The Band Perry hailed the hardest working country band of 2013by jmaloni
The Band Perry was hailed the hardest working country band of 2013 and one of the hardest working acts across all musical genres this week by Songkick.com, one of the world's most comprehensive databases of concerts and tours. The Band Perry shares the list with artists such as P!nk and The Lumineers, among others. The only other country act to make the top 20 hardest working acts of 2013 is the legendary Willie Nelson. The superstar-sibling trio performed 126 shows to hundreds of thousands of fans around the world this year, earning them the honor.
The Band Perry also appears on other year-end lists, including Billboard Biz-Year in Country 2013, which spotlights The Band Perry's 2013 cover story, "Taste of Country"; "Best Albums of 2013," with "Pioneer" at No. 2, and "Top Songs of 2013" with "DONE." at No. 10; as well as SPIN's "50 Best Songs of 2013" with "DONE." at No. 49. The siblings were recently awarded an American Country Award for "Most Played Radio Track: Group" for their No. 1 single, "Better Dig Two."
2013 was full of non-stop activity for The Band Perry. It opened with "Better Dig Two," their debut single from their second studio album, "Pioneer," skyrocketing to No. 1 in January in both the U.S. and Canada. The RIAA platinum-certified single was their fastest rising single to date. They followed it up with the release of their highly anticipated sophomore album, "Pioneer," in April, which immediately went to No. 1 on the country album charts and No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart. In celebration of the release, the band treated a crowd of more than 25,000 to a huge free show in their hometown of Greeneville, Tenn.
In July, "DONE.," the second single from "Pioneer," topped the country charts in the U.S. and Canada, marking the first No. 1 song for Reid and Neil Perry as songwriters. "DONE." has been certified gold by the RIAA and is nearing platinum status, and "Pioneer" was also certified gold by the RIAA in September. The band's current single, "Don't Let Me Be Lonely," is its seventh consecutive song to reach Top 10 at country radio - and is still climbing.
The Band Perry also graced the stages of various award shows over the course of the year, including the ACMs, Billboard Music Awards, Canadian Country Music Awards and the CMA Awards. Media and industry alike called theirs "the performance of the night" on multiple occasions. The band stormed the network television airwaves with appearances and/or performances on the following shows and specials: "Tim McGraw Superstar Summer Night," "Good Morning America," "The Late Show with David Letterman," "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "Ellen," "The Today Show," "American Idol," "Rihanna's Styled to Rock," "The Arsenio Hall Show," "CMT Crossroads" (with Fall Out Boy), "The Talk," "Nightline," "GAC's Origins," and more.
2013 is also the year The Band Perry announced and launched their first world headline tour. Immediately following their performance on the CMAs, The Band Perry hopped a plane to Sweden where they kicked off their "We Are Pioneers World Tour." The 30-date run through Europe had the band playing to packed rooms with fans pressed up against the stage waiting to get a glimpse of their favorite band. The shows, each one a sing-a-long bigger than the last, solidified The Band Perry on a global level. The North American leg of the "We Are Pioneers World Tour" will kick off Jan. 9 in Penticton, B.C., at the South Okanagan Events Centre.
A full list of tour dates can be found HERE.