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“The Launch” Season Premiere Produces No. 1 Hit Song 

Wednesday night’s series premiere of Scott Borchetta’s new, innovative music show The Launch proved that a reality music competition series can do the unthinkable: pair an unsigned emerging artist with a superstar producer and an original song to “launch” a hit single in real time.

Logan Staats is the first chosen artist by The Launch’s superstar panel of mentors for the episode, which included Borchetta, Shania Twain and renowned music songwriter and producer busbee. Immediately after the show’s premiere, Logan found himself sitting on top of Canada’s all-genre iTunes sales chart with “The Lucky Ones,” surpassing superstars Justin Timberlake and Ed Sheeran.

“Launching Logan and ‘The Lucky Ones’ reinforces the premise of this show: it all starts with a great song,” said Borchetta. “busbee delivered a song with amazing potential and pairing that great song with the right artist creates a perfect storm – Logan’s haunting, powerful voice and sheer talent bring this song to life so beautifully. I’m so proud of our first Launch artist and single – and it’s #1 on iTunes Overall Singles Chart!”

Viewer engagement for The Launch not only compelled consumers to purchase “The Lucky Ones” but also made #TheLaunch Twitter’s No. 1 trending topic in Canada for the night, proving that the Big Machine and Bell Media format has built-in multi-platform success.

The Launch’s innovative format has attracted numerous partners unlike any music show before it. iHeartRadio launched “The Lucky Ones” on all of its stations across Canada the moment the show ended. In addition to iTunes & iHeartRadio, digital music retailers and streaming services Apple Music, Spotify and Google Play immediately made “The Lucky Ones” available to buy and stream worldwide.

Borchetta continues, “In our on-demand world we honor the audience at the end of each episode by immediately delivering our Launch song. After my wonderful experience on American Idol, the need for a next-level music show hit me like a ton of bricks… and I think The Launch is that show.”

Next week the mentor panel will include Borchetta along with GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriter Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland and OneRepublic frontman and acclaimed producer/songwriter Ryan Tedder, airing Wednesday, Jan. 17 at 9:00P ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO, in super simulcast on CTV Two and Much, and in French on VRAK.

The Launch was put into development in January 2016. The series was co-developed by and is produced by Bell Media in association with Scott Borchetta of Big Machine Label Group, Paul Franklin of Eureka (MASTERCHEF, THE BIGGEST LOSER), in partnership with John Brunton and Lindsay Cox of Insight Productions (THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, CANADIAN IDOL, THE JUNO AWARDS).

The Launch is executive produced by Scott Borchetta, Randy Lennox and John Brunton; Paul Franklin and Lindsay Cox are Showrunners and Executive Producers; Executive Producers for Bell Media are Robin Johnston and Corrie Coe, who is also Senior Vice-President, Original Programming, Bell Media. Pat DiVittorio is Vice-President, CTV and Specialty Programming, Mike Cosentino is President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media.

The Launch is truly a new and unique format documenting a behind-the-scenes and in-studio look at what it takes to bring a new, original song to life in each hour-long episode, and it’s all shot in 48 hours. Each week the artists audition for the opportunity to record and perform the new original song written by a world-famous songwriter/producer and mentored by a panel of internationally renowned music industry legends. Immediately following the auditions, the mentors choose two artists to enter the recording studio and record the original song and prepare to perform it in front of a live audience. The mentors then choose which artist and recording will immediately be released across the country following the broadcast of the episode each week.

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Delta Rae: Big Percussion. Big voices. Why You Need To Know Them.

One of my new favorite groups is signed to Big Machine/Valory Music Company, Delta Rae.

Delta Rae formed in 2009 and are originally from Durham, NC.  The 6-piece band is comprised of Liz Hopkins and Brittany Holljes, who front the group taking lead vocals.  Harmonies by Eric Holljes (vocals, piano) and Ian Holljes (vocals, guitar).  Mike McKee on drums and Grant Emerson on bass.

