• NEWS AND NOTES: Taylor Swift, Eric Church, Darius Rucker, George Strait, Travis Denning

    Taylor Swift has been announced as the official ambassador for Record Store Day this year. The 15th Anniversary of Record Store Day will be celebrated April 23rd.

    At his show in Detroit, Michigan on Saturday (January 21st), Eric Church paid tribute rock legend Meat Loaf who passed away over the weekend with a cover of “I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)” with the crowd of fans singing along. After part of the song, he launched into the fan-favorite, “Springsteen.”

    The Darius Rucker Intercollegiate presented by PXG will make its television debut on the GOLF Channel this spring, marking the first all-women’s regular-season collegiate golf tournament to be presented live on the network. The annual event, hosted by Darius Rucker, will be held at Long Cove Club in Hilton Head, South Carolina over three days February 28th-March 2nd at Long Cove Club in Hilton Head Island, and features a 54-hole stroke play competition for individual and team honors.

    George Strait’s two December dates at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena place him at the top of Pollstar’s latest LIVE75 chart. The couple of December shows grossed an average of $2.04 million, Eric Church lands at No. 5, the only other country act in the Top 10.

    Travis Denning releases an acoustic video version of his song “Jack and Coke” from his Dirt Road Down EP.

     

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Josh Turner, Chris Stapleton, Travis Denning, Parker McCollum, Taylor Swift

    Josh Turner is set to hang with two talented ladies — Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager — on NBC’s Today Show on Wednesday (December 8th) to chat about his new Christmas album, King Size Manger, and his Christmas tour, Holiday and the Hits.


    Chris Stapleton 
    and H.E.R. appeared on CBS’ National Tree Lighting television special to perform “This Christmas” together.

    It was announced earlier this week that Travis Denning will hit the road with pal and fellow Georgia native, Cole Swindell beginning February 17th in Peoria, Illinois.

    https://twitter.com/Travis_Denning/status/1467887846929448966

    Parker McCollum has teamed with MusicFX, a digital community platform connecting artists to their fans through NFTs, to launch the Gold Chain Cowboy Club. “I’m thrilled to be the first artist to partner with MusicFX,” said Parker. “Without my amazing fans, I would not be where I am today. MusicFX is really going to allow us to support one another as we continue this incredible journey.” The NFT fan club is set to go live on Christmas Day.

    Taylor Swift is No. 78 on the Forbes list of the Most Powerful Women In Entertainment for 2021. Other amazing women on the list include Vice President Kamala Harris, Oprah Winfrey, Rhianna, Beyonce, Reese Witherspoon, Queen Elizabeth and at No. 1 is billionaire philanthropist MacKenzie Scott.

  • CHRISTMAS 2021 LINERS

    Here are some holiday liners from UMG Nashville artists, including Alan Jackson, Billy Currington, Brothers Osborne, Carrie Underwood, Caylee Hammack, Chrissy Metz,Darius Rucker, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Gary Allan, George Strait, Hootie & The Blowfish, Jon Langston, Jon Pardi, Jordan Davis, Josh Turner, Kassi Ashton, Keith Urban, Kip Moore, Kylie Morgan, Lauren Alaina, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, Maddie & Tae, Parker McCollum, Priscilla Block, Reba McEntire, Sam Hunt, Shania Twain, Taylor Swift, Terri Clark, Travis Denning and more!

     

     

    Audio / LINER AJ (Christmas)

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    “Hi! This is Alan Jackson, and I’m wishing y’all a very Merry Christmas.”

    Audio / LINER Billy Currington (Happy Holiday Season)

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    “Hi! Billy Currington here, wishing you and your family a safe and Happy Holiday Season.”

    Audio / LINER Brothers Osborne (Merry Christmas)

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    “Hey! This is T.J., and I’m John, and we are Brothers Osborne, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

    Audio / LINER Carrie Underwood (Christmas)

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    “Hi! I’m Carrie Underwood, wishing you a Merry Christmas.”

    Audio / LINER Carrie Underwood (Christmas) 2

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    “Hey, it’s Carrie Underwood. From our house to yours – Merry Christmas.”

    Audio / LINER Caylee Hammack (Christmas) 1

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    “Hey y’all, this is Caylee Hammack, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

    Audio / LINER Caylee Hammack (Happy Holidays)

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    “Hey y’all, this is Caylee Hammack. Happy Holidays, everybody!”

    Audio / LINER Chrissy Metz (Happy Holidays)

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    “Hey! This is Chrissy Metz, wishing you Happy Holidays.”

    Audio / LINER Darius Rucker (Christmas)

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    “Hey y’all! What’s up? This is Darius Rucker, wishing you a Merry Christmas.”

    Audio / LINER Dierks Bentley (Christmas)

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    “Hey! This is Dierks Bentley, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

     

    Audio / LINER Dierks Bentley (Happy Holidays)

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    “Hey everybody! It’s Dierks Bentley, wishing you a very Happy Holiday season.”

