Sunday, 17 August 2014

Country Billboard Chart News August 14, 2014

Country Billboard Chart News August 14, 2014

RIAA Certifications

Platinum = Sales of over 1-million units
Gold = Sales of over 500,000 units

Singles:
Colt Ford’s single, “Drivin’ Around Song (GOLD; featured on Ford’s #1 Billboard album, “Declaration Of Independence,” released in August 2012)

In Brief:  Billboard Country Charts

Country Album Chart ** No.1 (12 weeks; non consecutive) ** “Crash My Party” Luke Bryan
Hot Country Songs ** No.1 (3 weeks) ** “Burnin’ It Down” Jason Aldean
Country Airplay ** No.1 (1 week) ** "I Can't Dance" Lee Brice
Country Digital Songs ** No.1 ** (3 weeks) ** “Burnin’ It Down” Jason Aldean

In this easy-to-use format discover where your favourite acts songs and album are charting across the four Billboard Country charts. It is prioritized by the first column showing the Hot Country Songs chart frame standings for the week of August 23, 2014.
There are also separate rows highlighting Women of Country music.

Scroll down for further details on each of the individual charts.



Billboard Top 200 / Country Album Chart News

The Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack roses to No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart (BB200), becoming the second chart-topping soundtrack of 2014. The blockbuster film's set, subtitled “Awesome Mix Vol. 1”, sold 109,112 copies in the week ending Aug. 10 (up 83%t), according to Nielsen SoundScan. It made a debut a week ago at No. 3 with 60,000.
The 12-song multi-artist collection follows Frozen as the second soundtrack to top the chart in 2014. Both albums were released by the Disney Music Group. It’s the first year since 2009 where multiple theatrical film soundtracks reached No.1. Three movie sets topped the list in 2009: Hannah Montana: The Movie, The Twilight Saga: New Moon and Michael Jackson's This Is It
New U.K. pop band The Vamps who opened for Taylor Swift at the O2 in London in February arrived at No.10 with their debut EP SOMEBODY TO YOU. The quartet's effort shifted 19,947 copies and is the fifth EP to debut in the top 10 this year.

With recent TV appearances on The Ellen Degeneres Show (7/23), Good Morning America (ABC, Aug 8th) combined with the CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night To Rock special on ABC TV saw Luke Bryan as the main beneficiary regarding a sales increase, up 33%. In his 53rd chart week CRASH MY PARTY sold another 16,000 copies and moved 21-12 on the BB200 and returned to No.1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums. This is the fifth time in 2014 that his fourth studio album has headed the chart to add to the 7 non consecutive weeks in 2013 up to the chart Nov 9, 2013. For the chart week Aug 31, 2013 Luke débuted at No.1 on Billboard 200 selling 527,783 copies. He was last at No.1 in 2014 on the chart May 17, 2014 when “Party” sold 17,000 copies and it has sold 2,052,000 to date.  
Last week’s Country No.1 Brantley Gilbert’s JUST AS I AM slid 12-14 on the BB200 and 1-2 Country (sales down 20%).
Miranda Lambert’s 10-week album PLATINUM (sales up 16%) climb 17-16 (2-3 Country) and has now sold 407,000 copies.

Big Smo’s debut album KUNTRY LIVIN’ has now been in Top 10 for nine consecutive weeks. Tennessee’s own country rapper Big Smo is celebrating nine consecutive weeks in the Top 10 holding steady on both Country Albums Chart and Billboard’s Rap Chart. It has already sold 67,000 copies. The Unionville, TN native is currently touring across the country in support of the album expanding his dedicated fan base, affectionately known as his Kinfoke. “I’m overwhelmed with the positive response to this record from my Kinfoke. I truly feel blessed to hold a position on the charts among such successful country and rap artists,” said Smo. “Being out on the road supporting this record has shown me how much love and support my Kinfoke bring to the table and
none of this would be possible without them!”

Four new albums debuted on the Top 25 Country Albums:
a) Texas five-piece Micky & The Motorcars a rough-hewn brand of country-rock led by Mickey Braun made a bow at No.150 on the BB200 (#17 Country) selling 2,400 copies of their seventh album HEARTS FROM ABOVE crowdfunded Kickstarter Project (856 backers pledged $45,882 of a $35,000 goal) .
The long-running Austin band have a brand-new engine, fine-tuned and good to run for at least as many more miles still ahead. Two brothers and founding members Micky Braun (lead vocals and guitar) and Gary Braun (guitar, mandolin, harmonica, and vocals) are now invigorated and supercharged by a transfusion of new blood from fresh recruits Dustin Schaefer (lead guitar), Joe Fladger (bass), and Bobby Paugh (drums). You can hear that born-again “blast” right from the start of Hearts From Above with the soaring title track, a song Micky started working on in the afterglow of a particularly inspiring show he caught by one of his biggest Austin heroes, Alejandro Escovedo. “Alejandro’s one of those guys who makes me want to be better,” Micky enthuses, “and all I wanted to do was go right home and write.” He ended up co-writing “Hearts From Above” with Willy Braun, who, along with another older brother, Cody, actually moved to Austin a few years ahead of Micky and Gary with their own wildly popular Americana rock band, Reckless Kelly

Critical reception for “Hearts From Above”:
12 Tracks CD - UK iTunes - Amazon.com 
No Depression (by Chuck Schultz)..Years on the road can put a lot of wear on you and can affect you personally and as an artist. Having brothers along for the ride as musicians and collaborators makes that road quite a bit easier. On Micky & the Motorcars seventh release Hearts From Above, may be their best yet. Solid songwriting, amazing compositions and tight playing makes this record one of the best of 2014...A personal highlight is “Tonight We Ride,” a great song of friends, soldiers, anyone that has to rely on one another to get through anything....Micky & the Motorcars and keeping the flame of Texas Music burning for the foreseeable future.

Texas Music Pickers - Looking for an album that offers more than just love and heartbreak songs? Well look no further, as Micky and the Motorcars’ “Hearts From Above” delivers on every standard you can put it to.  It’s full of superb song writing conveying vibrant stories, superior music, solid vocals, and what can only be described as that “Braun Edge”....Overall, it’s a fantastic album that only one with 13 years of experience in the Texas/Red Dirt music scene can put out. It’s a tale of renaissance, as “Hearts From Above” leaves the listener not only satisfied, but impressed in the truest sense of the word.  We encourage you to check it out, as it’s definitely one of the best albums of 2014!

b) Billie Joe Shaver, one of the original members of the 1970s outlaw country movement made a debut at No.157 on the BB200 (#19 Country) selling over 2,200 copies of his new release LONG IN THE TOOTH (Lightning Rod Records).

In 1973, Waylon Jennings released an album called Honky Tonk Heroes that consisted almost entirely, with one exception, of songs written by Billie Joe Shaver, a then-unknown Texas songwriter. Since that time, his songs have been recorded by everyone from Elvis Presley to Willie Nelson. Now 74 years old, Shaver has released his first new studio album in six years.

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Critical reception for “Long in the Tooth”:
10 Tracks/ Time: 32:19 CD - MP3 - UK iTunes - Smart Choice Music - Amazon.com 
Allmusic (Rating: 3.1/2 Stars)....Shaver, a hard-living Texas country singer and songwriter whose best songs were a fair step past brilliant, either didn't play the game right, or didn't care for the spotlight, or maybe the game just passed him by, who knows.... Long in the Tooth features ten new Shaver songs, and if his voice by now (the album was released in his 75th year) has worn to a deep, rough rasp, the songs are as strong and as vital and world-weary wise as ever, and at least three of them here -- the opener "Hard to Be an Outlaw" (a duet with Willie Nelson); the beautiful, ragged fiddle and piano waltz "I'll Love You as Much as I Can"; and "The Git Go," which is full of a kind of rugged, hard-earned resignation -- have the feel of instant Shaver classics.....Here's hoping that this set isn't a swan song and that he still has more songs in him to add to that impressive legacy.

Saving Country Music (1.3/4 of 2 Guns Up) ..In some respects this album can be taken as a companion piece to Shaver’s dear friend Willie Nelson’s recent album Band of Brothers.... As the album proceeds though, there are some astounding moments where Shaver, whose zeal can sometimes exceed his vocal prowess, shows off a set of pipes in love songs that stir the heart with the same ferocity as his boot stompers shake the bones....The controversial song on the album (if you want to call it that) is the title track. It has some people (including Shaver himself in certain interviews) saying that he’s rapping, though I’m not sure that’s how I would characterize it. The song is drenched in Crybaby guitar pedals and spit on the microphone as Shaver does his best to scare off old age in a merciless exploration of whatever is left of his id and machismo.....Blame the seven year hiatus for helping to refine his material, blame his immortal spirit that refuses to let him sit down, or blame the talent within him that appears to be bottomless. But at 74-years-old, Billy Joe Shaver is still schooling an army of artists who would love to label themselves Outlaws, but don’t have the acumen to truly understand what the word even means, let alone the skills to pull it off, or the history
to back it up.
Pop Matters (Rating: 7/10) ...As the album’s title suggests, Long in the Tooth shows Shaver’s self-aware of his aging. The songs offer the perspective of someone who has been there and done that, and can see the patterns of the past repeated in the present. Sometimes his focus is on the big picture, as on tracks such as “The Git Go” that starts in the Garden of Eden to illustrate how little has changed. Other tunes offer more of a close-up perspective on life, such as the love song “I’ll Love You as Much as I Can”. Shaver understands that romance remains the same as it ever was when it is real....Shaver’s voice may not be as strong as it used to be, but it is still a wonderful, expressive instrument. The man warbles and slides around the words and delivers them with pizzazz. He always sounds like he’s singing right from the heart....Shaver may not have changed much over the last decade, and the slimness of this record suggests he’s not about to set the world on fire. He may be old and know it, but he’s still plugging away. He also understands that the world still needs Honky Tonk heroes like him.

c) Sunny Sweeney with her third album album PROVOKED made a bow at No.165 BB200 (#20 Country) selling 2,200 copies. It was funded through PledgeMusic (109% of goal reached) and received an August 5th release date teaming up with Thirty Tigers. The first single, "Bad Girl Phase," was unveiled on Sirius/XM Radio. The title of Sweeney's set is an apt one after nearly a decade of highs and lows professionally and personally. – Press Release

Critical reception for “Provoked”:
13 Tracks/ Time: 47:44 CD - MP3 - UK iTunes - Smart Choice Music - Amazon.com

Allmusic (Rating: 4 STARS) ...It's a provocative album, detailing a difficult journey through disappointment, doubt, darkness, and ultimately triumph. It's chock-full of vulnerability,
accountability, an acidic wit and strength. Sweeney co-wrote 11 of the 13 songs on the Luke Wooten-produced set..... The attitude in those tracks recalls the anthemic, no-apologies militancy of Gretchen Wilson at her best..... The longing in the shimmering country waltz "Find Me" is a highlight, as is "My Bed," a duet with Will Hoge that details both viewpoints at the end of a marriage. "Uninvited" marries gospel and pop as Sweeney's East Texas vocal comes through the center. The sassy closer "Everybody Else Can Kiss My Ass" is hard, classic honky tonk, with pedal steel and fiddle raging.... Honest, poignant, and often funny, this is contemporary country with real heart. It should not only appeal to fans, but to a wider audience to boot.

