Blake Shelton Continues Historical Record of Consecutive #1’s with “Lonely Tonight”

Blake Shelton and Ashley Monroe

Blake Shelton and Ashley Monroe

Blake Shelton has further extended his record as the country star with the most consecutive #1 songs, with his latest, “Lonely Tonight,” topping the charts.  It’s his 14th consecutive #1 song and his 19th #1 of his career.  He’s excited for himself, but Blake says, “What I’m most excited about with this particular song is that it’s the launch of Ashley Monroe’s solo career and she’s so talented and deserves this opportunity. That’s really the highlight of this one for me is to see her finally getting the credit she’s deserved for a long time.”

 

Blake is currently back on The Voice for season eight.  Next month he will head to Dallas to co-host the 50th Annual ACM Awards with Luke Bryan at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

Kelsea Ballerini Shares Deal Breakers and Relationship Goals

Kelsea Ballerini

Kelsea Ballerini

Kelsea Ballerini is celebrating her debut single, “Love Me Like You Mean It” entering the top 25 on the Billboard Country Singles chart.  Kelsea co-wrote the song with the intention of being a little confrontational and letting a guy know he has to treat her right.  When it comes to deal breakers in a relationship, Kelsea tells The Country Vibe, “You have to be driven.  Oh my gosh, I dated this guy, he loved the couch.  That’s all he liked in life was just the couch.  I just can’t deal with it.  So I think you have to be super driven.”

 

Trying to maintain a relationship when you’re a country music singer and always on the road can be a challenge, but Kelsea feels like she has a good example of how to make it work in Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum and her husband, Chris Tyrell, who is the drummer for Lady A.  “(They) are just so fantastic and have just really spoken to my life in that way and are just wonderful,” says Kelsea.  “It’s really hard on the road to have a relationship and all that stuff, so you definitely need mentors to help you with that.  They’re great.”

 

Kelsea just made her Grand Ole Opry debut on Valentine’s Day and she’s excited to be returning for another performance tonight.

Brad Paisley, Florida Georgia Line and Hunter Hayes Among 2015 YouTube Music Awards Winners

Brad Paisley

Brad Paisley

Congratulations to Brad Paisley, Florida Georgia Line and Hunter Hayes who were among the winners at the 2015 YouTube Music Awards.  The winners were chosen based on the biggest growth in views, subscribers and engagement over the last six months.  Brad, FGL and Hunter were three of the 50 winners from all genres of music.  Other winners included Beyoncé, Ed Sheeran, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Meghan Trainor, Sam Smith, Taylor Swift and more.

 

You can see the complete list of winners here.

 

 

 

Rascal Flatts Plans to Gamble and Hydrate During Residency in Las Vegas

Rascal Flatts (Photo Credit: Todd Owyoung)

Rascal Flatts (Photo Credit: Todd Owyoung)

Rascal Flatts kicked off their Vegas Riot! residency at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino last week, and when they’re not working, Jay DeMarcus says he definitely plans to spend some time at the gambling tables.  He jokes, “They don’t know this but we’re actually doin’ these shows for free from my previous trip to Vegas. So, I will be at the tables. I love playin’ Blackjack and Craps. I’m sure I’ll be out there.”

 

Gary LeVox, whose respiratory system doesn’t really agree with the dry weather in Las Vegas says, “I’m not a gambler, so I’ll be somewhere tryin’ to get hydration up my nostrils some way. That place is so dry, as well all know, the past how well I do in the desert.”

 

The Rascal Flatts Vegas Riot! residency will run through March 14 and then they’ll kick off their Riot Tour in April.

Kelly Clarkson Has Been Creating Country Album Simultaneously with Pop Album She’s Releasing Today

Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson’s new pop album, Piece by Piece is out today, and it turns out she also has a country album in the works.  She told Time magazine, “I’ve actually been creating both albums, a country one and this one at the same time. I’ve been working on both projects simultaneously.”

 

Kelly had one more pop album owed to her record label under her contract, so she opted to release that one first.  But she says she will definitely have a country album coming out.  In fact, Kelly says, “I always tell people I might do Broadway one day, I might do an R&B album. I just like music. It doesn’t just stop at just one genre. That’s what’s cool about pop — it encompasses all of it because it’s whatever is popular.”