Mercury NashvilleOn the heels of wrapping her first-ever headlining tour, Lauren Alaina is sharing more details about her new Getting Good EP, including the cover art and a full track list for the project.
The EP’s cover, which Lauren posted on her socials, is a snapshot of the singer dressed in a glittering dark outfit with a plunging neckline, gazing intently into the camera’s lens. The photograph reflects Lauren’s trademark vulnerability, and career-long commitment to being honest with her fans about subjects like her eating disorder, breakups, and the loss of her stepfather to cancer.
Following the singer’s own That Girl Was Me Tour, which featured opening act Filmore, Lauren will head out on the road again. This time, she’s joining Blake Shelton for his upcoming Friends & Heroes Tour 2020.
Her new EP features a number of songs fans already know and love, such as the title track and the empowerment anthem “Ladies in the ‘90s.” Set for release on March 6, it will also feature three brand-new tracks.
Here’s a full track list for Lauren’s Getting Good EP:
“In My Veins” “Getting Good” “Somebody Else’s Problem” “Ladies in the ’90s” “Country in Me” “The Other Side”
ABC/Image Group LADuring her appearance as a guest artist on iconic kids’ show Sesame Street, Maren Morris filmed a special song called “Oops! Whoops! Wait, Ah Hah!” Aside from being quite catchy, the tune offers an important message of encouragement for viewers who might be trying to learn new skills.
The lyrics of “Oops! Whoops! Wait, Ah Hah!” explain that it takes time to get good at a skill, whether that’s hula hooping, baking cookies, playing basketball or singing country music. The cast of Sesame Street chimes in with background vocals as Maren sings, and also acts out the process of getting better through practice.
According to CMT, the song was written by the Sesame Street writers. The episode featuring the song airs Saturday on HBO at 9AM ET.
Maren filmed her guest spot on Sesame Street over a year ago, and since then, her appearance on the show has taken on a whole new meaning. She and her husband, fellow country artist Ryan Hurd, are now expecting their first child, a boy.
In late 2019, she reflected that she can’t wait to share her episode of Sesame Street with her son someday.
Universal Music GroupIn his scathing new breakup tune, Travis Denning is leaving a dead-end relationship for “Abby” -- and yep, that stands for “anybody but you.”
The new song is the perfect anthem for anybody who’s alone on Valentine’s Day, although Travis assures People that he’s not against the observance on principle. He just loved the clever wordplay behind the song.
“The minute I heard this song I knew I had to record it, because my instant reaction was, ‘Man, I wish I had written that,’” Travis explains. “I feel like anyone who has gone through a breakup can relate to it in some way and wishing they had a response as bold as ‘Any body but you.’”
The rising country star has a big year ahead of him on the road, as he joins Dustin Lynch on the latter’s headlining Stay Country Tour. Following that run, Travis will join Sam Hunt for the Southside Summer Tour. Fortunately, he adds, “Abby” has already proven to be a smash hit at his live show.
“We’ve played it out on the road live a few times and the reaction has been wild. I’m excited that more people are getting to hear this song. It’s a fun one," Travis adds.
True PublicityIn celebration of shelter pets -- and the volunteers and organizations that help them find good homes -- Miranda Lambert is offering a little extra love to ten animal rescues across the country.
The “Wildcard” singer challenged thousands of volunteers to “Pledge to Volunteer” at their local rescue. To sweeten the challenge, volunteers who took the pledge were entered to win a grand prize of concert tickets and and a personal meet-and-greet with Miranda.
Now, just in time for Valentine’s Day, Miranda has awarded that prize to volunteer Andrea Shike of Wisconsin.
Miranda also automatically registered each participating shelter to be in the running for one of ten $1,000 grants given by her MuttNation Foundation. The list of winning shelters includes organizations throughout the country, from the singer’s home state of Texas to deserving pet rescues in Illinois, Washington, Tennessee and more.
Founded by Miranda and her mom, Bev Lambert, MuttNation works to promote adoption and improve the lives of shelter pets through spay and neuter initiatives and public awareness.
ABC/Image Group LAJason Aldean is a couple of weeks into his 2020 We Back Tour, and thanks to the singer’s wife, Brittany, fans can check out all the behind-the-scenes action from the run. Brittany took to Instagram Stories last night to document the Moline, Illinois tour stop.
Brittany kicked things off with some stage-side footage of opening act Morgan Wallen as he warmed up the crowd. She posted clips of Morgan singing “Cover Me Up” as well as “Heartless,” his collaboration with DJ Diplo.
She also played paparazzi to her headliner husband during the behind-the-scenes videos, following Jason through the backstage halls of the venue.
In an accompanying behind-the-scenes video of life on the road, Brittany takes fans through a typical day on tour. After leaving the bus -- and walking through chilly temperatures of just fourteen degrees -- she shows fans the backstage of the venue, including all the gear and instruments necessary to make a concert run smoothly.
