Posted on 29 April 2010 by editor
Posted on 29 April 2010 by editor
Los Angeles, CA: After a star-studded Las Vegas premiere – that included friends Morgan Freeman, Matthew McConaughey, Reba, Tim McGraw & Faith Hill, Dierks Bentley and Jewel — “Kenny Chesney: Summer in 3D” arrived in 3D theatres nationwide. Aside from the confusion that the movie is not receiving continual showings and is ONLY being screened in 3D theatres, it’s opening night screenings were strong enough to make it the #7 movie in the nation – and by Thursday, it had out-earned all the 3-D films by legitimate music acts except the Rolling Stones and U2.
“This isn’t the same kind of animal as a straight theatrical release,” Chesney said of the film that captured 6 NFL stadium shows on his million + ticket-selling Sun City Carnival Tour. “And I hate that people didn’t understand you had to find the time the film would be shown, and that all theatres are not capable of screening it… because this film is as much about those faces as it is about reliving last year’s pretty amazing summer!
“In spite of that, when the director called to tell us our first night we’d out-performed the entire theatrical showings of some very big acts, I was thrilled. Because it means that the people who came out last summer and over the last 8 years, they wanna remember how good it felt just as much as we do… and they figured out how to get out of the house at very specific times for an unconventional film.”
Obviously, U2 and The Rolling Stones were in theatres for extended runs – and Chesney’s film, which grossed just over 1 million dollars in its first four days, is currently slated for only one more week in the theatre. With late additions last weekend of Friday night showings and midnight movies, word did not get out to the fans, but somehow people still managed to find the showings.
“The biggest challenge is helping people understand: you need to see it now. You need to know it’s not playing over and over, only at specific times. It is a finite run. But especially, all the fans are pretty amazing to see. As I’ve said in a bunch of interviews: so many times when I’m in the midst of a show, I’d stop and think, ‘I wish they could see how this looks and they could feel what I feel.’ To me, the beauty of this movie is now you can – you truly can know how it feels on that stage with us.”
As “Ain’t Back Yet,” the end theme from “Kenny Chesney: Summer in 3D” makes its move towards the top of the charts, the second week of showings gears up to begin again this Wednesday. Locations and tickets for the film can be found at KennyChesney.com – or fans can go to PreserveTheParks.com, where a dollar from each ticket purchased will go to the National Parks Conservation Association, via Chesney’s association with Nature Valley Granola Bars.
“It’s crazy… seeing how big these shows are, how loud the crowds are, how much this music means to the people,” says the high energy performer. “If someone had told me one day our shows would be a movie – let alone a 3D film – I’d’ve thought they’d lost their minds. But watching the faces and the band, it’s the most natural thing in the world – and I’m so glad it’s out there and rocking.”
Posted on 20 April 2010 by Bill West
NASHVILLE – (April 18, 2010) – The decade’s top-selling and most awarded group in country music RASCAL FLATTS will launch a new tour this summer, “JC Penney Presents Rascal Flatts Nothing Like This Tour.” The first leg will launch on June 25 in Raleigh, North Carolina at the Time Warner Cable Pavilion and will continue with 26 shows through September 19 at Boston’s Comcast Center. Kellie Pickler and Chris Young will open.
Rascal Flatts recently wrapped “Rascal Flatts American Living Unstoppable Tour” which played 57 shows during its run of June 2009 to March 2010 with a fan attendance near 800,000. This total also includes the two sold-out stadium concerts at Chicago’s Wrigley Field and Columbus’ Crew Stadium last summer.
RASCAL FLATTS spent their time off this spring recording new music expected out this fall.
RASCAL FLATTS’ Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney have kicked off 2010 with a bang as they mark not only the beginning of a new decade but also celebrate ten years of making great music together, becoming one of the hottest touring acts and the top country group of the new millennium. The band has delivered 11 #1 singles to the top of the chart and have more titles in Billboard’s Top 100 Songs of the Decade than any other group in the format. Over ten years the band has sold more than 20 million albums and 25 million digital downloads while all six of their studio albums make Billboard’s Top 100 Country Albums of the Decade listing. As the most awarded country group of the new Millennium Rascal Flatts has brought home nearly 40 trophies from the Academy of Country Music, American Music Awards, Country Music Association, People’s Choice Awards and more. In concert, Rascal Flatts continues to be one of the hottest touring acts of the decade with more venue attendance records than any other country act. They have played 400 dates as a headline act, over 700 since 2000, with a ticket tally of nearly 6 million. Among these shows includes 3 consecutive sold-out performances at Madison Square Garden and the band also became the first and only country music act to sell out Wrigley Field.Gary, Jay and Joe Don have traveled to visit U.S. troops in Iraq on a USO Tour and partnered with the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tennessee to raise over 3 million dollars in the past few years. Visit www.rascalflatts10.com to learn more about a decade of Rascal Flatts.
