Dove ShoreThis summer, newcomer Brandon Lay is busy opening all the dates on Kenny Chesney’s Trip Around the Sun Tour. One song you’re sure to hear during his set is his new single, “Yada Yada Yada.”
“I had the melody in my head one day as I was driving home from a gig but I didn’t have any lyrics yet,” Brandon explains, “so I was just humming yada yada yada as dummy lyrics [into my phone].”
Brandon continues: “A few days later I was in a writing room with the voice memo and [co-writers] Mikey [Reaves] and Heather [Morgan] thought that would make a pretty good title in itself so we went with it. It’s a fun tune that I hope people will enjoy.”
You can check out the new lyric video for “Yada Yada Yada” on YouTube now.
This Saturday, Brandon plays Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona with Kenny Chesney.
ABC/Paula LoboHow'd you like an all-expenses-paid trip to see Luke Bryan at Wrigley Field in Chicago?
All you need to do is download Luke's app for a chance to win. That lucky individual will not only get airfare, hotel, and two tickets to the What Makes You Country Tour -- XL Stadium Sized in the Windy City on September 1, they'll also be treated to a backstage tour, a meet-and-greet with the American Idol judge, and a special VIP performance.
This week, the "Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset" hitmaker swings through the Sunshine State, playing dates in West Palm Beach, Jacksonville, and Tampa, Florida.
Reviver Records“Everything’s Gonna Be Alright” may be the title of this week’s #1 collaboration between David Lee Murphy and Kenny Chesney, but things are considerably more than alright for the duo, as they've also set multiple records with the feat.
The tune becomes Kenny’s 29th chart-topper, tying Tim McGraw’s record for the most number ones on Billboard’s Country Airplay ranking. If “Get Along” -- which is currently at #8 -- makes it to the top, Kenny will claim the all-time title.
Alan Jackson and George Strait are just behind Kenny and Tim, by the way, with 26 number ones apiece.
The lead single from David Lee’s No Zip Code album is also making the history books for the length of time between the singer's number ones. Murphy last topped the tally with “Dust on the Bottle” on October 28, 1995: 22 years, five months and three weeks ago.
That time span between number ones beats everyone except Vince Gill, whose time between “Tryin’ to Get Over You” in 1994 and last year’s “Sober Saturday Night” with Chris Young was 23 years and one week.
ABC/Image Group LA Miranda Lambert hasn’t done very many in-depth interviews since her split from Blake Shelton in 2015, or the release the following year of her album, The Weight of These Wings. But she opens up to journalist Holly Gleason in a new article for Hits Daily Double.
The typically candid CMA and ACM Female Vocalist of the Year pulls no punches when it comes to admitting her own shortcomings. “I am who I am. I am honest about being flawed. That’s all I can be, you know?” Miranda admits. “I cuss. I drink. I get divorced and get my heart broken. I break hearts…”
As she’s done before, Miranda acknowledges she uses both her writing and her recordings to deal with her emotions.
“My intention was to use it as therapy, to figure this s*** out,” she declares. “I was going through a divorce very publicly, and thank the Lord I am a writer. That meant I could find some way to deal with it…"
"There’s fun stuff on there too,” she says of The Weight of These Wings. “I feel like I’ve captured the seven stages of grief, but it took me 24 songs to get there.”
“It made me feel so alone,” Miranda says of the divorce, “as much as it does anybody else."
The “Keeper of the Flame” singer also talks about being a favorite target of the tabloid media.
“It’s such bulls***,” she says. “I’m thankful for the drama of it all, because it gets sillier and sillier. They make up so many lies, no one can know the truth. The truth is it’s in my music if you listen close enough.”
Look for more from Miranda in the upcoming second part of the Hits Daily Double interview.
ABC/Randy Holmes; ABC/Image Group LALuke Combs and Lauren Alaina will celebrate Independence Day this year with a collection of the biggest stars in American music, as they perform on the 2018 edition of the PBS special A Capitol Fourth.
Jimmy Buffett, The Beach Boys and TheTemptations are also set to sing on the show, hosted by actor John Stamos. A cappella sensation Pentatonix and gospel legend CeCeWinans will also take the stage that’ll be set up on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.
The annual special will also commemorate America’s 242nd birthday with an impressive fireworks display, set against the Washington, D.C. skyline. You can tune in to watch A Capitol Fourth Wednesday, July 4 at 8 p.m. ET on PBS.
Comstock/Thinkstock Little Big Town scored their first #1 single with this song that peaked in the summer of 2012. Can you name this hit, which was also the lead release from their Tornado album? ANSWER: "Pontoon."
