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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Official 2014 Academy of Country Music Awards ZinePak Review

Enter to win the Academy of Country Music Awards ZinePak Giveaway. Ends 3/30
The Official 2014 Academy of Country Music Awards ZinePak Giveaway ends today. With that said, here is a review of the ZinePak. As described before, the folks over at ZinePak teamed up with the Academy of Country Music (ACM) to offer the ultimate fan guide with a 120-page magazine, 31 songs on 2 CDS, 6 collectible guitar picks, and an ACM Awards nominee ballot. It comes in what they call a ZinePak. The giveaway ends today with the hope that the winner will receive the ZinePak before the ACM show next Sunday, April 6th.
Academy of Country Music Awards ZinePak Review
In our house, my wife and son are the big country music lovers. When the ZinePak arrived, my son quickly attacked the pick. It has a photo pick for each of the nominees for Entertainer of the Year. The six smaller picks pop out of a larger pick. And he was sure to play with all seven of them with his toy guitar (that is out of tune and missing a string). Being a huge Taylor Swift fan, that was his favorite, but he sure did like playing with the larger pick. He recognized all the performers but George Strait.

The ZinePak contains two discs of country music. The first disc, dubbed Kings and Queens, is songs from several of the nominees. The second is up and coming artists, dubbed New Jacks. The whole set retails for $13.98, though you can buy online for $10. That's about 32 cents a song, which isn't a bad price, as you get all the bonus material, too.

Track Listings

Disc 1 (of 2) (Kings and Queens)
  1. Crash My Party - Luke Bryan
  2. Mama's Broken Heart - Miranda Lambert
  3. Mine Would Be You - Blake Shelton
  4. Give It All We Got Tonight - George Strait
  5. Red - Taylor Swift
  6. I Drive Your Truck - Lee Brice
  7. Merry Go 'Round - Kacey Musgraves
  8. Round Here - Florida Georgia Line
  9. Two Black Cadillacs - Carrie Underwood
  10. Easy - Sheryl Crow
  11. 19 You + Me - Dan + Shay
  12. I Want Crazy - Hunter Hayes
  13. Drink To That All Night - Jerrod Niemann
  14. Changed - Rascal Flatts
  15. Who I Am With You - Chris Young
  16. Don't Ya - Brett Eldredge
  17. Point At You - Justin Moore
  18. Hey Pretty Girl - Kip Moore
  19. Whiskey In My Water - Tyler Farr
  20. Back In The Day - Parmalee
  21. It Goes Like This - Thomas Rhett
Disc 2 (of 2) (New Jacks)
  1. Later On - The Swon Brothers
  2. Friday Night - Eric Paslay
  3. Ain't Going Out Tonight - Corey Smith
  4. Black And White - Katie Armiger
  5. Why God Made Love Songs - Joel Crouse
  6. Smile That Smile - Weston Burt
  7. Baby Come On With It - Natalie Stovall And The Drive
  8. Get Some - Blackjack Billy
  9. Take The Keys - Leah Turner
  10. Buzzin' - Johnny T
In addition to the music, the ZinePak is a full magazine, even with a few ads. It is broken into five sections:
  1. Hear and Now
  2. Country's Top Aces
  3. Prime Players
  4. The Vegas Experience
  5. New Jacks
The first section talks about the history of the ACM and shows some past pictures. The fourth section highlights The Week Vegas Goes Country, talking about what's going on this week there. In the rest of the ZinePak, each of the CD's performers gets a few pages of content. There are some fan photos, a ballot for the show, and a bingo board to play while watching the show. These are fun and unpredictable moments in the show like going off stage in the wrong direction.
ZinePak App
The final feature of the ZinePak doesn't even come with the ZinePak. If you download the free ZinePak All Access app from the iTunes App Store or Google Play for your phone, there is exclusive content you can see/watch. Just scan one of the nineteen poker chips in the magazine and enjoy.

Overall, I like the concept of the ZinePak. I had never heard of them before but there are several others available for artists I like (and don't like). Katy Perry, Johnny Cash, Lynyrd Skynyrd to name a few. If you're big fans of the artists/albums, you'll love the extra features the ZinePaks offer.

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