Columbia NashvilleThis weekend, you’ll get the chance to know newcomer Maren Morris a little better. CBS News Sunday Morning will profile the “My Church” hitmaker, tracing her career from her beginnings in Texas through the gold-selling, top-ten success of her debut hit.
Maren has just released her second single, “80’s Mercedes,” from her debut album. Hero recently emerged atop the Billboard Country Albums chart, while also tallying an impressive number-five debut on the all-genre Billboard 200.
You can catch Maren July 3 on CBS News Sunday Morning, starting at 9 a.m. ET.
ABC/Image Group LAEven though Keith Urban’s latest number one, “Wasted Time,” contains the line “sippin’ on the Lokos,” he confesses he had to Google exactly what that is, after one of his co-writers introduced him to his teen drink of choice growing up in the Atlanta, Georgia area.
While Keith may not have had Lokos, he confesses there was an Australian equivalent.
“I didn't grow up sippin' on Lokos, but I grew up sippin' on some nasty stuff! We had UDL, which stood for United Distilleries Limited, and it was a prepackaged mix of bourbon and cola -- cola wanna-be and bourbon wanna-be -- jammed into a can. And you could get vodka and something else. And it was like the worst -- awful, just awful, but it was cheap and it would do the trick. Lokos sang better than UDL!” Keith laughs.
"Wasted Time" is the 21st number one of the Ripcord singer's career.
BMLGNot only is the lead single from Florida Georgia Line’s Dig Your Roots album already a top-five hit, Brian Kelley says it’s also been a game-changer for the duo on the road.
"'H.O.L.Y' is spiritual on tour. I don't know if we've had a song that's connected us to our fans that quick. It's amazing,” he says.
Brian believes the song is also special because it hearkens back to the beginning when he and Tyler Hubbard first performed together.
“It takes our set and our show to a place that we've never been, a place that we've longed to be. We are diggin' our roots harder than ever,” he says. “We got our start writing, singing, playing in church, and it sounds kind of like those songs that we grew up singing. It's got a worship, kind of church-feel, meets a love song.”
Florida Georgia Line’s third album, Dig Your Roots, is due out August 26.
ABC/Image Group LAThis Fourth of July, Chris Stapleton not only will play for members of the armed forces and their families at the most-populated military post in the country, he’ll also help send some of them to school. The Traveller sensation is teaming up with Budweiser to give up to a million dollars in educational support to the spouses and children of fallen and disabled soldiers.
Chris will make the donation during his Independence Day show in North Carolina, where 40,000 members of the Fort Bragg community are expected to turn out to see him. The exact amount of the scholarships will be determined by the number of Bud cans and bottles sold bearing the “America” inscription between now and July 4.
Columbia NashvilleOn the heels of his top-five hits “Ready Set Roll” and “Gonna Wanna Tonight,” Chase Rice is back with new music from his forthcoming album -- the everyman anthem “Everybody We Know Does.”
“These last few years have been a whirlwind,” the North Carolina native reflects. “I’ve lived a lot and had some incredible experiences and opportunities, but I’ve also been spending some time out at my farm, just unplugging for a bit and reflecting on what music means to me and what it means to all of the people who have shown up and supported me over the years. That’s why this song… is really special to me… It’s our sound and our lives reflected in this song. It’s who we are, and that’s ultimately what brings us all together.”
You can check out “Everybody We Know Does” via the usual digital outlets now.
ABC/Image Group LAWe already know that Tim McGraw shows up on one track on Florida Georgia Line’s new Dig Your Roots album-- and it looks like another superstar collaboration could be in the works, this time with '90s boy band sensation the Backstreet Boys.
On Monday, Backstreet's Brian Littrellposted a photo of a mixing board and computer audio workstation on Instagram with the caption, "In the Lab......Doing something we've never done before.... BSB feature with FGL..... Great record.... Comes out late August."
Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley’s third album just happens to drop August 26.
Comstock/Thinkstock Even though he's "Humble and Kind," this country-star-turned-actor can boast the most career number ones on Billboard's Country Airplay chart, with 28. Can you name him? ANSWER: Tim McGraw.
Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Tim McGraw will follow up his number one “Humble and Kind” with the Damn Country Music track “How I’ll Always Be.”
Last week’s concert featuring Cole Swindell, Billy Currington, Michael Ray, Maddie and Tae and more at Orlando’s CFE Arena raised more than $250,000 for the OneOrlando Fund, to help victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting.
You should soon start hearing Darius Rucker’s new song , “If I Told You,” on the radio. It’s the lead single from his forthcoming new album.
Capitol NashvilleWhen it comes to number ones, Keith Urban officially comes of age this week, as his reminiscence about growing up, “Wasted Time,” becomes the 21st chart-topper of his career.
The Aussie superstar says the song was born out of a conversation with Canadian-born Greg Wells and Atlanta, Georgia native J. Abrahart. Even though the three grew up worlds apart, they discovered their teenage experiences were very similar.
“It was pretty much the same, you know,” Keith recalls. “You've got a buddy who owns a car, so everyone's piling into that thing on a Friday night, and you're singing out the window and you're sneaking out and you're drinking and you're smoking and you're hanging out by the river and there's a rope swing. We had so many things in common that the song really took off.”
If you’ve wondered exactly what the “sippin’ on the Lokos” lyric means, Keith says it was his idea, fleshed out by one of his co-writers.
“I said, 'We've got to reference a drink of some sort.' And I said to J., 'What was like, just a nasty, cheap drink that you drank growing up?' And he rattled off a bunch, and he said, 'There was this one called Four Lokos, but we just used to call 'em Lokos. I said, 'Perfect! We're gonna be sippin' on the Lokos!'”
Capitol NashvilleJon Pardi’s California Sunrise is dawning at number one. The Golden State native’s sophomore album debuts at the top of Billboard’s Country Albums ranking this week, making it not only his first chart- topping album, but his first career number one as well.
Jon’s debut album, Write You a Song, peaked at number 3 in 2014, with its single, “Up All Night,” making it to number 10 that same year. His current hit, “Head Over Boots,” remains firmly planted in the top ten this week as well. He’ll perform it for the first time on national television July 7 on NBC’s Today show.
Eric AdkinsScotty McCreery became a trending topic on Facebook over the weekend when the Grand Ole Opry posted the video for his June 10 performance of new song “Five More Minutes” on YouTube, where it now has more than 176,000 views.
As McCreery emotionally explains in the video, he wrote the poignant story song just a few weeks after losing a grandfather he was very close to. Said McCreery, “He’s never heard this song, but I know he’s watching and very proud of me.”
In the lyrics, McCreery sings, “At 86 my grandpa said there’s angels in the room/With all the family gathered ’round knew the time was coming soon/With so much left to say I prayed, Lord, I ain’t finished/Just give us five more minutes.”
Photo: Largo Police DepartmentA Florida man who impersonated singer Jason Aldean has been accused by police of defrauding an intellectually disabled woman for both money and sex.
Tampa, Fla., TV station WFLA reports that Pinellas County resident Daniel Farris pretended to be the country music star and convinced the victim he was Aldean.
Largo Police say Farris asked the unidentified woman for $2,000, and she gave him a total of $230 over two occasions. Police say he also convinced the woman to have sex with him.
Farris allegedly posed as Aldean on Facebook, and also posed as a friend of Aldean’s in an effort to collect the money. “Allegedly, Farris would collect the funds by telling the victim Jason Aldean loved her, but was on tour and his friend needed the money,” WFLA reports.
According to a police affidavit, Farris admitted to taking the victim’s money and used it to fund his prescription pill addiction.
Photo: Country Music AssociationBrett Eldredge takes full responsibility for unleashing his pal Thomas Rhett on the Snapchat world, and says he loves how the social media app lets him show fans his own “wacky, weird” side too.
Eldredge (pictured on the left) calls Rhett “a funny guy.” But after talking him into downloading the app, Eldredge says the “Happy Man” singer started off a little timid. “At first … he was slowly getting into it and … having other people film for him,” Eldredge says. “I'm like 'Dude, just do your point of view. Show what's going on all around you and just be the fun person that you are.' I think he's got it down pretty good now. He's doing a great job.”
