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Jul 21

Lady Antebellum to Release 747 on September 30

Lady Antebellum will release their fifth studio album, 747, on September 30. The album’s lead single, “Bartender,” is soaring up the country chart as one of Lady Antebellum’s fastest rising singles to date. Deciding on a title for the project was a simple group decision.

“We unanimously knew that our album title had to be 747,” Hillary Scott said. “The track itself has this pushing, driving spirit about it that sums up our attitude right now. We are pushing ourselves as a band and as songwriters, taking ourselves out of our comfort zone and not taking ourselves too seriously. There’s an urgency and an energy to it that we’ve never released before.” Continue Reading


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Jul 18

Maddie & Tae Discuss Writing “Girl in a Country Song”

Maddie & Tae

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New country duo Maddie & Taeare set to shake things up with their debut single, “Girl in a Country Song.” The song, which strikes back at recent mainstream “bro country” songs, has been called “fantastically unapologetic” and “gutsy” by critics.

With sassy lyrics like “shaking my moneymaker ain’t never made me a dime, and there ain’t no sugar for you in this shaker of mine,” the pair aren’t aiming to take down any of their fellow artists. Instead, they want to give females a voice. “We don’t want to bring the guys down,” Tae Dye said. “We just want to lift the ladies up.” Continue Reading


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Jul 17

Florida Georgia Line Breaks Taylor Swift’s Record With “Dirt”

Florida Georgia Line

Florida Georgia Line photo by Kristin Barlowe, courtesy of BMLG.

Florida Georgia Line has broken a record previously held by Taylor Swift. The duo’s new single, “Dirt,” earned 127 Mediabase radio adds last week, making it the most-added song on country radio in one week since adds have been recorded. Swift previously held the record for 116 adds of her 2012 single “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together. “Dirt” is the lead single from the duo’s upcoming album and a bit of a departure from what fans expect from the pair.

“We’re trying to step our game up,” Brian Kelley said. “We’ve got a couple of awesome songs that we’re pumped about everybody hearing. [We] can’t wait to get the new stuff out. It’s definitely [going to] have evolved from record one, but it’s still going to have that FGL feel, but we’re going to take some chances here and there.” Continue Reading


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Jul 16

Little Big Town to Release Pain Killer on October 21

Little Big Town

Little Big Town photo courtesy of Capitol Nashville.

Little Big Town will release their new album, Pain Killer, on October 21. The project will include 13 new tracks, eight of which were co-written by the four members of the band.

“We knew the record was going to be called Pain Killer way on into the process because we love that song,” Karen Fairchild told Rolling Stone Country. “That song is really kind of tongue-in-cheek — ‘be the person that numbs my pain.’ We started talking about tying that thread through the whole record, to ease your pain. Don’t we want the whole record to do that for people, anyway? Whether it’s a sad moment, or a song that’s more thoughtful and has a lot more substance in the lyric, we want music to take us away. Pain Killer fits, that’s the common thread through all the songs.” Continue Reading


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Jul 16

Gary Allan Takes a New Approach for His Next Album

Gary Allan

Gary Allan photo courtesy of UMG Nashville.

Gary Allan has been in the studio working on his next album, which is the follow-up to Set You Free. His 2013 album saw him working with several producers and co-producing a number of tracks. For his new project, Allan is taking a different approach, particularly with producing.

“First off, I’m gonna do the tracks that I want,” he said. “Last time, I let Jay [Joyce] pick what he wanted, and then I let Mark [Wright] pick what he wanted, then I took the leftovers. I think I’ll probably cut what I want this time.” Continue Reading


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Jul 15

Lucy Hale: From Pretty Little Liars to Country Music

Lucy Hale

Lucy Hale photo courtesy of Monarch Publicity.

Many fans know Lucy Hale best as the spunky Aria Montgomery from ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars, but she has been working towards a career in country music since she was a young girl in Memphis, singing Martina McBride songs. At age 9, her mother took her to Loretta Lynn’s Hurricane Mills Ranch to compete in a singing competition. Hale didn’t win, but she had a good time.

“I guess I was like 9, and I hadn’t grown into my full head of hair,” Hale told The Tennessean about the singing competition. “I looked like a bobblehead, but I had always loved Martina McBride. There’s no way a 9 year-old can sing a Martina McBride song. It was kind of hysterical.”

While Hale recognizes that Pretty Little Liars took her career to new heights, she admits her role as Aria Montgomery kept people from taking her seriously when she started talking about recording a country album. Continue Reading


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Jul 12

Garth Brooks Is Back

Garth Brooks

Garth Brooks photo courtesy of Nancy Seltzer & Associates.

During a highly anticipated press conference on Thursday morning, Garth Brooks announced he signed with Sony Music Nashville’s RCA imprint and will release new music in the coming weeks with a full double-sided album expected out around Black Friday. Brooks is excited about his new label home and looking forward to the future.

“Everybody loves everybody when you get started,” he said. “We’ll see in a year. I hope you don’t regret this. I hope I don’t. I think we’ll be all right.”

With the retirement of Brooks’ producer, Allen Reynolds, Brooks started working with Mark Miller, who engineered the Reynolds-produced albums. “I’ve never had more fun in my life making music,” Brooks said. “I’m getting my ass kicked by the songwriters right now. We’re cutting everything but Garth stuff right now. The level of songwriting stunned me.” Continue Reading


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Jul 6

Chase Rice Announces Debut Album Details

Chase Rice

Chase Rice photo by Ann-Marie Hensley, courtesy of EB Media PR.

Chase Rice will release his debut album, Ignite the Night, on August 19, his late father’s birthday. The news comes on the heels of his first gold single, “Ready Set Roll.”

“Words can’t really express how grateful I am to all the people that came together to make this album happen,” Chase said. “Starting with the fans, who come to my shows night after night and sing my songs back to me — I wouldn’t have a career without them, and I’m excited to get new music out so we can keep the party going. The fact that this album is coming out on my dad’s birthday makes it that much more meaningful. I hope I do him proud.” Continue Reading


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Jul 6

Kenny Chesney to Release The Big Revival on September 23

Kenny Chesney

Kenny Chesney photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.

Kenny Chesney will release his 15th studio album, The Big Revival, on September 23. The project will feature his latest single, “American Kids.” Kenny took 2014 off from touring to devote his full attention to the album.

“The whole point of taking the time to get to a really creative place was to have the room to look at not what we’d done, but where we wanted to go,” he said. “After all this time, if I can’t push myself and give the fans something that inspires them, that gets them pumped up, there’s no reason to just make a record to make a record.” Continue Reading


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Jul 3

Watch Kenny Chesney’s “American Kids” Music Video

Kenny Chesney

Kenny Chesney photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.

Just in time for the 4th of July, Kenny Chesney has released the video for his new single, “American Kids.” The video celebrates what makes America’s youth unique by featuring a cast of characters from all walks of life. Shot in the desert, the video features a psychedelic school bus filled with a mix of people, having fun and playing music. The sense of freedom in the video goes along with what the song is all about.

“I don’t care who you are or what you do, everybody needs to let their hair down, just forget about expectations and be in the moment,” Kenny said. “I love this song because of the way it paints a picture of how we all grow up, the innocence and the fun; but if you really listen, it’s about how we should really live and love.”

Watch the “American Kids” video below: Continue Reading


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