Aug 19

Kenny Chesney’s Saturday night show sets a New York City record at the home of the Jets and the Giants

Allister AnnKenny Chesney set a new sales record Saturday night at MetLife Stadium on the outskirts of New York City. The “Get Along” hitmaker packed the venue with 58,642 fans, beating his own best number. He also outsold Bruce SpringsteenBon Jovi and Taylor Swift by 10,000 tickets if you add up the attendance in the same number of appearances.

Even though the show started 45 minutes late after an evacuation and a storm delay, that couldn’t dampen the crowd’s enthusiasm.

“When they told me, I couldn’t really get my head around it,” Kenny says of his record. “Those are big numbers. But you know, to me, when we hit that stage, and I saw all those people, soaking wet, who’d hung through the evacuation and had come for the music; to me, that was the greatest sight in the world — and it’s why we come back year after year. They rock us harder than we rock them!”

This was the final night of the Trip Around the Sun Tour for both Thomas Rhett and Old Dominion. Next week, Kenny carries on with Dierks Bentley and Brothers Osborne opening at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

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Aug 17

Watch now: FGL throws a “Tailgate” with RaeLynn at the Faster Horses Festival

ABC/Image Group LA Not only did Tyler Hubbard co-write RaeLynn’s new single, “Tailgate,” he recently called her onstage to sing it during Florida Georgia Line’s Sunday night headlining set at the Faster Horses Festival. RaeLynn had previously taken the stage on Friday during the three-night event last month in Brooklyn, Michigan.

Fellow artist Canaan Smith helped write “Tailgate,” RaeLynn’s follow-up to “Queens Don’t.” It’s her first new music since the release of her #1 album, WildHorse. Both Canaan and RaeLynn write for Tyler and Brian Kelley’s Tree Vibez publishing company.

You can check out the video of RaeLynn both performing “Tailgate” and exploring the festival on YouTube now.

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Aug 17

“If I Were You,” I’d check out the new collaboration between Keith Urban and Jillian Jacqueline

Big Loud RecordsKeith Urban plays guitar and sings on the latest track from newcomer Jillian Jacqueline.

“If I Were You” is the first taste of the singer/songwriter’s forthcoming EP, which will be called Side B.

“I couldn’t wait to share this song,” Jillian says. “I wrote it… about meeting and falling for someone new very soon after a heartbreak and feeling unprepared to love again.”

“The song was very real to me when I wrote it,” she explains, “and is now one of the most special songs of my career because Keith is part of it with me. His voice and guitar playing took this song to the next level, and I am so proud of it.”

“If I Were You” is available to stream or download now, or you can check out the new vertical video for the song on Spotify.

So far, we don’t know the release date for Side B, which, appropriately, is the follow-up to Jillian’s Side A project from last year.

Next month, Jillian hits the road with Kip Moore on his After the Sunburn Tour.

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Aug 17

Listen now: Eric Church is a “Desperate Man” with a “Heart Like a Wheel”

ABC/Image Group LA Eric Church continues to preview new tunes from his Desperate Man album, but this time, he’s offering something new.

As he’s done with the tracks “Some of It” and “Hangin’ Around,” Eric played “Heart Like a Wheel” for his Church Choir fan club members before sharing it with the rest of the world.

“Heart Like a Wheel,” however, also has its own lyric video, and is the first cut since “Desperate Man” that’s available to stream or download in its entirety. So far, Eric’s only shared clips of “Some of It” and “Hangin’ Around.”

Stay tuned to see what surprises Eric has in store before Desperate Man comes out October 5. The title track continues its meteoric rise on the country chart, approaching the top 15 after only being out a little more than a month.

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Aug 17

Lindsay Ell pours the “Champagne” and namechecks Aretha in new single

BBR Music Group Newcomer Lindsay Ell is pouring some “Champagne” as the follow-up to “Criminal,” her first top-20 hit in the U.S.

In her native Canada, “Criminal” went all the way to #1, making Lindsay the first female to top the charts in the past decade. She’s up for both Female Artist of the Year and Album of the Year for The Project at the Canadian Country Music Awards next month.

Meanwhile, Lindsay’s funky new single happens to namecheck the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, who passed away on Thursday. In the tune, Lindsay sings about getting the A-list treatment in a relationship: “So naturally diva, just call me Aretha, for real/You make me feel like I’m the champagne.”

“Champagne” is available to stream or download now, or you can check out a stripped-down performance by the impressive guitarist on YouTube.

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Aug 17

Not quite “All of It”: How Cole Swindell found the “missing piece” to album #3

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Cole Swindell‘s third album, All of It, arrives on Friday as its debut single, “Break Up in the End,” nears country’s top ten.

While the Georgia native put painstaking detail into making his follow-up to You Should Be Here, he reveals the title track almost didn’t make the record.

“Cool story about this song,” Cole explains. “I was actually done recording my album. This song caught my attention. Somebody played it for me just randomly on my bus and I flipped out. I was like ‘This is what the album is missing. I need this song.'”

“So, I had never done that before,” he continues. “I went back in the studio, recorded this song and it was just the missing piece.”

Cole believes “All of It” is a track both his male and female fans will relate to.

