Dierks Bentley-Led "Country Cares Concert" Raises 476-Thousand
Dierks Bentley isn't just raising the spirits of people in his home state, he's raising a lot of money as well. The Phoenix-born country star was the headliner for Monday night's "Country Cares Concert," which brought in more than 476-thousand-dollars. The money is going to the families of the 19 Arizona firefighters who were killed last month battling the Yarnell Hill blaze. The Band Perry, Randy Houser, and David Nail also took part at the show. They performed for a capacity crowd in Prescott Valley, Arizona, including members of the fallen firefighters' families and the sole survivor from the Granite Mountain Hot Shots crew.
Jimmy Wayne Writing His Autobiography
Jimmy Wayne is putting his life story in print. The country star says in his book he's highlighting his teen years, when he finally found a family.
Prior to finding a stable home Wayne had a tumultuous upbringing, living in foster homes, a county home, and on the streets. In recent years the singer has become an advocate for foster children and other at-risk kids through Project Meet Me Halfway. He launched the charitable effort in 2010 with a seven-month, 17-hundred-mile walk from Nashville to Phoenix. Wayne says the walk, which he will also discuss in his book, gave him a new perspective on life which led to a change in his priorities.
Keith Urban Introducing New Video On "GMA" This Morning
Keith Urban is ready to unveil the clip to his latest single, "Little Bit Of Everything." The country star says the video is reminiscent of the 1998 film "The Truman Show."
Fans can get a "first look" at Keith's video on ABC's "Good Morning America" this morning. The preview will be part of the show's 8:00 a.m. hour. The full video will then be posted at ABC.com. "Little Bit Of Everything" is the lead-off single from Urban's upcoming album, "Fuse," which will be released on September 10th.
Justin Moore Excited About Upcoming NASCAR Race
Justin Moore has a busy weekend ahead of him. The country star will be taking part in the festivities surrounding the Brickyard 400. Justin says he's excited about the event.
Justin will perform a full concert at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Saturday night, and give a mini track-side performance before Sunday's race begins.
Moore adds that this weekend's race is special to him because it's giving him an opportunity to support the troops. The singer recently recorded the new song "Heroes" for Crown Royal’s "Your Hero's Name Here" program, and Sunday's race has officially been renamed for this year's honoree, Marine Samuel Deeds. Moore's song is now available for free at CrownHeroesSong.com. Crown Royal is donating a dollar to the Armed Forces Foundation for every download through Sunday.
Little Big Town Reminding Fans Of Dangers Of Drunk Driving
Little Big Town's Kimberly Schlapman is speaking from experience in cautioning fans against drinking and driving. The country star made her appeal via Twitter on Monday, following the sentencing of the man who killed her husband's brother in a drunk driving accident last November. The singer tweeted that the man was "sentenced to 22 yrs in prison," but "that doesn't bring our brother back." Kimberly's husband, Stephen Schlapman, appears to be accepting the way the case has been resolved, tweeting, "Guilt admitted, remorse expressed, forgiveness requested and granted." Kimberly added that she's married to "a gracious man."
Florida Georgia Line Applying Lessons Learned As Openers To Headlining
Florida Georgia Line's Brian Kelley says he and Tyler Hubbard have had some great headlining role models. The country duo has been opening shows this year for Taylor Swift and Luke Bryan, and Brian tells Billboard.com that the duo has been "taking notes." He explains that there's "a reason" Swift and Bryan are selling out shows and winning awards, so he and Hubbard are "taking it all in, seeing how they're doing it." Kelley adds that Swift and Bryan are "great performers" who've been "nothing but amazing" to him and Hubbard, and they're "pumped to be out on the road with 'em."
Florida Georgia Line recently announced dates for their first headlining trek. The "Here's To The Good Times Tour 2013" will begin in Brookings, South Dakota on October 3rd.
Kellie Pickler Open To An Acting Career
Kellie Pickler says music is her "number one priority." But the country star tells "Rolling Stone" she's open to other opportunities -- like the chance she had earlier this year to compete on "Dancing With The Stars." Her winning run on the ABC reality series gave a boost to her already popular TV profile, and the offers are streaming in. Kellie says she'd sign on for a show, but only if it's "the right role." The singer adds that she'd also consider a run on Broadway, explaining that she likes "to try new things" and sees no reason why she "can't do it all." But Pickler says the project "would have to be worth the sacrifice of taking time off from music."
Pickler recently released the video to her current single, "Someone Somewhere Tonight." The track is the lead-off release to Kellie's next album, which will be her follow up to 2012's "100 Proof."
