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The Highwomen’s Self-Titled Debut Album Hits No. 1 on Billboard Top Country Albums Chart

The Highwomen’s Self-Titled Debut Album Hits No. 1 on Billboard Top Country Albums Chart

The Highwomen—Brandi Carlile, Amanda Shires, Maren Morris and Natalie Hemby—reached No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart with the release of their self-titled debut album. The new album, which also reached No. 10 on the Billboard all-genre Top 200 chart, moved 34,000 equivalent units, according to Nielsen Music. The Highwomen were joined by…MORE

Listen to George Strait’s Heavy New Single, “The Weight of the Badge”

Listen to George Strait’s Heavy New Single, “The Weight of the Badge”

George Strait will ship a new single, “The Weight of the Badge,” to country radio on Sept. 30. Penned by George, Bubba Strait and Dean Dillon, “The Weight of the Badge” is featured on George’s 2019 album, Honky Tonk Time Machine. The new tune finds George paying homage to law officers as he croons, “He…MORE

Taylor Swift to Mentor Contestants on Season 17 of “The Voice”

Taylor Swift to Mentor Contestants on Season 17 of “The Voice”

Taylor Swift will serve as a mentor during Season 17 of The Voice, which debuts on Sept. 23 on NBC with coaches Blake Shelton, John Legend, Kelly Clarkson and Gwen Stefani. As a mentor, Taylor will help the contestants on each team prepare for the Knockout Rounds, which pit teammates against each other in a…MORE

Justin Moore Drops Spirited New Single, “Why We Drink” [Listen]

Justin Moore Drops Spirited New Single, “Why We Drink” [Listen]

Justin Moore will try to score the 9th No. 1 hit of his career with the release of the spirited new single, “Why We Drink.” Penned by Justin, Casey Beathard, David Lee Murphy and Jeremy Stover, “Why We Drink” is featured on Justin’s 2019 album, Late Nights and Longnecks, which recently spawned No. 1 hit,…MORE

Sammy Kershaw & Mendy Gregory Welcome Baby Girl, Natelia Mae

Sammy Kershaw & Mendy Gregory Welcome Baby Girl, Natelia Mae

Sammy Kershaw, 61, and longtime girlfriend Mendy Gregory welcomed a baby girl, Natelia Mae Kershaw, to their family on Sept. 11 in Lafayette, La. The birth of Natelia, who weighed 7 pounds, marks the sixth child for Sammy, who is also the father of daughters Emily, Erin and Sammie, as well as son Brandon and…MORE

Craig Morgan Releases Heartfelt Thank-You After “The Father, My Son & the Holy Ghost” Reaches No. 1: “Jerry’s Work on Earth Did Not End With His Passing”

Craig Morgan Releases Heartfelt Thank-You After “The Father, My Son & the Holy Ghost” Reaches No. 1: “Jerry’s Work on Earth Did Not End With His Passing”

After Blake Shelton spearheaded a successful viral campaign to get Craig Morgan’s new song, “The Father, My Son & the Holy Ghost” to No. 1 on the iTunes chart, Craig released a heartfelt thank-you to the fans and Blake via Instagram. The new tune, which Craig penned and produced, honors his late son, Jerry Greer,…MORE

Hardy’s New “Hixtape Vol. 1” Features 17 Guest Artists, Including Keith Urban, Thomas Rhett, Dustin Lynch & More

Hardy’s New “Hixtape Vol. 1” Features 17 Guest Artists, Including Keith Urban, Thomas Rhett, Dustin Lynch & More

Michael Hardy, known professionally as Hardy, announced that his new album, Hixtape Vol. 1, features 17 guest artists, including Keith Urban, Thomas Rhett, Dustin Lynch, Lauren Alaina, Tracy Lawrence, Trace Adkins and more. “The more we kept asking people and taking chances . . . people kept saying ‘yes’ and it just became this really…MORE

Watch Kip Moore’s Lively New Video for “She’s Mine”

Watch Kip Moore’s Lively New Video for “She’s Mine”

Kip Moore has given fans their first taste of new music from his upcoming fourth studio album with the release of lead single “She’s Mine.” Kip produced the new single, which he co-penned with Dan Couch and Scott Stepakoff. “I wrote this song at a time in my life when I realized that my life…MORE

Craig Morgan’s “The Father, My Son & the Holy Ghost” Goes to No. 1 on iTunes With Some Help From Blake Shelton, Ellen DeGeneres & More

Craig Morgan’s “The Father, My Son & the Holy Ghost” Goes to No. 1 on iTunes With Some Help From Blake Shelton, Ellen DeGeneres & More

Mission accomplished, Blake Shelton. Country music’s most powerful social media influencer implored his 20.6 million Twitter followers to help Craig Morgan’s touching new song, “The Father, My Son & the Holy Ghost” reach No. 1 on the iTunes Country chart. And it worked. From Sept. 9—the date of Blake’s first tweet referencing the tune—to Sept.…MORE

Brandi Carlile, John Prine, Dave Cobb & More Win Americana Awards [Full List]

Brandi Carlile, John Prine, Dave Cobb & More Win Americana Awards [Full List]

The 2019 Americana Honors & Awards ceremony was held on Sept. 11 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. The star-studded event, which was hosted by the Milk Carton Kids, featured performances by Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens, Lori McKenna, Delbert McClinton, Buddy & Julie Miller, Maria Muldaur, Mumford & Sons, Amanda Shires and more. The night’s big winners…MORE

Dierks Bentley, Darius Rucker, Locash, Randy Houser & More to Perform at Ryman’s Hurricane Benefit Concert

Dierks Bentley, Darius Rucker, Locash, Randy Houser & More to Perform at Ryman’s Hurricane Benefit Concert

The country music community is coming together to assist those affected by Hurricane Dorian. The SIP Hope 4 Hope Town benefit concert at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium on Sept. 16 will feature performances by Dierks Bentley, Florida Georgia Line, Charles Esten, Ryan Hurd, Dan Tyminski, Drew Holcomb, Riley Green, Jamey Johnson, Locash, Darius Rucker, Randy Houser,…MORE

Brantley Gilbert & Wife Welcome Baby Girl, Braylen Hendrix

Brantley Gilbert & Wife Welcome Baby Girl, Braylen Hendrix

Brantley Gilbert and wife Amber welcomed their second child—a girl named Braylen Hendrix Gilbert—on Sept. 9 at Piedmont Hospital in Athens, Ga. Braylen, who joins older brother Barrett, 22 months, in the Gilbert household, weighed 6 lbs., 7 oz., and measured 19.5 inches. “Happy….Healthy….Blessed,” said Brantley, in part, via Twitter. Happy…. Healthy…. Blessed…. Thanks @people….…MORE

Listen to Florida Georgia Line’s Grateful New Single, “Blessings”

Listen to Florida Georgia Line’s Grateful New Single, “Blessings”

Florida Georgia Line will try to score their 17th No. 1 single with the release of “Blessings,” which ships to country radio on Sept. 23. FGL’s Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley penned the new tune with Tom Douglas, Jesse Frasure, Jordan Schmidt and Ernest K. Smith. “This is another love song we both fell in…MORE

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The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame will induct its Class of 2019 on Oct. 14 at the Music City Center: Dwight Yoakam, Larry Gatlin, Marcus Hummon, Kostas, Rivers Rutherford and Sharon Vaughn.