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Scotty McCreery sued by former manager

Scotty McCreery.

Uh oh! Season 10 American Idol winner Scotty McCreery is being sued by his former manager, Todd Cassetty. Todd filed a lawsuit in Tennessee stating that the 19-year-old star has never paid him for his work or services rendered starting in October 2012.

Scotty isn’t taking the accusation lightly, saying in a statement:

“There is no truth to these allegations. I have offered to pay Todd more than once, but he wanted an unreasonable amount for only five months of work. Anyone who knows me knows how I conduct myself, so I am not worried they will believe any of this. This is just an attempt to embarrass me and my family. The facts will come out when we have our day in court.”

Scotty was signed to Todd as his first entertainment contract after Scotty had finished his post-Idol XIX Entertainment management contract. It happened around the same time as Scotty’s release of his Christmas album “Christmas with Scotty.”

The lawsuit claims that Scotty’s mother wrote an e-mail to Todd saying that he was “unofficially officially” Scotty’s new manager, and would be compensated with 15 to 20 percent – which is industry standard. Todd then says in the lawsuit that he only received 2 percent of gross revenue while under contract with Scotty. However, he was never given a written contract by Scotty or his mother.

Todd is seeking actual and punitive damages from Scotty, as well as covering his legal costs. He accuses the star of breach of contract and fraud. The lawsuit calls Scotty and Judith McCreery, as well as Scotty’s production company Blue Crew Productions Inc as the defendants in the case.

 

UPDATE: Randy Travis survives surgery

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We have an update since news broke last night about Randy Travis. He’s survived emergency surgery to relieve pressure on his brain after suffering a stroke last night. The stroke was a complication from his congestive heart failure from his viral cardiomyopathy. Randy, 54, was showing signs of improvement before the stroke.

His doctors addressed the media still listing Randy in critical condition. His family and friends are continuing their vigil at The Baylor Heart Hospital in Plano, Texas and continue to thank fans and ask for more prayers and support.

Country stars have been sending their love to Randy through Twitter over the last few days:

Keith Urban: Sending healing strength and love to you this morning @randytravis -KU

Scotty McCreery:My thoughts and prayers are with @randytravis today. Praying for a great recovery for a true Country music and North Carolina legend!

Reba McEntire: Big prayers going up for Randy Travis.

Rodney Atkins: Just heard @randytravis had a stroke and is in surgery. Praying for Randy, the medical staff and his family. #PrayForRandy

We will continue to update fans as we get official news and statements.

Randy Travis suffers stroke; in surgery

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A sad update tonight on the status of country icon Randy Travis. As a complication of his congestive heart failure, he has suffered a stroke, his publicist has told us, and is currently in surgery to relieve pressure on his brain. He remains in critical condition and his family is asking for prayers and support as they wait by his side at the Texas hospital.

We will continue to update you with official information as it becomes available.

Our thoughts and prayers remain with Randy, his friends, and his family.

Randy Travis in Critical Condition

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Country superstar, Randy Travis, was recently diagnosed with Viral Cardiomyopathy, which is a weakening of the heart muscles caused by a viral infection. Recent reports indicate that Randy was taken to a Texas hospital yesterday, where he is said to be in critical condition due to complications related to his diagnosis.

We will, of course, keep all of our readers updated on Randy’s condition. Our thoughts and prayers are with Randy for a speedy recovery.

Hannah Blaylock Leaves Edens Edge

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Edens Edge took to their website and twitter this morning to announce that one of their founding members, Hannah Blaylock, has sadly left the trio. Cherrill Green and Dean Berner posted this message for their fans this morning on their site:

Edens Edge said farewell to a founding member of the group, who left upon her own accord and with much disappointment. They played their final show on February 22, 2013 at The Grand Ole Opry. The Arkansas natives made their sentimental Opry debut on March 5th, 2011. Dean found the location of their last show to be beautifully ironic as, “The Opry stage is a place that artists begin living the first pages of their journey and many times it is the last place they play before their earthly journey ends and tonight we couldn’t have asked for a better place to open this new chapter for Edens Edge than on such a gracious stage.”

Dean & Cherrill would like to personally thank Scott Borchetta for his belief and support in Edens Edge. They’re forever grateful for the time spent inside the Big Machine family.

Personal message from Dean: “We’re literally living on the “edge” right now, as we regroup, write, and the next chapter of our band is revealed. It’s a crazy but exciting time, and we hope everyone will join us on the journey.”

Personal message from Cherrill: “One of my favorite parts of the past few years, in addition to amazing tours and performing on the Opry stage, was getting to make and meet fans. Feeling supported and loved as you are following your dreams is one of the most amazing gifts. I can’t thank the fans enough, and we can’t wait to get back out there and see them all again.”

Cherrill and Dean have announced that they are still writing and recording new music, although it looks as though they’re no longer part of the Big Machine family. “The new freedom we have in the writing process has injected creativity and life into every lyric. It has allowed us to create songs that are true to the love for traditional sounds that brought us together but we’re also taking some unconventional risks with regard to collaborations, new faces and content. We’re pushing our own boundaries. I can’t wait for our wonderfully loyal fans to hear what we’ve been working away on,” said Cherrill, excitedly.

