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Kiss Me or Not A Thompson Square Hit

Posted on 29 March 2011 by editor


Thompson Square

Thompson Square

Thompson Square have topped ALL of the national country songs charts with their smash hit, “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not.” This is the first No. 1 for the Stoney Creek Records’ husband-and-wife duo off their recently new self-titled debut album.

“We are so thankful to country radio and our fans for their support. We have an amazing team behind us at Stoney Creek Records and their hard work has made a dream come true. It’s a pretty awesome feeling.” “We have dreamed of this moment for many years,” says Keifer Thompson.

Shawna Thompson adds, “This is really surreal for Keifer and I. We are so thankful Benny Brown believed in us and gave us a record deal. We will forever relish this memory.”

Penned by David Lee Murphy and Jim Collins, “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not” is currently #1 on both MediaBase and Billboard charts this week, as well as #1 on Country Aircheck Activator, R&R Indicator and has been #1 for three weeks on the Music Row chart. The R.I.A.A. Certified Gold single has sold over 750k digital singles holding the #1 position for two weeks on the Digital Soundscan chart, as well as #1 on the iTunes Top Country charts. Equally impressive, the country ringtone has reached the #1 spot on the Ringscan chart.

GM of Stoney Creek Records April Rider comments, “I am so proud of the Stoney Creek Promotion staff and Keifer and Shawna. This has been an amazing ride that we only dreamed about. Country radio’s reception of Thompson Square has been incredible and we look forward to many great years together.”

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Two Pink Lines For Country Singer Eric Church

Posted on 25 March 2011 by editor



Eric Church

EMI Records Eric Church

Nashville, TN – EMI Records Nashville’s Eric Church had his songwriting play out in his personal life recently when he and his wife Katherine found themselves “sittin around waiting on two pink lines.” Although Eric’s 2006 single “Two Pink Lines” was about the anxiety surrounding a pregnancy test, Church and his wife of three years are thrilled to announce that they are expecting their first child this Fall.

“Katherine and I are very excited and are looking forward to becoming parents,” shares Church. “This year has gotten off to an amazing start for us and this news has made it so much better than we could have ever anticipated.”

Church is the ACM New Solo Vocalist Of The Year and now a nominee for ACM New Artist Of The Year. The 46th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards is broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 3, 2011 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. Voting for ACM New Artist Of The Year started on March 11 at 2pm PT through April 3 at 5pm PT (www.voteacm.com).

Church recently released his new single “Homeboy” (USA Today’s Pick Of The Week) from his third studio album to be released later this year.

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Eric Church and Friend

Posted on 24 March 2011 by editor

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KENNY GOES COASTAL ON TOUR AGAIN FOR 2011

Posted on 22 March 2011 by editor



Kenny Chesney’s “Gone Coastal!” After months of planning, preparation and anticipation, Corona Presents Kenny Chesney’s “Goin’ Coastal” Tour sailed into sunny Florida where the fans had been waiting a long time for a party that only Kenny Chesney can throw!

The tour opened on Thursday night in West Palm Beach, and The Palm Beach Post heralded Chesney’s performance as “Flawless,” and added, “Chesney holds thousands of fans in his spell. Everyone is absolutely focused on him for two solid hours of on-your-feet time.”

The show also included Chesney’s friend and duet partner Uncle Kracker on the #1 song, “When the Sun Goes Down” and singer Billy Currington who is enjoying his 4th consecutive # 1 single. Chesney also welcomed to the stage special guest reggae singer Mishka for Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds.”

The party in West Palm Beach also included friends of Chesney’s such as football legend Joe Namath, Jason Witten of the Dallas Cowboys, Mike Vrabel of the Kansas City Chiefs, Wes Welker and Matt Light of the New England Patriots and Steve Hutchinson of the Minnesota Vikings.

Chesney Live 2011

Saturday marked the first of 11 stadium shows when the tour cruised into Tampa Bay’s Raymond James Stadium. By 2:00 pm the parking lots around the stadium were overflowing with tailgaters partying to Chesney’s music, grilling and warming up to welcome Chesney back to the stadium where he hadn’t played since 2006.

When Chesney took the stage on Saturday night, the sold-out crowd of 50,548 went coastal! The two-plus hour set included many of his 21 #1 hits, from “How Forever Feels” (1999) to his latest #1 song, “Somewhere with You,” plus album cuts and classic songs. He also welcomed some special musical guests to join him, including a 30-minute jam with Zac Brown Band. In describing the Tampa concert, Sean Daly at the St. Petersburg Times wrote: “man, oh, man, did we need a day like this one and a concert like that one” while drawing comparisons between Chesney’s band, AC/DC, Alan Jackson, and U2.

The atmosphere was lively backstage, too, with lots of family and friends. Also on hand were New York Yankees Nick Swisher, Super Bowl winning and Monday Night Football commentator Jon Gruden, Philadelphia Phillies players Cliff Lee, Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt and Chase Utley, and former player John Smoltz.

