Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Country Billboard Chart News October 16, 2014

Country Billboard Chart News October 16, 2014

In Brief:  Billboard Country Charts

Country Album Chart ** No. 1 (1 week) “Old Boots, New Dirt” Jason Aldean
Hot Country Songs ** No.1 (12 weeks) ** “Burnin’ It Down” Jason Aldean
Country Airplay ** No.1 (1 week) ** “Dirt” Florida Georgia Line
Country Digital Songs ** No.1 ** (1 week) ** “Sippin’ On Fire” Florida Georgia Line

In this easy-to-use format discover where your favourite acts songs and album are charting across the four Billboard Country charts. It is prioritized by the first column showing the Hot Country Songs chart frame standings for the week of October 25, 2014.
There are also separate rows highlighting Women of Country music.

Scroll down for further details on each of the individual charts.

Billboard Top 200 / Country Album Chart News

Jason Aldean netted his second No.1 album on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart (BB200), as his new release, OLD BOOTS, NEW DIRT (Broken Bow/BBMG), kicked in atop the list. It started with 278,096 copies sold in the week ending Oct. 12, the third-largest sales week of 2014 according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Only the arrivals of Coldplay's Ghost Stories (383,000) and fellow country star Eric Church's The Outsiders (287,668) logged bigger frames this year.
“Old Boots”  also notched the largest sales week of 2014 for an independently-distributed album. (It's distributed by RED Distribution, Sony Music's independent distribution arm.)
Aldean replaced fellow country giant out of the No.1 slot as Blake Shelton with BRINGING BACK THE SUNSHINE fell 1-6 on the BB200 (#1-#2 Country) with 34,000 sold (down 66% from last weks 100,544 arrival). It's the first time there has been back-to-back No.1s from country albums in over a year. It last happened on the chart dated May 25, 2013, when Lady Antebellum's GOLDEN spent one week at No.1, following a one-week stint at the top by Kenny Chesney's LIFE ON A ROCK.
Incidently Lady Antebellum fell 2-11 on the BB200 (2-3 Country) selling just 24,000 copies (sales down 68%) in their second week with new album 747

Aldean’s last album, his Oct 16, 2012 release of fifth studio set NIGHT TRAIN steamrolled to a No.1 selling 409,303 copies sold in its first week. That set, however, followed the breakthrough success Aldean found with his Nov 2, 2010 release of MY KINDA PARTY which debuted and peaked at No.2 on Billboard 200 chart dated Nov. 20, 2010 selling 192,998 copies and was kept off the No.1 by Taylor Swift’s SPEAK NOW which shifted 319,701 copies in her 2nd chart week. “My Kinda Party” then sold 80,510 copies (down 58%) followed by 57,609 to net 331,117 copies in its first 3-weeks at retail. It spent its first 87 consecutive weeks in the top 40. (It also lingered for 12 weeks at No.1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.) So far, “Party” has shifted 3.1 million copies. (2.8 million in its first two years.) “Night Train” spent its first 21 frames in the top 40 of the Billboard 200, one week at No. 1 on Top Country Albums, and has sold 1.7 million in its (just over) two years of release.
To date, Jason Aldean has sold over nine million albums and has taken 13 trips to No. one on the Country Radio charts. Each of Aldean’s albums has been certified PLATINUM with his last album NIGHT TRAIN earning PLATINUM certification only four weeks from its release. He is currently headlining his monumental 2014 BURN IT DOWN TOUR, which saw him play five stadium dates in addition to sold-out shows in the country’s biggest amphitheaters and arenas. For more information including a full list of tour dates

OLD BOOTS, NEW DIRT has also broken the record for both first-day and first-week streams by a Country album on Spotify ever. Critics across the country have joined in to praise Aldean’s newest endeavor as “consistent, compelling” (New York Times) and one that “hooks you from the first listen” (Newsday).
“The album is his most ambitious to date” - Associated Press
“…Musically adventurous… Old Boots, New Dirt shows just how far he has come as a vocalist” - Billboard
“There isn’t a track on this disc that couldn’t be a hit on country radio. That’s the sound of a modern megastar who knows what his audience wants” - Milwaukee Journal Sentinal
“Aldean delivers another winner” -Chicago Sun Times
“…Country fans should be ALL OVER the strong 15-song mix” - St. Louis Post Dispatch

Critical reception for Jason Aldean’s “Old Boots, New Dirt“:

Allmusic (Rating: 3.5 STARS) ....Aldean's boots are getting a bit worn; he's no longer an upstart, he's a veteran who could almost be seen as an institution thanks to his long commercial track record. Stars have less reason to take risks -- why upset the apple cart if it's still generating revenue -- but there's some freshness on Old Boots, New Dirt, which means the
second half of the title isn't just talk. Aldean and producer Michael Knox, who has been with him since the beginning, accentuate the singer's arena country with some decidedly modern electronics: splurting synths propel "Sweet Little Somethin'," while the slinky "Burnin' It Down" simmers to a skittering rhythmic loop. Usually, such electronic digressions indicate a bolder, even stylish, change in direction but that's hardly the case here....Old Boots, New Dirt is all ballads, slow burners, and midtempo anthems existing in a land that's a far cry from either "Hicktown" or "Crazy Town." Truth is, beneath that exaggerated swagger -- a macho strut he was always eager to emphasize -- Aldean's strength has been slower songs...Aldean retains a slight nasal edge in his voice and the electronics complement this characteristic well. This delicate balance is the greatest indication that both singer and producer are now old pros, knowing how to slyly underscore his star appeal, knowing that Aldean doesn't need to chase the sunny good times of bro-country. This casual, almost steely, assurance is appealing and even if the record goes on far too long at 15 tracks (18 in editions exclusive), this focus coalesces Old Boots, New Dirt, turning it into one of his best records.

Billboard 615 (Track-by-Track Review) by Chuck Dauphin (Rating: 3.5 STARS) .... is a mixture of the party songs he has become known for -- but also shows a little bit more of an emotional and sensual side than listeners might be accustomed to. As much havoc as he will cause in concert with the uptempo-flavored tracks, on this disc the ballads take center stage..."Just Gettin'
Started" should kick off his 2015 concert dates with an exclamation point, and it's quite the sensual track -- one of many that explore that realm on the album...."Burnin' It Down" - The most musically adventurous track that Aldean has ever recorded, quickly became a favorite of his female fan following...."Tryin’ To Love Me" – After the unbridled heat and passion of the first three tracks, Aldean goes a more emotional route on this very melodious track, where he expresses remorse and regret for not allowing someone in. It's quite possibly his best vocal performance to date...."Tonight Looks Good On You" – One of the more restrained productions on the record, the song is sensual yet also dramatic..."Too Fast" - He has truly mastered the art of the power ballad, as he does on this track.."If My Truck Could Talk" is somewhat of a modern-day version of The Statler Brothers..."Don't Change Gone" – One of the strongest lyrics on the album, the singer waxes a melancholy note about how changing your surroundings and your life doesn't mean the pain over a broken relationship also vanishes....>> "Two Night Town"– The set closes with the most "country" song on the album -- which finds Aldean in very much a Merle Haggard-esque mood with his frustration showing. 

Pop Matters (Rating: 2 out of 10 Stars) by Anthony Easton Old Boots, Same Shit   .......The women in these works are talked about as girl or baby. I am never sure that they are ever named. There is a song about his truck that has more attention to detail, and care about its personality than any of the songs that he sings about women.  There is some attempt to use the first person, so it doesn’t have the isolation of a third person narrative, but most of those first person narratives are about things that the woman can do for Aldean. There is very little
work for her to do. (She apparently enjoys watching him do his thing, which is sing or have him watch her dance, while he “works on his laid back”.)  There is only one song that could possibly be about his new life (“Too Fast”) but it is again about what he wants, what he desires, what is good for Aldean, and not what is good for the woman in question. It also reverts to cliches: ”making a living, not making a life”, “cuts like a knife”.....The desperation of the drinking and the narcissistic banality of the lyrics are matched by songs that have long guitar solos, or places where the bands play loudly against Aldean’s voice—which is often flat, and rarely works enough energy to move past a laconic speech song. It’s almost like he knows the material is crap, and that his previously quite warm voice has become cold due to inertia. Most of the songs start the same, with half a minute of silvery guitar noise, and then this inert voice starts, and the listener becomes as bored as Aldean does. That he often makes us listen to a guitar solo in the middle of the tracks, meaning that he is almost convinced that we care about his metal infused sound, but without the technical skill that ‘80s hair metal requires, suggests a profound arrogance...... I am convinced that the misogyny of this album is toxic.

Saving Country Music (Rating: 2 Guns Down) ....Yeah I know I’ve been rough on ol’ Jason Aldean over the years. But I’m sorry, I think his latest release Old Boots, New Dirt is the best damn R&B/sexytime album I’ve heard all year..... Old Boots, New Dirt is a doubling down of Aldean’s errant behavior. The album is the singer breaking free of the repressive sexual bonds of marriage and country music’s rigid moral regime to reclaim his wild 16-year-old post-adolescent oats at the age of 37. On Old Boots, New
Dirt, Jason Aldean proclaims the world his oyster, and presents such a flaunting of the human id, even Charlie Sheen would cock an eyebrow and give it a nodding approval.....Now what do we get from Jason Aldean? A simple enumeration of his sexual conquests one after another, with very little respite. “I knew the minute that I picked you up, it was gonna be a wild ride,” the very first song “Just Gettin’ Started” starts off. “You kissed me like you couldn’t get enough. Barely made it out of your drive.”
The second song “Show You Off” unfolds just about as you would expect it to. “I just want to show you off. Drive them all crazy, watch all the boys hate me. This ain’t so wrong, come on.” This is what passes for Aldean being “sweet.” This leads into the lead single from the album, the already much maligned and ultra-sexualized “Burnin’ It Down,” …and on and on from there.

