Jun 18

Your chance to sample some “Tequila” with Dan + Shay on Friday

ABC/Image Group LA Some lucky fans will get the chance to celebrate Dan + Shay’s new record at an exclusive album release event Friday in New York City.

The duo’s self-titled third record comes out June 22, and the pair is partnering with YouTube to host a special gathering that starts at 5:30 p.m. ET in Chelsea. All you need to do is fill out the form online for a chance to win tickets for you and a friend.

Dan + Shay’s lead single, “Tequila,” is currently at #2 and seems poised to hit the top spot next week.  

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Jun 18

Dierks Bentley hits a “Mountain” high with new album

Capitol NashvilleDierks Bentley can now officially plant the #1 flag on The Mountain.

The Arizona native’s ninth studio effort sold 102,000 copies in its first week, good enough for a #1 debut on the country albums chart. It’s also the best sales week of Dierks’ career so far, besting his previous record, Black, which moved more than 101,000 units in 2016.

The Mountain is Dierks’ seventh #1 on the country albums chart. It checks in at #3 on the all-genre Billboard 200 as well.  

On Wednesday, Dierks returns to the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, the event that inspired him to write and record The Mountain in Colorado.

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Jun 18

Watch now: Keith Urban relives the opening weekend of the Graffiti U tour

ABC/Image Group LA You can check out the first two dates on Keith Urban’s new Graffiti U World Tour in a new video the Australian superstar shared Monday on his socials.

“THANK YOU for a killer opening weekend, St. Louis and Indy!!!!” he added.

The clip is set to two songs from Keith’s Graffiti U album: “Drop Top,” which features newcomer Kassi Ashton, and the track “Love the Way It Hurts (So Good).”

Tuesday night, Keith plays the Country USA Festival in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, before resuming his Graffiti U dates with Kelsea Ballerini this weekend in Clarkston, Michigan and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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Jun 18

Easton Corbin celebrates Independence Day with Air Force tour

ABC/Image Group LA Easton Corbin will spend the days around the Fourth of July playing free, private shows at Air Force bases in the Southeast.

Easton’s six-show Air Force tour starts June 29 in Warner-Robins, Georgia and wraps July 7 in Jacksonville, Arkansas.

“The reason we celebrate Independence Day is because of the thousands of men and women who fight and sacrifice for all of us every single day so we can do what we do,” Easton says.

“What a huge honor it is to be able to spend my Independence holiday week going to all of these Air Force bases to say thank you and perform some songs, and hopefully give the Airmen and their families a little time to kick back and enjoy themselves.”

“It’s the least I can do for all they afford me every single day,” the “Girl Like You” hitmaker adds.

Here’s a look at the stops on Easton’s Air Force tour:

6/29 — Warner-Robins, Georgia, Robins Air Force Base
6/30 — Sumter, South Carolina, Shaw Air Force Base
7/3 — Valdosta, Georgia, Moody Air Force Base
7/4 — Montgomery, Alabama, Maxwell Air Force Base
7/6 — Columbus, Mississippi, Columbus Air Force Base
7/7 — Jacksonville, Arkansas, Little Rock Air Force Base

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Jun 18

Midland saddles up for the Electric Rodeo Tour this fall

Big MachineMidland will follow-up their September stint on Thomas Rhett’s Life Changes trek with their own headlining dates.

The Electric Rodeo Tour is set to launch October 24 in Tucson, Arizona, and will wrap up December 14 in Springfield, Illinois.  Pre-sales start on Wednesday, with tickets becoming available to the general public on Friday.

Here’s the complete itinerary for Midland’s Electric Rodeo Tour:

10/24 — Tucson, AZ, Valencia Amphitheatre
11/8 — Washington, D.C., 9:30 Club
11/9 — Asbury Park, NJ, The Stone Pony
11/10 — Greensboro, NC, Cone Denim Entertainment Center
11/15 — Atlanta, GA, Variety Playhouse
11/16 — Knoxville, TN, The Mill and Mine
12/13 — Minneapolis, MN, Varsity Theatre
12/14 — Springfield, IL, Boondocks

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Jun 18

David Lee Murphy lands his first #1 in 23 years, with a little help from Kenny Chesney

Reviver RecordsFor the first time in 23 years, David Lee Murphy returns to the top of the country chart this week, as his duet with Kenny Chesney, “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright,” ascends to #1.

