ABC/Image Group LAIt's safe to say that Lauren Alaina is "Doin' Fine" -- she just got engaged to her longtime boyfriend.
The chart-topping star and her beau, Alex Hopkins, are getting married. Over the weekend, Lauren posted a photo of herself kissing Alex in front of a lake, with a diamond ring prominently displayed on her finger. "Being yours forever has a nice 'RING' to it," she wrote. "WE ARE ENGAGED. EEEK." She added the hashtag #HoppilyEverAfterHopkins.
Alex shared the same photo on his Instagram feed, with the caption, "Ladies and gentleman, may I present to you for the first time, the future Mrs. Lauren Hopkins.”
Lauren and Alex are both 23 and have been dating since 2012. The two have clearly been thinking about marriage for some time. Earlier this year, when she told ABC Radio that Alex's niece is her biggest fan, Lauren added of the little girl, "She thinks I'm her aunt. I'm not technically her aunt yet, but I am."
ABC/Image Group LA RaeLynn co-wrote her new song, “Tailgate,” with fellow artists Canaan Smith and Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard. The danceable tune speculates what might happen if a truck could talk.
“Without fail, ‘Tailgate’ makes me want to dance on stage every single time I perform it and when you hear it you can’t help but sing along,” RaeLynn says.
“It also comes from a real place because I’ve been driving the same truck since I was 18 years old,” she explains. “The first car that I ever owned was a Ford F-150 and I got to thinking about all the trouble I’d have been in with mama and dad if that truck ever told a secret on me.”
“Tailgate” is available to stream or download now, or you can check out the official audio on YouTube.
Broken BowJason Aldean will return to his Georgia hometown for his third Concert for the Kids this fall at the Macon Coliseum. Fellow Peach State native Lauren Alaina will join him for the Thursday, September 6 show that benefits Beverly Knight Olson Children's Hospital.
“There are a lot of reasons I love doing what I do, but being able to give back to these kids and their families is definitely really important to me," the three-time ACM Entertainer of the Year says. “We’ve been able to help support the build of an entirely new facility, so I'm looking forward to seeing how the community shows up for the hospital this year and what we can do to keep helping the people there."
So far, Jason's raised more than $1.2 million for the hospital. Tickets for the fundraiser go on sale Friday, July 27 at 10 a.m. ET.
ABC/Image Group LA The lyrics of Morgan Evans’ new track, “American,” leave little doubt who he wrote it about. In fact, the Aussie starts describing his wife, Kelsea Ballerini, with the very first words of the song.
“She’s got hair as gold as Kansas wheat,” Morgan begins, leading up to a chorus that expresses how he feels about his bride, whom he married last December: “She’s American, making my world better than it’s ever been/One part Norma Jean and one part Marilyn/She’s making me fall in love with everything American.”
The “Kiss Somebody” hitmaker confirmed the track is about Kelsea on his socials.
“One of my favourite songs from the record,” he tweeted. “A love song for America & for my American girl. Best experienced at HIGH volumes. I hope you love it!” he added.
“American” is the latest preview of Morgan’s debut album, expected in the fall. You can stream or download the tune now, or check out its Visualizer video on YouTube.
ABC/Image Group LA Even if you can't make it to Indianapolis, Indiana for Dierks Bentley's Saturday night set at Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center, you can still check out his show.
Live Nation will stream Dierks' latest stop on the Mountain High Tour as part of their Concert Series on Twitter. The Arizona native is set to take the stage at 9:20 p.m. ET. You can tune in to watch at Live.Twitter.com/DierksBentley.
In addition to his hits, you can expect Dierks to showcase his latest album, The Mountain, which features his most recent #1, "Woman, Amen." Tour mates Brothers Osborne will also likely join him to showcase their collaboration on his latest single, "Burning Man."
Allister AnnWhen Kenny Chesney takes the stage Saturday night at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, it’ll be a career first.
“You know what, we've never played, I don't believe… a stadium venue in St. Louis,” he explains. “We've always played the amphitheater or we've played the arena several times, just kinda flip-flopped back and forth. This is the first time, I believe… So we're looking really forward to it. Man, we really are,” he adds.
For the superstar from East Tennessee, it’ll be a sentimental moment.
“It's so ironic,” he reflects. “I mean, years ago when I was a kid, I went to a St. Louis Cardinals game with my dad and my grandmother. And I think about that and how life moves us forward, and now here I am with a band, playing my music, in that place. You know, it's really special. And, you know, to think about that is really cool.”
It’s already been quite a week for Kenny: His latest single, “Get Along” is number one, and Pollstar ranked his Trip Around the Sun Tour as the fifth highest-grossing North American trek so far this year.
Next Friday, Kenney's Songs for the Saints album arrives in stores and online.
