• EASTON CORBIN FINDS A PLACE TO WORK OUT EVERYWHERE HE GOES.

    Easton Corbin can work out anywhere! The fit and fab country star was in an office today and decided to do a few pull-ups…on a door.

    Easton, who plays in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Thursday (April 27th), is currently making his way up the country charts with his latest single, “A Girl Like You.”

  • DIERKS BENTLEY IS EXCITED TO WITNESS THE NASHVILLE PREDATORS IN THE STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS.

    Longtime hockey fan, and especially a fan of the Nashville Predators, Dierks Bentley couldn’t be more thrilled that the NHL team is heading into Round 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs against the St. Louis Blues Wednesday night (April 26th). Dierks was in attendance with thousands of Preds fans — including Vince Gill, Luke Bryan who sang the National Anthem and Carrie Underwood, who’s married to Preds captain Mike Fisher – when they won Round 1 against the Chicago Blackhawks 4-0.


    “Nashville is just on fire right now, and what I think is so cool about the Predators is it’s a young team, [and] the energy in that building [Bridgestone Arena] is just, this energy of youthful exuberance, excitement, you know? Nothing against Chicago or teams we’ve played before or will play, but we’re an expansion team and it wasn’t that long ago when even the players were donating salary and money to buy tickets to keep the team here,” says Dierks.

    “Just to watch the team grow over the last five, six years and even when we’re playing a team like the Blackhawks, it used to be half and half – red jerseys and gold jerseys. It’s all gold. It’s all hardcore Predators fans, and to move on now to the [St. Louis] Blues and with every game they win, it just grows more, hockey just grows more and more exciting in this town. More people come check it out. You know, we’ve got the greatest location for an arena right there downtown. It’s just so fun to be part of that energy and this moment for the Preds. So, hopefully, they can keep it going on. It feels like they’re really got a good thing going.”

    Dierks has been a hockey fan for a very long time, even suiting up to play pick-up games or practice with professional teams before his shows, as well as playing in the NHL All-Star game last year. He has even been part of a local Nashville hockey team named the Iceholes.

    The Arizona native is closing in on the Top 5 on the country charts with his latest single, “Black,” the title track of his current album.

    Audio / Dierks Bentley talks about the Nashville Predators as they enter the second series of the Stanley Cup Playoffs against the St. Louis Blues.

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    Dierks Bentley (Nashville Predators) OC: …thing going. :58
    “You know, Nashville is just on fire right now, and what I think is so cool about the Predators is it’s a young team, [and] the energy in that building [Bridgestone Arena] is just, this energy of youthful exuberance, excitement, you know? Nothing against Chicago or teams we’ve played before or will play, but we’re an expansion team and it wasn’t that long ago when even the players were donating salary and money to buy tickets to keep the team here. Just to watch the team grow over the last five, six years and even when we’re playing a team like the Blackhawks, it used to be half and half – red jerseys and gold jerseys. It’s all gold. It’s all hardcore Predators fans, and to move on now to the [St. Louis] Blues and with every game they win, it just grows more, hockey just grows more and more exciting in this town. More people come check it out. You know, we’ve got the greatest location for an arena right there downtown. It’s just so fun to be part of that energy and this moment for the Preds. So, hopefully, they can keep it going on. It feels like they’re really got a good thing going.”

  • LITTLE BIG TOWN ANNOUNCES NEW ‘BOONDOCKS’ MERCHANDISE LINE AT THE GRAND OLE OPRY.

    Little Big Town announced the launch of their new merchandise line, Boondocks, from backstage at the Grand Ole Opry House on Tuesday night (April 25th). The new line, named after the band’s 2005 hit “Boondocks,” features branded clothing, glassware, note cards, leather products, jewelry, fashion and much more, and is available at the Opry Store.

    LBT’s Karen Fairchild heads up her own Fairchild fashion collection available at Macy’s, and Kimberly Fairchild has her own home goods collection at Cracker Barrel and her dishware line, Love & Daisies, via HSN.

    The members of Little Big Town, who also recently launched their own wine, are making their way up the country charts with their latest single, “Happy People.”

    Audio / Backstage at the Grand Ole Opry, Little Big Town’s Phillip Sweet explains why they named their new Opry Collection after their hit song, “Boondocks.”

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    LBT (Boondocks collection) OC: …authentic selves. :31
    “When we wrote this song, we were at a place in our musical journey and as a band that we wanted to speak about our life and who we were, and that really was kind of a defining moment for us and for our confidence level and for our…when we were taking our music, we had just been dropped from a major label, and we were like, we’re gonna make the music, we want to say who we are, and that was the song. That was the first one we had success with too. It took us to the party, so it’s definitely our authentic selves.”