For The Country Record......It’s difficult to separate someone’s personal life from their music. The content on ‘Old Boots, New Dirt’ can be split fairly evenly into two categories; songs for his new wife, full of lust, parties, sex, drinking, and contributions from the EDM and R&B side of things, and songs for his old wife, full of regret, honesty, heartbreak and loneliness, his
sound more representative of what we know of him already.... Of the former category, I have little positive to say. Tracks like ‘Tonight Looks Good On You’, ‘Laid Back’, ‘Burnin’ It Down’, ‘Just Getting’ Started’, ‘Show You Off’, ‘Sweet Little Somethin’’, and ‘Gonna Know We Were Here’ encase varying degrees of overblown, swaggery, self-indulgent mush, as much littered with the sonic trash that’s proving increasingly popular on country radio as it is Guns ‘n’ Roses-style excessive hard rock with some twang evident in there somewhere (hardly). It’s a bro-country mess with as much sexual objectification of women as you can shake a stick at, equal airtime given to driving, drinking, clichéd rural settings, partying and the actual explicit act of procreation......So does it work? I’m not sure. For the most part it feels as if there are too many sex songs, and those songs are too explicit and creepy....... Too bad most of the first half of the album is utter garbage, huh.

The Soundtrack to the latest Nicholas Sparks Film, THE BEST OF ME made a debut at No.54 on the BB200 (#12 Country) selling 6,200 copies sold (Various Artists 14 Tracks/ Time: 50:58 CD - Amazon.com - US iTunes )
It features a host of country artists: Lady Antebellum, Hunter Hayes, Colbie Caillat, Thomas Rhett, Thompson Square, Kip Moore,
Kacey Musgraves, Eric Paslay, David Nail, Eli Young Band and Alt outfit Cowboy Junkies.

Lady Antebellum, Thomas Rhett, Sunny Sweeney and other stars were among the crowd of “first nighters” attending the Nashville premiere on Thursday night (Oct. 9), at the Country Music

Hall of Fame and Museum. The movie is based on the popular novel by Nicholas Sparks. Before the screening, several stars with ties to the movie walked the red carpet and chatted with members of the media. Lady Antebellum wrote and recorded two songs for the film’s soundtrack, “I Did With You” and “Falling for You.” Lady A’s Hillary Scott explained, “One song, ‘I Did With You,’ is at the end of the movie during the credits, when everybody in the audience is wiping their eyes and their mascara’s running. The other song we wrote, ‘Falling for You,’ plays during the part of the film where the guy and the girl reconnect after 21 years.” Writing a soundtrack tune was a first for the award-winning trio. “This was a new challenge for us,” said the group’s Charles Kelley. Lady A’s Dave Haywood added, “We had a synopsis of the movie and we were able to find some cool images to pull from. It was a really unique writing experience for us.” Thomas Rhett also appears on the soundtrack, performing a tune he co-wrote titled “The Way Things Go.” Other notables on the soundtrack include pop star Colbie Caillat and sibling quartet SHEL......Read more Watch >> Trailer
See Press Release for Screening photos

Doug Seegers a 62 year old newbie artist made his debut at No.25 Country selling 1,900 copies of GOING DOWN TO THE RIVER (Rounder).

Seegers is a homeless street musician born in New York who lives in Nashville. Swedish music star Jill Johnson and Magnus Carlson discovered him (after a tip from a hot dog salesman) in a Nashville food pantry. The two subsequently recorded a duet that climbed to the top of the music charts in Sweden. They were very taken by his lyrics and flair for singing. So they decided to record the song GOING DOWN TO THE RIVER written by Doug Seegers in the Cash Cabin Studio.

Doug Seegers goes from street singer to global superstar ....Maybe you've passed him on a downtown sidewalk.  Maybe thrown a couple bucks his way. Doug Seegers, 62,  is a street singer. He's been in town for 17 years. He's been homeless and addicted. He's been singing on Second Avenue, outside The Old Spaghetti Factory, and on Charlotte Avenue, outside the Goodwill store.... Read More at The Tennessean

Critical reception for Doug Seegers - Going Down To The River“:
12 Tracks/ Time: 41:33 CD - MP3  - US iTunes - Amazon.com 

Allmusic (Rating: 4 STARS) ....Going Down to the River is country singer and songwriter Doug Seegers' debut album. The weathered face quietly smiling off into the distance is no mere pose. His story is as dramatic as it is heartbreaking, almost nearly unbelievable in the 21st century. (His bio tells it in depth.) Seegers was a homeless, addicted street singer in Nashville for nearly two decades before he got his first break thanks to Stacy Downey of the charity the Little Pantry That Could and Swedish country star Jill Johnson, who was in Music City filming a documentary on down-and-out musicians. Cut in three days at Cowboy Jack Clement's Sound Emporium, the album was produced by Will Kimbrough, who also played guitar and led an all-star cast including Barbara Lamb, Al Perkins, and Phil Madeira. Others include Buddy Miller, an old friend during the 1970s (who plays guitar on a cover of Hank Williams' "There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight"), and Emmylou Harris (who reprises her role on Gram Parsons' "She"). All of Seegers' vocals are live scratch takes. As brilliant as the two covers are, they are merely icing on the cake. The ten originals are mostly spectacular, in no small part due to Seegers' deeply expressive voice; its simplicity and raw country soul are delivered in a reedy, utterly musical low tenor.....Going Down to the River displays Seegers as not just the real deal, but an artist who has earned every minute of this record with years of his life. He doesn't just write and sing traditional country music, he embodies the thing itself.

Pop Matters (Rating 8/10) .....Seegers’ choice of the simple, brilliant pun amplifies both his narrator’s state of mind and his means of coping. That’s smart songwriting, and, start to finish, this is one of the best country releases you will hear this year.

Outside the Top 25 Country Albums
Old Dominion with their own self-titled EP landed at No.33. They are composed of Matthew Ramsey, Brad Tursi, Trevor Rosen, Geoff Sprung and Whit Sellers. Ramsey, the group’s lead singer, is responsible for songs recorded by Luke Bryan, the Band Perry, Craig Morgan and Dierks Bentley, among others. Rosen has written for folks including Keith Urban, Jake Owen, Chris Young and Kenny Chesney. Together, the group have been writing and trying to establish their own sound for about 10 years.

Of Note:
Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn with their self titled album (Rounder/ Concord) made a debut at No.8 on the Billboard Folk Albums chart    

Coming Attractions: Look for Florida Georgia Line's Anything Goes to debut at #1 next week with first week sales in the 180K range.

2014 Country Album sales Year-To Date:
23,808,000 (Physical sales 15,485,000 (down 9%) + Digital sales 7,823,000 (down -12.4%)) which is 18.3% down at the same point in 2013 (29,131,000 sales)

Billboard Top 200 / Country Album Placings
(Issue dated Chart week of October 25, 2014)
(Country Album positions #1 - #25)
(TW) This Week, (LW) Last Week, Co (Country Album Chart placing / Movement)

Billboard Catalog Albums Chart (week of October 25, 2014)

[Catalog Chart Legend: This Week, Last Week, 2 Weeks Ago, Title, Artist (Weeks on Catalog)]

35 8 10 Loaded: The Best Of Blake Shelton, Blake Shelton (100)

Milestones: Blake Shelton's "Loaded: The Best Of Blake Shelton" reached the 100-week mark on the Catalog chart, becoming the 142nd album to do so and the first for the country music superstar. "Loaded" dropped sharply 110-181 on the Billboard 200 but remained on the chart for week #100.

