Country superstar Reba McEntire announced today that she will return to her original label home, Universal Music Group Nashville, where she spent the first 32 years of her famed career. During her time on both Mercury and MCA Records, two of the four labels that form Universal Music Group Nashville, Reba celebrated unprecedented success including 33 of her 35 career No. 1 singles and selling over 56 million albums worldwide.
“It’s a wonderful feeling to be back with the family where I started,” shares Reba. “I am thrilled because my catalog is here at Universal and I’m really excited to revisit all the songs that I recorded many years ago. We’re going to have a lot of fun.”
“At a time when our music, our community and our artists need a bright guiding light, Reba returning to the place where it all started is a great testament to her continuing impact and her powerful musical legacy and we are so proud she’s coming home,” says UMG Nashville President Cindy Mabe. “Reba is a music icon who changed culture and paved her own path by making strong empowering musical statements throughout her career through her songs, her videos, her fashion, her shows and her persona. She’s inspired so many generations of fans and there is so much more impact to be made. It is our honor and privilege to get to collaborate and grow the future of Reba’s musical career.”
On March 20th, Reba will hit the road on her first headlining arena tour since 2011 kicking off in Evansville, IN. Rising singer/songwriter Caylee Hammack is set to join her for the dozen stops including Pittsburgh, PA, Toledo, OH, St. Paul, MN and more. In addition, Reba will continue her residency with Brooks & Dunn at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas with 24 new dates through December.
Known as a powerhouse vocalist whose talent transcends musical boundaries, Reba is a true multi-media entertainment mogul. From the top of the country charts to the Broadway stage, Reba has repeatedly demonstrated her ability to inhabit any style of song with an authority and passion that has made her a household name from stage to screen. Her successful career spans across music, television, film, theater and retail. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Hollywood Bowl member has won 16 ACM Awards, 15 American Music Awards, 9 People’s Choice Awards, 6 CMA Awards, 3 GRAMMY Awards and a GMA Dove Award. Reba was also a 2018 Kennedy Center Honors recipient.
Her timeless hits include “Whoever’s In New England,” “You Lie,” “Fancy,” “Rumor Has It,” “Is There Life Out There,” “The Night The Lights Went Out in Georgia,” “Does He Love You” and more. Most recently, Reba released her acclaimed album, Read My Mind, on vinyl for the first time in celebration of its 25th Anniversary. The album includes hits such as “Why Haven’t I Heard From You” and “She Thinks His Name Was John.”
Originally from Oklahoma, Reba is a Golden Globe nominated actress and has 11 movie credits to her name in addition to her lead role on Broadway in Irving Berlin’s “Annie Get Your Gun.” She also starred in the six-season television sitcom “Reba.”
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Reba McEntire (back at UMG) OC: …be exciting. :36
“It’s a wonderful feeling to be back with the family where I started. A full circle moment. I am thrilled because my catalog is here at Universal, and I’m really excited to revisit all of the songs that I recorded many years ago and work with a team that’s so excited about my songs as I am. We’re gonna have a lot of fun. It’s gonna be very interesting to see what you can do with songs in 2020 as opposed to back 30, 40 years ago. I’m really looking forward to it. It’s gonna be exciting.”
Sam Hunt is poised to take over the top spot on the country charts with his latest smash, “Kinfolks,” which he co-wrote with Zach Crowell, Jerry Flowers and Josh Osborne.
In addition to impressing a new ladylove, “Kinfolks” is also about family, images and mainly about home. “For me, it’s my hometown, it’s my grandmothers, all my cousins, we have a big family and always got together around the holidays, so it’s all my cousins. And I’ve been posting some pictures on Instagram,” says Sam. “It’s images too. It’s those basketball goals, the houses, the cars, the whole, some of those looks just are nostalgic, and so it’s just home really for the most part.”
When writing the song, Sam also gives a nod to his Mom. “Her name is Joan, yeah. My brother calls her Joanie, and so I wanted to give it a little personal touch, so I threw that line in there.”
