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    Date: May 24, 2023
    Posted By: Emma Jackson

Justin Moore first met Priscilla Block when they played together at a charity event about two years ago. He felt sorry for the North Carolina native, who was about 25 years old at the time. She didnt have any hits yet and was the only girl on stage with a group of men who, in some cases, were well over a decade older than her.

Moore remembered how it felt to be in that position, when artists line up on stage with their guitars, and everyone but the newcomer has a No. 1 song to play.

That, to me, was always like, Why am I here? he said. This sucks. But she stole the show. Her rapport with the audience was great, she sang great, and the songs were great.

A couple of months later, when he was pitched You, Me and Whiskey, he thought of Block.

I thought, Man, thatd be cool if that Priscilla girl would do this, he said. She said, Yeah. Now weve gotten to know each other a lot better. Shes really talented. I think shes got a really bright future ahead. She cracks me up, too. She kind of reminds me of me a little bit when I first started.

You, Me and Whiskey is from Moores new album Stray Dog, which is out now. The album is Moores seventh on The Valory Music Co., and includes the song Everybody Get Along with Riley Green and his hit “With A Woman You Love.”

Ive been a big Justin fan for a long time, Block said. His musics just really country, and I love that. The duet was such an easy yes. It feels like I could have written the song, so yeah, this is my first duet and thats huge.

Over the course of his career, Moore has recorded songs with Miranda Lambert, Vince Neil of Motley Crue, Charlie Daniels, Hank Williams Jr., Brantley Gilbert and more. However, You, Me and Whiskey is the first duet Moore has released to country radio.

He said his duet with Riley Green reminds him of an old Hank Williams Jr and Willie Nelson duet that mimics a conversation.

I say a line, he sings a line, so its kind of fun and funny at the same time, Moore said.

Get Rich or Drunk Trying is another song that makes Moore laugh. He was inspired to write the song when rapper 50 Cent released his 2003 debut Get Rich Or Die Tryin.

I thought, Thats a terrible alternative to not getting rich, Moore said. I thought to myself, Id rather get drunk if I dont get rich.

Moore wrote Everybody Get Along with David Lee Murphy and Jeremy Stover. Moore and Stover, along with Casey Beathard and Paul DiGiovanni, penned Get Rich or Drunk Trying.

Both songs are funny, he said. Ive kind of always had humor intertwined in my music.

The Arkansas-based singer might be laughing on stage, but the father of four explained hes the father of a teenage girl now, which is no laughing matter. Moore and his wife Kate are parents to four children, and their oldest, Ella, turned 13 in February.

It sucks, Moore said. She doesnt come out of her room. Ive seen her room. Its not that spectacular. I mean, not to stay in there eight hours a day.

Ella also just went to a dance with a boy for the first time. Moore hated it and said it made him grouchy for a week.

My wifes like, Its no big deal, he said. I go, It is a big deal. Its a big deal. They did the whole thing, the hair getting done, the makeup – I cant stand it. I was not happy, but its part of life, and I know its normal. Theres nothing wrong with it, but as a dad, I still hate it.

Moore has tried to structure his career around his family since he and his wife started having kids. He wanted them to grow up in Arkansas around his parents, and Kates parents live there, too. He also coaches them in baseball, softball and basketball. Moore and his family are sports fanatics, and he spends hours at ball practice almost every day he isnt on the road. He started coaching when Ella was 5 years old. She started playing at 4, and thats when he and his wife discovered that the singer couldnt watch patiently from the stands.

It was one of those first years Im sitting there going, Theyre costing us runs by not running these kids, Moore said. I did this the whole game. Kate goes, Youre effing coaching next year because Im not going to put up with this, you sitting here doing this. So Ive been coaching ever since.

Ella now plays on a junior high team that Moore doesnt coach. Her first game was the only time in eight years that Moore had to sit in the stands and watch.

I sat like a normal parent and absolutely hated it, he said. She played good. Shes better than I was.

Moore said its important to him to coach his kids because his father did it for him. His father didnt have a career in country music, but he worked and was exhausted for 18 years while going to work and coaching Moore in sports.

I know that I only have this small window of time to do these things, and when its over, its over, he said. Ive realized youre just kind of whooped for 18 years. But you know, those are memories that we get to create.

He laughed, then added: I love sports probably more than music, to be honest. I just stop growing at 56, or Id be doing that.


    Date: Apr 11, 2023
    Posted By: Emma Jackson
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    Date: Apr 03, 2023
    Posted By: Emma Jackson

Carrie Underwoods performances are always memorable, but this year when the most awarded artist in CMT Music Awards history took the stage, she had an extra explosive trick or two up her bedazzled black sleeve. 

