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Four-time Grammy Award-winner Keith Urban will join the superstar guest lineup on Best.Cover.Ever., which also includes previously announced superstar artists Katy Perry, Demi Lovato, Backstreet Boys, Charlie Puth, FLo Rida, Nicky Jam and Jason Derulo. Best.Cover.Ever. is a cutting-edge talent competition series hosted by Grammy Award-winning artist Ludacris and produced by Ryan Seacrest Productions and Endemol Shine North America. The series will premiere exclusively on YouTube this fall. More musicians are expected to be announced.
Best.Cover.Ever. gives emerging musicians from around the world a chance for international fame. Throughout the series, a new superstar artist will challenge competing musicians to perform a cover of one of their original songs. The musicians can perform the song in their own unique style as they battle for the ultimate prize: the opportunity to perform a duet with the superstar artist that will premiere on YouTube!
“The internet is the ultimate vehicle for creative discovery,” said Urban. “It connects people, lets their talents be heard and sometimes produces stars. I’m really looking forward to seeing what happens – to hearing how people interpret my songs – and, fingers crossed, to find a killer duet partner.”
With the submission phase currently open, fans are encouraged to upload a video to YouTube performing their creative cover of one of Urban’s biggest hits Somewhere In My Car (video here). Fans can upload their video, follow submissions, and watch the series by subscribing to the Best.Cover.Ever. channel on YouTube, and can learn more by going to TheBestCoverEver.com.
Urban along with the other superstar artists will each pick the one lucky cover artist for a chance to perform a whole new song together. Viewers will witness every part of the planning, behind-the-scenes process as they mount this uniquely special music performance.
The series is executive produced by Ryan Seacrest and hosted by GRAMMY Award-winner Ludacris, who will also serve as an executive producer. Best.Cover.Ever. is produced by Ryan Seacrest Productions and Endemol Shine North America. In addition to Seacrest and Ludacris, Rob Smith (ESNA), Georgie Hurford-Jones (ESNA), Marilyn Wilson and Teri Kennedy (RSP), will also serve as executive producers.
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About Keith Urban
Urban’s 2016 album release RIPCORD, was recently certified platinum (the second artist to achieve that status in 2016). It produced his 22nd #1 song, (his 6th consecutive with “Blue Ain’t Your Color”) and extended his streak as the artist with the most consecutive top 10 songs on Billboard’s Country Airplay Chart (38). Besides his four Grammy Awards, Urban has won ten Country Music Association Awards and eleven Academy of Country Music Awards.
About Chris “Ludacris” Bridges
As a recording artist, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges has sold more than 15 million albums domestically, thanks to the blockbuster success of such singles as “Stand Up,” “Get Back,” “Southern Hospitality,” “Number One Spot,” “Money Maker” and “My Chick Bad.” Most recently, Ludacris dropped his 8th studio album, Ludaversal. Ludacris also starred in the highly anticipated The Fate of the Furious, which broke records at the box office, becoming the highest grossing film opening worldwide. Bridge’s philanthropic efforts rival his entertainment accomplishments; he started The Ludacris Foundation in 2001 which focuses on helping the youth in his hometown of Atlanta.
Launched in May 2005, YouTube allows billions of people to discover, watch, and share originally-created videos. YouTube provides a forum for people to connect, inform, and inspire others across the globe and acts as a distribution platform for original content creators and advertisers large and small. YouTube is a Google company.
ABOUT RYAN SEACREST PRODUCTIONS
Ryan Seacrest Productions (RSP) is an Emmy-winning entertainment production company creating unscripted, scripted and digital programming. RSP produces the E! hit cable series “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” and its spin-offs, as well as “E! Live from the Red Carpet” award shows, Bravo’s “Shahs of Sunset” and CMT’s “I Love Kellie Pickler.” Additionally, RSP produces “Shades of Blue,” a NBC drama series starring Jennifer Lopez and “Insatiable” for Netflix. The company produced the Emmy Award-winning reality series “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution.”
ABOUT ENDEMOL SHINE NORTH AMERICA
Endemol Shine North America delivers world-class content and compelling storytelling to multiple platforms in the U.S. and across the globe. Endemol Shine North America is part of Endemol Shine Group, the global content creator, producer and distributor with a diverse portfolio of companies that are behind some of the most prominent hit television formats and series in the world.
Its Endemol Shine Studios division develops and produces original scripted television programming in the U.S. for global exploitation and Endemol Shine Latino oversees all Spanish-language format sales and development in both the U.S. and Mexico, as well as all of Latin America. Subsidiary production companies include Authentic Entertainment, Truly Original and 51 Minds Entertainment. In addition, Endemol Shine North America has a strategic partnership with Ryan Seacrest Productions.