    Audio / LINER Eric Church (Merry Christmas)

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    “Hey everybody! It’s Eric Church, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

    Audio / LINER Gary Allan (Christmas)

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    “Hey! This is Gary Allan. Merry Christmas.”

    Audio / LINER George Strait (Happy Holidays)

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    “Hey everybody! This is George Strait, wishing you and your family a Happy Holiday season.”

    Audio / LINER Hootie & The Blowfish (Christmas)

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    “Hey Everybody, we’re Hootie & The Blowfish, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

    Audio / LINER Jon Langston (Christmas)

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    Hey y’all this is Jon Langston, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.

    Audio / LINER Jon Langston (Happy Holidays)

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    “Hey y’all, this is Jon Langston. Happy Holidays.”

    Audio / LINER Jon Pardi (Merry Christmas)

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    “Hey! This is Jon Pardi, wishing you a Merry Christmas!”

    Audio / LINER Jordan Davis (Christmas)

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    “Hey! I’m Jordan Davis, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

    Audio / LINER Josh Turner (Happy Holidays)

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    “Hey! I’m Josh Turner, wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday season.”

    Audio / LINER Kacey Musgraves (Christmas)

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    “Hey! This is Kacey Musgraves, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

    Audio / LINER Keith Urban (Christmas)

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    “Hi folks, this is Keith Urban, wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas.”

    Audio / LINER Keith Urban (Holiday season)

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    “Hi everyone, this is Keith Urban, wishing you and all your family the very best this holiday season.”

    Audio / LINER Kip Moore (Christmas)

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    “Hey guys, this is Kip Moore, wishing you a Merry Christmas.”

    Audio / LINER Kip Moore (Happy Holidays)

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    “Hey y’all, it’s Kip Moore. Happy Holidays!”

    Audio / LINER Kylie Morgan (Christmas)

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    “Hey y’all, this is Kylie Morgan, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

    Audio / LINER Lauren Alaina (Christmas)

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    “Hey! This is Lauren Alaina, wishing you a Merry Christmas.”

    Audio / LINER LBT (Christmas)

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    “Hey! We’re Little Big Town, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

    Audio / LINER Luke Bryan (Christmas)

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    “Hey! It’s Luke Bryan, wishing you a Merry Christmas.”

    Audio / LINER Luke Bryan (Happy Holidays)

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    “Hey! It’s Luke Bryan. Happy Holidays!”

    Audio / LINER Maddie & Tae (Christmas)

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    “Hi! We’re Maddie & Tae, wishing you a Merry Christmas.”

    Audio / LINER Mickey Guyton (Christmas)

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    “Hey! It’s Mickey Guyton, wishing you a Merry Christmas.”

    Audio / LINER Parker McCollum (Christmas)

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    “Hey, I’m Parker McCollum, and I’m wishing you a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year.”

    Audio / LINER Priscilla Block (Christmas)

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    “Hi! This is Priscilla Block wishing you a very Merry Christmas.

     

    Audio / LINER Reba McEntire (Christmas)

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    “Hey-Reba here-hoping you have a very Merry Christmas. Ho, Ho, Ho.”

     

    Audio / LINER Reba McEntire (Happy Holidays)

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    “Hey, this is Reba, wishing you a Happy Holiday Season.”

    Audio / LINER Sam Hunt (Christmas)

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    “Hey everybody! This is Sam Hunt, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

    Audio / LINER Sam Hunt (Happy Holidays)

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    “Hey everybody! I’m Sam Hunt. Happy Holidays!”

    Audio / LINER Shania Twain (Christmas)

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    “Hi! This is Shania Twain, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

    Audio / LINER Taylor Swift (Happy Holiday Season)

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    “Hey, this is Taylor Swift, wishing you a very Happy Holiday Season.”

    Audio / LINER Terri Clark (Christmas)

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    “Hey! This is Terri Clark, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

    Audio / LINER Travis Denning (Happy Holidays)

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    “Hey! I’m Travis Denning. Happy Holidays.”

  • TAYLOR SWIFT RELEASES OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO FOR “I BET YOU THINK ABOUT ME.”

    Taylor Swift released the official music video for her single, “I Bet You Think About Me,” this morning (November 15th). The clip, which she co-wrote with actress Blake Lively and was directed by The Shallows actress in her directorial debut, finds Taylor crashing the wedding of an ex-boyfriend, played by Miles Teller (War Dogs, Divergent, Only the Brave) and turning everything red.

     

     

    “I Bet You Think About Me” (Taylor’s Version) is one of nine songs From the Vault that were added to the re-make of the global superstar’s 2012 album, Red. The song, which features Chris Stapleton singing harmonies, goes for adds at country radio today.

