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March 12, 2013


» Red, Riding Through Your Hood: “When I am thinking about where a song is gonna go, it’s right after I write a song," Taylor Swift says as she prepares to kick off her Red Tour this Wednesday (3/13) in Omaha, NE. "I write a song and then I think, ‘What’s this gonna be like live?" While we may have seen sneak peaks in some of her awards show performances over the past few months, Swift's full vision is about to hit the stage. "It’s fun and it’s overwhelming because when I think about planning an entire tour, and I realize how much work goes into that, sometimes I just get like, ‘Oh wow, we have a lot of stuff to do.' So, you know, I try to let myself daydream but I try to not let myself get overwhelmed by the fact that I do end up having to put together a two-hour show that pleases everybody, hopefully.” Taylor has 66 shows in 47 cities lined up for North America, including 13 stadiums (dates here). She'll release the video for new single "22" Wednesday on ABC-TV's Good Morning America.

» Shakin' Not Stirred: "You're younger, you're more sober, you're cooler," commented Chelsea Handler when comparing guest Luke Bryan to his upcoming ACM Awards co-host Blake Shelton. Luke laughs it off admitting that, yes ... he is more sober. But the Spring Breaker has a lot in common with the BS'er, and they're hoping that will prove to be entertaining for viewers. "When I moved to town, everybody would be like, 'Hey, you and Blake are like brothers of another mother," he says. Watch more of Luke on Chelsea Lately here and tune to CBS-TV for the 48th ACM Awards April 7.

» Social Worker: Sugarland's Kristian Bush has really ramped up his networking, socially speaking, with a new Instagram account (@kristianbush), a WhoSay profile and a YouTube channel called KB TV. While traveling and performing overseas for the CMA Songwriters Series, Kristian is now creating original content with fan connectivity. Sure, his mandolin skills have always kept people tuned in, but now ... you can subscribe. Watch KB's first webisode here.

» New Normal: "Now they're all looking for the next Taylor Swift," Kacey Musgraves ("Merry Go Round") explains to the Los Angeles Times in an article that features her as part of the new crop of country females. "Then someone else is gonna come along and create a new normal, when in reality they should probably be looking for something different altogether." Kacey, who is the songwriter behind Miranda Lambert's "Mama's Broken Heart," is scheduled to release her debut album Same Trailer Different Park March 19 and is nominated for four ACM Awards including Female Vocalist of the Year. Ashley Monroe of Pistol Annies and Caitlin Rose, daughter of Swift co-writer Liz Rose, are also mentioned as country songstresses on the rise. More here.

» Call Me, Maybe? Tell all your friends you have newcomer Maggie Rose's number. Let them know you're good friends and you call her all the time. But don't let them know she never picks up. Maggie ("I Ain't Your Mama") has started a campaign that allows fans to connect with her and her music via mobile phones. Calling the number 442-333-ROSE lets you hear her new single "Better" and gain access to exclusive content. Leave a message and there's a chance she'll post what you say on Facebook. More here.

» In Case You Missed It: Jake Owen gave sexy squint lessons and discussed aggressive manscaping, fatherhood and the possibility of a musical collaboration with Jennifer Love Hewitt on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live Thursday (3/7). Watch clips here.

Trace Adkins delivered a $670,000 check to the American Red Cross at the start of last night's episode of All-Star Celebrity Apprentice on NBC-TV. The donation set a fund-raising record on the show made possible by contributions from Amy Grant, Nikki Taylor, T. Boone Pickens, Domino Sugar, the Grand Ole Opry and more.  Watch here.

Former Stealing Angels band members Jennifer Wayne and Caroline Cutbirth survived another week on CBS reality competition The Amazing Race. Watch here.

Hit List 

  • George Strait 's The Cowboy Rides Away Tour became the quickest sell-out at San Antonio’s Alamodome, as tickets for his June 1 appearance disappeared in six minutes. Strait will play to 72,000, the venue's largest-ever crowd.
  • The Recording Industry of America has named Taylor Swift their top-selling Digital Singles Artist. Taylor has 39.5 million singles sales certified to date.   

  • Lee Brice, Randy Houser and Jerrod Niemann will headline Country On The Beach in Key West, FL. The three-day event begins Oct. 5 with Montgomery Gentry hosting and GAC’s Storme Warren as emcee. More here.


Billy Yates (3/13)

Kristian Bush (3/14)


Tuesday (3/12): Kelly Pickler, The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Wednesday (3/13): Lisa Matassa, Marie (Hallmark Channel); Keith Urban, American Idol (FOX).

Thursday (3/14): Keith Urban, American Idol (FOX); Luke Bryan, Conan (TBS).

This Week's Album Releases

Shooter Jennings The Other Life (3/12)

Accompanying a film by the same name, the new album from Waylon's son features appearances from Patty Griffin, Scott H. Biram and Black Oak Arkansas frontman Jim "Dandy" Mangrum as well as Jennings' backing band The Triple Crown. In the movie, Jennings embarks on a supernatural journey that leads him to face his destiny.

Upcoming Releases

Kacey Musgraves Same Trailer Different Park (3/19)

Alan Jackson Precious Memories Volume II (3/26)

Blake Shelton Based On A True Story … (3/26)

Thompson Square Just Feels Good (3/26)

Maggie Rose Cut To Impress (3/26)

The Band Perry Pioneer (4/2)

Gretchen Wilson Right On Time (4/2)

Brad Paisley Wheelhouse (4/9)

Eric Church Caught In The Act: Live (4/9)

» Girl Group: Sarah Darling, Maggie Rose, Jana Kramer, Katie Armiger, Lauren Alaina and Kristen Kelly (l-r) get together for a group shot backstage following a charity concert in Long Island, NY.

» Tuesday Night Country Club: Sheryl Crow (far right) showcased her country side to a crowd of industry folks earlier this month and, backstage, showcased smiles with Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert and Brad Paisley (l-r).  





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