Columbia RecordsTimMcGraw, Kenny Chesney, Faith Hill and Zac Brown were among the stars performing at the 2013 MusiCares Person of the Year concert honoring Bruce Springsteen. Now highlights from that concert will premiering on AXS TV Sunday, March 30. A DVD and Blu-ray release of the concert will hit stores on March 25 as well.
Elton John, Neil Young, Sting and Natalie Maines also performed at the show, which featured an all-star finale with the artists and Bruce himself. The gala not only celebrated Springsteen's music but also his philanthropic work. Aptly, the show ended up raising more than $6.6 million for the Recording Academy's MusiCares foundation, which helps musicians in times of need.
Capitol NashvilleKeithUrban is creating a brand-new show for his Raise 'Em Up tour, launching July 12 at the Calgary Stampede in Canada.
"The Raise Em Up tour will be a complete build from the sky down,” Keith says. "New staging, new production, a lot more songs from FUSE that the fans have been requesting, a different mix of previous hits, and some rarities from past albums that we haven't played in a while if ever!!"
The 21-city tour will hit Boston, Atlanta, St. Louis, Atlantic City, Charlotte and Denver before wrapping up September 7 in Sacramento. Brett Eldredge and Jerrod Niemann are opening the show.
Here are Keith's Raise 'Em Up tour dates:
7/12 -- Calgary, AB (CAN), Craven Country Jamboree 7/13 -- Craven, SK (CAN), Craven Country Jamboree 7/17 -- Atlantic City, NJ, The Borgata 7/18 -- St. Clairesville, OH, Jamboree in the Hills 7/19 -- Brooklyn, MI, Faster Horses 7/22 -- Harrington, DE, Delaware State Fair 7/24 -- Gilford, NH, Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion 7/25 -- Darien Center, NY/Darien Lake PAC 7/26 -- Boston, MA, XFinity Center 7/31 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center 8/1 -- St. Louis, MO, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre 8/2 -- Indianapolis, IN, Klipsch Music Center 8/8 -- Raleigh, NC, Walnut Creek Amphitheatre 8/9 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach 8/15 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center 8/16 -- Hartford, CT, XFinity Theatre 8/17 -- Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center 8/22 -- Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion 8/23 -- Birmingham, AL, Oak Mountain Amphitheatre 8/29 -- Denver, CO, Fiddler's Green 8/30 -- Salt Lake City, UT, USANA Amphitheatre 9/5 -- Irvine, CA, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre 9/6 -- Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre 9/7 -- Sacramento, CA, Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Photo Credit: Ash NewellTaylor Swift's Red album and tour earned her a lot of green. She tops Billboard magazine's annual Money Makers list, counting down the music performers who earned the most cash over the past year.
According to Billboard, Taylor raked in close to $39.7 million bucks over the past year, thanks to sales of her albums, singles and streaming royalties, plus ticket and merchandise sales for her tour, and that doesn't include earnings from lucrative tour sponsorships with Keds, Diet Coke and Elizabeth Arden, or merchandise sales, which the magazine says together could be worth an additional $10 million.
Coming in at #2 the list is country superstar Kenny Chesney, who raked in just under $33 million last year with his album, Life on a Rock, and his No Shoes Nation tour.
Luke Bryan is in at #8 with earnings of $22.1 million thanks to his massive Dirt Road Diaries tour and new album, Crash My Party. Jason Aldean and George Strait take the #14 and #15 spots, respectively.
ACMRascal Flatts and Keith Urban are the headliners for the two-day ACM Party for a Cause Festival at The Linq in Las Vegas. The event takes place April 4 and 5, just before the ACM Awards broadcast live on CBS April 6. Florida Georgia Line, Brett Eldredge, Chris Young, Lee Brice, Justin Moore, Kip Moore, Tyler Farr, Danielle Bradbery, and Cassadee Pope are also on the bill. Proceeds go to ACM Lifting Lives and Outnumber Hunger.
The complete schedule is available at ACMCountry.com. Tickets are now on sale through Ticketmaster.
