Exciting news for country music fans heading to the Academy of Country Music awards this year. They’ve released their full schedule of the Fremont Street free concerts leading up to the April 1st award show. Eric Church and Luke Bryan each headline their own nights of the Fremont Street Experience, with new Artist of the Year nominees also performing on both dates. See the full line-up below.
The 2-days of concerts will be hosted by three-time ACM Personality Of The Year winner Blair Garner.
Jana Kramer is starting the week with a bit of “out” and ‘in”. The “out” is her music video for her song “Why Ya Wanna,” which made it’s debut today. The “in” is that the single is in the Mediabase Top 40 for the first time, appearing today at #40.
CMT exclusively debuted the video for the former One Tree Hill actress. The network is also backing the Elektra Nashville singer by naming her as the inaugural artist in their revamped Listen Up program, which highlights artists on the verge of breaking out. What that means for Kramer is a lot of support this month from CMT, both on TV and online.
That’s very good news for Kramer, who set a record with the radio release of “Why Ya Wanna.” When the song was first released, 55 radio stations added it to their rotations. That made Kramer the most added debut artist since Country Aircheck began tracking playlist adds back in 2006. Her cracking into the Mediabase Top 40 shows the song is now starting to pick up steam. It might be going from steam to smoke to flame with the added attention the video will be bringing her. Stay tuned!
Next week fans will be able to actually watch one fo our 2012 Artists To Watch. On Monday, Jana Kramer’s“Why Ya Wanna” video starts airing on CMT.
The former small-screen actress told us a bit about the video when we spoke with her last month (read the interview here). She let us know the shoot was really “hot”. That’s not to say steamy between her and guy in the video, but literally hot. Kramer said it was 114 degrees the day they shot it. But as we see in this behind the scenes video, the singer manages to keep her cool:
Kramer made history with the release of “Why Ya Wanna.” It was added to the playlsits of 55 radio stations, which made her the most added debut artist in history since Country Aircheck began tracking these things back in 2006. That was a few weeks ago and the song has yet to crack the top 40. But that could soon change with the release of the video.
Out of all of our Artists To Watch, Jana Kramer is unique. The reason for that is that she’s already been watched – by millions each week as the character Alex Dupre on CW’s One Tree Hill. I have to admit, I was never one of the millions, which actually makes me – and every other non-watching country music fan – her new target audience.
The 28-year-old has now signed off from the small screen and is focused solely on her singing career. She released her first single, “Why Ya Wanna,” in record-setting style last week. A total of 55 stations added the song to their playlists, which is the most ever for a debut artist, male or female. (Read about her reaction to the record and more on the single here.)
One possible reason for country radio’s warm reception is that Kramer’s already proven there’s a market for her music. Before the radio release of “Why Ya Wanna,” she hada handful of digital singles out. Those singles have sold nearly 200,000 copies without any airplay. Clearly, people are listening and liking what they hear – including us. We featured her “What I Love About Your Love” earlier this month in our Video Picks of the Week.
It didn’t take very long for Jana Kramer to step down from One Tree Hill and climb up the country charts.
The now former small-screen star released her first single, “Why Ya Wanna,” this week. The song’s title may not win over many English teachers, but the song itself is rocking country radio. Country Aircheck reported that 55 stations added the song to their playlists. That’s nearly triple the previous high mark for any debut female artist.
The 28-year-old Michigan native is known to many from her acting work on the TV series One Tree Hill. Her last episode on that program aired earlier this week. Now that she’s taken leave from OTH, she’s fully focused on her singing career.
I got to talk with Jana, who is confident and committed to her new craft. We discussed her record-setting debut, where the song came from and if she’s had that special moment that all artists experience with their first release.
Jana Kramer has received a very warm welcome from country radio!
The country singer and One Tree Hill star broke a radio record this week with the release of her official debut single, “Why Ya Wanna.” The song was added to more than 55 radio stations, setting the record for most adds for a debut artist since Mediabase launched its Country Aircheck chart in 2006. Kramer not only set a new record, she nearly tripled the number of radio adds for a debut female artist.
Kramer was very excited about the big news: “I have to thank country radio for believing in me. I’m beyond humbled and excited for this amazing start to my music career.”
“Why Ya Wanna” is currently available on iTunes, and will be included on her upcoming album to be released later this year on Elektra Nashville.
While the track marks Kramer’s first official radio single, she has sold almost 200,000 downloads of her digital single releases.
What a way to officially join the country music scene! Congratulations to Jana! We look forward to following what we are sure will be a great music career.
This week’s music video is Jana Kramer‘s new single, “What I Love About Your Love. ” Many fans know her as Alex Dupre on the CW hit series, One Tree Hill, which just happens to be one of my favorite television shows of all-time. When Kramer came on to the OTH scene in 2009, I had no idea the talented actress was also such a talented singer.
Last year, she was signed to Warner Music Nashville. She now has a few singles under her belt and was also a part of the Footloose soundtrack with her version of “Let’s Hear It For The Boy.” The new track, “What I Love About Your Love,” has a fun sound that just makes you want to get up, put on a cowboy hat, and clap your hands. Not to mention, Kramer’s voice and country twang on the track take the song to another level.
See the other two “Video Picks Of The Week” below:
Warner Music Nashville is inviting fans to join some of their favorite artists at an exclusive industry party before the CMA Awards!
Warner will be hosting an official CMA Awards Pre-party on Wednesday, November 9th. Artists set to appear at this exclusive event include Hunter Hayes, Gloriana, Jana Kramer, the JaneDear Girls, Brett Eldredge, Jason Jones, and The Farm. The party will start at 5 p.m. Tickets are $50 and will provide you with entrance to the event, an opportunity for autographs and pictures with the artists, a raffle entry for a Jason Jones custom designed guitar, as well as other items and gifts.
You can find out more information and purchase tickets here.
Congratulations to Lindsay C., our winner of the Footloose sound track!
Tonight’s the Nashville premiere of the new Footloose remake, and some of your favorite country acts will be on the red carpet in Franklin, Tennessee tonight. To help celebrate the release of the movie, the team at Warner Music Nashville and us here at Keepin’ it Country want to help you cut Footloose with the sound track from the movie! You can win yourself a copy of the album which features Blake Shelton, Big & Rich, Hunter Hayes, and even fellow The Voice coach Cee-Lo Green!
Want to enter? It’s simple. To get your name in the raffle, tell us who sings the original “Footloose” theme song that Blake Shelton is covering. Click the “Read more” button to get your name in the draw! The contest runs immediately through to Monday at 10 am EST. We will announce a winner later that day. Only one entry per person, please, and it’s open everywhere except where prohibited. Good luck!