93.1 Coast Country Dallas & Brenda Nashville Notes-Luke Bryan a judge on the NEW launch of American Idol on ABC

Shortly after it was announced that Luke Bryan would be part of the new judges’ panel on ABC’s relaunch of American IdolBlake Shelton indicated that the two had discussed the possibility before Luke made his final decision.

At the opening of his new bar and restaurant, Ole Red Tishomingo, Blake seemed to indicate to Entertainment Tonight that he and Luke had talked about money. The host of NBC’s rival The Voice even joked that ABC was probably mad at him because of what they’re having to pay Luke.

Following his first appearance with fellow judges Lionel Richie and Katy Perry on ABC’s Good Morning America, Luke confirmed that he and his pal had conferred, but it sounds like Blake’s advice was full of his trademark tomfoolery.  

“I got insults, I got berated, I got my pride hurt,” Luke told ABC Radio. “So I guess that was Blake’s way of getting me ready for TV and this naughty little world,” he laughed. 

Luke’s busy week continues on Friday when he’ll return to GMA for an appearance.  

The four-time Entertainer of the Year also released the new cellphone-inspired lyric video for his top-15 hit, “Light It Up.” 



Barely a day after Maren Morris released “Dear Hate” in response to the mass shootings in Las Vegas on Sunday, the new track was sitting at #1 on the iTunes Top Songs chart.

“Dear Hate” even outsold multiple cuts by rocker Tom Petty, who died suddenly on Monday — including classics like “Free Fallin’,” “I Won’t Back Down,” and “Mary Jane’s Last Dance.”

It also bested Taylor Swift’s latest smash, “Look What You Made Me Do,” but that’s likely O.K. with Taylor, since she included songs by both Maren and her fiancé Ryan Hurd on a recent “Songs Taylor Loves” Spotify playlist.

Maren wrote “Dear Hate” in 2015, shortly after the church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina and recorded it last year with Country Music Hall-of-Famer Vince Gill, but had never released it.

“I wanted to be precious with it because it is such a sensitive subject,” she told Rolling Stone. “It’s just insane how relevant the message still is today.”

The Texas native performed at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas on Saturday night, a day before gunman Stephen Paddock killed 58 people and injured more than 500 by firing into the crowd of 22,000 at the event.

Maren is donating all the proceeds from the song to the Music City Cares Fund to help victims of the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.