• LADY ANTEBELLUM WRAPS UP SOLD-OUT AUSTRALIA TOUR.

    Nashville, TN – Oct. 2, 2012 – Reigning CMA and ACM Vocal Group of the Year Lady Antebellum’s headlining OWN THE NIGHT WORLD TOUR makes its final curtain call tomorrow night for their third consecutive sold out show at the iconic Sydney Opera House in Australia.

    “The success of this tour is probably the accomplishment we are most proud of as a band,” said Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley. “It started as a sketch on a paper plate and it ended halfway around the world performing three nights at one of the most famous venues in the world. To think that we were able to take country music to all of these new places is mind-boggling to me. It’s been one long, crazy, unforgettable year for us.”

    The tour traveled across the US, Canada, Europe and Australia, where the Grammy winning trio was welcomed by over one million fans in 11 countries on three continents. Lady A sold out shows in top markets including Los Angeles, Chicago, two nights in New York City, Toronto, London, three nights at Sydney’s Opera House and even had a chance to open a sold out show at London’s Hard Rock Calling for one of their idols Bruce Springsteen.
     

    Along the way, the trio captivated audiences including critics across the globe, hailing their “youthful exuberance and unending energy” (Virginian Pilot) while also noting that the trio has “claimed its spot among the elite headliners” (San Jose Mercury News).
    “Nashville’s Lady Antebellum, on its first arena headlining tour, has become such a crowd-pleasing phenomenon that there is arguably no other country band on the planet right now that can steal the trio’s ever-brightening spotlight.” – Salt Lake Tribune
     
    “Lady Antebellum certainly pushes all the right buttons in concert –backdrops dominated by shooting stars and bucolic scenery, a careful placement of the hits — but there’s more to their appeal than just that. Their
    palette is broader, more forcefully colored than most of their peers, and the soulfulness that results is unmistakable.” – Variety
     
    “When the Grammy-winning trio of Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood took the stage, they left no stone unturned…a full sing-along reached the back of the packed lawn. The band, whose talent runs deep, has a great chemistry and plays well to an audience. A classic stage with a U-shaped ramp and a riser stretching into standing-room-only allowed lots of audience interaction.” – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    “The group is now on its first headlining arena tour and you have to play to the back seats…those who were there certainly ate it up. The fans cheered, sang and swayed with their cell phones on.” – The Montreal Gazette
    “The Grammy-winning, Nashville-based Lady Antebellum took it even higher with a surprisingly terrific performance…they demonstrated an ability to connect with every fan in the crowd.” – Ottawa Citizen
    “Kicking off with ‘We Owned The Night,’ Lady A went on to quite literally do that, much to the delight of the sell-out crowd.” – Scottish Daily Express
     
    For a glance behind the scenes of their OWN THE NIGHT 2012 WORLD TOUR, click here: http://ladyantebellum.com/lady-antebellum-own-night-2012-world-tour
     

    IN OTHER NEWS: In celebration of the tour, the trio also announced that they will release a live concert film titled OWN THE NIGHT WORLD TOUR on Dec. 4 in the US and Canada, with plans for release worldwide in 2013. Fans will be able to purchase the film in multiple formats including DVD, Blu-ray and will be available at all digital retailers. Distributed by Eagle Rock Entertainment, the live film includes 90 minutes of performance from the Little Rock, AR stop of the World Tour this past June, tour documentary footage and seven additional bonus cuts.
    Lady Antebellum is currently nominated for “Vocal Group of the Year” and “Album of the Year” for OWN THE NIGHT at the 46th Annual CMA Awards scheduled to air Nov. 1 on ABC. OWN THE NIGHT debuted at the No. one position on Billboard’s Top 200 and has spawned two No. one hits “We Owned The Night” and “Just A Kiss.” The trio has sold over 11 million albums across the globe, scored seven GRAMMY Awards and tallied six No. one hits. For more information on the tour and live film, visit www.ladyantebellum.com.
  • KEITH URBAN WANTS YOU TO DESIGN A VINTAGE T-SHIRT! (VIDEO)

    Keith Urban introduces a contest to design a vintage-style t-shirt for him! Check out all of the details here: http://bit.ly/Q8z2Rk

    Video / Urban Chat: Video 23: T-Shirt Contest!

