Country music icon Alan Jackson is lending some of his most personal artefacts to the Country Music Hall of Fame for a special exhibit celebrating his 25-year career. The Grammy winner's most notable items will be featured in Alan Jackson: 25 Years of Keepin' It Country at the country music Mecca in Nashville, Tennessee.
Beginning 29 August (14), fans will be able to visit the exhibition chronicling his rise to fame, and view items such as his handwritten lyrics to hits Livin' on Love and Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning), and various awards he's won throughout the years.
Also on display will be the Harley-Davidson motorcycle featured on the cover of Jackson's A Lot About Livin' (And a Little 'Bout Love) album, the water ski from the Chattahoochee music video, and his childhood bicycle.
In addition, Jackson was also named the Country Music Hall of Fame's Artist-in-Residence for 2014. With the honour, he will perform a number of intimate concerts for fans this autumn (14).
Musicians such as Kenny Rogers, Vince Gill and Kris Kristofferson have previously been named the Hall of Fame's Artist-in-Residence.
This will mark the first time an Artist-in-Residence has a corresponding special exhibition at the museum.
British singer Jake Bugg is considering making a country album after Dolly Parton inspired him at Britain's Glastonbury festival last month (Jun14). The musician caught the 9 to 5 hitmaker's set at Britain's music event and he now wants to visit Nashville, Tennessee, the home of country music, to get inspiration for his third album. He tells Britain's Daily Star newspaper, "I'm a fan of Dolly's beautiful voice and great songs. She's a woman with great stories, so Dolly is pretty cool... I've recently been coming up with ideas for songs and have come up with country ideas. "Next year I'd like to have some time off to travel around to the southern states, (and) Nashville and Memphis, and hang out, get inspired, see what happens... maybe I'll make a country album which would be pretty sweet."
Country star Leann Rimes is embracing the Christmas spirit early by unveiling plans for a new holiday album trilogy. The Blue singer reveals she will release One Christmas later this year (14) and follow it up with two more instalments in 2015 and 2016.
The first festive project will feature her renditions of Silent Night and White Christmas, among other traditional songs, and will be promoted with an accompanying tour.
Rimes announced the live dates in a bizarre YouTube.com video clip, which features the singer on a beach in a bikini, surrounded by three elves who attempt to cover her up.
In a press release, she writes, "I love everything about the holidays and want to share the magic and joy of the season with my fans. I look forward to playing some of my favourite Christmas classics for music lovers in an intimate, cozy setting."
The One Christmas tour will kick off in Vermont on 5 December (14) and wrap up in Michigan days before the festive holiday.
The album will be Rimes' first themed project since her holiday debut What a Wonderful World in 2004.
Music from TV drama Nashville will be broadcast live from the show's set during its first episode when it returns later this year (14). The series, starring Hayden Panettiere and Connie Britton, follows the lives of fictional country music stars and regularly features concert performances.
In a treat for fans, the music components of the upcoming season three premiere will be broadcast live from the set as the show is shot.
Creator Callie Khouri tells Radio Times, "We want people to know what it's really like. The live music here is such a huge presence in our show that we thought maybe we could find a way to share with the world what that feels like for real.
"It's a huge thing to take on, but I think we're up to it. Barring some technical, possibly weather-related problem, I think it's a fun thing to try and do. We're always looking for new ways to challenge ourselves and just thought this would be really great."
Nashville will return to U.S. screens in the autumn (14).
Country hitmakers John Anderson, Paul Craft, Tom Douglas and Gretchen Peters are set to be inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. The four musicians will be feted by officials at the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) at the Music City Center in the Tennessee capital in October (14).
Pat Alger, Chairman of the NSAI Board of Directors, says, "Here in Nashville where the music industry has always been built on a foundation of great songs written by legendary songwriters, each year only a few are elected to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.
"This year we are very pleased to welcome the class of 2014: Tom Douglas and Gretchen Peters in the songwriter category; Paul Craft in the veteran songwriter category and John Anderson as our songwriter/artist."
