Taylor Swift has revealed that she and her family get death threats on a daily basis, and that she has had to get 24-hour security as a result. "I fought the idea of having security for a very long time, because I really value normalcy," she tells Esquire magazine. "I really do. I like to be able to take a drive by myself. Haven't done that in six years."
Sara Evans has announced plans to release a new Christmas album entitled At Christmas next month. The album features 10 of Evans' favorite Christmas carols, including "O Holy Night," "Winter Wonderland" and "O Come All Ye Faithful." She also includes "12 Days of Christmas," which she recorded with two of her daughters, 12-year-old Olivia and 10-year-old Audrey.
Miranda Lambert will take to the stage alongside Megan Trainor at this year's CMA Awards show. The duo will perform Trainor's megahit "All About That Bass." They won't be the only anticipated duet to take the stage however, as Ariana Grande will also sing alongside Little Big Town.
Deep into his career Garth Brooks is still setting records, as the country legend has broken his own record for ticket sales in the state of North Carolina - a record that remained unbroken since 1998. Brooks sold 56,523 tickets from March 25-28 in 1998, when he performed at Winston Salem's Joel Memorial Coliseum.
Chris Young has announced his 2015 A.M. Worldwide tour. The tour will kick off in Melbourne (Australia) on March 11 and will feature shows in Switzerland, England, and Ireland before wrapping up in Berlin (Germany) on September 22. He is also expected to play his first full concert in Honolulu (Hawaii) on his way to the tour opening show in Australia.
Brantley Gilbert has announced that he has gotten engaged. The country singer broke the news on the Bobby Bones Show on Tuesday morning. He says he's known the girl for a long time now. "I met this little girl 10 years ago. You'll hear her in most of my songs . . . She was the one who got away for about five years. I can honestly say I've never been happier."
Reba McEntire has signed with Nash Icon Music, making her the first artist to join the new venture from Big Machine Label Group and Cumulus Media. Reba says she's already cut 11 tracks for her first LP with NIM. "I've got three more to record that I have found. I'm always trying to beat out what I have already, so we just keep looking."
Jason Aldean has confirmed the second leg of his Burn It Down tour, beginning on February 12 in Greenville, South Carolina. The trek features 23 dates in total, and support from Cole Swindell and Tyler Farr. "We are coming off a big album release week, and we wanted to keep the momentum rolling and get this next leg of the tour announced," Aldean says in a press release.
To celebrate his 25th anniversary in country music, Alan Jackson is doing what he does best - hitting the road. The superstar launches his Keepin' It Country tour on January 8 at Fort Myers, Florida's Germain Arena. Jackson will be joined on the trek by Jon Pardi and Brandy Clark. "Of all the new guys I've heard, I like that Jon is closer to country than most . . ."
During a performance at MulletFest in Niceville, Florida on Friday night, Dustin Lynch got pegged with a can of beer by a fan. Speaking with People, Dustin said the projectile took him by surprise. "I was walking down the catwalk and wham, out of nowhere this beer can just nailed me in the face. It was a completely full can and it felt like a baseball had hit me."
Little Big Town were formally inducted into the Grand Ole Opry after getting invited to join while on stage last week. Vince Gill and Little Jimmy Dickens handled the induction ceremony, with the former talking about what the honor means. "The word 'family' really means something out here. It really does," Gill began.
Taylor Swift has released a 30-second snippet of "Welcome to New York," the third listen from her upcoming record 1989. The cut, co-written by Ryan Tedder, is set to hit iTunes at 11:50 PM EST on Monday, October 20. "New York has been an important landscape and location for the story of my life in the last couple of years," she says in an accompanying clip about the song.
Zac Brown Band have announced the impending release of Greatest Hits So Far . . ., a 14-track compilation that celebrates the group's string of instant classics, including all 11 of their number one country singles. Highlights are "Chicken Fried," "Sweet Annie," "As She's Walking Away" (feat. Alan Jackson), and "Knee Deep" (feat. Jimmy Buffett).
Blake Shelton recently connected with Barbra Streisand for her new duets album Partners, and, speaking with People.com, Blake said that he was thrilled when she asked him to sing: "It's still shocking to me. I don't know how it came down. I don't know how she knows about me, but I'm just glad. I'm just going with it!" he began.
Darius Rucker has opened up about his views on the status of race in country music. Rucker is the first African American to hit number one on the country chart since Charley Pride, and he tells the Wall Street Journal that Pride paved the way. "You know, Charlie went through a lot of stuff to do what he loved to do, and he loved to sing country music."