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Carrie on Ellen--Lady A beats up on Taylor Swift plus Tim, Keith and more
by Dave Marsh,posted Apr 7 2011 6:40PM
» Carrie Surfs Silver Screen:Carrie Underwood's feature film debut in Soul Surfer hangs-10 into theaters nationwide Friday (4/8). The inspirational movie follows the real-life story of pro surfer Bethany Hamilton, who lost her arm to a 14-foot tiger shark while training for a national surfing competition. Underwood plays leadership youth counselor Sarah Hill, who helps guide Hamilton (AnnaSophia Robb) through some faith-based challenges as she returns to the sport. "I wanted to do this movie because it was a chance to reach out to people with an amazing story," Underwood says. "I never set out to be an actress, but I always said if something came along and it was for the right reasons, I would do it. And this script just felt right. I think it will be impossible for anyone to see this story and not be impacted."
During a scene between Hill and Hamilton, Underwood delivers the movie's signature line, "I don't know why terrible things happen to us sometimes, but I have to believe that something good is going to come out of this." A mission trip to tsunami-devastated Thailand helps Hamilton discover a greater purpose, conquer her limitations and return to the water for the surfing National Championships. Dennis Quaid, Helen Hunt and Kevin Sorbo also star. Learn more and view the trailer here.
» Boy's Making Noise:Tim McGraw is such a tease. Gearing up for Friday's (4/8) Emotional Traffic Tour launch in Corpus Christi, TX, McGraw and his production crew have posted several sneak peeks at the immense high-tech production's moving sets, advanced lighting and T-shaped runway. One tweet reads, "Lights, camera, action ... almost! Finishing touches are underway for the Tim McGraw Emotional Traffic Tour launch!" A two-minute video also shows clips of the set in its entirety. Openers the Band Perry are also all a- Twitter about joining McGraw for the summer trek. TBP posts, "Doing laundry, saying goodbye to [hometown] Greeneville, [TN] loading up the bus for Corpus Christi. Tim McGraw Tour or bust!" Luke Bryan is also on the bill. Full schedule here.
» Homespun Love: New Zealand native Keith Urban is in his neck of the world as the Get Closer 2011 World Tour officially kicks off in Australia Friday (4/8). Urban has been holed up in Adelaide's Entertainment Centre this week gearing up for the official Down Under launch. "I have always made sure I come back on a regular basis," Urban tells AU's Sky News. "I have had such loyal support here. I always want to come back." Openers Lady Antebellum are also pumped. "We're excited," Charles Kelley says via video update. "It's warm, and I'm rocking some new shorts I bought in the airport. [We're] slightly jet-lagged but I'm not too bad. Hopefully we'll have some exciting footage for y'all ... like me hugging a koala." Urban and Lady A will hit Melbourne (4/9), Tamworth (4/12), Sydney (4/14) and close with a two-night stand in Brisbane next week (April 15-16).
» Girls Aloud: Musical mash-ups continued through Monday night's Academy of Country Music's Girls' Night Out: Superstar Women Of Country taping (4/4). Segments celebrating honorees Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Reba, the Judds, Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles and Martina McBride each featured a musical collaboration, as well as a video tribute and performance salute. Fiancé Blake Shelton sang "Famous In A Small Town" for Lambert, who formed the group Pistol Annie with Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley to perform "Hell On Heels." Vince Gill performed "Jesus Take The Wheel" for Underwood, who joined Gill on "How Great Thou Art." Rascal Flatts performed "Why Haven't I Heard From You" for Reba, who sang "The Heart Won't Lie" with RF. John Fogerty performed "Rockin' With The Rhythm Of The Rain" for the Judds. Wynonna and Fogerty then performed "Proud Mary," while Naomi Judd observed. Sugarland partner Kristian Bush hosted a video tribute for Nettles, who joined Ronnie Dunn on "Let Him Fly." Dunn also performed Sugarland's "Stay."
Little Big Town and McBride sang Linda Ronstadt's "When Will I Be Loved." Honoree Loretta Lynn was unable to attend the taping because of recent knee surgery and spoke via satellite video feed. Behind-the-scenes action included Oprah Winfrey introducing the Judds via video and presenter Shelton jokingly pointing out to ACM Awards co-host Reba, "I got a gig by myself!" Reba replied from the audience, "Don't mess it up." Additional performers included Sara Evans (for the late Tammy Wynette), the JaneDear girls (for Kitty Wells), the Band Perry (for Patsy Cline) and Jason Aldean ("She's Country"). Girls' Night Out airs April 22 at 9pm ET on CBS-TV.
