Sunday, September 30, 2012
VA: Military absentee ballots going AWOL in 2012 By Kenric Ward, Virginia Watchdog FREDERICKSBURG — A 92 percent drop in absentee-ballot requests by military personnel in Virginia is raising concerns that the Pentagon is failing to carry out a federal voting law. With only 1,746 military voters in Virginia requesting absentee ballots so far this year — out of 126,251 service members in the state —the Military Voter Protection Project says the system has broken down. And it’s not just in the Old Dominion. MVPP Executive Director Eric Eversole reports significant declines in absentee-ballot requests by service members across the nation. Compiling data from Virginia, Florida, North Carolina, Illinois, Ohio, Alaska, Colorado and Nevada, Eversole’s organization found that military families have requested 55,510 absentee ballots so far this year. That’s a sharp decline from the 166,252 sought in those states in 2008.
Hey Guys – I wanted to talk to you directly, so you were hearing the truth from me and not just reading allegations made about my personal life on gossip web sites. The truth is that I screwed up. I had too much to drink, let the party get out of hand and acted inappropriately at a bar. I left alone, caught the bus to our next show and that's the end of the story. I ultimately ended up embarrassing my family and myself. I'm not perfect, and I'm sorry for disappointing you guys. I really appreciate being able to work through this privately with my family and for all your continued support.
Friday, September 28, 2012
September 28, 2012 Luke Bryan To Premiere His “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye” Music Video Exclusively On E! News And E! Online On Tuesday, October 2 E! News will debut the video for Luke Bryan’s current Top 10 and climbing single, “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye,” on Tuesday, October 2nd at 7:00 and repeated at 11:30 PM, ET/PT. Fans can also view the video on E! Online (www.eonline.com) exclusively for 24 hours following the premiere. For the video, Bryan once again teams up with Tacklebox Films director Shaun Silva. “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye” is the fourth single from Bryan’s album “tailgates & tanlines” and follows his back-to-back Platinum singles “Drunk On You,” “I Don’t Want This Night To End,” and “Country Girl (Shake It For Me).” Bryan is currently nominated for two CMA Awards for “Male Vocalist of the Year” and “Album of the Year” for “tailgates & tanlines.” The exclusive premiere of “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye” follows a successful series of music video premieres on E! News and E! Online, from such artists as Madonna, Carrie Underwood, Lady Gaga, No Doubt, Taylor Swift and Maroon 5, making E! the destination for top-tier musicians and record labels that want to showcase their latest videos.
Statement from Dolly Parton Regarding The Dollywood Company Development in Nashville PIGEON FORGE, Tenn., September 28, 2012—Dolly Parton announced today that due to the decision by Gaylord stockholders on September 25 to sell the daily operation of its Opryland Resort and Convention Center to a third party, the Dollywood Company has ended its participation in the previously announced Nashville water park. “Gaylord makes decisions that they feel are good for their company and their stockholders and I have to make decisions based on what is best for me and the Dollywood Company,” said Parton. “Governor Haslam, Mayor Dean, and all the folks in government have been great to work with. I really appreciate their support through this process.” “I think everyone knows I love Nashville and I hope the work we’ve already done will spark more family entertainment in Nashville,” Parton added.
Thursday, September 27, 2012
ASHVILLE, Tenn. – Musical icon George Strait announced his plans for his final two-year tour – The Cowboy Rides Away Tour. In a press conference live from the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Strait revealed the first 20 markets he will visit during the winter and spring legs of his 2013 tour. Special guest Martina McBride is set to join Strait for the 2013 dates, which begin on January 18 in Lubbock, Texas. Strait, who celebrated his 60th birthday earlier this year, shared, “This is going to be a very special, emotional tour for me. Everywhere we’re going holds fond memories and I’m looking forward to paying my respects.” Strait plans to continue recording new music and play select dates around the country following the completion of the tour. The Cowboy Rides Away Tour will offer fans a final opportunity to take in Strait’s live show filled with hits from throughout his remarkable career. Strait has thus far yielded 59 No. 1 songs, has earned more than 60 major industry awards, and has sold over 65 million albums. He is the only artist in music history to achieve at least one Top Ten hit each year during his 30-year career and was only the second artist at the time (after Eddy Arnold in 1966) to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame (2006) while still actively recording and producing chart topping hits and albums. One of the most spectacular voices in any genre of music, McBride has sold more than 18 million albums and has garnered six No. 1 singles. She is the “most played female artist on country radio for the past 11 years,” according to both Mediabase and Broadcast Data Systems (BDS). The breadth of her talents – as recording artist, producer, songwriter, and