• CARRIE UNDERWOOD IS GETTING READY TO LAUNCH HER CRY PRETTY TOUR 360.

    Carrie Underwood has been in rehearsals for her Cry Pretty Tour 360, which kicks off less than a month away. She tells us the rehearsals have been going great, and she feels like the fans will most likely spot the hard work that went into her stage show.

    “It is super crazy that the Cry Pretty Tour 360 starts May 1st, because it’s right around the corner,” says Carrie. “Rehearsals have been going really great. My band is amazing as always, and I feel like every year and every album, they get better and better, and just everybody gets more comfortable with each other and people just have even more fun on stage. I feel like fans are really going to be able to feel the love and all the hard work that has gone into this tour. There’s so many people that have thought long and hard about how to make this show better than anything that we’ve ever done before. I think it’ll be easy to sit in the audience and recognize that.”

    The Cry Pretty Tour 360, which also features Maddie & Tae and Runaway June, launches May 1st in Greensboro, North Carolina.

    Carrie is currently on the airwaves with her latest song, “Love Wins.”

    Audio / Carrie Underwood talks about getting ready for her Cry Pretty Tour 360, which kicks off May 1st in Greensboro, North Carolina.

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    Carrie Underwood (leading into launch of Cry Pretty Tour 360) OC: …recognize that. :47
    “It is super crazy that the Cry Pretty Tour 360 starts May 1st, because it’s right around the corner. Rehearsals have been going really great. My band is amazing as always, and I feel like every year and every album, they get better and better, and just everybody gets more comfortable with each other and people just have even more fun on stage. I feel like fans are really going to be able to feel the love and all the hard work that has gone into this tour. There’s so many people that have thought long and hard about how to make this show better than anything that we’ve ever done before. I think it’ll be easy to sit in the audience and recognize that.”

    Audio / LINER Carrie Underwood (want to see you on my Cry Pretty Tour 360)

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  • CARRIE UNDERWOOD HAPPY TO BE A PART OF THE BREAKTHROUGH MOVIE SOUNDTRACK.

    Carrie Underwood’s latest hit, “Love Wins,” is featured on the new soundtrack of the film, Breakthrough, which stars Chrissy Metz, Josh Lucas and Topher Grace. Carrie watched the movie while on the road promoting her new album, Cry Pretty, and immediately wanted to be a part of it.

    “They sent us the movie to watch ‘cause I definitely wanted to get to see it before I could say yes, I want to be a part of that, and the second it was over, I said, ‘Yes. I want to be a part of this,’” she says. “It’s such an inspiring movie. I can’t wait for my son Isaiah to watch it. I can’t wait for my husband to watch it. I just think it something that everybody will be able to relate to in some way or another, and it’s such an inspiring film. I cried my way through it. I was bawling about 10 minutes in [laughs], in a good way. I’m just always happy when I can be part of things that can inspire, and I was honored that they wanted to use ‘Love Wins’ in the movie.”

    The film’s soundtrack, which is available now, not only features “Love Wins,” but songs by Maddie & Tae, Lauren Alaina, Mickey Guyton, Darius Rucker and Adam Hambrick, among others.

    You may have seen the star-studded cast of Carrie, Chrissy Metz, Lauren, Mickey and Maddie & Tae performing one of the songs – “I’m Standing With You” – on Sunday night’s ACM Awards. If you didn’t see the goosebump-inducing performance, click here.

    Carrie is in rehearsals for her upcoming Cry Pretty 360 Tour, which will kick off May 1st in Greensboro, North Carolina. M&T and Runaway June will be along for the ride.

    Audio / Carrie Underwood talks about having a song in the new film, Breakthrough.

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    Carrie Underwood (Breakthrough) OC: …in the movie. :54
    “I was approached about being a part of the Breakthrough movie and having a song in the movie a while back ago, and we’re on the road doing album promo. They sent us the movie to watch ‘cause I definitely wanted to get to see it before I could say yes, I want to be a part of that, and the second it was over, I said, ‘Yes. I want to be a part of this.’ It’s such an inspiring movie. I can’t wait for my son Isaiah to watch it. I can’t wait for my husband to watch it. I just think it something that everybody will be able to relate to in some way or another, and it’s such an inspiring film. I cried my way through it. I was bawling about 10 minutes in [laughs], in a good way. But yeah, I’m just always happy when I can be part of things that can inspire and I was honored that they wanted to use ‘Love Wins’ in the movie.”

