Oct 18

Kane Brown did “One Thing Right” — by not revealing what Marshmello looks like without his helmet

Walt Disney Television/Lorenzo BevilaquaKane Brown not only has a hit on the country chart right now with “Homesick,” but you’ll also hear him on pop radio with “One Thing Right,” his track with producer/DJ Marshmello — famous for concealing his face with a giant helmet that looks like, well, a marshmallow.

Kane is no stranger to pop collaborations, and he admits it would have been “dumb” for him to turn down the chance to work with the huge star from electronic music.

Prior to working with Marshmello, Kane joined Khalid on a remix of Khalid’s song “Saturday Nights,” and last year, he appeared on a remix of Camila Cabello‘s “Never Be the Same.”  So what’s his criteria for crossing genres to record with pop stars?

“It just depends, you know,” he tells ABC Audio. “The last two collabs, with ‘Mello and Khalid, they both asked me. And so if it makes sense, y’know, why not do it?” 

He adds, “And ‘Mello’s huge, so I would’ve been dumb not to jump on that!”

But the big question is whether, while working on the song, Kane actually got to see Marshmello without his signature helmet.

“Yeah, yeah,” admits Kane. “But everybody’s pretty secret with him.  They understand that he don’t wanna be seen, so nobody tells!”

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Oct 18

No ‘Fun’ from Garth this fall, but he’s leaving you with his ‘Legacy’

ABC RadioYou won’t be having Fun with Garth Brooks this fall as planned. Instead, he’s leaving you with his Legacy for the time being.

Garth had planned to release his new record, Fun, this fall, as his current hit, “Dive Bar,” makes its way up the chart. Instead, the record’s been pushed back to early next year, so it won’t compete with his upcoming Legacy vinyl set.

The seven LP/seven CD box comes out November 1 and includes the new Triple Live — recorded on tour — plus the classic albums No FencesThe ChaseIn Pieces, and Fresh Horses.

“I see this as a gift,” Garth tells Billboard. “If I’m a parent and I want my kids to hear the music that I as a kid played, this is a great way to put it on vinyl and play around the house. I know that from my own childhood, the stuff that we listened to as a family probably created my best memories.” 

Since the set took eight months to manufacture, there are only about 500,000 copies available.

You’ll be able to buy Legacy via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Bass Pro Shops, Best Buy, Bi-Lo, Cabela’s, Costco, Cracker Barrel, Dollar General, Fry’s Food, FYE, and Winn-Dixie, but not at Target or Walmart, partially because of the limited stock.

The price ranges from about $50 to $75, depending on which version you choose.

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Oct 18

“The Weight…” of Strait: King George sets a new ‘Billboard’ record

ABC/Image Group LAThey don’t call him King George for nothin’.

This week, George Strait becomes the first artist in history to have placed one hundred songs on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart, as “The Weight of the Badge” debuts at #56.

That’s really only part of the story, though. That total only dates back to the beginning of the Country Airplay tally, which started in January of 1990. If you look at the more comprehensive Hot Country Songs ranking, Strait’s charted 124 tunes in all, dating back to 1981.

“The Weight of the Badge” is the second single from his Honky Tonk Time Machine album.

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Oct 18

Garth Brooks’ Tennessee stop on his Stadium Tour is growing

Copyright 2018 8TEN, Inc.Garth Brooks‘ first home-state stop on his Stadium Tour is about to get even bigger. 

Next Friday, he’ll release what his camp is calling a “very large number of incredible production seats” for his Saturday, November 16 show at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Tickets go for just under $95, including all fees. Garth’s show will be the first concert in the venue in sixteen years.  

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Oct 18

Keith Urban will be live in Las Vegas for dozen-date residency in 2020

ABC/Image Group LAAfter doing two sold-out shows at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace last month, Keith Urban is headed back to Sin City for a dozen more concerts in 2020.

Kicking off January 10, Keith Urban Live — Las Vegas will be an all-new show, using the renovated venue’s capacity for a general admission area on the main floor.

Pre-sales start on Sunday for fan club members, before tickets officially go on sale next Friday.  Buy them at at ticketmaster.com/keithurbanvegas. 

Here’s the rundown of the CMA and ACM Entertainer of the Year’s Vegas dates for 2020:

January 10, 11, 17, 18
April 24, 25
July 10, 11
August 7, 8
November 20, 21

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Oct 18

Lady A’s proud to have graduated from the school of Reba, “one of [country’s] biggest icons”

Jason Kempin/Getty Images for CMT/ViacomPerforming in honor of CMT Artist of the Decade Reba McEntire Wednesday night wasn’t something Lady Antebellum took lightly, especially since Hillary Scott practically grew up on the road with the country legend.

Hillary’s mom, Linda Davis, sang backup for Reba and won a Grammy for their #1 duet, “Does He Love You.” So Lady A’s been privileged to have a front row seat to learn from the legend.

“She’s such a great entertainer. She’s so authentic,” Dave Haywood reflects. “She’s always been so true to herself, where she came from, how she was raised in the Midwest, and who she is…that’s always been such an inspiring thing for us.”

“We’ve watched how she tours, how she puts on a show, how she paces a show,” he explains. “We’ve gotten to know her over the years…that’s another surreal moment, that we’re able to kind of call her friends now. And she is one of the biggest icons in this format.”

Hilary admits Reba’s immense catalog made it difficult to pick a song to perform during the tribute.

“It’s kind of like throwing a dart,” Hillary admits. “But we chose ‘Is There Life Out There’ just because it’s one of my personal favorites. I just love the lyric…the melody. It lends itself to three-part harmony beautifully.”

