ABC/Image Group LAChris Janson invites country fans into his home this holiday season for his first-ever Christmas song, "It Is Christmas." The nearly three-minute accompanying music video stars Chris and his family as they celebrate the holiday.
A touching and vivid ballad that paints a picture of the Janson household during the holidays, the song comes to life in the music video. Chris, his wife, Kelly, and their four children are seen gathering around the table, the tree and the piano together.
"We're making memories we never gonna forget / I wish every day would feel just like this," Chris croons at the song's close.
“Christmas is my favorite time of year, and it’s very dear to my heart,” Chris says in a statement. “To know me is to know that I love being around family and close friends, and that’s exactly what we’re doing here."
"If you’re a fan of traditional Christmas songs, I think you’ll enjoy this one," he adds. "Thank you all for the support, and for watching!”
Ahead of the holidays, Chris continues to headline the Waitin' On 5 Tour, which runs through February.
Courtesy BillboardKacey Musgraves is one of several women who'll be honored at Billboard's 13th annual Women in Music event in New York City. The CMA Album of the Year winner will be recognized with the publication's Innovator Award next month.
According to Billboard, the Innovator Award recognizes a female artist who "challenges musical convention, creates positive change and contributes new ideas both within and outside of her creative work."
Ross Scarano, Billboard’s VP of content, described Kacey as an "iconoclast" who is "creating necessary space for more personal, authentic expression,” thanks to music that "makes for provocative, perspective-shifting work that is challenging traditional notions of songwriting country."
Kacey will be recognized alongside Billboard's Woman of the Year, Ariana Grande, as well as '80s icon Cyndi Lauper, R&B singers Janelle Monae and SZA [sizzah], and singer-songwriter, actress, dancer, and director Hayley Kiyoko.
The Billboard Woman in Music gala will be held December 6 in New York City, and the red carpet pre-show will stream live on Twitter from 7 p.m. ET to 10 p.m. ET.
ABC/Image Group LADan Shay are set to grace the stage for the two-hour season finale of Dancing With the Stars tonight. The country duo will perform their latest single, "Speechless."
The season finale will include additional performances by Dukes of Hazzard star John Schneider, who was voted off the competition earlier this season, as well as Lauren Daigle and pop stars Avril Lavigne and Robin Thicke.
After weeks of competitive dancing, a winner will be chosen from the final four couples on the show. Dancing With the Stars airs live tonight at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
Dan Shay recently announced that they'll be hitting the road for the majority of 2019. DanShay The Tour will include openers Morgan Evans and Chris Lane. They will kick the tour off on February 28 in New Orleans, LA.
ABC/Image Group LAJimmie Allen's "Best Shot" has hit number one this week on both the Billboard and Mediabase/Country Aircheck Country Airplay charts. It marks the first time a black country music artist has garnered a No. 1 hit on country radio with their career-launching single.
While Darius Rucker claimed the top spot on the country charts with his debut country single, "Don't Think I Don't Think About It" in 2008, that came after his long, Grammy-winning success with the pop band Hootie & the Blowfish.
“If someone asked me two years ago if I thought that this would be my life today -- that I’d be on the red carpet at the CMAs or my song would be the No. 1 song on country radio -- I would have honestly said no,” Jimmie says in a statement. “Did I think it would happen eventually? Absolutely! Just not this soon."
He adds, "I’m humbled and grateful -- it’s such an honor to get my first No. 1 and to know that my song is connecting with people and resonating in a way that hopefully makes us all better people in the end, because that’s really what ‘Best Shot’ is all about.”
"Best Shot" has been the most Shazamed song in country music for the past eight weeks. Jimmie co-wrote the song with Josh London and JP Williams. It's the first single from his debut album, Mercury Lane.
“When you’re a better person, you can be a better husband, wife, parent or friend,” he adds. “In writing this song, we just wanted to be honest with ourselves and write something that others can empathize with.”
