Warner Music NashvilleIt’s turning out to be a pretty good week for Dan Shay. Not only is “From the Ground Up” number one, the duo also found out it’s just been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America, having sold the equivalent of half a million copies. Their previous chart-topper, “Nothin’ Like You,” went gold as well.
Next month, Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney head overseas for their first-ever dates in the United Kingdom, playing London, Manchester and Birmingham, England, as well as Glasgow, Scotland. The news that all of those shows have sold out comes just as tickets for their headlining Obsessed Tour of the U.S. go on sale Friday.
ABCNashville fans, you've finally got something new to look forward to. Season five of the show is set to premiere Thursday, January 5 at 9 p.m. ET on CMT. After four seasons on ABC, the primetime drama set in Music City will kick off its run on its new network with a special two-hour episode.
Ed Zwick and Marshall Herkovitz, who created the 80s hit series thirtysomething, take over as showrunners this season. You’ll also be able to watch the show’s new episodes on Hulu the day after they air on CMT.
ABC/Image Group LAIf you’ve ever thought about dressing your dog in an “I’m Hidin’ My Crazy” T-shirt, inspired by Miranda Lambert’s hit, “Mama’s Broken Heart” -- the time has come. The CMA Female Vocalist of the Year’s collection of pet goods is now available at Petmate.com.
Featuring everything from blue denim bow-tie collars to dog toys shaped like guitars and tambourines, Miranda offers her own take on ways to pamper man’s best friend. And it’s all for a good cause.
“I am really excited to see all our hard work and great product now available,” she says. “I hope ya’ll love it as much as we do. I know my dogs do! I really hope that we can raise awareness to the joy of adopting a shelter pet through our MuttNation product line.”
A portion of every purchase helps fund the rescue and adoption programs for which Miranda and her mom Beverly have worked so hard. The MuttNation Fueled by Miranda Lambert products are expected to be available soon in a pet store near you.
Andrew Lipovsky/NBCDollyParton dropped by The Tonight Show on Tuesday to plug her new album, Pure & Simple, as well as her upcoming holiday TV movie, Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love. Dolly also revealed that she and her husband celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary not with a fancy dinner out, but with fast food.
The 70-year-old country legend and her husband, Carl Dean, marked their golden wedding anniversary with a road trip in their RV and renewed their wedding vows in Ringgold, Georgia, where they first tied the knot in 1966, followed by an intimate celebration.
"We took the little RV and went down and spent the night, she told host Jimmy Fallon. "We just got fast food and ate in our camper and spent the night."
"It was [romantic] to us," added Dolly.
Parton also revealed during the interview that she'll have a small part in her upcoming TV movie, Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love, the sequel to her hit 2015 film. The role pays homage to an important lady in her life.
"When I was little, I patterned my look after the town trollup," recalls the "9 to 5" singer. "I thought she was the most beautiful thing. She had all this makeup and hair and all the tight clothes and everything I wanted, so it impressed me. So I thought, 'Why not play the painted lady?' you know, that I patterned my look after."
Dolly returned later to perform the title track from her Pure & Simple album, available now.
BBR Music Group This summer’s Kill the Lights tour isn’t Dustin Lynch’s first trek with Luke Bryan. But the Tullahoma, Tennessee, hitmaker jokes the CMA Entertainer of the Year only invites him out because he’s become his favorite foil.
“He's mean to me! He picks on me a lot,” Dustin laughs. “The best thing he's done to me backstage: I was turning the corner coming out of catering the other day with my tray full of food. He karate kicks it out of my hands, all over me, all over the hallway and just laughs and was like, 'Thanks, dude!' I swear he's got me out for a second round, just so he can have somebody to pick on again this year!”
Still, as he works on his next album, Dustin dreams of a collaboration with the man who’s become a lot like a country music big brother to him.
“It would take a lot of convincing and begging on my end, but he and I come from the same background,” Dustin says. “We do a lot of the same things in life together. We love being outdoors, you know. We love the adrenaline rush of hunting or fishing or whatever it is, so we're the same guy, pretty much, as far as offstage goes… I think there is that camaraderie and likeness there. It would make sense for us to one day do something, and that would be very kind and generous of him to do. It would take a lot of someone convincing me to ask him to do it!” he adds.
