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Luke Bryan’s Latest is at #1

“Down to One” is a song recorded by Luke Bryan. The song was co-written by Dallas Davidson with Justin Ebach and Kyle Fishman. It was the fourth single from Bryan’s seventh studio album Born Here Live Here Die Here.

“We were down to 1 a.m.
Listenin’ to one more song
Thinkin’ I want more than just one night out here with you alone
Down to that last Bud Light
In the back of that two-tone, half-ton
My heart was tellin’ me that one more kiss, and I’d be done”

“Down to One” was co-written by Dallas Davidson, a frequent collaborator and friend of Bryan. Upon hearing it for the first time, Bryan remarked “it just sounded like a big ol’ hit”, and that it was his wife Caroline’s song on the album.

The song is currently #1 on the Country charts. Listen to “Down to One” here.


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Kenny Rogers: 21 Number Ones Out 4/30

The Kenny Rogers estate in conjunction with Capitol Records / UMe will release for the first time ever on vinyl Kenny Rogers’ 21 Number Ones collection on double vinyl on April 30th.

At the height of his late ’70s-early ’80s success, Kenny Rogers sold more than one million records every month for a whopping 26 straight months. 21 Number Ones hits lucky 7s from start to finish, with Rogers’ most enduring #1 hits on one double vinyl collection. The liner notes also contain track notes penned by Rogers himself, offering his unique perspective on the evolution of his most beloved hits.

The back-to-back chart-topping hits on Kenny Rogers: 21 Number Ones include his greatest duets: “Islands In The Stream” with Dolly Parton, which in 2005 was named Country’s Greatest Duet by CMT (#1 Country; #1 Pop) to “We’ve Got Tonight” with Sheena Easton (#1 Country); “Every Time Two Fools Collide” (#1 Country), “What Are We Doing In Love” (#1 Country), and “All I Ever Need Is You” (#1 Country) with Dottie West; “Make No Mistake, She’s Mine” with Ronnie Milsap (#1 Country); and “Buy Me A Rose” featuring Alison Krauss and Billy Dean (#1 Country).

Other #1 hits on the collection include “Lady,” which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2020 (written and produced by Lionel Richie; #1 Pop, #1, Country, #1 AC); “The Gambler” (#1 Country); “Through The Years” (produced by Lionel Richie; #1 AC); “I Don’t Need You” (produced by Lionel Richie; #1 Country; #1 AC); “You Decorated My Life” (Urban Cowboy soundtrack; #1 Country); “Crazy” (written with Richard Marx; #1 Country); “She Believes In Me” (#1 Country; #1 AC); “Lucille” (#1 Country); “Coward Of The County” (#1 Country); “Share Your Love With Me” (with Gladys Knight & The Pips; #1 AC); “Daytime Friends” (#1 Country); “Love Or Something Like It” (#1 Country); “Love Will Turn You Around” (from the motion picture Six Pack; #1 Country; #1 AC); and “Morning Desire” (produced by George Martin; #1 Country). In addition to these smash hits, 21 Number Ones contains a bonus track, Rogers’ hit duet with his former New Christy Minstrels bandmate Kim Carnes, “Don’t Fall In Love With A Dreamer,” which reached #2 AC, #3 Country and #4 Pop.

In a career that spanned more than six decades, Kenny Rogers left an indelible mark on the history of American music. His songs have endeared music lovers and touched the lives of millions around the world. Chart-topping hits like “The Gambler,” “Lady,” “Islands In The Stream” (with Dolly Parton), “Lucille,” “She Believes In Me,” and “Through the Years” are just a handful of Kenny’s songs that continue to inspire new generations of artists and fans alike. With twenty-four number-one hits to his credit, Rogers miraculously charted a song within each of the last seven decades. He is a Country Music Hall of Fame member, twenty-one-time American Music Awards winner, eleven-time People’s Choice Awards winner, ten-time ACM Awards winner, six-time CMA Awards winner, three-time GRAMMY® Award winner, recipient of the CMA Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013, CMT Artist of a Lifetime Award honoree in 2015 and was voted the “Favorite Singer of All Time” in a joint poll by readers of both USA Today and People.


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Learn the Lyrics to Cool Again by Kane Brown

“Cool Again” is a song by American country music singer Kane Brown. It was released on April 22, 2020, through RCA Records Nashville as the lead single from his third EP Mixtape, Vol. 1.

