Nashville News and Notes for TUESDAY

Taylor Swift Sells Out Chinese "Red" Tour In One Minute


Taylor Swift is breaking records as she takes her "Red" tour to China.  She sold out her May 30th concert at the Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai in just one minute.  The arena holds 18-thousand people, making "Red" the fastest sell-out in the country's history.  Taylor also managed to sell out all of the other stops on her upcoming leg in Asia.  She'll be singing to packed houses at her concerts in Tokyo, Jakarta, Manila, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and SingaporeTaylor's "Red" tour made its mark in the U.S. as well.  She broke the record at Los Angeles' Staples Center last year, when she became the first solo artist to sell out eleven concerts at the venue.


Cassadee Pope, Danielle Bradbery Playing NCAA Women's Championship Concert


Cassadee Pope and Danielle Bradbery will be taking part in the NCAA Women's National Championship game.  The country singers, who both launched their careers working with Blake Shelton on "The Voice," will play a free concert in Nashville Tuesday prior to the big game.  Nashville's "Tennessean" says Pope is also slated to sing the national anthem at the start of the match.  Cassadee and Danielle say they're excited to be contributing to the festivities surrounding the event.  Pope adds that she feels honored to "be a part of something that highlights females' achievements."  The 2014 NCAA Division One Women's Basketball Championship is set for Nashville's Bridgestone arena Tuesday night.


Lonestar's Michael Britt Gets Married


Lonestar guitarist Michael Britt is a married man.  The country star and his bride, Latashja Hanson, announced their union with a Facebook photo, in which the newlyweds are captured snapping a selfie.  Britt and Hanson tied the knot with a ceremony over the weekend.  "Country Weekly" says Hanson had been a radio personality in Wenatchee, Washington, but now lives in Nashville.


Ronnie Dunn's Debuts Track From Second Solo CD


Ronnie Dunn's second solo effort arrives in stores Tuesday.  The country star is debuting the track "You Should See You Now" on


Ronnie says "You Should See You Now" is one of his favorites from "Peace, Love, and Country Music."  The new album also features the song "Kiss You There," which he introduced last summer with a flash mob event outside the CMT Music Awards as people were leaving the ceremony.  "Peace, Love, and Country Music" is also Dunn's first release on his own label.


Justin Moore Thanks Fans For ACM Win


Justin Moore is extending his appreciation to his followers for his Academy of Country Music Awards win.  The singer uses some less than wholesome language in a Facebook video expressing his gratitude for all the support.


Moore received the fan-voted ACM New Artist of the Year honor at Sunday's event.  Prior to the ceremony, Justin told he found it "a little shocking" to be up for the honor, since he's been around for six years and is currently supporting his third album.  He also joked that after going so long without receiving any nominations, he'd "take Female Vocalist if they wanted to give that" to him.


ACM Awards Lead Sunday Ratings, Numbers Dip From 2013


The 49th Academy of Country Music Awards helped give CBS a ratings victory Sunday night but audience numbers were down from last year.  According to early numbers from Nielsen, the Blake Shelton-Luke Bryan-hosted event drew an average audience of 14-point-one-million viewers, a roughly nine-percent drop from the 15-point-five-million who tuned in to last year's broadcast.  Held in Las Vegas, the ACM Awards was still the most-watched show of the night.  The event honored country great George Strait as the Entertainer of the Year.


Blake Shelton Can't Explain His Career Path


Blake Shelton admits he's been incredibly fortunate in his career.  But the country star says it hasn't been by design.  He explains that he's not sure just how it all happened for him.


Shelton recently logged his eleventh number one hit in a row with his latest single, "Doin' What She Likes."  With the accomplishment the singer also set the new record for the most consecutive number ones on the Billboard Country Airplay chart, which was introduced in January 1990.  Blake says the feat made him think of country star Earl Thomas Conley, who ruled the chart in the 1980s  He explains that Conley is one of his heroes, and the idea that he could come close to matching Conley's success is "pretty unbelievable."


Between August 1983 and June 1989, 16 of Conley's 17 singles went to number one.  Only his 1986 Anita Pointer duet, "Too Many Times" failed to top the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.  It peaked at number two.


Band Perry Builds Trust With Studio Musicians


The Band Perry's Kimberly and Neil Perry say they were able to take risks on their latest album, "Pioneer," in part because of the bond they built with their studio musicians.  The country stars recall one particularly powerful recording session that really amazed their guitarist.