    For audio on the song, click here.

  • TAYLOR SWIFT RELEASES NEW SINGLE, “I BET YOU THINK ABOUT ME (TAYLOR’S VERSION) (FROM THE VAULT).”

    Taylor Swift released Red (Taylor’s Version) on Friday (November 12th)—the global superstar’s remake of her 2012 record, Red. Among the songs are her “From the Vault” tunes—songs she wrote during the initial sessions but didn’t end up making the final record. One of them is her new radio single, “I Bet You Think About Me,” featuring harmonies by the reigning CMA Male Vocalist of the Year, Chris Stapleton.

    Taylor is a tune she wrote with songstress Lori McKenna. “and I wrote this with her at her house when I was playing Foxboro Stadium on the Speak Now Tour,” she says. “We wanted this song to be like a comedic, tongue-in-cheek, funny, not caring what anyone thinks about you sort of breakup song, because there are a lot of different types of breakup songs on Red. Some of them are very sincere; some of them very stoic and heartbreaking and sad. We wanted this to be the moment like where I don’t care about anything. (laughs) And we wanted to kind of make people laugh with it, and we wanted it to be sort of a drinking song. I think that’s what it ended up being.”

    Taylor will release the official music video for “I Bet You Think About Me” on Monday (November 15th). The clip is directed by actress Blake Lively (The Town, The Shallows, Gossip Girl).

     

    Find the countdown to the premiere below.

     

     

    Audio / Taylor Swift talks about writing “I Bet You Don’t Think About Me.”

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    “The song, ‘I Bet You Think About Me’ – this is a song I wrote with Lori McKenna, who is one of my favorite singer-songwriters ever. I’d always wanted to work with her, and I wrote this with her at her house when I was playing Foxboro Stadium on the Speak Now Tour. We wanted this song to be like a comedic, tongue-in-cheek, funny, not caring what anyone thinks about you sort of breakup song, because there are a lot of different types of breakup songs on Red. Some of them are very sincere; some of them very stoic and heartbreaking and sad. We wanted this to be the moment like where I don’t care about anything. (laughs) And we wanted to kind of make people laugh with it, and we wanted it to be sort of a drinking song. I think that’s what it ended up being.”

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  • TAYLOR SWIFT DROPS SHORT FILM FOR HER SONG, “ALL TOO WELL.”

    On Friday (November 12th), Taylor Swift officially released Red (Taylor’s Version), the re-recording of her 2012 album, and it features the 10-minute version of the song “All Too Well,” which she has teased fans for years that it does exist.

    With the new release, she also premiered a short film, All Too Well: The Short Film, which she wrote and directed (see below). The film stars Dylan O’Brien (Teen Wolf, Maze Runner) and Sadie Sink (Stranger Things, American Odyssey) who play love interests that eventually go through a painful breakup. Taylor stars as the older version of “Her,” 13 years later.

    Taylor also performed the full 10-minute version of “All Too Well,” complete with the film playing in the background, on NBC’s Saturday Night Live on November 13th.

     

     

     

    Audio / Taylor Swift talks about the song, “All Too Well,” from her Red (Taylor’s Version) album that dropped on Friday (November 12th).

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    Taylor Swift (All Too Well) OC: …pretty cool. 1:01
    “’All Too Well’ is a song that it has a story that is so sacred to me because the story of this song was it was MY favorite song on the record. I knew that when we put out te album. I knew it wouldn’t be a single and it wouldn’t be a video, you know, but I knew it was my favorite one. And what was so crazy is when it went out into the world, the fans just amongst themselves decided it was their favorite too and they just sort of anointed this song ad claimed it as the most important song from Red. It happened over the course of the first six months the album was out, and I ended up performing the song on The Grammys because that was the song they wanted me to play, more so than the songs that had been big hits at radio. So, for me, this song has really turned into a story of what the fans did for this song, really. It’s such a special thing to look back on for me, and so to get to relive it is pretty cool.”

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  • TAYLOR SWIFT APPEARS ON TONIGHT SHOW AND LATE NIGHT TO PROMOTE THE RELEASE OF RED (TAYLOR’S VERSION).

    Taylor Swift appeared on NBC’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Late Night With Seth Meyers on Thursday (November 11th) to promote the release of Red (Taylor’s Version). She talked about the project, including never-heard-before songs, and she shared the story of why “All Too Well” is actually 10 minutes long.

    She also talks about how her cryptic Easter eggs originated from her first album and how they transformed her and her fans into super sleuths. She confirms the “All Too Well” short film is full of them.

     

    Taylor and Jimmy take turns trying to stump each other about what items are hidden inside their mystery boxes in the segment “Box of Lies.”

     

     

    On Late Night With Seth Meyers, she explains why she’s re-recording her albums, reuniting with her band, wanting to own her own music and experiencing nostalgia with her fans for her album Red (Taylor’s Version).

