Hit Country 2012 Released This Week!

Hit Countyr 2012Released this Friday October 21... Hit Country 2012 is the year’s ultimate Hit Country compilation release on CD and DVD. It features 22 of the year’s biggest country music hits from Australia and the world, plus a massive 28 music videos from your favourite country stars!

Included are recent chart topping hits from international superstars Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Dierks Bentley, Ronnie Dunn, Brad Paisley, Doc Walker, Miranda Lambert, Joe Nichols and Emerson Drive as well as hits from the cream of the crop locally, including Kasey Chambers, The McClymonts, Jasmine Rae, Catherine Britt, Steve Forde, Shane Nicholson and McAlister Kemp. Hits and music videos from Australia’s best emerging talent are also included.

CD - 1. Honey Bee – Blake Shelton 2. Bleed Red – Ronnie Dunn 3. Little Bird – Kasey Chambers 4. Hunky Country Boys – Jasmine Rae 5. Am I The Only One – Dierks Bentley 6. Old Alabama – Brad Paisley 7. Hard Work – McAlister Kemp 8. Sweet Emmylou – Catherine Britt 9. From A Table Away – Sunny Sweeny 10. Songs Like This – Carrie Underwood 11. The Shape I’m In – Joe Nichols 12. Bad Machines – Shane Nicholson 13. Coming Home – Doc Walker 14. Let Your Love Speak – Emerson Drive 15. Tomorrow – Chris Young 16. A Woman Is A Flame – The McClymonts 17. This – Darius Rucker 18. Trail In Life – Dean Brody 19. What He Did To Me – Shea Fisher 20. How Long – Steve Forde 21. Girls In The Summertime – Peter McWhirter 22. West Australian Woman – Corey Colum

DVD - 1. Honey Bee – Blake Shelton 2. Bleed Red – Ronnie Dunn 3. Little Bird – Kasey Chambers 4. Hunky Country Boys – Jasmine Rae 5. Am I The Only One – Dierks Bentley 6. Old Alabama – Brad Paisley 7. Hard Work – McAlister Kemp 8. Sweet Emmylou – Catherine Britt 9. From A Table Away – Sunny Sweeny 10. The Shape I’m In – Joe Nichols 11. Bad Machines – Shane Nicholson 12. Coming Home – Doc Walker 13. Let Your Love Speak – Emerson Drive 14. Tomorrow – Chris Young 15. A Woman Is A Flame – The McClymonts 16. Trail In Life – Dean Brody 17. How Long – Steve Forde 18. Is That So Wrong – Julianne Hough 19. Playing The Part – Jamey Johnson 20. If I Die Young – The Band Perry 21. In Spite Of Ourselves – Kirsty Akers w/ Bob Evans 22. A Perfect Night – Markus Meier 23. I Wasn’t Gonna Cry – Katrina Burgoyne 24. Jetty Road – Serves You Right 25. Walked In Leaving – Victoria Baillie 26. This - Darius Rucker 27. Girls In The Summertime – Peter McWhirter 28. West Australian Woman – Corey Colum

Kellie Pickler Gets Tough!

US Country hottie Kellie Pickler has released a new track and music video called 'Tough'.

Check it out below...


Dierks Bentley Fixes Up His 'Scars' and Goes 'Home'

US country star Dierks Bentley returns to Australia next March to perform at the CMC Rocks The Hunter festival. He's released the follow up to Bentley and Australian Lee Kernaghan's #1 single 'Scars'. It's called 'Home'. Check out the new music video...

2011 Best Country Album ARIA Nominees Announced

Jasmine Rae, Kasey Chambers, Keith Urban, Shane Nicholson and Troy Cassar-Daley have been nominated for 2011 ARIA Awards With just over six weeks until the 25th Anniversary ARIA Awards, the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) today announced the Nominees of the 2011 ARIA Awards to be held on Sunday, 27 November, 2011.

