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Taylor Swift Delights Audiences With Star-Studded Nashville Shows

September 18th, 2011 5:36pm EDT
Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift thrilled fans at her Nashville concerts by inviting Hayley Williams, Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney on stage for duets this weekend.

The "Love Story" hitmaker brought her Speak Now Tour to her Tennessee hometown for two sold-out gigs at the Bridgestone Arena.

On Friday, Swift introduced her close pal, Paramore frontwoman Williams, to the stage to join her for a version of "That's What You Get," and later closed the show by singing "Bleed Red" with Ronnie Dunn.

In a post on her page after the opening gig, Swift wrote, "Nashville, night one - what a beautiful crowd! ...

2010 Year In Entertainment Review: September

January 2nd, 2011 1:00pm EST
Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga was the big winner and talking point at the MTV Video Music Awards this month - she picked up eight accolades and stunned everyone by taking to the stage in a meat dress. Meanwhile, Penelope Cruz confirmed the news she was pregnant with Javier Bardem's baby, and Angelina Jolie - who visited flood-ravaged Pakistan - was named Best Celebrity Role Model in an online poll.

George Michael began his eight-week prison sentence in London after being found guilty of cannabis possession and driving under the influence of drugs, and Guns N' Roses were booed and bottled offstage in Ireland a...

Brooks & Dunn Take Final Bow At Nashville Fundraiser

September 3rd, 2010 6:30pm EDT
Country icons Brooks & Dunn ended their onstage partnership after 19 years on Thursday night by performing the song that shot them to fame at a charity concert in Nashville, Tennessee.

Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn brought their long-running career to an end during the final stop on their Last Rodeo Tour at the country music mecca's Bridgestone Arena, and the pair delighted fans at the sold out gig by running through their vast collection of hit songs, including My Maria, Red Dirt Road and Neon Moon.

They were joined onstage by Reba McEntire, their only guest vocalist, during the track Cowgi...

Miranda Lambert & Lady Antebellum Score Six CMA Award Nominations

August 31st, 2010 2:00pm EDT
Miranda Lambert
Miranda Lambert and Lady Antebellum have emerged as early contenders for the 2010 CMA Awards, landing six nods a piece in the first wave of nominations.

Lambert scored an impressive five nominations from two songs, The House That Built Me and White Liar. Both are up for single, video and song of the year, The Country Music Association announced on Tuesday.

Meanwhile Lady Antebellum grabbed nominations in four categories, including vocal group of the year. The band's breakthrough hit Need You Now also landed its members, Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott, nods for single of ...

Toby Keith Joins Line-Up For Flood Victims Concert

June 14th, 2010 10:31pm EDT
Toby Keith
Toby Keith, who lost almost all of his touring equipment in the recent Tennessee floods, has signed up to perform at Tim McGraw and Faith Hill's Nashville Rising concert, which will help raise funds for victims of the storm.

The country couple will stage the benefit concert next week at the Bridgestone Arena.

Keith joins a line-up that includes Billy Ray Cyrus, ZZ Top, Leann Rimes, Amy Grant, Brooks & Dunn, Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.

Proceeds from the concert will benefit flood relief efforts.

Guitars and equipment belonging to Keith was left waterlogged following a flood at his...

Carrie Underwood Wins Double Gold At CMT Music Awards

June 10th, 2010 8:42am EDT
Carrie Underwood
Carrie Underwood was named country queen at the 2010 CMT Music Awards on Wednesday as she scooped two prizes at the TV network's annual ceremony.

The former American Idol winner took home the Performance of the Year trophy for her rendition of Temporary Home in a CMT special, as well as the biggest prize of the night, Video of the Year, for Cowboy Casanova. The event in Nashville, Tennessee was kicked off by host Kid Rock who told the crowd, "The party has just begun!" before performing a medley of his hits with several surprise guests, including Hank Williams, Jr., Martina McBride and Ke...

