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  1. The Academy of Country Music’s philanthropic arm, ACM Lifting Lives, announced today that country music luminaries Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood will host its first-ever fundraising gala on April 17, 2015, just two days before the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards. The “One Night, Two Cities, All Music” gala presented by Mattress Firm will consist of two shows taking place simultaneously at the Omni Dallas Hotel and the Fort Worth Zoo. The Omni Dallas Hotel gala will feature headliner and ACM Awards nominees Lady Antebellum, and a special performance by Hunter Hayes. Fort Worth Zoo will feature ACM Awards nominees including headliner Keith Urban, and a special performance by Little Big Town. Nancy O’Dell, Emmy®-award winning journalist and co-host of Entertainment Tonight, will join Brooks and Yearwood to co-host the Fort Worth gala.
     
    Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood will alternate between both locations throughout the evening to entertain attendees in Dallas and Fort Worth.  A host of celebrities along with prominent music industry and entertainment executives are scheduled to attend. The inaugural gala will kick off with a cocktail reception, followed by a dinner, live auction and a stellar line-up of performances by country music’s most celebrated artists. 
     
    ACM Lifting Lives will be donating funds raised from the gala to several Texas-based organizations including Garth Brooks’ charity, Teammates for Kids and the Child Life Zones in Children’s Health of Dallas and Cook Children’s of Fort Worth.
     
    “The Academy has an almost 50-year history of charitable giving and wonderful relationships with Garth and Trisha. When Garth called about hosting this event, it was the culmination of years of hard work, and furthers the missions of our organizations - healing through the power of music, and improving lives by connecting fans, artists and the industry,” said Bob Romeo, CEO of the Academy of Country Music.
     
    “Mattress Firm is passionate about improving lives and we are excited to partner with ACM Lifting Lives and their commitment to help others through music,” said Karrie Forbes, Mattress Firm Foundation Board Member and Chief Marketing Officer of Mattress Firm.  
     
     The “One Night, Two Cities, All Music” gala is among the highly-anticipated events held during the ACM Awards week culminating with the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards, Country Music’s Party of the Year®. The ceremony, co-hosted by Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan, will broadcast LIVE from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.
     
    For more information on the gala, including ticket inquiries and sponsorship opportunities, please contact ACM Lifting Lives at gala@acmcountry.com. The “One Night, Two Cities, All Music” gala presented by Mattress Firm is produced by ACM Lifting Lives and Encore Live (www.EncoreLive.com), an event production company based in Fort Worth, Texas.
     
  2. Coca Cola Freestyle and Lady A are joining forces to give fans the chance to own the night at one of the multi-PLATINUM selling trio’s upcoming 2015 concerts! When fans visit participating restaurants with Coca Cola Freestyle now through March 31, they can choose from three Lady Antebellum mixes for a chance to mix it up backstage with the award-winning country group. 
     
    Each time fans pour an exclusive mix using Coca Cola Freestyle, they can receive a code which will allow them to enter for a chance to win a grand prize trip for two to a Lady Antebellum concert of the winner’s choice during their WHEELS UP 2015 TOUR presented by Quicken Loans. Other prizes include Lady Antebellum 747 Deluxe CDs, autographed pictures and downloads of their latest single, “Freestyle.”
     
    “Coca Cola Freestyle encourages individuality and customization by offering unprecedented choices,” said Joel Bishop, vice president and general manager, Coca Cola Freestyle, Coca Cola North America. “In that spirit, we invited Hillary, Charles and Dave of Lady Antebellum to express their personal style and taste by creating their own beverage mixes for their fans to enjoy.” 
     
    Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood each created a personal mix available only with Coca Cola Freestyle, the beverage dispenser that offers more than 100 drink choices. Charles’ Smooth Rollin’ Mix is a sweet blend of Vanilla Coke and Barq’s, while Dave’s Rock ‘n’ Bold Mix pulls together the refreshing flavors of Sprite Vanilla and Seagram’s Ginger Ale. Hillary’s Southern Cherry Mix plays on the artist’s Tennessee roots and combines two of her favorite beverages, Coke Zero Cherry and Coke Zero Raspberry.
     
    Fans can enter for a chance to win in several ways. When they approach Coca Cola Freestyle dispensers at one of the 600 plus participating restaurants, they should simply look for the special Lady Antebellum promo button on the home screen to choose from the three mixes. After fans pour their beverage of choice, they just need to text the code that appears onscreen to enter the sweepstakes. 
     
