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Aug 10

Blake Shelton, Zac Brown Featured on Footloose Soundtrack

Blake Shelton photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Nashville.

Blake Shelton will be getting footloose and kicking off his Sunday shoes with the release of the upcoming Footloose soundtrack by Atlantic Records/Warner Music Nashville. Blake has recorded a remake of the iconic song “Footloose” to be featured on the soundtrack and in the Paramount Pictures update of the film. The soundtrack will be released on September 27.

The 12-track album will include eight new songs and remakes of four classics from the original soundtrack. Besides Blake’s rendition of “Footloose,” Victoria Justice and Hunter Hayes’ remake of “Almost Paradise’ is featured along with new music from Big & Rich, Cee Lo Green, David Banner, Whitney Duncan, Lissie and Zac Brown of Zac Brown Band.  Other classic songs featured on the album are “Holding Out For A Hero” by Ella Mae Bowen and “Let’s Hear It For The Boy” by Jana Kramer.

In the remake of Footloose, Julianne Hough plays Ariel while newcomer Kenny Wormald takes on the iconic role of Ren MacCormack. Dennis Quaid and Andie MacDowell also star. The movie premieres October 14 in theaters everywhere. In case you’re too young to remember the totally awesome, 1984 original, check out the movie trailer HERE. And then watch the 2011 trailer below: Continue Reading

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May 1

Osama bin Laden Killed by U.S. Special Forces

A quiet Sunday night took a wild turn as reports of Osama bin Laden’s death spread like wildfire.   Then, a little bit after 11 p.m. ET, President Barack Obama addressed the nation to confirm the report.  President Obama outlined that U.S. Special Forces had killed bin Laden early Sunday morning at a compound located in a small town in Northern Pakistan.  The President described a successful, targeted operation that ended with bin Laden’s body in the possession of the troops that executed the mission. Bin Laden’s death comes just months before the 10-year anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks that he claimed responsibility for.

As the news of bin Laden’s death spread, country stars reacted with a flood of messages on Twitter.  Here are just a few:

reba: So proud of our President and our military!

DierksBentley: God Bless our troops and their families… thank you for the sacrifices you all make for our freedoms and our Country. what a great moment.

BradPaisley: If you see someone in a military uniform tomorrow, for heaven’s sake give them a hug. Or a drink. Or a new car.

saraevansmusic: So proud of our American soldiers for the incredible job they did in taking out Bin Laden! Praise the Lord! Thank you!

darrylworley: Thank God! I knew this day would come. I have never been so happy to hear the news of someones death.

blakeshelton: Sorry if this seems disrespectful but I’m so glad that piece absolute #### Osama is dead..

johnrich: Ya’ll wanna know who got fired? OSAMA.

leannrimes: Omg, Bin Laden!!! Blessings to our troops and a bit of peace for our country and those who lost loved one’s in 9/11.

joebonsall: Now Osama knows what it is like to get fried alive… God bless our military… I hope it hurt like HELL!! Keyword being HELL!!

billycurrington: this news is awesome !

juliannehough: Justice has been done

thompsonsquare: GOD BLESS AMERICA! This is a great day.

sarahbuxton: God BLESS those soldiers who carried out this mission successfully! What a bunch of bad asses. America, America, God shed his grace on thee!

TheJoshThompson: God Bless the U.S.A! I hope the news is true.

billyraycyrus: Just saw the news! OSAMA BIN LADEN is dead !!! How crazy is that ! Only in my life could i be at FT Hood on the night this happened …

steelmagnolia11: Osama Bin Laden is dead! Wow.. Watching news now.

joshgracin: Great Night for the USA…. Great Night for the families of 9/11…. Big step toward the preservation of humanity.

jamesotto: I wondered if this day would ever come. Did y’all think we’d ever here this amazing news?

Leave us a comment and let us know how you felt when you heard the news.

