Brittany Kerr apologizes for inappropriate Jason Aldean incident: It was a ‘lapse in judgment’

After facing a barrage on Twitter being called a "slut," "homewrecker" and "tramp," Brittany Kerr issued an apology Tuesday, calling her Hollywood bar hookup with married country crooner Jason Aldean a "lapse of judgment." "The actions I portrayed recently were not a representation of my true character, but a lapse in judgment on my part," the former "American Idol" contestant said, according to TMZ. "I would like to sincerely apologize to everyone that has been affected by this, including my friends & family." PHOTOS: CELEBRITY CHEATING SCANDALS Kerr, 24, was caught in incriminating photos with Aldean last Wednesday night when the pair got very close at a very public bar in Hollywood. In one photo, it looks as though Aldean had leaned in for a kiss. Jason Merritt/Getty Images Singer Jason Aldean (R) and wife Jessica Aldean. Aldean apologized to his family and also apologized to his fans for 'disappointing' them. Aldean, 35, is the father of two young children and is currently married to his high school sweetheart, Jessica Ussery. The "My Kinda Party" singer issued his own mea culpa late Sunday night after the photographs leaked online. "Hey Guys - I wanted to talk to you directly, so you were hearing the truth from me and not just reading allegations made about my personal life on gossip web sites," he wrote on his WhoSay account. "The truth is that I screwed up. I had too much to drink, let the party get out of hand and acted inappropriately at a bar. I left alone, caught the bus to our next show and that's the end of the story." Kent Smith/NBAE/Getty Images Brittany Kerr issued her apology Tuesday, calling her Hollywood bar hookup with country crooner Jason Aldean a 'lapse of judgment.' Aldean also apologized to his fans for "disappointing" them. But his indiscretions have thus far not seemed to affect record sales all that much. His hit "Take a Little Ride" reached No.1 on the Billboard chart this week. Kerr, meanwhile, Continue Reading

American Country Awards celebrates new musicians Jason Aldean, Chris Young, Scotty McCreery and veteran singer Carrie Underwood

The American Country Awards were Jason Aldean's kinda party. Country music's newest superstar won six awards Monday in Las Vegas, including the night's top honors artist of the year and record of the year for "My Kinda Party." It's true, 2010 has been a non-stop party for Aldean. More than a million fans turned out for his arena tour, his platinum album has spawned four hits so far and the awards are starting to pile up after years of being ignored. "This is getting a little ridiculous now," Aldean said on his second visit to the stage. "I don't know what else to say. It's been a crazy year." Carrie Underwood's fans came through for her again at the fan-voted awards a year after she was the top winner on the inaugural show with six trophies. She picked up three awards this year, including female artist of the year and female single of the year for "Mama's Song." "You guys vote like crazy," Underwood said during her second trip to the stage. As expected, the show's focus was mostly on country music's emerging stars. Thompson Square also won three trophies — blue Fender Telecasters with an embossed silhouette of the U.S. The husband-and-wife duo of Shawna and Kiefer Thompson rode their breakthrough single "Are You Going to Kiss Me Or Not?" to group single, new artist single and new artist video of the year awards. "This is the first time we've won anything, so be patient," Kiefer Thompson joked. Chris Young won two awards, breakthrough artist and single of the year for "Voices," "American Idol" winner Scotty McCreery was named new artist of the year and Lady Antebellum won a second straight group of the year. Along with the night's top two honors, Aldean also was named touring artist of the year and won male single of the year for "My Kinda Party" and vocal collaboration single of the year for "Don't You Wanna Stay" with Kelly Clarkson. Alabama won a Greatest Hits Award and Toby Keith was named artist of the decade as the Continue Reading

