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Jason Aldean & Carrie Underwood’s Duet Lands New Chart Milestone

Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood recently released the duet “If I Didn’t Love You” and it’s already making a huge impression on the chart.

The song debuts on “Billboard’s” Hot Country Songs chart at two, making it the highest debut for a duet between a solo male and female. That milestone was previously held by Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani’s “Nobody But You,” which debuted at nine in December 2019.

And that’s not all. The song also debuts on top the Country Digital Song Sales chart, the eighth number one on that chart for both artists.

Elsewhere on the charts…

  • Cole Swindell’s “Single Saturday Night” tops the Country Airplay chart for a second consecutive week.
  • Walker Hayes’ “Fancy Like That” tops the Hot Country Songs chart for a third week.
  • Ryan Hurd and Maren Morris’ “Chasing After You” moves up to nine on the Hot Country Songs chart, Ryan’s first Top 10 single, and Maren’s eighth.
  • Thomas Rhett’s “Country Again” is at 10 on the Hot Country Songs chart, his 18th Top 10 single.

Source: Billboard

This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1985, Alabama topped the chart for the 17th time with the single, “40 Hour Week.”
  • Today in 1991, Trisha Yearwood hit #1 with the single, “She’s In Love With The Boy.”
  • Today in 1992, the album, “Lyle Lovett & His Large Band,” was certified gold.
  • Today in 1992, “Their Final Concert” video by the Judds was certified gold and platinum.
  • Today in 1993, Clay Walker’s self-titled debut album was released.
  • Today in 1997, At the request of NASA, Diamond Rio hosted a 30th anniversary bash for the Kennedy Space Center. The group performed in the Rocket Garden area of the Visitor Center.
  • Today in 1999, Patsy Cline received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • Today in 1999, the Country Music Association nominations were announced. Tim McGraw scored seven nods, with wife Faith Hill nabbing two. Perennial nominee Vince Gill returned with five nominations.
  • Today in 2000, Shania Twain, the Wilkinsons and Terri Clark topped the list of nominees at the 2000 Canadian Country Music Awards.
  • Today in 2000, as former Texas governor George W. Bush accepted the Republican presidential nomination, Brooks & Dunn, Lorrie Morgan and a number of other country artists looked on. Just before Bush’s acceptance speech, Brooks & Dunn performed “Hard Workin’ Man.”
  • Today in 2001, Blake Shelton hit the #1 on “Radio & Records’” Country Top 50 chart with his debut single, “Austin.” A day later, he did the same on “Billboard’s” Top Country Singles chart.
  • Today in 2010, Taylor Swift’s “Fifteen” received an MTV Video Music Awards nomination for Best Female Video pitting her against Beyonce, Kesha, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry. She lost to Gaga, but then…unlike the previous year when she won for “You Belong With Me,” she also didn’t have to deal with Kanye.
  • Today in 2017, Still not dead: Willie Nelson insisted he’s still alive following an errant report lighting up Twitter that he’d passed away.
  • Today in 2018, Blake Shelton’s concert at the Watershed Music Festival included a surprise appearance by his then-girlfriend, Gwen Stefani, who performed “Hollaback Girl” at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington.
  • Today in 2018, Dan + Shay snagged a platinum single from the RIAA for “Tequila.”

Dolly Parton Reveals She Recorded A Song With Reba & More

Dolly Parton has teased fans with an upcoming duet that will team her with Reba McEntire. Dolly made the revelation during an appearance on “Watch What Happens Live” when she was asked why the two hadn’t yet collaborated.

“Reba and I just did a song together,” she said, noting it’s supposed to be on Reba’s next album. “We redid the song ‘Does He Love You,’ that she did years and years ago.” She adds, “I’ve always wanted to sing with her, and I don’t know why we never did it until now, but we really sounded good together. I think the fans are gonna like it. “

  • Meanwhile, in the same interview, Dolly shared that she used royalties from Whitney Houston’s blockbuster cover of “I Will Always Love You” and reinvested it into a black neighborhood in Nashville.

