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    CITI® PRESENTS RASCAL FLATTS’ ALBUM RELEASE PARTY

    April 22, 2014 By A SPECIAL EVENING FEATURING A NIGHT OF WINE AND PAIRINGS AND AN EXCLUSIVE ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE 0 Comments

    Citi® today announced it will present the Rascal Flatts’ Album Release Party in celebration of their forthcoming ninth studio album REWIND, on Big Machine Records. In support of the May 13 release, this exclusive event will take place at 7:00 pm at the famed Avalon nightclub in Los Angeles where attendees will enjoy an acoustic set and each song paired with wine based on the tempo and lyrics. 100% of ticket sales for this event will be donated to the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville.

    “Rascal Flatts’ REWIND is one of the most anticipated country albums of the year and we’re honored to partner with the band for a very special evening celebrating their new release,” said Jennifer Breithaupt, SVP of Entertainment Marketing, Citi. “The intimate setting and wine pairings with songs will make the evening especially memorable.”

    Tickets to this exclusive event will be available for purchase only with a Citi card beginning tomorrow, April 22nd at 10:00 am PST. More information on how to purchase tickets can be found at www.citiprivatepass.com.

    “We’re immensely proud of our new album and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than with some of our closest fans,” said Rascal Flatts’ Gary LeVox. “We can’t wait for our fans to hear REWIND and look forward to kicking things off with Citi in Los Angeles next month.”

    As the best-selling and most-awarded Country group of the past decade, Rascal Flatts (Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney) has sold over 22.5 million albums and over 28 million digital downloads since their musical debut in 2000. The Superstar group has delivered 14 #1 singles to the top of the charts and have the distinction of being one of only four acts during the SoundScan era to have seven consecutive studio albums debut at #1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart. Rascal Flatts has earned over 40 trophies from the ACAs, ACMs, AMAs, CMAs, People’s Choice Awards and more. In 2012, they reached a new career milestone with over seven million concert tickets sold and will hit the road again this Spring with the REWIND Tour 2014. For tour information, new music and more, visit www.rascalflattsrewind.com.

    Citi regularly offers Citi credit and debit cardmembers access to purchase tickets to a variety of events via Citi Private Pass, the bank's entertainment access program. In 2013, Citi offered cardmembers more than 5,000 music events, ranging from preferred tickets and early access to top concert tours to curated special events with Grammy-award winners and VIP experiences including pre-show performances and Q&A. Last year, Citi sponsored the Rolling Stones' 50 & Counting Tour mobile app. In addition, Citi presented "Katy Perry's: We Can Survive" benefit concert and exclusive cardmember pre-show experience at the famed Hollywood Bowl. Other experiences have featured artists such as Lady Gaga, Band of Horses, John Mayer, Lady Antebellum, and more.

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    TIM MCGRAW DROPS "MEANWHILE BACK AT MAMA'S" (FEATURING FAITH HILL) TO COUNTRY RADIO AS DEMAND SWELLS FOR THE TRACK

    April 14, 2014 0 Comments

    Superstar Tim McGraw's iconic performance at the ACM awards of "Meanwhile Back At Mama's" (featuring Faith Hill) sparked a ground swell from fans and radio prompting the release early this morning. The nostalgic track reminisces on days gone by and is highlighted with the unmistakable voice of Faith Hill. The song is available at radio today and "reminds country listeners that back roads don't always lead to tailgate parties. Sometimes, they lead home." (USA Today)

    "The moment I heard this song I knew it was something I wanted to record, and I had a clear vision for how we would debut it on the ACM awards," said McGraw. "I love singing with Faith, and the warmth and beauty of her vocal really made this song what it is. I love that country radio wanted to be able to play it!"

    McGraw's upcoming Big Machine Records album, SUNDOWN HEAVEN TOWN is set for release on Sept., 16. As the march towards street date heats up, McGraw will be revealing new songs from the album through major primetime television performances and will provide fans with exclusive access to free downloads, first listens, behind the scenes looks, exclusive tour experiences, contests and more through www.countdowntosundown.com.

    On May 8, McGraw will kick off his SUNDOWN HEAVEN TOWN 2014 TOUR bringing his "characteristically high-octane" (Billboard) show to over 30 cities. Joining him for the summer run will be rising stars Kip Moore and Cassadee Pope.

