Blake Shelton has lots of good reasons to celebrate this week. Two of his artists on The Voice are in the finals, today is his 37th birthday and he has the number-one single this week with "Boys 'Round Here." Blake says the song is a pretty good representation of the boys 'round his hometown, plus he gets to show off his country rapping chops.
Lady Antebellum are off the road for the summer, getting ready to welcome "Baby Antebellum" next month. Hillary Scott and her husband Chris Tyrell are expecting a girl. She'll be the first Lady A member to have a child. Lady A’s Charles Kelley says they can’t wait to spoil the baby rotten. “So, this is the first baby of the three of us and we keep saying this is going to be like the little golden child of the road because it’s going to get so spoiled. I don’t care what kind of discipline she thinks the baby’s going to have, it’s all going to go out the door.” The next chance to see Lady A on stage will be on the CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock concert special, which airs on August 12th on ABC.
Hunter Hayes delivers a second helping of his self-titled debut album today -- plus eight new tracks -- on the new compilation Encore. The collection includes his single “I Want Crazy,” a duet with Ashley Monroe called “What You Gonna Do” and the Jason Mrazcollaboration “Everybody’s Got Somebody but Me.” Hunter recalls meeting John Mayer. “Funny story: I met him at the Grammys, and we talked about writing, which will probably happen at some point in 2017 when we both have a day off. But yeah, we talked about writing, we talked about collaborating, and I said, ‘Man, I’ve got this song I really want you to come sing on. And he was gracious enough to listen to it and take care of it. He’s really cool dude, really cool dude.”
It's a big week for country on ABC's The View -- Kellie Pickler and Little Big Town are scheduled for the show. Kellie joins the ladies today to co-host and perform her single "Someone Somewhere Tonight." On Wednesday, Little Big Town perform their latest, "Wrong Side of the Bed," and then join the hosts in their "Ladies Who Lunch" segment, sampling goodies made by Kimberly Schlapman for her GAC show, Kimberly's Southern Kitchen.
Congrats are in order for Little Big Town and Trisha Yearwood. Both of them scored hardware Sunday night at the Daytime Emmy Awards. LBT won Outstanding Original Song for the Good Afternoon America theme “Good Afternoon.” Trisha picked up Outstanding Culinary Program for her Food Network show Trisha’s Southern Kitchen.
If you need further proof of Hunter Hayes's star power, here it is -- he sold out two performances at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium in under an hour. The dates, October 18th and 19th, will be his first headlining appearances at the historic venue. Hunter says, "One night at the Ryman is something I've dreamed about for a long time. It makes it even better that we get to do two, and the fact that they sold out that quick is just such a thrill. I’m so excited! This pretty much guarantees it’s going to be crazy!" Hunter's deluxe release, Encore, comes out on Tuesday.
Dwight Yoakam, Kacey Musgraves and newcomer Chris Stapleton made their debut at the annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee over the weekend. The sold-out event marked the first time in years Bonnaroo and the CMA Music Festival didn't fall on the same weekend, allowing the three to score sets at the all-genre festival. Here's the country spin on what when down on the farm:
Best wishes for a speedy recovery go out to Ray Price, who was admitted to the hospital last week. A post on his Facebook page reads: "Tests show that long-term dehydration has caused kidney stones to develop, and Ray was in severe pain. The doctors have gotten the pain under control and are now deciding on the best way to remove the stones." All his concert dates in June are being rescheduled.
LoCash Cowboys' Preston Brust and Chris Lucas and crew avoided serious injury in a major bus crash in Wisconsin on Friday. On their way to a show in Porterfield, one of the tires exploded, causing the bus to slide off the road. The vehicle was totaled, but nobody suffered anything more than some cuts and bruises. After the crash, the duo tweeted, "Bad bus crash! Shook up and sore, but ALIVE and READY TO ROCK WISCONSIN TONIGHT! Stay Tuned." LoCash Cowboys' self-titled debut album, featuring the single "Chase a Little Love," lands Tuesday. Preston and Chris are best known for penning hits for Keith Urban ("You Gonna Fly") and Tim McGraw ("Truck Yeah").
Happy Flag Day...and Father's Day weekend!
The 2013 edition of Farm Aid will head to an area of New York with many family farmers. The annual concert will take place September 21st at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs in upstate New York. Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews are are set to perform, with the rest of the lineup to be announced soon. Tickets go on sale June 28th.
Billy Ray Cyrus' wife, Tish, has filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences, after 19 years of marriage. The filing comes three years after Billy Ray filed for divorce, but withdrew it to try to work things out. Tish is asking for spousal support, full custody of their youngest child, Noah, and payment of her attorney fees. The couple has a total of five children, including Miley, but Noah is the only one that's still a minor. Tish told TMZ, "This is a personal matter and we are working to find a resolution that is in the best interest of our family. We ask that you respect our privacy at this time." Apparently, Miley was trying to get in touch with her father about the news, tweeting, "@billyraycyrus, since your texts and email obviously aren't working would you like to talk like this?"
Darius Rucker brought in more than $95,000 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital during his events last week in Nashville. The money was raised through his Darius and Friends Benefit Concert and Celebrity Golf Tournament. He says, “I look forward to this event all year long. I get to share the stage with some of my favorite artists, friends and musical influences." Darius is on a roll lately -- in addition to his recent two-week number-one hit, "Wagon Wheel," he's getting a street named for him in his hometown of Charleston, South Carolina.
Taylor Swift, whose new fragrance Taylor by Taylor Swift is out this month, doesn't care if a guy uses cologne or goes natural. She tells People.com, "I’d just prefer them to be good people. I’ll start with that.” Earlier this week, T won the Fragrance Celebrity of the Year honor for Wonderstruck and Wonderstruck Enchanted at the Fragrance Foundation Awards in New York City.