• LUKE BRYAN AND FELLOW AMERICAN IDOL JUDGE KATY PERRY’S FIANCE HAVE A BLOOMING BROMANCE..

    The 20th season of American Idol premiered on Sunday night (February 27th), and while the three judges — Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie — revealed new talented up-and-comers for the show, it was also revealed Luke and Katy’s fiance, actor Orlando Bloom (Pirates of the Caribbean) have a bromance “blooming.”

    Luke says with a grin that he and Orlando “are slowly falling in love.” #loveinbloom

     

    Luke is also making his way “Up” the country charts with his latest single.

     

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Luke Bryan, Mickey Guyton, Priscilla Block, Chris Stapleton, Eric Church, Shania Twain

    Luke Bryan will appear on ABC’s Good Morning America and Live With Kelly & Ryan, along with his fellow American Idol judges Katy Perry and Lionel Richie, on Tuesday (February 22nd). He will also appear on The View Wednesday (February 23rd) and Jimmy Kimmel Live on Thursday (February 24th).

    Mickey Guyton will guest host the Ellen DeGeneres Show March 3rd, and the musical guest will be Priscilla Block. Check local listings for channel and time.

    Chris Stapleton has added 25 dates to his “All-American Road Show Tour.” The trek includes newly added stops at L.A.’s The Forum, Detroit’s Comerica Park, DC’s Merriweather Post Pavilion, Long Island’s Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater, New Orleans’ Smoothie King Center and Fort Worth’s Dickies Arena among many others and is expected to run through October 27th. Tickets go on sale Friday (February 25th).

    Eric Church is currently No. 1 on Pollstar’s Live75 chart. Reba McEntire with her “Reba: Live In Concert” tour is sitting at No. 5.

    Shania Twain had a special guest join her Saturday night during her Las Vegas Residency at Zappo’s Theater at Planet Hollywood. Coldplay’s Chris Martin joined the songstress on his own “Fix You” and her iconic hit, “You’re Still the One.”

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  • LUKE BRYAN HEADLINES ACM LIFTING LIVES® TOPGOLF TEE-OFF & ROCK ON SET FOR SUNDAY, MARCH 6TH IN LAS VEGAS.

    Topgolf Tee-Off & Rock On is set to take place on Sunday, March 6th at Topgolf Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, ahead of the 57th ACM Awards®. In addition to the reimagined golf tournament experience fans have come to love in prior years, the event will also feature expanded programming with live entertainment on the Aristocrat Gaming Stage headlined by three-time ACM Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan plus additional performances by Jordan Davis, Lainey Wilson and even more artists to be announced in the coming weeks.

    Now in its third year and returning for the first time since 2019, the ACM Lifting Lives Topgolf Tee-Off & Rock On event will bring together artists, industry members and fans for a golf skills competition and an extended day of live entertainment.

    “ACM Lifting Lives has helped so many people in our industry through the years, especially when touring was restricted over the pandemic,” says Bryan. “I am thankful for their work and honored to be able to help in this way.”

    Individual tickets and fan golf bays are available for purchase starting this Friday (February 18th) via Ticketmaster. All proceeds benefit ACM Lifting Lives.

    The ACM Lifting Lives Topgolf Tee-Off & Rock On precedes the 57th ACM Awards, hosted by Dolly Parton together with Jimmie Allen & Gabby Barrett and airing live and without commercial interruption from Allegiant Stadium on Monday, March 7th at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT/5 p.m. PT, exclusively on Prime Video.

  • LUKE BRYAN KICKS OFF FIRST-EVER LAS VEGAS HEADLINING ENGAGEMENT WITH HIGH-ENERGY, SOLD-OUT PERFORMANCE AT RESORTS WORLD THEATRE.

    Country music superstar Luke Bryan debuted his exclusive Las Vegas headlining engagement, at the new Resorts World Theatre on Friday (February 11th). The five-time entertainer of the year set the tone for his highly anticipated shows at Resorts World Las Vegas with an electric sold-out performance that had fans on their feet and rocking out to top hits such as “That’s My Kind of Night,” “One Margarita” and “Country Girl (Shake It for Me)”.

    “What an amazing night and start to our run of headlining shows at Resorts World Las Vegas,” said Luke. “We’ve worked long and hard to put together an incredible, high-energy show for the fans. I am so proud of how it turned out and I hope everyone who comes leaves there having as much fun as me.”

