Song Of The Week 5/4/13

The winner this week is “I Want Crazy” by Hunter Hayes. For more about the song, check out Push Play & Listens write up.

The winner this week coincides with an exciting announcement he made this morning.

Platinum selling country artist Hunter Hayes is partnering up with CMT on tour to bring his fans the Let’s Be Crazy Tour. The tour will support Hayes’ new album “Hunter Hayes Encore” out on June 18th. Tickets for the tour go on sale June 14 and 21. Those fans who preordered Hayes’ new album or download his new app will be eligible to purchase tickets earlier.

The tour will stop in 21 cities and will feature special guest Ashley Monroe of the Pistol Annies. You can find the list of dates below.

Hunter Hayes’ CMT on Tour: Let’s Be Crazy Tour Dates:

10/10 – Knoxville, Tenn. | Knoxville Civic Auditorium
10/11 – Savannah, Ga. | Johnny Mercer Theatre
10/12 –  Columbia, S.C. | South Carolina State Fair
10/17 – Atlanta, Ga. | Fox Theatre
10/18-19 – Nashville, Tenn. | Ryman Auditorium
10/24 – Muncie, Ind.| Emens Auditorium at Ball State University
10/25 – Chicago | Rosemont Theatre
10/26 – Louisville, Ky. | Louisville Palace Theater
11/1 – Birmingham, Ala. |  BJCC Concert Hall
11/2 – Greensboro, N.C. | War Memorial Auditorium
11/8 – Evansville, Ind. | Aiken Theatre at the Centre
11/9 – Cleveland | State Theatre at Playhouse Square
11/10 –Detroit | Fox Theatre
11/14 – St. Louis | Fox Theatre
11/15 – Sioux City, Iowa | Orpheum Theatre
11/16 – Omaha, Neb. | Orpheum Theater
11/20 – Lafayette, La. | Heymann Performing Arts Center
11/22 – Dallas | Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
11/23 – Tulsa, Okla. | Brady Theater
12/4-5 – Minneapolis | Orpheum Theatre
12/6-7 – Kansas City, Mo. | The Midland by AMC


Music News Round Up 4/30/13

Check out the new episode of Music News Round Up, which features music news of all kinds, from new music videos, new singles, upcoming tours to musical television news.

This episode features news about Hunter Hayes, Big Time Rush, Emblem 3, Lee Dewyze, Cody Simpson and more. Push play and listen as I get you caught up on some of music’s biggest news, right here on Push Play & Listen.

Hunter Hayes’ Single Talks “Crazy” Love

Platinum selling country singer/songwriter Hunter Hayes premiered his new single “I Want Crazy” last night on the Academy of Country Music Awards.

“I Want Crazy” is the first single off of Hayes’ reboot of his debut album “Hunter Hayes (Encore).” The song starts with a strong catchy guitar riff much like that of his first single “Storm Warning.”

Hayes’ voice comes in strong talking about catching a flight to see is love’s eyes and the “fall” he took for her.

“Yeah, our first date, girl, the season changed/That got washed away in a summer rain/You can’t undo a fall like this/’Cause love don’t know what distance is.”

The song’s theme revolves around Hayes ability to only think about his girl and describes the best love is one filled with unexplainable feelings and spontaneous actions spawned for your feelings.

“Yeah, I wanna be scared, don’t wanna know why/I wanna feel good, don’t have to be right/The world makes all kinds of rules for love/I say you gotta let it do what it does.”

For more lyrics, head over to Pop! Goes the Chart.

On top of the catchy music, Hayes lyrics come off truthful while staying light and playful.

Hayes’ songwriting ability is continuing to grow and this song is proof of it as once again the simplicity of his word choices depict a very colorful and relatable picture.

In Hayes’ weekly webisode For The Love Of Music, he talks about the natural progression of the song and how it stands to be a song that incorporates a combination of themes from his other songs, like number one singles “Wanted” and “Somebody’s Heartbreak.” You can hear all about it in the video below.

Hayes premiered the song last night on the Academy of Country Music Awards. It was a lively performance which incorporated Hayes’ signature chalked lyrics look, balloons and confetti. Catch is performance below.

Will “I Want Crazy” be able to follow Hayes’ previous singles to the number 1 spot on country radio? Only time will tell, but the song it built to be a song of the summer.

“I Want Crazy” is available for download now. Hayes’ rerelease, “Hunter Hayes (Encore)” hits selves June 18th and is available for pre-order on and iTunes.

Hayes’ site has a bunch of deals available. If you pre-order a digital copy of  “Hunter Hayes (Encore)” you will receive an instant download of “I Want Crazy.”

On May 7th, the site will launch VIP presale packages that will feature exclusive merchandise, a physical copy of the cd and more. Those who pre-order the digital copy of the album through will receive a $9.99 credit towards those VIP presale packages.


Music News Round Up Week of April 1st

Check out this week’s episode of Music News Round Up for new music and tour news from artists Jonas Brothers, Demi Lovato, Hanson, Big Time Rush and Hunter Hayes.

You can check out more details about the Jonas Brothers at their website.

Demi Lovato’s album artwork and details are talked about here.

More details on Hanson’s new album, single and tour are located on their website.

Check out Big Time Rush’s Summer Break Tour details and see if they are coming to a city near you.

Visit Hunter Hayes’ website for his new single and album details.

2013 ACM Nominations

All right country music fan, the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards announced their nominees Wednesday morning.

“Springsteen” loving Eric Church leads the pack with 7 nominations while one of the scenes hottest rising stars, Hunter Hayes, closely follows with 6. The leading ladies are not to far behind. Miranda Lambert and Taylor Swift both picked up five nominations.