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    JUSTIN MOORE AND SCOTT BORCHETTA JOINTLY NAMED HUMANITARIAN OF THE YEAR BY THE ARMED FORCES FOUNDATION

    April 11, 2014 0 Comments

    The Armed Forces Foundation (AFF) jointly named ACM New Artist of the Year Justin Moore and BMLG President/CEO Scott Borchetta the “Congressman Bill and Beverly Young Humanitarian of the Year” for their service and commitment to the morale and welfare of military families through the Crown Royal “Your Hero’s Name Here” contest and other endeavors. The pair were honored during the 10th annual Congressional Gala in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday night (4/9).

    “The work that Patricia Driscoll and the Armed Forces Foundation is doing is extraordinary – and unfortunately – beyond necessary. She and the AFF have identified the real challenges that so many of our troops go through upon their reentry into society. This is the kind of organization that the Big Machine Label Group and I will always support,” said Borchetta.

    “Although extremely grateful, I feel a little uncomfortable being honored at an event where there are decorated war heroes present. I feel that my contributions are much less significant than theirs … they are the true American heroes,” stated Moore. “However, I’m thrilled to know that what I do with the AFF has helped, and that it is appreciated by all. Both of my grandpas served in our military and they, along with my parents, instilled in me what our servicemen and women mean to us. It was an honor to tell some of them face to face last night. God bless our troops and God bless America.”

    The special ceremony brought together more than 75 Members of Congress to help honor our nation’s service members, veterans, and their families – many recovering at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Fort Belvoir’s Warrior Transition Brigade, and from other local installations. Throughout the event, AFF recognized Cessna and individuals for their commitment to the Foundation’s motto of “Serving those who Serve.” Celebrity supporters in attendance included NASCAR driver Kurt Busch, comedian Ron White, chef Anne Burrell, Republic Nashville recording artist Cassadee Pope, Washington Redskin Rob Jackson, among others. Once again, Fox & Friends’ Brian Kilmeade emceed the evening and Foundation President Patricia Driscoll urged those in the room to help those suffering from the invisible wounds.

    About the Armed Forces Foundation The Armed Forces Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to supporting and advocating for active-duty military personnel, National Guardsmen, Reservists, military families, and veterans. The AFF returns 95 cents of every dollar raised to service members and their families through our programs. Since 2001, the AFF has provided more than $95 million in assistance by covering travel, hotel rooms, home mortgages, car payments and everyday bills for families to be able to stay at their loved ones’ sides during treatment and recovery from wounds suffered during war. With the launch of our Help Save Our Troops campaign, the AFF proactively educates Americans about the hidden wounds of war, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and advocates for those troops and veterans who have suffered these hidden wounds. The ultimate goal of Help Save Our Troops is to reduce military suicides. Through this campaign, the AFF provides counseling services for military families, including children, grants for therapy and addiction counseling, and runs a variety of recreation group therapy programs to boost morale amongst service members, veterans, and their families.

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    “NASHVILLE: ON THE RECORD” A ONE HOUR MUSIC SPECIAL FEATURING YOUR FAVORITE SONGS PERFORMED BY THE CAST TO AIR WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23 AT 10 PM ET ON ABC

    March 31, 2014 0 Comments

    Cast Members including Hayden Panettiere, Charles Esten, Clare Bowen and Sam Palladio Will Perform and Songwriters are Spotlighted in “Nashville’s” First-Ever Primetime Concert Special

    ABC Music Lounge’s and ABC Digital Media Studio’s “Nashville”-inspired docu-web series, “On the Record,” is going from your computer screen to your TV screen. Direct from Nashville’s world famous Ryman Auditorium, cast members of the acclaimed primetime series “Nashville” will take the stage to perform show favorites then sit down in the Bluebird Café for acoustic performances and an intimate look at the songwriting process with the songwriters themselves, talking candidly about how this music found its way to the show and what it means to the actors and songwriters. “Nashville: On the Record” airs WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. All original music is released by ABC Studios, Lionsgate and ABC Music Lounge in association with Big Machine Records.

