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Miranda Lambert Gets New Tattoo to Celebrate Certified Platinum Tour

Image Courtesy CMAMiranda Lambert is having such a great time on her Certified Platinum tour, she got a new tattoo to celebrate the experience. Miranda, her backup singer Gwen Sebastian, and opening act RaeLynn took to Instagram to show off the matching music note tattoos they got on their forearms over the weekend in Tulsa, OK.

 

 

The three ladies sing the Dixie Chicks' "Cowboy Take Me Away" during the show every night, so the tattoos represent their performance as a trio.The caption to the photograph says, "Inked in perfect harmony. Thank you Brookside Tattoo! #sisterink."

Miranda continues her Certified Platinum tour with a show at the Houston Rodeo Thursday night.

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Blake Shelton and Ashley Monroe Celebrate Separate Milestones with #1 Hit, "Lonely Tonight"

Image Courtesy CMABlake Shelton has scored his 14th consecutive #1 hit with "Lonely Tonight," featuring Ashley Monroe.  It's his 19th career #1, but "Lonely Tonight" marks the first time Ashley has topped the country airplay chart.

Blake says, "What I’m most excited about with this particular song is that it’s the launch of Ashley Monroe’s solo career and she’s so talented and deserves this opportunity. That’s really the highlight of this one for me is to see her finally getting the credit she’s deserved for a long time.”

Ashley thanks Blake for giving her the opportunity to sing on "Lonely Tonight."

"It’s so incredible to see my name aside his at the #1 spot on the chart," Ashley says. "Since I was a little girl it’s been my dream to be a part of country radio and this is truly a dream come true for me.”

"Lonely Tonight" is the latest single from Blake's current album, Bringing Back the Sunshine. Ashley's new solo single, "On to Something Good," is now starting its climb up the country chart.

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Brad Paisley and Hunter Hayes Among Winners of 2015 YouTube Music Awards

Image Courtesy CMAYou clicked on their videos and made it happen. Brad Paisley and Hunter Hayes are among the winners of the 2015 YouTube Music Awards.

Pop stars Taylor Swift, Sam Smith, Lady Gaga, Meghan Trainor, and Katy Perry are also among the 50 acts being recognized for their unique YouTube contributions.

The winners were chosen based on the biggest growth in views, subscribers and engagement over the last six months. Together, these artists were watched over 47 billion times.

In honor of the artists who proved their YouTube worth, the video-sharing website will be doing something it’s never done before. A collection of exclusive new music videos from 15 of the winning artists will be released on The YouTube Music Awards channel March 23. The videos will debut simultaneously at 10 a.m. PT.

YouTube has enlisted VICE to produce the videos and some A-List video auteurs to direct. You'll also have the chance to get in on the action: artists will take some lucky fans behind the scenes and invite others to be a part of the videos.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhich Jake Owen number one was co-written by Eric Paslay? ANSWER:  "Barefoot Blue Jean Night."

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Frankie Ballard Rocks Madison Square Garden with Florida Georgia Line

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleAfter playing for a sold-out crowd of 13,000 last week with Florida Georgia Line and Thomas Rhett at New York City's Madison Square Garden, Frankie Ballard says it’s pretty cool to play a venue where you can actually rock the house.

“The one thing I learned about that place is that it’s hanging from the fifth floor. It’s actually suspended in the air,” Frankie says, showing off his knowledge of the building.

“There’s a giant hub above the scoreboard and bridge cables that are anchored around the circles and it’s actually floating and there’s like an inch of tolerance all the way around the outside, so the engineers wanted the house to actually rock, and it will," he says. "You can feel it moving. Sometimes it feels like an earthquake in there because it’s actually swinging in the air.”

He discovered one thing that’s not necessarily so easy, though, is trying to park a tour bus in New York City.

