Nashville News and Notes for FRIDAY

Taylor Swift Up For Two VMAs This Weekend


Taylor Swift has a chance to nab a few more MTV Video Music Awards this weekend.  The country-pop superstar's hit "I Knew You Were Trouble" is in the running for a pair of Moonman trophies at Sunday night's ceremony in Brooklyn.  Swift is the lone female nominee in the Video of the Year category, where she'll face off against Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Bruno Mars, Robin Thicke, and Justin Timberlake.  "I Knew You Were Trouble" also earned a nod in the Best Female Video category along with hits from Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Pink, and Rihanna.  Swift -- who is also slated to present an award this year -- will learn her fate when the winners are announced on Sunday.  The 2013 Video Music Awards will air on MTV starting at 9:00 p.m. Eastern.


Here are some of this year's VMA nominees:


Video of the Year:


Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (feat. Wanz), "Thrift Shop"

Bruno Mars, "Locked Out of Heaven"

Taylor Swift, "I Knew You Were Trouble"

Robin Thicke (feat. T.I. and Pharrell), "Blurred Lines"

Justin Timberlake, "Mirrors"


Best Female Video:


Miley Cyrus, "We Can't Stop"

Demi Lovato, "Heart Attack"

Pink (feat. Nate Ruess), "Just Give Me a Reason"

Rihanna (feat. Mikky Ekko), "Stay"

Taylor Swift, "I Knew You Were Trouble"


Luke Bryan Expected To Stay At No. 1 On Billboard 200


Luke Bryan will likely be spending more time at the top of the Billboard 200 next week.  "Billboard" doesn't have specific sales numbers for his new album "Crash My Party's" second frame, but they say it should move enough copies to best next week's biggest debut, John Mayer's "Paradise Valley."  Bryan's fourth studio effort bowed at number one this week with almost 528-thousand copies sold.  The impressive figure gave Bryan the third biggest debut of the year behind only Justin Timberlake and Jay Z.


Garth, Trisha Possible Tour in the Works


Fans of Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks may soon get a double dose of the famous husband and wife.  During an appearance on “CBS This Morning” Thursday, Trisha said a joint album and tour are in the works.  She says she's really looking forward to working with her husband.  Garth has talked for a long time about doing an album with Trisha.  She toured with him early in his career.


Trisha also says she would like a chance to work on Broadway.  Garth has said he would help her achieve that goal after his daughters were grown. Two of his girls, Taylor and August, are now over 18.  Allie, his youngest, is now 17.  Trisha has also been in the studio with Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson.  The three recorded one song.  Trisha said that was all the three plan to do together at the moment.


Keith Urban Announces More "Fuse" Tour Dates


Keith Urban's "Fuse" won't be going out anytime soon.  The country superstar is still in the midst of the first leg of his "Light the Fuse Tour," but he's already announced plans for a third leg that will keep him busy through February 1st.  The new dates -- which will also feature Little Big Town and Dustin Lynch -- start January 9th in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  They'll follow his second round of arena shows scheduled to get under way in October.  But in the meantime, fans can catch Urban playing his latest outdoor venue in St. Louis on Friday.  All this road activity serves to promote Kieth's eighth studio album, "Fuse," which is due out September 10th.


The third leg of Kieth Urban's Light the Fuse Tour:


1/9 -- Grand Rapids, MI -- Van Andel Arena

1/10 -- Chicago, IL -- United Center

1/11 -- Minneapolis, MN -- Target Center

1/15 -- Vancouver, BC -- Rogers Arena

1/17 -- Calgary, AB -- Saddledome

1/18 -- Edmonton, AB -- Rexall Place

1/20 -- Winnipeg, MB -- MTS Centre

1/23 -- London, ON -- Budweiser Gardens

1/24 -- Toronto, ON -- Air Canada Centre

1/29 -- New York, NY -- Madison Square Garden

1/31 -- Knoxville, TN -- Thompson-Boling Arena

2/1 -- Nashville, TN -- Bridgestone Arena


Carrie Underwood Is a Million-Air


Carrie Underwood is officially a million-air. BMI presented Carrie with its Million-Air award for the public performance of three of her songs during a reception at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville.  “Mama’s Song” and “Good Girl” both have been played one million times each and “All-American Girl” has garnered two million performances.  The award is given to songwriters, composers and publishers whose songs have reached one million or more U.S. broadcast performances. Others who are in the Million-Air category include Dolly Parton, Sir Paul McCartney and Roy Orbison.


