Monday, 18 November 2013

Country Bites News snippets November 11 - November 17, 2013

Country Bites News snippets November 11 – November 17, 2013

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UK & IRISH News

Country Songwriters in the Round takes place on Saturday 23 November at The Berkoff Performing Arts Centre, Alton College, Alton Hants. Featuring Award winning Billy Yates from Nashville, Pete Kennedy from Ireland, Beau Fuller from Nashville, and from the UK Gary Quinn. Tickets only £10 see poster for details.

American country music singer-songwriter Brandy Clark joined Bob Harris Country for a live session in Nashville. She spoke about writing with Kacey Musgraves and played “Stripes” and “Hold My Hand” from her debut album 12 Stories. 3 weeks left to listen at bbc.co.uk

Taylor Swift (ft. Gary Lightbody) ‘The Last Time’ is now off the BBC Radio 1 Playlist (13/11/13)
Kacey Musgraves "Follow Your Arrow" and Taylor Swift ft. Gary Lightbody "The Last Time" leave the BBC Radio 2 "B" playlist but it sees The Band Perry's  "Don't Let Me Be Lonely" added to the "C" playlist for the week commencing 16 November 2013.

Being promoted to America as a country radio release is "Loving You" the latest single from UK X-Factor winner, Matt Cardle, and Melanie C, also known as Sporty Spice from the Spice Girls. Matt and Melanie met at a UK music festival last year, and Matt was always a fan of her voice, so he re-arranged "Loving You" to make it a duet.
The steamy music video for >> "Loving You" quickly gathered over 1.3 Million views on YouTube in just a few weeks. In addition the passionate interaction between Matt and Melanie on and off camera has been getting lots of tabloid and blog attention. It’s the first single from Matt’s third album PORCELAIN (Absolute Records) which dropped 28 October 2013. The unlikely couple blends together surprisingly well on a romantic fusion of acoustic blues and country-pop. The song premiered on The Ken Bruce Show on BBC Radio 2 earlier in the year on 2 July 2013. The record charted #8 on the iTunes UK chart, and #14 on the Top 100 UK chart. It was released on 18 August 2013 and is available for download at Amazon UK , UK iTunes and Amazon.com

UK CHART NEWS
Official UK Singles Top 100 (Week Ending November 23, 2013)
Taylor Swift & Gary Lightbody with “The Last Time” (Mercury) fell back 25-64 2-weeks on from their X Factor results UK show appearance.

Official UK Albums Top 100 (Week Ending November 23, 2013)
Daniel O’Donnell with A PICTURE OF YOU (DMGTV) made a debut at No.16 (10,363 sales)
 notching up his 30th UK Top 40 album. The Irish singer/songwriter has achieved at least one Top 40 album every year since 1991, which is an Official Chart record. His brand new album includes his own selection of some true evergreens, along with several brand new songs - CD - MP3
Taylor Swift’s RED slipped back 26 places from 25-51 on her 56th chart week.

Official UK Country Album Chart  (Week Ending November 23, 2013)
Kacey Musgraves with SAME TRAILER DIFFERENT PARKHOODOO (Decca) stays at No.1 in her 31st week.
Derek Ryan moved up 2 places to No.2 with COUNTRY SOUL (Sharp Music)

On the Hotdisc Chart (November 17, 2013 Chart) 

Ray Scott held at No.1 on the Top 40 with “Still Screamin’ My Name” for a sixth successive week
Billy Yates with “The House That Jack Built” climbs 3-2 and The Hayley Oliver Band with “The Hand That Rocked The Cradle” move up one slot to No.3 to hold the No.1 on the Hotdisc British & Irish Chart for a second week.
Michelle Wright’s title cut single “Strong” single has run out of steam falling 2-4.

Ally Harron’s singleMarions Road”, from the previous month’s Hotdisc 178, still has legs making a 9-5 hop
Dave Sherriff edges up one place to No.6 (#2 British & Irish Chart) with his self penned “My Friend Jack Daniels”.
David Wood with “I’ll Bet My Life On Love rounds out the Top 10 with a 4 place climb.

Also making upward strides from the latest Hotdisc 179 is Lawrence John’s self penned “Bluegrass, Bourbon and Barbecues” (15-12), Britain’s Kickin’ Country with “Rock It Megamix” (18-13) and Erica Sunshine’sDrinking And Driving Me Crazy” (20-15).

