John Shearer/Getty Images via ABCBlake Shelton teams up with his lady, Gwen Stefani,for a retro holiday celebration in the new music video for their duet, “You Make It Feel Like Christmas.”
The two star in a series of comedic holiday scenes, which mostly include mishaps involving Blake. He gets attacked by a swarm of bees that fly out of their Christmas tree, he can’t seem to crack the roasted nuts, and Gwen totally beats him at a snowman-making contest.
The clip ends with an outtake of Gwen sitting on Santa’s lap and Blake walking in on them. He then storms out, taking Gwen’s gift with him.
The “You Make It Feel Like Christmas” duet is the title track from Gwen’s Christmas album, also called You Make It Feel Like Christmas. It was released as a deluxe edition last month with five new songs.
ABC/Image Group LAChris Stapleton will help honor Dolly Parton during a gala event on February 8 where the country legend will be celebrated as the 2019 MusiCares Person of the Year.
Additional acts, including pop stars Pink, Shawn Mendes and Mark Ronson, will also pay tribute to the Dolly during the pre-Grammy event. The annual bash raises money for MusiCares, the charitable arm of the Recording Academy, which hands out the Grammys.
Also on the bill will be R&B star Leon Bridges and gospel/pop star Lauren Daigle.
According to the Recording Academy, Dolly is being honored thanks to her "significant creative accomplishments and longtime support of many charitable causes." Past honorees include Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder, Bono and Aretha Franklin.
The 61st Annual Grammy Awards take place Sunday, February 10 at the STAPLES Center in L.A. and will air on CBS.
ABC/Image Group LALuke Bryan may be a superstar now, but nearly 12 years ago he was a young newlywed trying to make things work financially. During an appearance on Pickler & Ben on Monday, the "What Makes You Country" singer admitted that his wife, Caroline, was the breadwinner early on in their relationship.
“When we got married, her career supported me when I was making about $10,000 a year,” he revealed. “She was the one bringing in the dough.”
The couple has a long history together: They first met in college. Luke was two years older, and admits he and Caroline's relationship was a bit bumpy before he got things going in Nashville.
“We’d date a little in college, and then we’d break up,” he explained. “And then I would be devastated. We’d get back together, break up. Then she would be devastated.”
He continued: “We finally decided we were not going to break up anymore. And then I graduate college, and she has two more years, and then we break up again. It was like the Dark Ages for both of us."
"We were apart for 5½ years, which was kind of a blessing, because I went off to Nashville, got all this going. She finished college. She went and actually had a career,” he recalls.
Luke and Caroline will celebrate 12 years of marriage next month.
ABC/Mark LevineBlake Shelton is struggling now that he's no longer considered People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive.
“Can I be honest? I feel like when I gave up my crown, sexy ended,” he joked toEntertainment Tonight. “It just ended in the world. So until I get it back, it doesn’t exist anymore.”
When asked how he feels about British actor Idris Elba, the man to whom People just gave the crown, Blake playfully responded, "I’m sure this new guy is a nice guy. He’s a great guy. I mean, I don’t see it myself. I’m really the only person I’ve ever seen it with, but…”
While Blake may have been officially dethroned, another country artist made it onto this year's People list: Thomas Rhett was named the publication's Sexiest Country Star.
ABC/Image Group LAKane Brown tells the new issue of People magazine all about his difficult childhood, dealing with racism as a biracial country singer, and his steady career climb.
“When I first got into country, I started getting comments like, ‘He’s an n-word’,” the "Lose It" singer tells the publication.
But Kane persevered despite the roadblocks and began to post covers of classic country songs on social media. Soon he had thousands of followers, which convinced him to continue a career in music. But he admits he was initially nervous about the decision.
“I feel like country music is really safe,” he says. “There’s a few artists that go outside the box and do different things. I want to be one.”
Kane has proven that music was the right choice for him: His sophomore album, Experiment, topped both the all-genre Billboard 200 and Billboard Top Country Albums charts this week with 124,000 units sold.
Comstock/ThinkstockHe's had 16 number one hits on country radio including "What Was I Thinkin'," "Come a Little Closer" and "Woman, Amen." Can you name this country singer who is celebrating a birthday today? ANSWER: Dierks Bentley.
ABC/Lou RoccoDolly Parton has been happily married to Carl Thomas Dean for 52 years now, and she shares her advice for a lasting marriage in a cover story in the latest issue of People. Dolly says time away has made their relationship stronger.
“I always joke and laugh when people ask me what’s the key to my long marriage and lasting love,” Dolly says. “I always say ‘Stay gone!’ and there’s a lot of truth to that. I travel a lot, but we really enjoy each other when we’re together and the little things we do.”
