RCA NashvilleOf all the incarnations of Dolly Parton's classic "Jolene" -- and there have been quite a few -- this may very well be the most outrageous.
Netflix has created a new video of Dolly's #1 hit from 1973 to promote the new Jennifer Aniston film, Dumplin'. In it, a troupe of female impersonators from RuPaul's Drag Race lip sync to a new amped-up version of "Jolene," all while riding a mechanical bull and bashing a banjo, among other things.
The music video starts as one queen comes face-to-face with the iconic Dolly statue on the town square in Sevierville, Tennessee. Along the way, you also catch a glimpse of a house that resembles the "Tennessee Mountain Home" where Dolly was raised that also inspired another staple in her catalogue.
The drag queens play a central role in the Dumplin' film, as the lead character takes inspiration from Dolly's music as she rebels against the beauty pageant culture of her mother, who's played by Aniston.
Dolly recorded a "New String Version" of "Jolene" for the Dumplin' soundtrack, but that's not the one that's featured here. The new dance-influenced "Dumplin' Remix" is only available to stream, as of now.
You can check out the new drag queen "Jolene" music video on YouTube now.
ABC/Image Group LADierks Bentley will deliver his final TV performance of the year Tuesday night on the season finale of The Voice.
He’ll do his current top ten single that features Brothers Osborne, “Burning Man.” Tune in at 8 p.m. ET on December 18 to see Dierks sing.
“Burning Man” is the second single from Dierks’ The Mountain album, which is one of only three country records to make Billboard’s all-genre critics’ ranking of the “50 Best Albums of 2018.” Interstate Gospel by Pistol Annies and Kacey Musgraves’ Golden Hour are the other two.
Dierks will start 2019 by kicking off his Burning Man Tour January 17 in Hamilton, Ontario with Jon Pardi, Tenille Townes, and his nineties cover band, Hot Country Knights.
“Can’t wait for y’all to see this season,” Luke Bryan added as he shared the video with his fans.
The one minute clip recaps the 12,901 miles the Idol bus traveled for auditions, including stops in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; Louisville, Kentucky; New York City and Los Angeles.
In Denver, Luke, Lionel Richie, and Katy Perry don flight suits as they visit an airplane hangar and meet with members of the military. Somewhere along the way, Luke also gives one cowgirl a ride on his shoulders as she shows off her skill with a lasso.
The judges are currently busy filming the middle rounds of the show. The second season of American Idol premieres Sunday, March 3 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
ABC/Image Group LAIf you’d like to see Dan Shay in 2019 and you don’t already have your tickets, well, you’d better hope the duo adds some new dates.
Dan Shay: The Tour has quickly become Dan Shay: The Sell-Out. Twenty of the dates on Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney’s headlining trek were already at capacity, so they added one more: March 7 in New York City. It only took about an hour for that one to sell out on Friday morning.
2018 has been quite a year for Dan Shay. “Tequila” became the biggest hit of their career so far, and its follow-up, “Speechless,” is on track to finish the year at the top of the country chart.
The Grammy-nominated duo also has some pretty big plans to ring in 2019: They’ll play Dick Clark’s New Year's Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest live from Times Square in New York City. You can watch for them December 31 starting at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
ABC/Image Group LACould Jason Aldean, Eric Church and Chris Stapleton find themselves playing Yankee Stadium next summer with rock gods Van Halen?
Legendary lead singer David Lee Roth says he’s already talked to them about it, according to a new Vulture article.
Roth teased a potential Van Halen tour while visiting Vulture's copy editing department during his interview.
"When we come back through town in the summertime and do the original thing, maybe somewhere sportin', maybe with somebody famous…I'll make sure we get you all tickets so you can see what we do for gainful employment," he said.
He later told the interviewer that his band will be "playing where the Yankees play," before dropping some big names from the worlds of both country music and heavy metal.
"I can say that I contacted colleagues about being part of the show,” he added. “Metallica, Guns N' Roses, Jason Aldean, the Foo Fighters, Church and Stapleton. And they all said that, if everything happens, they would certainly be involved."
Van Halen’s last tour wrapped in October of 2015. Stay tuned for more news about what’s next, as well as its likely country connections.
ABC/Image Group LABrantley Gilbert and Lindsay Ell confront the difficulties of moving on after a relationship is over in their new duet, “What Happens in a Small Town.”
“What happens in a small town stays in a small town/Every back road we’ve ever gone down,” the two sing in the fiery collaboration. “Friday night bleachers, Sunday pews/Ain’t a county line mile without a memory of you.”
Brantley co-wrote the song with Rhett Akins, among others, while Lindsay also contributes blazing guitars to the tune, along with her vocals.