Their new single just released to country radio is “No Peace in Quiet”, a beautiful ballad written by Eric Holljes during a difficult time in his life following a break-up.  Finding himself very alone in his apartment following the break-up, the song flowed out of him as he struggled to come to terms with a loss he blamed himself for and seeking some solace in music.  It’s a very personal song for him that is even difficult for him to talk about, much less take lead to sing it.  Liz takes the lead singing this song with harmonies from all.  A mesmerizing and heartfelt song.

Such a great lunch today with @bigmachinelabelgroup & @deltarae!! Tacos, Coke, & great music…What more could I ask for?! 🌮🎶 Several video clips to watch here of their acoustic performance for us. They are fantastic! Get to know their music & buy their EP online at iTunes or Google Play today! 💕 ———————————————————————————— Well, I inadvertently had some product placement in the first video sipping on a Coke during the show, I just noticed! Brought a @cocacola & a #smile, don't you think?! 😉🤣 Coke in a glass bottle is THE BEST ever. I don't know if it REALLY tastes better from a glass bottle rather than a can or plastic bottle, but it sure seems that way! 😄 ▪ ▪ ▪ #deltarae #bigmachine #acoustic #music # #country #nashvilletn #nashville #tennessee #instamusic #insta #instagram #instagramer #instagramers #instagood #instadaily #new #cool #instavideo #video #videos #videooftheday

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Ever since I first saw this group perform a few years back, they have stood out to me.  Intriguing and just different from everyone else out there.

Their passion for the music, energy, harmonies, and larger-than-life performances create magic from their stage.  It’s not something that can be defined or explained by simple words.  They must be experienced live, then you’ll understand the special, intriguing qualities that make this group different and ones you need to watch.

Watch the video for their current single; “No Peace In Quiet” here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7J446geYJI




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Celebrating Big Machine Sponsored 2017 IndyCar Series Champion Josef Newgarden

We recently were invited to attend the celebration at the beautiful, new FGL House of Big Machine sponsored IndyCar driver, Josef Newgarden. Newgarden just became the 2017 Indycar Series Champion.

Josef Newgarden is originally from Hendersonville, TN.  As Big Machine president/CEO Scott Borchetta said with a chuckle during the interview that night, they’ve had some “luck” with people from Hendersonville since Big Machine artist and the biggest selling singer currently in the world for the last few years, Taylor Swift, also hails from the same small town near Nashville.  Yes, I’ll say they have had some “luck”.  Must be something in the water there!

It’s easy to see why Borchetta, who is a big fan of racing, wanted to get behind Newgarden.  Borchetta has the uncanny ability to spot raw talent and, obviously, has had great success with those he has gotten behind like: Swift, Florida Georgia Line, Brantley Gilbert, Midland, and Carly Pearce; just to name a few.  Newgarden is charismatic, articulate, and handsome with the steadfast and competitive nature that it takes to be successful in the sport of IndyCar racing.

Newgarden graciously took a few minutes from celebrating the win with the Big Machine team, his family and friends to talk with us.  He discussed his background and how he got to be an IndyCar driver. According to Newgarden, as a kid he was always into sports, playing baseball and basketball, but he was soon drawn to the sport of racing as “he became fasicinated by race cars, specifically, IndyCars” and, finally, “at the age of 13, he convinced his parents to drive him to Indianapolis, which was the closest place that had competitive go kart racing.”  It gave him an opportunity to start figuring out what that world was all about, and he started with competitive go kart racing; finding it was something he was good at.

See the video below for more with his full response:

Josef Newgarden also talked of his greatest obstacle he has had to overcome in his career so far.  He stated that persevering through the “longevity” it takes to break into the sport of racing has been the biggest challenge. That “it’s a difficult sport to break in to.”  He kept with it, obviously,  making quite a name for himself throughout the last few years in the highly-competitive sport.

