Jason Aldean Played for More than 110,000 Fans over the Weekend

Greenroom PRJason Aldean played for more than 110,000 fans over the weekend between his headlining show in Chicago and his two co-headlining shows with Kenny Chesney at Target Field in Minneapolis. He’s also got the #1 song at country radio this week with “Tonight Looks Good on You,” which has turned into a real highlight of Jason’s live shows.

He says, “Being able to look out into a stadium full of people and have them singing and swaying to this song has been a pretty cool thing the last two months.”

Now, Jason is gearing up to rejoin Kenny for the first-ever headlining country show at The Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. Going into that show with a #1 hit is reason enough for Jason to throw a big celebration after the concert.

“We’ve never really needed much of an excuse to throw down backstage or get a little bit rowdy,” Jason says, “but I have a feeling the party might be bigger than usual this weekend in Pasadena.”

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George Strait’s Star-Studded The Cowboy Rides Away Tour Concert Coming to DVD, Digital Outlets

Eagle Rock EntertainmentIf you couldn’t score a ticket to one of the shows on  George Strait‘s The Cowboy Rides Again farewell tour, no worries — you’ll get to see it after all.  

The country legend is releasing his 2014 concert film, George Strait: The Cowboy Rides Away: Live from AT&T Stadium, on DVD and digital formats August 28. The concert marked the end of Strait’s touring career and featured guest performers Eric Church, Jason Aldean, Alan Jackson, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride and many others.

The concert release also has bonus features including commentary from George on the show and interviews with his special guests.  Look for it at all the usual retail outlets.

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Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert Announce Divorce

CMABlake Shelton and Miranda Lambert‘s marriage is over.

In a joint statement confirmed to ABC Radio by Blake Shelton’s rep, the couple says, “This is not the future we envisioned. And it is with heavy hearts that we move forward separately. We are real people, with real lives, with real families, friends and colleagues. Therefore, we kindly ask for privacy and compassion concerning this very personal matter.”

The couple was married May 14, 2011 in Texas. They have no children.

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Maddie & Tae Launching Start Here Tour October 10 in New York City

John Russell/CMAMaddie & Tae will head out on the Start Here tour October 10 at New York City’s Highline Ballroom. The trek comes on the heels of their gig on Dierks Bentley‘s Sounds of Summer tour. The duo’s headlining tour will serve as a showcase for their debut album, Start Here, due out August 28.

The duo’s Tae Dye says, “We’ve spent a few years writing these songs, figuring out how to say what we thought was important about being our age, and figuring out how to create our kind of music, so before we get back onto someone else’s tour, we wanted to take some time and show people all of who we are!”

Start Here features Maddie & Tae’s #1 debut hit, “Girl in a Country Song,” as well as their latest single, “Fly.”

Here are Maddie & Tae’s Start Here tour dates:

10/7 — New York, NY, Highline Ballroom
10/8 — Boston, MA, Paradise Rock Club
10/10 — Portland, ME, The Asylum
10/15 — Knoxville, TN, Cotton Eyed Joe
10/16 — Charlotte, NC, Amos’ Southend
10/17 — Chattanooga, TN, Track 29
10/22 — Tulsa, OK, Cain’s Ballroom
10/23 — Nacogdoches, TX, Banita Creek Hall
10/24 — Houston, TX, House of Blues
11/5 — Springfield, IL, Boondocks
11/6 — Detroit, MI, St. Andrew’s Hall
11/7 — Chicago, IL, Joe’s on Weed Street

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Kenny Chesney Breaks (Again) His Own Attendance Record at Minneapolis’s Target Field

Sony Music Nashville/Blue ChairKenny Chesney broke his own attendance record with his show at Target Field in Minneapolis Saturday night. He first set the venue record in 2012 with 42,542 fans, then broke it in 2013 with 43,940 fans at his show. Saturday night, Kenny broke it yet again, playing to 44,152 fans. He played a second show there with Jason Aldean on Sunday night, too.