UK COUNTRY ALBUM RELEASES

(4 Nov 2013) Nitty Gritty Dirt Band - Jambalaya: The Definitive Collection 
(Humphead Records) 42 Tracks/ Time: 2:37:50  MP3  

(11 Nov 2013) Tompall & The Glaser Brothers - Lovin' Her Was Easier/After All These Years. 20 Tracks CD - With the recent passing of the great Tompall Glaser, it was time to reissue these two records, the fruit of the Glaser Brothers' brief reunion in the early '80s, both released on the Elektra label. 

(12 Nov 2013) John Hiatt - Here To Stay: Best Of 2000-2012 (IMPORT)
17 tracks/ Time: 1:13:24 CD - MP3 - UK iTunes - Amazon.com 
(19 Nov 2013) Sara Darling - Have a Merry Little Christmas Darling EP (Oh Darling)
4 Tracks/ Time: 15:53 MP3
(25 Nov 2013) Danielle Bradbery - Self Titled [Import] CD - MP3 - Amazon.com

AUSSIE NEWS

42nd CMAA Country Music Awards Finalists were announced at Sydney’s Hard Rock Café for the 2014 CMAA's Country Music Awards Of Australia which will be staged on Saturday, 25th January, 2014 at the Tamworth Regional Entertainment & Conference Centre (TRECC) - www.tcmf.com.au - TV commmercial
Lee Kernaghan scored the most finalist nominations with seven from his BEAUTIFUL NOISE album. Troy Cassar-Daley, Adam Harvey and Sara Storer gained six places, Sara from her album LOVEGRASS, Troy and Adam for their hit album THE GREAT COUNTRY SONGBOOK.
The finalist announcement for the 2014 Awards also highlighted a new and "rising star" pool of talent including O'Shea and The Wolfe Brothers with four finalist nominations each followed closely by the likes of Jasmine Rae with three and Tamworth’s Ashleigh Dallas with two. Ashleigh, a three generation country music artist was discovered by Kasey Chambers, was recognized for her debut album DANCING WITH A GHOST with nods in both Best New Talent and  Best Female categories
Hosted by Pete Denahay and Colin Buchanan and with special performances from Sara Storer and Kaylens Rain, the event recognized the best product releases from the Australian country music industry in the past twelve months.

A full listing of all 2014 CMAA Country Music Awards of Australia finalists can be found HERE.

24 year old Kaylee Bell is following in the footsteps of her predecessors in the 34 years of history, winner of Toyota Star Maker 2013, has received the judges’ commendation with a nomination (New Talent), her first, in the 42nd CMAA Country Music Awards of Australia.
Kaylee Bell will celebrate this achievement with the release of the second single to be lifted from the acclaimed Heart First album. The track "Little Bit Small Town" is a co-write with ARIA Award winning Mike Carr who’s a clear fan favourite of Little Bit Small Town. Kaylee said; “The title really is a reflection of my life as I follow my path in life to be country singer and some of the best decisions I’ve made have been by following my heart.” Due to outstanding support from radio and television throughout Australia and New Zealand the single Heart First smashed both the sales and airplay charts with placement on the Top 5 Australian iTunes Country Chart, Top 10 Music Network Country Airplay Chart and Top 10 Country Tracks.
Kaylee Bell joins her mates the Adam Eckersley Band, Ashleigh Dallas, Kaylens Rain and The Wolfe Brothers in the Qantaslink New Talent Of The Year. >> Watch the video for "Little Bit Small Town"

Duo O'Shea with "Be With You Tonight" moved 2-1 to top Country Tracks Top 30 Australia's leading chart. The Wolf Brothers' "The Girl The Bottle The Memory" climbs 3-2 as Jasmine Rae's 3-week #1 "If I Want To" falls 1-3 and Chelsea Basham holds at #4 with "By The Light Of The Moon"

