Grammy Award winning rapper Nelly has decided to work on a country project. The rapper, who scored a Top Three Billboard 100 hit with “Over and Over” featuring Tim McGraw in 2004, is hoping to build on that previous success. Nelly’s manager, J. Erving, shared what the rapper was working on. He told Billboard.com, “He’s a free agent on the label side now, and is working on a country-based Heartland EP, which should be really interesting.”
The music executive added, “He may be one of the first Hip Hop artists to jump into that space in an authentic way with Florida Georgia Line and Tim McGraw, so we think he has an opportunity to grow that base even more.”
Nelly hooked up with Florida Georgia Line for the 2012 remix of “Cruise.” The song has sold over seven million copies since its release.
Kenny Chesney celebrated his latest two Number One hits, “American Kids” and“’Til It’s Gone,” with a party in Nashville on Tuesday. The songs are his 25th and 26th Number One hits.
Kenny said, “I’ve been blessed to know some of the very best songwriters there are, starting at Acuff Rose as a kid, I learned when you can give folks their lives, people will respond. It’s an honor to be able to give songs like ‘American Kids’ and ‘’Til It’s Gone’ to the fans – and to be able to call people like Rodney Clawson, Luke Laird, Shane McAnally, David Lee Murphy and Jimmy Yeary my friends.”
Both songs are from Kennys latest album, The Big Revival.
He plays the first stadium on his The Big Revival/Burn It Down co-headlining show with Jason Aldean on Saturday, May 2nd at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.
Tim McGraw will soon be hitting the road with his Shotgun Rider tour, which includes arenas and amphitheaters. Along the way, Tim will perform at a few fairs and festivals as well, but you will not find him enjoying the midway.
Tim tells us that amusement rides are definitely not something he enjoys. “I don’t know what it is, I can’t ride amusement rides. I actually, we were in Paris and got on that Ferris wheel they had in Paris for a while. I literally froze with fear, I couldn’t move. It’s somethin’ were to happen to my kids I couldn’t have done it.”
Tim is climbing the charts with his latest single, “Diamond Rings and Old Barstools,” featuring his cousin, Catherine Dunn.
The Shotgun Rider tour kicks off on June 5th in Little Rock, Arkansas.
In addition to being his CMA Awards co-host, Brad Paisley has tapped Carrie Underwood to collaborate with him musically several times. Their latest pairing is featured on Brad’s Moonshine In The Trunk CD and it’s called “High Life.”
Brad performed his latest single, “Crushin’ It,” during Sunday night’s ACM Awards. The song is the third single from Moonshine In The Trunk.
Brett Eldredge has released the video for his brand new single, “Lose My Mind,” which arrives at country radio this week. Brett co-wrote the song, and in the video he can’t get a certain woman out of his mind.
Brett said, “I’ve had experiences like this. Sometimes the groove of a song might tell you what path you’re going down. All the sudden this wacky groove starts leading you to weird places. And I remembered this girl I was talking to for a while, and I couldn’t think about anything else in the whole world but this girl.”
“Lose My Mind” is available at iTunes and all digital music outlets. It’s the debut release from Brett’s upcoming album, set for release this fall.
Brett joins Darius Rucker’s Southern Style tour beginning on May 14th in Holmdel, New Jersey.