Towards the end of the video, Brittany takes the cameras into a cozily lit room where everyone involved with the show hangs out.
“It’s just kind of where the guys get ready for the day,” she explains. “A lot of times you can find them playing old-school music videos and stuff.”
Jason’s 2020 We Back tour gets its name from the lead single of his 2019 studio album, 9. He’ll be out on the road through September.
Capitol NashvilleLuke Bryan has offered a first look at the title track of his seventh studio album, Born Here, Live Here, Die Here. If the new song is any indication, Luke’s next project will be all about celebrating life in a small town.
“Born here, live here, die here / From the roots to the boots to the lay me down suit,” he sings in the song’s sweeping chorus. “Yeah, I’m gonna be proud to be right here / Just like my daddy and his daddy did, too...”
The song’s chorus name-checks Luke’s upcoming Proud to Be Right Here Tour, which will kick off in late May in Cincinnati, Ohio -- about a month after Born Here, Live Here, Die Here drops in full on April 24.
Until then, Luke is tiding fans over with the full ten-song track list for his new album. The project includes a few songs that fans already know and love, like the chart-topping “Knockin’ Boots,” as well as several brand-new tunes.
Here’s the full track list for Born Here, Live Here, Die Here:
“Knockin' Boots” “What She Wants Tonight” “Born Here Live Here Die Here” “ One Margarita” “Too Drunk to Drive” “Build Me a Daddy” “ Little Less Broken” “For a Boat” “Where Are We Goin'” “Down to One”
Big MachineIt’s no secret that love has been a big part of Carly Pearce’s life over the last couple of years -- last October, she married fellow country artist Michael Ray. Now, her just-released, self-titled sophomore album takes fans through every step of her love story.
Carly Pearce’s 13 tracks include plenty of love stories from the bubbly early stages of a relationship, including “Heart’s Going Out of its Mind,” which Carly wrote just two days after her first date with Michael.
The singer even enlists her husband as a guest vocalist on one of the songs, a duet called “Finish Your Sentences.” With a star-studded songwriter list that includes Thomas Rhett and Kelsea Ballerini, “Finish Your Sentences” is a lovestruck ode to the early days of a budding romance.
Listeners with a more cynical outlook on Valentine’s Day also will find plenty of heartbreak to enjoy. The album’s first single, a breakup duet with Lee Brice called "I Hope You're Happy Now," is currently a top-fifteen hit.
Carly Pearce also grapples with loss. Songs like “It Won’t Always Be Like This” call to mind the unexpected and tragic loss of Carly’s producer and mentor, busbee, who died last September shortly after being diagnosed with brain cancer.
“A lot of life and learning happened as I recorded this album: Sorrow, forgiveness, sass, flirtation. But overall, love,” Carly reflects. “I am so grateful to these incredible collaborators for helping me to create these songs that truly reflect my stories over the last couple of years.”
ABC/Image Group LASince Riley Green's a good-looking, single, former college football player who's also a successful country singer, there are likely plenty of women who dream of being his Valentine.
Even so, the "There Was This Girl" hitmaker warns that anybody interested might want to rethink that.
"I’m definitely a procrastinator when it comes to any holidays," he admits. "A lot of my Christmas gifts get wrapped in newspaper."
In fact, the Alabama native maintains he's never really had a significant other on February 14.
"I don’t know that I’ve celebrated a Valentine’s Day with a girl," he reveals. "But I would imagine that if I did it would go a lot like that. It would be a last-minute type of flower-from-the-grocery-store type situation."
The upside might be that Riley could always sing to you. His latest single, "I Wish Grandpas Never Died," is currently a top-fifteen hit.
Comstock/ThinkstockValentine’s Day may be the holiday of love and warm fuzzy feelings, but on this day in 2011, one country star was preparing to say goodbye. The hitmaker behind songs like “Wichita Lineman” announced his final studio album and farewell tour. Who was it? ANSWER: Glen Campbell.
ABC/Gavin BondAs Luke Bryan and his fellow American Idol judges start their third season together on Sunday, there's no denying they've learned a thing or two during their time on ABC.
Luke, Lionel Richie and Katy Perry all agree there are several mistakes that will almost always doom an audition.
"Performing one of our songs," Luke tells ABC Audio.
"Another one is when they take like a classic and try to rap it," he continues, as he starts to sing one of former American Idol judge Paula Abdul's hits. "Somebody did, like, 'Straight up, now tell me, do you really...' But then they do something weird with it."
"And then they bring choreography to it," Lionel interjects. "It's best -- stand still, deliver the goods and kill it."
"Never bring your dog, your pet," Luke adds.
The tight-knit threesome goes on to reveal there are also certain songs you shouldn't even attempt to sing at this point.
