Warner Music Nashville“All my Queens now get in formation,” RaeLynntweeted on Friday. [“Queen’s Don’t”] is OUT,” she added, along with the cover of her new single, showing her sitting on a throne with a crown and a scepter.
“Queen don’t hate / Queens don’t fight / Queens don’t stay unless their king treats ‘em right,” RaeLynn sings on the empowerment anthem. “Oh, every jewel on my crown / You better believe I earned it / Don’t keep people around that don’t believe I deserve it.”
“Queens Don’t” is the first taste of new music from the follow-up to RaeLynn’s #1 debut, WildHorse. It’s available to stream or download now, or via an audio-only YouTube video.
ABC/Image Group LA You can hear an early version of Walker Hayes’ first top ten hit, “You Broke Up with Me,” on his new digital re-release of two volumes titled 8Tracks.
The cleverly-named 8Tracks has very little to do with the popular audio format from the sixties and seventies. Instead, both of Walker’s albums are made up of eight tracks that were the original work tapes he recorded in his Music Row studio in Nashville nicknamed The Shack. Back in the summer of 2016, Walker gave them away for free to get noticed.
“We’re putting out the music that got me here,” he says. “I’ll never forget the way fans’ reactions made me feel when I first put these 8Tracks out. They are homemade and they are the foundation of who I am.”
Many of the songs eventually made it onto Walker’s full-length debut, boom. Here’s the complete rundown:
8Tracks Vol.1 (Good S***) “You Broke Up with Me” “Beautiful” “Dollar Store” “Mind Candy” “Stay Sober” “Shades” “Beer in the Fridge” “Bad Thing (Good S****)”
8Tracks Vol.2 (Break the Internet) “Break the Internet” “You’re Happy” “Halloween” (featuring Nicolle Galyon) “Face on My Money” “Beckett” “The Comedian” “Lela’s Stars” “Your Girlfriend Does”
ABC/Image Group LA Craig Campbell’s wife Mindy stars in the new lyric video for his single, “See You Try.” It’s the first new music from the Georgia native since 2016’s “Outskirts of Heaven.”
“I feel like it was well worth the wait on my end, and I’m hoping the fans will feel the same way,” Craig says. “I believe in divine providence and I feel like this song was meant for me, so I’m excited, and I feel like this is a game-changer.”
The sexy “See You Try” follows a woman who’s trying to pull her man away from a night with the guys. Even though Craig and Mindy have been together for more than a dozen years, he can still relate to the situation.
“When I’m doing my thing with my friends and she’s ready to leave, I love for her to try to convince me,” he says. “Like ‘Hey, it’s time to go. And if you go with me right now, then this is gonna happen.’ Even though we’ve been married for a little while now, I still get excited when she does those things.”
“See You Try” is one of several current singles co-written by Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard, including FGL’s “Meant to Be” with Bebe Rexha, Jason Aldean’s “You Make It Easy,” and Granger Smith’s “Happens Like That.”
You can check out the “See You Try” lyric video on YouTube now.
ABC/Image Group LA Chris Stapleton’s cover of “I Want Love” is your first taste of music from Restoration, the country-themed album celebrating the music of Elton John and Bernie Taupin.
Elton originally recorded the Grammy-nominated song on his 2001 album, Songs from the West Coast. Now, the Kentucky-born Stapleton says Elton’s music is simply woven into the fabric of modern life.
“At any stage of life you can pick out a moment and a place in time, things that were going on and there’s an Elton John song playing somewhere in the background,” Chris observes. “He’s always going to be present in every musician’s mind and mine as well because his music reaches that far.”
Little Big Town, Maren Morris, Brothers Osborne, Miranda Lambert and many more are featured on Restoration, which comes out April 6, along with the pop and rock-focused Revamp.
Stapleton’s take on “I Want Love” is available to stream or download now, along with Q-Tip and Demi Lovato’s version of Elton’s huge hit, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” from Revamp.
BBR Music Group Miranda Lambert teams with Jason Aldean for “Drowns the Whiskey,” a track on Rearview Town, the new album by the two-time ACM Entertainer of the Year.
