Image Courtesy Arista NashvilleBrad Paisley teamed up with Ellen DeGeneres Wednesday to premiere the lyric video for his new song, "Shattered Glass," on Ellen's YouTube channel. Brad was inspired to write the song thinking about women, like his wife Kimberly Williams-Paisley and Ellen, continuing to break through barriers and overcome challenges they face in male-dominated businesses. That sentiment is heard clearly in the song's hook: "All you've been through ain't in vain/Come on baby, make it rain down shattered glass."
Brad tells ABC News Radio, "I sat down to write this as the ultimate pat on the back and sky's the limit-type song."
Brad sees Ellen DeGeneres as a great example of a woman who has broken down big barriers in Hollywood and the country at large. After publicly coming out as a lesbian on her '90s sitcom Ellen, DeGeneres has gone on to host her own highly-influential talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, host the Oscars and win 13 Emmy Awards.
Brad tells us, "I admire the fact that she has used her career to entertain people and to do a lot of good things, and yet, the odds were totally against her becoming the most powerful person in Hollywood, and that's what I think she is now. She's such a good case for anybody has a shot at really making a difference, you know."
"Shattered Glass" is included on Brad's new album, Moonshine in the Trunk, coming out Monday. The project also includes his latest hit, "River Bank."
Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum is very happy with the success of their latest hit, "Bartender," but they were a little uneasy about putting it out as the first single from their upcoming album, 747. While they had a few other songs that might have led off the album, everyone they played their new music for started raving about "Bartender."
Lady A's Dave Haywood tells ABC News Radio, "You start to show the record to people. These early stages of finishing songs and sharing them with your team and label and friends and family and you start to kinda hear people talk about it. The label was like, 'I'm telling you, this "Bartender" song.'"
Now that "Bartender" is closing in on the #1 spot at country radio, Lady A has seen their concert crowds really latch on to the up-tempo song.
"We had a feeling fans that were gonna dig it, but we didn't know they were gonna dig it this much," says group member Charles Kelley. "This has probably been the fastest-rising single we've had in a long time -- probably since "Need You Now."
The lady in Lady Antebellum, Hillary Scott, sings lead on "Bartender," which tells the story of a woman going out on the town with her girlfriends to get over an ex. That storyline makes it interesting for Charles and Dave singing backup on the song every night.
Charles says with a laugh, "That's always my most, like, awkward line to have to sing harmony to -- 'Dancin' with my girls to the D.J.' It's like, 'Yeah, I'm dancing with my girls!'"
Look for Lady Antebellum's new album, 747, to land in stores and online September 30.
In other Lady A news, Hillary and her husband, Chris, celebrated a big milestone with their baby, Eisele, on Wednesday. Hillary posted the news on Instagram, "Our 13-month-old daughter started walking on what we thought was gonna be just another Wednesday...we are 50% happy and proud, and 50% sad it's going so fast."
Hillary admits she cried a lot watching Eisele walk, and she calls the event "bittersweet."
Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleIf you have a knack for painting and drawing, you could be on your way to meet Blake Shelton soon. CMT is asking fans to post their Blake fan art to social media with the hashtag #BlakeNow. One talented winner will get to meet Blake and see him perform at the Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam Sunday, August 31 in Panama City Beach, Florida.
Image Courtesy Ora TV/Larry King NowTheBand Perry sits down with Larry King on his new show, Larry King Now, Thursday. The Perry siblings reveal they've recorded seven new songs for their upcoming studio album, and they say they're having a lot of fun making new music. Lead singer Kimberly Perry also reveals she doesn't like to sing the words "hurricane," "butterfly" or "rainbows" in a song.
Catch The Band Perry on Larry King Now Thursday at 5 p.m. ET on Hulu.
Image Courtesy NBCCarrieUnderwood returns for a second season performing the theme song for NBC's Sunday Night Football starting September 7 as the Denver Broncos host the Indianapolis Colts.
Carrie says, "I grew up watching football. I have a passion for it. I have a passion for music. It's kinda like all of these things get to mesh together for this one event."
Carrie filmed the "Waiting All Day for Sunday Night" video earlier this year, and 11 pro football players will join Carrie throughout the season. Those players include New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy.
Carrie will also sing a special opening for NBC's Super Bowl telecast on February 1, 2015.
Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleFans who pre-order Blake Shelton's new album, BRINGING BACK THE SUNSHINE, at iTunes or Walmart.com will get an instant download of the project's first single, "Neon Light."
Blake says of the song, "'Neon Light’ is a song that I fell in love with more each time I heard it. It finds a way to blend this new sound with a very traditional chorus, making it unique."
Blake's new album comes out September 30. He returns for another season of NBC's The Voice on September 22.
