Thursday, July 30, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
The Broadway tuner version of "9 to 5" will shutter Sept. 6 following mixed reviews, little Tony love and disappointing B.O.
Rumors that the Broadway incarnation of the Dolly Parton musical would imminently bow out had become persistent in recent weeks, with the decision seemingly cemented by the fact that last week, when 10 similarly large-scale musicals pulled in weekly sales of more than $1 million each, "9 to 5" upticked only slightly, posting receipts of $695,000 and playing to houses that averaged around 70% of capacity.
The production likely has not made back much of its capitalization costs, thought to tally north of $12 million. So far the show has cumed $11.3 million since it began perfs in April.
Still, producers may have a chance to make some coin from the national tour, which will launch in September 2010 at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville.
Joe Mantello ("Wicked") helmed a cast that includes Janney, Stephanie J. Block, Megan Hilty and Kudisch. List of producers, led byShowtime prexy of entertainment Robert Greenblatt, includes Green State Prods., Richard Levi, John McColgan/Moya Doherty/Edgar Dobie, James L. Nederlander/Terry Allen Kramer and Center Theater Group.
Nashville, TN – July 29, 2009 – The momentum of Taylor Swift continues to grow exponentially, with her triple-platinum-plus FEARLESS CD notching its 20th week as the #1 selling album in country music. FEARLESS is the top-selling album in all genres of music so far this year.
Taylor joins Garth Brooks and Shania Twain as the only country artists in the Billboard SoundScan era to have TWO albums spend 20 weeks at #1 on the Top Country Albums sales chart. FEARLESS, released on Big Machine Records, returned last week to the #1 spot atop Billboard’s Top Country Albums sales chart, 36 weeks after its initial release, and holds firm this week, marking the collection’s 20th week at #1. Her self-titled debut CD, released 143 weeks ago (in 2006), also remains one of country’s top sellers, claiming the #11 spot on the sales chart this week. Taylor is the only artist this decade to have two albums spend 20 weeks at #1 on the Top Country Albums chart.
Taylor’s career CD sales to date now top 7.75 million albums, her paid song downloads now exceed 18 million, and her MySpace music streams are over 246 million.
Taylor’s current single, “You Belong With Me,” currently holds the # 3 position and is climbing BOTH Billboard’s Top Country Songs chart and the Hot 100 pop chart, making Taylor the only artist in the 25-year archival history of Billboard’s airplay charts to have a song greater than #5 on both charts in the same week. In addition, Taylor currently holds the Billboard all-genre record for most Top 20 debuts in a calendar year
The TAYLOR SWIFT FEARLESS 2009 TOUR is the hottest ticket in America this summer, with her sold-out shows garnering rave reviews and electrifying crowds everywhere. Just last weekend. Taylor’s tour set a record at the North Dakota State Fair, with over 50,600 people in attendance that day, the first time ever the fair’s crowd topped the 40,000 mark. The FEARLESS 2009 tour continues through mid-October.
Taylor is featured on the cover of the August issue of Glamour, on newsstands now. The cover and accompanying 8-page interior spread were shot in Los Angeles in April, just prior to the Academy of Country Music Awards, where Taylor was honored with the Album of the Year and Crystal Milestone awards. Taylor is also featured on the cover of the August issue of People StyleWatch magazine.
In other Taylor news, Taylor joins an all-star roster of artists with songs in Band Hero, Activision’s follow-up to their popular Guitar Hero game. Band Hero is scheduled for a November, 2009 release.
NASHVILLE, Tenn.-- July 27, 2009--On the heels of her induction to the Country Music Hall of Fame, Barbara Mandrell will make a television appearance to support her latest project, the Nashville Music Garden. Located at the corner of Fourth Avenue and Demonbreun (in the Hall of Fame Park just across the street from the Schermerhorn Symphony Center), the 2,700-square-foot public garden honors those that have made a positive impact on Nashville's entertainment industry. Tune in to "Volunteer Gardener" on Nashville Public Television (NPT-Channel 8) on Thursday, July 30 at 7:30 p.m. and watch both gardening and music create their own kind of harmony in this special episode featuring Mandrell and host Troy Marden. The show re-airs onSunday, August 2 at 9:30 a.m. "Volunteer Gardener" also airs across Tennessee on select PBS stations including Knoxville, Chattanooga, Memphis, Martin and Cookeville (check local listings for show times).
