Kellie Pickler Honored For Her Morale Boosting USO Trips

October 27th, 2013 2:08pm EDT
Kellie Pickler
Country star Kellie Pickler has been honored with the Heart for the Warrior Award from the United Service Organizations of North Carolina.

The effervescent singer has headlined countless USO tours to U.S. troops overseas ever since she burst onto the scene as an American Idol contestant in 2007 and she was saluted for her efforts in building morale at the recent ninth annual Salute to Freedom Gala in Raleigh.

The Heart of the Warrior Award is presented to those who help to "lift the spirits of the troops and their families".

Speaking at the gala, Pickler said, "I am so blessed to have su...

Ty Herndon Returns To Country With 'Lies I Told Myself'

October 23rd, 2013 12:15pm EDT
Ty Herndon
Ty Herndon is making a comeback. After some musical departures and hard-fought personal struggles, the charismatic country artist is returning to his roots with Lies I Told Myself, his first album in the genre in seven years. Before today's album release, Ty shared some thoughts and more than a few laughs with BFTV, as he told us how it feels to be back and what he's hoping will happen after the new record.

"Everybody's like 'You've got to reinvent yourself,'" he reflected. "I don't like that whole word 'reinvent.' What does it mean? I just finally threw that in the trash. There's no chang...

'The Voice' News Roundup: Reviewing Cassadee Pope's New Album

October 11th, 2013 2:15pm EDT
Cassadee Pope
News and notes from around The Voice universe:

Cassadee Pope's first post-show album, Frame By Frame, was released Tuesday. Most of it you're probably familiar with, as "Wasting All These Tears," "You Hear A Song," "11," "Good Times" and "Champagne" were put out as singles beforehand - meaning that die-hard Voice fans have already heard about half of the eleven-song record. Since you've already had the opportunity to listen to those cuts, let's talk about the previously unreleased material.

Frame by Frame completes Cassadee's transition from pop-punk rocker back to country singer, and she...

Lacey Caroline Arrives With Debut EP 'Songbird'

October 8th, 2013 4:11pm EDT
Lacey Caroline
Forget labels. Forget genres. Lacey Caroline would like to do a little bit of everything. The pop-country artist is celebrating today's release of her EP Songbird, and also recently sat down with BFTV to explain what she's about, how she's going about her business, and why we should stop making jokes about her hometown state of New Jersey.

How did she first find music? "I always kind of joked that it kind of chose me," she laughed. "Because I first picked up the cello when I was like 9 and from that point on I've always played music, always wrote music. Growing up, I really wasn't able to ...

'The Voice' News Roundup: Cassadee Pope, Chris Mann, Pip

October 3rd, 2013 12:05pm EDT
Cassadee Pope
News and notes from around The Voice universe:

As mentioned in last week's roundup, Cassadee Pope's CMT series Cassadee Pope: Frame by Frame debuts tomorrow night. Check your local listings to find the specific channel and airtime in your area. It leads right into the arrival of Cassadee's first post-show album, Frame by Frame, which hits stores on Tuesday, October 8.

On Monday, we posted our interview with Chris Mann, who had a lot of news to share with us prior to his concert at the City National Grove of Anaheim last Friday. That included the fact that he'll have a second PBS special a...

Adele In Talks To Star As Dusty Springfield In New Biopic

September 27th, 2013 8:46am EDT
British singer Adele is reportedly in talks to play the role of country music icon Dusty Springfield on the big screen.

The Oscar-winning singer is rumored to star as the late singer in a film that is tipped to be penned by Boardwalk Empire Screenwriter David Stenn.

A source told Daily Mail newspaper: "There's a project and it's true Adele is attached, but it's in an early stage of development."

Adele has previously cited Dusty's work as among her biggest influences; however, a spokesman for the star has refused to issue comment on the speculation.

The 25 year-old star is tipped to rele...

'The Voice' News Roundup: Emmys, Cassadee Pope, Tony Lucca

September 26th, 2013 12:07pm EDT
Cassadee Pope
There's a lot more happening than just the Season 5 premiere! News and notes from around The Voice universe:

The show won its first Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality Competition Program on Sunday night in Los Angeles. It had been previously nominated in the same category last year, but lost to CBS's The Amazing Race.

In addition to its category victory, The Voice took home a trophy for Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction For A Variety Series, and earned nominations for Outstanding Art Direction For Variety or Non-Fiction Programming and Outstanding Hairstyling For A Multi-Came...

2013 Chart Trends: Top 5 Over & Underachievers

September 16th, 2013 8:00pm EDT
Tamar Braxton : Love & War
“You win some and you lose some.” At least, that’s what they say.  That’s the case with numerous albums in 2013.  I have chosen five albums that exceeded sales expectations and five albums that fell short of expectations.  Let’s see who made my list…

The Overachievers 

Honorable Mention(s): Justin Timberlake, The 20/20 Experience (no. 1 bow, 968,000 copies sold it’s first week);  Ariana Grande, Yours Truly (no. 1 debut with 138,000 copies sold)


Tamar Braxton, Love & War


Selling R&B is a test in itself.  If you’d told me Toni Braxton’s little sis would move six figu...

Kacey Musgraves Leads 2013 CMA Nominees

September 10th, 2013 12:19pm EDT
Kacey Musgraves
Kacey Musgraves will lead the way at the 2013 Country Music Association (CMA) Awards after landing five nominations.
The 25 year-old singer has received nods for Female Vocalist, New Artist, and Album of the Year for Same Trailer Different Park, and her track Merry Go 'Round is on the shortlist for Song of the Year and Single of the Year.

Taylor Swift is in with a chance of winning Entertainer of the Year after she was announced as a contender alongside Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, George Strait and Blake Shelton.

She will also compete for the Female Vocalist award with Musgraves, Kelly...

Tiffany Houghton Talks Her Viral Hit 'High' And Performs Exclusive 'Never Been Better' (Video)

September 9th, 2013 9:20am EDT
Tiffany Houghton
The beautiful and talented singer Tiffany Houghton sat down with Starpulse for an informal and fun chat. Tiffany talked about music, boys and even secrets from her music video shoot. Do you ever wonder what Tiffany Houghton likes to do for fun? I bet you'll never guess! Watch this fun interview to find out!

Also Tiffany Houghton gave us an EXCLUSIVE first performance of her New EP "Never Been Better" - Make sure to check it out! You will LOVE IT!! 

Tiffany Houghton talks with Starpulse host Annika Michelle.

Tiffany Houghton Performs 'Never Been Better'