Sep 21

A Glimpse at "Cosmic Hallelujah": Kenny Chesney Reveals Cover Art and Track List for New Album

Blue Chair Bay/Columbia NashvilleWhen Kenny Chesney’s Cosmic Hallelujah arrives October 28, it’ll boast eleven tracks and a black-and-white cover photo shot on the Jersey shore. Originally titled Some Town Somewhere, the collection began to evolve after the superstar from East Tennessee had the opportunity to record his current hit, “Setting the World on Fire,” with Pink.

“…Some songs that had come in after we were done, I didn’t have to save for the next album. Suddenly, everything was changing,” he recalls, “and the album I’m releasing now has a lot of what made Some Town Somewhere capture the essential part of who the No Shoes Nation is, but really takes the your-life-is-now piece of The Big Revival and expands it,” Kenny says, referring to his previous record.

“And there’s one very special song I’ve been holding for years called ‘Coach’ that we went in and re-cut. It really captured that song’s heart.”

Here’s the complete list of songs on Cosmic Hallelujah:

“Setting the World on Fire” (with Pink)
“Noise”
“Coach”
“Some Town Somewhere”
“Trip Around the Sun”
“All the Pretty Girls”
“Bar at the End of the World”
“Winnebago”
“Jesus and Elvis” (with Allison Moorer)
“Bucket”
“Rich and Miserable”

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Sep 21

See Dolly Parton's New Look as the Painted Lady

Courtesy NBC PublicityDolly Parton has often joked that she patterned her look after the town trollop when she was growing up, but the entertainment icon is taking it one step further in her new TV movie. She’ll portray the character, renamed “The Painted Lady,” in the sequel to last year’s Coat of Many Colors. This week, NBC released the first photos of Dolly in her latest role.

Christmas of Many Colors:  Circle of Love tells the story of the Parton family’s struggle to help their father buy a long-awaited wedding ring for his bride, again portrayed by Jennifer Nettles, in the midst of an unexpected blizzard. At the same time, a young Dolly also begins to be recognized for her musical talent.

You can watch Christmas of Many Colors:  Circle of Love when it premieres November 30 on NBC. It’ll be available on DVD December 20.

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Sep 21

Why Keith Urban Believes the End Is the Best Part of "Blue Ain't Your Color"

ABC RadioSimplicity was the watchword when Keith Urban set out to shoot the video for his latest single, “Blue Ain’t Your Color,” last month in Los Angeles. Filmed in black and white at Five Star Bar, the clip includes only Keith, his stripped-down band, a bartender, and actress Amber Valletta, who you might recognize from ABC’s Revenge and Blood & Oil.

You can check out both the video itself and a behind-the-scenes clip on YouTube, and Keith hopes you’ll stay until the very last frame.

“I think for me the end of the video is my favorite part,” the Australian superstar says. “The camera pans around and suddenly the stage is bare and you’re not quite sure if she’s imagined the whole thing — there’s something really poetic about that.”

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Sep 20

Watch as a Country-Music World Envelopes the Stars in the New "Forever Country" Video

CMAIf you’ve had a hard time figuring out exactly when each of the 30 CMA-winning artists sings on the Country Music Association’s “Forever Country” single, making that distinction just got a whole lot easier, as the history-making video premiered Tuesday night on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.

From the first line as Brad Paisley sings of his home state of West Virginia on John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” a dreamlike country-music world rises around the biggest stars in the genre. Shot entirely over three days during last summer’s CMA Music Festival, the creative feat uses green-screen technology to accomplish the impossible.

The Bridgestone Arena’s CMA Awards stage materializes behind frequent host Vince Gill. The Ryman Auditorium comes together as Reba sings, all building toward the end, where all 30 stars surround Dolly Parton in a field as she delivers the final line of “I Will Always Love You.”  

If you’re wondering if a live performance of the mashup that also includes Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again” could be a part of the 50th Annual CMA Awards November 2 on ABC, CMA CEO Sarah Trahern says she doesn’t believe that’s likely. But as the “Forever Country” video proves — nothing is impossible.

You can watch the clip now on YouTube.

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Sep 20

Boyz II Men Bring Their Signature Harmonies to Chris Young's Christmas Collection

RCA NashvilleIconic soul trio Boyz II Men is just one of the legends who’ll join Chris Young on his first holiday collection, which comes out October 14. The “End of the Road” hitmakers add their touch to Chris’s take on “Silent Night,” while Brad Paisley chimes in on “The First Noel.”  

Chris revealed earlier on social media that Alan Jackson was on board for “There’s a New Kid in Town,” which he originally recorded back in 1993 with the late Keith Whitley.

The “I’m Comin’ Over” crooner also wrote two original songs for the set, “Under the Weather” and the title tune.

Here’s the complete track listing for Chris Young’s It Must Be Christmas, which is available for pre-order now:

“The Christmas Song”
“Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)”
“Under the Weather”
“There’s a New Kid in Town” (featuring Alan Jackson)
“Holly Jolly Christmas”
“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”
“The First Noel” (featuring Brad Paisley)
“I’ll Be Home for Christmas”
“Silent Night” (featuring Boyz II Men)
“It Must Be Christmas”

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Sep 20

Brad Paisley Headed for the Hall of Fame

ABC/Image Group LABrad Paisley is the latest artist who’ll be honored with his own exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The West Virginia native’s display will showcase instruments, stage clothes, song manuscripts, awards and mementos saved from childhood, including drawings and illustrations that detail Brad’s early talents.

