Kacey Musgraves’ “Apologize” lands on Billboard Hot Singles Sales chart at #23

Hot 100 SinglesKACEY MUSGRAVES’ acoustic version of “Apologize” from Triple Pop has charted in BILLBOARD at #23 on the Hot Singles Sales chart for week of February 15, 2014.

The song charted next to Adele’s “Skyfall” and ChvrchesRecover” – one of my favorite songs.

Apologize” is available on Triple Pop’s exclusive two (2) song digital digital EP “Apologize / See You Again” on the iTunes Store, Amazon MP3 and dozens of other digital music stores.

This is our label’s FIRST Billboard chart entry.  It’s wonderful news for an indie.

Kacey Musgraves wins Two GRAMMY Awards (Congratulations!!)

KMGrammyCongratulations to Triple Pop alumni artist KACEY MUSGRAVES for winning two GRAMMYS at the 56th Grammy Awards: Country Album of Year and Country Song of Year.  

Kacey was nominated for four awards.  She was the surprise winner that beat out superstar TAYLOR SWIFT for the Best Country Album of Year Award.

Kacey has won acclaim for her album Same Trailer Different Park, which has been cited as one of the Best Albums of the Year by Rolling Stone, Time, Spin, Paste and Entertainment Weekly.

Kacey performed her wonderful song “Follow Your Arrow” live on the GRAMMY Awards telecast on January 26, 2014, to widespread acclaim.  Read all about it on Billboard, Huffington Post, CMT an E! Television.

Kacey Musgraves is CMA’s Best New Artist of 2013

Congratulations to KACEY MUSGRAVES for winning the NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR AWARD from the COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS!

Kacey won acclaim for her album Same Trailer Different Park.  It’s an impressive achievement, especially for a newcomer.

ROLLING STONE said Kacey’s award was a “victory for country music” and it sets new marks in progressive values in the genre.

Same Trailer Different Park has been cited as of the Top Albums of the Year by Rolling Stone, Spin and Entertainment Weekly.

But we’ve known about Kacey for a long time.  In 2008, Kacey lived in Austin for awhile, which is where we discovered her.  I immediately knew she had the talent; she was a diamond in the rough.

I remember hearing her voice and being mesmerized.  It was wonderful.  She had great talent but needed better songs to sing, I remember thinking.

I pitched her my idea to record a couple cover songs together to see how we worked together.  If it all worked out, I told her it was my intention to develop and produce her original songs afterwards.  That was my plan, at least.

Recording with new talent is always risky – there are personality and timing issues and it takes money to rent good recording studios.  You never know what’s going to happen.  As a producer, I was Kacey’s first “super fan” willing to invest not knowing where she would end up next.

I pitched her several song ideas.  She chose “See You Again” (Miley Cyrus) and “Apologize” (One Republic).  We recorded on March 27, 2008, at Brain Machine Recording Studios with engineer Randy Avenell.

Kacey Musgraves (Brain Machine Studio, Austin. 2008)During the recording session, Kacey was professional and focused.  She wanted the songs to be ‘just right’ and we spent a full evening working on the recordings.

I remember Kacey instructing the engineer, Randy, exactly how to mix her voice and adjust the levels, with acute precision. Kacey gave both songs an unique personality and she made them her own.

A few days later, she invited me out to see her perform at Momos above Katz’s Deli.  I remember it was just her grandma and me in the audience, she was a great live performer, but nobody knew this girl.  Heck, she had just gotten out of high school a couple years earlier.

Kacey invited me out to lunch a few weeks later – she likes Ethiopan food!  For only being 21, Kacey struck me as being very wise beyond her years.  We talked about recording original songs together in the future.  As I recall, I suggested she move to Nashville and work with other songwriters to develop her craft.

I remember her telling me she was going to hit the road for awhile, play with some different musicians, and take it from there.

We promised to keep in touch.  Kacey was restless.  She wasn’t going to be stopped.  We lost touch over the years.

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Kacey ended up in Nashville, wrote some hit songs, got a record deal with a major label and there you have it.

The rest is history – it’s one in a million.

You can download both songs “See You Again” and “Apologize” from Kacey Musgraves on iTunes exclusively from my record label, Triple Pop.

Taylor Swift and Kacey Musgraves top nominees for CMA 2013 Awards

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Along with Taylor Swift, Kacey Musgraves is the top nominee for the Country Music Association Awards in 2013.

The 25-year-old Texas-born singer-songwriter takes on divisive topics on her critically acclaimed album “Same Trailer Different Park” not often heard on country radio, yet she still managed to generate hits because of her smart songwriting.

