Wednesday, June 7, 2017

MID-Week Country Music Countdown & Country Music News..June 7, 2017 (Now with links)


COUNTRY CHART Weekend of June3-4:

This Week
Artist & Song Title
Dierks Bentley
Brett Young
In Case You Didn’t Know
Luke Combs
Darius Rucker
If I Told You
Dan + Shay
How Not To
Florida Georgia Line ft. Backstreet Boys
God, Your Mama, and Me
Blake Shelton
Every Time I Hear That Song
Dylan Scott
My Girl
Thomas Rhett ft. Maren Morris
Craving You
Rascal Flatts
Yours If You Want It
Keith Urban ft. Carrie Underwood
The Fighter
Lady Antebellum
You Look Good
Cole Swindell ft. Dierks Bentley
Drinkin’ Problem
Justin Moore
Somebody Else Will
Zac Brown Band
My Old Man
Old Dominion
No Such Thing As a Broken Heart
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
Speak To a Girl
Brantley Gilbert
The Weekend
Billy Currington
Do I Make You Wanna



Brett Eldredge Packs Big Rhythm for 2017 CMT Music Awards

“Wanna Be That Song” Up for Video of the Year 
 Brett Eldredge will bring a heavy dose of sick beats when he performs “Something I’m Good At” on the CMT Music Awards.
At Monday’s (June 5) rehearsals, he said he’s never staged such a grand entrance in all of his career.
“We’ve got this incredible drum line,” he said. “I don’t know how many there are, but there are a lot of them. And it’s very crazy to run all the way from one side of the stage to the other stage and still sing all these words. It’s just a unique way to perform this song.
“Fans can expect the equivalent of how crazy this song is with the performance. It starts with a launch to say the least.”

Eldredge’s “Wanna Be That Song” is currently nominated for the night’s top honor of Video of the Year and he’s nominated for the CMT #SocialSuperstar award presented by Pepsi.
The top seven video of the year finalists will be revealed on Wednesday morning (June 7). Fans will be able to vote live for the winner at
Nashville‘s Charles Esten hosts the 2017 CMT Music Awards live on Wednesday (June 7) at 8 p.m. ET.


Jason Derulo and Luke Bryan Feel Like Cousins in Country Music

They Talk About 2017 CMT Music Awards Collaboration 

Jason Derulo and Luke Bryan will revisit their CMT Crossroads live at the 2017 CMT Music Awards airing Wednesday (June 7) at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
At Monday’s (June 5) rehearsals, Derulo said he loves coming back to Music City for the good people and good food.
“Nashville is amazing,” Derulo said while standing next to Bryan. “The food is incredible, and if I lived here, I would literally be 300 pounds. I’m having brisket, barbecue, fried fish. I’m going over to Luke’s and he’s going to fry up some grouper.
“You know what they say about the South is really true,” he added. “The people here are just warm. It’s been super dope.”
Bryan and Derulo both look forward to bringing their signature dance moves to the stage when they perform a live mashup of two of their respective hits. However, Bryan joked that Derulo could outstep him onstage any day of the week.
“His dance moves are very him,” Derulo joked about Bryan. “Nobody does Luke’s dance moves like Luke.”
“Good answer,” Bryan said. “[Jason] holds back around me because he knows at any moment he could just thrash me. He kind of lets me do my uncoordinated moves, and then he just gives a little tease, and all the girls scream.”
No matter what happens onstage Wednesday, Derulo says he loves his work in the country music community. To him, it feels like family.
“I’m just such a big fan of music and country music,” Derulo added. “To be kind of inducted as one of the cousins, it’s really fly, and I continue to do more in this world because it’s a passion of mine and I really do enjoy it.”
Both share a nomination for CMT Performance of the Year for their “Want You to Want Me” Crossroads performance, while Bryan’s “Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day” is up for the night’s top honor of Video of the Year.
The seven Video of the Year finalists will be revealed Wednesday morning (June 7). Fans will be able to vote live for the winner.
Nashville‘s Charles Esten hosts the 2017 CMT Music Awards live on Wednesday (June 7) at 8 p.m. ET/PT.