    Luke brought the party to Las Vegas with a high energy performance that had him working the theatre and interacting with fans. The set featured a shifting stage that lifted Bryan and his band to the rhythms of his hit songs. The country music star took to the piano to sing “Strip it Down” and “Do I” against a backdrop of lights. In a spectacular encore performance, Bryan walked an elevated catwalk that appeared from the ceiling and floated back up 45 feet high above the crowd, bringing the superstar face to face with the mezzanine and balcony levels as the crowd went wild.

    Due to incredible ticket demand, the country music star is adding nine new show dates to Luke Bryan: Vegas, going on sale to the public beginning Monday, February 21st, at 10 a.m. PST. The new dates are:

    • June 2022: 15, 17, 18, 22, 24, 25
    • August 2022: 31
    • September 2022: 3, 4

    Citi® is the official presale credit card of Luke Bryan’s headlining engagement at Resorts World Theatre. Citi® cardmembers will have access to purchase presale tickets to the new shows from Wednesday, February 16 through Sunday, February 20 at 10 p.m. PST through the Citi Entertainment® program. For complete presale details, visit citientertainment.com. Previously announced Luke Bryan: Vegas show dates that are currently on sale include:

    • February 12, 16, 18, 19, 20, 23, 25, 26.

    Tickets and VIP packages are available at  and AXS.com/lukeinvegas

    The recently opened 5,000-capacity theatre at Resorts World Las Vegas, exclusively programmed and operated by Concerts West / AEG Presents, is a state-of-the-art, multi-level venue designed by the award-winning international design firm, Scéno Plus. The intimate venue, with the furthest seat only 150 feet from the stage, features unparalleled comfort, unobstructed sightlines and an unmatched spatial audio experience through more than 200 L-Acoustics speakers powered by L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Sound technology.

    Since his debut, Luke has garnered 29 No. 1 hits and has more RIAA certified digital singles than any other Country artist with 68.5 million. His worldwide global streams are 17.2 billion and he has sold nearly 13 million albums. His headline concert tours have played sold-out shows for 12 million fans inclusive of 36 stadium concerts, Farm Tours, Spring Break shows, and seven sold-out ‘Crash My Playa’ destination concert events and he will launch the “Raised Up Right Tour” on June 9th. Bryan has won over 50 major music awards including five wins as Entertainer of the Year. His third and most recent Entertainer win was awarded by the Academy of Country Music in 2021. Additional awards include six recognitions as a CMT Artist of the Year, NSAI Artist/Songwriter of the Year, the first-ever recipient of the ACM Album of the Decade Award for Crash My Party, seven CMT Music Awards, five Billboard Music Awards, and four American Music Awards—as well as being named Billboard’s Top Country Artist of the 2010s, the Most Heard Artist of the Decade by Country Aircheck, and the Artist Humanitarian Recipient by the Country Radio Broadcasters last year. Also in 2021, IMDbTV, Amazon’s premium free streaming service, began airing his original five-part docuseries “Luke Bryan: My Dirt Road Diary.” On February 27th, Luke is set to return as a celebrity judge for a fifth season, alongside Katy Perry and Lionel Richie, on ABC’s “American Idol.”

    Audio / Luke Bryan wants to live up to all of the other entertainers who have performed in Las Vegas.

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    Luke Bryan (wants to be entertaining in Vegas) OC: …every night. :49
    “There’s so much history with performers in Vegas, and everybody at some point comes through Vegas. It’s no lie when they say it’s the entertainment capital of the world, and you better figure out a way to be entertaining because there’s, I mean there’s a million things around here to get entertained by, and it is a challenge. I mean, you’ve got to go out her and it’s another thing where you’ve got to go out here and prove yourself and create a buzz around town and create a buzz around everywhere that, what I want people to be doing when they come into Vegas, and I think as the world gets back to normal, the more people start funneling to Vegas and conventions get going, I mean you want on the street for everybody to be talking about, ‘Hey, did you go see the Luke Bryan show?’ ‘Cause that’s what it’s all about. I mean, I want to come out and here and this place be packed every night.”

  • ACM NOMINATIONS: Chris Stapleton, Carrie Underwood, Jordan Davis, Eric Church, Luke Bryan, Little Big Town, Brothers Osborne, Maddie & Tae, Parker McCollum, Priscilla Block, Taylor Swift

    The nominations for the 57th Academy of Country Music Awards were announced this morning, and at the top of the list is Chris Stapleton with five nominations.

    Chris earned nods in the categories for Entertainer of the Year, Male Artist of the Year, Single of the Year (“You Should Probably Leave”) – nominated as artist + producer, Video of the Year (“I Bet You Think About Me”).

