Diamond Rings & Old Barstools: A Family Affair

bar stool - croppedTim McGraw recently came out with his fourth consecutive single, titled “Diamond Rings & Old Barstools”. The song features a duet with small town singer/songwriter Catherine Dunn. Many believe that this is the best releases in a number of years, enjoying the creative, modern new hit. McGraw and Dunn’s voices harmonize and play extremely well off of one another– which could be because they are actually cousins!

The song is simple in structure, letting Dunn’s voice ring out crystal-clear. Using diamond rings and old barstools as metaphors for the opposing lifestyles of traveling musicians (or just drunks) and married life, it mourns a relationship the narrator knew would never last, but was willing so hard for it to.

When listening to country music, I always enjoy a creative duet. I believe that the opposing sounds bring out the beauty in them, and think that this song does a great job in doing so.The song is already rising in the charts, and it could eventually be a top hit!

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Sparks Ignite as Gomez and Zedd collaborate on “I Want You To Know”

Recently, Russian-German electronic music DJ and producer Anton Zaslavski, professionally known as Zedd, collaborated with his current girlfriend Selena Gomez to produce “I Want You To Know,” an ultimate hit. This is Zedd’s first single to be released since his debut album “Clarity,” which was released in 2012.

Selena Gomez and musician Zedd attend HBO's Official Golden Globe Awards After Party at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 11, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

Selena Gomez and musician Zedd attend HBO’s Official Golden Globe Awards After Party at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 11, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

I Want You to Know” combines the melodic part of his smash hit “Clarity“, using the strength of his latest global hit “Break Free” along Ariana Grande. The result entailed feel-good vibes, jubilant energy, and Gomez’s bubbly vocals. The track landed in the top 20 pop songs mere weeks after it was released, and the music video only made it more popular.

During an interview with New Zealand’s radio show The Edge Afternoons, the 22-year-old singer confirmed that she did date the DJ, 25, earlier this year. They never publicly declared the status of their relationship, but Gomez said, “they definitely had a thing.”

The relationship has since fizzled out, but the pair still seems to be on good terms. Nevertheless, they created an upbeat, club-infused track, which has gotten massive amount of publicity since the release.

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Will ‘Move On’ help Dunn move up?

Clare Dunn released her first major-label single ‘Move On’ last week, and is hoping that her influence on the completion of the song will make it a hit. Dunn calls the song a page out of her life. “Move On was just something I was going through. I was friends with his guy. I’m very shy when it comes to guys, a lot of the time. The way you’ll know if I really like someone is if I get shy. I was struggling with that, and he was kind of shy, too.” The video premiered at USA TODAY, and Dunn wowed fans and listeners alike with her music that has been governed by her Colorado roots.


Above: Clare Dunn poses for her debut album cover.

These lines in the chorus summed up the song best:

You’re on the sidelines wasting time when you could be winning with me
All them days are over, all them red lights are green
So move on, move on, move on
Make your move on me

In its first week out, Move On was the second most-added song at country radio, barely behind the new one from Miranda Lambert, Smokin’ and Drinkin’. “It’s already looking like a hit on The Highway,” says SiriusXM’s director of country programming, John Marks. “Hopefully, terrestrial radio will give this song and artist a chance. If so, more country music fans will be able to see for themselves why she deserves a prominent place in country music.”

Dunn stands out as a new artist, as she has been involved in every aspect of her new single’s debut. She has dreamed of becoming a singer since a young age, and got the chance to hit the big stage while singing backup in Luke Bryan’s 2011 hit Country Girl.

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KaraoQ Partners with DigiTrax Entertainment to Innovate the Karaoke Experience

Nashville-based music tech company, KaraoQ, signs deal with DigiTrax Entertainment to provide a better karaoke experience from your mobile device. This partnership integrates the mobile application experience with a legally sourced karaoke catalog: it’s social, mobile and all legal. Continue reading

Sam Smith and John Legend duet for a good cause

This year for Comic Relief Charity’s Red Nose Day, Sam Smith and John Legend recorded their own version of Smith’s single “Lay Me Down,” which won a Grammy earlier this year. Red Nose Day rolls around every two years and calls on people across the UK to put on red clown noses and donate to charity. All profits from the newly recorded track will go towards the charity, which is built from a vision of a just world, free from poverty.


