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Lauren Alaina And Writers Celebrate “Road Less Traveled”

Pictured: (L-R): ASCAP writer Meghan Trainor, BMI singer-songwriter Lauren Alaina and BMI writer Jesse Frasure. (Photo by Steve Lowry.) Pictured: (L-R): Warner Chappell’s Alicia Pruitt, producer busbee, ASCAP’s Mike Sistad, Big Yellow Dog’s Carla Wallace, ASCAP writer Meghan Trainor, BMI singer-songwriter Lauren Alaina, BMI’s Leslie Roberts and BMI writer Jesse Frasure. (Photo by Steve Lowry.)

Friends, family and fans of Lauren Alaina packed the Sutler May 24 in a “number onesie” celebration for BMI singer-songwriter Lauren Alaina and the co-writers of her #1 hit “Road Less Traveled.” Written with BMI writer Jesse Frasure and ASCAP writer Meghan Trainor, the song hit #1 last month. “Road Less Traveled” is also the title track of an upcoming movie starring Lauren and featuring six original songs written and performed by the rising star.

Pictured: (L-R): Warner Chappell’s Alicia Pruitt, producer busbee, ASCAP’s Mike Sistad, Big Yellow Dog’s Carla Wallace, ASCAP writer Meghan Trainor, BMI singer-songwriter Lauren Alaina, BMI’s Leslie Roberts and BMI writer Jesse Frasure. (Photo by Steve Lowry.)

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Lucy Angel Unveils Spirited And Fun “Public Pool Party” Lyric Video

One week after the release of Lucy Angel‘s brand new summertime single, Taste of Country has debuted the lyric video for “Public Pool Party.” Along with their friends and family, the video features Emily, Lindsay and Kate of Lucy Angel enthusiastically cannonballing into water. The “infectious summer song” (Taste of Country) will have you wishing for a swimsuit, floaties and diving board.

Click HERE to view it now.
The upbeat tune that is sure to be on everyone’s summer playlist was written by Emily, Kate, Lindsay and Jake Anderton, along with Summer Overstreet and produced by Noah Gordon (Colt Ford, Joey + Rory, LoCash, Billy Ray Cyrus). Listen to “Public Pool Party” on iTunes HERE and Spotify HERE.

“This song has a very fun, catchy groove that will immediately draw you in, and you’ll probably be hitting repeat a lot. I know that I did. Love the blend of their beautiful harmonies.This infectious tune will have you wanting to head for the pool and jamming to it all summer long. It’s the perfect summer jam.” – Focus on the 615

 

The mother-daughter trio’s 13-episode docu-series, Discovering Lucy Angel, is currently streaming on NETFLIX and follows the ladies and their family, the Andertons, as they work together to launch their music career in Nashville.  The trio’s vlogging channel, Life With Lucy Angel gives fans an inside look into the day-to-day lives of Kate, Lindsay and Emily while they spend time in the studio, at home, traveling and touring.
For more information, visit www.LucyAngel.com; go to their Facebook page HERE and follow them on Twitter, @LucyAngelBand; on Instagram and YouTube.

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2017 CMT Music Awards To Feature Superstar Pairings

Building upon an unmatched reputation for superstar cross-genre pairings, CMT today announced that breakout artists, The Chainsmokers, will perform with superstar duo Florida Georgia Linefor the first time on television during the “2017 CMT Music Awards.” In a performance sure to span multiple decades, Lady Antebellum will jam out with Earth, Wind & Fire, while country royalty, Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood will perform live together for the first time on any CMT stage. They join previously announced superstars Blake Shelton, Brett Eldredge, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert and Thomas Rhett from Nashville’s Music City Center on Wednesday, June 7th at 8pm ET/PT. Additional performers will soon be announced.

Hosted by Nashville star Charles Esten, country music’s highly-anticipated night will see breakout stars Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett going head-to-head against country music veteran Keith Urban for most nominations at the “2017 CMT Music Awards”. Fans can vote for their favorites now via CMT.com until Monday, June 5th for categories including “Video of the Year”, “Male Video of the Year”, “Female Video of the Year”, “Duo Video of the Year”, “Group Video of the Year”, “Breakthrough Video of the Year”, “Collaborative Video of the Year”, “CMT Performance of the Year”, and “Social Superstar of the Year”.

The top seven finalists for the night’s biggest award, the highly-coveted “Video of the Year,”will be revealed the morning of June 7.

Last year’s “CMT Music Awards” once again earned its title as the hottest night in country music attracting nearly 4 million fans, its biggest to date, across a three network simulcast (CMT, TV Land and Nick@Nite) up +20% from the prior year. The awards also lit up social media with #CMTawards trending worldwide for 5 hours to rank as the #1 Series/Special on Nielsen Twitter TV Ratings for the day.

