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Florida Georgia Line performed during TODAY’s Toyota Concert Series yesterday (Sept. 2) on NBC. Live from Rockefeller Plaza, the duo kicked off Labor Day morning with a collaboration with Nelly on a remix of “Cruise,” which has sold over 5.5 million downloads. FGL’s Tyler Hubbard (Monroe, Ga.) and Brian Kelley (Ormond Beach, Fla.) closed out the set with their gold-certified hit “Round Here.”

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Florida Georgia Line perform at Today’s Toyota Concert Series. Photo: Troy Johnson

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Craig Campbell recently took part in the Country Music Hall of Fame‘s Summer Concert Series “Hot Nights in the Hall” and produced one of the highest turn-outs to date to the members-only event. The Country Music Hall of Fame also garnered over 25 new members as a result of Craig’s participation in the series.

Craig Campbell performs as part of the Country Music Hall of Fame's "Hot Nights At The Hall" series.

Craig Campbell performs as part of the Country Music Hall of Fame’s “Hot Nights in the Hall” series.

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Brett Eldredge celebrated his first chart-topping single, “Don’t Ya,” by jumping out of an airplane on Tuesday (Aug. 27) at Skydive Tullahoma in Tullahoma, Tenn. He was joined by family, management, WMN staff, TV and radio personality Storme Warren, USA Today’s Brian Mansfield, AXS Live’s Ashley Eicher and other lucky jumpers. “Don’t Ya” is off of Eldredge’s debut studio album, Bring You Back, which was released Aug. 6 on Atlantic Records.

Pictured: Brett Eldredge with USA Today’s Brian Mansfield, TV/radio personality Storme Warren, AXS Live’s Ashley Eicher, friends, family, management, WMN staff, and other lucky jumpers just prior to his first skydive in celebration of his first No. 1 single “Don’t Ya.”

Pictured: Brett Eldredge with USA Today’s Brian Mansfield, TV/radio personality Storme Warren, AXS Live’s Ashley Eicher, friends, family, management, WMN staff, and other lucky jumpers just prior to his first skydive in celebration of his first No. 1 single “Don’t Ya.”

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Sheryl Crow takes a break prior to releasing her debut country project, Feels Like Home, which releases Sept. 10.

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Sheryl Crow vacations at Legoland in Florida ahead of the Sept. 10 debut of her first country album, Feels Like Home.

Keith Urban To Perform Club Shows In Nashville

keith urban fuse album cover1Prior to Keith Urban‘s concert at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Feb. 1, 2014, Urban will visit downtown Nashville for three shows on Friday, Sept. 6. The shows are in celebration of his forthcoming album, Fuse, which releases Tuesday, Sept. 10. Beginning at 9:30 p.m. on Sept. 6, Urban will perform at Nashville hotspots Legends Corner, Tootsies and The Stage.
Local Country radio stations have recently hinted at an upcoming Urban performance in Music City. Fans can learn how to reserve a seat at one of Urban’s shows by listening to WSIX “The Big 98,” WSM 95.5 FM and WKDF.

'American Idol' Season 12 Wraps; 2014 Judges Announced

Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick, Jr., Keith Urban, Randy Jackson. Photos: Michael Becker (Connick, Jr.: James Minchin III)

Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick, Jr., Keith Urban, Randy Jackson. Photos: Michael Becker (Connick, Jr.: James Minchin III)

Season 12 of American Idol officially concluded in Nashville over the 2013 Labor Day weekend (Aug. 31) when the final show of the Idol Live! tour stopped at the Bridgestone Arena. Appropriately, official announcements from FOX today (Sept. 3) confirmed Season 13 judges.
Jennifer Lopez will return to the 2014 judging panel, as well as the recently announced Keith Urban, in addition to freshman host Harry Connick, Jr. Randy Jackson, a long-time judge on the show, will be an in-house mentor this season. Urban, whose new album Fuse hits stores on Sept. 10, said of the upcoming season, “I think this season of IDOL is gonna be a blast. New team, new energy and a whole new field of artists to be discovered and given a chance!”
Auditions will be filmed in Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Detroit, Omaha, Neb., Salt Lake City and San Francisco before American Idol XIII debuts in January 2014 on FOX with longtime host Ryan Seacrest. Universal Music Group’s Interscope Records will continue to release IDOL winner and contestant music.
Although there weren’t any surprise appearances by the celebrity judges at the Bridgestone on Saturday, pre-recorded video segments from the Season 12 celebrities helped the performances roll along. Since the tour began on July 19, attendees have been treated to a taste of what it’s like to see their Idol favorites perform in person. Top 10 performers, including two Country singers Kree Harrison and Janelle Arthur, offered the audience a taste of many current Top 40 titles. Harrison, 22, has lived in Nashville for years recording demos and background vocals; she performed Patty Griffin’s “Up To The Mountain,” the Alabama Shakes’ “Hold On,” and her latest single “All Cried Out.” Arthur, a 23-year-old Tennessee native, performed a rendition of The Band Perry’s “Better Dig Two,” and Urban’s “Where The Blacktop Ends.”
19 Entertainment and AEG Live promoted the 30-show tour. 

