Blake Shelton became a country star on his music alone, but since he first appeared on NBC’s ‘The Voice‘ last season, the 6-foot-5 man’s man with a soft side has truly become a favored celebrity. In a recent interview, Shelton talked about his role on the hit show, his marriage to no-nonsense country artist Miranda Lambert and why he didn’t know how to get to his own home when he was living in L.A.
NBC’s hit musical drama ‘Smash’ tells the story of what it takes to make it in a Broadway show, and while country music is in a different genre altogether, the show and its stars have been giving some pretty big nods to the sound. Last Monday (Feb. 13), we saw actress Megan Hilty’s character Ivy offer up a slowed-down cover of Carrie Underwood‘s ‘Crazy Dreams.’ Tonight, according to mjsbigblog, we can expect to see another star performing a karaoke version of Gretchen Wilson‘s ‘Redneck Woman.’
Perhaps guitar-slinging favorite John Mayer was a little more impacted by his time with Taylor Swift than he originally thought. Though the ‘Heartbreak Warfare’ singer hasn’t quite gone country, he just released a clip from his upcoming single ‘Shadow Days,’ and we detect a bit of a twang in there. The single is the first from Mayer’s impending record ‘Born and Raised,’ which doesn’t yet have an official release date.
Gwyneth Paltrow made a giant leap onto the country scene last year with the film ‘Country Strong’ and the film’s soundtrack, which featured four of Paltrow’s songs. Although she generated major label interest with her performances in both, Paltrow hasn’t quite become a mainstay in the country world — at least, not yet, that is. A recent tweet from Hank Williams‘ daughter Holly Williams has fans wondering if Paltrow is in the genre to stay.
Taylor Swift just came out with a behind-the-scenes video from her music video shoot from ‘Safe & Sound,’ the lead single on the upcoming ‘The Hunger Games’ soundtrack. The haunting mood of the song, which also features The Civil Wars, translates so perfectly to the almost colorless video. In the below clip, Swift catches the vision as soon as she steps out into the cold of the barren winter woods.
Blake Shelton fans will be excited to learn that on Season 3 of NBC’s ‘The Voice,’ when one of those iconic red chairs swivels around, their favorite country papa bear will still be sitting in it. The Wrap is reporting that Shelton has signed on for another season of the show, along with all three of the other celebrity coaches — Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green and Adam Levine.
After Chris Brown was given the stage for not one but two Grammy performances this year, Miranda Lambert has had no problem stepping up to let her fans know how she feels about the hip-hop artist and his past as an abuser. Not only did she tweet several times with her feelings on the matter, but Lambert finally took her anger to the stage at a show this week, as seen in the below video Taste of Country received from a fan.
Taylor Swift is perhaps best known for singing about one topic from a variety of angles: love. And while she admits that this is true, the multi-Grammy Award-winning starlet is quick to declare that she’s perfectly content to go stag for a while.
Lionel Richie is a legend, to say the least, and now he’s taking a rather legendary step, going back to his roots and releasing a full album of country duets with some of the most famous country stars in the business. The album, named after Richie’s hometown of ‘Tuskegee,’ is set to drop March 27, and the first single from the record, a Richie and Shania Twain duet of the smash hit ‘Endless Love,’ released Feb. 7.
Jason Aldean has taken the country music world by storm in the past few years, shooting out of the ranks of wannabe country stars and into sold-out arena tours. The ‘My Kinda Party’ singer may perform to 20,000 people on any given night, and his songs have been climbing the charts like kids on a playground. Even so, the laid-back country hitmaker says he’s not about to go around giving other hopefuls advice — especially not on a reality TV show.
While Taylor Swift and Lady Antebellum have had a pretty rockin’ year when it comes to winning awards to add to their trophy cases, there’s one small group that has yet to voice their opinions. Now, kids are getting ready to speak out during Nickelodeon’s 25th annual Kids Choice Awards, where pint-sized fans offer up their top picks on everything from books to TV shows, cartoons and music. Swift and Lady A are among the country acts who received nods from the young population.
Today, Rascal Flatts finally pulled back the veil on the tracklisting for their highly-anticipated upcoming record, ‘Changed.’ Just last month, the trio announced that they will be releasing the album on April 3, and now they’re upping their game with a deluxe version, which will hit shelves the same day. The deluxe edition will feature four bonus tracks, including ‘Friday Can’t Come Fast Enough,’ ‘Fall Here,’ ‘Right One Time’ and ‘Next To You, Next To Me.’
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