Thursday, December 31, 2009


Sandra Bullock Top Money-Making Star of 2009
GROTON, Mass., Dec. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Sandra Bullock has been voted the Top Money-Making Star of 2009 in Quigley Publishing Company's 78th Annual Poll of Exhibitors and is the first female to win since Julia Roberts in 1999. Bullock is the eighth woman chosen #1 in the Poll's 78 year history. She appeared in three films in 2009, "The Blind Side," "The Proposal" and "All About Steve."
The Quigley Poll, conducted each year since 1932, is an annual survey of motion picture theatre owners and film buyers, which asks them to vote for the ten stars that they believe generated the most box-office revenue for their theatres during the year. It has been long regarded as one of the most reliable indicators of a Star's real box-office draw because the selections are done by people whose livelihood depends on choosing the films that will bring audiences to their theatres. The Quigley Poll appears annually in Quigley Publishing Company's International Motion Picture Almanac and at www.quigleypublishing.com .
Johnny Depp placed second this year based on "Public Enemies" and a small role in "The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus." He was #1 in 2006 and 2007. Matt Damon made his second appearance in the survey, placing #3 with 2009 roles in "Invictus" and "The Informant!" Although George Clooney, placing #4, has never won in his seven mentions in the Poll, he had an extremely productive year with "Up in the Air," "The Men Who Stare at Goats" and "Fantastic Mr. Fox"(voice). Robert Downey Jr.'s performances in "Sherlock Holmes" and "The Soloist" helped him place #5. He was #2 in 2008.
Tom Hanks is #6, which marks the fifteenth time in the Poll since he first appeared in 1988, including five times as #1. Meryl Streep was in "Julie and Julia," "It's Complicated" and a voice in "Fantastic Mr. Fox" and placed #7, her third mention in the Poll. Brad Pitt made his fifth appearance coming in at #8, due to "Inglourious Basterds." 2007's "Star of Tomorrow," Shia LaBeouf scored #9 with "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" and Denzel Washington rounded out the Top Ten with "The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3."
With Bullock's win, eight women have been voted the Top Money-Makers sixteen times as follows: Marie Dressler (1932, 1933), Shirley Temple (1935, 1936, 1937, 1938), Betty Grable (1943), Elizabeth Taylor (1961), Doris Day (1960, 1962, 1963, 1964), Julie Andrews (1966, 1967) and Julia Roberts. (1999)
Tom Cruise has not placed in the Poll in the last two years but he has been in the Top Ten 20 times since 1983, and been voted number one seven times. Tom Hanks, Clint Eastwood, Burt Reynolds and Bing Crosby have all won five times. John Wayne, Doris Day and Shirley Temple each finished first four times, but John Wayne was voted one of the Top Ten Money-Making Stars an astounding 25 times from 1949 to 1974.
Exhibitors were also asked to name the Stars of Tomorrow for 2009: one actor and one actress who they feel will be Top Money-Makers in the years to come. The 2009 winners are Carey Mulligan who had a breakthrough performance in "An Education" and was also in "Brothers" and "Public Enemies" and Taylor Lautner who scored as Jacob Black in "New Moon."
Top Ten Money-Making Stars of 2009
  1. Sandra Bullock
  2. Johnny Depp
  3. Matt Damon
  4. George Clooney
  5. Robert Downey Jr.
  6. Tom Hanks
  7. Meryl Streep
  8. Brad Pitt
  9. Shia LaBeouf
  10. Denzel Washington

Stars of Tomorrow:
Carey Mulligan
Taylor Lautner
Quigley Publishing Company was founded in 1915 and has published the International Motion Picture Almanac annually since 1930 and the International Television & Video Almanac since 1955.  Historical data and all of the Top Ten Money-Making Star Poll dating back to 1932 are available in the 2010 edition of the International Motion Picture Almanac and on our web site: www.quigleypublishing.com

Monday, December 28, 2009

On Vacation....All is Well....

On VACATION this week after Christmas.....All is quiet....I'm looking just trying to have some R & R..
The hard news is out there with the underwear terrorist.....Charlie Sheen going to jail....Ivana Trump getting tossed from a passenger jet in West Palm......Country music is on holiday....no one is touring right now...   Taylor Swift still making news...2 songs on the new Valentine's Day movie soundtrack..
Happy New Year..
Yes TOP STORIES on 2009: Taylor #1...#2 Carrie's big year including her engagement....

