ABC/Image Group LA Some lucky fans will get the chance to celebrate Dan Shay’s new record at an exclusive album release event Friday in New York City.
The duo’s self-titled third record comes out June 22, and the pair is partnering with YouTube to host a special gathering that starts at 5:30 p.m. ET in Chelsea. All you need to do is fill out the form online for a chance to win tickets for you and a friend.
Dan Shay’s lead single, “Tequila,” is currently at #2 and seems poised to hit the top spot next week.
Capitol NashvilleDierks Bentley can now officially plant the #1 flag on The Mountain.
The Arizona native’s ninth studio effort sold 102,000 copies in its first week, good enough for a #1 debut on the country albums chart. It’s also the best sales week of Dierks’ career so far, besting his previous record, Black, which moved more than 101,000 units in 2016.
The Mountain is Dierks' seventh #1 on the country albums chart. It checks in at #3 on the all-genre Billboard 200 as well.
On Wednesday, Dierks returns to the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, the event that inspired him to write and record The Mountain in Colorado.
ABC/Image Group LA Easton Corbin will spend the days around the Fourth of July playing free, private shows at Air Force bases in the Southeast.
Easton’s six-show Air Force tour starts June 29 in Warner-Robins, Georgia and wraps July 7 in Jacksonville, Arkansas.
“The reason we celebrate Independence Day is because of the thousands of men and women who fight and sacrifice for all of us every single day so we can do what we do,” Easton says.
“What a huge honor it is to be able to spend my Independence holiday week going to all of these Air Force bases to say thank you and perform some songs, and hopefully give the Airmen and their families a little time to kick back and enjoy themselves.”
“It’s the least I can do for all they afford me every single day,” the “Girl Like You” hitmaker adds.
Here’s a look at the stops on Easton’s Air Force tour:
6/29 -- Warner-Robins, Georgia, Robins Air Force Base 6/30 -- Sumter, South Carolina, Shaw Air Force Base 7/3 -- Valdosta, Georgia, Moody Air Force Base 7/4 -- Montgomery, Alabama, Maxwell Air Force Base 7/6 -- Columbus, Mississippi, Columbus Air Force Base 7/7 -- Jacksonville, Arkansas, Little Rock Air Force Base
Big MachineMidland will follow-up their September stint on Thomas Rhett’s Life Changes trek with their own headlining dates.
The Electric Rodeo Tour is set to launch October 24 in Tucson, Arizona, and will wrap up December 14 in Springfield, Illinois. Pre-sales start on Wednesday, with tickets becoming available to the general public on Friday.
Here’s the complete itinerary for Midland’s Electric Rodeo Tour:
10/24 -- Tucson, AZ, Valencia Amphitheatre 11/8 -- Washington, D.C., 9:30 Club 11/9 -- Asbury Park, NJ, The Stone Pony 11/10 -- Greensboro, NC, Cone Denim Entertainment Center 11/15 -- Atlanta, GA, Variety Playhouse 11/16 -- Knoxville, TN, The Mill and Mine 12/13 -- Minneapolis, MN, Varsity Theatre 12/14 -- Springfield, IL, Boondocks
Reviver RecordsFor the first time in 23 years, David Lee Murphy returns to the top of the country chart this week, as his duet with Kenny Chesney, “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright,” ascends to #1.
“When Kenny asked me about making a record, I thought that sounded like a whole lot of fun,” David Lee says. “I love to make music, just as much as I love writing songs. So we went in without expectations and I wouldn’t have imagined this. But it sure feels good.”
Kenny co-produced David Lee’s comeback album, No Zip Code.
“David Lee is the kind of artist who’s timeless,” Kenny says. “He writes real country songs for right now, and he understands people. I wanted that voice out there, and I’m so glad country radio agreed!”
Kenny continues: “I’ve joked, ‘I’m just glad David Lee let me sing on this one,’ but it’s kind of true. I remember when he was having hits, thinking just how good he was -- and it’s great to be part of something he’s part of, let alone his first #1 record since ‘Dust on the Bottle.’”
The lead single from Kenny’s Songs for the Saints album, “Get Along,” is currently in the top ten as well.
ABC/Image Group LA Kelsea Ballerini's now two shows into her gig as the opening act for Keith Urban’s Graffiti U World Tour. It’s a gig that’s especially meaningful for Kelsea, because it was one of Keith’s songs that first piqued her interest in country music.
