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Listen to Cody Johnson’s New Motown-Inspired Single, “Nothin’ On You”

8 hours 14 min ago

After scoring his most successful single on the country charts with “On My Way to You” (No. 11), Cody Johnson will ship “Nothin’ On You” to country radio on July 22. Penned by Barrett Baber and Trent Willmon, the new tune is featured on Cody’s 2019 album, Ain’t Nothin’ to It, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart in January.

“It’s the most unique song I’ve ever had the chance to record,” says Cody. “It’s very Motown, which is a piece of my musical heritage that I haven’t really gotten to touch on—that bluesy, kinda sexy, soulful thing.”

Listen to “Nothin’ On You” below.

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Thomas Rhett Scores 13th No. 1 Single With “Look What God Gave Her”

10 hours 20 min ago

One week after his new album, Center Point Road, debuted at No. 1 on both the all-genre Billboard 200 chart and Billboard Top Country Albums chart, Thomas Rhett has scored his 13th No. 1 single with “Look What God Gave Her,” which is No. 1 on both the Mediabase chart and Billboard Country Airplay chart.

Penned by Thomas Rhett, Rhett Akins, Julian Bunetta, John Ryan, Jacob Kasher and Ammar Malik, “Look What God Gave Her” reached No. 1 after only 17 weeks on the charts. The tune is TR’s seventh consecutive No. 1 song.

“I think I played this song 2,000 times in a month after we first wrote it,” says Thomas Rhett. “It makes me want to dance. It makes me want to move. And to me, the song really is a celebration of how awesome my wife is. I know I’ve done that in the past, but I’ve never really done it in an uptempo way. I was really glad we were able to nail this one. My wife is so beautiful, but at the same time she’s inwardly beautiful, she’s funny, she’s kind, she’s the best mom I know . . . and she’s hilarious. It’s really just about thanking God for the human being He made, and singing it in a fun way.”

“Look What God Gave Her” is the lead single from Center Point Road, a 16-song album that takes its name from the street in his Tennessee hometown that shaped much of his life experiences. TR co-penned every track on the album, which also features a who’s who of top songwriters, including Shane McAnally, Ashley Gorley, Jesse Frasure, Karen Fairchild and more. In addition, the album features a number of collaborations with other artists, including Kelsea Ballerini (“Center Point Road”), Little Big Town (“Don’t Threaten Me With a Good Time”) and Jon Pardi (“Beer Can’t Fix”).

photo by Tammie Arroyo, AFF-USA.com

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Tim McGraw’s Creative Process? “I’m Always Watching People Trying to Figure Out Their Story”

11 hours 51 min ago

After topping the country charts with more than 30 No. 1 singles, Tim McGraw is climbing a new chart—the New York Times Best-Sellers List—with his co-authored book, Songs of America, which debuted at No. 2 in the Hardcover Nonfiction category.

photo by Curtis Hilbun, AFF-USA.com

In addition to his work in the aforementioned genres of music and writing, Tim has carved out a respectable career as an actor over the last 15 years. The Louisiana native has co-starred in a number of mainstream flicks, including Friday Night Lights, Four Christmases, Country Strong, The Blind Side and more.

The accomplished singer, author and actor recently sat down with Kix Brooks of American Country Countdown to chat about his multi-medium creative process, including how he prepares for his various acting roles.

“You know, if we’re at a restaurant or if I’m walking around with my daughters and they’re shopping and I find a bench to sit on, I’m always watching people trying to figure out their story or trying to make up a scenario that’s going on,” says Tim. “I think that’s part of the creative process, and I think that also helps me as an artist, helps me as an actor, is to put those scenarios together and sort of create this world that you see.”

Tim is on the road this summer with more than 15 tour dates, including stops in Atlantic City, Las Vegas, Phoenix and more.

photo by Curtis Hilbun, AFF-USA.com

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Watch Luke Bryan Complete a Pass to Super Bowl Champ Rob Gronkowski During “Sunset Repeat Tour” in Boston

14 hours 20 min ago

Luke Bryan kicked off the summer season with his Sunset Repeat Tour at Boston’s Gillette Stadium on June 21.

