Weekly Register: Elle King & Miranda Lambert Earn Top Country Debut Of The Week

Elle King and Miranda Lambert have earned the top country debut this week with “Drunk (And I Don’t Want To Go Home).” The duo earned 4.3 million streams and debut at No. 18 on the country songs chart and No. 146 overall, according to Nielsen.

Luke Combs continues his reign at the top of the country song chart with “Forever After All,” notching another impressive week at 10 million steams. Nelly & Florida Georgia Line also maintain their second spot with “Lil Bit” at 6.9 million streams. Gabby Barrett‘s “The Good Ones” bumps back up to No. 3 with 5.8 million, moving “Nobody” by Dylan Scott down to fourth also with 5.8 million streams. Filling out this week’s top five is Chris Young and Kane Brown‘s “Famous Friends” at 5.4 million streams.

Things have stayed steady this week on the top country albums chart. Morgan Wallen sustains both the No. 1 and No. 4 spots with Dangerous: The Double Album at 50K and If I Know Me at 15K streams. Combs also keeps the second and third spots with What You See Is What You Get and This One’s For You at at 29K and 18K, respectively. Starting Over by Chris Stapleton keeps the No. 5 spot with 13K streams, according to Nielsen.

Alan Jackson, Jimmie Allen, Jennifer Nettles, Mickey Guyton To Perform On ‘A Capitol Fourth’

Pictured (clockwise): Jimmie Allen, Alan Jackson, Mickey Guyton, Jennifer Nettles

The 41st annual A Capitol Fourth, America’s Independence Day celebration on PBS, will be hosted by multi-Platinum recording artist and star of television, film, and Broadway Vanessa Williams. This year’s event will be a pre-recorded show with a live fireworks presentation, in lieu of the traditional live concert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.

The nation’s 245th birthday celebration will bring performances and tributes from around the country by a wide array of artists. Nashville will be well-represented with performances by country music icon Alan Jackson; ACM New Male Artist of the Year Jimmie Allen; Grammy Award-winning country artist Jennifer Nettles with the Broadway Inspirational Voices; and Grammy-nominee Mickey Guyton.

Additional performances to take place on A Capitol Fourth include some from multi-Platinum selling music legend Jimmy Buffett; Tony, Emmy, and Grammy winner and two-time Oscar nominee, Cynthia Erivo; three-time Grammy Award-winning and multi-Platinum selling artists Pentatonix; acclaimed actress and singer Auli’i Cravalho (Moana, All Together Now); Diamond-selling and multi-Grammy Award-winning band Train; soul icon and seven-time Grammy Award-winner Gladys Knight; Tony Award-winning Broadway and television star Ali Stroker; and Tony Award-nominated Broadway star Laura Osnes. The National Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly, will also be lending their talent throughout the broadcast.

“As families and friends reunite and the country begins to open up this Fourth of July, we plan to bring you an exciting program with the greatest fireworks display in the nation, performances by the biggest stars and patriotic favorites,” says Executive Producer Michael Colbert. “Make A Capitol Fourth your Independence Day celebration. We have something for everyone’s party.”

World-renowned four-time Grammy Award-winning soprano superstar Renée Fleming will open the show with a special performance of the national anthem. The National Symphony Orchestra will perform John Williams’ inspiring composition “Olympic Fanfare” in tribute to Team USA, honoring the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams as they prepare for the Olympic Games in Tokyo. The concert will also honor men and women of our military and their families for their contributions to our nation and their dedication to service.

A Capitol Fourth will air on PBS Sunday, July 4 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. CST, as well as to our troops serving around the world on the American Forces Network. The program can also be heard over NPR member stations nationwide, and will be streaming on Facebook, YouTube and on the PBS website.

Brandi Carlile, Sheryl Crow, Tanya Tucker, More To Play Girls Just Wanna Weekend

Brandi Carlile’s Girls Just Wanna Weekend will return to the all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel in Riviera Maya, Mexico from Feb. 1-5, 2022.

In addition to multiple sets from Carlile, the event will again feature an all-female lineup with performances by Sheryl CrowTanya TuckerIndigo GirlsLuciusMargo PriceYolaKT TunstallAllison Russell, Amythyst Kiah and Katie Pruitt as well as a slew of special guests.

Carlile held the inaugural Girls Just Wanna Weekend Festival in 2019 to give an alternative to mainstream festivals in the U.S. that “habitually exclude women as headline artists equal to men.” The 2019 event included performances from Price, Maren Morris, Patty Griffin, Lucius, KT Tunstall, The Secret Sisters and Ruby Amanfu.

