Tuesday, May 31, 2011

"The 45th Annual CMA Awards" to be Broadcast Live November 9 on the ABC Television Network

The Country Music Association and ABC Television Network have announced that "The 45th Annual CMA Awards" will air Wednesday, Nov. 9 (8:00-11:00 PM/EST) on ABC live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.
"The CMA Awards recognizes the best in the format – that's what makes this 'Country Music's Biggest Night'," said Steve Moore , CMA Chief Executive Officer. "The CMA Awards is one of the most highly anticipated events for our industry each year. It's a night to honor our finest performers, songwriters, record producers, musicians, and music video directors."
The 2010 CMA Awards was the No. 1 entertainment show for the week among the key advertising Adults 18-49 sales demographic. The special beat its nearest competition by 5.7 million viewers and by 74 percent in Adults 18-49, according to Nielsen.
Held during November Sweeps (Nov. 10), "The 44th Annual CMA Awards" on ABC, dominated the night winning all six of its half-hours. With a primetime sweep, ABC finished No. 1 on Wednesday in Viewers across all key demos including Adult, Men, and Women (18-34/18-49/25-54), as well as finishing as the top broadcaster with Teens (12-17) and Kids (2-11). In Total Viewers (17.2 million) and Adults 18-49 (4.7/13) it was ABC's strongest Wednesday in 12 months with an estimated 33.8 million viewers watching at least some portion of the three-hour gala.  
The CMA Awards nominees and winners are determined by the 6,000 industry professional members of CMA, which was the first trade organization formed to promote an individual genre of music in 1958.
Winners of "The 45th Annual CMA Awards" will be determined in a final round of voting by eligible voting members of the Country Music Association. CMA Awards balloting is officiated by the international accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche LLP.
The eligibility period for the 2011 CMA Awards is July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011. All voting for "The 45th Annual CMA Awards" will be conducted online. The first ballot and instructions will be e-mailed June 27 to CMA members in good standing who are eligible to vote. Voting for the first ballot closes at 5:00 PM/CT, July 13.
The second ballot will be e-mailed to CMA members Aug. 9. Voting for the second ballot closes at 5:00 PM/CT, Aug. 23. The final nominees in each of the 12 categories will be announced in early September.
The third and final ballot will be e-mailed to CMA members Oct. 14. Voting for the CMA Awards final ballot ends at 5:00 PM/CT, Nov. 1.
"The 45th Annual CMA Awards" is a production of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton is the Executive Producer. Paul Miller is the Director. The special will be shot in high definition and broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound.
The first "CMA Awards Banquet and Show" was held in 1967. The following year, the CMA Awards was broadcast on NBC Television for the first time – making it the longest running, annual music awards program on network television. The Awards aired on NBC through 1971, on the CBS Television Network from 1972 through 2005, and has aired on ABC since 2006.
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Thursday, May 26, 2011

VH1 Greenlights New Fall Seasons for One Icon, Four Mob Wives, and Four Hip Hop Insiders

Beloved Series "Pop Up Video" Returns to VH1 After a 10-Year Hiatus

VH1's Two Newest Hit Series "Mob Wives" And "Love & Hip Hop" Renewed For Second Seasons

"Mob Wives" Reunion Special Set for Sunday, July 10 at 8 PM ET/PT

VH1 has given the greenlight for new fall seasons of three series that appeal to young adults' music, pop culture and nostalgia sensibilities, including the return of beloved series " Pop Up Video ."  The channel has also handed  second season pick-ups to its two newest hit series " Mob Wives ," which averaged 1.3 million total viewers for its premiere episodes during its first five weeks on the air, and " Love & Hip Hop ," which has averaged over 1 million viewers per premiere episode.
"'Pop Up Video' has stood the test of time, ranking as one of the most iconic series in recent television history.  For years, people have practically begged, 'Please bring back Pop Up Video!' It's a show and format that now evokes nostalgia for VH1's young adult audience," said Tom Calderone, President, VH1.
"Both 'Mob Wives' and 'Love & Hip Hop' are smash hits for VH1, generating strong buzz and viewership for months now.  Our viewers have connected passionately with these women and their unique, authentic stories in the realms of pop culture and music.  We're very happy to be able continue those storylines," said Jeff Olde, Executive Vice President of Original Programming & Production, VH1.
After a 10-year hiatus, VH1 has decided to bring back one of the channel's most talked about and iconic series, " Pop Up Video ." The network has ordered 60 episodes of the familiar format featuring current videos, some new graphics and the beloved pop-up "bubbles" of priceless details and insights.  Slated to return this fall, "Pop Up Video" will also integrate interactive elements including user polling and user-generated pop up content that will be reflected in the show. New popped music videos will also be available for viewing and sharing on VH1.com as they air on TV.
Original co-creator Woody Thompson is attached to the series as an executive producer for Eyeboogie.  Executive producing for VH1 are Shelly Tatro, Karla Hidalgo and Jeff Olde.
VH1's newest hit series " Mob Wives ," still in its premiere season, has been picked up for a second season after only five episodes which have averaged 1.3 million total viewers per episode. The series gives viewers an unfiltered look into this closed-door society as Renee, Karen, Carla and Drita face daily life challenges while their husbands and fathers do time for alleged mob-related activities. United by a bond which few understand, the women are all struggling with their identities and their futures as they raise their kids as single parents.  "Mob Wives" can currently be seen on VH1 on Sunday nights at 8:00pm ET/PT.  Season two is slated to premiere this fall with 12 new episodes.   In addition, the "Mob Wives" reunion special will air on Sunday, July 10 at 8:00pm ET/PT.
"Mob Wives" is produced by The Weinstein Company (Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein), Electus (Ben Silverman, Jimmy Fox), JustJenn Productions (Jennifer Graziano) and Left/Right (Banks Tarver, Ken Druckerman and Nina Diaz).  Executive producers for VH1 include Shelly Tatro, Kari McFarland, Rick Hankey and Jeff Olde.
VH1's hit docu-series " Love & Hip Hop ," which has averaged over 1 million total viewers per premiere episode, has been picked up for a second season.  The premiere of the series reunion special on Monday, May 16 drew 1.3 million total viewers.  The series follows four dynamic women who are connected to the world of hip hop, whether it's through the men they love or their struggle to be heard as artists.  In the premiere season "Love & Hip Hop" showed the world what life is really like without the fans and the paparazzi.  Through their successes and failures both professionally and personally, Chrissy, Olivia, Emily, and Somaya gave it their all for love and hip hop.  Season two is set to premiere in the fall and will consist of 10 one-hour episodes.
VH1's "Love & Hip Hop" is executive produced by Mona Scott-Young for Monami Entertainment, Toby Barraud and Stefan Springman for NFGTV.  Jim Ackerman, and Jeff Olde are executive producers for VH1.
VH1 connects viewers to the music, artists and pop culture that matter to them most with TV series, specials, live events, exclusive online content and public affairs initiatives. VH1 is available in 98 million households in the U.S. VH1 also has an array of digital channels and services including VH1Classic, VH1 Soul, VH1 Mobile, and extensive video on VH1.com. Connect with VH1 at VH1.com.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

