As a touring country artist, Jake Owen has long known that he has a steady base of fans interested in his music. But the ‘Alone With You’ singer didn’t fully comprehend just how interested those fans would be in every detail of his private life, including his proposal, engagement and the engagement ring he gave to fiancee Lacey Buchanan.
Carrie Underwood‘s fourth studio album ‘Blown Away’ isn’t set to hit store shelves until May 1, but this week fans can enjoy an early listen of the record — in full — before it makes its official debut. The stream is available via iTunes, and there Carrie fanatics can also pre-order the record.
Tyson Zimmer, a 7-year-old boy in Nebraska who is dying of brain cancer, is a huge Jason Aldean fan. The little boy with the sweet smile told Nebraska’s KOLN-TV, “I sing ‘Big Green Tractor’ because that’s my favorite.” As family and friends have watched Zimmer battle the horrible disease, they rallied around him, joining in a Twitter campaign to request that Aldean send the young boy a message.
Taylor Swift has been increasingly involved in film endeavors of late. The country megastar — who lists pal Emma Stone and Jennifer Lawrence among her actress role models — recently played the voice of Audrey in ‘The Lorax,’ made an appearance in 2010′s ‘Valentine’s Day’ and also almost snagged a part as Eponine in the new film adaptation to ‘Les Miserables.’ Now, it seems the reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year might land a spot as another guitar-wielding superstar: Joni Mitchell.
When Chris Cagle parted ways with Capitol Records more than three years ago in a particularly difficult time of his life, he didn’t know what the future would bring for his country music career. Now, the Louisiana native is back full force, with his single ‘Got My Country On’ sitting in the Top 20 and a new record, appropriately titled ‘Back in the Saddle,’ due out on May 29 with Bigger Picture Group.
CMT unrolled the red carpet for their 2012 Music Awards nominations this morning, and it looks like Carrie Underwood is set to have quite the year, with a stunning total of five nominations. While Underwood is in the lead, tons of other country stars netted multiple nominations this year. Miranda Lambert is packing four — two for her solo work and two with first-time nominees Pistol Annies.
Alan Jackson has been the owner of some impressive real estate in his day. From his $28 million Williamson County estate — which he and his wife sold earlier this year to move to a gated community — to his $15 million, $19,000 Juniper Island, Florida estate — which is still on the market — Jackson and his wife seem to be simplifying as their daughters get older. And now, adding to the list of properties they have decided to sell this year, the Jacksons are putting their equally mind-boggling lakeside retreat on the market for $4,995,000.
This week, Reba McEntire technically became the second female country artist to ever sell more than 30 million albums. The first woman to do this was Shania Twain, who is currently considered the top-selling female country artist of all time with 34,175,000 albums sold, according to Perez Hilton.
We’ve seen Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw getting their inner rock star on in live performances of their current up-beat single ‘Feel Like a Rock Star,’ whether at the ACM Awards or on talk shows like ‘Ellen.’ But the one thing no one has yet seen is a music video for the hit single, which is currently sitting at No. 13 on Billboard’s Country Songs chart.
The Top 7 took the stage again tonight (April 18) on ‘American Idol,’ and this time they had to do two songs: The first, a post-millenium hit and the second an older, more soulful song. Taking on the challenge in full, country hopeful Skylar Laine bit off Lady Gaga‘s ‘Born This Way (Country Road Version).’ Spanning the gap between the country world and the pop realm, Laine brought it once again this week.
In February, we reported that legendary country outlaw Waylon Jennings‘ family had determined to celebrate the singer’s life and career with a new album of primarily unreleased material. This week, the release date and track listing of ‘Goin’ Down Rockin’: The Last Recordings’ was finally announced. Due out September 11, 2012, the record will feature 12 songs, 11 of which Jennings wrote.
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