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  • LUKE BRYAN ADDED TO LIST OF PERFORMERS AT THIS YEAR’S CMA AWARDS. (AUDIO)

    Luke Bryan has been added to the list of performers at next month’s CMA Awards, along with Brad Paisley, Miranda Lambert and the Zac Brown Band. Previously announced performers include Dierks Bentley, Little Big Town, Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson.

    Luke is up for two awards at this year’s CMAs. He makes his debut in the Male Vocalist category, and his second nod is for Album of the Year for tailgates & tanlines. “To be considered a vocalist is a huge honor, and then to put your heart and soul into a record and to have it get nominated for Album of the Year, it’s really special and makes all the hard work really stand out and really feel like it’s paying off,” says Luke. “It’s a big deal.”

    The 46th Annual CMA Awards airs live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena November 1st beginning at 8pm ET on ABC.

    AUDIO: Luke Bryan talks about his CMA nominations for Male Vocalist and Album of the Year.

    Luke Bryan (CMA-new contender) OC: …big deal. :19
    “To be considered a vocalist is a huge honor, and then to put your heart and soul into a record and to have it get nominated for Album of the Year, it’s really special and makes all the hard work really stand out and really feel like it’s paying off. It’s a big deal.”

  • KELLEIGH BANNEN ‘SORRY ON THE ROCKS’ SPOTLIGHTS. (AUDIO)

    Kelleigh Bannen is making her mark on the country charts with her debut single, “Sorry on the Rocks.” Here are both a :60 and :90 vignette/single spotlights.

  • LITTLE BIG TOWN’S ‘TORNADO’ IS VERY ‘WICKED.’ (AUDIO)

    In the opening strains of Little Big Town’s latest single, “Tornado,” there is a haunting whistle, and it is featured again at the end of the tune, as well. This isn’t an ordinary sound effect that can be found in any studio on Music Row. The whistling you hear is actually from LBT’s Kimberly Schlapman and Jimi Westbrook, who playfully tease each other about who is the better whistler. “There’s this little chamber, this tiny, little very, very extremely tall room, closet, in the studio where we cut this thing, and you had to crawl into a hole to get into this chamber. So, we got into this chamber, and we whistled,” says Kimberly. “We were king whistlers! So, we both got in there separately and whistled, and I think one of us is in the front of the song, and one of us is in the back…or one of us is both,” she laughingly jokes with Jimi.

    Sweet Kimberly is also the person behind the evil-sounding laugh near the end of the song, as well, which happened accidentally. “While you were in there doing your whistle, you…laughed about something, and they captured all that recording, and you can hear this laugh off in the distance,” Phillip Sweet said to Kimberly, delightfully announced, “I’m wicked.”

    “Tornado” is the follow-up to their previous two-week No. 1 hit, “Pontoon.”

    AUDIO: Little Big Town reveal who does the whistling on their latest single, “Tornado.”

    LBT (Tornado-whistle) 1 OC: (Kimberly) …I’m kidding. :39
    KIMBERLY: “We both did it. We whistled.” JIMI: “I guess we are.” PHILLIP: “They whistled off in the chamber.” KIMBERLY: [WHISPERS] “It was all me.” [LAUGHS] JIMI: “Kimberly said it was all her.” KIMBERLY: “It was so fun. There’s this little chamber, this tiny, little very, very extremely tall room, closet, in the studio where we cut this thing, and you had to crawl into a hole to get into this chamber. So, we got into this chamber, and we whistled! We were like, we were, we were king whistlers! So, we both got in there separately and whistled, and I think one of us is in the front of the song, and one of us is in the back…or one of us is both. [JIMI LAUGHS] I’m kidding.”