St. Louis, MO/May 23, 2011 — Fox Concerts presents the Earth, Wind & Fire 40th
Anniversary World Tour 2011 at the Fabulous Fox Theatre on Saturday, June 18th at 8
p.m. Tickets are on sale now and are $57.50, $47.50 & $37.50.
With more than 90 million albums sold worldwide, Earth, Wind and Fire is quite possibly
one of the most recognizable bands with some of the most enduring songs on the planet.
Over its 40 year history the band has 10 Grammy Awards to their name, four American
Music Awards and has been inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the
Vocal Group Hall of Fame.
The signature sound of Earth, Wind & Fire is not easily categorized and since the group’s
inception they have been profoundly influentially. Music recording artists ranging from
Prince to Usher to Beyoncé have credited Earth, Wind & Fire as an inspiration and
influence. The iconic band’s live concerts are led by founding members, Philip Bailey,
Verdine White and Ralph Johnson.
Virtually no party with dancing and fun is complete without an Earth, Wind and Fire
song being played at least once. Throughout the 1970s, the band churned out hits inspired
by funk, jazz, African, soul, pop and rock music. Their first number one hit in the United
States was “Shining Star” in 1975. More chart toppers such as “Got to Get You Into My
Life,” “Boogie Wonderland” and “Let’s Groove” followed. The band has enjoyed a
heavy touring schedule since the 1980s, playing to sold out audiences around the world.
Earlier this year, EWF performed at an exclusive governor’s dinner at the White House,
hosted by President Barak Obama and First Lady, Michelle Obama.
Earth, Wind & Fire has performed on every continent in the world to sold-out audiences
of diverse nationalities and to fans of all ages. From 8-tracks to iPods, Earth, Wind &
Fire’s music has stood the test of time.
Tickets for Earth, Wind & Fire are on sale now at the Fox Theatre box office. To
charge by phone call MetroTix at 314/534-1111 or online at www.metrotix.com. For
more information please visit www.earthwindandfire.com.

Country Rock Star Reaches #1 on Eventful as Hottest, Most Demanded Artist

Outranking Justin Bieber Three Times for the Top Spot

Nashville, Tenn. (May 23, 2011) ­ The Valory Music Co.’s Brantley Gilbert reached the fan-requested #1 spot on Eventful as the most in-demand artist across all formats – beating out Justin Bieber.

Brantley doesn’t take the accolade lightly and praises his fans for extraordinary achievement. “Look what ya'll have accomplished! We really can't take credit for this. Thanks to each and every one of you, y’all are more than a blessing, and words can't express how much we appreciate that everywhere we go feels like home... Country Must Be Country Wide!”

“We love being able to help a great artist like Brantley connect with his fans through the Demand it! platform,” said Jordan Glazier, CEO of Eventful. “It’s an example of how artists can utilize social media to drive awareness and ticket sales for their live performances.”

Brantley has a Top 35, and rising, hit with, “Country Must Be Country Wide.” He is on Willie Nelson’s Country Throwdown Tour throughout July. For show dates and information, brantleygilbert.com. Fans can also “DEMAND” Brantley at eventful.com.

About Brantley Gilbert: At the young age of 25, Gilbert already has a list of impressive industry accolades notched on his belt.  The rising star’s second album – the independently-released Halfway to Heaven -- reached  #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers Album Chart and #2 on the iTunes Country chart. 
Gilbert’s current single on The Valory Music Co, “Country Must Be Country Wide,” is a Top 35 hit and rising. In addition, HALFWAY TO HEAVEN, has spent 61 weeks on the Top 75 Country Albums Chart.   Gilbert’s first album, A MODERN DAY PRODIGAL SON, has also spent 35 weeks on the Top 75 Country Albums Chart.
Also a celebrated songwriter, Gilbert most recently penned, “My Kinda Party,” the hit title track to superstar Jason Aldean’s latest album as well as his latest single, “Dirt Road Anthem.” 

Brantley Gilbert is part of the Willie Nelson Country Throwdown Tour coming to Sparta June 11. For show and ticket information, log on to www.countrythrowdown.com, or www.extremetix.com, or www.bordernorth.com
Buddy Guy 
Returns to 
The Family Arena
With Jonny Lang and 
Jimmie Vaughan

WHAT:        Buddy Guy, Jonny Lang and Jimmie Vaughan

Three musical legends take the stage for one extraordinary evening of guitar playing as Buddy Guy, Jonny Lang and Jimmie Vaughan come to The Family Arena on Friday, October 21st.

Any discussion of Buddy Guy invariably involves a recitation of his colossal musical resume and hard-earned accolades. He’s a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, a chief guitar influence to rock titans like Hendrix, Clapton, Beck, and Vaughan, a pioneer of Chicago’s fabled West Side sound, and a living link to that city’s halcyon days of electric blues. Buddy has received five Grammy Awards, 23 W.C. Handy Blues Awards (the most any artist has received), the Billboard Magazine Century Award for distinguished artistic achievement, and the Presidential National Medal of Arts.

While still in his teens in the mid 1990s, Jonny Lang exploded onto the national scene with a combination of highly developed blues guitar chops and a powerful voice that rivaled some musicians more than twice his age. And that was just the beginning. Fifteen years and a half-dozen studio albums later, he has evolved into a seasoned musician and a road-savvy showman capable of delivering powerful live performances on his home soil and just about every other continent on the globe.

When Jimmie Vaughan says “I have the best job in the world,” he isn’t kidding. For more than four decades, the guitar-slinging Texan legend has been earning his living rockin’ the blues, and nothing makes the man happier. But now, Vaughan is even more excited about his gig than usual—for his newest release he’s consulted the vast blues encyclopedia that resides deep inside of his head and come up with a nearly all-covers set best described by its unambiguous title: Blues, Ballads and Favorites.

WHEN:              Friday, October 21st, 2011 @ 7:30 p.m.

WHERE:         The Family Arena in St. Charles on Arena Parkway
From Interstate 70, take the South 5th Street exit and follow the signs to Arena Parkway. (Just 5 minutes from Riverport).  

TICKETS:     On Sale Friday, May 27 @ 10am

Prices: $61 (Floor), $51 (Lower Level), $41 (Upper Level Sidelines), $31 (Upper Level End Zone)

Tickets can be purchased at the Family Arena Ticket Office or on the web at www.metrotix.com.

To charge by phone call MetroTix at 314-534-1111.  For help purchasing accessible seating, please call The Family Arena ADA Hotline at 636-896-4234. 

FURTHER INFO:   Please call The Family Arena event hotline at 636-896-4242 for more information, or visit our web site at www.familyarena.com.

PARKING:       Please note that the cost of parking is included in the ticket price for this event.

Suites Available For Single Events – Treat the family, reward employees or celebrate a special occasion.  For info and pricing, contact Scott McCarthy at 636-896-4291.

VH1's Iconic Music Series "Behind The Music" Returns With Seven All New Episodes Beginning in June


"Behind The Music: Missy Elliott" Kicks Off The Season on Wednesday, June 29 at 10 PM ET/PT

