Archive | May 19, 2014

Carrie Underwood Honors Soldiers With Song Written For ACM Military Tribute Show

Keep Us Safe Carrie UnderwoodCarrie Underwood, an 11-time Academy of Country Music Award winner, co-penned a song specifically for the Academy’s military tribute show, ACM PRESENTS: AN ALL-STAR SALUTE TO THE TROOPS.  Carrie’s performance of “Keep Us Safe” will debut during the broadcast on Tuesday, May 20, 9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT on the CBS Television Network.  Coinciding with her performance, the song will be available digitally with proceeds benefiting ACM Lifting Lives®, the charitable arm of the Academy.


“When we were approached to be a part of the show, I was so excited to do something to honor our troops and because ACM Lifting Lives does such great work.  I wanted to take the time to really think about what song I wanted to perform,” shares Carrie.  “I had a writing session scheduled with my co-writers and friends Hillary Lindsey, Luke Laird, and Shane McAnally, and I guess the show was weighing on my mind. I think we all left the session knowing the song was special because it basically wrote itself that day!”


In addition to being a three-time ACM Top Female Vocalist, in 2010 she became the first female artist to win ACM Entertainer of the Year twice.

ACM PRESENTS: AN ALL-STAR SALUTE TO THE TROOPS is produced for television by dick clark productions. Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan and R.A. Clark are executive producers. Barry Adelman is producer. Bob Romeo is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.

About ACM Lifting Lives
ACM Lifting Lives® is the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Country Music dedicated to improving lives through the power of music.  Through partnerships with artists and strong ties in the music industry, ACM Lifting Lives develops and funds music-related therapy and education programs, and serves members of the community who face unexpected hardships through its Diane Holcomb Emergency Relief Fund. Through generous donations and the support of artists and fans, ACM Lifting Lives is able to fund everything from disaster relief and helping communities in need, to music education in schools and music camps for those with disabilities, to supporting programs that use music therapy as a means to help our veterans and wounded warriors, while providing grants to help them ease back into life. For more information, please visit

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Superstars Miranda Lambert And Carrie Underwood To Perform “Somethin’ Bad” Duet On 2014 CMT Music Awards

Superstars Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood will perform their new duet “Somethin’ Bad” on the 2014 CMT MUSIC AWARDS on Wednesday, June 4 at 8:00 p.m. ET from Bridgestone Arena.  With Miranda’s new album Platinum coming in just two weeks, fans can now pre-order the album at and receive “Somethin’ Bad,” and Miranda’s hit single “Automatic,” now.

Miranda and Carrie have both garnered 2014 CMT MUSIC AWARDS nominations, including videos in the Video of the Year category.  Miranda leads the nominations this year with a total of six, with five previous wins, and Carrie has received the most career CMT MUSIC AWARDS wins for a female artist with nine.  Voting is open now through June 1 online at and at CMT Mobile.  The Video of The Year finalists will be announced at the beginning of the live show and fans can then vote at, CMT mobile and via text message throughout the live telecast (ET/CT only) to determine the night’s big winner.  For more information as it becomes available, follow @CMT on Twitter and Instagram, use hashtag #CMTawards and like the CMT MUSIC AWARDS on Facebook.

Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter Miranda Lambert is the reigning four-time CMA and reigning five-time ACM Female Vocalist of the Year (the first time anyone has won 5 consecutive years). Her last album, Four The Record, made history when it debuted atop Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, making Miranda the first country artist in the 47-year history of the chart to have each of her first four albums debut at # 1. All four of those albums have also been certified Platinum, which is the name of her fifth studio album, due out June 3rd.

The first single off of Platinum, “Automatic,” is Miranda’s highest charting first week single to date.  Written by Miranda, Nicolle Galyon and Natalie Hemby, the autobiographical song reflects on the days of pay phones, learning to drive a stick shift, driving to Dallas to buy an Easter dress, recording the country countdown on her cassette recorder and more.

In addition to her award winning music, Miranda has designed a shoe line that is available at DSW and other retailers across the country. She also dedicates much of her time to her MuttNation Foundation. The foundation has raised more than $1.5 million to aid organizations and governmental institutions or entities whose purpose is to build animal shelters for better care; increase pet adoption and encourage responsible pet guardianship; rehabilitate sick or unsocialized animals; fund spay/neuter programs; reduce/eliminate euthanasia of healthy animals.  She also owns two life style boutiques, general stores she named, The Pink Pistol. The stores are located in her hometown of Lindale, TX and Tishomingo, OK.

Six-Time Grammy winner Carrie Underwood has sold more than 15 million albums worldwide and placed 18 singles at #1, with nine of those as co-writes, all within four albums since winning American Idol in 2005.  She has won a vast array of awards including six GRAMMYs® and three female vocalist awards from both the Country Music Association (CMA) and the Academy of Country Music (ACM).  In 2010 when Carrie garnered her second win as ACM Entertainer of the Year, she became the first female artist to win the award twice.  Carrie has won a total of 11 ACM Awards, 5 CMA Awards, 7 American Music Awards, 6 People’s Choice Awards, 9 CMT Music Awards, 12 American Country Awards, 9 BMI Songwriter Awards, and is a proud member of the Grand Ole Opry.  In the spring of 2013, Carrie wrapped her highly successful headline arena tour, “The Blown Away Tour,” where she performed a total of 112 dates in 110 cities, in 6 countries across 3 continents, playing for more than 1 million fans and selling out every concert in 2013.

