Sunday, January 31, 2010

Taylor WINSSSSSSSS BIG at the Grammys

JUST IN: Taylor Swift took home four trophies at tonight’s 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards, as broadcast LIVE on CBS.  Taylor won the all-genre Album of the Year (for FEARLESS), Country Album of the Year (for FEARLESS), Best Country Song (for “White Horse”) and Best Female Country Vocal Performance (also for “White Horse”), sweeping the Country categories in which she was nominated and winning the night’s biggest award.  Taylor departs for the land down under following tonight’s show, where she kicks off her sold-out FEARLESS 2010 Tour in Brisbane, Australia on February 4th.  Check out all the highlights from Taylor’s GRAMMY night at www.grammy.com.



Saturday, January 30, 2010

Miranda's #1


Miranda Lambert had another first in her music career over the weekend — she reached number one! “White Liar,” the second single off of Miranda’s album, Revolution, is officially a country radio chart-topper! Miranda was very excited about getting the news, because not only is she the singer of “White Liar” but she co-wrote the song as well. Miranda was blown away and “wanted to say huge thank you and tell you how grateful I am to my fans and my friends at country radio for giving me my very first, not only my very first top five, but my first number one. It’s an amazing feeling.”
  • Miranda, who’s on tour with Brad Paisley right now, changed up the set list for her concert last night after getting the news about “White Liar” so she could ”be able to end with…our first time to ever end with a number-one song.” 
 I just wanted to say huge thank you and tell you how grateful I am to my fans and my friends at country radio for giving me my very first, not only my very first top five, but my first number one. It’s an amazing feeling. It’s a song I wrote, so I’m really proud of it, and I just can’t thank you enough for the support, and hopefully it’s the first of many! Thank you so much.”
“It’s been a while since I’ve had a first in my career, so on stage tonight we’re actually doing…we usually end with ‘Gunpowder & Lead,’ and tonight we’re ending with ‘White Liar’ because we want to be able to end with…our first time to ever end with a number-one song.”
  

Friday, January 29, 2010

Odds & Ends


  • Huge congratulations to The Lost Trailers and Chris Young, who both scored ACM Award nominations earlier this week! The Lost Trailers are vying for Top New Vocal Group, while Chris is up for Top New Solo Vocalist. Fans will have a chance to have their say on who wins when online voting kicks-off February 26th at VoteACM.com.
  • The Grand Rapids Press ran a report this past weekend about a neighborhood pastry palace known as Marge’s Donut Den…turns out that Brad Paisley’s tour was headed into town, and a member of Brad’s production team had sent an advance order, only to have the folks at Marge’s go above and beyond the call of dough-ty. They surprised their celebrity client with guitar-shaped glazed doughnuts, adorned with chocolate and white-frosting strings. Brad even Tweeted a photo of the way-cool pastries with the simple caption, “The spoils of fame.” Head over to bradpaisley.com for all the latest on Brad, and you can follow the Paisley Twitter fun at twitter.com/paisleyofficial.
  • Congratulations to the incomparable Loretta Lynn, who’s being celebrated this weekend at a ceremony where she’ll be among this year’s recipients of the GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award. Later this year — the 50th anniversary of the Coal Miner’s Daughter’s first single back in 1960 — Lynn and her music will be the focus of an all-star tribute album. Very cool.
  • And speaking of the GRAMMY AwardsCarrie UnderwoodKenny ChesneyMartina McBrideBrooks & DunnMiranda Lambert, and Brad Paisley are among the huge stars nominated for this year’s honors. Look for Miranda as a show presenter, while Carrie is set to join Celine DionUsherJennifer HudsonSmokey Robinson, and the voice of Michael Jackson in an award-show first — a 3-D broadcast — as they come together to honor Jackson and air, for the first time in public, the 3-D mini-movie for “Earth Song,” which was meant to be the centerpiece of Jackson’s This Is It tour. Through Sunday, fans can pick up free 3-D GRAMMY viewing glasses at area Target stores. Catch all the live music and excitement of The 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards on Sunday, at 8pm, ET, on CBS.
  • And speaking of Carrie Underwood…she’s also singing at the Super Bowl! Talk about back-to-back weekends of cool gigs! CBS will air Carrie’s performance of the national anthem as part of the pre-game coverage of Super Bowl 44. See it all, next Sunday, February 7th, and look for Carrie’s performance during the pre-game show at 6pm, ET.
  • And since we’re talking about Carrie…if for some reason you haven’t grabbed your copy of her terrific new Play On album, head over to carrieunderwoodofficial.com, where you can order the CD together with an 11-by-17 heavy-paper-stock print featuring art from her album photo shoot. Hand-numbered and limited to 5000, the prints include 500 signed by Carrie that are being distributed at random to lucky fans. They’re selling out, so be sure to get yours today!

