Tyler Farr Says Drinking with Jason Aldean Is Like Mixing "Fire and Gasoline"

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleTyler Farr and Jason Aldean have become big drinking buddies this year on Jason's Burn It Down tour. Tyler can't go into detail about their parties since he wants to keep his friendship with Jason, but Tyler tells Rolling Stone, "He's the kind of guy that when you mix me and him together -- he drinks tequila, I drink whiskey -- tequila and whiskey together equals bad."

Jason and Tyler always have a blast together, but Tyler admits, "It's like fire and gasoline."

Tyler opens Jason's two shows in Detroit coming up Friday and Saturday night.

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Iggy Azalea, 5 Seconds of Summer, Sia Up for Australian ARIA Awards

ABC/Randy HolmesQuite a few Australian artists have invaded the charts in the past year, and now they've been honored with nominations for the ARIA Awards, which are the Australian equivalent of the Grammy Awards.

Sia, whose album 1000 Forms of Fear topped the charts earlier this year thanks to the hit "Chandelier," has received a whopping six nominations, including Best Female Artist, Album of the Year, Best Pop Release, Song of the Year, and Best Video.

Iggy Azalea racked up four nods, including Best Female, Song of the Year for "Fancy," Best Urban Album for The New Classic, and Breakthrough Artist. 5 Seconds of Summer has also received four nominations, including Best Pop Release, Breakthrough Artist, Song of the Year for "She Looks So Perfect," and Best Group.  Vance Joy of "Riptide" fame has scored two nominations.

In the International Artist category, nominees include the latest albums from Katy Perry, Lorde, One Direction, Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry, Jason Derulo, Ed Sheeran, Coldplay, Eminem, Avicii, and Beyonce.

The winners will be announced in Sydney, Australia, on November 26.

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Jackson Browne to Play Benefit Show with David Crosby and Jeff Bridges This Month in Santa Barbara, CA

Nels Israelson; Eleanor StillsJackson Browne will host a special benefit concert that will feature performances by some of his famous friends, including David Crosby, on October 25 at the Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara, California.  The show will raise money for the Sanctuary Centers of Santa Barbara, a nonprofit that provides care and housing for mentally ill people in the region.

Actor/singer Jeff Bridges and his daughter Jessie also will perform at the show.  Tickets are on sale now via Ticketmaster outlets, and the Arlington Theatre box office.

The concert will come at the end of Browne's current U.S. tour in support of his just-released album, Standing in the Breach.  The singer/songwriter also has a U.K. trek scheduled in November.

Meanwhile, Browne played three songs during his visit the CBS' Late Show with David Letterman on Monday night, only one of which -- the new song "Leaving Winslow" -- was broadcast on the program.  He also played a rendition of two tunes from his 1973 For Everyman album -- his classic "Take It Easy" and "Our Lady of the Well" -- which are only are viewable exclusively online.

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Academy of Country Music Salutes George Strait with New Biography on Stands Now

Image Courtesy ACM/CBS WatchThe Academy of Country Music and their TV partner, CBS, have teamed up to release a new tribute "bookazine" celebrating George Strait, as part of the run-up to the 50th Annual ACM Awards.  The Strait biography is now on newsstands everywhere as well as on Amazon. The ACM combed through their archives to compile the book. Fans also get a look at George's life on his Texas ranch.

The 50th Annual ACM Awards will broadcast live from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Sunday, April 19, 2015 on CBS. Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan return as hosts.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWho was Hunter Hayes' duet partner on "Everybody's Got Somebody but Me?" ANSWER: Jason Mraz.

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3 Doors Down Announces 11th Annual The Better Life Foundation Concert 

Image Courtesy of The Better Life Foundation3 Doors Down will stage The Better Life Foundation concert on November 15 at Horseshoe Casino in Tunica, Mississippi. The long-running benefit concert -- 2014 will mark its 11th year -- helps to support the lives of children in need of food, shelter and medical assistance, and to enhance the lives of children and young adults with special needs.

The event will feature an extended set inspired by 3 Doors Down's Songs from the Basement Acoustic Tour.

General public tickets will go on sale October 10 at 10 a.m. local time.

3 Doors Down is set to begin recording their sixth studio album in 2015.

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K. Michelle Ends Beef with Elle Varner, Supports Keyshia Cole

Image Courtesy Atlantic RecordsK. Michelle is all about female empowerment these days. Just weeks after meeting her idol Mary J. Blige, the singer seemingly has ended a feud with her former friend, Elle Varner, who Michelle had accused of stealing one of her songs.

