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    BIG MACHINE RALLIES SUPERSTAR TALENT FOR NASCAR’S BRICKYARD 400 WEEKEND

    July 28, 2014 0 Comments

    Scott Borchetta presents 2014 Brickyard 400 winner Jeff Gordon with a Big Machine Records custom branded guitar trophy in Victory Lane.

    Nashville-based BIG MACHINE LABEL GROUP rallied Superstar talent for a high-speed weekend (7/26-27) of Country music and racing in Indianapolis at the “Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard Powered by Big Machine Records.” Newcomers DRAKE WHITE, A THOUSAND HORSES, LAUREN JENKINS and singer/songwriter SCOTTY EMERICK warmed up the Brickfest Music Festival stage before headliner BRANTLEY GILBERT brought more intensity to the riled-up fans at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway infield. During the closing set, Brantley brought labelmate JUSTIN MOORE out to perform the Top 10-and-rising "Small Town Throwdown," eliciting an eruption from the crowd and likely those watching ESPN's coverage at home.

    Loyal fans then headed trackside for the drivers' introductions and "America The Beautiful," sung by banjo extraordinaire ASHLEY CAMPBELL, who is the daughter of legendary singer Glenn Campbell. Drake subsequently performed a gritty, bluesy rendition of the National Anthem just before the green flag was waved. Jeff Gordon pulled his No. 24 car into Victory Lane, winning his fifth Brickyard 400 and scoring an additional honor from Big Machine – a hand selected Gibson Les Paul Standard trophy guitar featuring custom silver hi-gloss paint and several coats of silver, gold and purple metal flake over original Sam Bass artwork.

    Marking Big Machine's fourth consecutive year as a presenting sponsor, the unique atmosphere kicked off Saturday night following the Lilly Diabetes 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series Race with A THOUSAND HORSES continuing the celebration. Unfortunately storms caused a delay and eventual cancelation of co-headliners THE BAND PERRY and JUSTIN MOORE.

    “The team and talent behind Big Machine never ceases to amaze me! I am so proud of our partnership with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and NASCAR. With loyal fans – both Country music and racing – we have created one of the most exciting and unique events,” said Scott Borchetta, BMLG President/CEO.

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    TIM MCGRAW BEGINS TO SHED LIGHT ON SUNDOWN HEAVEN TOWN – SET FOR RELEASE SEPT. 16

    July 28, 2014 0 Comments

    Country music icon Tim McGraw revealed more details today about his upcoming Big Machine Record's album, SUNDOWN HEAVEN TOWN, available everywhere on September 16. With a staggering 35 No. one hits and 54 Top 10 singles to his credit, McGraw presents a new collection of songs that capture a distinctly country and a distinctly McGraw sound.The album was co-produced by McGraw and his longtime collaborator Byron Gallimore and features both a 13 track standard and 18 track deluxe version. The album cover was revealed to fans on Facebook this morning, and is available for pre-order on both iTunes and Amazon MP3 starting tomorrow, July 29.

    "This album is very encompassing of everything that I’ve done in my career," said McGraw. "I think it’s a good microcosm of what my 20 or so years in music have been, in a lot of ways. You can certainly hear parts of my career throughout all of these songs, as well as the future and where my music is headed. To me, the title of the album is all about that time where you stop doing what you have to do, and start doing what you want to do. "

    "I feel like I’ve got a lot of music in me and that's part of the reason why this album is so soon after the last one and why I wanted to start sharing it with everyone as soon as I could," continues McGraw. "I’m excited about where music is gonna take me and where I’m gonna take my music."

    To build anticipation of the new album, McGraw launched his sold-out summer tour ahead of the album's release and began revealing tracks through his "Countdown to Sundown" program. Over the past few months, he has made high profile performances where he introduced new songs to fans for the first time. He has appeared on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon to perform "Shotgun Rider," on The Voice where he debuted "City Lights," at NBC's TODAY where he revealed "Overrated" and on the Academy of Country Music Awards, where the performance of "Meanwhile Back At Mama's (featuring Faith Hill) spawned so much fan demand that it was immediately released as the next single. The song is currently driving up the Top 10 at country radio.

    SUNDOWN HEAVEN TOWN TRACK LIST: 1. Overrated 2. City Lights 3. Shotgun Rider 4. Dust 5. Diamond Rings and Old Barstools (with Catherine Dunn) 6. Words Are Medicine 7. Sick Of Me 8. Meanwhile Back At Mama’s (featuring Faith Hill) 9. Keep On Truckin’ 10. Last Turn Home 11. Portland, Maine 12. Lookin’ For That Girl
    13. Still On The Line

    DELUXE TRACKS 14. Kids Today 15. Lincoln Continentals and Cadillacs (duet with Kid Rock) 16. The View 17. I'm Feelin' You 18. Black Jacket

    For more information and behind the scenes exclusives, visit countdowntosundown.com

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    MADDIE & TAE GIVE A VOICE TO EVERY “GIRL IN A COUNTRY SONG” IN NEW MUSIC VIDEO

    July 24, 2014 0 Comments

    MADDIE & TAE boldly bring a fresh perspective to the radio waves, giving a voice to the often trivialized, “Girl In A Country Song.” NPR exclusively shared the vision earlier today, premiering the official music video for the female duo’s cheeky debut single on Dot Records. While gaining a lot of recent attention, the esteemed outlet notes, “Maddie Marlow, who is 19 years old, and Tae Dye, who is 18, made it abundantly clear that they're aiming to tweak country's conventions, not tear them down.” Watch the unique video here, shot outside of Nashville with director TK McKamy. 
     
    Additionally, “Girl In A Country” song was the most-added song at Country radio this week.  
     