- From the producer, Charles Dixon and Charlie Judge, of Music City Hit-Makers, the “most famous people you never heard of” comes the debut of the Tin Pan Symphony. Tin Pan Symphony is Nashville’s first true “pop symphony” geared towards symphonic re-imagined collaborations with Nashville based artists and songwriters focused on songs and symphony.
Music buyers take a stand to show that Traditional Country Music hasn’t gone anywhere. It’s loved, alive, and well, as the incredible new project American Grandstand landed its first week on Billboard’s Top Current Country Albums chart at No. 10. It is No. 1 on the Billboard Bluegrass Chart, and No.1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Album Chart for the week of July 29, 2017.
Not since George & Tammy and Conway & Loretta has there been a vocal duet performance like Rhonda Vincent & Daryle Singletary. This week marks yet another indication that buyers love the authentic, unaltered voices of two of the greatest singers in this generation of country music.
“The New Queen of Bluegrass” Rhonda Vincent and country hitmaker Daryle Singletary share their thoughts as they celebrate being at the top of the charts!
Daryle says, “I just want to say how excited Rhonda and I are on the chart debut of American Grandstand. We really didn’t know what to expect, but this CD has charted way beyond our expectations and we can’t say thanks enough to every single person that supported our efforts and purchased the new duet project. God Bless Country music and Country music fans. We love ya’ll!!”
“This is so special! I don’t know what makes me happier, #1 on the Billboard Bluegrass Charts or a Top 10 Album on the Current Country charts!” says Rhonda. “Either way, I am thrilled beyond words, and thankful to each of you who purchased and sent your love for this new music! Thank you for your incredible support of Traditional Country music, and if you don’t have American Grandstand please go get it!”
This chart-topping project was released on Upper Management Music, and features 12 amazing songs; with originals like the title song written by Rhonda Vincent, along with country classics like the first single “One,” that was written by hit country writer/performer Ed Bruce and originally performed by country legends George Jones and Tammy Wynette.
This dynamic duo is off to a blockbuster start, with rave reviews, and a momentum that started with their numerous Nashville performances at the CMA Music Fest, Music City Roots, and The Grand Ole Opry.
“American Grandstand” is available now at AmericanGrandstand.com and wherever music is sold.
Fans can catch “The Most Award-Winning Band in Bluegrass Music History” Rhonda Vincent & The Rage on the road throughout the remainder of the year, as the IBMA “Entertainer of the Year” and 8-time “Female Vocalist of the Year” winner makes stops at festivals and venues throughout North America, plus a return visit to Europe’s Bluegrass Capital – Prague, Czech Republic www.rhondainprague.cz in September, along with a stop at Switzerland’s Most Prestigious Country Music Festival in beautiful Gstaad.
American Grandstand Track Listing:
1. Above and Beyond
3. After The Fire Is Gone
4. American Grandstand
5. Slowly But Surely
6. As We Kiss Our World Goodbye
7. Can’t Live Life
8. Golden Ring
9. We Must Have Been Out of Our Minds
10. Louisiana Woman Mississippi Man
11. A Picture of Me Without You
12. Up This Hill and Down
Rhonda Vincent On Tour:
Jul 19 Sheridan, WY – Whitney Center for the Arts
Jul 20 Livingston, MT – Music Ranch Montana
Jul 22-23 Darrington, WA – Darrington Bluegrass Festival
Jul 27 Hiawassee, GA – Georgia Mountain Fair
Aug 03-04 Thornton, NH – Pemi Valley Festival
Aug 05 Milan, MI – Milan Bluegrass Festival
Aug 11 Hebron, CT – Podunk Bluegrass Festival
Aug 17 Marion, NC – North Carolina Bluegrass Festival
Aug 18 Gettysburg, PA – Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival
Aug 19 Salyersville, KY – Magoffin County 14th Annual Community Day
Aug 23 Rhonda – TV Filming
Aug 25 Keene, Ontario, Canada – Greenbridge Celtic Folk Festival
Aug 26 Washington, PA – Wild Things Park
Sep 02 Fort Fairfield, ME – County Bluegrass
Sep 06 Prague, Czech Republic
Sep 8-9 Gstaad, Switzerland – Country Night Gstaad
Sep 14 Kodak, TN – Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival
Sep 15 Conway, MO – Starvy Creek Bluegrass Festival
Sep 16-17 Flagstaff, AZ – Pickin’ in the Pines
Sep 23 Vine Grove, KY – Vine Grove Bluegrass Music Festival
Sep 30 Hartselle, AL – Hartselle High School Auditorium
Oct 19 Breman, GA – Milltown Music Hall with Daryle Singletary
“As I’m bringing this chapter of my career to a close, this will be an unforgettable way to celebrate with my talented friends, who I’m so grateful to have crossed paths with,” says Kenny Rogers. “It means so much that they would feel compelled to do this for me. Of course, the night would not be the same without Dolly Parton being part of it. We’ve enjoyed a special friendship for decades, and I’ll forever look back fondly on the many collaborations, performances, and laughs we’ve shared as some of the most extraordinary moments of my career. I know it will be a moving experience for us standing on that stage together for one last time.”