Since the release of her gold certified, debut album Small Town Girl in 2006, American Idol finalist and BNA Records recording artist Kellie Pickler has been anything but idle. Small Town Girl debuted #1 on Billboard’s Country Album Chart and became the best-selling debut release from a solo country artist in that year, yielding two Top 15 hits, “Red High Heels,” and “I Wonder.” Kellie Pickler’s current self-titled, sophomore album Kellie Pickler also debuted at #1 on the Billboard Country Album Chart. Her newest single, “Makin’ Me Fall In Love Again,” is the follow-up to her Top 15 hit “Didn’t You Know How Much I Loved You.” Of her sophomore album’s 10 songs, Kellie wrote five of them, including her first Top 10 single, “Best Days Of Your Life,” which has amassed over one million digital transactions to date. Kellie has shared the stage on tour with Taylor Swift, Brad Paisley, Sugarland, Rascal Flatts and Alan Jackson. In addition to her music, Kellie works tirelessly with many charities including Soles4Souls, The American Red Cross and has participated in 3 USO Tours, entertaining troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, Germany and England.
RCA Nashville recording artist Chris Young recently scored his first #1 smash with “Gettin’ You Home,” and the Tennessee native is on the charts now with “The Man I Want to Be,” the hit title track to his acclaimed sophomore album. With his rich, warm baritone and penchant for writing relatable, slice-of-life songs, Young emerged as an immediate fan-favorite when his self-titled first album became the highest-selling debut by a new country male in 2006. Earlier this year, his talents earned Chris an ACM Award nomination as Top New Solo Vocalist. For more information, visit him online at www.chrisyoungcountry.com.
6-25 Raleigh NC Time Warner Cable Pavilion
6-26 Charlotte NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
6-27 Atlanta GA Lakewood Amphitheatre
7-16 Stateline NV Harvey’s Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena
7-17 Stateline NV Harvey’s Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena
7-22 Wichita KS In Trust Arena
7-23 Tulsa OK BOK Center
7-24 Frisco TX Pizza Hut Park
7-30 Virginia Beach Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
7-31 Hartford CT Comcast Theater
8-6 Cincinnati OH Riverbend Music Center
8-7 Indianapolis IN Indiana State Fair Grandstand
8-8 Columbus OH Columbus Crew Stadium
8-12 Hershey PA Hershey Park Arena
8-13 Scranton PA Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain
8-14 Washington DC Jiffy Lube Live
8-27 St Louis MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
8-29 Louisville KY Kentucky State Fair- Freedom Hall
9-2 Bethel NY Bethel Woods
9-3 Darien Lake NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
9-4 Syracuse NY New York State Fair Grandstand
9-5 Toronto Ontario Molson Amphitheatre
9-16 Cleveland OH Blossom Music Center
9-17 Pittsburgh PA First Niagara Pavilion
9-18 Philadelphia PA Susquehanna Bank Center
9-19 Boston MA Comcast Center
Posted on 18 April 2010 by editor
Posted on 18 April 2010 by editor
It was a big night for blondes in LasVegas as 2009 Entertainer Of the Year Carrie Underwood took home the ACM’s Fan Voted Award for a second year in a row.
Miranda Lambert also happily suprised many, including herself, taking home trophies for Album Of The Year and Best Female Vocalist.
Taylor Swift was shut out of the big prizes but gave one of her best performances ever onstage and handled the competition with true class.
Here are the other notable Nominees and Winners:
Entertainer of the Year
Carrie Underwood **Winner**
Zac Brown Band
Top Male Vocalist of the Year
Brad Paisley ** Winner**
Top Female Vocalist of the Year
Miranda Lambert **Winner**
Lee Ann Womack
Top Vocal Group of the Year
Lady Antebellum **Winner**
Little Big Town
Randy Rogers Band
Zac Brown Band
2010 ACM Vocal Event of the Year
Hillbilly Bone – Blake Shelton and Trace Adkins (Winner)
Honky Tonk Stomp – Brooks & Dunn and Billy Gibbons
I Told You So – Carrie Underwood and Randy Travis
I’m Alive – Kenny Chesney and Dave Matthews
Seeing Stars – Jack Ingram and Patty Griffin
Top Vocal Duo of the Year
Brooks & Dunn **Winner**
Joey + Rory
2010 ACM Single Record of the Year
Need You Now – Lady Antebellum (Winner)
People Are Crazy – Billy Currington
Red Light – David Nail
Toes – Zac Brown Band
2010 ACM Video of the Year
Boots On – Randy Houser
Need You Now – Lady Antebellum
Welcome to the Future – Brad Paisley
White Liar – Miranda Lambert (Winner)
You Belong With Me – Taylor Swift
For a full list of nominees and winners see: http://www.acmcountry.com/awards/nominees.php
Posted on 18 April 2010 by editor
Knoxville, TN: After almost a year and half from conception to the final edit, “Kenny Chesney: Summer in 3D” is set to open nationwide April 21 for a limited run. To celebrate the film, which captures 6 NFL stadium dates on the East Tennessean’s 2009 Sun City Carnival Tour, the 4-consecutive Academy of Country Music and 4-time Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year returned to his native Knoxville to team with Regal Cinemas for a charity preview screening to benefit Variety: The Children’s Charity of Eastern Tennessee.