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Since it's the Holidays...MOVIE TIME


James Cameron’s Avatar continues to be a strong seller on Fandango (and 32% of Avatar filmgoers surveyed on our site say they’ll see it more than once) - but Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel is actually outselling the sci-fi adventure in terms of today’s ticket sales only.  The high demand is due to the fact that Squeakquel opens today; both films are distributed by 20th Century Fox.
The Squeakquel has turned out to be Fandango’s top family pre-seller of 2009. Its advance ticket sales (i.e., tickets sold on the site beforethe film’s release date) were greater than advance ticket sales for Ice Age: Dawn of the DinosaursNight at the Museum: Battle of the SmithsonianUp, and The Princess and the Frog.
Please contact us for more info - and best wishes for happiest of holidays!

Harry Medved/Fandango (harry.medved@fandango.com; 310-954-0461)

Melinda Petrow/Fandango (melinda.petrow@fandango.com; 310-954-0278, ext. 231)

Fandango Five – Today’s Ticket Sales Only (as of 12/23/09 11:00 am PT)  

Movie                                                                                                            Fandango User Rating                                % Fandango Sales                                        
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (opens today)                        “Go”                                                                       52%
Avatar                                                                                                                 “Go”                                                                        33%
Sherlock Holmes (opens Friday)                                                                    “Go”                                                                         5%
Up in the Air (opens wide today)                                                                     “Go”                                                                         2%
The Princess and the Frog                                                                              “Go”                                                                         2%


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


 

TICKETS ARE GOING FAST FOR 2010 SPRINT SOUND & SPEED PRESENTED BY SUNTRUST JANUARY 8-9
Kyle Petty, Aric Almirola, Kyle Busch, Danny Gokey, Holly Williams and More Join the Line-up for Fifth Annual Celebration of Music and Motorsports

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – December 23, 2009 - The worlds of country music and NASCAR once again collide in Music City for Sprint Sound & Speed Presented by SunTrust on Jan. 8-9, 2010 and tickets are going fast.  Since its inception, Sprint Sound & Speed Presented by SunTrust has attracted an estimated 40,000 fans and has raised more than $800,000 forVictory Junction (a year-round camping experience founded by Kyle and Pattie Petty for children, ages 6-16, with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses) and the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum.
 
Some of the greatest names in country music will kick off the two-day event at the Grand Ole Opry when Sprint Sound & Speed Presented by SunTrust hits the stage of the Ryman Auditorium on Friday, Jan. 8.  The special night of music, which will include two shows at 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., will feature American Idol Season 8 finalist Danny Gokey, making his Opry debut, Holly Williams (9:30 p.m. show only) and Jason Michael Carroll(7:00 p.m. show only) along with already announced participants Hank Williams Jr. (9:30 p.m. show only), Chris Young and Kyle Petty and his band. There will also be appearances by Denny Hamlin, Clint BowyerJamie McMurray and Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Greg Biffle during the Friday night event.

CBS TONIGHT Faith!


Dont forget Home for the Holidays tonight at 8E on CBS  
  Faith stars with Reba and Carrie

Tuesday, December 22, 2009


American Idol Finalist and 19 Recordings/RCA Nashville Recording Artist
Danny Gokey to Release Debut Album, My Best Days, in Early March 2010

USA Today Offers Online View of Gokey’s Performance of “O Holy Night”

NashvilleTN – American Idol Season Eight finalist and 19 Recordings/RCA Nashville recording artist Danny Gokey is new on the radio with his irresistible debut single, “My Best Days Are Ahead of Me,” and fans can be looking forward to a full album, titled My Best Days, scheduled for release in early March 2010.

In addition to enjoying “My Best Days Are Ahead of Me” on the country airwaves, the digital single is available this week for the first time, and listeners can stream the track on the recently launched dannygokey.com, where fans can also sign-up for Danny’s newsletter and access forums, wallpapers, news, upcoming events, photos, video, and much more.

An intimate Danny Gokey performance of “O Holy Night” is now available on USA Today’s website usatoday.com. For a limited time during the holiday season, this video can be viewed on the home page or Life or Idol Chatter sections. (Links: www.usatoday.com/life/default.htm orwww.idolchatter.usatoday.com.)

Wednesday’s issue of USA Today, the nation’s largest newspaper with a total print circulation of 1.9 million, will highlight Danny, the cover of his debut album and spotlight his “O Holy Night” special online performance.

A final holiday mention: Danny is confirmed to sing the National Anthem prior to the 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time FOX network broadcast of the Green Bay Packers/Seattle Seahawks game on Sunday, December 27.

New Johnny Cash?


