• TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS 2017

    UMG Nashville is starting a new tradition having our talented artists recite the age-old holiday poem, “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” This year, we have Alan Jackson, Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Darius Rucker, TJ and John Osborne (Brothers Osborne), Jordan Davis and Brandon Lay doing the honors.

    For your convenience, we’re offering a produced and dry versions of the holiday classic.

    Happy Holidays!

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  • CARRIE UNDERWOOD WILL CO-HOST GRAMMY SPECIAL WITH JOHN LEGEND FRIDAY.

    Carrie Underwood and John Legend will co-host GRAMMYs Greatest Stories: A 60th Anniversary Special on Friday (November 24th) at 9pm ET on CBS.

    The special will feature highlights from the past 59 years, including artist reactions to their own GRAMMY performances.

     

  • KEITH, CARRIE AND LBT WIN BIG AT THE AMA AWARDS.

    Keith Urban picked up three American Music Awards on Sunday night (November 19th); Favorite Country Male Artist, Favorite Country Album for Ripcord and Favorite Country Song for “Blue Ain’t Your Color.”

    “I’ve always gravitated towards and written a lot of songs that have hope at their center. That’s really it, because if we don’t have hope then what’s the point? Life’s hard. It’s hard, and it’s very hard for some people more than others will ever begin to imagine, me being one of those people. There’s challenges that humans have faced that I can’t even begin to imagine what I would’ve done in that situation,” says Keith. “So, I love songs of hope, songs of compassion, songs of empathy, understanding, songs of forgiveness. I write a lot of those kinds of songs. I’ve always written those kinds of songs, because they’re things I needed to hear, as well…But ‘Blue Ain’t Your Color’ is cut from that cloth too; it’s a song of believing in somebody and believing somebody deserves better.”

    Carrie Underwood was named Favorite Female Country Artist, while Little Big Town took home the trophy for Favorite Country Duo/Group for the first time.

    Keith just released his new song, “Female,” which is already sitting inside the Top 30 on the country charts.

     

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    Audio / Keith Urban says he writes mostly songs of hope, which includes his award-winning "Blue Ain't Your Color."

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    Keith Urban (Blue Ain’t Your Color-AMAs) OC: …deserves better. 1:07
    “I’ve always gravitated towards and written a lot of songs that have hope at their center. That’s really it, because if we don’t have hope then what’s the point? Life’s hard. It’s hard, and it’s very hard for some people more than others will ever begin to imagine, me being one of those people. There’s challenges that humans have faced that I can’t even begin to imagine what I would’ve done in that situation. So, I love songs of hope, songs of compassion, songs of empathy, understanding, songs of forgiveness. I write a lot of those kinds of songs. I’ve always written those kinds of songs, because they’re things I needed to hear, as well. The amount of times I should’ve taken my own advice in a song is like [laughs]…I was so busy helping everybody else figuring things out that I was lost myself and I needed to listen to my own songs. But ‘Blue Ain’t Your Color’ is cut from that cloth too; it’s a song of believing in somebody and believing somebody deserves better.”

    Audio / Keith Urban talks about his AMA Award-winning album, Ripcord.

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    Keith Urban (Ripcord-AMA) OC: …really well. :29
    “The first thing I think about with that record is buoyant energy that whole album. That’s how I feel about it. I feel the record predominantly has a lot of buoyant energy. Even the name Ripcord appealed to me because the sort of high speed that you’re hurtling to earth at before you pull the ripcord, so there’s a lot of sort of propulsion energy in that name that felt like it fit the record really well.”

  • THANKSGIVING LINERS 2017

    Audio / LINER AJ (Thanksgiving)

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    “Hi! This is Alan Jackson. I hope y’all have a very happy Thanksgiving out there.”

    Audio / LINER Billy Currington (Thanksgiving)

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    “Hey Guys, I’m Billy Currington. Have a great Thanksgiving.”

    Audio / LINER Brandon Lay (Thanksgiving)

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    “Hey y’all! This is Brandon Lay. Happy Thanksgiving.”

    Audio / LINER Brothers Osborne (Thanksgiving)

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    “Hey! This is TJ, and this is John, and we’re wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving!”

    Audio / LINER Canaan Smith (Thanksgiving)

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    “Hey! What’s up, guys? I’m Canaan Smith, wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving!”

    Audio / LINER Carrie Underwood (Thanksgiving)

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    “Hi! I’m Carrie Underwood, wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving.”

    Audio / LINER Clare Dunn (Thanksgiving)

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    “Hey! This is Clare Dunn, wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving!”

    Audio / LINER Tyminski (Thanksgiving)

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    “Hey everybody, I’m Dan Tyminski, wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving.”

