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“Forever Country” Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Chart

Photo Credit: CMA

Photo Credit: CMA

Powered by an unprecedented gathering of Country Music talent, a never-before-seen radio roadblock, and unanimous industry support, CMA’s historic “Forever Country” has vaulted to the top of multiple charts in its first week.

Fans around the world got their first listen Sept. 16, when CMA partner radio groups nationwide came together to premiere the single simultaneously during Friday morning drive time, and their first look on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” last Tuesday. Fan response was immediate and overwhelming in their approval of the project, showing their support in sales, streaming, and downloads of the music video and single.

Thanks to participating artists sharing the video through their individual social channels, fans raved across social media, watching the video online more than 31 million times in the first five days and commenting across the internet in celebration of the project, which pays tribute to the 50th Anniversary of the CMA Awards.

“Forever Country” makes its Billboard Hot Country Songs debut exploding into the No. 1 spot. This makes it only the third song to debut at No. 1 since Hot Country Songs began as a multi-metric chart in October 1958.

“Forever Country” also debuted at No. 1 on Nielsen’s Country On-Demand Streaming Chart with 5.68 million streams (one million audio/4.7 million video), and also posts on the sales charts with debuts at No. 2 on Nielsen’s Digital Songs chart and No. 1 on the Country Digital Songs chart with just over 93,000 tracks sold. It is also trended as the No. 3 most popular Country song on Shazam.

“Forever Country” has been the No. 1 selling single of all music genres at iTunes and the corresponding music video is ranked No. 1 among videos for all music genres, outpacing typical video sales at a rate of eight to one.

The project is also a global phenomenon, posting on 25 international iTunes charts and 18 international Spotify charts. The song ranks at No. 1 in sales in Canada; No. 2 in Australia and New Zealand; Top 25 in Scandinavia; and Top 40 in the United Kingdom, of all music. On television, the music video is a hit in Australia, Brazil, Canada, and the U.K. Digitally, the song debuted on the Spotify Global Viral 50 chart and has been holding steady at No. 2.

The music video is also going into heavy rotation on CMT and CMT Pure, and was featured in this weekend’s Top 20 Countdowns on GAC and CMT. The frenzy hit the mainstream as the project was the topic of media coverage on ABC News, ABC’s “Good Morning America,” ABC’s “Nightline,” NBC’s “TODAY,” Billboard, CNN/HLN, “Entertainment Tonight,” E!, People, Entertainment Weekly, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Associated Press, Rolling Stone, POPSUGAR,, and many more.

“Forever Country” is CMA’s history-making single and music video in honor of “The 50th Annual CMA Awards” that features 30 CMA Award-winning acts performing a medley of John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again,” and Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You.” Denver, Nelson, and Parton are all former CMA Entertainers of the Year.

Universal Music Group Nashville is exclusively partnering with CMA to market and distribute “Forever Country” worldwide. The song is available at all digital retail and streaming outlet partners. CMA profits from the sales and streaming of “Forever Country” will benefit music education causes through the CMA Foundation.

“Forever Country,” the single, was produced by CMA Award winner and CMA Board member Shane McAnally and the video was directed by Grammy Award-winning director Joseph Kahn.

The rollout of “Forever Country” will continue in the weeks leading into “The 50th Annual CMA Awards.”

“The 50th Annual CMA Awards” will be hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood and broadcast live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Wednesday, Nov. 2 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network.

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Bobby Bones and The Raging Idiots “Kiddy Up!” This Friday


Bobby Bones and The Raging Idiots, the comedy group comprised of Bobby Bones and Producer Eddie from iHeartMedia’s The Bobby Bones Show, announced today that their first full-length children’s album THE RAGING KIDIOTS: KIDDY UP! will be released this Friday, Sept. 30 on Black River Entertainment. The 12-track disc, co-produced by Bobby Bones and Nick Autry, is a unique collection with an educational message to children told through humor, positivity and infectiously, unforgettable songs. Bones also co-wrote every track on THE RAGING KIDIOTS: KIDDY UP!, which follows the group’s No. One debut EP THE RAGING IDIOTS PRESENTS – THE RAGING KIDIOTS, as well as their No. One comedy album THE CRITICS GIVE IT 5 STARS.

“We wanted to continue what we started with the Kidiots EP and make a full length album,” said Bobby Bones. “At this point everyone knows we don’t take ourselves too seriously, but our goal in all of this is to have fun with it, provide a positive message to kids and maybe even help them learn something along the way. I’ve always said I believe the children are our future, teach them well and let them lead the way….maybe I didn’t say that, but it seems to fit here.”

THE RAGING KIDIOTS: KIDDY UP! takes children on an informative, yet fun journey touching on a wide range of topics from American history to science lessons. The album kicks off with an ode to every child’s favorite time of day “Recess” co-written by Bones with country music stars and friends Lauren Alaina and Lindsay Ell, who also lends her voice to “Be Nice” on the record. “Every Day Is A Good Day,” is given a “Kidiots” twist, on what is already a fan favorite during the group’s live show, and is a positive, playful outlook for young listeners. The comedic and informative “Wash Your Hands” instills the importance of good hygiene, while “When I Grow Up” is an inspirational track that aspires to motivate children in the pursuit of their dreams.

