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    CBS SPORTS TEAMS UP WITH SUPERSTAR DUO FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE

    September 12, 2014 0 Comments

    CBS Sports has teamed up with superstar duo FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE for its SEC ON CBS broadcasts. The reigning CMA Vocal Duo of the Year has recorded a customized version of the song “That’s What’s Up” off a deluxe edition of their highly anticipated second album ANYTHING GOES (Republic Nashville), due out October 14. The song, along with elements from a video shoot with the duo, will be utilized as part of CBS Sports’ national coverage of Southeastern Conference football throughout the season.

    The customized song highlights the pageantry and passion around SEC football. CBS Sports also will incorporate elements from FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE’s massive tailgate party to kick off GEORGIA-FLORIDA weekend and headline the ANYTHING GOES TAILGATE 2014 concert at the Jacksonville shipyards on October 31 in its broadcast of the annual Florida vs. Georgia game, played the next day (Saturday, Nov. 1; 3:30PM, ET).

    SEC ON CBS kicks off this Saturday, Sept. 13 (3:30 PM, ET) with *No. 6-ranked Georgia taking on No. 24-ranked South Carolina. Getting their game on, FGL’s Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard are playing Fantasy Football on CBSSports.com this year, competing against fans who won a spot in the duo's league.

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    RECORD-BREAKING, SUPERSTAR DUO FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE TO HOST FIRST-EVER “AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS” LIVE MONDAY, DECEMBER 15, ON FOX

    September 12, 2014 0 Comments

    Superstar duo Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard are set to host the inaugural television broadcast of the AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS, airing live Monday, Dec. 15 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX. Broadcast live from the Music City Center in Nashville, TN, the two-hour show will honor the year’s best country music with awards, performances, special moments and additional surprises. Country music’s biggest stars will celebrate and pay tribute to the first-ever “NASH Icons” award winner.

    The AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS is based on country music’s longest-running radio countdown show, “American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks,” which is distributed by the Westwood One division of Cumulus and currently celebrating its 41st year. Launched in 1973, the radio show now airs on more than 280 radio stations in 155 markets, covering 90% of the country.

    “Brian and Tyler are incredible artists and friends with undeniable chemistry that will make them the perfect hosts for the first-ever AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS,” said Mark Bracco, EVP, Programing and Development, dick clark productions.

    Florida Georgia Line is continuing their record-breaking momentum with Gold-certified “Dirt,” the lead single from their highly anticipated sophomore album “Anything Goes,” slated for release on Tuesday, Oct. 14 (Republic Nashville). Already dominating with a No. 1 debut on the Country Digital Singles chart, “Dirt” shot to No. 1 on both the iTunes all-genre and Country charts in the U.S. and Canada, while also sitting atop the Country chart in Australia shortly after release. Exploding onto Country radio, Top 10-and-climbing “Dirt” earned the highest one-week add total in Country Aircheck history, in addition to rave reviews from critics nationwide embracing FGL's fresh sound. Inspired by the emotionally fueled song, the superstar duo recently launched the Dirt Campaign, partnering with the fundraising platform Omaze to benefit Habitat for Humanity, a global nonprofit, which creates affordable housing for low-income families. Amassing international appeal, FGL skyrocketed across genres with four consecutive, multi-week No. 1 smashes – Platinum-certified hits “Stay,” “Get Your Shine On,” “Round Here” and multi-Platinum “Cruise,” making them the only artist in history to join Brooks & Dunn in achieving this accolade. Breaking the record for the longest No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Chart, “Cruise” has sold more than eight million downloads 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 two-time Platinum debut “Here’s To The Good Times,” which has tallied over 17.6 million tracks sold worldwide. FGL penned more than half of the tracks on the project, including the BMI Pop Award-winning “Cruise” Remix and Platinum-certified TEEN CHOICE Award winner for Choice Country Song, “This Is How We Roll,” featuring Luke Bryan, the remix of which also features Jason Derulo. The duo has previously taken home ACA, AMA, ACM, Billboard, CMA and CMT Awards.

