Tuesday, August 28, 2012
LUKE BRYAN TO APPEAR ON LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON AND GOOD MORNING AMERICA Appearances Set for Wednesday, September 5 and Thursday, September 6 Nashville- (August 28, 2012) - Country music superstar Luke Bryan will head to the Big Apple next week to make appearances on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and Good Morning America on Sept. 5th and Sept. 6th respectively. Luke will perform his new co-written smash hit single “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye” from his Platinum-selling album tailgates & tanlines. In addition, Luke will also be in town promoting the ABC Television Special “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night To Rock,” which Luke co-hosts with Kimberly Perry of The Band Perry. The special will air on Monday, Sept. 17, 8:00-11:00 PM ET. Luke Bryan recently scored his third consecutive Platinum single with “Drunk On You” from his Platinum-certified album, tailgates & tanlines. The single joins previous Platinum tracks “Country Girl (Shake It For Me)” and the two-week #1 hit “I Don’t Want This Night To End.” Luke is currently on the “My Kind of Party Tour” with Jason Aldean and also headlining his own shows this summer and fall. In October, Luke will embark on his fourth-annual “Farm Tour” 2012 with eight concerts planned through several southern states, including five in his home state of Georgia.
TOUR TO RESUME THIS THURSDAY, AUGUST 30 INCLUDING RESCHEDULED CANADIAN SHOWS WYNONNA JUDD has released a new statement on husband/drummer Cactus Moser’s recovery following his August 18 motorcycle accident: “We continue to feel loved and supported by the outpouring of messages from people around the world. Cactus continues to improve every day as he begins his road to rehabilitation. We are looking forward to the day when we will be back together on stage again and I believe we will be stronger than ever. Until then I will be out on the road with the rest of the band while I wait lovingly and patiently for my husband to return to The Big Noise. “We have received hundreds of inquiries from people wanting to show support to Cactus in some way. In lieu of flowers, gifts and cards, Cactus is asking for family, friends and fans to make a donation in his name to Homes For Our Troops, a non-profit, non-partisan organization committed to helping military personnel who have returned home with serious disabilities. Please visit http://www.homesforourtroops.org/cactusmoser to learn more. Cactus will be notified of every dollar donated in his name and you can even include a message to him along with your donation.” WYNONNA has announced she’ll resume her tour with her band THE BIG NOISE this Thursday, August 30 at Leelanau Sands Casino in Peshawbestwon, MI. As promised, she has also rescheduled a string of shows which were originally scheduled for the week following the accident. A full list of tour dates is below. DATE CITY VENUE Thurs 8/30 Peshawbestown, MI Leelanau Sands Casino Sat 9/1 Elkhorn, WI Walworth County Fair Sat 9/8 Richmond, VA Carpenter Center Sat 9/15 Myrtle Beach, SC Alabama Theatre Fri 9/21 Mason City, IA North Iowa Community Auditorium Sat 9/22 Sheboygan, WI Weill Center for the Performing Arts Thurs 9/27 Shippensburg, PA Luhrs Performing Arts Center Fri 9/28 Glenside, PA Keswick Theatre Sat 9/29 Buffalo, NY Kleinhans Music Hall “WYNONNA’S ROCKIN’ CHRISTMAS TOUR” Tues 11/27 Winnipeg, MB Canada McPhillips Street Station Casino Wed 11/28 Regina, SK Canada Casino Regina Thurs 12/6 Newark, OH Midland Theatre Sat 12/8 Riverside, IA Riverside Casino & Golf Resort Sun 12/9 Riverside, IA Riverside Casino & Golf Resort Fri 12/14 Saint Michael, ND Spirit Lake Casino Sat 12/15 Larchwood, IA Grand Falls Casino Resort Sun 12/16 Fayetteville, AR Walton Arts Center Tues 12/18 Ft. Worth, TX Bass Performance Hall Fri 12/21 St. Petersburg, FL Mahaffey Theatre Sat 12/22 Sarasota, FL Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall www.wy
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
