ABC/Image Group LABoth Maren Morris and Florida Georgia Line are enjoying some major momentum on the pop charts these days.
This week, FGL matches the crossover success of their debut smash, “Cruise,” as “Meant to Be” rises to #4 on the BillboardHot 100. “Cruise,” which featured rapper Nelly, also made it to #4.
And thanks to the duo, their "Meant to Be" duet partner Bebe Rexha now has the biggest hit of her career to date.
But Maren isn’t far behind. "The Middle," her song with producer/deejay Zedd and electronic duo Grey, rises to #6 on the Hot 100, and tops Billboard's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs for a seventh week. This is Maren’s first pop hit.
“Meant to Be” is also a top ten hit on the country chart, while “The Middle” hasn’t made its way to country radio.
EMI NashvilleYou can win a chance to see a special pre-ACM-Awards concert in Las Vegas by Brothers Osborne by going to the duo’s website. And if your luck doesn’t pan out or you just can’t make it to Sin City, you’ll still be able to enjoy the show.
TJ and John will play the Friday, April 13 set at Zappos headquarters in Las Vegas, as part of their partnership with the lifestyle brand Frye. Both Zappos and Frye will livestream the show starting at 4 p.m. PT.
The following Sunday, the reigning Vocal Duo of the Year will defend their title at the 53rd ACM Awards.
On April 20, Brothers release their sophomore album, Port Saint Joe, which features their latest hit, “Shoot Me Straight.”
Trae Patton/NBCNow that Blake Shelton has wrapped up his Country Music Freaks Tour with Brett Eldredge, Trace Adkins and Carly Pearce, the star of The Voice is headed for the golf course.
The “I Lived It” hitmaker will still be working, though -- he's headlining an August 17 show at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open. The annual concert comes at the end of the first round of the annual PGA Champions Tour.
Blake will take the stage at dusk on Friday, August 17 at En-Joie Golf Club in Endicott, New York. Tickets for the event go on sale March 28.
Warner Music NashvilleYou can watch RaeLynn ascend to the throne in her new video for “Queens Don’t.”
The clip follows the former The Voice contestant as she gets made up for the photo shoot for the lead single from her forthcoming sophomore album. The “Queens Don’t” session includes a crown, a scepter, and a golden throne -- as well as plenty of hugs for RaeLynn’s glam squad.
“A ‘queen’ is any person who knows that they are royalty from the inside out regardless of where they came from,” the Texas native tweeted, along with a link to the new video.
ABC/Image Group LA We haven’t seen much of Carrie Underwood since late last year, when she fell in November, breaking her wrist and suffering a facial injury that required a large number of stitches. But this weekend, she turned out for the wedding of one of The Swon Brothers, according to the Tennessean.
Carrie sat discreetly in the back of the room, as Colton Swon married Caroline Glasier Saturday in front of 300 friends and family members in Nashville. The two met when they were both contestants on season four of The Voice. Colton’s brother Zach was his best man.
The Swon Brothers were Carrie’s opening act, along with Easton Corbin, on 2016’s Storyteller Tour, which was her last major outing. Last month, the duo released their latest single, “What Ever Happened.” Carrie’s currently in the studio working on her debut album for Universal Nashville.
ABC/Image Group LATim McGraw and Faith Hill alternated openers on last year’s Soul2Soul Tour, but for the 2018 version of the trek, they’re employing a different strategy. Rather than changing acts every weekend, this year they’re taking newcomers Devin Dawson and Caitlyn Smith out with them.
Caitlyn will kick off the tour May 31 in Richmond, Virginia, with Devin taking over June 26 in Bossier City, Louisiana and continuing until the tour wraps July 22 in Devin's home state of California. The “All on Me” hitmaker did a weekend with Tim & Faith last year, getting to play the first arena of his career near the place he grew up.
Caitlyn is best known for writing Meghan Trainor’s quadruple-platinum pop hit, “Like I’m Gonna Lose You.” Her debut album Starfire came out earlier this year.
ABC/Image Group LAChris Stapleton interprets Elton John’s “I Want Love” on the new Restoration album, and the next time we hear new music from the Traveller hitmaker, it may be on the big screen.