Guests will have the choice of staying at with the Hard Rock Hotel resort or UNICO 20°87° Resort—an adult-only luxury resort located just 10 minutes from the Hard Rock. Those who already purchased a pre-book or joined the waitlist can reserve their all-inclusive packages on Tuesday, June 22. Any remaining rooms will go on sale to the public beginning Wednesday, June 23 at 12:00 p.m. CST. Complete details regarding the event and packages are available at girlsjustwannaweekend.com.

CMA Unveils New Professional & Personal Development Programming For Members

The Country Music Association (CMA) is offering new professional and personal development programming for its members available throughout the remainder of 2021. Fifteen sessions are currently scheduled on the topics of Leadership, Human Resources, Mental Health & Wellness, the Live Music Industry, Financial Health, DEI, and Research.

“We know many of our members may be in different places and positions within their profession,” says CMA Vice President of Community Outreach Tiffany Kerns.” Our goal is to deliver quality programming that provides value and equips our community to excel no matter their position. Continued learning is a membership priority at CMA and we look forward to bringing necessary and needed educational content, tools and resources to our members.”

Among the subjects addressed in the new verticals are Enabling Innovation and Creativity Through the 4 Stages of Psychological Safety; Interviewing and Hiring as Tools for Job Retention; Getting the Best from Yourself and Others – Leveraging Motivation for Leaders; Book Smarts, Street Smarts, or Life Smarts? Understanding Emotional Intelligence to Improve Your Business and Your Leadership, and many more.

“Our goal is to support CMA members with workshops and content designed to help them grow as leaders,” says Cory Colton of Inflection Point Coaching and Diane Watson of Diane Watson Coaching, facilitators within the programming. “These topics are timely, practical, and relevant across the music industry and help build new skills and perspectives.”

As a result of the pandemic, the programming is currently open to all music industry professionals. Those in the country music industry interested in joining CMA can learn more about applying for membership by clicking here.

Niko Moon, Tenille Arts, Hailey Whitters, More Slated For Faster Horses Festival

The Faster Horses Festival has announced the lineup for its Next From Nashville stage. The three day festival will take place from July 16-18 in Brooklyn, Mich.

Tenille Arts, Ashland Craft, Ernest, Larry Fleet, Alex Hall, Trea Landon, Tim Montana, Niko Moon, Kylie Morgan, Drew Parker, Lily Rose, Dan Smalley, Sean Stemaly, Sykamore and Hailey Whitters will all be taking the Next From Nashville stage throughout the weekend.

As previously announced, the Faster Horses Festival will return this year with its original 2020 headliners Jason Aldean, Luke Combs, and Thomas Rhett. Jimmie Allen, Kelsea Ballerini, Callista Clark, Russell Dickerson, Riley Green, HARDY, Chris Lane, Tracy Lawrence, David Lee Murphy, Jon Pardi, Carly Pearce, Mitchell Tenpenny, and DeeJay Silver will also give performances from the Main Stage.

For more information, including the full lineup details, and to purchase tickets, click here.

TuneCore, Facebook Launch New Independent Artist Program

Leading independent DIY digital music company TuneCore has partnered with Facebook for the social media platform’s new Independent Artist Program.

Through TuneCore, owned by leading global digital music distributor Believe, independent artists will be able to distribute their music on Facebook and Instagram for free. This partnership will offer artists more opportunities to connect with fans around the world. Through the program, artists who distribute their music through the Independent Artist Program via TuneCore will also have access to data and insights offered by TuneCore.

“These days we are seeing a leveling of the playing field as discovery is happening via social media and no longer solely dependent on industry executives and DJs handpicking hits,” says Co-Head and Chief Revenue Officer of TuneCore Andreea Gleeson. “With the popularity of short form videos, Facebook Stories, and Instagram Reels are two important platforms on which fans are finding songs and artists, with careers being made when songs go viral. The Facebook Independent Artist Program provides an even greater gateway for indie artists from around the world to be heard.”

To participate in the Independent Artist Program, independent artists must sign up with TuneCore and will then be able to distribute their music everywhere Facebook offers a music library, free of charge, including in Stories and Reels. Artists will be able to upload their music to TuneCore via a music delivery process and will get paid every time their music is used to create content across Facebook and Instagram products.

