Kenny Chesney "Shocked" By Riley Cooper Video
Kenny Chesney says he's "as shocked as anyone" over the Riley Cooper video. The Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver was captured on film at Chesney's Philadelphia concert in June using the N-word while spouting off a threat against African-Americans at the show. Chesney tells ESPN he finds Cooper's language "not only unacceptable" but "hateful beyond words." The country superstar says he invites players from teams in every city he visits, but admits he doesn't know "everything about every player" who comes to his shows. Cooper was at the concert as Chesney's guest to join him in singing his football anthem "Boys Of Fall." Cooper made his offensive remark off-stage.
The singer also says it "isn't fair" to judge all NFL players or Kenny Chesney fans on "one loud mouth." He says he's found football players to be among the most inspiring and generous people he's met. Chesney adds that Cooper's behavior "doesn't reflect" his attitude or that of his band or his crew, explaining that his music is "about living life, loving life, and loving everybody -- no matter who they are."
Keith Urban "Thrilled" To Be Returning To "Idol"
Keith Urban is expressing his happiness over resuming his run on "American Idol." The country star tweets that he's "thrilled to be back" on the Fox reality show for the upcoming 13th season with his "pal @RyanSeacrest." He adds that he's "dying to know who the other judges will be!!!!" Fox Entertainment Chairman Kevin Reilly announced Thursday that Keith would be back at the "Idol" judges table. The singer is the only returning judge from "Idol's" 12th season. Reilly also confirmed that "Idol" is in talks with Jennifer Lopez, who served as a judge on the 10th and 11th seasons.
Vince Gill Doesn't Object To Reality TV Music Competitions
Vince Gill says he's fine with reality shows like "American Idol" and "The Voice." He adds that he'd have no problem appearing on them, and suspects early country legends would have loved such performance opportunities.
Gill says TV showcases for emerging talent have been around for decades, citing "Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts" and "The Ed Sullivan Show" -- which both debuted in 1948 -- as examples. He explains that there have always been people eager to discover and present new talent to the American public. Vince adds that he's glad country music is represented in the current crop of music reality shows.
"Voice" Winner Danielle Bradbery Juggling New Career With High School
New country star Danielle Bradbery admits she can't just return to her pre-"Voice" way of life following her win on the NBC reality show. The 17-year-old singer says she's been keeping up with her studies through the Internet, which might be the way she ends up finishing high school.
Danielle adds that she's glad online schooling is an option. She explains that it's designed for students who travel, which describes her life right now. Bradbery is on a radio tour promoting her debut single, "Heart Of Dixie."
Florida Georgia Line Set New Chart Record With "Cruise"
Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise" now sits alone with the record for the most cumulative weeks at number on the "Billboard" Hot Country Songs chart. The duo's hit single continues its reign for a 17th consecutive week, which brings the song's total to 22 weeks at number one. Three other songs have previously tallied 21 weeks at the top since the chart began in January 1944. Eddy Arnold's "I'll Hold You In My Heart (Till I Can Hold You In My Arms)" was the first back in 1947 and '48, when the chart was based solely on jukebox plays. Hank Snow also reached the 21-week mark in 1950 with "I'm Moving On" and Webb Pierce achieved the accomplishment in 1955 with "In The Jailhouse Now," when the chart was based on jukebox and radio airplay along with sales. Now, "Billboard" uses paid downloads, streaming data, and other statistics along with radio airplay to determine a song's chart placement.
"Cruise's" record-setting chart run has also been fueled by the duo's collaborative remix with Nelly. After logging five weeks at number one in December and January, "Cruise" had fallen to number 13 when Florida Georgia Line reissued the remix, which sent the song "cruising" back up the chart.
Brett Eldredge Credits Taylor Swift For Springboarding His Career
Brett Eldredge says he owes Taylor Swift a debt of gratitude. The country star has been an opener at select shows on Swift's "Red" tour this year. He tells Billboard.com he's not only learned a lot from Taylor, but she's given him opportunities he'd never have had otherwise. Brett explains that Swift "deals with her crowd and connects with them" in a way he's never seen before, and she has them completely captivated. He adds that Swift's endorsement has led thousands of her fans to give his songs a listen, and as a result his music is "starting to take off."
