Singer Vows Not To Over-Share On Twitter
Among the fans who were disappointed to see Colton Dixon voted off “American Idol” last week was at least one celebrity. Fourth season “AI” winner Carrie Underwood tweeted her displeasure over the elimination, posting, “Colton gone on Idol tonight?!?! What?!?! Really thought I’d see him in the finale . . . ’Tis a sad night, indeed.”
She also took the time to tweet a message directly to Dixon: “Keep your head up! You are SO amazingly talented! God has blessed you so much and will continue to do so!”
A few days later, she explained to One Country why she was a fan of the Tennessee-based rocker.
“I loved him because he’s like a ready-made star,” she says. “With me, there was work to be done. I won the show, and I got made over and there was all this stuff that kind of had to happen. With him, it’s like he was ready. You open the box and there he is. He’s already a celebrity. He looks like and celebrity [and] sounds like a celebrity. He’s got that great artistic point of view how he changes up songs and makes them sound like him. So I really was disappointed to see him go.
“I do wish now I had cast some votes for Colton,” she adds.
But Underwood says she never publicly predicts the “Idol” winner, or even reveals who her favorite is.
“I’m a watcher like everybody else,” she says of the show. “I have my ideas of who will take it further, but I don’t know who’s going to win.”
Meanwhile, Underwood tells One Country she’s enjoying Twitter, which she just joined in February, but she’s trying to take it in moderation.
“I’m still a little scared,” she says of being new to the social networking site. “I don’t feel like I over-tweet, which I feel like so many people do. That is something I’m going to try to be really conscious of, because so many people put up 20 tweets a day, and, like, 19 of them were unnecessary.”
Underwood says she’ll try to keep her tweets about what’s going on in her life on a particular day, for instance mentioning a photo shoot she might be doing. But she appreciates the opportunity Twitter provides for interacting with her fans in new ways.
“It’s great to have that instant connection,” she says. “People see a lighter, more fun side. It’s not all business, talking about albums and singles and all that stuff. It’s nice to just put up some pictures of my doggies and share that with the world.”
Singer Celebrated With A Guitar-Shaped Cake
Just a week and a half asked being surprised with an invitation to join the Grand Ole Opry cast, Keith Urban was officially inducted tonight on the Opry stage in Nashville. Fellow Opry stars Trace Adkins and John Turner did the honors.
On stage after Urban had performed his hits “Days Go By” and “Without You,” Adkins presented him with his Opry Member Award and made membership official.
“Thank you very much! Yee haw! That is awesome!” Urban said. After thanking the Opry’s members, his parents (who “got me into country music and drove me around to all the gigs”), his wife and daughters, and his fans, among many others, Urban continued, “It’s a long way from Caboolture [Queensland, Australia] to the stage here at the Grand Ole Opry . . . and to stand in this circle is the most phenomenal thing. I just want to thank the Opry for this honor, but also the responsibility. This is a responsibility that I take deep to the heart of me . . . This once and for all shows the global popularity and reach of country music . . . I honor the history of country music, but I absolutely fully dedicate myself to the future of country music, as well. God bless you all.”
After the induction, Urban added his name plaque to the Member Gallery backstage at the Opry by using a pocketknife given to him by Opry member Marty Stuart. Later, during an after show reception, Urban used the same knife to cut the Fender guitar-shaped guitar cake.
Footage of the induction can be seen at opry.com. Pictured, from left, are Grand Ole Opry VP/GM Pete Fisher, Adkins, Urban and Turner.
In Funny Video, Country Artists Pull No Punches
Country stars spend a good deal of their time getting interviewed by radio DJs and other media, so it’s not surprising that they can get a little judgmental—even cranky—when it comes to the quality of the questions they’re being asked on the air. With this in mind, radio station KNCI Sacramento, Calif., put together a video of “Stupid S&*t DJs Ask,” as told by more than a dozen country stars.
Among the artists weighing in are Keith Urban, Jason Aldean, Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Rascal Flatts, The Band Perry, Luke Bryan, Little Big Town, Chris Young, Lee Brice, Kellie Pickler, Jake Owen, the Eli Young Band and others.
KNCI was among the many radio stations that set up camp in Las Vegas prior to the Academy of Country Music Awards and recorded dozens of interviews with country stars making the rounds there, which is where this video was shot. Watch it here.
New Albums In The Works From Scotty McCreery, The Band Perry, Kenny Rogers And More
Martina McBride is on the hunt for songs for a Christmas album she’s planning to record this summer with producer Ron Fair according to Row Fax, a weekly listing of artists’ upcoming recording projects, aimed at Nashville’s professional songwriting and music publishing communities. McBride previously released the holiday album “White Christmas” in 1998.
In other Nashville recording news, The Band Perry is seeking songs with “quirky lyrics” and a “Tom Perry feel” for their next album. No producer has been announced.
Scotty McCreery’s camp is already on the hunt for songs for his sophomore album; putting out word they want “age appropriate, great songs.” Mark Bright is back in the producer’s chair for that one.
