Country Music 411 Archives for 2022-02

Blake Shelton's 'The Voice' Alums To Head Out On 'Spring Blake'

“Team Blake” artists from NBC's The Voice will take the stage at Ole Red Nashville on March 14th for a free performance as part of the venue’s annual, month-long Spring Blake celebration. The Spring Blake Tour will be headlined by The Voice alums Emily Ann Roberts, Joy Reunion and Ian Flanigan and stop at Ole Red locations across the country. Blake Shelton will also take the stage for back-to-back shows at Ole Red Gatlinburg on March 11th and Ole Red Orlando on March 12th.


He said, “Giving young artists a platform to perform and grow is what Ole Red is all about, and every year Spring Blake is an important part of that commitment. I’m excited for Nashville to have a chance to see this group of incredible artists perform up close and personal.”


Blake is climbing the charts with his latest hit, "Come Back As A Country Boy."



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Jason Aldean Sells His Music Catalog for $100M

This is my kinda party! 

Independent music publisher Spirit Music Group broke some big news on Thursday (Feb. 24).  The company has acquired 90% of Jason Aldean’s recorded music catalog.
The reportedly $100 million deal includes the acquisition of Aldean’s first nine albums, from his 2005 debut album to his 2019 project, 9. The acquisition also includes neighboring rights and SoundExchange royalties with Aldean retaining the remaining 10% ownership in the catalog.

Altogether, the acquisition includes 24 No. 1 songs, 34 Top 10 singles, and six Platinum records.

"It’s cool that a company like Spirit, that’s been around so long, has taken on my music catalog," Aldean notes of the transaction. "It’s something really important to me, so I’m glad it’ll be looked after."

Spirit Music Group CEO Frank Rogers and Chairman Jon Singer also commented on the deal, praising Aldean's defining role in country music.

"Jason Aldean has been a consistent hitmaker and trailblazer in country music for nearly two decades." he added, " Spirit Music Group is excited to partner with Jason and we look forward to further championing these important recordings to the world."

Kelsea Ballerini Shares Teenage Battle with Bulimia

Kelsea Ballerini is happy and healthy now, but she admits that hasn’t always been the case. In her new book of poetry, “Feel Your Way Through,” which is out now, Ballerini said she suffered from an eating disorder in high school.

“My parents had just gotten divorced, and I think for me, it was a source of control,” Ballerini told People.

Ballerini addresses her struggle in her poem “Kangaroo,” that details being picked on in high school. The teenage bully exacerbated her battle with bulimia, diet pills and excessive workouts. She got help at 18, but Ballerini said her relationship with her body is a never-ending journey.

“I don’t work out to get skinny; I work out to be healthy,” she said. “I don’t eat a salad to be skinny; I eat a salad to be healthy. I’ve re-calibrated what it means to me to look in the mirror and just be like, ’Man, I’m healthy. I’m strong. I have good breath support to do my job well.’ Those are things that matter to me now, rather than: ’I look skinny in a dress.'”

Sam Hunt UPDATE!

Sam Hunt and his wife of five years, Hannah Lee Fowler, are not getting a divorce after all, according to Us Weekly. The publication points to court documents they obtained just yesterday (Tuesday, February 22nd) which show that Hannah both filed for divorce and withdrew her complaint a little more than two hours apart on Friday (February 18th).

She initially filed for divorce at 11:43 a.m., citing "inappropriate marital conduct” and “adultery.” At 2:13 p.m., Hannah filed a Notice of Voluntary Nonsuit, or dismisal, meaning she is no longer seeking a divorce. According to the documents, her decision is classified as “voluntary nonsuited without prejudice,” which means she can file for divorce again at a later time.

As of Tuesday, a judge had yet to sign off on the filing, which would then dismiss the case completely, according to Us Weekly.

Sam Hunt's Pregnant Wife Files for Divorce Citing Adultery

This is not a good look for this country singer.

Sam Hunt's wife has filed to end their 5-year marriage, citing infidelity as the reason.
Hannah Lee Fowler claims in her legal docs, obtained by TMZ that Sam is "guilty of inappropriate marital conduct," and she goes on ... "guilty of adultery."

Elsewhere in the docs, Fowler claims that “all hopes of reconciliation are exhausted.” Hunt has yet to comment.

Sam and Hannah had not announced she was pregnant, but in the docs, she says she's due in May.

The docs were filed in Tennessee, which isn't a no-fault divorce state. She's asking for alimony. She also wants primary custody of their soon-to-be-born child. And, she wants child support as well.

It's unclear if they have a prenup. As for alimony, Hannah wants, "transitional alimony, rehabilitative alimony, and alimony in future."

Jon Pardi Is Back With Brand New Single, "Last Night Lonely"

Here's another Jon Pardi party anthem to add to your playlist this weekend!

