NBC/David LaChapelleNot only will Blake Shelton be rubbing elbows with some majors stars, he’ll also be rubbing noses -- red noses, that is- - for NBC’s The Red Nose Day Special this Thursday. Blake and legend Elton John will provide the music for the event, along with David Letterman’s longtime bandleader Paul Shaffer.
Red Nose Day was created a quarter-century ago in the United Kingdom, to raise money and awareness for kids in need both at home and around the world. More than 65 celebrities are set to take part in the show, including Julie Roberts, Celine Dion, Connie Britton, Ashton Kutcher, Ellen DeGeneres and Kobe Bryant, just to name a few. You’ll also be able to see the cast of The Walking Dead in a whole new light, as they star in a comedy sketch.
The two-hour special kicks off Thursday night at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.
UMG NashvilleNewcomer Clare Dunn has the unique distinction of having the sole new song on the latest edition of Now That’s What I Call Country. The ninth country-themed collection in the series features number-ones by veterans like Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts and Luke Bryan, alongside the first chart toppers by breakthrough artists Cam, Granger Smith, Chris Janson, Maddie & Tae, Brothers Osborne, Old Dominion and more.
If you pre-order the digital version now, you’ll be able to download Clare’s “Tuxedo” instantly. Here’s the complete track listing for the 19-cut Now That’s What I Call Country 9, which comes out June 10:
“Strip It Down” -- Luke Bryan “Take Your Time” -- Sam Hunt “Smoke Break” -- Carrie Underwood “Burning House” -- Cam “Girl Crush” -- Little Big Town “I’m Comin’ Over” -- Chris Young “Save It for a Rainy Day” -- Kenny Chesney “Country Nation” -- Brad Paisley “Drunk on a Plane” -- Dierks Bentley “Backroad Song” -- Granger Smith “Buy Me a Boat” -- Chris Janson “Girl in a Country Song” -- Maddie & Tae “Dibs” -- Kelsea Ballerini “I Got the Boy” -- Jana Kramer “Stay a Little Longer” -- Brothers Osborne “Don’t It” -- Billy Currington “Break Up with Him” -- Old Dominion “I Like the Sound of That” -- Rascal Flatts “Tuxedo” -- Clare Dunn
RCA NashvilleChris Young will get the party started officially for CMA Music Festival 2016 with a free performance at Music City’s new Ascend Amphitheatre on the banks of the Cumberland River. Nashville Mayor Megan Barry and the Fisk Jubilee Singers will join the “Think of You” hitmaker on the newly christened Skyview Stage for the opening ceremonies.
All the money raised from the festival formerly known as Fan Fair goes to fund music education in schools. Some of the students who’ve benefited from those programs will also get the chance to show off what they’ve learned. Gates open an hour ahead of time for the 11 a.m. CT kickoff on Wednesday, June 8.
This week, Chris revealed his third single from his I’m Comin’ Over album will be “Sober Saturday Night,” which features Vince Gill on guitar and vocals.
Capitol NashvilleThough they’ve been spent most of the year apart working on their individual projects, the members of Lady Antebellum will be back together again to host the 10th Annual ACM Honors special this fall on CBS.
While the Academy of Country Music has held the ceremony for its special honorees and off-camera winners from the ACM Awards for close to a decade, this is the first time it will be televised. The show tapes August 30 at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium, with its airdate to be announced later. Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Little Big Town, Glen Campbell, Tanya Tucker, Crystal Gayle and The Statler Brothers are just some of the evening’s honorees.
In the meantime, Lady A is back on the road as a group this summer, with Charles Kelley promoting his new single “Lonely Girl” from his album The Driver, as Hillary Scott performs her song “Thy Will” from her forthcoming faith-based album Love Remains with her family.
Warner Music NashvilleFrankie Ballard continues the countdown to his new album El Rio, with a performance Tuesday night on the latest edition of the web-based concert series Skyville Live. You can be sure the Michigan native will do his latest hit, the top twenty “It All Started with a Beer,” as he takes the stage alongside ZZ Top frontman Billy Gibbons and others. You can watch Skyville Live Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET at AOL.com or via the free go90 mobile app.
Frankie’s new project, which was recorded in Texas, is due June 10. You can check out his mini-documentary Journey to Sonic Ranch: The Making of El Rio on YouTube now.
Arista NashvilleFans at one of Brad Paisley’s stops on his Life Amplified World Tour this weekend definitely got more than they bargained for.
“We cut a little song that came out a week ago and we wanted to practice it, so you’re our guinea pigs tonight,” he teased the crowd at California’s Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, before bringing pop star Demi Lovato onstage to sing the pair’s duet, “Without a Fight.”