Thursday, January 28, 2010





WYNONNA, THE OAK RIDGE BOYS, LEE GREENWOOD, and RESTLESS HEART JOIN MICHAEL W. SMITH AND A COMMUNITY OF ARTISTS TO RECORD “COME TOGETHER NOW” TO BENEFIT HAITI RELIEF EFFORTS
A Children’s Choir of More than 250 Elementary School Students – Including 14 from Haiti - Joined Artists Wynonna, Steven Curtis Chapman, Casting Crowns, The Oak Ridge Boys, Mandisa, Matt Maher, Lee Greenwood, Phil Stacey, TobyMac, Travis Cottrell, Darwin Hobbs, Restless Heart, Point of Grace, Brandon Heath, Margaret Becker, Michael Tait, Kevin Max, The Newsboys, Ashley Cleveland, The Katinas, Kirk Sullivan, Meredith Andrews, Matthew West, Francesca Battistelli, Everlife and More 
At Belmont University’s Ocean Way Studios, multi-platinum, GRAMMY and Dove Award winning artist, gathered a who’s-who list from the music community to record “Come Together Now.”  The song, penned by Smith, David Mullen and Cindy Morgan – and produced by Bryan Lenox – was written to remind people of the need to help those in Haiti. 
“The crisis in Haiti has left us all trying to figure out how we can help,” shares Smith. “We wanted to create something that the community could support, for the greater good of those in Haiti.  Everyone gave of their time: the studio was donated, the musicians donated their time and all proceeds from this song will go to designated charity/relief work through The American Red Cross and Samaritan’s Purse. It’s incredible to be part of something that is going to help so many people.”
In addition to lending their voices in song, several artists also recorded PSA’s for The American Red Cross and Samaritan’s Purse for use in upcoming months.
Contributing artists include: Aaron Shust, Alathea, Amber Hezlep, Anthony Moreino, Anthony Skinner, Ashley Cleveland, Austins Bridge, B. Reith, Brady Toops, Brandon Heath, Britt Nicole, Byron Chambers, Calvin Nowell, Charmaine, Chris McClarney, Chris Sligh, Chuck Girard, Dana Jorgensen, Darwin Hobbs, David Mullen, Don Poythress, Donovan Tea, Dorothy Savage, Duane Allen, Echoing Angels, Everlife, Francesca Battistelli, Greg Jennings, Hillary McBride, Jaime Jamgochian, Jared Anderson, Jasmine Sagginario, Jason Baird, Jason Dunn, Jimmie Allen, Jody Davis, John Ford Coley, John Schlitt, Joseph Martino, Julia Ross, Justin Rivers, Kate Lazar, Kate Schettler, The Katinas, Kevin Max, Kirk Sullivan, Lara Landon, Lanae Hale, Lannie Anderson, Lee Greenwood, Mandisa, Manic Drive, Margaret Becker, Mark Hall and Megan Garrett of Casting Crowns, Matt Dowley, Matthew West, Matt Maher, Melinda Doolittle, Meredith Andrews, Michael Cavallo, Michael Olson, Michael Tait, Michael Tash, MIKESCHAIR, Mike Weaver, Natalie Grant, Nicole C. Mullen, The Oak Ridge Boys, Paige Armstrong, Phil Stacey, Point of Grace, PureNRG, Rachael Lampa, Rachel B. James, Reco Hight, Restless Heart, Ruben Mundo, Russ Mohr, Sarah Ross, Sarah Sadler, Selah, Shannon Cochran, Shawn Cavallo, Stephanie Smith, Steven Curtis Chapman, Terrence James, TobyMac, Tommy Coomes, Travis Cottrell, Trey Heffinger, Wynonna, and Yellow Cavalier.  (Artist list subject to change.)

