• LUKE LAUNCHES HIS HFE TOUR WITH TWO SOLD-OUT NIGHTS AND SURPRISE GUESTS IN NASHVILLE.

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    Four-time Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan, who is a master at reading fans from the stage and delivering exactly what they want (Tennessean), did just that as he kept his fans on their feet during a two-night run at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena this weekend. Luke debuted his new tour, Huntin’, Fishin’ And Lovin’ Every Day Tour, with TWO sold-out shows.

    Luke’s weekend performances included many of his 18 No. 1 hits, superstar guests and a score check on Friday night as the Nashville Predators played simultaneously in St. Louis in second round playoffs away from Bridgestone’s home turf.

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    NASHVILLE, TN - MAY 06:  Singer-songwriters Luke Bryan (L) and Carrie Underwood (R) perform on stage and Kicks off the "Huntin', Fishin' And Lovin' Every Day" Tour at Bridgestone Arena on May 6, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for Schmidt PR) *** Local Caption *** Luke Bryan;Carrie Underwood

    NASHVILLE, TN – MAY 06: Singer-songwriters Luke Bryan (L) and Carrie Underwood (R) perform on stage and Kicks off the “Huntin’, Fishin’ And Lovin’ Every Day” Tour at Bridgestone Arena on May 6, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for Schmidt PR) *** Local Caption *** Luke Bryan;Carrie Underwood

    NASHVILLE, TN - MAY 06:  Singer-songwriters Cole Swindell (L) and Luke Bryan (R) perform on stage and Kicks off the "Huntin', Fishin' And Lovin' Every Day" Tour at Bridgestone Arena on May 6, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for Schmidt PR) *** Local Caption *** Luke Bryan;Cole Swindell

    NASHVILLE, TN – MAY 06: Singer-songwriters Cole Swindell (L) and Luke Bryan (R) perform on stage and Kicks off the “Huntin’, Fishin’ And Lovin’ Every Day” Tour at Bridgestone Arena on May 6, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for Schmidt PR) *** Local Caption *** Luke Bryan;Cole Swindell


    Karen Fairchild of CMA and ACM Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town performed with Luke on Friday night singing their No. 1 duet “Home Alone Tonight” and “Girl Crush.” On Saturday’s show, 2016 NSAI Songwriter of the Year and six-time No. 1 platinum-selling artist Cole Swindell joined Luke on “Roller Coaster” and “This Is How We Roll.” And closing out the weekend’s superstar appearances was seven-time Grammy® award winner Carrie Underwood, who took the stage sporting a Predators #12 t-shirt, performed “Play It Again” and “I Told You So” with Luke.

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    Backstage Luke was surprised with a commemorative plaque from UMG Nashville Chairman & CEO Mike Dungan and UMG Nashville President Cindy Mabe in celebration of four consecutive years as the most streamed country artist. To listen go here: http://strm.to/BestOfLukeBryan
    Huntin’, Fishin’ And Lovin’ Every Day Tour will run through this fall with special guest Brett Eldredge. Artists sharing the opening slot throughout the tour’s run include Lauren Alaina, Craig Campbell, Adam Craig, Seth Ennis and Granger Smith.

