The 46th ACM Awards Nominations to be announced tomorrow

Yes, award season is coming. The Academy of Country Music will announce the nominations for the 46th ACM Awards tomorrow, February 1.

Swifties from Newark, Washington D.C., St. Louis and Nashville will probably be busy (presale tomorrow), but the rest of us will be waiting to see if Taylor gets any nods. Miranda Lambert and Ronnie Dunn will be at the Country Music Hall of Fame to announce the nominations early morning.

Already announced are the following fan-voted categories:

46th ACM AwardsTop New Solo Vocalist

  • Eric Church
  • Easton Corbin
  • Randy Houser

Top New Vocal Duo or Group

  • The Band Perry
  • The Jane Dear girls
  • Steel Magnolia

You can vote on these categories at VoteACM.com.

Coming up in the Calendar!

(Source: Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images

(Source: ACM Awards)

Tour Talk: This week for Newark, Washington D.C., St. Louis and Nashville

You should know the presale codes for Newark, Washington D.C., St. Louis and Nashville have been sent for the presale happening on February 1st. Check your email! If you don’t have it yet, don’t fret. Some servers are slower than others. Take a deep breath now.

Scottrade Center has confirmed the two dates for St. Louis, Missouri (August 13 and August 14). Both are now going to be on general sale on February 4 and both will be included on the presale according to Ticketmaster.

On February 1st, that’s tomorrow, you go to Ticketmaster to use your code. Actually, the email you get will have a link (you have to click on the picture) that you can click to get there, but there should be an access for the presale on the main website as well. It’s not going to be there now. Wait until tomorrow. Yes, I know you can’t wait. Been there. I’d advise you try to get to the website a little beforehand. At some point before ten, there will be a “waiting room” that opens. It’s not a line, but you want to be inside that room before 10am hits. Good luck!

Please don’t share your presale code with people you’re not familiar with.

Coming up in the Calendar!

(Sources: Ticketmaster, Scottrade Center)

A Canadian Saturday Night: Brad Paisley takes Montreal

(Credit: TheSwiftAgency.com)

Brad Paisley, current reigning CMA Entertainer of the year, took Montreal by storm at the Bell Centre on Saturday, January 29. In his own words, he was not expecting so many fans to actually come to the show. Truth is his arrival was long overdue and eagerly expected.

The country singer was overwhelmed by the response, and the fans did not let up one bit. Barely coming up for air, Brad went through his extensive repertoire of hits without having one song not being sung back to him. Everyone was familiar with all of his songs, both old and new.

The performer confessed himself surprised and said he was pleased of hearing “my songs sung back to me with a French Canadian accent.”

(Credit: TheSwiftAgency.com)

Along for the ride he was in excellent company of his two opening acts. Jerrod Niemann and Darius Rucker. Darius even sung some of his old hits when he was a part of Hootie and the Blowfish, and did one excellent rendion of Purple Rain.

The expectations for Brad were considerable, but he blew them out of the water the monemt he came out. He literally appeared to come out of a pool in the giant screen. Whether you were a fan of Brad’s earlier work or his latest, you were not going to come out disappointed.

(Credit: TheSwiftAgency.com)

Brad covered the new hits like Water, American Saturday Night, Welcome to the Future, as well as going through Online, A Letter To Me, Then, I’m Gonna Miss Her all the way to Waiting On A Woman, Whiskey Lullaby and Mud On The Tires.

The stage had tree corridors running into the crowd and I was lucky enough to have nabbed a spot a few seats from the central one. He went around the stage until the point he would even walk off it. Then he literally did that, walking all the way to the back to a makeshift stage where he performed a couple of hits. Sound familiar? Taylor Swift was once Brad’s opening act. I’m not trying to take anything away here – you are supposed to learn from the headliner.

(Credit: TheSwiftAgency.com)

For certain performances, Brad uses a track to be able to sing with some famous people in the background. Waiting On  A Woman has a video of Andy Griffith as the old man in the song that gives Brad Advice. At the end of the performance, Brad even climbs along the screen to wave him goodbye. It was a very moving moment.

