• DIERKS BENTLEY TAKES A HOT WINGS BREAK DURING TOUR REHEARSALS! (VIDEO)

    During a break from rehearsing for the 2012 Country & Cold Cans Tour, Dierks Bentley‘s band held the First Annual “Feel That Fire Hot Wing Eating Competition.” Take a look at DBTV, Episode 51 to see who came out on top.

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  • LUKE BRYAN ENDS UP AT NO. 1 WITH LATEST SINGLE! (AUDIO)

    Luke Bryan scores his fourth No. 1 hit with his latest smash, “I Don’t Want This Night to End,” topping both the Mediabase/Country Aircheck and Billboard country singles charts this week. At first, he was a bit nervous about releasing the song as the second single from his tailgates & tanlines album, but knows it was the right decision. ” I think it’s a privilege to have a label you can trust…I mean, I think ‘Country Girl’ put me in a different level of being on the map, but for all intensive purposes, ‘I Don’t Want This Night to End’ has been a bigger song than ‘Country Girl,’ which is hard for me to imagine and is so exciting,” says Luke. “I’ve really always dreamed of being in this spot, and it’s real cool being here. You can dream it up, but sometimes it doesn’t happen that way, so I’m just really fortunate that it’s coming together that way.”

    Luke is currently on the road with Jason Aldean‘s My Kinda Party 2012 Tour. The next stop on the trek is February 2nd in Oklahoma City.

    AUDIO: Luke Bryan talks about how his latest single, “I Don’t Want This Night to End,” has taken him to a new level.

    Luke Bryan (Night success) OC: …that way. :50

    “Cindy Mabe, my head of marketing [at Capitol Nashville], she was like screaming for ‘I Don’t Want This Night to End,’ and I was terrified to death of it. I mean, I can say that now, I mean, I just said, ‘Alright, if you feel this strong about it, we’ll go with it.’ I think it’s a privilege to have a label you can trust…I mean, I think ‘Country Girl’ put me in a different level of being on the map, but for all intensive purposes, ‘I Don’t Want This Night to End’ has been a bigger song than ‘Country Girl,’ which is hard for me to imagine and is so exciting. I mean, I look at the way it went down with Jason Aldean when he did ‘She’s Country,’ and then, Bam! Then ‘Big Green Tractor’ where he just kept outdoing himself. I’ve really always dreamed of being in this spot, and it’s real cool being here. You can dream it up, but sometimes it doesn’t happen that way, so I’m just really fortunate that it’s coming together that way.”

  • ALAN JACKSON GIVES HIS FANS WHAT THEY WANT. (AUDIO)

    Alan Jackson has put the finishing touches on his new album, which his fans have been anxiously anticipating. The superstar takes into account what real people are going through and what he enjoys as a fan, as well, when he’s putting together the songs for his albums. “I’ve always just tried to remember what it’s like to be a fan and try to figure out songs that they might like more than songs that would be nominated for a Grammy or something,” says Alan. “I think that’s probably what might help your career last a little bit longer is just making music for the real people.” Alan is beginning to hit the airwaves with “So You Don’t Have to Love Me Anymore,” and has already hit the video channels with the song’s video, which was shot at Coney Island in New York.

    AJ (key to success) OC: …real people. :32

    “When we go in and make a record, it’s really no different than it was 20 years ago, you know, same attention to it. And when we’re looking for material and [we use] the same type of production and Keith’s always produced everything – Keith Stegall. I don’t know. I’ve always just tried to remember what it’s like to be a fan and try to figure out songs that they might like more than songs that would be nominated for a Grammy or something. I think that’s probably what might help your career last a little bit longer is just making music for the real people.”

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  • LUKE BRYAN & ERIC CHURCH TO HEADLINE ACM WEEKEND ON FREMONT STREET EXPERIENCE IN LAS VEGAS!

    Free Open-to-the-Public Concerts for Fans To Take Place for the 6th Consecutive Year Are The Most-Attended Events on Fremont Street Experience

    Encino, CA (January 20, 2012) – The Academy of Country Music and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) announced today that country music superstars Luke Bryan and Eric Church will be the headlining performers for ACM Weekend on Fremont Street Experience, to be held on consecutive nights, March 30-31, 2012  in Las Vegas.  Bryan will headline on Friday night, March 30th and Church will headline on Saturday, March 31st.