     

    Audio / Backstage at the Grand Ole Opry, Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild explains why their new Boondocks Opry Collection is aptly named.

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    LBT (Boondocks collection) 2 OC: …beautiful things. :52
    ‘Boondocks’ made the perfect thing to launch kind of a lifestyle collection. There are some fashion pieces. There’s things that we love. I mean our days start, because we have babies, with a cup of coffee, and because we have babies, it ends with a glass of wine. [laughs] Yeah, and so all of that in-between from things that are fashionable that we love, like the jewelry and the jackets, to the journals because we’re songwriters and…” PHILLIP: “To the water bottles that can serve as water bottles or keep your wine chilled…” KAREN: “And all the things in-between. But that’s the reason, ‘Boondocks’ was kind of the kick-starter, like Phillip said, to bringing us to the party, so it was the perfect correlation for us to show the fans how we live our lives and through really beautiful things.”

    Video / Opry Facebook Live with Little Big Town

  • GLOBAL SUPERSTAR SHANIA TWAIN ANNOUNCES HER NEW SINGLE, ‘LIFE’S ABOUT TO GET GOOD,’ TO BE RELEASED IN JUNE.

    Shania Twain

    Shania Twain revealed new music news when making an appearance last night on NBC’s The Voice. While Shania served as a first-time-ever fifth judge on the hit show and a key advisor to the contestants, fans learned Shania’s “Life’s About to Get Good” is scheduled to hit country airwaves this June and her first album in 15 years is due out this September.

    When writing “Life’s About to Get Good,” Shania explains, “I was at home looking out at the ocean and I said to myself, ‘Here I am stuck in this past of negativity, but it’s so beautiful out. I’m not in the mood to write a ‘feeling-sorry-for-myself’ song.” The songwriter recognized that with all of the negative in life also comes the positive. “You can’t have the good without the bad. And that’s what the song ended up being about.”

    Shania, who recently appeared as a guest on CBS’ The Late Late Show with James Corden, plans to debut her new single during her headlining set at this Saturday night in Indio, Calif. at Stagecoach Festival, one of the nation’s most prominent country music festivals.

    Shania is a five-time GRAMMY Award-winner and the reigning Queen of Country Pop. With more than 75 million albums sold worldwide and U.S. sales topping 34.5 million, Shania remains the top-selling female country artist of all time. Shania’s albums include her Platinum-selling 1993 debut, Shania Twain; the GRAMMY Award-winning, Double Diamond-selling 1995 release, The Woman in Me; Come On Over, the best-selling studio album in Soundscan history by a female artist in any genre and the best-selling country album of all time with over 40 million units sold worldwide; and UP!, Shania’s third consecutive Diamond-selling album release.

    Recognizing her indelible impact and achievements in music, Shania is the first and only female to receive CMT’s Artist of a Lifetime Award. Shania also recently received the Icon Award at Billboard’s Women in Music ceremony. Shania’s hits include “Any Man of Mine,” “That Don’t Impress Me Much,” “You’re Still the One” and “Man! I Feel Like A Woman!”

    For more information, please visit www.ShaniaTwain.com.

  • DARIUS RUCKER GOES UNDERCOVER TO FIND NEW TALENT.

    Darius Rucker goes “undercover” as sort of a famous talent scout to discover new talent for an upcoming episode of the popular television show, Undercover Boss. He traveled to Austin, Texas on an undercover journey to discover the next great musical acts. While he’s in disguise, Darius runs an open mic night, works as a roadie and strolls along Austin’s famous Sixth Street in search of standout street performers

    Darius really enjoyed his time on the show. “The Undercover Boss experience was amazing. To have to spend three hours in a chair getting makeup on every morning and go out and be somebody else was so much fun,” says Darius. “The people I got to meet and become friends with and got to hang out with are now friends of mine, and I got to help them take a little step further in their careers, that was awesome. No one really recognized me. One guy at the beginning when we do the first thing, he didn’t recognize me, but he recognized that maybe I had a disguise on, so we had to change it up a little bit. But it was a fun, the whole week was fun doing that and just being somebody else for a little while.”

    The episode of Undercover Boss featuring Darius will premiere May 12th at 8pm ET on CBS.

    The South Carolina native is currently making his way up the country charts with his latest single, “If I Told You.”

     

     

    Audio / Darius Rucker talks about his Undercover Boss experience.

