Sep 21

Mickey Guyton calls ‘Remember Her Name’ a form of “therapy”

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Mickey Guyton says creating her upcoming debut album, Remember Her Name, was therapeutic.

The project features songs like the affirming “Love My Hair” and empowering “Black Like Me” and “What Are You Gonna Tell Her?” that detail the racism and misogyny she’s experienced. 

“A lot of these songs were just kind of therapy for me. I never wrote these thinking that they were ever going to be heard,” she explains to The New York Times

Mickey balances the heavy subject matters with an ode to “Rosé” and a new rendition of her 2015 debut single, “Better Than You Left Me,” continuing her mission of creating inclusive music.     

“There’s so much on this record that is so positive, that is so inclusive. It took them hearing ‘Black Like Me’ and ‘What Are You Gonna Tell Her?’ to be like, ‘Oh.’ I’ve been here all along.’ I’m still writing positive, inclusive songs. You guys just never heard them,” she continues. “There is only one me. I’ve never happened before.”

Remember Her Name will be released on Friday. Mickey will make the TV rounds with performances on the TODAY show’s Summer Concert Series on Friday, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Monday, and ABC’s The View on Tuesday.

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Sep 21

Blake Shelton joins ‘The Voice’ judges for mashup of soulful classics

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The Voice season 21 premiere got off to a star-studded start Monday night as Blake Shelton and his fellow judges Ariana Grande, John Legend and Kelly Clarkson came in with a bang with a soul-filled medley. 

The four stars took the stage together to open the show with a mashup of classics by Aretha Franklin and Sam & Dave

Blake and John kicked it off, dueting on “Hold On, I’m Coming” by Sam & Dave. Then, Kelly and Ariana strutted onto the stage and blended their powerhouse voices on Aretha’s legendary “Respect.” Soon after, they were joined by the guys for a four-way finish. 

Blake walked away from the Blind Auditions with two contestants: Peedy Chavis, who performed an Elvis Presley song, and Wendy Moten, who’s sung backup for Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, Martina McBride and more. 

The Voice airs on Monday and Tuesday nights on NBC at 8 p.m. ET. 

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Sep 21

Tim McGraw honors wife Faith Hill’s birthday with “Breathe” video

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Tim McGraw is celebrating wife Faith Hill‘s birthday with a throwback clip of one of her famous music videos. 

In honor of his wife’s 54th birthday, the singer shared a compilation video on Instagram of Faith’s sultry “Breathe” video, followed by a clip from an interview of Tim with Diane Sawyer, who asked him, “when you see that video every time it goes by, what do you think?” 

“It’s my wife,” Tim laughs in reply. “It’s like, I want to call my college buddies and say ‘hey, I’m married to her.'” 

“Hey baby, I still feel the exact same way even more so. Happy birthday,” Tim says in a present-day video, adding that she “finally” caught up with him in terms of age: the couple are both 54. “I wouldn’t change anything for the world and I love you.”   

Tim and Faith are set to star in 1883, a prequel to the Paramount+ hit series Yellowstone, alongside Academy Award nominated actor Sam Elliott. It premieres on Paramount+ on December 19. 

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Sep 21

Jimmie Allen does the tango during his ’Dancing with the Stars’ debut

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Jimmie Allen made his debut on Dancing with the Stars Monday night with an elegant tango. 

Jimmie and his dance partner, Emma Slater, blended two worlds, tangoing to Timbaland and Keri Hilson‘s chart-toping 2007 hit, “The Way I Are.” The country star was decked out in a black leather outfit, spinning Emma around the ballroom with a disco ball hanging overhead and a swanky red convertible in the background. 

“Wow, Jimmie, let me say this dance does not suit your personality. You’re a cool sort of guy, relaxed. I’m sure that there’s a lot more talent in there than we saw on that dance floor,” remarked judge Len Goodman. “You’re going to be loose, you’re going to go a long way. You’ve got great potential.”

“It’s JEMMA YALL!!!! My partner @theemmaslater is amazing. That was super fun!! Let’s do this!! Let’s vote,” Jimmie wrote on Instagram after the show.  

The pair received a score of 22 out of 40. Dancing with the Stars returns Monday night at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Sep 21

Kacey Musgraves’ ‘star-crossed’ debuts at #3 on the ‘Billboard’ 200

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Kacey Musgraves‘ new album star-crossed has debuted inside the top 10 on the Billboard 200

With 77,000 equivalent album units earned since its September 10 release, Kacey’s latest effort bows at #3 on the all-genre chart, coming in behind Drake and Kanye West.

star-crossed‘s sales make up 47,000 of those units, marking it the best-selling album of the week and Kacey’s second-largest sales week ever, behind 2015’s Pageant Material. 

