ABC/Image Group LALuke Bryan’s sons, 10-year-old Bo and 8-year-old Tate, are his co-stars in his new video for “What Makes You Country,” which premieres later this week.
The American Idol judge teased the music video on his socials, sharing a short clip set around a campfire where the boys ask if they can go play a game of Spotlight.
Luke also shared some exclusive stills from the shoot with Entertainment Tonight -- they show him sitting on the porch of a rustic cabin, throwing a stick with his dog Choc. In the photos, the boys also ride ATVs and slide in the mud.
The video for “What Makes You Country” -- which is already a top twenty hit -- is set to arrive on Thursday.
ABC/Image Group LAIn 2018, there was no shortage of new acts who made impressive strides on the country chart: Devin Dawson, Russell Dickerson, Morgan Wallen, Mitchell Tenpenny, Jimmie Allen, and Morgan Evans, are just a few of them.
But who was the most successful? According to Billboard, 2018’s Top New Artist is Jordan Davis.
The Louisiana native accomplished the feat largely on the strength of his platinum-selling, chart-topping debut track, “Singles You Up.” The tune’s also been streamed more than 300 million times since its release.
Now, Jordan’s follow-up single from his album Home State, “Take It from Me,” is nearing country’s top 15. He hits the road with Old Dominion in January on the band’s Make It Sweet Tour.
ABC/Image Group LAEvery date on Luke Combs’ 2019 Beer Never Broke My Heart Tour is sold out, save for his February 7 stop in Wichita, Kansas. So the Best New Artist Grammy nominee is extending the trek into the summer.
Luke’s adding six new dates to the run, beginning May 30 in Detroit, Michigan. Luke’s fan club, the Bootleggers, will get first crack at tickets on Wednesday, before they become available to the general public on Friday.
Here’s a look at the new additions to Luke Combs’ Beer Never Broke My Heart Tour:
5/30 -- Detroit, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre 5/31 -- Columbia, MD, Merriweather Post Pavilion 6/15 -- Gilford, NH, Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion 7/11 -- Charleston, SC, Volvo Cars Stadium 7/12 -- Alpharetta, GA, Verizon Amphitheater 7/13 -- Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion
ABC/Lou RoccoDolly Parton’s been busy lately promoting the new Dumplin’ movie and its soundtrack. But in the middle of making the media rounds, the superstar has also been dealing with a family tragedy: her brother, Floyd, passed away Thursday, December 6 at the age of 61.
Floyd wrote Dolly’s chart-topping 1991 duet with Ricky Shelton, “Rockin’ Years,” as well as the Heartbreaker track, “Nickels and Dimes.”
Floyd Parton's obituary notes the family held a private service, and calls Floyd “a renaissance man” who was “an avid outdoorsman” as well as “an incredible cook.” He’s survived by his ten siblings.
So far, Dolly hasn’t spoken publicly about the loss of her brother.
ABC/Image Group LAFlorida Georgia Line’s fourth album is right around the corner. Titled Can’t Say I Ain’t Country, it'll arrive February 15.
"You can say a lot of things,” Brian Kelley tells Entertainment Tonight, explaining the title. “You can call somebody a lot of different names and have a lot of different opinions, but at the end of the day, when it comes to me and Tyler, you can't say we ain't country.”
Brian goes on to reveal the album will have a bit of a retro vibe, but will also feature some non-country collaborations too.
"A lot of the music is just kind of a throwback -- an FGL take on kind of what we grew up on, '90s country,” Brian adds. "It's a well-rounded album. We got stuff we wrote and recorded just for the live show. We got some collaborations with Jason Derulo, Jason Aldean. So, there's a little bit of everything."
Look for Brian and Tyler Hubbard to follow February’s album release with a major tour, set to kick off in May.
Comstock/ThinkstockThis CMA Female Vocalist of the Year was one of the first non-gospel artists to record "Mary, Did You Know?" It appeared on her Grammy-winning 1993 Christmas album, Good News. Can you name her? ANSWER: Kathy Mattea.
NBCThe Voice coaches -- Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton, plus host Carson Daly -- stopped by The Tonight Show on Monday where they joined host Jimmy Fallon and his house band The Roots for an a cappella mashup of the cast members' hit songs.
Stacked in cubes, like the cast in the opening of The Brady Bunch, Levine, Hudson, Shelton and Clarkson sang snippets of their biggest hits, while Jimmy and The Roots provided harmonies and beatboxed.
The songs included Levine's Maroon 5 hits, "She Will Be Loved" and "This Love"; Hudson's "Spotlight"; Shelton's "Kiss My Country A**," "I'll Name the Dogs" and "God Gave Me You"; and Clarkson's ""Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" and "Miss Independent."