Sam’s eagerly-awaited sophomore album SOUTHSIDE will be released April 3rd on MCA Nashville. The album will feature his current smash “Kinfolks,” the introspective ballad “Sinning With You,” and more from the award-winning artist. SOUTHSIDE will be the first full album since Hunt’s critically acclaimed, GRAMMY-nominated, Triple-Platinum-selling debut, Montevallo.
In addition to the April 3rd album release, Hunt plans to hit the road on The Southside Summer Tour 2020 with special guests Kip Moore, Travis Denning, ERNEST and a DJ set by Brandi Cyrus. The Southside Summer Tour will kick off May 28th in Charlotte and head to over 40 markets including Chicago, St. Louis, Philadelphia, Birmingham, Houston, Phoenix, San Diego and more
Sam Hunt (Kinfolks) 2 OC: …for the most part. :24
“For me, it’s my hometown, it’s my grandmothers, all my cousins, we have a big family and always got together around the holidays, so it’s all my cousins. And I’ve been posting some pictures on Instagram. It’s images too. It’s those basketball goals, the houses, the cars, the whole, some of those looks just are nostalgic, and so it’s just home really for the most part.”
Sam Hunt (Joanie) OC: …in there. :09
“That’s my mom. (laughs) Her name is Joan, yeah. My brother calls her Joanie, and so I wanted to give it a little personal touch, so I threw that line in there.”
Two-time ACM and two-time CMA Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan has teamed up with Constellation Brands, the leading brewer and producer of high-end beer, wine and spirits, to introduce Two Lane American Golden Lager. Using only high-quality, American-grown ingredients, Constellation and Luke are proud to offer a modern take on an easy-to-enjoy, sessionable beer.
“Between my songs, Instagram posts and onstage toasts to my audience, it’s no secret that I like beer,” Luke said. “For a long time, I’ve dreamed of creating a beer to enjoy no matter if you are hanging out at one of my shows or at home with friends and family, and I was so grateful to find a partner in Constellation to make that dream a reality.”
“We’re thrilled to introduce Two Lane Lager to fans in collaboration with Luke. As a self-proclaimed ‘beer expert,’ he’s the perfect complement to our expert brewers,” said John Alvarado, SVP, Brand Marketing Beer Division, Constellation Brands. “Two Lane Lager is a natural extension of our high-end portfolio, offering a clean and crisp taste that transports you to a place where good friends and good times are waiting, and the beer is always cold.”
Luke’s support of Two Lane goes far deeper than a celebrity endorsement. He’s played an instrumental role throughout the entire process, from tasting to creative development. In fact, Luke is so proud of Two Lane, he’s put his name on it, literally signing off on every can.
Every can of Two Lane is brewed with high-quality ingredients, including two-row American barley and water sourced from the Blue Ridge Mountains. Two Lane received its name because it’s perfect for the kinds of places you find at the end of a two-lane road — secret fishing holes, secluded campsites, dive bars — ultimately wherever and with whomever you feel most at home.
Two Lane American Golden Lager will first be available to the corner of the country Luke calls home, hitting shelves in Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia on March 2nd. This sessionable beer will be sold in 6-pack cans, 12-pack cans, 16-ounce single-serve cans and on draft. A 12-pack of cans has an SRP of $15.99. For more information, visit www.DrinkTwoLane.com, or take the road less traveled and follow @TwoLaneBrewing on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
Luke is currently making his way up the country charts with his latest smash, “What She Wants Tonight.”
Two Lane will join Luke in the above-mentioned markets during his 2020 summer tour, Proud To Be Right Here, which kicks off on May 28. To learn more about tour dates and to purchase tickets, visit LukeBryan.com/tour.
Jordan Davis grew up in Shreveport, Louisiana, and since he’s experienced Mardi Gras nearly every year of his life, he’s got a lot of advice for those attending for the first time.
“My main piece of advice is everybody needs to experience New Orleans at least once,” says Jordan. “Another piece is just pace yourself. It is pretty much a month-long party, so just pace yourself, try to stay hydrated that’s not alcohol, have a blast and catch a bunch of beads. Get a sign – that’s another piece of advice. If you’re really going after beads, get something that catches their eyes. Also, when it comes to making signs, best advice, make it a hoop, ‘cause if you have somebody on a float, if they have something to throw at, you’re gonna get a ton more beads.”