Top 25 Hot Country Songs (week of October 25, 2014)

On Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart - which blends:
a) All-format airplay, as monitored by BDS 
b) Sales, as tracked by Nielsen SoundScan and
c) Streaming, (tracked by Nielsen BDS from such services as Spotify, Muve, Slacker, Rhapsody, Rdio and Xbox Music, among others) according to BDS it results in:

  • Jason Aldean held for a 12th week on Hot Country Songs with “Burnin’ It Down” (Broken Bow) and posted Streaming Gainer honours. It tops Country Streaming Songs for a 10th week with 2.7 million U.S. streams (up 7%), according to Nielsen BDS, with 42% of those plays from Spotify. According to Spotify, Aldean’s album drew the biggest first-week action (3 million) on the service in the United States for a country album.
  • With Florida Georgia Line second full-length, ANYTHING GOES (Republic Nashville/BMLG), poised to debut on next week’s charts (dated Nov. 1), the duo netted a career-high debut on Hot Country Songs and logged its third No.1 bow on Country Digital Songs. The twosome (Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard) snared the Hot Shot Debut at No.10  with “Sippin’ on Fire,” besting the pair’s previous top bow: No.15 with “Bumpin’ the Night” (also from the new album)(Oct. 18). “Fire” starts atop Country Digital Songs (79,000).
  • Glen Campbell the Country Music Hall of Fame honoree made his first Hot Country Songs appearance in nearly 22 years with “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” (Big Machine) at No.50. As Campbell faces the final stages of Alzheimer’s disease, the track is his final recording and first chart entry since “Somebody Like That” (No. 66 peak) in 1993. He last charted higher with 1991’s No. 27-peaking “Unconditional Love.” “Miss” is from a soundtrack EP for the documentary Glen Campbell … I’ll Be Me, which includes The Band Perry’s cover of Campbell’s 1967 hit “Gentle on My Mind” (No.47 on Country Airplay). “Miss” starts with 81% of its Hot Country Songs points from streaming (all from 498,000 Vevo on YouTube clicks for its moving promotion clip).
  • Carrie Underwood with “Something In The Water” (19/Arista Nashville) fell 2-5 in her 3rd week but heads Hot Christian Songs for a second successive frame.
Top 25 Hot Country Songs:

Jason Aldean with “Burnin’ It Down” stays Top the chart!
Florida Georgia Line with former #1“Dirt” climbs one, #3 - #2 p
Sam Hunt with “Leave The Night On” is up two, #5 - #3 p
Blake Shelton with “Neon Light” stays at #4
Carrie Underwood with “Something In The Water” falls #2 - #5 q
Luke Bryan with “Roller Coaster” holds at #6
Chase Rice with “Ready Set Roll” climbs one, #8 - #7 p
Kenny Chesney with “American Kids” falls one, #7 - #8 q
Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood’s former #1 “Somethin’ Bad” stays at #9
Florida Georgia Line with “Sippin’ On Fire” debuts at #10 NEW
Maddie & Tae with “Girl In A Country Song” is up one, #12 - #11 p
Frankie Ballard with “Sunshine & Whiskey” lifts one, #13 - #12 p
Keith Urban with “Somewhere In My Car” climbs one, #14 - #13 p
Brantley Gilbert with “Small Town Throwdown” is up three, #17 - #14 p
Little Big Town with “Day Drinking” climbs three, #18 - #15 p
Lady Antebellum with “Bartender” sinks five, #11 - #16 q
Dierks Bentley with “Drunk On A Plane” flies two, #19 - #17 p
Big & Rich with “Look At You” lifts two, #20 - #18 p
Tim McGraw with “Shotgun Rider” shoots up three, #22 - #19 p
Brad Paisley with “Perfect Storm” climbs five, #25 - #20 p
Parmalee with “Close Your Eyes” holds tight at #21
Scotty McCreery with “Feelin’ it” is up one, #23 - #22 p
Lee Brice with “Drinking Class” moves up three, #26 - #23 p
Rascal Flatts with “Payback” jumps up six, #30 - #24 p
David Nail with “Kiss You Tonight” jumps up eight, #33 - #25 p

Hot County Songs
** No.1 (12 weeks) ** “Burnin’ It Down” Jason Aldean
** Airplay Gainer ** No.5 “Something In The Water” Carrie Underwood
** Hot Shot Debut ** No.10 “Sippin’ On Fire” Florida Georgia Line
** Streaming Gainer ** No.4 “Neon Light” Blake Shelton
** Digital Gainer ** No.27 “Talladega” Eric Church
Debut No.50 “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” Glen Campbell

 Billboard Country Airplay Chart Week of October 25, 2014

Florida Georgia Line claimed its fifth No.1, and first since January, on Billboard’s Country Airplay tally as “Dirt” (Republic Nashville) stepped 2-1 in its 14th chart week. The song logged 50.515 million audience impressions (+2.421 million) and received 8,008 radio plays (+590) during the Oct. 6-12 Nielsen BDS tracking week.

The song written by Rodney Clawson and Chris Tompkins was first released on July 8, 2014 by Republic Nashville as the first single from their second studio album ANYTHING GOES, which was released on Oct 14, 2014.
The duo last reached the summit with “Stay,” which became its fourth consecutive leader on the Jan. 4 list and the twosome’s longest-leading No. 1 (four weeks). The pair followed with “This Is How We Roll” (featuring Luke Bryan), which peaked at No. 2 on the May 24 chart.

Top local audience exposure for “Dirt” during the tracking week: WUSN Chicago (1.6 million impressions), WNSH New York (1.3 million), KKBQ Houston (1.2 million), WKLB Boston (1.2 million) and WUBL Atlanta (1 million).
The song had sold 979,000 downloads through the Nielsen SoundScan sales week ending Oct. 5. It debuted atop Billboard’s Country Digital Songs list dated July 26. Meanwhile, “Sun Daze,” a second track from the new album, snagged the Hot Shot Debut honours at No.53 on Country Airplay (1.2 million impressions at 11 of the 146 stations monitored for the chart).
The new No.1 adds the duo to the list of acts with multiple Country Airplay chart-toppers this year. While Bryan is the only artist with three, Lady Antebellum, Blake Shelton and Dierks Bentley have also notched two each since January.

  • Blake Shelton with “Neon Light” (Warner Bros./ WMN) moved 7-5 taking home the weeks Most Increased Audience trophy. The song  logged 39.378 million audience impressions, a gain of +3.601 million and received  6,193 radio plays (+590).
  • Frankie Ballard celebrated his second top 10 on Country Airplay, as “Sunshine & Whiskey” (Warner Bros./WAR) collects 33.1 million impressions and rises 11-10 in its 28th chart week. That’s one week quicker than the stretch he needed to achieve his first top 10 with previous single “Helluva Life” on the Feb. 15 chart. Six weeks later, “Life” became Ballard’s first Country Airplay No.1. “Sunshine” has sold 429,000 downloads through the week ending Oct. 5; it peaked at No. 11 on the Aug. 16 Country Digital Songs chart.
  • Kenny Chesney earned Most Added stripes with “Til It’s Gone” (Blue Chair/Columbia Nashville), which collected at least seven first-time plays (Monday-Sunday) at 46 reporters. The second radio single from Chesney’s The Big Revival garnered 10.764 million audience impressions (+3.377 million; up 46%) and received 1,637 radio plays (+568) thanks to 46 fresh radio commitments (ADDS). Lead track “American Kids” became his 23rd No. 1 on the Sept. 20 chart
Women of Country 2014 Watch:

There was one solo female artist on the Top 30 Country Airplay songs with Carrie Underwood’s “Something In The Water” down one place 17-18. Her duet with Miranda Lamberts’ “Somethin’ Bad” rose 8-7. “Girl In A Country Song” by duo Maddie & Tae climbed one 13-12.
RaeLynn #33, Jana Kramer #38, Trisha Yearwood #43, Lindsay Ell #51, Lucy Hale #57 and Kelsea Ballerini #60 were the additional six solo females in the remaining 31-60 slots, to make it 11.6% of the entire Top 60 chart.

Country Airplay
*** No. 1 (1 week) *** "Dirt" Florida Georgia Line
** Most Increased Audience ** No.5 “Neon Light” Blake Shelton
** Most Added ** No.25 “Til It’s Gone” Kenny Chesney
** Hot Shot Debut **  No. 53 "Sun Daze" Florida Georgia Line
Debut No. 58 "Hangin' Around" Josh Abbott Band
Debut No. 59 "Ain't Worth The Whiskey" Cole Swindell

Billboard Country Digital Singles Chart Week of October 25, 2014

  • Florida Georgia Line made a debut at No.1 with “Sippin’ On Fire,” (sales 79,000 downloads) their final pre-release track from ANYTHING GOES. Their lead off single “Dirt” moved 5-3 and has now gone PLATINUM at retail selling another 45,000 copies in their 14th week to pass the 1-million mark and reach 1,038,000 copies sold.
  • On the overall all genre Digital Songs chart “Sippin’” arrived at No.7. Taylor Swift’s "Shake It Off" regained the #1 spot on Hot Digital Songs (its fourth week on top) selling 171K copies  which is the lowest tally for a song at #1 since Rihanna's “Diamonds” sold the same tally in its only week at #1 on the digital chart in November 2012.
  • Jason Aldean’s sales were discounted from the Bilboard Country Digital Top 50 with the release of his new album as his 6 tracks which sprinkled the top 30 last week disappeared.
  • Carrie Underwood slid 1-2 in her second week with “Somethin’ In The Water.” With sales down 58%
  • Maddie & Tae’sGirl In A Country Song” climbed 11-7 (22,000 sales; 13-week total 282K)
Women Of Country Watch
Carrie Underwood was the lone solo female artists on the Top 30 placings with “Something In The Water” at No.2.
On the Top 50 the only other solo female was RaeLynn with “God Made Girls” which rose 38-33

Dropping off the Top 30:
2 - Off the chart Jason Aldean “Just Getting’ Started” 
4 - Off the chart Jason Aldean “Burnin’ It Down” 
9 - Off the chart Jason Aldean “Tonight Looks Good On You” 
15 - Off the chart Jason Aldean “Sweet Little Somethin’” 
18 - Off the chart Jason Aldean “Gonna  Know We Were Here” 
20 - Off the chart Jason Aldean “Two Night Town” 

Top 30 Digital Singles in Country Music (published October 16, 2014)
 (LW) Last Week (TW) This Week
*Numbers are rounded to nearest 1000th

