Maddie & Tae Reach Gold Status with “Girl in a Country Song”

Image Courtesy Kevin White/Dot RecordsMaddie & Tae‘s top five debut hit, “Girl in a Country Song,” has been certified gold for 500,000 downloads and streams. The song has caught on as an answer to all those guys singing about girls wearing cut-off shorts dancing on tailgates and drinking next to a bonfire in the woods.

“We had no idea people would respond like this,” says the duo’s Maddie Marlow. “We wrote a song where we looked at how the girl in these songs must feel… It’s hard, being expected to be in those Daisy Dukes and that bikini top all the time… Tae and I wanted to show people the other side.”

“Girl in a Country Song” is included on Maddie & Tae’s self-titled EP, available for download now.


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Will Reba Launch a Caesars Palace Residency in 2015?

Image Courtesy CMAA female country star with multiple #1 hits is gearing up for a residency at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas in 2015. According to the Las Vegas Sun, some of the names bouncing around for the spot include Reba and Dolly Parton. Shania Twain will welcome the new headliner to the Colosseum at Caesars Palace before she wraps up her Shania: Still the One residency next month.

We’ll keep you posted on the big announcement.


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Jerrod Niemann’s Version of “Holly Jolly Christmas” Inspired by a Childhood Santa Doll

Image Courtesy Arista NashvilleJerrod Niemann went with a mellow feel for his new version of “Holly Jolly Christmas,” available now at iTunes. The song reminds Jerrod of his childhood holidays with his family growing up in Kansas.

He says, “I recall “Holly Jolly Christmas” always would play on a small Santa doll every time anyone would walk by it. When I hear the song, it takes me home for the holidays. That’s what made me so eager to record it.”

Jerrod’s current single, “Buzz Back Girl,” is included on his latest album, High Noon. His Get Your Buzz Back Girl tour is on the road though early December.


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Lady Antebellum Getting 2015 Artist Humanitarian Award from Country Radio Broadcasters

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum is getting the Country Radio Broadcasters Artist Humanitarian Award at the 2015 Country Radio Seminar in Nashville. The honor will be presented during the event’s opening ceremonies February 25.

Lady Antebellum gives back to multiple charities and worthy causes through their LadyAID organization, which helps raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, Children’s Miracle Network, and myLIFEspeaks. They’ve also led big fundraisers to rebuild schools damaged by natural disasters, and recently fulfilled seven wishes in seven days through their 7FOR7 campaign.

Past recipients of the CRB Artist Humanitarian Award include Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Brad Paisley, Toby Keith, Garth Brooks, Brooks & Dunn, and Reba.


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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhich instrument does Hillary Scott‘s husband Chris play in Lady Antebellum‘s touring band? ANSWER: Drums.


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Carrie Underwood and Hubby Mike Fisher Just Knew They Were Having a Baby Boy

Image Courtesy Arista NashvilleCarrie Underwood and her husband, Mike Fisher, both had a feeling they were having a baby boy, but they didn’t want to find out in the doctor’s office during her sonogram.

Carrie explains, “It’s kind of a sterile place. We got to see all the pictures and everything. It was really cool to see that, but whenever she’d get near, near those parts we would look away.”

Instead, Carrie and Mike took the envelope containing the news of the baby’s sex with them out to a nice restaurant.

“[It was] just the two of us in a nicer setting, but we both knew,” Carrie says. “So, that was just confirming our suspicions. We didn’t really speak of it before, ’cause we were both just like, ‘Whatever. It’s all good.’ But we knew it was a boy.”

Of course, Carrie’s CMA Awards co-host Brad Paisley told the world she was having a boy during the show earlier this month. Carrie planned to announce the baby’s sex during the show, but she didn’t let Brad in on the secret until the very last minute.

Carrie says with a laugh, “Brad’s got loose lips. He’s a blabber mouth. So, I was like, ‘I’m not gonna tell you until we’re ready for the rest of the world to know, ’cause I know you’ll tell people.’”

Carrie has another big delivery — the double-disc compilation Greatest Hits: Decade #1 — due out December 9. The lead single from that project, “Something in the Water,” is already a big hit at country radio.


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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockTrisha Yearwood is set to perform on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on December 3 in support of her new album, PrizeFighter: Hit After Hit. She’ll co-host The Rachael Ray Show on December 8 and perform on CBS’s The Talk on December 19.

Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton will play the Country Thunder festival taking place in Florence, AZ, April 9 through 12, 2015.


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Garth Brooks Honored at ASCAP Centennial Award Ceremony in New York City

Image Courtesy CMAMonday night in New York City, Garth Brooks was honored with the ASCAP Centennial Award — a new honor created to mark the performing rights organization’s 100th anniversary. Garth was recognized alongside the night’s other honorees, including one of his heroes — Billy Joel. Joan Baez, Stevie Wonder and musical theater legend Stephen Sondheim also received the Centennial Award Monday night.

Garth says, “I feel lucky, ’cause an award really, truthfully, is only good as the names that have won in the past or other things, so this was pretty sweet that they did this.”

The Centennial Award honors Garth as a songwriter, and his wife, Trisha Yearwood, performed one of his compositions, “If Tomorrow Never Comes,” in his honor. Garth co-wrote that song with Kent Blazy, who first introduced Garth to Trisha at the beginning of their respective careers.

Says Garth, “Tonight, it’s a full circle. So, not only the song, but all involved kind of creates life for us. So, this is a big night for us.”

Trisha is quick to call Garth a “poet” and a “great songwriter.”

She says, “I’ll hear him humming something or singing something, and I’ll go, ‘What song is that?’ And he’s like, ‘Oh, I don’t know.’  It’ll be a piece of something that sounds amazing to me that he’s just pulled out of thin air from somewhere that he’s just humming. And that’s how those songs get started.”


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Frankie Ballard’s Rocket Ride Continues with Second #1 Hit, “Sunshine and Whiskey”

Image Courtesy Sam Erickson/Warner Music NashvilleFrankie Ballard feels like he just got finished celebrating his last #1 hit, “Helluva Life,” and he’s already followed that one up with another chart-topper, “Sunshine and Whiskey.”

“It’s crazy, you know, the momentum that we’re [experiencing],” Frankie says. “It’s unbelievable. I’m on cloud nine. I’m so happy.”

“Sunshine and Whiskey” never fails to get the girls out of their seats at Frankie’s shows, too.

He adds, “It starts the dance party. ‘Cause I think sometimes people come in, and they’re not really sure if it’s OK to dance. Then you play that one, and the dance party starts, and it’s all downhill from there.”

Frankie looks forward to continuing his upward momentum with an opening spot on Florida Georgia Line‘s Anything Goes tour starting in January.


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David Nail Wraps Up 25-Date I’m a Fire Tour

Image Courtesy MCA NashvilleDavid Nail wrapped up his headlining I’m a Fire this past weekend in Green Bay, WI. The trek hit 25 cities, including New York City, Boston, New Orleans and Cincinnati along the way.

David says, “There is no bigger compliment than people coming out to see you play your music live.  Thanks to everyone who came out and made this tour so special.” 

New duo Native Run joined David on the I’m a Fire tour. His latest single, “Kiss You Tonight,” is included on his current album, I’m a Fire.


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