More CMA Festival today, in Nashville TN: The Swon Brothers, Chip Esten (Nashville), Rae Lynn, Keith Urban perform today. Check out the Lineup. Also, Kree Harrison sings at the Grand Ole Opry matinee show at 3pm.
The City of Hope softball game took place this morning with Chip Esten, Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina, Kree Harrison and Danielle Bradbery in the lineup.
Pia Toscano, as the official National Anthem singer for the Los Angeles Kings, will sing the SSB at tonight’s Stanley Cup Playoff game.
Pia Toscano: The Kings Good Luck Charm – Three years ago, I went to a regular-season game with my manager at the time, who’s friends with [Kings executive] Luc Robitaille. I saw someone perform the national anthem and thought, “I want to do that.” The Kings set it up, and I sang before a regular-season Dallas Stars-Kings game at the Staples Center in January 2012. Luc liked it and invited me back to sing during the playoffs. The Kings started winning, so they kept bringing me back. Hockey people are very superstitious. They don’t like to change anything. If I switch up my nail polish, the fans notice and freak out about it. So because the Kings went on to win the Stanley Cup that season, they continued to invite me back. Plus — I hope — they really like the way I sing. – Read more at NHL.
Lauren Alaina talks CMA fest, new music and growing up – An estimated 3,000 country music fans came out Friday afternoon to catch Lauren Alaina’s set on the Bud Light Stage at CMA Music Festival. Wearing a silver-sequined bustier and tight black pants, Alaina is clearly not the high school sophomore fans fell in love with when she came in runner-up to Scotty McCreery on “American Idol” in 2011. She’s grown up. And, they love her anyway. Fans whooped and cheered as she performed songs including “Georgia Peaches,” a cover of Reba McEntire’s “Radio” and “Same Day, Different Bottle,” which she wrote last year after her father entered rehab for alcoholism. – Read more at The Tennessean.com
Carrie Underwood Reveals Album Plans at 2014 Fan Club Party – “A while back I was talking to Kimberly Perry from The Band Perry,” Underwood continued. “And we were swapping writing stories and getting new album stuff together and just talking about it, and she said exactly what I feel. “She was like, ‘What if I don’t have anything to write about? What if that’s it? What if I’m out?’ “And I was like, ‘You just gotta get going, you know? You’ll be led in the places you need to be led.’ … And I found that I’ve got some really good stuff guys! Very excited!” – Read more at CMT
Ford, Kia tested as audiences shrink for ‘Idol’ and ‘The Voice’ – The season finales of Fox’s “American Idol” and NBC’s “The Voice” each drew more than 10 million viewers last month. That’s good news and bad news for Ford and Kia, whose brands have been intertwined with the programs through elaborate sponsorship deals that include vehicles given as prizes to the top performers. According to ratings estimates from Nielsen Co., 11.7 million people watched the three finalists on “The Voice” each choose a new Kia from a lineup of five vehicles arrayed on stage during the show’s May 20 finale. The next night, 10.5 million people watched “Idol” finalists Jena Irene and Caleb Johnson dumbstruck at the sight of the 2015 Ford Mustangs they were awarded on the show’s final episode of the season. – Read more at Automotive News
Life After Jimmy Iovine: the John Janick Era Begins at Interscope – Your company is losing one of the biggest names in the business, a genuine titan who has tight personal ties to scores of top-selling artists and has put out many of the highest-grossing albums of the last quarter-century. So you’re freaking out, right? Wrong. Jimmy Iovine’s exit from Interscope Geffen A&M as part of the Apple-Beats deal may have robbed the label of its house guru. But the transition to the new chairman/ceo, John Janick, 36, is going about as smoothly as a succession could. That’s due in no small part to Iovine, who saw it coming — he was in talks with Apple CEO Tim Cook long before word leaked, although the deal ultimately happened “quickly,” says a source — and put a strong plan in place. In fact, Janick has been “100 percent running” day-to-day operations for at least a year, adds an insider at Universal Music Group (UMG), Interscope’s parent company, and looks to have won the hearts and minds of IGA staffers, while Iovine was crowing that he had set out to accomplish “something that none of his peers had done: find a successor,” according to one UMG executive. – Read more at Hollywood Reporter