Sam Hunt leads the list of the country nominees for this year’s American Music Awards. The “Break Up in a Small Town” singer picked up three nominations, including overall New Artist of the Year, Favorite Male Country Artist and Country Album of the Year (for Montevallo).
Luke Bryan scores two nominations including overall Artist of the Year and Favorite Male Country Artist. The Artist of the Year nominees also include Ariana Grande, Maroon 5, Nicki Minaj, One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Taylor Swift, Meghan Trainor and The Weeknd. The 10 nominees will be narrowed to five based on the votes received through NOVEMBER 11th at 11:59p (ET) and the winner will be determined by the total votes received throughout the entire voting period.
Voting opened today in all categories except for New Artist of the Year. Fans can vote for each category once per day, per platform in any (or many) of the below ways:
Posting a status on FACEBOOK that includes the nominee’s name and the category’s hashtag within the post(s).
Posting a tweet on TWITTER that includes the nominee’s name or TWITTER handle, the category name and #AMAs within the post(s).
Voting for New Artist of the Year Presented by KOHL’s and Collaboration of the Year Un-leashed by T-MOBILE will open on NOVEMBER 1st at 12:01a (ET).
Winners will be announced when Jennifer Lopez hosts the AMA ceremony, live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles November 22nd at 8pm ET on ABC. For more information, check out TheAMAs.com.
ARTIST OF THE YEAR
NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR PRESENTED BY KOHL’S
Walk The Moon
FAVORITE MALE ARTIST — COUNTRY
FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST — COUNTRY
FAVORITE DUO or GROUP — COUNTRY
Zac Brown Band
Florida Georgia Line
Little Big Town
FAVORITE ALBUM — COUNTRY
Jason Aldean, Old Boots, New Dirt
Florida Georgia Line, Anything Goes
Sam Hunt, Montevallo
George Strait’s Cold Beer Conversation climbs to the top of the Country Album chart during its second week of release. Sold in only two places — at iTunes and Walmart – the collection is also sitting inside the Top 10 on Billboard’s overall Top 200 album chart, as well.
The new single from the project is “Cold Beer Conversation,” and George says the person he’d most like to have a cold beer conversation with his late father, John Byron Strait.
“I’d love to have a CBC with my dad, even though he never was a drinker,” George says. “I think it would have been so much fun. We had great conversations; it would be just awesome to be able to do that again.”
Strait’s new music has resonated not only with fans, but also with the “King of Country Music” himself as he prepares to launch an exclusive concert series at the Las Vegas Arena opening in April 2016. All six dates for his “Strait to Vegas” run are currently sold out, with more shows to be added to accommodate the overwhelming demand. GRAMMY, ACM and CMA Award-winning singer/songwriter Kacey Musgraves will join Strait as support on all dates.
With 60 No. 1 singles and nearly 70 million records sold, Strait has more No. 1 songs than any other artist and is third only to Elvis Presley and The Beatles with the most Gold and Platinum albums in history. He is the most-nominated artist in CMA Awards history and was the first country music artist honored with Billboard’s “Legend Of Live” Award.
George Strait (CBC with Dad) OC: …would pick. :18
“I’d like to have a couple conversations with my dad again, that would be huge. I miss that part. If I had to pick somebody to have a CBC… I’d love to have a CBC with my dad, even though he never was a drinker! I think it would have been so much fun. We had great conversations; it would be just awesome to be able to do that again. So, that’s who I would pick.”
George Strait (CBC with Dad) OC: …would pick. :18
Brothers Osborne have released the video for their infectious single “Stay A Little Longer” with an exclusive Billboard debut – Watch HERE. Now available on all digital platforms, the brothers collaborated with director Peter Zavadil for the music video that highlights authentic couples and captures the different phases all relationships go through.
“It was an awesome day of shooting with great performances” says TJ Osborne “especially given they are actual, real-life couples.” “With this video, we’re trying to show that all relationships are the same” notes John Osborne “you have your trials and tribulations no matter who you are.”
The compelling piece centers on the theme that love is universal and showcases a broad spectrum of people and relationships from all walks of life. A single dolly shot through a series of spaces reveals these couples in various stages of the relationship cycle. To catch an inside look at the making of the powerful video, Paste Magazine will premiere unique behind-the-scenes footage on Wednesday, October 14.
