Photo by Mike Coppola/WireImageKelsea Ballerini and Australian singer Morgan Evans got engaged over the Christmas holidays last year, and since then, the two haven’t revealed much about their wedding plans — except that a trip down the aisle is definitely on the books for 2017.
This week in Nashville, Kelsea opened up a little more.
“We are so focused on music, and I think meeting each other and falling super in love with each other was a big surprise for both of us,” she revealed. “And I think we’re kinda like…we’re so stoked to get married, but the actual wedding part isn’t really what we care about.”
But rest assured, there’s still a major bash in the works.
“We have a wedding planner,” Kelsea says. “She did Carrie [Underwood]’s wedding. Her name’s Jane, she’s amazing… I was like, ‘I want this amount of people and I don’t want it to be in Nashville or Australia. I want it to be neutral.’”
“It’s at the end of the year,” she goes on, ‘and we’re both gonna keep, you know, sprinting until then and then get married and take December off. I don’t have my dress or anything!”
Morgan’s debut single on Warner Nashville, “Kiss Somebody,” comes out this Friday, while Kelsea has just released “Legends,” the lead track from her sophomore album. Expect details on her follow-up to The First Time any day now.
David Becker/Getty Images via ABCIf you’re looking for a laugh, you’ll want to be sure to check out Blake Shelton’s new video for “Doing It to Country Songs.”
For the fifth single from his If I’m Honest album, Blake opted for an animated treatment that casts him as Blake Buck, performing alongside his backup singers, Country Music Hall-of-Famers The Oak Ridge Boys. While Blake is a deer, William Lee Golden becomes a possum, Joe Bonsall is a chipmunk, Duane Allen is either a dog or a fox, and Richard Sterban morphs into a frog.
Inside the Blake Shelton Bar & Stage, you’ll find plenty of tongue-in-cheek references to Blake’s hits like “Some Beach” and “Sangria,” as well as Oaks’ classics like “Elvira” and “Bobbie Sue.” Blake even jabs Brad Paisley with a clock advertising Paisley Light Beer.
You can watch the “Doing It to Country Songs” video on YouTube now.
ABC/Paula LoboFormer American Idol judge Keith Urban is the latest superstar to join the new YouTube talent competition Best.Cover.Ever.
Hosted by rapper Ludacris, the show challenges aspiring musicians to upload their best version of a particular song by a big-name artist. The winner gets the chance to duet with that artist on YouTube.
To earn your place on the stage next to Keith, you’ll need to submit your cover of his 2014 hit “Somewhere in My Car.”
“The Internet is the ultimate vehicle for creative discovery,” the Aussie superstar says. “It connects people, lets their talents be heard and sometimes produces stars. I’m really looking forward to seeing what happens — to hearing how people interpret my songs — and, fingers crossed, to find a killer duet partner.”
So far, pop stars Katy Perry, Demi Lovato, Backstreet Boys, Charlie Puth, FLo Rida and Jason Derulo have all signed up to participate in the show, which will premiere on YouTube in the fall. You can find out all the details at TheBestCoverEver.com.
ABC/Image Group LA Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s merch on the Soul2Soul trek is getting an upgrade.
The superstar couple has partnered with jeans-maker Lucky Brand to create an exclusive 17-piece collection of tour merchandise, according to Billboard. The line includes blue jean jackets embroidered with either “Faith” or “McGraw,” and t-shirts that say things like “You be my Tim and I’ll be your Faith,” as well as Mrs. McGraw’s personal favorite: a denim shirt emblazoned with “Respect Your Mama.”
Tour souvenirs will run you anywhere from $40 for a t-shirt, to $149 for embroidered denim.
This weekend, Tim and Faith play Glendale, Arizona; Ontario, California; and San Diego, California with Rhiannon Giddens.
Webster Public RelationsKenny Rogers and Dolly Parton will reunite for one final performance, as the entertainment icon’s touring career draws to a close.
“All in for the Gambler: Kenny Rogers’ Farewell Concert Celebration” will take place Wednesday, October 25 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. Little Big Town, Alison Krauss, Jamey Johnson, Broadway and Frozen star Idina Menzel, and rockers Elle King and The Flaming Lips will all be part of the show, with more talent to be announced in the coming weeks.
ABC/Image Group LA Since every single he’s ever released has gone to the top of the charts, Cole Swindell admits the thought of “Flatliner” NOT reaching number one is rather ominous.
“I would think at some point that streak has to end,” he confesses. “It’s a pressure, but it’s a good pressure… but this song, it’s fun, and I just hope it keeps going! So let’s keep pulling for it… I’m gonna keep singing it with Dierks [Bentley] every night on tour no matter what… I love that!” he says of his current turn on the What the Hell Tour.
From here, Cole admits he’s setting his sights on album number three.
“I’m hoping to have one more single off of the You Should Be Here album, and then we’ll be working on new stuff.”
This week, Cole and Dierks travel to Eau Claire, Wisconsin; Brooklyn, Michigan; and Noblesville, Indiana — hopefully on their way to the top of the charts.
It looks like a water slide is back in the plans for the new $8.1-million dollar indoor aquatic center. Park and Recreation Director Nathan Powell says the park and rec board has a special meeting scheduled on Wednesday to discuss a beverage contract with Pepsi.
“We put out an RFP (request for proposal) to be the exclusive beverage provider for the Parks and Recreation Department to help us fund the new slide at the new indoor aquatic center,” Powell said. “Pepsi did put a full proposal out…we’re going to take that to the board on Wednesday.”
He says if the board approves the plan, it’s scheduled to go before the city council at a special meeting scheduled for next Monday.
Powell says the contract should cover the $202,000 cost of the waterslide which was originally eliminated due to budget concerns. He says it’s less expensive to install the slide during the original construction than later.
The Park and Rec board meeting is set for noon Wednesday at the Rec Center conference room.