The Academy of Country Music and ‘ZinePak have announced the release of the Official 2013 ACM Awards ‘ZinePak, a limited-edition package spotlighting 2013’s biggest names and brightest new stars in country music. The collection includes a 120-page magazine with 35 songs on 2 CDs. It also includes a ballot with this year’s ACM Awards nominees and an ACM bumper sticker. The ‘ZinePak will be available at Walmart stores nationwide and Walmart.com beginning March 26.
“This year’s ACM ‘ZinePak is just what the fans need to be ready when the ACM Awards air on April 7th,” Lisa Lee, the Academy’s senior vice president of Creative, PR & Production, said. “They can learn all about this year’s nominees, plus they can discover some great new artists on the horizon. We’re so thankful to our record label partners for helping us create such a great collection to celebrate the ACM Awards.”
This is the third partnership between the ACM and ‘ZinePak. The previous two compilations in 2011 and 2012 both debuted in the Top 20 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.
Disc One includes hit songs from all five ACM Entertainer of the Year nominees, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton and Taylor Swift. It also includes songs from Dierks Bentley, Brad Paisley, The Band Perry, Lee Brice, Brantley Gilbert, Hunter Hayes, Jana Kramer, Kacey Musgraves, Eli Young Band, Florida Georgia Line, Love and Theft and Thompson Square.
Disc Two includes hits from some of country’s brightest rising stars, including X Factor winner Tate Stevens and The Voice winner Cassadee Pope, along with 16 other artists. All 35 featured on the compilation provided exclusive interviews for the magazine which gives fans an inside look at the Academy and the social and philanthropic activities happening year-round tied to ACM Lifting Lives.
The magazine also includes interviews with GAC hosts Storme Warren and Suzanne Alexander, both longtime ACM veterans. Additionally, the package includes a ballot for fans to choose their picks in each category ahead of the ACM Awards, which air live on CBS on April 7 at 8/7c and a collectible bumper sticker.
“We are thrilled to partner with the Academy for the third straight year to create a ‘ZinePak for fans, ‘ZinePak co-founder Brittany Hodak said. “This year’s package is definitely the best yet, including 35 songs and more than 500 exclusive interview responses from country artists. From what happens when Blake and Luke walk into a bar to the wildest thing they’ve ever seen happen at the award show, country’s superstars held nothing back when they answered the questions for this year’s ‘ZinePak.”
“We are proud to be able to offer this package to fans at the incredible value of $10,” ‘ZinePak co-founder Kim Kaupe added. “We’d like to thank our friends at ConAgra’s Child Hunger Ends Here program; Coors Lite, the official beer of the ACM Awards; and GAC – Great American Country – for their partnership on this project. We’re confident fans will enjoy this year’s package even more than the previous two.”
The ‘Zinepack will be available in Walmart stores nationwide beginning March 26. Production will be limited to fewer than 45,000 copies.