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BIG MACHINE RECORDS BECOMES NEW MUSICAL HOME
FOR RASCAL FLATTS

NOTHING LIKE THIS
 ALBUM TO HIT STORES NOVEMBER 16

NEW SINGLE “WHY WAIT” TO BE RELEASED TO COUNTRY RADIO IMMEDIATELY
Nashville – (July 29, 2010) – Disney Music Group finalized arrangements today for the release of the forthcoming Rascal Flatts record Nothing Like This to be on Big Machine Records. The Rascal Flatts catalogue will remain with the Disney Music Group.

As Big Machine Records becomes the new musical home to Rascal Flatts, who are Country Music’s most awarded group of the millennium and an act at the pinnacle of their career, the final touches are being made on the group’s next album Nothing Like This, its seventh studio release.
Nothing Like This will be in stores on November 16 and was produced by Dann Huff and is the follow up toUnstoppable released in 2009.  The lead-off single, “Why Wait,” was written by Neil Thrasher, Tom Shapiro and Jimmy Yeary, and is going out to Country radio immediately.

Big Machine Label Group President/CEO Scott Borchetta says, “Rascal Flatts are the biggest band in Country Music and we’re honored and thrilled to have them join the Big Machine Records family.  While they are celebrating their first ten years together I selfishly can’t wait to start on their next ten years.  They have made a fantastic new album and they are completely energized and ready to take on not only the US but also the rest of the world. Why wait?”   

“We are extremely excited about our new partnership with Big Machine Records!,” says Jay DeMarcus, bassist and background vocalist for Rascal Flatts.   “We believe that Scott Borchetta and all of the folks over there are a perfect fit for what Rascal Flatts is trying to accomplish over the next few years.  The last 10 years have been amazing but we are even more excited about the next phase of our career; Scott understands us, he knows what we're about and it's always a wonderful thing to have someone who believes in you and your music that much in your corner.”

About Rascal FlattsGary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney have 11 #1 singles and have more titles in Billboard’s Top 100 Songs of the Decade than any other group in the format.  In the last ten years, the band has sold more than 20 million albums and 25 million digital downloads while all six of their studio albums made Billboard’s Top 100 Country Albums of the Decade listing. As the most awarded country group of the new Millennium, Rascal Flatts has brought home nearly 40 trophies from the Academy of Country Music, American Music Awards, Country Music Association, People’s Choice Awards and more. In concert, Rascal Flatts continues to be one of the hottest touring acts of the decade with more venue attendance records than any other country act. They have played over 400 dates as a headline act, over 700 shows since 2000, with a ticket tally of nearly 6 million, including two sold-out stadium concerts at Chicago’s Wrigley Field and Columbus’ Crew Stadium last summer.  Gary, Jay and Joe Don have traveled to visit U.S. troops in Iraq on a USO Tour and partnered with the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tennessee to raise over 3 million dollars in the past few years. In 2011, the band will receive a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  The band will continue their “Nothing Like This Tour” this weekend with shows in Fairlea, West Virginia, Virginia Beach, Virginia and Hartford, Connecticut.    For additional information on Rascal Flatts go to www.rascalflatts.com


About Big MachineScott Borchetta founded independent label Big Machine Records in September 2005 and serves as its President/CEO. In its first year Big Machine scored its first #1 single, placed five singles in the Country Top 30, received a nomination for Record Label of the Year, and placed all three of the label's three new artist releases in the Top 10 Most-Played New Artists of 2006 (as monitored by Mediabase and reported by USA Today and Country Aircheck).

Big Machine Records was Billboard Magazine’s #1 Top Country Album Imprint of 2009, decorating it as the highest-selling record label group on Music Row.  In 2010 Big Machine was named Country Label of the Year by Country Aircheck Magazine/Powered by USA Today.  The artist roster for the Big Machine Label Group, which also counts the Valory Music Co. and the Republic Nashville imprints, includes Platinum superstars Taylor Swift, Reba and Jewel as well as Jack Ingram and newcomers Justin Moore, The Band Perry, Steel Magnolia, Jaron And The Long Road To Love, Sunny Sweeney, The Eli Young Band, SHEL and comedienne Melissa Peterman.
 

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