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Feb 19

Scotty McCreery Has Grown Up Since His American Idol Days

Scotty McCreery Has Grown Up Since His American Idol Days

Scotty McCreery photo by Russ Harrington, courtesy of UMG Nashville.

With a new season of American Idol officially underway, Scotty McCreery is having a hard time believing it has already been three years since he auditioned for the show’s tenth season as a 17 year old. He went on to be crowned the winner and quite a few things have changed since then. He’s also learned a lot in the years that have followed.

“I’ve grown up a heck of a lot in the last couple years,” he said. “I did a lot of growing up because I’m in an adult world now,” he explains. “I’m out there on the road, hanging with my band, and hanging with my managers and different artists. I’ve learned a lot about myself and what’s out there – what the world has to offer. And that’ll be showing in my music.” Continue Reading


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Jan 13

Keith Urban Is Back in the Judge’s Chair

Keith Urban Is Back in the Judge's Chair

Keith Urban photo courtesy of Capitol Nashville.

Keith Urban is back as a judge on the new season of American Idol. He is the lone returning judge from the most recent season, joined this time by Jennifer Lopez, who was a judge on seasons 10 and 11, and former contestant mentor Harry Connick, Jr. Working with the two new judges this season came naturally for Keith.

“The very first day that J-Lo, Harry and I got on set, it just felt like we’d been doing it a long time,” he said. “In theory, it seemed like it was going to work, and for us, it worked perfectly. So, I hope it comes across that way, ‘cause…I’ve never had as much fun as we’re having this season, so that’s a good thing.” Continue Reading


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Jan 4

Keith Urban Releases “Cop Car” as New Single

Keith Urban Releases "Cop Car" as New Single

Keith Urban photo courtesy of Capitol Nashville.

Keith Urban has released his new single, “Cop Car,” to country radio. The song follows up his last two No. 1 hits, “Little Bit of Everything” and “We Were Us,” and was co-written by Zach Crowell, Matt Jenkins and Sam Hunt. After hearing the song, Keith knew he had to record it before anyone else could cut it.

“It’s a beautiful song about a guy and girl, falling in love in the back of a cop car while they’re getting arrested,” Keith said. “I’d never heard a song written from this perspective before. But it was so visual, it was such a cinematic, visual song, and God, I love this song so much. I love the melody, the lyric of course, and I know this guy, and I know this crazy girl in the song too.” Continue Reading


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Oct 10

GAC Album Review: Scotty McCreery’s See You Tonight

GAC Album Review: Scotty McCreery's See You Tonight

Scotty McCreery’s 2013 album, See You Tonight. Photo courtesy of UMG Nashville.

Scotty McCreery walked a neo-traditional line on his 2011 debut, Clear As Day, with a sterling sound recalling the Alan Jacksons and Clint Blacks of the country music world. Now the former American Idol champion returns October 15 with his follow-up, See You Tonight, an electric 13-song set blending those influences with the idea that things can heat up when the sun goes down.

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Aug 2

Keith Urban Reveals Album Cover & American Idol Fate

Keith Urban Reveals Album Cover & Returns to American Idol

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Keith Urban had lots of good news to share yesterday! He enlisted his fans to help unveil the cover of his new album, Fuse, set for a September 10 release, and also revealed the answer to a pressing question – is he returning to the judge’s chair on American Idol?

To reveal the album cover, Keith encouraged fans to use the hashtag #KUFuse on their favorite social media networks, revealing the album color by color. Once enough fans had taken to social media, Keith posted the final cover on Facebook saying “Check out the cover of Fuse!” Continue Reading


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May 31

Top 10 Country Tweets of the Week

Country music stars sure love Twitter! This week, Kix Brooks is in Moore, Oklahoma for Healing In the Heatland while Carrie Underwood reflects on her journey and Miranda Lambert takes a shortcut. Plus, Martina  McBride’s oldest daughter graduates from high school, Luke Bryan enjoys Cajun country and Kacey Musgraves has an interesting ice cream truck experience. Here are our picks for this week’s Top 10 Country Tweets Of The Week:

