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Keith Urban Adds Four New Dates to Las Vegas Residency

Following the overwhelming success of the first four of 12 previously announced shows, Caesars Entertainment, in partnership with Live Nation, is thrilled to announce additional opportunities to enjoy the all-new concert experience, Keith Urban Live – Las Vegas at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. The schedule will now include Thursday, July 9 as well as Labor Day Weekend, Friday, Sept. 4 – Sunday, Sept. 6. Global music superstar Keith Urban astounds audiences with an all-new show, packed with hit songs, explosive showmanship and signature unpredictability. The shows are a once-in-a-lifetime concert event – an arena-sized production in a theater setting, up close and personal that has already proven to get the packed houses of The Colosseum on their feet. Keith Urban Live – Las Vegas utilizes The Colosseum’s new general admission capability on the main floor, creating a dynamic and reimagined fan experience for the landmark venue. The shows are scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.

New Keith Urban Live – Las Vegas performances are scheduled for:
July 9, 2020
Sept. 4 – 6, 2020

Previously announced performance dates are:
April 2020: 24, 25
July 2020: 10, 11
August 2020: 7, 8
November 2020: 20, 21

Urban is one of the world’s most electrifying live performers in music today. His concerts are critically hailed the world over and feature many of his 24 chart-topping songs including Graffiti U’s “Coming Home,” Ripcord’s “Wasted Time” and “The Fighter,” his mega hits “Blue Ain’t Your Color,” “Stupid Boy” and seminal No. 1’s including “Somebody Like You,” “Days Go By” and “Long Hot Summer.” Never knowing what will happen next, crowds have seen Urban performing with fans, with special guests, giving away used show guitars and performing solos perched atop audience seating.

General ticket prices beginning at $69, plus applicable tax and fees, go on sale to the general public starting Friday, Jan. 31 at 10 a.m. PT at or in-person at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace box office. Members of The ‘Ville, Keith Urban’s official fan club, will have access to a presale beginning Monday, Jan. 27 at 10 a.m. PT.

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Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus Star in a Super Bowl Commercial

When a snack as iconic as Doritos Cool Ranch gets the Super Bowl advertising treatment for the first time ever, it only makes sense to enlist the help of a few entertainment icons to take the spot to another level of cool. Following years of Super Bowl ad success with music superstars, Doritos, one of the flagship brands from PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay division, is bringing the country’s favorite country-meets-rap musical duo — Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus — together for another head-turning collaboration alongside critically acclaimed movie legend, Sam Elliott. The campaign fits directly into Doritos’ newly revamped mantra and tagline, Another Level.

Fans were able to get a first glimpse of the commercial in a teaser video Doritos dropped last week that brought them straight to the scene of a country Western town named “The Cool Ranch.” Known from a wide array of work — including many Western films — Sam Elliott recited the lyrics to “Old Town Road,” leaving fans guessing what comes next. Today, Doritos is dropping a new teaser titled “Bassquake” on its social channels that helps fans start to put the pieces together. We see Lil Nas X riding his stallion into town on a saddle customized to blast tunes from its speakers, so fans know that something big is coming their way to celebrate the launch of the new Doritos Cool Ranch — the same fan-favorite flavor packed with even more cool seasoning. What will go down in the wild wild west? Time will only tell.

“Fans have come to expect Doritos to show up big with our Super Bowl advertising, and since we’re making Doritos Cool Ranch even cooler this year, we knew we had to enlist the help of a few of the coolest and most popular voices of the past year,” said Rachel Ferdinando, SVP and Chief Marketing Officer, Frito-Lay North America. “Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus are as iconic of a duo as it gets to help us introduce the new power punch to one of our most beloved flavors — Cool Ranch. Pair them with legendary actor Sam Elliott and you get pure country ranch magic in a commercial that’s bound to get our fans amped on game day.”

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Luke Bryan Becomes Home For Good Project Ambassador

Cornerstone Building Brands, the largest manufacturer of exterior building products in North America, launched its Home for Good project in 2016 to help address the affordable housing crisis. This year, they will partner with country music superstar Luke Bryan to continue their efforts to help build affordable homes across the U.S.

Since the program’s inception, Cornerstone Building Brands donated over $2 million in exterior building products to Habitat for Humanity, contributing to more than 500 homes in 70 communities. In addition, the company encouraged its employees to volunteer on Habitat home builds throughout the country; thus far, hundreds of employees have volunteered their time across more than 30 cities.

“Our products are the cornerstone of the communities in which we live, work and play and we are committed to positively contributing to and giving back to those communities,” said James S. Metcalf, Cornerstone Building Brands’ Chairman and CEO. “As we continue to help by donating our Ply Gem branded building products and our employees’ volunteer time, we are honored to team up with country music superstar Luke Bryan as our 2020 Home for Good project ambassador and appreciate his support as we raise awareness and find solutions for this critical issue that continues to face the country.”

“I’m happy to lend my support of Cornerstone Building Brands’ ongoing efforts to raise awareness for available and affordable housing across the country,” said Bryan.

Over 18 million U.S. households (1 in 6) pay 50% or more of their income on housing, forgoing personal and economic stability that safe, decent and affordable housing provides. It is clear that homeownership matters and not having access to this takes a toll on the health and wellness of families. Cost-burdened households with children spend on average $190 less on food and 70 percent less on health care when compared with similar households living in affordable homes.

