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“If That Ain’t God”: Chris Young readies his faith-filled new single

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Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Academy of Country MusicChris Young’s planning to drop his next single on Friday, and the new song, called “If That Ain’t God,” is a particularly poignant message for the times.

“It’s just a positive, uplifting message,” the singer tells People. “It’s talking about some of the things in life that you take for granted, whether it’s little stuff or big stuff, and you look around and you’re like, ‘Man, if that ain’t God, I don’t know what is.’”

The song begins with a story about a young boy beating cancer and going on to live a healthy life, complete with a spot on his local youth baseball team. The message of overcoming stark odds resonated in particular with Chris, whose father was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2009.

“[He] lost a part of one of his lungs and came back and you’d never know it if you saw him today that he went through all that,” the singer recalls. “I’m still lucky to have my dad around…and not taking it for granted.”

“If That Ain’t God” will be the second song fans have heard from Chris recently that delves into heavier, more introspective subject matter. In 2019, he released “Drowning,” a heartbreaking meditation on the grief he experienced after losing a friend.

And though Chris is no stranger to fun-loving, uptempo party songs, the singer says his faith has always been a quietly important part of his artistry.

“I grew up singing in church, and my grandfather was an elder in the church I used to go to. Somebody would go up and with a pitch pipe and they would blow a note on a pitch pipe and everybody would sing in [an] eight-part harmony,” he remembers. “So that was something I picked up on really early on.”

By Carena Liptak
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Carly Pearce and Lee Brice are even more “Happy Now” that their single has been certified platinum

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Electric Machine/CMA Carly Pearce and Lee Brice celebrated yet another milestone this week with their chart-topping duet, “I Hope You’re Happy Now.” The song officially received RIAA Platinum certification, and the two artists were presented with a celebratory plaque during Wednesday night’s CMA Summer Stay-Cay event.

“Having songs that meant something to people was always my dream,” Carly reflected of the new honor. “To see these songs reach such big milestones and see that my music is making an impact on people’s lives is more than I ever could have hoped for.”

The song, which comes off Carly’s self-titled sophomore album, has topped 225 million global streams.

“I knew when I heard this song for the first time that this was something special, and I’m honored that Carly asked me to be a part of it,” added Lee. “Thank you to all the fans for loving this song as much as Carly and I did recording it and making this a platinum hit.”

On the same day that “I Hope You’re Happy Now” earned her a platinum certification plaque, Carly also officially received gold certification for her 2017 single, “Hide the Wine.”

It was a night full of career celebrations during a recent period that’s been pretty tumultuous for Carly. Just days after celebrating “I Hope You’re Happy Now”’s ascent to the top spot at radio, news broke that she was filing for divorce from her husband of eight months, fellow artist Michael Ray.

By Carena Liptak
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Keith Urban will be the special guest on a new “country twerk” song from Breland

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ABC/Mark LevineAtlanta-based upstart Breland dropped a bombshell during the CMA Summer Stay-Cay on Wednesday night: He’s planning to feature Keith Urban on an upcoming new track, which he describes as “country twerk.”

Even before officially announcing that a duet was in the works, Breland had been teasing some kind of collaboration with the country superstar.

Earlier in the week, he posted a montage video of himself quietly geeking out over getting to visit Keith’s house, ending the clip by proclaiming “I’m in Keith Urban’s house!” before panning across a recording studio to reveal Keith smiling and strumming a guitar.

Keith isn’t the first country A-lister who’s teamed up with Breland. Sam Hunt recently jumped on a remix of the rising singer-songwriter’s “My Truck,” a swagger-filled, genre-blending ode to the singer’s favorite set of wheels. 

In addition to making waves with big-name collaborations, Breland recently marked Juneteenth by releasing Rage & Sorrow, an introspective, three-track EP that addresses police brutality, racism and his complicated relationship with masculinity.

By Carena Liptak
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“Got What I Got”: Jason Aldean’s new music video shares a sweet peek into his quarantine family life

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ABC/Eric GebhartJason Aldean highlights sweet family moments in the new music video for “Got What I Got,” which debuted during the CMA Summer Stay-Cay on Wednesday night.

Filmed during the COVID-19 quarantine in Destin, Florida, the clip focuses on the star at home with his wife, Brittany, and their two young children, Navy and Memphis. After the kids go to bed, the couple enjoys a date night in, complete with vinyl records and Jason’s own Wolf Moon Bourbon brand, which he created with Florida Georgia Line.

Elsewhere in the video, the couple stroll on the beach, take a drive around town and spend time with family. Given the current pandemic, keeping the video’s treatment small and scaled down was the only option Jason had. However, focusing on family fits perfectly with the single’s message of gratitude for a loving, lasting relationship.

“Got What I Got” was the second single to be released off of Jason’s newest album, 9. It followed the project’s hit lead single, “We Back.”

By Carena Liptak
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Matt Stell's moving "Everywhere But On" from some sort of Fourth of July celebration

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Matthew BerinatoAs America prepares to celebrate its birthday this weekend, it’ll be an Independence Day unlike any we’ve experienced before, due to the ongoing protests and the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Still, for Matt Stell, the Fourth of July brings back memories of summers spent in his native Arkansas.

“Me and my dad always threw a big Fourth of July party,” he reminisces. “We’d cook and we’d eat and have people over, and we’d shoot off a bunch of fireworks and throw bottle rockets at each other. It was a lot of fun.”

With everything going on, the “Prayed for You” hitmaker still has hopes of keeping the tradition alive, even if it’s scaled down quite a bit.

“This year will be a little bit different for everybody,” he reflects, “but man, hopefully, we’ll still get to maybe get outside and cook some meat outside. That’ll be fun.” 

Matt also has another reason to celebrate: His heartbreak ballad “Everywhere but On” is on the verge of cracking country’s top twenty.

Meanwhile, Matt’s just released the socially-distanced “Many Matts” music video for “If I Was a Bar,” where he plays all the characters in the clip. At the same time, he’s continuing to ready his major label debut for later this year.

By Stephen Hubbard
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