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Are There Any $1.2 Million Country Lyrics?

I remember exactly where I was when I finally memorized all eight minutes of Don McLean’s “American Pie.” I mastered all six verses, plus the chorus. And to this day, I still know all the words by heart. Those lyrics were kind of everything to me as a pre-teen, even though I didn’t know what… Read more »

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Nashville Recap: Four Little Words That Changed the TV Series Forever

It started with, “They found a liver.” Those were the most important four words of Wednesday night’s (April 22) episode of Nashville. Because that’s what Deacon said when he took the potentially lifesaving phone call from the hospital while he and Rayna and their biological daughter Maddie were at Teddy’s Note by Note fundraiser. Once… Read more »

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Hunter Hayes, Jana Kramer Get Platinum Certifications

Hunter Hayes, Jana Kramer, Lee Brice, Brett Eldredge, Sam Hunt, Cole Swindell, Blake Shelton and Ashley Monroe hit heavy metal during the month of March, according to gold and platinum certifications released this week by the RIAA. Hayes’ 2013 single, “I Want Crazy,” was certified double platinum for combined sales and streams totaling 2 million… Read more »

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Miranda Lambert: The Yellow Legal Pad Years

Before Miranda Lambert became one of the most awarded and celebrated country artists of her generation, she was just a girl at home in Texas watching awards shows with a pad of paper, a pen and just enough confidence in her ability to pick the winners. In the recent issue of the Academy of Country… Read more »

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Sam Hunt’s Fast Track to Gold and Platinum

Sam Hunt just hit No. 1 on Billboard’s country airplay chart with his latest single, “Take Your Time,” but he’s not slowing down as he establishes his presence nationally. “Leave the Night On,” the first single from his album, Montevallo, went all the way to No. 1 and also went platinum. Montevallo also hit No…. Read more »

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Gary Allan to Kick Off CMA Music Festival’s Daytime Concerts

If you’re in Nashville for the 2015 CMA Music Festival, you won’t need an alarm clock to wake up on June 11. Because you’ll have Gary Allan instead. Allan will be kicking off the series of free Chevrolet Riverfront Stage shows bright and early on the first day of the four-day festival that runs through… Read more »

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ACM Winners React to Their Latest Victories

Little Big Town, Cole Swindell, Miranda Lambert and Luke Bryan were among those who headed to the pressroom after accepting trophies at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. CMT Hot 20 Countdown was there Sunday night (April 19) to capture the winners’ reactions. Little Big Town’s vocal… Read more »

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CMT Will Produce Chris Janson’s “Buy Me a Boat” Video

For the first time in the network’s history, CMT announced plans Thursday (April 16) to finance and produce a music video for a music artist. During a private event in Nashville, CMT executives said the music video will be created for independent artist Chris Janson’s “Buy Me a Boat” with plans to add the video… Read more »

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Recap: Party Down South: Mixed Drinks and Mixed Signals

In this recent episode, we’re picking up where we left off last week. Lyle is immediately bounced out of the bar after Mattie and Tiffany get in their infamous bar brawl. However, Lyle is absolutely graceful in his departure even though his behavior scared Walt’s lady friend away. “Lyle’s levitating out of the bar,” explains… Read more »

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Reba Recalls the Red Dress That Grabbed Headlines

CMT honors the great Reba McEntire when “We Love Reba Takeover Weekend” launches Saturday (April 18). The two-day celebration will include a special concert featuring an outstanding lineup of her friends and her guest host spot on an all-new episode of CMT Hot 20 Countdown. In honor of her latest hit single, “Going Out Like… Read more »

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