    Among the songwriters appearing on the special are Trent Dabbs and Caitlyn Smith, who co-wrote the anthem, “Don’t Put Dirt on My Grave Just Yet,” which Hayden Panettiere and Jonathan Jackson’s characters have performed, as well as Striking Matches (duo Sarah Zimmerman and Justin Davis) who’ve co-written “I Ain’t Leaving Without Your Love” with Cary Barlowe, performed by Jonathan Jackson, Sam Palladio and Chaley Rose on the TV show. Also appearing is notable songwriter Ashley Monroe, solo artist and member of the Pistol Annies, who co-wrote “A Life that’s Good” with Sarah Siskind, which has been performed by Lennon and Maisy Stella and Charles Esten on the series.

              “On the Record” is a documentary web series that follows the life of original songs performed on “Nashville” written by singer/songwriters in the music scene, from the songs’ inception to on-air premiere. The series offers an intimate look into the songwriting process, from guitar demo to music video and all the steps in between.
    

    Buddy Miller is Executive Music Producer of “Nashville: On the Record” and George Flanigen is executive producer and director.

    “Nashville” stars Connie Britton as Rayna Jaymes, Hayden Panettiere as Juliette Barnes, Eric Close as Teddy Conrad, Charles Esten as Deacon Claybourne, Clare Bowen as Scarlett O’Connor, Jonathan Jackson as Avery Barkley, Sam Palladio as Gunnar Scott, Chris Carmack as Will Lexington, Maisy Stella as Daphne Conrad and Lennon Stella as Maddie Conrad.

    “Nashville” is executive-produced by Dee Johnson, R.J. Cutler Callie Khouri and Steve Buchanan. Buddy Miller is Executive Music Producer and Frankie Pine is Music Supervisor. The series is produced by Lionsgate, ABC Studios, and Opry Entertainment, and is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format with 5.1 channel surround sound.

    ABC Music Lounge, which launched in May 2009 on ABC.com, provides users with an interactive online music experience that is uniquely ABC. Reflective of the network’s commitment to using digital platforms to deepen its relationship with viewers, the ABC Music Lounge showcases everything about the music and artists featured on ABC’s popular primetime schedule, offering a deep catalog of music-related content that includes “Castle,” “Dancing with the Stars,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Revenge” and “Once Upon a Time,” among others. Visitors to the site can get access to exclusive weekly free downloads. ABC Music Lounge is home to music videos, exclusive performance footage, photos and behind-the-scenes interviews with artists, series producers and music supervisors.

    Big Machine Records is the leading independent Nashville-based record label home to superstars such as Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw and Rascal Flatts.

    ABC Music Lounge: ABC Music Lounge Embeddable Clips Available: Embeddable Clips

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    RASCAL FLATTS REVEAL REWIND TRACKLISTING

    March 31, 2014 0 Comments

    Superstar group Rascal Flatts (Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney) revealed today the official tracklisting for REWIND, their forthcoming album slated for release May 13 on Big Machine Records. The title track has already catapulted into the Top 10 at Country radio and garnered over 1.2 million views on VEVO with the accompanying video. Fans can pre-order the project now via RascalFlatts.com.

    Spearheaded by Jay DeMarcus, members of Rascal Flatts co-produced more than half of the album with acclaimed producers Howard Benson and Dann Huff contributing to several of the 13 standard and four deluxe tracks for a Target exclusive. The extended version includes “Compass,” which will be featured on April 16 in the Sony Pictures film “Heaven Is For Real,” based on the #1 New York Times best-selling book of the same name.

    REWIND Tracklisting
    Payback (Aaron Eshuis, Neil Mason, Ryan Hurd)
    Rewind (Chris DeStefano, Ashley Gorley, Eric Paslay)
    I Have Never Been To Memphis (Eric Holljes, Ian Holljes, Marcus Hummon)
    DJ Tonight (Meghan Trainor, Jesse Frasure, Shay Mooney)

    Powerful Stuff (Gregg Wattenberg, Derek A. E. Fuhrmann, Brett James)
    Riot (Jaron Boyer, Sara Haze)
    Night Of Our Lives (Ben Hayslip, Jimmy Yeary)
    I Like The Sound Of That (Meghan Trainor, Jesse Frasure, Shay Mooney)