Country Aircheck MEDIABASE Chart

Florida Georgia Line moved 2-1 to land the No1 on Mediabase with “Dirt” (Republic Nashville). The song logged 8,000 radio spins (+394) and 58.345 million audience impressions (+1.989 million) from 149 tracking stations for the tracking week October 5 to October 11, 2014 and published chart October 13th.
Congratulations to Big Machine Label Group (BMLG) EVP Jimmy Harnen, Republic Nashville VP/Promotion Matthew Hargis, and the entire Republic Nashville promotion team for scoring this week’s #1 single on the MEDIABASE Country singles charts with Florida Georgia Line’s "Dirt." The single is FGL's fifth career #1 MEDIABASE song and the first release from their upcoming ANYTHING GOES album, which hit streets (Oct 14)

Congratulations to UMG Nashville SVP/Promotion Royce Risser, EMI Nashville VP/Promotion Jimmy Rector, and the entire EMI Nashville promo team for earning 48 MEDIABASE Country adds on Eric Paslay's "She Don't Love You." Those adds give Eric the "Most Added" title for this week.
Donuts were due to be delivered to the EMI Nashville office (Oct 14) to congratulate the staff on their success. 
For a detailed report check out Country Aircheck Weekly Issue 418 - October 13, 2014 [PDF File]
For the very latest up to the minute Mediabase Chart (Past 7 Days) go here - www.mediabase.com

Billboard Boxscores (Selective Country concerts, published Chart Week of Oct 25, 2014)

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On the BBC Radio 2 Playlist  UK duo Ward Thomas with their third Radio 2 single “Way Back Then” climb from the “B” to the “A” list for week commencing Saturday 11th October. The third single (second from their debut album) from Ward Thomas "Way Back When" will be released on Monday 20 October ahead of their co-headline UK tour with The Shires. Stream "Way Back When" (Radio Version) on soundcloud
Lady Antebellum with “Lie With Me” (with its Fleetwood Mac lifted “Seven Wonders” riffs) remain on the “B” list
Taylor Swift's POP single “Shake If Off” is removed from the "A" Playlist but remains on Radio 1 "A" playlist (for week commencing Oct 6th).

BREAKING NEWS: Lady Antebellum, the seven-time Grammy-winning Nashville trio, joined BBC Radio 2's Simon Mayo live in the studio on Monday 13th October (See BBC Page) to talk about their new album 747 and announced they are to HEADLINE the C2C Country To Country Festival on Sunday March 8, 2014. They also speak about the subject of sounding "contemporary" and Taylor Swift's transition to POP. "Country Music is where we are" said Hillary Scott. "Your pushing the barrier?" asked Simon. Their first UK single "Lie To Me" from new album 747 is currently on the Radio 2 playlist.

Hunter Hayes goes 'pop-western' for Britain....His entry into the British market - which in the past has given a warm welcome to Shania Twain and had Dolly Parton as a headliner this year at the Glastonbury music festival - has seen his latest release
"Tattoo" re-worked for an audience that is less familiar with country but might go for "pop-western". "This is a new take on the song. It's a new sound for me. (It) kind of caught me off guard at first," Hayes told Reuters in an interview in London this week, speaking about how the sound has been reworked. Hayes had his debut London show in the heart of the theatre district (The Drury Club, 167 Drury Lane, Covent Garden WC2B 5PG London; See Facebook Photo ) on Tuesday Oct 7th for a crowd of fans and media, entertaining them with tracks including his U.S. hit "Invisible" and a cover of One Republic's "Counting Stars" as well as "Tattoo". The 3 track EP "Tattoo" came out Oct 3rd on UK iTunes

The St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel wrote of Facebook : Fab performance from Ward Thomas in the Booking Office last night! The city folk are officially converts to country music
The Dexeter band are supporting first date of the Ward Thomas and The Shires co-headline tour at The Glee Club in Birmingham on the 4th November.

The line ups for Celtic Connections (15 January to 1 February 2015) were revealed
2,100 artists, 300 events, 20 venues = 1 brilliant festival
The Celtic Connections festival, Glasgow's perennially popular annual festival of roots and traditional music, will run from January 15 to February 1. The programme features many key strands from previous years, including historically themed shows, shows in memory of signature artists, Americana, indie music and many collaborations, as well as a new theme that highlights the story of hand made instruments from around the world. Donald Shaw, artistic director of Celtic Connections as well as founder of Capercailie, said: "In recent years, the festival has grown into a celebration of musical genres from all corners of the globe and this will be just as prominent in 2015.
An opening-night tribute to the pioneering Scottish musician Martyn Bennett, appearances by Craig Armstrong, Eddi Reader, King Creosote, Fairport Convention and American rock band Lambchop will be highlights of next year's Celtic Connections festival, it has been announced (Tues Oct 14th). Lambchop will be performing their classic album Nixon.
Eddi Reader will perform her first headline show in six years.
Patty Griffin will perform as part of Transatlantic Sessions and Grammy award winning diva of African song Angelique Kidjo will be performing alongside the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
Americana acts appearing: Justin Townes Earle and The Rails , Roaming Roots Revue , Nils Lofgren,  Oh Susanna,  The McCrary Sisters , - Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz,  Aoife O’Donovan, Hayseed Dixie,  Jeffrey Foucault and Amelia Curran,  Transatlantic Sessions - Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Main Auditorium (Rodney Crowell, Patty Griffin, Sara Watkins, Dirk Powell etc ) and Calexico.
More details / dates : Tour Dates Page
Book tickets by visiting Celtic Connections.com - Discount Card
Click on the event and on the page that opens in the Top Right corner use "Book Now"
Book Glasgow Concert Hall Tickets at Glasgow Concert Halls Events


Official UK Top 100 Singles Chart (Week Ending October 18, 2014)

Taylor Swift's with her pop single “Shake It Off” dipped 3-4 (51,174 sales) with a 8 week to-date tally of 366,207 copies. It also
Claimed the week’s most streamed track with over 1.4 million streams.

Official UK Top 100 Album Chart (Week Ending October 18, 2014)

Lady Antebellum fell short of becoming their fourth straight #1 studio album in America, country trio likewise fail to register their fourth straight Top 10 album in the UK, with latest offering 747 failing to fly as high as its predecessors with a debut at No.12 selling 5,998 sales copies. Their UK breakthrough album NEED YOU NOW, a No.8 hit from 2010, remains by far their biggest seller in the UK with a to-date tally of 349,906, while the single of the same name has sold 531,404 copies a huge tally for a track that peaked at #15.
Dolly Parton with BLUE SMOKE/THE BEST OF (Masterworks) fell 20-34 in her 18th chart frame  (2,800 estimated sales, 18-week total 221,000).
Lucinda Williams with DOWN WHERE THE SPIRIT MEETS THE BONE (Highway 20) fell 23-66 selling 1,400 copies in her 2nd chart frame.

Official UK Country Album Chart (Week Ending October 18, 2014)
Lady Antebellum with 747 debut at No.1 as their archive album NEED YOU NOW moved 5-4 in its 150th chart frame.
Tim McGraw with SUNDOWN HEAVEN TOWN (Big Machine) was down 1-2 in his third week.
The UK’s Ward Thomas with FROM WHERE WE STAND (WTW Music) rose 4-3 in their 12th week.
Blake Shelton with BRINGING BACK THE SUNSHINE (Warner Bros) fell 2-5 in his second week.
Brad Paisley’s MOONSHINE IN THE TRUNK slipped 6-7 in his 7th week
Kacey Musgraves with SAME TRAILER DIFFERENT PARK (Decca) held at No.8 in her 78th chart frame
Kenny Chesney with his new album THE BIG REVIVAL (Blue Chair) fell 7-10 in his third week.
Lee Ann Womack with her comeback album THE WAY I'M LIVIN' (Welk) fell 10-12 in her third chart frame.
Irish favouriteDerek Ryan with THE SIMPLE THINGS slumped 3-14 in his sixth week .

On the Hotdisc Chart (October 12, 2014 Chart)

Ray Scott held onto No.1 on the Top 40 for a fifth straight week with "Drinkin' Beer" holding off the challenge from a batch of high new entries as tracks from the Hotdisc #190 October 2014 promotional impacted the chart.
The Hotdisc chart is compiled from DJs and industry professionals' ratings of songs currently being promoted on the Rush Released CD. They are not airplay charts, as airplay charts cannot work in Europe because there are no terrestrial country stations. As of September 2013 it was reliably disclosed that 650 physical Hotdiscs are sent out with 350 digital versions for people to download.

The late Ray Price feat. Martina McBride with “An Affair To Remember” (writers: Harold Adamson, Harry Warren and Leo McCare) snagged the Hot Shot Debut landing at No.2. The track was drawn from his posthumous album “Beauty Is..The Final Sessions” and is a throwback to 50s country with its exquisite string arrangement lusciously creating a bed for the vocals of Ray and guest singer Martina.

Strangely enough the  Ray Price composed, "Pride" covered by Ian Highland and Frank Jennings made a debut at No.8 on the Hotdisc Top 40 and landed the No.1 slot on the British & Irish Chart in their first chart third replacing Tony Clarke’s self-penned "I Am What I Am" which slipped (5-9; 1-2 British).

