Dallas Green and Sarah Harmer to honour legendary singer-songwriter Gord Downie at The 2018 JUNO Awards
 Canadian singer-songwriters Dallas Green and Sarah Harmer are teaming up for a special tribute performance honouring musician, writer, activist, and beloved Canadian Gord Downie at The 47th annual JUNO Awards Broadcast. Multi-JUNO Award-winner Michael Bublé will host Canada's award show, which airs live from Rogers Arena in Vancouver, on Sunday, March 25 on CBC.

Two-time JUNO winner Harmer and four-time JUNO winner Green (also known as City and Colour and member of Alexisonfire) will pay homage to the Tragically Hip frontman who passed away in late 2017, after devoting over three decades to entertaining fans across the globe. One of Canada's most celebrated artists, Downie also had an incredible solo career, with five albums released to date including the 2018 JUNO nominated album Introduce Yerself and the critically acclaimed Secret Path (2016), which explores elements of Canada's indigenous history. Recognized for this inspiring solo project, Downie was awarded Songwriter of The Year Presented by SOCAN and Group of the Year as frontman for the 16-time JUNO winning band The Tragically Hip at the 2017 JUNO Awards.

"The last time I performed at the JUNO Awards in Vancouver, Gord was standing by my side singing with me," said Green. "This performance will be with a heavy heart, but also a very proud and honoured one. Gord was the gold standard and everything that I hope to be."

Tickets for The 2018 JUNO Awards are on sale now. Tickets are available starting at $59 (plus fees) through the Rogers Arena Box Office, by phone at 1-855-985-5000 and online at ticketmaster.ca.

The 47th annual JUNO Awards and JUNO Week 2018 will be hosted in Vancouver from March 19 through March 25, 2018, culminating in The JUNO Awards, on Sunday, March 25, at Rogers Arena, broadcast live nationwide 5 p.m. PT / 8 p.m. ET on CBC, CBC Radio and globally on cbcmusic.ca/junos.


Justin Timberlake Announces "The Man Of The Woods Tour"
 American Express Presale Begins Wednesday, January 10; General On Sale Begins Tuesday, January 16
 Global superstar Justin Timberlake announced today that he will make his highly anticipated return to the stage with The Man Of The Woods Tour. Produced by Live Nation Global Touring, Wright Entertainment Group, LBI Entertainment & Tennman Touring, the North American outing will kick off March 13 in Toronto and stop in 27 cities, ending in his hometown of Memphis on May 30. You can view the tour trailer here.

The Man Of The Woods Tour is named after Timberlake's forthcoming album Man Of The Woods, set for release on February 2. The new material will give a self-reflective look at his journey into fatherhood, and offer up personal insight into his layered life experiences.

Timberlake is slated to headline the Pepsi Super Bowl LII Halftime Show on Sunday, February 4. This will be his third time performing at the most watched musical event of the year, making it the highest number of appearances by an individual entertainer. Timberlake's last tour was the critically acclaimed The 20/20 Experience World Tour, which sold out arenas and stadiums around the globe in 2013 and 2014.

American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public. For dates on sale to the general public on Tuesday, January 16, the American Express presale begins Wednesday, January 10 at 10am local time through Sunday, January 14 at 5pm local time. For dates on sale to the general public on Monday, January 22 the American Express presale begins Wednesday, January 17 starting at 10am local time through Sunday, January 21 at 5pm local time. For dates on sale to the general public on Monday, January 29 the American Express presale begins Wednesday, January 24 at 10am local time through Sunday, January 28 at 5pm local time.

"Our Card Members love music and we have a long history of bringing them memorable experiences with the industry's hottest artists. Justin Timberlake is one of music's biggest stars, so we are thrilled to announce our partnership, which begins with the American Express Card Member presale for his widely anticipated The Man Of The Woods Tour," shared Walter Frye, Vice President of Global Entertainment Partnerships at American Express.

Tickets will be on sale to the general public starting Tuesday, January 16 at Ticketmaster.com. Members of The Tennessee Kids Fan Club are also eligible for pre-sale ticket purchases starting Wednesday, January 10th. For complete The Man Of The Woods Tour VIP packages information or to purchase, visit www.VIP.justintimberlake.com.

At every U.S. stop on The Man Of The Woods Tour there will be a VIP Verizon Up section, putting customers up close and personal to the stage and JT. Verizon Up, the company's loyalty program, is all about thanking customers through everyday rewards and exclusive experiences, like getting closer to the artists they love - including Justin Timberlake.

The GRAMMY® Award-winning, multi-platinum selling artist was nominated for an Academy Award® in 2017 for the song "CAN'T STOP THE FEELING!" from the film Trolls, for which he also won his 10th Grammy. As an actor he has appeared in a variety of films including Alpha Dog, Black Snake Moan, Shrek The Third, The Social Network and most recently Wonder Wheel. Additionally, Timberlake has won four Emmys for his appearances on Saturday Night Live.


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From Jungle to LA and back again, 11:11 brings home mood altering beats​

GRAMMY Award-Winning Superstar Lady Gaga Announces Two-Year Special Engagement At Park Theater In Las Vegas Beginning December 2018 

Trying to identify a defining moment in someone's career is a difficult thing to do when there is no dramatic, life-altering event to mark the occasion. Mostly, we only realize what happened years later, in hindsight, after they achieve success, in the case of those who make it. Those of us who were lucky enough to witness it, walk away from an ordinary moment feeling like something extraordinary had happened. That's exactly how I felt after watching singer-songwriter and producer 11:11 perform in Toronto the other night.

11 was headlining the 10th anniversary celebration of The Come Up Show at Adelaide Hall. His fans, a room full of hip hop culture diehards, were eager to welcome him back after a year away from the stage. He released 'Home', one of the songs from his upcoming album Mood, two weeks earlier in mid-November and the audience already knew the lyrics. They were singing them along with him.

11 opened up the floodgates on digital media starting with the release of 'Home' to his 200,000 followers on Vevo, then crossed platforms over to iTunes, Spotify and YouTube. The song marks a transition from his traditional R&B style to a more pop-influenced sound. Despite the change, he manages to keep his signature soul vocals, one that flows effortlessly to create a unique, contemporary vibe.

The release of 'Home' signals a change for 11 after a decade in the music industry. It could very well be the kind of break that so many artists look for as a launching point in their careers. In the black box of a venue, in the moment, I can't help but feel like this will be the moment that started it all for him. And although I hear him apologizing for the strain in his voice, the hoarseness doesn't seem to matter at all. The audience looks beyond it, like I do, like he has already proven himself to the people who matter most to him.