“I’ve got a few songs in some movies,” Chris reveals, “and some different collaborations with some people that are on the horizon.”
Chris is currently climbing the pop chart with Justin Timberlake on his single, "Say Something." But when it comes to heading back into the studio to work on his own next record, the Kentucky native predicts it will be awhile.
“As far as a project for me, I don’t know what that next thing is,” he admits. “It’ll probably be a minute, because two records in a year is a lot and sometimes you don’t know stuff like that until you do it, like, ‘Yeah, I’m gonna put out two records in a year.’”
In 2017, Chris released two volumes of songs, both recorded in Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A and titled From A Room.
“It's been great,” he says of the process, “and it was a good plan, and I’m real happy with how everything is turning out. But we’re probably not gonna be recording anything real soon. It may be a minute.”
“We’ll tour off these two records. They’ve got a lot of life in ‘em as far as touring goes. So I’m sure whatever the next right thing is to do will present itself and then I’ll look at it dead in the eye and go, 'Alright, let’s go.'”
For now, the “next right thing” for Chris seems to be his first #1 on the country chart, as “Broken Halos” is poised to claim the top spot.
Comstock/ThinkstockThis East Tennessee theme park opened in 1961 and was originally called Rebel Railroad, before morphing into both Goldrush Junction and later Silver Dollar City. Can you guess what it's known as today? ANSWER: Dollywood, Dolly Parton's theme park.
ABC/Lou RoccoThis weekend, Dolly Parton presided over opening weekend at her East Tennessee theme park, as Dollywood opened its gates for its 2018 season.
With a sequel to 1980’s 9 to 5 in the works with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, there’s no slowing down for the Country Music Hall-of-Famer. In fact, she was busy working on another big screen project as she turned 72 on January 19.
“I was doing the music with [producer] Linda Perry, who's doing the music for the Dumplin' movie, the soundtrack, all the music for that,” Dolly reveals. “So we were in the studio, 'cause I got flowers on my birthday.”
Dolly’s doing much more than just helping with the music for the project. In fact, she’s the very inspiration for it.
“There was a little girl named Julie Murphy that wrote a book about a little girl with no confidence,” Dolly explains. “And she had loved my music and my sayings, and it kinda helped build her confidence. And… it was a New York Times bestseller. And then Jennifer Aniston adapted it for the movies, and she's starring in it, and she's producing it.”
Dumplin’ will include Dolly tunes, both old and new.
“I wrote some additional music for that,” she tells ABC Radio, “so a lot of my music is in that movie, and some new stuff I wrote. So I'm helping them promote that on the musical end.”
So far, we don’t know when Dumplin’ will be released, or when we’ll get to hear Dolly’s new music.
Warner Music Nashville“All my Queens now get in formation,” RaeLynntweeted on Friday. [“Queen’s Don’t”] is OUT,” she added, along with the cover of her new single, showing her sitting on a throne with a crown and a scepter.
“Queen don’t hate / Queens don’t fight / Queens don’t stay unless their king treats ‘em right,” RaeLynn sings on the empowerment anthem. “Oh, every jewel on my crown / You better believe I earned it / Don’t keep people around that don’t believe I deserve it.”
“Queens Don’t” is the first taste of new music from the follow-up to RaeLynn’s #1 debut, WildHorse. It’s available to stream or download now, or via an audio-only YouTube video.
ABC/Image Group LA You can hear an early version of Walker Hayes’ first top ten hit, “You Broke Up with Me,” on his new digital re-release of two volumes titled 8Tracks.
The cleverly-named 8Tracks has very little to do with the popular audio format from the sixties and seventies. Instead, both of Walker’s albums are made up of eight tracks that were the original work tapes he recorded in his Music Row studio in Nashville nicknamed The Shack. Back in the summer of 2016, Walker gave them away for free to get noticed.
“We’re putting out the music that got me here,” he says. “I’ll never forget the way fans’ reactions made me feel when I first put these 8Tracks out. They are homemade and they are the foundation of who I am.”
