Aldean Reveals First 23 Cities on Burn It Down Tour 2015
Aldean isn't quite done burnin' it down just yet.
country hitmaker is extending his sold-out Burn It
Down Tour into 2015, kicking off a 23-city run in
Greenville, South Carolina on February 12th, he
reveals exclusively to Rolling Stone Country.
tour is doing well, so you want to expand it and
hit some cities that you didn't hit on the first
leg of it - that's the biggest thing," Aldean
tells us. "Every year you try to hit the
major markets, for the most part. We were able to
do that, but there were a few places we weren't
able to hit on this run."
second leg of the tour will give the Georgia
native a chance to change up his set list a bit
and find new ways to connect with his audience.
"The people who think they have the worst
seats, we're trying to figure out how to try to
make them feel like they're on stage with
us," he says. "We want to make everybody
there feel like they're in the front row."
tour extension is another proverbial feather in
Aldean's cowboy hat this month, which also saw his
Old Boots, New Dirt album hit Number One on the
Billboard 200 chart. Additionally, the album broke
the record for most first-day and first-week
streams by a country album ever on Spotify. And
this week, the project's first single, "Burnin'
it Down," tops both the BillboardCountry
Airplay and Mediabase radio charts.
and all, it's been a pretty good week," he
says with a laugh. "When anybody puts out an
album, it's a roll of the dice. We didn't really
know what to expect."
the end, Aldean had nothing to worry about. The
album is every bit as on fire as the tour, a live
production that features more pyrotechnics than
he's used in the past. And he's found out the hard
way that flames are a bit of a job hazard.
the Burn It Down Tour, we wanted to incorporate a
lot of fire in the show, which we did," he
said. "It was a little bit of a learning
process. I've got a few eyelashes almost singed
off a couple of times."
Gilbert is engaged. The 'Small Town Throwdown'
singer shared on Tuesday morning (Oct. 21) that
he's getting married to a girl he's written many
met this little girl 10 years ago. You'll hear her
in most of my songs," he shares, making the
announcement during an interview with syndicated
radio host Bobby Bones.
that girl's in every song I sing / She's in every
song I write / And that six string ridin' in her
seat / Won't keep me warm tonight," Gilbert
sings in 'More Than Miles,' a song written about
his new fiancee. They dated years ago, drifted
apart and recently rekindled their romance.
was the one who got away for about five
years," the singer adds. "I can honestly
say I've never been happier."
the second engagement for the Georgia native,
following a high-profile engagement to 'Love'
singer Jana Kramer that ended in 2013. Since then,
he's mostly stayed quiet about his personal life.
He's always let his songs tell his story. At least
once source says the song 'Hell on an Angel' from
his 'Halfway to Heaven' album is about his new
fiancee. Gilbert admits 'You Don't Know Her Like I
Do' was written about this woman.
wedding is planned for next June. She teaches at a
school near Gilbert's house, something the singer
said she plans to continue to do in the immediate
Ad Revenues Hit Landmark High In First Half Of 2014,
Surging to $23.1 Billion
ad revenues climbed to an historic first half-year high
of $23.1 billion, according to the IAB Internet
Advertising Revenue Report released TODAY (10/22) by the
INTERACTIVE ADVERTISING BUREAU (IAB) and prepared by PwC
US. This marks a 15% rise over 2013's first-half ad
revenues of $20.1 billion.
the positive trajectory, second quarter 2014 internet ad
revenues rose to $11.7 billion, representing a 14%
year-over-year increase, up from $10.3 billion in Q2
of the report include:
Mobile revenues increased 76% to 5.3 billion at HY
2014, from the $3 billion (15% of total) reported at
HY 2013, with the 2014 six-month total consisting of
$2.7 billion mobile search, $2.5 billion mobile
display, and $103 million in other mobile formats
Digital video, a component of display-related
advertising, reached $1.5 billion, a 13% increase in
revenue over the first half of 2013 at $1.3 billion
Search revenues in the first half of 2014 hit $9.1
billion, up 4% from $8.7 billion in the first six
months of 2013
Display-related advertising revenues in the first
half of 2014 totaled $6.5 billion, a 6% uptick from
$6.1 billion in the first half of 2013, and
accounted for 28% of digital advertising revenue
Social media revenues, which includes advertising
delivered on social platforms, including social
networking and social gaming websites and apps,
reached $2.9 billion in HY 2014, a double-digital
hike of 58% over the same period in 2013, at $1.9
The top three advertising verticals continue to
account for nearly half of advertising revenue
(46%), including Retail at 21%, Financial Services
at 13% and Automotive at 12%
report confirms the fact that brands are deepening their
commitment to interactive advertising, and that mobile
is seen as a crucial part of the marketing mix,"
said IAB Pres./CEO RANDALL ROTHENBERG. "Moreover,
with second-half revenues traditionally surpassing those
in the first half of the year, this milestone
achievement is potentially a harbinger of even stronger
digital ad revenues to come."
continued rise speaks to consumers' increasing reliance
on smartphones and tablets, whether on-the-go or at
home," said PwC US Partner DAVID SILVERMAN.
"And, digital video too is seeing gains that
reflect a new 'viewing' paradigm that is taking place on
interactive screens, big and small."
living online is no longer the exceptionaI -- it is the
rule," said IAB SVP/Research, Analytics and
Measurement SHERRILL MANE. "Digital screens have
become vital tools at every juncture of the day. It is
no surprise that brand dollars have followed this
growing movement at a steady clip."
why on Earth would you want to ban a song from the
airwaves? In the case of Lorde's "Royals,"
it's because sports are involved.
The San Francisco Giants are up against the Kansas
City Royals in the World Series, which kicks off on
Tuesday night. So naturally, you can't have any songs
about the opposing baseball team on Bay Area radio.
Fans asked stations KFOG and KOIT to put the track to
bed for about a week - until the seven-game match-up
is over (it may be longer if the Royals come out
before you say, "Hey, Lorde wasn't singing about
Kansas City! That's no fair!" You're so, so
New Zealand native was, in fact, singing about the
major-league team. She once told VH1 that she drew
inspiration for the song from a National Geographic
picture of the Royals' George Brett. So, basically,
don't invite Lorde to San Fran for a while...
January, he won the seventh Grammy Award of his
career, thanks to his chart-topping album with
singer and guitarist Ben Harper, "Get Up!"
The veteran blues singer and harmonica great's other
past collaborators range from John Lee Hooker and
Cuban music great Eliades Ochoa to former San
Diegans Tom Waits and Eddie Vedder.
September, not long after his world tour with Harper
concluded, Musselwhite was featured in the music
film documentary, "Take Me to The River."
It offered fans a welcome glimpse at his
guitar-playing prowess, as well as his wonderfully
earthy singing and robust harmonica work.
just this month, he debuted his Ace of Harps "bluesware"
line. It which includes a playable miniature
harmonica, also known as a blues harp, that measures
less than two inches in length.
harmonica today is bigger than ever," said
Musselwhite, who brings his fall concert tour to the
Poway Performing Center for the Performing Arts on
Saturday. (Ticket information appears at the
conclusion of this article).
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