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Congratulations to homeboy Jerrod Niemann. His number-one smash, “Lover, Lover,” is now officially a million-seller! It’s Jerrod’s very first RIAA-certified Platinum Digital Single, and for someone who just wanted to find a place for himself in the country music world, seeing his music achieve that level of success is truly an amazing feeling. “It’s just amazing to me, it’s changed my life, and country music has changed my life ever since I could, I guess, speak or sing. And so to affect it, you know, one way or another, is just truly a dream come true. And that’s all that’s really mattered to me is just being a part of country music and the Music City family.”
Jake Owen had a painful week last week. First he had his wisdom teeth pulled and was on pain medication. Then he went snowboarding Friday (the 13th) in Colorado and broke his collarbone. Of course he went on Twitter to share the details. "Just broke my collar bone," he tweeted. "Guess I charged this mountain a little too hard." He has his arm in a sling in a photo he posted. It's not his first broken collarbone either. Jake posted another photo of a little Jake where a cast after he fell off his 4-wheeler.
Country stars are getting the word out that help is still needed in Haiti. Tim McGraw and Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott have partnered with the Aid Still Required organization via their individual social-media platforms to keep people aware of the needs of the people of Haiti, two years after the devastating earthquake there. On Twitter, Tim was reminding followers that 500,000 people in Haiti still live under tarps and tents. Lady A's Hillary Scott is putting her energy and star power into raising money to build an orphanage in Haiti. Learn more about Aid Still Required and the causes it supports at www.aidstillrequired.org.
Even Blake Shelton is surprised at how big his career has become. Blake says his career became "a storm" that elevated him to a different level. He is thankful, remembering that life and career were pretty bleak just a few years ago. Blake has just started his "Well Lit and Amplified" tour, his first headlining tour. What Blake really wants out of his new found fame is a chance to have a tour like the big names, including Kenny Chesney ((Audio)).
Fan voting begins today for the ACM New Artist Of The Year. It's gong to be one tough race! Brantley Gilbert, Hunter Hayes, JT Hodges, Scotty McCreery, Justin Moore, David Nail, Jerrod Niemann and Thompson Square are the semi-finalists. Cast your vote at VoteACM.com. You can vote once a day until 12:00 PM ET on Jan. 30. At that point the field will be narrowed and another round of voting will start after that.
A new compilation titled Now That's What I Call Country Ballads will be released on Jan. 24. The 18-track collection begins with the piano version of Taylor Swift's "Forever and Always." The project also includes ballads by Keith Urban ("Tonight I Wanna Cry"), Rascal Flatts ("What Hurts the Most") and The Band Perry ("If I Die Young"). Other artists represented on the album are Jason Aldean with Kelly Clarkson, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Sara Evans, Alan Jackson, Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride, Jake Owen, Darius Rucker, George Strait, Shania Twain, Carrie Underwood and Chris Young.
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