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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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    "Party Like You"

    August 13, 2014 0 Comments

    Girls, gigs, guitars and a damn-good time have become ubiquitous with THE CADILLAC THREE so it’s no wonder that their brand new video for “Party Like You” will leave fans “feeling like a Saturday night,” “buzzing like a Miller Lite sign” and definitely on “a wild ride!” Join the “Party” via VEVO.

    Shot at fooBAR in East Nashville, director Brian Lazarro’s cinematic vision wasn’t a stretch for the high-energy trio of Nashville natives – Jaren Johnston (Guitar & Lead Vocals), Kelby Ray (Bass Steel Guitar, Dobro, Acoustic & Vocals) and Neil Mason (Drums, Percussion & Vocals) – who grew up together playing music and getting rowdy. Rolling Stone Country chatted with Jaren and featured an exclusive Behind the Scenes of the video shoot yesterday.

    “Despite numerous party tunes on the radio, TC3 still knows how to stand out from the crowd,” raves Country Weekly. “It’s a perfect summertime tune that’ll sound just right in these hot days ahead.”

    Johnston co-wrote the beat-heavy, infectious tune with Jon Nite and Jimmy Robbins and has previously penned #1 smashes – “You Gonna Fly” (Keith Urban) and “Southern Girl” (Tim McGraw) – as well as tunes for Rascal Flatts, Kenny Chesney, Jake Owen and Dierks Bentley, among others. Mason has cuts on Rascal Flatts’ and Miranda Lambert’s latest albums.

    TC3 initially made their Big Machine Records debut with “The South,” a song that epitomizes the band’s self-described “country fuzz” sound and features Florida Georgia Line, Dierks Bentley and Mike Eli (Eli Young Band).

    One of Rolling Stone Country’s 10 New Artist You Need to Know: Summer 2014, TC3 is currently on the road with Jake Owen’s DAYS OF GOLD TOUR 2014 and wrapped European dates with Eric Church earlier this year. This fall, TC3 will join labelmates Florida Georgia Line for “This is How We Cruise” aboard the Norwegian Pearl.

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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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    TIM MCGRAW WORLD PREMIERES MUSIC VIDEO FOR "MEANWHILE BACK AT MAMA'S" (FEATURING FAITH HILL) ON GOOD MORNING AMERICA

    June 25, 2014 0 Comments

    Country superstar Tim McGraw's music video for his chart climbing single "Meanwhile Back At Mama's" (featuring Faith Hill) will debut tomorrow exclusively on Good Morning America. Additionally tomorrow, Entertainment Tonight will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the video (check local listings).

    The personal video features McGraw with his wife and platinum-selling vocalist Faith Hill and exposes the juxtaposition of their public and private lives. Highlighted with clips from their show stopping performance at the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, the video integrates footage of McGraw and Hill in a relaxed setting on their family farm just outside of Nashville.

    McGraw continues his Sundown Heaven Town 2014 tour this weekend with stops in Chicago, IL (6/27); St. Louis, MO (6/28) and Cincinnati, OH (6/29). His upcoming album, SUNDOWN HEAVEN TOWN, is set to be released on Big Machine Records Sept. 16.

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    “Nashville” Becomes Thriving Franchise for ABC Studios, Lionsgate, Opry Entertainment and Big Machine Records

    May 22, 2014 0 Comments

    They play the roles of Country music superstars on the ABC hit primetime drama but “Nashville” cast members are becoming real-life chart-toppers with original music escalating to the top of sales charts and LIVE performances to sold-out crowds in major markets.

    ABC Studios, Lionsgate, Opry Entertainment and Big Machine Records — the entertainment heavyweights behind the show — have turned the “Nashville” audience into real fans. Viewers have become key purchasers of music, tour tickets and other branded merchandise in a mere two seasons of the show. ABC announced last week that the show will return to Nashville for a third season this fall.

    “‘Nashville’ has quickly become more than just a TV series; it has become a serious multimedia franchise,” said Scott Borchetta, President and CEO of Big Machine Label Group – the record label who markets and distributes music from the show. “It’s rare that a TV show brand can surpass its presence on the small screen, but the strong music sales prove that there’s a passion and a real connection between the viewers and the cast.”

