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May 21, 2015 - Eric Church'sThe Outsiders World Tour broke a record with a stop at Lincoln, Nebraska's Pinnacle Bank Arena on Wednesday night. Church set his fourth North America venue attendance record of 2015 with 15,823 present, a record previously held by Sir Elton John (Nov. 23, 2014; attendance 14,368).... »»»
May 21, 2015 - Little Big Town and Zac Brown Band both retained the top spots on the Billboard Hot Country Songs and Country Albums chart for the week ending May 30. LBT was first on the songs charts with "Girl Crush" Sam Hunt stayed second with "Take Your Time" and Florida Georgia Line third with "Sippin' On Fire.... »»»
May 21, 2015 - Hunter Hayes may be 23, but he's releasing "21" as his new single from a forthcoming project. The song is available via radio, the iHeartRadio app and Spotify today. The song goes to digital retail on Tuesday, May 26. "21" is the first taste of new music from Hayes that will be rolling out through... »»»
May 20, 2015 - Singer Katie Armiger is launching "Girls With Dreams," a national songwriting competition that gives young songwriters the chance to win a $10,000 college scholarship and have their music recorded with Armiger. The winner will be flown to Nashville to record their song with Armiger and two-time... »»»
May 20, 2015 - Zac Brown Band will have the only country disc in the Billboard top 10 when the chawrts are released on Thursday. Former chart topper "Jekyll + Hyde" is seventh on the chart 39,000 units sold, down 41 percent. The soundtrack to "Pitch Perfect 2" tops the chart with 107,000 units sold.... »»»
May 19, 2015 - The Milk Carton Kids are out with "Monterey," consisting of quiet songs recording in such places as churches. Kenny Pattengale and Joey Ryan have an Everly Brothers vibe, but on the low-key side. Kelsea Ballerini releases her first full length "The First Time." She has had success with the single... »»»
May 19, 2015 - Ladies and gentlemen, Brad Paisley. The country singer will open the Rolling Stones show on June 17 at LP Field in Nashville. Paisley sent out several tweets about the news: "May I have your attention please...," "So it's been a while since I was an opening act. But I think I remember how to do that...... »»»
May 19, 2015 - iHeart radio agreed to pay a $1 million fine to the Federal Communications Commission's for misuse of emergency alert system tones on the Bobby Bones Show on WSIX-FM in Nashville. The company admits to misuse of EAS tones and agreed to a compliance and reporting plan as a result of airing a false... »»»
May 19, 2015 - Luke Bryan announced today he is releasing a new album, "Kill the Lights," on Aug. 7. Bryan also released a new single today, "Kick the Dust Up," which is the name of his summer tour. Bryan is starting off his shows with the new single. He said in an interview with USA Today, "That's how confident we... »»»
May 18, 2015 - Windy City LakeShake country music festival in Chicago announced additional performers on Monday for the June event. The Next From Nashville second stage will feature Kelsea Ballerini, Tucker Beathard, Cam, Ruthie Collins, David Fanning, Haley & Michaels, JT Hodges, Joey Hyde, Ryan Kinder, Logan Mize,... »»»
May 15, 2015 - Laura Bell Bundy will have a second go round. Big Machine Label Group announced today her second album, "Another Piece of Me," is coming June 9. Bundy co-wrote or co-produced more than half of the 15 songs, while collaborating with producers Nathan Chapman, Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts and Tyler Cain.... »»»
May 14, 2015 - Zac Brown Band once again led the Billboard Top Country albums chart with "Jekyll + Hyde" for the week ending May 23. Little Big Town turned in the same trick on the Hot Country Songs chart with "Girl Crush." Sam Hunt was second on the songs chart with "Take Your Time." Florida Georgia Line was third... »»»
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May 14, 2015 - Brantley Gilbert will embark on a motorcycle ride with Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) to celebrate the May 18 release of "Just As I Am Platinum Edition" (The Valory Music Co.). This is the second consecutive year the Georgia native has embarked on this type of journey, launching the standard album... »»»
May 14, 2015 - Loretta Lynn and Jack White will be inducted into the Music City Walk of Fame, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, joined by Metro Parks and the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp. announced today. Lynn and White, who produced Lynn's last disc, "Van Lear Park," will join in the official ribbon-cutting of... »»»
May 14, 2015 - The Americana Music Association awards nominations were led by Sturgill Simpson, Shakey Graves and Lucinda Williams with three apiece. Not far behind in the six categories were Rhiannon Giddens and Lee Ann Womack with two apiece. Nominees were: Album of the Year (Award goes to Artist and... »»»
May 13, 2015 - Trisha Yearwood is going to the Country Music Hall of Fame, or at least her artifacts will. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum announced today the exhibition Trisha Yearwood: The Song Remembers When. The exhibition opens July 3 and runs through December. The exhibition will chronicle... »»»
May 13, 2015 - Zac Brown Band will once again top the Billboard Top Country Albums chart when it is officially out on Thursday, but will no longer be the best selling disc in the U.S. "Jekyll + Hyde" fell to fifth in its second week with 66,000 units sold, down 71 percent. Chris Stapleton's solo debut album,... »»»
May 13, 2015 - Carrie Underwood led the 2015 CMT Music Awards with five nominations on Thursday. Kenny Chesney and Lady Antebellum scored four each. Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Maddie & Tae and Miranda Lambert grabbed three each. The awards will be handed out June 10 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.... »»»
May 13, 2015 - RaeLynn released a video for her new single, "For A Boy. The Texas native, 21, penned the song with frequent collaborator Laura Veltz, following the Gold-certified "God Made Girls" that scored RaeLynn the highest charting debut single by a solo female artist in 2014. "I am so excited about the... »»»
May 12, 2015 - Kacey Musgraves announced today she would release her second major album and fifth overall, "Pageant Material," on June 23. The disc contains 13 songs and was recorded at famed Studio A in Nashville. "I'm so excited for y'all to hear it!," Musgraves wrote on Facebook. "The breadth of "Pageant... »»»
May 12, 2015 - Mickey Guyton will release an EP on May 26, she disclosed via Facebook today. Guyton, who starts touring with Brad Paisley on Friday, wrote, "I have been in the studio a lot over the last year getting this music ready for you all and I just couldn't wait any longer to share it. I have an EP with new... »»»