Tickets to both the 2015 ACM Awards at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas and the ACM Party For A Cause at Globe Life Park, also in Arlington, are already sold out! Fans scooped up 70,000 tickets in just 18 minutes to the two events which are set to take place April 17-19. The events were the biggest -- and fastest -- selling in the Academy’s history.
Texas native George Strait predicted that the ACM Awards would be a big ticket in Arlington from backstage at this year's ACM Awards earlier this month. "I don't think they're gonna have a problem there. It's a great venue. If you haven't been there you gotta go. It's amazing. I think the ACMs is gonna be great there. I mean, those big screens are just incredible so I'm looking forward to being there. Hopefully, I can be a part of it and June 7th is gonna be . . . We're gonna have like a hundred and I don't know, 10,000 people there, and all these great artists and so it's gonna be a fun night."
Additional tickets might be made available as staging for all ACM events becomes finalized and production opens up seats to reveal more space in each venue. Fans are encouraged to sign up for the ACM A-List for FREE at www.ACMcountry.com to receive such event updates.
The 50th ACM Awards will be broadcast live for the first time ever from AT&T Stadium in Arlington on Sunday, April 19th at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan will return to co-host next year's awards.
The Band Perry are in the process of working toward their career third album. The trio is writing and still honing in on what they really want to say, but as Kimberly Perry tells us, this time around it's all about feel. "We have begun, slowly but surely, and I can’t even tell you what’s in our heads yet, because we’re still trying to get it all out on paper. But you know, it’s an amazing thing, the creative process. While the first record began with ‘If I Die Young,’ that was the creative catalyst, on Pioneer it was sort of about really working really hard on each song. We re-wrote two and three times. On the third album I can say it’s all about feel. ‘How does this feel? This feels good. This is gonna feel good live.’ So it’s already taken a life of its own and it has its own personality. We’ll see what it becomes."
The Band Perry are climbing the charts with their latest single, "Chainsaw," which they peformed live on the ACM Awards earlier this month.
The Zac Brown Band will head out on a new tour this summer called The Great American Road Trip tour. Joining them will be a new eighth member of the group, bassist Matt Mangano. Mangana has joined the band on stage for guest performances in the past in addition to working with the guys in the studio on The Grohl Sessions Vol. 1 and Uncaged.
The Great American Road Trip tour launches on May 24th in Lincoln, Nebraska. Kacey Musgraves will open four shows on the trek.
Here is the list of new tour dates:
5/24 – Lincoln, Neb. | Pinnacle Bank Arena 5/29 – Tampa, Fla. | MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheater* 5/30 – Tampa, Fla. | MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheater* 5/31 – West Palm Beach, Fla. | Cruzan Amphitheatre* 6/01 – West Palm Beach, Fla. | Cruzan Amphitheatre* 6/05 – Orange Beach, Ala. | The Amphitheater at the Wharf 6/06 – Pelham, Ala. |Oak Mountain Amphitheatre 6/07 – Atlanta, Ga. | Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood 6/12 – Charlotte, N.C. | PNC Music Pavilion 6/13 – Cincinnati, Ohio |Riverbend Music Center 6/14 – Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio | Blossom Music Center 6/19 – Camden, N.J. | Susquehanna Bank Center 6/20 – Camden, N.J. | Susquehanna Bank Center 6/21 – Forest Hills, N.Y. | Forest Hills Stadium 6/22 – Bristow, Va. | Jiffy Lube Live 6/27 – Boston, Mass. | Fenway Park 6/28 – Boston, Mass. | Fenway Park 7/03 – Milwaukee, Wisc. | Summerfest – Marcus Amphitheater 7/10 – Holmdel, N.J. | PNC Bank Arts Center 7/12 – Burgettstown, Pa. | First Niagara Pavilion 7/13 – Noblesville, Ind. | Klipsch Music Center 7/16 – Paso Robles, Calif. | Midstate Fair 7/20 – Lake Tahoe, Nev. | Harvey’s Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena 8/02 – Camrose, Alberta, Canada | Big Valley Jamboree 8/04 – Sturgis, S.D. |Buffalo Chip 8/09 – Detroit Lakes, Minn. | WE Fest 8/15 – Endicott, N.Y . | Dick’s Sporting Goods Open * With Kacey Musgraves
BITS AND PIECES: TAYLOR SWIFT, KENNY CHESNEY & MORE!
