ABC/Image Group LAWhat’s the most-played country song of the past ten years? Well, the answer just might surprise you.
Finishing ahead of smash hits like Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise” and Sam Hunt’s “Body Like a Back Road,” it’s Jake Owen’s “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” from 2011. Sam’s “Body” comes in second, while FGL’s at number five, according to the tally by Country Aircheck.
Eric Church is the only artist to have two songs in the publication's top ten. 2012’s “Springsteen” is at number six, while 2011’s “Drink in My Hand” is ninth.
2012 CMA Vocal Duo of the Year Thompson Square makes a surprise appearance at number four with their biggest hit so far, “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not.”
The newest song on the list belongs to Dustin Lynch, who comes in tenth with 2017's “Small Town Boy.”
Here’s the complete rundown of the Top 10 Songs of the Decade, according to Country Aircheck:
1. "Barefoot Blue Jean Night" -- Jake Owen 2. "Body Like a Back Road" -- Sam Hunt 3. "Honey Bee" -- Blake Shelton 4. "Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not" -- Thompson Square 5. "Cruise" -- Florida Georgia Line 6. "Springsteen" -- Eric Church 7. "Wagon Wheel" -- Darius Rucker 8. "Knee Deep" -- Zac Brown Band with Jimmy Buffett 9. "Drink in My Hand" -- Eric Church 10. "Small Town Boy" -- Dustin Lynch
ABC/Craig SjodinLuke Bryan is the most-heard country artist of the past decade, according to Country Aircheck.
All totaled, 22 of the Georgia native’s 23 number ones happened in the past ten years, starting with “Rain Is a Good Thing” in 2010, and continuing through his most recent chart-topper, “Knockin’ Boots,” earlier this year.
Somehow, the superstar who’s also a judge on ABC’s American Idol manages to not let his busy life get to him.
“I love being the guy a lot of people count on. I don’t wake up with anxiety about it,” he tells Country Aircheck in the year-end issue, which comes out next week. “I wake up going, all right, let’s get after it and show the world what we’re going to do this year or this week.”
Back in October, the Academy of Country Music also gave Luke its first-ever Album of the Decade honor for 2013’s Crash My Party.
PEOPLEWhen Blake Shelton’s new album, Fully Loaded: God’s Country, hits the streets on Friday, he and girlfriend Gwen Stefani will also be on the cover of the new issue of People.
The accompanying article is titled “Gwen & Blake: Ready to Wed!” with the subtitle, “After four blissful years of dating, the Voice costars are excited to take the next step.”
A source tells People it was actually Gwen who convinced Blake to record their duet, “Nobody but You,” on the new record.
“Blake and Gwen were driving around in the car, and she put it on. They both loved it,” the unnamed insider says, adding “He feels like it’s their song. It just perfectly reflects where he is in his life right now.”
As for why the two aren’t married, People floats a theory that we’ve heard before. Gwen’s a devout Catholic, and before she and Blake can have a church wedding, her earlier marriage to rocker Gavin Rossdale must be annulled, which can take a long time.
CurbLee Brice is heading across the pond in 2020 for his first-ever tour of the United Kingdom.
The four-date run kicks off July 7 in London, England, and moves on to Birmingham and Manchester, before wrapping on the 11th in Glasgow, Scotland. Tickets go on sale this Friday.
Back in the States, Lee’s latest number one, “Rumor,” finishes the year as the tenth most-played song of 2019, according to Country Aircheck. Meanwhile, his latest hit, “I Hope You’re Happy Now” with Carly Pearce, is climbing in the top thirty.
Here's the complete itinerary for Lee Brice's 2020 tour of the UK:
7/7 -- London, England, Shepherds Bush Empire 7/9 -- Birmingham, England, O2 Institute 7/10 -- Manchester, England, O2 Ritz 7/11 -- Glasgow, Scotland, The Old Fruitmarket
ABC/Image Group LAEric Church is country’s top touring artist of 2019, according to Billboard.
The North Carolina native raked in more than $65 million, playing for more than 718,000 fans during 48 shows on his Double Down Tour.
Florida Georgia Line is a close second, grossing nearly $53 million, though they played for more people, with a total crowd that exceeded 750,000. Carrie Underwood’s the only female artist on the list, finishing third with her Cry Pretty trek.
Thomas Rhett and George Strait are fourth and fifth, respectively, though it’s worth noting that King George made $46 million over nine shows, while everyone else worked close to fifty dates.
Here’s the complete rundown of 2019’s Top 5 Country Tours, along with their corresponding total gross, attendance, and number of shows, according to Billboard Boxscore:
1. Eric Church -- $65 million, 718K, 48 2. Florida Georgia Line -- $52.9 million, 750K, 46 3. Carrie Underwood -- $50.2 million, 648K, 58 4. Thomas Rhett -- $46.7 million, 674K, 50 5. George Strait -- $46.2 million, 291K, 9
Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockThomas Rhett guests on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Wednesday night. You can watch for him starting at 11:35 p.m. ET on CBS.