This one-night-only concert event taping will bring together fans, friends and music icons to celebrate Kenny Rogers. “All In For The Gambler” will feature performances by Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Little Big Town, Alison Krauss, The Flaming Lips, Idina Menzel, Jamey Johnson, Elle King and many other special guests to be announced in the coming weeks.
“Kenny is like a family member to me. We have been friends for over 30 years and made musical magic together. Since 1983, when we released ‘Islands In The Stream,’ everyone has had an expectation to see Kenny everywhere I go and me with him wherever he goes,” says Dolly Parton. “Well, I guess for many of those fans that wanted to see us together, this will be that night. Performing with Kenny for the last time ever on October 25th is going to be emotional for both of us, but it’s also going to be very special. Even though Kenny may be retiring, as he fades from the stage, our love for each other will never fade away.”
Tickets go on sale July 21, 2017 at 10AM CT online at Ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-745-3000, all Ticketmaster locations and the Bridgestone Arena box office. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the T.J. Martell Foundation and the Kenny Rogers Children’s Center.
In a career that has spanned more than six decades, Kenny Rogers has left an indelible mark on the history of American music. His songs have endeared music lovers and touched the lives of millions around the world. Chart-topping hits like “The Gambler,” “Lady,” “Islands In The Stream,” “Lucille,” “She Believes In Me,” and “Through the Years” are just a handful of Kenny Rogers’ songs that continue to inspire new generations of artists and fans alike. Rogers, with twenty-four number-one hits, is a Country Music Hall of Fame member, six-time CMA Awards winner, three-time GRAMMY® Award winner, recipient of the CMA Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013, CMT Artist of a Lifetime Award honoree in 2015 and has been voted the “Favorite Singer of All Time” in a joint poll by readers of both USA Today and People.
Blackbird Presents’ Keith Wortman, creator and executive producer of Nashville’s recent highly acclaimed “Sing Me Back Home: The Music of Merle Haggard,” is the creator and executive producer of “All In For The Gambler.” GRAMMY® Award Winner Don Was will serve as music director, and preside over a stellar house band backing the performers at this historic concert event taping. Kenny Rogers’ manager, Ken Levitan, also serves as executive producer. The event will be filmed and recorded for multi-platform distribution throughout traditional media (worldwide broadcast, music, and digital).
“Like millions of fans around the world, Kenny Rogers has been the soundtrack of my life. As he finishes out this beautiful victory lap of touring life, I am honored and privileged to create and produce a show celebrating this special artist on this monumental occasion.” says Keith Wortman, CEO of Blackbird Presents.
FOR COMPLETE SHOW DETAILS, VISIT THE OFFICIAL CONCERT WEBSITE:
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Blackbird Presents is a global media company that produces premium content via a range of strategies including large-scale concert events and festivals, broadcast series and specials, and music releases featuring major music stars across all genres and demographics.
Blackbird’s recent concerts, broadcast specials and releases include “Sing Me Back Home: The Music of Merle Haggard,” “The Life & Songs of Kris Kristofferson,” “Imagine: John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert,” “Outlaw: Celebrating The Music of Waylon Jennings,” “I’ll Take You There: Celebrating 75 Years of Mavis Staples,” “The Life and Songs of Emmylou Harris,” “Lynyrd Skynyrd: One More For The Fans,” “The Musical Mojo of Dr. John: Celebrating Mac and His Music,” and “All My Friends: Celebrating The Songs and Voice of Gregg Allman,” the latter of which earned a 2014 GRAMMY® Award nomination for Gregg Allman and Taj Mahal’s awe-inspiring performance of “Statesboro Blues.”
