Warner Music NashvilleIf you can’t wait for the new album from Dan Shay, it turns out you don’t have to. Fans who pre-order the duo’s second effort will now be able to instantly download half the record, including the single “From the Ground Up,” “Already Ready,” “Road Trippin’,” “How Not To” and the title track.
“The Obsessed album is for our fans, and surprising them is one of our favorite things to do,” Dan Smyers says. “We wouldn’t be able to do what we do without them, so we wanted to give them more music sooner than they could buy it in stores.”
“There’s nothing better than hearing them sing our songs back to us at a show, hitting every word and every note,” Shay Mooney adds. “We’re so excited to share the new album… with our fans and hear what they think.”
Dan Shay are also rolling out a new video for “Road Trippin.” You can watch the clip that was shot recently in Los Angeles on YouTube now. Look for the duo’s full album in stores and online June 3.
ABC/Randy HolmesThomas Rhett will be up bright and early Monday morning to announce the nominees for the 2016 CMT Music Awards. He’ll reveal this year’s contenders on the May 9 edition of NBC’s Today show, which starts at 7 a.m.
The “Die a Happy Man” hitmaker will not only start the day on NBC-- he’ll end it there as well, as he stays up late to do his top-10 hit “T-Shirt” on Late Night with Seth Myers. It starts at 12:35 a.m. ET. The CMT Music Awards takes place June 8.
ABC/Image Group LAFor close to three decades, the City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game has been a staple of Fan Fair and CMA Music Festival. Now, the stars are lining up for the 26th anniversary matchup in Music City.
Vince Gill, Scotty McCreery, David Nail, Charles Esten from ABC’s Nashville, rocker Bret Michaels, Chris Lane, RaeLynn and Jamie Lynn Spears are among the celebs who’ll suit up for the game that’s typically as much about hijinks as it is about America’s favorite pastime.
Tickets are on sale now via Ticketmaster for the Tuesday, June 7 game at Nashville’s First Tennessee park. Proceeds help City of Hope work toward cures for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases.
Warner Music NashvilleNot only is Cole Swindell releasing his sophomore album You Should Be Here on Friday, he’s also starring in an hour-long concert special on AUDIENCE Network. The intimate performance and interview was taped recently in Los Angeles.
Cole Swindell: Live on AT&T airs Friday, May 6 at 9 p.m. ET on AUDIENCE Network, a channel available exclusively to DIRECTV and U-verse subscribers. You can watch a preview of Cole’s special on YouTube now.
BBR Music GroupRight about now, Randy Houser should be enjoying his honeymoon. The Mississippi native married Australian beauty Tatiana Starzynski Wednesday at historic Homestead Manor in Franklin, Tennessee. His four-year-old West was the ring bearer, assisted by Randy’s beloved dog Hawk, led by groomsman Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line. The new couple exited as the duo’s new song “H.O.L.Y.” played, according to People. Just to make sure their 120 guests could concentrate, phones were checked prior to the ceremony.
Having been engaged a year, Randy admits he’s already in love with his new kinfolks “down under.”
“Tatiana has a fantastic family there, and you know her mother's here right now. Just an amazing family that she comes from and we get to go over there and we have a ball in Australia. It's such a beautiful place, and I feel like I have, honestly I feel like I've been adopted by a new family in a lot of ways.”
The “We Went” hitmaker says his new bride is to thank for a new sense of clarity in lots of areas of his life.
“My best teammate's standing beside me,” he brags, “and that makes a ton of difference to know. I'm not looking for anything other than -- now I want to live, you know? And I think that's the biggest thing.”
Randy’s new single, “Song Number 7,” is currently climbing the charts, on the heels of his recent number one.
Capitol NashvilleWhen Keith Urban heard the title of a new play coming to New York City, he knew Ripcord should be the name of his new album as well. “I thought, 'Gosh that just sounds right. That has the right originality, the right motion, the right energy,” he recalls. Once he considered what a ripcord can do for you, he was even more convinced.
