» Blake In Balance: When he's not busy being Blake Shelton, the multi-media star is probably busy, well, being Blake Shelton. Despite having to juggle touring, recording and shooting seasons of The Voice – which sometimes overlap – he's keeping those responsibilities in balance. "The very first season of The Voice just kind of happened how it happened, and none of us were prepared," Blake recently told trade publication Country Aircheck. "I had already signed-on and was happy to be on tour with Brad Paisley that summer. Next thing I know I'm finishing up a live episode of The Voice and hauling ass to get on a jet to get to a concert somewhere, sometimes that night. And it's like, okay, this isn't making sense. Not only is it not fun, but this is where people get into real bad habits. [That is when] we decided we were going to have to do these in separate segments, even if it means we miss a couple weeks here and there because we're not totally sure about schedules." Read the full article here.
» Drama Kings: Jason Aldean and Bo Bice tap into their emotional truths and hope fellow thespians will descibe their work as "generous" in 2013 when they make their acting debuts. Aldean will help Ed Harris and January Jones become better actors (or is it the other way around?) in the film Sweetwater, which premieres at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Bice, meanwhile, transforms into a song-and-dance man on Broadway as lead in the musical Boys and Dinettes opening April 8 in New York City.
» Like A Boss: Like Eric Church sings in "Springsteen," Bruce's influence on musicians of all genres is limitless. Kenny Chesney, Emmylou Harris, Faith Hill, Natalie Maines and Tim McGraw are among the country artists set to honor The Boss as The Recording Academy's 2013 MusiCares Person of the Year. They'll perform at a gala hosted by John Stewart at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Feb. 8.
» So Hot Right Now: Taylor Swift missed her favorite number by one, coming in at No. 12 on the Men's Health list of the 100 Hottest Women of 2013. The year just started, but the magazine that holds the secret of rock hard abs got a jump start ranking country darlings Carrie Underwood at No. 24, Julianne Hough at No. 28 and Jana Kramer at No. 59. The top spot went to Katy Perry. View the entire list here.
» Tweet Me Right: Twent-five-thousand tweets are needed to unlock and reveal Blake Shelton's mystery co-host along with the date for the 2013 ACM Awards. The interactive promo campaign launched Jan. 4 with the release of a video in which Shelton teases Reba's replacement. Watch the video here and help reach the goal here.
» People Person: Choosy country fans choose in a jiffy when it's Jason Aldean performing on the People's Choice Awards 2013.Aldean joins Christina Aguilera and Alicia Keys as scheduled performers when The Big Bang Theory's Kaley Cuoco hosts the show live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles Jan. 9 on CBS-TV.
All proceeds from Andy Griggs' new single "20 Little Angels" will go to the United Way of Western Connecticut's Sandy Hook Support Fund. Inspired by his fans reaction to the elementary school shootings, Griggs co-wrote the song with songwriter Bobby Pinson intent on sales being used to raise money for the fund.
Craig Morgan will receive the Outdoor Channel’s first-ever Humanitarian Award at the 13th Annual Golden Moose Awards. The event takes place Jan. 17 at The Venetian in Las Vegas.
Hee Haw alum Lulu Roman is set to release At Last. “You Are So Beautiful,” “Killing Me Softly (With His Song),” and a Dolly Parton duet on “I Will Always Love You” are included on the 12-track album of musical standards, in stores Jan. 15.
Eric Paslay ("Deep As It Is Wide") has launched a Facebook contest for meet and greet passes to his Jan. 11 show at 3rd and Lindsley in Nashville, TN. Details here.
Crystal Gayle (1/9)
Wednesday (1/9): Various Artists, People's Choice Awards (CBS); Brad Paisley, Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC).
Thursday (1/10): Keith Urban, The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (NBC).
Upcoming Album Releases
Katie ArmigerFall Into Me (1/15)
Gary AllanSet You Free (1/22)
Randy Houser How Country Feels (1/22)
The MavericksIn Time (1/29)
Tim McGrawTwo Lanes Of Freedom (2/5)
Ashley MonroeLike A Rose (3/5)
» The Paisley Project:Mindy Kaling, star of The Office and The Mindy Project, hopes to get a little light reading done over lunch with Brad Paisley's autobiography Diary Of A Player.
» Kiss And Make Up: While vacationing in Cabo, LeAnn Rimes knows it's good luck to lock lips with what you catch before throwing it back.