CMT today announced multi-platinum singer/songwriterÂ Shawn MendesÂ will join GRAMMY-winning multi-platinumÂ Zac Brown BandÂ for an upcoming installment of the celebrated series, â€œCMT Crossroadsâ€ debutingÂ Wednesday, October 24 at 10 PM ET/PT. The show will tape outside of Nashville next week.
â€œIâ€™m so excited to head to Nashville to play with Zac and the band on Crossroads.Â Itâ€™s going to be a blast,â€ said Shawn Mendes.
â€œShawn is an incredibly talented artist and itâ€™s been exciting to watch his career rise over the past few years,â€ said Zac Brown. â€œWeâ€™ve had fun collaborating together, this Crossroads will be very special with huge vocals and musicality. It will be unexpected and something that both sets of fans will enjoy.â€
The news comes on the heels of strong growth. CMT is on track to earn its highest rated year since 2014. In F3Qâ€™18, CMT was one of just 11 channels in the Top 50 to show YOY growth in P18-49. CMT has notched 6 consecutive quarters of YOY growth among P18-49.
Toronto born multi-platinum singer/songwriter Shawn Mendes released his highly anticipated self-titled third album in May 2018. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart as well as multiple additional worldwide markets, including Australia, Canada, Mexico, Belgium, Holland & more. Shawn Mendes made Shawn the third youngest solo artist to ever have three #1 albums, and became one of the top best-selling album debuts of 2018. The album shot to #1 on iTunes upon release in over 80 countries around the world. Leading up to the album, he released multiple tracks including â€œYouthâ€ Featuring Khalid, â€œIn My Bloodâ€ and â€œLost In Japan.â€ Both â€œIn My Bloodâ€ and â€œLost In Japan,â€ the first two songs released off the new album, experienced massive success, soaring to the #1 and #2 spots on the overall iTunes chart in the U.S, Top 5 on iTunes in 50 countries, and held the #1 and #2 spots on Spotifyâ€™s â€œNew MusicÂ Fridayâ€ playlist. With â€œIn My Blood,â€ Shawn became the first artist to ever have had four #1 singles at AC radio before the age of 20. In April 2017, Shawn released his 3x Platinum hit â€œThereâ€™s Nothing Holdinâ€™ Me Back.â€ The track scored Shawn his second #1 single at Top 40 radio and on Billboardâ€™s Pop Songs chart, joining 7x Platinum single â€œStitches.â€ Throughout his career, Shawn has achieved 3 consecutive #1 album debuts, 2 Platinum albums, and 7 consecutive platinum and multi-platinum singles. Worldwide, he has sold over 12 million albums, 100 million singles, and has amassed over 16 billion song streams and 5 billion YouTube views. Shawn has completed two sold-out world tours with over one million tickets sold, selling out legendary arenas including NYCâ€™s Madison Square Garden, Torontoâ€™s Air Canada Centre, and Londonâ€™s O2 Arena in minutes. Shawn Mendes: The Tour begins in March 2019, with over 60 dates currently announced across Europe, North America and Australia, with more to be announced soon. He topped Billboardâ€™s â€œ21 Under 21â€ in 2017 and has been featured on Forbes â€œ30 Under 30,â€ Spotifyâ€™s â€œ25 Under 25,â€ and Time Magazineâ€™s â€œTime 100 Most Influentialâ€ for 4 consecutive years.Â He was also just featured in Time Magazineâ€™s coveted Time 100 annual issue. In February 2018, ROI Influencer Media recognized Shawn as the #1 Most Influential Artist and #1 Most Influential Teen across all social media platforms.
Zac Brown Band is a multiplatinum, Grammy Award-Winning Southern Rock group lead by front man Zac Brown. Throughout their decade-long career, Zac Brown Band has had five consecutive albums reach the top 10 of the Billboard 200 and four consecutive albums debut at #1 on Billboard’s Country Albums chart. To date, the group has won three Grammy Awards including Best New Artist in 2010, sold more than 30 million singles, 9 million albums, has achieved 15 #1 radio singles and are the second act to top both the Country and Active Rock formats. Zac Brown Band has headlined 8 North American Tours and currently holds the record for most consecutive sold-out shows at the iconic Fenway Park. Since their debut, Zac Brown Band has developed a reputation with critics and fans alike as one of the most dynamic live performers, marked by strong musicianship that defies genre boundaries.
â€œCMT Crossroadsâ€Â debuted January 13, 2002 with Elvis Costello and Lucinda Williams and since has showcased dream musical partnerships including Kid Rock and Hank Williams, Jr.; Ray Charles and Travis Tritt; Dave Matthews and Emmylou Harris; Bon Jovi and Sugarland; Kelly Clarkson and Reba McEntire; Def Leppard and Taylor Swift; Sting and Vince Gill; John Mayer and Keith Urban; Steven Tyler and Carrie Underwood; Stevie Nicks and Lady Antebellum; Katy Perry and Kacey Musgraves; and Backstreet Boys and Florida Georgia Line to name a few.
â€œCMT Crossroadsâ€ is produced by CMTâ€™s Margaret Comeaux and Switched On Entertainmentâ€™s John Hamlin.