Johnny Cash’s next posthumous release in the Rick Rubin-helmed “American” series and first official follow-up to American V: A Hundred Highways from his infamous recording sessions in the months between the death of June Carter and his own last days in the fall of 2003 will hit shelves on the week of his birthday in February of next year.
According to the founder of Cash’s official site and an Amazon import listing, the album will come out on February 23 (Cash’s birthday is the 26th) and is titled American VI: Ain’t No Grave. No official confirmation has come through the wire just yet and both the artwork above and the track list below are in a pseudo-rumored stage at this point, but here’s the list of tracks to (possibly) make the cut:


KENNY ROGERS SET TO PERFORM ON LARRY KING LIVE CHRISTMAS SPECIAL WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 23RD
 

Nashville, TN
 – While Kenny  Rogers’ Christmas & Hits Tour was hitting the highways, Larry King’s crew stopped by the Fox Theater in Detroit LAST Friday night to capture two festive songs for the Christmas edition of “Larry King Live” airing tomorrow, Wednesday, December 23rd at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on CNN (check local listings).  Live performances from Sting and Andrea Bocelli are also scheduled to be part of the special.
 
Rogers’ annual Christmas Tour has become tradition over the course of the artist’s storied career. Always a highly anticipated treat for the whole family, the production will feature performances of heart warming traditional and original holiday songs from Rogers — many that can be found on his numerous holiday recordings — such as "Let It Snow”  “White Christmas" and "O Holy Night" as only the Grammy Award-winning artist can deliver, with the help of local choirs and children chosen to be part of the production in each city.  Rogers will also perform classics such as “The Gambler,” “Lady,” “Islands In The Stream,” “Lucille,” and “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love To Town.”
 
A beloved, universally-known icon of American entertainment, Kenny Rogers is a living legend with an extensive history of success, including 20 platinum, 26 gold records and a Diamond-certified Greatest Hits album that has sold more than 24 million copies worldwide. In the span of nearly five decades, Kenny Rogers has recorded 65 albums, which have sold more than 105 million units worldwide.  Rogers is the only artist to chart a record in each of the last six decades and has three Grammy Awards, five Country Music Association Awards, 18 American Music Awards, eight Academy of Country Music Awards and 11 People’s Choice Awards. He’s also ranked #8 on the R.I.A.A.’s list of Top Selling Male Artists of all time.
 
For the latest news and tour updates, please visit Kenny Rogers’ official website: www.kennyrogers.com



George Jones’ “He Stopped Loving Her Today” to be featured in Library of Congress historical archives
“The Sounds of American Culture” radio special to air nationwide this weekend on Public Radio International’s Studio 360 program



Nashville, TN – George Jones’ “He Stopped Loving Her Today” was selected by the Library of Congress’ National Recording Preservation Board 

"He Stopped Loving Her Today” George Jones (1980)
George Jones has said that he initially thought “He Stopped Loving Her Today” was too sad to be very popular, but, at one of the lowest points of his career and personal life, he made it one of country music’s defining and most enduring songs. Billy Sherrill’s restrained production highlighted the plaintive yet highly nuanced vocals that were the hallmark of Jones’ mature style, a style that stretched back to his days singing for tips in the streets of his hometown, Beaumont, Texas, in the 1940s.

Since 2002, the Librarian of Congress, James H. Billington, with advice from the Library of Congress' National Recording Preservation Board, has named a limited number of recordings each year to the National Recording Registry for preservation. These recordings are considered “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.” This is the fourth year of the series, where the first three years won the Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals at the International Radio Programming Festival.

Selections from the seventh annual registry exemplify the rich diversity of the nation's aural history. The series began the weekend of December 5/6, 2009 and will be available as podcasts at a later date.

George Jones – a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame – is a country music icon, frequently referred to as "the greatest living country singer".  A native of Beaumont, Texas, Jones began his career as a radio host and has successfully scored over 150 hits during his fifty-plus year career.   In 2008, Jones received the prestigious Kennedy Center Honor.  Now in 2009, Jones continues to tour extensively in North America and overseas promoting his latest album, A Collection of My Best Recollection, exclusively through Cracker Barrel Music.

For more information on George Jones, please visit www.georgejones.com

The Library of Congress, the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution, is the world’s preeminent reservoir of knowledge, providing unparalleled integrated resources to Congress and the American people. Founded in 1800, the Library seeks to further human understanding and wisdom by providing access to knowledge through its magnificent collections, which bring to bear the world’s knowledge in almost all of the world’s languages and America’s private-sector intellectual and cultural creativity in almost all formats. Many of the Library’s rich resources and treasures may also be accessed through the Library’s award-winning Web site atwww.loc.gov and via interactive exhibitions on a new, personalized Web site at www.myLOC.gov.