Jason Aldean tour books KFC Yum Center for October show

Country music star Jason Aldean will perform at the KFC Yum Center on Oct. 20, the venue announced Friday.The "They don't know tour" show will also feature entertainers Chris Young, Kane Brown and Dee Jay Silver.  Tickets go on sale through normal concert ticket channels at 10 a.m. July 21.  For information, go to, or call the center box office at 1-800-745-3000. More: Mary J. Blige bringing her 'Strength of a Woman' tour to Louisville More: Forecastle Festival's impact on Louisville economy? It's a lot, and it's growing Aldean has been a major player in country music for more than a decade. The 40-year-old Georgia native is signed with the Broken Bow Records and has released seven albums and 24 singles. One album, My Kinda Party, released in 2010 went quadruple platinum.   Many of his singles have reached No. 1 on at least one record chart.His seventh regular studio album, "They Don't Know," was released last fall. At the 2016 American Country Music awards, Aldean was named Entertainer of the Year. Reporter Sheldon S. Shafer can be reached at 502-582-7089, or via email at [email protected] More: 5 times the Forecastle Festival saw into a band's future Continue Reading

Kenny Chesney’s nine ACM Awards nominations leads  country music pack; Jason Aldean scores six

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Kenny Chesney’s steamy duet, “You and Tequila” with Grace Potter, continues to radiate heat. The song helped Chesney to nine Academy of Country Music Awards nominations Thursday morning, including the top honor of entertainer of the year. Jason Aldean, next with six nominations, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton and 2011 winner Taylor Swift round out the fan-voted category. Lady Antebellum had five nominations, Paisley had four and several were deadlocked at three, including Swift. Nominees were announced via social media with the help of stars like Reba McEntire and Lionel Richie. Fans were chosen to announce the entertainer of the year candidates. They’ll have a chance to pick the winner in that category and new artist of the year for the 47th annual ACM Awards, which will air live April 1 from Las Vegas on CBS with McEntire and Shelton hosting. Chesney is a four-time entertainer of the year winner and was the first victor under the academy’s current fan-voted format. He’s nominated for a 10th time in the male vocalist category and received double nominations as artist and producer for album of the year for “Hemingway’s Whiskey” and single record of the year and vocal event of the year for “You and Tequila.” He also receives a song of the year nomination as performer on “You and Tequila,” written by Matraca Berg and Deana Carter. Potter, best known as an indie rock performer with her band The Nocturnals, received three nominations for the collaboration. Aldean also is up for male vocalist, album of the year for “My Kinda Party,” single record and vocal event of the year for the duet “Don’t You Wanna Stay” with Kelly Clarkson, and video of the year for “Tattoos on This Town.” Lady Antebellum will compete for its third straight vocal group of the year win. The trio of Hillary Scott, Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley Continue Reading

Jason Aldean, Jake Owen, more celebs react to the ‘beyond horrific’ shooting in Las Vegas

Celebrities are taking to social media to express their grief following a deadly shooting in Las Vegas that has left more than 50 people dead and more than 400 others injured. Authorities shut down part of the Las Vegas Strip and Interstate 15 after receiving reports of an active shooter at the Route 91 Harvest festival, near the Mandalay Bay Casino.Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said the shooter, identified as Stephen Paddock, 64, was found dead by officers who stormed his 32nd-floor room at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.Lombardo did not directly address the issue of terrorism but described Paddock as "a distraught person intent on causing mass casualties.""We have no idea what his belief system was," Lombardo said. "We believe he was the sole aggressor."Rita Katz, director of the SITE Intel Group that monitors terrorist groups, tweeted that the Islamic State issued statements saying Paddock was one of their soldiers and that he converted to Islam months ago.The three-day Route 91 Harvest festival started Friday, and Lombardo estimated that 22,000 people were in the crowd when the shooting began Sunday at about 10 p.m. local time. Jason Aldean was performing as the shooting began. On Instagram, he said he his crew members were safe and that he was "heartbroken." "Tonight has been beyond horrific," he captioned a picture of the city. Jake Owen, who was slated to perform ahead of Aldean Sunday, called the event "unimaginable." "Please pray," he tweeted.Chris Young, who was not a part of the Harvest festival lineup, is touring with Aldean. Young tweeted that he clung to "the floor of a trailer behind the stage" after gunfire broke out. Young later tweeted that he felt "lucky to be alive."He followed that tweet with one saying, "I'm literally shaking still."Blake Shelton found the act utterly senseless. "I don't even know anymore... Why?" he tweeted.Keith Urban was "Stilled and speechless."Carrie Underwood hoped "the Continue Reading

