Blake Shelton ‘Sure Be Cool If You Did’ Tops Charts; Kellie Pickler Is an Aunt + More: Country Music News Roundup
Blake Shelton's "Sure Be Cool If You Did" is sure off to a great start! The new tune is No. 1 on Billboard's country digital tracks chart in its very first week of release. Logging more than 97,000 digital downloads, according to Nielsen SoundScan, the tune is first single from the country superstar's new album due later this year.
Stevie Nicks will share the stage with Lady Antebellum in an all-new episode of "CMT Crossroads." Meeting for the very first time on the "CMT Crossroads" stage in Los Angeles, the two superstar acts will share harmonies and stories on the show, which will premiere later this year on CMT. Stevie's Fleetwood Mac band mate, Lindsey Buckingham, collaborated with another country act, Little Big Town, on a previous "Crossroads" episode.
Several young students who survived last month's shooting massacre at Newtown, Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School have recorded a version of "Over the Rainbow." The children performed the song Tuesday (Jan. 15) with singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson on ABC's "Good Morning America." Proceeds from a recorded version of the song will benefit the United Way of Western Connecticut and the Newtown Youth Academy. [Spinner]
Rascal Flatts kicked off their Changed tour this past weekend, performing for 25,000 fans with sold-out shows in Green Bay, Wis., Moline, Ill. and Springfield, Mo. This year's trek features the Band Perry and Kristen Kelly as opening acts.
Hot country quartet Parmalee will headline their 2013 Country Gone Wild tour, kicking off Feb. 15 in Ladson, S.C. The "Musta Had a Good Time" group will be joined by RCA Nashville newcomers Bush Hawg. The club tour will crisscross the Midwest and Northeast this winter with dates from Pittsburgh to Chicago. [Parmalee.com]
Here's someone you'd never expect to impersonate Taylor Swift: movie star Samuel L. Jackson. But he did, and it was pretty hilarious. During a recent interview with a U.K. radio station, the actor
sang read the chorus of "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together." [Listen at Capital FM]
Jessica Simpson has had two wedding dates on the books ... both trumped by bundles of joy! The singer admits her two pregnancies have caused she and fiancé Eric Johnson to "do things backwards" but she still plans to walk down the aisle after baby No. 2. [AOL Music]