Friday, December 20, 2013
NASHVILLE, TN – (Dec. 16, 2013) - The Band Perry was hailed the hardest working country band of 2013 and one of the hardest working acts across all musical genres this week by Songkick.com, one of the world’s most comprehensive databases of concerts and tours. The Band Perry shares the list with artists such as P!nk and The Lumineers, among others. The only other country act to make the top 20 hardest working acts of 2013 is the legendary Willie Nelson.The superstar-sibling trio performed 126 shows to hundreds of thousands of fans around the world this year, earning them the honor. The Band Perry also appears on other year-end lists including: Billboard Biz- Year in Country 2013, which spotlights The Band Perry’s 2013 cover story, Taste of Country –“Best Albums of 2013” with Pioneer at #2 and “Top Songs of 2013” with “DONE.” at #10, as well as SPIN’s “50 Best Songs of 2013” with “DONE.” at #49. The siblings were recently awarded an American Country Award for “Most Played Radio Track: Group” for their #1 single, “Better Dig Two.” 2013 was full of non-stop activity for The Band Perry. It opened with “Better Dig Two,” their debut single from their second studio album, Pioneer, skyrocketing to Number 1 in January in both the United States and Canada. The RIAA platinum-certified single was their fastest rising single to date. They followed it up with the release of their highly anticipated sophomore album, Pioneer, in April, which immediately went to Number One on the Country album charts and Number 2 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart. In celebration of the release, the band treated a crowd of more than twenty-five thousand fans to a huge free show in their hometown of Greeneville, TN. In July, “DONE.,” the second single from Pioneer, topped the country charts in the US and Canada, marking the first Number One song for Reid and Neil Perry as songwriters. “DONE.” has been certified gold by the RIAA and is nearing platinum status, and Pioneer was also certified gold by the RIAA in September. Their current single, "Don't Let Me Be Lonely," is their 7th consecutive song to reach Top 10 at country radio and is still climbing. The Band Perry also graced the stages of various award shows over the course of the year including the ACMs, Billboard Music Awards, Canadian Country Music Awards (CCMAs) and the CMA Awards (CMAs). Media and industry alike called theirs “the performance of the night” on multiple occasions. The band also stormed the network television airwaves with appearances and/or performances on the following shows and specials: Tim McGraw Superstar Summer Night, Good Morning America, The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Ellen, The Today Show, American Idol, Rihanna’s Styled to Rock, The Arsenio Hall Show, CMT Crossroads (with Fall Out Boy), The Talk, Nightline, GAC’s Origins, and more. 2013 is also the year The Band Perry announced and launched their first world headline tour. Immediately following their performance on the CMAs, The Band Perry hopped a plane to Sweden where they kicked off their We Are Pioneers World Tour. The 30-date run through Europe had the band playing to packed rooms with fans pressed up against the stage waiting to get a glimpse of their favorite band. The shows, each one a sing-a-long bigger than the last, solidified The Band Perry on a global level. The North American leg of the We Are Pioneers World Tour will kick off on January 9 in Penticton, BC at the South Okanagan Events Centre. A full list of tour dates can be found HERE.
NASHVILLE, TN (December 20, 2013) 2013 was an exceptional year and none of this would have been possible without your support. Happy holidays, happy New Year and thank you for making 2013 one of the most unforgettable years yet. We look forward to big numbers and other exciting accomplishments to come in 2014. 4 Grammy nominations from his debut album, Hunter Hayes (Encore), including Best Country Solo Performance for I Want Crazy 3 consecutive No. 1s with Wanted, Somebodys Heartbreak and I Want Crazy 5 singles released off Atlantic Records Hunter Hayes (Encore) Played over 500 shows since 2011 All 25 dates sold out on CMT On Tour: Hunter Hayes Lets Be Crazy Tour Over 8 million singles sold off Hunter Hayes (Encore) 1 of only 4 country acts in the past 5 years to achieve a Platinum-selling debut album Played over 30 instruments on self-titled debut Hunter Hayes Over 85 million total YouTube views and counting Over 1.3 million Facebook fans Over 102K Instagram subscribers Nearly 900K Twitter followers 11 days left in the studio in 2013, recording his upcoming new album Four-time GRAMMY nominated artist, Hunter Hayes, is a multi-talented performer, musician, producer, and writer. His critically acclaimed Atlantic Records self-titled album has already garnered three consecutive No. 1 singles, selling over eight million singles to date while the album itself has been certified platinum by the R.I.A.A. I Want Crazy, off his critically acclaimed album, Hunter Hayes (Encore), recently received a GRAMMY nomination for Best Country Solo Performance, marking his fourth GRAMMY nomination off his debut release. His current single, Everybodys Got Somebody but Me featuring Jason Mraz, was recently highlight by the Los Angeles Times for the innovative one-take mash-up video that brought together Atlantic Records, Warner Bros. Records and Warner Music Nashville for a YouTube first, creating a music video that features breakout YouTube stars as well as more established musicians. Hunter has played over 500 dates since 2011. He has headlined sold out venues across the US and Canada and recently wrapped the sold out CMT On Tour: Hunter Hayes Lets Be Crazy tour with 25 dates this past fall. The Louisiana native has also shared the stage with Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Trace Adkins, Brad Paisley, Hank Williams, Jr. and Stevie Wonder.
