» Oh, What A Feeling: Lionel Richie is dancing on the ceiling after Tuskegee landed atop the country albums chart this week. The duets hits collection sold almost 199,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and is his highest-charting album since 1986 when Dancing On The Ceiling held the No. 1 spot for two weeks. "What makes this so special is that I am able to experience all of this with my children," he says. "They are too young to know about The Commodores or anything that I did in the '80s. They just know me as the dad who drives them to school. I'm glad they finally get to see what I do for a living!" Richie continued the Tuskegee media campaign this week with appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Talk and the Ellen DeGeneres Show. The ACM Presents: Lionel Richie And Friends – In Concert airs April 13 on CBS-TV.
» You Know I Like My Spinnin' Lights: On Sunday's ACM Awards (4/1), the Zac Brown Band gave a small-screen peek at the new, state-of-the-art stage production they're taking on tour this year. The setup includes 80 speakers, 130 moving light fixtures and weighs more than 44,000 lbs. A local crew of 80 at each tour stop will work 20 hours from set-up to tear-down. They'll have plenty of fuel, though, as the band's famous eat-and-greets are back this year. Complete tour schedule here.
» Animal, Vegetable ... The Smithfield Presents Alan Jackson: Music For Mineral benefit concert takes place May 20 at Mineral, VA's Louisa County High School. Funds raised will support the Louisa Education Foundation (LEF) to assist local public schools rebuilding from the area's Aug. 2011 earthquake. Additionally, the Alan Jackson Charity Golf Classic will be held at the Royal Virginian Golf Course May 19, and all proceeds also will help fund LEF.
» Clothes Of Many Colors: Fans can look forward to a lot of sparkle and twang on Dolly Parton's new DVD/CD set An Evening With Dolly. The set captures her sold-out show at London's O2 Arena in summer 2008 and gives a behind-the-scenes look at the production, which includes dazzling stagewear. "I pay attention to my stage clothes," Parton tells us. "I like to shine. I'll spend money on show clothes, and sometimes I've paid thousands of dollars for one piece. But I don't like to spend a lot of money on the clothes I wear regularly, and I don't follow the trends because I'd mess it up." Out now, the Cracker Barrel-exclusive set features, among other hits, "Coat Of Many Colors," "9 To 5" and "Jolene."
» Wedding Singers: Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott and Charles Kelley are helping bandmate Dave Haywood get ready for his upcoming nuptials to fiancée Kelli Cashiola. "Hillary just got married, so I've asked her a couple things like, 'What did you do for the flowers for this part?'" Haywood says. "And Charles has been married for a couple years. So, I get the male and female perspectives on the wedding planning."
» In Case You Missed It: The Ellen DeGeneres Show aired its red carpet coverage from Sunday's (4/1) Academy of Country Music Awards Tuesday (4/3). Correspondent Ali Shields interviewed Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman. On Wednesday's (4/4) show, Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw performed "Feel Like A Rock Star," and McGraw tried to scare the host backstage.
On Wednesday's (4/4) Today Show, Billy Ray Cyrus filled in for anchor Hoda Kotb, predicted the sex of Tori Spelling's baby and discussed the new book Confessions Of A Scary Mommy with author Jill Smokler and the Huffington Post's senior columnist Lisa Belkin. Cyrus also gave a status update on his new book and album Hillbilly Heart, out this fall.
» Life Note: George Jones was released from a Nashville hospital Tuesday (4/3) after being admitted last week with an upper respiratory infection. The Country Music Hall of Famer is resting at home and will return to the stage in Mahnomen, MN April 20.
Scotty McCreery revealed he's attending North Carolina State University this fall. "There are a lot of good schools in Nashville," McCreery says, "but I've decided to head down to Raleigh, where my dad went to college, for at least for two years. Then maybe I'll transfer to Nashville."
BamaJam 2012 adds Sheryl Crow to the June 14-16 Enterprise, AL festival. Crow joins previously announced performers Eric Church, Alan Jackson, Tim McGraw, Willie Nelson, Zac Brown Band and Kid Rock.
John Fogerty's Wrote A Song For Everyone, featuring guests Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley and Keith Urban, is due in the fall. Dawes, Foo Fighters, My Morning Jacket and Bob Seger are among the other collaborators.