Broken Bow RecordsParmalee's debut album, Feels Like Carolina, is now in stores, but the band's friends and family members will be scoring a free copy of the album this Christmas. Parmalee has been together for more than a decade now, and there were holiday seasons where money was tight while they worked to make a name for themselves.
The group's Barry Knox tells ABC News Radio, "We actually have something to give our family members for Christmas now. There's been a lot of years we've told 'em, 'All right, well, next year, next year we're gonna get you something good for Christmas.' I think this year will be about the biggest year."
Feels Like Carolina was originally slated to come out in January, but the runaway success of their debut single, "Carolina," convinced Parmalee's record label to release it in time for Christmas. That meant the band members had to hustle to make sure the album was finished in time.
Lead singer Matt Thomas says, "We were literally doing, we were doing, we were out of town doing mixes and OK-ing graphics and everything. Just three years of work all got done in four hours. I was like, 'Man, y'all are killing me,' but it's done, and we're excited."
After playing the American Country Awards' official after-party in Las Vegas Wednesday night, Parmalee heads to New York City to perform "Carolina" on FOX & Friends this Friday morning.
Getty Images/ACAMirandaLambert was literally more than a mile high at the Deer Valley Resort in Utah Friday night when she got the news about her Grammy nomination. She's up for Best Country Solo Performance for "Mama's Broken Heart." Her husband, Blake Shelton, is also up for that trophy, for his song "Mine Would Be You."
"I'm so thrilled to have a Grammy nomination with such a great song," Miranda says. "'Mama's Broken Heart' is one of my favorite songs I have recorded. It's also unique to be in the same category with my very talented husband. I am proud to be part of the wonderful country music family!”
The 56th Annual Grammy Awards broadcast live from Los Angeles Sunday, January 26 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.
Miranda was entertaining the crowd Friday at the 22nd Annual Deer Valley Celebrity Skifest Friday in Utah. That event pairs Olympic skiers with celebrities to raise money for the Waterkeeper Alliance in their work to preserve and protect water from polluters.
David M. Russell/CBSYou've heard about the performance, but now you'll finally be able to see Taylor Swift strut down the runaway with lingerie-clad models at the 2013 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, which airs Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET on CBS.
As previously reported, on the show, Taylor took the stage twice: once to perform "I Knew You Were Trouble," and a second time to sing along with Fall Out Boy on their song "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)." Earlier in the year, Taylor had tweeted how much she liked that song.
During "Trouble," Taylor wore a sexy, sparkly silver minidress. Performing with Fall Out Boy, Taylor wore a glittery short number with a Union Jack print on it, as well as a tiny matching Union Jack top hat and Union Jack shoes.
"I've always loved the idea of the Victoria's Secret show because it's so glamorous, it's so fun, it's so festive," Taylor says. "It's such a show. It's such a spectacle." She adds, "The most exciting thing is getting to perform during a runway show and the fact that it's this runway show...I don't think you can ask for anything better."
You may recall that Taylor's appearance resulted in an apparent diss from model Jessica Hart who, when asked if Taylor had what it takes to be a real Victoria's Secret runway model, said that the singer "didn't fit." Her rep later said said she'd been misquoted, but that was followed by rumors that Victoria's Secret had fired Hart for her comments. That was also denied.
Top models like Adriana Lima, Karlie Kloss, Lily Aldridge and Adam Levine's fiancée, Behati Prinsloo are also on the bill.
FOXThe fourth annual American Country Awards will be handed out Tuesday night live from Las Vegas on FOX, but a few of the night's honorees have already been revealed. Taylor Swift will appear via satellite from Australia to receive the first-ever ACA World Wide Artist Award in honor of her global popularity. Brad Paisley is set to receive the Video Visionary Award in honor of his innovative videos. He also will be performing on the show.
Luke Bryan, Darius Rucker, Jake Owen, Florida Georgia Line, Sheryl Crow, Randy Houser and Justin Moore also are appearing on the ACAs along with Thomas Rhett, who will give his first awards show performance on Tuesday night's show. He's up against Florida Georgia Line, Kip Moore, Cassadee Pope and Kacey Musgraves in the New Artist category.
Says Thomas, "That's just the coolest thing in the world, and I'm honored to be in good company, and if I win, that'd be awesome. If I don't, I'm just glad I'm in the nominations."
As for Kip, he's not campaigning that hard for fan votes, but he knows his fans are out there really working to get him an ACA win or two.
Kip tells ABC News Radio, "I'm not one of those artists that's, you know, posting every day, you know, about vote this and that, but I am grateful for those guys that are voting without me asking them. They're supportive of me."
