Jan 19

Coming soon: Maren Morris is in “The Middle” of new single with pop stars Zedd and Grey

ABC/Image Group LA She’s still riding the wave of her first solo #1 on the country chart, but Maren Morris now has new music coming. It won’t be from her own album though: It’s a collaboration with hitmaking deejay/producer Zedd and electronic duo Grey.

Both Maren and Zedd shared the news of their collaboration on social media, along with the artwork for the song, “The Middle,” which features an exploding flower. We’ll be able to hear the song for the first time on Tuesday.

Zedd, who’s made a name for himself as a record producer, has teamed up with Ariana GrandeHailee SteinfeldAlessia Cara, and Paramore’s Hayley Williams in the past. This won’t be Maren’s first time coloring outside the country lines, either: She also duets with pop star Niall Horan on “Seeing Blind” from his Flicker album.

Across the board, there’s no shortage of genre-bending country/pop crossovers these days. “Cruise” hitmakers Florida Georgia Line currently have two:  “Meant to Be” with Bebe Rexha and “Let Me Go” with Hailee Steinfeld, Alesso, and watt.

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Jan 19

“Parallel Line”: Keith Urban gets romantic in new Aussie single

ABC/Image Group LA “Take a little bit of my heart tonight,” Keith Urban invites listeners, in his new song “Parallel Line.”

The new tune is the second track the Aussie superstar has released from his forthcoming album Graffiti U, following “Female,” which is still scaling the U.S. chart. “Parallel Line” is Keith’s lead single in his native Australia.

“Maybe it’s time we put our hearts in a parallel line,” he sings in the romantic, percussion-driven number that’s laced with seductive harmonies. “Parallel Line” is available to stream or download now, or you can check it out via a new lyric video on YouTube.

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Jan 19

Not bad for a “Girl Going Nowhere”: The ironic origins of Ashley McBryde’s debut album

Warner Music NashvilleNewcomer Ashley McBryde’s Warner Nashville debut, Girl Going Nowhere, is set to arrive March 30.

The album takes its title from a track the Arkansas native performed during her Grand Ole Opry debut, one inspired by a bad experience in high school algebra class.

“…We were going around the room saying what we wanted to do when we grew up,” Ashley recalls. “When it got to me, I said, ‘I’m going to move to Nashville and write songs, and they’re going to be on the radio.’ The teacher looked at me and said, ‘That won’t happen and you better have a good backup plan.’”

“It didn’t put the fire out, it just added to it,” the “Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega” hitmaker explains.

Girl Going Nowhere’s lead single is one of four tracks available to stream or download now, including the just-released “American Scandal.” You can check out the song’s new music video on YouTube.

Ashley’s set to make her TV debut Tuesday when she plays Late Night with Seth Meyers, which airs at 12:35 a.m. ET on NBC. From there, she hits the road with Luke Combs on his Don’t Tempt Me with a Good Time Tour, while also squeezing in some March dates on Miranda Lambert’s Livin’ Like Hippies World Tour. 

Here’s the complete track listing for Ashley McBryde’s Girl Going Nowhere:

“Girl Goin’ Nowhere”
“American Scandal”
“Southern Babylon”
“The Jacket”
“Livin’ Next to Leroy”
“A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega”
“Andy (I Can’t Live Without You)”
“El Dorado”
“Tired of Being Happy”
“Home Sweet Highway”

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Jan 19

Miranda Lambert will be pulling the “Little Red Wagon” on the Livin’ Like Hippies Tour

ABC/Image Group LA Miranda Lambert’s already adopted eight rescue dogs herself, and she’ll continue her animal activism on her new Livin’ Like Hippies Tour.

At the entrance to each venue on the trek, her “Little Red Wagon” will be set up to accept dog food, treats, supplies and donations to benefit a local shelter, through her MuttNation Foundation non-profit. Fans who participate will be rewarded with the chance to win a meet-and-greet with the reigning CMA Female Vocalist of the Year.

