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Country Music News International Newsletter September 28. 2016

Country Music News International Newsletter September 28. 2016

Here is your Country Music News of the day from Country Music News International Magazine www.CountryMusicNewsInternational.blogspot.com . Your Country Music News is supported by Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau, Tennessee Tourism, Eileen Carey, Brian Lee Robinson, Axel, Jaehl, Coreopsis Publications LLC, Gestüt St. Georg, Versicherungsmakler Jacob, Waldo Weathers, Il Sorriso Lounge & Bar

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Ray Stevens on Country Music News International Radio Show interviewed by Christian Lamitschka – September 29. + 30. + October 2. + 3. 2016 http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.com/2016/09/ray-stevens-on-country-music-news.html

Gibson & Miller Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazne http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.com/2016/09/gibson-miller-interview-by-christian.html

3 DOORS DOWN JOIN CHRIS STAPLETON, KID ROCK, LARRY THE CABLE GUY, LUKE BRYAN AND TRAVIS TRITT TO FINISH OUT LINEUP FOR CHARLIE DANIELS 80TH BIRTHDAY VOLUNTEER JAM http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.com/2016/09/3-doors-down-join-chris-stapleton-kid.html







Faith Hill, Tim McGraw to Receive Stars on Music City Walk of Fame on Wednesday, Oct. 5 http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.com/2016/09/faith-hill-tim-mcgraw-to-receive-stars.html



CD Review: ROD BRANDT - The Humpback Highway & Other Roads, Tracks, & Trails http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.com/2016/09/cd-review-rod-brandt-humpback-highway.html


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THOMAS RHETT 2017 HOME TEAM TOUR

THOMAS RHETT CALLED UP TO THE BIG LEAGUES FOR
FIRST-EVER HEADLINING 2017 HOME TEAM TOUR

The Two-Time CMA Nominee Drafts Kelsea Ballerini along with Fresh New Artists Russell Dickerson and 
Ryan Hurd For Run Kicking Off Feb. 23 in Saginaw, MI

NASHVILLE, TN - Sept. 28, 2016 -  "From a promised next big thing to actually being it”(Noisey), multi-CMA nominee Thomas Rhett has announced the launch of his first-ever headlining 2017 HOME TEAM TOUR. With special guest Kelsea Ballerini and up-and-comers Russell Dickerson and Ryan Hurd, the run will open in Feb. 23 in Saginaw, MI and end in Thomas Rhett’s hometown at Nashville’s Ascend Amphitheater. Fans can visit www.thomasrhett.com to begin purchasing pre-sale tickets on Oct. 4 before first dates go onsale to the public Oct. 7. AT&T is sending customers to the front of the line with AT&T priority pre-sale ticket access ‪via the AT&T THANKS program. For complete pre-sale details visit ‪att.com/frontoftheline.

“This is really the first time we’ve been able to totally build our own stage and really plan for our show with all our fans," said Thomas Rhett. "There has been this undeniable energy out on the road this year, and I know having Kelsea out there is going to amp things up even more. Having my own tour also gives me the opportunity to introduce some people I think are going to explode in the next couple of years and help give them a platform to reach the fans, like how Blake, Toby and Jason did for me. I’m a huge fan of both Ryan and Russell and I can't wait for my fans to get to know them too."

2017 HOME TEAM TOUR:
Saginaw, MI @ Dow Event Center*
Erie, PA @ Erie Insurance Arena*
Peoria, IL @ Peoria Civic Center*
Ft. Wayne, IN @ Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
DeKalb, IL @ NIU Convocation Center*
Duluth, MN @ AMSOIL Arena
Wilkes-Barre, PA @ Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza*
Baltimore, MD @ Royal Farms Arena
Dayton, OH @ Wright State University Nutter Center*
Huntington, WV @ Big Sandy Superstore Arena*
Winston-Salem, NC @Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum*
Knoxville, TN @ Knoxville Civic Coliseum 
Southaven, MS @ Landers Center
Norman, OK @ Lloyd Noble Center
Nashville, TN @ Ascend Amphitheater*

