Kenny Chesney photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.
Kenny Chesney’s new album, Life On A Rock, is easily his most personal project to date. The songs, some of which date back to 2006 (the most recent written last year), were never intended to make it onto an album but still became a full body of work. During a recent Q&A session with Billboard, Kenny discussed the inspiration behind the album.
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“This record is about how life just moves you along, whether you realize it or not,” Kenny said. “I wrote a lot of these songs without music. Just wrote the lyrics down and tried to take moments from my life and my friends’ lives and tried to give them a pulse.” Continue Reading
Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott and fiance Chris Tyrell. Photo courtesy of Hillary Scott/The Green Room PR.
Congratulations to Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott, 25, who became engaged to boyfriend Chris Tyrell, 24, over the Fourth of July weekend.
People magazine reports that Chris popped the question as the sun was setting over a lake in east Tennessee. Hillary met her love, a drummer, while Lady A was on tour with Tim McGraw in early 2010.
“Chris proposed exactly the way I’ve always dreamed,” Hillary told People. “Our families were close by, but it was just us out on a beautiful deck Continue Reading
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 02: Singers Scotty McCreery (L) and Lauren Alaina and perform on NBC's 'Today' at Rockefeller Center on June 2, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
Not only have American Idol winner Scotty McCreery and runner-up Lauren Alaina gained fame and record deals – next week they’ll enjoy icing on the cake of their already-successful country careers by making their Grand Ole Opry debuts during CMA Music Festival week.
On Friday, June 10, Scotty and Alaina will perform on the Opry stage alongside Randy Travis and Billy Ray Cyrus. They’ll also join the celebrity line-up of players at the City of Hope Celebrity Softball Challenge on Saturday, June 11 at Nashville’s Greer Stadium. Continue Reading
Dierks Bentley photo courtesy of The Green Room PR.
What will Dierks Bentley‘s next record sound like? If you think his new single, “Am I The Only One,” is an indication, you may be right…or not. Dierks tells Billboard magazine he’s already cut 15 tracks for the follow-up album to his critically-acclaimed bluegrass-flavored Up On The Ridge CD. But “Am I The Only One” is not necessarily a blueprint for the record.
“I’ve always covered [a gamut] of stuff, and this album’s gonna do the same thing,” he explains. “I can’t think of what to call it except just country, my kind of country music. I don’t have a good explanation for it other than it’s not bluegrass. There’s some fun songs, some heartbreak songs…and of course being a dad now, too, that works its way in there. I’m really proud of it. I think we developed a cool sound.”
Dierks is currently headlining the Jaegermeister Country Tour and anyone who’s seen him in concert knows he gives it his all every night onstage. He tells Billboard for that reason, he’s not able to record the vocals for the record. “I might have to wait a little longer to make sure I have exactly the best possible vocals I can put on.”
Waiting until the tour is over means the CD might not be released until the fall. Until then, fans will have to be content with “Am I The Only One.”
“I wanted to have something out there for the summertime, and this just felt like the right song for that,” he says. “I’ve been off the radio for a while ’cause I wanted to make an album that was important to me, musically, but wasn’t as commercial [Up On The Ridge]. But now I want to be back on (radio) and I wanted my fans to hear our stuff. I just wanted to come back with a song that was fun for fans and fun for country radio and fun for us to play every night…and (‘Am I the Only One’) fits in there.”
Dierks re-teamed with producer Jon Randall Stewart for the new record and he wrote 11 of the 15 tracks himself. He hopes to put 12 or 13 on the final album. Here’s a clip of Dierks singing “Am I The Only One” from the recent 46th Annual ACM Awards: Continue Reading
Brad Paisley photo by Jeremy Cowart, courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.
Brad Paisley is frequently featured in our Top 10 Country Tweets of the Week. He’s found the perfect balance between letting fans peek behind the curtain into his private life and not sharing too much. And he does it all with humor. But Brad tells Billboard magazine that initially, he only signed up for Twitter because his label asked him to do it. His first tweet was at an awards show, when he tweeted “thank you” after winning a trophy.
“Then I was hooked because the followers started multiplying,” he told Billboard. “It’s a great tool. It’s not as effective as people thought at selling product. That’s not why I do it. They found in studies that it depends on the person. People following Charlie Sheen may not buy things because he tells you to, but people following Oprah [Winfrey] would be more likely to run out and do it if she tells you to do it. Continue Reading
Kenny Chesney performs at the VAULT Concert Stage at LP Field in Downtown Nashville Sunday, June 14 during the 2009 CMA Music Festival. Photo courtesy of the Country Music Association.
Garth Brooks and Taylor Swift are making big news by quickly selling out their upcoming tours — but Kenny Chesney‘s still at the top of the list for now.
USA Today reported on the strongest tours in the country and found that Kenny is No. 1 in all genres.
“You know,” says Kenny of the honor, “to me, it’s about rocking the fans… and I never want to have a ticket price that keeps the people who buy my records or listen to my songs in their truck from coming out and partying with us. If I can make sure there are always seats people can afford – and even try to keep the best seats where they’re reasonable for what they are – then I feel like I can keep having the party of the summer when I go out. Again, to me, it’s about that moment and having fun with your buddies. Continue Reading
Carrie Underwood photo by Matthew Rolston, courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.
Carrie Underwood’s new album Play On, will release on November 3, and a new track from the album will be available for purchase and download exclusively on iTunes every week for three weeks, with each new song also available as a free 60-second preview on Billboard.com. Continue Reading
Lady Antebellum photo courtesy of Capitol Nashville.
Looks like the sophomore slump won’t be a problem for Lady Antebellum. “Need You Now,” the title cut and first single off their upcoming CD, is already the fastest-rising single of their career thus far. It’s currently a Top 10 Billboard hit.
So what exactly can fans expect from Need You Now, to be released Jan. 26, 2010?
“This song, and what we’ve finished of the new album so far, is all about passion,” says guitarist/vocalist Dave Haywood. “There’s a real sense of urgency and fire, almost like a spark has reignited us creatively in the studio… Continue Reading
Eric Church photo by Jim Wright, courtesy of Capitol Nashville.
Eric Church set a personal high with his current single, “Love Your Love The Most.” Eight months after it was released to radio, the song is now a Top 10 single in both Billboard and Country Aircheck for the first time.
He takes that career step at a time when taking any steps physically is a pain — literally. Eric broke his foot three weeks ago at the Syracuse State Fair, forcing him to pull out a stool and do subsequent shows sitting down. Continue Reading
Brooks & Dunn photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.
Brooks & Dunn may be bringing down the curtain on their life as a duo, but they’re certainly doing it in style. Their two-CD compilation, #1s … and then some, sold more than 55,000 copies last week to debut at No.1 on the Billboard country albums chart. The disc also ranks No. 5 on the all-genre Billboard 200.
It’s not quite the end of the road for Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn. They’re working up plans for a farewell tour in 2010. They’re looking forward to re-launching their solo careers, but they’re also extremely appreciative of coming to prominence together, instead of alone. Continue Reading