Friday, November 30, 2012
Five-time Grammy winner Carrie Underwood will star in the coveted role of Maria von Trapp in NBC’s live broadcast of “The Sound of Music,” based on the original Broadway musical, it was announced today by Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment. The live telecast of “The Sound of Music” will be a three-hour event on a date to be announced near the holidays in 2013. NBC is partnering with the acclaimed "Smash" producing team of Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (film versions of the Oscar-winning "Chicago" and "Hairspray") for “The Sound of Music.” The pair is also producing the upcoming “85th Annual Academy Awards.” “Speaking for everyone at NBC, we couldn't be happier to have the gifted Carrie Underwood take up the mantle of the great Maria von Trapp,” said Greenblatt. “She was an iconic woman who will now be played by an iconic artist.” "We're thrilled to be presenting the Broadway version of ‘The Sound of Music’ live,” said Zadan and Meron, “and having Carrie Underwood as the star brings it to a new generation who will fall in love with it for the first time as many millions of people already have. It's a particular joy to us as producers to see this amazing artist stretch into new territory with this classic musical." "To have a star like Carrie Underwood perform Maria in ‘The Sound of Music’ – and in such a very special and unique production -- is exciting beyond words,” said Ted Chapin, President, Rodgers & Hammerstein. “Part of the magic of Rodgers and Hammerstein is how their work has adapted itself to so many different incarnations, and I am certain the fresh spirit Underwood brings to her own songs will transition into exciting versions of the classic songs we all know and love.” "The Sound of Music," set in pre-WWII Austria, is based on the romantic true story of Maria von Trapp, an aspiring nun who leaves the abbey to become a governess for the widower Captain von Trapp's seven children and finds herself falling in love with her employer and questioning her religious calling. It premiered on Broadway in 1959, where it broke box-office records and won the Tony Award for Best Musical. The 1965 film version won the Best Picture Oscar. Today it is an evergreen classic -- as popular in opera houses and outdoor amphitheaters as it is in high school auditoriums. "The Sound of Music" features a libretto by Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse and a score by Richard Rodgers (music) and Oscar Hammerstein II (lyrics) that includes "My Favorite Things," "Do-Re-Mi," "Edelweiss," and "So Long, Farewell." With more than 15 million albums sold worldwide, 16 #1 singles (seven of which were co-written by Underwood) and five Grammys, Underwood is fueled by a restless creative spirit as she released her most ambitious project yet in her current platinum-selling album “Blown Away.” She’s won a vast array of awards, including three female vocalist awards from both the Country Music Association (CMA) and the Academy of Country Music (ACM). In 2010, when Underwood garnered her second win as ACM Entertainer of the Year, she became the first female artist in history to win the award twice. Underwood also received the ACM Triple Crown Award, thanks to her past wins for the categories of Entertainer of the Year, Top Female Vocalist and Top New Female Vocalist. Underwood also has won seven American Music Awards, six People’s Choice Awards, nine CMT Music Awards, nine American Country Awards, and is a member of the Grand Ole Opry. She earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Song for “There’s a Place for Us” from “Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader,” which she both recorded and co-wrote. She became America’s sweetheart in 2005 when she won the fourth season of “American Idol,” a vehicle that transformed her from a shy Oklahoma girl with a great voice to a budding superstar. Underwood’s 2005 debut, “Some Hearts,” topped Billboard’s Country Albums chart for 27 weeks, has sold over seven million copies, and was voted #1 Country Album of the Decade by Billboard. Her 2007 sophomore album, “Carnival Ride,” 2009’s “Play On,” and her current album, “Blown Away,” debuted atop the all-genre Billboard 200 chart. Over the course of four albums, she’s saturated country radio with such #1 hits as “Jesus, Take the Wheel,” “Before He Cheats,” “So Small,” “Last Name,” “Cowboy Casanova,” “Good Girl” and “Blown Away.” Underwood is currently headlining “The Blown Away Tour,” performing internationally and in arenas across the U.S. and Canada well into 2013. She was the top-selling country female touring artist of 2008 and 2010, as her headline arena tours have played over 100 shows and to over one million fans each year. Read more: http://broadwayworld.com/article/Breaking-News-Grammy-Winning-Carrie-Underwood-to-Star-in-NBCs-Live-Broadcast-of-THE-SOUND-OF-MUSIC-20121130##ixzz2DimE9t6v
Thursday, November 29, 2012
HUNTER HAYES AND THE WHO TO PERFORM ON "THE GRAMMY® NOMINATIONS CONCERT LIVE!! — COUNTDOWN TO MUSIC'S BIGGEST NIGHT®" THE BAND PERRY AND DIERKS BENTLEY TO PERFORM TOGETHER IN A SPECIAL TRIBUTE TO JOHNNY CASH CBS Entertainment Special — Airing Dec. 5, 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. CT — Will Announce Nominations for the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards® Live for the First Time Ever from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.
