Dolly Records/RCA NashvilleIt’s been a big week for Dolly Parton! Her latest album, Pure & Simple, is expected to debut at number one on the country albums chart, according to Billboard, with first-week sales anticipated at around twenty-thousand.
This would be the first time the Country Music Hall of Famer has topped the albums tally since 1991’s Eagle When She Flies. Dolly’s most recent effort, Blue Smoke, debuted at number-two in 2014.
The entertainment icon wrote and produced Pure & Simple herself, focusing on stripped-down arrangements of straight-ahead love songs. It’s available in multiple versions, with exclusive editions with extra songs at both Walmart and Cracker Barrel.
Academy of Country MusicThe historic stage of Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium is growing ever-more-crowded, as the Academy of Country Music adds more stars to its ACM Honors taping next Tuesday. Miranda Lambert, The Band Perry, Chris Young, Dan Shay, and R&B sensation Alicia Keys are the latest artists added to the show’s performance lineup.
Thomas Rhett, Martina McBride, Emmylou Harris, and Carrie Underwood’s hubby, hockey star Mike Fisher, are all set to present.
They join Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Cam, Toby Keith, Maren Morris, Blake Shelton, Cole Swindell, and Keith Urban, who were already set to sing.
Lady Antebellum will both perform and host the show, which airs Friday, September 9 at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.
Broken BowJason Aldean’s been passionate about raising money to find a cure for breast cancer ever since he lost a close friend to the disease in 2004. For the past decade, he’s done a special Concert for the Cure each year, while also chipping in a portion of every ticket he’s sold on tour to Susan G. Komen.
This year, the ACM Entertainer of the Year joins forces with the Grand Ole Opry for their annual Opry Goes Pink fundraiser. He’ll flip the switch on Tuesday, October 25 to turn the legendary barn backdrop pink for the night to spotlight the cause.
“Finding a cure for breast cancer is something I’ll continue to fight for the rest of my life,” Jason vows.
Five dollars from each of the Opry’s two shows that night will go to the Opry’s chosen cause, Women Rock for the Cure, with Jason making his yearly donation to Susan G. Komen that night too. Tickets are on sale now, with more artists to be announced in the coming days.
BMLGIf you follow Thomas Rhett on social media, you probably already know his wife, Lauren, went on a mission trip with the group 147 Million Orphans earlier this year. Now, the “Die a Happy Man” hitmaker is jumping in to help the organization in a big way.
Rhett will host his first-ever Thomas Rhett & Friends fundraiser October 4 at The Old School in Nashville, with Dierks Bentley confirmed as his first big-name guest.
“We’re getting asked all the time by friends and fans about what they can do to help,” Thomas says, “so we wanted to put something together to help support all the work 147 is doing for orphans around the world.”
Tickets for the concert in an outdoor-barn-setting will be auctioned off starting Saturday at 11 a.m. CT. You can find out more about how to get yours at ThomasRhett.com.
BBR Music GroupYou may have the urge to take off one of your boots and hoist it in the air after you watch Granger Smith’s new video. The Texas native rolled out the live performance clip for “If the Boot Fits” this week, showcasing enthusiastic audiences thrusting their shoes toward the sky. The second single from his album Remington is the follow-up to his very first number-one, “Backroad Song.”
Next Tuesday, Granger’s alter ego steps to the forefront, as Earl Dibbles, Jr. returns to predict the future for CBS Sports Network. This is the fourth season his Dip ‘Em & Pick ‘Em segment has been a weekly part of Inside College Football. You can catch the first one August 30 at 7 p.m. ET.
Warner Music NashvilleJust as he’s on the verge of having his first top ten hit, William Michael Morgan is paying a visit to the show that made country music famous. The Mississippi native is set to play the Grand Ole Opry Friday night, bringing the number of times he’s stepped onto the iconic stage close to 20 in the past 12 months.
The neo-traditionalist broke through with his classic country take on the Sam Hunt composition “I Met a Girl.” WMM’s debut album, Vinyl, comes out September 30.
Comstock/Thinkstock In his new video for "If the Boot Fits," Granger Smith sports a T-shirt from this band, who scored a number-one hit in 1994 with the song "My Love." Can you name them? ANSWER: Little Texas.
BMLGWith a number-one hit already to its credit, the third album from Florida Georgia Line makes its debut today, as its second single, “May We All,” ascends the charts. Just as Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley may’ve spread their wings a little with their new music, they also happen to be trying some new tactics with their latest video.
“You know, we just took a different approach this time, and it's like a little mini-movie. No singing, no performance shots and just a bunch of acting, some race car driving," Brian says of the forthcoming clip for “May We All.” "It's pretty intense. I think it pulls on the heartstrings pretty hard, so there's some really cool moments.”
Guest vocalist and accomplished actor Tim McGraw was also on the shoot.
“Tim just showed up like a total pro, in character. Learned a lot from him that day. Just an overall great day out in Tennessee,” Brian recalls.
“We told Tim we were gonna be taking notes all day,” Tyler adds. “So yeah, we studied hard that day, but we had a good time.”
