Disruptor Records/ColumbiaKelsea Ballerini and electronic duo The Chainsmokers just have “This Feeling” about their new collaboration.
With Florida Georgia Line and Bebe Rexha having a huge hit with “Meant to Be” and Maren Morris following suit with Zedd on “The Middle,” it’s no secret pop/country collaborations are hot these days. And on Tuesday, Kelsea and The Chainsmokers released theirs.
“THIS SONG IS SO SPECIAL TO US!” the duo tweeted. “THIS FEELING WITH OUR GIRL KELS IS OUT NOW EVERYWHERE.” They followed up later with “Loving all these super positive tweets about…our new song…”
In “This Feeling,” Kelsea and The Chainsmokers sing about disagreeing with friends and family about a love interest: “They tell me think with my head, not that thing in my chest/They got their hands at my neck this time/But you’re the one that I want, if that’s really so wrong/Then they don’t know what this feeling is like.”
“This Feeling” is available to stream or download now. You can also check out the lyric video on YouTube, which matches the black and white skeletons and red hearts featured on the song’s artwork.
ABC/Mark LevineBlake Shelton is planning a free pop-up show this week at the world’s largest honky tonk.
The “Turnin’ Me On” hitmaker will take the stage Thursday night at Billy Bob’s Texas, which is located at the historic Fort Worth Stockyards. Fans can line up for wristbands starting at 10 a.m. local time Thursday morning.
Once you have your wristband, the line to get in starts forming at 4 p.m. before doors open at 5:30. Blake is set to play around 8:30.
Entrance is limited to the first 5,000 fans who show up. You must be at least 21 and have a valid photo ID to get in.
ABC/Image Group LA Miranda Lambert’s been enjoying a little leisure time lately, after wrapping her Bandwagon Tour with Little Big Town late last month.
This weekend, Miranda showed her beloved Gypsy Vanner horses at the Oklahoma State Fair, and even took in an Italian family circus.
“Thank you Oklahoma State Fair for the memories!” the CMA and ACM Female Vocalist of the Year shared on her socials, along with a collection of pictures.
“The Gypsy Vanner show, the Ferris Wheel, friends, family and my first time to see a real circus!” she added. “The Zoppe Circus was amazing! The whole weekend was a dream.”
Miranda will be back to work on Wednesday when she plays the first of two Artist in Residence shows in the CMA Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. The second concert takes place next Wednesday, September 26.
New music from Miranda's band Pistol Annies is also expected sometime this fall.
Capitol NashvilleNot only is Carrie Underwood's Cry Pretty on track to debut at #1 on the all-genre Billboard 200 this week, it's also expected to have the best sales week of any country album so far this year.
Experts predict Carrie’s first album for Capitol Nashville will sell 210,000 equivalent album units in its first week, besting Jason Aldean, whose Rearview Town moved 183,000 units back in April. We’ll find out the official numbers when the new chart comes out Sunday.
Carrie’s topped the Billboard 200 three times before, with 2012’s Blown Away, 2009’s Play On, and 2007’s Carnival Ride.
ABC/Mark LevineLee Ann Womack will be honored with the Golden Note Award this fall at the ASCAP Country Music Awards, handed out annually by the performing rights organization ASCAP.
Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire and Alan Jackson are just some of the artists who’ve gotten the honor in the past. This year’s 56th annual gala will take place on Monday, November 12 in downtown Nashville, in the days leading up to the 2018 CMA Awards.
Lee Ann’s most recent album is last year’s critically-acclaimed The Lonely, the Lonesome, and the Gone. The 2001 CMA Female Vocalist of the Year is perhaps best known for her crossover smash from the year prior, “I Hope You Dance.”
Comstock/ThinkstockThis singer's musical collaborations span genres -- she's teamed up with everyone from Kenny Rogers and Brad Paisley, to Queen Latifah and Norah Jones. More recently, she's shared the microphone with Pentatonix, Sia and even actress Jennifer Aniston. Can you name this legend? ANSWER: Dolly Parton.
Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockJason Aldean will host his annual "Concert for the Cure" on October 3 at Jason Aldean's Kitchen Rooftop Bar in Nashville. The evening will include an intimate performance by the singer. All proceeds will benefit the breast cancer charity Susan G. Komen Central Tennessee. Tickets are on sale now for $100 via Eventbrite.
After Rascal Flatts were forced to cancel a concert when Gary LeVox fell sick, Dan Shay refused to let down their fans. The duo acted quickly to put together a last minute pop-up show at the House of Blues in San Diego on Sept. 14 and sold out the concert in under an hour. They also personally called fans who previously purchased VIP tickets, inviting them to attend. You can watch one call here.
