ABC/Mark LevineBrett Young is partnering with Levi's to support an important cause.
The "Sleep Without You" hitmaker is the star of Levi’s 5:01 Live Music Series tonight, hosting a virtual performance and Q&A session on Instagram Live. The initiative serves as a way to keep the music and conversation going as the country quarantines during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Brett's performance not only serves as a source of entertainment, he'll also donate $10,000 of performance earnings to the MusicCares COVID-19 Relief Fund to help his fellow artists, musicians and those working in the music industry who are in need, as the pandemic forces the shutdown of shows, tours and recording.
The livestream begins tonight at 8:01 p.m. ET.
Brett was previously quarantined on his tour bus for two weeks after returning from a trip to Europe, in an attempt to keep his wife, Taylor, and five-month-old daughter Presley safe. He was reunited with them late last week.
ABC/Image Group LACarly Pearce is making the most of her quarantine by having a little fun on TikTok.
The "Every Little Thing" singer is lending her name to the viral #beautymodechallenge, where people go from bare-faced to glamorous seemingly in a matter of seconds, set to the voiceover of a man who is trying to figure out how the beauty mode filter works on TikTok.
Carly brings a little humor to her social media feed with her interpretation of the challenge. In the video, the singer shows off her make-up free face wearing glasses and her hair in a ponytail, mouthing along to the voiceover saying "what the hell is beauty mode, what does this do?" with a perplexed look on her face.
She then covers up the camera to reveal the next shot showing her all dressed up with her hair down and her makeup done, miming as the voice says, "Oh damn, okay, okay!"
"I’ve lost it. Quarantine vs. POST Quarantine," Carly jokes in the caption, accompanied by the hashtags #BeautyModeChallenge and #StayAtHome.
ABC/Image Group LAKeith Urban is gearing up to release the video for his latest single, "God Whispered Your Name," and he's giving fans a sneak peek.
The country superstar has released a pair of clips that offer fans a taste of what to expect from the video. The first shows Keith walking amongst a serene landscape in solitude, the camera panning a gorgeous mountain view at sunset with the moon glimmering overhead.
The second clip is a little more mysterious, with a shot of Keith in the dark as snow falls around him. He then roams through a dark, abandoned space where the only source of light comes from an industrial fan built into the wall. An upward shot of him walking alongside a black chain link fence completes the preview.
Keith released "God Whispered Your Name" in February as the first single off an upcoming album. He co-produced the song with Dan McCarroll.
Country Music Association CMA Fest has been cancelled in the wake of COVID-19.
The Country Music Association announced today that it's following the guidelines from local, state and national authorities and has decided to cancel the country festival out of concern for patrons' safety. It was scheduled to take place in Nashville June 4-7.
"Whether you planned to attend CMA Fest for the first time, or you have attended many times throughout the last 48 years, we know how special this festival is for Country Music fans around the globe and that many will be disappointed by this decision," the organization states.
"As the world is still greatly affected by the spread of COVID-19, we cannot in good conscience risk the health and wellbeing of our fans, artists, staff and Country Music community."
The annual festival takes place in Music City each summer, drawing thousands of fans to the four-day event that includes a series of free daytime shows, along with ticketed shows at Nissan Stadium.
Though the 2020 event has been cancelled, CMA is still planning for it to occur next year. Four-day passes purchased for the 2020 festival will be honored at the 2021 event, scheduled to run June 10-13.
CMA is offering full refunds to ticket holders who purchased through Ticketmaster or the CMA Fest box office upon request.
Black River RecordsKelsea Ballerini has achieved a chart best with her new album, kelsea.
The pop-country star debuts at number two on the BillboardTop Country Albums chart. Released March 20, her third studio project sold 28,000 units in its first week, marking her highest debut on the chart.
Each of Kelsea's albums has debuted one slot higher than the previous. Her sophomore installment, Unapologetically, debuted and peaked at number three on the Top Country Albums chart in 2017, while her debut album, The First Time, hit number four in 2015.
Meanwhile, kelsea's first single, "Homecoming Queen?," sits in the number 14 slot on the Hot Country Songs chart and is in the top 20 on the Country Airplay chart. Its follow-up single "The Other Girl," which officially drops in April, has debuted at number 19. The song is a collaboration with pop star Halsey, making her debut on the Country Airplay chart.
The Valory Music Co.Thomas Rhett brought joy to fans through their TV screens this morning with a brief performance of his new song, "Be a Light," on the Today show.
Joining hosts Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie via FaceTime from his house, the singer offered a little insight into how he wrote the encouraging song, which features appearances by Keith Urban,Reba McEntire, Hillary Scott and Chris Tomlin.
Thomas says he wrote the song last year, trying to think of what to say about the world during a time when it seemed so dark: "How to be a light in a dark place, how to spread light in a place where it seems like you can't."
