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Country News Digest, May 2016


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May 31, 2016 - Old Dominion hopes that now is the time for "Song For Another Time," the band's new single. "Song For Another Time" is the third single from the band's debut, "Meat and Candy." The song goes for adds June 20. The quintet had a number one single with "Break Up With Him" and has gone top five with "Snapback.... »»»
May 29, 2016 - Blake Shelton will have the top country album on the Billboard album chart when it is released on Tuesday as "If I'm Honest" was third overall with 170,000 units moved. The figure includes 153,000 units sold plus streaming and track equivalent album sales. Shelton had the only country CD in the top 10.... »»»
May 25, 2016 - David Nail will release his fourth studio disc, "Fighter," on July 15. Nail also has recorded several cover songs, now available for fans in advance of "Fighter." Nail released the single "Night's on Fire" in July 2015 as the first single from the disc. The song peaked at 24 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.... »»»
May 25, 2016 - Alabama: Born Country will be the exhibit about the southern band starting in late August. This exhibit, which runs from Aug. 25-June 11, 2017, traces the history of the Country Music Hall of Fame band. Cousins Jeff Cook, Teddy Gentry, and Randy Owen formed their first group as teenagers in... »»»
May 24, 2016 - Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will return to host The 50th Annual CMA Awards from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville in November. "This is a milestone year for the CMA Awards as we celebrate our 50th anniversary and the broadcast is in great hands with Brad and Carrie," said Sarah Trahern, CMA... »»»
May 24, 2016 - Keith Urban pulled "Ripcord" into the top spot on the Billboard Country Albums chart for the week ending June 4 in its chart debut. Florida Georgia Line led the Hot Country Songs chart again with "H.OL.Y." On the songs chart, Blake Shelton was second with "Came Here to Forget," one ahead of Dierks... »»»
May 24, 2016 - Little Big Town is releasing a new disc in June with Mr. "Happy" himself, Pharrell Williams producing. "Wanderlust" is an eight-song collaboration with Williams due June 10. Little Big Town will perform its new song, "One Of Those Days," tonight on the season finale of NBC's "The Voice," with the song... »»»
May 24, 2016 - Lady Antebellum will host the 10th annual ACM Honors, an event recognizing off-camera category winners from the 51st Academy of Country Music Awards. For the first time ever, ACM Honors will be broadcast on CBS. The Honors will be held on Aug. 30 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville..... »»»
May 23, 2016 - Josh Abbott Band will make its national television debut performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Tuesday May 31. The Texas band along with guest artist Carly Pearce will perform their current single "Wasn't That Drunk" from their latest release "Front Row Seat." Jimmy Kimmel Live airs weeknights at... »»»
May 22, 2016 - Keith Urban will be the leading country disc with "Ripcord" when Billboard releases its charts on Tuesday. Overall, the disc was the sixth best selling release in the U.S. with 44,000 units, down 59 percent. Jennifer Nettles was 10th with "Playing With Fire," her second solo disc.... »»»
May 20, 2016 - Chris Janson of "Buy Me a Boat" fame, announced he would start a tour on Saturday, as part of his first headlining tour. Stops include the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore on Saturday, the CMA Music Festival, Chicago's LakeShake Music Festival and Las Vegas's Route 91 Harvest Festival.... »»»
May 20, 2016 - Blake Shelton and The Highwaymen are the news releases out today. Shelton is out with his 10th studio disc, "If I'm Honest," which contains the hit single "Came Here to Forget" and a duet with girlfriend Gwen Stefani, "Go Ahead And Break My Heart." This is Shelton's first disc since the end of his... »»»
May 20, 2016 - John Berry is alive and well despite reports to the primary. An AOL news story posted a video today reporting the death of John Berry of the Beastie Boys. That part was true as Berry died at 52 in Danvers, Mass. But the news story video featured photos and video clips of John Berry the country singer.... »»»
May 19, 2016 - Jake Owen seeks "American Love" when his fifth studio disc drops July 29. "This record has been very enlightening because I found myself through the songs. I got back to basics with 'American Love,'" Owen said. "This is me, this is what I want to say and this is what I want people to remember me for.... »»»
