Tuesday, October 29, 2013
THE BAND PERRY ANNOUNCE TICKET ON SALES FOR NORTH AMERICAN LEG OF WE ARE PIONEERS WORLD TOUR TO BEGIN NOVEMBER 1st
CMT TO PREMIERE VIDEO FOR “DON’T LET ME BE LONELY” NASHVILLE, TN – (October 29, 2013) – CMA nominated superstar sibling trio, The Band Perry, announced today that tickets for the Canadian leg of their We Are Pioneers World Tour will go on sale beginning November 1st at 10:00AM local time. Starting today, October 29th, a fan club presale begins for members of The Fans Perry. VIP packages are also available for purchase beginning today and are available to The Fans Perry as well as the general public. Information regarding ticket purchase can be found at www.thebandperry.com. Ticket on sales for the US leg of the We Are Pioneers World Tour 2014 will follow throughout November and December. Sign up at www.thebandperry.com for future on sale updates." Citi is the official credit card of The Band Perry's "We Are Pioneers" US tour. Citi cardmembers have access to presale tickets beginning November 6th at 10AM local time through Citi's Private Pass Program. For complete Citi presale details log on to www.citiprivatepass.com. “We are happiest when we are on stage sharing our music with the fans. It’s the time when we come together for one special moment in time, creating memories that we will take with us down the road and hopefully giving our fans a memory to hold forever as well, says Neil Perry. “To share The Band Perry experience all over the world is more than we had ever hoped for.” It was also announced today that CMT would premiere The Band Perry’s video for their latest smash “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely.” The clip, directed by Ben Krebs is an intimate snapshot of a day in the life of The Band Perry, illustrating how important their fans are to them. “The concept for the ‘Don’t Let Me Be Lonely’ video came from playing more than 800 shows since we’ve been touring” says Reid Perry. “Our fans are super important to us, and we are so happy that we were able to include them in this experience,” says Kimberly Perry. The new music video for “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely” will World Premiere this Friday, November 1st on CMT during The Band Perry: VJ For A Day where Kimberly, Neil & Reid will take over the CMT airwaves introducing their favorite videos. The special will be rebroadcast on Saturday and Sunday, immediately following CMT’s benchmark program, CMT Hot 20 Countdown. Fans will also be able to watch the new video beginning Friday on CMT.com. The We Are Pioneers World Tour kicks off in Gothenberg, Sweden on November 8, 2013 at Tradgam and will crisscross Europe for five weeks before the band returns for the North American leg of the tour in early 2014. For more information please visit www.thebandperry.com. WE ARE PIONEERS WORLD TOUR DATES NOVEMBER 2013 8th Gothenburg, SWEDEN Tradgarn 10th Stockholm, SWEDEN Cirkus 11th Skien, NORWAY Ibsenhuset 12th Oslo, NORWAY Folketeateret 13th Trondheim, NORWAY Olavshallen 15th Helsingborg, SWEDEN Tivoli 16th Randers, DENMARK Vaerket 18th Cologne, GERMANY Stadtgarten 19th Hamburg, GERMANY Knust 20th Berlin, GERMANY C-Club 22nd Munich, GERMANY Strom 23rd Zurich, SWITZERLAND Mascotte 25th Paris, FRANCE Divan Du Monde 26th Amsterdam, THE NETHERLANDS Melkweg (The Max) 29th Birmingham, UNITED KINGDOM Birmingham HMV Institute 30th Glasgow, UNITED KINGDOM ABC DECEMBER 2013 1st Manchester, UNITED KINGDOM Ritz 2nd London, UNITED KINGDOM HMV Forum 4th Dublin, IRELAND Vicar Street 5th Belfast, UNITED KINGDOM Mandela Hall JANUARY 2014 9th Penticton, BC South Okanagan Event Centre* 10th Kamloops, BC Interior Savings Centre* 11th Prince George, BC CN Centre* 12th Dawson Creek, BC EnCana Events Centre* 15th Red Deer, AB Enmax Centrium Arena* 16th Lethbridge, AB Enmax Centre* 18th Regina, SK Brandt Centre* 21st Sudbury, ONT Sudbury Arena* 22nd Kitchener, ONT Memorial Auditorium 28th Kingston, ONT K-Rock Centre* 29th Oshawa, ONT General Motors Centre* FEBRUARY 2014 7th Brookings, SD Swiftel Center 6th Independence, MO Independence Events Center 8th Bemidji, MN Sanford Center 9th Grand Forks, ND Ralph Englestad Arena 13th Dubuque, IA Five Flags Center 14th Kearney, NE Viareo Event Center 15th Rapid City, SD Rushmore Plaza Civic Center 16th Billings, MT Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark 20th Rockford, IL BMO Harris Bank Center 21st Cape Girardeau, MO Show Me Center 22nd Corbin, KY The Corbin Arena 23rd Saginaw, MI Dow Events Center 27th Green Bay, WI Resch Center 28th Mankato, MN Verizon Wireless Center MARCH 2014 1st Duluth, MN Duluth Ent Convention Ctr. Arena 2nd Cedar Rapids, IA U.S. Cellular Center 7th Savannah, GA Savannah Civic Center *On Sale November 1 at 10am local time for all Canadian dates except Kitchener which is on sale at noon (local). U.S. on-sale dates to be announced soon.
