Nashville News and Notes for WEDNESDAY

Keith Urban Explains Actual Significance Of Winning "American Idol"


Keith Urban says earning the "America Idol" title is "a huge moment" for any aspiring singer.  But the country star explains that it's just one of many challenges they'll have to face on their way to launching a music career.


Another hopeful is on their way to becoming the next "American Idol," and a number of guest stars will take part in the TV event.  Jennifer Nettles is slated to perform with finalist Jessica Meuse, who finished the competition in fourth place.  Lady Antebellum will use the show to debut their new single, "Bartender."  Darius Rucker will also be on hand, along with KISS, Jason Mraz, and others.  The season 13 "American Idol" finale will air on Fox Wednesday night at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.


Tim McGraw, Justin Moore, Alabama Perform On "The Voice" Finale


Tim McGraw has another new song for fans.  The country star was among the guest performers on the season six finale of NBC's "The Voice" Tuesday night.  He used his appearance to debut the track "City Lights."


"City Lights" is expected to be on Tim's upcoming album, "Sundown Heaven Town."  The track is available from iTunes now.  Its arrival comes just six weeks after the release of McGraw's new duet with wife Faith Hill, "Meanwhile Back At Mamas."  Tim's album is due in September.


Justin Moore and Alabama also took part in "The Voice" finale.  Justin performed his current single, "Lettin' The Night Roll," while Alabama teamed up with Blake Shelton's finalist, Jake Worthington, on their classic hit "Mountain Music."  But Jake wasn't able to make Blake a four-time winner as a coach.  Team Usher's Josh Kaufman took the title, along with the 100-thousand-dollar prize and recording contract.  Jake finished in second place.


Clothing Company Sues Taylor Swift Over Same-Name Brand


A clothing company is suing to shut down Taylor Swift's own Lucky 13 clothing line.  According to court documents obtained by TMZ, Robert Kloetzly, whose company is also called Lucky 13, says the country-pop superstar is confusing consumers with her same-name brand.  Kloetzly is reportedly seeking all profits Swift has made off of her Lucky 13 merchandise.  He further accuses Taylor of hijacking the target demographic for his clothing line through her music video for "I Knew You Were Trouble."  In his lawsuit, Kloetzly alleges that the clip could be an ad for his Lucky 13 brand because it, "depicts stylish, attractive tattooed individuals in provocative situations."


Luke Bryan Makes Chart History With Latest Number One


Luke Bryan has another chart-topping hit.  But this time the accomplishment has added significance. says the country star's latest single, "Play It Again" has climbed to number one on the Country Airplay list to mark the ninth time he's led the list.  "Play It Again" leapt over the number two song, Florida Georgia Line's "This Is How We Roll," to take the top spot.  Bryan is a featured performer on the duo's hit, making him the first singer to have the number one and number two song on the list since the chart was launched in January 1990.


Joe Nichols Celebrating Birth Of New Daughter


Joe Nichols has another little girl.  The country star used Twitter to announce the birth of daughter Georgia Blue, who made her arrival into the world Tuesday morning.  He added in his tweet that Georgia tipped the scales at a healthy seven-pounds, four-ounces, and that mom and baby are both "doing great."  Nichols' rep is sharing a few more details with "People."  The newest member of the Nichols clan has brown hair and brown eyes, measures 19-and-a-half-inches, and was born in Texas.


Georgia is the second child for Joe and his wife, Heather.  The couple just celebrated daughter Dylan's second birthday last month.  Joe also has a 15-year-old daughter, Ashelyn, from a previous relationship.


John Rich Reveals Details For Annual St. Jude Benefit


John Rich has enlisted Clint Black, Randy Houser, and his Big & Rich partner Big Kenny Alphin for his upcoming benefit for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.  Deana Carter and Cowboy Troy are also on board for the country star's third annual "St. Jude Presents John Rich & Friends" fundraiser.  And Rich appreciates the support.  He says he's "very blessed to have such giving friends in the music industry who continue to show up and play this incredible event year in and year out."  The concert, billed as "An Evening of Songs, Stories and Hope," is set for the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts in Memphis, Tennessee on June 3rd.


Motley Crue Country Tribute Album Details Revealed


Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx admits honoring the group with a country tribute album took more than a few people by surprise.  But the bassist says he thinks it's actually a pretty good idea -- especially after he heard who would be involved.


Sixx adds that every Motley Crue song he's written was composed on an acoustic guitar, and originally had a more laid back, country feel until the band made the song "what it gets turned into."  The rocker explains that when "a song is great, it's great," and can be performed in almost any style and sound good.


