Multi-Platinum entertainer Chase Rice is back with more new music today (Friday May 15th), as he releases The Album Part II. The four-song project follows January’s surprise release of The Album Part I which has already amassed over 125 million on-demand streams and counting.
“The crazy thing, even more than differentiating from Part I, is the four songs are really different from each other. None of them sound like the other songs, which I think is cool. All of them have their own identity,” Rice shared with Billboard, who gave fans an early listen to new song “Down Home Runs Deep” yesterday, May 14th. Rice will also appear on this weekend’s edition of CMT “Hot 20” to chat about The Album Part II and perform an acoustic version of the nostalgic song.
People also gave fans a sneak peek at the project with the official music video for timely track “Belong,” which Rice added to Part II during the final stages of production upon realising how well its heartfelt message speaks to the current state of the world.
“‘Belong’ might be the most meaningful song that I’ve ever put out,” he notes. “The times that everybody’s going through right now with this pandemic and having to stay at home, being away from other people, and people losing jobs, people losing lives – it’s a very, very tough time. But the moral of the story is we’re right where we belong. Don’t panic. We’re gonna get out of this and the thing is, we’re gonna do it together.”
Fans can hear Rice perform these new songs and more today, May 15, at 5 p.m. CT live on his Facebook and Instagram pages. Rice partnered with Spotify to promote the full band acoustic live stream to his top fans on the platform via Spotify’s Fans First program.
Earning early praise from Forbes for “writing and recording new songs on a greater scale than ever before… [with] a burst of creativity in recent months motivated by a renewed focus on his music future,” Rice cites The Album series as his most personal and refined releases to date.
ETonline has also offered high marks for the “incredibly honest music,” with American Songwriter adding that “Rice has spent recent months cementing his place as one of country music’s most intriguing and lasting acts via a series of impressive music.”
Despite having to pause his extensive touring schedule due to the ongoing pandemic, Rice has made the most of having time at home by appearing virtually to perform current Top 25 single “Lonely If You Are” on both “Good Morning America” and “Fox & Friends,” plus serving as a guest host alongside P.K. Subban on the NHL’s “Hat Trick Trivia” and performing the national anthem ahead of the final eNASCAR “iRacing Pro Invitational Series” event. Rice has also appeared on several podcasts to discuss what’s been keeping him busy off the road, including Barstool’s “Bussin’ With The Boys,” CMT’s “Cody Cast,” The Doctors’ “Travis Stork Show,” “The Fred Minnick Show” and “Country Outdoors.”
The Album Part II Track Listing
- You (Chase Rice, Jon Nite, Zach Kale)
- Break. Up. Drunk. (Chase Rice, Hunter Phelps, Jordan Schmidt)
- Down Home Runs Deep (Daniel Ross, Michael Hardy, Mike Walker, James McNair)
- Belong (Chase Rice, Chris DeStefano, Jon Nite)
Produced by Chris DeStefano & Chase Rice