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Keith Urban Pleased To Be Playing NFL Kickoff Concert


Keith Urban says he's become a big football fan since moving to the U.S.  The country star also admits that living in Nashville has turned him into a "passionate" Tennessee Titans supporter.  He adds that he's excited about taking part in tonight's launch of the new football season and continuing his association with the NFL.


Keith will treat viewers to a mix of hits and new material from his upcoming album, "Fuse," with his performance from a floating stage in Baltimore's Inner Harbor for the "NFL Kickoff 2013 Presented By Pepsi."  The special concert event will air live on NBC and the NFL Network on tonight at 7:30 p.m. Eastern, prior to the Baltimore Ravens-Denver Broncos game in Denver.


Gretchen Wilson Contributing To ESPN's Fall NASCAR Coverage


Gretchen Wilson is teaming up with ESPN for the sports network's coverage of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.  The country star has been tapped to narrate customized openings for the coverage of the ten races.  She'll also appear in the teasers, and her music will be featured in the broadcasts.  The first race to feature Wilson's opening will air on ESPN on September 15th.


Gretchen says she's excited about the partnership.  She explains that many of her fans are also NASCAR fans, and she's "honored to be a part of this great American tradition."  Wilson adds that she's also a racing fan.  She says she fell in love with the sport as a child through her uncle, who operated dirt tracks in the St. Louis area.  Gretchen recalls that he would let her "clean the mud out of the wheel wells with a two-by-four," and she felt like she was "part of the pit crew."


Taylor Swift Entered Into In Guinness World Record Book


Taylor Swift is getting some new recognition.  According to "Digital Spy," the country-pop superstar has received two entries in the 2014 Guinness World Record Book.  Her hit single "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" now has the title of the fastest-selling digital single ever.  It reached number one on the iTunes chart in only 50 minutes.  Taylor also became the first solo female artist to have spent two-million weeks on U.S. album charts since tracking of sales began in 1991.  The 2014 Guinness World Record Book is out on September 12th.


But this isn't the first time Taylor has been entered into the Guinness Book.  She was also included in the 2012 edition of the reference book.  Taylor was recognized back then for having the Fastest Selling Digital Album by a Female Artist with "Speak Now," and for logging the  Most Simultaneous U.S. Hot 100 Hits by a Female Artist."


Luke Bryan Explains His, Jason Aldean's Matching Tattoos


Luke Bryan admits he and Jason Aldean have matching tattoos, but says that's not the full story.  The country star explains that the tattoo is connected to the TV show "Buck Commander," which he and Aldean own along with "Duck Dynasty's" Willie Robertson and baseball stars Adam LaRoche, Ryan Langerhans, and Tom Martin.


"Buck Commander," which is now in its fourth season, airs on the Outdoor Channel.  A new episode of the hunting reality show is coming up this Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. Eastern.


Jo Dee Messina Releases Debut Single From Kickstarter Album


Jo Dee Messina says she knows her core fans will like her new album, because "they picked every song" for the record.  The country star tells her next studio effort was a collaboration with her audience.  She explains that she would "put little snippets of demos or live performances up on Twitter, Facebook, or YouTube, and let people decide thumbs up or thumbs down."  Messina says to select her new single she put the two most popular songs up to a vote, and "Peace Sign" got the nod.  She adds that fans even chose the title track to her upcoming disc -- song called "Me" -- which she'll honor even though she thinks it makes her sound "so conceited."


Jo Dee developed "Me" through a Kickstarter campaign, which enabled fans to play an active role in the project.  She'll be releasing the album on her own Dreambound label.  The singer admits it's "scary" to be putting out music without the backing of a big record company.  But she says she has "some good friends out there," and she's hoping they'll support her song.  Messina adds that it feels "great" to have control over her music and career.  "Peace Sign" is available now as a digital single.


Krystal Keith Releasing Debut Single


Toby Keith's daughter is officially launching her country music career.  Krystal Keith's debut single is "Get Your Redneck On."


While fans got their initial introduction to Krystal through "Daddy Dance With Me," a song she wrote as a surprise for Toby at her wedding, "Get Your Redneck On" is the new country singer's first official release.  The Track will be on Krystal's upcoming debut album, "Whiskey & Lace."


Chris Young Not Abandoning Love Songs With "A.M."


Chris Young admits he's doing things a little differently by choosing the upbeat "Aw Naw" as the lead-off single to his upcoming album.  But the country star says he hasn't abandoned the love song, which has become a signature for him.


Young adds that he thinks it's important for singers to have a diverse body of material.  He explains that an artist has to "be able to do a bunch of stuff" in order to sustain a long career.  "Aw Naw" is the first release from Young's new album, "A.M.," which will be in stores on September 17th.