    Audio / LINER Darius Rucker (Thanksgiving)

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    “Hey y’all! What’s up? This is Darius Rucker, wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving!” “

    Audio / LINER Dierks Bentley (Thanksgiving)

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    “Hey! It’s Dierks Bentley! Happy Thanksgiving!”

    Audio / LINER Easton Corbin (Thanksgiving)

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    “It’s Easton Corbin here, and I want to wish everybody a Happy Thanksgiving!”

    Audio / LINER Eric Church (Thanksgiving)

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    “Hey folks! It’s Eric Church, wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving.”

    Audio / LINER Eric Paslay (Thanksgiving)

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    “Hey! This is Eric Paslay, wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving.”

    Audio / LINER Gary Allan (Thanksgiving)

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    “Hey guys! Gary Allan here. I just want to wish everybody a Happy Thanksgiving, and have a Happy Holidays and make sure you’re safe out there. Drive safe. Party your butts off, but do it safe.”

    Audio / LINER George Strait (Thanksgiving)

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    “Hi! This is George Strait, wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving.”

    Audio / LINER Jon Pardi (Thanksgiving)

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    “Hey! It’s Jon Pardi, wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving.”

    Audio / LINER Jordan Davis (Thanksgiving)

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    “Hey! I’m Jordan Davis. Happy Thanksgiving, everybody.”

    Audio / LINER Kacey Musgraves (Thanksgiving)

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    “Hey! It’s Kacey Musgraves, wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving!”

    Audio / LINER Keith Urban (Thanksgiving)

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    “Happy Thanksgiving everybody. It’s Keith Urban here. I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all of you listening for your incredible love and support that I’ve received over the last year, and to wish you and all of your family all the very best for this holiday.”

    Audio / LINER Kip Moore (Thanksgiving)

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    “Hey what’s up guys, this is Kip Moore wishing you a very happy Thanksgiving.”

    Audio / LINER Lady A (Thanksgiving)

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    “Hey everybody! We are Lady Antebellum, wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving.”

    Audio / LINER Lauren Alaina (Thanksgiving)

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    “Hey! This is Lauren Alaina, wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving!”

    Audio / LINER LBT (Thanksgiving)

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    “Hey, we’re Little Big Town. Happy Thanksgiving!”

    Audio / LINER Luke Bryan (Thanksgiving)

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    “Hey! It’s Luke Bryan, wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving!”

    Audio / LINER Mickey Guyton (Happy Thanksgiving)

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    “Hey! It’s Mickey Guyton here, and I want to wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving.”

    Audio / LINER Sam Hunt (Thanksgiving)

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    “Hey everybody! This is Sam Hunt, wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving.”

     

     

  • CMA AWARDS 2017: Carrie Underwood

    For the past 10 years, Carrie Underwood has talked, joked and sang her way into the hearts of millions as the co-host of the annual CMA Awards. Sharing duties with pal Brad Paisley, she says it’s tough for her to pick specific moments out as a host, saying all of the moments with Brad are wonderful, even though it’s a lot of work being at the helm of the show.

    “Our planning time is, it’s a lot of work and it can be stressful, but it’s also fun too getting in the room with Brad and the writers and we’re just kind of swapping ideas – some good, some bad,” she says with a laugh. “But we’re all working together to put on the show, and we want to be respectful and we want to celebrate Country Music, that’s what we’re there for, but I don’t know if I could pick one moment that’s my all-time favorite moment ever.”

    However, the Oklahoma native, who cannot believe she and Brad have been hosting the awards for 10 years, says one moment last year did stand out.

    “Looking back, we’ve had so many bits and jokes and things like that, but I think my favorite parts of the whole thing are the things that that we get to be involved in that people don’t see,” says Carrie. “You know, like looking back, especially on the 50th Anniversary – that was so amazing being part of that open and kind of having that rehearsal band with my band and Brad’s band and all these legendary artists seeing them all come together and work together and they were swapping stories and laughing with each other because there were so many of them that haven’t seen each other in forever either so, it was just an amazing moment to be a part of. I’d say that’s way high up there on my list of favorite moments for the CMAs.”

    In addition to the performances, many people tune in to watch the CMA Awards just so they can see what Carrie is wearing and how many outfit changes she will make over the course of the three-hour show.

    “When I’m trying to make CMA dress decisions, I just want what makes me feel good. That’s it. There’s no ulterior motives or anything. I don’t have a plan when I go in. I just try on a bunch of dresses and I just want to wear what makes me feel good. I feel like as women, that’s just what we do – something that makes us feel confident and be our best selves,” she says. “If I find two dresses that I love, then I’ll be wearing two dresses to the CMAs. If I find 12, I’m gonna try to wear all 12, [laughs] so that’s kind of how we operate. But it’s fun. I’m running around backstage like a mad person for quick changes and things like that, but it kind of just adds this element to the CMAs.”