NEWS

  • Snapshot News: Country Aircheck's Insider News: November 15, 2013 - November 19, 2013
  • Texas Spitfire, SaraBeth, announced that she will be hitting the road early next year with Grammy award-winning group, Lonestar. She will be joining them on select cities of the tour that kicks off February 6th in Scottsdale, AZ.
  • Vince Gill, Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member will now be honoured by country radio as well. The country music champ has been named as the 2014 recipient of the Career Achievement Award from Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc. Gill will receive the honour at the Country Radio Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Nashville on Feb. 18, one day before the CRB’s annual Country Radio Seminar (Feb. 19-21). Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell will perform a tribute to Gill during the ceremony as well as present him with the award. He joins an elite group of past winners that includes such legends as George Strait, Dolly Parton, Merle Haggard, the Judds and Alabama.
  • Gwen Sebastian (former contestant on The Voice) exchanged vows with her fiancé, producer/drummer Louis Newman in Nashville. Gwen. They were married in an intimate ceremony in the beautifully candlelit One event space at Nashville’s Mercy Lounge club. They were surrounded by family and friends, including Louis' grandmother, who flew in from England for the nuptials. With a wedding day of 11-12-13, there should be no problem remembering future anniversaries!
  • Garth Brooks' New Boxed Set (8-Disc [6 CDs + 2 DVD's] 77 songs + 33 Music videos) will be available exclusively at Walmart during Black Friday holiday event on November 28th for $24.96 see garthbrooks.com

  • Aw Naw! - RCA Nashville recently celebrated Chris Young’s latest Gold single, “Aw Naw” which is the first single from his new album A.M.
  • As winter rolls in, things are heating up at Opry at the Ryman in December. Rascal Flatts will help kick things off on December 3 and 10, followed by shows including Little Big Town, Kathy Mattea, Carrie Underwood , Kree Harrison and Janelle Arthur, Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell, Jonathan Jackson, and many more - see schedule
  • Seventeen-year-old Danielle Bradbery made her Grand Ole Opry debut Tuesday night (Nov 12th) from the hallowed institution’s most famous former home, the Ryman Auditorium. “The Heart of Dixie” darling showcased her vocal prowess on the lead single as well as “Daughter Of A Workin’ Man,” a new tune from her forthcoming Big Machine Records release, slated for Monday (Nov 25) - Twitter Photo
  • The George Jones monument at Woodlawn Roesch-Patton Funeral Home and Memorial Park was unveiled Nov. 18.
  • Nickel Creek reunited to salute 'Inside Llewyn Davis' with a new album in the works: The three members reunited onstage Wednesday as part of CBS Films' celebration of the Coen brothers' folk music tale "Inside Llewyn Davis" and there should be more to come. Mandolinist Chris Thile, fiddler Sara Watkins and guitarist Sean Watkins are recording an album that Warner Music's Nonesuch label is eyeing for a spring release. Sara Watkins has released two solo albums on Nonesuch while Thile has recorded with Punch Brothers, the bassist Edgar Meyer and done solo work for the label; his latest, solo interpretations of two Bach pieces, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard Classical Albums chart.
TV
  • In a dramatic LIVE results show, Sweet Suspense, one of Simon Cowell’s Groups and Rachel Potter, one of Kelly Rowland’s Over 25s, were eliminated on USA The X Factor.
    Sweet Suspense had the fewest votes and they were eliminated immediately. Khaya Cohen and Rachel Potter received the next fewest votes and the judges – Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato, Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio – listened to the two acts battle it out in “The Final Showdown” sing-off. . Mentor Kelly said cryptically: 'What she has to offer next week, no-one should miss. This is the incredible Rachel Potter.' The country hopeful - who has previously performed on Broadway, it has emerged since the show began - took to the stage in a short skirt and sang Shania Twain's >> “From This Moment On”. After an emotional deliberation, Potter was sent home.
    Nashville Bartender Rachel Potter tested her vocal skills with an audition on The X Factor USA. The 29-year-old has been in Music City trying to pursue her dream of becoming a country singer, but after seeing girls younger than her continue to get signed, she became discouraged so figured the show was a great opportunity to show what she had got.
  • Actor Charles Esten, who portrays Deacon Claybourne on the hit ABC series “Nashville,” will appear as a contestant on “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” with new host Cedric “The Entertainer” in episodes airing Weds Nov 20th and Thurs, Nov 21, and will donate his winnings to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). Esten makes “Millionaire” history by becoming the first celebrity contestant ever to make it all the way to the $1 million question on the daytime version of the show
  • Spoiler: "Nashville" Recap: She's Got You
  • Hunter Hayes has been added to the performers’ lineup for this year’s CMA Country Christmas special, airing Monday, December 2 on ABC.
COUNTRY AWARDS
Jake Owen is among the artists announced who will co-host “Coca-Cola Red Carpet LIVE! at The 2013 AMAs.” Joining Jake on the red carpet for the pre-show is Lance Bass, Jordin Sparks, Zendaya and Colbie Caillat just to name a few. For Colbie, co-hosting on the red carpet with Jake adds to her already long list of country connections. “I am so excited to be hanging out with Jake Owen, live at the American Music Awards red carpet this year,” she says. “We get to check out the fashion, talk
to the stars about upcoming projects and share the news with all our fans while it’s happening. It’s really going to be fun.”