Sony Music NashvilleMiranda Lambert is set to release her new album, Platinum, on June 3, featuring the lead single, "Automatic." Miranda looks quite glamorous on the album cover, wearing a black dress with a high slit as she steps out of an Airstream trailer.
The album title Platinum was inspired by elements of Miranda's own life. She says, "Platinum is my hair color, and my wedding ring, and the color of my Airstream and the name of one of my favorite beers. It's about a lifestyle."
Miranda, who wrote half of the album's 16 songs, says the entire project reflects her current state of mind as a 30-year-old woman.
"I’m more settled in life, embracing the good and the bad, and that’s all reflected on Platinum," Miranda explains. "I still blaze around, but in a less chaotic way."
Several Platinum pre-order packages are available at MirandaLambert.com. You can also enter to win a trip to see Miranda perform on ABC's Good Morning America as part of the album launch. Look for Miranda to perform "Automatic" on the ACM Awards April 6 on CBS.
Brantley Gilbert has a new best friend named, Sylo. The country star got the puppy in December, and Brantley has been documenting Silo's growth on social media.
Brantley tells ABC News Radio, "I'll take selfies of my dog, like when he's in the bed and stuff, and he's knocked out. I think he tries to sleep exactly like I do."
Sylo is hard of hearing, so Brantley had a hard time finding a trainer to get the dog ready for life on the road. A guy on Brantley's road crew turned him on to a woman in Nashville who has become known as a "dog whisperer."
"I’m thinking to myself, like, "What the hell is a dog whisperer gonna do for a deaf dog?'" Brantley says with a laugh. "This dude can't hear me when I'm hollering at him. Seriously. That's a legitimate question."
As for why Brantley named the dog Sylo, he says, "I can't tell you that. It's personal. But he's my buddy, man. He really is."
Brantley's latest hit, "Bottoms Up," is the lead single from his upcoming studio album, due out in the coming months.
MCA NashvilleGeorge Strait will wrap up his touring career with a final show at AT&T Stadium in Dallas June 7. Once the trek is over, George plans to have a little fun in the sun.
He says, "I’m going somewhere. I don’t know where, but I’m going somewhere to celebrate."
George was stationed in Hawaii when he served in the Army back in the '70s, but he hasn't been back there in years.
"I would love to see it again and try to find my old house over there and all that stuff. And I want to go back to scope the [Army] barracks, I think, too, and see all the old spots [where] I used to hang out."
Photo Credit: Ash NewellTaylor Swift has purchased homes in New England and Los Angeles since becoming a global superstar, but she'll always think of Nashville as her home base. In a new interview with Time on Music City's booming economy, Taylor reveals her practical reasons for working mainly out of Nashville.
"Choosing to have my management company based in Nashville just made sense because my family is there as well as my record label," Taylor says. "I never think about moving home bases. It’s hard to describe why you consider a town your home base, except that when people ask me, 'Where’s home?', I don’t even think before I say 'Nashville.'"
The city also offers Taylor an escape from the paparazzi that track her every move in New York or L.A.
She says, "You don’t see as much evidence of me spending time in Nashville, because I’m not being photographed at the grocery store. I’m just able to wander around the grocery store and make casual conversation with the girl standing next to me in the produce aisle."
Taylor is currently working on the follow-up to her multi-platinum album, RED. She'll take The RED Tour to Asia starting June 1 in Tokyo.
EMI NashvilleEric Paslay makes his national television debut on ABC's Good Morning America Monday. He'll follow it up with appearance on FOX News's Fox & Friends on Tuesday and The Queen Latifah Show on March 20.
Look for Eric to perform songs from his self-titled debut album, which features the hits "Friday Night" and "Song About a Girl."
Republic NashvilleWe know what The Band Perry will be watching on the tour bus this weekend. Neil Perry tweeted a picture of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire downloading to his iPad. The caption reads, "Yes. I did."
The Perry siblings wrap up their string of U.S. dates this weekend with shows in Georgia and Florida. Go to TheBandPerry.com for a full list of tour dates.
