Garth Brooks Loses Round One In Ex-Business Partner's Lawsuit
The lawsuit against Garth Brooks by his former business partner will remain in Los Angeles Superior Court. RadarOnline.com says the country star's lawyer was trying to get the case moved to federal court, but the judge ruled against it. One source is calling the decision "a loss for Garth," explaining that "his argument was shot down by the court." Lisa Sanderson, who worked with Brooks for 20 years, launched her lawsuit in the spring. In her suit she calls the singer "paranoid," "angry," "deceitful" and "vindictive" in describing how he killed every great deal she brought to him to expand his acting interests. Sanderson says he has an out of control ego, citing Garth's refusal to take an offer to appear as a sniper in "Saving Private Ryan" because he wouldn't be the star of the movie. She also 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.
Luke Bryan Reaping Benefits Of Past Success
Luke Bryan says he was at a distinct advantage as he worked on his latest album, "Crash My Party." The country star explains that the success of his previous CD, "Tailgates & Tanlines," led to him getting quality material for his new studio effort.
Bryan adds that along with being pitched "great songs" he and his team were finding some excellent material, and he was trying to write some pretty good tunes as well. The singer says he loves the sound of the finished project, and he's "never been more excited about an album." "Crash My Party" arrives in stores today, and Bryan will be out supporting the disc. He'll celebrate the album's arrival with release-day appearances on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" and E!'s "Chelsea Lately," and make back-to-back visits later this week to NBC's "Today." Luke will be a guest on the morning show Thursday, and be the Summer Concert Series performer on Friday.
Carrie Underwood Promising Genuine Concert Experience With "Blown Away" DVD
Carrie Underwood says what viewers see on "The Blown Away Tour: Live" DVD is what fans attending the show saw in person. The country star tells Billboard.com she did no editing or post-production on the video to clean up any mistakes. The singer explains that "nobody is perfect all the time," so her DVD needs to show what she's really like in concert if she's going to call it a live disc. "The Blown Away Tour: Live" captures Underwood at her concert in Ontario, California back in March. In addition to Carrie's hit-packed performance, the DVD includes backstage footage, features on the behind-the-scenes efforts developing the tour, and music videos from the "Blown Away" album. "The Blown Away Tour: Live" DVD arrives in stores today.
Glen Campbell's Final Album Arriving In Stores Today
Glen Campbell's recording career is coming to a close with today's release of "See You There." Surfdog Records is behind the project, which features the legendary singer reworking some of his classic hits. Surfdog's Dave Kaplan says it's "not just another release," given Campbell's health issues. He tells Billboard.com his goal with the album is to give Glen an intimate showcase, which he hopes listeners will find reminiscent of seeing the singer on the "Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour." The songs for "See You There" were recorded in 2011, as Glen was working on his "Ghost on the Canvas" album. Kaplan says after recording tracks for that project, Glen and "whoever was around" would take part in informal jam sessions, and producer Julian Raymond started "laying down casual tracks to some of Glen's classic songs." He recalls when Julian played him one of those tapes, he knew they had something special.
Keith Urban Taking Risks, Stretching His Limits On "Fuse"
Keith Urban says he can relate to U2. The country star tells "Rolling Stone" after watching the documentary "From the Sky Down, It Might Get Loud," about the making of 1991's "Achtung Baby," he felt he's now at that same point of transition in his career, explaining that he could "keep making the same record" but doesn't want to. And as a result, he's taking some risks with his new album, "Fuse." Keith says he hasn't "gone off and done a polka album or a screamo album," but "just wanted to see how far" he could go before the music stopped sounding like Keith Urban songs.
Urban adds that he's also drawn inspiration from U2's "Achtung Baby" by creating a "fusion of machinery and organic elements" on his record. He describes the new song "Even Stars Fall 4 U" as having a "sort of industrial-punk-ish" edge that's unlike anything he's ever done before. Keith also admits he's running the risk of alienating his longtime fans with his experimentation. He adds that if he doesn't continue to evolve musically, he risks losing fans to stagnation. Urban's "Fuse" features his current single, "Little Bit Of Everything." The album will be in stores on September 10th.
Blake Shelton Gets Portrait Done In Sugar
Blake Shelton name-checks Dixie Crystals in his latest chart-topper, "Boys 'Round Here," and now the sugar company is offering up a sweet thank you. Houston-based artist Reginald Adams says in a YouTube video that Imperial Sugar Company commissioned him to honor the country star in unique fashion.
The one-minute-52-second video also gives a time-lapsed presentation of Adams making the 30-inch square portrait, which took him more than 30 hours to complete. Adams adds in a statement that he really enjoys working in all sorts of media to create mosaic art, and he's "very excited to be involved with a tribute to a fellow artist" by making his first mosaic portrait in Dixie Crystals.
Reba McEntire Has Enjoyed Every Phase Of Life, Career
Reba McEntire admits she has an inquisitive nature that has been a driving force in her life. The country star explains she's always been excited to learn what lies ahead.
