Blake Shelton admits to being a ‘stereotypical’ country music singer.
The 35-year-old Oklahoma-born star has had seventeen singles on the country charts, including nine Number One hits, and is regularly cited as one of America’s top country singers.
Blake admits that there is a certain ‘stereotype’ when it comes to western-inspired music, and the singer readily acknowledges that he fits it perfectly.
“People that know me know that I’m a redneck guy that loves to drink and sing country music and go hunting and fishing,” he said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.
“Not everybody in the country-music community is like me – I just happen to be one of the guys that is stereotypical.”
Blake faced allegations of homophobia earlier this year after tweeting “Re-writing my fav Shania Twain song..Any man that tries Touching my behind He’s gonna be a beaten, bleedin’, heaving kind of guy (sic).’ He later clarified that he was writing under Shania’s perspective and didn’t have any untoward feelings towards gay people.
The singer is a coach on the NBC reality talent show The Voice with Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green and says he didn’t realise the repercussions of being in such a popular programme.
“I learned the hard way a couple of times now that being on a television show this big, people are watching everything I say, But I think the reason this is working for me is because my goal was never to be a television star,’ he said.
‘f they fire me, then I already have a job, you know what I mean? I’m just going to be myself, and I’m not going to be afraid to say things other people probably wouldn’t – because if you don’t like it, guess what? Most of the country does.”
Blake refuses to ‘blend in’. The confident star hopes to bring a sense of realism to country music, and refuses to shy away from speaking his mind.
‘n country music, one of the ways we may have gone wrong in the past is trying to be politically correct all the time,” he said.
“I think the worst thing you can do is blend in. Why would you ever want to blend in? I want to stand for something, and it’s probably going to be something that some people stand against.”
While Blake Shelton was in search of “The Voice,” his record label wanted to silence his…by shutting down his Twitter account.
Shelton’s label bosses at Warner Bros. thought his Twitter messages were overly candid and sometimes offensive, like his tweet where he re-wrote some Shania Twain lyrics to read, “Any man that tries Touching my behind / He’s gonna be a beaten, bleedin’, heaving kind of guy.”
After the remarks were considered anti-gay, Shelton’s label heads wanted to prevent him from tweeting, something he and the rest of the judges regularly do for “The Voice.”
“There was a point where Warner Bros. was like, ‘We’ve got to get Blake off Twitter, ’cause he can’t say these type of things,’” Shelton told the New York Times.
Shelton apologized for his tweets after he was under pressure from critics and groups like GLAAD, but the tweets haven’t seemed to have caused him any distress.
His new album, “Red River Blue,” was just released on Tuesday. Featuring the hit single “Honey Bee,” it’s already at #1 on iTunes and is on its way to a big debut.
“I hope that people learn from me, it’s OK to be yourself,” Shelton said. “It’s OK to offend somebody, and, as a matter of fact, please be polarizing. If you’re not polarizing, you failed in my opinion. If you don’t stand for something, how can anyone respect what you do?”
The mooted duet between Maroon 5′s Adam Levine and Christina Aguilera has been posted online.
The song is actually credited as “Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera” and is called ‘Moves Like Jagger’.
It’s a electro house stomper and the ‘featuring’ attribution is correct, Aguilera doesn’t sing anything beyond a ‘yeah’ until over two minutes in.
Aguilera posted an audio-only YouTube of the song on her website, with a blood-red cover of her and Levine’s faces.
But Maroon 5 posted a very neon lyrics YouTube of the song on their website, and a link to buy the single on iTunes.
The one-off collaboration stemmed from Levine and Aguilera both being judges on the NBC talent show The Voice.
Now we just have to wait for the other two judges, Cee-Lo Green the soul machine and country star Blake Shelton, to team up.