    These concerts take place in conjunction with The Week Vegas Goes Country®, the week of the 47th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, honoring country music’s top talent and the industry’s hottest emerging talent, to be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 1st, 2012 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.

    For the sixth year in a row, the Academy of Country Music presents free and open-to-the-public concerts starting at 6:30pm on two stages in downtown Las Vegas at Fremont Street Experience.  The weekend-long party leading up to the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards is sponsored by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and features headlining performers and emerging artists. Specific show times, additional performers and stage locations are to be announced soon.

    Coming off the most successful year of his career, Capitol Records Nashville’s Luke Bryan shows no signs of slowing down.  One of the fastest rising stars in country music, Bryan is celebrating airplay chart success with his current hit single, “I Don’t Want This Night To End” off his Gold-certified third studio album, tailgates & tanlines.  With his Platinum-selling smash hit, “Country Girl (Shake It For Me),” Bryan continues to prove why he’s Nashville’s artist to watch.  You can catch Bryan on the road as he joins Jason Aldean on the 2012 leg of his My Kinda Party Tour.  Check out Luke online at www.lukebryan.com.

    EMI Records Nashville artist Eric Church is one of the brightest and boldest stars to emerge in country music in years.  With his third album, CHIEF, topping both the Country and Top 200 Billboard charts in 2011, Church is anything but formulaic.  He continues to make his mark out on the road with his raucous live shows played for sold out crowds across the country.  Showcasing his hits like the No. 1 “Drink In My Hand” and Top 20’s “Homeboy” and “Smoke A Little Smoke,” fans can catch Church in 2012 on his arena headlining The Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour.  Keep up with Eric online at www.ericchurch.com.

  • ERIC CHURCH LAUNCHES HIS ‘BLOOD, SWEAT & BEERS’ TOUR! (AUDIO)

    Eric Church launches his first arena headlining tour on Thursday (January 19th), and he’s looking forward to seeing familiar faces when he hits the stage each night. “I can remember playing ‘em when there were 50 people there, and to step into these arenas and have these many people, it’s directly responsible for those first 50, and I hope they’re up front,” says the Grammy nominee. “You know, we’ve done everything we can to have them there, and it’s gonna be neat to see their faces and think about where we’ve came from every night.”

    The much-anticipated Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour will also feature newcomer Brantley Gilbert, who appeared on Eric’s radar a few years ago. “I was getting all these calls from bar and club owners in the Southeast where we had set quite a few attendance records, and told me this kid was down there breaking my records,” recalls Eric. “I remember I wrote his name down and pushed it to the side, and made sure that if my day ever came…he’d be at the top of the list for a tour.”

    For more information and tour dates, go to ericchurch.com.

    • What a week it’s been for Eric, who is experiencing a lot of firsts this week, including his first arena headlining tour AND his first No. 1 single with “Drink in My Hand.”

    Eric Church (Blood, Sweat & Beers) OC: …went down. :34

    “It’s been awhile since I’ve seen some of these places, so I know what I’m gonna be feeling inside and I hope it explodes out there. That’s what I’m gonna be doing when I stand up on that stage. It’s been a long time coming for us to be here. And I can remember playing ‘em when there were 50 people there and to step into these arenas and have these many people, it’s directly responsible for those first 50, and I hope they’re up front. You know, we’ve done everything we can to have them there, and it’s gonna be neat to see their faces and think about where we’ve came from every night. And it’s gonna be fun and gratifying to go out there and think about all the hard work and think about all the paths we’ve went down.”

    Eric Church (Brantley Gilbert) OC: …kick-ass tour. :26

    “I choose Brantley, because actually he got on my radar a couple of years ago. I was getting all these calls from bar and club owners in the Southeast where we had set quite a few attendance records, and told me this kid was down there breaking my records. And I remember I wrote his name down and pushed it to the side, and made sure that if my day ever came, I was definitely gonna, he’d be at the top of the list for a tour. So, when it was time for us to do the headline tour, he was the first person I thought about, and I’m glad he’s joining us. I think it’s gonna be a pretty kick-ass tour.”

  • NEWS & NOTES

    Butch Allen, the production designer for Eric Church‘s new Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour, has previously worked on tours for Van Halen, Def Leppard and Ozzy Osbourne. The trek, which also features Brantley Gilbert, kicks off Thursday (January 19th) in Fort Smith,Arkansas.