Australian country music was well represented in the list of nominees, with Kasey Chambers nominated for Best Female Artist for her album Little Bird and Keith Urban nominated for Highest Selling Australian Album and Most Popular Australian Artist for Get Closer.

Both country artists were also nominated for Best Country Album, alongside Jasmine Rae for Listen Here, Shane Nicholson for Bad Machines and Troy Cassar-Daley for Live.

Source: www.ariaawards.com.au

Ronnie Dunn Honoured For His Songwriting

On August 4, BMI was proud to honor one of country music’s most successful songwriters, Ronnie Dunn, at a reception held at their Nashville offices.

Since arriving in Nashville back in 1988, the Oklahoma native has amassed a songwriting repertoire that includes standards he wrote exclusively like 'Boot Scootin’ Boogie,' 'Neon Moon,' and 'She’s Not the Cheatin’ Kind,' as well as hits with big name co-writers such as 'Red Dirt Road' (Kix Brooks), 'That Ain’t No Way to Go' (Kix Brooks and Don Cook), 'Believe' (Craig Wiseman), and many more that have altogether garnered an astounding 60 million performances.

Dunn’s friends, colleagues, and associates were all on hand 3 to celebrate this career milestone as Dunn now rises to the top-tier of BMI troubadours with Merle Haggard, the Bee Gees, and Gamble & Huff.

The event also included a presentation to Dunn from Sony Music Nashville, in recognition of the #1 Billboard Top Country Albums chart debut of Dunn's self-titled debut album, which released in June and includes the first single, 'Bleed Red,' as well as Dunn's current hit, 'Cost of Livin'.

Miranda Lambert To Release New Album, For The Record, On November 4

Singer songwriter Miranda Lambert has announced that her new album, Four The Record, will be released November 4.

Lambert’s fourth album will be the follow up to her platinum certified, CMA and ACM Album of the Year, Revolution, which yielded the Number #1 singles, 'White Liar,' 'The House That Built Me,' and 'Heart Like Mine,' and the Top 10 'Only Prettier.'

Four The Record will build upon the foundation of her three previous platinum albums and showcase her evolution as songwriter and vocalist.

Have A Very Hillbilly Christmas With Catherine Britt

Catherine Britt

2011 has been a busy year for Catherine Britt. Her self-titled album has produced three #1 singles - ‘Can’t Change A Thing’, ‘Sweet Emmylou’ and ‘I Want You Back’ and she picked up her first APRA Awards nomination. 

Britt was also named in the top 12 finalists for the prestigious 2011 Vanda & Young Song Writing Competition. ‘Sweet Emmylou’ was ultimately placed second overall.

She will also appear at the 2011 Dueting It For The Kids at Sydney’s State Theatre and will again grace the main stage at the 2011 Optus Gympie Muster and Mud Bulls & Music Festival.

While in October, Catherine Britt will appear at the 2011 Americana Festival in Nashville where she has been officially invited to perform. And to wrap up the year Catherine will present A Very Hillbilly Christmas over two special nights on December 2 & 3 in Newcastle and the NSW Central Coast.  

Friday December 2 - Live n Cookin’ at Lizottes Central Coast

Saturday December 3 - Live n Cookin’ at Lizottes Newcastle

"I love playing at Lizotte's and I am very excited to bring A Very Hillbilly Christmas’ to these great venues.” Catherine said. “It's going to be lots of fun with great music, Christmas songs and some very special guests. So come along and have a beautiful meal paired with gorgeous wine and relax with me and my band for a end of year wind down," says Britt.

Details for both shows are available at www.catherinebritt.com

Doc Walker Talk About Their New Album, 16 & 1

Canadian country stars Doc Walker, who have just been nominated for four Canadian Country Music Awards, are about to return to Australia and release their new album 16 & 1, featuring the new single 'Country Girl'.

Check out this "Raw, Live & Intimate"online video... iPhone diaries from Old School Studios in Westbourne, Manitoba, Canada, documenting the recording of Doc Walker's new album.