The tour now sets the compass north for next weekend’s shows in Des Moines, IA (3/24); St. Paul, MN (3/25); and Omaha, NE (3/26). Chesney’s current album, Hemingway’s Whiskey, is nominated as Album of the Year from the Academy of Country Music, and it includes the current song, “Live a Little,” and the #1 singles “The Boys of Fall” and “Somewhere with You.”

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Paisley 2011 Tour Dates

Posted on 08 March 2011 by editor


Paisley

CMA Entertainer of the Year Brad Paisley announced his 2011 tour, H2O II World Tour presented by Chevy. The first date of the tour will be May 28 at Heinz Field, home of the Pittsburgh Steelers.  The 33 city tour includes five stadiums and an international trek that includes London’s O2 Arena, Dublin, Stockholm, Oslo and more.  Special guests on the tour will be Blake Shelton and Jerrod Niemann.

H2O II World Tour will bring back the very popular and fan favorite “Water World Plaza,” turning every city into a water festival.  Focal point in the Plaza area will be the “Water World Plaza Stage” featuring emerging new stars Brent Anderson, Edens Edge and Sunny Sweeney.  The tour extravaganza will open each day at 4:00pm with music starting at 5:00pm.  In addition to the music stage there will be multiple water-themed activities – including a Chevy H2O FLW fishing simulator, dunking booth, slip n slide, and other various water games.

Chevy will be providing a Corvette driving simulator for concert goers to test the latest Corvette ZR1 series as well as their individual driving and racing skills against Paisley himself.  The fan having the highest score each day will meet Paisley later in the evening.

Reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year and Grand Ole Opry member Brad Paisley is a consummate singer, songwriter, guitarist and entertainer, which has earned him three GRAMMY’s, 14 Country Music Association Awards and 13 Academy of Country Music Awards.  He has 18 #1 singles with the last 14 consecutive.  Paisley has released nine critically acclaimed studio albums, the most recent Hits Alive which is a two disc release of original studio hits as well as live performances from concerts.   Paisley’s innovative and entertaining H20 World Tour played to over 879,000 fans in 2010 and placed #1 country tour for attendance by Pollstar.  Paisley’s current single “This Is Country Music” is the title track from his next album which will be in-stores May 24.

About Blake Shelton:

CMA Male Vocalist of the Year and one of the “most versatile of contemporary country singers” (The New York Times), proves he is a force to be reckoned with as he’s set to co-host the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards this April with Reba. In just 10 months, Blake has won six awards, has had three consecutive No. 1’s (“Who Are You When I’m Not Looking,” “All About Tonight” and “Hillbilly Bone”), sold out shows on his first ever headlining tour: “All About Tonight Tour,” his first No. 1 album with All About Tonight, his first GRAMMY nomination, his first ACM Award nomination for “Top Male Vocalist of the Year” and a chart-topping greatest hits CD, LOADED: The Best of Blake Shelton. The release catapults Shelton into an elite group of artists who have charted three records in one year (among those are Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney and Alan Jackson). Shelton’s eight No. 1 hits are “Who Are You When I’m Not Looking,” “It’s All About Tonight,” “Hillbilly Bone,” “She Wouldn’t Be Gone,” “Home,” “Some Beach,” “The Baby” and “Austin.” Shelton has not had a single peak outside the Top Ten since 2007.

About Jerrod Niemann:

Sea Gayle/Arista Nashville recording artist Jerrod Niemann is on the radio now with “What Do You Want,” the hit follow-up to his #1 smash and RIAA-certified Gold Digital Single, “Lover, Lover.”  Niemann co-produced and was a writer on 10 of the 12 songs on his acclaimed album,Judge Jerrod & The Hung Jury, one of The New York Times’ Top 10 Albums of 2010.  Upon release, the album debuted at #1 onBillboard’s Top Country Albums sales chart and remained the only major label debut to hit #1 on the chart all year.  Niemann’s multiple award nominations in 2010 included his first CMA Award nomination as New Artist of the Year.  www.jerrodniemannofficial.com

About Brent Anderson:

Newcomer Brent Anderson is a Pascagoula, Mississippi native and a fresh voice on the national music scene.  At age 13, Anderson was fronting his own band, and by age 16, his gift for songwriting caught the ear of Nashville, earning him his first publishing deal in 2005.  Now a songwriter for Sea Gayle Music, Anderson is currently working on his debut album with noted producer Frank Rogers.