Wednesday in Nashville, Dustin Lynch celebrates the number-one success of his song, “Mind Reader,” while his latest single, “Seein’ Red,” climbs the charts.
Arista NashvilleCam will soon be able to add "motivational speaker” to her resume. The “Burning House” hitmaker has been booked to both speak and sing at the University of Nevada’s TEDx conference next January in Reno.
“I’ve been watching TED Talks for years, and I’ve applied the shared ideas to my life countless times,” the California native reflects. “It’s honestly some of the best content on the Internet. People sharing new ideas through storytelling… it’s like college without the debt!" Cam jokes. "I am so humbled and thrilled that I get to contribute to this beautiful resource."
So far, there’s no word exactly what the topic of Cam’s TED Talk will be.
An acronym for Technology, Entertainment and Design, TED is a non-profit that works to share new ideas, particularly via short talks that typically last 18 minutes or less.
BMLGFor Thomas Rhett, it may’ve seemed like just another amped-up Saturday night opening for Jason Aldean on the Six String Circus tour. But last weekend’s stop in Irvine, California, held a little something extra in store. Backstage, TR’s team surprised him with the news his sophomore album has officially sold a million copies.
“It’s crazy to think about all the fans who are taking this journey with me and are helping make things like this happen,” Thomas says. “I’ve had an amazing year already, but finding out the album went platinum is one of the coolest moments so far.”
Tangled Up already boasts three chart-topping singles, including Thomas Rhett’s double-platinum smash, “Die a Happy Man.” The fourth single, “Vacation,” is climbing the charts now.
ABC/Image Group LAIf you weren’t one of the 50,000 fans lucky enough to take in Luke Bryan’s sold-out show Saturday night in Minneapolis, the CMA Entertainer of the Year is giving you another chance to check out the inaugural concert at Minnesota’s U.S. Bank Stadium.
Rest assured, Luke’s new YouTube recap features plenty of the “Move” hitmaker’s signature booty-shaking.
This week, Luke’s Kill the Lights trek stops in Kansas City and St. Louis, Missouri, before he plays Chicago’s Wrigley Field Saturday for the first time.
Dolly Records/RCA NashvilleJust days after the release of her 43rd album, Pure & Simple, Dolly Parton is busy making the media rounds in New York City to promote it.
She started the day Tuesday on Fox & Friends, revealing that her new NBC holiday movie, Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love, will premiere November 30. It's the sequel to last year's successful made-for-TV movie based on her classic, "Coat of Many Colors." You can check out Dolly's entire Fox News interview online.
Following her Tuesday night performance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Dolly’s set to stop by the Today show Wednesday morning. It starts at 7 a.m. on NBC.
Broken BowYou should soon start seeing Jason Aldean starring in a new ad with his dad Barry, promoting Dick’s Sporting Goods’ Field & Stream brand. The “A Little More Summertime” hitmaker says his new gig as the company’s brand ambassador is a natural fit.
“Outdoor sports have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember,” the Georgia native says. “Whether it was hunting with my dad and granddad, or fishing with my girls, it’s always been a way for us to spend time together.”
The new ads premiered Monday on ESPN. You can also check out the spots on YouTube.
Jason's seventh studio album, They Don’t Know, comes out September 9.
Comstock/Thinkstock The current ACM Entertainer of the Year also happens to be the top male country artist of all time when it comes to digital sales, according to the Recording Industry Association of America. Can you name him? ANSWER: Jason Aldean.
Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock The nominees for the 50th Annual CMA Awards will be announced Wednesday, August 31, with more details about the reveal yet to come.
Dan Rather chats with Martina McBride on the September 27 episode of The Big Interview, as part of the show's new fall season on AXS TV.
Brandy Clark is releasing "Love Can Go to Hell" as the second single from her Big Day in a Small Town album.
You can check out The Time Jumpers' new video for "I Miss You" on YouTube. It's the first single from the Kid Sister album, which comes out September 9. Produced by the band's Vince Gill, it's a tribute to late member Dawn Sears, who passed away in 2014.
Warner Music NashvilleThis week, “From the Ground Up” becomes the second number one of Dan Shay’s career. Dan Smyers says it’s especially significant since he and Shay Mooney wrote the song about the lifelong romances of their grandparents.
“The message of true love and long-lasting love is something that we felt needed to be out there…” Dan says, “and to have so many people… translating it to their own personal lives is really special to us and something that's never really happened in our career to this point.”