    Huntin’, Fishin’ And Lovin’ Every Day Tour
    5-12                 Bristow, VA                 Jiffy Lube Live
    5-13                 Hartford, CT                Xfinity Theatre
    5-18 & 19        Moline, IL                    iWireless Center
    6-1                   Cincinnati, OH             Riverbend Music Center
    6-2                   Cullman, AL                Rock the South*
    6-3                   St. Louis, MO              Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
    6-9                   Little Rock, AR            Verizon Arena
    6-10                 Tulsa, OK                    BOK Center
    6-15, 16 & 17  Atlanta, GA                 Verizon Amphitheatre
    6-23                 Hershey, PA                Hershey Park
    6-24                 Mansfield, MA            Xfinity Center
    6-25                 Columbia, MD             Merriweather Post Pavilion
    6-29                 Milwaukee, WI            Summerfest*
    7-1                   Dauphin, MB               Dauphin’s Countryfest*
    7-13                 Bethel, NY                   Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
    7-15                 Cleveland, OH             Progressive Field
    7-16                 Holmdel, NJ                P.N.C. Bank Arts Center
    7-21                 Kansas City, MO         Sprint Center
    7-22                   Eau Claire, WI           Country Jam USA*
    7-23                   Brooklyn, MI              Faster Horses*
    7-26                   Cheyenne, WY            Cheyenne Frontier Days*
    7-28                 Central Point, OR         Country Crossings Music Festival*
    7-29                 Mountain Home, ID     Mountain Home Country Music Festival*
    7-30                 Quincy, WA                Watershed Festival*
    8-1 & 2            Anchorage AK             Sullivan Sports Arena
    8-5                   Detroit Lakes, MN       WE Fest*
    8-8, 10 & 11    Gilford, NH                 Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion  
    8-12                 Syracuse, NY               Lakeview Amphitheater
    8-13                 Oro-Medonte ON         Boots and Hearts Music Festival*
    8-17                 Virginia Beach, VA     Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
    8-18                 Charlotte, NC               PNC Music Pavilion
    8-19                 Raleigh, NC                 Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
    8-25                 Darien Center, NY       Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
    8-26                 Saratoga Springs, NY   Saratoga Performing Arts Center
    8-27                 Jones Beach, NY         Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
    9-1                   Lexington, KY             Red, White & Boom*
    9-3                   Panama City Beach, FL   Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam
    9-6                   Scranton, PA                The Pavilion at Montage Mountain
    9-8                   Philadelphia, PA          Citizens Bank Park
    9-9                   Pittsburgh, PA              KeyBank Pavilion
    9-15                 Indianapolis, IN           Klipsch Music Center
    9-16                 Chicago, IL                  Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
    9-21                 Austin, TX                   Austin360 Amphitheater
    9-22                 Houston, TX                Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman
    9-23                 Dallas, TX                   Starplex Pavilion
    10-12               Concord, CA               Concord Pavilion
    10-13               Sacramento, CA           Toyota Amphitheatre
    10-14               Mtn. View, CA            Shoreline Amphitheatre
    10-19               Albuquerque, NM        Isleta Amphitheater
    10-21               Salt Lake City, UT       USANA Amphitheatre
    10-26               Phoenix, AZ                AK-Chin Pavilion
    10-27               San Diego, CA             Sleep Train Amphitheatre
    10-28               San Bernardino. CA     Glen Helen Amphitheater
    *Festival dates, not “Huntin’, Fishin’, And Lovin’ Every Day Tour” 
    Live Nation is the national tour promoter for the “Huntin’, Fishin’ And Lovin’ Every Day Tour” and Cabela’s, the World’s Foremost Outfitter of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, is a sponsor. Citi is the official credit card of the tour. Citi cardmembers will have access to presale tickets through Citi’s Private Pass Program. For complete presale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com and additional information atwww.lukebryan.com and www.livenation.com. Tickets for select dates will become available as part of Live Nation’s Country Megaticket going on sale Jan. 27 at www.megaticket.com.
    ABOUT LUKE BRYAN
    Country music superstar Luke Bryan is a two-time Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year and has hosted the ACM Awards for five consecutive years. Since the debut of his first album in 2007 he has placed 18 singles at No.1, sold over 10 Million albums, sold more than 40 million tracks with three Billion music streams.   Luke’s concert tours have consistently sold out shows across North America including many NFL Stadiums like the Patriot’s Gillette Stadium where he played back-to-back sold out concerts last summer. Luke has also sold out Chicago’s Soldier Field, Cleveland’s First Energy Stadium, the AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Denver’s Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Ford Field in Detroit, home of the Vikings at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field, and Levi Stadium in San Francisco. In the last three years, Luke has performed to nearly five Million fans on tour.

