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Big Machine’s newest artist, Laura Bell Bundy, is about to experience a whirlwind, courtesy of her new partnership. Laura’s new single, “Two Step,” which will surely be the next line dancing phenomenon in country bars and clubs, will officially be available on iTunes July 9th and impact Country radio on August 5th.
Additionally, CMT and CMT.com will run a 24-hour, exclusive world premiere of the brand new music video for “Two Step” tomorrow, July 4th, with subsequent re-airs promoted across all of CMT’s digital platforms and 5.3 million social media fans.
The talented and ever adorable, Hunter Hayes, has his first number one album with Hunter Hayes [Encore]!
Encore is a re-release of his self-titled debut album and sits at the top of the Billboard Country Chart this week.
The album features eight new or re-recorded songs as well as collaborations with Jason Mraz and Ashley Monroe. The album also includes Hayes’ current single “I Want Crazy”, which is quickly approaching the top of the charts. The single sold 100,000 copies just last week alone, and was number one on the iTunes singles chart after his performance on The Voice last week.
The Grammy nominated singer will be hitting the road for his CMT On Tour: Let’s Be Crazy tour this fall. Monroe will be joining Hayes as the opening act, and the tour will kick off in Knoxville, TN on October 10th.
Congratulations, Hunter, on your number one album!
Hit duo Thompson Square (comprised of husband and wife, Keifer and Shawna Thompson) announced the release of their sophomore album this weekend on CMT’s Top 20 countdown. The album, “Just Feels Good,” is due in stores on March 26th.
Prevalent on the tracklist are the Thompson’s hands in penning several of the songs on “Just Feels Good,” including the debut single (and latest hit) off the album, “If I Didn’t Have You.” Currently, “If I Didn’t Have You” is Number 18 on USA Today’s country airplay chart.
You can catch Keifer and Shawna out on tour with Luke Bryan now!
When we caught wind of just how incredible Carrie Underwood‘s 2012 was, we were simply blown away. Not only were we amazed by the laundry list of successful moments Carrie experienced, but we were exhausted just thinking about everything Carrie accomplished in only 366 days (Leap Year, y’all … are we observant, or what?)! The following is what Carrie’s year consisted of:
If you haven’t jumped on the “Nashville” bandwagon yet, what are you waiting for?! If your reasoning is that you missed an episode or two and feel as though you are now too far behind, well, fear no more. CMT has the cure to your “Nashville” woes, as it will be airing all six episodes back-to-back this Sunday, January 6th, beginning at 2:00 p.m. EST. So, set aside your day, tune in, and catch up.
New episodes of “Nashville” air on Wednesdays on ABC at 10:00 p.m. EST.
Lionel Richie is riding high in 2012, with Tuskegee being the best-selling album of the first half of 2012. Aside from just being a chart-topper, he’s adding another role to his roster, signing on as the mentor for the grand prize winner of The Nashville Songwriter’s Association International’s popular NSAI Song Contest Presented by CMT. The contest begins on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 and runs through October 31, 2012.
The contest will celebrate one Grand Prize Winner, one CMT Listeners’ Choice Winner, and one Lyric-Only winner. The Grand Prize winner will have an opportunity to spend one hour being mentored by Lionel Richie. Other great prizes include a single-song professional demo, tickets to the 2013 CMT Music Awards in Nashville, a private tour of CMT studios, a performance at The Bluebird Café, meetings with major music publishers, a one-year membership to NSAI and more. For more, visit nsai.cmt.com.
Past winners have found success ranging from signing an artist development deal to securing a music publishing staff writer deal. This nationwide platform is for songwriters in all genres to submit their best tunes for consideration.
Hank Williams, Jr. released his newest video for his single, “That Ain’t Good” today on CMT.com. “That Ain’t Good” is the first single off Hank Jr.’s “Old School, New Rules” album, due in stores on July 10, 2012.
As if releasing a new video wasn’t enough excitement for one day for Hank Jr., “That Ain’t Good” quickly climbed to the Number 1 spot on CMT.com as well!
You can check out Hank Jr.’s new video on CMT.com or by watching the embedded video below:
Kreative Kids Foundation, founded by former Broadway sensation and current country star Laura Bell Bundy, is holding an auction that is geared directly toward all of you country fans out there. The proceeds of the auction will go to Kreative Kids Foundation, an organization which helps artistic youth strive toward a career in the arts, despite limited financial means.
Included in this auction are: two tickets and a meet and greet to any Lady Antebellum concert; two tickets and a meet and greet to any Miranda Lambert & Pistol Annies concert; two tickets and a meet and greet to any Blake Shelton concert; two tickets and a meet and greet to any Rascal Flatts concert; two tickets and a meet and greet to any Dierks Bentley concert; two tickets and a meet and greet to any Luke Bryan concert; two tickets to attend the 2013 Country Music Television Awards in Nashville; two tickets to attend the 2013 Country Music Association Awards; and two tickets to attend the 2013 Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas.
Start placing your bids now by clicking here! Bidding on all of these incredible opportunities ends tomorrow, Thursday, June 21, 2012. Don’t miss out on your chance to support a great cause and walk away with a once in a lifetime experience! And, if you win one of these exciting auctions, please let us know what you won and if you heard about the auction by visiting Keepin’ It Country! Good luck to all who participate!
Jerrod Niemann may currently be a special guest on Miranda Lambert‘s On Fire Tour, but his career is also very much on fire these days. His current single “Shinin’ On Me” is the perfect summer anthem, and it’s currently climbing the country radio charts. In conjunction with its rapid ascent up the charts comes the premiere of its video exclusively on AOL’S TheBoot.com on Monday, May 21st. Shortly after it’s premiere, the video will also be added into rotation on GAC, CMT and VEVO and all other streaming partners.
The video, directed by Chris Hicky, mixes raucous partying, an overworked businessman, performances shots and an ending that you’ll just have to tune in to see.
“Shinin’ on Me” is the first single from Jerrod’s upcoming sophomore album, which comes on the heels of his #1 Country Album “Judge Jerrod & the Hung Jury.” Niemann promises that this first single is just a taste of that fans can expect on the upcoming album that he is co-producing with Dave Brainard.
On this album, Niemann hopes to flex his creative muscles, creating a unique sound that mixes classic country with a sound that’s distinctly his. “I feel like making an album with horns is definitely a risky step, but my favorite thing about it is that it gives my listeners a taste of something unique,” Niemann says. “I have been watching people react to my music out on the road for years, and because I have the feeling that people are actually listening, it makes me more inspired to become a better musician, producer, songwriter, artist and really give them something different, and a sound that I love.”
For more information on his tour, upcoming album and more, check out www.JerrodNiemannOfficial.com.