     

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Darius Rucker, Keith Urban, Lauren Alaina, Jordan Davis, Chris Stapleton, Taylor Swift, Mickey Guyton

    Darius Rucker is performing his current single, “My Masterpiece,” on Good Morning America on Friday (November 5th), airing on ABC.

    Luke Bryan, Keith Urban and Lauren Alaina, along with several other artists, will be featured on ABC News’ Backstage Pass: Countdown to the CMA Awards on Monday (November 8th).

    Jordan Davis will perform his latest smash, “Buy Dirt,” on Live With Kelly and Ryan on Monday (November 8th).

    Taylor Swift will be the musical guest on NBC’s Saturday Night Live on November 13th. Actor Jonathan Majors will host.

    Chris Stapleton is featured on a new version of Adele’s “Easy On Me.” The duet is a bonus track on the Target deluxe edition of her new album, 30, which is available November 19th.

    Mickey Guyton performed “Different” from her new album, Remember Her Name, on the Ellen DeGeneres Show on Thursday (November 4th). Check out the performance below.

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  • CHRIS STAPLETON, CARRIE UNDERWOOD, LUKE BRYAN, KACEY MUSGRAVES AND TAYLOR SWIFT PICK UP NOMINATIONS FOR THIS YEAR’S AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS.

    The nominees have been announced for the 2021 American Music Awards. Chris Stapleton picks up three nominations, including Favorite Male Country Artist, Favorite Country Album for Starting Over and Favorite Country Song for “Starting Over,” while Carrie Underwood is nominated for Favorite Female Country Artist and Favorite Inspirational Artist.

    Luke Bryan has a pair of nods including Favorite Male Country Artist and Favorite Country Album for Born Here Live Here Die Here.

    Kacey Musgraves is nominated for Favorite Female Country Artist, and Taylor Swift has a handful of nods including Artist of the Year, Favorite Female Pop Artist and Favorite Pop Album (evermore).

    Favorite Male Country Artist

    • Chris Stapleton
    • Jason Aldean
    • Luke Bryan
    • Luke Combs
    • Morgan Wallen

    Favorite Female Country Artist

    • Carrie Underwood
    • Gabby Barrett
    • Kacey Musgraves
    • Maren Morris
    • Miranda Lambert

    Favorite Country Album

    • Chris Stapleton “Starting Over”
    • Gabby Barrett “Goldmine”
    • Lee Brice “Hey World”
    • Luke Bryan “Born Here Live Here Die Here”
    • Morgan Wallen “Dangerous: The Double Album”

    Favorite Country Song

    • Chris Stapleton “Starting Over”
    • Chris Young & Kane Brown “Famous Friends”
    • Gabby Barrett “The Good Ones”
    • Luke Combs “Forever After All”
    • Walker Hayes “Fancy Like”

    Favorite Country Duo or Group

    • Dan + Shay
    • Florida Georgia Line
    • Lady A
    • Old Dominion
    • Zac Brown Band

    Favorite Inspirational Artist

    • CAIN
    • Carrie Underwood
    • Elevation Worship
    • Lauren Daigle
    • Zach Williams

     

    Artist of the Year

    • Taylor Swift
    • Ariana Grande
    • BTS
    • Drake
    • Olivia Rodrigo
    • The Weeknd

    Favorite Female Pop Artist

    • Ariana Grande
    • Doja Cat
    • Dua Lipa
    • Olivia Rodrigo
    • Taylor Swift

    For a complete list of nominees, click here.

    The 2021 American Music Awards will air November 21st at 8pm ET/7pm CT on ABC.

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Kacey Musgraves, Taylor Swift, Mickey Guyton, Eric Church, Chris Stapleton, Darius Rucker

    Kacey Musgraves will perform on CBS’ The Late Show with Stephen Colbert tonight (October 18th) at 11:35pm ET/10:35pm CT.

    Taylor Swift and Mickey Guyton will appear during the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s 36th annual Induction Ceremony. Angela Bassett, Christina Aguilera, H.E.R., Bryan Adams, Jennifer Hudson, Drew Barrymore, Paul McCartney and Lionel Richie are also among the A-listers taking part in the celebration. This year’s inductees include Tina Turner, Carole King, The Go-Gos, JAY-Z, LL Cool J, Foo Fighters and Todd Rundgren. The ceremony will take place October 30th in Cleveland, Ohio and will be available on HBO and HBO Max November 20th.

    Eric Church is set to release the music video for his latest song, “Heart On Fire,” on Wednesday

     

    Chris Stapleton performs with Kelly Clarkson on the song “Glow” from her new holiday project, When Christmas Comes Around, available now

     

    Darius Rucker joined Keb’Mo on “Good Strong Woman” from the Grammy-winning blues singer-songwriter’s upcoming album, Good To Be, which will be available early next year.