Thursday, March 31, 2011

CONTEST - Enter To Win A Pair Of Tickets To See Chris Young In Chicago


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Congratulations Cellie M.  Enjoy the show!!!


Chris Young just finished up his 2nd leg of touring with Rascal Flatts, is off to Vegas for the ACM Awards and will be heading back out on the road again this summer on the My Kinda Party Tour with Jason Aldean.  Young is also gearing up with multiple performances until he is back on the road for the summer joining Jason Aldean.

Chris will be heading to Chicago on Thursday, April 7th, and performing at Joe's Bar!!  Thanks to our friends at Joe's Bar we have a pair of tickets for you to catch the show!!!  Winner will be randomly selected on Wednesday, April 6th.  Travel arrangements are NOT included.  This show is 21+.

To enter to win tickets to see Chris Young at Joe's Bar, please click HERE.

Check out Joe's Bar and all their upcoming events by visiting their official website www.JoesBar.com

To see a full list of Chris Young's tour dates, please visit his official website www.ChrisYoungCountry.com.



Country Music Rocks Interview With Steve Holy

Country Music Rocks sat down with Steve Holy and chatted with him about his successful single "Love Don't Run", his new upcoming album, and much more!!! For more on Steve Holy, visit his official website www.SteveHoly.com




More Presenters Added For The Upcoming ACM Awards

 
Today the Academy of Country Music announced today that Luke Bryan, Chace Crawford, Celine Dion, The Judds and Miranda Lambert are scheduled to present as part of the 46th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, hosted by Reba and Blake Shelton.   
 
Also announced,  that the Academy of Country Music  text-to-vote fan voting will be powered by the RAM Truck Brand.  For the second year in a row, country music fans everywhere have the power to choose the Academy of Country Music’s Entertainer of the Year and New Artist by either texting-to-vote or casting their votes online now at www.VoteACM.com.
 
The Academy of Country Music and dick clark productions also announced today that The Band Perry, Sara Evans, John Fogerty, the JaneDear girls, Little Big Town, Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley will join the slate of previously announced country superstars at Girls’ Night Out: Superstar Women of Country - The Concert of the Year taping on Monday, April 4, 2011, which will air on Friday, April 22, 2011 from 9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT on the CBS Television Network.
 
 

Taylor Swift Celebrates 20 Million Milestone In Album Sales


Taylor Swift has surpassed the 20 MILLION milestone for album sales, it was announced last night just prior to her wrapping the overseas portion of her SPEAK NOW WORLD TOUR 2011with a sold-out show at London’s O2 Arena. Taylor has sold 10 million albums in the last 18 months – she reached the 10 Million albums sold mark in September of 2009. Big Machine Records and Universal Music International executives presented Taylor with a plaque commemorating the achievement at a special backstage event at the O2.

The 20 million number represents actual full albums sold – in addition, Taylor has sold over 33 million paid song downloads, making her the top-selling digital artist in music history.

20 Million + is the worldwide combined sales total for her three Big Machine Records studio albums: Taylor Swift (released in2006), Fearless (2008), and Speak Now (October, 2010), plus The Taylor Swift Holiday Collection and Beautiful Eyes (a Walmart-only release).Taylor has earned Gold, Platinum and Multi-Platinum album sales certifications in 18 countries spanning 5 continents.

Taylor’s 20 million + albums sold include the following:
Taylor Swift                   5,534,805 units US & International
Fearless                        8,681,753 units US & International
Speak Now                    4,850,246 units US & International
The Taylor Swift Holiday Collection  788,353 units US
Beautiful Eyes               257,047 units US

21-year old Taylor, who writes all of her own material, sold more albums than any other artist in any genre of music in both 2010 and 2008, and her Fearless album was 2009’s top-selling CD. At the age of 20, Taylor won 4 GRAMMY Awards, making history as the youngest-ever winner of Album of the Year. She was Billboard’s Most-Played Artist in both 2009 and 2010, and with the release of Speak Now, Taylor made history on the Billboard Hot 100, charting a record-breaking 11 songs from one album in a single week. Taylor, who just celebrated her 7th #1 record, currently holds the Billboard all-genre records for the longest charting album of this century, for most Top 20 debuts in a calendar year, and for the largest overall airplay audience for a country-based act.