“If you're leaping out of a plane with a parachute, you're grabbing that ripcord to save your life, and I thought that was an incredible metaphor, because music for me is really about that. It can really save lives. I'm sure there's plenty of people listening right now who's got their hand on the radio testifyin’,” he says, drifting into a southern drawl. “It's got extraordinary power. Music has been that for me, many times.”
The Australian superstar confesses jumping out of an aircraft also has something in common with the way he dives in when he starts recording.
“I just set out to capture what I'm into and where I'm at right now really -- and that's every record for me. You go in and you record a song like 'John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16'… and you go, 'Here it is. Now we're off and running!' It's pure discovery.”
Diving in, Keith can handle. But knowing when to land is another story.
“I find it hard to finish records,” he admits, “because I don't know where one finishes and the next one starts. It's a continuum, so I guess you just end when you have an opening night,” he laughs. “That's when the record's finished!”
Keith’s opening night comes June 2, as he launches his tour that takes its name from his latest offering. Ripcord is new in stores and online today.
Warner Music NashvilleFor the second time in less than a year, Frankie Ballard is taking his music to the fans overseas. The “It All Started with a Beer” hitmaker first played for European audiences in March, and he heads back this fall to debut music from his new album recorded in Texas, El Rio, due June 10.
“Our first trip was such a great time, we decided to come back for more. I’m anxious to see how the new album reacts overseas… it’ll have its sea-legs by October!” he jokes.
Here’s the complete itinerary for Frankie’s 10-date trek across Europe:
10/3 -- Amsterdam, Holland, Sugar Factory 10/4 -- Hamburg, Germany, Nochtspeicher 10/5 -- Munich, Germany, Backstage 10/7 -- Manchester, England, Academy 3 10/8 -- Glasgow, Scotland, Oran Mor 10/9 -- Leeds, England, Brudenell Social Club 10/11 -- Birmingham, England, O2 Academy 2 10/12 -- Brighton, England, Concorde 2 10/13 -- London, England, Bush Hall 10/14 -- Dublin, Ireland, Academy 2
Thirty Tigers/Carnival Recording CompanyIf you were listening closely during Wednesday night's episode of ABC's Nashville, you might’ve noticed a familiar-sounding voice. As The Exes, Scarlett O’Connor and Gunnar Scott, fought before going onstage, a song called “Sit Here and Cry” played in the background. If it sounded a little like Lee Ann Womack -- well, there’s a good reason why. It’s one of the tracks from her daughter Aubrie Sellers' debut album.
"It's one of the sarcastic songs on the record, where it sounds like a downer, but if you listen to it, it's clearly not. It's sarcastic and it's driving and it's energetic," she says of the song.
If you wonder exactly what kind of music Aubrie makes -- she calls it garage country.
"I was trying to describe it to someone and I had just been calling it country, but I never felt like it really described it. You know, it's country or it's Americana or it's alt-country. But I didn't feel like -- I wanted something that more specifically described what it was. And I was talking about, 'Well I love rock, you know, and sort of that garage, trashy sound.' And then I was like, 'Well let's just call it garage country!'" she laughs.
Aubrie's first album, New City Blues, is available now.
BusinessWireThis summer, Kelsea Ballerini joins other major stars like American Idol alum Adam Lambert as one of the faces of Macy’s American Icons campaign. In Kelsea’s ad, she sports fashion-forward looks from Rachel Roy, Maison Jules and Ray-Ban. The “Dibs” songstress admits playing dress-up is right in her wheelhouse.
“Well I just have always been such a girly girl. Like I love clothes and I think clothes kind of just like reflect your mood, so I just kind of do whatever, I just kinda dress however. But I think it's fun to, like especially in videos, to kinda push limits and dress up, be glam!”
You can check out Kelsea’s latest glam looks in the video for her new single, “Peter Pan.” You should start seeing her Macy’s ads next week.
