Friday, 14 November 2014

Country Bites News snippets Oct 27 – Nov 2, 2014

Country Bites News snippets October 27 – November 2, 2014



For a full listing of 2014 and beyond UK Tour dates PLEASE check out our Tour Dates Page

The Cadillac Three have 3 UK dates:
Sunday Dec 7, 2014 - Manchester The Deaf Institute, Manchester, UK (135 Grosvenor Street, Manchester,  M1 7HE)
Monday Dec 8, 2014 - The Ooblec, Birmingham (The Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Digbeth,  Birmingham,  B9 4AA,  GB)
Tuesday Dec 9, 2014 - The Garage, London (20-22 Highbury Corner,  London, N5 1RD)

The former country now POP princess Taylor Swift announced THE 1989 WORLD TOUR! Kicking off in Louisiana on May 20, 2015, the tour will hit North America and Europe before heading to Australia in December 2015.

European Dates announced so far:
June 20, 2015 – Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia Germany – Lanxess Arena
June 21, 2015 – Amsterdam, North Holland Netherlands – Ziggo Dome
June 23, 2015 – Glasgow, Scotland (The SSE Hydro, SECC Exhibition Way, Glasgow, UK G3 8WY)
Ticket Prices: £33.60* (£30.00 Ticket + £3.60 Fees) - £84.00* (£75.00 Ticket + £9.00 Fees) - Ticketmaster UK
June 24, 2015 – Manchester, UK (Phones4u Arena, Victoria Station Manchester, United Kingdom M3 1AR)
Level 1 seating (£67.50 + £8.10 Fees = £75.60) Level 2 Seating (£55 + £6.60 Fees = £61.60)
June 27, 2015 – Time: 15:30 London, England, UK (British Summertime Hyde Park, Bayswater, London W2 2UH Event Detail)
Ticketmaster Platinum offers fans the best available tickets (nearest to stage) for an event direct from the artist.
Platinum Tickets enable market-based pricing. Manchester = £250.00 - £350.00
Standard Price Tickets for Glasgow and TS Platinum Tickets (Manchester) are available on Ticketmaster UK

Lee Williams the CEO of CMR Nashville, CM&T and Django Promotions announced on Facebook “Brilliant news” - A Country Chart on UK TV
They are launching a new weekly CM&T Video International Chart Show on Sky in January. The charts will be compiled from the 12 most viewed videos on our web site  Up until 2 December they were accepting all videos from Non-Major names from anywhere in the world at no cost. From 3 December there is to be a nominal cost for a minimum month's run. The artists will get a regular update on the amount of views. Videos or YouTube link and Jpg Photo can be sent to  
CM&T International Chart Show Rules:
Each entire complete view will count (NOT just clicks). The TOP 12 VIEWS at the end of their FREE run and the following 5 weeks will make TV. The CM&T Chart is not like any other chart show as “everyone is welcome”, as the fans will decide the success of the artists . The TOP 12 Show first show will air on SKY 192 on the 21st January 2015 - Be a part of making the first CM&T #1!
The videos can be viewed at * NOTE * on 2MB Broadband the page seems very SLOW to load and the videos seem to buffer when played. The videos at the top of the page have Django Promotions and British Country Music Award (BCMAward) associations.

Related Topic:
Channels auto-generated by YouTube are channels created by algorithms to collect trending and popular videos by topic.
From the Page on the right hand side on Featured Channels panel you can select from sub-genres in country music
Glasgow Country/Pop outfit Ashton Lane are about to sign a deal with Ellen Xylander to release their music in Norway and beyond. She is currently #12 on the charts in Norway with her new single >> "Somebody" (official music video) -

Danni Nichols has been back out to Nashville on an intensive collaborative writing mission which was highly successful. She shares: "I never thought it could be possible to write and demo so many new songs in a week let alone before 12am each day"! she shares. A PledgeMusic campaign for her second album is now officially LAUNCHED!
Danni is all booked into Yackland Studios in East Nashville, (where album #1 A Little Redemption was born) due to start recording January 5th with the same team. So far 34% of the goal has been reached with 110 Days left.
Pledges start at £8 for a Digital album , £12 New Album on CD + AccessPass to £500!! Solo Acoustic House Concert (UK) + AccessPass where she’ll “pop over to your place” (or anywhere else you choose) with her set up (guitar and small portable PA) and perform 2 × 45 minute sets.  Plus you’d have to put on a nice party spread and if if required arrange overnight accommodation. It don’t come cheap!

