Country Music News – Monday, August 12th, 2013
Little Big Town host the CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock concert special on Monday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. The three-hour telecast will feature footage from the four-day June event with performances by LBT, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Eric Church and more. The show will also include one of Lady Antebellum’s last performances before taking the summer off to welcome Hillary Scott’s first child, Eisele [pr: IZE-lee] Kaye, who was born on July 22nd.
Kenny Chesney logged his 100th stadium show in eight years on Saturday with a sold-out concert at Met-Life Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. He said, “This is my third time playing the Meadowlands, and every time I hit that stage, I think of all the people who’ve played there… You just want to get out there and give them everything you’ve got. To me, that’s what it’s all about.” Kenny’s two-hour set included selections from his latest album Life On A Rock. Opener Eric Church joined the Lucky Old Son onstage for “When I See This Bar.”
Hunter Hayes better clear some wall space for some new hardware from the RIAA. Encore and “I Want Crazy” have each gone platinum, representing a combination of 1-million streams and downloads. The news comes just as Hunter readies his first promo tour overseas. Hunter will hit Japan and Thailand next week for shows in Bangkok, Tokyo, Sibuya and Osaka.
Miranda Lambert and Eric Church duet with Keith Urban on his upcoming album, Fuse. Miranda joins him for “We Were Us,” while Eric sings on “Raise ‘Em Up.” Keith says the songs on the album were written or found over the last year and a half. ”These songs just connected with me, whether for their energy or for what they were saying, or just for the fact that they made me feel good.” Fuse, which is due on on September 10th, is Keith’s first album in almost three years.
Carrie Underwood will not start work on a new album until she’s done playing Maria in the live broadcast stage production of The Sound of Music. She plans on moving to New York for a couple of months to devote most of her time to getting ready for the role. She tells Billboard.biz, “It’s all live, so it is going to take a lot of rehearsals. It will be a couple of solid months working on it for one big night.” The Sound of Music airs on NBC December 5th.