Archive | March 13, 2013

Luke Bryan’s “Here To Party” Debuts At The Top Of The Billboard Album Chart

Luke Bryan, Here To Party

Luke Bryan’s Spring Break…Here to Party debuted atop the Billboard Top 200 album chart with nearly 150,000 copies sold. The songs included in the collection are from his previous four Spring Break releases — 2009’s Spring Break…With All My Friends, 2010’s Spring Break 2…Hangover Edition, 2011’s Spring Break 3…It’s A Shore Thing and last year’s Spring Break 4…Suntan City – as well as two new songs, “Just a Sip” and “Buzzkill.”

“We’re just proud that we started a little idea and that it’s grown into something,” says Luke. “We just felt that it was time to put a physical CD together that people can go purchase in all kinds of all environments.”

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Sheryl Crow Releases Her New Single, “Easy”

Sheryl Crow recently released “Easy,” the single from her upcoming country album! Watch the video above to hear the new song!

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Pistol Annies Set To “Annie Up” On May 7

Pistol Annies, Annie Up

What started as a late night phone call between Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley, materialized into the Pistol Annies. The unorthodox, sassy trio, released their debut album in August of 2011, return with their up album, Annie Up, set to release May 7.

“We laid it on the line with “Hell On Heels” and we wanted to bring it again on this album,” said Miranda. “We put all our musical chips on the table, so we thought ‘Annie Up’ was a good title,” added Ashley.” “The goal of our music is to have people feel like they’re having a conversation with us,” said Miranda. “We never tried to sit down and write a song. When we’re together, we’re always just writing,” said Angaleena. In fact, the trio wrote “Unhappily Married” last June at the CMA Music Fest while in hair and makeup. “We can’t, not write,” added Ashley.

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Randy Houser Celebrates First No. 1

Randy Houser, How Country Feels

Pictured (L-R): ASCAP’s Ryan Beuschel, co-writers Wendell Mobley and Vicky McGehee, Randy Houser, co-writer Neil Thrasher and BMI’s Bradley Collins.

Randy Houser celebrated his first chart-topping single, “How Country Feels,” with a crowd of friends, family and industry members yesterday (March 11) at Nashville’s Honkytonk Central. BMI’s Bradley Collins welcomed the crowd to the event, which honored songwriters Wendell Mobley, Neil Thrasher and Vicky McGehee. The track was produced by Derek George.

Broken Bow Records CEO/President Benny Brown commented, “When [manager] Nick [Hartley] brought Randy to Stoney Creek I listened to both albums. You are one of the best vocalists in Nashville. We just had to find the right songs to show that off. Randy is one of the easiest artists to work with. I heard a lot of demos that Derek produced and I believe in giving everyone that first chance. I couldn’t be more pleased with what he brought to the album. This second song we just sent to radio, I’ve told people that in 20 weeks, I believe we will be back here again. I thank [Houser’s wife] Jessa for your support because it is not easy for a wife to share so much of a husband who is home maybe one day a week.”

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FOCUS on the 615 at CRS 2013

Country Radio Seminar wrapped up last week to record attendance, bright new stars, and performances by the biggest names in country music. FOCUS on the 615 was there to catch all the action! Here’s a preview of all the happenings at Country Radio Seminar (CRS) 2013!

Read more about all the great performances with exclusive behind the scenes coverage of CRS 2013 here:

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