• BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS: Chris, Luke, Sam, Alan

    The Billboard Music Awards took place Sunday night (May 20th), and a  of your favorite country artists went home with trophies

    Chris Stapleton won the Top Country Album Award for From A Room: Volume 1, and he also won the award for Top Country Male Artist.

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    Luke Bryan took home the award for Top Country Tour.

    Sam Hunt picked up the award for Top Country Song for the multi-platinum, “Body Like a Back Road.”

    Alan Jackson won for Top Christian Album for his Precious Memories Collection.

     

     

  • AMERICAN IDOL WILL CROWN THE WINNER AND FEATURE ALL-STAR PERFORMANCES DURING ITS TWO-NIGHT FINALE NEXT WEEK.

    Luke Bryan is set to perform during the season finale of ABC’s American Idol. He’s not the only one. The other two judges – Lionel Richie and Katy Perry – will perform, as well during the two-night finale beginning Sunday (May 20th).

    Darius Rucker, as well as Nick Jonas and Mustard, Patti LaBelle, Yolanda Adams, Bebe Rexha, Gary Clark Jr. and Kermit the Front will also appear.

     

     

    All three judges will return to the show next season.

  • LUKE BRYAN ANNOUNCES HIS CRASH MY PLAYA – 5TH YEAR FIESTA EVENT.

    After four consecutive sold-out years, Platinum selling Superstar and American Idol judge Luke Bryan, along with CID Presents, announces Crash My Playa – 5th Year Fiesta destination event taking place January 23-26, 2019 in Riviera Maya, Mexico. The Caribbean beach vacation will be the biggest event yet and will feature Luke headlining two of the four nightly concerts with one of those deemed as “Luke & Friends Set.” Additional performers to be announced soon.

    “Nothing better than a beach vacation mixed with some country music to launch a new year,” shared Luke. “It’s an amazing get-away trip for the fans and all the artists performing.”

    Packages on sale Wednesday, May 23 at 1pm ET at www.crashmyplaya.com. Members of Luke’s fan club, Luke’s fan app and previous Crash My Playa guests will have access to pre-sale packages on Monday, May 21 at 1PM ET.

    Citi® is the official presale credit card of the Crash My Playa – 5th Year Fiesta. As such, Citi® cardmembers will have access to purchase all-inclusive packages during the Citi presale Monday, May 21 at 1PM ET – Wednesday, May 23 at 1PM ET. For complete presale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com.

    “When we first approached Luke and his team about Crash My Playa it was just a concept,” said Dan Berkowitz of CID Presents. “Now, as we head into our fifth year, it has grown into something beyond our wildest dreams. Each year is better than the last, and with this being our 5th anniversary, we’re excited to celebrate with the incredible community of fans, artists, and the people behind the scenes who make this event so special.”

    Fans can stay at the event’s host resort, the Barceló Maya, or opt for one of several carefully selected tropical resorts and enjoy royal treatment all weekend long – all-inclusive food and drink, 24-hour concierge service, daily onsite activities, offsite adventures like visiting Chichen Itza, zip-lining, and ATV tours, excursions including day trips to Tulum, official Crash My Playa – 5th Year Fiesta merchandise packages, and more. To see highlights from last year’s event go HERE.

    For more information about Crash My Playa – 5th Year Fiesta 2019, how to book four or five night all-inclusive packages and payment plan details, please visit: www.crashmyplaya.com.

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Darius, Dierks, Lady A, Luke, Keith, Brothers O

    Darius Rucker (May 25th), Dierks Bentley (June 12th), Lady Antebellum (July 6th) and Keith Urban (August 2nd) have all been tapped to perform during the Today Show’s Citi Summer Concert Series this year.

    Luke Bryan will appear on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live on Monday (May 7th).

    Darius Rucker will perform during the Grand Ole Opry’s Salute the Troops show May 22nd. He will be joined by Trace Adkins, Craig Morgan, Kellie Pickler and Lee Greenwood.

    Brothers Osborne will perform at Bonnaroo festival again this year, as part of the Grand Ole Opry show on June 10th in Manchester, Tennessee. LANCO, Ole Crow Medicine Show, Bobby Bare and the Del McCoury Band will also perform.

    Keith Urban performed “Never Coming Down” and “My Wave” from his brand new album, Graffiti U, on Late Night With Seth Meyers last week.

