Cole Swindell is back at the top of the charts with "Single Saturday Night."
This gives the country star his 10th #1 single, the latest in a long line of hits including "Let Me See Ya Girl," "Chillin' It," "Hope You Get Lonely Tonight," "Ain't Worth the Whiskey," "Middle of a Memory," "Flatliner" featuring Dierks Bentley, "You Should Be Here," "Love You Too Late," and the Grammy-nominated "Break Up in the End."
"I can’t thank country radio, the fans, and my team enough for making this my 10th #1 song. Still hard to believe! I can’t wait to see everyone out on the road," Cole says in a statement, adding on Twitter, "Damn. Unreal. I’ll find the words at some point."
Among his famous friends congratulating him on the impressive feat is Chris Young, who celebrated with a photo of the two, alongside the caption, "I told ya @coleswindell !!! Congrats on the number one buddy! Always celebrate a friend’s successes #cheers."
Cole is heading out on the road on Thomas Rhett's Center Point Road Tour beginning in August.
Mickey Guyton's son got the best gift from Carrie Underwood.
Mickey recently shared on Twitter that she was elated to open the mail and find a toy piano from Carrie for her five-month-old son. It's no surprise that Grayson is also a lover of music, as demonstrated by a video that shows him gleefully tapping the piano keys.
"Grayson, you a piano player bubba? Yeah!" his dad and Mickey's husband, Grant Savoy, cheers on in the background
"I was having a rough day when this showed up in my mailbox. Then I opened it up to see that @carrieunderwood got my baby a piano!" Mickey praised in the caption. "Thank you from the bottom of my heart. To watch him light up as he plays is the heart explosion I didn’t know I needed."
"Oh, I’m so glad he likes it! Figured it was a good bet that he’s musical!!! What a cutie!" Carrie replied.
Jimmie Allen also sent Grayson a copy of his new children's book, My Voice Is a Trumpet. "Thank you @JimmieAllen Gray loves it," the proud mom wrote alongside a photo of the infant touching the book's cover. "Love y’all," Jimmie responded.
Forty-nine years ago this week, Charley Pride had his ninth #1 hit on the country charts with his uptempo, fiddle-filled song about the long road to recovery after heartbreak. The first single off of his A Sunshiny Day With Charley Pride album, it stayed at the top of the chart for three weeks. Can you name the song? ANSWER: “It’s Gonna Take a Little Bit Longer.”
Ingrid Andress is "Feeling Things" on her upcoming headlining tour.
The "More Hearts Than Mine" singer is launching The Feeling Things Tour this fall, which finds her visiting theaters across the U.S. and Europe. The U.S. leg begins on September 27 in Boston at Royale and includes a stop at the famed Troubadour in Los Angeles on October 11 before wrapping in Pittsburgh on December 10.
Ingrid then jets across the pond for 13 shows in Europe early next year, beginning in Dublin, Ireland on January 18. Along the way, she'll makes stops in London, Paris, Berlin, Stockholm and more, finishing the tour on February 5 in Oslo, Norway.
“I’m so excited to bring my debut album, Lady Like, to the stage and perform these songs that have been such a huge part of my life for the past few years,” Ingrid shares in a statement. “More importantly, I can’t wait to see all the fans that I’ve been missing for the last 18 months. As a songwriter, the human connection is one of my favorite parts of the whole experience of touring, so I’m really looking forward to that.”
The Grammy nominee will balance her headlining shows with an opening slot on Dan + Shay's The (Arena) Tour later this year.
Country fans are just getting acquainted with Lainey Wilson, as her debut single, "Things a Man Oughta Know," makes a place for itself in radio's top ten.
What you may not realize, however, is that the Baskin, Louisiana native is already fast friends with some big names in country music, particularly Luke Combs and Ashley McBryde.
"[She] is one of my best friends, and I knew it immediately when we hung out," Lainey explains. "I was like, 'She's my people! She's my people!' because she gets it."
"You know, she's put in the work," Lainey continues. "She's rolled her sleeves up and she has not taken no for an answer. I just admire her and her work ethic so much."
Lainey's walked such a similar path, in fact, that Ashley made it her business to help her however she could.
"I always tell this story, because I feel like this really draws a good picture of how genuine and kind Ashley really is," Lainey tells ABC Audio. "But we were somewhere, I believe, in Texas on the road together. And she said, 'Lainey, I want to grab your hand. I wanna help you over this wall. I wanna do anything I can to help you,' she said."
"'But you gotta promise me,'" Lainey goes on, continuing the story, "'that when you find somebody who you love and believe in as much as I do you, that you do the same exact thing for them.'"
"And I was like, that's what it's about right there," Lainey reflects. "That's what it's about. And it's very rare that you find somebody just as kind as they are talented. And Ashley McBryde is that."
"Things a Man Oughta Know" is the lead single from Lainey's debut, Sayin' What I'm Thinkin'.