     

    Carrie Underwood and Jordan Davis both earned four nominations each.

    Carrie is up for Carrie Underwood Entertainer of the Year, Single of the Year (“If I Didn’t Love You”), Video of the Year (“If I Didn’t Love You”) and Music Event of the Year (“If I Didn’t Love You”)

     

    Jordan Davis is nominated for Single of the Year (“Buy Dirt”), Song of the Year (“Buy Dirt”) – nominated as artist + songwriter, Music Event of the Year (“Buy Dirt”), along with Luke Bryan.

     

    Luke picks up three nominations with Jordan Davis for Single of the Year (“Buy Dirt”), Song of the Year (“Buy Dirt”) and Music Event of the Year (“Buy Dirt”)

    Eric Church is nominated for Entertainer of the Year, while the members of Little Big Town are up for Group of the Year.

     

     

    The reigning CMA Duo of the Year Brothers Osborne, as well as Maddie & Tae, are up for Duo of the Year.

     

    Parker McCollum is up for New Male Artist of the Year, while Priscilla Block is nominated for New Female Artist of the Year.

     

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    Taylor Swift receives her 32nd nomination, her first ACM Award nomination since 2018 as she is nominated for ACM Music Video of the Year. Actor, producer, and director Blake Lively receives two nominations for producing and directing Taylor Swift’s music video I Bet You Think About Me (Taylor’s Version). This marks Lively’s first ACM Award nomination and her first nomination at a music award show. Actor and Producer Austin Swift is a first-time nominee, receiving a nod for producer of I Bet You Think About Me (Taylor’s Version).

    Artist nominee list below.

     

    ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

    • Eric Church
    • Luke Combs
    • Miranda Lambert
    • Chris Stapleton
    • Carrie Underwood

     

    FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

    • Gabby Barrett
    • Miranda Lambert
    • Ashley McBryde
    • Maren Morris
    • Carly Pearce

     

    MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

    • Jimmie Allen
    • Luke Combs
    • Thomas Rhett
    • Chris Stapleton 
    • Morgan Wallen

     

     DUO OF THE YEAR

    • Brooks & Dunn
    • Brothers Osborne
    • Dan + Shay
    • LOCASH
    • Maddie & Tae


    GROUP OF THE YEAR

    • Lady A
    • Little Big Town
    • Midland
    • Old Dominion
    • The Cadillac Three

     

    NEW FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR 

    • Tenille Arts
    • Priscilla Block
    • Lily Rose
    • Caitlyn Smith
    • Lainey Wilson

     

    NEW MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR 

    • HARDY
    • Walker Hayes
    • Ryan Hurd
    • Parker McCollum
    • Elvie Shane

     

    ALBUM OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]

    • 29: Written in Stone – Carly Pearce

    Producers: Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne, Jimmy Robbins, Tony Brown

    Record Company-Label: Big Machine Records

    • Country Again: Side A – Thomas Rhett

    Producers: Dann Huff, Jesse Frasure, Matt Dragstrem

    Record Company-Label: Big Machine Label Group

    • Dangerous: The Double Album – Morgan Wallen

    Producer: Joey Moi, Jacob Durrett, Charlie Handsome, Matt Dragstrem, Dave Cohen

    Record Company-Label: Big Loud Records / Republic Records

     

    • Famous Friends – Chris Young

    Producer: Mark Holman, Corey Crowder, Chris Young, Chris DeStefano

    Record Company-Label: RCA Records Nashville

     

    • The Marfa Tapes – Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert, Jon Randall 

    Producers: Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert, Jon Randall

    Record Company-Label: Vanner Records / RCA Records Nashville

     

    SINGLE OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]

    • Buy Dirt – Jordan Davis featuring Luke Bryan 

    Producer: Paul DiGiovanni

    Record Company-Label: MCA Nashville

    • Famous Friends – Chris Young and Kane Brown 

    Producers: Corey Crowder, Chris Young

    Record Company-Label: RCA Records Nashville

    • Fancy Like – Walker Hayes

    Producers: Walker Hayes, Shane McAnally, Joe Thibodeau

    Record Company-Label: Monument Records

    • If I Didn’t Love You – Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood 

    Producers: Michael Knox

    Record Company-Label: Broken Bow Records; Macon Music, LLC; BBR Music Group, BMG

     

    • You Should Probably Leave – Chris Stapleton

    Producer: Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton

    Record Company-Label: Mercury Nashville

     