    Immediately following the April 23 broadcast of ABC’s “NASHVILLE: On The Record,” a special album of LIVE song recordings from several cast members entitled Nashville: On The Record (LIVE) was released to iTunes. Immediately propelling to #1 on the iTunes all-genre chart, the project is still in the Top 5 Country albums nearly two weeks later. Additionally, all three previously released THE MUSIC OF NASHVILLE soundtracks jumped into the Top 15 on the iTunes Country Albums chart during the same time period.

    “On The Record has always been a celebration of the songwriters and a gift to our fans, we are thrilled that it is also bringing new viewers to the show and music in a way that is so authentic to Nashville,” said ABC’s Dawn Soler.

    To date, the soundtracks have sold over 600,000 copies and over three million individual track downloads.

    THE MUSIC OF NASHVILLE Season 2, Volume 2 was released to all digital retailers on May 6. The standard version includes 11 tracks while a special deluxe edition containing 21 tracks is now available exclusively at Target.

    The first-ever “Nashville” Concert Tour with series stars Charles Esten, Clare Bowen, Jonathan Jackson, Sam Palladio, Chris Carmack and Will Chase, delivered over and above in Chicago; Washington, DC; Philadelphia and New York City, with sell outs at all stops. Fans screamed the names of their favorite “Nashville” characters as they performed original songs from the show onstage. The tour is presented by the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation and produced by Opry Entertainment. ABC affiliates in each city provided promotional support and shared the excitement if the "Nashville" tour.

    "The response from the audience at the live shows has been overwhelming. The excitement begins with the first note and builds to a fervor with moments where the audience is singing along to each word,” said Steve Buchanan, President Opry Entertainment Group and “Nashville” executive producer. "The tour highlights the extraordinary talent of our cast and underscores the passionate musical connection created between the tv show and its fans.”

    "’Nashville’ is a shining star in the television world – a first-rate drama and a musical franchise that continues to build on its passionate fan base. The must-have musical download story evidenced by the chart-topping OTR performance confirms what we have known all along – America loves Nashville,” said Lionsgate’s Kevin Beggs.

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    RASCAL FLATTS EARN #1 SPOT AT COUNTRY RADIO AND ON THE BILLBOARD COUNTRY ALBUMS CHART WITH REWIND

    May 22, 2014 0 Comments

    Superstars Rascal Flatts have once again proved why they are the most-awarded Country vocal group of the past decade as their ninth album REWIND sits atop the Billboard Country Albums chart while the title track marks their 15th #1 hit single after making the ascend on the Mediabase Country Radio chart.

    REWIND, released on May 16 via Big Machine Records, is Flatts’ eighth consecutive studio album to debut at #1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart. Jay DeMarcus with Rascal Flatts, Howard Benson and Dann Huff all contributed producing tracks on the project.

    After appearing on “The Voice” and “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” last week, Flatts will swing by “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” tomorrow night (May 23). They will perform on the “Toyota Concert Series on TODAY” next Friday (May 30).

    In addition to radio and sales success, Flatts kicked off the REWIND Tour 2014 over the weekend (May 16) at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in St. Louis. The 35-city tour, presented by Live Nation, features special guest Sheryl Crow and opening act Gloriana. According to the St. Louis Dispatch, “Rascal Flatts has started summer tours in St. Louis before, but maybe no opening night was better than the Friday night fun-fest the band staged.”

    Commemorating Flatts’ 11th headline tour, REWIND Tour 2014 will continue to rock audiences throughout the summer with a final show at Detroit’s Comerica Park on September 21.

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    NASHVILLE OUTLAWS: A TRIBUTE TO MÖTLEY CRÜE

    May 19, 2014 0 Comments

    Big Machine Records, Mötley Records and Eleven Seven Music announced today that the highly-anticipated Country tribute album NASHVILLE OUTLAWS: A TRIBUTE TO MÖTLEY CRÜE will be released on July 8. The project will feature fresh takes on 15 of the band’s biggest hits covered by some of Country music’s biggest names, including Florida Georgia Line, Justin Moore, Big & Rich, LeAnn Rimes, Gretchen Wilson, Darius Rucker, Rascal Flatts and more.