During his days in Lawrence Heights as a producer, "making beats for rappers around the neighbourhood," known as Jungle, he tells me, "we used to break into abandoned houses to set up computers, create music and record songs." From his modest studio at the Lawrence Heights Community Centre, "after realizing my love for the craft," as he puts it, "I ventured into singing hooks and began writing, and the rest is history," said 11.

When I asked him how he felt about the show on Thursday night, he talked about the great turnout and how much he loved to perform his music in front of a live audience.

The new release will undoubtedly turn heads in the industry and has already resonated with fans, judging from the response to the new single during the live performance at The Come Up Show. "I remember releasing a record and only getting 200 plays maximum and waking up one day and seeing my music get 100,000 plays; that's when I realized things changed," confided 11.

His adventures in music eventually led him to Universal Studios in Los Angeles, California, yet, he still keeps in touch with some of the rappers from his old neighbourhood, like Top5 Psycho, Jigsaw, and Ice.

He shared one of his most memorable moments, the first time he flew out to LA to meet with his managers, which he said was one of the most important moments in his career and in his life. "Meeting them and being around the music and people changed everything," he said. It "has inspired me to want to create more music, and better music for myself and for my fans. It has been one of the most motivating experiences thus far."

The singer-songwriter also recorded his self-titled EP, 11:11, in LA in 2015 with songs like 'Westside' and 'Wild Ting' that contributed to his quintessential soul-trap sound. 'Wild Ting' has a Jamaican style rockers reggae vibe flowing. The release of the album was around the time his fans started to take notice. Like me, they wonder out loud how much longer 11:11 will remain a secret.

He released another single before 'Home', called 'Good Love', and was featured on the Eric Bellinger album Eric B for President on a song called 'One of Dem'.

He's worked hard for the past year, putting focus on the upcoming album and took a hiatus from performing live. "This is the first full length album so I'm putting everything I have into this record. I'm itching to get back on the stage, so will be back there soon enough!" he wrote to me in a note.

Written by Dennis Smith and Tyler Craig, and produced by Mantra, 'Home' is about expressing love, derived from a feeling of longing for familiarity and human interaction. The tittle, said 11, "refers to my experience while in LA for three months without my girlfriend. It is a tribute to the desire to come back home and spend time with the woman I love."

The album, Mood, is set for release in the first quarter of 2018. 11 said, "it reflects the way I feel in my life at certain times, channeling the vast ups and downs in the rollercoaster we call life. More than anything, I want the album to be relatable, to strike up memories or channel what people are currently experiencing emotionally. It is a journey of the heart – and most of all, I'm hoping it will resonate."

He added, "I want to create timeless music. I have this desire to create music that draws a certain mood, and leaves a lasting impression in the air space it occupies. It resonates. There's nothing better than 'Mood' music."

Find multiple ways to listen to 'Home' on: http://www.coremagazines.com/music/mood

11:11 - 'Home' (Lyric video) on YouTube:

 Six-time GRAMMY Award-winner, Golden Globe Award-winner and Academy Award-nominee superstar entertainer Lady Gaga will bring her one-of-a-kind talent and creativity to the stage at Park Theater at Park MGM in Las Vegas beginning in December 2018. On the heels of a year that included a stunning Super Bowl performance and a wildly celebrated sold-out tour, Lady Gaga's energy and raw talent will forever change the Las Vegas entertainment landscape. With a show designed specifically for this intimate venue, Lady Gaga will launch a two-year, multi-date love affair with Las Vegas.

Lady Gaga said, "It's the land of Elvis, Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra, the Rat Pack, Elton John, Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli. It has been a life-long dream of mine to play Las Vegas. I am humbled to be a part of a historical line-up of performers, and to have the honor of creating a new show unlike anything Vegas has ever seen before. I'll tell you exactly what I told my MGM and Park Theater partners - you can count on this performer always for one thing…I'll leave my heart on the stage every single night. Thank you to my fans for always believing in me. Meet me in Las Vegas baby, we did it!"

Bill Hornbuckle, President of MGM Resorts International said, "Our announcement today of Lady Gaga joining an amazing lineup of talent at Park Theater is monumental for Lady Gaga fans, MGM Resorts and the Park MGM brand. We have all been wowed by Lady Gaga's raw talent, but the passion, commitment and creativity she is prepared to bring to this engagement will truly be transformational…Las Vegas, get ready to become the Entertainment Capital of the Universe."

Lady Gaga has amassed an extraordinary 30 million global album sales and 150 million single sales, making her one of the best-selling musicians of all-time. Gaga is one of the biggest living forces in social media with more than 60 million likes on Facebook, over 75.3 million followers on Twitter and more than 26.9 million followers on Instagram. Her fifth studio album "Joanne" was recently released and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200, marking her fourth consecutive No. 1 album - the first female to do so in the last seven years. Lady Gaga has also seen incredible touring success with Live Nation producing and promoting all of her tours since The Monster Ball tour (2009-2011), which was the highest-grossing tour for a debut artist in history. Since then, she's also entertained fans with her Born This Way Ball tour (2012-2013); the 2014 ArtRave: The ARTPOP Ball tour; her 2015 tour collaboration with Tony Bennett; as well as her current JOANNE WORLD TOUR which will wrap in 2018.

Performance dates and ticket information for Lady Gaga's special engagement at Park Theater, promoted by MGM Resorts and Live Nation Entertainment, will be announced in the coming months. For future information, visit parktheaterlv.com or www.ladygaga.com.

The 5,300-seat Park Theater, with its state-of-the-art audio and visual technology, provides artists an exclusive space to create one-of-a-kind productions where every seat allows guests to feel up close and personal. Having opened in December 2016, Park Theater was the first step in the transformation of Monte Carlo in a partnership between MGM Resorts and Sydell Group to create two new distinct hotel experiences – a Las Vegas version of Sydell Group's famed NoMad Hotel and the launch of a new luxury hotel named Park MGM. Each hotel will feature fully redesigned hotel guest rooms and innovative food & beverage offerings, highlighted by Eataly, a vibrant Italian marketplace with cafes, to-go counters and full-service restaurants interspersed with high-quality products from sustainable Italian and local producers.

WRITE OFF THE KEYBOARD with ‪Pianist/Composer Adam Sherkin launches at a new venue in 2018
 Adam Sherkin presents WRITE OFF THE KEYBOARD this coming Winter and Spring ‪at CBC's Glenn Gould Studio with performances the first Thursday of every month, January through June. In a series that highlights great pianist/composers of our not-too-distant past who not only interpreted with formidable mastery, but wrote exceptional music from the piano's vantage point, the latest iteration offers an impressive line-up of guest artists, world premieres and fresh time slots: 5:30pm and 7:30pm. Steinway Piano Gallery Toronto returns as the 2018 season partner.