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  • MOTHER’S DAY LINERS 2018

    Audio / LINER Brandon Lay (Mother's Day)

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    Audio / LINER Carrie Underwood (Mother's Day)

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    Audio / LINER Clare Dunn (Mother's Day)

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    Audio / LINER Eric Church (Mother's Day) 1

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    Audio / LINER Eric Paslay (Mother's Day)

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    Audio / LINER George Strait (Mother's Day)

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    Audio / LINER Jon Pardi (Mother's Day)

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    Audio / LINER Jordan Davis (Mother's Day)

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    Audio / LINER Josh Turner (Mother's Day)

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    Audio / LINER Kacey Musgraves (Mother's Day)

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  • LUKE BRYAN SIGNS UP FOR A SECOND SEASON OF AMERICAN IDOL.

    Luke Bryan took to social media to reveal ABC’s American Idol has been renewed and he’ll be back at the judges’ table with Lional Richie and Katy Perry.

     

     

     

  • ACM AWARDS 2018: A LOOK AHEAD

    The ACM Awards are taking place a few days from now, and the show is promising to be inspiring, entertaining and poignant.

    Going into Sunday night’s show, Chris Stapleton leads the list of nominees with eight nods in five categories, including Entertainer, Male Vocalist, Single of the Year for “Broken Halos,” Song of the Year for “Whiskey and You” and Album of the Year for From a Room, Vol. 1. He’s won numerous awards over the past few years, and while he’s grateful for every single trophy he takes home, he has a special affinity for the Album categories.

    “They are all significant and if you get one award for anything it’s a treat. But any of the awards that awarded the album, the album awards, because I really wanted to make an album that was good,” says Chris. “I wanted that to be a thing, again, more than I wanted it to be, ‘Well here’s the single and eight other songs.’ So, the album awards for me were important in that we did our job in a good way, you know. Just I have such an affinity for albums that I don’t know if I want those more or if they mean more, but they are all meaningful.”

    Luke Bryan has won a handful of ACM Awards over his career, including the New Artist of the Year Award in 2010 following it up with two Entertainer Awards just a few years later. He tells us he is honored to be included in that category. “[I’m] so honored to have another Entertainer of the Year nomination and I always think about winning my first Entertainer of the Year [Award] at the ACMs,” he says. “To go to the ACMs knowing that you’re one of those lucky people that have that nomination, it just tells me that I’m doing all I can and doing the right things out on the road and hopefully, the fans are still loving what I’m trying to give to them every night.”

    Keith Urban has quite the plethora of nods going into this year’s ACM Awards, including Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Song of the Year for “Female”  and twice, as both artist and producer in the Vocal Event of the Year category for “The Fighter” (featuring Carrie Underwood). Urban won Top New Male Vocalist of the Year in 2000, and Top Male Vocalist of the Year in 2004 and 2005.

    Keith’s “Female” was nominated for Song of the Year. The Top 10 hit was written by Nicolle Galyon, Shane McAnally and Ross Copperman, and he said he just had a feel that he needed to record the song and let everyone hear it. “The song spoke to me. It just spoke to me,” said Keith. “As I was singing it, I thought I feel like I’ve known this song my whole life. Something else was going on with it how it felt to me. So, I love it. I believe in it. I didn’t record it for any other reason than it was a heart reaction that I had to it.”

    In addition to Vocal Event of the Year for “The Fighter” with Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, is also nominated in the Female Vocalist of the Year category.

    Lauren Alaina was announced as the Top New Female Vocalist of the Year a couple of weeks ago, and she still gets emotional talking about the “love” and recognition she has received from her peers and industry insiders.

    Previously announced ACM Awards performers include Carrie Underwood, Lauren AlainaJason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Kane Brown, Luke BryanKenny ChesneyKelly ClarksonFlorida Georgia LineAlan Jackson, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Midland,Maren Morris, Jon Pardi, Bebe RexhaThomas RhettBlake Shelton, Keith Urban and Brett Young.

    The 53rd annual Academy of Country Music Awards will broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas April 15th at 8pm ET on CBS.