    SONG OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Songwriter(s)/Publisher(s)/Artist(s)]

    • 7 Summers – Morgan Wallen

    Songwriters: Morgan Wallen, Josh Osborne, Shane McAnally

    Publishers: Big Loud Mountain, Bo Wallace Publishing, Smackborne Music, Sony/ATV Accent, Smackstreet Music, Tempo Investments, Warner Geo Met Ric Music

     

    • Buy Dirt – Jordan Davis featuring Luke Bryan

    Songwriters: Jordan Davis, Jacob Davis, Josh Jenkins, Matt Jenkins

    Publishers: Anthem Music Publishing II, Bentprop Pub, Big Blue Nation Music, Combustion Five, Jentown, Jordan Davis Music, Smackwork Music, Smack Blue, Kobalt Music Group Music, Universal Music Corporation, WC Music Corp

     

    • Fancy Like – Walker Hayes

    Songwriters: Cameron Bartolini, Josh Jenkins, Shane Stevens, Walker Hayes

    Publishers: Songs of SMACK, Rarespark Media Group, Smackworks Music, Smack Blue, Kobalt Music Group, Holy Graffiti Music, Purplebeatz, WC Music Corp

     

    • Knowing You – Kenny Chesney 

    Songwriters: Adam James, Brett James, Kat Higgins

    Publishers: 3 Ring Circus, BMG Platinum Songs, Pompano Run Music, Songs of Brett, WC Music Corp

     

    • Things A Man Oughta Know – Lainey Wilson

    Songwriters: Jason Nix, Jonathan Singleton, Lainey Wilson

    Publishers: Sony/ATV Accent, Sony/ATV Countryside, Spirit Two Nashville, Super Big Music

     

    VIDEO OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Producer(s)/Director(s)/Artist(s)]

    • Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home) – Elle King and Miranda Lambert 

    Producers: Angie Lorenz, Wes Edwards, James Stratakis

    Directors: Alexa Kinigopoulos, Stephen Kinigopoulos

     

    • Famous Friends – Chris Young and Kane Brown 

    Producer: Jennifer Ansell

    Director: Peter Zavadil

     

    • I Bet You Think About Me (Taylor’s Version) – Taylor Swift featuring Chris Stapleton

    Producers: Jil Hardin, Blake Lively, Kathy Palmer, Austin Swift

    Director: Blake Lively

    • If I Didn’t Love You – Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood 

    Producers: Christen Pinkston, Wesley Stebbins-Perry

    Director: Shaun Silva

     

    • Never Wanted To Be That Girl – Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde 

    Producer: Ryan Byrd

    Director: Alexa Campbell

     

    SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR*(Off Camera Award)

    • Jesse Frasure
    • Nicolle Galyon
    • Ashley Gorley
    • Michael Hardy
    • Josh Osborne

     

    MUSIC EVENT OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]

    • Buy Dirt – Jordan Davis featuring Luke Bryan 

    Producer: Paul DiGiovanni

    Record Company-Label: MCA Nashville

    • Famous Friends – Chris Young and Kane Brown

    Producers: Corey Crowder, Chris Young

    Record Company-Label: RCA Records Nashville

    • half of my hometown – Kelsea Ballerini featuring Kenny Chesney 

    Producers: Ross Copperman, Jimmy Robbins, Kelsea Ballerini

    Record Company-Label: Black River Entertainment

    • If I Didn’t Love You – Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood

    Producer: Michael Knox

    Record Company-Label: Broken Bow Records; Macon Music, LLC; BBR Music Group, BMG

    • Never Wanted To Be That Girl – Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde

    Producers: Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne

    Record Company-Label: Big Machine Label Group, Warner Music Nashville


    Audio / CARRIE UNDERWOOD SAYS SHE AND JASON ALDEAN HAVE WANTED TO DO A DUET, BUT FEELS LIKE “IF I DIDN’T LOVE YOU” WAS THE “PERFECT FIT.”

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    Carrie Underwood (IIDLY perfect fit) OC: …the perfect fit. :30
    “Jason asked if I would sing ‘If I Didn’t Love You’ with him. I knew I liked the song, and Jason and I have actually been kind of trying to do things together over the years. We’ve sang together before, but we’ve never officially recorded anything together. It just kind of felt like this could be our moment. I felt like it was a little bit of an unexpected duet to other people, but I feel like I kinda always knew at some point I’d probably sing with him officially, and this just seemed like, the stars were aligning and it just seemed like it was going to be the perfect fit.”