Saturday night Kenny held a special screening with a red carpet loaded with Tim, Faith and a bevy of Country stars…
“When you step back and consider how far you’ve come, in a lot of ways it makes you want to go back to where you come from,” said the high energy performer. “You realize how much the values you were raised with – and the support for crazy dreams – help you do things you would never consider. So who better to share a moment like that with? And to benefit Variety – which takes such an active role in making a difference in young people’s lives… that’s makes everything about this so much sweeter.”
With Regal’s East Tennessee home office, Knoxville has hosted similar preview events for “Twilight,” “Talledega Nights” and “Good Luck Chuck.” But “Kenny Chesney: Summer in 3D” was a very special premiere – one that due to demand found the Regal folks re-outfitting even their IMAX theatre at their Pinnacle Stadium 18 to accommodate the film that not only offers Chesney’s show from the front row, the wings and the Goodyear Blimp, but onstage with the band, to bring the total number of theatres to 4.
“It’s heartening to know the people back home care,” Chesney explained. “I learned a lot about dreaming there. You wanna ground something this special in something that was that important. And, you know, it’s nice to know that that dreams matters just as much to the fans… ’cause to me, it’s their dream every bit as much as its mine.”
But it wasn’t just the lucky attendees. The fans arrived early – and they waited in the sun. Well over 300 people couldn’t get a ticket to the preview screenings, which ultimately raised close to a quarter of a million dollars. The man who’s sold in excess of a million concert tickets each of the past eight summers signed autographs for over 30 minutes before addressing the over 1100 people who bought tickets.
With “Aint Back Yet” – the end theme from “Kenny Chesney: Summer in 3D” — in the Top 5, Chesney hits “The Tonight Show” April 15 for an intimate performance and couch time with Jay Leno. Then it’s off to Las Vegas for the Academy of Country Music Awards April 18 – and the official premiere April 17.
“I’ve not seen the film yet,” Chesney confessed. “I kinda wanted to put on the glasses and watch it at the official premiere. It’s hard to believe something that started so long ago, something that seemed almost crazy when we started thinking about it is really happening. But it is… and after everything I’ve come to know about me, my fans and what we share from this, I can’t wait.”
Posted on 08 April 2010 by Bill West
For the second year in a row, country singer Kellie Pickler donned her best Scottish outfit and hit the runway for Sir Sean Connery’s “Dressed To Kilt” charity event. The 8th annual celebration was held in New York City on Monday night.
As the old Scottish proverb goes, “Be happy while you’re living, for you’re a long time dead,” Pickler was definitely having a good time. “We drank scotch and wore fabulous Scottish designer clothes. It was like a vacation,” she laughed. “I plan to celebrate my 25th birthday in Scotland,” she continued.
And as for what under garments might be necessary when wearing a kilt, Pickler has this advice, “Just keep your legs together,” she said. “Be a lady or a gentleman. No cartwheels down the runway.”
“Makin Me Fall In Love Again,” is the brand new single from Pickler. her self-titled, sophomore album has already yielded the hit singles, “Best Days Of Your Life,” and “Didn’t You Know How Much I Loved You.” She’ll shoot the music video next week with director Roman White who directed who the music video for “Didn’t You Know How Much I Loved You,” which is nominated for CMT’s “Female Video Of The Year.”
Posted on 06 April 2010 by editor
Fresh off of her first Number One Single with, “White Liar,” Miranda Lambert’s new single, “House That Built Me,” is off to a quick start.
In fact, it’s the fastest rising single in her career achieving Top 20 status in just 5 weeks. The powerful song about returning to a cherished childhood home, has yielded an equally powerful video that will World Premiere on iTunes on Tuesday, April 6. iTunes: All Your Music, All In One Place
UPDATE — See it HERE
Along with the exclusive 48-hour video premiere, the album Revolution, which includes “House That Built Me,” “White Liar” and 13 other tracks, will be available all week on iTunes for $7.99. The album has been certified Gold and achieved that status faster than her previous two albums, which have been certified Gold and Platinum.
Next week Miranda will travel to Las Vegas for the Academy Of Country Music Awards where she will perform “The House That Built Me.” She is the second most nominated artist with nominations for “Top Female Vocalist,” and “Album of the Year.”
With Revolution, Lambert received rare perfect reviews from countless publications including 4 stars from Rolling Stone and USA Today, an ‘A’ from Entertainment Weekly and exuberant praise from SPIN, NY Times, Washington Post and more. Many claimed Revolution the “Best Album of the Year” in any genre. In 2008, she won the coveted ACM Album of the Year and in 2007, ACM’s Best New Female Award. She is currently headlining her “Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars” Tour.