• NEWS AND NOTES: Eric, Keith, Brothers Osborne, Kip, Tyminski, Luke, Sam, Shania

    Eric Church and Keith Urban will headline next year’s Tortuga Music Festival, along with Florida Georgia Line. The three-day event, taking place April 6 – 8 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, will also feature performances by Brothers Osborne, Kip Moore, Tyminski, Snoop Dog, Lucie Silvas, The Cadillace Three, Lee Brice, Dan + Shay and many more. Tickets for the festival go on sale December 1st at 10am ET at TortugaMusicFestival.com.

    In addition to the headliners Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt and Blake Shelton, Luke’s Crash My Playa event will also feature Maren Morris, Brett Young and Dustin Lynch. The annual festival will take place January 17th – 20th, 2018.

    Shania Twain’s “Man! I Feel Like a Woman” music video has reached over 100 million views on Youtube.

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Luke, Lady A, LBT, Alan, Darius, Shania

    Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Alan Jackson, CB30 will all perform during this year’s CMA Country Christmas. The show, hosted by Reba McEntire for the first time, will air November 27th at 8pm ET on ABC. Dustin Lynch, Brett Eldredge, Kelsea Ballerini, Trisha Yearwood, Chris Young, Dustin Lynch, CeCe Winans and Dan + Shay will also perform during the show, which will be held at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville.

    Darius Rucker will perform “Winter Wonderland” during ABC’s The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration this year. The show will premiere November 30th at 9pm ET, as well as “Home for the Holidays” during Disney Parks Magical Christmas Celebration on Christmas Day.

    The new revamp of American Idol, starring Luke Bryan, Lionel Richie and Katy Perry as judges, will premiere Sunday, March 11th on ABC.

    Shania Twain is featured in the new free mobile game Home Street, as an in-game character throughout the month of November. The international superstar, who recently released her new album NOW, is the first guest character to appear in the game.

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Shania, Darius, Luke, LBT, Sam, Dierks, Jon, Church, Strait, Stapleton, Kacey

    Darius Rucker will appear on ABC’s The View on Wednesday (October 25th).

    Shania Twain is featured on CBS’ The Talk on Wednesday (October 25th).

    Luke Bryan is a special guest on the Ellen DeGeneres Show on Thursday (October 26th).

    During the Nashville Songwriter Hall of Fame celebration earlier this week, the NSAI presented the 10 Songs I Wish I’d Written Awards. The honorees included Little Big Town’s “Better Man (written by Taylor Swift), Sam Hunt’s “Body Like a Back Road” (written by Sam, Josh Osborne, Shane McAnally and Zach Crowell), “Different for Girls” by Dierks Bentley, featuring Elle King (written by JT Harding and Shane McAnally), Jon Pardi’s “Dirt on My Boots” (written by Ashley Gorley, Jesse Frasure and Rhett Akins) and Eric Church’s “Kill a Word,” which he co-wrote with Jeff Hyde and Luke Dick.

    George Strait, Chris Stapleton, Little Big Town and Kacey Musgraves have been announced as performers at next year’s Bayou Country Superfest. The festival will take place at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Oreleans over the Memorial Day weekend. Tickets go on sale next Thursday (November 2nd).

  • SHANIA TWAIN’S ‘NOW’ ALBUM DEBUTS AT NO. 1 ON BILLBOARD.

    Shania Twain’s new album, NOW, bows at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart this week. The superstar’s first studio album in 15 years sold 137,000 in sales and equivalent streams during its first week. According to Billboard, 134,000 were in traditional album sales, which is the third largest sales week for a country album this year and the largest for a woman in nearly two years (Carrie Underwood’s Storyteller album debuted in November 2015 with 164,000 in sales and streams).

     

    The album, which features “Swingin’ With My Eyes Closed” and “Life’s About to Get Good,” along with “Soldier” and many more, includes many varied styles and moods, according to Shania.

    “Stylistically, the album is very diverse. I really took the freedom to just approach with an anything goes attitude. I really didn’t want to box myself in to any specific style or mood, and just let my creativity flow, and that resulted in a lot of just all of my favorite musical ideas in one,” she says. “So, I really had fun with it and explored things I’d never done before stylistically or things I always wanted to explore. I knew that I wanted the album to sound, you know, to not lose authenticity in the mix of everything. Once we got into production, I really wanted to make sure and my direction was I want to use authentic string instruments, acoustic instruments and use musicians with a lot of soul and a lot of really great live experience playing.”

