• CMT MUSIC AWARDS 2017: Brothers O, Carrie, Darius, Dierks, Jon, Keith, Lady Antebellum, Lauren, Little Big Town, Luke

    Keith Urban leads the list of nominees with four for this year’s CMT Music Awards, tying with Thomas Rhett and Kelsea Ballerini for most nominations. He’s up for Video of the Year for “Blue Ain’t Your Color,” as well as Male Video, Collaborative Video for “The Fighter” featuring Carrie Underwood and Social Superstar.

    Voting is now open and continues until June 5th at CMT.com.

    The CMT Music Awards, featuring performances from Luke Bryan and many others, will air live from Nashville’s Music City Center on Wednesday, June 7th at 8pm ET.
    VIDEO OF THE YEAR:

    Artists of Then, Now & Forever “Forever Country”

    Brad Paisley “Today”

    Brett Eldredge “Wanna Be That Song”

    Carrie Underwood “Church Bells”

    Cole Swindell “Middle Of A Memory”

    Dierks Bentley and Elle King “Different For Girls”

    Florida Georgia Line “H.O.L.Y.”

    Jon Pardi “Dirt On My Boots”

    Keith Urban “Blue Ain’t Your Color”

    Kelsea Ballerini “Peter Pan”

    Little Big Town “Better Man”

    Luke Bryan “Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day”

    Miranda Lambert “Vice”

    Thomas Rhett “Star of the Show”


    FEMALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR:

    Carrie Underwood “Church Bells”

    Kelsea Ballerini “Peter Pan”

    Lauren Alaina “Road Less Traveled”

    Maren Morris “80s Mercedes”

    Miranda Lambert “Vice”

    Reba McEntire “Back To God”

     

    MALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR:

    Blake Shelton “Came Here To Forget”

    Eric Church “Record Year”

    Jason Aldean “Lights Come On”

    Keith Urban “Blue Ain’t Your Color”

    Luke Bryan “Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day”

    Thomas Rhett “Star of the Show”

     

    DUO VIDEO OF THE YEAR:

    Big & Rich Feat. Tim McGraw “Lovin’ Lately”

    Brothers Osborne “21 Summer”

    Dan + Shay “How Not To”

    Florida Georgia Line “H.O.L.Y.”

    LOCASH “I Know Somebody”

     

    GROUP VIDEO OF THE YEAR:

    Eli Young Band “Saltwater Gospel”

    Lady Antebellum “You Look Good”

    Little Big Town “Better Man”

    Midland “Drinkin’ Problem”

    Old Dominion “Song For Another Time”

     

    BREAKTHROUGH VIDEO OF THE YEAR:

    Brett Young “In Case You Didn’t Know”

    Jon Pardi “Dirt On My Boots”

    Kane Brown “Used to Love You Sober”

    Lauren Alaina “Road Less Traveled”

    Luke Combs “Hurricane”

    Raelynn “Love Triangle”

     

    COLLABORATIVE VIDEO OF THE YEAR:

    Artists of Then, Now & Forever “Forever Country”

    Chris Young Feat. Vince Gill “Sober Saturday Night”

    Dierks Bentley Feat. Elle King “Different for Girls”

    Florida Georgia Line Feat. Tim McGraw “May We All”

    Keith Urban Feat. Carrie Underwood “The Fighter”

    Kenny Chesney With Pink “Setting the World on Fire”

     

    CMT PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR:

    Jason Aldean “Hicktown (From CMT Concert of the Summer)”

    Jason Derulo and Luke Bryan “Want to Want Me (From CMT Crossroads)”

    John Mellencamp and Darius Rucker “Pink Houses (From CMT Crossroads)”

    Alicia Keys and Maren Morris “80s Mercedes (From CMT Crossroads)”

    Meghan Trainor, Jill Scott and Kelsea Ballerini “You’re Still the One/Any Man of Mine/Man I Feel Like a Woman (From CMT Artists of the Year)”

    Nick Jonas and Thomas Rhett “Close (From CMT Crossroads)”

     

    SOCIAL SUPERSTAR:

    Brett Eldredge

    Jake Owen

    Keith Urban

    Kelsea Ballerini

    Lauren Alaina

    Thomas Rhett

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Chris, Shania, Dierks, Keith, Kip, Lauren, Lady A

    Chris Stapleton will appear on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Monday (May 8th) and Howard Stern on Tuesday (May 9th).

    Chris Stapleton and Shania Twain will perform during NBC’s Today Show summer concert series. Shania will take the stage in Rockefeller Plaza June 16th, while Chris, who just released his album From A Room, Volume 1, is scheduled to perform July 18th. Zac Brown Band, Brad Paisley, Thomas Rhett, Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Harry Styles, Miley Cyrus, Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran are also scheduled to perform throughout the summer.

