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Thomas Rhett And Kelsea Ballerini To Host CMA Music Festival Airing On ABC Later This Summer

Thomas Rhett and Kelsea Ballerini to host “CMA Fest,” airing this summer on the ABC Television Network.

CMA Music Festival is not only the ultimate Country Music festival experience for fans from all over the world to attend, it’s also the only music festival with its own annual network television special. This year that special will be hosted by two of Country Music’s hottest stars: Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett. The pair will team up to host “CMA Fest 2017,” the three-hour special that brings Country Music’s most storied Festival to a national television audience this summer on the ABC Television Network, executive-produced by Robert Deaton.

 

The announcement that Ballerini and Thomas Rhett would serve as hosts this year was made Thursday morning on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

 

“I’ve grown up going to CMA Fest as a fan and last year getting to perform on the big stage is one of the most epic memories I’ll ever have. And now, being able to host with my current tour mate, Thomas Rhett, is going to be another crazy thing off the bucket list,” said Ballerini. “I can’t wait to test out my hosting skills and perform again this year!”

 

“I always look forward to CMA Music Fest,” added Thomas Rhett. “Ever since I was there as a fan sitting in the nosebleeds to hosting this year with Kelsea, it’s always been one of the biggest weeks in Country Music that is all about the fans. I’m pumped.”

 

Ballerini has launched to stardom after releasing three consecutive No. 1 smashes from her critically acclaimed debut album The First Time, the Platinum-certified “Love Me Like You Mean It” and “Peter Pan,” and Gold-certified “Dibs,” making her the only female artist in Country Music history, including female duos and groups, to achieve this accolade. The singer-songwriter wrote or co-wrote all 12 songs on her debut. Top 5 and climbing with “Yeah Boy,” Ballerini is currently in the studio working on her second album — as Entertainment Weekly named her among “The 35 Most Anticipated Albums of 2017.” The Black River Entertainment artist was featured as one of Forbes’ “30 Under 30” class of 2017. She’s been named “The Country Sweetheart” in People Magazine’s elite “Ones to Watch” portfolio, praised by Rolling Stone as the “Nashville It Girl,” touted by Billboard Magazine as “Country’s Next Queen,” and selected as one of CMT’s Next Women of Country. After her 2016 headline THE FIRST TIME TOUR — which visited dozens of cities across the U.S. and included sold-out shows in her hometown of Knoxville, Tennessee; Minneapolis, Minnesota; New York City; Los Angeles; and more — she joined Thomas Rhett for his HOME TEAM TOUR, to be directly followed by a fall run with Lady Antebellum’s YOU LOOK GOOD WORLD TOUR. For more information visit KelseaBallerini.com, and reach out to her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 

With “a sky-rocketing Country career” (“TODAY”), Thomas Rhett is preparing for the highly-anticipated 2017 release of his third studio album, kicking things off with the “driving, sexy” (Rolling Stone) lead track “Craving You” featuring Maren Morris. New music follows seven trips to the No. 1 position on the Country radio charts and his Platinum-certified release Tangled Up Deluxe (The Valory Music Co.), which includes the Double Platinum, Grammy-nominated, six-week chart-topping smash “Die A Happy Man.” The record-breaking track is the reigning CMA Single of the Year and garnered major trophies from the “Billboard Music Awards” and “CMT Music Awards.” Thomas Rhett is exciting fans as he performs new music on his headlining 2017 HOME TEAM TOUR, one of Rolling Stone’s most anticipated tours of this year. After drawing capacity crowds overseas last year, he returns as a “force to be reckoned with” (Daily Star) with plans to return to Europe while also making his debut headlining run in Canada in addition to US dates. For more information and for a full list of upcoming tour dates, visit thomasrhett.com.

 

Filmed during CMA Music Festival June 8-11 in Nashville, the special features many of today’s most exciting Country Music stars as they hit the stage during the four-day celebration of America’s music. The annual event is unlike any other, with meet-and-greets in Fan Fair X, live music on 11 stages, hundreds of artists and celebrities, and a guest list of 88,500 avid singing-and-dancing-till-dawn fans.

 

A limited number of tickets for the Nightly Concerts at Nissan Stadium are still available at CMAfest.com or through the CMA Box Office at 1-800-CMA-FEST. Outdoor daytime stages including the Chevrolet Riverfront and Park Stages, Budweiser “Forever Country” Park Stage, Gildan Broadway Stage at Hard Rock Cafe, and the Music City Stage inside the Nashville Visitor Center at Bridgestone Arena are free and open to the public.

 

Funds generated through CMA Music Festival ticket sales for the Nightly Concerts and Fan Fair X benefit music education. Since 2006, CMA and the CMA Foundation have donated more than $17.5 million to support quality, sustainable music education initiatives across the country on behalf of the artists who participate in the event for free, impacting the lives of one million children through the power of music.

 

For upcoming talent announcements and all other info, stay connected with CMA on CMAfest.com, Facebook.com/CMA, Twitter.com/CountryMusic, Instagram.com/CMA, “CMAsnaps” on Snapchat, and sign up for CMA Country Connection, CMA’s e-newsletter. This year’s app is now available in the App store for iPhone and Android and includes features that allow fans to create individual concert schedules and be the first to know which of their favorite stars will be appearing on the free stages throughout the Festival.

 

CMA Music Festival is organized and produced by the Country Music Association. Fan Fair® is a registered trademark of WSM, Incorporated and is used by permission.

