Taylor Swift's latest video, "Wildest Dreams," has come under fire for having racial overtones. Shot in Ethiopia, the video is shot in a 1940s setting, which some say romanticizes colonial Africa. "the 'Wildest Dreams' video is white ppl circa 1940s (?) in Africa shooting a colonial fantasy yikes," wrote one critic on Twitter.
Scotty McCreery has released a lyric video for "Southern Belle." The lyric video features a brunette Southern belle, clad in Daisy Dukes and a white tank top, carrying a rifle and driving a beat-up pickup truck as the lyrics to the song appear in a variety of ways.
Rascal Flatts have released "I Like The Sound Of That" as their latest single, the fourth from their current record Rewind. "I Like The Sound Of That" was written Dan + Shay's Shay Mooney, Jesse Frasure and Meghan Trainor.
Shania Twain has extended her supposed farewell tour, the Rock This Country Tour. She also said that she'd like to return for another Las Vegas residency in the future. "I'm having the time of my life. I'm in good spirits and having so much fun," Twain tells the Las Vegas Sun.
Justin Moore has been awarded the Arkansas Traveler Award. With the award, Moore was honored for his commitment to his hometown of Poyen, Arkansas with the Arkansas Traveler Certificate. It was created by The Arkansas General Assembly in 1941 to honor both out-of-state visitors and Arkansas natives who have a love and appreciation for the "Natural State."
Thomas Rhett and Brett Eldredge are heading out on a co-headlining CMT On Tour run, dubbed Suits & Boots. The 14th annual fall tour will begin in New York City on October 29 and will hit places like Maine, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan and more. They will finish their tour on December 11 in Chicago.
Brad Paisley has revealed that his new single will be "Country Nation," off of last year's Moonshine In the Trunk. "You know that feeling you get in the middle of the week of 'I can't do anything right' or 'It's not going my way?' But every week ends with a Friday, and that's where we excel, I think, at country music," Paisley explains.
Lady Antebellum revealed plans to go on hiatus following their current 2015 Wheels Up Tour. "We're going to step away for a little while," Charles Kelley tells Rolling Stone. "As a band, we've talked about wanting to get off the hamster wheel for a little bit and let the fans miss us for a second."
Luke Bryan, Loretta Lynn, Alabama and Eric Church were honored recently with special achievement awards from the Academy of Country Music. Lynn received the Crystal Milestone Award for her 50-year country music career and Bryan received the Gene Weed Special Achievement Award. Alabama received the Career Achievement Award.
Toby Keith will appear on the September 10 episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. The former Colbert Report funnyman takes over the program on September 8, making Keith one of his first musical guests. In June, Colbert inducted Keith into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, even donning a cowboy hat and giving a rendition of Keith's 2005 hit "As I Once Was."
Keith Urban has released the music video for "John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16," featuring clips of small town America interspersed with clips of Urban playing guitar. "It was a blast. I had a great time doing it with Shane Drake," said Keith.
Kristian Bush will be subject of a new television documentary, Walk Tall: The Journey of Sugarland's Kristian Bush. Walk Tall: The Journey of Sugarland's Kristian Bush follows Bush in the aftermath of the deadly Sugarland stage collapse, which occurred August 13, 2011 at the Indiana State Fair. The collapse killed seven people and caused many injuries to fans.
Dan + Shay are not fans of those who sell their autographs on eBay. The duo, Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney, posted an open letter on Twitter to those who get their autographs and then try to profit off it. "To the EBay sellers who camp outside our hotels, shows and airports and inconsiderately demand autographs: Please stop," the letter read.
Taylor Swift took home four trophies at this year's MTV Video Music Awards. The "Shake It Off" singer dominated the competition winning Video of the Year and Best Collaboration for "Bad Blood", as well as Best Female Video and Best Pop Video for "Blank Space." At the beginning of the night Swift also appeared on stage during Nicki Minaj's opening number, which shut down rumors.
Lady Antebellum star Charles Kelley and his wife have revealed that they are expecting a boy. Charles and Cassie appeared on Good Morning America earlier this week and broke news of their new addition to the family as part of GMA's "fertility week" special. "I was so excited to announce on the show that we are having a baby BOY!" Cassie wrote on her website.