 GRAMMY® WINNERS SAM MOORE AND NE-YO
TO PERFORM AT 2010 GRAMMY CELEBRATION®

DJ Mick Boogie, GRAMMY Jazz Ensembles and the Jon Batiste Band
Also Scheduled to Participate

 Chef to the Stars Wolfgang Puck to Cater and Along Came Mary Productions to Produce
The Recording Academy®'s Official GRAMMY Awards After-Party at the
Los Angeles Convention Center on Jan. 31

LOS ANGELES (Jan. 28, 2010) — DJ Mick Boogie, the Jon Batiste Band (featuring Eddie Barbash, Jonathan Batiste, Philip Kuehn, Matt Marantz, and Joe Saylor), soul singer and GRAMMY®  winner Sam Moore, R&B sensation and three-time GRAMMY winner Ne-Yo, and the GRAMMY Jazz Ensembles will perform at the 2010 GRAMMY Celebration®, an exclusive invitation-only event. This year's star-studded soiree will take guests on a festive journey through a modern twist on a circus theme and will be catered by chef extraordinaire Wolfgang Puck and produced by Along Came Mary Productions. One of the year's most anticipated events attracting GRAMMY winners, nominees and celebrities, the 2010 GRAMMY Celebration will take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Jan. 31 immediately following the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards.

"The GRAMMY Awards are an international extravaganza that celebrates the past year in music, but the festivities don't end there," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy®. "With exquisite cuisine and incredible performances, the after-party will be a memorable and extraordinary way to commemorate the success of Music's Biggest Night®."

"As the only official GRAMMY Awards after-party, we pride ourselves in making the GRAMMY Celebration the year's most unforgettable event through our innovative design and amazing musical performances," said Branden Chapman, Vice President of Production and Process Management for The Recording Academy. "We are extremely fortunate and excited to collaborate with such incredibly talented partners. It takes much skill, innovation and ability to produce a party of this magnitude and we are privileged to work with the best in the industry."

Wolfgang Puck has crafted a custom menu that will be enjoyed by the 5,000 guests expected to attend the celebration. The menu will include an All-American Bistro  (herb crusted rack of lamb with rosemary-mint jus, pan-roasted chicken with natural jus, garlic potato puree and shrimp louie with avocado panna cotta.); Asian flavors (garlic candy shrimp with jasmine rice, chinese chicken salad with crispy wontons and sesame honey dressing, sliced szechwan style rib eye and spicy string bean salad with cashews and tofu); tastes of New Orleans Jazz (cane syrup and bourbon glazed pork loin with creole mustard sauce, gumbo ya-ya with chicken, shrimp and andouille sausage, whipped yams with vanilla bourbon butter and spicy candied pecans and slow braised collared greens with tabasco fried onions), and an iced seafood station (chilled shrimp and crab claws, cocktail sauce and spicy mustard). Delicious sweets will include chocolate truffle cakes, caramel apple tarts, devil's food cupcakes with marshmallow frosting, caramel popcorn balls, baby lemon meringue tarts, and assorted colored cotton candy.
 
Once again The Recording Academy has partnered with Along Came Mary Productions, who will orchestrate the 2010 GRAMMY Celebration and oversee all of the event production and other logistics. The event will transport guests through a three-ring circus as it reinvents the vast Los Angeles Convention Center West Hall into a surreal experience. Acrobats, stilt-walkers and contortionists will be found throughout the space with featured acts performing in each of the main three-rings. The lighting, performances and décor will evolve throughout the event with each hour highlighting a different concept of a guest's visit to a circus. A second event space within the party, Petree Hall, will double as a jazz lounge with a design that evokes images of a clown funhouse.

MasterCard Worldwide is proud to deliver a priceless musical experience with artists set to perform on the MasterCard stage, as well as in the MasterCard Jazz Lounge. Performances will include the Jon Batiste Band, presented by Jazz at Lincoln Center, as well as the GRAMMY Jazz Ensembles. Waste Management, for the second year, returns as sponsor of the after-party and will once again host a lounge within the celebration. Additionally, in keeping with The Academy's greening initiative, Waste Management will collect all recyclable materials from the celebration. A variety of Hard Rock's memorabilia will be on display at the celebration for guests to enjoy such as a Michael Jackson fedora hat, Elton John Mardi-Gras head dress, Madonna clown costume, and a birthday cake dress worn by Katy Perry. Hard Rock Cafe has also been a great supporter of The Recording Academy's Chapter GRAMMY Telecast Viewing Parties for four years, and will host viewing parties in nine of our Chapter cities.  