concert entertainer – has made her an in-demand performer and personality. Among her hits are such empowering songs as 'Independence Day,' 'This One's for the Girls,' and 'A Broken Wing,' all of which have underscored her incredible popularity as one of music's preeminent female vocalists. George Strait fan club members will have an opportunity to purchase tickets beginning at 10 a.m. in the venue’s respective time zone on Oct. 9, 2012, and tickets available to the general public will be available for purchase beginning Oct. 12 (same time zone restraints apply). Ticket prices start at $69.50 and may be purchased at www.georgestrait.com. THE COWBOY RIDES AWAY – 2013 TOUR DATES JAN 18 | Lubbock, Texas | United Spirit Arena JAN 19 | Oklahoma City, Okla. | Chesapeake Energy Arena JAN 25 | Salt Lake City, Utah | Energy Solutions Arena JAN 26 | Nampa, Idaho | Idaho Center JAN 31 | Sacramento, Calif. | Power Balance Pavilion FEB 1 | Fresno, Calif. | Save Mart Center FEB 2 | Las Vegas, Nev. | MGM Grand Garden Arena FEB 15 | St. Paul, Minn. | Xcel Energy Center FEB 16 | Grand Forks, N.D. | The Alerus Center FEB 22 | Buffalo, N.Y. | First Niagara Center FEB 23 | Hartford, Conn. | XL Center MAR 1 | Knoxville, Tenn. | Thompson-Boling Arena MAR 2 | Lexington, Ky. | Rupp Arena MAR 17 | Houston, Texas | Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo* MAR 22 | Greenville, S.C. | Bi-Lo Center MAR 23 | Greensboro, N.C. | Greensboro Coliseum Complex APR 5 | Albuquerque, N.M. | The Pit APR 6 | Las Cruces, N.M. | Pan American Center APR 12 | N. Little Rock, Ark. | Verizon Arena APR 13 | New Orleans, La. | New Orleans Arena *Denotes previously announced tour date featuring the Randy Rogers Band and Martina McBride. Additional markets to be announced for 2013 and 2014.
LUCK OR SOMETHING LIKE IT To Be Released On October 2nd, Multiple Television Appearances Lined Up For Release Week September 26, 2012 – Grammy Award-winning music legend Kenny Rogers will embark on a busy fall season with the release of his autobiography, LUCK OR SOMETHING LIKE IT, on October 2nd, 2012. For more than half a century, Rogers has been a fixture on the international music scene, recording some of the most revered music around the world. Now for the first time, this entertainment icon details his fascinating lifelong journey and incredible rise to fame with his memoir, LUCK OR SOMETHING LIKE IT (William Morrow; Hardcover; $27.99). Exploring the struggles of his long road, his story begins simply: growing up in Depression-era Texas, living in the projects, surviving in poverty, and listening to his mother, who always had just the right piece of wisdom. Rogers recounts his early years and musical career, sharing stories about the friendships that have meant the most to him, from Dottie West to Lionel Richie to Dolly Parton, and how through it all, he continues to make music with the passion that has defined him from the start. During release week, Rogers will appear on Good Morning America, The View, The Colbert Report, CBS This Morning, Piers Morgan Tonight, Anderson Live, Fox News, Canada AM and others, in addition to NPR’s Morning Edition, The Diane Rehm Show, The Leonard Lopate Show, SiriusXM and numerous syndicated radio interviews. Rogers will also appear on a seven-city book tour beginning on October 2nd. Full details are listed below on where he’ll be appearing and meeting his fans in person. Kenny Rogers, a beloved, universally known icon of American entertainment, has thrived as a groundbreaking recording artist and consummate showman for more than half a century with his unique storytelling ability and soulful voice. He has recorded more than 65 albums which have sold more than 120 million units worldwide, ranking him #8 on the R.I.A.A.’s list of Top Selling Male Artists of all time, and has played to millions of fans around the world. Against all odds, Rogers has charted a record within each of the last seven decades. A three-time Grammy winner, he is the singer of 24 #1 songs and has received countless honors for his music and charity work, including eighteen American Music Awards, eleven People’s Choice Awards, eight Academy of Country Music Awards, five Country Music Association Awards and the Horatio Alger Award. Rogers’ critically acclaimed album, The Love of God, was released in 2011 and became his 21st Top 10 Country album. He is currently working on a new studio album for Warner Bros. Records with producer Dann Huff. KENNY ROGERS – LUCK OR SOMETHING LIKE IT BOOK TOUR: Oct. 2 – Ridgewood, NJ Bookends Oct. 3 – New York, NY Barnes & Noble (54th & 3rd) Oct. 5 – Hamilton, ON Walmart (675 Upper James St.) Oct. 6 – Lexington, KY Joseph-Beth Booksellers Oct. 7 – Atlanta, GA Barnes & Noble (Alpharetta – Mansell Crossing) Oct. 8 – Birmingham, AL Books-A-Million (Brook Highland) Oct. 12 – Houston, TX Barnes & Noble (River Oaks) For the latest news and tour updates, please visit Kenny Rogers’ official website: http://www.kennyrogers.com/