Another time he used a track is  during Whiskey Lullaby. It’s him singing it, but Diana Krall comes in via a recorded video performance. I don’t have to mention she’s from British Columbia, Canada. The crowd went wild.

(Credit: TheSwiftAgency.com)

Brad very much tailored a couple of things for the crowd. During a very moving performance of his latest single, This Is Country Music, the American Banner appeared on the screen. Then the Canadian Leaf appeared just over it. It’s a detail, as well as a few others that would appear from time to time, but they show you know where you are.

It’s very hard to pick a favorite performance, but if you go by crowd response you’d still end up with at least a dozen songs. I’m Still A Guy was roared by everyone in the audience. Mud On The Tires was celebrated more than it was sung. Then took everyone’s breath away. I can’t avoid mentioning Catch All The Fish, Drink All The Beer and I’m Gonna Miss Her. The closing act was Alcohol which had everyone out of their seats.

(Credit: TheSwiftAgency.com)

Brad is a singer, a show man, a prankster and most important, the man is a class act. Fans of both old and new country music will be pleasantly surprised. A most memorable night, and one of the best concert experiences you’ll ever had. Can’t recommend his show enough. Catch it all when you can.

Brad didn’t need to change things too much to appeal to the crowd. Everyone in the audience was quite at home with his flavor of north american lifestyle. Canadians and Americans have more things in common than different (getting either side to admit that is a completely different thing). But based on Brad’s performance and the audience response I think we can agree that Country music is one thing we’ll be glad to share.

Okey… Alcohol. Make that two things.

More pictures of the concert in the Gallery.

Coming up in the Calendar!

  • February 4: Tickets go on sale to the general public for Newark, New Jersey at Prudential Center.
  • February 4: Tickets go on sale to the general public for Washington D. C. at Verizon Center.
  • February 4: Tickets go on sale to the general public for  St. Louis, Missouri at Scottrade Center.
  • February 4: Tickets go on sale to the general public for Nashville, Tennessee at Bridgestone Arena.
  • February 9: Speak Now tour in Singapore, Singapore at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. Click here for ticket info.
  • February 11: Tickets go on sale to the general public for Kansas City, Missouri at Arrowhead Stadium.
  • February 11: Speak Now tour in Seoul, South Korea at the Gymnastic Gymnasium. Click here for ticket info.

(Source: The Swift Agency)

Heavy Metal at the Hard Rock: Who is she? That’s a list a mile long

(Credit: Jim Walls)

Hello, Swifties! I had to use those Brad Paisley lyrics for the title, they were just too fitting! We got a couple of pictures as well a very impressive and long list of milestones compiled by Country Music Tattle Tale from Taylor Swift’s celebration at the Hard Rock Cafe in Nashville. The party was billed as “Heavy Metal at the Hard Rock.”

On the picture on your left you can see from left to right: Shayna Steele and David Cook, Paul Sidoti and Ashley White, Grant Mickelson and Claire Callaway, Taylor Swift, Caitlin Evanson, Brittany Milton and Mike Meadows, and last but not least Amos J. Heller. I guess Al and Liz couldn’t make the party. For the funny version of this picture, scroll to the bottom.

Here is the milestone list:

  • Taylor has sold over 4.4 million albums in 2010. That makes her Billboard & Nielsen SoundScan’s top-selling artist of the year, for the second time in three years.
  • In 2008 she was SoundScan’s top-selling artist in 2008, and in 2009 the Fearless album was the biggest-selling CD.
  • Speak Now sold 1,046,740 copies the first week of its release in October. That was the biggest debut-week sales for an album since 2005, and the biggest debut ever for a country studio album.
  • Speak Now has attained Triple Platinum+ status.
  • Every song from Speak Now has been listed on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. Eleven of them were listed at once.
  • The first single for Speak Now, Mine, has sold 1.6 million digital downloads. So far.
  • Taylor is Billboard’s most-played artist. For the second year. In a row. In their annual all-genre Artist Airplay chart she appeared 1.128 million times in 2010.
  • Taylor is still the top selling digital artist in music history. Over 35 million tracks sold and counting.
  • Each year for three years in a row, Taylor’s sales have exceeded 4 million albums. She’s the only artist to have ever achieved that.
  • Fearless is 6x Platinum. Taylor Swift is 5x Platinum. Update: The original article says Fearless is 5x Platinum but I just checked on the RIAA site.
  • Love Story has now sold more than 5 million digital tracks.
  • Speak Now was #1 on Billboard’s all-genre Top 200 Albums chart for five weeks. Speak Now was 2010’s best-selling Internet album.
  • Taylor’s career sales are more than 20 million albums and 35 million song downloads.
  • For the Speak Now 2011 World Tour, Taylor will cover 90 shows in 19 country. It all starts February 9th in Singapore.

