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Five Music Takeaways from 2013

December 15th, 2013 1:00pm EST
The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2
Ah, there is always plenty to write about the music industry and the number of trends that come and go, as well as those remaining constant.  2013 was another interesting year, whether merely for its pleasant surprises or its disappointments.  Many observations will and can be made of the year musically and pop-culturally in regards to its artists.  While my inner musical nerdy side wishes that I could nitpick and analyze every facet microscopically, I’ll rely on a Childish Gambino rhyme to express why that’s not possible: “Ain’t nobody got time for that!” What I do have time for is to shar...

Luke Bryan wins first prize at American Country Awards

December 10th, 2013 9:10pm EST
Luke Bryan
Singer Luke Bryan has become the first winner at the 2013 American Country Awards (ACA) by taking home the honour for Male Country Music artist.

The Drunk On You hitmaker beat Kenny Chesney, Blake Shelton, Eric Church, and Jason Aldean to lay claim to the prize, and he also took home the Country Touring Artist award.

Upon receiving his two accolades, Bryan became the first male country artist to nab 11 ACA prizes, making awards show history.

Lady Antebellum kicked off the Las Vegas event by performing their new single Compass, while ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons joined Jake Owen on stage to per...

Madonna named highest-paid musician by Forbes

November 20th, 2013 2:20am EST
Madonna has topped Forbes' list of highest-paid musicians.
The 55-year-old singer is still the queen of pop according to the magazine, earning $125 million from June 2012 to May 2013 thanks to her sell-out 'MDMA Tour', miles ahead of her nearest rival Lady Gaga, who raked in $80 million.
Rockers Bon Jovi and country singer Toby Keith were next, with Coldplay coming in fifth place.
Despite lackluster sales of her latest album, Madonna made her fortune from fans paying $100 a ticket to see her tour - which grossed $305 million - as well as from merchandise sales, a clothing line, fragrance an...

Kenny Chesney shocked by football player's concert slur

August 2nd, 2013 3:10am EDT
Kenny Chesney
Country singer Kenny Chesney has defended the reputation of his fans after American football player Riley Cooper was filmed using racist language at one of his recent concerts.

The Philadelphia Eagles star was at the centre of a storm on Wednesday (31Aug13) when video footage of him using the N-word at Chesney's gig in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in June (13) went viral.

Caught on camera, an angry Cooper, who appears to embroiled in an argument at the show, can be heard ranting, "I will jump that fence and fight every (N-word) here, bro."

Chesney has now distanced himself from...

Kenny Chesney won't tour in 2014

August 1st, 2013 8:40pm EDT
Kenny Chesney
Country music superstar Kenny Chesney has announced a touring hiatus in 2014 so he can concentrate on recording a classic album.

The singer/songwriter has embarked on a major North American summer tour every year since 2001, but he's putting his concert plans on hold next year.

He tells The Hollywood Reporter, "I love touring more than anyone in the world. I love the band, the crew, the whole team - and it's weird to not be looking at next year's stage design (right now), but I shouldn't make albums to service the tour. So I'm going to put the music first, dial it back and do the stranges...

Kenny Chesney Talks About Training With The New England Patriots

July 3rd, 2013 6:28pm EDT
Kenny Chesney
Kenny Chesney fulfilled the dream of a lifetime when he was invited to warm up with legendary quarterback Tom Brady and his football team, the New England Patriots.

In August, 2011, the country star was asked to deliver a locker room speech to the Boston College football team in Massachusetts, since the school's athletic director was a huge fan of Chesney's recent sports film, Boys of Fall.

And, after Patriots coach Bill Belichick caught wind of the singer's good deed, he offered the musician the chance to suit up with his players for the day at the nearby Gillette Stadium.

The 45 yea...

Kenny Chesney Named Country Music's Hottest Guy

June 2nd, 2013 5:01pm EDT
Kenny Chesney People magazine
PEOPLE Country names Kenny Chesney “Country’s Hottest Guy” among the many sexy men of Nashville who make fans swoon. This latest newsstand-only issue, which is dedicated to the country music scene and lifestyle, hits newsstands May 31 and is the second of four PEOPLE Country issues published in 2013. Included are perennial favorites Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, newlywed and new dad Jake Owen, and many more.

It was the sudden death of long-time friend Kristi Hansen last year that made Kenny Chesney, 45, take stock of his life. “Sometimes things happen that just stop you in your tr...