» Private Eyes, They're Watching You: Television producer Miranda Lambert ...er, wait, what? That's right, she is executive-producing an hour-long ABC Family drama. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the scripted show will revolve around a Texas family whose parents are private investigators. Lambert's mother Beverly (who once worked as a private investigator, along with Lambert's father), manager Marion Kraft and Kapital Entertainment's Aaron Kaplan will also executive-produce. More here.
» Keeping It On The Download:Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" has surpassed Taylor Swift's "Love Story" as the most downloaded country song of all time by moving more than 4,970,000 copies. In other Lady A news, Hillary Scott represents country in Elle magazine's music photo spread " Gold Dust Women." The issue streets April 12. "There aren't a ton of people in this country who will understand songs about riding a tractor through a pasture," Scott says in explaining the appeal of the trio's biggest hit. "But when it comes to falling in love and out of love and getting your heart broken, there's no way you can't understand what the song's about."
» Benefit News: EMI Group artists including Dierks Bentley, Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Alan Jackson, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town and Keith Urban are offering memorabilia, personal items and more in the company's EMI Family 4 Japan eBay charity auction, which runs through April 21. All proceeds benefit Red Cross Japan relief efforts. Among the items are VIP packages including private meet-and-greet passes and tickets to Bentley and Urban concerts, as well as a private tour of Abbey Road Studios. EMI Group has pledged to match funds raised up to 1 million euros. Access the auction here.
» Categorically Denied: The Grammy Awards Country Field has been cut from seven categories to four as the Recording Academy is reducing the overall number of awards 109 to 78 beginning with the 2012 show. Combining the Male and Female performance awards, folding Collaborations in with Duo/Group and eliminating Instrumental leaves the following categories: Best Country Solo Performance, Best Country Duo/Group Performance, Best Country Song and Best Country Album. Other fields have been similarly cut, with Pop and Rock going from seven to four, Urban declining from eight to four, Rap falling from five to four and Classical dropping from 11 to seven. Categories that fail to reach a minimum threshold of 25 entries a year for three years will be discontinued. See a detailed explanation here and a full category breakdown here.
» In Case You Missed It:Carrie Underwood appeared on Thursday's Ellen DeGeneres Show (4/7) and discussed sharing her home with pro hockey husband Mike Fisher. "He got traded to Nashville," Underwood told DeGeneres. "And he brought all his crap with him. He's not a hoarder, but he's close." During Wednesday's Tonight Show With Jay Leno (4/6) Underwood plugged Soul Surfer, and discussed her ACM Awards performance with Steven Tyler. "We rehearsed off-site in L.A.," she says, noting the pairing was six months in the works. "It was all top-secret because we didn't want it to get out."
Also on Ellen, Josh Kelley performed " Georgia Clay." On Good Morning America, the Judds promoted their self-titled OWN docu-series. AndThompson Square performed " Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not" on Fox & Friends. During Tuesday's Tonight Show With Jay Leno (4/5), Taylor Swift recapped her ACM Entertainer of the Year Award win, discussed being the official hairdresser of the Speak Now World Tour 2011 and revealed how CoverGirl prepared her for her NatureLuxe ad campaign. "I had a legitimate leaping coach," Swift says. "Those leaps are legit." Follow the links for the footage.
"Stand By Your Man" by the late Tammy Wynette and "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" by the Sons of the Pioneers are among the 25 recordings selected for preservation by the Library of Congress for their cultural and historical significance. "Take Me Out To The Ball Game" by Edward Meeker, "Let's Stay Together" by Al Green and "Tipitina" by Professor Longhair are also among the selected tracks. Full list here.
Steve Azar is offering the Ultimate CMA Music Fest Experience – a flyaway prize package to the June 9-12 event. The winner will receive roundtrip airfare for two, Nashville hotel accommodations, four-day passes to the 2011 festival and a private lunch with Azar. Enter by May 6 and learn more on Azar's website and Facebook page.
The late Carl Perkins (4/9) Steve Azar (4/11)
Friday (4/8): Various Artists, The Music Inside — Waylon Jennings: Breaking The Myth (GAC).
Saturday (4/9): Various Artists, George Strait: ACM Artist Of The Decade All Star Concert (GAC).