Spirits, wines and beer will be provided by Patrón Tequila, Ultimat Vodka, Pyrat Rum, Forest Glen Wines, Domaine Laurier Champagne, and Anheuser-Busch Beer. Beverages at the event will once again be provided by Pepsi. 

As part of The Academy's ongoing greening efforts, Wolfgang Puck Catering will be using locally grown produce, dairy and meat, sourcing environmentally sustainable packaging — compostable, biodegradable and recyclable products — and donating any unused/leftover food to Angel Harvest, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that organizes the collection and delivery of the food and items to local social service agencies providing emergency food for those in need.

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 on Facebook (www.facebook.com/thegrammys), MySpace (www.myspace.com/thegrammys), Twitter (www.twitter.com/thegrammys), and YouTube (www.youtube.com/thegrammys).

CARRIE UNDERWOOD TO SING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM

QUEEN LATIFAH TO SING “AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL”

AT SUPER BOWL XLIV ON CBS

CARRIE UNDERWOOD will sing the National Anthem and QUEEN LATIFAH will sing “America the Beautiful” as part of Super Bowl XLIV pregame festivities at Sun Life Stadium in South Florida on Sunday, February 7, the NFL and CBS announced today.  The performance will be televised live on CBS Sports prior to kickoff.

More than 151 million viewers in the U.S. watched last year’s Super Bowl, the most-watched television program in history.  The pregame show and Super Bowl XLIV will be broadcast worldwide in more than 230 countries and territories. 

Underwood  is among many great performers who have been honored with singing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl including: Billy Joel, Diana Ross, Neil Diamond, Whitney Houston, Harry Connick, Jr., Garth Brooks, Natalie Cole, Vanessa Williams, Luther Vandross, Cher, Faith Hill, Mariah Carey, Dixie Chicks, Beyoncé Knowles, Jennifer Hudson and many more.  (See below for a complete list of National Anthem performers from past Super Bowls.)

A four-time Grammy Award winner, a member of the Grand Ole Opry, the 2009 Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year, and three-time CMA and ACM Female Vocalist winner, Carrie Underwood has amassed more than 11 million in U.S. album sales since her debut CD in 2005, more than any other American Idol winner.  Along the way, she has consistently broken new ground and became the first country artist in history to achieve eleven consecutive #1 singles.  Underwood’s North American 2010 headline tour, “Play On Tour,” will launch in March.

A musician, actress, a label president, an author and entrepreneur, Queen Latifah is a Grammy Award and Golden Globe Award-winning artist as well as an Emmy and Academy Award nominee.

Queen Latifah joins VICKI CARR (Super Bowl XI), RAY CHARLES (Super Bowl XXXV), MARY J. BLIGE MARC ANTHONY (Super Bowl XXXVI), ALICIA KEYS (Super Bowl XXXIX) and FAITH HILL (Super Bowl XLIII) as the only artists to perform the song at the Super Bowl. 

The NFL previously announced that THE WHO will perform in the Bridgestone Super Bowl XLIV Halftime Show.

The pregame and halftime shows are an NFL NETWORK PRODUCTION and will be executive produced by RICKY KIRSHNER.
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GEORGE STRAIT RESCHEDULES THIS WEEKEND’S PERFORMANCES

Impending Weather Concerns Cause the Arist of the Decade to
Change Knoxville and Charlottesville Dates


(Nashville, TN) January 28, 2010 – George Strait has always credited  his fans for his career successes and it comes as no surprise he would also  think of them when making career decisions – especially when it comes to their safety.

Strait’s shows with Reba and Special Guest Lee Ann Womack this weekend are being rescheduled due to forecasts of inclement weather of snow and
ice.  Friday Night’s show in Knoxville, Tennessee at the Thompson Boling Arena has
been rescheduled for April 2nd and Saturday night’s show in Charlottesville,VA at the JPJ Arena has been rescheduled for April 3rd.

"Due to our concern for the safety of our fans and crew, we are rescheduling shows this weekend," says Strait. "We regret the change but it's
best to take all the necessary precautions."

