Sep 22

“Hold the Light”: Dierks Bentley’s first song for a movie hits close to home

ABC/Image Group LA Dierks Bentley has just finished the first song he’s ever written and performed for a major motion picture, and it’s one that’s particularly close to his heart.

“Hold the Light” will be featured in Only the Brave, which recounts the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots. Nineteen members of that elite firefighting team lost their lives while battling a wildfire in Dierks’ native Arizona in 2013.

Shortly afterwards, Dierks put together a benefit concert that raised more than half a million dollars for the firefighters’ families. Now, he couldn’t be prouder to help bring their story to the big screen.

“This is at the top, if not the most meaningful experience I’ve ever been a part of,” Dierks says. “It hits me harder than any other song I’ve had a chance to be a part of.”

“Over the last couple years I’ve met and gotten to know Brendan, the sole survivor, and my mom has met with some of the guys’ families, and it’s still unfathomable to put yourself in any of their shoes,” he adds. “But our goal was to create a message of hope and love. I’m honored to have been a part of it.”

Only the Brave will be in theaters October 20. “Hold the Light” is available to stream or download now.

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Sep 22

Dylan Scott hopes you’ll be “Hooked” on his new Christmas EP

CurbAs his chart-topping single “My Girl” nears platinum status, newcomer Dylan Scott is turning his thoughts toward the holiday season.

The Bastrop, Louisiana native will release the five-song set titled Merry Christmas on October 13.

“Christmas is my favorite time of the year, and I am really excited about the release of my first Christmas EP,” Dylan says. “I grew up listening to the holiday classics and to be able to record and perform some of these songs is a dream come true.”

Dylan’s yuletide offering comes out the same day he kicks off the Hell on a Highway Tour with Justin Moore. The trek starts in Monroe, Louisiana, just 30 miles from Dylan’s hometown. He’s just released “Hooked” as the follow-up to his #1, “My Girl.”

Here’s the complete track listing for Merry Christmas:

“Winter Wonderland”
“Jingle Bell Rock”
“The Christmas Song”
“White Christmas”
“Santa Claus Is Coming to Town”

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Sep 22

Listen now: Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani throw a little holiday shade in “You Make It Feel Like Christmas”

Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images via ABCBlake Shelton and girlfriend Gwen Stefani are already making holiday plans.

On Friday, they released their duet, “You Make It Feel Like Christmas,” which is the first single and the title track of Gwen’s new yuletide album, which comes out October 6.

Even in the upbeat, happy holiday song, there seems to be a little bit of shade toward the pair’s exes:  “Thought I was done for, thought that love had died,” Blake sings. “But you came along, I swear you saved my life.”

Blake and Miranda Lambert, of course, divorced in 2015. Gwen and husband Gavin Rossdale split around the same time.

“You Make It Feel Like Christmas” is available to stream or download now.  You can also check out an audio-only version on YouTube.

Blake’s 2012 holiday album, Cheers, It’s Christmas, is also set to be re-released on October 6, with three new songs. His new studio record, Texoma Shore, features his new single, “I’ll Name the Dogs,” and follows on November 3.

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Sep 22

Florida Georgia Line takes it to the top ten on the dance floor with Hailee Steinfeld

ABC/Image Group LA Florida Georgia Line already have eleven country number-ones to their credit, but now the duo is making some serious headway on another Billboard chart.

This week, Tyler Hubbard and Bryan Kelley crack the top-10 on the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs ranking, thanks to their collaboration with actress and singer Hailee Steinfeld. “Let Me Go” checks in at #9, and also features Swedish DJ Alesso and singer/guitarist Watt.

This isn’t the first time FGL has made an impressive showing on the dance/electronica chart. Back in April, they made it to #16 with The Chainsmokers  and “Last Day Alive.”

Back at home on the country tally, FGL’s “Smooth” is making its way into the top 20.

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Sep 22

Fore! Darius Rucker takes over the new Nashville location of Topgolf to celebrate his latest #1

ABC RadioAvid golfer Darius Rucker celebrated his latest #1 with a party Thursday night in Nashville at the new location of Topgolf.

The festivities not only commemorated “If I Told You,” which topped the chart back in June, but also welcomed the golf entertainment complex to Music City, prior to its official opening this weekend.

After the traditional plaques and trophies were handed out, Darius went on to become the first artist to play on Topgolf’s Nashville stage, as he previewed five songs from When Was the Last Time. The father of three ended by doing “Wagon Wheel” especially for a little girl in the audience.

Once the festivities died down, Darius stuck around to hit some balls with his friends in the Topgolf bays.

Darius’ fifth country album comes out October 20. Its second single, “For the First Time,” is now making its way up the chart.

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Sep 21

Josh Turner’s new video is “All About You” — and his live show

MCA NashvilleJosh Turner is giving you a front-row seat for his live show in the video for his latest single, “All About You.”

The clip takes you behind-the-scenes and on-the-road with the “Long Black Train” hitmaker, as he performs his current hit from his #1 album, Deep South. You can check it out on YouTube.

Earlier this week, Josh found out his recent #1, “Hometown Girl,” has been certified gold, just before stepping onto the Grand Ole Opry stage. The South Carolina native celebrated his tenth anniversary as a member of the legendary institution on Tuesday.

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Sep 21

“Daddy Likey”: Blake Shelton’s ready with a Christmas duet with Gwen and his new album, “Texoma Shore”

Warner Music Nashville“Daddy Likey.” That was Blake Shelton’s response to girlfriend Gwen Stefani’s announcement Thursday that their duet will be the first single from her new holiday album.

Gwen’s You Make It Feel Like Christmas comes out October 6, and you can hear a snippet of the title song featuring Blake in a snippet posted on her socials. Since Blake’s 2012 yuletide album, Cheers, It’s Christmas, is set to be re-released that same day with three new tracks as well, it seems a safe bet the duet might be one of them.

That wasn’t Blake’s only big music news on Thursday, however. “YEEEHAWW who’s ready for some more new music??!!” he tweeted later. #TexomaShore coming at y’all November 3, preorder [Friday]!”

Texoma Shore features the lead single, “I’ll Name the Dogs,” which has already cracked country’s top 25 after only being out two weeks.

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#YouMakeItFeelLikeChristmas out Oct 6th!! Preorder starting tonight & get the first single feat @BlakeShelton 🎄😍🎄gx

— Gwen Stefani (@gwenstefani) September 21, 2017

Sep 21

No “Dust on the Bottle” here: Kenny Chesney uncorks a new vintage for David Lee Murphy

Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Kenny ChesneyKenny Chesney has long proclaimed his love for nineties hitmaker David Lee Murphy — singing his praises, inviting him onstage, and recording his songs. Now, the eight-time Entertainer of the Year is taking it one step further, producing Murphy’s new record.

Kenny and longtime collaborator Buddy Cannon took the helm for No Zip Code, the “Dust on the Bottle” and “Party Crowd” singer’s first album for Reviver Entertainment Group.  

“David Lee is the original, and the last of, the hillbilly rock stars…” Kenny  says. “He knows the life, and he bottles it up in song. Making this record showed us what country music can be in the 21st century.”

In recent years, Murphy has focused mainly on songwriting, penning tunes like “Livin’ in Fast Forward” and “Pirate Flag” for Chesney, and “The More I Drink” for Blake Shelton.

“I didn’t think I’d ever get out here and do this again,” David Lee admits. “You focus on writing, and that’s its own kind of great. But Kenny and I got to talking, and it seemed like something worth doing. Then when we got in the studio, it felt so good, every day was more exciting than the one before.”

So far, there’s no word on when No Zip Code will be out. In the meantime, you can catch David Lee teaming up with Kenny on his signature hit, “Dust on the Bottle,” on the new Live in No Shoes Nation, which comes out October 27.

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Sep 21

Kelsea Ballerini is “Unapologetically” fashionable tonight on “Project Runway”

Black River EntertainmentIf you’ve noticed Kelsea Ballerini’s stage outfits and red carpet looks, it’s no secret the 24-year-old is a bit of fashionista.

While she’s previously admitted she loves playing “dress up,” tonight, the “Legends” hitmaker will really have a chance to show off her fashion know-how.

“Thursday!!!” Kelsea tweeted, along with a short video of her dancing with Project Runway stars Zac Posen and Georgina Chapman. She’ll be tonight’s guest judge on the Lifetime show that airs at 9 p.m. ET.

On Friday, Kelsea releases a new track from her forthcoming sophomore album. You’ll be able to stream or download “High School” this week, ahead of Unapologetically’s November 3 release.

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🎉 @zac_posen🎉@KelseaBallerini🎉@georginachapman🎉

— Project Runway (@ProjectRunway) September 20, 2017



Sep 21

Willa Gray can spot Thomas Rhett on the radio, but Bruno Mars is her favorite

The Valory Music Co.Sure, Thomas Rhett has a #1 album on both the all-genre chart and the country ranking, as well as a top-ten song with “Unforgettable.”

But it’s likely the recognition of one single fan that means the most to him: that would be his adopted daughter from Uganda, Willa Gray.

“You can tell she loves music,” TR says, “because anytime there’s a drum beat, she’s dancing, she’s spinning around in circles. But lately, I’ve been pretty impressed, like when we’ll be riding in the car and ‘Unforgettable’ will come on the radio and she’ll go ‘Daddy, Daddy, Daddy, Daddy.’ And so I think she knows the sound of my voice enough, even when she hears it in a song, she can pick out that that’s a song that I sing.”

The father of two — Willa also has a newborn sister named Ada — says his oldest definitely gravitates toward one track on his chart-topping Life Changes album.

“She loves this song ‘Leave Right Now’ and it’s probably because it has such an intense beat. Bruno Mars is her favorite,” TR reveals. “She loves dance music in general, so I think that’s her favorite on the record.”

Thomas got to meet Bruno this week, sharing a photo of the two together on his socials. Midland’s Cameron Duddy, a longtime friend of the “Uptown Funk” hitmaker who’s also directed his videos, put the two together.

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Finally got to meet @BrunoMars

— Thomas Rhett (@ThomasRhett) September 20, 2017

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