ABC/Image Group LAIn the wake of last week’s CMA Awards, many of the country stars who took home trophies are seeing impressive bumps in album sales. According to data collected by Rolling Stone, the largest uptick actually came from a performer who isn’t a country star at all: Pink.
The pop star’s performance of “Love Me Anyway,” which she released back in September and features Chris Stapleton, preceded a whopping 6,000% jump in digital sales and became the most-downloaded track of all the songs performed during the CMAs.
Even so, country stars didn’t get left in the dust -- not by a long shot. Dan Shay received a 732% boost in sales for their self-titled third studio album, which came out in 2018, after they took home the title of Vocal Duo of the Year. New Artist of the Year Ashley McBryde saw a jump in sales after the ceremony, too, earning a 555% increase for her 2018 debut, Girl Goin’ Nowhere.
Sales of Maren Morris’ Album of the Year-winning record, Girl, jumped 380%, Vocal Group of the Year Old Dominion saw a 208% boost on their just-released new project, and sales of perennial favorite Golden Hour, by Female Vocalist of the Year Kacey Musgraves, were up 189%.
River House Artists/Columbia NashvilleLuke Combshad much to celebrate this weekend. On top of walking away with three CMA awards last Wednesday, the "Beautiful Crazy" singer now sits atop the Billboard 200 chart.
Billboardreports that Combs' What You See Is What You Get is his first all-genre chart topper. In addition, the album logged the biggest streaming week for a country album and scored the largest week for any country album in over a year -- the last being Carrie Underwood's Cry Pretty.
What You See Is What You Get, which dropped November 8, moved 172,00 units in its first week of release. Of that amount, 109,000 of those numbers were album sales alone. This is also the second country album to top the charts so far this year.
This is Combs' second album. His first, This One's for You, debuted within the top 10 of the Billboard 200 chart, peaked in fourth and, since summer 2018, continues to hover within the top 40.
ABC/Image Group LABlake Shelton took home the trophy for Single of the Year at last week’s CMA Awards ceremony. The win was cause for celebration for Blake, of course, but it was also good news to fellow nominees Dan Shay: Apparently, they might have gotten roughed up if the trophy had gone to them instead.
“They were sitting directly behind me, and I said, ‘Hey, if you guys win this award, I’m gonna kick your a**, because I haven’t been nominated for any stuff in, like, a hundred years,” Blake said during a press conference the day after the CMAs, according to People.
While it hasn’t, in fact, been quite that long since he won at the awards show, Blake has had a five-year dry spell: he won his last CMA trophy in 2014.
Both acts had chart-topping mega-hits in the running at the CMAs. Blake was nominated for “God’s Country,” while Dan Shay were in the running thanks to “Speechless.” Ultimately, “God’s Country” won out, and the country duo got to leave the ceremony unharmed. However, they didn’t walk away empty-handed: They won in the category of Vocal Duo of the Year.
While Blake initially expressed relief that he and the duo didn’t have to fight, he did admit that it would have made for good television. “I think that might have helped with the ratings if they thought there was actually a chance that people were gonna throw down and fight on the CMAs", he declared.
ABC/Image Group LAOld Dominion invites fans into the inner workings of their songwriting and album making processes in a new short film exclusively available on Apple Music. Called Old Dominion: Band Behind the Curtain, the film will tell the stories behind some of the group’s best-loved songs.
In addition to their own hits, Old Dominion will recount some of the fan-favorite tunes they wrote that were recorded by other artists. The five band mates are responsible for penning songs such as Dierks Bentley’s “Say You Do,” Sam Hunt’s “Make You Miss Me” and Kenny Chesney’s “Save it For a Rainy Day.” Those songs and many more are among the hits discussed in the new film.
“Once you find a great song, it’ll find its home,” bandmate Trevor Rosen says, in a press release, of the group’s approach to writing both for their own records and for other artists. “But first and foremost, you just gotta try to write a great song.”
Old Dominion: Band Behind the Curtain is available to watch now. The group released their self-titled third studio album at the end of October, and also took home their second consecutive Vocal Group of the Year trophy at the 2019 CMA Awards.
RCARyan Hurd will hit the road on the Platonic Tour in 2020, taking newcomers Adam Doleac and Niko Moon with him.
The trek takes its name from Ryan’s latest EP, which features his current top-25 hit, “To a T.”