*Dates that go onsale to the public on 10/7

As Thomas Rhett continues “pushing up against Country’s music boundaries” (Associated Press), his PLATINUM certified sophomore release TANGLED UP (The Valory Music Co.) follows the same path earning critical applause and a Deluxe edition slated for release Oct. 28. The album has produced three chart-toppers including the the 2X PLATINUM six-week No. one  "Die A Happy Man” as well as the PLATINUM  No. one’s “Crash And Burn” and “T-Shirt.”  The singer/songwriter sparks "an ushering in of Country's future" (Rolling Stone) as he dominates the Nielsen 2016 Mid-Year List with TANGLED UP, landing in the Top 5 Country albums while "Die A Happy Man" was the most streamed song overall with more than 80 million streams. Garnering two CMA nominations for “Die A Happy Man" after earning a Billboard Music Award for "Top Country Song” along with ACM and ACCA for “Single Record of the Year,”  Thomas Rhett was also recently chosen as one of five of CMT's Artists Of The Year which airs 10/20 on CMT at 9P ET/PT. 

Kelsea Ballerini has launched to stardom with releasing three consecutive #1 smashes from her critically acclaimed debut album THE FIRST TIME; the PLATINUM-certified "Love Me Like You Mean It” and GOLD-certified hits “Dibs” and “Peter Pan,” making her the only female artist in Country music history to achieve this accolade. The talented singer/songwriter’s credit is featured on all 12 songs on her debut. Abuzz with high-profile media looks, the Black River Entertainment artist co-hosted alongside Arsenio Hall on ABC’s summer replacement series Greatest Hits. Awarded Billboard’s “Rising Star” honor at the prestigious 2015 Women In Music event, Ballerini continues to gain recognition with scoring her first-ever ACM Award win for New Female Vocalist of the Year, the fan-voted Radio Disney Music Award for The Freshest - Best New Artist (all genre) and the American Country Countdown Award (ACCA) for Breakthrough Female of the Year 

Nashville native and emerging country music star Russell Dickerson had an incredible reaction to the release of his  single, “Yours” when it was selected for Sirius XM’s The Highway Find program. Soon after, Dickerson released his EP, “Yours,” which first appeared at #2 in the iTunes country store and #8 in all genres. In just a short amount of time with over 20 million streams on Spotify and two million views on YouTube, Dickerson’s fans solidified him unanimously as the next big thing.  

Ryan Hurd has written songs that have been recorded by Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley, Jake Owen, Maren Morris, Tim McGraw, FGL, among many others. Now, the Kalamazoo, MI native is lending his own voice to the songs on his forthcoming debut album on Sony Music Nashville. "We Do Us," the first song released on Spotify, received over 2 million streams in just three weeks. Hurd is featured in Vevo's dscvr program, he is on Rolling Stone Country's "Artists You Need to Know" list and CMT named him one of their "Listen Up" Artists of 2016.

For more information and a full list of upcoming tour dates and appearances, visit www.thomasrhett.com.

3 DOORS DOWN JOIN CHRIS STAPLETON, KID ROCK, LARRY THE CABLE GUY, LUKE BRYAN AND TRAVIS TRITT TO FINISH OUT LINEUP FOR CHARLIE DANIELS 80TH BIRTHDAY VOLUNTEER JAM

3 DOORS DOWN JOIN CHRIS STAPLETON, KID ROCK, LARRY THE CABLE GUY, LUKE BRYAN AND TRAVIS TRITT TO FINISH OUT LINEUP FOR CHARLIE DANIELS 80TH BIRTHDAY VOLUNTEER JAM

Tickets On Sale NOW Starting at $25 at all Ticketmaster Locations and the Bridgestone Arena Box Office
 
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (September 28, 2016) – American Rock Band 3 Doors Down have been added as the final artist to join Chris Stapleton, Kid Rock, Larry The Cable Guy, Luke Bryan and Travis Tritt to celebrate with Charlie Daniels at his 80th Birthday Volunteer Jam on November 30 at Bridgestone Arena.

3 Doors Down, a Grammy Award®-nominated multiplatinum Mississippi rock band known for hits like “Kryptonite,” “When I’m Gone,” “Here Without You” and more will join Daniels on stage for what will be remembered as one of the best Volunteer Jams to date. Tickets for the much anticipated event are on sale now at all Ticketmaster locations and the Bridgestone Arena Box Office. Ticket prices start at $25.00.

After a star-studded 40th Anniversary Volunteer Jam last year, this year’s celebration event will feature The Charlie Daniels Band and a select bunch of their favorite musicians and entertainers on stage for an exhilarating event for the ages. Since 1974, Daniels has commissioned his musical friends and peers to come together on a “volunteer” basis to hang out, “jam” together, and entertain crowds in an unconventional, laid-back fashion unknown to any other concert event -- all while dedicating concert proceeds to worthy causes. This year’s event will feature extra special “jam” sessions with some of Charlie’s most prolific friends who want to celebrate the soon-to-be Country Music Hall of Famer, his birthday, and his many accomplishments.

"I am extremely humbled and excited for this year's Volunteer Jam. I think the fans are going to get a great variety of music from rock to country to southern rock with this stellar lineup, which reminds me so much of some of the early 'Jams' that we held at Municipal Auditorium," says Charlie Daniels. "We are also going to be raising some well-needed money to continue our support of the Veterans through the Journey Home Project."

A portion of the proceeds from the night will go to the The Journey Home Project, a 501(c)(3) non-profit co-founded by Daniels and manager, David Corlew, to help Veterans of the United States Armed Forces. For more info on The Journey Home Project, please visit: thejourneyhomeproject.org.

“The Volunteer Jam has been a staple of the Charlie Daniels Band’s career since 1974. We’re thrilled to be able to use the platform we’ve built through the years to give back to the men and women who give so much of themselves for us, our veterans. This is a culmination of wonderful friends, hard work and great music that is shaping up to be one of the best Volunteer Jam’s to date!” said David Corlew, Charlie Daniels’ manager and co-founder of The Journey Home Project.

Charlie Daniels’ 80th Birthday Volunteer Jam is produced by Mike Smardak of Outback Concerts in association with David Corlew & Associates and Webster & Associates.

About 3 Doors Down
Formed in 1995, Grammy Award®-nominated multiplatinum Mississippi rock band 3 Doors Down consistently captivates audiences worldwide. The quintet’s many accolades include selling 16 million albums globally, receiving three Grammy nominations, and winning two American Music Awards, and five BMI Pop Awards for songwriting including “Songwriter of the Year.” Their debut The Better Life, became certified six-times RIAA platinum in 2000 and was fueled by the success of juggernaut hit “ Kryptonite.” This was followed by 2002’s sophomore album, Away from the Sun which went triple-platinum and saw similar success with “When I’m Gone” and “Here Without You.” 2005’s platinum Seventeen Days and 2008’s 3 Doors Down each earned #1 debuts on the Billboard Top 200, while Time of My Life landed at #3 in 2011. Ignited by the single “In The Dark,” 3 Doors Down unleashed their sixth full-length album, Us and the Night, which debuted top 10 on the Billboard Top 200 in 2016.

About Charlie Daniels
With a career spanning over 50 years and exceeding 20 million in sales worldwide Charlie Daniels is the quintessential Southerner with a healthy dose of Wild West Cowboy. For decades, he has connected with his millions of fans in the varying genres of music that reflect his steadfast refusal to label his music as anything other than the "Charlie Daniels Band" sound — music that is now sung around the fire at 4-H Club and scout camps, helped elect an American President, and been popularized on a variety of radio formats. Having celebrated multiple GRAMMY® Awards, CMA Awards, ACM Awards, BMI Awards, GMA Dove Awards, CCMA Awards, his list of accolades is broad; the latest being an announcement that he is the latest inductee to the Country Music Hall of Fame. Six of his albums have been RIAA Certified Multi-Platinum® and he has achieved a platinum-selling single in his iconic fiddle-ridden hit, "Devil Went Down To Georgia." An outspoken American Patriot and strong supporter of the U.S. Military, Daniels' talked-about Volunteer Jam concerts are world-famous musical extravaganzas featuring artists like Lynyrd Skynyrd, Ted Nugent, Trace Adkins, Alabama and others, all on one stage for one purpose – to raise funds for our U.S. Military. His 40th Anniversary Volunteer Jam held in 2015 raised over $300,000 for The Journey Home Project, a non-profit veterans assistance organization which he co-founded. For more information on Charlie Daniels, please visit www.charliedaniels.com.