This past December, Carrie starred as Maria Von Trapp in NBC’s three-hour live broadcast of The Sound of Music, based on the original musical, delivering a ratings bonanza as the show ranked #1 across all half hours of the broadcast.  More than 44 million viewers saw some or all of the groundbreaking December 5 event and Dec 14 re-airing.  Carrie is also the voice of primetime television’s #1 program, Sunday Night Football on NBC, singing the opening theme song, “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night.”  She was recently named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world.

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Jamie Lynn Spears Surprises Fans With The Journey EP Spotify Stream

Jamie Lynn SpearsJamie Lynn Spears surprises fans with a week-long Spotify stream of The Journey EP! Still set to release on May 27th, fans can get a sneak peek of the five full tracks off of Jamie Lynn’s highly anticipated debut EP.

Including the hit, “How Could I Want More”, Jamie Lynn’s EP features five tracks co-written with some of Nashville’s most talented writers: Liz Rose, Chris Tompkins, Lisa Carver, Tyler Hayes, Rivers Rutherford, and Corey Crowder.

The Journey EP will be available on iTunes May 27th. We invite you to preview the EP on Spotify NOW, and pick out your favorite tracks!

To pre-order The Journey EP, go here:


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Lady Antebellum Debuts “Bartender” On TV This Week; Watch Lyric Video

Lady AntebellumSeven-time GRAMMY award-winning trio Lady Antebellum will make the television debut of their sultry new single “Bartender” this Wednesday (5/21) on the season finale of American Idol at 7:00P CT on FOX. The new track is now available for purchase on iTunes and is also officially going for adds at country radio this week.

To listen to “Bartender,” click here:

View the new lyric video for “Bartender” here:

From Los Angeles, the trio will cross the country to perform on Good Morning America on Friday (5/23), where they’ll kick off the show’s Summer Concert Series live from Central Park. Fans outside of New York City will be able to catch the group on their headlining 2014 TAKE ME DOWNTOWN TOUR through the fall. For a full list of upcoming television appearances and tour dates, visit

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Lady Antebellum Surprised With Presentation Of The 2012 CMA International Artist Achievement Award

(l-r) Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott, Moore, and Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood. Photo credit: Donn Jones/CMA

(l-r) Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott, Moore, and Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood.
Photo credit: Donn Jones/CMA

During a press conference to announce their new global charity initiative LadyAID™, Lady Antebellum was surprised today when CMA Chief Executive Officer Steve Moore presented the group with the CMA International Artist Achievement Award.

Formerly the International Touring Artist Award, the CMA International Artist Achievement Award recognizes outstanding achievement by a U.S.-based artist who contributes to the awareness and development of Country Music outside the United States.

“We’re so honored,” said Hillary Scott. “This year especially, being able to take our tour to Europe and then to Australia, and meet even more of our fans all over the world, and to take Country Music that far, we don’t take that lightly. We really, truly do want to make this town and the Country Music community proud when we go overseas and perform.”

“We wish Lady Antebellum much success as they help children around the world,” said Moore. “And it is because of their work around the globe as ambassadors of Country Music that we are presenting them with the International Artist Award.”

Lady Antebellum has sold more than 11 million albums worldwide. Their “Own the Night World Tour” staged performances in 11 countries for more than one million fans including sold out shows in Dublin, London, Toronto, and three-nights at the famed Sydney Opera House. The trio’s first world tour also earned Billboard’s all-genre “Breakthrough Award” at the 2012 Billboard Touring Awards for its total ticket sales and other touring data.

The group are multiple-award winners including most recently the 2012 CCMA International Best Selling Album Award (Canada). They were nominated for the 2012 Brit Award for Best International Group (UK). They received a CMC Music Award nomination for International Artist of the Year (Australia) as well as the 2011 Juno Award for International Album of the Year (Canada).

Among their many international accomplishments, their hit “Need You Now” went to No. 1 in Brazil, Mexico, New Zealand, and Switzerland; and Top 5 in more than 20 countries. The album was certified Triple Platinum (Canada); Double Platinum (South Africa); Platinum (Australia and New Zealand); and Gold (China, Ireland, Taiwan, and UK).

Lady Antebellum was certified Platinum (Canada) and Own the Night has been certified Platinum in Canada and Gold in Australia and South Africa.

