Carrie Underwood’s “Good Girl” Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard’s Digital Country Songs Chart with 108,000 Downloads in 3 Days! “Good Girl” Is Most Added Song at Country Radio! Nashville, TN – Superstar Carrie Underwood’s new single, “Good Girl,” debuts at No. 1 on Billboard’s Digital Country Songs chart today with sales of 108,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan. After releasing the song early Friday morning it took fans only three short days to make “Good Girl” the top selling song. “Good Girl,” the lead single from Carrie’s forthcoming new album, was also the most added song this week on the country airplay charts. Written by Carrie, Chris DeStefano and Ashley Gorley, and produced by Mark Bright, the song is currently available at all digital providers. Since releasing Some Hearts in 2005, Underwood has sold more than 14 million albums with Some Hearts, 2007’s Carnival Ride, and 2009’s Play On. She’s amassed 14 No. 1 singles, six of which she co-wrote, an
JOHNNY CASH TO BE CELEBRATED WITH “WE WALK THE LINE: A CELEBRATION OF THE MUSIC OF JOHNNY CASH” IN HONOR OF HIS 80TH BIRTHDAY Concert Will Feature a Star-Studded Lineup Including Kenny Chesney, Kris Kristofferson, Chris Cornell, Ronnie Dunn, John Hiatt, Amy Lee, Shooter Jennings, Lucinda Williams, Ray LaMontagne, and Jamey Johnson with more Legendary Surprise Guests to be Announced LOS ANGELES (February 28, 2012) – On April 20, 2012, music stars and friends will join together to celebrate the life of Johnny Cash in Austin, TX at “We Walk The Line: A Celebration of the Music of Johnny Cash.” In the year that would mark his 80th birthday, the concert, which will take place at Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theatre, will not only pay tribute to Cash and his music, but also to his roots and his heritage. Performances will include GRAMMY-winning and GRAMMY- nominated musicians Carolina Chocolate Drops, Kenny Chesney, Chris Cornell, Ronnie Dunn, Jamey Johnson, Kris Kristofferson,
DIERKS BENTLEY’S “HOME” TRANSCENDS BORDERS THIS WEEK TOPPING CANADA’S COUNTRY RADIO CHART Bentley Wraps Canadian Leg of Tour and Heads to Australia Next Week Nashville, TN – Feb. 27, 2012 – Award-winning singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley’s anthemic title track and current single “Home” is resonating with fans across the border as it climbs into the No. one spot on Canada’s Mediabase Country Chart this week. Though inspired by domestic struggles, the track’s relatable global message of strife, strength and optimism is unifying fans everywhere. “Dierks may have had America in mind with 'Home,' but the fact it went to No. one in Canada shows that the song has universal appeal,” said EMI Music Canada’s Ron Harwood. “We are all proud of where we are from. We’ve all faced tough times recently. We all know that things can be better again. It is a song that reflects on our own past and gives hope for a bright future, regardless of where you call ‘home.’” “The gorgeous
Adley Stump Is the Final Member of Team Blake on NBC’s "The Voice" Nashville, TN (February 28, 2012)—Adley Stump made her debut on the final blind auditions episode of NBC’s “The Voice” last night (2/27) singing Carrie Underwood’s “Last Name.” The Tulsa, Oklahoma native has jumped to nationwide exposure where she’s been given the stamp of approval by no less than fellow Okie Blake Shelton and pop star Christina Aguilera. With only one open spot on their team, both Shelton and Aguilera pressed their buttons for Stump. Shelton called the young singer a “great female vocalist” explaining why he followed Aguilera’s lead and pushed his button. “Her (Christina) being interested really pushed me over the edge,” says Shelton. “I was like ‘man this girl, is she as powerful as I think she is?’ And man, I think you’re great.” Aguilera also commented on her strong vocal presence saying, “Your power blew me away. You are obviously a powerful vocalist and you have chops. You hav
JASON ALDEAN SELLS OUT SECOND ATLANTA SHOW IN HOURS TODAY AND SETS A NEW VENUE RECORD Aldean Nominated for Six ACM Awards Including Entertainer of The Year Nashville, TN – Feb. 17, 2012 – After taking only four minutes for ACM Entertainer of the Year nominee Jason Aldean to sell out his May 19 show at Atlanta's Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood, he sold out a second show on May 18 in just a few hours today. No other country music artist has ever sold out two shows that quickly in the Atlanta venue's history. “That's just ridiculous…I don't even know what to say,” said a shocked Aldean. Aldean is nominated for six ACM Awards, including his second consecutive nods for Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year, as well as Album of the Year for MY KINDA PARTY, Single Record of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year for "Don't You Wanna Stay" feat. Kelly Clarkson and Video of the Year for "Tattoos on this Town." The April 1 show