Kenny Chesney moved by Sandy Hook victim's story

May 10th, 2013 10:40am EDT
Kenny Chesney
Country star Kenny Chesney was left touched by the mother of a Sandy Hook Elementary massacre victim during a recent low-key visit to Connecticut.

The singer visited the parents of one of the 20 children who perished in December (12) and learned the little girl who died loved singing his hit No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems.

He explains, "This kid and her mama would sing No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems every day before she got on the school bus... They literally wrote 'No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems' in black Sharpie on her casket.

"You never know whose life you're touching with music. Y...

CMA Awards Highlights: Miranda Lambert's Emotional Acceptance Speech, Blake Shelton's Big Wins, Fashion & More!

November 2nd, 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...

Kenny Chesney Picks Up Crystal Milestone Award At The ACM Honors Gala

September 25th, 2012 6:41pm EDT
Kenny Chesney
Kenny Chesney added another trophy to his collection on Monday when he was feted at the Sixth Annual Academy of Country Music Honors gala.

The country singer beamed with pride as he picked up the Crystal Milestone Award for his touring success during the ceremony held at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.

Thanking his loyal fan base as he accepted the prize, he said, "I remember our first night ever doing a headlining show, I made (my team) walk out to the front and take a picture to prove there were going to be people there."

He added, "The longer I do this the more I real...

Kenny Chesney's Internet Concert To Be Directed By Jonathan Demme

June 12th, 2012 4:18pm EDT
Kenny Chesney
Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme is set to give an upcoming gig by country star Kenny Chesney the Hollywood treatment for a new Internet concert.

The Never Wanted Nothing More singer is the latest artist to take part in the American Express Unstaged music series, which will see his show streamed live online for fans around the world.

The Silence of the Lambs filmmaker will be taking charge of the cameras when Chesney hits the stage in New Jersey on June 20th and the musician is excited about the creative new venture.

He tells the Associated Press, "I think it's a unique situation...

Tim McGraw To Donate 25 Mortgage-Free Homes To Veterans

May 25th, 2012 8:37am EDT
Tim McGraw
Singer Tim McGraw is giving away 25 mortgage-free houses this summer to honor America's war veterans.

The Live Like You Were Dying hit-maker will kick off his Brothers of the Sun tour with Kenny Chesney next month and as part of his commitment to retired service members, McGraw has pledged to hand one lucky veteran the keys to their own home at each concert stop.

He tells the Associated Press, "My sister's a veteran, my uncle's a veteran, my grandfather was a veteran, one of my best friends is a veteran. I've known people my whole life who are in service to America. And I think in my po...

Nicole Richie Embarrassed By Father Lionel's Concert Dancing

April 15th, 2012 2:30pm EDT
Lionel Richie
Nicole Richie was cringing with embarrassment when she performed with her father Lionel in Las Vegas because she can't stand seeing the singer dance.

The socialite joined the veteran crooner on stage at Sin City's MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 2 to play piano on a track called "Climbing," which the star wrote for his daughter when she was six years old.

Nicole sat in the audience for the rest of the show, and admits she was left red-faced as the "Hello" hitmaker showed off his moves to his upbeat tracks.

She tells ET Online, "I can't really watch my dad dance. It's just very uncomforta...

Kenny Chesney Wins ACM Milestone Award

March 21st, 2012 10:02pm EDT
Kenny Chesney
Kenny Chesney has been announced as an early winner at the upcoming Academy of Country Music Awards - he'll be the recipient of a Crystal Milestone Award ahead of the April 1 prizegiving.

The honor, which will not be among those presented at the ceremony, celebrates touring success.

Chesney will also be recognised for helping young country artists gain exposure.

Also among the early ACM trophy winners, announced on Wednesday: Emmylou Harris, producer Billy Sherrill, Ricky Skaggs and Dwight Yoakam will receive the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award to honor their contributions to country music h...

Taylor Swift Is Music's Biggest Money Maker

March 10th, 2012 4:00pm EST
Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift was the top musical money maker in 2011, according to

The country star's estimated $35.7 million haul from her "Speak Now Tour" profits, album sales and digital successes, gave her the edge over U2 and fellow country star Kenny Chesney on the new rich list.

Also making the top five: Lady Gaga and Lil Wayne, while Sade, Bon Jovi, Celine Dion, Jason Aldean and Adele round out the top 10.

Taylor currently stars in "The Lorax," which is also doing great financially. Last week it shattered box office records by grossing a whopping $70.7 million in its opening weeke...