TAYLOR SWIFT REACHES #1 ON BILLBOARD HOT 100 CHART IN FIRST FULL WEEK OF SINGLE RELEASE SWIFT SETS NEW FEMALE DIGITAL SALES RECORD WITH OVER 623,000 U.S. DOWNLOADS OF NEW SONG IN A SINGLE WEEK DOMINATES ITUNES CHARTS AROUND THE GLOBE Nashville, TN – August 22, 2012 – Taylor Swift, who released her lead single “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” from her forthcoming album, Red, just last week, has set the new all-genre record for female digital song sales. Billboard reports, “It's official: Taylor Swift has set the record for the biggest digital sales week ever for a song by a woman. ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’ sold 623,000 in the week ending Aug. 19 -- according to Nielsen SoundScan -- and it thus debuts at No. 1 on Billboard's Digital Songs chart. Not only is it the best week ever for a woman, but the second-largest ever overall. Swift also nets the largest debut week among women.” In addition, in only one full week of release, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” has claimed the #1 position atop Billboard’s Hot 100 all-format singles chart, which factors in both sales and radio airplay. The single debuted in the Top 20 on several of Billboard’s radio airplay charts: the Pop Songs, Adult Pop Songs, Country Songs and Adult Contemporary Charts. This marks Taylor’s 11th #1 across multiple formats, including Number Ones on the Billboard 200, Digital Songs, Radio Songs, Pop Songs, Country Songs and Country Albums charts, among others. Worldwide, the single has already reached the #1 position atop the iTunes charts in 32 countries. Red will be released on October 22nd on Big Machine Records in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and Japan, and by Universal Music Group International in the rest of the world. Universal Republic handles non-country radio for the project in the U.S. Taylor announced the album and released the single last week during a live YouTube webchat. You Tube reported that the event was watched live by more than 488,000 people worldwide and has now been viewed more than 1.1 million total times. Taylor thanked the fans via Twitter, writing, “I want to thank you guys for giving me my biggest first week ever with "We Are Never." I can't stop smiling. You guys are amazing!!” Taylor is a 6-time Grammy winner whose career record sales top 22 million albums and 50 million song downloads worldwide. She also holds the Billboard records for the Most Top 10 Debuts in the History of the Hot 100 Chart, the Most Charting Songs from One Album in a Single Week, and the Longest Charting Album on the Top 200 Chart. Her Speak Now album is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the Fastest Selling Digital Album by a Female Artist. It was also announced this week that Taylor will perform a VH1 Storytellers acoustic concert this fall as part of a contest at a winning college or high school. The contest launched yesterday, and over 152,000 fans voted on the first day. Contest details can be found at www.taylorswiftoncampus.com. Taylor will also be performing on the MTV Video Music Awards on September 6th
Sunday, August 19, 2012
LUKE BRYAN ANNOUNCES “FARM TOUR” 2012 October 3 – October 13 Nashville - (August 17, 2012) – Country superstar Luke Bryan will embark on his fourth-annual “Farm Tour” 2012 set for this October with eight concerts planned through several southern states, including five in his home state of Georgia. The “Farm Tour” 2012 concerts will be held in the following cities with locations to be announced soon: (Dates & cities subject to change) October 3 *Claxton (Statesboro), GA October4 *Clemson, SC October 5 *Auburn, AL October 6 Valdosta, GA October 10 Villa Rica, GA October 11 *Colbert (Athens), GA October 12 Tallahassee, FL October 13 *Macon, GA For specific ticket and venue information, including where to get tickets locally, stay tuned to www.lukebryan.com/farmtour. *Tickets for Claxton, Clemson, Auburn, Colbert and Macon will be available for purchase online at 9am CST/ 10am EST today, Friday, Aug. 17. “Farm Tour” 2012 is sponsored by COUNTRY Financial ®, Harveys Supermarkets, Case IH, BMI, GAC and Carl Black Chevrolet. The idea for the “Farm Tour” concerts came from Bryan as a way to give back to local farming communities by celebrating and lifting up the American Farmer and offering a fun escape with the outdoor shows. Proceeds from the concerts will go to a scholarship for a student from a farming family attending the local college. About Luke Bryan Capitol Records Nashville artist Luke Bryan recently scored his third consecutive Platinum single with “Drunk On You” from his Platinum-certified album, tailgates & tanlines. The single joinsprevious Platinum tracks “Country Girl (Shake It For Me)” and the two-week #1 hit “I Don’t Want This Night To End.” Luke is one of only three country artists, including Jason Aldean and Taylor Swift, to have three consecutive Platinum-selling tracks on their current album. ###
STATEMENT FROM WYNONNA JUDD Wynonna Judd has postponed her scheduled concerts in Canada next week due to a serious motorcycle accident involving her husband and drummer, Michael Scott "Cactus" Moser.