May 19, 2016 - Soulful country veteran John Berry will release his first disc in three years, "What I Love The Most" on June 3 through Mansion Entertainment / Sony RED. "This new music means a lot to me, largely because the fans funded the project. This is my second successful Kickstarter project," said Berry.... »»»
May 18, 2016 - Traditional country singer Mark Chesnutt, who enjoyed hits with "Going Through the Big D" and ""Brother Jukebox," will release his 15th studio album, "Tradition Lives," on July 8 on Row Entertainment. This is his first disc of all-new material since 2010's "Outlaw" and was produced by Jimmy... »»»
May 18, 2016 - The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will explore Zac Brown Band's rise to fame in "Homegrown: Zac Brown Band," a career-spanning exhibition that opens July 22 and runs through July 2017. The exhibition will include stage wear, guitars, song manuscripts and photos from the band's personal collection.... »»»
May 17, 2016 - Keith Urban debuted in first on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart with "Ripcord." Florida Georgia Line stayed atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending May 28 with "H.O.L.Y." On the albums chart, Cole Swindell debuted in second with "You Should Be Here.... »»»
May 17, 2016 - Tejano star Emilio Navaira, who had two country albums during his career, died on Monday at 53 of a heart attack. Navaira released two English-language country albums, "Life is Good" and "It's on the House," using only his first name. His most successful crossover hit was 1995's "It's Not the End of... »»»
May 17, 2016 - The Band Perry has a new record label. Two in fact. The trio confirmed via a tweet of a story in Hits Daily Double that they have signed with UMG Nashville and Interscope in a joint signing. TBP previously released two albums and one EP on Republic Nashville. Previous reports said the group had... »»»
May 17, 2016 - Leading Texas singer/songwriter Guy Clark, who penned such songs as "LA Freeway" and ""Desperados Waiting for a Train," died at 74, his family reported today. Clark had been ill for some time,including with cancer, although no cause of death was given. Clark was a Grammy-winner, Nashville... »»»
May 16, 2016 - Dierks Bentley's Somewhere on a Beach Tour played to more than 40,000 on its open 3-show weekend run, his publicist said today. Bentley started the tour in Holmdel, N.J. on Thursday, following by shows in Pittsburgh on Friday, and Camden, N.J. on Saturday. Bentley also had the top spot for a second... »»»
May 16, 2016 - Three days after Brad Paisley debuted his latest single, "Without A Fight" featuring Demi Lovato, Brad Paisley had the biggest add day of his career. The single, which can be streamed, accumulated 120 adds today from combined Mediabase and Billboard monitored country radio stations.... »»»
May 16, 2016 - Sturgill Simpson will embark on an extensive North American tour this summer and fall, including dates in Europe, Canada and the U.S., he announced today. The tour celebrates Simpson's "A Sailor's Guide To Earth." Produced by Simpson, the CD was written as a letter to his first child, who arrived... »»»
May 16, 2016 - With a number one song behind her, Cassadee Pope is thinking "Summer," as her new four-song EP is coming June 3. Pope recently hit the top with "Think of You" with Chris Young. On the "Summer" EP, Pope had a hand in writing three of the four songs, including the title track, which will be the single.... »»»
May 15, 2016 - Three country discs are on the Billboard top 10 led by Keith Urban's "Ripcord." Urban debuted in fourth with 106,000 units (93,000 in pure album sales). He did slightly better than 2013's "Fuse," which debuted at number 1 with 98,000 copies sold. Cole Swindell's "You Should Be Here" debuted in sixth... »»»
May 13, 2016 - "Nashville" soon will be no longer. The country prime-time soap show will be cancelled by ABC after four seasons with its May 25 show the final episode, Variety reported on Thursday. Each year, the show, starring Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere, has been on the bubble about being renewed.... »»»
May 13, 2016 - Rumor had it that Demi Lovato was the surprise singer on Brad Paisley's new song released this morning. And the rumor was right because the pop singer is the female voice on Paisley's "Without a Fight." The song starts with Stonesy riff before Paisley's vocals kick in about a couple who get it on, but... »»»
May 13, 2016 - Lori McKenna is better known as a songwriter these days, thanks to songs like "Girl Crush." But the Massachusetts native has enjoyed a long solo career, which continues with "The Bird & The Rifle, out July 29 on CN Records via Thirty Tigers. Produced by Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton), "The... »»»