Brothers Osborne, along with their good friend Shane McAnally, co-wrote “Stay A Little Longer,” a song that Rolling Stone describes as “epic, full of harmonics, finger taps and inspired picking that identify the Maryland natives as one of Nashville’s best.”
The catchy Top 20 track has already garnered almost 19 million total streams and just hit #7 on the Shazam Country Chart. The singer/songwriter duo was recently nominated for 2015 CMA Vocal Duo of the Year and has been named “One’s to Watch” by Rolling Stone, Billboard, Paste, Country Weekly, Nashville Lifestyles and Spotify.
Following the recently wrapped Southern Style tour with Darius Rucker, Brothers Osborne are currently on the road with Jon Pardi as part of the All Time High tour. Upcoming stops include Orlando, FL and Cincinnati, OH. For a full list of tour dates, news, images and more, visit www.BrothersOsborne.com
GRAMMY award-winning singer/songwriter Charles Kelley continues to map out plans for new music with the announcement of THE DRIVER TOUR picked up by Enterprise, with special guest Maren Morris. The 22-city club tour will make its first stop at House of Blues in Cleveland, OH on November 28th and continue through the winter with tickets on sale this Friday (10/16) at 10A local time on www.charleskelley.com.
“I’ve played some great shows at arenas and amphitheaters, but I’m definitely looking forward to getting into clubs with people grabbing on your legs and being able to see every face,” shares Kelley. “I can’t wait to get right up there in it with the fans and try out some of this new stuff we’ve been working on. I’m pretty excited about just scrapping the set list and playing whatever we feel like playing.”
Ahead of the upcoming tour, Kelley will first navigate to New York City tomorrow to perform “The Driver” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (10/13 at 10:35P CT on NBC) with friends Dierks Bentley and Eric Paslay who also lent their voices to the track. The Guardian describes the song as “driving the genre out of its summer party haze and into a welcome season of introspection. It was recently announced as the lead single from Kelley’s upcoming solo project and is now available at Country radio.
THE DRIVER TOUR Dates:
November 28 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
November 29 – Asbury Park, NJ – The Stone Pony
December 1 – New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
December 3 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore Charlotte
December 4 – Tallahassee, FL – The Moon
December 5 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
December 10 – Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theatre
December 11 – Oklahoma City, OH – Diamond Ballroom
December 12 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
December 17 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
December 18 – Houston, TX – House of Blues
December 19 – New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
January 7 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
January 8 – Chicago – House of Blues
January 9 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
January 16 – Washington, D.C. – The Fillmore Silver Springs
January 17 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
January 22 – Louisville, KY Mercury Ballroom
January 23 – Springfield, IL Boondocks
January 24 – Sioux City, IA Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
January 26 – Denver, CO – Gothic Theatre
January 28 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
Stepping outside of one of the world’s most popular groups, Charles Kelley explores new territory with a raw sound that pushes his vocals into a lower, grittier key than what listeners have been hearing from him in a group setting. “The Driver” serves as the lead single from his upcoming first-ever solo release and was born in a ratty studio in the back of producer Paul Worley’s office. His unmatched perspective of hours spent on the road pursuing a life-long dream is present through his impeccable voice. In addition to his success as part of seven-time GRAMMY award-winning trio Lady Antebellum, Kelley has also penned No. one hits recorded by Luke Bryan and Darius Rucker.
Columbia Nashville singer/songwriter Maren Morris has quickly established herself in Nashville’s music community with songwriting and vocal stylings that reflect her country, folk and pop influences, with Rolling Stone Country touting her “a stellar solo artist in her own right.” Currently on Spotify, songs from her self-titled EP, available here, have garnered critical acclaim and more than 2.5 million streams in little over a month, with 3 songs hitting Spotify’s US and Global “Viral 50″ chart. Recently named as one of CMT’s Next Women of Country, Maren has been featured on select tour dates with Sam Hunt, Little Big Town and Chris Stapleton.
