River House Artists/Columbia NashvilleLuke Combs already hit a chart milestone earlier this week, when his brand-new album, What You See is What You Get, landed at the top spot on the Billboard 200. Not only was that his first time at No. 1 on that chart, but his new album also had the largest week for a country album in over a year. However, Luke wasn’t finished breaking records for the week.
Now, the country superstar is placing 16 of the album's songs on the Hot Country Songs chart, according to Billboard. That’s the greatest number of songs ever charted in a single week by a single artist.
Luke’s latest milestone breaks a record previously held by Garth Brooks, who charted 12 tracks on the Hot Country Songs chart in December of 1997. It took over twenty years for another artist to best that number.
In addition to his record-breaking, full-length projects, Luke has been on a winning streak at country radio, too. All five singles on his debut album, This One’s for You, have hit No. 1. He released What You See is What You Get, his sophomore effort, in early November.
John Shearer, Big Machine RecordsCarly Pearcedigs deep into both sides of a breakup in the split-screen music video for her latest single, “I Hope You’re Happy Now,” which premiered on Wednesday afternoon. The clip follows two exes as they go about their separate days: One happily in love with someone new, and the other still heartbroken.
The video’s design is the perfect complement to the song’s story line, which is a duet with Lee Brice. Carly and Lee trade off lines throughout the song, telling a story of a girl who has moved on from a relationship that wasn’t working for her, blindsiding a guy who’s still in love.
“I Hope You’re Happy Now” is the first single off Carly’s second album, a self-titled project that is due for release on Valentine’s Day. She has said that it tells the real-life story of a relationship she was in in the past, and that more personal, vulnerable stories will come to light in the songs on her next collection.
However, real life for Carly is looking much less heartbroken: She married fellow singer Michael Ray in October, and the pair are gearing up for a honeymoon to Jamaica over the holidays.
ABC / Image Group LAWhen the Grammy nominees list was announced on Wednesday morning, Tanya Tucker led the pack for country nominees, in a turn of events that seemed to surprise even her! She’s up for four awards, three of which are for her song, “Bring My Flowers Now,” and is also in the running for Best Country Album for 2019’s While I’m Livin’.
“I really can’t believe it!” Tanya wrote on Instagram, going on to thank the recording academy as well as all the people who helped her make her new record. “Now I’m gonna enjoy my mimosa and let this all sink in!”
While I’m Livin’ was produced by Shooter Jennings and Brandi Carlile, two artists who are staunch, longtime fans of Tanya. Brandi co-wrote many of the songs on the new project, including “Bring My Flowers Now.”
“I always knew you could do it! Yes I know I’m yelling,” Brandi commented in all caps on Tanya’s Instagram post. On her own account, Brandi uploaded an Instagram Story in celebration of the nomination, writing “Yes! Yes! Yes!”
Tanya has been nominated for Grammys several times throughout the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s, but if she wins in 2020, it’ll be her first trophy. While I’m Livin’ is her first album of original music since 2002, when she released a self-titled project.
ABC/Image Group LAOrder up a double shot of something strong! Carrie Underwood’s just-released music video for her single, “Drinking Alone,” proves that misery loves company, especially in the dim light of a crowded bar.
The clip shows Carrie performing onstage in a barroom, wearing a glittery black outfit and fedora to match. Meanwhile, the patrons sitting in the audience make conversation and sip whiskey on the rocks, and a brooding, handsome stranger takes a seat alone in a corner booth. From the stage, Carrie catches the mystery man’s eye, but this is no romantic meet-cute: Watch to the end for a fiery twist.
Carrie hinted at the music video’s visual aesthetic during her performance of the song at the 2019 CMA Awards last week, donning a fedora as well as an outfit similar to the one she wears in the video. She co-wrote “Drinking Alone” with songwriters David Garcia and Brett James; the song is off her 2018 studio album, Cry Pretty.