May 13, 2016 - Maren Morris is releasing a new song today - but only to those who pre-order who upcoming CD, "Hero." "Rich" is the fifth and final song that fans will receive with their "Hero" preorder before the album is out on Sony Nashville on June 3. The hit single "My Church," "80's Mercedes," "Drunk Girls Don't... »»»
May 13, 2016 - Jennifer Nettles is out today with her second solo release, "Playing With Fire." This marks her debut with Big Machine after releasing "That Girl" in 2014 on Mercury. Nettles wrote 7 of the dozen songs with Brandy Clark on the new set. Jennifer Lopez has a guest vocal turn on the closing track, "My House.... »»»
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May 12, 2016 - On the eve of a new single, Brad Paisley announced his "Life Amplified Tour," starting May 19 in Sacramento, Cal. Paisley, who releases a new song, "Without a Fight," on Friday, had previously announced some of the dates. Rumors have circulated that Demi Lovato will sing with Paisley.... »»»
May 12, 2016 - Cam premiered her "Mayday" today on People.com! The song is the second single from her debut disc with "Burning House" being a chart topper last year. In the video, Cam adopts an Amelia Earhart-inspired role. Directed by Daniel Carberry, it was filmed at the Planes of Fame Museum in Chino, Cal.... »»»
May 12, 2016 - The Peach Pickers, comprised of songwriters Dallas Davidson, Rhett Akins and Ben Hayslip, raised more than $100,000 at the Georgia On My Mind fundraiser on Tuesday at the Ryman in Nashville to benefit the Georgia Music Foundation. Lee Brice, Luke Bryan, Craig Campbell, Billy Currington, Tyler Farr,... »»»
May 11, 2016 - Jason Isbell led the list for the 15th annual Americana Music Association awards nominations with three on Wednesday. Chris Stapleton, Lucinda Williams, Margo Price and Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats garnered two nominations apiece. The nominations were announced in Washington at an event... »»»
May 11, 2016 - Merle Haggard may have been sick the last few months of his life battling the pneumonia that finally felled him. But he also spent time recording a few songs with "Kern River Blues" slated to be out on Thursday on SiriusXM channel's Willie's Roadhouse. While sick, The Hag was hospitalized for much of... »»»
May 11, 2016 - Yankee Stadium, in its two incarnations, has played host to everyone from Babe Ruth and popes to Billy Joel. No country act ever played there. Until now. Garth Brooks announced this morning that he would play Yankee Stadium on July 9, his first New York City show since a 1997 Central Park concert.... »»»
May 10, 2016 - Florida Georgia Line made a quantum leap with "H.O.L.Y" as its brand new single jumped all the way from 39 to number 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending May 21. FGL took over for Dierks Bentley's "Somewhere on a Beach," which fell to second. Chris Stapleton still has the top... »»»
May 10, 2016 - Brad Paisley will release a new single on Friday morning with a very special guest. And rumors, at least according to Headline Planet, are that the guest will be pop singer Demi Lovato on the song "Without a Fight." The song presumably would be on a forthcoming album. This would not be the first time... »»»
May 9, 2016 - With Jason Aldean and Kid Rock's first show at Fenway Park in Boston selling out in less than 90 minutes, the pair added a second show, they announced Monday. Aldean and Rock will now play Sept. 10 in addition to the Sept. 9 date at the home of the Red Sox. Thomas Rhett, A Thousand Horses and Dee Jay... »»»
May 8, 2016 - Chris Stapleton will have the only country CD in the Billboard top 10 when the charts are out on Tuesday. "Traveller" went from ninth to eighth, selling 31,000 units, down 3 percent. Drake had the top selling CD in the U.S. with "Views." He scored 1.04 million equivalent album units in the week... »»»
May 6, 2016 - Dan + Shay (Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney) treated fans to five instant downloads from their new Warner album "Obsessed," out June 3. The duo announced this morning that fans can stream digitally or receive the songs when they pre-order the album on iTunes, including the single "From the Ground Up,"... »»»
May 6, 2016 - Keith Urban pulls out "Ripcord" today leading the list of releases, including Cole Swindell, Mary Chapin Carpenter and a veteran, never known for her country songs. Urban's disc already has produced a few hits - "John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16" and "Wasted Time" - even before its release.... »»»
