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LUKE BRYAN’S ‘TAILGATES & TANLINES’ TOPS THE COUNTRY ALBUM CHART! (AUDIO)

Luke Bryan’s tailgates & tanlines has climbed back to No. 1 on the country album chart. The collection sold another 17,300 copies to land in the top spot, and it’s now approaching platinum status. Luke wants his fans to know – which they probably do by now – that his third album is more than just a series of party songs. “I think what’s important to be able to do those fun songs, but then to hit fans with a big thought song that really gets ‘em,” the Georgia native explains. “People want to come and have a good time, and I think that’s what you need to do with your albums. You can’t overload your album with it, but you certainly need it for the live show.” 

  • Luke is currently scaling the country singles charts with “Drunk on You,” the latest smash from tailgates & tanlines.
  • Luke is currently on the road with pal Jason Aldean and the My Kinda Party Tour.
  • Luke is scheduled to perform on next month’s ACM Awards, which will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Sunday, April 1st beginning at 8pm ET/delayed PT on CBS.

AUDIO: Luke Bryan says his album, tailgates & tanlines, is more than just a collection of party songs.

Luke Bryan (more than a party) OC: …live shows. :26

 “I think it has serious stuff too. It’s a deeper deal too than just a party. I mean, I think what’s important to be able to do those fun songs but then to hit fans with a big thought song that really gets ‘em. People want to come and have a good time and I think that what you need to do with your albums. You can’t overload your album with it but you certainly need it for the live show and want it to happen in the live shows.”

LADY A ANNOUNCES PROM CONTEST WINNER.

LADY ANTEBELLUM MAKES PLANS TO “OWN PROM NIGHT” WITH TORNADO RAVAGED

HENRYVILLE HIGH SCHOOL AND ITS COMMUNITY

 Nashville, TN – March 20, 2012 – Three weeks ago, GRAMMY winning trio Lady Antebellum began a contest offering fans a chance to OWN THE NIGHT with a private concert at their prom this spring. After carefully reviewing each submission, the trio unanimously chose the community of Henryville, IN for their story, resilience and unity following devastating tornados earlier this month. Not only was their own submission moving, but schools across the country spontaneously submitted videos campaigning on behalf of Henryville High School to receive the special concert, including the winning submission by Silver Creek High School.
 
For a video message reveal of the winner from Lady A, click here: http://ladyantebellum.com/news/lady-makes-plans-own-prom-night-henryville-high-school 
 
To watch Silver Creek High School’s winning video submission on behalf of Henryville High School, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2ZYCkhF7tY

Due to a previously scheduled commitment, the trio won’t be able to make Henryville High School’s scheduled prom. In lieu of a performance at their official celebration, the band has decided to throw a bigger event on May 16 in nearby Louisville, KY for the school’s Juniors and Seniors followed by a benefit for the community. Details for all arrangements will be shared over the next few days as they are confirmed on www.ladyantebellum.com.

Video / SCHS Invites Lady Antebellum to HHS Prom

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ERIC PASLAY WILL ‘BREAK YOUR HEART.’ (AUDIO)

Eric Paslay is beginning to hit the airwaves with what will be one of the summer’s hottest songs, “If the Fish Don’t Bite,” the latest single from his forthcoming EMI Nashville album. He’s also on the charts with another song, “Even If It Breaks Your Heart,” which was recorded by the Eli Young Band, who he’s been opening for on the road. He co-wrote the song with singer-songwriter Will Hoge, who is a favorite among artists. Eric says “Even If It Breaks Your Heart,” also seems to be a favorite of musicians, as well. “I think the majority of the people that tell me they love it are the musicians or the entertainers, because it’s so much about what we do,” says Eric. “It’s like, ‘Keep on dreaming, even if it breaks your heart.’ If you let it, it could break your heart every day from the yeses and the nos and the ‘you’re not good enough, and now you are and you should’ve done,’ whatever it is.”

Eric Paslay (Even If It Breaks Your Heart) OC: …just music. :43

“I wrote ‘Even If It Breaks Your Heart’ with Will Hoge, who’s an artist in Nashville, and that song actually was released [first] on Triple A radio. I think the majority of the people that tell me they love it are the musicians or the entertainers, because it’s so much about what we do. It’s like, ‘Keep on dreaming, even if it breaks your heart.’ If you let it, it could break your heart every day from the yeses and the nos and the ‘you’re not good enough, and now you are and you should’ve done,’ whatever it is. I think being in the entertainment industry, you make it more vulnerable. You just make sure you put your heart and soul into it, but make sure you realize it’s just music too. It IS music, but it’s just music.”