“It’s a love song, but it’s not just the good, it’s the bad, it’s everything,” he says. “It’s a relationship that you want her bad days, you want the good days, you want the happy tears, the sad tears, you want all of it.”

“It’s a song that I think the girls are gonna dig and the guys too,” Cole adds. “I’m excited to have it on the album and I’m excited for it to be the title track…”

Cole plays NBC’s Today show Friday morning before performing a sold-out stop on his All of It Tour later tonight in St. Louis, Missouri.

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Aug 17

As “Seasons Change,” Scotty McCreery’s hitting the road for a fall/winter tour

Triple Tigers RecordsScotty McCreery will kick off his Seasons Change Tour in late fall, hitting the road the week after Thanksgiving on a trek that will stretch into January of 2019.

Newcomer Jimmie Allen, who has his first top-30 hit right now with “Best Shot,” will open the shows, along with singer/songwriter Heather Morgan. Heather’s already co-written the number ones “Lose My Mind” and “Beat of the Music” for Brett Eldredge.

The tour takes its name from Scotty’s new Seasons Change album, which includes his #1 hit, “Five More Minutes,” as well as the current single, “This Is It.”

Pre-sales start on Monday, with tickets becoming available to the general public on Friday, August 24.

Here’s a look at the complete itinerary for Scotty McCreery’s Season Change Tour: 

11/29 — Dallas, TX, House of Blues
11/30 — San Antonio, TX Aztec Theatre
12/1 — Houston, TX, House of Blues
12/7 — St. Paul, MN, Myth Live
12/8 — Indianapolis, IN, Egyptian Room
12/9 — Chicago, IL, House of Blues
12/13 — Cincinnati, OH, Bogart’s
12/15 — Grand Rapids, MI, 20 Monroe Live
1/17 — Atlanta, GA, Buckhead Theatre
1/18 — Charlotte, NC, Fillmore
1/19 — Raleigh, NC, The Ritz
1/25 — Boston, MA, House of Blues
1/26 — Westbury, NY, NYCB Theatre at Westbury

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Aug 17

“Woman, Amen”: Dierks Bentley supplies the anthem for ABC’s “WE Day” special, and propels two Nashville women into the national spotlight

ABC/Image Group LA Dierks Bentley performs his latest #1, “Woman, Amen,” Friday night on the annual WE Dayspecial on ABC.

The Arizona native admits he didn’t have to do much for his song to become the anthem for this year’s event that celebrates young people who are making a positive impact on the world.

“It’s great to have a song that just opened doors for you. I didn’t have to do anything to make that happen,” Dierks says candidly. “It’s such a great message, great song, great music. It’s just out there opening new doors…”

“This is a special where all these young women through community service get a chance to win a trip to Los Angeles,” he continues, “to be a part of this festival that really honors community service and involvement in your local community.”

In all, sixteen-thousand students and educators gathered at The Forum in L.A. for the April event. Dierks’ special guests were Jennifer and Sydnee Floyd, who put together packages of necessities for Nashville’s homeless population.

“These two girls, Sydnee and Jennifer, who put together local supplies here for homeless, this song became tied in with their journey and brought us all out there,” Dierks explains. “And I got a chance to perform this song on this stage in front of all these great young women.”

Jennifer and Sydnee are also featured in Dierks’ music video for the song. You can watch “Woman, Amen,” as well as a clip of Dierks surprising the mother and daughter on YouTube, ahead of his performance on Friday night.

Watch for Jennifer AnistonWill Ferrell and The Chainsmokers on the WE Day special as well. It starts at 8 p.m. ET Friday on ABC.

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Aug 16

#ReadAlong with Dolly: Imagination Library creator kicks off YouTube Kids Reading Month

ABC/Lou RoccoChildhood literacy has long been one of the causes closest to Dolly Parton’s heart, and this August, she’s pitching in to help YouTube Kids with its Reading Month.

In addition to recording a new intro video for the video platform, the global superstar has also curated her own #ReadAlong playlist that includes lyric videos from her recent children’s album, namely the title track, “I Believe in You,” and the re-recording of her classic, “Coat of Many Colors.”

The playlist features titles like The Little Engine That Could which are part of Dolly’s Imagination Library. The Tennessee native started the literacy program in 1995, and it’s gone on to send millions of free books to kids all over the world, from the time they’re born until they reach age five.

You can find out more at ImaginationLibrary.com.

Look for stars like Jimmy FallonViola DavisKristen Bell, and Nickelodeon sensation Jojo Siwa to join Dolly to promote YouTube Kids Reading Month as well. 

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Aug 16

Watch now: Spend the “Weekend” with Kane Brown in new video

ABC/Image Group LA As Kane Brown continues work on his sophomore album, which comes out November 9, he’s just released a new video for the song “Weekend.”

The clip starts as Kane, his band, crew and friends pick up some party supplies at Walmart, before retiring to a lake house for some boating, barbecuing and trips down a homemade water slide. You’ll also spot Kane’s fiancee, Katelyn Jae, in the video.  

Meanwhile, TIME magazine has named Kane of of its “31 People Who Are Changing the South,” for his “willingness to stretch genre boundaries and highly personal storytelling.”

“Lose It,” the lead single from Kane’s forthcoming album, is currently climbing the charts.

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