Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Today's Country Tidbits

It's happened twice before in country music history, and this week it happened again. John Conlee released "Backside of 30" and it was ignored. He released it again months later and it took off, ending up at #1 in 1979. Randy Travis released "On The Other Hand" and it was ignored. He released it again and it landed at #1 in 1986. And this week, Chris Young joins that club, as his song "Voices" is #1. The song was released in 2008 and didn't make it into the top 30. He and his label believed in it, so they released it again, and the second time was a charm, earning Chris his third #1 single in a row. Congrats, Chris!

This past Friday night, there was a party in Nashville, honoring Miranda Lambert for selling a million copies of each of her three albums. Her entire record company was there, and the food was billed as "upscale down-home." Gourmet corn dogs were on the menu, as well as her signature drink, the Miranda-rita. Everyone at her record label was awarded a platinum plaque in appreciation of their work on her behalf.

After 10 years with the same management team, Rascal Flatts has decided to move in a different direction. They've parted ways with Turner Nichols & Associates and are handling things in-house for the time being. In a prepared statement, the trio said, "We will always consider Trey and Doug to be part of our family. And we have nothing but the utmost respect and appreciation for the work that we've done together over the past 10 years."

Lady Antebellum is trying out new music in concert. Here's a sneak-peek at "Dancing Away With My Heart"...

Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles and Christian Bush are in the United Kingdom, where "Incredible Machine" was just released. They're making the media rounds there, and also learning to look left before crossing the street, since they drive on the other side of the road in the British Isles. They're making time to creatively see some sights while there, according to Jennifer's blog.

Taylor Swift is in Singapore, getting ready to kick off the international part of her Speak Now World Tour 2011 tomorrow. Before she left, a pop station in Nashville dubbed it'self "The Taylor" for a day, and she stopped by. Did she sing? Well, sort of...

Today, the CMA will announce some of the performers at this year's CMA Music Festival, but you have to be a Facebook friend to get the news. Psst...Reba's already spilled the beans on her website that she's performing on Saturday night during the festival.

The numbers are in: last week in Asheville, NC, Dierks Bentley and his band laid down fifteen songs in five days, working on his 6th studio album. Over 30,000 fans used the live camera feed that Dierks offered in order to watch the recording process. And only once did Dierks turn the sound on, letting viewers actually hear one of the songs they recorded.

Darius Rucker is the latest star to add his voice to the American Cancer Society's "Birthdays" campaign, singing the Happy Birthday song in his own style.

Talk about your odd couples - Jamey Johnson and Matthew McConaughey just returned from an 18-day trip to Brazil, where they spent time along with Matthew's partner and children. Says Jamey, “It's summertime down there. We went to the beach, went swimming. Matthew loves Brazil. Why, I even learned a little Portuguese." The two became friends when they met at the ACM Awards last year in Las Vegas.

Didja miss Keith Urban on the Super Bowl pre-game show? Here's some rehearsal video, to give you a tiny taste of it.

Gwyneth Paltrow will perform the Grammy Nominated "Coming Home" during the "83rd Annual Academy Awards Show" on February 27th, live from Los Angeles.

The "American Idol 10th Anniversary - The Hits" hits stores March 15th and will include Carrie Underwood's "Before He Cheats" along with songs by Kelly Clarkson, Daughtry and Adam Lambert. You can preorder it now.

In stores today, the Waylon Jennings tribute cd, featuring Alabama, Jamey Johnson, Randy Houser, Trace Adkins, James Otto and lots more country artists covering classic Waylon songs. Thompson Square's self-titled debut hits stores today.

Little Big Town is on the Late Show with Jimmy Fallon, and Merle Haggard is on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

The tweet of the day is from Martina McBride: "I've decided there is no win 2 doing the half-time show.Every1 just seems 2 want 2 criticize.Every year.I'm sure it's a nervewracking gig."