Rascal Flatts hit the road with Sara Evans and Hunter Hayes this month for their Thaw Out Tour. Even with all the mayhem of being on the road, the guys in the band say they’re excited about 2012, as this tour is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to all they’ve got on the docket for this year. The trio will drop their eighth studio album, ‘Changed,’ on April 3, before embarking on a summer tour.
With February sweeps about to begin, Ellen DeGeneres is reportedly upping the ante for her daytime talk show, enticing her television audience with appearances from some of the biggest stars — from Christina Aguilera to First Lady Michelle Obama. One joint interview we’re especially excited about is her upcoming chat with Taylor Swift and Zac Efron, who will be talking about their Dr. Seuss film ‘The Lorax,’ which hits theaters on March 2.
With Lady Antebellum‘s Hillary Scott having tied the knot this month and Dave Haywood having proposed to his girlfriend in December, all three members of the trio are enjoying all the changes that come from leaving the single life behind. And, hey, now that marriage is figured out, why not start thinking about the next phase: a tour bus that can accommodate babies.
For the first time ever, the Academy of Country Music is taking a totally different spin on the way they unroll their awards. This year, they’re hitting the internet and announcing the 2012 ACM Awards nominees on Facebook and Twitter, with the bulk of the nominations being unveiled during a digital press conference on Thursday, Jan. 26 at 6:30 AM PT.
Garth Brooks has seen more than his share of ups and downs during the past week. Last Tuesday (Jan. 17) he appeared in a Rogers County, Okla. court to put to rest a dispute that has been running for more than 10 years. After about seven hours testifying on Friday (Jan. 20), Brooks is expected to appear in court for a third time today, this time to make his final plea. This all came during the same week he was proclaimed the best-selling artist of the Soundscan era.
Two of Nashville’s biggest entertainment moguls announced last week that they will be partnering for a new 114-acre family entertainment zone in Nashville. Dolly Parton‘s Dollywood Company is embarking on this new project with Gaylord Entertainment, the company that owns the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, as well as the Ryman Auditorium, Wildhorse Saloon, WSM-AM and more of Nashville’s main attractions.
With 2012 just beginning to unfold, Billboard and the Nielsen Company compiled their annual year-end music industry report, providing a top 10 list of the best-selling artists of the entire Soundscan era. Sitting atop the list is Garth Brooks with a whopping 68.5 million sales, more than 3 million over the number two artist on the list — The Beatles with 63.3 million.
First we surfed the web, and then we blogged, and now we’re writing messages on walls, friending each other on Facebook and tweeting about the latest news. Lady Antebellum just got in on the latest internet phenom: Pinterest, a website where members can “pin” their favorite things to “boards” so their friends can keep up with everything from DIY projects to new recipes, decorating ideas and fashion muses.
In her recent cover story in Vogue, Taylor Swift was portrayed with class and a sharp intellect. In an interview where she was zipping around from one designer to another, chatting excitedly and raving about each new collection, Swift also opened up about the iconic figures who have resonated deeply with her during her life and career.
Taylor Swift has been sporting a new look lately, with her trademark locks straightened into a more chic coiffure as if to say she’s stepping into a new phase of maturity, or a new benchmark in life. Swift’s new look made its most recent appearance on the February cover of Vogue, with Swift in a wide-rimmed floppy hat, her deep blues sparkling against her daffodil shirt.
Last night, Blake Shelton surprised his Toledo, Ohio audience by performing Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson‘s duet ‘Don’t You Wanna Stay,’ and of course he couldn’t do it alone. As heard in the fan video below, Shelton launched into Aldean’s part and left the audience wondering just how he was going to cover the female vocal for the duet.
EMI recording artist Eric Church released his most recent album, ‘Chief,’ in July, and now he’s riding the waves of that record’s popularity with the overwhelming response to his headlining tour — the Blood, Sweat and Beers Tour. Because of the success of his tour to this point, Church just announced that he’s adding a second leg to the tour, including cities like Nashville, New York City, Minneapolis and more.
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