Mark TuckerMove over John, Paul, George and Ringo-- Garth Brooks is pulling up beside you in the passing lane!
The Recording Industry Association of America bestows diamond certification on an album when it’s sold more than ten million copies. Previously, Garth and the Beatles were tied, with half a dozen diamond records apiece. But now that Garth’s Ultimate Hits has moved ten million units, he officially moves ahead of the Fab Four, notching his seventh diamond album.
Trisha Yearwood led the celebration this weekend, breaking the news at her husband’s Fresno tour stop. Champagne showers followed backstage. You can check out all the antics on Garth’s Facebook page.
When it comes to total sales, it’s worth pointing out that the Beatles still hold the title there. They’re at 178 million units, while Garth lags behind at 138 million.
BMLGThomas Rhett’s latest single is “Star of the Show,” one of five new tracks from the forthcoming deluxe edition of his sophomore album.
“’Star of the Show’ is one of those songs that I have lived with for a while and [it] kept coming up as a song we needed to record and get to the fans,” he says. “I wrote it with my dad [Rhett Akins] right after I got married, and it was the first song I ever wrote about Lauren. It was a staple in our set before we had any hits,” he recalls, “and fans still request it to this day.”
Here’s the complete track listing for the 18-cut Tangled Up Deluxe, which comes out October 28. It will be available for pre-order at the usual digital outlets on Friday:
“Anthem” “Crash and Burn” “South Side” “Die a Happy Man” “Vacation” “Like It’s the Last Time” “T-Shirt” “Single Girl” “The Day You Stop Looking Back” “Tangled” “Playing with Fire” (featuring Jordin Sparks) “I Feel Good” (featuring Money Lewis) “Learned It from the Radio” “Star of the Show” “American Spirit” “Background Music” “Playing with Fire” (featuring Daniellle Bradbery) “Die a Happy Man (The Remix)” (featuring Tori Kelly)
Warner Music NashvilleDressed in a black suit and white shirt with a popped collar, Brett Eldredge leans against a deep red wall, casually tossing a silver ball in the air. That’s the cover that sets the tone for the crooner’s first ever-holiday collection, set for release on October 28.
Named for a new holiday tune the Illinois native wrote for the set, Glow boasts ten other standards, including a cameo by Best New Artist Grammy-winner Meghan Trainor on “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.”
Here’s the complete track listing for Brett’s yuletide offering:
“Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow” “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” (featuring Meghan Trainor) “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” “The Christmas Song” “Glow” “White Christmas” “Winter Wonderland” “Merry Little Christmas” “Silent Night” “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” “First Noel”
BMLGJust weeks after scoring a number-one album with Kinda Don’t Care, Justin Moore now has a number-one song to match. “You Look Like I Need a Drink” is officially the sixth chart-topper of the Arkansas native’s career -- and this is apparently his lucky time of the year!
“Seven years ago this week, I had my first number-one with ‘Small Town USA,’” Justin recalls. “It is crazy to see where we have come since then and I am pumped to see what is ahead.”
BMLG Fresh off their gig this weekend co-hosting CMT’s Hot 20 Countdown from their Dig Your Roots show in Des Moines, Iowa, Florida Georgia Line is headed back to your TV.
This week, Jana Kramer won’t be the only country artist on Dancing with the Stars. Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley stop by to perform both “H.O.L.Y.” and “Cruise” on Tuesday’s episode. You can catch it starting at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
The duo’s new single, “May We All,” which features Tim McGraw, breaks into the top 20 on this week’s country chart.
Broken BowJason Aldean promised to deliver some unforgettable surprises for his fans around the release of his chart-topping new album, They Don’t Know, and the ACM Entertainer of the Year is certainly living up to his word.
Friday before his tour stop in Cleveland, Ohio, Jason drove up unannounced at Taylore Wingard’s house, delivering a brand-new 2016 Kia Soul for the single mother of three.
“This is so amazing I don’t even know what to do,” the 30-year-old told the “A Little More Summertime” singer. “My son went through cancer treatment twice and your music has gotten me through so much.”
Jason also gave Taylore the VIP treatment at his Six String Circus show that night, in addition to a barrage of other prizes. You can check out her reaction in the video Jason shared on his Facebook page.
Comstock/Thinkstock Country Music Hall of Famer Jean Shepard achieved her only number-one hit with this 1953 recording with Ferlin Husky. Can you name their war-themed duet? ANSWER: "A Dear John Letter."
BMLGJennifer Nettles is gearing up for a busy fall. Not only is she putting out "Hey Heartbreak," the second single from her sophomore solo effort, Playing with Fire, she's also releasing her new holiday collection, To Celebrate Christmas. On November 30, she'll reprise her role as Dolly Parton's mother in the sequel to last year's wildly successful Coat of Many Colors TV movie as well.
"Doing that movie... was so rewarding on so many levels..." Jennifer reflects. "I love that it did speak to such a broad audience. We had no idea. I mean, you're involved in something and you think, 'Oh, it's so special!' But you don't know if other people are gonna think it's special until you put it out there! And the ratings and the reviews, and you know, everything about that project, I was blown away by the response to it..."