Forecasters in Knoxville are predicting 6 or more inches of snow on  top of a freezing rain, While meteorologists in Charlottesville are
anticipating the possibility of double that amount.

For more information on the tour, please visit www.GeorgeStrait.com

Wednesday, January 27, 2010


MARY J. BLIGE AND ANDREA BOCELLI TO PERFORM TOGETHER LIVE IN SPECIAL FUND-RAISING SEGMENT FOR HAITI RELIEF ON THE 52ND ANNUAL GRAMMY® AWARDS

Groundbreaking Performance of Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water"
Will Be Available for Download at iTunes and All Proceeds Will Go to the
American Red Cross Benefiting Ongoing Relief Efforts in Haiti

Music's Biggest Night® Takes Place Live Jan. 31 Only on CBS


SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Jan. 27, 2010) — Nine-time GRAMMY® winner Mary J. Blige and world-renowned pop tenor Andrea Bocelli will join forces and perform live together in a special fund-raising segment for Haiti relief on the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards. This once-in-a-lifetime performance (audio and video) of the Simon & Garfunkel classic "Bridge Over Troubled Water" will be made available for download atiTunes.com/Target following the telecast, and all proceeds will go to the American Red Cross, benefiting ongoing earthquake relief efforts in Haiti. This year marks the 40th anniversary of "Bridge Over Troubled Water" receiving GRAMMY Awards for Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year, and Song Of The Year, and the song will provide a moving tribute to the survivors of the tragic events in Haiti.

The music industry's premier event will take place live on Sunday, Jan. 31, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast in HDTV and 5.1 Surround Sound on the CBS Television Network from 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 and CBS.com, and on YouTube at www.youtube.com/thegrammys. Additional performers, presenters and special segments will be announced shortly. For GRAMMY coverage, updates and breaking news, please visit The Recording Academy®'s social networks on Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter: www.facebook.com/thegrammys,www.myspace.com/thegrammys, and www.twitter.com/thegrammys.

Current GRAMMY nominee Mary J. Blige is up for Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals for "Ifuleave" (with Musiq Soulchild).

This emotional performance with Blige and Bocelli joins previously announced performances by nominees Beyoncéthe Black Eyed PeasBon Jovithe Dave Matthews BandGreen DayLady AntebellumLady GagaMaxwellP!nkTaylor Swift, and the Zac Brown Band, as well as a special 3-D GRAMMY tribute to Michael Jackson featuring Celine DionJennifer HudsonSmokey RobinsonCarrie Underwood, andUsher. Previously announced presenters include actress Kristen Bell, pop/R&B singer Justin Bieber, actor Jeff Bridges, pop singer and actress Miley Cyrus, actor Josh Duhamel, pop sensation the Jonas Brothers, nine-time GRAMMY winner Norah Jones, pop singer/songwriter Ke$ha, two-time GRAMMY winner LL Cool J, GRAMMY winner and three-time Latin GRAMMY® winner Ricky Martin, 10-time GRAMMY and three-time Latin GRAMMY winner Carlos Santana, and nine-time GRAMMY winner Ringo Starr.


All five Album Of The Year nominees are set to perform on Music's Biggest Night®: Beyoncé, the Black
Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga, the Dave Matthews Band, and Taylor Swift.

As part of Bon Jovi's performance on the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards, fans will have an opportunity to decide which Bon Jovi hit the band will perform. For this "You Pick It, They Play It!" special segment, viewers can log on to www.cbs.com/grammys now and vote in the final round for one out of three of their favorite hit Bon Jovi songs: "Always," "It's My Life," and "Livin' On A Prayer." There is no registration to vote, and fans may vote as often as they wish. Additionally, a 30-second clip of each song may be viewed. Voting will continue until Bon Jovi's performance on the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards on Jan. 31, when the song with the most votes is revealed live during their segment.

