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It’s been a tragic few days for country music stars and country fans. The legendary George Jones passed away in a Nashville hospital, and country stars have reacted in shock and sadness over the loss of an icon. See what some of your favorite stars have said about the great George Jones:
“George Jones’ life is an example of so many wonderful things. How someone’s God-given gifts can make this a richer, better place. How one human being can overcome adversity, addiction, and life threatening obstacles time and time again. That it is not the stumble or fall that counts, but the willingness to stand again. How a keen sense of humor and a twinkle in a person’s eye can still prevail even after all of life’s hard knocks. How mistakes, missteps, and bad choices are not the end of the world if a person chooses to turn them into something good. And George’s life is above all the strongest example of how the love of a great woman can get a man through anything. All of this made its way beautifully into every note of the greatest voice country music will ever know. And one of the greatest friends you could ever have.
We miss you already, George.
“My heart is absolutely broken. George Jones was my all time favorite singer and one of my favorite people in the world. My heart goes out to Nancy and all his family and friends.”
Gary LeVox of Rascal Flatts:
“He was the greatest country vocalist that ever lived! Through the years we have all tried to emulate the passion in his voice, but no one can fill his shoes.”
“The world has lost the greatest country singer of all time. Amen.”
“I am deeply saddened to hear about the passing of one of my all time heroes, George Jones. Georges’ music was real and he was able to touch thousands through his songs. Not only was he a great singer, but he also had the ability to make you relate to every one of his songs, no matter who you are. He and his music will remain timeless in the world of country music. My thoughts and prayers are with his family through this difficult time.”
Blake Shelton (via Twitter):
Just landed in LA. Listened to “The King Is Gone” and “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes” over and over again just like always. Can’t accept it. Really REALLY bad news. We’ve lost a country music legend. And I’ve lost a hero and a friend. Goodbye George Jones…
Kelly Clarkson (via Twitter):
Sad to hear about George Jones passing. That man touched a lot of lives with his music. Thanks for setting the bar for the rest of us. #RIPGeorgeJones
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It might be hard to believe, but country super-trio Lady Antebellum has the fastest charting song of their career with “Downtown.” The GRAMMY-winning group’s single has taken over the top spots on Billboard and Mediabase country charts, while also selling more than 500,000 copes digitally since its release – giving them a RIAA-certified gold single. “Downtown” has already spent the last two weeks at number one here in Canada.
The lead single from their upcoming album “Golden” has been huge out of the gate. The fun, groovy-tune reminds them of their previous single “American Honey,” explains Charles Kelley:
“Most of what the world has seen from Hillary from a radio single standpoint is this very sweet kind of style like ‘American Honey. But, she’s got a lot of sass and a lot of grit to her voice, too, so it’s been really fun to bring that out of her and have this kind of support from our fans and radio.”
Make sure to tune in this week to The Voice on NBC to catch Hillary Scott acting as a mentor to team Adam for the Battle Rounds. Have you been watching The Voice this season? Which team do you think has the best chance to win this year?
From Good Morning America’s New York City studio this morning, seven-time GRAMMY winning trio Lady Antebellum announced the release of their fourth Capitol Nashville studio album GOLDEN, available in stores on May 7.
Charles Kelley shared:
“This album feels to me like one of those that from start to finish could be a good road-trip record and that’s what we wanted. It’s one of the reasons why the term ‘golden’ was kind of cool. I think about road trips and driving down the road with those little streaks of sunshine popping through the trees, especially at sunset. ‘Golden’…it just gives you this warm, easy feeling.”
Hillary Scott added:
“Writing and recording this record really took us back to when we first met each other. When I first met the boys, we spent a lot of time around the piano at the house they lived in at the time. We didn’t really know each other at all, but there was still some magic and then the harmonies – that’s how it all started – that blend of our voices and that blend of our songwriting craft. So, it’s exciting that even on our fourth record, we can still find that.”
The new album’s lead single “Downtown” already stormed the Country radio charts, becoming the trio’s career highest charting debut. People noted “this preview of Lady A’s next album is slinky, sexy fun…crazy-catchy and downright soulful.”
On picking out the title for their fourth studio album, Dave Haywood said:
“The word ‘golden’ to me conjures up a lot of pictures. In the title track, it depicts driving down the road at sunset but, to me, it also depicts a special time in our career…a ‘golden,’ special time for us. We definitely want to value this time in our careers because it’s such a treasure that we can still sit in a room and write songs together. I personally feel so humbled to still be making records that people are excited to hear.”