Here’s the itinerary for Ryan Hurd’s Platonic Tour, with tickets going on sale this Friday:
1/30 -- Columbus, OH, The Bluestone 1/31 -- Lexington, KY, Manchester Music Hall 2/6 -- Nashville, TN, Cannery Ballroom 2/7 -- Memphis, TN, Minglewood Hall 2/21 -- Indianapolis, IN, 8 Second Saloon 2/22 -- Louisville, KY, Mercury Ballroom 2/28 -- Chicago, IL, Joe’s Sports Bar 2/29 -- Detroit, MI, St. Andrews Hall 3/5 -- New York, NY, Gramercy Theatre 3/6 -- Boston, MA, Paradise Rock Club 3/7 -- Philadelphia, PA, Theatre of the Living Arts 3/13 -- Kansas City, MO, The Midland Theater 3/14 -- St. Louis, MO, DelMar Hall 3/19 -- Atlanta, GA, Terminal West 3/20 -- Athens, GA, Georgia Theatre 3/21 -- Charlotte, NC, Coyote Joe’s
CMTChris Young will be crossing paths with pop star Gavin DeGraw for a new episode of CMT Crossroads.
“Love this guy, love his music and can’t wait to share the CMT Crossroads stage with him!” Chris tweeted on Monday.
They're set to record the new episode November 26. Stay tuned to see when it will air on CMT.
Of course, Gavin’s no stranger to Music City. He owns the lower Broadway hot spot Nashville Underground with his brother, Joey. Gavin recently teamed up with his pal Brett Young on the Ticket to L.A. track, “Chapters,” as well.
8 Ten, Inc.More than 84,000 fans turned out to see Garth Brooks’ Saturday night set at Knoxville’s Neyland Stadium. That not only makes it the venue’s most-attended show ever, but also the largest single concert event in Tennessee history.
Jon Pardi opened for Garth’s tenth stop on his Stadium Tour, with the next one coming up February 22 at Detroit’s Ford Field. Tickets go on sale this Friday.
The seven-time CMA Entertainer of the Year still has a couple more shows to play in 2019, however. He’ll wrap up his Dive Bar Tour on Monday, December 2, by playing two shows in the same night.
Garth will stop by Prospectors in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, before heading to Six String in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The only way to get tickets is to win them through local country stations in the area.
ABC/Image Group LAJon Pardi may be taking "Heartache Medication" up the country chart right now, but in real life, he's not too far from wedded bliss.
Last month during the sold-out kickoff of his tour at the Mother Church of Country Music, the California native asked his longtime girlfriend, Summer Duncan, to marry him.
"I thought it would be great if I asked her at the Ryman..." he tells ABC Audio. "It's always been kinda special to me because it was where all the history, where it all started."
"One of our first dates when she came to visit Nashville, I had a show at the Ryman," Jon explains. "I was a guest. I sang ['Dirt on My Boots,'] with [singer/songwriters] Rhett Akins and Dallas [Davidson] and [their band] the Peach Pickers. And she got to kinda go backstage for first time... And we always kinda remember that."
"And it worked out great," he says of his proposal. "She didn't want to get on stage. She didn't know what was going on, but she was super happy."
Jon and Summer don't plan to waste any time heading down the aisle.
"We're getting married in May in Montana," he reveals, "and it's not gonna be hot! You know, the worst thing is like, 'Yeah, we're getting married in July and you gotta wear a tuxedo, and it's outside.'"
"I'm excited for the wedding," he adds. "It's gonna be fun."
But not terribly traditional, according to Jon.
"It's just a big party," he says. "We're not very serious when it comes to weddings... Summer, she demanded that instead of cake... we can cut the pizza... That's what she wants."
"I was like, 'Fine by me, but we have to get some kind of cake!'"
Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockIt'll be another big week on Good Morning America for country fans. Watch for Garth Brooks on Tuesday, followed by his wife Trisha Yearwood on Wednesday. GMA starts at 7 a.m. on ABC.
Florida Georgia Line is featured on the new track by Grammy-nominated pop artist Tayla Parx. It's called "Fight."
Aubrie Sellers' new single, "Far from Home," is out now, ahead of her sophomore album, which takes its name from the track. Look for the full record to arrive February 7. You might recall that Aubrie is the daughter of CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Lee Ann Womack and hit songwriter Jason Sellers.
ABC/Randy HolmesAs the second decade of the 21st century comes to a close, Billboard’s looking back at the biggest songs and albums of the past ten years. And there’s one name that seems to be coming up a lot: Florida Georgia Line.
