Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Country Music Countdown, News, & Sports...Wednesday...September 21, 2016



 

COUNTRY CHART Weekend of September 17-18:

1 JAKE OWEN American Country Love Song
2 KELSEA BALLERINI Peter Pan
3 SAM HUNT Make You Miss Me
4 DIERKS BENTLEY w/ELLE KING Different For Girls
5 JUSTIN MOORE You Look Like I Need A Drink
6 WILLIAM MICHAEL MORGAN I Met a Girl
7 TUCKER BEATHARD Rock On
8 BLAKE SHELTON She’s Got a Way With Words
9 KENNY CHESNEY w/P!nk Setting The World On Fire
10 BILLY CURRINGTON It Don’t Hurt Like It Used To
11 LoCASH I Know Somebody
12 DAN & SHAY From The Ground Up
13 LUKE BRYAN Move
14 COLE SWINDELL Middle Of a Memory
15 BRETT YOUNG Sleep Without You
16 ZAC BROWN BAND Castaway
17 JASON ALDEAN A Little More Summer Time
18 BIG & RICH Lovin’ Lately
19 MIRANDA LAMBERT Vice
20 DRAKE WHITE Livin’ The Dream





The shadow following Western political races

Nevada and Arizona attract the most “dark money” this election.

 After three decades, Senate Democratic Minority Leader Harry Reid is retiring, leaving a coveted Senate seat open in Nevada, one of the West’s battleground states. It’s a pivotal race: Should Republican Joe Heck be elected, he would strengthen the GOP’s Senate majority and bring a recently blue Nevada back into the Republican fold. If Democratic contender Christine Cortez Masto wins, she would be the first Latina ever elected to the Senate. The contest is also a close one. Cortez Masto has been trailing only slightly behind Heck, according to polls by the New York Times and FiveThirtyEight, a political blog that tracks and weighs national rankings. By mid-September, nearly $4 million of so-called “dark money” contributions —which flow through a loophole-ridden system that allows tax-exempt nonprofits and super PACs to influence politics without disclosing the identities of their donors — had poured into the race.

Nationwide, such anonymous campaign contributions are on the rise. In 2012, more than $308 million in dark money was paid out, compared to $102.4 million in 2008. Nearly 60 percent of the money donated to the top 10 Senate races in 2014 was dark, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks dark money. This September, anonymous spending is 10 times higher than it was at the same point in 2012.
That’s becoming more common in the West’s battleground states: Nevada, Colorado and increasingly purple Arizona, which has long been a conservative stronghold. Nevada’s District 3 House race, between Republican Danny Tarkanian and Democrat Jacky Rosen, has attracted more than $1.8 million in anonymous funding, for example. The race for Arizona’s Senate seat, between Republican incumbent John McCain and Democratic House Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, has received more than $1.5 million, and Colorado’s Senate race has brought in nearly $120,000. And these contests are just a sampling of western elections that are attracting dark money. On the national scale, candidates in the West and their respective races are sprinkled among the top for garnering the most shadow funds.



   

