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Tim Hicks, Brett Kissel, Dallas Smith and Special Guests Florida Georgia Line
To Perform on the 2015 CCMA Awards Show
 

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The Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®) unveiled today that Tim Hicks, Brett Kissel, and Dallas Smith will perform on the 2015 CCMA Awards Show, as will special international guests, Florida Georgia Line. These are the first acts announced to take the stage as part of the 2015 CCMA Awards Show, which will broadcast on CBC-TV at 8 p.m. local time (8:30 p.m. NT) with an encore airing on CMT (Canada) at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on Sunday, September 13.

 

Taking place in Halifax, Nova Scotia for the first time in over 30 years, the CCMA is thrilled to be bringing both Country Music Week and the 2015 CCMA Awards Show to Atlantic Canada this fall. “This year’s CCMA Awards Show will have a whole new look and feel compared to years passed,” said Don Green, President of the Canadian Country Music Association. “Awards shows, just like country music, are constantly evolving. We think country music fans new and old, and viewers both at home and in the stands will all take memorable moments away from this year’s big event. For fans who plan on attending the 2015 CCMA Awards Show in-person: get your tickets now! We anticipate a sold-out crowd for this unforgettable event.” 

 

Two time JUNO Award nominee and 2014 CCMA Award winner for Rising Star, Tim Hicks has cemented his status as one of the biggest breakout Canadian country music acts seen this decade. Hicks boasts five Top 10 singles, nearly 4 million YouTube hits, two JUNO Award nominations, and a fourth Gold-certified single fueled by the anthem, “Here Comes The Thunder”. In 2013, Hicks became the highest selling digital Canadian Country Artist of the Year for his debut album Throw Down, as well as the Most Played Debut Artist overall at Country radio. Hicks’ sophomore album, 5:01, debuted at #1 on the SoundScan Country Album sales chart last August (2014), making this his first #1 country album and paving the way for an undeniably huge year in 2015.

 

Alberta’s Brett Kissel took home the 2014 CCMA Awards for CMT Video of the Year and Interactive Artist of the Year. He also won the 2014 Canadian Radio Music Award for Country Breakthrough Artist of the Year, and was the first country artist to be awarded the Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the 2014 JUNO Awards in 17 years. With countless sold out shows across North America, Kissel was primed for his major label debut album through Warner Music Canada, Started With A Song, which saw a total of five Billboard Canada Top 10 singles, including “Raise Your Glass”, “3-2-1”, “Tough People Do” and “Something You Just Don’t Forget”. Kissel’s current single, “Airwaves”, was released earlier this month, and is the first single from his forthcoming second album. 

 

Hot on the heels of a successful 2014, Dallas Smith is showing no signs of slowing down this year. Smith won the 2015 JUNO Award for Country Album of the Year, and was chosen by SiriusXM as Country Artist of the Year at the 2015 Indie Awards. Named by Mediabase as 2014’s most played Canadian country artist at radio, Smith is the only male Canadian artist to spend multiple weeks at the top of the Country Airplay Chart in the Nielsen BDS era for his single “Wastin’ Gas”.  Additionally, the Gold-certified #1 track broke the record for the highest one-week spin total at country radio in Canada ever. His latest album, Lifted, reunited Smith with prized producer Joey Moi (Florida Georgia Line, Jake Owen) and was followed by the sold out 2015 headline Tippin’ Point Tour.

 

The CCMA could not be happier to be welcoming special guests, the supremely popular Florida Georgia Line (FGL), to the CCMA Awards Show this year. Fueled with three scorching consecutive #1 hits – Gold-certified “Sippin’ On Fire”, “Sun Daze” and 2X Platinum-certified “Dirt” – FGL radiates with their Gold-certified sophomore album, Anything Goes. This latest album soared to a #1 debut on the all-genre Billboard200 and Billboard Top Country Albums charts with music critics and fans alike embracing the superstar duo’s fresh sound. FGL has skyrocketed to stardom becoming the only artists in history to join Brooks & Dunn in achieving four back-to-back, multi-week #1 singles; breaking the record for the longest #1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart and selling over 21 million tracks worldwide off their 2X Platinum debut Here’s to the Good Times, and Anything Goes. The talented duo is currently taking their signature show across North America with their headline Anything Goes Tour 2015, making a special stop in Halifax for the 2015 CCMA Awards Show.

 

The 2015 CCMA Awards Show will see eight CCMA Awards presented, will highlight a number of special performances and will include appearances by a collection of Canadian personalities and country music acts. This year’s show will be produced by Bristow Global Media Inc. Tickets are available at all Ticket Atlantic locations, by phone at 1-877-451-1221 or online at ticketatlantic.com, with prices ranging from $60.00 to $106.00, plus service charges and fees. Additional CCMA Award Show performers and presenters will be announced throughout the month of August. 

 

 

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The following is HMV Canada's top 10 CDs based on national sales for the week ending May 30.

 

CDs

 

1. At.Long.Last.A$AP _ A$AP Rocky

 

2. Wilder Mind _ Mumford & Sons

 

3. If You're Reading This It's Too Late _ Drake

 

4. Dream Your Life Away _ Vance Joy

 

5. ``Pitch Perfect 2'' Soundtrack _ Various Artists

 

6. This is All Yours _ alt-J

 

7. 2014 Forest Hills Drive _ J. Cole

 

8. In the Lonely Hour _ Sam Smith

 

9. Jekyll + Hyde _ Zac Brown Band

 

10. Handwritten _ Shawn Mendes 

 

COUNTRY

 

1. Jekyll + Hyde _ Zac Brown Band

 

2. 1989 _ Taylor Swift

 

3. Spring Break...Checkin' Out _ Luke Bryan

 

4. Montevallo _ Sam Hunt

 

5. Crash My Party _ Luke Bryan

 

6. Pain Killer _ Little Big Town

 

7. The Outsiders _ Eric Church

 

8.  The Traveling Kind _ Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell

 

9. Love Somebody _ Reba McEntire

 

10. Shania: Still the One_ Live from Vegas _ Shania Twain

 

The following is HMV Canada's top 10 CDs based on national sales for the week ending June 27.

 

CDs

 

1. Sing It All Away _ Walk Off the Earth

 

2. Dark Before Dawn _ Breaking Benjamin

 

3. X _ Ed Sheeran

 

4. Wilder Mind _ Mumford & Sons

 

5. Beneath the Skin _ Of Monsters and Men

 

6. Kiss Land _ The Weeknd

 

7. How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful _ Florence + the Machine

 

8. Greatest Hits _ Foo Fighters

 

9. Drones _ Muse

 

10. Ghost Stories _ Coldplay

 

 

 

COUNTRY

 

1. 1989 _ Taylor Swift

 

2. Greatest Hits _ Shania Twain

 

3. Pageant Material _ Kacey Musgraves

 

4. Jekyll + Hyde _ Zac Brown Band

 

5. Montevallo _ Sam Hunt

 

6. Pain Killer _ Little Big Town

 

7. Django and Jimmie _ Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard

 

8. Crash My Party _ Luke Bryan

 

9. The Outsiders _ Eric Church

 

10. Spring Break...Checkin' Out _ Luke Bryan 

 

(The Canadian Press)

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