Apr 26

“In Case You Didn't Know,” Brett Young's the only country artist with a gold single in 2017

BMLGBrett Young may be a relative newcomer on the country scene, but he’s making some impressive strides.

The California native is the first country artist to have a single go Gold in 2017.  The song that did it for Brett is “In Case You Didn’t Know,” which is currently at #7 on the chart. That puts Brett on par with major pop hitmakers like Ed Sheeran and The Chainsmokers, who’ve also had a song sell more than 500,000 copies this year.

“My fans are amazing,” Brett says. “To have this success with my debut project is just unreal. Writing these songs was very therapeutic for me and to have them connect the way they do is humbling.”

Brett’s chart-topping first single, “Sleep Without You,” has been certified Gold as well. Both songs are on his self-titled debut album.

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Apr 26

Chris Young teases his video vision for Jason Aldean's They Don't Know Tour

ABC/Image Group LAThursday night, Chris Young kicks off his summer-long trek with ACM Entertainer of the Year Jason Aldean, as the They Don’t Know Tour makes its first stop at Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio.

As you might expect, in the days leading up to the kick-off, the guys have been rehearsing. Chris even gave his fans a little preview earlier this week.

“Making good use of the video screens at rehearsal today…” he shared on social media, along with a short clip of his band playing in front of the video wall. “Ready to start this tour with Jason Aldean #herewego” he added.

Chris also gave a shout-out to the tour opener. “Really pumped that Kane Brown is on this tour as well… Dude is a talent!” he said of the newcomer.

On the heels of his recent #1, “Sober Saturday Night,” Chris has been busy working on new music. So far, we don’t know how the Murfreesboro, Tennessee native will follow his hit collaboration with Vince Gill.

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Making good use of the video screens at rehearsal today😎😎😎 ready to start this tour with @Jason_Aldean #herewego pic.twitter.com/33K9VR7bfe

— ChrisYoungMusic (@ChrisYoungMusic) April 25, 2017

 

Apr 26

Too many awards, too little time: Carrie Underwood catches up with BMI in Sin City

ABC/Image Group LA Carrie Underwood stopped by this week’s National Association of Broadcasters gathering in Las Vegas to pick up the BMI Board of Directors Award.

The performing rights organization also played catch-up with the reigning CMA Female Vocalist of the Year, giving Carrie her three latest BMI songwriting awards. The Oklahoma native would’ve typically picked up the prizes for “Heartbeat,” “Little Toy Guns,” and “Smoke Break” at the BMI Country Awards in November, but she wasn’t able to attend, since she was getting ready to host the next night’s CMA Awards.

Carrie wrapped up the 69th Annual BMI/NAB Dinner at the Wynn Encore by offering an intimate performance of hits like “Two Black Cadillacs,” “So Small,” “Jesus, Take the Wheel,” and “Smoke Break.”

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Apr 26

Tyler Perry keeps Tim McGraw and Faith Hill laughing

ABC/Image Group LA The mutual admiration society between Tim McGrawFaith Hill and entertainment mogul Tyler Perry just keeps on going.

It all started last weekend when the writer, director, producer and actor checked out the Soul2Soul tour stop in his hometown of Atlanta. The man who created the Madea blockbusters followed up with a tweet saying how much he loved the show, and how he’s planning to come again. Tim replied with an invitation to return whenever he can.

On Wednesday, Faith shared a black-and-white photo showing exactly how much fun the three seemed to be having backstage. In the picture, Tim and Faith are both obviously laughing, while Tyler appears so carried away he’s doubled over.

“Always brightens my day and keeps me laughing,” the “Speak to a Girl” hitmaker added.

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Great catching up with @tylerperry!

Always brightens my day and keeps me laughing. #Soul2Soul pic.twitter.com/byLAGcXcDE

— Faith Hill (@FaithHill) April 26, 2017

Apr 26

Brad Paisley dropping visual album to accompany “Love and War”

Arista NashvilleBrad Paisley has revealed that he’ll be releasing a “visual album” style video companion to his new album, Love and War, with concept videos for all of the album’s 16 songs coming initially as an Apple Music exclusive on Friday, April 28.

Brad tells Variety he didn’t come up with the idea to do a complete visual companion until he had finished the video for “Today.”

“I saw the way that just blew up and was really connecting. So I went to the label and half-jokingly said, “I can do this with every song on this record. They’re all very visual,’” he says.  “And we went guerilla-style, everywhere we could do this.”

