Scotty McCreery photo by Russ Harrington, courtesy of UMG Nashville.
Scotty McCreery has been named to Billboard’s “21 Under 21: Music’s Hottest Minors 2013” list. Comprised of the hottest artists from all genres under the age of 21, Scotty came in at No. 8. One Direction tops the list with Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Ariana Grande and Earl Sweatshirt rounding out the Top 5.
Scotty, who came in at No. 4 on the list last year, will celebrate his 20th birthday on October 9 and will release his sophomore album, See You Tonight, just six days later on October 15. In addition to releasing new music, Scotty headlined his first tour this year and inked a major endorsement deal with Bojangles. Continue Reading
Jason Aldean photo courtesy of Broken Bow Records.
Jason Aldean has topped the Billboard country chart in both the U.S. and Canada with “Night Train.” The single is Jason’s 12th chart topper and was written by Neil Thrasher and Michel Dulaney.
“When I first heard this song we were already done looking for material for this last record, but I just loved it and thought it was worth making room for,” Jason said. “It seems so crazy to say that this is my 12th No. 1. I promise you each one is just as sweet as the first one.”
Jason will release a live concert film, Night Train To Georgia on October 15. The concert was filmed during his stop at the University of Georgia’s Sanford Stadium where he played to a sold-out crowd of more than 66,000 fans. It was the first-ever concert event to take place at the stadium.
Keith Urban’s 2013 album, Fuse. Photo courtesy of Capitol Nashville.
Keith Urban’s new album, Fuse, has topped the charts in both the United States and Canada. The album came in at No. 1 on both Billboard’s Top 200 and Country album chart as well as No. 1 on the Canadian chart. Mid-week indicators in Australia also put Fuse at No. 1, which would mark Keith’s first No. 1 album in his native country.
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Fuse features Keith’s 15th No. 1 single, “Little Bit of Everything.” His new single, “We Were Us,” pairs him with Miranda Lambert and was released this week. It marked the biggest add week of Keith’s career to date. Continue Reading
Loretta Lynn photo courtesy of Nelson PR.
Loretta Lynn entertained a crowd of fans at her Hurricane Mills, Tennessee ranch on Saturday where she was honored with the unveiling of a new portrait commissioned by her family, reports Billboard. The artist who drew the portrait, Corey Frizzell, is the nephew of country artists Lefty and David Frizzell and has sketched stars including George Jones, Alan Jackson and Vince Gill. It took him six hours to complete, using a classic No. 2 pencil.
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Loretta was shown the sketch, taken from one of her earliest publicity shots, backstage before her show. When asked what she thought about when she saw the young woman in the drawing, she remembered one of her biggest hits. “I see the ‘Blue Kentucky Girl,’” she said. “That’s what I see. That was my all-time favorite song that I sing of all of them.” Continue Reading
Photo courtesy of Essential Broadcast Media.
George Strait doesn’t grant many interviews, but on the heels of the announcement that he’ll receive Billboard’s Legend of Live Award, he is featured on the cover of this week’s edition of the magazine. He talked to the magazine about everything from his earliest shows to becoming one of the most successful artists in all of music. It all started with a rock n’ roll garage band.
“That story has kind of taken on a life of its own,” George said. “I had a couple of friends, and we knew a couple of songs, “Gloria” and “Louie Louie.” Calling us a band is really a stretch. I hadn’t really gotten into country music back then. It was all rock’n'roll.”
Growing up in a rural farm community near Big Wells, Texas, George wasn’t exposed to a lot of country music. His father kept the radio turned to the news or farm and ranch reports. He did hear a song here and there, playing on jukeboxes around town. He liked what he heard well enough, but it took a while for that like to turn to love. Continue Reading
Photo courtesy of Essential Broadcast Media, taken by Art Streiber.
Billboard will honor George Strait with their Legend of Live Award at the Billboard Touring Awards in New York City this November. The award is Billboard’s highest accolade, honoring individuals or bands who have made who have made ‘significant and lasting contributions to live music and the touring business.’ George will be the first-ever country music singer to receive the honor.
“There’s nothing more rewarding than performing in front of a sold-out, pumped-up, loud crowd,” George said. “That’s what keeps us coming back. I love it.” Continue Reading
Randy Houser photo courtesy of Essential Broadcast Media.
Randy Houser is celebrating his second consecutive No. 1 hit. “Runnin’ Out of Moonlight” topped both the Billboard and MediaBase charts, spending two weeks at the top of the Billboard Country Singles chart. The single amassed a record audience of more than 47 million, the highest impressions of any song in one week since 2005.
“I’m so humbled by this support, and I want to thank everyone that helped us get here,” he said. “I feel blessed.” Continue Reading
Florida Georgia Line’s Billboard magazine cover. Photo courtesy of billboard.com.
Florida Georgia Line graces the cover of this week’s issue of Billboard to discuss touring, writing, country music and following their instincts. The duo knew from the first time they sat down together to put pen to paper that they had something they needed to pursue.
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“From the first song we wrote together we felt we had something cool,” Tyler Hubbard said. “We worked easily together, we had a lot in common, and onstage it was really natural. It was a party. We just had fun with it.” Continue Reading
Luke Bryan’s 2013 album, Crash My Party. Luke Bryan photo courtesy of Capitol Nashville.
Luke Bryan has crashed the top of the Billboard Country Chart with his latest single, “Crash My Party.” The song only took 12 weeks to reach the top spot. Luke has enjoyed watching the song move up the charts from week to week.
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“You never can anticipate a song climbing this fast, and it’s certainly fun to look at the charts every week and be like, ‘Omigosh!’” he said. “It’s hard to believe that a song can go up the charts that fast. You just say your blessings and be thankful that radio responded to it and fans love it that much. We knew the song was really, really special and good, and it was certainly the right thing to lead with off the new album.” Continue Reading
Chet Flippo photo courtesy of CMT.
GAC extends condolences to the family and friends of groundbreaking music journalist and author Chet Flippo, who passed away in the early morning hours of June 19 at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville. He died unexpectedly of complications from a brief illness. He was 69.
At the time of his passing, Chet served as editorial director at CMT where he wrote the popular weekly column, Nashville Skyline. As a writer and editor for Rolling Stone in the 1970s, he covered artists and subjects such as the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Joseph Heller, Tom Wolfe and the Who. He also pioneered country music coverage for Rolling Stone, profiling such artists as Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Tanya Tucker and Waylon Jennings.
In the forward to The Country Reader, Chet shared the story of Waylon Jennings contacting him after Rolling Stone published “a very critical review” he had written about Waylon’s album Ladies Love Outlaws. Waylon wanted to meet with him in person and Chet admitted being leery as Waylon’s reputation proceeded him. Continue Reading