Scottish songwriter Dougie Maclean has teamed up with conductor John Logan and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra to bring a new and beautiful symphonic dimension to his best-loved songs on his debut recording with Linn Records.
"Of course Caledonia is here, in what may well be its definitive version - and alongside the title track, it is one of the highlights of an excellent disc." (The Herald) -


Official UK Top 100 Singles Chart (Week Ending November 8, 2014)

Taylor Swift's pop single “Shake It Off” rallied 5-3 (48,743 sales, 11-week tally 518,215) in her 11th straight week in the Top 10
a new record for Swift. The lead off single has become the fourth Swift song to sell upwards of 500,000 copies (518,215 total), and her total singles/track sales also reach a new landmark last week, passing the 5 million mark to end the week at 5,030,401.

With the new album 1989 released preview track "Welcome To The Woods" dipped 39-84 (2,893 sales, 2-week total 7,230 sales). No other song from the album manages to penetrate the Top 75 although four of them make the Top 200, namely "Blank Space" (No.99, 3,840 sales), "Out Of The Woods" (No.136, 2,893 sales), "Style" (No.147, 2,561 sales) and "Wonderland" (No.171, 2,285 sales). That brings to 31 the number of songs Swift has landed on the Top 200, though only 14 have made the Top 40 and just six have reached the Top 10.

Official UK Top 100 Album Chart (Week Ending November 8, 2014)

Taylor Swift has gone POP and gone stratospheric with fifth studio album 1989 set to sell upwards of a million copies on its first week on release in America. It opened atop the UK chart
with sales of 90,336 copies, her second Official Albums Chart No.1.

It became the fastest-selling album of the year by a female artist thus far overtaking previous record holder The X Factor winner Sam Bailey, whose debut THE POWER OF LOVE (named after Jennifer Rush's power ballad) sold 72,644 copies in its first week of release, back in March 2014 which had ten covers among the album's 11 tracks.
“1989” is the sixth highest weekly sale for an artist album thus far in the UK in 2014, and the highest for 17 weeks when pal Ed Sheeran's X sold 93,270 copies on its second week at #1.
Additionally “1989” debuted at #1 on the Ireland Album chart, #1 in Australia on the ARIA chart and #1 in New Zealand

1989 is also 46.22% higher than Swift's previous fastest start, as posted by her last album RED, which debuted two years ago last week at No.1 one on sales of 61,779 copies (chart week Oct 28, 2012). Tay’s first UK #1 album were driven by the fact that five of its tracks had made the Top 40 before its release although "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together Again" was the only bona fide single at the stage. At the time RED was the first album by a female country singer to top the chart since 1999, when Shania Twain's COME ON OVER reached #1, and was the first number one album by an act that is “perceived as country” since The Eagles' reunion album LONG ROAD OUT OF EDEN topped the chart five years previous.

1989” could become Tay’s biggest selling album. Last album RED only recently eclipsed 2009 predecessor FEARLESS (her best seller in America by far) to become Swift's biggest UK seller.
All of her previous albums, with to-date UK sales:
RED (510,107; #1 peak)
FEARLESS (499,698; #5 chart peak; debut sales 33,829; helped by her first hit single, “Love Story”)
SPEAK NOW (169,281; #6 chart peak, debut sales 28,223 in 2010)
TAYLOR SWIFT (127,154; #81 peak).
The latter self titled album TAYLOR SWIFT sold only 38 copies the week of its release date, and peaked 94 weeks later at #81(12/09/2009) . The album released on October 24, 2006 first appeared in the UK Chart at number 88 (05/09/2009). It was last seen on Chart at #99 (03/10/2009) and has spent 3 chart frames on the UK Chart – What a difference 8 years on 38 to 90,336 first week sales!
It will be interesting to see how her full on POP album 1989 will chart and sell compared to her last one 
RED’s first 8 week UK album chart frames positions and sales were as follows:
#01 - 61,779 / #05 - 20,696 /#12 - 13,914 /#17 - 13,500 / #20 - 15,100 / #31 - 18,450 / #31 - 19,300 /#27 - 25,500
With renewed interest in Taylor Swift and discounting in HMV on her back catalog saw her October 2012 release RED return to the Top 100 with a 112-86 move to grab an 86th chart week.