"What was the one? The Maren Morris [one]?" Luke asks. "'My Church' was... It's hard to out-sing Maren Morris."
"Yeah!" Katy agrees, while lapsing into her twangiest version of Maren's debut hit. "My church! Like that."
"We heard 'My Church' a lot," Luke confirms.
See American Idol season three's hits -- and misses -- as the road to Hollywood kicks off Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. The auditions start with stops in Savannah, Georgia; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Washington, D.C.; Los Angeles, California; and Sunriver, Oregon.
Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockMarty Stuartand his Fabulous Superlatives have big tour plans for 2020: They’ll be teaming up with classic rocker Steve Miller for a co-headlining run called The Americana Tour. The fun kicks off in June, beginning in Austin, Texas.
Veteran country hitmaker Clint Black has officially sold out an upcoming May performance at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. In 2019, the singer celebrated the 30th anniversary of his triple-platinum debut album, Killin’ Time.
The third annual Nashville Songwriter Awards is set to take place on September 22 at the Ryman. This year’s awards show will also include three special segments to celebrate the Songwriter and Songwriter-Artist of the Decade recipients, as well as that of the Kris Kristofferson Lifetime Achievement Award.
Ross Ellis has shared a reflective new tune, “Home to Me,” about the town that raised him and ultimately became his artistic inspiration. The singer kicked off his “Nashville Hits the Roof” Tour Wednesday night in Charlotte, North Carolina. The run will take him to Tin Roof locations throughout several different cities.
ABC/Image Group LATonight, Reba McEntire gets to add to her TV acting resume with a guest role on Young Sheldon, the spin-off prequel of the hit sitcom The Big Bang Theory.
Before the episode airs, Reba is offering a sneak peek at one of its scenes. The singer plays June, the ex-wife of Coach Ballard, the latter of whom is now striking up a romance with Young Sheldon’s grandmother, Meemaw.
In the clip Reba shared on social media, June and Meemaw meet for a slightly awkward -- though lighthearted -- drink, and strike up an unlikely friendship.
“I play June. I am Meemaw’s new boyfriend’s ex-wife. How’s that for a roundabout?!” Reba explains in a clip she posted to social media. “She’s letting Meemaw know what kind of guy Dale is. He might be a little nervous, too, [about] what [she’s] gonna be telling Meemaw."
“When we have someone like Miss Reba on the show, it’s really, really fun,” says 11-year-old Iain Hermitage, who plays the title role on the show.
“I think Miss Reba McEntire fans will love it and Young Sheldon fans will love it.”
Reba’s episode of Young Sheldon airs tonight at 8PM ET on CBS.
Capitol NashvilleYou can check out both the cover and the title track of Luke Bryan’s new album, Born Here Live Here Die Here, via People.com now.
For his cover shot, a smiling, denim-clad Luke straddles a chair in the middle of a smoky warehouse.
As for the title cut of his seventh record, the Georgia native says he “fell in love with the song right away,” and knew he had to cut it.
“The second I heard ‘Born Here Live Here Die Here’ it related to me,” Luke tells People, “how I grew up, how I have so many roots and so many ties to my hometown. And being tied to your hometown is very important in country music.”
The full Born Here Live Here Die Here set arrives April 24. You’ll be able to stream or download the album’s namesake tune Friday.
On Sunday, Luke kicks off his third season as a judge on American Idol at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
ABC/Image Group LAIn a recent social media post, Carrie Underwood revealed the hilarious truth of what her four-year-old son, Isaiah, really thinks of her.
The superstar shared a fill-in-the-blank-style story about her that Isaiah wrote, complete with descriptions of her physical appearance, favorite foods and more.
While some of Isaiah’s answers were pretty accurate -- he said his mom was blonde and had brown eyes, for example -- others were adorably off-base. He wrote that he thought the 36-year-old Carrie was aged 70, for one thing, and explained that her job was to “wash the laundry.”
“Soooo...apparently I’m 70 and I’m really good at doing the laundry,” Carrie wrote in the caption of her post.
Carrie likely has more sweet motherhood mishaps in front of her. In addition to big brother Isaiah, she and her husband, Mike Fisher, welcomed their second baby boy, Jacob, in January of 2019.
Strange Bird MediaIn 2013, Darius Rucker scored a big hit with his version of “Wagon Wheel.” Seven years later, the song continues to sell: It was just certified for sales of eight million copies.
Now, Darius is the only solo male artist in history to achieve an eight-times-Platinum song. Additionally, “Wagon Wheel” has made the list of the top five best-selling country songs of all time.
The singer was presented with a commemorative plaque during a surprise celebration of the milestone at the Country Music Hall of Fame on Wednesday. After executives from his label broke the historic news to him, Darius was in shock.
“I don’t believe you. I don’t believe this! Wow, what a testament to the fans and their love of country music,” he reflected.
