Category Archives: American Idol

Toby Keith & Kid Rock added to Harley Davidson Concert

Looks like Harley Davidson’s 110th birthday celebration just got a whole more country. A few days after the motorcycle company added Brantley Gilbert and Shooter Jennings to their line-up, now country superstar Toby Keith and sometimes-country-sometimes-rock star Kid Rock will be joining the party too. The big Harley Davidson 110th Birthday celebration concert will take place over Labor Day Weekend on Thursday, August 29th until Sunday, September 1st in Milwaukee. Tickets are on-sale now, and start at $95.

Other major starts performing at the event include ZZ Top, Aerosmith, Joan Jett, & The Blackhearts, Blue Oyster Cult, Gaslight Anthem and more.

Harley-Davidson 110th Anniversary Concerts Currently Announced:

Additional entertainment to be announced soon

Thursday, August 29
    • Whiskey of the Damned
    • Lynyrd Skynyrd (H.O.G. Members only)
    • Elvin Bishop
    • Blue Oyster Cult
    • Dropkick Murphys
    • The Doobie Brothers
    • Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
    • Lupe Fiasco
Friday, August, 30
    • Gabriel Sanchez & The Prince Experience
    • MAD MEX
    • Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights
    • ZZ Ward
    • Shooter Jennings
    • The Dirty Heads
    • Foxy Shazam
    • ZZ Top
    • Gaslight Anthem
    • Sublime with Rome
    • Buckcherry
Saturday, August 31
  • D.B. Bryant Band
  • Moderatto
  • The White Buffalo
  • Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown
  • The Whigs
  • Halestorm
  • Katey Sagal & The Forest Rangers
  • Common
  • Brantley Gilbert

Garth Brooks being sued

Garth Brooks is being sued by a former business partner. The country icon is facing the heat against Lisa Sanderson, reports TMZ, for unpaid salary, bonuses, and and punitive damages. She worked with Garth for over 20 years as a television producer to help jump-start his acting career, and she is claiming that it was Garth himself who stopped him from roles in “Saving Private Ryan,” and “Twister.” She also claims that he killed deals with Disney, Fox, and many others because of the way he acted or because of his demands.

The lawsuit was filed by Marty Singer and Allison Hart. Lisa is asking for $425,000 from Garth, claiming she was lied to about the salary she’d receive if she stuck around.

Read the whole story over at TMZ and let us know what you think – do you believe this story? Or do you think it’s someone trying to cash in on a country legend? Sound off below, or on our Twitter and Facebook pages.

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Taylor Swift launches her own shoe line

Looks like the cool new thing to do in country music is to start your own shoe line. Less than three weeks after Miranda Lambert announced her own shoe line will hit stores in 2014, country’s superstar Taylor Swift announced today that she will be releasing her own next month. It’s an expansion with her project with Keds last fall, which she released a limited edition red shoe in honor of her album “Red” on Big Machine. Now Taylor will have an entire line with Keds Champion Sneakers with all sorts of fun designs – stars, animal paw prints, stripes, guitars, sunglasses, and other cute girly prints.

Fans can take a sneak peek at a few designs on the Keds site, with more to come in select Keds retailers, and online, in May. For more information, check out the official Bravegirl website here – and enter to win a cool Taylor Swift contest to meet the superstar.

Which shoe line are you more interested in? Miranda Lambert’s or Taylor Swift’s?

Jason Aldean plays to over 60k fans!

ACM Male Vocalist of the Year Jason Aldean headlined the first ever concert at the University of Georgia’s Sanford Stadium for over 60K fans last night.  The monumental country music event started early with Aldean’s fans taking tailgating to a new level, and when the Georgia native himself made a surprise appearance in the parking lot, hysteria ensued.

Aldean’s 90 minute set showcased hit after hit including “Hicktown,” “Big Green Tractor” and “My Kinda Party,” as well as his current single “1994,” on one of the biggest outdoor stages in the nation with high resolution video panels, pyrotechnics and a helicopter flyover.  Luke Bryan jumped on stage to perform the reigning ACM Vocal Event of the Year “The Only Way I Know,” then the stadium erupted when GRAMMY award winner and fellow Georgia native Ludacris surprised the crowd by joining Aldean for “Dirt Road Anthem.”  Current tour mates Thomas Rhett and Jake Owen were also on the bill.
The energy of last night’s crowd is something he’ll never forget, explains Aldean:
“Seeing everything come together the way it did tonight and feeling the energy of the crowd is something I will never forget.  When my mom got here last night, we took a walk around the stadium, and it was really emotional for both of us. This place has always meant so much to me, but when I was a kid, we were flat broke and my mom couldn’t afford to buy tickets for us to go to a game.  So I watched on TV and dreamed about one day seeing it in person.  Tonight was beyond my wildest dreams…the whole thing has honestly shaken me a little bit…it’s has been a night I will never ever forget.”
The 2013 NIGHT TRAIN TOUR has sold out every show so far this year, and his next stadium stops include Boston’s Fenway Park (7/12 and 7/13) and Chicago’s Wrigley Field (7/20).

Will The Voice Take American Idol’s Crown?

Looks like some change is a bit too much for viewers. American Idol, which has been the number one television program on tv for nearly a decade, lost numbers this week during the premiere of its 11th season. They dropped more than 17 percent viewership to 21.6 million viewers on Thursday evening. While that might not make producers nervous, this next stat will: they dropped more than 24 percent in ratings for viewers between the ages of 18 to 49-years old. That’s the audience group that advertisers cater to during the program.

Even with the drop, FOX says that American Idol was still the most-watched program on both nights this week. American Idol lost two of its original judges over the last few seasons – Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul – who now judge the X-Factor.

This leaves the question… will NBC’s The Voice come in to steal the crown? While The Voice only scored 11.78 million viewers during its premiere episode last year; they’re premiering their second season immediately following the Super Bowl on NBC this year. It’s a no-brainer to expect The Voice’s ratings to skyrocket, which will also air an ad during the Super Bowl featuring all four coaches: Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera and Cee-Lo Green.The Voice’s second season will overlap with American Idol: so it’s up to viewers to decide. What’s interesting is that The Voice aired ads in Canada during the American Idol premiere this week on CTV.

Read how FOX reacted to a recent The Voice announcement below:

FOX’s producers might be feeling the competition between the programs. The Voice recently announced the addition of original American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson to help out Team Blake alongside Miranda Lambert as advisers during the Battle Round. In an interview last week, FOX president of Alternative Entertainment Mike Darnell said:

“We’re not hiring a lot of people from ‘The Voice’ to be on our show.”

There’s a good chance The Voice could steal the reality television crown from American Idol this season if trends stay the same. With a superstar line-up added to The Voice, and American Idol starting to go stale, it’s going to be a race to the finish.

Which program are you looking forward to watching this season? Get your voice heard below:

Which singing competition do you think will be #1 this year?