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Apr 14

Keith Urban Looking Forward to Hitting the Road

Keith Urban Looking Forward to Hitting the Road

Keith Urban photo courtesy of Capitol Nashville.

Keith Urban is looking forward to kicking off his Raise ‘Em Up Tour in  July. He’s also eager to take his opening acts, Jerrod Niemann and Brett Eldredge, on the road with him.

“I had heard Jerrod’s record as it was being done because Jimmie Lee Sloas is a friend of mine and he’s producing it, and so he sent me some tracks,” Keith said. “Literally, it was when I heard about six tracks off that record, I immediately wanted to see if he would come out and join us. And Brett, we’d already done the tour in Canada together, and he’s just an incredible singer, cool cat, he’s got a great record too, so [I’m] very happy to bring them out with us.” Continue Reading

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Apr 7

George Strait, Miranda Lambert & Keith Urban Big Winners at the 2014 ACM Awards

George Strait, Miranda Lambert & Keith Urban Big Winners at the 2014 ACM Awards

LAS VEGAS, NV – APRIL 06: Singer/songwriter George Strait poses in the press room with the Entertainer of the Year award during the 49th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 6, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jason Kempin/WireImage)

Winners have been announced for the 49th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, a star-studded ceremony broadcast LIVE April 6 on CBS from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.  Fans named George Strait the Entertainer of the Year, the evening’s biggest honor and the second win of his career in that category. This year marked another record-breaking year with 1.5 million fan votes cast for Entertainer of the Year and New Artist of the Year categories combined, and also marked the first time online fan voting for these categories were open to fans in Australia and Canada.

The king of country music and newly-crowned Entertainer of the Year, George Strait, also participated in a special moment with Owner, President and General Manager of the Dallas Cowboys, Jerry Jones. During the telecast the two announced the 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS to be broadcast LIVE from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 8 p.m. live ET/delayed PT on CBS. It was also announced that Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan will return to co-host the show.

Merle Haggard was honored with the Crystal Milestone Award,which was presented by Garth Brooks and celebratedwith a tribute performance featuring Miranda Lambert and George Strait.

Jason Aldean won Male Vocalist of the Year,his second consecutive win in this category. He has won an overall total of 7 ACM Awards.

Miranda Lambert won for the fifth consecutive year as Female Vocalist of the Year, and is now the record holder for the most consecutive wins in that category. She is the leading female winner of the night, with a total of three trophies. Lambert also took the prize for Single Record of the Year for “Mama’s Broken Heart,” and Vocal Event of the Year for “We Were Us” with Keith Urban.

The Band Perry won their first Vocal Group of the Year award. This marks their third overall ACM win; they won the New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year award and New Artist of the Year in 2010. Continue Reading

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Apr 2

Keith Urban Knew “Highway Don’t Care” Would Do Well

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Keith Urban photo courtesy of Capitol Nashville.

Keith Urban has no less than six nominations at Sunday’s ACM Awards. Three of those nods are for “Highway Don’t Care” with Tim McGraw and Taylor Swift. The song, which features Keith on guitar, is up for Vocal Event, Music Video and Single of the Year.

“When I got the call from Tim about playing a solo on ‘Highway Don’t Care,’ that’s just one of those magical little moments, you know?” Keith said. “When I heard the song I went, ‘God, this is a great song,’ and I heard it before Taylor was on it. The first time I heard the whole thing completed was on the radio, and it sounded amazing. I just thought, ‘Gosh, I think this song’s gonna do really well.’” Continue Reading

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Mar 31

Academy of Country Music Announces Events for ACM Party for a Cause Festival

Academy of Country Music Announces Events for ACM Party for a Cause Festival

The Academy of Country Music has announced a number of activities and special events that will take place during the 2nd Annual ACM Party for a Cause Festival, a two-day music festival headlined by Rascal Flatts and Keith Urban on Friday, April 4 and Saturday, April 5. The festival will feature multiple stages for live country music, interactive games, a country marketplace, and more including the ACM & Cabela’s Great Outdoors Archery Event, ACM Expo Marketplace presented by Roper, Coors Light Beer Garden, Diet Dr Pepper Red Carpet Experience, Firestone’s Destination Country Tour, RAM Ride and Drive and many more.