Although his “visual album” is not intended to be the kind of coherent single story like Beyonce‘s Lemonade, there is emotional flow. “I hope that ‘One Beer Can’ cracks you up, and I hope to tug on the emotions with the one-two punch of ‘Love and War,’ with me and John Fogerty on the deck of an aircraft carrier, which fades into ‘Today,’ as the soldiers come home. I hope that there’s not a dry eye watching that,” he explains.

He also shot videos anywhere and everywhere including a Sleep Number mattress store in a mall, and, yes, his parents’ house.  “In “One Beer Can,” that’s my parents’ house. We cast 30 Belmont students [for a raucous high school party scene]. I never did that to my mother — I never threw that party — so it serves her right that finally at my age I’m trashing her house. With a donkey,” he said.

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Apr 25

Darius Rucker goes undercover for a new spin on a reality hit

ABC/Image Group LACBS is putting a celebrity spin on its reality hit Undercover Boss, and Darius Rucker will be the first star to try out the new take on the show.

Using state-of-the-art prosthetic makeup, the series will disguise the Hootie & the Blowfish front man as he heads to Austin, Texas to look for new talent. Along the way, he’ll work as a roadie, host an open mic night, and scour Austin’s famed Sixth Street for stand-out street performers.

You can check out Darius’s episode of Celebrity Undercover Boss when it premieres May 12 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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Apr 25

Shania Twain readies “Life's About to Get Good” for June, ahead of full-length album in September

Brian Bowen Smith/NBCShania Twain’s new single “Life’s About to Get Good” is on the way in June, followed by her first album in 15 years in September.  

Fans will have the chance to hear the new song this Saturday night, as the Canadian superstar performs  it for the first time at the Stagecoach Festival in Indio, California.  

“I was at home looking out at the ocean,” Shania recalls of writing the tune, “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.”

So the country/pop icon decided to channel that into her music.

“You can’t have the good without the bad,” she reflects. “And that’s what the song ended up being about.”

Shania has previously said she worked out many of her emotions surrounding her divorce from her husband and longtime collaborator, Mutt Lange, on the new record. So far, we don’t know what the album will be called.

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Apr 25

Kellie Pickler's new talk show — executive produced by Faith Hill — set to premiere from Nashville this fall

Paul Morigi/Getty ImagesKellie Pickler will star in a new daytime talk show, executive-produced by Faith Hill, that’s set to debut this fall.

The as-yet-untitled lifestyle program will originate from Nashville, and be co-hosted by New York City-based journalist Ben Aaron, who’s married to Good Morning America meteorologist Ginger Zee.

“We will bring a little bit of southern charm and inspiration to our viewers, alongside insights from top tastemakers and experts in many areas,” Faith says.

“Kellie is very much southern while Ben is everything New York,” Faith adds. “Complete opposites, but together their chemistry is magic and our viewers are going to love them.”

The syndicated show will premiere on Monday, September 18.

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Apr 25

Fans' reaction to Hillary Scott's LaBellum fashions? We “Need You Now”

Bryan Kasm/HSNDuring the recent two-day launch of her new LaBellum line of fashions on HSN, Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott sure left ‘em wanting more.

Eight of the items in Hillary’s collection instantly sold out, including a lace-up blouse and a faux-suede vest.

Though she’s surely used to success in the musical arena by now, the “You Look Good” hitmaker says her good fortune in fashion has left her stunned.

“I could not have asked for a warmer welcome to the whole experience…” Hillary says. “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!”

You can peruse what’s left of the initial run of LaBellum at HSN.com now, but there’s also more on the way. Hillary will debut a new collection in July.

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Apr 25

Mitchell man faces felony drug charges

 Attorney General Marty Jackley says the Mitchell Police Department and the Division of Criminal Investigation have arrested Jacob Davin Hubbs, 20, Mitchell, as a result of a search warrant served in Mitchell on Monday. Over 1,000 fentanyl pills and $11,000 were seized.  
 
Hubbs is charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance, fentanyl, class 5 felony, punishable by up to 5 years in the state penitentiary and/or $10,000 fine, one count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, fentanyl, class 4 felony, punishable by up to 10 years in the state penitentiary and/or $20,000 fine and one count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute in a drug free zone, class 4 felony, punishable by up to 10 years in the state penitentiary and/or $20,000 fine.  
 
Hubbs is presumed innocent until such time as proven guilty.  
 
Agencies assisting in this investigation include the Mitchell Police Department, Brookings Police Department, Watertown Police Department, Yankton Police Department, James Valley Drug Task Force, Sioux Falls Drug Task Force, South Dakota Highway Patrol and the Division of Criminal Investigation. This case is being prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Office.  

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