Welcome to the Kelleigh Bannen Party

Premieres “Welcome to the Party” Video and Shares This Nashville Life

One of CMT’s Next Women of Country, Kelleigh Bannen is always good for a good story. And she is showing she’s got the theater of the mind thing down with her enlightening new podcast, This Nashville Life.
Already two episodes in, the series is based on her daring blog of the same title, which gives followers a front row seat at what it’s really like to make it in Music City as told by an artist and native living in the thick of it. Essentially, it is the Nashville music business explained in 30 minutes or less.
“Part love letter, part hate mail, part how-to guide,” Bannen says, “come with us as we try to live This Nashville Life.”
In the first episode on country radio, she explores the almost insurmountable work it takes to get a song up the charts and raises some valid questions.
“What’s the difference between a great song and a hit song?” she asks. “What’s the difference between a song that sells and a song that gets played on the radio? And what would you rather have? A song that 150,000 people bought or a song that made it to the top of the charts but nobody really cared about?”
Using her single 2014 single “Famous” as an example, she gets expert insight from JoJamie Hahr, radio representative from Broken Bow Music Group, which is home to the ACM’s reigning entertainer of the year Jason Aldean.
The second episode has her demystifying the Nashville co-writing experience with hit-maker Laura Veltz, who co-wrote Eli Young Band’s “Drunk Last Night,” Chris Young’s “Lonely Eyes,” Maren Morris’ “Sugar” and Bannen’s 2014 single, “Smoke When I Drink.”
A typical day at the office for Nashville songwriters usually starts at 10:30 a.m. with coffee talk with co-writers and after everyone is adequately caffeinated, the exchanging of song ideas begins.
Some songwriting sessions are more awkward than others. Versatility is key.
“Your role is changing on a daily basis based on who else is in the room,” Bannen explains. “If there’s going to be three people in the room, I don’t want to have to be the lyric girl that day. I feel like I’m a melody person. I’m a concept person and I’m a lyric person, but I want another one of those people in the room to push and pull against.”
Sometimes a session ends in a hit song. Other times, you get nothing. Sometimes great songs are written solo. Other times it takes six writers to make a track happen, or 14 in the case of Thomas Rhett’s “Vacation.” He had to give credit to the funk band War on the song because of its sonic similarities to “Low Rider.”
“But there are other people that are like, ‘Well, a song that was written 100-percent [solo], that’s a truer, purer way to write a song,’” she adds. “I think it’s a matter of opinion. And if a really great song happens, do we really care how it was written?”
Going a little deeper, the same amount of people it took to write “Vacation” it also took to write the top five singles on Billboard’s country airplay chart for the week ending Sept. 24. Only two of those songs were co-written by the artist singing the tracks, Kelsea Ballerini’s “Peter Pan” and Sam Hunt’s “Make You Miss Me.”
Three people are behind her new song “Welcome to the Party.” They are Bannen, Abe Stoklasa and Daniel Tashian.
“This has been a season of me owning my stuff and being real about what’s great about the good and the bad,” she says. “I think that’s what’s fun about ‘Welcome to the Party’ and the overall EP is about making the most of where you are and telling the truth about yourself. We think that everyone else’s life is outstanding and perfect when the reality is, everyone else’s life is kind of a mess, too. But it doesn’t mean that it’s going to suck long term. We might as well have a good time while we’re here together.”
 “It was sort of going back to the place where you had your kid birthday,” she says. “It was fun and complete mayhem like almost everything in my life right now.”
What Bannen is doing is groundbreaking in mainstream country music and goes beyond the usual social media updates fans have come to expect from the acts they love. Not many artists are willing to take the risk of offering an honest look at everything going on in their career in real time. It’s a bold and empowering move.
“Everything in life is one day at a time,” she adds. “And yes, I’m always looking at the future. I love planning and I love dreaming far out, but I can really only do what I can do today. And if I show up and I do the best that I can today, and then I just do that again tomorrow. And I do that the next day. I think that’s the most successful model that I have because you don’t know what’s going to happen.”
Her latest EP Cheap Sunglasses featuring “Welcome to the Party,” “Landlocked” and “All Good Things” is available now.


  

Miranda Lambert: “It’s All I’ll Ever Do”

Reflecting on Importance of the CMA Awards 

It must feel pretty good to win a CMA Award.
Because to walk up on that stage and accept that trophy means something. For Miranda Lambert, it means it was all worth it.
“It’s moments like that,” she says of accepting a CMA Award from Loretta Lynn, “that are so validating.
“(Those) make you realize that all the sacrifices and work and heart and energy and time you put in, people notice. And they still want you to be part of this family.”
 The video is just one from the CMA’s 50/50 series celebrating the 50th anniversary of the awards.




 Lambert adds that winning awards year after year often doesn’t really feel real.
“Sometimes I feel like I’m just getting start in my career, and sometimes I feel like I’ve been here for a really long time.”
But even on days when she feels like she’s been at it for ages, she’s not going anywhere.
“I’m thrilled to ever get to be part of anything that has to do with country music, because it’s all I’ve ever done. It’s all I’ll ever do,” Lambert says. “It just makes up who I am.” 



