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New music topping this week in country

October 12, 2018

NUMBER ONE: Russell Dickerson isn’t a one-hit wonder. After topping the charts earlier this year with “Yours,” the Tennessee native has scored his second No. 1 hit with “Blue Tacoma,” which topped both the Billboard Country Airplay chart and Mediabase chart this week.

Russell co-penned the tune with Casey Brown and Parker Welling.

After spending the summer on the road with Lady Antebellum and Darius Rucker on their co-headlining “Summer Plays On” Tour, Russell will open for Darius during his European tour dates through October.

NEW TRACK: The guys from Old Dominion — Matthew Ramsey, Trevor Rosen, Geoff Sprung, Brad Tursi and Whit Sellers — are following up their fifth No. 1 single, “Hotel Key,” with the release of “Make It Sweet.”

The new track is the lead single from Old Dominion’s upcoming third studio album. The boys will perform “Make It Sweet” for the very first time on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Tuesday, Oct. 16. In addition, the band will embark on the Make It Sweet Tour in 2019. Kicking off on Jan. 18 in Chicago, the 20-plus-date tour will features support from Jordan Davis, Morgan Evans and Mitchell Tenpenny on select dates.

NEW SINGLE: Lauren Alaina is heading back to country radio with a new single, “Ladies in the ’90s,” paying homage to many of her influences, including Britney Spears, Reba McEntire, Shania Twain, Faith Hill and more. Lauren, who was born in 1994, co-wrote the tune with Jesse Frasure and Amy Wade.

The new single, which officially impacts country radio on Oct. 15, is available now.

To celebrate the new single, Lauren will be hosting ’90s-themed VIP parties as part of Cole Swindell and Dustin Lynch’s “Reason To Drink Another” Tour, which kicked off Oct. 4 and runs through Dec. 14.

WORLD’S BEST: Faith Hill will put her music expertise to use as a judge on the upcoming TV talent competition, “The World’s Best,” which will premiere on CBS in 2019.

Faith will be joined by fellow judges RuPaul Charles and Drew Barrymore, while James Corden will serve as host and co-executive producer of the 10-episode series.

According to a press release, The World’s Best is “a first-of-its-kind global talent competition that features acts from every genre imaginable, from every corner of the planet. They not only have to impress the American judges, but will also need to impress the ‘wall of the world,’ featuring 50 experts from around the world and every field of entertainment to advance through the competition. Only one act will ultimately be crowned The World’s Best.”

Julie Reeves is the midday host on Big Buck Country 101.5. Also contributing is Bill Cornwell.

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