Posted on 29 March 2009 by Bill West
For years, fans all over the country have been anxiously awaiting the opportunity to become members of a club that grants them access to all things Kellie Pickler. The wait is over! The first Kellie Pickler Official Fan Club, created at www.kelliepickler.com, is an exciting environment for fans to get engaged in her career and plugged into the Pickler experience.
Because the Kellie Pickler Fan Club has been so heavily requested and times are tough, Kellie insisted on a great value for her most loyal fans – the yearly subscription is priced at $19.99. “I’m so glad there’s a place where the fans have special access to all these extras and there’s a lot more to come too. We took our time developing this site, so that it’s a cool experience from the get go. I’ve already had the opportunity to meet some of the first members at our recent shows and we’ve got a whole tour coming up to meet with fans all year long,” said Kellie.
Kellie Pickler Fan Club members also get never-before-seen content, like the first look at her new video, “Best Days of Your Life.” Fan clubbers were able to watch the video before its TV and internet debut on March 27th at midnight.
By joining the Kellie Pickler Fan Club, members will receive the first chance at tickets to Kellie’s shows, rare photos & videos, a members-only message board, exclusive contests & giveaways, as well as the opportunity to meet Kellie. Members also qualify for merchandise discounts at Kellie’s store, pre-sales on concert tickets, including the current Fearless Tour with Taylor Swift.
Posted on 29 March 2009 by Bill West
After delivering three consecutive Top 10 hits at country radio and selling more than 400,000 units of his self-titled CD to become the best-selling country debut release of the 2007 class, Bucky Covington is preparing to deliver his first new music since last year’s poignant Top 10 hit, “I’ll Walk.” The new single, “I Want My Life Back,” is written by tunesmiths Frank Myers and Anthony Smith and serves as the lead single from Bucky’s upcoming sophomore CD.
“This song struck me the first time I heard it,” declares Bucky. “It’s such an emotional and powerful song that really hits home with today’s times and I’m proud to be able to share the positive message.”
“I Want My Life Back” will be available for digital download by country radio starting Monday, March 30 via PlayMPE.
Following his stateside return from his first overseas USO Tour, Covington is currently in the studio with producers Mark A. Miller and Dale Oliver recording new music for his sophomore CD. Fans can also catch Covington make his big screen debut in on April 10 in Hannah Montana The Movie.
Bucky Covington’s self-titled debut CD opened at #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart in April 2007 with the biggest first week sales for any debut country artist that year. He’s the best selling debut artist of the 2007 class and is one of only three male country artists since 2005 to have three consecutive top 10 singles from his debut album. In addition to competing on the fifth season of “American Idol,” Bucky’s national television appearances have included Live with Regis and Kelly, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Good Morning America and Fox & Friends.
Posted on 24 March 2009 by Bill West
MCA recording artist, Lee Ann Womack, took three years in between her CMA award winning There’s More Where That Came From and her most recent release, Call Me Crazy, to spend more time with her family. But she never took music off her mind completely – she still spent a lot of time writing songs and thinking about what would work for her newest album.
Lee Ann loves the business too much to leave it, but enjoyed her time off and is happier than ever: “Taking that time off definitely changed me, and yes I was consumed with the business. I love this business; I have a passion for this business. I grew up in East Texas and my dad worked at the country music station. He was a disc jockey, on-air personality at the station. I left there and came to Nashville, went to college here and studied the music business and interned at a record label. I have been consumed with this business since I was a little girl. I was fascinated by the records that my dad had. I would listen to them, I would read the backs of them to see who managed them, who booked them, who produced the record, who all played on it, who sang background, who wrote the songs; that’s all I did when I was a kid. So, naturally, once I got my record deal I was consumed by that too.
I really think that taking the time off has enabled me to come back with a different perspective. I’m happier than I’ve ever been. I’m enjoying work more than I ever have.”
Posted on 24 March 2009 by Bill West
Posted on 12 March 2009 by Bill West
Posted on 10 March 2009 by Bill West
They’re trying it all out there in Nashville… For the first time ever, Rascal Flatts will make available four songs from their highly-anticipated new CD UNSTOPPABLE in advance of the project’s release on April 7. Essentially this is an attempt to milk afew more dollars out of the big release hype.
Starting now, fans can go to iTunes to purchase “Here Comes Goodbye” single and music video. Rascal Flatts will pre-release three additional songs from their new CD Unstoppable via iTunes each consecutive Tuesday leading up to the April 7, 2009 street date.
Upcoming tracks and release dates include:
March 17 – “Forever”
March 24 – “Love Who You Love”
March 31 – “Things That Matter”
April 7 – Full release
Unstoppable, co-produced by Dann Huff and Rascal Flatts, is the band’s first studio album since 2007’s multi-platinum Still Feels Good.