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HANK WILLIAMS JR. HITTING THE ROAD FOR “TAKING BACK THE COUNTRY TOUR” Jamey Johnson, Chris Young, Josh Thompson, George Thorogood and 38 Special to Join Bocephus on Select Dates NASHVILLE, TN (February 22, 2012) - Never one to stay silent for long, country music Icon, Hank Williams Jr., is set to embark on a multi-city tour throughout the country kicking-off on March 3 in St. Augustine, FL. With 16 dates (and more to be added) and a new album on the horizon, the outlaw is sure to make some noise while sharing his timeless music with new and old fans alike. Williams, who has 20 gold albums, six platinum albums, 13 chart-topping albums, and 10 No. One singles will perform hits like “A Country Boy Can Survive,” “Dixie on My Mind,” and “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight.” In addition, fans can look forward to hearing new material, written within weeks of his 2011 controversial remarks. Hank Jr.’s tour will visit the following cities: 3/03/12 – St. Augustine, FL – T
LADY ANTEBELLUM RETURNS TO NO. ONE ON BILLBOARD COUNTRY ALBUMS CHART FOLLOWING GRAMMY WIN OWN THE NIGHT 2012 WORLD TOUR CONTINUES WITH SOLD OUT HOMETOWN SHOW TONIGHT Nashville, TN- February 22, 2012- GRAMMY wining trio Lady Antebellum’s PLATINUM selling album OWN THE NIGHT has returned to the No. one slot on the Billboard Country chart this week following their seventh career GRAMMY win for "Best Country Album" last Sunday. The disc has been in the top spot for a total of 10 weeks since its release in Sept. 2011. Tonight, the group will bring their OWN THE NIGHT 2012 WORLD TOUR sponsored by GAC to Nashville, where more than 1,200 Country Radio Seminar attendees were invited to the sold-out show. The tour continues this weekend with sold out shows in Detroit, MI and Evansville, IN. For a full list of tour dates and more information, visit www.ladyantebellum.com.
GOSPEL MUSIC ASSOCIATION’S 43RD ANNUAL GMA DOVE AWARDS NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED TODAY Artist of the Year Nominees are Casting Crowns, Jason Crabb, Laura Story, Lecrae, and The Isaacs New Artist of the Year Nominees are Jamie-Grace, Dara Maclean, Royal Tailor, Beyond The Ashes and The City Harmonic American Idol Break-out Star Mandisa Nominated along with Array of Top Artists incl. Ricky Skaggs, Switchfoot & Skillet For full list of nominees go to www.gospelmusic.org *** Awards Show to be Held April 19 at Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia Atlanta, GA- (February 22, 2012) -The Gospel Music Association (GMA) today announced the 43rd Annual GMA Dove Awards nominees at a press conference held at The Georgian Terrace Hotel in Atlanta, GA, which was streamed live at HearItFirst. Nominees were announced by GRAMMY nominated R&B artist Montell Jordan, known for his iconic hit “This is How We Do It,” BET “Lift Every Voice” host CoCo Brother, Daytime EMMY nominated comedian
RASCAL FLATTS, AEG LIVE & NCM FATHOM TO PRESENT RELEASE WEEK IN-THEATER EVENT "RASCAL FLATTS – CHANGED: ONE NIGHT EXCLUSIVE THEATER EVENT" SET FOR NATIONWIDE RELEASE THURSDAY, APRIL 5 NASHVILLE – (February 21, 2012) – Country supergroup Rascal Flatts and AEG Live, in conjunction with NCM Fathom, will present a very special one-night-only in-theater event that will take place across the nation on Thursday, April 5 at 8:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. CT/6:00 p.m. MT/8:00 p.m. PT (tape delayed). Rascal Flatts-CHANGED: One Night Exclusive Theater Event will deliver exclusive never-before-seen access into the lives of Gary LeVox, Joe Don Rooney and Jay DeMarcus, along with exclusive live performances of their biggest hits and music from their new album, CHANGED, set for release April 3 on Big Machine Records. Tickets for Rascal Flatts - CHANGED: One Night Exclusive Theater Event will be available to the U.S. public in early March at www.FathomEvents.com. The event will also pl
BIGGER PICTURE GROUP RECORDING ARTIST CHRIS CAGLE REVS UP TO SING NATIONAL ANTHEM AT DRIVE4COPD 300 Country Rocker and Rancher's Image to Appear on NASCAR Driver Mike Wallace's Car NASHVILLE, Tenn. – February 21, 2011– Country music sensation and avid NASCAR fan Chris Cagle will "get his NASCAR on" when he sings the national anthem prior to the upcoming NASCAR Nationwide Series DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., on February 25. In addition to performing during Saturday’s race, Cagle also will ride "shotgun" with friend and NASCAR driver Mike Wallace, when Cagle's image appears on the decklid of Wallace’s No. 01 G&K Services Chevrolet car. "Just being in Daytona during the kick-off of the NASCAR racing season is a big deal, but when I found out I was going to be featured on the car, it was unbelievable! On top of that, getting the call to sing our National Anthem before the Nationwide Series race
