HARDY Teases Next Single, ‘Rockstar,’ Unveils Plans For Full-Length Rock Album

“I’m so excited to finally say this,” HARDY gushed.


Madeleine O’Connell

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February 6, 2024


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HARDY; Photo by Tanner Gallagher

HARDY has already started to go beyond the bounds of country music to embrace his inner rockstar as fans heard him start to lean more heavily into this side of his artistry with his cross-genre album the mockingbird & THE CROW. Now, the hitmaker will be taking the next step to fully embracing his hard-hitting edge with a full-fledged rock record. 

Taking to social media on Tuesday (Feb. 6), the “Wait in the Truck” singer shared a video announcing the forthcoming project as well as his next rock single titled “Rockstar,” which will drop this Friday (Feb. 9).

It’s Hardy here, and I just wanted to let you guys know that I have a song coming out called ‘Rockstar.’ It’s coming out on February 9th. It is my next rock single.”

HARDY paused for a second as he was overwhelmed with excitement to finally share that his rock record is on the way. 

“It’s badass and I’m so excited for y’all to hear it,” he added. “Hope y’all dig it.”

The cover art for the new song is made up of a compilations of photos featuring HARDY dressed up as various rock artists who have likely had a strong influence on his career, including KISS frontman Paul Stanley, Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain and more. 

HARDY- Rockstar
HARDY- Rockstar

While he didn’t have much information to share about his forthcoming project, he did reveal that it will be available sometime before his next headline tour begins in May.

HARDY Details His Journey To Success In Diss Track, “QUIT!!”

The new song “Rockstar” will follow the release of HARDY’s spoken word track, “QUIT!!,” which details his journey to fame and the drive to never back down that led him here. 

Penned by the genre-bending hitmaker with Jacob Durrett, the autobiographical tune was inspired by a story he told at the 2022 ACM Honors after accepting his first-ever ACM Songwriter of the Year award. A clip of this speech was included on the accompanying visualizer, which finds him recounting the moment back in the early days of his career when a person wrote the word “quit” on a napkin and put it in his tip jar of the gig he was playing that night. Instead of letting that word tear him down nearly 10 years ago, he has used it as motivation throughout the rise of his career. 

HARDY; Cover Art Courtesy of Big Loud Records /Big Loud Rock
HARDY; Cover Art Courtesy of Big Loud Records /Big Loud Rock

Turning A Negative Situation Into Motivation

In this autobiographical track, he finally gets the chance to speak his truth as he begins with a reference to this experience that happened a decade ago.

“Somebody wrote quit on a napkin I took it out of my tip jar laughing Like damn what a asshole, man/ I’m just a flat broke boy with a guitar asking/ For anybody to pay attention/ It’s not like anybody paid admission/ I was just wishin’/ Somebody would listen/ Give me a shot and I ain’t talkin’ bout Canadian Mist then,” he delivers on the opening verse.

HARDY also pays homage to some of the people who helped build his career from the ground up, like Florida Georgia Line who “put me on the map” and Morgan Wallen who “put me on the track.” He also urges listeners to “get to know a guy” before they “choose hate” because there’s no telling how far they’ll go.

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Bringing His Hard-Hitting Sound To Stages This Summer

The CMA Award winner also just announced his upcoming headline tour that’s named after this diss track. The QUIT!! Tour will kick off on May 20, 2024 in Rogers, Arkansas and include 15 dates throughout the summer.

Produced by Live Nation, this trek will allow HARDY to headline some of the largest venues of his career. He will make his way to amphitheaters and arenas across North America alongside his openers Kip Moore, Travis Denning, Ella Langley, and Stephen Wilson Jr.

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.