Since their career launched in 2000, Rascal Flatts has sold over 18 million albums, scored 10 #1 singles and 18 top 10 hits and each of their five studio albums are multi-platinum sellers. They are the reigning AMA, CMT, PCA, ACM and CMA Vocal Group of The Year. They were honored as the 2008 Academy of Country Music/The Home Depot® Humanitarian Award recipients during the recent ACM Awards show in May. This honor, in part, due to their dedication to raising funds for the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, where in the past 4 years they have donated 3 million dollars, as well as their work on the American Red Cross Celebrity Cabinet board.
Posted on 05 March 2009 by Bill West
Nashville, TN – March 4, 2009
–Taylor Swift, who this week spends her 11th week at #1 on Billboard’s Top 200 all-genre sales album chart, guest stars tomorrow night on one of her all-time favorite TV shows, the top-rated CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. CSI airs tomorrow night, Thursday, March 5th, nationwide on the CBS network at 9 p.m. ET/PT. This week’s episode, titled “Turn, Turn, Turn,” features Taylor as Haley Jones, a teenage girl whose family runs a seedy Vegas motel. Over the course of a year, Haley goes through a series of changes that have tragic consequences. Watch an extended preview of the episode at: www.cbs.com/primtime/csi <http://www.cbs.com/primtime/csi> . Entertainment Tonight will feature an interview with Taylor about her CSI experience tomorrow, March 5th.In other Taylor news, it was announced this week that Verizon has partnered with Taylor for a national high school contest running through March 23rd. High school students from around the United States can text ‘TS’ to ‘3401’ on their Verizon Wireless phones or enter via www.taylorswiftconcerts.com . At the culmination of the contest on March 23rd, the school with the most entries will win the opportunity to host a free concert from Taylor at their high school. Verizon is providing PDF posters for students to post on their campuses as well as a rolling score board showing the schools with the most responses to date here .
Taylor kicks off her first-ever headlining tour, the TAYLOR SWIFT FEARLESS 2009 TOUR, on April 23rd in Evansville, Indiana. The tour runs through October, and all shows that have been put on sale have sold out within minutes. Taylor is featured on the covers of the current issues of Rolling Stone, Self, Teen Vogue, and Your Prom magazines.
The contest is being supported with an extensive promotional campaign including national spots and on demand programming on Verizon’s FIOS-TV, online banner ads, digital billboards in select malls, Jumbotron spots at select sporting events, and radio spots in key markets.
Taylor is currently on tour in Australia, where her Fearless album was recently certified Gold. Fearless is Triple-Platinum in the US.
Posted on 01 March 2009 by Bill West
Original “American Living” Song Available Exclusively on New Rascal Flatts ‘Unstoppable’ CD Sold at JCPenney
J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE:JCP) today announced its official sponsorship of the “Rascal Flatts American Living Unstoppable Tour” presented by JCPenney. The tour will promote American Living, the retailer’s affordable, all-American lifestyle brand developed exclusively for the JCPenney customer by Polo Ralph Lauren’s Global Brand Concepts. The fully integrated two-year sponsorship will kick off June 5, with the tour hitting approximately 60 cities across the nation each year.
In conjunction with the tour, Rascal Flatts has written a new song inspired by the spirit of the brand titled “American Living,” which will serve as the soundtrack for the new American Living commercial. The song will only be available on a special version of the Unstoppable CD sold at JCPenney stores.
“Representing true Americana, Rascal Flatts’ music transcends genres and resonates strongly with our customers – the more than half of America that shops at JCPenney each year,” said Mike Boylson, chief marketing officer for JCPenney. “With Rascal Flatts’ significant crossover appeal and passion for the brand, our fully integrated sponsorship of ‘Rascal Flatts American Living Unstoppable Tour’ is a perfect canvas to highlight American Living and its true American values.”
Rascal Flatts’ support of American Living began when the band played at the launch party for the brand in February 2008.
“No brand better represents Rascal Flatts than American Living,” said Gary LeVox of Rascal Flatts. “We’ve felt a strong connection to American Living since it first launched last year. High-quality and affordable, American Living represents a classic, American lifestyle – it’s a brand we wear and are proud to share with our fans.”
“American Living” Tribute Song:
The new Rascal Flatts song “American Living” will be available exclusively on a special version of their new Unstoppable album, to be sold at JCPenney beginning on April 7. All net proceeds from the sale of albums will be donated to the JCPenney Afterschool Fund, which provides children in need with access to life-enriching afterschool programs that inspire kids to be smart, strong and socially responsible.
As part of the fully integrated sponsorship, the original song will also serve as the soundtrack for a new JCPenney commercial featuring the band and the American Living brand. The commercial is set to air May 17 – June 6 on prime time and cable television programming.
American Living on Tour:
Rascal Flatts will share their passion for American Living throughout the upcoming tour:
In addition, fans interested in learning more about Rascal Flatts and the American Living brand will be able to enjoy an online experience, set to launch April 1. Visitors to the site will be able to watch interviews with the band on the road and enter a sweepstakes to win concert tickets.
A complete list of tour dates and concert venues for the “Rascal Flatts American Living Unstoppable Tour” presented by JCPenney will be announced later this spring. JCPenney’s partnership with Rascal Flatts will also include the sponsorship of the band’s 2010-2011 tour, which will also highlight the American Living brand.