Sheryl Crow will sing with two-time GRAMMY Award winner Darius Rucker, plus Platinum recording artists Florida Georgia Line also are set to perform at the American Country Awards (ACA) airing live from Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas Tuesday, Dec. 10, 8-10 p.m. Hosted by Trace Adkins and Danica Patrick, the two-hour event will also feature appearances by Scotty McCreery, Chris Young, Carrie Keegan, Joe Nichols and Lauren Alaina.

Taylor Swift and George Strait were among big winners at the 10th annual Billboard Touring Awards at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York held on Nov 14th. Country music icon George Strait was named the 2013 Billboard Legend of Live, just one week after being named the CMA 2013 Entertainer Of The Year. The Top Package Award, honoring the top-grossing tour with three or more artists on the bill, went to Taylor Swift’s Red Tour. The arena tour featured such acts as Ed Sheeran, Joel Crouse, Brett Eldredge, Florida Georgia Line and Casey James.

MUSIC NEWS

Iain Matthews, probably best remembered in the United States for his 1978 smash “Shake It” (#13 Billboard Pop Singles), has been a worldwide music icon for more than 45 years. Whether as a founding member of Fairport Convention, Matthews Southern Comfort (who hit #23 with their cover of Joni Mitchell’s “Woodstock” in 1971), Plainsong or as a solo artist, Matthews has taken listeners on a journey with each recording. WELCOME TO THE ART OF OBSCURITY, his first American album in 15 years, due out January 28, 2014 on Omnivore Recordings. The 12-track album was recorded in his adopted home of Austin, Texas with producer Bradley Kopp (Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Joe Ely, and Tish Hinojosa). 

SINGLE / ALBUM NEWS

With Sugarland on Hiatus so the stars could take some personal time to work on their own projects, front woman Jennifer Nettles is set to debut her solo album THAT GIRL on January 14, 2014. The album features 11 tracks, 10 written/co-written by the CMA-Winning songwriter ("Stay") herself. The lone 'outside' song? A cover of Bob Seger's "Like A Rock," a song she felt compelled to record as she's the same age now that he was when he wrote and recorded the longtime Chevy Trucks theme song. Jennifer  worked with Rick Rubin at his famed Shangra-La Studios in Los Angeles to record the project. The title track and lead single "That Girl" is currently Top 40 and rising. “I started writing this album three years ago,” shares Nettles. “I put no conscious guides or governors on the creation of this album other than to write songs that I want to sing. Working with Rick Rubin was a dream come true and the result is an album that plays to my roots – country, 70’s radio, gospel and singer songwriter.” -

Garth Brooks recently announced the release of a Limited Edition new Box Set, an exclusive at Walmart for just $24.96. At an inflated price of £39.99 its being made available from UK outlet Smart Choice Music. The songs are organised to represent the different genres of music, with each of the four discs containing 10 songs.

PRESS RELEASES
  • George Strait’s Vaqueros Del Mar Invitational Golf Tournament and Auction raised funds for Military Servicemen And Women Third annual fundraiser at Tapatio Springs Hill Country Resort & Spa bringing in more than $425,000 for Feherty’s Troops First Foundation.
  • Nashville’s Mountview Creative teamed with esteemed personality Larry King on his return to radio -
  • James McMurtry recently signed with the bourgeoning Los Angeles record label Complicated Game. The legendary songwriter will enter the studio later this month to start working on his first album in six years (since 2008's Just Us Kids). “I’ve got a new batch of songs, organic and with no added sulfites, aged in oak for several years"
  • Just one week after Thomas Rhett's highly anticipated It Goes Like This album release, the country star and outdoor
  • enthusiast has been chosen as NRA Country's Artist Of The Month for November.
  • Mike Aiken has Swiss and Belgium dates in Europe
  • Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby were in the spotlight on Yahoo! Music's Ram Country.
  • Kellie Pickler appeared on “ELLEN” and FERGUSON” to promote her newly released album, The Woman I Am.
  • Lorrie Morgan dresses and decorates in preparation for the second annual Lorrie Morgan’s Enchanted Christmas Dinner & Show for a 37-show run at Nashville’s iconic Gaylord Opryland Resort.
  • The Americana Music Association has announced it will move its conference headquarters to Nashville’s premier boutique hotel, the Hutton Hotel, for the 15th Annual Festival & Conference to be held September 17-21, 2014. Registrations for Music City’s most comprehensive industry conference will go on sale Friday November 15, 2013 at special early bird / discounted rates.
  • Ronnie Dunn donated his time and talent to raise funds for southern Kentucky charities with the Ronnie Dunn & Friends Holiday Bash Concert.
  • Rising “country starlet” Denae Gardner is set to co-host a new Talk/Entertainment series
 ARTICLES

