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Jan 24

The Swon Brothers Are Headed to The Olympics

The Swon Brothers Are Headed to The Olympics

The Swon Brothers photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.

The Swon Brothers are headed to the Olympics! The duo will travel to Sochi to perform their debut single, “Later On,” on The Today Show on February 14 as part of NBC’s coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics. While in Sochi, the pair will also participate in several non-televised NBC events.

As finalists of season 4 of NBC’s The Voice, The Swon Brothers won over fans week after week as members of Team Blake Shelton. They will officially release their debut single, “Later On,” to country radio on March 3. The track is available for purchase on iTunes. Continue Reading


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Dec 7

Carrie Underwood Responds to The Sound of Music Critics

Carrie Underwood Responds to The Sound of Music Critics

Photo courtesy of NBC.

Carrie Underwood tackled the iconic role of Maria von Trapp in NBC’s three-hour television production The Sound of Music Live!, based on the original musical, on December 5 to the tune of 18.5 million viewers.

The morning of the live event, Carrie took to Twitter to express her thoughts on starring in the musical. “I just want to say before the craziness starts…I am truly honored to be in #TheSoundOfMusicLive,” she wrote in a series of tweets. “This is an exciting/moving project. I have been surrounded by such an amazing cast and crew for the past 2 months and I will be sad when I’m not coming to set tomorrow. I hope, above all, that we are joyous in what we’re doing and that I am giving it all that I’ve got. Thank you all for the love and support.”

When the show was over, Carrie returned to Twitter to reflect on her performance as well as praise her castmates, sharing a series of behind the scenes photos with the actors who portrayed her onstage children. “Glory to God tonight…I couldn’t be more proud. What a tough thing to pull off and we did it! I am so blessed!!!” she wrote. Continue Reading


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Dec 4

Carrie Underwood Shares Her “Favorite Things” Before The Sound of Music Premiere

Carrie Underwood Shares Her "Favorite Things" Before The Sound of Music Premiere

Carrie Underwood as Maria Von Trapp. Photo courtesy of

The hills will come alive on Thursday as Carrie Underwood steps into the spotlight for her much-anticipated performance as Maria in NBC’s production of The Sound of Music Live!, based on the original musical. The companion soundtrack, The Sound of Music – Music from the NBC Television Event hit stores earlier this week.

Airing live on NBC on December 5 at 8/7c, The Sound of Music Live! will also star TV and theater actor Stephen Moyer and Tony Award winners Audra McDonald, Christian Borle and Laura Benanti. The special will be released to DVD on December 17. Continue Reading


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Nov 11

Trace Adkins to Perfom During Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Trace Adkins

Trace Adkins photo courtesy of Show Dog-Universal Music.

Trace Adkins will be spending his Thanksgiving in New York City. He’s scheduled to perform during the 86th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade which airs live on NBC on Thanksgiving Day, November 22, at 9a|8c. Other performers include Carly Rae Jepsen, Flo Rida, The Wanted, Karmin, Neon Trees, Cody Simpson, Jimmy Fallon & The Roots, Jennette McCurdy, Chris Isaak and Don McLean.

“The 86th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will again make history as it debuts three impressive giant balloons, six over-the-top floats, an amazing array of talent and the most remarkable high school, college and professional marching bands in the nation,” Amy Kule, executive producer of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, said. Continue Reading


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Sep 12

Will Blake Shelton & Fellow Coaches Return to The Voice This Spring?

Blake Shelton

Blake Shelton photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Nashville.

The Voice is NBC’s highest rated program outside of Sunday Night Football and while the network won’t confirm it, the show, which premiered with season three on Monday, will be back for a new season in the spring, according to Billboard. But whether or not the show’s coaches – Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, CeeLo Green and Christina Aguilera – will be in the now-famous red chairs is another matter.

Executive produce Mark Burnett says he’s ready to extend the show’s run, even if it means having to lose some of the coaches who have other obligations such as touring and recording new music. One insider told Billboard they expect at least two of the coaches to take a break after season three wraps. Their chairs will always be open should they want to return, however.

“Here’s the fact we decided: When you’ve been on this show, that’s your chair for life,” Mark Burnett said. “So if they have to tour and someone comes in for a season and then goes out for a season, comes back for a season, there will never be anyone getting replaced, ever. It’s going to be moving pieces all the time. And luckily maybe a couple of them go on tour, a couple of them don’t go on tour. They have an obligation to their fans. And so that’s how we’re going to do it.”