ACOUSTIC VIDEO FOR GOLD SINGLE AVAILABLE NOW ON ITUNES People magazine Calls #1 Self-Titled Album “One of the Year’s Best Debuts” NASHVILLE, TN – Dustin Lynch’s sweeping, lyrical epic, “Cowboys and Angels,” continues to climb the Country Radio charts this week, rising to #3 on both the Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart and the USA Today (powered by Mediabase) chart. The song has already sold over 600,000 downloads as it continues its march to the very top. “Cowboys and Angels” is the debut single from the Broken Bow Records artist who grew up in the small town of Tullahoma, TN, and saw a lifelong dream come true last month when his self-titled, debut album burst onto the charts at #1, making Dustin Lynch the only new male to debut at #1 on the Billboard Country Album Chart in 2012. Due to fan demand, the official acoustic video single for “Cowboys and Angels” was released on iTunes this week. Lynch fans can preview and purchase the special acoustic performance of the smash hit here: http://smarturl.it/CAAAcousticVid Lynch’s self-titled album was recently lauded by People magazine as “one of the year’s best debuts” and was named one of Billboard magazine’s “Most Anticipated Debuts” earlier this year. Media accolades continue to roll in for Lynch’s debut album, including: “This Tennessee native is bound for national success.” ~ CMT.com “….his voice has the maturity of a seasoned pro.” ~ Milkwaukee Journal Sentinel “Dustin Lynch falls in line with the George Strait tradition of good, solid country music sung with enviable ease.” ~ Taste of Country “Dustin offers a collection of blending country roots with pop/ rock influences….the fact that he pulls it off so naturally and with an apparent love for both styles is what sets his debut apart.” ~ GACTV.com “Dustin Lynch has a talent that usually takes an artist decades to acquire – he sings with restraint without losing an ounce of passion or conviction….country music may have just found its next big touring act.” ~ Parcbench.com “With Dustin Lynch on the scene, the future of country music is in great hands.” ~ CountryMusicRocks.net Lynch was recently profiled by American Songwriter magazine in an exclusive interview discussing the anatomy of “Cowboys and Angels.” Fans can read the article here: http://smarturl.org/xnltq Since the release of the hit, “Cowboys and Angels,” Lynch as sold over 600,000 downloads of his debut single and has surpassed over 4 million views on YouTube/ VEVO. He’s soared to #1 on the MTV Music Meter, earned a #1 ringtone on CMT, a Top 5 on the Billboard Heatseekers Songs Chart, and a Top 3 Country radio single. Lynch has been lauded as one of Billboard’s “Most Anticipated Debuts of 2012,” People Country’s “Fresh Faces,” Country Weekly’s “Ones to Watch in 2012,” and the only solo male artist on Nashville Lifestyles’ 2012 “Hot List.” Heavily influenced in his youth by the famed “Class of ‘89” - comprised of such stalwart country singers as Alan Jackson, Garth Brooks and Clint Black – Lynch’s brand of Country is trademarked by his distinctively deep, emotional vocals, and lyrical embodiment of growing up in and people watching in his small hometown of Tullahoma, TN. Produced by Brett Beavers (Dierks Bentley) and Luke Wooten (Brad Paisley), the self-titled debut album includes 13 tracks – 10 of which were written or co-written by Lynch. Lynch’s distinctively deep, emotional vocals are showcased throughout the album – an album that embodies his unique perspectives growing up and people watching in the small town of Tullahoma, TN. As both an artist and songwriter, Lynch was greatly influenced in his youth by the famed “Class of ‘89” comprised of such stalwart country singers as Alan Jackson, Garth Brooks and Clint Black. From stories about small town life and escaping from the rat race, to crackerjack up-tempo party anthems, to songs about young love, first times and unrequited heartbreak, Dustin Lynch’s self-titled debut album tells a universal story from start to finish. Dustin Lynch’s self-titled, debut album is in stores now and available at iTunes at: http://smarturl.it/preorderDL For more information on Dustin Lynch, visit: www.dustinlynchmusic.com
NASHVILLE – The star-packed lineup for “The 46th Annual CMA Awards” launches with today’s announcement that Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Kelly Clarkson, and Little Big Town are the first group of performers confirmed for “Country Music’s Biggest Night™.” “The 46th Annual CMA Awards,” hosted for the fifth year by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, airs live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Thursday, Nov. 1 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network. Aldean holds the current title for CMA Album of the Year for My Kinda Party and Musical Event of the Year for “Don’t You Wanna Stay” with Clarkson. This year, he picked up nominations for Entertainer, Male Vocalist, and Single of the Year for “Dirt Road Anthem,” produced by Michael Knox. There was no place like Home for Bentley. He received three nominations for Album of the Year for Home, produced by Brett Beavers, Luke Wooten, and Jon Randall Stewart; Single of the Year for “Home,” produced by Beavers and Wooten; and Song of the Year for “Home,” written by Bentley, Beavers, and Dan Wilson, lead singer of Semisonic. Clarkson, who shares the current CMA trophy for Musical Event of the Year with Aldean, makes her debut in the Female Vocalist of the Year category this year. Clarkson has a previous nomination for Musical Event of the Year with Reba McEntire for “Because of You” in 2007. Little Big Town made a splash with “Pontoon” in 2012. The popular group was nominated for Vocal Group of the Year in addition to capturing nominations for Music Video and Single of the Year for “Pontoon,” directed by Declan Whitebloom and produced by Jay Joyce respectively. Joyce has produced albums by a diverse roster of artists including Audio Adrenaline, Cage the Elephant, Patty Griffin, Emmylou Harris, John Hiatt, The