Monday, August 13, 2012
Nashville, TN – August 13, 2012 – Taylor Swift’s highly-anticipated fourth studio album will be released worldwide on October 22nd, Taylor herself announced this evening during a live YouTube web chat with her fans. Entitled Red, the album will be released on Big Machine Records and contains 16 tracks. After writing her last album (Speak Now) entirely by herself, for this record Taylor collaborated with several artists, producers, and songwriters she had always wanted to work with. “For the last two years, I've been working on an album called Red,” Taylor says. “I called it Red because of the tumultuous, crazy adventures in love and loss that it chronicles. In my mind, when you experience love that's fast paced and out of control and mixes infatuation, jealousy, frustration, miscommunication, and all of those lovely emotions…in retrospect, it all looks red.” The first single from Red, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” (written by Taylor Swift, Max Martin, Shellback) has already arrived at radio and will be available today at iTunes and Google Play, and beginning tomorrow worldwide at all digital retail outlets. Album pre-sale dates will be announced in the coming weeks. Taylor’s YouTube chat can be viewed in its entirety here: http://www.youtube.com/user/taylorswift?v=P6gFma4H7fA or www.youtube.com/taylorswift 22 year-old Taylor Swift is a six-time GRAMMY winner, and is the youngest winner in history of the music industry’s highest honor, the Grammy Award for Album of the Year (for Fearless, released in 2008). Her 2010 album, Speak Now, was lauded on Rolling Stone’s prestigious The 50 Greatest Albums of All Time (by women) list, and Time magazine has named Taylor one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Earlier this summer, Rolling Stone called Taylor “one of the few genuine rock stars we’ve got these days, with a flawless ear for what makes a song click.” She is Billboard’s Woman of the Year, as well as the reigning American Music Awards Artist of the Year, and both the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music’s current Entertainer of the Year. She is also the most awarded star in the history of the Teen Choice Awards, taking home honors for both music and movies. Taylor, who writes all of her own songs, has career record sales in excess of 22 million albums and 50 million song downloads. Each of her three studio albums has sold in excess of 5 million copies worldwide, and her most recent album, Speak Now, is one of only 17 albums in the entire history of music to sell more than 1 million copies in a single week. She has had singles top both the country and pop radio charts around the globe, is one of the top 5-selling digital music artists worldwide, and is the top-selling digital artist in country music history. Taylor holds the Billboard records for the Most Top 10 Debuts in the History of the Hot 100 Chart, the Most Charting Songs from One Album in a Single Week, and the Longest Charting Album on the Top 200 Chart. Speak Now is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the Fastest Selling Digital Album by a Female Artist. Earlier this year, Taylor wrapped her world tour in support of SPEAK NOW, and played 111 shows to more than 1.5 million fans in sold-out stadiums and arenas in 19 countries spanning four continents in 2011 and 2012. Her 107-date FEARLESS 2009/2010 Tour sold out arenas and stadiums in 88 cities in five countries. Taylor voiced the character of Audrey in the 2012 hit movie “Dr. Seuss’s The LORAX,” and also this year, she contributed two songs to the soundtrack of the movie “The Hunger Games.” She has hosted Saturday Night Live, appeared in the Garry Marshall film “Valentine’s Day,” and guest-starred on the Emmy-winning TV drama CSI. About Big Machine Label Group At the helm of the independent Big Machine Label Group is industry veteran Scott Borchetta, who serves as President and CEO. The conglomerate encompasses Big Machine Records (founded in 2005), The Valory Music Co. (founded in 2007) and Republic Nashville (a partnership with Universal Republic founded in 2009 with Jimmy Harnen serving as President) as well as Big Machine Music Publishing. The Big Machine Label Group’s current artist roster includes Multi-Platinum superstars Taylor Swift, Rascal Flatts, Tim McGraw, Reba and Martina McBride; Platinum sensations The Band Perry; legendary group The Mavericks; Breakout Gold-selling artist Brantley Gilbert; Chart-topping acts Eli Young Band and Justin Moore as well as Hot newcomers Sunny Sweeney, Edens Edge, Thomas Rhett, Florida Georgia Line, Greg Bates, RaeLynn and Ella Mae Bowen. BMLG artists have received multiple GRAMMY, CMA, ACM, American Music Awards, CMT Music Awards, Teen Choice Awards, MTV Video Music Award and People’s Choice Award accolades as well as Brit Award and JUNO Award nominations.