    Even if they aren’t near a select Coca-Cola Freestyle dispenser, Lady Antebellum fans all over the U.S. can still join in the fun beginning March 23 through April 30 when they download the free Coca-Cola Freestyle app. App holders with push notifications enabled will receive an offer in the “my offers” section of the app to add all three Lady Antebellum mixes to their favorites. When they visit any Coca-Cola Freestyle, they can use the QR code within the app to pour any of the exclusive mixes. Fans will then receive push notifications within the app with instructions to enter.
     
    For full contest details and rules, as well as the list of participating retailers, please visit www.coca-colafreestyle.com/ladya-customer and https://cocacola.promo.eprize.com/ladya/. To learn more about Coca‑Cola Freestyle or to find the nearest Coca‑Cola Freestyle, visit www.Coca‑Colafreestyle.com.
  3. In advance of their performance on tomorrow’s People’s Choice Awards in Los Angeles, Lady Antebellum dropped by CBS' The Talk today to announce their headlining WHEELS UP 2015 TOUR presented by Quicken Loans. The band will kick things off on Feb. 28 with a European trek through Norway, Sweden, Ireland, Scotland, the UK and Australia and begin the North American leg on May 1 in Lubbock, TX. The tour will continue through the fall with triple-threat entertainer Hunter Hayes and red-hot newcomer Sam Hunt rounding out the electric lineup. Citi is the official credit card of the WHEELS UP 2015 TOUR with Citi cardmembers having access to pre-sale tickets through Citi’s Private Pass Program at www.citiprivatepass.com, or visit www.LadyAntebellum.com to join the mailing list and be the first to know about VIP ticket information as more dates are announced. Fans can also purchase tickets in select markets as part of tour promoter Live Nation’s Country Megaticket beginning the week of Jan. 26 at www.Megaticket.com.

    “The magic of being with fans from all over the country is really why we’re ultimately all here,” said Lady A’s Charles Kelley. “Being able to play off each other on that stage is honestly where we have the most fun, and I have a feeling the crowd will already be on their feet when we get out there after starting the night with Hunter and Sam!"

    Last year, Lady Antebellum launched their 7FOR7 initiative where they fulfilled seven wishes for seven fans in seven days. Continuing with their unique campaign, the band has partnered with Detroit-based Quicken Loans, the nation’s second largest mortgage lender, to pay the mortgages of seven families across the country for one year.

    “Lady Antebellum has very devoted fans and we cannot wait to help several of them not only enjoy some great music through our sponsorship of this tour, but also enjoy a yearlong vacation from mortgage payments,” said Jay Farner, President and Chief Marketing Officer for Quicken Loans.

    The trio’s “warranted leap to stardom” (Dallas Morning News) and undeniable chemistry has continuously commanded the attention of critics who continue to praise their “effortless harmonies and raw emotion” (The Washington Post) and “top-notch, high energy” performances (The Boston Herald). 

    First Announced Cities on the WHEELS UP 2015 TOUR:

    Oslo, NOR*
    Stockholm, SWE*
    Glasgow, SCT*
    Dublin, IRL*
    London, UK*
    Ipswich, QLD*
    Sydney, NSW*
    Melbourne, VIC*
    Lubbock, TX**
    Dallas, TX
    Houston, TX*
    St. Louis, MO
    Indianapolis, IN
    Cincinnati, OH
    Holmdel, NJ
    Mansfield, MA
    Saratoga Springs, NY
    New York, NY
    Bristow, VA
    Toronto, ON
    Detroit, MI**
    Cleveland, OH
    Sacramento, CA
    Mountain View, CA
    San Diego, CA
    Los Angeles, CA**
    Phoenix, AZ
    Albuquerque, NM
    Bentonville, AR**
    Southaven, MS**
    Atlanta, GA
    Eau Claire, WI**
    Omaha, NE**
    Camrose, AB**
    Charlotte, NC
    Raleigh, NC
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Hershey, PA**
    Hartford, CT
    Tulsa, OK**
    Kansas City, KS**
    Chicago, IL
    Birmingham, AL
    Tampa, FL*
    West Palm Beach, FL
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Philadelphia, PA
    *Openers may vary
    **Not part of Live Nation’s Megaticket

    Seven-time GRAMMY winning group Lady Antebellum’s fifth studio album, 747, has spawned the PLATINUM certified multi-week chart-topping smash hit “Bartender,” and its new single “Freestyle” is quickly climbing the charts. The new album follows over 11 million albums sold worldwide, nine trips to No. one on the country radio charts, six Platinum singles and “Vocal Group of the Year” honors from both the CMA and ACMs three years in a row. The trio’s new headlining tour, which will once again partner with Brancott Estate wines, follows their previous 80-city 2014 TAKE ME DOWNTOWN TOUR, which took them through Canada and the US.

