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Darius Rucker New Album ‘Carolyn’s Kid’ w/ Ed Sheeran ‘I Hope I Get to Compose With Ed Again’




Carolyn’s Boy releases Oct. 6.

Darius Rucker is opening up about his career and his latest album, Carolyn’s Boy, which releases Oct. 6.

In an interview with Tetris Kelly for Billboard News, the nine-time Country Airplay chart-topping artist discussed how he decided on the title of the new project, which honors Rucker’s late mother.

” It was during the pandemic and we were writing the record, and I was having a bad day,” Rucker recalls. “I just said to myself, ‘At the end of the day, I’m just my mama’s boy,’ so I decided I was going to name it Carolyn’s Boy after that. She was such a big influence on me and she was so important in my life. It was time for me to do something special like that.”

Rucker also recalled some of the career moments he wishes his late mother had been there to see, including when Hootie & & The Blowfish won their first Grammys in 1995, for best new artist, as well as best pop performance by a duo or group with vocal for “Let Her Cry.”

” I wish to God she could have seen me win my first Grammy,” Rucker said, adding, “We used to watch the Grammys as a family when I was a kid, and that was a moment that really hit me. … Just thinking, ‘God, I wish my mom was here to see this.'”

On Carolyn’s Boy, which marks Rucker’s first solo project in six years, Rucker co-wrote the song “Sara” with pop singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran.

” That kid is such an amazing songwriter and such a good guy,” Rucker said of Sheeran, adding, “You’ll sing a line and he’ll sing it back, and he’s singing it differently and singing different words … but it’s just better so you just go with that. I hope I get to write with Ed again; he’s awesome.”

Rucker also spoke about country music’s moment of holding the top three spots on the Billboard Hot 100 just weeks ago, saying, “Country music is taking over. For me, I think it’s great to see. To have the top three spots in the Hot 100 and all the touring everyone is doing and doing well out there, it’s great to see. Country is not rock’s little sister anymore; country’s standing up for itself and on its own. I love being a part of it. You see a lot of great things happening in country music, from those guys doing that, and then you see all these African-American artists getting record deals and stuff like that, country seems to be moving on up.”

The Grammy winner also reflected on his own experiences as a Black artist launching a career in country music.

” It’s been awesome and crazy. When I first came to Nashville, I didn’t even think I ‘d get a record deal,” Rucker said. “Then we did and we go on a radio tour. There were people saying they didn’t think their audience would ever accept a Black country singer. We proved them all wrong and my success turned into Kane [Brown] and all those other guys getting a shot and blowing it up. I love it, I love watching it. Chapel Hart and all these great groups that are coming out right now.”

Rucker also spoke of transitioning from creating rock music to country music, saying, “It was different because the genres are so different, but country music, especially the artists, are just so welcoming. Rock ‘n’ roll and pop, a lot of times … a lot of people, they make it a competition. It seems like, for me, in country music, everybody thinks there’s room for all of us, if you’re good.”

Next year, Rucker will take his music overseas, with a slate of tour dates in the U.K. and Ireland.

Watch his full interview above.

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2023 CMA Awards list of Artists & Presenters




2023 CMA Awards list of Artists & Presenters

The 57th annual CMA Awards will air Nov. 8, live on ABC from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.

The 57th annual CMA Awards will air Wednesday, Nov. 8, live on ABC from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, crowning this year’s slate of winners, as voted upon by the CMA’s more-than 6,000 members. But the star power extends far beyond only the winners– there are plenty of top-notch performances and presenters, as well.

The ceremony– which will again be hosted by Luke Bryan and Peyton Manning– will feature several special performance moments, including Morgan Wallen joining forces with Post Malone and HARDY to offer up several classic country songs. Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, Zac Brown Band and Coral Reefer Band member Mac McAnally will honor the late singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett.

Jelly Roll, a five-time nominee, will take the stage twice during the evening, first opening the show with a performance of his No. 1 Billboard Country Airplay hit “Need a Favor,” and performing again later in the show for a collaboration with K. Michelle on The Judds’ signature song “Love Can Build a Bridge.”

Meanwhile, newly-minted Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Tanya Tucker will be joined by Little Big Town for a performance of Tucker’s 1972 debut hit “Delta Dawn.”

Lainey Wilson leads this year’s nominees with nine nods, including entertainer of the year, female vocalist of the year, single of the year and song of the year. Wilson is just the fourth artist in CMA history to land nine or more nominations in a single year. She follows Merle Haggard (nine nods in 1970), Alan Jackson (a record 10 nods in 2002) and Miranda Lambert (nine nods in both 2010 and 2014).

Jelly Roll has five nominations this year, including new artist of the year and male artist of the year. Luke Combs and HARDY have four nominations each, followed by Jordan Davis, Ashley McBryde, producer/mix engineer Joey Moi, songwriter-producer Jordan Schmidt, Chris Stapleton, Morgan Wallen, and musician/producer Derek Wells with three nominations each.

See below for a full list of performers and presenters:


Kelsea Ballerini

Luke Bryan

Kenny Chesney

Luke Combs

Dan + Shay

Jordan Davis


Alan Jackson

Jelly Roll

Cody Johnson

Little Big Town

Mac McAnally

Ashley McBryde

Megan Moroney

Old Dominion

Carly Pearce

Post Malone

K. Michelle

Chris Stapleton

Tanya Tucker

The War And Treaty

Morgan Wallen

Lainey Wilson

Zac Brown Band


Paula Abdul

Bill Anderson

Nate Bargatze

Kevin Cahoon

Jordan Davis

Cynthia Erivo

Sara Evans

Brian Kelley

Lady A

Martina McBride

Parker McCollum

Craig Morgan

Darius Rucker

Corey Seager,

Gerry Turner

Keith Urban

Hailey Whitters

Chris Young

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Inspired Show ‘NEON’ at Billboard Latin Music Week appears on Netflix Premieres Reggaeton




The new reggaeton-inspired comedy was executive produced by Daddy Yankee and features original music by Tainy & & One Six.

