Blake Shelton Debuts Surprise New Song, ‘Minimum Wage’

Blake Shelton is ringing in the new year with a brand new song.  The superstar made an appearance on NBC’s…


Lauren Jo Black

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December 31, 2020


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Blake Shelton is ringing in the new year with a brand new song. 

The superstar made an appearance on NBC’s New Year’s Eve for the debut of his new tune, “Minimum Wage.”

Shelton appeared virtually to introduce the song as well as premiere the music video to accompany the track. 

The superstar also reflected on the past year, telling Daly, “I got engaged to Gwen Stefani. I don’t care what else happened besides that. That made it a great year for me.”

Speaking with host and fellow The Voice cohort, Carson Daly, Shelton revealed that his soon-to-be brother-in-law, Todd, directed the music video. (Todd also directed the “Happy Anywhere” music video, featuring Gwen Stefani.)

“Minimum Wage” finds Shelton crooning over his lover, admitting that her love is all he needs in life. 

“Girl your love can make a man feel rich on minimum wage,” Shelton sings on the chorus. 

After his performance, Twitter was a-buzz with comments about the track.

There’s no word on if or when “Minimum Wage” will ship to country radio or when it will be released to streaming services. 

The song follows Shelton’s latest chart-topping singles, “Happy Anywhere” and “Nobody But You,” both of which feature his fiancée, Gwen Stefani. 

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.