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Apr 1

Miranda Lambert, Celine Dion & More Added as ACM Awards Presenters

Clockwise (l-r): Luke Bryan photo courtesy of Capitol Nashville; Miranda Lambert photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville; The Judds photo courtesy of Webster PR.

The Academy of Country Music announced today that Luke Bryan, Chace Crawford, Celine Dion, The Judds and Miranda Lambert are scheduled to present as part of the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, hosted by Reba McEntire and Blake Shelton. The ceremony, which honors country music’s top talent as well as the industry’s hottest emerging artists, is produced for television by dick clark productions and will be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 3, 2011 at 8 p.m. live ET/delayed PT on CBS.

Bryan, Crawford, Dion, The Judds and Lambert join previously announced Bethany Hamilton, Julianne Hough, AnnaSophia Robb, Chris Young, Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson, Nancy O’Dell and Ryan Seacrest.

In addition, Alabama, Dierks Bentley, Ronnie Dunn, Sara Evans, Martina McBride, Reba, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood and Zac Brown Band with James Taylor and Entertainer of the Year nominees Jason Aldean, Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban have been announced as performers at the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards.

We have some really cool videos of ACM nominees Sugarland, The Band Perry and Eric Church performing their hits with some very lucky fans. Watch them HERE!

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Mar 28

Darius Rucker Performs Chris Young-Penned Song at ACM Awards

Darius Rucker photo courtesy of Capitol Nashville.

Chart-topping country music star Darius Rucker and ACM Lifting Lives® are partnering for a once-in-a-lifetime musical event to benefit the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (VKC).  For the first time performing together, twenty-five ACM Lifting Lives music campers with developmental disabilities will join Darius on the ACM Awards stage to perform “Music from the Heart,” a song the campers wrote collectively last summer with ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp songwriters Brett James and Chris Young.  The special moment will be performed during the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, to be broadcast live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Sunday, April 3, 2011, 8-11 p.m. LIVE ET/ DELAYED PT) on CBS.

Brett James has created a new arrangement of the song, customized for this never-before-seen performance. Chris, along with Music Camp friend, country singer and star of the upcoming remake of the classical movie musical Footloose, Julianne Hough, will introduce Darius and the 2011 Lifting Lives Music Camp moment to viewers.

The special performance will support the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, whose mission is to facilitate discoveries and best practices that make positive differences in the lives of persons with developmental disabilities and their families.  The VKC has hosted a music camp for people with Williams Syndrome, Autism and other developmental disabilities for six years, and this past summer, ACM Lifting Lives sponsored the camp for the first time.  Being so touched by the experience, the Academy has sought to do more for those with developmental disabilities ever since.

“People with disabilities often have rare abilities, and in some cases those abilities involve a special talent or affinity for music,” said Darius. “I am honored to join ACM Lifting Lives and the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center to highlight how music can better the lives of young people with developmental disabilities on country music’s biggest night.”

ACM Lifting Lives® is the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Country Music dedicated to improving lives through the power of music. For the third consecutive year, ACM Lifting Lives will partner with an artist and a benefiting charity to create a very special moment on the stage of the ACM Awards.  Last year, ACM Lifting Lives raised funds and awareness for Stand Up To Cancer from downloads and direct donations as a result of Toby Keith’s performance “Cryin’ For Me (Wayman’s Song)” with Dave Koz in memory of fellow musician Wayman Tisdale on the 45th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards.

Viewers will be given the option to make a donation of their choice to the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center by dialing 1-888-9-LIFTING or may make a $5 donation by texting DREAM to 27722.  All proceeds will benefit the VKC’s mission and research to improve the lives of young adults with developmental disabilities.  Donations may also be made online at www.acmliftinglives.org or www.kc.vanderbilt.edu.   

“The need is huge,” said Dr. Elisabeth Dykens, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Director. “One in five children has a lifelong developmental disability, and 20 percent of American families have a family member with a disability. Vanderbilt Kennedy Center researchers, clinicians and educators are at work every day of every week on discoveries and best practices. We’re so grateful to ACM Lifting Lives for this moment of great generosity that will allow us to help even more families.”

