All posts in May 2012

Billboard top ten country songs for June 9, 2012

There’s been an overall shakeup in this week’s songs. The songs remained the same but with the exception of two of them they’ve all just moved around within the top ten list. The first exception is the number one song, “Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck” by Kip Moore. It’s holding steady at number one for a second week in a row. The next four songs all moved up one place.View slideshow: Billboard's Top Ten Country Artists for June 9 2012 “No Hurry” by Zac Brown Band moved up to number two. Eric Church’s “Springsteen” is up to number three. “Good Girl” by Carrie Underwood is up to number four. Rounding out the leap-frog moves is “Drunk on You” by Luke Bryan at number five this week. Dropping down...



May 31, 2012 – The 2012 CMT MUSIC AWARDS promises to be a great night of live music with the addition of Lauren AlainaCasey JamesJana KramerScotty McCreeryKip Moore and The Farm as performers on the Nationwide Insurance stage.  For the fifth year in a row, Nationwide Insurance will be prominently featured throughout the night on a branded performance stage resembling its blue frame logo.  The 2012 CMT MUSIC AWARDS will air LIVE on Wednesday, June 6at 8:00 p.m., ET/PT on CMT and

  As part of their sponsorship, Nationwide will award the Nationwide Insurance On Your Side® Award to country music’s best new live act as determined by the fans. Fans can watch their videos and vote through June 4th at for nominees Eli Young Band, Brantley Gilbert, Jake Owen and Thompson Square.  2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will reveal the winner during the live show.

    Hosted by Toby Keith and Kristen Bell, the 2012 CMT MUSIC AWARDS will include performances by Luke Bryan,Kenny ChesneyEric ChurchToby KeithLady AntebellumLittle Big TownWillie NelsonBrad PaisleyPistol Annies,Rascal FlattsThe Band PerryCarrie UnderwoodHank Williams, Jr. and Zac Brown Band.   Fans can vote online, and on their mobile device at CMT Mobile or the CMT Insider app available on iPhone, iPad and Android now through June 4 to determine the winners.  The five finalists for VIDEO OF THE YEAR will be announced at the beginning of the live show and fans can then vote at, CMT mobile, on the CMT Insider app and via text message throughout the live telecast (ET/CT only) to determine the night’s big winner. 

Kip Moore’s “Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck” Holds No. 1 Spot for Second Consecutive Week! | News

Kip Moore’s “Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck” Holds No. 1 Spot for Second Consecutive Week!

Kip Moore’s “Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck” has captured the No. 1 spot for the second consecutive week on theBillboard Hot Country Songs Chart and the Mediabase/ Country Aircheck chart, making him the first new country artist in four years to have a debut album’s first single go No. 1 for multiple weeks.

“Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck” is the first single from a new country artist’s debut album to reach No. 1 for multiple weeks since 2008, when Zac Brown Band and Darius Rucker made their first appearances atop the country charts. He will perform the hit on the 2012 CMT Music Awards on Wednesday, June 6, at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT on CMT and

In addition, Entertainment Weekly has named Moore as one of five Music Summer Breakouts in its issue called “Your Summer Must List.” He was the only country artist to receive the honor. “The Georgia native, 32, has crashed the country charts with ‘Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck.’ And his debut, Up All Night, crackles with fresh energy—thanks in part to his evocative rasp, which works equally well on summery kick-back jams like ‘Truck’ and romantic, arena-ready anthems,” the magazine says.

Moore had just finished performing the song Tuesday on the Fox News Channel’s Fox & Friends when he received the news of his two-week No. 1.  “I was on the bus after Fox & Friends and my manager, Shawn McSpadden, told me and we gave each other a hug,” Moore says. “I am so grateful.  I’ve been so crazy busy that I haven’t had time to process it. I haven’t had time to soak it in yet.”

“Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck” was certified gold for reaching sales of 500,000 before the April 24 release of his debut album, Up All Night. The song’s video has received more than 7 million views online.

Tim McGraw invited Moore to join him on Monday to perform a special Memorial Day concert of remembrance and gratitude for servicemembers at New York City’s Beacon Theatre during Fleet Week in partnership with Chase and the United Service Organizations (USOs.)

During Sunday’s soundcheck, Moore began writing the melody and musical arrangements of a new song. “When I went back to the hotel, I decided that I wanted it to be about the troops,” he says. “The music had such intensity that I wanted the lyrics to be as intense.”

He finished the song on the subway three hours before he performed it Monday before the servicemembers. Although Moore usually likes to live with a song for days or weeks before performing it live, he was determined to play the song for those who inspired it. “Part of it scared me because I didn’t know the song well,” he says. “It was definitely the fastest I’ve ever played something after I had written it.”

The song, “Battle Cry,” has a different tone than many military-inspired country songs.

“So many songs about our soldiers are hoorah and about how strong they are, which they are, and how ready they are for battle and to hear the wolf at the door, but I don’t feel that people touch on how scary it is to be fired on and to have family at home and to know that any moment you could die,” he says. “For some reason, that always gets shoved under the rug, so I wanted to shed light on that fear. My family and friends who have been in the military told me how scared they were to never see people they love again.”

The lyrics include:

“Shots ring out in a foreign sky/I check my clip and I wipe my eyes/

Pray to a God that I don’t miss/But God don’t live in a place like this/

So I fire my rifle in the air/Cause I see ghosts everywhere/

Oh if I should fall/

Lord lay me down tonight/In my baby’s arms one more time/

If I should say goodbye/Save my fear and let the whole word hear/ My battle cry.”


