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January 21, 2017

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Kelsea Ballerini’s Pre-Fame Days in Nashville

Not many artists apologize if they are a few minutes late for an interview. After all, they’re being pulled all different ways and forced to talk to so many different people, particularly early in their careers. It’s almost normal to be late. Kelsea Ballerini — “I’m 23, just a kid” — immediately asks for, well,... Read more »


Maren Morris Validated by Tim McGraw

Just about two and a half years ago, Tim McGraw released his Sundown Heaven Town album, which features a song called “Last Turn Home.” While it might not have been a big deal to the average country fan because it was never released as a single, it was everything to Maren Morris. She co-wrote the... Read more »


Lady Antebellum Get Back to the Basics with Heart Break

During a Facebook Live chat on Thursday (Jan. 19), Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood reunited as Lady Antebellum and delivered a live premiere of four new songs from their next album Heart Break, which arrives June 9. The 30-minute set included “This City,” the lead single “You Look Good,” “Someone Else’s Heart,” the... Read more »


The #NashvilleCMT Recap [SPOILER ALERT]

It must be so hard to be Rayna. Seriously. Because you’d always wonder if the men who came into your life wanted more than just a job or a business arrangement or whatever. And clearly, the men in her life do want more. On Thursday night’s (Jan. 19) episode, Deacon had to cope with all... Read more »


Blake Shelton: A “Fat, Ugly Guy” With the Girl

Life imitates art sometimes. Like on Wednesday night (Jan. 18), when Blake Shelton started living out the lyrics to his latest single, “A Guy With a Girl.” In his No. 1 hit, he says he’s just the guy with the girl everybody wants to know, “wishin’ you were there alone, wonderin’ how I ever got... Read more »


Kalie Shorr Shares Big Lesson With “He’s Just Not That Into You”

Kalie Shorr is dropping a bombshell about dating in her new video, but at least she’s breaking it to us gently with an infectious melody and her sweet voice. “He’s Just Not That Into You” is the song you need to hear if you’re flirting with disaster in your love life. I’ve been guilty of... Read more »


Country Music Claims 10 Percent of Total U.S. Album Sales in 2016

In terms of album sales and popularity, country music continues to hold its own, accounting for 10 percent of total album sales this past year, according to Nielsen’s “2016 U.S. Year-End Report.” Country’s top artists for the year in recorded music were Chris Stapleton, Garth Brooks, Joey + Rory and Blake Shelton. Overall albums sales... Read more »


Brothers Osborne Bring Dirt Rich Tour to Nashville

The last time Brothers Osborne headlined a show in Nashville it was four years ago, and they had just signed their record deal. On Wednesday (Jan. 18), Deale, Maryland, natives TJ and John Osborne returned to their adoptive hometown to headline a sold-out show at Nashville’s Marathon Music Works as two-time Grammy nominees and the... Read more »


Luke Bryan: A Decade Since “Friends”

I wonder if Luke Bryan is reflecting on his career right now like I am. It’s been a exactly 10 years since Bryan released his very first single — “All My Friends Say” –and yet it somehow seems like yesterday that I heard that song and thought, “I bet this guy’s going to sell out... Read more »


Carrie Underwood: Not That Kind of Daredevil

Carrie Underwood was on NBC’s Today on Wednesday (Jan. 18), catching up with everyone about her Grammy nominations, her 2016 tour and her love of The Walking Dead. So naturally, actor-comedian Nick Offerman, the day’s co-host of sorts, asked her to take her clothes off. If Offerman’s name is unfamiliar to you, he’s known for... Read more »


Blake Shelton Wins Big at People’s Choice Awards

“I know that somewhere out there,” Blake Shelton said at Wednesday’s (Jan. 18) People’s Choice Awards, “there’s someone going, ‘I mean, how did he win album of the year? Like, isn’t that just a country album full of stereotypical drinking and cheating and tailgates?’ And to that person, I say, ‘You’re damn right it is!’”... Read more »


Lady Antebellum Reveal New Single, Album and Tour

Lady Antebellum had some good news for their fans this morning (Jan. 19) — they’re back with new music and a new tour. Available now, the groovy, horn-driven “You Look Good” is the first single from their upcoming album Heart Break, which lands June 9. A live preview of the collection via Facebook Live is... Read more »


