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Luke Bryan Drank Some 'Country Guy's Chill Pill' Prior To The ACM Awards

4/20/2015 1:29pm EDT
Luke Bryan & Blake Shelton Drank 'A Little Vodka' In ACM Pre-Sho
Even big-time celebrities need to calm their nerves sometimes, and Luke Bryan admitted at the Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday that he drank a little alchohol before co-hosting the 50th annual event with Blake Shelton.

During a red carpet interview with ET, he told Nancy O'Dell, "I wouldn't say there's many nerves, I'd just say there's a lot of excitement. It's going to be a fun night of music and a lot of memories."

Bryan hosted the show in Arlington, Texas, and admitted he and Shelton imbibed in a pre-show ritual to get things started, "We huddle up and do some read-throughs a...
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15 Drunken Songs, Mostly With Some Substance

3/22/2015 3:00pm EDT
15 ‘Drunken’ Songs: Music Written With A Lack Of Sobriety In Min
If a poll were taken, likely the majority of folks would state they enjoy an alcoholic beverage. If that poll were to focus merely on college students, the majority would be even larger. But this isn’t about how much alcohol is consumed, but rather about the songs that have been written with drunkenness, drinking, and a lack of sobriety in mind. Here are 15 Drunken Songs. Most are about substances, but a few play exception.

1) Kendrick Lamar, “Swimming Pools (Drank)” (good kid m.A.A.d. City, 2012)

If one gets nothing else from Kendrick Lamar’s hit “Swimming Pools (Drank),” you kno...
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New Music Releases To Check Out

3/10/2015 8:00am EDT
The 'Empire' Soundtrack Leads Albums To Check Out: This Week In
Another week, more new music – that’s one way too look at it! This week, all five of the releases gracing this list are interesting. There is indeed something for everybody, but many who have been watching a certain show named Empire will want to sink their teeth into the soundtrack that has been music to their ears since it bowed. Then others may want to hear what Madonna sounds like in 2015. And of course, there’s nothing wrong with a little spring break with Luke Bryan. Here are five albums to check out this week!

1) Empire Cast, Original Soundtrack From Season 1 of Empire (Columbi...
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Luke Bryan Proves He's An Outstanding Guy

2/5/2015 12:37pm EST
Country Star Luke Bryan Makes The Selfless Decision To Raise His
When Luke Bryan's brother-in-law Ben Lee Cheshire suddenly died in November, he and his wife made the decision to take in their nephew Til, 13. Cheshire was married to the country singer's late sister Kelly, who died in 2007 of an undetermined cause.

With two small children at home, raising a teenage boy can certainly change a family's dynamics. But Bryan and his wife selflessly took on the responsibility.

He recently told ABC News: "We feel like if we just stay positive through this, maybe we'll be a positive inspiration for people that had these things happen to 'em. You just have to ...
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12 Songs Using The D-Word

1/10/2015 4:00pm EST
12 Songs Using The D-Word
No folks, we’re not talking about the closing track off of Toni Braxton & Babyface’s collaborative album Love, Marriage & Divorce. Nope, we’re referring to that earth shattering, intensifying baby curse word. Justin Bieber used it on his Believe album – albeit subtly on “Die In Your Arms” – to exercise his burgeoning manliness. Other artists use it for emphasis – a pronounced, less harsh variant on the f-bomb. Some truly terrific songs have embraced being ‘damnable’, so here’s a list that’ll have you “Feelin’ Way Too Damn Good” as you read it, Nickelback.

1) Mary J. Blige, “Whole D...
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One Direction Ruled 2014

1/1/2015 2:44pm EST
One Direction
One Direction was North America's best-selling live act of 2014. The British boy band's "Where We Are" tour helped the land the number-one spot on StubHub.com's countdown.

Country singer George Strait took the second spot on the list, which is based on overall sales figures for artists' tours in the past 12 months. Strait gave a record-breaking final farewell concert in Arlington, Texas, in June. An estimated 105,000 concertgoers attended the indoor show.