The second highest new entry came from David Frizzell's re-issued "I'm Gonna Hire A Wino" (D Blackwell) which made a bow at No.3. This forther promotes the 2-ON-1 CD The Family’s Mine/ On My Own Again available for the first time ever on CD via Morello Records. The third new debut in the Top 10 was US act Michael Scott with "Radio Song" (Kyle Jacobs, Billy Montana, Phil O’Donnell) which arrived at No.7 and represented his first European release.

Outside the Top 10
US based singer-singwriter Kenny Butterill (feat. Donovan Leitch) with his self penned “Gaia Blues” made an entry at No.13
It is taken from Kenny’s album TROUBADOUR TALES, a project ten years in the making, which was released on the 31st July 2014. Early indications are the long anticipated CD has a sound and feel that is true to Butterill’s legacy of delivering “rootsy, folksy, bluesy, Americana, alt.country, feel good music
Atlanta native Brian Collins with “Enjoy The Ride” blew in at No.17. This follows his previous single “Never Really Left” (#5 peak, 13 weeks on the chart) both taken from his brand new album HEALING HIGWAY (Oct 2014)

US singer songwriter Katie Armiger due to tour the UK in November 2014 in support of her latest album, FALL INTO ME, which was produced by Grammy winner Chad Carlson (Taylor Swift) made a bow at No.19 with her new single “One Night Between Friends” . Her previous Hotdisc single “Safe” (from April’s Hotdisc 184) enjoyed a short 5-week run with a peak of just No.25 despite the quality of the track.
Another US act Stevie Lee Woods with “California Girls Have Gone Country” (Pat McManus) came in at No.20 following his single “Hey! .. What Do I Know?” (from March’s Hotdisc 183) which reached No.9 in its 8-week chart journey.

Outside the Top 20

North 40 (Talented singers/songwriters Paige Logan and Heather Looney), who collectively make up the high-energy new duo scored a No.21 debut with “Whole Lot Of Livin’ (co-written with Jennifer Denmark)  taken from their debut album, SING YOUR OWN SONG which hit music outlets on January 28, 2014.

USA singer songwriter James Robert Webb with his upbeat new single  “Party in The Barn” arrived at No.23. His previous singles the holiday cut “Born This Day” (from Dec 2013 Hotdisc 180) reached No.12 in over 5 weeks followed by the terrific “Long Hot Winter” which also peaked at No.12 in its 6-week run.
The final notable mention goes to newbie Tim Cadiere with “Hop In My Truck” (co-written with Sam McGaughey) which made a bow at No.25. The single was released on iTunes on Oct 8, 2013 from an album to be released titled “Proud” (6 Tone). The Houma, LA native who is based in Eatonton, Georgia is described on his Reverbnation Page as having soulful original songs which are known for their cajun-country overtones with a dash of creole spunk. His set lists are often a combination of Pop, Country, Rock and Blues which allow him and his band, The Washboard Road Band to bring an energy-filled rockin’ good time to any stage. They have made a true name for themselves in the Lake Oconee, Augusta, Atlanta, and South Carolina areas.

For a full listing of 2014 Country/Alt/ Americana albums and future releases PLEASE check out our Country Music Store Page

(7 Oct 2014) Hal Ketchum - I'm the Troubadour
15 tracks/ Time: 56:07 CD - MP3 - UK iTunes - Smart Choice Music - Amazon.com 

(7 Oct 2014) Ray Scott - Ray Scott (deciBel Nashville)
11 Tracks/ Time: 36:17 MP3 - UK iTunes - Amazon.com 

(7 Oct 2014) Doug Seegers - Going Down To The River (Rounder)
12 Tracks/ Time: 41:33 CD - MP3  - US iTunes - Amazon.com 

(13 Oct 2014) Adrian Duffy & The Mayo Brothers - Storm Breaking (Single)
MP3 - UK iTunes  The group is an Irish country outfit whose previous records have picked up airplay in Canada, Britain and the U.S., as well as its homeland. This pleading, heartfelt ballad has a lustrous, layered, dreamy instrumental arrangement that is extremely pleasing. I’ve liked these guys before. I wish they’d send me a whole album one of these days.”
Listen on Soundcloud "this defines feel good music" - MusicRow (USA)

(14 Oct 2014) Angaleena Presley - American Middle Class (Thirty Tigers)
CD  - Smart Choice Music - UK iTunes - Amazon.com 

(14 Oct 2014) James Hand - Stormclouds in Heaven  (Slim Hand Music)
14 Tracks/ Time: 41:25 CD - Amazon.com -

(14 Oct 2014) Florida Georgia Line - Anything Goes (Import)
CD - UK iTunes (3 Nov) - Smart Choice Music   [US Exclusive Deluxe] Amazon.com 

(14 Oct 2014) The Swon Brothers - The Swon Brothers (Arista Nashville)
11 Tracks/ Time: 39:07 MP3 - UK iTunes - Amazon.com

(14 Oct 2014) Lonesome River Band - Turn On a Dime (Mountain Home Music Company)
13 Tracks/ Time: 44:24 MP3UK iTunes - Amazon.com 


Claire Lynch the 2013 IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year, has announced the release of her own Thrill Hill Records. Holiday! is Claire’s first seasonal album and is available now at her live shows and through the Claire Lynch website, starting 8th October.
Holiday! sets the mood for enjoying holiday traditions and cheer. The ten-track album is melodic and contemporary with a retro charm that harkens back to great, traditional holiday albums. Holiday! features an array of seasonal standards like Home for the Holidays, White Christmas, and a special version of Scarlett Ribbons with harmonies by Claire’s daughter, Christy.

Tamara Stewart will head to Nashville soon to finish writing her 5th album and play some gigs.

Aleyce Simmonds won Independent Female artist of the Year and Lachlan and The Wildes won Best Group or Duo at The Southern Stars Australian Independent Country Music Awards
Australian country singer Beccy Cole is soon to tour Australia with Melinda Schneider to promote their latest album together.
“Great Women of Country and the Songs that Made Them” is a new collaboration by two of Australia’s acclaimed country singers, one of whom is a proud member of the LGBTI community. The album contains a collection of  22 classic country songs, brought together by Melinda Schneider and Beccy Cole’s love of country music.

ARIA Award nominations:
The ARIA Awards will be handed out in Sydney, Australia on November 26.
Country artists to receive Nominations are:
Best Country Album
Adam Brand — My Side Of The Street (ABC Music/UMA)
Emma Swift — Emma Swift (Laughing Outlaw/Inertia)
Kasey Chambers — Bittersweet (Essence Group)
Keith Urban — Fuse (Capitol/EMI)
The McClymonts — Here’s To You & I (Island Records)

Best Female Artist
Kasey Chambers — Bittersweet — Essence Group

Best Live Act
Keith Urban - Light the Fuse Tour

JUNO nominee Chad Brownlee will perform coast to coast in 2015; When The Lights Go Down Tour will kick off in Summerside, PEI on March 4, 2015.  Canadian Country Music Association Awards (CCMA) 2014 Female Vocalist of the Year Jess Moskaluke and 2013 CCMA Rising Star Bobby Wills will join Brownlee on the road, opening each show - mdmrecordings - whenthelightsgodowntour.com

The 3rd Annual "Warm Coats Warm Hearts" Fundraiser hosted by lovely singer Elyse Saunders backed up by The Justin Time Band tok place on Saturday 11th at Lake Affect (Comfort Food & music lounge; 1 Port Street, Port Credit, Mississauga, Ontario)
Special guests included Michael Fonfara, Thomas Barlow, Joe Reynolds Music, Chris Partland, Kevin Phillips, Don Graham and many more. The Coat Drive & Concert with a boat load of coats were collected to celebrate Happy Thanksgiving in Canada. Elyse shared “What an amazing turn out we had yesterday. I am so blessed to have been surrounded with so many supportive, gracious and fun people. We were able to collect an estimate of 500 coats and fill up the "Givver" boat. How fitting! They were still collecting until October 18th that would go to many kids and families this winter. Elyse was priviledged to have the support and special appearance by Bonnie Crombie (Mayoral Candidate and supporter) and her family.
My heart is feeling all warm and fuzzy now, thank you to all those who attended and donated, volunteers, agencies, sponsors and all musicians!! You all rock. I can't wait to do this again next year”. said the excited and appreciative Peterborough, Ontario native. See Facebook Gallery photos -


Country Aircheck's Insider Artist News

October 10, 2014: Nashville Songwriters Ceremony (Hall Aboard), Sunny Sweeney (Sweeney's Salute), Montgomery Gentry (Safety First), Florida Georgia Line (Goes To Show), George Strait (Booka-what? Amazon.com)

October 14, 2014: Florida Georgia Line (Florida Georgia Fine), Alan Jackson (Deck The Hall), The Eli Young Band (Deep In The Heart), Luke Bryan (Land Of Nods), Jerrod Niemann (Wedding Belle)

Jerrod Niemann married his longtime partner in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Sunday, a rep tells People magazine.
The 35-year-old country singer and Morgan Petek tied the knot at sunset overlooking the Atlantic Ocean from atop the historic Spanish fort Castillo de San Cristóbal, according to the rep. Niemann tells the magazine, "I'm looking forward to seeing what the world has in store for us as a married couple."

