Nashville News and Notes for THURSDAY

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.


Billy Ray just might talk about the song as a guest on E!'s "Chelsea Lately."  The singer is slated to be a guest on the show's Valentine's Day episode, airing Thursday night at 11:00 p.m. Eastern.  Billy Ray could also discuss his new Dionne Warwick duet, "Hope Is Just Ahead."  The singers are donating a portion of the money from sales of the song to "Do The Write Thing-National Campaign to Stop Violence."


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 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 London concert.  Taylor narrates the video, saying, "This is how many people are watching me get a haircut right now.  We don't do anything without an audience."  She later revealed her new, chin length 'do in pics, posing with famous pals singer Ellie Goulding and model Cara Delevingne .  A caption on one of the photos reads, "London, I could never thank you enough.  See you next time! PS: short hair, don't care. (!!!)."


Brad Paisley A First Week Guest On New "Late Night"


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.


Paisley is currently on his "Beat This Winter" tour in support of his latest album, "Wheelhouse," featuring his current single, "The Mona Lisa."  He'll be performing in Uniondale, New York on Thursday.


Band Perry Extend Stage Invitation To U.S. Ski Team


The Band Perry is impressed with some of the members of America's Olympic ski team -- and not just by what they can do on the slopes.  A clip Team USA member Stacey Cook posted on Facebook of her performance of "Better Dig Two" caught the country trio's attention.


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 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 Oklahoma City Friday night.  Rhett also has concerts coming up in San Antonio, Texas on Thursday; Indianapolis, Indiana on Saturday; and Orlando, Florida on Sunday.


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 "Carolina."  Bassist Barry Knox and guitarist Josh McSwain say it's just too good to be true.


Knox adds that they're thrilled to achieve the special feat with "Carolina."  He explains that it was the first song they felt really captured the Parmalee sound, and all four band members had a hand in writing it.  "Carolina," which has also become the group's first Gold record, topped the Billboard Country Airplay chart last December.  The song is from Parmalee's album "Feels Like Carolina."


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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, Crystal, welcomed their son, Walker Carl Montgomery, who weighed in at eight-pounds, ten-ounces.


Today in 2001, Rodney Crowell's album "The Houston Kid" was released.


Today in 2002, country great Waylon Jennings died following a long struggle with diabetes.  He was 64.


Today in 2002, Garth Brooks declined an offer to join the Colorado Rockies' for spring training.  Citing obligations to his three daughters in Oklahoma, he said he couldn't make a six-week commitment to the team.


Today in 2003, Faith Hill performed a free concert for members of the military and their families at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.  A portion of her show aired on TV in a live broadcast on ABC's "Good Morning America."


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 Fort Worth, where he introduced Trisha Yearwood as his wife, quote, "someday."


Today in 2005, Toby Keith had a colt running in a horse racing event in Santa Anita, California.


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 New York's Madison Square Garden.  The sold out show put Urban alongside Garth Brooks and Shania Twain as a country star to perform a headlining show before a capacity crowd at the famed venue.


Today in 2010, Trace Adkins' tour bus was involved in a fatal accident in Caddo Parish, Louisiana, in which a pickup truck crossed the center line and crashed head-on into the bus.  The two men in the pickup were killed, and five people on the bus were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.  Trace wasn't on the bus, but traveled by van to the accident site to pick up his uninjured band members then went to the hospital to check on those who were hurt.  Adkins, who was touring with Martina McBride, still performed his scheduled show that night in Bossier City, Louisiana.  He played a scaled-down acoustic set.


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 Dickson, Tennessee.  He also assisted firefighters in putting out the blaze.


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 Academy of Country Music's New Male Vocalist of the Year, while Jana Kramer earned the New Female Vocalist title and Florida Georgia Line got New Duo or Group honors.  They also became the nominees for the ACM's New Artist of the Year.  Nominees in the other categories were revealed as well, with Eric Church leading the pack with seven bids.


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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