VH1's most celebrated music documentary series " Behind The Music " returns with seven of today's most successful and celebrated artists. The five-time Emmy® Award-nominated series gives viewers a front row seat to the most exclusive and intimate interviews with the artists as well as their families, friends and colleagues. Featured this season are Missy Elliott, Ice Cube, Miranda Lambert, Mary J. Blige, Enrique Iglesias, Adam Lambert and Ricky Martin. Beginning on Wednesday, June 29 at 9 PM ET/PT with "Behind The Music: Missy Elliott," the series will bring viewers never-before-seen footage of these talented musicians and the people who know them best.
" Behind The Music: Missy Elliott " Premieres Wednesday, June 29 at 10 PM ET/PT
Becoming the most successful female writer-producer-artist the hip hop world has ever seen was not easy for Missy Elliott. Born in Virginia, Missy was faced with the hardships of poverty at the age of eight. Surrounded by abuse and horror, Missy used her passion for music to escape from it all, landing a record deal at the age of 19 with DeVante Swing of Jodeci. For the first time, Missy breaks her silence about why she had to walk away from DeVante and her first group "Da Bassment." Not letting her past bring her down, Missy surpassed her demons and rose to fame with her groundbreaking debut album "Supa Dupa Fly." Working with some of the biggest names in the music industry, from Diddy to Mariah Carey to Janet Jackson and with her daring lyrics, Missy Elliott was able to take over the hip hop world and become a millionaire by the age of 25. After years away from the spotlight, Missy Elliott is opening up publicly for the first time in this "Behind The Music." Viewers will watch as Missy talks about her near-fatal battle with Graves disease, address rumors about her weight and opens up about being sexually molested as a young child, a subject she rarely discusses. Catch interviews with Timbaland, Ciara and Mary J. Blige as they contribute personal stories about the gifted Missy Elliott who changed the face of hip hop music forever.
" Behind The Music: Ice Cube " Premieres Wednesday, July 6 at 10 PM ET/PT
This episode of "Behind the Music" follows the three-decade-long career of legendary rapper Ice Cube from his journey as a founding member of the notorious rap group NWA to a blockbuster movie star. The extraordinary career of Ice Cube begins with his upbringing in South Central Los Angeles where he faced gang violence and drug dealers on a daily basis. Finding refuge in music, Ice Cube and his neighborhood friends formed NWA to speak out about the harsh reality of growing up in the ghetto. Years and many hits later, the group dismantled sparking a bitter feud between Ice Cube and his former band members and manager Jerry Heller, which lead to Ice Cube's decision to embark on a solo career. In an unexpected move, Ice Cube took a movie role in John Singleton's critically-acclaimed movie "Boyz N The Hood." The role of Darrin "Doughboy" Baker would give Ice Cube not only the credibility in the movie industry but the confidence to continue to pursue acting roles as well writing and directing jobs. Since then, Ice Cube has produced and starred in a slew of blockbuster movies and TV shows such as "Friday," "Barbershop," "Three Kings" and "Are We There Yet?"  At home, Ice Cube is the father of four children with long-time wife Kim and explains how he now shares the stage with two of his sons, Doughboy and OMG, who hope to follow in his rapping footsteps.  Viewers will watch as friends Snoop Dogg, DJ Yella from NWA and actress Nia Long discuss how Ice Cube has become a modern day Renaissance man, transforming from a South Central street kid to a major force in music, movies and television today.
" Behind The Music: Miranda Lambert " Premieres Wednesday, July 13 at 10 PM ET/PT
Twenty seven year-old Grammy Award-winning artist, Miranda Lambert fell in love with music at a young age and was determined to one day be a part of the country music world. Growing up in rural Texas, Miranda watched her parents lose everything when their private investigation business went under, causing the Lamberts to live completely off their land.   Starting out just shy of 18, Miranda hit the East Texas bar scene playing gigs at a variety of rough and tumble watering holes. Having to deal with local drunks and barely making ends meet, Miranda was determined to make her mark in a "man's world." But in 2003, her big break came when she tried out for the new reality TV series "Nashville Star," landing third place and a potential record deal. With the possibility of stardom so close, Miranda kept her tough Texan attitude as she rose to the top, demanding artistic control of her debut album "Kerosene."  Miranda delivered the label what she promised, hitting the country music charts at #1 and followed that success with a second album that did exactly the same thing, all by the age of 25. Even with her fast-paced rise to the top, Miranda found time to fall in love with fellow country star, Blake Shelton. In February 2011, the country music couple celebrated Miranda's success as she received her first Grammy Award for "Best Female Country Vocal Performance" for "The House That Built Me" off her third and must successful album to date "Revolution."  Viewers watching this episode of "Behind The Music" will get the exclusive first look at interviews with loving husband, Blake Shelton, Miranda's parents Rick and Bev, "Nashville Star" judge Tracy Gershon, former Sony Nashville head Joe Galante, music legend Loretta Lynn and fellow country music stars Sheryl Crow, Kenny Chesney and Hillary Scott from Lady Antebellum.
" Behind The Music: Nelly " (Repeat) Airs Wednesday, July 20 at 10 PM ET/PT
Growing up in St. Louis, MO, Nelly spent most of his childhood bouncing from home to home, sleeping on couches and changing schools with alarming regularity. The lack of parental supervision quickly led him to a life of crime. Years later, he joined a rap group called the St. Lunatics and finally found the family he'd been lacking. However, his loyalty to that family was tested when record labels came calling, saying, "We want you—not them." With his group's blessing, Nelly signed to Universal Records and released "Country Grammar." The album sold nearly 10 million copies and forever changed the face of hip hop. Since then, life has hardly been easy for Nelly. From a decline in album sales and controversial music videos to his best friend's incarceration and his sister's tragic death from leukemia, Nelly has battled plenty of demons.  In this episode of "Behind The Music," Nelly candidly opens up about his life as a musician, actor and businessman. For the first time, Nelly publicly addresses the death of his sister and his relationship with singer Ashanti, who is also interviewed for the special. Hear the poignant tale of Nelly's life through in-depth interviews with his closest friends, family, and the person who knows it best — Nelly himself. 
" Behind The Music: Mary J. Blige " Premieres Wednesday, July 27 at 10 PM ET/PT
This episode of "Behind The Music" will take a look inside the life and outstanding career of Mary J. Blige, the reigning Queen of R&B. Watch as VH1 captures the story of how faith, courage and a never-ending search for love and contentment helped one of the world's most talented musicians survive a tumultuous past. After her soulful remake of Anita Baker's "Caught Up In A Rapture" was heard by Uptown Records President Andre Harrell, Mary was signed instantly, changing her life forever. She then joined forces with soon-to-be music legend, Sean "Diddy" Combs and together they changed the music world with her honest and heartfelt debut album "What's The 411?" Although Mary's professional life was flourishing, at home she was dealing with a volatile relationship and hit her lowest moment.  Mary needed to make a change and she did. She was ready to better herself. Mary lifted herself out of her hole by praying and keeping the faith that things would change, and they soon did.  Mary's prayers were answered and she fell in love with Kendu Isaacs, who would later become her very supportive husband, friend, and manager.  He helped and encouraged her on her road to greatness.  With Kendu's love, help and guidance, Mary found a new happiness which was reflected in her top selling albums such as "No More Drama" and "The Breakthrough" which won three Grammy Awards.  By the time Mary sang for President Obama at the Inauguration Day ceremony in 2009, her world had taken a 180 degree turn and she describes the experience as one of the most meaningful moments of her career.  Now, Mary is set to release "My Life Too, The Journey Continues" on September 20 where she continues to deliver timeless hits while discussing her never ending journey.  Catch candid interviews with husband Kendu Isaacs, sister LaTonya Blige Dacosta, Diddy, Nas, Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis and Mary J. Blige herself.
" Behind The Music: Enrique Iglesias " Premieres Wednesday, August 3 at 10 PM ET/PT
Enrique Iglesias is the son of a legendary musical family and one of few artists who can legitimately be called a "global sensation." Beginning his career by singing Spanish love songs, Enrique soon conquered the Latin music market and was a breakout star leading the charge of the Latin music explosion into the mainstream pop market in 1999. With more than 58 million records sold worldwide, he's already outlasted many of the artists that followed in his wake and continues to sell out concerts across five continents and top the charts all over the world. In this " Behind The Music," the notoriously private singer will discuss how he got to be the man he is today, what the people in his life mean to him and reveal his inner-most thoughts on rumors and issues that have plagued his career, as well as his ten-year-relationship with tennis superstar Anna Kournikova.  Starting out with a $48 million recording contract, Enrique has experienced both highs and lows in his career but now finds himself at the top of his game. Viewers will watch as Enrique Iglesias, a man who has successfully crossed over to both Latin and English music for over a decade and whose 2001 song "Hero" helped a nation through one of the most horrific times in its history, finally feels the success and joy that his life has to offer.  In this episode viewers will hear from childhood friend Andres Restrepo, musical artist Pitbull, President and CEO Universal Republic Records Monte Lipman and Enrique himself.
" Behind The Music: Adam Lambert " Premieres Wednesday, August 10 at 10 PM ET/PT
Glam-rock powerhouse, Adam Lambert has taken pop music by storm with his handsome looks, electrifying stage theatrics and jaw-dropping vocal acrobatics. In this episode of "Behind the Music" Adam Lambert opens up to VH1 about the challenges he faced during his childhood including realizing he was gay in 6th grade. After finally coping with his identity, Adam freed himself at the age of 18, coming out to his family and moving to Hollywood, CA to pursue his dream of being an entertainer. Struggling to make ends meet, Lambert received his first big break when he landed a part in the European tour of "Hair" at age 19. The excitement of his first role brought out Adam's wild side as he began to experiment with sex, drugs and rock n' roll.  For the next eight years Adam was continually cast in various stage productions including "Wicked." At age 27 and without a record deal, Adam had a realization during a psychedelic experience at the Burning Man festival that if he wanted fame he would have to take control and make it happen. In turn, Adam decided to audition for the iconic TV show, "American Idol." Making the top 13, Adam was poised to go far in the competition until scandalous photos of him dressed in drag and kissing another man leaked on the Internet. Adam remained tight-lipped about the photos to the press, determined to keep the focus on his talent. As he advanced to the final round of the competition, the media began to debate whether America would elect a gay Idol. Placing second, Adam quickly landed a record deal with RCA and 19 Recordings, taking the opportunity to come out about his sexuality in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine. However, Adam wasn't done shocking the world, and during his debut television performance at the "American Music Awards" he stunned audiences by kissing his male bassist onstage. Following a huge backlash from viewers, Adam released his debut album "For Your Entertainment," which skyrocketed to #3 on the Billboard chart in its first week.  Viewers of this episode of "Behind the Music" will see never-before-seen home video footage, interviews with family, friends, industry experts and musical luminaries including Barry Weiss and "American Idol" Season 8 winner Kris Allen. With constant criticism about being too bold, too offensive and too gay, Adam Lambert comes clean to VH1 about who he really is and the obstacles he has overcome to get where he is today.
" Behind The Music: Ricky Martin " Premieres Wednesday, August 17 at 10 PM ET/PT
Nobody's got female fans' hearts fluttering more than Ricky Martin with his sexy dance moves and sultry voice.  As one of the most successful crossover singers in history, Ricky sold upwards of 60 million albums with global chart toppers like "Living La Vida Loca," "She Bangs"  and "La Copa de la Vida."  In this "Behind the Music," Ricky Martin recounts his career from his early days with the Latin pop group Menudo through his days as a soap opera star and finally to his career as a music phenomenon.  Viewers will watch as Ricky opens up to "Behind the Music" for the second time, including discussing his decision to come out a gay man, a topic he first revealed in his 2010 autobiography "Me."  Finally, Ricky reflects on his 20-year career and how he balances his life as a father of twin boys and as an international performer.
Select full episodes of "Behind The Music," as well as extended interviews and footage will be available at BehindTheMusic.VH1.com.
The series debuted on VH1 in August of 1997 and was originally created and produced for VH1 by Gay Rosenthal, George Moll and Jeff Gaspin who were responsible for many of the channels 200+ episodes of the series.
The current series is executive produced by Shelly Tatro, Brad Abramson, Stephen Mintz and Jeff Olde for VH1.  Executives in charge of music talent are Rick Krim and Leah Horwitz.  The Ice Cube and Ricky Martin episodes were executive produced by Mark Ford and Kevin Lopez for Creature Films.
*All times are ET/PT
VH1 connects viewers to the music, artists and pop culture that matter to them most with TV series, specials, live events, exclusive online content and public affairs initiatives. VH1 is available in 98 million households in the U.S. VH1 also has an array of digital channels and services including VH1Classic, VH1 Soul, VH1 Mobile, VH1Games and extensive broadband video on VH1.com. Connect with VH1 at VH1.com.

