Your 2018 CMA Award Nominees Are…

2018 CMA Awards

Country fans, friends and family gathered at Luke Bryan’s 32 Bridge Bar in Nashville this morning for a special live broadcast that aired on Good Morning America to announce the first round of 2018 CMA Award Nominees. Sugarland, Dan n Shay, and Midland were each honored with a nomination, while Luke Bryan will have to battle it out for Entertainer of the Year against best friend Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban and Chris Stapleton.

2018 CMA AwardsThe 2018 CMA Awards will broadcast live from Nashville on Wednesday, Nov. 14 via ABC at 8PM ET. Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley are returning to host for the eleventh straight year. Visit Country Music News Blog for all your CMA Award Updates! Continue reading

Find Out Who Made Forbes’ Top Ten Highest-Paid Country Stars of 2018!

Dolly Parton

Who’s seeing the green in the country scene? Garth Brooks gets de-throned and Dolly Parton teaches some young girls a few old tricks about the old 9 to 5 in this year’s list of highest-paid country stars! Our friends at Forbes just unveiled this year’s highest-paid country acts and you won’t believe who DIDN’T make the list! This year it seems like Luke Bryan has topped the list at around $52 million, nudging Garth Brooks off his usual #1 spot. Between his extensive tour dates, his American Idol judge’s chair, and some pretty hefty endorsement deals with companies like Chevrolet, Luke has managed to diversify his income into multiple revenue streams and really rake it in. On the other end of the top ten, Dolly Parton proves that it’s not all about teenagers and tour dates as she hits the #10 spot at $19 Million, making her the ONLY woman in the top ten! The sweet southern sass, and cunning business acumen that only a lifetime in the music business can provide has helped Dolly build an empire of theme parks, dinner attractions, and even acquire and maintain all of the publishing rights to her written and recorded works, giving her the ultimate control over her career and income as time goes by. [bctt tweet=”Find out who knocked #GarthBrooks out of the number one spot in this year’s @Forbes list of highest-paid country stars!” username=”My_CountryMusic”] Also fitting into the top ten club are acts like Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line and Blake Shelton, who seem to be taking a few clues from the blonde bombshell herself and opening venues in the heart of Music City to help make a buck. Barely missing the mark: Faith Hill and Miranda Lambert fell just outside of the top ten, in addition to usual suspects like Keith Urban and Tim McGraw. For those still keeping track of the country princess-turned-pop, Taylor Swift, she easily blew the list out of the water at a whopping $80 million! That puts her far over Beyonce’s mark! Read more at https://www.forbes.com/sites/zackomalleygreenburg/2018/08/14/the-highest-paid-country-music-stars-of-2018/#1a4b79d65108

Help St. Jude and Win Dream Home, Luke Bryan & Sam Hunt Tickets and More!

Tulsa St Jude Dream Home

Construction is nearly complete on a gorgeous 4,000+ square foot dream home valued at over $600,000 near Tulsa, Oklahoma and it could be yours for the cost of a single $100 raffle ticket! Get your ticket by April 27 to be eligible to win a trip to see Luke Bryan and Sam Hunt in concert (Courtesy of K95.5) Proceeds from ticket sales for the 2018 St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway will help children battling cancer and other deadly diseases. No family ever pays St. Jude for anything. St. Jude covers the cost of transportation, food, treatment and lodging. And, for every child treated at the hospital, thousands more have been saved worldwide through St. Jude discoveries. This year’s sponsors include: Epic Custom Homes, FOX23, Stone Canyon, Mix 96.5, Tulsa World, TulsaPeople, FFO Home, Route 66 Chevrolet, Epsilon Sigma Alpha, and national Sponsors, Brizo, Shaw Floors, Trane and Bosch. The St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway is a 26-year tradition that is now one of the largest singleevent fundraisers for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital nationwide. To date, more than 420 houses have been awarded and the program has raised over $350 million for St. Jude. The daily operating cost for the research hospital is $2 million, which is primarily covered by public contributions. For more information visit dreamhome.org

Listen Now: New From Luke Bryan “Most People Are Good”