Michelle took to her Instagram to support her friend's latest video for "F**k It All," the newest single from Elle's upcoming album, Four Letter Word.

"We may fuss and fight, but in the end I truly love her and wish her well. This girl is talented and This video is f**king amaze balls. Go check it out today. #Salute #love @ellevarner," she wrote in the caption.

The singer also showed love to R&B peer Keyshia Cole, whose album Point of No Return is available now. "Love this lady. A lot of people wanted us to come in the game and fight. The love has been real. Keyshia and I have a big surprise for you guys coming asap! Be sure to cop here album TODAY on iTunes," she wrote.

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Taylor Swift: "I'm Not Too Worried About Whether I Meet Someone"

People MagazineIf the first part of Taylor Swift's career was defined by whom she'd loved and lost, the current phase of her career is all about being just fine on her own.

Speaking to People magazine for its 40th anniversary issue, Taylor says, "The last couple of years have been about defining life on my own terms. ...Being on my own, prioritizing my girlfriends, my family and my music above everything else and trying things I never thought I'd try. It's really been a liberating and freeing time."

As previously reported, Taylor covers People's special issue, styled in a callback to the magazine's first-ever cover in 1974.  She's a dead ringer for that first issue's cover girl, Mia Farrow, in character from her then-current movie, The Great Gatsby.

"I made the decision to spend time on my own and figure out who I am," Taylor tells People about her now-single-and-happy life. "When you take the other person out of the scenario and you're walking through life on your own, you end up figure out what you actually like without anyone else's input."

"I'm not too worried about whether I meet someone," she adds. "I'm going to be happy either way."

In fact, Taylor says, in a quote printed on the magazine's cover: "It would take an astonishing human being for me to even consider getting back into a relationship."  So guys, you've been warned.

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Florida Georgia Line Launching Anything Goes Tour in January

Image Courtesy CMAFlorida Georgia Line will kick off their Anything Goes tour January 15, 2015 in Toledo, OH. They're bringing along Thomas Rhett and Frankie Ballard for the trek. So far, FGL has announced shows through May, with more dates expected soon.

Ticket information for Florida Georgia Line's new tour will be announced Friday. If you sign up at the duo's website, you'll be the first to get pre-sale ticket information.

Florida Georgia Line's new album, also titled Anything Goes, is due out next week.

Here are Florida Georgia Line's 2015 tour dates -- venues will be announced soon:

1/15 -- Toledo, OH
1/16 -- Dayton, OH
1/17 -- Charlottesville, VA
1/22 -- Biloxi, MS
1/23 -- Lafayette, LA
1/24 -- Little Rock, AR
2/12 -- Sioux City, IA
2/13 -- Lincoln, NE
2/14 -- Moline, IL
2/18 -- Manchester, NH
2/19 -- Ottawa, ON (CAN)
2/20 -- Kingston, ON (CAN)
2/21 -- Uncasville, CT
2/25 -- New York, NY
3/21 -- Orange Beach, AL
4/30 -- Columbia, SC
5/1 -- Charleston, WV
5/2 -- Hershey, PA
5/3 -- Wilkes-Barre, PA
5/7 -- Providence, RI
5/8 -- Atlantic City, NJ

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Jason Derulo and Charli XCX to Announce American Music Awards Nominations on "Good Morning America"

Ben Watts; Bella Howard/Atlantic RecordsJason Derulo and Charli XCX are set to announce some of the 2014 nominations for the American Music Awards on Monday's Good Morning America.

The music stars will only announce the nods in five categories.  All of the nominees will be posted on at 9 a.m., ET.

The American Music Awards recognize artists in all major musical genres. In 2013, Taylor Swift earned the prestigious Artist of the Year award for a record third time. Justin Timberlake took home three trophies, while Rihanna was introduced as the first-ever AMA Icon winner by, of all people, Bill Maher.

This year's AMAs will broadcast live on ABC from Los Angeles' Nokia Theatre on Nov. 23 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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Noel Gallagher to Discuss New Album in Live Facebook Q&A

Dave J Hogan\Getty ImagesOctober 17 will mark three years to the day since Noel Gallagher released his first post-Oasis project, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.  This coming Monday, we’ll finally get some news about a follow-up.

A note posted on Gallagher’s official website today directs visitors to Gallagher’s Facebook page, where there’s a photo of a yellow sticky note bearing a signed, handwritten message from the guitarist: “Dearest squares on Facebook…join me here on 13-10-2014 at 3pm.  Thank you.”