Edwin McCain Signs with 429 Records & Readies the Release of New Album "MERCY BOUND"

Collaborative Effort With Maia Sharp Set For Release August 30th

PR Newswire

 Edwin McCain, the intrepid singer songwriter with the voice that launched a thousand weddings (courtesy of his Top 5 single "I'll Be" and the hits "I Could Not Ask For More" and "Walk With You") has signed  with 429 Records and is putting the finishing touches on his new album "MERCY BOUND."  McCain's proven gift for connecting with listeners on deep emotional levels through his evocative voice and songwriting has fueled a 20 year career and on "MERCY BOUND," that talent is in full flower.  On this, his tenth album, however, McCain has introduced a new dynamic by reconnecting with fellow singer songwriter Maia Sharp (who performed a duet with McCain in 2004).  Their ongoing musical interaction over the years continued to grow providing McCain with the ideal opportunity to mix things up. The result is "MERCY BOUND."  Produced by Sharp, the album flows with McCain's unmistakable style, yet hints at a newfound sense of collaboration and interpretation.  Providing additional artistic input are songwriters Angie Aparo, Mark Addison, Anders Osborne and the guitar talents of Warren Haynes.  429 Records will release "MERCY BOUND" on August 30th.
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On first listen, McCain and his band have created a classic Edwin album.  Sharp's and the other's contributions to McCain's album are subtly apparent whether in the way they poignantly turn a phrase or in Sharp's breathlessly gorgeous vocals on the duet "Uncharted."
Says Edwin: "As we were making this album, we wrote together exclusively on a bunch of the tracks, and then she threw me a few songs she wrote herself. A lot of the time, when you go from a female to a male voice, it doesn't really work, but for me, it was almost like she was watching me on closed circuit TV. Sometimes I think your ego tricks you into thinking, 'I have to write everything,' but, no, you don't have to write everything, you just have to love it."
Edwin, always the tireless performer, will embark on an extensive tour this year.  Maintaining a solid 20 year tour history, Edwin continues to garner new fans on the road with veteran band members Craig Shields (sax, keys) and Larry Chaney (lead guitar), rounding out the compelling band lineup with Markeya "Tez" Sherard (drums) and Jason Pomar (bass).  Dates forthcoming
MERCY BOUND Track Listing:
  1. The Boy Who Cried Love
  2. Mercy Bound
  3. Sober
  4. Boom
  5. Anywhere I'm Going
  6. My Judas
  7. Strange Angel
  8. Uncharted
  9. Better Story To Tell
  10. Millhouse Girl
  11. The Lucky One

For more information visit: www.429records.com
429 Records is a unit of The Savoy Label Group (SLG).  SLG is the North American based division of Nippon Columbia the oldest music company in Japan.  The Savoy Label Group has evolved into a Grammy Award winning and chart topping independent music company consistently outperforming competitors in key music categories as monitored by Billboard Magazine. The Savoy Label Group is led by Steve Vining and is based in Los Angeles, CA.
SOURCE 429 Records
Nashville, Tenn. (Tuesday, May 24, 2011) – Sisters Laura and Lydia Rogers of The Secret Sisters have benevolently charmed the world with their God-given vocal talent and charismatic poise; and on October 13, 2011, exactly a year and a day after the release of their debut self-titled album on Universal Republic/Beladroit Records, they will sit in the audience at the 2011 Americana Music Awards where they are nominated for New/Emerging Artist Of The Year. The awards show will take place at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn.
When nominations were announced LIVE from New York Tuesday, May 23, The Secret Sisters had just arrived home to Muscle Shoals, AL from their first headlining international tour through Australia, Europe and the U.K. Needless to say, when they heard their name announced alongside nominees Mumford and Sons, The Civil Wars and Jessica Lea Mayfield, they were overwhelmed with excitement and humility.
“We are beyond humbled and excited to have been nominated for New/Emerging Artist Of The Year,” said the duo’s Laura Rogers. To be associated with The Americana Music Association and the other incredible nominees is an enormous honor.”
The 10th Annual Americana Music Honors & Awards ceremony will take place on Thursday, October 13, 2011 in Nashville. For a full list of nominees in all categories, visit www.americanamusic.org
Fans can catch The Secret Sisters out on tour this summer with Ray LaMontagne and Brandi Carlile, with upcoming dates at the Central Park Summerstage in New York City and Sasquatch 2011. For a full list of dates, visit www.secretsistersband.com.
Jan Howard: CMA Close Up Member of the Month for May