Meanwhile, Eldredge remains the Snapchat master, and says, “I’m so random, and I get tired of just typing stuff. I really want to share the journey and the wacky, weird way I see the world. So I get to do that on Snapchat.”
Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkStockAmerican Idolwinner Trent Harmon has released “There’s a Girl” as the first single from his forthcoming debut album. Harmon is one of the writers on the track. Listen on Billboard.com. Meanwhile, Harmon’s cover of Gary Wright’s 1976 hit “Dream Weaver” will be included in the upcoming film Ice Age: Collision Course.
Kellie Pickler got a little star struck and completely missed the buzzer when she competed against former ‘N Sync member Lance Bass on ABC’s Celebrity Family Feud June 26. Watch the funny moment on People.com.
A cappella group Home Free has released a music video for their cover of Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling.” The band’s version will be included on the soundtrack for the film Trolls, due out in November. The group rose to fame when it won NBC’s The Sing-Off in 2013. Watch the new video on YouTube.
Kenny Chesney owed a suburban Philadelphia police officer a huge apology after mistakenly announcing at his concert Saturday night that he had died.
The singer told thousands of fans at Lincoln Financial Field, where he was performing, that Folcroft Borough Police Officer Christopher Dorman, who was shot seven times in the line of duty, had died.
Dorman, a huge fan of Chesney, had planned to attend the concert, but instead found himself in a local hospital recovering. In a recorded video message he told Chesney ahead of the concert "don't forget me."
Chesney, who heard about the video before the show, dedicated the song “Anything but Mine” to Dorman.
The Folcroft police department immediately took to Facebook to correct the singer.
"OFFICER DORMAN IS ALIVE AND WELL," a Facebook post read. "IDK WHAT KENNY CHESNEY WAS THINKING WHEN HE SAID THAT AT HIS CONCERT TONIGHT!! I HOPE HE MAKES ANOTHER ANNOUNCEMENT TO MAKE THIS RIGHT!!!"
By Sunday, it seemed Chesney had received the message, because the singer called Dorman to apologize while the officer recovered at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.
Dorman's police department shared a photo of Dorman chatting with Chesney.
"He apologized for last night and wants to take Chris out to a football game and grab some beers!! Thank you Kenny!!" the caption read.
Chesney also recalled the conversation on Twitter.
"He's doing great," the singer wrote. "Told him we'd watch an Eagles game & have beers one day. Here's to a speedy recovery! #dormanthedelcolegend"
Jeff Vespa/WireImageGenre-bending band The Mavericks has amicably parted ways with Nashville’s Big Machine Label Group, ABC News has confirmed.
The group recorded two critically-acclaimed albums for the label group, 2013’s In Time and 2015’s Mono, and reportedly had just a two-album deal there.
The band has now partnered with Nashville-based marketing and distribution company Thirty Tigers, according to MusicRow.com, and its four members are in the process of creating their own label, Mono Mundo Recordings. They have three albums planned through the end of 2017 including a concert album due this fall, and new studio and Christmas albums coming next year. Mono Mundo is also the name of their current tour.
The Mavericks enjoyed the top 20 hits “All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down,” “O What A Thrill” and “There Goes My Heart” while signed to MCA Nashville in the 1990s, and won the CMA Vocal Group of the Year Award in both 1995 and 1996.
Big Machine Label GroupFlorida Georgia Line just shared the cover artwork for their new albumDig Your Roots, and it’s adorable. In keeping with the title, the cover depicts the duo’s Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley as children, Kelley clad in a cowboy hat, boots and diaper, and Hubbard smiling astride a toy scooter.
They also announced that the new set, their third studio album, will be available Aug. 26, which also happens to be Kelley’s 31st birthday. The duo wrote more than half the songs on the project, though not the lead single “H.O.L.Y.,” which has already topped the charts.
“Our album cover says it all,” says Kelley. “We really wanted this album to reflect who we are and our lives in this moment, but also where we came from.”
Their headlining Dig Your Roots Tour continues through the end of the year.