Gwendolyn RecordsTrisha Yearwood’s already a best-selling author, a two-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year, a Food Network star, and of course, wife of Garth Brooks. But now you can add one more thing to the list: resident of FarmVille.
In the coming months, fans will start to see Trisha in the new version of the popular game, called FarmVille 2: Country Escape. Trisha’s avatar will be a “down-to-earth farmhand” and her new song “Every Girl in This Town” will play as she helps fans with their imaginary farms.
On Monday, Trisha visited the headquarters of the company behind the app, Zynga, and took part in a discussion about gender equality.
"As someone who plays FarmVille, and having grown up on a farm in Georgia, the game ties back to my roots," she says. "With women also being the central characters in all the FarmVille games, it shows that farming -- like music, tech, politics, science and entrepreneurship -- should be accessible to anyone."
You can get a sneak peak at Trisha’s FarmVille character in a new YouTube video. Her new album, Every Girl, arrives on August 30.
ABC/Image Group LA Thirteen years ago, Keith Urban and actress Nicole Kidman tied the knot during a ceremony in Manly, Australia. Today, the Aussie singer wished the Big Little Lies star a happy anniversary on social media.
“Thirteen years of magic, music, romance, wild adventures, and the ongoing discovery of pure love,” he captioned a photo that showed him playing the piano as Nicole danced behind him.
“Happy Anniversary Babygirl. xxxx,” he added.
A short time later, Keith's original post disappeared, replaced by a more recent photo of the two laughing and embracing on the beach. In the new picture, you can also spot an elaborate "Nicole" tattoo on Keith's bicep.
Just last Thursday, Keith serenaded his bride on his socials on her 52nd birthday, playing an impressive one-handed version of “Happy Birthday” on the keyboard.
Meanwhile, Keith just released a concert video of the Graffiti U track, “Drop Top,” which features newcomer Kassi Ashton.
Fans can also pick up a special seven-inch version of his latest hit, “We Were,” backed with his cover of the Marshmello/Bastille pop hit, “Happier.” You can choose from red, orange, blue or clear vinyl.
ABC/Image Group LA Michael Ray and Carly Pearce spent their first anniversary where their romance began: across the street from the Grand Ole Opry at the Nashville Palace, in the part of town known as Music Valley.
“We have 5 hours together this week,” Michael shared on his socials, along with a picture of the couple in the bar. “So we celebrated our 1 year anniversary at the place where she stole my heart, listening to traditional country music."
“Carly you’re my foundation in life and I can’t wait for 99 more years with you,” the soon-be-married singer added. “Thank you for choosing me, you’re the gift I’ll never know how I deserved. I love you forever and a day.”
Michael and Carly got engaged over the Christmas holidays, and though they haven’t revealed their exact wedding date, they’ve hinted it may be in the fall.
Carly shared the same anniversary photo as Michael, adding “I wish I could go back in time and tell that girl sitting at the bar listening to old school country music with that boy, hoping he’d keep his arm around her, that this was going to be the night that changed her life forever.”
Meanwhile, Michael’s planning a tour of the United Kingdom in October. Here’s the itinerary, with tickets going on sale Friday:
10/22 -- London, England, Bush Hall 10/23 -- Birmingham, England, O2 Institute 3 10/24 -- Liverpool, England, Arts Club the Loft 10/25 -- Manchester, England, Night & Day 10/27 -- Glasgow, Scotland, Stereo
ABC/Image Group LA Miranda Lambert hopes to have new music out before she sets her all-girl Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars Tour in motion this fall.
She tells Rolling Stone that she recently delivered the follow-up to 2016’s The Weight of These Wings to her record label. She switched producers, working with Jay Joyce, known for collaborating with Eric Church and Little Big Town, among others.
“It was a change,” Miranda admits, “but I wanted to go in a different direction for this one than I have in the past because I feel like I was in a new place.”
“Jay and I had some new chemistry,” she adds. “Sometimes you have to change it up.”
