After launching what Billboard called “country’s biggest digital experiment to date” with the streaming and digital release of his new single “21”– already resulting in nearly 21 million global streams of “21” in less than 10 weeks, and counting – Hunter Hayes continues to explore new ways to connect with his audience. Earlier this year, the tech-savvy artist collaborated with streaming music service Spotify to help route the upcoming 21 Tour by identifying college markets with a high density of passionate Hunter Hayes fans. The first round of dates for the 21 Tour are being unveiled today, August 14, with ticketing information and more dates to be announced in the coming weeks.
“I’ve been calling this the year to be brave, because we’ve really been pushing ourselves to try new things, whether it’s how we release new music or how we go on tour,” said Hayes. “Our fans are everything to us, and it’s so incredible we have a way to reward our biggest fans to create even more cool opportunities together.”
For the 21 Tour, which will be a limited run of 21 dates in 21 U.S. cities, Hayes is scaling back from his current arena show to create a more up-close-and-personal experience for his fans. Together with Spotify, Hayes will reward his biggest fans in each of the 21 cities with pre-sale access to tickets, and offer the top 21 fans in each market prizes including early entry to the show, meet-and-greet opportunities, signed memorabilia, and more. The fan who streams Hayes’ music the most in each market will also be rewarded with a one-year subscription to Spotify Premium.
Fans can stream a playlist of Hayes’ discography at http://smarturl.it/hh21
“Hunter is laser-focused on building connections with his fans and has completely embraced streaming on Spotify as a core means to that goal, “ said Katie Schlosser, Director, Label Relations North America at Spotify. “It’s been incredibly rewarding working so closely with Hunter and his team. This collaboration has helped define our entire release strategy and we continue to explore bold new ways to deepen the relationship between Hunter and his audience.”
Up-and-coming Nashville singer/songwriter Ryan Lafferty will open for Hayes on most dates on the21 Tour, with chart-topping country artist Kelsea Ballerini joining as a special guest at the Nov. 5 show at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green.
The first round of dates to be announced for Hunter Hayes’ 21 Tour are as follows:
Thursday, Oct. 22 – Western Carolina University – Cullowhee, N.C.*
Friday, Oct. 23 – Kent State University – Kent, OH*
Saturday, Oct. 24 – West Point Eisenhower Hall Theater – Highland Falls, N.Y.*
Thursday, Oct. 29 – Purdue University – West Lafayette, Ind.*
Thursday, Nov. 5 – Western Kentucky University – Bowling Green, Ky.**
Saturday, Nov. 14 – University of Oklahoma – Norman, Okla.*
Thursday, Nov. 19 – Wake Forest University – Winston-Salem, N.C.*
* Denotes shows with Ryan Lafferty
** Denotes shows with special guest Kelsea Ballerini
Hayes will continue on the Wheels Up Tour with Lady Antebellum and Sam Hunt through the end of summer. For more information and the latest updates, visit http://www.HunterHayes.com or follow on Twitter / Instagram @HunterHayes and http://www.Facebook.com/HunterHayes.
– Posted by Country Girl CMTT
Congratulations to all the Independent Artists who made it to our, Wildhorse Country Download Chart for August 2015. If you are featured on this chart then your songs have been downloaded hundreds of times to qualify for a position on this chart show. Our download chart show is unique and a one of a kind chart show, as all songs are positioned on this chart strictly on the amount of downloads each song gets on Wildhorse Entertainment.
“Old El Paso” is Patrik Workman’s first #1 charted song on Wildhorse Independent Superstars Top 30 Country Download chart. Patrik has had many hits over the past few year and his fans have always supported him well. Now Patrick moves into the #1 spot with this great Country hit. Patrick has never given up on his music and is as Country as Country can be, maybe this will be the first of a long line of number one hit for Patrick Workman as he sings up a storm at “Old El Paso”
[#2] Clay Alston moves into place #2 for “Another Round” on Wildhorse Independent Superstars Top 30 Country Download chart. Clay has had many hits on this chart including a few #1 hits over the past few year and has always been supported very well by his fans. Now Clay moves into the #2 spot with this great Country hit. Clay Alston has always given his all to his music, and from the looks of it, it is paying off again as “Another Round” could be getting ready to take over the #1 spot again.
