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Chase Rice’s viral hit ‘Eyes on You’ earls No.1 most added at Country Radio

Broken Bow Records’ Platinum-certified artist Chase Rice made a triumphant return to country radio with his new single, “Eyes On You,” becoming the No. 1 Most Added song in the format. The mid-tempo ballad paints a picture of a man so in love with a woman that nothing else in the world can take his eyes away from her. Hitting the U.S. Viral 50 Chart immediately after its release, “Eyes On You” was an instant fan-favorite on streaming services, having been streamed over 50 million times worldwide already – averaging more than 250,000 streams daily – before even being announced as a radio single.

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Clare Bowen announces first headline tour and debut record

Australian-born, US-based singer-songwriter-actress Clare Bowen, is releasing her debut album in the UK just in time for her first ever headline UK tour. Released on Aug 31st 2018 via BMG, the eponymous album will be preceded by the beautifully crafted single ‘Let It Rain’, which showcases Clare’s striking vocal abilities perfectly and is the album opener. ‘Let It Rain’ was debuted on the legendary Bob Harris’ Radio 2 show yesterday to incredible reactions.

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Brad Speaks out on Demi Lovato

In times of trouble these days, singers and songwriters always seem to have each other’s backs. Across genres and generations, the worst of times tend to bring out the best in artists.

And that’s what has happened this week, as word spread of pop star Demi Lovato’s apparent drug overdose on Tuesday (July 24). Almost immediately, Brad Paisleyexpressed his support for Lovato, with whom he has collaborated with over the years, most recently on his 2016 song “Without a Fight.” Continue reading

Kenny Chesney’s “Songs for the Saints” – What you need to know

In a press release on April 30, Kenny Chesney officially announced that fans could expect new music this summer! The country star plans to release his 17th studio album, Songs for the Saints, in July.

Fans have already heard “Get Along,” the project’s optimistic lead-off single, but Chesney suggests in a press release that much of the music on the new album will confront darker themes as well, with a deep exploration into “the places that save you.”

“So much has happened since I went off the road in 2016,” Chesney says. “And all of it, in one way or another, has ended up on this record. It’s special to me because of what it says — to me, and for me — about life, the world around us, how fragile it all can be and about somehow still finding the best parts of you, and moving towards them.”

The singer owned a home on the island of St. John, which Hurricane Irma left devastated in the late summer and early fall of 2017. Chesney’s experience with confronting and trying to recover from the wreckage plays into the new music, as the country singer co-wrote five of the album’s songs. Read on to learn more about Songs for the Saints.

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Aaron Watson launches Video for ‘Run Wild Horses’

Premiered exclusively last week on CMT, Aaron Watson fans can now check out the video for his current single ‘Run Wild Horses’ here, ahead of his forthcoming run of UK shows this September and a much-anticipated festival debut at The Long Road alongside Carrie Underwood, The Shires and more. The real life love story, featuring his wife of 15 years, Kimberly (@MrsAaronWatson) as she makes her music video debut, and directed by Benjamin Ranzinger, was filmed in the Watsons’ hometown of Buffalo Gap, Texas (population 468) at one of their favourite spots, the Perini Ranch and inspired by the song’s lyrics:

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Steve Earle – The Background

With around three weeks until Steve Earle rolls his tour bus into Belfast, we take a look at whats inspired him, where he has come from and take a look at his most recent work. If you ever had any doubt about where Steve Earle’s musical roots are planted, his new collection, So You Wannabe an Outlaw, makes it perfectly plain.  “There’s nothing ‘retro’ about this record,” he states, “I’m just acknowledging where I’m coming from.”  So You Wannabe an Outlaw is the first recording he has made in Austin, Texas.  Earle has lived in New York City for the past decade but he acknowledges, “Look, I’m always gonna be a Texan, no matter what I do. And I’m always going to be somebody who learned their craft in Nashville. It’s who I am.”

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Nashville’s Jonathan Jackson reflects on his experiences on the show

Jonathan Jackson, who plays singer-songwriter Avery Barkley on CMT’s Nashville, has been part of the cast for the entirety of the show’s six-season run. As the final season comes to a close, he’s been looking back at the changes — both on- and off-screen — that have shaped the TV drama’s actors.

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Lisa Wright drops brand new video for ‘Tennessee’

Following the release of her latest EP ‘Mind of Mine’ and her shows opening for US stars Cam & Phil Vassar last month, one of the most exciting voices in the UK’s homegrown country/Americana scene Lisa Wright has revealed the video for lead single ‘Tennessee’. Check out the video below:

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Billboard Music Award Winners 2018

Billboard music awards as always has a mega range of artists and performances and those who were country influenced did not disappoint! Winners included Maren Morris for Top Country Female Artist, Florida Georgia Line for Top Country Duo/Group Artist, and Luke Bryan for Top Country Tour. Stay tuned to Taste of Country throughout the NBC telecast of the awards, as we will update the list of official winners throughout the night! Not only will we be watching the country-specific categories, but some all-genre categories in which country artists just might come home as a winner within!

2018 Billboard Music Awards Winners:
Billboard Chart Achievement Award:
Camila Cabello — WINNER!
Cardi B
Drake
Sam Hunt
Ed Sheeran

Top Billboard 200 Artist:
Drake — WINNER!
Kendrick Lamar
Ed Sheeran
Chris Stapleton
Taylor Swift

Top Country Artist:
Kane Brown
Luke Combs
Sam Hunt
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton — WINNER!

Top Country Male Artist:
Sam Hunt
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton — WINNER!

Top Country Female Artist:
Kelsea Ballerini
Miranda Lambert
Maren Morris — WINNER!

Top Country Duo/Group Artist:
Florida Georgia Line — WINNER!
Old Dominion
Zac Brown Band

Top Country Tour:
Luke Bryan — WINNER!
Florida Georgia Line
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill

Top Selling Album:
Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.
Pink, Beautiful Trauma
Ed Sheeran, ÷(Divide)
Chris Stapleton, From A Room: Volume 1
Taylor Swift, Reputation — WINNER!

Top Country Album:
Kane Brown, Kane Brown
Luke Combs, This One’s for You
Thomas Rhett, Life Changes
Chris Stapleton, From A Room: Volume 1 — WINNER!
Brett Young, Brett Young

Top Selling Song:
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber, “Despacito” — WINNER!
Sam Hunt “Body Like a Back Road”
Imagine Dragons “Believer”
Imagine Dragons “Thunder”
Ed Sheeran “Perfect”

Top Country Song:
Kane Brown ft. Lauren Alaina, “What Ifs”
Sam Hunt, “Body Like a Back Road” — WINNER!
Dustin Lynch, “Small Town Boy”
Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line, “Meant to Be”
Brett Young, “In Case You Didn’t Know”

Podcast 49

In the latest Podcast from CMNI we catch up with Sam Hunt about his new single ‘Downtown’s Dead’. We also learn about Shania Twain’s amazing support act and Blake Shelton’s new Nashville bar. This podcast features music from Billy Currington, Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley and much more.

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