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Country icon George Jones announces final tour, new album

If George Jones is on your list of people you still need to see live in concert, you’re going to want to get on that: After 50 years of touring, the Possum plans to pack it in after 2013.

He’s expected to visit approximately 60 cities during next year’s “The Grand Tour.” After an upper respiratory infection caused him to cancel dates earlier this summer, he’s back out on the road now with shows running into December.

Per the announcement, Jones wants to spend more time with his family — but not before he also records a new studio album. Dolly Parton has confirmed she’s writing songs for him, including a couple of duets in hopes she’ll get to sing one of them with him. “In my mind, nobody will ever sing better than George for emotion and heart and feelin’,” she said. “I love him personally, and I love his singin’.” READ FULL STORY

iHeartRadio fest lineup announced: Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Bon Jovi, and more

Want to see a wide array of FM hitmakers in one place? Then Clear Channel has your back.

The broadcasting giant has announced the lineup to its annual iHeartRadio Music Festival, scheduled to take play Sept. 21-22 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas

The artists on the lineup come from a broad array of genres, and most of them are heavy-hitters: Taylor Swift, Aerosmith, Rihanna, Usher, Bon Jovi, Lil Wayne, Green Day, Miranda Lambert, Mary J. Blige, and Shakira are all on the ticket so far.

Other scheduled performers include: Brad Paisley, Pitbull, Enrique Iglesias, No Doubt, Linkin Park, Jason Aldean, P!nk, deadmau5, Swedish House Mafia, and Calvin Harris.


Sheryl Crow announces that she has a benign brain tumor

Sheryl Crow opened up in a recent interview and revealed that her doctors have discovered a benign brain tumor, reports the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

“I worried about my memory so much that I went and got an MRI,” Crow said. “And I found out I have a brain tumor.”

“And I was, like, ‘See? I knew there was something wrong,'” she added.

“It’s benign,” the 50-year-old artist continued. “So I don’t have to worry about it. But it gives me a fit.”

This isn’t Crow’s first bout with a serious medical condition; she has spoken publicly about beating breast cancer back in 2006.


Kris Kristofferson is an unsmooth criminal in Brandi Carlile's 'That Wasn't Me' video: Watch it here


Brandi Carlile’s got an ace up her sleeve for her latest video, and it can be told in three words: Kris freakin’ Kristofferson.

To celebrate the release of her fourth album Bear Creek, out today, the alt-leaning folk singer recruited Texas country-outlaw Kristofferson to star as the reformed jailbird in her clip for “That Wasn’t Me,” which you can watch exclusively below.

But when Kristofferson’s konvict kharacter (see what we did there, Kardashians?) gets caught with a sharp blade — it’s for woodworking, he swears! — he gives up, smashing his trusty guitar out of frustration. We don’t want to give away the ending, but let’s just say it stops thankfully short of a full Shawshank.

Take a look at the exclusive new clip in the video below (and click here to buy the album):


Kristen Bell and Toby Keith will host CMT awards

No Lie: House of Lies star Kristen Bell will be joining Toby Keith as co-host for the 11th annual CMT Music Awards on June 6.

In addition to hosting, Keith will also compete as a nominee, for, among others, Video of the Year for “Red Solo Cup,” off his most recent album, Clancy’s Tavern. has the full list of nominees.

The awards show will feature performances from Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, and Zac Brown Band.

Fans can vote for their favorites online at until June 4.

Read more:
CMT Music Award Nominations: Little Big Town must win for ‘Fix You’ cover — VIDEO  
ACM Awards: And the winners are… 
Dierks Bentley talks new album ‘Home’ (and other country tunes you should be buying today)

Loretta Lynn wants Zooey Deschanel in her 'Coal Miner's Daughter' musical

Country Music Hall of Fame member Loretta Lynn is taking her life story to Broadway, and she has tapped film and TV actress Zooey Deschanel to play her on stage.