"I feel truly blessed to be part of the Nashville Music Garden. The garden will both add to the beautification of Music City as well honor Nashville's best!" explains Mandrell. An avid gardener herself, the Nashville Music Garden has been Mandrell's passion project for over three years. "It is so wonderful to see all of this hard work come into bloom," says Mandrell. The public is invited to attend the dedication for the garden on Tuesday, September 29 at 10:30 a.m. Mandrell will serve as host for what is sure to be a star-studded event. For more information, visit www.nashvillemusicgarden.com.
About Barbara Mandrell:
After retiring from an illustrious 38 year career over 10 years ago Barbara stepped off the stage and out of the spotlight. Among her many accolades, Barbara was inducted this year to the Country Music Hall of Fame. She is also the first artist to win the CMA Entertainer Of The Year for two consecutive years and has won multiple awards from the Country Music Association, Academy of Country Music, American Music Awards, The Grammy® Awards, People's Choice Awards as well as a Dove Award. Her variety show, "Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters" on NBC drew millions of viewers weekly. Barbara has also starred in numerous television shows, including her farewell performance at Nashville's Opry House, a sell-out concert titled "Barbara Mandrell and the Do-Rites: The Last Dance."
Nashville Public Television is available free and over the air to nearly 2.2 million people throughout the Middle Tennessee and southern Kentucky viewing area, and is watched by more than 600,000 households every week. The mission of NPT is to provide, through the power of traditional television and interactive telecommunications, high quality educational, cultural and civic experiences that address issues and concerns of the people of the Nashville region, and which thereby help improve the lives of those they serve.
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Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Here we are in Chipping-Campden, England. We started our vacation in NYC after the Today Show. I have never really had any time in NY where I don't have to work or keep some kind of schedule! Took the girls to Dylan's Candy Bar...got big points for that. Went to see Shrek on Broadway. Really fun. Did a little shopping. Ate at Angelo's on Mulberry Street in Little Italy (a favorite of ours). But the highlight for us was going to see Paul McCartney at CitiField, which used to be Shea Stadium. We found our seats and were blown away to find out the were 6th row, dead center! Perfect seats. Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins were sitting RIGHT BESIDE US. She is one of my VERY favorite actresses, but I didn't want to bother her, so I didn't say anything. Should have, but oh well.... Needless to say we were excited to see Sir Paul, and he did not disappoint. Opened the show with Drive My Car. It just kept getting better from there. It started to rain, but it didn't even matter. Ava was tired so I made a "bed" on the seats out of our shirts and she slept through most of the concert, rain and all. (Of course I covered her as best I could and she stayed pretty dry!). The concert was so emotional....I think I felt every emotion. I laughed, I cried. It was just wonderful. At one point I realized I was dancing and singing and smiling and just HAPPY! It was really inspirational to me as a performer. I want my audiences to feel like THAT and I'm going to work my butt off to make sure that happens! Not that I don't. But I really felt a connection to what my fans must feel when they come to see one of my shows. It's weird, because when I come out on stage, I just feel like "me", you know? I don't really think about how special that experience must be for my fans. Because I don't really set myself apart, if that makes any sense. But now I get it. It was really life-changing for me. Anyway.....thank you Paul McCartney for, once again, inspiring us all.
We flew to London....got a little sleep on the plane. Drove to Thornbury Castle where we stayed for 2 days. It was so cool. A real castle..and Henry the VIII and Anne Boleyn actuallly stayed there! I've read alot about that piece of history, so that was fascinating to me. We went to Bath one day..stunning. I thought, "what if you got up every day and this was what you got to look at?!". Visited the ancient Roman baths. Then we drove to Chipping-Campden where we are now. Utterly charming. John and I got to go out and have a bit of a pub crawl last night, which was fun. We just walked up and down the main street and hit the pubs. Met a couple of new friends. Today we visited Stratford-Upon-Avon and had afternoon tea at the house where William Shakespeare's daughter once lived! (now it's a Caswell-Massey tea house and store). It was fun. Came back and we all watched a movie together in our room. Now getting ready for bed. Our hours are a bit turned around, but getting better.
What a great life we have.Thanks to God for all the blessings....and thanks to you for being such great fans.
Certainly the song, which arrives at country radio this week for an August 17th add date, has already had an amazing life. Originally recorded by Chesney - with his good friend Dave Matthews for the more introspective Lucky Old Sun - their duet was brought over to the 4-consecutive Academy of Country Music and 4-time and current Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year's Greatest Hits II, on sale everywhere. Prior to that, it was a key track on Willie Nelson's critically-acclaimed Moment of Forever.
“I'm Alive” isn't about living to party again, but more recognizing the gift and grace of merely being on this Earth. And also recognizing the blessings that are so easy to overlook.
