Comstock/ThinkstockFourteen years ago this week, this Oklahoma native won season four of American Idol, performing Martina McBride's "Independence Day" and singing "Bless the Broken Road" with Rascal Flatts during the finale. Can you name her? ANSWER: Carrie Underwood.
Broken BowWhen Jason Aldean sets out on his Ride All Night Tour on Saturday, he'll have a very special guest along: his one-year-old son.
"Memphis is going out this weekend, and he's never really seen a show," Jason explains. "He usually is in bed by the time we play..."
"But, you know, I'll be able to bring him out for soundcheck," he explains. "And I think it's cool just to have them grow up around it, for sure."
Things were much different, however, for Jason's older daughters, 16-year-old Keeley and 11-year-old Kendyl.
"My eleven-year-old," he recalls, "she was born and two days later, I left on tour with Rascal Flatts. I don't think I came home for a month."
"So it was a lot of that kind of stuff," he adds. "It was the early part of my career. I mean, I was gone 250, 280 days a year."
"You know, I'm fortunate enough now to be at a place where I can kind of dictate how much I'm out and make sure I'm at home a little more," Jason points out. "I have the ability to be able to take them on the road with me if I want. The early days, I didn't. It was twelve of us on a bus."
"You know it's just a whole different deal for me these days. But I love it," he smiles.
On Wednesday, the ACM Entertainer of the Decade celebrated his latest number one, "Girl Like You," with a party at Diskin Cider in Nashville.
On Saturday, Jason plays Durant, Oklahoma, before heading to Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Sunday.
Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockCarly Pearce, Tyler Rich, and Filmore have been added to Rodney Atkins' Music City Gives Back show June 3 at Ascend Park in Nashville. Carly's fiance, Michael Ray, is set to close the show, which raises money for the W.O. Smith Music School.
Singer/songwriter Elvie Shane is the latest artist to join the roster at BBR Music Group, home to Jason Aldean, Dustin Lynch, LOCASH, and others.
If you missed Chris Janson doing "Good Vibes" on Live with Kelly and Ryan, you can check out his performance online.
Kellie Pickler guests on The Talk on Thursday, which starts at 2 p.m. ET on CBS.
ABC/Mark Levine Chris Stapleton surprised the crowd at New York City’s Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night, showing up to sing his new duet “Love Me Anyway” during Pink’s concert.
The pop star started the intimate ballad onstage in a flood of spotlights with only a piano and a couple string players. Later, the audience erupted in applause as the CMA Male Vocalist of the Year walked on to harmonize with her.
After the song was over, Pink hugged Chris and fell to the floor in mock worship as he exited.
“One of my absolute favorite songwriters, favorite voice, and person. Chris Stapleton,” Pink wrote on Instagram following the performance. “What an absolute honor to share a stage with you my friend.”
You’ll find “Love Me Anyway” on Pink’s new Hurts 2B Human album. You can check out fan video of the Madison Square Garden performance on YouTube now.
Broken BowJimmie Allen’s new video for “Make Me Want To” starts with an elderly woman giving him a magic wand to repay an act of kindness. From there, the unpredictable plot only thickens in the clip designed to show off the singer's “quirky side.”
“I’m a huge fan of Disney, Harry Potter and The Notebook,” Jimmie tells CMT. “I wanted to create a video that showcased my love for all three.”
Along the way, the “Best Shot” hitmaker magically changes his living situation and his wheels, and even finds love in a juice bar.
And Jimmie warns there’s more on the way.
“Enjoy Chapter 1!” he teases. “This is the first of a five-part music video collection.”
“Thanks to everyone for going on this journey with me and stay tuned for more!” he adds.
“Make Me Want To” is the second single from Jimmie’s Mercury Lane album. You can check out the new video on YouTube now.
Capitol NashvilleCarrie Underwood’s not the only one taking advantage of her tricked-out mobile gym on the Cry Pretty Tour: her husband, former hockey player Mike Fisher is using it to work out, too.
