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  • Lady A number 1

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    lady aNo surprise!

    Lady Antebellum's new album, "Own the Night", debuts at No. 1 on Billboard's country albums chart and the Billboard 200.  The trip's album sold 347,000 copies in its first week of release.

    It's the highest first-week sales for any country album since Taylor Swift's "Speak Now" sold 1.05 million for the week ending on Nov. 13, 2010. It's the second time a Lady Antebellum album has debuted at the top of the Billboard 200. Their previous project, "Need You Now", accomplished the feat with sales of 481,000 copies in February 2010.

    Lady Antebellum join the Dixie Chicks and Rascal Flatts as the only country groups to have topped the all-genres album chart. 

    On the Country Digital Tracks chart, Blake Shelton rules as 'God Gave Me You' jumps from No. 4 to No. 1. The Band Perry's 'If I Die Young' holds at No. 2 after topping the chart and registering a total in excess of 3 million downloads. Lady A are at No. 3 on that chart, with 'Just a Kiss,' nearing 1.5 million downloads.

    Lady Antebellum will be the musical guest on 'Saturday Night Live' on October 1. The episode will be hosted by recent Emmy winnerMelissa McCarthy ('Mike and Molly').

  • Taylor Swift tour CD/DVD and Taylor covers Britney Spears

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    Taylor Swift is releasing a DVD / Blu-ray of her Speak Now concert show in November.

    Included will be performances of all 17 songs from Taylor's Speak Now show (Sparks Fly, Mine, Story of Us, Our Song, Mean, Back To December, Better Than Revenge, Speak Now, Fearless, Last Kiss, You Belong With Me, Dear John, Enchanted, Haunted, Long Live, Fifteen and Love Story), plus additional bonus content.

    The CD will contain more than 75 minutes of music.

     

    RELATED: Taylor Covers Britney Spears

    At Tuesday night’s Bossier City, La. show, Taylor Swift covered Britney Spears' hit track ‘Lucky.’


     

  • DWTS Eliminates...

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    L.A. Laker Ron Artest -- now known as Metta World Peace -- got the boot on last night's 'Dancing With The Stars' results show.

    He and his professional dancing partner, Peta Murgatroyd, finished Monday night's premiere episode with the lowest score from the judges, earning only 14 out of 30 points for their cha-cha.

    The contestants were saved in groups on Tuesday's show, with the final three coming down to Nancy Grace, Rob Kardashian and Mr. Peace.

    Tuesday's DWTS episode also featured performances by Harry Connick Jr. and LMFAO.

    Eleven contestants remain in competition for the mirror-ball trophy: Nancy Grace; actress and former talk show host Ricki Lake; actor David Arquette; transgender activist Chaz Bono; reality stars Rob Kardashian, Kristin Cavallari and Carson Kressley; Iraq war veteran and soap actor J.R. Martinez; singer Chynna Phillips; model-actress (and George Clooney's ex) Elisabetta Canalis; and women’s soccer World Cup star Hope Solo.

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  • Keith Urban and The Band Perry cover Katy Perry

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    Keith Urban loves him some...  Katy Perry.

    At his recent concert in Regina, Canada, he called openers The Band Perry back onstage, and all four of them sang “Teenage Dream.” 

  • Brad & Carrie

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    brad and carrieBrad Paisley raves about his CMA Awards co-hosting relationship with Carrie Underwood.

    And he jokes about how great it is that Underwood and husband Mike Fisher met on eHarmony. But in a recent issue of People Country, Paisley adds this:

    "She's the Sonny to my Cher. She's the Tennille to my Captain. She's the Bert to my Ernie -- in a strictly platonic way. She's the Barbie to my Ken. She's my gal."


    RELATED NEWS:

    Brad Paisley teams with Tony Bennett on the legend’s new ‘Duets II’ album, and fans will get Paisley and Bennett’s version of ‘They Can’t Take That Away From Me’ when they buy the deluxe version of the album at Target.

    Carrie Underwood and Faith Hill are also featured on the album, as is Willie Nelson.

    The album is in stores now (starting today).

    On Friday, both Bennett and Underwood will appear during the season premiere of ‘Blue Bloods’ on CBS. They’ll sing ‘It Had to Be You’ during a mock fundraiser.

    LISTEN TO BRAD AND TONY HERE

  • Taylor Has Famous Friends Join Her On Stage

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    For her Nashville concerts. Taylor Swift invited Hayley Williams (or Paramore), Tim McGraw, Ronnie Dunn and Kenny Chesney on stage for duets this weekend.

    On Friday, Swift introduced Williams to the stage to join her for a version of "That's What You Get," and later closed the show by singing "Bleed Red" with Ronnie Dunn.

    On Saturday, her guests included McGraw, Chesney and Andy Grammer.

     

  • Taylor Swift performs for Target

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    Taylor Swift, Oprah Winfrey, R&B star Beyoncé, James Taylor, Tony Bennett and Alison Krauss were among the big names that appeared at Target's semi-annual managers meeting, this year held Wednesday at Target Center in Minneapolis. 

    Taylor performed a song specially written for the meeting, titled "Red Shirt Khaki Pants," which refers to the standard uniform for Target employees. In the style of Friends' Phoebe's "Smelly Cat". 

  • Miranda and Blake Duet and more

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    mirandaMiranda Lambert and Blake Shelton have recorded a duet that will appear on Miranda's upcoming album, "Four the Record", due Nov. 1.

    The song "Better in the Long Run" was written by Ashley Monroe (of the Pistol Annies), Charles Kelley (of Lady Antebellum) and Gordie Sampson ("Jesus, Take the Wheel").

    Lambert wrote or co-wrote six of the 14 tracks on the album. Other guests include Brandi Carlile, who wrote and provided background vocals for "Same Old You." Carlile also sang at Lambert and Shelton's wedding.

    Lambert's current single, "Baggage Claim," features Josh Kelley on background vocals and Steve Winwood on Hammond B-3 organ.

    A limited edition deluxe version of "Four the Record", also due on Nov. 1, will offer a bonus song and a DVD featuring Miranda Lambert's stories behind each song.

  • LeAnn Rimes performance on America's Got Talent

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    LeAnn Rimes barely contained her emotions during a cathartic performance of her new song ‘Give’ on the ‘America’s Got Talent’ finale last night. She was joined by the Silhouettes dance team, a group of dancers young and old that were fighting for $1 million.

    LeAnn faced away from the inspirational performers to maintain her composure. The team moved fluidly behind a translucent screen using spacing from bright lights to create shadows against the backdrop. By contorting their bodies and posing in unique positions they’re able to spell out words like “Believe,” “Create” and “Love.”

    Halfway through Rimes’s equally inspiring song about sincere generosity, Silhouettes spelled “America” and waved American flags before posing as famous war memorials. When the music finished and the screen lifted, they were all dressed in red, with shimmering American flags across their chests. LeAnn wiped away tears.

    ‘Give’ will be included on her new album ‘Ladies and Gentleman,’ when it hits stores on Sept. 27.