May 19

Granger Smith reveals how songwriting just “Happens Like That” on the FGL tour

BBR Music GroupGranger Smith’s just-released single, “Happens Like That,” was written while he was on the road with Florida Georgia Line, and FGL’s Tyler Hubbard even has a co-writing credit on the song.

When Granger felt sure he’d hit on a good idea, the “Backroad Song” hitmaker reached out to Tyler to collaborate.

“I texted him, ‘We’re onto something,’ and about 20 seconds later he was coming in the bus door,” Granger tells People. “He puts his reading glasses on, studies what we’re saying, and immediately reverses a couple of words here and there, phrases something different and then we’re off to the races.”

You can check out the results of Granger and Tyler’s efforts in an audio-only YouTube clip. “Happens Like That” is available to stream or download now, and is the lead single from Granger’s new album, which is due in the fall.

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May 19

Honey, it's here! Preview the new single from Shania Twain

Brian Bowen Smith/NBCIf you can’t wait until next month to hear Shania Twain’s new single, well, it turns out you don’t have to.

“It’s been a longggg 15 years but the day has finally arrived!!” the Canadian superstar posted on her socials. “Incredibly excited to share a preview of my new single, ‘Life’s About to Get Good…’”

Shania included a one-minute clip of the lead single from her new album, which is due in September. The snippet of “Life’s About to Get Good” is part of a promo for the 2018 Winter Olympics on NBC.  

As she mentioned, the fall release will be Shania’s first since Up! came out in November of 2002. It’ll also be her first without her longtime producer and ex-husband Mutt Lange.

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Incredibly excited to share a preview of my new single ‘Life’s About To Get Good’ – released next month! ?? Thanks @nbcolympics pic.twitter.com/8r1J0lta17

— Shania Twain (@ShaniaTwain) May 19, 2017

 

 

May 19

Clear a spot for Old Dominion in the Video of the Year category: “No Such Thing as a Broken Heart” is here

ABC/Image Group LA Old Dominion’s music video for “No Such Thing as a Broken Heart” just may be the coolest one ever, especially if you’re a child of the eighties or nineties. In the new clip, the five-man band transforms their music video into a video game.  

What begins as an ode to 1980s Atari morphs through several different levels as the guys literally navigate their way through the song. In the process, there’s an ode to a-ha’s 1985 “Take on Me” video, stand-up comedy, a presidential debate, a Michael Jackson glove and a whole lot more.

The elaborate production even finishes with post-song credits over a blooper reel, which concludes with a real-life proposal. You can check out OD’s mini-masterpiece on YouTube.

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May 19

How to be a “Playa Crasher”: Luke Bryan will show you

ABC/Image Group LA If you’ve always wanted to be a “Playa Crasher,” you’ll get another chance to meet your goal in 2018.

That’s the nickname for fans who take part in Luke Bryan’s Crash My Playa getaway in January, and next year, the party will take over Riviera Maya, Mexico for the fourth time.

The all-inclusive Caribbean vacation takes place January 17-20, and includes a star-studded concert every night. Two will be headlined by Luke, with more artists to be revealed soon.

“Kicking the year off on the beach with an amazing backdrop, good ol’ country music and watching the fans have the time of their life… yes I’m in!” the four-time Entertainer of the Year says.

Pre-sales start Tuesday at 1 p.m. ET, before opening up to the general public on Wednesday. You can find all the details at CrashMyPlaya.com, but you’d better hurry — all three previous years have sold out.

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May 19

Lady A warms up for their world tour on Dancing with the Stars finale

ABC/Image Group LA Next week will be a busy one for Lady Antebellum, but they’ve found time to squeeze in a little dancing — Dancing with the Stars, that is.

The trio will perform their top-15 hit, “You Look Good,” Tuesday night as DWTS stars pros Witney CarsonHayley ErbertArtem Chigvintsev and Gleb Savchenko strut their stuff. You can catch the season finale Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. ET on ABC.

Wednesday, Lady A will also lend their talents to ABC. You can hear them singing the classic “Hey Baby” on the soundtrack for the Dirty Dancing remake, which starts at 8 p.m. ET.

Then the real work begins. On Friday, Hillary ScottCharles Kelley and Dave Haywood set the You Look Good World Tour in motion in Bakersfield, California. Brett Young and Kelsea Ballerini will open.

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May 19

Check out that last note: Kelly Clarkson sings the anthem for the Nashville Predators

John Russell/NHLI via Getty ImagesThese days, Nashville is more than a little obsessed with its hockey team’s most successful run ever toward the Stanley Cup. But if you’ve been keeping up with the Nashville Predators at all, you know the action on the ice is not the only reason to watch the games.

