George Strait's tour with Reba McEntire and Lee Ann Womack comes in as the No. 1 country tour on this year's list of Pollstar's top-grossing tours. The Strait tour grossed $41.6 million over the course of 2010.
The three will once again hit the road next year. Their first date is in Austin, Texas on January 14.
Brad Paisley's H20 World Tour is No. 15 with $40.7 million, followed by Tim McGraw and Lady Antebellum with $39.1 million. Other country artists on the list of Top 50 tours include Carrie Underwood with $38.3 million, Taylor Swift at $34.2 million, Rascal Flatts with $28.4 million, Brooks & Dunn with $25.7 million, Toby Keith at $25.5 million and Sugarland with $19 million. Bon Jovi's tour ranked at the top of the list overall with $108.2 million.
Jay DeMarcus, of Rascal Flatts, and his wife Allison, a CMT personality, welcomed their first child on Friday (December 17th). Named Madeline Leigh DeMarcus, the baby girl was born in Nashville at 4:49PM, weighing 6 pounds and 9 ounces.
"Allison and I are thrilled!" Jay said in a statement. "Madeline is absolutely gorgeous; she looks just like her daddy! Both mom and baby are doing well."
"Leigh is Ali's middle name and we finally settled on a [first] name that we both liked together," Jay told Country Weekly when revealing their daughter's name in September, saying she'd be called "Maddy."
Congratulations to the couple!
Carrie Underwood walked away as the big winner with six awards at the Inaugural American Country Awards on Fox. The show featured some killer performances, but not a whole lot in the line of awards. So how did the show stack up to the other slew of country music award shows?
On the plus side, the ACAs were overall high energy and filled with performances. I think Trace Adkins was the perfect choice for the host. For one, he's as country as country can be and you don't get the feeling with him that he's wearing the cowboy hat just for show. He was also very witty and very funny. If the ACAs come back for a year number two, I hope they keep Trace around as the host.
The ACA's have come and gone and while it seemed a bit laid back compared to some of the other award shows, overall it was a good show. It seemed like the awards were few and far between but looking at the list of categories and winners proves otherwise.
The fan voted awards used to rub me wrong, but when you think about it, it's probably a good thing that the fans choose the winners of so many award shows now. Because industry shows seem to have the same 6 artists win everything. Where at least the fan voted shows tend to mix it up a bit depending on how fervent and spirited they are about voting.
All of the performers did surprising well! The medleys were a little much, but fans in attendance seemed to love them.
The big winners of the night were Carrie Underwood - taking home 6 awards, Lady Antebellum - snagging 4 awards, and Easton Corbin - 3 awards.
Here is a list of the categories and winners:
Artist of the Year
Artist of the Year: Male
Artist of the Year: Female
Artist of the Year: Duo or Group
In an award show that was just minutes old Lady Antebellum presented Rascal Flatts with the Decade Award. Followed up by the Rascal Flatts guys doing a melody of their songs before accepting the award.
Rascal Flatts showed off once again why they're the best selling country group of the decade this week when their new album, Nothing Like This, their first record for Big Machine Records debuted at number one on the country charts. The album sold close to 165,000 units, putting them at number 6 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, which includes music of all genres.
Congrats to the guys on another big record!
The guys from Rascal Flatts, in New York City this week to promote their brand new album Nothing Like This, stopped by a Manhattan JCPenny store last night to announce the JCPenny Online Angel Giving Tree Program, to host a toy drive and also to present a check for $100,000 to the Salvation Army on behalf of JCPenny.
Rascal Flatts adopted their own online angels and are encouraging all of their fans this holiday season to do the same at http://www.jcp.com/angel. The Angel Giving Tree Program provides clothing, gifts and other wish list items to kids and seniors throughout the U.S.
The first 100 fans who donated a new, unwrapped toy received an autographed copy of Rascal Flatts new CD Nothing Like This. For every CD sold at JCPenney stores throughout the country, $1 will be donated to the Salvation Army through March 15, 2011.
The $100,000 donation from JCPenney to the Salvation Army will provide gifts for 1,000 children this holiday season.
For more check out: http://www.jcp.com/angel
Rascal Flatts rocked the Ed Sullivan Theater during the CBS Interactive Music Group's "Live on Letterman" webcast, Monday, November 15. The full 45 minute video is available below.
"Live On Letterman" is CBS Interactive Music Group's flagship music webcast series. The broadcasts originate from the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City, which is the same theater that hosts the Late Show with David Letterman.
Taylor Swift and Kid Rock, both off performances at the 44th Annual CMA Awards, will both be performing on the upcoming American Music Awards. The show will air on Sunday, November 21st on ABC.
Taylor Swift is up for Favorite Country Music Female Artist along with Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood.
The other country music awards on the show include Favorite Country Music Male Artist which has nominees of Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Brad Paisley. Favorite Country Music Band, Duo or Group which has nominees of Zac Brown Band, Lady Antebellum and Rascal Flatts. Favorite Country Music Album which has nominees of Jason Aldean's Wide Open, Lady Antebellum's Need You Now and Carrie Underwood's Play On.
Kid Rock will be releasing his new album, Born Free, on Tuesday, November 16th.
For more information and to vote please visit: http://abc.go.com/shows/american-music-awards/vote
Gary, Joe Don and Jay are showing no signs of slowing down. They’re gearing up for their brand new release, Nothing Like This, under new label home, Big Machine Records, on Tuesday which comes with accompanying media blitz. It was recently announced that their successful tour of the same name will continue with more dates throughout the spring (mentioned here) and now Nascar and Las Vegas are calling.