Big Machine Just a week after co-hosting the 53rd Annual CMA Awards with Carrie Underwood and Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire’s now nominated for a Grammy.
“Thanks to the Recording Academy for such great news to wake up to this morning!” Reba shared on Instagram after this year’s nods were unveiled. “Stronger than the Truth was nominated for Grammys’ Country Album of the Year.”
“I wanted to go back to my roots and make an album that reminded me of the music I grew up with,” Reba continued. “Thank you to everyone involved in the making of this album!!!”
Stronger than the Truth was released back in April, just before Reba hosted this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards.
You can tune in to CBS on Sunday, January 26 to see if Reba takes home the trophy. The Oklahoma native already has quite a Grammy history, with sixteen nominations and three wins.
Donn Jones/CMAWith the CMA Awards behind us and the holidays fast approaching, the countdown is on to this year’s annual CMA Country Christmas special on ABC.
Trisha Yearwood hosts the show for the first time in 2019, with Dierks Bentley, Chris Janson, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts, Runaway June, Brett Young, and Chris Young joining her.
Non-country artists like Kristin Chenoweth, for KING & COUNTRY, Tori Kelly and CeCe Winans will help welcome the yuletide as well.
Here’s a look at what everyone will be performing on CMA Country Christmas, which premieres Tuesday, December 3 at 9 p.m. ET on ABC:
Trisha Yearwood -- “Silver Bells,” “Jingle Bell Rock” and “Winter Wonderland” medley Lady Antebellum -- “White Christmas" Tori Kelly -- “O Little Town of Bethlehem” Chris Janson -- “Run, Run Rudolph” Rascal Flatts with CeCe Winans -- “Go Tell It on The Mountain” Kristin Chenoweth -- “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” for KING & COUNTRY -- “Little Drummer Boy” Dierks Bentley -- “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” Lady Antebellum -- “On A Night Like This” and “Silent Night” medley Chris Young -- “The Christmas Song” Runaway June -- “Sleigh Ride” Trisha Yearwood with Kristin Chenoweth, Tori Kelly, Hillary Scott and CeCe Winans -- “Children Go Where I Send Thee” Rascal Flatts -- “Deck the Halls” Kristin Chenoweth -- “The Christmas Waltz” Brett Young -- “This Christmas” Tori Kelly -- “Do You Hear What I Hear” Chris Young -- “Holly Jolly Christmas” CeCe Winans -- “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” Trisha Yearwood -- “It Wasn’t His Child” Trisha Yearwood with Kristin Chenoweth, Tori Kelly, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts, CeCe Winans and Brett Young -- “Feliz Navidad”
Capitol Nashville No need to “Sugar Coat,” because it’s good news: We’ll get to hear a new track from Little Big Town’s forthcoming Nightfall album on Friday.
The six-time CMA Vocal Group of the Year will also drop a new music video for the song at 11 a.m. ET that same day.
Shot outside Nashville and set in the early sixties, the "Sugar Coat" clip stars actress Kate Bosworth as a “betrayed housewife.”
“I play a woman who is in a complicated marriage,” she explains. “She is often lonely and unfulfilled, realizing that she is not getting what she needs from a partner, devastated by the choices that her husband is making.”
“As she slowly discovers what is happening, while it’s a sad moment, it is ultimately a resilient one,” the actress adds. “She finds her strength, her fortitude, and ultimately herself. It was an honor to bring this song to life with a band that I love.”
Little Big Town’s also revealing the track listing for their ninth studio album as well. Here’s the song rundown for Nightfall, which arrives January 17:
“Next to You” “Nightfall” “Forever and a Night” “Throw Your Love Away” “Over Drinking” “Wine, Beer, Whiskey” “Questions” “The Daughters” “River of Stars” “Sugar Coat” “Problem Child” “Bluebird” “Trouble with Forever”
Comstock/ThinkstockOn this day in 1975, a country star who has scored a total of nine #1 hits beginning with his debut single, “What Was I Thinkin’,” was born. Can you guess which artist is celebrating a birthday? ANSWER: Dierks Bentley.
