SONY PARTS WAYS WITH DR. LUKE
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Kendrick continues. (4/26a)
CHART BATTLE BREWING?
Stapleton vs. Logic: it's on. (4/26a)
Beyonce the benefactor. (4/26a)
411 ON THE 6-1-5
Shania's got a new album. (4/26a)
Mercury Nashville superstar Shania Twain, who's headlining at Stagecoach this coming weekend, will release her first album in 15 years come this September. She announced the news during her appearance as first-time-ever fifth judge on The Voice last night.
Single “Life’s About to Get Good” is scheduled to hit country airwaves this June. Apparently (and appropriately), the song will be debuted during her set at the aforementioned Indio, CA festival.
“I was at home looking out at the ocean and I said to myself, ‘Here I am stuck in this past of negativity, but it’s so beautiful out," the five-time Grammy winner said about the writing process. I’m not in the mood to write a ‘feeling-sorry-for-myself’ song.” The songwriter recognized that with all of the negative in life also comes the positive. “You can’t have the good without the bad. And that’s what the song ended up being about.”
Willie Nelson adds to a filmography that began nearly 40 years ago in 1979s The Electric Horseman with Pure Country: Pure Heart, a music filled feature-length film in which the country icon co-stars with Tony-award nominee Laura Bell Bundy, Ronnie Cox and wrestling legend Shawn Michaels.
The Warner Bros. Home Entertainment/WWE Studios production, directed by Damon Santostefano, tells the story of teenage sisters who search for the truth about the father they never knew–a Marine who died in Iraq–and their quest to find success as singer/songwriters.
The film, available on DVD and Blue-Ray 8/1, features 23 songs, including Nelson’s classic “We Don’t Run,” as well as tracks from songwriters Trent Dabbs & Jabe Beyer, Jon Kenzie, Maren Morris and Dallas Davidson & Natalia Starzuynski. WaterTower Music will release the Pure Country: Pure Heart soundtrack on 8/1.
Country star Brad Paisley and Sony Music Nashville–in partnership with Sarah Cannon, the global cancer institute of HCA–kicked off the second year of Band Against Cancer yesterday in conjunction with the release of Paisley's new album LOVE AND WAR (Arista Nashville), which dropped 4/21. The launch party saw supportive appearances from Sony Music Nashville CEO Randy Goodman (pictured above with Paisley and Sarah Cannon CEO Dee Anna Smith) and a host of the album's collaborators.
The BAC grassroots campaign unites those affected by cancer with community treatment options. For one, Paisley is giving his fans the opportunity to contribute to the cause by selling LOVE AND WAR at a discounted price, with the inclusion of a free copy being sent to a patient afflicted by cancer. The acclaimed singer/songwriter, whose album was #1 on the iTunes country chart at press time, is also expected to launch related social and digital initiatives, as are iHeartMedia, Premiere Networks, Cumulus Media and Westwood One.
Sarah Cannon is sponsoring Paisley's 2017 North American tour and has also selected his "Today” as the campaign’s theme song. FYI, “Today”—the new album’s single that topped the Country radio chart last month—has earned 7m+ YouTube views for its official video since its release.
“All of us at Sony Music Nashville are honored and excited to team with the experts at Sarah Cannon to launch the 2017 Band Against Cancer campaign,” shared Goodman. “Brad Paisley’s #1 hit ‘Today’ is the perfect theme song for Band Against Cancer, reinforcing that the research and care provided by Sarah Cannon is truly making a difference today and every day.”
Before they take their show on the road later this spring supporting Dierks Bentley, Kane Brown and Jake Owen, LANco warmed up with a visit to TODAY’s studio on 4/18 to perform their latest single “Greatest Love Story” from the four-song debut EP. The single’s about to chart on Country radio and has thus far scored 10m + Spotify streams. Watch LANco on TODAY here.
EMI Nashville starlet-in-the-making Haley Georgia released the official music video for new single "Never Mine Nevermind" today. Watch the charming (and sassy) clip, directed by Jeff Venable, below.
Georgia recently opened for Eric Paslay on select dates and is scheduled to perform at Stagecoach, CMA Fest and Lake Shake Music Festival this season. We've already begun cropping our tops and curling our hair (or what's left of it) in anticipation.
Jason Aldean’s sitting atop the Country charts for the 19th time with his single “Any Ol Barstool,” continuing a hot streak that recently earned him the ACM Entertainer of the Year award for the second straight year–one of only ten artists to accomplish the feat.
“Barstool” is also the third #1 single from Aldean’s seventh studio album They Don’t Know, and a fourth may not be far behind, with the album’s title track on its way to radio.
"'Any Ol Barstool' brought that classic country vibe I grew up on, so it’s pretty cool to me that my fans and Country radio took it to # 1," said Aldean. "We’ve worked up big moments around ‘Barstool’ and ’They Don’t Know’ and it’s made me even more ready to get back out on the road and see the fans.”
Aldean kicks off his 58-date Jason Aldean: They Don’t Know Tour 4/27 at Toledo, Ohio’s Huntington Center.
That voice is back. By which we mean both the glorious, lived-in instrument that is Chris Stapleton's vocal and his soul-deep songwriting, which has the uncanny ability to make a new tune seem like it's been around forever. "Broken Halos," the tantalizing instant-grat track now available from his forthcoming Mercury Nashville album, From a Room: Volume 1 (due 5/5), is no different. Check it out.
2017 is shaping up as the year of Loretta Lynn. On the verge of turning 85, the unstoppable Queen of Country is revving it up with a new album and tour. On the heels of two sold-out birthday shows at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium 4/14 and 4/15, Lynn’s embarking on a 30-date tour to promote her new album, Wouldn’t It Be Great (Legacy Recordings), out 8/18.
The new release shines a bright light on Lynn’s songwriting–her bread and butter since she arrived in Nashville in the 1960s with a notebook full of vivid, genre-changing tunes based on the hard truths her own life. The new album comes on the heels of 2016s Grammy-nominated Full Circle, her first album in more than a decade.
Wouldn’t It Be Great weaves a tapestry of Lynn’s lengthy career. It unveils three new tracks, new recordings of recent favorites (“God Makes No Mistakes” from 2004’s Jack White-produced Van Lear Rose), as well as a dusting off of classics such as “Coal Miner’s Daughter” and the first of her 16 Country chart-toppers “Don’t Come Home ‘A Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ On Your Mind).”
"I think you try to do better with every record you put out," Lynn said of Wouldn't It Be Great. "It's just everyday living–and everybody wants to know, 'Well, what is it about your songs that people like?' I think you've got to tell your stories. I just think it hits everybody, you know, the songs.”
Lynn’s has sold 45 million records, won four Grammys, a Presidential Medal of Freedom, a spot in the Country Music Hall of Fame and countless other accolades.
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is also celebrating Lynn's career this year. As part of a 50th anniversary commemoration, the museum is mounting an exhibition on the the Queen's life, art and music, starting 8/25.