Blake Shelton will headline Warner Music Nashville's luncheon during opening day of the 2019 Country Radio Seminar (CRS) on February 13, 2019. Blake will also receive the CRS 2019 Artist Humanitarian Award at the event. The honor is bestowed upon country artists who have exhibited exceptional humanitarian efforts throughout their careers.
When Trace Adkins officially issued the invitation to Dustin in August, the Tullahoma, Tennessee native admits he didn't suspect a thing.
"It was a great disguise and a great surprise, because it was Trace's 15th anniversary, and so nothing threw me off," Dustin recalls. "Even when he walked out onstage...I just thought he was coming out to interview me...and then kick it back to us."
"And he started talking about how special it was to be a member of the Opry and how much it meant to him..."
That's when the "Small Town Boy" began to wonder if something was up.
"When he started talking about those things, I go, 'There's a lot of people in the wings. Is this happening?' And then he broke the news. And then my next thought was, 'Stop ugly crying," Dustin laughs.
Even his parents' presence in the audience didn't tip him off.
"Mom and Dad were there, and they were there organically," he explains. "They come to every Opry, so no one had to invite them to come."
"Some kind of way, my mom ended up down at the front of the stage jumping up and down," Dustin adds. "And apparently Dad was flipping in the back."
Dustin's still at a loss for words to express what Opry membership means to him.
"I don't know how to even comprehend that yet," he reflects. "But I'm so thankful that people believe in me to carry the torch and continue such a great legacy, and ask me to be a part of such a prestigious group, for sure."
ABC/Heidi GutmanThe new music video for Brett Eldredge's "Love Someone" is shot from the perspective of his beloved dog, Edgar. The sweet clip, appropriately titled "The Edgar Cut," shows what the pooch's life is like with his country star master.
The video kicks off with the two relaxing on a couch together as Edgar begins to doze off. His vivid daydream includes him and Brett enjoying a lazy day by the river, playing ball in the park and later spending time together at a candlelit steak dinner for two.
Directed by Jeff Venable and shot in the Nashville area, the video encapsulates the perfect day for Edgar. The two friends share an ice cream cone, a motorcycle ride throughout Music City and even watch a movie together.
But in the midst of his daydream, Brett finds himself a girlfriend at the dog park and poor Edgar's coveted spot beside his buddy on the couch is taken. Thankfully, it's just a dream. Edgar soon wakes to find his owner calling him into the house for a new adventure.
The clip closes with real-life footage of a young Edgar soon after Brett adopts him as a puppy. The bond is instantaneous and Edgar should rest easy: No one will ever replace him!
Cameron PowellDylan Scott will spend the majority of early 2019 on the road as part of his Nothing To Do Town tour.
The headlining trek will kickoff January 17 in New York City and run through February 23, with the "Hooked" singer visiting 17 cities along the way. Seth Ennis will be the opening act.
"This has been such an incredible year for me filled with non-stop touring, and seeing the great response from fans and radio keeps me going,” Dylan says in a statement.
“I’m thankful to live this dream every single day and am really excited to be back on the road for the Nothing To Do Town tour. On this run, I’ll get to perform at some really cool venues in all different cities and I’m pumped to bring my buddy Seth along for the ride.”
Tickets for Dylan's tour go on sale September 21 via his website.
Here's the complete itinerary for Dylan Scott's Nothing To Do Town tour:
1/17 -- New York, NY, Gramercy Theatre 1/18 -- Boston, MA, Paradise Rock Club 1/19 – Silver Spring, MD, The Fillmore Silver Spring 1/24 – Cincinnati, OH , Bogart's 1/25 – Cleveland, OH, House of Blues 1/26 – Indianapolis, IN, Deluxe at Old National Centre 1/31 – Detroit, MI, Saint Andrew's Hall 2/1 -- Grand Rapids, MI, The Intersection 2/2 -- Minneapolis, MN, Varsity Theater 2/7 -- Rosemont, IL, Joe’s Live 2/9 -- Louisville, KY, Mercury Ballroom 2/14 -- Nashville, TN, The Cannery Ballroom 2/15 -- Raleigh, NC, The Ritz Theatre 2/16 -- Atlanta, GA, Buckhead Theatre 2/21 -- Orlando, FL, House of Blues 2/22 -- Myrtle Beach, SC, House of Blues 2/23 -- Charlotte, NC, The Fillmore
Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for IEBAThe August arrest charges against Gretchen Wilson following a minor disturbance on a flight been dropped, according to the Hartford Courant.