Lauren Alaina the American Idol finalist-turned-country star is back in the studio and stepping back into the spotlight after undergoing vocal cord surgery in August. She kept the surgery a secret until making an appearance at the Nashville premiere for the movie The Best of Me Thursday night. Lauren explains, "I just started singing again, and I can still do that, so that's great news. 'Cause I was scared to death, but I'm gonna start recording here in the next couple months and try to get everything out."

Alan Jackson played for two hours and 22 minutes during the first of two Artist-in-Residence shows at the Country Music Hall of Fame Wednesday night (Oct 8) in Nashville. Alan's band members say they don't remember him ever playing a show that lasted over two hours.

Stars Light Up Nashville Premiere of “The Best of Me”: Lady Antebellum, Thomas Rhett, Sunny Sweeney and other stars were among the crowd of “first nighters” attending the Nashville
premiere of the movie The Best of Me, Thursday night (Oct. 9), at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The movie is based on the popular novel by Nicholas Sparks. Before the screening, several stars with ties to the movie walked the red carpet and chatted with members of the media. Lady Antebellum wrote and recorded two songs for the film’s soundtrack, “I Did With You” and “Falling for You.” Lady A’s Hillary Scott explained, “One song, ‘I Did With You,’ is at the end of the movie during the credits, when everybody in the audience is wiping their eyes and their mascara’s running. The other song we wrote, ‘Falling for You,’ plays during the part of the film where the guy and the girl reconnect after 21 years.” Writing a soundtrack tune was a first for the award-winning trio. “This was a new challenge for us,” said the group’s Charles Kelley. Lady A’s Dave Haywood added, “We had a synopsis of the movie and we were able to find some cool images to pull from. It was a really unique writing experience for us.” Thomas Rhett also appears on the soundtrack, performing a tune he co-wrote titled “The Way Things Go.” Other notables on the soundtrack include pop star Colbie Caillat and sibling quartet SHEL......Read more Watch >> Trailer

Cole Swindell made his Grand Ole Opry debut last week, introducing a three-song set including his two consecutive chart-topping hits “Chillin’ It” and “Hope You Get Lonely Tonight,” as well as his latest song, “Ain’t Worth The Whiskey.”

Kelly Clarkson's first annual Christmas benefit concert "Miracle on Broadway" will take place at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on December 20 with special guests Reba McEntire, Trisha Yearwood, Garth Brooks, Ronnie Dunn, Kacey Musgraves, Hayley Williams, Charles Esten, Meghan Trainor and more! Tickets go on sale this Saturday, Oct. 18 at 10 AM. Proceeds going to several charitable organizations in Middle Tennessee. For more details, visit - Team KC - Ticketmaster.com (Source

Garth Brooks has set a new personal ticket-selling record with his 11 shows in Minneapolis starting November 6. More than 188,000 tickets have been sold for those shows so far, which beats his previous record for a single city -- that was 180,000 tickets sold in Chicago a few weeks back. Prior to that, Garth's all-time ticket sales record for a single city was set in Minneapolis in 1998, with more than 162,000 tickets sold.

Lee Ann Womack will embark on her The Way I’m Livin’ Tour this fall. The singer has lined up nine dates on the trek so far in support of her THE WAY I’M LIVIN’ album, released September 23. The outing will begin in Tucson, Ariz. on Oct. 16, and ending Nov. 14 in Washington, D.C. - www.leeannwomack.com/shows

Mac McAnally, has won six CMA Musician of the Year awards and if he wins again at the next ceremony, on November 5, 2014, he will become the record holder for most consecutive wins in the category.
McAnally has been continuously nominated in the Musician of the Year category for his guitar work since 2007 and has won each year since 2008, tying fiddler Mark O’Connor’s run from 1991-1996. McAnally’s current nomination puts him in elite company and the award itself has been presented since 1988, when Chet Atkins took home the award.

Cutting Edge Of Country: Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, And Kacey Musgraves will perform on “The 48th Annual CMA Awards” live, Wednesday, Nov. 5 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on the ABC Television Network.
Hosted for the seventh consecutive year by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, Country Music’s Biggest Night™ will also feature superstar performances by Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, Paisley, Blake Shelton, The Band Perry, Underwood, and Keith Urban.

CMA Consideration – Luke Bryan (video) - luke-bryan-cma.herokuapp.com

American Music Awards
Luke Bryan is among an elite group of musicians nominated in the Artist of the Year category at this year's American Music Awards. The nominees – pulled from genres across the musical spectrum -- were announced Monday (Oct. 13) on Good Morning America. Iggy Azalea could have a big night nominated for six awards, including Artist Of The Year, New Artist Of The Year and Single Of The Year. 
Artist of the Year: Iggy Azalea, Beyoncé, Luke Bryan, Eminem, Imagine Dragons, John Legend, Lorde, One Direction, Katy Perry, Pharrell William
Country Music AMA Nominations:
Favorite Male Artist (Country): Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton
Favorite Female Artist (Country):  Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves, Carrie Underwood
Favorite Band, Duo or Group (Country): Eli Young Band, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum
Favorite Album (Country):  Garth Brooks' (Blame It on My Roots: Five Decades of Influences), Eric Church (The Outsiders), Brantley Gilbert (Just as I Am)

FULL line-up of nominees for the 2014 American Music Awards at www.theamas.com
* Voting is open to people who ONLY live in the 50 US states at ama.votenow.tv
The fan-voted winners will be named live from Los Angeles Nov. 23 on ABC-TV.

Florida Georgia Line were due in New York City to launch their new album, Anything Goes, with a Monday night appearance on NBC's Late Night with Seth Meyers. The guys won't be getting any sleep after that appearance either. The album will go live on iTunes at midnight, and FGL's Tyler Hubbard says, "Yeah, it’s just a tradition just to stay up all night and watch it come on
iTunes and then watch to see what people say about it." On Tuesday morning (Oct 14), FGL will appear throughout NBC's Today starting at 7 a.m. in all time zones. They've got multiple appearances in New York City lined up through the rest of the week as well. "I think it’s a perfect place to kick off this album," says duo member Brian Kelley. "Anything Goes, and I think New York City, what better place to represent that, you know?" FGL will cap off the week with a performance on CMT Instant Jam Friday night at 10 ET.

Recap: "I Can't Get Over You to Save My Life" -
For The Country Record Nashville’, Season 3, Episode 3 – RECAP
Who Do You Think Is The One For Gunnar?
Last season left fans on the edge of their seats as Rayna left a big question unanswered. Now, it's time to see the rest of the story unfold as Rayna heads down a path to her new life. This is a season you won't want to miss! - www.opry.com/nashville

Lone Star State hitmaker Cory Morrow is now a proud father of not one, but two new baby boys! The singer welcomed sons Wesley and Luke on Tuesday (Oct. 7). Morrow revealed the happy news after a few days of settling in.
We are sooooo happy to welcome Wesley Ray and Luke Ainsworth Morrow to our family!” he wrote on Facebook. “The boys were born on Oct 7. Everyone is happy and healthy and we are so grateful for God’s blessings upon us.

It’s a girl for Bucky Covington! The ‘American Idol’ star and fiancee Monarch Publicity’s Katherine Cook welcomed their bundle of joy on Friday (Oct. 10). Kennedy Taylor Covington is the first child for the couple, and appropriately, she was born to a country singing dad and country publicist mom right in Music City. She measured 18 in., weighing 6 lb. 12 oz. at birth.

While headliners can walk away with $400,000 a night, the opening act may lose money. The costs of touring have skyrocketed during the last 20 years, cutting into profit margins. Although Eric Mayers, tour manager for My Morning Jacket and other artists, says costs eat up less of an act’s gross as venue size increases, many arena headliners walk away with just $30 pre-tax from every $100 they earn. Jamie Cheek, an entertainment business manager with Nashville-based accounting firm Flood, Bumstead, McCready & McCarthy, says that roughly 40% of tour revenue goes to costs, 30% commissions and 30% pretax, to the act. “Pricing tickets is a delicate balance of art and science, says RZO Productions partner Bill Zysblat.“

Taylor Swift raised a few eyebrows when she dropped the country and went full-on pop with current hit Shake It Off. But her career gamble has paid off - and not just in terms of record sales - because she's now been named Billboard Woman Of The Year by the influential US record industry magazine. Billboard's parent company Guggenheim Media commented: "Over the course of her career, she's charted 60 entries on the Billboard Hot 100 - the most of any female artist since her debut in 2006.
"We are tremendously excited to be honouring her as the 2014 Billboard Woman of the Year for the second time."
T-Swift last got the award back in 2011.
On the Mediabase Top 40: Swift took over the #1 position with "Shake It Off" and did so in just eight weeks. She also topped the the Hot AC and Top 20 and continued her growth in spins
Taylor shared with Billboard “Out Of the Woods,” the latest song lifted from her forthcoming album 1989.  The new track, written and produced by fun. guitarist/Bleachers mastermind Jack Antonoff along with Swift, was released on iTunes overnight. Taylor's
followers were in a frenzy over whether the track is indeed an ode to her breakup with One Direction’s Harry Styles. By sharing the lyrics via her Tumblr page, she merely fanned the flames. She sings, “Looking at it now, last December/We were built to fall apart, then fall back together/ Your necklace hanging from my neck /The night we couldn’t quite forget." 
Taylor >> talks about the relationship (#extreme anxiety #frantic #questioning #fragile) that led to the creaction of this song
The haters gonna hate see Facebook post

Rounder Records is very pleased to announce the signing of acclaimed GRAMMY® Award-winning singer/songwriter Shelby Lynne. Lynne recently completed recording at Louisiana’s Dockside studio on what will be her first album since 2011’s critically lauded Revelation Road. The as-yet-untitled album is tentatively set for release in early 2015. Additionally, Rounder will celebrate the 15th anniversary of Lynne’s landmark breakthrough album I Am Shelby Lynne with a special deluxe reissue of the now
classic recording, due for release October 7th, 2014. The 2-disc (1CD/1DVD) I Am Shelby Lynne Deluxe Edition features the re-mastered full-length album plus six previously unreleased bonus tracks from the original sessions.

