Lady Antebellum sits on the top of the country charts this week with their latest single, “Downtown,” marking their seventh number-one single. The song is the first release from their forthcoming album, Golden, which will be available in stores and at all online retailers May 7.
Miranda Lambert met “Honey Boo Boo” of TLC’s hit reality show, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, while backstage at her concert in Macon, Georgia on Thursday night. The singer is a big fan of the reality series and took to Twitter to share a photo of her with the show’s star, 7-year-old Alana Thompson. In the caption, Miranda tweeted the young pageant queen’s catchphrase, “You better REDNECKONIZE!” But Lambert didn’t just meet “Honey Boo Boo,” the whole family was there to greet her. Miranda also shared a photo with Alana, June “Mama” Shannon, Mike “Sugar Bear” Thompson, Lauryn “Pumpkin” Shannon, Anna “Chickadee” Shannon and Jessica “Chubbs” Shannon.
Taylor’s Swift’s “Red Tour” made a stop in St. Louis, Missouri last week and during the show, the audience got a special surprise performance from hip-hop star and St. Louis native Nelly. Taylor told the audience how much she loved the city and listed some of its famous tourist attractions. Swift then said, “But you know I’ve got to be honest with you. (When I think of St. Louis)I mostly think of the fact that one of my favorite artists is from here,” Taylor then paused and said, “I’m just curious. What would you say if I told you that Nelly is here?” The crowd cheered and Nelly appeared at the top of the staircase in the middle of the stage. Nelly walked down the steps and Taylor met him at the bottom. They then performed a duet of Nelly’s newest hit, “Hey Porsche.” The two walked out on the stage platform together singing the tune while jumping around and waving their hands. After the song was over, the two stars hugged each and walked off the stage together with their arms around one another.
Blake Shelton took to Twitter on Thursday afternoon to announce that he would play a free and spontaneous show. Shelton tweeted, “Greenville, South Carolina . . . You!!!!!! Blind horse saloon tonight!!! Be there.” Shelton hinted at the free show earlier in the night when he tweeted, “Hey . . . I know!!!! Maybe I should just set up somewhere and play country music FOR FREE ALL NIGHT LONG. Like we did back in the old days” Local media reported that lines of people had gathered outside of the venue to see Shelton give the unplanned performance. The next day, Blake returned to Twitter to thank everyone for coming out on Thursday night and said, “My god last night was epic… Thanks again Greenville!!! I love my fans and I live for country music!!!!” But Blake wasn’t finished dishing out the free shows and announced on Twitter that he would play a second free show on Friday night. Shelton tweeted, That’s it!!!! I have got to do another free country music celebration!!! Macon, Georgia.. YOU!!!! Whiskey River tonight!! Be there…”