Eric Paslay (EYB) OC: …free T-shirt. :36

“I met all the guys in [the] Eli Young Band on the [Country] Throwdown Tour, and they’re Texas guys and all this and that. So, all my relatives down there are ‘Eli Young, Eli Young,’ and it was before they’d really blown up huge on the radio yet. And I got to hang out with him and they were…asking me about Will Hoge. They love Will Hoge’s records. I mean, he’s just great. There are those artists that inspire other artists, which is awesome, but it’s interesting certain artists that inspire creative people too. And they just love Will Hoge’s stuff, and they recorded that song and I’m glad they did. [Mike Eli] is sending me a free T-shirt.”

LADY ANTEBELLUM WILL OPEN UP FOR “THE BOSS!”

LADY ANTEBELLUM TO OPEN FOR BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN AT LONDON’S 2012 HARD ROCK CALLING MUSIC FESTIVAL
 
Trio Adjusts OWN THE NIGHT 2012 WORLD TOUR
Plans in Europe to Accommodate High Demand

Nashville, TN – March 19, 2012 – It was announced today that seven time GRAMMY winning trio Lady Antebellum will open for American music icon Bruce Springsteen on July 14 for a sold out concert at Hyde Park as part of this year’s Hard Rock Calling festival in London, UK.
 
“It’s Springsteen…there is no entertainer we look up to more than him,” said Lady A’s Charles Kelley. “I’m going to be like a little kid at Christmas watching his show.  It’s the biggest honor for us to be invited to play this festival…the entire lineup is awesome!”
 
High demand overseas of previously announced OWN THE NIGHT 2012 WORLD TOUR dates has also prompted Lady A to make special arrangements to accommodate more fans. The July 13 date in Glasgow, UK has moved to a bigger venue, the Clyde Auditorium, and the group recently added a second night in Dublin, Ireland at the Olympia Theatre.
  
Lady A’s current single “Dancin’ Away With My Heart” off their PLATINUM and GRAMMY winning disc OWN THE NIGHT is currently climbing the Top 10 on country radio charts. The album has already spawned two No. one hits “Just A Kiss” and “We Owned The Night,” which inspired the current tour’s name.  The trio will continue their streak of sold out tour dates tomorrow in Seattle, WA at Key Arena as they return from the Canadian leg of their tour. For more information and for a full list of tour dates, visit www.ladyantebellum.com.

LUKE BRYAN CELEBRATES SPRING BREAK 2012 IN PANAMA CITY BEACH WITH 80,000 FANS.

NASHVILLE, TN – March 16, 2012 – Luke Bryan’s career continues to heat up as he performed for a total of 80,000 fans in two shows in Panama City Beach, Florida earlier this week in promotion of his new EP release, “Spring Break 4…Suntan City.”  Concert goers attended the fourth annual performances at Spinnaker’s and the local sheriff’s office confirmed the crowd attendance with a helicopter fly-over, showing spring breakers spilling over from the stage area outside the club onto the beach.

 
Additional great news continues with the debut success of Luke’s EP release, “Spring Break 4…Suntan City” as it lands in the #2 spot with sales of 29,996 on the Billboard Country Albums chart.  His latest full length studio album, “tailgates & tanlines” also makes another splash as it leaps up to the #3 spot bringing the one week tally to near 50,000 for both albums.

ERIC CHURCH’S ‘BLOOD, SWEAT & BEERS TOUR’ HAS EXCEEDED ALL OF HIS EXPECTATIONS! (AUDIO)

Eric Church is selling out shows left and right on his first arena headlining trek, Blood, Sweat and Beers Tour. In fact, with the news that is May 19th performance at the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado has sold out, Church has officially sold out 21 shows! “I’m blown away,” says Eric. “It’s like all of a sudden in the last six months, we’ve had so many things happen that we’ve been waiting on for a long time. It’s like it’s happened all at once. But when you put out a record or when you put a tour on sale, you never really know. It’s a leap of faith. And we’ve always really trusted our fans to be there for us, and especially in this case, it’s far exceeding the expectations I had for ticket sales!” The trek kicked off in Fort Smith, Arkansas on January 19th, and will continue to crisscross the country.

Eric just released “Springsteen,” the third single from his gold-certified album Chief, and the fastest-rising single of his to date; the song is already Top 20!

Eric will perform “Springsteen” when he appears on NBC’s Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on Monday (March 19th).

AUDIO: Eric Church says his Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour has exceeded all expectations.

Eric Church (Beers tour exceeding expectations) OC: …right now. :28

“I’m blown away. This whole year, you know, since Chief, has come out – I’ve been doing this a while – to have it all kinda, I don’t know, it’s like all of a sudden in the last six months, we’ve had so many things happen that we’ve been waiting on for a long time. It’s like it’s happened all at once. But when you put out a record or when you put a tour on sale, you never really know. It’s a leap of faith. And we’ve always really trusted our fans to be there for us, and especially in this case. It’s far exceeding the expectations I had for ticket sales, and it’s just crazy right now.”