Tyler Farr Is September's NRA Country Artist Of The Month


Tyler Farr is being recognized for his love of the outdoors and his support for the troops.  He's been tapped as September's NRA Country Artist Of The Month.  Tyler says music and the outdoors are "fundamental parts" of who he is.  The singer adds that he'll "never take for granted" that in the U.S. "you have the freedom to fight for what you believe in and the ability to do what you love for a living."  With country music as his chosen profession, Tyler is currently gearing up for the release of his debut album, "Redneck Crazy," which will hit stores September 30th.  He'll also hit the road with Florida Georgia Line in October.


Bill Engvall Part Of Upcoming "Dancing With The Stars" Cast


Bill Engvall is looking to follow in Kellie Pickler's footsteps.  The country comedian is among the 12 celebrities who'll be demonstrating their talents on the ballroom floor on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars."  Engvall's competition includes "Rhoda" star Valerie Harper, who's perhaps this season's highest-profile contender.  Back in March the 74-year-old actress had announced that she was battling brain cancer, and was told she had only a few months left to live.  Others taking part in the show this time around include "Jersey Shore's" Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne's son Jack Osbourne, Bill Nye the Science Guy, and NFL star Keyshawn Johnson.  The new season of "Dancing With the Stars" gets under way on ABC on September 16th.


Pickler is the most recent "Dancing With the Stars" champ.  She earned the show's mirrorball trophy back in May.


Country TV Tonight


NFL KICKOFF 2013 PRESENTED BY PEPSI (NBC, NFL) Keith Urban plays a special hour-long concert to help launch the 2013-2014 football season.


Country Birthdays Include


The Tractors drummer Jamie Oldaker is 62.  He's also worked with numerous rock and country stars, including The Bellamy Brothers, Asleep at the Wheel, Eric Clapton, Bob Seger, and Ace Frehley.


Today in Country Music History


Today in 1935, Gene Autry's first western feature, "Tumbling Tumbleweeds," was released.


Today in 1956, Johnny Cash debuted on the charts with "I Walk The Line."


Today in 1958, The Country Music Association was founded in Nashville.


Today in 1981, "Fancy Free" by the Oak Ridge Boys topped the country charts, while "(There's) No Getting Over Me" by Ronnie Milsap peaked at number five on the pop singles chart.


Today in 1989, the "Reba McEntire Live" album was released.


Today in 1997, Alan Jackson's "There Goes" topped the "Radio & Records" country chart.


Today in 1998, Brooks & Dunn topped the Billboard chart with the single "How Long Gone."


Today in 2000, Alan Jackson's "It Must Be Love" pushed Lonestar's "What About Now" out of the number one spot on the country charts.


Today in 2001, LeAnn Rimes joined Don Henley, Courtney Love and others at a hearing before members of the California State Senate in Sacramento, as lawmakers examine California statutes governing record deals.


Today in 2001, it was announced that was the highest grossing country tour of 2001 belonged to Tim McGraw.  His 43-city jaunt, "Tim McGraw On Tour," also included Kenny Chesney and Mark Collie.


Today in 2001, Tim McGraw was in Nashville celebrating the success of his number one single, "Grown Men Don't Cry," while Toby Keith's album "Pull My Chain" debuted at number one on the country album charts.


Today in 2003, "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere," Alan Jackson's hit duet with Jimmy Buffett, spent its sixth week at number-one on the "Radio & Records" country chart.


Today in 2006, new releases included Mark Chesnutt's "Heard It In A Love Song," Aaron Tippin's "Now and Then," and Billy Gilman's self-titled effort.


Today in 2007, Big & Rich's John Rich and Asleep at the Wheel's Ray Benson were among the performers who participated in Grammys on the Hill, an event to inform members of Congress about the importance of music in everyday life.


Today in 2010, Billy Gillman was among the celebrities who took part in the 45th annual Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Association Telethon.


Today in 2010, Keith Urban celebrated Father's Day with his then-only child Sunday Rose.  September 5th is when Urban's native New Zealand and Australia mark the holiday.  He chose against celebrating on the American holiday three months earlier because it fell on wife Nicole Kidman's birthday.


Today in 2012, Jason Aldean and Lady Antebellum took part in announcing the nominees for the 46th annual CMA Awards.  Eric Church was the top nominee, earning bids in five categories.  Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton each earned for nominations.


Today in 2012, Luke Bryan made his first appearance on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon."


Today in 2012, singer-songwriter Joe South, who penned Lynn Anderson's signature hit "(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden," died at his Atlanta-area home.  He was 72.



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