Comstock/Thinkstock Chris Young and Cassadee Pope's "Think of You" is the latest duet to go #1 on the country charts. Can you name the two male/female collaborations that reached the top spot in 2015? ANSWER: Blake Shelton and Ashley Monroe's "Lonely Tonight" & Kenny Chesney and Grace Potter's "Wild Child."
ACL Music FestivalIf you’re a fan of fine, fine music – and of course you are – you need to get yourself to Austin, Texas this fall for the 15th annual Austin City Limits Music Festival, which this year celebrates their milestone anniversary with a talent lineup that’s even more impressive than the fest’s usual A-list roster.
Grammy, ACM and CMA winner Chris Stapleton tops the bill, along with Willie Nelson and KaceyMusgraves. Rockers Radiohead and Mumford & Sons, as well as rapper KendrickLamar, will also top the diverse bill for the festival, which takes place across two consecutive weekends – September 30-October 2, and October 7-9 – at Austin’s Zilker Park. More than 130 bands will play on a total of eight stages during the the festival .
In anticipatation of the crowds and in response to feedback from past attendees, organizers say they’ve taken numerous steps to make this year’s festival a better experience for all, including more water stations and improved concessions and shopping, a family entrance and shaded “Austin Kiddle Limits”area, and adjusted stage placement for better sound and crowd control.
Tickets for the Austin City Limits Festival are on sale now via ACLFestival.com in a variety of packages, including a three-day general admission pass that’ll cost you $225. If you can’t make it, no worries – the festival will stream live on Red Bull TV as well as on the festival website, where you can also check out the festival lineup so far, as well as sign up for email updates.
Warner Music NashvilleEven though Cole Swindell’s sophomore effort takes its title from the multi-week number one he wrote about the loss of his dad, the die-hard Georgia Southern fan warns you shouldn’t expect an album’s worth of songs like “You Should Be Here.”
“I want everybody to know it's not 12 'You Should Be Here' songs," he points out. "They all can't be like that. I think that's what makes that one so special. But there's fun stuff on this album that I think that will remind people of the first album, the fun side of me. But then also, not just dealing with loss, but breakups and heartbreak, stuff like that, like 'Ain't Worth the Whiskey,' there's some more songs like that that are just, I cannot wait to play live!”
Having written eight songs that have already made it to number one -- including five he sang himself -- Cole considers it a point of pride that nearly half of his new album is made up of tunes contributed by other people.
“You know, me being a songwriter, and proud of that, I'm proud of the songs I write. There's five songs on this album that I did not write, that I wish I would've written," he confesses. "You know, you work really hard to be able to say that, that your favorite writers are sending you songs now. Honestly, I know how hard that is to get songs, to write 'em and I think I've put together -- I want to have 12 great songs -- I want 'em to buy the album and not have to switch a song.”
The full You Should Be Here album arrives in stores and online on Friday. It includes Cole’s new single, “Middle of a Memory.”
ABCOn Wednesday night’s Nashville, things got ugly as Rayna Jaymes headed to court to fight her daughter Maddie’s petition to become an emancipated minor. When extensive details of Deacon Claybourne’s violent, alcoholic past came to light, it was clear he’d been betrayed by his AA sponsor and business partner Frankie Gray.
As Juliette Barnes realized Layla Grant now has all the things in life that previously belonged to her, she began to suspect that Layla somehow knew that her late boyfriend Jeff Fordham had died trying to save Juliette. Her Oscar nomination for Shenandoah Girl seemed only a minor comfort, when what she really wanted was to reunite with her ex Avery Barkley and their baby Cadence. Meanwhile, after consummating his new relationship with Layla, Avery became determined to see where it goes.
While country radio embraced Will Lexington’s new music, a conservative pundit lashed out at Luke Wheeler for promoting the gay country singer now signed to Wheelin’ Dealin’ Records. Though Luke was quick to defend him, in the end Will was left feeling like his label head only made the problem worse.