September 17, 2017; Sonoma, CA, USA; IndyCar Series driver Josef Newgarden (2) celebrates winning the IndyCar Series championship during the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports ORG XMIT: USATSI-355368 ORIG FILE ID: 20170917_kkt_st3_057.jpg

Congratulations on becoming the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series Champion, Josef Newgarden, and thank you to the kind folks at Big Machine for having us out to celebrate this momentus occasion with them.  We thoroughly enjoyed the party on the rooftop of FGL House mingling with party guests, taking in the spectacular views that the venue has to offer of downtown Nashville, and enjoying the tasty food served on trays by an attentive staff.

About Josef Newgarden

(About winning a championship for Team Penske in his first year with the team): I certainly dreamed I could come in and win a lot of races and win the championship. But I don’t think I believed that (a championship) was going to happen. It was certainly hard to believe that.


Won 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series Championship in his first season with Team Penske.
Seven-time Indy car race winner, including a career-best four wins in 2017.
His dominating win at Iowa in 2016 set an Indy car record for most laps led by a race winner.
Proud graduate of the Mazda Road to Indy, he won the 2011 Indy Lights championship with five race victories.

Recipient of 2012 Tony Renna Rising Star Award


A versatile athlete, who appeared on a 2016 episode of “American Ninja Warrior” with other Verizon IndyCar Series drivers and has participated in the NFL Combine and the Indiana Pacers Slam Dunk contest. He played baseball and basketball before turning to racing.
Listens to R&B and Dance/EDM and is a fan of Twenty One Pilots, The Weeknd, Skrillex and Diplo.

Loves fashion. Appearing front row at the Rag & Bone Fashion Show during New York Fashion Week in September 2016; cover model on the March issue of Image & Style magazine and the only model in an eight-page feature in the Spring 2016 issue of Pattern magazine.

Spokesperson for the Best Friends Animal Society and featured in its “Show Your Soft Side” campaign, also represents Outrun the Sun, a melanoma and skin cancer awareness organization.

Enjoys rock climbing and most outdoor activities; an avid Forza player.

About Verizon IndyCar Series

Featuring racing at a combination of superspeedways, short ovals, road courses and temporary street circuits, the Verizon IndyCar Series offers its international lineup of drivers the most diverse challenges in motorsports. The top point scorer is crowned the series champion and receives a $1 million bonus.

Founded in 1994, INDYCAR serves as the sanctioning body for the Verizon IndyCar Series.

These stars drive single-seat, open-cockpit cars that feature a 2.2-liter, twin turbocharged, direct-injected V-6 engine optimized to run at 12,000 RPM with an estimated 500-700 horsepower depending on the turbocharger boost setting. The consumer-relevant engines, which are supplied by Chevrolet and Honda, utilize Sunoco E85R fuel.

ABC and NBCSN provide comprehensive live, high-definition television coverage of the Verizon IndyCar Series in the United States, while ESPN International oversees race coverage to 212 countries. The TV telecasts are complemented by the Advanced Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network for each event, which includes Sirius XM Satellite Radio and the American Forces Radio Network.

About FGL House

Situated on 3rd Avenue South in the Country music mecca of downtown Nashville, FGL House features music every day – focusing specifically on today’s country trends. A world-class kitchen fuses unique Southern style cuisine with California flair, and bars on each floor serve local craft beers and deliciously mixed cocktails – many featuring the red-hot duo’s own Old Camp Whiskey.

FGL House also boasts the largest “Cruise” rooftop Nashville has to offer, dedicated to an all-day and all-night party with stunning views of the Music City skyline. Meanwhile, visitors can step away from the hustle and bustle to relax in our basement-level lounge, Little Red Corvette, complete with its own baby grand piano, cocktail menu inspired by ‘90s pop culture and specialty martinis.

A massive, awe-inspiring video wall continuously showcases the hottest video content from Florida Georgia Line and other country stars – as well as all your favorite sporting events – and the internationally renowned Dee Jay Silver spins custom country mixes during can’t-miss Country Club Tuesdays.