ABC/Image Group LA It’s not uncommon for Darius Rucker to reunite with his Hootie & the Blowfish bandmates to play a couple of charitable events every year.
But on Saturday, the “Hold My Hand” hitmakers will do something they haven’t done in quite awhile: play a stadium.
So exactly how long has it been since the band has played a venue the size of Suntrust Park, the home of the Atlanta Braves?
“A long time!” Darius tells ABC Radio. “You know that's probably the thing that had me a little hesitant when Jason [Aldean] first asked,” he explains. “It was like, 'Man, we haven't done anything that big in a long, long time!' But, you know, we'll put it together and see what happens.”
In addition to kicking off his Summer Plays On co-headlining tour with Lady Antebellum this week, Darius has also been rehearsing with the Hootie guys.
American Idol alum Lauren Alaina and Luke Combs will also join three-time ACM Entertainer of the Year Jason Aldean for the Saturday show in Georgia.
Comstock/Thinkstock All of Sam Hunt's singles have been monster hits, with the exception of his very first one. Can you name the 2013 release from Montevallo that's Sam's only release to not be certified platinum? ANSWER: "Raised on It."
Since Jason Aldean is both a Georgia boy and a lifelong Braves fan, playing Suntrust Park in Atlanta on Saturday is a dream come true.
But as he was planning the bucket-list concert, he got an idea: What if he could convince Darius Rucker to put Hootie & the Blowfish back together for the date?
How did the three-time ACM Entertainer of the Year manage to pull it off?
“I have no idea. I'll be honest with you...” Jason tells ABC Radio. “Darius and I have been friends for a long time, and he's one of my favorite guys in town.”
“I knew those guys got back together and would play a show or a couple shows a year, do like benefits and stuff...” Jason continues. “I was just like, ‘Man, maybe it's not that far-fetched. We can throw it [out there].’ I mean, those guys were the biggest band in the world in the nineties.”
Darius initially hesitated, simply because it’s been a long time since the band has played a venue that large. But Jason wasn’t giving up.
“I was just like, ‘Man, if we could pull this off, this would be amazing,’” he explains. “They're from South Carolina, which is not too far from Atlanta, and I just felt like that would be a show that people would love to come see. And when Darius and the rest of those guys agreed to do it, it was just like, ‘All right, this is gonna be pretty amazing!’”
“So I can't wait,” Jason admits. “Getting a chance to play the Atlanta Braves Stadium… is gonna be one of the highlights of my career… I'm glad those guys are getting to come out and be a part of it... It's gonna be a special night.”
Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Dustin Lynch, Jon Pardi, Lauren Alaina, Cam, Morgan Evans, Ashley McBryde and more are set to perform at the 12th Annual ACM Honors August 22 at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. Jordan Davis, Linsday Ell and others will present.
After sold-out shows in Glasgow, Scotland and London, England this Summer, Eric Paslay will return to the United Kingdom this fall to do two headlining concerts in London, before opening a six-show run with Old Dominion.
If you missed Miranda Lambert performing "Ugly Lights" and "Pink Sunglasses" on Late Night with Seth Meyers, you can check out her performances on YouTube.
ABC/Mark LevineSam Hunt sets out on a Mexican adventure in his new video for “Downtown’s Dead.”
Shot South of the Border, the clip starts as the Georgia native rides his motorcycle through a nearly-abandoned town. Along the way, Sam’s bike breaks down, sending him walking the streets on foot, eventually hitching a ride. By the time the video’s over, he's back on the open road.
You can check out the new video for the top-20 hit on YouTube now.
Saturday night, Sam plays Target Field in Minneapolis on Luke Bryan’s What Makes You Country Tour -- XL Stadium Sized trek.
ABC/Mark LevineLuke Combs’ debut album, This One’s for You, has now officially been certified platinum, a feat that’s drawing a comparison with country superstar Chris Stapleton.
Luke’s first record is the fastest debut country album to reach the one-million sales mark since Stapleton’s 2015 breakthrough, Traveller. This One’s for You managed to go platinum in just over a year -- 58 weeks -- and is currently spending its seventh week atop Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.
The North Carolina native also has two platinum and one gold single to his credit. He’ll do his fourth single, “She Got the Best of Me,” Monday on ABC’s Good Morning America.
Jill TrunnellKenny Chesney is the only country artist to land in the top ten, as Pollstar ranks the top tours so far this year. The “Get Along” hitmaker comes in fifth on the list, an impressive feat since his ticket prices are typically much lower than his contemporaries.
“What we do isn’t just country, it’s life,” he says of the ranking that finds him among the likes of Pink, the Eagles, Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift, U2, Bruce Springsteen, and Bon Jovi.
“For the people who come every summer,” Kenny adds, “whether they love rock or pop or whatever, they’re gonna feel the music, but they also know they’ve lived these songs. For me, it’s the artists who rock me, who make me feel something, whose music is part of my life that I go back to again and again, and that’s what I try to give the fans every single night we hit the stage.”