The Band Perry is currently promoting their new single, "Chainsaw."  The trio performed the song to launch Sunday's Academy of Country Music Awards, where they were named Vocal Group of the Year.  "Chainsaw" is The Band Perry's third release from their latest album, "Pioneer," following "Better Dig Two" and "Done."


Brantley Gilbert Tries To Maintain Healthy Lifestyle


Brantley Gilbert says he makes an effort to eat well and stay fit.  But the country star admits there is one dish that's hard for him to stay away from.


But Brantley adds that he works out regularly -- and not just when he's at home.  The singer says he brings a "mini-gym" with him on his tour bus, and in each city he visits he tries to find a facility where he can exercise.  Gilbert is currently on his "Let It Ride Tour 2014."  His next show is coming up in Greensboro, North Carolina on Thursday.


Quick Bite


Martina McBride and Linda Ronstadt have new albums arriving today.  Martina's 12-track disc "Everlasting" features the country star's versions of some pop and R&B classics, including songs originally made famous by Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, the Supremes, Van Morrison, and others.  "Linda Ronstadt Duets" features collaborations with Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, the Eagles' Don Henley, and more.  Ronstadt's album is being released in conjunction with her Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction later this week.


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Today In Country Music History


Today in 1989, the single "I'm No Stranger To The Rain" by Keith Whitley topped the charts.  One month and one day later, he was dead of alcohol poisoning.


Today in 1985, George Strait's album "Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind" was certified Gold.


Today in 1991, Ricky Van Shelton's "RVS 3" album was certified Platinum.


Today in 1992, the "Shooting Straight In The Dark" album by Mary Chapin Carpenter was certified Gold.


Today in 1994, Lee Roy Parnell hit number one with the single "I'm Holding My Own."


Today in 1996, Aaron Tippin's "Tool Box" album was certified Gold.


Today in 1997, Alabama released "Dancin' On the Boulevard," Clay Walker released "Rumor Has It," and Wynonna released her greatest hits album, "Collection."


Today in 1999, it was revealed that Faith Hill would not only become a spokesmodel for Cover Girl cosmetics, she was also confirmed as a performer on the 1999 VH1 "Divas Live" concert.


Today in 2004, Tracy Lawrence's album "Strong" debuted on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart at number two, behind Kenny Chesney's "When the Sun Goes Down."  Kenny's album was marking its eighth week at number one.


Today in 2008, Kenny Chesney previewed his "Poets & Pirates" show before a small group of invited guests in Nashville.


Today in 2008, Emerson Drive and Neal McCoy took part in opening day baseball games.  Emerson Drive sang the national anthem for the Kansas City Royal's home opener, and also performed "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" during the 7th inning stretch.  Neal McCoy performed the anthem for the Texas Rangers first game of the season in Arlington, Texas.


Today in 2008, Clint Black displayed his skills as a stand-up comedian on the season premiere of CBS' "Secret Talents of the Stars."  Meanwhile, Montgomery Gentry's Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry served as coaches for actor George Takei, who played Mr. Sulu on the original "Star Trek," as he competed on the show as a country singer.


Today in 2008, James Otto's "Sunset Man" was released.  The album was the last to be issued by the Muzik Mafia's Raybaw Records.  Big & Rich's Big Kenny Alphin and John Rich were among those who ran the now-defunct label.  Other new material hitting stores included Jeff Bates and Jypsi's self-titled albums and Trisha Yearwood's cookbook, "Georgia Cooking in an Oklahoma Kitchen."


Today in 2009, Charlie Daniels received the Joe M. Rodgers Spirit of America Award from officials at Middle Tennessee State University at a special luncheon at the school.  MTSU presents the award to honor people whose work in government, education, or charitable efforts serves as an example of the American spirit in action.


Today in 2009, Kellie Pickler made a guest appearance on "American Idol," and performed "Best Days Of Your Life."


Today in 2010, Mark Chesnutt began a tour of U.S. bases in South Korea with a show at Camp Casey.  His trek included a visit to the Demilitarized Zone, which is the area that separates North and South Korea.  The singer traveled to Asia with the Tennessee National Guard.


Today in 2011, Zac Brown Band launched their inaugural Southern Ground Music and Food Festival.  The three-day event took place at Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina.


Today in 2011, Lady Antebellum made their Australian concert debut, opening for Keith Urban in Adelaide.


Today in 2011, Carrie Underwood's feature film acting debut, Soul Surfer," opened in theaters.


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