Disruptor Records/ColumbiaThe Chainsmokers just released their latest collaboration, "This Feeling," on Tuesday, but the feedback they're getting from fans about the song -- which features country star Kelsea Ballerini -- is blowing them away.
"Damn, this is exciting!" they tweeted. "Feel like we haven’t seen a reaction to a song of ours like this since the Coldplay collab!"
Of course, the "Coldplay collab" was the duo's massive hit "Something Just Like This," and "This Feeling" could follow in its footsteps. After all, country/pop collabs, like "The Middle" and "Meant to Be," are all the rage these days. And as Kelsea told Zane Loweon his Beats 1 show, songs like these help break down barriers and change perceptions about country music.
She explained, "Having these kinda collaborations, people that have that stigma in their heads of like, 'Well, it's all about a truck' -- they're like, 'Oh, wait, I like this song! That's a country singer? Wait, let me go check out more!' It kinda opens the doors more, which is really sick!"
Kelsea, who's covered the duo's hits "Closer" and "Paris" in the past, told Lowe that working with The Chainsmokers is her "dream collab," adding, "I love that they write their stuff. They’re songwriters, which I relate to so much and respect a whole lot."
And The Chainsmokers love Kelsea just as much as she loves them.
As the duo's Alex Pall told Zane, "I feel like, you look at her and you smile...like, she's such a happy person!"
He added, "When we sent her this song...she wrote us back right away and was like, ‘I f****ing love it. I’m in.’ Everything’s been super fun.”
Capitol NashvilleIf you’ve seen the CMA Awards over the past decade, you know that Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley make quite a pair. And they don’t even have to be in the same room together for Brad’s antics to kick in.
Brad’s latest exploits involve the “glitter tears” Carrie sports on the cover of her Cry Pretty album and single. They’re available now as a Snapchat filter that also lets you lip sync Carrie’s latest top-ten hit.
On Wednesday, Brad tried ‘em out, and posted the results on his socials.
“Can’t cry pretty? We’ll just see about that,” he added. “I beg to differ Carrie Underwood… I can #CryPretty.”
"Lemme go re-write the song..." Carrie quippedin return.
We’ll see much more from Brad and Carrie in a couple months, as they reunite to host the CMA Awards for the 11th time on Wednesday, November 14. You can watch the show live from Nashville starting at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
Mercury NashvilleBilly Currington’s leaning into his sexy side with his new single, “Bring It on Over.”
“Oh baby, just wait a minute/If you’re in the bed stay in it/I’m about to dive on it it/Got to, got to get you closer/I’m about to bring it on over,” the Georgia native sings in the new tune written by The Peach Pickers -- Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson and Ben Hayslip -- along with Jesse Frasure.
It’s a facet of Billy his fans love, as evidenced by his first #1, “Must Be Doin’ Somethin’ Right,” as well as his most recent one, “Do I Make You Wanna.”
“Bring It on Over” is the lead single from Billy’s new album, the follow-up to 2015’s SummerForever.
Courtesy Grand Ole Opry LLC; Courtesy Grand Ole Opry LLC. Chris Hollo, photographerDarius Rucker will host a special Opry Salute to Ray Charles next month, as the Grand Ole Opry kicks off a week-long celebration of its 93rd birthday.
Chris Young, Brett Eldredge, Cam, Travis Tritt, R&B legends Boyz II Men and others will join Darius for a show filled with collaborations and special performances on Monday, October 8. The evening will be captured to air as a PBS special in November.
"When you think of musical legends, you think of Ray Charles," Darius says. "To host this great event celebrating his legacy at the Opry makes it even more special.”
“Being asked to join the Opry six years ago was one of the greatest highlights of my career,” Darius adds, “and it's an honor any time I get to step onto that stage, especially for a night like this."
Tickets go on sale Thursday morning, with more info at Opry.com.
Ray Charles was already an established R&B star when he began to cross both musical and social barriers in 1962, recording multiple volumes of country material starting with Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music. He both appeared on the Opry stage and scored major hits with country classics like “I Can’t Stop Loving You,” “You Don’t Know Me,” and “You Are My Sunshine.”
ABC/Mark Levine Old Dominion raised $40,000 for charity Tuesday night at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, with a little help from their friends.
Kenny Chesney, Kelsea Ballerini, Michael Ray and Sam Hunt all took their turn on the historic stage, joining the guys primarily to do the hits OD wrote for them.
Kenny offered “Save It for a Rainy Day,” while Kelsea did “I Hate Love Songs” and joined OD for their most recent #1, “Written in the Sand.” Michael delivered his current single, “The One That Got Away,” while Sam served up both “Make You Miss Me” and “Ex to See” from his monster Montevallo album.
Old Dominion went on to add nineteen more songs to their 120-minute set, including the new tunes “Make It Sweet” and “Smooth Sailing.”
“What an unforgettable night,” lead singer Matthew Ramsey reflects. “The Nashville community has given so much to us. Our lives have changed in ways we could never have imagined so we felt like this show at the Ryman was a great way to start giving back.”