Capitol NashvilleSeven-time Grammy winners Lady Antebellum will receive the Recording Artists' Coalition Award at The Recording Academy's Grammys on the Hill ceremony April 2 in Washington, D.C. The honor recognizes Lady A's success in country music, as well as their charitable efforts at home and abroad.
House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi will also be honored at the event, taking place that night at The Hamilton Live on Capitol Hill.
RCA NashvilleChrisYoung heads back to Europe later this month for a tour with Brad Paisley, but he won't be ordering hotel room service after the shows. On his first trek across the pond last year, Chris made the mistake of randomly choosing a cheese sandwich from the menu at a London hotel.
He explains, "I'm like -- cheese, pickle, bread. Can't mess that up, right?"
When the sandwich arrived, Chris was surprised to see shredded cheese on the sandwich along with an odd pickle spread.
"It wasn't like a pickle," Chris says. "It was pickled chutney or something. So, I basically opened it, looked at it, and went, "I'm not eating that," and went back to sleep. I was just like, 'Well, that's a swing and a miss.'"
Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line's new video with Luke Bryan, "This Is How We Roll," premieres Friday morning on ABC's Good Morning America. The guys traveled to the desert outside San Diego, CA to film the clip, which features intense cameos from FGL's daredevil friends Travis Pastrana and The Nitro Circus. The weather and a few other factors led to a great shoot for the guys.
Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard says, "Anything out in California when it's 75 degrees and we got dirt bikes and big trucks and girls and stuff like that involved, man, it's gonna be a good time. So, we had a lot of fun with it."
Luke had to fly straight from his show at Madison Square Garden in New York to San Diego for the video shoot.
Luke says, "I'm excited to be on it with them. I love what they're doing musically. It's so young, fresh. And to be a part of it with them is really awesome."
"This Is How We Roll" is included on the deluxe edition of Florida Georgia Line's album, Here's to the Good Times…This Is How We Roll.
Bigger PictureCMT's Next Women of Country campaign continues with Lucy Hale,Angaleena Presley, Lindsay Ell, Natalie Stovall and the Drive, and Nikki Lane joining the initiative. Kacey Musgraves, Ashley Monroe, Brandy Clark and Cassadee Pope are among the women previously featured as CMT's Next Women of Country.
Show Dog/UniversalTobyKeith launches his Shut Up and Hold On tour May 25 with special guests Colt Ford and his daughter, Krystal Keith. The trek runs all summer long through a September 27 show in Philadelphia. Premium seats are available at TicketsforCharity.com with the proceeds going to help those in need.
Here are Toby's tour dates:
5/25 -- Forest City, IA, Tree Town Music Festival 5/30 -- San Bernardino, CA, San Manuel Amphitheater 5/31 -- Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheater 6/1 -- Sacramento, CA, Sleep Train Amphitheater 6/13 -- Burlington, IA, Burlington Steamboat Days 6/14 -- Winstead, MN, Winstock Music Festival 6/28 -- Washington, D.C., Jiffy Lube Live 6/29 -- Cleveland, OH, Blossom Music Center 7/12 -- St. Louis, MO, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater 7/13 -- Chicago, IL, First Midwest Bank Amphitheater 7/19 -- Tooele, UT, Tooele County Fairgrounds 7/25 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Center 7/26 -- Hartford, CT, XFINITY Theatre 7/27 -- Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center 8/1 -- Bowmanville, ON (CAN), Boots and Hearts Festival 8/8 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center 8/9 -- Pittsburgh, PA, First Niagara Pavilion 8/23 -- Lima, OH, Allen County Fair 9/13 -- Indianapolis, IN, Klipsch Music Center 9/27 -- Philadelphia, PA, Susquehanna Bank Center
Warner Music NashvilleNew duo Dan Shay have launched the Warehouse Sessions video series as they ramp up to release their debut album, Where It All Began, on April 1. The first clip features the guys singing an acoustic version of "What You Do to Me," which will appear on the debut project.
Dan Shay are climbing the country chart fast with their debut hit, "19 You Me." They're also up for Vocal Duo of the Year at the ACM Awards on April 6.