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    Darius Rucker (Undercover Boss) OC: …little while. :39
    “The Undercover Boss experience was amazing. To have to spend three hours in a chair getting makeup on every morning and go out and be somebody else was so much fun. The people I got to meet and become friends with and got to hang out with are now friends of mine, and I got to help them take a little step further in their careers, that was awesome. No one really recognized me. One guy at the beginning when we do the first thing, he didn’t recognize me, but he recognized that maybe I had a disguise on, so we had to change it up a little bit. But it was a fun, the whole week was fun doing that and just being somebody else for a little while.”

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  • HILLARY SCOTT’S FASHION LINE INSTANTLY SELLS OUT WITH HSN.

    LaBellum

    Hillary Scott, one-third of the multi-Platinum selling and GRAMMY winning trio Lady Antebellum, wowed fans with a multi-sellout debut of her exclusive fashion collection, “LaBellum,” for entertainment and lifestyle retailer HSN. Within her two-hour visit last Thursday (4/20), Scott manifested six sell outs during the primetime hours on The List with Colleen Lopez. As Scott returned on Friday (4/21), she instantly sold-out the Lace Up Blouse and Faux Suede Vest, causing her two hour visit to end over twenty minutes early. Launched as part of the retailer’s Music City: Nashville event, other top performing items of the “LaBellum” fashion line, include the Lace Duster with Tassel Trim, Crossbody Beaded Bag, Allover Hand Beaded Tunic, Beaded Canvas Jacket, Layered Lace Tunic Tank and Boho Peasant Blouse.

    “I could not have asked for a warmer welcome to the whole experience with HSN and their audience after making the debut of ‘LaBellum,’” said Hillary Scott. “I was so excited that we sold out one piece, but to keep hearing that piece after piece was sold out just completely blew me away!”

    “We are so proud of Hillary’s debut success across all platforms at HSN,” said Carmen Bauza, Chief Merchandising Officer for HSN. “Her beautiful and effortless Nashville-inspired designs truly resonated with our customers. We look forward to sharing her new collection in July.”

    LaBellum launched exclusively on HSN.com earlier this month, as part of the retailer’s month-long Music City: Nashville event; a celebration of Nashville and the artists and designers that define the city’s unique culture and vibrant spirit. Having touched fans across the globe with her music, Scott’s bohemian chic collection was inspired by women of every walk of life and is intended to make all women feel confident with their everyday wardrobe. The 22 piece collection is composed of fringe wraps, peasant tops, denim, studded moto jackets, faux suede vests, lace tops, and accessories, including a belt and cross body. Scott will return to HSN in July with a new collection. For more information, visit www.HSN.com (keywords: Hillary Scott).

     

    About Hillary Scott:

    Nine-time time GRAMMY award-winner and one-third of superstar group Lady Antebellum, Hillary Scott has more than 18 million unit sales worldwide while earning ten No. One hits, countless awards including Billboard Music Awards, People’s Choice Awards and Teen Choice Awards, while also taking home ACM and CMA “Vocal Group of the Year” trophies three years in a row. Honing in on the melodious foundation that first brought the multi-PLATINUM trio together, Lady Antebellum continues to climb the Country radio charts with “You Look Good,” as it serves as the debut single off their sixth studio album HEART BREAK (Capitol Nashville), to be released June 9th. In addition to co-writing chart-topping Lady A hits, including the 6x PLATINUM hit “Need You Now,” Scott has also written for artists such as Blake Shelton and Sara Evan’s No. One hit, “A Little Bit Stronger.” Her spirited release from Hillary Scott & The Scott Family claimed the top spot atop the Billboard Christian Albums chart with their debut album LOVE REMAINS, which garnered a GRAMMY-winning “Best Contemporary Christian Music Album” and an award for its chart-topping single “Thy Will” for “Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song.” Lady Antebellum recently announced plans for more than 65 shows in six countries on their YOU LOOK GOOD WORLD TOUR, presented by NABISCO launching May 26 in Bakersfield, CA. For more information about new music and upcoming tour dates, visit www.ladyantebellum.com.

     

    About HSN: 

    HSN is a leading interactive entertainment and lifestyle retailer, offering a curated assortment of exclusive products and top brand names to its customers. HSN incorporates entertainment, inspiration, personalities and industry experts to provide an entirely unique shopping experience. At HSN, customers find exceptional selections in Health & Beauty, Jewelry, Home/Lifestyle, fashion/Accessories, and Electronics. HSN broadcasts live to approximately 91 million households in the US in HD 24/7 and its website – hsn.com features more than 50,000 product videos. Mobile applications include HSN apps for iPad, iPhone and Android. HSN, founded 37 years ago as the first shopping network, is an operating segment of HSN, Inc. For more information, please visit HSN.com, or follow @HSN on Facebook and Twitter.