  • CMA Close UP: New Artist Spotlight: Chelsea Bain
  • Billboard 615: 'Nashville' Star Jonathan Jackson Signs Record Deal...Onscreen, he's known as Avery Barkley, the bad-boy rocker on the hit ABC musical drama "Nashville." Offscreen, he's Jonathan Jackson, and he just might be infiltrating the airwaves with more than just his "Nashville" songs soon enough. Jackson's spot on the country-infused TV show has landed him a record deal with Loud & Proud Records, Billboard can exclusively reveal.
  • Billboard 615 Spotlight: Heidi Feek Takes Different Path Than Her Famous Parents
  • Taste of Country: Eric Church: ‘I Think Genres Are Dead’ On country music’s biggest night, Church performed his new single, ‘The Outsiders,’ for the very first time and introduced fans to a very different sound for him. The performance was rock ‘n roll with a side of country (?!), but the singer doesn’t think people should be so quick to label the song. “I think genres are dead,” the singer shares. “There’s good music. There’s bad music”…..
  • The Tennessean : Peter Cooper On Music: Country music’s new rules…….Extract: I am mandating a two-year — no, make that three-year — ban on writing or recording songs about partying in fields and/or congregating in, on or around pickup trucks. Anyone who enjoys these songs has plenty of them around to hear for the next 36 months. Songwriters who attempt to defy this ban will be forced to sit in a small, enclosed space with Kris Kristofferson and Guy Clark while Kris and Guy recite their lyrics aloud and make groaning noises. Performers who break this rule will be excommunicated from “country” music and made to work in a newly created genre, “Goober Rock.” After three years, everyone can go back to the 2013 norm, but I have a feeling they won’t. 
REVIEWS
Kellie Pickler ‘The Woman I Am’ – For The Country Record Album Review

INTERVIEWS

EW CMA Awards breakout Kacey Musgraves talks Taylor, Dolly, and singing about weed.....Extract: Blake Shelton may have won Album of the Year at this year’s CMA Awards, and George Strait may have taken home Entertainer of the Year honors. But who shot to No.1 on the iTunes country albums chart (and No. 3 on the all-genre rankings) the next morning? That would be Kacey Musgraves, the 25-year-old Texas native who won Best New Artist and performed her much-discussed (and FCC-bleeped in the live broadcast, for its reference to smoking a joint) single >> “Follow Your Arrow.” ….

The Kansas City Star: Country singer Chely Wright sees glimmers of light in battle for gay rights......Extract: Kacey Musgraves has made some waves for her song “Follow Your Arrow,” which was co-written with Shane McAnally, an openly gay Nashville songwriter. Do you sense that there is a shift in country music when it comes to gay rights? I haven’t heard the song, but people tweet about it and I glean from those that it’s very pro-gay. I’ve known Shane for a long time — he’s a very successful songwriter, so you can’t deny that some progress is being made. What’s as important is Kacey is a straight gal talking about equality, and we really need our straight allies to be part of the movement. All voices matter. I wish more straight allies in country music would be more public about it. I have friends who are … but they choose to keep quiet about it rather than say what they believe. And I understand that. Who wants to lose fans? Who wants to have someone tell you, “I don’t like you anymore”? So, yes, some progress has been made. There won’t be another first openly gay music artist or first openly gay hit country songwriter…..

MAGAZINES
Cassadee Pope has a 10 page cover feature (pages 46-55) in Issue #29 (November 2013) of NKD Naked Magazine

LISTEN

  • Catherine Britt 'Who Cares' (written by Catherine Britt, Guy Clark and Bill Chambers) from "The Hillbilly Pickin' Ramblin' Girl So Far' (ABC Music/Universal) out  November 29. A Limited Edition 2CD & DVD Version is available at catherinebritt.com
  • Listen to "Common Threads" from Terry Holder's Kickstarter funded album FLOWERS AT MIDNIGHT. Based in Olympia, WA Terry is a 2013 "WildFlower Winner" and 2013 "Kerrville New Folk Finalist"
SPOTIFY COUNTRY
For users of this online music streaming service here are some of the more recent additions and recommendations.
When its free and easy on Spotify who needs music piracy?