“‘Cause I just wanna be cool again, cool again, cool again
Like we were last summer
Want you again, you again, you again
To be stealin’ my covers
All tangled in each other, nights still playin’ back in my head
I just wanna be cool again, cool again, cool again, yeah”

Brown wrote the song with Josh Hoge, Matt McGinn, and Lindsay Rimes at a songwriter’s retreat during the wintertime. Rimes also co-produced the song with Dann Huff.

According to Brown, they wrote the song’s instrumentation first before coming up with the concept of “a relationship turned cold”. In August 2020, Brown remixed the song with rapper Nelly. This remix also received a music video featuring the two singers on a beach.

Listen to the chart topping track here.


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Mark Collie Releases New Single “Born Ready”

Country music icon and trailblazer, Mark Collie has announced the release of his new album “Book of My Blues” set for June 4, 2021 on BFD/Audium Nashville/Orchard in association with Harvest Entertainment, Creator Label Co., and Collie Kuhl Music. The first single, “Born Ready” is available on all digital services along with an accompanying video that is one of a series of music videos from the album directed by acclaimed director and screenwriter Jonathan Hensleigh and shot by award-winning cinematographer Tom Stern.

The themes in “Book of My Blues,” those of love, lust, betrayal, addiction, recovery, damnation, and redemption are derived from the graphic novel Rockabilly Hitman, a long-gestating collaboration between Collie and director Hensleigh (“The Punisher,” “Die Hard with a Vengeance,” “Armageddon” and the soon-to-be-released “Ice Road” starring Liam Neeson) that depicts the exploits of rockabilly singer Jesse Wayne Hardin, who by night is an avenger of evil, as he travels the hard backroads from Muscle Shoals to Memphis, from the Mississippi Delta to Music City.

“Writing songs from the perspective of this character has been an enlightening journey. Some of my life experiences are in that character and I have stood at many of those same crossroads,” commented Collie. “Every line and nuance is intended to help bring Jesse Wayne and the ‘Book of My Blues’ to life. There are a lot of ways to describe the music, maybe Roadhouse Rock, Southern Gothic, Americana, Country, but at its core it’s a reflection of me and many others who came before me.”

The co-writers with Collie reads as a who’s who of songwriter elite, including Collie’s long-time friend Billy Bob Thornton who combines with him on the title cut, Tom Douglas, Gary Nicholson and John Scott Sherill, as well as Jonathan Hensleigh and co-producers Greenberg and Cromwell.


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Kane Brown Sign Global Deal with Sony

Sony Music Publishing Nashville has recently announced the signing of multi-platinum country superstar Kane Brown to a worldwide deal.

Brown has also launched Verse 2 Music, his own publishing imprint, as a joint venture with Sony Music Publishing and music industry veteran Kent Earls, who will be heading up its operations. With the establishment of Verse 2 Music, Brown and Earls aim to discover emerging country music hitmakers and develop their songwriting careers.

A 5x AMA winning global entertainer and CMA Triple Play winner, Brown has been called “the future of country” (Billboard) and one of the “31 People Changing the South” (Time). Brown’s record-breaking debut album produced 6x platinum No. 1 hits “Heaven” and “What Ifs” – the third most and sixth most-streamed country songs of all time. With his debut effort, Brown become the first artist in Billboard history to top all five country charts simultaneously. His follow up album Experiment topped the Billboard 200 chart and produced three consecutive No. 1 singles: the 2x platinum “Homesick” and “Good As You” and platinum-certified track “Lose It.”

Kane Brown said, “I’m excited to further my relationship with Sony with Rusty Gaston and Jon Platt, and to work alongside Kent Earls again at Verse 2 Music.”

Sony Music Publishing Nashville CEO Rusty Gaston said, “Kane Brown is redefining boundaries with his dynamic artistry, all-around business acumen, and passion as a craftsman songwriter – his anthemic songs will live forever. We couldn’t be happier to welcome him to Sony Music Publishing, and we are equally as excited to partner with Kane and Kent Earls on the launch of Verse 2 Music. We look forward to championing the history they will undoubtedly make together.”

Kane’s latest effort, Mixtape Vol. 1, achieved the best country EP debut of 2020, featuring hit singles “Cool Again,” the Top 40 breakthrough hit, “Be Like That,” ft. Swae Lee and Khalid, the unifying anthem, “Worldwide Beautiful” and his collaboration with EGOT winner John Legend, “Last Time I Say Sorry.” Additionally, Brown co-wrote “One Thing Right,” his Top 40 radio hit with Marshmello.


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