RACHMANINOFF: LET HANDS SPEAK on January 4, 2018 at 5:30pm: featuring guest saxophonist David Zucchi, late works by Rachmaninoff for solo piano, saxophone transcriptions and a world premiere by Sherkin.

CHOPIN: POETIC JEST on February 1, 2018 at 5:30pm: featuring actor Andrea Runge; three of Chopin's scherzi (Opp. 31, 39 and 54) are presented alongside works by Sherkin as well as newly commissioned ekphrastic monologues by David James Brock.

BEETHOVEN: LATE SOLILOQUIES on March 1, 2018 at 5:30: Release of Sherkin's new digital recording Soliloquy on the CentreTracks label with works by Sherkin and Beethoven: the late Bagatelles, Op. 126.

LISZT: PILGRIMAGE on April 5, 2018 at 7:30pm: featuring guest soprano Adanya Dunn in songs by Franz Liszt and Adam Sherkin; complete performance of Book I "Suisse" of Liszt's Années de pèlerinage.

More about Adam Sherkin: visit www.adamsherkin.com

For complete details and ticket information, please visit: www.cbc.ca/glenngouldstudio

A2IM Looks Forward to an Indie-Packed
60th Grammy Awards

MerleFest Announces Artist Additions to 2018 Lineup
Tickets on Sale Now

WILKESBORO, N.C. (December 5, 2017) – MerleFest, presented by Window World, is proud to announce new artist additions to the lineup for MerleFest 2018, which will be held April 26 - 29, 2018: Elephant Revival, Rhiannon Giddens, Rodney Crowell, and Shinyribs. The annual homecoming of musicians and music fans returns to the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. The newest additions to the lineup join over 75 artists that have already been announced, including Kris Kristofferson, Jamey Johnson, Robert Earl Keen, The Devil Makes Three, Balsam Range and the Atlanta Pops Orchestra Ensemble, Mission Temple Fireworks Revival featuring Paul Thorn & Band, The Blind Boys of Alabama, and the McCrary Sisters, a Midnight Jam hosted by Town Mountain and Jim Lauderdale, and many more.
Elephant Revival – Elephant Revival is a unique collection of multi-instrumentalists blending elements of gypsy, Celtic, Americana, and folk. Brought together by a unified sense of purpose, Elephant Revival communicates the importance of harmony among all living things and uses music to unite us in ways that no other medium can. Elephant Revival is scheduled to play the Hillside Stage on Friday.
Rhiannon Giddens – Singer-songwriter Rhiannon Giddens is the co-founder of the GRAMMY award-winning string band Carolina Chocolate Drops, playing banjo and fiddle. Giddens’ 2014 Grammy nominated solo debut, Tomorrow Is My Turn, blends gospel, jazz, blues, and country, and showcases her dazzling vocal prowess. Giddens follow-up album Freedom Highway, largely comprised of original songs, was released to widespread critical acclaim in February. She performed at the Obama White House and duets with country star Eric Church on his powerful anti-racism hit "Kill a Word." Last year she received the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Singer of the Year and the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Bluegrass and Banjo and in 2017 won the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” award. In 2018, Giddens will be the guest curator for the Cambridge Folk Festival. Giddens also has a recurring role on the recently revived television drama Nashville. Rhiannon Giddens is scheduled to play Saturday on the Watson Stage.
Rodney Crowell – Rodney Crowell is a multiple Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter who has written or recorded 15 #1 songs on the Country music charts. He has also won six Americana Music Awards, including the 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting, and he is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. His songs have been recorded by country legends (Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, George Strait), to current country chart toppers (Tim McGraw, Keith Urban) to blues icons (Etta James), and rock and roll legends (Van Morrison, Bob Seger). Crowell’s latest album, Close Ties, was released in March 2017 on New West Records to critical acclaim. Rodney Crowell is scheduled to play the Cabin Stage on Friday.
Shinyribs – SHINYRIBS is the continuation of Kevin Russell’s musical journey that began in Beaumont, TX when, at 14, he found his father’s guitar under his bed, along with a sewing machine, a billy club and a box of comic books. Luckily he chose the guitar. Following his family’s oil boom and bust migratory path he landed in Shreveport, LA where he formed his first band. Picket Line Coyotes were a Husker Du meets Elvis Costello hybrid that lived and died between the “Arklatexabamassippi” borders much like their unfortunate animal namesake. That’s what took him to Austin where The Gourds were born from those Coyote ashes. That storied band of pumpkins came to an end after 18 years of good times and hard travelin’. From that point on Russell, has been riding high on the Shinyribs river of country-soul, swamp-funk and tickle. A Shinyribs show is an exaltation of spirit. It’s a hip shaking, belly laughing, soul-singing, song-slinging, down-home house party. Shinyribs is scheduled to play the Watson Stage on Thursday.
“For over 30 years, one of the major factors that has built and sustained MerleFest has been the quality of the artists and performances that our guests see over the 4 day festival,” says Ted Hagaman, Festival Director. “People truly feel that the festival is a great value and that is why music fans and families return year after year. We feel that the 2018 lineup again reflects the diversity and quality of performers and we look forward to another successful festival in April.” The 2018 current lineup may be viewed at MerleFest.org/lineup.
Tickets for next year’s festival may be purchased at www.MerleFest.org or by calling 1-800-343-7857. MerleFest offers a three-tiered pricing structure and encourages fans to take advantage of the extended early bird discount. Early Bird Tier 1 tickets may be purchased from November 14 to February 18, 2018; Early Bird Tier 2 tickets from February 19 to April 25. Tickets will be sold using Tier 3 pricing at the gate during the festival.
About MerleFest
MerleFest was founded in 1988 in memory of the son of the late American music legend Doc Watson, renowned guitarist Eddy Merle Watson. MerleFest is a celebration of "traditional plus" music, a unique mix of traditional, roots-oriented sounds of the Appalachian region, including old-time, classic country, bluegrass, folk and gospel and blues, and expanded to include Americana, classic rock and many other styles. The festival hosts a diverse mix of artists on its 13 stages during the course of the four-day event. MerleFest has become the primary fundraiser for the WCC Foundation, funding scholarships, capital projects and other educational needs.