    AUDIO: Little Big Town’s Phillip Sweet and Jimi Westbrook talk about the “wicked laugh” on their latest single, “Tornado.”

    LBT (Tornado-whistle) 2 OC: (Kimberly) …I’m wicked. [LAUGHTER] :13
    PHILLIP: [To Kimberly] “While you were in there doing your whistle, you…laughed about something, and they captured all that recording, and you can hear this laugh off in the distance.” JIMI: “That wicked laugh on the track is Kimberly.” KIMBERLY: “That laugh. I’m wicked.” [LAUGHTER]

     

     

  • LUKE BRYAN PREPARES TO KICK OFF HIS FOURTH ANNUAL FARM TOUR! (AUDIO)

    Nashville – (September, 26 2012) – Two-time CMA Award nominee and Platinum recording artist Luke Bryan will bring his fourth-annual “Farm Tour” 2012 through several southern states, including his home state of  Georgia, performing eight concerts in the month of October.  The shows will open with a couple of his best buddies the “Peach Pickers,” Dallas Davidson and Rhett Akins, as well as singer/songwriters Chancie Neal and Cole Swindell.

    When the tour wraps on October 13 in Macon, Georgia, Bryan will have offered a total of 20 scholarships in its four-year run to students of farming families within the communities the tour has played.  The idea for the “Farm Tour” concerts came from Bryan as a way to give back to local farming communities by celebrating and lifting up the American Farmer and offering a fun escape with the outdoor shows. Proceeds from the concerts help to create the scholarships.

    GAC will also be on hand for the fourth-consecutive year and will tape “Top 20” at the Sold-Out! Clemson, South Carolina show to air on Friday, October 12th.

    Tickets are available at www.lukebryan.com/farmtour or at your local Harveys Supermarket.  Please check site for local ticket purchasing details as well.

    “Farm Tour” 2012:

    October 3     Claxton (Statesboro), GA  Longneedle Farm

    October 4 **Clemson, SC                      Campus Beach
                                                                    @ Clemson University

    October 5      Auburn, AL                       Adams Farm

    October 6      Valdosta, GA                    Valdosta Wake Compound

    October 10    Villa Rica, GA                  V-Plex

    October 11    Colbert (Athens), GA       Tucker Plantation

    October 12    Tallahassee, FL                 Tallahassee Automobile Museum

    October 13    Macon, GA                        Midway @ Central City Park

    **Clemson is sold-out

    “Farm Tour” 2012 is sponsored by COUNTRY Financial ®, Harveys  Supermarkets, BMI, GAC and Carl Black Chevrolet.

     Country superstar Luke Bryan has had quite a year, celebrating three back-to-back Platinum singles “Country Girl (Shake It For Me)”, “I Don’t Want This Night To End” and “Drunk On You,” all from his Platinum-certified album, tailgates & tanlines. The Leesburg, GA native has achieved 5 career #1 singles and is currently on the road with Jason Aldean’s “My Kinda Party Tour,” in addition to headlining his own dates and gearing up for his upcoming “Farm Tour” 2012.  Luke is currently nominated for two CMA Awards, for “Male Vocalist of the Year,” as well as, “Album of the Year” for tailgates & tanlines.

    AUDIO: Luke Bryan talks about taking his Farm Tour out for the fourth year in a row.

    Luke Bryan (Farm Tour 2012) OC: …farm tour. :44
    “The Farm Tour was kind of a small idea that I had, and now it’s grown into something really, really fun – 8 shows. We just love getting out in the fields. In each location, we pick the local college and give a scholarship to a kid that comes from a farming background, and we give them a scholarship to the college. And that’s the least that I feel that we can do to give back. You know, we come into these towns and the local law enforcement has to park all the cars and keep everybody safe, so we want to leave the place better than we found it. This is our fourth year into it, and it’s always been such a fun, positive event, and we’re loving being a part of it. We’re really blessed to have had success doing the farm tour.”

