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In the issue, he chats about his favorite places in Nashville, including his favorite place to grab a burger, his favorite shopping locale and the place he’ll take you on a date. Regarding the latter, he says, “If I’m going to go on a date, I want to go somewhere where it looks like I’ve been there a lot, and it looks cool when you go to The Palm and everyone knows your name. Every once and awhile I’ll splurge and go there.”
And if you’re wondering what the highlight of being famous is, Hunter says, “Anything that has to do with this record and this past year. You’ve put out your first record, then comes the time where you prepare for your second record, amongst what’s happening with your first record good or bad, and you prepare for the stress and the pressure of it all…But the fun thing about all of this is that it just keeps getting more fun as we go along, as we get to the next thing. It keeps getting sweeter and sweeter.”
Blake Shelton has been rather quiet since Season 5 of The Voice came to an end. Fear not! Blake is alive, well, and hasn’t changed a bit since you last heard from him. Well, strike that. He is a bit more blessed than he was before, as the Shelton/Lambert household gained another member.
In a video, Blake explained to fans that he missed being outdoors and has kept a low profile lately to enjoy some time in nature. He also promised everyone that his excessive drinker status is accurate and not just made for TV. Most importantly, Blake discussed his bromance with fellow The Voice judge, Adam Levine.
A musical movement is rocking mainstream country music these days. And with their hit country song of the summer “Cruise,” which is also the biggest Billboard Hot Country Song chart-topper in 50 years, Florida Georgia Line is blurring the lines between country, rock’ n’ roll and urban. The duo sat down with Billboard to discuss touring, writing, country music and how following their instincts landed them at the top of the charts.
Check out the cover below and read the full story on Billboard’s site:
About becoming a duo:
Tyler Hubbard: “From the First song we wrote together we felt we had something cool. We worked easily together, we had a lot in common, and onstage it was really natural. It was a party. We just had fun with it.”
On their songs and their sound:
Tyler Hubbard: “Getting in the studio and letting [producer] Joey [Moi] understand who we are and what we’re going after was the key. He really captured the sound that we wanted, the sound that describes who we are. Just feel good music. Songs that make you want to roll your windows down and drive fast. We wanted something that sounded huge, even the slower songs.”
On common country music themes:
Brian Kelley: Man, that’s been around for years – dirt roads, beer, trucks and girls. That is country music, and I don’t think that ever gonna change.”
About the musical movement of blending music genres currently trending in country music:
Tyler Hubbard: “We write what we want to write. It’s mixing all of it together. We’ve been really blessed that what we love to write is attractive to people right now. People are grasping onto it. It puts us in a slot to be able to get out of the box and step out o the country music boundaries a little bit, and hopefully innovate a little bit.”
Brian Kelley: “I think people are looking for something fresh and new. Our fans seem to spread the music like wildfire. That doesn’t always happen, and it’s special to us and we’re blessed to be a part of it. It’s something really cool. It’s an exciting time, and a time we both hope continues to grow.”
Reining country music queen, Reba McEntire, is the cover of the latest issue of Jetset Magazine. In the issue, Reba discusses Broadway, Narvel’s next big idea, her top singles, her music career, and MORE!
In the interview, she shares why she’s so thankful for the large age range in country music:
“The ages of my fans span quite a few decades, and what they like about me varies also, whether it’s the TV shows or my music. I like that.”
You can check out the entire interview on Jetset’s website right here. What do you think Reba should do next in her career?
Miranda Lambert has had enough of the tabloid rumors about her marriage to Blake Shelton. In an exclusive interview with US Weekly, which was sent to us, she explains why she’ll always stand by her man, and shares her golden rules to a happy marriage.
Miranda tells the magazine that even with the normal ups and downs of a marriage, divorce is NOT an option for the pair.
Here’s her golden rules for a happy marriage:
1) The twosome have promised to not spend more than two weeks apart.
2) They don’t keep secrets. The couple has each other’s phone passwords, so no more snooping!
3) They stay in touch. “We talk at least once a day, and we text a lot,” she says.
4) They plan downtime. “We hang out as best friends,” she tells Us. “Me and Blake have full-on parties by ourselves, listening to music.”
5) He has to please the missus. Lambert made demands for the pair’s L.A. rental home: “I told him he would have to get me a place with a pool and a yard for the dogs, and he did!’