 

 

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THOMAS RHETT “BURNS” UP BBC RADIO 2 ALL-GENRE CHART AHEAD OF COLDPLAY & ONE DIRECTION

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Excitement surges worldwide for THOMAS RHETT as 2016 begins. Featured on his sophomore album TANGLED UP (The Valory Music Co.), “Crash and Burn” lights up the all-genre BBC Radio 2 chart with his first single released in the UK earning a coveted A-list spot ahead of Coldplay and One Direction. With notable airplay on the biggest radio station in Europe, “Crash and Burn” boasts nearly 10 million impacts across all UK stations to date, intensifying the #1 Country hit and Platinum-selling status previously garnered in the US. Continue Reading →

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THOMAS RHETT ENTERS 2016 HOLDING MULTIPLE WEEKS ATOP THE BILLBOARD, MEDIABASE AND CANADIAN COUNTRY RADIO CHARTS WITH PLATINUM NO. ONE “DIE A HAPPY MAN”

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With his fifth consecutive chart-topper, Thomas Rhett begins the year with the first No. One Country single of 2016 as “Die A Happy Man” from his sophomore album TANGLED UP (The Valory Music Co.) dominates the Billboard Country Airplay chart for a third consecutive week. Additionally, the “standout track” (Rolling Stone) continues to hold for the second week at No. one on the Mediabase radio chart along with four consecutive weeks on Mediabase Canada Country and Billboard Canada Country Airplay charts.

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THOMAS RHETT UNRAVELS “DIE A HAPPY MAN” AS TANGLED UP’S SECOND SINGLE WITH OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO TODAY

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On the heels of his fourth consecutive No. One, CMA New Artist of the Year nominee Thomas Rhett is giving fans more new music as he announces “Die A Happy Man” as the second single from his “sonically courageous” (SiriusXM) record TANGLED UP(The Valory Music Co.), out Sept. 25th. Infused with personal lyrics, it has already been named “one of the album’s standout tracks” with “some of his most passionate vocals to date” (Rolling Stone), and ships to country radio tomorrow. 

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THOMAS RHETT SETS THE PACE FOR TANGLED UP WITH FOURTH CONSECUTIVE CAREER NO. ONE “CRASH AND BURN”

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As USA Today predicted, “’Crash and Burn,’ is acting like a career-changing hit” for CMA New Artist of the Year nominee Thomas Rhett, who earns his fourth consecutive No. one hit this week, topping the Billboard Country Airplay and Mediabase radio charts with the lead single from his upcoming sophomore release, TANGLED UP (The Valory Music Co.). Even before the album’s Sept. 25 release, the Gold-certified “Crash And Burn” is pushing “the genre into exciting new territory” (Jody Rosen, New York Times) and marks the fastest rising single of his career.

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50th ACM Awards / The Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Country Checkers Challenge

imageCracker Barrel Old Country Store® and the Academy of Country Music announced today “The Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Country Checkers Challenge” leading up to the 50thAnnual Academy of Country Music  Awards LIVE on CBS on Sunday, April 19, from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

 

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[Video] “The Best Of Me” Red Carpet Premiere And Concert

The Best Of MeWe recently had the opportunity to cover the Red Carpet premiere of Nicholas Sparks’ new movie “The Best Of Me” right here in Nashville at the Country Music Hall of Fame. Continue Reading →

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Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore And Thomas Rhett “Throwdown”

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Labelmates on The Valory Music Co., Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore and Thomas Rhett brought out the big guns, some ATVs and pretty ladies for their latest Top 15-and-rising collaboration. The rowdy “Small Town Throwdown” music video premiered Friday and you can watch it here.
Award-winning director Shane Drake shot the dirt road party just outside of Nashville with the talented Country stars and a few hundred guests. Former UFC Champion Chuck Liddell, who may or may not get in a fight with one of the guys, swung by for an unexpected visit. Continue Reading →

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Performers Announced For CRS 2014 New Faces Of Country Music Show

CRSCountry Radio Seminar officials have announced Brett Eldredge (Atlantic/WMN), Tyler Farr (Columbia), Cassadee Pope (Republic Nashville), Thomas Rhett (Valory) and Charlie Worsham (Warner Bros./WAR) as the CRS 2014 New Faces of Country Music Show performers. Continue Reading →

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Jake Owen Celebrates Number One With Thousands of Fans, 9½ Fingers

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Jake Owen celebrated his most recent number one “Anywhere With You” last night in the grandest way possible: by throwing a free concert in BMI’s back parking lot. Now when you’re as hot as Jake Owen (in every way possible) and you announce a free show in Nashville, you get a crowd… a crowd larger than the capacity of Bridgestone arena.

These numbers are by no means official, but reports are saying there were over 8,000 people in the parking lot, and another 8-10,000 outside on roads and parking garages who couldn’t get in! Beforehand, Music Row looked like a madhouse, as though people were standing in line for… well, for a free Jake Owen concert.

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Jake and a couple other people who graced the stage kept delightedly stating their awe at how many fans there were, and that they “had no idea this many people would show up.” Well Jake, it wasn’t exactly a secret. He took over the area’s biggest radio station – BIG98, who sponsored the show – proclaiming it  “Jake98;” plus he continually tweeted and Facebooked about appearances by Thomas Rhett, Florida Georgia Line and Dierks Bentley. Having said that, it’s still mindblowing where all these screaming girls in sundresses came from. It’s almost as though there was… a free Jake Owen concert.

The big news, however, was that Jake played with 9½ fingers. According to multiple sources, he injured his right ring finger about a month ago, and it began bleeding Sunday during rehearsals. He went to the hospital yesterday (yes, the day of the show) to find out his nerves were dead, and the doctors had to remove the top of his finger. (To reiterate… this happened the morning of the show.) Not one to disappoint, he wrapped it up, threw on some nerve killer, and played with as much energy as ever. He even played guitar. Hashtag: #badass.

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