ABC/Image Group LAThe lineup for 2019's Country Thunder Saskatchewan is a stacked one. Chris Stapleton, Tim McGraw, Jake Owen and Dallas Smith are set to headline the Canadian country music festival.
The festival marks Chris' only Western Canadian performance for next year. Additional acts set to take the stage include Canadian native Terri Clark, as well as Steve Earle and the Dukes, Lonestar, Travis Tritt, Gord Bamford, Shawn Austin, The Reklaws, Meghan Patrick, Madeline Merlo, The Road Hammers, JoJo Mason, Jimmie Allen, and Hunter Brothers.
Tickets for the festival are currently on sale. Four-day passes cost $240, while single-day tickets, reserved seating, camping, and Platinum Experience packages are also available. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the festival's website.
ABC/Image Group LACole Swindell has released the second single from his third studio album, All of It, to country radio today. "Love You Too Late" was penned by Cole, Michael Carter and Brandon Kinney.
The heartbreak ballad has Cole looking back on a love that he regrets losing. It's the follow-up single to his eighth career chart topper, "Break Up In the End." Last week, Cole premiered the new single on Dancing with the Stars.
Want to hear Cole play his new single live? Check out his Reason to Drink...Another Tour, which launched last month with Dustin Lynch and Lauren Alaina. The trek runs through the end of 2018.
ABC/Image Group LAThomas Rhett will be spending the majority of next summer on the road. Fittingly, he's titled his 2019 trek the Very Hot Summer Tour.
Joining TR on the road for the tour, which kicks off May 17, is Dustin Lynch, Russell Dickerson and his father, Rhett Akins. The tour runs through October and tickets go on sale beginning November 30. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the singer's website.
“We literally just closed out our 2018 tour in the U.K. last week and I’m already thinking about next year’s tour,” Thomas said in a statement. "I’m glad we have the winter to plan and come up with some crazy stuff for next year because I can’t think of a better way to spend the summer than out on the road with my fans. And, I get to bring my dad and two of my favorite artists in country music along for the ride."
Here’s the initial itinerary for Thomas Rhett's 2019 Tour. Many of the venues remain TBA:
5/17 -- Spokane, WA, Spokane Arena 5/18 -- Tacoma, WA, Tacoma Dome 5/25 -- Orange Beach, AL 5/26 -- Orange Beach, AL 6/13 -- Virginia Beach, VA 6/14 -- Charlotte, NC 6/15 -- Bristow, VA 6/20 -- Detroit, MI 6/21 -- Indianapolis, IN 6/28 -- Dallas, TX 6/29 -- Houston, TX 7/11 -- Toronto, ON 7/12 -- Pittsburgh, PA 7/19 -- Darien Center, NY 7/20 -- Hershey, PA 8/1 -- Philadelphia, PA 8/2 -- Boston, MA 8/3 -- Holmdel, NJ 8/8 -- Raleigh, NC 8/9 -- Cincinnati, OH 8/10 -- Atlanta, GA 8/15 -- Rogers, AR 8/16 -- Southaven, MS 8/17 -- Birmingham, AL 9/5 -- Sioux Falls, SD, Denny Sanford PREMIER Center 9/6 -- Des Moines, IA, Wells Fargo Arena 9/7 -- St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center 9/12 -- Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center 9/13 -- St. Louis, MO, Enterprise Center 9/14 -- Chicago, IL, United Center 9/19 -- Bridgeport, CT, Webster Bank Arena 9/20 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden 9/21 -- Albany, NY, Times Union Center 10/3 -- Greenville, SC, Bon Secours Wellness Arena 10/4 -- Jacksonville, TN, Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena 10/5 -- Orlando, FL, Amway Center 10/10 -- Knoxville, TN, Thompson Boling Arena 10/11 -- Louisville, KY, KFC Yum! Center 10/12 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
Sony Music NashvilleKane Brown finds himself on the top of two charts this week with the success of his sophomore album, Experiment. The singer debuted at number one on the all-genre Billboard 200 and Billboard Top Country Albums charts this week with 124,000 units sold.
