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Keith Urban wins an early ACM award!

Posted on: April 1st, 2016 by Candy

Keith Urban has been honored with the Academy of Country Music’s Mae Boren Axton Award for 2016, which honors an individual in the country music industry who has exhibited longstanding dedication and service to the ACM.

Urban has given his time and talent to the organization on a regular basis since his first appearance on the ACM Awards in 2001, presenting or performing in every ceremony since then, excluding 2007. He’s also served extensively with the ACM’s charitable arm, Lifting Lives, which seeks to improve lives with the power of music, funding music-related therapy and education.

The organization dubbed Urban an “exceptional team player” on top of his clearly evident musical skills, and commended him for his mentorship of young artists on American Idol. He also received the ACM’s Jim Reeves International Award in 2009, recognizing his worldwide appeal in the country genre. He has won several ACM Awards throughout his career, including New Male Vocalist in 2000, Male Vocalist of the Year in 2004 and 2005, and Album of the Year in 2004 for Be Here. He has also nabbed awards for several collaborations, including 2013’s “We Were Us” with Miranda Lambert and “Highway Don’t Care” with Tim McGraw and Taylor Swift.

Urban’s most recent album Fuse featured a Grammy-nominated collaboration with Eric Church, “Raise ‘Em Up,” which served as the fifth single on the record and opened the 50th ACM Awards. His upcoming record Ripcord, due out May 6, is sure to be a bit of a left turn for the artist, as he’s already revealed the eclectic album includes a track featuring rapper Pitbull and a song his producer Jeff Bhasker has called a “banjo fusion.” Urban co-wrote his latest single, “Wasted Time,” with two vets in the pop world — Greg Wells and J. Hart, who have worked with artists like Katy Perry and Jason Derulo. Urban is set to debut the song live on March 31 during American Idol.

He will also perform “Wasted Time” during the 2016 ACM Awards live broadcast on Sunday evening (April 3).

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Dustin Lynch Hits The Studio

Posted on: March 31st, 2016 by Bo

Dustin Lynch is already hard at work on his third album, according to his Twitter, on which he posted two pictures from the studio on March 29 and 30.

The first features Lynch at the mic recording, visible through the booth’s glass panes, and the second shows him sitting at the control panel, both with the caption “tres….”

tres …

Posted by Dustin Lynch on Wednesday, March 30, 2016

He is clearly keeping busy, as he just released a music video for his latest song, “Mind Reader,” featuring himself and his leading lady on a first date going perfectly — because she already knew everything about him. The woman, played by model Noelle Brown, turns out to be a fortune teller skilled in tarot card reading and staring into crystal balls in her spare time.

“Here’s to dates going AWESOME every time!” he said on Twitter when it released March 25.

Source: Taste Of Country

Carrie Underwood To Sing New Song On ACMs Sunday

Posted on: March 30th, 2016 by Bo

Carrie Underwood is one of several performers at this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards. She will debut her new single, “Church Bells,” this Sunday (April 3) during the show on CBS.

“Church Bells” was written by Zach Crowell, Brett James and Hillary Lindsey and produced by Mark Bright. The song is her third off her ‘Storyteller’ album.

“I love songs about strong women,” she says. “I love being sucked into that story: rooting for the woman and seeing that she does something powerful that she never thought she could do. People are strongest when they’re pushed to their limits.”

Carrie is nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year at the ACM Awards and she recently celebrated her 23rd career No. 1 with “Heartbeat.”

Source: Taste Of Country

Blake Shelton Releases “Came Here To Forget” Video

Posted on: March 30th, 2016 by Bo

Blake Shelton’s “Came Here to Forget” video isn’t action-packed, but there’s plenty happening between Blake and his young love interest.

Blake isn’t the one dancing. Instead his bikini-clad lover is letting loose inside an open-air bar one steamy, tropic afternoon. There’s nothing physical between the two, only a little conversation, some laughter and heavy flirting. “Came Here to Forget” is Shelton’s first single from his new ‘If I’m Honest’ album, out May 20.

Source: Taste Of Country

Dustin Lynch Releases “Mind Reader” Video

Posted on: March 29th, 2016 by Bo

Dustin Lynch just debuted the music video for his current hit single, “Mind Reader.”

in the video, a blonde beauty predicts Dustin’s fate with a tarot card reading. They end up going on a romantic drive and dancing by the light of the headlights in front of his car.