JIMMY WAYNE “WALKS HALFWAY ACROSS AMERICA” BEGINNING JAN 1
  ARTIST WANTS TO RAISE AWARENESS OF HOMELESS PLIGHT AND
 MONEY TO BENEFIT ORGANIZATIONS THAT ASSIST HOMELESS YOUTH



Nashville, TN  December 22, 2009 --  Country music recording artist Jimmy Wayne will launch his “Meet Me Halfway” campaign on January 1, 2010 when he begins his solo walk halfway across America in Nashville, TN.  Wayne’s intention is not only to raise awareness of the plight of the homeless, especially at risk children, teens and young adults, but also raise funds for organizations that benefit homeless youth, including HomeBase Youth Services, a Phoenix, AZ -- based organization that provides essentials for homeless young adults. Wayne will begin the walk at 10:00 a.m. CT on January 1st at Monroe Harding in Nashville, another organization that services at risk children and young adults. He plans to walk to Phoenix, AZ.  


“I realize beginning a mission like this in the dead of winter and walking through the middle of the country is going to be difficult, but I hope and pray I am up to the challenge,” Wayne said. “It’s going to be cold, rainy and maybe even snowing and that ground I sleep on at night is going to be really hard. But that’s what the homeless are dealing with each and every winter they go without a home of their own.  Our country is too great for us to have people who are suffering so.  And events of the past 12 to 14 months have increased the number of people—especially children and young adults—without a safe place to sleep. We as a nation have got to end homelessness and we've got to help these kids.”


Wayne grew up in a variety of foster and group homes, and occasionally found himself homeless as a teen. He was given a second chance when Bea and Russell Costner gave him a home and fresh start when he was only 16 years old. He has never forgotten the generosity of the couple, who were in their 70's when they took Wayne in.


"Bea and Russell took a chance on me, and I was certainly no poster child for adoption," Wayne said. "I was this teenager with long hair and tattoos, but they saw past that to the scared kid I was. They met me halfway by offering me a place to live and the opportunity to go back to school.  But in turn I had to meet them halfway by helping myself, which meant studying, doing chores and following the rules. They provided me with a way to help myself make a life. They gave me a home, love and respect."


Wayne's concern for the welfare of the homeless has deepened and accelerated during the past year, with so many people losing their homes to decaying real estate and financial markets.


“It’s been really hard to sit still and watch everything going on in our country since last year’s troubles on Wall Street began,” Wayne said. “While so many of these people received bailouts, and even bonuses, blue collar and Middle America has suffered. From my past, I know first hand what the homeless are experiencing—no roof over your head, no real certainty that there will be any food for the day and just hoping the pair of shoes on your feet lasts another winter. No one in this country should be faced with that kind of situation -- especially kids.  But unfortunately thousands of people are going though this each and every day.”


Wayne selected HomeBase Youth Services as the recipient of any donations people care to make because of the work they do with homeless young adults (age 18 –21).  Like most charitable organizations, HomeBase has also been hit hard by the economic woes of the country. HomeBase is an Arizona-based, non-profit organization founded in 1991 to address the growing needs of at-risk and homeless youth age 21 and younger.  At age 18, many youth "age out" of the foster care or juvenile justice systems without the necessary life skills to live independently; as a result, they quickly end up homeless and on the streets.  Other youth choose to flee their homes after years of mental, physical and emotional abuse or neglect.  HomeBase addresses the needs of this "forgotten" population, and assists these promising young people with the tools they need to live healthy, independent lives. The programs and services include Street Outreach, Mobile Medical Outreach, Employment and Life Skills Training, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Care, a Resource Center, a Transitional Living Program and an Independent Living Program. The mission of HomeBase Youth Services is to teach at-risk and homeless youth how to become self-sufficient adults.


Likewise Monroe Harding partners with at-risk youth and families to provide a bridge toward independence and success.  This is accomplished through foster care and adoption services, residential housing and a center for youth aging out of state custody.  On-campus and Independent Living residential programs include progressively independent levels of living experiences for youth in state custody.  All levels include education, vocational training, life skills and—most importantly—the support and guidance of a caring adult. Private foster homes provide an array of therapeutic foster care and adoptions services for children of all ages. Youth Connections is Nashville’s resource center for young people between the ages of 18 and 23 and have previously been in foster care. The center provides assistance with housing, employment, well-being, education, life skills education, financial literacy and an on-site thrift store.