  • SAM HUNT’S ‘BODY LIKE A BACK ROAD’ TOPS THE BILLBOARD COUNTRY CHART.

    Sam Hunt’s “Body Like a Back Road” is a monster hit! The song climbed to No. 1 on the Billboard Country Airplay Chart in just 12 weeks and is continuing to engage folks who streamed it nearly 12-million times last week. If you’re wondering how he came up with the song, he says the phrase “Body Like a Back Road” came first. The Georgia native wrote the song with his producer Zach Crowell and his songwriter friends Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne and the song seemed to just fall out.

    “I try to think of titles or lines that’ll cross my mind and I’ll put ‘em in my phone, and this was one that I wanted to write for a while – the title ‘Body Like a Back Road’ – or use it as a lyric, do something with it. I didn’t have a melody, but one night this melody got stuck in my head and the phrase ‘Body Like a Back Road’ sang perfectly to it and the chorus came out pretty quick. And then we went in and started working on the song with the producer and a couple of writing buddies, and I wanted to write it because I thought it was a fun song

    “Body Like a Back Road” is the first release from his as-yet-to-be-titled forthcoming album.

    In the song, he sings about going “15 in a 30,” which is what he named his upcoming tour. The trek, featuring Maren Morris, Chris Janson and Ryan Follese, will kick off June 1st in Cleveland, Ohio.

    Audio / Sam Hunt says his smash hit, “Body Like a Back Road,” all began with a phrase before anything else.

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    Sam Hunt (Body Like a Back Road started with a phrase) OC: …enjoyed it. 1:04
    “You know, I try to think of titles or lines that’ll cross my mind and I’ll put ‘em in my phone, and this was one that I wanted to write for a while – the title ‘Body Like a Back Road’ – or use it as a lyric, do something with it. I didn’t have a melody, but one night this melody got stuck in my head and the phrase ‘Body Like a Back Road’ sang perfectly to it and the chorus came out pretty quick. And then we went in and started working on the song with the producer and a couple of writing buddies, and I wanted to write it because I thought it was a fun song, but I didn’t know for sure if I wanted to put it out. I didn’t want it to come across as objectifying women or be too, to lack depth and just, I don’t know. So, anyway, I had some concerns, but I tried to make it fun to offset any risks of those things happening, which made writing it fun, and I think that came across in the lyric and in the way we recorded it and everything else. When we finally finished it, it finally hit me as ‘Ok. Wait a minute. Maybe I underestimated the potential of this song. I think this could be a fun song and it will connect with folks.’ So, at that point, I was excited to put it out and fortunately folks have enjoyed it.”

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  • JOSH TURNER IS PRETTY EXCITED ABOUT HIS NO. 1 SONG THIS WEEK.

    MCA Nashville’s Josh Turner takes the No. 1 spot on the MediaBase country radio airplay chart with “Hometown Girl.” Written by Marc Beeson and Daniel Tashian, “Hometown Girl” immediately hit home for Turner’s fans as it “pairs the South Carolina native’s unmistakable, country-to-the-core baritone with a modern, rollicking beat” (Rolling Stone).

    “Man, I am beyond excited about ‘Hometown Girl’ going No. 1 this week. It’s a pretty sweet week for me considering the journey that I’ve been through to get to this place,” says Josh. “I’m thankful to country radio for playing this song. I’m thankful to the fans for loving it and buying the record and buying the single. I’m feeling a lot of love from a lot of different directions this week, so it’s a pretty good place to be.”

    “‘Hometown Girl’ is officially No. 1!” shares an elated Turner via Twitter. “Thank you God, country radio and MCA Nashville! It’s Party Time!!”

    Watch Turner perform the hit on NBC’s TODAY ShowHERE.

    “Hometown Girl,” off of the multi-platinum-selling star’s No. 1-debuting album, Deep South, tallies over 200,000 in digital sales and with 16 consecutive weeks of streaming growth, the song totals over 87.5M streams.

    Fans can purchase “Hometown Girl” and Deep South HERE and can find Turner’s official Deep South playlist HERE. Turner’s upcoming tour dates include Mississippi, Maryland and the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tenn. For additional information, visit www.JoshTurner.com.

  • GEORGE STRAIT EXTENDS HIS TWO NIGHTS OF NUMBER ONE’S TO INCLUDE HIS JULY DATES.

    Following on the boot heels of his wildly successful 2 Nights of Number 1’s at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas earlier this month, the King of Country George Strait announced that due to the overwhelming fan reaction, he will continue the concept of playing his record-setting collection of 60 No. 1 hits again in July.

