Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Monday, April 23, 2012

Keith Urban the Newest Opry Member

2012 CMT Nominations...

The complete list of nominees is: Video of the Year Jason Aldean — “Dirt Road Anthem” Kenny Chesney Featuring Grace Potter — “You and Tequila” Toby Keith — “Red Solo Cup” Lady Antebellum — “We Owned the Night” Miranda Lambert — “Over You” Brad Paisley With Carrie Underwood — “Remind Me” Rascal Flatts Featuring Natasha Bedingfield — “Easy” Blake Shelton — “God Gave Me You” Taylor Swift Featuring the Civil Wars — “Safe & Sound” Carrie Underwood — “Good Girl” Male Video of the Year Jason Aldean — “Dirt Road Anthem” Luke Bryan — “I Don’t Want This Night to End” Eric Church — “Drink in My Hand” Toby Keith — “Red Solo Cup” Blake Shelton — “God Gave Me You” Keith Urban — “Long Hot Summer” Female Video of the Year Sara Evans — “My Heart Can’t Tell You No” Miranda Lambert — “Over You” Martina McBride — “I’m Gonna Love You Through It” Kellie Pickler — “Tough” Taylor Swift — “Ours” Carrie Underwood — “Good Girl” Group Video of the Year Eli Young Band — “Crazy Girl” Lady Antebellum — “We Owned the Night” Pistol Annies — “Hell on Heels” Rascal Flatts — “Banjo” The Band Perry — “All Your Life” Zac Brown Band — “Keep Me in Mind” Duo Video of the Year Love and Theft — “Angel Eyes” Montgomery Gentry — “Where I Come From” Sugarland — “Tonight” The Civil Wars — “Poison and Wine” Thompson Square — “Glass” Thompson Square — “I Got You” USA Weekend Breakthrough Video of the Year Lauren Alaina — “Georgia Peaches” Brantley Gilbert — “Country Must Be Country Wide” Hunter Hayes — “Storm Warning” Scotty McCreery — “The Trouble With Girls” Pistol Annies — “Hell on Heels” Thompson Square — “I Got You” Collaborative Video of the Year Best video that featured a special collaborative appearance by artists; awarded to the artists (individual, group or duo) Kenny Chesney Featuring Grace Potter — “You and Tequila” Brad Paisley With Carrie Underwood — “Remind Me” Rascal Flatts Featuring Natasha Bedingfield — “Easy” Lionel Richie With Shania Twain — “Endless Love” Taylor Swift Featuring the Civil Wars — “Safe & Sound” Zac Brown Band Featuring Jimmy Buffett — “Knee Deep” CMT Performance of the Year (Musical performance on a television show, series or variety special on CMT) Jason Aldean — “Tattoos on This Town” from 2011 CMT Artists of the Year Lady Antebellum — “Dancin’ Away With My Heart” from 2011 CMT Artists of the Year Little Big Town — “Fix You” from Music Builds: The CMT Disaster Relief Concert Blake Shelton — “Footloose” from Invitation Only: Blake Shelton Sting and Vince Gill — “If I Ever Lose My Faith in You” from CMT Crossroads: Sting and Vince Gill Steven Tyler and Carrie Underwood — “Just a Dream/Dream On” from CMT Crossroads: Steven Tyler and Carrie Underwood From the Pepsi Super Bowl Fan Jam

$4.9 Million for Alan Jackson Lake Compound

Alan Jackson's Lake Houses For Sale

Monday, April 16, 2012

Blake Shelton Nearing 1.5 milion Twitter Followers


THE FINAL RECORDINGS OF WAYLON JENNINGS
TO BE RELEASED 10 YEARS AFTER
COUNTRY MUSIC ICON’S DEATH

GOIN’ DOWN ROCKIN’:
The Last Recordings of Waylon Jennings
DUE SEPTEMBER 2012
ON SAGUARO ROAD RECORDS

