RCA NashvilleThis December, Florida native Jake Owen will continue his decade-long tradition of giving back to the community that raised him. He’ll play his annual benefit show Friday, December 9 at the Vero Beach High School Performing Arts Center, to raise money for his foundation.
“To think that we have been doing this concert for ten years and raised $1.25 million to date for local charities and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital means so much to me and my dad, Steve Owen, who is a huge part of this event,” the “American Country Love Song” hitmaker says.
Tickets for the show go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m. ET online.
Arista NashvilleIt looks like there’s another album and another baby in Carrie Underwood’s future -- but the CMA Entertainer of the Year nominee says only heaven knows which will come first.
“It’s all on God’s timing and we just kind of realize we’re not in control and just take things as they come,” she tells Entertainment Tonight, addressing when she and husband Mike Fisher might give soon-to-be two-year-old Isaiah a sibling.
As for the follow-up to Storyteller, Carrie expects that will be number one on her agenda as soon as she comes off the road.
“I haven’t started writing or anything for it, but I would imagine as soon as the tour wraps up, that will be the next thing on my mind,” she says.
This weekend, The Storyteller Tour -- Stories in the Round rolls through Charlottesville, Virginia and Charlotte, North Carolina, on its way to New York City’s Madison Square Garden next week.
CMTBy this time tomorrow, lots of folks will likely be thinking that Jill Scott needs to record an entire album of Shania Twain covers. The R&B diva stole the show Wednesday night at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center, performing “Man, I Feel Like a Woman!” as part of CMT’s Artist of a Lifetime tribute to the Canadian superstar.
Best New Artist Grammy winner Meghan Trainor started the medley with “You’re Still the One,” seguing into Kelsea Ballerini singing “Any Man of Mine.”
For Shania herself, the lifetime achievement accolade got her doing some math.
“It's an honor -- nothing short of the greatest honor!” Shania said beforehand on the red carpet. “And it's made me reflect on my life and my career in my life. Because, the funny thing is that it's basically been my entire life. This is what I ended up working out, because I've been doing this professionally for 44 years. That is the majority of my life! I would never have stopped and calculated that otherwise, if it hadn't been for this lifetime award… It feels really great and I'm humbled by it, really.”
You can catch the entire 90-minute Artists of the Year special tonight at 9 p.m. ET on CMT.
Comstock/Thinkstock Ten years ago this week, this "Indian Outlaw" got his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, located at the time in front of the Virgin Records store. Can you name him? ANSWER: Tim McGraw.
ABC/Image Group LA Thomas Rhett performed a mashup of his smash “Die a Happy Man” Wednesday night at CMT’s Artists of the Year taping in Nashville, with Swedish pop sensation Zara Larsson joining in with her hit, “Never Forget You.”
While this is TR’s first time as one of the night’s main honorees, he’s actually sung on the show before.
“I was here last year, actually,” he recalls, “because Tyler [Hubbard] from Florida Georgia Line got really sick, and I came and got to sing 'Dirt' in honor of Florida Georgia Line. And I remember being like, 'Dang, I'd love to be here as an Artist of the Year.' And here we are one year later as one of those people, so I'm just floored that I was picked to be one of the five, and just very honored to be a part of tonight's festivities.”
The “Star of the Show” singer says the CMT honor is just the icing on the cake after an incredible year.
“I don't even know what to think!” Thomas Rhett confesses. “I just hope I'm prepared for all these adventures that we're about to set out on. This year's been amazing. It's one for the books. You know, when I look back in 20 or 30 years, I know that this year will be very memorable to me. So to be here tonight, man, is crazy!”
You can experience the Artists of the Year special yourself, when it airs Thursday night at 9 p.m. ET on CMT.
BMLGAfter wrapping up their summer Rhythm and Roots dates earlier this month, it looked like Rascal Flatts was pretty well done with their shows for 2016. But, it turns out you have at least one more chance to see the CMA-nominated supergroup before the end of the year.
