Last Sunday Lady Antebellum’s“Own The Night” won the GRAMMY for “Best Country Album.” Today we learned the album returned to the top spot on the Billboard Country chart. The album has now been in the top spot for a total of 10 weeks since its release in September 2011.
Tonight Lady A brings their “On The Night World Tour” to Nashville, where more than 1,200 Country Radio Seminar attendees (including our boss lady!) were invited to the sold-out show.
The tour, with special guests Thompson Square and Darius Rucker, continues this weekend with sold out shows in Detroit, MI and Evansville, IN.
Thompson Square’s latest single, “Glass,” has broken into the Top 40, appearing at #40 on today’s Mediabase chart. Rankings aren’t official until the end of the week, but by then you can bet it will have climbed a few more spots.
The song, written by Jon Nite and Ross Copperman, follows two huge releases by T2: The chart-topping “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not?” and the Top 10 hit “I Got You.” So far it appears “Glass” will be up to the task in following in the footsteps of those two Stoney Creek Records releases. Time (and the charts) will tell.
“Glass” is certainly getting a spike from last week’s release of the video for song. The stylish black and white video gives the beautiful ballad a bit of a classic feel. Judge for yourself below.
The Band Perry is up for Best New Artist Award at tomorrow night’s GRAMMY Awards. Kimberly, Neil and Reid are up against non-country performers Bon Iver, J. Cole, Nicki Minaj and Skrillex. So what are the odds of TBP taking home the trophy? Recent history says, pretty good. Overall, history, not so much.
Recently country performers have done very well with the Best New Artist category. Recent winners include The Zac Brown Band (2009), Carrie Underwood (2006), Shelby Lynne (2000) and LeAnn Rimes (1996). Before that, we have to go all the way back to Bobbie Gentry in 1967, the same year The Beatles took home the Album of the Year Award for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. (Gentry also won a GRAMMY that year for Best Contemporary Female Solo Vocal Performance for “Ode To Billie Joe.” I’d certainly count that as country!)
Lady Antebellum capped off the opening weekend of their Own The Night 2012 World Tour sponsored by GAC on Sunday by setting an all-time venue attendance record at Bloomington, IL’s U.S. Cellular Coliseum. More than 32,000 fans packed arenas this weekend for the first three dates of the tour. The new attendance mark breaks the previous record held by superstar Kenny Chesney.
“Opening weekend was more than we ever could have dreamed,” said Lady A’s Charles Kelley. “There’s been so much anticipation and nervous excitement leading up to our first big arena tour. So much work and preparation goes into putting it together, and then you have to let go and just hope the fans show up. They didn’t let us down! We’re honestly blown away.”
Here’s another item Shawna Thompson can peel off of her vision board: Thompson Square is nominated for the ACM for Vocal Duo of the Year.
It’s the latest in a long list of honors for husband and wife duo Shawna and Keifer Thompson, who hit the road with Lady Antebellum and Darius Rucker starting tomorrow night in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In typical Thompson Square style, the duo is humbled by the honor:
“We were getting ready for Lady A tour rehearsals when we heard the news this morning. We’re so honored to be nominated for an ACM. It’s been almost a year since our debut album came out and the last 365 days have been a whirlwind of dreams coming true. This year is shaping up to be even busier than 2011 and we couldn’t feel more blessed and be more grateful to our fans, Country radio and everyone out there in the industry who has supported us.”
The world’s best-selling, multi-artist album series “NOW! That’s What I Call Music” will be trying their chances with a country music album on January 24th. They’ve put together some of country music’s biggest ballads of the last few years on a compilation album titled “NOW! That’s What I Call Country Ballads” just in time for Valentine’s Day. The album will be released both digitally and physically in stores wherever music is sold.
It’s “Video Picks of the Week” time again! I hope you are enjoying the weekly videos. Don’t forget to leave some comments and any suggestions for videos or artists you would like to see in the future.
This week’s music video is Martina McBride‘s powerful ballad, “I’m Gonna Love You Through It.” The song is the second single off of her new album, Eleven, and also just garnered McBride a Grammy Award nomination for “Best Country Solo Performance.” The song and video are very emotional with an inspiring message of hope, and McBride’s powerhouse vocals were the perfect fit for the track. Thank-you to Martina for recording this song, for all it represents, and for the awareness it brings.
The live performance pick is Blake Shelton performing his number one hit, “Who Are You When I’m Not Looking,” for AOL Sessions. The song was the second single off of his EP, All About Tonight. It is one of my all-time favorite Blake tracks.
I think most of us can agree that not many artists have had a bigger year than Adele, and deservingly so. This week’s cover song video is Adele and Darius Rucker‘s beautiful performance of Lady Antebellum‘s “Need You Now” at last year’s CMT Artists of the Year.
Darius Rucker announced at the Mastercard GRAMMY Artists Revealed concert that he’ll be working on a new album in the new year. It will be his third solo country music album since he made the departure to the genre.
“We’ll start recording in January,” he revealed. “It will be out early next year.”
Even with five number one country hits, the Hootie & The Blowfish frontman also reassures fans that there will be one more Hootie album one day.
“We’ll always be together,” Rucker told CBSNews.com. “I don’t think we’ll ever break up totally. We’re Hootie & the Blowfish … We’ll make another record and do another tour someday. I don’t know when, but it will happen. There’s one more in us.”
Some of country’s biggest stars will be spreading some holiday cheer tonight on ABC! Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles hosts the show airing tonight with appearances by Lauren Alaina, Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Faith Hill, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Scotty McCreery, Miss Piggy, Brad Paisley, Kellie Pickler, Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker, and Keith Urban. Tune in at 9/8c to hear them sing some Christmas favorites!
The Recording Academy and Mastercard Worldwide have announced plans to host a special Grammy event in New York City on December 13th. Darius Rucker will host the fourth annual “The Grammy Artists Revealed” private concert at the Highline Ballroom. The event celebrates musical diversity and excellence in a story-telling format. The intimate concert will feature two-time Grammy Award winner Darius sharing his his musical journey as well as performing for fans.
“I am honored The Recording Academy asked me to ‘reveal’ my musical journey through such a unique and personal performance,” said Rucker. “The prestige of winning GRAMMY Awards has opened many doors for me, and I look forward to sharing the experiences that have led me to where I am today, from rock band front man to country solo artist and the GRAMMY Awards along the way.”
The program is part of the Mastercard Priceless New York promotion. Mastercard will give ten cardholders the chance to win tickets to the event from November 30th through to December 7th. The sweepstakes will take place on Mastercard’s official Facebook page. As a bonus for signing up for Priceless New York, cardholders will also be entered for the chance to win the grand prize: a trip for two to Los Angeles to attend the Grammy Awards.