• NEWS AND NOTES: Shania, Sam, Carrie, LBT, Josh, Keith

    Shania Twain will perform on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Shania Twain on Wednesday night (August 16th).

    Shania Twain joins the cast of John Travolta’s racing movie, Trading Paint, which is currently in production, according to Variety. The film, also featuring Michael Madsen (The Hateful Eight, Kill Bill, Donnie Brasco), Kevin Dunn (True Detective, Veep) and Toby Sebastian (Game of Thrones), is about a veteran race car driver and his son, a fellow driver, who overcome family and professional conflicts, balancing competition, ego, resentment and a racing nemesis to come out stronger on the other side.

    Sam Hunt and Carrie Underwood picked up trophies at the 2017 Teen Choice Awards over the weekend. Carrie took home the Choice Country Artist trophy, while Sam’s “Body Like a Back Road” was named the Choice Country Song.

    Little Big Town will perform on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers on Thursday night (August 17th).

    Josh Turner’s ”Hometown Girl” has been certified gold by the RIAA for more than 500,000 digital downloads.

    Keith Urban’s “Blue Ain’t Your Color” has been certified double platinum (for two million copies sold), while “The Fighter,” featuring Carrie Underwood, has gone gold.

  • KEITH URBAN GIVES THANKS FOR ALL OF THE SUPPORT OF HIS ‘RIPCORD’ ALBUM.

    Keith Urban thanks fans, country radio, Carrie Underwood and many more for their support of his most recent No. 1 song, “The Fighter,” and for the overall appreciation for his album, Ripcord. See the video below.

     

     

  • CARRIE UNDERWOOD CELEBRATES TWO ANNOUNCEMENTS TODAY: SHE RETURNS FOR A FIFTH SEASON PERFORMING THE THEME SONG FOR SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL…AND CELEBRATES A NO. 1 WITH KEITH URBAN ON ‘THE FIGHTER.’

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    Seven-time Grammy Award-winner and multi-platinum superstar artist Carrie Underwood is celebrating two Number 1 announcements today as she returns for a fifth season to perform the opening theme for prime time television’s Number 1 program, NBC’s Sunday Night Football, and her vocal collaboration with Keith Urban on “The Fighter” lands at Number 1 on the Mediabase country airplay chart.

    A sneak preview of Carrie’s new show open for “Oh, Sunday Night” – which debuts Sept. 10 as the New York Giants visit the Dallas Cowboys in the season-opening SNF game – will air during the 49ers-Vikings NFL preseason game Sunday, Aug. 27 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

    10 NFL players, who have accounted for 30 Pro Bowl selections, four Super Bowl rings, and six first-round draft picks, participated in the open shoot at Universal Studios Hollywood in June.

    • Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown
    • Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr
    • New England Patriots LB Dont’a Hightower
    • Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce
    • Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones
    • Oakland Raiders LB Khalil Mack
    • Denver Broncos LB Von Miller
    • Arizona Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson
    • New York Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul
    • Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott
    2017 NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
    Thurs. Sept. 7 NFL Kickoff Kansas City Chiefs at New England Patriots
    Sun. Sept. 10 Week 1 New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys
    Sun. Sept. 17 Week 2 Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons
    Sun. Sept. 24 Week 3 Oakland Raiders at Washington Redskins
    Sun. Oct. 1 Week 4 Indianapolis Colts at Seattle Seahawks
    *Sun. Oct. 8 Week 5 Kansas City Chiefs at Houston Texans
    *Sun. Oct. 15 Week 6 New York Giants at Denver Broncos
    *Sun. Oct. 22 Week 7 Atlanta Falcons at New England Patriots
    *Sun. Oct. 29 Week 8 Pittsburgh Steelers at Detroit Lions
    *Sun. Nov. 5 Week 9 Oakland Raiders at Miami Dolphins
    *Sun. Nov. 12 Week 10 New England Patriots at Denver Broncos
    *Sun. Nov. 19 Week 11 Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys
    **Thurs. Nov. 23 Week 12 New York Giants at Washington Redskins
    *Sun. Nov. 26 Week 12 Green Bay Packers at Pittsburgh Steelers
    *Sun. Dec. 3 Week 13 Philadelphia Eagles at Seattle Seahawks
    *Sun. Dec. 10 Week 14 Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers
    *Sun. Dec. 17 Week 15 Dallas Cowboys at Oakland Raiders
    Sat. Dec. 23 Week 16 Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers
    *Sun. Dec. 31 Week 17 TBD

     

    *Flex Week

    ** Thanksgiving Night Game

    About Carrie Underwood:

    Carrie Underwood emerged from the promise of her 2005 American Idol win to become a true multi-format, multi-media superstar, spanning achievements in music, television, and film. A seven-time GRAMMY® Award winner, she has amassed over 100 major honors, sold 64 million records worldwide, and recorded 26 #1 singles, 13 of which she co-wrote, with a catalog of songs that have been streamed more than 2.6 billion times worldwide. The first female artist to be twice named the Academy of Country Music’s Entertainer of the Year, Underwood was recognized by Pollstar as the top female country touring artist for each of her headlining tours in 2008, 2010, 2012, and for 2016’s “The Storyteller Tour – Stories in the Round.” Carrie also topped Billboard’s Top 25 Tours of 2016 as the leading female country artist and was the leading female artist on Country Aircheck’s top country radio performers list for her success in both 2015 and 2016. All five studio albums, Some Hearts, Carnival Ride, Play On, Blown Away, and Storyteller – are certified Platinum or multi-Platinum, and each an American Music Awards winner as Favorite Country Album – and tallied an incredible 40 weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.  The RIAA’s highest certified country album artist to debut this century, Underwood also holds the distinction of the highest album certification of any country artist to emerge since 2000 with the 8x Multi-Platinum success of her 2005 debut, Some Hearts.  She is the all-time Top Country Artist (male or female) on RIAA’s Digital Single Ranking, also placing her among the Top 5 females in the history of RIAA’s Digital Single Program across all genres.  In December of 2014, she released her Platinum-certified Greatest Hits: Decade #1, which produced two new #1 hits co-written by Underwood, including the RIAA-Platinum, GRAMMY-winning “Something in the Water.”  The Grand Ole Opry member demonstrated her creative diversity in 2013 starring as Maria von Trapp in NBC’s three-hour holiday blockbuster, the Emmy®-winning The Sound of Music Live!, whose airings attracted 44 million viewers. The reigning CMA Female Vocalist of the Year, Underwood claimed her fourth win in the category amid the ongoing success of her chart-topping platinum fifth studio album, Storyteller, which produced four #1 hits. This November, Underwood will co-host the CMA Awards for a tenth consecutive year.

  • KEITH URBAN WASTED NO TIME IN WRITING “THE FIGHTER.”

    Keith Urban wrote “The Fighter,” his fifth single from his Ripcord album with busbee. The song was inspired by his early relationship with his wife Nicole Kidman, and it was apparently written very quickly, especially given the inspiration behind it.

    “The idea came very, very quickly. I was working with busbee that day. We were in London, and I was actually driving to the studio to work on this other song that we’d started, and I had most of the chorus in my head and felt like I had most of the song in my head; just had to flesh out the gist of the verses and everything. I walked into the studio and played him the chord progression, and he built this track really quickly, and then I could sing over the top of it,” says Keith. “It was just a very, very quick song to write, because I literally just thought about Nic and I and our relationship at the beginning and some of the things that we’d said and they all went into that song.”

    Keith takes “The Fighter,” plus several more of his hits to Paso Robles on Wednesday (July 26th).

    Audio / Keith Urban talks about writing his hit smash, “The Fighter,” which features Carrie Underwood.

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    “The idea came very, very quickly. I was working with busbee that day. We were in London, and I was actually driving to the studio to work on this other song that we’d started, and I had most of the chorus in my head and felt like I had most of the song in my head; just had to flesh out the gist of the verses and everything. I walked into the studio and played him the chord progression, and he built this track really quickly, and then I could sing over the top of it. I think we put down the chorus pretty much straight away with busbee filling in where the girl would sing. I still have the copy of him singing, ‘What if I Fall,’ it’s so fantastic. And so, that’s what I had as a place holder for a long, long time until I beautifully heard Carrie’s voice on it finally one day. And it was just a very, very quick song to write, because I literally just thought about Nic and I and our relationship at the beginning and some of the things that we’d said and they all went into that song.”

    Video / Keith Urban The Fighter video

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  • CARRIE UNDERWOOD AND BRAD PAISLEY RETURN AS HOSTS OF THE CMA AWARDS FOR THE 10TH YEAR.