Additionally, the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards Pre-Telecast ceremony will take place from 1 – 4 p.m. PT at the Los Angeles Convention Center and will be streamed live internationally on www.grammy.com beginning at 1 p.m. PT. Well-attended by nominees and industry VIPs, current GRAMMY nominees Tia Carrere and Kurt Elling will host the star-studded ceremony, which will feature performances by nominees including Montreal-based duo Beast (vocalist Betty Bonifassi and drummer/composer Jean-Phi Goncalves); jazz vocalist Elling; contemporary R&B singerLalah Hathaway; classical guitarist Sharon Isbin; and R&B singer Charlie Wilson as well as a special bluegrass performance by nine-time GRAMMY-winning singer Ray Benson, country instrumentalist Alison Brown, two-time GRAMMY winner Jim Lauderdale, singer/songwriterMichael Martin Murphey, three-time GRAMMY winner Bryan Sutton and singer/fiddle player Gabe WitcherPresenting GRAMMY Awards in 99 categories will be current nominees Colbie CaillatMick FleetwoodLMFAO, and Tonex as well as percussionist Sheila E., four-time GRAMMY winner Roberta Flack, and five-time GRAMMY-winning producer/songwriter and Recording Academy Chair Emeritus Jimmy Jam.The live stream of the Pre-Telecast will remain on GRAMMY.com as video on demand for 30 days following the event.

The 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards are produced by John Cossette Productions and AEG Ehrlich Ventures for The Recording Academy. Ken Ehrlich and John Cossette are executive producers, Louis J. Horvitz is director.

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 on Facebook (www.facebook.com/thegrammys), MySpace (www.myspace.com/thegrammys), Twitter (www.twitter.com/thegrammys), and YouTube (www.youtube.com/thegrammys).

RASCAL FLATTS TO MARK 10TH ANNIVERSARY WITH TRIBUTE HONORING SONGWRITERS
More than 75 members of Nashville’s songwriting community to be celebrated

Nashville, TN…(January 27, 2010)…Having won nearly 40 major awards trophies in the first decade of their career, Rascal Flatts’ Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney will gather early next week to celebrate the more than seventy-five songwriters who have contributed their creative talent to the band’s 6 previously released studio albums.

“It all starts with a song, we’ve believed that from day one,” said Jay DeMarcus. “We are so grateful and humbled by the fact that so many ofNashville's finest song writers have been with us on this incredible ride. We've lent our voices to some of these songs that have, quite literally, changed people’s lives.  What an enormous blessing.  This is just our small way of saying thanks for an incredible first ten years and then, toasting to the next ten!”

A ceremony will be held at the Musician’s Hall of Fame in Nashville next week to recognize the indelible contributions of the talented songwriters who have lent their lyrics and melodies to so many of Rascal Flatts most memorable hits. Among those to be honored include the seventeen writers of Rascal Flatts 11 #1 singles, including Blair Daly, Marcus Hummon, Wendell Mobley, Jeffrey Steele, and Neil Thrasher.

RASCAL FLATTS’ Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney are kicking off 2010 with a bang as they mark not only the beginning of a new decade but also celebrate ten years of making great music together, becoming one of the hottest touring acts and the top country group of the new millennium. The band has delivered 11 #1 singles to the top of the charts and has more titles in Billboard’s Top 100 Songs of the Decade than any other group in the format. Over 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 millenium 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 400 dates as a headline act, 700 total since 2000, with a ticket tally of nearly 6 million. These shows includes 3 consecutive sold-out performances at Madison Square Garden and the band also became the first and only country music act to sell out Wrigley Field. 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 NashvilleTennessee to raise over 3 million dollars in the past few years. Visit www.rascalflatts10.com to learn more about a decade of Rascal Flatts.

Lyric Street Records is a part of the Disney Music Group. The Disney Music Group is the recorded music and music publishing arm of the Walt Disney Studios.
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Loretta Lynn Celebrates 50th Anniversary Career Milestone
  Tribute Album Release Scheduled for This Fall
Lynn to Receive GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award This Weekend;
Coal Miner’s Daughter Book Reissue Coming Later This Year

Nashville, TN – She is a true icon of country music and American culture, and this year, the Coal Miner’s Daughter, Loretta Lynn, will celebrate the 50th anniversary of her debut single with an all-star tribute album set for release this fall on one of the Sony Music Nashville family of labels.  The project will feature artists from various music genres.  With additional details yet to be announced, the collection coincides with multiple milestones, including the special invitation-only ceremony this weekend at which Lynn will be honored as a recipient of the GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award.

Also coming in 2010 will be the reissue of Lynn’s 1976 bestselling autobiography, Coal Miner’s Daughter, as well as the 30-year anniversary of the classic film of the same name.

Already a three-time GRAMMY winner and member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, Lynn’s career began with the 1960 success of her debut single, “I’m a Honky Tonk Girl,” which marked not only the arrival of her distinct voice as both songwriter and performer, but also launched a musical legacy that has included 16 #1 singles, including such classics as “One’s on the Way,” “Don’t Come Home a’Drinkin’ (with Lovin’ on Your Mind),” and of course, “Coal Miner’s Daughter.” 

GLORIANA RECEIVES ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARD NOMINATION FOR TOP NEW VOCAL GROUP


Nashville, TN – Top selling new country group Gloriana has been nominated for an Academy of Country Music Award for Top New Vocal Group of the Year. For the second year, the three newcomer categories — Top New Solo Vocalist, Top New Vocal Duo, and Top New Vocal Group —will be opened up to interactive fan voting throughVoteACM.com. The winner in each category will be announced in mid-March and will move on to compete for Top New Artist of the Year at the 45th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards. The Awards will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 18th at 8:00pm EST on the CBS Television Network.
 
"It is an absolute honor to be nominated for an ACM Award," said Rachel Reinert. “We are going from just attending the ACM Awards and playing Freemont Street last year, before our CD was even released, to being nominated this year. We are all just so thankful for that and for all the support we have been getting – it’s amazing.”
 
Fan voting for the three newcomer categories will begin at VoteACM.com on Friday, February 26th, and will close on Friday, March 12th. The winner in each category will be announced shortly after and will move on to compete for Top New Artist of the Year.
 
Gloriana, who recently was awarded the Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the AMA Awards, has had an exciting year. In addition to having the top selling debut single (“Wild At Heart”) and album by a new country group in 2009, they will make their first trip to Australia next week for a two week run opening up for Taylor Swift. Gloriana, as well as Kellie Pickler, will open for Taylor when The Fearless 2010 Tour returns to the U.S. in March with shows through June, most of which have already sold-out. In addition to opening up for Taylor Swift, the foursome has toured with some of country music’s biggest stars including Alan Jackson, Jason Aldean, and Dierks Bentley.
 
For more information on Gloriana please visit: www.gloriana.com.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010


BRAD PAISLEY’S AMERICAN SATURDAY NIGHT TOUR
            Completes Weekend Run of Four Sold-Out Dates

NASHVILLETenn.  (January 26, 2010)  This past weekend continued the hot success of the American Saturday Night Tour with four sold-out shows, LexingtonKYColumbusOHGrand RapidsMI and BloomingtonIL.  This comes after the recent information released by Billboardnaming the tour #2 in attendance of all genres in its Hot Tour tally for 2010 so far.

“His tone was hard as rock, exaggerating the metal sound of classic honky-tonk guitar, fiercely swinging the beat and dazzling with complex but well-thought runs.  His range, in fact, served to add color and emotion….The blues were never far, rock ‘n’ roll constantly energized his sound, and the whole of country tradition was proudly on display.”  Columbus Dispatch

American Saturday Night Tour will take a break this week and be back next weekend, Feb. 4-6 in TupeloMSBirminghamAL and BiloxiMS.  Miranda Lambert and Justin Moore are special guests on the tour.

Tickets for the previously announced Gillette Stadium – BostonMA show on August 21 go on sale to the public Saturday, January 30 at 10:00am atTicketMaster.com or by phone at 866-448-7849.  Ticket prices are $82.50, $52.50 and $29.50.  Paisley will headline the show and other artists on the bill for the 7th Annual New England Country Music Festival include Jason Aldean, Darius Rucker, Sara Evans and Easton Corbin.

Paisley’s current single, “American Saturday Night,” is number five on the Billboard and Mediabase Country Singles Charts.


 
JASON ALDEAN CONTINUES TO COMMAND THE CHARTS
WITH HIS LATEST NO. ONE “THE TRUTH”


 
2010 WIDE OPEN Tour Kicks-Off with Record Breaking Crowds

NASHVILLE, TENN – Jan.  26, 2010 – Chart-topping country rocker Jason Aldean continues to dominate Billboard’s country chart with a third consecutive No. one smash “The Truth,” off his PLATINUM release WIDE OPEN.  In the past nine months, Aldean has held the top spot for an impressive seven weeks.

“I know I sound like a broken record lately, but I’ve been working to have a year like we just had since I was 14 years old,” says Aldean.  “We had such a killer time on the road opening this leg of the tour and it means so much to see all of the fans singing every word of ‘The Truth’ along with us.”

Aldean’s current chart-topper comes on the heels of a record breaking show in Greenville, SC at the BI –LO Center for the opening weekend of his 2010 WIDE OPEN tour.  With nearly 12,000 fans packing the house, Aldean broke the venue’s attendance record that was previously held by Toby Keith for six years. Aldean continued the momentum with another sellout in his hometown of Macon, GA, quickly matching the pace of his 17 consecutive sold out fall tour dates in 2009.

“I’ve done hundreds of shows in this building and Jason and his band’s performance last Friday was one for the ages," said Roger Newton, General Manager of the BI-LO Center. “The sold out crowd was one of the most enthusiastic and energetic group of fans we have had in a long time.”

Aldean’s third studio album, WIDE OPEN hit big out of the gate dominating the No. one spot on the country charts for a total of six weeks in 2009 with “She’s Country” and “Big Green Tractor.” Aldean received his career first American Music Award nomination in 2009 and recorded his first live DVD WIDE OPEN LIVE & MORE, which has also been certified GOLD.

For a complete list of WIDE OPEN tour dates, please visit www.jasonaldean.com.
 

Multi-Platinum Country Music Singer Neal McCoy and the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Embark on Four-Country USO Tour to Europe
 
ARLINGTON, Va. – Country music icon Neal McCoy recently departed on a USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour to the UK, Belgium, Netherlands and Germany, January 25-31, 2010.  Joining McCoy on his 14th USO tour are four of “America’s Sweethearts”- the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders (DCC).  As part of the week-long USO European trip, McCoy and the DCC will perform for troops and their families, sign autographs and pose for photographs.
 
The son of an Irish American father who served in the U.S. Army and a Filipino mother, McCoy is a strong supporter of the U.S. military.  Having worked with the USO for nearly a decade, he has performed for thousands of troops and their families, and delivered countless words of encouragement to service men and women stationed around the world.  Some of the countries McCoy has toured include Afghanistan, Kuwait, Bahrain, Iraq, Bosnia and Italy.
 
“Touring with the USO is something I always look forward to,” said McCoy.  “Having the opportunity to perform for the men and women who protect and serve this country is truly an honor and being able to share the stage with the DCC is an added bonus.”
 
With eleven albums and more than 25 charted hit singles under his belt, the country singer is best known for his live performances and performs on the road 220 days a year, entertaining audiences with No. 1 hits such as, “No Doubt About It” and “Wink.”
 
A staple USO entertainment ensemble, the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders have performed for the U.S. military for three decades. Since their first USO tour in 1979, they have visited with wounded soldiers, assembled USO care packages, delivered cards from home and entertained troops during the holidays. Among the first entertainers to travel with the USO to Iraq, the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders have participated in more USO tours than any other entertainment group in history.
 
This tour continues the USO’s tradition of sending celebrity entertainers to troops serving far from home.  Whether performing, signing autographs, leading clinics or posing for photos, USO celebrity volunteers help service members and their families feel a little closer to home. 
 
To learn more about the USO and to find out how to support the troops, visit www.uso.org.
 
About the USO
The USO (United Service Organizations) lifts the spirits of America’s troops and their families.  We provide a touch of home through centers at airports and military bases around the world, top quality entertainment and innovative programs and services tailored to meet troop needs.  We also provide critical support to those who need us most, including forward-deployed troops and their families, wounded warriors and their families, and the families of the fallen. 
 
The USO is a private, non-profit organization, not a government agency; we rely on the generosity of our donors.  In addition to individual donors and other corporate sponsors, the USO is supported by Worldwide Strategic Partners AT&T Inc., BAE Systems, The Boeing Company, Clear Channel Communications, The Coca-Cola Company, Gallery Furniture, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft Corporation, Northrop Grumman Corporation and TriWest Healthcare Alliance, as well as other corporate donors, including the United Way and Combined Federal Campaign (CFC-11381).  We strive to deliver maximum benefit for troops and their families from every donor dollar.  For more information, please visit www.uso.org.