Listen to Kelsea Ballerini’s “The First Time” on CMT Today – Get the Scoop! (@kelseaballerini)

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CMT will exclusively premiere rising superstar Kelsea Ballerinis highly-anticipated debut albumThe First Timein its entirety atKelseaBallerini.CMT.com. Ballerini posted the announcementthis morning onTwitter, 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 Reeses, the CMT First stream includes Ballerinis 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 Ballerinis adept songwriting across the 12-track project, which has received much acclaim from industry and fans, including a vote of confidence whenTaylor Swifttweeted she had the EP on repeat.

Ballerini is co-headlining with Jana Kramer on the first-everCMT Next Women of Country Tour, and is scheduled to perform tomorrow night (May 12) at 3rdand Lindsley in Nashville. CMT world premiered Ballerinis 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 Reeses includes the following tracks:

  1. XO (Ballerini, Gravitt, OBrien)*
  2. Peter Pan (Ballerini, Whitehead, Lee)
  3. Love Me Like You Mean It (Ballerini, Whitehead, Kerr, Carpenter)
  4. Square Pegs (Ballerini, Osborne, Stepakoff)*
  5. The First Time (Ballerini)
  6. Lookin At Stars (Ballerini, Whitehead, Stepakoff)
  7. Sirens (Ballerini, Whitehead, Denmark)*
  8. Secondhand Smoke (Ballerini, Kerr,Shellhart)
  9. Dibs (Ballerini, Kerr, Griffin, Duke)
  10. Stilettos (Ballerini, Whitehead, Savigar)*
  11. Yeah Boy (Ballerini, Whitehead, Timmer)
  12. Underage (Ballerini, Kerr, Stepakoff)*

*exclusive tracks for streaming atKelseaBallerini.CMT.com.

Written by Juliet Schroder

Juliet Schroder

Juliet is the founder and executive producer/host of Celeb Secrets and Celeb Secrets Country. When not reporting on the latest news in pop culture and country music, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and exploring the latest fashion trends.

Juliet holds a B.S. in marketing from St. John's University.

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