Friday, 22 September 2017

TOWIE's Megan McKenna lands No.1 on iTunes chart with debut country single High Heeled Shoes

Essex’s Megan McKenna new country single High Heeled Shoes/ Far Cry from Love land #1 & #2 on UK iTunes and enjoy 2 weeks on the Official UK Singles Chart!

Megan McKenna’s new single High Heeled Shoes, released September 6, 2017, sent her straight to the top of both UK Country iTunes Singles Chart and the UK iTunes all genre chart without any radio airplay!
As a non-follower of Reality TV, it prompted the question just who is Megan McKenna?

Well she’s a TOWIE/ Celebrity Big Brother 16 babe reality TV star!
She beat out P!nk and Taylor Swift, despite only releasing the song on Wednesday morning (Sept 6).
McKenna celebrated her chart-topping success on Twitter, posting:
“OMG I AM OVERWHELMED! I am Currently No.1 & 2 on iTunes! (iTunes | Amazon UK (was ranked #20) | Building Our Own Nashville Read Single Review)

Release Date: 6 Sept 2017
Songs: High Heeled Shoes/ Far Cry From Love
Label: Instrumental

2 Tracks/ Time: 7:37

High Heeled Shoes Debut UK Country iTunes Shoes #1 (#2 overall UK Singles chart)
Far Cry from Love Debut UK Country iTunes #2 (#5 overall UK Singles chart)

Official UK Top 100 Singles Chart (Week Ending 14 September 2017)
(8 September 2017 - 14 September 2017)
"Look What You Made Me Do" the first single from Taylor Swift's upcoming album Reputation held at No.1 (46,411 sales, including 30,166 from sales-equivalent streams + 16,245 pure sales)
Although making a significantly lower debut, reality TV star Megan McKenna's High Heeled Shoes (No.43, 8,480 sales) and Far Cry From Love (No.53, 6,999 sales) were released less than 48 hours before the end of the chart week, were #1 & #2 on UK iTunes, and outsold Swift and achieved higher paid-for sales in that period.

The only other country single to appear on the Top 100 in 2017 so far was the late Glen Campbell's "Wichita Lineman" (chart dated Aug 17, 2017) at #98.
It is something on a rarity the last 5-years to see a country single on the Top 100 and hard to recall anything from a British country artist.
Born in Cambridgeshire UK, Olivia Newton-John with "Banks of the Ohio" reached #6 UK and "Take Me Home, Country Roads" peaked at #15
Dave Clark Five had a No.7 hit in the UK Singles Chart with Raymond Froggatt's "The Red Balloon" in 1968.
Peters and Lee were a successful British folk and pop duo from the 1970s and their single "Welcome Home" reached #1 in May 1973.
Tom Jones' "Green, Green Grass of Home" (1966) was # 1 and his cover of Bobby Bare's "Detroit City" reached #8 in 1967.
Frank Jennings came to prominence in the 1970’s when country music in the UK was riding on the crest of a wave. He won the TV talent show “Opportunity Knocks”. The Reading-based singer led his band Frank Jennings Syndicate higher than just about any other UK country act then or since (until The Shires and Ward Thomas). They won TV’s Opportunity Knocks, were signed to EMI Records and charted on the UK pop charts with "Me & My Guitar" (#51) and also gained a gold disc along the way.
Despite BBC Radio 2 A/B playlisting over 10 singles for The Shires and Ward Thomas nothing has charted in the top 100.

Official There's two things about Megan!: On Monday Sept 11 the UK Official Charts reported that
Megan McKenna was in with a shot at scoring two songs in this week's Top 40. Following her There's Something About Megan documentary on ITV2, which saw her try her luck as a recording artist in Nashville, her country tracks "High Heeled Shoes" and "Far Cry From Love" were standing at No.30 and 39.

Official UK Top 100 Singles Chart (Week Ending 21 September 2017)
(15 September 2017 - 21 September 2017)
In her second week chart frame McKenna's High Heeled Shoes fell 43-56 with estimated sales 5,900; 2-week total 14,400 sales) and Far Cry From Love fell 53-72 with estimated sales 4,700 (2-week total 11,700 sales)

Published Sept 20, 2017 Megan McKenna “High Heeled Shoes” (Official Music Video), 77,000 views in 24 hours!

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The Sun: MEGASTAR MEGS Megan McKenna ‘ready to sign huge record deal’ as she prepares to go into the studio to ‘work on debut album’:  “The fact Megan was outselling some of the biggest singers in the world without a music video or one single radio play is incredible.”….

Daily Mail: Yee-haw! Megan McKenna flaunts her pert posterior and long legs in star-spangled Daisy Dukes during Nashville stay... as it's revealed she has knocked Taylor Swift off the top of the charts with her debut single…

OK!: TOWIE's Megan McKenna beats Pink and Taylor Swift to land number one on iTunes chart with debut country single High Heeled Shoes: MEGAN McKenna recently revealed she was planning to embark on a country music singing career.

