BILLBOARD COUNTRY UPDATE FEBRUARY 13, 2017 | PAGE 12 OF 22 NASHVILLE & NATIONAL TOM ROLAND MUSIC NOTES With the Grammys barely in the rear-view mirror, more awards events are on the horizon. Lady Antebellum will announce nominees for the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards during the Feb. 16 telecast of CBS This Morning. The awards air April 2 from Las Vegas, and the nightly Party for a Cause lead-in has been revised from mega-concerts to 13 overlapping smaller events spread across four nights. Jerrod Niemann, Billy Currington, Love & Theft, John Rich and Ryan Hurd are just a few of the participants. Meanwhile, Australian cable channel CMC readies its seventh annual awards on March 23. The awards set up the 10th CMC Rocks QLD, a festival that will feature Dixie Chicks, Kip Moore and the Aussie debut of Little Big Town. Need extra studio time? Hire the right duck, and it’ll take care of your scheduling problems. That’s one way to interpret a 30-second spot that links Brandy Clark and the Aflac duck, the now- familiar mascot for one of the nation’s insurance companies. The video debuted Feb. 11 on social media, including Clark’s Facebook page, and producers are to be commended for keeping the studio console clean while a bird — likely not house-trained — waddled across it. Clark and Warner Music Nashville labelmate Charlie Worsham launch a 26-city tour April 6 in Charlottesville, Va. The Americana Music Association CLARK booked the Troubadour in West Hollywood on Feb. 11 for a pre-Grammy celebration of Loretta Lynn. Most of the tribute artists were understandable, Americana-tinged acts, including Lori McKenna, Robbie Fulks, Joe Henry, Sierra Hull, Brandy Clark and the O’Connor Band featuring Mark O’Connor. The lineup also included explicit Wheeler Walker Jr. doing an apropos “Fist City” and a very unlikely Kesha, who covered Conway Twitty’s “Hello Darlin’.” Go here for a full account. Hot off a one-month run as a cast member in the Atlanta production of Troubadour, singer-songwriter Radney Foster continues to expand his creative platforms. His next album, Sycamore Creek, is a combination audio project and book of short fiction. The two pieces work as free-standing elements, though the entire story unfolds by experiencing both the music and the reading. Foster funded the project with a Kickstarter campaign that reached its modest $30,000 goal in a quick four days. It remains open through Feb. 28. Foster also has an upcoming film role. No release date is set yet for Beauty Mark, which stars Laura Bell Bundy. ON THIS DATE IN COUNTRY MUSIC Feb. 13 • 2012 — Mel Tillis receives a National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington, D.C. • 2005 — “Live Like You Were Dying” wins twice during the 47th annual Grammy Awards at Los Angeles’ Staples Center. Authors Tim Nichols and Craig Wiseman earn best country song, and Tim McGraw claims best male country vocal performance. Feb. 14 TILLIS • 2002 — Forty couples are married in a mass Valentine’s Day ceremony in Newport News, Va. Steve Holy sings “Good Morning Beautiful” for the couples’ first dance. • 1987 — George Strait’s Ocean Front Property is the first title to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard country albums chart. Feb. 15 • 2016 — Dot releases Tucker Beathard’s debut single, “Rock On,” to radio. Feb. 16 • 2015 — Dierks Bentley rides in the Krewe of Orpheus Parade during Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Also in the procession are comedian Ron White and four cast members from NCIS: New Orleans. Feb. 17 • 2007 — Porter Wagoner gives his first Los Angeles concert in nearly 40 years, opening for Neko Case at the Music Box. He employs an all-star band: guitarist Marty Stuart, bass player Dwight Yoakam and drummer Billy Bob Thornton. • 2001 — Brad Paisley is inducted into the Grand Ole Opry. He wears the yellow jacket that Buck Owens wore the night he recorded his album Live at Carnegie Hall. Feb. 18 • 2014 — Warner Bros. releases Cole Swindell’s self-titled debut album. Feb. 19 • 2006 — Jennifer Nettles and Bon Jovi perform “Who Says You Can’t Go Home” before the Daytona 500 at the Daytona Motor Speedway. Jimmie Johnson wins the race. Source: RolandNote.com, the Ultimate Country Music Database