• Dierks Bentley Say You Do
  • Easton Corbin Baby Be My Love Song
  • Canaan Smith   Love You Like That
  • Billy Currington  Don't It
  • Eric Church Like a Wrecking Ball
  • Eric Paslay She Don't Love You
  • Little Big Town Girl Crush
  • Josh Turner Lay Low
  • Kip Moore I'm to Blame
  • Mickey Guyton Better Than You Left Me
  • Sam Hunt Take Your Time
  • Raise 'Em Up Keith Urban feat. Eric Church

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ERIC CHURCH’S THE OUTSIDERS WORLD TOUR IS NO. 1 ON BILLBOARD’S HOT TOURS.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (April 17, 2015) – Add another milestone in a year full of them: Eric Church’s “The Outsiders World Tour” is No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Tours recap.

Church scored the top slot – over some of music’s biggest pop stars.Billboard said Church has visited more than 60 cities and sold more than 725,000 tickets so far in support of the GRAMMY and ACM Award-nominated and widely acclaimed 2014 album The Outsiders.

Church has set venue attendance records in three cities, including his hometown Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee, and Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois. More than 18,000 fans attended each rowdy show. Feel left out? Fans can still see what all the fuss is about through September.
First up, the North Carolina native will perform on the CBS broadcast of the 50th anniversary edition of the Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, where he is nominated for four ACM Awards including Album of the Year for The Outsiders, Male Vocalist of the Year and Song of the Year as both artist and co-writer for “Give Me Back My Hometown.”

There are still more than 20 dates left on “The Outsiders World Tour.” For more information about Church or to buy tickets, visit www.EricChurch.com and follow @ericchurch on Twitter.

Audio / Prior to kicking off The Outsiders World Tour, Eric Church talked about the trek and how he hopes that fans will feel it's a great experience.

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“We’ve waited our whole career to make a record like The Outsiders. I felt like our entire career has been building up to that moment, to this record. Likewise, with this tour. This tour, we’ve waited our entire career to put on this tour. Anybody who’s seen us before musically, because of the amount of music we have, visually, and then as far as we want to do sonically. I think it’s gonna be something that people will say it’s the best they’ve seen. And we still want to make it about the music, but at the same time, we have some other things to make sure everybody, no matter what seat you’re in in the house, no matter where you are – front, back, side, top – we want to make sure it’s a unique experience for everybody in there and that everybody in there feels like they’re a part of the show, and there’s not a bad seat in the house. We’ve thought about that ad nauseam, to make sure that regardless of where you are, without giving too much away surprise-wise, that you’ll be able to experience it and be a part of the show and share in that feeling from the stage.”

LUKE BRYAN REVEALS HOSTING APPROACH FOR THIS YEAR’S ACM AWARDS.

Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton are co-hosting the ACM Awards for the third time together (Blake’s fourth time), and while they’ve been known to make jabs at their famous friends and fellow country music stars in the past, this year, it’ll be more reverence than jokes in their approach with their hosting duties.

“Our approach going in, the first two years, Blake and I would come in and we’d start trying to come up with funny stuff to roast people while we had the opportunity, but this year it’s a different vibe,” says Luke. “Once the show kicks off, we’ll be in different area codes running around making this happen. It is about relishing the 50 years and all of the icons that got us here, and I guess Blake and I, our approach will just honor the show the way it needs to be and have fun, have fun with it.”

Luke is nominated for Entertainer of the Year, as well as Male Vocalist, Song for “Drink a Beer” and Vocal Event of the Year with Florida Georgia Line for “This is How We Roll.”

The 50th Annual ACM Awards will be broadcast live from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas at 8pm ET on CBS.

Audio / Luke Bryan reveals his and Blake Shelton’s approach to hosting this year’s ACM Awards show at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

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Luke Bryan (ACM hosting approach 2015) OC: …have fun with it. :40
“I think Blake and I, our approach going in, the first two years, Blake and I would come in and we’d start trying to come up with funny stuff to roast people while we had the opportunity, but this year it’s a different vibe…once the show kicks off, we’ll be in different area codes running around making this happen. It is about relishing the 50 years and all of the icons that got us here, and I guess Blake and I, our approach will just honor the show the way it needs to be and have fun, have fun with it.”

SAM HUNT EARNS SOME HEAVY METAL.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 17, 2015) – Country music standout Sam Hunt released his debut album MONTEVALLO in October 2014, when it became the No. 1 and best-selling debut album from a country artist since 2011.  MONTEVALLO remains the best-selling country album of 2015 and is now RIAA Gold-certified with sales topping 500,000.  Hunt is the fastest debut country artist to earn a Gold album since 2012, and the first debut country artist to reach the benchmark since 2013.

MONTEVALLO includes Hunt’s Platinum-selling, No. 1 hit “Leave the Night On” and his current smash, “Take Your Time.”  In an impressive 12-week run, “Take Your Time” remains the No. 1 country download in the nation and is now Hunt’s second consecutive Platinum-selling single. “Take Your Time” also leads the Hot Country Songs chart for its tenth week becoming only the 16th single of all time to hold the No. 1 slot for at least ten weeks since the chart’s inception in October 1958.