Kenny Chesney Scores Nine ACM Awards Nominations

January 26th, 2012 1:44pm EST
Kenny Chesney
Kenny Chesney looks set to lead the charge at the 2012 Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards after scoring nine nominations.

The country superstar will compete in top categories including Male Vocalist of the Year, Vocal Event of the Year and Song of the Year for You and Tequila, his duet with Grace Potter.

He'll also go up against Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean and Lady Antebellum for the coveted Album of the Year prize.

Lady Antebellum will also attempt to defend their title as last year's Vocal Group of the Year, facing tough competition from The Band Perry, the Eli Youn...

Kanye West, Adele, Foo Fighters And Bruno Mars Dominate 54th Annual Grammy Awards Nominations

December 1st, 2011 8:24am EST
2012 Grammy Nominations
Kanye West, Adele, Foo Fighters and Bruno Mars will be the ones to watch at the 54th annual Grammy Awards after each landing a slew of top nominations.

The Stronger rapper leads the way with seven nods - his star-studded collaboration All of the Lights is up for Song of the Year and Best Rap Song, while he also earns a nod in the latter category for his Jay-Z duet Otis. The hip-hop stars' Watch The Throne album will also go head-to-head with West's solo disc, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy for Best Rap Album.

Adele is in the running for six honors and her critically-acclaimed project...

Short-Lived Celebrity Marriages

November 12th, 2011 3:00pm EST
Kim and Kris
A couple of weeks ago Kim Kardashian filed for divorce from her NBA husband Kris Humphries after 72 days of marriage, more days than what some critics first predicted. Kardashian and Humphries had their wedding televised on the E! Channel and shared their wedding pictures with all the major tabloids. But after all of the TV specials and magazine spreads, their marriage is now over and will be long forgotten as soon as Kardashian marries another athlete or rapper. Like Kim and Kris' short-lived marriage, there have been other Hollywood marriages that were destined for divorce from the day of...

Metallics & Sequins Dominate Fashion At The CMA Awards (Photos)

November 10th, 2011 8:52am EST
CMA Awards Fashion
Gold, silver and sequins dominated the red carpet at the Country Music Association (CMA) awards last night. Most singers and celebrities opted for subdued colors with a splash of sparkle.

Carrie Underwood and Hillary Scott opted for gold dresses, while Miranda Lambert had two looks for the evening: a black and silver dress and a fuschia sequined one.

The red carpet standout (and not necessarily in a good way) was Laura Bell Bundy. Her purple and silver ensemble seemed more appropriate for an ice skating event.



Miranda Lambert And Blake Shelton Lead 2011 CMA Awards

November 10th, 2011 8:13am EST
Miranda Lambert
Newlyweds Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton were the toast of the Country Music Association Awards in Nashville, Tennessee on Wednesday night after picking up the two top vocalist prizes.

Lambert, who married Shelton in May, was crowned Female Vocalist of the Year, while her new husband picked up the male equivalent at the star-studded Bridgestone Arena ceremony. Joking with Shelton, who opened the show by performing the Footloose movie theme with Kenny Loggins, as she picked up her prize, Lambert teased, "It's gonna be a good night, baby!"

Taylor Swift missed out on several top prizes, ...

The Zac Brown Band & Jason Aldean Lead American Country Awards Nominations

October 13th, 2011 4:00pm EDT
Zac Brown Band and Jason Aldean
Singer Jason Aldean and the Zac Brown Band are set to dominate the second annual American Country Awards after scoring eight nominations apiece.

Both acts will battle it out for the Artist of the Year and Album of the Year honors at the Las Vegas ceremony in December.

Taylor Swift is also tipped for the Artist Of The Year prize, as are Kenny Chesney and Lady Antebellum.

Duo Thompson Square will be an act to beat after scoring seven nominations, while country sweetheart Swift is tipped in six categories, including Artist of the Year: Female. She'll go head-to-head with Sara Evans, Alison ...

Toby Keith Is The Highest-Earning Country Music Star

September 21st, 2011 11:26am EDT
Toby Keith
Toby Keith has been crowned country music's highest earning star by Forbes magazine.

The musician took the top spot in the publication's list of the highest-earning stars in country music by earning an estimated $50 million between May 2010 and May 2011.

Keith's massive earnings are said to have come from his lucrative tour, sponsorship deals and his popular restaurant chain, putting him ahead of singer/songwriter Taylor Swift who came in at number two with estimated earnings of $45 million and Brad Paisley at three ($40 million).

The other artists in the top five are Tim McGraw ($35 ...

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! ...