Top Headlines from Click on headlines below for more details .com Billboard’s 2017 Power 100 List Revealed Were The 2017 Grammy Awards The Most Political Ever? Warrant Covers Haggard For New Professional Bull Riders Party Anthem: Listen Here’s What Happened At The Grammy Afterparties Prince’s Early Albums Return To Streaming Services Jake Owen joined retired NFL player Peyton Manning and golfer Phil Mickelson as recipients of the Arnie Award for the charitable efforts from Golf Digest Feb. 7 during the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. From left are Manning, Mickelson, Owen, Monterey Peninsula Foundation vice chairman Doug Mackenzie and Golf Digest editor-in-chief Jerry Tarde. J.D. CUBAN/GOLF DIGEST
BILLBOARD COUNTRY UPDATE FEBRUARY 13, 2017 | PAGE 13 OF 22 Hot Country Songs SALES, AIRPLAY & STREAMING DATA COMPILED BY TWO WEEKS AGO THIS WEEK LAST WEEK WKS ON CHART TITLE PRODUCER (SONGWRITER) Artist IMPRINT / PROMOTION LABEL CERTIFIED l 1 2 — 2 BODY LIKE A BACK ROAD HH No. 1 (1 week) HH Sam Hunt Z.CROWELL (S.HUNT,Z.CROWELL,J.OSBORNE,S.MCANALLY) MCA NASHVILLE l 2 1 1 17 BETTER MAN Little Big Town J.JOYCE (T.SWIFT) CAPITOL NASHVILLE l 3 4 4 21 DIRT ON MY BOOTS Jon Pardi B.BUTLER,J.PARDI (R.AKINS,J.FRASURE,A.GORLEY) CAPITOL NASHVILLE BLUE AIN’T YOUR COLOR Keith Urban 4 3 2 27 D.HUFF,K.URBAN (S.L.OLSEN,H.LINDSEY,C.LAGERBERG) HIT RED/CAPITOL NASHVILLE l 5 7 6 33 SEEIN’ RED Dustin Lynch M.J.CONES (T.KENNEDY,K.ALLISON,S.BOGARD,J.SEVER) BROKEN BOW 6 5 5 19 STAR OF THE SHOW Thomas Rhett JOE LONDON,J.BUNETTA,THOMAS RHETT (THOMAS RHETT,R.AKINS,B.HAYSLIP) VALORY l 7 8 8 20 THINK A LITTLE LESS Michael Ray S.HENDRICKS (J.M.NITE,THOMAS RHETT,BARY DEAN,J.ROBBINS) ATLANTIC/WEA 8 6 3 19 A GUY WITH A GIRL Blake Shelton S.HENDRICKS (A.GORLEY,B.SIMPSON) WARNER BROS./WMN l 9 10 9 35 SOBER SATURDAY NIGHT Chris Young Featuring Vince Gill C.CROWDER,C.YOUNG (C.YOUNG,B.WARREN,B.WARREN) RCA NASHVILLE l 10 49 — 2 MY OLD MAN HH Digital & Streaming Gainer HH Zac Brown Band NOT LISTED (NOT LISTED) SOUTHERN GROUND/ELEKTRA/WAR l 11 13 12 19 TODAY Brad Paisley L.WOOTEN (B.PAISLEY,C.DUBOIS,A.GORLEY) ARISTA NASHVILLE l 12 11 11 22 KILL A WORD Eric Church Featuring Rhiannon Giddens J.JOYCE (E.CHURCH,J.HYDE,L.DICK) EMI NASHVILLE l 13 15 16 11 FAST Luke Bryan J.STEVENS,J.STEVENS (L.BRYAN,R.CLAWSON,L.LAIRD) CAPITOL NASHVILLE l 14 18 19 10 ANY OL’ BARSTOOL HH Airplay Gainer HH Jason Aldean M.KNOX (J.THOMPSON,D.RUTTAN) MACON/BROKEN BOW ROAD LESS TRAVELED Lauren Alaina 15 12 17 24 BUSBEE (LAUREN ALAINA,J.FRASURE,M.TRAINOR) 19/INTERSCOPE/MERCURY 16 16 13 36 80S MERCEDES Maren Morris BUSBEE,M.MORRIS (M.MORRIS,BUSBEE) COLUMBIA NASHVILLE l 17 20 25 23 IN CASE YOU DIDN’T KNOW Brett Young D.HUFF (B.YOUNG,T.REEVE,K.SCHILENGER,T.TOMLINSON) BMLG l 18 19 18 14 BLACK Dierks Bentley R. COPPERMAN (D.BENTLEY,R.COPPERMAN,A.GORLEY) CAPITOL NASHVILLE l 19 21 21 18 YEAH BOY Kelsea Ballerini F.G.WHITEHEAD,J.MASSEY (K.BALLERINI,F.G.WHITEHEAD,K.TIMMER) BLACK RIVER DIRTY LAUNDRY Carrie Underwood 20 17 10 24 J.JOYCE (Z.CROWELL,A.GORLEY,H.LINDSEY) 19/ARISTA NASHVILLE l 21 22 24 23 HOMETOWN GIRL Josh Turner K.GREENBERG (M.BEESON,D.TASHIAN) MCA NASHVILLE l 22 24 28 24 HURRICANE Luke Combs S.MOFFATT (L.COMBS,T.PHILLIPS,T.ARCHER) RIVER HOUSE/COLUMBIA NASHVILLE TENNESSEE WHISKEY Chris Stapleton 23 23 20 26 D.COBB,C.STAPLETON (D.DILLON,LINDA HARGROVE) MERCURY 1 1 24 26 27 33 MAKE YOU MINE High Valley S.MOSLEY (B.REMPEL,S.MOSLEY,B.STENNIS) ATLANTIC/WEA l 25 30 29 5 BAR AT THE END OF THE WORLD Kenny Chesney B.CANNON,K.CHESNEY (J.T.HARDING,A.MAYO,D.L.MURPHY) BLUE CHAIR/COLUMBIA NASHVILLE PEAK POSITION 1 1 3 1 5 4 7 3 9 10 11 10 13 14 12 11 17 17 19 3 21 22 21 25 GETTY IMAGES 11 BRAD PAISLEY Today “Today” pushes to a new high (13-11) in its 19th week on Hot Country Songs. On Country Airplay, Paisley’s 34th top 10 rises 7-6, up 7 percent to 33.8 million impressions. 36 FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE Featuring BACKSTREET BOYS God, Your Mama, and Me The FGL/BSB collab is the third single from the former’s Dig Your Roots, following the 18- week Hot Country Songs No. 1 “H.O.L.Y.” and the No. 2-peaking “May We All” (featuring Tim McGraw). “Mama” hops 40-36, supported by its 36-34 lift on Country Airplay (4.7 million in audience, up 6 percent).