KENNY ROGERS TO RECEIVE WILLIE NELSON LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD IN STAR-STUDDED TRIBUTE DURING “THE 47TH ANNUAL CMA AWARDS” AIRING WEDNESDAY, NOV. 6 ON THE ABC TELEVISION NETWORK Lady Antebellum and The Band Perry Will Also Perform During the Three-Hour Gala; Previously Announced Performers Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban Will Take the Stage Together During "Country Music’s Biggest Night™" NASHVILLE – Newly inducted Country Music Hall of Fame member Kenny Rogers will receive The Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award during “The 47th Annual CMA Awards” airing Wednesday, Nov. 6 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network. Rogers will be honored with a star-studded tribute featuring performances by Jennifer Nettles, Rascal Flatts, and Darius Rucker. “Kenny Rogers is a living legend and Country Music trailblazer,” said Ed Hardy, President of the CMA Board of Directors. “He is more than deserving of this honor and what is sure to be a stellar tribute. He represents everything that this Award was intended to recognize when we initiated it last year with Willie.” Rogers is a five-time CMA Awards winner with 23 career nominations. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in a Medallion Ceremony Sunday night, celebrating a five decade-long career. Rogers has sold more than 120 million records worldwide, recorded 24 No. 1 songs and 12 No. 1 albums, is a New York Times Bestselling author, and recently released his 35th studio album – the critically acclaimed You Can’t Make Old Friends, which became his 22nd Top 10 Country album. The Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award was presented for the first time last year to its namesake. The Lifetime Achievement Award was created and meant to be presented to an iconic artist who has attained the highest degree of recognition in Country Music. The Award recognizes an artist who has achieved both national and international prominence and stature through concert performances, humanitarian efforts, philanthropy, record sales, and public representation at the highest level. Lady Antebellum and The Band Perry have been added to the list of artists performing during the ceremony, and previously announced performers Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban will perform together on the CMA Awards for the first time. Nettles is a six-time CMA Awards winner, five of which were for Vocal Duo of the Year with Sugarland, and one as songwriter for Song of the Year, “Stay.” Sugarland is nominated again for Vocal Duo of the Year. Rascal Flatts has earned seven CMA Awards and 16 career nominations over. The trio was named Vocal Group of the Year six consecutive times, and also received the Horizon Award (now New Artist of the Year) in 2002. Rucker is a former CMA New Artist of the Year with four career CMA Awards nominations. He is nominated this year for Single of the Year for “Wagon Wheel,” the No. 1 single from his latest album, True Believers. The hit is also nominated for Song of the Year for songwriters Bob Dylan and Ketch Secor. Lady Antebellum are seven-time CMA Awards winners with 14 career nominations. They’ve been named CMA Vocal Group of the Year three times, and are nominated again in that category. The trio is also nominated for Music Video of the Year for “Downtown.” The Band Perry, two-time CMA Awards winners, are nominated this year for Vocal Group of the Year - their fourth consecutive nomination in the category. The trio took home the trophy for New Artist of the Year and Single of the Year for “If I Die Young” in 2011. Additionally, Kimberly Perry won Song of the Year for writing the track. Hosted for the sixth consecutive year by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, “The 47th Annual CMA Awards” will air live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Previously announced performers for “The 47th Annual CMA Awards” include Jason Aldean; Luke Bryan; Eric Church; Florida Georgia Line; Hunter Hayes with Jason Mraz; Little Big Town; Tim McGraw; Kacey Musgraves; Paisley; Blake Shelton; Taylor Swift with Vince Gill and Alison Krauss; Underwood; and Zac Brown Band with Dave Grohl. Alan Jackson and George Strait will perform together in a tribute to the legendary George Jones. Tickets for “The 47th Annual CMA Awards” are officially sold-out, marking the fifth year in a row the ceremony has sold out in advance.
NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR FOURTH ANNUAL “AMERICAN COUNTRY AWARDS” AIRING LIVE TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10, ON FOX Taylor Swift Earns Eight Nominations; Florida Georgia Line and Blake Shelton Garner Seven Nominations Each Vote for Your Favorite Country Music Nominees Online at www.theacas.com Nominations have been announced for the fourth annual AMERICAN COUNTRY AWARDS, hosted by multi-Platinum® recording artist Trace Adkins and NASCAR superstar Danica Patrick. The special will air live from Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas Tuesday, Dec. 10 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX. Taylor Swift leads the AMERICAN COUNTRY AWARDS nominees with eight nominations; Florida Georgia Line and Blake Shelton each earned seven nominations. Starting today, fans can vote once each day for their favorite AMERICAN COUNTRY AWARDS nominees at www.theacas.com. Voting is open until Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 11:59 PM PT for all categories, except for Artist of the Year, which closes on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 11:59 PM PT. The nominees for each award category have been determined by four media measurement companies: BigChampagne (record sales and media consumption); Great American Country (video airplay); Mediabase (radio airplay); Pollstar…The Concert Hotwire (touring data); and Nashville Songwriters Association International (song). The two-hour live music spectacular gives fans the opportunity to vote for their favorite artists in categories such as artists, albums, singles, videos, songwriting and touring, encompassing the entire spectrum of country music and bestowing honors that no other awards show has. The AMERICAN COUNTRY AWARDS will feature performances and appearances by the year’s chart-topping country artists. Performers and presenters will be announced soon. Following is the list of categories and nominees for the AMERICAN COUNTRY AWARDS: ARTISTS Artist of the Year Jason Aldean Luke Bryan Florida Georgia Line Blake Shelton Taylor Swift Artist of the Year: Male Jason Aldean Luke Bryan Kenny Chesney Eric Church Blake Shelton Artist of the Year: Female Kelly Clarkson Sheryl Crow Miranda Lambert Taylor Swift Carrie Underwood Artist of the Year: Duo or Group Lady Antebellum Little Big Town Rascal Flatts The Band Perry Zac Brown Band Artist of the Year: Breakthrough Artist Lee Brice Hunter Hayes Randy Houser Scotty McCreery Justin Moore Artist of the Year: New Artist Florida Georgia Line Kip Moore Kacey Musgraves Cassadee Pope Thomas Rhett Album Album of the Year “Night Train,” Jason Aldean “Here’s To The Good Times,” Florida Georgia Line “Two Lanes of Freedom,” Tim McGraw “Based On A True Story...,” Blake Shelton “Pioneer,” The Band Perry SINGLES Single of the Year “Cruise,” Florida Georgia Line “How Country Feels,” Randy Houser “Beer Money,” Kip Moore “Better Dig Two,” The Band Perry “One of Those Nights,” Tim McGraw Single of the Year: Male “Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain),” Gary Allen “One of Those Nights,” Tim McGraw “The One That Got Away,” Jake Owen “Wagon Wheel,” Darius Rucker “Sure Be Cool If You Did,” Blake Shelton Single of the Year: Female “Easy,” Sheryl Crow “American Heart,” Faith Hill “Mama’s Broken Heart,” Miranda Lambert “Begin Again,” Taylor Swift “Two Black Cadillacs,” Carrie Underwood