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Jim Casey is the managing editor at Nash Country Daily. Formerly the managing editor at Nash Country Weekly and FIGHT! magazines, Jim is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (B.A., 2001) and University of Memphis (M.A., 2004). When he’s not attending Dwight Yoakam or Robert Earl Keen concerts, Jim can be found sipping George Dickel on the Elk River while he works on his first book of Southern fiction.

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Author Archives: Jim Casey | @TheJimCasey

Utah Judge Blocks Collin Raye Concert

Utah Judge Blocks Collin Raye Concert

A Utah judge blocked a free concert at The Amphitheater at Studio Ranch in Grantsville, Utah, that was slated to be headlined by Collin Raye on May 30. The event would have openly defied the state’s ban on gatherings of more than 50 people due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Initially, the show was scheduled to…MORE

Trisha Yearwood Working on New Comfort Food Cookbook

Trisha Yearwood Working on New Comfort Food Cookbook

Trisha Yearwood is as comfortable onstage as she is as the host of her long-running Food Network show, Trisha’s Southern Kitchen. Trisha is looking to get even more comfortable in 2021, as she revealed plans for a new cookbook, which will feature a collection of comfort food recipes. “I’ve just started working on cookbook number…MORE

Lee Brice, Justin Moore & Tyler Farr Help Raise $100,000 for Folds of Honor

Lee Brice, Justin Moore & Tyler Farr Help Raise $100,000 for Folds of Honor

Lee Brice, Justin Moore and Tyler Farr helped raise $100,000 for Folds of Honor, an organization that provides educational scholarships to families of military men and women who have fallen or have been disabled while on active duty in the U.S. armed forces. In honor of Memorial Day on May 25, the aforementioned artists each…MORE

Listen to Cam’s Dreamy New Single, “Redwood Tree”

Listen to Cam’s Dreamy New Single, “Redwood Tree”

Cam released a new single, “Redwood Tree,” on May 29. Co-written by Cam, Tyler Johnson and Anders Mouridsen, “Redwood Tree” will be featured on Cam’s upcoming sophomore album, which is slated for release later this year. Cam was inspired to co-pen the song by the majestic trees she encountered as a child growing up in…MORE

Watch Dolly Parton’s Inspiring New Video for “When Life Is Good Again”

Watch Dolly Parton’s Inspiring New Video for “When Life Is Good Again”

Country music icon Dolly Parton released a new quarantine-inspired song, “When Life Is Good Again,” on May 27. Dolly’s serene voice opens the tune with, “When life is good again, I’ll be a better friend, A bigger person when, Life is good again, More thoughtful than I’ve been, I’ll be so different then, More in…MORE

Blake Shelton’s New Ole Red Orlando Planning Early Summer Opening After Delay

Blake Shelton’s New Ole Red Orlando Planning Early Summer Opening After Delay

Blake Shelton’s new Ole Red restaurant/bar/venue in Orlando, Fla., is now hiring in preparation for “an early summer opening,” according to a press release. Ole Red Orlando was scheduled to open on April 14. However, the COVID-19 pandemic put a damper on the plans for the grand opening. Located at the ICON Park development, the…MORE

Garth Brooks to Receive NMPA’s Songwriter Icon Award

Garth Brooks to Receive NMPA’s Songwriter Icon Award

The National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) will honor Garth Brooks with its Songwriter Icon Award at the organization’s first-ever virtual meeting in June. The NMPA established the Songwriter Icon Award in 2006 to recognize outstanding songwriters for personal achievement and who personify the vision of NMPA and the goals of its members. Past recipients include…MORE

CMT Awards

CMT Awards

The 2020 CMT Music Awards—originally slated for June 3—will now take place on October 14. photos by Curtis Hilbun, AFF-USA.comMORE

Morgan Wallen Releases Liberating New Single, “More Than My Hometown” [Listen]

Morgan Wallen Releases Liberating New Single, “More Than My Hometown” [Listen]