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THE BEATLES, ARMANDO MANZANERO, CLIFTON CHENIER, THE ISLEY BROTHERS, KRAFTWERK, KRIS KRISTOFFERSON, AND MAUD POWELL HONORED WITH THE RECORDING ACADEMY® LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD RICK HALL, JIM MARSHALL AND ENNIO MORRICONE HONORED WITH TRUSTEES AWARD EMILE BERLINER AND LEXICON TO RECEIVE TECHNICAL GRAMMY® AWARD SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Dec. 12, 2013) —The Recording Academy® announced its Special Merit Awards recipients today, and this year's honorees are: the Beatles, Armando Manzanero, Clifton Chenier, the Isley Brothers, Kraftwerk, Kris Kristofferson, and Maud Powell as Lifetime Achievement Award recipients; Rick Hall, Jim Marshall and Ennio Morricone as Trustees Award honorees; and Emile Berliner and Lexicon as Technical GRAMMY® Award recipients. A special invitation-only ceremony will be held during GRAMMY Week on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, and a formal acknowledgment will be made during the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards® telecast, which will be held at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014 and broadcast live at 8 p.m. ET/PT on the CBS Television Network. For GRAMMY® coverage, updates and breaking news, please visit The Recording Academy's social networks on Twitter and Facebook. "It is a great privilege to recognize such an exceptional group of honorees and celebrate their accomplishments and contributions to the recording industry," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. "This astoundingly unique and gifted group have created some of the most distinguished and influential work in our musical history. Their legacies are timeless and legendary, and their creativity will continue to influence and inspire future generations." The Lifetime Achievement Award honors performers who have made contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording while the Trustees Award recognizes such contributions in areas other than performance. Both awards are determined by vote of The Recording Academy's National Board of Trustees. Technical GRAMMY Award recipients are determined by vote of The Academy's Producers & Engineers Wing® Advisory Council and Chapter Committees, as well as The Academy's Trustees. The award is presented to individuals and companies who have made contributions of outstanding technical significance to the recording field. About the Lifetime Achievement Award Honorees: Regarded as one of the most influential groups in music history, George Harrison*, John Lennon*, Paul McCartney, and Ringo Starr formed the Beatles in Liverpool in 1960. Rooted in 1950s rock and roll, the seven-time GRAMMY-winning band later broadened their musical palette, ranging from pop ballads to psychedelic rock, often incorporating classical elements in innovative ways. As a group, they have 15 recordings inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame®, including Abbey Road, A Hard Day's Night, The Beatles (White Album), Meet The Beatles!, Revolver, Rubber Soul, and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. As composers, songwriters, musicians, singers, and performers the Beatles revolutionized the music industry and continue to influence future generations.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
MT. JULIET, Tenn. (December 10, 2013) – Charlie Daniels, award-winning, platinum selling music icon, is proud to announce the release of his audio reading of the historical children’s poem about a man who hears Santa Claus on his rooftop on Christmas eve. Just in time for Christmas, Blue Hat Records in association with MRI/RED Distribution will release Daniels version of the audio reading of “‘Twas The Night Before Christmas” digitally on iTunes, Amazon, and all other digital outlets on December 10, 2013. “When “’Twas The Night Before Christmas” is read, if by some magic we could see into the imagination of those listening, we would most likely see a thousand different mental images of the “Jolly Old Elf” dressed all in red from his head to his toe. This beloved old poem has nurtured our personal perceptions of Santa Claus, symbolized the secular aspect of Christmas, transcended generations, and it still invokes visions of sugar plums and plants a question in even the most cynical mind about a midnight visit from a mythical sleigh and eight tiny reindeer,” says Charlie Daniels. https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/twas-night-before-christmas/id742919736?ls=1 Catch The Charlie Daniels Band on tour: 12-11 – Lemoore, CA – Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino 12-12 – Anaheim, CA – Honda Center 12-13 – Laughlin, NV – Edgewater Hotel & Casino 12-14 – Las Vegas, NV – Orleans Arena 12-15 – San Jose, CA – San Jose Civic Center 12-20 – New Orleans, LA – Champion Square found this classic picture..I took it..When Charlie sang for Roy Acuff and James Brown
Friday, December 6, 2013
The Sound of Music Live! Dominated Thursday Night Ratings, Surpassing The Big Bang Theory and Earning NBC’s Best Non-Sports Thursday Ratings Since ER and Frasier Finales Nashville, TN – Six-time GRAMMY® winner Carrie Underwood took on the starring role of Maria in last night’s three-hour television production, The Sound of Music Live!, based on the original musical, and fans tuned-in en masse for the special event, with 18.5 million viewers solidifying a #1 primetime win for NBC across all half hours of the broadcast. The Sound of Music Live! dominated the night, delivering NBC’s best 18-49 non-sports Thursday ratings average since the 2009 series finale of ER, and also earning NBC its best non-sports Thursday rating in total viewers since the Frasier season finale in 2004. The Sound of Music Live! not only ranked #1 primetime in all 56 Nielsen-metered markets, but also became the first show since May of 2012 to surpass The Big Bang Theory in P2+ ratings. Also starring TV and theater star Stephen Moyer and Tony Award winners Audra McDonald, Christian Borle and Laura Benanti, The Sound of Music Live! will be released on DVD on December 17. “The Sound of Music” — Music from the NBC Television Event was released earlier this week from Sony Masterworks, featuring studio recordings for all of the musical numbers performed by the cast in the live broadcast, including such Rodgers & Hammerstein favorites as “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” and the classic title track. Since releasing her debut album in 2005, Carrie has sold over 15 million albums and charted 18 #1 singles, nine of which she co-wrote. Her current album, Blown Away, made history by debuting at #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 #1. The now Platinum-selling Blown Away album also debuted at #1 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart, making Carrie only the second country artist in history to have three consecutive albums debut at #1. She is a six-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.