Oct 23

Luke Combs marks a “Billboard” “Best” with his latest #1

ABC/Mark LevineLuke Combs sets a new record this week, as his latest hit, “She Got the Best of Me,” ascends to the top of Billboard’s Country Airplay chart: Luke’s the first solo artist to send his first four releases to #1 since the chart’s beginning in 1990.

The North Carolina native’s impressive run started with “Hurricane” in May of last year, continuing with “When It Rains It Pours” and “One Number Away.”

“She Got the Best of Me” also happens to be the fastest-rising song of Luke’s career, making it to #1 in only 16 weeks.  

The new feat puts Luke in some pretty impressive company: both Florida Georgia Line and Brooks & Dunn  went to #1 with their first four singles as well.

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Oct 23

Cole Swindell’s latest #1 is personal…and he hopes they DON’T “Break Up in the End”

Warner Music NashvilleCole Swindell marks the eighth #1 of his career this week with “Break Up in the End.”  Even though it’s not a song he wrote, the Georgia native confesses that it’s very personal for him, and brings one specific relationship to mind.

“From when I was in college to now, I’ve dated people,” Cole reveals. “But, you know, there is one in particular — and who knows how it really will end? — Yeah, there’s one that I think of when I hear this song, and I don’t like saying names or being too specific, but I think they would feel the same when they heard it.”

Even though it’s called “Break Up in the End,” Cole admits he likes to think the couple in the song ultimately ends up together.

“You don’t know,” he points out. “It says ‘I’d do it over and over again and again.’ So maybe it’s never over. Maybe they work it out.”

“That’s the beauty of songs,” he adds. “You know, you leave ’em wondering, like, it does say you break up, but do they? Do they get back together? You don’t really know. It’s just the end of the song, not the end of the story. So that’s a cool thing of it.”  

This week, Cole’s Reason to Drink… Another tour stops in Missoula and Bozeman, Montana on Thursday and Friday, before playing Bismarck, North Dakota on Saturday.

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Oct 22

Listen now: Florida Georgia Line releases “baby-maker” “Talk You Out of It” as new single

BMLGFlorida Georgia Line will follow up their #1, “Simple,” with the track “Talk You Out of It.”

Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley originally released the song back in July, as a preview of their forthcoming fourth album.

“‘Talk You Out of It’ has a very different feel for us… It’s the baby-making song on the album,” Tyler laughs. “But really, BK and I are always challenging ourselves creatively and knew that we had to record it when we first heard it.”
 
“The vibe was just so money,” Brian agrees. “Nothing like a good date night in!”

“Talk You Out of It” is available to stream or download now, and you can check out its lyric video on YouTube as well.

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Oct 22

Listen now: Florida Georgia Line releases “baby-maker” “Talk You Out of It” as new single

BMLGFlorida Georgia Line will follow up their #1, “Simple,” with the track “Talk You Out of It.”

Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley originally released the song back in July, as a preview of their forthcoming fourth album.

“‘Talk You Out of It’ has a very different feel for us… It’s the baby-making song on the album,” Tyler laughs. “But really, BK and I are always challenging ourselves creatively and knew that we had to record it when we first heard it.”
 
“The vibe was just so money,” Brian agrees. “Nothing like a good date night in!”

“Talk You Out of It” is available to stream or download now, and you can check out its lyric video on YouTube as well.

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Oct 22

Tip It On Back: Dierks Bentley to executive-produce new Fox comedy set in a Nashville bar

ABC/Image Group LA Dierks Bentley will executive-produce a new single-camera comedy set in a Nashville bar, according to Variety.

It’s a topic the Arizona native knows a thing or two about, since he regularly played the honky tonks on the Music City stretch known as Lower Broadway before being discovered.  On top of that, Dierks now runs one of his own establishments in that area: Whiskey Row.

The show will be written and executive produced by Last Man Standing creator Jack Burditt. Dierks’ manager, Mary Hilliard Harrington, will be an EP on the show as well.  

Right now, the show has a pilot commitment from Fox.

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Oct 22

Miranda Lambert and Dolly Parton re-do “Dumb Blonde” for “Dumplin'”

Sony Music NashvilleMiranda Lambert duets with Dolly Parton on the new version of her first hit, 1966’s “Dumb Blonde,” for the soundtrack of the new Netflix film Dumplin’.

Bluegrass powerhouse Rhonda Vincent, rocker Elle King, pop star Sia, and R&B’s Mavis Staples and Macy Gray join Dolly on the album too, as do the film’s stars, Jennifer Aniston and Danielle MacDonald.

In the movie, MacDonald plays a teen who finds inspiration in Dolly’s music, as she rebels against the beauty pageant culture embraced by her mother, who’s portrayed by Aniston.

The 12-track album includes re-recordings of six Parton classics, as well as six new songs she crafted with writer/producer Linda Perry. The streaming version of the project will include both the original versions and remixes of Dolly’s songs from the movie.

The new song, “Girl in the Movies,” has already been nominated for Best Original Song from a Feature Film at the Hollywood Music in Media Awards. It’ll be available to stream or download on November 2.