Morgan Wallen will try to score his fourth consecutive No. 1 single with the release of “More Than My Hometown,” which impacts country radio on May 27. Co-penned by Morgan, Michael Hardy, Ernest Keith Smith and Ryan Vojtesak, “More Than My Hometown” will be included on Morgan’s upcoming sophomore album, which is expected to drop…MORE

Kelsea Ballerini Uncorks New Single, “Hole in the Bottle” [Listen]

Kelsea Ballerini Uncorks New Single, “Hole in the Bottle” [Listen]

After only four weeks, Kelsea Ballerini is pulling the plug on her current single, “The Other Girl,” featuring Halsey, to uncork a new single, “Hole in the Bottle.” “Hole in the Bottle,” which was co-penned by Kelsea, Jesse Frasure, Hillary Lindsey, Ashley Gorley and Steph Jones, impacts country radio on May 27. The new tune…MORE

Luke Combs Tops the Charts With His “Number One Songwriting Hero, Eric Church”

Luke Combs Tops the Charts With His “Number One Songwriting Hero, Eric Church”

Luke Combs’ single, “Does to Me,” featuring Eric Church, ascended to No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart this week. With his latest No. 1 single, Luke is the first country artist in history whose first eight singles have reached No. 1 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart. Eric, on the other hand, scored his…MORE

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CMT Awards

CMT Awards

The 2020 CMT Music Awards—originally slated for June 3—will now take place on October 14. photos by Curtis Hilbun, AFF-USA.com

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Author Archives: Jim Casey | @TheJimCasey

Utah Judge Blocks Collin Raye Concert

Utah Judge Blocks Collin Raye Concert

A Utah judge blocked a free concert at The Amphitheater at Studio Ranch in Grantsville, Utah, that was slated to be headlined by Collin Raye on May 30. The event would have openly defied the state’s ban on gatherings of more than 50 people due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Initially, the show was scheduled to take place at Barnes Park in Kaysville, Utah, on May 30, but backlash forced organizer Utah Business Revival to relocate to Grantsville. The outdoor event was organized to allow nonessential businesses to sell their goods and services.

According to usatoday.com, Judge Dianna Gibson ruled there was a real risk of spreading COVID-19 within the audience.

“Not allowing this event to move forward under these circumstances is not a deprivation of anyone’s individual constitutional right,” said Judge Gibson. “It is also not government overreach.”

The Utah Business Revival hosted a gathering at Benson Grist Mill park in Stansbury Park, Utah, on May 30.

“We will not be intimidated,” said a press release from Utah Business Review. “We have inalienable rights. Tonight we sent another clear message that we will not idly stand by and watch those rights be trampled upon.”

photo by Tammie Arroyo, AFF-USA.com

Lee Brice, Justin Moore & Tyler Farr Help Raise $100,000 for Folds of Honor

Lee Brice, Justin Moore & Tyler Farr Help Raise $100,000 for Folds of Honor

Lee Brice, Justin Moore and Tyler Farr helped raise $100,000 for Folds of Honor, an organization that provides educational scholarships to families of military men and women who have fallen or have been disabled while on active duty in the U.S. armed forces. In honor of Memorial Day on May 25, the aforementioned artists each…Continue Reading

Midland Releases New 5-Song Acoustic EP, “Guitars, Couches, Etc., Etc.” [Listen to “Drinkin’ Problem”]

Midland Releases New 5-Song Acoustic EP, “Guitars, Couches, Etc., Etc.” [Listen to “Drinkin’ Problem”]

With a clever nod to one of their influences, Midland released a new five-song EP, Guitars, Couches, Etc., Etc., on May 29. The new EP’s moniker pays homage to Dwight Yoakam’s 1986 debut album, Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc. Midland—the trio comprised of Mark Wystrach, Cameron Duddy and Jess Carson—stripped down five songs from their catalogue…Continue Reading

Watch Kip Moore’s New Documentary, “7 Days at the Rock,” in Celebration of New Album, “Wild World”

Watch Kip Moore’s New Documentary, “7 Days at the Rock,” in Celebration of New Album, “Wild World”