About Chris Stapleton
Chris Stapleton boldly introduced himself to the public at-large in 2015 with the release of his breakthrough debut album, Traveller. Released in May on Mercury Records Nashville, Traveller initially debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Country Albums chart with more than 27,000 albums sold, making it one of the best-selling first weeks by a debut country artist in 2015. Following a historic turn on the CMA Awards—where Stapleton became the first artist to win Album of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year and New Artist of the Year at the same awards—Traveller became the first album to re-enter the Billboard 200 all-genre album chart at No. 1, where it stayed for two straight weeks. The breakthrough success continued earlier this year at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards, where Stapleton took home two awards for Best Country Album and Best Country Solo Performance (“Traveller”). Most recently, Stapleton won six awards at the 51st Annual ACM Awards—Album of the Year (for Traveller as both artist and producer), Song of the Year (for “Nobody To Blame” as both artist and songwriter), Male Vocalist of the Year and New Male Vocalist of the Year. With the six wins, Stapleton ties the record for most ACM Awards won in a single year (only Garth Brooks and Faith Hill have previously won six in the same year).

About Kid Rock
Kid Rock, a native of Detroit, has sold a staggering twenty six million albums since breaking onto the scene in the 1990s. Other hit albums in the Kid Rock catalog include Cocky (2001), Rock and Roll Jesus (2007), and Born Free (2010). He has had success on the Pop, Country, and R&B charts with a variety of artists, ranging from Sheryl Crow to Martina McBride to R. Kelly. His most recent work is 2015’s "First Kiss."

About Larry the Cable Guy
Larry the Cable Guy is a multiplatinum recording artist, Grammy nominee, Billboard award winner and one of the top comedians in the country. He has his own line of merchandise and continues to sell out theatres and arenas across the United States. He is the spokesman for Prilosec OTC and most recently launched his own comedy channel on SIRIUSXM with Jeff Foxworthy. He will also return as the voice of beloved Mater in Disney/Pixar’s Cars 3, which is currently in production. In addition to all of his professional accomplishments, Larry created the Git-R-Done Foundation, which was named after Larry’s signature catchphrase. With an emphasis on children’s and veterans’ causes, The Git-R-Done Foundation has donated more than 7 million dollars to great organizations such as The Arnold Palmer Hospital, Operation Homefront and Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital.

About Luke Bryan
Since the debut of his first album in 2007, Luke has placed 16 singles at No. 1 and sold nearly eight million albums with 30 million digital tracks from his five studio albums. He has twice been named Entertainer of the Year by both the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association. His fifth studio album, Kill The Lights, debuted at No. 1 on both the Billboard Top 200 (his third to do so) and Top Country Albums charts and closed 2015 with the best-selling country album of the year and the 10th biggest selling album on the all-genre Billboard Top 200 Year-End list. In Luke’s stellar 2015 year, he performed for 1.5 million fans in concert, had three albums on the Top 15 Year-End Country Albums list- Kill the Lights (#1), Spring Break…Checkin’ Out (#10) and Crash My Party (#15), was the most streamed artist of 2015, placed six songs in the Year-End Top Country Streaming Tracks list, had his own exhibit at The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum (“Luke Bryan: Dirt Road Diary”), performed live during halftime at the Dallas Cowboys game on Thanksgiving and wrapped up the year with a live Times Square performance on ABC’s “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.” Luke recently co-hosted the ACM Awards for a fourth consecutive year and is performing in venues and stadiums across the U.S. on his “Kill The Lights Tour” through this fall.