Twang Nation.com (Rating; 4.5 / 5) ...Combining DIY ethic with crowd-sourced funding, and support by indy Americana super label Thirty Tigers, “Provoked” contains Sweeney’s earlier fire tempered with an ear for a hook and just the right amount of studio provided by Luke Wooten (Dierks Bentley, Brad Paisley and sister neo-traditionalist Kellie Pickler). From the cover Sunny looks right through use with her big, blue tinted eyes. What looks like tape with the title is masking her mouth giving the duel impression of being gagged and screaming the title at once....Sweeney says the album reflects her coming to terms with the mistakes she has made and the recovery that the last few years have brought her. “The album is a journey from nearly hitting bottom and losing everything personally to regaining my footing and being able to find not only my true self again, but real happiness.” “Provoked” might be a result of hard times and challenges of the spirit, but it has allowed Sweeny to regain her voice......on “Provoked” Sweeney proves that a more substantial response to Bro-Country, or really anything Music Row is shoveling out as the flavor of the moment, is to follow your heart and kick some ass. Sweeney sure does that and reminds us that life os more than just radio decoration.

Digital Journal (Rating: 5 STARS) ..Provoked opens with the upbeat "You Don't Know your Husband," where her vocals are reminiscent of Lee Ann Womack and Natalie Maines, the lead singer of The Dixie Chicks.....Her vocals are crystalline on the gorgeous ballad "Carolina on the Line," which is one of my favorite songs on the album, and worthy enough to become a single in the future, since it displays her vulnerability as an artist....The inclusion of fellow country singer-songwriter Will Hoge on this album is genius and they produce a stunning vocal collaboration in "My Bed," which is utterly fantastic and country as grits. Hoge's vocals are haunting and rich and soulful, and compliments Sweeney well. Sunny Sweeney delights on her latest album, which is perhaps her finest musical work to date. There is something in it for everybody on this album: it contains melancholic ballads, uptempo songs, and tunes about heartbreak. Her delivery is delicate and witty at times. Sweeney showcases a great deal of inner strength. She is the Patsy Cline of my generation.

For The Country Record ...Throughout this largely autobiographical record, we get a sense that Sunny has spent some time maturing through all these life experiences. Every moment of note is narrated with storytelling aplomb and a keen wit; the bluntly honest approach seems to be her forte, but she isn’t afraid to explore her more poetic side, peppering tracks like ‘Carolina On The Line’ with metaphors and a more literary sense. For the most part, however, her bright, headstrong personality and sense of humor come through in droves....‘Provoked’ feels genuine, honest, musically varied, but quintessentially country. I don’t think we could ever ask for more than that.

d) Shooter Jennings with his five-song EP DON’T WAIT UP (For George) (Black Country Rock) arrived at #23 on the Bilboard Country chart (outside the BB200) selling 1,900 copies of his tribute to the Old Possum, featuring two originals and three covers of George Jones classics.

Critical reception for “Don't Wait Up (For George)”:
Allmusic (3.1/2 STARS) One of the cool things about having Waylon Jennings for a father is your dad's work friends are likely to be a lot more interesting than if he worked, say, at a vacuum cleaner repair shop. Shooter Jennings knew George Jones as a good-hearted guy
who used to stop by and visit his father sometimes, and when Jones died in 2012, Shooter lost both a family friend as well as a musical hero.....Ultimately, it's the new tunes from Jennings that are most effective here; "Living in a Minor Key" was written by Jennings with Faren Miller for Jones to sing, and this simple but evocative tale of good and bad times sounds like something that would fit Jones like a glove. "Don't Wait Up (We're Playin' Possum)" pays homage to Jones while allowing Jennings to indulge in his badass persona as he ponders both cheating songs and real-world infidelity...And while Jennings clearly means well, the covers face one insurmountable obstacle -- no one will ever sing those songs as well as George Jones. That said, Shooter Jennings clearly sings from the heart on "Don't Wait Up," and this is a tribute to the artist and the man that rings honest and true.

Rollingstone (3.1/2 Stars) ...Whether country music tributes succeed or fail, they almost always err on the side of caution – keeping it trad even when saluting artists who mixed it up. Let's cheer Shooter Jennings, then, for an EP dedicated to the late great George Jones that surprises with synthesized twinkles and bass lines nicked from Giorgio Moroder – the Italian disco wizard Jennings has said he discovered while listening to last year's Daft Punk album

Paste Magazine (Rating: 8.6/ 10) ...Apples don’t fall far from the tree. Though Shooter Jennings, son of the late Waylon Jennings, has spent the past several years mining a more rock attitude, his inflections, tone and ability to craft a country song are undeniable....Sparked by a shady producer implying he was working on a Jones project who solicited songs—quite possibly to use to lure Jones into working with him—from the young man who’d grown up around the legends, Jennings’ originals capture the man being honored. His material fits seamlessly beside the three Jones classics that round out Don’t Wait Up...Plodding, hard, slow, Jennings gives his friend, his mentor and his influence a new reality that feels as potent as Jones’ own steel-soaked records.

Outside the Top 25 & 50 country albums:

LeAnn Rimes with GREATEST HITS & DANCE LIKE YOU DON'T GIVE A... GREATEST HITS: REMIXES (Curb Records) made a #50 Country debut with this collection of her biggest hits in remixed form.
Details/ Available to BUY: 13 Tracks/ Time: 55:35 MP3 - UK iTunes - Artwork - Amazon.com - Walmart - Spotify a physical version of the album will be released thru Walmart which is a double disc release combined with her Greatest Hits.
“Everyone knows I love to dance,” said LeAnn in a statement. “What better way to celebrate the next chapter of my music than to remix some of my favorite hits from over the years to get my fans out on the dance floor shaking their asses.” Unlike The Best of Remixed from 2007, a European-only album that compiled the existing remixes up until that point, Dance Like You Don’t Give A… Greatest Hits Remixes presents 13 of her favorites as fresh remixes from today’s biggest names in dance music. 
The LP features remixes from Kaskade, Dave Aude, Fear Of Tigers, Cahill, 7th Heaven, Digital Dog, and more. It also includes “Grace,” a collaboration with iconic electronic music duo The Crystal Method. “I have such an eclectic group of fans across all genres of music,” says LeAnn. “And when they request dance remixes, I am thrilled to be able to give it to them! There is such a talented group of DJs on this album and pairing it with my Greatest Hits CD seemed the perfect fit.”

Mary Sarah the 18-year-old singer, who grew up in Richmond and Sugar Land has earned a considerable amount of national attention for the project MARY SARAH & FRIENDS which pairs her with the likes of Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Tanya Tucker for new readings of familiar songs. Her album is new on the Billboard Heatseeker Albums chart this week at #24 having sold another 850 copies to bring her sales tally for her indie classic duets project to 2,400.
Track three features Mary Sarah’s recording with the last-ever duet with the late Ray Price, covering his classic “Heartaches by the Number
Houston Chronicle Mary Sarah says "Bridges," her album of duets with classic country superstars, was assembled "miracle by miracle." Houston Press Blog....Frankly, Mary Sarah looks and sounds an awful lot like Carrie Underwood: All-American cheerleader good looks and a voice blessed with not only perfect pitch but dynamic range (which, unlike Underwood, she doesn't overuse). On Bridges, she goes well beyond holding her own against some of the greatest talents in country-music history -- most of whom are admittedly getting on in years -- and pretty much steals the show....
UK Album reviews: Country Music People - flyinshoes
Available CD - MP3 (Amazon UK; 13 track/ 44:20 AGR TV Records)Smart Choice Music (US release)-  Amazon.com

2014 Country Album sales Year-To Date:
18,246,000 (Physical sales 12,085,000 (down 9%) + Digital sales 6,161,000 (down -12.8%)) which is 20.9% down at the same point in 2013 (23,068,000 sales)

Billboard Top 200 / Country Album Placings

(Issue dated Chart week of August 23, 2014)
(Country Album positions #1 - #25)
(TW) This Week, (LW) Last Week, Co (Country Album Chart placing / Movement)
































Top 25 Hot Country Songs (week of August 23, 2014)


On Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart - which blends:
a) All-format airplay, as monitored by BDS 
b) Sales, as tracked by Nielsen SoundScan and
c) Streaming, (tracked by Nielsen BDS from such services as Spotify, Muve, Slacker, Rhapsody, Rdio and Xbox Music, among others) according to BDS it results in:

  • Jason Aldean’sBurnin’ It Down” (Broken Bow) stayed at No.1 for a third straight week. It also became his first No.1 (3-1) on Country Streaming Songs (2.3 million U.S. streams, up 24%). The track tops Country Digital Songs for a third consecutive week with 107,000 downloads sold.
  • Tim McGraw’sMeanwhile Back at Mama’s” (Big Machine), featuring wife Faith Hill, jumped 11-7, each artist celebrates notable achievements. McGraw notched his 50th top 10, while Hill ends a seven-year absence from the upper tier; she had last visited the top 10 with the couple’s “I Need You,” which peaked at No.8 on Aug. 4, 2007. Hill last reached the top 10 on her own eight years ago with “Sunshine and Summertime” (No.7 peak). Dating to his first week in the upper region more than 20 years ago (“Indian Outlaw” flew 14-9 on March 26, 1994), McGraw widens his lead for the most top 10s among all acts, distancing himself further from runner-up George Strait, who has totaled 47 top 10s in that span. In the time span since Oct. 20, 1958, when Billboard’s various country songs charts merged into one all-inclusive list, Strait is the leader in top 10s with 86; McGraw ranks sixth. “Mama’s” added top Digital Gainer stripes with a 54% increase to 43,000 downloads sold.
  • Dustin Lynch scored top Airplay Gainer honours with “Where It’s At (Yep, Yep)” (Broken Bow) as it stepped 9-8 on Country Airplay with an 11% gain to 36.1 million audience impressions.
  • Brantley Gilbert’sSmall Town Throwdown” (featuring Justin Moore and Thomas Rhett) (Valory) roped the Streaming Gainer trophy (21-16). The song logged a 297% surge to 750,000 streams during its first complete seven-day tracking week (Aug. 4 to 10) following the Aug.1 premiere of its official video. 46% of the song’s total weekly streams came from Vevo on YouTube and 29% were via Spotify. It sold 26,000 copies in its 13th week.
Top 25 Hot Country Songs:

Jason Aldean with “Burnin’ It Down” stays Top the chart! 
Florida Georgia Line with former #1 “Dirt” holds at #2
Kenny Chesney with “American Kids” holds at #3
Dierks Bentley with “Drunk On A Plane” a non-mover at #4
Lady Antebellum with “Bartender” sticks at #5
Lee Brice with “I Don’t Dance” stays at #6
Tim McGraw feat Faith Hill with “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s” lifts #11 - #7 p
Florida Georgia Line feat Luke Bryan’s former #1 “This Is How Me Roll” falls, #7 - #8 q
Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood’s former #1 “Somethin’ Bad” drops #8 - #9 q
Sam Hunt with “Leave The Night On” drops one, #9 - #10 q
Luke Bryan with “Roller Coaster” climbs four, #15 - #11 p
Brad Paisley with “River Bank” levels at #12
Cole Swindell with “Hope You Get Lonely Tonight” rises four, #17 - #13 p
Dustin Lynch with “Where It’s At” (Yep, Yep) holds at #14
Joe Nichols with “Yeah” falls five, #10 - #15 q
Brantley Gilbert with “Small Town Throwdown” jumps up five, #21 - #16 p
Chase Rice with “Ready Set Roll” is up one, #18 - #17 p
Little Big Town with “Day Drinking” rises five, #23 - #18 p
Frankie Ballard with “Sunshine & Whiskey” stays at #19
Blake Shelton feat. Gwen Sebastion with “My Eyes” is up two, #22 - #20 p
Eric Church with “Cold One” climbs five, #26 - #21 p
Eric Paslay with “Song About A Girl” is down two, #20 - #22 q
Eli Young Band with “Dust” is up one, #24 - #23 p
The Swon Brothers with “Later On” lifts one, #25 - #24 p
Maddie & Tae with “Girl In A Country Song” falls nine slots, #16 - #25 q

Hot County Songs
** No.1 (3 weeks) ** “Burnin’ It Down” Jason Aldean
** Digital Gainer ** No.7 “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s” Tim McGraw feat Faith Hill
** Airplay Gainer ** No.14 “Where It’s At” (Yep, Yep) Dustin Lynch
** Streaming Gainer ** No.16 “Small Town Throwdown” Brantley Gilbert
** Hot Shot Debut ** No.38 “A Guy Walks Into A Bar” Tyler Farr
Debut No.40 “Do It Like This” Chase Rice
Debut No.44 “Hangin' Around” Josh Abbott Band
Debut No.45 “Perfect Storm” Brad Paisley
Debut No.49 “Little Red Wagon” Miranda Lambert


Billboard Country Airplay Chart Week of August 23, 2014

Lee Brice notched his fourth Billboard Country Airplay No.1, as "I Don't Dance" (Curb Records) waltzed 2-1 in its 27th chart frame. It follows his previous leaders "I Drive Your Truck" (chart April 20, 2013), "Hard to Love" (Nov. 10, 2012) and "A Woman Like You" (April 21, 2012). 
The song, written by Lee Brice, Rob Hatch and Dallas Davidson was first released on Feb 18, 2014 as the first single and title track from Brice's upcoming third studio album which will be released on September 9th.
Most recently, Brice’s “Parking Lot Party” peaked at No. 6 (Nov. 2, 2013). On chart frame dated Aug.23rd “Dance” logged 48.339 million audience impressions (+1.726 million) and received 7,576 radio plays (+347). Top local audience stations for “Dance” during the Aug. 4-10 tracking week were: KKBQ Houston (1.8 million impressions), WUSN Chicago (1.6 million), WNSH New York (1.2 million) and KPLX Dallas (1.1 million).  The track has sold 843, 000 downloads to the week ending Aug.10. It peaked at No.4 on Billboard’s Country Digital Songs list dated June 14.












  • Faith Hill returned to the Country Airplay top five for the first time in eight years, as featured on hubby’s Tim McGraw’sMeanwhile Back at Mama’s” (Big Machine), which made a 7-5 hop in its 17th chart week (41.6 million impressions, up 7%). It’s Hill’s first top five appearance since she scored three such consecutive peaks in 2005-06, beginning with “Mississippi Girl,” which began a two-week stand at No.1 on Sept. 3, 2005. “Like We Never Loved at All” and “The Lucky One” both peaked at No.5 (on the Feb. 18, 2006 and May 6, 2006 charts, respectively). Hill had most recently charted with “American Heart,” which peaked at No.26 on Dec. 29, 2012. Since her first Country Airplay chart appearance nearly 21 years ago (Oct. 16, 1993), she’s shared collaborative artist credits only with McGraw, with whom she’s charted five times; all five have hit the top 10, with “It’s Your Love” leading with its six-week reign in 1997. “Mama’s” is their first shared top five hit since 1998, when “Just to Hear You Say That You Love Me” reached No.3. Hill’s Country Airplay chart history includes nine No.1s overall (eight on her own), a feat she last achieved with “Mississippi Girl.”
  • The Most Increased Audience stripes went to Dustin Lynch with "Where It's At (Yep, Yep)" (Broken Bow) which logged 36.174 million audience impressions, a gain of +3.677 million and received 5,747 radio plays (+578).
  • Rookie duo Maddie & Tae claimed the Most Added trophy with “Girl In A Country Song“ which logged 7,742 million audience impressions (+2.358) and received 1,128 radio plays (+380) thanks to 25 fresh radio commitments (ADDS)
  • "Shut Me Up" by Lindsay Ell the only Top 60 debut, snagged her token Hot Shot Debut honours at No.59.
Women of Country 2014 Watch:
There were no solo female artists on the Top 30 Country Airplay songs Miranda Lamberts’ duet with Carrie Underwood Somethin’ Bad” held at No.17 in its 12th chart week. “Girl In A Country Song” by rookie duo Maddie & Tae moved 31-30.
RaeLynn #34, Kacey Musgraves #40 and Jana Kramer #41 and Linsay Ell at #59 were the four solo females in the remaining 31-60 slots, to make it just 6.6% of the entire Top 60 chart.

Country Airplay

Country Airplay
*** No. 1 (1 week) *** "I Don't Dance" Lee Brice
** Most Increased Audience ** No.8 "Where It's At (Yep, Yep)" Dustin Lynch
** Most Added ** “Girl In A Country Song” Maddie & Tae
** Hot Shot Debut ** No. 59 "Shut Me Up" Lindsay Ell



                                                                                  
 Billboard Country Digital Singles Chart Week of August 23, 2014

  • Jason Aldean's "Burnin' It Down" (Broken Bow / BBMG) held at No.1 with 107,000 downloads sold (down 7%) and also remained at No.6 on the all genre Digital Songs chart in its third chart frame.
  • The top 3 Country songs remained the same with Lady Antebellum and Dierks Bentley switching places at #4 and #5.al Songs.
  • The CMA’s “Country Night To Rock” special on ABC TV helped to impact the week’s sales numbers with Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood’s duet “Somethin’ Bad” jumped back 8-6 and Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’sMeanwhile Back At Mama’s” made a 14-7 climb with a 53% sales increase.
  • In their 4th chart week Maddie & Tae fell 12-25 (sales down 37%) with “Girl In A Country Song” (Dot/ BMLG)
  • Chase Rice’sDo It Like This” made an entry on the Top 30 at No.27 with the preview track from his due to be released IGNITE THE NIGHT record.

Women Of Country Watch
There were no solo female artists on the Top 30 placings on the Top 50 Miranda Lambert’s Automatic” re-entered at No.47 and her CMA Song “Little Red Wagon” made a bow at #45

Dropping off the Top 30:
21 - Off the Top 50 Florida Georgia Line “If I Die Tomorrow”
24 - Off the Top 50 Chase Rice “We Goin’ Out” 

Top 30 Digital Singles in Country Music (published August 14, 2014)
 (LW) Last Week (TW) This Week
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Country Aircheck/ Mediabase chart

Lee Brice landed the No1 on Mediabase with “I Don’t Dance’” (Curb) which moved 2-1. The song logged 7,820 radio spins (+363) and 56.716 million audience impressions (+2.594 million) from 149 tracking stations for the tracking week Aug 3 to August 9, 2014 and published chart August 11th.
Congratulates Curb Records VP/Promotion Ryan Dokke, National Dir./Promotion Mike Rogers, and the entire Curb Promo team for scoring the week’s #1 spot on the MEDIABASE Country singles chart with Lee Brice’s >> "I Don't Dance."
This is the fourth career #1 single for Brice, the most recent being "I Drive Your Truck" in April 2013.  Sweets were due to be delivered to CURB in celebration of the milestone! The guitar Lee Brice is holding on the cover of his new album, I Don’t' Dance, is much more than just a prop. It's the actual 1948 Gibson J-45 guitar his wife, Sara, gave him as a wedding present before they tied the knot last year. Lee told ABC News Radio, "My buddy in South Carolina, he's got a bunch of old guitars like that, and I just fell in love with one that looked just like that, and he found me one, for [Sara to give me], out in California, and it's just amazing."













Congratulations to RCA SVP/Promotion Keith Gale, Dir./National Promotion Josh Easler and the entire RCA Promo team for earning 47 MEDIABASE Country adds with Jake Owen’sWhat We Ain’t Got”. Those adds give Jake the “Most Added” title this chart week.
Bagels were due to be delivered to RCA’s office (August 12th) to congratulate the staff on their achievement.
For a detailed report check out Country Aircheck Weekly Issue 409 - August 11, 2014 [PDF File]
For the very latest up to the minute Mediabase Chart (Past 7 Days) go here - www.mediabase.com

Billboard Boxscores (Selective Country concerts)
Chart Week of August 23, 2014

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Country Bites News snippets August 4 - August 10, 2014

Country Bites News snippets August 4 – August 10, 2014

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UK & IRISH News

More artists to be announced for UKCountryRadio.com's Birthday Party, Introducing Mr.Plow, New album from Emma Jane, introducing Grand Prairie, Americana Festival Success, Introducing Love Street, the artists featuring each weekend during August are: Aug 1-3: The Dirty Beggars; Aug 8-10: My Darling Clementine; Aug 15-17: Glenn Williams; Aug 22-24: The Annie Duggan Band and Aug 29-31: Tim Howard, Read more in the UKCountryRadio.com August Newsletter

Raintown (Paul Bain and Claire McArthur) the current BCMAward Duo of the Year are to perform at UKCountryRadio.com's Seventh Birthday Party and Awards. Paul Bain and Claire of the Glasgow-based band will be joined by two fellow musicians to perform an acoustic set at the event at the Best Western Premier Yew Lodge Hotel, Kegworth, Derby, on Saturday 13th September. The evening will see the launch of a brand new acoustic trio fronted by popular UK country music artist Paul Martin. Paul is joined by season guitarist Richard Freemand and UKCountryRadio.com's CEO Allan Watkiss on keyboards.
It brings to nine the total number of artists performing on the night. Gary Quinn and Thorne Hill with Arizona Storm, each nominated alongside Raintown for their UK Country Artist of the Year Award, will also perform. The Award will be presented on the night. Read the Newsletter Update