Martina McBride Talks New Music, CMT’s Next Women of Country Tour

It might get loud for Martina McBride in 2017. Her calendar is filled with music starting with the return of the Love Unleashed Tour, partnering with CMT for its third annual Next Women of Country Tour. The tour resumes Feb. 2 in St. Louis, with Lauren Alaina, who is a new addition to the CMT... Read more »


Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban Among First Grammy Performers

Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban are the first country performers announced to appear on the 59th annual Grammy Awards. John Legend and Metallica round out the initial performers booked for the show. Underwood and Urban are each nominated for best country solo performance for “Church Bells” and “Blue Ain’t Your Color,” respectively. Urban’s Ripcord is... Read more »


Toby Keith, Lee Greenwood, Big & Rich and More Performing at Inaugural Celebrations

Country music is the official soundtrack for several presidential inauguration events in Washington, D.C., this week. Toby Keith, Lee Greenwood and the Frontmen of Country featuring Little Texas’ Tim Rushlow, Restless Heart’s Larry Stewart and Lonestar’s Richie McDonald will each sing at Thursday’s (Jan. 19) Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial.... Read more »


Blake Shelton Takes “A Guy With a Girl” to Country Airplay Summit

Well, emerging 2017 has yet to bring us any significant chart excitement. No new albums come aboard this week and only three new songs. Chris Stapleton‘s Traveller is again the week’s bestselling country album, while Blake Shelton boasts the most played country song with ”A Guy With a Girl.” This is Shelton’s 23rd No. 1... Read more »


Dierks Bentley Makes the World Go “Black”

When Dierks Bentley’s tour launches Thursday night (Jan. 19) in Ohio, his fans might be expecting a little more from him. More than just his mile-high “Drunk on a Plane” party attitude. Or his chill “Somewhere on a Beach” vibe. Now that Bentley’s “Black” video is out, I have a feeling that’s the side of... Read more »


Details on Eli Young Band’s Bus Fire in Kansas

The Eli Young Band appeared to have lost everything onboard their tour bus after it was destroyed in a fire early Wednesday morning (Jan. 18) in Kansas. The band was at home with the night off, and the bus was making its way to their next show on Friday (Jan. 20) in Minnesota. There have... Read more »


World Premiere: Ryan Hurd’s “Hold You Back”

In his new “Hold You Back” music video Ryan Hurd is holdin’ up after saying goodbye to an off-and-on-again love who is leaving for a new life in New York City. Set in cinematic black and white, Hurd sits by himself in a chair as he comes to terms with his new reality — she’s... Read more »


Jason Aldean, Little Big Town, Dierks Bentley Tapped for iHeartCountry Festival

Jason Aldean, Little Big Town, Dierks Bentley and Brantley Gilbert are among the acts announced Tuesday (Jan. 17) for the iHeartCountry Festival set for May 6 at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas. Rascal Flatts, Old Dominion, Jake Owen, Darius Rucker, Lady Antebellum, Kelsea Ballerini and the Raging Idiots have also been confirmed for... Read more »


Thomas Rhett Got Jiggy With It

Of course Thomas Rhett was influenced by his singer-songwriter father Rhett Akins and all the music that came from Akins and his ’90s country brethren. But during a Sunday morning (Jan. 15) interview on NBC’s Today, he admitted that while country was his first love, it was certainly not his only love growing up. “Will... Read more »


Lauren Alaina: “So Proud Right Now”

Lauren Alaina is down 27 pounds. But even more impressive than the weight she’s lost in the past year is the confidence she’s gained. After struggling with an eating disorder for years as a teenager, Alaina is now committed to loving herself as is. She tweeted over the weekend so her fans and followers could... Read more »


Karen Fairchild on the Teacher Who Pushed Her

Even though Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild seems so at home on stage now, there was a time when she needed a little push. Literally. “My music teacher in high school pushed me out on stage for the very first time to sing a solo, and it changed my life. So I’m very grateful for... Read more »


Nashville Trivia: Season 5, Episode 3: Let’s Put It Back Together Again

Don’t miss new episodes of Nashville Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Get all of the latest Nashville news, videos and behind-the-scenes action on the Nashville Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram and join the conversation using #NashvilleCMT.


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