Briefs: News from Keith Urban, Jason Aldean and more
Plus, Kenny Chesney and Zac Brown Band auction items raise top dollar
• Keith Urban and his songwriting collaborator, Monty Powell, have been nominated for the Golden Globe and Critic’s Choice Movie Awards in the best original song category for their composition, “For You” from Relativity Media’s Navy SEAL action-thriller “Act of Valor.” Wife Nicole Kidman also received two nominations of her own.
Responding the nomination in a media statement, Urban (left) said, “The most rewarding gift for me as a songwriter is knowing that the song has somehow made a connection. I’ve been fortunate and moved to hear first hand how it has impacted others’ lives. For that, and for this nomination, I’m so very grateful and honored. To wake up to this news, as well as to Nic’s two nominations, is absolutely beautiful. What a way to start the day!”
• Jason Aldean has been added to the performers scheduled for “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2013.” Aldean will perform during the show’s pre-taped West Coast party segment, hosted by Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas, and will be joined there by fellow performers Justin Bieber, Greyson Chance, Ellie Goulding, The Wanted, Brandy, Flo Rida, Karmin, One Republic and Pitbull. In New York, performers appearing live from Times Square will include Psy and the previously announced Taylor Swift, Carly Rae Jepsen, and Neon Trees. The show airs Dec. 31 on the ABC Television Network.
• “Kimberly’s Simply Southern,” the food and cooking show hosted by Little Big Town member Kimberly Schlapman, has been renewed for a second season on Great American Country (GAC). New episodes begin airing in early spring.
• Ashley Monroe, a member of the critically acclaimed trio Pistol Annies, has pushed back the release date for her solo album, “Like A Rose,” to March 5, 2013. She’s written a new song with album producer Vince Gill, and is delaying the album to give her time to record and include it on the set.
• Country fans have been some of the most generous donors helping fight hunger with WhyHunger’s Hungerthon auction this year. Two of the highest bidding items to date are a flyaway to meet Kenny Chesney ($12,000) and eat-and-greet passes with Zac Brown Band for a concert of the winning bidder’s choosing in 2013 ($3,000).
Additional items from Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean and Taylor Swift are also live and, combined, have raised more than $5,000 so far. Both auctions are open for less than 12 hours, and WhyHunger is just over half way to this year’s goal of $850,000. Check out all the auction items here.
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Veteran entertainment journalist Phyllis Stark has been reporting extensively on the music industry for two decades. As a freelance writer, her work appears regularly in numerous publications and sites. She previously was Nashville Bureau Chief at Billboard magazine.