    Dierks Bentley appears on ABC’s Good Morning America on Tuesday (May 9th) to announce the lineup for this year’s GMA Summer Concert Series.

    Keith Urban earned platinum certification for several of his albums, including Ripcord, Fuse, Get Closer and Greatest Hits-18 Kids.

    Kip Moore and Lauren Alaina will take part in the fourth annual Georgia on My Mind concert, hosted by the Peach Pickers (songwriters Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson and Ben Hayslip), on May 16th at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. The event is a fundraiser for the Georgia Music Foundation and will also feature performances by Michael Ray and Chris Janson.

    Lady Antebellum will take part in a multi-artist episode of CMT Crossroads featuring Earth, Wind & Fire. The latest installment will film in downtown Nashville during this year’s CMA Music Festival.

  • LAUREN ALAINA SCORES HER FIRST NO. 1 HIT THIS WEEK WITH ‘ROAD LESS TRAVELED.’

    Known for her affable, outgoing personality and her “powerhouse, honey-toned vocals” (Rolling Stone), Lauren Alaina now celebrates her very first No. 1 single with “Road Less Traveled” landing at the top of both the Billboard and MediaBase country airplay charts.

    “I cannot believe I have the number one song in the country,” shares an ecstatic Lauren. “I have dreamed of this day my entire life. The five singles, the ups and downs, the tears, the smiles, and the six years of hard work have made this moment so much sweeter. I am so thankful to everyone who helped me get to this point. Regardless of my future, I get to live the rest of my life saying I have written a number one song. Life made. 

    Written with Jesse Frasure and Meghan Trainor, Lauren delivers an important and empowering message of self-acceptance in the triumphant anthem. Lauren has been an inspiration to countless men and women of all ages with her relatability, vulnerability and openness of her lyrics.

    “Road Less Traveled” is the title track of her sophomore studio album which PEOPLE Magazine calls “full of life lessons and uplift.” Lauren recently wrapped the CMT Next Women of Country Tour with Martina McBride and this summer, the “sassy Southerner with killer pipes” (Parade) hits the road on select Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day Tour dates with Luke Bryan.

    Fans can find Lauren’s official “Road Less Traveled” playlist HEREFor more information on Lauren, her music and tour dates, visit www.LaurenAlainaOfficial.com.

    Audio / An emotional Lauren Alaina tells fans her song, "Road Less Traveled," is No. 1 on the country charts via Facebook Live.

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    Video / Lauren Alaina telling her fans she has the No. 1 song.

  • LAUREN ALAINA’S ‘ROAD LESS TRAVELED’ IS A SPECIAL SONG TO HER FAMILY.

    Lauren Alaina is poised to hit the top of the charts with her single, “Road Less Traveled.” She says that everyone in her life really liked the song when they heard it, but they didn’t truly know that it was about her and her eating disorder.

    “Everyone got super excited when I turned that song in. My family, my friends, everyone. But I don’t think when I turned that in that they realized how lost I really was and what I was really going through, and so now I think it’s even more special to them,” says Lauren. “They’ve all watched me walk through that road to recovering from all of my insecurities. I had a lot. And I still do, but I’m a lot healthier about them. I think you don’t get rid of the insecurities. They never go away, but you get rid of how you let them affect you. That’s the key. And that’s what ‘Road Less Traveled’ is about.”

    Lauren, who co-wrote the inspirational tune with Jesse Frasure and Meghan Trainor, plays her next show in Nashville April 11th.

    Audio / Lauren Alaina talks about her family’s response to her single, “Road Less Traveled.”

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    Lauren Alaina (RLT-parents) OC: …is about. :35
    “Everyone got super excited when I turned that song in. My family, my friends, everyone. But I don’t think when I turned that in that they realized how lost I really was and what I was really going through, and so now I think it’s even more special to them. They’ve all watched me walk through that road to recovering from all of my insecurities. I had a lot. And I still do, but I’m a lot healthier about them. I think you don’t get rid of the insecurities. They never go away. But you get rid of how you let them affect you. That’s the key. And that’s what ‘Road Less Traveled’ is about.”

  • THE ACM AWARDS REVEALS PRESENTERS AND COOL COLLABORATIONS.

    Lauren Alaina, Darius Rucker and Kacey Musgraves have been added to the list of presenters at this year’s ACM Awards.

    Also announced were some cool collaborations, including Keith Urban with Carrie Underwood on their current duet “The Fighter.” Dierks Bentley will join Cole Swindell on “Flatliner,” Cole’s new duet with Dierks.

