Black River Entertainment’s KELSEA BALLERINI is continuing her globe-trotting adventure in Australia, after making her C2C: Country to Country 2018 debut in London, United Kingdom (3/9), Glasgow, Scotland (3/10), and Dublin, Ireland (3/11).
Bringing her critically acclaimed sophomore album, UNAPOLOGETICALLY, to Country music fans around the world, international media welcomed her return following previous opening spots. “She definitely has crossover potential here in the UK,” hailed Entertainment Focus, “and tonight she proved she’s one of the best female Country artists in the genre right now.”
After a spirited stop at BBC Radio 2’s The Chris Evans Breakfast Show, where she played her own rendition of OneRepublic and Timbaland’s hit “Apologize” in front of featured guests James Corden and Kylie Minogue, UNAPOLOGETICALLY jumped to #1 on UK’s iTunes Top Country Albums chart, while her new single, “I Hate Love Songs,” also struck #1 on UK’s iTunes Top Country Songs chart.
Watch Kelsea Ballerini’s stirring stripped-down cover of “Apologize” on BBC Radio 2’s The Chris Evans Breakfast Show.
Plus, revisit her jet-setting trek around the UK here.
Sparking the “love” chapter of her chronological sonic diary of “loss, life, and love” in UNAPOLOGETICALLY, Ballerini’s arrival in Australia comes full circle after meeting her husband, Morgan Evans (Warner Music Nashville), while co-hosting the 2016 CMC Music Awards together. She is slated to make her return to the 2018 CMC Music Awards on Thursday (3/15) to perform “I Hate Love Songs” live at The Star Gold Coast. Ballerini is also nominated for CMC International Video of the Year (“Legends”) and CMC International Artist of the Year presented by iHeartRadio.
She’ll then take the stage at CMC Rocks on Saturday (3/17) and Sunday (3/18) in Ipswich, Australia, before picking up THE UNAPOLOGETICALLY TOUR at the Metro Theatre in Sydney, Australia, with a sold-out show on March 20.
“Australia has become my second home and I’m so excited to be here,” Ballerini shares. “To return to the award show where I met Morgan and where the final chapter of UNAPOLOGETICALLY began is just so special to me. I can’t believe I get to come back as his wife and bring THE UNAPOLOGETICALLY TOUR with me!”
THE UNAPOLOGETICALLY TOUR will head back to the States on April 3, for a rescheduled show at EXPRESS LIVE! in Columbus, OH. The Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara, CA, (4/25), is the only venue with limited tickets remaining, as 14 cities have sold out.
On April 15, the global Country superstar is vying for Female Vocalist of the Year at the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards live from Las Vegas on CBS. She’s also nominated for Video of the Year for her record-breaking #1 “Legends,” which has stolen the hearts of more than 13.4 million viewers to date.
Penned by Ballerini alongside Hillary Lindsey and Forest Glen Whitehead, GOLD-certified “Legends” recently made history topping both Country Aircheck and the Billboard Country Airplay charts. She’s now notched the most #1s for a female artist since debuting on the Billboard Country Airplay chart in 2015. Her trailblazing feats continue, as Ballerini remains the first female artist in the genre, including female duos and groups, to achieve #1 with her first three consecutive singles – PLATINUM-certified “Love Me Like You Mean It,” “Dibs,” “Peter Pan” – from a debut album (THE FIRST TIME).
Country radio is now playing “I Hate Love Songs,” as the “smartly written” ode which has lyrics that “turn romantic clichés on their heads” (MusicRow Magazine) is the second-most added song this week.
For more information on KELSEA BALLERINI and VIP Experiences for THE UNAPOLOGETICALLY TOUR, visit KelseaBallerini.com and reach out to her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Fans can also follow along the tour with #KB2TOUR.
ABOUT KELSEA BALLERINI:
Applauded as GRAMMY nominee Kelsea Ballerini’s “grown-up statement” (Rolling Stone), the Black River Entertainment artist’s acclaimed sophomore album UNAPOLOGETICALLY takes listeners on an intimate journey of loss, life, and love. The 12-track compilation – all written or co-written by Ballerini – features the GOLD-certified, #1 hit “Legends” and current chart-rising single “I Hate Love Songs.” She’s currently on THE UNAPOLOGETICALLY TOUR, following her sold-out first headlining tour, THE FIRST TIME TOUR (2016). The record-breaker skyrocketed to stardom after releasing PLATINUM-certified, #1 smashes – “Love Me Like You Mean It,” “Dibs,” “Peter Pan” – from her GOLD-certified breakout THE FIRST TIME. Ballerini is the only female artist in Country music history, including female duos and groups, to go #1 with her first three consecutive singles from a debut album. As spotted on “Best Dressed” lists, the style maven appeared in a multi-page fashion spread in Cosmopolitan’s March 2018 issue, with several other high profile looks: Billboard Magazine’s GRAMMY preview issue; Forbes’ “30 Under 30” class; and People Magazine’s “Beauty at Every Age” list in their iconic World’s Most Beautiful issue. Praised by The New York Times as an “elegant songwriter,” Ballerini has received the esteemed ASCAP Vanguard Award, CMT Next Women of Country’s Impact Award, Nashville Business Journal’s Artist of The Year, ACM Honor’s Gene Weed Milestone Award, iHeartRadio Music Award for Best New Country Artist, Billboard Women in Music’s Rising Star, multiple Radio Disney Music Awards plus several breakthrough female awards from ACM and CMT. She’s vying for ACM Female Vocalist of the Year and ACM Video of the Year (“Legends”) at the upcoming award show airing live April 15 on CBS.