Jan 20

“The Greatest Gift of All”: Dolly Parton announces new greeting card line

ABC/Image Group LADolly Parton has found another way to share her inspiring words. 

The music legend has announced that she’s partnered with American Greetings to release her own line of physical and digital greeting cards that will feature her iconic song lyrics, along with her famous Dolly-isms. The first product will be a video e-card based on one of her signature hits, “9 to 5.” 

“When presented with this opportunity I knew it was perfect for me. I love connecting with people in unique ways and being able to integrate products that take inspiration from my music and the life lessons I have learned through the years makes this extra special,” Dolly says. “I know first-hand how a few words in a card can change someone’s day for the better.”

Fans around the world will be able to access the digital products, while the physical cards will at first be available through e-commerce.

This marks the first time the superstar has released a line of greeting cards. The announcement came just before Dolly celebrated her 74th birthday on Sunday. 

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Jan 20

Tanya Tucker and Brandi Carlile performing at the 2020 Grammys

ABC/Image Group LATanya Tucker and Brandi Carlile will perform together at the 2020 Grammy Awards. 

Tanya shared the news with her Instagram followers on Sunday that she’ll join forces with Brandi, who co-produced her new album, While I’m Livin,’ on the coveted stage. 

“I wanted you to be the first to know! I’ll be performing at the #GRAMMYs this year with a whole line up of amazing artists, including one of my favorite people in the whole world, @BrandiCarlile!” Tanya writes.

Brandi echoes the sentiment on her Instagram page, writing, “Let’s. do. this. @tanyatucker.”

Tanya is nominated in four categories at the ceremony, marking the first time she’s been nominated for a Grammy since 1994.

“Bring My Flowers Now,” co-written by Tanya, Brandi and Tim and Phil Hanseroth, is up for Best Country Song, Best Country Solo Performance and the all-genre Song of the Year. While I’m Livin’ is nominated for Best Country Album. Brandi co-produced the project, Tanya’s first in 17 years, alongside Shooter Jennings

The Grammy Awards will air live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on January 26 at 8 p.m.ET on CBS.

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Jan 20

“Speechless”: Dan + Shay to perform at Super Bowl pregame show

ABC/Mitch HaasethFox has unveiled its lineup for the 2020 Super Bowl pregame show, and a breakthrough country act is included.  Dan + Shay will participate in the pregame show taking place at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, bringing their crossover hit “Tequila” to the masses. 

The duo shared their excitement on social media. “Super bowl weekend is shaping up to be a dream. Excited to announce that we’ll be performing during the official @nfl pregame show. Don’t miss it,” they write on Twitter alongside a heart-eyed emoji. 

The show will feature additional performances by Demi Lovato, who will sing the national anthem during the Super Bowl, while Yolanda Adams is set to perform “America the Beautiful.” Pitbull and DJ Khaled will also perform.  Jennifer Lopez and Shakira will team up for the coveted Super Bowl halftime show.

The pregame show airs at 2 p.m. ET on Fox before the San Francisco 49ers face the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV on February 2.

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super bowl weekend is shaping up to be a dream. excited to announce that we’ll be performing during the official @nfl pregame show. don’t miss it. ?? pic.twitter.com/U1WWd0aR3t

— Dan + Shay (@DanAndShay) January 20, 2020

Jan 20

Lady A honored for helping with the “truly life-changing, life-saving work” at St. Jude in Memphis

Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images for St. Jude Children’s Research HospitalIt was quite a week for Lady Antebellum. On Monday, Hillary ScottCharles Kelley, and Dave Haywood marked their tenth number one, “What If I Never Get over You.” By Friday, they were picking up the Randy Owen Angels Among Us Award at the 31st annual Country Cares for St. Jude Kids gathering in Memphis.

The Alabama front-man and Country Cares founder presented the trio with the honor for more than a decade of work helping St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 

“When we started as a band, it was one of the very first places we visited about 10, 11 years ago,” Dave recalls. “And it made an imprint on us that we wanted to make it our top giving. Every year we contribute as much as we can, visiting and financially. And it changed the trajectory of what we were doing as a band, as far as charity work.”

“So that visit was a big moment in our career,” Dave continues. “Now with kids… I mean… it’s heavy but joyful. But this place is doing some phenomenal work, and so it means even more now as parents.”

For Hillary, the honor serves as inspiration to continue doing good work.