    Maddie & Tae will make their national television debut  August 11 on NBC’s TODAY . 
     
    MusicRow calls the unabashed introduction, "fabulous. They have the guts to sass every ‘bro-country’ cliche out there. She hates her tight cut-offs, her bikini top and being called pretty little thing, hottie or baby. Not to mention being whistled at, shaking her money maker and being invited to ride along in the pickup truck. Bonus points for the lively tune, the catchy track, the saucy harmonies and the overall wit. I guarantee you will smile.”
     
    Maddie & Tae, who penned the tune with Big Machine Music staff writer Aaron Scherz, merged their love of mainstream Country and traditional upbringing into the confident yet carefree track. "…it’s no mystery why this singing and songwriting pair from the neighboring states of Texas (Marlow) and Oklahoma (Dye) has built such buzz. Excellent timing, for one thing. They've arrived on the heels of listener fatigue, offering a different vantage point. And it certainly doesn’t hurt that they have a feel for intertwining their voices, executing their phrasing and crafting their hooks for maximum smartly sweet impact,” surmises Rolling Stone Country.
     
    Their creative insight initially dominated headlines across The AtlanticThe Washington PostCMTYahoo! Music and more, touting the song as “undeniably catchy” and “a deliciously snarky tune.”
     
    Maddie & Tae are currently on the road for their first Country radio tour. Follow their journey on Twitter

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    FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE GOT THEIR SLIME ON FOR NICKELODEON'S KIDS' CHOICE SPORTS AWARDS 2014

    July 21, 2014 0 Comments

    Superstar duo Florida Georgia Line performed a mashup of their fifth consecutive Platinum-certified hit “This Is How We Roll” (featuring Luke Bryan) and 7X Platinum smash “Cruise” on Nickelodeon's first-ever Kids' Choice Sports Awards last Thursday (7/17) at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, CA. Adding to the fun, FGL got their slime on as they launched the signature green goo into the crowd while closing out their appearance. Earlier in the week, FGL's brand new single "Dirt" piled high, landing at #1 on the Country Digital Singles chart and #2 on Top Digital Songs for sales of 182,929 tracks in the first week. The record-breaking track is from their forthcoming sophomore album on Republic Nashville slated for release this fall.

    Watch FGL's performance here

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    FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE PLOWS TO THE TOP WITH “DIRT”

    July 16, 2014 0 Comments

    New Single Debuts at #1 Country Digital Singles Chart & #2 Top Digital Songs Selling 182,929 Tracks in First Week

    Breaks Record for Highest One-Week Add Total

    It’s full-steam ahead for superstar duo Florida Georgia Line whose momentum continues with a top spot debut of “Dirt” at #1 on the Country Digital Singles chart and #2 on Top Digital Songs for sales of 182,929 tracks in the first week. Additionally, “Dirt” scored the #1 spot on both the all genre Digital Songs and Country charts in Canada. The lead track from their forthcoming sophomore album on Republic Nashville shot to #1 on both the iTunes all genre and Country charts in the US and Canada, while also sitting atop the Country chart in Australia shortly after release.

    Making a record-breaking splash at Country radio, “Dirt” earned the highest one-week add total in Country Aircheck history with 130 stations on in the US. In Canada, "Dirt" was the #1 Most Added song at Country on Mediabase and tied for #1 Most Added for all genres.

    Inspired by the emotionally-fueled song, FGL recently launched the Dirt Campaign, partnering with the fundraising platform Omaze to benefit Habitat for Humanity, a global nonprofit which creates affordable housing in partnership with low-income families. The official “Dirt” music video and Entertainment Tonight’s exclusive behind-the-scenes footage bring even more life with tender lyrics like “you know you came from it and some day you’ll return to it.”

    Music critics across the country have embraced FGL’s fresh sound with rave reviews:

    "’Dirt’ is arguably the country duo's most sentimental — and definitely the most traditional — song to date. It connects dirt with everything from birth to death to falling in love...” ROLLING STONE

    “Country music's party boys start thinking about settling down […] a plot of land tugs hard on Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley’s souls in this pensive ballad…” USA TODAY (“Song of the Week”)

    “The heartfelt song is a sound unlike anything we’ve heard from the duo before, and the clip it has quite the cameo [JD Souther].” TASTE OF COUNTRY

    "Florida Georgia Line sets a career-high bow on Country Airplay, as "Dirt" debuts with Hot Shot Debut stripes at No. 16 – the chart's highest launch this year." BILLBOARD

    The nostalgic yet inspiring material covers new ground for FGL, who skyrocketed across genres with four consecutive, multi-week #1 smashes – the PLATINUM-certified hits “Stay,” “Get Your Shine On,” "Round Here" and 7X PLATINUM “Cruise,” which broke the record for longest #1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Chart and is the best-selling digital Country single of all time (SoundScan). Producer Joey Moi is once again at the helm of the new music, following up FGL’s 2X PLATINUM debut HERE’S TO THE GOOD TIMES, which has tallied over 15 million tracks sold worldwide.

    The ACM Vocal Duo of the Year is slated to perform a mashup of hits at Nickelodeon’s inaugural Kids’ Choice Sports Awards this Thursday, July 17. A continual favorite among the younger crowds, FGL is nominated for Choice Country Group at the August 10 TEEN CHOICE Awards on FOX and fans ages 13-19 can vote once a day via teenchoiceawards.com. The plethora of previous industry honors includes ACA, AMA, ACM, Billboard, CMA and CMT Music Awards.

    Currently on the road as direct support for Jason Aldean’s BURN IT DOWN Tour, FGL will host “This is How We Cruise” aboard the Norwegian Pearl in November.

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