“The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center is an amazing place,” said Erin Spahn, Executive Director ACM Lifting Lives. ”Here, people and families across the country who are affected by developmental disabilities can benefit from world-class science and find understanding, companionship, and hope. Our goal is to shine a light on the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center so that viewers will know that they or their loved one are not alone. They may even have a future beyond their wildest dreams, just like the men and women who will make up the choir behind Darius at the ACM Awards.”

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Mar 25

More ACM Presenters Announced; Jennifer Nettles to Perform With Rihanna

Chris Young photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville. Julianne Hough photo courtesy of UMG Nashville.

The Academy of Country Music announced today that Chris Young, Julianne Hough, Bethany Hamilton and AnnaSophia Robb have been added as presenters for the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, hosted by Reba McEntire and Blake Shelton. Honoring country music’s top talent as well as the industry’s hottest emerging artists, the ceremony is produced for television by dick clark productions and will be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 3, 2011 at 8 p.m. live ET/delayed PT on CBS.

Chris, Julianne, Bethany and AnnaSophia join previously announced presenters Robert Pattinson, Reese Witherspoon, Ryan Seacrest and Nancy O’Dell. In addition, Alabama, Dierks Bentley, Ronnie Dunn, Sara Evans, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood and Zac Brown Band with James Taylor and Entertainer of the Year nominees Jason Aldean, Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban have been announced as performers at the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards. Continue Reading

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Mar 18

Music & Film Icon Cher to Record a Country Album

Cher photo courtesy of Facebook.com/Cher.

Carrie Underwood’s producer, Mark Bright, has confirmed to DigitalSpy.com that he will soon be working on a country album with music icon, Cher.

Bright told Silk and Denim Music, “Cher knows that her listeners also listen to country music, so she felt it was a natural thing to develop a country music relationship.”

Cher already has a couple of country connections. In 1979 her song “It’s Too Late To Love Me Now” peaked at No. 87 on the Billboard Top Country Singles chart. Her co-star in the recent film, Burlesque, was artist Julianne Hough. And Cher was a presenter at last year’s ACM Awards.

Here’s a clip we found of Cher performing a spiritual medley with Dolly Parton. Apologies for the fuzzy quality of the video – but we think you’ll still be able to clearly see their ‘70s fabulousness:

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Thoughts on Cher’s new venture into country music? Will you buy her album?

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Mar 11

Top 10 Country Tweets of the Week

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Country music stars sure love Twitter! Here at GAC, we follow them too. This week, Taylor Swift hearts Norway,  John Rich gives a “Celebrity Apprentice” update, Martina McBride is truly blessed — and Blake Shelton prays for his liver. Here are our picks for the Top 10 Country Tweets Of The Week.

Photo courtesy of Twitter.com/taylorswift13.

Taylor Swift:  @taylorswift13    Norway! Where have you been all my life?!?! It’s freezing and beautiful. Can’t feel my hands.

Jimmy Wayne@JimmyWayne    One thing to remember as an adult: don’t share your bday party w/a 5 yr olds. Guess who gets the shaft?

Rascal Flatts‘ Jay DeMarcus:  @JayDeMarcus    Interviews and more interviews.. Never thought I’d have to talk so much about Bieber’s hair!!! Wow.

Blake Shelton:  @blakeshelton   I now a lay me down to sleep I pray my lord my liver to “act-like-this-night-never-happened”…

Martina McBride:   @martinamcbride    Having a glass of bubbly and watching Frasier with my husband. It’s been a great night. Kids are happy. Lots of laughs. I have been blessed.

Photo courtesy of Twitter.com/juliannehough.

