The Boot News Roundup: Maren Morris Teaming With Pentatonix for Christmas Special + More
Welcome to The Boot's News Roundup, a morning rundown of the news country music fans need to know. Read on to learn more about the latest goings-on in the country, Americana, bluegrass and folk genres.
Maren Morris will join Pentatonix's upcoming Christmas special. In the new televised special, called A Not So Silent Night, Morris is set to perform alongside the wildly popular a capella group, according to Sounds Like Nashville. It's possible that she and Pentatonix could be performing "When You Believe," their take on the classic Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey ballad from the 1998 animated film, The Prince of Egypt. Pentatonix: A Not So Silent Night airs on NBC on Dec. 10 at 10PM ET.
Taylor Swift has broken yet another record! According to Billboard, Swift's recent Reputation tour is now the highest-grossing U.S. tour in history with, or at least since, the publication's Boxscore began tracking that information in 1990. Swift achieved that distinction with $266 million in gross revenue from this tour and more than 2 million tickets sold, besting the Rolling Stones, who came in at No. 2 with $245 million in ticket sales.
Good news for concertgoers on a budget: Live Nation will grant music enthusiasts unlimited access to concerts at the venue of their choice. Called the Live Nation Lawn Pass, the pass grants its holders lawn access to shows at nearly 30 participating venues, along with additional rewards like free chair rental, access to its "Fast Lane" for easier entry, and special discounts on (even more) concert tickets. The Lawn Pass will be on sale Dec. 4 through Dec. 18.
Noted Christmas enthusiast Clint Black has debuted his brand new holiday album. Titled The Clint Black Christmas Collection, the newly-released album includes songs from his iconic 1995 Christmas album, Looking for Christmas, and newly-written songs that are part of Black's brand new holiday musical, which recently premiered at San Diego's Old Globe Theater. “In writing the first album, Looking for Christmas, I learned where our centuries-old traditions came from, and I knew I would have to continue writing songs to help grow the collection," Black said in a statement. "This year, I’m thrilled to share even more new songs, including those from my holiday musical, Looking for Christmas, and those featuring my lovely wife and daughter.”
The Grand Ole Opry has announced that in 2019, there's going to be an entire week in tribute to country icon Dolly Parton's 50th anniversary of Opry membership. Dubbed "Dolly Week 2019," the Opry will host three different shows in tribute to Parton, including a bluegrass and Americana tribute and a separate showcase of Parton's No. 1 hits, which will be performed by Opry stars. Parton will end the week in celebration of her work with two performances at the Opry on Oct. 12, 2019.