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Four-time Entertainer of the Year and American Idol judge Luke Bryan releases a new music video today for “Most People Are Good,” directed by Wes Edwards.  Entertainment Weekly exclusively premiered the video today  – watch it HERE “Most People Are Good” is Luke’s second single from his What Makes You Country album that debuted at #1 on both the Billboard Top 200 and Top Country Albums charts last December and is now available for the first time on vinyl. The poignant “Most People Are Good” single, written by David Frasier, Ed Hill and Josh Kear, landed on Billboard’s 2017 Reader’s List claiming it “is a veer in the road (for Luke): an inspiring, positive-message song with a heartfelt vocal. At a time when the world is not such a positive place it’s, well, just in time.” RollingStone says “Most People Are Good” is “sincere” and is an “uplifting song, a gentle argument for all that’s right in the world.” After his media junket in New York City last week to promote the Sunday night premiere of American Idol on ABC and playing three concerts on his “What Makes You Country Tour,” Luke is now in Australia for his first-ever concerts down under. His touring year will conclude this fall after headlining concerts across North America including some of the biggest and best sports stadiums in Toronto, New York City, Cincinnati, Tampa, Pittsburgh, Boston, Minneapolis, Los Angeles (the first country concert to ever be held in Dodgers Stadium), Denver, St. Louis, Chicago, Vancouver and wrapping the tour in Detroit at Ford Field on October 26.   About Luke Bryan Country music superstar Luke Bryan is a two-time Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year and a five-time host of the ACM Awards. Luke has more certified digital singles than any other country artist with 40 million tracks and 12 million albums with three Billion music streams and he was the most-streamed country artist from 2012 to 2016. Luke has placed 19 singles at #1, 11 of which he co-wrote, and has headlined arena tours and sold-out stadiums across the U.S. and performed for 1.5 Million fans in 2017.   Visit www.LukeBryan.com or follow Luke on Twitter @LukeBryanOnline, Instagram and Facebook

Watch Special Features from The CMA Awards LIVE Online With Vevo!

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VEVO LIVE TO FEATURE PERFORMANCES BY LUKE BRYAN, BRETT YOUNG, DEVIN DAWSON, CAM AND APPEARANCES BY LITTLE BIG TOWN, CHRIS LANE, RYAN HURD AND MORE Vevo, the world’s leading provider of premium music videos, today announced that it is celebrating “The 51st Annual CMA Awards” in Nashville with an exclusive CMA version of Vevo Live. This special edition of Vevo Live will be complete with performances, video premieres, and appearances from many of country music’s biggest names and rising stars including Luke Bryan, Brett Young, Little Big Town, Devin Dawson, Chris Lane, Ryan Hurd and many more. Hosted by Ashley Eicher with celebrity guest hosts including Carly Pearce and Cam. Vevo’s broadcast will take place at on November 6, 2017 at 4pm CT. As a promotional partner of CMA Awards, Vevo is eager to celebrate Country Music leading up to “The 51st Annual CMA Awards,” broadcasting live November 8 at 8pm ET from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on the ABC Television Network. Overall the country genre has averaged 414.7 million monthly views on Vevo in 2017 (Source: Vevo Internal Analytics, US viewing metrics through 10/31/17). During a Vevo Live, the audience can tune in on different devices and from different locations. With video broadcast capabilities, fans are now able to get a deeper engagement with the artist, while keeping the music video at the heart and center of the experience. As a multiple screen co-viewing experience, this exclusive Vevo product allows artists to engage in a live chat with their fans, giving artists the ability to broadcast interactively alongside their music videos, and especially for this episode Vevo will be hosting multiple artists in Nashville streaming for two hours. Vevo Live at the CMA’s will be broadcast on Vevo.com. Fans can join through a special URL on mobile or desktop devices with the action also streamed on Youtube. To chat with the artists, fans must engage through Vevo.com, via desktop or mobile. The stream will be also available to view on Twitter at twitter.com/vevo. Facebook and Instagram. Fans can get a jump on the action by chatting with their fellow music lovers and asking questions to the artists in advance by heading to vevo.ly/VevoLiveCMA starting Friday 11/3 at 12pET. About Vevo Vevo is the world’s leading all-premium music video and entertainment platform with over 24 billion monthly views globally. Vevo delivers a personalized and expertly curated experience for audiences to explore and discover music videos, exclusive original programming and live performances from the artists they love on mobile, web and connected TV. About the CMA Awards The first “CMA Awards Banquet and Show” was held in 1967. The following year, the CMA Awards was broadcast for the first time – making it the longest running, annual music awards program on network television. The Awards have aired on ABC since 2006. ABC is the network home of the CMA Awards and CMA’s other two television properties, “CMA Fest” and “CMA Country Christmas,” through 2021. The CMA Awards air in 43 countries.