The Recording AcademyTanya Tucker is the surprise front runner when it comes to country nominees at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards, grabbing four mentions, including a nod for all-genre Song of the Year for “Bring My Flowers Now.”
The track also vies for Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Song, in addition to a Best Country Album nom for While I’m Livin’.
Eric Church, Dan Shay and Ashley McBryde each have two chances to win, along with Miranda Lambert, who’s nominated both for Best Country Song for “It All Comes Out in the Wash” and Best Country Album for Pistol Annies’ Interstate Gospel.
Reba McEntire gets an unexpected nod in that same category for her 2019 effort, Stronger than the Truth.
Perhaps the most obvious omission? Grammy favorite Maren Morris is missing from the three country categories that would typically apply. She shows up, however, in Best Country Duo/Group Performance for the GIRL track, “Common,” with Brandi Carlile, who also shares in all of Tanya Tucker’s nominations as a producer/writer.
Meanwhile, the Lil Nas X phenomenon continues as the rapper pulls six nominations, including one for the prestigious all-genre Record of the Year for “Old Town Road” with Billy Ray Cyrus.
Dolly Parton also gets noticed in the Best Song Written for Visual Media category for “Girl in the Movies,” one of the tunes from the Dumplin’ soundtrack.
Here’s a complete look at the country categories for the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards, which air Sunday, January 26, live from L.A.’s Staples Center on CBS:
Best Country Solo Performance “All Your’n” -- Tyler Childers “Girl Goin’ Nowhere” -- Ashley McBryde “Ride Me Back Home” -- Willie Nelson “God’s Country” -- Blake Shelton “Bring My Flowers Now” -- Tanya Tucker
Best Country Duo/Group Performance “Brand New Man” -- Brooks & Dunn with Luke Combs “I Don’t Remember Me (Before You)” -- Brothers Osborne “Speechless” -- Dan Shay “The Daughters” -- Little Big Town “Common” -- Maren Morris featuring Brandi Carlile
Best Country Song “Bring My Flowers Now” -- Brandi Carlile, Phil Hanseroth, Tim Hanseroth, & Tanya Tucker “Girl Goin’ Nowhere” -- Jeremy Bussey & Ashley McBryde “It All Comes Out in the Wash” -- Miranda Lambert, Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna, & Liz Rose “Some of It” -- Eric Church, Clint Daniels, Jeff Hyde, & Bobby Pinson “Speechless” -- Shay Mooney, Jordan Reynolds, Dan Smyers, & Laura Veltz
Best Country Album Desperate Man -- Eric Church Stronger Than the Truth -- Reba McEntire Interstate Gospel -- Pistol Annies Center Point Road -- Thomas Rhett While I’m Livin’ -- Tanya Tucker
The Recording AcademyNew artists are dominating the Grammys this year. First-time nominees Lizzo, Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X lead the list of nominations, which were announced Wednesday morning.
Lizzo is the top nominee, with eight, including the trifecta of Record of the Year, Album of the Year and Song of the Year. Billie Eilish -- also nominated in the big three categories -- and Lil Nas X have six nominations each. All three are up for Best New Artist.
Other nominees in major categories include Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift, Lana Del Rey, H.E.R., Bon Iver and more.
Grammy winners will be revealed on Sunday, January 26, live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on CBS. For the full list of nominees, go to Grammy.com.