The trio will do one more intimate, one-night-only performance November 14 at the Theater at New York City's Madison Square Garden to promote their new Christmas album, which comes out this Friday. Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney will perform highlights from The Greatest Gift of All, as well as the Rascal Flatts classics fans have come to expect.
BMLGTuckerBeathard’s follow-up to his #2 debut single, “Rock On,” is a tribute to his momma.
“I pray for all my kids every day, but sometimes I have to send an extra one up for Tucker,” Susan Beathard says of her offspring who inspired his father, Casey Beathard, to write the hit “Homeboy” for Eric Church. You can meet Tucker’s mom in a new video now posted on YouTube.
“In a lot of ways I was a typical teenager, getting into trouble and doing thing I shouldn’t, and I definitely pushed things a little too far a time or two,” Tucker confesses. “My mom raised and is still raising five kids, and it takes a strong woman to steer us all in the right direction. I have so much respect for the job she’s done. I know at some point she probably wanted to ship me off to military school or something, but she stuck with me!”
“Momma and Jesus” is the second single from the newcomer’s Fight Like Hell EP.
Arista NashvilleThe seize-the-moment message of Brad Paisley’s new single is resonating with fans so much, they’re flooding his Facebook page with wedding proposals, baby announcements, first dances at weddings and loved ones returning from serving in the armed forces.
“I have seen and read the posts and I’m thrilled that the song and video is touching a chord with so many,” Brad says. “‘Today’ means a lot to me and I’m glad it’s a favorite of so many so soon.”
The second single from Brad’s 11th album is already a hit on the charts at well. Currently sitting at #1 on Billboard’s Country Digital Sales tally, it’s also at number 12 on the magazine’s Hot Country Songs ranking.
Comstock/Thinkstock In 1990, these two icons hosted the CMA Awards. One is arguably country music's most famous redhead, while the other was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame earlier this week. Can you name the pair? ANSWER: Reba and Randy Travis.
Jerod Harris/Getty ImagesFor the last three years, the only place you’ve been able to download digital copies of Garth Brooks’ music has been on his own GhostTunes.com website. But that’s just changed.
Starting today, you can both buy and exclusively stream Garth’s music on Amazon.com. That includes his latest single, “Baby, Let’s Lay Down and Dance,” from his forthcoming new studio album, Gunslinger. However, you’ve got to be an Amazon Unlimited subscriber to do it, part of Amazon’s Music Unlimited service, announced last week.
Right now, the albums available for download are 2007’s Ultimate Hits collection and 1998’s Double Live collection. Amazon will add Christmas Together, Garth’s Christmas album with wife Trisha Yearwood, later this year, along with Gunslinger. The rest of Garth’s catalog will be released later.
"It is a joy to work with a company that is all about the customer when it comes to service, and all about the music and its creators when it comes to the music,” Garth says in a statement announcing the deal. “I applaud Amazon on their commitment to quality and thank them for this opportunity.”
ABC/Fred LeeBack in August, Eric Church hit number one with “Record Year,” a track that tells its story by name-checking classic albums like Willie Nelson’s Red-Headed Stranger and Stevie Wonder’s Songs in the Key of Life.
This week, Old Dominion claims their third top-ten with a tune that uses a similar device.
“You know, I had that title, 'Song for Another Time,' just from hearing people say 'That's a story for another time,'” lead singer Matthew Ramsey recalls. “I just thought for some reason, a song would be cool in there. But I had no clue what the title meant, you know, until I brought it to [the band] and we talked about it. Just through the course of talking about what that title could mean, we came up with the idea of telling this story through song titles. After that, it was just a matter of, you know, trying to pick classic, iconic songs that somehow actually fit the story.”
In the end, OD included at least twenty hits in the lyrics for their latest one, using everything from Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” to Lionel Richie’s “Dancing on the Ceiling.”
Warner Music NashvilleNewcomer William Michael Morgan is set to sing “The Star Spangled Banner” this Sunday before the Tennessee Titans take on the Indianapolis Colts at Nissan Stadium in Nashville. You can watch the match-up starting at 12 p.m. CT on CBS.
