Carrie Underwood celebrated a lot of firsts last week. Not only did the country superstar play her first headlining gig in the U.K. when she took the stage at Royal Albert Hall in London, but it was there that she tacked a beautiful country music version of Coldplay‘s ‘Fix You’ onto her setlist.
Since releasing their self-titled debut album in 2009, country music trio Gloriana has quickly become a break-through artist. And they have an awards shelf at home to prove it, too. The year they dropped their first album, they scored an American Music Award for Breakthrough Artist, and in 2010, won Academy of Country Music Award for Top New Vocal Group. But since then, things have been a little quiet for band members Tom Gossin, Mike Gossin and Rachel Reinhardt — but only for a few more weeks.
With his signature pigtail braids and hippie-inspired song lyrics, Willie Nelson doesn’t exactly seem like a golf guy. But once again, the legendary country icon surprised us by launching the first-ever Willie Nelson Celebrity Golf Tournament in Briarcliff, Texas, which will benefit the Pedernales Fire Department, the Helping Hands Crisis Ministry, the Children’s Music Foundation and the RunTex Foundation.
Even though Carrie Underwood is a few years Taylor Swift‘s senior, that hasn’t stopped music critics from lumping the two popular blonde singers into the same mold. Both Underwood and Swift have major crossover power, but that doesn’t mean that they are cut from the same cloth. In fact, Underwood recently told BANG Showbiz that she hates being compared to her 22-year-old fellow country/pop star.
This year, Trisha Yearwood has managed to add another job title to her resume: Cooking show host. The country music star showed off her kitchen skills on the Food Network this spring in a six-episode series called ‘Trisha Yearwood’s Southern Kitchen.’ The first season of the show was just a test run, but as it turns out, cooking fans love the ‘She’s in Love With the Boy’ hitmaker just as much as country music fans — the show has been renewed for a second season.
Taylor Swift is no stranger to collaborating with artists of all genres. In addition to working with Justin Bieber, the Civil Wars, and others, Swift recently laid down vocal tracks for rapper B.o.B.’s newest single, ‘Both of Us.’ Last week, B.o.B. made the trek to Swift’s home state of Tennessee to film a music video for the song. While he claims to have enjoyed his time down south, both the rapper and his country counterpart encountered some obstacles during the shoot.
It might seem like Keith Urban has been a bit quiet lately, but that’s not actually the case. For the past few months, the Australian country star has been hanging out on his home soil filming the Aussie version of ‘The Voice.’ But Urban just announced that when filming for the show wraps in January, he’s heading back out on tour, and he’ll be kicking off his next run Down Under.
In case you missed Jennifer Nettles’ good news this week, it’s that she and her husband of seven months, Justin Miller, are expecting their first child. Fans and country music industry peeps poured out their congratulations to the couple after the Sugarland star’s manager shared the good news on Monday.
You’ll have to wait until tomorrow (June 19) to buy Kenny Chesney‘s latest album, ‘Welcome to the Fishbowl,’ but if you’ve been dying to hear the award-winning singer’s 12 new tracks, you’re in luck. Chesney has made the entire disc available for streaming online.
Zac Brown Band is going to take the stage for a gigantic audience on July 9, when they play the State Farm Home Run Derby. The event is part of the Major League Baseball All-Star game, but before the best of baseball players face off against each other in a nine-inning game, the league’s biggest hitters will see who can hit the most home runs. The derby will air live on ESPN, and Zac Brown Band will be the lucky country stars to play their hits for a national audience.
Judging by the country music fans hanging out at the CMA Music Festival in shorts and tank tops last weekend, summertime is definitely upon us. And what’s better than listening to new summer tunes during the warm weather months? To give you the perfect soundtrack for the summer, country star Jake Owen will release a ‘Summer Jam’ EP sometime during the season.
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