Billy Ray Cyrus-Buck 22 "Achy Breaky 2" Goes Viral
Billy Ray Cyrus has a viral hit on his hands. The video to "Achy Breaky 2," the country star's hip-hop remake of "Achy Breaky Heart" with rapper Buck 22, logged more than one-point-seven-million views less than two days after arriving on YouTube. Billy Ray is a little vague about the origins of the song, saying "it all started with Larry King." He adds that he was "playing around in the studio and decided to do something fun" to mark the 22nd anniversary of his signature hit. Cyrus adds that the rather raucous remake is "so wrong, it's right." "Achy Breaky 2" is available now on iTunes.
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Taylor Swift Haircut Draws Audience, Wins Fan Approval
Taylor Swift is making a generally positive impression with her new hairdo. Just under 60-percent of the respondents in an UsMagazine.com poll say they like the change, while 41-percent admit they prefer her with long hair. The singer's lopped locks became Internet fodder after she documented her transformation. She offered a pre-cut teaser video on Instagram Tuesday night, which showed 30-plus people gathered to watch the "event" after her final
Brad Paisley will help usher in the new edition of NBC's "Late Night." The country star has been tapped to appear during Seth Meyers' inaugural week as the show's host. Brad is slated to chat with Seth as well as perform on the show on Wednesday, February 26th. Kelly Ripa will also appear on that night's episode. Meyers is taking over "Late Night" from Jimmy Fallon, who is moving to "The Tonight Show." Tim McGraw will be one of the first week guests when "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" begins its run next week.
Band Perry Extend Stage Invitation To
The Band Perry is impressed with some of the members of
Laurenne Ross is playing guitar and singing, while Jacqueline Wiles adds a second guitar and Cook keeps time with a maraca. A rep for The Band Perry tells TMZ Sports the group loved the 16-second clip, and has reached out to the women. In addition to letting them know the group is cheering them on, they've extended an invitation to the athletes to sing with them at an upcoming show.
Taylor Swift Hit Included In Top 50 "Love" Songs List
Taylor Swift's "Love Story" is getting a nod as one of the top "love" songs of all time. The country-pop superstar's hit is falling in at number 48 on the Billboard.com rundown of the 50 biggest songs with the word "love" in the title. Rankings are based on Hot 100 chart statistics. Swift's song, which spent two weeks at number one on the Country Songs chart, peaked at number four on the Hot 100 in January 2009.
Two country covers are also in the top ten. Whitney Houston's rendition of Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You" is landing at number six. And Ray Charles' version of the Don Gibson classic "I Can't Stop Loving You" has the number ten spot. The Diana Ross-Lionel Richie duet "Endless Love" tops the list.
Thomas Rhett Shares His Valentine's Day Advice
Thomas Rhett says Valentine's Day doesn't have to be some expensive, elaborate production. The country star explains that it's an opportunity to do something special for the person you love.
But Thomas admits it's not so simple for him when he and his wife are apart on Valentine's Day. The singer explains that in recent years he's been out playing shows on February 14th, and his wife doesn't always join him on the road. He says if he's not with her on the holiday, he feels like he has to "get real creative" with his Valentine's Day plans.
Thomas will once again be away from home on Valentine's Day. He'll be performing in
Urban, Kidman Maintain Romance With Togetherness, Love Letters
Keith Urban knows how to keep the romance going in his relationship. His wife Nicole Kidman tells "InStyle" magazine they've agreed to never spend more than three consecutive days away from each other. That means when he's on the road she'll often go with him. Nicole says she and Keith are "both gypsies at heart" and can make wherever they are their "home" -- even a tour bus. She adds that their daughters, five-year-old Sunday and three-year-old Faith, are "like that too now," and the girls accompany their parents "everywhere."
Nicole admits they can't always be together. But whenever they're apart, she knows Keith is thinking of her. She says "for every single night he's away" he gives her "a love letter." Nicole adds that Keith has done this "every single night" of their relationship.
Miranda Lambert Explains Her New Single
Miranda Lambert says she's singing about "the good life" in her latest release, "Automatic."
Miranda adds that every time she's listened to the song -- even when it was a work-in-progress -- it's brought back good memories. The country star says it also serves as a reminder to her to "take a deep breath and think about" those times as she goes about her "hectic life right now." "Automatic" is the lead-off single from Miranda's upcoming album, which is expected to arrive later this year.
Parmalee Amazed To Have A Number One Hit
The guys in Parmalee admit they can't believe they've topped the chart with their single "
Knox adds that they're thrilled to achieve the special feat with "
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Today In Country Music History
Today in 1971, Sammi Smith's "Help Me Make It Through The Night," written by Kris Kristofferson, topped the number one position in the "Billboard" country singles charts.
Today in 1988, "Tennessee Flat Top Box" becomes Rosanne Cash's seventh number one hit. The song had originally been written and recorded by her father in 1961, but Rosanne didn't know that until she cut it. Johnny's response? Cash took out full-page ads in the trades congratulating her on the accomplishment.
Today in 1996, Wynonna released her third solo album, "Revelations."
Today in 1999, John Michael Montgomery and his wife,
Today in 2001, Rodney Crowell's album "The Houston Kid" was released.
Today in 2002, country great Waylon
Today in 2002, Garth Brooks declined an offer to join the Colorado Rockies' for spring training. Citing obligations to his three daughters in
Today in 2003, Faith Hill performed a free concert for members of the military and their families at
Today in 2003, Flatt & Scruggs banjo player Earl Scruggs was added to Hollywood Walk of Fame. He was the first bluegrass artist to be honored and also the first full-time banjo player to be inducted.
Today in 2005, "Live Like You Were Dying" won two Grammy Awards, one for Tim McGraw's performance, the other for songwriters Craig Wiseman and Tim Nichols. Loretta Lynn, the Dixie Chicks, Ricky Skaggs, and Gretchen Wilson were also winners.
Today in 2005, Garth Brooks appeared at a benefit concert in
Today in 2005, Toby Keith had a colt running in a horse racing event in
Today in 2007, Taylor Swift made her debut on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" on NBC. She sang her hit "Tim McGraw."
Today in 2007, Lonestar's Dean Sams, Montgomery Gentry's Troy Gentry, and Julie Roberts were the celebrity players for the second day of Country Week on the game show "Wheel of Fortune."
Today in 2008, Keith Urban made his concert debut at
Today in 2010, Trace Adkins' tour bus was involved in a fatal accident in Caddo Parish,
Today in 2011, Lady Antebellum was the big winner at the Grammy Awards, taking five of the six categories in which they were nominated including the all-genre prizes of Record and Song of the Year for the hit "Need You Now." Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert, Zac Brown Band and Alan Jackson, Diamond Rio, Patty Loveless, and Marty Stuart were also winners. Lady A and Lambert also performed at the event, while Martina McBride took part in an all-star salute to Aretha Franklin.
Today in 2011, Craig Morgan put his skills as a former EMT and Assistant Deputy Sheriff to work when he rescued two children from a burning house in his hometown of
Today in 2012, Mel Tillis was among the National Medal of Arts honorees. The country legend received his award from President Obama at a ceremony at the White House.
Today in 2013, Brantley Gilbert was named the
Today in 2013, Tim McGraw's "Two Lanes of Freedom" debuted at number one on the Billboard Country Albums chart, and entered the all-genre Billboard 200 at number two.
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