Florida Georgia Line’s new video for “May We All” premieres Monday at 8 p.m. ET. on the duo’s YouTube channel. Their new album, Dig Your Roots, is available in stores and online today.
Imagination LibraryIf you have an automobile registered in the state of Tennessee, you may soon be able to drive around with Dolly. This week, customized license plates benefitting Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library went on sale in the Volunteer State.
The tag bears the same cartoon-ized Dolly likeness that appears on the front of her last album, Blue Smoke. It’ll run you $35, with part of the proceeds going to help the entertainment icon’s nonprofit that sends free books to children all around the world.
The state requires one thousand of the new plates be sold before they can go into production. So far, they’ve reached about half that goal in a relatively short amount of time. You can find out more at ImaginationLibrary.com.
Warner Music NashvilleBlake Shelton and Toby Keith have been added to the superstar lineup of the ACM Honors taping next week at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. The two will perform in an all-star tribute to Glen Campbell, along with Keith Urban and Dierks Bentley, which will culminate with his iconic “Rhinestone Cowboy.”
Glen’s wife Kim will accept the ACM Career Achievement Award on his behalf, since he’s unable to attend due to the progress of his Alzheimer’s disease.
Lady Antebellum hosts the taping next Tuesday, which will become a two-hour primetime special on CBS. The 10th Annual ACM Honors is set to air Friday, September 9 at 9 p.m. ET.
BMLGYou’ll have to wait until Monday night to see Florida Georgia Line’s new video for “May We All” with Tim McGraw, but you can get a sneek peek now on the duo’s YouTube channel. It’s no ordinary preview either, since it uses cutting-edge, 360-degree virtual reality technology.
In the video, shot at the Tennessee National Raceway in Hohenwald, TN, Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley play super-competitive brothers who duke it out on the track. Brian recalls that Tim stayed in character for pretty much the whole time, for his part in the mini-movie.
The world gets its first glimpse at the “May We All” music video Monday night at 8 p.m. ET on the FGL YouTube channel. The duo's new Dig Your Roots album comes out this Friday.
ABC/Fred LeeThis weekend, Old Dominion wraps up their second summer in a row playing major stadiums with Kenny Chesney. While their spot on one of country music’s biggest tours has helped boost the band’s career, Trevor Rosen says it’s also been a blast getting to hang with the headliner, as well as fellow openers Sam Hunt and Miranda Lambert.
“It's not like we're all back there having a campfire the entire time,” the guitar and keyboard player clarifies. “But… we do get to spend a little bit of time, so that's a lot of fun, to see fellow artists and get to know some people that maybe we've grown up listening to or been listening to for the last few years.”
“You didn't make it to the campfire, man!” lead singer Matthew Ramsey prods.
“Brad [Tursi] plays a mean acoustic version of 'Thunderstruck,' so it's pretty amazing,” Trevor jokes, referencing the nineties hit from AC/DC.
“Oh, he did play 'American Girl'…” Matthew reminds him, recalling the Tom Petty classic.
“Oh, we did, actually we were hanging on Kenny's bus one night and Brad busted out 'American Girl' and the whole bus was singing along, so it was fun!”
Friday and Saturday, Old Dominion and their Spread the Love tourmates take over the home of the New England Patriots in Foxboro, Massachusetts. OD embarks on their own headlining Meat & Candy trek this fall.
Warner Music NashvilleIt’s turning out to be a pretty good week for Dan Shay. Not only is “From the Ground Up” number one, the duo also found out it’s just been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America, having sold the equivalent of half a million copies. Their previous chart-topper, “Nothin’ Like You,” went gold as well.
Next month, Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney head overseas for their first-ever dates in the United Kingdom, playing London, Manchester and Birmingham, England, as well as Glasgow, Scotland. The news that all of those shows have sold out comes just as tickets for their headlining Obsessed Tour of the U.S. go on sale Friday.
ABCNashville fans, you've finally got something new to look forward to. Season five of the show is set to premiere Thursday, January 5 at 9 p.m. ET on CMT. After four seasons on ABC, the primetime drama set in Music City will kick off its run on its new network with a special two-hour episode.
Ed Zwick and Marshall Herkovitz, who created the 80s hit series thirtysomething, take over as showrunners this season. You’ll also be able to watch the show’s new episodes on Hulu the day after they air on CMT.
ABC/Image Group LAIf you’ve ever thought about dressing your dog in an “I’m Hidin’ My Crazy” T-shirt, inspired by Miranda Lambert’s hit, “Mama’s Broken Heart” -- the time has come. The CMA Female Vocalist of the Year’s collection of pet goods is now available at Petmate.com.
Featuring everything from blue denim bow-tie collars to dog toys shaped like guitars and tambourines, Miranda offers her own take on ways to pamper man’s best friend. And it’s all for a good cause.
“I am really excited to see all our hard work and great product now available,” she says. “I hope ya’ll love it as much as we do. I know my dogs do! I really hope that we can raise awareness to the joy of adopting a shelter pet through our MuttNation product line.”
A portion of every purchase helps fund the rescue and adoption programs for which Miranda and her mom Beverly have worked so hard. The MuttNation Fueled by Miranda Lambert products are expected to be available soon in a pet store near you.