Chase Rice Lights up the Top of the Country Albums Chart with Ignite the Night

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Chase Rice’s new album, Ignite the Night, has debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.  Thanks to the popularity of his latest single, “Ready Set Roll,” he sold over 44,000 copies of the album in its first week of release.  What makes this even more impressive is that Chase is not signed to a major label.  Instead, he released the album through his own Dack Janiels Records and formed a partnership with Columbia Nashville to promote his new music to radio.

 

“We’ve built things a little bit differently, starting with live shows and building up our fan base through touring,” said Chase. “Now people are showing up night after night to sing these songs right along with me, and to do it the way we’ve done it and have the No. 1 country album in the nation this week is unbelievable. It’s surreal.”

 

“Ready Set Roll” has already been certified digital Gold and is currently in the top 15 and climbing.  Chase will kick off his Ignite the Night Tour on Friday, September 5th at the Grizzly Rose in Denver.

Brad Paisley Wants Fans to Celebrate College Colors Day Tomorrow

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Brad Paisley’s new album, Moonshine in the Trunk, features a song called “Country Nation,” in which he name checks 18 college sports mascots.  So it only seems fitting that he has teamed up with IMG college licensing to celebrate College Colors Day, which is tomorrow, August 29th.  To celebrate the start of college football season, fans across the country are encouraged to wear their favorite college team’s colors.  Over 12,000 retailers are supporting the event, and Brad, who is an avid WVU Mountaineer, will be the face of the “College Colors Day” on social media.

 

You can listen to Brad’s “Country Nation” here, and be sure to catch him tomorrow on ABC’s Good Morning America Summer Concert Series.  Plus, he’ll also be performing on tomorrow’s episode of The View.

 

The Swon Brothers Set October 14th Release for Their Debut Album

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The Swon Brothers will release their self-title debut album featuring their top 15 hit, “Later On,” on October 14th.  To celebrate the news, People.com is hosting an exclusive streaming preview of four of the 11 songs off the album through Labor Day.  Not only can you listen to the songs, but you can also vote for your favorite between “95,” “Pretty Beautiful,” “Pray for You” and “This Side of Heaven.”

 

The Swon Brothers self-titled album is now available for pre-order here.

Deadline Approaching to Enter to Win “Drinks After Work” with Toby Keith

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The deadline to enter for your chance to have “Drinks After Work” with Toby Keith is this Sunday.  If you are 21 or older you can register on Toby’s Wild Shot Mezcal’s Facebook page.  Last year one fan paid $8000 to take two shots of Toby’s Wild Shot Mezcal with him, but this contest is free.  Five grand-prize winners and a guest will get to have “Drinks After Work” with Toby at one of his I Love This Bar & Grill locations.

 

The winners of the “Drinks After Work” contest will be announced on the Wild Shot Mezcal Facebook page on September 12th.

Lee Ann Womack to Meet R&B Superstar John Legend at CMT’s Crossroads

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Lee Ann Womack

Lee Ann Womack will team up with R&B superstar John Legend for the next installment of CMT’s Crossroads.  The special will feature Lee Ann and John swapping vocals on one another’s hit songs and sharing stories in front of an invite-only crowd.  They will film their episode next month in Franklin, Tennessee, just south of Nashville, and then CMT Crossroads: John Legend and Lee Ann Womack will premiere on Friday, September 26th at 10pm ET only on CMT.