Kelsea Ballerini grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee. Her father, Ed, a former sales manager for a country radio station, is of part Italian descent. At 19, she signed a deal with Black River Entertainment. In late 2014, she released her debut single “Love Me Like You Mean It”, which debuted on the Country Airplay chart in October 2014. She released a self-titled extended play for the label in November and was soon named one of CMT’s Next Women of Country in 2014. Kelsea performed for the first time at the Grand Ole Opry on February 14, 2015, and sang “Love Me Like You Mean It”. On May 19, 2015, Ballerini’s debut album The First Time was released through Black River. For the chart dated July 4, 2015, “Love Me Like You Mean It” , the album’s first single, reached number one on the Billboard Country Airplay chart, making Ballerini the first solo female country music artist to score a number one hit with her debut single since Carrie Underwood did so with “Jesus, Take the Wheel” in 2006, and only the eleventh in history to achieve the feat. Ballerini also became only the fifth solo female country music artist to score back-to-back number one hits with her first two singles when “Dibs”, the second single from the album, reached the top of the Country Airplay chart. She became the first to do it since Jamie O’Neal in 2001. The album’s third single, “Peter Pan”, was released to country radio on March 21, 2016. “Peter Pan” reached number one on both the Country Airplay and Hot Country Songs charts in September, making Ballerini the first solo female country music artist to top botha country music charts simultaneously. This achievement also made her the first solo female to send her first three singles to number one since Wynonna Judd accomplished the same feat in 1992. The album’s fourth single, “Yeah Boy”, was released to country radio on October 10, 2016. 2017–present: Unapologetically and coaching The Voice. In early 2017, Ballerini was named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 – Music list at number two. In 2017, Ballerini received two Academy of Country Music Award nominations for Female Vocalist of the Year and Video of the Year for “Peter Pan. We will continue to follow this amazing artist here at New Music Weekly. Welcome to our CRS and NMA Nomination issue.
Maren Morris continues her run as one of Country radios finest female artists well into 2019. Her current single “Girl” (Columbia Nashville) is at the top of many of our radio programmers lists for new music and this one has some magic to it. Those ever-loving Brothers Osborne are also off to a great start […]
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Ariana Grande keeps rolling out hit after hit & all of them seem to hit the top of the charts in record time. Same thing can be said for her just released “7 Rings” (Universal/UMG). This track in on pace to set records all over the pop world as the adds and spins are totally […]
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Jamie Freeman returns with perhaps his most startlingly honest and remarkably vulnerable album yet, with the release of ‘Dreams About Falling’, in May 2019 via Union Music Label. Freeman skillfully tackles subjects such as parental expectations, childhood potential, and facing up to the possibility of falling short of those aspirations. These themes may be further […]
Chicago-based ‘psychedelectric’ band, Purple Corporation, have released “Triptych Futuristic”, a new track that ambitiously experiments with a musical narrative while revelling in lo-fi tones, imaginative lyrics, ambience and space. Purple Corporation never shy away from innovation and originality. This new song takes the listener on a three-part journey that jumps from modern-day deities to post-apocalyptic […]