Jason Aldean’s baby boy, Memphis, is growing up: He turned four years old on Wednesday. To celebrate the occasion, both Jason and his wife Brittany turned to social media to share some throwback photos.
“Happy bday to my little man today. Hard to believe he is already 4 years old,” Jason wrote, along with a series of snaps of Memphis and his family through the years. “This lil guy has been such a blessing to their family and we couldn’t love him more. Happy birthday Mems.”
For her part, Brittany put together a full-on photo and video montage of some of the highlights of Memphis’ life so far. Set to Lee Brice’s parent-and-child anthem, “Boy,” the montage includes of her pregnancy, Memphis’ birth and his journey from infant to toddler. Included in the family montage is the arrival of Memphis’ sister, the couple’s youngest child, Navy.
Jason recently reflected on life as a dad to young kids, and how different it is now that he’s in his 40s, as opposed to his experience of having two young daughters in his 20s during his first marriage.
“At this point in my career, I’ve been able to be home a lot more for the little ones and experience a lot more of those things,” he reflects, explaining that the balance between touring and staying home with family has changed quite a bit. “I’m not out there going after the unknown.”
Keith Urban treated local Nashville music students to an unforgettable experience earlier this week, when he made a surprise visit to the city’s Hillwood High School.
During his time there, Keith hosted a Q&A session with the school’s rock band, orchestra, choir and band program, sharing tips on songwriting, navigating the music industry and more. The visit was a partnership with the CMA Foundation, which works to improve and sustain music education programs around the country.
After his Q&A session, Keith traded places with the students, sitting in the audience while they hit the stage to perform two selections from their upcoming winter concert.One performance came from the rock band, while the other came from the string orchestra, which performed Keith’s 2016 hit, “Wasted Time.”
Keith’s visit comes on the heels of a big tour announcement: Yesterday, he announced his 2022 The Speed of Now World Tour, plus three new dates of his Keith Urban Live - Las Vegas residency.
Carrie Underwood launched her Reflection: The Las Vegas Residency earlier this week with a sold-out show at the newly-opened Resorts World Theatre.
She’s the first artist to play the brand-new stage, and her show featured an array of dazzling stage decors and aesthetics, including aerialists, a virtual orchestra and an elaborate, show-closing wall feature. The set list spanned Carrie’s career to date, offering selections of some of the greatest hits from each era of her time as a performer.
Carrie also announced that she’s expanding her residency once again, adding six new dates in May 2022. The new show dates are May 11, 13, 14, 18, 20 and 21, and tickets for those shows go on sale Monday, December 6 at 10 a.m. PST.
“It’s such a special honor to be the first artist to perform on this incredible stage in a brand-new, beautiful, state-of-the-art theatre at such an exciting new destination as Resorts World Las Vegas,” the singer says. “I’m so proud of this show and so happy to finally get to share it with the amazing audiences here in Las Vegas.”
When it comes to the best time of year to put up the Christmas tree, different people have lots of different opinions: Some people wait until after Thanksgiving, while others are ready to get into the holiday spirit right after Halloween.
Russell Dickerson and his wife, Kailey, are definitely in the latter camp. By the time Christmas Eve rolls out, they've often been enjoying their tree for nearly two months already.
"One of her traditions is putting the Christmas tree up November 1," Russell reveals. "'Cause, [Kailey] justifies it by, usually we're on the road, and so the amount of days we're home to see the Christmas tree adds up to as if we put it up December 1. You know what I mean?"
As for holiday traditions the couple have established together, Russell says that it's all about spending fun, festive quality time with family and friends.
"We just love to host," he goes on to say. "We do a huge thing with our friends, like, all our college friends, and all the kids, everything."
They take their holiday hangs seriously: "Like, [from] 9 a.m. to 2 a.m.," the singer says.
"We eat, we're merry, we hang out, and we just, you know, we do the dang thing," Russell continues with a laugh, while his 1-year-old son Remington bounces and coos on his lap. "That's definitely one of our biggest must-haves in our Christmas tradition."
Earlier this holiday season, Russell shared a picture of another new tradition: He and Kailey took baby Remington to see Santa Claus, where the family posed for an adorable, Christmas card-worthy snap.
After the holidays this year, Russell is headed out on the road again: His "All Yours, All Night" headlining tour kicks off in January.
In honor of Giving Tuesday, Thomas Rhett fans can now commission personalized holiday messages from the singer on Cameo. The proceeds benefit Love One International, which supports children and families in Uganda.
For many who celebrate Christmas, the week after Thanksgiving is the time to bring home a tree, string up the lights and break out the festive decor.
It seems that Dan + Shay are inclined to kick off the holiday season now, too. On Wednesday, they shared a new music video for their song, “Officially Christmas.”
