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Keith Urban Brings Pitbull Into Album Fold

Posted on: March 28th, 2016 by Chris

Keith Urban’s next studio album will be very different. In a new interview with Rolling Stone, he says a collaboration with Pitbull called “Sun” which includes a rap verse — a first for one of his records.

“He brings a mischievous, sexy swagger to it, in a very different way,” Keith tells the magazine.

Another track called “Gone Tomorrow, Here Today” producer Jeff Bhasker calls a “banjo fusion.” According to Rolling Stone, it features a lick where Urban’s banjo sounds like a sitar. That song also includes “a verse he spits so quickly it’s almost like he’s rapping.”

“This is way more than I’ve ever cut before,” he says. “It was a lot of searching, a lot of experimenting, and when you get to work with as many people as I did, you end up with a lot of stuff.”
Keith also collaborated with Nile Rogers and busbee for a song called “Sun Don’t Let Me Down.” The song was in part inspired by Urban’s wife, Nicole Kidman.

“In the end of the first verse, it actually references my wife,” he shares. “She’s in a movie called ‘To Die For’ and in one scene she’s dancing in front of the headlights. So the lyric goes: ‘There in the headlights, dancing like she’s in a movie scene. To die for, and she’s killing me.’”

Other song titles revealed in the article include “Blue Ain’t Your Color,” which Rolling Stone likens to “a waltz-like ballad,” as well as what they call “a U2-style anthem” titled “Boy Gets a Truck.”

‘Ripcord’ is due out May 6.

Source: Taste Of Country

Kelsea Ballerini Reacts To ACM Win

Posted on: March 24th, 2016 by Chris

Kelsea Ballerini has been on a steady path to country stardom since her first single, “Love Me Like You Mean It,” was released, but the artist is continually surprised by her success.

She posted a photo on Instagram on March 23 showing her completely shocked reaction to getting the news that she’d won the 2016 ACM Award for New Female Artist. She’s seen sitting on the floor, jaw dropped, hands to her temples, as she receives the verdict. Her caption is one of complete humility and gratitude, thanking fans sincerely for getting her to where she is and noting her inability to stay calm in situations like these.

yesterday, I got a phone call from my friend Bob Romeo who let me know that I won my first ACM award for New Female artist. I don't even know what to say, so for now I will just say THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart. For making not only my dreams come true, but for making all of the people around me who work so hard have so many beautiful moments to celebrate. Here is my reaction to the call. Keeping it calm, as always.

A photo posted by Kelsea Ballerini (@kelseaballerini) on

Source: Taste Of Country

Jason Aldean Releases A Candle

Posted on: March 23rd, 2016 by Chris

Luke Bryan had a candle, Blake Shelton had a candle, now Jason Aldean is getting in the candle business!

Instead of having the candle scented after him, Jason unveiled candles made out of recycled beer bottles. The candle is named ‘Laid Back’ and has a fragrance described as “rich base of vanilla, musk and sandlewood” and is “livened up with hints of jasmine lavender and orange.” Each one costs $16 and burns up to 45 hours. Order yours here.

ACM Top New Artist Awards Handed Out

Posted on: March 23rd, 2016 by Chris

The 2016 ACM Awards aren’t for a couple of weeks yet, but the winners of the three major New Artist categories have already been announced.

Kelsea Ballerini has been named New Female Artist of the Year, and Chris Stapleton won New Male Artist of the Year. Old Dominion have been awarded New Duo/Group of the Year in the upcoming awards show, which is in its 51st year. These wins mark the first-ever ACM wins for any of the three artists.

The newcomer categories, which include New Male Vocalist of the Year, New Female Vocalist of the Year and New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year, used to be fan-voted, but they are incorporated into the professional membership voting process for the first time this year. Chris leads the ACM nominations with six additional categories, including Album of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year. Kelsea is also nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year, and Old Dominion are nominated for Vocal Group of the Year.

Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley will co-host the 2016 Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 3.

Source: Taste Of Country

Dierks Bentley Shares His Naked ACM Awards Nightmare

Posted on: March 22nd, 2016 by Chris

Dierks Bentley will be hosting the 51st ACM Awards with Luke Bryan in Las Vegas on April 3rd and he’s a little nervous. He posted this video on Twitter to explain the nightmare he keeps having and apparently he’s worried that he’s going to forget his clothes when he goes on stage in 2 Sundays. Undoubtedly, this is a great way to get people to remember to watch the ACM Awards this year and I’m sure the ladies enjoyed the tease!