The California cowboy released a brand new song on Thursday titled “Last Night Lonely."

The song is the lead single from his upcoming album he's still working on but should be dropping sometime this year.

"Last Night Lonely" is about trying to persuade that girl at the bar that y’all could spend the rest of each other’s lives together. 



Brantley Gilbert Grants 'Make-A-Wish' For Young Girl Following Heart Transplant

Brantley Gilbert has created a loyal fanbase aka BG Nation who helped this young fan get noticed.

This 11-year-old girl fighting for her life took to TikTok to share her heart transplant journey and love for Brantley Gilbert. Her father shared the video.
“My name is Alirix, and my dream has always been to meet you,” she began. 
“You helped me through my heart transplant, and I listened to you all the way through, and I hope I can meet you. When I was in the hospital, they granted me a make-a-wish, and my wish is to meet you,” she added.

With the help from fans, the video was seen by Brantley and he responded with a duet on TikTok. “Let’s do it darlin. Can’t wait to meet you in person very soon,” Gilbert shared. 

“You sir are one top-notch person!!! You have no idea how much this means to her! I remember jamming out to you on deployment to Afghanistan!” her father replied before thanking BG Nation for the rapid success of the video. 

Following the touching duet, Make-A-Wish began to work their magic and on Wednesday, (Feb. 16) Brantley uploaded a moving YouTube video of his experience with Alirix at a private rehearsal. Gilbert also shared a TikTok clip with Alirix.



Florida Georgia Line 'Taking A Break' From Working Together

Florida Georgia Line is not saying they have completely parted ways but they are "taking a break." Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley confirmed that news to People magazine during the opening of their new Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum exhibit in Nashville on Sunday (February 6th).


Tyler said, "I think 'taking a break' is the proper term, as opposed to breaking up . . . We're sort of using these last 12 shows as a time to celebrate FGL, celebrate the fans, celebrate each other, and then support each other on the next chapter of our musical and creative journey, which is gonna be individually for a while. So we're excited."


Tyler is referring to the few dates he and Brian have on the books together in 2022, which include festival shows. 


Brian released a solo album last year and will follow it up with a solo tour, called the Made By The Water Tour, beginning in April. 


Tyler has been collaborating with various artists, including Tim McGraw on their 2021 duet "Undivided." 

Luke Bryan Is Excited To Kick-Off Vegas Residency

Luke Bryan is ready to kick off his Las Vegas residency this Friday, and he isn't the only one excited about being in Vegas.

Luke said, "Oh, yeah. My mother, she's already punched her ticket. What's the big shopping center out here? Crystals and all that? Yeah, my credit card will be in flames come Friday."

Bryan continued, "I can literally, like, ease out of my hotel room, ride the elevator down and clock into work. I'm just excited to see the show come together."
He also opened up about his friendship with Orlando Bloom and Katy Perry, who also has a Vegas residency.

Luke added, "No, she doesn't help me at all. Anything Katy does, she sends stuff to create more anxiety. She's like, 'Wow, big stage. Be ready. Wow. Get ready for the dry air of Las Vegas.'... But as years have gone, we have an even more fun friendship and a great working relationship."

He continued, "She's really a little jealous because she believes that Orlando might have a little man-crush on me. Orlando came into Nashville and I had all these outdoor activities planned for him. So yeah, me and Orlando, our love is strong."



Jimmie Allen, Gabby Barrett Joining Dolly as 2022 ACMs Co-Hosts

Country stars Jimmie Allen and Gabby Barrett will hit the stage alongside Dolly Parton as co-hosts of the 57th Academy of Country Music Awards on March 7th.

Jimmie and Gabby are no strangers to the ACMs. Allen is a two-time ACM nominated artist and reigning new Male Artist of the Year, and Barrett is a three-time ACM nominated artist and reigning New Female Artist of the year!

Coming up on Thursday, February 10, Jimmie and Gabby will join in on revealing select nominations on the @ACMawards Twitter account starting at 10:30 a.m. EST.
The show will stream exclusively on Prime Video starting at 8 p.m. EST, marking the first time a major award show has live-streamed exclusively.

Performances, collaborations and more will be announced soon. 

Blake Shelton Invites Little Boy Waiting On Heart Transplant To Duet During Show

Blake Shelton performed a special duet with his "smallest biggest fan," according to a handmade sign that a six-year-old named Wyatt was holding up in the front row at Blake's concert on Saturday (January 29th) in Durant, OK. The sign also said that Wyatt was waiting on a heart transplant. Blake was struck by the sign and brought Wyatt on stage to help him perform his hit "God's Country."


Wyatt's mom told TMZ that he was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a condition where the left side of the heart does not grow. Wyatt has already undergone two open-heart surgeries.