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The 2013 Teen Choice Awards nominees were announced yesterday, and there’s gotta be a few smiling faces in country music. Nominees for the fan-voted award show include Taylor Swift, Kacey Musgraves, The Band Perry, Hunter Hayes, Carrie Underwood, Jana Kramer and MORE! See the full list of country nominees below and let us know what you think – do teen voters have good taste?
The Teen Choice Awards will air live on FOX on Sunday, August 11th. Fans aged 13 to 19 are encouraged to vote at teenchoiceawards.com twice a day for their favorites in music and entertainment. Announcements with more nominees, presenters, and show host(s) will be made shortly.
Choice Female Country Artist:
Lady A has scored its third consecutive number one album with Golden!
The new record is at the top of the Billboard 200 chart this week with sales of 167,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan. The lead track, “Downtown,” is also a number one hit and their fastest charting song to date. The follow-up, “Goodbye Town,” is off to a great start this week.
The trio shared their excitement via Facebook and Twitter:
GOLDEN is No. One this week. THANK YOU. So glad you’re loving the new music. Couldn’t have done this without y’all.
Congrats to Lady A! We’re huge fans and are very happy for your success.
If you haven’t already, make sure you get your copy of Golden.
Two members of Lady Antebellum took time off of their busy schedules to visit patients at Kravis Children’s Hospital in New York as part of Musicians On Call (MOC). Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley gave an intimate performance which included their own songs, and some favorite kid-friendly tunes. Their acoustic set was broadcast on Mount Sinai’s KidZone TV, and they answered questions from the children in attendance. The group also made a donation to LadyAID, their charity, and MOC. LadyAID is their foundation, which was founded to raise awareness and generate support for the plight of children locally, nationally, and globally who cannot help themselves.
After their performance, Dave and Charles visited children at their bedsides in the pediatric unit who were unable to attend the performance. Check out the pictures below of their performance and let us know what you think of their new album “Golden” which was released earlier this week.
On Wednesday, May 8, a small group of Lady Antebellum fans were treated to a special performance by the band in New York City. The show took place at the iHeartRadio Theater presented by P.C. Richard & Son to celebrate the release of Lady A’s new album, Golden. The trio performed tracks from the new album, including “Downtown,” “Goodbye Town” and “Golden” as well as fan faves such as “Need You Now” and “Owned the Night.” They also performed a stellar cover of Bruno Mars’s recent hit, “Locked Out of Heaven.”
Highlights from the show will be posted at iheartradio.com/ladyantebellum.
All photos by Chris Owyoung for iHeartRadio.
On the heels of their multi-week chart-topping lead single “Downtown,” GRAMMY winning trio Lady Antebellum released “Goodbye Town” yesterday as the second single off their fourth studio album GOLDEN - out TODAY. The result of a session between Haywood, Kelley, Scott and Josh Kear, “Goodbye Town” was written backstage during the trio’s OWN THE NIGHT 2012 WORLD TOUR.
About writing the song, Charles shared:
“Josh came out to see us on the road because that’s where we did so much of the writing for this album. There’s just something about this song that I think people can relate to. It’s that time after a breakup when everything about a place reminds you of that person, so all you want to do is just get the hell out of there. We really wanted the production to reflect that almost haunting feeling.”
Lady A kicks off GOLDEN release week tomorrow with performances slated for Good Morning America, The Ellen DeGeneres Show and two nights on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, as well as an exclusive and intimate release show at New York City’s newest hot spot The McKittrick Hotel for the Lady Antebellum GOLDEN Release Show presented by Citi.
Did you pick up your copy of GOLDEN today? What’s your favorite track?
Hey Keepin’ it Country fans! We have your chance to win an autographed copy of Lady Antebellum‘s brand new album “Golden.” The record, which was released TODAY to physical and digital music retailers, is signed by all three members!
Their brand new album features groovy lead single “Downtown”. Check out their cute music video for “Downtown” right here then enter below for your chance to win!
