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Alabama postpones 50th anniversary tour over singer's health

Aug. 21, 2019 9:46 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Country band Alabama says it is postponing the remainder of its 50th anniversary tour as lead singer Randy Owen battles health complications. The group announced Wednesday that the 69-year-old Owen is suffering from migraines and vertigo, and doctors say he needs more time to recover....

Taylor Swift says she plans to re-record her songs' masters

Aug. 21, 2019 5:33 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Taylor Swift plans to re-record her songs after her catalog was purchased by popular music manager Scooter Braun. "CBS Sunday Morning" previewed some of its pre-taped interview with Swift on Wednesday. The reporter asks Swift if she would consider re-recording her songs in order to own the...

Joan Jett, Underwood to perform 'Sunday Night Football' open

Aug. 20, 2019 7:24 PM EDT

Fred Gaudelli knew NBC would have to come up with something grand for this season's "Sunday Night Football" opener since the NFL is celebrating its 100th anniversary. It didn't take long for the show's executive producer to arrive at something: Carrie Underwood came up with the perfect idea. This season, the show...

Review: Vince Gill straddles middle of the road on 'Okie'

Aug. 20, 2019 1:56 PM EDT

Vince Gill, "Okie" (MCA Nashville) Musically and politically, Vince Gill straddles the middle of the road on his new album "Okie." "We're too far left and too far right," Gill opines on the song "Black and White." The singing centrist from Oklahoma creates a coffee house vibe on his 12-song set, with tempos that...

Vince Gill weighs hard truths with emotional depth on 'Okie'

Aug. 19, 2019 2:14 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Vince Gill might make people break down in tears when they listen to his vulnerable new record in which he sings about regret, marriage, faith, sexual abuse and hard choices. But then again, so did he. When the country singer recorded his song "When My Amy Prays," about his...

Brad Paisley out; Reba, Dolly, Carrie Underwood to host CMAs

Aug. 19, 2019 12:42 PM EDT

Carrie Underwood, who has hosted the Country Music Association Awards since 2008 with Brad Paisley, is losing her partner-in-crime. But she won't be on her own: The CMAs announced Monday that "special guest hosts" Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire will join Underwood during the Nov. 13 event. The organization says...

Elvis admirers remember his death 42 years ago with vigil

Aug. 15, 2019 10:14 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Elvis Presley fans carrying lit candles in the Tennessee night are visiting the rock 'n' roll icon's grave at Graceland during the annual vigil commemorating his death 42 years ago. Presley admirers from all over the world descend on Memphis every year to honor his life and career...

Zac Brown loses bid to limit public access to Alaska home

Aug. 14, 2019 6:40 PM EDT

KENAI, Alaska (AP) — Country musician Zac Brown has lost a bid to limit snoopers on his private property in Alaska, the latest case where the desires of the wealthy or celebrity for privacy have been at odds with public access. The lead singer for the multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning, southern rock...

CMA voters consider whether to nominate 'Old Town Road'

Aug. 14, 2019 2:13 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Though Lil Nas X has broken chart records and become a streaming juggernaut with his breakout country rap hit "Old Town Road" with Billy Ray Cyrus, the song faces an uphill challenge to get a nomination for a CMA award. Ballots have gone out for nominations for the Country Music...

Lil Nas X, Lizzo, Shawn Mendes, Bad Bunny to perform at VMAs

Aug. 13, 2019 1:03 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Lil Nas X, Lizzo and Shawn Mendes are set to perform at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards. MTV announced Tuesday that Bad Bunny, Camila Cabello, J Balvin and Rosalia will also hit the stage at the Aug. 26 event, taking place at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Ariana Grande and...