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Lady Antebellum got a big surprise Tuesday night at James Brown Arena in Augusta, Ga, when an unscheduled musical guest show up. The Lakeside High School marching band appeared behind them playing the trio's smash hit, "We Owned the Night." The hometown surprise was part of a celebration of the threesome's popular Webisode Wednesday videos, and was captured to mark their 200th in the series. Since the Lady A webisodes debuted, the trio has parodied Blake Shelton, shared a Christmas-themed bedtime story and even let fans in on a recent songwriting session. To date, the webisodes have tallied more than 3.7 million views.
Sales of Carrie Underwood's Blown Away dropped 55% this past week, but nothing else sold more so it remains at the No. 1 spot on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart for the third consecutive week. Lionel Richie's Tuskegee is No. 2 again this week, while Luke Bryan stays at No. 3 with Tailgates and Tanlines. The week's top new country album is Willie Nelson's star-packed Heroes, coming in at No. 4 on the country chart. The album features songs Willie wrote with sons, Micah and Lukas Nelson. Lukas is, in fact, featured on nine of the album's 12 tracks. Other special guests include Willie's longtime pal and new friend Snoop Dogg.
Miranda Lambert is thankful for Taylor Swift and reveals that she doesn't let anyone touch her hair before a concert in an interview in the latest edition of W Magazine. Miranda not only does her own hair for her tour, she also does her own makeup. She also spoke candidly about the acceptance of country music by mainstream audiences and thanks Taylor Swift for bringing country out of the boondocks, 'Thank God Taylor's out there to show people we're not cheesy.' Some people still think that country music is twangy and cheesy, and they pigeonhole us. But I thought if they're looking for Taylor's videos or songs, they might see or hear other people they like. If her fans are watching for her, they might like me too."
Brad Paisley caught up with his NASCAR twin, Jeff Gordon, at a celebration for his friend Rick Hendrick's historic 200th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win for Hendrick Motorsports,captured by Jimmie Johnson on May 12 in Darlington. Brad played a private concert last night in Charlotte for Hendrick, his drivers, crew and their families. Just as the music began to play, Jeff Gordon came out on stage with a guitar and wearing a white hat. He looks so much like Brad that the audience was fooled at first, for a few seconds anyway. Then Brad joined him on stage. By the way, in a new duet that probably won't make it on any album Brad sang a unique version of “Old Alabama” with Rick Hendrick.
It's never a good sign when a family member sells a story about you to a tabloid magazine but it somehow seems worse when it's your own father. That has happened to Randy Travis. His father Harold sold a story to the National Enquirer. The National Enquirer reports that Randy has not spoken with his heartbroken 79-year-old father in more than a year and cut off financial support after his father blasted his girlfriend in the media, calling her a back-stabber and schemer who “wants to get her hands on Randy’s money.” You can check out the whole sad Randy and his dad story over on the National Enquirer website or in their current print issue.
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