Taylor’s sales success is matched by her critical acclaim, as she receives rave reviews for both her albums and live shows from top critics around the world. Her last two albums each earned 4-star reviews in Rolling Stone, and Entertainment Weekly named Taylor 2010’s Entertainer of the Year.

Last night’s London O2 show marked the conclusion of the overseas leg of the SPEAK NOW 2011 WORLD TOUR, which launched February 9th in Singapore. Taylor just added 16 new dates to the North American portion of the tour, which kicks off May 27th with two sold-out shows at Omaha’s Qwest Center, and now wraps with two shows at Madison Square Garden just before Thanksgiving. In total, Taylor will have headlined 97 stadium and arena shows around the world this year.

Taylor is currently nominated for four Academy of Country Music Awards, including the evening’s biggest honor, the fan-voted Entertainer of the Year Award. Earlier this week, the Academy of Country Music announced that Taylor will be awarded their “Jim Reeves International Award” for her “outstanding contributions to the acceptance of country music throughout the world.” Past recipients of this prestigious award include Garth Brooks, Dick Clark, Merv Griffin, Buck Owens and Dolly Parton.

This week, Taylor’s Twitter feed, @taylorswift13, was selected by the editors of Time magazine as one of their 140 Best Twitter feeds. The influential tweeters were selected because their feeds are “shaping the conversation” online. In addition to her more than 5.7 million Twitter followers, Taylor has over 19million Facebook friends.

A complete listing of all of the dates of the TAYLOR SWIFT SPEAK NOW WORLD TOUR 2011 is available at www.taylorswift.com.


Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Blake Shelton On Chelsea Lately = Hysterical

Blake Shelton was back on E!'s Chelsea Lately last night and there is only one word to describe the entertaining interview - HYSTERICAL!!!  You've got to check this out as Blake talks about his new role on The Voice & his co-hosting duties for the upcoming ACM Awards.


Craig Campbell Gears Up With A Full Schedule During His Debut Album Release Week


With just days to go before the April 5th release of his debut CD Craig Campbell, Craig is preparing himself for what will be a jam-packed album launch week.   As the release date approaches, the hit single “Family Man” continues to captivate listeners and marks Craig’s 1st showing in the Top 15 on the country radio charts (#14 BB/#15 MB).

The week kicks off on April 2
nd in Las Vegas with Craig participating in the inaugural NRA Country ACM Celebrity Shoot followed by a walk on the red carpet and attending the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on April 3rd.  The remainder of the jam-packed week will include headlining concert appearances in San Jose, CA (4/5); Bakersfield, CA (4/6); Florence, AZ/Country Thunder USA Festival (4/7); and Henderson, NV (4/8).

In addition to Craig’s Sirius XM Special “Highway Hang Time with Craig Campbell” that premieres on 4/5 on Sirius Channel 60/XM 16, Craig can also be seen on CMT Insider and is featured as GACs Fan Focus Artist of the Month and on other GAC programming including On The Streets.  Beginning in May, Craig can be found on the road with Willie Nelson and the Country Throwdown Tour.

The project is produced by Keith Stegall and features 11 songs, including 9 that are co-written by Craig.  Fans can pre-order a deluxe version of the album at iTunes that features two bonus tracks plus the “Family Man” music video and a digital booklet. 

To learn more about Craig, visit www.craigcampbell.tv and follow him on Twitter @craigcampbelltv.