UKCountryRadio.com Flashback: On Saturday September 17, 2011 Raintown were finalists at UKCountryRadio.com’s Listeners Awards 4th Party. Station CEO Allan Watkiss has
Raintown at UKCR 4
4th Party in 2011
referred to the Glasgow duo as “
the UK’s answer to US super group Lady Antebellum” on both BBC Radio Sheffield and UKCountryRadio.com. They are one of the few UK artists whose music can be played seamlessly alongside the big Nashville-produced country hits of today.” said Watkiss (CMA International Broadcaster 2010; BBC Radio Sheffield). “I would put Paul and Claire, Raintown on a par with Sugarland. They are absolutely brilliant and an absolute credit to Scotland. They can mix it with the best; Nashville eat your heart out.” Phil Mack – The Phil Mack International Country Show. >> Listen to Raintown’s 2011 UKCountryRadio.com set and interview on soundcloud.com
Country Trivia: Raintown have referred to themselves as “Bluegrass”, “Traditional Folk”, “Americana” and “Contemporary country”
Original went under the name of "OMNI" as a POP act making a living at weekends. They covered songs such as "It Takes Two", “Suspicious Minds” and "Warwick Avenue. However their Myspace music and website page (“myspace.com/omnimusiconline/music/songs”) has been pulled no longer exists. They then moved onto “OMNI COUNTRY” via EMKAY Entertainments
Kacey Musgraves the 24 year old Grammy winning Texan native championed by Bob Harris and Simon Mayo has become a Radio 2 playlist favourite and played live with Lady Antebellum and Willie Nelson. She is play the main stage at the BBC Radio 2 Live in  Hyde Park event on Sept 14. NEWSFLASH Terry Wogan announced on BBC Radio 2 that UK duo Ward Thomas as headliners for the BBC Introducing stage at BBC Radio2 Live in Hyde Park event!  The Shires are also slated to appear. Check out the Full Line up

Play It Again Sam: Someone in Nashville has put up the Michael Buble >> footage with the UK's Sam Hollyman (when aged 15) filmed at the Birmingham, UK concert and it has had over 200,000 shares on Facebook resulting in a 7-million reach. 












Sam's record company asked Sam for a 2014 recording of the Buble classic "Feeling Good". It will be released on iTunes on Aug 19th. On August 8th Lee Williams had a world exclusive playing the single on CMR Nashville "Europe's #1 Country Music Radio Station" .
Sam is a client of KEMC Global Music Marketing in Nashville, TN with representation in the UK by Django Promotions an Artist Development/PR/Promotion company owned by Lee Williams.
Listen to Sam Hollyman's new single "Feeling Good"




Related post: Michael Bublé updates 95.5 WPLJ presenter Race Taylor on 15 Year-Old Sam who sang with him on Stage (first published April 28, 2013) >> Watch the YouTube Video
Listen to Staffordshire's very own 18-year old Sam Hollyman on BBC Radio Stoke (Liz Ellis sits in for James Watt) on August 13th (Listen back from 2 hours 30mins on the BBC Radio Stoke Page) Sam talks about the Michael Bublé experience, he performs his new single "Feeling Good" and "If Ever There Were A Time" live, chats about X Factor and appearing on The Voice UK and songwriting. >>
Click to listen to Sam Hollyman's BBC Radio Stoke Interview Session


Sam tweets @SamHollyman And the #countdown begins for the release of my single :D

The Shires had a little feature in The Mail On Sunday: Trending: meet Brit country music duo The Shires (by Victoria Woodhall)

Sarah Lucy Dole thanked everyone who has made it possible for them to get to Texas for the Texas Sounds International Country Music Awards, Jefferson, Texas, July 25 through Aug 17.
The festival are bringing top Country Music performers from Australia, Canada, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and more! Sarah Lacy Dole & Star Lane described as “The UK’s fastest rising country star”, has shared the stage with Chip Taylor (Angel in the Morning), Al Perkins (The Band, The Eagles, Bob Dylan), Gail Davies (the first female record producer in Country Music), and many more. On Sat Aug 16th Sarah Lucy Dole will join the >> East Texas a four piece Rockabilly band from Adelaide, Australia on the Festival Bill. Read More at easttexasperformingarts.org

On the BBC Radio 2 Playlist for the week commencing August 9, 2014 saw Ward Thomas with their single "Push for the Stride" removed from the “A” playlist. Emma Stevens with "Make My Day" remained on the "B" playlist for a second week as The Shires with "Tonight" are added to "B" playlist with their second single following on from their May single “Nashville Grey Skies”.

When Emma Stevens got the ”amazing news” that her brand new single “Make My Day”  had made the BBC Radio 2 playlist with an album shortly on the way, she really felt she needed to celebrate some how.  So obviously…flying over her home town in a plane seemed like a good alternative! 
She thought it would be really cool to get some of her amazing friends/fans to lay down and spell out (using their bodies) the words “MAKE MY DAY” and then fly over, serenading them with her new song! She actually managed to get 60 willing people on board to be a part of this crazy idea! >> Watch the video
 “Make My Day” (Rising Tide Music/Emma Stevens Music), which has very much the feel of  Taylor Swift's "22", received its first ever play on the Wogan show on BBC Radio 2 on Sunday 20th July. Without being signed to a major label. BBC Radio 2 have supported her 100% with three singles (“Riptide” and “Once” and “A Place Called You”) she has put out from from the 14 track Oct 13, 2013 album ENCHANTED 
Pete Woodroffe and Emma record her songs in the attic of his family home – “When we wrote “Make my Day” I just knew it had to be the first single off my new album (which, by the way, is due to be released early October) she shares.
Album Two, a Pledge Music project has logged 193% of its goal with 35 days left.
Pop/Singer/Songwriter/Modern Folk Emma, who plays guitar, ukulele, banjo, mandolin and piano “with a twist and lots of sparkle” will release her new single digitally on 24th Aug 2014 available on Amazon UK MP3 and UK iTunes . >> Watch the Lyric video
Emma planned a series of 4 EPs, each one with a unique and beautiful artwork designed by her Mum. Emma’s Mum made the designs as a gift to Emma, and completed them just two weeks before she died. When all 4 are collected they fit together like a puzzle to make a larger beautiful painting. This combination of art and music typifies Emma’s unique approach to her work.
>>  Watch the video to "Once" which has been aired on a local BBC country show.
BUY Emma’s music on: AMAZON UK - UK iTunes
CONNECT with Emma: - WEBSITE - FACEBOOK - TWITTER

UK CHART NEWS

Official UK Top 100 Album Chart (Week Ending August 16, 2014)

Dolly Parton with BLUE SMOKE/THE BEST OF (Masterworks) remained at No.2 (16,665 sales; up 11% on previous week 14,998 copies; 9-week total 156,316). Parton's pair has been in the Top 7 throughout its nine week chart frame!

Ward Thomas the 20 year old twins Catherine and Lizzy saw their full length debut album, FROM WHERE WE STAND (WTW MUSIC) fall one rung 93-94 selling probably around 900 - 1,000 copies (based on #75 Elvis Presley’s That's The Way It Is selling 1,287) to add to their debut sales week of 2,473.
On The Independent Albums chart FROM WHERE WE STAND held at No.11 whilst their BBC Radio 2 playlisted single “Push For The Stride” moved upthe Independent Singles Top 40 (chart week 16th August 2014) in their 5th chart frame with a 27-20 jump.
Their two official videos >> “The Good And The Right” published on Apr 8, 2014 has received 24,409 views and >> “Push For The Stride” published on July 9, 2014 has to date received 36,371 views.

Official UK Country Album Chart (Week Ending August 16, 2014)
The UK’s Ward Thomas with FROM WHERE WE STAND (WTW Music) stays at No.1 for a third week
Johnny Cash with OUT AMONG THE STARS (Columbia) held at No.2 in its 19th chart frame.
Kacey Musgraves with SAME TRAILER DIFFERENT PARK (Decca) was a non mover at No.3 in her 69th chart frame.
Puss N Boots with NO FOOL NO FUN (Blue Note) made a debut at No.4.
Billy Joe Shaver with LONG IN THE TOOTH (Lightning Rod) made a bow at No.9.

UK iTunes Top 1500 Country Albums  (Last updated August 12, 2014)

Dolly Parton’s album BLUE SMOKE/ THE BEST OF remains at the top with UK country duo Ward Thomas new debut album FROM WHERE WE STAND unrooted at No2. The new Sony compilation American Heartland: Legends of Country moved 5-7. Pre-orders for Brad Paisley’s new album due out Aug 25th send it into the top 10 at #9

1 Dolly Parton - Blue Smoke / The Best Of 
2 Ward Thomas - From Where We Stand 
3 Dolly Parton - The Very Best of Dolly Parton 
4 Various Artists Country - 101 All Time Greats 
5 Johnny Cash - The Essential Johnny Cash 
6 Lady Antebellum - Need You Now 
7 Various Artists - American Heartland: Legends of Country 
8 Various Artists - The No.1 Country Hits Collection – 100 Greatest Country Hits 
9 Brad Paisley - Moonshine in the Trunk 
10 Taylor Swift - Red

UK iTunes Top 1500 Country Singles  (Last updated August 12, 2014)

Brad Paisley with his preview track “Crushin' It” heads the chart from his soon to be released album.    
Dolly Parton now posts 4 songs in the Top 10 headed by her signature tune “Jolene” .
Ward Thomas who have now left the BBC Radio 2  “A” playlist with “Push For the Stride” fell 1-4.
Young rookie US female duo Maddie & Tae are now at No.11 with “Girl In a Country Song”    
The Shires with their now Radio 2 playlisted single “Tonight” (Decca released on July 11, 2014 on UK iTunes.) rockets up 64-16.

1 Brad Paisley - Crushin' It    
2 Dolly Parton - Jolene    
3 Lady Antebellum - Need You Now    
4 Ward Thomas - Push For the Stride    
5 Dolly Parton - 9 To 5    
6 Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers - Islands In the Stream    
7 Taylor Swift - I Knew You Were Trouble.    
8 Taylor Swift - Love Story    
9 Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers - Islands in the Stream    
10 Taylor Swift -  22    
11 Maddie & Tae -  Girl In a Country Song    
16 The Shires - Tonight

On the Hotdisc Chart (August 10, 2014 Chart)
The Hotdisc chart is compiled from DJs and industry professionals' ratings of songs currently being promoted on the Rush Released CD.
They are not airplay charts, as airplay charts cannot work in Europe because there are no terrestrial country stations. As of September 2013 it was reliably disclosed that 650 physical Hotdiscs are sent out with 350 digital versions for people to download.