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Luke, Maddie & Tae, Travis, Clare, Carrie, Vince, Dierks and more

    Luke Bryan is toting some heavy metal. His song “Drunk On You” was certified five-times platinum by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America). In addition, the Georgia native’s “Light It Up” and “Most People Are Good” was certified platinum, while his “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset” have been certified gold. On the album side, Luke’s What Makes You Country has been certified gold.

    Maddie & Tae, Travis Denning and Clare Dunn are scheduled to perform at the Tortuga Music Festival in Fort Lauderdale, Florida this weekend (April 12th – 14th).

    Dierks Bentley will release the music video for his new song “Living,” on Friday.

    Carrie Underwood and Vince Gill are among the artists helping the Grand Ole Opry kick off its CMA Fest Week, beginning June 4th and running through June 8th. More artists will be unveiled in the coming weeks at opry.com.

  • CHRISSY METZ TO PERFORM WITH LAUREN ALAINA, MICKEY GUYTON, MADDIE & TAE AND CARRIE UNDERWOOD.

    The Academy of Country Music® announced today that Chrissy Metz, star of the upcoming movie BREAKTHROUGH being released by 20th Century Fox this Easter, will make her live television performance debut on Sunday night (February 7th) at this year’s ACM Awards. She’ll be joined on stage by Lauren AlainaMickey Guyton, Maddie & Tae and Carrie Underwood for a must-see collaboration. The artists, who are each featured on the film’s soundtrack will perform a special rendition of the song “I’m Standing With You,” while spotlighting ACM Lifting Lives®, the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Country Music dedicated to improving lives through the power of music.

    The soundtrack, featuring songs from Chrissy, Carrie, Maddie & Tae, Lauren, Mickey, Darius Rucker and Adam Hambrick, among others, is available now. Breakthrough, which also stars Josh Lucas and Topher Grace, arrives in theaters nationwide April 17th.

    As previously announced, 14-time ACM Award® winner Carrie will also perform a song from her own album Cry Pretty at Country Music’s Party of the Year®, which will also feature performances by Jason Aldean (ACM Dick Clark Artist of the Decade Award honoree), Dierks Bentley, Brooks & Dunn, Brothers Osborne, Luke Bryan, Kane Brown, Brandi Carlile, Eric Church, Kelly Clarkson, Luke Combs (ACM New Male Artist of the Year), Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Khalid, Miranda LambertLANCO (ACM New Group of the Year), Little Big TownAshley McBryde (ACM New Female Artist of the Year), Old DominionReba McEntireMaren MorrisThomas RhettBlake SheltonChris StapletonGeorge Strait and Keith Urban. This year’s star-studded list of presenters includes Lauren Alaina, Beth Behrs, Clint Black, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Jessie James Decker, Hunter Hayes, Jay Hernandez, Lady AntebellumMidland, Nancy O’Dell, Danica Patrick, Carly Pearce, Dennis Quaid, Michael Ray, Cole Swindell and Wilmer Valderrama.

    The 54th Academy of Country Music Awards, hosted by Reba McEntire, will air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas April 7th at 8pm ET/delayed PT on CBS.

    Audio / Maddie Marlow and Tae Dye of Maddie & Tae talk about performing on Sunday night’s ACM Awards.

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    Maddie & Tae (ACM perf Breakthrough) OC: (Maddie) …think about this. :30
    TAE: “We are so excited to perform with Chrissy and Carrie and Mickey and Lauren – just powerhouse vocals up there.” [MADDIE: “Yes.”] “We’re very excited. It’s gonna be a great performance. We’re singing ‘I’m Standing With You,’ which is a song that Chrissy sings and has on the soundtrack, and we’re just really excited. I can’t wait!” MADDIE: “I know. That’s gonna be a really special moment. I hope it inspires everyone like it’s already inspiring me. I get chills and goosebumps every time I think about this.”

    Audio / Mickey Guyton says she is "obsessed" with Chrissy Metz, who stars in the new film, Breakthrough, and who she will be singing with on Sunday night.

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    Mickey Guyton (Chrissy Metz) OC: …really say. :40
    “I absolutely love Chrissy Metz. This is Us is literally one of my favorite shows. When it first came out, I was literally crying on every freaking episode thanks to Chrissy Metz. And then being able to meet her, she is just literally such a gem, and what’s even more special to me is I didn’t even know she was a part of the film when I wrote the song. I didn’t know who was in the film, and that was just a plus for me. And again, yet another blessing. This film is the gift that keeps on giving to me. And just to be a part of it and be around her and, it’s, I’m obsessed with her is all I can really say.”

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  • THE ACM AWARDS HAVE ADDED SEVERAL ALL-STAR COLLABORATIONS TO THE LIST OF PERFORMANCES THIS YEAR.

