ABC/Image Group LABrantley Gilbert and his wife Amber are about to be parents again.
People magazine reports that the couple is expecting their second child, a girl. She'll join big brother Barrett Hardy-Clay, who's 16 months old.
Amber and Brantley shared their gender reveal photos with People: They show the couple and Barrett pulling a string on a box above their heads, causing a shower of pink balloons, balls and confetti to rain down on them.
“Oh, I cried!” Brantley tells People about his reaction to the news. "I was so sure it was a boy. I wasn’t ready for it to be a little girl — and man, when it was! I just wanted a healthy, happy baby, but a little girl means a whole other deal.”
“I know I have so much to learn,” he adds. “You even diaper them differently, so I’m gonna be learning a whole lot of stuff from these books Amber reads — and I can’t wait!”
“I am just mush with Barrett,” he admits. “But I’m getting to where I’m okay letting him tough it out. I think a girl is going to be a whole new level of everything, and I’m ready. I already know she’s gonna own me, and that’s okay.”
Brantley says of fatherood, "There's nothing like it, and as great as you think it’s going to be, it doesn’t come close to how it really is. To think it’s happening again is wild.”
Comstock/ThinkstockTen years ago this week, Darius Rucker began a three-week run atop Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart with the second single from his Learn to Live album. Can you name it? ANSWER: "It Won't Be Like This for Long."
Chase Rice has his biggest hit since 2014's "Gonna Wanna Tonight," as "Eyes on You," continues its climb in the top ten this week.
It's the second single from the North Carolina native's Lambs & Lions record, and just like his previous successes, Chase says his fans earmarked "Eyes on You" as a favorite long before everyone else caught on.
"That's kinda been our [modus operandi] from day one," Chase explains. "We've kinda done it backwards, which is a headache, but it creates our thing."
"And there's been two other songs that I've written," Chase continues, "one I wrote and didn't sing on, "Cruise" by FGL. And it was huge and then radio started playing it."
The other was Chase's debut, platinum-selling single from 2013. "The second one was 'Ready Set Roll,'" Chase tells ABC Radio. "It was gold already and then radio started playing it."
"And 'Eyes on You' is no different," he concludes. "It's already just this big song, and now radio's starting to play it. That's huge, though. It'll blow the song up even more, for sure."
This Friday and Saturday, Chase plays two shows at the Grizzly Rose in Denver, Colorado with newcomer Cale Dodds.
ABC/Image Group LAMorgan Evans will take his World Tour to Europe in September, headlining five shows and appearing at The Long Road Festival in the United Kingdom.
It’s a return trip for the international star, who previously played the Country to Country festival in 2018.
In the States, “Day Drunk,” continues to make its way up the chart, after already hitting #1 on both the pop and country rankings in his native Australia. It’s the follow-up to his debut chart-topper in the U.S., “Kiss Somebody.”
Here’s a look at Morgan’s European itinerary, with tickets going on sale this Friday:
9/3 -- Dublin, Ireland, Green Room at The Academy 9/4 -- Glasgow, Scotland, Oran Mor 9/5 -- Liverpool, England, Arts Club Loft 9/6 -- London, England, Borderline 9/7 -- Lutterworth, England, The Long Road Festival 9/9 -- Berlin, Germany, Frannz Club
Mercury NashvilleMaddie & Tae's long-awaited follow-up to their debut, 2015's Start Here, will arrive April 26.
The five-song One Heart to Another EP is just a preview of more music to come.
"This is much more than just a new project for us," Maddie Marlow explains. "It has been our light at the end of tunnel for the past two years. It is about two best friends experiencing the highest of highs, the lowest of lows, and everything in between together."
"We hope our fans hear the vulnerability, heart break, strength, truth and passion we’ve poured into this," Maddie adds. "This is only the beginning."
"The journey to create this project was long, but beautiful,” Tae Dye continues. "We put our heads down and tried to be the best artists we could be. And to us, that looked like writing lyrics from a very honest place and sharing them, with the hopes that someone out in the world feels less alone."
Maddie & Tae are nominated for Duo of the Year April 7 at the ACM Awards in Las Vegas, ahead of their opening stint on Carrie Underwood's Cry Pretty 360 Tour, which starts May 1.
Here's the track listing for One Heart to Another, which comes out April 26:
"Friends Don't" "Die from a Broken Heart" "Tourist in This Town" "One Heart to Another" "New Dog Old Tricks"
Warner Music NashvilleBlake Shelton will unveil the lead single from his next album this Friday. "God's Country" was written by his label mate Devin Dawson, with Michael Hardy, and Jordan Schmidt.