On the streaming front, the Texas native had the second-largest debut streaming week for a country album by a woman this year, with more than 38 million streams. It trails Taylor Swift‘s Fearless (Taylor’s Version), released in April. 

star-crossed is Kacey’s fourth album to appear inside the Billboard 200 top five, following her 2013 debut, Same Trailer Different Park, her sophomore album Pageant Material, and the Grammy-winning Golden Hour. 

star-crossed‘s current single, “justified,” is inside the top 30 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.

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Sep 21

Blake Shelton warns his ‘Voice’ competitor Ariana Grande: “The bigger the star, the harder they fall”

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As Blake Shelton kicks off the latest season of The Voice, the veteran judge is happy to have some new blood joining the panel, as pop superstar Ariana Grande takes over one of the big red chairs, alongside Kelly Clarkson and John Legend.

“To be honest, I was really excited when I heard that Ariana was coming to join the coaching group here on The Voice for season 21,” Blake says. “I’m always excited to work with somebody new, and she’s incredibly talented and obviously a huge star.”

Of course, that’s about where Blake’s compliments end, since he can’t resist a little good-natured trash talk about his competitors.

“It’s always more exciting for me — the bigger the star, the harder they fall,” he jests. “And it’s always way more exciting to me to beat somebody of her level of popularity than it is just to beat, you know, some loser like Kelly or John, you know.”

You can check out the second night of the new season of The Voice tonight at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. 

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Sep 21

Nashville notes

Keith Urban will be honored with the CRB Artist Career Achievement Award at the Country Radio Hall of Fame Induction Dinner and Awards Ceremony in Nashville on October 13. 

Tenille Townes‘ debut single, “Somebody’s Daughter,” has been certified gold by the RIAA, signifying sales of more than 500,000 copies in the U.S. 

Ray Stevens is releasing a new album, Ain’t Nothin’ Funny Anymore, on October 8.

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Sep 21

How the COVID-19 pandemic impacted Scotty McCreery’s approach on ’Same Truck’

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Scotty McCreery had most of his new album, Same Truck, completed before the COVID-19 pandemic altered life in 2020. But the forced downtime allowed him to see the project from a new vantage point. 

In an interview with Peoplethe American Idol winner shares that the album previously consisted of songs penned by other songwriters. But being at home allowed him to tap into his own well of songwriting, with 10 of the 12 songs co-written by him, including current single, “You Time.” 

“I had a lot of outside cuts actually the first time around. But then the world shut down and I had nothing but time to sit there and pick up a guitar and strum ideas and write songs,” he explains. “Faith is something I lean on daily. I’ve definitely had to lean on it a lot in the last year and a half, with the craziness of the world.”

“You Time,” inspired by Scotty’s wife, Gabi,” is inching its way toward the #1 spot on the Billboard Country Airplay chart.

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Sep 21

Blake Shelton warns his ‘Voice’ competitor Ariana Grande: “The bigger the star, the harder they fall”

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As Blake Shelton kicks off the latest season of The Voice, the veteran judge is happy to have some new blood joining the panel, as pop superstar Ariana Grande takes over one of the big red chairs, alongside Kelly Clarkson and John Legend.

“To be honest, I was really excited when I heard that Ariana was coming to join the coaching group here on The Voice for season 21,” Blake says. “I’m always excited to work with somebody new, and she’s incredibly talented and obviously a huge star.”

Of course, that’s about where Blake’s compliments end, since he can’t resist a little good-natured trash talk about his competitors.

“It’s always more exciting for me — the bigger the star, the harder they fall,” he jests. “And it’s always way more exciting to me to beat somebody of her level of popularity than it is just to beat, you know, some loser like Kelly or John, you know.”

You can check out the second night of the new season of The Voice tonight at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. 

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Sep 21

Nashville notes

Keith Urban will be honored with the CRB Artist Career Achievement Award at the Country Radio Hall of Fame Induction Dinner and Awards Ceremony in Nashville on October 13. 

Tenille Townes‘ debut single, “Somebody’s Daughter,” has been certified gold by the RIAA, signifying sales of more than 500,000 copies in the U.S. 

Ray Stevens is releasing a new album, Ain’t Nothin’ Funny Anymore, on October 8.

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