“We are thrilled to partner with some of America’s most recognized brands in order to create a dynamic, interactive experience for our fans,” Teresa George, Senior Vice President, Brand Integration and Strategic Partnerships for the Academy of Country Music, said. “Each brand’s participation is pivotal in making The Week Vegas Goes Country® one of the most exciting weeks in Las Vegas!”

The 2nd Annual ACM Party for a Cause Festival is part of The Week Vegas Goes Country leading up to the 49th Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 8/7c on CBS. Headlined by Rascal Flatts on Friday and Keith Urban on Saturday, Danielle Bradbery, Justin Moore, Cassadee Pope, Thomas RhettFlorida Georgia Line and The Cadillac Three will also perform on Friday with Will HogeChase Rice and Charlie Worsham on the Party Stage. Lee BriceBrett EldredgeTyler FarrKip MooreJoe NicholsJerrod NiemannChris YoungLove and Theft and Parmalee. Joel Crouse, Jon Pardi, Leah Turner, Austin Webb, Dan + Shay, and Max Impact, the premier rock band of the United States Air Force, will perform on the Party Stage on Saturday. Continue Reading

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Mar 28

Carrie Underwood Keeps Her No. 1 Streak Alive on Top 20

Carrie Underwood Keeps Her No. 1 Streak Alive on Top 20

Carrie Underwood photo by James White, courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.

Carrie Underwood remains at No. 1 for an eighth week on Top 20 Country Countdown with her “Blown Away Medley.” Blake Shelton and Little Big Town round out the Top 3 while new videos from Hunter Hayes, Tim McGraw and Brett Eldredge made their countdown debuts.

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Want to re-watch some of your favorite interviews? Head over to our Top 20 section for videos and photos. You can also catch Top 20 Extras, cast your votes and take a look at the current chart to see where your favorite videos land.

This Week’s Chart:

  1. Carrie Underwood – “Blown Away Medley”
  2. Blake Shelton – “Doin’ What She Likes”
  3. Little Big Town – “Sober”
  4. Keith  Urban – “Cop Car”
  5. Luke Bryan – “Drink A Beer”
  6. Katie Armiger – “Safe”
  7. Lady Antebellum – “Compass”
  8. Cassadee Pope – “I Wish I Could Break Your Heart”
  9. Brantley Gilbert – “Bottoms Up”
  10. Rascal Flatts – “Rewind” Continue Reading

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Mar 25

Keith Urban & Vince Gill to Host Fifth Annual All 4 The Hall Benefit Concert

Keith Urban & Vince Gill to Host Fifth Annual All 4 The Hall Benefit Concert

Keith Urban photo courtesy of Capitol Nashville.

Keith Urban and Vince Gill will once again return to the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville for their annual We’re All 4 The Hall benefit concert. Set for May 6, the show will benefit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. This year’s theme will be “Songtellers (A LARGE Intimate Evening).”

Performers on the night include Keith, Vince, Brantley Gilbert, Brett Eldredge, Carrie Underwood, David Nail, Deana Carter, Kacey Musgraves, Kip Moore, Lee Ann Womack with Buddy Miller, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Reba McEntire and Ronnie Milsap. Each artist will perform a song they have recorded and/or written or a classic and will tell the story about the song – why they wrote it, why they recorded it and what it means to them. Continue Reading

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Mar 12

Keith Urban Announces Raise ‘Em Up Tour

Keith Urban Announces Raise 'Em Up Tour

Keith Urban photo courtesy of Capitol Nashville.

Keith Urban has announced he will hit the road on his Raise ‘Em Up Tour this summer. Set to kick off July 12 at the Calgary Stampede in Alberta before launching in the U.S. in Atlantic City on July 17, the tour will feature Jerrod Niemann and Brett Eldredge as special guests. The tour will include an all-new stage production and first-time performances of music from Keith’s latest album, Fuse.