Nashville, TN...(February 21, 2012)...Country music entertainer and award-winning TV host Craig Morgan took a break from his busy schedule readying for the launch of his new album to visit a local school today. While at Dickson Middle School, an hour west of Nashville, Morgan donated 15 Dean acoustic guitars to the music program and talked with Mr. Elston’s 8th grade class about the importance of music. While there, the class got a brief guitar lesson from Morgan and even wrote a quick song together. “Music has always been such an important part of my life,” says Morgan. “I’m happy to give back so that others can share in that experience.” Craig Morgan is gearing up to launch a brand new album, THIS OLE BOY, in stores next Tuesday, February 28th. The lead single is currently in the 20s on the country charts. ABOUT CRAIG MORGAN:One of country music’s best-loved artists, Craig Morgan has made a name for himself with massive radio airplay of his signature hits: “Bonfire,”
JAKE OWEN TO PERFORM ON JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE! Nashville, TN - RCA recording artist Jake Owen is thrilled with the recent opportunities to appear on late night television. On Tuesday, February 21, he will perform his current Top-10 single, “Alone With You,” and his multi-week No. 1 Platinum single, “Barefoot Blue Jean Night,” on Jimmy Kimmel Live!The show airs at 12 a.m. ET on ABC. Both songs are from Jake's album, Barefoot Blue Jean Night, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. Earlier this week on Valentine’s Day, Jake performed on NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. On March 1, Jake will be a guest on Chelsea Lately, hosted by Chelsea Handler, which airs at 11 p.m. ET on E!
Nashville, TN (Feb. 17, 2012) -- The Band Perry received a flurry of press following their performance with Glen Campbell at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards this past Sunday night but perhaps the real story for them happened off- stage. It was their very first Grammy nomination and performance. That performance inspired an intersection of two generations, that of Campbell’s and the new fans that The Band Perry is bringing to the country music format. The group garnered a nomination in the “Best New Artist” category and was asked to join the historic tribute to Campbell, which also included country star Blake Shelton and Campbell himself. Campbell, who recently revealed he has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, just released his final studio album and will also complete his final live tour this year. The performance on the CBS broadcast of the Grammy Awards was also quite possibly the legend’s final television appearance as well. “We are so honored to have been a part of the tr
Kix Brooks To Release New Single “New To This Town” (Featuring Joe Walsh) Nashville, TN –Kix Brooks will release his first Arista Nashville solo single, “New To This Town” (featuring Joe Walsh), to radio on March 19. After spending twenty years as one half of Brooks & Dunn, the most successful duo in country music history, Kix is heading in his own direction. “It’s a freedom of sorts,” shares Kix about Brooks & Dunn coming to an end. “It’s not a bitter freedom by any means, just sort of a ‘well that was fun, now what?’ Sort of like being at a theme park and looking around after riding the same roller coaster you finally say, ‘Ok I think I’ll try that one over there!’” Kix’s ‘new ride’ begins with his first solo single on Arista Nashville, “New To This Town” (featuring Joe Walsh), co-written by Brooks and longtime friends Marv Green (Brooks & Dunn’s “Proud Of The House We Built”) and Terry McBride (Brooks & Dunn hits “If You See Him/If You See Her” and “Play
Aldean Nominated for Six ACM Awards Nashville, TN – Feb. 17, 2012 – It took just four minutes for ACM Entertainer of the Year nominee Jason Aldean to sell out his May 19 show at Atlanta, GA’s Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood this morning. A second show has been announced at Lakewood on Fri., May 18 that will go on sale next Fri., Feb. 24 at 10am ET. Tickets for this and all 2012 MY KINDA PARTY TOUR dates can be purchased online at www.livenation.com and Ticketmaster charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000. “It feels like 2011 was sort of my coming out year, but this is a milestone I’ve been working toward for over a decade,” said Aldean. “From the days when my mom used to drive me all over Georgia and I was playing clubs for 20 people my dream was always to play for 20,000. Big shout out to all my peeps in Georgia for throwing me such a big coming home party!” Aldean is nominated for six ACM Awards, including his second consecutive nods for Entertainer of the Year and Male Vo