Jason Aldean repeats and Miranda Lambert makes history at ACMs

LAS VEGAS — Jason Aldean extended his reign Sunday night as the Academy of Country Music's top entertainer, while Miranda Lambert made history with a record-breaking eighth Female Vocalist of the Year win on a night of spectacle and surprise in Las Vegas.“I can’t even believe I can say that,” Lambert said of breaking Reba's McEntire’s longstanding record in the category. “I’m really so thrilled that I can still help lead the charge for women in this business at any level, songwriters, anybody behind the scenes, managers, whatever it is. I’m just thrilled I can keep pushing forward and making a way for other women to do the same thing. I’m really humbled by it.”Lambert also picked up her fifth Album of the Year win with her double album The Weight of These Wings.Thomas Rhett, another of the evening's top winners, was left virtually speechless after accepting awards for Song of the Year with Die a Happy Man and Male Vocalist of the Year.“I don’t have a whole lot of words except for everyone in this category are my idols,” Rhett said after receiving the second award. “Everyone in this category shaped the artist that I am. I try and be the best singer I can. This is a very humbling, humbling experience.”The 52nd ACM Awards were again co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley — this time from Las Vegas’ new T-Mobile Arena, which allowed for larger stages and an even bigger audience. The singers incorporated many of Sin City’s most famous attractions into the show’s opening, joking about fishing in the Bellagio Resort and Casino’s famed pool and fountains and joining the cast of male revue show Thunder From Down Under.“They told me I had a shot but I couldn’t join because I’m not from Australia,” Bryan quipped, adding they told him the show had a pair of chaps reserved for Continue Reading

Country singer Jason Aldean prepares to perform at Nashville’s CMA Music Festival, talks fans, TV

Being on a tour bus leaves little to do but watch TV and play video games, says country star Jason Aldean. "I watch some," he says. "My favorites are 'Criminal Minds,' 'Forensic Files' and that kind of thing. 'The Glades.' 'The Mentalist.' I'm into that kind of stuff." This weekend, ABC hopes viewers are into Aldean's kind of stuff - his music, that is - when he appears on "CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock" airing Sunday at 8 p.m. The special, which features a variety of country superstars, was recorded in June at Nashville's CMA Music Festival. "There's not another genre of music that has a festival like that," Aldean says. "All the artists hang out for a few days and play shows for free. Nobody gets paid to play or any of that stuff." Besides Aldean, the special includes performances by Sara Evans, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker, Sugarland, the Zac Brown Band, Taylor Swift and others. "There's a connection between country music artist and their fans you don't find in any other genre of music," he says. "I think country music artists are a lot more approachable," he adds. "A lot of the time you look at rock stars and all of that stuff, or hip-hop artists, and a lot of the time these guys look like, you know, they're untouchables. A lot of times they're surrounded by five security guards that are all 8 foot tall. It's just a different vibe all around." Aldean moved to Nashville in 1998, but didn't get a chance to experience the CMA Festival firsthand until 2005 as an artist. For many fans, he says, the four days are their annual vacation. Aldean says there's no conscious effort on his part to get on TV, but admits there is a value to continually driving his image. It also takes a bit of adjustment. "For me, I move around a lot on stage during a regular show. Doing TV, I have to be conscious of the cameras," he says. "It does change it a little bit. You do try to make it as much Continue Reading

Country Thunder Arizona 2018 brings Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Toby Keith, Cole Swindell

Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Toby Keith and Cole Swindell will headline Country Thunder Arizona in Florence the weekend of April 5-8.Also announced were Brett Young, Tracy Lawrence, Big & Rich, Lindsay Ell, Cody Johnson, Neal McCoy, Lukas Nelson, Bryan White, Michael Ray and Michael Tyler.“We are so proud to create the ultimate festival experience for our fans in Arizona,” says Country Thunder Music Festivals CEO Troy Vollhoffer. “We are incredibly excited to announce this dream lineup.”The announcement comes the morning after Bryan played Ak-Chin Pavilion as part of his Huntin' and Fishin' and Lovin' Every Day Tour. Bryan’s latest album, "Kill the Lights," topped Billboard's country charts, his third consecutive release to do so, on its way to going double platinum.By the time he gets to Florence, he’ll have dropped the long-awaited followup, “What Makes You Country.”Bryan’s hits include country chart-toppers "Rain Is a Good Thing," "Someone Else Calling You Baby," "I Don't Want This Night to End," "Drunk on You," "That's My Kind of Night," "Drink a Beer," "Play It Again," "I See You,” “Kick the Dust Up” and “Strip It Down.”Aldean’s fourth album, “My Kinda Party,” established him at the forefront of the modern-country vanguard. The biggest-selling country album of 2011, “Party” sent three singles, led by the quadruple-platinum “Dirt Road Anthem,” to the top of Billboard’s country charts and took home album of the year at that year’s CMAs.Subsequent hits include “Tattoos on This Town,” “Fly Over States,” “Take a Little Ride,” “The Only Way I Know,” “Night Train,” “When She Says Baby” and “Burnin’ It Down,” all of which have gone at least platinum. Last year’s “They Don’t Know” became his fourth Continue Reading

Jason Aldean leads the top 5 concerts this week in Louisville

1. Jason Aldean Review: Katy Perry goes over the top with manic, colorful and escapist show 2. NRBQ3. The B-52s with Bob Bernhardt and the Louisville Symphony Orchestra  4. Colter Wall5. Hiss Golden Messenger More: Classic meets music festival chic. This photographer has 'picture perfect' style More: James Lindsey and White Reaper among leaders as Louisville Music Awards voting begins today Continue Reading

Catch Katy Perry, Jason Aldean and more in Louisville Oct. 15-22

CLARIFICATION: The Oct. 19 Jay Leno performance at the Kentucky Center has been canceled. SUNDAYMike Tracy Brazilian Ensemble. Celebrating the Music of Brazilian Masters. Part of the Arts on the Corner Series. Sunday, Oct. 15, 3 p.m., Highland Presbyterian Church Sanctuary, 1011 Cherokee Road. Free. MONDAYKaty Perry: Witness the Tour. With Noah Cyrus. Monday, Oct. 16, 7 p.m., KFC Yum! Center, One Arena Plaza. Tickets start at $27.50. 800-745-3000.University of Louisville Jazz Repertory Ensembles. Monday, Oct. 16, 7 p.m., Bird Recital Hall, University of Louisville School of Music, First Street and Brandeis Ave. Free. WEDNESDAYJohn Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous. Comedian, writer and actor, Mulaney, is best known for his standup specials and television writing from Saturday Night Live. Wednesday, Oct. 18, 7 p.m., Louisville Palace, 625 S. Fourth St. $35. 800-745-3000.Greensky Bluegrass. Wednesday, Oct. 18, 8 p.m., Mercury Ballroom, 611 S. 4th St. $20.; 800-745-3000. THURSDAYAn Evening With Yngwie Malmsteen. Thursday, Oct. 19, 8 p.m., Mercury Ballroom, 611 S. 4th St. $30.; 800-745-3000.Mads Tolling & the Mads Men. Internationally renowned jazz violinist, composer, and two-time Grammy Award-Winner. Part of the Just Jazz Series. Thursday, Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m., Stem Concert Hall, Ogle Cultural and Community Center, 4201 Grant Line Road, New Albany. $30 advance, $35 at the door, $10 students. 812-941-2525.“The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Indiana University Southeast Theatre Department presents this musical tribute to the science fiction and horror B movies of the late 1940s through to early 1970s. Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 19-21, 8 p.m., Robinson Theater, Ogle Cultural and Community Center, 4201 Grant Line Road, New Albany. Ends Oct. 28. $15, $10 seniors, $7 students. 812-941-2525.University of Louisville Jazz Ensemble II. Thursday, Oct. 19, 8 p.m., Comstock Concert Hall, University of Louisville School of Music, First Continue Reading