By Bob Doerschuk
© 2011 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc.
She's a familiar presence onstage with the Grand Ole Opry, which welcomed her as a member in 1971. Her recording success goes back to singing demos for her husband Harlan Howard in 1955 and other artists in 1957. She recorded successful duets with Wynn Stewart and celebrated her first Top 10 hit in 1960, "The One You Slip Around With."
Between 1965 and 1973, she charted several singles including the Top 5 "Bad Seed" and "Evil on Your Mind," and dueted with Bill Anderson on hits including "Dis-Satisfied," which they co-wrote, and "For Loving You," which spent four weeks at No. 1. She also wrote hits recorded by Anderson, Connie Smith and Kitty Wells among others. She branched into other creative areas, writing her autobiography Sunshine and Shadows and appearing in the film "Changing Hearts."
But for all the friends she's made, when Jan Howard visits The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., she goes alone. And she always stops at Panel 40 West, Line 58, where the name of her son James Van Howard is inscribed. Her life transformed when he was killed by a landmine in October 1968 at age 21, four months after his tour began, and escorted home by her middle son Carter Howard, also serving in Vietnam. "To this day, every time I see a young soldier in uniform in an airport or wherever, I want to run up, hug them and say 'thank you for your service,'" she said. "But I contain myself and limit my greeting to 'thank you.'" Howard released "My Son," a recitation based on a letter sent to Jimmy, two weeks before his death. An album in his memory, For God and Country, soon followed. Her ongoing performances, appearances at Veterans Day parades and visits to VA Hospitals and veterans' homes helped her win the 1992 Tennessee Adjutant General's Distinguished Patriot Medal, the 2005 Gold Medal of Merit Award from the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the 2010 Eagle Rare Life Award for Leadership. But her commitment goes further back, to the conception of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
"Because of Jimmy's death, I was contacted to help raise money for them," she recalled. "At the request of Jan Scruggs (President of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, who served in the 199th Light Infantry Brigade from 1969–1970 as a corporal), I went to Washington, D.C., along with several high-ranking military officers, to raise money for the fund. Radio stations gave their time, and I went around the country to do radiothons: People would call in and pledge money. What really touched my heart was when they pledged their Social Security checks. All of it, from hard-working people everywhere, went into building the Wall."
Howard continues to act on every opportunity to support veterans. "Recently I visited the Tennessee State Veterans Home in Murfreesboro, where I was honored to be in the presence of some real heroes," she said. She also plays in charity golf tournaments to benefit the Special Olympics, the Bluebonnet Youth Ranch and many other worthy causes.
Is she a hero? Not at all, Howard protests. "I never want to be in the forefront for anything like this, but it's worth it to bring attention to people who gave so much. If it wasn't for them, we wouldn't have the life we have as Americans. You don't have to do anything grandiose to be kind; you just have to be grateful."

Old Rock House announces shows

Monday, August 8th
Doors 7pm Show 8pm
$8 Advance $10 Day of Show
All Ages $2 Minor Surcharge

There is something transfigurative in playing music with so many close friends--what starts out as a solemn, solitary attempt is turned into something both communal and cathartic. I think we even have fun at times. A New Kind of House (the title itself is borrowed from the brilliant poetry of Zach Schomburg) was artfully recorded on location (our house) by repeat-collaborator Paul Laxer; the artwork was beautifully realized by Ricky Delucco, and we have Tender Loving Empire to thank for so tenderly helping us put out a record a second time.

XV + Casey Veggies
Monday, July 4th
Doors 7pm Show 8pm
$15 Flat
All Ages $2 Minor Surcharge

Donovan Johnson is better known by his stage name XV is an American rapper, singer and songwriter from Wichita, Kansas. He first gained major attention after the release of his twelfth mixtape Everybody’s Nobody. In which he received two awards from DJBooth.net. His name, XV, refers to the age (15) at which he began to create music. On Monday July 26, 2010, XV, announced that he signed a Recording contract with Warner Bros. Records via his Twitter page.

Rock on,
Erica Deiters
Old Rock House
1200 S. 7th St.
St. Louis, MO 63104


Organization’s Most Important Annual Ceremony Pays Tributes to Superstar

Honored By Dolly Parton With Special Performances From Garth Brooks, Kelly Clarkson,
Vince Gill, Martina McBride & Trisha Yearwood

Reba and Dolly Parton
(Photo Credit: Donn Jones, Courtesy of Country Music Hall of Fame)

Nashville, Tennessee (May 24, 2011) – Last night, in the company of family and industry friends, Reba fulfilled a childhood dream – induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame. During the private Medallion Ceremony fellow legendary artists honored her, along with Bobby Braddock and Jean Shepard. Dolly Parton inducted Reba into "Modern Era Artist" category for her contributions to the genre while Bill Anderson acknowledged Braddock and George Jones recognized Shepard.

The Country Music Hall of Fame’s most important annual event included musical salutes to the inductees. Paying tribute to Reba, Garth Brooks performed “Whoever’s In New England” and Vince Gill sang “Somebody Should Leave” while the powerhouse pairing of Kelly Clarkson and Martina McBride knocked out “Does He Love You” and Trisha Yearwood and Reba’s sister, Susie, took the stage for “How Blue.”

“Being inducted into the Hall of Fame has been a lifelong dream. I am thrilled with this honor,” said Reba.

Later this week Reba will have the opportunity to turn the spotlight. She and Blake Shelton will co-host the “Tornado Relief Concert” in Durant, OK to raise support for their hometown friends who were devastated by recent tornadoes. After the initial May 26 date sold out in less than two hours, they announced a second, set for May 25. Tickets for the second show are one sale now and may be purchased by phone at 1-800-585-3737 or online at choctawcasinos.com.

ABOUT REBAOne of the most successful female recording artists in history with an unprecedented run of sales successes, Reba has sold over 56 million albums worldwide, extending her lead as the female artist with the most RIAA sales certifications in Country Music history. Her previous 13 studio albums have all achieved Gold or Platinum-plus status. The superstar recently earned her 64th Top 10 with, “Turn On The Radio,” and her 35th #1 with the lead single from her new album, ALL THE WOMEN I AM. Reba’s reign of #1 hits spans four decades, distinguishing her as the biggest female hit-maker in Country music history, as recognized by Billboard, Country Aircheck and Mediabase. She has won 15 American Music Awards; 12 Academy of Country Music Awards; 9 People’s Choice Awards; 6 Country Music Association Awards, 2 GRAMMY Awards and is a 2011 Country Music Hall of Fame inductee. Reba recently surpassed the one million-fan mark on Facebook, propelling her into an elite group of only 10 Country artists to achieve the popularity milestone. Also an acclaimed film, TV and Broadway actress, Reba signed with The Valory Music Co. in November 2008. The move reunited the multimedia entertainer with industry leader Scott Borchetta, President and CEO of the Big Machine Label Group, which includes Big Machine Records, The Valory Music Co. and Republic Nashville.  

ABOUT COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME & MUSEUM: Accredited by the American Association of Museums, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is operated by the Country Music Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) educational organization chartered by the state of Tennessee in 1964. The Foundation also operates CMF Records, the Museum's Frist Library and Archive, CMF Press, Historic RCA Studio B and Hatch Show Print. More information, as well as biographical profiles and photos of Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum members, is available at countrymusichalloffame.com.


First Opportunity to Purchase Reservations at Pick a Party! Party
Tuesday, June 28, 6-8pm
Interior Design Center of St. Louis

(St. Louis – May 24, 2011)- The St. Louis Symphony Volunteer Association (SVA) launches its third season of Parties of Note. These imaginative themed events have grown to become the second largest fundraiser of the SVA and benefit the Symphony’s education and community programs. Several Symphony musicians are donating their time and talents for these events. The first opportunity to purchase reservations will be at the festive Pick a Party! Party, held at the Interior Design Center of St. Louis, 11660 Page Service Drive, St. Louis, MO, on June 28.

