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Taylor Swift Among Golden Globe Nominees


Taylor Swift could add yet another award to her collection.  The country-pop superstar is in the running for a Golden Globe Award.  She's up for Best Original Song with "Sweeter Than Fiction," the track she wrote with fun.'s Jack Antonoff for the movie "One Chance."  Her competition includes U2's "Ordinary Love" from the movie "Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom," and Coldplay's "Atlas," from "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," as well as Idina Menzel's "Let It Go" from the animated movie "Frozen" and the "Inside Llewyn Davis" song "Please Mr. Kennedy."  The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards will be presented in a ceremony airing live on NBC Sunday night.


Trace Adkins Added To SeaWorld Cancellations List


Trace Adkins won't be performing at SeaWorld Orlando as planned.  The "Orlando Sentinel" says the country star is the latest artist to pull out of the park's "Bands, Brew, & BBQ" concert series.  He was scheduled to perform at the event on March 2nd.  But a rep for Adkins says "Trace prefers that the focus of his performances be on music, not on controversy."  A number of stars, including Willie Nelson, Trisha Yearwood, and Martina McBride, have also cancelled SeaWorld shows in recent weeks.  The cancellations come in response to an online petition and Facebook campaign sparked by the documentary "Blackfish" about the 2010 incident in which an orca killed a SeaWorld trainer.


Joe Nichols, Wife Heather, Expecting Second Baby Together


Joe Nichols' family continues to grow.  The country star announced Thursday via Twitter that he and his wife Heather are "pregnant again!"  But aside from adding that there's "another baby Nichols on the way in 2014!," the singer gives no indication of the baby's due date.  Last month Nichols told "Country Weekly" that he and Heather wanted more children, and that they were "constantly trying."  Their new bundle of joy will be Joe and Heather's second child together.  They celebrated the birth of their daughter, Dylan River Nichols, in April 2012.  Joe also has a teenage daughter, Ashelyn, from a previous relationship.


Jason Aldean Announces Baseball Stadium Tour


Jason Aldean is teaming up with Major League Baseball to tour stadiums around the country.  Making good on the promise of the surprise announcement he's been teasing all week, the country star made the big reveal on ABC's "Good Morning America" Thursday.


Aldean told "GMA's" Robin Roberts that his "Burn It Down Tour" will play about 50 shows when all is said and done.  The outing will include Florida Georgia Line and Tyler Farr on select dates, which Aldean says will be announced periodically throughout the year.  Teaming up with Major League Baseball holds a special meaning for Aldean who had aspirations of becoming a professional baseball player before turning his focus to country music.  He joked with Roberts that his lack of power behind the bat curtailed his home run dreams. 


Aldean's latest CD is nominated for a Grammy for Best Country Album.  He's also set to perform at the first ever iHeartRadio Country Festival in Austin Texas in March.


Brad Paisley Launching Winter Tour


Brad Paisley is back on the road.  The country star is launching his "Beat This Winter" tour, which also features Chris Young and Danielle Bradbery.  They'll kick off the trek with a show in Pikeville, Kentucky Friday night, and bring the 12-date run to an end in Brad's home state of West Virginia on March 1st.  Paisley's latest road trip is an extension of his 2013 "Beat This Summer" tour in support of his latest album, "Wheelhouse."  The disc features the top ten hits "Southern Comfort Zone" and "Beat This Summer," as well as his current single "The Mona Lisa."


Brad Paisley's "Beat This Winter" Tour Dates


January 10 - Pikeville, Kentucky, at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center

January 11 - Louisville, Kentucky, at the KFC Yum! Center

January 23 - Estero, Florida, at the Germain Arena

January 24 - Tallahassee, Florida, at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center

January 25 - Orlando, Florida, at the Amway Center

February 13 - Uniondale, New York, at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum

February 14 - Uncasville, Connecticut, at the Mohegan Sun Arena

February 15 - Manchester, New Hampshire, at the Verizon Wireless Arena

February 22 - Nashville, Tennessee, at the Bridgestone Arena

February 27 - Fort Wayne, Indiana, at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum

February 28 - Dayton, Ohio, at the Ervin J. Nutter Center

March 1 - Charleston, West Virginia, at the Charleston Civic Center


Lady Antebellum Launching "Take Me Downtown" Tour


Lady Antebellum is finally heading out on their "Take Me Downtown" tour.  The trek marks the country trio's return to the road following their hiatus last year for the arrival of singer's Hillary Scott's baby.  Lady A was originally planning to launch the trek last fall, but the promotion demands for the deluxe edition of their latest CD, "Golden," led to another delay.  However, in a recent video update band members said their show should be worth the wait.  They explained that they've put together a high-energy performance that includes a couple of "big" surprises.  Shows will also feature opening sets from Kacey Musgraves and Kip Moore.  Lady A is launching their "Take Me Downtown" tour in Peoria, Illinois Friday night.


Lady Antebellum's New "Take Me Downtown" Tour Schedule


January 10 - Peoria, Illinois, at the Peoria Civic Center

January 11 - Toledo, Ohio, at the Huntington Center

January 12 - Roanoke, Virginia, at the Roanoke Civic Center

January 18 - Fargo, North Dakota, at the FargoDome

January 19 - Rapid City, South Dakota, at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center

January 23 - Denver, Colorado, at the Pepsi Center

January 24 - Salt Lake City, Utah, at the EnergySolutions Arena

January 25 - Bozeman, Montana, at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse

January 30 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at the Wells Fargo Center

January 31 - Boston, Massachusetts, at TD Garden

February 1 - Uncasville, Connecticut, at the Mohegan Sun Arena

February 7 - Minneapolis, Minnesota, at the Target Center

February 9 - Grand Rapids, Michigan, at the Van Andel Arena

February 13 - St. Louis, Missouri, at the Chaifetz Arena

February 14 - Wichita, Kansas, at the Intrust Bank Arena

February 15 - Kansas City, Missouri, at the Sprint Center

February 21 - Farifax, Virginia, at the Patriot Center

February 22 - Greeneville, South Carolina, at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena

February 26 - Chicago, Illinois, at the Allstate Arena

February 28 - Toronto, Ontario, Canada at the Air Canada Centre

March 1 - London, Ontario, Canada, at the Budweiser Gardens

March 5 - Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, at the MTS Centre

March 6 - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, at the Credit Union Centre

March 7 - Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, at the Rexall Place

March 8 - Calgary, Alberta, Canada, at the Scotiabank Saddledome

March 10 - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, at the Pacific National Exhibition

March 12 - Boise, Idaho, at the Taco Bell Arena

March 14 - Reno, Nevada, at the Reno Events Center

March 15 - Ontario, California, at the Citizens Business Bank Arena

March 16 - Fresno, California, at the Save Mart Center

March 18 - Los Angeles, California, at the Staples Center

March 21 - Las Vegas, Nevada, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center

March 22 - San Diego, California, at the Sleep Train Amphitheater

March 23 - Phoenix, Arizona, at the Ak-Chin Pavilion

March 24 - Phoenix, Arizona, at the US Airways Center

March 27 - Omaha, Nebraska, at the CenturyLink Center Omaha

March 28 - Tulsa, Oklahoma, at the BOK Center

March 29 - Austin, Texas, at the Frank Erwin Center, at the iHeartRadio Country Festival

April 10 - Evansville, Indiana, at the Ford Center

April 11 - Birmingham, Alabama, at the Oak Mountain Amphitheater

April 12 - Atlanta, Georgia, at Aaron's Amphitheater at Lakewood

April 25 - Raleigh, North Carolina, at the Walnut Creek Amphitheater

April 26 - Charlotte, North Carolina, at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

April 27 - Knoxville, Tennessee, at the Thompson-Boling Arena

May 31 - Cleveland, Ohio, at the Blossom Music Center


Eric Church Logs Highest Chart Debut With Latest Single


Eric Church is making his best-ever chart entry with his latest single. says "Give Me Back My Hometown" is making its debut on the Hot Country Songs list at number 39.  The singer's previous best was with "Springsteen," which launched its chart run at number 43.  That song went all the way to number one, topping the chart for two weeks in June 2012.  "Give Me Back My Hometown" is the second single from Church's upcoming album, "The Outsiders."  It's following the title track, which peaked at number six on the chart.  Church will release "The Outsiders" on February 11th.