More tickets were sold for Strait's last show than that combined for concerts by Luke Bryan and Justin Timberlake, who place third and...
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Aussie Rapper Iggy Azalea Nominated For Six American Music Awards

10/14/2014 12:42am EDT
Aussie Rapper Iggy Azalea Nominated For Six American Music Award
Australian rapper Iggy Azalea is the top nominee for this year's American Music Awards, scoring six nominations including Artist of the Year and New Artist of the Year.

The singer will face competition from the likes of Beyonce, Pharrell Williams, One Direction and Lorde in the former category; while her chart-topper "Fancy" has landed a nod for Single of the Year."

Katy Perry, who is also in the running for Artist of the Year, has landed five nominations, along with Williams and John Legend. Lorde is next with four.

The 2014 American Music Awards will be held on November 23 at the Nokia...
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Miranda Lambert Lands Nine CMA Awards Nominations (See Full List Of Nominees)

9/3/2014 5:30pm EDT
Miranda Lambert
Miranda Lambert has toppped this year's list of nominations for 48th Annual CMA Awards with a whopping nine nods.

The singer matched the current record of nominations for a female that she set back in 2010.

Alan Jackson is the only star to receive more nominations at the CMA Awards -- he landed 10 nods in 2002.

Singer Darius Rucker and the members of Little Big Town revealed the nominations on ABC's "Good Morning America" on Wednesday, a list which includes, not surprisingly, several of country music's biggest names.

Dierks Bentley received five nominations, including Album of the Year ...
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Music Fridays : 10 Carefree Songs to Celebrate Any Weekend

7/18/2014 1:00pm EDT
Music Fridays : 10 Carefree Songs to Celebrate Any Weekend
Whether you’re getting your weekend started early on ‘Thirsty Thursdays’ or going out with your boys (or girls or ‘boo’), here are ten songs to celebrate the weekend. Disclaimer: this list has no intentions of establishing a romantic vibe. It’s all carefree fun!

1) The Black Eyed Peas, “I Gotta Feeling”

from The E.N.D. (2009)

Honestly, any Black-Eyed Peas songs would suffice, particularly from The E.N.D. “Fill up my cup (DRANK), mazel tov!” Throw in a little “Boom Boom Pow” for some extra weekend vibe – whatever that even means.

2) LFMAO, “Party Rock Anthem”

from Sorry f...
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The Hottest Male Country Music Stars Of 2014

5/9/2014 3:00am EDT
The Hottest Male Country Music Stars Of 2014
Texas native Luke Bryan is one of the hottest stars in country music. The son of a peanut farmer, Bryan is married to his college sweetheart, Caroline, and has two sons.

His hit songs include "I Don't Want This Night to End", "Drunk on You", "Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye," "Crash My Party" and "That's My Kind of Night."

Bryan burst on the scene in 2010 and received several Academy of Country Music Awards and a CMT Music Award. In 2012, he swept the American Country Awards with nine trophies, including the "Artist of the Year" award. The following year he won the Academy of Country Music Awards' ...
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Miranda Lambert And Tim McGraw Lead Academy Of Country Music Awards Nominations With 7 Each

1/29/2014 9:03pm EST
Miranda Lambert
The nominations for the 49th annual Academy Of Country Music Awards were announced on Wednesday during an online video event that featured a host of stars including Erin Andrews, 2 Broke Girls star Beth Behrs, Duck Dynasty's Willie & Korie Robertson and Katy Perry, among numerous others.

The nominees were announced through a series of posts to the ACM Awards' Facebook and Twitter pages. Last year's Female Vocalist of the Year Miranda Lambert and Tim McGraw lead the nominees with seven each.