Lynn, 80, unveiled plans for a musical adaptation of Coal Miner’s Daughter during a Grand Ole Opry show at the Ryman Auditorium on Thursday night. Wearing one of her signature long sleeve, floor length dresses, the singer blew through four songs before bringing Deschanel onstage to sing the title tune.

The announcement mirrored the way Lynn invited actress Spacek on the Opry stage in 1979 to reveal that Spacek would play her in the upcoming film. Spacek later won an Academy Award for her portrayal of Lynn. READ FULL STORY

Album Sales: Carrie Underwood rules supreme, Norah Jones takes the second-place spot

Carrie Underwood blew away the competition on the Billboard 200 this week, scoring her third straight number one album with her fourth release, Blown Away, and moving 267,000 copies.

Other Top 10 newcomers included Norah Jones, with her Danger Mouse-produced Little Broken Hearts, B.O.B., Marilyn Manson, and the first-ever soundtrack from NBC’s Smash.

Check out the full Top 10 below: READ FULL STORY

Carrie Underwood performs new song 'Cupid's Got a Shotgun,' talks husband and vocab lessons -- Watch it here

Carrie Underwood’s new album Blown Away is out today, and to celebrate, she performed a mini concert last night for the Live on Letterman webcast.

What we learned: Even though she still has music’s best legs, she’s worried she’s not quite in tour shape yet. She said she was losing her breath after one number, but we assume that’s just be because she was plowing through a set list she kept purposefully upbeat (save for one ballad, “Jesus Take the Wheel”) and even her fast songs require ample belting.

She played several songs off the new record, including the fiddle footstomper “Cupid’s Got a Shotgun,” which she admitted her husband, hockey star Mike Fisher, questioned the first time she let him listen to it. (She concedes that it’s a little out of character.)

She also said she had to pull out every hunting reference she’d ever heard Fisher make while writing the song: “I’m like, ‘Remington? I think that’s a gun. Yeah. Yeah, yeah, let’s say that. Kevlar? What is that? I know that’s something, something important,'” she told the crowd. “But the other writers had to teach me what the word ‘barrage’ meant. I was like, ‘What is that? Is that a word? You guys are making crap up, trying to stick it in a song.’ But I learned something new, so that was fun.”

Watch her perform the song on Live on Letterman below. And props to her guitarist Shawn Tubbs — subbing in for Brad Paisley, who handles the guitar solo on album. READ FULL STORY

Eric Church takes aim at Blake Shelton, 'The Voice,' wussy rock music -- UPDATE

That Eric Church guy is a wild one.

In a recent Rolling Stone interview with the country star, we learn that the Chief chief’s hobbies include: riding around in four-wheelers while clutching loaded guns and beer, getting cowboy boots thrown at him during shows, and punching security guards.

Oh, and he also likes to talk a lot of smack.

Take, for example, Church’s assessment of today’s music industry:

“It’s become American Idol gone mad. Honestly, if Blake Shelton and Cee Lo Green f—ing turn around in a red chair, you got a deal. That’s crazy.”

“I don’t know what would make an artist do that,” Church continued. “You’re not an artist.”

Naturally, Shelton and his wife Miranda Lambert (whose career began on the reality talent show Nashville Star in 2003 and who also played a part in The Voice this season) were none too pleased.


CMT Music Award Nominations: Little Big Town must win for 'Fix You' cover -- VIDEO

Nominations for June 6’s CMT Music Awards were announced this morning, with Carrie Underwood leading the pack with five nods, followed by Miranda Lambert, who received four.

See the full list below, which also includes three nominations a piece for Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Taylor Swift, Rascal Flatts, and Thompson Square.

If there’s one category we feel strongly about, it’s CMT Performance of the Year, which honors the best live performance that aired on a CMT show, series, or special. Little Big Town has to win for their cover of Coldplay’s “Fix You” on the Music Builds: CMT Disaster Relief Concert. It starts at 2:40 in the clip below; you’re guaranteed to get chills. READ FULL STORY

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