Top 5 TV, May 23-29: Say Goodbye To 'Lost,' 'American Idol,' 'Dancing With The Stars'

May 23rd, 2010 2:37pm EDT
The week of May 23, 2010 will be a sad one for TV lovers. Viewers will say goodbye not only to several of their favorite shows, but also to a legendary country duo. At least everyone will be going out with a bang!

“Lost” – Sunday, ABC

This Sunday, after years of confusing, but amazing plot twists and shockers, viewers will say farewell to one of the biggest hits ABC has ever had – “Lost.” Since its premiere six years ago, “Lost” has captivated audiences, creating a world-wide phenomenon. But all good things must come to an end. The show will come to an end in style, though. An enhanced e...

Faith Hill & Tim McGraw Stage Concert For Flood Victims

May 10th, 2010 6:30pm EDT
Faith Hill
Country music power couple Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are calling on their celebrity pals to join a star-studded fundraiser concert for victims of the Tennessee floods.

The couple was devastated after state capital Nashville was hit by severe storms earlier this month, leaving almost two dozen people dead and flooding the fabled Grand Ole Opry concert venue.

McGraw and Hill have so far lined up performers including Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, Brooks & Dunn, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride and LeAnn Rimes to help raise money for Nashville Rising: A Benefit Concert For Fl...

Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood & Miranda Cosgrove Heat Up The Brooks & Dunn Tribute Concert

April 20th, 2010 9:25am EDT
Taylor Swift
One day after the Academy of Country Music Awards, many stars stayed in Las Vegas to attend and perform in the Brooks & Dunn "The Last Rodeo" tribute concert.

Taylor Swift glittered on stage while performing in a short, deep purple sequined mini dress. She also donned a simple gray dress at the event.

Carrie Underwood opted for a metallic look with a silver shift dress.

Meanwhile, Disney star Miranda Cosgrove looked like a little kid in a child-like bronze patterned dress.

Brooks & Dunn will part ways after completing their summer-long farewell tour. Last night's tribute concert will a...

Lady Antebellum Leads ACM Awards Nominations

March 2nd, 2010 11:35am EST
Lady Antebellum
Country trio Lady Antebellum will lead the way at the 2010 Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards after landing seven top nominations. The band's self-titled disc will compete for Album of the Year, while their hit single Need You Now has garnered five mentions on its own, including Song of the Year, Video of the Year and Single Record.

Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert have each received six nominations - their releases Play On and Revolution respectively are in the running for Album of the Year - while Taylor Swift is up for five awards.

All three songstresses will fight it out for ...

Peas, Swift, Gaga & Beyonce Lead Grammy Award Nominations

December 3rd, 2009 8:43am EST
Grammy Award Nominations
Christmas came early for the Black Eyed Peas, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga and Beyonce on Wednesday night when they each received three major Grammy Awards nominations at the 2010 event's big reveal in Los Angeles.

Beyonce, Lady Gaga and Swift will fight for the Song of the Year prize in January, while the Black Eyed Peas, who opened the Grammy Nominations Concert at the Nokia Theater, will join the ladies to compete for both Record of the Year and Album of the Year.

Dave Matthews Band and Kings of Leon scooped two nominations as the leading eight awards categories were announced - DMB w...

Taylor Swift Makes History At The CMAs

November 12th, 2009 8:59am EST
Taylor Swift Makes History At The CMAs
Taylor Swift broke down in tears after receiving the Entertainer of the Year at the Country Music Association Awards - becoming the youngest person ever to win the top prize.

It was Swift's night as the 19 year old dominated the 43rd annual event in Nashville, Tennessee on Wednesday, taking home gold in every category she was nominated in, including Female Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year for Fearless and Music Video of the Year for Love Story.

Accepting the Entertainer of the Year trophy, the Association's top prize, Swift teared up as she told the crowd, "Every single perso...

Top 5 TV To Watch, Nov. 8-14, 2009

November 8th, 2009 12:10pm EST
George Lopez
Another man is making his mark on late night this week. George Lopez, popular comedian and television star, premieres his new show, "Lopez Tonight" on Monday. The show, a milestone for late night, will feature audience interaction and celebrity guests. First up: Eva Longoria Parker and Kobe Bryant.

