Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Toby on Leno tonight, LeAnn goes "Blue" again, Taylor crashes a wedding and more!

Toby Keith with promote the release of his new album on The TONIGHT SHOW with Jay Leno Show airing 11:35 ET on NBC tonight.

You’ll have to wait a little longer for LeAnn Rimes' new CD “Lady and Gentlemen.” One of the reasons is that LeAnn is adding a new recording of “Blue,” along with a bonus track. In a video message LeAnn says it’s been 15 years since her original version of “Blue” was released. And, she was 13 at the time. So, she says now that she’s 28, she’ll do it again. She says she’s been in the studio working on “Lady and Gentlemen,” in between her tour dates. And, even though the album is missed the original October 5 release date, she says “the album should be in your hands soon.”

A sneak peak into Taylor Swift's new CD...in the title track Taylor crashes a wedding and tries to win back her guy. The song "Speak Now" was released yesterday on iTunes, and it's about the country star sneaking in on an ex-flame's wedding ceremony and imploring him, "Don't say yes, run away now/I'll meet you when you're out, of the church at the back door." The song maintains the same steady tempo as first single "Mine," with Swift quietly beginning the song with the line, "I am not the kind of girl, who should be rudely barging in on a white veil occasion/But you are not the kind of boy, who should be marrying the wrong girl." "Speak Now" also features a gentle guitar solo and a rousing climax in which Swift belts the song's title. The song will be the fourth track on "Speak Now," which will also include "Innocent," the track directed at Kanye West that was previewed at the MTV VMAs last month. "Mine" is currently at No. 11 on the Hot 100 after being released in August

Tim McGraw surprised the kids at a middle school near Nashville this week to talk about the problem of bullying. At the assembly, he encouraged students to be kind to one another, speak up if they see someone being bullied and not to become bullies. Tim, who came to the school at the invitation of his 11-year-old nephew, tells Nashville's Tennesean, "I think it's important for the students to hear. Anything I can do to stop bullying is what I'll do."

Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts, Reba McEntire, Sugarland and George Strait have been added to the performance lineup for the 44th annual CMA Awards on November 10th. They join Miranda Lambert, Kenny Chesney, Blake Shelton, Lady Antebellum and Dierks Bentley, and the Zac Brown Band with Alan Jackson on the bill. The awards will air live from Nashville on ABC.

CMT will honor Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, and Zac Brown Band, as the top artists of the year in the new 90-minute special, CMT Arists Of The Year, premiering Friday, December 3. How did they narrow it down to these 5? They were chosen by ranking the top five artists based on the following criteria: sales (physical albums, digital albums, and single downloads); country radio airplay based on spins; concert grosses as a headliner or co-headliner; and activity on CMT.com (video streams, searches, and artist page views). The rankings were then compiled to identify the leading performers across the four categories cumulatively. Over the past 12 months, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift and Zac Brown Band have collectively received over 2.5 million plays of their current songs; sold over 8.5 million copies of their current albums; sold over 21 million individual downloads of their current singles; and topped both the touring and CMT.com charts, proving themselves to be the top country artists for 2010.

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