Big Machine RecordsTaylor Swift is up for multiple trophies at next month's ACM Awards, but she just didn't have time to make an ACM campaign video. Which we learn in Taylor's ACM campaign video.
In a hilarious new clip, Taylor tells her record label president, Scott Borchetta she's too busy to even talk about making a video. Then while she has Scott on hold, Taylor chats with a girlfriend about the joys of blocking a bad ex-boyfriend on the iPhone, and spends quality time with her beloved cat, Meredith, whom she calls "The Princess of Kittytown."
Taylor is up for Entertainer of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year at the ACM Awards, broadcasting live from Las Vegas Sunday, April 6 on CBS.
Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line has signed on as the face of the third annual Outnumber Hunger campaign, in partnership with Feeding America.
The duo and a few of their Big Machine Records label-mates will be featured on more than 90 General Mills boxes, ranging from Cheerios and Nature Valley to Betty Crocker and Yoplait. Fans can enter a code from those boxes on Outnumber Hunger's website to help secure meals at their local food banks.
Florida Georgia Line participated in the Outnumber Hunger campaign last year. The band's Tyler Hubbard says, "Through our experiences with Outnumber Hunger, we have learned the far reach of hunger in America, affecting people from all different backgrounds. This year, we're proud to take an even bigger role in the fight against hunger and rally the nation to help those in need."
Schmidt RelationsLuke Bryan closes out his annual spring break shows at Spinnaker tonight in Panama City Beach, FL. The event is always a big time for the college kids kicking back and enjoying Luke's show.
"Everybody down there is all wrapped up in the time of their life, and those are kind of the days," Luke says. "I think, with me, I revert back to how much fun I had in those years and those days. I think there’s just the energy coming off of everybody of being young -- young and wild and free."
Luke's sixth spring break EP, Like We Ain't Never, is now available for download. He wrote the title track based on the saying, "Let's party tonight like we ain't ever."
Luke explains, "I’d originally written the song just casually as a party song, and we had some summertime references in there, so we just changed the summertime stuff into springtime stuff and made it a fun spring break song."
Luke is taking this weekend off. His next gig is Monday, March 17 at the Houston Rodeo.
Warner Music NashvilleHunter Hayes will be on the move May 9 with the 24 Hour Road Race to End Child Hunger. He's attempting to break the Guinness Book of World Records record for the most concerts played in multiple cities in a 24-hour period. The current record holder is eight shows played by rock band The Flaming Lips. He'll kick things off performing on ABC's Good Morning America the morning of May 9.
Hunter will play shows in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania through May 10. The tour is designed to bring awareness to ConAgra Food's Child Hunger Ends Here campaign to benefit Feeding America.
Look for Hunter's new album, Storyline, to be released May 6 featuring his latest hit, "Invisible."
Here's Hunter's 24 Hour Road Race to End Child Hunger tour itinerary:
May 9 8:00 AM -- New York, NY, Good Morning America 9:15 AM -- Boston, MA, Paradise Rock Club 11:30 AM -- Worcester, MA, Palladium Upstairs (Acoustic Show) 1:45 PM -- Providence, RI, Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel 4:15 PM -- New London, CT, Garde Arts Center 6:45 PM -- New Haven, CT, Toad's Place 9:00 PM -- Stamford, CT, Palace Theatre 11:30 PM -- South Orange, NJ, South Orange Performing Arts Center
May 10 2:00 AM -- Asbury Park, NJ, The Stone Poney (Acoustic Show) 5:00 AM -- Philadelphia, PA, Trocadero
MCA NashvilleJoshTurner's last album, Punching Bag, produced the big hit song, "Time Is Love," back in 2012, but he's been absent from the country radio charts ever since. Josh hoped to have a new single out in January of this year, but fans will have to wait just a little bit longer to hear what he's been working on.
Josh says, "In all honesty, this has been the hardest record of my career to make. I don't know why. It's been tough for me to write the songs. It's been tough for me to find the songs."
Since Josh's music has always retained elements of the traditional country aound, he doesn't feel compelled to follow the current Nashville trend of recording party songs about girls dancing on truck tailgates in the moonlight.
"I think this whole town has kinda been a funk," Josh admits. "You know, it's like everybody's writing about the same thing and same kind of melodies. It's just been very frustrating."
Josh's new album is finally coming together with nine songs confirmed for the final track listing.
He explains, "If I had it my way, it would probably come about in a different kind of way and look a little different and sound a little different. But right now, considering what we've had to work with, I feel like we're in a pretty good spot."
Josh looks forward to breathing a big sigh of relief when the new project actually gets in his fans' hands.
He says with a laugh, "This is gonna be a sweet record regardless of what happens once it gets out there, because I've worked my butt off for this one."
In the meantime, Josh shares personal stories and life lessons in his new book, Man Stuff, coming out April 29.
Warner Music NashvilleHunter Hayes' second album, Storyline, will be released May 6. Every tune on the new album was co-written by Hunter and co-produced by the 22-year-old singer/musician and producer Dann Huff.
Storyline is available for pre-order at Hunter’s official website and on iTunes. The new tune, "Wild Card," is also available.
A sneak peek at Hunter’s new video for the album’s lead single, "Invisible," will air on ABC's Good Morning America Wednesday. The entire clip will then air on CMT, MTV, MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon and HunterHayes.CMT.com later in the day.
Hunter kicks off his We're Not Invisible tour March 20 in Pikeville, KY. with special guests Danielle Bradbery and Dan Shay.
Here’s the complete tracklist for Storyline:
1. “Wild Card” 2. “Storyline” 3. “Still Fallin” 4. “Tattoo” 5. “Invisible” 6. “…interlude” 7. “You Think You Know Somebody” 8. “Flashlight” 9. “When Did You Stop Loving Me” 10. “…like I was saying” (jam) 11. “Secret Love” 12. “Nothing Like Starting Over” 13. “If It’s Just Me” 14. “Love Too Much”
MCA NashvilleDavid Nail is quick to admit he isn't the most tidy guy around the house. He and his wife, Catherine, just purchased a bigger house in Nashville, and David's clothes and personal belongings are scattered everywhere.
He admits, "I’ll walk by and I’ll see a coat there, or I’ll see a pair of jeans, and I’m like, I need to fold that, or I need to put that on a hanger and put it in the closet, but I’ll just…find something else that I need to do more and keep procrastinating and three days later, it’s still sittin’ there.”
David recently loaded and unloaded the dishwasher in the kitchen, but he didn't get the reaction he was hoping for from Catherine.
"I remember I got a little upset because she wasn’t quite as thrilled and proud of me as I wanted," David adds. "I guess I wanted her to come in and do cartwheels, but it was a big thing for me. I’m still living off that.”
David's new album, I'm a Fire, is available now featuring the #1 hit, "Whatever She's Got," and his new single, "Kiss You Tonight."
Sony Music NashvilleJerrodNiemann has released the first of five mini-movies at JourneytoHighNoon.com as part of the ramp-up to the release of his new album release, High Noon, on March 25. The clip features Jerrod as the hero of the High Noon Saloon, even though Jerrod's donkey, Lucky #9, runs off in the first installment.
A free remix of "Drink to That All Night" is also available at Jerrod's site. Look for the next mini-movie to be posted Thursday.
Republic NashvilleCassadeePope is making waves not seen from a new female country act since Taylor Swift hit the scene eight years ago. Cassadee's debut single, "Wasting All These Tears," has been certified platinum. Taylor was the last artist to pull off that feat with her debut single, "Tim McGraw," in 2006.
Cassadee's debut album, Frame by Frame, also bowed at #1 on Billboard's Country Albums chart. The second single from that project, "I Wish I Could Break Your Heart," is now climbing the country chart.
RCA RecordsSara Evans is going through a roller coaster of emotions this week as her new album, Slow Me Down, hits the marketplace.
"You feel a lot of things, you know, like excitement, nervousness, exhaustion," Sara tells ABC News Radio. "'Cause it's a lot of work and a lot of build up because you want everyone in the world to know about it and go buy it because you're so proud, and I have been working so hard on this project."
Fans have an indication of what to expect on Sara's album thanks to the lead single, also titled "Slow Me Down."
Sara explains, "You kinda want to always have a song like that as your first single to give everybody a taste of where you are musically, and what the whole record is. But then also, it's just an incredible song."
Sara especially likes how the last line of the chorus changes "Slow Me Down" from a straight-up leaving song to a possible song of reconciliation.
She adds, "You're not expecting it. 'Hurry up and slow me down.' I'm like, 'Well, that's just genius.'"
Sara's new album also includes collaborations with Gavin DeGraw, Vince Gill and Isaac Slade of The Fray. Look for her to perform on ABC's Good Morning America on Tuesday and The Chew on Wednesday.
Columbia RecordsTimMcGraw, Kenny Chesney, Faith Hill and Zac Brown were among the stars performing at the 2013 MusiCares Person of the Year concert honoring Bruce Springsteen. Now highlights from that concert will premiering on AXS TV Sunday, March 30. A DVD and Blu-ray release of the concert will hit stores on March 25 as well.