If you missed Jason Aldean doing the 9 track, "Camouflage Hat," Tuesday on ABC's Strahan, Sara, and Keke, you can check it out online.
Tyler Farr, Exile, Jamie O'Neal, Deborah Allen, 38 Special, and NSYNC's Chris Kirkpatrick are just some of the stars taking part in Christmas 4 Kids' annual Tour Bus Show next Monday at the Walmart in Hendersonville, Tennessee on the outskirts of Nashville. Proceeds from the behind-the-scenes look at tour buses and the organization's annual Ryman benefit go to take more than four hundred underprivileged children from Middle Tennessee on a holiday shopping spree. You can find out more at Christmas4Kids.org.
Dierks Bentley and Brandi Carlile are set to headline the Shaky Boots Music Festival May 8-9 in Central Park in Atlanta, Georgia. Alison Krauss, Gary Allan, Tanya Tucker, Dwight Yoakam, Morgan Wallen, Clint Black and more will play as well.
He admits it's something his wife Lauren has wanted him to do "for a long time," and the time felt right, as the two are busy making yuletide memories with their daughters, four-year-old Willa Gray and two-year-old Ada James.
TR says some of their traditions are drawn from their individual families, like "opening one gift on Christmas Eve, or always getting new ornaments for the Christmas tree." But he reveals there's one thing the couple don't exactly see eye-to-eye on.
"Making sure the Christmas tree is always real is something that Lauren is dead set on," he points out. "And I wish we could get a fake one, but, you know, we’re gonna get a real one for forever probably," he smiles.
Even though Willa and Ada are still fairly small, the family's already developing their own holiday rituals.
"We always watch The Santa Clause at least a thousand times before Christmas actually gets there," TR says. "And we still kind of celebrate Christmas five or six days after Christmas as well, because we’re not ready for it to end."
"And we always decorate our house..." he continues. "We love Christmas. It’s our favorite time of the year, and as our kids get older, hopefully they can help us make some new traditions."
TR and Lauren are about to get a little MORE help in that department. They're expecting their third daughter in February.
ABC/Mark LevineIf you missed Brad Paisley’s first-ever network variety show when it premiered last week on ABC, you’ll have another chance to check it out later this month.
Brad Paisley Thinks He’s Special is set to re-air on Saturday, December 28 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. More than six million people tuned in to watch its first airing on December 3, making it the most-watched show on the network that night.
You can check out quite a few segments from the show -- specifically the ones starring Carrie Underwood, Tim McGraw, Jonas Brothers and more -- on YouTube now. Kelsea Ballerini, Darius Rucker and Hootie & the Blowfish joined Brad on the show as well.
ABC/Image Group LADan Shay are closing out the year by setting another record.
Their hit with Justin Bieber, “10,000 Hours,” has just been certified platinum, making it the fastest-selling country single to reach sales of one million units this year.
The collaboration, which just came out in October, is an international sensation as well. It’s already been certified platinum in Canada, and gone gold in Australia, Brazil, Ireland, New Zealand, and The Netherlands as well.
Currently, “10,000 Hours” is in the top ten on the country chart. It’s simultaneously a top fifteen hit on the pop chart.
Dan Shay will close out the year by performing on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve for the second year in a row December 31 on ABC. They’re also up for two trophies at next month’s Grammys.
ABC/Image Group LAIf you’re looking for a holiday present for your pup, Miranda Lambert wants to help you.
Her full line of MuttNation pet products are now available from Tractor Supply Company, both in stores and online. That includes four styles of beds with matching collars and leashes, plus toys, bandanas and water bowls.
In the spirit of the season, Miranda’s giving all the money she makes to her MuttNation Foundation to help rescue shelters.
“We’re so thankful to our friends at Tractor Supply for the support they’ve given MuttNation since we first launched our partnership a few months ago,” Miranda says. “It’s really exciting to have such a great line of pet supplies and toys and to know that every mutt-lover’s purchase is helping another rescue dog find a loving home -- and with over 1,800 Tractor Supply stores across the country, that’ll make a lot of happy pups,” she adds.
Miranda herself has eight rescue dogs, as well as horses, cats and rabbits.
Musically, she’s just released “Bluebird” as the second single from her new Wildcard album.
Copyright 8TEN, Inc.Garth Brooks isn’t done with his Dive Bar Tour after all.
Monday night during his weekly Inside Studio Gupdate on Facebook, he revealed he plans to continue the trek in 2020, along with his Stadium Tour, admitting he loves doing the smaller dates too much to quit.
“You’re lucky enough to do stadiums, arenas…” Garth reflected, “[but] dive bars might be hittin’ right on the sweet spot for me!”
Garth played the sixth Dive Bar date last week in New Jersey, but was forced to cancel what was to be the seventh and final one because of winter weather.
