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March 29, 2013

March 29, 2013

» Pop A Gander: The ultimate winners of the Entertainer and New Artist of the Year honors at The 48th Annual ACM Awards April 7 are in the hands of the fans. Cast your votes here after looking at how some of the nominees are lobbying for your votes: 
"ACM voting for Entertainer of the Year has officially started: let 6-year-old me convince you," Taylor Swift posted on Facebook.
Jason Aldean tries the intimidation factor by using the dudes from Duck Dynasty and their beards in his campaign.
Florida Georgia Line are hoping a celebrity endorsement in this video featuring an Entertainer of the Year nominee will help them take home the trophy for New Artist.
The best way to get someone's attention is to leave a lipstick message on the mirror and Jana Kramer seems to know this very well.

» Just A Pic: Luke Bryan has invited his fans to appear his interactive online "Just A Sip" music video. Webcam photos of fans mimicking Bryan's moves are submitted to replace single frames. So far, 1,300 frames have been replaced to fill 30% of the video with fresh faces. It's updated every 20 minutes, so if you want in ... go here.

» One-Hitters: "The spirit of this record is so much about friendship," Kenny Chesney says about the upcoming Life On A Rock album. "A lot of these songs were inspired by the people I've met, the lives we've shared and the way they inspired me. It felt kind of odd to not have some of the musical people who've inspired me be a part of this record." In the past Kenny has collaborated with Grace Potter ("You & Tequila"), Mac McAnally ("Down The Road"), George Strait ("Shiftwork"), Joe Walsh ("Wild Ride") and Uncle Kracker ("When the Sun Goes Down"), so it was no surprise that he brought in a couple of heavy hitters like Willie Nelson ("Coconut Tree") and the Wailers Band ("Spread The Love") to help out. Life On A Rock is due April 30.

» I'm Sixty And I Know It: George Strait's new album Love Is Everything comes out May 14 and features the single "Give It All We Got Tonight." As the song moves up the charts it has the potential to become his 60th No. 1 and that prompted the idea behind "Sixty For Sixty." The viral campaign encourages fans to Tweet, Instagram and Facebook #60for60 to help make the song George's 60th No. 1 before he turns 61 May 18. Even other artists are giving it all they've got to support the cause. Take a look at the latest from Little Big Town here.

» New New Girl: Taylor Swift will guest star on the season finale of the FOX-TV comedy New Girl starring Zooey Deschanel. The show has been know to name-drop Swift occasionally, like when Schmidt sent Cece a text that said he was going through a "Taylor Swift-like range of emotions." And most recently when Zooey's character Jess (which is nothing like her in real life) said, "I just wanted to listen to Taylor Swift alone," while "22" played in the background. Swift will dig into the role of Elaine, an "Important" guest at the wedding of Cece and Shivrang.

» Opry Eggs: Leave it to the Grand Ole Opry to come up with something as futuristic and cool as an online Easter Egg Hunt. Eggs will be hidden around Nashville and several "mystery" cities across the U.S. Fans will receive clues to egg locations by following @opry on Twitter throughout the day March 29. Prizes include Opry tickets to see Alabama, Terri Clark and Kacey Musgraves, and merchandise from Trace Adkins, Garth Brooks, Josh Turner, Carrie Underwood and more. Follow here.

» In Case You Missed It: Adam Levine on drums, Usher on bass, Blake Shelton on guitar and Shakira on ... the blues harp? A coaches' rendition of "Come Together" kicked off the season premiere of The Voice. Watch here. The following night, Shakira claimed to be Blake's successor as the show's resident country coach. Watch her break out the "English To Country" dictionary to prove it here.

Wynonna danced the quickstep as a mall cop and Kellie Pickler jazzed it up on Dancing With The Stars. Both girls managed to shake it on through to the next round. Watch this week's results here.

» Golden Doodle: The Oak Ridge BoysWilliam Lee Golden will have his paintings on display at the Pensacola Museum of Art in Pensacola, FL starting July 2, and the photographs he took to base those paintings on will be exhibited at The Pensacola International Airport May 1. Both showings run through Aug 31. "Picasso once said that painting is just another way of keeping a diary,” William Lee says. "My paintings not only document my travels, but they reveal what captures my eye and heart." Picasso also once said it's totally cool to use the tip of your beard if you run out of paintbrushes. More here.

Hit List

  • Charlie Daniels is recovering after having a pacemaker implant Thursday (3/28) in Nashville. The singer was diagnosed with a mild case of pneumonia earlier in the week and tests revealed surgery was necessary to regulate his heart rate. He's expected to be released from the hospital before the end of the week.
  • According to the Hollywood Reporter, cable channel TNT has ordered eight episodes of Nashville Confidential, a new docudrama revolving around the city's music industry and "the power couples who comprise it." The show comes from the producers of The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills and is expected to premiere in early 2014. No word yet on just who will be throwing their power around. More here.


Brady Seals (3/29)

Jameson Clark (4/1)


Sunday (3/31): Trace Adkins, All-Star Celebrity Apprentice (NBC); Jennifer Wayne and Caroline Cutbirth, The Amazing Race (CBS).

Monday (4/1): Blake Shelton, The Voice (NBC); The Band Perry, The Late Show With David Letterman (CBS); Toby Keith, Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson (CBS); 

Upcoming Album Releases

The Band Perry Pioneer (4/2)

Gretchen Wilson Right On Time (4/2)

Brad Paisley Wheelhouse (4/9)

Eric Church Caught In The Act: Live (4/9)

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)

» Maze-y Star: You've heard the song, now play the game. Pick up lipstick, nail polish and blush brushes as you guide a teeny, tiny, little Miranda Lambert through the bricks in the "Mama's Broken Heart" maze. Try it here.


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