Ultimately, Hillary’s goal during the tribute was to mirror the love Reba’s shown her through the years.

“I am so encouraged by her and her confidence, and have always felt so uplifted…myself by her over the years,” Hillary says. “So I just want to make her proud and hope that she feels celebrated and loved.”

“You can’t find one person who could say ‘Reba McEntire’ and not say ‘I love her’ in the next breath. She’s just the best.”

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Oct 18

Florida Georgia Line’s stripping it down and counting their “Blessings” on ‘The Acoustic Sessions’

Big MachineFlorida Georgia Line‘s most recent hit was the double entendre, “Talk You Out of It.” But now, Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley are literally stripping it down — their songs, that is — for The Acoustic Sessions, which is out today.

They’re also counting their “Blessings” — the title of their new single — on the set that takes pretty much every FGL hit there is, and pares it down to the bare bones.

“You know, the acoustic project is pretty cool to listen back and hear and kind of relive our songs in a different way,” Brian says. “And we really think our fans are gonna enjoy it.”

“Yeah, it’s just another little cool look for us,” he continues.  “And [we’re] very thankful for all the hard work put into that and just excited to really to see about what the fans think about all these songs.”

The duo’s also thrilled to once again be exceeding fans’ expectations.

“I think they thought they were just gonna get one or two,” he explains.  “But to do a whole album — I think 17 songs — it’s fresh for us and keeps the fans excited.”

“And, yeah, I think Mom and Dad are gonna be proud, too.” he adds. “So, heck yeah!”

Next month, Brian and Tyler return to Sin City for another round of Florida Georgia Line Live from Las Vegas at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood on November 6, 8, and 9.

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Oct 17

Dan + Shay says singing “10,000 Hours” at Justin Bieber’s wedding was “a really good time”

Catherine Powell“10,000 Hours,” the new song from Justin Bieber and Dan + Shay, had its live performance debut in an unusual setting: Dan + Shay sang it at Justin Bieber’s recent wedding celebration.  And as they tell Entertainment Tonight, they had no idea they were going to do it.

“We had never rehearsed it,” Dan Smyers tells ET. We obviously recorded it in the studio, but we never played it live in front of actual human beings. [But] Justin was like, ‘Sing ‘10,000 hours,’ we’re like, ‘OK, we’ll try.’ “

Shay Mooney jokes that he and Dan were just “making up the words,” but Dan adds, “It was good though, it was really fun and people were out on the dance floor rocking.”

“It’s awesome to get to attend their wedding and it was a blast,” Dan notes. “It was a really good time.”

As for the collaboration, it came about because Justin and Dan + Shay are both managed by Scooter Braun, who put the duo in touch with Justin.

“We’ve always wanted to do some collaboration with [Justin] and we wrote the song and thought it would be perfect and sent it over to him not knowing what would happen,” says Shay. “He loved the song; he’s in a similar place in his life, just got married, and so it was really cool to have that moment all together.”

“The timing of it worked out and we still can’t believe that it happened,” he adds. “I’m waiting to wake up tomorrow and [find out] like, ‘That actually never happened to you guys.’”

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Oct 17

“[T]he best support system I could ever ask for”: Lauren Akins says Thomas Rhett is husband of the year, too

Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for CMT/ViacomThomas Rhett and wife Lauren Akins walked the red carpet arm-in-arm Wednesday night in Nashville, as TR was honored as one of CMT’s Artists of the Year.

“In the beginning…anytime I ever got nominated for anything, me and Lauren were just like, ‘How is this even happening?'” TR recalled. “And still to this day…it’s really mind-blowing…”

“Because we don’t see that part,” Rhett explained. “All I see is the songwriting, and being on the bus, and playing shows. And I don’t think you understand what you’re actually doing out there, and how many people you’re playing for, and how [your] songs… resonate with people.”

Lauren revealed it was “definitely out of [her] comfort zone” to step onstage to present the honor to her husband.

“I don’t know that I was born to do what he was born to do,” she reflected, “but I’ve got a good teacher. I’ve been able to watch for seven years, and he’s the best support system I could ever ask for.”

Back home, three-year-old daughter  Willa Gray was staying up past her bedtime.  “She knows we’re coming on TV and she does not want to miss it,” Lauren smiled.

Looking glamorous as she’s expecting their third daughter, Lauren revealed she seems to be getting a break from the sickness that’s plagued her during this pregnancy.  And while she and TR have yet to celebrate their recent anniversary since the end of his tour last weekend, Lauren doesn’t mind. 

“We wanted to spend some time with our girls because it’s been a lot of travel for everybody,” she reasoned. “So I think we all just needed a good breath at home.”

“Needed a good Halloween movie, Halloween cookies, the whole vibe,” TR offered.

Their movie of choice? Hocus Pocus.

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Oct 17

Four down, three to go: Garth stops in Florida as he heads for Ohio on the Dive Bar Tour

Copyright 8 Ten, Inc.Garth Brooks packed a capacity crowd of more than seven hundred fans into The Barn in Sanford, Florida on Wednesday night, for the fourth stop on his Dive Bar Tour.

It’s the third time Garth has played the venue he clearly loves, the first dating back to May 27, 1989. He even name-checks The Barn in the track “The Old Stuff,” on his Fresh Horses album.

This is the fourth of seven stops Garth plans on his tour that takes its name from his current top-twenty hit, “Dive Bar,” with Blake Shelton. The next will be Monday, October 28 at The Dusty Armadillo in Rootstown, Ohio. The only way to get tickets is to win them from country radio stations in the area.

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