Garth Brooks revealed the cover and title for his new album, MAN AGAINST MACHINE. The artwork shows Garth looking very buff in dark glasses, a close-fitting black T-shirt and his
signature black hat. "Music has always been a reflection of where mankind is at the time,” says Garth. “For 14 years, I have watched heart and soul, dreams and individualism, fighting for their very existence in a world of increasing technology. This album is a reminder to all those who dream, work and fight for what they believe; do not give up your vision.” The project, out Nov. 11, is available for pre-order on Garth’s website, where fans can also purchase the mega-bundle of all eight of his studio albums.

Caitlyn Smith's tunes have been cut by artist such as Jason Aldean and Lady Antebellum. On Oct. 28, the songwriter is releasing her solo country debut, EVERYTHING TO YOU, which includes a rendition of her song “Wasting All These Tears,” which Cassadee Pope released as a single. “I spent two and a half years writing a few hundred songs. Through that process, I feel like I’ve really come into my own as an artist,” says Caitlyn. “The goal is to write a song that moves you; whether it’s sad and makes you want to cry, or makes you want to dance and bust a move in the kitchen, or pull your loved one a little closer. My hope is that fans get a little bit of all of the above when they hear Everything to You.”


  • Lucy Hale to appear on The Ellen Degeneres Show October 7th Performing Her New Single “Lie A Little Better”
  • Officially releasing October 14, sibling duo High Valley’s new 10-song album, County Line, is available for the deeply discounted price of $3.99 on iTunes for the next twelve days.
  • The Cains Trio the up-and-coming sibling group, will release their debut album, STAY ON BOARD, on Oct. 28, with an iTunes pre-sale beginning on Oct. 10. Stay On Board will be released through DayStreet Records/GMV Nashville. Listen to "Be Yourself With Me"
  • Laura McCormick opens Pandora's 'Box Full Of Trouble' for Country music's Boundaries. 2014 has been a pivotal year for country artist Laura McCormick who recently gave up her successful career as an ICU nurse to pursue her true passion, music.
  • Toby Keith's new single raises a glass to "Drunk Americans" (written by Brandy Clark, Bob DiPiero and Shane McAnally) , the song celebrates those communal moments when glasses go up and the barriers that separate us all come down. "We ain't east, we ain't west. We ain't left, we ain't right. Ain't black, we ain't white ... we just came here to drink," Keith sings as the tune opens, cheering the folks who "all sing it wrong ... but we all sing along."
  • Colt Ford will release his first live concert DVD on November 11, 2014: Crank It Up! Colt Ford Live at Wild Adventures. Produced by Eagle Rock Entertainment for Eagle Vision, and Average Joes Entertainment, the 129-minute DVD was filmed in HD on August 2, 2014, at Wild Adventures Park in Valdosta, Georgia.
  • Larry's Country Diner and Country's Family Reunion makes waves in The Caribbean!! Bill Anderson, TG Sheppard, Mark Wills, Gene Watson, Johnny Lee, Moe Bandy, Rhonda Vincent & the Rage, among others set to sail the high seas
  • Nathan Stanley wins "Bluegrass Album of the Year" Dove Award.
  • Florida Georgia Line takes Anything Goes worldwide with 2015 major headline tour. The superstar duo will bring their seize-the-day attitude and raucous party anthems to arenas worldwide, including a stop at the fabled Madison Square Garden on February 25 in New York City.
  • CMA Songwriters series plays Nashville Tuesday, Nov. 4 during 48th Annual CMA Awards week Festivities and will feature 2014 CMA Awards nominees Brandy Clark and Jaren Johnston (other songwriters to be announced soon).
  • David Shelby is pleased to announce the addition of Star Farm Nashville to his team of Music Row industry professionals to reinforce his foothold as a major indie. Star Farm will oversee the radio promotion campaign for Shelby’s forthcoming single, the title track, from his new EP entitled OH YEAH.
  • Irene Kelley Newsletter Wow what a month of adventures. From Europe to Raleigh!
  • A message from Moonshine Bandits! REBELS ON THE RUN - EP dropped Sept 30, 2014 - UK iTunes
  • Brian Collins the rising singer / songwriter debut album HEALING HIGHWAY has been released worldwide. The 13-track project was produced by Mills Logan (Toby Keith, Alabama, Luke Bryan, Eric Paslay), Kenny Greenberg (Toby Keith, Pam Tillis, Edwin McCain) and Brian and is available via iTunes.
  • Craig Wiseman, Bob DiPiero and other Nashville Songwriters celebrate Book Release at 3rd & Lindsley
  • Dierks Bentley joins Luke Bryan & Blake Shelton for Country Thunder in Twin Lakes, Wis., July 23-26, 2015.

Billboard 615: Billboard Cover: Florida Georgia Line on Being ‘Professional Partiers,’ Haters and Hip-Hop....What's striking about Anything Goes is how closely it duplicates FGL's previous records….

Florida Georgia Line have three songs that rhyme “party” and “Bacardi” Billboard cover story on the unlikable duo.

For The Country Record Featured: Emma Swift EP....It’s true that Emma Swift should have been born during a different era. Or at least, it sounds like it, if you listen to her self-titled, 6-song EP, just released last August...... The result is artful, soulful, creative, and the kind of sad that is so hard to find, especially as deep and as constant as this is. Emma’s record is not for your parties, for your good times, for drinking (unless alone and crying into your pizza), but for thinking, for musing over things, for coming to some epic conclusions about life that you wouldn’t have had the headspace to even consider otherwise. It’s a truly affecting record, one that allows her to stand alone in her niche, pushing things further than even soul sisters like Lindi Ortega and Heidi Feek might do. She’s not for everyone, but that’s kind of the point. To find such incredible beauty in such piercing sadness is a talent indeed…..

Live Review: The Common Linnets at Bush Hall, Friday 10th October 2014

NPR Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn on Teaming Up, finally

Big Machine Label Group Pres./CEO Scott Borchetta cited Country's move into harder rocking sounds as the key to its current success. In an exclusive Power Player interview, BORCHETTA also noted that attracting teens is key to the format's long-term success. "Country has become the new rock," he stated. "Even though there's still Rock radio and new rock records, from the moment the Country format started rocking harder, we took over. When you look at the big festivals and see the ones headlined by Jason Aldean and Brantley Gilbert, 25 years ago they'd both be called Southern Rock acts. It's really the same Southern culture you heard from Lynyrd Skynyrd. The younger listeners really create a young Country culture, which is fantastic. When our bands get into their DNA at that age, they literally stay with them for the rest of their lives. It can be Taylor Swift or Florida
Georgia Line; when those records get embedded into you in your teen years, it never leaves you."

Country Music People: George Hamilton IV obituary: His life recalled by Tony Byworth - P58, JPEG - P60 JPEG - P63 JPEG   

Maverick Magazine (November/ December 2014 issue; Brad Paisley feature) use the "+" and "-" selections to zoom in and out and view the individual pages. Sample the cover, Otis Gibbs, Brad Paisley feature and review - Preview

Sasha McVeigh "New To You Feature" in Maverick - Instagram Video - Instagram Photo

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CrXss Country Magazine (October 2014) Featuring Caroline King on page 6 and talks about her return and love of country music -Cover Pic

Up Country (October 2014) Tyler Farr is their cover feature a former NRA Country artist of the month - Cover Pic
I saw Taylor Swift In Tesco: The newly minted pastel-wearing pop star covers the November issue of U.K.'s Vogue.
The issue was available to download on the iPad from Friday October 3, and on newsstands nationwide from Monday October 6.
Singer and BFF to Karlie Kloss, Taylor landed her first for the magazine wearing a sporty look featuring fall 2014 Miu Miu pieces - Fashion Gone Rogue.com/miu-miu-fallwinter-2014 - Fashion Pic
The 80s styling that Tay has been talking about for the album was clearly evident in her spread.
The fashion mag released a couple of excerpts, including one where Miss Swift discussed her romantic relationships -- or rather, her recent lack of them. "Dating or finding someone is the last thing on my mind, because I can't picture how it could work with the way my life is," she told the magazine. "I don't know how a guy is supposed to walk next to his girlfriend when there are 20 men with cameras, and he can't protect his girlfriend because that's the life she chose. I just don't see how it could work, so I don't think about it, and I kind of run from it when it presents itself. 'Cause I don't think any guy really…They think that they would want to get to know me, and maybe date me, but I don't think they want what comes with it."
Swift also discussed ditching country for her new pop sound. "This time around I've chosen the brave and bold way of going about things," she said. "Because with this album I've completely changed the sound of everything I've done until now. So it's interesting to not be afraid of that. You know, I don't want to hurt people's feelings, I don't want to betray Nashville, whatever, but essentially it comes down to challenging yourself as an artist." (Source: Billboard Cover Pic)

