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Eric Church has a lot to look forward to in the next few months. In addition to releasing his third studio album, 'Chief,' in July, he is also anticipating the arrival of his first child this fall. Eric says he doesn't plan on toning down his music when his little boy is born. "I don't think it's a bad boy side that I try to play. It's who I am. " Eric goes on to say "A lot of people, especially in music, are programmed to tell you a certain thing or talk a certain way or have a certain image and appeal, and I've always just said what I thought and I've acted on that, too. I've never been one who really cared whether it helped or hurt my career. I was just always gonna be real about it." Eric helps to open Country Stampede in Manhattan this Thursday night.
The World's Highest-Paid Musicians list has been released, and several of country music's biggest stars are rolling in the bucks.Toby Keith is the highest-grossing country artist, raking in $50 million last year. Taylor Swift's bank account is not far behind, with $45 million earned. Brad Paisley trails Taylor by just five million. Tim McGraw is tied with both Beyoncé and Muse, who all earned $35 million. Rascal Flatts split $34 million, while Kenny Chesney, in spite of taking a self-imposed hiatus from touring, made $30 million. On the overall list, U2 came in at the No. 1 spot, raking in an astonishing $195 million.
Carrie Underwood and husband Mike Fisher just plunked down a cool $3-million to buy two adjoining pieces of land in Nashville. Carrie hasn't said what they plan on doing with the property but speculation is the couple will build another dream house. They spent almost a year building a home in Canada, but now that Mike has been traded to the Nashville Predators, the couple will make Nashville their home.
DVR Alert: Blake Shelton will perform “Honey Bee” on the Voice on Tuesday….with Xenia & Dia, the two remaining members of his team, singing background vocals. The song was taped live in Cincy this past Thursday night, where Blake had invited his final two contestants to join him on his tour! In addition to singing on Honey Bee with Blake, Xenia and Dia were invited to join Blake and Brad Paisley on stage for the finale song. NBC was there filming. Blake is opening for Brad on the H2O II tour. He will be performing this Saturday night with Brad at Country Stampede too.