About Edens Edge:

Comprised of Hannah Blaylock (lead vocalist), Dean Berner (harmony vocals, guitar, dobro) and Cherrill Green (harmony vocals, mandolin, banjo, and guitar), Edens Edge composes a unique musical blend deeply rooted in Country and Bluegrass.  Growing up about an hour from each other in Arkansas the members of Edens Edge never met until they were introduced through mutual friends in college.  After entering the CMT/NSAI Songwriters Contest in 2006, the band was discovered by Kye Fleming who helped further develop the group’s writing and artistic talents.  In recent months the trio has opened for such Country stars as Lady Antebellum, Gloriana, Lonestar and Ronnie Milsap.  Recently profiled as one of Billboard’s “Artists to Watch in 2011” the trio’s debut single on Big Machine Records, “Amen,” will be at Country Radio on March 28th.

About Sunny Sweeney:

Hailing from East Texas, Sunny Sweeney is a singer/songwriter with musical instincts that are stone-cold country. She is a Top 10 Female Country Artist of 2010 with the highest charting debut single of a female country artist in the last four years. Her lead single, “From A Table Away,” is a Top 15 hit on the Country Charts and rising. Sunny co-wrote all of the songs on her current EP and a full album is slated for release later this year. Though relatively new to the scene, she has already been featured in Country Weekly, AOL’s The Boot, Last.fm, Arizona Daily Star, Country Aircheck and MusicRow as well as on WGN-TV, CMT and GAC. Sunny has also landed on multiple “Ones to Watch in 2011” lists, including MSN and AOL. She is a favorite guest of the Grand Ole Opry, playing more than 20 times since her debut in 2007, and has warmed up the stage for County Music icons Loretta Lynn and Hank Williams, Jr. Recently she lent her voice to The Music Inside: A Collaboration Dedicated to Waylon Jennings, dueting with another idol, Jessi Colter, on ”Good Hearted Woman.”

About Chevrolet:

Founded in Detroit in 1911, Chevrolet celebrates its centennial as a global automotive brand with annual sales of about 4.25 million vehicles in more than 130 countries. Chevrolet provides consumers with fuel-efficient, safe and reliable vehicles that deliver high quality, expressive design, spirited performance and value. The Chevrolet portfolio includes iconic performance cars such as Corvette and Camaro; dependable, long-lasting pickups and SUVs such as Silverado and Suburban; and award-winning passenger cars and crossovers such as Spark, Cruze, Malibu, Equinox and Traverse. Chevrolet also offers “gas-friendly to gas-free” solutions including Cruze Eco and Volt. Cruze Eco offers 42 mpg highway while Volt offers 35 miles of electric, gasoline-free driving and an additional 344 miles of extended range. Most new Chevrolet models offer OnStar safety, security and convenience technologies including OnStar Hands-Free Calling, Automatic Crash Response and Stolen Vehicle Slowdown. More information regarding Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.

Live Nation is the national tour promoter.  Log on to www.bradpaisley.com and www.livenation.com for on-sale and up to date information onH2O II World Tour – dates to be added.

*Paisley only shows.

**Paisley, Shelton, Niemann only

*** Paisley, Shelton, Niemann and Darius Rucker

May 28                  Heinz Field                                           Pittsburgh, PA ***

June 3                    Virginia Beach Amphitheatre                 Virginia Beach, VA

June 4                    Comcast Theatre                                  Hartford, CT

June 11                  Progressive Field                                  Cleveland, OH

June 16                  Riverbend Music Center                       Cincinnati, OH

June 17                  Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre             St. Louis, MO

June 18                  Verizon Wireless Music Center             Indianapolis, IN

June 24                  Wild West Arena-Nebraskaland Days North Platte, NE**

June 25                  Tuttle Creek State Park                        Manhattan, KS**

July 2                     Lavell Edwards Stadium                       Provo, UT*

July 9                     Cavendish Beach Music Festival           Cavendish, P.E.I.**

July 15                   PNC Band Center                                Holmdel, NJ

July 16                   Comcast Center                                   Boston, MA

July 17                   Scarborough Downs                             Scarborough, ME

July 22                   Toyota Pavilion                                     Scranton, PA

July 23                   Darien Lakes PAC                               Darien Lakes, NY

July 30                   Pizza Hut Park                                      Frisco, TX

August 4                 WE Fest                                               Detroit Lakes, MN**

August 6                 First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre         Chicago, IL

August 7                 Columbus Crew Stadium                      Columbus, OH

August 17               O2 Arena                                             London, UK*

August 19               Olympia Theatre                                   Dublin, IRE*

August 20               V Fest                                                  Chelmsford, UK*

August 21               V Fest                                                  Staffordshire, UK*

August 24               Cirkus                                                  Stockholm, SWE*

August 26               Spektrum                                             Oslo, NOR*

August 27               Lisebergshallen                                     Goteburg, SWE*

August 28               Forum                                                  Copenhagen, DEN*

September 9           1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre        Tampa, FL

September 10         Cruzan Amphitheatre                            West Palm Beach, FL

September 23         Susquehanna Bank Center                    Philadelphia, PA

September 24         Jiffy Lube Live                                      Washington, DC

September 25         Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion       Raleigh, NC

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Blake Shelton Back To TV Coach on The Voice

Posted on 07 March 2011 by editor



Blake Shelton

NBC has named country music’s Male Vocalist of The Year Blake Shelton as the fourth and final musician coach of “The Voice,” a new musical competition series premiering on Tuesday, April 26 (9-11 p.m. ET).  Shelton joins previously announced musician coaches Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green and Adam Levine.