Douglas is known for penning songs for Martina McBride, Lady Antebellum, Tim McGraw and Miranda Lambert, who scored huge success with The House That Built Me, while Peters wrote McBride's Independence Day and The Chill Of An Early Fall for George Strait.
Craft famously created Ray Stevens' novelty smash It's Me Again, Margaret and singer/songwriter Anderson is famed for tracks like Swingin, Seminole Wind and Shuttin' Detroit Down, which he co-wrote for John Rich.
Last year's (13) honourees included Alabama star Randy Owen and singer Jeffrey Steele.
Singer Justin Moore has moved out of country music mecca Nashville, Tennessee and relocated to his native Poyen, Arkansas for the sake of his family. The dedicated dad, whose wife Kate is due to give birth to the couple's third child this month (Jul14), reveals he wanted his parents to spend more time with their grandkids and to give the youngsters the chance to experience life in the countryside, just like he did growing up in the tiny town of Poyen, which has a population of less than 300.
Moore tells People.com, "People think I am nuts. But I want my girls to run through the cow pasture to my mum and dad's house. I want them to go to school where I went to school. It's important to me to see them growing up and having a normal childhood."
The move comes months after the Home Sweet Home star decided to cut down his tour schedule so he can be hands-on with his children's daily lives.
He says, "This means that I will be home for over 200 days this year. My four year old just started playing softball. I will be taking her to dance class. These are the things that are tops on my priority list."
Moore and his wife, who wed in 2007, are currently parents to daughters Ella, four, and Kennedy, two.
Taylor Swift's Red tour has become the biggest revenue earner for a country act. The 15-month world trek grossed over $150 million (£88 million) and surpasses Tim McGraw and Faith Hill's Soul2Soul tour in 2006 and 2007, according to Billboard.
The Red tour began in March, 2013 and hit Australia at the end of the year, Europe at the beginning of 2014, and Asia in May and June (14). The tour ended in Singapore on 12 June (14).
In total, over 1.7 million fans caught Swift onstage during her 86 performances in 12 countries.
Country music legend Dolly Parton wants to launch her own outdoor music event after feeling inspired by Britain's iconic Glastonbury Festival.
The 68 year old wowed fans with her performance at the musical showpiece on Sunday (29Jun14), with an afternoon set that drew the biggest ever crowd in front of the main stage. The Jolene hitmaker was on such a high after her triumphant show, she spoke to the event's organiser Michael Eavis about the possibility of starting a festival at her Dollywood theme park in Tennessee.
She tells British newspaper The Sun, "I have a lotta (sic) land up near east Tennessee and we do a lot of festivals through my Dollywood company. "I've often thought I might start my own festival in Tennessee. Maybe I'll get good pointers from this one. I think I'm going to do that - Michael can give me some tips. Why wouldn't I want something amazing like this?"
Sir Elton John is hoping to set up a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss the country's controversial stance on gay rights during his upcoming trip there.
The openly gay star defied protests to perform two concerts in the country last year (13) amid a storm over the country's law which bans the promotion of homosexuality to minors.
Putin subsequently described the star as an" extraordinary person" adding that "millions of our people sincerely love him, regardless of his sexual orientation," but the singer hit back, urging the leader to change the anti-gay laws.
The Rocket Man hitmaker has now revealed he plans to return to the country in November (14) and he wants to set up a meeting with Putin.
He tells Sky News, "I am going to Russia in November and I will try and meet Putin and I will try and talk to him. I don't know what good it will do." The music veteran adds, "It's no good putting up a wall and saying I'm not talking to these people; the only way things get solved is by talking to people."
Actress Lucy Hale has broken off her relationship with country star Joel Crouse after just two months of dating. The Pretty Little Liars star, who is relaunching herself as a musician, was first linked to Crouse in April (14) when they attended a Los Angeles Lakers basketball game together, but sources tell UsMagazine.com the budding romance fell victim to their busy work and travel schedules.
An insider tells the publication, "Lucy and Joel are done. It was hard with the distance.
"She's been working on Pretty Little Liars and on music... It got to be too much."
Crouse joins a growing list of Hale's famous exes - the 25 year old previously dated actors Chris Zylka and David Henrie.