Magic Mike XXL is opening in theaters today! The film stars Channing Tatum and Joe Manganiello, and it’s expected to be even more arms-, abs- and butt-centric than 2012’s original Magic Mike, which had women flocking to theaters. Time culture writer Eliana Dockterman says that the studio isn’t being subtle about how it’s promoting Magic Mike XXL and argues that the movie’s stars are helping bring in an era of what she calls “man-jectification.” Dockterman says, “There were always handsome leading men, but they were rarely subject to the same scrutiny as women. . . . Male directors who dominate the industry shoot films from the male perspective, allowing the camera to linger on beautiful women and judge them.” She writes, “Is turnabout fair play? Magic Mike XXL seems to think so.”
Sam Hunt has denied the rumor that he “hooked up” with former The Bachelorette star Andi Dorfman after meeting her at the recent CMA Music Festival in Nashville. Hunt told a radio station in Detroit that he did, in fact, meet Dorfman backstage at the Festival, but after chatting with her and “a couple of lovely ladies” for a while they all went their “separate ways.” He added that the story was “very much fabricated.”
In reality, Hunt is on the road with Lady Antebellum and special guest Hunter Hayes.
He continues making his way up the charts with his latest hit, “House Party.”
Miranda Lambert is back on the charts with a song called “Smokin’ And Drinkin’,” a collaboration with Little Big Town. It’s the fourth single from her current Platinum album, and the second duet. Here first, “Somethin’ Bad,” featured Carrie Underwood and it topped the country charts.
Miranda says that these collaborations aren’t just fun for her fans to hear, they’re fun for the fan in her to be part of.
Miranda says “Smokin’ And Drinkin'” takes her back in time. She said, “This song was written by three amazing songwriters and I connected with it the first time I heard it. It reminds me of hanging out with friends, partying when life still felt innocent, simple and fun. This is definitely my version of a party song, puts me in that kind of mood.”
Yesterday, Miranda released the lyric video for “Smokin’ And Drinkin.” Check it out here!
Grand Ole Opry members Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood made a surprise appearance before a sold-out crowd at the Grand Ole Opry on Friday night. Trisha was introduced by fellow Opry member Vince Gill. She told the crowd, “I didn’t have a chance to bring my band or call them or anything, but luckily I live with a Grand Ole Opry member, so if you all would make welcome my guitar player tonight, my husband, Mr. Garth Brooks!” With Garth on acoustic guitar, Trisha sang her hit “She’s In Love With The Boy.”
Garth and Trisha then collaborated on a medley of some of their favorite classic country duets, including Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn‘s “After The Fire Is Gone”, Jim Ed Brown and Helen Cornelius‘ “I Don’t Want To Have To Marry You”, and George Jones and Tammy Wynette‘s “Golden Ring.”
Garth and Trisha are currently on tour, making their next stop in Houston, Texas on June 26th & 27th.
Brad Paisley not only got to open for The Rolling Stones in Nashville on Wednesday night, but he got to perform with them, singing “Dead Flowers” at the band’s request. During his opening set, Brad dueted with Carrie Underwood on “Remind Me” and jammed with the Eagles‘ Joe Walsh on “Life’s Been Good” and Brad’s hit, “Alcohol.”
The crowd was as star-studded as the show, with Tim McGraw, Martina McBride and Carrie Underwood all tweeting from the audience.
Brad resumes his headlining Crushin’ It World tour on Saturday in Chicago.
Kelsea Ballerini might have a Number One hit on her hands out of the box. The newcomer says she knew her debut single, “Love Me Like You Mean It,” had great potential after she finished co-writing it for her newly-released album, The First Time.
“Love Me Like You Mean It” is a Top Five hit on the Billboard Country singles chart.
Kelsea is playing select dates on Lady Antebellum‘s Wheels Up tour which also features Hunter Hayes and Sam Hunt.
Kacey Musgraves treated an invitation-only music industry crowd to an album listening party with a unique twist last night in Nashville. The event was at a gay club called Play, and the songs were presented by drag queens who lip-synced the tunes on Kacey’s new album, Pageant Material, which will be released on June 23rd.
Kacey is making her way up the Country charts with “Biscuits,” the debut track from Pageant Material. She recently released the video for the song.
This past week and weekend were big for Carrie Underwood, who returned to the public eye for the first time since becoming mom to baby Isaiah this spring to participate the CMA Music Festival. The singer showed off her fantastic voice and figure first at the CMT Awards on Wednesday where she took home three trophies, and then again on Saturday night for a performance at LP Field in Nashville.
Carrie spoke with reporters before hitting the stage on Saturday where she admitted she had some butterflies.
Carrie is working on her next album, the followup to her greatest hits compilation which was released in December.