Randy Travis made a surprise appearance onstage at Charlie Daniels' 80th Birthday Volunteer Jam in Nashville. Daniels was stunned as Travis walked onstage to help present him with the Rare Country Humanitarian of the Year Award, which he earned for his efforts with the Journey Home Project.
Travis Tritt has offered some clarification regarding his critical remarks of Beyoncé's appearance at the 2016 CMA Awards. He feels that his comments were taken out of context after many believed his comments were about race. "Race has nothing to do with it," Tritt tells Nash Country Daily. "That's what I've tried to make clear from the very beginning. We should be better than that. To make everything about race — to me — it makes me sad to be honest."
Adele announced that she has expanded her touring schedule to include two more shows at Wembley Stadium in London. The new concert dates are for June 28 and July 2. Ticket sales for the newly added concerts will go on sale on December 9. The new dates will be in addition to the previously announced performances on June 29 and July 1 at Wembley Stadium.
U.S. Army SSG Justin Raymer and his family received an unexpected surprise when they attended the Craig Morgan concert at the Wagon Wheel Theatre in Warsaw, Indiana on November 19. Raymer's father Mike had told him that Morgan, who is an Army veteran himself, was looking for veterans to attend his show.
Former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher signed a new publishing deal with Warner/Chappell this week and is said to be "making progress" on his new solo album. Warner/Chappell confirmed that Gallagher has written new material and the new album is expected to be released in 2017. Mike Smith, the Managing Director of Warner/Chappell Music U.K., confirmed the news.
Garth Brooks has announced plans for a World Tour stop in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada in 2017, the first time he will have visited the city in over two decades. Brooks and wife Trisha Yearwood will visit Edmonton's Rogers Place on February 18, 2017. It will be the fifth Canadian city that the country superstar stops in on his World Tour.
Metallica revealed in a recent interview with Spotify that they were afraid to play "Enter Sandman" on toy instruments. The band teamed up with house band the Roots for a hilarious rendition of the song during their recent appearance on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon.
Martina McBride says that when women stick together in country music, they grow stronger. "When women support each other, they're stronger as a whole, and I always felt like any woman that has a win — it's a win for all of us," she tells Rolling Stone Country. McBride recently partnered with CMT's Next Women of Country showcase for her '2017 Love Unleashed Tour.'
Over twenty more bands have been added to the already large lineup for the upcoming Download Festival 2017. Sum 41, Good Charlotte and Alter Bridge join previously announced headliners Aerosmith, System Of A Down and Biffy Clyro. Mastadon, Clutch, Ministry, Coheed & Cambria, Pierce The Veil were also added.
Lady Gaga performed for an intimate audience of under 100 people on the roof of the Westfield Shopping Centre in Shepherds Bush on December 1. She performed a stripped down set that included "Bad Romance," "Joanne" and "Million Reasons" with just piano and guitar. The singer took the opportunity to downplay the importance of wealth.
Former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley admitted in a recent interview with Eddie Trunk that he wishes Creatures of the Night had been his final album with the band, instead of Music from "The Elder". "I thought Creatures was a good record," Frehley said. "It was really the record that I would have enjoyed recording instead of Elder."
The Foo Fighters placed on Forbes World's Highest-Paid Musicians List at No. 21 with a reported earnings total of $48.5 million. AC/DC finished at No. 7 ($67.5 million), while Bruce Springsteen (No. 11, $60.5 million), Paul McCartney (No. 12, $56.5 million) and U2 ($55 million) also made the list.
Rihanna and Great Britain's Prince Harry took part in HIV testing to help promote World AIDS Day on December 1. A video of their testing was posted on social media to show how easy the process is. The testing took place in RiRi's native country, Barbados. Prince Harry met Rihanna for the first time on November 30.
Morrissey's fan website, True to You, reported that the Smiths will release a new seven-inch vinyl single, which will include two previously unheard songs from the band. The A side will be a demo mix of "The Boy With The Thorn In His Side" and an alternate version of the song "Rubber Ring" will be the B side.
The Rolling Stones made the top ten of Forbes' World's Highest-Paid Musicians List, finishing at No. 8 with reported earnings of $66.5 million. AC/DC finished at No. 7 ($67.5 million), while Bruce Springsteen (No. 11, $60.5 million), Paul McCartney (No. 12, $56.5 million) and U2 ($55 million) also made the list.