    Audio / Jordan Davis says the success his two-week No. 1 song, "Buy Dirt," is having is pretty special.

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    Jordan Davis (Buy Dirt success is special) OC: …more special. :13
    “It just means a lot more. I wrote it with my brother (Jacob) and two my best friends (Josh and Matt Jenkins) in town and just the content of it. It comes from a really, really honest place. So, when you have songs that mean that much and you get to see them have success like ‘Buy Dirt’ is having, it’s a little bit more special.”

    Audio / Jordan Davis talks about how he and his tree co-writers came up with "Buy Dirt."

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    Jordan Davis (Buy Dirt origin) OC: …that day. :55
    “We took a writer’s retreat a little south of Nashville, me and three of my favorite writers in the world – Matt Jenkins, Josh Jenkins and my brother Jacob. We started every day – we were down there three days – and we started every day with coffee on the back porch, and Josh would lead us in some type of devotional. He would find some scripture and then we would just kind of chew on it for a little bit. That day he had read, and I need to remember the exact scripture, but it was something about being planted, being planted in the dirt and having a strong root system so you can weather storms and rain. That is really the start of ‘Buy Dirt.’ And I don’t know if that song comes if we don’t wake up early and get out there and kind of start talking about real life. That was where it all started, and I’m grateful, grateful that I (laughs) didn’t sleep in that day.”

    Audio / Jordan Davis explains how Luke Bryan ended up on his song, "Buy Dirt."

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    Jordan Davis (Luke Bryan on Buy Dirt) OC: …my songs now. 1:13
    “I met Luke three or four years ago at an awards show after party, and got to hang with him, but I really kind of got to sit and talk with him after a round of golf one day, and we just really talked about everything under the sun aside from music. Luke kind of embodies what that song is. You know a lot of people get to see Luke on American Idol or on stage, but Luke Bryan really is a great guy. I sent him a message one day, a text message actually attached with the song, and I was like, ‘Hey Luke, I wrote this. It means a lot to me. You came to mind whenever I was thinking about it, through the writing process, and this song just kind of says what you’re about, and if you want to sing on it, great, no pressure. Don’t even feel the need to text me back or whatever. Just listen to it and let me know.’ And he got right back with me. He’s like, ‘Man I love the song. Let me live with it for a couple of days.’ And he called me back four or five days later and was like, ‘When do you want me singing on this thing?’ That was a pretty cool moment. I’m such a big fan of Luke, and he’s been a huge influence on me since I moved to Nashville, and pretty cool to have him on one of my songs now.”

     

     

  • LUKE BRYAN IS READY TO HIT THE STAGE IN LAS VEGAS FOR HIS RESIDENCY AT RESORTS WORLD.

    Luke Bryan is excited to get on stage at Resorts World on Friday for his first-ever headlining-run of shows in Las Vegas, which begin Friday (February 11th) The concerts will take place at The Theatre at Resorts World Las Vegas, a 5,000-capacity, world-class theatre that opened last November. Carrie Underwood and Katy Perry have already played shows there, and Luke has many more to come. Click here for more information on his residency, as well as dates on his Raised Up Right Tour.

    He says the stage is about the size of his stadium show stages, if not bigger, and they were able to build the set for his residency to accommodate the stage and use all the bells and whistles.

    “The stage is the size of a stadium show stage. I mean, it may even be bigger, and when we do amphitheaters, sometimes they get really small, and we have to cut back all of our tricks and bells and whistles,” he explains. The thing about here in Vegas is we’re able to build a set that is tailored to how big the stage is, and every part of our stage has function and is mobile and moves. When Katy Perry did her first weekend here, I texted her how did it go? And she was like, it’s a big stage, get ready. So, we were able to kinda really add even more stuff to kind of make it feel big, but also make it feel intimate for the crowd.”

    His pre-show routine won’t be much different than his customary rundown before he steps on stage. “You know, I’ve been really blessed to have done a lot of high-profile things from, Lord, doing the anthem at the Super Bowl and stadium shows and stuff like that,” says Luke. “I think the main thing for me is after all these years, I have a pretty cool routine that works and get a good night’s sleep, got all this family and friends coming in, you know get back in the dressing room, huddle up with the band, have a little pre-show toast and get out here and have fun. I mean, that’s what we’re supposed to be doing. I need to be on stage having fun.”

