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Lady Antebellum Parodies Sam Hunt’s “Body Like A Backroad” With “Party In A Bathrobe”

Have you seen Lady Antebellum’s parody of Sam Hunt’s “Body Like A Backroad”? You’re missing out if not!

Check out “Party In A Bathrobe” by clicking here.   We can’t stop laughing!

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Music City Hit-Makers Back At Cheekwood August 25 And 26

Critically acclaimed symphony show Music City Hit-Makers (MCHM) returns to Cheekwood’s Swan Lawn for the fourth annual “Songwriters Under The Stars” on August 25 and 26th. The two-night concert series will feature some of Nashville’s most successful songwriters including Kyle Jacobs, Jessi Alexander and Marcus Hummon on Friday night and Hillary Lindsey, Rivers Rutherford and Chris DeStefano on Saturday night. The songwriters will perform their chart-topping hits with the Music City Symphony.
“We are especially excited about this year’s double bill,” exclaims Charles Dixon, creater of MCHM. “Fans of songs and symphony are in for an extradordinary musical event in an unique and very intimate setting.” 
Frequently described as “the most famous people you’ve never heard of,” the Music City Hit-Makers consist of writers who have penned hits for Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw, Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, George Strait, Kelly Clarkson, Wynonna Judd, Reba McIntyre, Celine Dion and many others.
Tickets for the event are $50 per person per night. Purchase them here
For more information on the Music City Hit-Makers, visit www.MusicCityHitmakers.com.
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Keith Urban Wants You On “Best.Cover.Ever.”

Four-time Grammy Award-winner Keith Urban will join the superstar guest lineup on Best.Cover.Ever., which also includes previously announced superstar artists Katy Perry, Demi Lovato, Backstreet Boys, Charlie Puth, FLo Rida, Nicky Jam and Jason Derulo.  Best.Cover.Ever. is a cutting-edge talent competition series hosted by Grammy Award-winning artist Ludacris and produced by Ryan Seacrest Productions and Endemol Shine North America. The series will premiere exclusively on YouTube this fall. More musicians are expected to be announced.

 

Best.Cover.Ever. gives emerging musicians from around the world a chance for international fame. Throughout the series, a new superstar artist will challenge competing musicians to perform a cover of one of their original songs. The musicians can perform the song in their own unique style as they battle for the ultimate prize: the opportunity to perform a duet with the superstar artist that will premiere on YouTube!

 

“The internet is the ultimate vehicle for creative discovery,” said Urban.  “It connects people, lets their talents be heard and sometimes produces stars. I’m really looking forward to seeing what happens – to hearing how people interpret my songs – and, fingers crossed, to find a killer duet partner.”

 

With the submission phase currently open, fans are encouraged to upload a video to YouTube performing their creative cover of one of Urban’s biggest hits Somewhere In My Car (video here). Fans can upload their video, follow submissions, and watch the series by subscribing to the Best.Cover.Ever. channel on YouTube, and can learn more by going to TheBestCoverEver.com.

 

Urban along with the other superstar artists will each pick the one lucky cover artist for a chance to perform a whole new song together. Viewers will witness every part of the planning, behind-the-scenes process as they mount this uniquely special music performance.

 

Visit thebestcoverever.com to learn how to submit. Follow and subscribe to Best.Cover.Ever. on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for all future updates.

 

The series is executive produced by Ryan Seacrest and hosted by GRAMMY Award-winner Ludacris, who will also serve as an executive producer. Best.Cover.Ever. is produced by Ryan Seacrest Productions and Endemol Shine North America. In addition to Seacrest and Ludacris, Rob Smith (ESNA), Georgie Hurford-Jones (ESNA), Marilyn Wilson and Teri Kennedy (RSP), will also serve as executive producers.

 

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About Keith Urban

 

Urban’s 2016 album release RIPCORD, was recently certified platinum (the second artist to achieve that status in 2016).  It produced his 22nd #1 song, (his 6th consecutive with “Blue Ain’t Your Color”) and extended his streak as the artist with the most consecutive top 10 songs on Billboard’s Country Airplay Chart (38).   Besides his four Grammy Awards, Urban has won ten Country Music Association Awards and eleven Academy of Country Music Awards.

 

About Chris “Ludacris” Bridges

As a recording artist, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges has sold more than 15 million albums domestically, thanks to the blockbuster success of such singles as “Stand Up,” “Get Back,” “Southern Hospitality,” “Number One Spot,” “Money Maker” and “My Chick Bad.”  Most recently, Ludacris dropped his 8th studio album, Ludaversal. Ludacris also starred in the highly anticipated The Fate of the Furious, which broke records at the box office, becoming the highest grossing film opening worldwide. Bridge’s philanthropic efforts rival his entertainment accomplishments; he started The Ludacris Foundation in 2001 which focuses on helping the youth in his hometown of Atlanta.

