Legendary singer/songwriter Mel Tillis has undergone heart surgery. His daughter Pam released a statement saying the procedure was routine, and that her father is recovering well. Even adding, "In typical Mel Tillis fashion, he’s already cutting up and cracking jokes with the nurses. Your thoughts and prayers are appreciated." Prayers going up for a speedy recovery.
And plenty of stars are picking a side on the recent Sea World controversy after the documentary 'Blackfish' was released. Sea World usually hosts a slew of concerts, but after the film was released many are backing out. Scotty McCreery says he's playing, Martina McBride is not. But Trisha Yearwood isn't playing because she says she's not educated enough to make a decision. Before tickets went on sale for her scheduled date, Yearwood backed out saying, “I really didn’t want to be involved in a controversy that I was not educated about, so before tickets went on sale, I pulled out. I thought, ‘This is a battle I don’t want to fight, because I don’t know anything about it.’” She says she's 100% on the fence, so she's not choosing a side.
Miranda Lambert promised a big announcement, and she delivered. Lambert will release her fifth studio album June 3rd. ‘Platinum’ includes 16 tracks, eight of which she wrote or co-wrote. By the time the album is released, it will have been over two and half years since her previous album. Lambert explains the delay saying, "From the day you kinda go I need to start looking for songs and writing songs, it feels like no matter how much time you have, you're rushed. And so I didn't want to rush it at all. To me it's all about timing and making sure that you can feel like you can finally sit there and go, OK, the album's done, and never have a moment where you go, I wish we could change that or I wish we had a different song.” One of the most anticipated tracks, ‘Something Bad,’ is a collaboration with Carrie Underwood. Fans can preorder Platinum now.
And Taylor Swift is working through her latest break up. Her publicist informed the Swift camp she will be resigning. Paula Erickson of Erickson Public Relations has represented Swift for seven years, very effectively. Can you count the number of television appearances and magazine covers Swift has appeared on in the last seven years? Being the worldwide superstar she is, Swift will have her pick of any publicist she wants, but according to Billboard, she will likely bring her PR work in house to coincide with her management company to integrate that person into the decision making process.
Florida Georgia Line are still basking in the success of their debut album, and it’s deluxe version is still rolling strong. On their added track “This Is How We Roll” they enlisted buddy Luke Bryan and they made sure to include him in the new video. The duo kicks off the song atop a semi rolling down a back road. Then the party moves inside. There’s nothing groundbreaking about this video, but avid Florida Georgia Line fans will enjoy the consistency.
Florida Georgia Line feat. Luke Bryan This Is How We Roll
And Keith Urban is headed out again this year for the “Raise Em Up” tour. The title comes from song his duet with Eric Church on his latest album. Urban’s tour kicks off in Canada on July 12th and conitinues through September. Opening acts include Jerrod Niemann and Brett Eldredge. Take a listen to the tour’s namesake song...
Keith Urban feat. Eric Church Raise Em Up
Rascal Flatts will be a part of the soundtrack for a big film. Flatts’ song ‘Compass’ will be featured in the upcoming movie, Heaven is For Real. The movie is based on the best selling book of the same name. ‘Compass’ will also be on the upcoming album, Rewind set for a May release. Heaven is For Real debuts in April.
And also in April...Bluke will back for to host the ACM Awards. April 6th to be exact. In a new promo, Blake does all the talking, while Luke waits for his turn. But, the ACMs aren’t waiting to announce performers. The first round announced includes: Jason Aldean Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, The Band Perry, Blake Shelton, George Strait, and Keith Urban. And as previously announced, Florida Georgia Line will be the hosts of the side stage at Fan Jam on the same night.
Luke Bryan, "Do I Get to Say Something?"
Bro-country they are not. At least according to the guys of Eli Young Band. The Texas band has steadily seen a rise in their popularity over their ten years together, but it has nothing to do with following trends. Drummer Chris Thompson elaborates, "I think there's an interesting trend in country music on the radio right now, and I'm happy that my band in particular has never been a band to follow trends. We can stand on our own two feet musically, and be proud of every song we've ever recorded in our entire catalog. [We] know our direction without having to chase a trend." That trend of course, is what has been deemed as bro-country. Aka the party trend where every song must include a truck, beer, jeans, moonlight, and of course, a pretty girl. While the band doesn’t knock what’s working for others, they’re just proud to not be a part of the trend just to garner some success. And with a string of number one hits, they clearly don’t need it.
And in the more literal term of bro-country, brothers Zach and Colton of The Swon Brothers are celebrating a huge moment this week. Their single ‘Later On’ broke the record for single adds in its debut week. Meaning, 80 radio stations added ‘Later On’ into rotation. More than any in history. The Swon Brothers’ team, wisely, recorded the moment when they found out the big news. They are clearly ecstatic. Check it out...
The Swon Brothers React to Big News
Toby Keith is hitting the road in 2014 and he’s inviting you to hold on! The ‘Shut Up and Hold On Tour will be kicking off in May and last through September. While opening acts have not been announced, Ford is once again sponsoring the nationwide trek for Toby. A complete list of dates are below...
'Shut Up and Hold On' Tour Dates
5/25 – Tree Town Music Festival, Iowa
5/30 – San Bernadino, Calif.
5/31 – Mountain View, Calif.
6/1 – Sacramento, Calif.
6/13 – Burlington, Iowa
6/14 – Winsted Music Festival, Minn.
6/20 – Cleveland, Ohio
6/28 – Washington, D.C.
7/12 – St. Louis, Mo.
7/13 – Chicago, Ill.
7/19 – Tooele, Utah
7/25 – Holmdel, N.J.
7/26 – Hartford, Conn.
7/27 – Bethel, N.Y.
8/1 – Boots and Hearts Festival, Ontario
8/8 – Cincinnati, Ohio
8/9 – Pittsburgh, Penn.
8/23 – Lima, Ohio
9/13 – Indianapolis, Ind.
9/27 – Philadelphia, Penn.
Poor Josh Thompson. In his latest video, his love interest heads to Hollywood leaving him to cry in his beer. While they’re both clearly not meant for the other’s element, they continue to long for the other. So does someone give in or is love lost this time around? Check out the video for “Cold Beer with Your Name On It”...
Josh Thompson Cold Beer With Your Name On It