12/6 Weekly Industry Insider

THE HOTTEST

Everything you need to know in country music news this week


  • Luke Combs, Chris Stapleton, Chris Young, Kane Brown, Walker Hayes, and Lainey Wilson are country music’s 2021 chart-toppers, according to data released by Billboard.

  • Lauren Alaina announced that her upcoming 2022 Top of the World Tour will kick off in late February. Tickets for the tour go on sale on Friday, December 10th, on Alaina’s website.

  • Jimmie Allen announced his new full-service management and production company, JAB Entertainment, with Aaron Benward and John Marks. Allen revealed that country music duo Neon Union is the company’s first signed artist.

  • Luke Bryan and Morgan Wallen will be the inaugural headliners of the three-day TidalWave Music Festival on Friday, August 12th, in Atlantic City, NJ. Other artists slated for the main stage include Hardy, Riley Green, Chase Rice, Lauren Alaina, Mitchell Tenpenny, Lainey Wilson, Blanco Brown, Runaway June, Breland, Lindsay Ell, Travis Denning, Elvie Shane, and Jon Langston.

  • Gabby Barrett and Walker Hayes are among the artists set to perform at the 2022 CRS New Faces of Country Music concert on February 25th.

NEW MUSIC

Fresh new songs to check out this week


  • Jason Aldean released “Whiskey Me Away” off his upcoming Georgia album.

  • Blake Shelton released the deluxe edition of his album Body Language.

  • Jason Boland and The Stragglers released their album The Light Saw Me.

  • Hardy released “Beer Song,” with Chase Rice, Granger Smith, and Lainey Wilson off Hixtape Vol. 2.

  • Aaron Lewis released his new single, “Get What You Get.”

  • Maggie Rose released a cover of Carole King’s “I Feel The Earth Move.”

  • Mackenzie Porter released her new single, “Coming Soon To A Bar Near You.”

  • Seth Ennis released two new songs, “So Much” and “Just a Little.”

  • Victoria Bailey released her new single, “Rider In the Rain.”

Listen to new music out this month on our All Country News Spotify playlist. 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 dropped her first-ever Christmas album, For Christmas.

  • Randy Travis released his 1989 Christmas album An Old Time Christmas. The deluxe edition features never-before-heard tracks, “Little Toy Trains,” “There’s a New Kid in Town” and “White Christmas.”

  • Amanda Shires released her rendition of holiday classic “Silent Night.”

  • Carrie Underwood released her new holiday anthem, “Stretchy Pants.”

  • Mickey Guyton released her new version of “O Holy Night.”

  • Sam Williams released a new song, “Snow Angels.”

  • Honey County released their cover of “Do You Want To Build A Snowman.”

  • Jordan Rowe released his Christmas single, "Hometown Christmas."

  • Kelleigh Bannen released her new holiday single, “Last Year,” featuring Brad Paisley.

  • Reba released her holiday album, I Need Christmas.

  • Emma & Jolie released their new holiday song, "A Million Christmas Trees."

VIDEO OF THE WEEK

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