    The Academy of Country Music just announced new all-star collaborations for this year’s ACM Awards. The show will once again feature “ACM Flashbacks,” a fan favorite moment honoring classic country music hits and/or the artists whose music continues to influence musicians and fans alike. This year’s “ACM Flashbacks” will feature the King of Country Music and 24-time ACM Award winner George Strait performing with Miranda Lambert, as well as new Country Music Hall of Fame inductees Brooks & Dunn performing with Luke Combs.

    Additional collaborations include Dierks Bentley & Brandi CarlileEric Church & Ashley McBryde, Maren Morris with Brothers Osborne, Jason Aldean & Kelly Clarkson Dan + Shay with Kelly ClarksonFlorida Georgia Line & Jason Aldean, and global superstar Khalid with Kane Brown.

    Other previously announced performers include Carrie Underwood, Chris Stapleton, Little Big Town, Reba McEntire, Thomas Rhett and LANCO. Additional acts and presenters will be announced in the coming week.

    The 54th Academy of Country Music Awards, hosted by Reba McEntire, will air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas April 7th at 8pm ET/delayed PT on CBS.

  • CARRIE UNDERWOOD ADDED TO THE LIST OF PERFORMERS AT THIS YEAR’S ACM AWARDS.

    Carrie Underwood has been added to the list of performers at this year’s ACM Awards. She joins previously announced performers including Brothers Osborne, Chris Stapleton, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, George Strait, Little Big Town, Reba McEntire, Brooks & Dunn, Brandi Carlile, Kelly Clarkson, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Maren Morris, Thomas Rhett, Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean and Kane Brown, as well as the winners of the New Artist categories – Luke Combs, LANCO and Ashley McBryde. Carrie made phone calls to each of the New Artist winners over the weekend telling them they’re receiving their first ACM Awards.

     

     

    Carrie is nominated for ACM Female Artist of the Year at the 54th Academy of Country Music Awards, which will be handed out live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas at 8pm ET/delayed PT on CBS.

  • LUKE, CARRIE, KACEY, KEITH, JON, JORDAN AND MORE ARE “NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL COUNTRY” ARTISTS.

    The track list has just been announced for the new edition of Now That’s What I Call Country, Volume 12. The collection includes 10 No. 1 songs, as well as several of today’s hottest country hits from some of your favorite country artists, including Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley with Brothers Osborne, Carrie Underwood, Kacey Musgraves, Keith Urban, Jon Pardi, Jordan Davis, Thomas Rhett, Luke Combs and many more.

    The latest installment in the popular NOW series will be available March 29th and can be preordered here.

    Now That’s What I Call Country Vol. 12 Track Listing:

    1. Kacey Musgraves                               Space Cowboy
    2. Luke Bryan                                         What Makes You Country
    3. Luke Combs                                        She Got The Best Of Me
    4. Kane Brown                                        Lose It
    5. Keith Urban                                        Never Comin’ Down
    6. Carrie Underwood                              Love Wins
    7. Tim McGraw                                      Neon Church
    8. Pistol Annies                                       Best Years Of My Life
    9. Old Dominion                                     Hotel Key
    10. Dierks Bentley f/Brothers Osborne    Burning Man
    11. Jordan Davis                                       Take It From Me
    12. Russell Dickerson                               Blue Tacoma
    13. Thomas Rhett                                     Sixteen
    14. Chris Young                                       Hangin’ On
    15. Dustin Lynch                                      Good Girl
    16. Jon Pardi                                             Night Shift
    17. Scotty McCreery                                 This Is It
    18. Midland                                              Burn Out

     

    NOW That’s What I Call Music is a joint venture from Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment. The multi-platinum NOW That’s What I Call Music! compilation series is the world’s best-selling multi-artist recorded music brand with sales topping 103 million in the U.S.  Now That’s What I Call Country Vol. 12 is distributed by Universal Music Group.

    Audio / Kacey Musgraves, who is making her way up the country charts with "Rainbow," talks about the story behind her song “Space Cowboy.”

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    Kacey Musgraves (Space Cowboy inspiration) OC: …include that. 1:20
    “The inspiration for ‘Space Cowboy’ was actually triggered by something that my horseback riding teacher, Lori, said to me one day. We were out at the arena and we were watching this stallion go totally crazy in the arena just galloping from one end to the other, just kind of losing its mind and being really reckless and really powerful. I watched it come charging toward me, and I was standing on the other side of the gate, and Lori was screaming at me, ‘Back up, back up! Move out of the way!’ And I really didn’t think anything of it. I said, ‘I’m on the other side of the gate. The gate’s closed. It doesn’t matter.’ She said, ‘Girl-when they wanna go, they’re gonna go. There ain’t no sense in closing the gate.’ That made a big impression on me and I wrote it down, and then ‘Space Cowboy’ came a couple of days later when I wrote it with Shane McAnally and Luke Laird. It just seemed to kind of apply itself in a metaphorical sense to a narrative that I’ve found myself in many times in my life. It’s a narrative that a lot of people I know can relate to. So, this song was very important song for me to include on the album, because though I am in a really happy place now, it’s not always been that way and it was important for me to include that.”