    Newcomer Eric Paslay makes his Grand Ole Opry debut on Friday (January 20th). He’s expected to perform “Deep As It Is Wide” and “If The Fish Don’t Bite,” both of which will appear on his upcoming debut album.

  • LADY A LOOK BACK AT FAVORITE LADY HAZE EPISODES. (VIDEO)

    In the latest episode of Lady Antebellum’s Webisode Wednesdays, take a look back at the best of their Lady Haze videos and stay tuned for a new one coming soon!

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  • LADY ANTEBELLUM CONTINUE TO ‘OWN’ THE ALBUM CHART!

    Lady Antebellum‘s Own the Night once again tops the Billboard Country Album chart.  Luke Bryan‘s tailgates & tanlines follows at No. 2.

  • LADY ANTEBELLUM PICK UP SOME HEAVY METAL!

    LADY ANTEBELLUM REACHES DOUBLE PLATINUM AND GOLD STATUS OF THEIR NO. ONE HITS
    “JUST A KISS” AND “WE OWNED THE NIGHT”

    OWN THE NIGHT 2012 WORLD TOUR Picks Up Next Week in Tulsa, OK

    Nashville, TN – Jan. 17, 2012 – Reigning CMA and ACM Vocal Group of the Year Lady Antebellum earned DOUBLE PLATINUM certification by the RIAA for their No. one single “Just A Kiss,” selling more than two million downloads of the song while simultaneously earning GOLD certification for “We Owned The Night” after tallying over 500,000 digital downloads.
     
    “We’re planning a big party to celebrate both of these songs going No. one at radio, and now we’ll be able to toast this at the same time…and then we can do it again with our fans on the tour,” said Charles Kelley.  “A little downtime over the holidays has been great,  but we’re about to go crazy to get this tour back up and running next week….can’t wait to see everyone in Tulsa!”
     
    The trio’s GRAMMY nominated current album OWN THE NIGHT spawned both chart-topping hits and also serves as inspiration for their upcoming OWN THE NIGHT 2012 WORLD TOUR. With 57 dates scheduled across the US and Canada, the group will kick off the next leg of the tour on Fri., Jan. 27 in Tulsa, OK with Darius Rucker and special guest Thompson Square.  For a full list of upcoming tour dates and appearances, visit www.ladyantebellum.com.
     
  • KEITH URBAN SETS DATE FOR THIRD ANNUAL ALL FOR THE HALL! (AUDIO)

    Keith Urban’s third annual All for the Hall benefit concert for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has been re-scheduled for Tuesday, April 10th at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. This year’s show will feature performances from Country Music Hall of Famers Vince Gill and Alabama, as well as Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts, Little Big Town, The Band Perry, Thompson Square, Miranda Lambert’s trio Pistol Annies, Oak Ridge Boys, Exile and Diamond Rio, among others. “Our genre is rich in great groups, past and present, and I loved the idea of getting to see and hear some of them on one stage in one concert,” Urban said of this year’s lineup. “I also liked the idea of having everyone hear how groups like The Oak Ridge Boys, Alabama and Diamond Rio have influenced others and to hear just how good they all are.”

    Keith had to postpone the original date, which was supposed to take place this month, due to his recovery after undergoing throat surgery.

    “My goal for the concert is really the same as the hall’s,” Urban said in a statement. “To help country fans connect the dots — to find out where their music came from, how it’s evolved (and is still evolving) and to discover the artists that have influenced their favorite artists. Country music is like a big beautiful strange family tree and nowhere is that more honored than at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.”

    Tickets for the show are $25-$35 and will go on sale at 10 am January 27 through Ticketmaster, 1-800-745-3000.

    The concert will benefit the not-for-profit educational institution’s need for long-term financial security and provides a safety net for its work. 

    AUDIO: Keith Urban talks about the importance of his All for the Hall benefit.

     

    Keith Urban (all for the hall) OC: …we’re doing it. :37

    “The history and the weight of what it is that they’re maintaining and bringing forward and presenting to the public is vitally important. I mean, this town has only got tourism because of what’s in that hall ultimately. So, for me, it’s not just bringing money to the hall, it’s bringing awareness that the hall is there and what it’s about. It’s keeping, for me, remembering the center of it all. I came here just to play music and I was inspired by music, and the history of this genre is right there. And as I’ve said before, if we’re going to pull it forward, then we’ve got to know where it came from, and we know what we’re doing and why we’re doing it.”