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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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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 Label Group is the #1 Independent Record Label in the World Following a Victorious 2014

After a year stacked with #1 hits across multiple music formats on both radio airplay and sales charts, BIG MACHINE LABEL GROUP further cements its title as the top independently-owned record label in the world. During the month of December alone, global superstar Taylor Swift’s 1989 finished its seventh week at  #1 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart, while her single “Blank Space” currently sits at #1 on both the Pop and HotAC radio charts. Tim McGraw’s “Shotgun Rider” led the Country radio airplay chart at #1 for four consecutive weeks (Mediabase). Hot new duo Maddie & Tae’s “Girl In A Country Song” also landed at #1 on both the Billboard and Mediabase charts, becoming only the third duo to do so in 71 years, while RaeLynn’s “God Made Girls” shot to #1 on the iTunes Country Singles Chart.

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Scott Borchetta To Receive 2015 Presidential Award

imageBig Machine Label Group President and CEO SCOTT BORCHETTA will receive the Music Business Association’s (Music Biz) prestigious Presidential Award for Outstanding Executive Achievement during the Music Biz 2015 Awards Luncheon on May 14 at the Sheraton Nashville Downtown Hotel in Nashville.

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SCOTT BORCHETTA, President and CEO of the Big Machine Label Group and one of the most successful forces in the music industry today, has joinedAMERICAN IDOL XIV as mentor to help shape the career of the competition’s winner. BORCHETTA’s relationship with the next AMERICAN IDOL will extend past the show’s finale; BORCHETTA’s Big Machine Records will partner with 19 Entertainment and Universal Music Group to oversee the launch of his/her recording career. The winner will join BORCHETTA’s Record label roster of superstar talent, including TAYLOR SWIFT, TIM MCGRAW, REBA, RASCAL FLATTS and FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE.


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Big Machine CEO Scott Borchetta Responds To Dismissed Tim McGraw Lawsuit

Tim McGraw“We’re very pleased that the District Court has dismissed Curb Records’ lawsuit against Tim McGraw and Big Machine Records.
Our number one goal and intention at the Big Machine Label Group is to sign great artists with great vision and do everything in our power to create an environment for them to do their best work.
Since Tim McGraw has been a member of Big Machine Records, everyone has witnessed an incredible surge in popularity and demand for his musical releases and live performances.
His sales and airplay results rival the best of his career.
And we’re just getting started…”  

Scott Borchetta, President & CEO of the Big Machine Label Group

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Fast Company Names Scott Borchetta One Of The “Most Creative People In Business”

Fast Company names Big Machine Label Group President/CEO Scott Borchetta one of the “100 Most Creative People In Business 2013”  in its June issue. The revolutionary entrepreneur is the only record label executive featured on the elite magazine’s annual list of global leaders from companies such as Apple, Google, Nike, American Express and Ford.

With an inquisitive nature, strong instincts and a skies-the-limit approach, it’s no wonder that Borchetta has turned his 2005 indie record company with a 15-year-old female artist (aka International Superstar Taylor Swift) into the successful brand and multi-tiered organization, housing three imprints (Big Machine Records, The Valory Music Co., Republic Nashville) and a publishing company (Big Machine Music), it is today.

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Scott Borchetta and Dr. Luke Announce Joint Publishing Venture

Pictured (L-R): Prescription Song's Beka Tischker, Dr. Luke, Big Machine Label Group President/CEO Scott Borchetta & Big Machine Music's Mike Molinar

Pictured (L-R): Prescription Song’s Beka Tischker, Dr. Luke, Big Machine Label Group President/CEO Scott Borchetta & Big Machine Music’s Mike Molinar

Big Machine Label Group (BMLG) President/CEO Scott Borchetta and Prescription Songs Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald have created a music publishing joint venture between Nashville-based Big Machine Music and Los Angeles-based Prescription Songs. The partnership will allow the two companies to co-publish songwriters and artists whose unique talents translate across genres. The announcement was fittingly made at the eighth annual ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO in Hollywood, CA.

Both companies already have well-established, deep-rooted networks within Country and Pop, respectively, and the union will add to their talented rosters of songwriters and allow for extended collaborations.

The first writer signed to the publishing joint venture is 18-year-old artist  RaeLynn, who was a contestant on Season 2 of NBC’s “The Voice.”  The Baytown, TX, native is currently writing music for her forthcoming debut Country album.

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CMA Presents Scott Borchetta With The Jo Walker-Meador Award

(l-r) Scott Borchetta, Jo Walker-Meador, Steve Moore.

The Country Music Association presented Scott Borchetta, President and CEO of Big Machine Label Group, with the Jo Walker-Meador Award Wednesday during the Association’s International Media Reception leading up to “The 46th Annual CMA Awards.”

Named for Country Music Hall of Fame member and longtime executive director of CMA – Jo Walker-Meador – the award recognizes outstanding achievement by an individual or company in advocating and supporting Country Music’s marketing development in territories outside the United States. The award was presented by Walker-Meador and Steve Moore, the Chief Executive Officer of CMA.