As the 60th Grammy Awards approaches, this year's list of nominees features a wide range of well-known and up-and-coming artists. Many of these artists have broken free from the mainstream music machine to present their work via independent labels.
Independent artists make up 55% of nominations in all non-producer and non-spoken word categories, with 43 of the 81 categories being a majority of independent nominees. In the Jazz field, independents comprise a whopping 92% of artists nominated, and take home 80% of the nominations in both the American Roots and Composing/Arranging categories. Special congrats to A2IM members Concord Music Group (12 nominations), Mack Avenue (8 nominations), Naxos (7 nominations), Beggars Group (5 nominations), Ninja Tune/Counter Records (4 nominations), and to Big Machine, Compass Records, Eleven Seven Music, Numero Group, and Sub Pop, who are all bringing home 3 nominations this year. You can find the full list of independent nominations here, including even more from A2IM members.
A2IM, the advocacy group for independent labels and their artists, is excited to see such a large number of independent artists being recognized by the Recording Academy.
"Independent music is doing better than ever with a record global market share of 37.32% according to Billboard. Last year more than two-thirds of Grammy nominations were independent releases. Independent music's authenticity, vitality, and genre diversity ensure its keystone role in the recording industry and American culture. A2IM thanks the Recording Academy and its members for its inclusiveness." says A2IM CEO Richard James Burgess.
For years, A2IM's mission has been to take independent music "beyond the gatekeepers," allowing independent artists the same opportunities, media attention, and airplay as the biggest players in the music industry. Through its advocacy efforts, the organization has fought to ensure that independent artists are paid the money they deserve. A2IM has also taken independent music international, promoting artists in places such as Latin America and Asia. In addition to this, A2IM's annual Indie Week gives artists and labels a forum to gain insight into best practices while providing a space to network with those who have experience in traversing the music scene.
A2IM currently boasts 511 label members - the highest since its inception - and with its rapidly growing numbers, the organization continues to impact the music scene at the Grammy Awards and beyond.
All Visitors Welcome as Neil Young Streams Worldwide December 1
CTV and Facebook in partnership with Shakey Pictures are pleased to present Canadian Music legend Neil Young as he comes home to spin some musical magic on Friday, Dec. 1 at 8 p.m. ET, live streaming in Canada on CTV.ca and around the world on Facebook. Neil Young's performance will come from a Canadian hometown stage directly to you.

December 1st also celebrates the launch of NYA – The Neil Young Archives. NYA is a comprehensive chronological collection of Neil Young's entire recorded music, films, videos and books, audio streaming in Master Quality via Young's 'Xstream by NYA'.

December 1 marks the release of 'The Visitor' – a new Reprise Records studio album by Neil Young featuring ten new songs, all written and recorded during the last tumultuous year and backed by his friends, the band 'Promise of the Real'.

CTV Reveals First 10 Aspiring Artists Selected to Appear on CTV's New Original Music Series and International TV Format, THE LAUNCH

07/11/2017: -  With production now wrapped on the inaugural season of THE LAUNCH, CTV today unveiled the first 10 artists selected to participate in the all-new, six-part musical series slated to premiere in mid-season. Today's announcement represents the first 10 of 30 artists to be revealed over the next three days, introducing Canadians from across the country to THE LAUNCH's astonishing array of aspiring artists.

Hand-picked from among more than 10,000 emerging performers, the artists were selected to be on THE LAUNCH following an international casting call and completion of an extensive A&R and review process. Vying for the chance of a lifetime – the opportunity to record and perform a new original song written by a world famous songwriter/producer and mentored by a panel of internationally renowned music industry legends – the selected artists face the life-changing prospect of being catapulted from discovery to stardom in just 48 hours.

Representing wildly diverse musical tastes, styles, and genres running the gamut from Blues to Broadway, Pop to Soul, R&B to Reggae, Hip Hop, Alternative, Rock, Folk, Jazz – and more, THE LAUNCH's emerging artists illustrate a vast array of styles and hybrids of genres both vocally and instrumentally, indicative of the platinum standard of talent taking part in the series' inaugural season.

"The driving force behind THE LAUNCH is disruption at every level – in reinventing the music television genre, in launching new artists, and in creating music's next big songs," said Scott Borchetta, President and CEO of Big Machine Label Group. "We can't wait for audiences across the country to meet these artists and be blown away by their talent, just as our superstar mentors were week after week. We are proud to pioneer this new and unique television and music industry footprint."

Supporting today's announcement across @CTV_PR social platforms is a companion #MeetTheArtists video – a compilation introducing Canadians to today's wave of 10 announced artists on THE LAUNCH, available on Instagram and Twitter.

A staggering roster of musical A-listers join THE LAUNCH co-creator and world-renowned music mogul Scott Borchetta in the series' inaugural season to amplify the experience for the 30 selected artists with invaluable industry guidance and mentorship. Superstar mentors include Shania Twain, Fergie, Boy George, Alessia Cara, Nikki Sixx of Mötley Crüe, Julia Michaels, and Jennifer Nettles.

In addition, award-winning producers/songwriters cast alongside Borchetta in the breakout season of THE LAUNCH include OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder, busbee (P!nk, Shakira, Blake Shelton), Dann Huff (producer behind more than 50 #1 hit records), Ian Kirkpatrick (behind multi-platinum hit songs from Jason Derulo and Selena Gomez), and Canada's own Stephan Moccio, the music mastermind behind massive, inescapable hits like the quintuple-platinum "Wrecking Ball".

Today's announcement will be followed up tomorrow (Wednesday, Nov. 8) with the release of 10 additional artists selected to participate on THE LAUNCH. In addition, viewers are invited to catch interviews with some of the series' participating artists today and over the next three days across Bell Media properties.

THE LAUNCH was put into development in January 2016. The series was co-developed by and is produced by Bell Media in association with Scott Borchetta of Big Machine Label Group, Paul Franklin of Eureka (MASTERCHEF, THE BIGGEST LOSER), in partnership with John Brunton and Lindsay Cox of Insight Productions (THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, CANADIAN IDOL, THE JUNO AWARDS).

THE LAUNCH is executive produced by Scott Borchetta, Randy Lennox and John Brunton; Lindsay Cox and Paul Franklin are Showrunners and Executive Producers; Executive producers for Bell Media are Robin Johnston and Corrie Coe, who is also Senior Vice-President, Original Programming, Bell Media. Pat DiVittorio is Vice-President, CTV and Specialty Programming, Mike Cosentino is President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media.
Pentatonix Delights the City of Toronto with Show-Stopping Performance to Celebrate the Unveiling of Hudson's Bay and Saks Fifth Avenue 2017 Holiday Windows​​​
Kelly Clarkson Named Host of CTV's First-Ever IHEARTRADIO JINGLE BALL NORTH Broadcast, December 17
 CTV announced today that Bell Media Studios is set to create the first ever IHEARTRADIO JINGLE BALL NORTH broadcast to anchor its 2017 holiday schedule. Hosted by GRAMMY® Award winner Kelly Clarkson, the two-hour, can't-miss, holiday music event premieres Sunday, Dec. 17 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, CTV.ca, and CTV GO and Wednesday, Dec. 20 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on Much (visit CTV.ca to check local listings).

