Three performers at last year's Route 91 Harvest Festival where a gunman opened fire on fans will perform a tribute at this year's Grammy Awards to honor victims killed at live music events this past year.Eric Church, Maren Morris and Brothers Osborne, who performed at the three-day country festival prior to the mass shooting in October, will collaborate on a special performance at the 60th annual Grammy Awards, airing live on CBS from New York on Jan. 28.The shooting in Las Vegas was the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. modern history. It came in a year when 22 people were killed in a bombing outside an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, in May.Church headlined the first night of the festival, which was the last night of his tour. A gunman perched in a window of a hotel-casino overlooking the outdoor festival opened fire on the crowd during the final night of the festival as Jason Aldean was performing, killing 58 people and injuring hundreds more."In all honesty, there's … [Read more...] about Grammys: Maren Morris, Eric Church, Brothers Osborne to Perform Tribute to Route 91 Shooting Victims
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Weeks before the Academy of Country Music Awards, several trophies have already been doled out to the genre’s top artists.Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton, Hank Williams, The Judds, Lady Antebellum, Guy Clark, Keith Whitley and Tommy Wiggins are among the first off-camera winners announced by the academy on Friday, taking home songwriter, industry and special awards.The Voice coach Shelton has been selected to receive the Gene Weed Special Achievement Award, given to an artist that represents unprecedented, unique and outstanding individual achievements in country music. Past winners include Garth Brooks, George Burns and Willie Nelson. PHOTOS: Academy of Country Music Awards Red Carpet Arrivals: Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert Shine Aldean is being honored with the Crystal Milestone Award, which is given to an artist or industry leader to commemorate a specific, remarkable achievement. For Aldean, the honor comes on the heels of his first sold-out stadium … [Read more...] about ACM Awards 2013: Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton Among Off-Camera Winners
If you’re part of one of America’s bestselling country bands, you might not think that the ideal place to launch your solo career is a few thousand miles east of the Mason-Dixon line. But Europe is just where Sugarland’s Kristian Bush ended up kicking off his side vocation as a solo artist. And it happened in a pretty roundabout way that his reinvention took place in the land of roundabouts.Bush’s first solo single, “Love or Money,” has only officially been released in England so far. A full album could follow, he says, because “people who are hearing the song are going ‘Wow, are there more?’ I’m like, ‘What do you mean? Truckloads!’”Six weeks ago, he was just cutting songwriting demos and had no intention of putting anything out commercially. But then fate and the UK intervened.Bush’s more visible partner in Sugarland, Jennifer Nettles, has been on baby leave, putting the multi-platinum duo on … [Read more...] about Kristian Bush Talks Solo Work, Sugarland’s Future
With the Boston Marathon bombings now firmly in the rear-view mirror, it’s time to look ahead to the future of the victims and the city itself -- reason enough for New Kids on the Block to organize and recruit acts for an all-star benefit concert.Boston Strong, scheduled to take place at Boston’s TD Arena on May 30, will feature one wicked lineup, including performances by Jason Aldean, Jimmy Buffett, Dane Cook, Extreme, James Taylor, Steven Wright, J Geils Band, Godsmack, Carole King and, of course, homegrown artists Aerosmith, Boston and New Kids, the latter who are headlining a pair of sold out shows at the same venue on June 2 and 3. PHOTOS: Seth Rogen, Backstreet Boys Fight Alzheimer's at Star-Filled Fundraiser Indeed, according to event producer and NKOTB manager Jared Paul, “It all started with Donny [Wahlberg],” he tells The Hollywood Reporter. “We were so taken by what happened in Boston, and we all said, ‘We have to do … [Read more...] about New Kids’ Manager on ‘Boston Strong’: ‘This Town Can’t Be Brought Down’
This story first appeared in the Feb. 15 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.Pop quiz: What do The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Fleetwood Mac, the Eagles, Aerosmith and Metallica have in common? Each of them has been enshrined in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, each has announced or is expected to announce major tours for 2013 and each was among the 10 highest-grossing acts in the U.S. -- in 2003.This critical mass of such "legacy acts" might push 2013's totals beyond 2012's record sales numbers, estimated at $4.7 billion. That figure was boosted by sold-out tours from very familiar faces, with the three top-grossing performers -- Madonna, Roger Waters and Springsteen -- all card-carrying members of the Rock Hall and long since qualified for AARP membership as well. In fact, six of the top 10 touring acts in 2012 were age 54 or older, and they took in 67 percent of the box office among the industry's leaders.But here's the rub. While North American grosses hit an all-time … [Read more...] about Can the Concert Industry Survive After Mick Jagger and Madonna Retire?
The Boston Marathon bombing of April 15 may be six weeks behind residents of Beantown, but they'll be reminded of their city's resilience with the May 30 concert Boston Strong.The epic fundraiser was spearheaded by Jared Paul, longtime concert-industry veteran and manager of boy band New Kids on the Block. The idea, he tells The Hollywood Reporter, came from a phone call in which the group's members relayed how “taken" they were "by what happened in Boston." Paul then contacted Live Nation who gifted the venue for the event, which he in turn booked.On the bill: hometown acts New Kids on the Block, Aerosmith, Boston, Dane Cook, J. Geils Band, Dropkick Murphys and Extreme, along with Jason Aldean, Jimmy Buffett, Carole King, James Taylor and Steven Wright. PHOTOS: The Beatles to The Wanted: The Evolution of Boy Bands All proceeds from the event will benefit the One Fund, set up by the mayor of Boston to aid victims of the bombings. Other goals of the night, adds Paul, … [Read more...] about From Boy Bands to Boston Strong: How Jared Paul Puts on a Show
<!--[CDATA[ This story first appeared in the Nov. 8 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.Country music celebrates its own Nov. 6 at the CMA Awards. Hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena, the ABC-televised party will showcase the genre's chart-toppers and road warriors, 20 of whom are keeping the down-home sound alive. PHOTOS: CMA 2012 Arrivals: Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum Hit the Red Carpet Jason AldeanThe 36-year-old's Night Train album is 2013's fourth-biggest seller behind sets from Taylor Swift, Mumford & Sons and One Direction. He was the first country singer to sell out Boston's Fenway Park. The Band PerryKimberly Perry, 30, conquered the genre with a million-dollar smile and the most winning rasp since Rod's. She and her brothers did it again this year with Pioneer, handily beating the sophomore jinx while proving there's room for girls. Dierks BentleyBentley, 37, arrived a decade ago, making fans not only … [Read more...] about CMA Awards: THR Names Country’s 20 Top Entertainers