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Brantley Gilbert calls in to Bobby Bones and announces engagement  2014-10-21
Today on the Bobby Bones show Brantley Gilbert exclusively called in to announce his new single and some surprising news. The first topic was his new song "One Hell of an Amen"- which is off his smash album "Just As I Am." (We followed Brantley on his trip up to Arlington during the promotion of the album release- see all of that HERE.)

The other big news was the singer/songwriter is engaged to 'the one that got away.' The performer gave details on how he has known his fiancee for 10 years and wrote songs about her including "More Than Miles" and "You Don't Know Her Like I Do." Check out the clip down below! (source: Bobby Bones Show)

Reba is first artist signed to the new Nash Icon Music Label  2014-10-21
Reba McEntire announced on the NASH FM Blair Garner's America's Morning show today that she will be the first artist signed to Nash Icon Music, a joint venture between Big Machine Label Group and Cumulus Media. 

McEntire is already working on a new project with producers Tony Brown and James Stroud, and has 11 songs ready for the new album.“I’ve got three more to record that I have found,” she told Garner. “I’m always trying to beat out what I have already, so we just keep looking.”

McEntire signed to BMLG’s The Valory Music Co. in 2008.

Earlier this year, Cumulus and Big Machine Label Group entered a strategic partnership to create NASH Icon, which includes the launch of the label and a live events business. The venture showcases Nashville’s talent from the past 25 years, and will release future recordings by those artists. The label complements the NASH Icons branding on some of Cumulus’ owned-and-operated radio stations.

We talked to Scott Borchetta about the importance of Icons in Nashville at the Glen Campbell movie premiere- see what he says about keeping their music alive:
Little Big Town Become the Newest Members of Opry  2014-10-20

The critically acclaimed Grammy®-winning vocal group Little Big Town (Karen Fairchild, Phillip Sweet, Kimberly Schlapman, and Jimi Westbrook) was formally inducted into the Grand Ole Opry this evening by Opry members Little Jimmy Dickens and Vince Gill. The group had been invited to join the Opry on Oct. 3 by Opry member and friend Reba McEntire. The night marked a major milestone for the group whose first-ever public performance together was on the Opry in 1999.

The group opened its set with a performance of its hit “Bring it On Home,” hearkening back to its Opry debut. On that night, as the members recalled backstage, they had been accompanied by only a borrowed guitar. After the group’s performance of the smash “Boondocks,” Dickens and Gill took the stage along with Opry Vice President and General Manager Pete Fisher to present the group with its Opry Member Award.

“The word ‘family’ really means something out here. It really does,” Gill said to the group. “You’ll make friends like I have with this man right here,” he continued, nodding to Dickens. “You’ll be so be blessed by the friends you’ll make out here, and they’ll last your entire life. Welcome to the family, and remember to come here as often as you can.”

After the group shared its thanks to the Opry, family members, friends, and others who’d helped make its Opry dream come true, the members invited Gill to join them on their final song of the night, the Kris Kristofferson classic “Why Me.”

“Welcome them home!” Gill cheered before a standing ovation sold out audience.

Backstage, group members reflected on having grown up with the Opry and on its importance to their music. “This feels like the biggest moment of our lives and our career,” Schlapman said.

“I’m so excited about sharing this moment with the band,” Fairchild added. “We’ve been through the highest of highs together, and this is sure to be the highest. This is as good as it gets.”

Sweet reflected on everyone at the Opry having embraced the group over the years. “It feels like home,” he said. “It’s family.”

“There’s nothing like walking those halls backstage,” added Westbrook, later sharing amazement with the other members that the group’s name would be added to the Opry Member Gallery at the Opry House backstage entrance.
Ariana Grande and Meghan Trainor to Perform Duets at ' The 48th Annual CMA Awards'  2014-10-20
Ariana Grande will be joining two-time CMA Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town for an on-air collaboration. Within less than a year, Grande captured No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 twice—first with her Republic Records debut Yours Truly and also with its 2014 follow-up My Everything.

Meghan Trainor will team up with nine-time nominee and reigning CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Lambert. This dynamic duo’s performance of Trainor’s “All About That Bass” is sure to be a must see moment. Singer/songwriter Trainor has written songs for such stars as Rascal Flatts before skyrocketing to success with her international hit “All About That Bass,” which has topped the Billboard Hot 100 for the past six weeks.