Eldredge also says Taylor was "very cool" to him as her opener. He explains that she did little things like write him a birthday card and talk with him before he went on the stage, and he'll "always thank her for that." Brett will release his first album, "Bring You Back," next week. The 12-song set features his debut single, 2010's "Raymond," as well as his current hit "Don't Ya."
Kellie Pickler Wants To Take Up Ballet
Kellie Pickler isn't ready to stop dancing. With a win on "Dancing With the Stars" to her credit, the country singer says she's eager to add to her dancing skills set. She tells "Parade" magazine she wants "to learn ballet so badly" she "can't stand it." Kellie says she's "been looking into finding a dance instructor for ballet," and she's hoping she'll eventually "be able to train with someone." Kellie adds that she'd "love to do a ballet routine" in one of her music videos.
Pickler tapped her TV dance partner Derek Hough to choreograph and perform with her in the video to her latest single, "Someone Somewhere Tonight." The singer says it was "really neat" to combine her longtime passion for singing with her newfound passion for dancing in her work. "Someone Somewhere Tonight" is from Pickler's upcoming fourth studio album, which is expected to be released this fall.
Country Stars At Watershed, WE Fest, Lollapalooza This Weekend
Luke Bryan is the opening night headliner for the 2013 Watershed Music Festival, which gets under way today in George, Washington. He caps off a lineup that also features Thompson Square, Terri Clark, and Drake White, Clark will perform again on Saturday, along with Shooter Jennings, Kip Moore, and others, before Toby Keith wraps up the night. Brad Paisley will close out the festival on Sunday following performances from Chris Young, Lee Brice, Neal McCoy, and others.
Keith Urban, Gary Allan, and Little Big Town are some of today's performers at the WE Fest in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. Carrie Underwood and Darius Rucker are also part of the lineup for the three-day event, which began Thursday. Eric Church was the opening night headliner. He's now headed to Chicago for Lollapalooza. The country star is a day-two performer at that event, along with Court Yard Hounds, Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real, Mumford and Sons, and The Lumineers. And fans can check out their performances online. The festival will be webcast at Lollapalooza.com.
Lee Brice Planning Fall Headlining Tour
Lee Brice is following his run as Brad Paisley's opener with a headlining trek of his own. The country star will launch "The Otherside" tour with a show in Boston on October 10th. So far he has seven confirmed stops for the 15-date road trip, including appearances in Silver Spring, Maryland; Detroit; and Indianapolis. He'll also visit Cleveland and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina before playing his finale in Orlando on November 30th. Tyler Farr and Chris Lane are on board as openers at select shows.
Brice is also getting his fans involved in this trek. He'll bring radio contest winners to the stage to be his backing vocalists on his current hit, "Parking Lot Party," and find his opener in each city through a local talent contest. Lee will also give those performers a private mentoring session.
Confirmed dates for Lee Brice's "The Otherside" tour follow:
October 10 - Boston, Massachusetts, at the House of Blues
October 11 - Silver Spring, Maryland, at The Fillmore
November 1 - Detroit, Michigan, at The Fillmore
November 2 - Indianapolis, Indiana, at the Egyptian Room
November 21 - Cleveland, Ohio, at the House of Blues
November 29 - North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, at the House of Blues
November 30 - Orlando, Florida, at the House of Blues
Country Newcomer Chase Rice Announces First Headlining Tour
Emerging country star Chase Rice is stepping into the spotlight. The singer, who co-wrote Florida Georgia Line's chart-topping hit "Cruise," will be hitting the road this fall on his first headlining tour. Chase will kick off the 17-date "Ready Set Roll" trek with a show in Cincinnati, Ohio on October 3rd, and wrap up the run at the House of Blues in Los Angeles on November 30th. Tickets are on sale now.
Chase is currently promoting his single "How She Rolls," which is from his second CD "Dirt Road Communion." He also has dates scheduled throughout the rest of the summer. Rice will launch this weekend's Watershed Music Festival in George, Washington with his performance Friday afternoon. His full schedule is posted at ChaseRice.com.
Chase Rice "Ready Set Roll" Tour Dates
October 3 - Cincinnati, Ohio, at Bogart's
October 4 - Washington, DC, at The FIllmore Silver Spring
October 11 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at Xfinity Live!