Blackbird Presents is also creator and producer behind the Outlaw Music Festival Tour, in partnership with Willie Nelson; the American Roots Music & Arts Festival, in partnership with Eric Church; and The Last Waltz 40 Tour.
Visit us at www.blackbirdpresents.com
About Kenny Rogers
Kenny Rogers began recording in the late 1950s, notching a local hit in the Houston, TX market with “That Crazy Feeling” that resulted in a national TV appearance on “American Bandstand.” After stints with the jazz group the Bobby Doyle Three and folk favorite The New Christy Minstrels, Rogers formed The First Edition in 1967. As the lead singer of the group, Rogers sang on the band’s biggest hits, such as “Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)” and “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love To Town.” The group, who hosted their own syndicated television series, “Rollin’”, stayed together through 1975.
In 1976, Rogers signed a deal in Nashville with United Artists. With the help of producer Larry Butler, Rogers released “Lucille” in early 1977, his first No. 1 hit. The singer would tally many classics through the decade, including “Love Or Something Like It,” “Sweet Music Man,” “The Gambler,” and “Every Time Two Fools Collide,” which he recorded with the late Dottie West. Rogers was named Male Vocalist of the Year by both the CMA and the ACM, being also recognized as Entertainer of the Year by the latter in 1979.
In 1980, Rogers made musical history with his cross-over success of “Lady.” The Lionel Richie composition netted the singer a hit in the Country, Pop, AC, and R&B fields. The album from which the song was pulled, Kenny Rogers’ Greatest Hits, was certified Diamond for sales of over ten million units. In the 1980s, he stayed on top of the charts with hits like “I Don’t Need You,” “We’ve Got Tonight,” and “Morning Desire,” and sang on the GRAMMY® winning USA For Africa charity single, “We Are The World,” joined by an unprecedented number of music legends. He also established a successful career as an actor – with roles in The Gambler movie series – and as a photographer, with several published books of photos to his credit, including “This Is My Country.”
Rogers has sold over 120 million albums worldwide during his career, making him one of the best-selling male artists of all-time according to the RIAA, with twenty Platinum albums and eleven Gold. He has won awards from every organization imaginable, including multiple GRAMMY® Awards, as well as CMA, ACM, CMT, TNN, Music City News, and American Music Awards. In 2012, Rogers released his successful memoir, “Luck or Something Like It” and became a New York Times Best-Selling Author. In the fall of 2013, Rogers was bestowed with his biggest honor, being inducted as a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. He continues to endear himself to audiences through his timeless music, and appearances on television – including a well-received Geico commercial in 2015.
In the fall of 2015, Kenny Rogers made headlines with the announcement that he would soon embark on a farewell tour – after one of the most successful and iconic careers in the history of show business. The spring of 2016 saw the singer begin that process with his “The Gambler’s Last Deal” Final World Tour, saying goodbye to his loyal legion of fans one city and one night at a time in what has been a critically-acclaimed night of music and memories.
RCA Nashville’s Old Dominion Teams With Bud Light For Special Partnership — Kicking Off With Special Dive Bar Show Presented By Bud Light In Nashville, TN (7/24)
Acclaimed RCA Nashville country rockers Old Dominion and premium light lager brand Bud Light is pleased to announce a partnership that will kick off on July 24th with a special dive bar show by Old Dominion in Nashville, TN at Blue Bar located in midtown of Music City.
The Old Dominion Bud Light Dive Bar concert comes just over one month ahead of the bands highly anticipated sophomore album, Happy Endings, which releases on August 25th and is now available for pre-order.
Happy Endings is the follow-up to Old Dominion’s debut GOLD-certified album Meat and Candy, which spawned the PLATINUM, two-week No. 1 Country Radio hit, “Break Up With Him,” the RIAA GOLD hit “Snapback,” and critically acclaimed “Song For Another Time,” which also hit No. 1 the on Billboard Country Airplay and MediaBase charts.
The debut album, Meat and Candy, also garnered Old Dominion the Academy of Country Music (ACM) New Group of the Year, the ACCA Breakthrough Group of the Year, AIMP Songwriter Artist of the Year and Nashville’s Music Row Breakthrough Artist of the Year awards.
Old Dominion consists of lead singer Matthew Ramsey, lead guitarist Brad Tursi, multi-instrumentalist Trevor Rosen, bassist Geoff Sprung and drummer Whit Sellers.
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About Bud Light:
Introduced in 1982, Bud Light is a premium light lager with a superior drinkability that has made it the best-selling and most popular beer in the United States. Bud Light is brewed using a blend of premium aroma hop varieties, both American-grown and imported, and a combination of barley malts and rice. The light-bodied beer features a fresh, clean and subtle hop aroma, delicate malt sweetness and a crisp finish that delivers the ultimate refreshment. For more information, visit www.BudLight.com.