This week saw new tracks from the new August 2014 Hotdisc #188 (rush Released) promotional disc impact on the chart.
Jim Reeves’ duet with Barbi Franklin re-make of "How's The World Treating You" (written by Chet Atkins, Boudleaux Bryant) blew straight in at No.1 on the Hotdisc Top 40 chart to bag
the Hotshot Debut honours. Yes it's hard to believe that Jim Reeves who died 50 years ago still witness his music widely embraced and alive thanks to the quality of his work which still attracts airplay all over the world. And the new 8 CD collection of re-workings of his songs by Larry Jordan has been responsible for his latest chart appearances, including "Distant Drums" which peaked at No.2 on the Hotdisc Top 40 and moved 3-5 this chart week. The tracks are both drawn from the The Great Jim Reeves 8-CD set (H&H Records) which comes in a handsome, unique, silver-trimmed and high-gloss durable case which opens like a book. The track listings are displayed on two panels which then fold open to reveal all 8 CDs in convenient storage pockets. There is also a separate 48-page booklet inside called “Songs & Recordings” (running about 18,000 words!) in which Larry Jordan (author of the award-winning, 672-page book, “Jim Reeves: His Untold Story”), provides fascinating and detailed notes on each song. For more information visit www.jim-reeves.com/greatjimreeves , see the track listings here and order from www.jim-reeves.com $60.95 USD (incl postage) or from Smart Choice Music (£29.99)

Jim Reeves No.1 bow pushed Bertie Higgins’Cowboys Of The Caribbean” down 1-2 while a 1980s re-issue from David Frizzell titled "Maybe There's Love After You After All" (Bastian / Shaw) made the second highest new entry with a debut at No.3. taken from the March 17, 2014 released 2 on 1 set The Familys Fine, But This Ones All Mine / On My Own Again (Morello Records)
David Wood returned to chart with a follow up to his Hotdisc #185 Single “My Side Of The Fence” as “Who Left The Door To Heaven Open” (wriiten by Betty Duke) arrived at No.6 with the track taken from his 2010 album THE EARLY YEAR.


Joe Stampley's son Tony Stampley a writer himself who co-wrote and recorded "It Ain't All Good But It Ain't Half Bad" (Tony Stampley/ John Swat/ Philip Douglas) makes his debut at No.7. Moe Bandy and Joe Stampley (Mo & Joe) in the 1980's had a great cover/ satirical cut of Karma Chameleon called >> "Where's The Dress" (written by Tony Stampley with Bucky
Tony Stampley
Lindsey and George Cummings) that reached No.8 on the Hot Country Songs
chart. The good-natured send-up actually won a Best Country Video award. However it got them into a bit of trouble, Boy George was not impressed with the way his song was covered and brought about a court injunction (copyright infringement for using the opening melody) meaning they had to change it completely to satisfy the judges but won a lot of fans. Youngsters who normally bought Culture Club records brought in Boy George pictures to autograph which Stampley signed "Boy Joe"! Their country hit was about 2 truckers who saw the pop group Culture Club and its lead singer (known for his sexually ambivalent garb, long tresses and feminine makeup) as a gimmmick to pay their debts!

On their 5th week on the charts Brian Collins’ Never Really Left” remained in the top 10 falling 5-9, Texas native SaraBeth with her single "That's The Sound" slipped back 8-11 and Owen Howell held his own rounding out the top 10 with "Let's Start A Party" (written by Steve Ballard and Charlie Pennachio)

Outside the Top 10:
Kaylee Rutland an 18 year old soon to turn 19 contemporary country singer/songwriter from Texas made her Hotdisc debut at No.18 with title cut “Good Day To Get Gone” written by notable Canadian Jason Blaine along with Noah A Gordan and Willie Mack.
Kaylee was named as one of 10 Country Artists to Watch in 2014 by Billboard 615 who wrote: “Typically, teenage acts don't necessarily blow us away, but this native Texan is a little different. Her debut single is called "Into The Circle," and is a tribute to the world famous Grand Ole Opry, and she shows plenty of promise on the track. She's contemporary – but has one ear planted towards the heritage of the format!. Kaylee is currently attending college in Nashville studying music business. On July 29, 2014 she released a new 5 track EP titled GOOD DAY TO GET GONE (KRM Records).  

Charlie Boston followed up on his Hotdisc #184 single “Why Can’t You Love Me” (peak at No.22) with his self penned “How I Only Wish I Could Fly” taken from his November 2013 album WHITE CREEK PIKE. It made an entry at No.19 on the top 40 to land No.1 on the British & Irish Hotdisc chart replacing Tony Clarke’s Put That Country Song On” which fell 15-21 in his 5th chart frame.
Just behind Charlie at No.20 is a new entry from Hotdisc newbie Mike Ward with his brand new self penned single "Welcome Home" to secure the No.2 slot on the British standings. The track features players: Simon Goluding (Bass), Luke Thomas (Acoustic), Scott Poley (Electric & Steel), Chris Howard (Piano & B3) , Naomi Sarah (Backing vocals) and Justin Johnson (Drums & backing vocals)
Fans for the BBC 1 show The Voice UK will recall Mike (the cousin of British The X Factor series 2 winner Shayne Ward) who made the final of Season 2. Mike has recently been working with producer Justin Johnson and session guys in Liverpool at the Studio2 Parr Street Studios (www.parrstreetstudios.co.uk) where some major pop albums have been recorded such as John Mayer and Coldplay. 

Mike has recorded other tracks for a forthcoming EP due out in October which is already available for pre-order at www.mikeward.co.uk
It will feature >> 'Don't Close Your Eyes' (a cover of Keith Whitley's song) performed on his Series 2 Blind Audition. "Welcome Home" is being promoted by Lee Williams CEO of CMR Nashville/ Django Promotions who has signed Mike to management. Ward has seen praise in the past from David Allan the Country Music People columinist and former BBC Radio 2 presenter of the Country Club show in the 90’s. Follow & Like Mike Ward on Facebook


Outside the Hotdisc Top 20:
There new entries fron US acts Cody Riley with “Something I Wrote” (co-written with Mando Saenz) at No.22 taken from his Feb 21, 2014 album DOZEN RED ROSES. Sonia Leigh with her June 24, 2014 released single “Put It In Your Pocket” (co-written with Bobby Huff) arrived at No.23. David Shelby with his Aug 19, 2014 released single “Southern Drawl” (writers Chip Davis/ Damon Carrol) landed at No.24. The track is from an forthcoming EP slated to be called OH YEAH.

Scotland’s Janey Kirk saw her title track “Streets of Loneliness” (Watch the video at Yahoo.com/vevo-new-releases) just make the Top 40 at No.39 (#6 British & Irish Hotdisc). The lead guitars are Jerry Donahue, with Alan Thomson (bass), Jim Drummond (drums) and Iain Richard Johnson on banjo. The video was shot in her hometown in Central Hotel East Wemyss in central hotel and on the shore.
>> Take a listen to the week’s Top 20 countdown and hear producer Larry Jordan talk about the story behind the Jim Reeves & Barbi Franklin No.1 track!: 




>> Enjoy the SPOTIFY 9 track/ 30 minute Hotdisc 188 August Playlist using this ONLINE Web Player Link:
Note: The Playlist below requires you to already have your SPOTIFY application installed, and OPEN, and is ONLY for users of the online music streaming service



UK COUNTRY ALBUM / SINGLE RELEASES

(21 Feb 2014) Cody Riley Band - Dozen Dead Roses EP (TP Creative Group)
5 Tracks/ Time: 17:47 MP3 - UK iTunes - Amazon.com

(14 April 2014) Dexeter - Brighter Skies (Self release)
8 tracks UK iTunes

(17 June 2014) Brushville - Brushville (Brushville)
11 Tracks/ Time: 34:51 MP3 - UK iTunes - Amazon.com 

(29 July 2014) Kaylee Rutland - Good Day to Get Gone (KRM Records)
5 Tracks/ Time: 17:06 MP3 - UK iTunes - Amazon.com

(20 June 2014) Jared Blake - Stomp (Skiddco Records) MP3 - UK iTunes
(24 June 2014) Sonia Leigh - Put It in Your Pocket ( Willing To Fly) MP3 - UK iTunes
(19 Aug 2014)  David Shelby - Southern Drawl (Highway South Records) MP3 


(4 Aug 2014) Puss N Boots - No Fools, No Fun (Decca / UMO)
12 Tracks/ Time: 42:00 CD - MP3 - UK iTunes - Amazon.com Jazz and pop star Norah Jones has a new country trio. After playing live together since 2008, Puss n Boots, jazz singer Sasha Dobson, Norah Jones and alt-rock singer Catherine Popper have at last taken their collaboration into the studio.. Digital formats exclusively on Amazon.com include two bonus tracks: Puss n Boots' takes on "Cry Cry Cry", Johnny Cash's 1955 breakthrough hit, and the pop standard "In A Shanty In Old Shanty Town."
It's a mix of country, pop, folk and rock and consist in the regular edition of twelve tracks: five original and seven covers, of
which three were recorded live at The Bell House in Brooklyn, NY on June 27, 2013. The album's title "No Fools, No Fun" is taken from a Johnny Cash song called "Bull Rider", which is also among the covers on this record.
The covers are, in order of appearance: "Leaving London" (Tom Paxton), "Bull Rider" (Johnny Cash), "Twilight" (The Band), "Down By The River" (Neil Young),  "Tarnished Angel" (Roger Miller), "Jesus, Etc." (Wilco) and "GTO" (Jeb Loy Nichols).
Watch the top song >> "Don't Know What It Means" (Lambkini Exclusive) tracked, mixed and mastered by Joel Hamilton at Studio G Brooklyn

CANADIAN NEWS

August 5, 2014 (Toronto, ON) – The Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®) announced that Dean Brody, Tim Hicks and Dallas Smith will perform on the 2014 CCMA Awards Show; as will special guests, Little Big Town. These are the first artists announced to perform as part of the 2014 CCMA Awards, which will broadcast on CBC-TV at 8:00 p.m. local time (8:30 NT) with an encore airing on CMT (Canada) at 10:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, September 7. Also just announced: Gord Bamford, Paul Brandt, Terri Clark, Kira Isabella & Dierks Bentley to perform and a special appearance by Lennon and Maisy from The Stars of Nashville ABC drama.

NEWS

Country Aircheck's Insider Artist News:
August 8, 2014: Taylor Swift (Boston Children's Hospital), Garth Brooks (Chicago record), CMA Awards (Trivia), Lady Antebellum (Georgia Music Hall of Fame), Jon Pardi

August 12, 2014: Tim McGraw (Nacho Average Diet), Dierks Bentley and Cole Swindell (Just Chillin' It), Taylor Swift big reveal (Island's In The Stream), Trisha Yearwood (Woman's Day magazine)

Mindy Smith's very first album, ONE MOMENT MORE marks its 10th  Anniversary in 2014! To celebrate she will perform a very special 10th Anniversary show in Nashville on October 25th singing every song from the record and with a FULL band.