Single of the Year: Duo/Group “Downtown,” Lady Antebellum “Tornado,” Little Big Town “Better Dig Two,” The Band Perry “If I Didn’t Have You,” Thompson Square “Goodbye in Her Eyes,” Zac Brown Band Single of the Year: Breakthrough Artist “I Drive Your Truck,” Lee Brice “All Over The Road,” Easton Corbin “Somebody’s Heartbreak,” Hunter Hayes “How Country Feels,” Randy Houser “Til My Last Day,” Justin Moore Single of the Year: New Artist “Did It for the Girl,” Greg Bates “Don’t Ya,” Brett Eldredge “Redneck Crazy,” Tyler Farr “Cruise,” Florida Georgia Line “Beer Money,” Kip Moore Single of the Year: Vocal Collaboration “The Only Way I Know,” Jason Aldean with Luke Bryan and Eric Church “Don’t Rush,” Kelly Clarkson and Vince Gill “Highway Don’t Care,” Tim McGraw featuring Taylor Swift and Keith Urban “Boys ‘Round Here,” Blake Shelton with Pistol Annies TOURING Touring Artist of the Year Jason Aldean Luke Bryan Kenny Chesney Miranda Lambert Brad Paisley Rascal Flatts George Strait Taylor Swift Carrie Underwood Zac Brown Band VIDEOS GREAT AMERICAN COUNTRY - Music Video of the Year “Cruise,” Florida Georgia Line “Tornado,” Little Big Town “Sure Be Cool If You Did,” Blake Shelton “Begin Again,” Taylor Swift “Better Dig Two,” The Band Perry Music Video of the Year: Male “Take A Little Ride,” Jason Aldean “Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain),” Gary Allan “One of Those Nights,” Tim McGraw “Wagon Wheel,” Darius Rucker “Sure Be Cool If You Did,” Blake Shelton Music Video of the Year: Female “American Heart,” Faith Hill “Mama’s Broken Heart,” Miranda Lambert “Someone Somewhere Tonight,” Kellie Pickler “Begin Again,” Taylor Swift “Blown Away,” Carrie Underwood Music Video of the Year: New Artist “Don’t Ya,” Brett Eldredge “Cruise,” Florida Georgia Line “Crying On A Suitcase,” Casey James “Beer Money,” Kip Moore “Merry Go ‘Round,” Kacey Musgraves Music Video of the Year: Group or Collaboration “Tornado,” Little Big Town “Highway Don’t Care,” Tim McGraw featuring Taylor Swift and Keith Urban “Come Wake Me Up,” Rascal Flatts “Better Dig Two,” The Band Perry “If I Didn’t Have You,” Thompson Square Song of the Year (award goes to the songwriter(s)): “Better Dig Two,” Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally, Trevor Rosen Recorded by The Band Perry “Cruise,” Tyler Hubbard, Brian Kelley, Joey Moi, Chase Rice and Jesse Rice Recorded by Florida Georgia Line “Hard To Love,” Ben Glover, Billy Montana and John Ozier Recorded by Lee Brice “Highway Don’t Care,” Mark Irwin, Josh Kear, Brad Warren and Brett Warren Recorded by Tim McGraw featuring Taylor Swift and Keith Urban “I Drive Your Truck,” Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington and Jimmy Yeary Recorded by Lee Brice “Like Jesus Does,” Casey Beathard and Monty Criswell Recorded by Eric Church “Mama’s Broken Heart,” Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally and Kacey Musgraves Recorded by Miranda Lambert “Merry Go’ Round,” Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves and Josh Osborne Recorded by Kacey Musgraves “Pontoon,” Barry Dean, Natalie Hemby and Luke Laird Recorded by Little Big Town “Wagon Wheel,” Bob Dylan and Ketch Secor Recorded by Darius Rucker AMERICAN COUNTRY AWARDS is executive-produced by Bob Bain (TEEN CHOICE 2013, “Kids’ Choice Awards”). Fletcher Foster, Paul Flattery and Tisha Fein serve as producers. Greg Sills is supervising producer.