So far, we don’t know when Dumplin’ will premiere on Netflix. Here’s the complete track listing for the soundtrack, which comes out November 30:

“Girl in the Movies”
“Push & Pull” (with Jennifer Aniston & Danielle MacDonald)
“Here I Am” (with Sia)
“Dumb Blonde” (with Miranda Lambert)
“Why” (with Mavis Staples)
“If We Don’t” (with Rhonda Vincent)
“Red Shoes”
“Holdin’ On to You” (with Elle King)
“Here You Come Again” (with Willa Amal)
“Who”
“Jolene” (New String Mix)
“Two Doors Down” (with Macy Gray featuring Dorothy)

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Oct 22

Dan + Shay The Tour: “Tequila” hitmakers book eponymous headlining trek for 2019

ABC/Randy HolmesFirst came Dan + Shay the album, and next year, Dan + Shay The Tour will follow.

Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney are set to launch their new headlining trek February 28 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Label mate Morgan Evans will join the “Tequila” hitmakers for the first leg of the tour, with Chris Lane taking his place at the end of March.

Later this month, Dan + Shay join the fall leg of Chris Young’s Losing Sleep World Tour.

Pre-sales for Dan + Shay The Tour are underway now, with tickets becoming available to the general public on Friday. Here’s the complete itinerary:

2/28 — New Orleans, LA, Harrah’s New Orleans
3/1 — Atlanta, GA, Coca-Cola Roxy
3/8 — Hartford, CT, Toyota Presents the Oakdale Theatre
3/9 — Philadelphia, PA, Fillmore Philadelphia
3/14 — Birmingham, AL, Alabama Theatre
3/15 — St. Augustine, FL, St. Augustine Amphitheatre
3/16 — North Charleston, SC, North Charleston Performing Arts Center
3/21 — Omaha, NE, Orpheum Theatre
3/22 — Minneapolis, MN, The Armory
3/29 — Madison, WI, The Sylvee
3/30 — Chicago, IL, Rosemont Theatre
3/31 — Mount Pleasant, MI, Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort
4/11 — Seattle, WA, Paramount Theatre
4/13 — Boise, ID, Revolution Concert House + Event Center
4/15 — Portland, OR, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
4/16 — Spokane, WA, Fox Theatre
4/17 — Abbotsford, BC, Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre
4/19 — Edmonton, AB, Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
4/20 — Calgary, AB, Macewan Hall, University of Calgary

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Oct 22

Watch now: Tim McGraw teams up with world-famous “light painter” for “Neon Church” video

Columbia NashvilleTim McGraw has teamed up with world-renowned “light painter” Patrick Rochon to create a unique lyric video for his latest hit, “Neon Church.”

“We wanted to give the fans something really special with this lyric video,” Tim says, “and we were blown away with Patrick’s work. He’s an artist who uses light as paint and darkness as a canvas. That couldn’t be more perfect for ‘Neon Church.’”

You can check out the first-of-its-kind lyric video on YouTube now.

Both “Neon Church” and the new track “Thought About You” are from Tim’s new album, which is expected sometime in 2019.

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Oct 22

Lauren Alaina’s stepfather passes away after battle with cancer

Mickey Bernal/Getty ImagesLauren Alaina’s stepfather passed away this weekend after battling cancer.

“My stepdad, Sam, went to heaven at one o’clock this morning,” she shared on Instagram on Sunday, along with a photo with her family after she won the ACM New Female Vocalist trophy this year.

“He was the purest example of how to love and live life fully…” she added. “We are only here for a short amount of time, and we have to live like there is no tomorrow.”

“I want us to all be a little more like Sam,” Lauren went on. “He was strong. He was the most compassionate person in the world. He would go without to help a stranger. He was a great dad.”

Lauren took the weekend off from the Reason to Drink… Another Tour with Cole Swindell and Dustin Lynch to be with her family. She closed her note by thanking her fans for their support.

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Oct 22

Garth, Dierks and Stapleton show up to induct Ricky Skaggs into the Hall of Fame

ABC RadioGarth BrooksDierks Bentley, and Chris Stapleton turned out to induct Ricky Skaggs into the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Sunday in Nashville.

The reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year started the tribute to Skaggs in the Hall’s CMA Theater, singing Ricky’s #1 from 1983, “Highway 40 Blues.” Dierks performed the honoree’s subsequent single, the #2 hit, “You’ve Got a Lover.”

Ricky mouthed the words “Oh my god,” as fellow Kentuckian — and three-time CMA Male Vocalist of the Year — Chris Stapleton surprised him to sing the bluegrass classic, “The Darkest Hour Is Just Before Dawn,” a song he recorded will Emmylou Harris.

It was Garth himself who inducted Ricky into the Hall, recalling how a friend questioned whether Skaggs was more “country” or “bluegrass.”

“I said, ‘Are you kidding me?… Any man who’ll step up the mic and say “If you’re gonna cheat on me, don’t cheat in our hometown” — People, that’s countrier than a biscuit right there!'” Garth recalled, as the crowd roared with laughter.

It was one of the museum’s priceless treasures that stole the show, however, as the Hall brought out Bill Monroe’s irreplaceable mandolin for Ricky to play the traditional closing number, “Will the Circle Be Unbroken.”

Ricky first played the Father of Bluegrass’s instrument when he was a six-year-old musical prodigy, and years later promised Monroe he’d keep the art form he’d created alive. As Ricky closed the ceremony playing his famed mandolin, there was no doubt he’d made good on his vow.

Larry GatlinSteve WarinerJeannie Seely and Brenda Lee helped usher the late Dottie West into the Hall’s hallowed ranks, with her daughter — and fellow country star — Shelly West accepting the honor with her siblings.

Famed fiddle player Johnny Gimble was inducted into the Hall as well.

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