Kix Brooks

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Kix Brooks – KixBrooks: In Moore trying to digest it – the flags really help

Carrie Underwood – CarrieUnderwood: 8 years ago today, I won @AmericanIdol and tonight, I sang with the @RollingStones! Wow, so much has happened! #Thankful

Miranda Lambert – MirandaLambert: I just rolled the push mower through the house from the front porch to mow the back yard. Shortcuts are good sometimes. (Don’t tell Blake)


Dierks Bentley

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Dierks BentleyDierksBentley: can’t think of a better way to spend Memorial Day #patriotscups. unbelievable vibe here. #usa Continue Reading


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May 14

Keith Urban Releases “Little Bit of Everything”

Keith Urban

Keith Urban at the We’re All for the Hall benefit for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, April 10, 2012 in Nashville. Photos by Donn Jones Photography, courtesy of Rubin Media.

Yesterday Keith Urban released “Little Bit of Everything,” the lead single from his upcoming album, through country radio and his official Keith Urban app. He will perform the song live on American Idol this Thursday, May 16, at 8/7C on FOX.

“‘Little Bit Of Everything’ conveys a sentiment that’s always felt right to me,” Keith said of the single. “I connected with that from the first time I heard it. I ‘felt it’ and I loved it.”

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May 9

Lauren Alaina To Perform New Single On American Idol

Lauren Alaina

Lauren Alaina photo by Brian Bowen Smith, courtesy of UMG Nashville.

Lauren Alaina debuted her new single, “Barefoot And Buckwild,” during a livestream chat with fans on Monday night. Co-written by Lauran, Chris DeStefano and Jon Nite, the single is available for download at all digital retailers and will ship to country radio this week. She will perform the single on American Idol on Thursday, May 9.

“I am so excited to be releasing my new single this week,” Lauren said. “I’ve been able to really take my time with my new album and I’m happy that fans can finally hear some of what I’ve been working on! It’s always so fun to go back and see my American Idol family, and there is no better place for me to perform it for the first time than on that stage!” Continue Reading


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Apr 25

Jason Aldean and Wife Jessica Separate

Jessica Ussery & Jason Aldean

LAS VEGAS, NV – DECEMBER 10: Recording artist Jason Aldean (R) and his wife Jessica Aldean arrive at the 2012 American Country Awards at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on December 10, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Us Weekly reports Jason Aldean and his wife Jessica Ussery have separated. The magazine’s announcement comes seven months after Jason was photographed kissing American Idol’s Brittney Kerr at a bar in Los Angeles. A source told Us Weekly Jason and Jessica separated in January.

“There were obvious problems before the bar kiss, but he finally left earlier this year,” the source told Us Weekly, adding that Jessica did not attend the ACM Awards with Jason earlier this month. Jason’s rep confirmed the couple is going through a tough time but declined further comment.

“I can confirm that Jason and his wife are Continue Reading


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Apr 5

Top 10 Country Tweets of the Week

Country music stars sure love Twitter! This week, Carrie Underwood returns to American Idol, Luke Bryan arrives in Vegas for his ACM Awards hosting gig and Kix Brooks sympathizes with Justin Bieber – while Jake Owen offers up relationship advice and Joe Nichols gets in a good laugh. Here are our picks for this week’s Top 10 Country Tweets Of The Week:

Carrie Underwood

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Carrie Underwood – CarrieUnderwood: It’s an #Idol overload!

Luke Bryan – LukeBryanOnline: In Vegas. Rut row

Kix Brooks – KixBrooks: I would throw a TV set through a #RitzCarlton window if they ever told me I couldn’t bring my monkey anywhere!!! sorry @justinbieber


Kellie Pickler & Derek Hough

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Kellie PicklerKelliePickler: May the force be with you!! #TeamKellieDerek @derekhough ;) Continue Reading


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