In addition to his impressive sales stats, Hunt continues to make waves in the digital space racking up over 175 million streams across all partners since his debut, more than any other new country artist.
Hunt is nominated for New Artist of the Year and will be performing on this year’s 50th Academy of Country Music Awards airing live on CBS this Sunday, April 19 at 8/7c.

For information, music, images, tour dates and more, visit www.SamHunt.com.

Audio / Sam Hunt explains what he hopes for when people listen to his new album, Montevallo.

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Sam Hunt (Montevallo expectations) OC: …makes them feel. :43
“I hope that people, if the give the full album a chance, will have the ability to see what I want to represent as an artist, they will be able to get out of this music what I get out of music that I love, you know? The record is hopefully diverse enough to reach people of several different tastes. If there is something I could say to someone that was about to listen to this record for the first time, I would hope that they could put aside any preconceived notions or any direction that whatever they have stumbled across before has given them, they could open their mind and just listen to the music with an open mind and open heart and just see how they feel about it; see how it makes them feel.”

DAVID NAIL PARTNERS WITH UBER FOR A POST-AWARDS SHOW ON SUNDAY.

Nashville, TN – April 17, 2015 – MCA Nashville and GRAMMY®-nominated recording artist David Nail is the first country artist chosen to partner with Uber for the company’s #UberCOUNTRY powered by Ram Trucks promotion. Uber is offering its riders in the Dallas-Fort Worth area an opportunity to score an invite to an exclusive post-awards show concert on Sunday, April 19 with Nail. Location and details of the concert will be revealed only to the Uber fans who win tickets. These #UberCOUNTRY winners will be treated to some of Nail’s biggest hits including his No. 1 hits “Let It Rain,” “Red Light,” and “Whatever She’s Got” and may also have the opportunity to hear some of the new music he has been recording.

Starting today through Saturday at Noon, CT, fans who enter the promocode “UBERCOUNTRY” into the promotions section of the Uber app will be eligible to win free tickets to Nail’s show. Winners will be notified by Saturday at 5 p.m. and will then be given details including the location of the show.  Must be at least 21 to enter. Uber riders who don’t win tickets with the promo code will have a second chance to win tickets beginning Sunday at 10:30 PM.

For more details on this #UberCOUNTRY powered by Ram Trucks exlusive concert with ACM and Grammy-nominated David Nail click HERE.

MCA Nashville recording artist David Nail, considered to have one of the most distinct and powerful voices in country music today, released his third album, I’m A Fire, to massive acclaim. I’m A Fire landed on many 2014 BEST OF lists including Rolling Stone Country, NPR, iTunes and Billboard. And the album’s first single, “Whatever She’s Got,” was a No. 1 certified PLATINUM hit and was named one of the Top 3 country songs of 2014 by Billboard.

The Missouri native’ first No. 1 hit, “Let It Rain” (featuring Sarah Buxton), from his second album The Sound of a Million Dreams, was nominated for ACM Vocal Event of the Year in 2013 and for Breakthrough Video of the Year at the 2014 CMT Video Music Awards.

No stranger to the road, Nail’s own headlining tour I’M A FIRE TOUR was named one of the Fall 2014’s Must See Concert Tours by Rolling Stone Country. He has toured with Taylor Swift, Darius Rucker, Lady Antebellum, Sugarland, Gavin DeGraw and Kenny Chesney. In June, he joins GRAMMY®-winning group Little Big Town’s Pain Killer Tour. For all tour dates go to http://www.davidnail.com.

Follow @DavidNail on Twitter: https://twitter.com/davidnail

Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DavidNail

LUKE BRYAN TV CAPTURES THE ACM HOSTS PREPPING FOR THE BIG SHOW IN DALLAS.

Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton prep for the 2015 ACM Awards the only way they know how. Check it out below, and don’t forget to vote #‎TeamLuke for Entertainer of the Year daily at umgn.us/voteluke .

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LUKE BRYAN SAYS WINNING ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR CHANGED HIS LIFE.

Luke Bryan picked up the trophy for Entertainer of the Year at the 2013 ACM Awards, as well as for the 2014 CMA Awards. He’s once again nominated for this incredible title, and he says that first win changed his life.

“Winning Entertainer of the Year, truly changed my life in a lot of ways and just put me in a whole other place professionally and mentally,” says Luke. “It was just an amazing thing to happen.”

Luke, who is co-hosting this year’s ACM Awards with pal Blake Shelton for the third year, is also nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year, Song of the Year for “Drink a Beer” and Vocal Event of the Year for “This is How We Roll” with Florida Georgia Line.

The 50th Annual ACM Awards will be broadcast live from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas at 8pm ET on CBS.

Audio / Luke Bryan says winning the ACM Award for Entertainer of the Year in 2013 changed his life, and he’s up for the award again this year.