Dierks Bentley Offering A Mix On "Riser"


Dierks Bentley says fans will likely notice a familiarity to his new album.  The country star explains that listeners should recognize a common thread connecting "Riser" to some of his previous work.


And Dierks promises that "Riser" contains upbeat material as well.  He says the songs "Drunk on a Plane," "Summer On Fire," and "Pretty Girls Drinking Tall Boys" are "definitely" tracks that were "made for consuming a cold beer."  Bentley's "Riser," which also features his current single, "I Hold On," is due in stores on February 25th.


Everly Brothers' Sales Surge Following Phil Everly's Death


The death of the Everly Brothers' Phil Everly has sparked a sales surge of the duo's music. says at the end of the sales week Sunday -- two days after Phil passed away -- Everly Brothers album purchases were up 455-percent over the previous week.  The 1964 hits collection "The Very Best of the Everly Brothers" was the best-selling album.  It's debuting on the Country Catalog Albums chart at number eight with two-thousand copies sold.  "All I Have To Do Is Dream" was the top-selling Everly Brothers single.  Its four-thousand downloads reflects a boost of 490-percent.  The song also accounts for roughly 22-percent of the Everly Brothers' 18-thousand total song purchases, which is a 696-percent increase.


Kacey Musgraves Says Grammy Nominated Song Inspired By Life


Kacey Musgraves' hit "Merry Go 'Round" accounts for one of the country star's four Grammy nominations.  The singer admits the song was inspired by her own life growing up in a small Texas town.  But she says the feelings she expresses don't exclusively apply to those living in rural communities.


Musgraves adds that the song addresses the dangers of complacency, which can happen to anyone living anywhere.  "Merry Go 'Round" is one of two songs Musgraves co-wrote that are in the running for Best Country Song.  She's also up for Best Country Album with her major-label debut, "Same Trailer Different Park," and the all-genre Best New Artist award.  "Merry Go 'Round" is also among the songs included in the upcoming "2014 Grammy Nominees" compilation album, which will arrive in stores on January 21st.  The 56th annual Grammy Awards will air live from Los Angeles on CBS on January 26th.


Lucy Hale, Rachel Bradshaw Named "Artists To Watch"


Actress Lucy Hale just might be poised for a successful music career as well.  The "Pretty Little Liars" star is among the country newcomers on's "Artists To Watch" list for 2014.  She recently released her debut single, "You Sound Good To Me," which "Billboard" says is "a sure bet to get some attention."  Rachel Bradshaw is also on the list.  The daughter of Football Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw is currently best known as Jerrod Niemann's duet partner on "What Do You Want."  Rachel also co-wrote Jerrod's top ten hit, and played the part of the girlfriend in the song's video.  But "Billboard" is predicting that Rachel will "make a leap into the performing spotlight" this year.


Others on this year's list include the duo Dan + Shay, Charlie Montague, and Natalie Stovall and The Drive.  If any of these newcomers become breakout stars this year they'll be following in the footsteps of Kacey Musgraves and Ashley Monroe, who were on the Billboard "Artists To Watch" list for 2013.'s list of the "Ten Artists To Watch In 2014" (in alphabetical order)


Tyler Barham

Rachel Bradshaw

Ryan Broshear

Dan + Shay

Lucy Hale

GB Leighton

Parker Milsap

Charlie Montague

Kaylee Rutland

Natalie Stovall and The Drive


Fatherhood Not Cropping Up Yet In Eli Young Band Music


Even though the Eli Young Band's Mike Eli and Jon Jones are now fathers, they say the life-changing experience hasn't influenced their songs yet.  But Mike explains that doesn't mean he's not inspired by his little girl.


Mike adds that his 18-month-old daughter is already familiar with the group's music.  He explains that when his wife was pregnant she would play Eli Young Band songs to their child through belly buds.  Mike says whenever he sings one of those songs now, his daughter looks over to him "like she knows it."