Kip Moore was the subject of a new mini-documentary, 7 Days at the Rock, which debuted on Outside TV on May 28. The 26-minute film was released in conjunction with Kip’s fourth studio album, Wild World, which dropped on May 29. The short film follows Kip through some of his experiences in isolation at his…Continue Reading

Watch Dolly Parton’s Inspiring New Video for “When Life Is Good Again”

Watch Dolly Parton’s Inspiring New Video for “When Life Is Good Again”

Country music icon Dolly Parton released a new quarantine-inspired song, “When Life Is Good Again,” on May 27. Dolly’s serene voice opens the tune with, “When life is good again, I’ll be a better friend, A bigger person when, Life is good again, More thoughtful than I’ve been, I’ll be so different then, More in…Continue Reading

Reba, Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, Zac Brown & More Join the “CMT Celebrates Our Heroes” TV Special

Reba, Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, Zac Brown & More Join the “CMT Celebrates Our Heroes” TV Special

CMT announced another round of performers and entertainers for its two-hour TV special, CMT Celebrates Our Heroes: An Artists of the Year Special, on June 3 at 7 p.m. CT. Blake Shelton, Gary Sinise, Jake Owen, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, Lee Brice, Olivia Munn, Reba McEntire, Scarlett Johansson, Sean Penn, Bobby Bones, Cody Alan and…Continue Reading

Luke Combs Still Hoping to Get Married This Year: “There’s Not Much We Can Do About It But Plan Ahead”

Luke Combs Still Hoping to Get Married This Year: “There’s Not Much We Can Do About It But Plan Ahead”

After getting engaged in November 2018, Luke Combs and Nicole Hocking were planning to get married this year. Although the couple has never publicly revealed the official wedding date, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has made planning the big day a big problem. Variables like location, venue, scheduling, travel and the health of guests are all…Continue Reading

Blake Shelton’s New Ole Red Orlando Planning Early Summer Opening After Delay

Blake Shelton’s New Ole Red Orlando Planning Early Summer Opening After Delay

Blake Shelton’s new Ole Red restaurant/bar/venue in Orlando, Fla., is now hiring in preparation for “an early summer opening,” according to a press release. Ole Red Orlando was scheduled to open on April 14. However, the COVID-19 pandemic put a damper on the plans for the grand opening. Located at the ICON Park development, the…Continue Reading

Michael Ray, Carly Pearce, Lee Brice & Steve Wariner to Perform on the Opry on June 6

Michael Ray, Carly Pearce, Lee Brice & Steve Wariner to Perform on the Opry on June 6

The Grand Ole Opry will tally its 4,927th consecutive Saturday night broadcast on June 6 with a showcase featuring Lee Brice, Carly Pearce, Michael Ray and Opry member Steve Wariner. The one-hour show will air live on 650 AM WSM and Circle Television, as well as stream live on Circle’s Facebook and YouTube. The Grand…Continue Reading

Garth Brooks to Receive NMPA’s Songwriter Icon Award

Garth Brooks to Receive NMPA’s Songwriter Icon Award

The National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) will honor Garth Brooks with its Songwriter Icon Award at the organization’s first-ever virtual meeting in June. The NMPA established the Songwriter Icon Award in 2006 to recognize outstanding songwriters for personal achievement and who personify the vision of NMPA and the goals of its members. Past recipients include…Continue Reading

Episode 1 Released of New 4-Part Short Film, “God & Country,” Featuring Carrie Underwood & Mike Fisher

Episode 1 Released of New 4-Part Short Film, “God & Country,” Featuring Carrie Underwood & Mike Fisher

Carrie Underwood and husband Mike Fisher open up about their faith, love, family, marriage, friendship and more in a new four-part digital short film, Mike and Carrie: God & Country. Episode 1 of the four-part weekly series aired on May 27 via iamsecond.com, a nonprofit that features athletes and entertainers “who have found hope through…Continue Reading

Dolly Parton Releases New Quarantine-Inspired Song, “When Life Is Good Again” [Listen]

Dolly Parton Releases New Quarantine-Inspired Song, “When Life Is Good Again” [Listen]