Monday, October 28, 2013
THE BLUEGRASS ALBUM TOPS BILLBOARD’S BLUEGRASS CHART FOUR WEEKS IN A ROW Jackson Performs Tuesday on Late Show With David Letterman and Next Week on CMA Awards The Bluegrass Album Featured on SiriusXM’s Bluegrass Junction This Week NASHVILLE, TN (Oct. 28, 2013) As Alan Jackson’s The Bluegrass Album spends its fourth week at the top of Billboard’s Bluegrass Albums sales chart, the country superstar takes the stage at New York’s world famous Carnegie Hall tonight, October 28. The special night of music will feature songs from The Bluegrass Album; Jackson will be joined by the noted bluegrass musicians that are featured on the album. Following his Carnegie Hall concert, Jackson will appear Tuesday, October 29, on CBS’ Late Show With David Letterman (11:35pm ET/PT), performing “Blacktop” from The Bluegrass Album. Next week, Jackson will be featured on ABC’s telecast of The 47th Annual CMA Awards as he and George Strait, the two top nominees in CMA Awards history, perform together in a tribute to legendary Country Music Hall of Fame member George Jones. The Wall Street Journal dubs The Bluegrass Album “one of this year’s strongest country albums of any sort”…while Rolling Stone notes “The Bluegrass Album is a labor of love, not a vanity project…” and the Chicago Tribune states, “For those who want deep roots, it’s a record that fills the bill.” People gives The Bluegrass Album “3½ stars (out of 4),” the Los Angeles Times calls it “…earthy, lonesome music-making....” and USA Today says, “Country’s dirt road anthems leave your mouth dusty? Jackson paves ’em over on The Bluegrass Album.” Beginning Wednesday, Jackson will be featured on SiriusXM’s Bluegrass Junction as The Bluegrass Album is the focus of this week’s Track by Track program (a complete programming schedule can be found at www.siriusxm.com/bluegrassjunction).
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Friday, October 25, 2013
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Taylor Swift has been in Cape town, South Africa filming The Giver. Producer Nikki Silver posted a photo of Taylor last Friday and wrote: “Emotional scenes today by @taylorswift13 @TheJeffBridges @brentonthwaites! Great having the whole Giver family together. @thegivermovie” Swift wears a dark wig for her role. The Giver also stars Katie Holmes, Jeff Bridges, Brenton Thwaites, Meryl Streep, Alexander Skarsgard and Cameron Monaghan.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Nashville - (October 19, 2013) – Superstar and ACM Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan kept fans on their feet during two sold-out concerts this weekend at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. The shows were a part of Luke’s “Dirt Road Diaries Tour,” which has sold-out all concerts in advance, including a five minute sell-out for both Nashville shows. Support acts this weekend included Florida Georgia Line and Thompson Square on Friday and Cole Swindell and Dierks Bentley tonight. Special guests on Friday’s show included Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood of Lady Antebellum who performed with Luke on his No. 1 hit “Do I,” a song they co-wrote together. Also, backstage tonight Luke’s record label Capitol Nashville presented him with a Platinum plaque celebrating sales of one million albums in just six weeks on his recent release Crash My Party. The album debuted at No. 1 on both the Billboard 200 and Country sales charts with 527,783 units sold, making it the biggest sales debut for a Country male artist since 2004 and the fourth highest album to debut across all genres this year. Luke’s “Dirt Road Diaries Tour” wraps next weekend, October 26 in West Palm Beach. He will launch a new tour in January 2014, “That’s My Kind of Night Tour.”
