Music News - Country


dierks.jpg Dierks Bentley and his wife have put their Nashville home on the market, listing it for $1.7 million. According to Village Real Estate, the 4,428-square-foot home was built in 1930. Photos show a fully renovated and modernized house, with four bedrooms, four full bathrooms, an eat-in kitchen, full formal dining room, fireplace and finished basement.

img2-022015.jpg Thomas Rhett's latest track "Crash and Burn" has officially been certified Gold by the RIAA, meaning it has surpassed the 500,000 sales threshold. "It seriously blows my mind to think half a million people have already bought 'Crash,'" Rhett says.

BlakeShelton.jpg Only a few days after it was finalized, the divorce records of Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton have been sealed, which may be illegal. Last year, Oklahoma legislators passed a new law that, according to the Oklahoman, allows judges to seal civil, divorce and other court records that are normally public only if there is a compelling privacy-related reason.

taylor-swift-051215.jpg Taylor Swift danced with Left Shark, the oddball costumed dancer popularized during Katy Perry's Super Bowl performance earlier this year, at a show in Massachusetts over the weekend. The apparent diss, which came during Swift's rumored Perry diss track "Bad Blood," is rumored to have come in response to Perry's remark that Swift "capitalizes on the take down of women."

BlakeShelton.jpg Miranda Lambert has created a scholarship for female students at Belmont University's Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business, providing over $40,000 in funds to women pursuing an education in the music industry. "I am so excited to establish this scholarship fund at Belmont University's Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business," Lambert says in a statement.

GarthBrooks1.jpg Garth Brooks is re-imagining his live set between its first leg, which ended in New Orleans in July, and its second leg, which begins in Dallas on September 17. He spoke with 102.3 Blake FM and told the station he's going for a new look. "We have taken a lot of looks at what's working, got rid of things that weren't, and we're coming out with a brand-new look," he began.

Littlebigtown-060412.jpg Little Big Town have postponed their 2015 Painkiller tour, so that Jimi Westbrook can have more time to recover from a recent vocal cord surgery. The band announced that it canceled three weeks of shows in August. "It is with deep regret that we must cancel an additional three weeks of shows in August due to doctors' orders for Jimi to rest and recuperate his voice," LBT writes.

LukeBryan.jpg  Luke Bryan has launched a mobile fan app featuring live streaming, custom video, special merchandise and a special fan competition featuring a prize "money can't buy." "I really see it as the perfect opportunity to connect with my fans in a very meaningful and direct way," Bryan says of the app. The software, designed by Disciple Media, is available via Google Play.

RascalFlatts-062911.jpg Even though they have become one of country music's most successful and popular acts, Rascal Flatts admits there was a time when they were pretty sure they were going to end up as one-hit wonders. "Prayin' for Daylight" was . . . actually on hold for somebody else," singer Gary LeVox reveals in a recent interview with Dan Rather on The Big Interview.

JoshThompson-072611.jpg Josh Thompson has signed a deal with ole Digital to release a "lost" record, Change: the Lost Record, Volumes 1 and 2, as two EPs. The record was left by the wayside after Thompson left RCA for Show Dog-Universal, but now he's planning again to put it out. The first volume lands in September while the second half's release date is undecided.

BlakeShelton.jpg Blake Shelton had to cut short his Friday night concert in Eau Claire, Wisconsin due to inclement weather. The appearance, at the Country Jam USA fest, was Blake's first since his divorce from Miranda Lambert was made public. "Sorry we got cut short Eau Claire," Shelton wrote on Twitter, along with a pic of a stormy sky. "Next time we'll make up for it!!!"

kidrock-100109.jpg Kid Rock has announced plans for a new annual fish fry to take place in Nashville. The Detroit rocker will start the tradition this year on October 9 and 10 at the Fontanel in Music City, and the event will include live music, food and rides for kids.

LukeBryan.jpg  Luke Bryan recently took time out of his busy schedule to pull a major prank on Chuck Wicks. Bryan told Wicks and America's Morning Show's other hosts, Blair Garner and Ashley Figueroa, that he had seen something in the parking lot on his way in. Bryan explained that he called the cops after he saw the driver side window smashed in.

taylor-swift-051215.jpg Taylor Swift has agreed to relax rules for photographers who shoot her live performances after facing harsh criticism. The National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) met with Swift's team to work out a new agreement that removes the threat of confiscation and the possibility of rights to images being withdrawn, BBC News reports.

Leebrice-021111.jpg Lee Brice will hit the road this fall, headlining the Jagermeister Presents: Lee Brice Country Concert Series. The trek begins at Phoenix's Comerica Theater on September 11. "The people we play for on the road night after night are the greatest fans in the world," Brice says, "They love to have a great time. I can't wait to get started!"

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