Scott Borchetta presents 2014 Brickyard 400 winner Jeff Gordon with a Big Machine Records custom branded guitar trophy in Victory Lane.
Country music icon Tim McGraw revealed more details today about his upcoming Big Machine Record's album, SUNDOWN HEAVEN TOWN, available everywhere on September 16. With a staggering 35 No. one hits and 54 Top 10 singles to his credit, McGraw presents a new collection of songs that capture a distinctly country and a distinctly McGraw sound.The album was co-produced by McGraw and his longtime collaborator Byron Gallimore and features both a 13 track standard and 18 track deluxe version. The album cover was revealed to fans on Facebook this morning, and is available for pre-order on both iTunes and Amazon MP3 starting tomorrow, July 29.
"This album is very encompassing of everything that I’ve done in my career," said McGraw. "I think it’s a good microcosm of what my 20 or so years in music have been, in a lot of ways. You can certainly hear parts of my career throughout all of these songs, as well as the future and where my music is headed. To me, the title of the album is all about that time where you stop doing what you have to do, and start doing what you want to do. "
"I feel like I’ve got a lot of music in me and that's part of the reason why this album is so soon after the last one and why I wanted to start sharing it with everyone as soon as I could," continues McGraw. "I’m excited about where music is gonna take me and where I’m gonna take my music."
To build anticipation of the new album, McGraw launched his sold-out summer tour ahead of the album's release and began revealing tracks through his "Countdown to Sundown" program. Over the past few months, he has made high profile performances where he introduced new songs to fans for the first time. He has appeared on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon to perform "Shotgun Rider," on The Voice where he debuted "City Lights," at NBC's TODAY where he revealed "Overrated" and on the Academy of Country Music Awards, where the performance of "Meanwhile Back At Mama's (featuring Faith Hill) spawned so much fan demand that it was immediately released as the next single. The song is currently driving up the Top 10 at country radio.
SUNDOWN HEAVEN TOWN TRACK LIST: 1. Overrated 2. City Lights 3. Shotgun Rider 4. Dust 5. Diamond Rings and Old Barstools (with Catherine Dunn) 6. Words Are Medicine 7. Sick Of Me 8. Meanwhile Back At Mama’s (featuring Faith Hill) 9. Keep On Truckin’ 10. Last Turn Home 11. Portland, Maine 12. Lookin’ For That Girl
13. Still On The Line
DELUXE TRACKS 14. Kids Today 15. Lincoln Continentals and Cadillacs (duet with Kid Rock) 16. The View 17. I'm Feelin' You 18. Black Jacket
For more information and behind the scenes exclusives, visit countdowntosundown.com
MADDIE & TAE boldly bring a fresh perspective to the radio waves, giving a voice to the often trivialized, “Girl In A Country Song.” NPR exclusively shared the vision earlier today, premiering the official music video for the female duo’s cheeky debut single on Dot Records. While gaining a lot of recent attention, the esteemed outlet notes, “Maddie Marlow, who is 19 years old, and Tae Dye, who is 18, made it abundantly clear that they're aiming to tweak country's conventions, not tear them down.” Watch the unique video here, shot outside of Nashville with director TK McKamy.
Additionally, “Girl In A Country” song was the most-added song at Country radio this week.
Maddie & Tae will make their national television debut August 11 on NBC’s TODAY .
MusicRow calls the unabashed introduction, "fabulous. They have the guts to sass every ‘bro-country’ cliche out there. She hates her tight cut-offs, her bikini top and being called pretty little thing, hottie or baby. Not to mention being whistled at, shaking her money maker and being invited to ride along in the pickup truck. Bonus points for the lively tune, the catchy track, the saucy harmonies and the overall wit. I guarantee you will smile.”
Maddie & Tae, who penned the tune with Big Machine Music staff writer Aaron Scherz, merged their love of mainstream Country and traditional upbringing into the confident yet carefree track. "…it’s no mystery why this singing and songwriting pair from the neighboring states of Texas (Marlow) and Oklahoma (Dye) has built such buzz. Excellent timing, for one thing. They've arrived on the heels of listener fatigue, offering a different vantage point. And it certainly doesn’t hurt that they have a feel for intertwining their voices, executing their phrasing and crafting their hooks for maximum smartly sweet impact,” surmises Rolling Stone Country.