Source: Watch What Happens Live

This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1969, the single, “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love To Town,” by Kenny Rogers & The First Edition peaked at #6 on the pop singles chart.
  • Today in 1980, Johnny Lee’s single, “Lookin’ For Love,” entered the Top 40 chart.
  • Today in 1988, Restless Heart’s “Big Dreams In A Small Town” album was released.
  • Today in 1988, the album, “Buenos Noches From A Lonely Room,” by Dwight Yoakam was released.
  • Today in 1988, The Judds’ “Greatest Hits” album was released.
  • Today in 1990, Garth Brooks’ self-titled debut album was certified gold.
  • Today in 1991, George Strait’s “Beyond The Blue Neon” album was certified platinum.
  • Today in 1994, the Tractors’ self-titled debut album was released.
  • Today in 2000, the felony charges filed against Tim McGraw in connection with the infamous “horse incident” in Buffalo were dropped. Since he and Kenny Chesney still faced a variety of misdemeanor charges, the case eventually went to trial and the pair was completely exonerated.
  • Today in 2000, Keith Urban made history when he became the first Australian male country artist to earn a U.S. Top 10 country single with “Your Everything.”
  • Today in 2000, Trace Adkins and Charlie Daniels appeared in an episode of TNN’s “18 Wheels of Justice.”
  • Today in 2003, Montgomery Gentry’s “Hell Yeah” video debuted on CMT’s “Most Wanted Live.”
  • Today in 2005, ABC aired “CMA Music Festival: Country Music’s Biggest Party.”
  • Today in 2006, The “Cars” soundtrack was certified gold.
  • Today in 2008, Dierks Bentley played the Lollapalooza rock festival in Chicago.
  • Today in 2010, Brad Paisley’s “Anything Like Me” hit the airwaves.
  • Today in 2014, Hunter Hayes performed in a concert honoring the 75th anniversary of the Baseball Hall of Fame at the Clark Sports Center in Cooperstown, New York. He shared the stage with Paul Simon, Yolanda Adams and the Boston Pops.
  • Today in 2016, a California court dismisses a lawsuit filed by Sara Evans’ ex-husband, Craig Schelske, against TMZ. He had claimed he was not a public figure, thus should not have been mentioned in an unfavorable newscast. The court says he, in fact, made himself a public figure through his divorce proceedings.
  • Today in 2017, former “Duke Of Hazzard” star Tom Wopat was arrested in Waltham, Massachusetts, for sexual assault and cocaine possession. He recently took a plea deal and avoided jail time.
  • Today in 2017, Brett Eldredge was a guest on the E! series, “Hollywood Medium,” where he believed he makes contact with his late grandfather.

Dierks Bentley Drops New Song “Beers On Me”

Dierks Bentley is out with a new single. The singer just dropped the tune “Beers On Me,” with special guests Breland and HARDY.

“HARDY threw out this title and I remember immediately thinking, ‘I wish I could buy all my fans a beer,’” Dierks shares. “After the year we’ve all had, it would be nice to get the first round and say, ‘Hey, we all got some problems but we’re going to forget about them for a little while…the beers are on me.’”

“Beers on Me” is also the name of Dierks’ upcoming tour with Riley Green and Parker McCollum, which kicks off August 13th in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Source: Dierks Bentley

This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1955, Johnny Cash records his first version of “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Luther Played The Boogie” and “So Doggone Lonesome” at the Sun Recording Studio in Memphis.
  • Today in 1985, Alabama became the first country act to go quadruple-platinum, as the “Mountain Music” and “Feels So Right” albums are certified for shipments of 4 million copies. “The Closer You Get” goes triple-platinum
  • Today in 1990, Randy Travis’ album, “Always and Forever,” was certified quadruple platinum.
  • Today in 1991, the “Country Club” album by Travis Tritt was certified platinum.
  • Today in 1993, the single, “We’ll Burn that Bridge,” by Brooks and Dunn hit #1.
  • Today in 1993, Martina McBride’s first big hit, “My Baby Loves Me,” debuted on the country charts.
  • Today in 1996, Brooks & Dunn’s album, “Borderline,” and George Strait’s “Blue Clear Sky” CD were both certified gold and platinum simultaneously.
  • Today in 1997, Terri Clark’s self-titled debut album was certified platinum
  • Today in 1999, Lila McCann made her Grand Ole Opry debut.
  • Today in 1999, the film, “Runaway Bride,” starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere, opened in theaters nationwide. Among the folks featured in the film soundtrack were the Dixie Chicks and Martina McBride.
  • Today in 2000, the Judds wrapped up their “Reunion Tour” in Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • Today in 2002, Brad Paisley celebrated the success of his #1 single, “I’m Gonna Miss Her,” at a party in Nashville.
  • Today in 2007, Rodney Atkins received a diploma from Tennessee Tech in Cookeville – 14 years after he stopped taking classes. School officials discovered that he had racked up enough credits in his time there to qualify for a newly created degree.
  • Today in 2008, Alan Jackson’s album, “Good Time,” was certified gold.
  • Today in 2012, Eli Young Band vocalist Mike Eli and his wife, Kacey, welcomed their first daughter, Kline Olivia Diaz, in Dallas.
  • Today in 2015, Lynn Anderson passed at Nashville’s Vanderbilt Medical Center. A Female Vocalist of the Year for both the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music, she earned a million-seller with her 1970 single, “Rose Garden.”
  • Today in 2016, Chris Stapleton performed during the Lollapalooza rock festival at Grant Park in Chicago. His set included “You Are My Sunshine,” “Fire Away,” “Traveller” and closing number “Tennessee Whiskey.”

