Monthly Archives: September 2012

Official: Keith Urban Idol Judge

“AMERICAN IDOL” JUDGES ANNOUNCED GLOBAL ICON MARIAH CAREY AND MUSIC INDUSTRY VETERAN RANDY JACKSON WELCOME RENOWNED RAPPER, SINGER AND SONGWRITER NICKI MINAJ AND COUNTRY MUSIC SUPERSTAR KEITH URBAN TO JUDGES’ TABLE When AMERICAN IDOL’s 12th season debuts in January 2013, superstar judge Mariah Carey – the best-selling female recording artist of all time – and…MORE

Luke Bryan Co-Hosts 9/15-16

Luke Bryan co-hosts Country Countdown USA this week.  Luke previews next Monday’s CMA Music Fest TV special.  He co-hosts that show with Kimberly Perry of The Band Perry.  In that special, Luke interviews Lady Antebellum, Hunter Hayes, and Faith Hill.  Luke is currently on the road with Jason Aldean’s My Kinda Party tour.  Luke says…MORE

Brad Paisley’s Quacky Ringtone

Darius Rucker toured with Brad Paisley for several years, and the two became close friends.  So it was no surpirse when Darius called Brad during Paisley’s appearance on the Countdown last year.  However, the surprise was Brad’s ringtone, which was a quacking duck!  LISTEN: 12-36 Darius1 Lon played Brad’s ringtone for Darius, and got this…MORE

All-Star Pontoon Viral Video

Little Big Town has the country hit of the summer with Pontoon.  The song is so much fun, it’s inspired lots of fan videos and even a few celebrity videos.  In fact, they put together a video featuring a diverse group of stars, including Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker, Wynonna, Thompson Square, Sara Evans,…MORE

CCUSA’s Lon Helton Up For CMA

The CMA Award nominations were announced this morning.  Eric Church, Blake Shelton, and Miranda Lambert lead the nominees.  Radio stations and hosts also received nominations, and we’re proud to say the Country Countdown USA’s Lon Helton was nominated for National Radio Personality of the Year.  The announcement was made by Lee Brice at CMA Headquarters…MORE

Little Big Town Co-Hosts 9/8-9

Little Big Town co-hosts the Countdown this week.  Their current hit, “Pontoon,” is in the Top 5.  The album featuring that song, “Tornado,” will be released on September 11.  They’re on the road now with Rascal Flatts.  We hear some behind the scenes stories from the Changed Tour.  We also hear backstage stories from the…MORE

Darius Rucker Loves Patsy Cline

Don’t bet against Darius Rucker.  That’s what anonymous Twitter Poster @NotJakeOwen learned last month.   Country Countdown USA’s Lon Helton spoke with Darius about it in the very room where Darius keeps his CD collection: “I want you to verify the photograph, because it’s right over there.   There’s a line in my song Alright, ‘I got the stereo…MORE

Darius Plays High Stakes Poker

Imagine sitting at a poker game with country legends Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson.  That’s what happened to Darius Rucker a few years ago.  He told the story to Country Countdown USA’s Lon Helton: “I was in Hawaii, and I’m visiting, I’m playing poker with Woody Harrelson, Willie Nelson, and Kris Kristofferson. and another friend.  The…MORE

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