Services Coming Up For Late Country Legend Ray Price
Services are in the works for the late Country Music Hall of Famer Ray Price. Veteran disc jockey Bill Mack says in a Facebook post that a tribute to Ray will take place Saturday at the
Dwight Yoakam's Plane Makes Emergency Landing
After celebrating a Canadian woman's good fortune, Dwight Yoakam was celebrating his own. TMZ.com says the country star was returning to the
Craig Morgan To Perform On Fox News'
Craig Morgan is helping to brighten up the holiday season for some
A&E Suspends "Duck Dynasty" Star Over Anti-Gay Comments
A&E is putting "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson on indefinite hiatus. The move follows Robertson's graphic anti-gay comments in an interview with "GQ" magazine. In a statement released Wednesday, the cable network said it was "extremely disappointed to have read" Robertson's comments in the magazine. A&E says his remarks are based on his own personal beliefs and in no way reflect those of A&E Networks, which it says "has always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community." The network also said Robertson's views are not reflected in its hit series "Duck Dynasty."
In the interview with "GQ," Robertson equates same sex relationships to bestiality, calling it one of society's greatest sins and paraphrased quotes from the Bible to support his remarks. The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation quickly called on A&E to condemn Robertson's statements.
Taylor Swift Tops "Glamour" Style "Do" List
Taylor Swift is getting new attention for her sense of style. The country-pop superstar is taking the top spot on "Glamour" magazine's "Do" list for her overall look, including fashion, hair, and makeup. The publication praises her as a member of the "next generation of style icons," saying she's "traded in her boing-y curls and matchy cardigan-dress sets for Bardot waves and metallic minis." "Glamour" says her look when she launched her career was charming and appropriate for a 16-year-old girl. But now -- at 24 -- as
The "Do" list is in the January issue of "Glamour."
Jennifer Nettles Says Upcoming Album Has "Carole King Vibe"
Jennifer Nettles admits her upcoming solo debut reflects her early musical influences. The country star says there's one artist in particular who has really inspired her work.
Nettles adds that one track on the album, "This Song Is For You" has an undeniable "Carole King vibe" to it. The Sugarland frontwoman will release her first solo album next month. "That Girl" will arrive in stores on January 14th.
Garth Brooks Drops A Notch On Billboard 200
Sales of Garth Brooks' new box set are on the rise. But last week's increase wasn't enough to keep the top spot on the Billboard 200 for another week. Beyonce's surprise self-titled release last Friday is storming onto the new chart, with 617-thousand copies sold in just three days. Brooks' "Blame It All On My Roots: Five Decades of Influences," meanwhile, saw a 17-percent bump in sales, moving 172-thousand last week. It's the best week yet for the eight disc set, which opened with 164-thousand in sales and last week sold 146-thousand. And with Beyonce, Brooks is part of a unique chart occurrence. Beyonce's album arrived as a digital-only iTunes exclusive, while Brooks' collection can only be found Walmart as a physical release, marking the first time the top two albums on the Billboard 200 are available from just one retailer.
Country-related holiday albums are also seeing higher sales. Purchases of Kelly Clarkson's "Wrapped In Red," featuring collaborations with Reba McEntire, Trisha Yearwood, and Ronnie Dunn, rose 21-percent. With 136-thousand copies sold, the Christmas album has climbed to number three on the chart. And "Duck The Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas," with contributions from Luke Bryan,
Bartender Charged In Country Singer's Death Released On Bond
Ferrell has been charged with second-degree murder. In his testimony, Ferrell said he has received numerous death threats since the incident, and prior to his December 6th arrest had been wearing a bulletproof vest. Ferrell has admitted to fatally shooting Mills at his
Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood Share Christmas Memories
Brad Paisley admits that as a child he had doubts about Santa Claus. The country star says he began questioning the identity of jolly old St. Nick, so he devised a way to definitively settle the matter. But he explains that his plan was foiled by electricity.