Follow @CMT on Twitter and Instagram, use hashtag #CMTawards and like the CMT Music Awards on Facebook.

About CMT

CMT, a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), is the leading television and digital authority on country music and entertainment, reaching more than 92 million homes in the U.S.  CMT, CMT.com and CMT Radio offer an unparalleled mix of music, news, live concerts and series and are the top resource for country music on demand.  The network’s digital platforms include the 24-hour music channel, CMT Music, CMT Mobile and CMT VOD.

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Old Dominion Debuts Music Video For New Single, “No Such Thing As A Broken Heart”

SOPHMORE ALBUM TO DEBUT LATER THIS SUMMER

 

“In addition to being a group of ace songsmiths, Old Dominion are also one of the most fun bands working the country circuit — and they let it show in their colorful new music video for “No Such Thing as a Broken Heart….the charming ditty is the first taste of the band’s anticipated second LP”– ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

 

Acclaimed country band Old Dominion debuts the music video for their new single “No Such Thing As A Broken Heart” this week via Entertainment Weekly. Click here to view! The single will be featured on the band’s forthcoming sophomore album, set to debut later this summer and is quickly rising on the Country Music Airplay Charts. Old Dominion also recently performed the track at Academy of Country Music Awards and it became the #1 Shazamed song of the night.

 

Lead singer Matthew Ramsey says of the single, “We love feel-good songs. Sometimes you just want to put on something that makes you smile. It’s a big part of who we are, but we definitely wanted to show that we were capable of writing more than just fun, party tunes. We think we have the potential to be around for a long time. To stick around you have to have meaningful songs.”

 

Proving that they are not your average country band, Old Dominion blends old-fashioned country charm, lyrical wit and rock n’ roll grit into radio-friendly, hook-heavy pop nuggets. The band has emerged as one of the hottest breaking bands in country music, fusing clever lyrics and an infectious sound. The band released their first full length album Meat and Candy, which was recently named RIAA-certified GOLD and called a “deceptively smart, occasionally cheeky, stellar debut,” by Entertainment Weekly. The debut album produced their PLATINUM track “Break Up With Him,” GOLD hit “Snapback,” and single “Song For Another Time,” which hit No. 1 the on Billboard Country Airplay and Mediabase charts.

In 2016, the band was notably named ACM New Group of the Year, ACCA Breakthrough Group of the Year, AIMP Songwriter Artist of the Year and Music Row Breakthrough Artist of the Year. Old Dominion consists of lead singer Matthew Ramsey, lead guitarist Brad Tursi, multi-instrumentalist Trevor Rosen, bassist Geoff Sprung and drummer Whit Sellers.

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Eric Church Joins Willie Nelson In Expanded Outlaw Music Festival

Yesterday, Blackbird Presents announced that they are adding a second leg to their wildly successful Outlaw Music Festival. The all-star lineup features performances from Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Eric Church and more, and will visit eleven cities this summer. Check out Rolling Stone Country’s coverage of the event, which they called “genre-defying,” here: http://rol.st/2qt6ix0

The Outlaw Music Festival is just one of many exciting events that Blackbird Presents have planned this year. The company recently paid tribute to Little Feat’s seminal album ‘Waiting For Columbus’ during NOLA Jazz Fest, plus next month they’ll be releasing their first CD/DVD under the Blackbird Presents record label with ‘Mavis Staples: I’ll Take You There – An All-Star Concert Celebration.”

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PBR’s Tennessee Cowboy Cody Nance Cheers On The Pedators Thursday, May 18 With Thomas Rhett And Wife

PBR’s Tennessee cowboy Cody Nance and country music’s Thomas Rhett and wife Lauren Akins joined Smashville nation at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, May 18, supporting their home team, The Predators, at Game 4 of the NHL Conference Finals against the Anaheim Ducks. Adorning the signature yellow spirit wear of the Preds, these three enjoyed being amidst the action of the intense game that went into overtime. While Game 4 ended in a loss for the Predators, Nance, Rhett and the rest of Music City remain all smiles and high hopes that their team can bring home a win at Game 5 of the fianls, in Anaheim, CA, tomorrow night, Saturday, May 20.
Fans can catch Nance in action at PBR’s Music City Knockout, August 18 and 19, at the Bridgestone Arena.
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Maggie Rose’s EP ‘Dreams > Dollars’ Released Today

