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Keith Urban, P!nk To Debut ‘One Too Many’ At ACM Awards

Keith Urban and pop icon P!nk will debut their brand-new duet “One Too Many” during the 55th Academy of Country Music Awards on Wednesday night.

The world television premiere of the new single, live from Nashville, will be broadcast live between 8 PM and 11 PM on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on CBS All Access.

For the first time in ACM Awards history, the 2020 ACM Awards show will be broadcast from three iconic Country Music venues: Grand Ole Opry House, Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium and The Bluebird Cafe.

“One Too Many” features on Urban’s upcoming album, The Speed of Now Part 1.

The album also includes two other collaborations involving Urban – “Out the Cage” with country rapper Breland and Chic guitarist Nile Rogers; and a version of “We Were” with Eric Church.

On Sunday, the Australian singer-songwriter shared a poster announcing the ACM performance on Instagram.

The reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year, Urban is also the host of this year’s ACM Awards ceremony.


Kelly Clarkson Opens Up About Difficulties Since Filing For Divorce

In a new interview, Kelly Clarkson opened up about the difficulties she has faced since filing for divorce from Brandon Blackstock in June.

“I mean, it’s no secret my life has been a little bit of a dumpster. Personally, it’s been a little hard the last couple of months,” Clarkson told NBC’s “Today.”

“I’ve been talking to friends that have been through divorce. I don’t know how people go through that without having some kind of outlet because it is the worst thing ever for everyone involved,” she added.

The 38-year-old pop star and talk show host filed for divorce citing “irreconcilable differences” with her husband. She has also sought joint custody of their two children of 6 and 4 years.

Clarkson said she is planning to release an album next year pouring her emotions over ending her seven-year-long married life with Blackstock.


Ariana Grande Teases New Music With Song Snippet, Lyric

Pop superstar Ariana Grande has teased new music by posting a short clip on Instagram.

Grande shared a snippet of what could be her next single. “brb,” the songbird captioned the seconds-long preview, which features her singing and her signature “Yeah.”

Grande also seems to have shared a part of lyrics with fans on Twitter, writing, “Know my love infinite nothing that I won’t do.”

Grande’s most recent album was Thank U, Next, which dropped last year. The album followed 2018’s Sweetener, and included, “Thank U, Next,” “7 Rings” and “Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored.”

In an interview earlier this year with Apple Music‘s Zane Lowe, Grande had mentioned that she was working on a song with Doja Cat.

“I’m obsessed with her. I love her. I was able to work with her earlier this year on this song that I want to save for whenever it’s time again, to drop,” Grande said.

She added, “I love her personality. I love what she brings to the table musically. She’s just such a breath of fresh air. I think she’s brilliant and so talented.”

know my love infinite nothing that i won’t do

— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) September 14, 2020

Check Out The Socially Distanced Promo For Season 19 Of ‘The Voice’

Ahead of the season 19 premiere of NBC‘s “The Voice” on October 19, a humorous new promo shows how coaches Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani intend to maintain social distancing.

The clip shows the coaches sitting in their famous red chairs, which a report from People says are now situated eight feet apart.

“Blake and I have been quarantining together this entire time,” Stefani says, leading Legend to quip, “Wow, I’m sorry Gwen.”

The promo later shows Stefani trying to reward a contestant by launching a t-shirt at him with a t-shirt cannon.

“I got a present for you but because we’re social distancing, I’m going to launch it at you. You ready?” Stefani says.

When the attempt fails, Shelton provides a different solution by handing off the shirt using a long pole with a glove at the end.


Ingrid Andress Shares Cover Of Dua Lipa’s ‘Don’t Start Now’

Ingrid Andress has shared a cover version of Dua Lipa‘s hit “Don’t Start Now.”

Andress, who is also a songwriter, has paired the cover with a new rendition of “Lady Like,” the title track of her recently-released debut album, for Spotify Singles.

The Warner Music Nashville/Atlantic Records recording artist is not the first to cover “Don’s Start Now.” Earlier this summer, Keith Urban covered the song for a live video.

Earlier this year, Andress earned her first number-one radio hit with “More Hearts Than Mine,” the lead single from Lady Like. She’s reportedly planning to release the album on vinyl on October 16.

The singer is also nominated at the 2020 CMA Awards in the categories of New Artist of the Year and Song of the Year (for “More Hearts Than Mine”). She also won every category she was nominated for at the 32nd Annual MusicRow Awards.

Andress, who has accumulated a career total of nearly 350 million global streams so far, was the only solo-female-debut to crack the Top 20 on the Country Airplay chart in 2019.


Billie Eilish Teams With Fender To Launch Signature Ukulele

Fender has launched a signature ukulele for alt-pop icon Billie Eilish. Designed in collaboration with Eilish, the four-string classic ukulele features a built-in preamp and sapele body adorned with her signature “blohsh” symbol.

