Brantley Gilbert Added to Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve Hollywood Celebration

Brantley Gilbert

Brantley Gilbert

Brantley Gilbert has been added to the Billboard Hollywood Party that will be part of Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest.  Fergie will host the party, which will also feature Nick Jonas, Train, Iggy Azalea, Jason Derulo, One Direction, Meghan Trainor and more.

 

Ryan Seacrest will spearhead the celebration live from New York’s Times Square, which will feature performances by Taylor Swift, Florida Georgia Line, Idina Menzel and more.  Plus Lady Antebellum will contribute a performance to the special live from Nashville’s Bash on Broadway, which they’ll be headlining in downtown Nashville during the television special.

 

Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest will kick off at 8pm on December 31st on ABC.

Eric Church Closes Out 2014 as Country Music’s Top Selling Artist

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Eric Church will wrap up 2014 as country music’s top selling artist thanks to his latest album, The Outsiders, which notched the highest debut and sales of any release in the format this year, selling more than a million copies and being certified Platinum.  The Outsiders just picked up the Album of the Year trophy at this week’s American Country Countdown Awards and it helped him earn four Grammy nominations, including Country Album of the Year, Country Song of the Year and Country Solo Performance of the year for “Give Me Back My Hometown” and Country Group/Duo Performance of the Year for “Raise ‘Em Up” with Keith Urban.

 

Eric is currently taking some time off for the holidays, after wrapping the first leg of The Outsiders World Tour.  He’ll re-launch the winter leg of the tour on January 8th in New Orleans.

Carrie Underwood’s Greatest Hits: Decade #1 Becomes Fifth Consecutive #1 Debut of Her Career

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Carrie Underwood’s latest album, Greatest Hits: Decade #1 just became her fifth consecutive album to debut at #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.  The two-disc collection sold more than 94,000 copies in its first week of release, making it the best selling hits collection by an artist in any genre in more than six years.

 

Greatest Hits: Decade #1 features 25 songs, including 18 of Carrie’s hits, plus her latest top 5 single, “Something in the Water,” which is still climbing the charts, another new song, “Little Toy Guns,” and four songs in never-before-released versions.

 

Luke Bryan Spending Precious Time with Nephew, Son of His Late Sister and Brother-in-Law

Luke Bryan

Luke Bryan

When Luke Bryan accepted the American Country Countdown Award for Male Vocalist of the Year, he gave a very heartfelt speech thanking his peers and his fans for their love and support while he and his family grieved the death of his brother-in-law.  What made the night even more special was that Luke and his wife Caroline were joined at the show by his 13-year-old nephew Til Cheshire, who is one of three of his late sister and brother-in-law’s kids who were left orphaned after the sudden death of their mother in 2007 and now their father just three weeks ago.

 

Luke revealed to People that his wife Caroline had taken Til shopping to buy some new clothes for the awards show, and Luke loaned him one of his watches, so he was looking sharp Monday night.  The next day Luke was taking him to south Texas to do some hunting.

 

Luke, who has endured a lot of tragedy in his life, wants his fans to know how much their support means to him.  He told People, “Many times at night, I would find myself just [scrolling] through my Twitter and reading people saying they were thinking about us.  That’s a big deal.” He added, “Our family has dealt with a lot of hurt already and then to have this with Lee is a whole ‘nother level.  It’s nice to know people are thinking about us. It’s what gets you through.”

 

Keith Urban Would Support Daughters Pursuing Music if It was Their True Calling in Life

Keith Urban (Photo Credit: Courtesy PFA Media)

Keith Urban (Photo Credit: Courtesy PFA Media)

Keith Urban is preparing for the launch of American Idol XIV and he says if either of his daughters ever decided they wanted to pursue a career in music when they get older, he wouldn’t stand in their way if he knew it was their true calling in life.  Keith says, “I’m really of the belief, that if you had that calling inside you that this is what you’re here to do, this is what you’re meant to do, nobody’s going to take you off that path.  I’ve received some pretty scathing criticisms in some of those TV [talent] shows that I did.  None of it threw me off my path at all.”

 

Keith also recalls all the doors that were slammed in his face when he first came to Nashville, but it never deterred him.  So he says, “It would be the same with our girls if they had sort of a real aptitude and calling to do anything we’re going to support that, but they also have to know that there’s work involved in all of it.  You’ve got to work and you’ve got to be ready for it.”

 

Fortunately, Keith’s daughters, Sunday Rose and Faith are only 6 and 4, so it will be a while before he has to figure out if music is their true calling in life.  In the meantime, he will help other young hopefuls figure out if it is their calling when American Idol XIV kicks off with a two night premiere on January 7th and 8th on FOX.