  

Billy Gilman Wows Coaches on The Voice

Blake Shelton Says, "Now You Found Your Sound" 

Early Tuesday morning (Sept. 20), The Voice tweeted a preview of what’s to come on the next episode.
Namely, a star from 16 years ago.
It was Billy Gilman. Remember? “One Voice”? He was only 11 when that song came out in 2000, but you would never have known it from the mature subject matter of the song (a prayer to make earthly violence go away) or the reaction (it was a Top 20 hit).
While Gilman hasn’t had that same kind of success in the years since, The Voice‘s Blake Shelton remembers him well. 
 “When I was making my first album, that’s when ‘One Voice’ came out. And it’s crazy, Billy, because you always wonder what happened to somebody,” Shelton says. “Now you found your sound and where you belong musically. I’m happy for you, man, I really am.”
Then the coaching newcomer Miley Cyrus tells him she remembers him, too. She was 8 years old when Gilman’s debut single was released.
“I know who the hell you are,” she says when she recalls the Trey Fanjoy-directed video for “One Voice.”
And he tells Cyrus about a family connection he made during his early years on country music tours.
“I actually opened up for your father,” Gilman says.
The Voice airs Tuesday night on NBC.



  

Thomas Rhett Says It’s Cool to Be Married

Happy Wife, Happy Life, Happy Fans 

To know Thomas Rhett is to love him. And his wife Lauren Akins.
Akins has almost 23,000 followers on Twitter and 452,000 on Instagram. All because the couple decided early on that they were going to share their lives with the fans.
“Man, I’ll never forget,” Rhett said in a recent radio interview. “In the beginning it was just like, ‘Well, I’m married, and I’m 22. Is it cool to be married, or is it not cool to be married and a country singer?’
“And I think just in the beginning we both were like, ‘This is what it’s gonna be.’ So since the beginning of our marriage, we’ve posted about our lives and about our dogs and about renovations on our house and all kinds of stuff we deal with.”
They let their fans into their life, he says, and that puts them in a pretty cool spot.
“If you get to know my wife on a personal level, or if you just know her from the pictures she posts on Instagram, you know that she’s just a good person inside and out,” he said. “And I think that it’s cool that when my fans think of me now, they also think of my wife.”
Both Akins and her husband are currently in the planning process for their fundraiser for 147 Million Orphans, a foundation that helps orphans living in poverty.
The Thomas Rhett & Friends show takes place Oct. 4 at The Old School, a restaurant and music room near Nashville. Dierks Bentley, Walker Hayes and Shane McAnally have already signed up to be there.



  

At the Heart of Carrie Underwood’s Tour

Why She Surrounds Herself with Fans 

Leave it to Carrie Underwood to be a glass-is-half-full kind of girl.
When the Tennessean asked her about getting her first CMA nomination for entertainer of the year, it seems like she just thinks all the years that she wasn’t nominated led her to this moment now.
“It ended up being kind of a blessing,” she said, “so I could just realize what we do is all about and being out on the road and seeing people and having people sing your songs back to you and just seeing the crowds grow and grow and grow and feeling stronger in myself as a performer and as an entertainer.
“It’s really incredible to have that nomination, but I think it was kind of good for me to be able to focus on other things.”
One of those “other things” has been her in-the-round stage set up for her current Storyteller tour. That idea came from the way teachers tell stories to little kids sitting around on the floor. “It just kind of made sense to think about maybe doing the tour in the round,” she explained.





 “When we started putting it all together, it was intimidating, to be honest,” Underwood said. “You’re not just entertaining the people in front of you. You have to do 360 degrees of entertainment.”
But then again, when any artist performs right in the thick of things, there are times when they’re closer to one part of the crowd than the other.
“It’s frustrating sometimes when I am on one end of the arena and I can only see the first few rows in front of me and the rest is this one entity,” Underwood said. “So we always tried to give me those moments where I could see other people and get to them and hear people singing and having fun. That’s just giving me energy.”
“I feel like it just flies by because everything is put together so well.”
The Storyteller tour with Easton Corbin and the Swon Brothers comes to Nashville on Thursday (9/22).



