Luke Bryan To Return To ‘American Idol’ For Season Six
countrymusicnewsblog.com Friday, 29 July 2022 23:46:30
ABC has announced that LUKE BRYAN, KATY PERRY, LIONEL RICHIE and RYAN SEACREST will all return to AMERICAN IDOL for its sixth season on ABC, debuting next spring. Along with the announcement comes the news that BRYAN will guest host LIVE WITH KELLY & RYAN alongside SEACREST next MONDAY, AUGUST 1st. Continue reading Luke Bryan To Return To ‘American Idol’ For Season Six→
Listen Now: Little Big Town “Rich Man”
countrymusicnewsblog.com Friday, 29 July 2022 00:21:23
On the heels of announcing their 10th studio album Mr. Sun this week, ACM, CMA and GRAMMY-winning band Little Big Town has released the latest glimpse into the new record with “Rich Man” – available everywhere now. LBT’s Jimi Westbrook, who wrote the track, began toying with the idea of “Rich Man” more than a decade ago, with the concept growing more robust as time passed and life experiences happened. After years of the song never leaving the back of his mind and constantly adding to it as life shifted, Mr. Sun became the perfect landing spot for a song that reflects what genuine wealth means to the band. “‘Rich Man’ has a special place in my heart, and it feels like the most honest me song I’ve ever written,” Westbrook shares. “It is about my love of family and their role in laying the foundation that anchors me.” The track’s accompanying lyric video, released today, is a further reflection of that, filled to the brim with personal footage of the band and their kids throughout the years. Mr. Sun is set for release on September 16, 2022. Physical pre-orders of Mr. Sun are available now, including two hand-signed options from the band – a limited edition, web-store edition tangerine vinyl that includes an 11×11” art card, and a CD that includes a 4×4” art card – in addition to a baby blue vinyl edition of the record. A sky blue vinyl of Mr. Sun will be available exclusively through Barnes & Noble.
Out Now: “Not Just A Girl” Shania Twain Documentary on Netflix
countrymusicnewsblog.com Friday, 29 July 2022 00:02:38
Global Icon Shania Twain’s Not Just A Girl, a brand new, career-spanning documentary produced by Mercury Studios and directed by Joss Crowley, will be available Tuesday, July 26 on Netflix. Since the ’90s, Shania has led the way as a genre-defying, iconic, and empowered female, who has smashed records, amassed an enormous international fanbase, and generated a catalog of some of the biggest hits that have stood the test of time. Continue reading Out Now: “Not Just A Girl” Shania Twain Documentary on Netflix→
The 2023 ACM Awards Will Again Stream EXCLUSIVELY on Amazon Prime.
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countrymusicnewsblog.com Monday, 18 July 2022 23:03:33
Country Artist/Songwriter Matt Jordan releases the Official Music Video for his new single “Your Town,” a continuation of his fan-favorite single “Cold in California” The video premiered on Taste of Country yesterday and will be available on CMT.com on 7/22. The single was written by Matt Jordan and Jarret Hartness, produced by Grammy-Award nominated producer, Sal Oliveri, and the music video was shot and produced by Frankie Zarantonello of Butter Creations. Matt Jordan grew up in Eureka, MO, a small town just outside of St. Louis, where they decided to film the music video to give it an authentic feeling. “I think ‘Your Town’ is a song a lot of people can relate to — the idea of a lingering, lost love that has moved away while you’re still in the same place,” said Matt Jordan. “Jarrett Hartness (co-writer) and I really wanted it to feel like a conversation between the characters to try and make it more personal and more nostalgic.” In the story-behind-the song, Jordan explains the idea behind the single that showcases the rising star’s gritty vocals and country/rock influences, drawing comparisons to the likes of artists such as Bruce Springsteen and Eric Church while showcasing his artistry as a songwriter. This is Jordan’s follow up to his popular singles “Boulder,” “The Good Fight” and “Heart of the Heartland” as well as his debut EP Middle of Everything (October 2021), all produced by Grammy-Award nominated producer, Sal Oliveri (P!nk, Chris Stapleton, Sheryl Crow). Matt Jordan is currently working on new music that will be released throughout 2022. “Your Town” is available now on Spotify, Pandora, Apple Music and anywhere you stream music. The Lyric Video for “Your Town,” which follows Jordan driving through the streets of his hometown, is also available on his YouTube Channel. For more information, visit www.mattjordansongwriter.com.