The special is being taped at iHeartRadio Canada's second annual Jingle Ball event at Toronto's Air Canada Centre on December 9, where tickets have already sold out due to overwhelming demand. The holiday concert features performances from host Clarkson, as well as Backstreet Boys, Cardi B, Fergie, Fifth Harmony, Noah Cyrus, Post Malone, and Canadian artists Jessie Reyez, Ria Mae, and Virginia to Vegas. Further performer and guest details for IHEARTRADIO JINGLE BALL NORTH will be announced in the coming weeks.

"The 2017 iHeartRadio Jingle Ball features an incredible lineup of some of the hottest artists around, making it the ideal first Canadian iHeartRadio event to turn into a broadcast," said Nanci MacLean, Vice-President and Head, Bell Media Studios. "With Kelly Clarkson bringing her incredible talent to the role of host, and with performances covering so many genres of music, there's something in IHEARTRADIO JINGLE BALL NORTH for every music fan across Canada to enjoy."

"IHEARTRADIO JINGLE BALL NORTH is the perfect new centrepiece event special to anchor CTV's 2017 holiday lineup," said Pat DiVittorio, Vice-President, Programming, CTV and Specialty. "Guaranteed to be an epic night of music that will entertain viewers of all ages, we can't wait to bring the energy of the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball to screens across the country."

GRAMMY award-winner Kelly Clarkson recently released her eighth studio album Meaning of Life. Her first release with Atlantic Records, Meaning of Life features a collection of smart and sensual soul-inspired pop songs that immediately belongs among the legendary label's classic canon. The Texas-born, Nashville-based singer-songwriter first came to fame in 2002 as the winner of the inaugural season of AMERICAN IDOL, before going on to release more than 100, #1 Billboard singles, with total worldwide sales of more than 25 million albums and 36 million singles. Clarkson has also released two children's books (New York Times Top 10 best-seller River Rose and the Magical Lullaby and River Rose and the Magical Christmas). She is the recipient of three GRAMMY Awards, 12 Billboard Music Awards, four American Music Awards, three MTV Video Music Awards, two Academy of Country Music Awards, two American Country Awards, and one Country Music Association Award. Clarkson was also recently announced as a coach on the 14th season of CTV's THE VOICE in addition to serving as a key advisor on the current season's knockout round (currently airing Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV Two).

Before Canada's biggest holiday bash gets underway on December 9 in Toronto, fans can still listen to iHeartRadio stations across southwestern Ontario for a chance to win tickets.
Hudson's Bay and Saks Fifth Avenue unveiled their much-anticipated, annual holiday windows to Toronto on Thursday, November 2. The evening featured a magnificent event for the city, presented by Cadillac Fairview, including a show-stopping performance by three-time Grammy® Award-winning and multi-platinum-selling artist Pentatonix. Together, Hudson's Bay and Saks Fifth Avenue unveiled a total of 11 new windows to the bustling crowd to be enjoyed throughout the holiday season.

Hudson's Bay's Shake Up Your Holidays windows are designed to take bystanders on a whimsical journey as seen through the lens of enchanted snow globes. Each of the five animated windows boasts a unique scene, bringing viewers from the North Pole Arctic Adventures and Santa's Magic workshop to Christmas in the City set in Toronto, with a few magical stops in-between.

This year's snow globe theme windows feature:

Santa's Magic: A modern-day Santa looks into his globe
Arctic Adventures: Two polar bears meet for a celebratory high-five in an arctic scene
Winter Woodlands: A rabbit ventures toward a magical tree with woodland creatures
Holiday Circus: A vintage-style circus is conducted by the master of ceremonies
Christmas in the City: Starry holiday scene is set against Toronto landmarks
"Year after year, Hudson's Bay's windows bring joy to the city of Toronto and we are incredibly excited to unveil our new theme "Shake Up Your Holidays," said Alison Coville, President of Hudson's Bay. "Toronto is a special place to be during the holidays and experiencing our windows - whether for the first time or as part of a longstanding tradition – brings the magic of the season to life."

The MAC announces Leonard Cohen: 5 concerts / 5 albums: A concert series in parallel with the MAC exhibition Leonard Cohen - A crack in everything

18/10/2017: - As part of the Leonard Cohen – Une brèche en toute chose / A Crack in Everything, exhibition which will be presented at the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal from November 9, 2017 – April 9, 2018, the MAC is pleased to announce that it will be holding a series of five concerts, based on five iconic Leonard Cohen albums, during the five months of the exhibition. Presented by CBC/Radio-Canada, Leonard Cohen – Une brèche en toute chose / A Crack in Everything is part of the official program for Montréal's 375th anniversary celebrations.

Each concert will present musicians and guest singers from Montreal who will perform a Cohen album in its entirety, in an intimate setting at la Salle Gesù, in keeping with the original intention and order of the songs in the album. The series has been arranged in collaboration with POP Montréal.


Organized as an extension of the originating concept of the MAC exhibition, which is to explore the influence and impact of Leonard Cohen on art communities, the series reflects the MAC's wish to offer local Montreal musicians and artists an opportunity to present their own interpretation of classic Cohen songs. The concerts are another way to pay tribute to Cohen's artistic genius and to keep his legacy alive and contemporary.


November 30, 2017, 8:30 p.m. – I'm Your Man
Little Scream
Martha Wainwright
Thus Owls

December 14, 2017, 8:30 p.m. – New Skin for the Old Ceremony
Pierre Kwenders
Katie Moore

January 18, 2018, 8:30 p.m. – Songs from a Room
Marie-Pierre Arthur
Laura Sauvage

February 15, 2018, 8:30 p.m. – The Future
Dear Criminals
Un Blonde

March 28, 2018, 8:30 p.m. – Songs of Leonard Cohen
Cœur De Pirate
Ariane Moffatt

*Other guest artists will be announced closer to the dates of each concert.

The concerts are under the musical direction of:
Li'l Andy

An orchestra will accompany the guest artists at each concert:
Joe Grass (Patrick Watson band)
Jason Rosenblatt (Shtrieml, founder of the Montreal Jewish Music Festival)
Erika Angell (singer from Thus Owls),
Jamie Thompson (Esmerine and The Unicorns)
Jéremi Roy (Esmerine)
Robbie Kuster (Patrick Watson band)
Josh Toal (The Keylites and Plants & Animals)
Morgan Moore (Blood & Glass and The Barr Brothers)

Tickets go on sale on October 19, at noon, on www.admission.com at $35 (tax included) and at $30 (tax included) for MAC members (limited quantities available).

The five concerts will be held at la Salle Gesù.