“Honestly it’s kind of hectic, cause there’s not a lot of places to park…  We were like, ‘Well we’re on the show,’ and they were like, ‘Well we don’t really care,’ you know. So we were gonna shuttle in from Jersey or something. Then at the last minute, they were like, 'OK we’ve got a space,' so we actually got to park the bus down there, which was cool. But it’s right on the street,  you know there’s people walking everywhere. It’s exciting, you know there’s so much happening in the streets and you’re like ‘Wow! Madison Square Garden!’”

The “Young & Crazy” crooner reunites with the Anything Goes tour March 21 in Orange Beach, Alabama.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockKacey Musgraves will play Cincinnati’s Bunbury Music Festival June 5-7, alongside diverse artists like Snoop Dogg and Old Crow Medicine Show.

Wynonna Judd is confirmed for both an in-depth interview and an intimate performance during this year’s South by Southwest Music Conference and Festival March 20 in Austin, Texas.

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Eric Paslay Enjoys "Double Number Ones" and Being Engaged

Image Courtesy UMGEric Paslay was set to be featured at Friday night’s prestigious New Faces Show at Nashville’s Country Radio Seminar, and on the occasion, Eric couldn’t help but look back on the journey that brought him there.

“I mean really, the last two years, I recorded this album over two years ago, which is crazy to think it’s been over two years.  But 'Friday Night' went number one just over a year ago, 'Song About a Girl' rocked it, I call it my double number one,” he jokes. “It went eleven on the charts. I’ve had five number ones and a double number one.”

And while Eric’s current hit, “She Don’t Love You,” may be a heartbreak song, he confesses he’s happy that's not his case in real life.

“I’m honored to get to sing a song like that on country radio and that it’s doing so well for everybody,” he reflects. “Yeah, it’s great. I’m glad I’ve got a fiancée to get to share the parties with!”

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Watch Things "Fall Apart" in New Casey James Video

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleFans can now see the video for Casey James’ new single at CMT.com.  The clip for “Fall Apart” follows the American Idol alum as he and his band mates load a van, and then destroy various objects by throwing them out the window, including a jar of seashells, a guitar and an antique pocket watch.

“Fall Apart” is the first glimpse at Casey’s sophomore album. “When I listen to this music, I feel like it’s my life,” Casey reflects. “All my mistakes. My decisions, good and bad; my thoughts, my hopes… everything that I am and have been through has led me to make this record.” So far, there's no word on the new album’s release date.

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Florida Georgia Line Leads Country Stars Heading to Sin City This Fall

Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line, Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, and Jake Owen lead the pack of stars who’ll storm the Vegas strip for this fall’s Route 91 Harvest Festival. The three-day, two-stage event takes place outdoors at the MGM Resorts Village October 2-4.

A Thousand Horses, Frankie Ballard, Mark Chesnutt, Easton Corbin, Brett Eldredge, GlorianaJoe NicholsJon Pardi, Chase Rice, The Cadillac Three, and Thomas Rhett round out the bill for the event's second year. More than 20,000 fans turned out in 2014.

Tickets go on sale online March 13.

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The Band Perry Trades Arenas for High School Gymnasium

Image Courtesy CMAOn Thursday afternoon, The Band Perry traded arenas in favor of a high school gymnasium, giving hundreds of students the memory of a lifetime. The trio treated students at Wayne County High School in Jesup, Georgia to a private concert, their prize for registering the most pledges not to text and drive in State Farm’s nationwide Celebrate My Drive campaign.

The Band Perry’s road musicians spent the morning meeting with guitar students and members of the marching band, while Kimberly, Reid and Neil visited with the Student Council members who organized the drive, according to The Press Sentinel.  Russell Thomas, the Student Council’s vice president of operations, told the paper, “They’re so humble and nice. They greeted us and talked us through a little bit.”

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Brad Paisley Sends His Condolences to William Shatner

Image Courtesy Arista NashvilleBrad Paisley is one of the many celebrities reaching out to his friend William Shatner after the death of his Star Trek co-star Leonard Nimoy

“Thoughts &prayers with @WilliamShatner today. Sorry for your loss buddy. What a friendship you & Leonard had,” Brad tweeted, including a photo of the two during their Star Trek heyday. Nimoy, best known for playing Mr. Spock, passed away Friday morning. 

