Country Stars Tweet Prayers, Support To Boston Following Marathon Explosions
Brad Paisley is among the many country stars sending Twitter messages of support to the city of Boston in the wake of Monday's explosions at the Boston Marathon. After initially tweeting "God Bless America" and "We love you Boston," the country singer expressed his disdain for the bombers, adding, "Could there be anything more cowardly than planting a bomb in a public place and running away?These terrorists are the epitome of cowardice." Most stars offered up sympathetic thoughts. Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott says she's "praying for all of those injured and affected by the Boston marathon explosions," and adds, "Can't believe it. So sad." LeAnn Rimes tweets, "My heart goes out to everyone in Boston," while The Band Perry, Scotty McCreery, Lee Brice, Rodney Atkins, and Willie Nelson have all tweeted that they're praying for everyone in Boston.
Garth Brooks' Ex-Business Partner Sues Country Star
"Paranoid," "angry," "deceitful" and "vindictive." That's how one woman is describing one of country music's most beloved superstars. Garth Brooks is the subject of a scathing lawsuit filed by his former business partner Lisa Sanderson. In court documents obtained by TMZ.com, Sanderson accuses Brooks of killing every great deal she brought to him to expand his acting interests during the 20 years she worked with him. She says his ego was out of control. Among other examples, Sanderson says Garth turned down an offer to appear as a sniper in "Saving Private Ryan" because he was not the star of the movie and was unwilling to share the spotlight with Tom Hanks, Matt Damon and Edward Burns. She claims she lost out on salary, bonuses and profits over the years because of his false promises. Sanderson is seeking 425-thousand-dollars in damages.
The Band Perry Performing On "Dancing With The Stars"
The Band Perry will be adding their music to tonight's episode of "Dancing With the Stars." TasteOfCountry.com says the country trio will perform their hit "Better Dig Two," which is from their recently released sophomore CD "Pioneer." It's another elimination night on the ABC reality show. Kellie Pickler is still among the participants, and she continues to do well. On Monday she and partner Derek Hough danced a Roaring Twenties-themed foxtrot, which earned the the second highest score of the night. The judges gave the country star a score of 27 for the routine. The only star who did better is Zendaya, who tops the leaderboard this week with 29 points for her Argentine tango. The "Dancing With the Stars" results show will also feature a performance from Selena Gomez and Kerli. The action gets under way on ABC at 9:00 p.m. Eastern.
Shelton Keeps Holly, Swon Brothers, Steals Singer On "The Voice"
Blake Shelton's team is undergoing some changes as NBC's "The Voice" enters the battle rounds. On Monday's show Shelton had Sheryl Crow help him coach four of his singers -- Holly Tucker, Michelle Raitzin, Christian Porter and the Swon Brothers -- before they went inside the ring. Blake chose to keep Holly after hearing her and Michelle take on Carrie Underwood's "Blown Away." Although Holly had a harder time tapping into the anger of the song, Shelton said he felt he could guide her better as a country artist. Shelton also kept the Swon Brothers over Christian for same reason, after they faced off with Tom Petty's "Won't Back Down." Team Blake also added a singer when Blake stole Taylor Beckham from Usher's team. The battle rounds continue on "The Voice," which airs on NBC tonight at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.
Faith Hill's "Sunday Night Football" Theme Benched
Faith Hill is no longer calling the opening of "Sunday Night Football." The country music star is putting her vocals for the NBC broadcast to rest. Hill made the announcement via Twitter Monday, calling it a "difficult decision" and kind of emotional. For six years Hill's Joan Jett-inspired "Waiting All Day For Sunday Night" has served as the intro for NBC's Sunday night NFL game. The singer says it's been an "honor" to have been part of SNF, and even though she'll still be watching, she says "it's time 2 let someone else rock the open." "Sunday Night Football" executive producer Fred Gaudelli also tweeted "great love and appreciation" to Hill for her participation over the years. No word yet on who will take her place.
Collin Raye Working On Glen Campbell Tribute, Autobiography
Collin Raye is working on two special projects. The country singer is putting together a musical salute to Glen Campbell. He tells Billboard.com he has many reasons for paying tribute to the older country star, who is currently battling Alzheimer's disease. Collin explains that he's been a Glen Campbell fan since he was nine years old, and first saw "The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour" on TV. He says Glen was one of the first people he met when he launched his own career, and they've "been friends ever since." Raye adds that he wouldn't be where he is today if it weren't for "people like Glen Campbell" who have befriended him along the way. Collin says he's putting out the album now because he wanted to honor Campbell in this way "while he could still appreciate it" and "hear it, and feel the love in it." The disc is expected to hit stores later this year.
Raye is also penning his autobiography. In addition to sharing stories from his career, Collin will devote much of the project to the life and loss of his granddaughter, Haley Bell. The girl had a neurological disorder which was never diagnosed, and she died in 2010. He calls Haley "the pinnacle" of his life. Raye explains that while there were "many reasons" why he "drifted away from the mainstrean," it was primarily because he was "trying to save her life." He adds that he believes it's important for him to share with others the insights he learned from the experience.
Kenny Chesney Honored Willie Nelson Duet Is On New Album
Kenny Chesney says he's particularly excited that Willie Nelson is featured on his new album, "Life on a Rock." Chesney recalls recording "Coconut Tree," explaining that they lived up to the song's name.