“This award is just a continued reminder of what a gift the platform that we’ve been given is,” Hillary tells ABC Audio, “to be able to use our voices, not just to sing these songs, but to be able to… raise awareness for organizations like St. Jude and what they’re doing — the life changing, truly life-changing, life-saving work that they’re doing.”  

As Country Cares for St. Jude Kids enters its fourth decade, it’s raised more than $850 million for the hospital that works to end childhood cancer. Find out how you can help at St.Jude.org.

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Jan 17

Florida Georgia Line are at work on a new album — and they’re having a blast

ABC/Image Group LAFlorida Georgia Line is kicking off 2020 in the studio. The superstar duo posted a series of pictures on Instagram Thursday and by the looks of things, the stint in the studio is proving to be just as fun as it is productive. 

“Workin’ hard or hardly workin’?” FGLwrote in their post, along with an image of the duo’s Brian Kelley goofing off with a drink in his hand. The next in the series of two pictures is a little more serious: It shows Brian and his bandmate Tyler Hubbard seated in the studio, working on new music. 

The band also posted an array of shots of the studio on their Instagram stories. While they didn’t offer too many details about the new songs they’ve got up their sleeves, they did tag producer and songwriter Corey Crowder, a frequent band collaborator. They also included a number of intriguing hashtags in their post, including “#record5” and “#lesssgo.” 

FGL’s last album, Can’t Say I Ain’t Country, came out in early 2019. That record includes the hit singles “Simple,” “Talk You Out of It” and “Blessings.”

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Jan 17

Country fans get early access to 2020 Country Megaticket through T-Mobile Tuesdays

ABC/Image Group LAIt may only be January, but summer 2020 is already heating up for T-Mobile customers looking for tickets to country concerts this year. The mobile brand announced a three-day pre-sale for the 2020 Country Megaticket, offering its customers a first chance to buy the pass between Tuesday, Jan. 21 and Thursday, Jan. 23.

The Country Megaticket is a single pass that will allow fans to access a wide variety of the genre’s hottest shows. With it, they’ll gain access to see artists including Kenny ChesneyJason AldeanLuke BryanBrooks & DunnTim McGrawRascal Flatts and many more. 

T-Mobile customers will have the chance to access the Country Megaticket before the general public via their T-Mobile Tuesdays app. Fans can click “Redeem” in the app before heading over to the Megaticket’s website and grabbing tickets to the shows they want to see.

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Jan 17

Ashley McBryde details plans for her 2020 sophomore album, ‘Never Will’

Warner Music NashvilleHot on the heels of a massive breakout year, Ashley McBryde has shared plans to release her sophomore album, Never WillThe new record is due out on April 3, and will feature the same fiery attitude Ashley brought to her critically acclaimed debut, Girl Going Nowhere

In fact, the singer says the new album’s name comes from a pact and promise she, her producer Jay Joyce, and her band made in the studio. 

“The significance behind the album title comes from the lyrics in the title track: ‘I didn’t, I don’t and I never will,’” Ashley explains. “Before we recorded it with Jay [Joyce] in the studio, I said to my band mates, ‘If we’re going to cut this and put it on the record, you’re promising everyone who ever listens to our music, we don’t listen to the noise in the background. We didn’t, we don’t and we never will. Don’t cut it unless you’re willing to promise it.’ And we cut it right then.”

Ashley has already shared a couple of tunes off Never Will, including the lead single “One Night Standards” and its fiery follow-up, “Martha Divine.” The music videos for the two songs are parts one and two of the same three-part storyline.

Never Will is available for pre-order now. Here’s the track list for the project, including songwriter information: 

“Hang in There Girl” (Ashley McBryde, Jeremy Bussey)
“One Night Standards” (Ashley McBryde, Nicolette Hayford, Shane McAnally)
“Shut Up Sheila” (Nicolette Hayford, Charles Chisholm)
“First Thing I Reach For” (Ashley McBryde, Randall Clay, Mick Holland)
“Voodoo Doll” (Ashley McBryde, Nicolette Hayford, Brandy Clark, Connie Harrington, Jake Mitchell, Aaron Raitiere)
“Sparrow” (Ashley McBryde, Nicolette Hayford, Brandy Clark, Connie Harrington, Jake Mitchell, Aaron Raitiere)
“Martha Divine” (Ashley McBryde, Jeremy Spillman)
“Velvet Red” (Ashley McBryde, Patrick Savage, Daniel Smalley)
“Stone” (Ashley McBryde, Nicolette Hayford)
“Never Will” (Ashley McBryde, Chris Harris, Blue Foley, Matt Helmkamp, Christian Sancho, Victor Quinn Hill)
“Styrofoam” (Randall Clay)