    Since Luke, a sports fanatic, will be in Las Vegas during the Super Bowl matchup between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Los Angeles Rams, he already has a party planned for family and friends who will be in town. “We’re gonna have a fun set up here in the hotel and have a big Super Bowl Party here at Resorts World and with all our friends. It’ll be weird, ‘cause I’ve never done the Super Bowl on West Coast time, so I guess it starts at like 3:30p, so and then right when the Super Bowl’s done, I have to fly through the night to Hawaii to do American Idol. So, (I’ve) got to kind of have a tame Super Bowl.”

    Luke is currently making his way UP the country charts with his latest single, “Up.”

    Audio / Luke Bryan explains how his set for Las Vegas is different from the set when he’s on tour.

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    Luke Bryan (Vegas set) OC: …intimate for the crowd. :40
    “The stage is the size of a stadium show stage. I mean, it may even be bigger, and when we do amphitheaters, sometimes they get really small, and we have to cut back all of our tricks and bells and whistles. The thing about here in Vegas is we’re able to build a set that is tailored to how big the stage is, and every part of our stage has function and is mobile and moves. When Katy Perry did her first weekend here, I texted her how did it go? And she was like, it’s a big stage, get ready. So, we were able to kinda really add even more stuff to kind of make it feel big, but also make it feel intimate for the crowd.”

     

    Audio / Luke Bryan says his pre-show routine prior to opening night of his Las Vegas residency won’t look much different than his normal shows.

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    Luke Bryan (pre-show Las Vegas residency opening night) OC: …having fun. :28
    “You know, I’ve been really blessed to have done a lot of high-profile things from, Lord, doing the anthem at the Super Bowl and stadium shows and stuff like that. I think the main thing for me is after all these years, I have a pretty cool routine that works and get a good night’s sleep, got all this family and friends coming in, you know get back in the dressing room, huddle up with the band, have a little pre-show toast and get out here and have fun. I mean, that’s what we’re supposed to be doing. I need to be on stage having fun.”

    Audio / Luke Bryan says he and his family and friends will have a Super Bowl party at Resorts World since he’s in Sin City for opening weekend his Las Vegas residency.

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    Luke Bryan (Super Bowl 2022) OC: …Super Bowl. :28
    “We’re gonna have a fun set up here in the hotel and have a big Super Bowl Party here at Resorts World and with all our friends. It’ll be weird, ‘cause I’ve never done the Super Bowl on West Coast time, so I guess it starts at like 3:30p, so and then right when the Super Bowl’s done, I have to fly through the night to Hawaii to do American Idol. So, (I’ve) got to kind of have a tame Super Bowl.”

  • LUKE BRYAN APPEARS ON ABC’S GOOD MORNING AMERICA TO TALK ABOUT HIS LAS VEGAS RESIDENCY.

    Luke Bryan appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America on Monday (February 7th) to talk about his new Las Vegas residency at Resorts World, kicking off Friday (February 11th). He also chatted with them about his latest single, “Up.” Check out the interview below.

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  • SUPER BOWL 2022 AUDIO

    This Sunday (February 13th), millions of people around the world will be tuning in to the Super Bowl (the Big Game), including some of your favorite country artists. Some will be rooting for the Cincinnati Bengals, while others will be pulling for the Los Angeles Rams.

    Mickey Guyton is set to perform the National Anthem prior to the Big Game, while the half-time performers include Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar and Mary J. Blige.

    Check out all the action at the SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, at 6:30pm ET on NBC.

    *More audio to be added.

    Audio / Billy Currington says he loves watching football.

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    Billy Currington (football fan) OC: …love football. :36
    “I’m a big football fan. I mean, when I was growing up, if you asked me who my favorite team is now, I couldn’t tell you. But when I was a kid, it was the Dallas Cowboys. And I don’t know if it was because my mom bought my brother a Pittsburgh Steelers pennant for some reason, and bought me a Dallas Cowboys pennant, and of course over the year I fell in love with the Cowboys, and then I wanted a jersey the next Christmas, and then the next one, I wanted [more Cowboys stuff]. So, I became a long-term fan with those guys. But I like it all now that I’m older. I’ll watch any game, it doesn’t matter who’s playing. But [I] love football.”

    Audio / Darius Rucker is a HUGE football fan, as everyone probably knows by now, and he explains why he loves football so much. SIDENOTE: He’s a huge Miami Dolphins fan, and word has it, just to be able to meet then Dolphins quarterback, Dan Marino, he asked him to be in a Hootie & the Blowfish video for “Only Wanna Be With You.”