    "We did not make this record for Mötley Crüe fans, but for Country fans who are also Rock fans. I believe that there’s going to be a lot of synergy and excitement for Mötley Crüe fans hearing different artists covering their favorite songs. People will be surprised how these artists made these songs their own and we couldn’t be happier with how the album turned out. It’s been an amazing, positive experience and, as a lot of things we’ve done, a first in our career,” says Mötley Crüe bassist, Nikki Sixx.

    “It has been a blast becoming friends with the Motley guys and learning how much they appreciate the history of Country music. They are truly one of the most disruptive bands of their generation and I am honored to be able to cover one of my favorite Crue songs of all time, ‘Home Sweet Home.’ It has been pretty unreal singing with Vince Neil," said Justin Moore.

    The record is a joint venture between Big Machine Records – home to country superstars such as Taylor Swift and Tim McGraw – and Mötley Records and Eleven Seven Music. Big Machine Label Group President and CEO, Scott Borchetta, is among the legion of Country music fans who love Mötley Crüe. Borchetta says of the collaboration, "I have been a not-so-secret Crüe fan from the beginning. When manager Chris Nilsson called with the idea for a tribute album on Big Machine Records it was an immediate 'yes' from me! Our album will highlight just how great the Mötley Crüe song catalog is. At the end of the day, that's what will stand the test of time."

    Tracklisting: Rascal Flatts – “Kickstart My Heart” Florida Georgia Line – “If I Die Tomorrow” LeAnn Rimes – “Smokin’ In The Boys Room” Justin Moore – “Home Sweet Home” Cassadee Pope with Robin Zander – “The Animal In Me” Aaron Lewis – “Afraid” Big & Rich – “SOS” Sam Palladio and Claire Bowen – “Without You” Eli Young Band – “Don’t Go Away Mad” Lauren Jenkins – “Looks That Kill” The Cadillac Three – “Live Wire” The Mavericks – “Dr. Feelgood” Brantley Gilbert – “Girls Girls Girls” Gretchen Wilson – “Wild Side” Darius Rucker – “Time For Change

    For additional updates, behind-the-scenes action or to pre-order the album, visit http://nashville-outlaws.com/.

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    Rascal Flatts to Launch New Album REWIND with Massive Media Appearances and Promotions

    May 12, 2014 0 Comments

    Country music supergroup Rascal Flatts will release their ninth studio album REWIND on Big Machine Records tomorrow (5/13) with several national TV and radio performances in addition to exclusive promotional events.

    The album comes just as the lead single “Rewind” is nearing the top of the Country Radio charts.

    As the best-selling Country group of the past decade, Flatts have debuted their last seven studio albums at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart, a rare feat only achieved by four other artists. They’ve sold more than 22.5 million albums, scored 14 No. 1 singles, sold over 28 million digital downloads and earned more than 40 industry accolades, including six consecutive wins as the Country Music Association’s Vocal Group of the Year.

    Exploring new sonic territory, REWIND chronicles the joys and complexities of life. Spearheaded by bassist Jay DeMarcus, 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.

    “Music has changed so much in the last few years and in order to stay relevant you have to change with it, but we also had to be true to ourselves,” says DeMarcus. “REWIND is a combination of staying with what people know and love, the familiar Flatts, but also bridging the musical gap into today’s Country music and pushing the envelope a little bit. There is a delicate balance and I think we’ve done a pretty good job. There are songs on the record where people are going to say, ‘That’s vintage Flatts! That’s what I fell in love with’ and a whole new generation of country music listeners are going to go, ‘Wow! I didn’t expect this from them!’”

    To promote the release of REWIND, Rascal Flatts will appear on the following:

    Monday, May 12 iHeart Radio LIVE Q&A and Performance at the iHeart Radio Theater in Los Angeles (Live Broadcast and Stream at 7PM PT)

    Tuesday, May 13 In-depth profile on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams (NBC, 6:30PM Eastern/5:30PM Central)

    Performance of “Rewind” on The Voice (NBC, 8PM Eastern/7PM Central)

    Rascal Flatts Album Release Event presented by Citi ® (Tickets available at CitiPrivatePass.com)

    Friday, May 23 The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
 (NBC, 11:35 PM Eastern/10:35 PM Central)

    Friday, May 30 Toyota Concert Series on TODAY (NBC, 7 AM in all markets)

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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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