Once again, in 2020, the company will donate Ply Gem Residential Solutions exterior products to the building and remodeling of affordable homes for families in need. Additionally, Cornerstone Building Brands employees will volunteer their time to work on home build projects in over 10 communities across the country where they have manufacturing facilities and locations.

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Lady Antebellum honored with Angels Among Us award by St. Jude’s

During the celebration of the 31st year of Country Cares for St. Jude Kids, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® announced seven-time Grammy winning trio Lady Antebellum as the 2020 recipients of the prestigious Randy Owen Angels Among Us Award.

Recognizing individuals who have made exceptional and lasting contributions to St. Jude, the award was presented to Lady Antebellum Friday, Jan. 18, by its namesake Alabama lead-singer Randy Owen and Richard Shadyac Jr., President and CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

For over a decade, Lady Antebellum has supported the lifesaving mission of St. Jude: Finding cures. Saving children.® Over the years, the group has supported St. Jude in a multitude of ways, including raising funds and awareness for St. Jude through their own philanthropic organization LadyAID, performing in benefit concerts, participating in the This Shirt Saves Lives campaign, spending time with patients and more. Last year, they co-hosted the first St. Jude Presents: Curated event, convening industry members to raise more than $650,000 for the hospital.

“Using their voices and talent, Lady Antebellum has made such a powerful impact on the lives of children worldwide through their support of St. Jude,” said Shadyac. “The Angels Among Us Award signifies the heart, generosity and passion the group has continually shown St. Jude for the last decade, and Hillary, Charles and Dave are so deserving of this distinction as members of our St. Jude family.”

This recognition places Lady Antebellum among the ranks of seven past recipients, including Alabama front man and co-founder of Country Cares for St. Jude Kids, Randy Owen. Recipients also include 2019 award-winner Jake Owen, Brad Paisley, John Rich, former ALSAC Chief Operating Officer David McKee (posthumously), St. Jude Country Cares Advisory Board member, Sharon Eaves (posthumously) and country music artist Darius Rucker.

“As parents ourselves, being an ambassador for St. Jude over the years has been one of the most gratifying experiences we’ve had in our career,” Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott said. “We’ve been all around the country and have seen firsthand the important impact St. Jude has on children and families and the heartfelt community they’ve created. This is one of the highest honors we could receive and we are so thankful to contribute even a tiny part in the amazing efforts made by St. Jude.”

The evening included a donation of $50,000 to St. Jude from ACM Lifting Lives, the charitable arm of the Academy of Country Music, made in Lady Antebellum’s name as a surprise to the band for their work with the organization over the years. Academy CEO, Damon Whiteside, and ACM Lifting Lives’ Taylor Wolf were on hand for the presentation.

Celebrating its 31st anniversary, Country Cares for St. Jude Kids® is one of the most successful radio fundraising events in the country, with nearly 200 radio stations across the country participating to help support St. Jude and raising more than $850 million.

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Brad Paisley makes Surprise Appearance in Memphis, TN

Critically acclaimed singer, songwriter and longtime St. Jude supporter Brad Paisley made a surprise appearance on Saturday night in front of more than 800 country music industry attendees – including radio personalities, artists, executives, label representatives and media ­– at the St. Jude Country Cares Seminar. Paisley was joined on stage by St. Jude patient Addie to perform a live duet of his new song, Alive Right Now.

The duo debuted the song on Paisley’s ABC special “Brad Paisley Thinks He’s Special.” Addie and Paisley first met during one of his visits to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital while she was being treated for acute myeloid leukemia.

“In a room filled some of the biggest names in the country music industry, Brad and Addie blew everyone away with their surprise performance,” said Richard Shadyac Jr., President and CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude. “Brad’s desire to channel his songwriting ability for a higher purpose, coupled with Addie’s incredible talent, is a powerful example of how St. Jude Country Cares brings together voices to support the lifesaving mission of St. Jude.”

The evening also featured performances by Brett Young and Country Cares for St. Jude Kids founder Randy Owen. In addition, last night St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital announced seven-time GRAMMY-award winning trio Lady Antebellum as the 2020 recipients of the prestigious Randy Owen Angels Among Us Award, of which Paisley is a past recipient.

More than 30 artists attended over the course of the weekend including Avenue Beat, Chris Bandi, Gabby Barrett, Renee Blair, Dillon Carmichael, Abbey Cone, Adam Doleac, Filmore, Gone West, Aaron Goodvin, Riley Green, Ryan Griffin, Adam Hambrick, King Calaway, Brett Kissel, Trea Landon, Parker McCollum, Johnny McGuire, Jackson Michelson, Kylie Morgan, Meghan Patrick, Carly Pearce, Noah Schnacky, Payton Smith, CJ Solar, Tiera and Walker County.

Celebrating its 31st anniversary, Country Cares for St. Jude Kids® is one of the most successful fundraising events in the country, with nearly 200 radio stations across the country participating to help support St. Jude by raising more than $850 million. Music fans can join their favorite artists and celebrities in supporting the This Shirt Saves Lives campaign by becoming a St. Jude Partner in Hope.

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