Tate Stevens’ 2013 self-titled debut album. Photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.
Tates Stevens’ self-titled debut album debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart this week. Produced by Blake Chancey, the album includes his current single, “Power of a Love Song.” Tate co-wrote three of the album’s tracks.
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“I am so proud of this album and so excited that music fans have chosen to spend their hard-earned money to buy it,” said Stevens. “It has been my life-long goal to record an album that people would enjoy, and to see it debut at No. 4 is truly a dream come true. I am a blessed man and so thankful for all my fans.” Continue Reading
Collin Raye photo courtesy of Time Life Records.
Collin Raye is preparing to release two new projects, he tells Billboard. Musically, he’s finishing up a tribute album to Glen Campbell,which is set for release later this year.
“I have loved him since I was nine years old watching the Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour on CBS,” said Collin. “As fate would have it, when I first started in the business, he was one of the first people I met, and we’ve been friends ever since. I decided I wanted to do a tribute to him while he could still appreciate it. I wanted him to be able to hear it, and feel the love in it.” Continue Reading
The Band Perry’s 2013 album, Pioneer. Photo courtesy of BMLG.
The Band Perry’s Pioneer debuted at the top of Billboard’s Country Album charts with nearly 130,000 copies sold in the first week. The album came in at No. 2 on the Billboard all-genre Top 200. Produced by Dan Huff, the album has been receiving critical acclaim from top critics.
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The band performed their latest single, “DONE,” on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Thursday and will perform their multi-week No. 1 “Better Dig Two” on Dancing With The Stars on April 16. Both songs are featured on Pioneer. Continue Reading
LAS VEGAS, NV – APRIL 07: Luke Bryan attends the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards held at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 7, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
The artists who performed on Sunday night’s ACM Awards have seen a significant impact on digital downloads, reports Billboard. The program was the No. 1 most-watched show of the night, directly leading several artists to see jumps on the Billboard charts even though the show took place in the final hours of the most recent Nielsen SoundScan sales tracking week (Monday through Sunday).
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Artists seeing a positive impact included The Band Perry, whose new Pioneer album jumped to No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart after the group performed its current single, “Done.” Other artists who saw positive sales increases were Florida Georgia Line, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Lady Antebellum, Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, George Strait, Eric Church, Carrie Underwood and Tim McGraw with Taylor Swift. Continue Reading
Luke Bryan on the cover of Billboard magazine.
Luke Bryan graces the cover of this week’s issue of Billboard magazine. In the story, Luke reflects on his rise to fame, selling out all 21 cities on the first leg of his Dirt Road Diaries Tour, debuting atop the Billboard 200 chart with his Spring Break… Here To Party album and co-hosting Sunday’s ACM Awards with Blake Shelton.
“It’s all a dream,” Luke told Billboard. “All I ever wanted to be is a big ol’ country star and I cannot believe it’s happened. It’s the time of my life and I’m loving every day.” Continue Reading
Thompson Square’s 2013 album, Just Feels Good. Photo by Joseph Anthony Baker, courtesy of Dashboard Media.
Husband and wife duo Thompson Square’s new album, Just Feels Good, plays out like a Hollywood love story complete with the happy ending. If things start seeming too good to be true on the upbeat project, a quick review of Shawna and Keifer Thompson’s career trajectory quickly reveals ample real-life inspiration; paid dues scraping by as working musicians on Nashville’s Lower Broadway; co-wrote and released a breakout Grammy-nominated hit, “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not”; named Billboard’s No. 1 New Country Artist in 2011; won CMA and ACM awards for Vocal Duo of the Year. And all of this as a married couple. It’s a wonderful story that translates excellently to their sophomore album, due in stores March 26.
Luke Bryan photo courtesy of Capitol Nashville.
Luke Bryan’s latest album, Spring Break… Here To Party, is No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart for the second week in a row. The album sold nearly 61,000 copies this week to keep its top spot and come in at No. 3 on the all-genre Billboard Top 200. The album debuted atop the all-genre chart last week.
Spring Break… Here To Party includes a number of the songs from Luke’s previous Spring Break EPs as well as two new, original songs, “Buzzkill” and “Just A Sip.” Last week, Luke visited Panama City, Florida for his annual two-night stand of Spring Break shows at Spinnaker’s Beach Club. Continue Reading
Luke Bryan photo courtesy of Capitol Nashville.
Luke Bryan’s new album, Spring Break… Here To Party, has debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 200 Chart, selling 149,515 units in its first week. It marks Luke’s first No. 1 album on the all-genre chart. Spring Break… Here To Party is Luke’s first full-length release in his five-year Spring Break series.
“I always have so much fun putting out new Spring Break music year after year,” Luke said. “The whole idea behind the Spring Break music was that it was a way for me to give fans some new songs in between albums, party songs that would never make the mainstream albums. Here we are, five years later, and it’s crazy how that little idea has grown. It feels great to know that people are still having as much fun with it as I am!” Continue Reading
Carrie Underwood photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville. Kelly Clarkson photo courtesy of kellyclarkson.com.
American Idol has churned out a number of country stars, none more well-known that Carrie Underwood — in addition to pop star Kelly Clarkson, who has dabbled in country music in recent months. As American Idol Season 12 moves into the first live shows, Billboard has released its ranking of the Top 100 songs by Idols based on their chart performance on the Hot 100.
Kelly’s “Since U Been Gone” comes in at No. 1 while her GRAMMY-winning hit “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” follows it at No. 2. Kelly has 18 songs in the Top 100, including four in the Top 5 alone. Meanwhile, Carrie charted 20 songs in the Top 100, more than any other Idol. Her song “Before He Cheats” is her highest charting song in the Top 100, coming in at No. 9. Continue Reading
Kenny Chesney photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.
Billboard has released their annual list of the Top 40 Money Makers and while Madonna and Bruce Springsteen topped the chart, each earning more than $30 million, country artists made up nearly half of the Top 20. The chart was compiled using a method that calculated a variety of income streams including touring, music sales, publishing royalties and revenue from digital music and video services.
Kenny Chesney was country’s highest earner, coming in at No. 5 with more than $19 million. Kenny’s Brothers of the Sun Tour with pal Tim McGraw grossed nearly $100 million and his non-touring revenue, including sales of 2012’s Welcome To The Fishbowl album, were estimated at nearly $3 million. Revenue streams from Kenny’s merchandise sales and sponsors aren’t included in Billboard’s Top 40 Money Makers figures.
Not far behind, Tim McGraw came in at No. 7, earning just over $18 million. Nearly all of Tim’s earnings came from concerts, including his tour with Kenny Chesney. Jason Aldean came in at No. 8 on the list, earning $17.5 million, propelled by a hugely successful My Kinda Party Tour and strong music sales. Continue Reading