1200 de Bleury
Montreal, QC H3B 3J3
Métro Place des Arts (Bleury exit)
Box Office: 514-861-4036

Backstreet Boys, Cardi B, Fergie, Fifth Harmony, Kelly Clarkson, and More Confirmed as First Round of Performers at the 2017 iHeartRadio Canada Jingle Ball, December 9 at Toronto's Air Canada Centre

05/10/2017:  Ahead of the ticket on sale this Friday, iHeartRadio Canada confirms the first slate of performers for the 2017 iHeartRadio Canada Jingle Ball, taking place Saturday, Dec. 9 at Toronto's Air Canada Centre. Returning after a sold-out inaugural concert in 2016, performers confirmed to take the stage at this year's holiday spectacle are: Backstreet Boys, Cardi B, Fergie, Fifth Harmony, Kelly Clarkson, Noah Cyrus, and Canadian artists Jessie Reyez, Ria Mae, and Virginia to Vegas. More superstar performers and celebrity appearances will be announced in the coming weeks.

The iHeartRadio Jingle Ball follows the expansion of iHeartRadio Canada's live events this summer, including a fan event during Canadian Music Week, and concerts in Calgary and Vancouver.

"From hitting the 1 million subscriber mark on the iHeartRadio app, to expanding our concert series across the country, this has been an incredible year of growth for iHeartRadio in Canada," said Rob Farina, Head of Radio Content, Strategy, and iHeartRadio. "With a stacked lineup of performers from different genres, the IHEARTRADIO JINGLE BALL is yet another exciting way we're delivering unique, best-in-class experiences to listeners and audiences across the country."

iHeartRadio Jingle Ball tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, Oct. 6 at 10 a.m. ET at TicketMaster.ca. Fans can also listen to iHeartRadio stations across southwestern Ontario for a chance to win.

iHeartRadio listeners in Toronto have an exclusive opportunity to access tickets to the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball early, by listening to 104.5 CHUM FM and 99.9 Virgin Radio for a pre-sale code. The pre-sale is available now and closes Thursday, Oct. 5 at 10 p.m. ET.

Official partners of the 2017 iHeartRadio Jingle Ball include: Virgin Mobile, WINNERS, and The Source.

CMPA Create Germany to help expand global opportunities for Canadian music publishers, songwriters

18/09/2017: Canadian Music Publishers Association (CMPA) will host two editions of its important CMPA Create initiative in order to strengthen the profile of Canada's music publishing industry globally. The first edition takes place this week when the CMPA, along with eight Canadian songwriters and 10 music publishers, venture to Berlin and Hamburg ahead of Reeperbahn for CMPA Create Germany (Sept. 18-22). The second edition returns to Los Angeles in November.

Launched in 2016, CMPA Create is a dual-purpose music publishing export initiative that connects Canadian talent with songwriters in international territories and links music publishers with key business contacts in global markets. "CMPA Create helps strengthen the profile of Canada's music publishing industry around the world. It is an invaluable initiative that we will look to expand in the future," says Margaret McGuffin, Executive Director of the Canadian Music Publishers Association.

CMPA Create Germany participating Canadian songwriters include: Raghav Mathur (Warner Chappell), Corey LeRue (Hyvetown), Milos Angelov (Red Brick), Gillian Godin (aka Jillea) (Slaight Music), Kayleigh O'Connor (CCS Rights Management), Camille Poliquin (Dare to Care Music Publishing), Rueben Bullock (Arts & Crafts), Douglas Romanow (Aporia).

German writers will also participate, including: Sarah Wettrau (Kick the flame publishing), Jonathan Kluth (Four Music), Felix Duczek (Grand H Songs) and Loren Geerts (Schedler Music).

Participating Music Publishers include: Mark Jowett (Nettwerk), Jodie Fernyhough (CCS Rights Management), Jordan Howard (CCS Rights Management), Carmel Scurti-Belley (Dare to Care Music Publishing), Gord Dimitrieff (Aporia), Amy Eligh (Arts & Crafts), James Campbell (Slaight Music), Graham Stairs (Pop Guru), and Patrick Zulinov (Hyvetown).

The Canadian music publishers are partnering with their German music publishing colleagues who are members of DMV - Deutscher Musikverlegerverband. "We are thrilled to partner up with our Canadian colleagues and we are looking forward to holding more camps together on this and the other side of the Atlantic," says Benjamin Bailer, DMV - Deutscher Musikverlegerverband board member.

The Canadian Music Publishers Association would like to acknowledge the support of the Government of Canada, through the Canada Music Fund and the Canadian Embassy in Germany, YouTube, and the YouTube Space Berlin for their support of CMPA Create Germany.

The Canadian music publishing industry has recently grown to $282 million. Music publishers are innovative entrepreneurs and most of the CMPA members are small- or medium-sized businesses. Export has clearly been a driver of the overall growth in the industry with the study showing that 73 per cent of those revenues are from foreign sources. This represents a complete reversal of the ratio of domestic to foreign sources from what was found in a 2005 study of the industry, in which 28 per cent of revenue was from foreign sources.

The Canadian Music Publishers Association represents music publishers by creating global business opportunities and we promote our members' interests and those of their song writing partners through advocacy, communication and education.

Winners Crowned During Canadian Country Music's Biggest Night, the 2017 CCMA Awards

11/09/2017: The 2017 Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®) Awards Show had Saskatoonians on their feet at SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and Canadians from coast-to-coast cheering for all their favourite country stars on CBC when the awards were broadcast exclusively by the national public broadcaster at 8 p.m. (8:30 p.m. NT) earlier tonight. In the action-packed two-hour event, eight of the most sought-after CCMA Awards were presented and fourteen exceptional performances blew fans away.

Dallas Smith took home one of the biggest awards of the night, Album of the Year, for the second time in his career; in addition to also winning Single of the Year. Brett Kissel took home Male Artist of the Year for the second year in a row, along with Video of the Year. Newcomer Meaghan Patrick also had a great night, winning both Female Artist of the Year and the SiriusXM Rising Star Award. Thanks to a new partnership with SiriusXM, the CCMA is pleased to announce that as this year's SiriusXM Rising Star Award winner, Patrick will also receive a $10,000 bursary as part of SiriusXM's continued efforts to support Canadian artists. Fan-favourites, The Road Hammers, took home Group or Duo of the Year, for the third time.

Leading up to and during the first hour of the 2017 CCMA Awards Show, country music fans could vote online at fanvote.ccma.org or via social media via one of five unique hashtags for their favourite Apple Music Fans' Choice Award nominee. A staggering 452,850 votes were received and Dean Brody was crowned winner of the night's most coveted award.