Lady A’s previous three studio albums have paved the way for GOLDEN, which follows over 11 million album sales, six career No. one hits and seven GRAMMY awards. Last year alone, more than one million fans in over 11 countries welcomed the ACM and CMA award-winning trio on their headlining tour. For more information on new music and additional upcoming performances, visit ladyantebellum.com.
Check out the official album cover and let us know if you’re excited for new music from Lady Antebellum:
This Sunday marks the 40th Anniversary of the American Music Awards, and when we think of decades past, we think of one thing — crazy fashion choices! So, in anticipation of this year’s big show, we decided to do a little fashion policing of our own (sorry Joan), because though the awards are really about the music, the thing that seems to get the most lasting buzz is the red carpet do’s and don’t's! Below are our staff’s picks for country music’s fashionistas and fashion faux pas in AMA history!
Last Friday, Bucky Covington fans got a nice little surprise at his show at WILD BILL’S in Duluth, Georgia when Lady Antebellum‘s Hillary Scott and Charles Kelley came on stage. Charles and Hillary dropped in after their “Own The Night” tour stop at the Gwinnett Center to join Bucky in covering John Mellencamp’s “Hurts So Good” at the end of his set.
Photo Credit: Dan Harr/MusicNewsNashville.com
Country stars took to Twitter today to express their love and gratitude for all the moms out there, especially their own. See what they had to say below!
@OfficialJackson: Hope all you moms have had a happy Mother’s Day!
@blakeshelton: Happy Mothers Day momma!!!!! I love you…
@CartersChord: Happy Mother’s Day to our lovely mom @carterrobertson! And to all you other mamas out there, hope you feel very celebrated today!
@davidnail: For all of us Mommy Boy’s out there, Happy Mothers Day!
@EliYoungBand: Happy mothers day to our moms and all you great moms out there!
@FrankieBallard: How can you not love my Mom?
@HillaryScottLA: Happy Mother’s Day @lindadavismusic!!! I’m the luckiest daughter in the world to have you as my mama!
@HunterHayes: Happy mothers day to all the moms out there. Especially MY mom, the best AND coolest one. ;)
@kramergirl: The strongest lady I know. If I’m half the mother she is I’ll be okay! Happy mothers day to all the moms out
@katiearmiger: Happy Mother’s Day to all of those amazing moms out there!
@KeithUrban: Happy Mother’s Day!
@kristianbush: Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers, without whom we would really be nowhere.
@Lauren_Alaina: Happy mothers day @Kristytara (: tell y’alls momma thanks for everything she does for you and play her my song “like my mother does” (; muah
@martinamcbride: Thanks for all the Mother’s Day wishes! Hope it’s a special day for all you moms!
@reba: Red Velvet cupcakes for Mother’s Day w @Shelbilly.
@taylorswift13: Celebrating this Mother’s Day, reflecting back on past matching velvet holiday ensembles.
@thompsonsquare: happy mothers day!!!!
We here at Keepin’ It Country hope all you moms out there had a great Mother’s Day!
Lady Antebellum‘s, Hillary Scott, and band drummer, Chris Tyrrell, had some very big news to share today. The couple took to Lady A’s website to announce that they are officially Mr. & Mrs.!
Scott & Tyrrell posted a sweet video message for their fans stating:
“We love you. We are so excited to be starting our life together. And we just had to let you in on the exciting news.”
You can watch the video here.
Congratulations to Hillary & Chris! We are so happy for you and wish you all of the best.
Here is an adorable picture of the newlyweds:
Hillary Scott is busy planning her upcoming wedding to Chris Tyrell, but that doesn’t mean they didn’t have time to add to their family this month! Hillary posted a picture on Twitter of Hobbs, the newest member to the family, who first made an appearance on Twitter back on November 5th.
Isn’t Hobbs the sweetest? Who do you think is the cutest celebrity dog?
On Monday, November 14th, Lady Antebellum played a special fan appreciation show for their fan club members at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Just before singing a gospel song, Hillary talked about how she wanted to dedicate the next song to her biggest fan, her grandfather. She got choked up when she said that he had passed away the Friday before and that he had told her that when she played the Ryman, her and the boys had to sing a gospel song. Watch the video after the jump. They did an amazing job and I bet that Hillary’s grandfather would’ve been proud. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Hillary and her family.