» Brooks' Brothers: Garth Brooks will return to Las Vegas in 2014 and this time he's bringing his band. The Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas will host Garth Brooks: The Man, His Band And His Music Jan. 3-4. The shows will focus on Brooks' own catalogue instead of featuring songs by artists that influenced him, as he did with his one-man show and during his Thanksgiving weekend concert on CBS-TV. Details here.
In other Garth news, he's back on top of the country albums sales chart with the Black Friday release of his eight-disc box set Blame It All On My Roots. In just three days, the set – available only at Walmart – garnered more than 163,000 in sales, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Roots came in third on the all-genre chart; get yours here.
» Red Ink: Taylor Swift has become the first female artist to ever sell out Sydney Australia's Allianz Stadium. She kicked off her Red Tour down under last night (12/5) and the Syndney Morning Herald called the two-hour show "the real deal," praising Taylor's "appealing personality, heap of irresistible anthems, slick visuals and genuine musical talent." Taylor's first stop in the southern hemisphere was three sold-out nights at Auckland's Vector Arena, which led the New Zealand Herald to say, "She lead her troupe of dancers and band members through a fluid, colourful set that included multi-level staging, impressive feats of engineering, a carousel, music box, flying sparks, and jumbo screens." Taylor will hit Brisbane, Perth and Melbourne before taking the Red Tour to the UK and Germany in early 2014.
» Hairy Styles: The cast of A&E’s Duck Dynasty are among Barbara Walters’ 2013 Most Fascinating People of the Year. The Robertsons are in the mix for the No. 1 spot with Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Lawrence, Robin Roberts, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, the Royal Baby, Prince George and Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, the celebrity couple commonly referred to as Kimye. The 90-minute show airs Dec. 18 on ABC-TV.
» Shoe Business: Danielle Bradbery won season four of The Voice under the guidance of Blake Shelton, then went on to find a home at Taylor Swift's record label Big Machine. Her next step will be in shoes. Danielle has signed on to appear in an upcoming televison and print campaign for Bobs from Skechers. The shoe brand's charity line provides a new pair of shoes for children in need with the purchase of every pair of Bobs. The Bradbery ads kicks off Spring 2014. More here.
» Hall Mark: Dolly Parton's "Jolene" and Kris Kristofferson's self-titled debut album are among the recordings to be inducted into the 2014 Grammy Hall Of Fame. They'll join Sugarhill Gang's "Rapper's Delight," The Rolling Stones' "Honky Tonk Women," U2's The Joshua Tree and more from the 2014 class, which marks the Hall's 40th anniversary. A 150-plus-page collector's edition book to commemorate the event is available here.
The Voice season four finalists The Swon Brothers will return to the show Dec. 10 to perform "Later On." The song is the first single from ther debut full-length album expected in 2014.
Cooking show Kimberly’s Simply Southern featuring Little Big Town's Kimberly Schlapman has been renewed for a third season with 13 episodes to premiere Spring 2014 on GAC.
Blackberry Smoke raised $30,000 during their Atlanta show Friday (11/29) at The Tabernacle. The money will benefit the Aflac Cancer Center of Children's Healthcare Of Atlanta. More here.
Gary Morris (12/7)
Andy Childs (12/7)
Marty Raybon (12/8)
David Kersh (12/9)
Friday (12/6): Kelly Clarkson, The Ellen DeGeneres Show; Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Grammy Nominations Concert Live! (CBS).
Monday (12/9): Garth Brooks, The Talk (CBS); Blake Shelton, The Voice (NBC); Jewel, The Sing Off (NBC).
Upoming Album Releases
Krystal KeithWhiskey & Lace (12/10)
ParmaleeFeels Like Carolina (12/10)
Zac Brown BandThe Grohl Sessions Vol. 1 (12/10)
Jennifer NettlesThat Girl (1/14)
Jon PardiWrite You A Song (1/14)
Roseanne CashThe River & The Thread (1/14)
Jenna JentryJenna Jentry (EP) (1/21)
Eric PaslayEric Paslay (2/4)
Eric ChurchThe Outsiders (EMI) (2/11)
» Floor Plan:CMT Artists Of The Year was held Tuesday night (12/3) at Nashville's Music City Center. Pictured (l-r) are honorees Jason Aldean, business casual cowboy Tim McGraw, Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line, Hunter Hayes, Luke Bryan and host Ron White, in serious need of a refill, on the floor. Watch here.
» Blue Christmas: Spending the holidays on tour, Taylor Swift takes some time to admire the Christmas tree in her Australian hotel room.