Wallflowers, and The Whigs. Winners of “The 46th Annual CMA Awards” will be determined in a final round of voting by eligible voting members of the Country Music Association. CMA Awards balloting is officiated by the international accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche LLP. The third and final ballot will be emailed to CMA members Thursday, Oct. 4. Voting for the CMA Awards final ballot ends Monday, Oct. 22 (5:00 PM/CT). Tickets for “The 46th Annual CMA Awards” go on sale to the public Saturday, Sept. 29 (10:00 AM/CT). Tickets can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com or Ticketmaster outlets; by calling (800) 745-3000; or at the Bridgestone Arena Box Office, located at 501 Broadway (corner of Fifth Avenue and Broadway, Nashville). Ticket prices for the CMA Awards start at $110 for Upper Level seating. Ticket prices include tax, but exclude applicable service fees. Purchase tickets early for the best available seats. The CMA Awards have sold out in advance the past three years. Full 2012 CMA Awards details, including nominations and performers are available at CMAawards.com, which also includes CMA Awards history, a searchable database of past CMA Awards nominees and winners, host information, merchandise and much more. The CMA Awards Store has T-shirts, hoodies, hats, mugs, tote bags and more official merchandise for fans to purchase online. Fans can connect with CMA online at Facebook.com/CMA, Twitter.com/CountryMusic (#CMAawards), YouTube.com/CountryMusicAssoc and Pinterest.com/CMAworld. The CMA Awards nominees and winners are determined by the 11,000 industry professional members of CMA, which was formed in 1958 as the first trade organization to promote an individual genre of music. The first “CMA Awards Banquet and Show” was held in 1967. The following year, the CMA Awards was broadcast on NBC television for the first time – making it the longest-running annual music awards program on network television. The Awards aired on NBC through 1971 and on the CBS Television Network from 1972 through 2005. The CMA Awards moved to ABC in 2006, where it will remain through 2021. “The 46th Annual CMA Awards” is a production of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton is the Executive Producer, Paul Miller is the Director, and David Wild is the writer. The special will be shot in high definition and broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound. Chevrolet™ is the Official Ride of Country Music. American Airlines is the Official Airline of the CMA Awards.
DALLAS: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON Includes All 10 Episodes From Season One, Plus Over 2 Hours Of Bonus Features, Including 6 Featurettes, A Pilot Commentary, And Deleted Scenes! Available on DVD January 8 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group BURBANK, CA (September 26, 2012) One of the longest running series in television history has struck it rich again with Dallas, the new series inspired by the landmark drama. Catch up with all the scandal, lies and betrayal as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group releases Dallas: The Complete First Season on DVD January 8 to coincide with the start of its second season on TNT. This three-disc DVD collectors set features all 10 episodes from the first season and over 2 hours of bonus features, including 6 featurettes, a pilot commentary and deleted scenes. The DVD goes for less than a barrel of oil, and is priced to own at $39.98 SRP. The drama of the Ewing family dynasty continues with a whole new generation, as J.R.s (Larry Hagman) and Sue Ellens (Linda Gray) son, John Ross (Josh Henderson), locks horns with Bobbys (Patrick Duffy) adopted son, Christopher (Jesse Metcalfe), proving that in Texas, oil is still thicker than blood. At stake is the coveted Southfork family estate sitting on a billion barrels of oil. With J.R.s cunning guidance, John Ross is determined to drill on it, while Christopher, backed by Bobby, searches for alternative energy and a way to protect this family legacy from being stolen out from under them. Its a battle without limits, whether it means stealing another mans money, loyalty, girlfriend or wife leaving just one question: Whose side are you on? The first season of Dallas stars Josh Henderson (Desperate Housewives), Jesse Metcalfe (Desperate Housewives), Jordana Brewster (The Fast and Furious films), Julie Gonzalo (Veronica Mars), Brenda Strong (Desperate Housewives), Callard Harris (Sons of Anarchy), with Patrick Duffy (Dallas [original series]) and Linda Gray (Dallas [original series]) and Larry Hagman (Dallas [original series]) as J.R. Ewing. Executive produced by Cynthia Cidre (The Mambo Kings, Cane) and Michael M. Robin (Rizzoli & Isles, The Closer, Nip/Tuck), the series was created by David Jacobs and is produced by Warner Horizon Television. In its first season, Dallas averaged 4.5 million viewers each week. The series premiere was 2012s second most-watched scripted series premiere on basic cable.
LUKE BRYAN’S “FARM TOUR” 2012 TO FEATURE THE “PEACH PICKERS” & WILL TALLY 20 LOCAL SCHOLARSHIPS SINCE 2009 INCEPTION
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MARSHVILLE, N.C. — The brother of a local country music star was arrested Thursday on drug charges. David Traywick was arrested along with Jessica Traywick in Marshville on the charges of possession of meth. David is the brother of country music singer Randy Travis. Investigators have not released any other details about the arrests.
