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Dixie Chicks Add More Dates to Highly Anticipated North American Summer Tour

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In the midst of their sold-out European tour, multi-platinum selling act Dixie Chicks have announced additional North American dates to their highly-anticipated, hugely-selling DCX MMXVI Tour. November’s announcement of the DCX MMXVI Tour created a fan frenzy for tickets, quickly becoming one of Live Nation’s highest-selling tours of the summer and prompting the band to add additional dates to the already massive 40-city run. The long-awaited DCX MMXVI Tour, produced by Live Nation, will now visit over 50 cities throughout the U.S. and Canada, concluding at the famed Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, CA on October 10th.

Fans will have first access to pre-sale tickets starting Tuesday, May 3rd at 10am local time through the MMXVI Tour Club at http://www.DCXTourClub.com. Citi® cardmembers will have access to pre-sale tickets beginning Wednesday, May 4th at 10am local time to Friday, May 6th at 10pm local time through Citi’s Private Pass® Program. For complete pre-sale details, visit www.citiprivatepass.com. Tickets for the general public go on sale starting Saturday, May 7th at www.livenation.com.

Shutting down the stage last night at London’s infamous O2 Arena, the Dixie Chicks continue to delight fans across the world, consistently raising the bar with their impassioned performances and increasing excitement for the tour’s North American kick off. The 20,000-seat arena was filled to the brim with fans for an energy-packed set of hits spanning the group’s seven studio albums, bringing the crowd to their feet and leaving them clamoring for more.

Since their first album, the music of the Dixie Chicks has stirred emotions in fans across the world making them one of the biggest and most influential bands of our time. Not just “big for a country band” or “big for a big female band,” the Dixie Chicks are a multi-platinum selling act in North America, Europe and Australia. They are one of a mere handful of acts with multiple albums achieving “diamond” status (meaning sales over 10 million copies) – both WIDE OPEN SPACES (1998) and FLY (1999) hit that stratospheric landmark – and over the years have sold over 30 million albums worldwide and won thirteen Grammy Awards. Their on-stage reputation has helped them sell over $100 million worth of concert tickets while outspoken songs like “Goodbye Earl” and “Not Ready To Make Nice” made it clear that this power trio played by nobody’s rules. The Dixie Chicks have grown from a band into a cultural force becoming the biggest selling female band of all time in the U.S.

The North American leg of the DCX MMXVI Tour begins on June 1, 2016 at the Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, Ohio and immediately follows the group’s current European tour. Support for the tour comes from influential rising artists spanning the genres of country, rock and R&B. Augustana, The Heavy, Anderson East, Vintage Trouble and Elle King, Josh Herbert and Smooth Hound Smith are all along for the 50+ date ride.

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Keith Urban Pulls the “RipCord” for Three One-of-a-Kind Album Launch Events

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Friday, May 6 will mark the much-anticipated release of Keith Urban’s eighth studio album RIPCORD, which has already produced two #1 songs (“John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16” and “Break On Me”) and one of the fastest rising chart singles of his career with “Wasted Time,” the current single streaking to the top of the charts.

The album’s release will be celebrated with THREE unprecedented one-of-a-kind events that will take place within days of RIPCORD’s release, as Urban crisscrosses the country with stops in New York City, Nashville AND Los Angeles.  Fans are invited to attend ALL of the events and should go to http://smarturl.it/ripcordevents for further information.  (Limited seats are available for the Los Angeles event.)

Urban’s first stop will be in New York City, where he’ll premiere all-new music from RIPCORD (as well as some of his hits) at Stage 48.  Those unable to attend will be able to view the May 4th New York City show, titled TIDAL X: Keith Urban, live online on TIDAL, the global music and entertainment streaming platform at 8:00 pm at www.tidal.com/tidalxkeithurban.com.

Following his May 4th stop in New York City, Urban will return home for a free outdoor noontime show in Nashville’s Bridgestone Plaza, complete with some of Nashville’s finest food truck vendors.  The album release event is being done in partnership with the City of Nashville.

“Keith is an asset to this city on every level,” said Butch Spyridon of The Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp.  “His talent as a singer, songwriter and musician is unquestionable and as a citizen he is a model for others to follow.  He has given back time and time again and it is truly appreciated.  While he is celebrating the release of his next great record, which is already a hit in our book, he is still giving back! We can’t say enough and it is an honor to help celebrate the album release by partnering with him for this this event.”

