Nashville’s biggest country concert weekend since before COVID-19 came with lots of surprises — not all of them good. On Friday, Luke Bryan played a sold-out Bridgestone Arena, but Garth Brooks never took the stage at a similarly sold-out Nissan Stadium after that show was postponed three songs into the Grand Ole Opry’s opening set. Even so, both shows brought unexpected star power.
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Chase Rice and Florida Georgia Line take the top spot with “Drinkin’ Beer. Talkin’ God. Amen.” moving 2*-1* at +793 spins/+2408 points. Dan + Shay are Top 3, rising 4*-3* with “Glad You Exist,” up 451/1594. Luke Bryan is one of two new Top 5 entries, with Waves” +872/+2853 and surging 7*-4*. Justin Moore is +455/+1458 with “We Didn’t Have Much,” which goes 6*-5*.
Shazam’s country Top 10 this week has only one new track: Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood’s “If I Didn’t Love You,” reaching No. 6 (No. 83 overall). Shazam doesn’t include Elle King and Miranda Lambert’s “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home)” (No. 55) and Kane Brown & blackbear’s “Memory” (No. 60) on the country chart, otherwise they would rank Nos. 3-4.
Nielsen Audio June 21 CDM results show SummitMedia KFDI Wichita, KS (101.3) and Cumulus Media “K100” WKKO Toledo, OH (7.9) keeping the top spots in their respective markets. In Mobile, AL, iHeartMedia “95KSJ” rises from a 4.9 12+ AQH share to a 6.6, the station’s highest share since the October 20 survey.
Four radio stations in Lafayette, IN are part of a larger deal that also has seven TV stations, a centralized NewsHub in Little Rock and the Nulogic Digital Marketing Agency going to Coastal Television Broadcasting Group. The radio stations have been operated under the Star City Broadcasting banner and include country WYCM, adult hits WBPE, CHR WAZY and talk WSHY.
Keith Urban is the newest addition to the annual ACM Party for a Cause lineup on Tuesday, Aug. 24. “I can’t wait to play live, and I will see you there,” Urban said in a video posted to social media on Friday. SiriusXM The Highway’s Storme Warren will host the event, to be held in Nashville for the first time.
Willie Jones and Cooper Alan will take part in “CMT Hot Prospects,” a free, pre-game concert series in partnership with CMT and the Atlanta Braves. Concert recaps will air the week following each concert during “CMT Hot 20 Countdown” hosted by CMT’s Ashley ShahAhmadi on Saturdays and Sundays (9am ET, CMT) and promoted across the Braves’ social channels.
Diane Lockner rises to Senior Director of Regional Promotion at Triple Tigers Records. Lockner, who previously was a director, will continue to support the Northeast and Midwest regions under SVP of Promotion Kevin Herring and President Norbert Nix. “Diane’s leadership has been an integral part of Triple Tigers success since its start in 2016,” Herring said in a release.
The Oak Ridge Boys replace Alan Jackson at the Grand Ole Opry’s Big Machine Music City Grand Prix show in downtown Nashville Sunday, Aug. 8. Jackson, who is unable to perform due to tour-related travel logistics, was initially announced headliner for the night of the inaugural Big Machine Music City Grand Prix race. Justin Moore, Riley Green, Danielle Bradbery and Callista Clark also will perform.