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Sunday, November 25, 2012
The following is a letter from Jay Jacobs, to the Auburn Family, as posted on the Auburn University website. Dear Auburn Family, First and foremost, I want to take this opportunity to thank those of you who have reached out to me in recent days and weeks to express your concerns about our football program. You are the best fans in the country, and I appreciate your passion and love for Auburn University. We have talked a lot in recent years about building the foundation it takes to consistently compete at a high level in the nation's toughest conference. Despite substantial investment in personnel and facilities made possible by your support, the football program did not live up to our expectations. The results of the 2012 football season are simply unacceptable at Auburn. After suffering some tough losses in a transition year in 2011, we had hoped our team would show improvement this season. Unfortunately, it has not. The competition in our league is fierce and is currently at an all-time high, and we cannot risk falling further behind by waiting another year and hoping for improvement. That is why after careful consideration and a thorough evaluation of our football program, I have recommended that Coach Gene Chizik not be retained. President Gogue has accepted my recommendation. Earlier this morning, I informed Coach Chizik that he will not return as head coach. My primary consideration in making this recommendation was doing what is in the best interests of our current student-athletes and the future of our football program. That has always been my top priority, and it always will be. While I am disappointed that Coach Chizik's career here has come to an end we will long cherish the memories of our first National Championship in 53 years. Gene and his staff will always be a part of the Auburn Family, and we wish them and their families the best. This season demonstrated that we need a different direction to get where we want to go. We will move as quickly as possible in our search for a new Head Coach, guided by the benchmarks President Gogue and I expect. Those benchmarks are a track record as a proven winner, a commitment to playing within the rules and student-athlete academic success. I am pleased to announce that we have put together an outstanding search committee to find our next head coach. The committee consists of several great Auburn leaders who share our commitment to competing at the highest level and who understand what it takes to succeed at Auburn. I am honored that Mac Crawford, Bo Jackson and Pat Sullivan have agreed to join our efforts to find the best coach possible for our student-athletes, the students of Auburn University and the Auburn Family. I'm proud to be part of this distinguished group. A press conference will be held later today to formally announce this change. In the days ahead, you can expect rumors to swirl and inaccurate reports to surface about who is under consideration to be our next Head Coach. That is the nature of coaching searches at this level. I will not respond to rumors or speculative reports during the search process, but I do look forward to announcing our new Head Coach once the search is complete. I regret that the Auburn Family, and especially our season ticket holders and Tigers Unlimited donors, have had to endure a frustrating and difficult season. You expect and deserve better. It is time to heal and turn the page to the next chapter of Auburn football. It is time to pull together and forge ahead to the brighter future that awaits us. We have endured tough times before, and we have always emerged stronger. I have no doubt that will be our course once again. God Bless and War Eagle! Jay
Thursday, November 22, 2012
KENNY CHESNEY KICKS OFF THE SALVATION ARMY RED KETTLE CAMPAIGN WITH HALFTIME PERFORMANCE AT DALLAS COWBOYS THANKSGIVING DAY GAME
