» Miranda's Pinking Problem: Not a half-baked sort of girl, Miranda Lambert is going all-out pink to celebrate the Nov. 23 grand opening of her retail store, The Pink Pistol, in Tishomingo, OK. The Black Friday event ... excuse us: The Pink Friday event will include Pink-aoke singing and the first annual Pink Pistol Princess Pageant. Contestants will be judged on creativity of their costumes ... pink, of course ... as well as their spunk and sass.“We’re going to make it a tradition to turn the block pink every year at that time," she says. "Pink Friday will be country fun with some glitz."
» Keith W. Griswold: There's no confirmed date to play the Marty Moose Pavillion at Walley World as of yet, but Keith Urban packed up the family Truckster and invited Little Big Town and Dustin Lynch on his 2013 tour. Twenty-five shows and a possible stop by Cousin Eddie's to pick up Aunt Edna will kick off July 18 in Cincinnati, OH. Watch the "Holiday Road" preview here.
» Things Are Getting Beard: What's with all the scruffy faces in country music? Started as a goof at a Nashville record label two years ago, No Shave November has (pun alert) grown into a huge (and hairy) fundraiser for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Casey James and Thompson Square's Kiefer Thompson are among the artists championing the cause, which basically involves not shaving and raising money. More than $50,000 has been pledged so far, already exceeding last year's total, with James and Thompson's teams leading the pack at the halfway mark. Donate to Team Thompson Squarehere, Team Casey Jameshere, or make your own pledge here.
» Pro Choice: Jason Aldean was at Paley Center in Beverly Hills this morning (11/15) to help announce The People's Choice Awards nominees, which include Blake Shelton (Favorite Male Artist), Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift (Favorite Female Artist) and Shelton, Underwood, Swift, Aldean himself and Tim McGraw for Favorite Country Artist. Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” is up in the category of Favorite Song and Underwood's Blown Away is nominated for Favorite Album. The show airs live Jan. 9 on CBS-TV.
» Thunder Cats: Lady Antebellum, Toby Keith, Eric Church, Brantley Gilbert, Jana Kramer, Love And Theft, Lee Brice, Eden's Edge, Jerrod Niemann, Justin Moore, Kip Moore and more and more head to the desert for this year's Country Thunder Arizona. The four day festival happens April 11-14 in Florence. Complete lineup here. Country Thunder Wisconsin (July 18-21 in Twin Lakes) features Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley, Little Big Town, Dustin Lynch, Chris Young, Joe Nichols and Moore. See that full list here.
» In Case You Missed It: As close as you can get to a country music version of Billy Joel's "Piano Man," Toby Keith gave a little "Hope On The Rocks" to The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (11/12). Watch here.
» Are You Gonna Read Me Or Not?Thompson Square will publish a novel based on their song "Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not?" The book shares the chart-topper's title and centers around David Winters and Zoe Spark, two characters who fall in love when paired to write music for their high school musical. Travis Thrasher will co-author. The book will be released through Howard Books June 4.
» How Bazaar:Taylor Swift is featured on the December/January cover of Harper’s Bazaar and admits that before she was featured on magazine covers, she used to rip pages from them. "I was 15 and going to prom for the first time, and I saw that picture of Gwyneth in the pink gown," Swift says. "I went all over the mall and showed it to all the store owners and said, 'Do you have anything that looks like this?'" Read more and view pictures from her fashion spread here. The issue hits newsstands Nov. 27.
» The Complete First Season:Having a hard time telling the difference between Rayna James' manager and Julliette Barnes' manager on Nashville? Don't worry. ABC-TV has you covered with an order of nine more episodes to distinguish the two, bringing the Music City drama to a full-season of 22 shows. And if you're loving the music, Big Machine Records plans to release the show's soundtrack Dec. 11. The album features music performed by the cast, which so far has sold more than 500,000 single downloads.
The Hungerthon 2012 is asking people to join the fight to end hunger with a charity auction that includes a Carrie Underwood signed guitar and CD, a Jason Aldean signed football, a Taylor Swift signed guitar and program and much more. Bid here.
Martina McBride will perform during The Thanksgiving Day Parade on CBS-TV, which features portions of the 86th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The Insider's Kevin Frazier and Brooke Anderson will co-host live from New York Nov. 22.
Rascal Flatts,Kip Moore and Jake Owen will join previously announced performers Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum,Dierks Bentley, LukeBryan and Little Big Town to make American Country Awards bigger, faster and stronger. The show will air live Dec. 10 on FOX-TV.
Billy Currington (11/19)
Friday (11/16): Hayden Panettiere, Chelsea Lately (E!); Jason Aldean, The Ellen Degeneres Show.
Monday (11/19): Rascal Flatts, Chelsea Lately (E!); Zac Brown Band, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (NBC).
Upcoming Album Releases
Katie Armiger Fall Into Me (1/15)
Darius Rucker True Believers (1/22)
Tim McGraw Two Lanes Of Freedom (2/5)
» Thanksgiving Stuffing:Little Big Town stuff bags for Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee's Backpack effort, benefitting children. The program is in partnership with ConAgra Foods and its Child Hunger Ends Here campaign. Pictured (l-r) are Karen Fairchild, Jimi Westbrook, Kimberly Schlapman and Phillip Sweet.
» Horsing Around:Shania Twain rode into Las Vegas on horseback to celebrate her new two-year residency at Caesars Palace. Shania: Still The One begins Dec. 1 at The Colosseum. The horse will wait patiently near the slot machines until Dec. 1 2014, when it's time to take Twain home.