Capitol Records NashvilleCharles Kelley delivers a sultry serenade for his “Lonely Girl” in the new video for his latest single, transporting fans back to the seventies for the retro clip, complete with rotary phones, shag carpet and plenty of pine paneling. You can check out the “Lonely Girl” video on YouTube now.
Warner Music NashvilleThere’s a little switcheroo going on in country music’s top ten these days. While Dan+Shay are at number nine and still climbing with “From the Ground Up,” it turns out they’re huge fans of the song several places ahead of them at number five.
Mark TuckerIf you ever find yourself wondering, “Who’s the richest person in country music?” Forbes just happens to have the answer. It’s no surprise the answer is Garth Brooks, who raked in a cool $70 million by the magazine’s figures, largely via his world tour with wife Trisha Yearwood. What does raise an eyebrow or two, however, is that Garth happens to have dropped on the “Celebrity 100” ranking, from #6 last year, to #15 in 2016.
Kenny Chesney follows behind in 26th place, tallying $56 million before taxes. Next up are the Entertainers of the Year. CMA winner Luke Bryan leads at #37 with $53 million, while ACM favorite Jason Aldean lands at #75 with $36.5 million. Perpetual favorite Toby Keith hangs in at 47th place, with a $47.5 million payday.
Who’s number one on the overall list, you might wonder? Well, that happens to be none other than country alum Taylor Swift, who cashed checks to the tune of $170 million.
ABC/Image Group LA It looks like it may not be long until there’s a new release from Miranda Lambert. The six-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year promised there was new music coming soon back in June at CMA Music Festival, and ads in Tuesday’s country music trade publications seem to indicate it’s on its way.
The cryptic ad is a photo of a vinyl record playing on a turntable, with Miranda’s crossed double-winged pistols logo on its label. The type simply reads “33 – 45 – 78,” which of course are the speeds of typical albums. The Texas native-turned-Nashville resident also discussed the possibility of re-releasing her earlier catalog on vinyl at CMA Music Festival a month ago.
Mark TuckerThere’s a new album on the way from Garth Brooks, and while it may be some time before it actually comes out, you can watch the superstar working on the music every step of the way. Garth plans to give fans a weekly insight into the making of his next project every Monday night via his Facebook page.
“We’re going to start letting people in,” he says. “And we’re going to show them how songs are written. Then we’re going to take ’em in the studio and show ’em how it comes from an idea to a living, breathing thing, and how that gets sculpted and molded. And then we’re going to take ’em into the mixing room and the mastering room – show ’em how it all gets put together and how it all gets polished.”
All through the process, Garth vows not to skip any steps — even vowing to take his fans to the plant where the final product is manufactured.
You can catch the first official episode of Inside Studio G next Monday night at 7 p.m. ET on Garth’s Facebook page. You can also check out the special preview of the series Garth taped at the beginning of this week.
Courtesy of Big Loud Records/Photo By: Delaney RoyerYou’ll have to wait until August 5 to hear all about Chris Lane’s Girl Problems, but the “Fix” hitmaker is ready to give you an earful now.
Fans who pre-order the North Carolina native’s new album now will instantly get five of the songs, including his breakthrough hit, plus the tracks “For Her,” “Let Me Love You,” “Her Own Kind of Beautiful” and “Saturday Night.”
“Fix” “For Her” “Let Me Love You” “Who’s It Gonna Be” “Back to Me” “Maybe” “Her Own Kind of Beautiful” “All the Time” “Circles” (featuring Mackenzie Porter) “Saturday Night” “All About You” “Girl Problems”
Country Music AssociationIt’s arguably the hottest ticket of the year in country music: on Monday, the remaining four-day passes for next year’s CMA Music Festival went on sale to the general public. Past ticket-holders had already gotten first crack at next year’s seats a bit earlier.
The CMA Music Festival’s nightly concerts will take place June 8-11, 2017 at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium, but the superstar lineup will be revealed later. Single-day tickets are typically only offered if seats for the entire run don’t sell out. Last year, demand for four-day passes was so high, no single tickets were ever sold.
You can find complete 2017 CMA Music Festival information at CMAWorld.com.
Broken Bow RecordsJust as “Lights Come On” becomes the 17th number one of his career, Jason Aldean is gearing up to show fans there’s more where that came from. His seventh studio album, They Don’t Know, is due September 9.
“I really wanted to start this new album with one of those big up-tempos,” the ACM Entertainer of the years says. “So, for it to click right away with fans and radio is a really cool way to start.”
He adds, “With all the records we’ve done, we’ve been able to explore new sounds and really just do things our own way, and that’s sort of what the title track is all about.”
Black River EntertainmentThe body of Craig Morgan’s 19-year-old son, Jerry Greer, was recovered around 9 p.m. CT on Monday. Though searchers were prepared to keep going through the night, the remains of the recent high school graduate were found a little more than 24 hours after he disappeared during a tubing accident on Tennessee’s Kentucky Lake. One eyewitness reported he was still wearing his life jacket when he was found.
Greer and a friend were being pulled behind a ski boat on Sunday when they hit a wake. Jerry’s friend resurfaced, but he never did. Early Monday before his body was found, Craig released a statement through his publicist thanking everyone for their support and asking for privacy during this difficult time.
Though he’s known professionally as Craig Morgan, the Tennessee native’s full name is Craig Morgan Greer. The former member of the armed forces is best known for his chart-topping hit “That’s What I Love About Sunday,” as well as “Redneck Yacht Club” and “Little Bit of Life.” The 2008 Grand Ole Opry inductee released his latest album, Whole Lot More to Me, on June 3.
Craig Sjodin/ABCCMA Music Festival 2016 was a who’s who of superstars in country music. But if you missed it last month in Nashville, never fear: you can watch it in the comfort of your own home on Wednesday, August 3 when ABC airs its annual special, CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock. Here’s a preview of what you’ll see that night.
Superstar collaborations will be front and center, with Thomas Rhett and Brett Eldredge teaming up to both host and perform. Reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan unites with Keith Urban, while Little Big Town brings their Wanderlust producer Pharrell Williams to the CMA Stage. Rascal Flatts and Maren Morris mash up their hits, as do Lady Antebellum and Cam.
Dierks Bentley and Elle King focus on their hit duet, “Different for Girls,” with Chris Young and Cassadee Pope doing the same. Martina McBride takes on an Aerosmith classic with frontman Steven Tyler, while Hank Williams Jr. brings a Bocephus standard back to life with Chris Janson and Justin Moore.
As if that weren’t enough, Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Chris Stapleton, Cole Swindell, and Carrie Underwood all turn in solo performances during the three-hour special, now in its 12th year.
CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock airs Wednesday, August 3 at 8 p.m. ET.