Broken Bow“Ain’t the whole wide world just one big country song?” LOCASH asks with their new single.
“One Big Country Song” is the latest release from the duo’s new Brothers album, and the follow-up to their top thirty hit, “Feels Like a Party.”
In “One Big Country Song,” Preston Brust and Chris Lucas focus on the similarities we all have, no matter how different we seem on the surface.
“Yeah, life is like a jukebox, just push play/Not everybody’s first verse sounds the same/But we all get born and we all get raised/Whether it’s some boondocks or Marina del Ray,” the duo sings on the track, which continues their tradition of feel-good, party anthems.
“One Big Country Song” is available to stream or download now, or you can check out an audio-only version on YouTube.
ABC/Image Group LASeven-time nominees Dan Shay are set to perform on next week’s Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas.
Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney will team up with pop star Tori Kelly, who previously scored a country hit with “Take Back Home Girl” with Chris Lane.
This year, Dan and Shay are not only competing in the country categories, but they’re also up for the all-genre Top Duo/Group honor and the Billboard Chart Achievement Award as well.
In the country field, they’ll vie for Top Country Artist, Top Country Duo/Group, and Top Country Album for their latest, self-titled effort. They also have two chances to win in the Top Country Song category, since both “Tequila” and “Speechless” are nominated.
Dan Shay join an impressive line-up of performers, which include Madonna, Mariah Carey, Jonas Brothers, host Kelly Clarkson, and more. You can tune in to watch Wednesday, May 1 starting at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
Capitol NashvilleCarrie Underwood’s stepping up the tempo with her new single from the Cry Pretty album: It’s the summer-themed “Southbound,” which she recently performed on the Academy of Country Music Awards.
“Summer dripping off of us/From the river bank to the party cove/Long as it floats, we’ll rock the boat,” Carrie sings. “It’s all looking up when we get down/And get a little southbound, southbound.”
The Oklahoma native’s ACM performance holds the distinction of being the largest production in the show’s 54-year-history, with its outdoor pool beginning, deejay, dancers, extras, and cameos by Carrie’s tour mates Maddie & Tae and Runaway June. If you missed it, you can check it out on YouTube.
Meanwhile, Carrie’s counting down to her Cry Pretty 360 Tour, which kicks off next week in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Comstock/ThinkstockAfter many years as a gospel quartet, the Oak Ridge Boys scored their first major country hit with this track in 1977. Can you name this top five hit, which was also the title cut of the album that featured the future hits "You're the One" and "I'll Be True to You?" ANSWER: "Y'all Come Back Saloon."
Lee Brice has his biggest hit since 2015's "That Don't Sound Like You" with his latest single, "Rumor."
Had it not been for his vocal problems several years ago, however, the South Carolina native's new hit might never have happened.
"Before my vocal surgery, I was struggling really badly to sing -- to even talk," Lee explains. "And so it lent itself to me writing more soulful songs, because I'm sitting here trying to sing these songs that weren't that hard to sing, but they were at the time."
"So it kind of led to this raspy voice," he continues, "these soulful songs, and 'Rumor' was one of the first ones..."
Lee remembers how the second single from his latest, self-titled album came together.
"I've got a bass line going," he recalls, "and I'm going to this kind of Motown, groovy, bluesy thing because of the fact that my voice was injured."
"It'll be cool to look back one day," he observes, "and go, 'You know, there's a reason why that song was created, because I was at a different place vocally.'"
After undergoing surgery in October of 2016, all is well with Lee's voice. But he admits he can't really sing "Rumor" like he once could.
"Now I'm kinda back to 120 percent," he points out. "So it's almost -- it's not cool, but it's kinda cool that I can't quite sing it like I did back then, you know."
"Because my voice is almost cleaned up too much. So I can fake it pretty good now," Lee laughs.
Thursday night, Lee plays American Bank Center Arena in Corpus Christi, Texas, before joining Rascal Flatts on their Summer Playlist Tour in May.
Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockStaind front man Aaron Lewis has this week's best-selling country album with his latest effort, State I'm In.
Sara Evans performs with The Barker Family Band -- also known as her children Avery and Olivia -- Tuesday on the syndicated Pickler & Ben. Check your local listings to see when the show airs in your area.
Toby Keith kicks off his That's Country Bro! Tour May 26 at the Tree Town Country Music Festival in Forest City, Iowa. "That's Country Bro" is also the title of the Oklahoma native's new single.
The band Heartland is releasing a new version of their 2006 hit, "I Loved Her First," featuring Tracy Lawrence.
Atlantic/Warner Nashville Michael Ray’s slowing things down: The follow-up to his chart-topping track “One That Got Away” is the heartbreak ballad “Her World or Mine.”
The Florida native says it’s already a song his fans have embraced.