Cover Details: Editor Alexandra Shulman; Make-up: Val Garland; Hair: James Pecis; Fashion editor/ styling: Lucinda Chambers; Photographer: Mario Testino. - Fashion Pic - Cover Image
a) Taylor wears nylon coat, £735. Nylon anorak, £360. Hand-knitted cashmere/wool tank, £1,100. Quilted nylon miniskirt, £460. Leather Point-Toe Metal Heel d'Orsy pumps (£515 - Fashion Pic) all Miu Miu - Image

b) Christopher Kane Fall 2014 Cashmere sweater (£1,400) with bow detailing, contrast thread stitching, ruffles at Harrods/ Vintage Shorts £20, from a selection, Beyond Retro, Christian Louboutin ‘Suspenodo Flocked Red-Sole Slingback Pump’, kitten-heel version with transparent trim - $745.00 - Fashion Pic - Fashion Pic
c) Valentino Crepe minidress, £1,475 / Juicy Couture 'Open Stitch Cable Pullover' Wool-mix sweater £155 / Miu Miu Jacquard shoes, £610,  with interesting screw heels and contrasting print with a delicate bow - Fashion Pic

d) Coach Fall 2014 'Mohair Funnel Neck'cashmere sweater Fashion Pic - / Emilio Pucci Silk eyelet dress (£2,095) - Fashion Pic
e) Orla Kiely Wool cardigan £349 / Vintage bathing costume £20 / Miu Miu Leather shoes - Image
Taylor also appeared as Nashville Lifesyles 2014 Cover - Scanned Image - Scanned Image - Scanned Image

For users of this online music streaming service here are some of the more recent additions and recommendations.
When it's free and easy on Spotify who needs music piracy?
Links below require you to have installed SPOTIFY and have the application open

According to Billboard, Spotify takes the cake in the music-streaming market, with 10 million subscribers in 57 countries worldwide. Its Strongest markets are: Sweden Norway Denmark and Finland

The U.K. arm of Spotify grew its revenues by over 40% in 2013, entering profitability for the first time. According to the company’s latest set of financial results, published by Companies House, year-on-year revenues grew from £92.6 million ($147 million) in 2012 to £131.4 million ($210 million) in 2013 -- a rise of almost 42%.
Of arguably greater significance, especially to critics of the streaming model and its long term economic viability, was Spotify U.K.’s turnaround of an £11 million ($17.6 million) net loss in 2012 to a £2.6 million ($4.2 million) profit, after taxation, the following year. “This growth can be attributed to a 42% year-on-year growth in U.K. subscriptions and also to an increase in advertising revenue,” said a spokesperson for the London-based company.
“The growth seen by Spotify Ltd (the trading name of Spotify U.K.) mirrors the growth of digital recorded music revenues in the U.K. in 2013, which saw digital revenues account for 50% of total U.K. record industry trade revenues for the first time, and a 41% increase in streaming revenues on the previous year,” a Spotify spokesperson went on to say.

Spotify's Artist Outreach Mission Leaves Some Wanting More: Spotify had a rough couple of days last week. Besides Jimmy Buffett's petition for more money, less problems and the ill fate of their #thatsongwhen campaign, the streaming service's artist-only streaming sessions with the Music Managers' Forum the Future Artists Coalition in New York City, Nashville, and Los Angeles did not go well, according to those who spoke to Billboard....Aside from the back-and-forth, the facts speak for themselves: Spotify was responsible for Universal Music's 75 percent jump in streaming revenue last year, and Spotify U.K. saw its revenue grow 40 percent in 2013. And yet album sales hit an all-time low in August, and mid- to lower-tier artists are finding it harder to make money by touring. Spotify may have the patience to wait out these growing pains, but artists can't seem to afford it much longer.

South Carolina-bred Nashville-based Nikki Lane offers up her hit single “Right Time” and album track “Wild One” from her acclaimed sophomore LP, All Or Nothin’, produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys. Download the two MP3's (192kbps) for an email share from noisetrade


Sturgill Simpson "Long White Line" session was recorded live at historic RCA Studio A in Nashville.
Matt Cornell’s latest single "Outta This Town" (#12 on Aussie CMC Countdown)

Taylor Swift surprised fans by covering Vance Joy’s “Riptide” when she headed into Radio 1 to see Fearne Cotton on Thursday morning (Oct 9).

Jersey singer-songwriter Frankie Davies performs "The Open Road” and "Superman" at the Americana Music Festival & Conference 2014 in Nashville. The BBC took three artists, nominated by their local BBC Introducing show and selected by BBC Radio 2's Bob Harris,


Taylor Swift - InStyle Magazine (November 2014) Photoshoot
Cover wearing a Louis Vuitton Fall 2014 straight-from-the-runway look - Image
Behind-the-scenes InStyle November 2014 - Wearing a Anthropologie ‘Here & There Tee, Floral’ tee - Fashion Pic
Wearing a Mary Katrantzou Fall 2014 embroided long-sleeve dress - Fashion Pic  wore with white Mary Katrantzou Fall 2014
heeled loafers featuring geometric shapes - Fashion Pic
Taylor described the Marco de Vincenzo Fall 2014 dress as her favourite gown from the shoot with its fall schoolgirl appeal and a shot of rainbow sparkle colour at the slashed hem. - Image
Christian Dior Fall 2014  fit-and-flare dress from the fall runway - Fashion Pic
Louis Vuitton Fall 2014 dress with leather and soft white fabric with a soft neutral pout - Fashion Pic
Stella McCartney Fall 2014 dress with moody lighting and a "working it" pose - Fashion Pic
Marco de Vincenzo Fall 2014 cut out dress - Image
Check out the Go Behind the Scenes video (at the top of the screen) with Taylor Swift and Her (Fourth!) InStyle Cover

Taylor Swift at her Capital FM interview in London on  Oct 9, 2014 wore a matching top and skirt from Timo Weiland’s fall collection - Fashion Pic with heeled Jimmy Choo ‘Diad Ankle’ booties’ ($1195.00 - Image ) and black tights. The zipper dress detail, the forest green colour and checked pattern rocked grown up schoolgirl. Seen outside when arriving she wore a Novis NYC ‘The Kandinsky Coat’ ($1195.00; Fashion Pic) and a Rag & Bone ‘Turn Down Fedora’ ($175.00)

Taylor was seen leaving BBC Radio 2 in London on Oct 8, 2014 wearing a Tanya Taylor Resort 2015 Soft chevron jersey crop top and pencil skirt with pink Giuseppe Zanotti ‘Suede Ankle Strap Platform Pumps’ (Image - $750.00) Hysteric Co. ‘Pave Triangle Drop Earrings’ ($88.00) a ‘Pave Tiny Pyramid Ring’ ($68.00) and ‘Single Bezel Ring’ ($68.00 - Image )

People magazine October 20, 2014
Pop princess Tay wears a Donna Karan Fall 2014 wore on the runway by Karlie Kloss - Fashion Pic
Wearing Kaufmanfranco Fall 2014 she channelled some more Daisy Buchanan vibes carrying off the torn glitzy gown - Fashion Pic - Image (page 3) 

Taylor Swift was spotted arriving at NRJ Radio in Paris wearing a Nanushka checked coat ($493.16) a BCBGMAXAZRIA Yaz Piping-Trim A-Line Skirt ($178.00) carrying an Aldo Frattapolesine Bag ($50.00) and donned a pair of Jimmy Choo Vaunt Shoes ($995.00) - Image

Appearing on The Graham Norton Show on Oct 10, 2014 the Shake It Off singer wore a fetching J. Mendel Resort 2015 body-hugging mini dress with a floral bodice which rocked a great mixture of black, a bit of sparkle and a pop of colour. She wore a muted lippie - Fashion Pic 

  • Fans were shocked when Jason Aldean was shut out of this year's CMA’s and many think it was due to scandals in his personal life. Jason says, “if they’re going to start throwing a morals clause on awards, a lot of people should not have won Entertainer of the Year and some people nominated this year shouldn't have been.”
  • Florida Georgia Line made a big announcement Brian and his wife added a third German Shepherd puppy to their two older Shepherd pups. One’s in Germany right now having guard dog training where they’re taught to attack using commands in German.
  • Carrie Underwood said pregnancy’s thrown a monkey wrench into learning how to ride the motorcycle Miranda Lambert gave her and her husband got her a dirt bike to learn on first.
Jess Harper is a beauty contestant and has a mobile equine sports therapy and rehabilitation service and is the girlfriend of Monty Lewis, NFR calf roper. #cowgirl #vintageboots #turquoise #cowgirlcouture – Image (Laura McClure Photography)

October 13: Marie Osmond (1959), Rhett Akins (1969), Lacy J Dalton (1946), John Wiggins (1962),
October 14: Natalie Maines (Dixie Chicks) (1974)
October 15: Kimberley Rhoads (Little Big Town) (1969) 
October 17: Alan Jackson (1958), Earl Thomas Conley (1941)
October 19: Jeannie C Riley (1945), Cyndi Thomson