Hosted in various locations throughout the region, from spas to vineyards to luxurious private homes, these events include:

·         It’s in the Cards—a friendly poker game with Symphony musicians at the home of Carolyn and Kevin Fancell
·         It’s a String Thing—a lesson about string instruments followed by a performance by Wendy Plank Rosen, at the home of Eileen Edelman
·         Sound Bites—chamber music with Scott Andrews, Melissa Brooks and Nina Ferrigno, along with delicious desserts at a historic Compton Heights home
·         Chamber Music Potluck—bring your own instrument and jam with Symphony musicians Rebecca Boyer Hall, Asako Kuboki, Chris Woehr, and Alvin McCall

A portion of each party may be tax-deductible. Prices range from $20 to $300 per person. Many parties have limited availability. All parties are donated by the hosts, with proceeds benefiting the Symphony.

Tickets may be purchased and the Parties of Note Catalog may be viewed at stlsymphony.org/pon. Tickets may also be purchased through the St. Louis Symphony Box Office at 314-534-1700.

St. Louis Symphony
Founded in 1880, the St. Louis Symphony is the second-oldest orchestra in the country and is widely considered one of the world’s finest. In September 2005, internationally acclaimed conductor David Robertson became the 12th Music Director and second American-born conductor in the Orchestra’s history. In its 131st season, the STL Symphony continues to strive for artistic excellence, fiscal responsibility and community connection. In addition to its regular concert performances at Powell Hall, the STL Symphony is an integral part of the St. Louis community, presenting more than 250 free education and community partnership programs each year. In June 2008, the STL Symphony launched Building Our Business, which takes a proactive, two-pronged approach: build audiences and re-invigorate the STL Symphony brand making the STL Symphony and Powell Hall the place to be; and build the donor base for enhanced institutional commitment and donations. This is all part of a larger strategic plan adopted in May 2009 that includes new core ideology and a 10-year strategic vision focusing on artistic and institutional excellence, doubling the existing audience, and revenue growth across all key operating areas.

Capitol/EMI to Release Maze's Greatest Hits on June 21, Commemorating Black Music Month

 On June 21, Capitol/EMI will release a new 15-track collection of Maze featuring Frankie Beverly's Greatest Hits.  Commemorating Black Music Month and the 35th anniversary of Maze signing with Capitol Records, the new Greatest Hits features the acclaimed R&B/soul band's top hits and signature songs, including "Joy And Pain" (live), "Workin' Together," "Golden Time of Day," "Southern Girl," "Back In Stride," "Running Away," and many others.

The Maze journey first began in 1970, when Frankie Beverly started a group named Raw Soul in his hometown of Philadelphia.  In 1971, after some changes to the band's lineup, Beverly and Raw Soul relocated to San Francisco and their big break came when Marvin Gaye, inspired by the band's fresh material, selected them as his opening act for a West Coast tour.  Gaye suggested the band change its name from Raw Soul to Maze, and the renamed Maze featuring Frankie Beverly signed with Capitol in 1976, releasing their self-titled debut album the following year.  Fueled by two hit singles, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly became the first in a series of seven Gold albums for the band and Capitol Records.
Maze's decades of hard work, inspired creativity and active touring have consistently resulted in sold out concert tours, and regular radio airplay of their hits is testament to the band's enduring relevance. Maze featuring Frankie Beverly is currently on tour, with several U.S. dates scheduled through the summer.
MAZE featuring Frankie Beverly: Greatest Hits [CD; digital]

1. Workin' Together
9. We Are One
2. Golden Time Of Day
10. Back In Stride
3. Feel That You're Feelin'
11. Too Many Games
4. Southern Girl
12. I Wanna Be With You
5. Joy And Pain (live)
13. Happy Feelin's (Live)
6. Running Away
14. Can't Get Over You
7. Before I Let Go
15. Silky Soul
8. Love Is The Key

Lyle Lovett, John Hiatt to perform acoustic show at Fox

An Acoustic Evening with Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt
“Two Songwriting Giants” (Popmatters) Team Up for an Unforgettable Performance!
St. Louis, MO/May 24, 2011 — Fox Concerts presents An Acoustic Evening with Lyle Lovett
and John Hiatt at the Fabulous Fox Theatre on Thursday, June 21 at 8 p.m. Tickets are on sale
now and are $65, $55, $45, and $35.
Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt are teaming up for an intimate acoustic performance that will feature
both artists performing side-by-side, alternating songs from their respective careers. Utilizing
their dynamic chemistry to mix witty banter with finely crafted country, swing, folk, and blues,
Lovett and Hiatt have been touring together in one fashion or another since 1989.
Regarding a Lovett/Hiatt performance, Toronto Star wrote “the concert was filled with
camaraderie, with heart-warming displays of mutual respect, formidable musicianship and the
highest level of song craft.” Tampa Tribune added, "the two hour plus performance was rocking
and soulful, touching and hilarious,” while Portland Press Herald proclaimed, “they accompanied
each other on several songs, and finished off the show with a spine-chilling duet.”
Four-time Grammy Award winner Lyle Lovett has created his own style of Americana music in
a career that spans 14 albums and more than four million records sold. Since his self-titled debut
in 1986, Texas-based Lovett defies convention by fusing an array of genres with a unique gift for
storytelling, as evidenced by such well-known songs as “If I Had a Boat,” “She’s No Lady,” and
“My Baby Don’t Tolerate.” Recorded with his Large Band, Lovett’s latest album, Natural
Forces (Curb/Lost Highway), combines original songs with those by fellow Texas songwriters
he admires.
Known for his extraordinary songwriting talent, John Hiatt was inducted into the Nashville
Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in 2008 and also was honored that year with a Lifetime Achievement
Award in Songwriting from The Americana Music Association. Named “…one of rock’s most
astute singer-songwriters of the last 40 years,” by the Los Angeles Times, Hiatt has 19 studio
albums to date including his latest The Open Road. He has written songs covered by artists in a
wide variety of genres such as Bob Dylan, Rosanne Cash, Willie Nelson, Jewel and Bonnie
Raitt, who most famously recorded "Thing Called Love."
Lovett and Hiatt, each with more than a dozen albums to their credit, swap stories and songs,
setting aside respective bands for the opportunity of delivering one of the most compelling
“unplugged” concerts on the road.
Tickets for An Acoustic Evening with Lyle Lovett & John John Hiatt are on sale now at the
Fox Theatre box office. To charge by phone call MetroTix at 314/534-1111 or online at

Show Me Music Festival adds John Rich


Springfield, MO – On Saturday June 18th, Show Me Music and Arts Festival attendees will experience a show like no other as "Xtreme Muzik The Tour" makes it’s first stop in Springfield, MO. This will mark the first concert appearance for John Rich after winning Celebrity Apprentice, and will be the first time in five years that Rich, Big Kenny, and co-headliner Gretchen Wilson will hit the road together.  With special guests Cowboy Troy and Two Foot Fred as well as a fully operational bar as the stage centerpiece, "Xtreme Muzik The Tour" is guaranteed to be a veritable extravanganza.  Additional talent scheduled for the three day festival includes top pop acts One Republic and Train, as well as top country artists Tim McGraw, Trace Adkins, Little Big Town, Kellie Pickler, Gloriana, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, The Cleverly's and more.

Along with some of today’s most popular musical acts, SMMF also will feature a Comedy Tent Stage with nationally touring comedians, and a Chef’s Pavilion Stage that will feature three top Food Network chefs - Robert Irvine, Ellie Krieger, and Aaron McCargo.  Additional attractions at the festival include the Show-Me Saloon Stage, a Kid Zone which includes thrill rides, games, and entertainment, the Show-Me Arts and Crafts area featuring over 30 exhibitors,  and many food and drink vendors featuring festival fare from all over the world. SMMF truly has something for everyone!

