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George Strait Set to Release “Let It Go” – NOT the Famous Frozen Tune

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George Strait releases his brand new single, “Let It Go,” to country radio this Monday, April 20th. “Let It Go” is the first new music released by Strait since his No. 1-debuting 2013 album, Love Is Everything, and is the first new music since Strait returned to the studio following his historic, two-year The Cowboy Rides Away Tour.

Written by George Strait, Bubba Strait and Keith Gattis, “Let It Go” is the laid-back lead single off Strait’s upcoming studio album on longtime label home, MCA Records Nashville. WYCD’s Tim Roberts calls the song “another pure country hit for radio and for real country fans.”

Click HERE to preview and purchase “Let It Go.”

The “King of Country” is set to perform this Sunday, April 19th on the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards. Strait is the reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year, has won 21 ACM Awards over four consecutive decades and will be honored with an ACM 50th Anniversary Milestone Award on the show. The awards will be broadcast live on CBS at 8/7c.

For more information on Strait, visit www.GeorgeStrait.com.

Reba, Garth, Kenny & MORE to be Honored with ACM Milestone Awards

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The Academy of Country Music announced today that Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, Reba, George Strait, Taylor Swift, and Brooks & Dunn will be honored with the prestigious 50th Anniversary Milestone Award commemorating their groundbreaking career achievements in ACM Awards history. The seven honorees will each receive an exclusive trophy created by renowned jewelry and timepiece designer, David Yurman, during the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards. The ceremony, co-hosted by Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan, will be broadcast LIVE, and as previously announced, extended by half an hour in celebration of its golden anniversary, from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Sunday, April 19th, 2015 at 8:00 PM – 11:30PM ET/delayed PT on CBS.

The Academy of Country Music 50th Anniversary Milestone Award recognizes artists that have advanced the popularity and acceptance of country music by accomplishing milestones unique to the Academy of Country Music, voted on by the ACM Board of Directors.

“The history of the ACM Awards and country music would not be the same without the incredible achievements by these seven superstars,” said Bob Romeo, CEO for the Academy of Country Music. “We are so thankful to David Yurman for partnering with us and creating such a perfectly crafted trophy that memorializes these amazing milestones.”

ACM 50TH ANNIVERSARY MILESTONE AWARD RECIPIENTS

GARTH BROOKS – Most Awarded ACM Entertainer Of The Year
Brooks has won twenty-one (21) ACM Awards including six (6) ACM Entertainer of the Year trophies, making him the most awarded Entertainer of the Year in the Academy’s history and is nominated again this year in that category. He has also been recognized as ACM Dick Clark Artist of the Decade for the 1990s and received a 40th Anniversary Milestone Award.

KENNY CHESNEY – First Fan-Voted ACM Entertainer Of The Year
Chesney has received eleven (11) ACM Awards including four (4) ACM Entertainer of the Year trophies. In 2008, Chesney became the first artist in Academy history to be named Entertainer of the Year by the fans, who were allowed for the first time that year to cast their votes online for their favorite artist. He also received the Triple Crown Award in 2005, which is the Academy’s recognition for artists who have previously won ACM Awards in all three of the following categories: New Artist; Male/Female Vocalist and/or Vocal Duo/Vocal Group; and Entertainer of the Year.

MIRANDA LAMBERT – Most Awarded Solo Female Artist
Lambert is the Academy’s most awarded solo female artist with a total of eighteen (18) ACM awards. Currently, she holds the record for the most consecutive Female Vocalist wins with five awards. Additionally, Lambert is the most winning Song of the Year solo female artist with three (3) awards, having been honored as the artist for “The House That Built Me,” and as the artist and composer for “Over You.” This year, Lambert leads with eight nominations, including her forth nomination for Entertainer of the Year and ninth consecutive nod for Female Vocalist of the Year.

REBA – Most Awarded ACM Female Vocalist Of The Year
Reba has earned a total of thirteen (13) ACM Awards and is the Academy’s most awarded Female Vocalist of the Year of the past 50 years with seven (7) awards. In addition, Reba has hosted the ACM Awards a record fourteen (14) times spanning over four (4) decades, the most for any host in the Academy’s history. She was also honored in 2011 with a Career Achievement Award for advancing the popularity and acceptance of country music through their endeavors in the entertainment industry.

GEORGE STRAIT – ACM Winner Over Four Decades
Strait, the king of country music, has a remarkable career earning a total of twenty-one (21) ACM Awards spanning the course of four consecutive decades. Having won his first ACM Entertainer accolade for 1989, Strait’s 2013 win in the category gave him the largest span, 24 years, between Entertainer wins in Academy history. He also received the 40th Anniversary Milestone Award in 2005, five (5) Male Vocalist of the Year Awards, and was honored as the ACM Dick Clark Artist of the Decade for the 2000s, being only one of five acts to have received the honor.

TAYLOR SWIFT – Youngest ACM Entertainer Of The Year
Swift has won eight (8) ACM Awards including a Jim Reeves International Award in 2011 for her outstanding contributions to the expansion of country music throughout the world. She earned the Crystal Milestone Award for being the best-selling artist in all genres of music in 2008 and has also won two ACM Entertainer of the Year awards. At the age of 21, Swift became the youngest Entertainer of the Year in the Academy’s history.

BROOKS & DUNN – Most Awarded Artist
Brooks &Dunn, the best-selling duo in country music history, have won the most ACM Awards in the past 50 years with a total of twenty-seven (27) awards including three (3) Entertainer of the Year trophies, and a Triple Crown Award. They also hold the record as the top winning Vocal Duo with sixteen (16) awards, and with the most consecutive Vocal Duo wins with eight (8).

