The Top 7 took the stage again tonight (April 18) on ‘American Idol,’ and this time they had to do two songs: The first, a post-millenium hit and the second an older, more soulful song. Taking on the challenge in full, country hopeful Skylar Laine bit off Lady Gaga‘s ‘Born This Way (Country Road Version).’ Spanning the gap between the country world and the pop realm, Laine brought it once again this week.
In February, we reported that legendary country outlaw Waylon Jennings‘ family had determined to celebrate the singer’s life and career with a new album of primarily unreleased material. This week, the release date and track listing of ‘Goin’ Down Rockin’: The Last Recordings’ was finally announced. Due out September 11, 2012, the record will feature 12 songs, 11 of which Jennings wrote.
When we watched Jake Owen propose to now fiancee Lacey Buchanan spontaneously at a show in Vero Beach, Fla., the one little missing detail was the ring. Since Owen made a bit of a spur-of-the-moment decision to seal the deal with Buchanan in front of his hometown audience on April 7, he hadn’t quite had the time to go out and pick out the perfect rock. Now that he and his bride to be have had a few days to let the excitement settle and make some decisions, Owen is opening up and dishing on the details of the ring.
Last Tuesday (April 10), Keith Urban and a host of celebrity acts took Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena by storm to play to a sold-out audience of nearly 14,000 fans. The event, the Urban-hosted We’re All for the Hall benefit concert, served to raise money for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. This year, Urban was joined by Vince Gill, who helped him land on the theme to celebrate country duos, vocal groups and bands.
We have to raise a glass to Blake Shelton today, as he just hit No. 1 with his single ‘Drink on It,’ marking the ACM and CMA Male Vocalist of the Year’s sixth consecutive No. 1 single. The song is Shelton’s 11th ever to hit No.1 on the charts.
While Garth Brooks has been enjoying his time performing in Las Vegas, the country legend is heading north to Canada to be a part of the Calgary Stampede’s 10-day music festival this July. The Stampede, a non-profit organization that works to promote Western values and heritage, is most well known for their annual event, which will this summer include other renowned country acts like Brad Paisley and the Band Perry.
Ryan Seacrest started a playful rumor on ‘American Idol‘ this week, repeatedly asking country fireball Skylar Laine and her fellow hopeful Colton Dixon if they are dating. After the two dueted to Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson‘s ‘Don’t You Wanna Stay’ — their second duet together — the dating jokes began. Of course, the same thing happened to Phillip Phillips and Elise Testone after their duet. Apparently, there’s just something about onstage chemistry that gets the rumors flying.
Rascal Flatts dropped their eighth studio album, ‘Changed,’ on April 3, and it debuted at the No. 3 spot on the Billboard 200. This week, however, the trio’s newest project elbowed its way past the Top 2 and landed at No. 1, having sold nearly 130,000 copies in its first week. This marks the ‘Banjo‘ singers’ seventh No. 1 record in a row and their second release with Big Machine Label Group.
As a celebrity coach on NBC’s hit show ‘The Voice,’ Blake Shelton spends most of his time sitting alongside his fellow coaches in his futuristic-looking red swivel chair that has become such an integral part of the show. But next week, the laid-back country coach will be taking a break from his chair-warming duties to join his four remaining team members onstage. Though Shelton has a slight advantage over his team members (he can’t get voted off), he will be stepping into their shoes Monday night (April 16) for a joint performance.
While Scotty McCreery may have shot into stardom practically overnight on ‘American Idol,’ the 18-year-old Garner, N.C. native isn’t gaining fame at the cost of an average teenage life. In fact, the ‘Water Tower Town’ singer continues to impress with his level-headed decisions. After revealing a couple weeks ago that he’ll be attending North Carolina State University in the fall, McCreery announced his intended major this week.
Ashley Judd, the beautiful actress, humanitarian, sister to Wynonna Judd and daughter of Naomi Judd, has been a fiery topic in the news. After the actress promoted her new ABC drama ‘Missing’ on a Canadian talk show, rumors of Judd having had “work” done spread like wildfire. Due to the actress’s unusually “puffy” appearance, media outlets speculated that she injected fillers into her face for cosmetic purposes, though those rumors were far from the truth.
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