    For a one-stop shop for everything Luke Bryan, his community of fans have unparalleled access to his life through Luke Bryan’s official App. Launched in June 2015 in partnership with Disciple Media, the app offers everything from exclusive live streams to updates from the road, competitions to video premieres, exclusive merchandise and more. The App is available now on the Apple App Store and Google Play.


    Visit www.LukeBryan.com or follow Luke on Twitter @LukeBryanOnline, Instagram and Facebook
  • CARRIE UNDERWOOD IS HONORED BY BMI.

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    Carrie Underwood was honored at the 69th annual BMI/NAB Dinner held this week at the Wynn Encore in Las Vegas. Carrie was recognized with the BMI Board of Directors Award for the impact her music has had on the broadcast industry, as well as her many contributions as a songwriter. With her string of radio hits, groundbreaking videos and television performances, Underwood was the ideal recipient of the BMI/NAB honor.
    In addition, BMI took the opportunity to present Underwood with the latest three of her 14 career BMI songwriting awards for “Heartbeat,” “Little Toy Guns,” and “Smoke Break.” These awards are traditionally given out at BMI’s Country Awards Dinner in November, which Underwood was unable to attend due to her hosting preparation for the CMA Awards.  She was also presented with nine BMI “Million-Air” Certificates, which are acknowledgements of songs that have achieved one million or more spins on radio. Underwood now has a career total of 14 BMI “Million-Air” certificates. (Full list below)
    Hosted annually by the BMI Board of Directors, the annual NAB dinner salutes the Directors of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and celebrates the longstanding partnership between the songwriting community and the broadcast industry.  
    Mike O’Neill, BMI’s President and CEO, spoke to the room of industry heavy-hitters about Underwood’s impressive career and commented that, “Not every superstar is a songwriter, but Carrie is. She has earned the respect of her colleagues, not only for her singing, but also for her brilliant songwriting and storytelling, and that is an accomplishment that cannot be overstated.”
    In accepting the award, Underwood remarked, “I am beyond blessed to get to do what I do, and am grateful that I am surrounded by such incredible people. I love the people that I get to work with — it’s a joy, a pleasure, and a privilege. Thank you so much BMI for everything that you have done for me and my music.” After her remarks, Underwood performed several songs from her impressive repertoire including “Two Black Cadillacs,” “So Small,” “Jesus, Take the Wheel,” and “Smoke Break.” 
    Past recipients of the BMI/NAB honor include Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Graham Nash, Paul Simon, Carlos Santana, and John Williams, among others.
    Carrie Underwood emerged from the promise of her 2005 American Idol win to become a true multi-format, multi-media superstar, spanning achievements in music, television, and film. A seven-time GRAMMY® Award winner, she has amassed over 100 major honors, sold 64 million records worldwide, and recorded 25 #1 singles, 13 of which she co-wrote, with a catalog of songs that have been streamed more than 2.6 billion times worldwide. The first female artist to be twice named the Academy of Country Music’s Entertainer of the Year, Underwood was recognized by Pollstar as the top female country touring artist for each of her headlining tours in 2008, 2010, 2012, and for 2016’s “The Storyteller Tour – Stories in the Round.” Underwood also topped Billboard’s Top 25 Tours of 2016 as the leading female country artist and was the leading female artist on Country Aircheck’s top country radio performers list for her success in both 2015 and 2016. All five studio albums, Some Hearts, Carnival Ride, Play On, Blown Away and Storyteller – are certified Platinum or multi-Platinum, and each an American Music Awards winner as Favorite Country Album – and tallied an incredible 40 weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.  The RIAA’s highest certified country album artist to debut this century, Underwood also holds the distinction of the highest album certification of any country artist to emerge since 2000 with the 8x Multi-Platinum success of her 2005 debut, Some Hearts.  She is the all-time Top Country Artist (male or female) on RIAA’s Digital Single Ranking, also placing her among the Top 5 females in the history of RIAA’s Digital Single Program across all genres.  In December of 2014, she released her Platinum-certified Greatest Hits: Decade #1, which produced two new #1 hits co-written by Underwood, including the RIAA-Platinum, GRAMMY-winning “Something in the Water.” 2016 marked Underwood’s fourth season as the voice of primetime television’s #1 program, Sunday Night Football, and in November, she returned for a ninth consecutive year as co-host of the CMA Awards. The Grand Ole Opry member also demonstrated her diversity in 2013, starring as Maria von Trapp in NBC’s three-hour holiday blockbuster, the Emmy®-winning The Sound of Music Live!, whose airings attracted 44 million viewers. The reigning CMA Female Vocalist of the Year, Underwood recently claimed her fourth win in the category amid the ongoing success of her chart-topping fifth studio album, Storyteller – the only country album to launch to Platinum certification since the time of its release in October of 2015. 
     **   Underwood received the nine Million-Air Certificates for the following songs:  “Cowboy Casanova” (2 million plays),  “Last Name” (2 million), “Undo It” (2 million), “Heartbeat” (1 million), “ Little Toy Guns” (1 million), “See You Again” (1 million), “Smoke Break” (1 million),  “Something in the Water” (1 million), and “Two Black Cadillacs” (1 million). She has already received “Million-Air” Awards for the following songs: “All American Girl” (2 million), “Good Girl” (1 million), “Mama’s Song” (1 million), “So Small” (1 million), and “Temporary Home” (1 million).