Dolly Parton with BLUE SMOKE/THE BEST OF (Masterworks) fell 43-44 in her 21st chart frame (2,300 estimated sales, 21-week total 227,600).
Lady Antebellum with 747 (Decca) fell 50-71 (sales less than 1,500 copies, 4-week total 13,200)

Official UK Country Album Chart (Week Ending November 8, 2014)
Lady Antebellum with 747 held at No.1 for a fourth week.
Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn made a debut at No.2 with their new self titled set 
The UK’s Ward Thomas with FROM WHERE WE STAND (WTW Music) held at No.3 in their 15th week.
Tim McGraw with SUNDOWN HEAVEN TOWN (Big Machine) was a non-mover at No.4 in his sixth week.
Sheryl Crowe’s FEELS Like HOME with BBC Radio 2 playlist support gets a lift 16-5 after 40 chart weeks.
Little Big Town with PAIN KILLER (HUMP HEAD) fell 2-9 in their second week.
Scottish born and Irish based Lisa McHugh makes her debut at No.11 with A LIFE THAT’S GOOD.
Brandy Clark is back on the top 20 at No.18 with 12 STORIES for a third chart frame in over a year
Fellow C2C Country To Country Festival 2015 act Lee Ann Womack with THE WAY I'M LIVIN' (Sugar Hill) fell 10-14 in her 6th chart frame.

On the Hotdisc Chart (November 2, 2014 Chart)

Ray Scott’s 7-week reign came to an end atop the Hotdisc Top 40 as "Drinkin' Beer" slipped 1-2.
Ray Price feat. Martina McBride with “An Affair To Remember” top the chart in its 4th chart frame making a 2-1 hop.
Ian Highland and Frank Jennings’ Pride” reach a new highest rank on the Top 40 with a 4-3 move (fourth week at No.1 slot on the British & Irish Chart)
US duo Native Run equal their highest rank after 8 weeks with a 6-4 climb.
David Frizzell's "I'm Gonna Hire A Wino" fell 3-5 and Michael Scott with "Radio Song" retreated 5-6.
US based singer-singwriter Kenny Butterill with “Gaia Blues” held at No.7 jump with
Brian Collins with “Enjoy The Ride” reached the upper business end with a 11-8 jump.
The UK’s Dave Sheriff  8-week charting “Highway Number Nine” slipped 8-9 (#2 British & Irish).
Katie Armiger  with “One Night Between Friends” also entered the upper tier with a 3 place jump 13-10.

Outside the Top 10
Currently receiving promotion on UK Internet station, US duo Beau + Luci with “Fire” fell 10-11 in their 8th chart week after an initial #25 bow.
US acts Stevie Lee Woods with “California Girls Have Gone Country” made a 16-13 advance as Tim Cadiere with “Hop In My Truck” headed further north with a 19-16 shift and a new highest rank.
USA singer songwriter James Robert Webb with “Party in The Barn” reached a new high moving 22-17.
Keyth Youngster from the USA with “This I Promise You” (writers: M P Barry, R Keating, J Patrick, MP Taylor) made a 21-18 lift, his highest rank after a debut at No.29 4 weeks back

Outside the Top 20
Brittany Spriggs who had one of the prime cuts on Hotdisc 190 with “Full Moon Friday”, written by noted writers Gordie Sampson, Sarah Buxton and Jedd Hughes, moved up 3 rungs 25-22 after a start at No.30

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

(7 Sept 2014) Various Artists - Frizell & Friends present Buddy Holly Country Tribute: Remember Me (Nashville America Records) 21 tracks/ Time: 59:51 MP3 - 
(23 Sept 2014) Jp Harris & The Tough Choices - Home Is Where the Hurt Is (Cow Island Music)
10 Tracks / Time: 30:49  Outlaw & Progressive Country  CD - MP3 - UK iTunes - 
After two years, dozens of accolades, hundreds of shows, thousands of miles, and heartaches beyond number, JP Harris and The Tough Choices and Cow Island Music are proud to announce the follow-up to their acclaimed debut album, I ll Keep Calling.
"Home Is Where The Hurt Is," the 10-song, second album of all originals, penned by JP, is the culmination of a lot of road-living, a lot of memorable moments, a lot of mistakes, and a little bit of growing older. A #1 on  Roots Music Report Charts
Country Music People 5 STARS CD of the Month ..”Don't let the fact that he looks a little scary put you off, this is perfect and absolutely essential. it's also available on vinyl by the way” – Duncan Warwick editor

