The Boot News Roundup: John Prine, Jason Aldean Have Huge Album Release Weeks + More
Welcome to The Boot's News Roundup, a morning rundown of the news country music fans need to know. Read on to learn more about the latest goings-on in the country, Americana, bluegrass and folk genres.
John Prine saw the biggest record sales success of his career with his new, Dave Cobb-produced album, The Tree of Forgiveness. Following its release on April 13, the record debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 chart, moving more than 54,000 units in its first week; it also landed at No. 1 on the Americana / Folk Albums chart, and at No. 2 on the Country Albums and Rock Albums chart. The Tree of Forgiveness is the treasured Americana songwriter's first release in 13 years, and clearly fans have more of an appetite than ever for his simple, stunning tunes.
Brad Paisley has re-signed with Sony Music Nashville, inking a long-term deal to release all future recordings on the company's Arista Nashville imprint. Paisley finalized the deal while in Nashville recently for his Weekend Warrior Tour, signing the contract backstage at Bridgestone Arena alongside label executives. Paisley has been with Arista Nashville since the start of his career.
Shania Twain has been announced as the host of the 2018 Canadian Country Music Association Awards. The Awards, set for Sept. 9, will follow Twain's packed summer of sold-out concert dates and comes on the heels of her brand new album Now, released last September. The announcement of Twain's hosting gig also comes days after the country star found herself facing online backlash for saying that she would have voted for Donald Trump; Twain has since apologized and clarified her statements in a series of tweets.
Recently crowned (for the third year in a row!) ACM Entertainer of the Year Jason Aldean's new album Rearview Town has hit number one on the Billboard 200. According to a press release, Aldean's eighth studio album sold more than 183,000 albums in its first week, and is the first country album to top the Billboard 200 in 2018. Rearview Town is also the year's biggest country album debut so far, and Aldean is only the second country artist in history to top the chart four consecutive times.
Country fans can see cheap shows all summer long thanks to the return of LiveNation's All-In tickets. According to a press release, the promoter will sell $20 "all-in" tickets to shows by artists such as Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum and more. The tickets will be on sale from April 30 to May 8 — also known as National Concert Week — starting at 8AM local time; visit NCW.LiveNation.com for more details.