In addition to LeAnn Rimes' version of "Smokin' in the Boys Room," the 15-track set will feature Brantley Gilbert covering "Girls, Girls, Girls" and Florida Georgia Line putting their stamp on "If I Die Tomorrow."  Justin Moore, Rascal Flatts, and Gretchen Wilson are some of the other stars who contribute to the disc.  "Nashville Outlaws: A Tribute to Motley Crue" will be released on July 8th.


"Nashville Outlaws: A Tribute to Motley Crue" Track Listing


1. Rascal Flatts, "Kickstart My Heart"

2. Florida Georgia Line, "If I Die Tomorrow"

3. LeAnn Rimes, "Smokin' in the Boys Room"

4. Justin Moore, "Home Sweet Home"

5. Cassadee Pope with Robin Zander, "The Animal in Me"

6. Aaron Lewis, "Afraid"

7. Big and Rich, "SOS"

8. Sam Palladio and Clare Bowen, "Without You"

9. Eli Young Band, "Don't Go Away Mad"

10. Lauren Jenkins, "Looks That Kill"

11. The Cadillac Three, "Live Wire"

12. The Mavericks, "Dr. Feelgood"

13. Brantley Gilbert, "Girls, Girls, Girls"

14. Gretchen Wilson, "Wild Side"

15. Darius Rucker, "Time for Change"


Miranda Lambert Admits Feeling Pressure With Upcoming Album


Miranda Lambert says her past achievements didn't fill her with confidence as she worked on her new album, "Platinum."  The country star explains that she worried about the project,  because success creates standards she's now expected to meet.


Miranda adds that she felt a responsibility to create something that sounded new and fresh while still remaining true to herself.  "Platinum" features Lambert's current single, "Automatic," as well as the Carrie Underwood duet "Somethin' Bad."  The album will be in stores on June 3rd.  Miranda will launch her "Platinum Tour" in Fort Loramie, Ohio on July 10th.


Danielle Bradbery Pleased With Video To Latest Single


Danielle Bradbery says she's excited about her new music video.  The country newcomer recently unveiled the clip to her latest single, "Young In America."  She admits she had a blast making the video.


Danielle adds that she's looking forward to getting feedback on the clip, and discovering what her fans think of it.  "Young In America" is the second single from Bradbery's self-titled debut album, following the hit "The Heart of Dixie."


The Band Perry Honored To Entertain, Support U.S. Troops


The Band Perry's Neil Perry says the group has always supported America's military.  But the country star says playing their first USO show in Britain earlier this year gave them a new perspective, and a greater appreciation of the troops' sacrifice.

Kimberly Perry adds that she and her brothers are glad they can give back.  But she admits anything they do for the troops "seems so small" compared to what military members are doing for the nation.  The singer explains that in addition to their willingness to leave all the comforts of home to be stationed in a foreign country, they're also prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice and give their lives for our country.


Country TV Tonight


AMERICAN IDOL (FOX) Lady Antebellum, Jennifer Nettles, and Darius Rucker are among the special guests slated to appear on the season 13 finale, which also wraps up Keith Urban's second year as a judge on the reality show.




Today In Country Music History


Today in 1976, the "All The Love In The World" album by Mac Davis was certified Gold.


Today in 1977, Waylon Jennings topped the charts with the single "Luckenbach, Texas."


Today in 1983, John Conlee topped the charts with the single "Common Man."


Today in 1991, Lee Greenwood's video "God Bless The U.S.A" was certified Gold and Platinum, while George Strait's album "Chill Of An Early Fall" was certified Gold.


Today in 1993, Alan Jackson's single "Chattahoochee" was released.


Today in 1993, Dwight Yoakam's "Ain't That Lonely Yet" topped the charts.


Today in 1994, John Barry had his first number one with "Your Love Amazes Me."


Today in 1994, Trisha Yearwood and the Mavericks' Robert Reynolds were married at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.  They later divorced.


Today in 1998, Garth Brooks album "No Fences" was certified for multi-platinum sales of 14-million.


Today in 2000, the animated Fox series "King of the Hill" went to Fan Fair.  The show featured cartoon versions of Clint and Lisa Hartman Black, Brooks & Dunn, Terri Clark, Charlie Daniels, Vince Gill, Martina McBride, Randy Travis and Wynonna, which were also voiced by the stars themselves.

Today in 2000, Willie Nelson's voice was heard in a segment of Fox's animated series "The Simpsons."


Today in 2001, Faith Hill sang the national anthem prior to the premier of the movie "Pearl Harbor" in Hawaii.  Lee Greenwood sang "God Bless the U.S.A."