Gwen Stefani Says Blake Shelton Saved Her From a Dark Place

Posted on: March 21st, 2016 by Chris

Both Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani were working through public divorces last year when they met on The Voice, and Gwen says getting to know Shelton pulled her out of a dark place.

The former No Doubt frontwoman reveals in an interview with CBS This Morning that finding someone who understood her plight was deeply meaningful for her.

Gwen’s new record was released on Friday (March 18), and Blake showed his support by buying five copies of it. He will also release a personal new album, titled ‘If I’m Honest’, May 20..

Source: Taste Of Country

Kane Brown Releases “Used to Love You Sober” Video

Posted on: March 21st, 2016 by Chris

Kane Brown is a newcomer with a dedicated and passionate fanbase, which he shows off in his “Used to Love You Sober” video.

The video is a montage of footage from his life performing on the road, interacting with fans and free time off the bus, with intermittent shots of the 22-year-old soulfully singing the heartbreaking lyrics while passionately looking into the camera.

Fans get to see a glimpse of the early days of his career with this video. Despite the grieving lyrics, we get to see Brown’s charming dimples from smiling so much through out the various scenes. The young singer seems to be enjoying his time in the spotlight.

Source: Taste Of Country

Dustin Lynch Wants You To Put Your Phone Away

Posted on: March 18th, 2016 by Chris

Posting photos and video to social media has become second nature for many. We rarely see anyone without a phone attached to their side, but it’s something that Dustin Lynch would like to see put to the side.

“You’re trying to be a videographer the whole time. As a new artist, I love people that use the phone and spread the word online about how much fun they’re having. It’s free advertising,” he tells Billboard. But, he’d like to see the phones put aside for a couple hours.

“I would love to see someone step out and make people leave their phones at the front door. It would be incredible to see what that environment would be like,” he added. “That would be interesting.”

Blake Shelton Sues Over Tabloid Rumors

Posted on: March 18th, 2016 by Chris

In a declaration filed this week in relation to his lawsuit against In Touch, Blake Shelton denies a number of claims made by the tabloid, including that he peed on a mailbox. He also asserts that he never touches vodka before 11 o’clock in the morning.

Blake’s declaration reads: “I do not … drink vodka before 11 a.m. I am never drunk, intoxicated, or unable to perform my job on The Voice or elsewhere. I do not slur my words or stumble when I drink. I have never urinated on a mailbox in public, or otherwise.” Blake also denied that his drinking destroyed his marriage to Miranda Lambert, noting, “During our marriage, Ms. Lambert never begged, demanded, or asked me to go to rehab.”

In his declaration, Blake admits that he jokes about drinking, saying, “Drinking or comments about drinking is part of my shtick with my fans.” Blake slapped In Touch publisher Bauer Publishing Company with a $2 million lawsuit in October over the tabloid’s claims that he was heading to rehab after hitting “rock bottom.”

Carrie Underwood Shuts Down Mike-Garth Duet

Posted on: March 16th, 2016 by Chris

Carrie Underwood is putting her foot down. There is no way her husband will sing a duet with Garth Brooks before she does.

During a recent interview with Country Countdown USA, she responded to a video she posted on Instagram of Mike Fisher singing “The River.” Garth responded, mentioning them doing a duet.

Carrie says that while Mike sings all the time, he often doesn’t know the words. “Sometimes I will film him, because he usually doesn’t know the words,” she explains. “But he was legit singing to ‘The River,’ so I filmed him, he noticed me, and tried to be all good.”

She says she asked her husband if she could post it, and he gave her permission. But they never expected Garth to respond.

As to his mention of a duet with Mike, Carrie says she told her husband, “You cannot sing with Garth Brooks before I do. When I was 10 years old I met Garth Brooks and said, ‘If you ever need someone to sing a duet with you, I’m your girl.’ So I’ve been waiting for that forever. And my husband who’s a hockey player is gonna sing with Garth? I don’t think so! I might cry if that happens.”Source: Taste Of Country