Many of the songs eventually made it onto Walker’s full-length debut, boom. Here’s the complete rundown:
8Tracks Vol.1 (Good S***) “You Broke Up with Me” “Beautiful” “Dollar Store” “Mind Candy” “Stay Sober” “Shades” “Beer in the Fridge” “Bad Thing (Good S****)”
8Tracks Vol.2 (Break the Internet) “Break the Internet” “You’re Happy” “Halloween” (featuring Nicolle Galyon) “Face on My Money” “Beckett” “The Comedian” “Lela’s Stars” “Your Girlfriend Does”
ABC/Image Group LA Craig Campbell’s wife Mindy stars in the new lyric video for his single, “See You Try.” It’s the first new music from the Georgia native since 2016’s “Outskirts of Heaven.”
“I feel like it was well worth the wait on my end, and I’m hoping the fans will feel the same way,” Craig says. “I believe in divine providence and I feel like this song was meant for me, so I’m excited, and I feel like this is a game-changer.”
The sexy “See You Try” follows a woman who’s trying to pull her man away from a night with the guys. Even though Craig and Mindy have been together for more than a dozen years, he can still relate to the situation.
“When I’m doing my thing with my friends and she’s ready to leave, I love for her to try to convince me,” he says. “Like ‘Hey, it’s time to go. And if you go with me right now, then this is gonna happen.’ Even though we’ve been married for a little while now, I still get excited when she does those things.”
“See You Try” is one of several current singles co-written by Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard, including FGL’s “Meant to Be” with Bebe Rexha, Jason Aldean’s “You Make It Easy,” and Granger Smith’s “Happens Like That.”
You can check out the “See You Try” lyric video on YouTube now.
ABC/Image Group LA Chris Stapleton’s cover of “I Want Love” is your first taste of music from Restoration, the country-themed album celebrating the music of Elton John and Bernie Taupin.
Elton originally recorded the Grammy-nominated song on his 2001 album, Songs from the West Coast. Now, the Kentucky-born Stapleton says Elton’s music is simply woven into the fabric of modern life.
“At any stage of life you can pick out a moment and a place in time, things that were going on and there’s an Elton John song playing somewhere in the background,” Chris observes. “He’s always going to be present in every musician’s mind and mine as well because his music reaches that far.”
Little Big Town, Maren Morris, Brothers Osborne, Miranda Lambert and many more are featured on Restoration, which comes out April 6, along with the pop and rock-focused Revamp.
Stapleton’s take on “I Want Love” is available to stream or download now, along with Q-Tip and Demi Lovato’s version of Elton’s huge hit, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” from Revamp.
BBR Music Group Miranda Lambert teams with Jason Aldean for “Drowns the Whiskey,” a track on Rearview Town, the new album by the two-time ACM Entertainer of the Year.
Rearview Town also includes another song written by Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard and newcomer Morgan Wallen, titled “Love Me or Don’t.” Tyler and Morgan are two of the co-writers on Jason’s current hit, “You Make It Easy,” along with FGL’s Brian Kelley and tunesmith Jordan Schmidt.
The record’s title track is available to stream or download now.
“It’s about putting things behind you...things that have held you down...and looking ahead,” Jason says. “When you look at my career and the personal experiences I’ve gone through, it really seemed like a fitting title for this record and it’s one of the best songs I’ve ever recorded.”
“It was important to me to pick songs that have substance to them,” he adds. “I’m more conscious of that these days.”
You can also check out “Rearview Town” via the new lyric video now available on YouTube.
Here’s the complete track listing for Jason’s 8th studio album, which is due April 13:
“Dirt to Dust” “Set It Off” “Girl Like You” “You Make It Easy” “Gettin’ Warmed Up” “Blacktop Gone” “Drowns the Whiskey” (featuring Miranda Lambert) “Rearview Town” “Love Me or Don’t” “Like You Were Mine” “Better at Being Who I Am” “I’ll Wait for You” “Ride All Night” “Up in Smoke” “High Noon Neon”
Nick WalkerCountry/pop crossovers are the latest craze: There are two in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 right now. Florida Georgia Line and Bebe Rexha's "Meant to Be" is #5; "The Middle," by Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey, is #8. Maren says she loves that her song is exposing pop and country fans to genres they don't normally listen to.