“The Raise Em Up Tour will be a complete build from the sky down,” Keith said. “New staging, new production, a lot more songs from Fuse that the fans have been requesting, a different mix of previous hits, and some rarities from past albums that we haven’t played in a while if ever! And we’ll be sharing the stage with Brett and Jerrod, both with killer new albums!” Continue Reading

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Mar 10

Keith Urban & Rascal Flatts to Headline ACM Party for a Cause Festival

Keith Urban & Rascal Flatts to Headline ACM Party for a Cause Festival

Keith Urban and Rascal Flatts will headline the 2nd Annual ACM Party for a Cause Festival, set for Friday, April 4 and Saturday, April 5. The festival will be the first-ever special event held at The LINQ, Caesars Entertainment’s new shopping, dining and entertainment district at the heart of the Las Vegas Strip. The event is part of The Week Vegas Goes Country, leading up to the 49th Academy of Country Music Awards which will air live on CBS Sunday, April 6 at 8/7c with co-hosts Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton.

Friday’s “Outnumber Hunger Live!” concert series will benefit Outnumber Hunger, an initiative from General Mills, Big Machine Label Group and Feeding America that helps fight hunger in local communities. Rascal Flatts will headline the night, which will also feature performances from Danielle Bradbery, Justin Moore, Cassadee Pope, Thomas RhettFlorida Georgia Line and The Cadillac Three. Will HogeChase Rice and Charlie Worsham will perform on the Party Stage. Continue Reading

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Feb 26

Keith Urban to Headline First U.S. iTunes Festival

Keith Urban to Headline First U.S. iTunes Festival

Keith Urban photo courtesy of Capitol Nashville.

Keith Urban will perform at the first U.S. iTunes Festival, set for March 11 – 15. Taking place at ACL Live at the Moody Theater, home of Austin City Limits, the iTunes Festival at SXSW will also feature Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, Pitbull, ZEDD and more. Fans can watch the festival live and on-demand stream via the iTunes Store on their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or PC. Performances can also be seen in the iTunes Festival app.

“The iTunes Festival in London has become an incredible way for Apple to share its love of music with our customers,” Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services said. “We’re excited about the incredible lineup of artists performing and SXSW is the perfect place to debut the first iTunes Festival in the US.” Continue Reading

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Jan 30

Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw, Keith Urban & More React to ACM Nominations

Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw, Keith Urban & More React to ACM Nominations

Nominees for the 49th Annual ACM Awards were announced Wednesday through the third annual ACM digital press conference on the Academy’s Facebook and Twitter pages with help from the likes of Erin Andrews, 2 Broke Girls star Beth Behrs, Lucy Hale, Jerrod Niemann, Nancy O’Dell, Duck Dynasty’s Willie and Korie Robertson, Darius Rucker and more. Miranda Lambert and Tim McGraw lead the way with seven nominations each. Country stars were quick to react to the good news.

Miranda  Lambert’s nominations include Entertainer of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, Single Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Video of the Year for “Mama’s Broken Heart,” and two nods for Vocal Event of the Year, for “We Were Us” with Keith Urban and “Boys ‘Round Here” as part of the Pistol Annies.

“I’m beside myself about the ACM nominations,” she said. “Every single time I see my name on any ballot I still get butterflies and can’t believe sometimes that this is my life.  Especially being nominated for Entertainer of the Year! As a female artist, it has been a long time goal for me to be in this category. And such great company too! I work hard on my craft and my art, and to be nominated alongside these incredible artists that are my friends and peers, means the world to me. The road is my other home and the band and crew are my family. So I share this nomination proudly with them! All the miles have paid off! Cheers y’all! Girl power!”

Tim McGraw, whose nominations include Video of the Year for “Highway Don’t Care” featuring Taylor Swift and Keith Urban as well as Album of the Year, Single Record of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year as both artist and producer, took to Twitter to congratulate his fellow nominees. “Congrats to all the acm nominees…” he wrote. “Gonna be a fun night!” Continue Reading

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