Thursday, October 17, 2013
LUKE BRYAN ANNOUNCES NEW HEADLINE TOUR TO LAUNCH IN JANUARY “THAT’S MY KIND OF NIGHT TOUR” Nashville - (October 17, 2013) – ACM Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan announced today a new headline tour will launch the first of 2014, “That’s My Kind of Night Tour.” The tour will kick-off its first leg on January 16 in Columbus, Ohio at the Schottenstein Center and will perform eighteen shows through March 8 and will feature Lee Brice and Cole Swindell. Luke’s current tour, the “Dirt Road Diaries Tour,” began this past January and has sold-out all shows in advance, including the upcoming double plays in Nashville, Tenn. and Tampa, Fla. The “Dirt Road Diaries Tour” wraps on October 26 in West Palm Beach, Fla. Luke is currently nominated for three CMA Awards, Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist and Musical Event for “The Only Way I Know” with Jason Aldean and Eric Church. The show will air live on ABC on Nov.6 from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. Luke also has two nominations for the upcoming American Music Awards on ABC on Sunday, Nov. 24- Favorite Male Artist- Country and Favorite Album- Country. Luke’s career now boasts over four million in album sales with seven #1 singles. His recent album, Crash My Party, sold 527,783 units in its first week of release in mid-August, making it the largest sales debut for a Country male artist since 2004. It also topped both the Billboard 200 and Country sales charts and is the third highest album to debut across all genres this year. Additionally, Luke is one of only two country artists that have sold more than a half-million copies of an album in a single week since 2008. This is Bryan’s second consecutive Top 200 #1 album. Crash My Party has now sold over one million copies and has been certified Platinum by the RIAA. At the close of 2012, Luke was named the #1 Artist of the Year and #1 Male Artist of 2012 by Country Aircheck. Billboard named his last album, tailgates & tanlines, the #2 Country Album and the #3 Country Artist Album of 2012 and claimed Luke as the #3 Top Country Artist of the Year. Also in 2012, Luke took home 11 music awards, including a record nine wins at the American Country Awards as well as his first American Music Award. This past spring, Luke co-hosted the Academy of Country Music Awards with Blake Shelton and received the coveted Entertainer of the Year award as well as the Vocal Event award with Jason Aldean and Eric Church for “The Only Way I Know.” Live Nation is the national tour promoter for the “That’s My Kind of Night Tour.” Cabela’s, the World’s Foremost Outfitter of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, is a sponsor of the tour. Go to www.cabelas.com for more. For additional information on the tour and ticket on sale dates please go to www.lukebryan.com or www.livenation.com. Citi is the official credit card of the “That’s My Kind of Night Tour.” Citi cardmembers will have access to presale tickets through Citi’s Private Pass Program. For complete presale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com. 2014 “That’s My Kind of Night Tour” 1-16 Columbus, OH Schottenstein Center 1-17 Lexington, KY Rupp Arena 1-18 Knoxville, TN Thompson-Boling Arena 1-23 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena 1-25 New York City, NY Madison Square Garden 1-30 Lubbock, TX United Spirit Arena 1-31 Oklahoma City, OK Chesapeake Energy Arena 2-6 Moline, IL iWireless Center 2-7 Cedar Falls, IA UNI-Dome 2-8 Omaha, NE CenturyLink Center 2-13 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum Complex 2-14 Wilkes Barre, PA Mohegan Sun Arena 2-15 Atlantic City, NJ Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall 2-28 Fargo, ND Fargodome 3-1 Bismarck, ND Bismarck Civic Center Arena 3-2 St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Solutions Arena 3-7 Memphis, TN FedEx Forum 3-8 Bossier City, LA CenturyLink Center ###
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Monday, October 14, 2013
Thursday, October 10, 2013
TAYLOR SWIFT BREAKS RECORD WITH SIXTH NASHVILLE SONGWRITERS ASSOCIATION SONGWRITER / ARTIST OF THE YEAR AWARD WIN
THE TAYLOR SWIFT EDUCATION CENTER (IN THE COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM) GRAND OPENING SET FOR SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12TH SWIFT ADDS FOURTH AND FIFTH SHOWS TO 2014 LONDON O2 ARENA RUN IN RESPONSE TO HUGE FAN DEMAND Nashville, TN – October 9, 2013 – On Sunday, October 13th, the Nashville Songwriters Association International will name seven-time GRAMMY winner Taylor Swift their 2013 Songwriter/Artist of the Year. Taylor’s 6th time to win the award, she will have now won this award more times than any other songwriter/artist, surpassing five-time winners Vince Gill and Alan Jackson. She remains the youngest artist ever to earn the award. The Songwriter/Artist of the Year Award recognizes “most prolific and productive Nashville writers who achieved Top 30 singles during the past year.” Taylor, whose RED album reached #1 in 50 countries, created and placed 14 Top 30 songs on the charts from July 2012 through June 