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Blake Shelton’s ‘Sangria’

Blake Shelton is riding the longest streak of consecutive number ones in country music history. On April 6, Shelton will release the third radio single off his most recent LP Bringing Back the Sunshine. The track, Sangria, builds off of the love stricken messages found in Lonely Tonight” and takes them a step further into a night of love making. “Your skin is begging to be kissed by a little more than the sun,’ sings Shelton in the middle of each chorus before confessing that his lover’s lips taste like sangria. Those sexy images are brought to life in the video for the track which Shelton released yesterday and has already garnered over a hundred thousand views. Check it out:

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Michael Ray’s ‘Kiss You in the Morning’

Florida’s newest country export, Michael Ray, is the embodiment of hard-work and drive. Born and raised in rural central Florida, Ray has been playing bars since he was a teen and, after a life-changing trip to Nashville, put together a band and began to take over his home state. It’s been a long road for the 26 year old but, after signing with Warner Music Nashville, he has released his debut single, “Kiss You in the Morning.”

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Kenny Chesney Kicks Off New Tour With a Bang

Kenny Chesney kicked off his Big Revival Tour at a sold out Bridgestone Arena in Nashville last night. The only man to chart on Billboard’s Top 25 Touring Acts for the ten years in a row took to the stage shortly after nine and proceeded to play for over three hours. For Chesney, he didn’t want to waste much time talking rather he prefered to play the hits. And did he ever, the thirty two song set included tracks from as far back as the early 2000’s to deep cuts off his most recent album and tour namesake.

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Dan and Shay Shine on “Nothin’ Like You”

After breaking the top 30 with their first two singles, Dan and Shay is looking for more success with “Nothin’ Like You.” Heavy on pop influences the love song showcases Shay Mooney’s impressive vocal range and the sweet melodies created with Dan Smyers.

Different from much of the bro-country that fills country airwaves, “Nothin’ Like You” tells a specific story instead of sticking to drawn out, shallow cliches. The first verse opens with Mooney recounting the first time he saw a girl and how she was “sipping coffee in a corner booth.”  The chorus builds on this talking about how he’s never seen a girl like her. The second verse brings more of the same typical love song themes detailing how she’s a “light in the dark” and stealing his heart “like a gypsy.” Although it at times feels cheesy, it is still a very well-written song and perfectly captures what makes Dan and Shay so great: vocals.

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iHeart Radio Country Festival Lineup Revealed

If you needed any more proof that country music is the most popular genre in America right now, this is it. The second annual iHeart Radio Country Festival has revealed it’s lineup and it’s plans for multi-channel broadcasting. The event which will be hosted by radio personality Bobby Bones is set for May 2 at the Frank Erwin Center on the campus of UT-Austin.

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