Taylor Swift photo courtesy of Erickson Public Relations.
Taylor Swift is the first female artist in history to sell out Sydney’s Allianz Stadium, where she kicked off the Australian leg of her RED Tour on December 5 to a capacity crowd of more than 40,900 fans. She is also the first female solo artist in twenty years to embark on a national stadium concert tour of Australia.
Taylor’s RED Tour played to 1.3 million fans in sold-out stadiums and arenas across the U.S. and Canada earlier this year and wrapped a 3-night run of sold-out shows at Auckland’s Vector Arena, playing to almost 30,000 fans, earlier this month. The Australian leg of the tour continues in Brisbane on December 7, Perth on December 11 and Melbourne on December 14 before heading to the UK and Germany in early 2014. Continue Reading
Taylor Swift photo courtesy of Erickson PR.
Taylor Swift kicked off the Australian leg of the Red Tour on November 29 in Auckland, New Zealand. On December 4, she will begin a series of stadium dates that will take her through Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Melbourne.
“I’m so excited about playing stadiums in Australia,” she said. “We’ve been going over there for a few years now and touring and last year with the stadium tour that we did, in Australia, I think we all had a feeling that things had been going well there. They’ve just been really supportive. Australia has been one most fun places we’ve ever toured, so going back over there to do stadiums is not difficult.” Continue Reading
Dolly Parton photo courtesy of Dolly Records.
Dolly Parton was involved in a car accident this morning in Nashville. NewsChannel5.com reports the incident happened just after 11:30 a.m. at the intersection of Vaulx Lane and Kirkwood Avenue.
Dolly was in the passenger seat of a Nissan Xterra driven by 68-year-old Judy Ogle. They were traveling eastbound on Kirkwood Avenue when a car driven by 64-year-old Diane Lish pulled into the intersection of Vaulx Lane. The two cars collided. A police investigation showed Lish failed to yield.
NewsChanne5.com adds Dolly and Ogle were taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center and only suffered minor injuries. Lish was taken to Centennial Medical Center, also with minor injuries.
“I was in a fender bender this morning here in Nashville, but I am all good… Just a little tired and sore. Resting at home now!” Dolly tweeted today.
In other Dolly news, she recently announced she’s heading to Australia. She will take her Blue Smoke World Tour to Australia in February 2014. The tour is in support of Dolly’s latest album, Blue Smoke, with a release date to be announced soon.
“Australia, here I come again,” Dolly said. “We have a lot of new and exciting things for the show and can’t wait to share it with you. I love my fans in that part of the world. You’ve been so very good to me for so many years and I know that we’re gonna have a wonderful time. It’s a long way from home in your part of the world, but I always feel like I’m right at home. So Australia, I’m coming home. Wait up!” Continue Reading
Craig Campbell photo courtesy of Bigger Picture Group.
Craig Campbell is headed Down Under this week with a full schedule of performances for his second visit to Australia. He’ll perform multiple times at the Tamworth Festival and will also take part in the 41st CMAA Country Music Awards of Australia on January 26.
In celebration of Craig’s performance at the Tamworth Festival, ABC Music/Universal Music Australia are releasing a deluxe edition of his previously released self-titled album. The deluxe album will include bonus material as well as his new single, “Outta My Head.” Continue Reading
Lady Antebellum photo courtesy of Capitol Nashville.
Lady Antebellum will head Down Under for the final leg of their Own The Night World Tour. They’ll travel to Australia in September to play three shows. Tickets will go on sale June 15 with pre-sale tickets available June 12. For more information, visit www.ladyantebellum.com.
“We’ve been anxiously waiting to announce that we’re going back to Australia,” Dave Haywood said. “We were over there a little bit over a year ago with Keith Urban, and it was honestly one of the best experiences of our performing career.”
