George Strait has become only the second country artist to surpass 10 million concert tickets sold. With the success of his Las Vegas residency and his shows at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, George was able to hit 10,031,222 tickets sold in his career. The only other country artist to do this is Kenny Chesney, with a total of 15,511,123 tickets sold in his career.
Maren Morris' song "The Bones" is the first song by a solo female artist to take number one on the country charts for more than one week since Carrie Underwood's "Blown Away" stayed at number one for multiple weeks in 2012. "Two weeks at number 1. If I can be honest, I really thought the only way this could ever happen is if I was the feature artist on a guy's song," Maren wrote on Twitter. "Sitting here seeing my name at the top of the chart at all is rare, but to break this 8 year streak just feels so unbelievable. Thank you."
Dierks Bentley has recorded a song called "Leaving Lonesome Flats" for the soundtrack for the movie Trolls World Tour. Kelly Clarkson and Chris Stapleton have also recorded songs for the soundtrack, which is being released March 13. The movie is coming out April 17.
Carrie Underwood will be doing a different kind of tour in March. She will be on a book tour to celebrate the release of Find Your Path: Honor Your Body, Fuel Your Soul and Get Strong With the Fit 52 Life, which is being released March 3rd.
Rascal Flatts has extended their Rascal Flatts Farewell: Life Is a Highway Tour with eleven new dates. They also announced that they will be bringing special guests Chris Lane, Chase Rice, Avenue Beat, Caylee Hammack, King Calaway, Matt Stell and Rachel Wammack to join them on select dates.
Carrie Underwood recently shared a picture of a school project that Isaiah brought home. He was asked to tell them all about his mom and her favourite things. He did pretty good, except for guessing that his mom was 70 years old (no that's not a spelling mistake). He also said that his mom was really good at doing laundry and they watch TV together and she always says, "I love you," to him.
The American Idol judges stopped by Jimmy Kimmel to talk about the show and how they came to be part of it. Luke Bryan admitted that he was surprised that he was chosen to be an Idol judge. Apparently, it was Lionel Richie who mentioned Luke to the show's producers and suggested that he might be the perfect addition. "Unbeknownst to any of us, they asked me during my interview, ' Who would you consider?' And I said, 'Luke,'" Lionel explains. "They were putting it together, we didn't know if we were gonna be in or out, and...I said, 'Trust me, there is never a dull moment with Luke in the house.'"
Darius Rucker's 2013 hit, "Wagon Wheel", has just been certified by RIAA as 8 times Platinum for sales of 8 million units. The song, which was written by Bob Dylan and Old Crow Medicine Show's Ketch Secor, is now one of the Top 5 best-selling country songs of all time. Darius was surprised with a plaque February 12 at the Country Music Hall of Fame. "I don't believe you," said Darius. "I don't believe this! Wow, what a testament to the fans and their love of country music."