The Connecticut newspaper reports that the "Redneck Woman" singer appeared in Superior Court last Thursday, and she's been ordered to make a $500 charitable contribution to the state's criminal injuries compensation fund.
The donation follows a charge of breach of peace related to an incident at Bradley International Airport last month. Her charge will be dropped in 13 months as part of her deal with the state, the paper confirms.
In August, the singer was charged following an altercation at the airport. According to a police report, troopers were dispatched after Gretchen had been "causing problems related to a passenger in a plane bathroom."
When Connecticut State Police interviewed the 2005 CMA Female Vocalist of the Year at Bradley International Airport, she allegedly "became belligerent” and “caused a disturbance.” She was then taken into custody and released on $1,000 bail.
Joe Perri The Band Perry are back and ready to release new music -- and it's unlike anything we've previously heard from them. Variety reveals that the former country trio will return this Friday with a five-song digital EP of electronic-based music called Coordinates.
The band teamed up with executive producer Rick Rubin for the project, which will be available on their own label, Artrat. It marks the first time the band has released more than a single in over five years, and Variety describes the sound as "so unapologetically electronic, it makes their previous couple of unabashedly pop singles sound like vintage Carter Family sides by comparison."
“We’re just so proud of everything that we’ve spent the last little while building,” Kimberly Perry tells the publication. “And I think the other pervasive feeling is freedom to put out music in the way that we’ve always desired to — not just the sound of it, but even the construction how to get it out quickly and directly to the folks whose ears we’re reaching for."
She adds, "I think so much of the dark period, if you will, was time spent constructively, and I really feel like everybody’s going to love it.”
Kimberly says the band was listening to "very minimal but big sounds" ahead of creating the EP, including German electronic music, rap superstar Kanye West's Yeezus and Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor's side project How to Destroy Angels.
“I think that the sound on the project is sort of like minimal brutalism — which, yes, was absolutely what we were feeling in our lives,” she notes, hinting at both professional changes as well as her recent divorce.
“It was like, yeah, there’s some brutal things happening, but we’re all just moving toward simplicity and impact.”
ABC/Image Group LAThomas Rhett is gearing up to release "Sixteen," the new single from his Life Changes album.
The nostalgic track has the singer looking back at various milestones of his youth, like learning how to drive. At 15, he describes being seated beside his father in the car, wishing he was one year older and able to drive by himself.
"What I wouldn't give to be sixteen, wild and free /Cruisin' up and down Main in my F-150," he sings. "Roll the windows down, bass too loud from this burnt CD / I'll be right where I wanna be when I'm sixteen, sixteen / Sixteen, yeah."
As the track progresses, TR sings about finally getting his license, but dreaming of being 18 so he won't have a curfew. Next, he dreams of being 21 so he can crack open a beer and head to Las Vegas with his friends.
"I'm old enough to smoke / I'm old enough to vote / But they turn me away when I go to the Cotton Eyed Joe," he complains. "They say the grass is always greener / And I believe that's right / But my friends are off to Vegas, they're leavin' me behind."
As the song ends, TR is 25 and married, at home drinking wine with his wife, reminiscing about the days when they both longed to be 16.
Thomas penned the song with Sean Douglas and Joe Spargur, who also co-wrote his previous chart-topper, "Die A Happy Man," together.
"Sixteen" is the fifth single released from TR's third studio album and follows the success of his four previous #1 singles: "Craving You," "Unforgettable," "Marry Me" and "Life Changes." You should start hearing "Sixteen" on the radio around October 1.
ABC/Image Group LAChris Young and Chase Bryant recently spent some quality time with children fighting cancer. The country singers visited Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tenn., and brought along My Special Aflac Duck to help offer some cheer to the young patients.
As part of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September, Aflac has brought its icon to life to help serve as a companion to children coping with cancer. The robotic duck comes with emoji cards and an interactive mobile app for kids to share their emotions and help communicate with their doctors and nurses.
"As soon as that smile hits their face and that lights up, it's like everything else around them disappears," Chase says in a video clip. "I hope it changes some kid's life and I hope it keeps a kid fighting for tomorrow."
Chris agrees, adding that the experience of gifting the interactive stuffed animal was a memorable one for him as well. "To be able to sit there face to face with kids today and see them actually engage and react and be excited about it, there's nothing like that," he admits. "It's so cool to see."
As part of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September, Aflac will deliver the My Special Aflac Duck to children at hospitals across the country.
