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  • A Chat With ACMs Best New Artist Nominee Jana Kramer

    April 4, 2013 10:10 AM ET
     |  Wendy Geller

    Jana Kramer is, of course, well known for her career as a TV star, but the multitalented beauty has managed to stake a firm hold in the music world in a relatively short amount of time as well. “omg! Insider” correspondent Keltie Colleen spent a little time with the actress-turned-country starlet as she prepares for the 2013 Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday. Kramer is up for the Best New Artist award--but making it extra exciting is the fact that she'll be competing...  | More »

  • Thompson Square Talks Sophomore Set Expectations, Maintaining Marriage In Crazy Busy Times

    March 28, 2013 3:05 PM ET
     |  Wendy Geller

    To the casual observer, husband-and-wife duo Thompson Square have not experienced much disappointment in their career to date. The pair emerged into country-fan consciousness at large in 2010, with their remarkably successful/infectious hit "Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not." The tune went on to sell more than a million downloads, with a hot debut album and a string of rapid-fire award nominations following.  The couple found themselves in the unique position of jumping from award-shows...  | More »

  • Shooter Jennings Talks Why ‘Outlaw’ Is ‘Worn Out’, New Album, New Film

    March 22, 2013 11:04 AM ET
     |  Wendy Geller

    Shooter Jennings may be known for his status spearheading all things outsider in the music world--the son of outlaw legends Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter, he champions artists that don't fit in traditional molds, shuns the Nashville machine in favor of Los Angeles, and generally operates on his own wavelength without variation. It could be forgiven that one might assume he's somewhat prickly--or at least unpredictable--in person. However, nothing could be further than the truth....  | More »

  • Chely Wright Announces Gender Of Twins

    March 15, 2013 7:00 PM ET
     |  Wendy Geller

    Country singer Chely Wright will be delivering twin babies this summer…and, it looks as if she's going to have a pair of little cowboys! Wright announced on Joy Behar: Say Anything Thursday night that she and wife Lauren Blitzer-Wright are going to be the proud parents of identical twin boys. She explained to guest host Howard Bragman that they've known about the babies' gender for some time now, but decided to keep the news private for a while.  Bergman had a sur...  | More »

  • Taylor Swift Debuts Video For ’22′; Kicks Off Red Tour

    March 13, 2013 6:40 PM ET
     |  Wendy Geller

    All Taylor Swift fans know that 13 is the singer's favorite number. However, 13 has never been luckier for Swift than this week! On Wednesday, March 13, the superstar both kicked off her rabidly anticipated Red world tour, as well as debuted a brand-new video for the single "22." "Since 13 is my lucky number, today also seems like the perfect day to release my brand new video," Swift told Good Morning America, which gave fans the first look at "22," a sunny romp through Malibu, Californ...  | More »

  • Blake Shelton Previews a Rowdier New Album and a More Competitive New ‘Voice’ Season

    March 8, 2013 11:30 AM ET
     |  Chris Tillman

    Blake Shelton may seem like a laconic fellow, but behind that casual country ‘tude, there’s obviously a lot of drive that lets him keep three irons in the fire—namely, the imminent arrivals of a new album, a new season of The Voice, and his annual hosting stint for the Academy of Country Music Awards. During Nashville’s Country Radio Seminar this past week, Shelton sat down with a few key programmers and DJs to preview his forthcoming album, Based on a True Story, whi...  | More »

  • Blake Shelton Previews A Rowdier New Album And A More Competitive New ‘Voice’ Season

    March 7, 2013 5:10 PM ET
     |  Chris Willman

    Blake Shelton may seem like a laconic fellow, but behind that casual country ‘tude, there’s obviously a lot of drive that lets him keep three irons in the fire—namely, the imminent arrivals of a new album, a new season of The Voice, and his annual hosting stint for the Academy of Country Music Awards. During Nashville’s Country Radio Seminar this past week, Shelton sat down with a few key programmers and DJs to preview his forthcoming album, Based on a True Story, whi...  | More »

  • Scotty, Lauren, Dierks, Luke Bryan, Many Others Debut Unreleased Tunes In Nashville Showcase

    March 1, 2013 10:26 AM ET
     |  Chris Willman

    Outside of an awards show, it's hard to imagine a more star-studded concert than the one put on by Universal Music Group at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium on Wednesday. Get a gander at this bill: George Strait, Lady Antebellum, Eric Church, Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina, Little Big Town, Vince Gill, Josh Turner, Darius Rucker, Kacey Musgraves, Billy Currington, David Nail, and six other artists came out to perform one acoustic song each (with the exception...  | More »

  • Scotty, Lauren, Dierks, Luke Bryan, Many Others Debut Unreleased Tunes In Nashville Showcase

    February 28, 2013 11:40 AM ET
     |  Chris Willman

    Outside of an awards show, it's hard to imagine a more star-studded concert than the one put on by Universal Music Group at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium on Wednesday. Get a gander at this bill: George Strait, Lady Antebellum, Eric Church, Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina, Little Big Town, Vince Gill, Josh Turner, Darius Rucker, Kacey Musgraves, Billy Currington, David Nail, and six other artists came out to perform one acoustic song each (with the exception...  | More »

  • Funeral, Memorial Plans For Mindy McCready Announced

    February 22, 2013 3:55 PM ET
     |  Wendy Geller

    Mindy McCready’s tumultuous saga will finally be laid to a peaceful rest—as well as be celebrated with love by her friends and family. The late country star’s family has planned a private funeral Tuesday at Crossroads Church in Fort Myers, Fla.; while her friends and peers in the music community are organizing a special memorial in Nashville, tentatively scheduled for March 6 at Music City’s Cathedral of the Incarnation. McCready’s family has not finalized buri...  | More »

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