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Florida Georgia Line are “Sippin’ on Fire” in New Music Video

Photo Credit: Jeremy Cowart

Photo Credit: Jeremy Cowart

Florida Georgia Line will debut the brand new music video for their scorching single “Sippin’ On Fire” across VEVO today, Wednesday (3/25).

Filmed in the middle of the Las Vegas dry lake beds, the temperature-rising video features flashes of FGL performing while the sultry lyrics play out in intermixed scenes. Adding fuel to the passion-driven tune, Director Marc Klasfeld cuts in edgy flares, smoke effects and a full blown ring of fire. The Top 20-and-escalating “Sippin’ On Fire” is the third single from FGL’s chart-topping, GOLD-certified sophomore album ANYTHING GOES (Republic Nashville) and follows the back-to-back #1’s “Sun Daze” and “Dirt.”

FGL has skyrocketed to stardom becoming the only artist in history to join Brooks & Dunn in achieving four consecutive, multi-week #1 singles; breaking the record for longest #1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart and selling over 21 million tracks worldwide of their 2X PLATINUM debut HERE’S TO THE GOOD TIMES and ANYTHING GOES. In addition to collaborating across genres with sensations like Nelly and Jason Derulo, FGL racked up 13 industry awards throughout 2014, topping four of Billboard’s year-end charts and leading Forbes “30 Under 30” list.

The reigning ACM Vocal Duo of the Year is currently taking their signature show worldwide on the headline ANYTHING GOES TOUR 2015. This Sunday (3/29) they will perform at the iHeartRadio Music Awards and vie for Country Song of the Year (“Dirt”), airing on NBC at 8:00PM ET/PT.

The talented pair racked up five ACM Award nominations including their first nod for the prestigious and fan-voted Entertainer of the Year in addition to Vocal Duo of the Year, Single Record of the Year (“Dirt”) and two nods for Vocal Event of the Year (“This Is How We Roll” featuring Luke Bryan and The Cadillac Three’s “The South” featuring Florida Georgia Line, Dierks Bentley and Mike Eli). The 50th Annual ACM Awards will be broadcast live from the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX on April 19 at 8:00 PM ET on CBS. Fans can vote for Entertainer of the Year beginning April 8 at 3:00 PM ET/12noon PT at VoteACM.com and will close during the third hour of the live broadcast.

For tour dates and more, visit FloridaGeorgiaLine.com.


Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush” Isn’t About Lesbians… Duh

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Apparently country radio stations are being forced to pull Little Big Town‘s latest single “Girl Crush” from the airwaves due to a rush of angry listeners misinterpreting the song as gay propaganda. Um…cool your jets all you closed-minded folks who are rushing to the wrong conclusion…(but even if it were about a girl digging on another girl, change the station, don’t go all nuts clogging up the station lines.) According to The Washington Post, the groups latest single has been a top seller on iTunes but is having trouble breaking the top 30 because people can’t seem to get passed certain lyrics and actually hear the song and what it’s actually saying.

The song is actually a jealous ex-girlfriend’s unique perspective…wishing she were the new girlfriend…wishing she could be with her old flame vicariously through the new girlfriend…Wondering what it is about this new woman that makes her better…

‘I want to taste her lips, yeah cause they taste like you / I want to drown myself in a bottle of her perfume.  I want her long blond hair, I want her magic touch / Yeah cause maybe then, you’d want me just as much. . . I got a girl crush.’

The thing is…if you read the lyrics above… it’s obvious that the woman is singing about wishing she could be this woman just so she could have her man back. If anything, people should be irritated that a woman can get this worked up over a man…not concentrating on the creative use of words to paint a picture.

“It’s a genius lyric, such a beautifully written song about jealousy,” says Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild said in an interview with The Washington Post. “It was like, ‘Why would we not cut this?’”

Though label executives had some reservations about releasing it as a single, “They all agreed it was a moment on the record that everybody needed to hear,” Fairchild said. “Sure, there was a little bit of dialogue about the title and ‘Would people listen to the lyrics?’ But it didn’t stop us.”

What’s even more shocking is that country radio and the angry moms who call the stations saying they don’t want their kids hearing a song about what they think is about girls loving girls have no problem with songs portraying women as eye candy or a piece of meat used for sexual gratification of men. Apparently it’s okay for your daughters to be hood ornaments for pick-up trucks and not find another woman attractive.

