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    TAYLOR SWIFT’S HIGHLY ANTICIPATED NEW ALBUM 1989 IS OUT TODAY

    October 26, 2014 0 Comments

    TAYLOR SWIFT, seven-time GRAMMY Award winner and Billboard Magazine’s recently named Woman of the Year (the only artist to have been awarded this honor twice), releases 1989 today, the most anticipated album to rave reviews.

    “On this new stage, Ms. Swift is thriving. And crucially, she is more or less alone, not part of any pop movement of the day. She has set herself apart and, implicitly, above…Ms. Swift is aiming somewhere even higher, a mode of timelessness that few true pop stars — even bother aspiring to. Everyone else striving to sound like now will have to shift gears once the now sound changes. But not Ms. Swift, who’s waging, and winning, a new war, one she’d never admit to fighting.” – Jon Caramanica, NEW YORK TIMES

    “Deeply weird, feverishly emotional, wildly enthusiastic, 1989 sounds exactly like Taylor Swift, even when it sounds like nothing she’s ever tried before. And yes, she takes it to extremes. Are you surprised? This is Taylor Swift, remember? Extremes are where she starts out.” – Rob Sheffield, ROLLING STONE

    “The expertly crafted sound of 1989 that marks her most impressive sleight of hand yet—shifting the focus away from her past and onto her music, which is as smart and confident as it’s ever been. Who are these songs about? When they sound this good, who cares?” – Sam Lanksy, TIME MAGAZINE

    “On 1989, she matches deceptively simple, irresistibly catchy melodies with lyrics that can seem by turns confessional and elusive, playful and aching.” – Elysa Gardner, USA TODAY

    “Swift's best work -- a sophisticated pop tour de force that deserves to be as popular commercially as with Robyn-worshipping blog--gers; an album that finds Swift meeting Katy and Miley and Pink on their home turf and staring them down.” – Jem Aswad, BILLBOARD

    “The really striking thing about 1989 is how completely Taylor Swift dominates the album: Martin, Kurstin et al make umpteen highly polished pop records every year, but they’re seldom as clever or as sharp or as perfectly attuned as this, which suggests those qualities were brought to the project by the woman whose name is on the cover." – Alexis Petridis, THE GUARDIAN

    “Her all-pop effort is impossibly irresistible” – Ian Drew, US WEEKLY

    Taylor Swift, who writes all of her own songs, is a global superstar, 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 in the U.S. 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 and the only artist to have been awarded this honor twice. Taylor has career record sales in excess of 30 million albums and almost 80 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 (Big Machine Records), which will be released on October 27, 2014. The single has topped Billboard’s Pop, HotAC and Hot 100 charts and has earned double Platinum-status by the RIAA for exceeding sales of two million downloads in the U.S., and has peaked at No. 1 in 64 countries on iTunes.

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    TAYLOR SWIFT UNVEILS "WELCOME TO NEW YORK" FROM 1989 EXCLUSIVELY ON ITUNES TOMORROW (10/21)

    October 26, 2014 0 Comments

    TAYLOR SWIFT, seven-time GRAMMY Award winner and Billboard Magazine’s recently named Woman of the Year (the only artist to have been awarded this honor twice), will exclusively unlock "Welcome To New York" on iTunes on Tuesday, October 21, giving her fans a new track and a peek at what is to come from the most highly anticipated album this year, 1989 (Big Machine Records). "Welcome To New York" is written by Taylor Swift and Ryan Tedder (One Republic) and produced by Ryan Tedder, Noel Zancanella and Taylor Swift. This is the third song revealed from 1989, Taylor’s forthcoming fifth studio album, while the current single, “Shake It Off,” remains atop the charts across the globe.

    “I started the album with “Welcome To New York” because New York has been an important landscape and location for the story of my life in the last couple of years,” said Taylor. “It’s like an electric city, and I approached moving there with such wide-eyed optimism. I saw New York as a place of endless potential and possibilities and you can hear that reflected in this music and in this song.”

    Taylor Swift, who writes all of her own songs, is a global superstar, 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 in the U.S. 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 and the only artist to have been awarded this honor twice. Taylor has career record sales in excess of 30 million albums and almost 80 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 (Big Machine Records), which will be released on October 27. The single has topped Billboard’s Pop, HotAC and Hot 100 charts and has earned double Platinum-status by the RIAA for exceeding sales of two million downloads in the U.S., and has peaked at #1 in 64 countries on iTunes.

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    MADDIE & TAE FOCUS ON FANS WITH ONLINE REVEAL OF COVER ART & TRACKLISTING

    October 8, 2014 0 Comments

    Ever the tech savvy millennials, Maddie & Tae have kept the focus on their fans, enlisting them to help reveal their self-titled EP cover art this afternoon across social media platforms.