May 5, 2016 - Trace Adkins debuted his music video for "Jesus and Jones" on CMT today. The song is the first single for Adkins on Broken Bow's Wheelhouse Records subsidiary. The video, shot outside Nashville, opens with Adkins amongst a group of friends waking up wearing last night's clothes after a boisterous Saturday night.... »»»
May 5, 2016 - Tucker Beathard premiered his first-ever full-length music video for his debut single "Rock On"" on People today. Directed by Good One, a filmmaking collaboration between brothers Ry and Drew Cox from Los Angeles, the Big Machine Label Group artist reflects on a past love interest, who he is unaware... »»»
May 4, 2016 - In June 2014, Kris Kristofferson hosted a three-day impromptu jam session at Cedar Creek Studios in Austin. It had been a while since Kristofferson had recorded and here was a chance to lay down some of his favorite compositions with a live band. With Shawn Camp on lead guitar, Kevin Smith on bass,... »»»
May 4, 2016 - Craig Morgan will be out with "A Whole Lot More to Me" on Black River Entertainment on June 3. Morgan co-produced the 12-song release with Byron Gallimore (Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Lee Ann Womack). Morgan co-wrote five of the songs. The song "Hearts I Leave Behind" features soulful Christian rock band... »»»
May 4, 2016 - Jerrod NIemann and Lee Brice teamed up to release a new duet, "A Little More Love," last Friday. The song is the first single from Niemann's forthcoming Curb Records debut. He had been on Arista, but split from the label after the release of Since they first met in 2002, Niemann and Brice have become friends.... »»»
May 4, 2016 - Kenny Chesney made a video to match the "Noise," the first single from his next CD, "Some Town Somewhere." Filled with quick cuts, slices of technology, Donald Trump, talking heads, fashion models, vintage images, a Kardashian and people yelling, Chesney debuted the Shaun Silva-directed video at Rolling Stone.... »»»
May 4, 2016 - Florida Georgia Line released the first single, "H.O.L.Y.," from its upcoming third disc on Friday. But the duo of Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard almost passed on the song, which will be on "Dig Your Roots" when it is out in August. FGL were halfway through recording tthe album when they heard "H.O.L.Y.... »»»
May 4, 2016 - Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler will go the country route on his first solo tour, Out on a Limb. Tyler will do 19 shows this summer backed by his Nashville-based band Loving Mary. Tyler's solo debut is slated to come out this summer on Dot Records, a Big Machine subsidiary. He already has released... »»»
May 3, 2016 - Maren Morris, of "My Church" fame, is recovering from a tonsillectomy on Monday. Morris said in a tweet, "I have heard a tonsillectomy is one of the worst recoveries but I can't be getting sick all the time." "I get strep almost every six weeks, on the dot," Morris wrote from Nashville's Vanderbilt... »»»
May 3, 2016 - John Paul White, who was one-half of The Civil Wars, will embark on a road tour this summer. Dates will include gigs in Brooklyn and Philadelphia with support from The Secret Sisters in June. The tour will feature new material White has been readying over the past year. White recently contributed... »»»
May 3, 2016 - Dierks Bentley stayed atop the Hot Country Songs chart with "Somewhere on a Beach" for the week ending May 14 with Chris Stapleton's "Traveller" back at number 1 on the Top Country Albums chart. Sturgill Simpson fell to second on the albums chart with "A Sailor's Guide to Earth." Joey + Rory" were third with "Hymns.... »»»
May 2, 2016 - Wynonna will play at both performances for "Dylan Fest Nashville," a musical celebration of Bob Dylan's 75th birthday at the Ryman Auditorium on May 23 and 24, as part of her summer tour plans. Judd will be at the Dylan shows alongside Jason Isbell, Kacey Musgraves and Nikki Lane and more.... »»»
May 2, 2016 - Chris Young announced today he will be on the road this fall with his "I'm Comin' Over tour." Young will play 25 shows running September through the end of the year. Special guests joining Young on tour in September and October are Dan + Shay, with Dustin Lynch coming on board in November and December.... »»»
May 2, 2016 - Confederate Railroad will release its first album in nine year, "Lucky To Be Alive," on July 15. Willie Nelson, John Anderson, Colt Ford and former NFL coach, Jerry Glanville appear on a special 20th anniversary version of the signature hit, "Trashy Women." Lead singer Danny Shirley said, "Every... »»»
May 1, 2016 - Chris Stapleton scored the only country CD in the Billboard top 10 in a chart dominated by the late Prince. Stapleton's "Traveller" sold 33,000 units, down 13 percent. "Traveller" will be ninth this week when the charts are out Tuesday, down from seventh. Beyonce led the chart with "Lemonade," her... »»»