11/08 Weekly Industry Insider

THE HOTTEST

Everything you need to know in country music news this week


  • Luke Bryan, Gabby Barrett, and more country stars have been added to the 55th annual CMA Awards star-studded list of performers. See the complete list of performers here.

  • Carrie Underwood, Mickey Guyton, Jimmie Allen, and Chris Lane are set to appear at the 2021 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

  • Carly Pearce and Lauren Alaina took the field to sing the national anthem during The World Series: Pearce for Game Six in Houston and Alaina for Game Five in Atlanta.

  • Walker Hayes announced that his 19 stop 'Fancy Like' Tour will begin January 27th in Grand Rapids, Mich., and run through April. Tickets are on sale now at Hayes' website.

  • Travis Tritt announced a run of solo acoustic shows, running January to February 2022.

  • Chris Stapleton will join Adele on her new deluxe version of "Easy on Me" for her upcoming album, 30.

  • Darius Rucker will hit the road for a string of theater dates on February 17th in Philadelphia and continue through April, ending in New Orleans. Tickets are on sale now on Rucker's website.

  • Toby Keith, Amy Grant, and Rhett Akins were inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Akins' son, Thomas Rhett, honored him, saying, "I have learned so much from you," in an Instagram post.

  • Runaway June's Jennifer Wayne and husband Austin Moody announced on Instagram that they are expecting their first child.

NEW MUSIC

Fresh new songs to check out this week


  • Thomas Rhett released his new song, "Slow Down Summer." Rhett promises that it will be the premiere single from his sixth studio album, Where We Started, due in early 2022.

  • Deana Carter dropped her new version of "Strawberry Wine," featuring Lauren Alaina, Martina McBride, Ashley McBryde, Kylie Morgan, and Vince Gill.

  • Blake Shelton released his wedding song, "We Can Reach the Stars," which served as his vows to Gwen Stefani.

  • Tiffany Woys released her rendition of the holiday classic, "Where Are You Christmas."

  • Mickey Guyton released her cover of John Hiatt's hit, "Have A Little Faith In Me."

  • Jake Banfield released his new song, "If I Were You."

  • Priscilla Block dropped her latest single, "Peaked In High School."

  • Tenille Townes released her song, "Villain in Me."

  • CB30 dropped their latest single, "Old Phone."

  • Renee Blair released her new album, Seventeen.

  • Madeline Edwards released her new single, "Best Revenge."

Check out all upcoming album releases here.


COUNTRY CHRISTMAS WATCH

New holiday releases just in time for the season



  • 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 18th he will hit the road for his supporting Holiday & The Hits tour.

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

  • Pistol Annies released Hell Of A Holiday — the group's first Christmas record.

  • Brett Young released 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 following the album release.

  • Brett Eldredge released 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 released Naughty List, an 11-song Christmas album, on October 29th.

  • Carly Pearce dropped a cover of the Christmas classic, "Mary Did You Know."

  • Tiffany Woys' released her rendition of the holiday classic, "Where Are You Christmas."

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

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