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    MADDIE & TAE TO MAKE LATE NIGHT TELEVISION DEBUT

    September 11, 2014 0 Comments

    “No country single has been a hotter topic this year,” claims Rolling Stone of MADDIE & TAE’S bold debut with “Girl In A Country Song.” The spitfire pair will make their late night television debut, performing the breakout hit on the Late Show With David Letterman TOMORROW (9/12), airing on CBS at 11:35P EST/10:35P CST.

    Since its release in July, “Girl In A Country Song” has received rave reviews from Entertainment Weekly to the Washington Post, NPR and many more while the accompanying video boasts over 6 million views.

    The top 25-and-cimbing single is the first release from Dot Records, a newly established imprint underneath the Big Machine Label Group.

    Join in on the excitement with @MaddieAndTae and @Letterman.

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    THOMAS RHETT STRIKES A CHORD WITH MARTIN GUITAR

    September 9, 2014 0 Comments

    C.F. Martin & Co., Inc. proudly invites hit singer/songwriter THOMAS RHETT into their prestigious Martin Ambassador Program today, which honors musicians for their understanding and appreciation of the guitar’s history and craftsmanship. The CMA New Artist of the Year nominee had the unique opportunity to visit their factory in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, last week before a tour stop to meet Martin’s craftsmen and women, marketing team and Martin’s Chief Product Officer, Fred Greene, to begin discussions on his Custom guitar. He joins a roster of artists across multiple genres, including Ed Sheeran, The Avett Brothers, Colbie Caillat, Jason Isbell, Hunter Hayes, Dierks Bentley, Del McCoury, The Milk Carton Kids, James Valentine of Maroon 5, to name a few.

    “Choosing artists to join the Martin Ambassador roster is a responsibility that we take very seriously. A lot of research and consideration goes into the process because, for us, the artists will be a part of a family that is over 181 years old, and we can’t just let anyone join our family,” said Amani Duncan, VP, Brand Marketing, Martin Guitar. “Thomas Rhett is a natural fit and we are so pleased to be able to say ‘Welcome home!’”

    Initially earning recognition as a talented songwriter, penning hits for Florida Georgia Line (“Round Here”), Jason Aldean (“1994”), and Lee Brice (“Parking Lot Party”), this latest honor adds to an already stellar year for Thomas Rhett, augmenting the success of his debut album, IT GOES LIKE THIS (The Valory Music Co.), which produced back-to-back #1 singles – Platinum-certified “It Goes Like This” and Gold-certified “Get Me Some of That.” Showcasing electric and acoustic guitar artistry, the project also features the Top 15 hits “Beer with Jesus” and “Something To Do With My Hands” as well as his latest offering, “Make Me Wanna.” The Valdosta, GA native grew up immersed in music, watching father Rhett Akins' success with songs like "That Ain't My Truck" and “Don’t Get Me Started” in addition to penning both of Thomas Rhett's chart-toppers.

    "As a kid I always looked up to my dad, who usually had a guitar in his hand, so when I started playing, I knew I'd need a quality guitar," said Thomas Rhett. "It's such an honor for Martin to be so supportive of my career and ask me to be one of their Ambassadors."

    Thomas Rhett has long been a part of the Martin Guitar family, playing the handcrafted guitars at his shows and festivals, including the packed crowd at the 2014 CMA Music Festival's Martin Jam Tent. The legendary guitar company chose an ideal ambassador, who is known to “grab his ol’ guitar and play.” He alternates between his D-28, HD-16R Adirondack and Custom Shop Koa HD-16R Martin guitars while on the road with Miranda Lambert’s PLATINUM TOUR. For tour dates and more information, visit thomasrhett.com.

    Learn more about the Martin Ambassador roster via www.martinguitar.com/players/martin-ambassadors and Martin Guitar at www.martinguitar.com. Martin guitars can be seen across all segments of pop culture, from television to the movies, on Broadway and in books, online, and gracing the covers of popular magazines on newsstands everywhere.