Watch Now: Brian Kelley celebrates his “American Spirit” in new video!
countrymusicnewsblog.com Monday, 18 July 2022 22:58:23
DIAMOND-selling superstar Brian Kelley brings the tried-and-true heart of patriotic pride in his “American Spirit” music video – watch here. Director Ben Christensen captured freedom-flying clips during the annual Grayton Beach Parade in Florida with many celebrating the red, white, and blue on Independence Day. “We wanted to capture the energy and spirit of Fourth of July at home in Florida. The parade grows every year in Grayton Beach, and the celebration on the beach gets even more fun!” shares Kelley. “Our friends always set up a huge flag in front of their driveway, so during the afternoon when everyone was at the beach, we did one quick performance shot for this music video to tie it all in with the great footage we captured of families and friends celebrating, soaking up the Florida sun, and giving thanks to our service members. I just love our town – good times, good vibez, and good people.” From the American flag-filled beaches to the star-spangled parade, the hometown footage brings Kelley’s lyrics to life as “That American spirit runs in our blood.” Kelley and Jake Rose produced his first solo release for Big Machine Records, which they co-wrote alongside Blake Redferrin and Canaan Smith. Mixing Kelley’s signature easygoing style with a genuine admiration for the nation he loves while respecting those who protect it, “American Spirit” serves as a timely salute to the ideals of freedom, bravery, and honor – especially everyone who joins the hitmaker in holding them dear. Further embracing his community, Kelley’s been hosting his first-ever Surf Post Sessions live from the backyard of the Tribe Kelley Surf Post in Grayton Beach. Sponsored by local veteran-owned small business 30A Blaze, he just added a fifth SOLD-OUT show this Sunday (7/17) due to high-demand, as every show so far this month has reached capacity including tonight’s (7/15) event. The Tribe Kelley Surf Post is run by Kelley and his wife Brittney, which is fully stocked with Tribe Kelley brand items. Next Friday (7/22), the former college baseball player will jet to Atlanta, GA, to headline the CMT Hot Prospects summer concert series at The Battery Atlanta. Playing a FREE pregame concert for fans of the 2021 World Series champions, Kelley will perform on the Georgia Power Pavilion stage ahead of a Los Angeles Angels vs. Atlanta Braves game. He’ll also reprise his appearance at the top of the game inside Truist Park. Tickets and additional details can be found here.
Ty Herndon Releases Heart Revealing Album JACOB – Out Now
countrymusicnewsblog.com Friday, 15 July 2022 20:52:11
Groundbreaking Grammy-nominated and Dove Award-winning country artist Ty Herndon is reclaiming his story and revealing his truth with the release of his long-awaited, critically acclaimed forthcoming project JACOB – listen now here. The first full project of all new material to come from Herndon since 2016, JACOB is the culmination of a life of hard-fought struggles and hard-won triumphs. His most personal album to date, Herndon revealed the true meaning behind the project in a PEOPLE exclusive where he delves into his past addiction to crystal meth, rehab, sexual trauma, hitting rock bottom, and his battle with mental illness. This album chronicles new parts of Herndon’s life never before shared and shows the breakthrough that he has made to become the artist that he is today. The music plots a path to where he finds himself today — a destination marked by recovery, inner strength and peace. Released in partnership with Pivotal Records, a division of Pivotal Moments Media, JACOB, is an 11-track musical experience where each song is based on experiences from his own life. Part country, part rock, part gospel – but all Ty Herndon – the country luminary has captured the pain, sorrow, and redemption that are universal to the human experience. “This album is about the power we all have to change our endings. The last two years have been a journey like none other for me, and I’m looking forward to sharing some new truths with listeners and reminding them that we have it within us to turn our greatest challenges into our greatest triumphs,” said Herndon. “Besides that, it’s just some damn good music.” Two music videos from the album have been released so far – uplifting, positive anthem “Till’ You Get There” and heart-wrenchingly powerful, “God or the Gun.” “God or the Gun” is showing exclusively now on PEOPLE.com alongside details inside Herndon’s battle with mental health and a life and death situation. Herndon burst onto the scene and made his chart debut in 1995 with “What Mattered Most,” which became his first No. 1 song and garnered a Song of the Year award (Music Row Magazine). It was also the title track to his first album, which debuted on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart and had the biggest first-week shipment in the history of Epic Records Nashville. Between 1995 and 2002, Herndon charted 17 singles, including his three No.1s and numerous top 10 hits, such as “I Want My Goodbye Back,” “Loved Too Much,” “A Man Holding On,” and “Hands of a Working Man.” He topped the charts in 1996 with the single “Living in a Moment” and again in 1998 with “It Must Be Love.” In 2014, Herndon became the first major male country artist to publicly come out as gay in an exclusive with People magazine. He received an outpouring of support that only strengthened his relationship with fans and the country music community, expanding his reach to new and diverse audiences. Shortly after, he made history when he hosted a first-of-its-kind country Continue reading Ty Herndon Releases Heart Revealing Album JACOB – Out Now→