(28 Oct 2014) Gretchen Wilson - Still Here For The Party (live) (Redneck Records)
12 Tracks/ Time: 49:29 CD - MP3 - UK iTunes - -

(3 Nov 2014) The Doobie Brothers - Southbound  (Artists Nashville/Sony Music)
13 Tracks/ Time: 49:02 CD - MP3 - UK iTunes
Four-time Grammy-winning band The Doobie Brothers (with Michael McDonald) have teamed up with some of country music’s biggest stars for ‘Southbound’, an album of all-new recordings of the band’s classic hits.

(3 Nov 2014) Darius Rucker - HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS (Wrasse Records)
12 Tracks/ Time: CD - UK iTunes - -

(3 Nov 2014) Garth Brooks - Double Live CD+DVD, Live, Box set (2014/Sony; 30 tracks)
Long awaited reissue of this two CD + DVD live collection from the Country Music superstar. Garth Brooks' eponymous first album was released in 1989 and peaked at #2 in the US Country Album chart.

(4 Nov 2014) Rachel Lipsky - Rachel Lipsky EP (Artemusic Records)
4 Tracks/ Time: 12:41 MP3 - US iTunes -

(4 Nov 2014) Maddie & Tae - Self Titled EP (Republic Records)
4 Tracks/ Time: 13:03  MP3 - US iTunes - 

(4 Nov 2014) The Shires - The Green Note EP (Live) (UMO/ Decca)
5 Tracks/ Time: 18:24 MP3 - UK iTunes
The Green Note EP is out now! Featuring 5 tracks recorded LIVE in London. CD available on their November UK HomeGrown Tour!

4 Nov 2014) David Shelby - Oh Yeah (Highway South) EP
6 Tracks/ Time: 19:02 MP3 - UK iTunes - 

(4 Nov 2014) Ronnie Milsap – The RCA Albums Collection (21-CD Box Set)
Total Length: 12:57:20  MP3 - 

(4 Nov 2014) John Denver - All Of My Memories: The John Denver Collection (4-CD Box-set)
This Deluxe 90-song, 4-CD box set is the first comprehensive multi-label overview to span 1964 to 1997, including six previously unreleased tracks, demos, promo rarities, live performances, limited edition and private pressings, and more!


  • Aussie CMAA Academy Of Country Music Graduate Cam Scott debut single and video clip for >> "Somethin Bout A Girl"
  • Alan Jackson Sound-a-like? Watch Southern Tablelands native a Neo Traditionalist Roo Arcus >> "Let's Get Out Of Here" the first single and music video from the forthcoming album due out January 2015.
  • The official video from Hunter Valley, NSW native and Country rocker Travis Collins’ with a new sexy single "Curves" taken from his upcoming album 'Wired' out February 2015. It’s a MUST SEE fellas!
  • Don't miss out on Australia's Largest Music Festival!! The Toyota Country Music Festival Tamworth 2015:
  • 800 performers, 4,000 shows,120 different venues! Head to and start planning! #TCMF2015 - Twitter Page
Country Tracks Top 40
Kirsty Cox held onto No.1 for a second succesive week. Former #1 from Doug Bruce holds at No.2 with Luke O'Shea climbing 8-3 
#1 “This” - Kristy Cox  Album: - Living For The Moment
#2 “Broke Down Heart” - Doug Bruce  Album: - Somewhere Better To Be
#3 “Sing You Up” - Luke O'Shea  Album: - Sing You Up
#4 “Wish You Were A Cowboy” - Christie Lamb  Album: - All She Wrote
#5 “9 To 5” - Melinda Schneider & Beccy Cole Album: - Great Women Of Country & The Songs That Made Them


Country Aircheck's Insider Artist News

October 28, 2014: Mac Wiseman, Ronnie Milsap and the late Hank Cochran (Country's Sweetest Night), Jason Aldean (She Thinks My Big Green Tractor's Sexy), George Strait (Strait To The CMAs), Clark Vincent McEntire  (Life Note), Taylor Swift (Set To Pop), Miranda Lambert (Puppy Love)
October 31, 2014: Garth Brooks (Ghost In The Machine), Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan and Brad Paisley (Star Farm), Brantley Gilbert (Country Wide Revival), Montgomery Gentry (Hall Me), Tyler Farr (In The Club), Jerrod Niemann (No Bull)