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Big Machine Celebrates The 100th Episode Of “Nashville”

Maddie Conrad (Lennon Stella) and Clayton Carter (Joseph David-Jones)

Merely hours until the highly-anticipated 100th episode of “Nashville” airs, Big Machine Records has released three brand new tracks on iTunes. The cast celebrates tonight’s significant milestone the only way they know how: performing even more fresh tunes for loyal viewers. In the midst of Highway 65 drama, Deacon (Charles Esten) gathers with a few longtime friends for a writer’s round at the famed Bluebird Café. The lineup features Music City’s potentially future leading lady, Jessie (Kaitlin Doubleday) who performs the Lucinda Williams-penned “When I Look At The World.” Meanwhile, Deacon’s daughter Maddie (Lennon Stella) test drives love song for her boyfriend Clay (Joseph David-Jones) called “Beautiful Dream.” Crafted by real-life tunesmiths Ben Caver and Erin McCarley, both the Ballad Version and Clayton Remix are available now.

Preview tonight’s episode here. “Nashville” airs Thursdays at 9:00P ET/PT only on CMT.

Since the show’s 2012 debut, Big Machine Records has released ten “Nashville” soundtracks including the most recent release THE MUSIC OF NASHVILLE: SEASON 5 VOLUME 2. The music has collectively sold more than five million single-track downloads and garnered over 200 million streams to date.

Follow “Nashville” on CMT:
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Twitter: @NashvilleCMT
Instagram: @NashvilleCMT
Website: www.CMT.com/Shows/Nashville

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Album Review: Delta Rae | “A Long And Happy Life”

Delta Rae just released their debut 4-track EP with Big Machine entitled “A Long And Happy Life”.   Continue Reading →

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Brett Young Celebrates First No. 1 Song “Sleep Without You”

On the rooftop of the beautiful, new Westin in downtown Nashville, Big Machine artist Brett Young gathered with his co-writers Kelly Archer and Justin Ebach along with many industry friends and family to celebrate their very first #1 single with “Sleep Without You”.

Watch the video below as they discuss how they wrote the hit song:


Brett Young (ASCAP) joined co-writers Kelly Archer (BMI) and Justin Ebach (SESAC) as well as industry friends and family this week to celebrate the success of their first No. 1 hit “Sleep Without You.” Toasting at the rooftop of The Westin downtown, the trio first performed the chart-topping tune to kickoff congratulatory remarks. Continue Reading →

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Sarah Cannon, the global cancer institute of Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), in partnership with Country superstar, Martina McBride, and Big Machine Label Group (BMLG), announced details today about The Sarah Cannon Tour concert series in support of their collective initiative, Band Against Cancer. Previously announced in February of 2016, Band Against Cancer is bringing together two of the most influential industries of music and healthcare to connect those touched by cancer with community-based treatment options and resources. Continue Reading →

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Celebrating a long-anticipated induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cheap Trick today also announces an exclusive new deal with leading global independent record label Big Machine Records (Taylor Swift, Steven Tyler, Tim McGraw). The legendary band is currently hard at work finishing their Big Machine debut album titled Bang Zoom Crazy… Hello, slated for release on April 1, 2016. Produced by GRAMMY-winning producer Julian Raymond, the project marks Cheap Trick’s 17th studio album and first in more than five years.
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Big Machine Signs Jennifer Nettles


Photo credit: James Minchin III

Grammy-nominated Country superstar JENNIFER NETTLES announced today that she has signed to Big Machine Records, will release a new single this October and has set her next solo album for early 2016 release. In addition, she will embark on the headlining PLAYING WITH FIRE TOUR which will cross 20 plus cities beginning this October with Brandy Clark and Ryan Kinder.

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Big Machine & VEVO DSCVR Nashville Event

I had the opportunity to attend several fun events during CMA Music Festival this year, but the highlight of the week for me was getting to attend the Big Machine & VEVO DSCVR Nashville event at Events on 3rd!
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