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Reba Album Due Nov. 9

Reba has set a November 9 release date for her second album for The Valory Music Co. The as-yet-untitled project will be the follow-up to the gold-certified Keep On Loving You, released less than a year ago.

The lead single from her upcoming album, “Turn on the Radio,” is already at No. 50 on MusicRow’s Country Breakout Chart. Dann Huff produced the track which will be available at iTunes on August 3.

“I fell for the song immediately,” said Reba of her new single. “I love that it’s an up-tempo, strong woman song about a woman who has been done wrong by her lover and is telling him to turn on the radio if he wants to hear from her through their favorite song. Dann Huff and the musicians did a wonderful job bringing the heart beat out in the song. It definitely gets your attention from the very start of the song.”

Keep On Loving You garnered a string of hits including “Strange” and the title track. “Consider Me Gone,” spent 4 weeks at No. 1, making Reba one of only a few country females to enjoy more than 3 weeks at No. 1 in the past 10 years.

Reba has sold over 55 million albums worldwide, and has more RIAA sales certifications than any other Country female.

Sugarland Sets October Release

Sugarland’s fourth studio album, The Incredible Machine, is joining the list of major releases coming in the final quarter. While waiting for the Oct. 19 release date, fans will get a taste of the new offering when lead single “Stuck Like Glue” goes to radio on July 26.

Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush wrote the first single with Kevin Griffin (of Better Than Ezra fame) and Shy Carter. As with all their past projects, Nettles and Bush collaborated on the entire album. Machine marks their third time co-producing alongside Byron Gallimore.

The Mercury Nashville duo is also offering a web series at www.youtube.com/sugarland. “The Week In Review” comes out every Wednesday and gives a glimpse of the band on their current The Incredible Machine tour.

The fall outing will be the follow-up to Sugarland’s 2008 album Love On The Inside, which spawned hits like “It Happens,” “All I Want To Do,” and “Already Gone.” In the meantime, the duo released the live CD/DVD Live On The Inside, and the holiday collection Gold And Green.

Sugarland has won multiple Grammys and sold over 8 million records since rocketing onto the music scene in 2004.

Trace Adkins Album Due In August


Trace Adkins is opening a new chapter in his career with the Aug. 17 release of his first album for Show Dog-Universal. Cowboy’s Back In Town is being described as vintage Adkins, running the gamut from love songs like “Still Love You,” to the rowdy side of country life in the hilarious “Hold My Beer.”

He also has a deluxe version coming out the same day, offering fans four bonus tracks, including “Hillbilly Bone” his hit with Blake Shelton.

Adkins showcases his writing chops on the outing—he penned the title track with friends Jeff Bates and Kenny Beard, who also co-produced with Jason Aldean hitmaker Michael Knox. Other highlights include a guest spot from labelmate Trailer Choir. The project’s first single is “This Ain’t No Love Song.”

In addition to headlining his own dates, Adkins is on the road with Toby Keith‘s American Ride Tour through September. The pair toured together previously, which led to Adkins’ eventual signing with Keith’s label.

Adkins has sold more than 10 million records and earned four Grammy nominations with hits such as “You’re Gonna Miss This,” “This Ain’t No Thinkin’ Thing,” “Honky-Tonk Badonkadonk” and “Ladies Love Country Boys.”

Cowboy’s Back In Town – Track Listing

1.      Brown Chicken Brown Cow
2.      Hold My Beer
3.      Cowboy’s Back In Town
4.      This Ain’t No Love Song
5.      Hell, I Can Do That
6.      A Little Bit Of Missing You
7.      Still Love You
8.      Don’t Mind If I Don’t
9.      Ala-Freakin-Bama
10.    Break Her Fall
11.    Whoop A Man’s Ass

Deluxe Edition:

1.      Happy Man
2.      Between Rainbows and the Rain
3.      Pictures On Mantles
4.      Hillbilly Bone – performed by Blake Shelton (featuring Trace Adkins)

[Editor’s note: MR’s Boss Ross tipped “Hold My Beer” to Adkins’ team.]