When they are together, the couple make sure to spend quality time with each other. They frequently take mini trips in their "little camper" and have picnic lunches in Tennessee.
“When I met my husband, he wanted to take me out to dinner. He pulled up to the drive-in window and got our food at McDonald’s,” Dolly recalls. “We know a few little places we can go without being bothered. He only likes to go places where he can be comfortable!”
The couple celebrated their 50th anniversary two years ago by renewing their vows. Since they eloped 52 years ago, Dolly said she always wanted to get all dressed up and have a proper wedding.
As she reflects on her life, she admits she used to wonder what things would be like when she was older. How does she feel now?
“I believe that everyone should be able to love who they love how they love. Love is love,” Dolly says. “When I was younger, I used to wonder what my life would be like when I was older. I always wanted to do something to touch people, and I am grateful that I’ve seen my dreams come true.”
ABC/Image Group LAGarth Brooks has announced two additional 2019 dates for his upcoming The Garth Brooks Stadium Tour. The singer will visit Gainesville, FL on April 20 at University of Florida's Ben Hill Griffin Stadium and Pittsburgh, PA on May 18 at Heinz Field.
The singer's performance in Florida marks the first Ben Hill Griffin Stadium concert in 25 years. It will be in-the-round staging. Tickets for the Florida show go on sale November 29 at 10 a.m. ET with an eight ticket limit. Tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster.com/garthbrooks or either Ticketmaster Express 1-866-448-7849 or 1-800-745-3000.
Additionally, tickets for Garth's May concert in Pittsburgh, also in-the-round, will be available beginning November 30 at 10 a.m. ET. There will also be an eight ticket limit for that show. Tickets are available from the same outlets as the Florida show.
Garth previously said during an episode of “Inside Studio G” on Facebook that the trek is not to be missed. “I’ll tell you right now -- it’s going to be the tour of a lifetime for me. This’ll be the biggest, baddest one. And there won’t be one in the future that’s cooler than this one,” he boasted.
ABC/Craig SjodinLuke Bryan is gearing up to celebrate his fifth annual Crash My Playa event in Mexico in January, and the lineup is getting even bigger. Crash My Playa -- 5th Year Fiesta has added headliner Luke Combs to the bill, as well as Chris Janson and Jake Owen.
The festival host is scheduled to headline two nights alongside previously announced headliner Thomas Rhett. Dustin Lynch and Lauren Alaina will also perform at the beachfront festival, with more acts to be added in the coming weeks.
Crash My Playa will take place January 23-26, 2019 in Riviera Maya, Mexico. The event’s host resort, the Barceló Maya, is already sold out. Limited packages remain at one of three other tropical resorts nearby. For more information and to book tickets, visit CrashMyPlaya.com.
ABCJimmy Kimmel Live! aired its fourth annual (RED) benefit show on Monday, November 19, in honor of World AIDS Day on December 1st.
Guests for the evening's show included U2's Bono, Brad Paisley, Chris Rock, Will Ferrell, Kristen Bell, Channing Tatum, Snoop Dogg, Mila Kunis, Pharrell and more. As always, the show featured a Home Shopping Network-like Shopathon segment, in which celebrities inform people what products they can buy that benefit the charity founded by Bono.
The U2 frontman sang a torch song-style cover of The Bee Gees' "Stayin' Alive" with Pharrell, and also announced that he'd be collaborating with Lady Gaga for a contest that would have the two stars creating a song named after the winner -- with all the proceeds benefiting the HIV/AIDS charity.
More information can be found at the charity's website.
ABC/Image Group LAIf you keep up with Carly Pearce, you probably know the Kentucky native got her high school diploma thanks to home schooling, all so she could go perform at Dollywood.
From there, she moved to Music City to chase her dreams, where her folks typically join her for Thanksgiving.
"I have a very small family, so it's usually my mom and I and my dad," Carly explains. "And in years past, they've come to Nashville and we've taken in other songwriters or artists that maybe don't have family."
"And we cook a lot of different stuff that my grandmother-- we kinda honor her at the holidays, and her recipes and her country cooking. And drink lots of wine," the "Hide the Wine" hitmaker adds.
This year, however, things will be different, as Carly performs her new single, "Closer to You," on the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
"I have dreamt of doing the Macy's Day Parade. It was on my bucket list," she tells ABC Radio. "It's something that my family-- we always have it on, as soon as it starts, while we're cooking Thanksgiving."
"And just to think that I'm getting to do something that so many people across America-- it's such a large part of how they spend their holiday with their family, and I get to be a part of it," Carly marvels. "And that's really exciting, and I think something that, hopefully, I can tell my grandkids someday."
