Carrie Underwood’s ‘The Champion’ Tops iTunes Chart After Super Bowl

Carrie Underwood recently debuted her sports anthem “The Champion,” but it wasn’t until after it was featured during NFL’s Super Bowl on Sunday that it shot to the top of the charts.  Featuring hip-hop star Ludacris, the motivational song received two major features during the Super Bowl LII broadcast and subsequently leaped from No. 14 to No. 1 on the iTunes chart. “The Champion” was called on to serve as Super Bowl LII’s official theme. Sunday Night Football Executive Producer Fred Gaudelli previously asked Underwood to write the song for the Super Bowl and a snippet of the track was debuted during the NFL wildcard game between the Atlanta Falcons and Los Angeles Rams on Jan. 6.

Carrie Underwood’s “The Champion” Hits #1 On US iTunes; Justin Timberlake Songs Rising

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Toby Keith Contributed To Justin Timberlake’s New Album

There has been plenty of talk regarding Justin Timberlake’s new album, Man of the Woods. Adding to the chatter is the revelation that country star Toby Keith has contributed to Man of the Woods.  A representative for Keith confirmed that Keith has a songwriting credit on Man of the Woods; and a check with performance royalties organization ASCAP reveals the credit is on the track “Sauce.” What’s surprising is that Keith’s name has been absent from the public relations regarding the album, which has mentioned other notable collaborators, including country hitmaker Chris Stapleton. And neither Timberlake nor Keith has publicly acknowledged the collaboration.

How Toby Keith Got in Justin Timberlake’s “Sauce”

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Brantley Gilbert Drops Video For “The Ones That Like Me”

Brantley Gilbert demonstrates how to enjoy a perfect day cruising through the countryside with his motorcycle buddies in the video for “The Ones That Like Me,” the second single from his 2017 album The Devil Don’t Sleep.  Portions of the new video previously appeared in a campaign for Apple Music that was narrated by Gilbert and released in July 2017.  “The Ones That Like Me” is also the name of Gilbert’s current tour, which launched in Worcester, Massachusetts. Dates are currently scheduled through May, including a special performance with a full orchestra at Nashville’s Ascend Amphitheater on May 4th.  

Watch Brantley Gilbert’s New Video for “The Ones That Like Me”

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Sam Hunt Announces First-Ever ‘The Nashional’ Music Festival

Sam Hunt has unveiled plans to curate and headline his first-ever music festival, The Nashional, this spring. The two-day party is set to take place on April 20-21 at the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park in Nashville, Tenn. Hunt, known for his music being influenced from a wide spectrum of musical styles, will bring in a diverse lineup that will include Nashville’s own Judah & the Lion, Fetty Wap, Brothers Osborne, West Coast rapper Kyle, Quinn XCII, LANY, Lanco, Chelsea Cutler, Ernest K. and Muscadine Bloodline. Hunt said he was inspired to create this festival while out on the road for his 15 in a 30 Tour in the summer of 2017.  Tickets to The Nashional will go on sale on Feb. 9 via Ticketmaster. For more info, head over to Hunt’s website: www.samhunt.com.

Sam Hunt to Curate, Headline Inaugural Nashional Music Festival

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‘Nashville’ Cast To Perform One Time Only Show At Grand Ole Opry

After years of support from the city they recreated through their television drama, the cast of Nashville on CMT thought of the perfect way to show their appreciation: saying goodbye with a live show. Taking the stage to perform classics from the series will bring fans back to the moments that the show created throughout the seasons. Some of the cast members from Nashville expected to be on the bill for the evening include Charles Esten, Jonathan Jackson, Sam Palladio, Lennon Stella, Maisy Stella, Rainee Blake, Kaitlin Doubleday, Jake Etheridge, Chris Carmack, Clare Bowen and Nic Luken.  The final Nashville concert held at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville will be on March 25. Ticket information can be found on the Opry website under the Nashville Tour tab.

