Taylor Swift has recruited fellow musicians Vince Gill and Alison Krauss to form a supergroup for a one-off performance at the upcoming Country Music Association Awards. The country star, 23, will also team up with Sam Bush, bassist Edgar Meyer and percussionist Eric Darken to play a unique rendition of her hit single Red at the ceremony, although she is keeping all other details about the gig under wraps.
All will be revealed on 6 November (13), when the singer heads into the Nashville, Tennessee prizegiving as a six-time nominee, competing for a slew of top honours, including the coveted Entertainer of the Year title.
Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley will co-host the CMA ceremony for the sixth consecutive year, while Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan and George Strait are also due to perform.
Country singer Brad Paisley originally wanted to collaborate with Kanye West on his much-maligned tune Accidental Racist, but decided the rapper would be too controversial. The Whiskey Lullaby hitmaker teamed up with rapper LL Cool J to record the track about two men discussing racism in America in a Starbucks coffee shop.
Paisley first thought about West for the song, but thought he would be too polarising for the country star's fanbase.
He tells New York magazine, "You have to remember my thought process: I was thinking about the reception from my audience. My fear was, I didn't want my fans to just write it off. I didn't want them to dismiss the song and its message.
"I thought about approaching Kanye... But it would have been instantly polarising if I'd gotten Kanye. Half of my fans are still mad at him for taking Taylor Swift's mic (at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2009)."
Country star Brad Paisley has jetted off to Haiti to film his new video. The Celebrity singer, who has been helping locals build clean-water stations as they attempt to rebound from a 2010 earthquake that ravaged the nation, returned last week (ends13Sep13) to start work on the promo for I Can't Change the World.
Paisley tweets, "We began filming last week on location in Haiti on the film project to accompany the latest song."
Rocker John Fogerty made a surprise appearance at the Gentlemen of the Road festival in St. Augustine, Florida on Saturday night (14Sep13) after he was called in as a last-minute replacement for fun. The former Credence Clearwater Revival frontman hopped on a midnight flight from Los Angeles on Friday (13Sep13) to fill in for the Some Nights hitmakers, who were forced to scrap their set to allow singer Nate Reuss time to rest his voice following an illness.
Fogerty called on The Vaccines and his son Shane to back him up on classics like Suzie Q, Down on the Corner and Fortunate Son, and he teamed up with headliners Mumford & Sons for songs including Bad Moon Rising, Born on the Bayou and Proud Mary.
Following his cross-country trek, the rock star told WENN, "Travel thousands of miles, get a couple hours' sleep, rehearse with two killer bands and play for 20,000 awesome fans with one of my personal favourites Mumford & Sons. Rock and roll... worth the trip!"
Fogerty is making it a habit of performing with other bands - earlier this month (07Sep13), he played a solo set with Widespread Panic at Virginia's Lockn' Festival and he guested at a Labor Day weekend gig as part of Harley-Davidson's 110th anniversary party in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he performed alongside Kid Rock. Meanwhile, on 22 August (13), he was a surprise guest at Brad Paisley's show at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California, where he and Paisley performed Hot Rod Heart, a collaboration they recorded for Fogerty's new duets album, Wrote a Song for Everyone.
"Suit & Tie," "Get Lucky," "Just Give Me A Reason" – some of this year's biggest hits have featured two, or sometimes three, superstars from different genres pooling their resources together in an effort to conquer the Billboard charts. But while the likes of Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z, Pharrell & Daft Punk and Pink and Nate Ruess felt like natural hook-ups between artists with a mutual respect for each other, there have been just as many collaborations where the names involved appear to have been plucked randomly out of a hat. Here's a look at five of 2013's most bewildering.
Brad Paisley & LL Cool J – "Accidental Racist"
This "slavery for dummies" lesson may have had honorable intentions but its simplistic and patronizing attempt to promote the idea of harmony ironically left you thinking that country and hip-hop should never mix.
Snoop Dogg & Miley Cyrus – "Ashtrays and Heartbreaks"
Long before she twerked her way to MTV infamy, Miley Cyrus made her first effort to ditch her squeaky-clean Disney past by heading into the studio with marijuana's most high-profile advocate for a surprisingly half-decent slice of rasta-friendly pop.
Phoenix & R. Kelly – "Trying To Be Cool"
A regular on the Phoenix pre-show playlist, R. Kelly then teamed up with the French synth-pop outfit during their Coachella set before lending his soulful croon to a remix of the highlight from their comeback album Bankrupt.
Avicii & Aloe Blacc – "Wake Me Up"
A classic soul singer in the mold of Curtis Mayfield, Blacc didn't seem the most obvious candidate to join the EDM revolution until he shared his talents with superstar DJ Avicii on a bizarre country/house crossover which recalled '90s one-hit wonders Rednex.
Fall Out Boy & Elton John – "Save Rock and Roll"
Later contributing to Queens Of The Stone Age's ...Like Clockwork, Elton John first staked his claim as an unlikely alt-rock hero by joining forces with Fall Out Boy for a stadium-sized ballad hell bent on achieving its title’s objective.
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"I can't see hosting that show with somebody else. There are things that you could see yourself doing in the future with other artists here and there, but, as far as that goes, that really works with the two of us." Brad Paisley can't imagine hosting a music awards show with anyone other than Carrie Underwood. The country couple will co-host the CMA Awards in November (13) for a sixth time.
Singers Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley will return to co-host the 2013 Country Music Association Awards for the sixth consecutive time. The 47th annual CMAs will take place at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee on 6 November (13).
Country star Brad Paisley joined comedian Jimmy Fallon for a rendition of the comic's quirky protest song Tar Balls on his late-night TV show in America on Tuesday (30Jul13). The oil spill awareness tune features the chorus "Balls in your mouth/Balls in your mouth/Don't swim in the ocean/You'll get balls in your mouth." Soul icon Booker T Jones was also a special guest on Fallon's Late Night show - he sat in with the comedian's house band The Roots.
Editors of Rolling Stone have defended their decision to feature the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings on the cover of the magazine. Many readers were outraged to see Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 17, on the front of the latest edition of the music Bible, along with the headline: "The Bomber: How a popular, promising student was failed by his family, fell into radical Islam and became a monster".
Stars including Kelly Osbourne, Brad Paisley, Nikki Sixx and the Dropkick Murphys were among those who voiced their disapproval, and Rolling Stone chiefs have now reacted to the criticism, insisting it was important to delve into Tsarnaev's story as he is of a similar age to much of the publication's target audience.
A statement posted on Rolling Stone's Facebook.com page reads, "Our hearts go out to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, and our thoughts are always with them and their families. The cover story we are publishing this week falls within the traditions of journalism and Rolling Stone's long-standing commitment to serious and thoughtful coverage of the most important political and cultural issues of our day.
"The fact that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is young, and in the same age group as many of our readers, makes it all the more important for us to examine the complexities of this issue and gain a more complete understanding of how a tragedy like this happens."
Three people were killed and another 264 were injured in the April (13) boming. Tsarnaev was arrested days after the blasts following a massive manhunt, which resulted in the death of his older brother Tamerlan, who was killed in a shootout with police.