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    COUNTRY ICON GLEN CAMPBELL TO RELEASE LAST SONG HE EVER RECORDED

    September 8, 2014 0 Comments

    Honored in 2012 with the GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award, Country Music Hall of Fame member Glen Campbell has recorded his last song.

    “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” was written by Campbell and Julian Raymond specifically for a new documentary titled GLEN CAMPBELL: I’LL BE ME. Produced by Raymond, the song was recorded in the Los Angeles-based Sunset Sound Factory and East West Recording Studios. The song will be released on September 30 to all digital retailers.

    With a mere handful of piano chords, then a swell of harmonies, “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” opens into the poignant, yet clear-eyed revelation of the things Alzheimer’s steals. Almost lumbering through the melody, Campbell’s weathered tenor confesses the painful truths of what is lost, the cost – and the reality that it will all be lost to him, the man who can’t remember. Pedal steel weeps, strings bathe the melody that rises against drums and an electric guitar that mirrors the unbreakable passage of life and time.

    GLEN CAMPBELL: I’LL BE ME is an epic human drama that intimately showcases the man and his music throughout Campbell’s struggle with Alzheimer’s. Chronicling the story of love, laughter, resilience and power of song, this film shows how against all odds, America’s greatest country star would not give up. Directed and produced by James Keach (producer of Walk The Line) and produced by Trevor Albert (Groundhog Day), GLEN CAMPBELL: I’LL BE ME will open in theaters in New York on October 24, followed by a national release to 50 cities.

    Big Machine Records will proudly release a soundtrack for the film that also features The Band Perry, who previously paid tribute to Campbell during the 2012 GRAMMY Awards. The project also features Campbell’s daughter Ashley who performs an original song.

    “We are so honored to not only release Glen Campbell’s final recording, but to be associated with such a profound film that will help raise awareness of those suffering from Alzheimer’s and spotlight the important role of those who care for them, ” remarked Big Machine Label Group President & CEO Scott Borchetta who serves as the project’s Executive Producer with Keach.

    Previewing the full body of work, GLEN CAMPBELL: I’LL BE ME SOUNDTRACK EP will be released on September 30 and include the following tracks:

    1. I'm Not Gonna Miss You
    2. Gentle On My Mind (performed by The Band Perry)
    3. Home Again (performed by Ashley Campbell)
    4. Wichita Lineman (Live from Ryman Auditorium)
    5. A Better Place (Live from Ryman Auditorium)

    A complete soundtrack featuring additional tracks from the film will be released later this fall.

    Additionally, several of today’s biggest musical stars appear in the film to pay tribute to the legend including Bruce Springsteen, Bill Clinton, The Edge (from U2), Paul McCartney, Jay Leno, Vince Gill, Jimmy Webb, Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton, Sheryl Crow, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Steve Martin, Chad Smith, and The Band Perry.

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    THE VALORY MUSIC CO. EXPANDS ROSTER, SIGNS LEVI HUMMON TO RECORD DEAL

    August 25, 2014 0 Comments

    THE VALORY MUSIC CO. announces the signing of LEVI HUMMON to its artist roster, which includes superstar Reba, chart-topping stars Justin Moore, Brantley Gilbert, Thomas Rhett as well as legendary band The Mavericks and newcomer RaeLynn. The young Nashville native, whose penchant for songwriting is rooted in his DNA, brings a fresh sound to the Big Machine Label Group imprint.

    “As our Country format ebbs and flows, it’s always so important from an A&R perspective to look past what’s happening now and make some moves on the future direction,” said BMLG President & CEO Scott Borchetta. “Levi’s unique vision and incredible artistry is exactly the kind of musical move we want to make now. This is a very significant artist signing.”