Kelsea Ballerini Announces New Album “Subject To Change” Due September 23rd
countrymusicnewsblog.com Friday, 15 July 2022 20:45:07
Today, two-time GRAMMY® Award nominated and multiple ACM and CMA Award winning multiplatinum songwriter, producer and author Kelsea Ballerini has surprised fans with the announcement of her anxiously awaited fourth studio album, and one of the year’s most anticipated country albums, SUBJECT TO CHANGE. Set to debut on September 23, 2022, SUBJECT TO CHANGE is available for pre-order/pre-save/pre-add HERE with exclusive merchandise dropping at her official store HERE. The album marks her first full-length since 2020 when she unveiled the gold-selling kelsea and its acclaimed stripped-down companion ballerini. Kelsea is credited as a songwriter for every song on the album and solo wrote track 14, “MARILYN.” She collaborated with co-producers Julian Bunetta [Harry Styles, Maroon 5] and Shane McAnally [Kacey Musgraves, Kenny Chesney] as well as Alysa Vanderheym [Lady A, Gone West] and Jesse Frasure [Kane Brown, Little Big Town] on select tracks. Kelsea personally broke the news of the record’s arrival on her social media with a personal and emotionally charged post. Check it out HERE. To herald the album, she just shared new song and music video “LOVE IS A COWBOY.” Listen to “LOVE IS A COWBOY” HERE. Watch the music video for “LOVE IS A COWBOY” HERE. Produced by Jesse Frasure, the track hinges on dusty guitar and airy production as she delivers a vivid story through the verses before carrying an instantly unforgettable and undeniable hook. The accompanying visual continues what’s become a tradition of cinematic videos for Kelsea as it invites listeners into the world of SUBJECT TO CHANGE. Check out the full tracklisting below. She initially paved the way for the record with the buzzing “HEARTFIRST.” It has already amassed over 45 million streams, while she just shared the cinematic music video for the song last week with its broadcast premiere on CMT. “HEARTFIRST” continues to make waves as it is Top 30 and climbing at Country Radio. She also just delivered a show-stopping performance of the single on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel LIVE! In case you missed it, watch it HERE. The multi-platinum country superstar was also recently named the newest face of COVERGIRL. She will be joining the brand in a multi-year partnership and is set to launch a cosmetic collaboration with the brand next year. Experience SUBJECT TO CHANGE and more from Kelsea Ballerini this year. Tracklisting 1. “SUBJECT TO CHANGE” 2. “THE LITTLE THINGS” 3. “I CAN’T HELP MYSELF” 4. “IF YOU GO DOWN” (I’M GOIN’ DOWN TOO) 5. “LOVE IS A COWBOY” 6. “MUSCLE MEMORY” 7. “I GUESS THEY CALL IT FALLIN’” 8. “WEATHER” 9. “UNIVERSE” 10. “WALK IN THE PARK” 11. “HEARTFIRST” 12. “YOU’RE DRUNK, GO HOME” 13. “DOIN’ MY BEST” 14. “MARILYN” 15. “WHAT I HAVE” About Kelsea Ballerini Kelsea Ballerini has consistently made history. With the release of her debut album The First Time (Black River), she became “the only female country artist to hit #1 with her first three consecutive singles from a debut album.” She has logged four back-to-back Top 10 entries on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, including the platinum-selling The First Time , gold-selling Unapologetically , platinum-selling kelsea , and ballerini . With 25 Continue reading Kelsea Ballerini Announces New Album “Subject To Change” Due September 23rd→
Tenille Townes Exclusive EP only on Apple Music
countrymusicnewsblog.com Friday, 15 July 2022 20:41:43
Today Apple Music premieres Apple Music Sessions with exclusive releases featuring some of the world’s most prolific artists and emerging artists, all in Spatial Audio. Recorded out of Apple Music’s studios around the world, Apple Music Sessions gives artists the opportunity to reimagine and recreate hits from their own catalog, and creative covers of beloved classics. These unique performances are also filmed, resulting in a special, bespoke collection comprised of brand-new Spatial Audio tracks and companion live performance music videos available exclusively to Apple Music fans worldwide. Apple Music Sessions kicks off with releases from Carrie Underwood and Tenille Townes, recorded out of Apple Music’s new state-of-the-art studios in Nashville, Tennessee. Apple plans to expand the series into other genres of music in the future. Tenille Townes said: “It was so cool capturing the spirit of how it feels to play my songs live with my band during the Apple Music Sessions performance,” Townes said. “The new space feels like it’s going to become an anchor for our music community in Nashville and it was an honor to be a part of breaking it in.” “I chose ‘Same Road Home’ because I really love the message in the song of us all being more alike as humans than we often realize,” she continued. “‘Somebody’s Daughter’ is one of those songs that has grown with us as a band for the past couple of years and it was really fun to showcase our live version of it. And ‘At Last’ is a song that sets the bar to me as a writer and a singer. I’ve never recorded a version of it before, and I loved getting to include it in my Apple Music Sessions.” Find out more and see video clips from her Apple session at the Apple Newsroom: https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2022/07/apple-introduces-apple-music-sessions/