Wearing tuxedos and performing against a red-and-green backdrop decked out with twinkling trees, the duo don’t skimp on the seasonal cheer as they perform for the camera. Elsewhere, the clip shows scenes of a family gathering around a fireplace for the holidays.
Dan + Shay have released a handful of Christmas songs over the past couple of years, including “Pick Out a Christmas Tree” earlier this year. That song is currently the most-streamed holiday number across all genres in the U.S.
Next up, the duo is bringing “Officially Christmas” to the stage of NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Catch their performance on December 6.
Kane Brown was just announced as a co-host for seasonal television special A Home for the Holidays. He’s sharing the gig with Justin Bieber, Alessia Cara and Darren Criss.
Featuring performances from a number of different artists and recorded at The Grove in Los Angeles, A Home for the Holidays spotlights uplifting stories of American children who were adopted from foster care.
For his segment of the show, Kane will introduce and perform for the Rodriguez family, including a young girl named Marjorie, who was placed in foster care as a toddler and lived in six different homes by the age of five. After finally finding a home with Jerry and Celine Rodriguez, Marjorie finally found her forever family -- and now, they’re just hoping to make the adoption official.
Home for the Holidays will air on December 5 at 9:30 p.m. ET on CBS.
Country trio the Pistol Annies are continuing to deck the halls with holiday magic with the release of their new music video for “Snow Globe.”
Available only on Facebook, the clip finds the Annies in the midst of a festive performance of their original holiday tune, delivering glittery throwback vibes as they stand onstage and sing into retro microphones.
It’s one of several performances of “Snow Globe” fans have gotten the chance to catch in recent days: The group offered a performance of their holiday song as part of the CMA Country Christmas special earlier this week, and they recently performed it on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, too.
The trio -- which consists of Miranda Lambert, Angaleena Presley and Ashley Monroe -- put out their first Christmas album, Hell of a Holiday, this year. They’ll double down on festive fun later this month, delivering their Pistol Annies Hell of a Holiday Special on December 15. The event will stream on the Annies’ Facebook page at 8 p.m. ET, and benefits the Music Health Alliance.
Garth Brooks is continuing to pile up 2022 Stadium Tour dates. The singer just announced a stop in Baton Rouge, Louisiana for Saturday, April 30.
The show will mark Garth’s first Louisiana date in nearly five years, and it’ll also be the first time he’s ever played this particular venue, Tiger Stadium. You should act fast to grab your seat: It’s the only time Garth is planning to play Louisiana or Mississippi in 2022.
Garth resumed booking dates on his Stadium Tour last month. He’d hit the brakes on booking new shows earlier in the year amid the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. In the meantime, he continued his Dive Bar Tour of smaller shows, and also performed a handful of intimate shows at legendary Nashville venues the Ryman and the Grand Ole Opry.
As ever, Garth’s newest Stadium Tour date will feature in-the-round style seating, and tickets sell for $94.95, all-inclusive. You can snag your spot at the show beginning Friday, December 10 at 10 a.m. CT.
A familiar face will host next year's 64th Annual Grammy Awards. The Daily Show's Trevor Noah will return in the role and induct a new class of Grammy winners on January 31.
Next year's award show will be held at the newly renamed Crypto.com Arena -- formerly the Staples Center -- in Los Angeles, California.
Trevor last held down the fort for the pandemic-delayed 63rd Grammy Awards on March 14. This continues a streak LL Cool J started in 2012, where every host has returned for at least two consecutive stints. James Corden hosted both the 2017 and 2018 ceremonies, followed by AliciaKeys' back-to-back appearances in 2019 and 2020.
Harvey Mason Jr., CEO of the Recording Academy, said in a statement, "We’re so excited to welcome Trevor back to the GRAMMYs stage and feel fortunate to once again have him hosting what we believe will be an unforgettable evening." He also called Trevor an "amazing" host and said he garnered "praise from the music community, music fans and critics" during 2021's socially-distanced ceremony.
Although the host will remain the same, things will run a little differently for next year's nominees. Last week, the Recording Academy announced some changes in the so-called Big Four categories. For first time in Grammy history, there are 10 nominees up for Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Best New Artist.
Artist Jon Batiste heads into the ceremony with a leading 11 nominations. Justin Bieber, Doja Cat and H.E.R. are also top nominees, with eight nods each.
The 64th Annual Grammy Awards will air January 31 starting at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.
Keith Urban is gearing up for a big return to the stage in 2022, starting with three new dates in Las Vegas.
Next Memorial Day weekend, Keith will return to the Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace to continue his Keith Urban Live - Las Vegas residency. The three shows are booked for May 27-29, and tickets go on sale next Friday, December 10 at 10 a.m. PST.
But that’s just the beginning for fans hoping to see Keith live in concert next year: In June, he’s launching his The Speed of Now World Tour. He’ll kick off the North American leg of the run June 17 in Tampa, with an extensive list of dates on the books between then and when the tour wraps in November 2022. Ingrid Andress will join Keith for the North American leg of The Speed of Now World Tour.