The announcement was made by Paul Telegdy, Executive Vice President, Alternative Programming, NBC and Universal Media Studios.

“We couldn’t have a panel that represented the hottest American music without a strong country presence, and Blake is at the top of his game right now,” said Telegdy. “Not only is he incredibly charismatic, but his passion for collaborating with and bringing the best out of other talented artists makes him the perfect choice to round out this ‘Dream Team’ of musician coaches.”

“I’m not sure ‘The Voice’ knows what they signed on for by bringing me on the show,” joked Shelton. “I know this for sure; Christina, Cee Lo, Adam and I are going to have a blast and I am extremely excited to be part of a show that recognizes true vocal talent.”

The Oklahoma-born Shelton made his debut with the single “Austin,” released from his self-titled first album that later became gold-certified. The song occupied the top spot on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs charts for five weeks.

Shelton’s second album, “The Dreamer,” and his third, “Blake Shelton’s Barn & Grill,” also were certified gold.

His other popular albums include “Pure BS,” “Startin’ Fires,” “Hillbilly Bone,” “All About Tonight” and “Loaded: The Best of Blake Shelton” (his first compilation album). The albums yielded such hit singles as “Ol’ Red” (considered Shelton’s signature song), “All Over Me,” “The Baby,” “Some Beach,” ”Goodbye Time,” “Nobody But Me” (which appeared on the television movie “The Christmas Blessing”), “Home,” “The More I Drink,” “Don’t Make Me,” “She Wouldn’t Be Gone,” “I’ll Just Hold On,” “Hillbilly Bone,” “All About Tonight,” and more recently, “Who Are You When I’m Not Looking.”

In addition, Shelton’s duet with Trace Adkins, “Hillbilly Bone,” reached #1 last year and won every country collaboration award from the Country Music Association, Academy of Country Music, CMT and ACA Award shows.  He also collaborated with his fiancée, Miranda Lambert, for their #1 hit single “Home” and Hillary Scott (Lady Antebellum) on “Suffocating.”

Last fall, Shelton was named the Male Vocalist of the Year by the 44th Annual Country Music Awards. He also has won five additional awards for Vocal Event of the Year from the Academy of Country Music, Musical Event of the Year from the Country Music Awards, and Collaborative Video of the Year (with Adkins) from Country Music Television to name a few. He also is a Grammy Award nominee and was inducted into the prestigious Grand Ole Opry.

On “The Voice,” four famous musician coaches — Shelton, Aguilera, Green and Levine — will each select singers to mentor into artists during the blind auditions.  Once they have their teams, the star coaches will bring in their personal songwriters, producers, and high-powered friends to help their teams evolve. Ultimately, America will decide which singer will be worthy of the grand prize.

Hosted by Carson Daly, the show’s innovative format features three stages of competition. The first begins with the blind audition, then the competition enters into a battle phase, and finally, the live performance shows.  The show’s casting team is working with the music industry and searching the country for the best singers to bring to the blind audition process.

During the blind auditions the decisions from the coaches are based solely on voice and not on looks.  The coaches hear the contestants perform but they don’t get to see them thanks to rotating chairs.  If a coach is impressed by the contestant’s voice, he/she pushes a button to select the contestant for his/her team.  At this point, the coach’s chair will swivel so that he/she can face the contestant he/she has selected.  If more than one coach selects the talent, the power shifts to the contestant, who may choose which coach he/she wants to work with throughout the competition.

Once the teams are set, the battle is on.  Coaches will dedicate themselves to developing their singers, giving them advice, and sharing the secrets of their success.  During the battle rounds the coaches will pit two of their own team members against each other to sing the same song together in front of a studio audience.  After the vocal face-off, the coach must choose which of his/her singers will advance.

At the end of the battle episodes, only the strongest members of each coach’s roster remain and proceed to the live stage shows.  In this final performance phase of the competition, the top contestants from each team will compete against each other during a live broadcast.  The television audience will vote to save one talent on each team, leaving the coach to decide live who they want to save and who will not move on.

At last, each coach will have their best contestant left standing to compete in the finale.  From these four, one will be named “The Voice” — and will receive the grand prize of a recording contract and $100,000.

“The Voice” is a presentation of Talpa Productions, Mark Burnett and Warner Horizon Television.  The series is created by John de Mol, who will executive-produce along with Burnett and Audrey Morrissey.

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