The singer is the third country artist this year to hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, following Carrie Underwood and Jason Aldean. Additionally, Kane is the only male country artist in 24 years to debut at the top of the Billboard 200 chart with a sophomore release. Kane becomes the only male artist in the format since Tim McGraw accomplished the feat 24 years ago.
Kane co-wrote 12 of the 13 tracks featured on Experiment. Produced by Dann Huff, the album was released Nov. 9.
Comstock/ThinkstockHe's had 11 number one hits on country radio including "People Are Crazy," "Hey Girl" and "Good Directions." Can you name the country singer born on this day in Savannah, GA? ANSWER: Billy Currington.
ABC/Image Group LANow that Carrie Underwood's finished hosting the CMA Awards for the eleventh time, the chances are good we may be seeing less of her, as she focuses on giving birth to her second son.
While her next major event isn't until next May's launch of her Cry Pretty Tour, the Oklahoma native says there's really no such thing as taking some time off when you're a mother.
"I mean, I'm a working mom, working wife, same as all the other ones out there. My job's kinda weird," Carrie laughs, "but you just figure your way through it, and women, we ladies are good at that."
As she held her latest CMA Female Vocalist trophy backstage at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena last week, she got emotional reflecting on the intersection of her career and her family.
"I'm honored to get to hold some pretty incredible titles. Mom is definitely one of them," Carrie said as she fought back tears.
"And I'm just excited," she added. "I'm excited that they get to see their mom do that, and see me onstage, and hopefully I can be an inspiration to my children, and to other working moms out there, because we got this!"
"Love Wins," Carrie's second single from her Cry Pretty album, is currently making its way up the country chart.
Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockFaith Hill and Luke Bryan are set to appear as guests on Pickler & Ben on November 19 and 20, respectively. Faith's episode will have the singer sharing her family's Christmas traditions and discussing ugly holiday sweaters, while Luke drops by to chat about his relationship with his wife and cooks chicken and rice soup for the audience. For air times and more, visit the daytime show's website.
Garth Brooks has sold out his upcoming concert at The Dome at America's Center in St. Louis on March 9. Over 70,000 tickets were sold, setting a record for any concert in the history of The Dome at America's Center.
Lauren Jenkins will release her debut album, No Saint, on March 15. The Big Machine Records recording artist co-wrote all 10 tracks featured on the project and has released a new song called "Maker's Mark & You" ahead of the release.
Courtesy Waffle House Tunie AwardsCountry music was well represented at the first-ever Tunie Awards on Thursday. The TouchTunes Jukeboxes, located in over 1,900 Waffle House restaurants, celebrated the most selected songs over the past 12 months. Chris Stapleton, Sam Hunt and Keith Urban were among the winners.
Chris, who ranked at number six with "Tennessee Whiskey," had the most country songs played and took home the Tunie award for Best Country Artist.
"I've had a lot of dreams come true," Chris said as he accepted his award. "One of the dreams I wanted is to have a song on the Waffle House jukebox. Not only did I get a song on the Waffle House jukebox, I got this fantastic award. So thank you very much."
Last year's number one song was Keith's "Blue Ain't Your Color," which appears at number five in 2018. Sam came in second place for his record-breaking hit "Body Like A Back Road." Additionally, Country Music Hall of Famer Whispering Bill Anderson received the Jukebox Legend Award. The complete list is below.
Waffle House Jukebox Top Ten Songs of 2018:
1. "Location" by Khalid 2. "Body Like A Back Road" by Sam Hunt 3. "Can't Stop the Feeling!" by Justin Timberlake 4. "Shape of You" by Ed Sheeran 5. "Blue Ain't Your Color" by Keith Urban 6. "Tennessee Whiskey" by Chris Stapleton 7. "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars 8. "Thinking Out Loud" by Ed Sheeran 9. "Too Good at Goodbyes" by Sam Smith 10. "Can't Feel My Face" by The Weeknd
Sara Kauss Photography Maddie & Tae had a very special evening planned for one young fan at Wednesday night's CMA Awards. The singers invited five-year-old cancer patient Caroline Lantz and her family to attend Country Music's Biggest Night.
