With more than 40 albums, 20 number one singles, and the title ‘The Queen of Country’ to her name, Dolly Parton has certainly earned the right to share her thoughts on whatever topic she chooses — and when a British reporter asked her recently to weigh in on Lady Gaga, he could have been looking for nothing more than a few controversial quotes.
Leave it to Dolly, however, to accentuate the positive — and to find common ground with someone who may not appear similar to her.
She still has a ways to go before she matches the level of sports theme longevity enjoyed by Hank Williams, Jr., but when ‘Sunday Night Football’ returns on September 11, Faith Hill will be back, too.
Hill, returning for her fifth year with the show, has recorded a new version of the theme song, ‘Waiting All Day for Sunday Night,’ which sets football-themed lyrics to Joan Jett’s ‘I Hate Myself for Loving You.’
The top of the country singles charts is familiar territory for Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood — their duet ‘Remind Me,’ currently number one, is his 20th chart-topper, and her 14th.
But even if the song produced predictable results for the duo, it started with a burst of unusual inspiration. As Paisley tells it, the idea for ‘Remind Me’ came from watching the sort of character acting commonly heard in hip-hop.
The last time Kelly Clarkson cut a duet with a country star, the result was her number one hit with Jason Aldean, ‘Don’t You Wanna Stay,’ so it’s only natural that, during a recent Web chat, she was asked if she’d consider teaming up with any other artists.
When you’ve enjoyed a quarter century of success as illustrious as Randy Travis has, you’ve earned the right to pause and take a look back — and Travis did it in style with this year’s star-studded ‘Anniversary Celebration,’ which united some of music’s biggest stars in celebration of his first 25 years as a recording artist.
Now promoting the release of his Brad Paisley duet, ‘Everything and All’ — his 59th overall single — Travis reflected on his quarter-century milestone in a recent interview, discussing his relationships with a handful of country stars, the enjoyment he still derives from performing live, and some of his most enduring hits.
They haven’t even wrapped up their current tour with Sara Evans, but that isn’t keeping Rascal Flatts from looking to the future as they prepare their eighth album. In fact, the multiplatinum country stars are already in the studio.
The news was broken by Flatts bass player Jay DeMarcus, who took to Twitter Tuesday morning with the announcement “Another day tracking with the Flatts!!! New album comes out next spring!!!”
Over the course of his long career, Willie Nelson has dabbled in a wide variety of genres, from reggae to adult contemporary to blues and beyond. Along the way, he’s worked with and covered a staggering number of artists — and now that list includes Coldplay.
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