During the playoffs, the Preds have offered up an array of superstars to sing the national anthem, and Thursday night brought the biggest one yet. Nashville resident Kelly Clarkson showed off her impressive pipes with her rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner,” making her the first non-country anthem singer, and the second American Idol winner to take on the task.

Appropriately, Carrie Underwood — whose husband Mike Fisher plays for the Preds — was the first.  Keith UrbanLittle Big TownLady Antebellum and Vince Gill have all taken their turn as well.

It’s worth mentioning that Kelly is not without some country cred. She scored a #1 hit in 2010 with “Don’t You Wanna Stay” with Jason Aldean. You can check out her version of the national anthem at NHL.com.

She may not, however, be a lucky charm for the Preds, who lost to the Anaheim Ducks in overtime. Their fight for the Stanley Cup continues Saturday in Anaheim, California.  

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May 19

Carrie Underwood set for induction into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame

ABC/Image Group LAAdd another notch on Carrie Underwood‘s belt.

The Oklahoma Hall of Fame announced on Thursday that the singer will be inducted into the institution at a ceremony in Oklahoma City on November 16.

The event will be hosted by past inductees Vince Gill and Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth.

“I’ve always been proud to say I’m from Oklahoma,” said Carrie in a statement. “The people, culture, and environment molded me into the person I am today. It’s such an honor to be recognized among such great company by the Oklahoma Hall of Fame!”

In addition to the induction ceremony, Carrie will have her portrait added to the Gaylord-Pickens Museum, which houses the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.

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May 19

“Back to Us”: How Jay, Joe Don and Gary rediscovered the Rascal Flatts magic

BMLGFor Jay DeMarcusGary LeVox, and Joe Don Rooney, “Back to Us” is more than a song on Rascal Flatts’ tenth studio album. It became the obvious title for the project, after the trio did some serious soul-searching looking for a direction.

“We talked about everybody in the world coming in to do our record, and it really pissed me off,” Jay jokes, “because I really wanted to do it badly.”

“True story, actually!” Joe Don interjects.

“At the end of the day, I just felt like nobody knew our music better than we did,” Jay continues. “That was kind of my basis for my lobbying to get to do it. And [Big Machine CEO] Scott Borchetta finally came in… And he said, ‘The magic pill is not another guy. The magic pill is the three of you when you’re in a room together.’”

Building on that philosophy, the three hit on a strategy to follow-up their latest #1, “I Like the Sound of That.”

“We went in, we cut some things, and I think we all surprised each other at how great it was creating that way,” Jay recalls.

“And I think it just had a natural evolution to it…” he explains. “It just was so much fun, we did another track. And then we had fun doing that and we did another couple tracks. And then, all the sudden we looked around and we go, ‘Shoot! We got a whole record here,’” he laughs.  

 The lead single from Back to Us, “Yours If You Want It,” is nearing country’s top 10. Back to Us is available both in stores and online today.

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May 18

Why Josh Turner is “All About You”

MCA NashvilleJosh Turner is following up his #1 hit, “Hometown Girl,” with a road-tested tune titled “All About You.”

“From the first time I heard [it], I loved the energy that it had,” the South Carolina native says. “It really had a drive to it and on top of that, it’s got a really simple, yet profound lyric basically saying ‘it doesn’t really matter what we’re doing as long as I’m with you…’ We’ve been playing it live a lot lately and the fans are digging it…” he adds.

“All About You” is the latest single from Josh’s #1 album, Deep South. He’ll play the Riverfront Stage during CMA Music Festival in Nashville Friday, June 9.

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May 18

You can keep the car seat, Thomas Rhett's daughter prefers to fly

Valory Music Co. It sounds like Thomas Rhett’s adopted daughter Willa Gray may be tailor-made to hit the road with dad.

After a 7,000-mile, 30-hour trip from Uganda last week, TR says the 18-month-old was nothing but excited.  

“… Immediately, she got in my arms and was like, ‘Airplane!’” he tells People. “I thought, ‘Okay, you haven’t changed a bit and this isn’t fazing you at all!’” he says of the little one.

While Willa apparently loves taking to the skies, she’s not so sure about child restraints on the ground.

“As bad as it is, they don’t do the whole car seat thing in Uganda,” TR says. “She’s like, Why are these straps over my shoulders? Why am I being locked into this weird contraption?’”

This Saturday, the new dad plays Madison, Mississippi with Kenny Chesney and Jake Owen.

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