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Aug
28

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Maddie & Tae ‘Start Here’ – Album Review

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Today, Maddie & Tae released their début album ‘Start Here’. In what has been a short space of time, they have made country music sit up and take notice. Their breakout single ‘Girl In A Country Song’ certainly ruffled a few feathers, with the lyrics calling out several of the bro country cliches led by the likes of Thomas Rhett and Luke Bryan. However this wasn’t a mindless rant aimed at upsetting the establishment, ‘Girl In A Country Song’ was a well written song about how women are perceived in country music videos and lyrics. Working alongside songwriter Aaron Scherz, Maddie and Tae were given a platform to express their grievances. The result is a fiesty, firecracker of a hit, full of wit not really seen since Taylor Swift departed country music. Examples include “I got a name and to you it ain’t pretty little thing, honey or baby”, whilst they refer back to the good ol’ days “George Strait never did it this way”.

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Aug
7

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CMA Festival Country’s Night To Rock: Recap + Loads of Opinion

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CMA Festival’s Country’s Night To Rock aired this week (Aug. 4th) on ABC… and it was pretty forgettable. Country super group Little Big Town hosted the event and did a good job at it, it’s just too bad the event wasn’t as good as they were.

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Jul
19

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Dierks Bentley, Kip Moore, Maddie & Tae @ PNC Pavilion, NC | July 17, 2015 – Review

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[Nick is currently on a two-month long trip throughout the United States. To follow this Brit’s American adventure, check out his travel blog]

The first stop on my USA adventure was Charlotte, North Carolina, solely for the reason of attending the magnificent Sounds Of Summer tour. Dierks has long been a favorite of mine, and after his short set at C2C 2014, I really needed to see him again.

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May
27

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Dear Country Radio: Is Lettuce Really The Best Part Of A Salad Anyway?

I read an article in Country Aircheck last night, where prominent radio consultant Keith Hill advises his clients (aka radio stations) not only to not play female artists back-to-back, but to even further lower the amount they play female artists at all. For those of you who don’t listen to country radio or pay attention to the charts, let me tell you the amount they play female artists is already criminally low. In fact, in 2014 only 18% of the top 100 songs were female-voiced. Hill argues that playing too many female artists will result in lower ratings. As you can expect, Twitter subsequently blew up, referring to the following quote as #SaladGate.
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Jan
26

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Maddie & Tae ‘Fly’ – Single Review

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It’s hard to follow up a #1 single, especially when it was your debut single and it had everyone buzzing about you because of what it said about the content on country radio. ‘Girl In A Country Song’ was released last July and had everyone talking due to its commentary on the representation of women in bro-country songs; that’s not to mention the video that showed a hilarious gendered role reversal, resulting in an impressive upward of 16,000,000 views to date. Yet the 19-year-old best friends from Oklahoma and Texas respectively maintained their fandom of acts like Florida Georgia Line throughout, allowing them to continue to appeal to folks who were fans of bro-country. Their cutesy, wholesome image linked with a very clever and sarcastic lyric on cultural sexism was a sure-fire winner. So how were they going to follow that up?

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Dec
11

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Billboard Chart Roundup – Week of December 20th, 2014

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This week sees an influx of Christmas songs being consumed (as detailed in the lower reaches of the chart roundup), as well as a host of new albums such as Willie Nelson and Sister Bobbie’s ‘December Day’ and Sundy Best’s ‘Salvation City’. At the helm of Top Country Albums however is still Garth Brooks’ ‘Man Against Machine’, who has remained at #1 for several weeks now with the lack of major releases following him, while ‘Mom’ is now a top 40 hit on radio. Maddie & Tae crown their first #1 (for their debut single no less) with ‘Girl In A Country Song’ on Country Airplay this week, just seven days after it went #1 on Mediabase and set the format alight with feminist and anti-bro-country message. Tim McGraw’s ‘Shotgun Rider’ looks like its successor however and will likely topple it next week, as it still sits at #1 on Hot Country Songs and #2 across Country Airplay and Country Digital Songs. But the digital side of things sees a big change this week as RaeLynn catapults her debut single ‘God Made Girls’ from #12 to #1, while it strides from #17 to #7 on Hot Country Songs and #20 to #13 on Country Streaming Songs. Speaking of, the domination of Christmas music sees Kelly Clarkson, Reba McEntire and Trisha Yearwood’s rendition of ‘Silent Night’ shoot straight to the top of Country Streaming Songs, proving women still have a foot in this format. Read on for the full top 50/60s in each chart, organized by artist for your convenience!

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Dec
5

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The 2nd Annual FTCR Awards… Nominations – Vote for your favorite!

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Hey guys! It’s that time of year again, and it’s time for the second annual For The Country Record Awards! It was a huge success last year, so I thought we’d do it again this year with the addition of a third category – such excitement! As with last year, I rounded up some of the FTCR writers and a couple of industry friends to create a panel of voters – each person gave me their top 10 for Album, Song and Artist of the Year, running from November 1st, 2013 until October 31st, 2014 (seeing as we vote in November each year). I then cross-referenced their picks and we came up with a shortlist of the most voted. Now it’s your turn! You have two weeks (deadline December 19) to vote in the polls below for who you think should win. This is incredibly prestigious as the winners get a cyber high five of awesomeness (who wouldn’t want that?!) and make a cyber cake (yum).

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Dec
4

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Performers Announced For CRS 2015 New Faces of Country Music Show

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Frankie Ballard, Sam Hunt, Maddie & Tae, Eric Paslay and Cole Swindell chosen to perform at show, held on Feb. 27, 2015

Country Radio Seminar officials have announced the CRS 2015 New Faces of Country Music Show performers. The five acts to appear are Frankie Ballard (Warner Bros./WAR), Sam Hunt (MCA),Maddie & Tae (Dot), Eric Paslay (EMI) and Cole Swindell (Warner Bros./WAR).

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