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Jake Owen was “Made For You”

“Made for You” is a song recorded by Jake Owen. It is the fourth single from his sixth studio album Greetings from… Jake.

Before releasing the song to radio, Owen performed it at the wedding of country music singers Michael Ray and Carly Pearce on October 6, 2019. Owen had been given the song by a promoter. Songwriter Benjy Davis came up with the song’s “descending guitar melody” in May 2017 and presented the idea to co-writers Joey Hyde and Neil Medley during a songwriting session that same month. The lyrics consist mainly of various thematically-related items that are “made for” each other

“Summer jobs are made for spendin’ cash
Second dates are made for goin’ fast
Early curfews are made for sneakin’ past
Two AM was made for pissed off dads
And I was made for you, yeah I was made for you
Oh like a ship without a sea
Or a song without a melody
I don’t know where I’d be or what I’d do
‘Cause I was made for you”

“Made for You” was released to radio on May 17, 2020, one day after Owen performed the song on The Bachelorette. Owen filmed a music video for the song, which stars his girlfriend, Erica Hartlein, along with his two daughters. Zackary Kephart of Country Universe rated the song “C+”, praising the instrumentation and Owen’s voice, but criticizing the lyrics as “cliché”.

The 2018 single is currently at #1 on US Country charts. Listen to the song and watch the music video here.

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Behind the Band: Midland

Midland is an American country music group formed in 2016 in Dripping Springs, Texas. The band members are Mark Wystrach (lead vocals, guitar), Jess Carson (guitar, vocals), and Cameron Duddy (bass guitar, vocals). Through Big Machine Records, the band has released a self-titled EP and two studio albums, On the Rocks and Let It Roll, which have accounted for four charted singles on the Billboard country chart: “Drinkin’ Problem”, “Make a Little”, “Burn Out”, and “Mr. Lonely”. Midland’s musical styles are defined by neotraditional country and country rock influences.

Midland was nominated for two Grammy Awards in 2018: Grammy Award for Best Country Song and Grammy Award for Best Country Duo/Group Performance, both for “Drinkin’ Problem”. Midland released the single “Mr. Lonely” in February 2019 as the leadoff single to a second album. Midland released “Cheatin’ Songs” in February of 2020 as the second single to the album. The album, Let It Roll, was released on August 23, 2019. The band began a tour in June to support the album.

Listen to their chart topping track, Cheatin’ Songs, here.

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Check Out your CMT Awards Deets

It has been officially announced that the 2021 CMT Music Awards, which bills itself as “country music’s only entirely fan-voted award show,” will air on Wednesday, June 9, at 8 p.m./7 p.m. Central. In a recent statement, CMT said this year’s 2-1/2 hour show would be shot “in and around Music City.” More details will be announced in coming weeks.

This schedule will put the show back on its regular schedule after being delayed to October last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Other than last year, the show has aired in June every year since 2009.

Last year’s show, staged on an outdoor set in Nashville, was co-hosted by Kane Brown, Sarah Hyland and Ashley McBryde. The two previous shows, held in June 2018 and June 2019, were both held at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Little Big Town hosted both of those shows.

Carrie Underwood’s “Drinking Alone” won video of the year last year. Gabby Barrett’s “I Hope” took breakthrough video of the year. Other awards went to Luke Bryan, Old Dominion, Dan + Shay, Blake Shelton with Gwen Stefani, Chris Young and Granger Smith. Jennifer Nettles received a special “CMT equal play award.”

The 2021 CMT Music Awards will air on CMT; simulcast networks will be announced at a later date.

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Learn the Lyrics to Be Like That by Kane Brown, Swae Lee and Khalid

“Be Like That” is a song by American singer Kane Brown, American rapper Swae Lee and American singer and songwriter Khalid. It was released on July 10, 2020, through RCA Records Nashville as the third single from Brown’s third EP Mixtape, Vol. 1.

Brown discussed the song’s meaning in a statement to Billboard, saying: “It’s about all the different feelings you can have in a relationship. And trying not to overthink it.” “Be Like That” mixes country with “infectious” pop and hip-hop elements.

