Chris Hollo/OpryOn Wednesday, Trisha Yearwood returns to a venue she knows well -- the Encore at Wynn Las Vegas. She appeared there regularly with husband Garth Brooks during his Sin City residency before the two embarked on their current world tour. This week, they’ll be part of the Sinatra 100 taping, timed to pay tribute to the late musical icon on what would have been his one hundredth birthday.
Zac Brown and Carrie Underwood also will perform tunes made famous by “Ol’ Blue Eyes,” with most artists sticking to arrangements that stay true to the songs the way Sinatra sang them. Tony Bennett, Celine Dion, Lady Gaga, Harry Connick Jr., Alicia Keys, John Legend, Adam Levine and Usher also are set to appear on the two-hour special. Sinatra 100-- An All-Star Grammy Concert airs Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.
This week, Garth also announced he’ll play three dates at the new Las Vegas Arena this summer. Pre-sales for American Express customers start this Friday for the July 2, 3 and 4 shows.
Art Streiber/NBCBlake Shelton and Sam Hunt return to the Boots and Hearts Music Festival, Canada’s largest camping and music event, this summer, joining previously announced headliners Tim McGraw and Dierks Bentley. Both Blake and Sam previously played the festival in 2014.
Cam, Chase Rice and Emerson Drive also are on the bill for the August 4-7 shows at Burl’s Creek Event Grounds in Oro-Medonte in south-central Ontario, Canada. Tickets are available online now for Boots & Hearts' upcoming, fifth year.
Tesh/CosmopolitanMiranda Lambert is opening up to Cosmopolitan about her divorce from Blake Shelton, in an exclusive interview that includes a revealing photo shoot in which the six-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year shows more cleavage than we’ve typically seen from her before.
In a cover story titled “Buh-Bye, 2015! ‘I’m Excited for the Awesome Times Ahead,’” Miranda speaks more freely about her split from The Voice star than she has in the past.
"We were together for 10 years, married for four, were very quickly divorced, and are friends,” she clarifies. “I'm still processing everything and figuring out where to go and what happened.”
Miranda admits that parts of the post-divorce process can be very painful, but she’s committed to experiencing everything that ultimately helps her heal.
“I don't necessarily want to know that I have really bad, long, lonely nights ahead of me, but I have had some, and I still have a bunch ahead of me,” she predicts. “But it's about living in the moment and feeling every tinge of pain, then waking up the next day and going, 'All right, I'm going to ride my ponies. I'm going to have a girls' night.' That's where I am. That's where I'm gonna live."
While Blake had tied the knot before, this was Miranda’s first walk down the aisle. She even goes so far as to talk to the magazine about what she’s learned -- should she ever decide to wed again.
“If I ever were to get married again -- which is completely not on my radar at all right now -- I feel like it's not about it being a step in life. It's not about a piece of paper or a diamond. It's the way you feel about somebody and the commitment in your heart,” she asserts.
You can read more of Miranda’s Cosmopolitan cover story when the January 2016 issue hits newsstands December 9.
Greenroom PRWith two successful tours of Europe already under his belt, Dierks Bentley is headed back this spring. He’ll play four dates in the United Kingdom and Ireland with singer/songwriter Tucker Beathard starting April 21 in Dublin.
“We've been coming to Europe and slowly building a fan base since 2006, but it feels like something has really clicked recently,” Dierks says. “The volume and size of the crowd last year really blew my band and I away and we've been talking about coming back ever since we walked off stage. We can't wait for this tour!"
Last year, Dierks was part of a sold-out show at the Country to Country festival at London’s O2 Arena. Tickets for next year’s dates go on sale Friday at 9 a.m. local time.
Here are the dates for Dierks Bentley’s European tour:
4/21 -- Dublin, Ireland, Olympia Theater 4/22 -- London, England, Eventim Apollo 4/23 -- Manchester, England, O2 Apollo 4/24 -- Glasgow, Scotland, Clyde Auditorium
Sony Music NashvilleOn Tuesday morning, we’ll get our first glimpse at Carrie Underwood’s new video for her latest single “Heartbeat.” A sneak peek at the second release from her Storyteller album premieres on NBC’s Today show, before the entire clip rolls out on Yahoo Music. A preview on Carrie’s Facebook page shows the new mom walking barefoot through the woods wearing a glamorous gold gown, while carrying matching high-heeled shoes.
The American Idol winner debuted “Heartbeat” last week on the American Music Awards, before performing it on the British version of X Factor on Sunday. The single was the most-added new song of the week, according to Mediabase.
Image Group LA/ABCLuke Bryan will be ringing in the New Year in New York's Times Square.
Luke, as well as pop star Demi Lovato, rapper Wiz Khalifa and singer Charlie Puth, have been added to the New York City lineup for Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2016 on ABC.
Luke joins Carrie Underwood on the bill -- she was previously announced as a Times Square headliner for Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2016. The show airs on ABC on Thursday, December 31, beginning 8 p.m. Eastern and Pacific time.
Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockThis year's No Shave November has raised more than $79,000 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. This year's Chairman of the Beard, Josh Turner, also walked away with the contest's Most Valuable Beard award. During its five-year history, the November event has donated more than $620,000 to the Memphis facility.
More than 21,000 people have downloaded The Voice contestant Emily Ann Roberts' cover of The Judds' "Why Not Me," according to Billboard.
Three other songs besides Chris Young's "I'm Comin' Over" have spent three weeks at number one on the Billboard chart this year: Kenny Chesney's "Save it for a Rainy Day," Zac Brown Band's "Homegrown" and Tim McGraw's "Shotgun Rider."
Warner Music NashvilleJana Kramer can add one more accomplishment to the year she already describes as “insane”-- the RIAA recently certified her single “I Got the Boy” gold, having sold more than half a million copies. In fact, the mother-to-be says the only thing that leaves her less than happy these days is the subject of her current hit.
“'I Got the Boy' is actually about my high school sweetheart Matthew. And it's just one of those things where it's such a bittersweet memory. He's married and has kids. Obviously I'm married and have a baby on the way. It's just-- it's bittersweet. I'll never forget my first. I just never will,” she confesses.
Jana tied the know with former NFL tight end Michael Caussin last May, after getting engaged in December. Friends recently gave the newlyweds a shower for their baby girl, who’s due after the first of the year. Even though she’s thrilled with the success of her hit and her new album, she admits it’s been tough to keep working while she’s expecting.
“It's been hard, because I'm still super-nauseous, but I still have to keep going out on the road promoting the single and the new album 31, so you know, I get sick after the shows. It's not forever. It's only 9 months, so I'll be okay,” she says reassuringly. “It's amazing. The fact that women can carry a child is nuts. We're very strong!”
While they have already decided on a name for their firstborn, Jana says she and Michael are keeping it a secret for now. She teases the moniker does have a piece of her name in it, so we do know the little one will be named after her mother. Expect the baby girl to make her debut early in 2016.
David McClisterChris Young continues his reign on the country charts, as “I’m Comin’ Over” spends its third week at #1 on Billboard’s country airplay ranking. This week, his seventh #1 also claims the top spot on the Mediabase country airplay chart as well.
This isn’t the first time Chris has spent multiple weeks at number one. “The Man I Want to Be” accomplished the same feat five years ago in 2010.
This week, Chris takes his I’m Comin’ Over Tour with Eric Paslay and Clare Dunn to Minnesota and Wisconsin, before he performs the title track from his chart-topping fifth album on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Tuesday, December 8.
Aristo P.R.Brothers Osborne, Kelsea Ballerini, Cam, Old Dominion and Chris Janson have been chosen as the five artists who’ll play next year’s New Faces of Country Music Show at the end of CRS 2016. The concert is the high point of Country Radio Seminar each year in Nashville, and is seen as both a showcase of the past year’s breakout new talent and a major indicator of who is likely to have a long and successful career in the future. Radio station employees across the country vote on who’ll get the coveted performance slots.
Next year’s show takes place February 10 at the Omni Nashville. In the past, George Strait, Reba, Tim McGraw, Jason Aldean and Thomas Rhett have all played the New Faces stage.
Webster & AssociatesYou’ll be seeing a lot of Dolly Parton in the week leading up to the premiere of her Coat of Many Colors movie December 10 on NBC. The musical icon from East Tennessee kicks off her round of media appearances this Thursday, December 3 at 2 p.m. ET on CBS’s The Talk.
Then next Monday and Tuesday, she’s on Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family, before stopping by Today on NBC on both Tuesday and Thursday. You can see the movie itself next Thursday at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.
Jennifer Nettles stars as Dolly’s mother Avie Lee in the film based on the autobiographical hit from 1971. Ricky Schroder plays her dad. Coat of Many Colors is the first in a series of movies Parton is making with NBC. Jolene, based on her 1974 chart-topper, is set to be the next one.
James Minchin IIIThough she recently debuted her new single “Unlove You” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Jennifer Nettles also just released a new video for another song. “Sugar” happens to be the tune she performed on Thursday’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Both are from her debut album for Big Machine Records, due sometime in 2016.
"Ladies & gentlemen, may I introduce you to Queen Frostene and The Cupcakes,” Jennifer quips in a post introducing the whimsical clip on her website. In the video, she stars as the proprietress of a cake shop whose hunky male customers fall under her spell after consuming some of her “Sugar.”
That’s not Jennifer’s only leading role in the coming days either. On December 3, she hosts CMA Country Christmas for the sixth time, at 9 p.m. ET on ABC. Then next Thursday, December 10, she stars as Dolly Parton’s mother in the NBC movie Coat of Many Colors.
Sandbox EntertainmentA little more than a week ago, Kacey Musgraves wrapped the European leg of her Country & Western Rhinestone Revue, selling out all eight dates on the trek. Now, the Pageant Material singer has announced she’ll continue the tour in the states, playing 11 cities starting in Dallas in January.
You can find the latest ticket information for the new dates on Kacey’s website. She’s set to wrap up 2015 with three shows in Austin December 29-31.
