The Band Perry To Perform On "Idol" Finale
The Band Perry will be taking part in tonight's "American Idol" finale. "The Hollywood Reporter" says the country trio is slated to perform with season 12 hopeful Janelle Arthur, who finished her run on the show in fifth place. A number of other stars are also expected to be on hand as the Fox reality show wraps up another year, including former "Idol" finalists Adam Lambert and Jennifer Hudson, former "Idol" judge Jennifer Lopez, Carly Rae Jepsen, and the Four Season's Frankie Valli. In addition, "Idol's top two -- Kree Harrison and Candice Glover -- will each take the stage a few times before they learn who will be taking this year's title. The "American Idol" season 12 finale will air on Fox tonight at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.
Taylor Swift Finds Love In "New Girl" Cameo
Taylor Swift has a new man -- or at least her character on Fox's "New Girl" does. The country-pop superstar made a cameo appearance on the sitcom's season finale Tuesday night, professing her love for Shivrang, played by Satya Bhabha.
Swift, as the lonely-hearted Elaine, pops up near the end of the episode, just after "Shivy" and his fianceé Cece's wedding falls apart. But it looks like things will end better for the reunited couple, who make plans to elope in Las Vegas even though Shivrang's mother thinks Elaine is too tall for him. "New Girl" -- which stars Zooey Deschanel -- is on hiatus now, but is set to return for a third season this fall.
Lady A, Team Adam Collaborate; Shelton Performs With "Dream Team"
Lady Antebellum continues to support their new album with TV appearances. The country trio took the stage on NBC's "The Voice" Tuesday night to perform their latest single, "Goodbye Town," with finalists Judith Hill, Amber Carrington, Sarah Simmons from Adam Levine's team.
Blake Shelton also performed on last night's show. He joined his singers, whom he called his "dream team," for a cover of the Brooks & Dunn hit "Play Something Country." Shelton expressed a great deal of pride and confidence in Team Blake, which includes Danielle Bradbery, Holly Tucker, and The Swon Brothers. He added that he's thrilled to be coaching a group of aspiring country singers this time around, but said it was his team members who made it happen. Blake explained that he got his "dream team" because these singers are "all talented enough to make it this far." Team Blake has yet to lose a member since the live rounds began. Team Adam also still has three singers, while Team Shakira and Team Usher each have two vocalists remaining in the competition.
ACM Making Donations To Charities Designated By McGraw Special Participants
Tim McGraw's upcoming TV special will be doing more than entertaining viewers this weekend. The Academy of Country Music is building this month's "My Cause" around the TV special, which is resulting in donations totalling 150-thousand-dollars. Each of the 15 artists appearing on "ACM Presents: Tim McGraw's Superstar Summer Night" has selected an organization to receive a ten-thousand-dollar contribution from the Academy's charitable arm, ACM Lifting Lives. McGraw is supporting Operation Homefront, the group he's teaming with to provide mortgage-free houses to military families. Florida Georgia Line, Brantley Gilbert, and John Fogerty are also directing funds to veterans' organizations. MusiCares will get 20-thousand-dollars courtesy of Taylor Swift and Keith Urban, while The Band Perry is helping the music education charity Notes for Notes.
Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley are giving Shriners and Children's Miracle Network hospitals a financial booster shot, and Jason Aldean is supporting Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Lady Antebellum's LadyAID and Tim McGraw and Faith Hill's Neighbor's Keeper Foundation are also recipients, along with Make-A-Wish, the Imagination Foundation, and Ne-Yo's Compound Foundation. "Tim McGraw's Superstar Summer Night" was taped in Las Vegas last month. The concert special will air on CBS Sunday night at 9:00 p.m. Eastern.
ACM Lifting Lives' May "My Cause artists and charities list
Tim McGraw: Operation Homefront
Jason Aldean: Susan G Komen
The Band Perry: Notes for Notes
Dierks Bentley: Miles & Music
Luke Bryan: Shriners Hospital
Florida Georgia Line: The Boot Campaign
John Fogerty: Wounded Warrior Project
Brantley Gilbert: Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)
Faith Hill: Neighbor's Keeper
Lady Antebellum: LadyAID
Nelly: Make-A-Wish Foundation (St. Louis Chapter)
Ne-Yo: Compound Foundation
Pitbull: Imagination Foundation
Taylor Swift: MusiCares
Keith Urban: MusiCares
David Nail Among Stars Set For Annual Charity Softball Game
David Nail is once again on board for the City of Hope Celebrity Softball Challenge. The singer, who went to college on a baseball scholarship, is among the country stars slated to take pat in the annual charity game. He'll be joining Scotty McCreery, Florida Georgia Line, Lauren Alaina, and Greg Bates for the event. Phil Vassar is planning to play as well, along with Chuck Wicks, Craig Campbell, Brett Eldredge and others. The stars will be divided up into teams that will face off at Nashville's Greer Stadium on June 8th. Money raised through the event will go to the City of Hope.
