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Martina McBride enjoys top grossing country female tour of 2007

Thursday, July 12, 2007 – Martina McBride the only country female act in the top 10 for the first half of 2007 for Pollstar's list of top tours. Gwen Stefani is the top grossing female act. McBride is one of country's top five touring acts, following Kenny Chesney, The Rowdy Frynds Tour (Hank Williams Jr. and Lynyrd Skynyrd) and Brad Paisley.

"It was great when I heard I was the only female touring act in the Top 10," said McBride. "But being in the company of Gwen Stefani isn't the worst thing that could happen. We really went all out with this tour, and I'm excited about how it has been received."

McBride released her ninth studio album, "Waking Up Laughing," in April and is currently headlining her national arena tour which sold out New York's Radio City Music Hall as well as other venues across the country including Chicago, Atlanta and Lowell, Mass.

A two hour ABC News Special entitled "Six Degrees of Martina McBride" airs on Monday, July 30 from 9-11 p.m. eastern. The program follow six singers from the middle of nowhere with nothing but their dreams. First, they have to track down Martina McBride in six steps or less proving the theory that everyone in the world is connected by a human chain of six people. If successful, they must prove they can sing, getting their own shot at country music stardom.

Ultimately, one will be chosen to receive a record deal. "Six Degrees of Martina McBride" also covers McBride's beginnings from the family band in Sharon, Kansas through the six steps that resulted in her long career.

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