CMAs: Watch Performances By The Highwomen, Halsey, Kacey Musgraves, & More

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The 53rd Annual CMA AwardsThe coolest thing that happened at last night’s CMA Awards: Ashley McBryde won New Artist of the Year. (Not bad for a Girl Going Nowhere.) Also, a lot of big names performed. More »

SuperM, Summer Walker, And The Eternal Struggle To Measure Music’s Popularity

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SuperMSuperM are objectively a big deal. The seven-man ensemble brings together members of several prominent K-pop groups: EXO’s Baekhyun and Kai, NCT 127’s Taeyong and Mark, WayV’s Lucas and Ten, and SHINee’s Taemin. That makes them a supergroup, and they flexed their commercial superpowers this week by landing their debut EP SuperM: The 1st Mini … More »

The Revolving Door Between Country And Pop Keeps On Spinning

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Marshmello & Kane BrownPress play on the year’s biggest country album and you might wonder if you’re listening to a country album at all. Thomas Rhett’s Center Point Road is the genre’s only release to hit #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart this year and enjoyed the biggest debut streaming week ever for a country album, with … More »

Watch Cardi B, Chance The Rapper, T.I., & Also The Highwomen On Ellen

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TI-Chance-The-Rapper-Cardi-B-EllenThe following people were guests on today’s edition of the daytime talk show Ellen: Cardi B, Chance The Rapper, T.I., Brandi Carlile, Maren Morris, Amanda Shires, and Natalie Hemby. That is a lot of musicians! Many of them are musicians who would probably not have any particular reason to be in the same place at … More »

Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Elle King, Ashley McBryde, Tenille Townes, & Caylee Hammack – “Fooled Around And Fell In Love” (Elvin Bishop Cover)

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Miranda-Lambert-Fooled-Around-And-Fell-In-Love-videoThis fall, the country music superstar Miranda Lambert will release the new album Wildcard, and she’ll also head out on a huge arena tour that’ll double as a sort of statement about female solidarity within the Nashville-country ranks. Lambert’s tour is going to have a lot of openers. Lambert herself will perform solo and with … More »

The Highwomen Are The Country Supergroup This Moment Demands

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THE HIGHWOMENA widely publicized study this year confirmed what anyone paying attention to the industry has long known: Country music is a boys’ club. Back in April, USC’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative published its study No Country For Female Artists: Artist & Songwriter Gender On Popular Country Charts From 2014 To 2018, which found that … More »

Shawn Mendes, The Anti-Icon

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Camila Cabello & Shawn MendesShawn Mendes was supposed to play a show in Columbus Monday, but he had to postpone. The arena full of enthusiastic fans who showed up for the rescheduled date on Tuesday didn’t seem to mind. More »

Miranda Lambert – “Way Too Pretty For Prison” (Feat. Maren Morris)

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Miranda-Lambert-Maren-MorrisThis fall, the pop-country superstar Miranda Lambert is coming back with the new LP Wildcard. Following up the heavy-hearted, divorce-themed 2017 double album The Weight Of These Wings, Lambert has shown every indication that she’s coming with something bright and playful this time. Lambert has lately been steadily cranking out new singles from … More »

Look Out America, Here Comes Lewis Capaldi

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Lewis Capaldi“I was getting kinda used to being someone you loved.” The sentence is simple; the sentiment is deep. Lewis Capaldi howls these words at the peak of his breakthrough hit, his coarse, hearty vocals lending gravitas to the maudlin piano figure at the song’s spine. “Someone You Loved” is a ballad about the pain of … More »

The Highwomen – “Highwomen”

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The Highwomen — AKA the all-star country team-up of Brandi Carlile, Maren Morris, Amanda Shires, and Natalie Hemby — are releasing their self-titled debut album in a few weeks. They’ve shared “Redesigning Women” and “Crowded Table” from it already, and they’ve been circulating their cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “The … More »