ABC/Mark LevineKelsea Ballerini had a whirlwind birthday week. After ringing in the big 2-5 on Sept. 12 in Mexico with eight of her best friends, she returned to the U.S. to attend a Taylor Swift concert.
The "I Hate Love Songs" singer headed to Indianapolis Saturday evening, where Taylor was performing at Lucas Oil Stadium on her Reputation tour. The pop star broke an attendance record that night, surpassing the venue's 67,000 capacity crowd. During the major accomplishment, Kelsea was by her side backstage, raving about her friend's latest feat.
"Biggest fan and proudest friend," Kelsea shared on Instagram.
Taylor, meanwhile, thanked her fans on social media following her record-breaking set.
"A huge thank you to everyone who came to the show last night in Indianapolis. You guys broke the concert attendance record at Lucas Oil Stadium, and I loved dancing with you. It’s pretty surreal that we only have 5 shows left in America cause it feels like this tour just started," she captioned on Instagram.
In addition to dancing the night away at Taylor's show Saturday, Kelsea shared plenty of news with fans last week. The singer is set to embark on a tour next year with Kelly Clarkson, and drop new music tomorrow with electronic pop duo The Chainsmokers.
Comstock/Thinkstock This Little Big Town song holds the record for the longest stay atop Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart by a group. Can you name the band's 13-week #1 from 2015? ANSWER: "Girl Crush."
Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Jennifer Nettles will start filming the Harriet Tubman biopic Harriet next month in Virginia. Previously, the Sugarland singer played Dolly Parton's mother in the two highly-rated Coat of Many Colors TV movies, and starred in Chicago on Broadway.
Brett Young will be the celebrity bartender on Monday's episode of Watch What Happens Live. You can catch Brett's turn behind the bar starting at 11 p.m. ET on Bravo.
Toby Keith will be honored with the Harmony Award December 8 at the 34th annual Symphony Ball at Music City's Schermerhorn Symphony Center. The honor goes to someone who embodies the spirit of Nashville's diverse music community.
If you missed Carrie Underwood performing her new single, "Love Wins," on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, you can catch the song's TV debut online.
ABC RadioIn the wake of the #MeToo movement, Chris Janson's top ten hit, "Drunk Girl," has proven to be a timely, impactful song. But Chris says the song about taking care of -- and not taking advantage of -- a "Drunk Girl" wasn't written out of any sort of social consciousness: It's simply what any dad would want for his daughter.
"We're all fathers, you know, us three co-writers," Chris explains. "And when we got started on it, we just wrote it from a dad's perspective, how we would look at it, you know."
"If our daughter were in a 'Drunk Girl' situation," he continues, "we would want a young man to take great care of them with great respect and do the right thing. So the song naturally spawned out of that."
Even more than that, the Missouri native says "Drunk Girl" came from his own moral code.
"Whether the song was ever written, ever [put] out or anything, I would've been living that lifestyle anyway," Chris says. "So, it's natural for me to sing it."
"And I don't know that anybody else could've or would've or wanted to sing it," he adds, "because it's a topic that's not really talked about that much. Doing the right thing is doing the right thing is doing the right thing, always."
And doing the right thing seems to have paid off for Chris: "Drunk Girl" is up for both Song and Music Video of the Year at November's CMA Awards, and Chris is vying for the New Artist title as well. You can see if he takes any trophies home when the show airs November 14 on ABC.
Carrie Underwood's currently expecting her second child with husband Mike Fisher, but on Sunday, she opened up about some of the heartbreak she's experienced trying to have another baby.
In an interview with CBS Sunday Morning, the Oklahoma native revealed she's suffered three miscarriages over the course of the past two years.
"I'd kind of planned that 2017 was, you know, going to be the year that I work on new music and I have a baby,” she told CBS. “We got pregnant early 2017, and it didn't work out... "
"In the beginning," she continued, "it was like, 'Okay, God, we know this just wasn't your timing. And that is all right. We will bounce back and figure our way through it.'"
But the struggle didn't end there.
"We got pregnant again in the spring, and it didn't work out," Carrie went on. "Got pregnant again, early 2018. Didn't work out. So, at that point, it was just kind of like, 'Okay, like, what's the deal? What is all of this?'”
Carrie also explained she'd been prepared for another miscarriage, when her doctor told her everything with her current pregnancy is going "great."
The "Love Wins" hitmaker announced she's expecting her second baby last month, though we don't know exactly when it's due. Carrie's son Isaiah turned three in February.
You can watch Carrie's full CBS This Morning interview online. Her new album, Cry Pretty, came out on Friday.