October 12 - New York, New York, at the Gramercy Theater
October 17 - Cleveland, Ohio, at the House of Blues
October 18 - Indianapolis, Indiana, at the Deluxe at the Old National Center
October 19 - Detroit, Michigan, at St. Andrews Hall
October 20 - Chicago, Illinois, at the House of Blues
October 26 - Minneapolis, Minnesota, at The Varsity Theater
November 8 - Charlotte, North Carolina, at The Fillmore
November 9 - Orlando, Florida, at the House of Blues
November 21 - Houston, Texas, at the House of Blues
November 22 - New Orleans, Louisiana, at the House of Blues
November 23 - Dallas, Texas, at the House of Blues
November 27 - San Diego, California, at the House of Blues
November 29 - Anaheim, California, at the House of Blues
November 30 - Los Angeles, California, at the House of Blues
Kenny Chesney Nostalgia Plays Big Role In Current SIngle
Kenny Chesney says his current single taps into people's sense of nostalgia. The country star explains that "When I See This Bar" is about the memories and realizations that come with seeing a place that was once so important but is now part of the past.
Chesney says he wrote the song from personal experience about a bar he used to frequent in the Virgin Islands. "When I See This Bar" is on Kenny's most recent CD, "Life on a Rock." The singer is supporting the disc with his "No Shoes Nation" tour, which will be in Atlanta on Saturday.
Today in Country Music History
Today in 1969, the single "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love To Town" by Kenny Rogers & The First Edition peaked at number six on the pop singles chart.
Today in 1980, Johnny Lee's single "Lookin' For Love" entered the Top 40 chart.
Today in 1988, Restless Heart's "Big Dreams In A Small Town," Dwight Yoakam's "Buenos Noches From A Lonely Room," and The Judds' "Greatest Hits" album were among the new releases.
Today in 1990, Garth Brooks' self-titled debut album was certified Gold.
Today in 1991, George Strait's "Beyond The Blue Neon" album was certified Platinum.
Today in 1994, the Tractors' self-titled debut album was released.
Today in 2000, the felony charges filed against Tim McGraw in connection with the infamous "horse incident" in Buffalo were dropped. Since he and Kenny Chesney still faced a variety of misdemeanor charges, the case eventually went to trial and the pair was completely exonerated.
Today in 2000, Keith Urban made history when he became the first Australian male country artist to earn a U.S. Top Ten country single with "Your Everything."
Today in 2000, Trace Adkins and Charlie Daniels appeared in an episode of TNN's "18 Wheels of Justice."
Today in 2005, Faith Hill's "Fireflies," The Warren Brothers' "Barely Famous Hits," the "Legend" compilations on Johnny Cash and Hank Williams, and "Keep On the Sunny Side: June Carter Cash - Her Life" were among the new CDs arriving in stores.
Today in 2006, Alan Jackson performed a special private benefit show at Nashville's Grand Ole Opy House in support of a Hendersonville, Tennessee firefighter whose wife suffered paralyzing injuries while protecting their children as a tornado destroyed their house.
Today in 2006, Freddy Fender announced that he had incurable lung cancer.
Today in 2006, Alabama, Glen Campbell and DeFord Bailey were announced as the latest inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Today in 2006, Sara Evans made an appearance on Sean Hannity's West Coast Freedom Concert.
Today in 2006, Johnny Cash's "American V: A Hundred Highways" and the soundtrack to the Disney animated movie "Cars," which features songs by Brad Paisley and Rascal Flatts, were certified Gold.
Today in 2008, Dierks Bentley was among the performers at the Lollapalloza festival in Chicago.
Today in 2008, Alan Jackson's "Good Time" hit number one on the Billboard country singles chart.
Today in 2010, Jimmy Wayne flew back to Nashville after spending the previous seven months walking to Phoenix to launch his "Meet Me Halfway" campaign to help homeless teens and young adults -- and especially the current and former foster kids who make up a disproportionate number of their ranks.
Today in 2010, the video for Kenny Chesney's "The Boys of Fall" had its premiere on ESPN and ESPN.com. The full, eight-minute clip debuted online, while an edited, four-minute version of the video was featured during "SportsCenter."
Today in 2011, new releases included Trace Adkins' album "Proud To Be Here" and the DVD "Soul Surfer," which features Carrie Underwood in her first film as an actress.
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