• CAYLEE HAMMACK RISES FROM THE ASHES WITH HER NEW SONG “FORGED IN THE FIRE” AVAILABLE TODAY.

    Capitol Nashville’s Caylee Hammack is sharing more of her unique journey with the gripping new song “Forged In The Fire,” available here. Taken from her forthcoming debut album IF IT WASN’T FOR YOU available on August 14, the autobiographical track details how Hammack’s house burned down while she was away on a songwriting retreat losing just about everything – except for a few song-inspiring pieces such as her grandmother’s quilt. Written by Hammack, with Thomas Finchum and Andy Skib, the song’s lyrics are thought-provoking asking “When does a phoenix learn how to fly, Do I get my wings when I stop asking why.” Hammack revealed more behind the song in a special interview and video premiere exclusively with PEOPLE, who declares her anticipated debut album as a “lavish feast of autobiographical storytelling, served up with catchy hooks and the singer’s power-packed voice” available here. 

    “My father used to tell me that all of the strongest and most beautiful things are forged in fire. Iron is weak until you work it in fire. Glass can’t be blown without immense heat,” elaborated Hammack. “I grew up with this saying as a motto handed down when I needed reminding and it was rarely thought of; until I had an electrical fire at my home in 2017. I lost so much, but gained so much more. I learned that material things don’t matter. The people who surrounded me and helped me find the salvageable pieces loved me and I wasn’t alone through the hardship. Life was dark at the time, but the love I felt around me was deep. God’s seen me through, and also given me some stories to tell.  What more could I ask for?”

    Hammack’s upcoming debut record IF IT WASN’T FOR YOU takes listeners on an intimate journey, from growing up in Ellaville, GA, braving a medical scare and coming out the other side of a bad love that was the catalyst for her turning down a scholarship to Belmont University and ultimately arriving in Nashville, TN. With Hammack co-writing and co-producing every track on the 13-song collection, the album exudes that Hammack is all about the truth, the complete, whole unvarnished truth. Some of country music’s most potent women have also thrown in on Hammack’s debut. With appearances by Reba, Ashley McBryde and Tenille Townes, Hammack is setting a bar for women across the genre. Hammack also continues to show her reverence for classic country music, just releasing a collaboration with Country music icon Alan Jackson: a special rendition of Don Williams’ “Lord, I Hope This Day Is Good.”

    Currently nominated for ACM “New Female Artist Of The Year” and “Music Event Of The Year,” Caylee Hammack has been noted as an “Artist To Watch” by outlets including The Bobby Bones Show, Rolling Stone and HITS Magazine for her “voice to move mountains” (Rolling Stone). With her breakout Top 30 single “Family Tree” marking the most-added single at Country radio by a female artist in over three years, Hammack has “created a kind of country music that’s larger—and brighter—than real life” (HITS Magazine). The Capitol Nashville recording artist has previously brought her unforgettable live set to opening slots for Eric Church, Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert, Trisha Yearwood, Brothers Osborne and some of country music’s biggest festivals. For more information visit www.cayleehammack.com.

  • KEITH URBAN REVEALS TRACK LIST FOR HIS UPCOMING ALBUM, THE SPEED OF NOW PART 1.

    Keith Urban took to his socials this week to reveal the track list and the album cover for his upcoming album, The Speed of Now, Part 1.

     

    THE SPEED OF NOW Part 1, featuring “We Were,” “With You” and his latest hit, “God Whispered Your Name,” is available September 18th.

    Pre-order: https://strm.to/KUTheSpeedOfNowPart1

     

    Check out the album trailer below:

     

  • LUKE BRYAN’S NEW ALBUM, BORN HERE LIVE HERE DIE HERE, AVAILABLE NOW.

    Four-time Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan kicked off his album release day for BORN HERE LIVE HERE DIE HERE with a performance on the 2020 Summer Citi Music Series on TODAY this morning and premiering a new music video for the album’s title track. Get the album HERE.

    The “Born Here Live Here Die Here” video is a four-minute film with an inside look at Luke’s life and how his hometown and family have shaped the man he is today. From sites of Leesburg, Georgia to some of his most memorable career moments, the mini-movie gives viewers a juxtaposition glimpse that while playing stadiums, winning awards and meeting and performing for his fans, it’s bringing his family alongside him for each step of the journey that has kept him rooted in small-town integrity. Watch the video HERE.