Maggie Rose’s EP ‘Dreams > Dollars’ is available today. Fueled by love and loss and her own personal experiences with the two, Maggie penned and co-produced the five-song EP, showcasing her evolution into “one of country’s rising storytellers” (Washington Post). The EP — currently sitting Top 10 on iTunes’ Country Albums chart — is available here: hyperurl.co/MaggieRoseEP

Praised as “what’s next in Nashville” (NPR), Maggie Rose is an artist know for creating without reservations, without regrets and always blurring the lines between genres.The provocative lead-off single “Body On Fire” has already dominated streaming platforms, landing Maggie as the only female Country artist in Spotify’s Viral 50 chart upon premiere. The track debuted via Spotlfy’s New Music Friday (5.5) with immediate adds to the platform’s Wild Country and Weekly Buzz playlists. In addition, the song has been featured on SiriusXM’s “On the Horizon”, Pandora’s New Country playlist and Apple Music’s Breaking Country and Hot Tracks, where it currently sits at #19.

The song empowers women to embrace their bodies and their sexuality. Maggie’s sultry vocals reach a lust-filled crescendo, setting free the yearning urgency of requited love. Listen/share here: spoti.fi/2p4hbpL

In addition to releasing new music, Maggie is currently on the road as direct-support for Hunter Hayes and is slated to play prominent festivals — including Country 500 and CMA Fest — before joining Tim McGraw & Faith Hill’s Soul2Soul tour this Summer.

For tickets and more information, please visit: iammaggierose.com

‘Dreams > Dollars’ Track List:
Producers: Maggie Rose, Jimmy Robbins
1. Too Many Loves Songs (Nicolle Clawson/Jimmy Robbins/Maggie Rose)
2. Body On Fire (Maggie Rose/Chad Carolson)
3. More Dreams Than Dollars (Nicolle Clawson/Jimmy Robbins/Maggie Rose)
4. I Won’t (Larry Florman/Alex Haddad/Maggie Rose)
5. We’ll Grow Out of It (Alex Kline/Maggie Rose/Jason Saenz)

Upcoming Tour Dates:
May 19 / Eddie’s Attic / Decatur, GA
May 20 / Jeep Beach Jam, Frank Brown Park / Panama City Beach, FL
May 26 / Grand Ole Opry / Nashville, TN
May 28 / Country 500, Daytona Motor Speedway / Daytona Beach, FL
June 8 / Piranhas, CMA Fest / Nashville, TN
June 9 / Country Music Hall of Fame, CMA Fest / Nashville, TN
June 10 / City of Hope Softball Game, CMA Fest / Nashville, TN
June 10 / Chevrolet Park Stage at Walk of Fame Park / Nashville, TN
July 3 / Brush Creek Ranch, WY
July 5 / Brush Creek Ranch, WY
Aug. 5 / Wisconsin State Fair / Milwaukee, WI
Aug. 11 / The Ritz / Raleigh, NC*
Aug. 12 / House of Blues / South Myrtle Beach, SC*
Aug. 17 / Quicken Loans Arena / Cleveland, OH+
Aug. 18 / Wells Fargo Center / Philadelphia, PA+
Aug. 19 / Times Union Center / Albany, NY+
Aug. 20 / Rusty Rudder / Dewey Beach, DE

* denotes show w. Hunter Hayes
+ denotes shows w. Soul2Soul Tour

Follow Maggie Rose here:
Official website: iammaggierose.com
Facebook: facebook.com/iammaggierose
Instagram: instagram.com/iammaggierose
Twitter: twitter.com/iammaggierose
Follow the conversation with #MoreDreamsThanDollars§

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Rascal Flatts Celebrate Album Release With Intimate Performance On May 18

Pictured (L-R): Maverick Management’s Brian Wolf, Rascal Flatts’ Joe Don Rooney, Big Machine Label Group’s Scott Borchetta, Rascal Flatts’ Gary LeVox, Maverick Management’s Clarence Spalding, Rascal Flatts’ Jay DeMarcus. Photo credit: Katie Kauss

On the eve of their 10th studio album release, superstar vocal group RASCAL FLATTS shared some of the new songs included on the collection with an intimate group in the town where it all started for them, Nashville. With the infamous Music City skyline serving as a backdrop at The Westin Nashville’s L27 Rooftop, the trio gave insight into the process of making one of their most personal albums yet. They performed renditions of songs from the record including their current Top 15 single “Yours If You Want It,” “Back To Us,” “I Know You Won’t” and “Vandalized” before culminating the evening with a sing-along of their smash-hit “Life Is A Highway.” BACK TO US is available today (5/19) on Big Machine Records here.