    NOW has also debuted at the top of the U-K chart, beating out Wolf Alice’s Visions of a Life by fewer than 800 copies, as well as topping the album chart in Australia and Canada, where it has already been certified platinum.

    Shania will launch her NOW Tour May 3rd in Tacoma, Washington.

    Audio / Shania Twain says the songs on her NOW album are pretty diverse.

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    Shania Twain (album stylistically different) OC: …playing. :53
    “Stylistically, the album is very diverse. I really took the freedom to just approach with an anything goes attitude. I really didn’t want to box myself in to any specific style or mood, and just let my creativity flow, and that resulted in a lot of just all of my favorite musical ideas in one. So, I really had fun with it and explored things I’d never done before stylistically or things I always wanted to explore. I knew that I wanted the album to sound, you know, to not lose authenticity in the mix of everything. Once we got into production, I really wanted to make sure and my direction was I want to use authentic string instruments, acoustic instruments and use musicians with a lot of soul and a lot of really great live experience playing.”

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  • COUNTRY STARS REACT TO THE HORRIFIC TRAGEDY IN LAS VEGAS.

    Words are still hard to come by, emotions and unfamiliar feelings are flooding our hearts and souls and trying to process the horrific tragedy at the Rt. 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas on Sunday night (October 1st) is still something that we can’t quite do and which will affect us the rest of our lives. The Country Music family, community, fans and friends around the world have been shaken to the core by the devastating carnage from Sunday night.

    It has taken days for me to post the following:

     

    Eric Church performed at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville on Wednesday night (October 4th) and spoke eloquently and passionately about Sunday’s shooting in Las Vegas. He was one of the headliners at the Route 91 Harvest Festival and painted the picture of the fans who attended the festival. He dedicated “Why Not Me,” a song he wrote this week, to Sonny Melton, the Paris, Tennessee man who died protecting his wife from the bullets that were being sprayed into the crowd of festivalgoers. Check out the videos below.

     

    While he performed “Here On Earth” the other morning for a national radio show, he’s also healing folks by talking to them and really listening to them, as well as giving much needed blood to the American Red Cross.

    Heartbroken for all the victims and families involved in #LasVegas. Still in disbelief. I love you all

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    There are no words. Praying for all the victims and their families affected by the tragedy in Vegas.

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    Our hearts are so heavy this morning… sick to our stomachs.

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    Lord be near (Route 91) Psalm 91

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    …And the greatest of these is LOVE. ❤️ 1 Corinthians 13 #prayersforvegas

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    On the worst day ever. It got even worse. #nowords #prayforvegas #musicisawesome #tompettyandtheheartbreakers

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    At a loss for words over what happened in Vegas last night…My prayers are with everyone involved.

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    Audio / Before performing “Bridge Over Troubled Waters” at Monday night’s Candlelight Vigil at Nashville’s Ascend Theater, Keith Urban offered hope and prayers from his family to everyone who was affected by Sunday night’s horrific tragedy in Las Vegas.

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    Keith Urban (Candlelight Vigil) OC: …in the world. 1:23
    “I I want to firstly offer the prayers and love of my whole family to everybody affected by last night’s horrific tragedy. I started this morning by finding out about it, and being shell-shocked all morning getting my kids ready for school. And our nine-year-old, as I was driving her to school this morning, said to, ‘Dad, you seem quiet.’ I said, ‘Yeah, it was a lot of people killed last night.’ She said, ‘Did you know any of them?’ I said, ‘Not that I know of.’ Then she said, ‘Well, why are you so sad?’ I said, ‘Well, first of all, these were innocent people horrifically taken. Secondly, they’re like family.’ It’s the one thing about country music that’s always been at the center of it. It is community. It’s about community. So, I did know those people in that way, and it just really hit me. I feel very grateful for this moment tonight to be able to put some light in the world.”

     

    Audio / Before performing "Go Rest High On That Mountain" at Monday night's Candlelight Vigil in Nashville, Vince Gill gave his thoughts to the horrific events of Sunday night.

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    Vince Gill (Candlelight Vigil) OC: …innocent people. :17
    Thank you for the opportunity to come and lift up 58 families who lost somebody last night. An honor to be here as a voice for the innocent. May we never lose our voice for innocent people.”

     

    Audio / Vince Gill's wife, Amy Grant, led a prayer at Monday night's Candlelight Vigil in Nashville to honor those who lost and risked their lives Sunday night in Las Vegas.