“That’s just shocking to me, the close-mindedness of that, when that’s just not what the song was about,” Fairchild said, “But what if it were? It’s just a greater issue of listening to a song for what it is.”

“It’s about a girl saying, you know, ‘Why do you love her and not me?’”

So, I challenge all of you country fans who are willing to actually hear the message the song is ACTUALLY saying to put on your big girl panties and call your radio stations and request Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush”… because this is just silly. This song is a million times better than the cut-off jean wearin’, dixie cup drinkin, truck bed dancin’ in the moonlight crap that’s getting all the air play.

Country Music Hall of Fame Announces Newest Members

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Photo Credit: Courtesy Webster & Associates

 

The Country Music Association announced today that Jim Ed Brown and The Browns, Grady Martin, and The Oak Ridge Boys will become the newest members of the revered Country Music Hall of Fame.

Jim Ed Brown and The Browns (siblings Maxine and Bonnie) will be inducted in the “Veterans Era Artist” category, while The Oak Ridge Boys (Duane Allen, Joe Bonsall, William Lee Golden, and Richard Sterban) will be inducted in the “Modern Era Artist” category. Martin will be inducted in the “Recording and/or Touring Musician Active Prior to 1980” category, which is awarded every third year in a rotation with the “Non-Performer” and “Songwriter” categories. The Browns, Martin, and The Oak Ridge Boys will increase membership in the coveted Country Music Hall of Fame from 124 to 127 members.

“Today is an overwhelming day not just for me, but for the Brown family” said Jim Ed Brown. “Receiving this honor with my sisters, Maxine and Bonnie, is something I had dreamed about for years, but never knew if it would happen or not. Fame is fleeting, hit records change every week, award show winners and nominees change every year, but being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame will be forever!”

“The induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame is the highest honor I could ever imagine receiving,” said Allen of The Oak Ridge Boys. “It still gives me chills when I think about it really happening. I am humbled to the core. I know I speak for the other Boys when I say how grateful and honored we are to be chosen. I have seen tears in the eyes of Richard Sterban only two times. The first was when we were made members of the Grand Ole Opry. The second was when we were informed that we would be among the next inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Richard LOVES baseball, so, when we were about to depart, he turned around to me and said, ‘This is Cooperstown!’”

“We have seen dream after dream come true, and we are thankful and humbled every day. Now this day has come, and it is the biggest thing to ever happen to The Oak Ridge Boys,” added Bonsall. “I have no words, and yet I have thousands of words racing through my heart and mind. I am in total awe. The whole paradigm has changed. Four little Boys from Texas, Alabama, Philadelphia, and New Jersey, who dreamed of singing songs in four-part harmony will NOW be in ‘The Hall.’”

Induction ceremonies for Martin (who passed away in 2001), Jim Ed Brown and The Browns, and The Oak Ridge Boys will take place at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in the CMA Theater later this year. Since 2007, the Museum’s Medallion Ceremony, an annual reunion of the Hall of Fame membership, has served as the official rite of induction for new members.
CMA created the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1961 to recognize noteworthy individuals for their outstanding contributions tothe format with Country Music’s highest honor.

“We are in the business of celebrating legendary artists, and today we have the privilege of honoring a very special group of legendary artists, the class of 2015 Country Music Hall of Fame inductees,” said Kyle Young, Director of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. “These remarkable entertainers – The Oak Ridge Boys; Jim Ed Brown and his sisters, Maxine and Bonnie; and the late, great guitarist Grady Martin – all represent quality and precision in their music. They exemplify harmony, whether in the blending of their magnificent voices, or in the tightly knit ensemble playing of an accomplished musician.”

The announcement was made today in the Rotunda of the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville and could be seen via live stream on CMAworld.com with the archived footage being available through the end of the month.

Chase Rice “Gonna Wanna Tonight” on ‘GMA’

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Chase Rice made his debut appearance on ABC’s Good Morning America on Monday, March 23rd, performing his new single “Gonna Wanna Tonight” from his chart-topping mainstream debut album Ignite The Night. The performance kicks off an action-packed week for Rice as he heads out on The Big Revival Tour with Kenny Chesney this Thursday, March 26th. The highly-anticipated tour launches with two sold-out nights at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena and continues through the summer.