November 4, 2014: Brad & Carrie (Country Bump Kin), 48th Annual CMA Awards (And the List Goes On), Garth Brooks (Ain't Goin' Down: Album preview), Luke Bryan (Right On Target), Brad Paisley (Country Nation World Tour :Say Cheese)

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Garth Brooks gave a sneak peek of his new album for one day only on Oct 31st. This hauntingly Halloween treat was definitely no trick. Garth shares intimate details and inspirations about his creative process and the story behind each song.
MAN AGAINST MACHINE is the upcoming ninth studio album due to drop on Nov 11, 2014, by RCA Records Nashville.

ALL-AMERICAN KID - Country music with muscle Garth Brooks music with a hell of a lot muscle, MOM (A convo between God and an unborn child ready to go down to earth), and when GOD describes what a MOM is Garth weeps uncontrollable everytime, WRONG ABOUT YOU (You''ll want to press repeat), RODEO AND JULIET (Cowboy's look at Shakespeare, you talk about Swing, haven't heard it in a million years sounds so fresh on this record), SEND 'EM ON DOWN THE ROAD - (You pick em' up, you dust em' off and you hold them close and you pray a lot. Anyone whose ever had children, that's what you do
24/7.. every parents anthem what a beautiful song)
The new music ranges from the "Garth-channels-George-Strait" traditional country "Fish" to his favorite song on the album, the R&B-flavored last song, "Tacoma."Brooks says he didn't trust his pen for the new record – and that more than 7,000 songs were pitched to him. Only two Brooks-written songs appear. 
It’s only available as a FULL Album digital album download from ghosttunes

About – It is a new digital music platform changing the way artists connect with their fans.
The GhostTunes platform gives fans the freedom to listen to purchased music on the device of their choice while providing artists with a new way to sell their music any way they dream. Experience more at
Something else GhostTunes touts is the ability to purchase music, and listen to it immediately (meaning, without having to go through the time {or the data allowances} to download it), and it will immediately show up on your respective music devices in a derivative or hybrid of cloud technology. This makes GhostTunes sort of a cross between a download store like iTunes, and a streaming service like Spotify. enables fans to listen to their music from their personal "locker" immediately upon purchase, without having to download the content to their device.
Regarding device compatibility, music purchases on GhostTunes can be downloaded immediately to a computer or to a mobile device like an Tablet, iPhone or iPad. Similar to purchases on other services, GhostTunes offer cloud-based storage in order to listen to music or download it from any location. Brooks has not provided details on the type of digital format that GhostTunes would use to encode the music or any possible DRM (Digital Rights Management) used to protect music purchases from illegal distribution. - Terms Of Use

Man Against Machine is available now for pre-order on GhostTunes and included in Garth Brooks' new digital download, "The Bundle," which includes all eight iconic studio albums digitally updated, the new double live 25th Anniversary Edition, Man Against Machine and Garth's upcoming album arriving next year. Fans can buy the bundle for $29.99 for a limited time, or choose to buy Man Against Machine for $14.99.
"When I decided it was time to 'go digital' I didn't find an existing way that really fit how I wanted to do it," said Garth Brooks, award-winning artist and founder. "I shared my dream with some amazing minds and together have created something really special – This is a site that treats music with the utmost respect, where our job everyday is to offer music the way the artists want to share it to the listeners who live for and love it. That's a job I hope I can do everyday."

ICYMI: Florida Georgia Line has more in common with country icon Willie Nelson than you might think. In a Billboard cover story, Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard admits they smoke marijuana after a reporter noticed a small metal pipe that smelled
like weed on a counter in Tyler's tour bus. The news shouldn't come as a shock to anyone, though. The guys' new song, "Sun Daze," contains a reference to getting stoned, and Tyler even told Billboard,"We're professional partiers." "Sun Daze" is included on FGL's new album, ANYTHING GOES.

The celebration for Lady Antebellum’s latest chart-topper, “Bartender,” couldn’t have come at a more perfect time for the trio, as they threw a Halloween-themed party Wednesday (Oct. 29). After mingling throughout the crowd, Hillary, Charles, Dave and their co-writer on “Bartender,” Rodney Clawson (sporting a gorilla mask), took the stage, where they were given various plaques and trophies for the song’s success.

