Nashville News and Notes for MONDAY

Dolly Parton References Miley Cyrus In "Queen Latifah Show" Rap


Dolly Parton is expanding her musical horizons.  The country legend delivers a rap in a promo for her appearance on "The Queen Latifah Show," in which she references Miley Cyrus.


Dolly's "wrecking balls" comment was just one joke about her ample bosom in her two-minute, 40-second rap.  She also mentions Dollywood, calls the "Duck Dynasty" cast the "Redneck Mafia," and incorporates a bit of "She'll Be Coming 'Round The Mountain" in the performance.  Dolly will be a guest on "The Queen Latifah Show" on Monday.  She's on the show promoting her new Lifetime movie "A Country Christmas Story."  Parton also sings a song from the film, which will have its premiere on November 9th.


Keith Urban, Taylor Swift Up For ARIA Awards


Keith Urban and Taylor Swift are getting awards attention "down under."  The country stars are among the nominees for the 27th annual ARIA Awards, which are Australia's equivalent to the Grammys.  Urban has bids in two categories.  The New Zealand-born star is in the running for Best Live Act and Best Male Artist.  Swift is one of ten acts vying for Best International Artist.  Her competition includes her "Red" tour opening act, Ed Sheeran, as well as Mumford And Sons, Bruno Mars, Pink, and One Direction.  The 27th annual ARIA Awards will take place at the Event Centre at The Star in Sydney, Australia on December 1st.


Carrie Underwood Won't Have Live Audience For "Sound Of Music"


The upcoming TV presentation of "The Sound of Music" will be staged live.  But Carrie Underwood and the rest of the cast won't be performing in a venue full of people.  "The New York Daily News" says NBC is staging the production at a complex in Bethpage, Long Island, not a studio or theater in New York City.  And an NBC official says there'll be "no live audience and no proscenium."  The spokesperson says the show will "look like a film with all the action played live and in sequence."  The rep adds that all of the singing "will be live," but the music will be pre-taped "in order to ensure the best mix of the instruments."  The network official explains that costume and set changes will be done during commercial breaks or "instantaneously during the filming," and "if something goes wrong in the live filming, that’s the way it will be broadcast."


The live TV performance of "The Sound of Music" is scheduled for December 5th.  It'll be the first time since 1957 that network TV has aired a complete live performance of a Broadway show.


Luke Bryan Finds It Easy To Give Back


Luke Bryan says it's important to him to do what he can to help others.  The country star adds that with the support he has -- from both his fans and his crew -- it's not tough for him to play charity shows.

Last week Bryan played a private concert in Augusta, Georgia that supported the Children's Hospital of Georgia.  This facility in particular is special to the singer.  Several years ago one of Luke's sons was battling a stomach condition, and received treatment at the hospital.


Toby Keith Maintains His Independence In Country Music


Toby Keith admits it's getting tougher to get more traditional sounding country songs played on the radio.  The singer tells "Country Weekly" he doesn't mind that the genre is evolving, but he's not going to alter his own style simply to fit in.  He explains that he's hearing "the hip-hop thing" becoming more and more prominent in country songs, which makes him question if that's what he's "gotta do now to have a hit."  But Keith adds that he's "not going to change much" with his own music.  He says that when his own thing "quits working" he'll simply move on, because he's "got other stuff to do."  Toby admits his label staff "really struggled" to get radio stations to play the title track to his latest album, "Hope on the Rocks," which ultimately peaked at number 18 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart.


Chris Young Always Finds Making Records Challenging


Chris Young is now four albums into his career.  But the country star says his previous experience hasn't made the process any easier for him. 


But Young adds that he enjoys being faced with new challenges with each project.  The singer explains that the fun for him comes from entering the studio with "nothing," and coming out with an album.  Chris is currently on the road supporting his latest release, "A.M.," opening shows on Brad Paisley's "Beat This Summer" tour.


Country Stars Feature On "Nashville Lifestyles" Most Beautiful List


Luke Bryan, Kip Moore, and Sheryl Crow are getting acknowledged as some of the most attractive figures in Music City.  The country singers have all made "Nashville Lifestyles" magazine's list of the "25 Most Beautiful People."  Crow is even featured on the cover.  She tells the magazine she's a "very active" person, which helps her stay fit.  Sheryl explains that she'll "do something sporty every day," such as cycling, riding horses, or swimming.  Crow adds that playing the guitar two hours every night gives her "a pretty good arm workout."  Others featured on the list include "Nashville" star Charles Esten and Tiffany Fallon, who's married to Rascal Flatts' Joe Don Rooney.