Nation’s Longest Running Fundraiser Celebrates 122nd Year and Seeks to Raise Donations for Communities Rebuilding After Hurricane Sandy Arlington, TX (November 21, 2012) – While many people across the country are making final preparations for their Thanksgiving meal, four time CMA and four time ACM Entertainer of the Year Kenny Chesney is adding last minute touches for his halftime performance during the Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving Day game against the Washington Redskins at 3:15PM (CT) on FOX. With his final rehearsal today at Cowboy's Stadium in Arlington, TX, Chesney is excited to a part of the kick-off of The Salvation Army’s 122nd annual Red Kettle Campaign. “This is a time of year when many people are in need of a helping hand. I’m excited to partner with The Salvation Army and the Dallas Cowboys to encourage the American people to help the less fortunate,” said Kenny Chesney. “I hope my music will elevate awareness for the Red Kettle Campaign, and in the end, help provide a warm meal, clothing or a bed for someone this holiday season.” The nationally televised show marks the 16th year the Dallas Cowboys have helped The Salvation Army launch the campaign, which began on a San Francisco pier in 1891. Kenny’s performance will help raise awareness and millions of dollars for the Red Kettle Campaign, which collected a record $147.6 million last year. Funds will support people in need, including those still experiencing the lasting impact of Hurricane Sandy this Christmas season. Kenny will perform a number of his top hits from past albums, as well as his most recent studio album, Welcome to the Fishbowl, which debuted at number 1 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart. Since its release in June 2012, Welcome to the Fishbowl has been certified gold and includes the hit singles "Feel Like a Rock Star," "Come Over,” and current hit “El Cerrito Place.” Throughout his nearly 20-year career, Kenny has sold more than 27 million albums and had 24 #1 singles. Since the partnership between the Dallas Cowboys and The Salvation Army began in 1997, the Red Kettle Campaign has raised more than $1.5 billion with the help of multiple top-tier musical acts spanning the past 15 years. Previous halftime performers have included: Enrique Iglesias, Keith Urban, Daughtry, Jonas Brothers, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Sheryl Crow, Destiny’s Child, Toby Keith, LeAnn Rimes, Creed, Jessica Simpson, Billy Gillman, Clint Black, Randy Travis and Reba McEntire. “Something special happens when the Dallas Cowboys and The Salvation Army come together for the Red Kettle Campaign on Thanksgiving Day – people are driven to give and help their neighbors,” said Charlotte Jones Anderson, Executive Vice President of Brand Management for the Dallas Cowboys and National Advisory Chairperson for The Salvation Army. “A marquee performance by a star like Kenny Chesney will reach millions of people and hopefully encourage giving this Christmas. We know from experience that The Salvation Army will stretch donations as far as possible to help as many people as possible.” The Salvation Army continues to provide disaster relief services to families and individuals who are rebuilding from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy in New York and New Jersey. Since late October, The Salvation Army has provided food, hydration, clothing, financial assistance, and other supplies to hundreds of thousands of people. These services and others by The Salvation Army will continue throughout the holiday season and into the New Year until all the need created by Hurricane Sandy is met. Donations made to the Red Kettle Campaign stay in the local community, and any donations made in the impacted areas of New York and New Jersey will help benefit the recovering communities. “The Red Kettle Campaign this year will help not only those who need The Salvation Army’s assistance day-to-day, but also those who are still recovering from Superstorm Sandy,” said Commissioner William Roberts, National Commander for The Salvation Army. “This is the time of year we need to lend a helping hand to our neighbors, and help them up in His name. We extend a big thanks to the Jones Family and the Dallas Cowboys, as well as Kenny Chesney for helping make this Thanksgiving so special.” The 2012 Red Kettle Campaign will bring The Salvation Army’s iconic kettles and 25,000 bell ringers to street corners and storefronts nationwide through December 24. Notably, national corporate partners hosting Salvation Army red kettles at their stores through Christmas Eve include Walmart, Macy’s, jcpenney, Kroger, Sam’s Club, Bloomingdales, Walgreens and Big Lots. Supporters of The