ICYMI: Blake Shelton, Kane Brown, Carly Pearce Among ‘2018 CMT Music Awards’ Winners

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The “2018 CMT MUSIC AWARDS” were held Wednesday night (6/6) at NASHVILLE’s BRIDGESTONE ARENA. ALL ACCESS and Country Music News Blog congratulates winners in each of the following categories: Video Of The Year: BLAKE SHELTON — “I’ll Name the Dogs” Male Video Of The Year: BLAKE SHELTON — “I’ll Name the Dogs” Collaborative Video Of The Year: KANE BROWN featuring LAUREN ALAINA — “What Ifs” Female Video Of The Year: CARRIE UNDERWOOD featuring LUDACRIS — “The Champion” Group Video Of The Year: LITTLE BIG TOWN — “When Someone Stops Loving You” Duo Video Of The Year: DAN + SHAY — “Tequila” Breakthrough Video Of The Year: CARLY PEARCE — “Every Little Thing” CMT Performance Of The Year: BACKSTREET BOYS and FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE — “Everybody”

Blake Shelton Reveals Ole Red Grand Opening

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WARNER BROS./WMN’s BLAKE SHELTON and RYMAN HOSPITALITY PROPERTIES will celebrate the grand opening of their multi-level entertainment venue, OLE RED, on WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6th through SUNDAY, JUNE 10th during CMA FEST in NASHVILLE. Several events will take place during the week, including a “BLAKE SHELTON AND FRIENDS” concert; fans can enter to win tickets to the event here. The venue was revealed last year and will be located on Lower Broadway. “Lower Broadway is the centerpiece of NASHVILLE,” noted SHELTON. “There’s so much great music and fun going on down there all the time, and it’s exciting to now be a part of it – it’s a dream come true.” Added RYMAN HOSPITALITY PROPERTIES Chairman/CEO COLIN REED, “OLE RED is an experience unlike anywhere else on Broadway – from the live entertainment quality to the food, drinks, décor, and retail. We are excited to celebrate its grand opening with the thousands of fans and visitors that join us in NASHVILLE for one of the most exciting weeks of the year, CMA FEST.”

Blake Shelton and Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc. Bring Ole Red to Gatlinburg, Tenn.

Ole Red Gatlinburg

Grand Ole Opry member Blake Shelton and Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc. (NYSE: RHP) today announced plans to open a third Ole Red entertainment venue in the heart of Gatlinburg, Tennessee. With a planned opening in spring 2019, Ole Red Gatlinburg will be a $9 million, multi-level 16,000-square-foot entertainment venue with a two-story bar and restaurant, retail area, performance space, dance floor and exterior terrace. Its chef-driven, Shelton-inspired menu will feature a few Nashville classics like Hot Chicken & Waffles as well as BBQ, burgers and additional Southern favorites. Designed to embody the spirit of Shelton’s clever, irreverent hit “Ol’ Red,” the Ole Red brand is part of Ryman Hospitality Properties’ strategy to create digital content, retail products and entertainment venues that celebrate the country lifestyle and resonate with country music’s rapidly growing consumer base of more than 100 million people across the United States. Ryman Hospitality Properties Chairman and CEO, Colin Reed, said, “With 12 million annual visitors and a rich country music legacy, Gatlinburg is an ideal destination for the Ole Red brand. We know the Smoky Mountain region is tremendously popular with country lifestyle consumers, and we believe Ole Red offers a unique entertainment experience that will attract even more visitors to the area.” The venue will be equipped with state-of-the-art performance equipment including concert-level production and sound capabilities, along with LED screens throughout the space. Programming will include curated concert line-ups, showcases for up-and-coming talent and more to be announced as the venue nears completion. Blake Shelton said, “Gatlinburg is one of my all-time favorite places. This part of the country is full of people who love good food, great music, family and most importantly, a good time. That’s what Ole Red is all about, and I can’t wait to give my fans another place to have fun in Gatlinburg.” The Ole Red Gatlinburg announcement comes a few weeks before Ole Red Nashville, a multi-level 26,000-square-foot entertainment venue in the heart of Nashville’s famed Lower Broadway, is expected to open in May of 2018. Ole Red Nashville includes a two-story bar and restaurant, retail area, performance space, dance floor, private event space, and a 6,000-square-foot rooftop with an indoor/outdoor bar and restaurant featuring panoramic views of Lower Broadway. Ole Red Gatlinburg and Ole Red Nashville join Ole Red Tishomingo, which opened in September of 2017 in Shelton’s hometown of Tishomingo, Okla. Reed continued, “It was our intention to make this announcement from Gatlinburg today. Unfortunately due to the inclement winter weather, we had to change our plans. I would like to sincerely thank everyone in Gatlinburg who was involved in making this great venture possible. We are thrilled to be a part of the city’s growth, and we look forward to coming back to Gatlinburg very soon.” Ole Red Gatlinburg will be located at 511 Parkway, the main drive into town from Pigeon Forge. Ryman Hospitality Properties holds a long-term lease on the building and is working with Tuck-Hinton Architects and Anderson Design Studio on the project. Continue reading