ABC/Image Group LAGet ready for new music from Garth Brooks today. The reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year will drop "All Day Long" later Tuesday on all the usual digital outlets.
"From the very first lick, this song is a party," Brooks says of the new single in a statement. "Country radio, uptempo honky-tonk and summer go soooooooo good together!"
"All Day Long" is the first single from Garth's as-yet untitled fourth studio album, due out next year. You'll also be able to pre-order that project later today via Amazon.com for the special price of ten bucks. If you pre-order the album now, you'll not only get "All Day Long" right away, you'll also score the instant grat track "The Road I'm On," which Garth has already said would likely be the opening song on his next tour.
The new album will be Garth's first since his 2016 project, "Gunslinger."
Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Cole Swindell was a surprise guest on Saturday's Cincinnati stop on Luke Bryan's What Makes You Country Tour -- XL Stadium Sized. The two duetted on "Roller Coaster" and "This Is How We Roll," both number ones Cole co-wrote.
Big Machine's Riley Green launches his Outlaws Like Us Tour August 9 in Huntsville, Alabama, with fellow newcomers Troy Cartwright and Trea Landon.
You can check out Sam Hunt's lyric video for "Downtown's Dead" on YouTube.
ABC/Randy HolmesFlorida Georgia Line just released the lead single from their next album, "Simple," hot on the heels of their #1 crossover smash with Bebe Rexha, "Meant to Be."
But before "Simple" has its shot at the top of the chart, there's another FGL song that will likely make it there first: their top-five collaboration with newcomer Morgan Wallen on "Up Down."
"That's our buddy, man," Tyler Hubbard tells ABC Radio. "Morgan's a great guy, and he's been a friend of ours for awhile. We've been on tour together and done a bunch of stuff."
"So, when he asked us to get on this song, we felt like this song was a hit and we couldn't wait to get on it," he explains. "It's been a huge honor, and to watch it go up the charts -- that never gets old. We're really proud and happy for Morgan."
Morgan, Tyler and Brian Kelley also wrote Jason Aldean's latest #1, "You Make It Easy," while Tyler also had a hand in crafting Granger Smith's "Happens Like That" and Craig Campbell's "See You Try."
So how do Tyler and BK manage to be such prolific tunesmiths?
"We just write a lot of songs!" Tyler says.
"When we have a tour, we have our Tree Vibez bus out, so we're writing every day," Brian adds, name-checking the duo''s publishing company. "Tyler is in town, when we're not on tour, in Nashville at the Tree Vibez building writing everyday."
"So I'll be flying guys down to Florida writing..." Brian goes on. "We just try to stay creative. I think that's what's helped up so far in our careers, just never really taking too much time off. Just trying to get as much inspiration, organic creativity as we can, keeping this train rolling."
ABC/Image Group LA Some lucky fans will get the chance to celebrate Dan Shay’s new record at an exclusive album release event Friday in New York City.
The duo’s self-titled third record comes out June 22, and the pair is partnering with YouTube to host a special gathering that starts at 5:30 p.m. ET in Chelsea. All you need to do is fill out the form online for a chance to win tickets for you and a friend.
Dan Shay’s lead single, “Tequila,” is currently at #2 and seems poised to hit the top spot next week.
Capitol NashvilleDierks Bentley can now officially plant the #1 flag on The Mountain.
The Arizona native’s ninth studio effort sold 102,000 copies in its first week, good enough for a #1 debut on the country albums chart. It’s also the best sales week of Dierks’ career so far, besting his previous record, Black, which moved more than 101,000 units in 2016.
The Mountain is Dierks' seventh #1 on the country albums chart. It checks in at #3 on the all-genre Billboard 200 as well.
On Wednesday, Dierks returns to the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, the event that inspired him to write and record The Mountain in Colorado.
ABC/Image Group LA Easton Corbin will spend the days around the Fourth of July playing free, private shows at Air Force bases in the Southeast.
Easton’s six-show Air Force tour starts June 29 in Warner-Robins, Georgia and wraps July 7 in Jacksonville, Arkansas.
“The reason we celebrate Independence Day is because of the thousands of men and women who fight and sacrifice for all of us every single day so we can do what we do,” Easton says.
“What a huge honor it is to be able to spend my Independence holiday week going to all of these Air Force bases to say thank you and perform some songs, and hopefully give the Airmen and their families a little time to kick back and enjoy themselves.”
“It’s the least I can do for all they afford me every single day,” the “Girl Like You” hitmaker adds.