Over the past 12 months, Latin music’s US revenue surpassed the $1 billion dollar mark for the first time ever. Billboard Latin Music Week is an annual celebration that delves into the diversity of sounds and revenue sources fueling the genre.

Top cap off day three of Latin Music Week, Billboard and Netflix hosted an advanced screening party for the new reggaeton-inspired comedy ‘NEON.’ The show follows three friends who move from a small Florida town to Miami with the hopes of making it big in the world of reggaeton.

Ahead of the private screening, attendees lined up outside of the Faena Theater, eagerly awaiting their chance to check out this incredible show before the rest of the world.

Atmosphere at the premiere of Netflix’s ‘Neon’ held at the Faena Theater as part of Billboard Latin Music Week on October 4, 2023 in Miami Beach, Florida.

Upon entrance, attendees posed for photos in front of the Netflix step & & repeat before securing refreshments and finding seats to watch the show. The screening featured an open bar and appetizers including popcorn served in a custom NEON bag, NEON cookies, & & more.

Atmosphere at the premiere of Netflix’s ‘Neon’ held at the Faena Theater as part of Billboard Latin Music Week on October 4, 2023 in Miami Beach, Florida.

<a href=”″>Billboard Latin and Billboard Español Chief Content Officer Leila Cobo addressed the crowd to kick off the screening</a>.

She told the crowd “If you are an artist or dream of working in music, you can relate to the themes of this show.”

Leila Cobo at the premiere of Netflix’s ‘Neon’ held at the Faena Theater as part of Billboard Latin Music Week on October 4, 2023 in Miami Beach, Florida.

The NEON screening was a key moment of the week for Latin Music Week attendees and it is safe to say, reggaeton fans are excited to see the full first season unfold.

The show is executive produced by the king of reggaeton, Daddy Yankee, and has original songs produced by hitmakers Tainy and One Six. The eight episode comedy captures not only the group’s larger than life dreams, but also the harsh realities of finding success in music.

Check out the trailer for NEON below and stream the first season on October 19, 2023!


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Imogen Load Photos memories of the ‘Tidy’ Recording Session to Commemorate ‘1989 (Taylor’s Variation)’ Release




” This is Taylor playing a bada– card to stay in control of her work,” she wrote about Swift.

Imogen Heap, who co-wrote and co-produced the 1989 track “Clean” with Taylor Swift, penned a note about her experience recording the 13th song on the 2014 album and re-recording it for the just-released version, 1989 (Taylor’s Version)

” Today marks the release of ‘Taylor’s version’ of 1989 … the album originally released in 2014. The latest in line towards @taylorswift’s endeavour to re-record every album she’s ever done as part of an old record deal,” Heap wrote Friday (Oct. 27) on Instagram, where she shared photos from the studio.

” This is Taylor playing a bada– card to stay in control of her work in a commercial music industry that largely works against musicians,” she said.

Heap captioned a picture in her post: “Here’s me in my studio re-recording my bits on Clean last year, almost a decade on from the day Taylor swooped in to visit me at my home the @theround. house for 10 hours between 2 sold out shows at the 02 arena!”

She also captioned a snapshot of the two when they first worked together, writing, “downstairs in the @thehideaway. studio … Two ladies, in a room. We wrote and produced 90% of the track and still managed to eat lunch and dinner!”

” Now you can have fun playing spot the difference,” joked Heap, who thanked Swift on Instagram “for inviting me into your world!”

In a 2014 interview with the writer of this article, Swift recalled that “meeting Imogen Heap was an amazing experience for me because she was all I listened to in high school. Getting to not only meet her, but work with her and watch to see what she does in the studio, was really inspiring.”




Taylor Swift’s ‘1989 (Taylor’s Version)’ Off to Big Start After First Day of Release



So what did Swift first say upon first meeting one of her musical idols? “Hi, I’m so happy to meet you?” she answered with a laugh. “I try to keep it in check. I try to act as, like, normal as humanly possible.”

” The song ‘Clean’ is one that I wrote about sort of coming out of a relationship or trying to move on from some struggle that you had in your life, and feeling kind of tarnished by it,” Swift said during our chat, which took place before the release of 2014’s 1989 “And it kind of talks about how if you really allow yourself to feel pain, I think maybe it’s easier to get past it. For most people that I’ve known who’ve fought through struggle, a lot of them who have really just faced the pain head on have come out OK a lot faster than the ones who just pretended to be in denial of it.”

” Almost every line in that song is one that I’m proud of,” she told me.

Meanwhile, when the original 1989 was released that year, Heap admitted on her blog that prior to actually working together, she ‘d wrongly assumed Swift didn’t really write her own music.

” I have to be honest here and say that I ever so slightly had not done my homework on Taylor Swift but had done what I HATE others do of me, which is to pre-judge a person based on assumptions,” Heap wrote. “I had assumed Taylor didn’t write too much of her own music (as is the case with many young, extremely successful artists these days who sell a shed load of records), and was likely puppeteered by an aging gang of music executives.”

At the time Heap wanted to make it known that she ‘d been “reading the odd report or tweet here and there that the reason the lyrics to ‘Clean’ are so good is because I wrote the song with her but FOR SURE they are all hers she deserves all the credit!”

See Imogen Heap’s full note about re-recording “Clean” for 1989 (Taylor’s Version) below and on Instagram Swift’s 1989 (Taylor’s Version) sold over 250,000 copies in the U.S. on its first day of release, according to initial reports to data tracking firm Luminate. After just one day, the album has the third-largest sales week of 2023.

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