Scotty McCreery celebrates success of three consecutive #1 hits

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Scotty McCreery is riding high on the success of his recent singles. 

This week, Scotty was presented with plaques commemorating his three consecutive singles that have sat at #1 on country radio: “In Between,” “You Time” and current multiweek #1, “Damn Strait.” He also received plaques for Gold certification by the RIAA for each track. 

The chart-topping success brought back childhood memories of longing to be a country star, Scotty said in a sentimental Instagram post. 

“Wish I could tell 10 year old Scotty practicing guitar on the end of his bed… One day he’d get to celebrate 3 #1 singles in the morning and then play the Grand Ole @Opry that night,” the singer writes alongside a gallery of photos, including the plaque ceremony, him with his pregnant wife, Gabi, outside the Opry marquee and in his dressing room backstage. 

“In Between” was the final single released off the American Idol winner’s 2018 album, Seasons Change. Both “You Time” and “Damn Strait” are featured on his latest album, Same Truck. 

Scotty and Gabi are expecting their first child this fall. 

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“Ain’t life grand”: Kane Brown to make VMA performance debut


Kane Brown is making VMA history. 

The “Grand” singer will make his MTV Video Music Awards debut on the Toyota Stage with the first live TV performance of his new single, “Grand.” He’s also the first male country act to perform on the VMAs. Past country artists who’ve performed at the all-genre show include Kacey Musgraves and Taylor Swift

“Grand” is the third single off his upcoming album, Different Man, set to drop September 9.

Last year, Kane was the sole country artist nominated at the show, scoring a nod for Video For Good for “Worldwide Beautiful.” This year, Kacey represents country music with two nominations for Best Longform Video for “star-crossed” and Best Art Director for “simple times.” 

The VMAs air on MTV on August 28 at 8 p.m. ET. 

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Keith Urban recalls “surreal” first time meeting Olivia Newton-John

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Keith Urban has nothing but fond memories of the late Olivia Newton-John.

The country singer met the Grease star at a songwriters’ retreat in the late ’90s and reveals he was a bit of a “fanboy.” 

“It was surreal to get to meet her. She couldn’t have been more down to earth, kind, friendly, warm, funny, everything I thought she would be,” Keith describes. “She was exactly that.” 

The two kept in touch and continued to write together over the years, including a song called “Sunburned Country” that Keith is a featured vocalist on. But music isn’t the only way they connected. In fact, the actress was present the night Keith met his wife, Nicole Kidman, at an event called Good Day LA in 2005 where he, Nicole and Mel Gibson were being honored as Australians who’d found success in America. When asked which fellow famous Australian he’d like to introduce him, Olivia’s name was the first that came to mind. 

“I had just written with Olivia, so I asked Olivia if she would do it for me. She was the person who introduced me that fateful night when I met my wife, so she also plays that very special role in our past, as well,” he recalls. “Olivia is one of those people that for so many Australians particularly has always been part of the fabric of life. She was there in the ’70s and has been there for all of my life. It feels like she’s been there.” 

Olivia passed away on August 8 at the age of 73 from cancer.  

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Carrie Underwood plans to share the workout secrets behind her famous sculpted legs


Ever wonder how Carrie Underwood gets her trademark chiseled legs? Well, wonder no more: the superstar is taking fans along with her for leg day, with help from her fitness app, fit52.

“People are always asking me about my leg workouts, and my actual leg workouts are coming to the fit52 app,” Carrie tells fans in a video update on Twitter. “We’ve adapted them so they can work for any fitness level and they are coming really soon.”

Fans who are following the app — which Carrie co-developed with her personal trainer, Eve Overland — on Instagram will be the first to know when the singer’s leg workouts go live. Plus, she hints that there just might be a special treat for fans in the works.

“We might even have an exciting live workout coming soon,” Carrie hints. 

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Justin Moore’s “With a Woman You Love” coincides with major milestones in his marriage

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Justin Moore’s fast-rising new country single, “With a Woman You Love,” is one of the most romantic songs he’s ever put out.

“With a woman you love, you’ll get home at a decent hour / Don’t need to look no more, ‘cause you’ve finally found her,” he sings in the chorus. “No, forever just ain’t long enough / With a woman you love…”

For Justin, that woman is his wife of nearly a decade and a half, Kate. But if Kate was impressed by the lovelorn lyrics of her husband’s new song, she hasn’t shown it, he tells ABC Audio.

“Maybe she is impressed. She plays it closer to the vest,” he says skeptically, adding that Kate actually had the idea to put out a song like this one, though her reasoning was more practical than it was romantic.

“She actually goes, ‘Hey, you haven’t put out a love song in a while. You’ve been doing a bunch of beer drinkin’ stuff. I’m like, ‘Yeah, I like that better,’” Justin jokes.

Even so, “Woman You Love” is special because it matches up with some major personal milestones. “She and I just celebrated, in May, being together for 20 years. And September will be our 15th wedding anniversary,” he details.

“It’s also our 15th year to do [music] at this level. So it’s kind of neat,” Justin says. “If I’m not mistaken, this is our fastest-rising song of our career … So it’s kind of neat that we’ll always be able to associate this song with all of those anniversaries.”