“We all lead pretty amazing lives,” says the man who's in the midst of his Sun City Carnival Tour - slated to play a dozen football stadiums this year in such non-country strongholds as
And now as Chesney's Corona Extra sponsored tour rolls on, “I'm Alive” finds its way onto the nation's car radios. With its life-affirming, happy-where-you-are message, the duet between the singer/songwriter from Luttrell, Tennessee and the jam band front man from Virginia stands as a reminder about the things that matter when times get challenging and circumstances get rough.
“It was never meant to be some kind of a message - except to maybe myself,” admits the man who launches NoShoesRadio.com live on August 6. “I think when you go through stuff, even if it's just an awful morning after a real good night, you consider how lucky you are to be where you are. That's what the song is all about…
“It's funny, though. It's one thing when Willie Nelson at 70 sings it, and something totally different when Dave and I do. One is from a place of really knowing; for us, it was more just the fact that we realize it.”
Certainly Chesney has plenty to be grateful for. Beyond his tour, which is doing unprecedented business in a very tough economy, the man who's sold over a million tickets each of the last seven summers is set to check into “Good Morning America” August 14 as part of the walk-up to his sold-out-in-less-than-10-minutes return to Foxboro, MA's Gillette Stadium - and is hard at work on his next record.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Lake Martin, AL - More than 4,000 boats and 35,000 people attended Alan Jackson's headline performance at Saturday's AquaPalooza Signature Event on Lake Martin, AL, setting a new record for any single event on a lake. Boats were packed bow to stern for over a mile, and many fans donned their inner tubes and water noodles to paddle close to the water-pit at the bottom of the stage. Jackson pulled up to the dock at the Russell Land Marina in his 1923 Hacker Craft and played hit songs from his current platinum GOOD TIME album. During the show, which was taped for CMT’s Labor Day special, ALAN JACKSON AQUAPALOOZA LIVE ON LAKE MARTIN, Jackson spoke movingly about childhood visits to Lake Martin with his family.
With his Greatest Hits II - featuring the 2 week #1 “Out Last night” - Chesney has evolved into the sound of summer in
“People ask me what I do and, obviously, cause of the way I sing and where I come from, I'm a country singer, but really, what I do draws on so much more than that,” Chesney explains. “Growing up, I don't think anybody listened to any one kind of thing - and what I think of as country, well, that's not really what we do… But then again, II think most of our fans are listening to other stuff, too, whether it's Dave (Matthews), (Bruce) Springsteen (Tom) Petty or Jackson Browne, not to mention Bob Marley, who I think may be the great equalizer among all kinds of music.”
Drawn in large part from Chesney's iPod, No Shoes Radio will be the ground zero for all things Kenny: interviews with the 4-consecutive
To kick the network off, look for the station to go live from the parking lot at 12 noon Eastern time in
“I always say I wish I could take the fans with us,” Chesney says. “I can't drag people around behind me, but we can still make them part of this concert experience. For me, the idea that I can bring everybody together within all the music that inspires me… well, that's what got me started doing this in the first place - and now we can find a way to bring everybody to the show! It's gonna be cool, and then it's gonna keep rocking…”
Sunday, July 26, 2009
I've been to the White House five or six times over the years, but none of those times did I ever pick up an instrument.
It was always for some event.
"Hey, there's a reception. Come eat some finger foods, and look around and be in awe like everybody else."
But this time, the phone call was essentially, "We would like to know if Brad would be interested in performing at the White House in the East Room."
It was as simple as that. It's like, "Yes! More than yes. I'm floored. Why?!"
And I could never get the answer why. They just wanted me to play.
Ironically, I read this story just last week on CNN about Michelle Obama's great-great grandfather, Jim Robinson, who was a slave in South Carolina. It's insane to think about that. How the world has changed.
On November 4th, I felt an emotion like I haven't felt in my entire life. I think whoever you voted for, you had to be moved.
My grandfather was in the Philippines fighting against the Japanese during World War II -- and now I record for Sony and played Japan twice on tour, and loved every minute.
If you'd go back in time and tell my grandfather during air raid sirens, "Hang on there. Your grandson -- they're gonna love him," he never would have believed it.
On Tuesday night, I got to perform four songs, and I looked down at the president -- who was sitting about 10 feet away from me at the time -- and I said, "I think about my kids and this generation, and you are the first president they're going to remember."