The “Southbound” singer shared a photo of the two getting their fitness on in the gym-on-wheels on Wednesday, adding the caption, “Better together!”
She also included the hashtag #StayThePath, which appears to be written on the trailer’s floor. In the picture, Carrie’s on the ground combining a plank with some arm and back work, while Mike’s standing in the background doing some dumbbell curls.
In addition to plenty of free weights, a treadmill, and an elliptical machine, the mobile gym is also trimmed in pink neon, one of the signature colors of Carrie’s Cry Pretty album and tour.
Right now, Carrie, Maddie & Tae, and Runaway June are in the middle of a run in Mike’s native Canada. They’ll play Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on Friday, before heading for Winnipeg, Manitoba on Sunday.
River House Artists/Columbia NashvilleLuke Combs is on the verge of having the most successful country album of the 21st century, according to Billboard.
So far, his debut record, This One’s for You, has spent 35 non-consecutive weeks at the pinnacle of Billboard’s Top Country Albums ranking. That means he’s tied with the O Brother Where Art Thou? soundtrack from 2000 and Taylor Swift’s Fearless from 2008 for the most weeks at #1 since the turn of the century. One more week, and Luke can claim the title.
If you go back to the beginning of the chart in 1964, Luke, Taylor and the O Brother tunes rank fifth overall for their time at the top. Shania Twain has the most weeks at #1 on this particular tally, logging 50 weeks with 1997’s Come On Over.
Luke’s new EP, The Prequel, comes out June 7 and features his latest hit, “Beer Never Broke My Heart.”
Trae Patton/NBCNow that Blake Shelton has wrapped season 16 of The Voice, he's ready to put on his red nose.
The "God's Country" hitmaker will perform on NBC’s fifth annual Red Nose Day Special on Thursday, along with his fellow Voice coaches Kelly Clarkson and John Legend, Sting, Josh Groban, and more.
Look for This Is Us stars Milo Ventimiglia and Chrissy Metz, Julia Roberts, Connie Britton, and other big names on the fundraiser that works to end childhood poverty.
You can also expect the mini-sequel to 1994's Four Weddings and a Funeral during the two-hour show, which starts at 8 p.m. ET Thursday on NBC. Titled One Red Nose Day and a Wedding, it features Hugh Grant, Andie McDowell, and Kristin Scott Thomas from the original cast, as well as a cameo by pop superstar Sam Smith.
Kelly Clarkson will also be on a special Red Nose Day edition of Hollywood Game Night, which follows at 10 p.m. ET. Jennifer Garner, Sean Hayes, and more will also join in the fun with host Jane Lynch.
Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockTen years ago this week, the third single from Sugarland's Love on the Inside album topped Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart. Can you name it? ANSWER: "It Happens."
Trae Patton/NBCMaelynJarmon, the New York City waitress with perfect pitch, despite being deaf in one ear, ended her fairy-tale run Tuesday night by being crowned winner of season 16 of The Voice.
Jarmon's coach, John Legend, notched a victory in his debut season on the show, adding a The Voice championship to his EGOT status.
Maelyn, 26 and born in Frisco, Texas, finished ahead of three country artists on coach Blake Shelton's team. Twenty-five-year-old Louisiana native Gyth Rigdon was runner-up. Soulful Alabama country singer Dexter Roberts, 27, and 22-year-old Texas native Andrew Sevener finished in third and fourth places, respectively.
Coaches Kelly Clarkson and Adam Levine had no team members remaining in the competition.
During the two-hour finale, each finalist performed with an acclaimed musical guest. The show began with Andrew joining Travis Tritt to perform Tritt's song "T-R-O-U-B-L-E." Maelyn performed an immaculate duet of "Angel" with Sarah Mclachlan; Dexter sang "That's Country Bro" with Toby Keith; and Gyth stood proudly alongside Darius Rucker to sing the Hootie & the Blowfish song "Hold My Hand."