Miranda Lambert Celebrates 27th Birthday With 4 Wins At The CMA Awards. The CMA Awards has given Miranda Lambert not one, but four really cool gifts for her 27th birthday on Wednesday. The songstress took home Female Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Video of the Year at the 44th Annual Country Music Association Awards. Lambert’s single “The House That Built Me” was honored for both Song and Video of the Year at the “Country Music’s Biggest Night,” while her “Revolution” took the top prize of Album of the Year. She said upon accepting the Female Vocalist honor from country music legend Loretta Lynn, “The woman that paved the way for all females ever in country music is standing here beside me and handed me this award… I’m going to keep going for the other women in this industry.” It’s not only her night. Her fiancé Blake Shelton also won a major trophy that night, winning Male Vocalist of the Year. His “Hillbilly Bone,” featuring Trace Adkins, also won Musical Event of the Year. Brad Paisley, who co-hosted the show along with Carrie Underwood at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, was named Entertainer of the Year for the first time. He was Male Vocalist for the past three consecutive years. And based on the blogsphere review, Gwyneth Paltrow didn’t suck in her country music debut at the show. The Oscar-winning actress played the guitar and sang a track from her upcoming film “Country Song” with Vince Gill. Her performance actually received a standing ovation.
The complete list of winners:
•Entertainer: Brad Paisley
•Female Vocalist: Miranda Lambert
•Male Vocalist: Blake Shelton
•Vocal Group: Lady Antebellum
•Vocal Duo: Sugarland
•New Artist: Zac Brown Band
•Album: “Revolution,” Miranda Lambert
•Single: “Need You Now,” Lady Antebellum
•Song: “The House That Built Me,” Miranda Lambert
•Video: “The House That Built Me,” Miranda Lambert
•Musical Event: “Hillbilly Bone,” Blake Shelton featuring Trace Adkins
•Musician: Mac McAnnally
CMA Awards Sells Out Tickets. The event dubbed as “Country Music’s Biggest Night” is sold out. For the second year in a row, the “44th Annual CMA Awards,” to be held on November 10, has sold all of its available tickets for the public. The show promises performances by some of country’s biggest superstars, including Dierks Bentley, Kenny Chesney, Kid Rock, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Rascal Flatts, Reba, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Sugarland, Taylor Swift, and Keith Urban. Also performing is Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Taylor, who is set to make her live Country Music singing debut with Vince Gill. A tribute to Loretta Lynn’s 50th anniversary as a recording artist will be spearheaded by Lambert and Sheryl Crow. Also, Jason Aldean will be performing with “American Idol” champ Kelly Clarkson, while the Zac Brown Band will take the stage with Alan Jackson. For the third consecutive year, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood are hosting the show, which will air live from the Bridgestone arena in Nashville on Wednesday.
Kelly Clarkson To Duet With Jason Aldean On CMA Awards. Country music sensation Jason Aldean is set to perform with “American Idol” champ and Grammy-winning singer Kelly Clarkson on the 44th Annual CMA Awards, it has been announced. This will mark Clarkson’s first performance on the show. Also announced Monday is the addition of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” host Ty Pennington to the list of celebrity presenters. Actress Joanna Garcia and five-time CMA awardee Martina McBride, who is also nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year, are also added as presenters. Chart-topper Rodney Atkins will be presenting awards in categories announced during the pre-telecast ceremonies. Previously announced performers include Dierks Bentley, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Rascal Flatts, Reba, Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift, and Keith Urban. Actress Gwyneth Paltrow is also set to have her live Country Music singing debut with Vince Gill. For the third time in a row, Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley will host the show, which will air love November 10 from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.
Nominees for The 44th Annual CMA Awards was announced with old favorites and new names listed. Each nominee is gunning for a coveted crystal trophy on “Country Music’s Biggest Night.” For the fifth year, the announcement of the final nominees in five of the 12 CMA Awards categories was made on ABC News’ “Good Morning America.” Nominees Dierks Bentley and Miranda Lambert delivered the news from the “Good Morning America” studios in the heart of New York City’s Times Square. Finalists in the other seven categories were announced yesterday in Nashville at the historic Ryman Auditorium by Justin Moore and first-time nominee Chris Young. “Records were set and the bar has been raised with this exciting group of nominees,” said Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “There will be a heightened level of excitement and anticipation for the CMA Awards in November.” Lambert leads the list of nominees with nine nominations – the most for any female artist in the history of the CMA Awards. Lambert received nominations for Entertainer; Female Vocalist; Album for Revolution produced by Frank Liddell and Mike Wrucke, two for Single of the Year, “The House That Built Me” and “White Liar,” Song for “White Liar,” which she wrote with Natalie Hemby, Musical Event, for “Bad Angel” with Dierks Bentley and Jamey Johnson; and two for Music Video of the Year for “The House That Built Me,” directed by Trey Fanjoy, and “White Liar,” directed by Chris Hicky. Lady Antebellum garnered the second highest number of CMA Awards nominations with five including Entertainer, Album for Need You Now; Vocal Group, Single for “Need You Now”, and Music Video of the Year for “Need You Now,” which was directed by David McClister. Group members Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, and Hillary Scott each received individual nominations for Song of the Year for “Need You Now,” which they penned with songwriter Josh Kear. The group can receive two additional trophies as producers for Single and Album of the Year with Paul Worley. Third on the list of nominees was a tie: Zac Brown Band with four nominations for Entertainer, Vocal Group; Musical Event for “Can’t You See” featuring Kid Rock, and New Artist of the Year; and Blake Shelton, whose four nominations included Male Vocalist; and Single (produced by Scott Hendricks); Musical Event; and Music Video (director Roman White) for “Hillbilly Bone,” which featured Trace Adkins. The 44th Annual CMA Awards will be hosted for the third time by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood and broadcast live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Wednesday, Nov. 10 on ABC. Tickets will be available for the public to purchase on Saturday, Sept. 18.