Will Taylor Swift be making a guest appearance on the HBO series Girls? That's the latest buzz after photographers caught the show's creator and star, Lena Dunham, heading into Taylor's NYC apartment on Monday (April 14th) carrying several bags and what appeared to be a script. Lena later tweeted that season four of Girls begins shooting this week.
Kip Moore is releasing a brand new single called "Dirt Road" from his upcoming sophomore album. The track is currently available at all digital retailers and was co-written by Kip. He said, "The groove of this song is something that really grabbed me. I actually worked it up with the band on the road and we played it live that same night. We did that with a lot of the new songs and in a way the live crowds helped shape this album because of that."
Kenny Chesney updated fans yesterday (Tuesday, April 15th) on what he's been doing lately. The singer tweeted a picture of himself in the recording studio writing, "In studio working on new album. Can't wait for everyone to hear the new music." There's no word yet on when fans can expect to find the new CD in stores.
DOLLY PARTON CELEBRATES RECORD STORE DAY WITH SPECIAL VINYL RELEASE
Dolly Parton will celebrate Record Store Day on Saturday (April 19th) with the release of a limited 7-inch vinyl. The blue vinyl features two tracks from Dolly’s upcoming album Blue Smoke -- "Blue Smoke" and "Home."
Blue Smoke will officially be released on May 13th. The album features 12 bluegrass and country songs, including covers of Bob Dylan and Bon Jovi classics and duets with Willie Nelson and Kenny Rogers.
Dolly tells us about Blue Smoke. "Well, I think this particular Blue Smoke CD kind of covers everything I've done in my music because there's colors of all of me in this particular CD, but of course bluegrass I love, and all of us know that bluegrass is one of the greatest music genres of all time but you can't make any money doing it (laughs) so I never could just go right into bluegrass back in the day, but we actually did some of everything in this particular album but I especially do love the flavors that have that old mountain flavor, and to me what makes it more bluegrass (is) I love the bluegrass harmonies, so we did a lot of bluegrass harmonies even on the ones that were more rock-ey or rock and roll-ey or harder country I wanted to flavor it with a lot of bluegrass harmonies."
Blue Smoke marks the first release of new music from Dolly since 2011.
Jake Owen has a new sponsor on his Days of Gold tour and it's a perfect match for the singer. Discover Boating is teaming with Jake to inspire his fans and concertgoers to discover life on the water.
As a lifelong boater, Jake will share personal stories of how boating creates unique connections, freedom, and fun in his life and music. These vignettes will be featured throughout the tour and as part of Discover Boating’s new 2014 "Stories of Discovery" series, which will share real boaters’ inspiring stories of their life on the water through documentary-style videos.
Jake said, "Growing up on the water, boating has always been a part of my life. I can’t think of anything better than floating down the water, drinking a cold beverage and hanging with your friends. On this tour, I wanted everyone to feel that by the river vibe and having Discover Boating as part of the action every night is amazing!"
Jake's appropriately-titled single, "Beachin’," is a Top 25 hit on the country charts.
SARA EVANS TO HEADLINE AMERICAN RED CROSS BENEFIT
Sara Evans is heading to Knoxville, Tennessee later this month to perform a benefit concert for the East Tennessee Region of the American Red Cross. The singer will perform at the third annual Red, White and Rock concert on April 24th at Scripps Networks Interactive.
The event is being billed as an "intimate event," and will include dinner and a cocktail hour. Tickets are $500 per person, and all guests will have the chance to meet Sara and get a picture with her.
To order tickets, visit american.redcross.org/redwhiterock.
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