“With a Woman You Love” is currently inside the top 10 and rising at country radio.

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Nashville notes: Chase Rice, Jon Pardi + more

Chase Rice has released the music video for his new song, “Key West & Colorado.”

In case you missed it, Jon Pardi made a stop on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Tuesday night to perform his top-five single, “Last Night Lonely.” You can watch his performance now.

David Nail, who has earned two chart-topping hits with “Whatever She’s Got” and “Let it Rain,” is going on tour this fall. He just announced his Story to Tell Tour, which features opening act Tyler Braden.

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Dierks Bentley, Morgan Wallen + more will perform at 2022 ACM Honors

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Morgan Wallen, Dierks Bentley, Little Big Town and Kelsea Ballerini are just a few of the acts that will take the stage to perform at the 2022 ACM Honors.

The evening’s full lineup was announced on Wednesday, ahead of the show itself, which will take place on August 24 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. Also taking the stage are Brooks & Dunn, Dan + Shay, Jordan Davis, Hardy, Vince Gill, Wynonna Judd, The Warren Brothers and Lainey Wilson.

Carly Pearce is performing and she’s also the host of the show, returning to that gig for the second year running. Plus, celebrated pop-punk act Avril Lavigne will perform at the event.

For the first time in its history, the ACM Honors will be broadcast on Fox following the event. That’s the same network that airs the new television drama series Monarch, which features country singer Trace Adkins. He’ll perform his rendition of “A Country Boy Can Survive,” which appears in the show.

Tickets for the ACM Honors are available now. For those who can’t attend in person, the show will air on Fox September 13.

The evening’s honorees include Morgan, Chris Stapleton, Miranda Lambert, Shania Twain and the television show Yellowstone.

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Cody Johnson cancels three shows due to illness, thanks fans for “understanding and patience”

Cody Johnson is halting his weekend tour plans. The singer shared the news on social media, explaining that the cancelation is due to an illness.

“We understand the inconvenience this causes with travel, plans and with purchased tickets, and we apologize for this unforeseen circumstance,” the singer wrote in his post. “We very much appreciate your understanding and patience, and we will make every attempt to get back to these markets to make up the dates as soon as possible.”

The affected shows include a Thursday night appearance at the State Fair of West Virginia, plus a Friday night show in Richmond, Virginia, and a Saturday night show in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. According to Cody’s website, the shows in Richmond and Johnstown were sold out.

Randall King was scheduled to be the opening act for all three canceled sets, while Dillon Carmichael also planned to join the bill on Friday and Saturday.

Cody’s statement also indicates that fans who planned to attend those shows should be on the lookout for an email from their original point of purchase with details about their tickets.

The singer’s tour is scheduled to pick up again on August 18 in New York City. He’ll be supporting Zac Brown Band for that show.


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Darius Rucker to take the spotlight for new installment of CMT Storytellers


Darius Rucker is the headliner for the next CMT Storytellers, a one-hour concert special featuring performances and never-before-heard stories about how some of the star’s biggest hits came to life.

“There have been so many nights when someone comes up to me after a show and tells me what a song means to them,” Darius recounts, “when they first heard it or how it became a song at a pivotal moment in their life, played at a wedding or even a memorial.”

After establishing himself as the frontman of rock group Hootie & the Blowfish, Darius turned to a solo career in country music in 2008. His episode of CMT Storytellers will feature songs from every era of his career, and underscore the special moments the songs create between the artist and his fans.

“The way music connects and how the story evolves for each person differently is perhaps the coolest aspect of music, which is what makes a show like CMT Storytellers so special as I think we can always use more moments of connection,” Darius continues.

CMT Storytellers: Darius Rucker will air on CMT on August 31 at 10 p.m. ET. Fans can catch five encore airings: August 31 at 11 p.m., September 4 at 12 p.m., September 9 at 8 p.m., and September 10 at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

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“Let’s go”: Cole Swindell teases a Jo De Messina cameo in upcoming “She Had Me at Heads Carolina” video

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Cole Swindell has said that he hopes to find a way to involve ‘90s country star Jo Dee Messina in his new song, “She Had Me at Heads Carolina.” After all, the single pays a pretty big homage to her 1996 country hit, “Heads Carolina.”

As he gears up to put out the song’s music video this week, it looks like Cole just might have achieved his goal. A teaser for the video shows scenes of a night out, and there’s a familiar face tending bar in the clip: that’s right, it’s Jo Dee herself.

“THURSDAY,” Cole wrote in the caption for the teaser. “‘90s Country Fans. Let’s Go!”

Back when he put the song out, Cole said that he hoped the ‘90s great would be able to participate in “She Had Me at Heads Carolina,” but he didn’t specify how he hoped to make that happen.

“I hope somebody I get to sing it — whether I do something, I want her to be involved, because we wouldn’t have the song without the writers and without her making it what it is,” he explained at the time.

At country radio, Cole’s updated version of the ‘90s hit is his fastest-rising single to date. Just eight weeks after being released, “She Had Me at Heads Caroline” is already inside the top-10 on the country chart.

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