Their creative insight initially dominated headlines across The Atlantic, The Washington Post, CMT, Yahoo! Music and more, touting the song as “undeniably catchy” and “a deliciously snarky tune.”
Maddie & Tae are currently on the road for their first Country radio tour. Follow their journey on Twitter
Superstar duo Florida Georgia Line performed a mashup of their fifth consecutive Platinum-certified hit “This Is How We Roll” (featuring Luke Bryan) and 7X Platinum smash “Cruise” on Nickelodeon's first-ever Kids' Choice Sports Awards last Thursday (7/17) at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, CA. Adding to the fun, FGL got their slime on as they launched the signature green goo into the crowd while closing out their appearance. Earlier in the week, FGL's brand new single "Dirt" piled high, landing at #1 on the Country Digital Singles chart and #2 on Top Digital Songs for sales of 182,929 tracks in the first week. The record-breaking track is from their forthcoming sophomore album on Republic Nashville slated for release this fall.
New Single Debuts at #1 Country Digital Singles Chart & #2 Top Digital Songs Selling 182,929 Tracks in First Week
Breaks Record for Highest One-Week Add Total
It’s full-steam ahead for superstar duo Florida Georgia Line whose momentum continues with a top spot debut of “Dirt” at #1 on the Country Digital Singles chart and #2 on Top Digital Songs for sales of 182,929 tracks in the first week. Additionally, “Dirt” scored the #1 spot on both the all genre Digital Songs and Country charts in Canada. The lead track from their forthcoming sophomore album on Republic Nashville shot to #1 on both the iTunes all genre and Country charts in the US and Canada, while also sitting atop the Country chart in Australia shortly after release.
Making a record-breaking splash at Country radio, “Dirt” earned the highest one-week add total in Country Aircheck history with 130 stations on in the US. In Canada, "Dirt" was the #1 Most Added song at Country on Mediabase and tied for #1 Most Added for all genres.
Inspired by the emotionally-fueled song, FGL recently launched the Dirt Campaign, partnering with the fundraising platform Omaze to benefit Habitat for Humanity, a global nonprofit which creates affordable housing in partnership with low-income families. The official “Dirt” music video and Entertainment Tonight’s exclusive behind-the-scenes footage bring even more life with tender lyrics like “you know you came from it and some day you’ll return to it.”
Music critics across the country have embraced FGL’s fresh sound with rave reviews:
"’Dirt’ is arguably the country duo's most sentimental — and definitely the most traditional — song to date. It connects dirt with everything from birth to death to falling in love...” ROLLING STONE
“Country music's party boys start thinking about settling down […] a plot of land tugs hard on Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley’s souls in this pensive ballad…” USA TODAY (“Song of the Week”)
“The heartfelt song is a sound unlike anything we’ve heard from the duo before, and the clip it has quite the cameo [JD Souther].” TASTE OF COUNTRY
"Florida Georgia Line sets a career-high bow on Country Airplay, as "Dirt" debuts with Hot Shot Debut stripes at No. 16 – the chart's highest launch this year." BILLBOARD
The nostalgic yet inspiring material covers new ground for FGL, who skyrocketed across genres with four consecutive, multi-week #1 smashes – the PLATINUM-certified hits “Stay,” “Get Your Shine On,” "Round Here" and 7X PLATINUM “Cruise,” which broke the record for longest #1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Chart and is the best-selling digital Country single of all time (SoundScan). Producer Joey Moi is once again at the helm of the new music, following up FGL’s 2X PLATINUM debut HERE’S TO THE GOOD TIMES, which has tallied over 15 million tracks sold worldwide.
The ACM Vocal Duo of the Year is slated to perform a mashup of hits at Nickelodeon’s inaugural Kids’ Choice Sports Awards this Thursday, July 17. A continual favorite among the younger crowds, FGL is nominated for Choice Country Group at the August 10 TEEN CHOICE Awards on FOX and fans ages 13-19 can vote once a day via teenchoiceawards.com. The plethora of previous industry honors includes ACA, AMA, ACM, Billboard, CMA and CMT Music Awards.
Currently on the road as direct support for Jason Aldean’s BURN IT DOWN Tour, FGL will host “This is How We Cruise” aboard the Norwegian Pearl in November.