"Because I was helped when I needed it, I want to try and help now," Wayne said. "If the bit of celebrity I have can help me raise awareness of this situation --that there are kids and young people out there who need our help, then I feel like I have accomplished my goal.  I'm not asking people to come out and walk with me, but I am asking them to meet me halfway by getting involved-- donate money, adopt a kid, learn more about the foster child/foster parent program in your local community.  There's so much one person can do, and so many ways they can make a difference. It just takes one person to help someone to a better life."


Marmot Sportswear is providing Wayne with essential cold weather clothing for Meet Me Halfway. For additional information on "Meet Me Halfway" and Wayne, please visit www.jimmywayne.com
  . To learn more about HomeBase or make a donation to this organization, please visit www.hbys.org  .


For more information on Monroe Harding or make a donation to this organization, please visit www.monroeharding.org
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GRAMMY® NOMINEES BEYONCÉ, THE BLACK EYED PEAS,
LADY ANTEBELLUM, MAXWELL, AND TAYLOR SWIFT
TO PERFORM ON 52ND ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS

Music's Biggest Night® Airs Live on CBS Sunday, Jan. 31, 2010

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Dec. 22, 2009) — Current GRAMMY® Award nominees Beyoncé, the Black Eyed PeasLady AntebellumMaxwell, andTaylor Swift are the first performers announced for the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards telecast. The music industry's premier event will take place live on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2010, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast in HDTV and 5.1 Surround Sound on the CBS Television Networkfrom 8 – 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT). The show also will be supported on radio via Westwood One worldwide, and covered online at GRAMMY.com andCBS.com, and on YouTube at www.youtube.com/thegrammys. Additional performers, presenters and special segments will be announced soon. For GRAMMY coverage, updates and breaking news, please visit The Recording Academy®'s social networks on Twitter and Facebook:www.twitter.com/thegrammyswww.facebook.com/thegrammys.

Ten-time GRAMMY winner Beyoncé leads with 10 nominations: Record Of The Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for "Halo"; Album Of The Year and Best Contemporary R&B Album for I Am…Sasha Fierce; Song Of The Year, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, and Best R&B Song for "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)"; Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance for "At Last"; Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for "Ego" (with Kanye West); and Best Song Written For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media for "Once In A Lifetime" (from Cadillac Records, with Ian Dench, James Dring, Amanda Ghost, Scott McFarnon & Jody Street).

Taylor Swift has eight nods: Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year (with Liz Rose), and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for "You Belong With Me"; Album Of The Year and Best Country Album for Fearless; Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals for "Breathe" (with Colbie Caillat); and Best Female Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Song (with Liz Rose) for "White Horse."

Three-time GRAMMY winners the Black Eyed Peas and Maxwell each are up for six awards: The Black Eyed Peas with Record Of The Year and Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals for "I Gotta Feeling," Album Of The Year and Best Pop Vocal Album for The E.N.D., and Best Dance Recording and Best Short Form Video for "Boom Boom Pow"; and Maxwell with Song Of The Year, Best Male R&B Vocal Performance, and Best R&B Song for "Pretty Wings," Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for "Love You," Best Pop Instrumental Performance for "Phoenix Rise," and Best R&B Album for Blacksummers' Night.

Lady Antebellum has two nominations: Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals and Best Country Song (with Tom Douglas) for "I Run To You."

As previously announced on "The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!!" on Dec. 2, music fans can upload a 20-second video of themselves singing along to a portion of the Black Eyed Peas "I Gotta Feeling" for a chance to have their video appear as part of the Peas' performance on Music's Biggest Night®. Videos may be uploaded to www.cbs.com/specials/grammys/upload/ and http://bepgrammys.dipdive.com/extrapages/11896/ through Jan. 15, 2010.


Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, join the organization's social networks as a Twitter follower atwww.twitter.com/thegrammys, a Facebook fan at www.facebook.com/thegrammys, and a YouTube channel subscriber at www.youtube.com/thegrammys.

REBA’S “CONSIDER ME GONE” IS #1 COUNTRY SONG IN AMERICA

SUPERSTAR’S 34TH #1 MARKS 26 YEARS OF #1 SINGLES


Upcoming TV:
GAC “On the Set: Consider Me Gone” – Dec. 22, 6:30 pm ET
CBS “Home For the Holidays”  -- Dec. 23, 8 pm ET


NASHVILLE, TN –  Country radio delivered an early Christmas present to Reba yesterday as the superstar’s single, “Consider Me Gone,” soared to the #1 position on both the Billboard Country Songs Chart and the USA Today/ Country Aircheck Chart (powered by Mediabase).