[#3] Brad Tucker finds himself at #3 for the second month in a row with his latest hit, “Gonna Be A Good Day”. Brad is very new to Wildhorse Entertainment and has his fans to thank for making sure he moves up on this chart. It is very clear that Brad is going to be regular on this chart as it seems he is very popular with listeners and viewers. Maybe next month Brad will move up to #1 ?
[#4] Independent Superstar Group ‘Cutler Boyd’ also holds on to the #4 on this weeks Top 5. Cutler Boyd’s song country hit”Wasting My Time” is very popular with the downloaders and could take this song to #1 in the next month or two.
[#5] Independent Superstar, Julia Neville has made it to the Top 5 and is also stuck in #5 for the second month on this chart with her gigantic hit song , “Six Strings Are Hard On Diamond Rings.” Juliet still plans to make this her first #1 on Wildhorse Entertainment.
Well that’s our Top 5, the full Top 30 is available at http://www.wildhorse.co.za for you to download if you so wish.
Go ahead the songs are free no strings attached compliments of the artists and Wildhorse Entertainment
If you are brand new to Nashville, Tennessee and are depending on driving everywhere you wish to visit you better have a GPS with you. For example you might think the home of the Grand Ole Opry is downtown but it isn’t. It is actually located in Donelson, TN. Don’t expect to find the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Resort Center downtown either because it is also located in Donelson. If you are a history buff and plan on visiting The Hermitage (Home of President Andrew Jackson) you will once again be heading to a different town called Hermitage, TN. If your geography knowledge is not up to par you might be surprised to find out it is a 200 mile drive to visit GRACELAND the home of Elvis Presley in Memphis, TN. You will find in the downtown area several attractions that can be navigated to on foot however. The Country Music Hall of Fame, The Ryman Auditorium, Lower Broadway also known as the Honky Tonk District, are all tourists hot spots and a must see for the Nashville visitor. It is going to cost you around $20 to park and if you visit on the weekend especially during the summer months, you can expect the sidewalks to be full of people and normally very hot humid weather conditions. The prices for food and drinks is not as high as visiting Manhattan, NY but it isn’t that far behind. The streets in Nashville are not lined in pure gold and there are no pearly gates at the entrance. Music City USA is like any other city. It has crime, killings, and it’s share of corruption. Enjoy your stay in Nashville and try to imagine what it was like in it’s glory days in the 50’s and 60’s when rhinestone suits and Cowboy hats prevailed on the Grand Ole Opry stage.
– The Music City Ghost [File #25] 2015
If there aren’t enough hours in your day to get everything done, chances are you can relate to David’s lament: ‘All our busy rushing ends in nothing.’ Mark Roberts writes, ‘It’s hard to think of a more relevant insight for our time…we’re seeing our nest eggs dry up and our economic hopes dashed…We feel as if we’ve been rushing about “[like] moving shadows” (Psalms 39:6), without substance.’ To maximize your time, Mary M. Byers says: ‘Make lists: what do you want to accomplish this week? List work-related tasks on one side and home or personal-related on the other. That way you won’t have to struggle to remember everything. Consult your schedule first: understanding your current workload is essential to maintaining realistic goals. Are you booked solid, or is this a more relaxed week? If it’s the latter, you can tackle more than you could during times when you’re constantly on-the-go. Prioritize: highlight what has to be done this week, and put everything else on a secondary list. Focus on your highest priority and work on the rest as time permits. Delegate: is there a colleague who can assist at work? The same applies to home-based activities; let your kids pitch in. It’ll help you, and instill a sense of pride and responsibility in them. Identify extenuating circumstances: are you running yourself ragged caring for a loved one, or doing double duty while your spouse is away? At particularly challenging times, give yourself permission to let some things slide without feeling guilty that you’re not accomplishing as much as usual. Learn to let go: the longer something is on your list, the less important it’s likely to be.’
Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to prioritize things in my life and not to try and do everything.
Help me keep the main thing the main thing. In Jesus’ Name, Amen