About Travis Tritt
More than 25 years after Travis Tritt launched his music career, the Grammy award-winning artist continues to sell-out shows, top sales charts and stay true and relevant to Country music fans across the globe. A Marietta, Ga. native, Travis Tritt is dubbed one of “The Class of ‘89,” which included Country music superstars Garth Brooks, Clint Black and Alan Jackson; all of whom dominated the charts in the early ‘90s. Among his eleven studio albums and numerous charted singles are nineteen Top 10 hits, including “Modern Day Bonnie and Clyde,” “Love Of A Woman” and “T-R-O-U-B-L-E.” His 25 year career has produced millions in album sales, two Grammy award wins and multiple No. 1 singles on the Country radio charts. Tritt formed Post Oak Recordings in 2012 and released his album The Calm After... through his own record label. In 2014-2015, the Southern-rock influenced Country artist topped the SoundScan Top 200 Catalog Country Albums chart for over 50 consecutive weeks for his album, The Very Best of Travis Tritt. For more information on Travis Tritt, visit his website TravisTritt.com and follow him on Twitter and FaceBook.

About The Volunteer Jam:
The Volunteer Jam, a multi genre musical extravaganza is one of Charlie Daniels’ best known accomplishments. The legendary event began in 1974 at the War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville, TN as a way of celebrating their first hometown sellout concert. The CDB invited numerous musical compadres to stop by “and do some jamming.” Among those who dropped in were members of the Marshall Tucker Band and The Allman Brothers Band. Recordings from this Jam are included on the CDB’s Fire On The Mountain LP, and 100 radio stations aired one-hour tapes of the event. CDB songs at Jam I included “Whiskey,” “Long Haired Country Boy,” “Trudy,” and “The South’s Gonna Do It, (Again).” This was the beginning of the Homecoming concert tradition.

Volunteer Jam II (1975) took place at Murphy Center on the Middle Tennessee State University campus in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The first year’s 2400 revelers and 10,600 of their friends returned for another advance sellout. The evening was documented in “Volunteer Jam,” the first Southern rock motion picture. The aristocracy of Southern rock - The Marshall Tucker Band, Dickey Betts and Chuck Leavell of The Allman Brothers Band, and Dru Lombar of Grinderswitch - “volunteered” with The CDB. Alvin Lee of Ten Years After, Hee Haw regular Roni Stoneman, top ranked session men Jamie Nichol and Karl Himmel, along with Jimmy Hall of Wet Willie and Billy Joe Shaver were also among the performing guests. Taped broadcasts were aired on 120 radio stations. At that time, “The South’s Gonna Do It (Again),” was a hit anthem on FM radio and the CDB was enjoying popularity that would keep on building.

Volunteer Jam III moved to Nashville’s Municipal Auditorium in 1976 where the CDB’s homecoming concert continued annually until 1985. Another advance sellout included mail orders from as far away as New York and California. The rowdy bash attained the stature of a civic event inspiring mayoral and gubernatorial proclamations. Radio coverage doubled the first year’s programmers. More than 250 stations aired two-hour tapes of Volunteer Jam III via King Biscuit Radio Network.

In 1979 at Volunteer Jam V, Lynyrd Skynyrd reunited for the first time since the 1977 plane crash for a tribute to the legendary Skynyrd band.

Volunteer Jam X (1984) marked the Jam debut as an international media event. The CDB and more than 30 guest artists entertained millions around the world via an unprecedented live Voice of America broadcast . The SRO event was later aired as a two-hour TV special, produced by Dick Clark Productions, and syndicated by Multimedia Entertainment. Television personalities Dick Clark, Byron Allen of NBC’s “Real People,” and MTV’s deejay Alan Hunter were on hand.

Daniels, had no limit to the genre of music that was invited to perform at Volunteer Jams and the lineups included rock, country bluegrass, gospel, soul, classical, comedy, and southern rock.

Other memorable moments at Volunteer Jam Municipal Auditorium concerts include performances by Billy Joel, Ted Nugent and Molly Hatchet performing “Mississippi Queen.” Leon Russell, Mickey Gilley, Duane Eddy, Woody Herman, and the Jordanaires made appearances as well as, Vince Gill, the late Nicolette Larson, Dwight Yoakam, the late Papa John Creach, and Willie Nelson singing his classic “Crazy.”

