• Keith Urban The Fighter
  • Lady Antebellum You Look Good
  • Kip Moore More Girls Like You
  • Billy Currington Do I Make You Wanna
  • Brothers Osborne It Ain't My Fault
  • Easton Corbin A Girl Like You
  • Darius Rucker If I Told You
  • Eric Church Round Here Buzz
  • Jon Pardi Heartache on the Dance Floor
  • Sam Hunt Body Like A Back Road

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KEITH URBAN WASTED NO TIME IN WRITING “THE FIGHTER.”

Keith Urban wrote “The Fighter,” his fifth single from his Ripcord album with busbee. The song was inspired by his early relationship with his wife Nicole Kidman, and it was apparently written very quickly, especially given the inspiration behind it.

“The idea came very, very quickly. I was working with busbee that day. We were in London, and I was actually driving to the studio to work on this other song that we’d started, and I had most of the chorus in my head and felt like I had most of the song in my head; just had to flesh out the gist of the verses and everything. I walked into the studio and played him the chord progression, and he built this track really quickly, and then I could sing over the top of it,” says Keith. “It was just a very, very quick song to write, because I literally just thought about Nic and I and our relationship at the beginning and some of the things that we’d said and they all went into that song.”

Keith takes “The Fighter,” plus several more of his hits to Paso Robles on Wednesday (July 26th).

Audio / Keith Urban talks about writing his hit smash, “The Fighter,” which features Carrie Underwood.

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Keith Urban (writing The Fighter) OC: …that song. :56
“The idea came very, very quickly. I was working with busbee that day. We were in London, and I was actually driving to the studio to work on this other song that we’d started, and I had most of the chorus in my head and felt like I had most of the song in my head; just had to flesh out the gist of the verses and everything. I walked into the studio and played him the chord progression, and he built this track really quickly, and then I could sing over the top of it. I think we put down the chorus pretty much straight away with busbee filling in where the girl would sing. I still have the copy of him singing, ‘What if I Fall,’ it’s so fantastic. And so, that’s what I had as a place holder for a long, long time until I beautifully heard Carrie’s voice on it finally one day. And it was just a very, very quick song to write, because I literally just thought about Nic and I and our relationship at the beginning and some of the things that we’d said and they all went into that song.”

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CHRIS STAPLETON HAS TWO OF THE BEST-SELLING COUNTRY ALBUMS OF 2017.

Chris Stapleton’s From A Room: Volume 1 is holding the top spot as the best-selling country album of 2017 so far. The collection has sold around 500,000 copies, while his 2015 debut album Traveller, which was recently certified double-platinum for selling more than 2 million copies, is the second-best selling album of the year.

Chris says he really enjoys all of the songs on the album, most of which he wrote over 10 years ago. “I like all of those songs, and a lot of the songs that I feel like are better songs of mine have never been cut and have never been recorded and things that I like. I heard Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top, I read an interview with him one time where he said he always tried to make music that he would want to listen to, and I think that is the best kind of litmus test for what you want to record or make,” says Chris. “If you write a song and you still like it 10 years after the day you wrote it, it’s real easy to like a song the day you wrote it. Everybody can think they’re a genius on the day they write a song. If you can write a song and then listen to it 10 years away from writing it and go, ‘You know, that’s a pretty good song. I like that song,’ then that’s a pretty good indication that it’s probably okay.”

Chris will take his tour on the road this weekend when he makes a stop in George, Washington at the Watershed Festival on Friday (July 28th) and in Central Point, Oregon for the Country Crossings Music Festival on Saturday (July 29th), as well as Mountain Home, Idaho for the Mountain Home Country Music Festival on Sunday (July 30th).

The Kentucky native is currently making his way up the country charts with his latest single, “Broken Halos.”

Audio / Most, if not all, the songs on Chris Stapleton’s From A Room: Volume 1, were written 10 years before he put out the album, and he says he really likes all of the songs on the album, even a decade after writing them.

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Chris Stapleton (From A Room-songs) OC: …probably okay. :50
“I like all of those songs, and a lot of the songs that I feel like are better songs of mine have never been cut and have never been recorded and things that I like. I heard Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top, I read an interview with him one time where he said he always tried to make music that he would want to listen to, and I think that is the best kind of litmus test for what you want to record or make, and I’m a fan of albums too, so I always like things that work together in a pod. If you write a song and you still like it 10 years after the day you wrote it, it’s real easy to like a song the day you wrote it. Everybody can think they’re a genius on the day they write a song. If you can write a song and then listen to it 10 years away from writing it and go, ‘You know, that’s a pretty good song. I like that song,’ then that’s a pretty good indication that it’s probably okay.”

Video / Chris Stapleton's performance of Broken Halos on Today Show

LADY ANTEBELLUM PARODY SAM HUNT’S HUGE HIT, ‘BODY LIKE A BACK ROAD,’ IN BATHROBES.