Megan McKenna SOCIAL MEDIA Followers: Facebook (300K Followers) | Twitter (620K Followers) | Instagram (2 Million Followers) | Spotify (Currently 156K monthly listeners)
Megan’s 2 million followers (including on Twitter: BBC Radio 2's Bob Harris, Maverick Magazine, country artist/actress Twinnie and award winning and nominated Holloway Road & Jade Helliwell) went into meltdown over her happy news. OK!

"That's in 11 hours!!! Well done," one impressed follower wrote.
"I've bought both songs. They are both amazing. Xx," another replied.
Wasn't a big country fan BUT then I heard High Heeled Shoes and Far Cry From Love…..oh my god I'm obsessed!!!

Spotify also included her on the Very Nearly Nashville playlist alongside the likes of Thomas Rhett & Kesha!

After finding fame through Ex on the Beach and The Only Way is Essex, McKenna is now pursuing a country music career.
She recently starred in three-part ITVBe spin-off series (, There’s Something About Megan, which saw her head to Nashville to develop her singing and song-writing skills.

ITVBe’s (Website) There's Something About Megan aired on Freeview/YouView 26 | Sky 149/Scotland 131 | Virgin 119 | Freesat 118. All 3 episodes were repeated back-to-back on Sunday Sept 10th. They are available on demand via ITV Hub
Megan said of the three-part series: “I can't wait to spend this summer in Nashville. I have been a country music fan my whole life so to go to the place where some of my favorite country music artists have recorded really is a dream come true. -

Earlier this month, McKenna wowed Loose Women viewers (>> YouTube) when she sang an a capella version of Eva Cassidy’s Fields of Gold.

Her new song High Heeled Shoes was inspired by her on-off relationship with her TOWIE co-star Pete Wicks.

During a session on her new show with professional songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman (Instagram), she said: "I feel like the song, where I want it to go would be explaining a place, like where I felt like last year – when stuff happened.” "I feel like I want to say in it, 'If you show me, and I feel like I can trust you with everything again, then it will work'.

After hearing Megan perform some of her original material for the first time in Nashville, Grammy award winning song-writer Beth Nielsen Chapman, offered to mentor Megan as a song writer, and together they created the emotional second track on this single “Far Cry From Love”.

When reflecting on the song Megan said: “This is a really heartfelt ballad which I wrote, and it means so much to me. To be able to express my feelings in a song is something I have always wanted to do. I’m sure there are so many girls and guys out there who can relate to loving a person so much, yet the only person that you think can help get you through the breakup is them but they’re the problem and so can’t be the cure! It’s really personal to me and I’m so happy with the song.”

This all comes after Megan revealed The X Factor judge Louis Walsh is secretly mentoring her. She told reporters at the 2017 TV Choice Awards, "Louis Walsh and I talk a lot about my music, and he's really happy with how it's going. Basically, he actually was one of the people who said to me ages ago that I should go to Nashville and do a show.”
The Sun: TAKING ON TAYLOR Towie’s Megan McKenna reveals she’d love to be targeted on Taylor Swift’s next revenge track after knocking her off the top spot

In the last episode of There’s Something About Megan, the star performed four songs at her showcase in front of an audience of very important people connected to the music industry. She admitted being nervous before taking to the stage at the famous Station Inn in a bid to secure a record deal - but it paid off as she wowed the crowds with her voice. "I feel like my final performance went really well," said Megan.
"Walking off the stage and seeing my mum and everyone there, them being so proud and happy about it, it's just the best feeling ever."

Megan did what was needed to impress the record label and was told after that High Heeled Shoes would be released as a single.
Talent agent Nick told her: "The amazing thing was, when you started to sing, you pulled the crowd right in and that's what a great performer would do. "Tonight, you showed me you won over the audience which is very hard to do in this town and in America and the world. "The great thing about you is you have to be first or you have to be different.
"There's no question you're different but you could also be a first from your area of the world to be successful as a country musician."

High Heeled Shoes has now had radio play on Heart, Capital FM, Radio 1 and Bob Harris(OBE) added it to the curated BBC Radio 2 Country Playlist on Thurs Sept 14, 2017 – BBC Playlist.
Megan tweeted: Ahhhhhh play on Radio1 this morning! And capital & heart yesterday, This is mad! And all thanks to you guys buying my single! Megan McKenna: 5 Things To Know About The Hot British Singer Who Dethroned Taylor Swift

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On Tuesday Sept 12 at 11.30am Megan did an exclusive LIVE performance on Dan Wootton's Facebook Page
Dan is The Sun's Associate Editor (Showbiz & TV). He brings the best entertainment news in two daily columns in The Sun - the world famous Bizarre column and spin-off Bizarre TV.
He is also the Showbiz Reporter on ITV's Lorraine show, reporting breaking entertainment news and gossip and interviewing A-list stars in the morning.