Kacey is nominated for six awards including Album of the Year, Artist of the Year, and as a songwriter on her own hit “Merry Go `Round” and Miranda Lambert’s “Mama’s Broken Heart.”

Kacey will be performing live at the CMA Awards on November 6th.

Austin City Limits also just announced Kacey will be performing a live TV episode taping on November 25th.

Triple Pop’s exclusive two (2) song digital digital EP from Kacey Musgraves is available online at the iTunes Store.

Kacey Musgraves sings for Oreos and Jay Leno

Kacey Musgraves recently recorded a sweet ditty of song for an Oreo commercial, performed her new song “Blowing Smoke” live on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and she’s going on tour in the UK and Ireland and with Lady Antebellum this fall (after she wraps up her tour with Kenny Chesney).

Oh, to be young again … so much energy.

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Kacey’s debut major label album, Same Trailer Different Park, continues to get rave reviews nationwide.  Rolling Stone noted her first single “Merry Go ‘Round” as one of their “50 Best Songs of 2012” while NPR named her as their “Best New Artist of 2012.”

Her EP (from Triple Pop) features her acoustic versions of the songs “Apologize” (OneRepublic) and “See You Again.”

We just found this YouTube video clip of Kacey performing “Apologize” live in 1998:

Kacey Musgraves burning up the Google News

Kacey is burning up the Google news feed in 2013 …

Her major label debut record album, Same Trailer Different Park, continues to stay in the Billboard 100 and earn rave reviews.  She’s been touring with Kenny Chesney and making major television appearances (Billboard Live, CMT Awards, David Letterman).  She’s performed at the Bonnaroo Music Festival alongside other acts such as Paul McCartney, The National, Tom Petty and David Byrne.  It’s hard to keep up with this lady, so perhaps we should go back into the past and hear more music from Kacey?!

Triple Pop SinglesWhich is what you’ll find on Triple Pop’s exclusive Digital EP from Kacey available on the iTunes Store (also Google Play, Amazon MP3).

You can listen for free to the full stream of  one song from the EP — link here to listen to “Apologize” on Soundcloud.

Recorded in 2008, the two song EP features Ms. Musgraves performing acoustic cover versions of the songs “See You Again” and One Republic’s “Apologize.”

“I remember going to see Kacey perform live at Momos here in Austin. It was just me and her mom in the audience and Kacey up on stage with her acoustic guitar. She’s a born performer and it was exciting to see  her perform live before anyone else knew her name.” says Triple Pop producer, Monte Robison.

Kacey Musgraves’ Early Acoustic Song Recordings Released Today

Triple Pop SinglesTriple Pop has announced that a two (2) song digital Digital EP featuring songs from Academy of Country Music nominee Kacey Musgraves is available online at the iTunes Store.

Recorded over five years ago in 2008, the exclusive EP features Kacey Musgraves performing acoustic guitar cover versions of the songs “See You Again” and OneRepublic’s “Apologize,” which the label had thought been lost to the sands of time due to a computer hard drive failure.

The songs were recorded at Brain Machine Recording Studios in Austin, Texas when Ms. Musgraves first got out of high school.

“They’re just acoustic songs, but they showcase Kacey’s developing performing talent, which has now made her famous.  She took these songs and made them her own,” says Triple Pop owner, Monte Robison, who produced the songs.

Ms. Musgraves’ hit Billboard single “Merry Go ‘Round” has been certified RIAA Gold and her debut  major label album, Same Trailer Different Park, debuted at #2 in the Billboard Top 100 albums.

Kacey Musgraves was nominated for multiple Academy of Country Music Awards, including “Vocalist of the Year’, alongside Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.

Listen for free to the full stream of “Apologize” on Soundcloud.

Kacey Musgraves … is everywhere

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Former Triple Pop artist Kacey Musgraves performed her hit Billboard single “Merry Go Round” on The Jimmy Fallon show last month.

Kacey has been nominated for three American Country Music Awards, including ‘Video of the Year’ as both artist and producer, and ’Female Vocalist of the Year’, where Musgraves is up against the likes of Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.

Kacey was recently profiled as an up-and-coming artist in country music in The Hollywood ReporterThe New York Times, Huffington Post, LA Times, and USA Today.   And my hometown paper, The Columbus Dispatch, too.  She’s everywhere.

Her debut major label album, Same Trailer Different Park (Mercury/Universal), was released just this week and it’ll debut in Billboard Top 10 albums of the week – pretty impressive!  We’re so happy for Ms. Mugraves.  When we met her so many years ago, she had a special something and we knew she was destined for greater things.

You can hear/buy Kacey Musgraves’ version of the song “See You Again” which you can find on iTunes and Amazon on Triple Pop’s Stars of Montana album compilation.