2013. RED, released on Big Machine Records, has sold more than 6 million copies to date, and Taylor has career record sales in excess of 26 million albums and 75 million song downloads. On Saturday, October 12th, the Taylor Swift Education Center officially opens at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Taylor’s $4 million gift to endow the center is the largest individual artist gift in the Hall of Fame’s history. Taylor has a long history with the Country Music Hall of Fame -- she signed her record contract there as a teenager, and gave one of her first public performances on the building's plaza. She has also volunteered her time to several of the museum's "All for the Hall" fundraising shows, and has donated numerous items to the museum for display. Her stand-alone multi-media exhibit has drawn big crowds every day for years, and the museum exhibition on her Speak Now tour was incredibly popular, and the first-ever of its kind, paving the way for subsequent contemporary exhibits. The Taylor Swift Education Center, which will encompass parts of two floors and feature three classrooms, a learning lab and a state-of-the-art children’s exhibit gallery, will increase the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s educational capacity up to seven-fold (the museum previously had one classroom). The classroom spaces will be adjacent to a visible design studio; this space will feature thematic displays, e.g. dozens of instruments, and allow students to observe museum curators at work. The children’s gallery, situated on the second floor, will be a dedicated exhibit space for young patrons and will be filled with hands-on, interactive exhibits. The center will open officially on October 12th (classrooms and learning lab will open on that date; gallery space will open in March, 2014). Taylor’s six NSAI Awards will be on special display in the foyer of the Taylor Swift Education Center. Taylor just concluded the US leg of her blockbuster RED tour with 3 sold-out hometown shows at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, and is now taking the tour around the world, beginning with shows Australia and New Zealand later this year. Taylor is the first solo female artist in twenty years to undertake a national stadium tour of Australia, the last being Madonna in 1993. After Taylor’s initial announcement last week of 3 shows for February, 2014, at London’s O2 Arena, a fourth show was added due to fan demand, and after all 4 shows sold out in a matter of hours, on Monday she added a 5th show. Taylor will play the O2 February 1, 2, 4, 10 and 11, 2014. With 6 nominations, including one for Entertainer of the Year, Taylor leads the nominee field for this year’s CMA Awards, and she will perform live from Nashville on the November 6th ABC telecast. Taylor is featured on the covers of the November issues of InStyle (US) and Glamour (UK).
TIM MCGRAW, CHASE AND THE U.S. NAVY BRING FREE CONCERT TO JACKSONVILLE FOR MILITARY MEMBERS AND THEIR FAMILIES TO CELEBRATE VETERANS DAY Nashville, TN- Oct. 9, 2013- Country superstar Tim McGraw is set to perform a special concert in Jacksonville, FL on Sunday, Nov. 10 for military members and their families at U.S. Naval Station Mayport to celebrate Veterans Day. "Chase Presents Live From The HomeFront: Tim McGraw" will also be broadcast live on the Pentagon Channel and online at TimMcgraw.com and http://www.youtube.com/user/timmcgraw starting at 8:45 PM EST, bringing the concert to fans worldwide. "It's easy for me to show up and play music to honor the men and women who have the really tough jobs," said McGraw. "To me, it's just one small thing I can do to help show how much we appreciate what they put on the line and what these families sacrifice every single day. Since we started this program 18 months ago, I have had the privilege of meeting many servicemembers and their families and have heard many inspiring stories. It's something I'm proud to do and want to take it as far as we can!" “It’s an honor for us to partner with Tim McGraw and the Navy to thank our servicemen and women, past and present, and their families,” said Mel Martinez, chairman of JPMorgan Chase in the Southeast U.S. “We are happy to be able to give back through this concert as well as through our firm’s military programs to a community that has given so much to us.” Naval Station Mayport is one of three Navy bases in the Jacksonville, FL area and home to nearly 5,000 uniformed servicemembers, their families and 2,000 Department of Defense civilian employees. There are more than 1.5 million veterans who call Florida their home. “On the eve of Veteran’s Day, this concert is a gift and tribute to the brave men and women of our military who have served their country. This is an opportunity to say thank you to our servicemembers and their families who wear the cloth of this great nation and to those who have gone before us defending freedom and democracy around the world,” said Capt. Wes McCall, Naval Station Mayport Commanding Officer. “I extend my heart-felt thanks to Chase and Tim McGraw for choosing Naval Station Mayport as the location to share their time and talents