I got to say that to him. And he just nodded and sort of closed his eyes. And I said, "So this is a song for our times. It's called 'Welcome to the Future.' "
The last verse is about a kid in high school who's having a difficult time, and who's black, and he has a cross burned in his yard for asking out the homecoming queen.
And the line of the chorus is, "Wake up Martin Luther, welcome to the future."
As I sang that, it was everything I could do not to lose it. I had to close my eyes, or I would completely break down. 'Cause in sound check at three in the afternoon, I started crying. I couldn't sing it. Watch the performance »
The last words that I sang were, "Glory, glory hallelujah, welcome to the future," and then I left and went offstage.
I took my hat and tipped it to him and said, "Thank you, sir." And then I came off and just started bawling, because it was so emotional for me to sing those words.
He came to me and said, "If I could sing like you," which was really cool. And then he sort of looked me in the eye and he said, "Wonderful, wonderful words." And I said, "Thank you, sir. I meant them."
Being able to deliver that message personally to one of the people who ushered in this new era is really one of the most completely, artistically satisfying moments I've ever had.
I don't think he knows that much about country music, but that's OK. We're talking about a guy born in Hawaii who lived in Chicago, so I don't know if he's been exposed to it much.
His aides said he told them he was going to download my stuff, which was really cool. I don't know if he will, but I hope he remembers to do that. I could make him a playlist, if he'd like.
I'm lucky that my current album, "American Saturday Night," has a couple of songs about being alive in these times -- that are about our country and are semi-patriotic. Because you know me -- up 'til this time, I've sung about beer, fishing, love and searching for ticks.
You can't go anywhere in the White House without them taking your picture -- probably without your even knowing it. I hope that's the case. I want to think they're watching you in there.
But maybe they just don't care about napkins and ashtrays, because they certainly didn't say anything when we walked out with them! My wife did get a couple of towels -- not the hand towels, but the paper towels that are stamped with the seal -- she got a couple of those.
Everybody's a groupie in the White House. Everybody! I think if George Bush went back to visit, he go, "Hmm. Let me take some of these napkins." There's something about the White House. You've got to have swag from there if you can get it.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
CMT taped it....30-40 thousand lived it....Alan Jackson enjoyed it!
Get lots of people around lots of boats....you have potential problems...at least 3 hurt in seperate accidents at Aquapalooza......This man lifeflighted to a Birmingham hospital after losing several fingers when hit by a boat propeller....
Alan Jackson used to come to Lake Martin from his home in Newnan,Georgia. Today he came back as a country music superstar...
Friday, July 24, 2009
The 15-song hi-definition special captures Aldean's high-octane stage show and includes his biggest radio hits, as well as fan-favorite album cuts from his first three albums; JASON ALDEAN, RELENTLESS and the already GOLD certified WIDE OPEN. Bonus interview footage with the Georgia-native rounds out the 86-minute collection.
"This is the coolest thing we've ever done together as a band," said Aldean from Los Angeles, where he was taping The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien. "The energy in Knoxville was off the charts, and it's just really special for us to have that night recorded. Now, people who might not be able to make it to one of the shows, but are curious to know what we do, can check it out too."
WIDE OPEN LIVE & MORE Set List:
1. Wide Open
2. I Break Everything I Touch
3. Amarillo Sky
5. Big Green Tractor
6. On My Highway
7. Johnny Cash
10. You're The Love I Wanna Be In
11. Laughed Until We Cried
12. I Use What I Got
13. She's Country
14. Asphalt Cowboy
A tease of the live DVD will debut as the new music video for Aldean's current smash country love song "Big Green Tractor" beginning Fri., July 24 on MySpace Music's homepage. The clip will also begin airing on video networks in the coming weeks.
Fans can catch Aldean headlining his Wide Open tour through the fall, as well as opening a handful of dates for superstar Keith Urban in the coming weeks. He will also tape an episode of E!'s highly rated late night talk show Chelsea Lately on Tues., July 28 and will perform on ABC's CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock on Aug. 31. For additional tour dates and more on the upcoming live DVD, visit www.jasonaldean.com.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Alan Jackson is the headliner when the expected boat armada of fans show up for the free boat only access show on Lake Martin in Central Alabama 7/25/09.