Nashville, TN (April 16, 2012) --- A new album from outlaw country legend Waylon Jennings will be released this September, filled with recordings the icon made during the last few years before his death in 2002. Jennings spent hours in a recording studio with his longtime accompanist, Robby Turner and together they laid down twelve tracks using just Waylon’s guitar and vocals and Turner’s bass. All songs were personally selected by the country star, ones that resonated in a deeply personal way and reflected his state of mind, his passions, and important statements he wanted to make about his life. The duo planned out the future instrumentation that would be added to the tracks, but Jennings was never able to complete them. 10 years after his passing, Turner returned to the recordings, finishing each song to honor Waylon’s vision of what would turn out to be his very last album. Bringing in musicians who had long worked with Waylon, such as Reggie Young, Richie Albright and tour mate Tony Joe White, Turner painstakingly created the album that Waylon set out to make. "Waylon knows he's surrounded by friends and all that hear this will feel as if they know Waylon in all his authenticity," explains his widow, country singer Jessi Colter. With his family’s blessing, Goin’ Down Rockin’: The Last Recordings of Waylon Jennings will be available on September 11 (Saguaro Road Records). No one has ever heard these performances before; they are Waylon’s last gift to his fans.

Saguaro Road Records’ Senior Vice President, Retail, Mike Jason explains, “I remember when Waylon was revolutionizing country music and when we heard about these recordings, I knew we had to have them. To me, this is classic Waylon music every bit as good as his ‘70s classics but his singing bears a vulnerable and deeply personal touch. Waylon still has many fans, but with these recordings I’m confident that we’ll introduce him to a new generation in the same way that Johnny Cash’s last recordings found him an entirely new audience.”

Jennings wrote 11 of the 12 songs that appear on the new album, a testament to the personal nature of the recordings, and they reveal an artist in the midst of a final creative peak. In addition to his own songs, the album includes Tony Joe White’s “Goin’ Down Rockin’” (on which White himself is a guest). In all, the album will feature eleven songs that have never been released before.

One of the all time greatest country music vocalists, Jennings was also the founder of the Outlaw movement, received two Grammy Awards, and multiple Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music awards. 11 of his albums hit #1 on the country charts, with 16 #1 singles. In all, 54 of Jennings’ albums have charted and more than 100 singles cracked the country and pop charts. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001.

Goin’ Down Rockin’: The Last Recordings of Waylon Jennings Tracklisting:

1. Goin’ Down Rockin'
2. Belle of The Ball
3. If My Harley Was Runnin'
4. I Do Believe
5. Friends In California
6. The Ways of the World
7. Shakin' The Blues
8. Never Say Die
9. Wasting Time
10. Sad Songs & Waltzes
11. She Was no Good for Me
12. Wrong Road To Nashville

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Tom Petty Guitar WATCH!!!!

Police in Culver City are investigating the burglary.

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers are offering a $75000 reward with no questions asked to anyone with information leading to the recovery of the guitars.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of these stolen guitars:
Culver City Police Department, Detective Grant, (310) 253 6305






Important Weather Alert this Saturday APRIL 14

Thursday, April 12, 2012

MARTINA WILL TAKE FANS ON A UNIQUE MUSICAL JOURNEY THAT PROMISES MORE MEMORIES AND CLOSER INTERACTION


Nashville, TN (April 12, 2012) – Tonight in Panama City, FL, powerhouse vocalist Martina McBride will kick off the first of several intimate theatre performances across the country, taking her fans on a unique musical journey. After writing and recording her most personal album to date, ELEVEN on Republic Nashville, and a chance moment of magic in New England, she began pondering how to more closely engage with fans.

The GRAMMY®-winning, multiple year CMA and ACM Female Vocalist is ecstatic about these one-night-only experiences, saying, “I believe the concert experience is about sharing. It's not just an artist up on stage singing songs for an audience. There has to be a connection for it to work...for both of us. I am so ready to share with my fans and make a memory.”

“In an arena, I always feel like my mission is to keep people up on their feet all night. It’s go, go, go! These theater shows are going to be more about making memories with my fans by giving them a special, intimate performance I hope they never forget,” she says.

Each night, Martina will change up the set to perform fan favorites from her eleven studio albums. Fans will also hear stories behind the songs on Martina's latest studio album, ELEVEN, including her current single, “Marry Me,” which is a duet with Pat Monahan from Train.

Below is the initial list of the theater concert dates. More show dates and ticketing information will be listed at www.martinamcbride.