This weekend, Kenny takes his Trip Around the Sun Tour to St. Louis, Missouri, before the release of his new album, Songs for the Saints, next Friday.
ABC/Mark LevineKelsea Ballerini may be burning up the road these days with Keith Urban on the Graffiti U World Tour, but Wednesday night, she found time to take in pop star Halsey’s show at Ascend Amphitheater in Music City.
“100% ready to girl crush on Halsey tonight in Nashville,” the “I Hate Love Songs” hitmaker announced on Twitter.
Later on Instagram, Kelsea shared a photo with her friends at the concert, tagging Halsey and adding “If you hear someone screaming castle uncontrollably, it’s 100% me.”
“Castle” is the pop star’s platinum single that was included in the movie The Huntsman: Winter’s War. You could also spot Kelsea singing along to Halsey’s 2017 smash, “Bad at Love,” in her Instagram Story.
After the show, Kelsea got even closer to her girl crush.
“Well me and Kelsea Ballerini ended up doing a karaoke rendition of ‘Picture’ by Kid Rock in a dive bar where no one knew our names, so how was your night?” Halsey tweeted.
The dive bar turned out to be Santa’s Pub, where country newcomer Kalie Shorr caught a short Instagram clip. Kelsea and Halsey also did their version of Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide.”
Late Wednesday night, the two both shared the same photo of themselves backstage at the Opry, laughing and hugging, along with a similar message: “And then one random night at the Nashville Palace changed everything.”
Earlier in the day, Michael had all but confirmed their relationship in an interview, without going into too much detail.
He also happened to talk about one of his favorite Music City hot spots, which is located across Briley Parkway from the Grand Ole Opry in the Music Valley section of town.
“Nashville Palace,” Michael told the group of reporters at his record label. “I know that's a different place, but I love it. It's my tradition to go there after I play the Opry every time.”
“So, I just love it, I love going there,” he added. “I love traditional country music, that's what my passion is, and so I love the Opry. And I love being in that whole realm of going up there and seeing all the older people two-stepping, and all the bands that go through it.”
“It's just a cool thing,” he explained. “It's different than Broadway, a whole different vibe. So Nashville Palace is probably my favorite place to go to.”
In keeping with the couple’s love of classic country music, Carly is set to play 90’s Night on Monday at Nashville’s Marathon Music Works, along with Brothers Osborne, Easton Corbin, and more.
Saturday, Georgia native Lauren Alaina gets the chance to realize a dream, as she plays the Atlanta Braves’ new Suntrust Park with Jason Aldean, Hootie & the Blowfish, and Luke Combs.
“I grew up a Braves fan,” the American Idol runner-up explains, “so to be able to play in their new stadium, and my dad is gonna get to be there -- that's the best part. My dad is a huge Braves fan, and some of my favorite childhood memories with him are watching the Braves play baseball on TV.”
Lauren goes on: “So, for us to get to be in the stadium where they play, and me singing to that many people, and my dad getting to see that, is gonna be so awesome. Pumped! And I got to meet Chipper Jones,” she adds, mentioning the legendary Braves’ player.
The “Road Less Traveled” hitmaker admits practically everyone she knows has asked her for tickets.
“Everyone!” she laughs. “People I haven't talked to in like six years are like, 'Hey, could you get us tickets...' I'm like, 'Uh, I'll see about that, but probably not, because my entire family is gonna be there!'”
Lauren says priority number-one on Saturday will be making sure her father gets to have his moment with Chipper Jones.
“You better believe that my dad will never speak to me again if he doesn't get to meet Chipper,” she jokes. “So I told Chipper when I met him the other day, that I'm gonna need you to come to this show at this stadium and meet my father, 'cause he will have a stroke!”
Comstock/ThinkstockThis four-time CMA-nominated Vocal Group scored their first #1 with "The Door Is Always Open," which also got a nod for Single of the Year in 1976. Can you name them? ANSWER: Dave & Sugar.
Texas music legend Pat Green will play his hit "Wave on Wave" Saturday, September 15 at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa, during the halftime show of the Northern Iowa vs. Iowa game. The song has become the anthem played during the traditional wave to the patients at the nearby Stead Family Children's Hospital.
John Berry, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, and Gordon Mote have been added to the lineup of the Alabama & Friends #JSUStrong Tornado Relief Concert September 26 in Jacksonville, Alabama. Tickets are 90% sold-out for the show that features Alabama, Charlie Daniels, Jamey Johnson and more. Money raised will help Jacksonville State University rebuild after the devastating storm that hit the campus in March.
If you missed Luke Combs performing his #1 hit, "One Number Away," on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, you can watch his performance on YouTube.