Miranda teases that the new music has “a little rock vibe to it,” as evidenced by the new tune “Locomotive,” which she debuted earlier this month at CMA Fest.
“I think that everything in my life in the last year has weaved itself in," she says of her next album.
“I have been spending time in New York and I got married and I’m happy, and working with Jay, that all brought a really new phase and sound.”
The Texas native didn’t reveal exactly when fans can expect the first taste of the new record, but says she’s “ready for a single to be out yesterday.”
Comstock/Thinkstock Country Music Hall of Famer Roger Miller won the 1985 Tony Award for Best Original Score for this musical based on Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn. Can you name it? ANSWER: Big River.
Pearl RecordsGarth Brooks and Blake Shelton’s “Dive Bar” is already a top twenty hit, even though it’s only been out a week.
The new duet debuts at #16 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart, giving it the best first chart week of any song since Luke Combs’ “Beer Never Broke My Heart” started at #15 back in May.
“Dive Bar” also gives Blake the highest debut of his career so far. Garth can’t say the same, since he already has a more impressive feat under his belt: “More Than a Memory” became the only song ever to debut at #1, back in 2007.
Right now, you can only hear “Dive Bar” on country radio. It’ll be available to stream or download on Amazon Music on Prime Day, which starts at midnight on Monday, July 15.
Garth and Blake will perform it for the first time live the following Friday, during Garth’s sold-out stop on his Stadium Tour in Boise, Idaho.
Newcomer Matt Stell is on the verge of having his first top-thirty hit, as his debut single, "Prayed for You," makes it to #31 on the country chart this week.
At six-foot-seven, the Arkansas native easily qualifies as one of the tallest men in country music, alongside Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley, Brett Young, and Trace Adkins.
Of course, that works out well if you play basketball in college, as Matt did, but there are some downsides, particularly if you need to travel: Bunks on tour buses weren't really made for guys that tall.
"Neither are seats in 737s," Matt continues. "That kinda sucks..."
"I wear hats a lot," he adds, "and if I have the bill forward -- you don't think about peripheral vision being [vertical]. But man I hit my head all the damn time. I really do..." he laughs.
"It's hard to find pants. Pants are tough, shoes are tough. But, you know, that's about all the complaints that I have."
Then the Everywhere But On singer thinks of one more.
"Oh, you know something else that sucks? Counter height," he explains. "You wouldn't think about that. But if the counter's too tall, you get a box and you stand on an apple crate or something."
"It's like you can't put the apple crate on the sink to cut things up, you know, or to wash dishes. So that's a little bit painful. But yeah, I'm not gonna complain too much," he smiles.
Savannah Chrisley from the reality show Chrisley Knows Best stars in the "Prayed for You" video, along with her boyfriend, the Anaheim Ducks' Nic Kerdiles. You can check it out on YouTube.
Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock NBC's Today show shot a feature with Luke Bryan this past Friday during his sold-out show at Gillette Stadium in the Boston area. It's set to air on Tuesday, July 2.
Eli Young Band will follow-up their latest #1, "Love Ain't," with the new track, "Break It In." You can check out the song's lyric video on YouTube now.
Country Music Hall of Famer Charlie Daniels will both speak and perform at The Grove at Williamson Place in Murfreesboro, Tennessee this Thursday evening. The Veteran Impact Celebration is a fundraiser for Daniels Center on the campus of nearby Middle Tennessee State University.
Newcomer Brandon Ratcliff just shot the new music video for his debut single, "Rules of Breaking Up." You can watch it on YouTube now.
BBR Runaway June can't wait until their debut album, Blue Roses, comes out on Friday. But in the meantime, the trio has plenty to celebrate.
On Sunday night, they broke out the champagne as they marked the end of the first leg of Carrie Underwood’s Cry Pretty Tour. They’ll be busy working their own dates this summer, before rejoining Carrie and Maddie & Tae for the fall leg, which kicks off September 10 in San Diego, California.
Next up, Hannah Mulholland, Jennifer Wayne, and Naomi Cooke will play Fox & Friends’ All-American Summer Concert Series on Friday, July 12 in New York City.