NEWS (Nov 15): Spotify's UK revenue falls as user numbers grow: Accounts reveal the streaming service's British arm made a loss of £10.1 million in 2012…Read more at www.nme.com

Daniel O'Donnell – A Picture of You – brand new album , released Nov 11th
Sammy Kershaw – Sammy Kershaw Big Hits Volume One - Released Nov 11th, ten of his biggest career hits in addition to two brand new songs
Kellie Pickler – The Woman I Am – New release out November 12
Tia McGraff – Break These Chains – 2013 release from the fine Canadian singer-songwriter
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – Jambalaya: The Definitive Collection - Released on 4 Nov 2013 (Humphead Records) 42 Tracks
Get wild with these country pop jams

Have you tried the BBC Playlister Application?
You can sign in or register a BBC iD on any BBC page. Just look for “Sign in” at the top of the page.
You can also sign in to the BBC using your Facebook or Google details.
The playlist you create is private to you. You can only share your playlist with a text-only list of your tracks and email this to a friend.
Read the latest news - www.bbc.co.uk/playlister
Check out the BBC Playlister Homepage - www.bbc.co.uk/music/playlister
BBC Playlister FAQ’s - www.bbc.co.uk/playlister/help
My experience: Having created a BBC account and downloaded the Spotify App I added it to my Spotify application which allows you to follow your favourite radio station or BBC TV channel . 
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I successfully created a BBC Playlister playlist from selective BBC radio show playlists. When I exported the playlist to Spotify it found 4 out of 7 tracks even though all 7 tracks existed on the Spotify database? What is your experience?

Here is a selection of available playlists



FREE DOWNLOADS 
NPR are offering Sarah Jarosz, '1,000 Things' from her latest album: Build Me Up from Bones which is #1 on the Americana Chart Download "1,000 Things" (Right-click and Save As)

WATCH
  • Rollingstone.com: 22 'Nashville' Songs That Made the Show: Whatever upheavals are in store, the music will always remain center stage
  • Natalie Howard, an Australian Indie Songwriter/Artist residing in Nashville has a new vid "The Girlfriend" (co-written with Janine LeClair) filmed in Nashville. There's a cameo appearances by Kristy Cox (Female Vocalist of the Year & Entertainer of the Year 2013)
  • Jasmine Rae has a new video and single "Just Don't Ask Me
  • Australian singer-songwriter Sara Storer has a video for her song "Come on Rain" -
  • With the holidays around the corner take a look at Michelle Wright’s "I Know Santa's Been Here" and
  • "Snowed In" the title track off of Mindy Smith's 2013 Holiday EP - It’s available on UK iTunes with Lyrics shown here
  • Jana Kramer is still working on her second album, Kramer did hint at a few tracks that she promises will be on the release.
  • Nashville Spoiler: Juliette and Charlie’s involvement grows past their physical relationship. Will he involve himself in her career in ways she won’t readily welcome? Watch a sneak peek here  
  • Kelly Clarkson wants a baby bad 
  • Check out the first look at the film "One Chance" featuring Taylor Swift's new song "Sweeter Than Fiction"!
  • Jake Owen sell outs on Beachin' showcasing his laid back southern style and highlighting his fun personality.
  • Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert released a new video for their latest single “We Were Us
COUNTRY FASHION

Lucy, Kelly (Dolce & Gabbana)  & Taylor (Zuhair Murad)
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“Pretty Little Liar” Actress and country newie singer Lucy Hale was seen wearing an All Saints ‘Pitch’ biker jacket at a Spotify And People Country Event in Nashville. Its available at All Saints UK - Fashion Pic

Kelly Clarkson promoting her new Christmas album appeared on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” on November 11, 2013 wearing at Dolce & Gabbana dress with Valentino shoes - Fashion Pic

Taylor Swift was spotted on an errand run in New York City recently wearing a Vince Double Face Wool Pea Coat ($500.00), a pair of Koral Worn Color Skinny Jeans ($184.00), a pair of Frye Courtney Boots ($287.95), her Free People Patton Porkpie Hat ($58.00) and a Tod’s Tote Bag ($1500.77) in Strawberry Red Leather. Fashion Pic

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Taylor Swift took to the Victoria's Secret fashion show bubblegum carpet at Lexington Avenue Armory in New York (Nov 13th), prior to her performance, wearing a dazzling long-sleeved Zuhair Murad Fall 2013 mini decorated with glittering bright flowers.