    The nominees for this year’s ACM Awards:

    Entertainer of the Year
    Jason Aldean
    Garth Brooks
    Luke Bryan
    Chris Stapleton
    Keith Urban

    Male Vocalist of the Year
    Jason Aldean
    Thomas Rhett
    Chris Stapleton
    Keith Urban
    Chris Young

    Female Vocalist of the Year
    Kelsea Ballerini
    Miranda Lambert
    Maren Morris
    Carrie Underwood
    Reba McEntire

    Vocal Duo of the Year
    Brothers Osborne
    Dan + Shay
    Florida Georgia Line
    LoCash
    Tim McGraw and Faith Hill

    Vocal Group of the Year
    Lady Antebellum
    Lanco
    Little Big Town
    Midland
    Old Dominion
    Song of the Year
    Sam Hunt, “Body Like a Back Road”
    Keith Urban, “Female”
    Miranda Lambert, “Tin Man”
    Chris Stapleton, “Whiskey and You”

    Single of the Year
    “Better Man,” Little Big Town
    “Body Like a Back Road,” Sam Hunt
    “Broken Halos,” Chris Stapleton

    “Drinkin’ Problem,” Midland
    “I’ll Name the Dogs,” Blake Shelton

    Album of the Year
    Breaker, Little Big Town
    California Sunrise, Jon Pardi
    From A Room: Vol. 1, Chris Stapleton

    Happy Endings, Old Dominion
    Life Changes, Thomas Rhett

    Video of the Year
    “Black,” Dierks Bentley
    “It Ain’t My Fault,” Brothers Osborne
    “Legends,” Kelsea Ballerini
    “Marry Me,” Thomas Rhett
    “We Should Be Friends,” Miranda Lambert

    Vocal Event of the Year
    “Craving You,” Thomas Rhett f/Maren Morris
    “Dear Hate,” Maren Morris f/Vince Gill
    “(Funny) How Time Slips Away,” Glen Campbell and Willie Nelson
    “The Fighter,” Keith Urban f/Carrie Underwood
    “What Ifs,” Kane Brown f/Lauren Alaina

    The 53rd Annual ACM Awards, hosted by Reba McEntire, will broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas April 15th at 8pm ET on CBS.

    Audio / Chris Stapleton leads the list of nominees with eight nods in five categories including Entertainer, Male Vocalist, Single of the Year for “Broken Halos,” Song of the Year for “Whiskey and You” and Album of the Year for From a Room, Vol. 1.

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    Chris Stapleton (affinity for albums) OC: …any one of them. :45
    “They are all significant and if you get one award for anything it’s a treat. But any of the awards that awarded the album, the album awards, because I really wanted to make an album that was good. I wanted it, I wanted that to be a thing, again, more than I wanted it to be, ‘Well here’s the single and eight other songs.’ So, the album awards for me were important in that we did our job in a good way, you know. Just I have such an affinity for albums that I don’t know if I want those more or if they mean more, but they are all meaningful. They are all are things that one of them would feel like a career. One of them. Any one of them.”

    Audio / Luke Bryan, who took home the Entertainer Award twice, is always honored be nominated in that category.

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    Luke Bryan (ACM 2018 Entertainer nod)  OC: …work harder. [laughs] :39
    “[I’m] so honored to have another Entertainer of the Year nomination and I always think about winning my first Entertainer of the Year [Award] at the ACMs. To go to the ACMs knowing that you’re one of those lucky people that have that nomination, it just tells me that I’m doing all I can and doing the right things out on the road and hopefully, the fans are still loving what I’m trying to give to them every night. You don’t want to say the same clichés about it’s an honor to be nominated, it is! The day that I don’t get nominated for stuff like that, then I’ll kinda be sad and I’ll be motivated to work harder.” [laughs]

    Audio / Lauren Alaina talks about what the ACM New Female Vocalist of the Year Award means to her.

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    Lauren Alaina (New Female Vocalist reaction) OC: …and achievement. :39
    “You know, this is like a really rewarding moment for everyone on my team, because we have been fighting for so long and I just feel like we all won this award. [tears] Oh Gosh! Like Whew! I’m sorry. I’m sorry. I don’t know, I guess we’ve been at this for 8 years, 7 years? 7 years. And it’s just a big accomplishment to be able to start over and build it brick by brick and for it to be recognized by the people that we trust and respect to know music is the next level of love and achievement.”

    Audio / Keith Urban says he just felt he needed to record the song “Female.”