“We both wanna love
We both wanna slide
We both wanna argue until we’re both right
And you want a hug
I kiss you goodnight
Maybe we’re both just out of our mind
You throw tantrums while I’m twisting up
No medicine is fixing us
Can’t tell you why but tell you what
You got me thinking”

The lyric video was uploaded on July 10, 2020. The official music video was released on August 19, 2020, and was directed by Alex Alvga. Being set in the 1940s, it features the three singers taking over the Pink Motel in Sun Valley, California and showcasing a classic diner, as well as an empty pool with vintage TVs.

Listen to the crossover track here.

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Your Full Winners List for the Academy of Country Music Awards

The Academy of Country Music Awards, also known as the ACM Awards, were first held in 1966, honoring the industry’s accomplishments during the previous year. It was the first country music awards program held by a major organization. The Academy’s signature “hat” trophy was first created in 1968. The awards were first televised in 1972 on ABC. In 1979, the Academy joined with Dick Clark Productions to produce the show. Dick Clark and Al Schwartz served as producers while Gene Weed served as director. Under their guidance, the show moved to NBC and finally to CBS, where it remains today.

The 56th Academy of Country Music Awards were held on April 18, 2021, in Nashville, Tennessee. Keith Urban and Mickey Guyton were the hosts for the show. The show was broadcast from the Grand Ole Opry House, Ryman Auditorium, and the Bluebird Café and also featured performances from The Station Inn, Lower Broadway and a stage in front of the Cumberland River. Maren Morris led with five nominations, with one of Morris’s as a member of the Highwomen. Maren Morris, Carly Pearce and Lee Brice were the most awarded with two each.

Check out your full lit of nominations and winners below:

Entertainer of the Year
Luke Bryan *WINNER
Eric Church
Luke Combs
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton

Female artist of the year
Kelsea Ballerini
Miranda Lambert
Ashley McBryde
Maren Morris *WINNER
Carly Pearce

Male artist of the year
Dierks Bentley
Luke Combs
Eric Church
Thomas Rhett *WINNER
Chris Stapleton

Duo of the year
Brooks & Dunn
Brothers Osborne
Dan + Shay *WINNER
Florida Georgia Line
Maddie & Tae

Group of the year
Lady A
Little Big Town
Old Dominion *WINNER
The Cadillac Three
The Highwomen

New female artist of the year
Ingrid Andress
Tenille Arts
Gabby Barrett *WINNER
Mickey Guyton
Caylee Hammack

New male artist of the year
Jimmie Allen *WINNER
Travis Denning
Cody Johnson
Parker McCollum

Album of the year
“Born Here Live Here Die Here” — Luke Bryan
“Mixtape Vol. 1” — Kane Brown
“Never Will” — Ashley McBryde
“Skeletons” — Brothers Osborne
“Starting Over” — Chris Stapleton *WINNER

Single of the Year
“Bluebird” — Miranda Lambert
“I Hope” — Gabby Barrett
“I Hope You’re Happy Now” — Carly Pearce & Lee Brice *WINNER
“More Hearts Than Mine”– Ingrid Andress
“The Bones” — Maren Morris

Song of the year
“Bluebird” — Miranda Lambert
“One Night Standards” — Ashley McBryde
“Some People Do” — Old Dominion
“Starting Over” — Chris Stapleton
“The Bones” — Maren Morris *WINNER

Video of the Year
“Better Than We Found It” — Maren Morris
“Bluebird”– Miranda Lambert
“Gone” — Dierks Bentley
“Hallelujah” — Carrie Underwood and John Legend
“Worldwide Beautiful” — Kane Brown *WINNER

Music Event of the Year
“Be A Light” — Thomas Rhett featuring Reba McEntire, Hillary Scott, Chris Tomlin, Keith Urban
“Does To Me” — Luke Combs feat. Eric Church
“I Hope You’re Happy Now” — Carly Pearce & Lee Brice *WINNER
“Nobody But You” — Blake Shelton ft. Gwen Stefani
“One Beer” — HARDY ft. Lauren Alaina & Devin Dawson
“One Too Many” — Keith Urban, P!nk

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