    Growing up with musical influences all around him, Levi credits his early lessons in songwriting to his Grammy Award winning father, Marcus Hummon ("God Bless The Broken Road") and inspiration from his mother Becca Stevens, who founded the socially conscious and philanthropic organization Thistle Farms. The father-son pair has performed together on multiple stages throughout the years, most recently during the 2014 CMA Music Festival. Through Levi's childhood and studying visual art in college, the 23- year-old storyteller melds his life experiences into honing his craft. Learning to bring his own ideas and unique vision to co-writes, Levi has had the opportunity to collaborate with 2014 ACM Songwriter of the Year Shane MacAnally, Andrew Dorff, Josh Osborne, Jonathan Singleton, Nathan Barlowe Brandy Clark and Trevor Rosen among others. While developing his personal sound during these sessions and on his own, Levi caught the attention of Hall of Fame Songwriter Desmond Child, which lead to "Make It Love" being featured in Two: The Story of Roman & Nero and inclusion on the short list of nominations for the Oscar's Best Original Song.

    “It really feels like a dream come true to be a part of the Valory/BMLG family! I've gotten to know a lot of the staff already, and it feels like one big family,” said Levi. “This label home already feels so supportive and is a perfect fit for my music. I also want to give a special shout out to my dad, who has been both a friend and mentor to me through this process, and a huge thank you to Desmond Child and Fletcher Foster for their belief in me." Levi is currently working on his debut album, due out next year. Fletcher Foster's Iconic Entertainment Group will serve as management.

    Follow Levi’s journey on Twitter and check his website for the latest updates.

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    FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE & COORS LIGHT TEAM UP FOR ANYTHING GOES TAILGATE 2014

    August 25, 2014 0 Comments

    ANYTHING GOES when Florida Georgia Line teams up with Coors Light to throw a massive tailgate party to kick off GEORGIA-FLORIDA weekend. Getting their game on, the superstar duo will headline the ANYTHING GOES TAILGATE 2014 concert produced by Orange Peel Entertainment and AEG Live at the Shipyards in Jacksonville, FL on Friday 10/31.

    "We are extremely excited to bring Florida Georgia Line here to Jacksonville in celebration of their album release," said Billy Catlin, Principal of Orange Peel Entertainment. "This event has deep roots in town, and we look forward to making Georgia Florida weekend the best one ever."

    The event sponsored by Your Southern Chevy Dealers, Monster Energy Drink and Costa Sunglasses will also feature openers Cole Swindell, The Cadillac Three, Clare Dunn, John King, Michael Ray and more.

    "How can you get any more relevant than Florida Georgia Line at the Georgia Florida game?" Catlin added. "Eight bands with FGL headlining on a forty four acre riverfront property ... it can't get much better than this for locals, as well as Florida and Georgia fans."

    Music and sports fans rallying for the party can score their ticket to the giant tailgate event and receive an exclusive t-shirt along with a digital copy of FGL’s highly anticipated album ANYTHING GOES (Republic Nashville) by visiting JAXTAILGATE.COM. Ticket bundles start at $23 (plus applicable fees) and go on-sale Saturday 8/30 at 10:00A ET. ANYTHING GOES is set to street on 10/14 and fans will be sent their digital album copy via redemption code for download.

    Everything is better when doubled for FGL, who released their 2X Platinum debut HERE’S TO THE GOOD TIMES two years ago and again have producer Joey Moi at the helm for their second album. Critics nationwide from USA TODAY to ROLLING STONE and BILLBOARD are embracing FGL’s fresh vibe and GOLD-certified lead single “Dirt” has already sold over 600,000 downloads and 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. The song’s record-breaking momentum not only filtered across Country radio with earning the highest one-week add total in Country Aircheck history, but its moving lyrics inspired FGL to launch the Dirt Campaign to benefit Habitat for Humanity.

    FGL has skyrocketed to stardom with becoming the only artist in history to join Brooks & Dunn in achieving four back-to-back, multi-week #1 singles; breaking the record for longest #1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart; selling over 17.6 million tracks worldwide, winning numerous industry awards and collaborating across genres with sensations like Nelly and Jason Derulo.

    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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    TAYLOR SWIFT ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM 1989 AVAILABLE FOR PRE-BUY

    August 18, 2014 0 Comments

    Global superstar and seven-time GRAMMY® winner, Taylor Swift, announced her new album 1989 (Big Machine Records) is available immediately for pre-buy on TaylorSwift.com, iTunes and Target. In addition, Taylor released “Shake It Off,” the first single and video from her fifth studio album.