The list goes on. Other historic performances included Soloman Burke, Sea Level, Eddie Rabbit, Poco, the Oak Ridge Boys, B. B. King, Delbert McClinton, Ray Price, ( “For the Good Times,”) Roy Acuff, Amy Grant, John Prine, Bonnie Bramlett, Emmylou Harris, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Carl Perkins. When Little Richard removed his shirt and shoes while performing, the crowd went wild. James Brown brought the house down when he performed “I Feel Good,” along with a medley of his hits. The crowd never knew who would appear next.

Volunteer Jams took place at Starwood Amphitheater in Nashville, TN from 1986 to 1992 and were the subject of documentary TV productions as well as a live appearance on the national broadcast of the Jerry Lewis Telethon. Guest at Starwood Jams included Don Henley and J.D. Souther performing “Desperado and “You’re Only Lonely.”

Volunteer Jam XIII brought back Lynyrd Skynyrd for a 2nd reunion with a paralyzed Allen Collins speaking to the crowd, not long before his passing. Pat Boone performed, and Tennessee Governor Lamar Alexander played piano, while Travis Tritt, and Garth Brooks joined CDB on “Drinkin’ My Baby Goodbye.”

Volunteer Jam XVI was the last of the official Vol Jam concerts held on Oct. 28, 1996 at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville. The first ever acoustic Volunteer Jam, commemorated Charlie Daniels’ 60th birthday. Joining Charlie for a very special birthday party included David Ball, John Berry, Tracy Byrd, Billy Ray Cyrus, Tracy Lawrence, David Lee Murphy, Victoria Shaw, Jimmy Hall & Lorrie Morgan.

Charlie Daniels’ 40th Anniversary Volunteer Jam brought the historic event to its largest stage yet, Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. A sold out crowd raised over $300,000 for Charlie’s 501(c)(3) non-profit The Journey Home Project benefitting American Veterans, military members, and their families. The memorable anniversary event featured The Charlie Daniels Band, Ted Nugent, Trace Adkins, Alabama, Blackberry, Bonnie Bramlett, Eric Church, Terri Clark, Billy Crain, Billy Ray Cyrus, Billy Dean, Colt Ford, The Grascals, Lee Greenwood, Jimmy Hall, The Kentucky Headhunters, Jamey Johnson, Tracy Lawrence, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Montgomery Gentry, , Craig Morgan, The Oak Ridge Boys, Lee Roy Parnell, Jeannie Seely, Michael W. Smith, Natalie Stovall, Travis Tritt, Phil Vassar, Ryan Weaver, Wynonna, and Tucker Yochim among others.

 