Reba’ second single off her current album, KEEP ON LOVING YOU, marks her 34th #1 career hit, expanding her span of #1 hits to 26 years.   Reba’s very first #1 single, “Can’t Even Get the Blues” rose to the top of the charts in January 1983.

“My Valory Music Company family gave me the best Christmas gift ever -  a number one record!  Our team’s hard work and enthusiasm continue to amaze me,” said Reba.    “ ‘Consider Me Gone’ is a great song, and I’m just proud to be a part of it.  2009 has been great.  34 #1’s are great.  And, I feel like we are just getting started!”

An exclusive behind-the-scenes look of the making of Reba’s “Consider Me Gone” music video can be seen now on the Great American Country Channel.  The special, GAC: ON THE SET, which premiered on Sunday, airs again on December 22 at 6:30 pm ET/ 5:30 pm CT.

Reba also performs on the CBS network special, HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS, on Wednesday, December 23rd at 8 pm ET/ 7 pm CT.

“Consider Me Gone” marks the third #1 single from two-year old label The Valory Music Co

Monday, December 21, 2009



GIBSON CUSTOM SHOP ANNOUNCES THE JIMMY PAGE “NUMBER TWO” LES PAUL – A LEGENDARY LES PAUL MODIFIED BY THE WORLD’S MOST LEGENDARY PLAYER

Nashville, Tennessee….December 21, 2009…. Gibson Custom announces the Gibson Custom Jimmy Page Number Two Les Paul Limited Edition guitar modified by the legendary Jimmy Page himself.  Every musician knows that late ’50s Sunburst Les Paul Standards are hard enough to come by as it is. Obtaining a pristine and exemplary ’59 ’Burst and modifying it for heightened performance and vastly expanded tonal options? Unheard of… unless, of course, you’re Jimmy Page. That’s exactly what the legendary Led Zeppelin guitarist, perhaps the world’s most iconic Les Paul player, did with his own ’59 Les Paul Standard, and now—thanks to the extreme efforts of Gibson’s Custom Shop and the intimate cooperation of Jimmy Page himself—the artist’s hallowed “Number Two” Les Paul is available to mere mortals, in the form of the Custom Shop Jimmy Page “Number Two” Les Paul. Produced in strictly limited numbers, with two levels of aging, this guitar captures the look, feel, sound, and versatility of one of the greatest artist-owned Les Pauls of all time, and it is likely to disappear from authorized Gibson dealers in record time.

The 1959 Les Paul that has come to be known as “Number Two” was purchased by Page in 1973 after trying for some time to acquire an exceptional second Les Paul. This was several years after having acquired his other legendary Les Paul—“Number One”, a ’59 ’Burst with shaved-down neck profile and no serial number—from Joe Walsh. “Number Two” was essentially all original when he acquired it. Jimmy did have some modifications done to the neck shape so that it would more nearly match the feel of his "Number One". The neck is certainly slim but not to such extremes as the now-ultra-slim neck on “Number One”. It had a strong, beautiful sunburst finish with a red element that had faded to a dusky amber-brown, along with a clear serial number dating it to 1959. Page played this Les Paul frequently through his days with Led Zeppelin, and in the early ’80s decided to make it an even more versatile instrumentPage also added that he wanted to "explore the full range of what the two humbuckers have to offer".  He designed a switching system for coil splitting, series/parallel, and phase-reverse options for both pickups, and employed a skilled electronics technician to devise a working schematic and make his sonic vision a reality. The result comprised a push/pull pot on each of the guitar’s four standard controls, plus two push-button switches hidden beneath the pickguard, all mounted on a ’59 Les Paul Standard that is otherwise a superb example of the breed, both in tone and playability.

The Custom Shop Jimmy Page “Number Two” Les Paul was recreated with intense, inch-by-inch examination of Page’s original guitar, inside and out. The process of getting it right involved the production of a number of hand-built prototypes, each of which was checked and critiqued in detail by Page himself. Approval of the final iteration was only offered after the legendary artist had intricately examined and extensively played this last prototype in his London home—after which it was given the thumbs-up, worthy of being the template for the Custom Shop Jimmy Page “Number Two” Les Paul. Only 325 examples will be produced in total: The first 25 instruments are to be aged by vintage-reproduction master Tom Murphy then inspected, played and hand signed and numbered by Jimmy Page personally. An additional 100 guitars will be given the extensive aging treatment and 200 will be finished to Gibson’s VOS specs.
 BODY:

Species
Each Custom Shop Jimmy Page “Number Two” Les Paul is crafted from a uniquely figured two-piece Eastern maple top attached to a one-piece, solid, lightweight,  genuine mahogany back. The figured maple used for each guitar has been carefully hand selected to closely match the distinctive figuring of Jimmy Page’s original “Number Two” Les Paul.

