Friday, January 13, 2012
Scotty McCreery kicks off tour with Brad Paisley
Scotty McCreery says he was a nervous wreck before taking the stage Thursday for the first night of Brad Paisley's tour.
The nerves I had yesterday rivaled the nerves I had the American Idol finale night," the 17-year-old singer says. Scotty and The Band Perry are support acts for Paisley's Virtual Reality World Tour 2012, which plays St. Paul, Minn., on Friday.
The performance was Scotty's first real show since coming off the American Idols Live Tour in September. That, of course, was a very different experience: "The Idol tour, I was the last person to go on; it was building up towards me," he says. "Now I'm the guy that's building up towards The Band Perry and Brad."
Scotty started off with Water Tower Town. His set included singles I Love You This Big and The Trouble With Girls, as well as You Make This Look Good, which received its live debut Thursday.
"The Idol winner was aw-shucks-adorable as he announced his debut album had just gone platinum, and was at his charming, old school best on age-appropriate tunes such as Write My Number on Your Hand and The Trouble with Girls," writes The Grand Rapids Press reviewer, Lorilee Craker.
Even though it was Brad's crowd, a few fans were there for Scotty. "I saw some signs out there, saw some fans down front." He also saw a couple after the show, when his bus driver noticed a few shivering fans who had been waiting in the Grand Rapids snow for an hour and a half in hopes of meeting the singer. "I ran out there in my sweatpants to say hey and take a picture," Scotty says. "If they're waiting that long in the snow, I'd better go meet them."
Brad Paisley's opening night on the Virtual Reality Tour, Thursday (Jan. 12), proved to be a winner for the sold-out Grand Rapids, Mich., crowd—and it scored Brad a terrific review in the local paper.
"It was country meets the future, and the future looked dazzingly bright," the reviewer for The Grand Rapids Press wrote. "Paisley and his immense talents were the centerpiece."
The jokes started early. During the opening number, "Camouflage," Brad sang/said to the crowd, "All you Grand Rapids rednecks sure look good in camouflage."
During his performance of "Celebrity," the 3-D screens flashed fake tabloid headlines, and one read, “Is Scotty McCreery Brad Paisley’s Love Child?”
The American Idol winner—and one of Brad's opening acts—had a great time, regardless of jokes about his lineage.
"What a night! So honored and blessed to be out on the road w/ Brad and the Band Perry," Scotty tweeted, along with a pic of the crowd at show's end.
Picture from tonight via twitter
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I think it's a great idea Blair & I hope you get the chance to do this! If it happens we'll be sure to get the information posted on here!
So what do you guys think. We're talking about broadcasting a show with
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January 13, 2012
Last.fm has released its Best Of 2011 chart, which the digital site claims is "the only chart that represents the music people have actually been playing," tracking over 11 billion ‘scrobbles’ globally, representing 71,596 years, 345 days and 7 hours of music listening. It’s not based on sales data or radio airplay, it’s based purely on the number of times people have listened to the artist. Not surprisingly, Adele was the most listened to artist of 2011 globally and came in as the second most listened to artist in the country, while J. Cole topped the list in the U.S. Joining J. Cole and Adele in the U.S. top ten are artists as diverse as Britney Spears, electric pop singer and actress, Natalia Kills and indie folk rockers The Decemberists. This year also sees the launch of Last.fm’s New Discoveries chart, revealing the top artists who have broken into the music industry in 2011. Topping the global New Discoveries chart is Indie band, Youth Lagoon. On a local level, viral sensation Rebecca Black claimed the top spot. Matt Sheret, Data Griot at Last.fm, reflected on the music of 2011, "With so much music available on different formats, the traditional charts no longer illustrate what people are actually listening to. Our charts show what people were really playing in 2011 and highlight the new music they discovered."
Top U.S. New Discoveries in 2011*
1. Rebecca Black
2. Youth Lagoon
3. Death Grips
4. Purity Ring
5. Work Drugs
7. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
8. Scotty McCreery
9. Pistol Annies
10. 2 Chainz
* The chart compiles artists with the most listeners who received their first scrobble between December 1, 2010 and December 31, 2011.
I only posted the part pertaining to Scotty to view the full article just click on the link below
This isn't anything too serious but an Atlanta radio and TV blogger posted his picks for the 25 most successful Idol contestants to date. This is his 3rd year doing so. The '(new)' references that Scotty hadn't been on the list for the past 2 editions.
Here's what he had to say about how he picks:
For the third year, here’s my list of the 25 most successful “Idol” contestants to date. I based my rankings on album sales, radio airplay, movie and TV roles and Broadway stints, as well as name recognition and basic buzz with a totally unfair bias toward recent performance. And if I happen to like them more personally, well, that helps, too. This is not scientific in the least so please mock and attack me at will.
10- Scotty McCreery (new) – The season 10 winner just went platinum with his latest debut album. Hardly anybody goes platinum anymore so that’s an impressive feat. The teen has managed to generate two radio hits despite resistance from many country program directors. So far, so good.
Brad Paisley's Virtual Reality Tour Hits Midwest with Winter Blast - All Shows SOLD-OUT This Weekend
Brad Paisley’s Virtual Reality World Tour 2012 presented by Chevrolet kicked off last night with a sold-out show in Grand Rapids, MI. Special guests on the tour are CMA New Artist of the Year The Band Perry and 2011 American Idol Winner Scotty McCreery. The cold, snowy weather that hit the Midwest yesterday did not keep the fans away.
