The Boot News Roundup: Luke Combs Makes Country Chart History + 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.
Luke Combs has made country music history. According to Billboard, Combs is the first artist to place five songs in the Hot Country Songs chart's Top 25 simultaneously since 60 years ago, when Johnny Cash did so in 1959. For the chart week of June 22, Combs has "Beer Never Broke My Heart" at No. 3, "Even Though I'm Leaving" at No. 12 and "Lovin' on You," "Refrigerator Door," and "Moon Over Mexico" at No. 19-21, respectively. All five songs are from his The Prequel EP, which dropped on June 7. -- AM
Chris Stapleton has teamed up with pop superstar Ed Sheeran for a new song. A post to Sheeran's Instagram account announces a ton of new tracks for his forthcoming No. 6 Collaborations Project, including "Blow," a song that will feature both Stapleton and equally huge pop star Bruno Mars. Stapleton is the only country artist on the album, which also features guest spots from Skrillex, Justin Bieber and Travis Scott. No. 6 Collaborations Project is set for release on July 12. -- AM
Lil Nas X and his song "Old Town Road," featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, is one of the biggest nominees at the 2019 Teen Choice Awards. The rising-star rapper earned nods in the Choice Male Artist and Choice Breakout Artist categories, while "Old Town Road" is nominated for Choice Song: Male Artist Choice R&B / Hip-Hop Song and Choice Collaboration. Also nominated at the 2019 Teen Choice Awards are Taylor Swift (Choice Female Artist, Choice Song: Female Artist and Choice Pop Song), Thomas Rhett, Dan + Shay and more. The awards are fan-voted, and the show will air on Aug. 11 at 8PM ET on Fox. -- AS
Brett Eldredge is headed to Europe in 2020. Per a press release, Eldredge will ring in 2020 with a series of eight shows in Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. The tour kicks off on Jan. 14 in Cologne, Germany, and will make stops in Amsterdam, the Netherlands; Cambridge, England; and Glasgow, Scotland; before concluding in London, England, on Feb. 2. Tickets are on sale on Friday (June 21) via Ticketfly. -- AM