Previously eliminated artists also returned to perform group medleys. Mari teamed up with Kim Cherry for a brash version of Lizzo's "Good as Hell," which then switched into Bobby Brown's "My Prerogative," performed by Domenic Haynes, Jej Vinson, Kalvin Jarvis, LB Crew and Shawn Sounds. Later, Celia Babini, Betsy Ade, Lisa Ramey and Presley Tennant performed a rocking version of Stevie Nicks' "Edge of Seventeen."
The musical lineup for the finale was star-studded from beginning to end. The Jonas Brothers performed their new single, "Cool"; former The Voice advisor Khalid performed "Talk"; OneRepublic delivered their new song, "Rescue Me"; Hootie & the Blowfish hit the Voice stage once again to perform "Let Her Cry"; BTS delivered "Boy with Love"; Halsey performed a gripping version of her new song, "Nightmare"; and Taylor Swift claimed the stage at the end with her new hit, "Me," featuring Brendon Urie.
The Voice has already been renewed for season 17, with the current coaches all scheduled to return.
Big Machine Even though it's only been out since Friday, Lady Antebellum's "What If I Never Get Over You" is already at #25 on Billboard's Country Airplay chart.
Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley, and Dave Haywood all agree part of the reason is probably because it calls to mind their 2009 smash, "Need You Now."
"To me," Dave explains, "this song just stands out so much because it asks so many great questions that are unanswered. What if time doesn't do what it's supposed to do? What if I never get over you?"
"I think we've all been there," he continues, "and I think that's what's always been so powerful about 'Need You Now.'"
"I mean, that song is actually around ten years old this year, which is crazy," he points out. "But, it went around the world to me because it just related to everybody."
While all three members of Lady A are co-writers on "Need You Now," that's not the case with "What If I Never Get Over You."
"I'm always like, 'Damn it, we didn't write it!'" Dave admits. "But man, when we hear a great song, at this point in our career, when it's a great song, a great song just wins no matter what," he says, as Charles and Hillary agree.
"And somehow this one feels like something we wrote more than some of the other ones we have written, and I don't know why," Dave observes. "But there's something beautiful about it to me that tells both sides of the story."
"What If I Never Get Over You" is Lady A's first single since leaving their longtime label, Capitol Nashville, last year. It's also the lead release from their forthcoming debut album for Big Machine.
Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockChris Janson is set to sing his new hit, "Good Vibes," Wednesday on Live with Kelly and Ryan. You can catch the syndicated show after Good Morning America on most ABC stations.
Frankie Ballard will host an intimate Fan Hang on Thursday, June 6 during CMA Fest in Music City. You can find out more about the event at Warner Music Nashville online.
Tracy Lawrence, Eric Paslay, Liz Rose, and Heather Morgan will play a special edition of the CMA Songwriters Series on Wednesday, June 5 at the CMA Theater inside the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum the week of CMA Fest in Nashville.
You can check out the new animated music video for Ronnie Milsap and Dolly Parton's duet version of "Smoky Mountain Rain" on YouTube now. The collaboration is the new single from Ronnie's The Duets album.
ABC/Image Group LAKacey Musgraves’ new exhibit titled “All of the Colors” will open at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on July 2.
The Nashville exhibit traces the life of the Texas native, including everything from a high school detention notice for causing “continuous classroom disruption” to the manuscript for “Slow Burn” from her CMA-and-Grammy-winning Golden Hour album.
“I absolutely adore the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum,” Kacey says, “and it’s a privilege to have them curate an exhibit that will showcase pieces from moments all the way back to my childhood that are very special to me.”
The display will also feature the satin dress Kacey wore to the 2014 Grammys, as well as the western-themed Versace pantsuit she sported at last year’s CMA Awards.
Kacey Musgraves: All of the Colors is set to run through June 7 of next year.
Columbia NashvilleMaren Morris is a happier, healthier “Girl” these days, after working on both her body and her mind, she reveals in the article that accompanies her June cover of Women’s Health magazine.
