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April 12, 2013

April 12, 2013

» Accidental Publicist: He's, "... just a white man coming to you from the Southland," to promote his new album Wheelhouse, but instead Brad Paisleyis spending the week answering questions about his song "Accidental Racist." The collaboration with LL Cool J has everyone talking:
  • "Accidental Racist" deserves "scorn and praise." –Contra Costa Times
  • Paisley: "I don’t know the answers, but I feel like asking the question is the first step, and we’re asking the question in a big way." –Entertainment Weekly
  • "The Internet is flabbergasted by the jarring, awful ... collaboration." –
  • LL Cool J: "In terms of symbols, sometimes I put a skull-and-crossbones on ... but, you know, I'm not a pirate." –Good Morning America
  • "So many smart progressives online have failed to do for Paisley what Paisley is asking his audience to do to Cool J." –Village Voice
  • The song is "a more interesting artifact than some of its detractors admit." –New Yorker
  • Charlie Sheen offered council on dealing with bad publicity during The Tonigh Show With Jay Leno. Watch here. "Maybe something good can come from this," Paisley explained later to Jay. Watch here.   
  • Wheelhouse "tackles a host of country pieties out in the open." –New York Times

... and when everyone's talking about something, so is The View. Watch here as the girls have a conversation that's almost as good as the lyrics in question.

» Claim To Fame: "I had no idea this was coming," new Country Music Hall- of-Famer Kenny Rogers told a crowd gethered in the Rotunda at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Wednesday (4/10). "I have an older son that said, 'Dad, I thought you were in the Hall of Fame 20 years ago. And I say, you know what ... it's not when you get there, it's that you get there."  This year's Hall inductees are, in the Non-Performer category, Cowboy Jack Clement; in the Veterans Era Artist category, Bobby Bare; and in the Modern Era Artist Category, Rogers. The honorees will be celebrated at the annual invitation-only Medallion Ceremony later this year.

» Secret Sibling: Wednesday (4/10) was Sibling Day and The Band Perry, who rarely mention famous sister Katy ... or grandmother Joe from Aerosmith ... created a video message with brother Matthew to wish everyone well. Watch here.

» Morgan Manly: Spring is here and if you're a real man, like Craig Morgan, you want to hold onto winter a little longer each year to toughen you up. So he went up to visit the indigenous people of Sweden and spent the day sleigh riding with reindeer. The visit is just a quick stop before Morgan sets off on the Fjällräven Polar, a 200-mile dog sled trip above the Artic Circle. Twenty people from 10 countries participate, and the journey will be documented during the upcoming season of Craig Morgan: All Access Outdoors on the Outdoor Channel.   

» In Case You Missed It: Melissa McCarthy got a four-chair turn-around on Saturday Night Live's The Voice parody (4/6), and Jason Sudeikis did his best Blake Shelton to get her on #TeamBlake. Watch here.

Jacoby Jones danced the foxtrot to Rodney Atkins' "Watching You" and Kellie Pickler danced the rumba while her husband Kyle Jacobs performed his song "Say I Do" Monday night (4/9). Watch here.

Blake Shelton completed the assembly of #TeamBlake on The Voice. Watch Tuesday night's (4/9) final blind auditions here.

Kacey Musgraves went "Blowin' Smoke" on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Wednesday (4/10). Watch her performance here.

"I predict that you will become a member of the Grand Ole Opry," said Keith Urban of American Idol contestant Kree Harrison's performance Wednesday (4/10). Watch an episode recap here.

Hit List

  • Rascal Flatts and Journey follow-up their CMT Crossroads collaboration with a one-night only, co-headlining show Aug. 1 at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, PA. The Band Perry and The Voice winner Cassadee Pope are also on the bill.
  • Sugarland's Kristian Bush launched a new website to promote his solo career and released a single called "Love Or Money." The track is only available overseas for now, but the website is open to all. Visit here.
  • Chuck Wicks will join NRA Country for an online concert via StageIt April 23. The show is free and will be followed by a Q&A. An online tip jar will be available with proceeds donated to the American Cancer Society. More here.


Vince Gill (4/12)

Easton Corbin (4/12) 

Loretta Lynn (4/14)

Roy Clark (4/15) 


Friday (4/12): Brad Paisley, Good Morning America (ABC), Entertainment Tonight.

Saturday (4/13): Blake Shelton, The Voice (NBC)

Sunday (4/14): Blake Shelton, The Voice (NBC); Jennifer Wayne, Caroline Cutbirth, The Amazing Race (CBS); Trace Adkins, All-Star Celebrity Apprentice (NBC).

Monday (4/15): Blake Shelton, The Voice (NBC): Kellie Pickler, Dancing With The Stars (ABC).

Upcoming Album Releases

Willie Nelson Let's Face The Music And Dance (4/16)

Tate Stevens Tate Stevens (4/23)

Kenny Chesney Life On A Rock (4/30)

Pistol Annies Annie Up (5/7)

Craig Campbell Never Regret (5/7)

Darius Rucker True Believers (5/21)

Hunter Hayes Encore (6/18)

» Towel Boys: Luke Bryan keeps his ACM Entertainer of the Year trophy hidden while Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley does his best to keep his chest warm while sunbathing in Vegas.

» Girl Group: Pictured (l-r) are Pistol Annie's Ashley MonroeAngaleena Presley and Miranda Lambert, Shania Twain, Kelly Clarkson, Faith Hill and Reba backstage at Twain's Still The One show during ACM week.


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