For a full list of upcoming performances and tour dates, and visit www.charleskelley.com
(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) Singer, songwriter and entertainer Toby Keith has something special planned for the new single from his 35 mph Town album – something that’s been in the works for a long time. The song is “Beautiful Stranger” and it’s notable for two reasons, as radio listeners will find out when it’s released October 13th.
“That was written years ago and I kept saying I wasn’t putting it on an album until it had a shot at being a single,” Keith explains. Not only is the timing right for the tale of rekindled love – the recording is, too. “The vocal shows some range people probably don’t hear out of me a lot,” Toby says.
Sell-out crowds throughout North America have had the chance to hear his vocal range during his ongoing Good Times & Pick Up Lines Tour Presented by Ford F-Series. And independent of the tour, fans are finding plenty of ways to get their Toby fix.
Coming up October 16th, Keith is the subject of TBS’ Neighborhood Sessions series, which includes his hometown performance in Moore, Oklahoma. Filmed in September, the special focuses on those who inspire Keith and others in their local community. Proceeds from Neighborhood Sessions featuring Toby Keith Created by State Farm benefit the Toby Keith Foundation’s OK Kids Korral pediatric cancer facility, soup kitchen and shelter program Food and Shelter Inc. and local volunteer organization Serve Moore.
Speaking of lending a hand, a television commercial Keith recently filmed for the Wounded Warriors Project’s “Believe In Heroes” campaign begins airing nationally October 24th. The spot features the Schei family, whose son Erik was shot by a sniper in Iraq in 2005 and continues to recover. His brother Deven, seeking to finish his brother’s mission of service, joined the Army and was wounded in Afghanistan in 2010. It also features retired Air Force Capt. Mary McGriff, who served in Iraq in 2005 and has received some help through Wounded Warriors Project with her treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder. More here: http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/believe-in-heroes.aspx.
In other news, Chicago PBS affiliate WTTW’s historic Soundstage series kicks off its new season with Toby. Taped in front of a live audience in September, the show’s air date is TBA.
Kip Moore has revealed “Running For You” will be the second single from his sophomore album WILD ONES. Co-written by Moore alongside Blair Daly and Troy Verges, the personal and emphatic track that Billboard heralded as “a career song from the album” is available at country radio Monday (October 12th).
Moore’s new single comes hot on the heels of his headlining 2015 WILD ONES TOUR kicking off tonight (10/8) in Bethlehem, PA. Known for making a lasting impression at his live shows with Washington Post stating Moore “is a natural when he’s on stage,” the list of advance sell-outs is stacking up including dates in Boston, MA, London, ON, Toronto, ON and a two night run in Chicago, IL. Moore is also partnering with Evan Williams Bourbon on the tour, the brand will be the “Official Bourbon” at each of the 25 stops.
“Just because a relationship doesn’t work out the way you hoped it would, it doesn’t mean you can’t wish that person all the best and that’s what I was drawing on in this song,” said Moore. “Whenever we’ve played ‘Running For You’ in our set it always feels like a real ‘moment.’ We’ve had a couple weeks of downtime since our summer run and honestly we’re already just itching to get back out there and I’m looking forward to doing what we do on stage.”
Moore’s recently released sophomore album WILD ONES was received with critical praise with Huffington Post hailing it as “one heck of an album… set to produce hit after hit after hit” while The Guardian heralded it as “an impressively singular release from Music Row…unlike anything else in country music at the moment.”
For a full list of tour dates and more information visit www.kipmoore.net.
Kip Moore (Running for You) 2 OC: …about you. :24
“I think that song is if you truly care about somebody and you really care about ‘em, I don’t think it comes with conditions and terms, which we do so much. It’s human nature, unless it’s on our terms. But this song is more about if I truly care about you, then I want you to be good without me. If you’re not supposed to be with me right now, then I want you to be great with whoever and whatever you’re going on with your life. I really care about you.”
Luke Bryan and Eric Church, along with Carrie Underwood have been announced as headliners for the 2016 Stagecoach Country Music Festival April 29th and 30th and May 1st. The three-day event in Indio, California, will also include performances by Sam Hunt, Eric Paslay, Little Big Town, Chris Stapleton, Chris Young, The Band Perry, Dustin Lynch, A Thousand Horses and Old Dominion.