Brad and Shatner first combined their comedic talents in 2003, when the man who played Captain Kirk appeared in the video for “Celebrity.” Four years later, he also guested in the clip for “Online.” The “Crushin’ It” hitmaker returned the favor, contributing to Shatner’s 2011 album, and even making a guest appearance in his Broadway show Shatner’s World:  We Just Live In It the following year.

On his official Facebook page, Shatner said of Nimoy: "I loved him like a brother. We will all miss his humor, his talent, and his capacity to love."  The two remained close friends throughout their lives, with Shatner commenting that he and Nimoy became even closer following  the 1999 death of Shatner's third wife. Nimoy was 83.

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Josh Turner Competes in CrossFit Open

Image Courtesy MCA NashvilleYou can now add CrossFit competitor to Josh Turner’s list of accomplishments.  The “Lay Low” hitmaker first became interested in the sport that combines aerobics, gymnastics and weight lifting after seeing CrossFit Champion Rich Froning on the cover of Muscle & Fitness, and then running into him in the Nashville airport.

“He casually asked if I had ever tried CrossFit and I told him no, so he invited me out to his [gym] and I took him up on it,” Josh recalls. “The first workout he put me through had me coughing my lungs up for hours, but it didn’t deter me.”

Two years later, Josh is following in the four-time champion’s footsteps and entering a CrossFit competition of his own. On Thursday, he traveled to Boston to support his friend in the Reebok CrossFit Games, before finishing his first competition workout on Friday.

“I never dreamed I would be competing in a CrossFit Open! I’m looking forward to it, but I’m scared to death because I’m far from being an expert at CrossFit,” he says. You can keep up with Josh’s progress on the CrossFit website.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhen did the Grand Ole Opry hold its first performance at its current location? ANSWER:  March 16, 1974.

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Jason Aldean Hints He May Not Have a Bachelor Party

Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsThough the details of Jason Aldean’s upcoming wedding to Brittany Kerr are top secret, the “Just Gettin’ Started” hitmaker says there’s one thing for sure -- it won’t be a complicated affair.

“Everything that’s ever happened with that has been so out there, so scrutinized and all that,” he reflects, “so this is just something we want to keep a little simpler and just have people that are really important to us there and kinda try to enjoy it, you know.”

Jason’s desire to keep things low-key may even mean he’s not having a bachelor party. But he promises the wedding will more than make up for any lack of celebrating beforehand.

“I don’t know. I don’t necessarily know if I’m having one. I ain’t got time!” he jokes. “So, you know, the wedding will be fun. We’ve got some characters showing up there, so it’ll be interesting. Hangover, if we get after it, I mean, on a scale of one to ten, it’s gonna be a six-plus for sure, especially with some of the ones that are coming!”

As for the wedding date, Jason will only hint that he’ll work it in between performances on his Burn It Down tour.

“It’s gonna be, you know, one of those things where hopefully I’ll find a date somewhere around the tour, a day off here or there and make it happen. You know I think for the most part I think it’s gonna be something pretty small, low-key, have some of our close friends there and family.”

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockNashville’s Grand Ole Opry House has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. The Opry kicks off the celebration of its 90th birthday with a special show on Tuesday, March 24.

Bucky Covington and his daughter Kennedy appear on Friday’s episode of The Doctors, discussing treatment for the infant’s rare birthmark. Check your local listings to find out when The Doctors airs in your area.

The band Old Dominion is officially the newest artist signed to RCA Nashville. The quintet heads out on Kenny Chesney’s The Big Revival tour this summer.

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Luke Bryan Says His Overseas Tour Is All About the Beer

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleWhen Luke Bryan heads overseas for the Country to Country festival this weekend, he admits there’s one thing he’s looking forward to almost as much as meeting his European fans.

