Tennessee’s own country rapper Big Smo kicked off his 2015 “Small Town Scandal” tour this month in support of his Elektra Records debut, "Kuntry Livin’". With dates running through July, Smo will visit cities across North America, including the US and Canada, expanding his dedicated fan base affectionately known as his Kinfoke (full list of dates below).
Having already sold over 126,000 copies, "Kuntry Livin’" impressively spent ten consecutive weeks upon release in the Top 10 of both Billboard’s Country Albums Chart and Billboard’s Rap Chart.
Country music superstar Blake Shelton will join an elite club of artists this weekend when he both hosts and performs on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.”
The reigning and five time CMA Male Vocalist of the Year will show off his all-around entertainer abilities at 11:30 p.m. ET Saturday night by giving a monologue, performing in skits and performing two songs of his 18 # 1 singles. In addition, he’ll drop by “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” at 11:30 p.m. ET on Thursday to talk about the appearance and his life as one of music’s most recognizable and talked-about stars.
Reigning five-time CMA Male Vocalist of the Year Blake Shelton will make his SNL debut, serving as both host and musical guest on Jan. 24. As a coach on the Emmy winning series, “The Voice,” the five-time Grammy nominee and ACM co-host has led four artists to victory. Shelton’s latest album, “Bringing Back the Sunshine,” debuted at # 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.
With two consecutive No. 1 gold-certified singles from his current album SUNSHINE & WHISKEY, Warner Bros. Records’ Frankie Ballard released his brand new single, “Young & Crazy” to country radio today becoming the most added male artist this week. Ballard recently previewed the new track exclusively on Jimmy Kimmel Live! which can be watched here and will also re-air tonight on ABC.
Triple-threat entertainer Hunter Hayes nabbed his first People’s Choice Award last night, January 7, taking home the title of Favorite Male Country Artist during the live ceremony, which aired nationally on CBS. The win comes on the heels of Hayes’ revelation earlier this week that he will be hitting the road with Lady Antebellum and Sam Hunt for the Wheels Up 2015 Tour, kicking off May 1 in Lubbock, Texas.
Show: Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Date: THIS THURSDAY (1/8)
Time: 11:35P ET/10:35P CT
Details: Rising country artist Frankie Ballard will kick off the New Year with a performance of his smash hit “Sunshine & Whiskey." This marks the talented singer-guitarist's second consecutive GOLD-certified #1 hit from his current album SUNSHINE & WHISKEY. Ballard will also give a sneak peek of his brand new single "Young & Crazy" that will hit country radio later this month.
Hunter Hayes will be hitting the road with Lady Antebellum and Sam Hunt for the WHEELS UP 2015 TOUR presented by Quicken Loans. The North American leg of the tour will begin on May 1 in Lubbock, TX. Hunter shares, "I'm excited to get back on the road, and I'm excited to team up with Lady A, too. Fantastic performers, unbelievable shows that they put on...the energy is going to be through the roof. It's going to be awesome."
Warner Music Nashville was created in 2009 to expand the presence of WMG and its family of labels in Nashville. The division is home to Atlantic Records, Warner Bros. Records, Elektra Nashville and Word Entertainment.