This week, Runaway June’s latest single, “Buy My Own Drinks,” continues to be their biggest hit so far, rising to #16 on the country chart.
ABC/Image Group LA Who needs Bono when you’ve got Miranda Lambert and some of the best female voices in country music?
Friday night at Country LakeShake in Chicago, the evening’s all-girl lineup tackled one of U2’s signature songs, their 1987 number one, “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.”
Maren Morris, Lauren Alaina, Cassadee Pope, Lindsay Ell and Miranda’s fellow Pistol Annies -- Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley -- all joined the headliner onstage for the once-in-a-lifetime performance.
“A wall of women we are proud to be amongst,” Pistol Annies shared on their socials later, along with a picture of the whole group during the song.
You can check out fan-shot video of the performance on YouTube.
This was the fifth year for Country LakeShake in the Windy City, and the festival’s best-attended gathering so far.
ABC/Image Group LA Granger Smith returned to the road this past weekend for the first time since the death of his youngest son River a little more than three weeks ago.
Medical personnel were unable to revive the three-year-old after a drowning accident in the family pool at Granger’s home in the Austin, Texas area.
Sunday at Chicago’s LakeShake festival, Granger sported a new tattoo on his right forearm that simply says “River.” Just last week, he and his wife Amber addressed fans on YouTube, announcing they would return to the road with their children London and Lincoln as they try to heal.
This weekend, in River's honor, they visited SUE the T. Rex at Chicago’s Field Museum.
"Getting back on the road and back into daily life without River has not been easy in the slightest,” Amber shared on Instagram, along with a photo of London and Lincoln with the dinosaur.
“Every single thing reminds me of him, and all I can think about is how he would love exploring and seeing all that we are seeing,” she added.
You can feel the mother's grief as her post continues: “I have this pit in my stomach constantly, because I'm trying to make life as normal as possible for our other 2 incredible kiddos, London and Lincoln, while hurting so bad inside.”
“I look around at everyone else and wonder if anyone is going through something like we are,” Amber’s post goes on. “Dumb little things don't matter anymore. My family does. My faith does.”
Granger’s next date is Friday in Midland, Michigan.
The Valory Music Co. This week, Thomas Rhett’s collection of number ones grows, as “Look What God Gave Her” rises to the top of the country chart.
“Just wanna say thanks so much to country radio, my amazing team, my band, publicist and everyone that made this possible,” TR reacted on Instagram. “I can’t believe ‘Look What God Gave Her’ is my 13th number 1 song!”
“All the glory to God,” he added. “So honored to make music for y’all! Much love!”
“Look What God Gave Her” is the lead single from Thomas Rhett’s chart-topping Center Point Road album.
His most recent trip to number one came in January with “Sixteen,” the final single from his Life Changes record.
ABC/Image Group LA Just like practically everyone else on the planet, five-month-old Jacob Fisher loves his mom Carrie Underwood's singing. When it comes to his dad, former hockey star Mike Fisher...not so much.
You can witness it for yourself, in an unforgettable video Carrie posted on Instagram. In the clip, Carrie and Mike serenade Jacob with Vince Gill's classic, "I Still Believe in You."
Every time Mike sings, Jacob cries uncontrollably. When Carrie takes over, he turns his head and calms. This repeats without fail over the entire course of the forty-five-second video.
"Everyone's a critic..." Carrie captioned the clip.
"The real reason is he was hungry and wanted your food," Mike commented on the post, adding the hashtag #notmysinging.
Plenty of folks couldn't get enough of the video.
"This is the greatest thing I've seen all year," Justin Timberlake posted.
"Oh my gosh I'm dying," Kimberly Williams-Paisley added.
Next up for Carrie and the family, she takes her Cry Pretty Tour to the United Kingdom for six dates that start June 28 in Birmingham, England.
Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images via ABCBlake Shelton isn't bothered by the constant speculation about his potential marriage to his girlfriend of three years, Gwen Stefani.