The Eli Young Band has a new album on the way.  The group will release "10,000 Towns" on March 4th.  The new disc features the band's latest hit, "Drunk Last Night."


Country Stars To Honor Gregg Allman At Tribute Concert


Vince Gill, Eric Church, and Martina McBride are among the stars showing their respect for a Southern rock legend.  The country singers are just a few of the many artists on board for the tribute concert "All My Friends: Celebrating the Songs & Voice of Gregg Allman."  The event is being staged at Atlanta's Fox Theater Friday night.  Trace Adkins and Brantley Gilbert are also slated to take part in the show, along with Train's Pat Monahan,  Jackson Browne, Dr. John, Natalie Cole, and others -- including Gregg's own Allman Brothers Band.  "All My Friends" is sold out.  But show producer Keith Wortman tells the event will be taped for an AXS TV special slated to air in May, and a CD/DVD release is also planned.


Alabama Signs New Management Deal


Alabama is making plans for the future.  The country group has signed on with Tony Conway's Ontourage Management.  And band members say they're happy with their new deal.  In a joint statement, Randy Owen, Jeff Cook, and Teddy Gentry explain that they've known Conway for 30 years, and believe Alabama is "a natural fit" with his company.  They add that they want to continue recording and performing, and they're confident that will happen with Conway's assistance.  With the deal now in place, Alabama is expected to make an announcement about new music and tour dates soon.


Today In Country Music History


Today In 1948, a 13-years-old Loretta Webb married Oliver "Mooney" Lynn.  Mooney and Loretta Lynn remained married until his death in 1996.


Today in 1950, Hank Williams Sr. recorded his first songs as Luke the Drifter.  The albums recorded under this name had more of a gospel leaning and included recitations from the Country Music Hall of Famer.


Today in 1956, Elvis Presley recorded "Heartbreak Hotel" in Nashville.  It was his first studio session for RCA Records.


Today in 1958, the single "Great Balls Of Fire" by Jerry Lee Lewis hit number one on the UK pop singles chart.


Today in 1982, The Oak Ridge Boys released the single "Bobbie Sue."


Today in 1991, the governor of Ohio commuted the prison sentence of Johnny Paycheck to time served.  He had been imprisoned after being convicted in a 1985 barroom shooting that left one man seriously wounded.


Today in 1991, Clint Black became a member of the Grand Ole Opry.


Today in 1992, Tracy Lawrence scored his first number one hit when his debut single, "Sticks and Stones," topped the country charts.


Today in 1998, Martina McBride was number one on the Billboard country chart with "A Broken Wing."


Today in 2004, Angel's House, an emergency shelter for children in Alan Jackson's hometown of Newnan, Georgia, was officially dedicated.  Alan and his wife Denise played a major role in generating interest in the facility and raising funds for it.


Today in 2005, the city council in Rincon, Georgia, approved a sign at the city limits proclaiming the community as the hometown of Billy Currington.


Today in 2006, Tim McGraw was named Favorite Male Performer at the People's Choice Awards in Los Angeles.


Today in 2006, Jack Ingram's album "Live - Wherever You Are" and BR549's CD "Dog Days" were among the new releases, while Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel" was reissued to mark the 50th anniversary of the day the singer began recording sessions for the track.


Today in 2006, Alan Jackson's "Remember When" was certified as a Platinum-selling digital single.


Today in 2007, Sara Evans performed "You'll Always Be My Baby" on ABC's "Good Morning America" to promote her upcoming tour, which began two days later.


Today in 2007, Jake Owens song "Yee Haw" is played for the second time in the television series "Friday Night Lights."


Today in 2008, George Strait's album "22  More Hits" is certified Gold by the Recording Association of America.


Today in 2009, Taylor Swift was the musical guest on NBC's "Saturday Night Live."  Her appearance included performances of "Love Story" and "Forever And Always."


Today in 2010, John Rich became a dad, as he and his wife, Joan, celebrated the birth of their first child, son Cash Rich, in Nashville.


Today in 2013, Keith Urban was a nominee at the Critics' Choice Awards for the song "For You," his contribution to the movie "Act Of Valor," but the award went to Adele's James Bond theme, "Skyfall."


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