Though he's had "Be a Light" in his back pocket for a year, TR felt that now was the "perfect time" to release it, as the world faces uncertainty amid the COVID-19 pandemic and all that entails.
Thomas also delivered a snippet of the song on acoustic guitar, singing the first verse and chorus. "It's always been one of my favorites," he shares of the track.
All proceeds from sales of "Be a Light" will be given to the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund, which benefits people in the music industry who have lost jobs due to the pandemic.
Academy of Country MusicACM Presents: Our Country has added more star power to the event.
CBS News journalist Gayle King has been announced as the host for the upcoming special that features several country stars performing from their homes on what would have been the night of the ACM Awards, which had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Alongside acoustic performances, Gayle will lead personal conversations with the stars, in addition to highlights from previous ACM Awards.
Keith Urban, Luke Combs, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Florida Georgia Line, Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett are among the many acts confirmed to participate in the two-hour virtual event.
You can also look forward to seeing a pair of duets, with Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani delivering their top-10 country hit, "Nobody but You," while Kane Brown teams up with John Legend for a performance of their new collaboration, "Last Time I Saw Sorry."
Additionally, in light of the passing of Kenny Rogers, there will also be a tribute to the music legend with special performances by Luke Bryan, Brad Paisley and Darius Rucker.
Brandi Carlile, Shania Twain, Sheryl Crow, Tim McGraw, Little Big Town and Old Dominion round out the list of performers.
ACM Presents: Our Country will air on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. The official ACM Awards will now take place on September 16, with Keith still set to serve as host.
Comstock/ThinkstockOn this day in 1981, Dolly Parton performed "9 to 5" at the Academy Awards where Sissy Spacek was also awarded Best Actress for her portrayal of this "Coal Miner's Daughter" singer in the film of the same name. Can you name her? ANSWER: Loretta Lynn.
Elton John, Mariah Carey, Billie Eilish and other major music stars gathered together for the Fox Presents the iHeart Living Room Concert for America on Sunday, and raised nearly $8 million to help fight the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and salute the strength and resilience of the U.S. people during the health crisis.
Highlights included Demi Lovato performing her hit "Skyscaper"; Eilish and her brother Finneas teaming up for an acoustic rendition of "bad guy"; Camilla Cabello and Shawn Mendes joining forces for her song "My Oh My"; and Mariah belting out her hit, "Always Be My Baby.”
Elton, who hosted the event from his home, closed out the evening with a special performance of "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me."
Other performers included Backstreet Boys, Dave Grohl, Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong, Alicia Keys and Tim McGraw.
The hour-long special drew more than 8.7 million viewers across multiple networks, who were encouraged to donate to two of the many charitable organizations that are helping COVID-19 victims and front line workers, such as health care professionals: Feeding America and First Responders Children's Foundation.
ABC/Image Group LACountry star Jennifer Nettles is reminding America of its superpower: staying strong in the face of tragedy. As the nation grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, Nettles on Friday released a special performance of "Tomorrow" from the musical Annie.
Originally, the song features an upbeat melody and swells with hope. However, Nettles' version is slower and more serious, featuring just a piano and her voice.
However, it's the music video that carries the Sugarland singer's message, which features the country braving is numerous unspeakable tragedies, from 9/11 to Hurricane Katrina and beyond.
The tone of the footage then changes to that of Americans banding together to help one another, a reminder that the country has always been full of compassion and hope for a better future.
And, with a better future in mind, the footage changes again to remind everyone what life is all about: celebrating major milestones like a baby's first steps, blowing out birthday candles and spending time with your loved ones.
"These times are uncertain and anxiety-laden. We are worried for our health, for our loved ones, for our finances and for our futures, all the while practicing social distancing, which can be hard on the human psyche and soul," Jennifer openly explained in the video's caption.
"But, as the song sings of hope, the collage video also shows reasons we have hope: We have been through challenging times together as a country before. We have made sacrifices on the fire, we have seen movements and leaders rise from those ashes and we have found ourselves forged by those fires within our communities and families."
She recorded "Tomorrow" on March 12, the same day Broadway went dark to prevent further spread of the virus. It'll be included in a future album full of theater songs.
Capitol NashvilleLuke Bryan locks in the twenty-fourth number one of his career so far this week, as "What She Wants Tonight" ascends to the top of the country chart.
It's a track the Georgia native co-wrote at his Nashville-area farm.
"'What She Wants Tonight' is a song that I wrote at my house with Jon Nite, Ross Copperman and Hillary Lindsey," Luke explains, "and I’ve been wanting to get together and write with all of them for some time now."
"Ross came in," he continues, "and he had the track and that drum loop in the front kind of dialed in, and the second I heard it, it was just really, really infectious. And then we were able to really just put a really great lyric with a high energy track."