Lady Antebellum like to keep busy on the road on their You Look Good World Tour, so they decided to parody one of the hottest songs to hit radio this year, Sam Hunt‘s “Body Like a Back Robe,” only their take was titled, “Party in a Bathrobe.” Their band slipped on a bathrobe and got into the action as well. Check it out below.

 

 

The group, who is making their way to the top of the country charts with “You Look Good,” will take their tour to Jacksonville, Florida on Thursday (July 27th), followed by dates in Tampa and West Palm Beach later this weekend.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY: July 24th

On July 24th, 2010, Luke Bryan’s “Rain is a Good Thing” climbed to No. 1 on the Billboard Country Chart. The Georgia native, a son of a peanut farmer, co-wrote the tune with his dear friend Dallas Davidson (“Country Girl,” “That’s My Kind of Night,” “All About Tonight,” “Gimme That Girl”), based on a saying they’d have back in college.

Rain makes corn/corn makes whiskey/whiskey makes my baby/feel a little frisky.”

“The song came about from strictly an old saying that me and my co-writer [Dallas Davidson] in college, we’d have something planned and we’d get bummed out by the rain,” says Luke. “We’d be like, ‘Well, rain makes corn, corn makes whiskey,” and we’d never even said the frisky line. We actually made that up in the writing session.”

Luke hits the festival circuit this week with a date during Frontier Days in Cheyenne, Wyoming on Wednesday (July 26th), followed by a show Friday (July 28th) in Central Point, Oregon and a performance during the Mountain Home Music Festival on Saturday (July 29th).

Audio / Luke Bryan talks about his No. 1 song “Rain is a Good Thing.”

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Luke Bryan (Rain) OC: …writing session. :19
“The song came about from strictly an old saying that me and my co-writer [Dallas Davidson] in college, we’d have something planned and we’d get bummed out by the rain. We’d be like, ‘Well, rain makes corn, corn makes whiskey,” and we’d never even said the frisky line. We actually made that up in the writing session.”

SHANIA TWAIN SERVES FANS ANOTHER TASTE FROM HER NEW ALBUM.

Shania Twain released “Poor Me” for purchase today. The song is a track from her highly anticipated upcoming album, NOW.  Shania recently released the full deluxe track listing for the upcoming Sep. 29th release to eager fans. “Poor Me” is another glimpse into NOW which was solely written by and co-produced by Shania. Also, released today is the brand new lyric video for “Poor Me” which can be viewed below. Offered as both a 16-track deluxe and a 12-track standard album, both versions of NOW will feature Shania’s debut single, “Life’s About To Get Good” and “Poor Me.” Shania co-produced her upcoming record with four producers across the 16 tracks including Matthew Koma, Ron Aniello (Bruce SpringsteenGavin DeGraw), Jake Gosling (Ed SheeranShawn Mendes) and Jacquire King (Kings of LeonNorah Jones).

Shania discusses being the sole songwriter of her new music, “I’m a songwriter first. That absolutely drives everything. It was a big step toward independence. I pushed myself, knowing it was going to scare me and knowing that I, alone, was responsible for however it turned out. I love collaborating, but I didn’t want any emotional, psychological, or musical influence. The minute you invite somebody into that space, you’re influenced. And then it wouldn’t be me. It wouldn’t be pure. This may be the purest work I ever do.”

 

SHANIA TWAIN – NOW Deluxe Track Listing

  1. Swingin’ With My Eyes Closed
  2. Home Now
  3. Light Of My Life
  4. Poor Me
  5. Who’s Gonna Be Your Girl
  6. More Fun
  7. I’m Alright
  8. Let’s Kiss And Make Up
  9. Where Do You Think You’re Going
  10. Roll Me On The River
  11. We Got Something They Don’t
  12. Because Of You
  13. You Can’t Buy Love
  14. Life’s About to Get Good
  15. Soldier
  16. All In All

 

SHANIA TWAIN – NOW Standard Track Listing

  1. Swingin’ With My Eyes Closed
  2. Home Now
  3. Light Of My Life
  4. Poor Me
  5. Who’s Gonna Be Your Girl
  6. More Fun
  7. I’m Alright
  8. Roll Me On The River
  9. We Got Something They Don’t
  10. You Can’t Buy Love
  11. Life’s About To Get Good
  12. Soldier

 

Shania is a five-time GRAMMY Award-winner and the reigning Queen of Country Pop. With more than 90 million albums sold worldwide and U.S. sales topping 34.5 million, Shania remains the top-selling female country artist of all time. Shania’s albums include her Platinum-selling 1993 debut, SHANIA TWAIN; the GRAMMY Award-winning, Double Diamond-selling 1995 release, THE WOMAN IN ME; COME ON OVER, the best-selling studio album in Soundscan history by a female artist in any genre and the best-selling country album of all time with over 40 million units sold worldwide; and UP!, Shania’s third consecutive Diamond-selling album release.