"I think it's a really powerful song and I love being a part of it, because it's bringing a lot of country fans that wouldn't normally listen to, like, an EDM guy [like Zedd], [and they're listening] to him and his back [catalogue]," she tells ABC Radio. "And a lot of pop fans that don't listen to country, now they're listening to country! So it's a cool collaboration in that way."
In fact, Maren believes that in our playlist-focused society, divisions between musical genres don't really matter much anymore
"If you listen to a song and it makes you feel something, no matter what genre it is, that's not wrong," she points out. "And I love that people are just hearing songs and being, like, 'I like this 'cause it's a good song. I'm not worried about the genre tags attached to it.'"
Maren isn't abandoning country, but she likes the freedom she has to explore other types of music.
"While I feel like I'm always going to be very rooted in country and I'm making my next record that is very rooted in country, still, I listen to everything," she says. "And I love being a part of these collaborations."
By the way, the last time two different country acts were in the Billboard Hot 100 with two different songs was 18 years ago, when Faith Hill's "Breathe" was #3 and Lonestar's "Amazed" was #10.
Triple Tigers Records / Sony Music Seasons have changed for Scotty McCreery.
The 2011 American Idol went from having #1 albums to parting ways with his record label in early 2016. Thankfully, things changed again for the North Carolina native, and last year, he signed a new deal, launched on the strength of “Five More Minutes,” the touching ballad he wrote after the passing of his grandfather.
Just last month, “Five More Minutes” became Scotty’s first #1, and on Friday, the hard-fought full album that features the tune arrives.
“That's why I love this record so much, is because it's so personal,” Scotty tells ABC Radio. “Because it's really just non-fiction. The stories that I'm telling -- there's a song 'Boys from Back Home' -- every name that you hear, they're my best friends in my group text that we talk every day. And all the stories you hear in that song are things that actually happened.”
Along the way, Scotty proposed to his longtime girlfriend Gabi Dugal, and they plan to tie the knot soon.
“Songs like 'This Is It,' and every love song on the record pretty much, they're all for Gabi,” he says. “And 'This Is It' in particular is like a blueprint for the day we got engaged and the whole story behind it.”
While some artists might shy away from being so open with their fans, Scotty welcomes the transparency.
“I love that I can listen to these songs personally, and [they] take me back to where I was on that day,” he confesses. “I feel like folks, when they listen to it, they'll get a glimpse into my life.”
Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockIf you eat at Romano's Macaroni Grill on Wednesday, March 21, the Italian restaurant will donate 25% of your check to Zac Brown Band's kids' charity, Camp Southern Ground. All you have to do is show your server the announcement on Twitter.
You can check out the latest designs in Luke Bryan's 32 Bridge and HFE lines now at Cabelas.com.
Morgan Evans' debut U.S. single, "Kiss Somebody," has already been certified platinum in his Australian homeland.
If you missed Scotty McCreery Thursday morning on Megyn Kelly Today, you can watch his appearance online.
Trae Patton/NBCIf you’re not getting enough Blake Shelton Mondays and Tuesdays on The Voice, the Texoma Shore hitmaker is ready to do everything he can to help you out. The perpetual prankster is going for an all-out takeover of the NBC schedule the beginning of next week.
On Monday, Blake will stay up late to perform his latest single on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, which starts at 11:35 p.m. ET. He’ll showcase his top-15 hit again on Tuesday morning, as he wakes up for appearances in both the 8 and 10 a.m. hours of Today.
The Oklahoma native won’t stop there: he’ll also show up to do his ACM-nominated “I’ll Name the Dogs” Tuesday on Late Night with Seth Meyers, which starts at 12:35 p.m. ET.
In addition to his TV appearances, Blake’s also in the middle of a busy tour schedule. He recently sold out the first six dates on the Country Music Freaks Tour with Brett Eldredge, Trace Adkins and Carly Pearce. The 14-concert run wraps March 17 in Philadelphia.