Here’s the itinerary for the new leg of Kacey Musgraves Country & Western Rhinestone Revue:
1/21-- Dallas, TX, Majestic Theatre 1/22-- Oklahoma City, OK, Diamond Ballroom 1/23-- Omaha, NE, SOKOL Auditorium 2/19-- Boston, MA, Orpheum Theatre 2/20-- Sayreville, NJ, Starland Ballroom 2/25-- Kalamazoo, MI, State Theatre 2/26-- Columbus, OH, LC Pavilion 2/27-- Pittsburgh, PA, Stage AE 3/3-- Milwaukee, WI, Riverside Theatre 3/4-- Indianapolis, IN, Egyptian Room 3/5-- Kansas City, MO, Arvest Bank at Midland
Nancy Seltzer & Assoc.A few years ago, Garth Brooks did regular weekend performances at the Encore at Wynn Las Vegas. Now, he's returning to Sin City in a big way.
Garth has announced a series of shows on July 2, 3 and 4 at the new Las Vegas Arena, which will open in April of 2016. An American Express pre-sale will run from this Friday, December 4 at 10 a.m. PT through Thursday, December 10, at 10 p.m. PT. The general public can get their hands on the tickets starting December 11 at 10 a.m. PT via GarthLasVegas.com or by calling 855-411-4849. All tickets are $85.E
Even if you've already seen Garth recently on his world tour, you still may want to check these shows out, because they will be a totally unique experience. The singer plans to stage something special, using every part of the Arena's spaces, including its plaza. In a statement, Garth says, "Vegas HAS to be different. The city, the venue and the people demand it. With the help of the city, itself, this run of shows will be a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ experience.”
Garth's next regular concert date is this Thursday in Wichita, Kansas.
Image credit: Jim SheaIf you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be married to Brad Paisley, all you have to do it pick up the latest issue of Closer Weeklyto find out. Kimberly Williams-Paisley opens up to the magazine about her dozen years of wedded bliss with the notorious jokester-- and she says his sense of humor is actually one of the main reasons their union is so successful.
“No matter what happens in our marriage, we try to find humor in it, even on the darkest day,” she confesses. “Brad’s always said, ‘If you can laugh about it one day, then why not start now?’ He always makes me laugh, so I am grateful for that.”
For the celebrity couple, the Father of the Bride actress says the perfect date night would take place on their Tennessee porch. “I’ll have a glass of wine, Brad might have a cigar and we’ll talk. We just love being relaxed together at home,” she reveals.
Family time is similarly low-key for the parents of two boys, 8-year-old Huck and 6-year-old Jasper. “We try to have calm, quiet Sundays where we’re all hanging out in our pajamas, and I guess that’s the balance we need,” Kimberly says.
You can read more about the private life of the Paisleys in the new edition of Closer Weekly, on newsstands now.
Warner Music NashvilleDan Shay may have a top five single that's a serious contender to soon be number one, but the duo says they still get excited anytime anyone plays their music.
"I mean, hearing our song on the radio is the coolest thing in the world. It never gets old," Dan says. "We still text each other, to this day. We heard '19 and Me' on the radio the other day for the first time in a while, our first single, and we were just like 'Awww this is insane!' It's still awesome."
Even though "Nothin' Like You" turned out to be an instant fan favorite, Shay says the most successful song of their career so far almost didn't make their album.
"Man, that song has always been kinda the one song that fans really sing. Before we put it out as a single, they always sang it really, really loud," he recalls. "It actually was funny. It barely made the record, cause we had turned in our album and we had written it kinda after we turned those songs in. We kinda lived with it for a second and we were putting together the album and I know my sister and my parents and Dan and all the women in our life were like, 'We gotta put this song on the album.' It's always been a fan favorite and we listen to them."
This week, you'll have a chance to listen to the holiday sounds of Dan Shay. The twosome performs "O Come All Ye Faithful" this Thursday night on CMA Country Christmas. You can catch it at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.
Burke/Tirolo Productions/Thinkstock Last Monday’s Christmas 4 Kids benefit at the Ryman raised more than $100,000 for the Nashville non-profit. Proceeds from the show starring the Marshall Tucker Band, Restless Heart, Shenandoah and Craig Wayne Boyd will help send more than 400 kids on a pre-Christmas shopping spree.
Clint Black launches his 12-city Christmas tour Tuesday in The Villages, Florida. He’ll perform songs from his new album On Purpose, as well as material from his two holiday collections, Looking for Christmas and Christmas with You.
Randy Houser and Dustin Lynch recently took out a full page ad thanking Luke Bryan “for an amazing year” on the Kick the Dust Up tour.
BMLGTheBand Perry joins Sting, James Taylor, Mary J. Blige, a capella group Pentatonix, the Rockettes and more for the 83rd annual lighting of the Christmas tree this year at New York City’s Rockefeller Center.
Kimberly, Reid and Neil will perform live on the special, hosted by Today anchors Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker and Natalie Morales. You can witness this year’s 78-foot tall Norway spruce as it comes to life in all its holiday splendor Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.