CMT will exclusively premiere rising superstar Kelsea Ballerini’s highly-anticipated debut album The First Time in its entirety at KelseaBallerini.CMT.com. Ballerini posted the announcement this morning on Twitter, surprising fans with the news that her album could be streamed a full week before it goes on sale. The Black River Entertainment singer/songwriter will release the album next week on May 18, which includes her hit debut single, “Love Me Like You Mean It,” nearing the Top 10 at #11 this week.
Presented by Reese’s, the “CMT First” stream includes Ballerini’s breakout single “Love Me Like You Mean It,” along with never-before-heard tracks including “XO,” “Square Pegs,” “Sirens,” “Stilettos” and “Underage.” Producers Forest Glen Whitehead and Jason Massey highlight Ballerini’s adept songwriting across the 12-track project, which has received much acclaim from industry and fans, including a vote of confidence when Taylor Swift tweeted she had the EP “on repeat.”
Ballerini is co-headlining with Jana Kramer on the first-ever CMT Next Women of Country Tour, and is scheduled to perform tomorrow night (May 12) at 3rd and Lindsley in Nashville. CMT world premiered Ballerini’s first video “Love Me Like You Mean It” in March, and has been a strong supporter since adding her to the CMT Next Women of Country franchise in 2014. The network will unveil new performances and interviews when Ballerini is the featured “CMT Listen Up” artist starting May 20. “CMT Listen Up” showcases rising artists through new performances and interviews on CMT Digital.
The full “CMT First” stream presented by Reese’s includes the following tracks:
- “XO” (Ballerini, Gravitt, O’Brien)*
- “Peter Pan” (Ballerini, Whitehead, Lee)
- “Love Me Like You Mean It” (Ballerini, Whitehead, Kerr, Carpenter)
- “Square Pegs” (Ballerini, Osborne, Stepakoff)*
- “The First Time” (Ballerini)
- “Lookin’ At Stars” (Ballerini, Whitehead, Stepakoff)
- “Sirens” (Ballerini, Whitehead, Denmark)*
- “Secondhand Smoke” (Ballerini, Kerr, Shellhart)
- “Dibs” (Ballerini, Kerr, Griffin, Duke)
- “Stilettos” (Ballerini, Whitehead, Savigar)*
- “Yeah Boy” (Ballerini, Whitehead, Timmer)
- “Underage” (Ballerini, Kerr, Stepakoff)*
*exclusive tracks for streaming at KelseaBallerini.CMT.com.