The seven-time CMA Entertainer of the Year expects the make-up show at Six String in Foxborough, Massachusetts will be his first Dive Bar outing in 2020, also mentioning Kansas City, St. Louis, Denver and various spots “up and down the West Coast, the East Coast” as possibilities.
Meanwhile, the song that inspired the trek, Garth's “Dive Bar” collaboration with Blake Shelton, is nearing country’s top ten.
ABC/Randy Holmes2019 was simply the year of Luke Combs.
The North Carolina native’s “Beautiful Crazy” was the most-played song of the past twelve months, according to Country Aircheck, helping Luke to cement honors as the publication’s top male artist and top overall artist as well.
Luke’s also the only person to land two songs in 2019’s overall top ten, with “She Got the Best of Me” finishing at number six.
Here’s the complete rundown of Country Aircheck’s Top Ten Songs of 2019:
1. “Beautiful Crazy” -- Luke Combs 2. “Whiskey Glasses” -- Morgan Wallen 3. “Girl Like You” -- Jason Aldean 4. “This Is It” -- Scotty McCreery 5. “Eyes on You” -- Chase Rice 6. “She Got the Best of Me” -- Luke Combs 7. “Love Ain’t” -- Eli Young Band 8. “Best Shot” -- Jimmie Allen 9. “Make It Sweet” -- Old Dominion 10. “Rumor” -- Lee Brice
Comstock/Thinkstock1995 CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Alison Krauss also took home the Musical Event trophy in both 2004 and 2008. Can you name both her winning songs and her duet partners? ANSWER: "Whiskey Lullaby" with Brad Paisley, and "Gone Gone Gone (Done Moved On)" with Robert Plant, respectively.
ABC/Image Group LAKeith Urban's nearing the top of the chart with his latest hit, "We Were" -- and this time, he's taking one of his friends with him: Eric Church.
Ironically, the Aussie superstar had no idea The Chief helped craft the song when he recorded it.
"As soon as I found out he was a writer, the first thing I wanted to do is, I wanted to hear him sing that song," Keith recalls. "’Cause in my head I heard it top to bottom, and so I called him and I said, 'Would you come in some time and do a version?'"
"At the end of the summer, he came by and we spent a couple of hours at Sound Emporium Studios," he continues, "just hearing him sing the song and do his own thing to it -- changing all the phrasing, changing the melody, the odd lyric changing."
In fact, Keith says Eric's interpretation of "We Were" was different on every take.
"I sat there and watched him sing it several times back to back," Keith recalls. "He never did it the same way twice -- ever. And I said to him, 'You change it every time.' He goes, 'Yeah. Why would I do the same thing twice?'"
"It’s just the way he rolls," Keith explains, "because he’s a storyteller, you know? He’s an amazing songwriter, one of the best in town period."
You can stream or download the version of "We Were" that features both Keith and Eric now.
Previously, the two pals and label mates topped the chart in 2015 with "Raise 'Em Up."
Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Jason Aldean will perform the 9 track, "Camoflage Hat" Tuesday on Strahan, Sara and Keke. You can tune in to watch at 1 p.m. ET on ABC. You can also see him Thursday on the syndicated The Kelly Clarkson Show.
1995 CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Alison Krauss will launch her 2020 solo tour April 24 at the underground venue The Caverns in Pelham, Tennessee. Tickets go on sale Friday.
Arkansas native Heath Sanders is the newest artist signed to Big Machine's The Valory Music Co. label.
You can check out RaeLynn's new video for her single, "Bra Off," on YouTube now.
Netflix/Curb RecordsThe sons of Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings have recorded a new version of "Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys" for the Netflix show The Ranch. It's part of the official soundtrack that'll be available January 24, the same day the final season of the series premieres.
Lukas Nelson and Shooter Jennings teamed up to recreate their fathers' classic more than forty years after it topped the chart. Waylon passed away in 2002, while Willie continues to record and tour.
The Ranch soundtrack also includes a new mix of Lee Brice's number one, "Rumor," as well as cuts by Wynonna, Dylan Scott, Rodney Atkins, and more. A vinyl version of the album will be released on February 14.
Here's the complete track listing for The Ranch (A Netflix Original Series Official Soundtrack):
"Rumor (Glover Mix)" -- Lee Brice "Things That I Lean On (feat. Jason Isbell)" -- Wynonna & The Big Noise "Slower" -- Filmore "Whiskey On My Breath" -- Love And Theft "Nobody" -- Dylan Scott "Home To The Water" -- Mallary Hope "Thank God For You" -- Rodney Atkins "Runs In The Family" -- BoDeans "One At A Time" -- Jackson Michelson "Joshua Tree" -- Ruthie Collins "Ain't Bad For A Good Ol' Boy" -- Mo Pitney "Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys" -- Lukas Nelson & Shooter Jennings