BillboardAfter wrapping their Live from Las Vegas residency earlier this week, Florida Georgia Line is finishing up the year on the cover of Billboard.
Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley appear on the front of “The Year in Music 2018” issue of the magazine, along with their “Meant to Be” collaborator Bebe Rexha.
In addition to being one of the biggest country and pop hits of the year, the cross-genre collaboration is also the biggest song ever on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs tally, having spent a record 50 weeks atop the chart. It also grabbed FGL their first-ever Grammy nomination, for Best Country Duo/Group Performance.
In fact, the song was so big, Tyler discovered even people in Africa know it -- something he learned when he was in Malawi with his wife Hayley.
“We were in this tiny village, and they talked me into getting up to play,” he tells Billboard. “I didn't know what else to do, so I did 'Meant to Be,' and people were singing it back to me.”
“The year has been absolutely incredible, and it’s all thanks to y’all,” FGL shared on their socials, along with the Billboard cover. “Thanks for listening, streaming, showing up to shows, supporting this dream of ours.”
“Can’t wait for 2019 to show y’all what we’ve been working on,” they added. The duo’s fourth album, Can’t Say I Ain’t Country, is set to arrive February 15.
Next up for FGL, they play Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve on ABC December 31, live from Allstate Fan Fest in New Orleans.
Comstock/ThinkstockEighteen years ago this month, Bill Anderson teamed up with Little Jimmy Dickens and Jeannie Seely -- dressed as Santa and Mrs. Claus, respectively -- to invite this up-and-coming artist to join the Grand Ole Opry. Can you name the West Virginia native who sang "We Danced" and "He Didn't Have to Be" that night? ANSWER: Brad Paisley.
Riser House/Columbia NashvilleMitchell Tenpenny's debut album, Telling All My Secrets, arrives today, as its first single, "Drunk Me," sits at the top of the chart.
The newcomer admits his breakthrough hit was ripped from the pages of his own life.
"It's something I've personally dealt with," Mitchell explains. "You try to drink 'em off your mind and that never works out."
The Nashville native recalls it was close to two years ago when he had the idea for "Drunk Me," but something was missing.
"I remember wanting to write that song and we didn't have the title," Mitchell tells ABC Radio. "We finished up the verse, got all the way through the chorus. It was like, 'When I'm drunk, I can't get over you.' And it just didn't hit right."
He continues: "And my producer, who also co-wrote it with me, went to the restroom. He came back and he goes, 'I got it. It's drunk me.' And there was something so simple about that. The answer was like 'Drunk me can't get over you.' And it was like, 'That's it!'"
Initially, Mitchell didn't think he'd sing "Drunk Me" himself.
"I thought someone else would cut it," he reveals.
In fact, he says the demo was so good he hesitated to record it himself.
"I was scared to sing it, because my co-writer did such a good job on it," Mitchell recalls. "He sounded so good on it. So anyway, we put our own version on it."
"When I heard it back, I was like, 'Yeah, this feels authentic. This feels like something I want to present.'"
Mitchell wrote more than two hundred songs for his debut, before narrowing it down to 56 he played for his label. In the end, he co-wrote all eleven songs on the record.
Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock CBS will rebroadcast Garth Brooks: Live at Notre Dame! on Friday, December 28 at 8 p.m. ET. More than 9.7 million viewers tuned in for its initial broadcast.
Country Music Hall of Famer Alan Jackson sets his 2019 tour in motion January 25 in Louisville, Kentucky, with William Michael Morgan and Randy Houser opening the dates.
Singer/songwriter Jaida Dreyer is the season one winner of USA Network's Real Country, taking home $100,000 and a performance slot at the Stagecoach Festival. Jaida wrote Luke Bryan and Karen Fairchild's hit, "Home Alone Tonight."
Brett Young guests on Friday's edition of the syndicated The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
ABC/Image Group LA After teasing his “What Makes You Country” video on his socials for several days, Luke Bryan revealed the finished product Thursday during a YouTube premiere party complete with a group chat with his fans.
The music video was filmed last month at Luke’s farm south of Nashville and features his sons Bo and Tate, his nephew Til, and a few of their close friends. The video starts with Luke sharing some paternal moments around the campfire with the boys, before they demonstrate exactly what makes them country.
Luke’s currently filming the middle rounds of the next season of American Idol with Lionel Richie and Katy Perry. It’s set to premiere Sunday, March 3 on ABC.
ABC/Image Group LAMaren Morris is the most-played female artist on country radio for the second year in a row, according to Mediabase.
This year, most of the airplay came from her first solo #1, “I Could Use a Love Song,” which reached the top in January, and “Rich,” which peaked at #2 in November.
2018 also brought Maren considerable airplay on pop radio with “The Middle,” her collaboration with Zedd and Grey.