“FOREVER COUNTRY” INTO NO. 1

COUNTRY MUSIC UNITES TO LIFT “FOREVER COUNTRY” INTO NO. 1 DEBUT; SINGLE AND MUSIC VIDEO GO VIRAL AROUND THE WORLD

“Forever Country” Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs Chart: Only Third Song in Chart History to Debut in Top Spot 
Debuts at No. 21 on the All-Genre Billboard Hot 100; Debuts No. 1 on Nielsen’s Country On-Demand Streaming Chart; Debuts No. 2 on Nielsen’s Digital Songs Chart and No. 1 on Country Digital Songs Chart with More Than 93,000 Sold
NASHVILLE – Powered by an unprecedented gathering of Country Music talent, a never-before-seen radio roadblock, and unanimous industry support, CMA’s historic “Forever Country” has vaulted to the top of multiple charts in its first week.
Fans around the world got their first listen Sept. 16, when CMA partner radio groups nationwide came together to premiere the single simultaneously during Friday morning drive time, and their first look on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” last Tuesday. Fan response was immediate and overwhelming in their approval of the project, showing their support in sales, streaming, and downloads of the music video and single.
Thanks to participating artists sharing the video through their individual social channels, fans raved across social media, watching the video online more than 31 million times in the first five days and commenting across the internet in celebration of the project, which pays tribute to the 50th Anniversary of the CMA Awards.
“Forever Country” makes its Billboard Hot Country Songs debut exploding into the No. 1 spot. This makes it only the third song to debut at No. 1 since Hot Country Songs began as a multi-metric chart in October 1958.
“Forever Country” also debuted at No. 1 on Nielsen’s Country On-Demand Streaming Chart with 5.68 million streams (one million audio/4.7 million video), and also posts on the sales charts with debuts at No. 2 on Nielsen’s Digital Songs chart and No. 1 on the Country Digital Songs chart with just over 93,000 tracks sold. It is also trended as the No. 3 most popular Country song on Shazam.
“Forever Country” has been the No. 1 selling single of all music genres at iTunes and the corresponding music video is ranked No. 1 among videos for all music genres, outpacing typical video sales at a rate of eight to one.
The project is also a global phenomenon, posting on 25 international iTunes charts and 18 international Spotify charts. The song ranks at No. 1 in sales in Canada; No. 2 in Australia and New Zealand; Top 25 in Scandinavia; and Top 40 in the United Kingdom, of all music. On television, the music video is a hit in Australia, Brazil, Canada, and the U.K. Digitally, the song debuted on the Spotify Global Viral 50 chart and has been holding steady at No. 2.
The music video is also going into heavy rotation on CMT and CMT Pure, and was featured in this weekend’s Top 20 Countdowns on GAC and CMT. The frenzy hit the mainstream as the project was the topic of media coverage on ABC News, ABC’s “Good Morning America,” ABC’s “Nightline,” NBC’s “TODAY,” Billboard, CNN/HLN, “Entertainment Tonight,” E!, People, Entertainment Weekly, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Associated Press, Rolling Stone, POPSUGAR, Forbes.com, and many more.
  • “Those are some of my favorite all time songs,” Amy Robach – “Good Morning America”
  • “Maybe the most elaborate, star-studded singalong in recent memory,” – “Nightline”
  • “Standing ovation! That is so good,” Hoda Kotb; “That is so fabulous,” Kathie Lee Gifford; “Hoda’s been playing [it] on repeat,” Carson Daly – NBC’s “TODAY”
  • “Not since ‘We Are the World’ have so many superstars blended their voices on one recording.” – Rolling Stone
  • “The video for ‘Forever Country’ has all your favorite singers and songs in just 4 minutes.” – POPSUGAR
  • “What do you get when you combine 30 of the biggest Country stars on the planet and three of the most beloved songs of all time? ‘Forever Country,’ an impressive video mash-up of talent dreamed up by the Country Music Association to help promote ‘The 50th (Annual) CMA Awards,’ which air live on Nov. 2.” – Forbes.com
“Forever Country” is CMA’s history-making single and music video in honor of “The 50th Annual CMA Awards” that features 30 CMA Award-winning acts performing a medley of John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again,” and Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You.” Denver, Nelson, and Parton are all former CMA Entertainers of the Year.
Universal Music Group Nashville is exclusively partnering with CMA to market and distribute “Forever Country” worldwide. The song is available at all digital retail and streaming outlet partners. CMA profits from the sales and streaming of “Forever Country” will benefit music education causes through the CMA Foundation.
“Forever Country,” the single, was produced by CMA Award winner and CMA Board member Shane McAnally and the video was directed by Grammy Award-winning director Joseph Kahn.
The rollout of “Forever Country” will continue in the weeks leading into “The 50th Annual CMA Awards.”
“The 50th Annual CMA Awards” will be hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood and broadcast live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Wednesday, Nov. 2 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network.
For more information on “Forever Country” visit ForeverCountry50.com.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Country Music News International Newsletter September 27. 2016

Country Music News International Newsletter September 27. 2016

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Ray Stevens on Country Music News International Radio Show interviewed by Christian Lamitschka – September 28. + 29. + 30. + October 2. + 3. 2016 http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.com/2016/09/ray-stevens-on-country-music-news.html

Gibson & Miller Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazne http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.com/2016/09/gibson-miller-interview-by-christian.html






Faith Hill, Tim McGraw to Receive Stars on Music City Walk of Fame on Wednesday, Oct. 5 http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.com/2016/09/faith-hill-tim-mcgraw-to-receive-stars.html



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