TIM MCGRAW, ZAC BROWN BAND AND KID ROCK POISED TO SET THE SOUTH ON FIRE AT MULTI-GENRE FESTIVAL, BAMAJAM 2012 -- JUNE 14 – 16 Festival Spokesman Darryl Worley to Host and Kick-off Festival Tickets Go on Sale Friday, March 2, 2012 Enterprise, AL – Event organizers announced today that Tim McGraw, Zac Brown Band and Kid Rock will headline BamaJam 2012, a three-day entertainment music festival to be held in Enterprise, Ala., June 14-16. Fans of all music genres will experience non-stop entertainment by today’s most popular acts from dual headline stages set at BamaJam Farms, a 1600-acre farm which includes such amenities as ATV trails, camping/RV sites and even a waterpark. Country star and BamaJam 2012 spokesman Darryl Worley will perform and host the opening night of what promises to be one of the grandest outdoor entertainment extravaganzas. Tickets will go on sale Friday, March 2, 2012, and will feature a special three-day $99.00 price, available for a very limited time o
Spring Break Shows set for March 13 & 14 At Spinnaker’s Beach Club in Panama City, Florida CMT Sponsors Luke Bryan Spring Break Sweepstakes Bryan Becomes Spokesperson for Panama City Convention & Visitors Bureau NASHVILLE, TN – (February, 16 2012) – Capitol Records Nashville recording artist Luke Bryan will release his fourth Spring Break themed EP – SPRING BREAK 4...SUNTAN CITY on March 6, 2012. The 4 song EP features original songs created especially for this release- “Suntan City,” penned by Luke, Dallas Davidson, Rhett Atkins and Ben Hayslip; “Spring Breakup” by Luke and Ashley Gorley; “Little Bit Later On” co-written by Luke, Ashley Gorley and Luke Laird and “Shake The Sand” by Luke, Michael Carter and Cole Swindell. To get a sneak peak at the fun go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ByBCTVQ3RQ&feature=relmfu Luke will once again perform concerts at Spinnaker’s Beach Club in Panama City, set for March 13 and 14 where in previous years over f
MIRANDA LAMBERT IS “ON FIRE” IN 2012 NASHVILLE, TN – Miranda Lambert returns to the stage of her “On Fire” Tour tonight, after two weeks away that included a performance of “America The Beautiful” at the Super Bowl with her husband Blake Shelton, a Grammy filled weekend where she presented Country Album of the Year and performed at Clive Davis’ Grammy Pre-Gala, one of the most prestigious events of the year, and she made her acting debut on her favorite show, Law & Order: SVU. Her “On Fire” Tour is hot and one of the most sought after tickets this year. Miranda takes the stage this weekend with near capacity crowds in Amherst, MA and Hershey, PA and a sold out show in Youngstown, OH, which sold out the day tickets went on sale. The tour kicked off on January 12 with back to back sold out performances in Rockford, IL and La Crosse, WI. Other sell-outs included Baltimore, MD and Charlottesville, VA and Huntsville, AL. Miranda’s new single, “Over You,” written by Miranda
Nashville, TN – Feb. 15, 2012 – Award winning singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley takes the No. one position this week on Billboard’s Country Albums chart with his sixth studio album HOME, marking Bentley’s fourth career debut in the top spot. The new album’s poignant second single and title track also continues to climb the Top five at radio and has already spawned the rowdy chart-topper “Am I The Only One.” Music critics across the country are weighing in with glowing reviews of HOME all focused around one central theme – Bentley's unique sound that combines his distinctive gravely vocals with a modern blend of acoustic and electric instruments. Entertainment Weekly awarded that sound an A. “Bentley has always been a big-picture guy, looking to pull together the different kinds of music he loves. On what may be his most cohesive album, he combines rustic sounds of crisp banjo and mandolin with a surging beat that falls between U2 and Waylon Jennings.” – USA Today “Bentley
Kevin Costner & Modern West Warming Up Spring with 2012 Concert Tour Award-winning Actor & Celebrated Band Taking Spotlight in Sunshine State for U.S. Launch Nashville, TN (February 15, 2012) - Critically-acclaimed Kevin Costner & Modern West will take center stage with a concert tour that’s scheduled to launch this spring in Lakeland, Florida. Academy Award-winning Costner co-founded the rock/country band after being encouraged by his wife, Christine, to reconnect with his music passion. In 2005, he teamed with songwriter John Coinman and bassist Blair Forward, band mates of their original group, Roving Boy, from the late 80’s. Other members of Modern West include Larry Cobb (drums), Park Chisolm (vocals & guitar), Teddy Morgan (lead guitar & producer). Bobby Yang, Roddy Chong and Luke Bulla will rotate fiddle performances. For the past 6 years, the band has been electrifying audiences across the globe with shows in Europe, Asia, Canada, South America, and t