In partnership with Aflac, the country duo surprised Caroline, who is a pediatric cancer patient at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville, and took her to the awards show. Caroline and her family were surprised with VIP tickets, a day filled with glam, and a red-carpet experience leading up to the 52nd annual CMA Awards in Nashville.
"We loved getting to team up with Aflac to surprise Caroline and her family with tickets to join us at the CMAs this year," Maddie & Tae said in a statement. "In the midst of something as difficult as childhood cancer, we wanted to help give Caroline and her family an unforgettable experience. It was really special for us too."
ABC/Image Group LAKelsea Ballerini will host her first Thanksgiving dinner at her home in Nashville next week with husband Morgan Evans.
"I will be learning how to baste the turkey,” she tells People. “Wish me luck!”
While she describes Morgan as a "great cook," he recently became a vegetarian, which leaves cooking the turkey up to her.
“He actually just became vegetarian recently,” she said. “So he cooks a lot of healthy soups and salads. Honestly, whenever I’m home, I just make something else for myself — like chicken and steak and stuff.”
She adds, “The holidays, to me, are all about the times to wear the turkey pants and eat pumpkin pie. The dessert table is where you will always find me around Thanksgiving.”
In addition to hosting their first Thanksgiving together, Kelsea and Morgan are approaching their one-year anniversary as a married couple and are planning a day trip to celebrate the occasion in December.
“We’re going to take a one-day trip,” she said. “We both have stuff on the day before and the day after so we’re just going to meet somewhere and pack it all into a day and have a date somewhere. It’s going to be cute! Every time we’re together, we have something to celebrate. We always carve out our time together and protect it. It’s a fun chapter.”
Curb RecordsDylan Scott returns to country radio with a new, feel-good single called "Nothing To Do Town."
The singer co-wrote the song with John Taylor and Matt Alderman, and in it, he sings about a small town that's "a little town square /middle of nowhere /ain't even big enough to be a map dot."
"I'm really excited about the release of my new single 'Nothing To Do Town,'" Dylan said in a statement. "Growing up in a very small town in Northeast Louisiana, we had to create our own entertainment since we didn't have malls or movie theaters. That is what this song is all about and I wouldn't trade the way I grew up for anything."
He adds, "I know there are going to be a lot of people who hear the song and feel the same way I do."
With soaring guitar parts, a thumping beat and Dylan's vivid lyrics, "Nothing To Do Town" paints the picture of small town living. The song follows the success of his top 5 single "Hooked" and number-one hit "My Girl."
ABC/Image Group LAGarth Brooks is gearing up to spend 2019 on the road as part of his stadium tour and he promises it will be a good time.
“Everything’s startin’ to fall into place,” he shared earlier this week on “Inside Studio G” on Facebook. “I’ll tell you right now – it’s going to be the tour of a lifetime for me. This’ll be the biggest, baddest one. And there won’t be one in the future that’s cooler than this one.”
The six-time CMA Entertainer of the Year plans to spend much of the next three years on the road. Each year he'll schedule between 10 and 12 stadium shows in various cities. The trek kicks off in St. Louis, MO on March 9. Tickets for that date are on sale beginning today.
In addition, as part of the tour, Garth previously announced that he'll be playing at colleges as part of a series of shows called "Music 101," where he'll play other people's songs.
ABC/Image Group LAKeith Urban knows all too well what many people in California are going through as the wildfires engulf the state. While at school as a child, his home burnt down.
“When I was 10, our house burned down, so I know that feeling of losing your house," he told Extra TV ahead of the CMA Awards on Wednesday. "We completely lost everything. Luckily, we were all okay."