Charlie Daniels, Jr., the son of the late country and Southern rock legend Charlie Daniels, will host a new, biweekly podcast. Called The Charlie Daniels Podcast: From ‘Long Haired Country Boy’ to ‘Simple Man,’ The Best There’s Ever Been, the podcast is dedicated to the life and career of his famous father. The first episode airs August 6.
Cassadee Pope has shared the music video for her latest single, “Say it First,” which comes off her upcoming album, Thrive.
Breakout singer-songwriter Lily Rose has shared a new song, “Know My Way Around.” Fans can catch her this fall as the opening act on Chris Lane’s Fill Them Boots Tour.
If you’ve been keeping up with Dierks Bentley’s social media channels lately, you’ve probably seen glimpses of all the on-stage fun as the singer embarks on his 2021 Beers on Me Tour.
He’s even had an extra-special guest with him now and again: Dierks’ 12-year-old daughter, Evie joined him onstage earlier this month. She showed off her impressive vocal talents in a live rendition of Dierks’ “Different for Girls,” where she filled in for her dad’s studio duet partner on the song, Elle King.
But in an interview with Good Morning America, Dierks says that as much as he loves singing with Evie and the rest of his kids, he’s not forcing them to follow in his country music footsteps.
“All my kids love performing. Evie’s got a pretty special voice right now,” he says. “We don’t really practice or rehearse a bunch...she’s just a kid, and I like her doing kid stuff.”
Still, the singer says, he’s impressed by his daughter’s affinity for the spotlight.
“She’s got a great voice, a great stage presence. She’ll jump out onstage sometimes and sing in front of 15,000 people, and I’m more nervous than she is,” he jokes. “She’s kind of a natural at it. It’s a special thing to get to share together.”
Dierks' Beers on Me Tour continues this summer, with opening acts Riley Green and Parker McCollum. He also recently notched his 20th number-one country radio hit with “Gone.”
Carrie Underwood’s gospel album, My Savior, has a brand-new visual component. The singer released My Savior: Live From the Ryman on Friday, showcasing an album release livestream show that she performed at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.
“This is an album I have always wanted to record and I’m thrilled to be able to bring these uplifting, inspirational songs to life in such a special way,” Carrie says of the album and DVD.
To celebrate the release of the concert DVD, Carrie also shared her performance video of “Because He Lives,” one of the tracks on the album. On the DVD, fans can also watch the singer duet with gospel great CeCe Winans and NEEDTOBREATHE frontman Bear Rinehart. Legendary musicians Buddy Greene and Mac McAnally, who played on the album, also appear during the performance captured on the DVD.
Carrie’s My Savior: Live From the Ryman TV special will air on Friday night on PBS, Circle and other networks.
Keith Urban was among the celebrity guests who contributed to a rendition of John Lennon’s “Imagine” during the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics on Friday, People reports.
Joining him in the pre-recorded clip were pop singer John Legend, Spanish performer and composer Alejandro Sanz, Beninese singer-songwriter and activist Angélique Kidjo, and the Suginami Children’s Choir.
The group performance took place as athletes from each country gathered on the stage during the opening ceremony, underscoring "Imagine's" message of unity before beginning this year’s Olympics games.
“It’s one of those songs that feels like it’s just always been there,” Keith explains in a behind-the-scenes clip about recording of the group performance. “It’s sort of like a spiritual classic.”
Coming off of the 1971 album of the same name, “Imagine” was the best-selling single of Lennon’s solo career. The singer-songwriter and former Beatles member has said that the influence for the song came from his wife Yoko Ono’s 1964 book, Grapefruit, and that she should receive co-writing credit for the song.
The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games were rescheduled to summer 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ceremonies begin on July 23 and last through August 8.
Garth Brooks is headed for Wyoming on Friday night, where he’ll play the Cheyenne Frontier Days rodeo. It’s the 125th anniversary of the 10-day event, and this year’s festivities are dedicated to the late country star and rodeo champ Chris LeDoux.
As he gears up for his sold-out set, Garth says he can’t help but think back on all the memories he made at the rodeo with Chris, who died in 2005 at the age of 56. In fact, one year, Garth was nervous he might have to miss the rodeo because his wife was about to go into labor with the couple’s daughter. Just in case he had to drop out, Chris came to town to play understudy, Garth remembers.
“1996 we’re playing Cheyenne Frontier Days...worried that our youngest daughter, Allie, is going to be born while we’re there and I’d have to fly out and miss the show,” recounts Garth. “So Chris LeDoux brings him and his band up there just in case. We get the word about 2pm in the afternoon [that] everything’s great, so we go ahead and play the show...with Chris LeDoux.”
This weekend, Garth will honor Chris by being a part of the official unveiling ceremony of a bronze statue dedicated to the rodeo legend. He’s also playing his Friday night show with country singer Ned LeDoux, who's Chris’ son.
