Luke Bryan Is Ready to Hear His Fans Sing Along with “I See You”

Image Courtesy ABC/Dick Clark ProductionsLuke Bryan launches the 2015 leg of his That’s My Kind of Night tour next week, and his latest #1 hit, “I See You,” will be featured in the set list. In fact, Luke recorded the song with his concert crowds in mind.

He says, “I just loved the intensity of how edgy the song is. I had never went that far with almost kind of a rock feel, and I just felt like it was a hit.”

Fan reaction to the song has been huge, which is what Luke was hoping for when he released “I See You” as the sixth and final single from his album, Crash My Party.

“I just really wanted to get it in the hands of my fans,” Luke says. “And now I’m excited to see how it does on the road.”

Luke has more new music coming out soon. He’ll release his final Spring Break album, titled Checkin’ Out on March 10.


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Cole Swindell Honored at CMA Triple Play Awards for Songwriting Success

Image Courtesy CMACole Swindell was the only performing artist among the 14 songwriters honored at the CMA Triple Play Awards Tuesday in Nashville. The annual luncheon recognizes writers who have penned three or more #1 country hits in a 12-month period. Cole hit that milestone with his own recordings, “Chillin’ It” and “Hope You Get Lonely Tonight,” as well as the Thomas Rhett hit he co-wrote, “Get Me Some of That.”

While accepting his trophy, Cole said singing his own compositions on stage is something he’s dreamed of doing for a long time.

“This is where I love to be,” he continued, “and whether you’ve influenced me to move to this town or kept ‘em from kicking me out, thank you so much! I hope I get to do this forever.”

Luke Bryan, Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum‘s Hillary Scott, Hunter Hayes and Chris Young are among the previous recipients of the CMA Triple Play Award.


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Garth Brooks Sells More Than 100,000 Tickets for This Weekend’s Shows in Pittsburgh

Image Courtesy Country Music Hall of FameGarth Brooks has already sold more than 100,000 for his upcoming six concerts in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which start Thursday night and run through Sunday. Even though he’s beat his previous ticket sales record from his 1997 run of shows in Pittsburgh, tickets are still available for all six of this weekend’s shows at Ticketmaster.com/GarthBrooks.


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Miranda Lambert Sharing Her Grammy Awards Experience with Fans in a Personal Way

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleMiranda Lambert is sending personal photos from this Sunday’s Grammy Awards to fans who sign up at TextMiranda.com. Miranda is set to perform on the show, where she’s up for four trophies including Best Country Album for Platinum. Fans will receive the photos after they take a photo or screenshot of Miranda’s “Little Red Wagon” single cover and text it to Miranda@PicFly.me.

The 57th Annual Grammy Awards will broadcast live Sunday night at 8 ET on CBS.


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Kip Moore Admits He’s Wrong in New Single, “I’m to Blame”

Image Courtesy MCA NashvilleIt’s not always easy for a man to admit he’s wrong in a relationship, but that’s exactly what Kip Moore is doing on his brand-new single, “I’m to Blame.” He says that level of honesty is essential for keeping a relationship moving forward. The single also gives a taste of what fans will hear on Kip’s upcoming studio album.

Says Kip, “I thought that sort of truth-telling was a good way to set the tone for the new album.  I’m excited about the new path we’re taking for this next record.”

Kip has been writing for the new project for the past two years, so he had to make some tough decisions about which ones made the album, and which ones got cut.

He explains, “It has turned out to be a totally different record than the one I set out recording, and I think a better one.”

Kip’s new single is now available at all digital outlets.


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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the title of Lady Antebellum‘s debut single from 2007? ANSWER: “Love Don’t Live Here.”


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Florida Georgia Line Announces Details for 2nd Annual This Is How We Cruise Event

Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line has announced details for their 2nd Annual This Is How We Cruise voyage coming up November 7 through 11. FGL will perform three shows, including an acoustic set, over the four-day trip from Miami to Cozumel. Fans on the cruise will get a photo with the duo and a commemorative lithograph, too. More acts will join the Florida Georgia Line cruise closer to the event.

Go to FGLCruise.com for more details.


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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockDarius Rucker is the subject of a new installment of CMT’s Inside Fame series premiering Saturday, February 7 at noon ET.

RaeLynn has released a new video profile tracing her journey from Texas to The Voice to country stardom with her debut hit, “God Made Girls.” Fans can watch the profile now at Vevo.


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Brantley Gilbert’s Fiancée, Amber, Letting Him Have a Mac and Cheese Station at Wedding Reception

Image Courtesy Valory Music Co.Brantley Gilbert and his fiancée, Amber, were in Nashville Monday to celebrate his #1 hit “Bottoms Up” with a party at the restaurant Pour House. The couple will tie the knot in the coming months, but Brantley is letting Amber take the reins on the wedding planning.

“[I'm] as involved as she would like me to be, yeah,” Brantley says. “I told her, the thing about that wedding is I’m getting to marry her, so that’s like the ultimate wedding gift.”

Brantley is up-to-date on all the wedding details, and he’s even come up with a few ideas for the ceremony and reception.

Says Brantley, “I wanted a macaroni and cheese station at the reception, ’cause I really dig macaroni and cheese, and she made that happen. So, I’m pretty stoked about that.”

On the touring front, Brantley is headed across the pond for a run of shows through Europe starting February 28 in Oslo, Norway.


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Thomas Rhett & Kellie Pickler Facing Off in Big Checkers Game Prior to ACM Awards

Image Courtesy ACMThe Academy of Country Music and Cracker Barrel have teamed up for a fun, new contest to send six grand-prize winners to the ACM Awards this April in North Texas. In addition to attending the show, the winners will also be “human playing checkers pieces” on a giant checker board in The Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Country Checkers Challenge.

Kellie Pickler and Thomas Rhett will lead the opposing teams for the checker match, and several other country stars will join the winners on each team. That event will take place 2015 ACM Party for a Cause Festival at Globe Like Park in Arlington, TX on April 18 as part of the events leading up to the ACM Awards on April 19.

Cracker Barrel has donated $35,000 to be divided between each checkers team to go to a charity chosen by the team leader. Kellie Pickler’s portion will go to the USA, and Thomas Rhett will donate his money to the Disabled American Veterans organization.

You can enter to win The Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Country Checkers Challenge sweepstakes now at CrackerBarrel.com.


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