This week’s music video is Lee Ann Womack, “I Hope You Dance.” The song was the lead single from her 2000 album of the same title, and a number one, cross-over mega hit.
One word comes to mind for me with this song… masterpiece. It is one of my favorite songs of all-time and definitely makes my top five. The lyrics and message are amazing, Womack’s voice is beautiful as always, and the video is very sweet.
“I Hope You Dance” is just one of those times in music when everything aligns together and is perfect.
Continue reading to check out our live performance and cover song video picks…
It was a weekend for football and music, as Steven Tyler and Carrie Underwood scored the highest-rated episode of CMT CROSSROADS in seven years.
More than 3.1 million total viewers tuned in to CMT for weekend airings of CMT CROSSROADS: STEVEN TYLER & CARRIE UNDERWOOD FROM THE PEPSI SUPER BOWL FAN JAM, which premiered Saturday, February 4 from Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis. The premiere garnered 1.9 million total viewers, marking the highest-rated CMT CROSSROADS episode since the 2005 pairing of Lionel Richie and Kenny Rogers, according to Nielsen Media Research. Also a hit on social media, #CMTcrossroads peaked in the #3 spot on Twitter for U.S. trending topics.
CMT CROSSROADS: STEVEN TYLER & CARRIE UNDERWOOD FROM THE PEPSI SUPER BOWL FAN JAM will be retelecast on CMT Saturday, February 11 at 10:00 a.m. and again Sunday, February 12 at 10:00 a.m, ET/PT.
Jana Kramer is starting the week with a bit of “out” and ‘in”. The “out” is her music video for her song “Why Ya Wanna,” which made it’s debut today. The “in” is that the single is in the Mediabase Top 40 for the first time, appearing today at #40.
CMT exclusively debuted the video for the former One Tree Hill actress. The network is also backing the Elektra Nashville singer by naming her as the inaugural artist in their revamped Listen Up program, which highlights artists on the verge of breaking out. What that means for Kramer is a lot of support this month from CMT, both on TV and online.
That’s very good news for Kramer, who set a record with the radio release of “Why Ya Wanna.” When the song was first released, 55 radio stations added it to their rotations. That made Kramer the most added debut artist since Country Aircheck began tracking playlist adds back in 2006. Her cracking into the Mediabase Top 40 shows the song is now starting to pick up steam. It might be going from steam to smoke to flame with the added attention the video will be bringing her. Stay tuned!
Next week fans will be able to actually watch one fo our 2012 Artists To Watch. On Monday, Jana Kramer’s“Why Ya Wanna” video starts airing on CMT.
The former small-screen actress told us a bit about the video when we spoke with her last month (read the interview here). She let us know the shoot was really “hot”. That’s not to say steamy between her and guy in the video, but literally hot. Kramer said it was 114 degrees the day they shot it. But as we see in this behind the scenes video, the singer manages to keep her cool:
Kramer made history with the release of “Why Ya Wanna.” It was added to the playlsits of 55 radio stations, which made her the most added debut artist in history since Country Aircheck began tracking these things back in 2006. That was a few weeks ago and the song has yet to crack the top 40. But that could soon change with the release of the video.
Carrie Underwood and Steven Tyler take to the stage tomorrow night for CMT’s Crossroads. It would seem the two singers are having a good time as they get ready for their Super Bowl Weekend special from Indianapolis. The show airs live this Satruday night at 11pm Eastern on CMT. In case you weren’t aware of it, the pair (along with Steven’s imaginary friend) have a little reminder for us all:
In other Carrie news, the superstar announced yesterday that her new album will be released on May 1st. The first single from the album, “Good Girl,” hits radio on Februrary 23rd.
Well here’s a little something I didn’t see coming. CMT announced plans today that they will join forces with Ryan Seacrest Productions for a brand-new reality television series. The working title for the new 8-episode series, which will air in April, is “Melissa And Tye: A New Reality.” Starring in the show will be actress Melissa Rycroft who will be moving to Los Angeles from Texas to pursue her Hollywood dreams.
EVP of Development and Programming Jayson Dismore says:
“America has fallen in love with Melissa Rycroft, but she has been in the homes of CMT viewers since her time on ‘Dallas Cowboys Making the Team.’ We are excited to have her back on CMT as she gives us access to her new role as wife, mother and someone who is now in the glare of the Hollywood spotlight.”
Ryan Seacrest, who will be serving as executive producer on the series, is pretty excited about his new adventure with CMT.
“Melissa has had an interesting life journey – from having her heartbroken to marriage and motherhood – that we believe many people will relate to. I’ve had a chance to work with her, and I think everyone will appreciate her tenacity and spirit as she pursues her Hollywood dream. She’s bound to have some ups and downs, and we’re hoping audiences will want to tag along for the ride.”
The series will follow Melissa and her new husband Tye Strickland as they struggle to make a long-distance relationship work for themselves and their children.
Lauren Alaina fans have been waiting for this moment for quite a few weeks now! At 8a.m. ET/PT, CMT will debut Lauren Alaina’s new music video, “Georgia Peaches.” The video will be part of a 15-minute behind-the-scenes special including footage from the video shoot and an interview with Lauren.
You can catch Lauren Alaina out on tour with Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan starting in January! The first stop will be on January 20th in Greenville, SC.
CMT Artists of the Year 2011 will air tomorrow night, December 13th at 9/8c. Hosted by Rob Lowe, the 90-minute special will honor five country music superstars – Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Brad Paisley, and Taylor Swift. The event will include performances by the honorees themselves as well as some of their fellow artists such as Gavin DeGraw, The All-American Rejects, Joe Walsh and The Avett Brothers. There will also be live and video appearances by musical and celebrity friends including Miranda Lambert, Kelly Clarkson, Sara Evans, Faith Hill, Ellen DeGeneres, Matthew McConaughey, Lionel Richie, William Shatner, Jeff Gordon, New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton, and former St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa.
It should be a great show. Set your DVRs!
Meanwhile, check out some previews from the event.
Lady Antebellum performing “Dancin’ Away With My Heart”:
Gavin DeGraw performing Kenny Chesney’s hit, “Somewhere With You”:
Wanna catch the stars of CMT’s new reality show “Texas Women”? Then listen up!
Ali, Anna, Brooke, and Hannah will be hanging out at legendary Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge in Downtown Nashville on Tuesday, August 16th. The show will start up at 10PM CST and Ali will take the stage to perform during the hour.
You can catch “Texas Women” on CMT tonight at 10PM CST.
Luke Bryan and CMT have announced the tour dates for the “CMT: On Tour: Luke Bryan Tailgates & Tanlines” tour this fall. This is the tenth edition of the CMT: On Tour, which featured Miranda Lambert last year. The 22-show tour will kick off in Huntington, WV on September 15th at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena and will end in Monroe, LA on November 19th. The first on-sale date for the tour is set for August 12th, with more dates to be announced.
The tour will feature special guests Lee Brice, Josh Thompson and CMT’s Next Superstar winner Matt Mason.
We have the full list of tour dates under the “read more” button. Are you planning on going to any?