Photo credit: Katie Kauss

A force to be reckoned with in any genre, Rascal Flatts continue to race up the charts with their new music, heralded by USA Today as a “sure-fire smash.” As the best-selling Country vocal group of the past decade, Rascal Flatts has sold over 23.4 million albums, over 33.7 million digital downloads worldwide, as well as earning over 40 trophies from the ACA, ACM, AMA, CMA, People’s Choice and more, also making them the most awarded Country group of the past decade. Known as one of the hottest-selling touring acts in any genre, the trio also recently celebrated a major milestone of 10 million tickets sold, following a rousing year stacked of headlining shows. To pre-order BACK TO US and more, visit  RascalFlatts.com.

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Benji Harris Premieres Debut, Solo, Self-Titled Project

Benji Harris, a vocalist and guitarist that has toured with headliners and scored a top hit on CMT and Music Row with his previous trio, moves center stage for his self-titled, solo debut premiering at online retailers on Friday, June 30th. Fans can pre-order the project today by clicking here and instantly receive two tracks, including the lead single That’s How You Get a Girl.

Ty, Kelly & Chuck’s Ty Bentli, Benji Harris and Chuck Wicks

“I feel like this record is a whole new chapter for me.” says Benji. “After so many years of touring with other great artists, I’ve gained invaluable experience watching the masters at work. I knew I had the goods to make a great record, and I’ve learned what goes into putting on an amazing live show. I’m so excited the time has finally come for me to step out to center stage.”

Benji announced the project live on Cumulus’ NASH FM morning show Ty, Kelly and Chuck where he was challenged by listeners to compose a #10MinuteTune on the gender neutral MTV Movie and TV Awards. You can view the segment by clicking here.

 

Benji will be making his debut this summer at the 2017 CMA Music Festival meeting and greeting with fans and performing at the PLAtinum Acoustic Fan Jam II at the Wildhorse Saloon on Saturday, June 10. Fans can stay updated on Benji at the following:

Website: www.benjiharris.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/thebenjiharris/

Twitter: @thebenjiharris

Instagram: www.instagram.com/thebenjiharris/

About Benji Harris

Since moving to Nashville in 2009, this Dallas native has found a welcomed home on Music Row. His country/rock trio Scarletta (2009-2014) had a Top 30 radio hit in 2012, and a popular music video in high rotation on CMT.  They gained critical acclaim from Billboard and the Country Music Association as a top act to watch. He even found viral success and salutes from country headliner Jake Owen with a trio of parodies celebrating his daughter’s birth.  Since leaving the band in 2014, Benji has lent his instrumental and vocal talents to projects and tours for stars like Sam Hunt, Jana Kramer, Cassadee Pope and Carly Pearce.  Pope’s fans see Benji in the spotlight every night on tour when he sings the Chris Young part in the Billboard #1 duet Think of You. With a single premiering just before CMA Fest, this father of two beautiful daughters is excited for the opportunity to finally share a project of his own. Benji co-wrote five of the six songs on the EP that is available for pre-sale now via iTunes and will premiere on all online retailers on June 30.

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Chris Stapleton Scores #1 Album

Chris Stapleton’s From A Room, Volume 1 debuted at the top of the Billboard Country Albums Chart. The collection sold 219,000 units (and 202,000 in traditional album sales) to land at No. 1 on the Country chart and at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. This is the highest-selling country debut since Luke Bryan’s Kill the Lights sold 320,000 in its first week in 2015. Stapleton also debuts at No. 1 on the Top Album Sales chart this week (Logic’s Everybody sold 196,000 in album sales, but with over 70 million streams).

Chris not only holds the top spot on the Country album chart, but he is also sitting at No. 2 with his previous album, Traveller, which sold nearly 24,000 copies this week. This marks only the second time a male artist has held the No. 1 and No. 2 spots in the same week since 1993 (when Garth Brooks accomplished that feat December 2016). It’s also the fourth time for any country artist since then (LeAnn Rimes in 2003 and Taylor Swift in 2009). Rounding out the Top 3 this week isKeith Urban’s Ripcord.

Stapleton says he didn’t feel any pressure for his new album even with the double-platinum success of his previous record, Traveller. “I didn’t have any expectations for the last record. I was hoping if we even sold 50,000 records, it’d be a giant victory for me as far as getting to go out and play shows and play live and keep the wheels rolling, but we did a little bit more than that,” says Chris. “So, I kind of feel the same way about this record. It’s a new record and my expectations for this record don’t have much to do with the last record. I want them to be whatever it’s gonna be for this record.

The Kentucky native, who just released his new single “Either Way,” is in the midst of headlining his All-American Road Show. He’s set to play San Diego on Thursday (May 18th), Phoenix on Friday (May 19th) and L.A. on Saturday (May 20th).

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