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Country News Digest, October 2017

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October 31, 2017 - Chris Young topped the Billboard Country Albums chart, debuting in first with "Losing Sleep." Kane Brown remained first on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending Nov. 11 with "What Ifs," featuring Lauren Alaina. Darius Rucker debuted in second on the albums chart with "When Was the Last Time.... »»»
October 31, 2017 - Blackberry Smoke will continue its nationwide tour in 2018 including stops at New Orleans, St. Louis and Detroi, the group announced today. For the third straight year the band, which is touring behind "Like an Arrow," will headline the sold-out Outlaw Country Cruise in Jan.. Tickets for the newly... »»»
October 30, 2017 - Cole Swindell will put out the fourth installment of his "Down Home Sessions EP" on Nov. 24. The Warner Bros./Warner Music Nashville recording artist will hit the road again in support of the EP. No dates were announced. Swindell, who has scored seven number one singles, released "Down Home Sessions"... »»»
October 30, 2017 - With a new CD out next month, Blake Shelton announced today he will embark on the "Country Music Freaks" tour in February. Shelton will hit the road alongside Brett Eldredge, Carly Pearce special guest Trace Adkins on Feb. 15 in Tulsa, Okla. "The main thing that I look forward to these days, and... »»»
October 30, 2017 - r Chris Young will have the top selling country CD when the Billboard charts are out on Tuesday with "Losing Sleep." The disc debuted at 5 on the overall top 200. Darius Rucker also made the top 10 with "When Was the Last Time" in eighth. Rucker moved 34,000 units with 30,000 in traditional album sales.... »»»
October 30, 2017 - Thomas Rhett will launch the "Life Changes" tour in 2018, hitting 30 cities. Brett Young plus a combination of Jillian Jacqueline, Carly Pearce and Russell Dicerson will open shows with Midland also appearing. First tickets will go on sale beginning this Friday in select markets at 10 a.m. local time.... »»»
October 27, 2017 - Kenny Chesney went deep and live today, while Lee Ann Womack is out with a new album today on a new label. Chesney is out with "Live in No Shoes Nation: 10 Years of Concerts" (Blue Chair/Columbia Nashville). Chesney listened to hundreds of hours of concerts and ended up choosing 13 songs from Foxboro Mass.... »»»
October 27, 2017 - Morgan Wallen put out a music video for his latest single "Up Down," featuring Florida Georgia Line. The song goes for adds on Nov. 27. "I connected with this song the first time I heard it and was honored when BK and Tyler asked to get in on it," said Wallen, who is on the Big Loud label.... »»»
October 26, 2017 - Luke Bryan announced today he would launch a tour in 2018 in support of his upcoming CD release, "What Makes You Country." Bryan also premiered the new music video for single "Light It Up," featuring NBA star Jimmy Butler on The Ellen DeGeneres Show today. The video for the lead single was directed... »»»
October 25, 2017 - Levi Hummon released a new single, "Stupid." "You're letting someone into your world which is really vulnerable," Hummon said. "I couldn't see anyone else singing these songs because they reflect my life." Hummon has worked with songwriters including Jimmy Robbins, Shane McAnally, Andrew Dorff,... »»»
October 24, 2017 - Kid Rock said today he would release album next month and start a tour next year. "Sweet Southern Sugar" drops on Nov. 3 on Broken Bow, while the "Greatest Show On Earth Tour 2018" kicks off in Nashville on Jan. 19, 2017, the first of 21 shows. "Sweet Southern Sugar" is Kid Rock's first album... »»»
October 24, 2017 - Jessie James Decker debuted in first on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart with "Southern Girl City Lights" for the week ending Nov. 4. Kane Brown remained first on the Hot Country Songs chart with "What Ifs" featuring Lauren Alaina. On the albums chart, Brown's self-titled debut fell to second.... »»»
October 23, 2017 - With the Country Rising show for victims of the Vegas shooting and hurricanes sold out on Nov. 12, a second concert has been added featuring other musicians. The Country Rising Downtown Jam will be held at the Ascend Amphitheater in Nashville. The show features Tucker Beathard, Bobby Bones & the... »»»
October 23, 2017 - Loretta Lynn made her first public appearance since she had a stroke by helping to induct Alan Jackson to the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday. Lynn, 85, had a stroke in May at her home in Hurricane Mills, Teen. Jerry Reed and songwriter Don Schiltz also were inducted. "You know the first time I... »»»