Country music icon Dolly Parton released a new quarantine-inspired song, “When Life Is Good Again,” on May 27. Dolly’s serene voice opens the tune with, “When life is good again, I’ll be a better friend, A bigger person when, Life is good again, More thoughtful than I’ve been, I’ll be so different then, More in…Continue Reading

Morgan Wallen Releases Liberating New Single, “More Than My Hometown” [Listen]

Morgan Wallen Releases Liberating New Single, “More Than My Hometown” [Listen]

Morgan Wallen will try to score his fourth consecutive No. 1 single with the release of “More Than My Hometown,” which impacts country radio on May 27. Co-penned by Morgan, Michael Hardy, Ernest Keith Smith and Ryan Vojtesak, “More Than My Hometown” will be included on Morgan’s upcoming sophomore album, which is expected to drop…Continue Reading

Kelsea Ballerini Uncorks New Single, “Hole in the Bottle” [Listen]

Kelsea Ballerini Uncorks New Single, “Hole in the Bottle” [Listen]

After only four weeks, Kelsea Ballerini is pulling the plug on her current single, “The Other Girl,” featuring Halsey, to uncork a new single, “Hole in the Bottle.” “Hole in the Bottle,” which was co-penned by Kelsea, Jesse Frasure, Hillary Lindsey, Ashley Gorley and Steph Jones, impacts country radio on May 27. The new tune…Continue Reading

Luke Combs Tops the Charts With His “Number One Songwriting Hero, Eric Church”

Luke Combs Tops the Charts With His “Number One Songwriting Hero, Eric Church”

Luke Combs’ single, “Does to Me,” featuring Eric Church, ascended to No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart this week. With his latest No. 1 single, Luke is the first country artist in history whose first eight singles have reached No. 1 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart. Eric, on the other hand, scored his…Continue Reading

Tim McGraw Releases Touching New Video for “I Called Mama” Featuring Fan-Submitted Photos & Clips [Watch]

Tim McGraw Releases Touching New Video for “I Called Mama” Featuring Fan-Submitted Photos & Clips [Watch]

Tim McGraw released a new video for his current single, “I Called Mama,” on May 26. The new video features fan-submitted clips and photos of their moms. Penned by Lance Miller, Marv Green and Jimmy Yeary, “I Called Mama” is about the special connection mothers share with their children, especially when times are tough. “My mom…Continue Reading

Jason Isbell’s “Reunions” Reaches No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart

Jason Isbell’s “Reunions” Reaches No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart

Jason Isbell’s seventh studio album, Reunions, reached No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart in the week ending on May 21. Reunions moved 37,000 equivalent album units, according to Nielsen Music, which was also good enough for the No. 9 spot on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart. Reunions was released one week early…Continue Reading

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Author Archives: Jim Casey | @TheJimCasey

Utah Judge Blocks Collin Raye Concert

Utah Judge Blocks Collin Raye Concert

A Utah judge blocked a free concert at The Amphitheater at Studio Ranch in Grantsville, Utah, that was slated to be headlined by Collin Raye on May 30. The event would have openly defied the state’s ban on gatherings of more than 50 people due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Initially, the show was scheduled to take place at Barnes Park in Kaysville, Utah, on May 30, but backlash forced organizer Utah Business Revival to relocate to Grantsville. The outdoor event was organized to allow nonessential businesses to sell their goods and services.

According to usatoday.com, Judge Dianna Gibson ruled there was a real risk of spreading COVID-19 within the audience.

“Not allowing this event to move forward under these circumstances is not a deprivation of anyone’s individual constitutional right,” said Judge Gibson. “It is also not government overreach.”

The Utah Business Revival hosted a gathering at Benson Grist Mill park in Stansbury Park, Utah, on May 30.