Luke Bryan Talks “Light It Up” and Maybe Taking a Break?

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This morning country superstar Luke Bryan took to the Bobby Bones Show at iHeartRadio to share his newest track “Light It Up” and the story behind the song. Take a listen to the track then see what he had to say about writing with Brad Tursi, of Old Dominion. Luke Bryan is currently on tour for his “Huntin, fishin, and lovin every day” run with Brett Eldredge, RaeLynn, and Granger Smith, as well as a few Farm Tour dates with Jon Pardi. Afterwards he plans on taking things a little easier for a minute, telling The Boot: “I really have not ever taken a breath since I rolled into this town,” Bryan said at the time. “So I’m kind of taking a little breath and enjoying that.”

Luke Bryan Makes Billboard Chart History with “Kill The Lights”

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Luke Bryan Makes Billboard Chart History as Kill The Lights Becomes First Album in 27 Years to Place Six Singles at No. 1 “Fast” is 18th Career No. 1 Single Luke Bryan co-hosted the Academy of Country Music Awards on CBS for a fifth consecutive year and performed the No. 1 country single in America, “Fast.”  The song hits the top spot on both the Billboard Country Airplay and Country Aircheck charts. Luke also becomes the only artist in the 27-year history of the Billboard Country Airplay chart to garner six No. 1 singles from an album. Luke’s Kill The Lights album bests his own history as tailgates & tanlines generated five No. 1 singles. “Fast,” written by Luke, Rodney Clawson and Luke Laird, also becomes his 18th career No. 1 single.  Luke’s previous No. 1’s from his Platinum-selling Kill The Lights album includes “Kick The Dust Up,” “Strip It Down,” “Home Alone Tonight,” “Huntin’ Fishin’ & Lovin’ Everyday” and “Move.”   On May 5 and 6, Luke will launch a brand new tour, “Huntin’ Fishin’ And Lovin’ Every Day Tour,” kicking off in Music City at Bridgestone Arena.   ABOUT LUKE BRYAN Country music superstar Luke Bryan is a two-time Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year and has hosted the ACM Awards for five consecutive. Since the debut of his first album in 2007 he has placed 18 singles at No.1, sold over 10 Million albums, sold more than 40 million tracks with three Billion music streams.   Luke’s concert tours have consistently sold out shows across North America including many NFL Stadiums like the Patriot’s Gillette Stadium where he played back-to-back sold out concerts last summer. Luke has also sold out Chicago’s Soldier Field, Cleveland’s First Energy Stadium, the AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Denver’s Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Ford Field in Detroit, home of the Vikings at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field, and Levi Stadium in San Francisco. In the last three years, Luke has performed to nearly five Million fans on tour.   For a one-stop shop for everything Luke Bryan, his community of fans have unparalleled access to his life through Luke Bryan’s official App. Launched in June 2015 in partnership with Disciple Media, the app offers everything from exclusive live streams to updates from the road, competitions to video premieres, exclusive merchandise and more. The App is available now on the Apple App Store and Google Play. Visit www.LukeBryan.com or follow Luke on Twitter @LukeBryanOnline, Instagram and Facebook  

Panama City Beach Announces Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam Headliners

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Country’s biggest stars are again descending on Nashville’s favorite beach, as Panama City Beach hosts the fifth annual Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam on September 1-3, 2017. This Labor Day weekend, visitors can split time playing along the sugar white sand beaches and catching favorites like Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and Little Big Town as they take the stage.             “This year’s lineup is bigger than ever. For our guests, it’s a great chance to combine a beach vacation with a terrific concert experience,” says Dan Rowe, president and CEO of Visit Panama City Beach. “There’s no better way to cap off the summer season and kick start fall than with these impressive country music stars.” Music will begin each day at 2:00pm so ticket holders can spend the morning enjoying the white sand beaches and bright Florida sunshine, before catching a shuttle to the concert venue. Tickets for the three-day festival to be held at Frank Brown Park go on sale April 2. Options include General Admission, the new VIP Pit Experience, Skybox, Side Stage and Golden Circle tickets. Special military tickets and early entry along with lodging packages will also be available. A portion of ticket proceeds will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. For additional information about Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam, including tickets, artist lineup updates, lodging and more, visit www.gulfcoastjam.com.