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    Keith Urban (Female feeling) OC: …had to it. :42
    “It’s a feeling. It’s more of a feeling. It’s not as cerebral for me, the song spoke to me. It just spoke to me. When I went down into the studio to put a vocal on it; my intention was to put a vocal on the demo. I called Ross Copperman and I said, ‘Can you send me the track that you recorded and leave the vocal off, and I’ll go down to my studio and I’ll sing over the top of it and I’ll see if this fits me because it feels really right.’ And I went down and I sang it, and as I was singing it, I thought I feel like I’ve known this song my whole life. Something else was going on with it how it felt to me. So, I love it. I believe in it.  I didn’t record it for any other reason than it was a heart reaction that I had to it.”

  • LUKE BRYAN’S ‘MOST PEOPLE ARE GOOD’ TOPS THE COUNTRY CHARTS FOR A THIRD WEEK IN A ROW.

    Luke Bryan’s “Most People Are Good” remains at the top of both country charts for a third week in a row. The song is his 20th No. 1 which is his second chart-topper from his latest album, What Makes You Country.

    The Georgia native says his own mother cried when she heard the song. “When I hear ‘most mamas ought to qualify for sainthood,’ it’s one of the best lines I’ve ever heard in a song,” says Luke. “I’ll play Mama my new album before it comes out and half the time she’s scrambling, doing the dishes or something and she won’t listen, but I caught her in the truck. I kinda had her attention and I played her ‘Most People are Good,’ and the picture of her with a big ole paper towel over her face crying. The line really hit her, hit her like it should hit you. ‘Most mothers ought to qualify for sainthood’ – I know my wife should definitely be a saint, putting up with me and my crazy boys.”

    Luke is nominated for ACM Entertainer of the Year, an award he’s taken home twice. The 53rd Annual ACM Awards will broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas April 15th at 8pm ET on CBS.

    Audio / Luke Bryan feels most people are good.

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    Luke Bryan (Most People Are Good) OC: …are good. :19
    “Never more in our world do we need to kinda hear a song like that to remind us truly that most people are good out there in the world. I feel like we get so much media telling us we’re bad and so many of us are bad, but I still believe that most people are good.”

    Audio / Luke Bryan talks about his mom’s reaction to a particular line in his three-week No. 1, “Most People Are Good.”

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    Luke Bryan (Most People Are Good-Mamas) OC: …crazy boys. :44
    “I think it’s a ginormous, beautifully written chorus. I mean when I hear ‘most mamas ought to qualify for sainthood,’ it’s one of the best lines I’ve ever heard in a song. It’s funny, I’ve got a picture on my phone. I’ll play Mama my new album before it comes out and half the time she’s scrambling, doing the dishes or something and she won’t listen, but I caught her in the truck, I kinda had her attention and I played her ‘Most People are Good,’ and the picture of her with a big ole paper towel over her face crying. The line really hit her, hit her like it should hit you. ‘Most mothers ought to qualify for sainthood’ – I know my wife should definitely be a saint, putting up with me and my crazy boys.”

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  • LUKE BRYAN SCORES A SECOND-WEEK NO. 1 WITH ‘MOST PEOPLE ARE GOOD.’

    Luke Bryan’s “Most People Are Good” remains at the top of the country charts for a second week in a row. Last week, he scored his 20th No. 1 with the song, which is his second chart-topper from his latest album, What Makes You Country.

    “I think that ‘Most People Are Good’ might be one of the best songs I’ve ever recorded,” shared Luke. “I think it’s a song that truly helps people believe in people again. We seem to get reminded every day of all the negativity of what humans are, and truly it’s only .001 percent of people causing all the negativity. I mean, I truly believe that.  This song preaches the innocence of children, the beauty of mothers, the beauty of relationships, the beauty of what life truly could be and should be and really is. I think that most people lay their heads down at night and try to be better and try to be good to other people. And this song captures those emotions perfectly.”

     

    “Most People Are Good,” was written by David Frasier, Ed Hill and Josh Kear, landed on Billboard’s 2017 Reader’s List claiming it “is a veer in the road (for Luke): an inspiring, positive-message song with a heartfelt vocal. At a time when the world is not such a positive place it’s, well, just in time.”

    Luke is nominated for ACM Entertainer of the Year, an award he’s taken home twice. The 53rd Annual ACM Awards will broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas April 15th at 8pm ET on CBS.