    Aftermath (Ben Caver, Megan Conner, Brian White)
    I’m On Fire (Sean McConnell, Tobias Lundgren, Johan Fransson, Tim Larsson)
    Life’s A Song (Jeffrey Steele, Brandon Hood, James Slater)**
    Honeysuckle Lazy (Neil Thrasher, Michael Dulaney, Shane Minor)

    The Mechanic (Jaren Johnston, Tony Lane)
    Deluxe Tracks
    Compass (Diane Warren)

    Wildfire (James Ryan Ho, Christopher Breaux)
    She Must Like Broken Hearts (busbee, Jay DeMarcus, Gary LeVox, Joe Don Rooney)
    Bring The Family (Regie Hamm, Tim Akers, Chase Akers)
    Produced by Howard Benson
    Produced by Jay DeMarcus and Rascal Flatts
    Produced by Dann Huff and Rascal Flatts

    REWIND follows their seven consecutive studio albums, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart and distinguished Rascal Flatts as one of only four acts during the SoundScan era to earn the achievement. The best-selling Country vocal group of the past decade has sold 22.5 million albums and over 28 million digital downloads since their musical debut in 2000, and has notched 14 #1 singles.

    Leading up to their REWIND Tour 2014 this May, Rascal Flatts will headline “Outnumber Hunger Live!” during the ACM Party For A Cause Festival on April 4. Now in its third year, Outnumber Hunger is an initiative from General Mills, Big Machine Label Group and Feeding America that helps fight hunger in local communities. To date, Outnumber Hunger has helped secure more than 25 million meals for Feeding America’s network of local food banks.

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    RECORD-BREAKING DUO FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE ENLISTS FRIENDS FOR “THIS IS HOW WE CRUISE”

    March 28, 2014 0 Comments

    Four-Day Cruise to Include Multi-Platinum Superstar Nelly, Hot Newcomer Thomas Rhett & More

    Current Single “This Is How We Roll” featuring Luke Bryan Certified GOLD and Multi-Week #1“Stay” Certified PLATINUM

    NASHVILLE, TN - (March 27, 2014) – Award-winning duo Florida Georgia Line, in partnership with Sixthman Ltd., announced the first ever “This is How We Cruise” music festival at sea, and they are bringing along their friends multi-platinum superstar Nelly, hot newcomer Thomas Rhett, Colt Ford, The Cadillac Three, Canaan Smith and Chris Lane. Artists will perform on multiple stages throughout the ship as well as host activities, intimate fan experiences and live on-stage collaborations aboard the Norwegian Pearl from November 8-12.

    The four-day musical cruise will set sail from Miami, FL, to Great Stirrup Cay, Norwegian’s Private Island in the Bahamas. Guests will enjoy the Norwegian Pearl’s 13 bars and lounges, 19 dining experiences, outdoor pool, hot tubs, expansive spa and fitness center and more. For more information and reservations, visit www.fglcruise.com.

    The record-breaking duo is riding high as their latest single, “This Is How We Roll” featuring Luke Bryan, has been officially certified GOLD for sales exceeding 500,000. The song is from the deluxe version of their chart-topping, PLATINUM-certified debut album HERE’S TO THE GOOD TIMES (Republic Nashville).

    FGL has exploded since releasing four consecutive, multi-week #1 smashes in the US and Canada with the PLATINUM-certified hits “Stay,” “Get Your Shine On,” "Round Here," and 6X PLATINUM “Cruise,” whose sales are combined with the remix featuring Nelly. Breaking the record for longest #1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Chart, “Cruise” has sold nearly 6.8 million downloads in the US alone and is the best-selling digital Country single of all time according to SoundScan.

    FGL has racked up four nominations - Vocal Duo of the Year, Album of the Year (HERE’S TO THE GOOD TIMES), Single of the Year (“Cruise”) and Vocal Event of the Year (“Cruise” Remix featuring Nelly) - for the ACM Awards. The talented pair will also host the ACM Fan Jam during the show, which airs April 6 at 8:00P Eastern on CBS.

    The unstoppable duo is currently on the road as direct support for Jason Aldean’s NIGHT TRAIN Tour and will turn up the heat with their headline run - THIS IS HOW WE ROLL SUMMER SERIES 2014 - featuring special guest Nelly and opening act Chris Lane. For tour dates and more, check out www.FloridaGeorgiaLine.com.

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