Full Nominee List for the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards

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iHeartMedia and Turner announced today the nominees for the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards on Sunday, March 11, 2018 at the historic, “Fabulous” Forum in Los Angeles. The event will be simulcast live on TBS, TNT and truTV at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT; on iHeartMedia radio stations nationwide; and the iHeartRadio app, the free all-in-one digital music, podcasting and live streaming radio service. TV subscribers can also watch the iHeartRadio Music Awards on the truTV, TNT & TBS Apps. For the fifth straight year, the iHeartRadio Music Awards will celebrate the biggest songs and artists heard throughout 2017 across iHeartMedia radio stations nationwide and on the iHeartRadio app. The 2018 telecast will feature live performances from today’s superstar performers, once-in-a-lifetime artist collaborations, celebrity guest appearances and live award presentations. This is Turner Broadcasting’s third year broadcasting the event. “We have a guiding principle at iHeartRadio that fans rule,” said John Sykes, President of iHeartMedia Entertainment Enterprises. “In our fifth year we are still holding true to our original vision of staging an awards show that truly reflects the music fans loved listening to on iHeartRadio all year long.” Artists receiving multiple nominations include Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, Justin Bieber, DJ Khaled and The Chainsmokers. All nominees are listed below. For a full list of categories visit iHeartRadio.com/awards. “We’ve expanded the iHeartRadio Music Awards categories each year to ensure it accurately reflects the tastes of the millions of listeners on our broadcast radio stations and on the iHeartRadio app,” said Tom Poleman, Chief Programming Officer for iHeartMedia. “We’ve been thrilled with the response from both fans and artists and we can’t wait to celebrate the year in music by honoring its biggest songs and moments.” For the first time ever, this year iHeartRadio will present seven awards in the seven nights leading up to the Sunday, March 11 telecast. Each night at 8 p.m. ET, an artist will be presented their award and give an acceptance speech. In addition to being a compelling celebration of music and artists, the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards will again celebrate the fans, giving iHeartRadio listeners the opportunity to decide winners in several new and established categories. Fan voting will determine this year’s Best Fan Army presented by Taco Bell, Best Lyrics, Best Cover Song, Best Music Video, the Social Star Award, Best Solo Breakout and the first-ever Cutest Musician’s Pet, Best Boy Band and Best Remix awards. In addition, fans will get to vote on social media during the show for winners of the Best Performance and Best Dressed awards, which will be announced immediately after the event. Social voting for the Social Star Award and Best Fan Army presented by Taco Bell award began through iHeartRadio’s social sites and in the iHeartRadio app on January 9. Social voting for all other categories begin today, January 10 and will close on March 4, with voting for the Social Star Award and the Best Fan Army presented by Taco Continue reading

Blake Shelton’s ‘Texoma Shore’ Is #1 Country Album

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Congratulations go out to WARNER BROS./WMN artist BLAKE SHELTON and his team on a #1 Country album chart debut for “Texoma Shore,” which opened with 63,000 units — 55,000 of which were traditional album sales — according to NIELSEN MUSIC. SHELTON’s first-week figures rank him at #4 of the all-genre albums chart, too, giving him 11 career top 10 albums there. Additionally, the success of “Texoma Shore” marks eight consecutive years for SHELTON to debut at least one album on the chart, dating back to 2010’s “Hillbilly Bone.”  