The Voice airs Monday and Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
ABC/CMAFor the ninth year of the CMA Country Christmas special, ABC's annual greeting from the Country Music Association relocated to The Curb Center on the campus of Belmont University in Nashville. Reba McEntire returned for the second year in a row to host, sporting a dazzling array of sparkling gowns, plus a few new tricks up her sleeve.
The Country Music Hall of Famer kicked off the show with her version of "The Man with the Bag" -- a song she's never recorded -- accompanied by a troupe of adorable young dancers.
This year's CMA special offered quite a few performances you won't see anywhere else. Old Dominion tackled the Beach Boys' "Little Saint Nick," while Dan Shay amped up the intensity on "I'll Be Home for Christmas." Dustin Lynch delivered the energy on his version of "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)."
Reba also teamed up with roots gospel group The Isaacs to do "What Child Is This" from her latest yuletide offering, My Kind of Christmas, as well as "The Christmas Song."
As always, CMA Country Christmas is a top-tier opportunity to promote your new holiday album, and plenty of artists did just that. Brett Eldredge offered "Silver Bells" and "Holly Jolly Christmas" from his new Deluxe edition of Glow.
Martina McBride did "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" and "Happy Holidays" from her new It's the Holiday Season record, while Brad Paisley reached all the way back to 2006 for "Born on Christmas Day" and "Away in a Manger," from Brad Paisley Christmas.
Vocalists from outside the country realm like Tony Bennett, Diana Krall, Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith spread some Christmas cheer as well.
2018's CMA Country Christmas special wrapped with most of the artists joining in to sing "Let It Snow."
Dolly Parton's "Girl in the Movies" has been nominated for Best Song at the 24th Annual Critics' Choice Awards, which will air live on The CW Network on Sunday, January 13. The song, from the Netflix movie Dumplin', is also up for a Golden Globe.
Blake Shelton will host NBC's Elvis All-Star Tribute Special on February 17. It commemorates the 50th anniversary of The King's '68 Comeback Special.
Golden State natives Jon Pardi, Brett Young, Cam, Devin Dawson, Tyler Rich and Gary Allan have teamed up to offer the Cali Love T-shirt, to help victims of the California wildfires through the Salvation Army. You can buy one for $30 online.
Big MachineTonight in Nashville, newcomer Riley Green makes his Grand Ole Opry debut at the historic Ryman Auditorium, as he enjoys his first top twenty hit with "There Was This Girl."
The Alabama native says he's loving watching fans discover his debut single.
"As a songwriter, because I write all my own music, it's a really great feeling to know that people like something that I made up," Riley explains. "You know, not so much even as a performer -- I get that enjoyment of going on the stage and playing in front of people -- but songwriting-wise, it's exciting to have something on the charts like that."
Riley admits the idea for his debut hit came from some of the sillier things he's done.
"You know, I remember sitting down with a buddy of mine, Eric Dillon in Nashville," he recalls. "And we started talking about all the dumber things we've done in our lives growing up. And that was the excuse we kept coming up with, that there was this girl."
"And that sounded like a song," he continues, "sounded like something I've said a million times before, and probably a lot of guys have. So we wrote it, and it turned into like a nineties country sound, which I love."
You'll find "There Was This Girl" on Riley's EP, In a Truck Right Now.
ABC/Image Group LABrantley Gilbert’s new single, “What Happens in a Small Town,” is a duet with newcomer Lindsay Ell.
“This song builds and burns,” Brantley says of the tune, which he co-wrote. “It really has that want for someone you can’t have, and having to live in all the places they are.”
“I wanted to have someone on the record who could match those feelings, to really push the song. It’s not just any female singer who makes sense, and we knew that," he adds. "But Lindsay is a whole other kind of artist, and she understands that power.”
Lindsay not only sings on the track, she plays guitar on it as well.
“It was great that they wanted me to play,” Lindsay says. “To be part of a song like this is great, but to be asked to play on someone’s song who I respect so much takes it up another level.”
“What Happens in a Small Town” will be available to stream or download on Friday. It’ll be the first taste of new music from Brantley since 2017’s The Devil Don’t Sleep.
ABC/Image Group LANewcomer Mitchell Tenpenny makes it to #1 on the country chart this week with his debut single, “Drunk Me.”
Ironically, Mitchell was discovered as he was trying to get another artist to cut that song, which he co-wrote.
"I recorded 'Drunk Me' after pitching it to other artists in town for over six months,” the Nashville native explains. “I believed in my heart it was such a special song and that it would be a hit for someone.”
He continues, “I never dreamt it would be the song [that] [record] labels first heard from me, resulting in a record deal, or that it would go on to bring us our first single, yet alone a number one.”
Mitchell’s debut album, Telling All My Secrets, comes out on Friday.
Dick Clark ProductionsKane Brown and Lauren Alaina are joining the lineup for this year’s Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest on ABC.
Kane and Lauren will perform both separately and together from the show’s West Coast celebration. The two former schoolmates topped the chart together with “What Ifs” in October of 2017.
