Headlines: Daughtry Finishes Album, Lee DeWyze Reinvention, Phillip Phillips Not “Lame”

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Luke Bryan tells us how he’s dropping those tough truth bombs on “American Idol” – He tells Rare Country, “Sometimes when you try to politely deliver the truth, you can sometimes sound even more rude and terrible. I’ve done that a couple times.” “That’s the tough thing, when you tell people no,” Luke says. “Their family, when you tell them yes and they open the door, it’s like a party.” – Read more at Rare Country

New Daughtry album is finished, Chris Daughtry says it’s “our best work yet” – In a pair of Instagram videos, Chris said Wednesday that he was on his way to the studio to finish recording the vocals for the album’s final song. Acknowledging that it had been a long time coming, Chris described the record as “our magnum opus” and “our best work yet,” adding that he’s “very, very proud” of it. Chris also revealed that a new single will be coming “very soon,” and added that because the album is done, he’s going to keep his promise and shave off the massive beard he’s been sporting for a while. – Read more at ABC Radio

Why Phillip Phillips won’t close his shows with his biggest hit: “That’s just lame” – Phillip Phillips is currently out on a headlining tour in support of his long-awaited third album, Collateral. Now that he has three albums’ worth of material to perform, he can change his set every night, but he says one thing will remain the same: He refuses to save his biggest hit for last. Phillip’s first hit, “Home,” is definitely his best-known track, but as he tells ABC Radio, he’s not one of those artists who makes the audience wait all night to hear it. “I don’t put it last [in the set] for sure,” he laughs. “I try to put it maybe in between the middle and the ending — leave like three, four songs after it, y’know what I mean? I try not to end with it — ’cause that’s just lame.” – Read more at ABC Radio

Lee DeWyze talks post-‘Idol’ reinvention: ‘I had to reverse-engineer my career’ – “When I came off of American Idol — I’ve made this pretty clear over the past few years — it was always about the songwriting for me. It’s what I loved. That’s why I did all of that in the first place. It wasn’t for fame or any of that stuff,” DeWyze tells Yahoo Entertainment. – Read more at Yahoo

Also, check out set of exclusive Yahoo performances from Lee.

Why Lauren Alaina’s “Three” Was the One – “The Ryman is where everything started for me. I auditioned for American Idol on that stage,” she said of her first shot at getting in front of the judges when she sang Faith Hill’s 2005 “Like We Never Loved At All,” and with Steven Tyler, a little bit of his 1998 Aerosmith hit “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing.” So Alaina said it was a full-circle moment when she took that stage again to sing “Three.” “I got a standing ovation,” she said. “It took my breath away.” – Read more at CMT

From ‘The Voice’ to All the Love Tour, RaeLynn continues to ’emerge’ – The Houston native named a 2017 “Country Artist to Watch” by Pandora, Napster and Billboard has earned a roll call of nominations, including the Academy of Country Music Awards’ New Female Vocalist of the Year and nods from Radio Disney and CMT Music Awards. This month, she released another single as the new face of a cosmetics company and embarked on a coast-to-coast tour for “emerging” female artists. “I still consider myself an emerging artist because as long as you’re growing you’re always emerging,” RaeLynn, 23, said by phone from her Nashville home a week before heading out with fellow emerging artist Kalie Shorr, whose singles include “Fight Like a Girl” and “Two Hands,” on the CMT Next Women of Country All the Love tour headlined by Sara Evans. – Read more at Chicago Tribune

Blake Shelton Makes a Splash at Delta’s Landing – Good things happen when Blake Shelton takes the stage. There’s good music, obviously, and then sometimes, there’s also a good cause. The cause was the case over the weekend when Shelton donated $50,000 of his ticket sales from concerts at his Ole Red Tishomingo restaurant-venue to his hometown. And what the city plans to do with the money is another worthy cause. It will support the 15 acres of Pennington Creek Park, including improvements to its small Delta’s Landing splash pad. – Read more at CMT.com

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