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Jason Aldean Helps Some of Music’s Biggest Name Launch New Streaming Service

Tidal

Some of the biggest names in music over all genres are establishing their own online streaming service. Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Madonna, Jay Z, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Usher, Daft Punk and Jack White are backing streaming service Tidal.  Country music’s very own Jason Aldean has also joined the Tidal team.

Artist control was the number one reason behind this collective purchase of a streaming system. These superstar artists are not happy that tech companies have control, they want the power back in their own hands.

They all appeared onstage together in New York City yesterday to announce the launch. Keys says the artists hope the new service will “forever change the course of music history.”

Tidal is a direct competitor to Spotify, the streaming service Jason, Taylor Swift, Brantley Gilbert and Justin Moore pulled their music from last year. Jason is encouraging his followers on Twitter to make their profile pics blue.

“Together we can make history” #TIDALforALL.

The service being offered at two price points: $10 for standard sound quality and $20 for “lossless high fidelity sound quality.”


Country Music Takes Over the Final Four this Sunday!

lady antebellum

Country music is taking over the Final Four this Sunday!

Zac Brown Band, Lady Antebellum, Kacey Musgraves and Cole Swindell will perform for free this Sunday at the NCAA March Madness Music Festival!

Other performers include Imagine Dragons and Weezer on Friday and Rihanna, Passion Pit and Bleachers will perform Saturday.

 

Chase Bryant Will Reward Fans Who Help Give a Little

photo courtesy Chris Tuite

photo courtesy Chris Tuite

In a week rife with competition and new music premieres, Chase Bryant’s sophomore single “Little Bit of You” debuted as #4 Most Added Song across U.S. Country Radio today with 38 first-week adds.

“Little Bit of You” was co-written by Bryant alongside #1 songwriters Ashley Gorley and Derek George. Bryant co-produced the single alongside George while playing lead guitar in-studio. Download “Little Bit of You” HERE.

Today, in celebration of his new single, Bryant launched the “Give A ‘Little Bit of You” campaign. The national charitable initiative urges fans to give a ‘little bit’ back by nominating someone in his or her community who is in need of special recognition and assistance. Nominees could include (but are not limited to):

1. An individual in the community who constantly volunteers and helps others and is now in need of assistance themselves.
2. A family member going through a rough period, who could use some good news.
3. A friend who always goes above and beyond for others.

Two grand prize winners will be chosen at random. Each will receive a $500 gift card.
To nominate the deserving people in your life visit: http://smarturl.it/givealittlebitofyou

Additionally, Bryant is rewarding the first 500 fans that take the time to nominate and help others. Each fan that submits a nomination will receive TWO copies of Bryant’s 5-song debut EP – one for themselves and one for a friend! (Limit one entry per person and restricted to two entries per household.)

Bryant’s debut self-titled EP features the new single “Little Bit of You” as well as the Top 10 hit “Take It On Back.”

Striking Matches Hit #1 On iTunes UK Country Chart

Striking Matches

Striking Matches has officially taken the UK by storm, landing at No. 1 on the iTunes UK Country Chart with their debut release, Nothing But The Silence. Produced by the legendary T Bone Burnett, the album showcases this dynamic duo (comprised of Sarah Zimmermann and Justin Davis), brimming with harmonies and plenty of guitars.

“Their debut album is an engaging blend of slick country storytelling scuffed up with rockier riffs. Imagine a noisier version of The Civil Wars: squaring up and trading electric licks before coiling their voices together in sweet harmony,” beamed The Telegraph UK.

While the guitar-driven duo has been steadily building their fanbase here in the U.S., it was to their great surprise to be greeted by concert goers singing back near every lyric at their very first overseas show in London- before even releasing a song in the country. Due in part to having eight songs featured on ABC’s hit drama series Nashville, which has built a dedicated British following, the unprecedented early embrace by a country artist in the UK has led to sold-out performances and demand for more (the band will return for a series of concerts in even larger venues as well as TV appearances in May), airplay on the country’s largest radio station Radio 2 and rave reviews, as well as a No. 1 album on the chart, available now: iTunes and Amazon.

Meanwhile, back at home, supporters include USA Today, who wrote: “Sarah Zimmermann and Justin Davis give off sparks as singers and writers, but they’re even hotter guitarists. Incendiary.” American Songwriter declared “these songs crackle and sizzle, walking on a tightrope between pop, rock, country and blues,” additionally noting, “Between the acoustic/electric twin guitar attack, easy flowing harmonies, peppy mid-western rootsy singer/songwriting and an unbridled enthusiasm, Striking Matches fires up a hot, often incendiary first impression.”

Striking Matches will continue their overseas charge with more headline dates before they return to the U.S. for a co-headline stint with harmony-loving The Secret Sisters. The run will be part of the Fender Accelerator Tour as Striking Matches is one of a select range of rising artists in various genres have been chosen to represent the iconic guitar brand, who in turn provides vehicles, gear and support. Following, the duo will join the festival circuit and share stages with country music all-stars such as Luke Bryan and Brad Paisley, as well as an opening slot for Keith Urban.

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