The anthemic singalong began as an unfinished chorus recorded by Bob Dylan in 1973. 25 years after that, the string band Old Crow Medicine Show added some verses and released it as “Wagon Wheel.” But it wasn’t until Darius put his rootsy, infectious spin on the song that it catapulted into the mainstream.
Since Darius kicked off his country career, he’s notched nine chart-topping singles at country radio. Before that, he was best known as the lead singer of Hootie & the Blowfish; last year, the band reconvened for a new album and a sold-out tour.
ABC/Image Group LAThe nominations for the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards 2020 were unveiled today, and country act Dan Shay gets a mention in the category of Favorite Music Collaboration. They’re nominated for “10,000 Hours,” their massively popular duet with pop star Justin Bieber.
Dan Shay aren’t the only country names in the Favorite Music Collaboration category: Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus also scored a nod for their 2019 juggernaut, “Old Town Road.”
The latter song has notched a slew of accolades since its release early last year, including, most recently, two Grammy Awards in January. Billy, Nas and a long list of special guests also performed the song in a epic, star-studded moment during the awards show.
While “10,000 Hours” is a newer release, it’s already on track to become a major career milestone for Dan Shay. Last month, the song went #1 across multiple country charts, and became the fastest country single of 2019 to earn platinum U.S. certification, with 1,000,000 track equivalents.
The Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards 2020 will take place on March 22 at 7:30 PM ET, broadcast live from the Forum in Inglewood, California. Chance the Rapper is set to host.
Jason Kempin/Getty ImagesAmy Grant is sharing a personal medical diagnosis in hopes that her fans will be inspired to take care of their heart health.
On social media, the 59-year-old singer revealed that she's undergone a battery of tests because of a family history of heart disease. Though she isn't currently ill, the checkup revealed that Amy has had a heart condition since birth.
“The first good news is that I am completely asymptomatic,” Amy reassured her fans, stressing that she feels as healthy as ever. “The second good news is that it’s fixable.”
She went on to say that this summer, she’ll take the focus off of touring and her musical career in order to seek medical treatment for the unspecified heart condition before it becomes a serious issue. Additionally, she’s hoping that her story will inspire fans to make sure their hearts are healthy this Heart Health Awareness Month, which happens every February.
“Instead of camping trips and concerts this summer, I am going to take care of my heart,” she added. “Are you taking care of yours?! Please do.”
Over the recent holiday season, Amy and her Country Music Hall of Famer husband, Vince Gill, wrapped their annual Christmas at the Ryman residency, a 12-date celebration that took place last December at Nashville’s iconic Ryman auditorium.
Comstock/ThinkstockFifteen years ago this week, Tim McGraw took home the Grammy for Best Male Country Vocal Performance for this hit, which also grabbed Best Country Song honors. Can you name it? ANSWER: "Live Like You Were Dying."
Big MachineIt's been more than two years since Carly Pearce topped the chart with her debut single, "Every Little Thing." She's since fallen in love with and married fellow artist Michael Ray -- the two tied the knot last October -- and her new music reflects that.
On Friday -- Valentine's Day -- Carly will put out her self-titled sophomore album. While Every Little Thing was laced with the pain and self-doubt of a failed relationship, Carly Pearce is a reflection of the romance and self-love she's found.
"I did a self-titled album because I feel like this collection of songs is me without searching," she tells ABC Audio. "Country music fans have given me so much confidence in the last few years. And finding my husband has given me confidence."
"My first record, I was searching and trying and hoping and wishing," she continues. "And now I get to just settle into it, and that's really fun."
Carly's confidence is in full bloom on the album cover: She wears a cheetah print dress and leans against a cowhide backdrop.
"There's no secret that I love animal print," she explains. "I feel like girls are now showing up to shows in animal print because of me."
"I really want to be like what Faith Hill was to our genre back then," Carly continues. "I love country music so much, and I wanted to do a little bit of that retro, cowhide, kind of throwback to the '90s...but, like, a new spin on it."
"And how much animal print can you get in one photo?" she laughs. "I got a lot in there."
Carly Pearce features duets with her husband Michael and Lee Brice. Her song with Lee, "I Hope You're Happy Now," is a top-fifteen hit.
Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockSam Hunt's set to sing his current, top-five hit, "Kinfolks," tonight on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. Tune in to watch starting at 11:35 p.m. ET on ABC.
Broken Bow newcomer Lainey Wilson will make her Grand Ole Opry debut this Friday night.
Willie Nelson's longtime drummer, Paul English, has passed away at the age of 87. Willie immortalized his friend with the autobiographical track, "Me & Paul," which he's recorded multiple times.
Cam debuts her new single, "Till There's Nothing Left," on Thursday's edition of NBC's Today show, which starts at 7 a.m. She'll also perform it on Late Night with Seth Myers, which starts at 12:35 a.m. ET, also on NBC.