The Texas native will close out the year performing at Allstate Fan Fest in New Orleans, ahead of the Sugar Bowl. It’ll air live December 31 as part of Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest on ABC.
The lead single from Maren’s sophomore album is also expected to arrive any day.
ABC/Image Group LAYou can check out Brad Paisley’s new Rodeo Version of the video for his new single, “Bucked Off,” on YouTube now.
Appropriately, the new clip premiered in Las Vegas during Wrangler National Finals Rodeo week, during the annual Bucking Ball at The Tropicana. The treatment collects many years’ worth of footage of members of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association getting -- you guessed it -- bucked off.
Brad recently recorded a more metaphorical interpretation of the song at Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge in downtown Nashville. Stay tuned for the premiere of that music video.
ABC/Mark LevineBlake Shelton and Keith Urban will both be ringing in 2019 on TV this December 31.
As previously announced, Keithwill join the NBC's New Year's Eve telecast live from Nashville, where he'll be performing at the annual Music City Midnight New Year's Eve event.
Blake's pal and fellow Voice coach Kelly Clarkson is set to sing as well, along with Diana Ross and John Legend. Carson Daly will host the show live, along with John's wife Chrissy Teigen and comedian Leslie Jones.
NBC's New Year's Eve airs December 31 from 10 p.m. ET/PT to 11pm ET/PT. After a break for local news, the show returns from 11:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Comstock/ThinkstockSixty-one years ago this month, this yuletide staple peaked at #13 on what was then called Billboard's "Most Played Country & Western by Jockeys" chart. Can you name the Christmas classic by Bobby Helms? ANSWER: "Jingle Bell Rock."
ABC/Image Group LAThe night before the Sugar Bowl, Florida Georgia Line plans to play an unforgettable set as part of the Allstate Fan Fest in New Orleans.
"The energy's gonna be epic," Tyler Hubbard tells ABC Radio. "New Orleans is already an amazing place. But bring the Sugar Bowl to the city and team up with Allstate, and throw a little country music in the mix, and it's just gonna be a huge party, man."
Maren Morris is set to perform as well, and even if you can't make it to the Crescent City, you can watch both Maren and FGL on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest on ABC.
"It's something that we always get excited for," Tyler reflects, having played the December 31 event multiple times. "It's always an honor to be asked to be a part of such a special night... just a cool moment for us and a cool moment for the fans, and the fact that everybody can tune in and watch it live just adds a new element of excitement and energy."
Since Tyler and Brian Kelley didn't put on a major tour this year, Tyler admits they're more pumped than ever to hit the stage.
"You know, it's something we've been looking forward to for awhile," he explains. "You know, a lot of times by the end of the year, you know a lot of artists have been touring all year and are slightly burned out, you know, and exhausted. And that's not us this year."
"You know, we're energized. We're ready to rock, and yeah, we oughta be bringing the party to New Orleans for sure," he adds.
You can tune in to watch for FGL Tuesday, December 31 starting at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockBrett Eldredge and Mason Ramsey are set to appear on NBC’s Today on Thursday, which starts at 7 a.m.
Tune in to see a new profile of Reba McEntire as she accepts the Kennedy Center Honor, Thursday on CBS This Morning starting at 7 a.m.
Ashley Monroe has recorded her cover of the Amy Grant classic, “Tennessee Christmas,” with Amy’s husband, Vince Gill, singing backup. It’s available to stream or download now, or you can check out the audio-only version on YouTube.
ABC/Image Group LA Brad Paisley pitches in to help his pal William Shatner on his new holiday record, Shatner Claus: The Christmas Album.
Even though the Star Trek icon and the "Bucked Off" hitmaker weren't in the studio at the same time, they made it a point to hang out.
"We got together, but not to record it," Brad says of the track. "He gave it to me and told me what it was. It's 'Blue Christmas.' And he does his thing. And I sing and play on it."
"And he does the..." Brad pauses as he imitates his friend, "'I'll... have... a... blue... Christmas,' which is -- Actually, Elvis must've been doing Shatner when he sang that, because he sings it the same way, doesn't he? A lot of pauses. A lot of dramatic pauses," he laughs.
In fact, Brad was so inspired by the experience he's itching to work on another tune.
"I told him, I said, 'What we need to write is' -- you know, him being Jewish -- 'is "Oy to the World",' Brad jokes.
You can stream or download the Paisley/Shatner duet of "Blue Christmas" from Shatner Claus: The Christmas Album now.
For Brad's yuletide offering, you'll have to go all the way back to 2006 for Brad Paisley Christmas. The West Virginia native performed both "Away in a Manger" and "Born on Christmas Day" on this year's CMA Country Christmas special.