February 3rd, 2011
10:58 AM ET
Zac Brown now has four children to match his band’s four Grammy nominations. The country singer and his wife Shelly welcomed daughter Joni Mason Brown on Wednesday.
Joni weighed in at 7 pounds, 14 ounces, according to CMT. She joins her three older sisters at home in Atlanta – 4-year-old Justice, 2-year-old Lucy and 1-year-old Georgia. And this might not be the last kid for the Browns.
"We're just gonna keep on going until we get a boy," Zac, one of 12 kids himself, told The Boot. "If that's 13, then I doubt I'm gonna be able to pull that off, but we'll see."
January 19th, 2011
01:32 PM ET
The Smoky Mountain Songbird. The Queen of Country. The Backwoods Barbie.
That may be what she’s known as today, but 65 years ago, Dolly Rebecca Parton was born to tobacco farmer Robert Parton and his wife Avie in Tennessee. Since then she’s become one of the most successful country singers in the world, a two-time Golden Globe nominated actress and a theme park owner.
We can never get enough, as this CNN.com anchor shows. So in celebration of her birthday, let’s take a look back at the 64th year of Dolly.
January 13th, 2011
06:17 PM ET
Tim McGraw learned to text when he was drinking heavily - he knew if he called his wife, Faith Hill, she would know he’d been indulging. But then even text messaging got him in trouble.
"I started slurring my texts and I figured, 'Hell, I've got to quit drinking,'" he told On The Red Carpet. "That's the only thing that's going to work.”
McGraw, who has three daughters with Hill, gave up alcohol in 2008. The couple has been married since 1996.
January 12th, 2011
06:23 PM ET
When David and Howard Bellamy listened to Britney’s Spears’ newly released single, “Hold It Against Me,” they flashed back to 1979.
The country duo, known as The Bellamy Brothers, found it awfully similar to their hit, “If I Said You Had A Beautiful Body, Would You Hold It Against Me.”
“That little song went #1 and has since become one of the defining songs of our career," David Bellamy said in a press release. "If you listen to the lyrics of Britney Spears’ new single, ‘Hold It Against Me,’ you’ll find some major similarities. Howard and I have no personal beef with Britney. She’s a talented gal. But professionally, well, in all honesty, we feel completely ripped off.”
January 10th, 2011
03:16 PM ET
When Shania Twain discovered two years ago that her husband, Robert Lange, was leaving her for her close friend, she felt like she had lost a piece of herself.
“I really lost my sense of trust, compassion, honesty,” Twain told The Toronto Sun. “I have lost my ability to express myself and my ability to sing... for some reason, I'm not comfortable singing in front of people anymore.”
Twain said she was feeling a huge amount of stress from her career before the split. “I felt the pressure to be better and better all the time. It just affected me. I was slowly losing my voice and slowly losing my confidence.”
January 6th, 2011
03:43 PM ET
If you’re sick of hearing Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum and Lady Gaga, there’s a reason.
Those super talents were the most played over the airwaves this year, according to the 2010 Music Industry Report, released by Nielsen SoundScan and Billboard on Wednesday. The report breaks down overall music sales trends, top-selling artists/albums and the most played songs, and there were a few tidbits that caught our attention.
Rap is the only genre that had an increase in album sales this year and country music had the smallest drop. This goes hand in hand with the top 10 selling albums of 2010. Eminem’s “Recovery” sold 3.4 million units, followed closely by Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now” and Taylor Swift’s “Speak Now.”
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