Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleEric Church‘s album, The Outsiders, has been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for reaching the one-million sales mark. The project debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart in February with more than 288,000 copies sold in the first week. That’s the fourth highest debut of any genre this year behind only Taylor Swift, One Direction and Coldplay, respectively.
Eric picked up four Grammy nominations this month thanks to The Outsiders and the hit single from the album, “Give Me Back My Hometown.” The trophies will be handed out February 8, 2015 in Los Angeles.
Image Courtesy Shock InkThree classic country recordings have been selected for the 2015 Grammy Hall of Fame Inductees.
Willie Nelson‘s classic 1978 standards album, Stardust, is going into the Grammy Hall of Fame. The honorees also include “Honky’ Tonkin,” by Hank Williams and His Drifting Cowboys from 1947, and Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys‘”San Antonio Rose,” from 1939.
The Grammy Hall of Fame honors recordings that are at least 25 years old that have made a big historical or cultural impact. There are currently 987 titles in the Grammy Hall of Fame, on display at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles.
Image Courtesy BMLGReba will release her brand-new single, “Going Out Like That,” on January 6. It’s the lead single from her upcoming studio album, and Reba says it really stuck out among the thousands of songs she considered recording for the project.
Reba writes on Facebook, “It’s a great song with up-tempo sassyness!!! The first time I heard it, a man was singing the demo. When I sang it coming from a female perspective, it became a woman’s power anthem! Sure hope you like it!”
Reba’s first new album since 2010′s All The Women I Am is due out in 2015.
Image Courtesy Curb RecordsLee Brice and Thompson Square will perform at the Mountain High Music Festival in Crested Butte, Colorado, which takes place January 14 through 18, 2015. Proceeds from the festival benefit the Tough Enough to Wear Pink campaign in the fight against breast cancer and the Adaptive Sports Center for individuals with disabilities in Crested Butte.
Image Courtesy CMAJason Aldean‘s latest single, “Just Gettin’ Started,” will fit in nicely on his 2015 tour set list next to the other uptempo hits like “Dirt Road Anthem,” “When She Says Baby” and “Hicktown.” In fact, Jason says he’s built his career with those fun songs.
He tells ABC News Radio, “When you’re going into a tour, you want something that’s being played on the radio that’s fun and gets people excited about the shows and all that.”
Jason will be playing his own headlining tour in the new year. He’s also teaming up with Kenny Chesney for a few stadium dates, including a May 16 stop at AT&T Stadium in Texas. While Jason has a huge arsenal of hits, he’s a little nervous about putting his set list up against Kenny’s catalog of #1′s.
Says Jason, “He got a few years head start on me with hits. He’s got a lot more than I got. I gotta get me a couple more before that tour kicks off.”
For a complete list of Jason’s tour dates, go to JasonAldean.com. “Just Gettin’ Started” is included on Jason’s platinum-selling album, Old Boots, New Dirt.
Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockKeith Urban‘s 2015 calendar to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is now available for purchase at KeithUrbanFans.com. Keith’s fans put the calendar together every year and have raised more than $850,000 for the cause since the first one went on sale in 2003.
This year’s CMA Country Christmas special will re-air on ABC Saturday, December 20 at 9 p.m. ET.
Image Courtesy Sandbox EntertainmentShania Twain wrapped up her two-year residency at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas over the weekend, and she’s using the occasion to shine a light on an important cause. The Canadian native’s just released a PSA against family violence for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police’s YouTube channel.
In the clip, Shania encourages people to report incidents of family violence to the police. She also stresses that abuse can be physical, sexual or emotional and can happen in any family.
“Family violence shouldn’t be kept a secret,” says Shania. “You can break the silence. There’s always someone who can help.”
Now that she’s finished with her shows in Las Vegas, Shania’s continuing her work in the studio, making new music.
Image Courtesy UMG/Kelly Christine MusgravesKaceyMusgraves has added a new round of 2015 dates for her Same Tour Different Trailer outing starting February 12 in Norfolk, Virginia. She’s taking along new duo John & Jacob in the opening spot.
Kacey performed at the Grand Ole Opry this past weekend. She’s currently in the studio working on the follow up to her Grammy-winning album, Same Trailer Different Park.
Here are Kacey’s new tour dates:
2/12 — Norfolk, VA, The NorVa 2/13 — Durham, NC, Carolina Theatre 2/14 — Baltimore, MD, Ram’s Head Live! 2/19 — Madison, WI, Orpheum Theater 2/20 — Minneapolis, MN, State Theatre 2/21 — Milwaukee, WI, Pabst Theater 2/26 — Louisville, KY, Brown Theatre 2/27 — Knoxville, TN, Tennessee Theatre 2/28 — Richmond, VA, The National
Image Courtesy Chris Hollo/Grand Ole OpryIs Carrie Underwood plotting a collaboration with pop superstars One Direction? The band is managed by Simon Cowell, who was a judge on American Idol when Carrie was crowned the winner in 2005.
Carrie tells U.K.’s Daily Mail, “If One Direction ever wants to go country, I’m here.” She adds, “I think I should get on the phone to Simon.”
When asked if she would ever step into Simon’s shoes as a judge on a TV singing competition, Carrie says, “I feel like it would be really hard to be honest, and I do think a lot of judges lose face, because I think people really need to hear it like it is. I think I’d be too nice.”
Carrie’s country music career is keeping her very busy these days. Her first compilation, Greatest Hits: Decade #1, came out just last week featuring her latest hit, “Something in the Water.”