“For me, I grew up a Kenny fan, so it’s really cool for me to be out with him,” said Rice. “In my town, that was the show we were waiting on all summer, and now I’m a part of it.”

Rice will continue to perform his own headlining dates in addition to touring with Chesney. Announced 2015 tour dates are as follows (**denotes The Big Revival Tour dates):

March 26, 2015 Bridgestone Arena | Nashville, Tenn.**
March 27, 2015 Bridgestone Arena | Nashville, Tenn.**
March 28, 2015 Colonial Life Arena | Columbia, S.C.**
April 8, 2015 Bon Secours Wellness Arena | Greenville, S.C.**
April 9, 2015 BJCC Arena | Birmingham, Ala.**
April 11, 2015 Chilifest | Snook, TX
April 12, 2015 Tortuga Music Festival | Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
April 16, 2015 Greensboro Coliseum | Greensboro, N.C.**
April 17, 2015 KFC Yum! Center | Louisville, Ky.**
April 23, 2015 Times Union Center | Albany, N.Y.**
April 24, 2015 Mohegan Sun Arena | Uncasville, Conn.**
April 25, 2015 Mohegan Sun Arena | Uncasville, Conn.**
April 29, 2015 Gila River Arena | Glendale, Ariz.**
May 6, 2015 Scottrade Center | St. Louis, Mo.**
May 7, 2015 Wells Fargo Arena | Des Moines, Iowa**
May 9, 2015 Lucas Oil Stadium | Indianapolis, Ind.**
May 14, 2015 BOK Center | Tulsa, Okla.**
May 15, 2015 Gillioz Theatre | Springfield, Mo.
May 16, 2015 Railfest | Texarkana, Ark.
May 21, 2015 Austin 360 Amphitheater | Austin, Texas**
May 22, 2015 BBVA Compass Stadium | Houston, Texas**
May 24, 2015 Tree Town Country Music Festival | Forest City, Iowa
May 27, 2015 Merriweather Post Pavilion | Columbia, Md.**
May 28, 2015 PNC Arena | Raleigh, N.C.**
May 29, 2015 5th Street Beach Stage | Virginia Beach, Va.
*With Lee Brice
May 30, 2015 Heinz Field | Pittsburgh, Pa.**
June 4, 2015 Ford Center | Evansville, Ind.**
June 6, 2015 Soldier Field | Chicago, Ill.**
June 11, 2015 Time Warner Cable Arena | Charlotte, N.C.**
June 13, 2015 Georgia Dome | Atlanta, Ga.**
June 18, 2015 Denny Sanford Premier Center | Sioux Falls, S.D.**
June 19, 2015 Old Settler’s Day Festival | Rockton, Ill.
June 25, 2015 Ambleside Park | Vancouver, British Columbia**
June 26, 2015 Lakes Jam Festival | Brainerd, Minn.
*With Lee Brice
June 28, 2015 Country Fest | Cadott, Wis.
July 8, 2015 CMAC | Canandaigua, N.Y.**
July 9, 2015 Quicken Loans Arena | Cleveland, Ohio**
July 10, 2015 Hickory Hill Lakes | Fort Loramie, Ohio
July 11, 2015 Lincoln Financial Field | Philadelphia, Pa.**
July 16, 2015 Pinnacle Bank Arena | Lincoln, Neb.**
July 17, 2015 Lone Star Park | Grand Prairie, Texas
July 22, 2015 Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys | Stateline, Nev.**
July 23, 2015 SaveMart Center | Fresno, Calif.**
July 29, 2015 Snowden Grove | Southaven, Miss.**
July 30, 2015 Arkansas Music Pavilion | Rogers, Ark.**
August 6, 2015 Energy Solutions Arena | Salt Lake City, Utah**
August 13, 2015 Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion | Bangor, Maine**
August 14, 2015 Franklin County Fair | Malone, N.Y.
August 19, 2015 Canadian Tire Center | Ottawa, Ontario**
August 20, 2015 Firs Ontario Centre | Hamilton, Ontario
August 22, 2015 Ford Field | Detroit, Mich.**
August 28, 2015 Pocahontas Live | Chesterfield, Va.
September 3, 2015 Diamond Ballroom | Oklahoma City, Okla.

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