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Brett Young Tops the Charts for the Second Straight Week With “Mercy”

Brett Young Tops the Charts for the Second Straight Week With “Mercy”

For the second consecutive week, Brett Young’s “Mercy” is No. 1 on both the Billboard Country Airplay chart and Mediabase chart. The breakup ballad, which was co-penned by Brett and Sean McConnell, features simple piano accompaniment with Brett’s stripped-down vocals that beckon his love interest to end their relationship with “mercy.” “Thank you to the…

Carrie Underwood & Florida Georgia Line Win Teen Choice Awards

Carrie Underwood & Florida Georgia Line Win Teen Choice Awards

The Teen Choice Awards handed out trophies on Aug. 12 at the Forum in Los Angeles for its fan-voted awards. On the country front, Carrie Underwood bested Blake Shelton, Kane Brown, Kelsea Ballerini, Maren Morris and Thomas Rhett in the Choice Country Artist category, while Florida Georgia Line and Bebe Rexha’s “Meant to Be” won…

Martina McBride Reveals New Christmas Album and Tour

Martina McBride Reveals New Christmas Album and Tour

Great news for folks who consider Martina McBride’s 1998 holiday album, White Christmas, the yuletide standard. On Oct. 19, Martina will release a new album, It’s the Holiday Season, which will feature nine classic Christmas songs with accompaniment from more than 40 world-class musicians at the famed Capitol Studio in Los Angeles and Blackbird Studio…

LANCO Announces Headlining “Hallelujah Nights Tour”

LANCO Announces Headlining “Hallelujah Nights Tour”

LANCO will launch its 14-city Hallelujah Nights Tour on Oct. 24 in Columbia, Mo., with additional stops slated for Cincinnati, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Nashville and more. The tour takes its moniker from LANCO’s 2018 debut album of the same name, which spawned No. 1 hit, “Greatest Love Story.” “This is a brand-new show we’ve put…

Locash’s Preston Brust and Wife Kristen Welcome Baby Boy

Locash’s Preston Brust and Wife Kristen Welcome Baby Boy

Locash’s Preston Brust and wife Kristen announced the birth of their second child, son Legend Wilde, on Aug. 10. Preston shared the announcement with a photo of the little guy via Locash’s Instagram, saying, in part: “Hello. My name is Legend Wilde…and just like that, our hearts have opened up in all new ways. Every…

Amazon Tracks the Most Popular Country Song in Every State

Amazon Tracks the Most Popular Country Song in Every State

Amazon Music tracked the top country songs in each state based on share of streams for one month this summer—and there are plenty of interesting takeaways. Some states have a lot of pride in their native sons: The top song in Illinois is “Illinois” by Illinois native Brett Eldredge. North Carolina’s top song is “Carolina…

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