ABC/Image Group LAEven the rain couldn’t dampen Miranda Lambert’s enthusiasm as she kicked off her Keeper of the Flame tour this past weekend in Maryland Heights, Missouri.
“I am so ready!” the seven-time ACM Female Vocalist of the Year told the crowd during her eclectic 20-song set that included covers ranging from Foghat’s “Slow Ride” to Little Feat’s “Willin’.” She even segued into her hit “Little Red Wagon” with a jazzy version of the Ella Fitzgerald tune “Your Red Wagon.”
“The crowd’s energy was just incredible,” she said after the show. “I told them I could feel the rain making its way to the stage, but they didn’t leave. We were all soaked by the end of the night, but those nights are what I live for.”
Miranda continues her trek with Kip Moore and Brothers Osborne Thursday night in Bethel, New York.
ABC/Image Group LAIs Thomas Rhett ready for the NFL? As part of his partnership with Snap Fitness, the “Die a Happy Man” hitmaker has been leading boot camp classes in select cities as he tours with Jason Aldean. As TR set out to challenge fans, he also agreed to rise to the occasion if anyone wanted to raise the fitness ante for him.
So far, the strength and agility dares have been rolling in — with the latest coming from the quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs. Aaron Murray wondered how Thomas would fare taking on the drills for the NFL Combine. Lucky for Mr. “T-Shirt,” he started training seriously quite some time ago.
“Last year, my New Year’s resolution was to get in really good shape — and I’ve said that for the past however-long I’ve wanted to get in shape,” he confesses. “But I really went for it and got a trainer and worked out really consistently for a year and just noticed that my life changed, from eating right to working out five or six days a week, seeing a change in my body to be able to run around like I do onstage and be able to sing notes correctly and not be out of breath.”
You can check out how Thomas Rhett fares with the 40 Yard Dash, the Broad Jump, the Three Cone Drill and the 20 and 60 Yard Shuffles, in a new video he shared exclusively with ABC Radio.
While he may not be giving up his music career to suit up with the pros anytime soon, he’s certainly in prime condition to lead his latest Snap Fitness boot camp in Dallas, Texas, this Saturday. TR says witnessing the way the workouts are changing his fans’ minds about fitness has been one of the most rewarding parts.
“It was amazing to see, you know certain people would just be like, ‘Man, I don’t think I would’ve done this if you hadn’t been here, and now that I’ve seen kinda what it feels like to sweat and feel good after a workout, I really want to make this a part of my daily routine.’ And that’s really the point, is to help people get into that.”
BMLGMaddie & Tae are turning into California girls this week. On Tuesday, the “Girl in a Country Song” hitmakers debut their new single “Sierra” on The Talk. You can catch the Los Angeles-based show at 2 p.m. ET on CBS.
Then Thursday, they kick off the Life Amplified Tour in Sacramento with Brad Paisley. Tyler Farr also joins Brad and the ladies for the trek.
Warner Music NashvilleNot only does Blake Shelton’s new album include a duet with his boo Gwen Stefani, you’ll also hear the influence of another personality from NBC’s The Voice on the track “Every Time I Hear That Song.”
“It’s not like anything else I’ve ever recorded before and I’ll be totally honest — as hard as it is for me to say this — it’s got a little Adam Levine influence in it,” the superstar from Oklahoma says. “It’s hard to admit. I hope he doesn’t read this because he’d be like, ‘Hahahahahahaha! I’m your hero!’ But melodically it kind of reminds me of something he would do. It’s obviously country, but when people hear the song, they’ll understand what I’m talking about if they’re familiar with his music.”
You can catch Blake and Adam’s weekly good-natured sparring sessions Monday and Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. His new project, If I’m Honest, comes out this Friday.
Capitol NashvilleThe fourth and final video from Dierks Bentley’s series of short films set to songs from his album Black raises more questions than it answers. When we last left the lover’s triangle at the center of the storyline, the cheating girlfriend had run away with her lover, leaving her live-in boyfriend apparently dead in their home. In the latest installment, the remaining two flee to a hotel room — but it’s not clear if their union will survive.