The new film, Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love, also inspired Dolly to write a new song, which appears on Jennifer's latest yuletide offering, which comes out October 28.
Jennifer kicks off a series of select holiday dates with a December 8 stop at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center with the Nashville Symphony.
Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Darius Rucker shot the music video for his new single, “If I Told You,” atop the Capitol building in Los Angeles last week.
George Strait presented singer/songwriter Jim Lauderdale with the Lifetime Achievement Award at last week’s Americana Awards at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. Lauderdale wrote the Strait classic “The King of Broken Hearts.”
Newcomer Brooke Eden’s debut EP Welcome to the Weekend is now available at the usual digital outlets. The four-song project’s lead single is the track “Diamonds.”
ABC/Randy HolmesCam is officially off the market. The “Burning House” hitmaker wed commercial real estate agent Adam Weaver Saturday evening in the desert town of Joshua Tree, California, according to People.
One hundred forty guests watched Cam walk down the aisle in a thirties-inspired Jenny Packham gown, as a mariachi band played “Besame Mucho.” The newlyweds chose Miranda Lambert’s version of “Oklahoma Sky” as the song for their first dance, because it reminded them of a date they shared.
The two are expected to honeymoon in Tokyo, Japan, and Bali, Indonesia, according to E! News.
Photo by Chris Hollo/Grand Ole OpryCountry Music Hall of Famer Jean Shepard passed away Sunday morning in Nashville at the age of 82, after being placed in hospice care late last week.
The outspoken proponent of traditional country music celebrated 60 years as a member of the Grand Ole Opry last November, as she stepped onto the legendary stage for the final time. She’s the only female ever to achieve six decades as part of the Opry lineup.
The Oklahoma native was discovered by fellow Hall of Famer Hank Thompson when she only 14, as she played bass and sang in an all-female band. She’d go on to have hits like “A Dear John Letter,” “Second Fiddle (To an Old Guitar),” “A Satisfied Mind,” and “Slippin’ Away.”
Jean Shepard became a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2011.
BMLGRascalFlatts’ follow-up to 2014’s Rewind will be the trio’s very first holiday collection, titled The Greatest Gift of All.
“It probably seems crazy that we waited this long to release a Christmas record,” Jay DeMarcus says. “We just wanted to do it right! There are certain songs I think most everyone wants to hear during Christmas, and we wanted to put our own special spin on those songs, while adding in a couple of our personal favorites.”
In addition to eight classics, Jay, Gary LeVox and Joe Don Rooney cover both Stevie Wonder’s “Someday at Christmas” and 4Him’s “A Strange Way to Save the World.” The trio’s kids join them to kick off their version of “Silent Night.”
Here’s the complete track listing for Rascal Flatts’ self-produced The Greatest Gift of All, due October 21:
“Joy to the World” “O Holy Night” “Deck the Halls” “A Strange Way to Save the World” “Go Tell It On the Mountain” “Let It Snow” “Silent Night” “Someday at Christmas” “The First Noel” “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”
Arista NashvilleNashville’s Bridgestone Arena may typically be the home turf of Predators’ captain Mike Fisher, but on Thursday night, it was his wife’s turn. Fifteen-thousand fans, including Kelsea Ballerini and Dan Shay’s Shay Mooney, all turned out to see Carrie Underwood’s hometown stop on her Storyteller tour.
The impressive in-the-round moving stage, pyrotechnics, and wardrobe changes combined with Carrie’s stellar vocals and seemingly boundless energy to remind the Music City crowd the CMA host could very well walk away with the 2016 Entertainer of the Year trophy in November. Quiet moments like Carrie’s version of Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You” and “What I Never Knew I Always Wanted” were as captivating as the rest of her predominantly up-tempo set. Openers Easton Corbin and the Swon Brothers returned to the stage near the night’s end to join the headliner for their take on Alabama’s “Mountain Music.”
Afterwards, Carrie greeted her music industry friends and family at a lavish backstage Storyteller-themed party, complete with signature cocktails, a mock food truck and a caricature artist.
Image Credit: Becky FlukeWhile Miranda Lambert hasn’t explicitly discussed whether her new album addresses her divorce from Blake Shelton last year, the reigning CMA and ACM Female Vocalist of the Year does open up a bit in the latest edition of Nashville LGBT publication Unite.
As for the inspiration for her current top-15 hit “Vice,” Miranda gets straight to the point. “The inspiration is just, the truth,” she tells the magazine. “Being honest and owning your s***.”
She hints there’s more where that came from on The Weight of These Wings. “It definitely sets up the direction with this record…,” she says of the lead single. “I’ve been working on it for a year. I’m nervous, but excited!”
When Miranda considers the songwriting she’s done for the new album, it gives the impression she only plans to go deeper on her sixth studio effort.
“I just happened to be going through some hard things in my life so all of that combined let me really grow as a songwriter. I’ve always written songs and recorded songs about where I am in life. There’s no difference in this record,” she promises.