    Carrie is nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year at the 51st Annual CMA Awards, which will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena November 8th at 8pm ET on ABC.

    On November 17th, she will digitally release Carrie Underwood: The Storyteller Tour – Stories In The Round, Live from Madison Square Garden, which will be available digitally on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and Qello.

    Audio / Carrie Underwood finds it difficult to pick just one moment from hosting the CMA Awards, because there are just so many.

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    Carrie Underwood (CMA hosting moment) OC: …it’s all good. :37
    “It’s hard to pick one thing that I enjoy about hosting the CMA Awards. Our planning time is, it’s a lot of work and it can be stressful, but it’s also fun too getting in the room with Brad and the writers and we’re just kind of swapping ideas – some good, some bad. [laughs] But we’re all  working together to put on the show, and we want to be respectful and we want to celebrate Country Music, that’s what we’re there for, but I don’t know if I could pick one moment that’s my all-time favorite moment ever. It’s all good.”

    Audio / Carrie Underwood talks about hosting the CMA Awards with Brad Paisley for 10 years.

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    Carrie Underwood (CMA 10) OC: …for the CMAs. :57
    “It is absolutely crazy to think and realize that this is my 10th year of co-hosting the CMA Awards with Brad. Looking back, we’ve had so many bits and jokes and things like that, but I think my favorite parts of the whole thing are the things that that we get to be involved in that people don’t see. You know, like looking back, especially on the 50th Anniversary – that was so amazing being part of that open and kind of having that rehearsal band with my band and Brad’s band and all these legendary artists seeing them all come together and work together and they were swapping stories and laughing with each other because there were so many of them that haven’t seen each other in forever either so, it was just an amazing moment to be a part of. I’d say that’s way high up there on my list of favorite moments for the CMAs.”

    Audio / Carrie Underwood talks about her wardrobe changes as the co-host of the CMA Awards.

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    Carrie Underwood (CMA wardrobe) OC: …for you guys. :55
    “When I’m trying to make CMA dress decisions, I just want what makes me feel good. That’s it. There’s no ulterior motives or anything. I don’t have a plan when I go in. I just try on a bunch of dresses and I just want to wear what makes me feel good. I feel like as women, that’s just what we do – something that makes us feel confident and be our best selves. If I find two dresses that I love, then I’ll be wearing two dresses to the CMAs. If I find 12, I’m gonna try to wear all 12, [laughs] so that’s kind of how we operate. But it’s fun. I’m running around backstage like a mad person for quick changes and things like that, but it kind of just adds this element to the CMAs…I know a lot of people that tune in just to see what I’m gonna wear. So, yeah, these dresses are for you guys.”

  • CARRIE UNDERWOOD AND BRAD PAISLEY APPEAR ON GOOD MORNING AMERICA.

    Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America to talk about their 10th year as hosts of the CMA Awards.

    Carrie is nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year at the 51st Annual CMA Awards, which will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena November 8th at 8pm ET on ABC.

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  • NEWS AND NOTES: Carrie, Lauren, Darius, Luke, George, LBT, Kacey

    Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley appear on ABC’s Good Morning America and The Chew on Thursday (November 2nd) to talk about next week’s CMA Awards, which will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena November 8th beginning at 8pm ET on ABC.

    Lauren Alaina will perform during the 91st Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Dustin Lynch, Sara Evans, Cam, 98 Degrees, Andra Day and Common will also perform. The parade will air from New York City beginning at 9am ET on Thanksgiving Day on NBC.

    Darius Rucker is scheduled to perform the National Anthem as his beloved Miami Dolphins play host to the Oakland Raiders on Sunday (November 5th) at 8:30pm ET on NBC.

    Luke Bryan has teamed up with Chevy in designing a custom 2018 Chevrolet Suburban. “Chevy has been part of our family and a part of our work life on the farm for as long as I can remember,” says Luke. “If you were a Bryan, you drove a Chevy—and I’m a longtime Suburban owner. This partnership is a natural fit for me and this unique Suburban represents everything I and my family want for our outdoor adventures.”

    Don’t forget to watch or set your DVRs as Robin Roberts takes an intimate look at the career and personal life of Luke Bryan in her new ABC special, Living Every Day: Luke Bryan on Monday (November 6th) at 10pm ET.

    George Strait is set to headline the 2018 Bayou Country Superfest, taking place at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome May 27th in New Orleans, Louisiana. Little Big Town, Kacey Musgraves and Midland will also perform.

  • HALLOWEEN LINERS 2017: Billy, Brandon, Brothers O, Canaan, Carrie, Clare, Darius, Dierks, Easton, Church, Paslay, Kacey, Lady A, Luke, Sam

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    LINER Billy Currington (Trick or Treat)
    “Trick or Treat, baby.”