Make sure to pick up a copy of US Weekly when it hits stands nationwide on Friday.
It’s been a whirlwind for years for The Band Perry, and with their forthcoming sophomore album Pioneer hitting stores on April 2, the trio shows no signs of slowing down. They’ve already had a #1 single with the album’s first track “Better Dig Two,” worked with super-producer Rick Rubin, and this week, the band covers Billboard magazine.
Read on for some excerpts from the story and be sure to pick up the issue on newsstands.
On working on the new album: ”Even more than pressure, we felt responsibility to even have the opportunity to record a second album,” Kimberly says, “because the fans making the first record such a success was in itself such a gift. The three of us felt the responsibility to dig as deep as we could, and we definitely dug deep.”
To begin the recording process, we took a road trip out to Malibu, Calif.,” Reid says, “and during that time we wrote a lot of the music along the way, including at the Grand Canyon. We wrote the song ‘Pioneer’ in Santa Fe, N.M.” They eventually made it to Malibu and met with Rubin. “Rick helped us refine the songs,” Reid says.
About working with Rick Rubin: ”Rick also opened up our minds to the spirit behind music,” Kimberly says. “He was a teacher in that area. There were times where we walked into the control room that he had tears in his eyes because the music so moved him.”
Country’s very own superstar Carrie Underwood is the latest cover girl for Allure magazine. The issue, which hits newsstands on Tuesday, January 22nd, Carrie talks about her stance on gay marriage and why she’s in support of the controversial topic, her stage outfits, and her views on family. It should be a must-read for any Carrie fan! We’re totally in support of Carrie standing up for what she believes in.
In other Carrie news, as we reported on Twitter last night, she is once again the first confirmed artist for this year’s CMA Fest in Nashville. The official announcement should come within a few days, but yes fans, it’s real! Will you be going? What other artists do you want to see added to the line-up this year?
Miranda Lambert has never been one to shy away from speaking her mind, and as the cover girl of February’s Redbook Magazine, she does just that. The article tackles every topic from Twitter and insecurities, to “being the bad guy” and her endearingly big-mouthed hubby, Blake Shelton.
And while she may look as tough as gunpowder and lead, Miranda is full of her own insecurities and insists she’s a big ol’ softy:
“I’m insecure about tons of things! I cry onstage once a week, singing ‘The House That Built Me,’ and I always tell the crowd, ‘Don’t tell anyone I was cryin’!’ Or ‘Over You,’ when Blake and I had all that loss in our lives.”
Country music superstar Miranda Lambert and her newest gal pal Danica Patrick are covering the latest issue of Country Weekly. The “Fastest Girl In Town” singer is showing off the pair’s distinctive styles from the music video in the issue, as well as sharing behind the scenes details of the video shoot with the magazine. Miranda and Danica met for the first time on-set of the “Four The Record” singer’s latest music video.
Miranda’s latest music video is groundbreaking, and the first interactive music video with its own smart phone app. The application lets fans change the camera angles of the action scenes from the video, and unlock special bonus content for watching the video on their mobile devices.
Miranda sat down with Country Weekly and discussed her new friendship with the NASCAR driver, and the relationship between country music fans and racing fans.
“Fastest Girl In Town” is already in the top 20 at country radio and is quickly rising up the charts. The reining CMA and ACM female vocalist of the year is currently out on the road with her “ON FIRE” tour across the United States and Canada.
Country music’s own Kellie Pickler is the leading lady on the cover of Maxim magazine’s special military tribute issue, “Maxim Salutes The Military.” The issue, which hits newsstands on Tuesday, July 31st, features Kellie on the cover and in the centerfold in a 1950′s-style with a modern flare, and an in-depth personal interview on why she loves performing for the troops overseas with her USO Tours. The story, and full photo spread, is live on Maxim.com right now.
In the cover story, Kellie remembers the sacrifices made for her country’s freedom.
“I come from a military family. My grandfather is a retired Marine, and I’ve always had a great deal of respect for anyone who serves our country. It really does take someone special to sacrifice everything. I don’t mean just their lives, either. There are men who are sacrificing the chance to hold their newborn baby!” she says.
The issue will be available on July 31st for the month of August. Check out the cover picture below: