Luke Bryan Almost Released Latest Hit, “I See You,” as the Lead Single from “Crash My Party”

Image Courtesy CMALuke Bryan is on track to score his sixth #1 hit from his latest album, Crash My Party, with the power ballad, “I See You.” Luke always hoped the song would be a single.

He says, “You know, ‘I See You’ and ‘Crash My Party’ were the two that we were going back and forth with on what should be the [first] single, and we chose ‘Crash My Party.'”

“Crash My Party” was released in April 2013, so it’s taken quite awhile for Luke to get around to “I See You” as a single. As for why he was drawn to the song, Luke adds, “It’s got that youthful lyric, kind of almost a hip-hop lyric and then that big ol’ chorus that really kind of jumps off the speakers at you.”

Luke is also a big fan of the big guitar riff in “I See You.” The song will be featured on Luke’s That’s My Kind of Night tour starting February 10 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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The Band Perry Named Curators for the 3rd Annual Grammy Amplifier Program

Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleThe Band Perry has been named curators for the3rd annual Grammy Amplifier program.

The online music initiative, sponsored by Hyundai and The Recording Academy, aims to mentor aspiring artists and provide them with the opportunity to showcase their talent.

The Band Perry will help evaluate online submissions to narrow the field down to the program’s three winners. The winners will individually be awarded one of the following prizes: A studio recording session with a Grammy winning producer; filming and starring in their own music video with a noted director; or securing an opening act spot for an established musician and/or at a music festival.

The program is currently accepting submissions at Based on their track plays and social media performance, the top 25 finalists will be brought together for a mentorship experience, and then narrowed down by program curators to a short list of finalists. The program’s curators this year also include Ziggy Marley and singer/songwriter Allen Stone. Hit artist/producer Mark Ronson will pick the three winners and decide which winner gets what prize.

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Blake Shelton Reportedly Lands Role in Upcoming Adam Sandler Comedy

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleIt looks like Blake Shelton has picked up another acting gig. Fresh off his stint hosting Saturday Night Live last weekend, Blake has reportedly joined the cast of the new Adam Sandler movie, Ridiculous 6.

According to TheWrap, Blake will play Old West icon Wyatt Earp in the comedy. Adam Sandler will play an orphan raised by a Native American tribe, with Nick Nolte playing his biological father. Vanilla Ice is also part of the cast along with Luke Wilson, Taylor Lautner and Dan Akroyd.

Production on Ridiculous 6 starts next month. The movie will air on Netflix as part of Sandler’s deal with the on-demand entertainment company.

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The Band Perry and Josh Turner Added to Tortuga Music Festival Lineup

Image Courtesy Taryn Pray PRThe Band Perry and Josh Turner are joining headliners Kenny Chesney and Zac Brown Band for the 3rd Annual Rock the Ocean’s Tortuga Music Festival April 11 and 12 at Fort Lauderdale Beach Park, in Florida. Previously-announced performers include Jake Owen, Sam Hunt, Little Big Town, Chase Bryant, Frankie Ballard, Maddie & Tae, Trace Adkins, Chase Rice, and David Nail.

Tickets for the event are available at Proceeds benefit the Rock the Ocean Foundation in their fight to preserve the world’s oceans.

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Dierks Bentley, Florida Georgia Line and Brad Paisley Headlining Chicago Country Festival

Image Courtesy UMG/Nino MunozDierks Bentley, Florida Georgia Line and Brad Paisley are headlining Chicago’s first-ever major country music festival — Windy City LakeShake. The event runs June 19 through 21 at FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island. Frankie Ballard, Thomas Rhett, Randy Houser, Maddie & Tae, Justin Moore, Joe Nichols, Mickey Guyton, RaeLynn, and Kip Moore are among the stars already set to appear. More talent will be announced soon.

For ticket information, go to

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWho was Blake Shelton‘s ACM Awards co-host before Luke Bryan joined him in 2012? ANSWER: Reba.

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Eric Church Had a Feeling His #1 Hit, “Talladega,” Would Resonate with the Fans

Image Courtesy CMAEric Church scores his second #1 hit from his album, The Outsiders, this week with “Talladega.” Since Eric took a lot of creative chances while making his latest album, he only had a few songs on the project he felt would work at country radio.

“‘Talladega’ was one of them, from a commercial standpoint, because I just knew it would strike a chord,” Eric explains. “I knew it was one that would just resonate with people. It did with me, so I knew if it resonated with me that it would probably resonate with other people.”

Since “Talladega” went to radio late last year, Eric has watched as his concert crowds sing along to the song and begin to associate the song’s nostalgic lyrics with their own lives.

Says Eric, “That’s what it’s all about, is getting them to attach their life to it.”

Eric is up for four trophies, including Best Country Song for his previous #1 hit “Give Me Back My Hometown”, at the Grammy Awards coming up Sunday, February 8 on CBS. He’s also slated to perform on the show, airing at 8 p.m. ET.

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Carrie Underwood Performing Special Opening Number for This Sunday’s Super Bowl

Image Courtesy NBCCarrie Underwood will perform the opening for NBC’s coverage of Super Bowl 49 this Sunday. The “Waiting All Day for a Super Bowl Fight” is a new version of Carrie’s Sunday Night Football opening, “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night.” The new elements include lyrics referring to the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks, too.

Carrie has been performing the opening for two seasons now, and she is proud of the hard work the crew and production staff puts into the opening.

Says Carrie, “They really put a lot of love into it, so I definitely try to do the same — everything from wardrobe and hair and make-up to tryin’ to work my way around the stage and interact with the audience, and I just love the way it turns out.”

Being a part of NBC’s Super Bowl coverage is the perfect marriage of two of Carrie’s loves — music and football.

“It was, I guess, only a matter of time before I got to do everything, all that, all at once,” Carrie says. “So, I definitely hope that’s something that I get to do for many years, ’cause it’s just so much fun.”

NBC’s Super Bowl coverage kicks off at noon ET this Sunday.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockThe nominations for the 50th Annual ACM Awards were to be announced Tuesday morning, but that announcement has been postponed until later this week due to the severe snowstorm in the Northeast.

Hunter Hayes, Brandy Clark, Taylor Swift and Lee Ann Womack were among the stars on hand for the annual Grammy Awards nominees party Monday night at Nashville’s Loews Vanderbilt Hotel. They’ll all be on hand for the actual Grammy Awards ceremony coming up February 8 on CBS.

Maddie & Tae gave a surprise performance of their new single, “Fly,” while in the air on a Southwest flight Monday as part of the airline’s Live at 35 series.

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Sam Hunt Gives Nashville a Sneak Peek at Lipstick Graffiti Tour

UMG NashvilleSam Hunt previewed his Lipstick Graffiti tour with a five-song performance at Nashville’s Rocketown Monday evening. The mini-concert was staged during Sam’s party celebrating his first #1 hit as an artist, “Leave the Night On.”

Sam’s set included that song as well as his latest single, “Take Your Time.”


I just wanna take your time… @samhuntmusic

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In keeping with the name of the tour, artists created graffiti paintings in the venue as Sam worked his way through the Montevallo album tracks “Speakers” and “Break Up in a Small Town.” Sam recruited four break dancers, including two very young dancers, to bust some moves in the crowd for his final song, “House Party.”


Baby break dancer at @samhuntmusic tour preview! #houseparty

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Sam’s Lipstick Graffiti tour kicks off Thursday night at The Troubador in Hollywood, California.

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