    Hailed as a "country-rock-blues guitar hero in the making" by the Los Angeles Times, five-time GRAMMY nominee and CMA Award-winning artist Hunter Hayes is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who roared onto the music scene in 2011 with his Platinum-selling, No. one self-titled debut album on Atlantic Records. In 2014, his critically-acclaimed follow-up Storyline also debuted at No. one and features the GRAMMY-nominated hit, “Invisible.”

    Sam Hunt’s debut album Montevallo topped the Billboard Country Albums Chart in its first week and is the best-selling debut album for a country artist since 2011.  The album has been named one of the best of the year by the Associated PressBillboard and Rolling Stone, and includes the Platinum-selling No. 1 hit, “Leave the Night On.”

    About Quicken Loans

    Based in the heart of Detroit’s urban-core, Quicken Loans is the nation’s second largest retail home mortgage lender. In 2013, the company closed a record $80 billion in volume across all 50 states through the support of its web centers located in Detroit, Cleveland and Scottsdale, Arizona. Breaking records isn’t foreign to Quicken Loans, the company ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction for Primary Mortgage Origination,” in the United States by J.D. Power for the last five years (2010-2014), as well as highest in customer satisfaction among all mortgage servicers in 2014.

    Recognized for its incredible culture, Quicken Loans has been named among the top-30 companies on FORTUNE magazine’s annual “100 Best Companies to Work For,” list for the last 12 consecutive years, ranking #5 in 2014. The last 5 years have been the most significant to date for the company following the move of its headquarters to downtown Detroit in 2010, where the team has grown to nearly 12,000 team members, with 10,000 working in the re-emerging downtown area. For more information about Quicken Loans, please visit QuickenLoans.com.

    Later this week, Lady Antebellum will perform at the CMT Ultimate Kickoff Party live from Dallas, TX on Jan. 9 before they sing the National Anthem at the College Football Playoff National Championship on Jan. 12. For more information on the tour and a full list of appearances visit www.ladyantebellum.com.

  4. With just one week to go until the inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship, CMT is gearing up for its first ever CMT ULTIMATE KICKOFF PARTY LIVE FROM THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP, a live television special premiering on Friday, January 9 at 9:00 p.m. ET.  The 90-minute special will not only air live on CMT, but it will also broadcast on 119 iHeartMedia country stations across the country, which are also available on iHeartRadio.

    Actor/Comedian Rob Riggle will host the concert which has a star studded lineup including Lady Antebellum, Toby Keith, Big & Rich, Brett Eldredge, Jake Owen, Maddie & Tae and Thomas Rhett.  With just one week to go until the inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship, CMT is gearing up for its first ever CMT ULTIMATE KICKOFF PARTY LIVE FROM THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP, a live television special premiering on Friday, January 9 at 9:00 p.m. ET.  The 90-minute special will not only air live on CMT, but it will also broadcast on 119 iHeartMedia country stations across the country, which are also available on iHeartRadio. Actor/Comedian Rob Riggle (“Dumb & Dumber To,” “22 Jumpstreet,” “Fox NFL Sunday”) will host the concert which has a star studded lineup including Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum, Big & Rich, Brett Eldredge, Jake Owen, Maddie & Tae and Thomas Rhett.  Singer-Songwriter Aloe Blacc will join Lady Antebellum for an unforgettable performance and Jessie James Decker (“Redneck Island”) will be CMT’s social correspondent for the event. and Jessie James Decker (“Redneck Island”) will be CMT’s social correspondent for the event.

    The concert celebrates the biggest weekend of the year for college football and will be broadcast from the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas.  The television special marks a first-time partnership with CMT and College Football Playoff and is the kickoff entertainment event at the national championship playoff weekend. 

    The inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship is on January 12, 2015, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. 

  5. The College Football Playoff today announced Lady A will headline the pregame festivities at the inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship, performing the Star-Spangled Banner on Monday, January 12, 2015, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
     
    Pregame festivities will kick off with Grammy-nominated new artist, Aloe Blacc, who will sing America the Beautiful with back up by Booker T Washington High School choir from Dallas.
     