“I always try to combine my two passions, which are music and mutts,” Miranda says. “I’ve gotten to meet some amazing people that run shelters in the communities where we perform, and I always love connecting with other dog-loving fans.”

Jon Pardi joins Miranda on her 2018 trek, which covers Greenville, SC; Orlando, FL; and Atlanta, GA on its first weekend, before heading to the Northwest the first of February.

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Jan 19

Devin Dawson’s “Dark Horse” drawing was designed to draw you in

Warner Music Nashville“All on Me” hitmaker Devin Dawson grew up in California, used to be in a successful rock band, and realized not long ago that he’s happier wearing all black and white.  So when it came time to create the cover art for his debut album, it’s no surprise that he decided to color outside the lines, so to speak.

“I just had this vision of doing something a little different,” Devin tells ABC Radio. “[Album covers for] new artists, country or whatever, usually [are] a picture of your face and a logo. And there’s reasons for that, because people don’t know who you are, so they need to see your face, y’know? But I wanted to do something a little different that still kind of satisfied that.”

So Devin hired a talented illustrator to draw him, and ended up with a striking image that’s part puzzle, part map of the album.

“He drew my face in the middle of it. It’s kind of like this stylized version of me,” Devin explains. “And it’s surrounded with what I call ‘nuggets’ from the record… all of those lyrics are kind of represented on this album cover.”

“So, hopefully [listeners] can see what lyric means what, from what piece of the art and how they all work together,” he adds. “Hopefully people can…dive into it and keep discovering something new every day.”  

Dark Horse is new in stores and online today, and features Devin’s breakthrough top-15 hit, “All on Me.”

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Jan 18

From Tootsie’s to the Ryman, Chris Janson is grateful to be a sell-out

ABC RadioChris Janson’s February 5 show at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium is a sell-out.

That accomplishment is especially sweet for the “Fix a Drink” hitmaker, since he started his career playing across the alley from the Ryman, at the famed Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge.

“I could not be more grateful and excited to headline this sold-out show in town,” Chris says. “This is a highlight night in my career. I remember playing nights in the bar, seeing stars walk up the back steps and just thinking, ‘Will I ever get there?’ It means a lot.”

Following his show at the “Mother Church of Country Music,” Chris will hit the road with Lauren Alaina and his label mate Cole Swindell on the Reasons to Drink tour.

The second single from Chris’s Everybody album, “Drunk Girl,” is currently climbing the chart.

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Jan 18

As Maren hits #1, she cheers Kelsea on and plans a new tattoo

ABC/Mark LevineIf you’re hoping Maren Morris’s next single will be the first taste of new music from her sophomore album, well, you’ll likely have to wait a little longer. The Texas native tells Billboard she expect to release a fourth single from her 2016 debut, Hero, as the follow-up to her #1, “I Could Use a Love Song.”

With that self-penned tune becoming her first solo chart topper, Maren says she hopes the climate for female artists on country radio is improving.

“It’s maybe a little healthier, but we definitely have a ways to go,” she tells Billboard. “When you look at the chart, there’s just Kelsea Ballerini and me in the top 20, so we still have work to do.  Hopefully Kelsea’s ‘Legends’ will go to #1 soon.”

“What makes me the most happy,” Maren says of “Love Song” going #1, “is that it means that you can just be yourself, not compromise your art and still be successful at radio. I am hoping it’s not just a step forward for me, but for other female artists as well.”

“I Could Use a Love Song” is competing in the category of Best Country Solo Performance Grammy at the Grammys on January 28 in New York City.  Meanwhile, Maren tweeted she’ll definitely be immortalizing her first #1 with a tattoo — and added the hashtag “#SorryDad.”

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Jan 18

Keith Urban reveals the “Parallel Line” that leads to “Graffiti U”

ABC/Image Group LA While we know that Keith Urban’s new album will be called Graffiti U, we don’t know exactly when his follow-up to Ripcord will be out.  However, in addition to “Female” — his lead single in the U.S. — we will soon be able to hear another new track from the record.