“Facebook is proud to make it easier for independent artists and creators to reach new audiences on our platform and build community through music. When joining our Independent Artist Program, creators are backed by our outstanding distribution partners, allowing them to get their music in front of more people, across all of our apps,” says Chris Papaleo, Music Business Development manager for Facebook.

For more information on the Independent Artist Program or to sign up, click here.

Inaugural Juneteenth Unityfest Performances Include Jimmie Allen, Darius Rucker, Keb’ Mo’, Others


Darius Rucker, Keb’ Mo’, Jimmie Allen

The Robert Randolph Foundation’s inaugural Juneteenth Unityfest will take place this Saturday on Juneteenth (June 19) at 4:00 p.m. CST. Celebrating the breadth and depth of Black culture and Juneteenth as a uniquely American experience, the virtual experience will be live streamed globally via the festival’s website.

Yesterday (June 17), President Joe Biden signed a bill to establish Juneteenth as a federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. Following this monumental milestone in U.S. history, this weekend’s Juneteenth Unityfest will be all the more significant. The festival will feature musical performances, films, comedy, storytelling, and appearances by civic leaders as well as some of pop culture’s most influential names.

Juneteenth Unityfest will include an extensive lineup of artists and performers, including Darius Rucker, Jimmie Allen, Keb’ Mo’, Robert Randolph, Earth, Wind & Fire, Nile Rodgers & CHIC, Dave Matthews & Carter Beauford, Black Pumas, Aloe Blacc, Bebe Winans, Khruangbin, Phony Ppl, Michael Franti, Judith Hill, Korean Soul, The Soul Rebels, Lucky Daye, and Greg Phillinganes.

Hosted by actress and author Amanda Seales and comedian JB Smoove, guest appearances will include Phylicia Rashad, Billy Porter, Jon Hamm, Van Jones, Wayne Brady, Aisha Tyler, Craig Robinson, Zach Galifianakis, Deesha Dyer, Gail Devers, Jason Wright, Krystal Mackie, Zina Garrison, Wilson Cruz, Roger Guenveur Smith, LeVar Burton, Ms. Opal Lee, Adesola Osakalumi, Baratunde Thurston, and Jesse Williams.

“Juneteenth is an important moment to reflect on the past, while also rejoicing in the current progress of the Black community, and setting aspirations for the future,” states Director of Inclusion, Diversity & Equity at Amazon Web Services and member of Amazon’s Black Employee Network LaDavia Drane. “We look forward to joining the Juneteenth celebration, and reinforcing our commitment to helping build a world where everyone can live with dignity and free from fear.”

The inaugural event has also aligned itself with incredible community partners to ensure historical accuracy and authenticity, including The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, We Are Family Foundation, Cheyney University, Fisk University the Hip Hop Caucus, the HollyRod Foundation, and many more.

Gibson Opens Downtown Nashville Gibson Garage

The Gibson team, artists, and Nashville city leaders cut the ribbon at the grand opening of the Gibson Garage in Nashville on June 9. Photo: Jason Davis, Getty Images

The new Gibson Garage recently celebrated its grand opening with artists, Nashville city leaders, and the Gibson team gathering to celebrate the new destination which offers the ultimate guitar experience in the heart of downtown Nashville.

Fans lined up around the block to attend the opening of the Gibson Garage–falling on Les Paul’s 106th birthday–and enjoyed live music all day long leading up to the Gibson Live: A Celebration of Artists to Benefit Gibson Gives, a global concert. The event featured performances from the Gibson Garage and all over the world from Warren Haynes, Margo Price, Kip Moore, James Bay, Lzzy Haleand Joe Hottinger of Halestorm, Marcus King, Orianthi, Samantha Fish, Morgan Wade, Fer Casillas, Sadler Vaden, Tak Matsumoto, Celisse, Emily Wolfe, Jared James Nichols with Joe Bonamassa, Laura Cox, Wax, and more. Gibson Gives is donating 100% of the concert proceeds to MusiCares and Save The Music.

James “JC” Curleigh (President and CEO, Gibson Brands) & Emmylou Harris at the Gibson Garage. Photo: Gibson

Located at 209 10th Avenue South in Nashville, the new Gibson Garage is the place to explore, play, and shop all things Gibson, Epiphone, Kramer, MESA/Boogie, and KRK, including guitars, apparel, gear, and accessories.