  • LITTLE BIG TOWN AND DIERKS BENTLEY WILL PERFORM ON THE ‘CMA AWARDS.’

    Little Big Town and Dierks Bentley are among the list of initial performers at this year’s CMA Awards. They’re joined by Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson who will take to the stage to perform at one of the country industry’s biggest nights of the year.

    Little Big Town is up for three awards, including Vocal Group of the Year, as well as for Single and Video of the Year for their recent two-week No. 1 hit, “Pontoon.” Dierks Bentley also has three nominations, including Album of the Year for Home, and Single and Song of the Year for the title track, the No. 1 “Home.”

    Tickets for the CMA Awards go on sale Saturday (September 29th) at 11am ET. The show will be broadcast live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena November 1st beginning at 8pm ET on ABC.

  • LUKE BRYAN TAKES FANS BEHIND-THE-SCENES FOR HIS ‘DRUNK ON YOU’ NO. 1 PARTY. (VIDEO)

    Thank you, radio and fans for another #1 smash hit with “Drunk On You.” Hear from Luke Bryan and the songwriters at Luke’s No. 1 party for “Drunk On You” at the CMA building in Nashville.

    Video / LBTV Thursdays! Episode 35

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  • LITTLE BIG TOWN’S ‘TORNADO’ REMAINS NO. 1! (AUDIO)

    Little Big Town’s Tornado remains at the top of the Billboard Country Album chart. The new album sold another 50,000 copies to stay at No. 1 on the Country chart and at No. 5 on the overall chart (right behind Dave Matthews Band). Tornado debuted at the top of the Country album chart last week, selling nearly 113,000 during its first week of release.

    The band approached recording the album in a totally different way from their previous offerings, especially with producer Jay Joyce at the helm. “It allowed us to be free and get lost in the music, and then we knew and trusted that Jay was going to be listening, and he would be the moderator of the feel,” says LBT’s Phillip Sweet. “We weren’t sitting there overthinking it while we were performing. We were lost in the performance.”

    Little Big Town, who are appearing on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon tonight (Wednesday), are beginning to hit the airwaves with their latest single, the title track “Tornado.”

    AUDIO: Little Big Town explain what it was like in the studio while recording their album, Tornado.

    LBT (not overthinking recording) OC: …lost in the performance. 1:08
    PHILLIP: “Everyone was laying down their parts together at the same time. It wasn’t like one person was sitting in the booth and this guy was sitting over here. We were all out there and could see one another in different ways and we were feeding off of each other. You didn’t want to be the one person who messed up that take. You wanted to give everything you had and give all your brain energy to that take, and everybody was doing it…” KIMBERLY: “Everybody was!” PHILLIP: “…at the same time, so you listen back and ‘Oh, that felt great. Let’s take it again.’ We wouldn’t stop and listen to it, and then we’d go again and then go again.” KIMBERLY: “And a lot of that was because of the leadership that Jay [Joyce] gave us. He was stirring everybody up and just keeping everybody on their toes, and he really was the leader of just a great energy and feel and…” KAREN: “Craziness.” KIMBERLY: “…craziness.” PHILLIP: “One thing I was about to say was it allowed us to be free and get lost in the music, and then we knew and trusted that Jay was going to be listening, and he would be the moderator of the feel, and if we were getting off-base then, but we weren’t sitting there overthinking it while we were performing. We were lost in the performance.”

  • CAPITOL STREET PARTY-LUKE BRYAN TAKES BROADWAY OFFERS VIP EXPERIENCES! (PRESS RELEASE)

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    September 25, 2012

     “CAPITOL STREET PARTY 5: LUKE BRYAN TAKES BROADWAY” ANNOUNCES VIP EXPERIENCES FOR EVENT OCTOBER 17  

    Capitol Street Party 5 moves to Lower Broadway with headliner Luke Bryan along with Kelleigh Bannen and Jon Pardi performing at the free and open to the public music event  

    Nashville, TN – “Capitol Street Party 5: Luke Bryan Takes Broadway” will take place on Wednesday, October 17 at 7pm.  The event sponsored by Wrangler, Cricket Wireless, Middle Tennessee State University and William Morris Endeavor Entertainment will be offering Hard Rock Café VIP and Ultimate VIP Experiences this year (www.capitolnashvillevip.com).   