    The 52nd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, hosted by Luke Bryan and Dierks, will be broadcast live from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas Sunday (April 2nd) at 8pm ET/delayed PT on CBS.

  • LAUREN ALAINA EARNS HER FIRST TOP FIVE SINGLE WITH ‘ROAD LESS TRAVELED.’

    Lauren Alaina has reached the Top Five on the country charts with her single, “Road Less Traveled.” The Georgia native says the song is the one that opened the door for her to be able to say what she’d like to through her music.

    “It’s the perfect one, because it’s a perfect summary of what I want to say is – accept who you are, love who you are and love everyone else around you and be a good person. That’s the way I think life is about, and that’s what I want to say with my music,” says Lauren. “So, hopefully, I just want to encourage people. I have a really job. I have a really cool opportunity, and if I can make people feel good about who they are in the process, I will feel like I’m winning, because that’s been the hardest thing for me, and I don’t want other people to feel that way.”

    Lauren is nominated for the New Female Vocalist of the Year at this year’s ACM Awards. The 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards, hosted by Dierks Bentley and Luke Bryan, will be broadcast live from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on April 2nd at 8pm ET/delayed PT on CBS.

    Audio / Lauren Alaina says "Road Less Traveled" is the perfect example of what she wants her fans to hear.

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    Lauren Alaina (Road Less Traveled – story) 2 OC: …that way. :40
    “It means so much to me that ‘Road Less Traveled’ is the one that opened that door for me to be able to say what I want to say to people. It’s the perfect one, because it’s a perfect summary of what I want to say is – accept who you are, love who you are and love everyone else around you and be a good person. That’s the way I think life is about, and that’s what I want to say with my music. So, hopefully, I just want to encourage people. I have a really job. I have a really cool opportunity, and if I can make people feel good about who they are in the process, I will feel like I’m winning, because that’s been the hardest thing for me, and I don’t want other people to feel that way.”

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  • LAUREN ALAINA AND SAM HUNT ARE UP FOR RADIO DISNEY MUSIC AWARDS.

    Lauren Alaina and Sam Hunt are nominated for Radio Disney Music Awards. The “Road Less Traveled” singer is up for The Freshest! – Radio Disney  Country Best New Artist, while the Georgia native is nominated for The Bestest! – Radio Disney Country Favorite Artist. Voting is open now through April 9th at Disney.com/RDMA, the Radio Disney app, Google OneBox, and via Radio Disney’s Facebook and Twitter. Tickets for the RDMA are on sale now at AXS.com/RDMA. The 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards will take place at the  Microsoft Theater in L.A, with it airing April 30th at 7p – 9p ET across several Disney-branded platforms.
    “The Bestest! – Radio Disney Country Favorite Artist”

    Dan + Shay

    Florida Georgia Line

    Kelsea Ballerini

    Maddie & Tae

    Sam Hunt

     

    “The Freshest! – Radio Disney Country Best New Artist”

    Lauren Alaina

    Maren Morris

    Old Dominion

    RaeLynn

    Temecula Road

  • LAUREN ALAINA CRACKS THE TOP 10 WITH HER SINGLE, ‘ROAD LESS TRAVELED.’

    Lauren Alaina has hit the Top 10 – currently sitting at No. 8 on the Mediabase Country Chart – with her single, “Road Less Traveled.” The Georgia native co-wrote the song with Meghan Trainor and Jesse Frasure about how she was full of self-doubt a few years ago.

    “‘Road Less Traveled’ is about what I was saying to myself, and what I was hearing other people say and how I was interpreting that and how I was letting that affect me. When I wrote this song, I wrote it a long time ago. It was one of the earlier ones that I wrote for the album,” says Lauren. “I was a broken 18 or 19-year-old girl when I wrote this song, and I needed to hear those lyrics. I was writing them, so I think deep down I knew that that’s how I needed to feel, but I did not feel that way when I wrote it. I wanted other people to feel the way I didn’t think was possible for me to feel, and that’s why I wrote it because I didn’t want other people to go through the feelings that I was going through at the time. It’s just like the pressures of being good enough, regardless of what that means for me. I didn’t feel thin enough. I didn’t feel blonde enough. I didn’t think I was pretty enough. I didn’t think I was this. I didn’t think I was that, because there were people online that made comments about my weight and comments about my hair color. When that started, I was 16 and it was hard. But it’s the same for a lot of people in school and in their work place, it’s like we all go through those insecurities and how we overcome them is our story.”

    Lauren is out on the road with Martina McBride on her Love Unleashed Tour. The next stops on the trek are Thursday (February 23rd) in Carmel, Indiana, Friday (February 24th) in Atlanta, Georgia and Saturday (February 25th) in Hamlet, North Carolina.

