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Thompson Square’s “Glass” Breaks Top 40

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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.

GRAMMY Gab: The Band Perry And The New Artist Award

The Band Perry. photo credit: Big Machine

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 A Owns The Night And An Attendance Record

Lady Antebellum. photo credit: The Greenroom PR / Williams + Hirakawa

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.”

Thompson Square Reacts To ACM Nomination

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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.”

Country Ballads Compliation Album To Be Released Jan 24th

Taylor Swift.

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.

Some of the stars featured on the album include Taylor Swift, Martina McBride, Rascal Flatts, Lady Antebellum, and Jason Aldean with Kelly Clarkson. Some of the inclusions are interesting and may surprise some fans. See the official track listing below and make sure to let us know what you would have chosen if you had the power to make your own ultimate country music ballad album. 

Video Picks Of The Week: December 16, 2011

Blake Shelton

Hello my country music friends…

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.

Music Video

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.


Live Performance

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.


Cover Song

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.


Thanks for reading!

Darius Rucker Recording New Album In January


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.”

Darius will join Lady Antebellum‘s “Own The Night” tour in January with Thompson Square.

“CMA Country Christmas” to Air Tonight on ABC at 9/8c!


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!

Check out Country Music Association’s YouTube Channel for exclusive interviews from the CMA Country Christmas taping!

Darius Rucker Teaming Up With Grammy Awards

Darius Rucker. photo credit: EB Media / Jim Wright.

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.

More Artists To Perform On “CMA Country Christmas”


The CMA Country Christmas special, airing on December 1st at 9P (ET) on ABC, will include performances from the best of the best in country music.

Keith Urban, Martina McBride and Lauren Alaina are recent additions to the lineup.

Keith will be performing “The Christmas Song”, while Lauren will sing “Grown-Up Christmas List” and Martina will do her rendition of “Please Come Home For Christmas.”

The two-hour special, hosted by Jennifer Nettles, will feature performances from previously-announced artists including Faith Hill, Amy Grant, Little Big Town, Kellie Pickler, Rascal Flatts, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, and Vince Gill.

For more info, you can check out www.abc.com.