She looked outstanding giving those leggy Angels a run for their money. She opted for a pink lip colour instead of her favoured red. She matched up with moss-green pair of Dolce & Gabbana open-toe ankle-strap heels, Lorraine Schwartz jewels, super sleek tresses and dramatic eyes rounding out her look - Fashion Pic - Image

Taylor Swift - Victoria Secrets Fashion Show
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Project Runway:  The 23-year-old looking like a model in her own right performed at the 2013 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Wednesday (Nov 13th). As models walked the runway in billion dollar diamond bras and snowflake angel wings, Taylor took the stage twice: Once with Fall Out Boy (image) to perform "My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up)" and later to sing "I Knew You Were Trouble." The show will air Dec. 10 on CBS-TV.
'I knew you were trouble!' Taylor kicked off the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show wearing a Union flag-print mini-dress in New York Wednesday. The “red” pop-country-pop star, who turns 24 in December paraded her lean 5ft 10in frame in the paint-splattered costume and matching open-toe booties. She finished off her English ensemble with a one-armed blazer with a long train and a tiny top hat.
Taylor Swift - Victoria Secrets Fashion Show (Getty Images)
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 The stunning singer had a good look at Maryna Linchuk's impressive cleavage in a push-up lace bra during the Snow Angels section of the fantastical show.
Taylor  sizzling herself despite the glacial theme as she'd slipped into a stunning silver minidress. The shimmering number showed off her rather epic physique, and towering beauty Karlie Kloss, 21, couldn't resist going in for a pat on Taylor's bottom as she shimmied past in a bodysuit. The heavily mirrored and embellished dress was the perfect way to compete when a six foot Amazonian goddess is strutting past you.
Taylor's dress is a bespoke Victoria's Secret number. Alternatives? : Try a Gatsyby-esque dress by Quiz at Debenhams or splash out a little more at Miss Selfridge.
Read more and check out the fabulous photos (Getty) at dailymail.co.uk

Taylor has been receiving raves for how amazing she looked at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show special taping, but one of the "angels" who strutted the catwalk during the special doesn't think Taylor has what it takes to be an actual runway model.
Speaking to Women's Wear Daily, Australian model Jessica Hart said "no" when asked if Taylor could pull off being an actual Victoria's Secret model.  She continued, "I think, you know what, God bless her heart. I think she’s great. But, I don’t know, to me, she didn’t fit. I don’t know if I should say that."

COUNTRY GOSSIP

Never Ever Getting Back Together? Pistol Annies call it quits? In June, the bad-ass threesome abruptly cancelled all upcoming concerts due to "unforeseen circumstances." Well, according to someone who knows someone, the Annies are done. Rumor has it, the breakup happened because Randa couldn't get along with Angaleena's hubby (who happened to be Miranda's tour manager at the time) Jordan Powell.

Hillary Scott’s growing family appears in front of the camera for the first time together inside the new issue of People magazine. The Lady Antebellum singer appears alongside husband Chris Tyrrell and their 3-month-old daughter Eisele Kaye and reveals it’s her drummer hubby who’s taken over diaper duty.
He has changed the majority of poopy diapers in our house,” Hillary says. “The more I’ve been walking through being a new mom, I see that it’s pretty rare that the father is so hands-on, so natural and so joyful with it.”
When it comes to the wardrobe over the diaper, Hillary mentions baby Eisele’s closet is full gifts from famous friends. Eisele’s coolest clothes are from Stevie [Nicks], which is so funny. Eisele has no clue how cool a baby she is!”

Keith Urban appears on the cover of the new issue of People Country, and he reveals inside what he’s realized about keeping his marriage to actress Nicole Kidman a healthy one. “Nic and I say, ‘Balance is never achieved; it’s just maintained,’” Keith says. “I’m a guy, so I’m not used to having to maintain anything. I’m used to achieving something, and – good, that’s done, move on to the next thing. No, no, this marriage, this family – it’s a garden. It’s not fixed and then you move on; it’s maintained on a daily basis. I finally get that now.”

