Nashville News and Notes for THURSDAY

Keith Urban's "GMA" Video Preview Postponed


Keith Urban fans are having to wait a little bit longer to see a "Little Bit Of Everything."  The country star's new video was supposed to debut Wednesday on after a preview of the clip aired on "Good Morning America."  But Urban's segment was bumped by coverage of Britain's new Royal Baby.  However, ABC's morning show is expected to present the "first look" of the video on Thursday.  The clip is also scheduled to become available Thursday on VEVO and on the singer's mobile app.


"Little Bit Of Everything" is the lead-off single from Urban's upcoming album, "Fuse."  The disc is due in stores on September 10th.  It's Keith's first studio project in three years, following his 2010 release, "Get Closer."


Dierks Bentley To Co-Host "The View" On Friday


Dierks Bentley is adding another stop to his already busy schedule.  The country star is set to join the ladies of "The View" on Friday as a guest co-host.  Dierks will also introduce his latest single by giving the song's debut performance on the show.  The singer is currently on his "Locked & Reloaded" tour with Miranda Lambert, and following his appearance on "The View" he'll meet up with Lambert for a show in Philadelphia Friday night.  Bentley is gearing up for the release of his next album, "Riser," which is due later this year.  "The View" airs on ABC weekday mornings at 11:00 a.m. Eastern.


Kris Kristofferson Signs On For Season Three Of TV's "Troubadour, TX"


Kris Kristofferson is lending his talents to the music reality series "Troubadour, TX."  The country legend is slated to host a segment of the weekly show, in which he'll reflect on his life as a singer-songwriter and the influence of Texas music and performers, and give his "unique perspective into the challenging journey of artists."  In addition, Kristofferson will be the focus of a special hour-long episode of the show.  Kris will begin his run on "Troubadour, TX" with the launch of the show's third season in September.


"Troubadour, TX" offers a showcase of established and aspiring country singers and other artists who "live the dream of a career in music."  Jack Ingram, Ray Wylie Hubbard, and Wade Bowen are some of the performers who've been featured on the show.  A list of stations carrying the show is posted on the "Troubadour, TX" website, which also has a number of episodes available for viewing.


Martina McBride's "Team Martina" Helping In Fight Against Breast Cancer


Martina McBride is applauding her fans for their fundraising efforts.  The country star recently joined members of the "Team Martina" volunteer group in awarding Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center a "Martina McBride Breast Cancer Research Grant."  "Team Martina" presented the 40-thousand-550-dollar check to the Nashville medical facility in memory of team member Taira Baughman, who died of the disease earlier this year.  Taira is among those featured in Martina's 2011 video "I'm Gonna Love You Through It."


Florida Georgia Line Ties Most Weeks At Number One Record


Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise" appears to be on cruise control, and is marking its record-tying 21st week at number one on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.  The duo's hit is only the fourth single to log the accomplishment since the chart originated back in 1944, and it's the first to spend a total of 21 weeks at number one since Webb Pierce's "In the Jailhouse Now" back in 1955.  But acknowledges that the success of "Cruise" on the chart is due in part from a change in the way the publication calculates the weekly rankings.  Last fall "Billboard" began including paid downloads, streaming data, and other statistics along with traditional radio airplay impressions to determine a song's chart placement.  "Cruise" also enjoyed a resurgence with the April release of Florida Georgia Line's collaborative remix of the song featuring Nelly.


In addition to the Florida Georgia Line and Webb Pierce hit, Hank Snow and Eddy Arnold have also had songs top the chart for a total of 21 weeks.  Snow did it in 1950 and '51 with "I'm Moving On," and Arnold was the first in 1947 and '48 with "I'll Hold You In My Heart (Till I Can Hold You In My Arms)."


Florida Georgia Line Has Tough Time Defining Their Sound


Florida Georgia Line's Brian Kelley admits the duo's material isn't traditional country.  But he says their songs seem to appeal to country music fans, and adds that he's a country fan, too.


Kelley says he and musical partner Tyler Hubbard wanted Florida Georgia Line to be distinctive, and they've worked hard to carve out their own "niche" with a sound that's fresh and unique to them.  And it appears that the duo's music not only has appeal but staying power.  Florida Georgia Line's debut single, "Cruise," has been at number one on the Billboard Hot Country Songs since April -- which marked the third time the song topped the chart since its release last August.  The duo's second single, "Get Your Shine On," also went to number one.  And their latest hit, "Round Here," is currently perched at number eight and still rising.


Band Perry Enjoying Summer Concerts


The Band Perry really enjoys performing at this time of year.  Reid, Kimberly, and Neil Perry explain that the audience gets really worked up at the group's warm weather gigs.