Ashton Kutcher, Johnny Galecki, Jada Pinkett Smith Are Presenters at 2017 CMT Music Awards

Rachel Bilson, Clare Bowen, Dustin Lynch, Reba McEntire, Also Presenting Trophies Wednesday Night (June 7)

Music industry giants and Hollywood heavy-hitters will be mingling as presenters when the 2017 CMT Music Awards premieres Wednesday (June 7) at 8 p.m. ET/PT live from Nashville’s Music City Center.
The lineup of presenters includes Ashton Kutcher (The Ranch), Clare Bowen (Nashville), Danny Masterson (The Ranch), Dustin Lynch, Hoda Kotb (Today), Jada Pinkett Smith (Girls Trip), Johnny Galecki (Big Bang Theory), Josh Henderson (The Arrangement), Katherine Heigl (The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature), Kathie Lee Gifford (Today), Rachel Bilson (Nashville), RaeLynn and Reba McEntire, along with country music personality Bobby Bones and CMT’s Cody Alan and Katie Cook.
Hosted by Nashville star Charles Esten, country music’s loudest night will see breakout stars Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett going head-to-head against country music veteran Keith Urban for most nominations at the 2017 CMT Music Awards. The top seven finalists for the night’s biggest award, the highly-coveted Video of the Year honor, will be revealed Wednesday (June 7) with voting reopening on
Music’s biggest stars will be onstage at the awards show, including Blake Shelton, Brett Eldredge, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert and Thomas Rhett. Collaborations include Jason Derulo and Luke Bryan, the Chainsmokers and Florida Georgia Line, Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood, Peter Frampton and Brothers Osborne, and Earth, Wind & Fire and Lady Antebellum.
There will also be a celebration of Allman Brothers Band co-founder Gregg Allman’s life, featuring Jason Aldean, Darius Rucker, Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley and Derek Trucks.
New acts Brett Young, Chris Lane, Jon Pardi, Lauren Alaina and Midland will perform on the Firestone Stage.
For the first time ever, the CMT Music Awards Red Carpet Special will stream live on Facebook at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday. Hosted by CMT’s Cody Alan and Katie Cook, the star-studded, action-packed pre-show will be based around fan questions. To submit a question for your favorite artist, log into CMT’s Facebook and hashtag #CMTawards.


Brooks & Dunn Surprise Darius Rucker at His Annual Charity Concert

Dan + Shay, Luke Combs, Michael Ray, John Oates Along for the Show in Nashville 

Brooks & Dunn made a surprise appearance to become part of the all-star cast during Darius Rucker’s eighth annual “Darius and Friends” benefit concert Monday night (June 5) at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.
Dan + Shay, Luke Combs, Michael Ray, Hall & Oates’ singer-guitarist John Oates and KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer were among those performing at the concert that capped an auction and golf tournament that raised $402,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. This week’s events brings the cumulative total raised for all years to $1.2 million.
During the concert’s first year at the Ryman, Rucker joined Brooks & Dunn for “Red Dirt Road” and followed it up with “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” before the duo returned to the nearby Bridgestone Arena to watch the Nashville Predators defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Earlier in the day, Combs celebrate the success of his No. 1 single “Hurricane” with his debut appearance on NBC’s Today before heading to the charity event.
 Ray sang his hit “Kiss You in the Morning” before joining Rucker on a cover of Randy Travis’ “Forever and Ever, Amen.”
During his performance segment with Thayer on the KISS anthem “Dr. Love,” Rucker expressed his love of the iconic rock band.
“When I was a kid, I would stack up cans of corn and peas and put a flashlight on top, grab a broom and sing KISS songs until my mother made me stop,” Rucker told the crowd.
 Likewise, Rucker recalled another childhood memory when Oates joined him to perform Hall & Oates’ 1976 hit, “Sara Smile.”
 “I had a girlfriend in the fifth grade and I loved her,” Rucker said. “She moved to Florida, and my sister used to make fun of me because I was crying about it. And I would go in my room and sing this song for hours because it made me feel better.”


Keith Urban: Vegemite Delivery Man

Could He Qualify as Husband of the Year?

When InStyle magazine couldn’t quite come through for Nicole Kidman, Keith Urban was there to come to the rescue.
Here’s how Urban became his wife’s knight in Vegemite armor one recent day in Nashville:
Kidman was at the Peter Nappi boutique in Nashville’s Germantown neighborhood for InStyle‘s July cover shoot. And while the magazine had planned to make her feel at home Aussie-style, they were not able to get their hands on any Vegemite — the insanely popular salty black spread made from leftover brewer’s yeast. But Kidman was not worried because she knew she had some in her kitchen at home. And, even better, she knew a guy who would deliver it to the shoot right away.
Enter Urban.
InStyle said that shortly after Kidman made a call home, Urban pulled up outside the boutique in his black Bugatti sports car and handed his wife the jar of Vegemite.
The story doesn’t say if she even had any or not, but it does reference the breakfast she had at Noshville, the deli located in the Green Hills area of Nashville, while Vince Gill had breakfast one booth away.
Urban, who has multiple nominations at the 2017 CMT Music Awards, will perform with Carrie Underwood when the show premieres Wednesday (June 7) at 8 p.m. ET/PT.