It didn't take long for Luke to realize they'd hit on an idea his female fans would love.
"When we came up with the hook, 'She gets what she wants, and I get to be what she wants tonight,'" he recalls, "I was just, it just felt like something that could be played on the radio and it felt like something like that’s what women want to hear."
"They want to have a confident guy kind of singing to them in that way," Luke adds, "and I hadn’t been this excited about a song in some time."
"What She Wants Tonight" is one of the tracks from Luke's new album, Born Here, Live Here, Die Here, which is set to arrive later this year.
Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockDolly Partonis launching a special program during this time of quarantine. Titled "Goodnight with Dolly," the icon will read a children's book from her Imagination Library that offers a sense of comfort and healing one night a week for 10 weeks. You can tune in online via the Imagination Library, World Choice Investments and Dollywood channels, along with Dolly's personal pages. The program begins on April 2 at 7 p.m. ET.
Charlie Daniels has unveiled the lineup for the 2020 Volunteer Jam. Chris Janson, Justin Moore,Trace Adkins, Gretchen Wilson and Charley Pride are among the many acts who will perform at the annual event headlined by the Charlie Daniels Band.Volunteer Jam will take place at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on September 15.
James Robert Webb has delayed the release of his forthcoming album. The self-titled project, which was supposed to drop on March 27, will now be released on May 1. The album features singles "Think About It," "April May" and "Tulsa Time."
The Valory Music Co.Via an uplifting new song, Thomas Rhett and friends are aiming to "Be A Light."
The superstar singer shared a special surprise with fans during his Instagram Live stream today: He unveiled a new song, "Be A Light," which features all-star friends Reba McEntire, Keith Urban, Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum and Christian singer Chris Tomlin.
Thomas co-wrote the song with Josh Thompson, Josh Miller and Matt Dragstrem, and it boasts a positive message encouraging us all to find light in the darkness.
Each of the performers sings a portion of the track. Thomas opens the song by calling for peace amidst war; in the second verse, Keith asks us to practice the art of listening, while Chris urges others to make a difference in the world.
Reba and Hillary trade vocals on the chorus, singing in harmony, "In a world full of hate/Be a light/When you do somebody wrong/Make it right/Don't hide in the dark/You were born to shine/In a world full of hate/Be a light."
Thomas wrote "Be A Light" in 2019 "as a way to process negativity and sadness I was seeing in the world,” he says. But he feels the song's message is particularly poignant in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, and in the wake of the tornado that hit his home city of Nashville in early March.
"Among the wreckage, I see us come together in ways I never dreamed possible. I knew in my heart this was the time to share this message with the world and our community," he explains.
"The voices who join me on this track are some of the brightest lights I know. I hope this song serves as a reminder that we are all in this together.”
ABC/Image Group LAKane Brown and Morgan Wallen are two of the celebrity participants in rapper Post Malone's upcoming online beer pong tournament.
Dubbed The Ballina Cup, Post Malone and fellow rapper MIKE have called on a group of friends to engage in a virtual game of beer pong that is set to take place over the course of eight days, TMZreports. The participants are divided into 16 teams, with two games taking place per night starting the week of April 6.
Former New England Patriots player Rob Gronkowski will play, along with Sports Illustrated model Camille Kostek,rapper Machine Gun Kelly and more.
Each participant will also donate money that will be donated to COVID-19 relief funds. Fans can stream the action live on Instagram.
Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Stagecoach Influential singer and songwriter John Prine's condition has improved following the announcement that he'd been diagnosed with COVID-19.
John's wife, Fiona Whealan Prine, turned to Twitter Monday to update fans that John, who's 73, is in stable condition.
"We are humbled by the outpouring of love for me and John and our precious family. He is stabile," she shares in her message. "Please continue to send your amazing Love and prayers. Sing his songs. Stay home and wash hands. John loves you. I love you."
The news comes one day after John's team released a statement that he was experiencing a "sudden onset" of COVID-19 symptoms and was admitted to the hospital on March 26. He was intubated two days later and by Sunday, his situation was described as "critical."
Fiona was previously diagnosed with the coronavirus but has since recovered.
Prine has built a storied career in folk music with 18 studio albums, including the Grammy-winning Fair & Square and his latest release, The Tree of Forgiveness, which reached the top five on the Billboard 200 in 2018.
ABC/Image Group LALike many other artists, Justin Moore is hosting a live concert on social media as a way to bring music and unity to fans during a time of social distancing.
In honor of his 36th birthday, Justin will connect with fans through a livestream concert on Instagramthis evening. The singer will perform tracks off his latest album, Late Nights and Longnecks, in addition to providing an update on how his quarantine life is going. The livestream beings at 6 p.m. ET.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Justin postponed a series of tour dates originally scheduled for March. He also recently released the video for his latest single, "Why We Drink." It's the second release off Late Nights and Longnecks, which debuted at number two on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart in 2019.
