Lady Antebellum Never Gets Over Seeing Its Name In Lights

Lady Antebellum is out on the road these days, in the midst of a tour that will last until the end of August. The hitmaking country trio spent plenty of time as a supporting act, opening up for country megastars like Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney, and Carrie Underwood. So when Dave Haywood sees his group’s name in big letters on a theater’s marquee as a headliner, he says it’s still a really amazing feeling for him. (Click on the media bar below to hear Dave Haywood)

 

What If I Never Get Over You, the lead single from the band’s upcoming seventh album, is currently climbing the country charts.

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Carrie Underwood’s Honest Assessment: No ‘Idol,’ No Fame

Would Carrie Underwood have made it as a country singer without American Idol? We’ll never know, will we? She certainly had the voice and the talent to make it in Nashville, but without Idol, would the stars have aligned the way they did? Given the difficult nature of the music business, most likely not. Underwood herself gives herself a 0% chance of succeeding without the boost that “Idol” provided, and for that, she says she’ll always be grateful. (Click on the media bar below to hear Carrie Underwood)

 

Underwood’s current single, Southbound, is currently climbing the Country music charts.

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Why Elton John’s Flaws Are Still Standing In ‘Rocketman’

To quote one of his song titles, sorry really does seem to be the hardest word for Elton John. In depicting his legendary rise to the top of the music industry, Rocketman offers no apologies for some of the rock star’s bad behavior along the way. That’s exactly how it was meant to be — since John himself is one of the film’s producers, he was adamant from the very beginning that the film be an accurate depiction of who he was back in those days, and not some sugar-coated version of the story meant to make him look better than he was. He told us why making an honest movie about his life was so important to him. (Click on the media bar below to hear Elton John)

Rocketman is playing now in theaters.

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Welcome To ‘Songland,’ A New Region For OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder

We’ve seen plenty of singing competitions on TV over the past couple of decades, but behind every singer’s performance, there’s a songwriter. Now, the producers of The Voice put the spotlight on the songwriters with Songland, a songwriting competition featuring superstar collaborations and recording sessions. Maroon 5’s Adam Levine and OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder are part of the production team behind the show, and Tedder talked to us about the concept behind Songland. (Click on the media bar below to hear Ryan Tedder)

Songland premieres next Tuesday night on NBC.

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On Finale Weekend, Carrie Underwood Relives Her ‘American Idol’ Win

Former American Idol winner Carrie Underwood paid a visit to the show this season, and of course she’ll be watching when Idol crowns its new champion this weekend. When she does, her mind will inevitably drift back to that magical night in her own past when she was on that stage, though she admitted to us that she was so nervous, she doesn’t really remember all of the details. (Click on the media bar below to hear Carrie Underwood)

 Although her own memories of Idol finale night are a bit fuzzy, she definitely knows what this year’s finalists will be going through as they await the results. (Click on the media bar below to hear Carrie Underwood)

 

The American Idol finale will air live across all time zones Sunday night at 8 ET/5 PT on ABC.

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Kelly Clarkson: Which ‘Voice’ Coach Would She Choose?

At this point, it’s not like Kelly Clarkson needs the help. After all, she’s been a superstar since winning the first American Idol competition nearly 17 years ago. But if the shoe was on the other foot, and she was one of the contestants on The Voice rather than sitting in one of the chairs, which coach’s team would she want to be on? (Click on the media bar below to hear Kelly Clarkson)

The Voice airs Monday and Tuesday nights on NBC.

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