» Take It At Face Value:Tired of overpriced tickets and stale nacho chips at concerts? Us, too! (Like, so weird, right?) Well Eric Church, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Rascal Flatts, Sugarland and others may be able to help with their support of the Tennessee Sports & Entertainment Industry Coalition. “With our tour, we wanted to make every [seating] area accessible to fans," Church says about the proposed Fairness in Ticketing Act. "We kept the ticket prices low. What we didn’t expect was for all these big ticket brokers to join our fan club, infiltrate our system, take advantage of our system, and buy up all these tickets. We’re not the ones charging $200, $300, $400 dollars a ticket; the scalpers are the ones placing that value on them and, in turn, walking away with fans’ money. We’re not asking for a ban on scalping, but there have to be rules in place that protect the fans and prevent them from getting ripped off like this.” Yeah! You tell 'em, Eric! Now, what about those chips? Hello? Anyone?
» There's No Debating Brad & Carrie: Co-hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood were dancing "Gingham Style" and singing "Moves Like Haggard," but the smoothly funny opening monologue at the recent CMA Awards was more flying-by-the-seat-of-their-pants than it looked. "We were changing things all the way up until 20 minutes before we went on the air," our insider tells us. "It was utter chaos an hour before the show ... but you would never know from watching Brad and Carrie that they never rehearsed the opening monologue in its entirety. That just speaks to how incredible and professional they are." As for the funny bits that never made it onto the show, our source says a third parody song would have poked some fun at a now infamous presidential debate flub. Sung to the tune of Willie Nelson's "To All The Girls I've Loved Before," the tune was called "To All The Girls There's Binders For."
» Los Angeles Blakers: They say you can take the boy out of the country, but you can't take the country out of the boy. So now that Blake Shelton has to spend the better part of the year in Los Angeles filming The Voice ... has it changed him? Christina Aguilera may offer some clues as she previews their duet "Just A Fool" and reveals the interesting new recording technique Shelton developed by using a clothespin. Clearly something he picked up on Hollywood Boulevard. Watch Aguilera explain and listen to the song here.
» Euro Conversion:Taylor Swift won Best Female Act, Best Live Act and Best Look at the MTV Europe Music Awards. Based on the current exchange rate, three European Awards equals 3.81 American. The show was held in Frankfurt, Germany, where Swift performed a circus themed version of "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together." Watch here. In other Swift related news, she'll headline Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest2013 on ABC-TV.
» Underwood Donate, Wouldn't She?: "Blown Away" by generosity. That must be how the crowd felt at Carrie Underwood's Nov. 10 show in Atlantic City, NJ. "Just so you guys know, I definitely wouldn't feel right about making money off tonight's show," Underwood told the audience in a nod to the recent devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy. "Anything I would have made tonight is going right back into the community." In addition, the Blown Away Tour has been donating one dollar of every ticket sale to the Red Cross since September. Watch the moment here.
» Final Show Jones:Country legend George Jones has been touring and not showing up for his shows for nearly 50 years, but it's all coming to an end. Jones scheduled his final Nashville show for Nov. 22, 2013 at Bridgestone Arena. The Grand Tour features Tanya Tucker and Jones says, "The Possum has lots of friends so it is going to be the most exciting thing to see who shows up during the final show. You should come, too, and we can be surprised together!" More here.
» In Case You Missed It:Hunter Hayes visited VH1's Big Morning Buzz Live (11/12) and was surprised when host Jim Shearer rolled a clip of a much younger Hayes' playing what appears to be a crawfish accordion. Watch here.
VH1's Storytellers gives fans the chance to find out what their favorite songs are about. Does that mean Taylor Swift matched dudes to songs during her episode? No. But she does provide some interesting insight. Watch here.
» Crib Note: Congrats to Love And Theft's Eric Gunderson and wife Emily, who are expecting. "We will be having our first child on May 18 of next year," Gunderson says, probably a bit too confidently when it comes to the exact date. He'll learn. "I am so thrilled and know that my beautiful wife will be the most amazing mother."
Charlie Daniels’ holiday album Hallelujah It’s Christmas Time Again will be made available exclusively in Buffets, Inc. restaurants. Profits from album will be donated to the Armed Services YMCA for Operation Outdoors.
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum honors Dottie West with an exhibition featuring costumes and relics from her four-decade long career. Dottie West: Country Sunshine runs through May 2.
Bucky Covington will serve as spokesperson for the “Be a Hero, Save a Hero” fire safety campaign which supports injured firefighters and their families. More here.
Jack Ingram (11/15)
Tuesday (11/13): Billy Ray Cyrus, The Chew (ABC); Blake Shelton, The Voice (NBC); Toby Keith, The Talk and Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson (CBS).
Wednesday (11/14): Hayden Panetierre, Live With Kelly & Michael and Nashville(ABC).
Thursday (11/15): Taylor Swift, The X Factor (FOX); Jason Aldean, Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC).
This Week's Album Releases
Aaron LewisThe Road
The first full-length solo album from the frontman of rock band Staind was co-produced by Lewis and Nashville producer James Stroud. Inspired by traditional country, the album features the only song Lewis has ever recorded that he didn’t write himself, “Grandaddy’s Gun,” written by Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson and Bobby Pinson.
» Let Sleeping Dogs Lie:Gary Allan's dog, Lucy, sat in for a sleepy jam during a recent show in Indianapolis. Maybe the performance will inspire Lucy to embark on a solo career.
» Old Navy Men's And Women's:Little Big Town climbed aboard and snapped an Instagram photo inside the USS Bataan before their performance of the "The Star-Spangled Banner" prior to the Navy-Marine Corp Classic basketball game.