    Audio / Luke Bryan describes what makes him country.

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    Luke Bryan (what makes him country) OC: …small town. :37
    “I think that what makes me country is where I was raised — Leesburg, Georgia — how I was brought up saying ‘Yes sir,’ ‘No sir,’ ‘Yes, ma’am,’ ‘No, ma’am,’ hopefully with manners and raised with a work ethic and raised in the outdoors fishing and hunting and playing sports. But yeah, I would say definitely it starts with my small-town upbringing and how we were raised; church on Sundays as much as we could. But just enjoying life and living life in a small town.”

  • CARRIE UNDERWOOD’S “LOVE WINS” NEARS THE TOP 10.

    Carrie Underwood is nearing the Top 10 on the country charts with her latest smash, “Love Wins,” and the soaring notes at the end feature a choir made up of her, songwriters Brett James and Dave Barnes, as well as producer-writer David Garcia and vocalists Perry Coleman, Vicky Hampton and Wendy Moten and some pretty amazing strings.

    Carrie says it “felt right to have a choir” on “Love Wins.” “There’s something that’s heavenly about it and how it all comes out and you’re like, ‘Ahhhhh,’” she says. “There’s just something that makes my heart jump when I hear this. Yeah, a choir just felt right.”

     

    Carrie, who is nominated for ACM Female Artist of the Year, is set to launch her Cry Pretty Tour 360 May 1st in Greensboro, North Carolina.

    Audio / Carrie Underwood says it felt right to put a choir on her current hit, "Love Wins."

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    Carrie Underwood (choir on “Love Wins”) OC: … felt right. :31
    “Musically with this song, just the more it was like building, it just felt so right to have a choir on it. There’s something, and you can overdo it for sure, and you can needlessly put a choir on a song, but…there’s something that’s heavenly about it and how it all comes out and you’re like, ‘Ahhhhh.’ There’s just something that makes my heart jump when I hear this. Yeah, a choir just felt right.”

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  • BREAKTHROUGH MOVIE SOUNDTRACK APRIL 5th Features Carrie Underwood, Chrissy Metz, Darius Rucker, Mickey Guyton, Phil Wickham, Lauren Alaina, and More

    The star-studded album Breakthrough, music from and inspired by the highly-anticipated motion picture, releases April 5th on Mercury Nashville. The soundtrack includes all original music and recordings from Adam Hambrick, Carrie Underwood, Chrissy Metz, Darius Rucker, Jukebox the Ghost, Lauren Alaina, Maddie & Tae, Mickey Guyton, Phil Wickham, Pigeon John, and Taylor Mosby plus special featured guests Kirk Franklin and Lecrae.

    Pre-order now HERE and immediately receive lead actor, Chrissy Metz’s “I’m Standing With You,” an original song written for the film by award-winning songwriter Diane Warren. Additional tracks featured in the movie include the inspirational hit single “Love Wins,” co-written and performed by Carrie Underwood; “Hold On,” co-written and performed by Mickey Guyton; “This is Amazing Grace,” performed by Phil Wickham featuring Lecrae; “Looking Out for Me” by Adam Hambrick and more.

     

    Breakthrough [Music From & Inspired By The Motion Picture] Track Listing:

    1. “I’m Standing With You” – Chrissy Metz
      Written by Diane Warren
    1. “Hold On” – Mickey Guyton
      Written by Mickey Guyton, Karen Kosowski, Victoria Banks
    1. “Love Wins” – Carrie Underwood
      Written by Carrie Underwood, David Garcia, Brett James
    1. “Breathe Again” – Lauren Alaina
      Written by Felicia Barton, David Hodges, Jason Weiss
    1. “Big Old Shoulders” – Darius Rucker
      Written by Allen Shamblin, Tom Douglas
    1. “Colorful” – Jukebox the Ghost
      Written by Ben Thornewill, Tommy Siegel, Jesse Kristin, Chris Wallace
    1. “Play it Again” – Pigeon John
      Written by Shane Eli Abrahams, Jonathan Pakfar, John Dust
    1. “Looking Out For Me” – Adam Hambrick
      Written by Adam Hambrick
    1. “People Need People” – Maddie & Tae
      Written by Maddie Marlow, Taylor Dye, Jimmy Robbins
    1. “This is Amazing Grace” – Phil Wickham feat. Lecrae
      Written by Phil Wickham, Josh Farro, Jeremy Riddle, Lecrae Moore
    1. “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)” – Taylor Mosby feat. Kirk Franklin
      Written by Matt Crocker, Joel Houston, Salomon Ligthelm

