Brad Paisley: “Somewhere between Charlie Sheen & Oprah”

Brad Paisley is frequently featured in our Top 10 Country Tweets of the Week. He’s found the perfect balance between letting fans peek behind the curtain into his private life and not sharing too much. And he does it all with humor. But Brad tells Billboard magazine that initially, he only signed up for Twitter because [...] Read More

The Judds: Yes To Oprah, No To VH1

Their life is kind of a crazy train, so when Wynonna and Naomi Judd launch a reality series on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network in 2011, will it be a new version of “The Osbournes”? Probably not. But they could have done that if they wanted. “We were offered the VH1 slot after ‘The Osbournes,’” Wynonna remembers. “I was like, ‘I’d rather have a lobotomy.’” Read More

Merle Haggard Stands Up For Willie Nelson

Merle Haggard joins several other entertainment giants in the spotlight on Tuesday’s CBS special “The Kennedy Center Honors,” an event that’s carried enormous weight ever since it was established in 1978. Mixing celebrities and politicians, this year’s edition was shot earlier this month in Washington, D.C., with Oprah Winfrey, Paul McCartney, Broadway lyricist Jerry Herman and choreographer Bill T. Jones joining Merle among the honorees. Merle, meanwhile, is frustrated with the treatment of another former Kennedy Center Honors recipient, Willie Nelson. Willie was arrested in El Paso over Thanksgiving weekend for possession of pot. It led to a lot of headlines, but Merle believes the laws surrounding weed are unfair, particularly in light of the way Americans abuse prescriptions. Read More

2010 Rewind: No. 10 — Loretta Lynn’s 50th Leads Legends

It was quite a year for the Coal Miner’s Daughter — 2010 marked the 50th anniversary of Loretta Lynn’s emergence as a national star, and she was honored in a slew of ways, including parties, awards and a tribute album by some of today’s top artists. Loretta was joined by several other legends as 2010 honorees, including Merle Haggard, Jimmy Dean and now Dolly Parton. The recognition paid to the genre’s pioneering acts represents the No. 10 entry in our countdown of country music’s dozen top stories of the year. Loretta’s first single, “I’m A Honky Tonk Girl,” came out in 1960, and it seemed like every few months during 2010, the music business found some way to pay homage to her impact. Early in the year, she was accorded a Lifetime Achievement Grammy, though she was unable to attend the Los Angeles ceremony. “Coal Miner’s Daughter” was added to the National Recording Registry, she was saluted with an anniversary party at her Tennessee home, she was celebrated with a Reba McEntire-hosted Recording Academy Salute at the Ryman Auditorium, and a bunch of her classics were remade in the album Coal Miner’s Daughter: A Tribute To Loretta Lynn. That latter project brought Loretta the opportunity to sing the title track with Miranda Lambert and Sheryl Crow on the Country Music Association Awards. The album also features Lee Ann Womack, Kid Rock, the White Stripes, Alan Jackson and Carrie Underwood, among others. Loretta hand-picked all of the contributors — appropriate, because she’s not one of those veteran stars who dislikes newer versions of country music. Read More

Shania Twain Engaged to Frederic Thiebaud

A day after numerous news outlets reported on Shania Twain’s engagement, the singer officially announced the news with a note to fans on her website Tuesday morning. “I’m in love!” she wrote. “Frederic Nicolas Thiebaud has been a true gift to me as a compassionate, understanding friend and over time, an amazing love has blossomed from this precious friendship.” Details? Well, Shania didn’t really offer a lot. She shed no wedding date, didn’t mention how or when Fred popped the question and didn’t specify where she was when she wrote the note — and knowing what a world traveller she is, that’s a very legitimate question. Shania did, however, offer “seasons greetings to all” and suggested that the pain of her broken marriage forced her break down some of the walls around her. In that process, she rediscovered the value of personal connection and renewed her faith in it. Read More