Following his move to Warner Music Nashville, Kenny Rogers is seeking “story songs with a message or social commentary a la ‘Coward of the Country’ or ‘The Greatest’” for his upcoming project.
Keith Urban wants “hit songs with great melodies” for his next album with producer Dann Huff. And in fact, hit songs are the order of the day. According to Row Fax, Wynonna wants “uptempo radio hits” for her next album, being produced by her fiancé, Cactus Moser. LeAnn Rimes is seeking “radio hits,” something that has eluded her of late. Former Trick Pony singer Heidi Newfield simply wants “hits.” Sara Evans, meanwhile, is “looking for all tempos” and Blake Shelton is simply seeking “great songs” for his next album, with Scott Hendricks producing.
It’s a Baby Girl For The Couple
Joe Nichols and his wife, Heather, welcomed seven pound, five ounce daughter Dylan River Nichols, yesterday. This is the first child for the couple, who married in 2007. The singer has another daughter from a previous relationship.
“We have been trying to have a baby together for many years, and this gift is not something we take for granted,” Nichols said in a media statement. “We are going to try to be the best parents possible.”
“Our prayers have been answered,” added Heather Nichols. “We went through years of loss and heartbreak to get to this point and now our little baby girl is here. I want to thank everyone for their well wishes, thoughts and prayers and our doctors and nurses who have walked alongside us in this process. I know that we are going to love this little girl, and I am so thankful that she is ours.”
Album Contains 12 Songs The Country Legend Recorded Before His Death In 2002
Ten years after his death, Waylon Jennings fans will get to hear an album full of previously unreleased music from the country legend, which is being planned for a September release.
The album, “Goin’ Down Rockin’: The Last Recordings of Waylon Jennings,” contains a dozen songs the country legend recorded with longtime accompanist Robby Turner in the last few years before Jennings’ death. The Country Music Hall of Fame member contributed vocals and guitar to the tracks. Following Jennings’ death, Turner, who played bass on the recordings, was tasked with finishing them based on the instrumentation the two men discussed, but never got to complete together. He brought in musicians who had long worked with the Jennings, including Reggie Young, Richie Albright and tour mate Tony Joe White.
“Waylon knows he’s surrounded by friends and all that hear this will feel as if they know Waylon in all his authenticity,” explains his widow, country singer Jessi Colter, in a press statement. With his family’s blessing, “Goin’ Down Rockin’: The Last Recordings of Waylon Jennings,” will be available on September 11.
Jennings wrote 11 of the 12 songs on the new album, which also includes White’s “Goin’ Down Rockin’” (on which White himself is a guest). In all, the album will feature eleven songs that have never been released before.
Here’s the full track listing:
1. Goin’ Down Rockin’
2. Belle of The Ball
3. If My Harley Was Runnin’
4. I Do Believe
5. Friends In California
6. The Ways of the World
7. Shakin’ The Blues
8. Never Say Die
9. Wasting Time
10. Sad Songs & Waltzes
11. She Was No Good for Me
12. Wrong Road To Nashville
Groups Organize In Three Cities To Dance To New Bellamy Tune
On a recent European media blitz to support their new release with German pop artist D.J. Ötzi (center), the Bellamy Brothers were simultaneously flash mobbed in three separate cities in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. European fans and dance clubs organized the massive mobs—choreographing dance moves set to the tune of the new Bellamy/Ötzi tune, “Like A Star”—and heavily promoted them throughout Europe via Facebook and Twitter.
Thousands of fans turned up in designated public locations in Berlin, Zurich and Vienna to dance to the song, which appears on the recently released European album “ D.J. Ötzi & the Bellamy Brothers: Simply The Best.”
Video can be seen here of the Berlin flash mob more or less dancing to the synchronized moves while D.J. Ötzi looks on.
“We were in Berlin rehearsing for a television performance when we heard about the mob,” says David Bellamy in a media statement. “We drove over and were in complete awe of how many people were singing and dancing to ‘Like A Star’ in perfect sequence.”
“D.J. Ötzi & the Bellamy Brothers: Simply The Best” features Ötzi and the Bellamys singing together on some of their biggest hits, as well as several American classics. Tracks include “The Gambler,” “Islands In The Stream” and “Sweet Caroline,” among others.
Artist Weds Warner Music Executive Saturday Night On A Nashville-Area Farm
People.com breaks news that Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood, 29, and Warner Music Nashville VP of marketing and brand management Kelli Cashiola, 30, got married on Saturday night on a private farm outside of Nashville. He is the last member of the trio to tie the knot, following Hillary Scott’s nuptials earlier this year. Unlike Scott’s wedding, Haywood’s band mates were in attendance for his marriage at Front Porch Farms in Ashland City, Tenn.
Singer/songwriter Dave Barnes provided the music for the intimate outdoor ceremony, which was followed by dinner and dancing, according to People. Guests were shuttled into the secret location.
The couple, who have been friends for nearly six years, publicly revealed their romance on Nov. 9, 2011 when Cashiola walked the CMA red carpet with him. On Dec. 19, Haywood proposed by spelling out “Will you marry me?” on the side of her house in Christmas lights.
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