Eric Church picks up nominations for Male Vocalist of the Year and  Album of the Year, this is the second year that Church’s album “Chief” has been nominated in this category. His number 1 hit “Springsteen” is nominated for Single of the Year and Song of the Year, where Church is nominated as both the artists and composer. Church’s current single “Creepin'” is nominated for Video of the Year. He is also nominated alongside Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan for Vocal Event of the Year for their performance of “The Only Way I Know.”

Hunter Hayes picked up a nomination for New Male Vocalist of the Year, a nomination he also received at last years ACM Awards. Hayes’ number 1 song “Wanted” picked up the rest of Hayes’ nominations. The music video is nominated for Video of the Year. Hayes also received double nominations for the song in the Single of the Year and Song of the Year categories, as both artist and producer as well as artist and composer respectively.

The ACM Award’s most prestigious award, Entertainer of the Year, doesn’t look too different from last year’s nominees. This year, reigning champion Taylor Swift will compete with Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and married couple Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert.

Album of the year nominees include  Eric Church’s “Chief,” Carrie Underwood’s “Blown Away,” Taylor Swift’s “Red,” Luke Bryan’s “Tailgates & Tanlines” and Little Big Town’s “Tornado.

View the complete list of nominees here.

Stay tuned to ACM for the announcement of this year’s performers and how you can get involved in voting.

The ACM Awards will air Sunday April 7 on CBS.

Who do you think should win Entertainer of the Year at this year’s ACM Awards?

2013 Grammy Awards

The Grammys awarded some the industry’s best musicians with music’s most prestigious awards last night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Gotye, Fun, and The Black Keys were among the nights biggest winners.

The show opened with Taylor Swift performing her hit “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” featuring an elaborate staging production reflecting “Alice In Wonderland.” It included everything from a rabbit and magicians to a man pinned on a wheel.

The bridge of Swift’s song contains Swift talking to a friend about how her ex called her up telling her he still loved her and her replying that the relationship was “exhausting.” Swift made some lyric changes for the Grammy performance, which included a fake British Accent and stating that she was “busy opening up the Grammy’s.” Speculation has it that the fake British accent symbolized Swift’s recent breakup with One Direction singer Harry Styles, but Swift has not spoken about performance.

Last year’s host, LL Cool J, returned this year and his opening monologue was one of the rappers most memorable highlights of the night. It’s message showcased the symbolism of the Grammy’s. He took the stage after Swift’s performance and stated, “Here at the Grammys, we always get back together and that is what make’s it music’s greatest night.”

LL Cool J then when on to talk about how music brings people together as he highlighted the many places today’s stars come from, stating the an appearance at the Grammy’s was a blessing for all of them by saying, “A Grammy isn’t just a shiny trophy, it’s a dream come true.”

While the Grammys is about honoring the past year’s best music makers, the show is also known for it’s performances and collaborations. This year was no different, as we saw some unlikely artists come together, some memorable tributes and some show stopping solo performances.

“I just love getting to see all the various artists perform together on one stage,” Meek said. “There were many great performances.”

The first collaboration of the night came in form of a British “A Team,” which included new comer Ed Sheeran and hit maker Sir. Elton John. The two turned Sheeran’s Grammy nominated song, “The A Team,” into a duet.

Meek enjoyed the performance.

“Ed and Sir Elton were fantastic,” Meek said. “It must be a sheer honor to have a legend such as Elton John be such a fan of Ed’s to perform together on the Grammys.”

Arizona State University student Kyle Payne, found the performance to be a “nice complement,” stating that it was mix of the old and new sound.

Arguably the most talked about performance comes with the return of Justin Timberlake, who took to the stage to perform part of his new single “Suit & Tie” and a new song, “Pusher Lover Girl.”

“I really did like Justin Timberlake,” Payne said. “He is such a talented performer and getting Jay Z on stage was more that his own wife could get him to do a week ago.”

Timberlake’s performance was filmed to look like an old black and white movie for his first song, giving it a classic throwback feel. The staging and props behind him complimented the look.

Carrie Underwood lit up the stage with her performance and brought a special effect with her. Underwood’s vocals were flawless as she performed an acoustic version of her two time Grammy winning song “Blown Away.” She then jumped into her current single “Two Black Cadiallacs,” in which her beautiful, floor length, silver gown becomes animated.

Underwood’s tour mate and three time grammy nominee Hunter Hayes performed a snippet of his number one single “Wanted” and then passed the stage to Underwood.

The Grammys also honored Bob Marley with a tribute performed by Bruno Mars, Rihanna, Sting as well as Marley’s sons Ziggy and Damien Marley. The powerful performance has the Staples Center audience on its feet and clapping along.

“Bob Marley’s tribute was appreciated,” Meek said. “He would have been 68 this past January and he is well missed.”

Judging by this years winners we are seeing a new trend into alternative/indie music. Last year’s grammy was a pop music sweep as British songstress Adele won 6 awards. While, Adele’s music is pop, her power lyrics could have alluded to the strong sweep of alternative artists who won big this year.

Many of the Grammy’s most popular awards were handed to alternative artists.

Gotye was a three time winner Sunday night. His hit song with Kimbra, “Somebody That I Used To Know” won for Record of the Year and Best Pop Dup/Group Performance. Gotye’s album, “Making Mirrors,” won for Best Alternative Music Album.

Fun. took home Grammy’s for New Artist of the Year and Song of the Year for their hit “We Are Young.”

Mumford and Sons won the night’s biggest award, Album of the Year for “Babel.”

A full list of winners can be found on the Grammy website.