Gord Bamford joined by Jim Cuddy, Dean Brody with Shevy Price, Chad Brownlee, Tim Hicks, High Valley, James Barker Band, Brett Kissel, Meghan Patrick, Madeline Merlo, Jess Moskaluke, Dallas Smith and The Washboard Union all took to the CCMA Awards Show stage.

A complete list of 2017 CCMA Award winners can be found at ccma.org.

Looking ahead, the 2018 CCMA Awards Show will take place in Hamilton, Ontario. Visit ccma.org for event details.

Backstageplay Inc. announces license agreement and launch of American Music Award winner Daughtry-inspired social games room


Backstageplay Inc. is pleased to announce that it has finalized its first commercial license agreement with American Music Award winner Daughtry, where it will launch and manage a Daughtry-inspired and branded social gamesroom on its social gaming platform at daughtry.backstageplay.com. Revenue generated from the Daughtry gamesroom will be shared equally by the parties, after certain agreed expenses. The Daughtry-inspired games room will launch in mid-September and will be promoted by the band through social media throughout the fall and throughout their 2018 touring season.

Daughtry is an American rock band formed and fronted by namesake Chris Daughtry, who was a finalist on the 5th season of American Idol. Their self-titled debut album was released in November 2006 and reached number one on the Billboard 200. The album produced four Top 20 hits on the Billboard 100 and Chris Daughtry who with current band members Josh Steely, Brian Craddock, Josh Paul, Elvio Fernandes and Brandon Maclin have earned four Grammy Award nominations, won 4 American Music Awards and brought their emotionally resonant music to sold out arenas in South Africa, Singapore and the Philippines.

"We are delighted to have reached the point where we are commercializing our social gaming concept for the music industry into a reality through the launch of our first band Daughtry," said Scott White, Backstageplay's CEO. "Daughtry's alternative rock style blends perfectly with our existing gamification content. We were delighted to have hosted Chris and the rest of the band in Toronto while they were in town during their summer tour and we look forward to working with them as we work on new ways to enhance engagement with their fans."

As part of the compensation working with the Company, it has granted stock options to Chris Daughtry to purchase up to 200,000 common shares, exercisable up to and including September 7th, 2022, at an exercise price of $0.20 per share. The stock options are subject to the terms of the Company's Stock Option Plan and any necessary regulatory approvals.
"As an artist I am constantly looking for cutting edge and innovative new ways online to communicate with my fans and keep them engaged, informed and rewarded for their loyalty," commented Chris Daughtry. "Backstageplay offers just that, all in one space. I am looking forward to working together with the team at Backstageplay in developing and promoting my games through social media over the coming months."

Please visit our website at www.backstageplay.com, where you can find a short video and a corporate presentation. Please also visit the Daughtry games room at www.daughtry.backstageplay.com.

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Miranda Lambert Tops The List Of Finalists For "The 51st Annual CMA Awards" With Five Nominations, Little Big Town & Keith Urban Follow With Four 

The Final Nominees for "The 51st Annual CMA Awards" (by ballot category order):
Garth Brooks
Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Chris Stapleton
Keith Urban
(Award goes to Artist, Producer(s), and Mix Engineer(s))
"Better Man" - Little Big Town
Producer: Jay Joyce
Mix Engineers: Jason Hall, Jay Joyce                                                                            
"Blue Ain't Your Color" – Keith Urban
Producers: Dann Huff, Keith Urban
Mix Engineer: Chris Lord-Alge
"Body Like A Back Road" – Sam Hunt
Producer: Zach Crowell
Mix Engineer: Zach Crowell
"Dirt On My Boots" – Jon Pardi
Producers: Bart Butler, Jon Pardi
Mix Engineer: Ryan Gore
"Tin Man" – Miranda Lambert
Producers: Frank Liddell, Eric Masse, Glenn Worf
Mix Engineer: Eric Masse
(Award goes to Artist and Producer(s))
The Breaker – Little Big Town
Producer: Jay Joyce
From A Room: Volume 1 – Chris Stapleton
Producers: Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton
Heart Break – Lady Antebellum
Producer: busbee
The Nashville Sound - Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
Producer: Dave Cobb
The Weight of These Wings – Miranda Lambert
Producers: Frank Liddell, Glenn Worf, Eric Masse
(Award goes to Songwriter(s))
"Better Man"
Songwriter: Taylor Swift
"Blue Ain't Your Color"
Songwriters: Clint Lagerberg, Hillary Lindsey, Steven Lee Olsen
"Body Like A Back Road"
Songwriters: Zach Crowell, Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne
"Dirt On My Boots"
Songwriters: Rhett Akins, Jesse Frasure, Ashley Gorley
"Tin Man"
Songwriters: Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert, Jon Randall
Kelsea Ballerini
Miranda Lambert
Reba McEntire
Maren Morris
Carrie Underwood
Dierks Bentley
Eric Church
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton
Keith Urban
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
Old Dominion
Rascal Flatts
Zac Brown Band
Brothers Osborne
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Maddie & Tae
(Award goes to each Artist)
"Craving You" - Thomas Rhett featuring Maren Morris
"Funny How Time Slips Away" - Glen Campbell with Willie Nelson
"Kill A Word" - Eric Church featuring Rhiannon Giddens
"Setting the World on Fire" - Kenny Chesney with P!nk
"Speak to a Girl" - Tim McGraw & Faith Hill
Jerry Douglas (Dobro)
Paul Franklin (Steel Guitar)
Dann Huff (Guitar)
Mac McAnally (Guitar)
Derek Wells (Guitar)
(Award goes to Artist and Director(s))
"Better Man" – Little Big Town
Directors: Becky Fluke and Reid Long
"Blue Ain't Your Color" – Keith Urban
Director: Carter Smith
"Craving You" – Thomas Rhett featuring Maren Morris
Director: TK McKamy
"It Ain't My Fault" – Brothers Osborne
Directors: Wes Edwards and Ryan Silver
"Vice" – Miranda Lambert
Director: Trey Fanjoy
Lauren Alaina
Luke Combs
Old Dominion
Jon Pardi
Brett Young


Miranda Lambert tops the list of nominees for "The 51st Annual CMA Awards" with five nominations. Little Big Town and Keith Urban each garner four nominations, tying for the second most nominations this year.

"The talent of the past year for Country has been exceptional," said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. It's great to see nominee names that have graced the list before, and continue to deliver quality artistry. It's equally thrilling to see six new names – ushering in a new generation earning their first CMA Awards nods."

"The 51st Annual CMA Awards" will be hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood and broadcast live from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Wednesday, Nov. 8 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Lauren Alaina, Brothers Osborne and Dustin Lynch were live in "Good Morning America's" New York Times Square studio this morning to reveal six of the 12 categories. Following that, Brothers Osborne and Lynch announced the remaining six categories and the CMA Broadcast Awards nominees on GoodMorningAmerica.com as well as via "Good Morning America's" Facebook page through Facebook Live and simulcast on "Good Morning America's" YouTube channel.