Jason Aldean is hoping to take a few of the ACA's guitar trophies as well. He's already won seven of them, and Jason says those wins only get sweeter with time.
He explains, "I think at the end of the day when my career is done or maybe not as hot as it is right now, all these awards that you've kind of have collected over the years, I think as much as they mean now, I think will probably mean a hundred times more then, you know, when you go back and look back and reflect on your career and things like that."
Little Big Town has quite a few nominations, but they won't be able to attend the show due to a previous commitment. Watching the show from home in Nashville will be odd for the group since they attend country award shows all the time.
LBT's Kimberly Schlapman tells ABC News Radio, "We've never had to stay home. We've been going to award shows for 15 years. You know, half the time we weren't nominated, so yeah, we don't know. We wish were gonna be there, but it'll be cool."
She adds, "Do you have to be present to win?"
The American Country Awards take place at the Mandalay Bay resort in Las Vegas this year, and that's just one of the many Sin City hotels the members of Lady Antebellum have visited over the years. They've stayed at the MGM Grand, the Cosmopolitan and Caesars Palace while performing in Vegas, but the group's Charles Kelley prefers the Wynn over all the others.
He says, "We stayed in a suite at the Wynn one time for a private show. I felt like, honestly, Tony Montana [from Scarface]. I was like, 'Say hello to my giant bathtub.'"
The fourth annual American Country Awards air live at 8 p.m. ET Tuesday night on FOX. Trace Adkins and race car driver Danica Patrick are hosting.
Warner BrothersFrankie Ballard will release his new album, Sunshine & Whiskey, on February 11, 2014 featuring his latest hit, "Helluva Life."
Frankie says, "Making this album was freeing. If I didn't like something, we'd change it, and if we liked something, we'd chase it and try to get it perfect. It was an unbelievably cool experience and I’m excited to share the new music with fans."
The video for that song is now airing on CMT and Great American Country.
Pearl RecordsGarth Brooks is just full of surprises this week.
After announcing Monday he would embark on a world tour in 2014, Garth has released a new single with his wife Trisha Yearwood, titled "The Call." The duet is featured on the DVD Live at the Wynn in Garth's new box set, Blame It All on My Roots. Look for the video to premiere Tuesday at 9 a.m. ET on Great American Country and air throughout the day.
Dolly Records/SonyIf you're a Dolly Parton fan, you'll have to wait until the spring for her new album -- unless you take a trip Down Under.
Dolly's new project, Blue Smoke, will be released in New Zealand and Australia January 31, 2014 in advance of her Blue Smoke World Tour, launching there in February. Blue Smoke will be released in the U.S. and Europe in May 2014 before she takes her tour to those territories.
Blue Smoke marks Dolly's first release on her new record label, Sony Mastworks, in a joint venture with her own Dolly Records.
MCA NashvilleDavid Nail is profiled in a new Great American Country special, Introducing: David Nail, premiering later this week. The show tells the story of David moving to Nashville in 1999 and quickly landing, and then losing, a record deal shortly after he arrived.
David says, “When you take a 21-year-old kid from a small town, flying him all over the country, staying in nice hotels, you think you’ve got it made and that the rest is history. It was a rude awakening when reality hit."
About five years after losing that first deal, David signed with MCA Records and went on to release the hits "Red Light," "Let It Rain" and his current single, "Whatever She's Got." He'll discuss that success on the special. David's wife, parents, record producer and friends are also interviewed on Introducing: David Nail, airing Thursday, December 12 at 8 p.m. ET.
Mercury NashvilleBilly Currington heads out on his We Are Tonight tour starting March 6, 2014 with special guests Brett Eldredge and Chase Rice. Sixteen shows have been announced, with dates on the books through May. Billy is touring in support of his latest album, We Are Tonight, which features the #1 hit, "Hey Girl."
Here are the tour dates:
3/6 -- Tulsa, OK, The Joint 3/7 -- Shawnee, OK, The Grand Casino Resort 3/8 -- Little Rock, AR, Verizon Arena 3/14 -- Biloxi, MS, Hard Rock Hotel 3/15 -- Tunica, MS, Harrah's Tunica 3/20 -- DeKalb, IL, NIU Convocation Center 3/21 -- Rochester, MN, Mayo Civic Center Auditorium 3/22 -- Milwaukee, WI, The Rave 3/27 -- Bethlehem, PA, Sands Bethlehem Event Center 3/28 -- Johnstown, PA, Cambria Country War Memorial Arena 3/29 -- Troy, OH, Hobart Arena 4/10 -- Pikeville, KY, Eastern Kentucky Expo Center 4/11 -- North Charleston, SC, North Charleston PAC 5/1 -- Austin, TX, ACL Live 5/2 -- Bossier City, LA, Horseshoe Bossier City Riverdome 5/3 -- Ft. Smith, AR, Fort Smith Convention Center
RCA NashvilleSaraEvans returns March 4 with her new album, Slow Me Down, and she's got some special guests joining her on the project, including Vince Gill, Isaac Slade of The Fray and Gavin DeGraw.
