Little Big Town, Ingrid Andress Cover Dixie Chicks for Women in Country Campaign

Awareness, it seems, is working. Two major research reports, from the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative and Dr. Jada Watson in conjunction with WOMAN Nashville, provided concrete data to document the imbalance at country radio. Country Radio Seminar (CRS) announced last week that Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood will be the featured interviews at the annual radio […]

Birthday Boy Thomas Rhett Releases New Song (Featuring Famous Friends!) to Aid Coronavirus Relief

“It’s turned into a concert, there’s 18,000 people in here right now,” Thomas Rhett said as he strung the guitar he told followers he previously received from his dad. “This is how you know you’re getting old, when you’re Googling the lyrics to your own song,” he said as he indeed forgot some of his […]

Taylor Swift vs. Kanye West: A Beef History

February 17th, 2016: Kanye Calls Taylor “Fake Ass” in Leaked Saturday Night Live RantAnd the beef rages on. … Details about the source and the exact context are still sketchy, but two days after Swift’s Grammy win, Page Six posted audio of an enraged West apparently venting backstage at SNL on February 13th. The clip is essentially […]

Epidemic Entertainment? Livestreams from Keith Urban, Morgan Wallen and Dierks Bentley Keep Cooped-Up Country Fans Amused

Hankering for some hang time with your best girlfriends? This newbie threesome, who share an apartment, offer the perfect virtual substitute. Sami Bearden, Savana Santos and Sam Backoff’s music — and sublime harmonies — mostly come in snippets during this show, but their banter, teasing and easy camaraderie are just plain fun to watch. Memorable […]

At 40, Brian Fallon Takes Stock on New Solo Album ‘Local Honey’

Two years earlier, Fallon had reunited his Jersey-rock band Gaslight Anthem for a successful string of shows celebrating the 10th anniversary of their breakout album The ’59 Sound and released the soul-rock solo LP Sleepwalkers. Both projects scratched any lingering rock & roll itch the tattooed singer-songwriter might have had, so when it came time […]

Ebola survivor Will Pooley calls Band Aid ‘cringeworthy cultural ignorance’

During a recent interview with the Mirror, Geldof was asked why Paul McCartney wasn’t involved after the Beatle appeared in the first two versions of the single. He replied: “On this we’ve got from the newest to the hippest to the oldest … and he hasn’t made the cut. What can I tell you?

Why Subscriptions Could Insulate the Music Market in 2020

Some streaming services are also exposed to the downturn in U.S. digital advertising. An IAB survey of 400 brand ad buyers found 74% believe the coronavirus’s impact on digital ad spending will be greater than the 2008-2009 financial crisis and 46% have paused their spending through the end of June. With subscription revenue growing 25-30% […]

Who’s Zoomin’ Who? Songwriters Try Remote Collaboration in the Social Distancing Era

Different video apps have different weaknesses. Neil Ormandy, who co-wrote James Arthur’s global hit “Say You Won’t Let Go,” has had the most success with Google Hangouts, though “it’s a little glitchy.” “With Zoom, because the microphone shifts [from person-to-person according to who makes noise] that’s tough in a session,” says Joe Kirkland (Dua Lipa, […]

Taylor Swift: Everything That’s Happened Since Her ‘1989’ Era

November 2016: Swift pens single for country music group Little Big Town. Though she didn’t release any new music under her name in 2016, she did get back to her country music roots with her song “Better Man,” which the members of Little Big Town revealed to be her brainchild during a press conference in […]

U.K. Duo Ida Mae’s ‘Baby I Need a Driver’ Video Is a Mini-Horror Movie About a Cult

“Inspired by the lyrical content, our director Tim Hyland wanted to set the perennial theme of ‘love that could never be’ to a backdrop of a Seventies folk horror B-movie,” the duo said in a statement. “We loved the idea and agreed that trying to match the brilliance of the quintessentially small town English folk […]