    Audio / Lauren Alaina explains how her single, "Road Less Traveled," is the result of her

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    Lauren Alaina (Road Less Traveled – story) OC: …album for me. 1:21
    “A lot of the songs on the album are about what happened with other people around me and how that affected me, but ‘Road Less Traveled’ is about what I was saying to myself, and what I was hearing other people say and how I was interpreting that and how I was letting that affect me. When I wrote this song, I wrote it a long time ago. It was one of the earlier ones that I wrote for the album. I was a broken 18 or 19-year-old girl when I wrote this song, and I needed to hear those lyrics. I was writing them, so I think deep down I knew that that’s how I needed to feel, but I did not feel that way when I wrote it. I wanted other people to feel the way I didn’t think was possible for me to feel, and that’s why I wrote it because I didn’t want other people to go through the feelings that I was going through at the time. It’s just like the pressures of being good enough, regardless of what that means for me. I didn’t feel thin enough. I didn’t feel blonde enough. I didn’t think I was pretty enough. I didn’t think I was this. I didn’t think I was that, because there were people online that made comments about my weight and comments about my hair color. When that started, I was 16 and it was hard. But it’s the same for a lot of people in school and in their work place, it’s like we all go through those insecurities and how we overcome them is our story.”

    Audio / LINER Lauren Alaina (Road Less Traveled)

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  • ACM AWARDS 2017: Some Reactions

    The members of Lady Antebellum were in New York City this morning (February 16th) to announce several of this year’s ACM Awards nominations live on CBS This Morning.

    Keith Urban leads leads with seven nominations in five categories, including his seventh for Entertainer of the Year and 10th nod for Male Vocalist of the Year. Keith’s nominated twice, as both artist and producer, in the Album of the Year category for Ripcord.  He received an additional two nominations, for both artist and producer, in the Single Record of the Year category for “Blue Ain’t Your Color,” which is also nominated in the Song of the Year category.

    “I’ve been a musician since I was 6 years old,” says Keith.  “I just love writing songs, making records and touring.  So, for the ACMS’s to recognize RIPCORD in such a big way today is humbling.  I share these nominations with everyone in my life who made it possible – and a BIG shout out to all of our fans, who came out to see us on the ripCORD tour.  Can’t wait to play for you all again soon.”

  • LAUREN ALAINA SAYS LUKE BRYAN INSPIRES HER.

    Lauren Alaina will be one of the opening acts on select dates for Luke Bryan’s Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day Tour, which kicks off May 5th in Nashville. The trek also features Brett Eldredge and will include nearly 40 dates through October.

    Lauren says Luke has always been supportive of her, even when the two Georgia natives toured together on Jason Aldean’s My Kinda Party Tour in 2012.

    “Luke is family to me. He’s been really, really supportive of me, and always been somebody that I really felt like cared about me. You know what I mean? Like there are people that support your music and are nice when you see them, but I legitimately feel like Luke cares about me, and if he doesn’t, he has a really good way of making you feel that way and that’s admirable as well,” says Lauren. “I just think he is so talented and so humble about it. He has no idea that he’s Luke Bryan. I really don’t think Luke Bryan knows he’s Luke Bryan. I’m like, ‘Do you understand who you are? Everyone knows who you are.’ That’s so inspiring to me, because it’s really important to me to be a good person, and I think it should be important for everyone. I want people to think of me the way I think of him.”

    Lauren is closing in on the Top 10 with her latest single, “Road Less Traveled,” the title track from her new album.

    She’s currently on the road with Martina McBride on the CMT Next Women of Country Love Unleashed Tour 2017. The next stop on the trek is Thursday (February 16th) in Minneapolis.

    Audio / Lauren Alaina says Luke Bryan is one of the nicest guys on the planet.

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    Lauren Alaina (going on the road with Luke) OC: …of him. :47
    “Luke is family to me. He’s been really, really supportive of me, and always been somebody that I really felt like cared about me. You know what I mean? Like there are people that support your music and are nice when you see them, but I legitimately feel like Luke cares about me, and if he doesn’t, he has a really good way of making you feel that way and that’s admirable as well. I just think he is so talented and so humble about it. He has no idea that he’s Luke Bryan. I really don’t think Luke Bryan knows he’s Luke Bryan. I’m like, ‘Do you understand who you are? Everyone knows who you are.’ That’s so inspiring to me, because it’s really important to me to be a good person, and I think it should be important for everyone. I want people to think of me the way I think of him.”

    Video / Lauren Alaina Road Less Traveled video

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