FGL has three of the top five hits on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs of the Decade chart, which takes streaming, airplay, and sales into account. “Meant to Be” with Bebe Rexha is number one, while “Cruise” and “H.O.L.Y.” follow at #3 and #5, respectively.
Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley’s 2012 debut, Here’s to the Good Times, is the third top-selling album of the decade as well.
Sam Hunt’s the only other act to show up in the top five of both the songs and albums rankings. “Body Like a Back Road” is Billboard’s #2 song of the 2010s, while the Georgia native’s debut, Montevallo, is the second-best-selling record as well.
Chris Stapleton’s Traveller finishes at number one on Top Country Albums.
Here’s a rundown of the top five on both lists:
Hot Country Songs 1. “Meant to Be” -- Florida Georgia Line and Bebe Rexha 2. “Body Like a Back Road” -- Sam Hunt 3. “Cruise” -- Florida Georgia Line 4. “Tequila” -- Dan Shay 5. “H.O.L.Y.” -- Florida Georgia Line
Top Country Albums 1. Traveller -- Chris Stapleton 2. Montevallo -- Sam Hunt 3. Here’s to the Good Times -- Florida Georgia Line 4. Crash My Party -- Luke Bryan 5. This One’s for You -- Luke Combs
ABC/Randy HolmesRemember the Luke-Combs-themed Crocs that were available exclusively at CMA Fest in Nashville last summer? Well, they’re back for a limited time, and you can order 'em online..
Officially named the “Luke Combs X Crocs Classic Realtree Clog,” the comfy foam shoes feature a green and brown camo pattern, complete with Jibbitz of Luke’s face, deer antlers, and more. Jibbitz are those small charms you can poke into the holes on the top of the shoes.
If that’s not country enough for you, you can even open a beer with the orange strap on the back of the clogs. They’ll run you $60, but you’d better hurry: Some of the larger men’s sizes especially are already sold out.
While Crocs seem to be a love-em or hate-em kinda thing, they seem to be popping up all over the place in country music these days. Guests at Universal’s post-CMA party could trade in their shoes for a pair of white Crocs, complete with Jibbitz of a treble clef, the letter “U,” the American flag, or a rainbow, in a nod to Kacey Musgraves.
ABC/Image Group LA Will Reba McEntire be getting “Fancy” on tour in 2020?
While there’s no word on whether her three-outfit quick-change ensemble from Wednesday’s CMA Awards will be part of her set, the Country Music Hall of Famer’s definitely hitting the road next year.
The twelve-date run kicks off March 20 in Evansville, Indiana, with pre-sales starting on Tuesday. The first seats go on sale to the general public on Friday, November 22.
As for Reba’s impressive CMA get-up, costume designer Matt Logan revealed to InStylethat he and Reba had less than three weeks to design, test, and perfect the robe/gown/pantsuit ensemble. If you missed Reba’s show-stopping CMA moment or just want to experience it again, you can check it out on YouTube.
Here’s a look at where Reba’s “Fancy” ensemble could potentially make an appearance in 2020:
3/20 -- Evansville, IN, Ford Center 3/21 -- Huntsville, AL, Von Braun Center Arena 3/26 -- Pittsburgh, PA, PPG Paints Arena 3/28 -- Toledo, OH, Huntington Center 4/24 -- Rosemont, IL, Allstate Arena 4/25 -- Green Bay, WI, Resch Center 4/26 -- Sioux Falls, SD, Denny Sanford Premier Center 5/1 -- Biloxi, MS, Mississippi Coast Coliseum 5/2 -- Duluth, GA, Infinite Energy Center 5/7 -- St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center 5/8 -- Peoria, IL, Peoria Civic Center 5/9 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena
ABC/Image Group LAThe 53rd Annual CMA Awards was a solid winner in the TV ratings.
Eleven-point-three million viewers tuned in to see Carrie Underwood, Dolly Parton, and Reba McEntire host the female-centric show on Wednesday night.
That’s enough to make it the number one program of the night, while also delivering ABC’s largest Wednesday night audience of the TV season so far. The show also grew from last year, when 10.1 million tuned in to watch.
If you missed the show or would just like to see it again, you can watch it in its entirety for a limited time on demand via ABC or Hulu. You can also check out select performances on YouTube.
Comstock/ThinkstockOn this day in 1969, this bluegrass icon performed his classic song “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” at the Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam in Washington, D.C., becoming one of the few country artists who take a stand against that war. Can you name him? ANSWER: Earl Scruggs.
