Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush, better known as country-pop duo Sugarland, are hitting the road in 2011 for round two of their Incredible Machine tour. They just announced the roughly 60-city cross country adventure. Joining them for all the fun this time around are Sara Bareilles, Matt Nathanson and Little Big Town. Additional details about venues and ticket information are coming soon. Is the Incredible Machine coming to a city near you?
3/3 Houston, TX
3/4 North Little Rock, AR
3/5 Tulsa, OK
3/10 Greenville, SC
3/11 North Charleston, SC
3/12 Jacksonville, FL
3/17 Grand Rapids, MI
3/18 Bloomington, IL
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.
I like when celebrities actually use Twitter to share what's going on in their careers and upcoming events. Sugarland recently tweeted about an upcoming performance, and since it was news a few months ago I'd forgotten about it.
Just finished rehearsal for #CNNHeroes. Here's a taste of what's to come Thanksgiving night! #sugarpics http://twitpic.com/38d0lh
Thanksgiving night CNN will be honoring everyday people who are changing the world. Sugarland will perform "Stand Up," a song from their just released album The Incredible Machine. Other performers scheduled to participate include Kid Rock, Demi Moore, Renee Zellweger, Keifer Sutherland, Gerard Butler, LL Cool J, John Legend, Jessica Alba, Bon Jovi, Halle Berry, Aaron Eckhart, Holly Robinson Peete, and Marisa Tomei.
The 2010 VH1 Divas concert special is right around the corner. After coming off hiatus in 2009 and experiencing success, this year (the ninth Divas special to date) VH1 has partnered with the USO for “VH1 Divas: Salute The Troops”. Having somewhat of a theme is just one of the changes VH1 hopes will keep things interesting and current. The other…an all “contemporary” artist line-up. Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles will be taking part along with Hayley Williams (Paramore), Katy Perry, Keri Hilson, Nicki Minaj and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. Hayley Williams and fellow Paramore members’ performance will take place at a military base in the Middle East. All others will be filmed at the Marine Corps Air Station Marimar in San Diego, CA and is a private event taping reserved for military personnel and their families. The special will premiere on Sunday, December 5th at 9pm (EST) as well as broadcast internationally via the Armed Forces Network.
Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush of Sugarland have reached a last-minute out-of-court settlement with a former member of their band, Kristen Hall. Hall filed a lawsuit against Sugarland back in July of 2008 when she contended that she created the band's name and that she, Nettles and Bush entered into an agreement that they would share all profits and losses from the band equally when they formed the band, originally a trio, back in 2002.
Hall's lawsuit contended that she helped to make Sugarland the success that they are and that Nettles and Bush did not pay her the one-third share of the band's partnership after she left the group in late 2005. Hall was involved in the writing of every song on Sugarland's 2004 debut album, Twice The Speed Of Life, but only had one writing credit on their second album, Enjoy The Ride. Both of these releases have been certified triple-platinum by the RIAA for shipping more than 3 million copies.
You have to feel a little bad for Jason Aldean because his album just happened to hit the week after Taylor Swift's Speak Now just crushed the album charts. Aldean's new album, titled My Kinda Party, debuted with strong numbers, selling 192,973 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan. It was not good enough though to topple Taylor, who sold another 318,701 copies of Speak Now. Bringing the total up to approximately 1,366,000. units sold.
Swift and Aldean also rank Number 1 and Number 2 on the Billboard 200 list, which includes all music genres. Sugarland comes in Number 3 on the list with their new release The Incredible Machine. So much for that country music not being popular thing. The top three releases are all in the country music camp!
Looking at the country songs chart we see the Zac Brown Band's song "As She's Walking Away," which features Alan Jackson, moves up from number 4 to number 1. I guess the CMA performance of the song paid off!
Watching the awards show is always exciting and this years show was no exception. For the third straight year Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood hosted the program and their quick witted banter was actually entertaining to say the least.
It's always fun to see who performs, who presents and how bent out of shape the fans get about it all. We all want our favorite artists to perform and when they aren't chosen things can get pretty heated out there on twitter and facebook and the like. I get a good chuckle out of that. Anyway, this years performers were all pretty darn good and nothing too unexpected took place.
At the end of the night these were the winners:
Musician of the Year – Mac McAnally
Music Video of the Year – “The House That Built Me” Miranda Lambert, Director: Trey Fanjoy
Vocal Event of the Year – “Hillbilly Bone” Blake Shelton and Trace Adkins
Single of the Year – “Need You Now” Lady Antebellum, Producers: Paul Worley and Lady Antebellum
Song of the Year – “The House That Built Me” Songwriters: Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin
New Artist of the Year – Zac Brown Band
Sugarland's Jennifer and Kristian were given the recent cover of Billboard magazine, are bringing a performance to the Billboard Touring awards tomorrow, November 4th, and now a live Q&A chat to go with it. So, who's asking the questions? You! Well, okay, I'm sure Billboard will slip in a few, but Sugarland fans have an opportunity to ask some of their own burning questions too. If you have something you've been dying to know and haven't already done so, log onto your Twitter accounts (if you have them. If not, what are you waiting for? Super easy www.twitter.com) and send a tweet with your question to @billboarddotcom with the hashtag #bblivechat Go to www.billboard.com tomorrow at 4:30 pm EST (SHARP!) if you can to watch. You just might get an answer to YOUR question, ya never know...