Rowdy Times: Bryan Plans “Spring Break” EP; Hank Jr. Hits Nashville

Luke Bryan will release his second Spring Break EP, Spring Break 2…. Hangover Edition, exclusively on the iTunes Store tomorrow, March 2. The EP from the Capitol Nashville artist includes three never-before released, self-penned tracks “Wild Weekend,” “Cold Beer Drinker” and “I’m Hungover.” The album is currently being offered on iTunes for pre-order, $2.49.

Bryan will promote the release with his second mini Spring Break Tour, set for March 7-8 in Florida. He is also currently on the road as the opening act for Jason Aldean’s Wide Open Tour.

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Hank Williams Jr.’s Rowdy Friends 2010 tour will stop in Nashville Fri., April 23. Joining Hank for the party at the Arena are Jamey Johnson, Eric Church and The Grascals.

2010 Grammy Nominees CD Announced

The Recording Academy’s Grammy Recordingsgrammynomscd has partnered with EMI Music to release the 2010 Grammy Nominees CD, the 16th iteration of the series and featuring nominees from the upcoming 52nd Annual Grammy Awards. Available January 19, a portion of the proceeds from the collection’s sales will benefit the Recording Academy’s MusiCares and Grammy Foundations. Nashville-related artists feature prominently among the disc’s 20 tracks, including Kings of Leon, Taylor Swift, Zac Brown Band, Sugarland, Lady Antebellum, and Rascal Flatts. Complete tracklist included below.

“The diverse mix of tracks contained in this fine collection offer some of the great songs and artists that make up this year’s talented crop of nominees,” says Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. “We look forward to another successful chart-topping year and to providing further support to the important work that MusiCares and the GRAMMY Foundation continue to do year-round. And, we thank EMI Music for their collaboration on this exceptional album.”

The collection includes several of the most recognized Grammy categories, representing nominees for Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, Best Pop Vocal Album, Best Country Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocals, and Best Rock Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocals.

The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards will be held January 31 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, and the live broadcast starts on CBS at 7pm CT.

2010 Grammy Nominees CD Tracklist [with artist nominations]:
1. The Black Eyed Peas – “I Gotta Feeling”
[Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Best Pop Vocal Album]

2. Lady GaGa – “Poker Face”
[Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year]

3. Kings Of Leon – “Use Somebody”
[Record Of The Year, Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals]

4. Dave Matthews Band – “You & Me”
[Album Of The Year]

5. Taylor Swift – “You Belong With Me”
[Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance]

6. Colbie Caillat – “Fallin’ For You”
[Best Pop Vocal Album]

7. The Fray – “You Found Me”
[Best Pop Vocal Album]

8. P!nk – “Sober”
[Best Pop Vocal Album, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance]

9. Kelly Clarkson – “My Life Would Suck Without You”
[Best Pop Vocal Album]

10. Katy Perry – “Hot N Cold”
[Best Female Pop Vocal Performance]

11. Beyoncé – “Halo”
[Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance]

12. Adele – “Hometown Glory”
[Best Female Pop Vocal Performance]

13. Zac Brown Band – “Chicken Fried”
[Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals]

14. Sugarland – “It Happens”
[Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals]

15. Lady Antebellum – “I Run To You”
[Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals]

16. Rascal Flatts – “Here Comes Goodbye”
[Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals]

17. Green Day – “21 Guns”
[Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals]

18. Coldplay – “Life In Technicolor ii”
[Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals]

19. U2 – “I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight”
[Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals]

20. Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood – “Can’t Find My Way Home”
[Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals]

Lady A Unveil New Album, Celebrate Platinum Debut

Capitol trio Lady Antebellum has announced release information for its sophomore album. Titled Need You Now, the album is scheduled for a January 26, 2010 release. The title track and lead single is the fastest rising of their career, pushing into both the Billboard and MusicRow Top 10 in under 10 weeks.

