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Country duo Smithfield stripped down their newest single "Our World" for this live sessions video from the ToC studio. Watch as Jennifer Fielder and Trey Smith play off one another with the natural ease of a duo that's been around for 18 years, not eight.

"Our World" can be found on Smithfield's new We Make Our Own EP, released earlier this month. It's a song they both connected to on a personal level because, "our background of knowing each other since we were kids in Waxahachie, Texas. You literally think that’s your whole world you know,” Fielder says. “I feel like a lot of people grow up like that, with your high school boyfriend or girlfriend. You think you’re the only two people in the world at that point."

While "Hey Whiskey" featured more of her lead vocals, "Our World" is a fairly even split. It's the duo's harmonies that really separate them from a pack of country duos, however. For Smithfield it's just easy. There's a comfort among the two friends that's rarely found on a stage.

The new EP also finds them comfortable with the music they're making. Talking to Taste of Country about the ups and downs that come with starting fresh in Nashville, Smith and Fielder reflected on where they are today compared to several years and almost record deals ago.

“As a younger artist, you feel the pressure to stay in your lane of country music. It has to fit this certain mold," Fielder says. I think as you continue to create and as you continue to make music you figure out that I need to do what comes naturally to me.”

Still, the duo listened to country programmers in choosing "Our World" as their next single. After a radio tour in 2018 that included more than 100 stations in eight months, they felt the choice was obvious.

“Unanimously the PD would be like, ‘That’s your next single,'" Smith says.



Kylie Sackley has signed a publishing deal with Deluge Music.

“I’ve been a huge fan of Kylie’s since she came to Nashville and was fortunate to also be a part of her first hit single with LeAnn Rimes “Nothing ‘Bout Love” and look forward to much success together going forward,” said Deluge Music president Mark Friedman.

Sackley has also had songs recorded by Keith Urban, Sam Hunt, Alan Jackson, Faith Hill, and most recently co-wrote Walker Hayes’ chart-topper “You Broke Up With Me.”

“So excited to start this amazing new chapter with Deluge Music!” said Sackley.

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Deluge Music is expanding its Nashville presence with the opening of Deluge Management. The management company will be led by Chris Alderman, who was previously at the helm of Rough Hollow Entertainment.

Initial Deluge management clients include Smithfield, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Jason Scheff, and the Becky Buller Band.

“We are thrilled to be working with Chris and his associate Megan Bocklage and we are excited to provide expanded services to our artists and writers,” said David Robkin, CEO and Chairman of Deluge. “We believe there to be wonderful symmetry between our publishing, recording and management capabilities and we look forward to working and growing together.”

“I am so excited to get the opportunity to work with David, Mark, Emily Dryburgh and their incredibly talented roster,” said Chris Alderman, President of Deluge Management. “I look forward to continuing their passionate and creative approach to music. I am proud of what we have accomplished together as a team over the past year with Smithfield’s ongoing success and to what the future holds for Deluge Music.”

“Chris and Megan joining us is a perfect fit,” said Mark Friedman, President of Deluge Music added. “Their work ethic and tenacity bring great value. As we start our fourth year we look forward to all of the opportunities this union will provide.”

The Nashville and Los Angeles-based publishing, recording and management company is home to artists and songwriters including Smithfield, Madeline Merlo, Jason Saenz, Kevin Savigar, Olivia Rudeen, Mason Thornley and the recently announced Kylie Sackley.


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With the most weeks at Number 1 this century on the Official Albums Chart, it should come as no surprise that The Greatest Showman's Motion Picture Cast Recording finishes as the biggest album of the 2018, can reveal.

The hugely successful film soundtrack was released in December 2017 and in 2018 – where it didn’t exit the Top 5 for the whole year – the collection shifted 1.6 million combined sales. The album performed well across all formats, leading the way as the year’s best physical seller (CD and vinyl), which makes up 51% of its sales total, as well as being the most downloaded (17%) and streamed (32%) album of the year.