Nail had a rough outing at last year's event, suffering a fracture and tendon damage to his right-hand ring finger. A post on the City Of Hope website also notes that since last year's game ended in a tie, "both teams have something to prove" this time around.
Emmylou Harris Getting Ready For This Year's Woofstock
Emmylou Harris is making plans for her second annual Woofstock. The singer launched the event last year as a fundraiser for Bonaparte's Retreat, the dog-rescue organization she started in honor of her own beloved shelter dog. Emmylou admits she only became a dog owner later in life -- which she didn't do for herself. She tells Billboard.com she got Radar when her daughter was turning 12, because she "thought it was time for her to have a dog." Harris says she got "this big gangly poodle mix named Bonaparte" to be a buddy for Radar. Emmylou adds that it never occurred to her to bring a dog with her on tour, but "for some reason" she decided to take Bonaparte when she went out on a short string of date. She says it was "an amazing eye opening experience," and except for overseas tours she was "never without him after that."
Harris will stage her 2013 Woofstock at the Fontanel Mansion in Nashville on June 8th. The event features music as well as dog product vendors and activities for concertgoers to enjoy with their dogs. Emmylou says rescue organizations will also be on hand along with reps from the local animal control and humane society for people to adopt a dog. She adds that "there will be cats there too." Harris says she expects this year's event to be bigger than the inaugural run, because "more people will know about it," and it's taking place during the CMA Music Festival.
Luke Bryan Sets August Release Date For Next Album
Luke Bryan's next album will be hitting stores this summer. The reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year hasn't revealed a name for his fourth studio effort, but plans to have it available on August 13th. The project, which is Luke's follow up to his double-platinum "Tailgates & Tanlines," will feature the hit single "Crash My Party." The album will also be Bryan's second CD this year. Back in March he released his annual "Spring Break" disc. This year's offering wasn't another EP, but a full-length disc featuring a couple of new songs along with select tracks from Bryan's previous "Spring Break" sets.
Bryan's new album will also arrive in the middle of the singer's "Dirt Road Diaries Tour." The trek, which is the country star's first headlining tour, will continue through October. His next stop is coming up in Virginia Beach, Virginia on Friday.
Trace Adkins Pleased With Colbie Caillat Duet
Trace Adkins admits it takes a particular voice to sing a duet with him, and Colbie Caillat's got it. The country star says he's very pleased with their collaboration, "Watch The World End." Trace says one of the song's writers arranged the pairing.
Adkins says their voices are well suited to blend together. He explains that Colbie has "that sultry depth and thickness to her voice" that works well with his sound. "Watch The World End" is the lead-off single from Adkins' latest album, "Love Will...," which arrived in stores this week.
George Strait Reflects On His Years As A Recording Artist
George Strait says he enjoys making records these days. But the country superstar admits that early in his career he wasn't all that comfortable working in the studio.
George explains that as he gained experience and built relationships with the musicians over the years, his comfort level and confidence naturally increased. The singer adds that he now considers the studio players his friends, and he has fun spending time with them as they work on new music. Strait adds that he's never disliked making records. He says he was always "excited as hell" to hit the studio, because he knew how special it was to have a career as a recording artist. George just released his latest album, "Love Is Everything," this week.
Justin Moore Hears Improvements In His Singing
Justin Moore says he believes he's improving as a singer. But the country star admits that's only natural.
Moore is currently working on his third album, and he's really pleased with his vocals on the project. Justin says the disc includes moments where he thinks his voice "sounds drastically different," but he's not sure his fans will hear the changes he perceives. The fans are getting a taste of Moore's upcoming disc through his latest single. "Point At You" is the lead-off release from Justin's next album, which is slated to arrive in stores later this year.
Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, Dwight Yoakam Americana Music Award Nominees
Emmylou Harris is among the top nominees heading into the 2013 Americana Honors and Awards. The singer-songwriter is in the running in three of the event's six categories, including Artist of the Year. She also has two bids with Rodney Crowell for their collaborative release "Old Yellow Moon." The project is up for Album of the Year, while Harris and Crowell are among the contenders for Duo/Group of the Year. The folk duo Shovels & Rope leads the list of hopefuls with four chances to win. Emmylou's former touring guitarist and backing vocalist Buddy Miller is also a three-time nominee. Dwight Yoakam, The Lumineers, Jim Lauderdale, and Richard Thompson are being recognized as well. The Americana Music Association's Honors and Awards will be presented in a ceremony in Nashville on September 18th. The event will air live on AXS TV.
