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Ashley Gorley Scores 50th No. 1 Single as a Songwriter in Less Than 15 Years

Ashley Gorley Scores 50th No. 1 Single as a Songwriter in Less Than 15 Years

Ashley Gorley scored his 50th No. 1 single as a songwriter as Locash’s “One Big Country Song” ascended to the top of the Mediabase chart this week. Ashley is the first songwriter—in any genre—to tally 50 No. 1 singles on the Billboard Country Airplay chart or Mediabase chart. Remarkably, Ashley, 43, achieved the feat in…MORE

Merle Haggard Biopic Coming to Amazon

Merle Haggard Biopic Coming to Amazon

Amazon has plans for a Merle Haggard biopic, according to Deadline. Based on Merle’s 1981 memoir, Sing Me Back Home, the upcoming flick is set to be directed by Robin Bissell, who is also co-writing the script with Merle’s widow, Theresa Haggard. Oscar-winning actor Sam Rockwell is in talks to play Merle. The film will…MORE

Luke Combs and Nicole Hocking Get Married

Luke Combs and Nicole Hocking Get Married

Luke Combs and Nicole Hocking got married on Aug. 1 in Florida. Luke revealed the news via Twitter on Aug. 2, saying: “Yesterday was the best day of my life. I got to marry my best friend. I love you @nicohocking, here’s to forever.” Nicole added an Instagram post of her own on Aug. 2,…MORE

Watch Dan + Shay’s Moving New Video for “I Should Probably Go to Bed”

Watch Dan + Shay’s Moving New Video for “I Should Probably Go to Bed”

Dan + Shay dropped a moving new video for their new single, “I Should Probably Go to Bed.” The stylized clip features plenty of nifty camerawork—including some cool dolly zooms—and special effects. Penned by Dan Smyers, Shay Mooney, Sean Douglas and Jason Evigan, “I Should Probably Go to Bed” was produced entirely by Dan, who…MORE

Rascal Flatts Saying Goodbye—For Now—With New 7-Song EP, “How They Remember You”

Rascal Flatts Saying Goodbye—For Now—With New 7-Song EP, “How They Remember You”

Rascal Flatts is saying goodbye—for now—with its new seven-song EP, How They Remember You, which dropped on July 31. In January, the trio—comprised of Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Roone—revealed they will disband this year to tackle individual projects, but they left the door open to reunite. While the COVID-19 pandemic put a…MORE

Exclusive: Chris Tomlin Sings the Praises of the Artists & Songs on His New Worship Album, “Chris Tomlin & Friends”

Exclusive: Chris Tomlin Sings the Praises of the Artists & Songs on His New Worship Album, “Chris Tomlin & Friends”

Chris Tomlin is a heavyweight in the world of Contemporary Christian Music, having scored 16 No. 1 singles, sold more than nine million albums, and earned numerous awards, including one Grammy, three Billboard Music Awards and 21 Dove Awards.  Recently, mainstream country music fans may recognize Chris’ name—and vocals—from Thomas Rhett’s current Top 10 single,…MORE

Eric Church Lays the Hammer Down in New Song, “Bad Mother Trucker” [Listen]

Eric Church Lays the Hammer Down in New Song, “Bad Mother Trucker” [Listen]

Eric Church dropped a new song, “Bad Mother Trucker,” on July 31. Penned by Eric, Casey Beathard, Luke Dick and Jeremy Spillman and produced by Jay Joyce, “Bad Mother Trucker” follows the recent release of Eric’s new single, “Stick That in Your Country Song,” which is currently No. 34 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart…MORE

Listen to Zac Brown Band’s Soothing New Song, “You and Islands”

Listen to Zac Brown Band’s Soothing New Song, “You and Islands”

Zac Brown Band released a soothing new song, “You and Islands,” on July 31. Penned by Zac Brown, Ben Simonetti and Adam James, “You and Islands” was written, recorded and produced while in quarantine. The breezy tune finds Zac crooning the optimistic chorus about the feel-good days ahead: “Let’s get back to you and islands / And…MORE

