Tuesday, July 29, 2008

The 2001 MTV TRL Tour came to Philips Arena on July 28, 2001. Performers included Nelly, Eve, Dream, 3LW, Jessica Simpson, and headliners Destiny’s Child. At the peak of their group career, Destiny’s Child sang hits off their Spring 2001 album “Survivor” which had sold 663,000 copies in its first week sales—the highest ever for an all-female group! According to Time Magazine, Destiny’s Child is the best selling girl group of all time worldwide.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

On July 24, 2004, the “Queen of Pop” herself took to Philips Arena’s stage. Madonna, whose career launched in 1982, has been named by the Guinness Book of World Records the “World’s Most Successful Female Musician”. Her 2004 “Re-Invention Tour” was the highest grossing tour of 2004, earning $125 million and selling out 55 of 56 performances. Madonna also released a documentary DVD, “I’m Going to Tell you a Secret” that depicted parts of the show as well as backstage extras, which was released in June 2006. The tour was divided into five sections: French Renaissance, military, circus/cabaret, religious, and tribal. Among her many costume changes, Madonna wore a Vote or Die t-shirt to remind her fans of the importance in voting in the 2004 presidential election.

Monday, July 14, 2008

This Week in History

July 13-19, 2008

Ecstatic after his 2004 album “When the Sun Goes Down” was named #3 Top Seller of the Year and CMA Album of the Year, Kenny Chesney announced his “Somewhere in the Sun Tour”. This tour combined hits off of his “When the Sun Goes Down” and “Be As You Are (Songs from an Old Blue Chair)” albums as well as covers of some of country’s greatest hits. His sell-out performances on July 16, 17, & 18, 2005 had fans on their feet as he sang duets with Gretchen Wilson and Uncle Kracker. Pat Green also performed, rounding out a phenomenal country lineup.

Monday, July 7, 2008

This Week in History

July 6-12, 2008

Crowds know they are in for a treat when two country superstars join on one stage, as was the case with the Soul2Soul II Tour 2006. On July 8, 2006, married couple Tim McGraw and Faith Hill visited Atlanta’s Philips Arena on the highest-grossing country tour of all time that was also named “Major Tour of the Year” by Pollstar Magazine. Both artists have received countless accolades from the Country Music Association, American Music Association, and Academy of Country Music. Each has also won Grammys and People’s Choice Awards.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

This Week in History

On June 30, 2007, Philips Arena welcomed New Zealand native Keith Urban to the stage. Since the age of seven, Urban had aspirations of making it big in Nashville, and in 2004 he released his first CD in the United States (he had been performing abroad since 1990). The opening act was The Wreckers, Michelle Branch and her former back up singer Jessica Harp. A week after his outstanding performance at Philips Arena, Keith Urban went to New York City to perform alongside Alicia Keys in Al Gore’s Live Earth Concert.