellum can hardly wait to get their new album, 747, into the hands of fans next month. Adding to their excitement is the response they've already received from fans about the CD's first single, "Bartender," which is a Top Five hit on the country charts.
While the pressure isn't completely off, all early signs for album success are good. Hillary Scott says one of those signs is how people are snapping up copies of "Bartender." "iTunes especially, you know, is such a big indicator these days (so) the fact that it's lived up in the Top 10, you know, Top Five for so many weeks, like since we released it as a single, that obviously means that it's connecting with our fans and that is so encouraging. That is an indicator because I feel like the rest of the record, even though it's very different -- there's a lot of different types of songs on the record -- they still kind of give you that same feeling that 'Bartender' has, that energy and I'm just pumped for them to hear the rest of it."
747 will be in stores everywhere on September 30th.
KACEY MUSGRAVES, DIERKS BENTLEY TO PERFORM AT ACM HONORS
Kacey Musgraves, Dierks Bentley, Lee Ann Womack, Hunter Hayes, Dwight Yoakam, Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott, Will Hoge, Nashville's Clare Bowen and Sam Palladio, Kelly Clarkson, Jack Ingram, songwriters Shawn Camp and Rodney Clawson and the Oak Ridge Boys are all set to perform at the ACM Honors, taking place on September 9th at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.
The event, which is open to the public, will be hosted by Jake Owen and will celebrate the non-televised special honorees and winners from the 49th Annual ACM Awards, which took place back in April in Las Vegas.
The evening's presenters include Kenny Chesney, Brenda Lee, Justin Moore, Thomas Rhett, and the Swon Brothers.
Honorees include Toby Keith, Kris Kristofferson, Ronnie Milsap, Buck Owens (posthumously), Carrie Underwood and Rascal Flatts.
RASCAL FLATTS GIVE A LITTLE 'PAYBACK'
The latest single from Rascal Flatts' Rewind album is called "Payback," and it's about giving a little payback to a deserving significant other. Lead singer Gary LeVox tells us: "’Payback’ is one of our favorite tunes on there and actually one of the first songs we got for this project, and the girls seem to love this song for some reason, cause it’s basically about a guy that, you know, she wants to make her boyfriend jealous and he’s like, ‘Hey, we can do that,’ so ‘Payback’ is a really great, fun, uptempo song. We’re really excited about it."
Rascal Flatts is out on their Rewind tour on a West Coast run this weekend.
The trio took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge while on stage during their recent concert in San Diego.
Dustin Lynch's latest single, "Where It’s At," has been officially certified gold for sales of more than 500,000 copies. The song sits at Number Seven this week on both the Billboard and the Mediabase/Country Aircheck chart. Dustin's new album, Where It's At, will be in stores everywhere on September 9th.
George Strait is among the latest stars to take the chilly ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The video was posted online.