For a full weekend of amazing music, attractions, and entertainment, weekend passes are available at the great price of only $139! For those wishing for a VIP experience, VIP packages are also available for purchase and include VIP parking, VIP seating with air conditioning, a private bar area, snacks, games, and VIP restrooms.

For fans that may not be able to stay the entire weekend but don’t want to miss their favorite artists, individual day-passes are available for purchase at the following May special pricing: Friday - $39, Saturday - $59, Sunday - $65.

SMMF also has multiple camping options available starting at the low price of $70 for those wanting to stay on-site for the full festival experience.  To reserve your camping spot today, or for additional information, please visit www.showmemusicfest.com.

Main Stage Line-up

Friday June 17
Music begins at 1:30 p.m.
Bush Hawg
Love and Theft
The Cleverly's
David Nail
REO Speedwagon
Trace Adkins

Saturday June 18
Music begins at 11:30 a.m.
The McClymonts
Jessie James
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Sawyer Brown
Gretchen Wilson
Big and Rich

Sunday June 19
Music begis at 11:30 a.m.
Steve Holy
Kellie Pickler
Joe Nichols
Little Big Town
One Republic
Tim McGraw

For additional information or to purchase your tickets today please visit www.showmemusicfest.com.


Anniversary Package To Include Previously-Unreleased Demos of Nine Songs and Liner Notes From Front man Kevin Cronin, Available Everywhere through Epic/Legacy

Los Angeles, CA...(May 24, 2011) - The year 1981 marks the debut of the groundbreaking MTV Networks and, simultaneously, as MTV was hitting the airwaves, changing music forever, REO Speedwagon held the #1 album spot with their multi-platinum Hi Infidelity, making an impression that has also come to last decades.  Now, marking its 30th Anniversary, the highest-selling rock LP of 1981 is being commemorated with HI INFIDELITY: 30th ANNIVERSARY EDITION, with special, never-before-released demos and more, available at all physical and digital retail outlets on July 19th through Epic Legacy, a division of SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT.

Hi-Infidelity was a career-changing album for REO Speedwagon, achieving a staggering number of accolades, chart positions and sales, among them:

*         Highest-selling rock LP of 1981
*         Has sold close to 10 million copies in the US
*         February 21, 1981; the album hit #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart and remained at #1 for 15 weeks straight; taking over John Lennon & Yoko Ono's "Double Fantasy," which previously held the spot for eight weeks
*         Remained on Billboard 200 album chart for 101 weeks, unprecedented for an American rock band at the time
*         Album certified RIAA Gold and Platinum on February 2, 1981; since been 10x Platinum certified
*         Single "Keep on Loving You," certified RIAA gold on March 4th, replaced Eddie Rabbitt's "I Love a Rainy Night" at #1 on Billboard Hot 100 on March 21, 1981
*         March 21st, 1981, the first week of Billboard's then new "Top Tracks" chart (now known as the Mainstream Rock Chart) boasted four songs from Hi Infidelity: "Keep on Loving You" and "Take It On the Run," which both hit the top 10; and "Don't Let Him Go"(#11) and "Tough Guys" (#25); "Out of Season," joined those four a week later
*         "Take It On the Run" was the 9th music video ever to be played on MTV

The HI INFIDELITY: 30th ANNIVERSARY EDITION will pair the original album with a second CD of previously unreleased 'Crystal Demos' of nine of the album's 10 songs.  Additionally, the album packaging will include notes from original lead guitarist Gary Richrath and the liner notes were written by lead singer Kevin Cronin, taking the reader on a trip behind the curtain to the roots of many of the songs:  "I remember writing the verses to piano, after sleepwalking into my home studio around 4:00 a.m....A long simmering response to the bullies of my youth came in the form of 'Tough Guys'...Bruce wrote and sang 'Someone Tonight,' which is one of the gems from the Crystal Demos... 'I wish You Were There' [was] a little gospel thing that I had written in the house where I grew up in suburban Chicago."

HI INFIDELITY: 30th ANNIVERSARY EDITION by REO SPEEDWAGON (Epic/Legacy 88697 69579 2, originally issued November 1980, as Epic 36844)

Disc One - Selections: 1. Don't Let Him Go * 2. Keep On Loving You * 3. Follow My Heart * 4. In Your Letter * 5. Take It On The Run * 6. Tough Guys * 7. Out Of Season * 8. Shakin' It Loose * 9. Someone Tonight * 10. I Wish You Were There.

Disc Two: The Crystal Demos - Selections: 1. Someone Tonight * 2. Tough Guys * 3. In Your Letter * 4. Follow My Heart * 5. Take It On The Run * 6. Don't Let Him Go * 7. Keep On Loving You * 8. Shakin' It Loose (Instrumental) * 9. I Wish You Were There.  (All tracks previously unreleased.)

"The heavens, our emotions, the music business, and REO fans all over the world, were all perfectly aligned.  There was a common sense of purpose, of longing and loss, within the band members' collective psyche, that erupted with a burst of creativity, and resulted in the music of Hi Infidelity."
                        - from the liner notes written by Kevin Cronin of REO Speedwagon

Originally formed in Champaign, Illinois, REO Speedwagon is still led today by keyboardist Neal Doughty (founding member since 1967), Kevin Cronin (who has fronted the band since 1972 on lead vocals and guitar), and bassist Bruce Hall (who joined in 1977) - along with lead guitarist Dave Amato (member since 1989) and drummer Bryan Hitt (since 1990).  Together, REO continues to define the essence of two enduring genres, arena rock on the performance side, and classic rock on the audio and video side.  Summer tour dates begin at Los Angeles' Greek Theatre on June 4th and take the band through more than 40 shows where they'll showcase the best of Hi Infidelity with the live performances that audiences have grown to love over the last three decades and continue to sell out time and time again.

"Kevin and I go way back, having met right about the time I joined Styx.  There was probably no one more keenly aware of their chart positions than we were for all those weeks back in 1981. Most exciting days indeed!"                        - Tommy Shaw of Styx

As Cronin writes, "Hi Infidelity was a major life changer for all of us.  On our eleventh album, we went from being the perennial Midwestern underdog, to at last hitting the global big time.  Suddenly, the world was listening, and watching... But the truth is, it all still boiled down to the music, the songs, some inspired performances, and a great deal of good fortune.  We were a tight knit, dedicated group of individuals, with a dream, a purpose, and no doubt that we would pull it all off."

Friday, May 20, 2011

Bon Jovi hosting food drive at concert Sunday

ST. LOUIS, MO (May 20, 2011) – At this Sunday’s sold-out Bon Jovi show, Scottrade Center is teaming up with United Way and the St. Louis Area Foodbank to host a food drive benefitting victims of the area’s recent tornadoes and flooding.
Volunteers will be on hand at each entrance collecting non-perishable food items beginning at 6:00pm through the start of the show.  Doors will open at 6:30pm. Any ticketholder that makes a donation will be entered into an on-site drawing to receive a lucky ticket upgrade or special Bon Jovi merchandise pack.  Winners will be announced at 7:30pm inside the arena so fans should be sure to arrive early and take their seats.
Any non-perishable canned good that can be considered a complete meal is desired.  Preferred non-perishable goods include peanut butter, soups and canned tuna or chicken.  For more information on the food drive and how you can help, please visit www.scottradecenter.com. 
This unforgettable night marks the band’s North American finale before they embark on a European stadium tour this summer.  Bon Jovi’s hugely successful 2011 tour, presented by AEG Live, followed their top-grossing worldwide tour of 2010, an honor achieved for the second time in just three years.  Globally, the Grammy® Award-winning band has sold more than 125 million albums, and performed more than 2,700 concerts in over 50 countries for more than 35 million fans.  Bon Jovi Greatest Hits (Island Def Jam Music Group) debuted at #1 around the world, and nearly three decades into their incredible career, the band shows no signs of slowing down.  For more information on all things Bon Jovi, visit www.BonJovi.com.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