Comstock/Thinkstock Seventeen years ago this week, Tim McGraw spent the first of five weeks atop the Billboard country chart with this song from his A Place in the Sun album. Can you name it? ANSWER: "Something Like That."
Warner Music NashvilleWith two number-ones in row under their belts, Dan Shay admit it can be hard to decide which song to release to radio next. But Dan Smyers says the duo turned to some familiar allies to pick the follow-up to "Nothin' Like You" and "From the Ground Up."
"It's tough man! We always listen to our fans. You know, our fans kinda named this album for us, the Obsessed album title. We always look on social media and we look out to the crowd to see what the fans are singing the loudest and getting the most fired up about. It's a song called 'How Not To' that's on our album," Dan reveals.
The second single from Dan Shay's sophomore record also holds a unique distinction among their radio singles so far.
"It's the first song we're releasing that we didn't write," Dan points out. "You know, we're such fans of the songwriting community, and to be in a position now where we can record songs that other people wrote and to have them trust us with it, you know that's a dream come true for us. That's why we moved to this town, you know, to be a part of the songwriting community. And to record a song that we fell in love with when we heard the demo is gonna be a fun ride. It's a little different for us!"
Earlier this week, Dan Shay wrapped up their run of four sold-out shows in the United Kingdom. Look for them on Jimmy Kimmel Live next Wednesday.
Warner Music Nashville Having just wrapped the Good for a Good Time tour with Darius Rucker and Dan Shay this summer, Michael Ray is now ready to strike out on his own this fall. He’ll kick off a headlining trek, named for his top-40 single “Think a Little Less,” on October 14 in Phoenix, Arizona.
“[I’m] so incredibly excited and grateful for my first official headlining tour,” Michael reflects. “Ten years of hard work has led me to this point. Lots of incredible music in store as well as a few surprises,” he promises.
In addition to songs from his self-titled debut album, like his #1 hit “Kiss You in the Morning,” the Florida native is planning to sprinkle in some of his favorite country classics that he grew up playing in his late grandfather’s band.
Here’s the itinerary for Michael Ray’s Think a Little Less tour:
10/14 -- Phoenix, AZ, Cowboys Saloon 10/15 -- San Diego, CA, Moonshine Flats 10/20 -- Iowa City, IA, Blue Moose 10/21 -- Lincoln, NE, Single Barrel 10/22 -- Denver, CO, Grizzly Rose 11/3 -- Oxford, OH, Brick Street Bar 11/4 -- Shelby Township, MI, Coyote Joe’s 11/5 -- Rootstown, OH, Dusty Armadillo 11/11 -- Charlotte, NC, Coyote Joe’s 11/12 -- Raleigh, NC, City Limits Saloon 11/18 -- Knoxville, TN, Cotton Eyed Joe 11/19 -- Macon, GA, The Crazy Bull 11/25 -- Tampa, FL, Dallas Bull 11/26 -- Rome, GA, Brewhouse Music and Grill
BBR Music Group Joe Nichols proved he’s a champion multi-tasker this past weekend in the Golden State, pulling double duty by headlining the California Beer Festival in Ventura and surprising two sold-out crowds in Anaheim by opening for Garth Brooks. The “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off” hitmaker managed to avoid the traffic by jumping in a helicopter to expedite the 100-mile journey between venues.
All three crowds got to hear Joe’s new single, “Undone,” from his forthcoming, as-yet-unnamed new album.
Reviver RecordsJust as they’re enjoying their second top-ten hit in a row, LOCASH is now officially one of the Ones to Watch. They’ll headline 17 dates on the Live Nation tour of the same name, starting November 17 in Louisville, Kentucky, and stretching into next April. Newcomers Ryan Follese and Michael Tyler will join them for select shows.
Preston Brust and Chris Lucas currently sit at number-eight on the country chart with “I Know Somebody,” the follow-up to “I Love This Life,” which peaked at number two in January.
Here are LOCASH’s headlining dates on Live Nation’s Ones to Watch tour:
11/17 -- Louisville, KY, Mercurcy Ballroom 11/18 -- Indianapolis, IN, Deluxe at Old National 1/5 -- Atlanta, GA, Terminal West 1/6 -- Lake Buena Vista, FL, House of Blues 1/7 -- North Myrtle Beach, SC, House of Blues 1/11 -- Houston, TX, House of Blues 1/12 -- Dallas, TX, House of Blues 1/13 -- New Orleans, LA, House of Blues 1/28 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Belasco Theater 2/9 -- New York, NY, Irving Place 2/10 -- Charlotte, NC, The Fillmore 2/11 -- Raleigh, NC, The Ritz 2/15 -- Cleveland, OH, House of Blues 2/17 -- Philadelphia, PA, Theatre of Living Arts 3/23 -- Minneapolis, MN, The Cabooze 3/25 -- Denver, CO, Summit Music Hall 4/22 -- St. Louis, MO, Delmar Hall