“This song, and what we’ve finished of the new album so far, is all about passion,” explains guitarist/vocalist Dave Haywood. “There’s a real sense of urgency and fire…almost like a spark has reignited us creatively in the studio…so when we started talking about album titles, Need You Now felt like it summarized our vibe right now perfectly.”

The unveiling of Need You Now’s release date happened on the same day the group’s self-titled debut album was certified Platinum by the RIAA. 18 months after its release, Lady Antebellum also remains in the top 10 on the iTunes Country album sales chart.

“This is just beyond anything we ever could have imagined when we sat down to write our first song together in 2006,” said Hillary Scott. “I wish we could thank every one of the fans personally… that would be the coolest thing in the world for us. Everybody always says they have the best fans in the world, but ‘everybody’ hasn’t met Lady A’s fans…they are truly the best!”

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Capitol Nashville President Mike Dungan surprised Lady A in the studio to announce that the group’s self-titled debut album had been certified Platinum and present the band with plaques. Pictured (L-R): Producer Paul Worley, Charles Kelley, Producer Victoria Shaw, Hillary Scott, Dave Haywood and Dungan.

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Bryan Plots Promotional Push For New Album

lukeb-cdLuke Bryan will promote his new album Doin’ My Thing with an industrious tour visiting nine cities in nine days. The launch for his second album will kick-off Oct. 5 in Statesboro, Georgia, with Bryan’s previously announced Farm Tour benefit show.

On release day, Oct. 6, the Capitol artist will head to Leesburg, Georgia for a concert on his hometown high school football field that the town won through an online contest with www.eventful.com.

During the intense promotional run, Bryan will visit radio stations, host meet and greets for fans, and perform concerts. The outing will wrap in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Oct. 14.

Following the album launch, Bryan’s first headlining tour, the Doin’ My Thing Tour, opens Oct. 30 in Jacksonville, Florida. The rising star has previously joined superstars like Kenny Chesney on the road.

Bryan recently celebrated a No. 1 video for “Do I,” the lead single off Doin’ My Thing. The song is climbing MusicRow’s Country Breakout chart, and lands at No. 5 this week.

Rascal Flatts Plan Limited Edition Release

flattsA limited edition of Rascal Flatts’ Greatest Hits: Volume 1 is on the way to stores Oct. 6. With new packaging, bonus tracks and other special content, Lyric Street Records will have the album available in time for the holiday sales rush.

Greatest Hits Volume 1 chronicles Rascal Flatts as the top selling country band of the decade and includes thirteen of its biggest hits like “Prayin’ For Daylight,” “These Days,” “I Melt,” “Bless The Broken Road,” and “What Hurts The Most.”

The special holiday limited edition 2-disc package offers four new bonus tracks—live concert recordings of “Take Me There,” “Winner At A Losing Game,” “Me And My Gang” and “Summer Nights”—along with a bonus interview and foldout poster of the band from its headlining Unstoppable tour. It will be packaged in a silver foil-embossed keepsake box.

Rascal Flatts recently placed its fourth consecutive studio album atop the Top 200 chart with the release of Unstoppable, moving 351,000 units the first week. Since launching in 2000, the band made up of Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney has sold 20 million albums, scored 11 No. 1 singles, and is the reigning AMA, CMT, PCA, ACM and CMA Vocal Group of The Year.

Underwood’s “Play On” Coming In Nov.

carrie-u-new-albumCarrie Underwood’s third album, titled Play On, will arrive Nov. 3. She is working on the Sony/Arista/19 Recordings project with producer Mark Bright, who helmed her Carnival Ride collection as well as seven tracks from her debut Some Hearts.

Play On draws its title from the name of a song featured on the new album, but it also describes the enthusiasm of the fans who love her music. Since the release of her debut album, Some Hearts, in 2005, Underwood has amassed sales of more than 10 million albums with Some Hearts and 2007’s Carnival Ride.

Underwood is a four-time GRAMMY Award winner, ACM Entertainer of the Year, and the reigning, three-time CMA and ACM Female Vocalist winner.