» "Come Over" To The Top: Congratulations are in order for Kenny Chesney, who scored his 24th No. 1 hit this week with "Come Over." The gold-selling track topped the Country singles chart in 11 weeks and marks a career first for the Lucky Old Son. "I don't know that I've ever had a booty-call song before, but this is definitely a booty-call song," he says. "But it's more than [that]. It's a very emotional song [about] being with someone that you're used to being with because the idea of moving forward is scarier than the idea of staying in what's comfortable. I think we all relate to that." Chesney will cap the week with Brothers Of The Sun shows in the Big Easy and Houston. Complete list of dates here.
» Aus Some: Keith Urban and wife Nicole Kidman spent the weekend in London, joining the thousands of spectators in town for the 2012 Olympic Games. Urban called their experience at the Friday's opening ceremony "unbelievable" and posted two short videos of the action inside Olympic Stadium. On Saturday, they were the guests of honor at a private party for watchmaker Omega, which is the official timekeeper of the Games. According to People, they mingled with 400 VIPs including actors Eddie Remayne (My Week With Marilyn) and Kit Harington (Game Of Thrones). They also cheered on the Australian women's swim team in the 4x100 relay.
» Idol Chatter: The blogosphere was a-twitter over the shake-up at American Idol last week, speculating that Brad Paisley was considering a seat at the American Idol judges’ table. Now there's word that Toby Keith has already passed on the gig. He tells the Inland Empire Weekly that AI contacted him earlier this month about joining the recently hired Mariah Carey. "He was flattered, but he did turn it down," his publicist tells us. A 22-week taping schedule would conflict with his tour plans, not to mention his golf game, the article says. As for Paisley, we reached out to both his publicist and label, with each claiming no knowledge of Idol's supposed overtures toward him.
Despite the denials, we hear meetings are set for this week to discuss the feasibility of meshing Paisley's touring and business schedule into the AI timeline. The show airs Jan.-May 2013, with auditions currently underway. We wonder if they can get it done so BP could make an appearance at the Aug. 12 AI auditions at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. For now, that's an open date on his tour schedule. We're also curious whether Paisley would wear his trademark cowboy hat on the show.
» Gift Hoarse: In other Idol news, Christmas has come early for Scotty McCreery. The 2011 AI champ hit the studio last week to begin work on a holiday album. On Thursday (7/26), McCreery tweeted a picture of himself at the microphone wearing a Santa hat and said, "Well, it's still 90º outside, but it's Christmas in July in the studio." A Nashville baker even sent some Christmas-themed cupcakes to the studio to help McCreery get in the holiday spirit.
» In Case You Missed It: Gloriana performed "(Kissed You) Good Night" and "Turn My World Around" on Monday's Good Morning America (7/30). GMA's Lara Spencer also quizzed Rachel Reinert about being in the band with brothers Mike and Tom Gossin. "These guys are like family to me," Reinert said.
On Friday's Fox & Friends, Aaron Lewis performed "Endless Summer" and "Vicious Circles." Lewis also discussed his transition from rock to country. "Country music was the first thing I ever heard for music as a kid," Lewis said. "I'm now 40 and I've got a wife and three kids, and [the rock star lifestyle] doesn't fit as well as country does. But the rock stuff isn't going away. I'm still doing that, too."
» Life Notes: Best wishes for a speedy recovery to LeAnn Rimes, who underwent dental surgery Monday (7/30). Rimes had an emergency root canal last Thursday (7/26), forcing show cancellations in New Philadelphia, OH (7/26), Carmel, IN (7/27) and Lancaster, OH (7/28). Clay Walker filled in for Rimes Saturday (7/28) at the Lancaster Festival, and her next show is Aug. 25 at La Jolla, CA's Salk Institute.
Additionally, Toby Keith has rescheduled Thursday's (8/2) Army Concert Tour show at Sparta, WI's Fort McCoy for Aug. 30. Keith will be undergoing an outpatient procedure to remove his gallbladder, and Gretchen Wilson will fill in for him at Thursday's show. The Live In Overdrive tour resumes Aug. 3 at Detroit Lakes, MN's WE Fest.
Cracker Barrel will release Josh Turner – Live Across America Aug. 27. The 12-track collection was recorded live at 12 stops along Turner's 2012 tour and includes various Turner hits, as well as Waylon Jennings' "America." The album will also available via iTunes and Amazon.com.
Sugarland will be inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in the Performer category during an Oct. 14 event at Atlanta's Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Among the honorees are .38 Special (Group) and Lynyrd Skynyrd's Gary Rossington (Songwriter). More here.
According to Raleigh's News & Observer, local police are investigating how someone was hit by a gunshot in a parking lot as the audience exited Jason Aldean's concert Friday (7/27). Police would not disclose the identity of the victim, but a statement says the wound was not life-threatening. Aldean posted on Saturday, "There's no excuse for things getting that heated in traffic leaving a show. I'm praying for the fan who was injured. Thanks to the Raleigh police for acting so quickly."
The late Hank Cochran (8/2) Terri Clark (8/5) The late Vern Gosdin (8/5)
Tuesday (7/31): Chris Young, Love And Theft, LoCash Cowboys, On The Streets (GAC); Kenny Rogers, Better TV (syndicated).
Wednesday (8/1): Keith Urban, Chris Young, Thompson Square, Noteworthy At The Opry (GAC); Little Big Town, Better TV (syndicated).
Thursday (8/2): Darryl Worley, David Nail, Aaron Tippin, Joe Nichols, Easton Corbin, Phil Vassar, Day Jobs (GAC).
Friday (8/3): Gloriana, Fox & Friends (FOX News); LeAnn Rimes, The Talk (CBS).
In Stores Tuesday (7/31)
GlorianaA Thousand Miles Left Behind Brothers Mike and Tom Gossin and Rachel Reinert each had a hand in co-writing the 11-track sophomore album. Tom and Josh Kear (Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now") penned "(Kissed You) Good Night," which is the band's first single to crack the top 5. "On this record, we wanted to tell stories," Reinert says. "[It] really just feels like us, who and where we are now, to the point where we know exactly what we want to do and how to get there."
Upcoming Album Releases
Colt FordDeclaration Of Independence (8/7)
» Friday Night Fever: The Bee Gees' Barry Gibb (r) makes his Grand Ole Opry debut alongside Ricky Skaggs at Friday night's show (7/27). The pair performed the Bee Gees' "To Love Somebody," "How Do You Mend A Broken Heart" and the old Civil War song "When The Roses Bloom Again." At one point, Skaggs said to Gibb, "You've played all over the world," and Gibb replied while standing in the famed circle of wood on the Opry stage, "Yes, but this is the center of the world – center of the universe, musically, and I couldn't be prouder." The pair became friends over the last few months as they collaborated on Skaggs' upcoming album Music To My Ears (due Sept. 25).
» Carrie'd Away:Carrie Underwood raids a Vitamin Water display at the company's headquarters. "You can never have too much," she tweeted.
» Sweet Dreams Are Made With These:Martina McBride celebrates her birthday over martinis with Dave Stewart (formerly of the Eurythmics).