The contest is open immediately to legal residents of the United States and Canada, except where prohibited. Entrants must be of legal age in their state/province/territory or have parental permission to enter. The contest runs from time of posting until Saturday, May 11th at midnight EST. Good luck!
It’s been a tragic few days for country music stars and country fans. The legendary George Jones passed away in a Nashville hospital, and country stars have reacted in shock and sadness over the loss of an icon. See what some of your favorite stars have said about the great George Jones:
“George Jones’ life is an example of so many wonderful things. How someone’s God-given gifts can make this a richer, better place. How one human being can overcome adversity, addiction, and life threatening obstacles time and time again. That it is not the stumble or fall that counts, but the willingness to stand again. How a keen sense of humor and a twinkle in a person’s eye can still prevail even after all of life’s hard knocks. How mistakes, missteps, and bad choices are not the end of the world if a person chooses to turn them into something good. And George’s life is above all the strongest example of how the love of a great woman can get a man through anything. All of this made its way beautifully into every note of the greatest voice country music will ever know. And one of the greatest friends you could ever have.
We miss you already, George.
“My heart is absolutely broken. George Jones was my all time favorite singer and one of my favorite people in the world. My heart goes out to Nancy and all his family and friends.”
Gary LeVox of Rascal Flatts:
“He was the greatest country vocalist that ever lived! Through the years we have all tried to emulate the passion in his voice, but no one can fill his shoes.”
“The world has lost the greatest country singer of all time. Amen.”
“I am deeply saddened to hear about the passing of one of my all time heroes, George Jones. Georges’ music was real and he was able to touch thousands through his songs. Not only was he a great singer, but he also had the ability to make you relate to every one of his songs, no matter who you are. He and his music will remain timeless in the world of country music. My thoughts and prayers are with his family through this difficult time.”
Blake Shelton (via Twitter):
Just landed in LA. Listened to “The King Is Gone” and “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes” over and over again just like always. Can’t accept it. Really REALLY bad news. We’ve lost a country music legend. And I’ve lost a hero and a friend. Goodbye George Jones…
Kelly Clarkson (via Twitter):
Sad to hear about George Jones passing. That man touched a lot of lives with his music. Thanks for setting the bar for the rest of us. #RIPGeorgeJones
Read more reactions and quotes below:
At the top of this week’s Billboard country charts are Florida Georgia Line and Lady Antebellum!
FGL is number one for Hot Country Songs with “Cruise” and Lady A is at the top of the Country Airplay chart with “Downtown.”
So we bring you the battle of the country Billboard‘s! Which song gets your vote… “Downtown” or “Cruise”?
It might be hard to believe, but country super-trio Lady Antebellum has the fastest charting song of their career with “Downtown.” The GRAMMY-winning group’s single has taken over the top spots on Billboard and Mediabase country charts, while also selling more than 500,000 copes digitally since its release – giving them a RIAA-certified gold single. “Downtown” has already spent the last two weeks at number one here in Canada.
The lead single from their upcoming album “Golden” has been huge out of the gate. The fun, groovy-tune reminds them of their previous single “American Honey,” explains Charles Kelley:
“Most of what the world has seen from Hillary from a radio single standpoint is this very sweet kind of style like ‘American Honey. But, she’s got a lot of sass and a lot of grit to her voice, too, so it’s been really fun to bring that out of her and have this kind of support from our fans and radio.”
Make sure to tune in this week to The Voice on NBC to catch Hillary Scott acting as a mentor to team Adam for the Battle Rounds. Have you been watching The Voice this season? Which team do you think has the best chance to win this year?
It’s ACM madness…
Up next is our poll for “Vocal Group of the Year.” Reigning champs, Lady Antebellum, are back along with The Band Perry, Eli Young Band, Little Big Town, and Zac Brown Band. Who’s your pick?
ACM: Vocal Group of the Year
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