Chesney admits that "Coconut Tree" is just one of several songs he's recorded with Willie over the course of his career, but that doesn't make their latest experience any less special. Kenny calls it "an honor to have Willie Nelson on this record, and especially on this song." Chesney's "Life on a Rock," which also features the hit single "Pirate Flag," will be in stores on April 30th -- which will be Willie's 80th birthday.
Rascal Flatts Thrilled To Have "Nashville" Star In "Changed" Video
Fans of the TV series "Nashville" will probably recognize the man in Rascal Flatts' video to the song "Changed." Actor Chip Esten, who plays the part of Deacon Claybourne on the ABC drama, stars in the clip. Rascal Flatts' Jay DeMarcus says the group was pleasantly surprised that Chip agreed to take part in the video.
DeMarcus says a mutual friend introduced him to Esten, who was moving to Nashville for the TV series and didn't know anybody in town. Jay says he "reached out" to Chip, and when they started talking he "immediately found out what an incredible human being" Chip is. Rascal Flatts unveiled the "Changed" video earlier this month.
Florida Georgia Line Recall Writing Latest Hit Single
Florida Georgia Line's Brian Kelley says they really didn't laFlorida Georgia Line's Brian Kelley says they really didn't labor over their latest single, "Get Your Shine On." He also admits he feels very fortunate that process was so fast and easy.
Brian wrote "Get Your Shine On" with Tyler Hubbard, Rodney Clawson, and Chris Tompkins. Brian credits Tyler with sparking the writing session. He recalls that after Tyler played them the hook, they were "off to the races." "Get Your Shine On" is the second single from Florida Georgia's 2012 debut album, "Here's to the Good Times."
Willie Nelson's new album arrives in stores today. The country legend's "Let's Face the Music and Dance" features a variety of styles. Among the songs on the 14-song set are Nelson's cover of Carl Perkins' "Matchbox," while the cover track is Willie's version of the 1935 Irving Berlin classic.
Country TV Today And Tonight
GOOD MORNING AMERICA (ABC) Billy Ray Cyrus is a guest.
DANCING WITH THE STARS (ABC) The Band Perry is a guest performer as Kellie Pickler faces another elimination episode.
THE VOICE (NBC) Blake Shelton and the other coaches continue with the battle rounds.
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO (NBC) Ashley Monroe is the musical guest on this repeat episode.
Today In Country Music History
Today in 1982, Alabama's "Mountain Music" hit number one on the country charts.
Today in 1993, the single "Hard Workin' Man" by Brooks & Dunn hit number three on the charts.
Today in 1996, Brooks & Dunn released their fourth album, "Borderline," and Toby Keith released "Blue Moon."
Today in 1999, Billy Ray Cyrus guest starred on "Love Boat." He played Lonesome Larry Larson, a sad country star who cheers up when he finds romance.
Today in 1999, Tim McGraw's "A Place In The Sun" album was released.
Today in 1999, Shania Twain became the first woman to be honored as Songwriter/Artist of the Year by the Nashville Songwriters Association International during the 32nd annual Songwriter Achievement Awards.
Today in 2000, Tracy Lawrence kicked off his 6th Annual Celebrity Golf Classic at the Westin Galleria Ballroom in Houston, Texas, in support of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Gulf Coast Chapter.
Today in 2000, Reba McEntire's performances were named the Best Country Concert at the 17th Dutch Country Music Awards Gala. Winners were selected by the readers of Country Gazette and the members of the Dutch Country Music Association.
Today in 2002, Steve Azar's album "Waitin' On Joe" was released.
Today in 2002, Alan Jackson's album "Drive" became the first country project to mark ten weeks in the Top Ten of the Billboard 200 chart since June 2000, when Shania Twain did it with "Come On Over." Alan is also the only male country artist to achieve this milestone with multiple projects.
Today in 2002, Tammy Cochran was among those on hand in Los Angeles to take part in an old fashioned "barn raising" of sorts. She helped in building an outdoor playground for the La Santa Cruz Child Care Center in East Los Angeles.
Today in 2003, Kenny Chesney's "Margaritas 'n' Senoritas Tour" was named the number one ticket seller for the first quarter of the year by the music industry publication "Pollstar."
Today in 2005, Clay Walker led the BP MS 150 Bike Tour, a two-day, 150-mile trek from Houston to Austin, Texas that raised funds for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Today in 2007, Carrie Underwood was the big winner at the CMT Music Awards, taking Female Video of the Year as well as the event's top prize of Video of the Year for the song "Before He Cheats." Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, Sugarland, Taylor Swift, and Jack Ingram also took awards.
Today in 2008, Rodney Atkins, the spokesperson for the National Council for Adoption, performed at the organization's 28th anniversary awards celebration in Alexandria, Virginia.
Today in 2010, Alan Jackson received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Today in 2010, Lady Antebellum was the headliner for the first night of the ACM Concerts at Freemont Street Experience. The Band Perry and David Nail were also among the performers.
Today in 2012, Billy Gilman released the all-star charity single "The Choice." Reba McEntire, Alan Jackson, Keith Urban, LeAnn Rimes, and Kenny Rogers are among the 18 stars who lent their voices to the project in support of Soles4Souls, along with Vince Gill, Randy Travis, Josh Turner, Rodney Atkins, Kellie Pickler, and others.
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