After a performance on the 2011 American Country Awards and an appearance on ‘Glee,’ Toby Keith has retooled the ‘Red Solo Cup’ video to reflect the holiday spirit. The singer provides another reason to watch the year’s most viral country music video by adding images of Santa Claus to it every 30 seconds or so.
Taylor Swift is the top country artist of the year, according Billboard magazine. The annual lists of year-end charts were just revealed, and Swift leads in many country categories, including album sales, downloads and tour revenue. She also ranks amongst the most played country artists of 2011.
Country singer Wade Hayes is recovering from surgery to treat cancer. Roughstock reported the news via Twitter earlier on Friday afternoon, saying that he was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer. The singer was a hitmaker in the late ’90s and scored five Top 5 hits, including ‘Old Enough to Know Better,’ which went to No. 1.
For Luke Bryan, Thursday night started out so full of promise. “It’s my anniversary. Daddy’s getting lucky,” he tweeted around 8PM ET. A few hours later he was singing the blues, but it wasn’t because of anything his wife Caroline did or didn’t do.
John Rich boarded a 10:50AM flight home to Nashville on Sunday but was reportedly declared too drunk to fly. Southwest Airlines personnel removed him from the plane and offered a later flight, but Rich chose to make his own travel arrangements.
Viewers in the audience and at home could only watch in amazement as two of the finest guitarists around traded licks during Thursday night’s ‘CMA Country Christmas’ special on ABC. Brian Setzer sang while Brad Paisley took lead on ‘Sleigh Ride’ and ‘Boogie Woogie Santa Claus.’
The second annual ‘CMA Country Christmas’ special on ABC finished with all the evening’s performers returning to the stage to sing a snazzy rendition of ‘Jingle Bells.’ Host Jennifer Nettles wore yet another new outfit as she introduced what turned out to be an awards show-worthy lineup.
Bangs are definitely back. Add Taylor Swift to the list of country superstars sporting shorter hair up front, as she tweeted this new haircut picture (seen on the right) this morning. Previously, Carrie Underwood lopped off her long blonde hair in an effort to look good for holiday pictures — not that either woman was in need of a makeover.
Gretchen Wilson‘s 360-acre farm in Wilson County Tennessee is for sale. The singer had shared the house with her daughter Grace, her uncle Vern Heuer and several other family members, but the sudden death of Heuer made the property too much of a sad memory to keep.
Lady Antebellum‘s Hillary Scott has added to her family. The newly engaged singer and her fiance, Chris Tyrell, recently brought home a bundle of fur named Hobbs, and she’s been showing him off like a diamond ring. Not that we can blame her — that dog is so stinking cute!
Now that the charred rubble of Trace Adkins‘ old home has been cleared away, he and his family are anxious to move in to the new house that’s being built on the same piece of Nashville property. It’s been over five months since the Adkins were forced to relocate to a guest house when the main structure burned down.
Fans get a glimpse of what the Perry family Christmas may feel like in the Band Perry‘s new video for the ABC Family network. To kick off the countdown to the holiday, the trio recorded an original song called ’25 Days of Christmas.’
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