Representatives for the Academy of Country Music and ZinePak have announced the release of the Official 2014 ACM Awards ZinePak, a limited-edition package spotlighting country’s biggest names and brightest new stars, which will be available beginning March 18 via Walmart stores nationwide.
Per a March 12 correspondence shared with Examiner.com, the fan-focused collection teams a 120-page magazine with 31 songs on two CDs. It also includes a ballot with this year’s ACM Awards nominees and six collectible guitar picks.
“This year’s ACM Awards ZinePak is better than ever,” said Lisa Lee, the academy’s senior vice president of Creative & Content Production. “Fans can find out everything they need to know about this year’s ACM Award nominees, immerse themselves in the best music of the year and even play along at home with their own ballot. It’s a must-have for any country fan.”
The package is a promo precursor to the live broadcast of the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday April 6, 2014, at 8 p.m. (ET) live/delayed (PT) on the CBS Television Network. The package retails for $10.
Disc One of the collection features hit songs from ACM Entertainer of the Year nominees Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, George Strait and Taylor Swift, as well as tracks from multi-ACM Award nominees Lee Brice, Kacey Musgraves, Carrie Underwood, Florida Georgia Line and ACM New Artist of the Year nominees Brett Eldredge, Kip Moore and Justin Moore, among others.
Meanwhile, Disc Two showcases 10 of country music’s brightest rising stars. For a full track listing, please access this link.
In addition to exclusive interviews with more than 30 artists, the magazine gives fans an inside look at the Academy, including the history behind the organization and the awards. Country-music listeners will also have access to 20 exclusive videos and photo galleries powered by the free ZinePak All Access app, available for download in the iTunes App Store and Google Play.
Per its creators, this is the fourth partnership between the ACM and ZinePak. The previous three compilations (2011, 2012 and 2013) all debuted in the Top 20 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, despite being released in limited quantities and at only one retailer. And last year’s release debuted at No. 2 on the Compilation Albums Chart and broke the top 40 on Billboard 200.
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