Brandy Clark has signed a recording contract with Warner Bros. Records in Los Angeles. Clark, who is currently a CMA nominee for New Artist of the Year and Song of the Year (for co-writing Kacey Musgraves‘ “Follow Your Arrow”), was previously signed with Slate Creek Records, recording home to Angaleena Presley. “I am thrilled to be working with Dan McCarroll and the Warner Bros. LA staff,” Clark said. “I’m so lucky to have a musical home that embraces and encourages originality and creativity. I’m so excited to be making music with them and look forward to this next step in my career.”

New York Gets Its First Country Music Festival: The inaugural FarmBorough fest will be held June 26-28 on Randall's Island. Already booked acts include Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Brad Paisley, Brandy Clark and Randy Houser.

For the first time in over 23 year The Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood is coming back to Little Rock, Arkansas! The concerts will be Friday, December 12th 7:00 PM and Saturday, December 13th 7:00 PM at Verizon Arena.

Rhonda Vincent, Danny Gokey, Ray Stevens, John Conlee, The Roys, T. Bubba Bechtol, John Berry and Victoria Jackson among celebrities set to perform and appear at Twentieth Annual ICM Faith, Family & Country Awards

Garth Brooks is to perform on 'The 2014 American Music Awards' (Sun Nov 23, 2014) to pipe in some Country, as he will be featured on the show performing live from his Greensboro, NC tour stop. Brooks is the only Country artist currently slated to perform on the show, Taylor Swift notwithstanding.  Brooks has not announced what song he will perform during the live broadcast, but his single "People Loving People" from his "Man Against Machine" album seems a likely candidate.

Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line have picked up some big nominations for the 2014 Billboard Touring Awards. Luke is up against One Direction and Justin Timberlake in the Top Draw category, which is based on BoxScore attendance figures.  Luke's That's My Kind of Night tour with Lee Brice and Cole Swindell is also up for Top Package along with Jason Aldean's 2014 trek with Florida Georgia Line and Tyler Farr. Florida Georgia Line is also nominated for Breakthrough touring act against OneRepublic and Arcade Fire.

CMA Country Christmas adds Performances by Alan Jackson, And Brad Paisley With Rock Legend Steven Tyler
Artists previously announced include Dan + Shay, Brett Eldredge, Sara Evans, Lucy Hale, Hunter Hayes, Little Big Town, Idina Menzel, Nettles, LeAnn Rimes, Michael W. Smith, and Carrie Underwood - CMA World Press

Sara Evans, one of the most compelling and authentic vocalists in Country music, was due to appear on the hit ABC drama Nashville on October 29th. In the episode Evans, who plays herself, will also perform her single recently released to radio
“Put My Heart Down,” with one of the series’ leading men Luke Wheeler played by actor Will Chase.
But Sara told ETonline that she and Connie Britton's character are actually cut from the same cloth. "I think Rayna is a combination of me and Faith Hill and probably a little bit of Martina [McBride]," Evans says. "She's the established female artist with children, and she's sort of at this crossroads in many ways in her career."...Sara is following in the footsteps of Brad Paisley, Luke Bryan and the guys of Florida Georgia Line as the latest real-life country star to make a guest appearance on the show.


Pandora will provide artists with data and visualization tools to provide insight into their audiences. Called Pandora AMP, the suite of tools is intended to provide artists with the data for such tasks as picking singles, crafting set lists and routing tours.
The release of AMP coincides with the start of a fight over the future of Internet radio royalties. Earlier this month, companies filed initial comments in statutory royalty rate proceedings with the Copyright Royalty Board that will set rates for statutory Internet radio services like Pandora from 2016 to 2020. In effect, Internet radio services will spend the next year or so arguing for rates lower than those proposed by the recording industry.

The music industry continues to evolve, but some bad news is reported by The Wall Street Journal, which writes, "the growing availability of cheap music -- from free videos and streams to $10-a-month unlimited subscription plans -- is sapping demand for digital downloads at the world’s biggest seller of music, APPLE INC. Music sales at APPLE’s iTUNES STORE have fallen 13% to 14% worldwide since the start of the year.
As of the chart week Nov 1, 2014 the sales of country music digital tracks was down 17.1% (111,678,000 unit sales) compared to 134,708,000 at the same point in 2013.