It’s even led to some pretty cool wedding invitations, including one to perform in Hawaii.
“I think it's a professional baseball player… “ Shay adds. “You know, your first dance song is… a big moment in your life… it's a lot of pressure, I feel like. That's gonna be a little nerve-wracking… if you mess that up, it's like, 'Oh, thanks for ruining our lives!'” he laughs.
Dan Shay kick off The Obsessed Tour November 10 in Denver, Colorado, before they head for the islands November 18 to play The Republik in Honolulu, Hawaii.
BMLGRonnie Dunn’s forthcoming solo album is a star-studded affair, having been produced primarily by Rascal Flatts’ Jay DeMarcus, and boasting collaborations with both Ronnie's longtime musical partner Kix Brooks and their Vegas residency co-headliner Reba.
But the title track comes from an extremely unlikely source: a former teen-sensation-turned-pop-superstar.
“I had a lot of fun making this album,” Ronnie says. “Jay and I really clicked… and we were both really proud of the final product. I branched out of my comfort zone… At the suggestion of my daughter, I even recorded an Ariana Grande song. Ironically, it became the title of the album.”
The song, "Tattooed Heart," appeared on Ariana's 2013 debut album, Yours Truly.
Tattooed Heart comes out October 21, with digital pre-orders starting September 23 at the usual outlets. Here’s the complete track listing:
“Ain’t No Trucks in Texas” “Damn Drunk” (with Kix Brooks) “I Worship the Woman You Walked On” “That’s Why They Make Jack Daniels” “I Put That There” “Young Buck” “I Wanna Love Like That Again” “Still Feels Like Mexico” (featuring Reba) “Tattooed Heart” “This Old Heart” “Only Broken Heart in San Antone” “She Don’t Honky Tonk No More”
Warner Music NashvilleNot only are Dan Shay celebrating the second number-one of their career this week with “From the Ground Up,” they’re also getting ready to launch a new headlining trek this fall.
The Obsessed Tour, which takes its name from the duo’s latest album, kicks off November 10 in Denver, hitting 15 cities in the U.S. and Canada before Christmas.
Here’s the itinerary for The Obsessed Tour, with tickets for most of the shows going on sale this Friday:
11/10 -- Denver, CO, Ogden Theatre 11/11 -- Salt Lake City, UT, The Depot 11/12 -- Flagstaff, AZ, Prochnow Auditorium 11/15 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Novo 11/18 -- Honolulu, HI, The Republik 12/1 -- Tulsa, OK, Cain’s Ballroom 12/2 -- Columbia, MO, The Blue Note 12/4 -- Dallas, TX, House of Blues 12/9 -- Columbus, OH, Newport Music Hall 12/10 -- London, ON, London Music Hall 12/11 -- Toronto, ON, Danforth Music Hall 12/13 -- Clifton Park, NY, Upstate Concert Hall 12/15 -- Baltimore, MD, Rams Head Live 12/16 -- New York, NY, Playstation Theatre 12/17 -- Boston, MA, House of Blues
BMLGJustin Moore’s nonchalance is apparently paying off. His new album, Kinda Don’t Care, just debuted at number-one on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, while emerging at number-four on the all-genre Billboard 200 tally as well.
This week, the set’s lead release, ”You Look Like I Need a Drink,” also manages to crack the top-five on the singles chart.
Justin’s been performing his new duet from his fourth studio album, “More Middle Fingers,” on tour with his pal Brantley Gilbert. The Take It Outside trek rolls into Bonner Springs, Kansas on Thursday, before stopping off in Atlanta, Georgia Saturday.
Time Inc.Brad Paisley may be wearing a simple navy shirt and jeans on the cover of the September issue of Southern Living, alongside his CMA co-host Carrie Underwood, who’s clad in a glamorous shoulderless olive dress with a metallic belt. But when it comes time for the half-century anniversary of country music’s biggest awards show in November, he promises to amp up his fashion game.
“It’s a big deal, 50 years. This is the year to show some class. I will be wearing a tuxedo,” Brad offers.
“Woo-ooo! Finally, he’ll step it up and match me a little more!” Carrie adds gleefully.
You can catch more of the comic give-and-take from the eight-time hosts in the new edition of Southern Living, which is available now. The 50th CMA Awards air November 2 on ABC.