Lady Antebellum are to be inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame

Its congratulations to Brian Collins for winning the DISCovery Award from MusicRow magazine for his soon-to-be released album, "Healing Highway." He received a great review from Nashville's well respected music critic, Robert Oermann: "This Georgia boy has a confident, ultra-youthful, splendidly airy, superbly listenable country-rock approach that is just about irresistible. Dynamic and driving."

Taylor Swift tweeted out a picture of a screenshot from her phone. The image showed her cat, the time 5:00, and a drawing of the Statue of Liberty/New York City. Another photo, released, was a screengrab of the Yahoo! homepage, and the search bar contained the message "this is clue number 3." She first posted an Instagram video of her pushing an elevator button numbered "18." Best guess? New music is arriving Aug. 18, and Taylor Swift will appear at a Yahoo!-sponsored concert in New York City at 5:00 p.m. to debut it. But what role is her cat, Olivia Benson, playing in the announcement.
No official word yet on what she'll say, but the last time she held a similar Ustream event was August 2012, during which she revealed the new single “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Togethere”, the RED album and The Red Tour.

WE Fest 2014, featuring headliners Brad Paisley and Jason Aldean, took a turn for the ugly on Thursday (Aug. 8), when a man stabbed three concertgoers. The accused stabber, Aaron Williams, 32, was intoxicated when the incident occurred, according to the Becky County Sheriff’s Department. The stabbing took place early in the morning at a campground across the street from WE Fest, and thankfully, the wounds were not life-threatening. Read More at Taste Of Country / Have Country Fans Really Gone Wild? >> Encore video from Taste of Country's Billy Dukes

Brad Paisley used his time very wisely while flying to Afghanistan with President Obama on Air Force One earlier this year. Instead of just grabbing some shut-eye on his way to entertain U.S. troops, Brad opted to put the finishing touches on a new song, "Me and Jesus," while in the air over the Black Sea. "It was 13 hours over and 16 back, plenty of time to mix the record," Brad tells Billboard, "I had all the files and opened up the computer and thought, 'I'll get to work on this.' It didn't take too long. It's only my voice a guitar." Brad also picked up several souvenirs from Air Force One, including shot glasses, matches, luggage tags and towels.

TOURS
Carrie Underwood Joins All-Star Lineup ay the Opry Aug 19th with Trace Adkins, Craig Morgan, Sam Hunt, Joel Crouse, Mark Chesnutt, Del McCoury Band, and more.

Two-time GRAMMY award-winner Kacey Musgraves will be launching her headlining tour entitled ‘Same Tour Different Trailer’ September 25, 2014 in Tulsa, OK at Cain’s Ballroom. ‘Same Tour Different Trailer’  will hit 13 cities in the United States ending in Las Vegas, NV on October 26th at the Life is Beautiful Festival. All tour dates except the Life is Beautiful Festival will feature openers John & Jacob, who also joined Musgraves on her recently wrapped European tour.

The night before Gretchen Peters Oct 5, 2014 induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame she will be playing the Grand Ole Opry! - Event Detail

AWARDS
Taylor Swift was signed on as a presenter on the Teen Choice 2014 awards Sunday, August 10. She's not only up for a few awards -- the appearance marked a return to the spotlight for Taylor as she gears up to release her new album this fall.
Taylor  won the surfboard for Female Country Artist. Other winners included Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan's "This Is How We Roll" for Country Song, Hunter Hayes for Male Country Artist and Lady Antebellum for Country Group – See all the Winners at teenchoiceawards

(August 6, 2014 CMA World ) Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will return to host "The 48th Annual CMA Awards" live from Nashville Wednesday, Nov. 5 on ABC to host “Country Music’s Biggest Night™” for the seventh consecutive time in 2014.
“The 48th Annual CMA Awards” airs live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Wednesday, Nov. 5 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network.
The popular pair used “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” to make the announcement when the concert special aired last night on ABC. In the segment, Paisley and Underwood answered >> CMA Awards Trivia questions posed by Little Big Town (spoiler alert: Underwood wins).
The CMA Awards nominees and winners are determined by more than 7,000 professional members of CMA, which was the first trade organization formed to promote an individual genre of music in 1958. Winners of “The 48th Annual CMA Awards” will be determined in a final round of voting by eligible members of CMA. CMA Awards balloting is officiated by the international accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche LLP. The eligibility period for the 2014 CMA Awards is July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014.
The second ballot will be emailed to CMA members on Tuesday, Aug. 12. Voting for the second ballot closes Friday, Aug. 22 (5:00 PM/CT).
The final nominees in each of the 12 categories will be announced in early September. The third and final ballot will be emailed to CMA members on Thursday, Oct. 9. Voting for the CMA Awards final ballot ends Monday, Oct. 27 (5:00 PM/CT).

TV
The season premiere of ABC’s hit show ‘Nashville‘ was already expected to be big, apparently it’s going to make history. The show is going to attempt to kick off with live musical performances! ‘Nashville’ will be the very first scripted drama to attempt live music during the show. The Season 3 kickoff episode will feature two performances from actors that are truly live. Will Lexington, played by Chris Carmack, and Deacon Claybourne, played by Charles Esten, will be two giving live performances from the show’s own Bluebird Cafe set in Music City. It’s also finally been decided that ‘Nashville’ will remain in its namesake city of Nashville. An $8 million incentive package helped make that decision final. The third season of ‘Nashville’ debuts on Wednesday, Sept. 24 at 10PM ET on ABC.
Look for Luke Bryan's cameo on ABC's Nashville to air October 1. He filmed his part with Connie Britton last Friday at ABC's Good Morning America.

BABY NEWS
Congratulations to Vince Gill, whose daughter, Jenny (photo ) gave birth to Vinny’s first grandchild—a son named Wyatt Gill Van Valkenburg—on Aug. 4 in Nashville. Jenny is married to music industry executive Josh Van Valkenburg and is also the daughter of Janis Oliver, formerly of the country duo Sweethearts of the Rodeo, as well as the stepdaughter of Amy Grant.

MUSIC NEWS
Singer-songwriter Nell Bryden is to host her own show on BBC Radio 2 later this month. The New Yorker will make her debut on the network on Bank Holiday Monday, 25th August, with an hour long show from 10pm till 11pm. In her first show, Nell Bryden’s New York Hour, she will be celebrating and talking about the music she loves from both sides of the Atlantic.
Nell is also a guest of Terry Wogan on Weekend Wogan on Sunday 17th August when she’ll perform two songs from her album Wayfarer.

Authorised Nick Drake biography coming soon…..Numerous books have been published regarding the life and work of Nick Drake, the folky UK singer-songwriter who died of an overdose of prescription medicine in 1974. These include Nick Drake: The Biography by Patrick Humprhies, Nick Drake: The Pink Moon Files by Jason Creed and Darker Than The Deepest Sea by Trevor Dann. However, there has never been an official, authorised biography… until now. Drake’s sister, TV and theatre actress Gabrielle Drake, has spent the past six years compiling and editing Nick Drake: Remembered For A While, which will be published by John Murray on 6 November – just a couple of weeks before the 40th anniversary of Drake’s tragic death in 1974. It is said to include a selection of handwritten lyrics and letters, as well as contributions from friends, family and music industry colleagues and collaborators.

SINGLE / ALBUM NEWS

Texas native SaraBeth is making her mark in Nashville as the sweetly southern artist with an edge. Now she is bringing her music to another level with the release of her brand new EP, OBSESSIVE, out Aug 5th on UK iTunes - Artwork The sophomore project features 4 new tracks, including her current single, “Nowhere With You.” The lead-off single, released to country radio (impact date February 6, 2014), quickly became one of the most streamed and downloaded tracks on Play MPE. The song features a mid-tempo groove, strong lyrics about just being with the one you love and the need to not go anywhere.
Obsessive follows the release of her highly praised debut album ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE, which produced SaraBeth’s first Top 40 record, “That’s The Sound.” The track promote across Europe via the Hotdisc 187 promo disc has thus far reached #8 on the Hotdisc Top 40. “Nowhere With You” can be heard on soundcloud and is available on UK iTunes.
The lovely SaraBeth will be joined by fellow Nashville artist Glen Mitchell and supported by other UK artists at 5 Grand Union Songwriters Series dates in the UK from late October - seetickets.com

Aug 15th Sunny Sweeney will sign copies of her new album, PROVOKED, in the Opry Shop immediately following the Opry.

Jennifer Nettles released the Deluxe Edition of her album, THAT GIRL to all streaming partners and US iTunes Tuesday, August 12th

Rhymetown Entertainment duo North 40 (Paige Logan & Heather Looney) made a significant splash at Country radio with their first two singles, “Hey Girl Hey” and “Tell Me Something Good,” and country fans from coast to coast identified with their message and delightful delivery. 
The newest single from their Sing Your Own Song CD, the rowdy “Whole Lot Of Livin’,” shipped to radio, and early feedback has been extraordinary. It was included on the CDX Volume 601 (CDX service country music singles to 2,200+ radio stations across the U.S. and around the world, See Press Release ) and Grass Roots Promotion (who service country music singles to 2,200+ radio stations across the U.S. and around the world)
“Whole Lot Of Livin" can be found on their album Sing Your Own Song which dropped 28 Jan 2014 via Rhymetown Entertainment available on Amazon UK
North 40 appeared in a recent copy of the Country Weekly magazine. Two of country's hottest ladies mixed it with one of Nashville's hottest shops the Two Old Hippies boutique (401 12th Avenue South, Nashville - Facebook Images )

Luke Laird who produced Kacey Musgraves‘ Grammy-winning LP Same Trailer Different Park, has set about working with another Nashville singer-songwriter on the rise: Maggie Chapman. The 17-year old released a singer/songwriter/rock six-track, self-titled EP (UK iTunes) in Feb 17, 2014 containing catchy country-pop tunes like “Golden Girl” and “Pickin’ Petals.”
Idolator is announcing her follow-up release, debut album Vignette (out September 16). Maggie co-wrote all 10 tracks on the LP, and you can listen to new song “It Should’ve Been You,” a true story about two of the singer’s high school sweetheart friends who ran into each other years later at a funeral. Instagram/maggiechapman - Press Release Watch her brand new lyric video for my song, >> "Wonder Woman."

Hope River Entertainment tweeted: New album release Aug 26 by singer-songwriter Donna Hughes called FROM THE HEART

Brad Paisley hosted a MOONSHINE IN THE TRUNK album listening party at his Yellow House on Thursday (Aug. 7). After a serving of songs from his Aug. 25 release accompanied by “song-appropriate shots of alcoholic beverages,” the crowd of radio VIPs, Arista Nashville promo folks and Sony Music Nashville execs posed for a group photo - Image

Luke Bryan will release a Deluxe Edition of his double-platinum album, CRASH MY PARTY, on Tuesday, August 12th. The deluxe version was originally a Target exclusive and is now being made available to other retailers, including digital outlets. The album will include four new songs, including “Your Mama Should’ve Named You Whiskey.” Bryan says the title reveals a lot about the song. “We all know how rough whiskey can be on you, and obviously this guy is getting pretty burned by her,” he said. “It’s a cool, really cool song. I love the style. It’s kinda got that classic verse, and then when the chorus kicks in, it’s just big ole in your face rock, then it drops down to that cool, loping, kinda chilled-out dancing cheek-to-cheek thing. I love it top to bottom.”