Scarlett O’Connor and Gunnar Scott awoke in the afterglow of their renewed relationship, late for an important interview with Rolling Stone. When the conversation turned into a review of their past romance, they realized they’re likely better off just being The Exes.
Real-life country star Kelsea Ballerini stopped by The Beverly to perform her latest hit, “Peter Pan,” just as Deacon decided to pay Frankie a visit. The building animosity between the two finally boiled over, and though Frankie threw the first punch, he ended up in the hospital -- while Deacon ended up in jail.
An incredulous Rayna couldn’t get past the timing of events to even process her husband’s explanation. Deacon’s latest violent outburst ended up convincing the judge Maddie should be emancipated, leaving a devastated Rayna crying alone in the courtroom.
The drama of Nashville continues next Wednesday night at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.
ABC/Image Group LAIt looks like Brad Paisley has a little something up his sleeve. Ads in country music trade publications tout new music from the West Virginia native, due a week from Friday, on May 13 at 6 a.m. ET. The plot thickens when you consider the ad also includes the silhouette of what appears to be a female figure, along with a question mark and the line “featuring a very special guest.”
If you’re taking inventory of Brad’s potential singing partners, he and his CMA co-host Carrie Underwood went to number one with “Remind Me” in 2011, while he’s recently been on tour with “Burning House” hitmaker Cam. Brad’s current album, Moonshine in the Trunk, does include two collaborations -- Carrie guests on “High Life,” while Country Music Hall of Famer Emmylou Harris drops in on “Gone Green.”
NBC/David LaChapelle We’ll get our first to chance to hear Blake Shelton’s new duet with his main squeeze, Gwen Stefani, next week on The Voice. It’s only fitting the two should debut their collaboration on the hit NBC show, since that’s where they met. The two wrote, “Go Ahead and Break My Heart” at the end of last October, just before reps confirmed the two were dating.
Even though the two come from different musical worlds, Blake says their backgrounds are actually much the same. “As different as we are musically, we’re a fan of the same type of songs,” he tells People. “We have these playlists that we send each other that are stuff that we loved growing up and they’re so similar, so I think it made it easy for us to collaborate.”
It’s also a safe bet that the “Just Came Here to Forget” hitmaker may be battling a case of the nerves on Monday night.
“I’m intimidated by Gwen all the time. Any time I take a step back and think, ‘Wow, to me she’s Gwen, but she’s Gwen Stefani,' you know what I mean? It’s like a self-check every now and then. Whoa, I’m hanging out with literally the coolest girl in the world and I get to hang out with her. Just having a meal with her sometimes, it’s like, ‘Whoa, that’s her sitting up there!’”
You can check out Blake and Gwen’s performance on The Voice Monday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. The duet will be included on the Oklahoma native’s new album, If I’m Honest, which comes out May 20.
Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockWatch for Kelsea Ballerini as she plays herself on Wednesday night's episode of Nashville, performing her latest hit, "Peter Pan." The drama airs at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.
Gary Allan is currently recovering from having surgery on his arm last week, but he's already looking forward to returning to the road soon.
Martina McBride promotes her new album Reckless Wednesday on Home & Family. You can catch it at 10 a.m. ET on Hallmark Channel.
Florida Georgia Line plays Jimmy Kimmel Live Wednesday night at 11:35 p.m. ET on ABC. You can check out their Tuesday appearance on CBS's The Talk on YouTube.
ABC/Image Group LAWhat do Carrie Underwood, Ivanka Trump and Chelsea Clinton all have in common? Since Carrie lacks a parent in the presidential race, the answer lies a little closer to home. All three make this year’s list of the 50 Most Powerful Moms, from Working Mother magazine.
Chosen based on their “ability to influence and inspire us to reach higher and further in building better lives for ourselves,” as well as their income and professional stature, this is Carrie’s first time to make the annual tally since giving birth to son Isaiah a little more than a year ago.
Carrie is in good company -- with Adele, Beyonce, Melissa McCarthy, Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon all making the ranking as well.