Carrie Underwood, meanwhile, says as she was growing up there wasn't a lot of mystery surrounding Christmas -- at least not when it came to the gifts. The singer explains that her mom is horrible at keeping secrets, and would always tell her what was waiting for her under the tree.
Taylor Swift Hasn't Let Fame Interfere With Daily Activities
Taylor Swift admits she's had to make a mental adjustment to her fame. But the country-pop superstar says in a lot of ways her life hasn't really changed all that much.
But Swift adds that she's not doing all the same things that a typical 24-year-old does. The singer admits she has "an amazing life," which she feels she owes entirely to her fans.
Country TV Today And Tonight
REBA (CMT) Six back-to-back episodes of Reba McEntire's sitcom air in a three-hour block.
Country Birthdays Include
"Little" Jimmy Dickens is 93.
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's John McEuen is 68.
Janie Fricke is 66.
Today in Country Music History
Today in 1947, "Here Comes Santa Claus" by Gene Autry entered the Top 40 chart.
Today in 1980, Dolly Parton's first movie, "9 to 5," premiered. It was a huge hit and the title song went on to hit number one on the country charts and pop charts. Dolly also won two Grammy Awards for the song.
Today in 1985, Johnny Paycheck was convicted of shooting a man in a barroom brawl in
Today in 1988, Johnny Cash and friend Waylon Jennings were in the same hospital recovery room. Both had undergone heart bypass surgery, though six days apart.
Today in 1991, Collin Raye was enjoying his first number one hit, "Love, Me."
Today in 1996, Garth Brooks was number one on the charts with "That Ol' Wind."
Today in 1997, Shenadoah's lead singer and founding member, Marty Raybon, made his last appearance with the group at
Today in 2000, Faith Hill was among the picks for "Entertainment Weekly" magazine's "Best of 2000" list.
Today in 2001, Alan Jackson's "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)" became the fastest-rising single in four years to reach the number one spot on both the "Radio & Records" and "Billboard" country charts. The song, which Jackson first performed a month earlier on the 2001 Country Music Association Awards, climbed to the peak position in only six weeks. The last tune to hit number one that fast was Garth Brooks' 1997 single "Longneck Bottle."
Today in 2002, Lonestar joined Jo Dee Messina and Brenda Lee to distribute gifts and perform for patients at the Vanderbilt Children's Hospital in
Today in 2004, "Billboard's" year-end chart issue ranked Sara Evans' "Suds in the Bucket" as the biggest hit of the year by a female artist. The song came in at number eight overall for the year.
Today in 2006, Bob Wills was named as a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award recipient for the 2007 ceremony.
Today in 2011, Lady Antebellum's Dave Haywood became engaged. The country star surprised girlfriend Kelli Cashiola with an elaborately-staged marriage proposal, in which he led her blindfolded to a winter wonderland scene he created at her home that included the question "Will you marry me?" spelled out in Christmas lights. The couple tied the knot four months later.
Today in 2011, Taylor Swift took fifth place on the National League of Junior Cotillions' list of the "Ten Best-Mannered People of 2011" for "inspiring young people with her music and her manners." It was the third year in a row that
Today in 2011, Taylor Swift's CoverGirl NatureLuxe Mousse Mascara print ad was pulled by Proctor & Gamble after the National Advertising Division questioned whether the picture of the singer had been "enhanced in post production." The watchdog organization was also skeptical of some of the product claims in the ad's text.
Today in 2012., LeAnn Rimes and Little Big Town performed with finalists on the first night of the two-night "X Factor" finale. Rimes sang her hit "How Do I Live" with 13-year-old hopeful Carly Rose Sonenclar, while Little Big Town sang "Pontoon" with Tate Stevens, who was named the winner a day later.
Today in 2012, Rascal Flatts served as host and performed on the annual TV special "A Home for the Holidays," which highlights adoption.
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