“Mind Reader” is the third single from his album, ‘Where It’s At.’

Brandy Clark Releases “Girl Next Door” Video

Posted on: March 28th, 2016 by Bo

Keith Urban Brings Pitbull Into Album Fold

Posted on: March 28th, 2016 by Bo

Keith Urban’s next studio album will be very different. In a new interview with Rolling Stone, he says a collaboration with Pitbull called “Sun” which includes a rap verse — a first for one of his records.

“He brings a mischievous, sexy swagger to it, in a very different way,” Keith tells the magazine.

Another track called “Gone Tomorrow, Here Today” producer Jeff Bhasker calls a “banjo fusion.” According to Rolling Stone, it features a lick where Urban’s banjo sounds like a sitar. That song also includes “a verse he spits so quickly it’s almost like he’s rapping.”

“This is way more than I’ve ever cut before,” he says. “It was a lot of searching, a lot of experimenting, and when you get to work with as many people as I did, you end up with a lot of stuff.”
Keith also collaborated with Nile Rogers and busbee for a song called “Sun Don’t Let Me Down.” The song was in part inspired by Urban’s wife, Nicole Kidman.

“In the end of the first verse, it actually references my wife,” he shares. “She’s in a movie called ‘To Die For’ and in one scene she’s dancing in front of the headlights. So the lyric goes: ‘There in the headlights, dancing like she’s in a movie scene. To die for, and she’s killing me.’”

Other song titles revealed in the article include “Blue Ain’t Your Color,” which Rolling Stone likens to “a waltz-like ballad,” as well as what they call “a U2-style anthem” titled “Boy Gets a Truck.”

‘Ripcord’ is due out May 6.

Source: Taste Of Country

Kelsea Ballerini Reacts To ACM Win

Posted on: March 24th, 2016 by Bo

Kelsea Ballerini has been on a steady path to country stardom since her first single, “Love Me Like You Mean It,” was released, but the artist is continually surprised by her success.

She posted a photo on Instagram on March 23 showing her completely shocked reaction to getting the news that she’d won the 2016 ACM Award for New Female Artist. She’s seen sitting on the floor, jaw dropped, hands to her temples, as she receives the verdict. Her caption is one of complete humility and gratitude, thanking fans sincerely for getting her to where she is and noting her inability to stay calm in situations like these.

yesterday, I got a phone call from my friend Bob Romeo who let me know that I won my first ACM award for New Female artist. I don't even know what to say, so for now I will just say THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart. For making not only my dreams come true, but for making all of the people around me who work so hard have so many beautiful moments to celebrate. Here is my reaction to the call. Keeping it calm, as always.

A photo posted by Kelsea Ballerini (@kelseaballerini) on

Source: Taste Of Country

Jason Aldean Releases A Candle

Posted on: March 23rd, 2016 by Bo

Luke Bryan had a candle, Blake Shelton had a candle, now Jason Aldean is getting in the candle business!

Instead of having the candle scented after him, Jason unveiled candles made out of recycled beer bottles. The candle is named ‘Laid Back’ and has a fragrance described as “rich base of vanilla, musk and sandlewood” and is “livened up with hints of jasmine lavender and orange.” Each one costs $16 and burns up to 45 hours. Order yours here.

ACM Top New Artist Awards Handed Out

Posted on: March 23rd, 2016 by Bo

The 2016 ACM Awards aren’t for a couple of weeks yet, but the winners of the three major New Artist categories have already been announced.

Kelsea Ballerini has been named New Female Artist of the Year, and Chris Stapleton won New Male Artist of the Year. Old Dominion have been awarded New Duo/Group of the Year in the upcoming awards show, which is in its 51st year. These wins mark the first-ever ACM wins for any of the three artists.

The newcomer categories, which include New Male Vocalist of the Year, New Female Vocalist of the Year and New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year, used to be fan-voted, but they are incorporated into the professional membership voting process for the first time this year. Chris leads the ACM nominations with six additional categories, including Album of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year. Kelsea is also nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year, and Old Dominion are nominated for Vocal Group of the Year.

Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley will co-host the 2016 Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 3.

Source: Taste Of Country