Rearview Town also includes another song written by Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard and newcomer Morgan Wallen, titled “Love Me or Don’t.” Tyler and Morgan are two of the co-writers on Jason’s current hit, “You Make It Easy,” along with FGL’s Brian Kelley and tunesmith Jordan Schmidt.
The record’s title track is available to stream or download now.
“It’s about putting things behind you...things that have held you down...and looking ahead,” Jason says. “When you look at my career and the personal experiences I’ve gone through, it really seemed like a fitting title for this record and it’s one of the best songs I’ve ever recorded.”
“It was important to me to pick songs that have substance to them,” he adds. “I’m more conscious of that these days.”
You can also check out “Rearview Town” via the new lyric video now available on YouTube.
Here’s the complete track listing for Jason’s 8th studio album, which is due April 13:
“Dirt to Dust” “Set It Off” “Girl Like You” “You Make It Easy” “Gettin’ Warmed Up” “Blacktop Gone” “Drowns the Whiskey” (featuring Miranda Lambert) “Rearview Town” “Love Me or Don’t” “Like You Were Mine” “Better at Being Who I Am” “I’ll Wait for You” “Ride All Night” “Up in Smoke” “High Noon Neon”
Nick WalkerCountry/pop crossovers are the latest craze: There are two in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 right now. Florida Georgia Line and Bebe Rexha's "Meant to Be" is #5; "The Middle," by Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey, is #8. Maren says she loves that her song is exposing pop and country fans to genres they don't normally listen to.
"I think it's a really powerful song and I love being a part of it, because it's bringing a lot of country fans that wouldn't normally listen to, like, an EDM guy [like Zedd], [and they're listening] to him and his back [catalogue]," she tells ABC Radio. "And a lot of pop fans that don't listen to country, now they're listening to country! So it's a cool collaboration in that way."
In fact, Maren believes that in our playlist-focused society, divisions between musical genres don't really matter much anymore
"If you listen to a song and it makes you feel something, no matter what genre it is, that's not wrong," she points out. "And I love that people are just hearing songs and being, like, 'I like this 'cause it's a good song. I'm not worried about the genre tags attached to it.'"
Maren isn't abandoning country, but she likes the freedom she has to explore other types of music.
"While I feel like I'm always going to be very rooted in country and I'm making my next record that is very rooted in country, still, I listen to everything," she says. "And I love being a part of these collaborations."
By the way, the last time two different country acts were in the Billboard Hot 100 with two different songs was 18 years ago, when Faith Hill's "Breathe" was #3 and Lonestar's "Amazed" was #10.
Triple Tigers Records / Sony Music Seasons have changed for Scotty McCreery.
The 2011 American Idol went from having #1 albums to parting ways with his record label in early 2016. Thankfully, things changed again for the North Carolina native, and last year, he signed a new deal, launched on the strength of “Five More Minutes,” the touching ballad he wrote after the passing of his grandfather.
Just last month, “Five More Minutes” became Scotty’s first #1, and on Friday, the hard-fought full album that features the tune arrives.
“That's why I love this record so much, is because it's so personal,” Scotty tells ABC Radio. “Because it's really just non-fiction. The stories that I'm telling -- there's a song 'Boys from Back Home' -- every name that you hear, they're my best friends in my group text that we talk every day. And all the stories you hear in that song are things that actually happened.”
Along the way, Scotty proposed to his longtime girlfriend Gabi Dugal, and they plan to tie the knot soon.
“Songs like 'This Is It,' and every love song on the record pretty much, they're all for Gabi,” he says. “And 'This Is It' in particular is like a blueprint for the day we got engaged and the whole story behind it.”
While some artists might shy away from being so open with their fans, Scotty welcomes the transparency.
“I love that I can listen to these songs personally, and [they] take me back to where I was on that day,” he confesses. “I feel like folks, when they listen to it, they'll get a glimpse into my life.”
Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockIf you eat at Romano's Macaroni Grill on Wednesday, March 21, the Italian restaurant will donate 25% of your check to Zac Brown Band's kids' charity, Camp Southern Ground. All you have to do is show your server the announcement on Twitter.
You can check out the latest designs in Luke Bryan's 32 Bridge and HFE lines now at Cabelas.com.
Morgan Evans' debut U.S. single, "Kiss Somebody," has already been certified platinum in his Australian homeland.
If you missed Scotty McCreery Thursday morning on Megyn Kelly Today, you can watch his appearance online.
Trae Patton/NBCIf you’re not getting enough Blake Shelton Mondays and Tuesdays on The Voice, the Texoma Shore hitmaker is ready to do everything he can to help you out. The perpetual prankster is going for an all-out takeover of the NBC schedule the beginning of next week.
On Monday, Blake will stay up late to perform his latest single on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, which starts at 11:35 p.m. ET. He’ll showcase his top-15 hit again on Tuesday morning, as he wakes up for appearances in both the 8 and 10 a.m. hours of Today.
The Oklahoma native won’t stop there: he’ll also show up to do his ACM-nominated “I’ll Name the Dogs” Tuesday on Late Night with Seth Meyers, which starts at 12:35 p.m. ET.
In addition to his TV appearances, Blake’s also in the middle of a busy tour schedule. He recently sold out the first six dates on the Country Music Freaks Tour with Brett Eldredge, Trace Adkins and Carly Pearce. The 14-concert run wraps March 17 in Philadelphia.
ABC RadioOn Thursday, Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt honored Dierks Bentley with the inaugural star on its new Walk of Champions.
The “Woman, Amen” hitmaker has raised millions of dollars for the Nashville hospital through his Miles and Music for Kids motorcycle rides and concerts.
Just as in his 2006 chart topper “Every Mile a Memory,” the Arizona native couldn’t help but reminisce about those who helped him with the cause through the years.
“I think back to Tim McGraw being my riding mate one year,” Dierks said in his acceptance speech. “Every year I'd have a different person riding next to me… and one year it was Tim McGraw.”
“I don't think Tim got the memo that we ride about 25 miles an hour the entire time,” he explained. “It's not really a ride. It's more of just a 'coast,' you know. And he's over there popping wheelies before we even left the Harley-Davidson dealership. He's revving it up, he's swerving in and out of my lane. It was a long two-hour ride with McGraw,” he laughed.
With the funny memories, also comes the bittersweet.
“Some sad memories too,” Dierks recalled, “of our buddy Troy Gentry, who was always the first guy to call me up to volunteer every year to be part of that ride.” The Montgomery Gentry singer was killed last year in a helicopter crash in New Jersey.
In 2016, after doing Miles & Music for ten years and raising around four million dollars for the cause, Dierks decided to take a break from the event. You can see one of his motorcycles from the ride, above the bar in his Whiskey Row honky tonk in downtown Nashville.
Academy of Country MusicWe know the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards will be Sunday, April 15 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas -- but where’s the after-party?
This year, the official event will be at The Joint at nearby Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, and you’re invited. Luke Combs, Lauren Alaina, Lee Brice, High Valley, Tracy Lawrence, Jerrod Niemann, Eric Paslay and Cassadee Pope are among those already scheduled to take the stage, with more talent still to come.
The post-awards gathering is part of the 6th Annual ACM Party for a Cause, which raises money for the charitable arm of the organization, ACM Lifting Lives. Tickets are on sale now at PartyForACause.com, and will run you anywhere from $55 to $105.
Absolute PublicityThe late Daryle Singletary will be remembered at a special concert Tuesday, March 27 at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium
The Keepin’ It Country Tribute Show will start at 7 p.m. CT, and be free and open to the public. Chris Young, Josh Turner, Alison Krauss, Rhett Akins, Darryl Worley, Andy Griggs, Jamey Johnson, Rhonda Vincent and others are set to take the stage.
The 46-year-old Singletary passed away unexpectedly at his home in Lebanon, Tennessee on Monday, February 12. During his career, the critically-acclaimed traditionalist scored top-ten hits with songs like “I Let Her Lie,” “Too Much Fun,” and “Amen Kind of Love.”