    photo credit: Mike O’Neill, President and CEO of BMI, Carrie Underwood, and Paul Karpowicz, Chairman, BMI Board of Directors & President, Meredith Local Media Group Present Underwood with the BMI Board of Directors Awards at the 69th Annual BMI/NAB Dinner

  • CARRIE UNDERWOOD PERFORMS THE NATIONAL ANTHEM PRIOR TO GAME THREE OF THE FIRST-ROUND STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS BETWEEN THE NASHVILLE PREDATORS AND THE CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS.

    Carrie Underwood surprises the crowd prior to the first-round NHL Stanley Cup Playoff Game between the Nashville Predators and the Chicago Blackhawks by singing the National Anthem. Her husband Mike Fisher is the captain of the Nashville Predators,  and she sported his No. 12 jersey and blue and gold nail polish as she sang “The Star Spangled Banner.” The Predators won in overtime over the Blackhawks 3-2 for a 3-0 lead in the Western Conference quarterfinals. The next game in the series will be Thursday night in Nashville (or “Smashville” as the Predators nicknamed Bridgestone Arena during games).

     

     

     

    Video / Carrie Underwood sings the National Anthem prior to NHL playoff game

  • CARRIE UNDERWOOD SIGNS WORLDWIDE DEAL WITH UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP.

    Universal Music Group announced a new worldwide recording agreement with seven-time GRAMMY® Award winner and two-time ACM Entertainer of the Year nominee, Carrie Underwood, on Tuesday (March 28th).  Underwood’s label home will be Capitol Records Nashville, one of four labels that form Universal Music Group Nashville, and Billboard country label of the year for eight consecutive years.

    Sir Lucian Grainge, Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group said, “I’m so thrilled that Carrie has decided to make Capitol Records Nashville and UMG her home globally.  As a talented writer, recording artist, performer and actor, Carrie is that exceptionally rare artist who can do it all.  I know I speak on behalf of our teams around the world when I say that we look forward to executing her creative vision and bringing her musical career to the next level.”

    Mike Dungan, Universal Music Group Nashville Chairman and CEO shares, “Already a top tier force in country music, Carrie’s vast talents and creative bravery show that she is an artist who is prepared to take on a wide range of artistic challenges.  We are excited for the future, and honored by her decision to make Universal Music Group her label partner in representing this worldwide superstar in the next phase of her career.”