Armed with two guitars and sass rarely heard from newcomers, MADDIE & TAE are shaking things up with their debut single, “Girl In A Country Song.” The first release from Dot Records will be available on iTunes tomorrow (7/15) and is already making headlines with the bold introduction that has been touted as “fantastically unapologetic” and “gutsy.”
The female duo’s gumption has garnered praise from multiple outlets with high-profile magazine The Atlantic surmising, "'Girl In A Country Song' skewers the last few years of Nashville machismo—which is a refreshing change, and smart business." With lyrics like, “we used to get a little respect, now we’re lucky if we even get to climb up in your truck keep our mouth shut and ride along. And be the girl in a country song,” it's no wonder that the track was listed as a Taste of Country Critic's Pick, which also commended the pair saying, “not since Gretchen Wilson has a female artist come out throwing punches like these.”
While fans of many of the recent songs in mainstream Country, the two began to ponder why "the girl" hasn't had a voice. Maddie & Tae, who penned "Girl In A Country Song" with Big Machine Music staff writer and producer Aaron Scherz, admit their cheeky yet insightful tune is “all in good fun" and a viewpoint that hasn’t really been heard before. "We don't want to bring the guys down, we just want to lift the ladies up as well," says Tae. Backing Maddie & Tae up for their light-hearted approach, CMT.com noted, "I really hope the guys whose songs are mentioned aren't offended. But if they are, let's just remember this: They started it."
The female duo is currently on their first Country radio tour to introduce "Girl In A Country Song" in advance of the July 21 impact date. The single is generating substantial buzz, even among male tastemakers like VP Programming for Clear Channel Minneapolis/Program Director of KEEY GREGG SWEDBERG, who calls the song, "a potential game-changer for the format…the future is almost limitless.”
"Meet" Maddie & Tae and follow their journey on Twitter: @MaddieandTae
Continuing to build on an already stellar year, BRANTLEY GILBERT strikes another career high-mark with the GOLD-certification of JUST AS I AM (The Valory Music Co.). His third studio album, which debuted at #1 on Billboard Country Albums Chart, also scored the third highest album debut of the year with over 212,000 copies sold in the first week. Brantley's latest project has already produced the Platinum-certified, #1 lead single “Bottoms Up,” whose music video has seen over 23 million views. Quickly climbing the Country airplay charts, the Top 20-and-rising follow-up, “Small Town Throwdown,” features labelmates JUSTIN MOORE and THOMAS RHETT.
Earlier this week, Brantley and his sidekick Sylo revealed dates and opening acts for the second leg of his LET IT RIDE TOUR through a special video to the BG Nation. The announcement also included footage from the first part of the tour, showing fired-up performances from the multiple sold-out shows last spring. This round is set to kick off on September 19 in Austin, TX. Aaron Lewis as direct support 9/19 through 10/25 and Tyler Farr as direct support 10/30 through 12/6. Chase Bryant will be opening all dates.
LET IT RIDE TOUR dates – Second Leg: With special guest Aaron Lewis and Chase Bryant 9/19 – Austin, TX (Cedar Park Center) 9/20 – Tulsa, OK (BOK Center) 9/26 – State College, PA (Bryce Jordan Center) 9/27 – Worcester, MA (DCU Center) 9/28 – Bangor, ME (Cross Insurance Center) 10/9 – Cincinnati, OH (US Bank Arena) 10/10 – Southaven, MS (Landers Center) 10/11 – Jackson, MS (MS Coliseum) 10/16 – Madison, WI (Veterans Memorial Coliseum at Alliant Energy Center) 10/17 – St. Louis, MO (Chifetz Arena) 10/18 – Moline, IL (iWireless Center) 10/23 – Des Moines, IA (Wells Fargo Arena) 10/24 – Cape Girardeau, MO (Show Me Center) 10/25 – Kansas City, MO (Sprint Center)
With special guest Tyler Farr and Chase Bryant 10/30 – Raleigh, NC (PNC Arena) 10/31 – Savannah, GA (Martin Luther King Jr. Arena) 11/1 – Norfolk, VA (The Ted Constant Convocation Center) 11/20 – Fresno, CA (Save Mart Center at Fresno State) 11/21 – San Jose, CA (SAP Center) 11/22 – Anaheim, CA (Honda Center) 12/4 – Charlotte, NC (Time Warner Cable Arena) 12/5 – Nashville, TN (Bridgestone Arena) 12/6 – Pikeville, KY (Eastern Kentucky Expo Center)
Shows prior to the tour kickoff currently on sale are: (8/16) New York, NY; (8/22) Watertown, NY and (8/30) Pueblo, CO.