Blake Shelton Celebrates Success with Texoma Shore

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Congratulations to WARNER MUSIC NASHVILLE (WMN)’s BLAKE SHELTON, who charted six songs on the MEDIASBASE chart at one time this week, as six of the 11 tracks from his just-released “Texoma Shore” album hit the Top 50. “At The House,” “I Lived It,” “Turnin’ Me On,” “Money,” and “Why Me” were the five album cuts released to Country radio last week via ALL ACCESS DOWNLOAD; “I’ll Name The Dogs” is SHELTON’s current single, which rang in at number nine with a bullet this week on top of the album cuts. “At the end of the day, I make music so that it can be heard,” said SHELTON. “It’s amazing that so many songs from a brand new album have been embraced so early. I’m proud of this record and the work that went into making it, and I’m proud that already it means something to my fans. Thanks to Country radio for the support.” Check out all six of SHELTON’s charted tracks, and stream the full “Texoma Shore” album on ALL ACCESS COUNTRY COOL NEW MUSIC here.

Tune-In Alert: Tune-In: Country Superstar Blake Shelton, Chris Young and Big & Rich Make On CMT Hot 20 Countdown

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Country Superstar Blake Shelton, Chris Young and Big & Rich Make History at the Inaugural Happy Valley Jam CMT’s Cody Alan, Host of “CMT Hot 20 Countdown,” Caught Exclusive Behind the Scenes Interviews and More from The Happy Valley Jam – Episode to Premiere on CMT, Saturday, July 15, 9am ET Tens of thousands of fans filled the 2nd largest stadium in the Western Hemisphere to celebrate the historic day for Central Pennsylvania and along with them was CMT’s Cody Alan to film the latest “CMT Hot 20 Countdown.” The Happy Valley Jam, held on July 8, made history for the first-ever concert held in Beaver Stadium on the campus of Pennsylvania State University. Country music and “The Voice” superstar Blake Shelton headlined the historic event, along with performances from Chris Young, Big & Rich, and newcomers David Ray and Adley Stump.  The cast and crew of CMT caught all the concert excitement on tape with behind the scene interviews with Shelton, Young and Big & Rich.  Plus, host Cody Alan toured the beautiful campus visiting historic local landmarks like the Nittany Lion Shrine, Old Main building and The Berkey Creamery. The show will air this weekend on Saturday, July 15 on CMT at 9am ET. For more information on HOT 20 COUNTDOWN and exclusive content, visit CMT.com, download the CMT app, like the show’s official Facebook page, follow @CMT on Twitter and Instagram and use hashtag #CMThot20.

Steve Wariner and Blake Shelton Duet on Hit Song “Lynda” During Special Grand Ole Opry Performance

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When asked who his dream Opry duet partner was in an interview, Blake Shelton answered “Steve Wariner.” It’s not surprising as Wariner has had one of the longest-lasting and most influential careers in country music history. On Thursday night, during a special star-packed CMA Week Opry performance, the pair sang a duet on “Lynda” — one of the singer/songwriter’s 22 No. 1 hits. 2017 also marks the 30th Anniversary of the song released in 1987. “I am humbled by Blake’s answer to that question and singing with him on the Grand Ole Opry stage was a heck of a time. He’s one of the giants of today so I am glad we got to do this,” said Steve Wariner.

Blake Shelton and Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc. Unveil Plansfor Ole Red