Mardi Gras Day is next Tuesday (February 25th). Also known as Fat Tuesday, it’s the last day of the Carnival season as it always falls the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. The most popular time to visit New Orleans is the extended weekend before Mardi Gras when you can catch parades, like Endymion, Bacchus, Zulu, Rex and all of the festive celebrations throughout the whole city.
The Louisiana native, who is on the road playing sold-out dates including a two-night stand in Denver at the end of the week, is making his way to the top of the country charts with his latest smash, “Slow Dance in a Parking Lot.”
Jordan Davis (Mardi Gras) OC: …ton more beads. :44
“I have a lot advice on Mardi Gras. My main piece of advice is everybody needs to experience New Orleans at least once. Another piece is just pace yourself. It is pretty much a month-long party, so just pace yourself, try to stay hydrated that’s not alcohol, have a blast and catch a bunch of beads. Get a sign – that’s another piece of advice. If you’re really going after beads, get something that catches their eyes. Also, when it comes to making signs, best advice, make it a hoop, ‘cause if you have somebody on a float, if they have something to throw at, you’re gonna get a ton more beads.”
Carrie Underwood has announced she will be going on a book tour next month to support her upcoming book, Find Your Path: Honor Your Body, Fuel Your Soul and Get Strong with the Fit52 Life. She will make stops in Brooklyn (New York), Stamford (Connecticut), Nashville (Tennessee) and L.A. (California).
Carrie’s fans closely follow what she does to stay fit, tracking her workouts and healthy eating tips on social media. As the founder and lead designer of the popular lifestyle and fitness brand CALIA by Carrie Underwood, she believes that fitness is a lifelong journey, and it’s not about perfection. Her Fit52 program, which she shares with readers in this book, is a sustainable, common-sense approach to staying active, eating well, and looking as beautiful as you feel—52 weeks a year.
“I want to be healthy and fit 52 weeks of the year, but that doesn’t mean I have to be perfect every day,” she says. “This philosophy is a year-round common-sense approach to health and fitness that involves doing your best most of the time — and by that I don’t mean being naughty for three days and good for four. I mean doing your absolute best most of the time during every week, 52 weeks of the year.”
Carrie is currently making her way up the country charts with her latest song, “Drinking Alone.”
Travis Denning is serving up the ultimate break-up anthem in time for Valentine’s Day with his new track “ABBY,” available to listen today here. Written by Ashley Gorley, Matt Jenkins and Chase McGill, the track marks singer/songwriter Denning’s first outside recording. The track follows his current Top 20 single “After A Few,” that continues to ascend at country radio and has garnered over 44 million streams worldwide, as Denning continues to release music to meet fan demand.
Sitting down with PEOPLE to exclusively share more details behind “ABBY,” Denning’s new “wickedly fun good-riddance romp” takes listeners on the journey of a break up, and when posed with the question if there is someone new, the snap back is “yes, and her name is ‘ABBY.’ That’s ‘Any Body But You,’” in a lyrical anagram that has crowds singing along during Denning’s live set already.
“The minute I heard this song I knew I had to record it, because my instant reaction was ‘Man, I wish I had written that,’” shared Denning. “I feel like anyone who has gone through a breakup can relate to it in some way and wishing they had a response as bold as ’Any Body But You.’ We’ve played it out on the road live a few times and the reaction has been wild. I’m excited that more people are getting to hear this song. It’s a fun one.”
Following kicking off 2020 as direct support on Dustin Lynch’s STAY COUNTRY TOUR, Denning will join Sam Hunt this summer as a special guest on his THE SOUTHSIDE SUMMER TOUR. The tour will kick off on May 28 in Charlotte, NC at PNC Music Pavilion, with coast to coast stops through September this year.