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Luke Bryan (winning EOY in 2013) OC: …to happen. :25
“I can’t believe I’m even hosting the ACMs again, that they would have me back. But we’re, I’m so excited about getting to spend some time with Blake. It’s gonna be fun. It’s gonna be a fun night. You know, winning Entertainer of the Year, truly changed my life in a lot of ways and just put me in a whole other place professionally and mentally. It was just an amazing thing to happen.”

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NEWS AND NOTES: Darius Rucker, Kip Moore, Scotty McCreery, Billy Currington, Sam Hunt and more

Darius Rucker’s Southern Style holds onto the top spot on the country album chart. Coming in at second place is Sam Hunt’s Montevallo, followed by the Now! That’s What I Call ACM Awards at No. 3. Rounding out the Top 5 are Luke Bryan’s Crash My Party, followed by Florida Georgia Line’s Anything Goes.

CMT Hot 20 featuring Kip Moore‘s Behind-the-Scenes footage at the “I’m To Blame” video shoot will air this Saturday at 9am ET.

Scotty McCreery will appear on CMT Hot 20 Countdown o both May 2nd and 3rd (9am ET). He talked about going back into the studio to begin recording new music and the proposal on Southwest Airlines that took place while “See You Tonight” was playing on the plane’s sound system.

Billy Currington is among the artists announced to perform at the opening of the Florida Tracks and Trails theme park in Punta Gorda during the Country Life Music Festival, April 24th – 26th.

Sam Hunt is set to headline the first Country Night Lights Festival in Athens, Ohio September 26th.

EASTON CORBIN IS ‘ABOUT TO GET REAL’ WITH NEW ALBUM.

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Nashville, TN – Mercury Nashville recording artist Easton Corbin revealed via Country Weekly his third studio album, About to Get Real, is set for release on June 30. Corbin fans heard the exciting About to Get Real album announcement first hand via Twitter’s new live video streaming app, Periscope, marking the first time a country artist has used the app for this purpose. Corbin teamed up with the same producer from his first two successful albums, Carson Chamberlain, for About to Get Real which will include 11 tracks overall. Final track listing to be released soon.

“When deciding on an album title, ‘About to Get Real’ just says it all for me,” shares Corbin. “When country fans listen to this album, I want them to take away that even though the music mixes the modern with the classic, it’s entirely real. Like the music of my heroes, it’s the real deal.”

In addition to the album news, Corbin’s brand new video for his Top 15 and climbing single “Baby Be My Love Song” premiered today on VEVO.

Corbin collaborated with director Shaun Silva for the “Baby Be My Love Song” music video which was shot at Pinewood Social, a hip social club near downtown Nashville. Featuring Easton as the narrator, viewers witness a bartender strike up a romance with a young woman after-hours. The trendy lounge’s industrial-chic space, which includes a bowling alley, hot tub and Airstream, lends itself to the couple’s night of fun.

About to Get Real is available for pre-order now:  http://umgn.us/EastonPreOrder

Additional information can be found at: www.EastonCorbin.com

GEORGE STRAIT RELEASES NEW SINGLE, ‘LET IT GO,’ TO COUNTRY RADIO.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 15, 2015) – The quintessential country music troubadour George Strait releases his brand new single, “Let It Go,” to country radio this Monday, April 20. “Let It Go” is the first new music released by Strait since his No. 1-debuting 2013 album, Love Is Everything, and is the first new music since Strait returned to the studio following his historic, two-year The Cowboy Rides Away Tour.

Written by George Strait, Bubba Strait and Keith Gattis, “Let It Go” is the laid-back lead single off Strait’s upcoming studio album on longtime label home, MCA Records Nashville. WYCD’s Tim Roberts calls the song “another pure country hit for radio and for real country fans.”

Click HERE to preview and purchase “Let It Go.”

The “King of Country” is set to perform this Sunday, April 19 on the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards. Strait is the reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year, has won 21 ACM Awards over four consecutive decades and will be honored with an ACM 50th Anniversary Milestone Award on the show. The awards will be broadcast live on CBS at 8/7c.

For more information on Strait, visit www.GeorgeStrait.com.

SCOTTY McCREERY VISITS MONROE CARELL JR. CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL WITH THE GRAND OLE OPRY!

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Nashville- (April 15, 2015)  The Grand Ole Opry and Scotty McCreery continued the Opry’s “Cause For Applause” yesterday, the show’s mission to support nine important causes throughout 2015 as part of its 90th anniversary celebration. April’s cause, “Thank God For Kids,” is a partnership with the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, where yesterday afternoon McCreery performed for children and their families and also shared toys and toy instruments from the Opry’s retail collection.  And last night, he was a part of a star-packed, two-show line-up at the Opry that also featured Florida Georgia Line, Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers, and Kellie Pickler, among others.
 
Throughout April, Opry fans will be able to designate a portion of Opry show and special merchandise (Opry-themed toys and toy musical instruments) sales be given to the hospital when mentioning the code 4THEKIDS. Other activities throughout the month include an online charity auction as well as continued artist and Opry staff visits to the hospital.
 
Additional causes as part of the 90th celebration include “Salute The Troops” and “Playin’ for A Purpose” and can be found at opry.com/causeforapplause. 

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