Lambert is set to face off against husband Blake Shelton, who will co-host the ceremony with Luke B...
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2013 Album Playlist: Favorites, Least Favorites, and Honorable Mentions - Part 2

10/12/2013 9:10pm EDT
I Am Not a Human Being II
Welcome all who dare to part deux of my Favorites, Least Favorites, and Honorable Mentions of 2013 for all who dare to enter the brentmusicreviews zone! Ha… If you missed the first part (Favorites, Least Favorites, and Honorable Mentions of 2013, Part 1), you should like totally check out my favorites from 2013, ‘cause there was some awesome albums.  If you’re not one for positivity and optimism, maybe you’re just checking this out because some you enjoy skepticism, criticism, and the occasional, um, cynicism.  Regardless, let me remind you how I started off my previous post:

As I look o...
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Chart Moves August 28, 2013: Luke Still Rules as Mayer Underperforms

8/29/2013 1:30pm EDT
Crash My Party : Luke Bryan
Chart Rewind 

The big news was Luke Bryan, who dominated the Billboard Albums Chart with a 528,000 bow with Crash My Party. The bridesmaid? K. Michelle’s Rebellious Soul, which sold a respectable 72,000 copies.

Luke Fends Off Mayer To Retain Top Spot

Luke Bryan manages to remain atop the Billboard 200 Albums Chart with another 159,000 copies of Crash My Party following a gargantuan 528,000 copies opening last week.  Keeping score, Bryan has sold 687,000 copies in two weeks.  With that much product sold, ole boy can kick back as many beers as he wants to.  John Mayer wasn’t so lucky as ...
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Chart Moves, August 21, 2013: Luke Bryan Crashes Onto the Albums Chart

8/22/2013 1:30pm EDT
Luke Bryan : Crash My Party
Chart Rewind – Quick Highlights

Last week, The Civil Wars landed at number one with The Civil Wars selling 116,000 copies. Now 47 found itself debuting at number two with 82,000 copies. Asking Alexandria debuted at number five with 41,000 copies of From Death to Destiny sold. Tye Tribbett broke through the top ten with his latest gospel effort Greater Than, which bowed at number nine with 30,000 copies.

Albums: Luke Bryan Sells Half-Milli Plus 

Luke Bryan sold more copies than Kanye West… wait, what? Yes, the “Country Girl (Shake It For Me)” singer has came up and big time.  Bryan’s late...
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CMT Music Awards: Winners, Fashion & A Tribute To Oklahoma Tornado Victims

6/6/2013 9:06am EDT
Carrie Underwood
On Wednesday night, Oklahoma natives Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert made their state proud by winning some of the evening's top awards at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.

Jason Aldean and actress Kristen Bell co-hosted the show, which featured performances by Taylor Swift, Hunter Hayes, Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker and Keith Urban.

Underwood (pictured above) won the coveted "Video Of The Year" prize, beating Brad Paisley, Tim McGraw and Swift. She sang "See You Again" with a church choir and dedicated the song to the victims of last month's tornadoes in Okl...
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Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Usher, And Others Raise Millions With Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert

5/30/2013 2:07pm EDT
Blake Shelton Healing the Heartland
Several music stars gathered at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City to raise millions in charity for those affected by the devastating tornadoes in the state.

Blake Shelton organized the Healing in the Heartland event to air on NBC, where he also appears on The Voice. He started the show with a rendition of "God Gave Me You," and then gave the stage to Darius Rucker, Rascal Flatts, Luke Bryan and OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder for musical performances.

Shelton’s wife Miranda Lambert focused on the displaced animals affected by the storms. She held back tears as she sang The House Th...
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Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan And Eric Church Earn Four CMT Music Awards Nominations

5/6/2013 7:25pm EDT
Miranda Lambert
Renowned country music stars Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan and Eric Church are celebrating after landing four nominations apiece for the upcoming CMT Music Awards.

All three artists will compete for the Video of the Year prize - Lambert, who was a big winner at last month's ACM Awards in Las Vegas, picked up a nod for Mama's Broken Heart, which will go up against Bryan's Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye and Church's Springsteen promo.

Lambert's song will also be in the running for Female Video of the Year - a category which also features Faith Hill's American Heart, Carrie Underwood's Two Black Cadi...
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Academy of Country Music Awards Fashion: Carrie Underwood, Jewel, Taylor Swift & More!

4/8/2013 8:52am EDT
Academy of Country Music Awards Fashion
Country's brightest and hottest stars attended the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Sunday night.