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    Amy Grant (Candlight Vigil) OC: …each other. Amen. 2:21
    Father in Heaven, thank you for the gift of each other. Thank you that none of us is born alone or dies alone. But you go before us and beneath us and beside us and within us. Thank you for loving arms that were there to catch every fallen child, man and woman. Thank you for your presence that never leaves us. Thank you for word said over and over again, ‘Fear not.’ ‘Fear not.’ Father, in silence, we lift up, we just imagine all of the people rebuilding their lives. Broken. Grieving. And as a group, I don’t even know how to imagine lifting them all up, but I’m just picturing us almost like slinging them on our backs, lifting them up in our arms to the light of your love. We lift them up now, God, in silence. We lift up grieving spouses, God. We lift up moms and dads grieving the loss of a child, a son and a daughter. We lift up the doctors and nursing attending to the hundreds of people recovering. Give us the grace, God, every day, to see each other. To see each other. To see our differences. To see our similarities. To observe. To learn rather than judge. Fill our hearts with courage to not be afraid. To love, love, love. Thank you that you began this story that we’re all a part of, and you will finish it. And it began in love, and it will end in love. Thank you for the gift of each other. Amen.”

    Video / Eric Church performs "Why Not Me" on the Grand Ole Opry.

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    Video / Eric Church honors the victims and heroes and fans at Sunday night's horrific tragedy in Las Vegas.

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  • SHANIA TWAIN PERFORMS ON THE LATE, LATE SHOW WITH JAMES CORDEN.

    Shania Twain performed “Swingin’ With My Eyes Closed” on The Late, Late Show With James Corden on Tuesday night (October 3rd), in promotion of her new album, NOW, that just came out last Friday (September 29th).

    Check it out below.

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  • SHANIA TWAIN’S NEW ALBUM IS ‘NOW’ AVAILABLE.

    Shania Twain has released her brand-new studio album, NOW, her first full-length album since 2002.

    Shania says the album isn’t about her past, but about her NOW. “The album is about the journey to getting where I am now, and the music has evolved so much from the onset of when I started writing the songs from a more confused and grieving place to a much more optimistic place of being able to see the light at the end of the tunnel.  And the songwriting helped me address so many emotions that I’d been either not coping with or that I wasn’t even aware of,” she says. “It’s about me now and it’s not about my past.  It’s about the journey from where I was, where I’d been and where I am today now.”

    Writing the entire album and co-producing the collection of new songs, Shania said that’s the most special thing about it. “I was determined to make this creatively independent process and I didn’t want outside influence I wanted it to really be about my own thoughts and my own heart,” she says. “The songwriting process needed to be very intimate and really all about what I could do independently and also to prove to myself that I could do it myself and that was important to me.”

    Shania just released the video for her song, “Swingin’ With My Eyes Closed.” Check it out below.

    The international superstar will launch her NOW World Tour May 3rd in Tacoma, Washington and will run through the rest of next summer, wrapping in Las Vegas August 4th at MGM Grand Garden Arena.

    Audio / Shania Twain explains what her new album NOW is all about.

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    Shania Twain (NOW album) OC: …today now. :44
    “This is my now album. The album is about the journey to getting where I am now, and the music has evolved so much from the onset of when I started writing the songs from a more confused and grieving place to a much more optimistic place of being able to see the light at the end of the tunnel.  And the songwriting helped me address so many emotions that I’d been either not coping with or that I wasn’t even aware of.  So, it was a huge awareness process writing the music for this album. It’s about me now and it’s not about my past.  It’s about the journey from where I was, where I’d been and where I am today now.”

    Audio / Shania Twain says the most special thing about her new album, NOW, is that she solely wrote every single song on the album.

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    Shania Twain (NOW is special) OC: …important to me. :42
    “I mean the most special thing about the record for me personally is and artistically is that I wrote the whole album myself. I was determined to make this creatively independent process and I didn’t want outside influence. I wanted it to really be about my own thoughts and my own heart. Once the songs were written then, of course, artistically and creatively it all goes into the studio and the building of the actual record. But the songwriting process needed to be very intimate and really all about what I could do independently and also to prove to myself that I could do it myself and that was important to me.”

