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Mar
7

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Rascal Flatts Take “Rhythm & Roots” On The Road This Summer

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ACM “Vocal Group Of The Year” Nominees Rascal Flatts wrapped their second wildly-successful Vegas Residency this weekend at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Over the course of their nine-show spectacular critics praised as “the trio that’s practically made of gold and platinum” (Las Vegas Magazine) “blasted through hit after hit” (Las Vegas Review Journal) as well as a surprise cameo from Brian McKnight much “to the delight of the band and their fans” (Las Vegas Sun). Following enthusiastic feedback to the group’s stripped-down setup in Vegas, that allowed the group to fully engage with fans, Rascal Flatts announced today that their headlining RASCAL FLATTS: RHYTHM AND ROOTS TOUR will kick off in Charlotte, NC on 6/17 and the trio have invited two-time ACM nominee Kelsea Ballerini and red-hot newcomer Chris Lane to join them out on the road.
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Dec
5

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Rascal Flatts Premiere New Music Video Exclusively On TIDAL

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Superstar vocal group Rascal Flatts premiered the video for their infectious new single “I Like The Sound Of That” exclusively on TIDAL Thursday. Directed by Kenny Jackson and John Stephens, the fun-spirited music video offers a backstage pass into the band’s creative process that is their everyday life, from working on new songs to playing their headlining shows. The progressive music streaming service will host the video exclusively until next Thursday here.

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Aug
12

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Rascal Flatts ‘I Like The Sound of That’ – Single Review

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To the surprise of many, Rascal Flatts have decided to continue with the ‘Rewind’ era with a fourth single from an album that has, to all intents and purposes, been a bit of a commercial disappointment for them. Sure, the title track (and lead single) was a top 5 hit, and follow-ups ‘Payback’ and ‘Riot’ were top 30 and top 20 hits respectively, but considering the Flatts’ back catalogue this is hardly a win for them. Their last #1 was in 2012 with ‘Banjo’; to give you an idea of how long ago it was in terms of the country music scene, their last #1 came before the Billboard methodology changed and it became Country Airplay, not Hot Country Songs, that artists strove to top. It was also a hit before anybody knew who Florida Georgia Line were, and was released before For The Country Record was even an idea in my head. A lot can happen in three and a half years.

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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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Nov
21

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Rascal Flatts ‘Riot’ – Single Review

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Following the #3 bow of Rascal Flatts’ ‘Rewind’ earlier this year, its descendent ‘Payback’ did relatively poorly; in fact, despite reaching #21 which for a lot of artists that would be an achievement, it turns out that is the lowest peak on radio for any single the group have ever released. It was also their lowest charting single on the Billboard Hot 100, with only 2012’s ‘Changed’ scoring a lower position on Hot Country Songs at #25 (‘Payback’ got to #24). There’s good reason for this; as I previously reported, the song was sexually aggressive, creepy and quite awful even by bland and cringe-worthy Rascal Flatts standards. It didn’t suit them at all, and I have no idea why they chose to record it, never mind release it as the second single from their “comeback” album. That was a plot to stay young that did not work.

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Oct
3

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How Close Is Country-pop To Merging With Pop Music?

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In my last article, ‘Is ‘Hick-Hop’ Evolution Of Country Music Or A Sub-genre Of Pop?’ I set my personal minimum criteria for a song’s inclusion into country music. These were real instrumentation and no auto-tune in the artist’s vocal delivery. This article will explore why this basis for categorisation isn’t sufficient to tackle such a complex subject as genre classification, particularly in country music where, as I shall tackle next week, its long and turbulent history makes genre a very undefined concept.

I was recently introduced to the music of Hunter Hayes, having heard that he was the next up-and-coming country-pop superstar in the making. As a fan of nineties and noughties pop, I now consider myself a member of the Hunter bandwagon, to the extent that if he were ever to do a tour here in the UK I would buy tickets to see him live. However, being interested in the role of genre in modern country music, listening to his current discography got me thinking about what exactly about his music makes him ‘country’. From the minimum specification I placed above, he definitely is. He uses instrumental backing, and has a good voice to suit his songs. Having said this, there is something not quite sitting well with me by labelling him as a country artist.

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May
16

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Rascal Flatts ‘Rewind’ – Album Review

rascal deluxeWell, it’s probably no secret that I’m not the world’s biggest Rascal Flatts fan. I was back in the day, but I grew out of boyband pop when I was 15 and I’ll only get up to sing along if ‘Life Is A Highway’ comes on. That said, however much I was convinced that ‘Rewind’ would be a terrible album now that Scott Borchetta was digging his claws in and making them even worse, I did sort of want to give it a chance. Maybe, moving away from that over-polished preppy sound they’d offer me something I could be getting along with, even if the lead single of the same name wasn’t it. After all, just because they’re middle-aged and singing about teenage love and wearing bad clothes, that doesn’t mean their music won’t be good, right? Right?

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May
13

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iTunes UK Country Chart Roundup – Week of 13th May, 2014

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There are a few changes on Country Albums this week. Taylor Swift’s ‘Red’ has moved up to #3, closing in on the top spot which she once so dominated, but hasn’t for a few months. The deluxe version, meanwhile, is down at #16, and strangely all of her other albums have dropped out of the top 25. In their place are for one Rascal Flatts’ pre-order of ‘Rewind’ at #5, which hits stores in the US today and presumably the UK in a couple of weeks’ time. Their last album, ‘Changed’, also beats out Taylor by coming in at #15.

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