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ACM Poll: Album of the Year

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We’re continuing the ACM madness with the “Album of the Year” poll….

These albums are all so great so it’s definitely a tough decision. Who do you want to take the trophy home?

Blown Away – Carrie Underwood, Chief – Eric Church, Red – Taylor Swift, Tailgates & Tanlines – Luke Bryan, or Tornado – Little Big Town?

 

 

ACM Poll: Album of the Year

  • Blown Away - Carrie Underwood (55%, 175 Votes)
  • Tailgates & Tanlines - Luke Bryan (15%, 48 Votes)
  • Tornado - Little Big Town (12%, 38 Votes)
  • Red - Taylor Swift (12%, 37 Votes)
  • Chief - Eric Church (6%, 22 Votes)

Total Voters: 320

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ACM Poll: Female Vocalist of the Year

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As you know, the 48th Academy of Country Music Awards are this Sunday, April 7th at 8/7c on CBS.

Blake Shelton & Luke Bryan have hosting duties and the performance line-up is star-studded. It’s sure to be a great show. We can’t wait to tune in!

But first, we want your opinions. We’ll be rolling out polls over the next few days so grab your fellow fans and friends, and vote for your favorites!

We’re starting with the “Female Vocalist of the Year” category. Which country leading lady do you want to take home the trophy? It’s a tough one: reigning Female Vocalist of the Year, Miranda Lambert; country royalty, Martina McBride; rising star and songwriter, Kacey Musgraves; vocal powerhouse, Carrie Underwood; and singer-songwriter phenom, Taylor Swift.

ACM: Female Vocalist of the Year

  • Miranda Lambert (64%, 2,373 Votes)
  • Carrie Underwood (29%, 1,052 Votes)
  • Martina McBride (5%, 188 Votes)
  • Taylor Swift (2%, 65 Votes)
  • Kacey Musgraves (0%, 17 Votes)

Total Voters: 3,688

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A Recap of our ACM Performance Announcements

Blake Shelton & Luke Bryan co-host ACM awards.

Yesterday we were part of a teleconference with CBS and Academy of Country Music producers for the upcoming ACM awards this weekend. We got to know quite a few exciting secrets for the award show this weekend, and of course we couldn’t wait to tell our fans and readers on Twitter! If you’re following us on Twitter (@keepinitblog) you will have already heard these really cool performances, but we are recapping them now so everyone can keep track of what might be the most-fun Academy of Country Music Award show ever.

Unfortunately, we were unable to make it to the ACMs this year because of budgetary reasons, so we’ll be live-tweeting them from home along with you! Make sure you join us Sunday afternoon for our exclusive KEEPIN’ IT COUNTRY PRESENTS… Jason Charles Miller stageit show at 3 pm EST, before the ACMs kick off live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas at 8 pm EST. Use hashtag #KIC to join in our fun!

The ACMs will kick off with a big opening performance of “Boys ‘Round Here” with Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, Pistol Annies, Sheryl Crow, and Brad Paisley.

Jewel will perform a special Lifting Lives segment with a mash-up of her hit single “Hands Clean” and “Fill A Heart,” an original song by singer-songwriter Tori Kelly.

Hunter Hayes will get two pretty cool performances – he’ll be debuting his new single “I Want Crazy” with Stevie Wonder, and will mix in one of Stevie’s big hits. Hunter will return later in the show with Brad Paisley and Dierks Bentley live from the ACM Fan Jam. How did Stevie and Hunter get together? Turns out Hunter covers Stevie’s songs on tour, and Stevie discovered them and became a fan of Hunter.

Taylor Swift will have country superstars Keith Urban and Tim McGraw joining her for “Highway Don’t Care.”

Luke Bryan will be debuting a brand new single “Crash My Party” during the award show..

Kelly Clarkson will be performing her country single “Don’t Rush” with a special, announced guest. Is it Vince Gill? We don’t know, but we know he was approached along with someone else.

Reba will introduce a very special duet performance from Garth Brooks and George Strait who will be paying tribute to the late Dick Clark. It’s going to be a pretty emotional performance, so make sure you tune in for this one.

Do you have any questions about the ACMs? We’ll answer what we can on Facebook and Twitter!

iHeartRadio festival to return again!

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The biggest music festival in the world is returning again this year! iHeartRadio Music Festival will once again take over the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on September 20th and 21st. The two-day event is put together by Clear Channel and features the top artists and performers from all genres of music, and is streamed online.

Last year’s festival featured an all-star lineup, including Taylor Swift, No Doubt, Bon Jovi, Prince, Aerosmith, Jason Aldean, Lil Wayne, Swedish House Mafia, Usher, Green Day, Rihanna, P!nk, Brad Paisley, Calvin Harris, Enrique Iglesias, Mary J. Blige, Linkin Park, deadmau5 and Pitbull. More than 17 million people tuned into the 2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival which also generated more than 1 billion social impressions and more than 50 million text-to-win contest entries. The 2013 iHeartRadio Music Festival lineup will be announced this summer.

Who do you want to see representing country music at this year’s festival? Let us know!

 

Florida-Georgia Line to remix Cruise with Nelly

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After hinting for weeks, Republic Nashville’s Florida Georgia Line have exclusively announced, via their social networks, that a “Cruise” (Remix Feat. Nelly) will be available on April 2.