    The game will feature the winner of the Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual against the winner of the Playoff Semifinal at the Allstate Sugar Bowl.  For more information about the College Football Playoff National Championship, please visit www.collegefootballplayoff.com.  
  6. Lady A is excited to announce that they will perform live at PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS 2015, from the Nokia Theater L.A. Live on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015 (9:00-11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network.
     
    “Music is such an important part of our show, and Lady Antebellum is the perfect addition,” said executive producer Mark Burnett. “This show is for the fans and having this seven-time GRAMMY® Award-winning band live on our stage will add an amazing element.”
     
    Lady A recently released their fifth studio album, 747. This album spawned the platinum certified, chart-topping hit “Bartender,” and their new single “Freestyle” is quickly climbing the charts. They have sold more than 11 million albums worldwide, earned six Platinum singles, and reached #1 nine times on the country radio charts. Lady A won “Vocal Group of the Year” from both the “Country Music Awards” and the “Academy of Country Music Awards,” three years in a row (2009, 2010 and 2011). They just wrapped their headlining tour, “Take Me Downtown,” which included 80 cities in the United States and Canada. 
     
    Tickets to the awards show are now available for fans to purchase through AXS.com
  7. Lady A and, in a rare television performance, country legend Hank Williams, Jr. will join previously announced performers Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Kelly Clarkson, Brett Eldredge, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood on the inaugural AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS, airing LIVE from Nashville’s Music City Center on Monday, Dec.15 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX.   
     
    Hosted by Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard, AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS is based on country music’s longest-running radio countdown show, “American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks,” and will honor country music’s biggest stars based on album sales and radio airplay. Presenters for the inaugural show include country artists Kix Brooks, Sara Evans, Hunter Hayes, Maddie & Tae, Scotty McCreery, Kip Moore, Thomas Rhett, Chase Rice, Cole Swindell and Chris Young. NASCAR’s Jimmie Johnson, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher and 2014 National League MVP Clayton Kershaw, actors Emily Kinney (“The Walking Dead”) and Melissa Fumero (BROOKLYN NINE-NINE) and Miss America 2015 Kira Kazantsev will also present.   
     
    The two-hour show will also honor Kenny Chesney with The Groundbreaker Award, which recognizes an artist who has consistently pushed the boundaries and is a trailblazer in the realm of concerts, musical accomplishment, creative innovation and connecting with fans across the United States. Chesney will be on hand to accept his award. Multimedia entertainer Reba will receive the first-ever NASH Icon Award, presented by Kix Brooks, which celebrates an iconic artist whose extraordinary talent has influenced generations of musicians and who has made a profound and lasting impact on country music. Kelly Clarkson and Miranda Lambert will join together to honor Reba with a special tribute performance.  
     
    Lady A recently released their fifth studio album, 747. The 11-song disc has already spawned the platinum certified, multi-week chart-topping smash hit “Bartender,” and its new single “Freestyle” is quickly climbing the charts. They have sold over 11 million albums worldwide, and have made nine trips to number one on the country radio charts. 
     
    The AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS is produced by dick clark productions.  Allen Shapiro (CEO, dick clark productions), Mike Mahan (President, dick clark productions), Mark Bracco (Executive Vice President, Programing and Development, dick clark productions), John Dickey (Executive Vice President of Content and Programming, Cumulus), Richard Godfrey (“MTV Europe Music Awards”) and Tom Forrest (“CMT Crossroads”) are executive producers. Baz Halpin is co-executive producer.   
     
    Tickets to the event are on sale at TheACCAwards.com/tickets.  
  8. Lady A is set to host their First Annual “Cheers For Charity” on New Year’s Eve (12/31) in Nashville, TN where fans are invited for dinner, drinks and music! The event is set to be held at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum and all proceeds will benefit LadyAID, the trio’s philanthropic effort created to generate support for children in need locally, nationally and globally. Tickets begin at $250 and are available for purchase starting today at http://www.nowplayingnashville.com/event/detail/441888069
     
    “We really wanted to do something special and fun in Nashville before everyone revs up for their big New Year’s Eve plans later that night," said Lady A’s Hillary Scott. “The opportunity to host an event here at home and play music for our Nashville friends to raise awareness for a cause we truly believe in gives us so much happiness. ‘Cheers’ to a great New Year’s Eve in Nashville!”
     
    LadyAID’s multi-level organization reaches children across the state of Tennessee through grants to Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. On a national level, Lady Aid is supporting Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and myLIFEspeaks on a global level. LadyAID is a component fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.
     
    “Cheers For Charity” will precede the band’s headlining show in downtown Nashville, portions of which will also be broadcast live on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest beginning at 8pm CST on ABC.