A native of Warner Robins, Georgia, singer/songwriter Travis Denning’s current Top 20 single “After A Few” follows his Top 40 debut single “David Ashley Parker From Powder Springs.” Denning has previously opened shows for Cole Swindell, Alan Jackson, LANCO, Riley Green and his first headlining “Heartbeat Of A Small Town Tour.” With over 134 million streams worldwide, Denning has been spotlighted by Billboard for his “future star power” and was selected this past year as an Opry NextStage recipient and CMA KixStart Artist, as he makes his mark within the industry. Inspired at a young age, Denning developed a love for country, pop, rock and heavy metal and started playing local bars from the age of 16, as he built a strong following from his distinctive songs and raucous guitar solos. A prolific writer with an unquestionable stage presence, Denning moved to Nashville and secured outside cuts by Jason Aldean, Justin Moore, Michael Ray and Chase Rice. Denning’s newest songwriting cut includes Michael Ray’s current Top 25 single “Her World or Mine” that is continuing to climb the charts at Country radio. For more information, visit travisdenning.com.
Luke Bryan (inspiration behind BHLHDH) OC: …emotion. :18
“Hey guys, Luke here, and the inspiration behind ‘Born Here Live Here Die Here’ is about small-town life. A lot of us out there never want to leave it and never want to leave the feeling of living in a small town, and this song does a wonderful job of capturing that emotion.”
Lauren Alaina has revealed the cover art for her upcoming March 6th Getting Good EP. The EP contains five songs co-written by Lauren including “Ladies in the ’90s,” the beautifully moving “The Other Side,” plus three brand new songs and the title track and current single playing now on country radio, “Getting Good.” Full track listing below. Pre save Getting Good HERE.
Lauren revealed the cover art to her fans on her socials.
Surprise! I’m so excited I could EP my pants. Here’s the cover art for my ep titled “Getting Good” coming out March 6th. Happy Valentine’s Day from me to you. Be sure to check out my Instagram stories today for the full track listing 💕 pic.twitter.com/oaB51PSrhe
— Lauren Alaina (@Lauren_Alaina) February 14, 2020
Next up, Lauren hits the road as direct support for Blake Shelton on the Friends & Heroes Tour 2020. The tour opened Thursday night (February 13th) in Portland, Oregon. Upcoming dates include Bakersfield, Salt Lake City, Denver and more. Additional tour dates and info available HERE.
Getting Good EP Track List:
- In My Veins (Lauren Alaina, Cary Barlowe, Hillary Lindsey, Jesse Frasure)
- Getting Good* (Emily Weisband)
- Somebody Else’s Problem (Lauren Alaina, Jesse Frasure, Geoff Warburton)
- Ladies In The ’90s (Lauren Alaina, Jesse Frasure, Amy Wadge)
- Country In Me* (Lauren Alaina, David Garcia, Emily Weisband)
- The Other Side* (Lauren Alaina, Zach Kale, Jon Nite)
Produced by Jesse Frasure
*Produced by David Garcia
Lauren Alaina (releasing Getting Good EP) OC: …excited about that. :28
“I am so excited to release this EP, and the reason we are even releasing it is because I just could not wait until we released the entire album to put out new music. It’s been a while since we put out new music and we’re doing a headlining tour and …excited about that.”
Luke Bryan and his fellow American Idol judges Katy Perry and Lionel Richie stopped by ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live to talk about the new season of the singing competition show, as well as each other.
The new season of Idol kicks off Sunday (February 16th) at 8pm ET on ABC.
Meanwhile, Luke is making his way up the country charts with his latest smash, “What She Wants Tonight.”
Country star Lauren Alaina recently wrapped up her first-ever headlining tour – the THAT GIRL WAS ME TOUR – completing the fully sold out run with dates in Chattanooga and Atlanta. Other stops along the way included Indianapolis, New York City, Boston, two nights in Nashville and more. Watch Lauren’s tour recap video HERE.
Next up, Lauren hits the road as direct support for Blake Shelton on the Friends & Heroes Tour 2020. The tour opened last night in Portland, Oregon and continues tonight in Tacoma, Wash. and tomorrow in Spokane, Wash. Upcoming dates include Bakersfield, Salt Lake City, Denver and more. Additional tour dates and info available HERE.
Lauren is making her way up the country charts with her latest song, “Getting Good.”