Big Machine After their emotionally-charged performance of their hit "What If I Never Get Over You" with pop star Halsey on Wednesday night's CMA Awards, Lady Antebellum releases their new album, Ocean, on Friday.
The threesome says it feels special to be able to put out their seventh studio effort just days after Country Music's Biggest Night.
"It does!" Hillary Scott tells ABC Audio. "Yeah, the timing's perfect," Charles Kelley agrees.
"It feels very busy," Hillary continues. "We'll sleep at Thanksgiving, which will be awesome. But we're very, very excited to be able to have this music out. We'll hop a plane to head up to New York to do all the other promotion stuff for the record."
"We've got the Today show, Colbert, all kinds of stuff, so it'll be fun," Charles adds.
Since the album's titled Ocean, it's appropriate that Lady A took a deep dive emotionally.
"We did dig really deep," Dave Haywood explains. "[with] a couple of songs early on that Charles sent over, and then we wrote a bunch for this record that are pretty vulnerable and pretty honest and very personal."
"We have been a band for thirteen years," he reflects, "and I think we're actually kind of growing up on this record and really digging deep on some heavier topics."
Lady A's publicity blitz starts Friday on NBC's Today show; they stop by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on CBS on Tuesday. If you missed their CMA performance with Halsey, you can check it out on YouTube now.
Florida Georgia Line are hosting a yard sale at their Nashville co-working compound, "meet greet," on Sunday from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. CT. Gently used clothing and shoes will be available for purchase, with proceeds benefiting Home Street Home Ministries, an organization that provides aid to people who are homeless.
Blanco Brown helped StubHub donate $84,000 worth of instruments to his alma mater, Westlake High School, in his home city of Atlanta. It was part of the StubHub's Ticket Forward initiative, which pledges to donate $3 million in instruments to at-risk public schools.
Nashville singer-songwriter Emily Weisband, who co-wrote Hillary Scott's "Thy Will" and has had cuts by Thomas Rhett and Danielle Bradbery, has released an original Christmas song "The Holly Jolly Truth." The video features home footage of Emily celebrating Christmas as a kid.
ABC/Image Group LABrantley Gilbert may have a rugged persona, but he has a soft spot for his late dog, Alley.
In People's 2019 Sexiest Man Alive issue, the "Bottoms Up" singer shares the story of the night he met Alley, a pitbull mix, who was wandering around in the parking lot of a Georgia bar in which he was performing more than a decade ago. In fact, the singer saved her from a man who was throwing bottles at her.
“After that she ran right up to me in the alley, so that’s what I named her, and she’s been with me ever since," Brantley says.
He sneaked her into his hotel room after the show, but even though he'd made a bed for her on the floor, he woke up the next day to find her sleeping by his side. The pup then became a part of Brantley's family with wife Amber, son Barrett and daughter Braylen.
Alley was diagnosed with cancer in October and passed away soon after; Brantley says she was “happy and comfortable” during her final days.
"I do believe all dogs go to heaven and I know our sweet girl is there now," he remarks.
Dan Smyers of Dan Shay is also included in the "sexy men and their pets" feature in the special People issue, on stands tomorrow.
John Legend was named as the Sexiest Man Alive for 2019; his fellow Voice coach Blake Shelton earned the title in 2017.
The country singer is part of the special feature that features sexy guys and their pets, with Dan posing alongside his and wife Abby's four dogs, Chief, Macaroni, Joy and Ghost. A longtime advocate for animals, Dan has been a supporter of Nashville-based nonprofit Proverbs 12:10 Animal Rescue, and he and Abby have fostered and found homes for nearly 40 dogs.
“They’re always making us laugh. It is like a constant form of entertainment. We no longer need to go to the movies or watch TV shows," Dan says of the couple's four canines. “They live a pretty good life and they are very, very goofy. All of them, they have their own interesting quirks and we love them for it.”
The singer has taken the pups with him on tour, and says they love exploring new places -- they also, he says, make being on the road more enjoyable.
“They are the life of the party on the road…especially when we get to go somewhere that they’re not used to like the beach or something. They love that," he says, adding that the dogs bring a sense of balance into their lives.
“They can sense when we’re stressed or when we’re tired, and they’ll curl up next to you," he continues. "They can make it all go away and it makes everything else feel a little bit smaller.”
Dan Shay were crowned Vocal Duo of the Year last night at the 2019 CMA Awards.