In addition to playing his hits for the sold-out crowd, Luke created a halftime experience of his own by inviting recently retired All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots to join him onstage.

The crowd treated Gronk to a loud ovation, and Luke, with football in hand, took the opportunity to send the receiver on a fade route. After overthrowing Gronk on his first attempt, Luke got the ball back from a crowd member—after some pleading—and completed a 15-yard throw to the three-time Super Bowl champ.

“I can now say I completed a pass to Gronk in Gillette Stadium,” Luke said. “How cool is that?”

Watch the clip below, via Twitter feed @_Karyn_.

Gronk showing up at @LukeBryanOnline’s show is the most Massachusetts thing I’ve ever seen #SunsetRepeatTour @RobGronkowski pic.twitter.com/W7OjNQqfzn

— Karyn (@_Karyn_) June 22, 2019

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Kane Brown Teams With Marshmello for New Single, “One Thing Right” [Listen]

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 10:24

Kane Brown joined forces with electronic music producer/DJ Marshmello for a new single, “One Thing Right.”

Penned by Kane, Marshmello, Jesse Frasure, Josh Hoge and Matthew McGinn, “One Thing Right” is Marshmello’s first collaboration with a country artist. The tune was initially slated for Kane’s 2018 sophomore album, Experiment, but Kane decided to send it to Marshmello after meeting him at the 2018 American Music Awards.

“Marshmello had reached out to say congratulations while I was at the AMAs,” says Kane. “I sent him the song and he ended up being really passionate about it, and said he wanted to even make it a single, so we ended up working on it together. I am a huge Marshmello fan and think he is an incredible artist in his space, so I am thrilled to be able to get to collaborate with him on this. It’s amazing seeing a song you wrote come to life like that.”

Marshmello and Kane will bring “One Thing Right” to Good Morning America’s Summer Concert Series on August 30.

Listen to “One Thing Right” below.

photo by Daniel Malikyar

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Listen to “Drinkin’ Hours” From Cole Swindell’s Upcoming EP, “Down Home Sessions V”

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 09:57

To celebrate the fifth anniversary of his recording deal with Warner Music Nashville, Cole Swindell will release a new EP, Down Home Sessions V.

Beginning with the release of “Drinkin’ Hours” on June 21, Cole will drop a new song every month for the next five months.

“I can’t believe I am about to release my fifth Down Home Sessions,” says Cole. “It’s one of my favorite projects because it allows me to share songs I have written between albums. I’m excited to roll this one out a little differently by giving the fans one song a month for the next five months focusing on fun, uptempo music.”

Cole has released a Down Home Sessions EP each of the last four years and supported them with four Down Home Tours.

Listen to “Drinkin’ Hours” below.

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Hungry for More Brett Young? He’s Releasing a New 5-Song EP, “The Acoustic Sessions” [Listen to “Catch”]

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 09:29

Brett Young announced plans for the release of a new five-song EP, The Acoustic Sessions, which will feature stripped-down versions of songs from his 2018 sophomore album, Ticket to L.A.

New tracks and accompanying videos will be unveiled monthly, culminating with the EP’s release on Sept. 13. The first new track/video, which was released in May, features Brett teaming with Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley for a performance of “Here Tonight.

The second installment is Brett’s acoustic rendition of his current single, “Catch,” which you can watch below. The EP will also include “Don’t Wanna Write This Song,” “Chapters” and “Ticket to L.A.”

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Singer Sues Carrie Underwood, NBC & NFL Over “Game On” Copyright Infringement

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 08:47

Singer/songwriter Heidi Merrill filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Carrie Underwood, NBC and the NFL over “Game On,” the 2018 theme song to Sunday Night Football.

According to the lawsuit, Heidi claims that her song, “Game On,” which she penned with three others in 2016, recorded and posted to YouTube in 2017, is “substantially—even strikingly—similar, if not identical” to Carrie’s version of the song, which was co-penned by Carrie, Chris DeStefano and Brett James.

Heidi also claims she met Carrie’s producer, Mark Bright, at an event in Nashville and pitched the song to him.

Heidi and the co-writers of the song have named Carrie, Mark Bright, NBC, the NFL, Sony Corp., Warner Music Group and more as co-defendants in the lawsuit, which was filed in New York on June 19.

The plaintiffs are seeking an unspecified amount in damages.

Listen to Heidi’s version of “Game On” below.

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Scotty McCreery’s New Video for “In Between” Showcases Dynamic Persona [Watch]

Thu, 06/20/2019 - 13:33

Scotty McCreery dropped a new video for his current single, “In Between.” Directed by Jeff Ray, the new clip showcases Scotty’s multifaceted persona, from his energetic performances onstage to quiet moments at home with wife Gabi and dog Moose. The video also includes footage from Scotty and Gabi’s honeymoon in Bora Bora in 2018, as well as Scotty hanging with friends, playing golf and more.

Penned by Scotty, Frank Rogers, Jessi Alexander and Jonathan Singleton, “In Between” follows previous No. 1 singles “Five More Minutes” and “This Is It.” All three songs are from Scotty’s 2018 album, Seasons Change.

“‘In Between’ is a song that kinda talks about where I was at in life when I was writing it,” says Scotty to NCD. “I feel like a lot of folks can relate to it.”

With lyrics like “I’m in between / Friday night wild / And quiet Sunday morning / Between / Done after one / And keep on pouring / Ain’t too high / Ain’t too low / Just holding down the middle / I’m steady as I go,” the tune conjures up references to those years in your early 20s when many people are trying to transition from their teenage years to the full-fledged responsibilities of adulthood.

Watch Scotty’s new video below.

photo by NCD

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Dan + Shay, Thomas Rhett, Kelsea Ballerini, Kacey Musgraves, Kane Brown & More Earn Multiple Teen Choice Awards Nominations

Thu, 06/20/2019 - 11:27

The Teen Choice Awards announced its first wave of nominations on June 19.

Dan + Shay, Thomas Rhett, Kelsea Ballerini, Kacey Musgraves, Kane Brown, Billy Ray Cyrus and Lil Nas X earned multiple nominations on the country front.

Lil Nas X led all artists with five nominations, including three for his crossover hit, “Old Town Road.”

Fans can vote for their favorite nominees now through June 25. The 2019 Teen Choice Awards airs live on Aug. 11 at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.

Check out all of the country music-centric nominees below.

Choice Country Artist
Brett Young
Dan + Shay
Kacey Musgraves
Kane Brown
Kelsea Ballerini
Thomas Rhett

Choice Country Song
Maren Morris, “Girl”
Kane Brown, “Good as You”
Thomas Rhett, “Look What God Gave Her”
Kelsea Ballerini, “Miss Me More”
Kacey Musgraves, “Rainbow”
Dan + Shay, “Speechless”

Choice Song: Male Artist
Lil Nas X, “Old Town Road”
Khalid, “Better”
Shawn Mendes, “If I Can’t Have You”
Travis Scott, “SICKO MODE”
Louis Tomlinson, “Two of Us”
Post Malone, “Wow”

Choice Collaboration
Lil Nas X (feat. Billy Ray Cyrus), “Old Town Road [Remix]”
BTS (feat. Halsey), “Boy With Luv”
Sam Smith & Normani, “Dancing With A Stranger”
Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber, “I Don’t Care”
Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper, “Shallow”
Julia Michaels (feat. Niall Horan), “What A Time”

Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Song
Lil Nas X (feat. Billy Ray Cyrus), “Old Town Road [Remix]”
Meek Mill (feat. Drake), “Going Bad”
Mustard & Migos, “Pure Water”
Post Malone & Swae Lee, “Sunflower (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)”
Khalid, “Talk”
Post Malone, “Wow”