Doc Walker will launch the new album at the Oxford Arts Factory in Sydney on August 25. Some tickets are still aviailable.

They then play the Gympie Muster for the very first time as one of the international headline acts on August 26 & 27.

Taylor Swift Becomes The Biggest Winner Of Teen Choice Awards In History

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift was the big winner at the 2011 Teen Choice Awards in the US today, taking home six new surfboard trophies, including the show’s biggest honour - the Ultimate Choice Award.

Taylor’s six wins bring her total career Teen Choice wins to 13 (Taylor’s lucky number), making her the most-honoured winner in the history of the Teen Choice Awards. Taylor, whose Ultimate Choice award presentation included an introduction by her friend Emma Stone and a touching video tribute, received the coveted award in recognition of her extraordinary contributions to the music and entertainment industry.

The discretionary award is not handed out every year, and past honorees include Justin Timberlake, Adam Sandler, Mike Myers, and Reese Witherspoon. Taylor also won surfboards last night for Choice Female Artist, Choice Red Carpet Fashion Icon, Choice Breakup Song (for 'Back To December'), Choice Country Artist, and Choice Country Single (for 'Mean').

Taylor flew overnight to Los Angeles from Philadelphia to attend the awards, after making the fifth stadium stop on the US portion of her Speak Now World Tour.

Taylor’s brand new single 'Sparks Fly' from her album Speak Now is released on Monday 15th August.

George Strait To Release New Album, Here For A Good Time On September 9

George Strait is releasing his 39th studio album, Here For A Good Time, on September 9th and there is one thing that’s perfectly clear - George Strait is having a really good time doing what he does best – making music.

The Country Music Hall of Famer co-wrote seven of the album’s 11 tracks with his son Bubba and legendary songwriter Dean Dillon. Strait co-produced the album with his long-time friend and legendary producer Tony Brown.

It was recorded at Shrimpboat Sound Studio in Key West, Florida - the same studio where Strait recorded his last three award-winning albums.

The title track, Here For A Good Time, written by Strait, his son Bubba Strait and songwriter Dean Dillon, is Strait’s 89th career single and his second highest debut in his storied career on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Currently at No. 16 on both the Billboard and Mediabase charts after only eight weeks.

This is his highest debut since “I Saw God Today” debuted Top 20 in 2008.

Here For A Good Time includes the following tracks:

1. Love’s Gonna Make It Alright Al Anderson / Chris Stapleton
2. Drinkin’ Man ` George Strait/Bubba Strait/Dean Dillon
3. Shame On Me George Strait/Bubba Strait
4. Poison Chuck Cannon/Allen Shamblin
5. Here For A Good Time George Strait/Bubba Strait/Dean Dillon
6. House Across The Bay George Strait/Bubba Strait/Dean Dillon
7. Lone Star Blues Gary Nicholson/Delbert McClinton
8. A Showman’s Life Jesse Winchester
9. Three Nails And A Cross George Strait/Bubba Strait/Dean Dillon/Bobby Boyd
10. Blue Marlin Blues George Strait/Bubba Strait/Dean Dillon
11. I’ll Always Remember You George Strait/Bubba Strait/Dean Dillon

Strait may have penned the lyrics “I ain’t here for a long time, I’m here for a good time” in his current single but his amazing career says otherwise. With a career spanning more than 30 years, George Strait has the most number one singles of any artist in history including Elvis (57 to date inclusive of all charts).

He has sold nearly 69 million records and with 33 different platinum or multi-platinum albums has the most RIAA platinum certifications in country music and the third in all genres, behind The Beatles and Elvis Presley. Strait was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2006.

Strait’s last CD Twang debuted at #1 on The Billboard 200 chart and the Top Country Albums chart making it the fourth time in Strait's career that a new release has debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart and the 13th time debuting at #1 on the Top Country Albums chart.

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