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Dec 3

Luke Bryan Talks “Shaking It” & Catfish Ponds with Ellen

Luke Bryan Talks "Shaking It" & Catfish Ponds with Ellen

Luke Bryan photo by Joseph Llanes, courtesy of Schmidt Relations.

Fresh off his big win for Favorite Male Artist, Country, at the American Music Awards, Luke Bryan stopped by The Ellen Show to chat with pal Ellen DeGeneres about performing on the AMAs and a viral video featuring Luke’s more risqué dance moves. He also shared his secret for standing out in front of music’s biggest stars.

“Anytime you’re playing in front of Justin Timberlake and Gaga and all of these people that are just worldwide superstars and you’ve got ‘ol country bumpkin Luke Bryan up there, I’m like ‘I’m gonna have to shake it a little extra,’” he said.

Watch the hilarious video below – and find out what really happened to Luke’s truck! Continue Reading

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Nov 27

Taylor Swift Hides Out to Witness Her Dedicated Fans

Taylor Swift Hides Out to Witness Her Dedicated Fans

LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 24: Musician Taylor Swift poses for a portrait during the 2013 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 24, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Polk/AMA2013/Getty Images for DCP)

Taylor Swift has received a number of awards throughout her career, including the prestigious Pinnacle Award at this year’s CMA Awards and Artist of the Year at Sunday night’s American Music Awards. Each time Taylor accepts an award, she thinks of her fans, who have propelled her career to a level she could only dream of reaching.

“I think about the letters that I get from classrooms,” she said. “I think about the YouTube videos that my mom sends me of some little girl opening up her Christmas present and it’s tickets to my show and she freaks out. I think about videos of young girls playing songs on guitar they just learned.”

Taylor likes to witness her fans dedication first-hand. After a show, she says she sometimes tucks herself away where no one can see her, but she can watch her fans as they exit the venue, giving her the opportunity to take in the lengths they go through to show their love for her music. Continue Reading

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Nov 21

Florida Georgia Line Looking Forward to American Music Awards

Florida Georgia Line Looking Forward to American Music Awards

Florida Georgia Line photo by Kristin Barlowe, courtesy of BMLG.

Florida Georgia Line had a big night at the CMA Awards earlier this month, picking up trophies for both Vocal Duo of the Year and Single of the Year for their smash hit “Cruise.” Up next for the duo is a performance at the American Music Awards on November 24 where they are also nominated for four awards, including the all-genre New Artist Award.

“We’re really excited about the AMAs,” Brian Kelley said. “It’s an awards show that we’ve been watching for years.” They are also looking forward to catching  up with friends in other genres such as Ed Sheeran, whom they met while on tour with Taylor Swift. Continue Reading

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Oct 13

Taylor Swift & Florida Georiga Line Lead Country American Music Award Nominees

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Taylor Swift photo courtesy of Erickson Public Relations.

The nominees for the American Music Awards have been announced! Taylor Swift and Florida Georgia Line are the most-nominated country artists with four nods each. Taylor is up for the night’s big award, the all-genre Artist of the Year, along with Justin Timberlake, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Rihanna and Bruno Mars. Fans can cast their votes for their favorite nominees now.

Taylor’s Red Album is nominated for both country and pop/rock album of the year as well as Favorite Female Artist in the country and pop/rock categories. Florida Georgia Line find themselves nominated in the all-genre New Artist of the Year category with Ariana Grande, Imagine Dragons, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Phillip Phillips. Their hit song “Cruise,” featuring Nelly, is up for all-genre Single of the Year along with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop” and Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines.”

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Dec 26

2012 Rewind: No. 1 – Taylor Swift Shatters Sales Records

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Taylor Swift’s 2012 CD, Red. Photo courtesy of Big Machine Records.

When Taylor Swift announced the release date of her Red album and debuted the project’s lead single, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” during a live chat in August, there was no doubt that the album would be a big seller. The single itself shattered sales records, topping iTunes charts in under an hour and setting the record for the biggest digital sales week ever for a song by a female artist.

Following Red’s official October 22 release, Taylor had more than a million reasons to smile. The project moved 1.208 million copies in its first week to reach platinum status, making it music’s highest weekly sales number since Eminem’s The Eminem Show in 2002. Taylor is the only female artist – and the fourth artist ever – to sell more than one million albums in first week sales twice. Continue Reading

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Nov 30

Luke Bryan Goes Behind The Scenes of the AMAs

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LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 18: Singer Luke Bryan poses with the Favorite Country Music Male Artist award in the press room at the 40th American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 18, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Luke Bryan was a big winner at the American Music Awards recently, walking away with the award for Favorite Male Artist in the country category. In his latest episode of LBTV, he shows fans what went on behind the scenes of his big win.

The clip starts with Luke and his wife Caroline checking in from the car in route to the awards and Caroline shares the excitement about his nomination. They tackle the red carpet before the show begins and the episode wraps with a special message from Luke.

Photos from the 2012 American Music Awards >>

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Nov 26

Watch the Luke Bryan Farm Tour Concert Special on GAC

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Luke Bryan during his 2012 Farm Tour.