“Beth (my wife) and I attended the grand opening of the Gibson Garage this week and WOW!” says Mike Voltz, Gibson Brands recently retired director of Research & Development, a 36-year veteran employee of the company. “In addition to being one of the finest retail experiences I have ever had, the Gibson Garage provides an amazing performance venue for artists and a great hang for the rest of us. The display of exceptional historical instruments brings true significance to all of the new guitars, amps, monitors and apparel for sale. As a builder, I especially appreciate the thought and care that went into creating the perfect environmental protection for the guitars from the acoustic salon to the Custom Shop Murphy Lab. The Garage reflects where Gibson is headed and it’s great!”

Fans across the globe that are unable to visit Nashville can experience the Gibson Garage in the brand-new episode of Gibson TV series The Scene. Host Mark Agnesi and Niko Moon take viewers on a tour of the Gibson Garage and show off the backstage artist lounge, which includes a secret vault containing historic guitars including a 1959 Les Paul, a 1958 Korina Flying V, a 1957 Les Paul TV Special, a 1961 SG Standard, and more.

Taylor Swift Announces Second Re-Recorded Album Will Be ‘Red (Taylor’s Version)’

Taylor Swift. Photo: Beth Garrabrant

Taylor Swift has announced that the next phase of her re-release project will be Red (Taylor’s Version). The newest album will be available everywhere on Nov. 19.

“In the land of heartbreak, moments of strength, independence, and devil-may-care rebellion are intricately woven together with grief, paralyzing vulnerability and hopelessness. Imagining your future might always take you on a detour back to the past. And this is all to say, that the next album I’ll be releasing is my version of Red,” she announced via social media.

Red, Swift’s Grammy-nominated and award-winning album, was originally released in 2012 and included a plethora of hit singles for the artist, including “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” “I Knew You Were Trouble,” “22,” “Everything Has Changed” with Ed Sheeran, the album’s title track “Red,” and fan-favorite “All Too Well.” After its release in October of 2012, the project spent seven weeks at the top of the Billboard 200, making Swift the first female artist—and the second act since the Beatles—to have three consecutive albums each spend at least six weeks at No. 1. Red, Swift’s fourth studio album, was also certified 7x Platinum.

With such an impressive list of accolades associated with the original album, Swift will be taking on quite a feat as she reimagines the effort. This will be the second re-release Swift will deliver, after having released Fearless (Taylor’s Version) in April. Fearless (Taylor’s Version) featured re-recorded versions of all 19 tracks from the 2008 edition of Fearless, in addition to Swift’s 2010 single “Today Was a Fairytale,” and six additional songs not included on the original album. The re-recorded version of Fearless reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, and became the first re-recorded album to ever do so.

“Like trying on pieces of a new life, I went into the studio and experimented with different sounds and collaborators,” Swift writes of Red (Taylor’s Version). “And I’m not sure if it was pouring my thoughts into this album, hearing thousands of your voices sing the lyrics back to me in passionate solidarity, or if it was simply time, but something was healed along the way.”

Swift also told fans that Red (Taylor’s Version) will include 30 tracks, all of which were meant to go on the original project.

With more information and details to follow as November nears, pre-orders for Red (Taylor’s Version) are available now.

Americana Music Association Establishes Inclusivity Advisory Committee

The Americana Music Association has formed a committee to address issues of inclusivity, representation and identity within the Americana community.

The new committee’s members include artists Brandi Carlile, Leyla McCalla, Allison Russell, in addition to Garth Fundis (Producer, President of the Americana Music Association Board of Directors), Courtney Gregg (Carnival Music), David Macias (Thirty Tigers), Jacquelyn Marushka (Marushka Media), Shannon Sanders (BMI/Producer) and Caroline Randall Williams (Author/Activist/Teacher), plus Americana Music Association Executive Director Jed Hilly and Manager of Marketing and Member Relations Anna Lee Williams, who serve as facilitators.

The association has also shared its new identity statement across all platforms which proudly says, “All Colors. All Genders. All Abilities. All Sizes. All Orientations. All Identities. All Americana.” In line with this statement, the committee was established to declare the 21-year-old association’s ongoing commitment to representation in the Americana community to ensure a welcoming space for all identities as well as to educate on the rich and diverse history of American roots music.

“This committee was formed as an imperfect response to a heard need,” says Hilly. “It is a group that was established with people who have the insight and rapport to meet this moment.”

The association also plans to bring important conversations in person to attendees this September in the form of conference panels during its 21st annual AMERICANAFEST in Nashville. Curated by committee members, a variety of this year’s sessions will celebrate the legacies and cultural impact of Black, Hispanic/Latine* and LGBTQ+ communities within Americana. The association will curate additional panels with under-celebrated communities into the fall following the conference.