Nashville News and Notes for WEDNESDAY

Luke Bryan Tops Billboard 200 With "Crash My Party"


Luke Bryan is crashing the party at the top of the Billboard 200.  "Billboard" says the country star's latest effort, "Crash My Party," debuted at number one on the album chart after selling just under 528-thousand copies in its first week out.  The impressive total gives Bryan the third best debut of the year behind only Justin Timberlake and Jay Z.  Timberlake's "20/20 Experience" leads the way with an opening week of 968-thousand, while Jay's "Magna Carta Holy Grail" started with just over 528-thousand.  Bryan's achievement also puts him near the top when it comes to the past decade's male country artists.  "Crash My Party" is the biggest selling album from a country gent since Tim McGraw's "Live Like You Were Dying" sold 766-thousand copies back in 2004.


Chris Young Back To Work


Chris Young is going back to work just days after leaving the hospital.  He will resume touring Thursday in Mountain View, California.  The singer has been recuperating from a bacterial infection resulting from a small cut on his leg.  Chris was admitted to a  Denver hospital while on his way to a show in Kalispell, Montana last Tuesday after going into septic shock. Doctors scheduled emergency surgery on August 15th which removed the infection from Chris’ leg.


Doctors advised the singer to wait a week after surgery to resume touring.  He rejoins Brad Paisley’s “Beat This Summer” tour on Thursday.  His show that was cancelled in Redding, California has been rescheduled for September 8th.  Chris thanks his fans for their prayers and support, and says he cannot wait to get back out on the road. Fans can chat with him on Twitter @ChrisYoungMusic.


Sheryl Crow, Florida Georgia Line TO Announce CMA Nominees


Sheryl Crow and the boys from Florida Georgia Line will announce the finalists for the 47th annual CMA awards on September 10th.  The announcement will be made live from the stage of ABC’s “Good Morning America."  That's also the same day Sheryl’s very first country album will be released.  The Grammy winner singer says CMA announcement day is something country artists look forward to.  She should know, as she has been nominated three times for a CMA award. 


Among those anxious to hear the announcements are her co-conspirators for the day, Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line. The artists will announce the final CMA nominees in five categories beginning at 8:30 p.m. Eastern on “Good Morning America.” Following the announcement, they will go to the Best Buy Theatre in Times Square to read the finalists in the remaining seven CMA categories.


Taylor Swift Brings Sara Bareilles, Cher Lloyd On Stage


Taylor Swift doesn't mind sharing the spotlight.  During her Monday night concert at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, she brought on not one, but two, surprise guests.  British pop singer Cher Lloyd was the first to join her on stage, performing her single "Want U Back" with the country star.  Later, Taylor introduced Sara Bareilles who she also joined on her latest single "Brave."  Fan videos posted to YouTube show Taylor singing Sara's praises, calling her a singer-songwriter "who's so incredibly talented it's ridiculous."  She then called the song "so original" and  "beautifully written."  "Brave" made headlines last week when Katy Perry was accused of ripping it off on her single "Roar."  Some sites, like "The Huffington Post," are wondering whether Taylor's gracious introduction may have been a subtle dig at Katy - who is currently dating one of her exes, John Mayer. 


Taylor's "Red" tour continues at the Staples Center this Friday and Saturday.


Kip Moore To Be Featured on GAC


Kip Moore will be featured on the GAC special "Introducing: Kip Moore" on September 1st.  The show takes fans on the journey from Kip's early years through his recent success in country music.  In the feature, Kip acknowledges his late father for teaching him to love music.  He also recalls hearing the music of Willie Nelson, Bruce Springsteen and Bob Seger play in the car.  Kip says listening to that music shaped him as a songwriter.


The show will include exclusive footage of Kip when he was a surfer in Hawaii and backstage video from recent concerts. "Introducing: Kip Moore" will debut at 11:30 a.m. on September 1st on GAC.


Tracy Lawrence Says New Album Isn't Out Of Comfort Zone


Tracy Lawrence says the songs on his new album "Headlights, Taillights, and Radios" may be a little different, but they don't take him out of his comfort zone.


But Tracy says some of the new songs do take him away from traditional country music.  He cites his current single, "Footprints on the Moon," and album tracks like "Blacktop" and "Good Girl" as examples of the album's more modern tunes.  Meanwhile, says he's happy with "Headlights, Taillights, and Radios'" opening-day sales numbers.  The album entered the iTunes Country Albums chart at number nine after it was released on Tuesday.