The exhibit will open November 18, just a couple weeks after Brad hosts the 50th Annual CMA Awards. It’ll run through May of next year.

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Sep 20

"A Party Every Night": Justin Moore and Lee Brice Team Up for the 2017 American Made Tour

BMLG/CurbJustin Moore and Lee Brice will head into 2017 co-headlining the American Made Tour, with up-and-coming artists William Michael Morgan and Brett Young trading off opening duties.

“It’s very exciting to get back out there as a headliner,” Justin says after his summer stint on Brantley Gilbert’s Take It Outside trek. “To be able to do it with my buddy Lee is even more exciting… It’s gonna definitely be a party every night. I hope the fans are as jacked up about it as we are!”

“When we put this tour together we thought about the fans first…” Lee agrees. “I can’t wait to get out there to play the songs everyone already knows but we’re also planning to give these audiences a sneak peek listen to a couple of new ones we’ve been working on in the studio.”

Here’s the complete itinerary for Justin and Lee’s 2017 American Made Tour:

1/12 — Indianapolis, IN, Bankers Life Fieldhouse
1/13 — La Crosse, WI, La Crosse Center
1/14 — Rosemont, IL, Rosement Theatre
1/19 — Corbin, KY, The Arena
1/20 — Columbia, SC, Colonial Life Arena
1/21 — Atlanta, GA, Fox Theater
1/26 — Jacksonville, FL, Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
1/27 — Fayetteville, NC, Crown Coliseum
1/28 — Macon, GA, Macon Centreplex Coliseum
2/2 — Pittburgh, PA, Peterson Events Center
2/3 — Fairfax, VA, EagleBank Arena
2/4 — Greensboro, NC, Greensboro Coliseum Complex
2/9 — Canton, OH, Canton Memorial Civic Center
2/10 — Highland Heights, KY, BB&T Arena
2/11 — Bloomington, IL, US Cellular Coliseum
2/23 — Murray, KY, CFSB Center
2/24 — Kalamazoo, MI, Wings Event Center
2/25 — Milwaukee, WI, The Milwaukee Theater
3/2 — Independence, MO, Silverstein Eye Centers Arena
3/3 — St. Louis, MO, Chaifetz Arena
3/16 — Des Moines, IA, Iowa Events Center
3/17 — Salina, KS, Bicentennial Center
3/18 — Loveland, CO, Budweiser Events Center
3/23 — Huntsville, AL, Von Braun Civic Center
3/24 — Jackson, MS, Mississippi Coliseum

Sep 20

If You Like the "Forever Country" Single, Tonight's Video Premiere Will Be Worth the Wait

CMABy now, most country music fans have heard “Forever Country,” the CMA’s new recording that combines 30 award-winning artists in a new mashup of John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You,” and Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again.” But tonight on Dancing with the Stars, we’ll get our first glimpse at the epic music video that accompanies the single.

 “We don’t even know about the concept of the video itself other than, you know, there’s gonna be some stuff going on behind us,” Kix Brooks confesses, “but [there is] a very talented director as well so we’ve all kind of got a big question mark hanging over our head right now…” he jokes.

“The visual side of it is really what’s gonna be beautiful,” Vince Gill predicts. “And everybody is excited to see what [director] Justin [Kahn] is gonna do with it.”  

Monday night at an exclusive screening at Nashville’s historic Belcourt Theater, Music City insiders got their first glimpse at what’s being called the biggest music video in country music history. If you can envision the Ryman rising behind Reba as she sings a snippet of Dolly’s signature song, that’s just a foretaste of the dreamlike clip.

The first 90 seconds of “Forever Country” will premiere Tuesday on Dancing with the Stars, which starts at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. You’ll be able to watch the entire video immediately afterwards at ForeverCountry50.com. You can check out a behind-the-scenes preview of the shoot at GMA.Yahoo.com.

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Sep 19

Dierks Bentley Helps Rocker Elle King Notch Her First #1 on the Country Chart

Capitol NashvilleDierks Bentley’s duet with Elle King, “Different for Girls,” not only ascends to the top of the country chart this week, becoming the 15th number-one of his career so far– it’s also just been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America, having sold half a million copies.

“This is one of those ‘once-in-a-career’ songs,” Dierks says, “and I’m so glad we decided to take a risk and release it as a single. I wish I had documented the life of this song from when I heard the demo for the first time, to calling up Elle and flying to Austin to record with her, to seeing it grow and become a giant part of our live show. Being part of Elle’s first #1 country song is a really cool thing too. She ‘celebrates’ every day, but this gives us a real excuse to have some cocktails and toast all the people who helped give this song such an incredible life…”

“Different for Girls” is up for Musical Event of the Year at November’s 50th Annual CMA Awards as well.

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Sep 19

Chris Lane Goes Gold on the Last Night of the Rascal Flatts Tour

Big Loud RecordsRascal Flatts surprised Chris Lane with a gold record on the last stop of the Rhythm and Roots Tour Saturday night in Indianapolis, Indiana. That signifies the newcomer’s breakthrough number-one single has sold half-a-million copies.

“I’m excited to reach this milestone. I love seeing people show up and sing along to ‘Fix,’” Chris says. “This means that people are listening and believing in me. I don’t take that for granted.”

The North Carolina native just released the new video for his follow-up single, “For Her,” which you can check out on  YouTube. He’s set to make his late-night TV debut September 28 on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers.

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