ABC/Image Group LAThomas Rhett is celebrating his birthday with some quarantine antics.
The country superstar shared a video of his wife, Lauren Akins, making her best attempt to open a champagne bottle to commemorate the special occasion, documenting her struggle as she attempts to get the top off.
"Lauren, just try one more time," he beckons as his wife uses all of her strength to try opening the bottle. "Mommy's struggling," he admits, turning the camera to daughters Ada and Willa who are sitting at the counter eating cereal.
"Happy birthday, daddy," Lauren says, finally snapping the top off as champagne goes flying everywhere, Thomas laughing in the background as she runs over to the sink.
The "Remember You Young" hit maker rang in his 30th birthday on Monday. The couple recently shared another video two days before he hit the major milestone, showing Thomas trying to use a tree branch like a rope swing and falling immediately on his back.
"Welcome to 30, daddy," Thomas' wife jokes.
Thomas will also celebrate his special day by hosting a livestream on Instagram at 5:30 p.m. ET, hinting that he has something new to share with fans.
ABC/Mark LevineSeveral Nashville stars are coming together to pay tribute to the doctors, nurses and medical staff on the front lines of COVID-19.
Brad Paisley and Dustin Lynch are two of the artists participating in a new initiative called Gratitunes, where artists and fans alike can donate a song to a medical professional working to fight COVID-19. Each donated song is added to a playlist that will be streamed to the doctors, nurses and medical staff as a way to bring joy and relief during these trying times.
Coinciding with National Doctors Day, Brad kicked off the program on Monday with a performance of his hit, "Southern Comfort Zone," sharing a stripped-down, acoustic version of the song on Instagram.
Brad dedicates the song to the staff of Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville "to show my gratitude and support for the hard work they are doing to keep our community safe," he writes. "Let’s use the power of music to spread joy and send thanks to these incredible men and women."
Jewel, Sara Evans, Lauren Alaina, Lindsay Ell and Walker Hayes are among the many other artists slated to share a Gratitune on their social media pages over the next 30 days.
Doug McKenzie/Getty ImagesKenny Rogers may be gone, but his spirit lives on in his music: the country legend has landed at the top of the BillboardTop Country Albums chart.
The late country icon has solidified the number one slot with The Best of Kenny Rogers: Through the Years, a 2018 compilation album of several of his greatest hits including "The Gambler," "Lady," "Lucille," "Love or Something Like It" and many more.
The installment has re-entered the chart at number one for the week ending March 26, with 32,000 equivalent album units. This marks Kenny's first time at number one on the Top Country Albums chart in more than 30 years since The Heart of the Matter claimed the position for six weeks in 1985 and 1986.
The Best of Kenny Rogers: Through the Years also cracked the top 10 on the all-genre Billboard 200, his first appearance on that chart since 1983.
Kenny passed away on March 20 at the age of 81. His family shared on social media that he passed away "peacefully" from natural causes and was surrounded by loved ones. They've also encouraged fans to donate to MusiCares' COVID-19 Relief Fund in his honor to help music professionals who are out of work due to the pandemic.
Crystal K. MartelThe news of Joe Diffie's passing Sunday at age 61 due to complications from COVID-19 has shocked the country music community.
Carrie Underwood, Dierks Bentley, Old Dominion and Trisha Yearwood are among many of Joe's famous friends who turned to social media to share their remorse.
Trisha shared a lengthy Facebook post, recalling her early days in Nashville coming up through the ranks with Joe, while others remarked on his kindness and support toward them over the years. "My heart is broken today for Joe’s family and friends, and for all the fans who love his music," Yearwood declared. "I will miss my friend. Godspeed."
Some other reactions:
Carrie Underwood: "Absolutely no words for the loss of Joe Diffie. The music and legacy he leaves behind are legendary. Prayers for his family and friends."
Luke Bryan: "Country music lost a legend today. Joe Diffie was one of the greats."
Luke Combs: "Rest In Peace @officialjoediffie you were a legend."
Old Dominion: "He was sweet. He was supportive. He was humble. His passing is just that: humbling."
Jimmie Allen: "The day I met you, you told me keep being myself because there are people that need to hear what I have to say. Thank you for inspiring so many artists."
Brad Paisley: "...the records he made, that voice, the twinkle in his eye, and our memories cannot be taken away by this disease."
Travis Tritt: "Joe was a good friend and touring partner with me in the 90’s. We had a lot of great times together, both onstage and offstage."
Diffie scored five number-one hits in the 90s. The country star and his team revealed on March 27 that he'd tested positive for COVID-19 and was undergoing treatment. His passing was announced in a statement released by his publicist on Sunday, with his family asking for privacy during this time.