Salvation Army can also ring a virtual Red Kettle bell online at www.onlineredkettle.org, donate by phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY or text the word “GIVE” to 80888 to make a $10 donation to the Red Kettle Campaign. More information on the Red Kettle Campaign is available online at www.salvationarmyusa.org. ### About The Salvation Army The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org. About Kenny Chesney Kenny Chesney, "one of country music's most triumphant...superstars" (NY Times) has had 24 #1 singles, ten platinum albums, and over 27 million albums sold. The release of his thirteenth album 'Welcome To The Fishbowl' this summer coincided with the blockbuster, 22-stadium ‘Brothers of the Sun’ Tour, with Chesney and Tim McGraw, which marked the 10th year that more than one million fans came out to celebrate music and summer with Chesney. Chesney is a CMT and AMA Artist of the Year, a four-time CMA Entertainment of the Year, and a four-time ACM Entertainer of the Year. About Gene & Jerry Jones Family Charities In the area of community service, Gene and Jerry Jones Family Charities' mission is built upon an overall philosophy of helping those who don't have the strength, the resources or the means to help themselves. As a sports entity that has enjoyed unprecedented success and recognition for more than four decades, the Dallas Cowboys feel a very strong obligation to transfer that championship tradition and the magic that it creates toward the bigger purpose of making a difference in the community. More information about the Dallas Cowboys is available at www.DallasCowboys.com.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Country music star and American Idol winner Scotty McCreery will turn his November 23rd concert at the historic Beacon Theater in New York City into a benefit concert to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy. The show, originally billed as "Christmas with Scotty McCreery" is now being tagged as the "Beacon Theater Benefit for Hurricane Sandy Relief." McCreery will donate a portion of the ticket sales to World Vision’s Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.
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Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Nashville, Tenn. (November 5, 2012) – This past weekend, Sammy Kershaw, his band and crew were involved in a roadway accident while on tour in Texas.
Saturday, November 3, 2012
JASON ALDEAN SELLS OUT SECOND FENWAY PARK SHOW AND UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA'S SANFORD STADIUM IN 45 MINUTES TODAY Aldean Debuted New Single “The Only Way I Know” Featuring Luke Bryan and Eric Church on Last Night’s CMA Awards Nashville, TN – Nov. 2, 2012 – MULTI-PLATINUM entertainer Jason Aldean continues to solidify his status as a stadium headliner as two more of his 2013 NIGHT TRAIN TOUR stadium dates sell out at a dizzying speed today. Every ticket to the April 13 concert at University of Georgia's Sanford Stadium and the second show of a two night stand at Boston's Fenway Park on July 12 was swept up in under an hour this morning. The first night at Fenway sold out in a record seven minutes. "I got to open the CMA Awards last night with two of my really good friends, and then I got to wake up this morning with more sold out stadiums…are you kidding me right now?" said Aldean. "The list of guys in country music who sell out stadiums is pretty short, it's guys like Chesney and Garth…I'm not supposed to be on that list. It's a big testament to the hard work my band and crew put in every night out there and to the loyalty and passion of country music fans. It doesn't get any better than this." Fresh off the release of his fifth studio album NIGHT TRAIN which sold 409,000 copies its first week, Aldean opened the CMA Awards broadcast last night with the debut performance of the album’s second single, “The Only Way I Know,” with Luke Bryan and Eric Church. Bryan and Church are also featured on the fan-favorite track that is available at radio now. He also performed the album’s first single, the GOLD certified “Take A Little Ride,” which already had a three-week reign at No. one making it the longest running chart-topper of 2012. For a full list of appearances and more information on NIGHT TRAIN, please visit www.jasonaldean.com.