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PHOTOS: Luke Bryan Celebrates Spring Break with 120,000 Fans

Luke Bryan Serenades Fans in Panama City, Florida

As if an upcoming gig hosting the ACMs wasn’t enough, Luke Bryan is also celebrating the #1 debut of his Spring Break…Here to Party CD. He celebrated with 120,000 of his fans for 2 days at Spinnaker’s in Panama City, Beach Florida. This was Luke’s fifth annual spring break performance.

Earlier this week, Luke topped the Billboard Country sales chart and earned his first #1 album with Spring Break…Here To Party, selling 149,515 units in its first week. This is the first full-length physical album released from Luke’s five-year “Spring Break” series. The 14-track album features two new tracks as well as a collection of songs from his previously released digital “Spring Break” EPs.

Get Blown Away By Carrie’s 2012!

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When we caught wind of just how incredible Carrie Underwood‘s 2012 was, we were simply blown away. Not only were we amazed by the laundry list of successful moments Carrie experienced, but we were exhausted just thinking about everything Carrie accomplished in only 366 days (Leap Year, y’all … are we observant, or what?)! The following is what Carrie’s year consisted of:

Josh Turner Scores Billboard Top Ten Album with “Live Across America”

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Josh Turner & Cracker Barrel Old Country Store joined forces to release Josh Turner – Live Across America, which debuted at #9 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums Chart and #46 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart. This is Josh’s sixth Top 10 album, available exclusively at Cracker Barrel stores and on www.crackerbarrel.com.
 
The album features live recordings from Turner’s 2012 tour. “My band and I had a blast making this record,” Turner shares. “This is the best representation of my present-day live show and I am honored to be partnered with Cracker Barrel again.”  “We’re so very pleased to see that our guests have embraced this exclusive new CD with Josh Turner and supported it onto the Top 10 list,” said Cracker Barrel Marketing Manager Julie Craig. “We have enjoyed working with Josh, and hope that many more of our guests will ‘take to the road’ with this CD.”

 
In support of the album, Turner will appear on NBC’s TODAY Show on September 19, Fox & Friends on September 21, Sirius XM’s The Highway, and more. For more information on Josh Turner including a list of his upcoming headlining tour dates, visit www.JoshTurner.com.

Jason Aldean Rides Into Highest Career Debut!

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Jason Aldean‘s “Take A Little Ride” is already off to a strong start, entering the Billboard country songs chart at No. 19 this week to become his highest career single debut. Additionally, it’s been added by 116 radio stations and has Billboard predicting that it will be the biggest debut ever for a digital song by a male country artist. The track is projected to hit 200,000 downloads on Wednesday’s chart.

Of his recent success, Aldean couldn’t be more excited and happy. “I am honestly just blown away,” said Aldean. “I had a whole year of ‘firsts’ last year…things like my first arena tour selling out and taking home my first CMA awards, but I still feel like I’ve got a long way to go, so having two more ‘firsts’ come this week is really exciting for me. I love this single, and there are 14 more songs that I’m really proud of coming right behind it!”

On the heels of his new single, Aldean continues to sell out huge venues in seconds, selling out Cleveland’s 20,000-seat Blossom Music Center (9/7) in only 30 seconds. Other quick sell outs include Dallas, St. Louis & Indianapolis. He has sold out every show this year, including his first stadium in Columbus, Ohio.

Look for Aldean on the small screen tonight, with an appearance on the E! series Opening Act at 10:00pm ET. On the show, judges select 16-year-old Kylie Morgan to open for him on a 2012 MY KINDA PARTY TOUR stop. For more information on upcoming appearances and new music, please visit www.jasonaldean.com.

Jana Kramer Debuts at Number 5 on Country Album Charts

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Jana Kramer may be somewhat of a newcomer to country music, but she is certainly taking the charts by storm. Her self-titled debut album, released on June 5, has made an impressive debut at Number 5 on the SoundScan Top Country Album Charts. It also premiered as the second selling digital country release, just behind country mega-star, Alan Jackson.

Jana Kramer is currently supporting Brad Paisley‘s Virtual Reality Tour, performing on the Virtual Opry stage prior to the main show. She was named one of “Summer’s Hottest Artists” by People Country Magazine and one of the “Season’s Biggest New Names” by Billboard.