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The Beatles’ iconic (and widely imitated) album cover Abbey Road shows all four band members walking across London’s Abbey Road. At that time The Beatles were recording the majority of their songs and albums at Abbey Road Studios (was then called EMI Studios). On August 8, 1969, Scottish photographer Iain MacMillan captured them simply walking across the street for the album’s cover. The shoot reportedly took just ten minutes but, as you can see, they had walked back and forth across the street before catching that now-famous image. Here is a gallery of outtakes from that famous photo shoot.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Feb. 14, 2012) Brad Paisley’s Virtual Reality World Tour 2012 presented by Chevrolet had another fantastic weekend with three sold-out shows in Spokane, WA, Eugene, OR and Tacoma, WA, making it a full sweep of sell-outs of the 12 tour dates so far. Special guests on the tour are CMA New Artist of the Year The Band Perry and 2011 American Idol winner Scotty McCreery. The Virtual Reality Tour continues this week with shows in Lubbock, TX and Las Cruces, NM. Live Nation is the national tour promoter. Log on to www.bradpaisley.com or www.livenation.com for tour dates and information.
“I was brought to tears again last night, as I’m sure many were, when Jennifer Hudson sang ‘I Will Always Love You’ on the Grammys in memory of Whitney. Like everybody else, I am still in shock. But I know that Whitney will live forever in all the great music that she left behind. I will always have a very special piece of her in the song we shared together and had the good fortune to share with the world. Rest in peace, Whitney. Again, we will always love you.” --Dolly Parton
Los Angleles, CA – February 13, 2012 –Taylor Swift is now a Six-Time Grammy winner, after taking home trophies from last night’s 54th Annual Grammy Awards for Best Country Song and Best Country Solo Performance for her #1 smash single “Mean, ” from her 5X Platinum Speak Now album, released on Big Machine Records. The wins come just two years after Taylor first won Grammys in both of those categories in 2010, in addition to Album of the Year and Country Album of the Year. Written in response to a particularly zealous critic, “Mean,” is both an anthem and a chart-topping favorite that “takes real-world emotional pain and transforms it into clever art” (The New York Times). The Village Voice has lauded “Mean” as “huge and hugely compassionate, and fearless….overwhelming,” and the Associated Press dubbed it “a searing response to being treated badly.” Accepting her Grammy awards for the song, Taylor said, “There’s really no feeling quite like writing a song about someone who’s complete
The Recording Academy Statement re: Whitney Houston February 11, 2012 Six-time GRAMMY(r) winner Whitney Houston was one of the world's greatest pop singers of all time who leaves behind a robust musical soundtrack spanning the past three decades. Her powerful voice graced many memorable and award-winning songs. A light has been dimmed in our music community today, and we extend our deepest condolences to her family, friends, fans and all who have been touched by her beautiful voice. Neil Portnow President/CEO The Recording Academy(r)
SCOTTY McCREERY NOMINATED FOR ACM NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR HIS SINGLE “THE TROUBLE WITH GIRLS” TOPS 500,000 IN SALES NASHVILLE,TN – Scotty McCreery has been nominated for this year’s Academy of Country Music New Artist of the Year Award, which will be given out during the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas on April 1. This good news reached Scotty soon after he had been alerted by fans via Twitter that his second single, “The Trouble With Girls,” had just topped 500,000 in sales, making it eligible for a gold certification. “It’s been a good couple of days,” he says. “I am pumped! Looking at the final eight in the category, everybody in there was so good. I listen to all of their music. So to be a finalist is an honor. “It’s been an incredible year,” says Scotty, whose debut album was certified platinum in only three months. “Being up for this award means a lot to me. I am ready to head to Vegas!” On Wednesday, Scotty learned that the past week’s sal