TOUR DATES:
April 12           Panama City, FL                    Marina Civic Center
April 13           St. Augustine, FL                    St. Augustine Amphitheater
April 14           Durham, NC                           Durham Performing Arts Center
April 28           Ivins, UT                                   Tuacahn Center for the Arts
May 12           Clear Lake, IA                        Surf Ballroom
May 13           Wabash, IN                            Honeywell Center
May 17           Austin, TX                                Austin City Limits Live
May 18           Houston, TX                            Arena Theatre
June 13          Vienna, VA                            Wolf Trap Filene Center
June 14          Kettering, OH                         Fraze Pavilion
June 22          Interlochen, MI                      Kresge Auditorium
August 24       Wallingford, CT                      Toyota Presents Oakdale Theatre
August 25       Hyannis, MA                          Cape Cod Melody Tent
August 26       Cohasset, MA                       South Shore Music Circus

With one of the most spectacular voices in any genre, Martina has sold more than 18 million albums and has garnered six #1 hits. Both Mediabase and Broadcast Data Systems (BDS) also named her the “most played female artist on country radio for the past 11 years.”

Woman #2..Petrino texted with Alison Melder 200 times!





in case you needed to know....2008 Miss Bikini USA!!!!!!! name come in during Petrino phone records check....

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

GARTH BROOKS
In a Very Special Appearance to Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Calgary Stampede

Uncommon Excitement You Will Never Forget!!

Thursday, July 12th
7:30 PM
Scotiabank Saddledome
Calgary, AB


Billboard’s Best Selling Artist For The Last 2 Decades!

TICKETS ON SALE
SATURDAY, April 14th 10:00AM Sharp!!
6 ticket limit!

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LADY ANTEBELLUM’S OWN THE NIGHT WORLD TOUR
TALLIES OVER 750,000 TICKETS SOLD
AND CONTINUES TO DELIGHT CRITICS

Trio’s Grammy Winning Disc OWN THE NIGHT Leads
First Quarter Country Album Sales

Nashville, TN – April 10, 2012 – ACM and CMA Vocal Group of the Year Lady Antebellum has officially sold over 750,000 tickets at the halfway point of their OWN THE NIGHT WORLD TOUR.

"This tour has exceeded our expectations in every way," said Lady A's Dave Haywood. "Every day is new and exciting…I really don't ever think the feeling of being a headliner will get old. We can't wait to keep it rocking into summer and across the Atlantic and Pacific later this year."

The Dallas Morning News called the show "riveting" and other major market newspapers are chiming in with similar remarks.

“The performance erased all doubts that the act’s seemingly meteoric ascendance to the top of the contemporary country world is undeserved….its celebrated vocal harmonies were terrific.” - Kansas City Star

“Impeccably choreographed, strategically paced and charmingly polite, the 80-minute show revealed the group learned students of both proven stadium traditions and crossover devices.” – Chicago Tribune

“Hot-selling country headliner Lady Antebellum lived up to the promise of its early hit 'Lookin' for a Good Time' Tuesday night at KeyArena, offering more than three hours of high-energy, hand-clapping music.” – Seattle Times

“In front of a sold-out crowd of about 13,500, the trio delivered a polished, professional performance, making a solid debut as a headlining arena attraction…any lingering suspicions that country group Lady Antebellum is just another one-hit wonder were vanquished Sunday night at Target Center." - St. Paul Pioneer Press

“The most telling aspect of the concert was the band’s intimate, close-knit harmonies – and the ease with which their voices fit together. Charles Kelley and Scott have the kind of chemistry that singers yearn for entire lifetimes.” – Denver Post

Lady A’s GRAMMY winning third release OWN THE NIGHT also leads 2012’s first quarter country album sales after debuting at the No. one position on Billboard’s Country Albums chart in Sept. The PLATINUM certified disc has already earned two No. one hits at country radio “We Owned the Night” and “Just A Kiss,” while it’s current single “Dancin’ Away With My Heart” climbs through the Top 5 this week.

The trio is prepping for the summer leg of their OWN THE NIGHT 2012 WORLD TOUR that picks back up in New York City on May 3 and 4 for sold out shows at Radio City Music Hall, with additional upcoming dates scheduled in the US, Canada and Europe. For more information and for a full list of upcoming tour dates, visit www.ladyantebellum.com.

keith urban Invited to be Next Member Opry




KEITH URBAN INVITED TO JOIN GRAND OLE OPRY
DURING “ALL FOR THE HALL” BENEFIT

Formal Induction to Take Place April 21, Airing Live on
New Show “NOTEWORTHY At The Opry” on GAC


NASHVILLE, Tenn. - (April 10, 2012) – Grammy, CMA and ACM Award-winner Keith Urban was invited to join the Grand Ole Opry this evening by Opry member Vince Gill along with fellow members Rascal Flatts, Diamond Rio and Oak Ridge Boys during Urban’s “All For The Hall” benefit at Bridgestone Arena. New Zealand-born and Australian-raised Urban will be the first artist from outside North America to become an Opry member. He will formally be inducted into the Opry on Sat., April 21 live on the premiere of “NOTEWORTHY at the Opry” on GAC at 8 p.m. Central. The 16-episode series will feature musical performances and personal stories from the top acts in country music plus interviews with other celebrities about the artists and music featured in each episode.