"When we added ‘Her World or Mine' to our live show last year, the response was immediate and now every night on the road the crowd sings it back to us,” Michael explains.
“I think it has resonated so strongly with fans,” he goes on, “because no matter which side you are on -- the one who has moved on or the one who is hanging on -- everyone has been there at some point in their life.”
“They see themselves in this song,” he adds. “I certainly do.”
“Her World or Mine” was co-written by newcomer Travis Denning.
You can check out the “Her World or Mine” concept video -- which came out shortly before Michael’s Amos album last year -- on YouTube now.
ABC/Image Group LABrett Young’s “Here Tonight” has just become his fifth number one hit in a row -- and that means every single the California native has put out so far has made it to the top of the chart.
Brett co-wrote “Here Tonight” with Charles Kelley on Lady Antebellum’s You Look Good Tour in 2017.
“We wanted to write a song about living in the moment and trying to enjoy what is happening, while it’s happening,” Brett explains.
“That’s very much what I’m trying to do right now,” he adds. “I don’t think it’s fully sunk in yet that this is my fifth number one. It’s an incredible feeling and I’m beyond grateful."
Brett’s currently out on the Miss Me More Tour with Kelsea Ballerini and newcomer Brandon Ratcliff. This week, the trek passes through Estero and St. Augustine, Florida, as well as Augusta, Georgia.
CurbDylan Scott and his wife Blair will be welcoming a little girl into their family. The new arrival will join big brother Beckett, who celebrated his first birthday in December.
The “My Girl” hitmaker revealed the baby’s gender on his socials on Easter via a video which shows Blair holding a balloon that says “Oh Baby!” as Beckett looks on. When Dylan pops the balloon, it erupts with pink confetti.
“Man, God has sure blessed Blair and I,” he captioned his post.
“And it’s a GIRL!!!!” Blair added on her page. “We can’t wait to meet our little chick in September!”
There’s another arrival on the way for Dylan this week: his six-song EP, Nothing to Do Town, arrives on Friday.
Arista NashvilleLANCO brings the message of their new single, “Rival,” to life in their new music video for the song.
The clip mixes an energetic live performance by the band with footage of a group of people owning their challenges: in the video, each person writes a negative comment or criticism they’ve faced on a cinder block wall. Eventually, the wall comes down with a sledgehammer, as the band finishes singing “Rival” in the rain.
“We really wanted to capitalize on the true message behind the song that was built from different times in our lives and the stories from fans who have felt beat-down and lost, but ultimately find hope and redemption,” lead singer Brandon Lancaster explains.
"Every caption on that wall was an experience that person had to overcome,” he adds, “and when it was knocked down you could feel the genuine joy from everyone on the set. It was a powerful moment I’ll never forget."
ABC/Eric McCandlessLast week, after America failed to vote them into the top 10, the American Idol judges picked Uché, Dimitrius Graham and Alyssa Raghu as wild cards, giving them another chance. Sunday night, Alyssa won over the viewers well enough to make it to the top eight, but Uché and Dimitrius were once again left out in the cold, and were eliminated.
Ryan Seacrest announced that Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie would have the ability to save one contestant, but they could only use that save once before the finale. When asked if they wanted to use their save on either Uché or Dimitrius, Katy asked how many shows they had left. When Ryan told her there were three or four shows left, Lionel announced they were "holding" their vote -- which meant goodbye to the two singers.
Uché's chances of making the top 10 were likely hurt by the fact that he sang "I2I," from A Goofy Movie, a song that none of the judges -- and likely the audience -- were familiar with. Dimitrius gave an emotional performance of "You'll Be in My Heart," from Tarzan, dedicated to his mom, but it wasn't enough to sway the voters.
That means your top eight are Madison VanDenburg, Walker Burroughs, Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon, Wade Cota, Laci Kaye Booth, Alyssa Raghu, Laine Hardy, and Alejandro Aranda.
Sunday night's show was Disney Night and to mark the occasion, Katy Perry dressed as Ursula from The Little Mermaid, complete with purple makeup and a dress with tentacles. Actress Rebel Wilson was the mentor, and reigning American Idol champ Maddie Poppe and her boyfriend, runner-up Caleb Lee Hutchinson, made a special appearance to sing "A Whole New World."
American Idol season four champ Carrie Underwood also appeared in a spot, wishing the contestants good luck and reminding them to enjoy every moment of their American Idol journeys.
Here's what the top eight sang:
Alejandro Aranda -- “Remember Me,” from Coco Alyssa Raghu -- “Colors of the Wind,” from Pocahontas Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon -- “Candle on the Water,” from Pete’s Dragon Laci Kaye Booth -- “I See the Light,” from Tangled Laine Hardy -- “Oo-De-Lally,” from Robin Hood Madison VanDenburg -- “How Far I’ll Go,” from Moana Wade Cota -- “You’ve Got a Friend in Me,” from Toy Story Walker Burroughs -- “When She Loved Me,” from Toy Story 2
Of note: After Laine's performance, Katy said, "Remember when I said you could win it this time? Don't NOT believe that."
