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Provident Label Group/Sony Music Entertainment artist Tauren Wells has had quite a memorable year.

From touring with Lionel Richie, to releasing his debut solo full-length Hills and Valleys, and the tremendous success of the album’s self-titled debut single, Wells is wrapping up his 2017 by receiving two GRAMMY® nominations. Recognized for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album (Hills and Valleys) and his single “Hills and Valleys” for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song (which he co-wrote with Chuck Butler and Jonathan Smith), Wells is no stranger to the GRAMMY Awards® as he was nominated in both 2011 and 2014 with his former band Royal Tailor.

The double GRAMMY recognition encapsulates the success of Tauren Wells’ past year, which kicked off with his song “Undefeated” (from his 2016 solo EP of the same name) getting licensed by Fox Sports and played during NBA coverage.

Wells released his debut LP, Hills and Valleys, in June, which was highly received by critics and calling it “contagious,” “energetic,” and an album that “takes listeners from quiet moments of encouragement to a strong, fast-paced, energetic celebration of Christ’s goodness and faithfulness.” Hills and Valleys also made a successful first week appearance on the SoundScan Christian/Gospel Digital Albums chart at No. 3.

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The hit single “Hills and Valleys” was one of the most streamed Christian songs of 2017, according to Spotify. Along with featuring Tauren Wells as the cover artist, Spotify also placed the song as the first track on their Top Christian Hits of 2017 playlist.

The song was also chosen as one of K-LOVE’s top performing songs of the year. The network shares that Tauren Wells is “One of the fastest rising stars in Christian music” and “’Hills and Valleys’ is a special song that showcases the singer’s range, but it’s far from his only hit.”

Additionally, the music video for “Hills and Valleys” has had an astounding 12.7 million views to date. His latest music video, for “When We Pray,” is already close to a million views and can be viewed here and below.

On the heels of his album’s release, Wells began the summer energizing large audiences across the U.S. as the opening act for Lionel Richie’s All The Hits Tour with special guest Mariah Carey. The 22-city tour hit the country’s most renowned venues, from Madison Square Garden in New York City, American Airlines Center in Dallas, and the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. Wells also appeared on numerous morning and afternoon TV shows in some of the biggest markets promoting his music and the tour such as Dallas, Houston and Los Angeles.

Wells also performed at two of industry’s biggest annual events this past year – the K-LOVE Fan Awards and the GMA Dove Awards – before he joined the Air1 Positive Hits Tour in the fall, which took him to more than 30 markets coast to coast.

With 2017 being such an astounding year for Wells, what does his 2018 hold? It will kick off with the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards® on Sunday, January 28, 2018 and held live at Madison Square Garden in New York City. He will then join Chris Tomlin’s annual concert event Worship Night In America, which kicks off in April.

Be sure to visit TaurenWellsOfficial.com for the most updated tour schedule and for more information.

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[MUSIC VIDEO] Ray J & Princess Star in “Party’s Over!”

Ray J is still making moves and hits after over twenty years in the game! We already know him to be a mogul and game changer, and now he is back to his roots with a new music video and single from his EP, “Emerald City,” “Party’s Over!” The video not only features Ray J, but his beautiful wife and reality star, Princess Love.

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Ray J is still making moves and hits after over twenty years in the game! We already know him to be a mogul and game changer, and now he is back to his roots with a new music video and single from his EP, “Emerald City,” “Party’s Over!” The video not only features Ray J, but his beautiful wife and reality star, Princess Love.

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“Emerald City” Album Cover

Check it out below!

We absolutely love this video! More than the video we love seeing Ray J and Princess Love together! We know for awhile they were having some marital problems, but this video is just a testament to their enduring love. After a few years together and two beautiful kids, the magic is still there!

What do you all think of Ray J’s music video for “Party’s Over?” Sound off in the comments’ section below!

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Why Can’t We Just Accept Summer Walker (@summerwalker)?

Why can’t we be who we are without everyone comparing and judging? Summer Walker isn’t your typical artist filled with roses and daises. She is however one-of-a-kind and should be treated as such. Let the music speak for itself!