Near the end of tonight’s show, Gill called Rascal Flatts back out on stage to bring a gift for Urban. As Urban opened a large black duffel bag revealing the Opry’s signature microphone stand, Gill said, “We would like to invite Keith Urban to be the next member of the Grand Ole Opry!” Urban covered his face in surprise as he began, “I don’t know what to say – but first, YES! Thank you very much to everybody at the Grand Ole Opry who made this possible. I’m shocked. How beautiful for this to happen tonight of all nights.”

“I will always remember the first time I played the Opry,” Urban continued, “seeing this stand and standing in the circle was an extraordinarily surreal moment. So this right here is just a whole other stratosphere! Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

“We are extremely excited that another of today’s most popular country music superstars will be joining our Opry family,” said Opry Vice President and General Manager Pete Fisher. “Keith has become a master at forging a unique musical path and building an incredibly successful career. He generates amazing enthusiasm from fans every time he plays the Opry, and he continuously demonstrates the deep regard he has both for the Opry and the entire country music community.”

In 2001, the Country Music Association honored Keith Urban with its Horizon Award, designating him a talented artist with a bright future. He is the first Horizon Award winner in history to go on to win the CMA’s Male Vocalist of the Year, a title he’s captured three times, and the coveted Entertainer of the Year. More than 15 millions albums later, Keith is a four-time Grammy Award winner, who has also won a People’s Choice and American Music Award. He’s won five Academy of Country Music Awards, had 14 #1s, including 28 Top 5 hits. His latest CD, Get Closer, comes on the heels of his fifth consecutive platinum or multi-platinum release. It has produced three consecutive #1s, “You Gonna Fly”, “Long Hot Summer” and “Without You”.

In 2009, Urban was named radio’s most played country artist, thanks to #1 hits such as “Sweet Thing,” “You’ll Think Of Me,” “Only You Can Love Me This Way,” “Better Life” and “Days Go By.” In addition, his 2002 smash “Somebody Like You” was named the #1 Country Song of the Decade by Nielsen BDS (based on radio airplay and audience impressions).

But Urban’s reputation as an elite songwriter, musician, vocalist and virtuoso guitarist is no more evident than when he is onstage. His electrifying concerts have played to sold-out venues from Australia to Germany to England to Canada and The United States, all while receiving high praise from critics. In fact, 2009’s Escape Together World Tour, as well as 2007’s Love, Pain & The Whole Crazy World Tour, were both, according to Pollstar, one of the top grossing tours for their respective years. Last year, his Get Closer 2011 World Tour solidified Urban as one of the music industry’s best live performers. As one accredited journalist put it, “Urban is one of the best reasons in the world to attend a live concert.”


The Grand Ole Opry® is presented by Humana®. Opry performances are held every weekend of the year and on Tuesdays through Dec. 11. To plan an Opry visit, call (800) SEE-OPRY or visit opry.com.


About the Grand Ole Opry
The Grand Ole Opry presents the best in country music live every week from Nashville, Tenn. Celebrating 86 years of entertainment, the Opry can be heard on 650 WSM-AM, SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio, and opry.com. The syndicated weekly program, America’s Opry Weekend, airs on country radio stations across America and on the Armed Forces Radio Network. The Grand Ole Opry is owned by Gaylord Entertainment (NYSE: GET), a Nashville-based hospitality and entertainment company that also owns and operates Gaylord Hotels. For more information, visit opry.com or www.gaylordentertainment.com

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

ALAN JACKSON TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM
THIRTY MILES WEST
June 5




NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 9, 2012) Country music superstar Alan Jackson will release his much anticipated album Thirty Miles West on June 5. It is his debut album on ACR (Alan’s Country Records)/EMI Records Nashville and is produced by long-time producer and friend, Keith Stegall. Jackson’s current single from the album is “So You Don’t Have To Love Me Anymore.”