Reba adds that her sense of curiosity and ambition has contributed to her enjoyment of life. She says she's liked the woman she's been at all the various stages of her life. The singer explains that she's always been learning and growing as well as teaching and helping others, which has made her life rich and fulfilling. Reba's life and career are on display now at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. The retrospective exhibit "Reba: All The Women I Am" will remain open through June 8th, 2014.
Brett Eldredge Gives His Picks Of Country's Sexiest Women
Brett Eldredge admits he's "a health freak," which is one reason why Taylor Swift is the first name he mentions in his rundown of country music's sexiest women. Brett tells TasteOfCountry.com that as an opener on Swift's "Red" tour he had many opportunities to see the singer-songwriter perform, and she's "definitely a beautiful girl" who's "very health conscious." Eldredge puts Carrie Underwood on his list for the same reason, saying Carrie "does pilates and yoga and all sorts of crazy stuff to keep herself fit." Brett also finds Miranda Lambert sexy, explaining that she's "awesome because she’s just so spunky." And when he's told that Gloriana's Rachel Reinert recently named him as one of country's sexiest guys, Brett is more than willing to return the compliment. He says Rachel is "a beautiful girl" with "a unique look," explaining that she has "the dark hair and cool tattoos on her arms and stuff."
Florida Georgia Line Shares Love Of Vintage T-Shirts
Florida Georgia Line's Brian Kelley is often seen wearing concert t-shirts. But the country star says his style preference is about more than just being casual and comfortable.
Kelley gets a lot of his t-shirts online, and says eBay is a good resource. The singer adds that he finds shirts at other websites as well, but he's not willing to give up all his shopping secrets.
Country Birthdays Include
Andy Griggs is 40.
Emerson Drive's Mike Melancon is 35.
Today In Country Music History
Today in 1981, the "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" album by Willie Nelson was certified Platinum.
Today in 1986, Jerry Lee Lewis' estranged wife, Kerry, added a twist to the couple's on-again-off-again divorce proceedings by announcing she was pregnant. The divorce was called off and Kerry later gave birth to a boy she and her husband named Jerry Lee Lewis the Third.
Today in 1988, Keith Whitley topped the "Billboard" country chart with "Don't Close Your Eyes," his first number one hit.
Today in 1991, Brooks & Dunn's album "Brand New Man" was released.
Today in 1996, the Statler Brothers' "Gospel Favorites" album was certified Gold.
Today in 1996, Ty Herndon released his second album, "Living In A Moment," and Randy Travis released the CD "Full Circle."
Today in 1996, Vince Gill received seven nominations for the 30th annual Country Music Association Awards, while LeAnn Rimes, at the time just 13-years-old, became the youngest CMA nominee ever.
Today in 1997, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood shot the video for "In Another's Eyes" in California. But neither star was happy with the clip. The duo taped a live version of the song during a "Tonight Show" appearance a month later and used that for the video instead.
Today in 1999, Martina McBride celebrated the double Platinum success of her album "Evolution."
Today in 2002, the Dixie Chicks gave a private show at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville for members of the country music industry. The concert was mostly a listening party, as the trio played all of the music from their then-new album "Home" in sequential order.
Today in 2004, while at the Indiana State Fair for a scheduled concert, Kix Brooks took part in the fair's annual donkey race. The singer's donkey took off without warning, and he was forced to bail from his cart when he couldn't get the animal under control.
Today in 2004, it was announced that newcomer Blaine Larsen had been signed to BNA Records. He released his debut album "Off To Join the World" a few months later.
Today in 2007, the former Lexington, Kentucky police officer who arrested John Michael Montgomery in February 2006 for drunk driving filed a slander suit against the singer. He accused Montgomery of being dishonest when talking to the police department's internal affairs unit during its investigation of Cromer regarding the arrest.
Today in 2008, Alan Jackson, who had recently learned his career album sales hat reached the 50-million mark, celebrated the accomplishment at an event in Nashville.
Today in 2009, country stars turned out for a benefit concert in support of Mel McDaniel, who was facing mounting medical bills as he recovered from a heart attack he suffered two months earlier. Little Jimmy Dickens, Charlie Louvin, David Ball, and Buddy Jewell were among the performers, along with T. Graham Brown, Jeannie Seely, Jim Ed Brown, and Jeanne Shepard.
Today in 2011, a strong wind gust toppled the stage at the Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis just before Sugarland was to perform. Five people were killed at the time of accident, while two others later died of their injuries. More than 40 other concertgoers were also hurt in the collapse.
Today in 2011, Willie Nelson was enshrined into the National Agricultural Hall of Fame for his decades of work in helping family farmers around the country. Willie received the honor before he performed at the 2011 Farm Aid concert in Kansas City, Kansas.
Today in 2011, Vince Gill celebrated his 20th anniversary as an Opry member. Martina McBride, Emmylou Harris, and Vince's daughter Jenny were among those who performed in his honor.
Today in 2011, Kenny Chesney set a new attendance record for a country show at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, with 55-thousand-239 tickets sold for his "Goin' Coastal" concert.
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