Blake Shelton takes lead vocals on a new, all-star cover of Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down,” as part of an initiative celebrating the launch of philanthropic-driven music station GoodNoise.io.
The Eagles’ Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit join the country superstar on guitar and bass, while Guns N’ Roses’ Matt Sorum contributes drums to the performance. Also featured on the track are the musicians of Miraculous Love Kids, a nonprofit school that supports young women from Afghanistan who have faced violence and discrimination.
Proceeds from this single support Miraculous Love Kids’ continuing mission. GoodNoise.io adopts a “pay what you want” business model, so listeners can choose their donation amount -- or donate nothing at all -- when they listen to the song.
Miraculous Love Kids will continue to work with GoodNoise.io in soon-to-come endeavors, including an NFT project.
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Brett Young has unveiled a series of headlining dates for spring 2023. Billed as the 5, Tour, 3, 2, 1 tour, the trek kicks off in Columbus, Ohio, on March 30.
Over the next couple of months, Brett will hit 17 cities, wrapping in late May with a stop in Los Angeles. It’s possible he might add more dates, as he invited fan suggestions for more stops when he announced his new tour.
“Any cities we missed? Drop it in the comments below,” Brett wrote. “See y’all soon!”
Morgan Evans is joining Brett on all the dates of the 5, Tour, 3, 2, 1 tour, and Ashley Cooke is rounding out the bill for all but one show. Tickets go on sale this Friday, December 2, at 10 a.m. local time.
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As dates on Shania Twain’s upcoming Queen of Me Tour are quickly selling out, the singer announced on social media that she’s adding five stops to the trek to accommodate fan demand.
Shania’s new dates beef up her string of shows both in the U.S. and internationally. She’s now playing second nights in Moncton, New Brunswick, and Glasgow in the U.K. She's also adding Bethel, N.Y.; New Orleans, Louisiana; and Leeds, U.K., to her list of destination cities.
Tickets for the recently-added shows go on sale December 2 at 10 a.m. local time, but Citi cardholders will have access to a special pre-sale.
The Queen of Me Tour kicks off in April in Spokane, Washington. The trek takes its name from Shania’s upcoming Queen of Me album, which will come out in February and is her first full-length collection of new music since 2017.
In the meantime, Shania is tiding fans over with the release of a deluxe edition of her 1997 album, Come On Over, featuring a handful of live additions to the track list. The newly-added songs are all live duets: Versions of “You’re Still the One” with Chris Martin and Elton John are included, as is a rendition of “Party for Two” that Shania performed with Nick Jonas in 2017.
The deluxe version of Come on Over arrives as part of Apple Music’s From Apple Music With Love holiday series.
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During Sunday night’s Yellowstone episode, Lainey Wilson fans might have picked up on something exciting and new: The singer had a new song, called “New Friends,” featured in the soundtrack of the episode.
“Surprise!” she wrote on social media after the fact. “I had another new song hiding in tonight’s episode when Jamie and Sarah were flirting at the bar.”
Yellowstone has featured Lainey’s music in its soundtrack ever since season three; tracks like “Small Town Girl,” “Straight Up Sideways,” “Workin’ Overtime” and, most recently, “Smell Like Smoke” have all made appearances in the show.
Lainey herself appears in the show’s current season, too. When season five premiered, she made her acting debut as a musician named Abby.
Not only is “New Friends” featured in the TV show, but Lainey also added the song to the track list of her recently-released album, Bell Bottom Country. That project came out at the end of last month. It's available to listen to now.
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Fresh off his recent number one with Ingrid Andress, "Wishful Drinking," and with "Water Under the Bridge" now in the top-25, Sam Hunt's unleashing new music.
"It's called 'Start Nowhere,'" he says of his latest track. "It's a song about going home."
"I've just spent the last several days putting together a music video for it," he adds, "and it's all these clips -- all these VHS clips -- of my family and I growing up. So that was fun."
It's a tune the Georgia native believes is perfect for the kickoff of the holiday season.
"That's why I wanted to go ahead and get it out," he explains. "It's nostalgic and it seems like culturally, we're longing for a simpler time right now, as crazy as the world has been."