    UMG Nashville President, Cindy Mabe was part of the team who launched Carrie’s first album, the eight times platinum, Some Hearts. “When I decided to take my position with Capitol Records in 2007, personally one of the hardest people for me to leave behind was Carrie Underwood,” explains Mabe. “We were a team and I had the opportunity to watch her leave American Idol as a kid and mature into one of the most important artists with the most powerful voice in music.  It was amazing to be a small part of that ride. I am so proud and humbled that she has chosen to sign with Universal Music Group Nashville and that we will once again join forces as she writes the next chapter of her soaring career as a global superstar of enormous integrity and talent.”

    Underwood states, “It’s so inspiring to me as an artist to feel this excited about the future.  The incredible team at UMG shares the heart and passion I have for music as well as the drive, and their innovative spirit has shown that together the possibilities are endless.”

    “I also want to be sure to thank every single person who has played a part in my recording career so far.  I will be forever grateful to them for all we achieved together,” adds Underwood.

    Carrie Underwood emerged from the promise of her 2005 American Idol win to become a true multi-format, multi-media superstar, spanning achievements in music, television, and film. A seven-time GRAMMY® Award winner, she has amassed over 100 major honors, sold 64 million records worldwide, and recorded 25 #1 singles, 13 of which she co-wrote, with a catalog of songs that have been streamed more than 2.6 billion times worldwide. The first female artist to be twice named the Academy of Country Music’s Entertainer of the Year, Underwood was recognized by Pollstar as the top female country touring artist for each of her headlining tours in 2008, 2010, 2012, and for 2016’s “The Storyteller Tour – Stories in the Round.” Carrie also topped Billboard’s Top 25 Tours of 2016 as the leading female country artist and was the leading female artist on Country Aircheck’s top country radio performers list for her success in both 2015 and 2016. All five studio albums, Some HeartsCarnival RidePlay On, Blown Away and Storyteller – are certified Platinum or multi-Platinum, and each an American Music Awards winner as Favorite Country Album – and tallied an incredible 40 weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.  The RIAA’s highest certified country album artist to debut this century, Underwood also holds the distinction of the highest album certification of any country artist to emerge since 2000 with the 8x Multi-Platinum success of her 2005 debut, Some Hearts.  She is the all-time Top Country Artist (male or female) on RIAA’s Digital Single Ranking, also placing her among the Top 5 females in the history of RIAA’s Digital Single Program across all genres.  In December of 2014, she released her Platinum-certified Greatest Hits: Decade #1, which produced two new #1 hits co-written by Underwood, including the RIAA-Platinum, GRAMMY-winning “Something in the Water.” 2016 marked Underwood’s fourth season as the voice of primetime television’s #1 program, Sunday Night Football, and in November, she returned for a ninth consecutive year as co-host of the CMA Awards. The Grand Ole Opry member also demonstrated her diversity in 2013, starring as Maria von Trapp in NBC’s three-hour holiday blockbuster, the Emmy®-winning The Sound of Music Live!, whose airings attracted 44 million viewers. The reigning CMA Female Vocalist of the Year, Underwood recently claimed her fourth win in the category amid the ongoing success of her chart-topping fifth studio album, Storyteller – the only country album to launch to Platinum certification since the time of its release in October of 2015.

     Universal Music Group Nashville consists of Capitol Records Nashville, EMI Records Nashville, MCA Nashville and Mercury Nashville. Reading like a “who’s who” of Music Row, the combined rosters include Alan Jackson, Billy Currington, Brandon Lay, Brothers Osborne, Canaan Smith, Chris Stapleton, Clare Dunn, Darius Rucker, Dierks Bentley, Easton Corbin, Eric Church, Eric Paslay, Gary Allan, George Strait, Haley Georgia, Jon Pardi, Jordan Davis, Josh Turner, Kacey Musgraves, Keith Urban, Kip Moore, Lady Antebellum, Lauren Alaina, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, Mickey Guyton, Sam Hunt, Shania Twain, Sugarland, The Band Perry and Vince Gill.