When asked about the unique album title Jackson responds, “There’s this highway that’s been in existence for forever now – it’s called the Dixie Highway and it runs from north of Michigan all the way down to South Florida, and I wrote a song about it that’s on the album. I grew up on Highway 34 outside of Newnan, Georgia, and that’s where we came up with Thirty Miles West. I think we were about thirty miles west of the official part of the Dixie Highway that runs through Georgia.”

About Alan Jackson
Alan Jackson is one of the most successful and respected singer-songwriters in music. He is in the elite company of Paul McCartney and John Lennon among songwriters who’ve written more than 20 songs that they’ve recorded and taken to the top of the charts. Jackson is one of the 10 best-selling artists since the inception of SoundScan, ranking alongside the likes of Eminem and Metallica.

Jackson has sold nearly 60 million albums worldwide, topped the country singles charts 35 times, and scored more than 50 Top-10 hits. He has written or co-written 25 of his 35 #1 hit singles. Jackson is a 17-time ACM Award winner, a 16-time CMA Award recipient, and a two-time Grammy-winning artist whose songwriting has earned him the prestigious ASCAP Founders Award and an induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame as a 2011 Songwriter/Artist inductee.
“A Woman Like You” Hits #1 and Tops Billboard Chart
As New Album Preps For April 24 Launch

LEE BRICE RELEASES ‘PARKING LOT PARTY’
EXCLUSIVELY ON iTUNES TODAY

Lee Brice to Make National Late Night Debut
with May 1st Performance on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”

Nashville, TN – April 10, 2012 – Everything Lee Brice touches career-wise is proving the truth in the old industry adage and country music hit – “when you’re hot, you’re hot.”

With his current single “A Woman Like You” hitting the top of the Billboard chart, Curb Records is releasing today a second iTunes exclusive download from Brice’s forthcoming album project, Hard 2 Love. The highly-touted new album will street April 24 with a strong lead-in at retail already established.

iTunes will offer a second exclusive download, “Parking Lot Party,” from the new album package as a “sneak preview” offered by Curb Records followed by a third download to follow on April 17.

Adding to Brice’s industry creds as a creative force to be reckoned with is the recent win of ACM “Song of the Year” honors by the Eli Young Band with the Brice-penned blockbuster, “Crazy Girl.” After a string of huge successes as a hit songwriter putting his words in the mouths of a litany of country music’s most virile chart toppers from Garth Brooks and Kenny Chesney to Jason Aldean and Tim McGraw, Brice is now focusing his stellar hit creating ability on propelling his own emergence as a superstar.

Brice’s 2012 breakthrough to new levels of connectivity with radio and retail is a success story of note. “A Woman Like You” proved Curb’s delivery system in navigating the single to the top of the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, with a blazing track record of over 700,000 digital downloads already sold.

Hard 2 Love will provide the much anticipated studio follow-up to Brice’s critically-acclaimed debut album Love Like Crazy, which spawned Billboard’s Most Played Country Song of 2010 by virtue of its title track.

Seldom away from the spotlight over the past few months, Brice filled a rare and recent high visibility country music co-host slot on the “Today” show. He’s set to guest on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” on May 1 with a major round of high-powered media visits being strategically planned to ignite awareness on the Hard 2 Love launch.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Jake is Taken




JAKE OWEN PROPOSES TO GIRLFRIEND LACEY BUCHANAN ON STAGE
AT SOLD-OUT BENEFIT CONCERT IN VERO BEACH, FL ON APRIL 7

Nashville, TN – On Saturday night, in his hometown of Vero Beach, FL, in front of 5,500 family, friends and fans, Jake Owen proposed to his girlfriend Lacey Buchanan during the performance of his hit song “Don’t Think I Can’t Love You.”

“Lacey is the answer to all of my prayers,” says Jake. “She is an amazing person and I’m the luckiest guy in the world.”

“When I was on stage, it just hit me how many of our family members (Lacey is also a Florida native) and friends were at the show,” reflects Jake. “So, I thought sharing that moment would mean a lot to everyone.”

As the requests to talk to Jake about his engagement are rolling in, his response is, "I'll be happy to talk to everyone after this week passes. Right now, I'm focusing on what is most important and that is spending some quality time with Lacey and our families.”