MEET THE H & S FEED & COUNTRY STORE PET OF THE WEEK: “SPOT”

This week’s H & S Feed & Country Store Pet of the Week is “Spot”. Spot is a 3 year old Siberian Husky mix with a great, friendly disposition and striking blue eyes. He’s very well behaved, loves attention and doesn’t mind other dogs. He’s fully vetted and vaccinated and would love to find his “furr-ever” home!

If you’d like to set up an appointment to meet Spot or any of the pets at Stephen Memorial Animal Shelter, visit https://www.stephenmemorial.org/ and fill out an adoption application.

Check out our visit about with Terry Gott from Stephen Memorial Animal Shelter here:

Luke Bryan On Dealing With Tragedy, And His Late Loved Ones Looking After Him

Luke Bryan’s new docuseries “Luke Bryan: My Dirt Road Diary” debuts August 6th on IMDb TV and it will delve into some of the tragedies Luke has gone through in his life, including the loss of his brother Chris in 1996, his older sister Kelly in 2007 and her husband Lee seven years later.

“I’ve had so many tragedies in my life,” Luke tells “People,” “it’s almost like you don’t want to tell the story because you don’t want to feel like you’re out there craving sympathy.” And while Luke has been able to triumph over all he’s endured, he admits, “You truly never get over it. You truly never settle in your mind that it’s happened. I mean, it’s always there.”

Luke says he hopes his story and his behavior over the years can “inspire people to move on from tragedy,” adding that he believes his love ones are looking after him.

“Maybe Chris and Kelly and Lee have moved some puzzle pieces around to make my life so fortunate,” he says. “When I say my prayers at night, I have to say, ‘Thank y’all for looking after us down here.'”

Source: People

This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1972, Barbara Mandrell became a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
  • Today in 1981, the “Fancy Free” album by the Oak Ridge Boys was certified platinum.
  • Today in 1992, Garth Brooks self-titled debut album was certified quadruple platinum. The same day, his “Ropin’ The Wind” project was certified for multi-platinum sales of 8-million.
  • Today in 1997, Tom T. Hall’s “Greatest Hits Volume II” album was certified gold.
  • Today in 1997, Clint Black’s album, “Nothin’ But The Tailights,” was released. The same day, BlackHawk’s “Love and Gravity” project was also released.
  • Today in 1997, Terri Clark’s self-titled album was certified platinum.
  • Today in 1998, the “Everywhere” album by Tim McGraw was certified triple platinum.
  • Today in 2000, Faith Hill’s single, “Breathe,” returned to the top of “Billboard’s” adult contemporary chart for a triumphant 14th Faith had been bumped from the top a week earlier by Latin singer Marc Anthony.
  • Today in 2000, Clay Walker sang the national anthem at the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction in Canton, Ohio, where honorees include Joe Montana and Howie Long. Walker also joins Dwight Yoakam, Sawyer Brown and Alecia Elliott in a post-induction concert.
  • Today in 2003, Josh Turner’s single, “Long Black Train,” hit the airwaves.
  • Today in 2004, Blake Shelton’s “Some Beach” video, featuring a cameo by NASCAR driver Elliott Sadler, debuts on CMT
  • Today in 2005, Gretchen Wilson’s “All Jacked Up” video debuts on CMT.com.
  • Today in 2006, former Negro League baseball player Charley Pride sang the American and Canadian national anthems in Cooperstown, New York, when 17 former Negro Leaguers join the Baseball Hall of Fame.
  • Today in 2011, the Lady Antebellum single, “Just A Kiss” went gold, platinum and quintuple-platinum.
  • Today in 2017, Garth Brooks performed at The Forum in Los Angeles, where his daughter, Allie Brooks, was celebrated for her 21st birthday by dad…and received a wedding proposal from longtime love Jonathan Roberts as her dad sang “She’s Every Woman.” She said yes….and they got hitched in October 2018.
  • Today in 2017, Little Big Town’s show at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville featured surprise guests Miranda Lambert and Charlie Worsham, who joined them on a cover of The Dixie Chicks’ “Goodbye Earl.”
  • Today in 2018, Glen Campbell was the cover story in the “Parade” supplement in the Sunday paper a year after his passing.

Willie Nelson Docuseries In The Works

Willie Nelson will be the subject of a new docuseries, directed by Thom Zimny, best known for his work with Bruce Springsteen, and Emmy winner and Oscar nominee Oren Moverman.

“Willie Nelson and Family” is described as a “definitive” look at Willie, who is said to be an “enthusiastic participant” in the project which is already “well underway.” Willie has reportedly opened up his archives to the directors, and is even encouraging friends and family to participate.

  • “We are celebrating the music, the career, the long road, the family, friends and history,” the directors share in a joint statement. “But, more than anything, we are piecing together a narrative — one never before seen in its entirety — about an extraordinary man with a unique ability to bring people together; folks of all races, orientations, genders, political ideologies and musical leanings,” adding, “These days, we sure could use the healing powers of Willie Nelson.”

Source: Variety

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