Kenny Chesney Reschedules Concert After Hurricane Warning

August 25th, 2011 8:46am EDT
Kenny Chesney
Country star Kenny Chesney has brought forward a show in Foxborough, Massachusetts after experts predicted a hurricane would hit the area this weekend.

Hurricane Irene has been lashing the Caribbean since the start of the week and is set to head up the East Coast in the coming days.

It is expected to hit the north-eastern state of Massachusetts on Sunday so Chesney has hastily re-arranged his gig at the Gillette Stadium to ensure his fans stay safe in the storms.

He says, "I want the last weekend of the Goin' Coastal tour to be a great experience for everybody. But I also want it to b...

Which Celebrities Have The 'Best Summer Bodies?'

July 20th, 2011 11:09am EDT
Kim Kardashian and just released their "Best Summer Bodies" lists. Comprised of actors, musicians, and professional athletes, the lists reveal the fittest and hottest beach-ready bodies.

"True Blood" star Joe Manganiello reigns atop the men's list. He follows a 2,500 calorie-a-day diet and does two-a-day workouts focusing on total body circuit training.

"Glee" funny girl Heather Morris took first place for the best female body. She stays toned and stress-free by "Piloxing" – a mix of Pilates, boxing and dance.

Following are the top 10 lists:

Hottest Men

Joe Manga...

Kenny Chesney Named Country Music's Fittest Man

July 2nd, 2011 3:30pm EDT
Kenny Chesney
Singer Kenny Chesney has been honored for his toned physique - he has been named the Fittest Man in Country Music.

The She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy hit-maker beat out Keith Urban, Tim McGraw and Blake Shelton for the prestigious title in a Men's Health magazine contest. Chesney credits the win on his efforts to take care of himself when he's on the road.

He says, "It's a demanding way of life, out here on the road. I just try to be mentally and physically in the best shape possible... I love the way I feel when I'm done (at the gym). I know I've accomplished something and I'm in a good ...

Kenny Chesney Honors Victims Of Tornado Disaster

May 27th, 2011 10:15am EDT
Kenny Chesney
Kenny Chesney paid tribute to the strength of Alabama residents during a concert on Wednesday for victims of the recent tornado disasters.

Storms have ripped through the southern states of America in recent weeks and at the end of April, more than 200 people were killed in Alabama.

The city of Tuscaloosa was worst hit, with 45 residents losing their lives, and Chesney staged a benefit show there on Wednesday to raise money for aid efforts.

During the gig he sang "My Home's In Alabama" for the crowd and was joined by singer-songwriter Mac McAnally for renditions of "Back Where I Come From...

Spotlight on Summer Concerts

May 13th, 2011 3:00pm EDT
Bonnaroo Music Festival
During the summer of 2011, plenty of music will be playing across this great land of ours. While by no means an exhaustive list of summer tours, we're shining our spotlight on some of the hottest tickets of the hottest season. Whatever your musical taste or monetary budget, there's bound to be something for everyone.


U2 - One of this summer's most highly-anticipated events is U2's 360º Tour, especially considering that many fans have been waiting with tickets in hand since last summer, when the North American leg of the tour was postponed due to Bono's back injury. The tour begins wit...

Kenny Chesney To Give Concert Proceeds To Tornado Victims In Alabama

May 12th, 2011 11:02pm EDT
Kenny Chesney
Country superstar Kenny Chesney is to donate the proceeds from his upcoming Alabama concert to victims of the April tornadoes.

Chesney is set to play in Tuscaloosa on May 25 and will hand over the cash he makes at the show to city charity

He says, "When we first heard about this tragedy we were stunned, as we have so many fans in the area and have enjoyed every visit that we've made there over the years.

"Mayor Maddox convinced us that this is a great opportunity to bring the people of Tuscaloosa together in a positive way, and we are grateful for the opportunity to h...

Watch The Red Carpet Show From The Academy Of Country Music Awards (Live Stream)

April 3rd, 2011 6:05pm EDT
Reba McEntire and Blake Shelton
Reba McEntire and Blake Shelton are all set to host tonight's 46th annual Academy of Country Music Awards, broadcast live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas at 8pm; but you can watch the stars arrive on the red carpet prior to the show right here.

Join host Stuart Brazell live from the red carpet beginning at 6:15pm (ET), and get the lowdown on tonight's big show. While you're waiting for the live stream to begin, check out Stuart's sneak-peek behind the scenes at the awards video below. She'll show you where the big stars will be sitting, give a tour of Reba's dressing room and more!

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