"'God’s Country’ is a song that has a strong and deep meaningful lyric, but at the same time it leaves it up to the listener's interpretation,” Blake explains. “But no matter where you are from or where you’re standing, it is my belief that you’re standing in God’s country."
"It’s really about a state of mind," he adds. "Wherever you’re from and how you feel about that place. For me it’s about being from Oklahoma -- where I was born, raised and still live today.”
Tonight, Brooks & Dunn join Blake as the battle rounds begin on season 16 of The Voice. You can tune in starting at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
Comstock/Thinkstock This Academy Award-winning actress was originally envisioned as the star of the sitcom that became Reba McEntire's hit, Reba, which ran from 2001 to 2007. Can you name her? ANSWER: Sally Field.
ABC/Josh VertucciAmericanIdol’s Hollywood Week kicked off Sunday night with two rounds of cuts, as judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie begin to whittle down the 175 finalists.
First Round The first hour saw the contestants performing brief solos for the judges. Many of the standouts from the audition rounds made it through the first cut. As in past seasons, the judges lined up contestants and did the "When I call your name, step forward/backward" form of eliminations.
Katy Perry was feeling all the feels and showing her love for certain contestants in, um, aggressive ways. Laci Kaye Booth so impressed Katy with her country-tinged rendition of “Natural Woman” that Katy threw her chair right off the judges’ platform.
Next, L.A. standout Alejandro Aranda wowed Katy with his voice and intricate guitar moves on Justin Bieber’s “Sorry,” moving Katy to throw her jacket at him. And when Madison Vandenburg, dubbed “the next Kelly Clarkson” in her audition round, took the stage to sing a -- you guessed it -- Kelly Clarkson song, Katy was so overcome that she ran straight out of the room.
Perhaps the most emotional moment of this round came courtesy of Dimitrius Graham, who FaceTimed his mom, who was about to go into surgery. He sang Bette Midler’s “Wind Beneath My Wings” and Katy broke down in tears pretty much as soon as he started.
Each of these contestants made it through to the next round.
Other standouts who were safe this round: Myra Tran, Margie Mays, Nick Townsend, Walker Burroughs, and Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon.
Some notable nos: Lauren Engle, the woman whose husband died tragically in a car crash, and Peach Martine, the teen Katy jokingly thought was a robot.
Group Round The group round is typically make-or-break for the contestants, as they deal with the stress of working with others while going on little to no sleep. The most common issues this time around: bossy group members, contestants forgetting the lyrics, and some getting sick.
Colby Swift -- who was gifted Luke Bryan’s own boots in the first round -- forgot to the lyrics to Bruno Mars’ “Grenade” and was eliminated, while Wade Cota wrote the lyrics to The Mamas and the Papas’ “California Dreamin’” on his arm and still forgot them, but somehow made it through anyway.
The best group of the night was Unexpected Vibe, which included the legally blind Shayy, Dimitrius Graham, Assata Renay, and William Oliver. When Shayy became frustrated because she couldn’t see the lyrics to memorize them, her group mates rallied around her. They delivered a flawless performance of Backstreet Boys’ “I Want It That Way,” and donned darkened glasses during the performance to simulate how Shayy sees. The gesture of solidarity was enough to move Lionel to tears. Everyone except William made it through the round.
Before the final group of the night could perform, the show ended on a bit of a cliffhanger. One of the group members, Nate Walker, gets so sick that EMTs were called and he was rushed to the hospital. We’ll have to wait until Monday night to find out what happens to Nate and how the group -- ironically named Ain’t Going Home -- performs.
Monday night also marks the Solo Rounds, so tune in to American Idol at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Dan Shay are donating the proceeds from the merch sales at their Thursday night show in Omaha, Nebraska to the American Red Cross, to help with flood recovery in the Midwest.
Alabama's Randy Owen was recently honored with the Heart of an Eagle Award by the Boy Scouts of America at a luncheon in Anniston, Alabama.
Jennifer Nettles premiered her new video for "I Can Do Hard Things" Friday on Today, as she co-hosted the 10 a.m. hour of the show with Hoda Kotb. You can check out the emotional clip on YouTube.
Mickey Guyton's new song, "Hold On," is the latest preview track from the Breakthrough soundtrack. The full album featuring music from the inspirational movie starring Chrissy Metz will be available April 5.
ABC/Craig SjodinEven though Luke Bryan is in his second season of American Idol on ABC, the Georgia native says he's still trying to wrap his mind around the global reach of the show.