    Audio / Luke Bryan says “Most People Are Good” is one of the best songs he’s ever recorded.

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    Luke Bryan (Most People Are Good) 1 OC: …emotions perfectly. 1:08

    “I think that ‘Most People Are Good’ might be one of my best songs I’ve ever recorded. I think it’s a song that will truly help people believe in people again. I think it’s so truthful in so many ways. We do get reminded every day of all the negativity of what humans are, and truly it’s only .001 percent of people causing all the negativity. I mean, I truly believe that. I’m going to open the door for anybody and so many other people believe that way. I’m going to say hey to a stranger. I’m going to help somebody out in need. And that’s what this song really, really preaches. It preaches the innocence of children, the beauty of mothers, the beauty of relationships, the beauty of what life truly could be and should be and really is. I truly believe that most people lay their heads down at night and try to be better and try to be good to other people. And I think this song captures those emotions perfectly.”

    Audio / Luke Bryan says “Most People Are Good” is about the innocence of life.

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    Luke Bryan (Most People Are Good) 2 OC: …you love her. :15
    “I think at the end of the day this song is about the innocence of life, how fast life moves and don’t take a second for granted. Therefore, you need to be good and call your mama. Call you mama and tell her you love her.”

  • LUKE BRYAN SCORES HIS 20TH CAREER NO. 1 SINGLE WITH ‘MOST PEOPLE ARE GOOD.’

    Four-time ACM and CMA Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan garner’s his 20th career #1 single today as “Most People Are Good” hits the top spot on both the Country Aircheck and Billboard Country Airplay charts. This is Luke’s 12th straight Billboard No. 1, the longest current streak among all artists. “Most People Are Good,” which was written by David Frasier, Ed Hill and Josh Kear, is the second consecutive No. 1 from Luke’s What Makes You Country album.

    “I think that ‘Most People Are Good’ might be one of the best songs I’ve ever recorded,” shared Luke in a press release. “I think it’s a song that truly helps people believe in people again. We seem to get reminded every day of all the negativity of what humans are, and truly it’s only .001 percent of people causing all the negativity. I mean, I truly believe that. This song preaches the innocence of children, the beauty of mothers, the beauty of relationships, the beauty of what life truly could be and should be and really is. I think that most people lay their heads down at night and try to be better and try to be good to other people. And this song captures those emotions perfectly.”

    The Georgia native was overwhelmed when he was recently told he would most likely have his 20th chart-topper soon. “I tried to really relish every time you have a song at the top of the charts, ‘cause I tell people whether you write ‘em, you find ‘em, it’s still a series of miracles having a No. 1 song,” he says. “You’ve got to have somebody do the miracle of writing a No. 1 song and then you’ve got to go record it right, put it on an album, the label’s got to pick the right one and the people got to get it. I mean, it’s so many series of miracles, and the fact that I’ve had 20 of all those miracles is pretty special.”

    Luke, who is nominated at this year’s ACM Awards for Entertainer of the Year, has just returned from his first-ever concerts in Hawaii and also Australia, where he performed sold-out shows in Melbourne and Sydney and played the CMC Rocks Festival.

    Luke can be seen as one of three judges on this season’s American Idol Sunday and Monday evenings on ABC.

    Audio / Luke Bryan talks about having his 20th No. 1 single.

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    Luke Bryan (Most People Are Good 20th) OC: …pretty special. 1:15
    “When I moved to town and you dream of one No. 1, and here I am knocking on the door of 20 and I look back…you never think about how many albums you’re selling and how many people are streaming your music and buying your music and how many tickets you’re selling. I’m just out there doing what I do, having fun, and every now and then somebody walks up and goes, ‘Hey, you know you’re about to have your 20th No. 1,’ and I’m like, it really puts things into perspective. And then when you hear about artists you idolized as a kid, some of your numbers are where their numbers are and stuff like that, it’s really, really freaky. I don’t want it to ever lose the freakiness. You know, I tried to really relish every time you have a song at the top of the charts, ‘cause I tell people whether you write ‘em, you find ‘em, it’s still a series of miracles having a No. 1 song. You’ve got to have somebody do the miracle of writing a No. 1 song and then you’ve got to go record it right, put it on an album, the label’s got to pick the right one and the people got to get it. I mean, it’s so many series of miracles, and the fact that I’ve had 20 of all those miracles is pretty special.”

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