    Maddie & Tae showcase a hearty mix of sweet and spitfire on the November 4 digital release on Dot Records, a newly established imprint underneath the Big Machine Label Group. Already creating buzz at radio with their Top 15-and-climbing debut single, “Girl In A Country Song” boasts over 8.9 million views online and has consistently remained in the Top 5 Country videos on iTunes after escalating to the top spot. The newcomers are credited with co-writing all of the project’s diverse tracks, including the breakout hit that elicited Rolling Stone to claim: “no country single has been a hotter topic this year.” Fans seem to agree, propelling the unabashed song into the top 10 on iTunes Top Country Digital chart.

    TRACKLISTING:
    1. “Girl In A Country Song” (Maddie Marlow, Taylor Dye, Aaron Scherz) 2. “Sierra” (Maddie Marlow, Taylor Dye, Aaron Scherz) 3. “Fly” (Maddie Marlow, Taylor Dye, Tiffany Vartanyan) 4. “Your Side of Town” (Maddie Marlow, Taylor Dye, Heather Morgan, Blair Daly)
    The talented pair, who are respectively from Texas and Oklahoma, have made national television appearances on the Late Show With David Letterman and TODAY, where host Hoda Kotb touted them as “darlings of Nashville.” Buzzfeed insists, “you can do anything you want, ladies," while others have commended Maddie & Tae for delivering a fresh perspective to Country airwaves.

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    THOMAS RHETT LANDS ON GOLF DIGEST’S “TOP 100 IN MUSIC”

    October 7, 2014 0 Comments

    Adding some swing to his swagger, THOMAS RHETT landed on GOLF DIGEST’S Top 100 in Music list, which highlights artists who love hole-in-ones almost as much as a #1s. Watch the Georgia native play a few holes and give some tips at the Athens Country Club during TRue Life. The CMA New Artist of the Year nominee joins country superstars Vince Gill, Joe Don Rooney (Rascal Flatts), Toby Keith and Charles Kelley (Lady Antebellum), all ranking in the upper-echelon of the magazine’s list. Thomas Rhett frequents the links as often as he can, enjoying the challenges of new and different courses while on the road. This fall, the “Make Me Wanna” singer will join golf buddy – and The Valory Music Co. labelmate – Justin Moore on his OFF THE BEATEN PATH TOUR. The talented singer/songwriter has scored two consecutive platinum-certified chart-toppers with “Get Me Some of That” and “It Goes Like This” as well as penning Florida Georgia Line’s multi-week #1 “Round Here."

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    GLEN CAMPBELL AND HIS FAMILY TO BE FEATURED EXCLUSIVELY ON NBC THIS WEEK

    October 6, 2014 0 Comments

    Already one of the most acclaimed documentaries of the year ahead of its October 24 release, GLEN CAMPBELL…I’LL BE ME, will give movie-goers an intimate look at the life and musical legacy of Country music icon Glen Campbell and his family. Directed by James Keach (Walk The Line) and produced by Trevor Albert (Groundhog Day), the film shows the three-year period after Glen's diagnosis with Alzheimer's disease.

    Landing the first interview with Glen and his family in advance of the documentary premiere, NBC Nightly News will air the special segment tomorrow (10/7) while TODAY will feature another portion of the interview on Wednesday (10/8). The piece was filmed in Nashville with NBC News correspondent Cynthia McFadden with Jake Whitman serving as producer of the package.

    Additionally, a music video for Glen's final recording, “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” will first appear on NBCNews.com tomorrow.

    The Hollywood Reporter’s film critic Scott Feinberg recently said this of Oscar documentary contenders:“I'm not sure any can match James Keach's Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me, a gut-punching look at what Alzheimer's Disease has done to the titular music legend — and the remarkable way in which the 78-year-old and his loved ones have conducted their lives since his diagnosis in 2011.”

    The GLEN CAMPBELL…I’LL BE ME SOUNDTRACK EP (Big Machine Records) is now available at all digital music retailers. The five-song set includes Glen's final recording, “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” a cover of “Gentle On My Mind” by The Band Perry, an original song and performance by daughter Ashley Campbell and two LIVE performances from his final tour stop at the Ryman Auditorium.