For tickets and more information visit, www.brantleygilbert.com.
The Georgia native has racked up five #1 singles, impressive album sales, multiple award show nominations from the CMA, ACM, ACA & CMT Music Awards and was named 2013 ACM Awards New Male Artist of the Year. Brantley's previous project, the PLATINUM-certified HALFWAY TO HEAVEN DELUXE, produced Platinum-certified #1 hit – “Country Must Be Country Wide” and Gold-certified #1 hit “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do." As a celebrated songwriter, he has also penned #1 songs “My Kinda Party,” “Dirt Road Anthem” for Jason Aldean as well as his own “Country Must Be Country Wide” and “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do.”
Last night (7/8), Florida Georgia Line performed their brand new single “Dirt” on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Watch via: . Released to rave reviews, including USA Today’s “Song of the Week,” the intensely emotional track catapulted to #1 on both the iTunes all genre and Country charts in in less than 12 hours with sales of over 65,000 already in the US. The latest offering also ascended to the top on iTunes in Canada and Australia shortly after release.
“Dirt” is the lead single from the superstar duo’s sophomore album on Republic Nashville, produced by Joey Moi. Watch the official music video here. The new project is slated for release this fall and is the follow-up to their 2X Platinum debut HERE’S TO THE GOOD TIMES, which has tallied over 15 million tracks sold worldwide.
Inspired by the song lyrics, FGL has launched the Dirt Campaign with fundraising platform Omaze to benefit Habitat for Humanity, a global nonprofit which creates affordable housing in partnership with low-income families. To learn more about the campaign, visit www.omaze.com/fgl.
Previously taking home ACA, AMA, ACM, Billboard, CMA and CMT Music Awards, FGL scored a TEEN CHOICE Awards nomination for Choice Country Group. Fans ages 13-19 can vote once a day via teenchoiceawards.com, with results airing August 10 at 8P ET on FOX.
FGL has skyrocketed since releasing four consecutive, multi-week #1 smashes in the US and Canada with the PLATINUM-certified hits “Stay,” “Get Your Shine On,” "Round Here" and 7X PLATINUM “Cruise,” making them the only artist in history to join Brooks & Dunn in achieving this accolade. Breaking the record for longest #1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Chart, “Cruise” has sold over 7 million downloads and is the best-selling digital Country single of all time (SoundScan).
FGL is currently on the road as direct support for Jason Aldean’s BURN IT DOWN Tour and this November will host “This is How We Cruise” aboard the Norwegian Pearl.
Florida Georgia Line is taking “Dirt” nationwide today with the release of their brand new single to Country radio and digital retailers. The music video for the highly anticipated song is also set to debut across multiple broadcast and online platforms, including CMT, GAC and Vevo.
In celebration of the release, the superstar duo officially launched the Dirt Campaign, exclusively announced on People.com earlier today, with the fundraising platform Omaze to benefit Habitat for Humanity, a global nonprofit which creates affordable housing in partnership with low-income families.
FGL was inspired to create this movement by the emotionally fueled lyrics in “Dirt,” which director Nigel Dick vividly brings to life through tender vignettes in the music video. Watch here: http://smarturl.it/DIRTvevo.
“From day one, we knew that we wanted to make this bigger than the music and be able to give back in as many ways as we can.” says FGL’s Brian Kelley.
“We have been beyond blessed these past few years, putting down our own roots in Nashville,” adds FGL’s Tyler Hubbard. “After hearing ‘Dirt’ we knew that we wanted to help build houses with people who would not be able to on their own and we are grateful to join Habitat for Humanity in their efforts.”
Teaming up with Omaze and WarpSpeed, FGL has set out to raise at least $100,000 for this great cause through the Dirt Campaign. Fans are asked to donate when they enter for the chance to win a trip for two on FGL's "This Is How We Cruise." The 4-day cruise to paradise will set sail from Miami, Florida, on November 8, 2014. The winner will enjoy the signature ship activities, live performances by some of the hottest country artists and a private FGL serenade of “Dirt.” For various donation levels, campaign supporters will receive fun items, including autographed merchandise and much more.