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  1. The Academy of Country Musicand dick clark productions announced the full lineup of country music luminaries and chart-topping artists who will perform together on ACM Presents: Superstar Duets and make up the evening portion of the 3rd Annual ACM Party for a Cause Festival.  Performances at the two-day outdoor music festival celebrating the 50th ACM Awards will begin at 7:30pm on Friday, April 17 and continue Saturday, April 18 on the Main Stage inside of Globe Life Park in Arlington, TX. A two-hour special including performances from the event will air on Friday, May 15 on the CBS Television Network.

    Friday's lineup will include special collaborations by Alabama & Eli Young Band, Brooks & Dunn & Reba, Darius Rucker & Sara Evans, Dierks Bentley & Kip Moore & Ashley Monroe, Dwight Yoakam & Sam Hunt, and Luke Bryan & Ronnie Milsap, along with a special performance by Brantley Gilbert.

    Saturday's lineup will include duet performances by Alan Jackson & Cole Swindell, Clint Black & Joe Nichols, Eric Church & Marty Stuart, Florida Georgia Line & David Lee Murphy, Hunter Hayes & Brett Eldredge, Keith Urban & John Anderson, Lady Antebellum & Brandy Clark, Miranda Lambert & Patty Loveless, and The Band Perry & Deana Carter along withspecial performances by Kenny Chesney and Jake Owen.

    Ticket packages to the ACM Party for a Cause Festival INCLUDING the 50th ACM Awards are available NOW at Ticketmaster.com. Tickets to the 50TH ACM Awards sold out last spring in a record 18 minutes but as staging changes became final for the ACM Awards, seats to the previously SOLD OUT Awards show and festival are now available.

    Please see a full lineup of tentatively scheduled performances below for ACM Presents: Superstar Duets listed by order of appearance and subject to change. For additional updates please visit www.ACMcountry.com.  

    Friday, April 17, 2015 (Listed in Order of Appearance)

    Brantley Gilbert               
    Dwight Yoakam & Sam Hunt
    Darius Rucker & Sara Evans
    Alabama & Eli Young Band
    Brooks & Dunn & Reba
    Dierks Bentley, Kip Moore & Ashley Monroe
    Luke Bryan & Ronnie Milsap
    Saturday, April 18, 2015 (Listed in Order of Appearance)

    Clint Black & Joe Nichols
    The Band Perry & Deana Carter
    Lady Antebellum & Brandy Clark
    Hunter Hayes & Brett Eldredge
    Jake Owen
    Kenny Chesney
    Alan Jackson & Cole Swindell
    Miranda Lambert & Patty Loveless
    Keith Urban & John Anderson
    Eric Church & Marty Stuart
    Florida Georgia Line & David Lee Murphy


    The 3rd Annual ACM Party for a Cause Festival, beginning at 12:00 PM on April 17-18, 2015, will include multiple stages for ongoing LIVE country music performances, interactive experiences, a family-friendly country marketplace with food trucks and vendors from around the country, and much more, all leading up to the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards, which will be broadcast LIVE for the first time ever from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. Proceeds from the event will benefit ACM Lifting Lives, the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Country Music and military philanthropies including Folds of Honor Foundation, Wounded Warrior Project, Navy SEAL Foundation, and Task Force Dagger Foundation.

    ACM Presents: Superstar Duets is produced for television by dick clark productions. Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan and R.A. Clark are executive producers.  Mark Bracco, Barry Adelman and Tom Forrest are co-executive producers. Bob Romeo is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.

     

  2. On Tuesday, April 7, 2015,  Skyville Live will present a legendary night of music featuring live performances from music icon and Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Kris Kristofferson, seven time Grammy-winning trio Lady Antebellum and award-winning acclaimed singer/songwriter Jason Isbell. The show will be streamed exclusively online via SkyvilleLive.com at 8:00p ET/7:00p CT.
     
    In addition to performing some of their biggest hits, artists will also honor Kristofferson by performing some of the most memorable songs in the living legend's remarkable career. As always, the evening promises to hold plenty of spectacular moments on stage with the collaboration of these incredibly talented artists.
     
    Few artists in any genre of music have penned such timeless and classic hits as Kris Kristofferson.  His songwriting talents have set the bar high with hits such as "Me and Bobby McGee," "For the Good Times," "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," "Help Me Make It Through the Night," and many others. He has paved the way for contemporary artists to follow, making him one of the most loved and respected artists of his generation. Kristofferson's 28th album, Feeling Mortal was released in 2013, and he was recently honored with a GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award and the PEN Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence Award.
     
    "We're quick to embrace opportunities like Skyville Live," said Lady A's Dave Haywood. "Helping kickstart a new and unique event, especially alongside an idol like Kristofferson, is a really great way for us to reach our fans across the world. Hopefully it'll give us a chance to make a few new ones too!"
     