Taylor Swift Describes Diverse Musical Background


Taylor Swift says the many different types of music she listened to as a child influenced her as a songwriter.  The country-pop superstar explains that her parents have diverse musical tastes, which meant she heard a wide variety of songs in a rather short time span.


Swift says she believes that being exposed to such a musical array is why as she tends to "skip around" in her own music.  Taylor is currently working on material for her next album.  Her upcoming studio project will be the follow up to her 2012 release, "Red."


Carrie Underwood Sets Off Fire Alarm Making Dinner


Carrie Underwood might be one of country music's hottest stars, but the singer generated a different kind of heat over the weekend. says things apparently didn't go exactly as planned as she was preparing a meal Saturday night, which led her to Twitter to extend an apology to anybody she might have disturbed.  Underwood tweeted that she "set off the fire alarm" in her apartment as she was "trying to make dinner."  Carrie also added, "Oops!  Sorry neighbors."  The 30-year old country star has admitted she sometimes struggles in the kitchen, and she's been working on improving her cooking skills.


Country TV Tonight


THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO (NBC) Thomas Rhett is a guest.


Today In Country Music History


Today in 1957, the Elvis Presley film "Jailhouse Rock" premiered.


Today in 1987, the "Hillbilly Deluxe" album by Dwight Yoakam was certified Gold.


Today in 1994, Willie Nelson's "Always On My Mind" album was certified quadruple Platinum.


Today in 1997, Wynonna Judd's album "The Other Side" was released.


Today in 1999, the "Wide Open Spaces" album by the Dixie Chicks was certified for multi-Platinum sales of eight-million.


Today in 2001, Brooks & Dunn, Alan Jackson, Clint Black, George Strait, Martina McBride, Lonestar, Diamond Rio, Tim McGraw, and Trisha Yearwood were among the performers at Nashville's Country Freedom Concert, benefiting the Salvation Army's Disaster Relief Fund.  Meanwhile, Billy Gilman took part in the all-star "United We Stand" concert in Washington, D.C.


Today in 2002, it was revealed that Faith Hill's "Cry" album debuted at number one on "Billboard's" Top Country Albums chart as well as the all-genre "Billboard 200" chart.


Today in 2007, Jo Dee Messina married Chris Deffenbaugh in Nashville.


Today in 2007, The Grand Ole Opry confirmed that Porter Wagoner was battling lung cancer.


Today in 2007, Kid Rock was arrested after allegedly getting into a fight with another customer at a DeKalb County, Georgia Waffle House restaurant.


Today in 2007, Kellie Pickler sang the national anthem before the Dallas Cowboys-Minnesota Vikings football game in Dallas.


Today in 2008, Toby Keith's "She Never Cried In Front Of Me" hit number one on the both the Billboard/R&R and Country Aircheck/Mediabase country singles charts.


Today in 2008, Julianne Hough was sent to the hospital following the "Dancing With the Stars" broadcast with severe stomach pain.  An exam revealed that it wasn't anything serious, and she was treated and released.


Today in 2008, new releases included the music-only version of Kenny Chesney's "Lucky Old Sun," Lee Ann Womack's "Call Me Crazy," Craig Morgan's "That's Why," the compilation "All Aboard: A Tribute To Johnny Cash," and a special holiday edition of Carrie Underwood's "Carnival Ride" featuring five seasonal bonus tracks.  In addition, the book "My Little Girl," based on Tim McGraw's single which the singer co-wrote with author Tom Douglas, arrived in stores.


Today in 2009, Keith Urban's "Only You Can Love Me This Way," hit number one on the country chart.  The song became the singer's eleventh career chart-topper, and the second number one from his latest CD "Defying Gravity," following "Sweet Thing."


Today in 2011, Trace Adkins sang the national anthem at Game Two of baseball's World Series, in which the St. Louis Cardinals were hosting the Texas Rangers.


Today in 2012, Garth Brooks, Connie Smith, and pianist Hargus "Pig" Robbins were officially added to the Country Music Hall of Fame with the annual Medallion Ceremony in Nashville.


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