“I always dreamed of coming to Nashville and putting music out that drove people to come to a live show and join in the live show experience,” says Luke Bryan in Luke Bryan Farm Tour, a concert special premiering Wednesday, November 28 at 10p|9c on Great American Country (GAC). Luke’s energetic, hit-filled live show was filmed before 14,000 of his closest friends at one of his Farm Tour stops in Athens, GA. As the tour’s charitable endeavor, proceeds from the Farm Tour go to college scholarships for students from a farming family within the communities the tour played. GAC is pleased to present the platinum star’s first televised concert special.

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“Growing up in Georgia we’d put some speakers in a tractor shed, call a few folks, light a big bonfire, collect money at the cattle gate and that was our gig,” Luke jokes about the Farm Tour prototype. “This is the same thing; it’s just a lot bigger.”  The star’s recent eight-city Farm Tour attracted 100,000 fans, doubling the attendance of his ’11 Farm Tour.   Swelling crowds are something he’ll have to get used to as he embarks on his first headlining tour, Dirt Road Diaries, in 2013 and he’s quick to give credit to Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw and Jason Aldean.  “When I rewind and look back over the years of getting to open for Chesney and McGraw and Aldean, I’ve taken little things and watched what they do,” he says.  “The pressure is trying to put on the best show and reinventing what the country music audience might have already seen.”

Viewers will be treated to performances of “Rain is a Good Thing,” “Do I,” “Drunk on You,” “Don’t Want This Night to End,” ”Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye,” “Shore Thing,” “Country Girl Shake It For Me” and “Mukalee Creek Water” backed by his band and surrounded by state-of-the-art staging, lighting and even fireworks.  They’ll also get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into everything that goes into producing such a large-scale concert. While in Athens, Luke also stops by the Georgia Theatre, the place that while growing up, he dreamed of playing.  “I’ll never forget the joy of selling out the Georgia Theatre and the fact that we never had set lists onstage, I’d just call the songs out,” he recalls.  “I never want to lose that spontaneity, I’ve always wanted to keep it real, let it be about having fun and grow the show.”

Luke recently picked up his first American Music Award for “Favorite Male Country Artist;” he’s had quite the year and is currently enjoying a three-week No. 1 single, “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye.” He also just celebrated three back-to-back double platinum singles, “Country Girl (Shake It For Me),” “I Don’t Want This Night To End” and “Drunk On You,” all from his platinum-certified album, tailgates & tanlines. The Leesburg, GA, native has achieved six career No. 1 singles and tailgates & tanlines has remained a Top 5 album for all of 2012. Bryan will launch his first major headlining tour — the “Dirt Road Diaries Tour” — January 17.

Luke is also nominated for seven American Country Awards. The ACAs will air Monday, December 10 at 8p|7c on FOX.

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Nov 26

Watch Carrie Underwood’s Chilling “Two Black Cadillacs” Video Trailer

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Carrie Underwood photo courtesy of Schmidt Relations.

Carrie Underwood put the ‘black’ in Black Friday by releasing the trailer to her upcoming video, “Two Black Cadillacs.” In the short clip, Carrie plays the dramatic role of a widow done wrong, bringing the song’s lyrics to life on screen. The video will premiere in January 2013.

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Nov 23

Taylor Swift Closes In on Three Million Copies of Red Sold Worldwide

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Taylor Swift photo courtesy of Big Machine Label Group.

In less than a month, Taylor Swift’s Red album is nearing 2.8 million units sold worldwide. After debuting with music’s highest first-week album sales in over a decade, the album is in its third straight week in the No. 1 position on Billboard’s 200 top albums chart. Red  has topped the sales charts in 42 countries, with international sales of more than 920,000 albums. Taylor now holds the worldwide career record sales in excess of 26 million albums and 75 million song downloads.

Dates to see Taylor live on her upcoming Red Tour have been selling out in minutes. Her back-to-back shows at Foxborough, Mass.’s Gillette Stadium in July sold out in just 5 minutes. On Friday, she sold out three additional stadium shows as well as arenas in Los Angeles, Washington DC, Atlanta, Miami, Tampa, Columbus, San Diego and Sacramento. Continue Reading

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Nov 23

Top 10 Country Tweets of the Week

Country music stars sure love Twitter! This week, Luke Bryan, Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum and Jason Aldean are tweeting about the American Music Awards while Carrie Underwood‘s husband Mike Fisher shares his award show talent. Plus, Chris Young shares words of wisdom, Dierks Bentley wraps up 2012, Carrie returns to where it all started and Rascal Flatts meets Chuy from the TV show Chelsea Lately. Here are our picks for this week’s Top 10 Country Tweets Of The Week:

Reba McEntire, Luke Bryan & Kelly Clarkson

Photo courtesy of Twitter.com/LukeBryanOnline.

Luke Bryan – LukeBryanOnline: Can not believe I’m ending my night by celebrating with @kelly_clarkson and @reba! I’m one lucky guy.

Taylor Swift – TaylorSwift13: Walked into my AMA dressing room and there was this little bowl of candy in there. Literally shrieked with excitement. Need to tone it down.

Mike Fisher – MikeFisher1212: Man I can hold a purse with the best of them!! #AMA‘S

Lady Antebellum & Psy

Photo courtesy of Twitter.com/ladyantebellum.

Lady Antebellum – LadyAntebellum: And yes we just met the @psy_oppa. Should’ve busted out the dance moves. #AMAs Continue Reading

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