In a video announcement, Keith addressed his fans from his backyard, where he was busily prepping for the live show. In a series of comedic maneuvers, Keith tries his best to capture the energy of a sold-out show, but the grassy lawn is now match for a packed arena, and his unimpressed gardeners are a far cry from screaming fans.
“I’ve always considered myself a live performer first,” explains Keith, on a more serious note. “It’s what I’ve always done and it’s what my music needs to live and breathe. Our shows are all about living in the moment. They’re a totally interactive and immersive experience where everyone can participate in whatever way they want -- sing, dance, do whatever.”
For dates and details on how to snag your tickets to Keith’s upcoming tour, visit his website.
For Walker Hayes, living "Fancy Like" means fulfilling his childrens' Christmas dreams.
Walker reveals that he and his wife Laney's six kids have been begging each year to put up inflatable Christmas decorations in the yard. But with the family being on a tight budget at the time, the singer made a specific promise.
"My kids about six years ago, they wanted Christmas blow ups in the yard, and those are expensive. I told them no, and just on a whim to get them off my back, I said, 'if dad ever gets a number one song on country radio, I'll get y'all some blow ups,'" the singer recalls.
Those words became reality when Walker scored his first #1 hit with "Fancy Like" earlier this month, celebrating the achievement by fulfilling his kids' longtime wish, with the front yard of their Nashville home covered with eight holiday-themed inflatables.
"So when it hit number one, they held me to that promise. Even Laney and I have them," he describes. "Every kid got to pick theirs out. So there's our first splurge."
Despite the song's massive success, Walker admits he's not likely to make many other extravagant purchases. For years, the family lived on a tight budget while he worked stocking shelves at Costco and was an aspiring songwriter. Knowing what it's like to struggle for one's dreams, Walker says he plans to be responsible with his newfound fortune.
"I don't think we'll blow money. We know what it's like for money to be tight, so we're honestly pretty frugal," he notes. "But if you drop by our house right now, it's pretty tacky."
Walker has also scored his first Grammy nomination, as "Fancy Like" is up for Best Country Song at the 2022 ceremony.
Mitchell Tenpenny and his fiancé, Meghan Patrick, have debuted the video for their holiday song "I Hope It Snows." It's featured on Mitchell's Christmas album, Naughty List.
Four of Cody Johnson's songs have received certifications from the RIAA. "Dance Her Home," "Me and My Kind" and "Wild as You" have achieved gold status, while "Diamond in My Pocket" has gone platinum.
Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles kicks off her Broadway Under the Mistletoe Tour tonight with a two-night stay in Nashville. She continues on to Atlanta and New York before wrapping the tour in Washington, D.C. on December 16.
Nineties country stars Clay Walker and Tracy Lawrence are teaming up for a special tour next year. The two will perform nine shows, beginning with a March 3 concert in Charlotte, North Carolina, and concluding on March 19 in Owensboro, Kentucky. Tickets go on sale Friday.
Though the song begs to "slow down summer," a photo from the video posted on his Twitter feed shows the singer caught in a winter wonderland. The pic captures Thomas poised at a piano in the middle of a snow-covered forest, looking up at the sky as snowflakes pour down.
"I loved creating this video and can't wait for y'all to see it," he writes in the caption that accompanies the photo.
"Slow Down Summer" is the lead single off Thomas' upcoming album, Where We Started. It's quickly racing up the charts, currently inside the top 30 on the Billboard Country Airplay tally.
The video premieres on YouTube this Friday, December 3, at 11 a.m. ET.
Though Kelsea Ballerini has been off the road for a month following an opening stint on the Jonas Brothers tour, she's taken a walk down memory lane by posting an unforgettable performance from one of those shows on her Twitter feed that features her duetting with the lead singer of the pop group LANY.
Kelsea spent much of 2021 opening for the Jonas Brothers on The Remember This Tour. One of the stops was at Boston's historic Fenway Park where LANY's Paul Klein joined the country star for a surprise performance of their hit "I Quit Drinking."
Kelsea is now reliving this moment, posting a clip that shows her strutting around the stage in a sparkling blue jumpsuit trading vocals with the LANY frontman as graphics of storm clouds and falling rain are shown on a video screen in the background. The two end the performance with a sweet hug.
"Missing tour so i thought it was a good time to share this gem of a memory with you," Kelsea reflects in the caption. "Hands down one of my favorite tour moments ever ever."
One fan comments about the video, "This song... this performance... so beautiful!" while another agrees, writing, "Love this it's so beautiful!"
Kelsea and Paul co-wrote "I Quit Drinking" with Nicolle Galyon. It reached the top 30 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and is inside the top 20 on the all-genre Billboard Adult Top 40 chart.