- Our Country1 day ago
Sure, we’re all aware of the fact that Taylor Swift has been working progressively to prove to the world that she’s not a kid anymore -- in fact, she's going to turn 24 next week. That said, the country/pop crossover superstar managed to acheive her most risqué antic yet at the Grammy Nominations concert aired live Friday night on CBS.
Don’t worry—Swift didn’t pull a Miley Cyrus. Nowhere near! She did, however, manage to wow the audience via satellite (she was performing in Sydney, Australia as part of her worldwide Red tour) with an unexpectedly spicy move. Halfway through her rendition of “I Knew You Were Trouble,” Swift abruptly tore off her modest, lacy white-and-cream Victorian-style gown (with some help from her male backup dancers) revealing a sexy black romper underneath.
This isn’t the first time Swift has done the good girl/bad girl thing. The singer has a fairly extensive history of juxtaposing angelically sweet costumes with racier gear, but this is the only time we recall that she's actually ripped a garment off her body in front of the crowd.
- Our Country2 days ago
The famously semi-retired Garth Brooks appears to be back in a big way: He's just released an 8-disc boxed set, announced new shows at Las Vegas's Wynn, and is fueling speculation that he might be plotting a full return to the spotlight. It's a most welcome chain of events for fans, who have been hoping for such a comeback ever since the superstar announced he'd be hanging up his cowboy hat for an indefinite period of time.
Brooks bowed out of his exceedingly successful career for a simple reason: He wanted to spend more time with his family, vowing that he would not return fulltime to music at least until all three of his daughters graduated high school.
It's a decision he's clearly not regretted --back in 2000, Brooks explained in an interview that he realized, while attending one of his kids' soccer games, that "I had more fun than all 10 years of touring." And, since his youngest daughter will be graduating next Spring, Brooks just may have the free time he needs to re-launch his country-music dominance.
- Our Country2 days ago
Poor Carrie Underwood. The country superstar is really not getting a fair shake this week.
Despite having a very limited formal acting résumé (2011's "Soul Surfer," plus a guest appearance on "How I Met Your Mother" in 2010), the former American Idol gamely accepted the challenge of taking on one whopper of a role: The recreation of one of the most beloved characters in film history, "The Sound of Music's" Maria Von Trapp.
Oh yeah, and not just any redux. Underwood performed this live , on a three-hour telecast, surrounded by a cast of Broadway veterans and Tony Award winners Thursday night on NBC. She also fielded a barrage of public outrage in the form of hate-filled social media posts blasting her blasphemy in even considering Julie Andrews's (really, Mary Martin's, actually) famous role prior to even stepping foot on stage.
- Our Country3 days ago
If the two faces in new duo American Young seem familiar to country fans, that shouldn't come as a surprise. Kristy Osmunson was the founder and fiddle player for (the now defunct) Bomshel, while Jon Stone has had success as both a solo artist and a Nashville songwriter/producer who's engineered hits for such names as Lee Brice and Rascal Flatts.
- Yahoo! Music at Our Country4 days ago
How else to describe a musician who one day is racing go-karts against professional NASCAR drivers, getting in trouble with the cops the day before his wedding, and playing a show the same day doctors removed the tip of his finger (more on that later)...but at the same time, updates his social media with tons of shots of his adorable baby daughter, takes his family along on tour, and looks up to his mom and dad as role models.
I’ve always been the kind of person that’s always, you know, I live on the wild side a little bit," Owen says with a grin. "I just like taking chances and living life to the fullest."
- Yahoo Music4 days ago
When Portland, Ore.'s Simon Tam decided to start a band, he had more than just music on his mind. Tam, who is Asian-American and interested in race issues, chose a name for the outfit that deliberately addressed Asian stereotypes — the Slants. Aside from the obvious implication (we're sure you can figure it out), Tam and his bandmates liked the name for its "fun, New Wave" feel, as well as the play on words: Everyone has their own "slant" on life.
Less impressed with "the Slants," however, is the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, who denied the band's request to trademark the name on the grounds that it is racially charged and offensive. Tam is appealing the case, holding fast to his conviction that his use of "slant" is empowering and that he and his all-Asian bandmates have not received complaints from the Asian community at large.
At any rate, the Slants know how to make danceable music as well as provoke thoughs on social issues, so we at Yahoo Music are excited to premiere the band's new video for single "Adopted." Turn it up and get ready to rock...
- Yahoo! Music at Our Country5 days ago
Of course, a film containing so many musical powerhouses wouldn't be complete without the actors providing a great soundtrack; and Kristofferson rises to the occasion here by covering Nelson's Christmas classic "Pretty Paper" (which was also a hit for Roy Orbison in the '60s). In this exclusive clip, the film's cast and Kristofferson himself discuss the song, the feeling and emotion behind it, and what it means to take on Nelson's moving holiday tune this season.
Angels Sing is a modern-day take on the beloved holiday themes presented in such classics as It's A Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street : Connick Jr. plays a man who's lost all joy for Christmas due to a tragic accident suffered years ago. Britton stars as his wife, while Kristofferson is his father. Nelson appears as a mysterious stranger who helps Connick Jr. regain his love for the holidays again.
The soundtrack to the film will be available Dec. 17 and is available for preorder here.
- Yahoo Music5 days ago
Thirty Seconds to Mars released the short film/music video for the single "City of Angels" in October, with frontman Jared Leto's impressive collection of celeb interviews detailing their own personal experiences with the great metropolis of Los Angeles. Leto managed to recruit everyone from Kanye West to Selena Gomez to discuss their views on the city.
He didn't just call upon actors and musicians, however. Proof positive: This footage from Olympic medalist and extreme sports hero Shaun White. White appeared in the original short film, but in this exclusive segment, he talks at length about how he came to find a world beyond sports in Los Angeles...a place where he discovered music and his own personal power to be whatever he wanted to be.
White, like Leto, has branched out from his main career to explore the music world. He's been playing guitar since he was a teenager, andnow is the guitarist for rock band Bad Things.
- Yahoo Music6 days ago
Every teenager knows this simple truth: Whatever you did two years ago is, like, so two years ago . And nobody understands this better than 16-year-old Rebecca Black, whose claim to infamy in 2011 was the viral stinker "Friday."
However, instead of hiding her head the sand forevermore regarding the embarrassing tune — or attempting to behave as if it never existed — Black engineered an unexpectedly charming attempt to make peace with her then-13-year-old self and the musical turd that she produced.
In a video on her YouTube channel posted on Black Friday (get it?), Black took it upon herself to watch "Friday" and give her commentary a full 2 and a half years later. Oh , yeah.
"This could either be the best decision of my life...or the worst," she began wryly. As soon as the clip started, Black groaned, "I'm regretting this already."
- Yahoo! Music at Our Country8 days ago
"I've got to tell you, if you like her and don't know her, you'll love her," Brooks enthused about Yearwood. "If you love her and don't know her, you'll worship her. She's the real deal."
"I never knew it could be like this," he noted of his marriage. "I never knew that every day you could wake up and feel like this. I have God and I have Ms. Yearwood to thank for this."
Brooks told DeGeneres he was so smitten by Yearwood that he even recognized the spark at their first meeting in 1987 — when he was barely into his second year of marriage to first wife Sandy Mahl. "I felt that feeling like when you just meet your wife," he told the talk-show host. "But [I'd] been married for 13 months!"