Friday, September 14, 2012
JASON ALDEAN, RODNEY ATKINS, RICKY SKAGGS, RAY STEVENS, STEVE WARINER, AND MORE SCHEDULED TO APPEAR AS THE GRAND OLE OPRY CELEBRATES ITS 87TH BIRTHDAY OCTOBER 5 & 6 NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Sept., 13, 2012) – The Grand Ole Opry® presented by Humana® is set to celebrate its 87th Birthday on Oct., 5 & 6 with star-packed shows, backstage tours, free music in the Opry Plaza, and more. Artists scheduled to perform on Fri., Oct. 5 include Rodney Atkins, Steve Wariner, and others. On Sat., Oct. 6, triple CMA nominee Jason Aldean, Jimmy Dickens, Ray Stevens, and more will be part of two Opry shows as they share the stage with a larger-than-life Opry 87th birthday cake. Ricky Skaggs, one of the most awarded artists in country and bluegrass music, will perform during a special Opry Birthday Concert at 1:00 p.m. Oct. 6. Following his performance, Skaggs will visit The Opry Shop from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m., signing his new CD Music To My Ears. The Plaza in front of the Opry House will be abuzz with games, food, free musical performances and fun throughout the day. Opry Birthday accommodation and attraction packages are available at http://www.opry.com/fall/. The Grand Ole Opry® is presented by Humana®. Opry performances are held every weekend of the year, and the Tuesday Night Opry continues through Dec. 11. Tickets for any Opry show may be purchased at opry.com, 1-800-SEE-OPRY, or at the Opry House Box Office. 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
HEAVY METAL SUCCESS FOR CURB RECORDS’ COUNTRY STARS PLATINUM AND GOLD CERTIFICATIONS FOR RODNEY ATKINS, LEE BRICE, STEVE HOLY, TIM MCGRAW, HANK WILLIAMS, JR. Nashville, Tenn. (September 13, 2012) - Blazing into the fourth quarter of 2012, Curb Records is celebrating some serious heavy metal success with a number of their top country stars striking gold and platinum status in digital sales. The latest stack of RIAA certifications adds to the decades of top awards and accolades for the label, which has just marked its 50th Anniversary as one of the industry’s leading independent music companies. The trail of gold and platinum albums for Curb dates back to 1962 when the company was founded by Mike Curb. Clearly a visionary, Curb has continually adapted to a changing music industry. The label looks forward to the last quarter of 2012 and into 2013 with a number of exciting new projects and releases. The following records for Rodney Atkins, Tim McGraw, Lee Brice, Steve Holy and Hank Williams Jr. were recently certified: RIAA Certified Platinum Rodney Atkins “Take A Back Road” 1.3+ Million Rodney Atkins “Watching You” 1.04+ Million Rodney Atkins “Farmer’s Daughter” 1.04+ Million Tim McGraw “My Little Girl” 1.03+ Million RIAA Certified Gold Rodney Atkins “These Are My People” 533k+ Lee Brice “Hard To Love” 567k+ Tim McGraw “I Need You” 722k+ Tim McGraw “Southern Voice” 667k Tim McGraw “If You’re Reading This” 651k+ Tim McGraw “Something Like That” 569k+ Tim McGraw “Last Dollar (Fly Away)” 523k+ Steve Holy “Brand New Girlfriend” 518k+ Hank Williams Jr. “A Country Boy Can Survive” 776k+ For more information, visit www.Curb.com. About Curb Records Celebrating its 50th anniversary, Curb Records is one of the world’s leading independent music companies. Owned and operated by Mike Curb since 1962, Curb Records has achieved 432 number one records, over 1,500 hundred Top Ten records and charted over 4,500 total records. Today’s roster includes some of the top names in Country, Christian and Pop/Rock music. Curb Records was honored as Billboard Magazine’s 2001 Country Music Label of the Year and Radio & Records Magazine’s 2005 Overall Gold Label of the Year.