Justin Moore Will Perform at University of Arkansas


Justin Moore says there is no better place to be on a Friday night than in his home state performing for University of Arkansas Razorback fans.  The singer will do just that on September 13th as part of the university’s Family Weekend.  Justin says it's cool to be able to marry two things that he loves - country music and Arkansas Razorback football.  The singer will perform a free public concert at the University of Arkansas at 7:00 p.m.  The show coincides with the release of Justin’s new album, “Off the Beaten Path,” which will be out a few days later on September 17th.  Moore has promised to stay after the show to sign autographs and pose for pictures with fans.


Additionally, Justin and the Razorbacks have teamed up to offer customized merchandise.  Fans can purchase an exclusive package of the limited edition CD and an official Razorback branded Justin Moore teeshirt.


Scotty McCreery Wants to be Regular Guy on Campus


Scotty McCreery doesn’t want to be treated any differently than other students at North Carolina State University this fall.  The “American Idol” winner returns to campus as a sophomore this year.  While he could take online courses and be out on the road playing his music, Scotty prefers to experience campus life and only go out for concert dates on the weekend.

Students might find it hard to treat Scotty as anything other than a celebrity this weekend, however. The singer will perform Saturday at Welcome Week festivities at the school.


Scotty recently announced that he was extending his fall tour through November. His ticket sales have been great, and the singer is overwhelmed.  He says to sell out shows as a new artist is really amazing to him.


Ricky Skaggs Says Today’s Country Different from His Country


Ricky Skaggs acknowledges that his brand of country music in the 1980’s was different from what George Jones or Flatt & Scruggs played before him.  He admitted to the “Roanoke Times” that today’s artists are not singing the kind of music he performed either.  The singer goes on to say that the difference is that he was honoring the traditions of the music.  He feels that today’s newcomers are more rock oriented, playing what he calls an “American Idol” style of country.  Ricky's quick to add that he's not running the new artists down, however.  He says he wants to be their friend.  He would like to be a positive influence on them, and be there for them if they need him.  Skaggs says he would hope to be an influence musically as well as offer advice on the spiritual side.


Hunter Hayes is one of the up-and-comers who has asked Ricky for advice. The two have a lot in common, as both Ricky and Hunter are multi-instrumentalists who came into the business at a young age.


Steve Wariner to be Featured in “Nancy” Comic Strip


Steve Wariner says his upcoming inclusion in the popular “Nancy” comic strip is one of the coolest things that has happened in his career.  The singer and the Grand Ole Opry will both be featured in this coming Sunday’s edition of the daily cartoon.  "Nancy" illustrator and writer Guy Gilchrist is a country music fan.  From time to time he includes entertainers or Nashville in the strip.  In the past, Gilchrist has had Charlie  Daniels, Taylor Swift and George Jones interact with Nancy.


Guy will present the original art from the strip to Steve on October 6th as part of the Grand Ole Opry’s 88th Birthday Bash weekend.  Steve has a new album, “It Ain’t All Bad,” coming out on September 10th.  It is his first non-instrumental album in more than eight years.


Tim McGraw Mixes Past, Present With New Single


Tim McGraw is combining the past and the present on his new single, "Southern Girl."  He explains that while the track does sound modern, it also reminds him of something that might have been released a few decades ago.


Tim says another thing he loves about the tune is the lead break, which he says takes the listener to an "unexpected place."  "Southern Girl" is the fourth single off of Tim’s latest album, "Two Lanes of Freedom."


Kip Moore Says Next Album Will Be Different


Kip Moore says he's proud of his debut album "Up All Night," but he's looking forward to showing fans what he can do on his sophomore effort.  He warns it may not be exactly what they're expecting.


Kip explains that he likes to keep people guessing when it comes to his music. And he explains that the new songs will have different subject matter because he's gone through different experiences in the past four years compared with the ones he had prior to his first project.


In the meantime, Moore continues to tour with Toby Keith while also doing a handful of his own headlining shows.  His next gig will take place Friday night in Syracuse, New York.