 

ABOUT YOUTUBE

Launched in May 2005, YouTube allows billions of people to discover, watch, and share originally-created videos. YouTube provides a forum for people to connect, inform, and inspire others across the globe and acts as a distribution platform for original content creators and advertisers large and small. YouTube is a Google company.

 

ABOUT RYAN SEACREST PRODUCTIONS

Ryan Seacrest Productions (RSP) is an Emmy-winning entertainment production company creating unscripted, scripted and digital programming. RSP produces the E! hit cable series “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” and its spin-offs, as well as “E! Live from the Red Carpet” award shows, Bravo’s “Shahs of Sunset” and CMT’s “I Love Kellie Pickler.” Additionally, RSP produces “Shades of Blue,” a NBC drama series starring Jennifer Lopez and “Insatiable” for Netflix. The company produced the Emmy Award-winning reality series “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution.”

 

ABOUT ENDEMOL SHINE NORTH AMERICA

Endemol Shine North America delivers world-class content and compelling storytelling to multiple platforms in the U.S. and across the globe. Endemol Shine North America is part of Endemol Shine Group, the global content creator, producer and distributor with a diverse portfolio of companies that are behind some of the most prominent hit television formats and series in the world.

Its Endemol Shine Studios division develops and produces original scripted television programming in the U.S. for global exploitation and Endemol Shine Latino oversees all Spanish-language format sales and development in both the U.S. and Mexico, as well as all of Latin America. Subsidiary production companies include Authentic Entertainment, Truly Original and 51 Minds Entertainment. In addition, Endemol Shine North America has a strategic partnership with Ryan Seacrest Productions.

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Thompson Square Step Away From BBR Music Group

Photo Credit: Garrett Merchant

GRAMMY-nominated, award-winning country music duo Thompson Square have decided to step away from BBR Music Group’s imprint, Stoney Creek Records, their label home since 2009.

Since breaking into the country music scene, the multi-platinum selling duo have achieved international success scoring three #1 hits and five Top 20 hits, with streaming numbers surpassing 600 million and a social media following of nearly 2 million. “It’s bittersweet leaving our Stoney Creek Records family,” says Shawna Thompson, “So many memories have been made and so many goals have been achieved.  We will be forever grateful to Benny and Carolyn Brown for their faith in our artistry.  It has changed our lives forever.”

Thompson Square have appeared on multiple major media franchises including NBC’s The Today Show, Fox & Friends, The Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Conan, The Queen Latifah Show, The Arsenio Hall Show, CBS This Morning, Rolling Stone, People Magazine, Glamour, Elle, USA Today and much more.

“All good things must come to an end but we look forward to the future and to new beginnings,” Keifer Thompson shares, “We are extremely excited about this new chapter of our life and what it means for our music and our fans.”

The three-time “Vocal Duo of the Year” (ACM/CMA) have received top honors in music including two GRAMMY nominations for “Best Country Duo/Group Performance” and “Best Country Song,” seven mainstream industry awards and over 25 additional award nominations.

Thompson Square continue to be represented by Shawn Pennington at Pennington Entertainment and William Morris Endeavor’s Greg Oswald and Abby Wells Bass. The duo is currently in the studio recording their forthcoming album with GRAMMY Award-winning producer Nathan Chapman (Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum).

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Pitbull Invites Fans To Get Wild At After Dark Party 2018

Vacation pre-sale signups now open at PitbullCruise.com

Enter to win “Cruise To The Front” giveaway

International music superstar Pitbull and Sixthman, the industry leader in music festivals at sea, are at it again — presenting Pitbull After Dark Party 2018, an epic Caribbean cruisin’ bash where fans will party day and night alongside Mr. Worldwide himself!

It’s all going down from March 2-5, 2018, between Miami, FL and Nassau, Bahamas, when over 2,200 guests will join Pitbull in turning Norwegian Jade into a nonstop Latin-infused dance jam with hot singles like “Messin’ Around” and “Greenlight” from his new album, Climate Change.  Mr. 305 is currently on a co-headlining North American tour alongside Enrique Iglesias with dates heating up the summer through July 6.

Fans can “Cruise To The Front” and enter a dream getaway with Pitbull, joining him on the high seas for his second Caribbean cruise. Visit PitbullCruise.com to enter by August 6 and while you’re there join the pre-sale.  Any guest who books during the pre-sale will be entered for a chance to win exclusive experiences with Pitbull on board, including a photo with Mr. 305, a Teppanyaki dinner party with a toast by Pitbull, invitation to a Voli cocktail hour with Mr. Worldwide, and the chance to introduce Pitbull on stage before his Motivational Conversation.

