Strait Concert Finale to Be Released as Live
Album, CMT TV Special
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.
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.
that extraordinary and historic show has
been captured for both a live album and a TV
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.
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.
"Ready Set Roll," Chase Rice lays
out all of the bro-country buzzwords --
Fireball shots, pickup-truck dates and of
course, sexy country girls.
Rice - Ready Set Roll
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."
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."
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.
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.
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.
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
problem with Taylor Swift's new pop song: it's
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
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,
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Ratings Asks Internet Radio Pure Plays: Is Music
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.
RATINGS found that 72% of those in the study
listened to at least one of the Internet
pure-plays in the past seven days.
these Internet radio services offered NEWS
content specific to the user, how would their
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."
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
non-music content that would be acceptable by
40% or more includes audio artist bios, artist
interviews and recording session or tour-based
First listen: Leonard Cohen - Almost Like
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
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
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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