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May 14, 2013

May 14, 2013

» Trace Is Of Sugar: The Donald fired two on Sunday's All-Star Celebrity Apprentice, leaving Trace Adkins and Penn Jillette to battle for this year's crown. Tasked with creating an ice cream flavor for Delish, the finalists also produced a commercial and will host an event promoting the dessert on next week's finale. Adkins is already worried about what his flavor, Maple Macadamia Mash-up, will mean for him. "I'm going to have to fly around the country eating it for the next year," he says. "Everywhere I go people are going to want to eat ice cream with me. I'm going to weigh 420 pounds when I come back. Luckily I'm tall, so I can carry it." Trace's flavor and Penn's Vanilla & Chocolate Magic Swirtle are available at Walgreens and Duane Reade stores. Watch the full episode here.

» Nash-filled, Malibu-boo: Elsewhere in the world of country music and television, ABC-TV renewed Nashville for a second season, but unfortunately the network is dropping freshman sitcom Malibu Country. "Not to worry," the show's star Reba tweeted Saturday. "Everything happens for a reason! Here's to our new and exciting adventure, whatever it may be." Meanwhile, the American Idol judge situation remains in flux following last week's report that all four judges would be replaced. Now, a FOX exec tells The Wrap that only Randy Jackson's departure is confirmed and the other three judges, including Keith Urban, are "welcome back."

» Paisley Spark: Brad Paisley "Beat This Summer" before it even started with his tour open in St. Louis Thursday (5/9). The Henningsens, Lee Brice and Chris Young helped warm it up as our insider collected data: "Guess Dierks and Hunter couldn't make it," he said, noting that Brice and Young filled in for them on Paisley's "Outstanding In Our Field." Also, not avail in the flesh, but appearing virtually were Charlie Daniels on "Karate" and Carrie Underwood on "Remind Me." Paisley covered Van Halen's "Hot For Teacher" and if that wasn't cool enough, fans were able to activate their Brad Paisley Light Show App (download here) during "Beat This Summer," which made everyone's phones change color with the music.

» Century City: If you overheard a dude at the gym with spiky hair and a spray tan asking people if they voted, he was probably talking about Maxim's 2013 Hot 100 list. This year's collection of wicked hotties includes Taylor Swift at her lucky No. 13, Hayden Panettiere at No. 30, Julianne Hough at No. 40 and Kellie Pickler at No. 96. Miley Cyrus is No. 1. Among the more interesting selections is Manti Te'o's Fake Girlfriend at No. 69 and Hoda Kotb at No. 79. Complete list here.

» Zac Brown Brand: Zac Brown Band will be featured on limited-edition cans of Landshark Lager. Three different designs will be available throughout summer; the first is in stores now.

» Black & White & Web All Over:
  • Carrie Underwood is a "force of nature in concert." –Charleston Gazette
  • Jason Aldean showed "earnest and introspective to buckwild" range. –Tulsa World
  • Tim McGraw gives crowd a "flawless performance." –Tampa Tribune
  • Darius Rucker receives USC degree, delivers commencement. –Greenville News
  • Taylor Swift delivers a "rock-solid, musically adventurous performance." –Washington Post

Hit List

  • Hunter Hayes, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, Pistol Annies and Taylor Swift are the first round of artists set to perform at the 2013 CMT Music Awards. The event, hosted by Jason Aldean and Kristen Bell, airs live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena June 5.
  • Pistol Annies will bring 15 winners from their Pistol Annies Adventure: The Case Of The Stolen Gear contest to watch them perform at the Ram Country Live! On Yahoo! Music May 15. The concert will be streamed live here.
  • Toby Keith will receive the National Music Publishers' Association's 2013 Songwriter Icon Award. He'll join the NMPA's President's Award recipient U.S. Congressman Ted Deutch for a presentation during the organization's Annual Meeting at the Marriott Marquis in NYC June 12.


The late Eddy Arnold (5/15) 

K. T. Oslin (5/15) 

Jared Ashley (5/16)

Ray Benson (5/16)

Rick Trevino (5/16)


Tuesday (5/14): Natalie Maines, The Ellen DeGeneres Show; Kellie Pickler, Dancing With The Stars (ABC); Blake Shelton, The Voice (NBC); Pistol Annies, Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson (CBS)

Wednesday (5/15): Brad Paisely, The View (ABC) and Late Show With David Letterman (CBS); Nashville (ABC); Keith Urban, American Idol (FOX).

Thursday (5/16): Jewel, The View (ABC); Keith Urban, American Idol (FOX); Connie Britton, Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC); Tim McGraw, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (NBC).

This Week's Album Releases

George Strait Love Is Everything (MCA)

Strait co-produced his 40th studio album with Tony Brown. It features 13 new tracks, including the lead single "Give It All We Got Tonight," which launched a campaign to score his 60th No. 1 single to coincide with his 60th birthday. Strait co-wrote three songs with Dean Dillon and his son Bubba Strait, in addition to the solo written song "I Just Can't Go On Dying Like This."

Trace Adkins Love Will ... (Show Dog-Universal) 

Five different producers including Frank Rogers (Josh Turner, Darius Rucker) and Mark Wright helped Adkins create the 11-track album of love songs. Highlights include a collaboration with Exile for a cover of their 1978 hit "Kiss All Over You."

Various Artists Everybody Has A Story

Kix Brooks, Vince Gill and Faith Hill are just a few of the country artists who recorded songs written by patients of the Monroe Carell Jr, Children's Hospital in Nashville. Music therapist Jenny Plume has been teaching sick kids to write music, and spearheaded the project.

Upcoming Album Releases

Angie Johnson Sing For You - EP (5/21)

Restless Heart The Very Best of Restless Heart (5/21)

Darius Rucker True Believers (5/21)

Aaron Tippin, Joe Diffie, Sammy Kershaw All in the Same Boat (5/28)

Lonestar Life As We Know It (6/4)

LeAnn Rimes Spitfire (6/4)

Hunter Hayes Encore (6/18)

LoCash Cowboys LoCash Cowboys (6/18)

Brett Eldredge TBD (8/6)

» Prom Is Me: Unless we're reading this wrong, Tim McGraw skipped his prom to pull a lucky fan on stage during his Two Lanes Of Freedom Tour.

» Chick Mag Net: "So much love and joy on my first Mother's Day!" tweeted Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles with one of the first public pics of her and son Magnus. "A very Happy Mother's Day to all the Mamas!"


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