Lady Antebellum, ‘Downtown’ Hits No. 1; Carrie Underwood Talks ‘Sound of Music’ Role + More: Country News Roundup
The Boot rounds up today's country music news from around the web.
Sitting pretty at No. 1 on both the Billboard and Mediabase country singles charts, "Downtown" has become Lady Antebellum's fastest-charting single to date. The song is the superstar trio's seventh career No. 1 and is already certified gold, signifying sales of more than half a million downloads. "Downtown" is the first single released from Lady A's Golden album, due in stores May 7. "Most of what the world has seen from Hillary (Scott) from a radio single standpoint is this very sweet kind of style like 'American Honey,'" says the group's Charles Kelley. "But she's got a lot of sass and a lot of grit to her voice, too, so it's been really fun to bring that out of her and have this kind of support from our fans and radio."
The Band Perry will perform on "Dancing With the Stars" this week, during Tuesday night's (April 16, 8:00 PM ET) results show. The trio will sing the chart-topping smash, "Better Dig Two," from their No. 1 album, Pioneer. Pop singer-actress Selena Gomez is also slated to appear. Kellie Pickler remains among the show's contestants, and will dance a foxtrot with partner Derek Hough on Monday night's show, at 8:00 PM ET on ABC.
Carrie Underwood will take on the iconic role of Maria in a live televised version of "The Sound of Music" later this year, but has no plans to try to sound like Julie Andrews, who famously starred in the 1965 movie musical. "I think once people tune in and realize that [our version] is not a remake, they won't compare it to the movie," says Carrie, adding that because Julie Andrews has such a "royal air" about her, imitating her "would be like you're beneath her." Still, she seems aware of the challenge ahead. "Everybody keeps saying, 'People don't do this anymore -- singing live,'" she notes. "The Sound of Music" is expected to air sometime during the holiday season. [CMT]
Harley Davidson's 110th birthday celebration is revving up the country quotient. Brantley Gilbert and Shooter Jennings will now be joined by just-announced performers, superstar Toby Keith and country rocker Kid Rock at the star-studded event Labor Day weekend (Thursday, Aug. 29-Sunday, Sept. 1) in Milwaukee, Wis. Tickets are on sale now, starting at $95. Check out the lineup of scheduled performers, which also includes Aerosmith and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, here.
David Nail, Randy Montana, Kristen Kelly and Jonathan Singleton are joining forces to raise money to fight pediatric cancer. They're all set to perform at the Thumbs Up for What's Wright benefit on May 15 at Nashville's Tin Roof restaurant and music venue. The concert will benefit the Thumbs Up for Lane Goodwin Childhood Cancer Foundation and the Payton Wright Foundation. Click here for tickets and more information.
Brett Eldredge will perform on Warner Music Nashville's "Live from Music Square" concert series tonight. The live StageIt show starts at 8:00 PM ET, with all tips going straight to to Alzheimer's Foundation of America. Watch here.