“The final episode of the series actually ends with some questions still to be answered, which is kind of what relationships do… it feels like they are always twisting and turning, and it is really all up for your own interpretation,” Dierks offers. “The album was built around the song ‘Black’… it’s the first song in the album sequence and those three and a half minutes set the rest of the story in motion. It’s really bare and also one of the most intense songs I’ve ever written.”
You be able to hear the rest of the story when Black is released May 27. You can check out the short film set to the title track on YouTube now.
Capitol NashvilleKeithUrban’s eighth studio album not only debuts at the top of Billboard’s country albums chart in the U.S. this week, it’s also number one in his native Australia and in Canada as well. It’s an accomplishment that’s even more significant for the superstar, since the time it took to make the record meant he was already three singles in before its release.
“The 15 months that I spent recording Ripcord was one of the most incredible musical journeys I’ve ever had,” he reflects. “Working with some of the most creative and inspiring musicians to explore and expand my music in the studio was exhilarating. To now see this music connecting with my audience in this way is an extraordinary feeling– it means everything to me.”
Ripcord moved a total of 106,000 units in its first week, enough to finish at number four on Billboard’s all-genre chart. This week, the third single “Wasted Time” becomes Keith’s 36th top ten in a row.
ABC/Image Group LASince Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood have the good-natured camaraderie that comes from having hosted the CMA Awards together eight times, the perpetual jokester couldn’t resist taunting his most-frequent duet partner about his new collaboration with pop star Demi Lovato.
“Hey @CarrieUnderwood I’m singing with @DDLovato on my new song. Jealous?” Brad tweeted.
But it’s hard to get the best of Carrie. “As a matter of fact, I am…I’ve always wanted to sing with Demi Lovato!” she responded.
Brad and Carrie took their duet “Remind Me” to number one in 2011, and they also team up for “High Life” on Brad’s current album. His collaboration with Demi, “Without a Fight,” is the lead single from his next project.
Warner Music NashvilleIt’s one of the perils of the social media age — if you casually reference a pop culture icon, that person may instantly reach out to you. That’s exactly what happened to Brandy Clark, who boasts “Sorry, I ain’t sorry, but I ain’t your Marcia Brady” in her new single “Girl Next Door.” Luckily, the actress who brought the seventies icon to life wasn’t too upset.
“I mean, one of the coolest things that ever happened was Maureen McCormick, who played Marcia Brady, tweeted at me, ‘Hey Brandy Clark, I ain’t no Marcia Brady either,'” the Grammy New Artist of the Year nominee says. “I mean, that was pretty cool, and [she] came to a show in L.A. and we met. I mean, every night — I have shirts that say ‘Ain’t Your Marcia Brady,’ and I feel like I sign an awful lot of those shirts from women of all ages saying, ‘Hey, this is my song!'”
What might be even more surprising is that men seem to relate to the song, too.
“You know, men love it too. I get a lot of men that will tweet videos of themselves singing it to me. I mean women love it because — I think every woman feels like, I think, feels like both those things at some point,” she says of her song’s contrast between the “perfect mess” and the girl in a “perfect dress.” “Somebody tweeted about it being an estrogen anthem. I re-tweeted it, ’cause I was like, ‘Man, who wouldn’t love an estrogen anthem?'”
Brandy’s sophomore album Big Day in a Small Town comes out June 10.
BMLGWith her sophomore solo album, Playing with Fire, just out and her single “Unlove You” climbing the charts, Jennifer Nettles now has a date with your DVR. She’ll start the week Monday morning with an appearance on the Today show, which starts at 7 a.m. on NBC. The Sugarland songstress then will stay up late to chat with with Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live at 11 p.m. ET on Bravo.
On Friday, Jennifer heads to the kitchen with the cast of The Chew. You can check it out at 1:00 p.m. ET on ABC.