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Shelton-Inspired Brand to be Anchored by Ole Red Nashville, An Entertainment Venue on Lower Broadway Ole Red Tishomingo Planned for Shelton’s Hometown to be Operated by Ryman Hospitality Properties’ Entertainment Segment See Facebook Live coverage here: http://smarturl.it/OleRed_FBlive NASHVILLE, Tenn. (January 5, 2017) Grand Ole Opry Member Blake Shelton and Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc. (NYSE: RHP) today announced plans to transform Shelton’s breakout hit “Ol’ Red” into a new lifestyle brand anchored by a $20 million multi-level entertainment venue in the heart of Music City’s famed Lower Broadway. Designed to embody the spirit of Shelton’s clever, irreverent third chart hit, the Ole Red concept is part of Ryman Hospitality Properties’ strategy to create digital content, retail and entertainment venues that celebrate the country lifestyle and resonate with country music’s rapidly growing consumer base of more than 100 million people across the United States. Colin Reed, Ryman Hospitality Properties Chairman and CEO, said, “The Grand Ole Opry is known for connecting fans to the artists and the music they love and that is what the Ole Red brand is all about. Not only is Blake Shelton one of the most popular entertainers of his generation, his performance style and passion for authentic country music have also made him a fixture on the Grand Ole Opry stage since the early days of his career. Ole Red will immerse fans in all the elements of a great country song—with some unexpected twists from Blake along the way.” With a planned opening in 2018, Ole Red Nashville will be a multi-level 26,000-square-foot entertainment venue, with a two-story bar and restaurant, retail area, performance space, dance floor and private VIP booths for small groups. The complex will also include a large, private event space and a 6,000-square-foot rooftop featuring an indoor/outdoor bar and restaurant with panoramic views of Lower Broadway. The performance space at Ole Red Nashville will be equipped with a state-of-the-art sound system and acoustics tailor-made for the event programming that will take place there, including intimate concerts, live band karaoke, showcases for up-and-coming talent and more to be announced as the complex nears completion. Shelton and Ryman Hospitality Properties also announced Ole Red Tishomingo, which is set to open in late 2017 in the Platinum-selling recording artist’s hometown of Tishomingo, Okla. “It’s amazing to me to see a song that’s been such a big part of my career come to life in the plans for Ole Red,” said Blake Shelton. “Nashville and Tishomingo are both places that are important to me, and it’s great that each location is going to have its own personality inspired by one of my favorite songs. It’s always been a dream of mine to create something like this where people know they’re going to have a good time as soon as they walk in the door, and I couldn’t be more excited that my friends at the Opry and Ryman Hospitality Properties are making it happen.” Ole Red Nashville will be located at 300 Broadway in a building Continue reading

Country Fest Announces 2017 Daily Lineup

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Blake Shelton, Eric Church, Thomas Rhett, and Alabama to Headline Festival CADOTT, Wis. – Country Fest is excited to announce its 2017 daily lineup and single day general admission ticket sales. For the past 30 years Country Fest has brought some of the biggest Country acts to the area and it continues that tradition this year. The iconic lineup will feature performances by award-winning artists Blake Shelton, Eric Church, Thomas Rhett, and Alabama. Country music superstar, Platinum-selling recording artist, and star of The Voice Blake Shelton is on fire after taking home the trophy for “Favorite Country Male Artist” at the 2016 American Music Awards. The Grammy-nominee isn’t slowing down as his latest album, “If I’m Honest,” debuted #1 on the Billboard Top Album Sales Chart and the Billboard Country Album Chart. “Performing for an audience is what I love most and if you’re coming to see me, you’re coming to hear country music, because that’s what I do,” said Shelton. “So get ready as we’re going to be ‘Doin’ it to Country Songs’ all night long!” Eric Church shocked the country world last November when he became the first country artist to pull off a surprise album drop. Church has become one of country’s most established artists over the past decade and he backed it up with the Country Music Award for his latest album release “Mr. Misunderstood”. This is the second time Church has taken home the coveted Album of the Year trophy. “We surprised everybody with this album on this stage a year ago, and trusted the fans, and gave it to the fans first,” said Church at the Country Music Awards. “And it’s because of the fans that this happened. And I love you, and thank you.” Platinum-selling Thomas Rhett is one of country music’s elite new artists. Rhett burst onto the country scene in 2013 with his debut album “It Goes Like This,” and has reached a higher profile with his sophomore album, “Tangled Up.” Three singles off the album have topped country-music charts during the last year in “Crash and Burn,” “Die a Happy Man” and “T-Shirt,” all while the album has been certified platinum. Alabama accomplished a feat that had never been achieved before by becoming first country group to go triple-platinum. They’ve blazed a trail for artists such as Kenny Chesney and Luke Bryan with 21 Gold, Platinum, and Multi-Platinum albums, 43 #1 singles, and over 73 million records sold. Add that to over 150 industry awards including eight country music “Entertainer of the Year” honors, two Grammys, two People’s Choice Awards, and their very own star on the “Hollywood Walk of Fame.” The band that “made country music bands popular again” continues to be an inspiration. The lineup also includes Chris Young, one of the most identifiable young male voices in country music, with hit singles such as “The Man I Want to Be,” and “Tomorrow.” In addition, Grammy award-winning artists such as The Oak Ridge Boys and Wynonna Judd with Continue reading