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General Mills, Big Machine Label Group and Feeding America Join Forces to Outnumber Hunger

Rascal Flatts, Martina McBride and The Band Perry Among the Artists Supporting the Initiative

See Video Here: www.Youtube.com/OutnumberHunger

Rascal Flatts visiting a food bank in New Jersey

Image above features Rascal Flatts visiting a food bank in New Jersey

Las Vegas, NV: (March 30, 2012) – General Mills and Big Machine Label Group’s star-studded roster of Country music artists are teaming up with Feeding America to Outnumber Hunger in a national initiative that helps fight hunger in local communities. Outnumber Hunger will help Feeding America secure up to 15.6 million meals for local food banks to assist the one in six Americans who struggles with hunger.

According to the USDA, an estimated 49 million Americans struggle with hunger, making the issue a growing reality in every community. By simply entering codes at OutnumberHunger.com, Americans can make a difference in their local communities at a time when it matters most.

“Hunger is a year-round issue but it can be especially critical in the spring, so Feeding America food banks need help now,” said Vicki B. Escarra, President and CEO, Feeding America.  “The combined reach that General Mills and Big Machine Label Group’s artists bring to the hunger crisis will help provide critical resources at this key time.”

This powerful group of partners is using its collective voice to rally Americans for the cause. Codes will appear on millions of specially-marked packages of General Mills products to give people the chance to help Feeding America secure five meals on behalf of their local food banks.

“As a leading food company, no cause is more important to us than the hunger issue,” said Cheryl Welch, Director, Outnumber Hunger at General Mills. “We’re thrilled to give people the chance to make a difference in their own communities through Outnumber Hunger.”

Specially-marked packages of General Mills products will feature an Outnumber Hunger code, as well as favorite Big Machine Label Group artists like Rascal Flatts. More than 10 General Mills brands, including Betty Crocker, Green Giant, Totino’s and Cheerios, will participate. Entering the code at OutnumberHunger.com helps Feeding America secure five meals on behalf of a local food bank. Participants enter their ZIP codes, and meals will stay in or near the area.

Big Machine Label Group artists also will offer select special codes on Facebook and Twitter that help Feeding America secure five meals for local food banks. Big Machine Label Group artists who are encouraging participation include Multi-Platinum-selling superstar artists Rascal Flatts, Reba, Martina McBride, and The Band Perry as well as established chart-topping acts Eli Young Band, Justin Moore, Brantley Gilbert and newcomers Sunny Sweeney, Edens Edge, Ella Mae Bowen and Thomas Rhett.

“It takes a Big Machine to Outnumber Hunger, and we have an opportunity to make a huge difference in local communities,” said Scott Borchetta, President and CEO, of Big Machine Label Group. “That’s why we’re thrilled to come together with our artists, General Mills and Feeding America to help the hunger issue in a significant way. Together we can Outnumber Hunger.”

Additionally, the Outnumber Hunger partners have created an educational video with Rascal Flatts that highlights the issue of hunger and shows how anyone can get involved to help Feeding America. It will air during a Rascal Flatts theater event in New York City and in over 600 movie theaters across the country on the night of April 5. Tickets to the movie theater concert event can be purchased online at www.fathomevents.com.

“Our fans have always been strong supporters of us and our families,” said Joe Don Rooney, Rascal Flatts. “By being involved in Outnumber Hunger, we hope to provide that same support for those who may struggle with hunger. We’re grateful to have the chance to spread awareness of this important cause.”

General Mills will donate $0.65 to Feeding America—enough to help secure 5 meals on behalf of local food banks—for every code entered. To make a difference in your local community with Outnumber Hunger, visit www.OutnumberHunger.com.

About General Mills
One of the world’s leading food companies, General Mills operates in more than 100 countries and markets more than 100 consumer brands, including Cheerios, Häagen-Dazs, Nature Valley, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Green Giant, Old El Paso, Progresso, Yoplait, Cascadian Farm, Muir Glen, and more. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, General Mills had fiscal 2010 global net sales of US$16 billion, including the company’s $1.2 billion proportionate share of joint venture net sales.

About Feeding America
Feeding America provides low-income individuals and families with the fuel to survive and even thrive. As the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity, our network members supply food to more than 37 million Americans each year, including 14 million children and 3 million seniors. Serving the entire United States, more than 200 member food banks support 61,000 agencies that address hunger in all of its forms. For more information on how you can fight hunger in your community and across the country, visit http://www.feedingamerica.org. Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/FeedingAmerica or follow our news on Twitter attwitter.com/FeedingAmerica.

About Big Machine Label Group
At the helm of the independent Big Machine Label Group is industry veteran Scott Borchetta, who serves as President and CEO. The conglomerate encompasses Big Machine Records (founded in 2005), The Valory Music Co. (founded in 2007) and Republic Nashville (a partnership with Universal Republic founded in 2009 with Jimmy Harnen serving as President). The Big Machine Label Group’s current artist roster includes Multi-Platinum superstars Taylor Swift, Rascal Flatts, Reba and Martina McBride; Platinum sensations The Band Perry; Newly minted Gold-selling artist Brantley Gilbert; Chart-topping established acts Eli Young Band and Justin Moore, and  newcomers Sunny Sweeney, Edens Edge, Ella Mae Bowen, Greg Bates and Thomas Rhett. BMLG artists have received multiple GRAMMY, CMA, ACM, American Music Awards, CMT Music Awards, Teen Choice Awards, MTV Video Music Award and People’s Choice Award accolades as well as Brit Award and JUNO Award nominations.

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