“I get the most excited at proving yourself to audiences, just talking with other artist friends that have gone over there. The enthusiasm and the passion in the fans over there from what I hear is on a whole ‘nother level of enthusiasm and stuff like that,” he says. “So I’m excited to get over there and see these countries, and see the beer. The beer’s gonna be really good I bet, [I’ll] probably come back 20 pounds heavier. “

Lady Antebellum, Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line and others join Luke for shows in Oslo and Stockholm on Saturday and Sunday, with performances the following weekend in London and Dublin. Luke jokes he may not be in the best of shape when he comes back to the States for his free shows in Panama City Beach, Florida on March 11 & 12.

“I have to do spring break right when I get back from Europe. I’ll probably look like Elvis at 42, sweating out Amsterdam,” he laughs.

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Maddie & Tae Ready to "Start Here"

Image Courtesy Dot RecordsMaddie & Tae’s first full-length album, Start Here, is due in stores and online June 2. It will include both their chart-topping debut, “Girl in a Country Song,” as well as their latest hit, “Fly.”

“We had so many names,” Maddie says of choosing the title, "pieces of lyrics, song titles, our names. But when it really came down to it, what this record is to us is the beginning of everything! You only get one first album.”

In the end, Tae believes Start Here says it all. “It is one of those sentiments that holds all the promise, all the chances and maybe a little bit of being scared. But you have to start somewhere, and this is pretty great place to begin.”

The weekend following their album’s release, Maddie & Tae kick off Dierks Bentley’s Sounds of Summer tour with Kip Moore and Canaan Smith June 5 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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Kacey Musgraves Sends "Biscuits" to Country Radio

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Kacey Musgraves is baking up a batch of “Biscuits” for country radio. Her new single will be fans’ first taste of new music from her sophomore album for Mercury Records Nashville. Her debut, Same Trailer Different Park, won the Grammy for Best Country Album.

"I'm very proud to be kickin' things off with 'Biscuits'! I think it's the perfect preview to the record we had SO much fun making,” Kacey says. “The sound of this song represents so many of the things I love about country music. And be warned -- it may inspire a square dance,” she jokes.

Kacey co-wrote “Biscuits” with frequent collaborators Shane McAnally and Best New Artist Grammy nominee Brandy Clark. You should start hearing it on the radio around the middle of March.

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Christina Aguilera Gives Kudos to Miranda Lambert

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Don’t be surprised if you see some of Miranda Lambert’s influence when Christina Aguilera steps into her upcoming guest role on Nashville.

"Miranda is no joke,” Christina told Seth Myers Wednesday on NBC’s Late Night. “She's awesome. I've become such a huge fan… Honestly, if I were a country singer, I’d probably be her. She’s awesome. She's really awesome. I've got to give her kudos!"

Christina will play a pop star trying to cross over into country on the ABC show set in Music City. She’s hoping the new role will step up her cred with country contestants when she’s competing against Miranda's husband Blake Shelton to secure contestants for her team on The Voice.

"I'll be able to have something under my belt to get certain steals for these country artists," she says. "I'll be like 'Well, I'm actually on the show Nashville, recording in Nashville.'"

You can catch Nashville Wednesdays at 10 p.m. Eastern time on ABC.  The Voice airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on NBC.

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Cole Swindell Takes Down Home Tour to Home State

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleThis weekend, Cole Swindell brings his Down Home tour to his home state.  Sunday, the Georgia native wraps up three days of music at Atlanta Motor Speedway, headlining just before the drivers are introduced for the Folds of Honor QuickTrip 500. Though he’s not performing, pop-rocker Gavin DeGraw is also the honorary pace car driver for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.

Cole grew up in the small town of Bronwood, Georgia, about three hours south of Atlanta. When he’s not playing his own solo dates, he’s currently out on the Burn It Down tour with Jason Aldean and Tyler Farr.

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