Jake was in Vero Beach, FL, over the weekend performing at his annual concert to give back to his hometown community.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

The Band Perry with Rock Legends KISS at the Academy of Country Music Awards




Nashville, TN (Thursday, April 5, 2012)- On Sunday (4/1), Republic Nashville's hot Country trio The Band Perry attended the 47th annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas, NV. While backstage at the show, the siblings shared a fun moment with rock legends, KISS. The Band Perry's Kimberly, Neil, and Reid all did their best "KISS face" for the camera before taking the stage to perform their brand new single, "Postcard from Paris." Later in the evening, they also presented the New Artist of the Year award, which they won last year.
NOW!!…The Electrifying Return of the Most Potent Explosive Force in North American Music History!

First time in Alberta in 16 Years!
GARTH BROOKS
In a Very Special Appearance to Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Calgary Stampede.

Thursday, July 12th 7:30PM
Scotiabank Saddledome
Calgary, AB

MESMERIZING AND UNCOMMON EXCITEMENT
YOU WILL NEVER FORGET!!!!

COMPLETE TICKETING AND CONCERT INFORMATION WILL BE RELEASED AT
12 NOON TUESDAY, APRIL 10th
Garth Brooks
Certified by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) as the #1-selling solo artist in U.S. history, Garth Brooks has sold in excess of 128 million albums. He has received every accolade the recording industry can bestow on an artist.
In the midst of one of the most successful careers in music history, Garth retired in 2001, delivered his last record for Capitol Records and moved back to Oklahoma to raise his children. While in retirement, when called upon by events greater than his own self-interest, he returned to the stage. The President himself requested that Garth headline President Obama's Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial. He performed as Barack and Michelle Obama, their girls, Joe and Jill Biden and a crowd of over 300,000 lined the mall from the Lincoln Memorial all the way to the Washington Monument. It was a moment in history when all did the "wave" to Garth's performance of "Shout" while the President sang along. When in 2008, the Governor of California asked for Garth's help, he responded by performing five concerts in two days, where proceeds from 83,000 tickets sold were donated to efforts to prevent fire catastrophes. Portions of the live concerts were shown as a TV special, "Garth Brooks: Live in L.A.” where viewers donated to the organization F.I.R.E. In December 2010, Garth finished an astonishing 9 sold out concerts in 6 days to raise money for the flood relief efforts in Tennessee. ABC World News Tonight declared Garth The Person of the Week and the Mayor of Nashville came on stage during his last performance to announce that this was a record December for downtown Nashville merchants due to the over 145,000 who attended the concerts. On January 25, 2012, Garth Brooks was named the best selling artist of the last two decades by Billboard, Nielson and Soundscan, with a whopping 68.5 million sales.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

KELLIE PICKLER TO PERFORM ON AMERICAN IDOL

NASHVILLE, TN – Kellie Pickler will perform on FOX’s American Idol this Thursday, April 5. Kellie will perform “Where’s Tammy Wynette” off her critically acclaimed album 100 Proof.

Pickler released her third album, 100 Proof, on January 24 to critical praise with USA Today cheering that 100 Proof is “a pretty fantastic country record.” Entertainment Weekly hailed that 100 Proof is Kellie’s “meatiest, most adventurous output yet,” while The Miami Herald predicts that “a major label won’t release a more authentic or better country album in 2012 than Pickler’s surprisingly terrific 100 Proof.”

For more on Kellie, please visit www.kelliepickler.com.
COUNTRY MUSIC SUPERSTAR HANK WILLIAMS JR.’s
BOCEPHUS RECORDS SIGNS EXCLUSIVE LICENSING AGREEMENT
WITH BLASTER ENTERTAINMENT

Five-time Entertainer of the Year Teams with Blaster
to Distribute Highly Anticipated Album in June


Mike Dennison, President of Blaster Entertainment, Hank Williams, Jr. and Tom Porter, CEO of Blaster Entertainment, sign exclusive agreement to distribute Hank's new CD.Nashville, TN (April 4, 2012) - Blaster Entertainment, one of the country’s leading talent management and entertainment labels, and award-winning Country music recording artist Hank Williams, Jr. announced that they have entered into a worldwide exclusive three year licensing agreement. The new partnership comes only months before Williams’ highly anticipated new studio album release, which will hit retail in June. The deal, which was signed this week, licenses Blaster Records, a division of Blaster Entertainment, to distribute Bocephus Records’ new release for the next three years.

“When I started Blaster Records a bit over five years ago, my goal was to create an entertainment company that became home to some of country music’s biggest stars,” said Tom Porter, CEO of Blaster Entertainment. “Hank Williams Jr. is a giant in the business and we are beyond excited to welcome him into the Blaster family.”