Choice Breakout Artist
Lil Nas X
Billie Eilish
HRVY
Juice WRLD
Lizzo
ROSALÍA

Choice Male Artist
Lil Nas X
Ed Sheeran
Khalid
Post Malone
Shawn Mendes

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Granger Smith & Wife Share Heartfelt Thoughts & Celebrate Late Son’s Life in Emotional Video [Watch]

Thu, 06/20/2019 - 09:28

For the first time since the tragic death of their three-year-old son, River, on June 6, Granger Smith and wife Amber spoke directly to the public in a new 28-minute video, Finding Light in Our Darkest Time. The new video, which was released via YouTube on June 19, also features clips and photos of River.

During the first 10 minutes of the video, the couple speaks directly to the camera, sharing some of the details surrounding River’s tragic accident, while thanking fans and hospital staff for their care, love and support. Granger and Amber reiterated their commitment to each other and their family—daughter London, 7, and son Lincoln, 5—as well as their faith.

Granger revealed the accident occurred when he was outdoors doing gymnastics with London, while River and Lincoln were playing with water guns.

“Somewhere between 30 seconds and three minutes—we don’t know—Amber and I are inside our pool gate doing CPR on our son,” says Granger.

Granger noted that River lived just over 1,000 days, adding, “If you could live those days barefoot, red hair flying back on your tractor full speed ahead, if you could do that with your family around you, with no real care in the world, that’s a good 1,000 days, that’s a good way to live.”

Granger and Amber asked that donations be made—in lieu of sympathies—to Dell Children’s Medical Center, the Central Texas hospital where River was treated. In addition, Granger and Amber honored River with a T-shirt, which is on sale now for $21.99, that features an excavator adorned with “Riv,” with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting Dell Children’s Medical Center. As it currently stands, donations in River’s memory and T-shirt sales have raised more than $100,000 for Dell Children’s Medical Center.

Granger also released a statement with the video, which you can read below.

“We’ve been on quite the journey these past few weeks. I’ve been dark on social media, but I still have a full understanding of the responsibility placed upon me as a public figure. I can choose to snuff that influence, or instead use my platform (in relevancy big or small) towards what I believe is right. I believe I’m obligated on certain levels to include you guys in my current journey, as I’ve been involved either personally or musically in yours.

The finality and mortality brought on by death makes life feel fragile. It can weaken, terrify and separate those close to it. But it can also awaken us. It can remind us never to take a moment with those we love for granted. In my house, we have united stronger and closer than we’ve ever been. We’ve cried. We’ve smiled. I’ve held my family tight. I’ve found strength from God and used that in the face of adversity so that my wife and children can rely on me. I’ve guarded my heart and my mind during weak moments and graciously accepted all of the encouragement and empathy from so many. I have realized that I will not slave over a search for answers, but instead for meaning. I will focus and then cultivate the light from a dark place, the good from the bad, God’s will from my own plans. I can rest assured knowing that River’s assignment on earth was always intended for 1116 days and not only did he live it to the fullest, but he lived it loved by so many, including a mother, father, sister and brother who held nothing back and have no regrets on how much he felt that love. We should all be so blessed to be able to live like Riv.

-Granger

P.S.-Thank you for all the love, prayers and support. We feel it!

If you’d like to buy a Riv shirt and support Dell Childrens Medical Center: https://yeeyeeapparel.com/products/ri…”

Watch Finding Light in Our Darkest Time below.

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[Exclusive Interview] Maren Morris Opens Up About “Playboy” Experience: “I’m Really Proud of What We Did . . . Everyone Chill the F Out”

Wed, 06/19/2019 - 12:46

One day after her Playboy interview and photos were posted online, Maren Morris stopped by the Ty Bentli Show to talk about why she decided to take part in the Playboy feature.

NCD has obtained exclusive excerpts from the interview that will air on country radio on June 29 [update, the interview was posted to Ty’s podcast on June 19—Listen Here].

