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October 22, 2014 - In This Issue:
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Jason Aldean Reveals First 23 Cities on Burn It Down Tour 2015

Jason Aldean isn't quite done burnin' it down just yet.


The 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.


"The 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."


The 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."


The 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.

"All 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."


In 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.

 

"With 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."

 

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Brantley Gilbert Gets Engaged

Brantley 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 songs about.


"I 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.


"Cause 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.

"She was the one who got away for about five years," the singer adds. "I can honestly say I've never been happier."


It's 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.


The 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 future.

 

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Digital Ad Revenues Hit Landmark High In First Half Of 2014, Surging to $23.1 Billion

Internet 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.

Maintaining 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 2013.

Highlights 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 overall
  • 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 billion
  • 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%

"This 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."

"Mobile's 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."

"Consumers 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."

 

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San Francisco Bans Lorde From The Radio

Now 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 victorious).

 

And before you say, "Hey, Lorde wasn't singing about Kansas City! That's no fair!" You're so, so wrong.

 


The 17-year-old 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...


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Charlie Musselwhite, a tireless blues champion

 

Charlie Musselwhite is having a banner year.


In 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.


In 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.


And, 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.


"The 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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