The Mississippi native’s debut release, “I Met a Girl,” recently made it to the top of the country chart. His follow-up from his first album, Vinyl, is the new single, “Missing.”
Pearl Records, Inc.Garth Brooks’ 11th studio album, which is on its way next month, will be titled Gunslinger.
“The album title came to me when somebody asked me what my favorite thing about being on the road was,” the CMA Entertainer of the Year nominee reveals. “I said, ‘It just feels good to be out there being a gunslinger again, just aiming with the heart and shooting from the hip. That’s what you do on the stage, right?' ... As soon as I said it, I knew that was the album title right there.”
This week, the project's first single, “Baby Let’s Lay Down and Dance,” debuted at number 19 on Billboard’s Country Songs chart.
Garth has previously announced that the new album will first be available exclusively at Target, as part of their exclusive 10-disc set, Garth Brooks: The Ultimate Collection. Gunslinger’s official release date is November 25.
Warner Music NashvilleCole Swindell’s Down Home Sessions albums and his Down Home Tour have become a fall tradition, and this year is no different. On October 26, the Georgia native will kick off his autumn trek in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with his third EP on the way just a couple days later.
If you pre-order Down Home Session III this Friday, you’ll instantly be able to download the first track, “You’ve Got My Number,” with the tune “Chevrolet DJ” becoming available on the first day of the tour.
Here’s the complete track listing for Cole's new EP, which comes out October 28:
“You’ve Got My Number” “Does It Hurt” “Six Pack Lines” “Chevrolet DJ” “Wildlife”
Reviver RecordsFor LOCASH, “I Know Somebody” has done what “I Love This Life” wasn’t quite able to do. While the duo’s previous hit made it all the way to number two in January, their latest single has taken Preston Brust and Chris Lucas all the way to the top.
“After our tough journey, there’s nothing more beautiful than this view from the top,” Preston admits.
Both hits come from the duo’s latest album, The Fighters. Even though “I Love This Life” wasn’t a number one, it still managed to go gold, having sold more than a half-million copies.
Pearl Records, Inc. As the Country Music Association prepares to celebrate a half-century of its signature show in a couple weeks, you can bet it will be an evening you won’t soon forget. Sunday at the Medallion Ceremony at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Garth Brooks promised it won’t be your usual yearly installment of country music’s biggest awards show.
“Hats off to all the artists,” Garth said. “I don't know if you guys know this, but all of the artists are pretty much saying the same thing. 'Hey, screw my current stuff, whoever we need to pay homage to, whoever we need to -- count us in!'"
So instead of hearing everyone’s latest hits and new singles, expect a heavy dose of classic hits through the years, along with the heritage artists who made them famous.
“You know, all the guys -- Jason [Aldean], Alan [Jackson], Keith [Urban] -- all the guys, all the girls are all doing past music from other artists,” Garth adds.
“And we're excited about that because we have the opportunity to sing some of our favorite songs by some of our favorite artists…” wife and duet partner Trisha Yearwood interjects. “I think it's gonna be a great CMA!”
You can experience The 50th Annual CMA Awards Wednesday, November 2 at 8 p.m. ET, when they air live on ABC from Nashville’s Bridegstone Arena.
Atlantic / Warner Music NashvilleAs new duo High Valley’s breakthrough hit “Make You Mine” approaches the top-25, Brad and Curtis Rempel are unveiling the track list for their Warner Nashville debut, Dear Life. The Canadian brothers actually let their fans participate in the song selection process, through their High Valley mobile app.
“This album is like a letter to life,” Brad explains, “asking questions about the future, saying what we’re thankful for, but also admitting that it’s going by so fast and we’re hanging on for dear life!”
If you pre-order the project now, you’ll be able to download five tracks -- one a week until its November 18 release.
Here’s the complete song listing for High Valley’s Dear Life:
“She’s with Me” “Dear Life” “I Ain’t Changin’” “Make You Mine” “Don’t Stop” “The Only” “Roads We’ve Never Taken” “I Be U Be” “Memory Makin’” “Soldier” “Young Forever”