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August 21, 2014 - In This Issue:
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George Strait Concert Finale to Be Released as Live Album, CMT TV Special

George Strait played the final show of his The Cowboy Rides Away Tour to more than 105,000 fans at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, this past June.


It was easily the concert event of the year, and those lucky enough to score tickets witnessed George singing many of his No. 1 hits and harmonizing with special guests like Miranda Lambert, Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson and many others.


Now, that extraordinary and historic show has been captured for both a live album and a TV special.


The 20-track live album, The Cowboy Rides Away: Live From AT&T Stadium, will hit stores Sept. 16. The album includes "Check Yes or No," "Fool Hearted Memory" with Jason Aldean, "The Chair," "Run" with Miranda Lambert, "Troubadour" and many other selections. Full track list below.


Fans will also have the opportunity to catch highlights of the final show on the CMT concert special George Strait: The Cowboy Rides Away, airing Friday night, Aug. 29, at 7 p.m. ET.

Finish Reading the Article: HERE

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Chase Rice Stands Up for "Ready Set Roll"

On "Ready Set Roll," Chase Rice lays out all of the bro-country buzzwords -- Fireball shots, pickup-truck dates and of course, sexy country girls.


Chase Rice - Ready Set Roll
Chase Rice - Ready Set Roll

The song is No. 15 on Billboard's country airplay chart, and one lyric in particular has drawn the ire of some female fans: "Get your little fine ass on the step/Shimmy up inside."


New duo Maddie & Tae have checked "Ready Set Roll" in their new kiss-off to the bro-country trend called "Girl in a Country Song": "We used to get a little respect/Now we're lucky if we even get to climb up in your truck/keep my mouth shut and ride along/And be the girl in a country song."


According to Rice, who co-wrote "Ready Set Roll" as well as Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise" (a primary source for bro-country research), Maddie & Tae's take is all good.


"I love it. I think it's fighting for what they deserve, and however they want to do that, they should. If that's coming after what we're singing about, do it. That's in no way going to hurt me," Rice says.


"My main thing is there's a lot of girls out there that are going to love ["Girl in a Country Song"], but there are also a lot of girls out there who do want to get in the truck and drive off. So that's why I think it's OK," he adds.


"I think the reason women are looked at in that way -- and it's not in a negative way at all -- I don't think it's degrading to tell a girl to get in my truck and let's drive around. I think that's just what we're doing. I've got an '85 Chevy Silverado, and I have a bench seat where the girl can sit right next to me. She can slide on over. That's literally why we're singing about it."

Finish Reading the Article: HERE

Sunday Morning Gospel Hour News

This week in Southern Gospel news:

*Mark Trammell of the Mark Trammell Trio celebrates his 40th year in southern gospel music. Check out the story http://www.singingnews. com/news/industry-news/mark- trammell-celebrates-40-years- of-ministry/
*The legendary quartet, The Inspirations, are celebrating their 50th anniversary. Check out the story http://www.singingnews. com/news/industry-news/ inspirations-celebrate-50th- anniversary/
*The Dove Awards nominees have been announced and Southern Gospel artists received 48 nominations this year. To read all about the awards and see all the nominees, check it out at http://www.singingnews.com/ news/industry-news/southern- gospel-artists-honored-with- 48-dove-awards-nominations/
If you are interested in carrying the Sunday Morning Gospel Hour on your station, please email me at sunmorninggospelhour@gmail. com. God bless.





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The problem with Taylor Swift's new pop song: it's perfect

Taylor Swift released the first single from her new album, 1989, last night. During a highly anticipated Yahoo! live stream, Swift played her new single, clumsily danced with her fans, and unveiled the album she has been working on for two years. The album, she announced, was inspired by the "late '80s" pop she was listening to. Swift went on to describe the '80s as "a time of limitless potential," a time of bright colors, bold chances, and rebellion. Perhaps not coincidentally, Swift was born in 1989.

In other words, Taylor Swift has made a pop album, and "Shake It Off" is the first single. With it she drew a clear line: country is the old Taylor. This is the new, short-haired, pop-superstar Taylor.