“I’m excited about this new album we’ve been working on,” Hank Williams Jr. said. “When looking at labels, I had several choices. When my team brought me the opportunity from Blaster and with the soon to be announced distribution deal, it was the best deal in town. My fans will be able to find my music in places that common folks shop. This is gonna be fun!”

With more than 70 albums to his credit, sales of 55 million records, countless awards including 5-time Entertainer of the Year awards (ACM & CMA), BMI Icon Award, a Grammy, and most recently in 2009 the Academy of Country Music “Pioneer Award,” Williams is a living legend. His discography chronicles a bold profile of growth from adored offspring of a legendary father, to titan of the modern country rock movement in his own right. For two decades, America came to its collective feet each fall Monday night when this larger than life superman of a musician looked into the camera and unleashed the national anthem for viewers of Monday Night Football – ‘Are You Ready for Some Football.?’ Those simple words have won Williams an entirely new generation of fans and given him the distinction of being the first country performer to ever win an Emmy.

Blaster Entertainment is known for their unconventional, untraditional and by most people’s perception just plain fun way of doing business. The blending of Blaster and Williams is a perfect pairing. The mission of Blaster Entertainment is to service and support artists in all aspects of the business while creating new outlets for their music. The company prides itself on the ability to provide one-on one attention to all of their artists while developing new opportunities and alliances along the way.

ABOUT BOCEPHUS RECORDS
Established by Hank Williams Jr. to allow creative control of his musical assets and their distribution, Bocephus Records is a privately held company based in Nashville, TN. The first project under the new imprint is scheduled for distribution in June through an exclusive licensing agreement with Blaster Entertainment. With a career spanning four decades, Bocephus Records is designed to give Hank Jr.’s legions of fans access to new music from him in ways they never have before.

ABOUT BLASTER ENTERTAINMENT:
Founded in 2007 by Blaster Corp’s CEO Tom Porter, Blaster Entertainment has set the stage for a new and innovative approach to music and sports entertainment management and marketing. Blaster Entertainment is made up of four key divisions: Blaster Music, Blaster Sports and Media, Blaster Marketing and Blaster Merchandise. The company is dedicated to being the leader in artist development and management. Made up of a young, energetic and passionate staff, Blaster Entertainment is unmatched in its diversity of clients, creativity in marketing and drive for success. The client roster includes multi-platinum selling artists, sports legends and broadcast personalities. Blaster Entertainment’s parent company Blaster Corp., set the standard in manufacturing and top selling products. For more information on Blaster products go to www.blastercorp.com. For information on Blaster Entertainment go to www.blasterentertainment.com

Monday, April 2, 2012

TAYLOR SWIFT CELEBRATES 2ND CONSECUTIVE ACM ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR AWARD

LAS VEGAS, NV – April 2, 2012 – 6-time GRAMMY winner Taylor Swift took home top honors at last night’s Academy of Country Music Awards, winning the Entertainer of the Year trophy for the second consecutive year. This marks Taylor’s fourth Entertainer of the Year win, as she took home the top trophy from the ACM last year, in addition to winning Entertainer of the Year at last fall’s Country Music Association Awards, an honor she also won in 2009.

Also this weekend, Taylor was honored on Saturday night at the 25th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards, receiving the prestigious Big Help Award for her extensive philanthropic endeavors. First Lady Michelle Obama presented the award to Taylor, saying, "Taylor Swift may be in the news most often for her award-winning songs and multi-platinum records, but every step of the way she has always made it a point to give back….[She] has shattered every expectation of what a 22 year-old can accomplish.”

Just last week, Taylor’s song “Ours” became the fifth consecutive #1 single from her 5x Platinum-plus Speak Now album, released in October of 2010 on Big Machine Records. Last month, she wrapped her blockbuster 13-month Speak Now World Tour, playing the tour’s 1111th and final show to a capacity crowd in Auckland, New Zealand. The tour played to more than 1.3 million fans in stadiums and arenas in 19 countries spanning four continents, earning raves from both fans and critics around the globe.

Taylor has two songs on the soundtrack album The Hunger Games – Songs From District 12 and Beyond, which debuted at #1 on both the iTunes and SoundScan albums charts in its first week of release. Of the 1,169,254 singles sold to date from the album, 1,003,917 are Taylor’s. The Hunger Games is currently the #1 book, movie, and album in America.