The post goes on to say Gallagher will sit for a live interview that day in London with BBC disc jockey Matt Everitt, the main topic of which will be Gallagher’s next album.  More surprising, the notoriously spiky Gallagher will be taking questions from fans during the event, both in-person and online.  “This is your chance to ask Noel any question you want,” the post declares.

If you want to attend in person, only 15 pair of tickets will be given away.  The Facebook post includes a link where you can register for your chance to score the tickets.  Or, you can log on to Facebook on October 13 and watch the interview live at 10:00 a.m. ET.

There have been rumblings since last May that Gallagher had begun work on a High Flying Birds follow-up album.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockDon't miss Big & Rich on NBC's Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Wednesday.

Hunter Hayes' new song, "Dream Girl," is included on the just-released soundtrack for the new film The Best of Me, in theaters October 17. Starting October 14 through November 4, fans can sign up for The Best of Me Sweepstakes at to win a trip to meet Hunter at one of his upcoming tour stops.

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Martina McBride Shows Off Her Party-Planning Skills in New Book, "Around the Table," Out Now

Image Courtesy Harper CollinsEveryone knows Martina McBride has one of the most-celebrated voices in country music, but until now, only her friends have known she's just as talented at throwing parties at her home in Nashville. Now, Martina is letting everyone in on her party-planning secrets with the new cooking and entertaining book, Around the Table.

She's included step-by-step instructions on how to throw parties ranging from a Red ,White and Blue Backyard Cookout to a Retro Valentine's Day Supper Club gathering.

"There are 12 different chapters that are 12 different parties," Martina tells ABC News Radio. "There's lots of pictures. It's kind of like a how-to book to throw 12 different parties. So, we could do one a month."

Martina hopes Around the Table inspires readers to host more get-togethers with the friends.

She says of party-planning, "It's a little intimidating and overwhelming and you want everything to be perfect and you don't want to mess up. And you have to clean your house, which is always the biggest hurdle for me."

Look for Martina to talk about Around the Table on ABC's The Chew on Wednesday and Fox News's Fox & Friends on Friday.

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The Band Perry Says Touring with Blake Shelton Is Like "Summer Camp"

Joseph Anthony BakerWhat's it like touring with Blake Shelton? Pretty fun, according to The Band Perry.

Kimberly, Reid and Neil Perry stopped by E! News Tuesday to spill the behind-the-scenes details of their recent tour with Shelton.

"2014 has been totally slammed. We're very blue collar when it comes to our touring life," Kimberly Perry said. "It was funny being out with Shelton all the time. It was like summer camp."

And apparently, The Voice judge is just as crazy as he is on TV. "He is, especially when he's out playing basketball between the buses," Kimberly said. "He gets really intense."

Shelton and The Band Perry will be working together again soon. Shelton picked the group as his team's guest advisers on The Voice. They'll help with the Battle Rounds, which begin Monday night on NBC.

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John Lennon Gretsch Guitar Used on "Paperback Writer" Up for Auction

Vinnie Zuffante/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesJohn Lennon's 1963 Gretsch 6120 hollow body guitar, the one he used to record the Beatles' 1966 hit "Paperback Writer," will be put up for auction next month and is expected to fetch between $650,000 and one million dollars., which will conduct the sale, calls the instrument "the most significant of John's guitars to come onto the market in the last 30 years."

The pop memorabilia website has posted photos of Lennon using the Gretsch during the April 14, 1966 recording sessions at Abbey Road Studios for "Paperback Writer."

The guitar currently belongs to Lennon's younger cousin, David Birch, who recalls he paid a visit to John's Weybridge, England, home in late 1967 and asked the rock legend if he had a spare six string he could use.

Birch tells TracksAuction, "I was just cheeky enough to ask John for one of his spare guitars," adding, "I had my eye on a blue Fender Stratocaster that was lying in the studio, but John suggested the Gretsch and gave it to me as we were talking."

Birch has held on to the guitar ever since.

Online bidding begins November 14. The Gretsch will go to the highest bidder on November 23.

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Sam Smith Sings Beyoncé Tunes at Nashville Karaoke Bar

ABC/Lou RoccoSam Smith delivered two performances in Nashville Tuesday night: The first was a scheduled show at Music City's Ryman Auditorium, and the second was later that evening at a karaoke bar called Lonnies.

The British singer-songwriter was spotted at the bar belting out Beyoncé songs with his back-up singers.  They sang the Destiny’s Child tune “Say My Name," and then Sam led the crowd in singing Bey’s “Flawless.”