The longest-running Number 1 soundtrack in 50 years, The Greatest Showman spawned five Official Singles Chart Top 40 hits, including the Number 3-peaking This Is Me, 2018’s most downloaded single.

he news comes as the record labels' association, The BPI, revealed 142.9 million albums or their equivalent were either purchased or streamed over the past year - up 5.7% in 2018 compared to the previous year. Streaming, of which The Greatest Showman was at the forefront of, now accounts for over 63.6% of UK music consumption.

The best-selling album released in 2018, George Ezra’s sophomore album Staying At Tamara’s ends the year in the runner-up slot (691k). The album features George’s first UK Number 1 – and the UK’s Official Song of the Summer – Shotgun, and the Number 2-peaking Paradise.

Last year’s best-selling album, ÷ from Ed Sheeran, rounds out 2018 as the third biggest artist album (510k), while the cast recording of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, which spent four weeks at Number 1 in 2018, occupies the Number 4 slot (374k). Drake’s fifth album Scorpion, which includes six Top 5 singles, rounds out the Top 5 on 300k.

MORE: The albums that spawned the most Top 10 singles

International acts dominate the rest of the Top 10, with Post Malone’s beerbongs & Bentleys at Number 6, A Star Is Born featuring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper at Number 7, Love from Canadian crooner Michael Buble at Number 8, and Eminem’s record-extending chart topper Kamikaze (10).

Dua Lipa’s self-titled debut is sandwiched between those at Number 9 following her double BRIT Awards win and the release of the collection’s Complete Edition. Dua ranks highest among British females, with the album being the most popular of 2018 not to peak at Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart.

Elsewhere, Odyssey, Take That’s reimagined greatest hits and 2018’s fastest-selling artist album finishes in 11th, Andrea Bocelli’s first ever UK Number 1 Si lands at 12, plus Sir Rod Stewart, the oldest British male to claim a Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart, places at 14 with Blood Red Roses.

Ariana Grande claims 2018’s biggest album by an international female artist with Sweetener at Number 16, Arctic Monkeys’ sixth consecutive Number 1 album and 2018’s best seller on vinyl Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino impacts at 17, and the year’s biggest debut album from Anne-Marie titled Speak Your Mind is at 26.

Finally, Olly Murs claims the biggest album to peak at Number 2 on the Official Albums Chart in 2018 with You Know I Know at Number 28.

Anne-Marie leads the list of the biggest debut albums released in 2018, with the Number 3-peaking Speak Your Mind accumulating combined sales of 164k. Camila Cabello’s self-titled collection picks up the honour of the year’s best-selling international debut (125,000), with Cardi B in third with Invasion of Privacy (104,000).

Juice WLRD had 2018’s fourth biggest debut with Goodbye & Good Riddance, Britain’s Got Talent finalists D-Day Darlings claim the biggest debut album by a group with I’ll Remember You, while Beyonce and Jay Z round out the list with Everything Is Love, their debut album billed as The Carters.

Rod Stewart Breaks Down His ‘Age Appropriate’ New Album ‘Blood Red Roses’


Rod Stewart knew exactly what he didn’t want to do when he began penning songs for his new album Blood Red Roses, which landed in stores on September 28th. “I didn’t want to write songs like ‘Stay With Me,’ ‘Hot Legs,’ and ‘Tonight’s the Night,'” he says. “I wanted to attempt to do something a little bit more age-appropriate, and hopefully I’ve succeeded.”

The album is part of a creative renaissance for the 73-year-old that began with his 2013 LP Time and continued in 2015 with Another Country. Up until those albums he’d put songwriting on hold for well over a decade to concentrate on his Great American Songbook series along with other covers projects, but then the itch to compose his own material returned. He says that writing his 2012 memoir Rod: The Autobiography played a big role in that process, along with the realization that creating a new album no longer required endless late nights in dark studios. “I was always locked in the studio for months on end,” he says. “We’d spend two hours getting a drum sound. I’d never even see daylight. It became laborious.”