Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Today's Country Tidbits

Sunday night after Taylor Swift raked in more Teen Choice Awards than anyone ever has before, she was asked to share a piece of wisdom with America's teens. Her answer? “I think the best advice I ever got as a teenager is to try to think of your actions as if your eighty years-old looking back. You know? Your dad calls you at eight in the morning and wants to go to breakfast? As a teenager, you’re like, ‘no I want to sleep.’ But as an eighty year-old looking back, you’ll go to breakfast with your dad. It’s just little decisions like that. And it’s kind of helped me ever since I was teenager, in making the choices you won’t regret later.” Good stuff!

In more Taylor news, she's about to be the feature of school books for middle- and high-schoolers. Well, "books" might not be the right way to say it - it'll actually be comic books, or graphic novels, as they're now called. The Graphic Classroom series promises to help teach language, historical perspective, conceptual thinking and decision making. The series will also include other stars like Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez.

Seen Craig Morgan lately? He's sporting a "high and tight" haircut, thanks to a $1,200 donation at his charity auction last weekend. Former NFL player Robb Nelson was the high bidder and gave Craig the military-style 'do. The weenend fund-raiser for Billy's Place, a home for displaced children in Dickson, TN included a motorcycle ride, concert and sporting clay shoot.

Earlier this year, it was Australia, and now it's Scandanavia. Alan Jackson is giving his passport a workout, taking his tour to Sweden and Norway this week. His current single is "Long Way to Go" and he's trying to live up to it, apparently.

Jake Owen lives to be near the water, so much so that he considers "Barefoot Blue Jean Night" his life's story.

The Footloose soundtrack album will be chock-full of country artsts. Blake Shelton has cut the title track, Zac Brown recorded "Where the River Goes," Big & Rich with Gretchen Wilson contributed "Fake I.D." and the project also includes Whitney Duncan, Jana Kramer and Hunter Hayes. The remake of the 1984 classic movie will be in theatres October 14th.

Good news for Lady Antebellum, who have been awarded platinum certification for "Just a Kiss." Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood's "Remind Me" has been certified gold.

More good news for Lady A, as they score their 5th #1 single with "Just a Kiss." It's #1 on the Billboard chart, and Zac Brown Band has the #1 song in America again on the Country Aircheck chart this week with "Knee Deep."

Watch Luke Bryan on Live! with Regis and Kelly today and on Jimmy Kimmel Live tonight.

Today's fun tidbit - Dolly Parton's bucket list includes performing with Lady Gaga, to whom Dolly says she can relate.

The tweet of the day is from Taylor Swift: "So happy about the teen choice awards. Thanks to you guys, I now have 13 tca's total! Lucky number much? Thank you!!"