Here’s a look at the stops on Easton’s Air Force tour:
6/29 -- Warner-Robins, Georgia, Robins Air Force Base 6/30 -- Sumter, South Carolina, Shaw Air Force Base 7/3 -- Valdosta, Georgia, Moody Air Force Base 7/4 -- Montgomery, Alabama, Maxwell Air Force Base 7/6 -- Columbus, Mississippi, Columbus Air Force Base 7/7 -- Jacksonville, Arkansas, Little Rock Air Force Base
Big MachineMidland will follow-up their September stint on Thomas Rhett’s Life Changes trek with their own headlining dates.
The Electric Rodeo Tour is set to launch October 24 in Tucson, Arizona, and will wrap up December 14 in Springfield, Illinois. Pre-sales start on Wednesday, with tickets becoming available to the general public on Friday.
Here’s the complete itinerary for Midland’s Electric Rodeo Tour:
10/24 -- Tucson, AZ, Valencia Amphitheatre 11/8 -- Washington, D.C., 9:30 Club 11/9 -- Asbury Park, NJ, The Stone Pony 11/10 -- Greensboro, NC, Cone Denim Entertainment Center 11/15 -- Atlanta, GA, Variety Playhouse 11/16 -- Knoxville, TN, The Mill and Mine 12/13 -- Minneapolis, MN, Varsity Theatre 12/14 -- Springfield, IL, Boondocks
Reviver RecordsFor the first time in 23 years, David Lee Murphy returns to the top of the country chart this week, as his duet with Kenny Chesney, “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright,” ascends to #1.
“When Kenny asked me about making a record, I thought that sounded like a whole lot of fun,” David Lee says. “I love to make music, just as much as I love writing songs. So we went in without expectations and I wouldn’t have imagined this. But it sure feels good.”
Kenny co-produced David Lee’s comeback album, No Zip Code.
“David Lee is the kind of artist who’s timeless,” Kenny says. “He writes real country songs for right now, and he understands people. I wanted that voice out there, and I’m so glad country radio agreed!”
Kenny continues: “I’ve joked, ‘I’m just glad David Lee let me sing on this one,’ but it’s kind of true. I remember when he was having hits, thinking just how good he was -- and it’s great to be part of something he’s part of, let alone his first #1 record since ‘Dust on the Bottle.’”
The lead single from Kenny’s Songs for the Saints album, “Get Along,” is currently in the top ten as well.
Comstock/Thinkstock In April of 1970, Loretta Lynn became the first country female ever to be awarded a gold record for one of her albums. Can you guess which LP it was? ANSWER: Don't Come Home a Drinkin' (With Lovin' on Your Mind).
ABC/Image Group LA Kelsea Ballerini's now two shows into her gig as the opening act for Keith Urban’s Graffiti U World Tour. It’s a gig that’s especially meaningful for Kelsea, because it was one of Keith’s songs that first piqued her interest in country music.
“Keith Urban, he's in my bio, y'all!” she told a group of reporters in Nashville. “I remember being like 13-years-old and 'Stupid Boy' was on my friend's MySpace page, and that was the song that like broke open the gates of country music to me.”
This summer, Kelsea’s determined to pick up all she can from the Australian superstar.
“Just to watch him every night,” she reveals, “and learn how he somehow reinvents himself with every record, but stays the same. I have so much to learn from him. I'm really excited.”
Kelsea’s latest single from her Unapologetically album, “I Hate Love Songs,” is nearing country’s top-30. It’s the follow-up to her most recent #1, “Legends.”
Capitol NashvilleKeith Urban kicked off his Graffiti U World Tour this weekend, with stops in St. Louis, Missouri and Indianapolis, Indiana. But before he even started rehearsals, the Australian superstar made it a point to find out which songs off his new Graffiti U record his fans were anxious to hear.
“I reached out to the fans to ask 'em what songs off the album they're liking,” Keith explains, “and 'Never Comin' Down' was a big favorite, 'Horses' was another one.”
“There was a few there,” he continues, “which was really cool. 'My Wave' was on there. It's been good because it's been a good eclectic mix of very unexpected songs, so I'm glad they're responding to it.”
In fact, Keith even changed his opening number based on the feedback from fans.
“It's funny,” he admits. “We have a song called 'Never Comin' Down' on the record that seemed like a no-brainer as an opener. But I was very adamant that it should be 'Coming Home.'”
“And we had that in place,” Keith reveals, “probably all the way up until the end of our tour rehearsals and then flipped it. And it was so screamingly obvious that it should be 'Never Comin' Down,' so that change got made.”
“Coming Home,” of course, is Keith’s latest top-ten hit. This week, he and opener Kelsea Ballerinibring the Graffiti U tour to Clarkston, Michigan and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.