October 20, 2017 - Danielle Bradbery released another track, "Potential," from her forthcoming, sophomore BMLG Records album, "I Don't Believe We've Met." This was the fourth song put out from the disc. Dropping Dec. 1, Bradbery already released the first single "Sway." Bradbery also released a companion video of "Potential.... »»»
October 20, 2017 - Jason Aldean's message of unity and cover of Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Town" on Saturday Night Live from Oct. 7 is available today across digital retailers and streaming services. All proceeds raised will go towards the Direct Impact Fund to benefit victims of the Las Vegas shooting.... »»»
October 19, 2017 - Brett Eldredge is out with a video for his single "The Long Way." The video, released on YouTube on Tuesday, was directed by Jay Martin and shot outside of Nashville. Eldredge reportedly helped create the vision for the video. Driving alongside reality star Sadie Robertson in a Chevrolet Impala,... »»»
October 18, 2017 - Garth Brooks, Brothers Osborne, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Old Dominion, Jon Pardi, Chris Stapleton, Thomas Rhett, and Carrie Underwood will perform at the Country Music Awards in November, it was announced today. The 51st Annual CMA Awards, hosted... »»»
October 18, 2017 - Chris Young is officially a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Young was inducted on Tuesday night by Opry member Brad Paisley. Backstage before taking the stage, Young recounted how he had begun listening to the Opry at around age four and first saw the show live at around age eight.... »»»
October 18, 2017 - Kenny Chesney returns to the stadium circuit in 2018 with 18 shows announced as part of the Trip Around the Sun Tour. The tour kicks April 21 in Tampa, Fla. And winds up Aug. 24 at Chesney's home away from home, Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass. Foxboro was the only stadium shows that Chesney played this year.... »»»
October 17, 2017 - Kacey Musgraves tied the knot on Saturday to .Ruston Kelly in a ceremony held outdoors near Nashville. Musgraves posted a series of photos on her Instagram account. of her wedding to Kelly. "Saturday, in a sacred place where two rivers meet and join together, I married my best friend..... »»»
October 17, 2017 - Brantley Gilbert announced he will launch The Ones That Like Me 2018 in February. "People tell you all kinds of things about marketing," Gilbert said of his tour's name. "But I want to call it something that speaks to what this tour is: a chance for me to get together with all the people out there who... »»»
October 17, 2017 - Old Dominion announced The Happy Endings World Tour that will take them to the U.S., Canada, England and Australia in early 2018. The group released its second full length disc, "Happy Endings" on Aug. 25. Michael Ray and Brandon Lay, who will be opening up the U.S. dates, while Canadian country... »»»
October 17, 2017 - Kane Brown scored a chart double as his debut disc, just out in deluxe version, was first on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for the week ending Oct. 28. He remained first on the Hot Country Songs chart with "What Ifs," featuring Lauren Alaina. That was one of five songs he had in the top 50.... »»»
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October 16, 2017 - Brad Paisley is releasing "Heaven South" as the next single from "Love and War." Written by Paisley, Brent Anderson and Chris DuBois, the song is one of 26 from the CD. The video for "Heaven South" was filmed in Franklin, Tenn. earlier this year and captures the community spirit of a small town.... »»»
October 16, 2017 - Kane Brown's self-titled album will be the only country CD in the top 10 when the Billboard charts are out on Tuesday. With his album receiving the deluxe treatment on Oct. 6, the disc shot from 56 to 5, moving 43,000 units, up 332 percent. Brown first released the disc in December 2016.... »»»
October 16, 2017 - Chris Young will be "Losing Sleep" next year because that's when he's going to tour behind his upcoming release of the same name. Kane Brown and LANCO will be the opening acts. Young will hit 18 locales during the first stage of the tour, which begins Jan. 10, 2018 in Indianapolis.... »»»
October 16, 2017 - Chris Stapleton's "From A Room: Volume 2" drops Dec. 1 on Mercury Records Nashville. The forthcoming album takes its name from Nashville's RCA Studio A where it was recorded over the last year with Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb. Along with Stapleton on vocals and guitar and Cobb on acoustic... »»»
October 15, 2017 - The star-laced Country Rising concert will now support victims of the Las Vegas shooting in addition to those in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and additional Caribbean islands who have been impacted by the recent hurricanes. Keith Urban is the latest to add his name to the bill for the Nov.... »»»