“There was so much love and music and history swirling around,” he continues. “We are beyond proud to be able to raise money and help those who need it, along with help from our friends!”
The proceeds from OD’s Ryman show will be divided between the Opry Trust Fund and the Ryan Seacrest Foundation.
Dick Clark ProductionsCarrie Underwood is set to perform a song from her new Cry Pretty album on next month’s American Music Awards.
This will be the 12-time AMA winner’s first performance on the show since 2015. This year, Carrie’s up for Favorite Female Country Artist.
For the second year in a row, actress Tracee Ellis Ross will host the Tuesday, October 9 show. You can catch the 2018 American Music Awards live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles starting at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
Comstock/ThinkstockTwenty years ago this week, this Oklahoma-born country legend received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, located right next to Meryl Streep's star. Can you name this Country Music Hall of Famer who's also starred in multiple sitcoms, movies and Broadway? ANSWER: Reba McEntire.
ABC/Image Group LA If you've been to a Brett Eldredge concert or seen him on TV, you know he's an upbeat, positive kind of guy.
But even a bundle of energy like Brett can sometimes hit a tough spot in life. The Illinois native opens up to ABC's Dan Harris about one of those moments in a new episode of Harris' 10% Happier podcast.
"I might play in front of 30,000 people, and then I walk...offstage and...you're by yourself, after having the most insane adrenaline rush ever," Brett explains.
"Everybody's going crazy...[you're] sweaty...walk to the backstage, people giving you high fives," he continues. "And then...it's just you and the walls of a tour bus. I'd be there by myself."
"Don't have a girlfriend or anything at this point. Still don't," Brett adds.
For Brett, it was man's best friend to the rescue: his Weizsla pup named Edgar.
"Now I've got Edgar to be there with me, and it just made me more happy," Brett tells Dan. "You know, he's excited that he gets to see you after he's been sitting on the bus."
"It's a crazy thing," Brett says. "He's a very human-like dog. He's one of those dogs that just has a personality...And he sits up in the driver's seat on the tour bus, and it looks like he's gonna drive it, when it's parked."
Now that Edgar's started making appearances onstage, his popularity's even rivaling that of his dad.
"There's so many signs in the crowd for that dog every night," Brett tells ABC Radio. "So I put a treat on his nose, and he flips it off his nose and catches it in his mouth. People go crazy!"
You can listen to the latest edition of Dan Harris' 10% Happierpodcast now.
Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockThe documentary Country Music -- by respected filmmaker Ken Burns -- is set to premiere on PBS in September of 2019.
On Monday, RebaInstagrammed a picture of a set of headphones with her name on them, adding "Back at it in the studio," along with the hashtags #NewMusic and #Coming Soon. Next week, she hosts the annual CMA Country Christmas special at Belmont University's Curb Center in Nashville. It'll air later this year on ABC.
Billy Currington's new single is called "Bring It On Over." It's the lead release from his follow-up to 2015's Summer Forever.
If you didn't catch Willie Nelson's Tuesday appearance on ABC's The View, you can watch it on YouTube now.
Photo by Robert Kamau/GC ImagesJessica Simpson and her husband Eric Johnson are expecting baby number three, and it's another girl.
Simpson made the announcement and gender reveal in a series of Instagram snaps featuring the couple's two children, six-year-old daughter Drew and five-year-old son Ace.
"SURPRISE..." the fashion mogul captioned the first -- a shot of Drew and Ace holding up a set of giant-sized balloons.
A second post revealed the contents of the balloons -- a bunch of smaller pink ones. "This little baby girl will make us a family of five. We couldn't be happier to announce this precious blessing of life," read the caption.
A third post featured featured Jessica showing off her baby bump, with the caption, "My baby love."
Simpson and Johnson, a former professional football player, tied the knot in 2014.
ABC/Image Group LA Dustin Lynch has long proclaimed his love and admiration for Reba McEntire, so it was only fitting that the Country Music Hall of Famer should be the one to officially induct him into the Grand Ole Opry on Tuesday night.
“I know how you feel,” Reba said, as she stepped into the legendary circle of wood transported from the Opry’s former home at the Ryman Auditorium.
“Do you know that 41 years ago yesterday was the first time I got to sing on this stage?” she revealed, as the audience cheered.
“September 17, 1977, and here you are 41 years and a day -- one day -- and you get to be the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry,” she said to the Tullahoma, Tennessee native.
Earlier in the evening, Dustin told the audience his Tuesday night performance was the second most nervous he’d ever been on the Opry stage: the first was the night of his debut -- March 2, 2012.
After Reba handed him his Opry member trophy, Dustin took a moment to compose himself and share it with his band members, as he recognized each one.
“I told everybody before I came out here, I am a crybaby,” he joked, as the audience laughed. “And I get it from my dad,” he added. “It's true.”