They join Kelsea Ballerini, who’ll also sing at the Hollywood party and will team up with The Chainsmokers to perform their collaboration, “This Feeling,” as well.
Ryan Seacrest and Jenny McCarthy return to host the main celebration from New York City’s Times Square, while Ciara will lead the festivities in Los Angeles. You can tune in to watch Monday, December 31 starting at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
ABC/Image Group LAThe yearly CMA Country Christmas special premieres tonight at 8 p.m. ET on ABC, but that’s not the only place you’ll be able to see some of your favorite country stars delivering a holiday tune.
Tonight, Maren Morris guests on Pentatonix’ new yuletide offering, A Not So Silent Night. It premieres at 10 p.m. ET on NBC, after the two-hour CMA Country Christmas wraps on ABC.
Maren re-recorded the Whitney Houston/Mariah Carey duet, “When You Believe,” with the a capella sensations on their new holiday album, Christmas Is Here!
Kelly Clarkson and Backstreet Boys also are set to perform on the Pentatonix special set in Las Vegas.
ABC/Mark LevineTonight, Reba McEntire returns to both host and sing on the annual CMA Country Christmas special for the second year in a row. But you don’t have to wait another minute to hear the Country Music Hall of Famer perform.
Reba’s released a special, extra performance as a tease today on YouTube. In the clip, she does Dolly Parton’s classic “Hard Candy Christmas,” from 1982 film, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Reba also recorded the song on her most recent holiday album, My Kind of Christmas.
Tune in to hear a whole lot more from Reba tonight at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. Old Dominion, Dustin Lynch, Brad Paisley, Brett Young, Dan Shay, Brett Eldredge, Martina McBride and many more join her for the 2018 edition of CMA Country Christmas.
ABC/Mark LevineIf you notice a little something different about Dan Shay tonight on ABC's CMA Country Christmas special, it's probably because they're still on a bit of high after the year they've had: In 2018, "Tequila" became the biggest song of their career so far, and the follow-up, "Speechless," is now nearing the top of the chart.
Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney have sung on the Country Music Association's Christmas card to the world quite a few times, but tonight, they're taking a different approach.
"We're changing it up a little bit this year," Dan explains. "You know, everybody's fallen in love with these Christmas songs over generations and generations, but, you know, traditionally we've stuck pretty true to the song. This year, we spiced it up a little bit."
"We're doing a little bit of a different arrangement on 'I'll Be Home for Christmas,'" he continues. "It's gonna be fun. It's a little more rockin'."
Dan promises he and Shay will also bring the energy to match.
"We're moving around a little bit more than we traditionally do," Dan points out. "In the past, we've kinda stuck at the mic, tried to look stoic, 'blue steel' it a little bit in between lines."
"Tonight we're gonna be cruising around and having a lot of fun," he adds. "So, it's a little different, but hopefully the fans like it. We're excited about it."
You can tune in to see Dan Shay, as well as Reba McEntire, who returns to host CMA Country Christmas for the second time tonight at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. Old Dominion, Brett Eldredge, Brett Young, Martina McBride, Amy Grant, the legendary Tony Bennett, and many more will also help spread the yuletide cheer.
ABC/CMAReba McEntire returns for the second year in a row to host the annual CMA Country Christmas special tonight at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. Prior to Reba taking over the job, though, can you name the show's host? ANSWER: Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles.
ABC/Mark LevineWhen you tune in tonight to see Reba McEntire's second time hosting the annual CMA Country Christmas special on ABC, the Country Music Hall of Famer warns you'd better be ready for an enormous dose of yuletide cheer -- from the way the halls have been decked to the way the carols are sung.
"You're gonna see the most beautiful stage," she explains. "Balsam Hill has done a great job with all the decorations, and when everything is lit up, and the scenes are [shown] in the back, it's incredible looking."
"So that's gonna get everybody in the Christmas spirit," adds the Oklahoma native. "And it's working for me for sure!"
You'll even hear a holiday tune she's never recorded, and see a rarity in a Reba performance: choreography.
"I'm doing 'Man with the Bag' because [executive producer] Robert Deaton told me to," she laughs. "And it's a wonderful surprise tonight, because the cutest bunch of kids are dancing around me."
"When they said, 'We're gonna have dancers,'" Reba recalls, "I said, 'Ew, do I have to dance?' And they said, 'No, but they're gonna dance all around you.' And I said, 'Perfect!'"
"And then I got here for rehearsal and they're the cutest kids. So talented. You're gonna love 'em!"
In addition to Reba and her dancers, the 2018 edition of the special also features Dan Shay, Brett Eldredge, Dustin Lynch, Martina McBride, Old Dominion, Brad Paisley and Brett Young, as well as the legendary Tony Bennett, Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, The Isaacs, Diana Krall and Lindsey Stirling.
The two-hour CMA Country Christmas premieres tonight at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.