"We were doing American Idol liners the other day," he explains, "and I was like, 'Hey, I'm Luke Bryan, and if you're turning in from India,' or 'if you're turning in from Denmark.'"
It's a phenomenon Luke's gotten to witness first-hand as he tours the world.
"I was in Australia and American Idol's all over Australia and stuff like that," he tells ABC Radio. "And I start realizing, you know, it's American Idol, but, you know, people around the globe are seeing my voice and it's really fun."
Right now, fans are waiting to see how Luke will follow up his latest number one, "What Makes You Country."
You can tune in to watch Luke and fellow judges Lionel Richie and Katy Perry tonight, as the Hollywood Rounds continue at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
ABC/Randy HolmesGarth Brooks wore a custom-made Arizona Cardinals jersey Saturday night as he played State Farm Stadium near Phoenix.
During the show, the man whose number he’d been wearing -- #11 wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald -- came onstage to present him with a shirt of his own, according to the Arizona Republic.
This time, the number on the back was 1, signifying that Garth had not only broken the record for attendance at the venue, but for any concert ever in the state of Arizona, selling nearly 78,000 tickets for the night.
As for the show itself, the weather was pleasant enough they were able to open the stadium’s roof, as Garth delivered the set fans demand: his much-loved classics, covers, and a preview of his new album, which will be called Fun.
In addition to his new opener “The Road I’m On” and his top ten hit, “All Day Long,” fans can access two more new tracks via Amazon: his current single, “Stronger Than Me” and a rough mix of the new track “Courage of Love.”
According to the Republic, we can expect Fun to be released in full sometime in June.
ABC/Image Group LAJohn and TJ Osborne must be creatures of the night.
Believe it or not, Brothers Osborne has never performed on national TV during the day, but that’ll soon change on April 2. That’s the day the CMA and ACM Vocal Duo of the Year will make their debut on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
They’ll sing their current hit, “I Don’t Remember Me (Before You),” which is the second single from their sophomore album, Port Saint Joe.
Check your local listings to see when the syndicated show airs in your area.
Academy of Country MusicThe party leading up to the 54th Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas is getting bigger.
Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott, Old Dominion, Cole Swindell, Midland, LOCASH, Deana Carter, Lindsay Ell, and Tenille Townes are joining the lineup for the 7th ACM Party for a Cause. The weekend’s worth of events kicks off Friday, April 5 with ACM Stories, Songs & Stars, and wraps up on Sunday with the Official After Party.
You can find out more at PartyForACause.com. All proceeds go to ACM Lifting Lives, the charitable arm of the Academy.
Tune in to watch the 2019 ACM Awards Sunday, April 7 at 8 p.m. ET, live from MGM Grand Garden Arena on CBS.
Comstock/Thinkstock Thirty-eight years ago this week, Willie Nelson topped the country chart with this heavenly tune. Can you name his hit from the Honeysuckle Rose soundtrack? ANSWER: "Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground."
Jimmie Allen and Scotty McCreery toured together earlier this year on Scotty's Seasons Change trek, but that's far from the only thing the two chart toppers have in common.
Their relationship actually goes all the way back to 2011, the year Scotty won American Idol. It turns out Jimmie was on that season, too.
"I actually haven't watched it probably since the season after I did it," Jimmie confesses. "I did it season ten, I watched season eleven, because everyone that made [the] top forty my year that got sent home with me went back and made top twenty-four."
"Because I remember I got a few calls from people," the "Best Shot" hitmaker continues. "They were like, 'Hey, you know, if you come back this year, you'll probably make top twenty-four.' And I was like, 'Yeah, I'm good.'"
Jimmie admits his interest is heightened now that American Idol has new judges, and a new home on ABC.
"I think I'm gonna check out some of this season," he tells ABC Radio, "just to see the difference and stuff like that. I'm a huge Katy Perry fan. Yeah, and Lionel [Richie] and Luke [Bryan]. I like all of 'em!"
Since Lionel presented the Entertainer of the Year trophy at last year's CMA Awards, he and Jimmie have already come face to face.
I got to meet Lionel, too, at CMAs. I about passed out," he confesses. "I about fainted."
"Like, 'That's Lionel Richie. Like, THE guy! Mr. Commodores himself..." Jimmie laughs.
The Hollywood Rounds begin Sunday night on AmericanIdol, from the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles. You can tune in to watch at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
Meanwhile, Jimmie's second single, "Make Me Want To," is currently making its way up the chart.