Sara says, "Having Isaac, Gavin and Vince sing with me, was an amazing experience and they took those songs to another level. I honestly have never been more excited to have everyone hear one of my albums. I cannot wait to share it with everyone.”
Slow Me Down is Sara's seventh studio album and comes more than two years after her last release, Stronger.
PRNewsFoto/Wynn Las Vegas, Mark Tucker)For years, Garth Brooks has refrained from touring because he wanted to be home for his three young daughters. Well, they're not so young anymore, and that means the star is finally free to go back out on the road.
"We're going on a world tour in 2014," Garth unexpectedly told ABC's Robin Roberts on Monday's Good Morning America. "Our baby" -- that's Garth's daughter Allie -- "is a senior in high school and we've talked about it. And all my babies are fine with it."
Referring to his wife, Trisha Yearwood, Garth added, "And Ms. Yearwood is fine with it and so now I get to do what I love to do, which is play music. I get to be with the person I want to be with, which is Ms. Yearwood. And my children are off on their own."
Garth may have hinted at a tour being in the works with an email in October that read, "The sevens have aligned. It has begun... Thank you for believing...love, g." Sevens was the name of Garth's 1997 album. It's also one of the highest-paying combinations on a slot machine.
Garth officially announced he was retiring from touring in 2000, though he has played select concerts since then, and has also performed a Las Vegas residency.
RCA NashvilleJake Owen had four number-one hits from his last album, Barefoot Blue Jean Night, but he isn't nervous about keeping that string of hits going with his latest album, Days of Gold. In fact, Jake's previous success made him very laid back while making the new album.
He says, "I've looked at it like, if you've won the race before, or if you've set out to do something and you've accomplished what you wanted, I'm by no means content with where I am, but you feel more at home. You're not as nervous."
Having a track record of hits gave Jake a sense of belonging in the country music community, too.
"I feel comfortable with how people perceive me," Jake explains. "I don't feel like I'm trying to win them over as much anymore as I did before."
Jake has produced a trilogy of videos for his new songs "Days of Gold," "Beachin'" and "Ghost Town, " now available on Vevo.
Caesars PalaceShania Twain just celebrated the first anniversary of her residency at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, and it looks like she may be extending her contract into 2015. The current contract expires next year, but Shania tells The Las Vegas Sun she'd like to stick around Sin City a little longer.
She says, "I’m having such a great time! You know we’ve already just passed our first anniversary here. It went by very quickly, and I’d be thrilled to carry on."
Shania wraps up her 2013 shows with a party for her band and crew on December 13 before heading down to the Bahamas for Christmas. Shania's show, Shania: Still the One, kicks off another run on January 22.
"It’s a very short turnaround," Shania explains. "I go away for Christmas, then come right back. I look forward to it; I like the shorter breaks."
Tickets for Shania: Still the One are now available at ShaniainVegas.com.
Broken BowParmalee's debut album, Feels Like Carolina, comes out Tuesday, but you can listen to it now at Parmalee.CMT.com. The album features the band's debut hit, "Carolina," which is expected to top Billboard's Country Airplay chart very soon.
Look for Parmalee to kick off their release week with a Saturday morning appearance on CMT Hot 20 Countdown at 11 a.m. ET.
CBS/NARASRap music dominated the nominations for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, announced Friday night live in Los Angeles and telecast on CBS. Only six categories were announced during the hour-long nominations special, but overall, Jay Z tops this year's nominations with nine. Rappers Kendrick Lamar and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have seven each. Justin Timberlake also scored seven nominations each, as did Pharrell [fuh-RELL] Williams, who was featured on two of the year's biggest hits: Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" and Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines." Rapper Drake scored five nods.
More importantly, instead of being relegated to its own category, rap music showed up in two of the so-called Big Four categories, which include Album, Song and Record of the Year, as well as Best New Artist. Kendrick Lamar's album good kid, m.A.A.d city is up for Album of the Year, while he himself scored a nod for Best New Artist.
There were a few big shockers in the announcements during the telecast: one was the fact that Sara Bareilles' latest album The Blessed Unrest scored an Album of the Year nod. While the disc was well-received, and produced the hit single "Brave," nobody predicted it would appear in this category. Even more surprising was the fact that Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience, the best-selling album of 2013, didn't receive an Album of the Year nod.