Sam’s next concert date is this Thursday at the House of Blues in Dallas, Texas.  Over the weekend, he's scheduled to appear at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Austin, Texas, and the Festival Corona Capital 2014 in Mexico City.

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Taylor Swift Is Begging Selena Gomez to Move to NYC

ABC/Jon LeMayIf Taylor Swift has her way, her pal Selena Gomez will soon be joining her in New York.

"Taylor has been begging me to live there," Gomez told E! News Tuesday while promoting her new movie, Rudderless. "She's like, 'It's the best decision I've ever made.' Everyone always says I'm more New York when they meet me so maybe it would be good for me. I don't spend enough time there."

If Gomez does make the move to the Big Apple, she said she'd love to do a Broadway show there.

Swift has been living in NYC since April, when she purchased a $19.9 million penthouse in Manhattan's Tribeca neighborhood.

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Nick Jonas Releases New Song, "Numb"

Island RecordsNick Jonas has revealed another track from his upcoming self-titled album. The single, entitled "Numb," features rapper Angel Haze and expresses the pain of a breakup.

"Now you got some substitute for me but he’s not the one / You don’t know what it is you do to me / Yeah, you leave me numb," he sings on the track.

Jonas released "Jealous," the first single from his solo album, on September 8. His album drops in November and he says his former Jonas Brothers bandmates - older siblings Kevin and Joe - are nothing but supportive.

"They were really positive. It was great to feel that from them," he told E! News. "They all have their things going on as well. We're supportive for each other till the end."

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Stevie Nicks and Young Pop Band Haim Interview Each Other, Perform "Rhiannon"

Image Courtesy of Kristin BurnsFleetwood Mac has influenced generations of musicians who have grown up with the band's classic songs, including the sibling members of the acclaimed young pop-rock act Haim.  So, when Stevie Nicks invited Danielle, Este and Alana Haim to her Los Angeles home for an afternoon of conversation and music, the sisters had many questions for the Fleetwood Mac singer.

The get-together was arranged as a feature for The New York Times' fashion magazine T.

During the conversation, Este asked Nicks when she knew when rock stardom would "happen" for her.

"There is a song by Buffalo Springfield called 'Rock 'n' Roll Woman,' and the first time I heard it, I was like, 'That's me. That's who I’m going to be,'" said Nicks.  "I remember walking through a room, going, 'Do you know who I am?'  It's like, the Red Sea is definitely going to part here."

In the midst of all the questions, the Haim sisters joined Nicks for a rendition of Fleetwood Mac's 1975 hit "Rhiannon."  The spooky performance features Stevie on piano and lead vocals while Haim sings the harmonies.

Nicks is currently on tour with Fleetwood Mac through a December 20 show in Tampa, Florida.

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Jeff Beck Releasing New Concert Video, Live in Tokyo, in November

Eagle Rock EntertainmentA new concert video capturing Jeff Beck and his latest backing band performing in Japan this past spring will be released on DVD, Blu-ray and as a digital downlaoad on November 24.  Live in Tokyo features the blues-rock guitar virtuoso blazing through selections from various periods in his solo career, as well as playing some as-yet-unreleased songs.

The video was filmed at an April 9 show at the Tokyo Dome City Hall.  The concert was one of the first to feature the new lineup of Beck's backing group -- drummer Jonathan Joseph, guitarist Nicolas Meier and bassist Rhonda Smith.  The set list includes such gems as "Led Boots," "Blue Wind," "Big Block" and "You Know We Know," as well as covers of The Beatles' "A Day in the Life," Jimi Hendrix's "Little Wing," Stevie Wonder's "Cause We Ended as Lovers" and the standard "Danny Boy."

You can preview the video by checking out a clip of Back's performance of "Big Block" now at the Eagle Rock TV YouTube channel.

Beck recent U.S. joint tour with ZZ Top was cut short when the Texas trio's bassist, Dusty Hill, suffered a hip injury.  A series of makeup dates has been scheduled next spring that will run from a May 1 concert in Thackeville, Oklahoma, through a May 10 show in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Here is the full track list to Beck's Live in Tokyo video:

"Little Wing"
"You Know We Know"
"Angel (Footsteps)"
"Where Were You"
"The Pump"
"Medley: Goodbye Pork Pie Hat/Brush with the Blues"
"You Never Know"
"Danny Boy"
"Blue Wind"
"Led Boots"
"Corpus Christi"
"Big Block"
"A Day in the Life"
"Rollin' and Tumblin'"
"Cause We Ended as Lovers"
"Why Give It Away"

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