Clive Davis Book Infuriates Kelly Clarkson; Jason Aldean Relives ‘1994’ + More: Country Music News Roundup
The Boot rounds up today's country music news stories from around the web.
Kelly Clarkson is furious over what she says are false stories about her in music mogul Clive Davis' new memoir, The Soundtrack of My Life. "I refuse to be bullied and I just have to clear up his memory lapses and misinformation for myself and for my fans," she writes in a letter to fans. The Grammy winner refutes several claims in the book, including one saying she was "sobbing" in Davis' office over his insistence to include "Since U Been Gone" on her sophomore album -- something she vehemently denies, as she insists she has always been proud of the hit song. [WhoSay]
Reba is "thrilled to death" to have Kelly as a future step-daughter-in-law, but she has no idea when the "I do"s will happen. "Over Christmas break, that changed probably 30 times!" the country icon said on Katie Couric's talk show last week, when asked if she knows her step-son's wedding date yet. She added of Kelly, her friend of more than a decade, "To have my buddy as my daughter-in-law, who could ask for more?" ["Katie"]
Ashley Monroe's solo album, Like a Rose, won't be in stores until March 5, but you can now pre-order the project here. When you do, you'll receive an instant free download of her deliciously clever duet with Blake Shelton, "You Ain't Dolly (And You Ain't Porter)."
Jason Aldean's nostalgic "1994" is now officially the next single from his chart-topping Night Train album. "I love that this song gets such a reaction from people," says the singer, who name-checks one of his musical heroes, Joe Diffie, in the tune. "Country music in the mid-90s was a big influence on my career, and I played all the songs that are referenced in '94 back in my club days. Joe Diffie was rocking a sick mullet, and he was hotter than ever ... just putting out monster hit after monster hit. It totally takes me back to those days, and it makes me smile every time I hear it."
Singing at work has paid off for Walmart employee Kayla Slone, whose YouTube videos singing Dolly Parton songs behind her cash register have been huge viral hits. Anderson Cooper flew the young West Virginia songbird to New York to appear on his talk show, where Kayla was surprised on set by a phone call from Dierks Bentley, who invited her to the ACM Awards. [YouTube]
Engaged couple Brantley Gilbert and Jana Kramer say they don't care who takes home New Artist honors at the ACM Awards. Both are nominated for the award, as is Florida Georgia Line. "It's going to the same house, so it don't really matter," Brantley insists, with his bride saying she doesn't consider this a competition and supports her man 100 percent. [Country Weekly]
The Band Perry's "Better Dig Two" remains on top of the Billboard country singles chart for a second straight week, and also lands at No. 1 on the Mediabase chart this week. The fastest-rising single of the sibling trio's career has sold more than a million downloads.
Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Kix Brooks, Chris Young, Colt Ford, Thompson Square and Jerrod Niemann are all confirmed for the inaugural Faster Horses Festival, set for July 19-21 in Brooklyn, Michigan. Get ticket information here.
The Road to the Ram Jam truck auction continues, with a 2012 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn once driven by Billy Currington hitting the auction block this week. Proceeds from the highest bid will all go to Team Rubicon, which unites military veterans and emergency response teams. [ebay]
Craig Morgan and Sarah Darling will entertain fans (and weary runners) at the 14th annual St. Jude Country Music Marathon in Nashville. Their post-race concert will take place at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium at 7:00 PM CT on April 27.
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