“Keith Urban, he's in my bio, y'all!” she told a group of reporters in Nashville. “I remember being like 13-years-old and 'Stupid Boy' was on my friend's MySpace page, and that was the song that like broke open the gates of country music to me.”
This summer, Kelsea’s determined to pick up all she can from the Australian superstar.
“Just to watch him every night,” she reveals, “and learn how he somehow reinvents himself with every record, but stays the same. I have so much to learn from him. I'm really excited.”
Kelsea’s latest single from her Unapologetically album, “I Hate Love Songs,” is nearing country’s top-30. It’s the follow-up to her most recent #1, “Legends.”
Comstock/Thinkstock In April of 1970, Loretta Lynn became the first country female ever to be awarded a gold record for one of her albums. Can you guess which LP it was? ANSWER: Don't Come Home a Drinkin' (With Lovin' on Your Mind).
Capitol NashvilleKeith Urban kicked off his Graffiti U World Tour this weekend, with stops in St. Louis, Missouri and Indianapolis, Indiana. But before he even started rehearsals, the Australian superstar made it a point to find out which songs off his new Graffiti U record his fans were anxious to hear.
“I reached out to the fans to ask 'em what songs off the album they're liking,” Keith explains, “and 'Never Comin' Down' was a big favorite, 'Horses' was another one.”
“There was a few there,” he continues, “which was really cool. 'My Wave' was on there. It's been good because it's been a good eclectic mix of very unexpected songs, so I'm glad they're responding to it.”
In fact, Keith even changed his opening number based on the feedback from fans.
“It's funny,” he admits. “We have a song called 'Never Comin' Down' on the record that seemed like a no-brainer as an opener. But I was very adamant that it should be 'Coming Home.'”
“And we had that in place,” Keith reveals, “probably all the way up until the end of our tour rehearsals and then flipped it. And it was so screamingly obvious that it should be 'Never Comin' Down,' so that change got made.”
“Coming Home,” of course, is Keith’s latest top-ten hit. This week, he and opener Kelsea Ballerinibring the Graffiti U tour to Clarkston, Michigan and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
ABC/Randy HolmesCole Swindell is such a fan of “Reason to Drink” that he made it the name of his headlining trek earlier this year. Now, the Georgia native is releasing the track as the latest preview of his third album, All of It, which comes out August 17.
“Somebody somewhere’s getting married today/Somebody’s home team, they just won State/Some ole boy’s girl just left him/If that’s you, raise your hand, I got your next one,” Cole sings.
Cole also put out a live video of “Reason to Drink,” which was shot on tour. You can check it out on YouTube now.
The lead single from All of It, “Break Up in the End,” is currently top-25 and climbing.
ABC/Image Group LA A week before their self-titled third album comes out, Dan Shay are releasing one of the most anticipated tracks from the record: “Keeping Score,” their collaboration with Kelly Clarkson.
Shay Mooney proves he can hold his own with Kelly’s powerhouse vocals on the emotional ballad, co-written by Dan Smyers.
“It is such an honor for us to sing this duet with Kelly,” Dan says. “Not only is she one of the most incredible vocalists of our generation, she is one of the most genuine, kind-hearted people we have ever met. We’re glad this song resonated with her as much as it did with us.”
This is the fifth preview track the duo has put out from Dan Shay, which is set to arrive June 22. Its lead single, “Tequila,” is currently in the top five.
It’s worth noting that Kelly already has a pretty impressive history on the country chart. She and Jason Aldean went to #1 with “Don’t You Wanna Stay” in 2011, following a #2 duet version of “Because of You” with her mother-in-law Reba McEntire in 2007.
“Keeping Score” is available to stream or download now, or you can check out its “Icon” video on YouTube.
Broken BowIf you’re an Apple Music subscriber, you can get an early look at Jason Aldean’s new video for “Drowns the Whiskey” with Miranda Lambert. The clip premieres on Apple Music today; it becomes widely available on Saturday.
Jason and Miranda shot “Drowns the Whiskey” at Nashville's Springwater Supperclub and Lounge, a frequent music video location that also claims to be the oldest bar in the state of Tennessee.
“Cutting this song for the album has always been a no-brainer for me,” Jason says. “I wanted to keep the video simple and really let the heartbreak and loneliness come through.”