Elton John, Neil Young, Sting and Natalie Maines also performed at the show, which featured an all-star finale with the artists and Bruce himself. The gala not only celebrated Springsteen's music but also his philanthropic work. Aptly, the show ended up raising more than $6.6 million for the Recording Academy's MusiCares foundation, which helps musicians in times of need.
Capitol NashvilleKeithUrban is creating a brand-new show for his Raise 'Em Up tour, launching July 12 at the Calgary Stampede in Canada.
"The Raise Em Up tour will be a complete build from the sky down,” Keith says. "New staging, new production, a lot more songs from FUSE that the fans have been requesting, a different mix of previous hits, and some rarities from past albums that we haven't played in a while if ever!!"
The 21-city tour will hit Boston, Atlanta, St. Louis, Atlantic City, Charlotte and Denver before wrapping up September 7 in Sacramento. Brett Eldredge and Jerrod Niemann are opening the show.
Here are Keith's Raise 'Em Up tour dates:
7/12 -- Calgary, AB (CAN), Craven Country Jamboree 7/13 -- Craven, SK (CAN), Craven Country Jamboree 7/17 -- Atlantic City, NJ, The Borgata 7/18 -- St. Clairesville, OH, Jamboree in the Hills 7/19 -- Brooklyn, MI, Faster Horses 7/22 -- Harrington, DE, Delaware State Fair 7/24 -- Gilford, NH, Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion 7/25 -- Darien Center, NY/Darien Lake PAC 7/26 -- Boston, MA, XFinity Center 7/31 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center 8/1 -- St. Louis, MO, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre 8/2 -- Indianapolis, IN, Klipsch Music Center 8/8 -- Raleigh, NC, Walnut Creek Amphitheatre 8/9 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach 8/15 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center 8/16 -- Hartford, CT, XFinity Theatre 8/17 -- Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center 8/22 -- Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion 8/23 -- Birmingham, AL, Oak Mountain Amphitheatre 8/29 -- Denver, CO, Fiddler's Green 8/30 -- Salt Lake City, UT, USANA Amphitheatre 9/5 -- Irvine, CA, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre 9/6 -- Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre 9/7 -- Sacramento, CA, Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Photo Credit: Ash NewellTaylor Swift's Red album and tour earned her a lot of green. She tops Billboard magazine's annual Money Makers list, counting down the music performers who earned the most cash over the past year.
According to Billboard, Taylor raked in close to $39.7 million bucks over the past year, thanks to sales of her albums, singles and streaming royalties, plus ticket and merchandise sales for her tour, and that doesn't include earnings from lucrative tour sponsorships with Keds, Diet Coke and Elizabeth Arden, or merchandise sales, which the magazine says together could be worth an additional $10 million.
Coming in at #2 the list is country superstar Kenny Chesney, who raked in just under $33 million last year with his album, Life on a Rock, and his No Shoes Nation tour.
Luke Bryan is in at #8 with earnings of $22.1 million thanks to his massive Dirt Road Diaries tour and new album, Crash My Party. Jason Aldean and George Strait take the #14 and #15 spots, respectively.
ACMRascal Flatts and Keith Urban are the headliners for the two-day ACM Party for a Cause Festival at The Linq in Las Vegas. The event takes place April 4 and 5, just before the ACM Awards broadcast live on CBS April 6. Florida Georgia Line, Brett Eldredge, Chris Young, Lee Brice, Justin Moore, Kip Moore, Tyler Farr, Danielle Bradbery, and Cassadee Pope are also on the bill. Proceeds go to ACM Lifting Lives and Outnumber Hunger.
The complete schedule is available at ACMCountry.com. Tickets are now on sale through Ticketmaster.
Sony Music NashvilleMiranda Lambert is set to release her new album, Platinum, on June 3, featuring the lead single, "Automatic." Miranda looks quite glamorous on the album cover, wearing a black dress with a high slit as she steps out of an Airstream trailer.
The album title Platinum was inspired by elements of Miranda's own life. She says, "Platinum is my hair color, and my wedding ring, and the color of my Airstream and the name of one of my favorite beers. It's about a lifestyle."
Miranda, who wrote half of the album's 16 songs, says the entire project reflects her current state of mind as a 30-year-old woman.
"I’m more settled in life, embracing the good and the bad, and that’s all reflected on Platinum," Miranda explains. "I still blaze around, but in a less chaotic way."
Several Platinum pre-order packages are available at MirandaLambert.com. You can also enter to win a trip to see Miranda perform on ABC's Good Morning America as part of the album launch. Look for Miranda to perform "Automatic" on the ACM Awards April 6 on CBS.