The album, produced by Scott Hendricks, has received rave reviews, and her first single “Why Ya Wanna” is currently sitting at number 17 on the country charts.

For more information, including tour dates, please visit JanaKramer.com.

VIDEO: Carrie Underwood Performs on Dancing With the Stars

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While most celebrities on “Dancing with the Stars” wear their dancing shoes, reigning country queen Carrie Underwood put on her ‘goodbye shoes’ Monday night for a performance on the hit ABC show. Looking as stunning as ever, Carrie performed her smash hit “Good Girl,” joined by her rocking band and 4 dancers.

It’s been all perfect-10′s for Carrie lately who scored a second week atop the Billboard Album Chart this week with her album “Blown Away“!

Missed Carrie’s performance? Check it out right here!

 

Carrie Underwood Surprises Brad Paisley In Knoxville

Carrie Underwood & Brad Paisley. photo credit: Bob D'Amico / ABC

Friday night in Knoxville, Tennessee, “Remind Me” turned into “surprise me.”

The surprise came courtesy of Carrie Underwood, who joined Brad Paisley on stage at Thompson-Boling Arena to sing their hit song “Remind Me.”  Anyone who follows Carrie at her new Twitter account may have known something was up.  Earlier in the night she sent out this tweet:

@CarrieUnderwood:  In a sneaky mood tonight…Stay tuned…

A few hours later, after the cat was out of the bag and the superstar had joined her CMA co-host on stage, she sent out this tweet, including the below pic:

Soft-Hearted “Hot Shot” DJ Miller Stages Special Show

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How do you make a good week a great week?  Share your success with others.  Case in point:  DJ Miller.

The up-and-coming country singer made the rounds at the Country Radio Seminar last week in Nashville.  He had plenty to talk about, thanks to his single “Between Sundays,” which entered the Billboard country chart as a “Hot Shot Debut” at #58.  In addition, March is shaping up to be “magazine month” for Miller.  For March, he’s featured on the cover of Powersource Magazine and the “Debut Spotlight” in CMA Closeup Magazine.

Miller celebrated his success by performing for some very special fans.  Thursday night, he took a break from CRS to entertain at the Ronald McDonald House of Nashville, which provides a “home away from home” for families caring for critically ill children in Nashville area hospitals.  Miller performed his “Between Sundays,” and played acoustic versions of “The Dance” and “Wagon Wheel.”   After the performance, Miller signed autographs, posed for photos and even gave an impromptu guitar lesson to a young fan.  (See the video below.)

Chris Young Scores 5th Consecutive Number One

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The hits continue for Chris Young!

The Grammy-nominated singer’s current single, “You,” tops Billboard’s “Hot Country Songs” chart this week marking his fifth consecutive number one. “You” follows in the footsteps of his four previous hit singles including “Tomorrow,” “Getting’ You Home,” “Voices,” and “The Man I Want To Be.” Young joins Blake Shelton as the only two solo artists to top the chart with their five most recent singles.

Young was very excited to hear the news:

“I am ecstatic. I’ve been excited for each #1 and to have five in a row feels amazing!”

The song was co-written by Young and Luke Laird, and has sold over 400,000 downloads.

This news comes shortly after Young received word of his two nominations for the 47th Academy of Country Music Awards. He is up for Male Vocalist of the Year and Single Record of the Year for his smash hit, “Tomorrow.”

Young is currently the special guest on Miranda Lambert‘s On Fire Tour. For more information and tour dates, visit www.chrisyoungcountry.com.

Congratulations to Chris!

Jake Owen Scores First Number 1 Album

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Jake Owen topped Billboard’s Country Album Chart this past week with his new album, “Barefoot Blue Jean Night.” With sales over 55,000, this marks the first number one album for the country singer. The album also ranked in at number six on the Billboard Top 200 Chart.

Owen shared his excitement and appreciation via twitter:

@jakeowen: Wow.. Thanks to every fan, songwriter and country radio for giving me my FIRST #1 record. I’m so blessed and thankful. Ahhh! Happy dance!!

Prior to the news of his album topping the charts, Owen celebrated the release of “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” by calling some of his fans to say thank-you:

@jakeowen:  “Ok…First 10 peeps to respond that bought my record, I’ll follow you. You can send me your phone #. I wanna call you and see what songs u dig.”

Congratulations to Jake!