ABC/Image Group LAIt’s no fish tale: Jason Aldean is headed to Greenville, South Carolina to do a free show at this year’s Bassmaster Classic.
The two-time ACM Entertainer of the Year will take the stage at Bon Secours Wellness Arena this Friday, immediately following the Day One Weigh-In of the bass fishing tournament. Seats will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, with doors opening at 3:15 p.m. ET. Jason’s set should start around 7:30.
“I’ve always been into pretty much anything outdoors,” the Georgia native says. “I grew up fishing with my Dad and Granddad, so it’ll be cool to get out there with Field & Stream and be a part of this year’s Bassmaster Classic.”
Jason is a spokesperson for the Field & Stream brand, which is owned by DICK’s Sporting Goods, one of the sponsors of the 2018 Bassmaster Classic.
Island Records/Universal Music Group NashvilleThe biggest names in country and pop are putting a new twist on the songs of Elton John and Bernie Taupin, with two new records, Revamp and Restoration, set to be released April 6.
“We have two completely different albums,” Elton says. “Revamp being the pop one and Restoration being the country one and God, we have so many great artists doing our songs, it’s quite incredible.”
“Restoration was Bernie’s project and he’s a huge country fan…” Elton continues. “He came up with an astonishing list of country performers both new and legendary.”
Little Big Town sends “Rocket Man” into orbit, while Dierks Bentley reinterprets the '80’s hit, “Sad Songs (Say So Much).” Vince Gill teams up with his Eagles’ bandmate Don Henley for “Sacrifice,” while Lee Ann Womack tackles “Honky Cat.”
Miley Cyrus is the only non-country artist on Restoration, doing “The Bitch Is Back.” Chris Stapleton, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Maren Morris, Brothers Osborne, and Miranda Lambert contribute covers as well.
“Because of our love of all kinds of music, we’re not stuck in one genre.” Bernie explains. “From day one we borrowed from everything that’s good about American music -- whether it’s blues, country, gospel, pop, pure rock -- everything got thrown in the mix.”
Bernie also created the artwork for Restoration, which features vintage instruments juxtaposed against both the American and British flags.
Mary J. Blige, Coldplay, Lady Gaga, Mumford and Sons, P!nk, Demi Lovato, Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith are among the artists featured on the pop and rock-focused Revamp.
Here’s the complete track listing for both albums:
Revamp "Bennie and The Jets" - Elton John, P!nk, Logic "We All Fall In Love Sometimes" - Coldplay "I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues" - Alessia Cara "Candle In The Wind" - Ed Sheeran "Tiny Dancer" - Florence And The Machine "Someone Saved My Life Tonight" - Mumford and Sons "Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word" - Mary J. Blige "Don’t Go Breaking My Heart" - Q Tip feat. Demi Lovato "Mona Lisas And Mad Hatters" - The Killers "Daniel" - Sam Smith "Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me" - Miley Cyrus "Your Song" - Lady Gaga "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" - Queens of the Stone Age
Restoration "Rocket Man" – Little Big Town "Mona Lisas And Mad Hatters" – Maren Morris "Sacrifice" – Don Henley and Vince Gill "Take Me To The Pilot" – Brothers Osborne "My Father’s Gun" – Miranda Lambert "I Want Love" – Chris Stapleton "Honky Cat" – Lee Ann Womack "Roy Rogers" – Kacey Musgraves "Please" – Rhonda Vincent and Dolly Parton "The Bitch Is Back" – Miley Cyrus "Sad Songs (Say So Much)" – Dierks Bentley "This Train Don’t Stop" – Rosanne Cash and Emmylou Harris "Border Song" – Willie Nelson
Warner Music NashvilleIf you’re trying to unravel the mysteries of Ashley McBryde’s first top forty hit, “A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega,” here’s a crash course: Dahlonega is a town in the mountains of North Georgia, and the watering hole in question is a place called the Crimson Moon.