Design
The Custom Shop Jimmy Page “Number Two” Les Paul precisely follows the body lines and dimensions of the original ’59 Les Paul Standard, with a gently arched carved top and rounded lower bout, and combines the classic tonewood combination of mahogany back and carved maple top. The body’s back is cut from a single piece of solid, lightweight clear mahogany, and capped with a two-piece top of figured  Eastern  maple that is carved into a period-correct “dish”, or arch.

Weight
Wood weights always vary slightly, but Gibson’s Custom Shop seeks out the lightest, most resonant mahogany for the one-piece backs of the Custom Shop Jimmy Page “Number Two” Les Paul.

Tonal Characteristics
The Custom Shop Jimmy Page “Number Two” Les Paul’s body woods present the classic combination that helped to make the Les Paul Standard a legendary instrument in the first place. The marriage of these tonewoods offers good clarity, definition and treble bite from the maple, and excellent depth and richness from the mahogany, all of which are elements that are found in the legendary tone of the original ’59 Les Paul Standard. This is one of the most revered wood combinations of all time, and truly offers a “best of both worlds” design in the way that mahogany and maple complement each other to offer superior resonance, sustain, depth, clarity, and definition.

FINISH:
Color
The Jimmy Page “Number Two” Les Paul is finished in the Gibson Custom Shop’s painstakingly devised “Page Burst Version Two”, a sunburst finish that accurately replicates the deep, rich, reddish-brown to amber appearance of the original guitar, and which has been approved by Page himself.

Process
This intricate finishing process involves several stages of applying proprietary toner and shading to accurately replicate the fading of a 50-year-old Sunburst Les Paul with the distinctive characteristics of this particular guitar. Like the great Les Pauls of the late ’50s, the Jimmy Page “Number Two” Les Paul is finished in nitrocellulose lacquer with minimum build-up, in an effort to produce a finish that breathes with the guitar and enhances natural resonance, and will age elegantly and naturally to continually enhance the appearance of this reborn classic.

Aging

Once the finishing process is complete, 125 examples of the Limited Run Jimmy Page “Number Two” Les Paul will be hand-aged in the image of Page’s original 1959 Les Paul. A further 200 guitars will receive Gibson’s much-admired VOS (Vintage Original Spec) treatment, which gives an “antiqued” patina to the guitar’s finish and hardware, replicating the look of a gently aged, 50-year-old instrument.

NECK AND HEADSTOCK:

Species
The neck of the Custom Shop Jimmy Page “Number Two” Les Paul is constructed from one piece, quarter-sawn, lightweight mahogany for improved strength and resonance. The Luthiers in Gibson’s Custom Shop carefully match the grains and weights of these guitars’ bodies and necks to optimize tone and sustain.

Truss Rod
Gibson invented the truss rod in the 1920s, and the company’s traditional truss rod, as used in all late-’50s Les Pauls, is installed in the neck of the Jimmy Page “Number Two” Les Paul. Found in most all of our guitars, this truss rod is highly responsive to the individual adjustments you’ll want to make to personalize and optimize string action and sustain.

Profile
The neck on the Custom Shop Jimmy Page “Number Two” Les Paul is carved to replicate the slim, C profile of the guitarist’s own “Number Two”, a 1959 Les Paul Standard with a slightly modified neck.

Joint Angle (Pitch)
4° (+/- 15 seconds)

Headstock Angle (Pitch)
Just like the original Les Pauls of the late ’50s, and many classic Gibson models, the Custom Shop Jimmy Page “Number Two” Les Paul headstock is carefully angled at Gibson’s traditional 17 degrees, which increases pressure on the strings and helps them stay in the nut slots. An increase in string pressure also means there is no loss of string vibration between the nut and the tuners, which equals better sustain.

Logo
The traditional, period-correct Gibson logo is inlaid in mother of pearl across the top of a holly headstock veneer, with “Les Paul Model” silkscreened in gold along the headstock face.