“I cannot believe what just happened. Reba McEntire just gave me a hug and -- wow!” he said, as the audience continued to roar.
Dustin went on to give a shout-out to all the people behind-the-scenes who’ve helped make him a success, before closing with his most recent #1, “Small Town Boy.”
Earlier in the evening, Dustin played a set that included chart-toppers like “Where It’s At,” as well as older songs like “She Cranks My Tractor,” plus his current single, “Good Girl.”
He also sang his breakthrough hit, “Cowboys and Angels,” pointing out it was inspired by the love story of his grandparents, who’ve been married 63 years and were in the audience.
ABC/Image Group LA Wednesday night, Lady Antebellum will perform their Heart Break ballad, “Hurt,” for the first time on TV.
The Late Night with Seth Meyers guest spot will also be the group's first major TV appearance since leaving their longtime label, Capitol Nashville, for its rival, Big Machine.
“Hurt” happens to be from their final Capitol album, Heart Break. The trio is already busy writing and recording their follow-up. Tune in Wednesday at 12:35 p.m. ET on NBC to see their visit with Seth Meyers.
Next month, Hillary Scott will step into the spotlight on October 17 as one of CMT’s all-female Artists of the Year honorees. Then on November 14, Lady A vies for the Vocal Group of the Year trophy at the CMA Awards, which air live from Nashville on ABC.
Disruptor Records/ColumbiaKelsea Ballerini and electronic duo The Chainsmokers just have “This Feeling” about their new collaboration.
With Florida Georgia Line and Bebe Rexha having a huge hit with “Meant to Be” and Maren Morris following suit with Zedd on “The Middle,” it’s no secret pop/country collaborations are hot these days. And on Tuesday, Kelsea and The Chainsmokers released theirs.
“THIS SONG IS SO SPECIAL TO US!” the duo tweeted. “THIS FEELING WITH OUR GIRL KELS IS OUT NOW EVERYWHERE.” They followed up later with “Loving all these super positive tweets about…our new song…”
In “This Feeling,” Kelsea and The Chainsmokers sing about disagreeing with friends and family about a love interest: “They tell me think with my head, not that thing in my chest/They got their hands at my neck this time/But you’re the one that I want, if that’s really so wrong/Then they don’t know what this feeling is like.”
“This Feeling” is available to stream or download now. You can also check out the lyric video on YouTube, which matches the black and white skeletons and red hearts featured on the song’s artwork.
ABC/Mark LevineBlake Shelton is planning a free pop-up show this week at the world’s largest honky tonk.
The “Turnin’ Me On” hitmaker will take the stage Thursday night at Billy Bob’s Texas, which is located at the historic Fort Worth Stockyards. Fans can line up for wristbands starting at 10 a.m. local time Thursday morning.
Once you have your wristband, the line to get in starts forming at 4 p.m. before doors open at 5:30. Blake is set to play around 8:30.
Entrance is limited to the first 5,000 fans who show up. You must be at least 21 and have a valid photo ID to get in.
ABC/Image Group LA Miranda Lambert’s been enjoying a little leisure time lately, after wrapping her Bandwagon Tour with Little Big Town late last month.
This weekend, Miranda showed her beloved Gypsy Vanner horses at the Oklahoma State Fair, and even took in an Italian family circus.
“Thank you Oklahoma State Fair for the memories!” the CMA and ACM Female Vocalist of the Year shared on her socials, along with a collection of pictures.
“The Gypsy Vanner show, the Ferris Wheel, friends, family and my first time to see a real circus!” she added. “The Zoppe Circus was amazing! The whole weekend was a dream.”
Miranda will be back to work on Wednesday when she plays the first of two Artist in Residence shows in the CMA Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. The second concert takes place next Wednesday, September 26.
New music from Miranda's band Pistol Annies is also expected sometime this fall.
Capitol NashvilleNot only is Carrie Underwood's Cry Pretty on track to debut at #1 on the all-genre Billboard 200 this week, it's also expected to have the best sales week of any country album so far this year.
Experts predict Carrie’s first album for Capitol Nashville will sell 210,000 equivalent album units in its first week, besting Jason Aldean, whose Rearview Town moved 183,000 units back in April. We’ll find out the official numbers when the new chart comes out Sunday.
Carrie’s topped the Billboard 200 three times before, with 2012’s Blown Away, 2009’s Play On, and 2007’s Carnival Ride.
ABC/Mark LevineLee Ann Womack will be honored with the Golden Note Award this fall at the ASCAP Country Music Awards, handed out annually by the performing rights organization ASCAP.
Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire and Alan Jackson are just some of the artists who’ve gotten the honor in the past. This year’s 56th annual gala will take place on Monday, November 12 in downtown Nashville, in the days leading up to the 2018 CMA Awards.
Lee Ann’s most recent album is last year’s critically-acclaimed The Lonely, the Lonesome, and the Gone. The 2001 CMA Female Vocalist of the Year is perhaps best known for her crossover smash from the year prior, “I Hope You Dance.”