ALAN JACKSON SETS A DATE FOR HIS CONCERT IN MINERAL, VIRGINIA.

From WTVR (Richmond, Virginia’s NBC-TV affiliate):

MINERAL, Va. (WTVR) – The town of Mineral has announced details of a concert country music star Alan Jackson promised to perform.

The mayor of Mineral, Pam Harlowe, said the concert will take place Sunday, May 20th at 8pm in the Louisa County High School parking lot.

Harlowe said not all of the 6,000 available tickets will be free and that the county will sell some of them to raise money.

Even though Jackson waived his fee, Harlowe said the county still needs to raise $200,000 for other expenses. They’re trying to accomplish this by getting companies and businesses to sponsor the event.

Harlowe said that any profits made from the concert will go to rebuilding and other small projects to help repair earthquake damage in the county.

Additionally, no alcohol will be allowed at the concert since it will be on school grounds.

There were no details available on when or how the tickets will be distributed.

Last year, Mineral won an online contest to be the site of a free Jackson concert — Mineral received more than 31,000 votes in the competition sponsored by eventful.com. Kansas City was in second place and Minot, N.D., was third.

The town rallied to win the concert following an August earthquake that did millions of dollars in damage to home and buildings in Louisa County.

KEITH URBAN DODGES SHRAPNEL IN VIDEO, ‘FOR YOU.’ (AUDIO & VIDEO)

The video for Keith Urban’s “For You” had a lot going on – scenes from the film, Act of Valor, performances and explosions!! In the clip, Keith and his band are in a desert performing the song he wrote for the film’s soundtrack, and at cool, key moments, explosions go off behind them and in front of them. So, we asked if he felt any shrapnel raining down on him during the making of the video. “I think my drummer got a little bit of [shrapnel] every now and then,” recalls Keith. “And actually, I think in the video there’s one scene where they go off, and you can see my drummer’s head go forward a little bit…it’s so loud. Those things going off is just insanely loud and stuff goes everywhere.” Keith and his band were never in any real danger, however. “They were set a long way back from us, but there’s a lot of force going on.”

  • Keith performed at the Grand Ole Opry over the weekend, and then zipped back to Australia to continue his role as coach on the Down Under version of The Voice. He’ll pair up teams for the battle round of the popular show.

AUDIO: Keith Urban talks about the music video for his Act of Valor song, “For You.”

Keith Urban (For You video) OC: …force going on. :24

“I think my drummer got a little bit of [shrapnel] every now and then. And actually, I think in the video there’s one scene where they go off, and you can see my drummer’s head go forward a little bit…it’s so loud. Those things going off is just insanely loud and stuff goes everywhere. They were set a long way back from us, but there’s a lot of force going on.”

Video / Keith Urban 'For You' Music Video Behind The Scenes

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KEITH URBAN TAKES FANS BACKSTAGE AT THE OPRY! (VIDEO)

In this week’s Urban Developments, Keith Urban updates everyone on what he’s been up to and recaps last Friday’s performance at the Grand Ole Opry!

Video / Urban Developments: Episode 116: The Opry and Updates

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LADY ANTEBELLUM CONTINUE TO REIGN ON THE ALBUM CHARTS. (AUDIO)

Lady Antebellum are spending another week at the top of the country album chart. Their latest collection, Own the Night, sold another 108,000 copies to hold their No. 1 spot on the country chart and at No. 4 on the overall Billboard Top 200 chart. Rounding out the Top 3 are Luke Bryan’s Spring Break 4…Suntan City at No. 2, followed by Luke’s tailgates & tanlines in third place.

  • Own the Night includes their previous No. 1 hits, “Just a Kiss” and “We Owned the Night,” as well as their latest Top 10 smash, “Dancin’ Away With My Heart.”
  • Lady A have just been announced as one of the performers at this year’s ACM Awards. The band has five nominations, including Vocal Group, Album of the Year (as artists and producers) for Own the Night, as well as Song and Video of the Year for “Just a Kiss.” The 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards will air live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, April 1st at 8pm ET/delayed PT on CBS.
  • Lady A have also been tapped to perform during the special concert honoring Lionel Richie the day following the ACM Awards. The trio will join an all-star lineup, which also includes Luke Bryan, Tim McGraw, Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Martina McBride and more for the ACM Presents: Lionel Richie & Friends Concert on April 2nd at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

AUDIO: Lady A’s Charles Kelley says the band writes songs about their experiences and real life.

Lady A (write what we know) OC: …relate to, you know? :09

“We just write about what we know, you know. We don’t know much about changing the world or politics, so we stick to love songs. And I think it’s stuff everybody can relate to, you know?”

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  • Alan Jackson with WUSN/Chicago’s Jeff Kapugi and Marci Braun, as well as UMG Nashville’s Mike Dungan and Steve Hodges.