Luke Bryan’s Official Video for “Fast”

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ACM Entertainer of the Year nominee and four-time show co-host Luke Bryan released a poignant music video for single “Fast” today. The video features an acoustic performance by Luke on a bare stage as photos of his early childhood, career and family flow through as the music plays. “Fast” was the tenth Luke video directed by Michael Monaco and was written by Luke, Rodney Clawson and Luke Laird and is the sixth single off his Platinum selling KILL THE LIGHTS album. Watch it here: “Nothing makes me happier than knowing my family is safe and content,” says Luke. “Life does go too fast so we have to remind ourselves to stop and take in what is happening around us in our careers and our families lives.” Earlier this week, Luke performed “Fast” for radio programmers in Nashville for Country Radio Seminar, revealed his wax figure at Madame Tussauds in New York City, played a sold-out concert at Madison Square Garden and performed on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. This weekend, Luke continues the final leg of the “Kill The Lights Tour” with shows in Manchester, New Hampshire and Providence, Rhode Island.

Luke Bryan and Madame Tassauds Nashville Unveil Wax Figure

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World-renowned wax attraction Madame Tussauds unveiled their Luke Bryan wax figure yesterday afternoon at their Times Square Museum in New York City. Luke was present for the reveal to media getting his first look of the figure as well. Luke’s wax figure will be on display at their newest location in Nashville slated to open on April 14. Madame Tussauds figures involve teams of professional artists and sculptors who spend months on extensive research and take more than 300 measurements to recreate world-famous icons. After the unveiling Luke headed to Madison Square Garden to play a sold-out show and tonight he will perform on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. ABOUT LUKE BRYAN Country music superstar Luke Bryan is a two-time Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year. He has hosted the ACM Awards for four consecutive years and will return in 2017 to co-host the show on Sunday, April 2. Since the debut of his first album in 2007 he has placed 17 singles at No.1, sold over 10 Million albums, sold more than 40 million tracks with three Billion music streams. His Platinum-selling fifth studio album, Kill The Lights, debuted at No. 1 on both the Billboard Top 200 (his third to do so) and Top Country Albums charts, and contains five consecutive No 1 hits- so far. Luke’s concert tours have consistently sold out shows across North America including many NFL Stadiums like the Patriot’s Gillette Stadium where he played back-to-back sold out concerts last summer. Luke has also sold out Chicago’s Soldier Field, Cleveland’s First Energy Stadium, the AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Denver’s Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Ford Field in Detroit, home of the Vikings at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field, and Levi Stadium in San Francisco. In the last three years, Luke has performed to nearly five Million fans on tour.  On May 5 and 6, Luke will launch a brand new tour, “Huntin’ Fishin’ And Lovin’ Every Day Tour,” kicking off in Music City at Bridgestone Arena. For a one-stop shop for everything Luke Bryan, his community of fans have unparalleled access to his life through Luke Bryan’s official App. Launched in June 2015 in partnership with Disciple Media, the app offers everything from exclusive live streams to updates from the road, competitions to video premieres, exclusive merchandise and more. The App is available now on the Apple App Store and Google Play. Visit www.LukeBryan.com or follow Luke on Twitter @LukeBryanOnline, Instagram and Facebook About Madame Tussauds Nashville Madame Tussauds Nashville attraction is a new interactive wax experience where guests have the unique opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the world’s biggest musical icons. Built to honor Music City and its deep roots into America’s history, Madame Tussauds will host visitors from across the globe as they enjoy a historical walk through America’s musical past and present with vivid scenes supporting the colorful cast of Continue reading