PRESS RELEASES

  • Sunny Sweeney’s New Album, Provoked, available now
  • Lincoln Center to Stream Americanafest NYC Concerts (Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, Cassandra Wilson & Rosanne Cash)
  • Charlie Daniels has been an avid supporter of America’s military and now the Journey Home Project
  • Jake Owen debuts >> “What We Ain’t Got” on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Tuesday, Aug. 5
  • Ward Thomas November co-headline tour with The Shires now on sale!! + Get your tickets for 'Homegrown Tour' + new videos, albums and Spotify playlists! Universal Music Press Release
  • Eric Church debuts “Cold One” Music Video Exclusively for Fan Club Members on EricChurch.com on Aug. 8 .
  • Ray Stevens is set to release an all-new Gospel album on August 19.  The new recordings titled Gospel Collection, Volume One, mark Stevens' first project as part of the Gaither Gospel Series.
  • Richie Sambora the celebrated American rock icon, who played the LP Field CMA Festival stage and joined Dolly Parton as special guest on her Blue Smoke Uk dates (best known throughout his remarkable 30-year career for his raw vocals, indelible songwriting and world-class guitar playing), braved the heavy rain and lightning to take the Citybreak Festival stage in Seoul, South Korea.
  • The Roys wrap the long Labor Day weekend with SiriusXM as the media giant hosts a special-format release party on its Bluegrass Junction channel for the duo’s new CD, THE VIEW.
  • Charlie Daniels, Darius Rucker, Ashley Judd, Melissa Joan Hart, Emmitt Smith, among others to be part of four SEC Storied documentaries that will help kick off the new SEC Network, a 24/7 sports network launching August 14.
  • Chase Rice is ready to rock fans with "Ignite the Night Tour," US dates launch Sept. 5
  • Jerrod Niemann to launch Headlining Fall US Tour on October 24
  • Luke Bryan’s Crash My Playa Live Musical destination concert event was announced for January 23-27, 2015 in Riviera Maya, Mexico
  • Donna Hughes announces Release Party for two new albums and Music Video premiere on August 23, 2014.
  • Kenny Chesney releases "Flora-Bama" as an instant Grat track on BIG REVIVAL (due Sept 23) pre-orders
  • Randy Travis, Influence Vol. 2: The Man I Am is available for download on iTunes starting today
ARTICLES

  • Billboard The Civil Wars Break Up: Hear Farewell Song & Read Their Goodbye Messages + Free Download  (31.8MB)
  • Taste Of Country Sammy Kershaw on Country Music: ‘It’s the Only Genre That Hates Itself’
  • Rollingstone.com How Sunny Sweeney Got So 'Provoked': Inside Her Badass New Album…Country spitfire tells the real-life inspirations behind her new album ...
  • Rollingstone.com Raul Malo Talks New Mavericks Album….Genre-melding band has finished follow-up to 2013 comeback album 'In Time'
  • Rollingstone.com Cassadee Pope on Going Country: 'I'm Just Being Me'….Pope isn't kidding about her background: The 24-year-old confidently lists her resume of modern country influences, which eventually grew to include time-tested genre standouts as well….
  • Country Weekly On the Edge: Kelsey Waldon …Singer/songwriter recalls the eye-opening, skin-thickening experience she had when she briefly moved to Nashville at the age of 19. …..
Ones To Watch: Jess and the Bandits
Though somewhat atypical for a group rooted in country to find success in the UK, it is par for the course when it comes to the unlikely group Jess and the Bandits. The Bandits met BBC Radio 2 favourite Jessica Clemmons (who played the C2C Country To Country 2014 Pop Up stages), the opening act, during a 2012 tour while playing with The Overtones and instantly bonded over their mutual love of Country Music.  As they began to play together more and more, it became painstakingly clear that their chemistry was flawless. Thus, Jess and the Bandits were born. - See more and listen to the new single ‘My My Name Is Trouble’ 
out 15th September at: renownedforsound

Wall Street Journal (August 11, 2014 1:22 PM) Europe Tunes In to Its Own Country Music Scene…..After years of importing country artists from the U.S., Europe is finally listening to home-grown music. The Common Linnets were the surprise hit of this year's Eurovision song contest, a competition usually swept by pop tunes. With viewers from all over Europe texting and phoning to cast their vote, Dutch country artists Ilse DeLange and Waylon brought the house down and came in second with "Calm After the Storm."










Their duet, with its slide guitars and heart-tugging harmonies, has since become a top-10 hit across the continent, and the band is in negotiations with a major U.S. country-music label. "In Europe, when you say you do country music, it used to not be cool," says Ms. DeLange, who sports very Dolly Parton-like dimples, "but it is becoming much more mainstream."...."We are finding there is a steady increase in the numbers of European and British talent," says Rob Fielder, a DJ and co-founder of British internet-radio station 2Country.net. "With European talent, the quality has really picked up over the last few years."....One sign European country music has reached critical mass is a splintering of opinion within the movement about what the style is and why it is gaining traction. "You are starting to see a shift in [local artists'] being willing to spend money on production, and ultimately that is having a great effect on the marketability of their music," says Mr. Fielder, the Britain-based DJ. "It sounds as good as anything coming out of Nashville."
Ms. DeLange notes that as a judge on the Dutch version of "The Voice" she is seeing more singer-songwriters infusing their music with the storytelling genre. But unlike Mr. Fielder, she believes the European version is unique. "There is not that pristine and polished sound that is on country radio a lot of times in Nashville," she says. "It is a bit more gritty in its production, and I think Europeans are more interested in that kind of sound."...Whether it's slick or rough around the edges, locally produced country music is starting to take off. "Country to Country felt like a zeitgeist," says Ben Earle, one half of The Shires duo, who played on a pop-up stage at the festival. "I think five years ago, Europe was not ready as a continent for this kind of homegrown music. I think we are just now ready for it to take hold.".....Read the Full article with music/ photos at Wall Street Journal

Referring to the article above:
  • The Shires new album called “Brave” is due for release in the UK on Oct 20, 2014 not in 2015.
  • The C2C Country To Country Festival was NOT a sell out, Billboard reported that 27,797 tickets were sold from a possible 30,349 capacity.
  • On the Official UK Top 100 Singles Chart (Week Ending May 17, 2014) The Common Linnets (Ilse DeLange and Waylon) made their debut at No.95 selling 1,932 copies. The following week it catapulted 95-9, climbing 86 places (21,018 sale). The last time a non winning, non UK entry made it to the top 10 was in 1974!
  • The Common Linnets' eponymous first album landed at No.40 (2,004 sales) on the Official UK Top 100 Album Chart. In Holland the album went GOLD and has since attained 3X PLATINUM status.
  • So how is home-grown UK country artists faring? English duos The Shires and Ward Thomas (Catherine and Lizzy) have both had 2 singles play listed by BBC Radio 2, have both reached #1 on the UK iTunes Country Singles chart and appeared on the Wogan show and Bob Harris Country on BBC Radio 2 performing live sessions. Ward Thomas’ first full length album, FROM WHERE WE STAND, made a debut at No.41 on the Official UK Top 100 Album Chart selling 2,473 copies. They have so far spent 3 weeks on the Top 100 (3-week sales around 4,500) and have had the Official UK #1 Country album.  
  • On the UK iTunes Top 1500 Country albums:  Apart from Irish artists these are the current standings for UK artists: At #2 is Ward Thomas (From Where We Stand), Singer-songwriter Philippa Hanna (#255), Scotland’s Lisa McHugh (Old Fashioned Girl) is at #504,  Charlie Landsborough (Greatest Hits) at #552, The British Country Award winning duo Scotland’s Raintown (Hope In Troubled Times) is at #570,  Singer-songwriter Amy Wadge (Bump) is at #744, Jeannine Barry (Give Me Something – EP) is at  #819 with Sara Crockett (Better Be Gone – EP) at #1114. That’s all!
  • Pete Kennedy, the Birr, County Offaly, Republic of Ireland native has for the past 2 years won the BRITISH Country Music Award for  Album of the Year. His EP’s “The Nashville Sessions Vol.1 & Vol. 2” which gained back-to-back honours have never troubled the chart. They are currently ranked at #441,348 and #514,835 in Music on Amazon UK reflecting negligible sales at retail.
REVIEWS
A golden year as the Cambridge Folk Festival celebrates in style: The Cambridge Folk Festival celebrated in style this weekend with a line-up and atmosphere that truly befitted its 50th anniversary year. The event, which had sold out in advance for several months, saw headline sets from Van Morrison, Sinead O’ Connor, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Richard Thompson, Rosanne Cash and Newton Faulkner. From the minute the gates opened on Thursday lunchtime, to the closing strains of Sunday’s final acts, the event had a celebratory atmosphere from performers and audience alike....Read more in this News release from 3 August 2014

INTERVIEWS

Terri Clark gives you a rare glimpse into the recording process as she takes you inside a Nashville recording studio, putting the finishing touches on her forthcoming new album, Some Songs. Country Weekly joins Terri in the studio to talk about several of the selections from the album and the challenges of making the new record.
CMC Interview with newbie duo Maddie & Tae

MAGAZINES
Womansday.com Trisha Yearwood’s Family Meal Survival Guide…Get through hectic weeknights with these easy recipes and shortcut

Maverick Magazine (Sept/ Oct 2014 issue; Kacey Musgraves cover feature)
Coffee & Cover  - Image
Maverick Magazine's editor Laura meeting Kacey Musgraves this issue's cover artist - Image
John & Jacob "New To You" (Maverick Sept/Oct) - Image
Preview the Sept/Oct Issue at magzter.com to see a sample of the Kacey Musgraves feature and to read the review for Dolly Parton's Blue Smoke/ Best of No.2 Official UK album. Use the "+" and "-" selections to zoom in and out and view the individual pages.
Preview the Sept/Issue at Yudu.com use the Options tab on the top left hand tool bar, from the drop down select "Single Page Mode" and use the "Zoom feature/ slider" to enlarge the text.
Check out details of the contents and features in the latest issue of Maverick at maverick-country.com


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SPOTIFY COUNTRY
The Shires Inspirations – The Decca Records UK coutry duo select tracks from Faith Hill, LeAnn Rimes, Martina McBride, The Civil Wars, Brad Paisley, Gary Allen, Eric Church, Kenny Chesney, Fleetwood Mac, Joni Mitchell etc
Puss N Boots – No Fools, No FunReleased 4 August 2014 12 Tracks