To date, Lady A has sold 850,000 tickets on the first leg of the Own The Night World Tour which hits Cleveland, OH, Pittsburgh, PA and Rochester, NY this weekend. They turned their recent tour stop in Louisville, Kentucky into a charity ball for the Henryville, Indiana community which was ravaged by a tornado, even hosting a prom event for the juniors and seniors of Henryville High School before the show. The special concert raised $285,000. Continue Reading
Carrie Underwood photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.
Carrie Underwood’s first trip to Australia concluded over the weekend. Down Under to promote the June 10 release of Play On: Deluxe Edition and the Australian release of her film Soul Surfer, Carrie spent almost two weeks in the country, visiting television and radio stations, conducting interviews and of course, performing, including a spot on Australia’s Dancing With The Stars. Carrie’s travels were almost sidelined, however, due do the ash-cloud from the Chilean volcano. Rather than disappoint fans, Carrie took an 11-hour bus ride from Melbourne to Sydney.
“I didn’t want to take the chance to miss performing for my fans in Sydney, so we decided to get a bus and make the drive!” Carrie said. “It also gave me an opportunity to see more of the country than I’d otherwise get to see, which was very exciting!” Continue Reading
Dolly Parton photo courtesy of Dolly Records.
Dolly Parton is returning to the CMA Music Festival for the first time since the mid 1970s. She will sign autographs on Saturday, June 11, at noon for a limited number of winners in the Fan Fair Exhibit Hall. Her return to country music’s biggest festival is her way of celebrating the 40th anniversary of Fan Fair. She will also appear at Marty Stuart’s Late Night Jam at 10 p.m. on June 8 at the Ryman Auditorium.
CMA Music Festival isn’t the only thing Dolly is returning to after a long absence. She is set to make her first trip to Australia in more than 30 years in November, reports Pedestrian TV. Her visit Down Under will be one of the highlights of the summer concerts scheduled to trek through the country.
Dolly has fans all over the world, including the UK. The UK’s music magazine The Q recently asked Dolly who she thought should play her in a biopic. She had an answer – but she also had a couple of exceptions. Continue Reading
Keith Urban photo courtesy of twitter.com/KeithUrban.
When most people get off an airplane, they rush into the nearest bathroom to freshen up and then trudge to baggage claim. Keith Urban is not most people — he has to face paparazzi and reporters.
Keith recently wrapped up the Australian leg of his Get Closer 2011 World Tour, playing to sold-out crowds from Melbourne to Sydney. The tour was hailed by critics across Australia. Of his concerts, a Brisbane newspaper said, “when it comes to value for money, it’s hard to top Keith Urban. He is a superstar in every sense of the word.”
The talented four-time Grammy winner’s charisma extends offstage as well, as you’ll see in this video of Keith arriving in Australia (courtesy of PFA Media). Even after flying for 19+ hours, Keith handles the constant streams of camera flashes and an impromptu interview like a pro.
If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to fly the friendly skies and then navigate through airports as a superstar, watch this clip: Continue Reading
Joe Nichols photo by Jon Smith, courtesy of Universal Records South.
Joe Nichols is heading Down Under. He will kick off his third visit to Australia on April 29 with the first stop of his The Shape I’m In Australian Tour at the Empire Theatre in Toowoomba, QLD. The tour comes on the heels of Joe’s performance at last month’s CMC Rocks The Hunter festival. Joe’s tour will also stop in Caboolture, Rockhampton, Sydney, Albury and end in Melbourne.
“Joe has been a big hit here in Australia,” said promoter Rob Potts. “The country music fans can’t seem to get enough of him. I know he sold out of product at each of his previous shows. He has been diligent and consistent about coming back to Australia to develop his fanbase here, and I feel like that’s paying off for him.”
“My previous visits to Australia created fantastic memories, so I’m definitely looking forward to another visit,” Joe said. “I can’t wait to get back to Australia – it is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. I think every person in the entire country is nice. Seriously – I haven’t seen or heard of a mean person yet. And they love country music. Gonna be a great time.” Continue Reading