10/18 Weekly Industry Insider

THE HOTTEST

Everything you need to know in country music news this week

  • Luke Bryan is set to host the 2021 CMA Awards. The 2021 CMA Awards will air on ABC on November 10th.

  • The CMT Artists of the Year event took place on Wednesday, October 13th, and featured performances by Kane Brown, Gabby Barrett, Luke Combs, and more.

  • Kacey Musgraves’ current album, star-crossed, will not be considered in the Best Country Album category for the upcoming 2022 Grammy Awards.

  • Lee Brice earned his ninth consecutive number-one hit with, “Memory I Don’t Mess With.”

  • Jimmie Allen and his wife, Alexis, welcomed their second child on Saturday, October 16th.

NEW MUSIC

Fresh new songs to check out this week

  • Zac Brown Band released their new album, The Comeback.

  • Miranda Lambert released her new single, “If I Was A Cowboy.”

  • Ryan Hurd dropped his new album, pelago.

  • Toby Keith released his new album, Peso In My Pocket.

  • Walker Hayes released a new single, “U Gurl.”

  • Tom Morello released a new single, ¨The War Inside,¨ featuring, Chris Stapleton.

  • Keb’ Mo’ released new single, “Good Strong Woman," with Darius Rucker.

  • Blanco Brown released his song, “Never Gonna Tame You,” from the new documentary, “The Mustangs: America’s Wild Horses.

  • Cassadee Pope released her new album, Thrive.

  • Erin Enderlin dropped her new Barroom Mirrors EP.

  • Chris Stapleton joined Carlos Santana for a new song, “Joy.”

  • Leah Turner released her new Lost In Translation EP.

  • Raleigh Keegan released his debut album, Clocks Roll Forward.

  • Waylon Payne released his new album, "The Lost Act."

  • Jess Antonette released her new single, “White Lines.”

  • Jordana Bryant is set to release a modern cover of Lee Ann Womack's "I Hope You Dance" on Tuesday, October 19th.

Check out all upcoming album releases here.


  • Carrie Underwood released a special edition of her Christmas record, My Gift, which includes three brand new tracks: "Favorite Time of Year," "All is Well," and "Let There Be Peace/Something In The Water."

  • Josh Turner dropped his first Christmas album, King Size Manger, on October 8th. On November 18 he will hit the road for his supporting Holiday & The Hits tour.

  • Kelly Clarkson released new Christmas album, When Christmas Comes Around, along with a new single, "Christmas Isn't Canceled (Just You)."

  • Pistol Annies announced their reunion for Hell Of A Holiday — the group's first Christmas record due on October 22.

  • Brett Young is set to release Brett Young & Friends Sing the Christmas Classics on October 22nd. Accompanying the album is a television special, CMT Crossroads Christmas: Brett Young & Friends, slated to air in the weeks after the album release.

  • Brett Eldredge will release his latest Holiday album, Mr. Christmas on October 22nd. Eldredge will hit the road for his Glow Live Tour in November, playing nine holiday concerts across the country.

  • Mitchell Tenpenny's Naughty List, an 11-song Christmas album, will be available October 29th.

  • Amanda Shires is releasing her first-ever Christmas album, For Christmas, out November 12th.

VIDEO OF THE WEEK

"If I Was A Cowboy" - Miranda Lambert


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