The Artists of the Year were chosen based on their success in the past year, including radio airplay, song downloads, album sales, videos and concert tours. This is Jason Aldean’s fourth honor and Luke’s second, but a first for the rest of the pack.
The artists will be honored in Nashville by peers both in and out of country music. The show will premiere on CMT on December 3rd, at 8PM EST.
The talented and ever adorable, Hunter Hayes, has his first number one album with Hunter Hayes [Encore]!
Encore is a re-release of his self-titled debut album and sits at the top of the Billboard Country Chart this week.
The album features eight new or re-recorded songs as well as collaborations with Jason Mraz and Ashley Monroe. The album also includes Hayes’ current single “I Want Crazy”, which is quickly approaching the top of the charts. The single sold 100,000 copies just last week alone, and was number one on the iTunes singles chart after his performance on The Voice last week.
The Grammy nominated singer will be hitting the road for his CMT On Tour: Let’s Be Crazy tour this fall. Monroe will be joining Hayes as the opening act, and the tour will kick off in Knoxville, TN on October 10th.
Congratulations, Hunter, on your number one album!
Hunter Hayes is about to join an exclusive club of country’s elite. He will be embarking on the 21-city CMT Tour this fall, a spot reserved for country’s fastest rising stars. Previous headliners have included the likes of Sugarland, Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and more of the biggest names in country music.
CMT on Tour: Hunter Hayes Let’s Be Crazy Tour will kick off October 10 in Knoxville, TN. The tour will also feature rising solo artist and Pistol Annie, Ashley Monroe, as the supporting act.
“The fall is going to be a production, a show, an experience based on years of my dreaming about it,” Hayes tells USA Today. “It’s kind of like my first record — you have your entire life to make your first record, I’ve had my entire life to plan for this tour.
“This is my first chance to look at a stage and go, ‘What do I want to do?’ as opposed to ‘What can we do?’ I’ve got truck space, I’ve got a crew that can really put on a show, we’ve got a band that is more than capable.”
Country music’s wonder kid Hunter Hayes has just released his brand new music video for his single “I Want Crazy.” The talented young singer-songwriter shares the pain of a long distance relationship in his video, which you can check out below. It’s the first single from his upcoming sophomore album on Warner Music Nashville.
Country’s hottest rising star in Hunter Hayes has a special surprise for his fans this weekend. He’ll be premiering his brand new single, “I Want Crazy,” at the Academy of Country Music Awards on April 7th. The news comes right after his latest single “Somebody’s Heartbreak” topped the Mediabase country charts, which measures airplay on American radio.
The 48th annual Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards will air live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 7th at 8 pm EST on CBS. Hunter’s Warner Music Nashville label mate Blake Shelton will co-host the awards with first-time host Luke Bryan. Will you be tuning in?
Country cutie Hunter Hayes is busy this week making several appearances on national television programs. Tomorrow (02/07), Hunter will appear on GAC’s Headline Country at 3PM (EST), as well as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno at 11:35PM (EST) on NBC. You can also catch the singer on NBC’s Access Hollywood Live on Friday, February 8th (check local listings).
Hunter just announced that he will also be performing on Sunday night’s Grammy Awards where he is nominated for “Best Country Album”, Best Country Solo Performance for “Wanted”, and the Pepsi “Best New Artist” award. Be sure to tune in to the many Hunter-filled T.V. shows this week!
Below, Hunter discusses his nomination for “Best New Artist” at the Grammys:
Nashville Independent Award-winning duo Haley & Michaels have just shared the official video for “Wanted,” their acoustic rendition of Hunter Hayes’ chart topping hit. The pop-country duo’s self-titled debut album, with studio work by Mikal Blue (Colbie Caillat/Five For Fighting) and Warren Huart (The Fray/James Blunt), is due out later this year. Fans can be sure to check out the lyric video for the single, “The Price I Pay,” which we have posted below, and keep an eye out for an official music video coming soon. It’s a beautiful song!
The duo, often compared to the likes of Lady Antebellum and The Band Perry, met in Nashville in January 2011 and played their first show together that December at The Red Devil Lounge near their shared hometown in the San Francisco Bay area. Music Connection asserted that the “radio-ready first single brilliantly showcases the tight, well-blended harmonies that are close to constant in their music.”