Towie's Megan McKenna performs live and answers your questions
The Only Way is Essex star turned country star Megan McKenna gives her first LIVE UK performance and answers your questions
Posted by Dan Wootton on Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Building Our Own Nashville Interview: Megan McKenna talks country music, songwriting and her debut singles.

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To celebrate their BCMA nomination, American Young announce new single, Better On You

To celebrate their BCMA nomination, American Young announce new single, Better On You (FFO: Ward Thomas, The Shires, Dan + Shay)

Duo nominated for Best International Touring Act
International Act Of The Year (Touring) nominees:
Jenn Bostic; Sam Outlaw; Charlie Worsham; Sarah Darling; American Young; Sonia Leigh; Southern Halo

We are so honored to be invited and to be a part of such a magic night!”Jon & Kristy

New single ‘Better On You” out now!:

Curb Records’ recording duo, American Young are returning to the UK for an appearance at the British Country Music Awards. Having proved a phenomenal hit on their eleven-date European tour, the couple’s third, the duo were thrilled to solidify their reciprocal love of the UK audiences with this prestigious nomination.

We are always very excited to experience the European audiences, we connect with them in such a special way, it’s hard to describe,” comments Jon Stone, “The energy, the enthusiasm—It’s so much fun to be able to bring our passion to Europe, and the fans be so welcoming.”

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‘Miss Country Soul’ Jeannie Seely celebrates 50 Years as a member of The Grand Ole Opry

Seely Becomes Sixth Woman Ever to Spend 5 Decades As An Opry Member

L-R Michael Guth, Chief Operating Officer, Opry Entertainment Group, Sally Williams, General Manager, Grand Ole Opry / Sr. Vice President, Programming & Artist Relations, Opry Entertainment, Jeannie Seely, Bill Anderson)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – ‘Miss Country Soul’ Jeannie Seely celebrates 50 years as a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
Exactly 50 years to the day she was first inducted on September 16, 1967, Seely performed her Grammy®-winning classic “Don’t Touch Me” and other favorites before being joined on stage by fellow Opry member Bill Anderson and Opry General Manager Sally Williams to mark the occasion with gifts and presentations. Seely becomes the sixth woman in country music history to reach the milestone, joining Minnie Pearl, Jean Shepard, Wilma Lee Cooper, Loretta Lynn and Connie Smith with that distinction.

“Jeannie Seely lives and breathes the Grand Ole Opry,” Williams said. “It is an honor for all of us to celebrate such a talented, dedicated, trailblazing member of our Opry family. Watching her perform tonight, I think we can all agree she’s just getting started.”

“The Opry has been my life for more than 50 years," said Seely. "I feel so blessed to be a part of this Opry family, tonight was just the icing on the cake.”

The Pennsylvania-native first saw success with her hit single, “Don’t Touch Me,” which won a Grammy Award for “Best Country Vocal Performance by a Female” in 1966. Along with dozens of accolades, including awards from Billboard, Cashbox and Record World, Seely has achieved No. 1 songs as a solo artist, as a duet partner and as a songwriter. Her songs have been recorded by country legends such as Merle Haggard, Dottie West, Ernest Tubb and Ray Price.

Most recently Seely released 'Written In Song,' a collection of 14 tracks all co-written or self penned by Seely. Distributed by Smith Music Group, 'Written In Song' brings back the traditional country sound that fans have been longing for. Standout tracks include “Leavin’ & Sayin’ Goodbye” featuring special guests Kenny and Tess Sears, “Senses” with guest Connie Smith and Marty Stuart and “We’re Still Hangin’ In There Ain’t We Jessi” with Jan Howard and Jessi Colter.

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Miss Country Soul” Jeannie Seely is a GRAMMY® award-winning artist who has been recording and performing for more than six decades.
 A Pennsylvania native, Seely moved to LA where she met many songwriters including Dottie West who ultimately encouraged her to move to Nashville.
Within a month, Porter Wagoner hired her as the female singer for his road and television series.
On September 16, 1967, Seely’s biggest dream came true when she became the first Pennsylvania native to become a member of the world famous Grand Ole Opry. Seely subsequently became the first female to regularly host segments of the weekly Opry shows. She’s also credited for changing the image of female country performers by being the first to wear a mini-skirt on the Opry stage.
On March 2, 1967, the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences honored Jeannie with the 1966 GRAMMY® Award for the "Best Country Vocal Performance by a Female."
A BMI-awarded songwriter, Seely’s songs have been recorded by Country Music Hall of Fame members Faron Young, Merle Haggard, Connie Smith, Ray Price, Willie Nelson, Ernest Tubb and Little Jimmy Dickens, as well as by many other artists including Doyle Lawson, Lorrie Morgan and Irma Thomas.

Along with placing records on the Billboard country singles chart for 13 consecutive years, Seely also served as a radio disc jockey on her own Armed Forces Network Show.