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CMA Announces Its First Wave of Performers for the 47th Annual CMA Awards

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It has been announced that the following artists are the first wave of performers who will hit the stage during the 47th Annual CMA Awards: Jason Aldean; Luke Bryan; Little Big Town; Tim McGraw; Taylor Swift; Miranda Lambert; Blake Shelton; and Keith Urban.

The awards will air live on Wednesday, November 6th, at 8:00pm EST/7:00pm CST.

*Additional performers will be announced soon*

Tim McGraw Helps Raise 2.8 Million for Mental Health

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The 19th Annual Music Festival for Mental Health took place September 7th-8th. Tim McGraw and his band played an intimate performance at the Staglin Family Vineyard in Napa Valley. The event raised approximately $2.8 million to benefit the Staglin’s International Mental Health Research Organization(IMHRO), One Mind, and the Tug McGraw Foundation. The organizations all have a common goal to support research, education, and treatment of mental illness and brain disorders.

The Tug McGraw foundation was established in 2003 and is named for Tim’s late father who passed away of a brain tumor. Tim shared:

“I was honored to perform at this important event and lend my support in the effort to seek the causes and cures of brain related disorders. I meet returning troops every night out on the road and a lot of them are living with invisible wounds like PTSD and other traumatic brain injuries. The Staglin family, IMHRO, One Mind, and the Tug McGraw Foundation are doing great work to help combat these disorders and the stigmas attached to them, and I encourage everyone to help in any way they can.”

Donations to the Music Festival for Mental Health may be made on-line at www.imhro.org, or by sending a check to IMHRO, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that sponsors the Music Festival. Please mail donations to: P.O. Box 680, Rutherford, Calif., 94573.

The 20th Annual Music Festival for Mental Health will be held the weekend of September 13, 2014, at the Staglin Family Vineyard.

CMA Award Nominees list

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

The official nominees for the 47th annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards were announced live this morning on ABC’s Good Morning America. As a CMA Member, I was lucky enough again this year to vote in the first two rounds and got a choice in the final nominees. I’ll get to vote for the winners of each category as an industry member as well.

There were some surprises, and some regulars, who made it to the final ballot this year. Check out the full list below and let us know what you think of this year’s nominees – do you think someone was snubbed? What shocked you? Who are you cheering for?