CARRIE UNDERWOOD LAUNCHES 55-CITY NORTH AMERICAN LEG OF “BLOWN AWAY TOUR” THIS FRIDAY BLOWN AWAY ALBUM LANDS 7th WEEK AT NO. 1 Nashville – (September 13, 2012) – Superstar Carrie Underwood will begin her much anticipated 55-city headline North American arena tour this Friday, “The Blown Away Tour,” in Manchester, New Hampshire with special guest Hunter Hayes. The shows are presented and hydrated by vitaminwater®, sponsored by Olay, and promoted by AEG Live. In perfect timing with the tour launch, Carrie’s album Blown Away remains in the No. 1 position this week on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart, marking seven weeks spent in the top spot since its debut in May. Blown Away is also back in the Top 5 of Billboard’s 200 All Genre Sales chart. The album’s million-selling status designates Carrie as the only American Idol winner to have four albums achieve Platinum success. Carrie is donating $1 from each ticket sold on the North American leg of “The Blown Away Tour” to support Red Cross disaster relief. Every year, the American Red Cross prepares for and responds to nearly 70,000 disasters across the United States. This donation will help the Red Cross provide shelter, food, and emotional support for those in need after a disaster. Proceeds from her Canadian concerts will be donated to the Canadian Red Cross. Carrie’s two previous headline tours, 2008’s “Carnival Ride Tour” and 2010’s “Play On Tour,” performed for a combined total of nearly 250 shows with 2.2 million fans in attendance, and she wrapped both years as the top-ranked female country touring artist. Blown Away made history this spring by debuting at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums Chart making Carrie only the second country artist in the 47-year history of the chart to have each of their first four albums debut at No. 1. Blown Away also debuted at No. 1 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart making Carrie only the second country artist in history to have three consecutive albums debut at No. 1. Blown Away became country’s best-selling digital album debut since 2010. “Good Girl,” her first single from Blown Away, has already achieved the No. 1 slot on both Billboard and Country Aircheck’s country airplay charts and became her 15th No. 1 single. Blown Away’s second single and title track continues to climb the top 10 on the Billboard country airplay chart. This marks Underwood’s 16th single to reach the Top 10, which according to Billboard is the first time a female has ever had their first 16 singles all reach the Top 10 in the tally’s 68-year history. Since releasing Some Hearts in 2005, Carrie has sold more than 15 million albums with Some Hearts, 2007’s Carnival Ride, and 2009’s Play On making her the best-selling American Idol in the U.S. She’s accumulated 15 No. 1 singles, seven of which she co-wrote, and became the first country artist in history and the only American Idol winner ever to achieve 10 No. 1 singles from their first two albums. She is a five-time Grammy winner, a two-time Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year, a three-time Country Music Association and ACM Female Vocalist winner, and a proud member of the Grand Ole Opry. Carrie will return to co-host the 46th Annual CMA Awards with Brad Paisley on Nov. 1 on the ABC Television Network. Carrie recently received her seventh nomination in the Female Vocalist of The Year category. Hunter Hayes, the multi-talented writer, musician, producer, and performer, is the only country artist to play every instrument, write/co-write every song, and co-produce his critically acclaimed self-titled debut album. As both the 2012 CMA and ACM New Artist of the Year nominee, Hunter has been touring and performing live for decades. He has played to sold out venues across the US and Canada on his MOST WANTED headline tour and is currently putting the finishing touches on preparations for touring with Carrie Underwood on her “Blown Away Tour” this fall. The Louisiana native has also shared the stage with Taylor Swift, Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Trace Adkins, Brad Paisley, and Hank Williams, Jr. This multi-instrumentalist continues to garner praise from fans and critics alike as he made his world-premiere national television debut on CBS’ Late Show with David Letterman and also performed with The Roots on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and on Good Morning America. His current hit "Wanted" was recently certified Platinum by the RIAA. Please visit www.carrieunderwood.fm for up to date information on “The Blown Away Tour.” “The Blown Away Tour” 9-14 9-15 9-17 9-19 9-20 9-22 9-23 9-26 9-27 9-29 10-1 10-2 10-4 10-6 10-7 10-10 10-12 10-13 10-14 10-16 10-18 10-20 10-21 10-24 10-25 10-27 10-28 11-3 11-4 11-7 11-9 11-10 11-13 11-15 11-16 11-20 11-21 11-24 11-25 11-27 11-28 11-30 12-1 12-4 12-6 12-8 12-9 12-11 12-12 12-14 12-15 12-18 12-19 12-21 12-22 Manchester, NH Bridgeport, CT Providence, RI Worcester, MA Reading, PA Louisville, KY Nashville, TN Green Bay, WI Minneapolis, MN Fargo, ND Saskatoon, SK Canada Calgary, AB Canada Vancouver, BC Seattle, WA Portland, OR West Valley City, UT Reno, NV Sacramento, CA San Jose, CA Los Angeles, CA Bakersfield, CA San Diego, CA Glendale, AZ Dallas, TX Oklahoma City, OK Wichita, KS Springfield, MO Charlotte, NC Greensboro, NC Baltimore, MD Atlantic City, NJ Hartford, CT University Park, PA Grand Rapids, MI Moline, IL St. Louis, MO Tulsa, OK Indianapolis, IN Auburn Hills, MI Pittsburgh, PA Philadelphia, PA Long Island, NY Newark, NJ Albany, NY London, ON Canada Kanata, ON Canada Toronto, ON Canada Columbus, OH Chicago, IL Des Moines, IA Kansas City, MO Memphis, TN Duluth, GA Orlando, FL Sunrise, FL Verizon Wireless Arena Webster Bank Arena Dunkin’ Donuts Center DCU Center Sovereign Center KFC Yum! 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COUNTRY HITMAKER LEE BRICE MINES RIAA GOLD WITH CURRENT SINGLE “HARD TO LOVE” Nashville, TN – Sept. 13, 2012 – CMA "New Artist of the Year" nominee Lee Brice’s current Top 15 single “Hard To Love” has officially been certified GOLD by the RIAA for digital sales of over 500,000 downloads. “I don’t really know what to say except thank you to my fans for all the support,” said Brice. “I can tell when I’m out there on the road every night that the momentum of this song just keeps picking up and it's because my fans continue to believe in me…they’ve stuck by me and I can tell they’re in for the long haul.” Critics including The New York Times have applauded the former-football player’s signature dynamic delivery, “He’s melodically eloquent, and stoic enough that his emotional breakdowns have real potency.” Brice’s “Hard To Love” is the second single off his sophomore effort on Curb Records by the same name. The album’s PLATINUM certified lead single “A Woman Like You” also carries the South Carolina native’s endearing charm and earnest baritone vocals, and set the pace earlier this year by scoring the No. one position on the country radio charts. Brice’s previous studio album LOVE LIKE CRAZY’s title track spawned Billboard’s most played country song of 2010. Billboard recognized Brice again this year as a songwriter for the most played country song of 2011, “Crazy Girl,” which also earned him a 2012 ACM Award for "Song Of The Year." Brice’s name can be found in the writing credits for additional hits recorded by country stars including Garth Brooks, Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney, Blake Shelton and more. For more information and for a full list of upcoming appearances, visit www.leebrice.com.