Jo Dee Messina released her brand new single, “He’s Messed Up,” from her critically acclaimed studio album ME. The single, has been one of the Top 20 most downloaded and most streamed singles on Play MPE for the last three weeks and was just featured on the new radio show On The Horizon on SiriusXM The Highway (Channel 56) last week. The rock-infused track, written by Messina and Alyssa Bonagura, features back-up vocals by the fans who helped make Messina’s new music happen as Kickstarter backers, including a 14 year old who took the day off from school to be a part of the record.

Shania Twain says she’s in the middle of recording an album for new music in 2015 and a tour as well.
Billy Currington’s been working on his next album out in early 2015. His new single off that record, ‘Don’t It,’ is it at radio.

The cast of ABC-TV's "NASHVILLE" will release a holiday album, CHRISTMAS With NASHVILLE.
It will be released both digitally and physically on Tuesday November 4, 2014. The CD version be available in the U.S. exclusively at Target.
This title will be released in the UK by Decca Records on November 24, 2014. Pre-order the CD on Amazon UK
The album will consist of holiday standards and originals performed by more than a dozen "NASHVILLE" cast members.  The compilation is produced by Rascal Flatts' Jay Demarcus who guest-starred on the series last season.  That guest role led to a co-writing partnership with series star Sam Palladio and the eventual decision to have Demarcus produce "CHRISTMAS With NASHVILLE." The 12-track album will include Hayden Panettiere's take on "White Christmas," Charles Esten's rendition of "Blue CHRISTMAS," and a special duet by Connie Britton and Will Chase on "Baby, It's Cold Outside." The show, currently in its third season, debuted in 2012. Nashville pulled in 8.9 million viewers for its series premiere, The Hollywood Reporter notes. The Season 3 premiere only attracted 5.8 million viewers.

  • Larry's Country Diner Promises a Warm and Nostalgic November, featuring performances from Johnny Rodriguez,  Jamie O'Neal, Tim Menzies, Hot Club of Cowtown and George Hamilton IV.
  • The Cains Trio the up-and-coming sibling group to release debut album, STAY ON BOARD, listen to the single “Be Yourself With Me” on soundcloud
  • The new single “Wastin’ Gas” from Dallas Smith has officially been released. Off his newest album Lifted (out Nov 24), featuring the hit platinum single “Tippin’ Point” comes the newest track. The single has already hit #1 Country Single on iTunes Canada and is #8 overall!
  • The Crowe Brothers celebrate 40 Years with New Album. This 12 song offering features new songs and old favorites from some top songwriters including Tom T. and Dixie Hall, Rory Bourke, Hank Locklin and more.
  • Watch 'Only Midnight' now + a message from The Shires & Ward Thomas!
  • Legendary performer Tommy Roe was at the Nashville office of BMI on October 28 to celebrate two of his all-time biggest hits from the 1960s “Sheila” and “Dizzy” being played on the airwaves two million times.
  • Kentucky Music Hall of Fame announces 2015 Induction Class honorees include Montgomery Gentry, Backstreet Boys' Kevin Richardson and Brian Littrell, Larry Cordle, Clarence Spalding, Pete Stamper, Doc Hopkins & The Moonglows.
  • "Freestyle" video released + Vote for Lady Antebellum!
  • Compass Records is pleased to announce the upcoming release from Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley, BEFORE THE SUN GOES DOWN. The album pairs Rob Ickes, the International Bluegrass Music Association's 15-time Dobro Player of Year, with rising singer/guitarist Trey Hensley whom Ickes recently discovered while recording in the Tri-Cities area of East Tennessee.
  • Sonia Leigh, rising country star and established songwriter, continues to make headlines as she announces a partnership with Tennessee based Prichard’s Distillery.