Listen to Dan + Shay’s Stirring New Single, “I Should Probably Go to Bed”

Listen to Dan + Shay’s Stirring New Single, “I Should Probably Go to Bed”

Dan + Shay will try to score their eighth No. 1 single with the release of “I Should Probably Go to Bed,” which dropped at midnight ET on July 31. The song was produced entirely by the duo’s Dan Smyers, who performed and recorded every instrument at his home studio in Nashville. “We’re so excited…MORE

Taylor Swift to Ship New Single, “Betty,” to Country Radio [Listen]

Taylor Swift to Ship New Single, “Betty,” to Country Radio [Listen]

For the first time in almost three years, Taylor Swift will ship a new single, “Betty,” to country radio. Penned by Taylor and William Bowery, “Betty” is feature on Taylor’s new album, Folklore. The single will officially impact country radio on Aug. 17. Taylor’s label home, Republic, and the country-focused MCA Nashville will act as…MORE

Luke Bryan & Darius Rucker to Perform on the Grand Ole Opry on Aug. 15

Luke Bryan & Darius Rucker to Perform on the Grand Ole Opry on Aug. 15

The Grand Ole Opry will tally its 4,937th consecutive Saturday night broadcast on Aug. 15 with a showcase featuring a pair of country music’s biggest stars: Luke Bryan and Darius Rucker. The one-hour show will air live on Circle Television at 7 p.m. CT, as well as stream live on Circle’s YouTube. On Aug. 1, Emmylou…MORE

Top-Ranked U.S. Figure Skater Starr Andrews Performs Routine to Mickey Guyton’s “Black Like Me” [Watch]

Top-Ranked U.S. Figure Skater Starr Andrews Performs Routine to Mickey Guyton’s “Black Like Me” [Watch]

Top-ranked U.S. figure skater Starr Andrews, 19, performed a choreographed routine to Mickey Guyton’s powerful new ballad, “Black Like Me.” Co-penned by Mickey, Nathan Chapman, Emma Davidson-Dillon and Fraser Churchill, “Black Like Me” addresses racial inequality in America—delivered with soaring vocals from one of the few minority artists in the country genre. Starr, who is…MORE

Lauren Alaina to Release New 6-Song EP, “Getting Over Him”

Lauren Alaina to Release New 6-Song EP, “Getting Over Him”

Lauren Alaina will release a new EP, Getting Over Him, on Sept. 4. Lauren co-penned every track on the six-song project, which features duets with Jon Pardi on the title track and Lukas Graham on “What Do You Think Of.” Lauren will release the EP’s first song, “Run,” on July 31. “I feel like this…MORE

Kenny Chesney to Release First Vinyl Album, “Here and Now,” on Aug. 21

Kenny Chesney to Release First Vinyl Album, “Here and Now,” on Aug. 21

It took him more than 25 years, but Kenny Chesney will release his first-ever vinyl LP, Here and Now, on Aug. 21. The vinyl record, which will be the color of green sea glass, will be available online or at Walmart. “It’s warmer,” says Kenny. “It has a bit more presence sonically. It’s a whole…MORE

Brad Paisley Creates Star-Studded Video for “No I in Beer” Featuring Carrie Underwood, Tim McGraw, Darius Rucker & More [Watch]

Brad Paisley Creates Star-Studded Video for “No I in Beer” Featuring Carrie Underwood, Tim McGraw, Darius Rucker & More [Watch]

Brad Paisley released a star-studded new video for his upbeat single, “No I in Beer,” on July 29. The new video, which Brad edited himself, features guest appearances from Jimmie Allen, Kelsea Ballerini, Lindsay Ell, Tim McGraw, Darius Rucker, Carrie Underwood, Peyton Manning and more. The new clip also includes fan-submitted footage from around the…MORE

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Mixtape EP

Mixtape EP

Kane Brown will release a new seven-song EP, Mixtape Vol. 1, on Aug. 14. The new EP features four previously released tracks as well as three brand-new songs.