Lambert's name appeared more than any others this year with nominations in the Single and Song of the Year categories for "Tin Man," produced by Frank Liddell, Eric Masse, Glenn Worf, and written by Jack Ingram, Lambert, and Jon Randall. Masse also mix engineered the song. Lambert secured her fourth nod for Album of the Year with The Weight of These Wings, produced by Liddell, Worf, and Masse; Music Video of the Year for "Vice," directed by Trey Fanjoy; and Female Vocalist. This is Lambert's eleventh nomination for Female Vocalist, a category she's won a record-setting six consecutive times (2010-2015). Lambert is the most awarded female in CMA Awards history with 12 trophies. This year's nods bring her to a career total of 44 CMA Awards nominations.

Little Big Town's nominations include Single, produced by Jay Joyce and mix engineered by Jason Hall and Joyce; Music Video of the Year directed by Becky Fluke and Reid Long for "Better Man"; Album of the Year for The Breaker, also produced by Joyce; and Vocal Group of the Year. This is Little Big Town's fourth nomination for Music Video. They have been nominated in past years for "Pontoon" (2012), "Tornado" (2013), and "Girl Crush" (2015). They are seven-time CMA Awards winners and this year's nods bring their career total to 26 nominations. Taylor Swift received her 23rd nomination for writing "Better Man," marking her second nomination for Song of the Year and first CMA Awards nod since 2014.

Urban tallied up nominations for Entertainer of the Year, Single and Music Video of the Year for "Blue Ain't Your Color" and Male Vocalist. This is his thirteenth nomination for Male Vocalist and he is a three-time consecutive winner in this category (2004-2006). Urban is a 10-time CMA Awards winner. Songwriters for "Blue Ain't Your Color," Clint Lagerberg, Hillary Lindsey, and Steven Lee Olsen earned a nod for Song of the Year. "Blue Ain't Your Color" Music Video Director Carter Smith is a first-time nominee. "Blue Ain't Your Color" producer Dann Huff and mix engineer Chris Lord-Alge also earned nods. Urban received one nomination for Single of the Year, but can receive an additional trophy as producer.

Eric Church, Maren Morris, Thomas Rhett and Chris Stapleton each earned three nominations.

Church scored recognition in the Entertainer of the Year category, as well as Male Vocalist, his sixth consecutive nomination, and Musical Event of the Year for "Kill A Word" featuring first-time nominee Rhiannon Giddens. He is a three-time CMA Award winner with 25 total career nominations.

Reigning CMA New Artist of the Year Morris is nominated for Female Vocalist and as a featured artist with Thomas Rhett for Musical Event and Music Video for "Craving You," which was directed by TK McKamy. This is Morris' second nomination for Female Vocalist and first for Music Video and Musical Event. This year's nominations bring her total CMA Awards nods to eight.

Thomas Rhett received nominations for Male Vocalist and Musical Event and Music Video for "Craving You" with Morris, marking his first-time noms in all three categories. He is the reigning CMA Single of the Year winner for "Die A Happy Man."

Five-time CMA Awards winner Stapleton is nominated for Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist and Album for From A Room: Volume 1, which was produced by Dave Cobb and Stapleton. He receives one nomination for album, but can receive an additional trophy as producer. This is Stapleton's third consecutive nomination for Male, which he's won the past two years. He was also nominated for Entertainer last year and won Album for Traveller in 2015. He is an 11-time CMA Awards nominee.

Brothers Osborne, Sam Hunt, Lady Antebellum, Old Dominion and Jon Pardi garnered two nominations.

Reigning CMA Vocal Duo of the Year Brothers Osborne earns their third nomination in this category. They also received their first Music Video nod for "It Ain't My Fault," directed by Wes Edwards and Ryan Silver. They've earned five career nominations.

Hunt was recognized in the Single and Song categories for the record-setting "Body Like A Back Road," produced and mix engineered by Zach Crowell, and written by Crowell, Hunt, Shane McAnally, and Josh Osborne. In 2015, Hunt received the same nods for "Take Your Time." He is a five-time CMA Awards nominee.

Lady Antebellum is nominated for Vocal Group of the Year and Album for their latest effort Heart Break, produced by busbee. Their previous records Need You Now (2010) and Own The Night (2012) both received Album nods. They are a 10-time consecutive (2008-2017) Vocal Group nominee and have won the category three years back to back (2009-2011).

For the second year in a row, Old Dominion received nods for Vocal Group of the Year and New Artist of the Year. They have four career CMA nominations.

Alaina, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Glen Campbell, Kenny Chesney, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Giddens, Faith Hill, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, LOCASH, Maddie & Tae, Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, Willie Nelson, P!nk, Rascal Flatts, Swift, Underwood, Brett Young and Zac Brown Band each received one nomination for trophies that will be handed out on Country Music's Biggest Night™.

Reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year Brooks returns with his 12th nomination in the category, a title he has won five times (1991, 1992, 1997, 1998, 2016), making him the most awarded artist in this category. Two-time former Entertainer Bryan rounds out the nominees for this category.

McEntire nabbed her eighteenth nomination for Female Vocalist, a category she's won four years consecutively (1984-1987). She is a six-time CMA Awards winner and now ties Brooks & Dunn with 50 career CMA Awards nominations. She is the most nominated female in CMA Awards history.

Newcomer Pardi burst onto the Awards scene with his first two CMA nominations this year. "Dirt On My Boots," which he co-produced with Bart Butler, earned him a nod in the Single of the Year category. He receives one nomination as the artist, but can receive an additional trophy as producer. The song was mix engineered by Ryan Gore. "Dirt On My Boots" songwriters Rhett Akins, Jesse Frasure, and Ashley Gorley are also nominees. Additionally, Pardi received a New Artist of the Year nomination.

Other first time CMA Awards nominees include Alaina, Combs, and Young in the New Artist of the Year category, and LOCASH in Duo. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit debuted in Album of the Year with The Nashville Sound, produced by Cobb.

The Musician of the Year category includes Jerry Douglas (dobro), Paul Franklin (steel guitar), Huff (guitar), Mac McAnally (guitar), and Derek Wells (guitar).

Winners of "The 51st Annual CMA Awards" will be determined in a final round of voting by eligible voting CMA members. The third and final ballot will be emailed to CMA members Monday, Oct. 2. Voting for the CMA Awards final ballot ends Tuesday, Oct. 24 (6:00 PM/CT). Ballots will be tabulated by the professional services organization Deloitte & Touche LLP.