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Alan Jackson sells out Australia

Friday, October 8, 2010 – Tickets for Alan Jackson's first ever tour in Australia - scheduled for March 2011 - sold out within hours of being put on sale Friday morning. Ticket sales for the four announced dates - Melbourne (March 4), Sydney (March 7) and Brisbane (March 10 and 11) - sold so quickly that the tour was extended.

An additional concert, a third show in Brisbane, was added to the schedule. Tickets for the newly announced March 12th show in Brisbane go on sale Oct. 14.

"We're looking at what may be the fastest selling country show or tour in Australian country music history," said Rob Potts, CEO of Rob Potts Entertainment Edge and co-promoter of the tour. "The excitement level for Alan Jackson's first tour in our country just can't be measured. The fans can't believe he's really coming - and ticket sales have proven just how excited they are."

When reached on his boat about adding another date to the Australian tour, Jackson laughed, "I'm a Southern man, and that's about as far South as we can go - let's go do it."

"I've always heard that it's just beautiful down there, and everybody I know that's been there has loved it," said Jackson. "I've heard that the Australian people are really warm and welcome people from the U.S. so generously. That's all I've ever heard - just great things. Great things."

On Nov. 22, Jackson will release "34 Number Ones," a career-spanning, double-disc collection featuring all 34 of Jackson's number 1 hits. With 37 songs in all, the project will also include two rare tracks as well as the Zac Brown Band-collaborated hit As She's Walking Away.

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