Luke Bryan says he's confident that he, Lionel Richie and Katy Perry will remain judges on "American Idol" for a third season on ABC.

Luke says, "All things feel positive that me and Lionel and Katy will be back. We’re doing the business of the business."
 
According to the Wall Street Journal, Bryan made $12 million for Season 1 of American Idol in 2018. He jokes that he's asking for about $180 million for Season 3, adding, "I always like to find out what Blake [Shelton] is making on The Voice and just do it $1 more than him."

The WE Fest 2019 single-day lineups have been announced:  Chris Stapleton, Keith Urban and Brooks & Dunn will headline the August 1st-3rd festival in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota.  

Billy Currington, Jake Owen, Jamey Johnson and LeAnn Rimes are among the opening acts for the Thursday through Sunday festival. Tyler Rich will open the festival early on Thursday afternoon.
 
Tickets are on sale for WE Fest with general admission passes starting at $90 and VIP options still available. 

Travis Tritt was involved in a fatal car accident just before 3 AM Saturday morning.

He was on his tour bus on a South Carolina highway when he says a Jeep, going the wrong way, hit a pickup truck in front of his vehicle, which ended up killing 2 people, the driver of the jeep and the passenger in the truck that was hit. 

His tour bus was sideswiped by another vehicle and only sustained minor damage. No one on the bus was injured.

Travis said, "I feel so bad for those who died needlessly tonight. I’m literally shaken by what I witnessed. God bless those who died and their families. Two human beings died tonight for no reason other than stupidity. I’m saddened beyond belief! I’m told that two people were killed in tonight’s accident as the the result of someone who was obviously driving drunk or impaired. Just a sober reminder to everyone to never drive if you’ve been drinking or impaired in any way. Uber or Lyft is just a phone call away. I beg everyone to please, please, please drive sober. Know when to admit that you are too impaired to drive."

Carrie Underwood, Dan + Shay, Kane Brown, Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Bryan, Maren Morris and Thomas Rhett are among the artists performing at this year's "CMT Music Awards", hosted by Little Big Town and airing live from Nashville June 5.  More performers will be announced in the coming days in what CMT is calling a “record-breaking number of performances.”

Saturday is a big day for Trisha Yearwood--and for her fans! That's when she'll begin serving up brand new episodes of Trisha's Southern Kitchen with the start of a new season on Food Network!

"It's hard to wrap your head around it sometimes," the singer says, reflecting on this additional aspect of her life and career. "I had no idea that I would also have all this other stuff." 

The show, which premiered in the spring of 2012, remains an Emmy Award-winning viewer favorite.

The new season of Trisha's Southern Kitchen premieres on Food Network Saturday (12:00pm ET)--as she gears up for a Trisha's Tailgate event prior to Garth Brooks' Stadium Tour show at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. It's a special episode filmed around the recent celebration of Trisha's 20th anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry!

Lauren Alaina has a new boyfriend... comedian John Crist.  The two have been dating since February.

Alaina says they first met after she slid into his DMs on Instagram, but it was awkward because he didn't really know who she was. He addressed the 11-year age gap between them, explaining: “I’m 35, her mom is 45, and she’s 24, so I’m closer to her mom’s age than her. When she and her mom are arguing about stuff I’m literally in the middle like, ‘Actually your mom makes some good points.'”
 
Crist is known as a Christian comedian with humor that often focuses on the nuances of local churches. Alaina is a 2011 "American Idol" runner-up with eight singles released to radio and one #1 hit. Most recently she was engaged to Alex Hopkins, her boyfriend since high school. After six years they called off their engagement in January, saying they're starting fresh, new chapters of their lives.

Montgomery Gentry will release a new seven-song EP, "Outskirts", on June 14th.

The EP was recorded in September 2017, days prior to Troy Gentry’s death in a helicopter crash on September 8, 2017. The new EP includes covers of Merle Haggard’s “What Am I Gonna Do With the Rest of My Life” and Darrell Scott’s “You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive."

After a three-plus-year courtship, Hayes Carll and Allison Moorer singer/songwriters got married on May 12th.

Hayes shared a photo on his Instagram of the newlyweds with the caption: “I’m so happy to say that @1allisonmoorer and I made it official yesterday. Dreams do come true.

Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean will headline the sixth annual Luke Bryan's Crash My Playa, January 22nd-25th in Riviera Maya, Mexico. Bryan will headline two of the four nightly concerts at the all-inclusive concert vacation, while Aldean will headline one night in his Crash My Playa debut. Additional performers are to be announced.
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Reba McEntire and Brooks & Dunn have added new dates to their Las Vegas residency for this coming winter.

"Reba, Brooks & Dunn: Together in Vegas" takes place at Caesars Palace's Colosseum.   The additional shows scheduled from December 4th through December 14th will go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, May 17th, at noon PT.
 
McEntire, Brooks & Dunn kicked off the initial dates of their Vegas residency in June of 2015, and the shows proved so successful that they have extended it into each subsequent year.