Here are a few of Maren’s choice quotes regarding:

Public response and media interest from the Playboy photos and interview:

“Oh, yeah [it’s been positive]. I was just talking about this . . . you really can’t win. You could tweet ‘I love apples’ and someone would be like ‘F you, apples are awful.’ I’ve learned you can’t really win, so I’m just going to do what I believe in, and do me. I look at people like Dolly Parton, who did the cover of Playboy back in the ’70s, so that was sort of my guiding light when I was deciding whether or not to do the shoot.

“I kind of knew when I did it that it was going to be a little incendiary, but I didn’t really expect people to have such insane rage over it. That was the unforeseen part, people coming after Ryan [Hurd], people on my team, people that were a part of the shoot. I was just like, ‘Oh, my god, you guys aren’t even mad, this is such faux rage.’ This must be a slow news week because I’m literally wearing less on my Women’s Health cover.”

Not focusing on the haters:

I did those photos for me . . . not to be weird about it, I was just like, ‘Well, I look like this, I work out, while I look like this I want to have pretty photos of it.’ I guess for the first time I’ll go out and buy Playboy because I want to have some hard copies of it. I’m really proud of what we did. I love that it was all women on the shoot, so I felt super safe, and [the photos are] not nude, so everyone chill the F out.”

Parents and family seeing the Playboy photos and interview:

“I sent it to them last week when I got the advance copy. They were like totally cool with it. They know who I am. I think at the end of the day, it’s like, I’m married, I am in love with my partner, he supports me to no end—my music and me as a woman—so I feel like if I’m going to impart any wisdom, it’s coming from that angle.”

Challenging herself:

“Every year of my career, I’ve done something that’s scared me, from this [Playboy shoot] to doing ‘The Middle’ with Zedd. I thought that there’s a chance, if I do this song with this EDM guy, country is going to think that I’m like leaving them behind or something. Luckily that didn’t happen, and that wasn’t the case, and it was like a stupid fear. I didn’t get into this to be a torchbearer for my gender or anything like that. I just think that’s organically happened because there weren’t enough women getting airplay on the charts. As someone who was [getting airplay], I want to speak up for my female artist friends who work maybe harder than I do and don’t get an ounce of what I’ve received . . . I just naturally have fallen into this role . . . I want it to be more equal, I want everyone to get their fair share because everyone is so f’in talented and inspires me.”

photo by Curtis Hilbun, AFF-USA.com

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Marty Stuart’s 3 Artist-in-Residence Shows at the Hall of Fame to Feature Chris Stapleton, John Prine, Emmylou Harris & More on Select Dates

Wed, 06/19/2019 - 10:36

Following in the footsteps of country music luminaries like Kris Kristofferson, Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, Rosanne Cash and more, Marty Stuart will be the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s 16th artist-in-residence

Marty will perform three themed shows in the museum’s CMA Theater on Sept. 11 (The Pilgrim), Sept. 18 (Psychedelic Jam-Bo-Ree) and Sept. 25 (Songs That Tell a Story).

Sept. 11: The Pilgrim
Marty will celebrate the re-release of his 10th studio album, The Pilgrim (1999), which showcases his songwriting and instrumental talents and tells the story of a man from Marty’s hometown of Philadelphia, Mississippi. He will celebrate this 20-year milestone with a host of musical guests including Chris and Morgane Stapleton, Emmylou Harris, Connie Smith, Gary Carter and Kristin Wilkinson with her Superlative Strings.

Sept. 18: Psychedelic Jam-Bo-Ree
The 1960s introduced us to undeniable superstars and gave us unforgettable songs. Join Marty for an evening celebrating country music of the 1960s, featuring a line-up of influential artists and musicians including Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman of The Byrds, Connie Smith, Old Crow Medicine Show, Buck Trent, Kenny Lovelace, Jim Lauderdale, the Grand Ole Opry Square Dancers and the Fabulous Superlatives.

Sept. 25: Songs That Tell a Story
Harlan Howard famously referred to country music as “three chords and the truth.” Marty will pay homage to country music’s musical stories with an acoustic show. This lineup will feature a number of Nashville’s most influential and revered storytellers including John Prine, Doug Kershaw, Dallas Frazier, Brandy Clark and the Fabulous Superlatives.