The party won’t stop, as Miami hit-maker Flo Rida, and  “sexy, sassy, and classy” dancers The Most Bad Ones, along with DJ Laz, DJ Soulman and more artists to be announced join in on the fun.  Adding to the floating music festival is an onboard schedule that features two unique pool deck sets from Mr. Worldwide, a “Motivational Conversation” and Q&A with Pitbull, and a smokin’ hot dance boot camp with The Most Bad Ones.

A destination of her own, Norwegian Jade offers guests Norwegian Cruise Line’s signature freedom and flexibility to enjoy 11 onboard bars and lounges, 15 dining experiences, one outdoor pool, hot tubs, and a full menu of spa treatments. Pitbull After Dark Party cruisers will enjoy duty-free shopping and awe-inspiring architecture in beautiful Nassau. Explore your adventurous side diving into the crystal blue water with dolphins and colorful fish, or tempt lady luck in a casino.

Pitbull After Dark Party 2018 staterooms begin at $760 per person for double occupancy, plus taxes and fees. For more information about booking your vacation, visit us online at pitbullcruise.com or call Sixthman directly at 877-379-9187 between the hours of 10am ET and 6pm ET.

Connect with Pitbull After Dark Party cruisers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @pitbullcruise #pitbullcruise.

ABOUT SIXTHMAN: Since 2001, Sixthman has pioneered themed cruise experiences, creating intimate shared encounters for bands, brands, and their fan communities. We are proud to be celebrating our 16th year and the accomplishment of executing 104 festivals, hosting over 230,000 guests for 940,000 days on vacation at sea with world class artists such as KISS, Kid Rock, John Mayer, Zac Brown Band, Train, Pitbull, Paramore, Florida Georgia Line, Diplo, Joe Bonamassa, Lynyrd Skynyrd, 311, Lyle Lovett, Barenaked Ladies, Sister Hazel and for brand partners such as Turner Classic Movies, VH1, SiriusXM’s Outlaw Country, Walker Stalker Con, truTV and others along with Sixthman curated festivals, The Rock Boat and Cayamo! Our festivals at sea bring non-stop performances, artist collaborations and a truly immersive vacation experience with fan/band interactions throughout the voyage and in port. Our home ports of call include Miami, Tampa and New Orleans to dream destinations such as the Virgin Islands, Belize, Honduras, Mexico and the Bahamas. For more information, visit sixthman.net and connect with us @SXMLiveLoud.  LIVE LOUD.

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Inaugural Southern Rock Cruise Sells Out Six Months In Advance

Fans of southern rock will take to the high seas in fine style with the sailing of the sold out, Southern Rock Cruise! The Ultimate Tailgate at Sea will feature live performances by superstar southern rock artists as well as interactive fan events such as bourbon tasting, guitar seminars, artist panels, and Q&A sessions from many of the artists that were there when it started and are still entertaining audiences all over the world.

“I can’t wait for the lights to go down and hear these bands I grew up with delivering their uniquely American blend of blues based rock to a crowd that’ll be on their feet from the first to last note. This cruise will be great music and a non-stop party like no other,” said Mike Jason of StarVista LIVE.

The highly anticipated Southern Rock Cruise departs from Tampa, Florida on January 20, 2018 and travels to Jamaica and Grand Cayman before returning to Tampa on January 25th. Fans will enjoy a special onboard performance by Lynyrd Skynyrd in Jamaica and more than 40 other live performances by artists such as: 38 Special, The Marshall Tucker Band, The Outlaws, Molly Hatchet, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Wet Willie, Louisiana’s Leroux, Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band, Black Stone Cherry, The Curt Towne Band, Preacher Stone, Live at the Fillmore: A Tribute to the Allman Brothers, The Cowboy Poets and MORE!

For more information and to be the first to hear about future Southern Rock Cruises sign up for the mailing list at www.SouthernRockCruise.com or click here.

To catch waves on other Star Vista LIVE cruises, call 844-677-6884 or visit starvistalive.com.

