5-18-20 Know from Music Row

Live concerts may have been upended by this pandemic, but Tim McGraw remains hopeful about a return to the stage someday:

(Tim McGraw) “It’s hard to figure out what that’s gonna look like. I mean, hopefully…We all hope that it will be like it was, you know, where everyone was crammed in there and having a great time. Slinging sweat…that’s what we love about going to concerts and playing music. I mean, I hope it’s gonna be the same, but look, we’re not gonna do anything that’s not doesn’t have everybody’s best interests at heart. I think it’s gotta be as safe as you possibly can be and err on the side of caution, but I also want it to be like it was out. That’s what I want, I mean, that’s what I hope.”

Miranda Lambert feels content with where she’s at in life right now, and she says it took her a while to find that peace:

(Miranda Lambert) “You know, in your early 20s, like I was like, ‘I have something to prove. Ya’ll listen to me, I’m gonna burn everybody’s house down. It’s gonna be awesome.’ You know what I mean, like I was just a lot because that’s what gets you there is that fire. But I realize too, like, as you go through things in your life…I truly think pain sort of resets you a little bit in a good way. I mean, it sucks at the time obviously, but then it forces you to sit in the quiet and face yourself.”

Keith Urban revealed that he will release his 11th studio album, The Speed of Now: Part I, on Sept. 18.

Keith shared the news in a nifty 3-minute video that posted via YouTube.

“In October 2019, this album title came to me,” says Keith. “I liked it because I felt like life was flying by so fast. But music?for me?has always been the place where it slows down and doesn?t even exist. I would never have imagined that, in 2020, this album title would take on a whole new meaning.”

The video samples a number of new tracks from the album and reveals song titles “Gas,” “Tumbleweed,” “Polaroid,” “Change Your Mind,” “Wait” and “Superman.”

The Speed of Now: Part I will follow Keith’s 2018 album, Graffiti U, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.

During the season finale of American Idol on May 17, a number of Idol alum will return to the show to perform a special rendition of “We Are the World.”

Idol judges Lionel Richie, Luke Bryan and Katy Perry will perform “We Are the World” with Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina, Kellie Pickler, Laine Hardy, Gabby Barrett, Alejandro Aranda, Jordin Sparks, Katharine McPhee, Phillip Phillips and Ruben Studdard.

Penned by Lionel Richie and Michael Jackson, “We Are the World” was recorded by an all-star group of artists in 1985 to benefit African famine relief. Vocalists on the Grammy-winning song included Stevie Wonder, Kenny Rogers, Billy Joel, Tina Turner, Ray Charles, Michael Jackson and more.

The season finale of American Idol aired on May 17


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