Keith admits that he will never forget the feeling of walking through his charred house while looking at all his former belongings.
"When you are walking through the house and it’s charred, black as black everywhere you look, water’s dripping and the firefighters have left, I remember thinking, 'I was just in here getting ready for school.' It gives me chills. So I know that feeling," he admits.
He adds: "But what I remember was the community coming together in such an incredible way. And not just the Goodwills and the Salvation Armys and the Red Crosses, which also came to our aid, but also the community with clothing and food and shelter and a place to stay — unbelievable. And you’re seeing it out in California. right now. It’s really amazing."
The CMA Entertainer of the Year has a friend in California who has personally been affected by the wildfires and the singer says he's helping that friend get back on their feet.
Allister AnnKenny Chesney has extended his Songs for the Saints 2019 Tour. The intimate trek will see the singer performing on smaller stages to bring the songs from his latest album to life.
“We have played the stadium in Louisville several times, but in really looking at this notion, I wanted to give them something more intimate,” Kenny says in a statement.
“This tour is going to really feel like a club show – and put the music front and center. It’s why we’re going to Oklahoma City, Albany, Lincoln and Jacksonville next year. [We'll] go to No Shoes Nation, and bring them the songs where they live.”
He continues: “We know how to do stadiums, and we love the rush of those shows, but you never want to get to where you take it for granted, or you’re so used to it, it’s just what you do. There’s a real intimacy even in arenas that you don’t have in a stadium, and it’s something we’ve not had for a while."
Kenny adds, "To me, it’s a whole other canvas for us – and I’m psyched about it.”
Here’s the initial itinerary for Kenny Chesney's 2019 Tour:
4/4 -- Louisville, KY, KFC Yum!Center 4/5 -- Champaign, IL, State Farm Center 4/6 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena 4/12 -- Greensboro, NC, Greensboro Coliseum 4/13 -- Jacksonville, FL, Daily’s Place 4/18 -- Washington, DC, The Anthem 4/25 -- Charleston, SC, Volvo Car Stadium 4/26 -- Tallahassee, FL, Donald L Tucker Civic Center 4/27 -- Orange Beach, AL, The Wharf 5/2 -- Columbia, MO, Mizzou Arena 5/3 -- Wichita, KS, INTRUST Bank Arena 5/4 -- Oklahoma City, OK, Chesapeake Energy Arena 5/9 -- Albany, NY, Times Union Arena 5/10 -- Wilkes-Barre, PA, Mohegan Sun Arena 5/11 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena 5/17 -- Sioux Falls, SD, Denny Sanford Premier Center 5/18 -- Lincoln, NE, Pinnacle Bank Arena 5/25 -- Tuscaloosa, AL, Tuscaloosa Amphitheater
Food NetworkSunday on Food Network, Martina McBride's new cooking show, Martina's Table, premieres at 12 p.m. ET.
"It's a Thanksgiving episode, so I make a turkey," the four-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year explains.
"I'm not gonna tell you my turkey secret," she teases. "You have to tune in to see it. You know, [my husband] John and the girls are in the episode. We all have Thanksgiving dinner."
Martina's older daughters, Delaney and Emma, now live in Los Angeles, but they came back home to Nashville to be on their mom's show.
"You know, every episode has a storyline," Martina continues. "So this storyline is everybody's home for Thanksgiving, the girls are back from California. It's good to have everybody under one roof again, and I'm making Thanksgiving dinner, so, and then we all sit down and eat at the end."
"And the girls help me in the kitchen," she adds. "Delaney helps me make gravy, John comes and tastes the turkey and then goes back and watches football. And, you know, it's very true to life," she laughs.
In addition to her new cooking show, Martina also has a new cookbook, titled Martina's Kitchen Mix: My Recipe Playlist for Real Life, as well as a new Christmas album, called It's the Holiday Season.