Lauren Alaina was chosen as this year’s hottest bachelorette by Nash Country Weekly readers. Lauren’s self-titled EP is available now, and it includes her single “Next Boyfriend.”
Keith Urban joined Taylor Swift during her sold-out 1989 Tour stop in Toronto, to perform with the pop superstar. The pair collaborated on his 2002 No. 1 hit “Somebody Like You,” along with his most recent chart-topper, “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16.”
Lady Antebellum will perform at the NASH Presents Hearts Unsung – a special evening of music benefiting Childrens Miracle Network Hospitals. The event will take place November 9th at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center and will be part of the full-length feature film, Hearts Unsung in theaters nationwide January 21st.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (Oct. 8, 2015) – Scotty McCreery will turn 22 tomorrow (Oct. 9). Instead of sending him gifts, the singer/songwriter encourages his fans to honor his fan club president Sharon Eaves, who passed away suddenly on Sept. 25, and support a cause that was near and dear to her heart — St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital via this link: http://walkrun.stjude.org/southernbelle.
“I have many blessings in my life and I don’t need ‘things’ to celebrate my birthday,” said McCreery. “But I miss my friend Sharon, who would have had a birthday just yesterday if she was still with us. I’d love to see my fans honor her and continue her great work with St. Jude.”
Eaves, a music industry veteran and longtime member of St. Jude’s Music Industry Advisory Council, had created the Southern Belles team to participate in the St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer in Nashville on Sept. 26 in McCreery’s honor. The team raised $4,000 by the time of the event, and the donor link remains open through November.
McCreery will host a live Twitter Party this Sunday, Oct. 11 at 10:09 PM/ET (for his birthdate 10-09) for 22 minutes (in recognition of being 22) where he will chat with fans. The ACM and CMT Award winner will also share stories from his birthday celebration, a two-day trip with his best friends to play golf and support North Carolina State in their football game against Virginia Tech.
One of country music’s most followed artists on social media, McCreery is frequently on Twitter and Facebook and has been known to re-tweet and re-post when his followers use those channels to request his current single “Southern Belle” with their local radio stations. In-between sporting events this weekend, he will be looking for as many fan tweets and posts to favor and re-tweet as possible. “Southern Belle,” which has received more than one million streams on Spotify, continues to move up the country singles charts and can be purchased online at http://umgn.us/southernbelle. It is the first single from his eagerly awaited new album due out in 2016.
About Scotty McCreery
Scotty McCreery burst onto the national scene in 2011 at age 17, quickly establishing himself as one of country music’s hottest new stars. His first album, Clear As Day (released four years ago this week as he turned 18), made history when he became both the youngest artist in any genre and the first country artist to have his initial album debut at No. 1 on the all-genre Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. That album went Platinum in 13 weeks and featured the Platinum-certified hits “I Love You This Big” and “The Trouble With Girls.” After releasing his Gold-certified Christmas with Scotty McCreery which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Holiday Albums chart, the talented vocalist delivered See You Tonight in 2013 which contained two Top Ten Hits: the Platinum-certified title cut which McCreery co-wrote with Ashley Gorley and Zach Crowell, and the Gold-certified “Feelin’ It.” Now on the eve of turning 22, McCreery has sold more than 2.5 million albums, received more than 50 million Spotify streams, earned an ACM and CMT Award, toured with Brad Paisley, The Band Perry and Rascal Flatts, amassed more than three million followers on Facebook and Twitter and received more than 150 million YouTube views. Earlier today, it was announced that he has written his first book, Go Big or Go Home: The Journey Toward the Dream, which will be released on May 3, 2016 from Zondervan, and will be available for pre-orders beginning Nov. 15. #GoBigOrGoHomeBook. For more information, visit www.ScottyMcCreery.com. Visit him on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/ScottyMcCreery and on Twitter @ScottyMcCreery.
Toby Keith’s new album, 35 mph Town, arrives in stores and online Friday, October 9th. The Oklahoma native, who was just inducted into New York’s prestigious Songwriters Hall of Fame, co-wrote nine of the 10 songs on the new collection, including his new single “Beautiful Stranger.” The album also features the song “Drunk Americans,” a “sly, social commentary” song, which was written by Brandy Clark, Bob DiPiero and Shane McAnally.