Gloriana Hits The Road To Support Their Upcoming New Album


Gloriana will hit the road next week in support of their forthcoming second studio album on Emblem Music Group/ Warner Bros. Records. The foursome, who recently released their much-anticipated first single from their upcoming album, “Wanna Take You Home,” to all digital retailers and radio, will perform over 25 shows across the country.  
 
Gloriana will have several headlining shows at Universities, an opening slot for Toby Keith at Army bases in Georgia and Alabama, and at Festivals and Fairs across the country including Country Thunder USA, Show-Me Music and Arts Festival, and Country USA. Fans can get up to date information on the tour, with shows being added, by going to www.Gloriana.com

Gloriana are no strangers to the road having toured with some of the biggest names in country music including opening slots for Alan Jackson, Jason Aldean, Zac Brown Band, and Brooks and Dunn. In 2010, the band performed their first nationwide headlining tour, The Long Hot Summer Tour, after supporting Taylor Swift on her Fearless Tour in North America and Australia. Before entering the studio this past Winter, the band traveled overseas to entertain U.S. troops on bases in the Middle East and Europe.  

Fans can get exclusive behind-the-scenes videos, photos, blogs, and much more from Gloriana by signing up to become a Studio Insider at www.Gloriana.com.

Gloriana Tour Dates:
April 8th           Logandale, NV           Clark County Fair
April 9th           Alpine, CA                  Viejas Casino
April 10th         Florence, AZ               Country Thunder USA
April 15th         Louisville, KY            Bellarmine University
April 30th         Clewiston, FL             Sugar Festival
May 4th            Florence, AL               University of North Alabama
May 14th          Detroit, MI                  WYCD Radio Show
May 13th          King City, CA            Salinas Valley Fair
May 19th          Miles City, MT            The Texas Club
May 27th          Vinton, LA                 Delta Downs Racetrack and Casino
May 28th          Huntsville, AL            Redstone Arsenal Army Base
May 29th          Columbus, GA            Fort Benning Army Base
June 1st            Norfolk, VA               WGH Radio Show
June 4th           Houston, TX               KKBQ Radio Show
June 10th          Winsted, MN              Winstock Country Music Festival
June 11th          Michigan City, IN       Blue Chip Casino
June 17th          Ozark, MO                  Show-Me Music and Arts Festival
June 18th          Bessemer, AL             Alabama Adventure
June 23rd          Oshkosh, WI               Country USA
June 24th          Allison, IA                  Butler County Fair
June 25th          Cresco, IA                   Howard County Fair
July 9th             Union, MO                  Franklin County Fair
July 15th           Baraboo, WI               Sauk County Fair
July 23rd           Grand Island, NE       Heartland Events Center
July 30th           North Haverhill, NH   The North Haverhill Fair
August 20th     San Francisco, CA      Great Meadow at Fort Mason
September 28th  Bakersfield, CA        Kern County Fair


Miranda Lambert Reveals 25 Facts You May NOT Know About Her


Miranda Lambert recently revealed 25 facts you may NOT know about the country superstar!!  Check out the list and see if anything on here surprises you!!  Don't forget, Miranda is up for SEVEN ACM Award nominations including the most sought after award for the evening ACM Entertainer of the Year!!!  Tune in to the 46th Annual ACM Awards on Sunday, April 3rd at 8:00PM ET/PT on CBS.

1. I have had my ears pierced only once.
2. I hate beets.
3. I played shortstop on my Little League softball team.
4. I don’t know how to make gravy.
5. I used to collect bells — now it’s salt and pepper shakers.
6. I have more than one tattoo.
7. I have been bitten by a dog.
8. I like rainy days in winter.
9. In sixth grade, I was voted most likely to be a country singer.
10. My family is Irish and Indian.
11. I want Carrie Underwood's legs!
12. I’m learning to barrel race.
13. I don’t like spicy food.
14. I played Annie Oakley in a high school play.
15. I have a birthmark on my leg.
16. I once had a conversation, a real one, with my mean cat about her attitude. Didn’t work.
17. I don’t like my profile.
18. I love the band Audioslave.
19. I don’t like swimming in the ocean, only looking at it.
20. Snakes freak me out.
21. I have never broken a bone.
22. I get motion sickness if I do anything besides look out the front window while moving.
23. I’m named after my great grandma Lucy Miranda.
24. I don’t know how to play poker.
25. Don’t talk to me before I have coffee. Period.