Ricky Van Shelton After winning the Academy of Country Music’s 1987 top new artist award, the singer/songwriter collected 10 No. 1s on Country Songs through 1991, including the Dolly Parton duet “Rockin’ Years.” The Grit, Virginia-raised Shelton retired from touring in 2006 and these days, according to his website, enjoys time “flying his airplane, working on his 150-acre farm, gardening, repairing his collection of classic cars and antiquing.”
Lady Antebellum Return To #1 On Billboard Albums Chart With “Need You Now”. Lady Antebellum return to #1 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart this week with their album “Need You Now,” after relinquishing the spot for three weeks while Sade took #1 with their latest “Soldier of Love.” Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now” moves another 126,000 copies this week, spending its third non-consecutive week at the top spot. In its fourth week, Sade is down a spot to #2 with “Soldier of Love” moving 79,000 copies. It’s sold a total of 900,000 copies so far The rest of the top 10 is dominated by debuts, with no less than six arriving in the first ten spots. At #3 is country singer Blake Shelton, who moves 71,000 copies of his new album “Hillbilly Bone.” It’s also his highest ranking on the chart. At #4 is the debut from “American Idol” season eight second runner-up Danny Gokey. His album, “My Best Days,” sold 65,000 copies in its first week. Coincidentally for the third-place finisher, its the third-best debut from the season eight Idols, following Adam Lambert and Kris Allen’s debuts. Debuting this week at #5 is the “Almost Alice” soundtrack, which includes music from and inspired by the new Tim Burton “Alice in Wonderland” remake. The album, heralded by Avril Lavigne’s single “Alice,” sold 58,000 copies its first week out. Lifehouse debut at #6 with their fifth album, “Smoke & Mirrors.” The album, which features lead single “Halfway Gone,” moves 54,000 copies in its first week. Lady Gaga is at #7 this week with “The Fame” moving 49,000 copies. The 10-minute music video to her latest single “Telephone” debuts this week. The Black Eyed Peas follow at #8 this week with “The E.N.D.” selling 46,000 copies. Rounding out the top 10 this week are two more debuts. At #9 is Raheem DeVaughn, who moves 45,000 copies of his album “The Love and MasterPeace.” Its his first album since 2008′s “Love Behind the Melody.” At #10 is country singer Easton Corbin with his self-titled debut selling 43,000 copies in its first week.Billboard Top 200 Albums Week Ending March 20th, 2010
1. Need You Now, Lady Antebellum
2. Soldier of Love, Sade
3. Hillbilly Bone, Blake Shelton
4. My Best Days, Danny Gokey
5. Almost Alice, Various Artists
6. Smoke & Mirrors, Lifehouse
7. The Fame, Lady Gaga
8. The E.N.D., The Black Eyed Peas
9. Love & War Masterpeace, Raheem Devaughn
10. Easton Corbin, Easton Corbin
The country singer’s new songs transcend her image as country’s most volatile woman to show a sensitive, funny side. Miranda Lambert is chatting happily about her forthcoming album, “Revolution,” due out Tuesday, while seated in a booth in a deserted hotel restaurant in Pomona a few hours before a performance at the L.A. County Fair. At one point, she starts hemming and hawing about her abilities as a singer — even though she’s one of the Country Music Assn.’s Continue reading →