Sara Darling IS married Its official! This past April I married the love of my life in a private ceremony on the beach. It was absolutely the best day of my life. We thank you for all the best wishes!! James and I are planning a bigger wedding for all our family and friends in the Spring.
After a long illness Sarah's Grandfather Richard passed away this week. He was a pillar of strength to her and a daily inspiration.

31-year-old Kelly Clarkson is mourning the loss of her miniature labradoodle, Joplin, who has died after being diagnosed with cancer. According to GossippingPens.com Kelly shared the sad news with fans while performing at the Hard Rock Cafe for the Musicians On Call: Nashville benefit on Thursday evening (14.11.13) when she dedicated 'Stronger' to the pooch - Image

Adele warned Kelly Clarkson not to have a baby. Clarkeson who is eager to start a family with her new husband Brandon Blackstock, has revealed the British star advised her not to get pregnant unless she was ready to take a career break and stay at home. The 31-year-old star told Us Weekly magazine that the 25-year-old Oscar-winning singer told her at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles in February: "Girl, don't have a baby 'cause everything else will go on the back burner. I'm living in babyland!"

Leann Rimes is getting broody!: The 31-year-old singer admits she and her husband Eddie Cibrian - who have been married since 2011 - regularly speak about having a child together and she'd be over the moon if she could have a daughter.
She said: "I think about it often. We talk about it." Eddie - who has two sons, Mason, nine, and Jake, six, with his ex-wife Brandi Glanville - added: "She wants a little girl, badly." However, LeAnn insists she doesn't want to conceive until she's ended her 20-year deal with Curb Records next month and worked out her next career step.

Taylor Swift is looking for a property in London that she can make her permanent base because she is tired of staying in hotels when she visits the UK capital. The 'Everything Has Changed' singer is tired of staying in hotels and wants a place of her own for when she visits the UK capital or comes to Europe. A source told The Sun newspaper: "Taylor isn't moving to London permanently but she wants a European base and she absolutely loves it in Britain. "She's been spending more and more time here recently and is tired of camping out in hotels. "This way she can make a place her own and get some proper privacy."
The 22-year-old musician, who is said to be worth over $220 million, paid $11 million in cash for her mansion in Rhode Island, New England, last year.

Turns out Taylor Swift won't be hanging with the royal couple during an upcoming charity event in London. Kate Middleton won't be attending, as previously thought, so she'll just have to settle for meeting Prince William...maybe. Both Taylor and Jon Bon Jovi, as well as James Blunt, have been tapped to entertain the crowd at the Winter Whites Gala, a benefit for Centrepoint, which helps homeless young people. The November 26 event is being held at Kensington Palace, where Prince William and Kate live, and when it was announced, the press began reporting that the Duke and Duchess would be on hand to welcome guests.  Those reports were never denied...until now. A spokesperson for Centrepoint tells the British paper The Express, "Any mention of the Duchess’s attendance on pre-event correspondence was included in error. We invited the Duchess and we would have been delighted if she had [agreed to] come.” And according to the paper, a Kensington Palace spokesman said: "The Duchess was never going to attend the Winter Whites Gala, so there is no question of her changing her mind."  All 200 tickets to the event, which cost well over 500 bucks each, are now sold out.

'Absolutely Not' Getting a Divorce: Tim McGraw and Faith Hill ended their Las Vegas show on Friday night the same way they always do: sealed with a kiss. "[Rumors] seem to be running like crazy right now for some reason. It's perplexing," Hill, 46, told PEOPLE when asked about the reports. "I don't know why 'happy' can't be a story." Hill insists they are "absolutely not" splitting.

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Reba McEntire Congrats to @blakeshelton on his 15th #1 record and 10th #1 in a row!!!!!! #minewouldbeyou
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BBC Radio 2 Country We've just been to the Grand Ole Opry to see Penzance boy Sam Palladio play, and to record something with him for a Radio 2 project that will come to fruition after C2C Country to Country next year - Photo

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BIRTHDAYS
November 17:
November 18: Jessi Alexander (1972)
November 19: Katy Moffatt (1950), Billy Currington (1973) 
November 20: Sarah Jory (1969), Joe Walsh (Eagles) (1947), Jim Brickman (1961), Dierks Bentley (1975), Josh Turner (1977)
November 21: Jean Shepard (1933), Teresa McCarter & Lisa (McCarter Sisters) (1966), Kelsi Osborne (SheDaisy) (1974) 
November 22: John Jennings (1953)
November 23: Shel Silverstein (1932)  

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