Brad was still bathing in the afterglow the next day. “As far as this tour goes, you made my year last night Demi Lovato & it was only the 2nd show!” he tweeted. “Thanks for being here.”
Paisley fans probably shouldn’t hold out for more frequent Demi drop-ins on Brad’s tour, since it will get significantly more complicated as she heads out on her own Future Now trek with Nick Jonas this summer.
Tune in for the TV debut of the pair's duet Tuesday night on Jimmy Kimmel Live! You can catch it at 11:35 p.m. ET on ABC.
There’s another reason to tune in to tonight’s season finale of The Voice, besides learning who wins. You’ll get to hear Little Big Town perform their brand-new song, “One of Those Days,” from their forthcoming album, Wanderlust.
Wanderlust was produced by Grammy-winning The Voice coach Pharrell Williams, perhaps with a little help from pop star Justin Timberlake, who's also been writing with LBT. We got our first news of those collaborations last March, when Timberlake teased fans with an Instagram photo of him with Little Big Town, writing "NBD…Just writing with @LittleBigTown. This band is the truth!! So good!!!!" That same month, he also posted a snapshot of himself in the studio with Pharrell.
Written by Little Big Town and Williams, “One Of Those Days” is the lead single from Wanderlust, which drops Friday, June 10 and features eight tracks.
Can’t wait until tonight to hear “One of Those Days?” It’s available now from all the usual digital retailers.
Warner Music NashvilleIt wasn’t that long ago when Dan Shay debuted their current hit on ABC’s Good Morning America, shortly after weatherperson Ginger Zee revealed she’d be competing on the new season of Dancing with the Stars. Tuesday night, they’ll all be a part of the 22nd-season finale.
Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney hadn’t even intended on writing the day they came up with “From the Ground Up,” which is currently knocking on the door to the top 20.
“My grandfather had just passed away before we wrote it, and Shay's grandfather was in the hospital. It was like this crazy emotional time,” Dan recalls. “We were just chatting, and our grandparents were married for 65-plus years. And it's funny -- my mom sent me a picture of my grandparents' wedding day and it was exactly 65 years to the day we wrote the song. That was like a kind of freaky coincidence.”
In the end, the more-than-half-century relationships of their ancestors became the launching pad for the romantic ballad that will also inspire a dance on the DWTS finale.
“That kind of love is rare these days. You know, you don't see that kind of thing and there's a lot of divorce in the tabloids and just to look at that as an example of hope in our lives and in our own personal relationships is a big deal,” Dan admits.
You can catch Dan Shay’s primetime performance of “From the Ground Up” Tuesday night at 9 p.m. ET on ABC. The duo’s new album, Obsessed, comes out June 3, the same day they hit the road with Darius Rucker and Michael Ray on the Good for a Good Time Tour.
Capitol NashvilleDierks Bentley is gearing up for a busy week, leading up to the release of his new album Black on Friday. Thursday night, the “Somewhere on a Beach” hitmaker stops by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, which starts at 11:35 p.m. ET on NBC.
The following morning, he’ll get up early to perform on New York City’s Rockefeller Plaza as part of Today’s summer concert series. You can catch the show at 7 a.m. on NBC.
Then Saturday night, you’ll be able to relive the pop-up show Dierks did April 10 at The International in Knoxville, Tennessee. Instant Jam: Dierks Bentley premieres May 28 at 9 p.m. ET on CMT. You can watch a preview now at CMT.com.
Warner Music NashvilleIt looks like Dan Shay have found a fan in Kate Hudson. This weekend, the duo tweeted a video of the actress listening to their track “Already Ready” during one of her Snapchat sessions.
“Just starting playing this song,” the daughter of Hollywood legend Goldie Hawn said, as she checked out the tune on her Amazon Echo speaker. The second generation star isn’t too far removed from country music -- you might remember her brother Oliver Hudson played the now-deceased character Jeff Fordham on ABC’s Nashville.
“Already Ready” is featured on Dan Shay’s new album, Obsessed, which comes out June 3. You can check out the pair’s just-released "instant grat" video, for the track “How Not To,” on YouTube now.
BBR Music GroupFour months after Thompson Square welcomed their first little one, the husband-and-wife duo is back with new music. “You Make It Look So Good” also serves as the soundtrack for a new home movie featuring their pride and joy, Rigney Cooper Thompson.
Keifer and Shawna admit they weren’t immune to many of the fears most first-time parents experience.
“It was the scariest thing we have ever experienced during the first three weeks,” the couple tells People. “We were like ‘I can’t believe that they let us take him home. We have no idea what we’re doing.’ After the sleep-deprived-almost-killing-each-other phase was over and we realized that he was probably going to be OK and it wasn’t an impossible feat, we started enjoying our new life.”
