For the first time since their son River tragically passed away at the age of 3, Granger Smith and his wife Amber spoke about what happened in a 28 minute video. Granger said the accident happened when he was outdoors doing gymnastics with London, and River and Lincoln were playing with water guns. "Somewhere between 30 seconds and three minutes - we don't know - Amber and I are inside our pool gate doing CPR on our son," says Granger. They asked that donations be made to Dell Children's Medical Centre, where River was treated. Proceeds from a t-shirt designed to honour their son have raised more than $100,000 for the hospital.
Florida Georgia Line, Dan + Shay, Morgan Wallen, Canaan Smith and Hardy all stopped by St. Jude Children's Hospital on June 15. They were there to perform for patients and their families and to meet with the kids who are fighting cancer. The country music community has raised more than $800 million for the hospital since Country Cares for St. Jude Kids began 30 years ago. Because of this, families never receive a bill for treatment, travel, housing or food.
The Teen Choice Awards announced the first round of nominations on June 19. Lil Nas X leads all artists with five nominations, including three for his song "Old Town Road". Here's a look at the country nominees:
Choice Country Artist
Dan + Shay
Choice Country Song
Maren Morris - Girl
Kane Brown - Good As You
Thomas Rhett - Look What God Gave Her
Kelsea Ballerini - Miss Me More
Kacey Musgraves - Rainbow
Dan + Shay - Speechless
Fans can vote for their favourite until June 25 and the awards will air live on Fox August 11 at 8pm.
Chris Lane has always been a big fan of The Bachelor and Bachelorette shows and now he has taken one off the market. Chris and Lauren Bushnell, a former Bachelor contestant, got engaged June 16th in her parents backyard. He made the proposal special by playing a song that he'd written for Lauren called "Big Big Plans". Chris shared with People that he was "pretty confident I was gonna get the 'yes', I've never been that nervous."
Carrie Underwood, her producer Mark Bright, the NFL and NBC are being sued over the Sunday Night Football theme song "Game On". Another artist is claiming her song of the same name is similar and is suing for copyright infringement. Singer-songwriter Heidi Merrill says that she and three other songwriters wrote a song called "Game On" in 2016. They uploaded it to YouTube in March of 2017 and was featured on a CBS Inside College Basketball broadcast. Merrill is also claiming that she attended a conference in Nashville that August and pitched the song to Mark Bright. He told her to send it to his assistant, and a couple of months later she received an email passing on the song.
Luke Combs just enjoyed one of the best weeks in the history of country music. His new EP, The Prequel, debuted at number one on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and all 5 songs from the album are in the Top 25 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, which hasn't been done since Johnny Cash did it in 1959. Luke's debut album, This One's For You, is sitting at number 2 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. He also made history recently as the first artist to top all 5 Billboard country charts at the same time for multiple weeks.
Shania Twain is returning to Las Vegas for a 23 date residency at Zappos Theatre at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Shania's Let's Go! will open in December and will have dates in March, May and June. She is the creative director for the show, which will feature her music with videos and elements from her recent NOW tour.