Here are the nominees in some of the top categories:
Record of the Year "Hey, Ma" — Bon Iver "Bad Guy" — Billie Eilish "7 Rings" — Ariana Grande "Hard Place" — H.E.R. "Talk" — Khalid "Old Town Road" — Lil Nas X Featuring Billy Ray Cyrus "Truth Hurts" — Lizzo "Sunflower" — Post Malone & Swae Lee
Album of the Year i,i — Bon Iver Norman F***ing Rockwell! — Lana Del Rey When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? — Billie Eilish thank u, next — Ariana Grande I Used To Know Her — H.E.R. 7 — Lil Nas X Cuz I Love You (Deluxe) — Lizzo Father Of The Bride — Vampire Weekend
Song of the Year "Always Remember Us This Way" — Lady Gaga "Bad Guy" — Billie Eilish "Bring My Flowers Now" — Tanya Tucker "Hard Place" — (H.E.R. "Lover" — Taylor Swift "Norman F***ing Rockwell" — Lana Del Rey "Someone You Loved" — Lewis Capaldi "Truth Hurts" — Lizzo
Best New Artist Black Pumas Billie Eilish Lil Nas X Lizzo Maggie Rogers Rosalía Tank And The Bangas Yola
Best Pop Solo Performance "Spirit" — Beyoncé "Bad Guy" — Billie Eilish "7 Rings" — Ariana Grande "Truth Hurts" — Lizzo "You Need To Calm Down" — Taylor Swift Best Pop Vocal Album The Lion King: The Gift — Beyoncé When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? — Billie Eilish thank u, next — Ariana Grande No. 6 Collaborations Project — Ed Sheeran Lover — Taylor Swift
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance "Boyfriend" -- Ariana Grande & Social House "Sucker" -- Jonas Brothers "Old Town Road" -- Lil Nas X feat. Billy Ray Cyrus "Sunflower" -- Post Malone & Swae Lee "Senorita" -- Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello
Best Rock Album Amo — Bring Me The Horizon Social Cues — Cage The Elephant In The End — The Cranberries Trauma — I Prevail Feral Roots — Rival Sons
Best R&B Performance "Love Again" — Daniel Caesar & Brandy "Could've Been" — H.E.R. Featuring Bryson Tiller "Exactly How I Feel" — Lizzo Featuring Gucci Mane "Roll Some Mo" — Lucky Daye "Come Home" — Anderson .Paak Featuring André 3000
Best Rap Album Revenge Of The Dreamers III — Dreamville Championships — Meek Mill I Am > I Was — 21 Savage Igor — Tyler, The Creator The Lost Boy — YBN Cordae
Best Country Song "Bring My Flowers Now" — Tanya Tucker "Girl Goin' Nowhere" —Ashley McBryde "It All Comes Out In The Wash" — Miranda Lambert "Some Of It" — Eric Church "Speechless" —Dan Shay
Jason Kempin/Getty Images for NetflixIt's been nearly fifty years since Dolly Parton topped the country chart with "Jolene." But on Friday, she puts a new spin on the classic about the other woman, as one of the episodes of her new Netflix anthology, Heartstrings, is based on the song.
"We didn't know how to handle 'Jolene,'" Dolly confesses. "That was kind of the tricky one, because it's such an iconic song and everybody thought that it was gonna just be about my husband and me and a jealous trip and all."
"But actually they only covered the fact that... there was this beautiful girl that worked at the bank and my husband had a crush on her," she adds.
Dolly herself co-stars in the episode alongside actress, singer, and dancer Julianne Hough.
"I think Julianne... did a beautiful Jolene, such a beautiful job singing, performing," Dolly tells ABC Audio. "We couldn't have found a better Jolene."
Brad Paisley's wife, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, plays a woman who befriends Jolene, and eventually discovers she has a secret.
"I found it intriguing that the writer decided to take it and let Jolene be seen as who Jolene is and why Jolene, like in the song, would go out and steal someone's husband, someone's man," Dolly explains. "She just didn't have a good opinion of herself, and how she had been kind of abused, you know, and all that."
"So I like the turn that it took, and I'll be curious to see, I'm sure... some people will love that and some people, you know, [will] wonder why we went that way," Dolly says of the twist.
All eight installments of Heartstrings will be available on Netflix on Friday, including episodes based on "Two Doors Down," "Down from Dover," "Cracker Jack," and more.
Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockCarly Pearce will premiere the official music video for her new single, “I Hope You’re Happy Now” -- her duet with Lee Brice -- today. Fans can watch the video when it premieres on YouTube at 12:30 pm central.
Legendary western swing outfit Asleep at the Wheel are planning a new album and a series of reunion shows in celebration of their 50th anniversary. Additionally, a documentary film will highlight the upcoming shows and the band’s legacy. The band's frontman Ray Benson was prominently featured in Ken Burns' recent Country Music documentary.
Kellie Pickler will headline Music City Christmas, a festive, three-night event featuring the Nashville Symphony, on Dec. 5-7. The event will take place at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center. For tickets, go to the Symphony’s website.
ABC/Image Group LALil Nas X has a new accolade to add to his collection. The country rapper and singer-songwriter behind 2019’s mega-hit, “Old Town Road,” is among the winners list for Smithsonian magazine’s 2019 American Ingenuity Awards.
Lil Nas X’s award is in the category of Youth; other categories include Social Progress, Technology, Physical Sciences, Life Sciences and the Performing Arts, according to Smithsonian, which is the flagship publication of the Smithsonian Institution.
The honor is in recognition of Lil Nas X’s innovative approach to mixing musical genres, especially at a young age. The 20-year-old artist made serious waves in the country genre in 2019, after “Old Town Road” went viral on the TikTok app. During its rise, the track inspired heated debate over what qualifies a song to fit into the country genre, and a remixed version featuring Billy Ray Cyrus went on to spend 19 weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Lil Nas X also took home his first-ever CMA trophy at the 2019 CMA Awards last week, when “Old Town Road” won in the category of Musical Event of the Year.
ABC/Lou RoccoAhead of the release of her new Netflix series, Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings, Dolly Parton is calling on fans to put their own unique spin on one of her best-loved songs. In a video she posted to Twitter, the legendary singer asked listeners to post videos of themselves covering her 1973 hit, “Jolene,” as part of the #JoleneChallenge.
Julianne Hough -- the actor, singer and Dancing with the Stars alum that plays Jolene in Heartstrings -- appears in the video, and first asks fans to submit their own covers of the song. At the end of the clip, Dolly herself shows up and sits down beside Julianne, jokingly asking the younger star what the TikTok app is.
“I am an old dinosaur, but I’m not extinct yet!” Dolly adds.
Heartstrings is set to drop on November 22. Each episode of the eight-part series will be based on one of Dolly’s classic songs, and will feature an on-screen appearance from the country legend herself. “Jolene” serves as the theme of the first installment of the show.
Country fans will likely recognize another face on the first episode of Heartstrings, too. Actor Kimberly Williams-Paisley, who is the wife of Brad Paisley, co-stars with Julianne.
Schmidt PRLuke Bryan’s annual destination festival, Crash My Playa, has announced its final line-up of performing artists for 2020. Old Dominion will appear as headliners during the festival, which will take place next January 22-25 in Riviera Cancun, Mexico.
Other newly-announced artists making stops at next year’s Crash My Playa include Lee Brice, Scotty McCreery, Granger Smith, Jordan Davis, Jon Langston, Tenille Townes, Caylee Hammack, Kendell Marvel and DJ Rock.
Now in its sixth year, Luke’s destination four-day party is already sold out. The country superstar will headline two nights of Crash My Playa, while previously-announced performer Jason Aldean will headline a third night. A slew of other artists are already on deck to perform during the event, including Dustin Lynch, who’s had plenty of practice soaking up all the fun and sun of Crash My Playa, having performed during each of its six years to date.
In addition to a stacked bill of country A-listers, Crash My Playa will offer festival-goers plenty of amenities to choose from. The event will be hosted by the Moon Palace Cancun, where guests can take advantage of 24-hour concierge service, pools, on-site bars and restaurants and much more.
ABC/Image Group LANewly-crowned CMA New Artist of the Year Ashley McBryde will hit the road in 2020 on The One Night Standards Tour.
