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Capitol Nashville artist Darius Rucker debuted the video for his latest single, “Wagon Wheel,” last week on A&E network’s “DUCK DYNASTY” FACEBOOK page. The Hootie & The Blowfish lead singer will be releasing his third solo country album “True Believers” on May 21st.
His brand new music video features cameo appearances by Lady Antebellum‘s Charles Kelley, and stars from the hit series Duck Dynasty. Check out the official music video below and let us know what you think. Are you excited for Opry Member Darius Rucker’s record?
Many of the biggest artists in country music, including Little Big Town, Scotty McCreery, Darius Rucker, Lauren Alaina, Kacey Musgraves and more, are joining together to pay tribute to George Strait and they want YOU to join them in the “Sixty for Sixty“ movement. The campaign’s goal is to make “Give It All We Got Tonight” George Strait’s 60th #1 single, while he’s still 60 years old.
Watch the video below and become a part of modern Country music history. Join the “Sixty For Sixty” movement!
Over the last few years, country music has certainly expanded beyond the old stereotype of boots, big hair and ten-gallon hats. Artists like Taylor Swift and Lady Antebellum have huge pop hits, the Zac Brown Band & Jason Aldean sell out Madison Square Garden and the Scotty McCreerys and Tate Stevens of the world rise to fame via televised talent shows. On the flip side, Mumford & Sons get played on country radio, UK-lite-rocker Ed Sheeran tours with Taylor Swift and Kelly Clarkson performs on the CMA’s. Over the last few years, it has become commonplace for country musicians to dabble outside of their genre, and if January of 2013 is any indication, this trend is only going to continue into 2013.
Interestingly enough, I grew up claiming that I loved all music “except country.” (Seriously – I think I wrote that on my Myspace…don’t judge me, I’m from NY.) However, after being taken to see Rascal Flatts at Madison Square Garden, my perspective on the genre completely changed and I was hooked. Now I’ll listen to anything from Garth to Reba to Taylor to Jason. However, if you were to ask a purist of country music, they’d probably argue that Rascal Flatts is just a boy (err, man) band in cowboy boots, Taylor is a dubstep-loving pop act and Jason’s renegade hick-hop style bastardizes country music. Yet, on the heels of Aldean selling out a show at New York’s Madison Square Garden in mere minutes, I’d argue that the biggest development of country music in 2013 will be the pure magnitude of its reach and ability to cross over, while also openly welcoming those who dabble and stretch the ideas of what typical “country” is.
Last night, to kick off Country Music Association (“CMA”) Awards week, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (“ASCAP”) recognized the most successful songwriters of 2012 during an awards ceremony at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville. During the ceremony, Brad Paisley received one of the biggest nods of the evening, being named ASCAP’s Songwriter/Artist of the Year. Brad was honored for his hit songs “Camouflage,” “Old Alabama,” and “Remind Me.”
Ben Hayslip was awarded Songwriter of the Year for his co-writing efforts on Blake Shelton‘s “Honey Bee,” Luke Bryan‘s “I Don’t Want This Night to End,” Martina McBride‘s “I’m Gonna Love You Through It,” and Craig Morgan‘s “This Ole Boy.” Other honors also went to Dierks Bentley, David Nail, and Darius Rucker. And, as a surprise, the King of Country, George Strait, showed up to pick up an award as well.
Darius Rucker had quite a surprise waiting for him at his Grand Ole Opry performance last night. The Hootie and the Blowfish front-man was asked to become a member of the Opry during a cute question-and-answer session during his performance. After pretending to be an “Opry” fan in the audience who had a two-part question, Brad Paisley asked Darius if he still thought he was the worst poker player in the world. Then he asked the “True Believers” singer if he wanted to become the latest member of the Opry.
Watch the moving video below and check out Darius’ reaction to the invitation. His induction will take place on October 16th.
In what might just be the world’s biggest cover of The Beatles’ “Hey Jude,” stars from all over the United States have teamed up to help promote the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. From the Nashville side of things, appearing in the below video is Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Big & Rich, Kellie Pickler, Darius Rucker and Alabama. The video also gets a little help from Robin Williams, Jimmy Kimmel, Jordin Sparks, Ellen DeGeneres, Jennifer Aniston, Betty White and more!
Take a look below and see if you can name all the cameos:
“Come Back Song” singer Darius Rucker is launching a brand new college football game for his fans. The new College Fantasy Football game is called Pigskin Fantasy U (PFU), and its a spinoff of the original game where participants will be able to draft entire college football teams instead of single players. Each week, the participants will select teams to bench or play and points will be awarded for starting teams that win their games.
Darius, who is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and he’s a big Gamecocks fan. He’s been named the Celebrity Commissioner of PFU.
“I can’t wait for football season to start.”Watching games on Saturday is one of my favorite things to do and adding Pigskin Fantasy U to the mix is going to be awesome. My buddies and I needed another reason to talk about football and trash talk each other.”
To get in on the action in PFU, you can register for free until October 31st on pigskinfantasyu.com. Just like original fantasy football games, participants can play against their friends in their own custom leagues, and participate in a live draft to get their teams together.
Darius’ new single “True Believers” from his upcoming brand new studio album is out on country radio right now.
Darius Rucker has renewed his publishing contract with Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) this week. The worldwide publishing agreement includes work on his upcoming album due out early 2013, as well as his previous country solo efforts “Learn To Live,” and “Charleston, SC 1973.”
“We’re thrilled to extend our already successful relationship with Darius Rucker. Darius has raised the bar with his upcoming album and we look forward to many more years of hit songs, including the newest single, ‘True Believers,’” said UMPG Nashville EVP/GM Kent Earls.
Darius is just as excited to stay with UMPG. He shares:
“UMPG has been a partner from the beginning– since ‘Learn To Live’– and they are as passionate about my music as I am. For me, that’s what’s it’s all about. I can hardly wait to share this new music with the fans.”
Darius’ new single, “True Believers,” is available right now on iTunes. Have you picked up your copy yet? What’s your favorite Darius song?
Little Big Town‘s “Pontoon,” a playful ode to mmmmmotorboating, has certainly been the undeniable country hit of the summer. With its infectious hook, cheery beat and playful lyrics, the song certainly has a ton of appeal…including with celebs! With appearances by everyone from Carrie Underwood to Luke Bryan to Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker and Hunter Hayes, this fun video certainly celebrates 2012′s summer anthem.
Check it out: