Lucas Hoge #1 On Billboard Top Country Album Sales Chart With Debut ‘Dirty South’

LUCAS HOGE #1 ON BILLBOARD TOP COUNTRY ALBUMS SALES CHART WITH DEBUT DIRTY SOUTH

ALBUM LANDS AT #5 ON BILLBOARD TOP
COUNTRY ALBUMS CHART

Lucas Hoge, Rebel Engine Entertainment recording artist and Cabela’s Ambassador, lays claim to the #1 spot on the Billboard Top Country Albums Sales Chart, with the best-selling country album of the week. In addition, Hoge’s debut album lands at #5 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart, which includes album sales, streams and single track sales, moving up from #12.

As reported Monday in Music Row, the up-and-coming artist made an impressive debut last week at #3 with pre-sales, and has now made the climb to #1 this week just ahead of Chris Stapleton, Lady Antebellum and Joe Nichols.

Best known as host of Animal Planet’s Last Chance Highway, Hoge has made the transition into budding country star look easy. With his new single spinning on radio stations from Albany, NY and Orlando, FL to Monterey, CA and a #1 best-selling album to his credit, a humble Hoge is taking it all in stride.

“This experience has been so amazing and I can’t thank everyone enough for the support,” shares Hoge. “Purchasing music is one of the biggest compliments you can give to an artist, knowing people enjoy my music is so fulfilling!”

Hoge’s Dirty South Tour is equally impressive with stops at several iconic southern destinations just around the corner, with appearances at Sun Records in Memphis, The French Quarter in New Orleans, the Florida Everglades and Lookout Mountain, to name a few.

The video for “Dirty South” made its world premiere several weeks ago on CMT Music, and holds in the Top 10 on the CMT 12 Pack for the 2nd consecutive week, while Hoge was recently named one of Rolling Stone Country’s “10 New Country Artists You Need To Know.” He was also named NRA Country featured artist for the month of July.

Longtime brand ambassador for Cabela’s, Hoge also has a longstanding relationship with Wrangler National Patriot and was recently brought on board with Hero Outdoor Products.

With all the buzz surrounding his new release, it is clear Hoge is a star on the rise.

 

For a complete list of tour dates log onto lucashoge.com.

About Lucas Hoge:
Rebel Engine Entertainment artist Lucas Hoge rose to national fame as a star of Animal Planet’s Last Chance Highway. Hoge’s disarmingly charming personality made him a favorite with viewers and TV bookers, which led to appearances on NBC’s Today show, Inside Edition and The Daily Buzz, to name a few. As a music ambassador for Cabela’s, Hoge is in good company alongside fellow music ambassadors Luke Bryan and Justin Moore. A passionate supporter of the U.S. military, Hoge has traveled the globe extensively performing for the troops visited numerous countries throughout the Middle East and beyond for the past 8 years as part of the Wrangler National Patriot Tour. Hoge is also the celebrity spokesperson for Guardian Angels For Soldier’s Pet. His single “Boom Boom” spent an unprecedented seven weeks at #1 on the CMT Music 12-Pack Countdown. Hoge is currently visiting radio stations nationwide in support of his new album and title track, “Dirty South.”

THE ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC ANNOUNCES SPONSORS AND PARTNERS

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THE ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC ANNOUNCES SPONSORS AND PARTNERS
FOR EVENTS THROUGHOUT THE WEEK VEGAS GOES COUNTRY®

THE 49TH ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS BROADCAST LIVE
FROM THE MGM GRAND GARDEN ARENA IN LAS VEGAS
SUNDAY, APRIL 6, 2014 ON THE CBS TELEVISION NETWORK

The Academy of Country Music and dick clark productions announced today the sponsors and promotional partners including Amazon, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Beats Music, Cabela’s, CAT Entertainment Services, ConAgra Foods, Coors, Cumulus, Dr Pepper, Firestone, Grey Goose, Hostess, Justin Boots, Kohl’s Department Stores, the city of Las Vegas, Martin Guitar, Music Choice, Ole Smoky, PEOPLE Magazine, Pure Via, Ram Trucks, Shazam, SoundExchange, The Boot Campaign, Wrangler Jeans, Yahoo and more associated with events throughout the Week Vegas Goes Country®.  The week culminates with the 49th Academy of Country Music Awards broadcast from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.   Sponsors and partners for the 49th ACM Awards include:

  • City of Las Vegas “The Week Vegas Goes Country®” is a great example of two brands, the Academy of Country Music and Las Vegas, uniting to deliver unrivaled excitement to thousands of loyal country music fans. The fun-filled weekend is full of exclusive parties, celebrity meet-and-greets and concerts that only this partnership could provide access to. This is the eighth year that “The Week Vegas Goes Country®” has brought unprecedented access to country music stars.
  • Amazon – Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer, will provide fans with a comprehensive hub to discover all things ACMs. The partnership will also allow customers to purchase a selection of music from nominees and performers at discounted prices.
  • ConAgra Foods – ConAgra Foods Child Hunger Ends Here program has partnered with ACM Lifting Lives to raise awareness about child hunger in America. At the ACM Party for a Cause Festival, fans will be encouraged to participate with their Child Hunger Ends Here Hope Grocery Experience to learn how they can help with the cause.
  • Coors – Coors has been a proud partner of the Academy of Country Music for over 19 years, proving that great music and ice cold beer is a winning combination. As the exclusive beer partner of the ACM All-Star Jam, Coors helps toast the evening to the recently announced ACM Award Winners. And the ACM Party for a Cause Festival wouldn’t be complete without the Coors Party Bars; a place for fans to sit, relax, and enjoy a Coors.
  • Cumulus – Cumulus Media Networks and the Academy of Country Music have joined forces to engage fans by delivering exclusive cutting edge content through affiliate platforms, including radio, station websites and social media. Cumulus reaches more country fans through its platform than any other broadcaster in the world.  Radio coverage of the ACM Awards will feature original programming, including a two-hour red carpet radio show in advance of the awards along with prime positioning and unprecedented access to talent, offering an unparalleled and unique experience for millions and millions of listeners.
  • Dr Pepper – Through in-store, on-line, and national radio sweepstakes, Dr Pepper gave fans the chance to win a VIP Experience with Rascal Flatts this year at the ACM Awards, giving them a one-of-a-kind experience only Diet Dr Pepper can deliver. But don’t worry, you can still snap your picture on Diet Dr Pepper Red Carpet Experience at the ACM Party For a Cause Festival.
  • Justin Boots – As the “Official Boots of the Academy of Country Music Awards”, Justin Boots asked their fans to submit stories about which artist they would most like to thank for making music that changed their lives. Winning story will be awarded the ultimate fan experience during the Week Vegas Goes Country.
  • Kohl’s –Kohl’s is presenting ACM’s New Artist of the Year Award to recognize country music’s New Artists and rising talent. Winning the New Artist of the Year Award is a pivotal moment in any new artist’s career and Kohl’s is proud to sponsor that moment.
  • Music Choice – Multi-platform video and music network Music Choice will air over 30 hours of Academy of Country Music Awards-related moments and archival content across all its properties including Music Choice Play, Video On Demand, Music Channels and MusicChoice.com.
  • PEOPLE Magazine – 750,000 fans will find in their inbox the highly entertaining PEOPLE.com Daily e-blast with ACM tune-in inclusions the week leading up to the telecast.
  • RAM – Ram Trucks knows it takes guts to stand on the ACM stage, which is why Ram is continuing to power the vote for ACM Entertainer of the Year and entitling the “ACM Ram Red Carpet.” At the Ram Ride and Drive outdoor test track at the ACM Party for  Cause Festival, fans can experience firsthand the refined interior, capabilities and handling of the Ram 1500, the only vehicle to win Motor Trend’s Truck of the Year for two consecutive years,  and watch the “Raminator” monster truck crush cars and provide live demos throughout the weekend.
  • Shazam – The Academy of Country Music Awards has partnered with music and TV App Shazam to provide viewers with a second screen experience of the show. When viewers use Shazam anytime during the broadcast, they will have access to nominee and performer information, additional free artist content, and the ability to download music from the Academy of Country Music Awards nominees and performers.
  • Wrangler Jeans – The “Official Jeans of the ACM Awards” is partnering with the Academy to deliver behind-the-scenes glimpses of a network award show through its newest initiative, the Wrangler Network, a first-of-its-kind mobile and online destination that serves as a centralized hub for all Western lifestyle content. Through this online platform, fans will be able to access the exclusive content by visiting www.WranglerNetwork.com after the show. Country music fans can stay tuned to www.WranglerNetwork.com and www.Facebook.com/WranglerWestern for more exclusive ACM coverage and giveaways.
  • Yahoo – Yahoo will exclusively live stream a 90-minute Academy of Country Music Awards red carpet pre-show from 6:30pm – 8pm EST. RAM Country on Yahoo Music (http://ramcountry.music.yahoo.com) will also feature extensive editorial coverage around the event, top moments from past shows, special exclusives and much more.
  Sponsors and partners for the 2nd Annual ACM Party for a Cause Festival include:
  • Beats Music – Beats Music is enhancing the backstage greenroom for performing artists at the ACM Party for a Cause festival, giving them a place to relax before taking the stage, and get a chance to demo the app, receive VIP free trials, a custom photo booth and lots of Beats swag
  • Cabela’s – For the second year, the ACM & Cabela’s Great Outdoor Archery Event, part of the ACM Party for a Cause Festival weekend events, will bring together hosts Luke Bryan and Justin Moore along with several other country music artist to test their skills in an archery exhibition.
  • CAT Entertainment Services – CAT Entertainment Services has joined us a a partner for this year and is providing all of the generator power and technicians for the stages and festival
  • Firestone – Country fans will have the chance to experience the Firestone auto simulator and meet some of their favorite Country stars when they visit the Firestone booth at the ACM Party for a Cause festival.
  • Hostess – Celebrate with Hostess® at the ACM Party for a Cause Festival. Fans can enjoy Hostess snack samples and win a chance to upgrade your seats. Plus, be on the lookout for special appearances by Twinkie the Kid!
  • Ole Smoky – Ole Smoky Moonshine will be bringing the best Tennessee moonshine with their Mobile Holler at the ACM Party for a Cause Festival.
  • Pure Via – Pure Via, the all-natural, non-GMO, zero-calorie sweetener, is giving fans a chance to meet Jewel at the ACM booth at the ACM Party For a Cause Festival on Saturday at 2:30pm.
  • The Boot Campaign – Fans of the ACM Party for a Cause Festival will have the opportunity to compete against decorated military Veterans in a push-up competition for charity, and meet some of their favorite country music artists.
  Sponsors and partners for the ACM Lifting Lives Celebrity Golf Classic include:
  • Presenting Sponsor: Segway
  • Co-Sponsors: Sound Image and Live Nation.
  • Participating Sponsors: PING, William Morris Endeavor, The Fitzgerald Hartley Company, McGhee Entertainment, Creative Artists Agency, Champion Risk & Insurance Services, L.P., Richards & Southern Inc., Loeb & Loeb LLC, Van Atkins Jewelers, Fry’s Electronics, Inc. and G/FORE.
  • Contributing Sponsors: Big Machine Label Group, Buck Owens’ Enterprises, Buddy Lee Attractions, Losers Most Wanted Bar and Grill, Miller Coors, PARADIGM, Police Productions, Premier Global Production, SESAC, Sony Music Nashville, Universal Music Group Nashville and Warner Music Group.
  Sponsors and partners for the ACM All-Star Jam post-party include:
  • Barefoot Wine & Bubbly – Barefoot Wine & Bubbly will be on hand at the ACM All-Star Jam as the Official Wine sponsor, so fans can kick-off their boots and enjoy the ACM’s no-holds-barred musical tradition.
  • Grey Goose –The World’s Best Tasting Vodka, is hosting a VIP ultra premium lounge at the ACM All Star Jam.  This year’s experience provides invited guests a night of celebration and fun while enjoying world class Grey Goose cocktails.
  • Martin Guitar – Martin Guitar has been making the world’s best acoustic guitars for over 180 years. Country music superstars performing at the ACM All-Star Jam will have the opportunity to play these premiere guitars backstage, courtesy of C.F. Martin & Co., Inc.
  • SoundExchange – The ACM All-Star Jam is sponsored in part by SoundExchange, an independent performance rights organization with a mission to support, protect and propel the entire music industry forward. SoundExchange collects and distributes digital royalties for the streaming of sound recordings for recording artists like those performing at the ACM Awards.
  For more information, visit www.ACMcountry.com, www.ACMAwards.com , like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter at @ACMawards for more immediate updates.  Download the FREE ACM App for maps, information and to build your own schedule for The Week Vegas Goes Country®. iPhone users can download the app HERE and Andriod users can download the app on Google Play HERE .

Academy of Country Music Announces Brand Partnerships for 2nd Annual ACM Experience

THE ACM EXPERIENCE

THE ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC ANNOUNCES BRAND PARTNERSHIPS
WITH CABELA’S, DR PEPPER, KRAFT, RAM TRUCKS & MORE
TO ENRICH FAN PARTICIPATION AT

THE 2nd ANNUAL ACM EXPERIENCE, A 3-DAY, FREE-TO-THE-PUBLIC EVENT FOR FANS
AT THE ORLEANS HOTEL AND CASINO, APRIL 5-7, 2013

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES & VENDORS ADDED TO
THE ACM EXPO PRESENTED BY ROPER,
THE ULTIMATE COUNTRY SHOPPING & MARKETPLACE EVENT
AT THE ACM EXPERIENCE

LUKE BRYAN TO HOST ACM & CABELA’S GREAT OUTDOORS ARCHERY EVENT
RAM TRUCKS RETURNS WITH FAN-FAVORITE “RAM RIDE AND DRIVE” ANCHOR SPONSORSHIP
DIET DR PEPPER RED CARPET EXPERIENCE GIVES FANS TIME IN THE SPOTLIGHT
KRAFT COUNTRY KITCHEN SERVES UP FOOD & FUN

 

The Academy of Country Music announced today four high-profile brand partnerships with Cabela’s, Dr Pepper, Kraft and RAM Trucks that will enhance fan participation and attendance at the free, open-to-the-public ACM EXPERIENCE, a family-friendly country music lifestyle event held April 5-7, 2013 at The Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

“We’re excited that some of America’s most well-known brands have partnered with the ACM to create engaging and unique experiences for fans,” said Teresa George, Senior Vice President, Brand Integration and Strategic Partnerships for the Academy of Country Music.

ACM & Cabela’s Great Outdoors Archery Event
Luke Bryan, co-host of the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, will host the ACM & Cabela’s Great Outdoors Archery Event at THE ACM EXPERIENCE, a unique event from 10:00am-11:30am PT on Saturday, April 6th that will bring together country music artists, military personnel and fans in an archery exhibition featuring 3D and traditional targets. ACM Awards nominee Jason Aldean, country music artists Kix Brooks, Easton Corbin, Chris Janson, Justin Moore, Jon Pardi and Thomas Rhett and A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” stars Willie Robertson and Jep Robertson will test their skills and knowledge on bow hunting, using Cabela’s state-of-the-art archery equipment. A special “Fan Zone” will allow the public to be close to the action and also to test their bow hunting skills with Cabela’s Pro Staff from noon-2:00pm PT. The Fan Zone is free and open-to-the-public and is located at THE ACM EXPERIENCE in the East Parking Lot of The Orleans Hotel and Casino.

Diet Dr Pepper Red Carpet Experience
Fans can sample the One of a Kind taste of Dr Pepper, Dr Pepper TEN and Diet Dr Pepper and get their time in the spotlight at the Diet Dr Pepper Red Carpet Experience, a special photo area duplicating the red carpet arrivals line at the Academy of Country Music Awards. Country music artists Craig Campbell and Thomas Rhett will be featured guests at the Diet Dr Pepper Red Carpet Experience where they will sign autographs and take photos with fans.

 

Kraft Country Kitchen
You don’t want to miss the delicious food trucks and vendors at the Kraft Country Kitchen, complete with over 13 food vendors, relaxing backyard picnic area, and of course, the world-famous Oscar Mayer Weinermobile.

 

RAM Ride and Drive Arena
Fans attending THE ACM EXPERIENCE will have the opportunity to “ride country” on a free, 25,000-square-foot interactive Ram Ride and Drive test track. The one-of-a-kind Ram outdoor course pairs riders with professional drivers so fans can experience firsthand the performance, capabilities and competitive advantages of Ram 1500 pickup trucks, the 2013 Motor Trend Truck of the Year. The Ram Ride and Drive is comprised of several obstacles, including a thrilling 13-foot climb where passengers experience the traction capabilities of a Ram pickup truck when driving over a 30-degree angle Ram Mountain. Fans attending the Ram experience will also see one of the most feared opponents on the monster truck racing circuit, the RAMINATOR. Weighing in at an incredible 10,300 pounds, the Ram-sponsored race truck is powered by a 2,000 horsepower HEMI engine and stands 10 feet tall and 13 feet wide. At select times during the Ram experience, the RAMINATOR will fire up and perform, smashing rows of junk cars. Country fans will be able to take a ride in the RAMINATOR ride truck and have autographs signed and photos taken with championship driver Mark Hall in the Ram Ride and Drive arena. Easton Corbin and Thompson Square will be signing autographs in the Ram Ride and Drive arena during the weekend as well.