About StarVista LIVE:
StarVista LIVE creates unique entertainment experiences that bring fans together to relive their favorite moments, create new memories, and enjoy unparalleled access to the superstars they love. StarVista LIVE cruise events include the Malt Shop Memories Cruise, the Soul Train Cruise, The Country Music Cruise, the Flower Power Cruise, the 70s Rock and Romance Cruise, the Southern Rock Cruise and Abbey Road on the River festival. StarVista LIVE is a division of Direct Holdings Global. Direct Holdings Global is a leading multi-channel marketer with a broad portfolio of products and services, most notably associated with the success of the StarVista / Time Life brand, delivered with a commitment to excellence and integrity. Additional information about StarVista LIVE can be found at:

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Benji Harris’ Debut, Self-Titled, Solo Project At Online Retailers Now

The first solo release from Benji Harris has hit iTunes and other online retailers this week, etching a career benchmark for the celebrated vocalist and guitarist that has toured with headliners and scored a top hit on CMT and Music Row with his previous trio, Scarletta.  Kick starting his summer with the announcement of the project on Cumulus’ NASH FM morning show Ty, Kelly and Chuck, Benji performed at the Wildhorse Saloon and greeted fans at the RFD-TV booth in the Exhibit Hall during the 2017 CMA Fest and was most recently on the Hard Rock Café Stage at WSMV NBC’s show “Today in Nashville.” 
 
“I played this new record for the first time with a full band at the album release show in Nashville on Tuesday,” says Benji.  “Man did it feel good to see the crowd enjoying the new songs and to get all the positive responses from the live stream that Center Stage Magazine hosted.  I’ve watched some of the best in the business perform and grow while I was out on the road with them and I finally feel ready to share my own music with country fans.”
 
Fans can download the project on iTunes by clicking here. Benji premiered the record to his Nashville area fans and industry professionals before a packed house at The Country on Tuesday. Among those in attendance was Cassadee Pope, the 2012 winner of NBC’s The Voice that would go on to chart a #1 Billboard Country album (Frame by Frame) and #1 Billboard Country Airplay single Think of You with Chris Young. Benji, who also serves as a guitarist and vocalist on Cassadee’s tour, joins her on the stage each night performing the Chris Young portion of the #1 hit.
  A photo recap of his recent activity is below. 
 

Center Stage Magazine‘s Tommy Lemon, Benji Harris, Cassadee Pope & Center Stage Magazine‘s Missy Wolf after the album release show at The Country

Benji cooking up stir fry for Battered and Brewed‘s “Music In The Kitchen”

 

Ty, Kelly and Chuck‘s Ty Bentli, Benji Harris and Ty, Kelly and Chuck‘s Chuck Wicks

Benji Harris & Ty, Kelly and Chuck‘s Chuck Wicks

 

Benji joining WSMV NBC’s Today In Nashville wall of fame.

Today In Nashville‘s Carole Sullivan, Benji Harris and Today In Nashville‘s Kelly Sutton

Benji will be making a return appearance on Ty, Kelly and Chuck on July 17 and will be sharing his latest music with the patients at The Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt via Seacrest Studios on July 21.
 
To stay updated on Benji, visit the following:
 
 
About Benji Harris
 
Since moving to Nashville in 2009, this Dallas native has found a welcomed home on Music Row. His country/rock trio Scarletta (2009-2014) had a Top 30 radio hit in 2012, and a popular music video in high rotation on CMT.  They gained critical acclaim from Billboard and the Country Music Association as a top act to watch. He even found viral success and salutes from country headliner Jake Owen with a trio of parodies celebrating his daughter’s birth.  Since leaving the band in 2014, Benji has lent his instrumental and vocal talents to projects and tours for stars like Sam Hunt, Jana Kramer, Cassadee Pope, and Carly Pearce.  Pope’s fans see Benji in the spotlight every night on tour when they perform the Chris Young duet Think of You. This father of two beautiful daughters is excited for the opportunity to finally share a project of his own. Benji co-wrote five of the six songs on the EP that is available now via iTunes and all major online retailers.
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Beyond The 615: New Addition To The Site About Travel

Kayaking in Orlando by the Ritz Carlton Grande Lakes a few years ago. Day excursion available through the hotel. Photo credit: Patrice Majors

Well, I figured since I have also worked in travel as a travel agent for many years and have had the opportunity to travel to many different places around the world, it just seems only fitting to include travel with this site about entertainment.  They definitely go hand & hand.

Room at the Ritz Carlton Grande Lakes Orlando. Photo credit: Patrice Majors

Travel is definitely a passion of mine, too.   I love the opportunity to experience new cultures, food, and immerse myself into the surroundings.   Thought I might share some travel tips and favorite spots I’ve traveled to, plus futuring travel adventures I’m planning along with photos I shoot.

Ritz Carlton Grande Lakes Orlando. Photo credit: Patrice Majors

Stay tuned for much more!! First up, as you might’ve guessed I will be writing about one of my favorite places to visit domestically: Orlando, Florida.