Nominees for the 2013 Americana Honors And Awards
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
"Buddy & Jim," Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale
"Cheater's Game," Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison
"From The Ground Up," John Fullbright
"O' Be Joyful," Shovels & Rope
"Old Yellow Moon," Emmylou Harris/Rodney Crowell
SONG OF THE YEAR
"Birmingham," Shovels & Rope
"Good Things Happen to Bad People," Richard Thompson
"Ho Hey," The Lumineers
"North Side Gal," JD McPherson
ARTIST OF THE YEAR
EMERGING ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Milk Carton Kids
Shovels & Rope
DUO/GROUP OF THE YEAR
Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale
Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell
Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison
Shovels & Rope
INSTRUMENTALIST OF THE YEAR
Country Birthdays Include
K.T. Oslin is 71.
Today In Country Music History
Today in 1948, Eddy Arnold's "Bouquet of Roses" began its record-setting 54-week chart run. The song held the record for the most time on the Country singles chart for more than 60 years. Lee Brice broke the record in 2010 with his hit "Love Like Crazy," which stayed on the chart for 56 weeks.
Today in 1978, Willie Nelson released his landmark album "Stardust." It spent ten years on the country charts, and more than five-million copies have been sold.
Today in 1982, Ricky Skaggs became a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
Today in 1984, John Anderson's "Wild and Blue" became his first album to be certified Gold for sales hitting the 500-thousand mark.
Today in 1988, Martina McBride married her husband John.
Today in 1990, new album releases included George Strait's "Livin' It Up" and Patty Loveless' "On Down The Line."
Today in 1993, John Michael Montgomery's "I Love the Way You Love Me" went to number one.
Today in 1993, Willie Nelson joined Paul Simon as the musical guest on NBC's "Saturday Night Live."
Today in 1995, Pam Tillis released the single "In Between Dances."
Today in 1997, Bill Monroe was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Today in 1997, Lee Ann Womack's self-titled album was released.
Today in 1998, Rascal Flatts' Gary LeVox married Tara Richardson.
Today in 2000, Brooks & Dunn and Alan Jackson were included in the NBC-TV special honoring Arista Records' 25th anniversary.
Today in 2001, John Michael Montgomery had surgery in Lexington, Kentucky to mend a broken leg.
Today in 2001, Eddy Arnold received a lifetime achievement award in Nashville during the Tennessee Arts Commission's Governor's Awards.
Today in 2003, June Carter Cash died at a Nashville hospital from complications following heart surgery. She was 73.
Today in 2004, Gretchen Wilson debuted on the Grand Ole Opry.
Today in 2004, Rascal Flatts' Jay DeMarcus married Allison Alderson in Nashville.
Today in 2005, Songwriter Wayne Perry died. He wrote such hits as Tim McGraw's "Not A Moment Too Soon," Collin Raye's "Every Second," and Lorrie Morgan's "What Part Of No."
Today in 2005, Bobby Pinson released his debut album, "Man Like Me."
Today in 2005, Darryl Worley performed "I Miss My Friend" at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC for the National Peace Officers Memorial Service. President George W. Bush was among those in the audience.
Today in 2005, Toby Keith performed for U.S. troops stationed in Mosul, Iraq.
Today in 2007, Kenny Chesney was named Entertainer of the Year for a third consecutive year at the Academy of Country Music Awards. George Strait and Carrie Underwood each took three trophies including Top Male and Female Vocalists, while three-time winner Brooks & Dunn extended their record to 14 wins in the Top Vocal Duo category. Others earning nods included Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Rodney Atkins, Miranda Lambert, and Little Big Town.
Today in 2007, Kathy Mattea returned to West Virginia University to accept an honorary doctorate of the arts. Mattea had left college to pursue music before she earned a degree. She had been studying engineering.
Today in 2007, Shooter Jennings and his girlfriend, actress Drea de Matteo, confirmed that they were expecting a child together.
Today in 2007, Vince Gill and Trisha Yearwood were featured on the cover of "Ladies Home Journal."
Today in 2007, new CD releases included Gretchen Wilson's "One of the Boys," John Anderson's "Easy Money," and Little Texas' "Live and Loud."
Today in 2008, word surfaced that Shania Twain and her husband Robert John "Mutt" Lange had separated.
Today in 2008, Gretchen Wilson received her high school diploma. The singer, who had dropped out of school as a teenager, passed her GED exam a month earlier.
Today in 2010, Miranda Lambert hosted her 3rd annual "Cause for the Paws," a fundraiser for the Humane Society of East Texas, at Villa Di Felicity in Tyler, Texas.
Today in 2011, Keith Urban and Bill Anderson received markers on Nashville's Music City Walk of Fame.
Today in 2011, Chely Wright's best-seller "Like Me" hit stores in paperback. For the new edition of the book Chely wrote a new chapter, in which she describes what happened since she came out in the spring of 2010.
Today in 2012, Ricky Skaggs celebrated his 30th anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry with a special Opry show that featured Alison Krauss, Josh Turner, Edens Edge, Dailey & Vincent, and others.
Today in 2012, new album releases included Willie Nelson's "Heroes."
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