Kip Moore's songs "Hey Pretty Girl" and "Something Bout a Truck" have both earned noteworthy milestones. "Hey Pretty Girl" has been certified platinum for sales and streams, while "Something Bout A Truck" has been certified double platinum, marking sales over two million. "I couldn't have imagined in my wildest dreams that we would be talking about millions of sales and streams of songs."
Blake Shelton did his best MC Hammer impersonation on The Voice on Tuesday night. The episode featured a short clip of each judge introducing him and herself. Blake's clip saw the country star as MC Blakey Blake, as fellow judge Adam Levine introduced him. "Neon Light" is a recent single from Blake's album, Bringing Back the Sunshine.
Taylor Swift is featured on the cover of the December edition of The Hollywood Reporter. She poses screaming, hands on her head, wearing a bluish grey lace dress. The cover copy reads "Rule Breakers 2014." "Everybody wanted me to be a cliché. And I wasn't going to let that happen," reads the pull quote on the front.
Eric Church's The Outsiders has been certified platinum for selling over one millions copies. The Outsiders becomes Church's second platinum album, following his 2011 release, Chief. Church becomes only the second country act to hit the platinum mark this year, after Jason Aldean achieved the sales goal with his album Old Boots, New Dirt.
Trace Adkins took time out of his busy schedule earlier this month to pay an impromptu holiday visit to a group of veterans staying at Nashville's Country Inn & Suites hotel. The country star lent a hand to the staff at the hotel, checking guests in from behind the desk before giving a concert.
Keith Urban has announced plans for a new 2015 calendar to support St. Jude's Cancer Research Hospital. The singer has produced a calendar for the hospital every year since 2002, and, according to theboot.com, has raised over $850,000 for the cause so far.
Miranda Lambert has chosen "Little Red Wagon" as the latest single from her album Platinum. The track features an uptempo beat and lyrics which include, "You can't ride in my little red wagon / The front seat's broken and the axel's draggin' / No you can't step to this backyard swagger / You know it ain't my fault when I'm walkin' jaws droppin'."
Luke Bryan was the top touring country act of 2014 according to Billboard, who recently released their Top 25 Tours list of 2014. Bryan placed number 14 on the list with $61,910,170 in revenue over 72 shows counted. Fellow country star George Strait places number 16 with his Cowboy Rides Away Tour.
Little Big Town have announced that they will be extending their Pain Killer tour into next year. After wrapping up the 2014 leg of the tour in Rockford, Illinois, on December 13, the band will hit the road again in March for the new string of recently announced dates, beginning March 5 in Savannah, Georgia, and continuing until March 28 with a show in Enid, Oklahoma.
Kacey Musgraves has added nine new dates to her Same Tour, Different Trailer tour. The new dates kick off on February 12 in Norfolk (VA) and continue with shows in Durham (NC), Baltimore (MD), Madison (WI), Minneapolis (MN), Milwaukee (WI), Louisville (KY), and Knoxville (TN), before wrapping up on February 28 in Richmond (VA).
Shania Twain is featured in a new public service announcement intended to raise awareness for domestic violence. The country star speaks out against all forms of interpersonal abuse in the spot. "Sometimes home is where the hurt is," the singer says, adding, "It's really confusing to be hurt by someone you love. Whether it's physical, sexual or emotional, abuse is abuse."
Keith Urban is in the midst of promotions for the upcoming 14th season of American Idol, and says that this year he's looking to find a star. "First of all, I never think of it in terms of finding the next anybody," he began. "We want to find the first of anyone, and that sort of individualism and uniqueness is what I'm always waiting for with Idol . . ."
Collin Raye has released a record of cover songs called Everlasting. He says that the tunes are ones he's covered during his career, including hits by Bryan Adams, Billy Joel and the Bee Gees. "Before coming to Nashville, I played years in the casinos, waiting to be discovered," Raye says. "These are songs that I would perform."
Carrie Underwood kicked off the 2014 American Country Countdown Awards with a medley performance of hits that included "Before He Cheats," "All American Girl," "Cowboy Casanova," "Blown Away" and "Something in the Water." Underwood was nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year, but lost to Miranda Lambert, who also beat out Taylor Swift and Danielle Bradbery.
Jason Aldean took home the top prize, Artist of the Year, at the 2014 American Country Countdown Awards. He beat out a tough field of contenders that included Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Blake Shelton and Lady Antebellum. After earning the title, Jason performed a live version of "Just Getting Started," the latest single from his platinum album.