    “I want my albums to reflect all forms of life,” shared Luke about the new album. “No matter what’s going on in the world, I want to treat my albums with bringing everybody to the party. I try to share who I am and make music my fans can relate to, but still push some envelopes. I want it to be a look into my world, take ‘em somewhere. Let ‘em have some fun. No matter who you are as a human being, I’m visualizing how you’ll react when you hear this music.”

    “The song ‘Born Here, Live Here, Die Here’ paints such a beautiful picture of rural life and a rural mindset. Every line tells of that small-town life and not needing to go look anywhere else, they’re happy, they’re content, they have everything they want right there. There’s something really, really special about those types of people. For many years I was that guy that was gonna be born there, live there, and never leave. But somehow I left and became a country music singer… but I still love to sing about those topics.”

    Fans can check out Luke’s new album and hear him talk about exclusive BORN HERE LIVE HERE DIE HERE merch representing every state, only available to purchase via his Amazon Music store.

    Next week, Luke fans can tune-in Monday night as he performs on Late Night with Seth Meyers and watch additional appearances on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen (Aug. 11), The Kelly Clarkson Show (Aug. 12), Opry Live (Aug 15) and Circle Sessions: Luke Bryan (Aug 19).

    Luke’s seventh studio album, BORN HERE LIVE HERE DIE HERE, already includes three back-to-back #1 singles, “Knockin’ Boots,” “What She Wants Tonight” and current single “One Margarita,” which also became the 25th #1 single of his career. “One Margarita” currently has 103 million global streams.

    Luke’s TWENTY-FIVE #1 singles
    “One Margarita”- written by Michael Carter, Matt Dragstrem and Josh Thompson
    “What She Wants Tonight”- written by Luke Bryan, Ross Copperman, Hillary Lindsey and Jon Nite
    “Knockin’ Boots”- written by Hillary Lindsey, Gordie Sampson and Jon Nite
    “What Makes You Country”- written by Luke Bryan, Dallas Davidson and Ashley Gorley
    “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset”- written by Zach Crowell, Ryan Hurd and Chase McGill
    “Most People Are Good”- written by David Frasier, Ed Hill and Josh Kear
    “Light It Up”- written by Luke Bryan, Brad Tursi
    “Fast”-written by Luke Bryan, Rodney Clawson, Luke Laird
    “Move”-written by Luke Bryan, Michael Carter, Jay Clementi
    “Huntin’, Fishin’, And Lovin’ Every Day”- written by Luke Bryan, Dallas Davidson, Rhett Akins, Ben Hayslip
    “Home Alone Tonight”-written by Jody Stevens, Cole Taylor, Jaida Dreyer, Tommy Cecil
    “Strip It Down”- written by Luke Bryan, Jon Nite, Ross Copperman
    “Kick The Dust Up”- written by Dallas Davidson, Chris DeStefano, Ashley Gorley
    “I See You”- written by Luke Bryan, Ashley Gorley, Luke Laird
    “Roller Coaster”- written by Michael Carter, Cole Swindell
    “Play It Again”- written by Dallas Davidson, Ashley Gorley
    “Drink A Beer”- written by Jim Beavers, Chris Stapleton
    “That’s My Kind of Night”- written by Dallas Davidson, Chris DeStefano, Ashley Gorley
    “Crash My Party”- written by Rodney Clawson, Ashley Gorley
    “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye”- written by Luke Bryan, Jeff Stevens, Shane McAnally
    “Drunk On You”- written by Rodney Clawson, Chris Tompkins, Josh Kear
    “I Don’t Want This Night To End”- written by Luke Bryan, Dallas Davidson, Rhett Akins, Ben Hayslip
    “Someone Else Calling You Baby”- written by Luke Bryan, Jeff Stevens
    “Rain Is A Good Thing”- written by Luke Bryan, Dallas Davidson
    “Do I”- written by Luke Bryan, Dave Haywood, Charles Kelly

    Listen to Clips of ALL Luke’s 25 #1 hits in chronological order since 2009’s “Do I” which became his first chart topping hit.

    Audio / Luke Bryan talks about the title track of his new album, “Born Here Live Here Die Here.”

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    Luke Bryan (BHLHDH song) OC: …those topics. :48
    “’Born Here, Live Here, Die Here,’ the song just paints such a beautiful picture of rural life and a rural mindset. Every line in that song really tells that small town life and it talks to that person that is proud of that small town life – they don’t need to go look for anywhere else, they’re happy, they’re content, they got everything they want right there and there’s something really really special about those types of people. And the second I heard the song it just felt so real for me, and it told a story, a big story in my life cause there were many, many years I was that guy that was gonna be born there, live there, and never leave. So, somehow, I left and become a country music singer, but I still love to sing about those topics.”

  • TUNE IN! JON PARDI TO PERFORM “HEARTACHE MEDICATION” ON NBC’S “TODAY” SHOW ON MONDAY.

    Award-winning artist Jon Pardi will perform his hit #1 single “Heartache Medication” off his ACM nominated Album of the Year on NBC’s “Today” show this Monday (8/10). “Heartache Medication” is the title track off of Pardi’s critically-acclaimed Heartache Medication albumNamed by The New York Times as “one of the most anticipated albums of the season,” Heartache Medication debuted among the top albums on Billboard’s Country Albums chart and was named on Rolling Stone’s “Best Albums of the Year” and The Los Angeles Times “Best Albums of the Year” (#4) list as the only country artist/album represented.

    A “hero in the making” (Variety), Jon Pardi is lauded as an artist with an impressive ability to carve out his own path. Hailed for his potential to leave “a long-lasting mark on the genre” (Music Row), as well as his talent creating “the kind of country music multiple generations came to know and love can still work on a mass scale” (Variety). Filled with fiddle, twang and steel guitar, Pardi continues to “apply new ideas to country’s old sounds”(Los Angeles Times) and “bring authenticity back into Country music” (People).

  • DARIUS RUCKER WRITES & RELEASES OF-THE-MOMENT “BEERS AND SUNSHINE.”

    In a year meant to be ‘off’ following a 2019 five-country arena sell-out Hootie & the Blowfish blockbuster tour dubbed Billboard’s “Tour of the Summer,” Darius Rucker’s 2020, like the world’s, led the Charleston, South Carolina native to working in a different way. Written via a physically distanced Zoom writing session with producer Ross Copperman and fellow songwriters Josh Osborne and J.T. Harding, Rucker’s new feel-good summer Country single, “Beers And Sunshine,” calls for slowing down to enjoy the simple things in life when the world feels out of control. Listen HERE.

    In the song described by ABC News Radio as “a ray of sunshine for fans during what’s been a tumultuous year,” Rucker sings about turning off the divisive headlines on TV and instead focusing on his preferred forms of “BS” – “beers and sunshine / bonfires and summertime / back porch nights in South Carolina.”

    “It’s certainly been a hard year so far with a lot of heaviness around us constantly,” the three-time GRAMMY award winner shared. “Like it says in the song, I don’t know how we fix any of these big, real issues that we’re facing, but while we work through this time I think it’s important that we find the silver lining where we can really enjoy the little moments and the simple joys of time spent together with friends and family.”

    Rucker also kicked off the month of August with the announcement that his latest “Darius & Friends” event has raised $255,000 and counting for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, adding to the event’s decade-plus total of more than $2 million. Fans who missed the 11th annual concert – featuring a ’90s Country theme with friends Clint Black and Tracy Lawrence – can purchase passes to re-watch the stream and continue supporting the fundraising efforts at LiveXLive.com/Darius through October 28.

    For more information, visit www.DariusRucker.com and follow on social media @DariusRucker.

  • LUKE BRYAN BORN HERE LIVE HERE DIE HERE ALBUM AUDIO TOOLKIT.

    We have compiled an array of content — a variety of liners and soundbites – from LUKE BRYAN to equip you with everything you might need to put together your own album radio special; roll-out tracks leading up to –and following — the release of his new album, BORN HERE LIVE HERE DIE HERE, to use in news feeds, specials and much more. Check out all of details below (including audio liners and soundbites, as well as transcriptions) to create your own content surrounding LUKE’S album release.

    Click HERE to download Luke’s BORN HERE LIVE HERE DIE HERE album audio toolkit.

  • KYLIE MORGAN PREMIERES “BREAK THINGS” MUSIC VIDEO WITH CMT TODAY.

    EMI Nashville’s rising star, Kylie Morgan premieres the brand-new music video for her autobiographical anthem “Break Things” today exclusively with CMT, watch HERE.  The video will premiere across all CMT platforms including CMT, CMT Music as well as CMT.com. In addition, the video will also be programmed on MTV beginning next week. The playful yet powerful video is an illustrative display of Morgan’s personality and heart. The lyrics are artfully reflected as items are shattered to pieces, making the video, quite literally, a smash.

    “The day I co-wrote ‘Break Things’ I immediately started visualizing the music video. The day we shot this video it was magic. When I got the first cut back, it was like the movie I pictured in my head had been brought to life. I hope everyone has as much fun watching it, as I had creating It!” shares Kylie.

    “Break Things” has continued to accumulate impressive streaming numbers since its release. It has amassed over five million streams in the past five weeks with weekly streaming volume up nearly 90% from just six weeks ago. Listener Shazams were also up almost 30% week over week.

    The Oklahoma native starting writing songs at the age of 12 and gained national attention from music producers and television executives after releasing her music independently. This early success led Kylie to begin making regular trips to Nashville, crafting her voice and polishing her songwriting. When she turned 19, she made the decision to call Music City home. Recognizing Kylie’s unique talent, the SMACKSongs team signed her to their roster under the guidance of GRAMMY Award-winning songwriters, Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne.

    Filmed a few months ago in her hometown of Newcastle, OK, Kylie recently premiered her “Hometown Heartland” series that gives fans a glimpse into her upbringing and her journey to pursue her dreams in Nashville. You can watch the first three episodes HERE.

    Kylie was just selected as one of three artists for the CMA KixStart program where she will receive unique opportunities to participate in events as well as connect with industry professionals.  Kylie has been named to several Artists to Watch lists including CMT’s Listen Up Class of 2019, CMT’s Next Women of Country Class of 2020, SiriusXM’s On The Horizon, Taste of Country’s Artists to Watch and Pandora’s Artists to Watch for 2020. Kylie has previously toured with artists including Dan + Shay, Little Big Town, Maren Morris, Kip Moore Gavin DeGraw, Brett Eldredge and Billy Currington. Kylie is currently in the studio working on her debut album with producers Shane McAnally and Ben Johnson.

    An avid yoga enthusiast, Kylie has earned her official Yoga Alliance Certification and participates in yoga daily. She recently created the #namasteathome series where fans can participate in short yoga flows/light workouts, watch HERE.

    Fans can also click HERE to listen to a special “Break Things” playlist.

    For a full list of tour dates, news, images and more, visit www.KylieMorgan.com

  • LUKE BRYAN READIES RELEASE HIS NEW ALBUM, BORN HERE LIVE HERE DIE HERE, ON FRIDAY.

    Country music superstar and four-time Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan will celebrate the release of his seventh studio album on August 7, BORN HERE LIVE HERE DIE HERE, with a performance that morning as part of the 2020 Summer Citi Music Series on TODAY. On Monday night, Aug. 10 Luke will perform on Late Night with Seth Meyers and will make additional appearances on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen (Aug. 11) and The Kelly Clarkson Show (Aug. 12). On Aug. 15, Luke will step on to the Grand Ole Opry stage for the 4,937th Saturday night broadcast with his buddy and Opry member Darius Rucker for Opry Live on CircleCircle will also celebrate Luke’s new album with a network takeover called Luke Bryan Lives Here on August 19. On that night the network stunt will also include the premiere of Circle Sessions: Luke Bryan.

     

    As excitement builds through this week, on Friday, Aug. 7 at 3 p.m. PT, Luke will perform new songs from BORN HERE LIVE HERE DIE HERE for Amazon Music’s ongoing livestream series, bringing stripped-down sets and intimate conversations with fans to Amazon.com/live. Prior to the performance, fans can submit questions by commenting on Luke’s social posts and he’ll also answer real-time questions via the chat feature during the stream. Amazon Music and Amazon Live have also collaborated with Luke to raise awareness for The Brett Boyer Foundation, viewers will have the option to learn more about the organization while watching the stream.