The Aussie superstar has been sharing glimpses at his new Australian single, “Parallel Line.” First, Keith shared a short video accompanied by a slow, guitar-and-percussion-driven instrumental piece. Later, he followed up with a silent clip that likely reveals some of the lyrics: “It’s time to break the chains that held me back from you.”

“Parallel Line” is set to be released worldwide Friday.

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Jan 18

That’ll be two tequilas, for Chris Young and The Rock

RCA NashvilleChris Young loves the Jumanji sequel, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle — and it turns out The Rock loves Chris Young, too.

“Ok…. the new Jumanji movie is insanely good… Well done!!” the “Losing Sleep” hitmaker tweeted, tagging the star of the film, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

The movie star not only tweeted back, he took it one step further.

“Thank ya man. Glad you loved #JUMANJI as much as I did making it,” he said. “And for the record, ‘The Man I Want to Be” came along at the perfect time. Helped me get thru some tough times, but that’s for another conversation over tequila,” The Rock closed, adding a wink and a fist bump emoji.

Now, it sounds like Chris and The Rock will be getting together for some expensive tequila.

“Anytime man!” Chris responded. “I love that song… Don Julio 1942 on me…”

“The Man I Want to Be” hit #1 for Chris in 2009, and is the title track from his sophomore album.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is currently the #1 movie in America, and has earned over $700 million worldwide.

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Jan 18

High Noon Neon: Jason Aldean maps out 2018 trek with Luke Combs and Lauren Alaina

ABC/Image Group LA As Jason Aldean unveils plans for his High Noon Neon Tour with Luke Combs and Lauren Alaina, he’s also giving us a preview of his new album.

“We named this tour after a song that’ll be on my next record,” the two-time ACM Entertainer of the Year says. “It reminds me of the bars I grew up playing in Georgia when I was getting started. We’re going to bring some of that raw energy out this summer with Luke and Lauren — I know we’re all ready.”

The 34-city trek will kick-off May 10 in Kansas City, Missouri, with tickets going on sale for select cities on January 26. So far, we don’t know the timeline for a new album or single from the “Any Ol’ Barstool” hitmaker.

Here’s a look at the full itinerary for Jason Aldean’s High Noon Neon Tour:

5/10 — Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center
5/11 — Peoria, IL, Peoria Civic Center Arena
5/12 — Des Moines, IA, Wells Fargo Arena 
5/17 — St. Louis, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
5/18 — Chicago, IL, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
5/19 — Indianapolis, IN, Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
5/25 — Hartford, CT, XFINITY Theatre
5/26 — Mansfield, MA, Xfinity Center 
5/27 — Bangor, ME, Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
7/13 — Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
7/14 — Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live
7/15 — Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center
7/21 — Atlanta, GA, SunTrust Park
7/25 — Tuscaloosa, AL, Tuscaloosa Amphitheater
7/26 — Orange Beach, AL, The Amphitheater at the Wharf
7/27 — Brandon, MS, Brandon Amphitheater
7/28 — Dallas, TX, Starplex Pavilion
8/10 — Darien Center, NY, Darien Lake Amphitheater
8/11 — New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
8/17 — Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion
8/18 — Raleigh, NC, Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
8/19 — Virginia Beach, VA, Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
8/23 — Cleveland, OH, Blossom Music Center
8/24 — Pittsburgh, PA, KeyBank Pavilion
8/25 — Philadelphia, PA, BB&T Pavilion
9/7 — Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
9/13 — Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center
9/14 — Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
9/15 — Toronto, ON, Budweiser Stage
9/20 — San Diego, CA, Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
9/22 — San Bernardino, CA, Glen Helen Amphitheater
9/27 — Sacramento, CA, Toyota Amphitheatre
9/28 — Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre
9/29 — Irvine, CA, FivePoint Amphitheater

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