"Seth & Alex's Almost Live Comedy Show" - FOX - Sunday, Nov. 8, 2009

If you love "Family Guy," listen up! Not only will you get to see new episodes of your favorite animated series this Sunday, but on that very special night viewers will get to see a live-action version, courtesy of "F...

Brooks & Dunn Split

August 11th, 2009 9:01am EDT
Brooks & Dunn
Country duo Brooks & Dunn are done - Ronnie Dunn has quit the group to go solo. Dunn formed the act with Kix Brooks in the late 1980s and made their debut in 1991.

They quickly became one of the most acclaimed country combos of all time - their first album, "Brand New Man," was certified six-times platinum and all four singles from the release hit the top of the country charts. Twenty of the 40-plus singles they've released have hit the top of the charts. The duo has recorded 10 studio albums.

Brooks & Dunn have won 19 CMA Awards, including 14 in the Vocal Duo or Group category, and 2...

Brooks & Dunn Catch A Star

August 5th, 2008 11:17am EDT
Brooks & Dunn
Country duo Brooks & Dunn have been honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn flew to Los Angeles for the unveiling ceremony on Monday.

A proud Brooks told fans, "To have your name on a star on Hollywood Boulevard seems so out of reach."

Dunn added, "There are hundreds of people that should be in the star with us. We're lucky to be here."

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

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Sony BMG Music Entertainment Launches Platinum Musicpass Digital Album Cards

January 15th, 2008 2:12pm EST
Celine Dion
SONY BMG Music Entertainment today announced the launch of Platinum MusicPass, a series of digital album cards that enable consumers to download full-length albums, and in many cases special bonus content, in the form of high-quality MP3 files. The first 37 titles in the series, which represent musical genres ranging from Rock and Pop to R&B and Country, will debut on January 15th, 2008 and by the end of the month will be available at 4,500 retail outlets across the United States. In Canada, MusicPass will debut in late January of 2008.

"The introduction of MusicPass is an important p...

Commemorate GRAMMY's 50th Anniversary With 'The Ultimate GRAMMY Collection'

January 8th, 2008 2:12pm EST
Classic Pop
In a grand commemoration of the 50th Celebration of the GRAMMY® Awards, Shout! Factory and The Recording Academy®'s GRAMMY® Recordings announce an electrifying 7-CD series encompassing GRAMMY® winners from four of the legendary awards' major genres. With a personal introduction written by 27-time GRAMMY® winner and 50th Celebration Ambassador Quincy Jones, this series is a sumptuous ode to the biggest hits in music history and a must-have for music lovers and collectors alike.

"We look forward to celebrating the past five decades of GRAMMY®-winning music with music fans everywhere thr...

Starpulse Q&A: Kix Brooks: Redefining The Cowboy

November 1st, 2007 4:14pm EDT
Kix Brooks
On their latest effort, Cowboy Town, Brooks and Dunn, the best selling country duo of all time, deliver a collection of rocking honky-tonk about love, women, family, and drinking, universal themes you can tap your foot too. The cowboy may not be the first thing that comes to mind anymore when you think of America, but Kix Brooks imagines a new sort of cowboy, one that possesses the courage and initiative that defines the American dream. And you just won't find this 21st Century Cowboy down south, but in Anytown, USA doing everything and anything. It's all about attitude, and in this Starpul...

Year's Top Artists Perform At 41st CMA Awards; Win A CMA Prize Pack

October 30th, 2007 5:41pm EDT
Alison Krauss
The list of Country luminaries performing on "The 41st Annual CMA Awards" reads like a who's who of the format's finest and freshest faces with the announcement today that multiple nominee Alison Krauss and Horizon Award nominees Jason Aldean and Kellie Pickler have each been added to the list of performers for this year's gala.

