Spotify has announced that Carrie Underwood will headline the first show in the music service's Hot Country Live series. The concert will take place July 4 at the Rooftop at Pier 17 in New York City. Dan + Shay are the opening act for the show. Members of Underwood's fan club and select Spotify members can get pre-sale tickets as of June 13 at 10 a.m. ET. Tickets go on sale to the general public on June 15 at 10 a.m. ET.
Underwood commented in a statement: "I’m thrilled to be a part of Spotify’s first ever Hot Country Live show, and can’t wait to celebrate the holiday playing live music under the stars."
Underwood's Hot Country Live show is one of a select number of concerts that she is performing this year. She's also scheduled to perform June 29 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey; Aug. 2 at WE Fest at Soo Pass Ranch in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota; and Sept. 22 at the iHeartRadio Music Festival at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. As previously reported, Underwood and Ludacris are also set to do the first performance of their hit "Champion" at the 2018 Radio Disney Music Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on June 22.
Other concerts in the Hot Country Live series are to be announced.
The concert series is one of the ways that Spotify has enhanced its programming of country music this year. In April, Spotify added exclusive videos (such as behind-the-scenes footage and interviews) to its Hot Country Playlist. The videos included a tour of Keith Urban’s new home recording studio in Nashville, an inside look at Kenny Chesney’s stadium tour, footage from Kacey Musgraves’ Fan-First high tea in London, and footage of Justin Timberlake and Chris Stapleton performing "Say Something" at a Spotify Premium event in London.
Spotify also had a high-profile presence at this year's CMA Fest, that took place June 7-10 in Nashville. In collaboration with Ole Red Nashville (Blake Shelton's new nightclub/restaurant) and the Grand Ole Opry, Spotify curated a lineup of artists who performed at Ole Red Nashville during CMA Fest. The artists included Scotty McCreery, Midland, Lauren Alaina, Cassedee Pope and Hunter Hayes. On June 8, Spotify took over the first Streaming Lounge at CMA Fest's Xfinity Fan Fair X, by giving attendees the opportunity to team up with CMA Fest artists to create playlists.