Kenny says of The Big Revival Tour, “Every week, it seems like the fans are louder, more alive, more inside the songs — and as someone who wants to connect with every last fan, right up to the top back of the stadium, that’s the best feeling in the world!”

Go to KennyChesney.com to see where he’s taking his show next.

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Sam Hunt Duets with Taylor Swift Onstage at Chicago’s Soldier Field

UMG NashvilleSam Hunt is the latest artist to join Taylor Swift onstage for a duet during her ongoing 1989 World Tour. The two teamed up Sunday night at Chicago’s Soldier Field to perform Sam’s country and pop hit, “Take Your Time.” Taylor posted a photo of the performance on Instagram, showing the two artists sitting next to each other on a park bench onstage. In the caption, Taylor calls Sam, “Such a star.”

A huge thank you to @SamHuntMusic for surprising the crowd with 'Take Your Time'. Such a star. #1989tourchicago

A photo posted by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on

An audience member’s video of the duet is now on YouTube.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockSam Hunt is a co-writer on which one of Kenny Chesney‘s  #1 hits? ANSWER: “Come Over.”

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Old Dominion’s Debut Hit, “Break Up with Him,” Has Some “Magic Dust” on It

RCA NashvilleThe members of new group Old Dominion know a good song when they write one. Collectively, the members of the band have had a hand in writing Blake Shelton‘s “Sangria,” Dierks Bentley‘s “Say You Do,” “Better Dig Two” by The Band Perry and “A Guy Walks into a Bar” by Tyler Farr.  So, how did they decide to release their debut single, “Break Up with Him,” out of all the other songs they’ve written?

Lead singer Matthew Ramsey tells ABC Radio, “I think, it sounds a little different. It says something a little different, and as songwriters I think that’s the goal is to say something in a new way. So, I think maybe we stumbled upon that here.”

While Matthew could go into the specifics of what makes “Break Up with Him” strike a chord with listeners, he admits, “Why songs work is a mystery sometimes. This one just seems to have this little magic dust on it for some reason.”

He adds, “It just resonates for some reason. So, we’ll follow it as far as it wants to go.”

Old Dominion filmed a Back to the Future-inspired video for “Break Up with Him.” Check it out on YouTube.

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Miranda Lambert Playing Rare Club Show in Nashville July 28

Sony Music NashvilleMiranda Lambert is playing an acoustic show at Nashville’s 3rd and Lindsley Bar & Grill Tuesday, July 28. The club show is billed as Roadside Bards & Pink Guitars Unplugged, and Miranda says it’s a one-night-only show starring her with her songwriter friends Jessi Alexander and Natalie Hemby. Special guests RaeLynn, Clare Dunn and Courtney Cole are also on the bill.

Tickets are now on sale at 3rdandLindsley.com. Miranda played a similar club show at Music City’s Exit/In earlier this year.

 

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One night only. Nashville. Me + some of my friends. Tickets on sale today at 10am central.

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Dierks Bentley Creating a Fun Environment Backstage on The Sounds of Summer Tour

CMADierks Bentley spent many years on the road as an opening act for artists like Kenny Chesney before he was able to branch out and become a full-time headliner. Now that he’s the main act on The Sounds of Summer tour, Dierks is enjoying his role as a kind of mentor for his support acts Kip Moore, Canaan Smith and Maddie and Tae.

Dierks tells ABC Radio, “I feel like I do have some advice to dispense when it’s wanted or needed or necessary, but I’ve been fortunate to be out there with a bunch of great headliners — Kenny Chesney for one. I’ve learned a lot over the years and try to pass that down.”

Above all else, Dierks wants everyone on the Sounds of Summer tour to just have a lot of fun and walk away with some great memories.

“I mean, it’s summertime. We’re on the road. Let’s have some fun,” Dierks says. “We’re here to technically work, but we’re playing music in front of tens and 20-thousands of people. If you’re not having fun doing this, then you’ve got problems. I try to make it as fun as possible.”

Dierks and his crew will be on the road together through September.

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