The cover for Jason’s Rearview Town album was also shot at Springwater.
You can check out a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the “Drowns the Whiskey” video on YouTube now.
ABC/Image Group LA Just in time for Father’s Day, Walker Hayes is launching his “Be a Craig Fund.”
The project takes its name from Walker’s latest single, “Craig,” which tells the story of a friend who surprised Walker, his wife, and their six kids by giving them a van when they desperately needed it.
“I want to be a ‘Craig,’” Walker says. “I want to be more selfless and look outward. I want to give back and this fund allows us to do so, together.”
To participate, you can go to BeACraig.org and make a donation, buy a t-shirt, or share the story of someone you’d like to help.
“Craig” is the follow-up to Walker’s debut hit, “You Broke Up with Me.”
Sadly, Walker and his wife Laney lost their seventh child a little more than a week ago.
ABC/Image Group LA There's no doubt Darius Rucker is a superstar in the world of music, having found success as the lead singer of Hootie & the Blowfish, before collecting a string of number ones during his solo country career.
But his daughters Carolyn Pearl and Daniella Rose and his son, Jack, don't seem to be terribly impressed by what their father does for a living.
"Not in the least. Not in the least," Darius says. "They're proud of me..." he adds.
He did manage to score a few points though, when he played last year's Hand in Hand telethon to help the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
"When we did the hurricane relief thing, all my daughter said was, 'Oh, look at Daddy up there blowin' it with Demi Lovato,'" he laughs. "Demi was onstage next to me, so she liked that."
"But, no. I'm just Dad to them," he concludes.
Hopefully this Sunday, Darius will be able to carve out some time to celebrate Father's Day with his kids. Next month, he heads out on the Summer Plays On tour with Lady Antebellum.
Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock "Singles You Up" hitmaker Jordan Davis will release the lyric video for his new song, "Take It From Me," on Monday. You can watch a sneak peek of the clip on his socials.
Hunter Hayes performs on Disney's Fairytale Weddings on Monday. You can watch for him starting at 8 p.m. ET on Freeform.
Dan Shay will release their collaboration with Kelly Clarkson, titled "Keeping Score," Friday at midnight. It's from their forthcoming self-titled album, which arrives June 22.
If you missed Dierks Bentley doing his new single, "Burning Man," on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, you can watch his performance online now.
ABC/Craig SjodinLuke Bryan hasn't decided exactly how he'll celebrate Father's Day on Sunday. But he has a pretty strong idea what he WON'T be doing, after his plans went south last year.
"[My wife] Caroline was perfect in asking me what did I want for Father's Day," he recalls, "and I said, 'I want to go camping with the boys on a little trout stream thing.' And I knew a buddy that had a camper."
But almost immediately, things started to go wrong.
"[I] get the camper hooked up, get to the campsite. It's 98 degrees," Luke explains. "I had loaded a lawn mower in the back of my truck. By the time I got done mowing an acre of four-foot-tall grass for the campsite, [there were] mosquitoes."
"You know, the camper never works like you want [it] to," he goes on. "So, I made a last-minute call and got my tour bus driver. I said, 'Just bring the tour bus so we can sleep in some air conditioning.'"
This year, the Georgia native admits he doesn't much care how he spends Father's Day, as long as he's with his sons Bo and Tate.
"It may just be a day around the pool at the Bryan house," Luke says. "I'm always about making it... let's just be around each other, first and foremost."
"So I haven't really put my mind together for what I want for Father's Day. But I will not be mowing an acre of grass for the RV moment!" he laughs.
FoxVoting is now underway for the 2018 Teen Choice awards, with plenty of country acts showing up in non-country categories.
Both Maren Morris and Florida Georgia Line are up for Choice Collaboration for their hits "The Middle" and "Meant to Be," while FGL also scored a nod for Choice Music Group. They're competing against the likes of pop stars Maroon 5 and Fifth Harmony for the honor.
Chris Stapleton even has a shot at Choice Song, for his duet with Justin Timberlake on his single, "Say Something."
Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Kane Brown, Kelsea Ballerini, Maren Morris and Thomas Rhett are all competing in the one official country category, Choice Country Artist.
You can cast your vote now through June 19 at TeenChoice.com. We'll find out who wins on Sunday, August 12, when the show airs live on Fox.