Today in 2001, Tim McGraw's trial for assault charges resumed with a new judge in Orchard Park, New York.  The singer was served with a personal injury suit.  Kenny Chesney was also named in that suit.


Today in 2002, new releases included self-titled albums from Mark Chesnutt, Emerson Drive, and Little Big Town.


Today in 2002, police stopped Jo Dee Messina for jaywalking on Ventura Boulevard while she was jogging in Los Angeles. They decided not to press charges when they found out she was from out of town.


Today in 2002, Sara Evans' then-husband, Craig Schelske, lost his bid for a congressional seat in Oregon's primary.


Today in 2002, Willie Nelson and Sheryl Crow taped an "CMT Crossroads" on the Sony Pictures lot in Los Angeles. The two sang their hits as well as the Johnny Cash & June Carter classic "Jackson."


Today in 2003, Toby Keith was named Entertainer of the year at the 38th annual Academy of Country Music Awards.  Other winners included Alan Jackson, Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, Brooks & Dunn, Emerson Drive, Joe Nichols, and Kellie Coffey.  In addition, Alabama earned the prestigious ACM Pioneer Award, while George Strait received Gene Weed Special Achievement Award.


Today in 2003, Tim McGraw performed a free concert at the Fort Carson Army Base near Colorado Springs, Colorado for military personnel and their families.


Today in 2004, Montgomery Gentry made their debut on NBC's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno."


Today in 2004, Gretchen Wilson climbed to the top of "Radio & Records'" country chart with her debut hit, "Redneck Woman."


Today in 2004, Wynonna Judd performed at the Pentagon in Washington, DC.  She was part of an event sponsored by the USO that was part of National Military Appreciation Month.


Today in 2005, Eddie Montgomery rode in a parade in his hometown of Danville, Kentucky for Armed Forces Day.


Today in 2006, Grand Ole Opry member Billy Walker, his wife Bettie and two band members were killed in an auto accident near Fort Deposit, AlabamaWalker's grandson, Joshua Brooks, was critically injured in the crash.


Today in 2006, Montgomery Gentry hosted the Celebrity Motorcycle Ride in Las Vegas, Nevada in conjunction with the Academy of Country Music Awards.


Today in 2006, Toby Keith held his third annual Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic in his native Oklahoma. The tournament benefited Ally's House, an organization which helps the families of Oklahoma pediatric cancer patients. The two-day event included a celebrity golf tournament, silent auction, gala dinner and Toby and friends concert.


Today in 2006, Josh Turner and his wife Jennifer announced they were expecting the arrival of their first baby in the fall. 


Today in 2006, the CW network announced that it would renew the sitcom "Reba," starring Reba McEntire, for 13 episodes as a midseason replacement.


Today in 2007, Montgomery Gentry opened for Dr. Maya Angelou when she appeared at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville.


Today in 2008, Carrie Underwood was one of the guest performers on "American Idol's" seventh season finale.


Today in 2010, Brad Paisley launched his "H2O Tour" as scheduled, even though he lost much of his touring equipment just three weeks earlier in Nashville's flood.


Today in 2010, David Allen Coe and Larry the Cable Guy performed at the opening night dinner of Toby Keith's two-day charity event in Norman, Oklahoma.  The Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic raised money for the OK Kids Korral at the Oklahoma University Medical Center.


Today in 2011, Taylor Swift opened up the final dress rehearsal for her "Speak Now" tour to the public to raise money for storm relief efforts following the devastating tornado outbreak that struck the South and Midwest a few weeks earlier.  Her benefit raised more than 750-thousand-dollars.


Today in 2011, Chely Wright and her father, Stan Wright received The Voice and Visibility Award from the National Center for Lesbian Rights at an event in San Francisco.


Today in 2012, Gloriana appeared on "The Bachelorette," performing a "surprise concert" in Charlotte, North Carolina for "Bachelorette" Emily Maynard and one of her dates.


Today in 2013, Kellie Pickler became the season 16 winner on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars."  She captured the show's mirrorball trophy with Derek Hough -- Julianne Hough's brother.


Today in 2013, Blake Shelton announced that he would stage a televised fundraiser "really quickly" to help in the immediate aftermath of the deadly tornado that tore through Moore, Oklahoma a day earlier.  The singer hosted the benefit in Oklahoma City nine days later.


Today in 2013, Miranda Lambert joined Blake Shelton on "The Voice," opening the show with a special performance of her hit "Over You" as a tribute to the victims of the Moore, Oklahoma tornado a day earlier.  Shelton is an Oklahoma native, while the couple lives in a small town 100 miles south-southeast of Moore.


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