While Hale made her mark early on as an actress, best known for her role on the hit ABC Family drama "Pretty Little Liars," music was always her first love. The Memphis born and bred singer’s debut album, Road Between, was released by DMG Nashville on June 3 and features her brand new single, "Lie A Little Better." Hale will also be performing on “CMA Country Christmas,” a two-hour special airing Monday, Dec. 1 (8:00-10:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Winners of “The 48th Annual CMA Awards” will be determined in a final round of voting by eligible voting members of the Country Music Association. CMA Awards balloting is officiated by the international accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche LLP. Voting for the CMA Awards final ballot ends Monday, Oct. 27 (5:00 PM/CT).

“The 48th Annual CMA Awards” is a production of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton is the Executive Producer, Paul Miller is the Director, and David Wild is the writer. The special will be shot in high definition and broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound.

For more information, please visit CMAawards.com and CMAchristmas.com
Jason Aldean Announces 2nd Leg of his Burn It Down Tour   2014-10-20
Jason Aldean’s previously sold out BURN IT DOWN TOUR will continue into 2015, and the smash hit that gave the red-hot tour its name is now No. one on both the Billboard Country Airplay and Mediabase radio charts. The two-time ACM “Male Vocalist Of The Year” will kick off the next leg's 23-city run presented by Live Nation on Feb. 12 in Greenville, SC with special guests Cole Swindell and Tyler Farr. Fans can now purchase tickets for the first announced dates at www.jasonaldean.com with more details to be revealed over the next few weeks.

“We are coming off a big album release week, and we wanted to keep the momentum rolling and get this next leg of the tour announced,” Aldean said. “Cole and Tyler are two of the hottest up-and-coming artists out right now, and I really dig what they do in their live shows. They are also just great friends, so it'll be cool to have them out and see what kind of trouble we can get into together.”

Critics around the country agree this is Aldean's ”most explosive tour ever" (Rolling Stone) and a "game changing run" (Billboard).

First Announced Cities on the 2015 BURN IT DOWN TOUR:
Greenville, SC
Greensboro, NC
N. Charleston, SC
Bossier City, LA
Tupelo, MS
Nashville, TN
Toledo, OH
Peoria, IL
Cedar Falls, IA
Wichita, KS
Tulsa, OK
Little Rock, AR
Bozeman, MT
Spokane, WA
Eugene, OR
Grand Rapids, MI
Louisville, KY
Ft. Wayne, IN
Corpus Christi, TX
Beaumont, TX
Charleston, WV
Hartford, CT
Hershey, PA

The certified PLATINUM single “Burnin’ It Down” became the fastest selling country single of 2014, holding the No. one position on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart for nine weeks. The track serves as the lead single off Aldean’s recently released sixth studio album OLD BOOTS, NEW DIRT, which debuted at No. one on Billboard's all-genre Top 200 chart, breaking the record for both first-day and first-week streams ever by a country album on Spotify.

To date, Aldean has sold over nine million albums and has taken 14 trips to No. one. Each of his albums has been certified PLATINUM and he has been officially recognized as the top digital male country artist in history with over 21.5 million in digital sales. Aldean’s upcoming tour follows a monumental first leg, which saw him play five stadium dates in addition to sold-out shows in the country's biggest amphitheaters and arenas.

Breakout country artist and CMA Awards' “New Artist of the Year” nominee Cole Swindell released his self-titled debut album earlier this year, claiming the title of highest selling country debut since 2011 and featuring Swindell’s latest single, “Ain’t Worth The Whiskey,” along with his first two consecutive No. one singles, the gold certified hit “Hope You Get Lonely Tonight,” and the platinum certified smash “Chillin’ It.”
Columbia Nashville artist Tyler Farr’s breakthrough debut album REDNECK CRAZY marked the biggest country debut of the year by a new male artist. Hailed as the “song of the summer” by The New York Times, the No. one, platinum-selling title-track “Redneck Crazy” and the Gold-certified hit, “Whiskey in My Water,” earned the Missouri native back-to-back No. ones.

For more information and additional tour details, visit www.jasonaldean.com. 
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