Previous winners of the CMA International Artist Achievement Award include:

1996    BR5 49    2004    Dolly Parton
1997    The Mavericks    2005    Keith Urban
1998    Trisha Yearwood    2006    Dixie Chicks
1999    Shania Twain    2007    Dwight Yoakam
2000    Reba McEntire    2008    Dierks Bentley and Brooks & Dunn
2001    Lonestar    2009    Taylor Swift
2002    Bellamy Brothers    2010    Not presented
2003    Dixie Chicks    2011    Brad Paisley

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HGTV Returns To The CMA Music Festival With Star-Studded Lineup And Interactive Fan Venue “The Lodge”

HGTV’s star-studded lineup at the 2014 CMA Music Festival will be the hottest ticket in town when the network returns to the Nashville event with its hugely popular venue The Lodge. From Thursday, June 5-Sunday, June 8, HGTV’s The Lodge offers festival-goers the ultimate country music fan experience, including live musical performances by popular country music stars Rascal Flatts, Dierks Bentley and Kip Moore, as well as autograph signings, a mobile device recharging station and a $5,000 cash giveaway.

During the four-day festival, fans can catch a concert by their favorite artists at The Lodge, including Frankie Ballard, Eric Paslay, Josh Turner, Dustin Lynch, Sara Evans, Charlie Worsham, Parmalee, Brett Eldredge, Tyler Farr, Kristan Bush, Craig Morgan, Chasin’ Crazy, John Pardi, Glorianna and Love and Theft. Jana Kramer also will be on hand for autograph signings. For admission to The Lodge, fans must RSVP register in advance at from May 21 – May 27 for the chance to obtain a wristband.

“Last year, we were overwhelmed with positive comments from fans who enjoyed the HGTV Lodge experience and it offered us a chance to connect face-to-face with a new audience,” said Shannon Jamieson Driver, senior vice president, marketing and creative, HGTV and DIY Network. “We’re back this year with another amazing lineup of country music stars and a unique ‘home’ setting that festival-goers won’t see anywhere else at the event.”

The 2,400-square-foot HGTV Lodge, conceived and produced by New York-based experiential + music agency Pop2Life and built by National Barn Company, also offers visitors a chance to recharge their electronic devices at the Brother vs. Brother Lounge, named for the hit HGTV home renovation competition series that premieres on Sunday, June 8, at 9 p.m. ET/PT and stars the popular Property Brothers, Jonathan Scott and Drew Scott. In addition, visitors can enter for the chance to win $5,000 cash in the #LOVEHGTV Cash Giveaway. No purchase necessary and open to legal U.S. residents of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia, 18 or older. The sweepstakes ends 4 p.m. CT on June 8, 2014. Void where prohibited.

HGTV knows that festival goers are as passionate about country music as the network’s audience is about their homes. To encourage fans to share their love of music and home, fans can upload photos of their experience at The Lodge on Twitter and Instagram at #lovehgtv and #lovemusic. The #lovehgtv hashtag is a part of HGTV’s 2014 brand campaign, which asks viewers to share what they “love” about home by tagging photos with #hgtv and #lovehome.

Schedule of Events* at The Lodge by HGTV (All times CT):

Thursday, June 5:
10 a.m.:           Rascal Flatts performance + autographs
11:30 a.m.:      Dierks Bentley performance + autographs
12:45 p.m.:      Kip Moore performance + autographs
2 p.m.:             Frankie Ballard performance + autographs
3 p.m.:             Eric Paslay performance + autographs
4 p.m.:             Josh Turner performance + autographs

Friday, June 6:
11 a.m.:           Jana Kramer/autographs only
12 p.m.:           Dustin Lynch performance + autographs
2 p.m.:             Sara Evans performance + autographs
3 p.m.:             Charlie Worsham performance + autographs
4 p.m.:             Parmalee performance + autographs

Saturday, June 7:
11 a.m.:           Brett Eldredge performance + autographs
2 p.m.:             Tyler Farr performance + autographs
3 p.m.:             Kristian Bush performance + autographs
4 p.m.:             Craig Morgan + autographs

Sunday, June 8:
10 a.m.                        Chasin’ Crazy, performance + autographs
12 p.m.:           John Pardi performance + autographs
1 p.m.:             Gloriana performance + autographs
3 p.m.:             Love and Theft performance + autographs

*All performances and times subject to change without notice.

About HGTV
America’s leading home and lifestyle brand, HGTV features a top-rated cable network that is distributed to more than 98 million U.S. households and the HGTV website,, the nation’s leading online home-and-garden destination that attracts an average of four million unique visitors per month.  The brand also includes the HGTV HOME™ consumer products line which showcases exclusive collections of paint, flooring, lighting, furniture, plants, fabrics and other home-oriented products. For more information on HGTV HOME branded products and to find a retailer, go to In partnership with Hearst Magazines, the HGTV Magazine, a home and lifestyle publication, is currently available on newsstands. Viewers can become fans of HGTV and interact with other home improvement enthusiasts through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. Headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn., HGTV is wholly owned by Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc. (SNI).

About CMA Music Festival: The Ultimate Country Music Fan Experience began in 1972 as Fan Fair®, bringing 5,000 fans to Nashville’s Municipal Auditorium. More than 40 years later, the now legendary Festival has become the city’s signature music event. In 2014, CMA Music Festival will hose visitors from every state and 21 foreign countries. CMA Music Festival will once again be filmed for a national television special to air on the ABC Television Network. This is the 11th consecutive year that the event has been filmed for a network television special, a feat no other music festival has achieved. “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” will be executive-produced by Robert Deaton.

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