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by admin // Tuesday, January 24, 2012 // News, Upfront // 0 Comments

    

Dog lovers are never shy about publicly parading their pooch pride. But too often cat affection is locked behind closed doors. No more, says  the makes of Fresh Step® litter!

In honor of Cat Appreciation Month this February, the makes of Fresh Step litter have teamed up with cat-loving country star Kellie Pickler to ask cat lovers to flood Facebook with images of them wearing their favorite cat-centric clothing.

Don't have any kitty couture? No problem. The Fresh Step brand has partnered with Pickler and fashion designer Geren Ford to design a must-have limited-edition cat sweater. The sweater will be available for purchase online at www.aspcaonlinesotre.com, with 100% of proceeds benefiting the ASPCA® (The America Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals).

Cat lovers who aren't in the market for a new sweater can get in on the fun, too. The Fresh Step Facebook page houses an online application that lets people digitally place the Pickler sweater onto a photo of themselves on Facebook. The Fresh Step litter team, will donate $1 to the ASPCA for every photo posted, through March 15th, 2012, up to $100,000.

"It's time for cat lovers to truly display their cat pride," said Pickler, whose new album 100 Proof launches this week. "I collaborated with fellow cat lover and designer Geren Ford to create a sweater that we hope any cat parent would wear to show their kitty pride and that all animal lovers can wear in support of the ASPCA."

The oatmeal heather-colored tunic "Kitty Crooner" sweater with green sequin embellishments celebrates Pickler's country roots and gives wearers a modern vintage look. The sweater will be available for purchase at www.aspcaonlinestore.com for $35 while supplies last.

by admin // Tuesday, January 24, 2012 // News, Upfront // 0 Comments

Scotty McCreery joins some of country's brightest stars as a semi-finalist for New Artist of the Year at the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, going up against artists like Justin Moore, David Nail and Thompson Square.

The award show, which will be broadcast live on CBS on Sunday, April 1st, is letting the fans decide who should win the New Artist of the Year title.

The first round of fan voting is now live, and will continue until January 30th. Three finalists will be chosen in February, with the final round voting beginning on March 19th and ending the day of the show on April 1st.

Fans can cast their vote for Scotty in the New Artist of the Year category now by heading over to www.VoteACM.com.

Scotty's debut album, Clear As Day, was certified platinum earlier this month and spent six weeks at No.1 on the Top Country Albums chart, as well as peaking at No.1 on the Billboard 200. Clear As Day is also the second best selling American Idol debut album of all time behind Clay Aiken's Measure of a Man.

Be sure to vote for the Academy of Country Music's New Artist of the year HERE.

Also, check out this Thank You video from Scotty himself!

by admin // Tuesday, January 24, 2012 // News, Upfront // 0 Comments

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Luke Bryan

Multiple GRAMMY nominee Jason Aldean kicked off the 2012 leg of his My Kinda Party Tour with a sold-out first night run in Greenville, SX, Fayetteville, NC and Orlando, FL this weekend.

Each of those shows set new attendance records for the arenas.

Fellow Georgia natives Luke Bryan and Lauren Alaina joined Aldean, we DeeJay Silver returning to the tour to keep the party going between sets with his signature rock and country mixes.

Due to overwhelming demand for this final leg of the My Kinda Party tour, the new production features a 360-degree configuration that allows fans who couldn't get tickets before to purchase a view from the rear of the stage. The 2012 My Kinda Party Tour is an extension of the record-breaking 2011 leg that sold one million tickets across the country last year.

"I'm not gonna lie...it's a big challenge to try and entertain people who are on all sides of you. I have to work a lot harder, and I come off the stage absolutely drenched. The opening weekend was unbelievable, and I had a blast pulling Luke and Lauren up on stage during different parts of the show. It's fun to keep the fans guessing and surprised. Sometimes, I even get surprised...we had a few stage jumpers, so that kept it interesting for all of us! The fans were out of their minds this weekend!"

Additionally, Aldean is releasing "Fly Over States" to radio this week. The fifth single off his double platinum album My Kinda Party, the song is an ode to the beauty and hardworking spirit of our country's heartland. Entertainment Weekly said, "The song has the kind of soaring chorus that makes you want to press 'repeat' as soon as it ends.

To stream "Fly Over States," click here.

Aldean's double platinum fourth record My Kinda Party was the top-selling country album of 2011 and the No. 5 best-seller in all genres. The CMA Album of the Year was also named iTunes' "Country Album of the Year" and came in at No. 4 on Billboard's all-genre Year End Top 200 Albums chart.

For a full list of appearances and upcoming tour dates, check out Jason Aldean's official website.

by admin // Monday, January 23, 2012 // News, Upfront // 0 Comments

Today Trace Adkins announced the 'Songs & Stories Tour,' which will visit many of America's most beautiful theaters this Spring.

These intimate evenings of powerful performances will incorporate stories, both humorous and meaningful, that pay homage to Adkins' working-man roots an rich musical heritage.

Tickets for March dates go on sale to the public on Friday (1/27) - more dates are expected to be added.

Inspiration for the Songs & Stories Tour came as Trace released his 10th studio album, Proud To Be Here, last summer with a CMT Invitation Only special. The special featured new hits "Just Fishin'" and "Million Dollar View," a Q&A session and the most-loved songs from Adkins' twenty year career. The taping was so fun for Trace and his guests that he began laying plans for a tour.

"I've had many narrow escapes and blessings in my life. The right songs at the right time has been my saving grace and that's something I have in common with the audience. Sharing meaningful songs, stories and some laughs 'around the campfire' is the Country music tradition and I'm looking forward to it."

Fans can share their own stories, questions and the songs that have inspired or shaped their lives on the Songs & Stories page a www.traceadkins.com.

From humble beginnings as a small-town Louisiana roughneck, to a Country superstar with a twenty year career of hits, to his recent roles as outspoken author and actor, Adkins' life parallels the songs he sings. His albums showcase a range of earnest tributes and party anthems with humor and depth - the Songs & Stories Tour promises to offer the same.
 

SONGS & STORIES TOUR DATES (MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED):

March 8                       Des Moines IA                         Hoyt Sherman

March 9                       Kansas City MO          Midland Theater

March 10                     Peoria IL                      Civic Theater

March 15                     Milwaukee WI                         Riverside Theater

March 16                     Rochester MN              Mayo Civic Theater * Fan presale 1/30, public on-sale 2/3

March 17                     Grand Forks ND          Chester Fritz Auditorium

March 22                     Birmingham AL           Alabama Theatre

April 12                       Ashland KY                 Paramount Arts Center

April 14                       Toledo OH                   Stranahan Theater

April 19                       Spartanburg SC            Memorial Hall

April 20                       Charlotte NC                Ovens Auditorium

April 21                       Louisville KY              The Palace Theatre

April 25                       Denver CO                  Paramount Theater

April 27                       Salinas KS                   Stiefel Theater

April 28                       Tulsa OK                     Brady Theater

May 3                          N. Charleston SC         North Charleston Performing Arts Center

May 4                          Savannah GA              Mercer Theater *fan presale 1/30, public on 2/10

May 10                        Davenport IA               Adler Theatre

May 11                        South Bend IN             Morris PAC

May 12                        Memphis TN                Orpheum Theatre

May 17                        Atlanta GA                  Cobb Theater