Underwood performed her Hate My Heart in front of thousands of adoring fans near the Texas state capitol in Austin, Texas. Her sassy, spirited performance whipped fans into a frenzy as she prowled the stage in her short shorts, fitted top and suit jacket accentuated with red sequins. 

She sang: I hate my heart right now| Underneath the covers in the dark right now|Wishin I was sitting in a bar right now|Two drinks in|Makin me a last call friend|I want my feel good back

As Underwood worked the crowd even more, fireworks ignited behind the stage, filling the sky with gold glittering sparks. 

In addition to being her song of choice for her performance, Hate My Heart also made it to the final three for Video of the Year. The song will compete with Kane & Katelyn Browns Thank God and HARDY feat. Lainey Wilson wait in the truck.

Underwood said she continues to be thankful for her fans who show up and vote for her. 

One of the things that I feel is so special about the CMT Awards is that they are fan-voted, giving the fans the power, Underwood said. Theyre the ones that stream the music, buy the music, come see us in concert and obviously watch the videos. Its really cool that they get to call the shots. The fans always show up, and I am beyond grateful.


    Date: Jan 23, 2023
    Posted By: Emma Jackson
Live Nation president and CFO Joe Berchtold will detail how disruption caused by bots makes ticket-buying worse for everyone, calling for government action.

Don’t expect Live Nation’s Joe Berchtold to be quoting Taylor Swift’s “Anti-Hero” during Tuesday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on ticketing. Unlike the pop star’s “I’m the problem it’s me” chorus-turned-meme, the company’s president and CFO plans to take aim at who he says are the real culprits behind Swift’s disastrous Nov. 15 presale: scalpers.

While the Live Nation-owned Ticketmaster was villainized for weeks following the presale for Swift’s upcoming The Eras Tour that both broke single-day sales records and threw fans into a fury over service issues, according to a prepared opening statement reviewed by Billboard, Berchtold plans to lay much of the blame on scalpers who used illegal bots to attack the online sale. The statement — to be delivered Tuesday (Jan. 24) in Washington, D.C., to the committee led by ranking member Dick Durbin (D-Ilinois) — details Ticketmaster’s ongoing “arms race” against scalpers who are illegally using autonomous software to disrupt and attack high profile ticket sales. Country music legend Garth Brooks is lending his support to Berchtold’s testimony as well, with a letter defending Ticketmaster and attacking ticket scalpers who use illegal methods to buy up tickets.

“We knew bots would attack [Swift’s] onsale, and planned accordingly,” reads Berchtold’s planned statement. “We were then hit with three times the amount of bot traffic than we had ever experienced, and for the first time in 400 Verified Fan onsales they came after our Verified Fan access code servers. While the bots failed to penetrate our systems or acquire any tickets, the attack required us to slow down and even pause our sales. This is what led to a terrible consumer experience that we deeply regret.”

Following the Nov. 15 presale, Ticketmaster eventually canceled its general onsale for the remaining 170,000 tickets to Swift’s tour. In December, the company announced a new strategy to sell the passes over the course of four weeks and recently concluded that effort. At the time, the company said â€śhistorically unprecedented demand” caused the failure, but blamed bots then, too — saying that 14 million fans and more than 3 billion bots hit the site. That excuse did little to satisfy the more than 100,000 fans who were kicked out of line during the bot attack, and even Swift spoke out blaming the company. With many fans calling for Ticketmaster’s punishment and several even taking legal action against the company, Berchtold also plans to apologize directly to Swift and her followers.

“As we said after the onsale, and I reiterate today, we apologize to the many disappointed fans as well as to Ms. Swift,” his statement reads.

While Berchtold notes Ticketmaster “accepts its responsibility to be the first line of defense against bots in this ever-escalating arms race,” he intends to shift the hearing’s focus to policy changes that could tamp down on scalpers.

“In this forum where we are here to discuss public policy, we also need to recognize how industrial scalpers breaking the law using bots and cyberattacks to try to unfairly gain tickets contributes to an awful consumer experience,” his statement reads. “We are doing everything we can to fight the people who attack our onsales and steal tickets meant for real fans, but we need help passing real reforms to stop this arms race.”

Brooks, in his statement, supports this notion.

“The crush of bots during an on-sale is a huge reason for program failure NO MATTER WHO THE TICKET SELLING COMPANY is,” writes the country icon in his letter addressed to Congress. “And the one who ALWAYS pays for this atrocity is the customer, the LAST one on whom that burden should fall.”

Brooks notes in his letter that he forced Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to allow him to use Ticketmaster to sell tickets to his April concert at AT&T Stadium instead of SeatGeek, which held the exclusive contract to ticket the stadium.