Limited view tickets 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. For more information on the ACM Awards and all ACM events, visit www.ACMcountry.com

Performers Announced for 50th ACM Awards

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The Academy of Country Music and dick clark productions announced the first round of all-star artists who will take the stage at the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards, Country Music’s Party of the Year®. The epic lineup for the Academy’s golden anniversary show includes country icons 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 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.

Exclusive to the 50th ACM Awards, reigning Entertainer of the Year and Artist of the Decade, George Strait, will debut new music. Also, Reba will be returning to the ACM Awards to perform for the first time in five years on the telecast.

In addition to performing, this year Miranda Lambert leads the ACM Awards with eight (8) nominations.  Dierks Bentley follows with seven (7) nominations, while Florida Georgia Line received five (5) nominations, and Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, as well as Eric Church each earned four (4) nominations.  Jason Aldean was nominated for three (3) awards, Blake Shelton received two (2) nominations, Garth Brooks is nominated for Entertainer of the Year and Keith Urban received a nomination in the Video of the Year category.  This year’s ACM New Artist of the Year Presented By Kohl’s nominees include Sam Hunt, Thomas Rhett and Cole Swindell.

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.

The Fans Say It’s Time For ‘Bro’ to Go!

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Bro-Country (love the term or hate it, it’s sticking) is dominating the country music airwaves. Florida Georgia Line, Cole Swindell, Luke Bryan, and Jason Aldean all sing to profess their love of girls in cut-off jeans, tan legs, jacked-up pick-ups and drinking under the moon. Nearly every song on the radio has the same sentiment or the same down-beat. Hard core fans of this trend, basically folks who jumped on the country bandwagon within the past 4 years, have no idea that Jason Aldean use to sing a song about a green tractor or sang about telling the “Truth.” They may not also be aware that Luke Bryan had several good albums before his lastest train wreck where he sang about takin’ rides in trucks, a tacklebox, or a loss in “The Car in Front of Me.” Some of these guys were someone else entirely before jumping on the bandwagon of what sells with the emergence of Florida Georgia Line. It’s because of this success that guys like Cole Swindell are able to get record deals, and Darius Rucker’s first country album was called “too country” and had to be revamped before release.

Yes, country music has evolved, but unfortunately, the current trend is forcing some incredible talent to the sidelines. People who have an actual story to tell, are being silenced because they aren’t “radio friendly,” aka deeper than a shotglass of fireball.

So, when we asked CMTT readers via Twitter and Facebook who they thought was the most overrated and underrated country artists the results were a bit overwhelming. While the underrated were split between Kristian Kane, Chris Young, and Gary Allen. The artists folks seem to think are a tad overrated were pretty consistent, and overwhelmingly bro-country. With the exception of a couple people naming Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, and Kacey Musgraves; nearly everyone voted Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan, and/or Jason Aldean. (There was one vote for George Strait, but were gonna plead insanity on their behalf).

So, this leads to the question…. why does country radio saturate the airwaves with shallow bro-country if it appears the overwhelming majority is tired of the trend? Last week at CRS, a room full of DJs who spin bro-country on repeat gave the Oak Ridge Boys a standing ovation. Could someone explain it to me??

Last week, country singer Jack Ingram (many of you won’t know who his is because he didn’t get popular performing bro-country, but I suggest you look him up) took to Facebook to talk about a comment a radio exec had made.

I heard that a Nashville executive made a comment during the Country Radio Seminar last week that “if it’s not played on country radio, it doesn’t exist”. When I look at the list of artists that I just came up with off of the top of my head from music that I listen to often, I just can’t help but laugh at the short sightedness of a comment like that. Some of those artists certainly do exist and will sell 20 million records/downloads/friends/etc. and other artists on that list MOST CERTAINLY EXIST and will not sell a single record/download/friend/etc… I have had points in my career where I have been played often on the radio. In fact, I believe one of my singles was one of the most played songs on the radio for an entire year! I have also had moments of my career where my songs were not played much at all over the airwaves. My music existed at every moment! You can believe that.

I very much enjoy and seek to get my music on the radio, country music radio in particular! A recording artist’s second most important objective is to get their music heard, through any means possible, by the most amount of people possible! The 1st objective is to make music that I believe in, that speaks the truth as I see it and hear it. If I don’t make music that I believe in, then and only then will it ever cease to exist whether it’s on the radio or not. Through experience I know this to be true.

Music that gets played on the radio certainly does exist! The radio gives GREAT music a good chance of finding a huge audience to exist with for a long time! But let’s never mistake a HIT song for automatically being a GREAT song…sometimes you have both but one does not guarantee the other!

My hero, Willie Nelson, did NOT say “There is only 1 type of music- music on the radio”…What he DID say is “There are only 2 kinds of music- GOOD and BAD.”

I agree….and sometimes bad music gets the most play. I’m not saying that fun music is bad. But if it’s all you got, then you’re gonna run outta things to say real quick. There’s a reason why Alan Jackson, George Strait, Reba McEntire, and hell even Dierks Bentley, Brad Paisley, and Keith Urban have had careers that have spanned decades. They each know who they are and stay true to it. If they changed their sound because of a trend…they will flounder. They may not always be hitting no. 1, but they stay relevant. Alan Jackson still performs hits that he performed back in the day, “Wanted,” “Mercury,” “Chattahoochee.” I suggest that some of these newcomers start singing songs they wanna be singing when they’re 60…unless of course… they don’t plan on being around that long…and maybe Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean need to take a listen to their earlier albums like ‘I’ll Stay Me’ and  ‘Relentless.’

Artists are constantly being quoted that they ‘just wanna make good music.’  Well, I’d like to say… no one is stopping you…get on with it.

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