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    Superstars Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley announced they will be returning for the 10th time to host Country Music’s Biggest Night™ in 2017. The 51st Annual CMA Awards airs live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville Wednesday, November 8th at 8pm ET on ABC.

    The return of the beloved CMA Awards hosts was announced at the Artist of the Day panel during this year’s CMA Music Festival.

    Brad and Carrie’s 10-year run as hosts is second only to Vince Gill’s 12-year run. To view Brad and Carrie’s greatest hosting moments, see below.

    Ticket information for the CMA Awards will be announced later with information available at CMAawards.com. Follow the conversation on Twitter at #CMAawards.

     

    Video / Brad & Carrie CMA Moments

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  • CARRIE UNDERWOOD HONORS FAN CLUB WITH PRIVATE PERFORMANCE AND NASHVILLE PREDS GEAR.

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    Grand Ole Opry member and seven-time GRAMMY®-winning superstar Carrie Underwood hosted a party for her official fan club at the Grand Ole Opry House today. The exclusive event for fan club members included a private performance, a raffle for prizes, and a photo with Carrie inside the Opry’s famed circle of wood. Fans were given Nashville Predators’ rally towels and celebrated last night’s win in a group photo with Carrie. Tonight Carrie will perform during two Grand Ole Opry shows.  

    Tomorrow Carrie will perform “The Fighter” with Keith Urban on the “2017 CMT Music Awards,” broadcasting LIVE from Music City Center in Nashville. Carrie holds the record for the most wins in the show’s history at 15, and is nominated again for 3 awards.

    On Saturday, Carrie will join Brad Paisley at Fan Fair X to reflect on the 50th Anniversary of the CMA Awards and their nine year run as hosts with executive producer Robert Deaton.

    To visit Carrie’s official fan club site, go to www.carrieunderwood.fm.
  • NEWS AND NOTES: Luke, Shania, Little Big Town, Brothers Osborne, Carrie

    Luke Bryan is set to co-host NBC’s Today Show with Kathie Lee and Hoda Wednesday morning (June 7th) during the 10am hour.

    Shania Twain will perform during this year’s BBC Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park taking place September 10th. Tickets go on sale Wednesday morning (June 7th). Blondie, James Blunt, Rick Astley and Take That will also perform.

    Little Big Town’s “Happy People” is included in Entertainment Weekly’s “Best Songs of the Year (So Far)” feature and is No. 2 on the all-genre list. Calvin Harris, feat. Frank Ocean and Migos on “Slide” is No. 1, while Lorde’s “Green Light,” Lana Del Ray’s “Love” and Drake’s “Passionfruit” are also on the list.

    Brothers Osborne performed during the Nashville Predators’ Game 4 of the Stanley Cup playoffs against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

    Carrie Underwood will return to NBC’s Sunday Night Football for her fifth season of singing the theme song for the weekly NFL broadcast. The new season kicks off September 10th as the New York Giants take on the Dallas Cowboys. Check out last season’s opening, a reworking of her hit “Something Bad,” here.

    During this week’s rehearsals for Wednesday night’s (June 7th) CMT Music Awards, Luke Bryan and Jason Derulo will perform Luke’s No. 1 hit, “Strip It Down.” Catch the two of them below talking about the R&B singer’s excitement at being in Nashville and on the CMT Awards.

    Video / Luke Bryan and Jason Derulo

  • DIERKS BENTLEY PERFORMS THE NATIONAL ANTHEM DURING THE STANLEY CUP FINALS GAME 4.

    Wearing a Kevin Fiala jersey, Dierks Bentley performed the National Anthem before the Nashville Predators took on the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 4 of the NHL’s Stanley Cup Final on Monday night (June 5th).

    Dierks, longtime Predators season ticket holder and all-around hockey fan, follows Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Little Big Town, Vince Gill along with daughters Jenny and Corrina, Lady Antebellum, Kelly Clarkson, Trisha Yearwood and Martina McBride in singing the Anthem during the Preds Stanley Cup playoff run.

    Carrie chatted with the NBC NHL analysts during the first intermission, while basketball legend Charles Barkley talked about the excitement of the Preds fans at Bridgestone Arena during the second. Kip Moore performed during Music City Gives Back, the pre-game concert, located on Broad and Fifth Avenue.

    Video / Dierks Bentley performing National Anthem during the Stanley Cup

  • MORE PERFORMERS ANNOUNCED FOR NEXT WEEK’S CMT MUSIC AWARDS.