    Luke’s seventh studio album, BORN HERE LIVE HERE DIE HERE, already includes three back-to-back #1 singles, “Knockin’ Boots,” “What She Wants Tonight” and current single “One Margarita,” which also became the 25th #1 single of his career. “One Margarita” currently has 103 million global streams. 

    Luke’s TWENTY-FIVE #1 singles
    “One Margarita”- written by Michael Carter, Matt Dragstrem and Josh Thompson
    “What She Wants Tonight”- written by Luke Bryan, Ross Copperman, Hillary Lindsey and Jon Nite
    “Knockin’ Boots”- written by Hillary Lindsey, Gordie Sampson and Jon Nite
    “What Makes You Country”- written by Luke Bryan, Dallas Davidson and Ashley Gorley
    “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset”- written by Zach Crowell, Ryan Hurd and Chase McGill
    “Most People Are Good”- written by David Frasier, Ed Hill and Josh Kear
    “Light It Up”- written by Luke Bryan, Brad Tursi
    “Fast”-written by Luke Bryan, Rodney Clawson, Luke Laird
    “Move”-written by Luke Bryan, Michael Carter, Jay Clementi
    “Huntin’, Fishin’, And Lovin’ Every Day”- written by Luke Bryan, Dallas Davidson, Rhett Akins, Ben Hayslip
    “Home Alone Tonight”-written by Jody Stevens, Cole Taylor, Jaida Dreyer, Tommy Cecil
    “Strip It Down”- written by Luke Bryan, Jon Nite, Ross Copperman
    “Kick The Dust Up”- written by Dallas Davidson, Chris DeStefano, Ashley Gorley
    “I See You”- written by Luke Bryan, Ashley Gorley, Luke Laird
    “Roller Coaster”- written by Michael Carter, Cole Swindell
    “Play It Again”- written by Dallas Davidson, Ashley Gorley
    “Drink A Beer”- written by Jim Beavers, Chris Stapleton
    “That’s My Kind of Night”- written by Dallas Davidson, Chris DeStefano, Ashley Gorley
    “Crash My Party”- written by Rodney Clawson, Ashley Gorley
    “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye”- written by Luke Bryan, Jeff Stevens, Shane McAnally
    “Drunk On You”- written by Rodney Clawson, Chris Tompkins, Josh Kear
    “I Don’t Want This Night To End”- written by Luke Bryan, Dallas Davidson, Rhett Akins, Ben Hayslip
    “Someone Else Calling You Baby”- written by Luke Bryan, Jeff Stevens
    “Rain Is A Good Thing”- written by Luke Bryan, Dallas Davidson
    “Do I”- written by Luke Bryan, Dave Haywood, Charles Kelly
    Listen to Clips of ALL Luke’s 25 #1 hits in chronological order since 2009’s “Do I” which became his first chart topping hit.

    Audio / Luke Bryan explains what fans can expect from his new album, Born Here Live Here Die Here

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    Luke Bryan (fan expectations for BHLHDH) OC: …something for everybody. :37
    “I think fans can expect a little something of everything. They can expect a love song, a dancing song; obviously, ‘One Margarita’ being a big ole fun summer drinking song. And I think we have songs that will make you cry, touch your emotions, and I think, like I said there are songs that you can fall in love to out there. And there are songs that talk about the true meaning of life when you think about a song like ‘For a Boat,’ and you got a father teaching his son about the important things in life. So, I’m just proud of the way the album come together, and I feel like there’s something for everybody.”

    Audio / LINER Luke Bryan (BHLHDH available this week)

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  • TAYLOR SWIFT ON “betty.”

    Taylor Swift just released her new song, “betty,” to country radio. The tune, featured on her new folklore album, goes for adds on Monday, August 17th.

    Find audio and liners below.

    Audio / Taylor Swift talks about her new song, "betty."

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    Taylor Swift (betty) OC: …you like it. :40
    “So, the song ‘betty’ is about a 17-year-old named James learning to apologize, because James has lost the love of his life basically and doesn’t understand how to get it back. I think we all have these situations in our lives where we learn to really, really give a heartfelt apology for the first time. Everybody makes mistakes. Everybody really messes up sometimes, and this is a song that I wrote from the perspective of a 17-year-old boy. And I always loved that in music you can kind of slip into different identities and you can sing from other people’s perspectives. So, that’s what I did with this one. I named all the characters in this story after my friends’ kids, and I hope you like it.”

    Audio / LINER Taylor Swift (betty) 1

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    Audio / LINER Taylor Swift (betty) 2

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    Audio / LINER Taylor Swift (betty) 3

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  • MADDIE & TAE TEAM UP WITH AVENUE BEAT FOR SPOTIFY SINGLES.

     

    Maddie & Tae team up with pop trio Avenue Beat for a pair of Spotify Singles including a fresh take on Harry Styles’ massive summer hit “Watermelon Sugar” and Maddie & Tae’s “Everywhere I’m Goin’” off the duo’s current album The Way it Feels.

    Listen to the Maddie & Tae and Avenue Beat’s Spotify Singles HERE

    Maddie & Tae are drawing critical praise for their No. 1 debuting The Way It Feels album release with Rolling Stone saying the new music is “anchored around their stellar vocal pairings and some of the tightest harmonies on Music Row.” Maddie Marlow and Taylor Dye co-wrote 14 of the album’s 15 tracks including their current Top 5 country radio hit, “Die From A Broken Heart,” which Esquire calls “their finest moment yet.” Maddie & Tae first broke out in 2013 with their brilliant counter to bro-country, the Platinum-selling smash, “Girl In A Country Song,” which took Country radio by storm, skyrocketing to the top of the charts and quickly going Platinum. The duo became only the third female duo in 70 years to top the Country Airplay charts, also earning trophies from the Country Music Academy and Radio Disney Music Awards along with multiple ACM, CMA and CMT Award nominations. Maddie & Tae have received widespread praise from Associated Press, Billboard, Entertainment Weekly, NPR, The Tennessean, The Washington Post, Glamour and others. The celebrated duo has toured with country music’s hottest stars including Carrie Underwood, Dierks Bentley, Brad Paisley and more. For more information, please visit www.MaddieandTae.com.

    Sam Backoff, Savana Santos and Sami Bearden are breaking barriers and forging their own lane. The pop trio, known as Avenue Beat, have skewered the pandemic, social isolation, dead pets, bad romance and a failed release as they surreptitiously dropped “F2020” on TikTok. Now, with over 14 million views on the platform and more than 8 million global streams to date, “F2020” has been cited by New York Times, Vice, Rolling Stone, NYLON, Teen VOGUE, Billboard, Variety, Forbes and moreplus  endorsed by artists like Maren Morris, Bebe Rexha, Anne Marie and Kristin Chenoweth, while TechCrunch Editor-in-Chief Matthew Panzarino tweeted it’s the “Song of the Year.” Just as importantly as the low impact track rolls and their angelic harmonies rise, the video behind them calls out the social injustices plaguing their conscious, offering a time capsule of how hard the year is sucking. Watch the official lyric video created by lead singer Savana, who also produced the song, here. Evoking Robert Palmer’s dead-panned vixens of “Addicted To Love,” Avenue Beat is nobody’s back-up prop. The trio of theater nerds from Quincy, Illinois write, program, harmonize and conceptualize everything – commando-style – with a wink and nudge to how F’d things can be. They may not have any answers, but they believe in collective consciousness. Having written the song, that pretty succinctly says it all, they just want you to sing along. For the latest information and more, visit AvenueBeat.com and follow along on Instagram and TikTok.

    Driving more than three billion streams since the program began in 2017, Spotify Singles was created to give artists an opportunity to record new versions of their own songs, and the songs of the artists they love. The Singles scope includes a unique version of each artist’s own song (Side A) and a cover song of their choosing (Side B). To date, there have been over 300 Singles recorded as part of the program.

    Maddie & Tae are currently closing in on the top spot at the country charts with “Die From A Broken Heart.”