**Skynyrd headline dates not with Kid Rock / Tour dates are as follows:
Time Warner Pavillion @Walnut Creek
Verizon Wireless Music Center
Virginia Beach, VA
Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Hershey Park Ampitheater
Jones Beach Amphitheatre
Council Bluffs, IA **
Illinois State Fairgrounds
Springfield, IL **
Spirit Bank Event Center
Tulsa, OK **
The LC Pavilion
Columbus, OH **
Meadowbrook – US Cellular Pavilion
Gilford, NH **
Hartford, CT **
Fort McCoy Army Base
Sparta, WI **
Minnesota State Fair
St. Paul, MN
Inn Of The Mountain Gods Casino
Mescalero, NM **
Anselmo Valencia Amphitheatre
Tuscon, AZ **
Phoenix, AZ **
Konocti Harbor Resort & Spa
Kelseyville, CA **
Fantasy Springs Resort Hotel & Casino
Indio, CA **
Los Angeles County Fair Grounds
Pomona, CA **
The Mountain Winery
Saratoga, CA **
Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino
Lemoore, CA **
Ironstone Vineyards Amphitheatre
Murphys, CA **
Green Valley Ranch Resort, Spa And Casino
Henderson, NV **
Albuquerque, NM **
Coushatta Casino Resort
Kinder, LA **
Galveston Island, TX **
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Country Star Kellie Pickler is adding some extra sizzle to the hot summer months as she appears on the cover of Nashville Lifestyles' August issue, appropriately titled “The Hot List 2009.” The spunky and sassy Pickler continues to write and perform inspiring songs that, combined with her impeccable taste in shoes, only makes her a natural choice as the lead-in to all that’s hot in
Billed under the title, “Smokin’ Hot,” Pickler smolders on a multi-page spread and opens up about importance of always having good friends, a good book and a smile.
And “smokin’ hot” she is. Her current single “Best Days Of Your Life” just cracked the Top 10 this week and continues to scorch the country airwaves and digital outlets as the Gold certified single has crossed the 600,000 downloads threshold. On the continuing success of the song she co-wrote with pal Taylor Swift, Pickler says, “We're both just so excited about it. You know, we wrote this song when we were on tour a couple of years ago with Brad Paisley, and we had no idea that I'd record it or that it'd even be on the record, so when we got to actually go in the studio and sing this song together and shoot a video for it and now sing it on tour, it's just... so surreal.”
Nashville Lifestyles is available at Borders Books & Music, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, Davis-Kidd, Cosmetic Market, Walgreen Drug Stores, and Whole Foods. This issue will hit newsstands on August 1st. Plus, see more on Kellie Pickler at NashvilleLifestyles.com.
For updates on all things Pickler, check out www.kelliepickler.com.
The song has been a longtime concert favorite among Owen’s fans, and the fun factor in “Eight Second Ride” is what initially inspired him to write what The New York Times calls “a bruiser of a seduction featuring plaintive, muscular, layered guitars.” Owen says, “That song is a song for me that I can turn up loud in my truck with my buddies and go rolling down the road and just feel the air coming through the windows.”
Clearly, Owen hit the mark on how “Eight Second Ride” would sound on the airwaves, with KYGO Denver PD Joel Burke exclaiming, “WOW! That’s straight-up country rock, which we need more right now!”
Owen is also the lead artist garnering attention from MarieClaire.com in a recently posted feature recapping the best young talent from the CMA Music Festival. Titled “CMA 2009: Six Artists to Watch,” and with accompanying online interview footage, the feature praises Owen, saying, “Whether it’s his heartwarming ballads or edgier, rowdy tracks like ‘Eight Second Ride,’ Owen brings his diversity to the table, always leaving room for the unexpected.”
In addition to seeing Jake on the upcoming ABC special, fans can also watch for him on tour now, where his knockout live performances continue to wow fans and industry alike, with KWJJ Portland Program Director/Entercom Director of Country Programming Mike Moore declaring, “Jake Owen is a living, breathing party on stage. Without a doubt one of the best live performers in our business.”
“Eight Second Ride” is the second single from Owen’s recently released sophomore album, Easy Does It, which also includes the Top 5 smash, “Don’t Think I Can’t Love You.” Already a huge hit with fans, “Eight Second Ride” has tallied more than three million streams on Owen’s MySpace page.
Jake first hit the national scene with the release of his debut album, Startin’ with Me, which launched a trio of hit singles, including the title track, “Yee Haw,” and “Something about a Woman.” Since then, he’s toured with some of country music’s biggest names, including Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, and Sugarland. He’s earned GRAMMY, CMT, and CMA award nominations in addition to his win earlier this year as the ACM Top New Male Vocalist.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
The night time event begins at 7:25 EDT tonight ( Tues-7/21/09)..
Nashville In Napa
A Benefit for NOTES
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Baldacci Family Vineyards
6236 Silverado Trail
Napa, CA 94558
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