Garth Brooks Sells More than 140,000 Tickets for Nine Shows in Denver

Image Courtesy Pearl RecordsGarth Brooks is now playing a total of nine shows in Denver starting March 18. More than 140,000 tickets have already been sold for Garth’s engagement at the Pepsi Center. Fans can still purchase tickets to all nine shows at AltitudeTickets.com/Garth or by calling 1-844-63GARTH.

Trisha Yearwood will join her Garth for the shows in Denver, which will wrap up on March 24.


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Dolly Parton Producing Series of TV Movies Based on Her Songs and Life Story

Image Courtesy Webster PRDolly Parton‘s biggest hits, such as “I Will Always Love You” and “Coat of Many Colors,” have a cinematic quality to them, so it’s only natural Dolly would strike a deal to turn her songs and life story into TV movies. Dolly plans to produce the projects for NBC.   

Dolly says, “We want to create projects for NBC that are both fun and inspirational with a family audience in mind.”

These projects reunite Dolly with Robert Greenblatt, the chairman of NBC Entertainment. He was a producer of Dolly’s recent Broadway musical, 9 to 5.


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Maddie & Tae to Debut New Single, “Fly,” on “The Tonight Show” January 23

Image Courtesy Dot RecordsMaddie & Tae will debut their new single, “Fly,” on NBC’s Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon Friday, January 23. The duo burst onto the country scene with their sassy debut hit, “Girl in a Country Song,” and now they’re telling a different side of their story with the new single.

“‘Fly’ is so important to us, because it really is the story of our journey, of doing something that might be crazy,” Taylor “Tae” Dye says. “Being scared and being emancipated to come to Nashville at 17… saying ‘No, we want to write our own songs…,’ not knowing if that’s gonna break the deal. But you have to believe in yourself.”

“Fly” is included on Maddie & Tae’s self-titled debut EP, available now.


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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhich one of The Swon Brothers is the oldest —  Colton or Zach? ANSWER: Zach.


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Carrie Underwood Explains How She Knew “Something in the Water” Was a Stand-Out Track

Image Courtesy Sony Music/Jeremy CowartCarrie Underwood is closing in on yet another #1 hit with her latest single, “Something in the Water.” She co-wrote the songs with some of her long-time collaborators, and Carrie had a good feeling about “Something in the Water” from the very beginning.

She says, “I knew while we were writing ‘Something in the Water’ that we really had something special. This was one that as it was happening, I was recording stuff on my phone.  Like, ‘Oh, my gosh.’ Like, ‘Let’s do it again. I can make that better. We can do this better.’”

Carrie goes on to say the writers room felt “electric” that day, and the demo version they cut only made her more excited to record the final version.

“We knew it was special, for sure,” Carrie says.

“Something in the Water” is included on Carrie’s Greatest Hits: Decade #1 compilation, available now.


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Nashville Notes

Image Courtesy Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockGarth Brooks is spending a seventh non-consecutive week at #1 on Billboard‘s Country Albums chart with his latest offering, Man Against Machine.

Southern Living has ranked Miranda Lambert‘s The Ladysmith Bed & Breakfast in Tishomingo, Oklahoma at #1 on their list of The South’s Best New Hotels for 2015.


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Brad Paisley Super-Fans The Swon Brothers Ready to Hit the Road with Their Hero Tonight

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleLanding a spot on Brad Paisley‘s Country Nation tour is a dream-come-true for The Swon BrothersZach Swon. He started playing electric guitar at age 15, and Zach spent hours learning to play Brad’s songs like “Mud on the Tires” and “I’m Gonna Miss Her.”

Zach tells ABC News Radio, “I wanted to play guitar like Brad Paisley so bad.”

Zach and his younger brother, Colton, built quite a following over the next few years as a duo, and they started playing an big annual show in their Oklahoma hometown. That concert happened to fall on Zach’s 18th birthday one year, and Zach’s father surprised him onstage with a pink paisley Telecaster guitar to celebrate the occasion. Since he doesn’t want to look like a Brad Paisley super-fan, Zach doesn’t play that guitar in public anymore.

“I do have it hanging on my wall, ’cause it means so much to me,” Zach explains. “So, now I’m hoping when we go on tour with Brad, I can tell him the story and maybe he can write me a little note, and it means more on the wall.”

Zach and Colton recently got Brad’s phone number to send him thank-you texts for picking them for the tour. Colton admits it’s very odd to have Brad’s number.

He says, We probably shouldn’t put his name under Brad Paisley in our phone, but I do, just to see it on my phone.”

Parmalee is also on the bill for Brad’s Country Nation tour. Go to BradPaisley.com for dates.


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Martina McBride to Be Honored with Humanitarian Award at the Music Business Association Luncheon

Image Courtesy BMLGMartina McBride will be honored with the Harry Chapin Memorial Humanitarian Award at the Music Business Association’s 2015 Awards Luncheon coming up May 14 in Nashville. The event recognizes Martina’s years of philanthropic work in the fight against domestic violence as well her participation in events raising money for muscular dystrophy and cancer research.

Martina says, “While my goal was never to be recognized for my charitable efforts, this award is proof that we can all make a difference, no matter how small, in the lives of others. I hope this recognition will encourage more people to support worthy organizations that speak to their hearts.”


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Florida Georgia Line Adds 29 Dates to Anything Goes Tour

Image Courtesy Sweet Talk PR/Justin MrusekFlorida Georgia Line has added 29 new dates to their Anything Goes tour, which kicks off Thursday night in Ohio. Thomas Rhett and Frankie Ballard will be along for the newly announced shows, too.

Look for Florida Georgia Line to perform their latest single, “Sun Daze,” on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Tuesday, January 20.

Here are Florida Georgia Line’s new tour dates:

5/9 — Columbia, MD
5/28 — West Palm Beach, FL
5/29 — Tampa, FL
5/30 — Birmingham, AL
7/24 — Philadelphia, PA
7/25 — Washington, D.C.
7/26 — Virginia Beach, VA
8/7 — Bethel, NY
8/8 — Darien Center, NY
8/13 — Raleigh, NC
8/14 — Charlotte, NC
8/15 — Pittsburgh, PA
8/20 — Beaumont, TX
8/21 — Austin, TX
8/22 — Dallas, TX
8/27 — Bakersfield, CA
8/28 — Sacramento, CA
9/10 — Holmdel, NJ
9/11 — Hartford, CT
9/12 — Boston, MA
9/24 — Wichita, KS
9/25 — Tulsa, OK
9/26 — St. Louis, MO
10/3 — San Diego, CA
10/9 — Albuquerque, NM
10/10 — Phoenix, AZ
10/15 — Southaven, MS
10/16 — New Orleans, LA
10/17 — Atlanta, GA



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Reba Scores Highest Country Songs Chart Debut of Her Career with “Going Out Like That”

Image Courtesy BMLGReba‘s latest single, “Going Out Like That,” bows at #28 on Billboard‘s Hot Country Songs chart — her highest debut ever on that tally. 

This bests her previous entry at #32 on “If You See Him/If You See Her” with Brooks & Dunn in 1998. At that time, Hot Country Songs chart positions were based solely on radio airplay; now, downloads and streams are factored in with airplay to determine chart placement. “Going Out Like That” benefits from 21,000 downloads sold in the first week, which is Reba’s best digital sales week ever. Her previous digital high mark was the #1 hit “Consider Me Gone,” which sold 19,000 downloads one week in January 2010.

“Going Out Like That” is the first single from Reba’s new studio album, due out in April.


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