In addition to watching what she eats and working out with Carrie Underwood’s trainer Erin Oprea, the Texas native has also given up smoking.
“It used to be such a stress reliever,” Maren admits. Ultimately, she realized the cigarettes were affecting her vocals.
“It’s a gift to sing well and make people emotional, so I don’t take it for granted,” she explains.
Even though she’s a Grammy-winner who’s currently headlining her own world tour, Maren still battles her nerves as she prepares to face a crowd.
“It’s stage fright. Some parts of it never go away,” she tells Women’s Health. “When I get out there and relax into it, I’m fine.”
Maren also confesses Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga’s recent version of A Star is Born resonated so much with her -- and her husband, fellow singer/songwriter Ryan Hurd -- she decided to talk to someone about it.
“I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I had to go to therapy,” Maren says candidly. “Not the substance abuse part, but there were things that happened to [Lady Gaga’s] character that happened to me.”
“That movie rocked us both,” she continues. “We were like, ‘We can never end up like this. Cool?’”
You can read more in the June issue of Women’s Health, which hits newsstands May 28.
The title track of Maren’s sophomore album, Girl, is currently only one spot away from country’s top ten.
MCA NashvilleFor someone who’s officially retired from touring, George Strait continues to work plenty these days.
In fact, demand to see the Country Music Hall of Famer in Kansas City, Missouri next year is so great, he’s adding another show. The second concert at Sprint Center will be Sunday, January 26, following his previously-announced Saturday set. Tickets for the new date go on sale Friday, May 31.
Still to come this year for King George: stops in Columbus, Ohio; Foxborough, Massachusetts; and Fort Worth, Texas; along with his continuing series of shows at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Fans are sure to hear his latest hit, “Every Little Honky Tonk Bar,” which is currently in country’s top twenty.
Right now, "Up Down" hitmaker Morgan Wallen has one of the most recognizable haircuts in country music, as he rocks a 2019 update on the classic mullet.
The East Tennessee native says you can thank his dad for his "business in the front, party in the back" style.
"I started doing it because I was looking at my mom and dad's photo album," Morgan explains. "And whenever they got married, my dad had a mullet."
"So me and him pretty much look identical, you know, if you go and put pictures of us at the same point in our life [side by side], we pretty much look the same. So I thought he looked good, so I figured maybe I could do it too," Morgan laughs.
While Morgan was ready to make the mullet cool again, few people in his camp agreed.
"I don't think anyone thought so," Morgan admits. "Because at my label, my management, I told 'em I'm gettin' a mullet, and they're like, 'No, no, no, no. Please don't. Please don't. Please don't.'"
"But I did it anyway, and now it's, like, part of my brand, kinda, you know. It's like a thing," he smiles.
All in all, Morgan says the response has been positive, though he was prepared to deal with the haters.
"Honestly, I expected that. I expected people to kind of give it to me," he tells ABC Radio. "But, honestly, it's just been mostly support, which is cool."
"I mean, I get a couple people, you know, like 'I can't believe this guy's got a mullet. What's he thinking?' you know. But other than that, it's just cool."
Right now, Morgan's latest hit, "Whiskey Glasses," is at #3, with a good shot at becoming his second #1.
Warner NashvilleThis week, “God’s Country” becomes Blake Shelton’s fourteenth career number one on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, though it's only been out eight weeks.
It’s his first since “Sure Be Cool If You Did,” which spent five weeks atop the tally in 2013.
“Honestly, I wasn’t even looking for songs or to go in the studio,” Blake tells Billboard, “but my producer called me one day and said, ‘I’ve got a few songs you need to listen to,’ and ‘God’s Country’ was the first one that he played.”
“And man, it stopped me in my tracks,” he continues. “I called him and said, ‘We’ve got to record this now.’ I love the song and think it really fills a spot musically that’s missing in country music right now, and I’m so glad fans like it as much as I do.”
This week, “God’s Country” is also #10 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart, making it Blake’s thirty-second career top ten on that ranking.