Entertainer Of The Year

JASON ALDEAN

LUKE BRYAN

BLAKE SHELTON

GEORGE STRAIT

TAYLOR SWIFT

Male Vocalist Of The Year

JASON ALDEAN

LUKE BRYAN

ERIC CHURCH

BLAKE SHELTON

KEITH URBAN

 Female Vocalist Of The Year

KELLY CLARKSON

MIRANDA LAMBERT

KACEY MUSGRAVES

TAYLOR SWIFT

CARRIE UNDERWOOD

New Artist Award

LEE BRICE

BRETT ELDREDGE

FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE

KIP MOORE

KACEY MUSGRAVES

Vocal Duo Of The Year

BIG & RICH

FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE

LOVE AND THEFT

SUGARLAND

THE CIVIL WARS

THOMPSON SQUARE

Vocal Group Of The Year

THE BAND PERRY

ELI YOUNG BAND

LITTLE BIG TOWN

LADY ANTEBELLUM

ZAC BROWN BAND

 Album Of The Year

“Blown Away” – CARRIE UNDERWOOD

“Red” – TAYLOR SWIFT

“Tornado” – LITTLE BIG TOWN

“Based On A True Story” – BLAKE SHELTON

“Same Trailer Different Park” – KACEY MUSGRAVES

Single Of The Year

“Cruise” – FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE

“Highway Don’t Care” – TIM McGRAW and TAYLOR SWIFT

“Mama’s Broken Heart” – MIRANDA LAMBERT

“Wagon Wheel” - DARIUS RUCKER

“Merry Go ‘Round” – KACEY MUSGRAVES

Song Of The Year

“I Drive Your Truck” – LEE BRICE

“Mama’s Broken Heart” – MIRANDA LAMBERT

“Merry Go Round” – KACEY MUSGRAVES

“Pontoon” – LITTLE BIG TOWN

“Wagon Wheel” – DARIUS RUCKER

Musical Event Of The Year

“Don’t Rush” – KELLY CLARKSON and VINCE GILL

“The Only Way I Know” – JASON ALDEAN, LUKE BRYAN and ERIC CHURCH

“Boys Round Here” – BLAKE SHELTON and PISTOL ANNIES

“Cruise” – FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE and NELLY

“Highway Don’t Care” – TIM McGRAW and TAYLOR SWIFT

Video Of The Year

“Tornado” – LITTLE BIG TOWN

“Blown Away” – CARRIE UNDERWOOD

“Boys ‘Round Here” – BLAKE SHELTON

“Downtown” – LADY ANTEBELLUM

“Highway Don’t Care” – TIM McGRAW and TAYLOR SWIFT

“Mama’s Broken Heart” – MIRANDA LAMBERT

 Musician Of The Year

SAM BUSH – Mandolin

PAUL FRANKLIN – Steel Guitar

DAN HUFF - Guitar

MAC McANALLY – Guitar

BRENT MASON – Guitar

Luke Bryan’s “Crash My Party” Scores Biggest-Selling Week Since 2004

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Luke Bryan is unstoppable.

He’s the reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year. He’s selling out shows on tour in a matter of minutes. And he also has a second number one album this week with Crash My Party!

Not only is Crash My Party number one on the Billboard 200 chart, it is the biggest selling week by a male country artist since Tim McGraw in 2004. Bryan’s album debuted with nearly 528,000 units sold according to Nielsen SoundScan.

 McGraw was the last male country artist to sell more albums in a week with 766,000 copies moved for Live Like You Were Dying.

 

Luke had this to share via his website in response to the major news:

I’ve never been this excited about an album that I have put out, and the response I have gotten is really humbling and mind-blowing to me. I am lucky to have some of the best fans in the world, and I am happy to see them enjoying this album as much as I do. I’m just so thankful for my fans and for Country radio for the amazing support.

Crash My Party follows the country superstar’s previous 2013 chart-topper, Spring Break . . . Here to Party, and his double-Platinum 2011 Tailgates & Tanlines.

The album’s title track is a multi-week number one hit! “Crash My Party” recently set a Billboard record as the largest one-week audience since 2005 with 45.5 million listeners and has sold 1.2 million downloads. Bryan’s new single, “That’s My Kinda Night,” is also the highest-debuting single of his career.

It’s safe to say that Luke Bryan’s career is going pretty well.

Congratulations to Luke on all of his success! We are very happy for you!

Luke is currently on the road with Thompson Square and Florida Georgia Line for his Dirt Road Diaries Tour. Several shows are sold out! For info and tour dates, visit http://win.lukebryan.com.

PHOTOS: Tim McGraw celebrates Highway Don’t Care

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Tim McGraw celebrated his latest No. one song in Nashville yesterday for the multi-week hit “Highway Don’t Care” with Taylor Swift, featuring Keith Urban on guitar. The monster collaboration is McGraw’s 34th No. one song and second No. one from his Big Machine Records debut, TWO LANES OF FREEDOM. On hand for the celebration were songwriters Brett Warren, Brad Warren and Mark Irwin, Big Machine’s Scott Borchetta, Keith Urban as well as a packed room of friends, industry and press.

During the party, a video was played for the crowd that offers a look at the evolution of the song, from an idea in the writers room to finding its place as one of the most important songs of the year.  Interviews from the songwriters (including Josh Kear who was out of the country and unable to attend the festivities), Urban, Swift as well as industry leaders like Lon Helton were included who commented that McGraw  “continues to deliver songs to country radio that are really more than No. one’s, they’re game changers.  They move the needle.”

Check out pictures from the party below and let us know if you’re loving Tim’s new sound:

Tim & Faith returning to Vegas

Faith Hill & Tim McGraw.

Country’s classic couple, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, will be returning to Las Vegas. They’ve announced a brand new run of their “Soul2Soul” show at the Venetian. It was one year ago yesterday that they announced their original limited run.

Their new “Soul2Soul” run will kick off on October 25th and will go right through until April 2014. Tickets for their returning headlining show will go on-sale on August 17th through the Venetian Las Vegas’ website.