You can read the original story in Country Music Tattle Tale. Nice work! 🙂

(Credit: Jim Walls)

Coming up in the Calendar!

  • February 4: Tickets go on sale to the general public for Newark, New Jersey at Prudential Center.
  • February 4: Tickets go on sale to the general public for Washington D. C. at Verizon Center.
  • February 4: Tickets go on sale to the general public for  St. Louis, Missouri at Scottrade Center.
  • February 4: Tickets go on sale to the general public for Nashville, Tennessee at Bridgestone Arena.
  • February 9: Speak Now tour in Singapore, Singapore at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. Click here for ticket info.
  • February 11: Tickets go on sale to the general public for Kansas City, Missouri at Arrowhead Stadium.
  • February 11: Speak Now tour in Seoul, South Korea at the Gymnastic Gymnasium. Click here for ticket info.

(Sources: Country Music Tattle Tale, RIAA)

Heavy Metal at the Hard Rock: Taylor will be remembered

(Source: Brian Mansfield)

The Fearless One… because that’s still my favorite nickname to call her, knows how to throw a party. Family, friends and The Agency got together along with music industry insiders, reporters, critics for a party thrown by the Outspoken and often Sparkly Dressed native from Pennsylvania who has become one of Nashville’s favorite adopted daughters.

Taking over the Hard Rock Cafe in downtown Nashville on Friday, January 28, the party had much reason to celebrate. The Recording Industry Association of America presented her with a plaque (one of many that Taylor would receive that night) celebrating more than 13 million records shipped. I’m guessing everyone was trying to out do each other with the plaques. Scott Borchetta, CEO of Big Machine Records, which I don’t have to remind you is Taylor’s label, went all out with the large one you see here.

Similar gifts were presented by BMI, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Country Aircheck, Music Row magazine, Country Radio Broadcasters, the Country Music Association, Universal Music Group Distribution, Nielsen SoundScan and CMT. You can read the original story on CMT News.

Tay was quick to thank everyone afterwards:

http://twitter.com/#!/taylorswift13/status/31219880476803072

On other news, I’m going to Brad Paisley’s concert this Saturday, January 29. The H20 Frozen Over Tour makes a stop in Montreal and I’ve got floor tickets! I’m so ready for this. Expect a blog on Sunday of course.

Lady Antebellum will soon resume its Webisode Wednesdays again! Not that they need any help from us- I mean, me 🙂 I’ll be glad to feature them anyways.

Bunch of ticket sales about to go presale, make sure you check your mails throughout the weekend and on Monday. February 1st has been confirmed as the TaylorSwift.com presale date by Ticketmaster for Washington D. C., St. Louis and Nashville. I expect Newark to be included soon.

Coming up in the Calendar!

  • February 4: Tickets go on sale to the general public for Newark, New Jersey at Prudential Center.
  • February 4: Tickets go on sale to the general public for Washington D. C. at Verizon Center.
  • February 4: Tickets go on sale to the general public for  St. Louis, Missouri at Scottrade Center.
  • February 4: Tickets go on sale to the general public for Nashville, Tennessee at Bridgestone Arena.
  • February 9: Speak Now tour in Singapore, Singapore at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. Click here for ticket info.
  • February 11: Tickets go on sale to the general public for Kansas City, Missouri at Arrowhead Stadium.
  • February 11: Speak Now tour in Seoul, South Korea at the Gymnastic Gymnasium. Click here for ticket info.

(Sources: CMT News, TaylorSwift.com, Ticketmaster)