Julianne Hough@juliannehough    So I’m trying new ways to stay in shape… This one is highly unfashionable… But man is it a workout! Continue Reading

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Mar 7

Julianne Hough to Star With Tom Cruise in Rock of Ages

Julianne Hough photo courtesy of UMG Nashville.

Julianne Hough has a new leading man – on screen, that is. She will star opposite Tom Cruise in the upcoming movie Rock Of Ages.  The New Line adaption of the Broadway musical centers around rock hits of the 1980s by Journey, Joan Jett, Bon Jovi and Pat Benatar. It follows a couple that meets at the Sunset Strip club Rock of Ages, falls in love and tries to stay together while living the rock life.

Director Adam Shankman, who also directed Hairspray, will take the helm as both director and choreographer. He gave Julianne the news that she had the part while she was waiting in an airport for her flight. “I asked her if she wanted to be in a movie with Tom Cruise and she wanted to not get on the plane so she could celebrate,” Adam told Variety.com. “Her audition was surreal — maybe the best I’ve ever seen.” Continue Reading

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Mar 4

Top 10 Country Tweets of the Week

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Country music stars sure love Twitter! Here at GAC, we follow them too. This week, Blake Shelton gets serious and congratulates his former producer, Bobby Braddock, and fellow Okies Reba McEntire and Jean Shepard on their Country Music Hall of Fame inductions. Several artists weigh in on Charlie Sheen’s public meltdown; Rascal Flatts has a moment with Lionel Richie (who’s making a country record with the Flatts and other stars as special guests); and Colt Ford announces that his new label mates are Montgomery Gentry! Here are our picks for the Top 10 Country Tweets Of The Week.

Photo courtesy of Twitter.com/JayDeMarcus.

Rascal Flatts’ Jay DeMarcus:  @JayDeMarcus    The Flatts and Lionel!!! 

Blake Shelton:  @blakeshelton    Big BIG day for me personally… @Reba and Bobby Braddock are both going to be inducted into the Hall Of Fame!!! This calls for a drink!!!  Also congrats to fellow Stratford, Oklahoman Jean Shepard for her induction also!!!

LeAnn Rimes@leannrimes    Favorite quote of the week…”I’m tired of pretending I’m not a total bitchin’ rock star from Mars!!!”- Charlie Sheen

Jack Ingram@JackIngram    I’m always conflicted- is watching some1′s life fall apart LIVE on tv good entertainment, criminal or, at the very least, just sad? U tell me.

Martina McBride@martinamcbride    Anyone wonder why those two little kids are allowed to be in the house with charlie sheen right now?

Photo courtesy of Twitter.com/steelmagnolia11.

Steel Magnolia@steelmagnolia11    Finally got to hang out with mama Judd again! Love her sooo much! Xo Meg Continue Reading

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Feb 25

Top 10 Country Tweets of the Week

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Country music stars sure love Twitter! Here at GAC, we follow them too. This week, Kellie Pickler celebrates good times with a cocktail, Terri Clark critiques Steve Tyler’s “American Idol” footwear and Gloriana‘s Mike and Tom Gossin contemplate starting a new trio with Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers. Here are our picks for the Top 10 Country Tweets Of The Week.

Kellie Pickler photo courtesy of Twitter.com/kelliepickler.

Kellie Pickler:  @kelliepickler    It’s 5 O’clock somewhere…(ps: ignore my un-manicured nails)

Taylor Swift@taylorswift13    I can’t believe we’re about to play our last show on the Asian tour– Oh and Hong Kong, I’m pretty much in love with your city.

Darryl Worley:   @darrylworley    Going to write with Craig Campbell this morning. He’s a great country singer. Listen to his new single.

Julianne Hough:   @juliannehough    At my Womens Health cover shoot! Having a BLAST!! Florence and the machine, ceelo, quirky rock dance ish music was what I asked for :)

Photo courtesy of Twitter.com/joeyandrory.

Joey + Rory@joeyandrory    more photo shoot picture taking today… I’m about all smiled out, but my bride is still going strong! Continue Reading

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