Above: John Legend and Sam Smith dress up in their red noses to support Comic Relief Charity’s red nose day.

Comic Relief Charity is an avid supporter of the LGBT community around the world, which makes the cause even more so endearing to Smith, who recently visited them in London. Smith said, “I’m extremely proud that my single will help raise money for projects like this and many others in the U.K. and across Africa,” when asked about the charity.

When performing the emotionally stricken song, the duo seamlessly executed the live show, with soulful artists John Legend at the baby grand piano and Sam at the mic. During the performance, a video of the children who were aided by the charity’s contributions played in the background. Both John and Sam were thrilled to be a part of this philanthropy, as they can be the voice for the other 7 billion people on earth.

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Twitter War Swiftly Ends

Three days ago, Nicki Minaj posted numerous tweets to express her disappointment that “Anaconda” was not put up as a nomination for Best Choreography and Video of the Years at the VMAs this year. Minaj tweeted, “If I were a different ‘kind’ of artist, Anaconda would be nominated for best choreo and vid of the year as well.” Both Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift became jumbled in a war of words in the cyber world.

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 12:  Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj attend The 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 12, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

Above: Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj stop for a photo.

One tweet seemed to be particularly directed at award winner Taylor Swift, that read, “If your video celebrates women with very slim bodies, you will be nominated for vid of the year.” Swift replied to the tweet, saying, “@NICKIMINAJ I’ve done nothing but love & support you. It’s unlike you to pit women against each other. Maybe one of the men took your slot..” Minaj afterwords claimed that the tweets were not directed to Swift in any way, and retweeted fans’ posts that were supporting her statements– although the only other artist that was nominated was Nick’s friend Beyoncé.

To try to clear up the twitter catastrophe, Swift tweeted posted an apology tweet claiming that she thought she was being called out and misspoke. Minaj accepted the apology, so the war seems to have ceased for the time being. Minaj said,”I spoke to Taylor Swift yesterday on the phone. She was super, super sweet and she apologized. She said, ‘Look, you know I didn’t understand the big picture of what you were saying, but now I get it, so we’re all good,'” she explained on Good Morning America.

It seems that there were no losers in this war, maybe just the misinterpretation that surrounds cyber communication this day in age.

Knoxville’s own Kelsea Ballerini debut single: Love Me Like You Mean It

Kelsea Ballerini passion for music started at a young age, as her father is a country radio programmer so she was constantly being influenced. At age 12, she wrote her first song for her mother, which was the beginning of a long journey ahead. She then moved to Nashville, Tennessee, country music capital of the south, and pursued her musical career from there. A mere two years ago, Kelsea signed a deal with Black River Entertainment and came out with her debut single, “Love Me Like You Mean It.”

KelseaBallerini_395PhotoCredit_Jeremy-RyanAbove: Kelsea Ballerini posing for her album The First Time earlier this year.

On July 4, 2015, “Love Me Like You Mean It” topped the Billboard Country Airplay, making her the 11th woman in history to have a #1 hit and the first since 2006! When asked about her recent hit, Kelsea said, “It’s just a fun, happy, kind of sassy, quirky, song from a confident girl saying, ‘If you’re gonna do this, do it right.'”

Kelsea has been dreaming of a day when everything she envisioned for her future would come true, and it finally has. When she first started writing music, she did it to express her feelings, not meant to be shared with anyone. For her 15th birthday, she got the opportunity to record in a real studio– and the representatives from the studio told her that her dream could easily become a reality. Kelsea said, “Dreams do come true. I’m seeing it first hand. While I do want to do it all, the arena tours and award shows, most of all, I just want to put out good music that matters.”