IGT ANNOUNCES NEW DOLLY PARTON SLOT MACHINE LAS VEGAS, NV. (September 13, 2012) – The Queen of Country comes to the casino as Dolly Parton brings her chart-topping hits to both video slot and five-reel spinning reel games. Dolly Parton® Video Slots, along with Two Doors Down and Nine to Five Spinning Reels, feature interactive juke-box-style song selections, big bonus action and front-row concert experiences all with Dolly cheering the player along. Dolly stated, “As you know, I love doing lots of different things and this is the most different thing that I’ve done so far. I’m very excited to be working with IGT with my very own video slot machines and five reel spinning reel games. Wanna play? Well, come on!” Leading-edge technology and a legacy of player favorites define the best in gaming experiences as International Game Technology showcases the Core games that create fans at the Global Gaming Expo (G2E) 2012 in Las Vegas from Oct. 2-4. "IGT's unrivaled game experiences and localized content has made our games the most sought after on casino floors today," said Eric Tom, IGT executive vice president of Global Sales. "At G2E, our new portfolio will drive unmatched performance for our casino customers. From the excitement of Dolly Parton® Slots and the classic action of our new spinning reel and video slot titles to revolutionary game play of our skill-based titles and 3D Multi Layer Display (MLD) technology, we will premiere the fan favorites of the future." IGT creates market-attuned games for international players. IGT's portfolio of market-attuned titles focus on player preference, with customized game play configurations and translated game content, at the push of a button. These titles are specifically designed to appeal to Asian, Latin American and European players. Get ready for Golden Memories(TM), Money Idol(TM), Tango De Oro(TM), Big Dragon Lounge(TM) and Silk Seduction(TM) Video Slots to be the next big global favorites. The classic styling of IGT's Mechanical Reels continue to create fans with a large catalogue of offerings and new titles such as Western Stars® Slots with its three reels fun and touchscreen bonuses based on IGT's SAVP® technology. Year after year, video poker players choose IGT as the best in the industry. This year's new poker stars will be Movin' On Up Poker(TM), Ultimate Aces Poker(TM), Texas Hold'em Fold Up and Keno Draw Poker to name a few. Follow Dolly on Facebook (www.facebook.com/DollyParton) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/Dolly_Parton) for the latest info! About IGT: International Game Technology is the global leader in casino gaming entertainment and continues to transform the industry by translating casino player experiences to social, mobile and interactive environments. IGT is responsible for some of the most popular slot machines in the world, including "Wheel Of Fortune", "American Idol", and "Megabucks" machines. For more information on IGT, visit www.IGT.com.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
JASON ALDEAN TEAMS UP WITH COORS LIGHT FOR DUAL-BRANDED NATIONAL RETAIL PROMOTION Coors Light to Be Aldean’s Exclusive Alcohol Beverage Lead Single "Take A Little Ride" Drives Into Top Five This Week Nashville, TN – Sept. 10, 2012 – Multi-platinum entertainer Jason Aldean announced today a partnership with Coors Light, The World’s Most Refreshing Beer. Coors Light and Coors Banquet will be Aldean’s exclusive alcohol beverage sponsor, which includes a national retail promotion. “Coors Light is associated with so many of my favorite experiences… tailgating before University of Georgia games, vacations to the beach with my friends, playing bars and clubs when I was coming up in my career,” said Aldean. “This was a no-brainer partnership for me, and I’m especially looking forward to the fridge full of Coors Light they promised all of us for the road.” The deal features dual-branded retail promotions in support of the launch of the Oct. 16 release of Aldean’s fifth studio album “Night Train,” including a major push across the country with retailers such as Walmart. Point-of-sale materials will feature Coors Light branding and images of Aldean. Coors Light digital marketing plans will support the program, as well as advertising in 2013. “Jason is one of the greatest entertainers in music today, as anyone who’s been to one of his concerts will tell you,” said Dan Hennessy, senior director of marketing for the Coors Family of Brands. “Throw in a round of cold, refreshing Coors Light for you and your friends, and you have a night you’ll all be talking about long after the concert ends.” Aldean's current single, and the lead track from NIGHT TRAIN, "Take A Little Ride" makes its way into the Top five today after only six weeks. Fans can pre-order the album now at digital retailers and www.JasonAldean.com. Aldean recently earned three Country Music Association Awards nominations for the Nov. 1 show, in the categories of Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year and Single of the Year for "Dirt Road Anthem." Additionally, he has sold out every show on his MY KINDA PARTY TOUR presented by State Farm®, – often in minutes at the day of on sale – and has broken over 40 venue attendance