CMT Roundup: New Music From Kenny Chesney, Drake White, Lily Rose and more

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It's the most wonderful time of the year, and country singers are bringing the sweet songs this week in more ways than one. Kenny Chesney just released his ode to his favorite dog Ruby who recently went over the rainbow bridge. And Drake White dropped "Pound Cake," which really isn't a song about cake at all. Lily Rose brings a drop of bitter to the sweet with "Truth Is." Other artists releasing new songs this week include Jelly Roll, Chase Matthew, Blake Shelton and more. 

Kenny Chesney, "Da Ruba Girl": Kenny Chesney's rescue dog Da Ruba Girl died recently. He shared his grief on social media over the weekend with a sweet, candid shot of "Ruby" and the story of how she loved unconditionally and came into his life.

"Today, I know Ruby is sitting somewhere with the sun on her face, happy and grateful to have slipped her skin and body that was full of cancer," Chesney said. "I know she is happy to have had Poncho in her life. They were partners in crime and never spent a day apart. But she is forever grateful that Mary saved her from the shelter. But really, they ended up saving each other."

Long before her passing, Chesney wrote a song in honor of his pitbull, but until now, it was only available on Chesney's SiriusXM station, No Shoes Radio.

Fans have requested the song be released for years, and Friday Chesney obliged by making "Da Ruba Girl" available and pledging to donate its proceeds to one of the nation's largest pit bull rescue shelters -- Stray Rescue of St. Louis.

"No one had a bigger, bolder heart than Da Ruba Girl, whose name was Ruby," Chesney said in a statement. "She was a rescue my friend Mary brought into our lives, and she was the most loving, gentle soul. It's why she inspired the song and truly how she showed us better ways to be human. Losing her has left a hole there are no words for... And while she was a rescue, she truly rescued every single person who came in contact with her."

Additional donations may be made through the rescue's website at Chesney asked fans to note the gift "In Honor of Da Ruba Girl" to help make other abandoned animals' holidays brighter while they're waiting on their forever home.

Lily Rose, "Truth Is": Written by Lily Rose, Stephen Carey, Ian Christian, and Matt Morrisey, "Truth Is" is an edgy mid-tempo about drinking away a past relationship because alcohol is easier than the truth.

"We've all been in a place where you believe you are over someone or something, but you realize you're lying to yourself," Rose said in a statement. "I hope fans feel like their experience that they've once felt, or are currently feeling, is explained in the three minutes of 'Truth Is.' I wrote this song with three of my favorite people, and being able to close out the year by celebrating my friends is a huge blessing."

2022 was a banner year for Lily Rose. She won Outstanding Breakthrough Music Artist at the 2022 GLAAD Awards, which marks the first time a country artist has won the accolade. This spring, she was nominated for Best New Female Artist at the ACM Awards and toured with Sam Hunt, Chris Lane, and Dylan Scott.

 Drake White, "Pound Cake": A soulful tongue-in-cheek ode to dessert packed with innuendo, "Pound Cake" is about a lot more than baking.

Lyrics include: "Gimme some of that pound cake / So thick and sweet," he sings. "Some of that pound cake / Bring a man to his knees / There ain't much more that I can take / Gimme some of that pound cake."

White co-wrote the groove with Ben Chapman during the singer's weekly "Wednesday Night Therapy" social media series, where they wrote the song on the spot after a guest on the show brought in a pound cake.

"People play and write songs for many different reasons," White shares of "Pound Cake." "We cooked this one up for a good time!"

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