"Shake It Off" is a perfect pop song. "I never miss a beat," Swift sings in the second verse, and it's an appropriate way to describe the song. Her voice sounds better than it ever has, and with Max Martin and Shellback's production skills behind her, Swift has made a song that's unrelentingly catchy and upbeat. That doesn't make "Shake It Off" bad, but it certainly makes it vapid.

When Swift announced the new album during the live-stream, she called it her "first documented, official pop album." Swift's last album, 2012's Red, was criticized for having too much pop influence, thanks to the anthemic "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" and very poppy "22." By announcing 1989 as her first pop album, Swift seemed to be doing some pre-emptive damage control.


Unlike previous Swift albums, which have focused on heartbreak, relationships, and other feelings, Swift was very clear that she was headed in a new direction with 1989. "I woke up every single day not wanting, but needing to make a new style of music than I'd ever made before," Swift told the live-stream's studio audience.


"Shake It Off" does sound different from the songs on Red. There's a more pronounced beat, and the acoustic guitar sounds of Swift's early years are completely eradicated. But "Shake It Off" mostly sounds like a cleaner version of the work Max Martin did on Red. The catchy, pop beat of "Shake It Off" isn't really all that different from the one used on "I Knew You Were Trouble." The difference, and the problem for long-time Swift fans, is that the personal anecdotes and stories are gone.


Swift told the world that the song was about "the idea that.. people can say whatever they want about us at any time, and we cannot control that. The only thing we can control is our reaction." She then gave two options for how a person could respond to those people talking: let it make you bitter, or shake it off.

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Bridge Ratings Asks Internet Radio Pure Plays: Is Music Enough?

BRIDGE RATINGS' just-completed study of consumers of Internet pure plays took a look at a variety of perceptions and needs of these users. This study did not include online streams by AM/FM broadcasters. One area of interest by these companies has been whether music streaming destinations like PANDORA, SPOTIFY, iHEART, SLACKER and others should add non-music, information content options.


BRIDGE RATINGS found that 72% of those in the study listened to at least one of the Internet pure-plays in the past seven days.

If these Internet radio services offered NEWS content specific to the user, how would their behavior change?


"For the news and traffic content, the users who responded that they would listen less to their favorite Internet pure play, said that non-music information is not the reason they visit these sites," explained Pres. DAVE VAN DYKE. "85% of those who indicated less listening said there are many other sources for both news and traffic information and that they use Internet Radio as a way to avoid or exclude this type of content."


"Internet Radio sources offer an oasis for most users which understandably is what initially attracted them to the pure plays," continues VAN DYKE. "Despite the belief that more is better, adding news or commuter traffic content is likely not going to enhance the experience for most users of these services; 20% would listen more which may be enough to encourage one or more of these services to offer this type of content."

Interestingly, non-music content that would be acceptable by 40% or more includes audio artist bios, artist interviews and recording session or tour-based behind-the-scenes commentaries.


Finish Reading the article: HERE

First listen: Leonard Cohen - Almost Like The Blues

Singer announces details of his thirteenth album Popular Problems, a collection of nine new songs. Before its release on 22 September, you can hear one of those tracks now. Forget the elaborate live streams, festival projections, flying blimps and deep web treasure hunts - Leonard Cohen breaks his urgent news via pamphlet. A few weeks ago, rumors of a new Leonard Cohen album began when the program for the recent Leonard Cohen Event - a fan-run festival held in Ireland - announced his return modestly within its contents section. It turns out this news came straight from the man himself, and it has now been confirmed that album Popular Problems, Cohen's thirteenth studio album, will be released on 22 September.

In collaboration with co-writer Patrick Leonard, the album is released a day after he turns 80. It's said to venture into the "avenues of our dreams" and "sets a new tone and speed of hope and despair, grief and joy," according to a statement from the singer. "Cohen here is an astonished lover rocking to the human condition as 'the soul unfolds in the chambers of its longing.'"


The album is available to pre-order now and fans who purchase it digitally will received his new song, Almost Like the Blues, which you can hear below. Featuring that unmistakable basso which resonates through each word of his doomish poetry - "I saw some people starving, there was murder there was rape, their villages were burning, they were trying to escape" - listen to the song now and let us know what you make of his return.

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