records. The tour has gone on to sell an unparalleled 1.9 million tickets. Watch for more details about the partnership at www.facebook.com/CoorsLight andcheck out www.JasonAldean.com for more details about the tour and album release. About MillerCoors Built on a foundation of great beer brands and nearly 300 years of brewing heritage, MillerCoors continues the commitment of its founders to brew the highest quality beers. MillerCoors is the second-largest beer company in the United States, capturing nearly 30 percent of beer sales in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Led by two of the best-selling beers in the industry, MillerCoors has a broad portfolio of brands across every major industry segment. The portfolio is led by the company’s premium light brands: Coors Light, Miller Lite and Miller64. Coors Light, the World’s Most Refreshing Beer, offers consumers refreshment as cold as the Rockies. Miller Lite established the American light beer category in 1975, offering beer drinkers a light beer that tastes like beer should. Miller64 is 64 calories of crisp, light taste that complements a balanced lifestyle. MillerCoors brews premium beers Coors Banquet and Miller Genuine Draft, and economy brands Miller High Life and Keystone Light. Tenth and Blake Beer Company, the MillerCoors craft and import division, imports Peroni Nastro Azzurro, Pilsner Urquell and Grolsch, and features craft brews from the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company, Blue Moon Brewing Company and the Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Company. MillerCoors operates eight major breweries in the U.S., as well as the Leinenkugel’s craft brewery in Chippewa Falls, Wisc., and two microbreweries, the Tenth Street Brewery in Milwaukee and the Blue Moon Brewing Company at Coors Field in Denver. The MillerCoors vision is to create the best beer company in America through great people changing the way America enjoys beer. MillerCoors builds its brands the right way through brewing quality, responsible marketing and sustainable environmental and community impact. MillerCoors is a joint venture of SABMiller plc and Molson Coors Brewing Company. Learn more at MillerCoors.com, at facebook.com/MillerCoors or on Twitter through @MillerCoors.
Monday, September 10, 2012
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Carrie Underwood’s Blown Away Album Certified Platinum And Returns To No. 1, Marking 6 Cumulative Weeks At The Summit Of Billboard’s Top Country Albums Chart! 2012 CMA Female Vocalist Nominee Makes Billboard History As “Blown Away” Continues To Soar, Becoming Her 16th Top 10 Single! Nashville, TN – Superstar Carrie Underwood’s fourth album Blown Away has been certified Platinum by the RIAA and returns to the No. 1 spot this week, marking six cumulative weeks at the summit of Billboard’s Top Country Albums Chart. Earlier this week the nominations were announced for “The 46th Annual CMA Awards” and Carrie earned her seventh Female Vocalist nomination. Underwood has received five CMA Awards in her career, including three consecutive wins as Female Vocalist (2006, 2007, 2008), as well as Single of the Year (2007 for “Before He Cheats”), and the Horizon Award (2006). Carrie and Brad Paisley will return to host “The 46th Annual CMA Awards” for a fifth time in 2012. “Country Music’s Biggest Night™” airs live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Thursday, Nov. 1 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network. Blown Away’s second single and title track entered the Top 10 this week as it continues to climb the Billboard country airplay chart. This marks Underwood’s 16th single to reach the Top 10, which according to Billboard is a record among women in the tally’s 68-year history. On September 14, Carrie will launch the North American portion of her third headline arena tour, “The Blown Away Tour,” in Manchester, New Hampshire. Blown Away made history this spring by debuting at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums Chart making Carrie only the second country artist in the 47-year history of the chart to have each of their first four albums debut at No. 1. Blown Away also debuted at No. 1 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart making Carrie only the second country artist in history to have three consecutive albums debut at No. 1. Blown Away became country’s best-selling digital album debut since 2010. “Good Girl,” her first single from Blown Away, has already achieved the No. 1 slot on both Billboard and Country Aircheck’s country airplay charts and became her 15th No. 1 single. Since releasing Some Hearts in 2005, Carrie has sold more than 15 million albums with Some Hearts, 2007’s Carnival Ride, and 2009’s Play On making her the best-selling American Idol in the U.S. She’s accumulated 15 No. 1 singles, seven of which she co-wrote, and became the first country artist in history and the only American Idol winner ever to achieve 10 No. 1 singles from their first two albums. She is a five-time Grammy winner, a two-time Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year, a three-time Country Music Association and ACM Female Vocalist winner, and a proud member of the Grand Ole Opry.