Country Stars Dance, Design, and Drop Ticket Prices

Chuck Wicks and Jewel are joining the cast of celebrity competitors on the popular ABC series, Dancing with the Stars. For the show’s eighth season Wicks will dance with fellow country artist, and two-time Dancing champion Julianne Hough, who also happens to be his girlfriend. Jewel and her husband, rodeo star Ty Murray, will be paired with professional dancers and compete against each other. The season premiere is Mon., March 9 at 7 PM/CT.

Keith Urban and the promoters behind his Escape Together World Tour have responded to the downward economy by offering $20 tickets with no additional fees. A select number of these cheap seats will be made available for all dates on the tour which opens in May. Urban’s sixth studio album, Defying Gravity, will be released March 31.

Toby Keith will debut his new clothing line, TK Steelman, with a Feb. 18 launch party at his I Love This Bar & Grill in Harrah’s Las Vegas. Developed with Royal Merchandising Group, which produces merchandise for his restaurants, the initial line is designed for the male 25-54 demographic with Keith-approved T-shirts, polos, jeans, cowboy hats, bandanas, belts, and more. The launch date coincides with the MAGIC Marketplace fashion trade convention going on Feb. 17-19 in Las Vegas.

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