Part of the grounds outside of the Ritz Carlton Grande Lakes Orlando. Photo credit: Patrice Majors

 

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Shania Twain: Rock This Country Opens June 30 Through July 2018 At Country Music Hall Of Fame

The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will examine the life and career of five-time Grammy winner Shania Twain in its newest exhibit, Shania Twain: Rock This Country, opening June 30.

The exhibit will follow the evolution of Twain’s career from her early days performing in Canadian bars to her recent appearance at the Stagecoach Festival in California. Twain has sold more albums than any other female country artist in history.  Successful titles include her platinum-selling debut, Shania Twain; her Grammy-winning, double diamond-selling (RIAA certification for 20 million units) The Woman in Me; the top-selling album in history by a female country artist, Come on Over, and Twain’s third consecutive diamond-selling album release, UP! Twain is set to release NOW, her fifth full-length album on Mercury Nashville and her first album since 2002, on September 29. The album’s lead single, “Life’s About to Get Good”, premiered yesterday on country radio platforms around the globe.

“Shania Twain’s impact on country music is undeniable,” said museum CEO Kyle Young. “Her message of female empowerment and dynamic pop sound electrified country music. Her continued influence is evidenced by artists like Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, and Kelsea Ballerini. We are pleased to feature Ms. Twain in this career-spanning exhibit.”

Shania Twain: Rock This Country exhibition highlights include:
  • Hooded leather coat with fur trim and fringe, and fur-trimmed boots with Native American beadwork, worn onthe cover of her self-titled 1993 debut album
  • Complete ensemble, including top hat, from 1999 music video for “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!”
  • Marc Bouwer leopard-print crop top and matching pants worn during Come On Over Tour (1998–99)
  • Marc Bouwer futuristic princess outfit, with faux-leather coat; diamond and rhinestone earrings; velvet bra and skirt embellished with diamonds and rhinestones; belt with rhinestones and beads; and patent leather and suede boots, worn for her Super Bowl XXXVII halftime performance (2003)
  • Outfit worn by Twain for her Stagecoach performance, including black top with multiple tiers of fringe, a body suit with fringe, crochet-pattern pants, and pumps, April 2017
  • Grammys for Best Country Song, “You’re Still the One” (1998); Best Country Song, “Come One Over” (1999); Best Female Country Vocal Performance, “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!” (1999)

With an unduplicated collection of more than 2.5 million artifacts, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum celebrates its fiftieth anniversary in 2017. Twain’s exhibition follows the opening of an exhibit on contemporary superstar Jason Aldean. Upcoming subjects include Loretta Lynn and country music couple Faith Hill and Tim McGraw.

Follow the museum on FacebookTwitterInstagram and Snapchat, and join the conversation using #CMHOF50 and #ShaniaTwainExhibit. For more information, visit countrymusichalloffame.org.

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Big Machine Celebrates The 100th Episode Of “Nashville”

Maddie Conrad (Lennon Stella) and Clayton Carter (Joseph David-Jones)

Merely hours until the highly-anticipated 100th episode of “Nashville” airs, Big Machine Records has released three brand new tracks on iTunes. The cast celebrates tonight’s significant milestone the only way they know how: performing even more fresh tunes for loyal viewers. In the midst of Highway 65 drama, Deacon (Charles Esten) gathers with a few longtime friends for a writer’s round at the famed Bluebird Café. The lineup features Music City’s potentially future leading lady, Jessie (Kaitlin Doubleday) who performs the Lucinda Williams-penned “When I Look At The World.” Meanwhile, Deacon’s daughter Maddie (Lennon Stella) test drives love song for her boyfriend Clay (Joseph David-Jones) called “Beautiful Dream.” Crafted by real-life tunesmiths Ben Caver and Erin McCarley, both the Ballad Version and Clayton Remix are available now.

Preview tonight’s episode here. “Nashville” airs Thursdays at 9:00P ET/PT only on CMT.

Since the show’s 2012 debut, Big Machine Records has released ten “Nashville” soundtracks including the most recent release THE MUSIC OF NASHVILLE: SEASON 5 VOLUME 2. The music has collectively sold more than five million single-track downloads and garnered over 200 million streams to date.

Follow “Nashville” on CMT:
Facebook: Facebook.com/NashvilleCMT/
Twitter: @NashvilleCMT
Instagram: @NashvilleCMT
Website: www.CMT.com/Shows/Nashville

Follow Big Machine Label Group:
Facebook: Facebook.com/BigMachineRecords/
Twitter: @BigMachine
Instagram: @BigMachineLabelGroup
Website: www.BigMachineLabelGroup.com

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