    ACM "Vocal Group of the Year" nominee Lady Antebellum recently released their fifth studio album, 747, which 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. The group just kicked off their headlining WHEELS UP 2015 TOUR with a European trek and will begin the North American leg on May 1 in Lubbock, TX.
     
    In recent years, Jason Isbell has become a name to remember in music. His fourth album, Southeastern, was one of the most critically acclaimed albums of 2013. The album fueled Isbell's clean sweep of the 2014 Americana Music Awards, taking home Album of the Year, as well as Artist of the Year and Song of the Year for his hit "Cover Me Up." Isbell is currently in the midst of working in the studio on his follow-up project slated for release later in the year, while embarking on a highly successful tour that has him all over the country.  For more information visit JasonIsbell.com. Follow Jason on Twitter @JasonIsbell
     
    Skyville Live is a series of monthly music events featuring collaborations from great artists from all generations and all music genres. Never before has a live, network-quality program featuring major national and international artists been broadcast exclusively to the internet. Each episode filmed in front of a live studio audience from the Skyville Live headquarters located in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee. For more information and to sign up to watch the show visit SkyvilleLive.com.  Follow Skyville Live on Twitter @SkyvilleLive
     
    Recorded with full HD video, shows are live-streamed exclusively to online viewers around the world, capturing the magic and intimacy of the performances in a unique and interactive way, while still providing a high-quality experience on any device viewers are using.
     
    During the inaugural episode of Skyville Live in January, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Gladys Knight , country superstar Martina McBride and Grammy-winning R&B singer Estelle  came together for a magical night of unforgettable collaboration. Their stellar performances brought the packed house to their feet for numerous standing ovations, leaving everyone in awe when all was said and done. More shows and exciting artists for the online series are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
     
    Executive producers for Skyville Live are Wally Wilson, Dan Bean and Tisha Fein.

  3. The Academy of Country Music and dick clark productions announced the next round of star-studded artists that will perform at the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards, Country Music’s Party of the Year®.  Alan Jackson, Martina McBride, Brad Paisley, Brooks & Dunn, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Rascal Flatts, plus special duets by Christina Aguilera with surprise artists as well as Nick Jonas with Dan + Shay have all been added to this year’s incredible lineup.  Brooks & Dunn will take the stage for a historic reunion in honor of the Academy’s golden anniversary, marking their first televised performance together since 2010.  The ceremony, co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton, will be broadcast LIVE from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 8:00 PM - 11:30PM ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.  

    These artists join previously announced performers Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, Reba, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Keith Urban, Florida Georgia Line, plus Sam Hunt, Thomas Rhett and Cole Swindell, the nominees for New Artist of the Year Presented by Kohl’s.

    Ticket packages for the 50th ACM Awards are available NOW at Ticketmaster.com. Tickets to the ACM Awards sold out last spring in a record 18 minutes, but as staging changes became final for the telecast, seats to the previously SOLD OUT Awards have been added.   Additional performers and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks. For more information on the ACM Awards and all ACM events, visit www.ACMcountry.com, like us on Facebook, Instagram or follow us on Twitter at @ACMawards for more immediate updates.

  4. Lady A is teaming up with Quicken Loans to extend the 7FOR7 campaign this summer on the Wheels Up 2015 Tour!
     
    Seven fans across seven tour stops will win a year’s* worth of mortgage payments from Quicken Loans and a VIP flyaway trip to meet Lady A in person at a Wheels Up 2015 Tour concert date. 
     
    Lady Antebellum fans around the U.S. can join the fun by entering at LadyAntebellum.com/7FOR7. Other prizes include VIP tickets and Meet & Greet passes, Lady Antebellum’s Heartland Bedding, available at Bed, Bath and Beyond, and Lady Antebellum 747 autographed albums.
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Disclaimer:
    *Minimum $12,000 to maximum $24,000 (principal and interest only).

    No purchase or payment of any kind is necessary to enter or win. A purchase or payment will not increase your chances of winning. The Lady Antebellum and Quicken Loans 7FOR7 Sweepstakes begins on 3/23/15 at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time ("ET") and ends on 8/20/15 at 12:00 p.m. ET. Void where prohibited. Open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States (including the District of Columbia) who are eighteen (18) years of age or older. To enter and for complete official rules, go to www.LadyAntebellum.com/7FOR7.
     
