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Country Standard Time:Nichols finds out The Shape I'm In

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countrystandardThursday, July 8, 2010 – Joe Nichols just released a new single,The Shape I'm In, as the follow-up to his three-week number one hit Gimmie That Girl.

Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson and Ben Hayslip, otherwise known as the Peach Pickers, penned both songs, which are on Nichols' "Old Things New."

"It's a natural fit," said Nichols. "Same writers and same feel with the production as 'Gimmie that Girl,' plus, I'm a big fan of the Muscle Shoals groove/sound, and this song lends itself to that sound. It also has a 'feeling good' lyric. Definitely my kind of song."

Gimmie That Girl became the first single of 2010 to hold the number 1 position on the music charts for three consecutive weeks. Since 2008 6 other artists have had a single last three weeks at the top on the Country Aircheck/Mediabase chart (Lady Antebellum, Brad Paisley, Alan Jackson, Jason Aldean, Trace Adkins and Taylor Swift).


Rodeo Attitude: CMA Close Up Article on Josh Turner

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turnerpromo200-0210For all the outstanding talent showcased at Universal Music Group’s lunchtime event at the Ryman Auditorium during Country Radio Seminar in February, Josh Turner’s performance arguably stood out as the most surprising of all. It wasn’t because of his voice, one of the most identifiable in the business. That tooth-rattling bass was as familiar as it was impressive, prompting Jennifer Nettles to quip during Sugarland’s appearance at that showcase, “I was sitting there thinking, ‘Is there a subway under the Ryman? No, that’s just Josh Turner warming up.’” The surprise stemmed more from Turner’s stage presence. He had stepped into the national spotlight in 2001 with a stunning performance on the Grand Ole Opry of “Long Black Train,” a Turner composition whose serious, spiritual essence was reinforced by the chilling depth of his resonance and a tendency toward shyness in his early interviews. But the Josh Turner onstage during CRS was anything but serious. He introduced his upcoming single, “All Over Me,” a summertime romp written by Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson and Ben Hayslip, and spent as much time talking as he did singing and displaying a sense of humor with an impression of Ralph Stanley covering Nelly’s hip-hop hit “Hot in Herre.” When invited several weeks later to reflect on this more expanded persona, Turner replied, seriously, “If you ask a lot of my family, they will tell you that behind the scenes I am very withdrawn and kind of introverted and just real quiet and laid-back.” Then, with a comic flair, he added, “Normally, it’s because I can’t get a word in!”

Blake Shelton, 'All About Tonight' - Story Behind the Lyrics

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By Alanna Conaway-The Boot

Rhett Akins talks to The Boot about Blake Shelton's latest single, 'All About Tonight,' which he co-wrote along with Ben Hayslip,Dallas Davidson -- the same writing trio behind Blake's 'Country Strong.'

We decided that we wanted to write a song about how we just don't care about tomorrow because tomorrow can wait until tomorrow ... it's all about tonight! We just went from there and touched on things like I know I'm going to have a headache in the morning, and I'll probably be broke. There's no telling what we're going to do, and I don't even care because it's all about tonight. That's all I'm worried about! It's a good, fun party song about where the night is going to go. After we wrote it, we thought it sounds just like a Blake Shelton song. It's his life!

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