The breakout duo has caught the attention of several Superstars, including Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, and now, GRAMMY-winning Hip Hop artist Nelly. The sizzling collaboration will impact radio just in time for Spring and a taste of the new mix is subtly place in Nelly’s “Hey Porsche” video. Watch via http://vevo.ly/VfDGCr.
FGL’s Brian Kelley (Ormond Beach, Florida) says:
“When we caught wind that Nelly was a fan of ‘Cruise,’ we were floored. We’ve been fans of his music for years and thought it would be cool to team up on a remix.”
FGL’s Tyler Hubbard (Monroe, Georgia) adds:
“Nelly really brought a fresh, unique sound to ‘Cruise’ and we’re super excited for our fans to hear!”
With an ever-expanding fanbase, the remix is poised to follow the success of FGL’s Double Platinum, multi-week #1 smash “Cruise.” Their follow-up Country single, “Get Your Shine On,” has sold over 500,000 copies and is Top 15-and-climbing. Both songs are featured on their debut album HERE’S TO THE GOOD TIMES, which earned the highest debut album sales of 2012 for a new Country artist.
FGL’s catchy tunes and energetic live show have garnered coveted slots on two major Country tours – Taylor Swift’s “THE RED TOUR” and Luke Bryan’s “DIRT ROAD DIARIES TOUR” – this year. Next week, the hot newcomers will open for Swift’s three-night, sold-out stint at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.
Check out the cover for the remix:
Florida-Georgia Line to remix Cruise with Nelly official single cover.

Florida-Georgia Line remix’s of Cruise with Nelly’s official single cover.

Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood & More Added to ACM Awards Performers

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The 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards announced today that superstars Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Tim McGraw, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum and Little Big Town will perform on the April 7th show.

Airing live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on CBS, the show will be hosted by Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan, who have become affectionately referred to as “Bluke” on Twitter.

The above artists join an already star-studded show that features performances by Luke Bryan, Kelly Clarkson, Hunter Hayes, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, George Strait and the Band Perry.

Taylor Swift fan mail found in dumpster

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Some interesting news is coming out of Nashville this week about Taylor Swift. An avid Taylor fan found a recyling dumpster full of fan mail addressed to the country/pop superstar in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Some of the letters were opened, but the majority were still unopened, with letters coming from as far away as Japan. The fan called a local news station, News 2, to make sure that Taylor became aware of the fan mail disposal and to make sure it wasn’t done on purpose.

Kylee, the fan, told the station:

“I was like, ‘That’s weird,’” she told Nashville’s News 2 Investigates.  “There were like hundreds of letters in there to Taylor Swift and I’m like, ‘Oh my gosh!’ I didn’t know if they were stolen [or] discarded, so I threw them in a box. And I’m like, ‘Somebody needs to let Taylor know.’”

See the full story below from the news report and let us know what you think – should Taylor’s management have thrown out the letters?

WKRN, Nashville News, Nashville Weather and Sports

Taylor Swift named Top Digital Artist

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Country music’s biggest superstar was just given yet another accolade earlier this week. Big Machine’s Taylor Swift was named the Top Digital Selling Artist by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) based on the downloads of her music alone. That’s quite a feat for Taylor, who will be embarking on her “RED” world tour this year.

In other Taylor news, she’ll be debuting her brand new music video for “22″ on tomorrow’s Good Morning America. The broadcast will feature the full premier of the video, which will then be available after 11:30 am EST after her label releases the video to all outlets. Fans will be able to catch the first airing of the video on gma.yahoo.com as well as abcnews.com.

We’re not sure if there will be any goats in the music video, however.

Joel Crouse Joins Taylor Swift’s “The Red Tour”

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Country newcomer and Show Dog- Universal Music recording artist, Joel Crouse, has plenty to sing about these days. His new single was recently released and it was just revealed that he has nabbed one of the most coveted gigs in music: opening for Taylor Swift.

Swift’s “The Red Tour” will kick off on March 13th in Omaha, Nebraska and will hit 47 cities with 66 shows. Singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran was already listed as a special guest on this tour, and other acts include Austin Mahone, Brett Eldredge, Florida Georgia Line and Casey James.

To see what “Red” shows Joel will be playing at, click here and make sure to follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

 

Capital Hoedown suing Taylor Swift

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In case things can’t get any weirder for Canadian country music fans, Capital Hoedown is back again in the news for all the wrong reasons. After failure to pay for the property rental for last year’s event, and acts had all cancelled their performances, Taylor Swift was paid… and, according to multiple reports today, she kept the $2.5 million.

The festival, which organizers couldn’t afford to pay the City of Ottawa for land rental, and are still in debt over 2011′s edition (including payment to the federal government for land rental), was supposed to have announced its lineup for 2013 last month. Their website no longer exists and any e-mails to Denis Benoit bounce.

It’s the ticket company, Front Gate Tickets, who are suing Taylor in a New York City court room. They’re saying that she shouldn’t have been paid as she never performed – and want $1.8 million, which covers the tickets they were forced to refund to fans, back. Taylor would still keep over $700,000 in profit if the lawsuit is successful.

The contract wasn’t written with the ticket company, according to Taylor’s side.

Meanwhile, we are still blocked from Capital Hoedown’s Facebook page, as are other members of the media. Capital Hoedown owner Denis Benoit promised media that there would be no press releases, no media passes, no interviews, and nothing given to the media at all this year in regards to the festival. There has been no announcement of a promised lineup for 2013, or even a venue.