October 14, 2017 - Devin Dawson will release his debut, "Dark Horse," on Jan. 19, 2018 on Atlantic/Warner. "I'm beyond excited to finally share the release date for my debut album," said Dawson. "And when it came time to choose a title, nobody talked about other options - we knew immediately it should share the same... »»»
October 14, 2017 - Shenandoah has inked a deal with BMG Records and just released a single. A full-length release is slated for the first quarter of 2018. "Noise" is the new single from the band, the first new single from the band in 20 years. "Having the fortunate opportunity to get a record deal with BMG after 30... »»»
October 11, 2017 - Chris Lane is out with a new single and a little bit of vocal help from Tori Kelly. "Take Back Home Girl," merging R&B and country, is slated to appear on Lane's second CD. "I've been a big fan of Tori's for quite some time, and I had this song that I was looking for a duet with," Lane said to ET.... »»»
October 10, 2017 - Phone calls from Keith urban were most welcome for four radio stations and personalities as the singer called to tell them they were Country Music Association Broadcast Awards winners on Tuesday. The Bobby Bones Show was among the winners in taking the National award category. Winners were: 2017... »»»
October 9, 2017 - Jason Aldean and his wife, Brittany, visited Las Vegas, the scene of last week's shooting spree that resulted in the deaths of 59 people during Aldean's concert, on Sunday along with hospital visits to those injured. "Feels surreal being back in Vegas today," Brittany Aldean posted on Instagram.... »»»
October 9, 2017 - Luke Bryan will release his sixth studio album "What Makes You Country" on Dec. 8 on Capitol Nashville. "My favorite part of making a new album is getting to collaborate with the songwriting community in this town" said Bryan. "It is important to me to continue to push myself to grow on all levels,... »»»
October 9, 2017 - Tim McGraw and Faith Hill announced they will release their first album together, "The Rest of Our Life," on Nov. 17. The 11-song collection will be released by Sony Music Entertainment under the Arista Nashville/McGraw Music imprint. McGraw and Hill released the title track, penned by Ed Sheeran, Amy... »»»
October 9, 2017 - Hunter Hayes released a new song, "You Should Be Loved." Co-written by Hayes, Sam Ellis and Blair Daly, Hayes is backed by pop group The Shadowboxers. "I am so thrilled for 'You Should Be Loved' to be the next song out," said Hayes. "From the writing to the studio time to having The Shadowboxers on... »»»
October 8, 2017 - Shania Twain has the top-selling release on Billboard in the U.S. with "Now," her first disc in 15 years. "Now" moved137,000 equivalent album units with 134,000 of that being traditional album sales. Twain had the lone country CD in the top 10. The charts will be officially released on Tuesday.... »»»
October 8, 2017 - Jason Aldean, who was playing the Las Vegas concert at which 58 people were killed on Sunday, was a surprise opening guest of Saturday Night Live with an introductory statement before playing Tom Petty's "Won't Back Down. Aldean appeared at the outset of the show, stating, "This week, we witnessed one... »»»
October 3, 2017 - Rosanne Cash called on her fellow country artists to push for stricter gun control laws in an opinion piece in the New York Times today. A gun control activist for 20 years, Cash called on "more artists in country and American roots music to end your silence. It is no longer enough to separate yourself quietly.... »»»
October 3, 2017 - Thomas Rhett stayed first on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart with "Life Changes" for the week ending Oct. 14. Sam Hunt once again led the Hot Country Songs chart with "Body Like a Back Road." On the songs chart, Kane Brown was second with "What Ifs," featuring Lauren Alaina.... »»»
October 3, 2017 - Jason Aldean is canceling this weekend's shows in the wake of the Las Vegas shooting, but will resume his tour in Oklahoma the following week. "As a result of what happened in Las Vegas this week, we have decided to cancel this coming weekend's show," Aldean said. "I feel like out of respect for the... »»»
October 2, 2017 - The country community weighed in on the Las Vegas tragedy, sending their thoughts and prayers. Chris Young was at the scene. He was not playing at the festival, but he has been touring with Jason Aldean, who was performing closing out the three-day Route 91 Harvest Festival when Stephen Paddock started... »»»
October 2, 2017 - At least 50 people were shot dead and more than 515 injured in a shooting at Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas on Sunday night while Jason Aldean was performing in the deadliest shooting in U.S. history. A total of at least 58 people were dead. None of the musicians or their band mates were known... »»»