After the Nashville event’s conclusion Urban will head off to Los Angeles where he’ll grace the stage of the 200-seat GRAMMY Museum’s Clive Davis Theater for a special intimate evening KEITH URBAN “Inside The Songs Of RIPCORD.” The ‘inside the actor’s studio’ format will include moderator Scott Goldman, Vice President of the GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares, and intimate performances and stories behind the writing, producing and recording of Urban’s groundbreaking new album.

“The GRAMMY Museum is thrilled to host Keith in our Clive Davis Theater,” said Bob Santelli, Executive Director of the GRAMMY Museum® at L.A. LIVE.  “He’s one of our industry’s most prolific songwriters, insightful producers and most electrifying performers. He’s continued to break new ground through his music and that’s never been more apparent than on his new album RIPCORD. It’s our honor to be hosting this one-time only event.”

The recording of RIPCORD, Urban’s nearly 18-month musical journey, features some of the music industry’s most celebrated and influential musical collaborators from Pitbull to Nile Rodgers to Carrie Underwood and Dann Huff to Jeff Bhasker, Greg Wells and busbee.

Its release coincides with the June 2nd launch of the four-time Grammy Award winner’s ‘ripCORD WORLD TOUR 2016’ with Brett Eldredge and special guest Maren Morris.

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Dierks Bentley’s “Pick Up” Intensifies ‘Black’

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Dierks Bentley releases the third chapter of his Black, out May 27th, short film series today exclusively on Rolling Stone Country. The urgent new track “Pick Up” provides the soundtrack and guides the storyline that finds a love triangle come to an abrupt halt with a cliff-hanger ending. Fans can watch Episode 3 and purchase the new song on iTunes now. The first two chapters in the series for “I’ll Be The Moon (featuring Maren Morris)” and “What The Hell Did I Say” are also available now.

“When you’re in the throes of a relationship, it can be crazy and lustful, even obsessive and jealous,” said Bentley. “‘Pick Up’ drops into the sequence as that point when you just have to be closer to your girl. For the storyline and plot of these videos, Wes definitely takes it there and puts a shocking spin on it.”

Watch Episode 3 featuring “Pick Up” on Rolling Stone Country here: http://rol.st/1WuVQOa

As Bentley continues “wading into emotionally complex territory” (Billboard), the forthcoming album’s lead single “Somewhere On A Beach” stations itself for a second consecutive week atop Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart. As the fastest rising single of his career, the track continues to dominate the Top 5 on the Mediabase radio chart as well as Billboard’s Country Airplay, Country Digital Songs and Country Streaming Songs charts.

Beginning May 12 in Holmdel, NJ, Bentley will set sail on his 2016 SOMEWHERE ON A BEACH TOUR with Randy Houser, Cam and Tucker Beathard. For more information on the new album, upcoming appearances and tour dates, stay tuned to www.dierks.com.

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Eric Church Debuts “Record Year” Music Video

On the heels of winning ACM Video of the Year Award for “Mr. Misunderstood” earlier this month, Eric Church has premiered his new music video for current single, “Record Year,” on Vevo. The music video again enlists directors John Peets and Reid Long and features teenager McKinley James who starred in the music video for “Mr. Misunderstood” and appears on the cover art of Church’s highly acclaimed album by the same name. Also making an appearance in the 3:09 video is Church’s new uniquely designed and distinctively customized signature edition of the world famous Gibson Hummingbird acoustic guitar, aptly termed by Church as Hummingbird Dark. Church –who joins artists such as Bob Dylan, Jackson Browne, Emmylou Harris, and Pete Townshend who have also constructed their own signature guitars – is seen playing the model throughout the video shot in an abandoned schoolhouse on the outskirts of Nashville, Tenn.

“…a standout of Church’s latest album…” raved Rolling Stone rejoicing it “…makes the case for losing oneself in music to get over a break-up. Specifically, it’s the warmth of vinyl albums…” and Los Angeles Times dubbing it one of his more “deeply felt heartbreak songs.” Church co-wrote the track, #9 on Mr. Misunderstood, with longtime banjo player and guitarist Jeff Hyde. With poignantly clever lyrics, “Record Year” is Church’s ode to a lost-love who instead of finding solace in another’s arms finds consolation in a three-foot stack of vinyl albums. Iconic albums and artists are namechecked in the song, including Stevie Wonder’s Songs In The Key of Life, Willie Nelson’s Red Headed Stranger, John Lee Hooker’s One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer as well as artists James Brown, Waylon Jennings, George Jones, and New Grass Revival, reflecting the diversity of influence on Church and his music.

Throughout the video, Church and his band members are seen marking time by listening to vinyl records on turntables as well as performing. In several key visuals, vinyl records are stacked horizontally to become a 3-D audio waveform reflecting the sonic intensity of the song.

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