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Jan 17

‘Heart’s Going Out of its Mind’: Carly Pearce shares her real-life love story in flirtatious new song

Big Machine Label GroupAhead of the release of her forthcoming self-titled sophomore album, Carly Pearce is revealing another piece of the big picture. She shared “Heart’s Going Out of its Mind,” the album’s sixth track, on Friday. 

The song, which she co-wrote with Joe Ginsburg and Laura Veltz, lets fans in to the early days of her relationship with her now-husband, fellow artist Michael Ray.

“I wrote ‘Heart’s Going Out of its Mind’ after my second date with Michael,” Carly says in a behind-the-scenes video about the song, adding that even back then, she knew the relationship was something special.

“[I told my co-writers], ‘I have no idea how I’m saying this to you, but I’m gonna marry this person,’” she remembers about the session. “I just wanted to write that fun, anthemic feeling of, ‘I feel crazy, but in a great way.’”

“Heart’s Going Out of its Mind” is far from the only time Carly’s husband appears on the album: In fact, the couple have a duet on the project, called “Finish Your Sentences.”

“Heart’s Going Out of its Mind” follows a handful of previously shared album tracks, including meditative ballad “It Won’t Always Be Like This” and the record’s first single, a duet with Lee Brice called “I Hope You’re Happy Now.”

Carly Pearce will drop in full on Valentine’s Day.

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Jan 17

Dan + Shay notch CMA International Awards nomination following global hit ‘10,000 Hours’

Catherine Powell, Warner Music NashvilleIn their seven years as a duo, Dan + Shay have achieved worldwide success, and now they’ve got the accolades to prove it. The pair have been nominated for International Artist Achievement Award at the 2020 CMA International Awards. 

The recognition comes as their new duet with pop superstar Justin Bieber, “10,000 Hours,” tops 600 million global streams. In China alone, the song hit 100 million streams at a lightning-fast pace. 

“There are people in nearly every corner of the Earth who are craving what we have to share, and Dan + Shay are doing everything they can, from touring to content creation to music rollout, at the highest level to make sure they’re serving their fans,” Warner Music CEO John Esposito says in a statement. “Their impact is evidenced by the fact that ‘10,000 Hours’ just reached 100 million streams in China — in half the time it usually takes a massive hit to get there.”

The International Artist Achievement Award celebrates U.S.-based artists who develop their fan base and expand the country genre internationally. Awards are voted on by CMA members across the world, and ceremony proceedings will take place in several events in several international locations, beginning in March 2020.

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Jan 17

Kacey Musgraves and Kelsea Bellerini call out sexism in country radio

ABC/Image Group LAOne radio station’s reply to a confused listener drew Kacey Musgraves and Kelsea Bellerini‘s frustration on Thursday.

The station in question: 98 KCQ in Saginaw, Michigan.  When a country fan asked if stations could get fined for playing two female artists back to back, the 98 KCQ responded in a since-deleted tweet, “We cannot play two females back to back. Not even Lady Antebellum or Little Big Town against another female. I applaud their courage.”

That simple response triggered a powerful response from two of country’s most popular female singers.

Musgraves, 31, took to Twitter and ridiculed, “Smells like white male bulls*** and why LONG ago I decided they cannot stop me.”   

The “Space Cowboy” singer defied further in a followup message, “And yet, they can play 18 dudes who sound exactly the same back to back. Makes total sense.”

As for Ballerini, 26, the singer took a more diplomatic tone to vent her frustration on Thursday, “To all the ladies that bust their a***s to have half the opportunities that men do, I’m really sorry that in 2020, after YEARS of conversation of equal play, there are still some companies that make their stations play by these rules.”

Added the “Miss Me More” singer, “It’s unfair and it’s incredibly disappointing.”

Fans were quick to hearken back to the statement made by Jennifer Nettles on the Country Music Awards red carpet last November where she wrote in bold black letters on the train of her pantsuit, “”Play Our F*@#iN Records. Please & Thank You.”

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