    Starting at $100, there are two VIP experiences available including Hard Rock Café VIP and Ultimate VIP.  Both VIP Experiences include an exclusive VIP viewing area near the stage, private VIP restrooms, complimentary food and drinks, a VIP laminate, an exclusive event t-shirt and an autographed limited edition poster.  The Hard Rock Café Ultimate VIP Experience also includes reserved parking and a backstage meet & greet with Luke Bryan, Jon Pardi and Kelleigh Bannen.   

    The free music event, which is open to the public, is moving from Demonbreun Street to Lower Broadway this year.  Live performances by superstar Luke Bryan and newcomers Kelleigh Bannen and Jon Pardi will literally take to the street, as a stage will be set up on Broadway between 1st and 2nd Avenues.  Bryan performed at the inaugural Street Party in 2007 and this year will mark the fourth time that he has participated in the event.  

    Sponsors include Wrangler, Cricket Wireless, Middle Tennessee State University, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, Carl Black Chevrolet, United States Marine Corps, Concrete / TEC Direct Media, The Tennessean, Coca-Cola, Miller Lite, and Live at LongHorn. Additional partnerships include: WSIX, WKDF, WSM, Whiskey Bent Saloon, Silver Dollar Saloon, and Bootleggers Inn. 

    For information about “Capitol Street Party 5” check out www.facebook.com/capitolstreetparty. 

    About Wrangler

    Wrangler® apparel is available nationwide in specialty stores, including work apparel chains, farm & fleet, and western stores, as well as through on-line and catalog retailers. To find a retailer or for more information on the Wrangler family of products visit www.Wrangler.com or call 888.784.8571. 

    About Cricket Wireless

    Cricket is the pioneer and leader in delivering innovative value-rich prepaid wireless services with no long-term contracts serving approximately 6 million customers. Cricket offers nationwide wireless voice and mobile data services over high-quality, all-digital wireless networks. Cricket’s innovative products and services, including the award-winning Muve Music® – the first music service designed for a wireless phone, are available nationwide at Cricket branded retail stores, dealers, national retailers and at www.mycricket.comFor more information about Cricket, please visit www.mycricket.com.

    Middle Tennessee State University

    Middle Tennessee State University, the state’s No. 1 choice for undergraduates and home also to a wide variety of master’s and doctoral degree programs, offers academic quality, affordable tuition and student-centered learning. MTSU’s College of Mass Communication, the fifth-largest in the nation, includes three signature departments – Electronic Media Communication, Journalism and Recording Industry – and specialty centers devoted to Popular Music and Innovation in Media. The university, located in Murfreesboro in the exact center of Tennessee, is about an half-hour’s drive southeast of Nashville. 

    WME

    William Morris Endeavor (also known as WME) is the largest and oldest global talent agency, with offices in Beverly Hills, New York City, Nashville, London, and Miami. WME represents artists from all facets of the entertainment industry, including Motion Pictures, Television, Music and Personal Appearances, Broadway Theatre and Theatrical Touring, Book Publishing, Physical Production, Commercial Endorsements, Sports Marketing, Corporate Consulting, Digital Media, and Video Games. WME also advises some of the world’s most recognized consumer brands to create “entertainment-based marketing solutions”. Industry breadth and diversity form the foundation of WME’s success. With its worldwide entertainment presence, the Agency is uniquely equipped to provide its clients with a global, cross-cultural perspective, introducing them to new and exciting opportunities in virtually every area of the media and entertainment industries. For more information about WME, please visit www.wmeentertainment.com.