Tonal Characteristics
In order to recreate “Number Two” to Jimmy Page’s standards, ever tone-enhancing detail used in the original 1959 Les Paul was vital to the picture. The angled, classical-style peg head and mahogany neck are part of this, and they work together to provide exceptional tonal richness and resonance from the neck, with a good string definition and sustain.


Wanna be a Movie Star??


The Search Is On for the Lead in the Coen Brothers next film, TRUE GRIT!  The site is the best place to obtain information -http://www.truegritcasting.com/self-taping.html, as well as the following break on slashfilm.com - http://www.slashfilm.com/2009/12/18/casting-search-for-the-coen-brothers-true-grit/).
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Paramount Pictures has begun an open casting search for The Coen Brothers‘ next film True Grit. They have set up a website, TrueGritCasting.com, where young actresses can submit a self-filmed audition tape or find out about open casting calls in Little RockARJacksonMI, and OklahomaParamount is seeking a 12-16 year old Caucasian girl for the lead role of Mattie. She is described as a “simple, tough as nails, young woman in post-Civil War Arkansas.”


Carrie Underwood’s Some Hearts Scores
Billboard’s Top Country Album of the Decade

Carrie’s TV Appearances This Week Include Encore Airing of
“Carrie Underwood: An All-American Holiday Special” (Fox, December 22) and
“A Home For The Holidays” (CBS, December 23)

Nashville, TN – Six weeks since the release of country superstar Carrie Underwood’s new album Play On, which has yielded the #1 hit, “Cowboy Casanova,” and brand-new heart-wrenching single, “Temporary Home,” the  reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year received an early holiday surprise. Billboard announces that Carrie’s Some Hearts is the Top Country Album of the Decade.

Also included in Billboard’s year-end special double issue is the acknowledgement that her feisty smash, “Before He Cheats” (#8), is the only female showing in the Top 20 Hot Country Songs of the Decade.

The 19 Recordings/Arista Nashville hit-maker’s TV appearances this week include an encore airing of, “Carrie Underwood: An All-American Holiday Special” on Fox, Tuesday, December 22, 8-10 pm/7-9 pm Central and “A Home For The Holidays” on CBS, Wednesday, December 23, 8-9 pm/7-9 pm Central.  On both shows, she will perform her current single, “Temporary Home,” which she co-penned with Luke Laird and Zac Maloy.

A four-time GRAMMY Award winner, ACM Entertainer of the Year, and reigning, three-time CMA and ACM Female Vocalist winner, Carrie’s Play Onre-teams her with producer Mark Bright, who helmed her Carnival Ride collection as well as seven tracks from her 2005 album debut, Some Hearts.  To date, Underwood has amassed more than 11 million in U.S. album sales with Some Hearts, 2007’s Carnival Ride and 2009’s Play On.  Along the way, she has consistently broken new ground and earlier this year became the first country artist in history and the only American Idol winner ever to achieve ten #1 singles from their first two albums. When “Cowboy Casanova,” the debut single from Play On, recently achieved #1, Carrie’s string of uninterrupted #1s increased to 11.

It's Official Carrie is ENGAGED!








































In a dispatch from the Ottawa Citizen newspaper....the rumors are confirmed.....nothing from Carrie BUT as you will read she's headed to the altar!





OTTAWA — Ottawa Senators centre Mike Fisher confirmed Monday morning that he is engaged to country music star Carrie Underwood.
He spoke about the impending nuptials at the morning skate, ahead of his team's game against the Boston Bruins.
"It's true," Fisher said. "We're both obviously excited and very happy and so, exciting times for sure."
A wedding date hasn't been set.
Fisher said he popped the question Sunday, but he wouldn't go into any more details. He has been reluctant to speak about the relationship in the past.
But according to a family friend, Fisher, 29, popped the question at his home Sunday afternoon while surrounded by his family and friends, before texting the good news to many of his close friends later in the day.
"He was pretty excited," said the source, who did not want to be identified. "She's a great gal and I think they're made for each other."
The source said the text message was received around 9 p.m. Sunday. When asked why Fisher might have informed friends via text message, the source merely said, "he's a simple guy."
It's not known where the ring came from but it was given to Underwood, 26, on Sunday. It's believed that none of her family were present at the time.
The couple have been dating for about a year, although they kept the relationship quiet until recently.
The romance apparently began after Mr. Fisher, 28, went backstage following Ms. Underwood's March 21, 2008 concert at Scotiabank Place, where she performed before 7,700 country fans.
The couple hit it off, say observers, and then began dating some time after their initial meeting.