“I had grown to love and trust the people at Ticketmaster so much,” he explained in his letter, noting, “this was not because of Ticketmaster, but a choice I made.”

Berchtold will be joined on the witness stand by SeatGeek chief executive Jack Groetzinger and longtime Chicago promoter Jerry Mickelson with JAM Productions, along with recording artist Clyde Lawrence and representatives from the James Madison Institute and American Antitrust Institute.

Ticketmaster officials are expecting a pile on, both from Congress and the other testifying witnesses. SeatGeek has filed a number of complaints against Ticketmaster with the Department of Justice for alleged anti-trust violations, and Mickelson condemned the merger between Live Nation and Ticketmaster when he testified before Congress in 2010. While company officials aren’t expecting any standing ovations, Berchtold’s testimony will be an important preview of the company’s framing of the challenges facing the business over the next couple of years and promises to be the most detailed defense of Live Nation by an executive in its 18-year history.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) originally called for this hearing in response to public anger over the technical failures of the Taylor Swift Eras ticket sale. But the witness list and the name of the hearing, “That’s the Ticket: Promoting Competition and Protecting Consumers in Live Entertainment,” released Monday, suggest that the hearing is more likely to focus on long-simmering dissatisfaction over the 2010 consent decree governing the merger of Ticketmaster and Live Nation. That consent decree has had mixed success in creating a level playing field for competition in the ticketing business, and critics consider it a failure because it didn’t prevent Ticketmaster from becoming the dominant ticketing company it is today.

“We hear people say that ticketing markets are less competitive today than they were at the time of the Live Nation-Ticketmaster merger. That is simply not true,” read Berchtold’s statements, claiming Ticketmaster’s market share has decreased since the DOJ estimated it held 80% of the market in 2009.

At the time, Ticketmaster “did not face the level of competition we face today from new competitors including SeatGeek, AEG’s AXS, and Eventbrite, along with established competitors including Tickets.com and Paciolan,” Berchtold continues. “Today, there is intense competition for every ticketing contract that goes out to bid — far more than there was in 2010. Ticketmaster has lost, not gained, market share, and every year competitive bidding results in ticketing companies getting less of the economic value in a ticketing contract while venues and teams get more. The bottom line is that U.S. ticketing markets have never been more competitive than they are today, and we read about new potential entrants all the time.”

Berchtold plans to present the threat posed by bad actors and malicious software as an issue both the government and the private sector must address together. The strategy shifts part of the criticism for the Taylor Swift ticket debacle onto the Senate — which unanimously voted to pass the BOTS act in 2016, effectively outlawing automated ticket-buying technology. Since its passage, the law has only been enforced twice by the FBI and the Federal Trade Commission, despite pleas from Ticketmaster officials that bot attacks on high-profile ticket sales are increasing in frequency and complexity, sources tell Billboard. Berchtold also plans to detail how the company has spent more than $1 billion developing technology to prevent bot attacks on the company’s ticket sales using software like Verified Fan and digital ticketing.

A “blame the bots” strategy is not likely to satisfy the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which includes such conservative and liberal firebrands such as Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Josh Hawley (R-Missouri), John Kennedy (R-Louisiana), Diane Feinstein (D-California), Corey Booker (D-New Jersey) and Richard Blumenthal (D-New Jersey). Anti-Ticketmaster sentiment and criticism of the 2010 merger between Ticketmaster and Live Nation is one of the few issues of bipartisan agreement on Capitol Hill.

Berchtold will end his testimony laying out calls to action he believes Congress can take to combat bad actors in the ticketing industry. First is empowering private parties like Ticketmaster to bring civil actions against ticket sellers who knowingly sell tickets obtained by bots. Second, Berchtold believes Congress should act to outlaw deceptive sales practices like speculative ticket sales, “offering for sale tickets you don’t own or have an existing right to obtain,” or deceptive sites that mislabel themselves as “the official” ticket seller for shows they aren’t contracted to work with.

The Senate Judiciary Committee’s “That’s the Ticket: Promoting Competition and Protecting Consumers in Live Entertainment” begins at 10 a.m. EST on Tuesday.


    Date: Nov 15, 2022
    Posted By: Emma Jackson

Nickelback will headline Boots and Hearts next year, marking their first appearance at the country music festival.

Organizer Republic Live announced its headliners and a first batch of performers this morning.

It says the Canadian rockers will perform Friday, while country superstars Keith Urban and Tim McGraw will take to the stage on Saturday and Sunday.

The festival begins Thursday with a performance from Tim Hicks.

Republic Live says Josh Ross, Hardy, Dallas Smith, Lauren Alaina, Riley Green and Travis Denning are also set to perform.

The festival is scheduled for Aug. 10-13 in Oro-Medonte, Ont.


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