In addition, Luke praised Laci for "becoming a Disney Princess right in front of our eyes," while Lionel called Walker's spot "about as close to a perfect performance as I could ever think of."
All the judges raved over Wade's performance, which he enhanced by writing "ANDY" on the sole of his boot, just like Andy does to Woody in Toy Story. They praised Jeremiah for being a "total pro," and complimented Madison on the notes she hit during her performance.
Monday night at 8 p.m. ET, ABC will air a two-hour special called American Idol: Meet Your Finalists, which takes a deep dive into each finalist and their story. The special will include new, never-before-seen songs, stories, performances and footage from the show, as well as a look back at this season's favorite moments so far.
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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLee Ann Womack's new video for "Hollywood" features custom-made dolls and intricate, stop-motion animation. You can watch the video for the second single from her Grammy-nominated The Lonely, the Lonesome, and the Gone album on YouTube.
Love and Theft's new single, "Gimme Tonight," is available to stream or download now.
If you missed Josh Turner performing the Hank Williams classic, "I Saw the Light," on NBC's Today show, you can check out his performance online. His version is from his gospel album, I Serve a Savior.
Actress Chrissy Metz' new music video for the song she performed on the ACM Awards is out now. "I'm Standing with You" is from the Breakthrough soundtrack, which also features tracks by Carrie Underwood, Darius Rucker, Maddie & Tae and more.
ABC/Image Group LAMorgan Wallen's enjoying his second bona fide country hit with "Whiskey Glasses," the follow-up to his chart-topping collaboration with his pals Florida Georgia Line on "Up Down."
The East Tennessee native says he released "Whiskey Glasses" as a single based on the response it generates in his live show.
"We started playing it live," Morgan explains, "and you definitely take what you see when you play a song live and [ask yourself], 'Would this translate as a radio song? With exposure, could this turn into something big?'"
"And we kinda just started seeing people really reacting to that song [in an incredible way]," he remembers.
Once more people heard "Whiskey Glasses" on the radio, it evolved into the centerpiece of Morgan's set.
"That song has become the highlight of my show," he tells ABC Radio. "I usually put it in the middle of my set somewhere, and right when we play that song, the energy just immediately... it's just like, you can tell that that's, like, the catalyst, and then the rest of the show is just a different level."
From Morgan's perspective, "Whiskey Glasses" is poised to be an even bigger hit than his breakthrough, "Up Down."
"It is definitely rivaling it," he reveals. "It may even [have] surpassed it."
"You know, you have one hit," Morgan elaborates, "and... you've got a lot of pressure that you need another one, you know. I mean, I'm sure that's always the case, no matter if you had twenty or one."
"But it definitely relieved a lot of stress for me," he admits, "just realizing that people really connected with that song."
Both "Up Down" and "Whiskey Glasses" are from Morgan's debut album, If I Know Me.
This summer, Morgan heads out on the Can't Say I Ain't Country Tour with FGL.
Warner NashvilleIn a preview of a new behind-the-scenes video coming on Monday, Blake Shelton talks about the first time he heard his latest hit, "God's Country."
At the time, he was on his ranch in Oklahoma.
"I was shocked," Blake recalls. "I had to stop and just listen to this song, because the song was talking to me about a place that I was in at that moment, which was a place in the middle of nowhere that meant something to me that probably nobody else could ever understand: what that is and what it is inside of me and what my connection is to the land."
He continues: "At that moment, I realized, 'I've gotta record this song.' And I think I even decided before I even recorded it, 'This has got to be the song that I put out.'"
It's a strategy that's proven successful. Even though "God's Country" has only been out a matter of weeks, it's already at top-25 hit.
You can watch the preview of the "God's Country" behind-the-scenes video on YouTube now.
ABC/Image Group LAThere’s no shortage of country songs about smoking weed with Willie, but Brantley Gilbert’s new one actually includes a brief cameo by country music’s most famous advocate of marijuana.
Not only is Willie Nelson featured on Brantley's song “Welcome to Hazeville,” his son Lukas Nelson and country rapper Colt Ford are also on the 4/20-friendly song.
“Get that homegrown ready/That smoke gon' rise/Run the speed limit/Never seen blue lights,” Brantley sings on the track. “Everybody’s chillin’/Well, we always high/Hangin’ out with Willie on that laid-back vibe.”
To hear Willie’s cameo, you’ll need to stick around ‘til the very end. As for Colt's presence on the song, he and Brantley wrote and originally recorded Jason Aldean’s smash, “Dirt Road Anthem.”
“Welcome to Hazeville” is the latest preview of Brantley’s new album, which is expected in the fall.