The song received a rave response from the appreciative Beacon Theatre audience. “Everybody seemed to really love it,” he says. “A lot of people came up shaking my hand and saying how much they loved it and how intense it was.”

Moore will return to Nashville for next week’s 2012 CMA Music Festival in Nashville. He will perform with his band on Saturday, June 9, on the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage during CMA’s free concerts at Riverfront Park. That evening, he will perform an acoustic set at LP Field during the CMA Music Festival’s Nightly Concerts.


Kip Moore’s ‘Truck’ Chugs To No. 1 | News

Kip Moore's 'Truck' Chugs To No. 1

Newcomer Kip Moore becomes the fourth artist this year to reach No. 1 for the first time on Country Songs, as "Somethin' 'Bout a Truck" rises 3-1 in its 33rd chart week. Meanwhile, new songs by Kenny Chesney and a new album by Willie Nelson make impressive debuts.

Moore's slow climb is not the slowest of the four first-time chart-toppers during the first five months of 2012. David Nail's "Let It Rain" capped the Jan. 21 chart in its 49th week. The other two songs are Eric Church's "Drink in My Hand, which reigned in its 23rd chart week (Jan. 28), and Lee Brice's "A Woman Like You," which reached the summit in 27 weeks (April 21).

No artist has reached No. 1 with their first charted title since Brantley Gilbert's "Country Must Be Country Wide" led the Dec. 3, 2011 chart. Moore's first chart appearance was "Mary Was the Marrying Kind," which peaked at No. 45 last summer.

For the full article from Billboard, check out Billboard.Com


Kip Moore Keeps His ‘Truck’ Parked at No. 1 for a Second Consecutive Week

Kip Moore

Jason Merritt, Getty Images

What’s better than having your very first No. 1 single as a singer and a songwriter? How about spending two solid weeks at the top of the charts? Well, that’s exactly what Kip Moore is experiencing this week, as ‘Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck’ claims the top slot once again on both the Billboard and Mediabase / Country Aircheck country singles charts.

The tune is the first release from Moore’s new album ‘Up All Night,’ which hit stores last month. The red-hot single helped land the album in the No. 3 position on Billboard’s Country Albums chart just a week after hitting shelves.

However, the single continued to sell by the masses following the album’s release. Just a few weeks ago, ‘Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck’ was certified gold for digital sales of a single exceeding 500,000 downloads. Not bad for your second song ever to hit the country radio airwaves!

Rounding out the rest of the Top 5 on both charts this week are Zac Brown Band with their latest hit ‘No Hurry,’ Carrie Underwood with ‘Good Girl,’ Eric Chuch‘s summertime groove ‘Springsteen’ and Luke Bryan‘s ‘Drunk on You.’

[button href="" title="See Top 40 Country Songs - May 2012" align="center"]

Kip Moore – Hey Pretty Girl (Live in Nashville) | Video

Kip Moore - Hey Pretty Girl (Live in Nashville)

Celebrity Column: Nicole Kidman comes back to TV for ‘Hemingway & Gellhorn’

Nicole Kidman, who hasn’t worked in television for more than 20 years, is set to reappear on the small screen Monday in the HBO project Hemingway & Gellhorn. In the movie, Kidman plays Martha Gellhorn, a prominent war correspondent in the 20th century who was also Ernest Hemingway’s third wife. “I don’t get to read many scripts that are going to be made that are driven by a woman,” Kidman, 44, told the Los Angeles Times about her interest in the movie. “She’s a woman who sacrifices a lot, who doesn’t compromise, for a force she feels inside her, which is to tell the stories of people around her.” The movie, which also stars Clive Owen and is directed by Philip Kaufman, follows the couple’s...

Kip Moore’s ‘Something ‘Bout a Truck’ becomes his first #1 song

MCA Nashville's Kip Moore has earned his first No. 1 song, as his single, "Something 'Bout a Truck" tops both the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and the Mediabase / Country Aircheck charts. Moore is set to perform on Fox News Channel's "Fox & Friends" on Tuesday, June 5. "Something 'Bout a Truck" had earned the singer a Gold certification with over 500,000 digital downloads prior to the release of his debut album, "Up All Night" on April 25. The video for the song has received over 7 million views online. “I was in Rome, Georgia, and my manager called me and told me,” says Moore of how he learned of his first No. 1 hit in a recent press release. “I was speechless. I still can’t wrap...

Billboard top ten country songs for June 2, 2012

“Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck” by Kip Moore is at number one this week after skipping through the top ten in only three weeks. The single is on his recent album, “Up All Night.” After flying high last week with his single “Fly Over States,” Jason Aldean’s latest single dropped back to number two this week.View slideshow: Billboard Top Ten Country Artists for June 2 2012 Zac Brown Band’s “No Hurry” is up to number three. “Springsteen” by Eric Church skipped up two places to number four. Carrie Underwood’s latest single “Good Girl” is holding steady at number five for a second week in a row. “Drunk on You” by Luke Bryan made the biggest jump on the charts this week. The single from his album...

The top five

Joe Blundo's Blog Get Email Updates Movie Insider A weekly newsletter full of movie reviews and news. Sent on Fridays. Subscribe to The Dispatch...