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Jerrod Niemann to Premiere New Music Video “Shinin’ On Me” This Monday


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.

Jana Kramer Holding Free Concert For CMT Taping

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What’s better than a Jana Kramer concert?  A free Jana Kramer concert!

Fans in the Nashville area can have just that — a free Jana show — on Monday, April 16th.  The show will be at 12th & Porter and is being taped for CMT.  Doors for the free, all-ages show will open at 5:00pm, and the show will start at 5:30.  Entry will be first-come first-serve.

The former One Tree Hill actress made an immediate impact with her debut single, “Why Ya Wanna.”   When the song was released in late January, 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.  The single currently sits at #24 in the latest Billboard Country Song chart.

Her debut single will be followed, naturally, by her debut album.  The self-titled disc comes out on June 5th.  We can expect a crush of Kramer with appearances — both live and on TV — to surround the release.    We’ll keep you updated to when and where you can satisfy your jonesing for more Jana.

Kip Moore Celebrates CMT Webisodes with Twitter Giveaway

Kip Moore.

In CMT’s third episode of their exclusive six-part web series with Kip Moore, CMT follows Kip and producer Brett James (Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean) into the recording studio to talk about the creative process behind Kip’s anticipated debut Up All Night.

To celebrate the April 24th release, Kip will be giving away an autographed copy of the album to a few lucky fans.  Simply head to the singer’s video page on CMT.com and Tweet your favorite of his current webisodes using the Twitter button below the video player. Include the hashtag #WinUpAllNight, and make sure to follow Kip at @KipMooreMusic for a chance to win.

Be sure to keep checking Kip’s Facebook and Twitter for the remaining three clips in the series (and more chances to win), and head to Kip’s official site at KipMoore.net for all the latest tour news.  Up All Night, featuring hit single “Somethin’ ‘Bout A Truck,” is available for pre-order on Amazon.

VIDEO: Marlee Scott Premieres “Train Wreck”

Marlee Scott. photo credit: Dexter Quinto.

Marlee Scott is rolling out her “Train Wreck.”  Unlike the real-life thing, hers is one from which you won’t want to turn away.

Scott premiered the video for her single “Train Wreck” today online at CMT.com and on cable with CMT Pure.  The video was shot this past December in Nashville.  It features Scott as a makeover expert saving three train wrecks from themselves at a speed dating event.  The video is directed by Roman White, who has previously worked with some of country’s biggest names:  Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton, Lady Antebellum and Carrie Underwood.

Vince Gill, who provided harmonies for the single, does not appear in the video.  But as you will see, the video does not lack anything minus the guitar slinger:

“Train Wreck” is the second single to be released from Scott’s upcoming debut album, which is due out this spring.


VIDEO: Julie Roberts Debuts “Whiskey and You” Video

Julie Roberts.

As promised, Julie Roberts debuted the video for her single “Whiskey and You.”  And, also as promised, the video packs a powerful, emotional punch.

When we spoke with Julie last week about the song (read our interview here), she told us she had always been drawn to it.  She grew up in a home with alcoholism, so she’s seen first-hand what it can do to someone’s life and family.

“That song just got me the first time I heard it,” says Roberts.  “I knew I wanted to record it because I could relate to that – having lived with an alcoholic for 19 years.  I just feel it’s something a lot of people live with and deal with.  Hopefully it’s a song that can help people.”

 “Whiskey and You” originally appeared on Tim McGraw’s 2007 Let It Go album, but as you will hear (and now see) Roberts’ version delivers it with a sorrow and an aching that Tim just can’t touch.  This comes not just from her already soulful voice, but from her years of participating in that painful experience.

Thompson Square Debuts Video For “Glass”


Thompson Square has a special Valentine’s Day treat for us all:  The debut of the video for their new single “Glass.”

The beautiful ballad, which made it’s premiere today on CMT,  is the perfect play for today.  That’s not just because it’s coming to us from the loving husband and wife duo of Shawna and Keifer Thompson.  It’s because of the way the song is handled.  Shawna’s soft and delicate delivery are impactful without having to be forceful.  In addition, by going with black and white, the video has a classic, romanticized feel to it.

“Glass” is the latest release for the Stoney Creek Records recording artists.  It follows the chart-topping (and so far career-defining) “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not” and the Top 10 hit “I Got You.”  I predicted earlier (and I still stand by it) that this will be T2’s second number one song.  Time will tell on that.  For now, enjoy the video and Happy Valentine’s Day!

Video Picks Of The Week: February 12, 2012

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Hey country music friends…

It’s time for our “Video Picks of the Week!”

Music Video

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…

Steven Tyler and Carrie Underwood Have Highest Rated “Crossroads” Episode in Seven Years


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’s “Out” And “In”

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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!


VIDEO: Behind The Scenes Of Jana Kramer’s “Why Ya Wanna”

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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.