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    Darius Rucker (football) OC: …football season. :20
    “Ever since I was five years old, I’ve loved football, and I love how physical it is. I love the chess match of the game. I love the speed of the game. I love college football, but for me watching pro football is better because the speed is so much more. For me, there’s two times a year, man — football season and waiting for football season.”

    Audio / Keith Urban says his wife, Nicole Kidman, got him interested in football.

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    Keith (Nicole and football) OC: …new to me. :04

    “She’s a big NFL fan, and she sort of turned me on to it.”

    Audio / LAUREN ALAINA LOVES WATCHING FOOTBALL.

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    Lauren Alaina (Super Bowl) OC: …I love it. :30
    “My dad raised me to love football, so I think it’s like kind of in my blood to be obsessed with it. I feel like the guys are so passionate and they try so hard. Those people love playing that game as much as I love singing. I just love the heart and the drive and the passion behind it. I feel like those boys are playing as hard as they can – in college football and pro football – because it’s what they love to do and it’s their passion, and I just, I don’t know. I love it.”

    Audio / Little Big Town’s beautiful and talented Karen Fairchild was a badass growing up when she was playing quarterback for her powder puff football team.

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    LBT (football story) OC: …my lip. :40
    “I was the quarterback to my powder puff team. I was running the ball and I came around the corner – this was in high school – and a foreign exchange student, I think her name was Inga (KIMBERLY: “Inga.”), and I didn’t want to fumble ‘cause my brother and my dad were there, and I come from this very athletic family, so I held onto the ball. I knew I was going to go down, so I let my head hit first and I bit all the way through, but I didn’t fumble and I had a hole in my face, though. The sad thing is that it was just flag football, but I left my flags on and cleats and everything, ‘cause it looked cool, and I had blood running all down my jersey. I went to the emergency room like that, and they sewed up my lip.”

    Audio / Luke Bryan talks about some of the food he likes to have while watching the Super Bowl.

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    Luke Bryan (Super Bowl food) OC: …over again. :22
    “Definitely Super Bowl is like the queso, the Frito Lay scoops with the Ro-tel situation. I guess it’s like, what’s the black-eyed pea stuff too? All of that, just stuff that you can sit there and have lots of sodium, and then just, it’s like Thanksgiving all over again.”

    Audio / Priscilla Block says Super Bowl Sunday is so much fun.

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    Priscilla Block (Football/Super Bowl food) OC: …what happens. :23
    “I mean, I feel like the Super Bowl is like just such a fun day. I’m really excited for the half-time show. I feel like that’s usually why I’m there, is to watch the anthem and the half-time show, but yes, excited to eat all the bad things. And I’m honestly, I don’t feel pulled any way this year. I wish the (Tennessee) Titans were in it, but we’ll see what happens.”

    Audio / SAM HUNT LOVES THAT THE SUPER BOWL MIXES HIS TWO LOVES – MUSIC AND FOOTBALL.

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    Sam Hunt (Super Bowl & music) OC: …combined there. :24
    “It’s become such a massive pop culture event, and I love that they’ve incorporated music and entertainment with the sport itself and the entertainment value that comes from that. It encompasses just a strong representation of American culture, and I’m a huge music fan, obviously, and I’m a huge sports fan, so those are two of my favorite worlds combined there.”

    Audio / Travis Denning is excited about this year's Big Game because former Georgia quarterback Matt Stafford, who plays for the St. Louis Rams, is in the Super Bowl for the first time.

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    Travis Denning (Super Bowl 2022) OC: …amazing game. :35
    “Hey y’all, Travis Denning here. I’m super fired up for this upcoming Super Bowl, mainly because Matt Stafford – a Georgia boy – is starting for the Rams. I’ve been a big fan of his since he played college at Georgia, obviously, and it’s amazing to see after 10-plus seasons, I think it’s like 13 seasons or something that he’s finally in the Super Bowl. So, I’m pulling for the Rams, but I’m a big Joe Burrow fan. I do like Joe Burrow. He’s fun, he’s hilarious, he’s an amazing football player, so I think it’s gonna be an amazing game.”

    Audio / Travis Denning reveals his go-to Super Bowl snack.

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    Travis Denning (go-to Super Bowl snack) OC: …other pick. :05
    “My go-to Super Bowl snack is buffalo chicken dip, obviously. There’s no other pick.”

     

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Luke Bryan, Taylor Swift, Brothers Osborne, Mickey Guyton, Darius Rucker, Dierks Bentley

    Luke Bryan will appear on ABC’s Good Morning America on Monday (February 7th).

