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  1. 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.

  2. 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. 

  3. 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.  
  4. 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
  5. 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.  
  6. 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.
  7. What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but NASCAR will make an exception on Dec. 5 when it gives audiences a front row seat as Lady Antebellum, Jay Mohr, Aloe Blacc and Lennon and Maisy take the stage at the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards show from the Wynn Las Vegas live on FOX Sports 1.
     
    This year, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards will honor the sport’s 2014 premier series champion and celebrate the other Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoff competitors. FOX Sports 1 will provide coverage of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards beginning at 9 p.m. ET. Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will begin coverage at 8 p.m. ET.
     
    Lady A will rock the audience with a new song from their fifth album entitled “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. The new album follows over 11 million albums sold worldwide, nine trips to No. 1 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.
     
    Mohr will serve as the master of ceremonies for the second consecutive year. The actor, comedian, radio host and best-selling author has one of the most expansive backgrounds in show business. After landing his dream job at “Saturday Night Live” and launching his career in film alongside Tom Cruise in “Jerry Maguire,” Mohr appeared in approximately 200 network television episodes and more than 25 feature films.  
     
    Keeping his NASCAR performance streak rolling following his act at NASCAR’s season-opening, crown jewel event the 2014 DAYTONA 500 at Daytona International Speedway, Blacc will kick off the musical entertainment for the night with the soulful selection that has “woken up” audiences around the world. 
    Additionally, 15-year-old Lennon Stella and her 10-year-old sister Maisy Stella from ABC’s hit drama “Nashville” will perform. The daughters of the recording duo Brad and MaryLynne Stella, Lennon and Maisy’s musical roots run deep. In 2013, the sisters had a show-stopping performance of “Ho Hey” by The Lumineers on “Nashville,” which quickly entered the top 40 of Billboard’s “Hot Country Songs” list. Later that same year, Lennon and Maisy performed at the CMA Awards™ and presented Taylor Swift with her Pinnacle award.
     
    This year’s talent will join the esteemed list of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards show artists from previous years, which include chart-topping singers, such as John Mellencamp, Phillip Phillips, Sara Bareilles, Dierks Bentley and Kid Rock. 
  8. Fans of both country music and college football will be the first to tell you that the two go hand in hand – just like beer and hot dogs.  So this year, before they settle in their seats to see who will win the inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship, fans will be able to celebrate the biggest college football weekend of the year with the first ever CMT ULTIMATE KICKOFF PARTY LIVE FROM THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP, a live television special premiering on CMT on Friday, January 9 at 9:00 p.m. ET. The concert special marks a first-time partnership with CMT and College Football Playoff and is the kickoff entertainment event at the national championship playoff weekend.  Superstars Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum, Big & Rich and Brett Eldredge are scheduled to perform in the live 90-minute special, being broadcast from the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas.  More artists will soon be announced.

               From his first No. 1 smash "Should've Been A Cowboy" to his latest release Drinks After Work, Toby Keith has been one of the most consistent self-directed hit makers of his era. From one of his previous collections, Clancy's Tavern, the lead single, "Made In America," topped the charts as one of the fastest rising songs in a long line of chart burners from Keith's pen. The second hit, "Red Solo Cup," has become the most remarkable and commercially successful country single in recent memory with a viral video with more than 30 million views while having topped the top downloaded country songs charts. His latest single, "Drunk Americans," debuted at No. 1 Most Added on both the Billboard and Country Aircheck/Mediabase charts. At the core of Toby's unparalleled success is his songwriting, which has powered an astounding succession of hit songs to the tune of more than 85 million BMI performances on commercial radio stations worldwide. He has been honored by the Nashville Songwriters Association International with its Songwriter/Artist of the Decade distinction, is a three-time BMI Country Songwriter/Artist of the Year and was named the American Country Awards' Artist of the Decade. His albums have sold more than 38 million copies, ranking him among the top-selling all-genre artists on Billboard's Top 200 Artists of the Decade. Keith is also Billboard's No. 1 Country Artist of the Decade and No. 1 Country Songwriter of the Decade. His tours, including 2014's Shut Up And Hold On Tour, long sponsored by Ford Trucks, have drawn more than one million fans each year for the last decade. His roster of I Love This Bar And Grill restaurants continues to grow, and his signature spirit Wild Shot has become the No. 1 premium mezcal in the U.S. These, among other endeavors, have earned Keith annual recognition from Forbes as one of the very top-earning entertainer/musicians in the world. But Toby's most rewarding experiences, as exhibited in his continual devotion to them, come from giving back. Whether it's helping sick children and their families in his native Oklahoma through the Toby Keith Foundation and their cost-free home, the Ok Kids Korral, or supporting US Troops including USO Tours throughout the world, Keith has never lost touch with the most important things in life.

               Seven-time GRAMMY winning group Lady Antebellum 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. 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. Lady A just wrapped their headlining TAKE ME DOWNTOWN TOUR, which hit 80 cities in Canada and the US over the course of the year and delighted both fans and critics with the Dallas Morning News declaring "Lady Antebellum shows off its warranted leap to superstardom." For more information and a full list of appearances visit: www.ladyantebellum.com.

               Big & Rich is comprised of Big Kenny and The Celebrity Apprentice winner John Rich. The multi-platinum hit duo have garnered multiple GRAMMY, ACM, CMA and CMT Music Award nominations and were nominated as the 2014 ACM Vocal Duo of the Year. Their current single "Look At You" which is racing up the charts is from their newly released studio album, Gravity. The country superstars' first studio album, Horse of a Different Color, includes their hit infectious single, "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)." Other hits include, "Comin to Your City," "8th of November" and their #1 hit "Lost in this Moment." "Comin to Your City" is nearing a decade as the theme song for ESPN s “College GameDay” show.

               CMA New Artist of the Year Brett Eldredge has always been drawn to singers, a fact that should come as no surprise to anyone who’s heard the Illinois native’s soulful, distinctive baritone.  With a Country Music Association Award, Academy of Country Music Awards’ nominations, and back-to-back #1 singles with “Don’t Ya” and “Beat of the Music”, Eldredge is finally getting the chance to share a story of his own. His debut album, Bring You Back, has garnered rave reviews from critics and fans alike with People Magazine recently citing him as the only country artist in their  “Ones To Watch,” issue. His current single, “Mean To Me,” is quickly climbing the charts. He’s co-writer on 10 of the albums 12 songs, including “Don’t Ya,” “Beat Of The Music,” and “Mean To Me.”

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

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