Jason Aldean and fellow country superstar Carrie Underwood mix high-drama harmonies and powerhouse vocals on their new duet, “If I Didn’t Love You.”
The new song officially arrived Friday, after Jason started teasing it -- and his big mystery duet partner -- earlier in the week. According to Billboard, Jason says that Carrie’s vocal contributions made the song even better than he’d imagined it could be.
“She did her thing like only Carrie can,” he explains. “And I don’t know how, but she made the song sound even better than what we’d expected. It’s a really special song to start this album.”
“If I Didn’t Love You” is the first single off Jason’s upcoming tenth album. “We were pretty close to finishing up this album, but this song came in and we knew we had to record it. I went ahead and put my vocals down while we asked Carrie in the meantime,” he details.
“Luckily, she loved the song,” Jason adds, “and it was kind of like a rocket from there.”
It’s not Jason’s first time finding musical magic with a turbo-charged male-female duet. His 2010 collaboration with Kelly Clarkson, “Don’t You Wanna Stay,” was a massive hit. Then, in 2018, he and Miranda Lambert topped the country charts with their “Drowns the Whiskey.”
In his first major interview since February, when a video of him using the n-word at the end of a night of partying led to his swift removal from the spotlight, Morgan Wallen is opening up about the incident.
“It just happened,” he told Good Morning America’s Michael Strahan on Friday of the night in question, explaining that it was the last night of weekend filled with partying with some “longtime friends” who were in town.
“We say dumb stuff together. In our minds, it’s playful,” Morgan continued. “It sounds ignorant, but that’s really where it came from.”
He went on to say that his use of the word wasn’t intended to be derogatory, explaining the mistake came from ignorance and adding, “I don’t think I sat down and was like, ‘Hey, is this right or is this wrong?’”
After the tape’s release, Morgan’s promising path toward superstardom came screeching to a halt. His record label suspended his contract and his music was removed from a variety of radio networks and streaming services.
During the months that followed, Morgan says he accepted invitations to speak with advocacy organization the Black Music Action Coalition, and also with other prominent Black music industry members, like Kevin Liles, Eric Hutcherson and gospel singer BeBe Winans.
Morgan also spent 30 days in a rehab facility, “Just trying to figure it out," he explained. "Why am I acting this way? Do I have an alcohol problem?”
He also donated $500,000 to BMAC and other Black-focused organizations. The figure is what he and his team estimated he made from the spike in his album sales following the incident. Regarding that, Strahan asked Wallen if he felt country music has a race problem.
“I mean...it would seem that way, yeah,” Morgan replied, though he added, “I haven’t really sat and thought about that.”
A bluegrass superstar who netted mainstream attention when she performed on the O Brother Where Art Thou? soundtrack is celebrating her 50th birthday today. She also has 27 Grammy Awards, making her the second-most awarded female artist in Grammy history, following Beyoncé. Can you name her? ANSWER: Alison Krauss.
Luke Combs paid his respects to the three fans who died at Michigan's Faster Horses Festival by paying for their funerals. Combs was one of the festival's headliners.
ABC affiliate WXYZ in Detroit reports that the three victims -- identified as Kole Sova, 19, Dawson Brown, 20, and Richie Mays Jr., 20 -- were found deceased inside a trailer at the campgrounds. Authorities believe they died from carbon monoxide poisoning from a nearby generator.
A representative for Combs confirmed the "Beautiful Crazy" singer handled the victims' funeral expenses but declined further comment.
No foul play is suspected at this time. Authorities say that, in addition to the deceased, two other men were found in critical condition at the trailer and remain hospitalized. Authorities told WXYZ another woman was found deceased on the grounds but don't believe her death is related to the incident.
Combs was one of the headliners for the three-day music festival, which takes place at the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan. In addition to Combs paying the funeral expenses, the Michigan Center Athletic Boosters set up a GoFundMe page to cover medical costs and set up "future scholarships in honor of Dawson, Kole and Richie." The campaign has raised over $62,000 as of Friday morning.
Shortly after Dolly Parton's surprise invitation last month to join the Grand Ole Opry, Carly Pearce wasted no time getting ready for an event she's dreamed of practically her whole life: her induction into the country music institution.
"I feel like I'm getting to plan the best day of my life," the Kentucky native said just days later. "I'm like planning the biggest party of my life, so just trying to make a few special moments and working on that, and it feels surreal a little bit."
"I'd be lying if I said I don't already have my dress, because I do," Carly admitted.
Now with her August 3 induction a little more than a week away, fans have even more reasons to be excited.
"I feel like the next few months are just gonna be full of -- I've been working really hard on more stuff," Carly teases. "And I actually get to, without saying too much, I get to almost marry some of those people that I talk about from the Opry with my current music and some of the extension of 29 that I've been working on."
Right now, 29's first single, the autobiographical "Next Girl," is just a couple steps away from breaking into the top fifteen.