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February 25, 2020 - The Shires, the United Kingdom's best-selling country act of all time will release its new album, "Good Years," in the U.S. on March 13, 2020 via BMG. As the follow-up to "Accidentally on Purpose" and GOLD-certified albums "Brave" and "My Universe," Crissie Rhodes and Ben Earle recorded in Nashville.... »»»
February 21, 2020 - Tim McGraw has signed a new record deal - he is returning to the Big Machine Label Group. McGraw, who most recently was onSony Nashville, started his career on Curb. BMLG head Scott Borchetta introduced McGraw as "a real bad boy ... and a real good man" at the Country Radio Seminar session today.... »»»
February 21, 2020 - The ever prolific Willie Nelson returns with "First Rose Of Spring" on April 24, five days before his 87th birthday. The disc is Nelson's 70th solo studio album and 14th for Sony Legacy Records. The title track and the "First Rose Of Spring" music video are being released today.... »»»
February 20, 2020 - Reba is going home. She announced today she was leaving Big Machine Label Group for her original label home, Universal Music Group Nashville, where she spent the first 32 years of her career. During her time on both Mercury and MCA Records, two of the four labels that form Universal Music Group... »»»
February 19, 2020 - Kenny Chesney was honored with the Country Radio Broadcasters' Humanitarian of the Year Award. "I have to tell you, I have a lot of emotions standing up here," Chesney told the standing room only crowd of over 1,000 at the Country Radio Seminar opening luncheon. "I am embarrassed and uncomfortable, but... »»»
February 19, 2020 - The Academy of Country Music revealed today the full list of Radio Awards winners for the 55TH Academy of Country Music Awards, including National On-Air Personality of the Year winner, The Bobby Bones Show. This marks the fourth ACM National On-Air Personality of the Year win for The Bobby Bones Show.... »»»
February 18, 2020 - Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley and Old Dominion will top the acts playing the second Hometown Rising Country Music & Bourbon Festival in Louisville, Ky. On Sept. 12-13. Jon Pardi, Chris Janson, Billy Ray Cyrus, Clint Black, CAM and other acts will be playing the festival.... »»»
February 18, 2020 - Brett Young will trade vocals with Norway's Astrid S on her new song "I Do," out Feb. 28 via Virgin EMI Records / Universal Music Norway. "I've grown up with country music," Astrid said. "It's a genre I admire very much, and it's been a big influence and inspiration throughout the years in my songwriting.... »»»
February 18, 2020 - Amazon will release a mini-documentary about Kane Brown and a live EP as well this Thursday, it was announced today. The film, "Velocity," captures Brown's rise from his early days posting clips on social media to his first headlining show at STAPLES Center last month, which sold out in just 90 minutes.... »»»
February 18, 2020 - Trace Adkins unveiled The Way I Wanna Go Tour 2020 today. The 27-stop tour begins April 15 in Lancaster, Pa. "I'll be on stage singing 'Every Light in the House Is On,' and I look down at the crowd and realize that person right there wasn't even alive when I recorded that song," Adkins said.... »»»
February 18, 2020 - Brad Paisley announced his 2020 World Tour, which kicks off May 15 in Concord, Cal. Special guests on the U. S. tour dates will be Jordan Davis and Gabby Barrett. Additional 2020 tour dates will be added soon. A portion of all ticket sales will go to The Store - a nonprofit free-referral based... »»»
February 17, 2020 - Audium Records is back. Bob Frank, CEO and founder of BFE (Bob Frank Entertainment), is relaunching Audium in Nashville. The revived imprint will now operate under the name Audium Nashville, a music distribution brand of BFD (Bob Frank Distribution). Audium Nashville's flagship artists include... »»»
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February 14, 2020 - It may be Valentine's Day today, so Travis Denning probably figured why not release a break-up song. Denning is out today with "ABBY." Written by Ashley Gorley, Matt Jenkins and Chase McGill, the track marks singer/songwriter Denning's first outside recording. The track follows his current single, "After A Few.... »»»
February 14, 2020 - Carly Pearce released her sophomore album, a self-titled affair. Pearce is out with the single "I Hope You're Happy Now" with Lee Brice. Pearce wrote the song with Luke Combs, Randy Montana and Jonathan Singleton. She also recorded "Finish Your Sentences" with husband Michael Ray.... »»»
February 13, 2020 - Whitney Rose will be out with "We Still Go to Rodeos" on April 24 on her own artist/management-run record label, MCG. Produced by Paul Kolderie, whose resume includes Radiohead, Uncle Tupelo, Pixies, Toots & Maytals, Hole and Morphine, the disc contains 12 songs, all penned by Rose.... »»»
February 13, 2020 - Darius Rucker was surprised with a plaque celebrating the RIAA's recent 8x-Platinum certification of his hit song "Wagon Wheel" during a visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum yesterday. Since topping the charts for back-to-back weeks in 2013, "Wagon Wheel" has now become one of the top five... »»»
February 12, 2020 - Rounder recording artists Darin and Brooke Aldridge will release their new video for "Emmylou" on Friday. The video is the first video from their latest album, "Inner Journey." Nashville's Lower Broadway served as the backdrop for the video. For additional locations, directors Andy Pollitt and... »»»
February 12, 2020 - Thomas Rhett became a father again on Tuesday with wife Lauren giving birth to their third girl. Rhett posted on Instagram, "Lennon Love Akins was born at 8:30 AM on February 10th! It was such a joy to watch this little angel be brought into the world. My wife is just incredible through the entire birth...... »»»
February 12, 2020 - Paul English, long-time drummer for Willie Nelson, died today at 87. A cause of death could not be ascertained for English, who was the subject of Nelson's song "Me and Paul." The song contains lyrics about Nelson and English being detained at an airport in Milwaukee, Wisc. and arrested in Laredo, Texas over drugs.... »»»
February 11, 2020 - Tim McGraw has left Sony Nashville, Billboard reported today. McGraw had been on the label, along with wife Faith Hill, since 2017. They released "The Rest of Our Life," "Neon Church," which peaked at 20 on Country Airplay and "Thought About You," which hit 17 last year. The news comes at a time when... »»»
February 11, 2020 - Russell Dickerson releases the lead track "Love You Like I Used To" off his sophomore album due out later this year. Dickerson previously has enjoyed hits with "Yours," "Blue Tacoma" and "Every Little Thing." "The beginning of this song is intentionally different from me," said Dickerson about the single.... »»»