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    RASCAL FLATTS WRAP REWIND TOUR 2014 & PERFORM ON THE VIEW THIS WEEK

    October 6, 2014 0 Comments

    Continuing to prove why they are synonymous with massive live shows, RASCAL FLATTS (Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney) will bring their high-octane REWIND TOUR 2014 to the Northeast for its final leg this weekend. Fans can also catch the Supergroup on ABC’s The View this Friday (10/10) at 11:00A ET / 10:00A CT/PT when they perform “Payback” – from their chart-topping ninth studio album REWIND (Big Machine Records) – and chat with hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie O’Donnell, Nicolle Wallace and Rosie Perez. This summer’s 35-city trek will culminate with stops at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ on Friday (10/10) and Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, NJ on Saturday (10/11) with opening act The Swon Brothers.

    Highlights along the way have included:

    “Rascal Flatts open 'Rewind' tour with high energy and loose feel.” – ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

    “…delivered an electrifying performance that was the perfect way to kick off summer.” – THE SUN CHRONICLE

    “This is a band that’s always [pretty good if not] brilliant…I defy you to sit through a Rascal Flatts concert unmoved by the sheer giddiness of the fans around you...” – DALLAS MORNING NEWS

    “Rascal Flatts knows how to put on an arena show.” – THE PRESS ENTERPRISE

    “For 90 minutes, one of the most popular groups in mainstream country kept the pavilion and lawn crowds on their feet, dancing and especially singing along.” – THE CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER

    “The whole place was on its feet, singing every word, and getting wild…” – THE BROWARD/PALM BEACH NEW TIMES

    Also making a grand entrance and reason to celebrate during the tour was the birth of Devon Olivia, Joe Don Rooney and wife Tiffany Fallon’s third child.

    The best-selling Country vocal group of the past decade has sold over 22.8 million albums and over 29 million digital downloads since their musical debut in 2000. Rascal Flatts have delivered 15 #1 singles to the top of the charts, including the gold-certified title track from their latest album REWIND, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart, distinguishing them as one of only four acts during the SoundScan era to have eight consecutive studio albums debut in the top spot. Rascal Flatts has earned over 40 trophies from the ACAs, ACMs, AMAs, CMAs, People's Choice Awards and more. In 2012, Rascal Flatts reached a new career milestone with over 7 million concert tickets sold.

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    MAC WISEMAN AND DRAKE WHITE CONNECT THE "DOT" AT THE GRAND OLE OPRY

    September 30, 2014 0 Comments

    Connecting the “dot” over the weekend, Country Music Hall of Fame inductee MAC WISEMAN (Wrinked Records) and soulful singer/songwriter DRAKE WHITE serendipitously met backstage during performances at the Grand Ole Opry. The legendary Dot Records label was first established in 1950 and revived earlier this year under the Big Machine Label Group umbrella. Just as when Wiseman spearheaded, produced and recorded for Dot’s Country division, the label’s mission continues to be finding, developing and marketing great music across genres. White, who was named one of the Billboard Top 10 Country Artists to Watch, was signed in June.

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    RAELYNN DAZZLES DURING GRAND OLE OPRY DEBUT

    September 29, 2014 0 Comments

    Trading in her once-signature flouncy skirts for a sleek black dress, RaeLynn made her Grand Ole Opry debut over the weekend. On Friday night (9/26), the rising young entertainer showcased sophistication in more than just her style. The “God Made Girls” crooner enchanted the crowd with her debut single and performed two other songs, “Young” and “Love Triangle,” all three of which she co-wrote in Nashville.

    RaeLynn humbly took the stage surrounded by a wealth of support from family, friends and her record label, The Valory Music Co. There were plenty of familiar faces in the crowd – 50 friends and family members traveled from Baytown, TX to watch RaeLynn make her debut. The 20-year-old songstress’ vocal prowess is both “conservative” and “empowering” according to Buzzfeed. It is no wonder that her debut single has been noted as the highest charting song on Mediabase by a new solo female artist this year. Pausing her set after the first song, RaeLynn commemorated the night in her own way, snapping an onstage “#OpRaeDebut” selfie with the crowd.

    “I’m so excited to be able to share such a special moment in my career with my family, fans and amazing team. They all mean so much to me and I wouldn’t be here without them. Being invited to sing at the Grand Ole Opry is an absolute dream come true,” beamed RaeLynn. “Standing in the same hallowed circle as my heroes and looking out into that crowd performing my own music is a moment I will never forget. Someone pinch me please!”

    Always finding new ways to connect with her fans, RaeLynn partnered with the Opry to offer a select group tickets and passes to spend time with her during the monumental evening. The Grand Prize winner won an invitation to watch RaeLynn’s soundcheck and hangout backstage in her dressing room before she took the stage. The winner also received a gift certificate to Ani & Ari, the boutique that styles RaeLynn. During intermission, the spunky vocalist treated ten fans to a meet & greet, signing autographs and snapping pictures to immortalize the milestone occasion.

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