    More performers have been announced for next week’s CMT Music Awards. Little Big Town and Kelsea Ballerini will perform, and Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley, Darius Rucker and Jason Aldean will perform a tribute to the late Gregg Allman, who passed away over the weekend.

    Previously announced performers include Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum, Blake Shelton, Brett Eldredge, Miranda Lambert and Thomas Rhett, as well as collaborations between Florida Georgia Line and The Chainsmokers, as well as Lady Antebellum and Earth, Wind & Fire.

    Presenters will be announced in the coming days.

    Nashville star Charles Esten hosts the 2017 CMT Music Awards live from Nashville on Wednesday, June 7th at 8pm ET/PT.

  • CARRIE UNDERWOOD WILL BE INDUCTED INTO THE OKLAHOMA HALL OF FAME.

    The Oklahoma Hall of Fame officially announced its 90th Class of 2017 honorees. Seven-time GRAMMY® Award winner Carrie Underwood is among those who will be honored at the induction ceremony in Oklahoma City on Thursday, November 16 at the Cox Convention Center. The evening will be emceed by past Oklahoma Hall of Fame inductees Vince Gill and Kristin Chenoweth.

    “I’ve always been proud to say I’m from Oklahoma,” shared Carrie. “The people, culture, and environment molded me into the person I am today. It’s such an honor to be recognized among such great company by the Oklahoma Hall of Fame!”

    The 2017 Class also includes Justice Tom Colbert, Sapulpa; Congressman Tom Cole, Moore; Bob Funk, Piedmont; Shannon Miller, Edmond; Phil Parduhn, Edmond; Hal Smith, Ardmore; and Carrie Underwood, Checotah.  Those individuals who will be honored posthumously are Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher, Chickasha; and Sequoyah, the Cherokee Nation I.T. Previous inductees include Toby Keith, Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton and more 

    Along with being honored at the formal induction ceremony, the 2017 Honorees will be recognized in November with the unveiling of their portraits at the Gaylord-Pickens Museum, home of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.  In addition, their biographies, photos and fun facts will be accessible through interactive exhibits. 

    About Carrie Underwood: 
    Carrie Underwood emerged from the promise of her 2005 American Idol win to become a true multi-format, multi-media superstar, spanning achievements in music, television, and film. A seven-time GRAMMY® Award winner, she has amassed over 100 major honors, sold 64 million records worldwide, and recorded 25 #1 singles, 13 of which she co-wrote, with a catalog of songs that have been streamed more than 2.6 billion times worldwide. The first female artist to be twice named the Academy of Country Music’s Entertainer of the Year, Underwood was recognized by Pollstar as the top female country touring artist for each of her headlining tours in 2008, 2010, 2012, and for 2016’s “The Storyteller Tour – Stories in the Round.” Carrie also topped Billboard’s Top 25 Tours of 2016 as the leading female country artist and was the leading female artist on Country Aircheck’s top country radio performers list for her success in both 2015 and 2016. All five studio albums, Some Hearts, Carnival Ride, Play On, Blown Away, and Storyteller – are certified Platinum or multi-Platinum, and each an American Music Awards winner as Favorite Country Album – and tallied an incredible 40 weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.  The RIAA’s highest certified country album artist to debut this century, Underwood also holds the distinction of the highest album certification of any country artist to emerge since 2000 with the 8x Multi-Platinum success of her 2005 debut, Some Hearts.  She is the all-time Top Country Artist (male or female) on RIAA’s Digital Single Ranking, also placing her among the Top 5 females in the history of RIAA’s Digital Single Program across all genres.  In December of 2014, she released her Platinum-certified Greatest Hits: Decade #1, which produced two new #1 hits co-written by Underwood, including the RIAA-Platinum, GRAMMY-winning “Something in the Water.” 2016 marked Underwood’s fourth season as the voice of primetime television’s #1 program, Sunday Night Football, and in November, she returned for a ninth consecutive year as co-host of the CMA Awards. The Grand Ole Opry member also demonstrated her creative diversity in 2013 starring as Maria von Trapp in NBC’s three-hour holiday blockbuster, the Emmy®-winning The Sound of Music Live!, whose airings attracted 44 million viewers. The reigning CMA Female Vocalist of the Year, Underwood claimed her fourth win in the category amid the ongoing success of her chart-topping platinum fifth studio album, Storyteller, which produced four #1 hits.