“A sold-out house at Van Andel Arena gave big love to Paisley, whose show was a spectacular mash-up of high-tech lights, gimmicks and old-fashioned country. The Virtual Reality tour lived up to its name and then some with laser lights zapping hither and yon, and fantastic special effects such as 3-D video screens.” Grand Rapids Press
The tour continues with shows this evening in Milwaukee, WI and tomorrow in Minneapolis, MN. All shows this weekend are sold-out. Live Nation is the national tour promoter.
Taste of Country, by: Billy Dukes
Scotty McCreery has learned from previous ‘American Idol‘ winners’ mistakes. During a recent interview with the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the 18-year-old said he was emphatic about being aggressive in the days following his win on the Fox television show.
“I remember talking to the producers saying that I want my album to come out quickly because I don’t want the people forgetting about me,” McCreery said. “I’m going to work my tail off.”
He has done just that, releasing a studio album over a month earlier than the previous two winners, and hitting the road as hard as his body — and mother — would let him. “We want to go big,” he explained. “Right now, we’re just trying to get out there and make sure people know we’re still around.”
McCreery begins his run as an opener for Brad Paisley this week. He’ll continue to balance school with his skyrocketing fame, and he says college isn’t just a possibility — it’s a commitment.
“College is important to me. Education is important to me. You never know how far your job can take you,” he said. The Star Tribune reports that he’s filled out four or five applications and plans to study either marketing or communications, part-time. After all, a college professor isn’t as likely to be too forgiving if a paper comes in late because he had to prepare for the ACM Awards.
CREDIT THIS FIND TO: @itahCM Itah McCreery
AND RIGHT AFTER THAT TWEET FROM SCOTTY BRAD TWEETED THIS, So Cute <3
The Academy of Country Music and Great American Country (GAC) announced today that for the fourth consecutive year, the newcomer category for the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards — New Artist of the Year—will be opened up to interactive fan voting through VoteACM.com and GACTV.com/ACM, beginning Monday, January 16, 2012.
The Academy of Country Music combined all newcomer categories into a single combined, overall category for New Artist of the Year. The New Artist of the Year award absorbs all newcomer categories including New Male Vocalist, New Female Vocalist, New Vocal Duo, New Vocal Group, New Solo Vocalist and New Vocal Duo or Group categories from past years, and the winner will be revealed on the LIVE telecast at the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards. The show is produced for television by dick clark productions and will be broadcast from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 8 p.m. live ET/delayed PT on CBS.
The top 8 artists from the first round of ACM professional voting are considered semi-finalists and will compete via the GAC fan vote at GACTV.com/ACM, combined with the ACM professional membership vote, to determine the final 3 nominees for the Award. The final 3 nominees will compete for the trophy, with a combined fan and professional membership vote to determine the winner.
NEW ARITST OF THE YEAR semi-finalists are:
First round fan voting for New Artist of the Year will begin at www.VoteACM.com and www.GACTV.com/ACM on Monday, Jan. 16 at 9 a.m. ET, and will close on Monday, Jan. 30 at Noon ET. The final three nominees will be announced in February and will move on to compete for ACM New Artist of the Year. Final round voting for the New Artist category will begin at VoteACM.com on Monday, March 19 and will close on April 1, with the winner being announced live during the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards broadcast on CBS on Sunday, April 1 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
As part of this partnership, GAC will air several stand-alone specials, including a show featuring the top eight semi-finalists, as well as a show featuring the final nominees who will compete for New Artist. The first GAC special “ACM Showcase” will feature all eight semi-finalists, and will premiere Monday, January 16 at 8 p.m. ET. This special will re-air through January 30, when voting closes. The GAC “ACM New Artist of the Year” special will feature interviews and exclusive performances with the final three nominees. That special premieres March 19 at 9 p.m. ET and airs through April 1.
More pictures below, plus some more information from Scotty's opening night, including some funny moments from Brad.
Tonight we will have chat again beginning after 6pm. Many fans said they were unable to get to the chat room because it was full. If you register at the http://us3.chatzy.com/52097677806508 you will be allowed to enter, registration is simple, you just need an email address with registering, even if the room is full, you will be granted access. Registration is necessary in order to control chat content.
People have been coming in and out all AM, so feel free to stop by any time, but after 6pm will begin the full chat. Thanks again for all who were in chat last night, it turned out to be a huge success, and we will keep the chat open 24/7.
Here are few more from Idolforums
Scotty McCreery really Brad Paisley’s love child?Is
Was Carrie Underwood really in Grand Rapids onstage with Brad Paisley on Thursday night?
These were just two of the many questions addressed on Thursday night at the solo debut of “American Idol’s” last winner McCreery and the launch of Brad Paisley’s Virtual Reality Tour.
With his big, boyish grin and booming bass voice, Scotty McCreery didn’t seem nervous about his debut on stage as a solo artist opening for one of the hottest tours in the country.
The “Idol” winner was aw-shucks-adorable as he announced his debut album had just gone platinum, and was at his charming, old school best on age-appropriate tunes such as “Write My Number on Your Hand” and “The Trouble with Girls.”
At the end when Brad was singing #alcohol Scotty and The Band Perry came out and shake fans hands that were near the stage!
First tour video!