Several music stars ushered in spring with a variety of colorful gowns, including Carrie Underwood, who opted for a pink and red rose-patterened strapless dress.

Jewel turned heads in a pale pink sequined number, while Taylor Swift opted for a heavily beaded metallic gown.

Sheryl Crow made a departure from the norm in a blue jumpsuit, while Shania Twain, Faith Hill and Miranda Lambert wore black.

See the entire list of winners here, and check out more pho...
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Miranda Lambert Dominates The 2013 Academy Of Country Music Awards

4/8/2013 12:31am EDT
Miranda Lambert
Miranda Lambert scooped up three of the top prizes at the 2013 Academy of Country Music Awards Sunday night, including Female Vocalist of the Year.

The singer bested fellow nominees Carrie Underwood, Martina McBride, Kacey Musgraves and Taylor Swift to win the award.

Lambert also won Single Record of the Year and Song of the Year for her single, "Over You," and accepted the latter with husband and co-writer Blake Shelton by her side.

"As a songwriter, having your song and your lyrics recognized by your peers is pretty much as good as it gets," she said during her acceptance speech. "And ...
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Luke Bryan Dominates 2012 American Country Awards

12/11/2012 11:38am EST
Luke Bryan
Luke Bryan dominated the 2012 American Country Awards, taking home seven trophies on Monday night.

The Drunk On You hit-maker won every prize he was nominated for, including Album of the Year for Tailgates & Tanlines and the prestigious Artist of the Year title.

Accepting the latter, Bryan acknowledged his fans, management and road crew, before adding, "I want to thank my wife. I love you, baby. This is crazy. Wow."

He was also named the Male Artist of the Year and took home Single Of The Year and Music Video Of The Year for I Don't Want This Night to End.

Lady Antebellum were voted...
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Justin Bieber Named Artist Of The Year At AMAs - Check Out Pics Of Taylor Swift, Christina Aguilera & More!

11/19/2012 8:55am EST
Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber took home the coveted "Artist of the Year" prize at last night's American Music Awards (AMAs) in Los Angeles. The pop star also won "Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist" and "Favorite Pop/Rock Album" trophies.

Bieber, who attended the event with his mother Pattie Mallette, dragged her on stage when he recieved the night's most anticipated award. "This is my mom, she's little but she's beautiful...I wanna thank you for just always believing in me...This is amazing," he told the crowd.

Skirting around rumors that he and Selena Gomez broke up, he told fans, "As long as you guys keep ...
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CMA Awards Highlights: Miranda Lambert's Emotional Acceptance Speech, Blake Shelton's Big Wins, Fashion & More!

11/2/2012 8:48am EDT
Miranda Lambert & Blake Shelton
Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton were the toast of the town last night after winning a total of four trophies, including a joint award for "Song of the Year," at the Country Music Association Awards in Nashville, Tennessee.

The married singers shared the prize for their powerful duet "Over You," and Lambert had to contain her emotion while they accepted the award. Shelton told the crowd, "I lost my brother in a car wreck when I was 14 years old, and later in life when I decided I wanted to be a country singer, my dad always told me, 'Son, you should write a song about your brother.' I los...
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Luke Bryan Leads 2012 American Country Awards Nominees

10/10/2012 10:41am EDT
Luke Bryan
Luke Bryan is tipped to be the big winner at this year's American Country Awards after landing seven nominations.

The Drunk on You singer is up for the coveted Artist Of The Year prize alongside country superstars Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum and the Zac Brown Band.

He has also received nods for Best Male Artist, Single of the Year, Best Male Single, Video of the Year, Best Male Video and Best Album for his record Tailgates & Tanlines.

Other contenders for the coveted album prize include Lady Antebellum (Own The Night), Dierks Bentley (Home), Eric Church (Chief) and Bla...
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Luke Bryan Almost Choked To Death On Pizza

9/21/2012 4:27pm EDT
Luke Bryan
Country star Luke Bryan almost became the most ridiculously tragic music star ever when a mouthful of pizza got stuck in his windpipe earlier this year.