"The 41st Annual CMA Awards" will be held Wednesday, Nov. 7 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) and will air live from the Sommet Center in Nashville on the ABC Television Network.

Sheryl Crow, Blake Shelton and Gretchen Wilson have been added to the list of artists prese...

Jamie Foxx Performs With Rascal Flatts On 41st CMA Awards, Nov. 7 On ABC; Win An iPod!

October 23rd, 2007 8:30pm EDT
The 41st Annual CMA Awards
-Win a CMA Awards Prize Pack!

Multi-talented, Academy Award winning actor Jamie Foxx joins reigning CMA Awards Vocal Group of the Year Rascal Flatts for a duet performance during "The 41st Annual CMA Awards" Wednesday, Nov. 7 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) live from the Sommet Center in Nashville on the ABC Television Network.

Rascal Flatts, who are nominated for Entertainer of the Year, will open "Country Music's Biggest Night™" with the title track from their third consecutive No. 1 album, Still Feels Good. Later in the broadcast, they will perform "She Goes All the Way" with Foxx. The duet w...

The 'Queen Of Country Music' Returns With 'Reba Duets,' Out Sept. 18

August 17th, 2007 8:00pm EDT
Reba McEntire
One of the undisputed legends of Country Music, Reba McEntire has sold more than 60 million records in a career that spans three decades, 29 albums, 33 No. 1 singles, 15 American Music Awards, 12 Academy of Country Music Awards, 7 Country Music Association Awards, 2 Grammy’s and the CMT Johnny Cash Visionary Award. As a critically-acclaimed actor, she has been awarded the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Awards for her work on Broadway in Annie Get Your Gun and starred in the WB/CW’s top-rated sitcom Reba for 6 seasons, which earned her a Golden Globe nomination and a People’s Choice Award. Her...

Live Nation Announces US Summer Tour Lineup

May 18th, 2007 10:41am EDT
Gwen Stefani
Live Nation, the world's largest live music company, announced a preliminary slate of summer concert tours that includes artists as diverse as Alan Jackson/Brooks & Dunn, Beyonce, Brad Paisley, Chicago/America, Dave Matthews Band, Def Leppard/Styx/Foreigner, Fall Out Boy, Family Values (Korn/Evanescence), Genesis, Gwen Stefani, Jimmy Buffett, John Mayer, Kenny Chesney, Ozzfest, Poison, Projekt Revolution (Linkin Park, My Chemical Romance), The Police, Rascal Flatts, Roger Waters, Rush, Stevie Nicks/Chris Isaak, Tim McGraw & Faith Hill and Toby Keith.

The summer tour schedule is preced...

Celebrity Birthdays, May 12

May 12th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Jason Biggs
Happy Birthday to "Lost" actor Malcolm David Kelley (1992), "American Pie" actor Jason Biggs (1978), "The Facts of Life" star Kim Fields (1969), skateboard phenom Tony Hawk (1968), actor Stephen Baldwin (1966), actress/singer Vanessa Williams (1963), actor Emilio Estevez (1962), Brooks & Dunn singer Kix Brooks (1955), "The Usual Suspects" actor Gabriel Byrne (1950), singer/songwriter Billy Squier (1950), "Tron" star Bruce Boxleitner (1950), Traffic founder Steve Winwood (1948), comedian George Carlin (1937), TV host Tom Snyder (1936), singer/composer Burt Bacharach (1928), New York Yankees ...

Reba McEntire Duets Album To Drop September 18

May 10th, 2007 10:06am EDT
Reba McEntire
MCA Nashville will release an unprecedented project titled Reba Duets September 18. For the first time ever, Reba McEntire joins forces with some of the biggest and best names in music to round out an 11-track album, produced by Tony Brown and co-produced by McEntire.

Guest appearances include performances by Kenny Chesney, Kelly Clarkson, Ronnie Dunn (of Brooks & Dunn), Vince Gill, Don Henley, Faith Hill, Carole King, Rascal Flatts, LeAnn Rimes, Justin Timberlake and Trisha Yearwood.