“When Kenny asked me about making a record, I thought that sounded like a whole lot of fun,” David Lee says. “I love to make music, just as much as I love writing songs. So we went in without expectations and I wouldn’t have imagined this. But it sure feels good.”

Kenny co-produced David Lee’s comeback album, No Zip Code.

“David Lee is the kind of artist who’s timeless,” Kenny says. “He writes real country songs for right now, and he understands people. I wanted that voice out there, and I’m so glad country radio agreed!”

Kenny continues: “I’ve joked, ‘I’m just glad David Lee let me sing on this one,’ but it’s kind of true. I remember when he was having hits, thinking just how good he was — and it’s great to be part of something he’s part of, let alone his first #1 record since ‘Dust on the Bottle.’”

The lead single from Kenny’s Songs for the Saints album, “Get Along,” is currently in the top ten as well.

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Jun 18

Keith Urban enlists his fans to help plan his Graffiti U set list

Capitol NashvilleKeith Urban kicked off his Graffiti U World Tour this weekend, with stops in St. Louis, Missouri and Indianapolis, Indiana.  But before he even started rehearsals, the Australian superstar made it a point to find out which songs off his new Graffiti U record his fans were anxious to hear.

“I reached out to the fans to ask ’em what songs off the album they’re liking,” Keith explains, “and ‘Never Comin’ Down’ was a big favorite, ‘Horses’ was another one.”

“There was a few there,” he continues, “which was really cool. ‘My Wave’ was on there. It’s been good because it’s been a good eclectic mix of very unexpected songs, so I’m glad they’re responding to it.”

In fact, Keith even changed his opening number based on the feedback from fans.

“It’s funny,” he admits. “We have a song called ‘Never Comin’ Down’ on the record that seemed like a no-brainer as an opener. But I was very adamant that it should be ‘Coming Home.’”

“And we had that in place,” Keith reveals, “probably all the way up until the end of our tour rehearsals and then flipped it. And it was so screamingly obvious that it should be ‘Never Comin’ Down,’ so that change got made.”

“Coming Home,” of course, is Keith’s latest top-ten hit. This week, he and opener Kelsea Ballerinibring the Graffiti U tour to Clarkston, Michigan and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  

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Jun 17

Scotty McCreery marries longtime girlfriend Gabi Dugal in North Carolina

Triple Tigers Scotty McCreery married his longtime sweetheart, Gabi Dugal, on Saturday in the couple’s home state of North Carolina, according to People.

The American Idol winner freely admitted he’d been love with Gabi for more than six years, and based his latest single, “This Is It,” on his proposal.

Earlier this year, Scotty celebrated his first #1 with “Five More Minutes.” 

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Jun 15

Cole Swindell gives fans a “Reason to Drink” with new song

ABC/Randy HolmesCole Swindell is such a fan of  “Reason to Drink” that he made it the name of his headlining trek earlier this year. Now, the Georgia native is releasing the track as the latest preview of his third album, All of It, which comes out August 17.

“Somebody somewhere’s getting married today/Somebody’s home team, they just won State/Some ole boy’s girl just left him/If that’s you, raise your hand, I got your next one,” Cole sings.

Cole also put out a live video of “Reason to Drink,” which was shot on tour. You can check it out on YouTube now.

The lead single from All of It, “Break Up in the End,” is currently top-25 and climbing.

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Jun 15

If you’re “Keeping Score,” Dan + Shay hold their own on impressive new duet with Kelly Clarkson

ABC/Image Group LA A week before their self-titled third album comes out, Dan + Shay are releasing one of the most anticipated tracks from the record: “Keeping Score,” their collaboration with Kelly Clarkson.

Shay Mooney proves he can hold his own with Kelly’s powerhouse vocals on the emotional ballad, co-written by Dan Smyers.

“It is such an honor for us to sing this duet with Kelly,” Dan says. “Not only is she one of the most incredible vocalists of our generation, she is one of the most genuine, kind-hearted people we have ever met. We’re glad this song resonated with her as much as it did with us.”

This is the fifth preview track the duo has put out from Dan + Shay, which is set to arrive June 22. Its lead single, “Tequila,” is currently in the top five.

It’s worth noting that Kelly already has a pretty impressive history on the country chart. She and Jason Aldean went to #1 with “Don’t You Wanna Stay” in 2011, following a #2 duet version of “Because of You” with her mother-in-law Reba McEntire in 2007.

“Keeping Score” is available to stream or download now, or you can check out its “Icon” video on YouTube.

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