Alabama Learns Influence With Upcoming Tribute Album


Alabama's Teddy Gentry says he and his bandmates wanted the guests on their upcoming "Alabama and Friends" tribute album to put their own spin on some of the country icons' biggest hits.  He adds that it was also nice to hear the stories that contributors like Jamey Johnson brought to the recording.


Gentry says they never knew what kind of influence they had on today's country entertainers until they started making this album.  "Alabama and Friends" -- which also features Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, and more -- is available for pre-order now on iTunes.  It's due out August 27th, but fans can visit to stream the album ahead of time.


Brad Paisley Plans To Extend Summer With Hit Single


Summer may be coming to an end, but Brad Paisley plans to extend it as long as he can with his 22nd chart-topper, "Beat This Summer."


Brad argues that summer is never really over if you remember it.  And he says it's fun to have a song like "Beat This Summer" that takes him back to his own summers, adding that this time of year is probably the most magical when you're a kid.


Paisley will continue his “Beat This Summer” tour later this week with three dates in California. He travels to Mountain Valley on Thursday, Wheatland on Friday and San Bernardino on Saturday.


The LACS Release Third Studio Album


The LACS released their third studio album, "Keep It Redneck," on Tuesday.  The duo, which hails from southern Georgia, say the tune is a "play it loud and proud" song that urges people to stay true to their roots.  The album is filled with southern pride songs, including "Smoke Stack," which group members Clay "Uncle Snap" Sharpe and Brian "Rooster" King say will make mud-boggers and diesel-drivers proud.  Explaining that they couldn’t do an album without a sad song, the duo included "She’s Runnin'." 


The tune is a tale of love gone wrong, but in The LACS own unique way.  The album also includes guest artists Sarah Ross from Season 12 "American Idol" on the beach-themed summer song, "Relacs." JJ Lawhorn and Colt Ford join them on the remix of "Field Party."


Celebrity Birthdays Include


Kenny Rogers is 75.

Statler Brother Harold Reid is 74,

Guitarist James Burton is 74.  He's worked with Elvis Presley and the Everly Brothers.

Former Mavericks guitarist Nick Kane is 59.


Today In Country Music History


Today in 1961, Patsy Cline recorded the Willie Nelson composition "Crazy."


Today in 1965, Waylon Jennings made his chart debut with "That's The Chance I'll Have To Take."


Today in 1976, RCA Victor announced that sales of Elvis Presley records had passed the 400 million mark.


Today in 1979, "The Devil Went Down To Georgia" single by the Charlie Daniels Band was certified Gold.


Today in 1981, Willie Nelson's "Greatest Hits (& Some That Will Be)" album was released.


Today in 1992, Tracy Lawrence's single "Runnin' Behind" topped the charts.


Today in 1999, Alan Jackson headlined Brazil's largest rodeo, the Barreto Rodeo.  The ten-day event drew almost two-million people, with Alan playing before a crowd of 50-thousand.


Today in 1999, Sara Evans and hubby Craig Schelske welcomed their first child, son Avery Jack Lyons Schelske, at a hospital in Nashville.


Today in 2001, new releases included Mark Will's album "Loving Every Minute."


Today in 2001, Billy Gilman and Amy Grant performed at the groundbreaking ceremony for a new addition to the Target House in Memphis.  The facility is considered a "home away from home" for patients at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and their families.


Today in 2007, Taylor Swift was among the performers on the season finale of NBC's "America's Got Talent."  She joined 14-year old finalist Julienne Irwin after Irwin expressed her desire to sing a duet with Swift if she made it to the end of the competition


Today in 2007, Pam Tillis and Brenda Lee performed at "Honky-Tonk Angels for Habitat," a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity in Nashville.  The 200-dollar tickets included a meet-and-greet with the artists at the Cannery Ballroom.


Today in 2007, new album releases included Travis Tritt's "The Storm" and Joe Nichols' "Real Things."


Today in 2007, Halfway To Hazard's self-titled debut album entered the iTunes chart at number one.


Today in 2008, Sugarland's "Love on the Inside" marked its third week at number one on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.


Today in 2010, Brad Paisley headlined his first stadium show, leading the bill for the 7th annual New England Country Music Festival.  Other performers included Sara Evans Jason Aldean, Darius Rucker, and Easton Corbin.


Today in 2010, George Jones was inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame with a ceremony in Carthage, Texas.  Mel Tillis and the Statesiders performed at the event.


Today in 2011, Sheryl Crow sold her 1959 Mercedes convertible in an auction to raise money for tornado relief efforts in Joplin, Missouri.  The car fetched 130-thousand-dollars.


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