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
THE VENETIAN® LAS VEGAS ANNOUNCES ITS BIGGEST MUSICAL EVENT EVER COUNTRY MUSIC SUPERSTARS TIM MCGRAW AND FAITH HILL BRING AN ALL-NEW “SOUL2SOUL” TO THE VENETIAN® LAS VEGAS Pre-sale tickets for this limited engagement begin tomorrow, Aug. 8; Tickets for the general public go on sale Monday, Aug. 13 TWEET: It’s official! Country music’s hottest couple @TheTimMcGraw and @FaithHill bring their #Soul2Soul to @VenetianVegas beginning Dec. 7 #Vegas LAS VEGAS (August 7, 2012) – Collectively, they’ve sold 70 million albums, won eight Grammy Awards, 14 Country Music Association Awards, 14 American Music Awards, seven People’s Choice Awards and 26 Academy of Country Music Awards. Today, at a live ‘town-hall’ press conference, The Venetian® Las Vegas announced the biggest musical event in its history – Tim McGraw and Faith Hill “Soul2Soul.” This limited engagement, which opens on Dec. 7 and covers 10 weekends through April 2013, will take place in the 1,815-seat Venetian Theater. A ticket pre-sale will begin tomorrow and tickets for the general public will go on sale Monday, Aug. 13. “Soul2Soul” at The Venetian will mark the first time in six years that McGraw and Hill have performed together in the United States. “Soul2Soul” will feature an all-new production with innovative lighting and set design technologies that were synonymous with the “Soul2Soul” concerts. The Venetian Theater will also be modified to accommodate this new production. These “Soul2Soul” concerts will include many of the no. 1 hits that have made them, both in their own right, two of the most significant entertainers of our generation. “We are creating a show that will be completely different from what we've done before - and might ever do again," said Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. "In arenas and stadiums, you're always faced with the challenge of finding ways to make people feel closer to the action, no matter where they might be sitting. Now everyone will be close, so it opens up all kinds of creative possibilities and we're looking forward to exploring those so that we can really give our fans something truly special." “It’s not every day that Las Vegas welcomes such stellar star power to the Strip,” said John Caparella, president and chief operating officer of The Venetian, The Palazzo & Sands Expo. “Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are country music’s first couple and we are proud to have such extraordinary talent. When they hit our stage in December it will surely be the hottest ticket in town.” McGraw and Hill have been dominating the music charts since the early ‘90s and began performing together in 2000 in their record-breaking “Soul2Soul” tour, becoming that year’s top grossing and most successful U.S. tour. Their success continued in 2006 when “Soul2Soul II” returned to the road. It became the highest grossing country music tour of all time, the most attended of the year in any musical genre and remains the highest grossing multi-year North American tour in country music history. McGraw, whose hits include “Live Like You Were Dying,” “Everywhere” and “Real Good Man,” has sold more than 40 million records worldwide and dominated the charts with 32 no. 1 singles. He's won three Grammy Awards, 14 Academy of Country Music Awards, 11 Country Music Association Awards, 10 American Music Awards, three People's Choice Awards and numerous other honors. With 7.8 million spins at radio, McGraw was deemed Artist of the Decade from 2000-2010 by Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems. Also an accomplished actor, McGraw’s film credits include “Country Strong,” the Academy Award nominated “The Blind Side,” “Four Christmases,” “The Kingdom,” “Flicka” and “Friday Night Lights.” Hill’s nineteen-year career has been highlighted by the sale of more than 30 million records worldwide, during which time she has celebrated thirteen no. 1 singles and twenty no. 1 videos. She was the first female artist to have three studio albums – 1999’s “Breathe,” 2002’s “Cry” and 2005’s “Fireflies” – all debut consecutively at no. 1 on Billboard’s Top Pop Album Chart and Country Chart. Hill is a five-time Grammy Award winner, who has also won three Country Music Association Awards, 12 Academy of Country Music Awards, four American Music Awards, and four People’s Choice Awards. For the fifth consecutive year, Hill is once again the voice of NBC’s Sunday Night Football’s weekly show open. Members of The Venetian’s loyalty program, Grazie, as well as Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s official fan communities and Clear Channel subscribers will be able to purchase advance tickets through the pre-sale starting tomorrow, Wednesday, Aug. 8 at 10 a.m. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Monday, Aug. 13 at 10 a.m. Performances are scheduled for 8 and 10:30 p.m. on Dec. 7, 8; 14, 15; Jan. 18, 19, 25, 26, 2013; Feb. 1, 2, 15, 16, 22, 23, March 1,2; April 12, 13, 26 and 27. Ticket prices are $95.50, $175.50 and $255.50 and $295.50 inclusive of tax. A limited number of VIP Packages – including preferred seating in the first two rows, a complimentary pre-fixe dinner at a select resort restaurant, two complimentary drinks at the show, a merchandise credit and more – will be available for $1,000, inclusive of tax. Performance dates and times are subject to change. Tickets are available for purchase at any Venetian | Palazzo Box Office, online at venetian.com or by phone at 702-414-9000. For more information on Grazie and to become a member, please call Grazie Services at 702-414-1500 or visit www.venetian.com/Grazie-Loyalty-Program. For more information on Tim McGraw and Faith Hill go to www.timmcgraw.com or www.faithhill.com.