At six years old, she used the compact four-string acoustic instrument to play her first song, The Beatles‘ “I Will.” Since then, the ukulele has been an integral part of Eilish’s music.

“I think the kulele brings a different feeling to every single song, and it inspires a different kind of writing,” she says. “Different instruments always make me write differently.”

Fan favorites like “Party Favor” and “8” feature the instrument alongside more modern production elements.

“The great thing about this ukulele is that the one you see Billie playing onstage in front of 30,000 people is the exact same one you can buy in the store for under $300,” said Michael Schulz, Fender’s Head of Signature Artists.

Eilish and Fender are making a gift to the Aloha Mele Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation. The funding will be distributed to nonprofit organizations that are working to support coronavirus relief efforts for Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities in Hawaii.

(Photo: Fender Press)


Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley Interested In Collab With The Eagles

Florida Georgia Line‘s Brian Kelley has revealed that he is interested in collaborating with The Eagles, especially with country singer Vince Gill performing with the band. That would be a dream come true, according to the singer.

“I know that Vince Gill is singing with them now, which I can’t even imagine. The Eagles were already the Eagles; they were already amazing, and then you add Vince Gill. It’s just pretty wild. Hopefully next year we can catch a show and maybe do a collab,” Kelley said in a recent episode of “FGL House Party Radio” on Apple Music Country.

Kelley said the Eagles’ famous “Hotel California” remains one of his all time favorite songs, as it is “sexy, it’s dark, it’s a vibe.”

He also recalled advice he received from musician and rapper Nelly the first time they met.

“I remember one of the first times that we met, he said ‘You’re only the new guys once so be good, work hard,’” Kelley said. “It didn’t hit me when I first heard that. I was like, ‘That’s interesting. I’m sure that’s some really good advice.’”

“But we’ve been doing this for a couple more years since then now, and looking back at that, it’s an interesting thought when you’re not necessarily the new guy anymore, and you already had that chance to make your mark and meet people and put songs out,”he added.

Katy Perry Shares Animated Videos For ‘Resilient,’ ‘What Makes A Woman’

Katy Perry has dropped highly creative and adorable animated videos for “Resilient” and “What Makes A Woman,” two of the songs from her latest album, Smile.

The video for “Resilient” shows a seed out of a bird’s droppings, growing through the cracks into a big, blooming tree. A plastic bag that floats through the air seems to explain Katy’s “Firework” lyric, “Do you ever feel like a plastic bag? Drifting through the wind, wanting to start again?”

The visual, directed by Aya Tanimura, also features Perry’s late cat Kitty Purry, her dog Nugget and her fiancé Orlando Bloom‘s late dog Mighty. Perry is seen stepping out of the bus at the end, holding her newborn daughter Daisy Dove. A pair of ants, a butterfly and several easter eggs also appear in the video.

The video for “What Makes a Woman” highlights all kinds of strong, beautiful women.

In addition to “Resilient,” “What Makes A Woman” and the title track, the Smile album also contains “Daisies,” “Never Really Over” and “Harleys in Hawaii.” Perry had earlier released two music videos for “Smile.”



Foreigner Share Live Video Of ‘Waiting For A Girl Like You’

Foreigner have shared a live video of “Waiting For A Girl Like You” from a reunion show in 2017.

The live performance video of “Waiting For A Girl Like You” is from the band’s reunion set Double Vision: Then and Now. The band’s current and original lineups had reunited to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the band in 2017.

The live performance was filmed during a 2017 performance at Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. The concert’s lineup featured original members Lou Gramm, Al Greenwood, Dennis Elliott, Ian McDonald and Rick Wills alongside Mick Jones and Foreigner’s newest lineup featuring Kelly Hansen, Tom Gimbel, Jeff Pilson, Michael Bluestein, Bruce Watson and Chris Frazier.

“Waiting For A Girl Like You” was a hit song from from the band’s 1981 release, 4, which topped the Billboard 200 and sold more than 7 million copies in the country.


Farm Aid Holding Virtual Festival To Celebrate 35th Anniversary

Willie Nelson and company have once again planned a riveting Farm Aid Festival to be held virtually this year.

The 35th-anniversary edition of Nelson’s yearly Farm Aid concert is scheduled to take place between 8 and 11 pm on Saturday, September 26.

In addition to performances by the founding fathers of the event, namely Nelson himself, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, and Dave Matthews, the lineup for the benefit also includes artists of the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Brandi Carlile, Chris Stapleton, Margo Price, Nathaniel Rateliff, Particle Kid, and The Record Company, among others.

This year’s event will be focused around the most pressing challenges that the world is facing today, including the COVID-19 pandemic as well as issues such as climate change, racial injustice, and one of the longstanding main themes of the benefit, sustainable agriculture.

“This pandemic and so many other challenges have revealed how essential family farmers and ranchers are to the future of our planet,” shared Neslon.

He added,”Farm Aid 2020 is going to give the whole country a chance to learn about the important work of farmers and how they’re contributing to our well-being, beyond bringing us good food.”