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Why can’t we be who we are without everyone comparing and judging? Summer Walker isn’t your typical artist filled with roses and daises. She is however one-of-a-kind and should be treated as such. Let the music speak for itself!

 

 

The controversy surrounding Summer Walker is baffling yet confusing.  I can’t help but feel like if she was a man her “personality deficiencies” would be praised. I can’t believe in 2019 people still won’t accept folks for who they are. Exhibit A: the video above showcases Walker’s performance on NPR’s Music Tiny Desk. I can not tell you how many people were turned off by this performance. Saying things like “this is why I can’t get with this new generation of artist” or “she look like she don’t wanna be there” … is that what we’re doing now? This young woman is 23 years old … why are we so quick to judge.

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I’m starting to think that the concerned are just jealous. Summer Walker’s ‘Over It’ Album broke Beyonce’s ‘Lemonade’ Streaming Record. Summer Walker is making a lot of noise! & Her debut album, Over It, dropped on Oct. 4th and is the largest debut album from a female R&B artist for 10 years. She’s not Beyonce or any other artist, she’s just herself. We should just listen to her album and get to know her … because she isn’t going to give it you in her interviews. LOL

Hahaha this is partially why I love her. I love her dryness. I love how blunt she is. She is a whole mood. Every artist isn’t going to be smiling from ear to ear, eager to be in front of people all the time. Oh and by the way I don’t believe she is retiring so we can kill that story line.

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‘Over It’

This album is soooooo damn good. Most people I’ve talked to love it as well while others think she’s a one trick pony with limited range. I couldn’t care less about all of that … from beginning to end this album is the perfect introduction to who Summer Walker actually is. She’s a straight shooter! Her music is empowering and leaves no room for questions. From ‘Come Thru’ to ‘Potential’ listening to Over It will get you in your feelings but also make you call up your ex for a late night session.

Enjoy!

 

Written By: @TheTristonDevon

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Netflix Partners w/ Curb Records for Send-Off Soundtrack Celebrating Final Season of The Ranch

A swan song! To commemorate the final season of “The Ranch,” Netflix has partnered with Curb Records for the release of “The Ranch (A Netflix Original Series Official Soundtrack).”

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A swan song! To commemorate the final season of “The Ranch,” Netflix has partnered with Curb Records for the release of “The Ranch (A Netflix Original Series Official Soundtrack).”

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The show has been praised for having TV’s best collection of country music and this compilation showcases several of the series’ best songs. Available for pre-order by clicking HERE, The Ranch (A Netflix Original Series Official Soundtrack) will be released on January 24th to coincide with the airing of the final season. A limited edition 12” vinyl version of the soundtrack will be available on February 14.

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Among the soundtrack’s many highlights is the series’ acclaimed theme song, “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys,” a rendition of the Ed Bruce country classic  performed by Lukas Nelson and GRAMMY® Award winner Shooter Jennings. This special Lukas/Shooter duet was recorded specifically for The Ranch and has never been released. It comes more than 40 years after their fathers–country music icons Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings–recorded their cover of the song, which hit No. 1 on the country music charts and won a GRAMMY®.

Fans that pre-order The Ranch (A Netflix Original Series Official Soundtrack) will receive a download of the Lee Brice song, “Rumor (Glover Mix)” on December 20.

The track listing for The Ranch (A Netflix Original Series Official Soundtrack):

  1. Rumor (Glover Mix) – Lee Brice

  2. Things That I Lean On (feat. Jason Isbell) – Wynonna & The Big Noise

  3. Slower – Filmore

  4. Whiskey On My Breath – Love And Theft

  5. Nobody – Dylan Scott

  6. Home To The Water – Mallary Hope

  7. Thank God For You – Rodney Atkins

  8. Runs In The Family – BoDeans

  9. One At A Time – Jackson Michelson

  10. Joshua Tree – Ruthie Collins

  11. Ain’t Bad For A Good Ol’ Boy – Mo Pitney

  12. Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys – Lukas Nelson & Shooter Jennings

We hate to see “The Ranch” go! It is is wonderful show, but all good things must come to an end eventually. Be sure you grab your own copy today!

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