George Strait releases Newtown-inspired single “I Believe” (from the mailbag)

Country Music Hall of Fame member and MCA Nashville recording artist
George Strait has released “I Believe” as the new single from
his current album Love Is Everything and the follow-up to his 60th No.
1 “Give It All We Got Tonight” which named Strait the first musician in music
history to achieve the milestone. The May 2013 release is his 40th studio album,
produced by Strait and Tony Brown
 
Strait
co-wrote the new single with his son, Bubba Strait, and
legendary songwriter Dean Dillon after watching the news
coverage of the tragic school massacre in Newtown, Conn. last December.  Having
lost his daughter at a young age, George felt as if it was a song he needed to
write.  Yet, when he was working on the album, he didn’t initially record the
song.  After listening to the playback of the album, Strait's wife Norma
insisted that he record the song so at the end of the session he asked the band
to record one more.  
 
“Like
everybody, I was watching the coverage on TV,” said Strait in an interview that
can be viewed HERE. “I know what these parents are going through. It’s the
worst thing that can happen to you in your life. To lose a child….there’s
nothing worse than that. So I started thinking about saying something about it.”
He continues, “It’s a statement of faith, is really what it is. It turned out
beautiful.”

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Chart Roundup – Week of June 29th, 2013

I can predict that Florida Georgia Line are on the cusp of breaking many more records than they already have, with their reign on the Billboard country charts refusing to…

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Chart Roundup – Week of June 22nd, 2013

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This week, the Billboard country charts have been more
static than usual. In fact, Hot Country Songs’ top 5 is exactly the same, highlighting the key players and their consistent
selling. As per usual Florida Georgia Line are at the top, ‘Cruise’ at #1 on
Hot Country Songs and #1 on Country Digital Songs. ‘Get Your Shine On’ is not
too far behind, at #9 on Hot Country Songs and Country Digital Songs, and their
third single ‘Round Here’ has begun its ascent on the Country Airplay top 30,
this week at #29. ‘Here’s To The Good Times’ has risen to #3 on Top Country
Albums once more.

Again, Blake Shelton’s ‘Boys Round Here’ (featuring Pistol
Annies and friends) is FGL’s strongest contender. At #2 on Hot Country Songs
and Country Airplay, and #3 on Country Digital Songs, the recent release of a
celebrity remix is bound to push the track to #1 next week. If that weren’t
enough, Blake’s latest album ‘Based On A True Story…’ holds onto the #1 spot on
Top Country Albums. Not too far behind him is Darius Rucker, whose album ‘True
Believers’ is at #2, while the big hit ‘Wagon Wheel’ remains at #3 on Hot
Country Songs, #6 on Country Airplay, and #4 on Country Digital Songs.

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Chart Roundup – Week of June 15th, 2013

It’ll be an achievement indeed when a song knocks Florida Georgia Line off the top spot; yet again their smash hit ‘Cruise’ (featuring Nelly) is at #1 on Hot Country…

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Chart Roundup – Week of June 8th, 2013

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Florida Georgia Line continue their record-breaking ways, achieving
their 13th week at #1 on Hot Country Songs with ‘Cruise’ (featuring
Nelly). The hit track is also #1 on Country Digital Songs, while the duo’s
second single ‘Get Your Shine On’ drops to #5 on Country Airplay. However,
their 2012 album ‘Here’s To The Good Times’ moves up two places to #5. Darius
Rucker has held onto his #1 spot on Country Airplay for another week with ‘Wagon
Wheel’, moving up to #2 on Hot Country Songs and sticking to #3 on Country
Digital Songs. What’s more, his brand new album ‘True Believers’ comes into Top
Country Albums at a shiny #1, making this a very good week for the Grand Ole
Opry member.

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Chart Roundup – Week of June 1st, 2013

It’s been another good week for Florida Georgia Line as their mega-hit ‘Cruise’ (helped by the recent remix featuring Nelly), is at #1 on Hot Country Songs and Country Digital…

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Is Carrie Underwood the best living Country singer?

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With the tragic passing of legend George Jones, Country music now has a void.

Who can possibly fill his shoes? With the Possum no longer blessing us with his gorgeous voice, who is now the best living Country singer?

Well, Brad Paisley recently weighed in on the topic (in an interview with Country 92.5), and he says Carrie Underwood is the best. Do you think he's right on the money?

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Chart Roundup – Week of May 25th, 2013

Not a lot has changed at the top since last week, as Florida Georgia Line seem to have a pretty stable monopoly at #1 across Hot Country Songs, Country Airplay…

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Chart Roundup – Week of May 18th, 2013

Hey guys, my chart roundup is back after a month out! I hope you missed me. Hot Country Songs remains oddly static at the top, with Florida Georgia Line continuing…

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