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Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line revealed they will release their fourth studio album, Can’t Say I Ain’t Country, on Feb. 15.
“We’re excited. In February, we’re releasing our fourth album,” said Tyler to Entertainment Tonight. “I think Feb. 15 is the official date, so we’re really excited. We’ve been working on that album for over a year now, so BK and I are definitely ready.”
“You can say a lot of things,” added Brian, “you can call somebody a lot of different names and have a lot of different opinions, but at the end of the day, when it comes to me and Tyler, you can’t say we ain’t country.”
The duo also revealed they are planning a headlining tour that will kick off in May.
In October, FGL scored their 16th No. 1 single as “Simple” reached the top of the charts. The duo has released three No. 1 albums: 2012’s Here’s to the Good Times, 2014’s Anything Goes and 2016’s Dig Your Own Roots.
Brian and Tyler recently earned their first Grammy nomination for “Meant to Be” in the Best Country Duo/Group Performance category.
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Florida Georgia Line also plan to name their 2019 tour the Can't Say I Ain't Country Tour.
"To have my album considered among those people is just stunning to me."
Jewel Kilcher, better known to the music-loving world as singer/songwriter “Jewel,” has been named one of 13 recipients of the 2019 Horatio Alger Award.
Bestowed annually to accomplished corporate, civic and cultural leaders from across North America, the award recognizes an individual’s ongoing commitment to higher education and generosity toward philanthropic endeavors. Past winners of the award include Reba McEntire (2018), Johnny Cash (1977), Waylon Jennings (1988) and more.
Jewel overcame homelessness, abuse and severe poverty to become an award-winning performer. Her 1995 debut album, Pieces of You, is one of the best-selling debut albums of all time and kicked off a versatile music career that has spanned seven studio albums, including Perfectly Clear, which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart in 2008.
“This award holds a special place in my heart,” said Jewel. “To be recognized for overcoming adversity—experiences I have given voice to through song and written story—is truly humbling. Early in life and my career, I learned to be my own champion because no one else was going to be. I understand that is the same story for many Horatio Alger Scholars, but I want them to know that they are no longer alone. I promise to be the support these students need as they navigate life’s challenges and come to know the power of their own resilience.”
The Horatio Alger Association will honor the following 13 individuals during the 72nd Horatio Alger Award induction ceremonies in Washington, D.C., on April 4–6.
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It's coming in early 2019!
Hallmark Channel holiday movies have been tearjerkers for years, but in 2018, they tapped into country music to create one of their new Christmas movies.
After spending two week’s at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart (Nov. 24 and Dec. 1), Jimmie Allen’s “Best Shot” was bested by Kane Brown’s “Lose It” last week (Dec. 8).
This week, “Best Shot” is back on top, making Jimmie the first artist in 10 years to have a single return to No. 1 after relinquishing its crown. The last artist to accomplish the feat was Jimmy Wayne in 2008 with “Do You Believe in Me Now.”
Written by Jimmie, Josh London and JP Williams, “Best Shot” is the first single from Jimmie’s debut album, Mercury Lane.
“In writing this song, we just wanted to be honest with ourselves and write something that others can empathize with,” says Jimmie.
Jimmie joined Darius Rucker as the only African-American country artists to hit No. 1 with their debut singles. Darius, who became a household name in the early 1990s as the frontman of Hootie & the Blowfish, accomplished the feat in 2008 with “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It,” which remained No. 1 for two weeks.
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