    “Back when we announced 2 Nights of Number 1’s, I said if the fans wanted to hear more, we would look at it,” says Strait, who has won every honor in the format from a GRAMMY Award for Best Country Album to multiple ACM and CMA Awards for Entertainer of the Year plus a coveted place in the Country Music Hall of Fame. “Well, we heard them loud and clear. This is something they want more of, so that’s what they will get.”

    Strait debuted the unprecedented two nights of No. 1’s during his recent T-Mobile Arena shows on April 7-8. With an unmatched 60 singles hitting the top of the charts during the span of his career and more than 280,000 fans streaming Strait’s 60 #1 Hits playlist on Spotify every month, Strait wanted to showcase these radio hits plus several fan-favorites such as “Troubadour” that, surprisingly to many, never reached No. 1.

    He did it by playing 30 No. 1 hits on April 7 and 30 No. 1 hits on April 8, in addition to those “can’t miss” classics from the early hits like “Fool Hearted Memory” and “You Look So Good In Love” to more recent hits including “River of Love” and “I Saw God Today” – and the 56 No. 1’s in between.

    Strait stepped away from touring in 2014 with The Cowboy Rides Away Tour, culminating with a Texas-sized farewell concert at AT&T Stadium near Dallas that drew a record-setting attendance of 104,793. In 2015, he revealed that he would perform a limited series of exclusive, worldwide engagements at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas that commenced with a pair of at-capacity shows in April 2016 with fellow Texan Kacey Musgraves. In November, it was announced that the unparalleled, sold-out series would continue through 2017, including his most recent dates with GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter Cam.

    Strait may have closed the book on touring, but the exclusive engagements at T-Mobile Arena provide him with a new page and the ability to connect with fans on his terms and create concert experiences that stay fresh and compelling. Rolling Stone called the historical 2 Nights of Number 1’s shows “extraordinary” and the Las Vegas Review-Journal duly noted that “Strait receives something like 10 standing ovations around the venue every night.”

    Upcoming dates include:
    Friday, July 28, 2017
    Saturday, July 29, 2017
    Friday, Sept. 1, 2017
    Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017
    Friday, Dec. 8, 2017
    Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017

    Tickets and VIP packages for the July 28-29 2 Nights of Number 1’s shows are on sale now. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit StraitToVegas.com.

    Strait has once again partnered with CID Entertainment to offer VIP Experiences and Travel Packages for all upcoming Strait to Vegas shows. VIP Experience amenities range from access to the King’s Exhibit featuring memorabilia showcasing George Strait’s career to a signed coffee table book with rare and previously unreleased photos. All VIP Experiences include premium concert tickets and exclusive merchandise gifts. Travel Packages include Strait to Vegas tickets, plus hotel accommodations and exclusive merchandise. For full package details, visit CID Entertainment

    Many of the songs that Strait will be performing during 2 Nights of Number 1’s are also featured on Strait Out of the Box: Part 2, available now. The three-disc, 56-track collection spans 20 years of Strait’s remarkable career from 1996 to 2016 and offers fans two new songs with “Kicked Outta Country” and “You Gotta Go Through Hell,” both of which Strait co-wrote. For more information, visit www.georgestrait.com or www.straittovegas.com.

    About George Strait
    George Strait is the undeniable “King of Country Music.” His music career spans more than 30 years; includes 60 No. 1 singles, more than any other artist in any genre; and boasts 33 Platinum or multi-Platinum-selling albums, more than any country artist and third across all genres behind only the Beatles and Elvis Presley. Strait is the only act in history to have a Top 10 hit every year for over three decades and has sold nearly 70 million albums and earned more than 60 major entertainment industry awards.

    Strait, whose name has become synonymous with “real country” since his 1981 debut, was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2006. He has since released five more albums, including the GRAMMY Award-winning Troubadour and his chart-topping release, Cold Beer Conversation. In 2014, he shattered the North American indoor concert attendance record by drawing 104,793 concertgoers to his The Cowboy Rides Away Tour finale at AT&T Stadium in Dallas. Strait performed six sold-out shows at T-Mobile Arena in 2016 as part of his Strait to Vegas exclusive concert series, extending his limited engagement into 2017 to 10 shows with two weekends of 2 Nights of Number 1’s.

  • SHANIA TWAIN JOINS THE VOICE AS THE KEY ADVISOR TO THE TOP 12.

    The one-and-only Shania Twain drops by The Voice to advise the Top 12…and she may have earned a spot as the fifth coach! Check out all the action beginning Monday (April 24th) at 8pm ET/PT.

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