You can watch for Carly on the 92nd Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade -- along with Kane Brown, Sugarland, Martina McBride and newcomer Tegan Marie -- starting at 9 a.m. on NBC.
Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockShania Twain will take over Entertainment Tonight on Tuesday. She will join ET hosts Kevin Frazierand Nancy O'Dell for the entire show. Check local listings for more details.
A memorial for Roy Clark will be held on Wednesday at 11 a.m. CT at Rhema Bible Church at 1025 W Kenosha St. in Broken Arrow, OK. The service is open to the public and will be streamed on rhema.org as well as on the church's Facebook page.
Morgan Evans has topped Australia's pop radio chart with "Day Drunk." The song crossed over to pop radio in his home country this week after spending 18 consecutive weeks at number-one on the Country Airplay chart. It's also Morgan's current U.S. single.
ABC/Image Group LAChris Janson invites country fans into his home this holiday season for his first-ever Christmas song, "It Is Christmas." The nearly three-minute accompanying music video stars Chris and his family as they celebrate the holiday.
A touching and vivid ballad that paints a picture of the Janson household during the holidays, the song comes to life in the music video. Chris, his wife, Kelly, and their four children are seen gathering around the table, the tree and the piano together.
"We're making memories we never gonna forget / I wish every day would feel just like this," Chris croons at the song's close.
“Christmas is my favorite time of year, and it’s very dear to my heart,” Chris says in a statement. “To know me is to know that I love being around family and close friends, and that’s exactly what we’re doing here."
"If you’re a fan of traditional Christmas songs, I think you’ll enjoy this one," he adds. "Thank you all for the support, and for watching!”
Ahead of the holidays, Chris continues to headline the Waitin' On 5 Tour, which runs through February.
Courtesy BillboardKacey Musgraves is one of several women who'll be honored at Billboard's 13th annual Women in Music event in New York City. The CMA Album of the Year winner will be recognized with the publication's Innovator Award next month.
According to Billboard, the Innovator Award recognizes a female artist who "challenges musical convention, creates positive change and contributes new ideas both within and outside of her creative work."
Ross Scarano, Billboard’s VP of content, described Kacey as an "iconoclast" who is "creating necessary space for more personal, authentic expression,” thanks to music that "makes for provocative, perspective-shifting work that is challenging traditional notions of songwriting country."
Kacey will be recognized alongside Billboard's Woman of the Year, Ariana Grande, as well as '80s icon Cyndi Lauper, R&B singers Janelle Monae and SZA [sizzah], and singer-songwriter, actress, dancer, and director Hayley Kiyoko.
The Billboard Woman in Music gala will be held December 6 in New York City, and the red carpet pre-show will stream live on Twitter from 7 p.m. ET to 10 p.m. ET.
ABC/Image Group LADan Shay are set to grace the stage for the two-hour season finale of Dancing With the Stars tonight. The country duo will perform their latest single, "Speechless."
The season finale will include additional performances by Dukes of Hazzard star John Schneider, who was voted off the competition earlier this season, as well as Lauren Daigle and pop stars Avril Lavigne and Robin Thicke.
After weeks of competitive dancing, a winner will be chosen from the final four couples on the show. Dancing With the Stars airs live tonight at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
Dan Shay recently announced that they'll be hitting the road for the majority of 2019. DanShay The Tour will include openers Morgan Evans and Chris Lane. They will kick the tour off on February 28 in New Orleans, LA.
ABC/Image Group LAJimmie Allen's "Best Shot" has hit number one this week on both the Billboard and Mediabase/Country Aircheck Country Airplay charts. It marks the first time a black country music artist has garnered a No. 1 hit on country radio with their career-launching single.
While Darius Rucker claimed the top spot on the country charts with his debut country single, "Don't Think I Don't Think About It" in 2008, that came after his long, Grammy-winning success with the pop band Hootie & the Blowfish.
“If someone asked me two years ago if I thought that this would be my life today -- that I’d be on the red carpet at the CMAs or my song would be the No. 1 song on country radio -- I would have honestly said no,” Jimmie says in a statement. “Did I think it would happen eventually? Absolutely! Just not this soon."
He adds, "I’m humbled and grateful -- it’s such an honor to get my first No. 1 and to know that my song is connecting with people and resonating in a way that hopefully makes us all better people in the end, because that’s really what ‘Best Shot’ is all about.”
"Best Shot" has been the most Shazamed song in country music for the past eight weeks. Jimmie co-wrote the song with Josh London and JP Williams. It's the first single from his debut album, Mercury Lane.
