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February 20, 2019 - The Country Music Association honored the songwriters behind the hits at the 10th annual CMA Triple Play Awards on Tuesday. CMA Triple Play Awards recipients were honored for having penned three number one songs within a 12-month period based on the Country Aircheck, Billboard Country Airplay and... »»»
February 20, 2019 - Chris Stapleton. Dan + Shay and Ian Fitchuk led the Academy of Country Music nominations with six apiece. Kacey Musgraves scored five nominations, while Dierks Bentley, Florida Georgia Line, Bebe Rexha and Brothers Osborne had four apiece. The 54th Academy of Country Music Awards will be held in Las... »»»
February 19, 2019 - Dan + Shay were first on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with "Tequila" for the week ending Feb. 16. Luke Combs spent its 26th week at number one with "This One's For You." On the albums chart, Dan + Shay were second with their self-titled disc. Chris Stapleton stayed third with "Traveller" as... »»»
February 19, 2019 - Big & Rich entered into a partnership with Reviver Records. This move reunites the duo - Big Kenny and John Rich - with Reviver Records' President Gator Michaels. Effective immediately, Reviver Records will promote the duo's latest single "Brand New Buzz," to radio. The deal is for promotion,... »»»
February 19, 2019 - George Strait's brand new single "Every Little Honky Tonk Bar" debuts as the most-added single at country radio this week with 117 stations, landing the tune in the Top 20 on Billboard's Country Airplay Chart. The song, penned by Strait, Bubba Strait and longtime collaborator Dean Dillon, is the first... »»»
February 19, 2019 - Chicago's Country LakeShake revealed this year's lineup for the launch pad "Next from Nashville" stage today. The side stage is designed to feature new artists at the fest coming June 21-23. Kassi Ashton, Austin Burke, Travis Denning, Clare Dunn, Ross Ellis, Caylee Hammack, Hardy, Levi Hummon,... »»»
February 19, 2019 - Kip Moore is releasing "The Bull," as the next single from his studio album "Slowheart." Co-written by Jon Randall and Luke Dick, the song marks Moore's first-ever outside recording. "This song embodies who I am and what we've been doing on the road as a band for years," said Moore.... »»»
February 19, 2019 - Dierks Bentley released a new single, "Living" to radio today. This is the third single from "The Mountain," which also featured the hits "Woman, Amen" and "Burning Man" with Brothers Osborne. "The idea for this song started from being on the road and realizing how little 'living' we were actually... »»»
February 18, 2019 - Winning Grammys will do a lot for album sales. After taking home four Grammys last Sunday including Album of the Year for "Golden Hour," Kacey Musgraves returned to the Billboard top 10. Musgraves was ninth with 35,000 units moved, up 524 percent. About 20,000 were in album sales, an increase of 735 percent.... »»»
February 16, 2019 - Miranda Lambert revealed on Saturday on Saturday that got married. Lambert, who once upon a time was married to Blake Shelton, married New York City police officer Brendan McLoughlin. " In honor of Valentine's Day I wanted to share some news. I met the love of my life. And we got hitched! My heart is full.... »»»
February 15, 2019 - Luke Combs went the acoustic route today. The North Carolina star issued an acoustic version of his Platinum-certified single, "Beautiful Crazy." The stripped-down rendition, produced by Scott Moffatt, celebrates "Beautiful Crazy" which reached number three at country radio after 14 weeks on the... »»»
February 15, 2019 - Florida Georgia Line is out with "Can't Say I Ain't Country," and the duo of Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley seem intent on proving that on a number of songs on the disc. The title track is one of their most traditional songs to date. They veer more towards that route, but also return to their more typical sound.... »»»
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February 14, 2019 - Robert Earl Keen is hitting the road in March and April. Keen kicks off a new slate of full-band concerts with the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo on March 17 and ends in Baton Rouge, La. on April 20 for a 20-date run. More dates will be added. The shows are: March 17 Houston, TX - Houston Livestock... »»»
February 14, 2019 - Ryan Hurd released a music video for his current single, "To a T," featuring a cast of actual couples and a contemporary cameo via FaceTime by wife Maren Morris. The video, directed by Blythe Thomas, is about real love and real people representing every stage of a relationship from new beginnings to... »»»
February 13, 2019 - Maren Morris will release her sophomore disc, "Girl," on March 8, she said on her website today. The 14-track new album includes "Common" (featuring Brandi Carlile), the second song to release off the forthcoming new project and follow-up to the title track, which made history last month when it... »»»
February 13, 2019 - Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard has a lot to look forward to this year. On the professional front, Hubbard and Brian Kelley are releasing a new album on Friday, "Can't Say I Ain't Country." And come August, Hubbard will be a father again. On Instagram, his wife, Hayley Hubbard, posted,... »»»
February 12, 2019 - Chase Rice will go the deluxe route when he is out with "Lambs & Lions (Worldwide Deluxe)," on March 1. "Our European fans blew us away when they sold out our first overseas tour two years ago, and they haven't let up since," said Rice. "We spent the end of 2018 in London, Manchester, Glasgow and... »»»
February 12, 2019 - Hometown Rising, the first-ever country music and bourbon Festival, will make its debut in September as a two-day festival featuring Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Little Big Town and Luke Bryan in Louisville. The festival debuts Saturday, Sept. 14 and Sunday, Sept. 15 at Highland Festival Grounds at KY Expo Center.... »»»
February 12, 2019 - Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit and Father John Misty will co-headline a national tour that will run throughout June. The tour will begin on June 5 in San Diego, with stops that include Seattle, Minneapolis, Chicago, Detroit, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Dallas and Houston before wrapping up in Tulsa, Okla. on June 29.... »»»
February 11, 2019 - Reba McEntire will return to host the Academy of Country Music awards in April. The ACMs will be held at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 7. This marks the 16th time McEntire will host. She will appear on CBS This Morning on Feb. 20 to reveal the nominees for the 54th ACMs.... »»»
February 11, 2019 - George Strait released a new single, "Every Little Honky Tonk Bar," today . "Every Little Honky Tonk Bar," written by Strait, his son Bubba and longtime collaborator Dean Dillon, is also available on all digital and streaming partners with its official radio add date being Feb. 19.... »»»