The storyline draws on the real-life inspiration for the ballad, which Trent wrote in less than an hour after getting some devastating news.
“My girlfriend just told me over the phone that she was moving to Thailand with two days notice to fulfill her dream of teaching overseas,” Trent reveals. “I was so happy for her but at the same time was so heartbroken that she was literally going to be across the world from me for an indefinite amount of time.”
In the video, Trent’s love interest leaves to pursue her dream to become a ballerina.
“You Got ‘Em All” is the title track from Trent’s debut album, which comes out May 18. The Mississippi native co-wrote eight of the record’s eleven tunes, including the previous single, “There’s a Girl.” Chris Stapleton contributes the track, “Hold On,” while there’s a remix of the Keith-Urban-penned “Falling.”
ABC RadioLess than a day after Jake Owen premiered his new video for “I Was Jack (You Were Diane)” at an exclusive event at the CMA Theater in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the mini-movie is now available to view online.
Jake followed Thursday's video’s unveiling with a chat with director Justin Clough and the video's stars, Nashville’s Jake Etheridge and MacKenzie Porter of the Netflix show, Travelers. The new clip follows an '80s-era high school couple as they navigate the challenges of love, baseball, college and their home town. In addition to doing some singing, Jake also plays a waiter.
“I don’t think I’ve ever been more excited about a music video,” he says, noting that "this isn’t your typical country music video." He adds, "I think it could be considered a short film. I really appreciate the attention to detail and hard work that everyone put into making it. I’m anxious to hear what people think.”
Jake finished the evening at the Hall of Fame by performing the song, which was inspired by John Mellencamp’s hit, “Jack & Diane.” He also sang Hank Williams Jr.'s “The Blues Man,” and the new tunes “Made for You” and “Down to the Honkytonk.”
He kicks off his Life’s Whatcha Make It Tour next month with Chris Janson and Jordan Davis.
ABC/Randy HolmesDierks Bentley started the week by performing his top ten hit, “Woman, Amen,” on the 53rd ACM Awards, and things only got busier from there.
The Arizona native stayed on the West Coast for a Wednesday appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, where he again cued up “Women, Amen,” as well as “The Mountain,” for the Los Angeles audience. If you missed Dierks’ set, you can catch up online.
Thursday night, he stopped by the Grammy Museum in L.A. for an in-depth discussion about his new album, also called The Mountain, which comes out June 8. You can check out that conversation thanks to a live stream now posted on Facebook.
Dierks kicks off his Mountain High Tour May 18 in Columbia, Maryland with Brothers Osborne and LANCO.
BMLGBrett Young will start the week begging for a little “Mercy.”
The Academy of Country Music’s New Male Vocalist of the Year will perform his latest single Monday on Good Morning America. The show starts at 7 a.m. on ABC, with Brett’s performance to set to come up in the 8 a.m. hour.
The California native is currently in the running for both Top Country Album for his self-titled debut and Top Country Song for “In Case You Didn’t Know” at next month’s Billboard Music Awards. This spring, he's part of Thomas Rhett's Life Changes Tour.
Atlantic Michael Ray stands in the foreground on the cover of his new album, Amos, with a framed picture of his grandfather -- who inspired the album's title -- behind him. The photo sits on a chest of drawers, along with what appears to be a bible, a watch, an ashtray and a coffee cup.
The Florida native named his sophomore effort after the man who led his family’s band and helped inspire his love for country music. Amos died a couple of months before Michael made his Grand Ole Opry debut.
The 11-track album includes tunes written by members of Old Dominion and newcomer Travis Denning, as well as Michael’s current top-20 hit, “Get to You.”
The first track on the record, “Fan Girl,” is available to stream or download now.
“For months we have been playing these songs on the road and we start most every show with 'Fan Girl,'” Michael explains, “so it was time to put this song in their hands.”
“The lyrics, ‘You give me that front row feeling/Screaming with my hands up/Walk in the room and everybody stands up,’ create such a powerful visual,” he goes on. “That -- equated to how you feel about a girl -- is a perspective I had not heard before, yet I know exactly what that feeling is.”
Here’s the complete track listing for Amos, which arrives June 1:
“Fan Girl” “One That Got Away” “Summer Water” “Get to You” “Forget About It” “Her World or Mine” “You’re On” “I’m Gonna Miss You” “Dancing Forever” “Girl from Spring Break” “Drink One for Me”
Nick Walker"The Middle," Maren Morris' pop hit with DJ/producer Zedd, sounds like a typical upbeat dance song about love, but Maren feels that it's also a reflection of what our society needs at this moment in time.
"I related to it so much, not so much like the vocal, but the meaning behind the song and especially at such a crazy time right now," she tells ABC Radio. "Just politically, the world is just, it feels very divisive."
"I feel like the song 'The Middle,' like, 'Why don't you just meet me in the middle?' is such a great message for right now and I think that's what people want so desperately," she adds.
Maren's also happy that "The Middle" can be enjoyed on more than one level.