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  • SUPERSTAR SHANIA TWAIN GEARS UP TO RELEASE BRAND NEW ALBUM NOW THIS FRIDAY SEPT. 29

    In what is easily one of the most anticipated albums of the year, global superstar Shania Twain will release her brand-new album NOW this Friday September 29. Singlehandedly writing every song on the record, NOW is the first album Shania has released in nearly 15 years, and fans along with the media are responding with delight and critical acclaim across the board. The Wall Street Journal praises the record, “The autobiographical stories can be both witty and catchy… There is much to enjoy and admire here.” Shania has made national and international TV appearances and performances including CBS Sunday Morning, the opening ceremony of The US Open, America’s Got Talent finale, a cameo on Broad City, and Shania recently graced the cover of the world-renowned New York Times Arts & Leisure section. Additionally, Shania is set to make appearances on The Ellen Show (September 29th), NPR’s Dinner Party Download (September 29th), NPR’s Sunday Weekend Edition and The Late Late Show with James Corden (October 3rd).

    Responding to overwhelming demand from fans for new music, Shania released four songs in advance of the album, including the latest “We Got Something They Don’t,” “Swingin’ With My Eyes Closed,” “Poor Me,” and the “bouncy, optimistic” (Rolling Stone) lead single “Life’s About To Get Good.” Shania worked 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 TWAIN – NOW Deluxe Track List:

    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 List:

    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 75 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!”

  • SHANIA TWAIN DIDN’T PLAN ON CO-PRODUCING HER NEW ALBUM, NOW.

    Shania Twain is set to release her brand new album NOW on September 29th. Three decades into her storied career as the “top-selling female country artist of all-time,” Shania confidently embraces the moment on her triumphant fifth full-length album on Mercury Nashville and her first album since 2002. Assuming the role of sole songwriter for the first time and overseeing production as a co-producer, this is the woman the world knows and loves at her brightest, boldest and best. NOW, offered as both a 12-track standard and a 16-track deluxe, is available for preorder now and includes an instant download of the album’s lead single “Life’s About to Get Good.” The joyful new tune premieres today on country radio platforms around the globe.

    Shania said while she was writing the songs for her new album, Now, she wasn’t sure what her role was going to be in the production.

    “I actually didn’t think I’d have much of a place in the production at all, but I just stayed involved the whole way as songs were being finished. I had ideas and visions about what instruments I wanted to use, the mood of the sound of each song – and they’re all individual. I wanted authenticity in the music, but I wanted to enjoy technology as well. I wanted to marry those two worlds,” says Shania. So, I had a lot of ideas already about that, but I thought I was going to give all that direction to the producers and then I would just wait, you know? [laughs] Wait and just see what would happen, but I just ended up being really involved I think more because there were several producers involved, I wanted it all to be cohesive in the end and it just took, I just had to stay involved. I had to tie it all together, and I really enjoyed that role. So that role fell more, came out really organically and not as a plan. I really loved that whole experience. I learned a lot too and appreciated my own ability there that I never really knew I had, so I learned that about myself. That was also really empowering, just saying, ‘Hmm, I can do this.’”

    Shania will appear on the Ellen DeGeneres Show on Friday and is set to perform her song, “Swingin’ With My Eyes Closed.”

    The international superstar will launch her NOW World Tour May 3rd in Tacoma, Washington and will run through the rest of next summer, wrapping in Las Vegas August 4th at MGM Grand Garden Arena.

    Audio / Shania Twain talks about the production element and how she ended up co-producing her new album, Now.

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    Shania Twain (album production) OC: …I can do this. 1:21
    “I really wasn’t sure what my role was going to be in the production. I actually didn’t think I’d have much of a place in the production at all, but I just stayed involved the whole way as songs were being finished. I had ideas and visions about what instruments I wanted to use, the mood of the sound of each song – and they’re all individual. I wanted authenticity in the music, but I wanted to enjoy technology as well. I wanted to marry those two worlds. So, I had a lot of ideas already about that, but I thought I was going to give all that direction to the producers and then I would just wait, you know? [laughs] Wait and just see what would happen, but I just ended up being really involved I think more because there were several producers involved, I wanted it all to be cohesive in the end and it just took, I just had to stay involved. I had to tie it all together and I really enjoyed that role. So that role fell more, came out really organically and not as a plan. I really loved that whole experience. I learned a lot too and appreciated my own ability there that I never really knew I had, so I learned that about myself. That was also really empowering, just saying, ‘Hmm, I can do this.’”

  • SHANIA TWAIN ON CBS SUNDAY MORNING.

    Shania Twain was featured on CBS Sunday Morning, and she spoke about her life, her husband, writing and recording her new album, Now, available on Friday (September 29th). Check out the entire piece below.

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