  • The American Songwriter Lyric Of The Week: Garth Brooks, “Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)” The song that started it all for Brooks was “Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old),” co-written with his friend Randy Taylor …
  • Billboard The Ryman is undergoing a $14 million renovation to expand the lobby and retail areas, among other additions. The renovation -- scheduled to be completed by June 2015 -- began Oct. 1 with the temporary removal of its statue of steamboat magnate Thomas G. Ryman, who built the venue in 1892. “We’re excited to be able to offer a vastly improved experience,” says Ryman general manager Sally Williams -  “We’re not closing at all during this process.” Forthcoming show at the venue include First Aid Kit on Oct. 29, Drive-By Truckers on Oct. 30 and Martina McBride on Nov. 1.
  • CMA Close UP (Deborah Evans Price) Country headliners join The Doobie Brothers’ Southbound Ride
  • Saving Country Music: Translating Florida Georgia Line’s Sexual Innuendo  Language (sexual) ...Florida Georgia Line have more euphemistic language on their new album Anything Goes than a salty-mouthed locker room....As Saving Country Music explained while declaring ANYTHING GOES the worst album ever, “
For The Country Record FEATURED: Rachel Lipsky EP


For The Country Record Ward Thomas on touring with The Shires, Songwriting and Country Music in the UK. Watch their cover of Taylor Swift’s >>  “Shake it Off  
CMA New Artist nominee Brandy Clark shares her musical milestones with People Magazine

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Florida Georgia Line - Anything Goes - 12 Tracks, released Oct 14, 2014

Luke Bryan has teamed with Cabela's Inc. for the new 32 Bridge clothing line, which debuted Nov. 1 and is available exclusively at Cabela's. The men's and women's lines will target hunters,
fishers and country music fans. "This brand is so dear to me and such a big part of who I am that seeing it come to life is so exciting," says Bryan. Why the name '32 Bridge'? The Georgia native took it from the Route 32 Bridge, which crosses over the Flint River and marks the border between Worth and Lee counties, where he was raised. See the line "There is a place where woods and water meet for the perfect outdoor experience. Where whitetails slip through tall pines, quail whistle in the wind and bass hide behind flint rocks. Where kids learn life lessons and laughs with friends are nonstop. It's where I grew up fishing and hunting, that place - 32 BRIDGE." - Luke Bryan

Shelley Minson Aussie Pin Up and singer / songwriter wears a Peppermint swirl dress .A bright and fun dress!! Dress features fully lined bodice, full circle skirt and invisible zip.
A really bright and fun print and it will be great for Christmas parties and pure perfection for the upcoming festive season!
Photography by Andrew Pearson Photography Tammworth – Facebook Image
Cassadee Pope tweeted Another thank you going out to @adriannapapell for my @ascap awards dress! And to @pistolandstamen for helping me find it :) Pistol & Stamen Public Relations & Marketing Consultants - Instagram Image

John Carter Cash was arrested on Monday afternoon (Oct. 27) after allegedly stripping to his underwear in a Canadian airport. The 44-year-old son of the late Johnny Cash was reportedly returning to Nashville after a hunting trip in western Newfoundland. The National Post of Toronto reports Mounties were called to the scene in Deer Lake at 2:10PM. Early reports indicated Cash was either drunk or had medical issues. He was eventually confirmed to be under the influence. No charges were filed and Cash was held until sober.

Jason Aldean planned to elope? Is he and Brittany Kerr are already married? She posted a photo of the mugs they were each holding, with the caption, “mornin coffee at home with my hubby.” Image Then Aldean’s fiancée let her Instagram followers know last weekend they didn’t elope and they aren’t married yet!


  • Miranda Lambert poses as WWII cultural icon Rosie The Riveter for Halloween, posting on her Instagram page, "We CAN do it! Happy Halloween!" -
  • Old Crow Medicine Show at the Roundhouse in Camden, London Oct 24, 2014 (13 photos; Frography (by Flex) Facebook Gallery
  • Ward Thomas : Happy Halloween!! Image

November 3: J D Souther (1945)
November 4: Delbert McClinton (1940), Kim Forester (Forester Sisters) (1960) 
November 5: Roy Rogers (1911; died July 6, 1998 (aged 86)), the late Gram Parsons (1946; died Sept 19, 1973 (aged 26)), Joni Harms (1959), Heather & Jennifer Kinley (Kinleys) , Ryan Adams  (1974)
November 6: Guy Clark (1941), Glen Frey (Eagles) (1946), Stonewall Jackson (1932)
November 8: Patti Page (1927; died Jan 1, 2013 (aged 85)), Bonnie Raitt (1949), Susie McEntire Luchsinger (1957), Bucky Covington (1977) , Lauren Alaina (1994)
November 9: Tommy Caldwell (Marshall Tucker Band) (1949) 

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