Carrie Underwood: “We Do Music, We Do Hockey and We Do Everything Loud”

Dierks Bentley Sings National Anthem at Nashville Predators’ Game Four of the Stanley Cup Final 
 If Carrie Underwood is covering DJ Khaled on social media, that means it’s another victory in Smashville. 
And it’s safe to say most of the Music City work force is dragging today (June 6) following the Preds’ 4-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game Four of the Stanley Cup Final.
Preds super fan Dierks Bentley delivered a moving rendition of the National Anthem before Monday’s (June 5) game. Brothers Osborne were also there to perform during the first intermission.
Underwood, Keith Urban, Wayne Gretzky and Charles Barkley were among the other celebrities inside the Bridgestone to watch the Preds tie the final 2-2.  
Before the puck drop, Underwood wished her husband and Preds’ captain Mike Fisher happy 37th birthday online with a sweet social media post. But his present will have to wait.
“I didn’t get him anything,” Underwood said in an NBC interview during the game. “I’m terrible.” She did say they will probably celebrate his big day after the Final is over and the Preds have the Cup.
“People have been behind this team for years,” Underwood added. “And it’s been so exciting just to see everybody come out and show that … This is what we do. We do music, we do hockey and we do everything loud.”
Outside the arena on Lower Broadway, Rodney Atkins, Kip Moore, Brett Young, Granger Smith, Walker McGuire and Cole Taylor entertained thousands Preds fans with a pre-game concert at the Broadway Smash tailgate.
The Penguins will host Game Five in Pittsburgh on Thursday (June 8).
Here are scenes from Monday’s game: 
 Dierks Bentley,  Brothers Osborne,  Carrie Underwood,  Granger Smith,  Kip Moore,  Rodney Atkins,  


Miranda Lambert: “I’m Sorry, and You’re Welcome”

How Music Can Be Therapeutic

I’m not sure how or when this happened, but Miranda Lambert has become a bit of a therapist.
When she called in to the Delilah radio show and the talk turned to her latest single “Tin Man,” Lambert described how people have a love/hate relationship with the song.
“I’m sorry, and you’re welcome,” Lambert said. “Sometimes you have to be reminded of the bad times so you can stay strong. The biggest blessing of pain is the reward on the other side.
“It’s a hard one, but it’s good. It’s the kind of song that makes you feel everything — even if you don’t want to,” she said of the song she co-wrote with Jack Ingram and Jon Randall.
“It’s so therapeutic, right? That’s what music does. It gets you through it. Then you can feel it and then turn on something really happy.”
Lambert also reveals how big dreams can come with consequences, that success comes with sacrifice and that, deep down, she’s a simple East Texas girl. (The proof of that? She was doing dishes right before she called the radio show.)
“I don’t care about any of the glitz and glamour. I just really love the music. Sometimes you have to regroup and put it all in perspective, because it’s an amazing life I get to have. I get to do what I love for a living,” she said.
While Lambert’s 2017 is already booked solid with tour stops here in U.S. and internationally, her 2018 might be the right time to get the Pistol Annies back together.
She admitted she’s been in a group text with her Pistol Annies bandmates Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley and that they’ve talked about making music again “once everyone gets their crap together.”
Lambert’s “Vice” is currently nominated for Female Video of the Year and overall Video of the Year at the 2017 CMT Music Awards. She’ll also perform on the awards show airing Wednesday (June 7) at 8 p.m. ET/PT live from Nashville’s Music City Center.


Last Call to Vote for 2017 CMT Music Awards‘ #SocialSuperstar

Nominees Are Brett Eldredge, Jake Owen, Keith Urban, Kelsea Ballerini, Lauren Alaina and Thomas Rhett 

It’s the last chance to vote for the 2017 CMT Music Awards‘s #SocialSuperstar presented by Pepsi and fans are lighting up social media with support for their favorite nominees.
Will Eldredge’s puppy love for Edgar edge the competition? Or will Alaina win for her body positive posts? Or will Owen or Rhett take home the buckle for their adorable family photos? Or will Ballerini or Urban win the title for their shots with their famous friends?
Fans can vote for their favorites in the category via Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #CMTawards with the artist’s tag, #VoteBrett, #VoteJake, #VoteKeith, #VoteKelsea, #VoteLauren or #VoteThomas. You can vote 10 times per valid Twitter or Instagram handle per day through Tuesday (June 6), then 50 votes per handle on June 7.
The top seven finalists for the night’s biggest award, the highly-coveted Video of the Year, will be revealed the morning of June 7. Fans will be able to vote live for the winner.
Nashville‘s Charles Esten hosts the 2017 CMT Music Awards live on Wednesday (June 7) at 8 p.m. ET.
To see how it’s done, are some posts from fans supporting their favorite #SocialSuperstar, along with some popular Instagrams from the artists themselves.
Lauren Alaina,  Kelsea Ballerini,  Brett Eldredge,  Jake Owen,  Thomas Rhett, Keith Urban,  

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