"And this sort of feels like the simple time[s] past," he continues, "just real family-oriented and just the VHS thing, and it's just pretty cool."
While Sam's not quite ready to put out a full-fledged follow-up to 2020's Southside, he says he does have quite a few songs he finished over the pandemic he's hoping to record and put out in the not-so-distant future.
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Tracy Lawrence’s 17th annual Mission:Possible Turkey Fry and Benefit concert took place earlier this week, raising over $250,000 to benefit the Nashville Rescue Mission. With help from over 250 volunteers, the event produced over 1,200 fried turkeys, which will be distributed across middle Tennessee this holiday season.
Just in time for the holiday, Morgan Wallen teamed up with Greater Good Music to provide Thanksgiving meals for over 400 families in need in his hometown of Sneedville, Tennessee. The initiative was a partnership between Morgan’s More Than My Hometown Foundation and the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee.
Eric Church has some exciting merch deals available this week for Black Friday and CyberMonday. Check out his merch store for clearance deals, holiday bundles and more.
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Just days after Garth Brooks announced his Garth Brooks/Plus ONE Las Vegas residency, all shows for the 2023 run sold out in the first day of presale.
The singer shared the news on this week’s installment of his Facebook Live series, Inside Studio G.
“First of all, thank you. What an unbelievable day this was for us,” Garth told viewers. “Every show in ‘23 is pretty much...done. A whole year in one day. That’s nice.”
The singer also said that he’d been “on the phone all day” with people associated with his Vegas residency, and that he's hoping to be able to accommodate the fans who weren’t able to snag their tickets due to the rapid sell-out. According to CMT, over 60,000 fans -- all of whom had to register through Ticketmaster to participate in the sale -- weren’t able to secure their seats.
“How do you take care of those people who weren’t taken care of?” Garth continues.
Garth mused that the remedy for that might be to extend the residency into 2024, but he stressed that nothing is confirmed just yet.
“If ‘24 comes around and Caesars [Palace] is sweet enough to want to do this for another year...[I] wasn’t planning on it, but hey, I got nothing to do!” he said, adding that he'd like the verified fans who tried to get tickets this time around will have first priority for any subsequent shows.
Garth’s residency is set to launch in mid-May at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, and will continue through December. He previously played a multi-year Vegas residency, which ran on and off from December 2009 to November 2013, at the Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas.
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Charles Kelley documents his sobriety journey in an intimate new song called “As Far as You Could.”
The Lady A vocalist shared the demo on social media, posting a stripped-back, raw recording that features only his vocals and a piano. In the caption of his post, Charles shared just how personal this track is to him.
“This song is my goodbye letter to alcohol,” he wrote. “...This song was very therapeutic to write and I hope it can meet someone where they are.”
“‘Cause you took me high but you sure as hell brought me down / We said goodbye but I’m gonna see you around / And to tell the truth, I thought I never would / But it’s time I finally put you down for good / ‘Cause you’ve taken me as far as you could,” Charles sings in the chorus.
In August, Lady A announced that they were postponing their scheduled Request Line Tour to 2023 in order to support Charles as he worked toward sobriety. Lady A's Dave Haywood co-wrote “As Far As You Could” with Charles and songwriter Jimmy Robbins.
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Blake Shelton might be leaving The Voice, but that doesn’t mean country music is leaving the show.
In fact, Blake’s fellow coach John Legend is hoping that another superstar from the format replaces the Voice veteran once he steps down. “I think it should be someone in country,” John told Extra on the red carpet before the live shows kicked off.
“We’ve never had another country coach before, because it’s only been Blake,” John points out. “You know, I could see Carrie [Underwood] doing it.”
Of course, Carrie’s already pretty familiar with NBC, the network that airs The Voice -- as John notes, she's performed the Sunday Night Football theme for nine years now. "She could be good," he adds.
Of course, John might be just a tad biased, as he and Carrie have collaborated together in the past. Carrie’s 2020 holiday album, My Gift, includes a duet they recorded called “Hallelujah,” which John co-wrote.
Blake announced last month that he’s leaving The Voice. The show is currently in his 22nd season, and the next season -- Season 23, in the spring of 2023 -- will be his last.
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