  5. NCAA and Turner Live Events, alongside official NCAA Corporate Champions AT&T, Coca-Cola and Capital One® have announced all-star musical acts for the 2015 NCAA March Madness Music Festival in conjunction with the 2015 NCAA Men’s Final Four®.  The free, three-day music festival will be held at White River State Park in Indianapolis, IN and is produced by Turner Live Events.  The celebration is set to begin Friday, April 3 at the AT&T Block Party, with musical acts to be announced soon.  Multi-platinum artist Rihanna hits the Coke Zero™ Countdown Concert stage as headliner, with critically acclaimed band Bleachers also performing Saturday, April 4. A portion of Rihanna’s performance will air between that day’s semi-final games airing on TBS, TNT, TruTV, and via NCAA March Madness Live. Her new single “American Oxygen” is currently being used for March Madness promos, serving as the tournament’s musical backdrop. The weekend will close on Sunday, April 5 with Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum artists Zac Brown Band and Lady Antebellum along with Grammy Award-winning country star Kacey Musgraves at the Capital One JamFest.  Part of headliner Zac Brown Band’s performance, which will include music from their forthcoming album 'JEKYLL + HYDE' (out 4.28.15), will also be featured during Capital One Championship Central, the National Championship pregame show airing at 8:30 p.m. on CBS.  

    For the first time ever, the 2015 NCAA March Madness Music Festival will also live stream this year’s concerts, offering fans around the world unprecedented access to some of today’s hottest musical acts.  The footage will be live streamed at http://www.ncaa.com/musicfest. This site will be updated leading up to the festival with the latest announcements and details. Fans can also stay updated by following @FinalFour and @MarchMadness on Twitter. 

    This is a non-ticketed event open to the public on a first-come basis and will feature the following events:  

    Friday, April 3 - AT&T Block Party

    • Performances from 3pm to 10pm
    • Performances and Highlights To Be Announced

    Saturday, April 4 - Coke Zero™ Countdown Concert

    • Rihanna
    • Bleachers
    • Live broadcast of the first semi-final game
    • Performances from 12pm to 9:30pm
    • Additional Performances and Highlights To Be Announced

    Sunday, April 5 - Capital One JamFest

    • Zac Brown Band
    • Lady Antebellum
    • Kacey Musgraves
    • Performances from 2pm to 10pm
    • Additional Performances and Highlights To Be Announced

    Turner Sports and CBS Sports will provide live coverage of all 67 games from the 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship across four networks – TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV. For the second year in the event’s 77-year history, the 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship National Semifinals will be presented live across three networks – TBS, TNT and truTV – to provide fans with a variety of viewing options for this marquee event. For the 34th consecutive year, CBS will broadcast the NCAA National Championship game in 2015. 

    “Capital One is once again excited to bring such great talent to this year’s Final Four,” said Roger Ferguson, Managing Vice President, Brand Advertising, Media and Sponsorships at Capital One. “Every year we look for unique opportunities to provide the ultimate experience to fans at the Final Four, whether that’s through music at our Capital One JamFest or through our presenting sponsorship of the NCAA Final Four Fan Fest. This year we’re offering exclusive benefits to our cardholders throughout Final Four weekend, including two free tickets to the NCAA Final Four Fan Fest and a separate VIP entry line for our cardholders at Capital One JamFest.”

    “The Coke Zero™ Countdown Concert is a premiere experience for college basketball’s most passionate fans – where rivals come together in order to see their favorite artists and enjoy the biggest party of the NCAA Men’s Final Four,” said Ivan Pollard, SVP, Connections, Coca-Cola North America. “Coke Zero is proud to partner with the NCAA and Turner Sports to present a solid line up of musical talent that includes three acts famous for their individuality and energetic performances. With Coke Zero and these talented musicians, there’s no better way to build anticipation and work up a thirst for Saturday’s semifinal games.”  

    NCAA March Madness Music Festival has attracted hundreds of thousands of music fans to watch performers most recently including Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Jason Aldean, fun., Tim McGraw, The Killers and LL Cool J. Other past performers include Sting, Dave Matthews Band, Muse, The Kings of Leon, Jimmy Buffett, KISS, The Black Keys, Kenny Chesney, Taylor Swift among many others.  The NCAA March Madness Music Festival is an activation extension of the NCAA’s Corporate Champions and Partners marketing program, which Turner Sports and CBS Sports license and collaborate on as part of a 14-year multi-media agreement with the NCAA.

    “We’re excited to bring a fabulous free concert like the March Madness Music Festival to Indianapolis so all fans, including those who may not have tickets to the games, are able to enjoy the fun and exciting atmosphere surrounding NCAA Final Four weekend,” said Keith Martin, NCAA Managing Director of Marketing and Broadcast Alliances.  “I want to thank AT&T, Capital One and Coke Zero for their support of Final Four weekend and the NCAA student-athletes who will compete in the semifinal games and the championship.”

     

  6. Today, the CMA revealed the LP Field lineup for this year's festival, which kicks off Thursday, June 11th, and runs until Sunday the 14th!  
     
    Lady A will be taking the stage, along with Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Brett Eldredge, Florida Georgia Line, Sam Hunt, Alan Jackson, Little Big Town, Neal McCoy, Oak Ridge Boys, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Thomas Rhett, Darius Rucker, Cole Swindell, the Band Perry, Keith Urban, Zac Brown Band, and Wynonna and the Big Noise, with as many as six acts slated for each evening. 
     
  7. 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.
     
  8. 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.