Official The Raging Kidiots: Kiddy Up! Track Listing:

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Kane Brown selected for Ticketmaster’s “New Music Favorites” Series

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Ticketmaster has tapped RCA Nashville/Zone 4 breakthrough artist Kane Brown for its “New Music Favorites” series. Launching this week, the blog series recognizes five breakout entertainers across all music genres and features an exclusive, behind the scenes look at the stand out up-and-comers. Kane’s Ticketmaster “New Music Favorite” page can be found here.

“ A viral sensation” (Rolling Stone Country) known for “breaking Country’s rules” (Billboard), Kane has been recognized as “a seductive new voice in country” by Ticketmaster and “an artist to pay attention to” by Rolling Stone Country, as well as a “2016 Artist To Watch” by Huffington PostRolling Stone Country, Billboard and HITS Magazine.

Earlier this year, Monster Energy and Outbreak recognized Kane as a breakthrough discovery-worthy artist of 2016, hand-selecting him to headline their Outbreak Presents “Ain’t No Stopping Us Now” Tour, which launches November 3. Past Outbreak headliners have included Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore, Iggy Azalea, Cole Swindell, and Fetty Wap.

Released in 2016, Kane’s debut EP, Chapter 1, quickly claimed the No. 1 spot on the iTunes Country Albums Chart, hit No. 1 on the iTunes Overall Album Chart, and claimed the No. 3 spot on the Billboard Country albums chart, all preceding radio airplay. His hit song, “Used to Love You Sober” has been certified Gold by the RIAA and his current single, “Thunder In the Rain,” hit #1 on the iTunes Country charts, marking his fifth song to hit #1 on the iTunes Country charts upon its debut, all prior to the songs being available at radio.

The Georgia native independently built his fanbase of millions on his social channels through releasing videos and songs directly to fans, and his cover of George Strait’s “Check Yes Or No” that has been viewed on Facebook more than 10 million times. Kane is currently on the road opening for Florida Georgia Line and his current single, “Thunder in the Rain” is now at country radio. His debut album on RCA Nashville/Zone 4 is expected later this year.

For more information on Ticketmaster’s New Music Favorite series, including the announcement, visit New Music Favorites.

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Final Artist Added to Charlie Daniels 80th Birthday Volunteer Jam

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American Rock Band 3 Doors Down have been added as the final artist to join Chris Stapleton, Kid Rock, Larry The Cable Guy, Luke Bryan and Travis Tritt to celebrate with Charlie Daniels at his 80th Birthday Volunteer Jam on November 30 at Bridgestone Arena.

3 Doors Down, a Grammy Award®-nominated multiplatinum Mississippi rock band known for hits like “Kryptonite,” “When I’m Gone,” “Here Without You” and more will join Daniels on stage for what will be remembered as one of the best Volunteer Jams to date. Tickets for the much anticipated event are on sale now at all Ticketmaster locations and the Bridgestone Arena Box Office. Ticket prices start at $25.00.

After a star-studded 40th Anniversary Volunteer Jam last year, this year’s celebration event will feature The Charlie Daniels Band and a select bunch of their favorite musicians and entertainers on stage for an exhilarating event for the ages. Since 1974, Daniels has commissioned his musical friends and peers to come together on a “volunteer” basis to hang out, “jam” together, and entertain crowds in an unconventional, laid-back fashion unknown to any other concert event — all while dedicating concert proceeds to worthy causes. This year’s event will feature extra special “jam” sessions with some of Charlie’s most prolific friends who want to celebrate the soon-to-be Country Music Hall of Famer, his birthday, and his many accomplishments.

“I am extremely humbled and excited for this year’s Volunteer Jam. I think the fans are going to get a great variety of music from rock to country to southern rock with this stellar lineup, which reminds me so much of some of the early ‘Jams’ that we held at Municipal Auditorium,” says Charlie Daniels. “We are also going to be raising some well-needed money to continue our support of the Veterans through the Journey Home Project.”

A portion of the proceeds from the night will go to the The Journey Home Project, a 501(c)(3) non-profit co-founded by Daniels and manager, David Corlew, to help Veterans of the United States Armed Forces. For more info on The Journey Home Project, please visit:

“The Volunteer Jam has been a staple of the Charlie Daniels Band’s career since 1974. We’re thrilled to be able to use the platform we’ve built through the years to give back to the men and women who give so much of themselves for us, our veterans. This is a culmination of wonderful friends, hard work and great music that is shaping up to be one of the best Volunteer Jam’s to date!” said David Corlew, Charlie Daniels’ manager and co-founder of The Journey Home Project.

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