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    LINER Brandon Lay (Halloween)
    “Hey everybody! This is Brandon Lay, wishing you a Happy Halloween.”

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    LINER Brothers Osborne (Halloween)
    “Hey! This is TJ, and I’m John, and we are Brothers Osborne. Happy Halloween.”

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    LINER Canaan Smith (Halloween)
    “Hey! What’s up guys? I’m Canaan Smith. Happy Halloween.”

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    LINER Carrie Underwood (Halloween)
    “Hi! I’m Carrie Underwood, wishing you a Happy Halloween.”

     

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    LINER Clare Dunn (Halloween)
    “Hey! This is Clare Dunn, wishing you a very Happy Halloween.”

     

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    LINER Darius Rucker (Halloween)
    “Hey! What’s up, y’all? This is Darius Rucker, wishing you a very Happy Halloween.”

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    LINER Dierks Bentley (Halloween)
    “Hey! It’s Dierks Bentley, wishing you a Happy Halloween.”

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    LINER Eric Church (Halloween)
    “Hey! This is Eric Church, wishing you a very Happy Halloween.”

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    LINER Eric Paslay (Halloween)
    “Hey! This is Eric Paslay, wishing you a very Happy Halloween.”

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    LINER Jordan Davis (Halloween)
    “Hey! I’m Jordan Davis, wishing you a Happy Halloween.”

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    LINER Kacey Musgraves (Halloween)
    “Hey! It’s Kacey Musgraves, and I hope you have a Happy Halloween.”

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    LINER Lady A (Halloween)
    “Hey everybody! We are Lady Antebellum. Have a safe and Happy Halloween.”

     

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    LINER Luke Bryan (Halloween)
    “Hey! What’s up, y’all? I’m Luke Bryan, wishing you a very Happy Halloween. Boo!”

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    LINER Sam Hunt (Halloween)
    “Hey everybody! This is Sam Hunt. Happy Halloween!”

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    LINER Tyminski (Halloween)
    “Hey everybody! I’m Tyminski, wishing you a Happy Halloween.”

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Carrie, Tyminski, Luke

    Carrie Underwood and her husband Mike Fisher helped raise $500,000 when they hosted a benefit for Danita’s Children Sunday night. Proceeds will assist the people of Haiti.

    Tyminski will perform on the Late Show With Stephen Colbert October 25th.

    Luke Bryan will appear on the Ellen DeGeneres Show October 26th.

  • THE FIRST ROUND OF CMA PERFORMERS HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED.

    The first round of performers has been announced for this year’s CMA Awards. Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood, Eric Church, Little Big Town, Brothers Osborne, Chris Stapleton, Jon Pardi and new Country Music Hall of Famer Alan Jackson will perform, as well as Garth Brooks, Miranda Lambert, Old Dominion and Thomas Rhett.

    Luke is a two-time consecutive CMA Entertainer of the Year (2014, 2015), returning to compete for his fifth nomination in the category. He has garnered 15 CMA Awards nominations since 2010.

    Up for three nominations this year, Eric is a three-time CMA Awards winner with 25 total career nods. He returns this year with recognition in the Entertainer of the Year category, in addition to Musical Event and his sixth consecutive nomination for Male Vocalist.

    Little Big Town claims four nominations this year including Vocal Group, Album for The Breaker, and Single and Music Video for “Better Man.” They are seven-time CMA Awards winners with a career total of 26 CMA Awards nominations.

    Stapleton is a five-time CMA Awards winner nominated for Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist, and Album for From A Room: Volume 1. He receives one nomination for Album, but can receive an additional trophy as producer. This is his third consecutive nomination for Male, which he’s won the past two years. He was also nominated for Entertainer last year and won Album for Traveller in 2015. He is an 11-time CMA Awards nominee.

    The reigning CMA Vocal Duo Brothers Osborne received their first Music Video nod for “It Ain’t My Fault” and will once again vie for Vocal Duo, their third nomination in the category.

    First-time nominee, Jon Pardi, vies for two categories with nominations for New Artist of the Year and Single for “Dirt On My Boots,” which he co-produced. He receives one nomination for Single of the Year, but can receive an additional trophy as producer.

    With six CMA Awards to her name, Carrie, who is also co-hosting the CMA Awards with Brad Paisley, returns to vie for Female Vocalist, a category she’s won four times (2006-2008, 2016) and nominated for consecutively since 2006.

    With 81 career nominations, Alan is the second most nominated artist in CMA Awards history. This year marks Jackson’s 24th CMA Awards performance since debuting in 1990 with “Chasin’ That Neon Rainbow.” He will receive Country Music’s Highest Honor, induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame, on Sunday, Oct. 22 during the official Medallion Ceremony at the CMA Theater.

    The 51st Annual CMA Awards will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena November 8th at 8pm ET on ABC.