About Old Dominion:
Proving that they are not your average country band, Old Dominion blends old-fashioned country charm, lyrical wit and rock n’ roll grit into radio-friendly, hook-heavy pop nuggets. The band has emerged as one of the hottest breaking bands in country music, fusing clever lyrics and an infectious sound. The band released their first full length album Meat and Candy, which is RIAA-certified GOLD and called a “deceptively smart, occasionally cheeky, stellar debut,” by Entertainment Weekly. The debut album produced their PLATINUM track “Break Up With Him,” GOLD hit “Snapback,” and single “Song For Another Time,” which hit No. 1 the on Billboard Country Airplay and MediaBase charts.
In 2016, the band was notably named ACM New Group of the Year, ACCA Breakthrough Group of the Year, AIMP Songwriter Artist of the Year and Music Row Breakthrough Artist of the Year. Old Dominion consists of lead singer Matthew Ramsey, lead guitarist Brad Tursi, multi-instrumentalist Trevor Rosen, bassist Geoff Sprung and drummer Whit Sellers.
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GRAMMY-nominated, award-winning country music duo Thompson Square have decided to step away from BBR Music Group’s imprint, Stoney Creek Records, their label home since 2009.
Since breaking into the country music scene, the multi-platinum selling duo have achieved international success scoring three #1 hits and five Top 20 hits, with streaming numbers surpassing 600 million and a social media following of nearly 2 million. “It’s bittersweet leaving our Stoney Creek Records family,” says Shawna Thompson, “So many memories have been made and so many goals have been achieved. We will be forever grateful to Benny and Carolyn Brown for their faith in our artistry. It has changed our lives forever.”
Thompson Square have appeared on multiple major media franchises including NBC’s The Today Show, Fox & Friends, The Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Conan, The Queen Latifah Show, The Arsenio Hall Show, CBS This Morning, Rolling Stone, People Magazine, Glamour, Elle, USA Today and much more.
“All good things must come to an end but we look forward to the future and to new beginnings,” Keifer Thompson shares, “We are extremely excited about this new chapter of our life and what it means for our music and our fans.”
The three-time “Vocal Duo of the Year” (ACM/CMA) have received top honors in music including two GRAMMY nominations for “Best Country Duo/Group Performance” and “Best Country Song,” seven mainstream industry awards and over 25 additional award nominations.
Thompson Square continue to be represented by Shawn Pennington at Pennington Entertainment and William Morris Endeavor’s Greg Oswald and Abby Wells Bass. The duo is currently in the studio recording their forthcoming album with GRAMMY Award-winning producer Nathan Chapman (Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum).
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L-R: Chris Kappy, MAKE/WAKE Management, Bradley Collins – BMI, Scott Borcheta – Big Machine Music Publishing, Jonathan Singleton – 50 Egg Music Publishing, Chris Ogelsby – BMG Music Publishing, Mike Molinar – Big Machine Music Publishing, Jeff Catton – InTune Entertainment, Will Overton –Warner Chappell, Lynn Oliver-Cline – River House Artists, Randy Goodman – SonyMusic Nashville. (Photo by Steve Lowry.)
Luke Combs joined his BMI co-writers Thomas Archer and Taylor Phillips at downtown Nashville’s ACME Feed and Seed to celebrate their two-week No. 1 PLATINUM-certified hit. Yesterday’s celebration was an especially momentous occasion as the single marks the first No.1 for Combs, Archer and Thomas. Friends, family and Nashville industry gathered to commemorate the success of “Hurricane” as the first debut artist single to top the chart for multiple weeks since Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise” and the first debut solo male to accomplish the task since Darius Rucker in 2008.
Texas songstress Mary Sarah kicks off her birthday (#77Seventeen) with the release of her new single “Without You” out today on all digital platforms. The modern traditionalist co-wrote the tune with David Garcia, Bart Butler and Mike Walker. This is Mary Sarah’s first single since her time on the ‘Voice’ and what better way to send it out than to debut the track on her birthday as a gift to her fans. Purchase/Stream “Without You” at the links below.
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Website || www.marysarah.com
Facebook || www.facebook.com/MarySarahMusic
Twitter || twitter.com/MarySarahMusic
Instagram || https://www.instagram.com/marysarahmusic
YouTube || https://www.youtube.com/user/MarySarahMusic
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