Jason Aldean To Perform New Single "Dirt Road Anthem" At the ACM Awards


ACM Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year nominee Jason Aldean will release “Dirt Road Anthem” as the third single off his PLATINUM selling album MY KINDA PARTY.  The fan-favorite track that suggests Aldean’s influences range from Snoop Dogg to Charlie Daniels will make its network television debut when he performs live Sun., April 3 on the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on CBS. The song will be on country radio’s desk and available via PLAY MPE on April 4.  

“I always get excited to test new songs out on the road,” said Aldean. “This one is a little different because it kicks off with the chorus, so everyone starts sorta grooving along with it...and then we hit that first verse with the rapid fire lyrics, and the fans go nuts. I know we’re pushing some boundaries with a song like this, but I also think people expect that from me now. I’m really taking the fans’ lead on this one, but I think it’s going to be a killer single for us on the road this summer.”
MY KINDA PARTY has already spawned the three week No. one smash “Don’t You Wanna Stay” with Kelly Clarkson, and its title track took the top spot on the Mediabase country singles chart in December. The album hit big out of the gate, selling over 193,000 albums its first week, more than any debut by a male vocalist in over three years and was certified PLATINUM only eleven weeks after release.  

Following the ACM Awards, Aldean will pick his MY KINDA PARTY Tour back up for 38 more dates through August. 

For a full list of appearances and upcoming tour dates, visit www.jasonaldean.com.

Reba, Taylor Swift, Garth Brooks & Country Strong Are Already ACM Awards Winners


Yesterday, the Academy of Country Music announced the winners of awards that will not be televised during the live telecast of the 46th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS. The ceremony, which honors country music’s top talent as well as the industry’s hottest emerging artists, is produced for television by dick clark productions and will be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 3rd, 2011 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. 

Reba has been chosen to receive the Career Achievement Award, which is presented  to an individual artist, duo, group or multiple artist collaboration who have advanced the popularity and acceptance of country music through their endeavors in the entertainment industry in multiple areas during the preceding calendar year.

Past recipients of the Career Achievement Award include John Anderson, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Johnny Paycheck, Carl Perkins and Kenny Rogers.

Taylor Swift has been chosen to receive the Jim Reeves International Award, which is presented to an individual for outstanding contributions to the acceptance of country music throughout the world.

Past recipients of the Jim Reeves International Award include Garth Brooks, Dick Clark, Roy Clark, Merv Griffin, Charlie Nagatani, Buck Owens, Dolly Parton and Keith Urban, among others.  

Garth Brooks and Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers have been chosen to receive the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award honoring individuals who are pioneers in the country music genre.
 
Past recipients of the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award include Alabama, Johnny Cash, Charlie Daniels, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Brenda Lee, Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson, The Oak Ridge Boys, Dolly Parton, Charley Pride, Jerry Reed, Tex Ritter, Marty Robbins, Kenny Rogers, Mel Tillis, Randy Travis, Conway Twitty, Porter Wagoner, Hank Williams, Sr., Hank Williams Jr. and Bob Wills, among others.

Country Strong has been chosen as the recipient of the Tex Ritter Award, which is given to a movie released and/or receiving major exposure during the preceding calendar year, featuring or utilizing country music.

Past recipients of the Tex Ritter Award include Beer For My Horses, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Crazy Heart, O Brother, Where Art Thou, Sweet Dreams and Walk the Line, among others.

Be sure to tune in as the 46th Annual ACM Awards will be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 3, 2011 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.

For more information, please visit www.acmcountry.com.