BMG and Indie Primary Wave Form Alliance

bmg logo22BMG and indie music company Primary Wave Music have entered into a joint venture that will focus on signing artists with a proven track record in the industry and releasing new album projects on them. Through the venture BMG will also purchase significant publishing interests currently owned by Primary Wave, including songs like Earth Wind & Fire’s “September,” Hall & Oates’ “Kiss On My List”, John Lennon’s “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and Marvin Gaye’s “How Sweet It Is,” and the two will sign and develop new writers and administer publishing catalogues.
Primary Wave’s in-house marketing team will act as the marketing arm for the artists signed to BMG/Primary Wave Artist Services and the venture will add radio promotion capabilities to Primary Wave’s creative team. Primary Wave’s marketing team will continue to be involved in marketing those catalog songs BMG is acquiring, and the deal will add even more heft to Primary Wave’s current departments, including their talent management division, digital marketing team BrightShop, brand marketing company Brand Synergy Group, and Primary Wave TV, the TV/Film production & development team. All artists signed to management or publishing with the new endeavor will also be able to tap into the various in-house resources. Currently, Primary Wave manages artists CeeLo Green, Eric Benet, Natalie Imbruglia, Ginuwine, Trevor Jackson, Goodie Mob  and many other bands, writers, and producers.
“The US remains the heartland of and biggest single market in the worldwide music industry,” BMG’s CEO, Hartwig Masuch said. “This strategic alliance with Primary Wave, one of the most respected independents in the business, gives us control of some of the greatest copyrights in popular music in one stroke, while also strengthening our marketing resources in promoting new recordings. And from the writer’s perspective, we are confident this deal will open up many new opportunities for the international exploitation of these iconic songs through our pro-active BMG team.”

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Capital Campaign Reaches $78 Million

CMHOFThe Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum’s capital campaign has reached approximately $78 million, according to Museum Director Kyle Young. The capital campaign will finance the institution’s 200,000-square-foot expansion. Construction on the nearly $100 million project, which will expand the museum to more than 350,000 square feet, took shape in June 2011 and will be completed in March 2014. The campaign is still seeking the final $20 million needed to complete expansion funding.
Among the recent capital campaign gifts are donations from BlueCross® BlueShield® of Tennessee Health Foundation; BMI; City National Bank; the Dugas Family Foundation; the Gretsch family; Carl and Connie Haley; Hospital Corporation of America; the Memorial Foundation; and Will, Jan and Gary Overton.
During the silent phase of the capital campaign, titled Working on a Building: Country Music Lives Here, $56.8 million in cash and pledges were secured. More than $48 million of that total came from donors who contributed $1 million or more, including a lead gift of $6.5 million from Steve and Judy Turner. Since the campaign’s public kick-off in July 2011, previously announced gifts of $1 million or more include the Academy of Country Music, the Andrea Waitt Carlton Family Foundation, the Country Music Association, the Frist Foundation, the Ingram Charitable Fund, Inc. and Taylor Swift.
The new building will feature the Taylor Swift Education Center, which will include classroom spaces, a learning lab and an exhibit gallery; the ACM Gallery; the CMA theater, which seats 800; Hatch Show Print’s new home; an event hall; and more.
The Working on a Building campaign is led by Steve Turner, chairman of the museum’s board of officers and trustees; and honorary co-chairs Bill Ford, Ford Motor Company Executive Chairman, and Country Music Hall of Fame member Kris Kristofferson. For more information about the campaign, or to make a donation, visit

Kenny Rogers To Release 'You Can't Make Old Friends' in October

kenny rogers you can't make old friendsLong-time friends Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton will reunite on Rogers’ upcoming album, You Can’t Make Old Friends, which is slated to release Oct. 8 on Warner Bros. Records. Parton and Rogers team for a duet on the album’s title track; 30 years ago, the two released “Islands In The Stream,” a mega-hit for the two entertainers that topped several sales charts and was certified platinum in the U.S. for shipping 2 million copies.
“What a thrill it was for me to work again with my buddy, Dolly Parton, and what a special song,” remarked Rogers. “Working with Dolly is always a little like going home. Everything felt comfortable.”
For the new project, he worked with producers Kyle Lehning, Warren Hartman and Dann Huff; You Can’t Make Old Friends marks Rogers’ first country album since 2006’s Water & Bridges. You Can’t Make Old Friends is available via digital download today (Sept. 3) at iTunes. Customers who pre-order the album can receive an instant download of the title track. Special pre-sale bundles are also being offered at
Rogers will be touring the U.S. and Canada throughout the fall. Additionally, What Are The Chances, a novel Rogers co-wrote with Mike Blakely, releases today (Sept. 3); Rogers’ New York Times best-selling autobiography, Luck Or Something Like It, will be released in paperback on Sept. 27.
The track listing for You Can’t Make Old Friends is available below:
1. You Can’t Make Old Friends (Duet With Dolly Parton)
2. All I Need Is One
3. You Had To Be There
4. ’Merica
5. Turn This World Around
6. Dreams Of The San Joaquin
7. Don’t Leave Me In The Night Time (Featuring Buckwheat Zydeco)
8. Look At You
9. Neon Horses
10. When You Love Someone
11. It’s Gonna Be Easy Now