Kimberly Perry adds that she simply loves summer in general.  She describes herself as "the foodie of the bunch," and summer is the season for hot dogs, cheeseburgers, and grilling on the barbecue.  And the singer can have it all with the group's next performance, at the Cheyenne Frontier Days in Cheyenne, Wyoming.  Kimberly will have a lot of edible options, including samples from the Chuckwagon Cookoff, something from the Indian Village, and more typical Midway fare, before The Band Perry takes the stage with Rascal Flatts Thursday night.


Jake Owen Learning To Perform In Stadiums On Aldean Tour


Jake Owen admits it's tougher to connect with the audience in a stadium than it is in a small theater.  But the country singer says the ultimate goal is the same -- regardless of the size of the venue.


Jake is getting stadium experience opening shows on Jason Aldean's "Night Train" tour.  He'll be warming up the crowd for Jason at the Cheyenne Frontier Days in Cheyenne, Wyoming on Friday.  But Jake is tonight's headliner at the Buffalo County Fair in Kearney, Nebraska.  Kip Moore is also on the bill.


Country Birthdays Include


Marty Brown is 48.


Today in Country Music History


Today in 1981, "Elvira" by Oak Ridge Boys peaked at number five on the pop singles chart.


Today in 1989, Keith Whitley's album "Don't Close Your Eyes" was certified Gold.


Today in 1993, Willie Nelson announced he'd donate money from his next three concerts to Midwest flood relief.


Today in 1995, Charlie Rich died in his sleep in a Hammond, Louisiana motel.  The cause of death was listed as a blood clot in a lung.  He was 62.


Today in 1995, Doug Stone had surgery to remove a benign polyp in his nasal passage at a Nashville hospital.


Today in 1997, Martina McBride debuted her new single "Broken Wing" on the Grand Ole Opry with a special guest.  Her father, Daryl Schiff, joined her on the stage.


Today in 1997, "Elvis Presley's Memphis" -- the first restaurant to bear The King's name -- opened for business at 126 Beale Street in Memphis.


Today in 1998, Alan Jackson logged the highest chart debut of his career to date with "I'll Go On Loving You," from his CD "High Mileage," which debuted at number 35 on the Billboard country chart.


Today in 2000, Lee Ann Womack topped the charts with her single "I Hope You Dance" for the fifth consecutive week.


Today in 2000, Aaron Tippin's album "People Like Us" arrived in stores.


Today in 2001, the acts on Brooks & Dunn's inaugural "Neon Circus & Wild West Show" ruled the country singles charts.  Brooks & Dunn's single "Only in America" was at number ten, Keith Urban's "Where the Blacktop Ends" held on to the number six spot, and Toby Keith's "I'm Just Talkin' About Tonight" was perched at number five.  Montgomery Gentry's "She Couldn't Change Me" was enjoying its third consecutive week at number two.


Today in 2001, Sara Evans' "Born to Fly" album was certified Platinum.


Today in 2006, Jo Dee Messina participated in Tennessee Titans receiver Drew Bennet's annual Celebrity Wheelchair Basketbrawl Game & Concert.  The charity event took place at Allen Arena on the campus of David Lipscomb College in Nashville.


Today in 2006, new releases included Jake Owen's debut, "Startin' With Me," which boasts the hits "Yee Haw" and the title track; and Raul Malo's "You're Only Lonely," which features a guest appearance from Martina McBride.


Today in 2007, Mindy McCready was arrested at Nashville International Airport for a probation violation.  The singer was returning to Tennessee from Florida, where she had been arrested several days earlier following a fight with her mother.  The probation violation stemmed from the Florida arrest.


Today in 2007, Grand Ole Opry member Porter Wagoner along with Marty Stuart were guests on CBS' "The Late Show With David Letterman."


Today in 2007, Big & Rich celebrated their first number one single, "Lost In This Moment," with a party in Nashville.  The song was also the duo's first multiple week chart topper.


Today in 2007, Taylor Swift's self-titled debut album reached number one on the Billboard Country Albums chart.


Today in 2008, Gretchen Wilson unveiled a new organization geared toward helping control obesity.  "Country Bands Together" helps friends and families of people who are overweight understand how to talk to their loved ones about their problem.


Today in 2009, Alan Jackson's headline performance at AquaPalooza in Lake Martin, Alabama drew four-thousand boats and 35-thousand people, setting the attendance record for any single event on a lake.


Today in 2012, Taylor Swift's cat, Meredith, took the top spot in E! Online's "100 Best Things in Pop Culture" list.


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