    Taylor Swift, Brothers Osborne, Chris Stapleton and Mickey Guyton are among the artists featured in the new Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum’s new American Currents: State of the Music exhibit opening March 4th. The annual exhibit highlights notable music, artist achievements and events from the past year, and it will also include a video compilation of important country music moments from 2021, and recaps the year’s chart-topping country albums, singles and highest-grossing tours. The exhibit will run through February 2023.

    Taylor Swift is the subject of a course at New York University, which continues through March 9th.

    Darius Rucker was among the celebrities at this past weekend’s Pebble Beach Pro-Am. He was joined by fellow country artists Jake Owen, Clay Walker, Charles Kelley and Colt Ford, as well as a few famous faces including Don Cheadle, Bill Murray, Ray Romano, Alfonso Ribeiro, Andy Garcia and Chris O’Donnell. Check out the gallery of photos from The Californian here.

    Dierks Bentley will co-headline the NHL Stadium Series with pal Miranda Lambert when the Nashville Predators host the Tampa Bay Lightning in a couple of weeks. The Predators will take to the ice outdoors at Nissan Stadium (instead of Bridgestone Arena). The game will air on TNT February 26th beginning at 7:30pm ET/6:30pm CT.

     

  • JORDAN DAVIS AND LUKE BRYAN CELEBRATE PLATINUM-CERTIFIED NO. 1 SINGLE “BUY DIRT” WHICH NOTCHES TWO-WEEK NO. 1 AT COUNTRY RADIO

    Country music stars Jordan Davis and Luke Bryan celebrated No. 1 single “Buy Dirt” after they were surprised with a Platinum plaque while out on a hunting trip together. The hit song was officially certified Platinum by the RIAA earlier this month. Bryan shared a sneak-peek of the trip on his Instagram HERE.

    Additionally, Davis notched his first multi-week No. 1 at country radio, as “Buy Dirt” remained at the top spot on the both the Billboard and Mediabase country airplay charts for a second consecutive week. The MCA Nashville recording artist earned his first No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, as “Buy Dirt” dethroned Walker Hayes’ “Fancy Like” after a 24-week run at No. 1.

    “Buy Dirt” is Davis’ fastest moving single to date and the No. 3 most consumed country song of 2022, reaching over 250 million global streams. “Buy Dirt” has landed on four different Viral Charts in the US, Canada, Australia, and South Africa, has been inside the Top 200 country streaming chart all 34 weeks since release, and inside the Top 5 for 16 weeks. “Buy Dirt” has spent 25 consecutive weeks on the all-genre Billboard Top 200 chart.

    Following the news last week, Davis announced a second date at the Ryman Auditorium on September 28, 2022. The shows will mark Davis’ first headlining appearance at the famed Nashville venue. The talented Louisiana native has performed “Buy Dirt” on NBC’S 3rd Hour TODAY, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and ABC’s Live with Kelly And Ryan. “Buy Dirt” received a nomination for Musical Event of the Year on the 55th Annual CMA Awards, Davis’ first of his career. Davis will hit the road this Spring for the second leg of his Buy Dirt Tour.

     

    About Jordan Davis
    A Native of Shreveport, Louisiana, Jordan Davis graduated from LSU and briefly pursued the path of his degree working as an environmental consultant; however, his passion for music and songwriting eventually compelled him to move to Nashville in the summer of 2012. In 2018, MCA Nashville’s Jordan Davis released his Gold-certified debut album, Home State, which features his three consecutive No. 1 hits: Platinum-Certified “Slow Dance In A Parking Lot,” the Double Platinum-Certified “Singles You Up” and Platinum-Certified “Take It From Me.” In 2019 Davis won Best New Country Artist at the iHeart Radio Music Awards and was a two-time nominee for ACM New Male Artist of the Year. He was also named Billboard’s Top New Country Artist of 2018 as well as Country Aircheck/Mediabase’s Most Heard New Artist of 2018. Davis has since accumulated over 2 billion streams worldwide. The hitmaker released a six-song, self-titled EP featuring a collaboration with pop superstar Julia Michaels titled, “Cool Anymore.” In May 2021, Davis released his new eight song EP, Buy Dirt. Davis co-wrote every song on the EP except for the John Prine inspired “Blow Up Your TV,” who Davis cites as one of his most important influences on his life and music. Davis has previously toured with the likes of Kane Brown, Dierks Bentley, Rascal Flatts, Jake Owen, Kip Moore, and Old Dominion.