  

Charts on Fire as Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley Score Top Album, Song

All-Star “Forever Country” Heralds CMA Awards Show 

Have we got some charts for you!
There’s a new No. 1 album — (Jason Aldean’s They Don’t Know — a new No. 1 song — Dierks Bentley’s “Different for Girls” featuring Elle King
— and scads of fresh music to report, all based on official Billboard numbers.
So here goes.
By sales totals alone, They Don’t Know dwarfed all the other first-time albums. According to Nielsen SoundScan, the package sold a sizzling 130,873 copies its first week out. Whiskey MyersMud, which debuts at No. 4, scanned 7,383 units during the same period.
In addition to topping the country chart, They Don’t Know also tops the all-genres Billboard 200 chart. It’s his third consecutive album to achieve the feat following 2014’s Old Boots, New Dirt and 2012’s Night Train. They Don’t Know is also the first country album to reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200 this year.
“Different for Girls” arrives at the country airplay peak after a 17-week trek.
Apart from the two Top 5 releases, there are five other new albums to report.
They are Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt’s Trio: The Complete Trio Collection (No. 7) and My Dear Companion: Selections From the Trio Collection (No. 44).
Also, Chely Wright’s I Am the Rain (No. 13), the Time JumpersKid Sister (No. 25) and Billy Ray CyrusThin Line (No. 49).
Returning to the chart are Casey Donahew’s All Night Party (No. 31) and the self-titled Brett Young EP (No. 47).
The big news in the songs department is the debut at No. 39 of “Forever Country” by an ad hoc assemblage called Artists of Then, Now and Forever.
Produced to help celebrate the upcoming 50th annual CMA Awards show, it is a medley of John Denver’s “Country Roads,” Parton’s “I Will Always Love You” and Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again” — performed by Parton, Nelson and 28 other big-name CMA award winners. And there’s a music video that goes with it.
Great stuff!
Two other songs make their initial chart entrance this week — Chris Lane’s “For Her” (No. 58) and Jana Kramer’s “Circles” (No. 60). Joe Nichols “Undone” comes back aboard at No. 57.
The No. 2, No. 3 and No. 5 albums, in that order, are Florida Georgia Line’s Dig Your Roots (last week’s No. 1), Chris Stapleton’s Traveller and Keith Urban’s Ripcord.
Rounding out the Top 5 songs are Kelsea Ballerini‘s “Peter Pan” (last week’s No. 1), Billy Currington’s “It Don’t Hurt Like It Used To,” Justin Moore‘s “You Look Like I Need a Drink” and Kenny Chesney’s “Setting the World on Fire” featuring P!nk.






NFL Lines For Week 3 - NFL Football Line Week Three
NFL Line 9/22 - 9/26, 2016


Date & Time Favorite Line Underdog Total
9/22 8:25 ET Houston -1.5 At New England 40.5
9/25 1:00 ET At Cincinnati -3 Denver 41
9/25 1:00 ET At Tennessee -1.5 Oakland 47
9/25 1:00 ET Arizona -4.5 At Buffalo 47
9/25 1:00 ET At Jacksonville  PK Baltimore 47
9/25 1:00 ET At Miami -9.5 Cleveland 41.5
9/25 1:00 ET At NY Giants -4.5 Washington 47
9/25 1:00 ET At Green Bay -7.5 Detroit 48
9/25 1:00 ET At Carolina -7 Minnesota 43
9/25 4:05 ET At Seattle -9.5 San Francisco 40.5
9/25 4:05 ET At Tampa Bay -5 Los Angeles 42
9/25 4:25 ET Pittsburgh -3.5 At Philadelphia 46
9/25 4:25 ET At Kansas City -3 NY Jets 43
9/25 4:25 ET At Indianapolis -3 San Diego 52
9/25 8:30 ET At Dallas -7 Chicago 44.5

Monday Night Football Line





9/26 8:30 ET At New Orleans -3 Atlanta 53.5






 




  • What: Sprint Cup circuit
  • Where: New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, NH
  • When: Sep 25, 2016, 2:15 PM
  • Race Length: 317.00








 
    


























 






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