WATCH

  • Ashton Lane cover the country/gospel "Leaning on You" (written by Phil Madeira / Cindy Morgan) from Phil Madeira's Mercyland: Hymns for the Rest of Us project. As one of roots music's biggest songwriters and producers (Alison Krauss, Garth Brooks, Keb' Mo'), the multi-instrumentalist gathered eleven-like minded artists to combat the righteousness of religion with a dozen acoustic-based tracks presenting the type of heart-based faith that influenced his own musical and spiritual upbringing. Note: Ashton Lane have some of their brand bespoke songs out on iTunes! Click here to check em out!
  • For The Record with Stephanie Quayle - Episode 1 a new and unique web series that follows the country music singer on her journey to find interesting people and lifestyles to fuel her songwriting (via Press Release)
  • Stephanie Quayle "Sugar High" (Official Lyric Video)
  • Dexeter play fresh contemporary country with a rock and roll twist from deep within the folds of Leicestershire watch their new
  • Country/ Pop video “Slow It Down”, released 23 July 2014 the track is available on UK iTunes
  • Brad Paisley ft Colt Ford ”River Bank
  • Native Run's new Single "Good On You" is out watch the lyric video on vevo.com
  • RaeLynn gives us a brand new music and now a video to boot "God Made Girls"
  • "Superhero" is the first single from Aussie Amber Lawrence's forth coming album 'Superheroes' due 19 Sep, 2014.
  • Traditional Folk, Music, Singer/Songwriter Stephanie Lynn "Two Ships" from her Three Words EP released: 07 January 2014
  • Christie Lamb "Wish You Were A Cowboy"
  • Stoney Creek Records star Lindsay Ell is already turning heads with the release of her scorching, guitar-driven new single “Shut Me Up,” which debuted as the #2 Most Added Country Song in the U.S. with 31 first week stations. The song has been hand-picked by Townsquare Media editors for its multi-genre “Hot Releases” campaign, sponsored by McDonalds. The “Hot Releases” playlist will be featured across syndicated tastemaker sites including Taste of Country, Popcrush, Loudwire, Just Jared, The Boot, Consequence of Sound and more beginning Friday, August 15th. Additionally, “Shut Me Up” will be featured prominently on-air all week as part of SiriusXM The Highway’s “Fresh Female Voices” campaign. Lindsay‘s ‘Shut Me Up’ lyric video, premiers exclusively for Taste of Country readers, is a written warning for any guy who thinks they can cross this sassy singer. Shot completely in black and white, the clip begins with a high-heeled foot stomping to the beat of the music, and soon a profile of Ell appears. Throughout the video, the country songstress yells into a megaphone, jams on her guitar and tosses her hair in fury as she sings about her ex-boyfriend who cheated on her.
COUNTRY FASHION

Tamworth's Rockabilly Sweetheart and Aussie Pin Up Singer/ Songwriter Shelley Minson has a cover feature in Belle vie. Here's the link

Exclusive Video: Jessie James Decker's Flawless Girls' Night Out Makeup How-To. Jessie’s latest EP "Comin' Home" includes the single "Girls Night," which obviously makes her the perfect person to create a girls' night out makeup look!
In the video tutorial below, Jessie starts with a makeup base, then adds a sexy shimmery winged eye and gorgeous red lips watch it at Cosmopolitan.com

2014 Teen Choice Awards





















Taylor Swift attended the 2014 Teen Choice Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on Sunday (August 10) in Los Angeles, California.
Showcasing that gym-toned body of hers, the “Love Story” Pop/Country songstress wore a Novis Spring 2014 green and black tweed two-piece outfit. EFFY gold hooped earrings (image) and an IVY ring accessorized her look along with a pair of Charlotte Olympia ‘Admiral’ knotted sandals ($895; Product Detail - image - image ) which were the perfect way to put a lady-like spin on this youthful, fun, summery look. Tay’s pink lippie contrasted nicely with her green outfit - Fashion Pic - Fashion Pic
Taylor’s exact skirt isn’t available to buy online. The Daily Mail selected a few fav green skirts from the web to choose from, including Tibi’s jaw-dropping jacquard skirt in light green (£359), as well as Lipsy’s textured leather version (£22.50) Style with a white crop top and minimal strappy sandals for your next night on the town? Read more: dailymail.co.uk
Aside from the covetable surfboards, the other major item trending among the crop of PYTs at the 2014 Teen Choice Awards on Sunday (August 10) was undoubtedly the crop top. The midriff continued to have “a moment” at the event, where two-piece ensembles showed up at every turn. From Nina Dobrev’s colour-splashed statement to Taylor Swift’s charming ensemble and Kylie Jenner’s edgier entrance, along with Shay Mitchell’s sweet-and-sultry white lace look, the unspoken consensus among the flock of starlets was in full favour of the flaunted and toned midsection! - Image

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Lucy Hale attended the 2014 Teen Choice Awards with the pop/country singer/ actress wearing a Dior fit-and-flare dress sculpted from vibrant red duchess satin with a lustrous sheen and a plunging neckline (image ). She complemented the sweet offering donning Brian Atwood ‘Abell’ sandals (image ) which was also accessorized with a Michael Kors clutch (image), and a selection of jewels from EF Collection, Dana Rebecca Designs, Graziela Gems and Melinda Maria. A braided ponytail with face-framing tendrils completed her fiery look - Image - Getty Images

Cher Lloyd was there to perform at the 2014 Teen Choice Awards. Representing the UK the Malvern, Worcestershire, English "Swagger Jagger" musician and former X Factor star went with a fun look, sexy, and on trend due to the sheerness wearing an Amen Embellished Stretch Tulle Bodysuit ($770.00), a pair of Theory shorts and pointy Jimmy Choo pumps. Sleek wavy tresses and a XIV Karats ring rounded out her red carpet all-black look! - Image

In her Yahoo Live Chat Promotional photo (August 11, 2014) Taylor Swift wore a sporty, minimalist Elizabeth & James ‘Upton Crop Top’ ($225.00  Product Detail  ) along with Stella McCartney ‘Corbin Striped Cotton Shorts’ ($628.00 $251.00; Product Detail ) and the adorable and familiar black and white bunny/ “cats eye” shoes came from Minna Parikka for ModCloth ‘Hop Couture Loafer’ ( $439.99;  Product Detail - Fashion Pic ) - Fashion Pic Tay hosts her live chat by Yahoo taking place on August 18 at 5PM (EST).





















Taylor Swift was snapped heading to the gym in New York City on  Aug 8, 2014 wearing an Aqua ‘Rose Print Top’ ($48.00 $36.00 Product) with an Aqua ‘Rose Print Skater’ ($68.00; Product ) and carried an Prada ‘Saffiano Lux Tote’ bag ($2240.00; Product Details ) - Fashion Pic
Swift work as she crisscrossed coasts in the span of 24 hours, after impressing on Sunday nights Teen Choice Awards she swept onto the scene in New York for the premiere ofThe Giver,’ held at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Monday (August 11). The “Begin Again“ the starlet turned up the volume of sophistication in a gown, perfectly coordinated to the red carpet. Her dress was plucked from Monique Lhuillier’s Resort 2015 collection, the colour-blocked design featured an architectural silhouette and full draped skirt. Taylor’s nude suede pointed-toe pumps for the evening were provided by Casadei Poise Suede Pumps’ ($594.00). She wore Brumani ‘Looping Shine Quartz, Diamond and Gold Earrings’ ( Image)and with understated accessories and perfect hair and makeup it allowed the quietly elegant gown to speak on its own. Her model-esque height helped to pull off a gown of these proportions and she coaxed her long bob into a deep side-parted wave and wore a sizzling shade of crimson lip lacquer to echo the boldness of that cat-eye - Fashion Pic - Fashion Pic
Watch her a clip from the upcoming film adaptation of The Giver at nashvillegab.com

Taylor seen Leaving The Giver Press Conference in New York City on August 12, 2014 wore a intriguing and fascinating H&M ‘Floral and Sheer Stripe Crop Top & Skater Skirt’ with Elie Saab ‘Metallic Cap Toe and PVC Heels’

COUNTRY GOSSIP

Jason Aldean Defends Relationship with Brittany Kerr, Tells Haters To ‘Move On’ (by: Lauren Laffer)  Aldean is finally putting his relationship with girlfriend Brittany Kerr into the public eye.
Brittany Kerr
The “Burnin’ It Down” singer took to Instagram (Aug 10th to post a picture of a surprise he set up for Kerr, however, he wasn’t prepared for what would happen next. A little surprise for my girl @brittanylkerr tonight,” he posted along with the photo below. “Her favorite pooch @manny_the_frenchie came to my show in 
Chi-Town tonite. #loveubaby #surprise”

Once the image hit the web, it was clear that fans were not pleased with the post. After a number of comments were made condemning the couple for how their relationship started, Aldean followed up with another Instagram post…“So sick of people judging me and @brittanylkerr over things they know nothing about,” he wrote. “I have made mistakes but i am a better person because of it, and wouldnt change a thing. Im happier than i have ever been, so thank u to all the people who support us. We are happy and life goes on. Its time to move on people. #aldeanarmy #oldnews #timetomoveon”

TWEETS
Onslot Creative tweeted @onslot_creative Behind-the-scenes with the beautiful @taylorswift13 shooting promo for the upcoming @iHeartRadio Music Festival 2014!

On Monday, August 18th, Taylor will hold a worldwide live stream on Yahoo from New York City! You’ll be able to watch the announcement at  https://screen.yahoo.com/live/event/taylor-swift  at 5:00pm EST / 2:00pm PST on Monday, August 18th (That's 22:00 GMT in the UK) The Countdown is on at http://www.taylorswift.com/splash

PHOTO
Shelley Minson Tamworth's Rockabilly Sweetheart Aussie Pin Up and the Singer/ Songwriter and wife of Lawrie Minson (multi instrumentalist and 4 times Golden Guitar winner) was one two winners of the Pin Up America Magazine World Wide Photo Contest with a pic taken by Andrew Pearson Photography, Tamworth: Top 2 Winners & 8 Runners Up of the Sept/Oct 2014 Pin Up America Magazine Photo Contest

BIRTHDAYS
August 11: John Conlee (1946), Rachel Proctor (1974) 
August 12: the late Buck Owens (1929; died March 25, 2006 (aged 76)), the late Porter Wagoner (1927; died October 28, 2007 (aged 80))
August 13: Andy Griggs (1973), the late Dan Fogelberg (1951; died December 16, 2007 (aged 56)) 
August 14: Connie Smith (1941) 
August 15: Paul Jefferson, the late Rose Maddox (1925; died April 15, 1998 (aged 72)),
August 16: Billy Joe Shaver (1939), Emily Erwin (Dixie Chicks) (1972), Ashton Shepherd (1986) 
August 17:  Kevin Welch (1955)