in honor of America’s fighting forces.” Since McGraw partnered with Chase and Operation Homefront over a year ago to create the HomeFront program, they have awarded more than 70 mortgage-free homes to wounded warriors and military members in need and will give another to a deserving family on Nov. 10. With one million servicemembers projected to transition out of the military by 2016, the HomeFront program helps returning veterans successfully transition back to civilian life and build a solid foundation for the future. Chase has provided more than 600 mortgage-free homes to military families through its nonprofit partners as part of an initiative to award 1,000 homes to deserving veterans and their families. Awarding homes is one part of a broader program JPMorgan Chase launched in 2011 aimed at positioning transitioning servicemembers, veterans and their families for successful and happy post-service lives. The bank is a founding member of the 100,000 Jobs Mission, a coalition of 120 leading companies working together to collectively hire 100,000 veterans by 2020. In less than three years, the coalition members have already hired more than 77,000 U.S. military veterans. McGraw's latest single, "Southern Girl," off his current album TWO LANES OF FREEDOM is quickly climbing up the Top 10 on the radio charts and comes on the heels of his 34th career No. one hit. He recently received three nominations for November’s CMA Awards for his PLATINUM certified No. one single “Highway Don’t Care,” an all-star collaboration with Taylor Swift, featuring Keith Urban on guitar. Over his career, McGraw has sold over 40 million albums, won three GRAMMY’s, 15 ACM Awards, 12 CMA Awards and 10 AMA’s, while simultaneously maintaining a parallel career as a successful actor in such films as the Oscar nominated The Blind Side, Country Strong, Friday Night Lights and the upcoming Disney production, Tomorrowland starring George Clooney and directed by Brad Bird, scheduled for release in theaters late 2014. About Chase: Chase is the U.S. consumer and commercial banking business of JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM), a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.4 trillion and operations in more than 60 countries. Chase serves more than 52 million consumers and small businesses through more than 5,600 bank branches, 19,000 ATMs, credit cards, mortgage offices, and online and mobile banking as well as through relationships with auto dealerships. More information about Chase is available at www.chase.com. Information about Chase’s programs for military members, veterans and their families can be found at www.ChaseMilitary.com. About the Pentagon Channel: The Pentagon Channel broadcasts military news and information for the 2.6 million members of the U.S. Armed Forces. In addition to enhancing Department of Defense communications with the 1.4 million active duty service members, the Pentagon Channel will provide the 1.2 million members of the National Guard and Reserve and the 650,000 civilian employees of the Department of Defense more timely access to military information and news. 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Tuesday, October 8, 2013
NASHVILLE, TN (October 7, 2013) Blake Sheltons sold out Ten Times Crazier tour wrapped up this weekend with his final performance in Wichita, Kan. bringing the critically acclaimed concert series to a close. The 30-date tour, which kicked off in July, was praised by fans and critics alike with the reigning CMA Entertainer and Male Vocalist of the Year selling out amphitheaters and arenas across the U.S. I must thank my band and crew for making this tour my best. They go out every night and give their all not only to me, but to the fans, and having them on stage and backstage with me every night makes me want to give more and push myself creatively, said Blake. Of course my fans, those rowdy, crazy, fun-loving folks that come out and sing every song, and laugh at my jokes, and toast with me they keep me going every night - I love you guys. Thank you for making Ten Times Crazier Tour my biggest tour yet. I cant wait to see you next year! Blake Shelton is CMA Awards reigning Entertainer of the Year and three-peat Male Vocalist of the Year. With nine consecutive No. 1 singles (fourteen overall) Blake is one of the "most versatile of contemporary country singers" (The New York Times). His infectious multi-week No.1 hit, Honey Bee" still holds the record for the fastest-selling digital Platinum single for a male country solo artist, and just off the heels of his No. 1 smash hit Boys Round Here, from his critically-acclaimed album Based On A True Story , the follow up single Mine Would Be You is already Top 10 on the charts. To A Purist Mr. Shelton is a savvy student of tradition. To A Would-be outlaw hes forever adding a wink. Hes a star who is only as explicit as you want him to be, Jon Caramanica, The New York Times. Blake Sheltons passion for country music and his commitment to mentoring his teammates from The Voice make him an incredible ambassador for country music. For more information please visit: www.BlakeShelton.com/shows