Another shocker was Lorde's absence from the Best New Artist category: she had been considered a shoo-in, and her hit "Royals" was nominated for Record and Song of the Year. Instead, British musician James Blake, who isn't well known in the U.S, was nominated. Another Brit, Ed Sheeran, who received his first Grammy nod last year for Song of the Year, also got a Best New Artist nod.
Speaking of Brits, Grammy darling Adele, who's been out of the spotlight for a while, managed to snag one nomination: for "Skyfall," her James Bond theme. It was in the category of Best Song Written for Visual Media. Coldplay was also nominated in that category for "Atlas," their song from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and so were Colbie Caillat and Gavin DeGraw for their duet, "We Both Know," from the movie Safe Haven.
The Grammy Nominations Live! CBS telecast began with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis walking into L.A.'s Staples Center and up onto the stage, along with their buddy Wanz, to perform their hit "Thrift Shop." The stage was decorated with racks of thrift shop clothing, as dancers gyrated wildly, and Macklemore threw items of clothing into the audience.
Taylor Swift was shown singing "I Knew You Were Trouble" from Australia, and before she went on, she turned to the camera and said, "Thank you for the nominations." However, at that point, she hadn't received any, though later on in the show, her album Red received nods for Album of the Year and Best Country Album. Did she have advance knowledge, or did she just assume? We may never know. She tweeted later, "LOVE YOU GUYS WE GOT AN ALBUM OF THE YEAR NOMINATION AND I AM TOO EXCITED TO USE PUNCTUATION."
Viewers also saw R&B star Miguel duetting with Keith Urban on Bill Withers' classic "Ain't No Sunshine," Katy Perry performing an acoustic version of "Roar" from a club in Toronto, and Lorde singing "Royals." Robin Thicke closed the show by performing his nominated single "Blurred Lines" with rapper T.I. and members of Earth, Wind & Fire. Presenters for the night included Ed Sheeran, Kelly Rowland, Melissa Etheridge,Enrique Iglesias and Arsenio Hall.LL Cool J was the evening's host, and when a major screw-up occurred -- Etheridge and actress Pauley Perrette were introduced at the wrong time -- he managed to cover quite smoothly.
The Grammy Awards air January 26, 2014, live on CBS
Here's a selection of the nominees:
Album of the Year The Blessed Unrest, Sara Bareilles Random Access Memories, Daft Punk good kid, m.A.A.d city, Kendrick Lamar The Heist, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Red, Taylor Swift
Record of the Year "Get Lucky," Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams "Radioactive," Imagine Dragons "Royals," Lorde "Locked Out of Heaven," Bruno Mars "Blurred Lines," Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell Williams
Song of the Year(Award to Songwriter) "Just Give Me a Reason," Pink featuring Nate Ruess "Locked Out of Heaven," Bruno Mars "Roar," Katy Perry "Royals," Lorde "Same Love," Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
Best New Artist James Blake Kendrick Lamar Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Kacey Musgraves Ed Sheeran
Best Pop Solo Performance "Brave" — Sara Bareilles "Royals" — Lorde "When I Was Your Man" — Bruno Mars "Roar" — Katy Perry "Mirrors" — Justin Timberlake
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance "Get Lucky" — Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams "Just Give Me A Reason" — Pink Featuring Nate Ruess "Stay" — Rihanna Featuring Mikky Ekko "Blurred Lines" — Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell Williams "Suit & Tie" — Justin Timberlake & Jay Z
Best Pop Vocal Album Paradise, Lana Del Ray Pure Heroine, Lorde Unorthodox Jukebox, Bruno Mars Blurred Lines, Robin Thicke The 20/20 Experience -- The Complete Experience, Justin Timberlake
Best Rock Performance "Always Alright" — Alabama Shakes "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)" — David Bowie "Radioactive" — Imagine Dragons "Kashmir" (Live) — Led Zeppelin "My God Is The Sun" — Queens Of The Stone Age "I'm Shakin'" — Jack White Best Rock Album 13 — Black Sabbath The Next Day — David Bowie Mechanical Bull — Kings Of Leon Celebration Day — Led Zeppelin …Like Clockwork — Queens Of The Stone Age Psychedelic Pill — Neil Young With Crazy Horse