Part of that new life will be taking Cooper along on the road, with the help of a long-time friend, who’s recently become the Thompsons’ nanny.
BBR Music GroupGrangerSmith’s brand new baby boy is a week old today. The “Backroad Song” hitmaker announced the new arrival Friday on his Facebook page.
“Heart and hands are full,” the post said, accompanied by a photo of his family seated in a porch swing, with Granger holding four-year-old daughter London, and wife Amber balancing both two-year-old Lincoln and the newborn. “We added one more boy to the clan. River Kelly Smith has joined his brother and sister!”
It’s back to work for the father of three, as he plays Stampede Houston on Tuesday night. His new single “If the Boot Fits” is currently climbing the charts.
Sweet Talk Publicity/Justin Nolan KeyEven though it appears Dustin Lynch’s love interest in the “Mind Reader” video is telling his future, it turns out Luke Bryan’s current tourmate is a Tarot card virgin.
“I told myself before the music video I wanted to make sure I was comfortable doing it, so I wanted to do it for real, so I wouldn't be faking it on camera. And I pulled up to this place over by my house,” he recalls. “I was by myself, and I just freaked myself out. 'Man, I can't do it! I need somebody with me!'”
Now, it looks like Dustin will have the perfect opportunity to get his cards read, and also take along some company.
“We always try to do an activity as a village after a number one party, and I'm going to take my team out to get some cards read. I think I am! I haven't had a chance to go, but I'm glad I haven't, because I'll get to do that for the first time, and probably some of my team from my record label hasn't done it either. It'll be a great experience for us.”
“Mind Reader” is the final single from Dustin’s sophomore album, Where It’s At. Expect a new single from his forthcoming third project soon.
Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Garth Brooks has added a second show at New York City’s Yankee Stadium, after the initial Friday, July 8 concert sold out within an hour. The new date will be Saturday, July 9 at 8:30 p.m. ET.
Blake Shelton sits down with Ellen on Monday. Check your local listings to see when the syndicated The Ellen DeGeneres Show airs in your area.
Martina McBride starts the week by making Grilled Peach Cobbler on The Chew. You can catch her appearance at 1 p.m. ET on ABC.
You can check out Kelsea Ballerini’s performance at The Hotel Café in Hollywood, California on the latest episode of ACM Sessionsonline.
Dick Clark ProductionsSam Hunt is the most-nominated country artist at Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards, scoring at least one nod in every country category, and two for song. Though he’s not nominated, Blake Shelton will perform his duet with girlfriend Gwen Stefani, “Go Ahead and Break My Heart,” from his new album If I’m Honest.
The 2016 Billboard Music Awards air live from the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
Here’s the complete rundown of nominees in the country categories:
Top Country Artist Zac Brown Band Luke Bryan Sam Hunt Chris Stapleton Carrie Underwood
Top Country Album Traveller -- Chris Stapleton Kill the Lights -- Luke Bryan Montevallo -- Sam Hunt Jekyll Hyde -- Zac Brown Band Storyteller -- Carrie Underwood
Top Country Song “Break Up in a Small Town” -- Sam Hunt “Take Your Time” -- Sam Hunt “Girl Crush” -- Little Big Town “Die a Happy Man” -- Thomas Rhett “I’m Comin’ Over” -- Chris Young
ABC/Image Group LA Darius Rucker’s pals are lining up to help him raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. Hunter Hayes, Scotty McCreery, Country Music Hall of Famer Charley Pride, Terri Clark and newcomer Drake White will all take the stage for the annual Darius & Friends fundraiser Monday, June 6 at Nashville’s Wildhorse Saloon.
So far, the “Wagon Wheel” hitmaker has raised more than $700,000 for St. Jude during the seven-year history of the event. Expect more talent to be announced in the coming weeks.
MCA NashvilleDavid Nail’s fourth studio album, The Fighter, featuring his top-20 hit “Night’s on Fire,” is on its way July 15, but fans don’t have to wait that long for new music. You can download his surprise EP, Uncovered, at the usual outlets now.
“I am really blessed to be at this place in life with my wife and now our two children,” the new dad says, “and the one consistent thread through it all has been music… I am really excited to be able to share some of the music, outside of my own, that has meant something to me. Some of these songs have been with me for years and some obviously are brand new discoveries…”
The Missouri native covers the classics “In the Ghetto” by Elvis Presley and “In the Air Tonight” from Phil Collins. He also ventures into newer material like The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face” and Adele’s “Send My Love (to Your New Lover).” As a bonus, David also recorded a new version of the track “Looking for a Good Time,” from his debut album I’m About to Come Alive.
You can check out David’s version of the Adele tune on SoundCloud now.