Tim McGraw's acting career seems to be hotter than ever. His current movie, Country Strong hits theaters next month and we've learned that he has signed on for a new roll that he will begin filming in March 2011.
McGraw will star next to Ryan Reynolds and Denzel Washington in the action film, Safe House. Playing the role of a spy, McGraw had this to say about his part:
I get to play something action packed. I get to shoot people and stuff. I’m looking forward to that.
The plot of Safe House centers on the only surviving agent of an attack on a CIA safe house (Reynolds) as he tries to get a lethal prisoner (Washington) to a second safe house before being taken out by violent forces that want them both dead.
Safe House is currently scheduled to be released in cinemas on February 10, 2012.
Sara Evans will soon be back in the spotlight. The RCA Nashville recording artist is gearing up for the release of her sixth studio album, Stronger, on March 8th. Evans' current single “A Little Bit Stronger” has been climbing the charts and is also a hit with fans. The song, written by Luke Laird, Hillary Lindsey and Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott, has already racked up around 161,000 digital downloads according to the latest Neilsen SoundScan ratings. Sara is also featured in the December 13th issue of Country Weekly in which she discusses the single and the journey behind the making of Stronger. To check out the new cover art for Stronger head to Sara’s Facebook page
As we’ve mentioned before, Cover Girl will serve as tour sponsor for Taylor Swift when the US leg of her Speak Now world tour kicks of in May. Taylor is also the new face of Cover Girl and her ads will start appearing in magazines and on the small screen in January.
"I’m really excited for people to discover the new NatureLuxe line from CoverGirl! The Silk Foundation and Gloss Balm are really light and fresh, they feel amazing on my skin” says an enthusiastic Swift of the make-up.
Here's a sneak peek at Taylor's recent photo shoot.
The Grammys have made a point to celebrate music 365 days a year. In keeping with tradition the Recording Academy recently announced 30 recordings that will be joining 881 previous winners in the legendary Grammy Hall of Fame, on display in Los Angeles at the Grammy Museum, in 2011.
President and CEO of the Recording Academy, Neil Portnow explains the significance of the Hall of Fame:
“The GRAMMY Hall of Fame represents all genres of music, acknowledging the diversity of musical expression for which The Academy has become renowned. These musical treasures have brought us timeless recordings, and each of them deserves to be memorialized. These recordings are living evidence that music remains an indelible part of our culture.”
Created by the Academy’s National Trustees in 1973, the GRAMMY Hall of Fame was established as a way to honor and pay tribute to the musical recordings “of lasting qualitative or historical significance that are at least 25 years old”. Eligible recordings are reviewed annually by committee members and industry professionals before final approval is given by Academy trustees.
2010 has been pretty good for legendary country music icon Loretta Lynn. It’s her 50th year in the music business and, as a result, Lynn has been honored more than a few times this year. Not too long after the recent release of Coal Miner’s Daughter, the album on which Loretta hand-picked fellow country artists to lend their voices to her songs, comes the latest honor with a twist. The singer won’t be able to display this honor on a mantle, her wall or a display case; instead she’ll have to head outdoors to enjoy it in the garden. Sony Music Nashville, the label Lynn calls home, recently presented the songstress with her very own Van Lear Rose, appropriately named after her 2004 album of the same name. The album earned Loretta a Grammy award and was produced by The White Stripes rocker Jack White.
In response to being presented with the honor Loretta had this to say:
Roses have always been so special to me. So to have a rose named after one of my albums …well, I’m not sure I quite have words for that! I’m just very, very honored. I can’t wait to have those Van Lear roses blooming in my yard!
Easton Corbin is a new artist that just makes good country music and makes it look easy. Check out his latest video for I Can't Love You Back. Looks like another #1 to me!
Brad Paisley is set to release his new album, This Is Country Music, April 19, 2011. Beginning Monday, December 13 and continuing for one week through December 20, fans can visit www.thisiscountrymusic.com and download a free digital single of Paisley’s current single This Is Country Music.
Thisiscountrymusic.com will also offer the opportunity to pre-order the album at a limited-time special price.
Beginning December 21, the digital single for This Is Country Music will be available for sale at participating digital music retailers, as well as on www.thisiscountrymusic.com.
According to Country Aircheck the overall Most-Heard country artist of 2010 is Lady Antebellum. Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley scored the Most-Heard Country Female and Male artists titles, and Easton Corbin was recognized as the year's Most-Heard New Artist.
The top 5 Most-Heard country songs of 2010 are: At No. 1 Josh Turner's 'Why Don't We Just Dance', Joe Nichols' 'Gimmie That Girl' at No. 2, Lady Antebellum's 'Need You Now' at No. 3, Easton Corbin's 'A Little More Country Than That' at No. 4 and Chris Young's 'The Man I Want to Be' at No. 5.
Gloriana will be hosting their Studio Insider fan chat tonight, Thursday, December 9th at 7 pm EST (4 pm PST). Be sure and visit gloriana.com to submit your questions and see what the band is up to!
Thought I'd also throw in the video of what the band is currently up to. Hard at work in the studio recording their second album!
Reba will host WESTWOOD ONE’s “Christmas Around The Country” special.
The four hour holiday special will feature CHRISTMAS memories and music from artists George Strait, Faith Hill, Garth Brooks, Taylor Swift and more. Air window runs from December 18th through December 25th.