Established in 2003, the museum’s artist-in-residence series honors a musical master who has contributed a large and significant body of work to the canon of American popular music. The artist-in-residence is invited to use the museum’s performance venues to create unique musical experiences. Marty joins a prestigious group of past honorees that includes Cowboy Jack Clement, Earl Scruggs, Tom T. Hall, Guy Clark, Kris Kristofferson, Jerry Douglas, Vince Gill, Buddy Miller, Connie Smith, Kenny Rogers, Ricky Skaggs, Alan Jackson, Rosanne Cash, Jason Isbell and Miranda Lambert.

Tickets for all three shows are on sale now and can be purchased at CMATheater.com.

photo by Curtis Hilbun, AFF-USA.com

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“Breaking Thru With Elaina” Featuring Trisha Yearwood

Wed, 06/19/2019 - 10:09

Elaina Smith is back with the second season of her award-winning podcast, Breaking Thru With Elaina, formerly titled Women Want to Hear Women.

Season 2/Episode 2 features Elaina’s bucket-list guest, Trisha Yearwood, who will release her upcoming album, Every Girl, this fall.

Trisha stopped by the show to talk about women in country music, standing up for herself, image, marriage, husband Garth Brooks, her new music and more.

Check out Elaina’s new interview with Trisha below.

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Luke Combs Just Had One of the Best Weeks in the History of Country Music

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 13:39

If it seems like Luke Combs is crushing a new milestone every week . . . he is.

In addition to getting invited to join the Grand Ole Opry on June 11, Luke achieved the largest streaming week ever for a country artist. Check out a few of his amazing accomplishments on the Billboard country charts this week.

  • Luke’s five-track EP, The Prequel, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.
  • Luke’s 2017 debut album, This One’s for You, is No. 2 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.
  • All five tracks on The Prequel are in the Top 25 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, which hasn’t been accomplished since Johnny Cash did it in 1959.

Luke recently made history as the first artist to simultaneously top all five Billboard country charts for multiple weeks: Top Country Albums, Hot Country Songs, Country Airplay, Country Streaming Songs and Country Digital Song Sales. He is also the first country artist in history whose first five singles have reached No. 1.

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Check Out Maren Morris’ “Playboy” Interview & Photos: “Not Many Country Artists Speak Up”

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 10:41

Maren Morris’ new interview and photo spread in Playboy was posted online on June 18.

The almost-3,000-word interview covers a wide range of topics, spanning music, marriage, fears, sexuality, gender inequality more.

I didn’t come to play, BOY…// did one of my favorite interviews in @playboy this month. Photographed, styled, and interviewed by WOMEN for their Gender + Sexuality issuehttps://t.co/vmLt5hEIZu

— MAREN MORRIS (@MarenMorris) June 18, 2019

A number of artists have posed for Playboy over the years, including Dolly Parton (cover: Oct. 1978), Madonna (cover: Sept. 1985), Maria Carey (cover: March 2007), Halsey (cover: Sept//Oct. 2017) and more.

Check out a handful of choice quotes from Maren’s interview below, and be sure to read the full interview here.

  • “There’s strength in the femininity of needing someone but also in having the confidence to ask for it.”
  • “For the past two years I’ve been the most-played woman on country radio. It’s still way less than a man, but for some reason my music is being played.”
  • “I would love to sing with Kehlani. I saw H.E.R. at the Grammys, and she was incredible. I love Khalid. If I’m shooting real high, I would love to sing with Beyoncé. That’s the pinnacle.”
  • “I get only one life here, and if I’m going to be a musician and do this thing I’ve been given a gift for, I would like people to know what I believe in. This is where I stand, this is what I want, this is the world I want my kids to live in. That’s why I speak up when I do. It definitely ruffles feathers. Not many country artists speak up.”
  • “Doing Playboy has been a really fun challenge. I’m trying to do more things that scare me. Every year I’m trying to peel back my layers emotionally—and I guess physically.”
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Morgan Wallen’s “Whiskey Glasses” Celebrates Third Straight Week Atop Billboard Chart

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 10:10

Morgan Wallen continues his reign atop the Billboard Country Airplay chart as “Whiskey Glasses” notched its third straight week at No. 1.