“When you’re a better person, you can be a better husband, wife, parent or friend,” he adds. “In writing this song, we just wanted to be honest with ourselves and write something that others can empathize with.”
ABC/Image Group LAThe lineup for 2019's Country Thunder Saskatchewan is a stacked one. Chris Stapleton, Tim McGraw, Jake Owen and Dallas Smith are set to headline the Canadian country music festival.
The festival marks Chris' only Western Canadian performance for next year. Additional acts set to take the stage include Canadian native Terri Clark, as well as Steve Earle and the Dukes, Lonestar, Travis Tritt, Gord Bamford, Shawn Austin, The Reklaws, Meghan Patrick, Madeline Merlo, The Road Hammers, JoJo Mason, Jimmie Allen, and Hunter Brothers.
Tickets for the festival are currently on sale. Four-day passes cost $240, while single-day tickets, reserved seating, camping, and Platinum Experience packages are also available. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the festival's website.
ABC/Image Group LACole Swindell has released the second single from his third studio album, All of It, to country radio today. "Love You Too Late" was penned by Cole, Michael Carter and Brandon Kinney.
The heartbreak ballad has Cole looking back on a love that he regrets losing. It's the follow-up single to his eighth career chart topper, "Break Up In the End." Last week, Cole premiered the new single on Dancing with the Stars.
Want to hear Cole play his new single live? Check out his Reason to Drink...Another Tour, which launched last month with Dustin Lynch and Lauren Alaina. The trek runs through the end of 2018.
ABC/Image Group LAThomas Rhett will be spending the majority of next summer on the road. Fittingly, he's titled his 2019 trek the Very Hot Summer Tour.
Joining TR on the road for the tour, which kicks off May 17, is Dustin Lynch, Russell Dickerson and his father, Rhett Akins. The tour runs through October and tickets go on sale beginning November 30. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the singer's website.
“We literally just closed out our 2018 tour in the U.K. last week and I’m already thinking about next year’s tour,” Thomas said in a statement. "I’m glad we have the winter to plan and come up with some crazy stuff for next year because I can’t think of a better way to spend the summer than out on the road with my fans. And, I get to bring my dad and two of my favorite artists in country music along for the ride."
Here’s the initial itinerary for Thomas Rhett's 2019 Tour. Many of the venues remain TBA:
5/17 -- Spokane, WA, Spokane Arena 5/18 -- Tacoma, WA, Tacoma Dome 5/25 -- Orange Beach, AL 5/26 -- Orange Beach, AL 6/13 -- Virginia Beach, VA 6/14 -- Charlotte, NC 6/15 -- Bristow, VA 6/20 -- Detroit, MI 6/21 -- Indianapolis, IN 6/28 -- Dallas, TX 6/29 -- Houston, TX 7/11 -- Toronto, ON 7/12 -- Pittsburgh, PA 7/19 -- Darien Center, NY 7/20 -- Hershey, PA 8/1 -- Philadelphia, PA 8/2 -- Boston, MA 8/3 -- Holmdel, NJ 8/8 -- Raleigh, NC 8/9 -- Cincinnati, OH 8/10 -- Atlanta, GA 8/15 -- Rogers, AR 8/16 -- Southaven, MS 8/17 -- Birmingham, AL 9/5 -- Sioux Falls, SD, Denny Sanford PREMIER Center 9/6 -- Des Moines, IA, Wells Fargo Arena 9/7 -- St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center 9/12 -- Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center 9/13 -- St. Louis, MO, Enterprise Center 9/14 -- Chicago, IL, United Center 9/19 -- Bridgeport, CT, Webster Bank Arena 9/20 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden 9/21 -- Albany, NY, Times Union Center 10/3 -- Greenville, SC, Bon Secours Wellness Arena 10/4 -- Jacksonville, TN, Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena 10/5 -- Orlando, FL, Amway Center 10/10 -- Knoxville, TN, Thompson Boling Arena 10/11 -- Louisville, KY, KFC Yum! Center 10/12 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
Sony Music NashvilleKane Brown finds himself on the top of two charts this week with the success of his sophomore album, Experiment. The singer debuted at number one on the all-genre Billboard 200 and Billboard Top Country Albums charts this week with 124,000 units sold.
The singer is the third country artist this year to hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, following Carrie Underwood and Jason Aldean. Additionally, Kane is the only male country artist in 24 years to debut at the top of the Billboard 200 chart with a sophomore release. Kane becomes the only male artist in the format since Tim McGraw accomplished the feat 24 years ago.
Kane co-wrote 12 of the 13 tracks featured on Experiment. Produced by Dann Huff, the album was released Nov. 9.