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August 17, 2018 - Cole Swindell hopes his hit-making machinery success will continue with "All Of It." Michael Carter produced the dozen-song set, his third studio album. The lead single was "Break Up in the End." The Georgian's first seven singles included six number ones and a number two. A new, but very old Buck... »»»
August 16, 2018 - The country community weighed in with sadness at the passing of soul legend Aretha Franklin at 76 on Thursday. Faith Hill, who recorded an unreleased song with Ms. Franklin, tweeted, "The choir of angels now have the greatest voice of all time to lead, praise and join in to sing before Jesus.... »»»
August 15, 2018 - Angaleena Presley, one-third of Pistol Annies and a solo artist, is slated to give birth in January. Miranda Lambert made the announcement at her concert in Dallas with her fellow Annies, Ashley Monroe and Presley onstage with her. Lambert announced, "One of us is drinking, one of us is smoking, and... »»»
August 14, 2018 - Chris Lane, who just released his sophomore disc, "Laps Around the Sun," will launch a headline tour this fall. The tour starts Oct. 12 in Gulf Breeze, Fla. with support from young country singer Mason Ramsey and American Idol entrant Gabby Barrett. The tour ends at Philadelphia's Theatre of Living Arts on Dec. 15.... »»»
August 14, 2018 - Thomas Rhett's latest album, "Life Changes," earned RIAA Platinum certification, signifying sales and streams of 1 million units. "I found out 'Life Changes" and Platinum and the single was Gold the same day I got to play Nissan Stadium at home in Nashville, so that was a really special moment for me," Rhett said.... »»»
August 14, 2018 - "Meant to Be" is first on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the 37th straight week Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line for the chart ending Aug. 18. Luke Combs was first on the Top Country Albums chart with "This One's For You." Last week's album chart leader, "Songs For the Saints" from Kenny... »»»
August 13, 2018 - It's beginning to a lot like Christmas, at least for Martina McBride. The singer announced today that she would release a holiday album, her second, along with the Joy of Christmas Tour. McBride also will publish her second cookbook in October with a tour to follow. "It's the Holiday Season" is out as... »»»
August 13, 2018 - It's beginning to a lot like Christmas, at least for Martina McBride. The singer announced today that she would release a holiday album, her second, along with the Joy of Christmas Tour. McBride also will publish her second cookbook in October with a tour to follow. "It's the Holiday Season" is out as... »»»
August 13, 2018 - LANCO announced its first headlining run today with the Hallelujah Nights tour. The group starts the tour on Oct. 24 in Columbia, Mo. with special guest Travis Denning. The tour will hit 14 cities and end in Nashville. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m. local time. "This is a brand new show... »»»
August 13, 2018 - Joshua Hedley released a video his countrypolitan song "Weird Thought Thinker." The is on Hedley's debut disc, "Mr. Jukebox," a traditional country disc out on Third Man Records. Directed by actor/filmmaker Travis Nicholson (CMT's Still The King) and edited by Josh Shreeve & Jason Denton, "Weird... »»»
August 10, 2018 - Cole Swindell released a video today for single "Break Up In The End." Told through a series of pre-release tracks from his upcoming album "All of It," due Aug. 17, Swindell wove a love story that began at its end. After releasing visuals for "Somebody's Been Drinking" and "Love You Too Late,"... »»»
August 10, 2018 - A few singers associated with more famous family members are out with new music today. Robbie Fulks and Linda Gail Lewis paired up for a new disc today with the aptly named "Wild! Wild! Wild!" Fulks is the long-time country traditionalist from Chicago, while Lewis has a rockabilly slant to her music.... »»»
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August 9, 2018 - The International Bluegrass Music Association announced the nominees for their Special Awards, Momentum Awards, designated for artists in the early stages of their careers. The Special Awards are for those working behind the scenes, including journalists and songwriters, while the Momentum Awards are... »»»
August 8, 2018 - Only a month after releasing a self-titled disc, Dan + Shay are released raw recordings of their previously recorded music. At midnight on Thursday, the duo released their megahit "Tequila" along with their new single "Speechless" in a capella versions. Dan Smyers, one-half of the duo, tweeted, "While... »»»
August 8, 2018 - Kenny Chesney debuted in second on the Billboard chart with his new disc "Songs for the Saints," which also led the Top Country Albums chart. "Meant to Be" from Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line stays another week atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending Aug. 11.... »»»
August 8, 2018 - Lorrie Collins, who was one-half of the rockabilly duo The Collins Kids, died on Saturday at 76. The Collins Kids were an American rockabilly duo comprised of Lorrie Collins and her younger brother, Larry. He said that she died due to complications from a fall, according to the New York Times.... »»»
August 8, 2018 - Carrie Underwood announced today she would launch The Cry Pretty Tour 360 next spring. The singer also said that she was pregnant with her second child with husband Mike Fisher, the former NHL player. The tour starts May 1 in Greensboro, N.C., hitting 55 arenas across the U.S. and Canada.... »»»
August 7, 2018 - Ronnie Dunn, K.T. Oslin, Byron Hill, Wayne Kirkpatrick and Joe Melson will be inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in October, it was announced today. The five new inductees will join the 208 existing members of the organization when they are officially inducted during the 48th... »»»
August 7, 2018 - Kenny Chesney is releasing a new single, "Better Boat," featuring Mindy Smith. The song is the second from his just released disc, "Songs for the Saints." The first single was the hit "Get Along." "Of all the songs on 'Songs for the Saints,' 'Better Boat' really captures the emotion of that moment -... »»»
August 6, 2018 - Kenny Chesney's "Songs for the Saints" will debut at number on the Billboard 200 chart behind Drake's "Scorpion." This was Chesney's 15th top 10 album. He moved 77,000 units, including 65,000 in traditional album sales. Streams accounted for the remainder. Chesney had the only country CD in the top 10.... »»»
August 6, 2018 - John Hiatt will return with "The Eclipse Sessions" on Oct. 12 on New West Records. The 11-track set is Hiatt's first new album in four years. It was produced by Kevin McKendree (Delbert McClinton) and features Hiatt's longtime drummer Kenneth Blevins and bassist Patrick O'Hearn, as well as Yates... »»»