"First of all, the rumors stuff, I'm not gonna sit here and say that it makes me mad," he tells Entertainment Tonight. "It's funny. I've learned over the years just to take that for what it is."
"If I am somehow, and Gwen is somehow, newsworthy enough that they have to make up stories about us just to have something to say, then I guess that's a good problem to have," he continues. "You know, I gotta say that we couldn't be happier, and we've never been doing better."
The "God's Country" hitmaker goes on to say his relationship with Gwen "gets stronger every day," adding "Obviously, that's gotta lead somewhere."
Blake does note, though, that if they do decide to tie the knot, "I promise you, we won't break the news in any of the grocery store trash magazines."
Blake and Gwen will be together again this fall on The Voice, as both return as coaches for season 17 of the singing competition.
Comstock/Thinkstock The biggest hit of Opry star Hawkshaw Hawkins' career came after his death on March 5, 1963, in the same plane crash that killed Patsy Cline. Can you name the song that hit #1 on the Billboard chart on May 4 of that same year? ANSWER: "Lonesome 7-7203."
With "Look What God Gave Her" poised to be Thomas Rhett's next number one, it's just the latest in a string of self-penned hits that talk about how happy he is with his wife, Lauren, and his daughters, Willa and Ada.
So are Thomas and Lauren open to more "Life Changes" as their family expands?
"These last couple months have been insane, like, all over the place..." he explains. "It is very stressful I feel like to travel with your kids and still know that like you're waking up at six and you're also playing a show at night. So in that aspect I'm going, 'I love my two kids and I'm kind of content.'
That's not TR's final answer, however.
"If we stopped having kids now, I know I'd wake up at 45 and go, 'We should have had five more,'" he reveals. "Because I really do want to be able to sit at a Thanksgiving or Christmas table with the most gigantic family on the planet."
Since the couple adopted Willa from a Ugandan orphanage just months before Lauren gave birth to Ada, TR figures they can handle anything.
"They say that going from one to two is the hardest thing you'll do as a parent..." he reflects. "But going from two to three and maybe four and five, like I'm just gonna embrace it and know that like we can accomplish anything."
"Because there is nothing more fun than being around my children," Thomas adds. "And so I can only imagine it gets more fun the more that you have."
Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock"Caught Up in the Country" hitmaker Rodney Atkins will be a guest on Strahan & Sara on Monday. You can watch for him starting at 1 p.m. ET on ABC.
Terri Clark's latest studio project, Raising the Bar, will be released as a double vinyl album on Friday, October 4. The next day, she'll help the Grand Ole Opry celebrate its birthday with a special concert at 3 p.m. CT, and appear on both regular Saturday night Opry shows as well.
Parmalee now has their own brand of coffee, called Feels Like Carolina. The single origin Peruvian beans are roasted by Sir Walter Coffee in Raleigh, North Carolina. You can pick up a 12-ounce bag and a Parmalee mug for $25 on the band's website.
Jordan Davis just released his new lyric video for "Slow Dance in a Parking Lot." You can check it out on YouTube now.
ABC/Image Group LAKane Brown becomes the first country artist ever to collaborate with superstar electronic music producer and DJ Marshmello, with the pair's track “One Thing Right,” which is new today.
The “Good As You” hitmaker connected with the helmet-wearing DJ at last year’s American Music Awards, where they were both winners. That led to Kane offering Marshmello “One Thing Right,” a tune he originally wrote for his chart-topping album, Experiment.
“Marshmello had reached out to say congratulations while I was at the AMAs,” Kane explains. “I sent him the song and he ended up being really passionate about it, and said he wanted to even make it a single, so we ended up working on it together.”
“I am a huge Marshmello fan,” Kane adds, “and think he is an incredible artist in his space, so I am thrilled to be able to get to collaborate with him on this. It’s amazing seeing a song you wrote come to life like that.”
You can check out the lyric video for “One Thing Right” on YouTube now.
The two will perform the song together August 30 as part of Good Morning America’s Summer Concert Series on ABC.