Paisley, Chesney on “GMA,” And More

rista Nashville superstar Brad Paisley is this week’s champion on the sales chart with the #1 debut of his new album, American Saturday Night.  Here, Paisley is pictured with Good Morning America’s Sam Champion when Brad was in New York on Friday to play GMA’s Summer Concert Series.  Brad follows the three-week #1 success of American Saturday Night’s first smash, “Then,” with his new single, “Welcome to the Future,” officially impacting radio on Monday.

Brad Paisley is pictured with "Good Morning America’s" Sam Champion when Brad was in New York on Friday to play GMA’s Summer Concert Series.

Brad Paisley—busy celebrating last week’s No. 1 country debut of his album American Saturday Night—will be the first country artist featured on the MySpace Music Feed. The exclusive interview, in which Paisley talks about his new project and the creative thread flowing through his family, is online now and viewable here. The album’s chart-topping first single, “Then,” has now earned RIAA Gold Digital Single certification, representing sales of 500,000 downloads. The second single, “Welcome to the Future,” impacts country radio today.

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Kenny Chesney will perform on Good Morning America’s “Summer Concert Series,” on Aug. 14. He’ll swing by Central Park in the Big Apple for the show while en route to his fifth straight SRO concert at the New England Patriots’ Stadium in Foxboro, MA. Chesney is in the midst of his Corona Extra sponsored Sun City Carnival which will play 12 stadiums, as well as arenas and amphitheatres. He is on his way to selling over a million tickets for the eighth summer in a row.

Mercury Nashville's Billy Currington made a surprise visit to Corned Beef and Co. to play an additional set for Roanoke, Virginia fans following his opening gig on Sugarland's "Love On The Inside" tour stop Friday, June 26 at the local Civic Center. Star Country 94.9/WSLC helped promote the post-concert party that drew out a crowd that lined up for blocks and maxed out the venue where Currington entertained for over an hour.  Catch Currington on GAC's Top 20 Countdown Friday, July 10 at 7 and 11pmCT as he helps host Nan Kelley countdown the fans' favorite videos. The fans have spoken and the "People Are Crazy" video nears the #1 spot this week, and holds strong at #4 on the radio charts.

Billy Currington, currently on Sugarland's "Love On The Inside" tour, visited GAC's "Top 20 Countdown" on Friday, July 10 to chat with host Nan Kelley. His "People Are Crazy" video nears the No. 1 spot this week.

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Trace Adkins was the celebrity volunteer on Friday’s (7/10) episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. He traveled to Lancaster, Texas, to meet Carlton Marshall who lost most of his mobility and all of his hearing after being shot while leading a Dallas Police Department SWAT team. Carlton and his wife Susan, a homicide detective, will have their home rebuilt in seven days, solving structural and accessibility issues.

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