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Results from the first round of voting for the Academy of Country Music “New Artist of Year” are in, and the eight semi-finalists have now become three official nominees.
The final round of voting will run from March 24th to April 6th. To vote, visit: www.VoteACM.com. The winner will be announced live on the 49th Annual ACM Awards on April 6th. Country superstars Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan will return with their contagious personalities and all-around charm to host the event.
Congratulations to Brett, Justin and Kip! It’s sure to be a tough race.
Legendary rock band, Mötley Crüe, announced today that they are heading out on their final tour and entering retirement. In honor of the iconic group, Big Machine Records has decided to release a Mötley Crüe tribute with some of the record label’s country music superstars covering classic songs. Among the artists already confirmed to be featured on the country tribute album are LeAnn Rimes, Florida Georgia Line, Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore, Eli Young Band and Cassadee Pope. More artists will be unveiled as the album nears a release date this summer.
For more information on Mötley Crüe’s final tour, visit Big Machine Records’ website by clicking here.
The 49th Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards airs April 6th on CBS and, as always, fans will vote and choose the winner for “New Artist Of The Year”.
The ACM and Great American Country have announced the talent-filled list of eight semi-finalists: Lee Brice, Brett Eldredge, Tyler Farr, Justin Moore, Kip Moore, Kacey Musgraves, Thomas Rhett, and Parmalee. With these great artists, it is sure to be a tight race.
Voting begins on Jan. 21st and runs through Feb. 4th. The three top nominees will then move on to the final voting round, which goes from March 24th until April 6th.
The winner will be announced live during the ACM broadcast this spring.
Today, on this Monday in Movember, we introduce you to Chris Janson. Chris is, ironically, in the process of growing out his facial hair in honor of this month, so it definitely made sense for us to spotlight this spirited new artist!
Chris Janson began collaborating as a songwriter at eighteen years of age with classic rock band, Guns N’ Roses. In 2009, Chris recorded two duets with Holly Williams, granddaughter of Hank Williams, Sr., on her album Here with Me. Instead of heading to veterinary school, which was his original plan, Chris made the move that many musicians before him likewise made — the move to Nashville, Tennessee.
Congratulations to Justin Moore! His brand new album “Off The Beaten Path” is a number one record. It was his best-ever sales week, and sold over 97,000 copies in its debut week. Justin’s other two albums “Outlaws Like Me,” and his self-titled 2009 release both sold 65,000 and 34,000 copies.
His sales have placed him in second on the all-genres album sales chart behind Jack Johnson’s “From Here To Now To You.” Jack’s album sold 117,000 copies in its first week.
Justin’s new album is now available everywhere music is sold digitally or physically. Have you gotten your copy yet? What’s your favorite tracks?
As part of After MidNite’s 20th anniversary celebration, Country music stars Dierks Bentley, Justin Moore, Craig Morgan and Chris Young will take over hosting duties for After MidNite in September. Each artist will sit behind the mic and give fans their unique, week-long take as host of the program. The 20-week takeover, which began on August 1 and runs through the end of 2013, also features special guest appearances, interviews and much more.
Below is the guest host schedule for September:
Craig Morgan – September 2 – 8
Dierks Bentley – September 9 – 15
Justin Moore – September 16 – 22
Chris Young – September 23 – 29
The celebrity takeover kicked off in August with Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood, and Jake Owen. Additional hosts will be announced in the near future.
Justin Moore has reason every reason to celebrate. His single “Til My Last Day” recently became his third number one single. If this wasn’t reason enough, his two albums, Justin Moore and Outlaws Like Me have been certified GOLD. Collectively, these albums have had over one million sales.
Yesterday evening (3/12), industry, family and friends came together in Nashville to honour Justin’s achievements, as well as the achievements of songwriters Jeremy Stover, Brian Maher, publishers Big Machine Music, Sony/ATV/EMI and Bigger Picture and The Valory Music Co. promotion team. This is the second number one hit for the trio of songwriters, with “Small Town USA” being the first.
Justin is now set to hit the road on his first headlining tour, starting tomorrow (03/17) in Pikeville, KY. Congrats Justin and team!
Picture courtesy of Big Machine Label Group
Justin Moore is set to take the stage of the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashvile, TN on Tuesday, November 27th as the headlining act for a Jersey Shore benefit concert. The artist’s performance will support his publicist and friend, Carly Caramanna, and the Jersey Shore Relief Fund. All proceeds will be split equally between the Caramanna family and New Jersey victims of Hurricane Sandy.
Carly’s family home and business were destroyed by the storm. Justin’s efforts to help his friend and other victims will be accompanied by performances from Jake Owen, Thomas Rhett, and Randy Houser. The show will follow Justin’s performance at the Grand Ole Opry the same night.
For full details about the concert, as well as how you can support the Jersey Shore Relief, read below:
Date: Tuesday, November 27th, 2012
Time: Doors at 7PM, show at 8:30PM
Location: Wildhorse Saloon, 120 2nd Ave. N. Nashville, TN
Tickets: Available at 11AM on Saturday, November 17th online, as well as at the door
Check out www.jerseyrelief.com to learn how you can support the cause.
Country Thunder will be rolling into Florence, Arizona from April 11th to the 14th, 2013! Who will be joining them? Just some of country’s biggest acts these days, that’s all! Artists such as Lady Antebellum, Toby Keith, Eric Church, Brantley Gilbert, Lee Brice, Kip Moore and many more (all are listed below) will be there, and you can be too! You’ll need a 4-day admission wristband in order to get into the shows and right now they’re available at a special early bird rate of only $99! But you’ll need to act on this early bird rate fast – and super fast- because tonight at 11:59pm Central, the prices goes up to $120. To order your tickets, and for other ticket details, head on over to www.countrythunder.com or call (866) 802-6418.
The nominees were just announced earlier this morning for this year’s American Country Awards. The third edition of the fan-voted award show will once again air live on FOX from Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. While the co-hosts remain the same with Trace Adkins and Kristin Chenoweth, there is something new about the award show – the addition of the “Song Of The Year” category which will honor country music’s top songwriters of 2012. The nominees for Song of the Year are determined by the National Songwriters Association International (NSAI). The award show will air live on December 10th on FOX at 8 pm EST.
Artists leading all nominees this year are Luke Bryan with seven, and Lady Antebellum tying for second with Zac Brown Band with six nominations each. Eric Church and Taylor Swift both have five nominations each. Check out the full list of nominees below and let us know who you’ll be voting for. Fans can vote at theacas.com for their favorite artists, and make sure to tune in December 10th to see who wins!
Performers and presenters will be announced shortly, so stay tuned for that announcement too!