The trek takes its name from Ashley’s new single, which is the first taste of her forthcoming sophomore album. Pre-sales are underway now for members of her fan club, known as The Trybe, before tickets become available to the general public on Friday.
The Arkansas native will also reunite with former tour mate Luke Combs on his What You See Is What You Get run next year.
Here’s the complete itinerary for Ashley McBryde’s The One Night Standards Tour:
1/30 - Birmingham, AL, Saturn 1/31 -- Oxford, MS, Lyric 2/28 -- Athens, GA, Georgia Theater 2/29 -- Atlanta, GA, Variety Playhouse 3/7 -- Indianapolis, IN, 8 Seconds Saloon 3/19 -- Lincoln, NE, The Bourbon Theater 3/21 -- Madison, WI, Majestic Theater 3/28 -- Mobile, AL, Soul Kitchen Music Hall 4/23 -- Helotes, TX, Floore’s Country Store
ABC/Image Group LAJordan Davis and his wife are now the proud parents of a baby girl named Eloise Larkin.
“Excited to announce that me and Kristen have welcomed a beautiful baby girl...” Jordan announced Tuesday morning on his socials. “Momma and baby are both doing great, and I wanna thank everyone for the well wishes and love.”
Eloise was born Sunday in Nashville, weighing eight pounds and measuring 19.75 inches.
The “Slow Dance in a Parking Lot” singer told Entertainment Tonight his first child’s name is a “family thing,” and also hinted he may regret the couple’s decision to not find out the baby’s sex ahead of time.
“I’m tired of calling it ‘the baby’ or ‘it,’” he said last week on the red carpet at the CMA Awards.
You can check out a picture of Eloise and her parents via ETOnline.
Comstock/ThinkstockOn this day in 1973, the country star known for hits such as “Must Be Doin’ Something Right,” “Pretty Good at Drinkin’ Beer” and “Good Directions” was born. Can you name him? ANSWER: Billy Currington.
ABC/Image Group LAIf you're waiting for Dan Shay's Dan Smyers to cut his hair -- don't hold your breath.
Backstage at last week's CMA Awards, Dan even admitted he's gotten a bit superstitious about his long, dark locks.
"We've had pretty good luck since I started growing my hair, so as soon as we start losing awards and not getting hits, I'll cut the hair," he joked, as Shay Mooney laughed.
"But, it's been a great run..." Dan added. "It's fun, and my wife likes it, so that's kind of all that matters. So, [it's] all good."
Dan's theory holds up. Prior to the duo's self-titled, third album, both Dan Shay had hair that was short on the sides and longer on top. About the time that record came out in the summer of 2018, Dan started letting his grow.
Since then, every single the pair's put out has gone to number one, with "Tequila" and "Speechless" even finding success on the pop charts. They've also been named Vocal Duo of the Year by both the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.
Right now, the lead single from their next album, "10,000 Hours" with Justin Bieber, continues their string of success on both the country and pop charts.
Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockAlabama has set a new date for a previously postponed stop on their 50th Anniversary Tour. The concert will now take place on Friday, July 17, 2020 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. Additionally, due to high demand, they’ve announced a second show for the following day.
Kenny Rogers’ 2017 London Palladium stop on his farewell tour, The Gambler’s Last Deal, has been filmed for a new DVD CD package. Featuring live performances, archival footage of Kenny’s career and more, Kenny Rogers: The Gambler’s Last Deal will come out on December 13.
Florida Georgia Line is hosting an intimate night of performances from the artists of their brand-new record label, Round Here Records, at the band’s own FGL House in downtown Nashville. Scheduled for Monday, November 25, the event will support the USO and their Star-Spangled Patriot Pack, honoring servicemen and women and their families.
Nathaniel Rateliff has announced a 15-date solo trek in support of his forthcoming solo album. The And It’s Still Alright Tour will kick off on March 4 in Minneapolis, MN, and run through August 2020.