    This soundtrack comes just ahead of Twentieth Century Fox’s April 17th release of the feature film Breakthrough. The movie, starring Chrissy Metz, Josh Lucas, Topher Grace, Mike Colter Marcel Ruiz, Sam Trammell, and Dennis Haysbert, is based on the inspirational true story of one mother’s unfaltering love and faith in the face of impossible odds.

    ABOUT BREAKTHROUGH
    BREAKTHROUGH is based on the inspirational true story of one mother’s unfaltering love in the face of impossible odds. When Joyce Smith’s adopted son John falls through an icy Missouri lake, all hope seems lost. But as John lies lifeless, Joyce refuses to give up. Her steadfast belief inspires those around her to continue to pray for John’s recovery, even in the face of every case history and scientific prediction. From producer DeVon Franklin (Miracles from Heaven) and adapted for the screen by Grant Nieporte (Seven Pounds) from Joyce Smith’s own book, BREAKTHROUGH, directed by Roxann Dawson, is an enthralling reminder that faith and love can create a mountain of hope, and sometimes even a miracle.

     

  • CMA FEST 2019 WILL FEATURE PERFORMANCES BY CARRIE, LUKE, DIERKS, KEITH, BROTHERS OSBORNE, LBT, JORDAN, LAUREN AND MANY MORE.

    Brothers Osborne, Carrie Underwood, Dierks Bentley, Keith Urban, Little Big Town and Luke Bryan are among the initial artists announced for Nissan Stadium at this year’s CMA Fest, taking place in downtown Nashville June 6th – 9th. Kelsea Ballerini, Tim McGraw, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Thomas Rhett, Rascal Flatts, Old Dominion, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Luke Combs, Kane Brown and the Pistol Annies will also perform on the stage at Nissan Stadium.

    The Chevy Riverfront Stage returns once again with a fantastic lineup that will keep crowds rocking from 10:00 AM-5:15 PM each day including performances by A Thousand Horses, Lauren Alaina, Jimmie Allen, Danielle Bradbery, Lee Brice, Easton Corbin, Jordan Davis, Devin Dawson, Jessie James Decker, Gavin DeGraw, Russell Dickerson, Eli Young Band, Lindsay Ell, Tyler Farr, Gone West, Riley Green, Hunter Hayes, Walker Hayes, High Valley, Home Free, Ryan Hurd, LOCASH, Maddie & Tae, Ashley McBryde, Scotty McCreery, Eric Paslay, Carly Pearce, Cassadee Pope, RaeLynn, Mason Ramsey, Michael Ray, Tyler Rich, Runaway June, Dylan Scott, Granger Smith, Mitchell Tenpenny, Morgan Wallen and Aaron Watson.

    Returning for a third year, the Budweiser Forever Country Stage will take place from 11:00 AM-4:45 PM daily. Featuring some of the biggest names in Country Music from recent decades, this year’s lineup includes Keith Anderson, Deana Carter, John Carter Cash, Joe Diffie, George Ducas, Charles Esten, Andy Griggs, Halfway to Hazard, Ty Herndon, Honky Tonkin’ with Tracy Lawrence, Little Texas, Lonestar, The Marshall Tucker Band, Kendell Marvel, Neal McCoy, Montgomery Gentry, Lorrie Morgan, The Nelsons, Jerrod Niemann, Jamie O’Neal, The Road Hammers, Ray Scott, Shenandoah, Sister Hazel, Ricky Skaggs, Kiefer Sutherland, Thompson Square, Uncle Kracker, Mark Wills, Rita Wilson and Darryl Worley.

     

    CMA Fest is a one-of-a-kind festival with artists donating their time to perform so a portion of ticket proceeds can directly benefit high-quality music programs across the country through the CMA Foundation. A limited number of four-day passes for the nightly performances at Nissan Stadium are still available at CMAfest.com or through the CMA Box Office at 1-800-CMA-FEST.

    Outdoor daytime stages including Chevy Riverfront and Budweiser Forever Country are free and open to the public. All artist lineups are subject to change.

    CMA Fest will once again be filmed for a national television special to air on the ABC Television Network this summer.