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Lady Antebellum stopped by Ellen yesterday to perform their new single ‘Compass.’ The song was added to their new CD ‘Golden’ after its original release. Wanting more positive and upbeat songs on the CD they recorded it and repackaged the CD for a new release with the bonus tracks. The new Lady A tour starts January 10th, 2014.
Big Congrats going out to Kelly Clarkson and her new hubby Brandon Blackstock! The two were married at Blackberry Farms in Tennessee on Sunday. The 4,200-acre luxury hotel and resort where their nuptials took place is located on the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee.
Kelly and Brandon exchanged vows in an intimate ceremony attended by friends and family, including his two children from a previous marriage.
"I'm officially Mrs. Blackstock," she tweeted Monday. "We got married yesterday at Blackberry Farms in TN, the most beautiful place ever!"
The couple obtained their marriage license, which is only good for 30 days, on Oct. 15 andthat was a sign that they were close to a ceremony.
Kelly, who posted photos from their special day, looked stunning in a Temperley London gown with long lace sleeves and a plunging neckline. She tweeted thanks to her friends for the gorgeous head piece she wore. "Thnx Temperley 4 my beautiful dress!" she wrote. "And thank you to my friend @JimVerraros & Maria Elena 4 the beautiful headpiece!"
Congratulations to the happy couple and many blessings for a lovely life together!!
I'm officially Mrs. Blackstock :) We got married yesterday at Blackberry Farms in TN, the most beautiful place ever! pic.twitter.com/vYYqopBAcr— Kelly Clarkson (@kelly_clarkson) October 21, 2013
Another picture from our wedding :) pic.twitter.com/3YS2WjIpOD— Kelly Clarkson (@kelly_clarkson) October 21, 2013
Toby Keith was asked this week how he feels about the influence and use of hip hop in country music these days. Toby says we won't find it in his music. “There are a lot of those types of songs . . . but you play that for the label’s radio promotion staff, and they’re like, ‘Eh, it doesn’t sound like what’s going on the radio today.' Well, OK. You hear the hip-hop thing start kicking in, and you start going, ‘Is that what we gotta do now to have a hit?’ I don’t know how to do that. Is that what I need every one of my songs to sound like now? But . . . I’m not going to change much. And when it quits working, I’ve got other stuff to do.”
If you were to look at Luke Bryan's life right now, you might think that everything has been smooth sailing for the singer. But the truth is Bryan had to overcome great family tragedies in his life to get where he is today. In November of 1996, Bryan was just days away from making the move to Nashville when his brother, Chris, was killed in a car accident. After the loss of his brother, Luke decided to stay close to his family and postponed the move to Music City. There were even times when Bryan doubted if he would ever pursue his dream of making music. Luke tells People Country, "I was never convinced I'd get back to Nashville, but I didn't spend time on 'Should I go or should I not? It was just 'Not going.' Your mother had just lost a child. At that point, her youngest son was not going to leave the house. Chris' dying got me a little more mature."
Luke's father eventually convinced him to make the move to Nashville in 2001. Bryan eventually signed a record deal and was working on his debut album when another tragedy rocked his family. Luke's older sister, Kelly, collapsed at her home and died mysteriously. Bryan said, "She was home with her 3-year-old, and it was like someone turned the lights out. They never determined what happened. The autopsies, the coroner, no one could figure it out." Luke says these tribulations tested his faith, but he has since found the strength to persevere. He said, "I don't like it. I don't like that my sons are missing that side of my family. But someone else is deciding things."
The Country Music Association has announced the first group of artists to performer for The 47th Annual CMA Awards next month.
The evening will include performances by Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban. Many of the performers are nominated for CMA’s that night, including Aldean, Bryan, Shelton and Swift who are up against George Strait for the night's top honor Entertainer of the Year.
The show will be hosted for a sixth consecutive year by Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley and will air live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on November 6 on ABC. Look for more performances and presenters to be added to the show's lineup in the coming weeks.
Blake Shelton is flexing his power in Hollywood these days as the star of NBC’s The Voice. He's so influential these days that he got NBC to move The Voice in early November so Blake could make it to the CMA Awards – broadcast on ABC – in Nashville.
Blake said in an interview, "I would like to sit here and tell you it was like John Wayne calling… You ever see a girl cry to get out of a speeding ticket? It was more like that type of begging and pleading and crying." Blake joked that on the phone with NBC’s Bob Greenblatt he had to pull out the charm, "I really got to him and he said, 'Man, I can’t take it. We’ll move the show for you so you can be at your CMA Awards.'" The 47th Annual CMA Awards will air on November 6 on ABC.