Cast of ‘Nashville’ Sets Farewell Concert in Music City

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Luke Bryan Announces Summer Stadium Tour Featuring Sam Hunt

Luke Bryan will spend the early part of 2018 on his What Makes You Country Tour, in between his obligations as a judge on ABC’s rebooted American Idol. At the close of the season Bryan will mount a supersized version of the tour, dubbed What Makes You Country XL, bound for stadiums in the U.S. and Canada with an all-star lineup. Guests on the trek include the previously announced Jon Pardi, Morgan Wallen and Carly Pearce; plus an extra shot of star power from “Body Like a Back Road” singer Sam Hunt.  The itinerary will include famed ball parks such as MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, Heinz Field in Pennsylvania, Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Boston’s Fenway Park and Chicago’s Wrigley Field. 

Sam Hunt to Join Luke Bryan on 2018 Stadium Tour

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Kip Moore Gets Ready For The Second Leg Of His “Plead the Fifth” Tour For 2018

Kip Moore is ready to hit the road again with his Plead the Fifth Tour by adding a 2018 leg. Moore will play series of shows through the spring, after an autumn 2017 trek across the U.S. He’ll bring Drake White and the Fairground Saints out with him as opening acts. The new leg includes 15 dates that are primarily in Canada, but also includes stops in North Carolina, South Carolina and Michigan. The 2018 Plead the Fifth Tour is named after a track on Moore’s Slowheart album that hit No. 10 on the Billboard 200. Tickets for the second leg of the Plead the Fifth Tour go on sale Feb. 2.

Kip Moore Announces Second Leg of “Plead the Fifth Tour” With Drake White & Fairground Saints

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Kenny Chesney Adds 21 Amphitheater Dates To 2018 “Trip Around the Sun” Tour

Kenny Chesney has added nearly two dozen amphitheater concerts for 2018. The singer more than doubled his previous Trip Around the Sun Tour itinerary. Chesney and Old Dominion will play 21 amphitheaters nationwide, starting with a May 10 show in Virginia Beach, Va., and running through an August slot in Columbus, Md. As usual, his summer tour wraps with back-to-back shows in Foxboro, Mass on Aug 24-25 at Gillette Stadium. The singer has been rehearsing heavily for the new tour this month and skipped the Grammys to focus on his live shows. His tour will begin with two shows in Las Vegas in March and then will be playing Raymond James Stadium in Tampa on April 21. 

Kenny Chesney Adds Stops to 2018 Trip Around the Sun Tour

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Hillary Scott Of Lady Antebellum Welcomes Twin Girls With Husband Chris Tyrell

Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott has welcomed twin daughters with husband Chris Tyrell. The couple, who are already parents of daughter Eisele, 4, announced they were expecting twins via Instagram on August 18.  Scott captioned an Instagram pic of knitted baby hats on Monday, January 29, with the statement “Our family is thankful and proud to announce the arrival of our precious baby girls. They were born in the early hours of January 29th, 2018 and we can’t wait to share more about them in the days to come,”  “Thank you to everyone who prayed and prayed for these little ladies, and thank you Lord for healthy babies. #twins.”  

Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott Welcomes Twin Girls

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Margo Price Extends Headlining 2018 “Nowhere Fast” Tour

On the heels of her All American Made LP, which topped several critics’ year-end lists at the end of 2017, country artist Margo Price is gearing up her tour in 2018.  Barely one week after launching her Nowhere Fast Tour, Price has added new dates to her springtime itinerary. Those shows, all taking place in April following a brief trip overseas to the U.K. in March, will include support from Blackfoot Gypsies and Aaron Lee Tasjan. Starting April 11th, Price will swing through the Upper Midwest, including two nights at Thalia Hall in Chicago and a visit to First Avenue in Minneapolis, Minnesota, before heading to the East Coast for the remainder of the month.

Margo Price Adds 14 Dates to Her “Nowhere Fast Tour”

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