“We will not be intimidated,” said a press release from Utah Business Review. “We have inalienable rights. Tonight we sent another clear message that we will not idly stand by and watch those rights be trampled upon.”

photo by Tammie Arroyo, AFF-USA.com

Lee Brice, Justin Moore & Tyler Farr Help Raise $100,000 for Folds of Honor

Lee Brice, Justin Moore & Tyler Farr Help Raise $100,000 for Folds of Honor

Lee Brice, Justin Moore and Tyler Farr helped raise $100,000 for Folds of Honor, an organization that provides educational scholarships to families of military men and women who have fallen or have been disabled while on active duty in the U.S. armed forces. In honor of Memorial Day on May 25, the aforementioned artists each…Continue Reading

Midland Releases New 5-Song Acoustic EP, “Guitars, Couches, Etc., Etc.” [Listen to “Drinkin’ Problem”]

Midland Releases New 5-Song Acoustic EP, “Guitars, Couches, Etc., Etc.” [Listen to “Drinkin’ Problem”]

With a clever nod to one of their influences, Midland released a new five-song EP, Guitars, Couches, Etc., Etc., on May 29. The new EP’s moniker pays homage to Dwight Yoakam’s 1986 debut album, Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc. Midland—the trio comprised of Mark Wystrach, Cameron Duddy and Jess Carson—stripped down five songs from their catalogue…Continue Reading

Watch Kip Moore’s New Documentary, “7 Days at the Rock,” in Celebration of New Album, “Wild World”

Watch Kip Moore’s New Documentary, “7 Days at the Rock,” in Celebration of New Album, “Wild World”

Kip Moore was the subject of a new mini-documentary, 7 Days at the Rock, which debuted on Outside TV on May 28. The 26-minute film was released in conjunction with Kip’s fourth studio album, Wild World, which dropped on May 29. The short film follows Kip through some of his experiences in isolation at his…Continue Reading

Watch Dolly Parton’s Inspiring New Video for “When Life Is Good Again”

Watch Dolly Parton’s Inspiring New Video for “When Life Is Good Again”

Country music icon Dolly Parton released a new quarantine-inspired song, “When Life Is Good Again,” on May 27. Dolly’s serene voice opens the tune with, “When life is good again, I’ll be a better friend, A bigger person when, Life is good again, More thoughtful than I’ve been, I’ll be so different then, More in…Continue Reading

Reba, Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, Zac Brown & More Join the “CMT Celebrates Our Heroes” TV Special

Reba, Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, Zac Brown & More Join the “CMT Celebrates Our Heroes” TV Special

CMT announced another round of performers and entertainers for its two-hour TV special, CMT Celebrates Our Heroes: An Artists of the Year Special, on June 3 at 7 p.m. CT. Blake Shelton, Gary Sinise, Jake Owen, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, Lee Brice, Olivia Munn, Reba McEntire, Scarlett Johansson, Sean Penn, Bobby Bones, Cody Alan and…Continue Reading

Luke Combs Still Hoping to Get Married This Year: “There’s Not Much We Can Do About It But Plan Ahead”

Luke Combs Still Hoping to Get Married This Year: “There’s Not Much We Can Do About It But Plan Ahead”

After getting engaged in November 2018, Luke Combs and Nicole Hocking were planning to get married this year. Although the couple has never publicly revealed the official wedding date, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has made planning the big day a big problem. Variables like location, venue, scheduling, travel and the health of guests are all…Continue Reading

Blake Shelton’s New Ole Red Orlando Planning Early Summer Opening After Delay

Blake Shelton’s New Ole Red Orlando Planning Early Summer Opening After Delay

Blake Shelton’s new Ole Red restaurant/bar/venue in Orlando, Fla., is now hiring in preparation for “an early summer opening,” according to a press release. Ole Red Orlando was scheduled to open on April 14. However, the COVID-19 pandemic put a damper on the plans for the grand opening. Located at the ICON Park development, the…Continue Reading

Michael Ray, Carly Pearce, Lee Brice & Steve Wariner to Perform on the Opry on June 6

Michael Ray, Carly Pearce, Lee Brice & Steve Wariner to Perform on the Opry on June 6

The Grand Ole Opry will tally its 4,927th consecutive Saturday night broadcast on June 6 with a showcase featuring Lee Brice, Carly Pearce, Michael Ray and Opry member Steve Wariner. The one-hour show will air live on 650 AM WSM and Circle Television, as well as stream live on Circle’s Facebook and YouTube. The Grand…Continue Reading