Penned by Ben Burgess and Kevin Kadish, “Whiskey Glasses” is Morgan’s first multi-week No. 1 tune. He scored his first No. 1 single with “Up Down” in June 2018.

“The power of this song, my fans and country radio continues to just blow me away,” says Morgan. “I can’t even express how grateful I am to everybody who made this all possible. Thank you for my first multi-week number one.”

Morgan will release his fourth single, “Chasin’ You,” in July. Morgan is currently on tour with Florida Georgia Line as part of their Can’t Say I Ain’t Country Tour.

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“Dive Bar”—Garth Brooks Releases New Duet With Blake Shelton to Country Radio

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 08:58

Garth Brooks and Blake Shelton have joined forces for a new duet, “Dive Bar,” which will be featured on Garth’s upcoming album, FUN.

Penned by Garth, Mitch Rossell and Bryan Kennedy, “Dive Bar” was shipped to country radio on June 18, which is the only place you can hear it right now.

“It sounds fresh, and it sounds like summer to me,” Garth says. “Blake kept pushing for it to be more steels, more country and stuff. Blake was nothing short of fantastic.”

Garth and Blake will perform the single live for the first time during Garth’s Stadium Tour in Boise, Idaho, on July 19. Garth also revealed that he and Blake are shooting a music video for the new tune.

“The idea is coming for this one—to do a video that I’m not sure has been done before,” says Garth. “Any time you get that chance, take it. This will be fun.”

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Nash FM 103.3 will be playing “Dive Bar” today.

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photos: Blake Shelton by Tammie Arroyo, AFF-USA.com; Garth Brooks by NCD

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Brett Eldredge Scores 7th No. 1 Single With “Love Someone” [Watch Him Celebrate With Dad]

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 13:38

Brett Eldredge scored his 7th No. 1 single this week as “Love Someone” ascended to the top of the Mediabase chart.

Penned by Brett, Ross Copperman and Heather Morgan, “Love Someone,” which is featured on Brett’s 2017 self-titled album, is his first No. 1 since 2016’s “Wanna Be That Song.”

“It’s been a hell of a ride with ‘Love Someone,’” says Brett. “I have to thank Ross Copperman and Heather Morgan for bringing your amazing gifts and writing this song with me. . . and, of course, I have to thank my insanely passionate fans, country radio and my team for their belief in me and my music. What a way to finish out this album—and we are just getting started!”

Brett celebrated the news onstage with his dad at the Tailgate ’N Tallboys music festival in home state of Illinois on June 16. Check out the clip below.

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Donations & Tribute Shirt in Honor of Granger Smith’s Late Son Have Raised More Than $100,000 for Children’s Hospital

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 12:55

Following the death of their 3-year-old son, River Kelly Smith, in a tragic accident on June 6, Granger Smith and wife Amber asked that donations be made—in lieu of sympathies—to Dell Children’s Medical Center, the Central Texas hospital where River was treated.

In addition, Granger and Amber honored River with a T-shirt, which is on sale now for $21.99, that features an excavator adorned with “Riv,” with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting Dell Children’s Medical Center.

As it currently stands, donations in River’s memory and T-shirt sales have raised more than $100,000 for Dell Children’s Medical Center.

The River Smith Tribute Shirt is now on sale.

100% of the proceeds will go to Dell Childrens Medical Center in honor of River Kelly Smith. River was Granger and Amber Smith’s youngest son who tragically passed away on June 6, 2019.

GET ONE HERE: https://t.co/E5EVM3FgME pic.twitter.com/hsAf2CX5vV

— Yee Yee Apparel (@YeeYeeApparel) June 10, 2019

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