Image Courtesy Mark Peterson/Food Network MagazineTrisha Yearwood has been one very busy woman lately. As she gears up to hit the road with hubby Garth Brooks on September 4, Trisha is also completing work on her new album, PrizeFighter. The project will be her first for RCA Nashville, which is also Garth's new label home. Trisha performed two songs from the album, "Your Husband's Cheating on Us" and "I Remember You," at an industry event to celebrate the new music Tuesday in Nashville.
Describing the title track to PrizeFighter, Trisha says, "It's a song on the album that is about beating the odds and winning and fighting no matter what. I think it's a message we all need to hear."
Trisha didn't announce a release date for PrizeFighter at Tuesday's event. The announcement of new music comes more than two decades after Trisha first hit the country scene with "She's in Love with the Boy." Back when she signed her first record deal at age 26, Trisha compared her singing career to that of a pro baseball player.
"I thought, you know, these guys come out and they have their time and they have a few good years, and they have to know when they can't swing the bat anymore," Trisha says. "It's been 23 years since that first single, and I'm just not ready to stop swinging the bat."
In addition to the new music, Trisha is also kicking off the fifth season of her Emmy-winning Food Network show Trisha's Southern Kitchen this Saturday. She'll release a third cookbook, titled Trisha's Table, in April 2015, and Trisha's own line of Precious Metals cookware and a cutlery line will launch in the coming months, too.
Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsDustinLynch's live show has gotten a big shot in the arm from his feel-good hit, "Where It's At." He's never had a fun hit song like this during the summertime.
Dustin tells ABC News Radio, "The crowds we have coming out are exploding. You know, the energy they're bringing to our shows are the best I've ever felt in my life. I'm having so much fun making music right now."
"Where It's At" is the lead single and title cut from Dustin's upcoming studio album. He's been playing random pop-up shows across the country to share the new music with fans. Fans have to pay attention to Dustin's social media accounts to find out where these events take place.
He says, "It's a fun kind of deal 'cause we leak where we're at last minute. You know, we'll have however many people show up last minute. And the energy's great. It can be from anywhere -- we've had 12 people show up to 200-something."
Most of these Find Where It's At pop-up shows are scheduled on days Dustin would have off in between shows. He doesn't mind giving up that downtime to hang out with his fans, though.
Dustin says, "It's fun to do. It beats sitting in a Walmart parking lot with the band dudes."
Dustin's new album, Where It's At, comes out September 9.
Image Courtesy Kristy Belcher/Schmidt RelationsNo Alan Jackson retrospective would be complete without including one of his vintage cars, and the new Alan Jackson exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville features his most precious set of wheels -- the 1955 Ford Thunderbird he bought at age 15. Alan and his father, Gene, restored the car, but Alan had to sell it to get the down payment for his first home. Years later, Alan's wife, Denise, tracked down that exact T-Bird and gave it to Alan for Christmas. The car appeared in his 2008 video "Good Time."
Alan's 25 Years of Keepin' It Country opens August 29, and the T-Bird will only be on display for the opening weekend. Alan also is performing at the Country Music Hall of Fame October 8 and 22. Go to CountryMusicHallofFame.org for ticket information.
Image Courtesy Chris Hollo/OpryGarth Brooks has added an 11th show to his scheduled run in Chicago. The newly scheduled show will take place on Friday, September 5 at 10:30 p.m. CT at the Allstate Arena. Tickets for that date go on sale this Saturday through Ticketmaster.com/GarthBrooks or 1-800-745-3000.
Garth decided to add this latest show after ironing out some issues with Ticketmaster with his run of shows in Atlanta.
"I feel whatever the problem was has now been fixed," Garth says. "I would like to put on one more show in Chicago so people that wanted tickets and could not get in the system, now have a chance to see the show and get their tickets at face value and NOT have to go through the scalper/broker systems if they don't want to."
Garth's World Tour kicks off Thursday, September 4 in Chicago. His wife, Trisha Yearwood, is the opening act on all dates.
Image Courtesy Arista NashvilleBrad Paisley's affiliation with the new multi-format platform My Country Nation continues with the premiere of his new "Country Nation" video at MyCountryNation.com and on the outlet's YouTube channel.
Brad's new clip features a look at the everyday people who make up the "Country Nation." Says Brad, "I can't think of a better platform to debut the video for 'Country Nation.' It's what my album represents and what programming on the channel is all about.”
"Country Nation" is included on Brad's new album, Moonshine in the Trunk, due out Monday. The lead single, "River Bank," is on track to become Brad's latest #1 hit.
Image Courtesy Dack Janiels/SonyChase Rice's debut album, Ignite the Night, is out Tuesday featuring the lead single, "Ready Set Roll." As indicated by that album title, the music on this album is designed to get fans on their feet at his concerts.