Jennifer Nettles Picks Debut Solo Single
Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles has picked "That Girl" to be the lead-off single from her upcoming debut solo album. Billboard.com says the country singer introduced the track along with four other songs at an event in Nashville on Monday. Nettles described "That Girl" as a counterpoint of sorts to Dolly Parton's "Jolene." She explained that it's from the perspective of a woman who "has obviously been bamboozled," and once she realizes it calls the other woman explaining she's "not that girl," but her man is "being that guy." Nettles' "That Girl" is slated for an August release.
Spotify Study: Piracy Increases After Music Festivals
Spotify is taking a closer look at music piracy in an effort to highlight the benefits of online streaming. According to the BBC's Newsbeat, a new study from the streaming company finds that piracy increases after music festivals, and that artists who wait to stream their music online are more likely to be pirated. Spotify tracked the sales, streams, and BitTorrent downloads of two acts at a Dutch music festival last year. They found that unauthorized downloads "skyrocketed" after the bands performed at the event, while legal sales and Spotify's streaming counts were relatively unaffected. Spotify says the increases "merit further study," but suggest that they may be caused by music lovers' need for "instant gratification." Spotify also argues that "instant gratification" is one of the reasons artists who put their new releases on Spotify and other services right away are less likely to be pirated. For example, One Direction's album "Take Me Home" was streamed without delay and sold about four legal copies per BitTorrent download. On the other hand, Taylor Swift waited to start streaming her album "Red," and sold only one legal copy per BitTorrent download.
Spotify also notes that music piracy is falling in the Netherlands, where they have been "surprisingly successful." They conclude that the best way to fight illegal downloads is a "combination of superior legal offerings to the consumer alongside effective public policy to improve the climate for copyright online."
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Today In Country Music History
Today in 1948, Opry legend Roy Acuff announced his intent to run for governor of Tennessee. When he made his bid for office against the incumbent, he lost. He also launched two other unsuccessful campaigns for the job.
Today in 1982, Alabama topped the "Billboard" singles chart with "Take Me Down."
Today in 1985, Kenny Rogers was named the first winner of the Roy Acuff Humanitarian Award by the Country Music Foundation.
Today in 1989, Ricky Van Shelton's album "Wild-Eyed Dream" was certified Platinum.
Today in 1990, Kathy Mattea's "Willow In The Wind" album was certified Gold.
Today in 1991, Randy Travis' album "Heroes And Friends" was certified Platinum.
Today in 1992, Billy Ray Cyrus' "Some Gave All" project was certified triple Platinum.
Today in 1992, Billy Dean topped the country charts with the single "Billy the Kid."
Today in 1996, BlackHawk's self-titled debut album was certified double Platinum.
Today in 1998, Tanya Tucker filed a 300-thousand-dollar lawsuit against Capitol Records Nashville, claiming the label willfully neglected her career.
Today in 2001, Tracy Byrd's album "Ten Rounds" arrived in stores.
Today in 2002, Darryl Worley's album "I Miss My Friend" debuted at number one on the "Billboard" Country Album chart.
Today in 2002, Cyndi Thomson's debut album, "My World," was certified Gold.
Today in 2003, Shania Twain threw out the first pitch and sang "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" during the seventh inning stretch at the Chicago Cubs-Philadelphia Phillies game in Chicago's Wrigley Field.
Today in 2003, Doug Stone helped launch Toys for Tots program for the Middle Tennessee branch of the United States Marine Corps Reserves at an event in Nashville.
Today in 2004, Toby Keith headlined his first stadium date at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The bill included Gretchen Wilson, Montgomery Gentry, Jo Dee Messina, Hal Ketchum and Scott Emerick.
Today in 2006, Mindy McCready pleaded guilty in Nashville to violating her probation the previous year by leaving the state without approval from her probation officer.
Today in 2006, Porter Wagoner was moved out of intensive care at a Nashville-area hospital as he recovered from surgery he had earlier in the month for an abdominal aortic aneurysm.
Today in 2007, Grand Ole Opry member Porter Wagoner along with Marty Stuart opened for rockers The White Stripes at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Today in 2007, new releases included Billy Ray Cyrus' album "Home At Last," Waylon Jennings CD "The Essential Waylon Jennings," and Jennings' CD/DVD set "Never Say Die: The Final Concert Film."
Today in 2007, Pat Green received a special Crystal Cross award from the American Red Cross in recognition of his service to the organization.
Today in 2007, Miranda Lambert and Jack Ingram taped their "CMT Cross Country" episode in Nashville.
Today in 2012, Trace Adkins helped launch the "Drops of Good" community revitalization program by demonstrating his construction skills, and helped out with the restoration of the Urban Ministry Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Today in 2012, new releases included Toby Keith's single "I Like Girls That Drink Beer" and Love And Theft's self-titled album, their first studio effort as a duo.
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