Recognizing her indelible impact and achievements in music, Shania is the first and only female artist to receive CMT’s Artist of a Lifetime Award and the Country Music Hall of Fame recently opened the Shania Twain: Rock This Country exhibit. Shania was also honored with the Icon Award at Billboard’s Women in Music ceremony. Shania’s hits include “Any Man of Mine,” “That Don’t Impress Me Much,” “You’re Still the One,” and “Man! I Feel Like A Woman!”.

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KIP MOORE REVEALS THE COVER FOR HIS UPCOMING THIRD ALBUM, SLOWHEART.

KM Slowheart

Kip Moore revealed the cover for his upcoming third studio album SLOWHEART, available Sept. 8.  Moore, who was inspired to name the release after his fiercely loyal fans who have adopted the name SLOWHEART themselves and who “defines himself by his honesty, which feeds directly into his music, which earned him a fan base of die-hards and helped make him a breakout star in Nashville,” (Washington Post) gave fans the opportunity to view and share the album cover first via social media. The cover image, taken in Costa Rica during Kip’s extended break earlier this year, speaks to the personal nature of the collection which Rolling Stone praises for its “gut-punch of a vintage album, the vocals out front and clear as crystal.”

“My former guitar player called me a ‘slowheart’ many years ago, claiming I don’t just jump the gun and show all my cards or my emotions on what I truly feel,” said Moore. “He always said ‘you’re a slowheart, man…you observe before you act.’ I eventually named the band the slowhearts, and my fans are the slowhearts too. And so, its only fitting that the record I’ve been waiting to make, was named SLOWHEART.”

Co-written by Moore, his current Top 15 single and the lead track “More Girls Like You,” is the fastest rising single of his career so far and is receiving praise from critics such as Entertainment Weekly declaring he “has made a name for himself weaving vignettes of Southern, blue-collar life and love into rollicking country anthems.” As he “consistently serves up clever roots-rock riffs and rhythms that separate Moore from the rock-meets-rap focus of his Nashville peers” (Associated Press), the release of “More Girls Like You” follows the acclaim that surrounded his sophomore album WILD ONES heralded as “an impressively singular release from Music Row” by The Guardian. Moore first turned heads with his debut album UP ALL NIGHT which was certified GOLD by the RIAA and spawned three No. One hit singles including GOLD certified “Beer Money,” PLATINUM certified “Hey Pretty Girl,” and the DOUBLE PLATINUM breakout hit “Somethin’ ‘Bout A Truck. Following an extended break, Moore is back out on the road playing some of country music’s biggest festivals this year, as well as headlining dates in U.K this fall stopping in Birmingham, UK (10/2), Manchester, UK (10/3), Glasgow, UK (10/4) and culminating in a special show as part of Country Music Week in London, UK at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on 10/6. Moore will also return to Ireland later this summer for Harvest 2017, stopping in Westport, IE (8/26) and Enniskillen, IE (8/27.) For more information and a fill list of tour dates, visit kipmoore.net.

KIP MOORE’S NEW ALBUM ‘SLOWHEART’ HIGHLIGHTS HIS JOURNEY OVER THE LAST YEAR.

Kip Moore is looking forward to releasing his new album, Slowheart, on September 8th. He feels the album will showcase his personal journey over the past year.

“I definitely feel like with this record as a whole, you’re definitely going to get a very clear understanding of where it’s all gone from one record to the other and where I was at at this particular stage of my life and the things that affected me to write this record,” says Kip. “You’re definitely going to get a sense of where I’ve been at for the last year, year and a half in my life as this goes.”

Featured on the new album is Kip’s latest Top 15 hit, “More Girls Like You.”

Kip Moore’s SLOWHEART Track List:
1. “Plead the Fifth” (Luke Dick, Josh Kear)
2. “Just Another Girl” (Kip Moore, Westin Davis, Ben Helson)
3. “I’ve Been Around” (Kip Moore, Dan Couch)
4. “Fast Women” (Kip Moore, Blair Daly, Westin Davis, Troy Verges)
5. “Bitter Sweet Company” (Kip Moore, Josh Miller, Troy Verges)
6. “Sunburn” (Kip Moore, David Garcia, Josh Miller, Steven Olsen)
7. “More Girls Like You” (Kip Moore, Steven Olsen, Josh Miller, David Garcia)
8. “The Bull” (Jon Randall, Luke Dick)
9. “Blonde” (Kip Moore, Steven Olsen, Josh Miller, David Garcia)
10. “Good Thing” (Kip Moore, Josh Miller, Troy Verges)
11. “Last Shot” (Kip Moore, Dan Couch, David Lee Murphy)
12. “Try Again” (Kip Moore, David Garcia, Josh Miller)
13. “Guitar Man” (Kip Moore, Dan Couch, Westin Davis)

 

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Audio / Kip Moore says his new album 'Slowheart' will highlight some of his personal journey over the past year.

