Hunter Hayes‘ new song ‘Wanted’ continues to prove itself to fans and those who’ve yet to buy into the hysteria surrounding this 20-year-old. Last week, the song thumped ‘Postcard From Paris,’ the Band Perry‘s new single. The country song is halfway to the Showdown Hall of Fame, but Hunter’s got one tall hurdle to get past this week.
It was a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment during the 2012 CMT Music Awards on Wednesday (June 6). Who was the Marine seated next to Kellie Pickler? He certainly isn’t her husband Kyle — did she bring someone back from her recent USO trip?
The 2012 CMT Music Awards featured top-notch performances from some of country music’s biggest stars, as well as red carpet highlights — and a few lowlights. Find it all in the Daily Roundup today. Also included is Scotty McCreery‘s momentous occasion and reviews of Alan Jackson‘s new album and Trace Adkins‘ new single.
John Mayer has felt the wrath of Taylor Swift‘s guitar and pen, and he didn’t like it. The pop-singer acknowledges that ‘Dear John’ — an album cut from Swift’s 2010 ‘Speak Now’ album — is about him, but adds that he didn’t know that he’d hurt her until the song came out.
The 2012 CMT Music Awards are a collection of both superstars and hot, new country talent. This week, stars like Carrie Underwood and Eric Church have been rehearsing their performances, while newcomers like Kip Moore, Jana Kramer and the FARM look to take the stage for the very first time. Scroll through these photos of artists preparing for Wednesday’s (June 6) CMT broadcast.
Scotty McCreery has changed his name! The ‘Water Tower Town’ singer made the big announcement on late night television last night. Find out his new name, and also what led to this rash decision, in today’s Daily Roundup. Also learn about Kenny Chesney‘s new record deal, Sheryl Crow‘s brain tumor and the next four entries in the Top 100 Country Songs list.
If Trace Adkins was shy about sharing the more intimate details of his wardrobe, he’d probably be upset with his wife Rhonda today. However, the country giant has proven in the past that he’s willing to let fans see what’s behind the metaphorical curtain (and the actual one). On Monday afternoon, what started as an innocent tweet ended up with a picture of the big man’s underwear.
The tour of the summer began over the weekend. Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw and Jake Owen opened the Brothers of the Sun Tour in Tampa, Fla., and few walked away not believing they’d seen one of the greatest shows in country music. Read a full recap, lus catch up on the latest entries in the Top 100 Country Songs countdown in the Daily Roundup below.
Last week, Hunter Hayes topped Little Big Town in one of the tightest Showdowns of all time. Just two percentage points separated his song ‘Wanted’ from their hit ‘Pontoon,’ meaning he’ll move on to face a new challenger this week. It’s another handicap match, with a solo artist facing the tag team partnership of one of country music’s hottest trios.
Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina were just added to a major country music awards show, but Chely Wright wasn’t and she’s upset about it. OK, she didn’t mention this show specifically when talking about being shut out of industry events, but others like it. Read both of these stories, and find out about Garth Brooks new tour dates in the Roundup below.
A Carrie Underwood conversation that involves the potential for kids is never a boring thing. In a recent interview, the singer shared how many kids her husband Mike Fisher hopes to have, and let’s just say they’d better get started soon. The Daily Roundup includes a sad story today as well. Country music lost a pioneer in famous flatpicker Doc Watson. Find out why he was so instrumental below.
Zac Brown announced excited news this morning, while the headline was more troubling for Randy Travis. Those are just two of over a dozen country music news stories from Tuesday. Also in today’s Daily Roundup, learn who was added to the Blake Shelton cruise and help determine country music’s favorite crossover artist.
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