Friday, February 10, 2012
ACM New Artist Nominees Revealed! Who would you pick to win this year’s award?
This is just a poll the radio station is taking to see what their listeners think - it's just for fun! :)
Credit to: Matt Auclair via Kix 96 website
Scotty McCreery has been nominated for this year’s Academy of Country Music New Artist of the Year Award, which will be given out during the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas on April 1. This good news reached Scotty soon after he had been alerted by fans via Twitter that his second single, “The Trouble With Girls,” had just topped 500,000 in sales, making it eligible for a gold certification. “It’s been a good couple of days,” he says. “I am pumped! Looking at the final eight in the category, everybody in there was so good. I listen to all of their music. So to be a finalist is an honor.” “It’s been an incredible year,” says Scotty, whose debut album was certified platinum in only three months. “Being up for this award means a lot to me. I am ready to head to Vegas!” On Wednesday, Scotty learned that the past week’s sales of “The Trouble With Girls” pushed the song over the 500,000-sales mark, making it eligible to become his second consecutive single to reach the gold status. “I was so happy when I found out,” he says. “My fans were tweeting, ‘Congratulations on gold,’ and I hadn’t heard yet, so I checked it out. I found out, so I was pumped and made the calls and texts to my family. We are all ecstatic as a family.” Since winning Season Ten of “American Idol” in May, he has quickly emerged as one of the most successful country stars of the last year. His debut album, Clear As Day, was certified platinum for sales of more than 1 million units in just three months, and he was recently named No. 1 on Billboard magazine’s list of Top New Country Artists for 2011. He also won New Artist of the Year at the American Country Awards in December. Clear As Day debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 and Top Country Albums charts, making him the youngest man in history to open at the top of the all-genre chart with a debut release. It also garnered the highest sales of any country solo album released last year and held the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for six weeks. The album’s first single, “I Love You This Big,” has also been certified gold. He is currently touring the nation as part of Brad Paisley’s “Virtual Reality Tour 2012″ presented by Chevrolet. Voting for the New Artist of the Year will take place at VoteACM.com beginning March 19 at noon ET/9 a.m. PT and continue until 5 p.m. PT on Sunday, April 1 (before the live show starts.) The New Artist of the Year final nominees were selected by a combined vote of the fans and professional members of the Academy of Country Music. Professional member votes will be combined with fan votes to obtain the New Artist of the Year winner.
OK - here's a great thing that I just found out today -
Scotty is coming OHIO with Brad & The Band Perry! I called Riverbend Music Center personally and asked them if they could confirm this and was told that Scotty was listed on the press release that they received! So all you OHIO fans out there here's your chance to see Scotty in concert!
|Brad Paisley with The Band Perry and Scotty McCreery|
|Sun, May 20 - 7:00 PM (doors open @ 5:00 PM)|
|Tickets on sale: Fri, Feb 17 - 10:00AM|
Young country — The Band Perry, Scotty McCreery, Brad Paisley
In what will probably be the Seattle area's biggest country-music show of the year, Brad Paisley, The Band Perry and Scotty McCreery play the Tacoma Dome on Saturday, Feb. 11.Season 10
"American Idol" winner McCreery is more straight-up country, his attitude honed by growing up in small-town North Carolina. Singing for thousands of people at a time on top of homework and baseball practice might seem a lot for a high-school senior to handle, but "I try to stay in control of my own life," McCreery said in an interview, his voice as startlingly low in speech as in song. He does homework on his tour bus, attends a regular high school at least two or three days a week and keeps up with as many extracurricular activities as he can. "It's a cool tour, with Brad, because it's mostly a weekend thing," he said. He calls his deep bass-baritone "a blessing that God gave me," and he's put it to good use throughout his teen years: "Growing up, I'd have girls who'd have guys calling, and they'd put me on the phone and have me tell these guys to leave them alone." Although one of his biggest hits is "The Trouble with Girls," he says he doesn't have time for dating right now — which is probably for the best, since "it's definitely weirder now that a lot of people know me." Paisley is a known prankster, and his two openers for this tour have already been victims. The Band Perry played a prank themselves, in Denver, in which they did the famed Tim Tebow move on stage while Paisley was singing — not realizing Tebow was in the house, until security guards escorted the Broncos quarterback onto the stage to sing along. McCreery is ready for it. "We're trying to put together something, me and the band," he said. "He's already gotten us a couple times."
I've only posted the parts about Scotty but you can click on the link below to read the full article
Scotty gets CMA nod, second gold single
BY THAD OGBURN - STAFF WRITER
GARNER -- Scotty McCreery, the reigning "American Idol" from Garner, has received a double dose of good news - he now has a second gold single, and he's up for a second country music award.
"The Trouble With Girls," the second single from Scotty's album, "Clear As Day," was just certified as a gold record, meaning more than 500,000 copies shipped. Scotty's first single, "I Love You This Big," also went gold. The CD has reached both gold and platinum status. A platinum album has sold at least 1 million copies.
Scotty also learned that he is a nominee for New Artist of the Year at the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards. He'll be competing against two other young male country singers - Brantley Gilbert and Hunter Hayes. The awards will be telecast live from Las Vegas on April 1.
The nominees were selected from a combination of fan votes and members of the Academy of Country Music. Likewise, the winner will be picked by both fans and voting members. Fans will be able to vote online from noon March 19 through 5 p.m. April 1 at www.VoteACM.com.
"It's gonna be a tight race," Scotty tweeted to fans Thursday.
In December, Scotty was named New Artist of the Year at the American Country Awards. That honor also was selected by fans.
The 18-year-old Garner High School senior continues to keep a packed schedule. On Sunday, he'll sing the national anthem and perform at halftime at the Hoops 4 Hope game and breast cancer awareness event at N.C. State University's Reynolds Coliseum. The 5 p.m. game is sold out.
And this spring, he'll be the headliner concert at the N.C. Azalea Festival in Wilmington. Tickets for the April 13 concert can be ordered at www.ncazalea festival.org