    1989 is a touchstone; Taylor's songwriting and sonic evolution surprises us more than ever before. Heavily keyboard and beat driven, the pop sensibilities that have always been the hallmark of Taylor’s music now move front and center on 1989. "I spent two years making 1989. Two years gives you enough time to grow and change and let things inspire you. I was listening to a lot of late 80's pop music and how bold those songs were and how that time period was a time of limitless possibilities. In thinking about that, this album is a rebirth for me. This is my very first documented, official pop album. 1989 is the most sonically cohesive album I have ever made and my favorite album I have ever made," said Taylor. Taylor debuted “Shake It Off,” the first single, available at iTunes now, and video (which can be viewed at TaylorSwift.com) from 1989 in a worldwide Live Stream on Yahoo, where she told fans, “Over the last few years I've learned a very important lesson. We cannot control what people say about us but we can control how we react to it. We can let it get to us, make us bitter, even drive us insane or we can shake it off.”

    Taylor surprised fans by revealing the 1989 Swiftstakes™ that gives fans an opportunity to win prizes that include 1,000 tickets and 500 meet and greets.

    The songstress also explained that a Deluxe version of the album will include three additional songs and three songwriting voice memos. These memos are personal audio recordings that offer a unique insight into Taylor's songwriting process and document the early creation of three songs on 1989, which are available at Target stores in both the U.S. and Canada.

    1989 Album Configurations Include: The 1989 album will include 13 songs, cd booklet designed by Taylor, one of five collectible sets of 13 exclusive photo prints, and a code to enter the 1989 Swiftstakes™.

    The Deluxe 1989 album will include 13 songs, cd booklet designed by Taylor, one of five collectible sets of 13 exclusive photo prints, three bonus songs, three of Taylor's songwriting voice memos, and a code to enter the 1989 Swiftstakes™.

    The Digital 1989 album will include 13 songs, digital cd booklet designed by Taylor, one collectible set of 13 exclusive photo prints, and a code to enter the 1989 Swiftstakes™.

    1989 will be available in-stores on October 27th.

    Taylor Swift, who writes all of her own songs, is a seven-time GRAMMY winner and the youngest winner in history of the music industry's highest honor, the GRAMMY Award for Album of the Year. She is the first artist since the Beatles (and the only female artist in history) to log six or more weeks at #1 with three consecutive studio albums. Taylor has an album on Rolling Stone's prestigious The 50 Greatest Albums of All Time (by women) list, Time magazine has named her one the of the 100 Most Influential People in the world, and she is Billboard's youngest-ever Woman of the Year. Taylor has career record sales in excess of 30 million albums and 75 million song downloads worldwide, and has had singles top both the pop and country radio charts around the globe. Taylor's album RED, released almost two years ago on Big Machine Records, has sold more than 6 million copies worldwide to date, including more than 1.2 million copies in the U.S. in its first week, scoring the highest first-week sales debut of any album in over a decade. Taylor is the only female artist in music history (and just the fourth artist ever) to twice have an album (2010's Speak Now and 2012's RED) hit the 1 million plus first-week sales figure. ”Shake It Off” is the first single off her fifth studio album 1989.

    *Details of the 1989 Swiftstakes™ are available at TaylorSwift.com.

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    Thomas Rhett Celebrates Fans with #HomeTeam

    August 18, 2014 0 Comments

    Thomas Rhett fans have noticed his use of the hashtag #HomeTeam countless times over the past several weeks. The talented singer/songwriter celebrates their passion in his #HomeTeam campaign video, where Thomas Rhett appears on the ballot for 2014 CMA Awards' New Artist of the Year, Single of the Year, Song of the Year and Musical Event of the Year.

    In the poignant cinematic endeavor, Thomas Rhett shares, “I am just a guy with a dream and I play for the home team.” His words reflect the devotion of each hard-working fan who has attended his shows and purchased his music this past year, earning him a platinum-certified single and a gold-certified single … and even more so allowed him to follow his musical destiny.

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