2013 Grammy Awards Ratings, Maggie Rose’s Debut Album + More: Country News Roundup
More than 28 million people tuned in to Sunday's Grammy Awards, according to Nielsen data, making for the show's second-largest audience since 1993. That's more than double September's Emmy Awards ratings, but still didn't come close to last year's Grammys, which drew almost 40 million viewers. [SPIN]
Funnyman Jimmy Kimmel welcomed country superstar Tim McGraw to his hit ABC show last week, but Tim wasn't the only McGraw making a guest appearance. Talk show host "Dr. Phil" McGraw was also on hand (although you can probably guess which one of them sang "One of Those Nights.") Kimmel used the opportunity to play a game of "McGraw or McGraw," reciting a line and asking the audience to guess if it was something Dr. Phil has said to "one of the nuts" on his show, or if it's a lyric from one of Tim's tunes. (Our guess, however, is it won't be long before some of those pithy "Dr. Phil"-isms find their way into a country song!) Watch the funny video below.
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Maggie Rose will release her first full-length album, Cut to Impress on March 26. Fans' first taste of the project was the sassy Top 25 hit, "I Ain't Your Mama." The follow-up single, "Better," shows the Virginia native's softer side, as it plays the part of musical healer. Maggie co-wrote four of the project's 10 tracks. Click here to receive a free acoustic cut.
Country newcomer Chris Janson will make his Grand Ole Opry debut Friday (Feb. 15), performing his single, "Better I Don't." "Words can't describe how humbled I am, that I've been asked to play the Grand Ole Opry," says the singer-songwriter. "This will be my greatest career highlight, hands down. Dreams do come true. I'm so grateful." Josh Turner, Craig Morgan, Little Jimmy Dickens and more are also slated to appear on the legendary stage that night. Chris is the co-writer of Tim McGraw's hit, "Truck Yeah" His first full-length album is due later this year.
Fresh off their Grammy win Sunday night, Little Big Town heads to the Big Apple where they'll perform their Top 10 hit, "Tornado," on the "Late Show With David Letterman," Tuesday (Feb. 12) at 11:35 PM ET. LBT took home the Grammy for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for their first No. 1 single, "Pontoon."
Grammy-winning country hitmaker Gary Morris, who originated the role of Jean Valjean on Broadway in "Les Miserables," will release "Gary Morris: My First Love," an on-demand webcast concert special available beginning Thursday, Feb. 14. The one-hour special features familiar hits along with new music from his recently-released album, Single Man. Filmed in front of a live audience in Amarillo, Texas, the set list includes the CMA- and ACM-winning hit "Wind Beneath My Wings" (later a hit for Bette Midler) and "Bring Him Home" from "Les Miserables." "Gary Morris: My First Love" is available for pre-order here.
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