The legendary Jimmy Buffett is featured on the song “Sailboat for Sale,” while Mr. Margaritaville’s Coral Reefer Band is backing Toby on “Rum is the Reason.”
“Beautiful Stranger” will be released to country radio next week.
Toby Keith (what fans can expect) OC: …to his guns. :36
“I hope they go away and go, ‘You know what? He’s not converting with what type of music’s being played on the radio. He’s not converting.’ I said this before – there’s two things I’d never do and that’s mistreat an opening act, because we were mistreated, and I said, I’ll never do that, and I heard the guys whining, saying the youth like, twenty years ago when I was coming in, there were people that were saying my generation wasn’t country enough, and I was like, ‘Man I never want to be that guy.’ So, I don’t care what the kids are doing. It doesn’t make anything different. But, I hope they look at this album and go, ‘Same ol’, same ol’. He’s sticking to his guns.’”
Scotty McCreery will be releasing his debut book Go Big or Go Home: The Journey Toward the Dream on May 3rd, 2016 with Zondervan. The book will be available for pre-orders beginning November 15th, with more details to be announced soon.
Go Big or Go Home narrates McCreery’s journey from a kid imitating Elvis on the school bus to 30 million viewers across America tuning in to see him win Season 10 of “American Idol” to building a successful country music career. Now on the eve of his 22nd birthday (Friday, October 9th) as he completes his eagerly awaited fourth album (due out in 2016), McCreery shares a glimpse of where he came from and the impact his faith, family and friends have had on a humble guy who keeps asking “why me?” This is his journey from his North Carolina roots to winning America’s most popular singing competition and moving on to launch the musical career he had always dreamt about.
“God gave me a voice and America gave me a chance,” says McCreery. “This book is about those two things, and about the amazing journey that began the moment I decided to say two words about this show I knew and loved. ‘Why not?’”
McCreery captured the hearts of millions of viewers nationwide after winning Season Ten of “American Idol” in 2011 at the age of 17. Subsequently, the talented vocalist released his debut break-out album,Clear As Day, which was the best-selling solo album released by a country artist in 2011. The Mercury Nashville / 19 / Interscope recording artist also became the youngest man in history to have his first album debut atop the all-genre Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. McCreery has sold more than 2.5 million albums and received both Platinum and Gold album certifications. He has earned three Platinum singles (“I Love You This Big,” “The Trouble With Girls” and the Top Ten hit “See You Tonight”) and one Gold single (the Top Ten hit “Feelin’ It”). McCreery earned the Academy of Country Music Award for New Artist of the Year in 2011; CMT Music Award for Breakthrough Video of the Year (for “The Trouble With Girls”) in 2012; and two American Country Awards: New Artist of the Year in 2011 and Breakthrough Artist of the Year in 2013.
McCreery toured with Rascal Flatts as the Special Guest on their RIOT TOUR 2015 this summer in addition to performing solo dates throughout the year. In-between concerts, he has been writing and recording songs for his highly anticipated new studio album, due out in 2016. The first single from the album, “Southern Belle” can be heard on country radio now and can be previewed and purchased online at http://umgn.us/southernbelle.
Go Big or Go Home was acquired by John Sloan, senior executive editor for Zondervan. Margaret Riley King of WME Entertainment serves as McCreery’s literary agent.
Scotty McCreery burst onto the national music scene in 2011 at age 17, quickly establishing himself as one of country music’s hottest new stars. Now 22 years old, the talented singer/songwriter has sold more than 2.5 million albums and received both Platinum and Gold album certifications, debuted three consecutive albums at No. 1 on a Billboard chart, achieved one Gold and three Platinum-certified singles and two Top Ten hits, toured with Brad Paisley, The Band Perry and Rascal Flatts, headlined his own tours, earned industry and fan accolades, amassed more than three million followers on Facebook and Twitter, received more than 150 million YouTube views…and he’s just getting started! www.ScottyMcCreery.com
Go Big or Go Home: The Journey Toward the Dream
By Scotty McCreery with Travis Thrasher
ON SALE: May 3, 2016
AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDERS: Nov. 15, 2015 (More details to be announced soon)
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