Rascal Flatts‘ Jay DeMarcus is slated to make his film debut next year along with Trace Adkins in the holiday film ‘Saving Santa.’ With Kix Brooks sitting in the executive director chair, it’s no surprise that this upcoming release has so many country ties. Touted as “a sweet, funny, holiday story about the belief in love, goodness and the spirit of Christmas,” ‘Saving Santa’ is set to debut next year.
Country megastar Tim McGraw says he plans to release a Christmas song next week and another single at the beginning of 2012. In a recent statement, McGraw said the holiday single, ‘Christmas All Over the World,’ will hit radio airwaves next week. This is especially noteworthy as it closely follows the court decision allowing the artist to pursue record labels other than Curb, with whom he has been recording for more than 20 years.
In the early fall of 2010, Tim McGraw submitted his final version of a new record called ‘Emotional Traffic’ to Curb Records. The first single, ‘Felt Good on My Lips,’ dropped soon after, but no word came out about an album release date.
A court spokeswoman revealed today that Florida judge James H. Seals issued an “emergency” pick up order for Mindy McCready‘s 5-year-old son Zander, according to CNN. The troubled country singer took her son from her father’s Florida home earlier this week, though she does not have legal custody of him.
Though the Grammys are still more than two months away, music fans can get a taste of the action tonight during the fourth annual ‘Grammy Nominations Concert Live’ special, featuring performances from several Grammy-worthy acts. Sugarland will be teaming up with Lady Gaga for the eccentric pop star’s ‘You and I,’ and Jason Aldean will be hitting the stage with Ludacris for Aldean’s own ‘Dirt Road Anthem.’
The holidays are a time of bustling around, hectic planning and the addition of last minute touches. Apparently the same is true for even the most spectacular events of the season. NBC just reported that Faith Hill has canceled her planned appearance on tonight’s ‘Christmas in Rockefeller Center’ NBC television special, which can expect about 250,000 live spectators and 11 million viewers.
Country power trio Rascal Flatts made an appearance this morning on NBC’s ‘Today’ show as part of a superstar lineup leading up to Thanksgiving. The show was the first in this week’s Toyota Concert Series on the plaza at Rockefeller Center.
While we’ve been enjoying the newer names at the 2011 CMA Awards and reveling in awards like Best New Artist, there’s something comforting about a familiar face. Martina McBride was just that tonight as she offered up a smooth performance of her inspiring single ‘I’m Gonna Love You Through It’ from the central stage.
When Brad Paisley stepped out to announce Lady Antebellum‘s performance at the 2011 CMA Awards, he stepped out onto an empty stage. Looking around with mock bewilderment for his co-host, Paisley was met instead by a bedazzled Miss Piggy. The muppet worked her wiles only long enough for Carrie Underwood to emerge from backstage in an equally sparkling gown and accuse Miss P of locking her in her dressing room.
After Blake Shelton performed his theatrical opening version of ‘Footloose’ and the Band Perry claimed the first award of the night with their single ‘If I Die Young,’ Keith Urban brought Bridgestone Arena to its feet with ‘You Gonna Fly.’
New footage from the 2011 CMA Awards rehearsals has emerged, featuring country’s top stars getting ready for Wednesday’s show. Spotlights ablaze, hosts Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley warm up for their duet ‘Remind Me’ and Faith Hill prepares for the premiere of her long-awaited new single ‘Come Home’ in the video seen below.
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