Garth Brooks to Receive NMPA’s Songwriter Icon Award

Garth Brooks to Receive NMPA’s Songwriter Icon Award

The National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) will honor Garth Brooks with its Songwriter Icon Award at the organization’s first-ever virtual meeting in June. The NMPA established the Songwriter Icon Award in 2006 to recognize outstanding songwriters for personal achievement and who personify the vision of NMPA and the goals of its members. Past recipients include…Continue Reading

Episode 1 Released of New 4-Part Short Film, “God & Country,” Featuring Carrie Underwood & Mike Fisher

Episode 1 Released of New 4-Part Short Film, “God & Country,” Featuring Carrie Underwood & Mike Fisher

Carrie Underwood and husband Mike Fisher open up about their faith, love, family, marriage, friendship and more in a new four-part digital short film, Mike and Carrie: God & Country. Episode 1 of the four-part weekly series aired on May 27 via iamsecond.com, a nonprofit that features athletes and entertainers “who have found hope through…Continue Reading

Dolly Parton Releases New Quarantine-Inspired Song, “When Life Is Good Again” [Listen]

Dolly Parton Releases New Quarantine-Inspired Song, “When Life Is Good Again” [Listen]

Country music icon Dolly Parton released a new quarantine-inspired song, “When Life Is Good Again,” on May 27. Dolly’s serene voice opens the tune with, “When life is good again, I’ll be a better friend, A bigger person when, Life is good again, More thoughtful than I’ve been, I’ll be so different then, More in…Continue Reading

Morgan Wallen Releases Liberating New Single, “More Than My Hometown” [Listen]

Morgan Wallen Releases Liberating New Single, “More Than My Hometown” [Listen]

Morgan Wallen will try to score his fourth consecutive No. 1 single with the release of “More Than My Hometown,” which impacts country radio on May 27. Co-penned by Morgan, Michael Hardy, Ernest Keith Smith and Ryan Vojtesak, “More Than My Hometown” will be included on Morgan’s upcoming sophomore album, which is expected to drop…Continue Reading

Kelsea Ballerini Uncorks New Single, “Hole in the Bottle” [Listen]

Kelsea Ballerini Uncorks New Single, “Hole in the Bottle” [Listen]

After only four weeks, Kelsea Ballerini is pulling the plug on her current single, “The Other Girl,” featuring Halsey, to uncork a new single, “Hole in the Bottle.” “Hole in the Bottle,” which was co-penned by Kelsea, Jesse Frasure, Hillary Lindsey, Ashley Gorley and Steph Jones, impacts country radio on May 27. The new tune…Continue Reading

Luke Combs Tops the Charts With His “Number One Songwriting Hero, Eric Church”

Luke Combs Tops the Charts With His “Number One Songwriting Hero, Eric Church”

Luke Combs’ single, “Does to Me,” featuring Eric Church, ascended to No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart this week. With his latest No. 1 single, Luke is the first country artist in history whose first eight singles have reached No. 1 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart. Eric, on the other hand, scored his…Continue Reading

Tim McGraw Releases Touching New Video for “I Called Mama” Featuring Fan-Submitted Photos & Clips [Watch]

Tim McGraw Releases Touching New Video for “I Called Mama” Featuring Fan-Submitted Photos & Clips [Watch]

Tim McGraw released a new video for his current single, “I Called Mama,” on May 26. The new video features fan-submitted clips and photos of their moms. Penned by Lance Miller, Marv Green and Jimmy Yeary, “I Called Mama” is about the special connection mothers share with their children, especially when times are tough. “My mom…Continue Reading

Jason Isbell’s “Reunions” Reaches No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart

Jason Isbell’s “Reunions” Reaches No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart

Jason Isbell’s seventh studio album, Reunions, reached No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart in the week ending on May 21. Reunions moved 37,000 equivalent album units, according to Nielsen Music, which was also good enough for the No. 9 spot on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart. Reunions was released one week early…Continue Reading