Lee Brice’s “Rumor” has officially gone RIAA Platinum, earning Brice another well-deserved milestone. “Rumor” has racked up more than 200 million on-demand streams worldwide while also peaking at Number One on Australia’s CMC Top 50 Chart. Back home in the U.S., the song has become an enduring staple on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, where it’s remained for 45 weeks. Brice recently surpassed 14 million career certifications by the RIAA, and he maintains his position as one of Pandora’s most-listened-to artists. Lee’s “Rumor” is the current single from his fourth studio album, Lee Brice, released November 3, 2017 on Curb Records. More info and tour updates at leebrice.com.
Two Number One parties… Monday, it was the turn of Morgan Wallen for his song “Whiskey Glasses” that topped Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart. (The chart blends airplay, streaming and sales data.) “Whiskey Glasses” has the distinction of dethroning Luke Combs’ “Beautiful Crazy” that had been No. 1 on that chart for eleven weeks. “Whiskey Glasses was written by Ben Burgess and Kevin Kadis.
- It was Morgan’s first time atop the Hot Country Songs Chart, but “Up Down,” featuring Florida Georgia Line, was a No. 1 just on the Country Airplay chart in June 2018 … …
Then on Tuesday, it was time to celebrate at a Number One party for “Take It From Me” recorded by Jordan Davis. The song was written by Jordan along with Jason Gantt and Jordan’s brother Jacob Davis. It’s the second single from Jordan’s 2018 debut album, Home State.
Jordan told Billboard that it is “a song about the early stages of a relationship when it doesn’t matter what she wants from you, she can take it — your time, your shirts, anything — she can have it. I think everybody has gone through that honeymoon phase of a relationship.”
Room for a few more? Kacey Musgraves’ October 25th show at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena is officially sold out. Or is it? According to a release, production for the Bridgestone show will be specially altered to fit as many fans into the venue as possible. The Arena assured fans who have already bought tickets that their place in the venue won’t change. Apparently, the physical shape of the production will be re-configured to squeee-ee-eze in a few more seats. The Oct 25th show will be the last stop on Kacey’s ‘Oh What A World Tour.’ The tour saw Kacey performing shows in North America, the U.K., Europe, Japan, China, New Zealand, Australia, and South Africa. Any of the remaining ‘extra seat’ tickets are available at LiveNation.com.
Christmas in July? … The Oak Ridge Boys have just announced an upcoming Christmas album and tour. The album, titled Down Home Christmas, will be released October 25th. It’s the group’s eighth Holiday-themed album. They will then set off on their Down Home Christmas Tour kicking off in Branson, Missouri, with stops in twenty-eight cities. These guys must really love Christmas: This will be their 30th Christmas tour. The album was recorded in the historic RCA Studio A in Nashville. Ticket info at OakRidgeBoys.com.
“I Know Country” Q&A from www.IKnowCountry.com
Name the band that, in July 1985, were the first country act to go quadruple platinum. (Hint: the album titles were Mountain Music and Feels So Right.
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On this day in Country Music…
July 31, 1964 Jim Reeves died when a private plane he was piloting crashed during a thunderstorm in Brentwood, Tennessee. Reeves and his pianist and business partner Dean Manuel were returning to Nashville from Batesville, Arkansas. Reeves friend Marty Robbins apparently heard the plane crash and was able to alert authorities.
This week’s Country Music Birthdays
July 29 Martina McBride, 1966
James Otto, 1973
July 30 Neal McCoy, 1958
July 31 Zac Brown
August 2 Hank Cochran, 1935 (died: July 10, 2015)
August 3 Randy Scruggs, 1953 (son of Earl Scruggs)
The band Alabama. Both albums were certified by RIAA with sales exceeding four million copies.
Preshias Harris is the author of “I Know Country” with 366 daily country music questions and answers. You can buy and instantly download your e-book copy at www.IKnowCountry.com.
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