See the full list of their booked Venetian dates below. Will you be going?

Tim McGraw Releases New Single “Southern Girl”

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Riding high on the #1 success of “Highway Don’t Care,” Tim McGraw just released his new single “Southern Girl” to radio as the fourth single from his Big Machine Records debut, Two Lanes of Freedom. The single was chosen in large due to incredible fan reaction it receives as part of Tim’s Two Lanes of Freedom 2013 Tour.

“At the beginning of the tour, we threw a lot of new songs into the set list, and that’s always a risky thing when an album is so brand new,” said McGraw.  ”It didn’t take a whole weekend out there before the girls were shouting at us to play ‘Southern Girl.’  The song has a really cool groove to it that just gets everyone moving and sets the right tone for a perfect summer night.”

The Two Lanes of Freedom 2013 Tour continues on this weekend with stops in Hartford, CT (6/28); Boston, MA (6/29) and Holmdel, NJ (6/30).

Tim McGraw’s Highway Don’t Care is #1!

Tim McGraw.

Congratulations to Tim McGraw and the team at Big Machine! His brand new single “Highway Don’t Care” is a number one for the country superstar. The single, which features guest vocals from Taylor Swift and guitar from Keith Urban, has taken over the top spot on both Billboard and Mediabase’s country singles charts. It’s also sold more than one million downloads since its release – giving Tim his first platinum-certified single with Big Machine. Tim’s other two singles from “Two Lanes of Freedom” were both gold-certified singles with the RIAA for selling more than 500,000 copies (“Truck Yeah,” “One Of Those Nights”).

Tim knew the song was special when he heard the demo that was sent to him. He explains:

“I thought this song had the potential to be really special the very first time I heard the demo.  And then standing on the stage with Taylor and Keith performing it live for the first time on the ACMs, I knew that it was really the kind of magical collaboration that only comes along every few years.  The energy that night was undeniable…I know the three of us could feel it.  Radio continues to be supportive and excited about the music we’re giving them, and I’m so thankful for my friends there and for all the fans who have really taken this thing to the next level.  It just keeps getting bigger and bigger in our show every night.”

Tim’s number one news comes on the heels of another sold-out weekend of his TWO LANES OF FREEDOM 2013 Tour, powered by Pennzoil, with capacity shows in Indianapolis, IN; Cleveland, OH  and Washington, D.C.

Check out the official music video below for Tim’s new number one and let us know if you’re loving it:

Country songs for Memorial Day

Trace Adkins. photo credit: Showdog-Universal Records.

Country artists may just be the most patriotic out of any genre of music. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that if we were to put together a list of every country song that pays tribute to the military, that we’d have a never ending playlist. With tomorrow being Memorial Day in the United States, we wanted to put together a list of country songs that can help fans remember what this holiday is all about. From artists that perform for USO troops serving overseas, to artists who have hit singles with a remembrance theme, we put together our list for a 2013 memorial day playlist. Our picks aren’t in order.

Check out our picks below and let us know what songs you’ll be listening to for the rest of the weekend.

AMERICAN SOLDIER – TOBY KEITH

Originally released in November 2003 as a single from his album “Shock’n Y’all.” The song was a co-write by Toby with Chuck Cannon and became a number one hit on the Billboard U.S. Hot Country Songs Chart for four weeks. It was inspired by the times Toby had met USO troops serving overseas, and he wanted to find a way to show his support for them and their families. The video was directed by Michael Salomon and filmed at an actual US Air Force Base in Edwards, California with off-duty soldiers, reservists and their families.

Tim McGraw’s Superstar night to air May 19th

Tim McGraw.

Next week is a big week for country music icon Tim McGraw. On Sunday, May 19th at 9 pm EST, CBS will air “ACM Presents: Tim McGraw’s Superstar Summer Night.” The special was filmed right after the Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas earlier this year.

The special will have performances by Dierks Bentley, Jason Aldean, Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum, Ne-Yo, Faith Hill, Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Brantley Gilbert, Florida-Georgia Line, Pitbull, John Fogerty, and, of course, Tim himself.

Will you be tuning in on the 19th? Which performance are you most excited to see?