Henningsens Wrap Tour Stint With Brad Paisley This Weekend


The Henningsens will end their gig as opening act for Brad Paisley's "Beat This Summer" tour this weekend. The trio says they've had a wonderful summer on the road with the singer, and Clara Henningsen says the trek was an amazing learning experience.


Brian Henningsen adds that one of the cool things about traveling across the country with Brad is that he’s been able to get in some sightseeing along the way.  He says they've seen everything from a Civil War battlefield in Manassas, Virginia to the Rocky Mountains in Denver, Colorado.  The family group will play their final night with Paisley on Saturday in San Bernardino, California.


Country Birthdays Include


Former Trick Pony member Ira Dean is 45.


Today in Country Music History


Today in 1969, "A Boy Named Sue," which was recorded at Folsom Prison by Johnny Cash, peaked at number two on the pop singles chart and topped the country charts.


Today in 1972, the "Happiest Girl In The Whole U.S.A" single by Donna Fargo was certified Gold.


Today in 1991, "Brand New Man," the debut single by Brooks and Dunn, went to number one.


Today in 1993, Brad Paisley moved to Nashville.


Today in 1994, the "When Fallen Angels Fly" album by Patty Loveless was released.


Today in 1997, Kenny Chesney was number one on the charts with "She's Got It All."


Today in 1998, the single "I'm Alright" by Jo Dee Messina was the number one song on the charts.


Today in 2000, Eric Heatherly got all kinds of TV time.  His "Swimming In Champagne" video made its debut on CMT's "Delivery Room," while he was in New York City for an appearance on the Fox News Channel's "Fox & Friends."  That night he performed at the legendary Rodeo Bar.


Today in 2001, it was announced that after a four-year absence George Strait, the most requested entertainer at RodeoHouston, would return to headline at the March 3rd, 2002, concert.


Today in 2005, Barbara Mandrell was honored for her qualities of patriotism, love of country, and support of America's service members throughout the years as the first recipient of the American Legion Auxiliary Lifetime Achievement Award.


Today in 2005, Trick Pony's "R.I.D.E." and Sawyer Brown's "Mission Temple Fireworks Stand" were among the new albums arriving in stores.


Today in 2006, Mindy McCready announced that she wanted to withdraw her earlier guilty plea to a probation violation, and seek a new trial in Davidson County, Tennessee.  McCready was expected to be sentenced in another county for probation violation, however the sentencing was delayed after her attorney provided new evidence. 


Today in 2006, John Michael Montgomery made a deal to resolve a DUI case against him in Lexington, Kentucky.  He entered an Alford plea, which means he didn't admit guilt but acknowledged that prosecutors had enough evidence to convict him.  He also agreed to complete an alcohol education program, paid 663-dollars in fines and court costs, and had his driver's license suspended until he completed the program.


Today in 2007, Wynonna Judd gave a surprise performance in Cheyenne, Wyoming for volunteers who took part in the "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" build for a local family.


Today in 2007, Montgomery Gentry celebrated the chart-topping success of their hit "Lucky Man" with a party in Nashville.


Today in 2007, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Lady Antebellum, and Luke Bryan took part in the inaugural "Pub Crawl" concert series in Nashville.


Today in 2008, reps for Dolly Parton were denying reports that the singer had died of congestive heart failure.  The singer's public relations agent Pete Owens said he thought the rumor began a day earlier, after her passing was erroneously announced at a Knoxville, Tennessee high school football game.  He didn't know how the announcers received the misinformation.


Today in 2008, Keith Urban returned to the U.S. following his first trip to Australia as a dad, during which he and wife Nicole Kidman introduced their baby Sunday Rose to the rest of her family.


Today in 2009, Garth Brooks received the Leadership Music Dale Franklin Award along with his longtime producer Allen Reynolds and former record executive Jim Fogelsong, who signed Brooks to Capitol Records at the Leadership Music gala in Nashville.


Today in 2010, Blake Shelton served as the guest co-host with Hoda Kotb for the final hour of NBC's "Today."


Today in 2011, Glen Campbell and his wife Kim Woollen spoke with ABC News in their first TV interview after announcing that Glen was battling Alzheimer's Disease.


Today in 2011, new releases included Pistol Annies' debut, "Hell On Heels."


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