Chase tells ABC News Radio, "It was just the perfect three words to describe the album, Ignite the Night. Party, fun, explosions, whatever you wanna call it, which, hopefully this album will explode into something cool."
While Chase describes some of the songs on the new album as "Ready Set Roll" on steroids, there are a few songs that show off Chase's introspective side.
"People want to get to know me," Chase says. "I think they've seen the party side, and they know that side, but they can expect to see a whole different side of me on this album as well with the 'Carolina Cans' and 'Jack Daniels and Jesus.' And just a couple more meaningful songs."
Chase is taking his new music on the road for the rest of the year. Go to ChaseRice.com to see where he's playing next.
ABC/ Lorenzo BevilaquaNot only is Taylor Swift out with a new single, "Shake It Off," she also has a new music video for it and a new album, 1989, to be released Oct. 27. Taylor said the single, which had its debut Monday night during her global Yahoo! live stream, encourages people to shake off negativity in their lives.
"The message in the song is a problem I think we all deal with, and an issue we deal with on a daily basis. We don't live just in a celebrity take-down culture, we live in a take-down culture," Taylor said on Tuesday's Good Morning America. "People will find anything about you and twist it to where it's weird or wrong or annoying or strange or bad. You have to not only live your life in spite of people who don't understand you, you have to have more fun than they do."
Taylor added that when she first envisioned "Shake It Off," she saw it being played during wedding receptions. "I just said, 'We need drums that make even the person who's having a terrible night at a wedding, and she's like "I am not in the mood to dance" and then like its comes on and she's like "This is my song! This is my song!"' That's the dream!" Taylor said, laughing.
Taylor also showed off her music video, which features her and a series of different dance crews showing off various dance styles, with Taylor executing most of them clumsily. The singer joked that they shot the video in three days, which is how long it took "to get that exquisite dance performance from me."
You can pre-order 1989 now at Taylorswift.com. You can also pre-order the Target deluxe edition of the album, which features three additional songs, plus three voice memos from Taylor's phone which, according to Target, "offer a unique insight into Taylor's songwriting process and document the early creation of three songs on 1989.”
The artwork on the deluxe edition is slightly different: it's the same Polaroid of Taylor with the top of her face cut off, but it has 1989 scrawled across it, and the letters D.L.X. written along the bottom.
Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockAlabama will release a deluxe edition of their inspirational album, Angels Among Us: Hymns & Gospel Favorites, on September 8 exclusively at Cracker Barrel.
After his performance on NBC's Today on Friday morning, Hunter Hayes will headline the Arthur Ashe Kids' Day tennis and music event on Saturday in Flushing, NY.
Pop star Ed Sheeran tells USA Today he and Florida Georgia Line have been talking about collaborating on a song. Ed explains, "We haven't discussed it further than a conversation, but it's something we both want to happen."
Blake Shelton's new single, "Neon Light," has been released to country radio as the lead song from his new album, Bringing Back the Sunshine, due out September 30.
Garth Brooks is now playing seven shows at Atlanta's Philips Arena starting September 19. Tickets are still available for four of the shows.
Luke Bryan entertained more than 50,000 fans at his sold-out show at Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field Friday night.
Image Courtesy Big Machine Label GroupFlorida Georgia Line, Darius Rucker, Brantley Gilbert and several other country stars salute heavy metal legends Motley Crue on the new tribute album, Nashville Outlaws. The project is in stores and online Tuesday featuring the lead single, Justin Moore's collaboration with Motley Crue's Vince Neil on "Home Sweet Home." Even though it has a rock edge, Justin says, "This sounds like a Justin Moore song. I mean it doesn't matter where the song originated from whether it was rap or rock or pop or country or whatever, this song is right down, you know, my wheelhouse."
Florida Georgia Line took on the Crue song "If I Die Tomorrow" for the project. Looking back on their recording session for that song, FGL's Brian Kelley says, "[It was a] pretty cool experience to be a part of that album. It felt like magic that day we were in the studio."
Rascal Flatts contributed a version of "Kickstart My Heart," and the band's Jay DeMarcus was very impressed with lead singer Gary LeVox's vocals on the song.
Jay tells ABC News Radio, "Gary was the perfect singer for that song, too, because not a lot of people can scream and sing as high as Vince Neil did, you know."
Jay goes on to say the Flatts put their own stamp on the song. He explains, "The rule of thumb usually is, if you can't outdo the original, you shouldn't touch it."
Darius Rucker didn't even try to compete with the Motley Crue's version of "Time for Change" when he went in to record it for Nashville Outlaws.
"We said we're gonna start this record like we've never heard the song before," Darius says. "You know, we pretended we didn't know it, and just went down to the basics and came up with something that I'm really proud of."
Cassadee Pope, Eli Young Band, LeAnn Rimes and Big & Rich are among the other artists featured on Nashville Outlaws.