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Kip Moore (record showcases where he’s been at for last year) OC: …as this goes. :22
“I definitely feel like with this record as a whole, you’re definitely going to get a very clear understanding of where it’s all gone from one record to the other and where I was at at this particular stage of my life and the things that affected me to write this record. You’re definitely going to get a sense of where I’ve been at for the last year, year and a half in my life as this goes.”

Video / More Girls Like You lyric video

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DIERKS BENTLEY LENDS SONG TO THE UPCOMING FILM, ‘ONLY THE BRAVE.’

Dierks Bentley has a song in the upcoming film, Only the Brave. The movie is based on the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots – a group of elite firefighters, otherwise known as the Seal Team 6 of firefighters, who battle out of control wildfires. The feature film focuses mainly on the men who fought and subsequently lost to the tragic Yarnell Hill wildfire, which burned a wide swath through Arizona in 2013, killing 19 firefighters.

 

Dierks shared the movie trailer, stating he was “so honored to have a song in this film. it sheds light on the lifestyle of wilderness fire fighters and honors these men and their families.”

Only the Brave, starring Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Taylor Kitsch, Jeff Bridges and Jennifer Connelly, hits theaters nationwide October 20th.

The Arizona native is currently making his way up the country charts with “What the Hell Did I Say.”

Video / Only the Brave movie trailer

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NEWCOMER BRANDON LAY RELEASES DEBUT SINGLE.

New EMI Nashville recording artist Brandon Lay just released his debut single, “Speakers, Bleachers and Preachers,” and the song is based on how he grew up in West Tennessee.

“Growing up in Jackson, Tennessee, my life revolved around playing sports and going to church,” says Brandon. “Country music was always coming through the speakers, and my mom had great taste in music. She was a school teacher, and I grew up a preacher’s kid. My dad was in the ministry. We were in church or school every time the doors were open and when we weren’t doing that, life kind of revolved around sports – football, baseball, basketball.”

Brandon debuted 2-pack of songs called SPEAKERS was released to streaming platforms on July 7th. The 2-pack includes the lead single “Speakers, Bleachers, and Preachers” and “Let It.” Only two weeks after the release, “Speakers, Bleachers, and Speakers” became one of the most viral tracks in the U-S, appearing on Spotify’s United States Viral 50 playlist. The song continues to climb the viral charts as Brandon tours across the US.

Listen and get the 2 Pack of #SPEAKERS: http://spoti.fi/2v0XGxi

Audio / New EMI Nashville recording artist Brandon Lay talks about how he grew up which lays the foundation for his debut single, “Speakers, Bleachers and Preachers.”

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Brandon Lay (background on Speakers, Bleachers and Preachers) OC: …you’re in. :43
“Growing up in Jackson, Tennessee, my life revolved around playing sports and going to church. Country music was always coming through the speakers, and my mom had great taste in music. She was a school teacher, and I grew up a preacher’s kid. My dad was in the ministry. We were in church or school every time the doors were open and when we weren’t doing that, life kind of revolved around sports – football, baseball, basketball. One piece of advice that stuck with me that my dad gave to me was to write your own book, and when I moved to Nashville, I think it could’ve been very tempting to follow a trend or follow a crowd and just try to be like other guys. That’s something that’s always stuck with me and I’m grateful for, because I think being the best you is pretty good advice, no matter what field you’re in.”

KEITH URBAN WANTS YOUR BEST COVER OF ‘SOMEWHERE IN MY CAR!’

Keith Urban is joining the superstar lineup on Best.Cover.Ever., a new competition series that gives emerging musicians from around the world a chance to perform with their favorite artists.

Best.Cover.Ever also includes previously announced artists Katy Perry, Demi Lovato, Backstreet Boys, Charlie Puth, Flo Rida, Nicky Jam and Jason Derulo.

“The internet is the ultimate vehicle for creative discovery,” says Keith. “It connects people, lets their talents be heard and sometimes produces stars. I’m really looking forward to seeing what happens – to hearing how people interpret my songs – and, fingers crossed, to find a killer duet partner.”

Fans can enter by doing a creative cover of Keith’s “Somewhere In My Car” and submitting it on TheBestCoverEver.com

Urban, along with the other superstar artists, will pick one lucky cover artist and they will perform a whole new song together. Viewers will witness every part of the planning and behind-the-scenes process as they mount this uniquely special music performance.

The series will premiere exclusively on YouTube this fall.

Video / Keith Urban on Best.Cover.Ever.

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  • Alan Jackson with WUSN/Chicago’s Jeff Kapugi and Marci Braun, as well as UMG Nashville’s Mike Dungan and Steve Hodges.