Blake Shelton doesn’t quite agree with Continue Reading


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Aug 31

NBC Picks Up Drama Based on Miranda Lambert’s Life

Miranda Lambert

Miranda Lambert photo by Randee St. Nicholas, courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.

Miranda Lambert‘s official website (via reports NBC has bought a light drama executive produced by Miranda, based on her life.

Miranda’s parents — Richard Lee “Rick” Lambert, a retired police officer, and Beverly “Bev” June Lambert — ran a successful private detective agency in Lindale, Texas while raising Miranda and her younger brother, Luke. Miranda has often spoken in interviews about how that shaped her childhood.

Chad Hodge is set to write the project. Aaron Kaplan of Kapital Entertainment, Hodge and Miranda are executive producing with her manager, Marion Kraft. Bev Lambert will serve as a consultant on the TV project.

Miranda’s website says her husband Blake Shelton‘s relationship with NBC (home of The Voice) played a role in her show landing on the network.


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Feb 29

Blake Shelton Completes ‘Team Blake’ With Adley Stump On “The Voice”

Adley Stump from The Voice

Adley Stump photo courtesy of

Blake Shelton completed his team on NBC’s The Voice Monday night by securing power vocalist Adley Stump for his team. Adley performed Carrie Underwood’s “Last Name” during the final blind auditions, causing both Blake and fellow coach Christina Aguilera to turn their chairs. Blake was spurred by Christina’s response to Adley’s performance to push his button for her.

“Her being interested really pushed me over the edge,” Blake said. “I was like ‘man this girl, is she as powerful as I think she is?’ And man, I think you’re great.” Continue Reading


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Sep 19

Blake Shelton Credits The Voice With His Place in Pop Culture

Blake Shelton photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Nashville.

Blake Shelton was already a star in the country music world when NBC’s The Voice hit airwaves, but his sense of humor and passion for his team quickly won over a whole new legion of fans that perhaps hadn’t heard of him before. He credits The Voice for his rise in popularity and realizes it won’t last forever – but country music will.

“You don’t see a lot of country artists end up in pop culture, but somehow Miranda and I are there for a minute,” Blake told Reuters. “When The Voice comes and goes, and Miranda and I being married are not interesting to talk about anymore, country music will still be important to me. It’s the reason I moved to Nashville.”

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Besides a hit television show which returns February 5, his new album, Red River Blue, and a slew of No. 1 hit songs, Blake is nominated for five CMA Awards, including the prestigious Entertainer of the Year. He is the current reigning Male Vocalist of the Year. It hasn’t sunk in yet that he is one of the most nominated artists going into the November 9 awards. Continue Reading


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Jun 8

Blake Shelton Is Serious About The Voice

Blake Shelton photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Nashville.

Blake Shelton is a hit on both the radio and TV these days, as one of the coaches on NBC’s The Voice. As much as he jokes about wanting to win, he also wants to help those he’s chosen as part of his team succeed. Calling the show ‘fun, frightening and gratifying,’ Blake tells The Oklahoman he is taking his role seriously.

“I won’t lie, I mean, I wanted to be on the show just because it sounded like fun,” he told the paper. “But once you turn that chair around and you’re looking into someone’s eyes… and you realize, man, I was that person, that person up there giving that 200 percent, everything they got, they want this more than they want to live. You know, I remember what that feels like. And instantly it goes for me from a game show or entertainment to something real.”

Blake is used to being onstage in front of thousands of people and living his well-tweeted-about country lifestyle. For the show, however, he has had to uproot temporarily to a home in L.A. Thanks to The Voice, he has a new appreciation for what it takes to step into the spotlight of Hollywood as a television personality.

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May 2

Reba McEntire Is Joining The Voice

Reba McEntire photo courtesy of The Valory Music Co.

Move over Blake Shelton, Reba McEntire is coming to your show. NBC has upped the star power on their new talent discovery show, The Voice. Reba, along with Monica, Sia and music producer Adam Blackstone will join the show as advisors, each teaming up with one of the show’s coaches, Blake, Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green and Christina Aguilera.

The new advisors will assist with the upcoming ‘battles’ competition of the show which will last for four episodes and take place in a boxing ring. Each coach will pit two artists from their eight-act teams against each other in a series of duels to shrink the teams to four. Reba will work with Blake, Cee Lo with Monica, Adam with Maroon 5’s music director Adam Blackstone and Christina with singer/songwriter Sia. It will be the advisor’s job to improve the contestants’ image and performance. Continue Reading


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