The "Drunk On You" hitmaker was grabbing a bite to eat with a friend, when he bit off more than he could chew - and almost choked to death.

The 36 year old's pal jumped into action and performed the Heimlich Maneuver in order to free the particle lodged in Bryan's throat.

He tells People magazine, "I had a friend do the Heimlich on me... in a pizza restaurant. It was pretty freaky there for about 30 seconds. A piece of flatbread pizza fl...
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Luke Bryan Apologizes For His National Anthem 'Cheat Sheet'

7/11/2012 4:10pm EDT
Luke Bryan
Country star Luke Bryan has apologized for offending fans with his performance of the National Anthem on Tuesday night after he was spotted reading lyrics scrawled on his hand.

The Drunk On You hit-maker was invited to perform The Star-Spangled Banner at the All-Star game in Kansas City, Missouri on Tuesday and he admits he wrote down a few tricky lines in case he blanked on live TV.

Bryan did struggle with the lyrics as performance nerves got the better of him, and millions of viewers watched as he glanced at his "cheat sheet" - and even appeared to check the time on his watch.

Fans ...
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CMT Awards Winners & Fashion: Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert & More!

6/7/2012 8:38am EDT
Carrie Underwood
On Wednesday night, Carrie Underwood dominated the CMT Music Awards by taking home two trophies - her duet with Brad Paisley "Remind Me" won Collaborative Video Of The Year, and "Good Girl" was named Video Of The Year.

The "American Idol" starlet looked sexy in a short sequined dress with black heels and a matching clutch.

Another "Idol" star, Scotty McCreery, won Breakthrough Video Of The Year for "The Trouble With Girls," while Lady Antebellum took home Group Video Of The Year for "We Owned The Night." Sugarland won Duo Video Of The Year for "I Got You."

Miranda Lambert scooped up Fema...
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EMI's Family Of Artists And Songwriters Raise $940,000 To Support Japanese Red Cross Disaster Relief Efforts

4/26/2011 2:43pm EDT
30 Seconds To Mars
An auction of exclusive personal items and memorabilia donated by EMI’s family of artists and songwriters has raised $940,000 in funds to help the Red Cross support people affected by last month’s earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

The charity auction, which launched on eBay’s worldwide sites on April 5, attracted bids totaling $470,000 from music fans around the world. All the money from winning bidders will be doubled through a donation by EMI.

EMI Group CEO Roger Faxon commented: “What a wonderful result!! It was made possible by the extraordinary generosity of so many members of the EMI...
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Miranda Lambert & Lady Antebellum Score Six CMA Award Nominations

8/31/2010 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 ...
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Bret Michaels Cracks Jokes & Wins For Charity On 'Celebrity Apprentice'

5/3/2010 2:15pm EDT
Donald Trump
Last night's 'Celebrity Apprentice' was dedicated to Bret Michaels, who continues to recover from an April 22 brain hemorrhage. In a statement released Friday, Michaels' doctor said that the Poison front man was expected to make a full recovery thanks to his 'undeniable' will to live. This episode showed the rocker to be a determined leader who will fight for his vision and strongly advocate for plumbers' cracks. It was Bret Michaels at his most undeniable.

So about those plumber's cracks…

After not firing anyone last week, Trump warns that one (or more) of the remaining celebs will go ho...
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Bret Michaels Shines On Last Night's 'Celebrity Apprentice'

4/26/2010 3:43pm EDT
Bret Michaels Shines On Last Nights Celebrity Apprentice
It was hard to watch “The Celebrity Apprentice” last night without thinking about Bret Michaels’ current health problems. After suffering a brain hemorrhage last Thursday, the rocker is still in ICU, while the doctors continue testing, according to his website, Monday morning. With this lingering in the back of viewers minds, it was nice to see an episode where everyone brought their A-game and collectively raised nearly $350,000 for charity.

I can’t say I was expecting a happy ending from an episode that began with Barron, the youngest Trump, golfing on a roof. It’s amazing how someone so...
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