Edens Edge was formed back in 2004 and was signed in 2010 by Scott Borchetta to Big Machine Records. Currently, Edens Edge is listed as an Archived Artist on the Big Machine website.

Deans priority is to get Edens Edge back on the road to perform for fans. “We will never be the same as we were before, but we believe that the changes will lead to a more exciting and electrically engaging stage show.”

Kelly Clarkson to Perform at President Obama’s Inauguration

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As if getting engaged in December and being nominated for four Grammy’s wasn’t enough, Kelly Clarkson‘s big moments keep on coming. It was announced today that the pop/country superstar will be joining Beyonce and James Taylor at the 57th Presidential Inauguration on Jan. 21.

The talented trio will each give their take on a patriotic classic with Beyonce tackling the National Anthem. Taylor will perform “America The Beautiful” and Clarkson will perform “My Country ‘Tis of Thee.”

The Nashville resident spoke to The Tennessean today. “I really have spent a lot of time coming up with a cool arrangement,” she said. “I wanted to make it special. I’m really proud to be singing in his inauguration. I vote for him. It’s a proud moment when you support something, and then you get to be a part of it.”

Jake Owen cancels shows due to flu

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One of country music’s brightest stars was forced to deliver some bad news to fans on Twitter yesterday. “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” singer Jake Owen sent out an apologetic message to fans after having to cancel his Houston, Texas concert due to the flu.

Jake said:

Sorry to my Houston friends… I’m unfortunately gonna miss you tonight. Laid up with the flu. I’ll make it up to ya. You’ve got my word.

Jake’s next tour date is tomorrow night in Vero Beach, Florida. It’s Jake’s annual concert to benefit the Jake Owen Foundation, and the closing night of “CMT On Tour: Jake Owen – The Summer Never Ends” with friends Love & Theft and Florida-Georgia Line. Will you be going? Tickets are still on-sale at jakeowen.net.

Little Big Town forced to postpone California shows

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Little Big Town has been forced to cancel a series of shows, effective immediately, due to a loss in their immediate family. In a statement posted yesterday to their official website, the group announced that they will reschedule the effected dates. The headlining dates being moved are their California ones: Riverside tonight, and Los Angeles concert on November 29th. Riverside, CA will be rescheduled at a later date and the Los Angeles show at The Wiltern will now take place on February 8, 2013. Tickets for The Wiltern show will be honored on the rescheduled night. The band would like to thank their fans for their understanding and compassion during this very difficult time.

No other information has been released yet at this time. The group’s new single, the title track from their brand new album “Tornado,” is at country radio right now.

Miranda Lambert & Dierks Bentley To Tour!

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Here’s some exciting breaking news for country music fans – Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley will be hitting the road together this January for the “Locked & Reloaded” tour. Check out their official announcement below, and we’ll post tour dates as they are announced. Will you be going?

What country acts would you love to see touring together?

 

“Making music for our fans is the best job in the world,” said Miranda. “It’s especially great being able to take to that music on the road with someone I respect as an artist and human being. This will be a tour of ‘epic badassery.’”

Dierks added:

“Some of my favorite times on tour over the years were with Miranda and her crew. We have a lot in common musically and our fans do too. It’s going to be a killer year.”

See the list of cities below and let us know if you’ll be checking out the tour:

George Strait Announces Final Tour

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It’s a sad day for country music – George Strait has announced his final tour. “The Cowboy Rides Away” will take place through 2013 to 2014, and will be the last tour for the king of country music. He will record and perform at select and special times following his retirement tour – but will not be retiring. He will continue to record and write after the tour. The surprise was announced just a few minutes ago at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in downtown Nashville, Tennessee.

The two-year tour will take George across the United States with Martina McBride as his special guest on every date. We have the list of 2013 dates, as 2014 dates are still being finalized. Fan club member pre-sales begin October 9th. See the list of 2013 dates so far below. He’s announced that Texan superstar Miranda Lambert will appear at his Houston date.

Jan. 18 – Lubbock, Texas, United Spirit Arena
Jan. 19 – Oklahoma City, Okla., Chesapeake Energy Arena
Jan. 25 – Salt Lake City, Utah, EnergySolutions Arena
Jan. 26 – Nampa, Idaho, Idaho Center Arena
Jan. 31 – Sacramento, Calif., Power Balance Pavilion
Feb. 1 – Fresno, Calif., Save Mart Center
Feb. 2 – Las Vegas, Nev., MGM Grand Garden Arena
Feb. 15 – Saint Paul, Minn., Xcel Energy Center
Feb. 16 – Grand Forks, N.D., Alerus Center
Feb. 22 – Buffalo, N.Y., First Niagara Center
Feb. 23 – Hartford, Conn., XL Center
March 1 – Knoxville, Tenn., Thompson-Boling Arena
March 2 – Lexington, Ky., Rupp Arena
March 17 – Houston, Texas, Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo / “RodeoHouston”
March 22 – Greenville, S.C., Bi-Lo Center
March 23 – Greensboro, N.C., Greensboro Coliseum
April 5 – Albuquerque, N.M., Pit Arena
April 6 – Las Cruces, N.M., Pan American Center
April 12 – N. Little Rock, Ark., Verizon Arena
April 13 – New Orleans, La., New Orleans Arena