“The Ram Truck track will be engaging and memorable for riders as they experience the refined interior, capabilities and handling of the award-winning 2013 Ram 1500,” said Fred Diaz, President and CEO – Ram Truck Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “Ram Truck fans and country music fans are one and the same, as they are cut from the same cloth. Last year’s inaugural ACM EXPERIENCE event at the Academy of Country Music Awards was a big hit and we are excited to be back again to give our mutual fans the opportunity to ride and drive the most innovative lineup of full-size pickup trucks on the market.”

 

ACM EXPO Presented by Roper
Part of the free, open-to-all ACM Experience is the ultimate country marketplace, the ACM EXPO Presented by Roper, which will encompass more than 200,000 square feet of shopping, interactive booths, gaming, dining and more. Unique vendors from all over the nation will offer a variety of apparel and accessories including customized jewelry, western wear, original art, homemade crafts and much more.

Additional events and activities at the ACM EXPO Presented by Roper, include:

  • Exclusive Genetics Bucking Bull Arena where fans can come see the future bull stars of tomorrow compete as yearling bulls in the EG Bucking Bull Champion’s Tour for over $25,000 in prize money.
  • Coors Light Beer Garden where attendees can take a photo with the Coors Light “Official Beer of NASCAR” show car and relax with a cold one while watching many of the big screen TVs.
  • ACM and ACM Lifting Lives® booth will offer a chance to win tickets to attend the ACM Awards on Sunday! Also, check out the ACM trophies up close, see what’s new at the ACM, purchase merchandise, become a member of the ACM A-list and win prizes.
  • CMT booth which brings “Dog and Beth: On the Hunt” to Las Vegas for fans to get a chance to meet America’s favorite bounty hunting team, get photos with friends and join the Dog Pack for access to exclusive extras and a chance to win awesome prizes.
  • Great American Country (GAC) booth where guests can win a Kenny Chesney-signed guitar, get a sneak peek at GAC’s newest season of the hit show “Farm Kings,” highlights from ACM Red Carpet broadcasts and more. Get a custom photo with GAC show hosts that can be shared from your smart phone. Additionally, meet GAC personalities Suzanne Alexander, Storme Warren and Nan Kelly, who will be at the booth throughout the event to take photos and sign autographs.
  • The Roper Booth will feature appearances and autograph signings by Cowboy Troy, Dustin Lynch and Joe Nichols.
  • The Kid Zone features activities, jump houses, obstacle courses and an Extreme Bungee Jump.

 

THE ACM EXPERIENCE and ACM EXPO hours of operation at The Orleans Hotel and Casino are:

  • Friday, April 5th – 10am – 10pm PST
  • Saturday, April 6th – 10am – 10pm PST
  • Sunday,  April 7th – 10am – 4pm PST

 

For updates on all THE ACM EXPERIENCE activities, and times for autograph signings, please visit www.theacmexperience.com

 

About THE ACM EXPERIENCE:
THE ACM EXPERIENCE is a free, open-to-the public country music lifestyle event created for fans by the Academy of Country Music. The fan-focused, three-day event, held April 5-7, 2013 at The Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, includes the ACM EXPO presented by Roper, ACM & Cabela’s Great Outdoor Archery Event, Ram Ride and Drive, Cooper Tire Stage, Kraft Country Kitchen, the ticketed ACM Party for a Cause Festival and more. The events will culminate in the 3rd Annual ACM Fan Jam and Post-Awards Concert, a ticketed event headlined by Brad Paisley, on Sunday, April 7, 2013. For updates on The ACM Experience, the ACM Awards and all Academy events, please log onto www.ACMcountry.com, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AcademyOfCountryMusic or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ACMawards.