She explains, "I loved that the song could pertain to a relationship and also, like, how we feel, just as people, right now in America."
"The Middle" is currently #6 on the pop chart, while Maren's new single, "Rich," just broke into country's top 40.
Maren can also be heard on Restoration, one of two recently released albums of Elton John cover songs, performing his classic tune "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters." On June 1, she'll kick off four months of dates as a special guest on One Direction member Niall Horan's solo tour.
Comstock/ThinkstockK.T. Oslin's second #1 hit featured the line "There's a wooden wonder from way Down Under they call a boomerang." Can you name this song, which topped the Billboard chart thirty years ago this week? ANSWER: "I'll Always Come Back."
Big Machine RecordsSugarland has shared another track from their upcoming album Bigger, and it's probably the one everybody's most excited to hear.
Titled "Babe," the song features vocals by Taylor Swift, who co-wrote the song with Pat Monahan of the band Train. Taylor offered the breakup song to the duo last year.
"We’ve never put someone else’s song on a Sugarland record, but we were immediately interested in ‘Babe’ the first time we heard it!” Jennifer Nettles says in a statement. "This one really felt like it belonged so we saved it for the final afternoon of our recording session; a special time for us.”
Kristian Bush adds, "Our last hours in the studio have always been good luck. 'All I Want to Do’ was from a final session, so was ‘Stuck Like Glue.’ The biggest compliment was when [Taylor] heard our take on the track and emailed us to say she wanted to be a part of it!”
Jennifer adds that the collaboration is "the perfect combination of mutual admiration for each other and mutual admiration for great songs," noting, "As artists, we really see the world through a similar lens.”
Bigger, Sugarland's first album in six years, is due June 8. The duo will perform on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! on May 2. Their Still the Same 2018 tour kicks off May 25.
EMI Records NashvillePort Saint Joe, the sophomore record from Brothers Osborne, arrives on 4/20, and it's not exactly a coincidence that Friday's date is also considered the unofficial holiday of pot smokers. After all, the project features a song called "Weed, Whiskey and Willie." On Saturday, a special Record Store Day edition of the album is released on colored vinyl that reinforces that theme.
"We love supporting independent record stores," TJ says. "And we made a...vinyl release that's unique for Record Store Day that will be green. Tip of the hat to it being right around 4/20 when it comes out!"
While the majority of fans may experience the record digitally, TJ says Port Saint Joe was made for the turntable. The first four songs -- "Slow Your Roll," the single "Shoot Me Straight," "I Don't Remember Me (Before You)" and "Weed..." -- flow seamlessly into each other.
"The way we made this record, I think, is perfect for vinyl, in the sense that the songs kind of just go one to the other," TJ tells ABC Radio.
"We wanted to make a record that you would want to listen to from front to back," he explains, "and the first four songs are one, non-stop stream of music. There's not a 'And, done. And start the next one.'...We wanted that to be something you'd put on from track #1 and play all the way to track #10."
Port Saint Joe is named for the Florida town where it was recorded, and while it's certainly not a beach record, the disc will give you a little taste of the ocean sonically.
"The A side starts with waves and ends with waves," John says.
"Yeah, which is kinda cool," TJ agrees. "Like, waves that we actually tracked there at Port Saint Joe."
Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Brad Paisley is extending his relationship with Sony Music Nashville, re-signing a long-term recording contract with Arista. The "Today" hitmaker has been at the label since launching his career in 1999.
"Get Down South" will be the second single from Montgomery Gentry's Here's to You album, which was finished shortly before Troy Gentry's death in a helicopter crash last year.
If you missed Dierks Bentley performing his latest hit "Woman, Amen" Wednesday on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live!, you can catch his performance online.
ABC/Image Group LA Kelsea Ballerini’s sweat session last Saturday morning in Las Vegas raised $5,000 for ACM Lifting Lives.
The “I Hate Love Songs” hitmaker hosted the first-ever ACM Workout for a Cause last weekend, with celebrity trainer Erin Oprea leading fans through some of her signature exercises. In addition to Kelsea, Oprea also trains Carrie Underwood and Kacey Musgraves.
ACM Lifting Lives is the charitable arm of the Academy of Country Music.
EMI Records NashvilleThe wait is almost over for the sophomore album from Brothers Osborne, Port Saint Joe, which arrives on Friday. And if you're wondering if the record’s release date, 4/20, is a coincidence, just consider the title of the latest advance track from the project: “Weed, Whiskey and Willie.”
“I’ve got bottles and vinyl stacked to the ceiling/I get stoned for survival, it helps with the healing,” TJ and John sing. “When it all goes to hell, the only thing I believe in is weed, whiskey, and Willie.”
If you check the length of the song, the numbers synonymous with pot come up again. “Weed, Whiskey and Willie” clocks in at exactly 4:20.
You can stream or download the track now, in advance of Port Saint Joe’s Friday release. You can also check out the tune’s lyric video on YouTube.
Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagicReba McEntire’s been very open about the new man in her life, Anthony “Skeeter” Lasuzzo, posting photos on social media and even taking him on the red carpet at awards shows.
Now, Reba’s former sitcom co-star and good friend, Melissa Peterman, is shedding more light on the country icon’s relationship with the 68-year-old retired oilman, who she met last year on vacation in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
“I see her completely at ease with him,” Peterman tells Closer. “He adores her wholeheartedly, which is what we all want, right?”
The actress, who played Barbra Jean on Reba, says Lasuzzo seems adept at handling the high-profile situations the Country Music Hall of Famer finds herself in.
“I don’t think it even causes a stir,” Peterman adds. “He’s a confident guy. And when you’re hanging with the crazy crew that Reba has, you gotta be a good sport and be able to roll, and he totally does!”
Reba and her husband of 26 years, Narvel Blackstock, split up in 2015.
Nicola Harger Thomas Rhett’s wife, Lauren, is launching her own line of jewelry to help the children of Uganda.
It's called Lauren Akins X Ladybird, and features your choice of seven necklaces, which all come with three charms: a heart, a plus sign, and the number 1.
The money Lauren raises will go to Love One International. That organization grew out of 147 Million Orphans, which was instrumental in TR and Lauren’s adoption of their daughter Willa Gray last year.
"The impact Love One International is making on kids’ lives in Uganda is truly indescribable,” Lauren says. “We’re helping shape communities and rebuild families through these children.”
“Their bellies are full and more importantly, so are their hearts,” she explains. “I know it is impossible to care for every child’s needs in the world, but we each can love one. This is the idea behind Love 1 and why we created this jewelry line.”
Lauren’s necklaces range from a $99 sterling silver option to a gold-and-diamond version that runs $749. You can check them out at LaurenAkins.com.
ABC/Image Group LA The campaign for a Reba reboot continues, and Reba McEntire wants your help to make it happen.
"Call your congressman!" Reba joked backstage at Sunday's ACM Awards.
"I don't know what's gonna happen," she went on. "I've been trying to get a reboot ever since we left. We had so many more stories to tell. So I hope we get to work it out. I hope it happens."
With shows like Roseanne, Will & Grace, and Murphy Brown all enjoying a second life, Reba's 2001-2006 sitcom is another show many fans would like to see come back.
The most recent talk of a Reba reunion came last month, when Reba reunited with co-stars Melissa Peterman and Christopher Rich -- aka Barbra Jean and Brock -- at the annual Celebrity Fight Night fundraiser.
Comstock/Thinkstock Forty years ago this week, this super-successful album of standards by Willie Nelson was released. Can you name this record, which went on on to sell more than five-million copies? ANSWER: Stardust.
Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Three-time CMA Musician of the Year Randy Scruggs died Tuesday at the age of 64, after a short illness. Born the son of bluegrass pioneer Earl Scruggs, Randy went on to be instrumental in the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's Will the Circle Be Unbroken albums, and win multiple Grammys on his own. He wrote Deana Carter's hit "We Danced Anyway," among others.
AXS TV will celebrate the 85th birthday of Willie Nelson by devoting a large block of its programming to the icon. It starts Saturday, April 28 at 1 p.m. ET with The Big Interview with Dan Rather, and wraps with the 10 p.m. showing of Willie Nelson: Live at Billy Bob's Texas.
If you missed Florida Georgia Line performing their smash hit "Meant to Be" with Bebe Rexha on Wednesday's The Ellen DeGeneres Show, you can catch it online.
ABC/Image Group LA Any day now, we should get to hear the new collaboration between Sugarland and Taylor Swift.
Taylor co-wrote the song, called "Babe," which appears on the duo's upcoming Bigger album, and she sings on it as well.
It turns out Sugarland and the worldwide pop/country superstar go way back, and it sounds like Taylor's a big fan.
"She reached out," Jennifer Nettles explains. "We've obviously known each other for many years. When she was just getting started, we had just had our first little EP out called Premium Quality Tunes. She still has a copy of it that we signed for her whenever we played a couple shows together."
Once Taylor found out Jennifer and Kristian Bush were coming back together after taking some time to focus on their solo projects, she pitched the duo the track.
"She was excited we were getting back together," Jennifer continues, "and reached out and said, 'Hey! I have a song.' And that is a short list, ladies and gentlemen, of people to whom she has said, 'Hey! I have a song. Want to sing it?' So we said, 'Yeah!'"
Up until last week, the collaboration was a closely-guarded secret. Kristian explains why.
"We've really never put a song by anybody else on any of our records," he points out. "So, you know, we weren't really used to kind of sorting through that, and we didn't want to mess it up... So we didn't tell anybody about it, until we got finished."
"And she liked it, thank God..." he laughs. "Because it's a good song."
Backstage at Sunday's ACM Awards, Jennifer revealed that "Babe" is "dropping next week." Sugarland's full album, Bigger, arrives June 8.