The song was based on something that actually happened to songwriter Jesse Rice.
“Jesse did a really good job of explaining the town of Dahlonega to us, and his exact situation, the car breaking down and pulling into the Crimson Moon, just to kind of ride it out and have a beer, and Shawn Mullins was in [the bar] singing,” Ashley says of the session where the tune was written.
“[Our co-writer] Nicolette Hayford and I were taking notes as fast as we possibly could," Ashley recalls. "And [Jesse]'s like, 'Well, anyway, I guess we're not writing today.' And I was like, 'No, no, no! Listen to this.”
She recalls that she then started sing, “Here's to the breakups that didn't break us," and adds, "45 minutes after that, we had the song.”
The Arkansas native says the tune about “making the best of the worst day” is having a bigger effect than she ever imagined.
“I started getting emails and Snapchats from people saying, 'This song changed my life,'” Ashley tells ABC Radio. “And I'm Snapping back, immediately. 'What do you mean? What happened?' You know like, 'Did your car break down?'”
“And [one fan] said I kept her from taking a phone call from her abusive ex,” Ashley reveals. “That's way bigger than us. So what we touched on -- our terrible day -- became way bigger than we can comprehend.”
Ashley’s debut album for Warner Nashville, Girl Going Nowhere, comes out March 30.
Comstock/Thinkstock In 2008, Carrie Underwood's second record became the first of her three albums to top the all-genre Billboard 200 album chart to date. Can you recall the title of the sophomore album from the American Idol winner? ANSWER: Carnival Ride.
Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Scotty McCreery will start his Thursday with an appearance on NBC's Megyn Kelly Today, ahead of the release of his new album, Seasons Change, on Friday.
Newcomer Stephanie Quayle is set to make her Grand Ole Opry debut on Saturday, April 7. Expect her to sing her current single, "Selfish."
Willie Nelson's new song "Me and You" is available to stream or download now. It's the second track he's released from his new album, Last Man Standing, which comes out April 27. You can also check out a new video for "Me and You" on YouTube.
ABC/Image Group LA Granger Smith was on the road with Florida Georgia Line when he wrote his latest top fifteen hit. But he admits there was no master plan behind “Happens Like That.”
“We didn't start out writing the song saying, 'Okay, here's the hook, and here's the story, and let's go for it,'” Granger explains. “It was more just some guys in a room, on the bus, strumming guitars -- like it used to be.”
“We feel out a groove that feels right,” he continues, “and then a line comes out: 'You order a drink.' And then another line: 'It goes down smooth. Before you can blink, it turns into two.' These lines are just kind of falling out, with no direction yet.”
The “Backroad Song” hitmaker says he’s invigorated by the spontaneity of the process.
“I love it when songs do that,” Granger tells ABC Radio. “It's like, 'Oooh, where's this going?' You know, 'What road is this taking us on? ... The creative road is going somewhere, let's follow it!' … And that's what this song was.”
Once “Happens Like That” started to take shape, Granger recognized a universal theme.
“We realized 'Oh, this is our story. This is my story. And maybe this is a lot of people's story,'” he recalls. “There's one moment in time, [in] a relationship, at the very beginning, where if she had turned left and you had turned right, you never would've met. And it all was based on that one moment where it happened.”
“Happens Like That” is just one of the current top 40 hits was co-written by FGL’s Tyler Hubbard. He also had a hand in writing FGL's collabo with Bebe Rexha, “Meant to Be” and Jason Aldean’s “You Make It Easy.”
ABC/Image Group LA Morgan Evans' "Kiss Somebody" has just become his first top-25 country hit in the U.S. But in his native Australia, Kelsea Ballerini's better half is already up for a major honor.
"Kiss Somebody" is nominated for "Country Work of the Year" at the APRA Awards. The trophies are handed out by the Australian Performing Rights Association, to recognize songwriting achievement on the Australian charts in the past year.
Morgan competes against Aussie artists Kasey Chambers, The McClymonts and Caitlyn Shadbolt for the honor. The ARPA Awards will be handed out April 10 in Sydney, Australia.