Best Rock Song "Ain't Messin 'Round," Gary Clark Jr. "Cut Me Some Slack," Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic & Pat Smear "Doom And Gloom," Rolling Stones "God Is Dead?," Black Sabbath "Panic Station," Muse
Best Alternative Music Album The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You — Neko Case Trouble Will Find Me — The National Hesitation Marks — Nine Inch Nails Lonerism — Tame Impala Modern Vampires Of The City — Vampire Weekend
Best R&B Performance "Love And War" — Tamar Braxton "Best Of Me" — Anthony Hamilton "Nakamarra" — Hiatus Kaiyote Featuring Q-Tip "How Many Drinks?" — Miguel Featuring Kendrick Lamar "Something" — Snarky Puppy With Lalah Hathaway
Best Urban Contemporary Album Love And War — Tamar Braxton Side Effects Of You — Fantasia One: In The Chamber — Salaam Remi Unapologetic — Rihanna New York: A Love Story — Mack Wilds Best R&B Album R&B Divas — Faith Evans Girl On Fire — Alicia Keys Love In The Future — John Legend Better — Chrisette Michele Three Kings — TGT
Best Rap Performance "Started From The Bottom" — Drake "Berzerk" — Eminem "Tom Ford" — Jay Z "Swimming Pools (Drank)" — Kendrick Lamar "Thrift Shop" — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Wanz Best Rap/Sung Collaboration "Power Trip" — J.Cole Featuring Miguel "Part II (On The Run)" — Jay Z Featuring Beyoncé "Holy Grail" — Jay Z Featuring Justin Timberlake "Now Or Never" — Kendrick Lamar Featuring Mary J. Blige "Remember You" — Wiz Khalifa Featuring The Weeknd
Best Rap Album Nothing Was The Same — Drake Magna Carta…Holy Grail — Jay Z good kid, m.A.A.d city — Kendrick Lamar The Heist — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Yeezus — Kanye West
Best Country Solo Performance "I Drive Your Truck" — Lee Brice "I Want Crazy" — Hunter Hayes "Mama's Broken Heart" — Miranda Lambert "Wagon Wheel" — Darius Rucker "Mine Would Be You" — Blake Shelton
Best Country Album Night Train, Jason Aldean Two Lanes of Freedom, Tim McGraw Same Trailer Different Park, Kacey Musgraves Based on a True Story…, Blake Shelton Red, Taylor Swift
Best Country Duo/Group Performance "From This Valley," The Civil Wars "Don't Rush," Kelly Clarkson Featuring Vince Gill "Your Side Of The Bed," Little Big Town "Highway Don't Care Tim McGraw," Taylor Swift & Keith Urban "You Can't Make Old Friends," Kenny Rogers With Dolly Parton
Best Country Song "Begin Again," Taylor Swift "I Drive Your Truck," Lee Brice "Mama's Broken Heart," Miranda Lambert "Merry Go 'Round," Kacey Musgraves "Mine Would Be You," Blake Shelton
Best Dance Recording "Need U (100%)," Duke Dumont Featuring A*M*E & MNEK "Sweet Nothing," Calvin Harris Featuring Florence Welch "Kaskade," Finn Bjarnson & Ryan Raddon "This Is What It Feels Like," Armin Van Buuren Featuring Trevor Guthrie "Clarity," Zedd Featuring Foxes
Webster PRDolly Parton has announced additional dates for her Blue Smoke World Tour starting January 24, 2014 in Rancho Mirage, CA. She'll travel to New Zealand and Australia in February before heading over to Europe for a previously announced run of shows in June.
Dolly says, "It’s always great to perform at home in the good ol’ U.S.A. We're kicking off our Blue Smoke World Tour right here at home. I love traveling all over the world; but it’s true, there’s nothing like home."
Here are Dolly's newly announced dates:
1/24 -- Rancho Mirage, CA, Agua Caliente Casino 1/25 -- Primm, NV, Star of the Desert Arena 1/26 -- Reno, NV, Reno Events Center 1/28 -- Phoenix, AZ, Comerica Theater 2/7 - 2/8 -- Auckland, New Zealand, Vector Arena 2/11 - 2/12 -- Melbourne, Australia, Rod Laver Arena 2/15 -- Hunter Valley, Australia, Hope Estate 2/18 -- Sydney, Australia, Entertainment Centre 2/21 -- 2/22 -- Brisbane, Australia, Entertainment Centre 2/25 -- Adelaide, Australia, Entertainment Centre 2/27 -- Perth, Australia, Perth Arena 5/22 - 5/23 -- Tulsa, OK, Hard Rock Casino 5/25 -- Cherokee, NC, Harrah's Cherokee Casino 5/27 -- Richmond, KY, EKU Center for the Arts 5/28 -- Knoxville, TN, University of Tennessee 5/30 - 5/31 -- Thackerville, OK, Winstar Casino