"I've had a blast working on this album with some of my closest friends, who also happen to be so...

'CMA Music Festival: Country's Night To Rock' To Air On ABC This Summer

May 4th, 2007 11:22am EDT
Sara Evans
ABC's hottest music event is back and bigger and better than ever when today's most exciting Country Music artists hit the stage in Nashville for a four-day party and celebration of America's music for the special "CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock."

Filming during the Festival June 7-10, the two-hour special will air Monday, July 23 (9:00 - 11:00 PM/ET), on the ABC Television Network.

Sara Evans has just been added to the star-packed lineup. Artists already scheduled to perform include Trace Adkins, Jason Aldean, Rodney Atkins, Dierks Bentley, Big & Rich, Brooks & Dunn...

Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, Sugarland & More To Perform At Academy Of Country Music Awards

April 16th, 2007 1:56pm EDT
Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, George Strait, Sugarland and host Reba McEntire with special guest Kelly Clarkson are set to perform on the 42nd Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards, to be broadcast live from Las Vegas' MGM Grand, Tuesday, May 15 (8:00-11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on CBS. The event honors country music's top talent as well as the industry's hottest emerging talent.

Brooks & Dunn are nominated for seven awards including Top Vocal Duo and Album of the year for Hillbilly Deluxe. They have previously won 21 Academy of Country Music Awards and are the 2007 recipients of ...

Carrie Underwood's 'Wasted' Becomes Her Fourth Consecutive #1 Country Single

April 12th, 2007 10:03am EDT
Carrie Underwood
Double-Grammy winner and reigning CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Carrie Underwood is atop the country airplay charts once again this week as her fourth single, "Wasted," follows the number-one success of "Jesus, Take the Wheel," "Don't Forget to Remember Me," and "Before He Cheats."

With "Wasted," Carrie becomes the first female country artist in the monitored era to achieve four number-one singles from her debut album. She joins superstar labelmates Alan Jackson and Brooks & Dunn as the three most recent artists in country music to enjoy this remarkable feat on their first album.


Kenny Chesney Sells Out Stadium In 15 Minutes

March 6th, 2007 9:30pm EST
Kenny Chesney
Kenny Chesney has cemented his King Of Country title after selling out Philadelphia, Pennsylvania's Lincoln Financial Field in just 15 minutes yesterday.

It's the second stadium show the singer sold out in 15 minutes - fans also rushed to buy tickets for a show in Massachusetts.

The June 23rd show in Philadelphia will also feature performances from Brooks & Dunn, Pat Green, Sugarland and Sara Evans.

- Kenny Chesney pictures

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

Brooks & Dunn Add Two More Nominations To ACM Haul

March 6th, 2007 5:11pm EST
Brooks & Dunn
Country duo Brooks & Dunn have climbed over George Strait as the big draw at the upcoming Academy Of Country Music Awards in May after landing another two honors. It was announced yesterday that Strait led the nominations with eight, but now Brooks & Dunn have the chance to take home nine prizes between them.

As well as the categories announced early yesterday, the duo will also collect the ACM Humanitarian Award and band member Ronnie Dunn is up for a Vocal Event prize for his Ashley Monroe duet I Don't Want To. As Humanitarian Award winners, Brooks & Dunn will be able to donate a pl...

Eight For George Strait As The Country Star Leads The ACM Awards

March 5th, 2007 4:12pm EST
George Strait
George Strait has been crowned the king of country this morning after landing eight nominations for the upcoming Academy Of Country Music Awards.

Strait landed nods for Entertainer Of The Year, as well as Top Male Vocalist. If he claims victory in May, he'll pick up his first ACM awards since 1997.

Meanwhile, Brooks & Dunn picked up seven nominations, including Entertainer and Album Of The Year, and country trio Rascal Flatts claimed six nominations,also including Entertainer Of The Year. Former American Idol star Carrie Underwood received five nominations, including Top Female V...

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