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No, the Dixie Chicks have not broken up, but the rumors have been confirmed that sisters Emily Robison and Martie Maguire have recorded a new non-Dixie Chicks studio album for Columbia Records and that Natalie Maines is not a part of the project.

Calling their new musical entity Court Yard Hounds, which is in reference to the 2008 best-selling David Benioff novel, City of Thieves, Emily and Martie recorded the bulk of the folk-pop album at Martie’s home studio in Austin. They have tentative plans to release the album in May and to support it with a tour, as well as a performance at the annual South by Southwest music conference in Austin in March. Emily is handling the lead vocals on the album, which sources say is inspired by her divorce from Texas country singer-songwriter, Charlie Robison. Jakob Dylan of the Wallflowers is featured with Emily on the song “See You in the Spring.”

Lloyd Maines, Natalie’s father and the co-producer of the Dixie Chicks 2002 album, Home, said that Emily, Martie and Natalie were all together at his home on Christmas and that they had a wonderful time together though business was not discussed.

Lloyd said he has recorded some demos with Emily for her own music and that Martie is working on her own bluegrass fiddle album. Other sources confirm that Emily played banjo on a few of the tunes on Martie’s record. Martie also intends to include an instructional book to go along with the album.

Lloyd was adamant, however, that despite these various side projects, the Dixie Chicks are still very much a group and that they are merely taking some time off to be with their young families.

 Lady Antebellum Honored for Song ‘Need You Now’


Lady Antebellum were recently honored in Nashville for their single, “Need You Now,” which is just coming off of a five-week run atop Billboard’sCountry Songs chart. A large gathering of industry big-shots and Music Row insiders descended on Music City’s hip Cabana restaurant to hobnob with each other and pay tribute to the members of Lady Antebellum (Dave Haywood, Hillary Scott and Charles Kelley) and Josh Kear, who co-wrote “Need You Now” with the group. Kear also co-wrote Carrie Underwood’ssecond No. 1 hit, “Before He Cheats,” from her 2005 debut album, Some Hearts.

Mike Dungan, the president and CEO of the group’s label, Capitol Nashville, spoke about the song and how it’s been downloaded from iTunes 1.4 million times. He also marveled at the song’s strong cross-over appeal and how it’s being played on more than 50 Top 40 stations nationwide. “Need You Now” currently sits at No. 19 on both Billboard’s Hot 100 songs and Digital Songs charts, as well as No. 30 on the Radio Songs chart. Dungan called the song an “absolute monster.”

Representatives from the three major performance rights organizations, BMI, ASCAP and SESAC, were on hand to heap praise on the song’s co-writers (Kear is affiliated with ASCAP, Scott with SESAC, and Kelley and Haywood with BMI).

Jody Williams of BMI called Lady Antebellum “one of the most influential game-changers our format has heard in years,” while Tim Fink of SESAC reminded everyone that one of Scott’s songs will appear on Blake Shelton’s new album.

The evening ended with Lady Antebellum performing “Need You Now” with Kear accompanying on guitar, which they followed by performing their next single, “American Honey.” Lady Antebellum’s third album, Need You Now,, is scheduled for release on Jan. 26. The trio will open up for Tim McGraw on his upcoming tour, which kicks off in Omaha on February 11.

 Keith Urban Performs for Hope for Haiti Benefit



Keith Urban and other superstars in the world of music are performing tonight during the “Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief” benefit concert. The telethon was quickly put together by actor, George Clooney, to help raise money for the Haiti earthquake disaster. It will broadcast on numerous television stations throughout the country from 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. EST. Check your local listings for availability in your area. The show takes places in three cities – Los Angeles, New York City and London.

Urban is scheduled to perform an acoustic set with Sheryl Crow and Kid Rock. Other performers include Alicia KeysChristina Aguilera, Dave Matthews, Stevie Wonder, Justin Timberlake, Bruce SpringsteenColdplay, Bono and The Edge of U2, Jay-Z and Rihanna.

People interested in donating to the cause may call (877) 99-HAITI, by texting the word “GIVE” to 50555 or by mailing their donations to: Hope for Haiti Now Fund, Entertainment Industry Foundation, 1201 West 5th St., Suite T-700, Los Angeles, CA 90017.

You may also purchase and download your favorite moments and songs from the show through iTunes beginning on Saturday, January 23. All proceeds will benefit the victims of the Haiti earthquake.



January 23, 2010 - Posted by | 1

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