Dierks Bentley says he's really excited about his new single, "Bourbon In Kentucky." The country star says the duet is something new and different for him.
Bentley adds that he hopes "Bourbon In Kentucky" will spark an interest in his upcoming album, Riser. The Kacey Musgraves collaboration is the lead-off release from the disc, which Dierks describes as an album project, not just a bunch of songs thrown together.
Riser is the follow up to Bentley's 2012 effort, Home. His new CD is expected to hit stores later this year.
Who is the top selling tourning artist of the past decade?? The king of concert ticket sales probably isn't who you'd expect: Kenny Chesney
Kenny Chesney has sold 9.8 million concert tickets over the past decade, making him North America's top-selling touring act. The country star started performing stadium concerts in 2003, and the Wall Street Journal chalks up his success to "relentless touring" since then (his 65 tour buses are expected to go through $280,000 worth of diesel fuel over the next two weeks). According to Pollstar, Dave Matthews comes in second to Chesney, followed by Bruce Springsteen.
Kelly Clarkson is denying being courted by "American Idol" producers for next season's judges panel. A rep for the singer is telling "The Hollywood Reporter" that she will not be a part of season 13 of the Fox show, where she found fame back in 2002 as its first ever champion.
Reports that Clarkson was being considered first came from "Vulture," who said producers were playing with the idea of an all-alumni panel. Season eight runner-up Adam Lambert, who has publicly expressed interest in the gig, is reportedly being considered as well. After performing at last week's finale, he told the "Reporter" that he "would love to" be a judge. He added, "Where do I sign?"
"Idol" producers are rumored to be looking to overhaul the show after record-low ratings this year. Randy Jackson is the only judge from last season to officially announce his departure, but the return of Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban is still unclear.
Toby Keith says he's praying for his hometown of Moore, Oklahoma where a powerful tornado struck Monday. The country star explains that members of his family were in the tornado's path.
Keith adds that while the storm has been devastating, he's confident the community will recover from the tragedy. He says Oklahomans are resilient and will rebuild.
Keith isn't alone in feeling the devastation for his home state. Carrie Underwood, from Muskogee, Oklahoma, has expressed her concern about the natural disaster as well.
Reba McEntire, who was born and raised in Southeastern Oklahoma, tweets:
Many country stars have been sending their prayers and words of encouragement via social media. Blake Shelton says prior to Monday's edition of "The Voice" he was getting inundated with messages about the deadly tornado that was ripping through his home state of Oklahoma. At the start of the NBC show, the country singer admitted it was tough for him to be there while friends and family members were "going through hell."
Shelton's Texas-born wife Miranda Lambert, who is now an Oklahoma resident, tweets:
Team Blake's Swon Brothers, who are from Muskogee, said it was "hard to enjoy a night like this," and a storm like that "lets you know what's really important." They added that they were praying for everybody back home.
Chris Young and Darius Rucker, have also let victims know they are in their thoughts and prayers.
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(Yahoo!) - Jennifer Nettles apparently has been enjoying an unusually productive maternity leave. The Sugarland singer, who has been (seemingly) laying low since the birth of her son in December, has announced she'll be releasing a solo album with a target date of Fall 2013.
But wait, there's more--Nettles will be working with famed producer Rick Rubin for the new project. Rubin has helmed releases by a score of storied artists, including Johnny Cash, the Dixie Chicks, Tom Petty, Sheryl Crow, and many others.
"I am absolutely thrilled and wholly proud to be working with Rick Rubin on my new solo album," Nettles stated on Friday. "“If you ask any musician who is on their producer 'bucket list’, Rick would be on each and every one."
As for Rubin, he seems just as excited by the collaboration. "It’s thrilling to hear her sing!" he told Rolling Stone, adding that the new record will combine a variety of musical styles but still retain Nettles's signature sound.
According to the publication, Rubin and Nettles have been spending the past few weeks working in Rubin's Malibu studio, and have come up with around 20 songs so far.
Nettles's musical partner in Sugarland, Kristian Bush, is also working on solo material. He released his first solo single, "Love Or Money," in March.
Nettles will be stepping out in Las Vegas Sunday as a presenter at the Billboard Music Awards. The show airs live on ABC from the MGM Grand Resort at 8 p.m. ET.
(TMZ) - An obsessed Taylor Swift fan was arrested near the singer's Rhode Island beach home early this morning after allegedly SWIMMING up to her pad, TMZ has learned.
Law enforcement tells TMZ that a 22-year-old male from the Chicago area was taken into custody for trespassing after he admitted to swimming up to the beach in front of Swift's home around 2 AM.
According to TMZ, here's the back story:
Around 2:20 AM, cops spotted the man getting out of the ocean, around 1 mile from Swift's home.
Cops approached the guy and asked him what he was doing in the water - and the man allegedly told police he had just completed a swim, in which he intended to meet Taylor.
Sources tell TMZ the man told cops he swam all the way to Swift's beach, but saw her security team, and decided to swim back to where he came from (roughly 2 miles round trip in cold water).
The man was hauled to a nearby police station where he was booked for trespassing. He's still in custody.
TMZ spoke to the Westerly Police Dept. who say, "There is a zero tolerance policy for trespassers." The cops say they have already met with Taylor's security to discuss the matter.
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