--Nashville, TN– May 19, 2011--
Taylor Swift announced today via Twitter that she will expand her fundraising efforts for tornado victims by streaming two performances during Saturday’s “Speak Now … Help Now” benefit event.
“I'll be streaming 2 of the songs from the Speak Now/Help Now rehearsal performance worldwide- Saturday at 9pm central on taylorswift.com :),”  Taylor tweeted from @TaylorSwift13.
The stream will give fans around the world a first look at Taylor’s new stage and her show for the North American leg of the Speak Now World Tour. Information on how to donate to help tornado victims will be posted during the stream.
“Speak Now … Help Now”, the final dress rehearsal for Taylor’s Speak Now Tour, will be held at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Saturday, May 21st, and is open to the public as a benefit event for tornado victims.
100% of ticket sales will go directly to help tornado victims via the Speak Now … Help Now Fund established through the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.
TIME: 9:00 p.m. CDT – Saturday, May 21st

www.Taylorswift.com, Ustream.tv/taylorswift, Facebook.com/TaylorSwift,  MySpace.com/TaylorSwift
The North American portion of the Taylor Swift Speak Now World Tour 2011 kicks off on May 27th in Omaha, Nebraska.
with North Mississippi Allstars
at the Fox Theatre June 15!
St. Louis, MO/May 20, 2011 — Fox Concerts presents Robert Plant & the Band of Joy at the
Fabulous Fox Theatre on Wednesday, June 15 at 8 p.m. with special guest North Mississippi
Allstars. Tickets are on sale now and are $65, $50, and $35.
Nearly one year into playing together, the Band of Joy has found that rare sweet spot where
composition and improvisation meld to create a firey and soulful brand of jubilant rock’n’roll.
Jim Fusilli of the Wall Street Journal said, “The concerts are an eclectic mix pulled together by
the charm and force of Mr. Plant's personality, the wonder of his voice and his spirited band.”
The band is touring in support of the two-time Grammy-nominated Band of Joy, which Rolling
Stone magazine in its four-star review called “sweet, elegant folk that still swings like Satan's
barn door.” The touring band is the same that made the record: Patty Griffin, vocals; Darrell
Scott, multi instrumentalist/vocals; Byron House, bass/vocals; Marco Giovino, drums and
percussion/vocals, and co-producer Buddy Miller, guitar/vocals.
The response to Band of Joy has been glowing, and appeared on numerous year-end best-of lists,
including the Rolling Stone Top 30, the Spin Top 40, the American Songwriter Top 50, the Uncut
Top 50 and the Q Top 50, to name a few. Time called the new album “smoldering,” while
Entertainment Weekly noted that Plant “sounds vocally re-energized.” Spin described the songs
as “moonshine-soaked country blues with a gospel undercurrent,” and American Songwriter
claimed that the record “reveals another side of Plant’s persona, and touches on all the places
he’s been while simultaneously pointing to an appealing, restless future.” The Washington Post
hailed, “Plant has nuance and subtlety to match his power and range,” while the New York Times
raved that the performances on Band of Joy are “consistently surprising.
Joining Band of Joy on tour is southern jam band the North Mississippi Allstars. The trio
consisting of Chris Chew and Luther & Cody Dickinson are touring in support of their latest
album Keys to the Kingdom. This very personal album was written in the aftermath of Cody &
Luther’s father, Memphis music legend Jim Dickinson’s passing and the birth of Luther’s first
child. Keys to the Kingdom is a celebratory declaration of life in the face of death as well as a
musical interpretation of the Dickinson family's recent experience with the cycle of life, written
and recorded honestly, fast and raw. There are moments of rock 'n roll rebellion and sexified
blues, but the heart of the record reflects the journey that traverses through the mirrored gates of
life and death.
Tickets for Robert Plant & the Band of Joy with North Mississippi Allstars are on sale now
at the Fox Theatre box office. To charge by phone call MetroTix at 314/534-1111 or online at

Superstar Nicki Minaj Surprises Students as "Principal for the Day" at Collins Academy High School in Chicago

Nicki Minaj Joins the Get Schooled Foundation and Comcast to Reward $30,000 in College Scholarships and to Recognize Collins Academy for Winning a National Attendance Challenge

Superstar Nicki Minaj surprised more than 400 students and acted as the "Principal for the Day" at Collins Academy High School.  Minaj's visit is one of many rewards for the students and teachers who won the Get MotivatED Challenge – a six week competition to improve daily attendance rates nationwide. Twenty-five schools in eleven cities vied for the title in the Challenge that used pop culture, technology and media to engage youth on the importance of coming to school.
Minaj presented three exemplary students each with $10,000 college scholarships from Comcast, helped teach a freshman English class, and joined MTV's Sway Calloway in an all-school assembly to celebrate the students' and teachers' accomplishments.  Students saw the performer's serious side as she took over the class and led a lesson in English. Minaj's own education, she's a graduate of LaGuardia High School in New York City, influenced not just her career path but also her commitment to giving back.
Nicki Minaj said, "I am a young, female mogul before I am an artist. As a business woman there isn't a single day where I don't use my education or acquire new knowledge to ensure my success. Regardless of where you are today, with education you can take yourself where you want to be. That's why I am working with the Get Schooled Foundation. They are finding innovative and exciting ways to bring that message to schools like the Collins Academy."
Studies show that rate of attendance is one of the most significant predictors of dropping out.  Students with more than 20 absences in any given year have only a 19 percent likelihood of graduating. According to the 2010 Diploma Counts report, only 55 percent of Chicago students graduate from high school on time. Throughout the six week competition, students and teachers at Collins Academy worked together and improved daily attendance by 7 percent.  Since the competition ended, Collins Academy has maintained a 92 percent attendance rate, positioning the school among the top of all Chicago's high schools in terms of attendance.
"Collins Academy students and staff put everything into this attendance challenge," said Collins Academy Principal Andre Cowling. "We tell students that they own their future and that education is their pathway to success. Winning this challenge is a testament to the dedication and hard work of our students and staff – and that work continues every day."
The three Collins Academy students who each received $10,000 college scholarships are Amanda Chaney, Rachael Pillot, and Japone Johnson.
In recognizing these students, Comcast Vice President of Community Investment for Comcast Corporation and Executive Vice President of the Comcast Foundation Charisse R. Lillie said, "Comcast seeks to support organizations that inspire young people to lead, and the Get MotivatED Challenge encourages them to do just that.  We are thrilled to present these scholarships to these outstanding students at Collins Academy and bring them one step closer to achieving their educational goals."
"The Get MotivatED Challenge proved that with focus, support and incentives, schools can increase student engagement and high school attendance rates," said Marie Groark, Executive Director of the Get Schooled Foundation. "Collins Academy staff and students demonstrated tremendous commitment to changing their data and the 7 percent attendance gain is a testament to their hard work."
In addition to the $30,000 scholarships from Comcast to the three Collins Academy students, twelve students at four other competing schools including Burke HS (Boston), Lincoln HS (Philadelphia), McGavock HS (Nashville) and Orr Academy HS (Chicago) are each receiving $1,000 scholarships from Comcast as a reward for their leadership and for going above and beyond to motivate their peers throughout the competition.
Schools that actively participated in the Challenge saw an average increase in attendance of 2.01 percent. As a whole, the Challenge motivated an additional 90 students to come to school – students who otherwise might not have found the motivation.
During the national competition, students in participating schools recognized teachers as one of the most important motivators, submitting 3000 nominations for more than 550 inspiring teachers. Click here to view. Students also submitted and voted on homemade original videos about the importance of education through the Def Jam Rapstar video contest.  The contest received more than 100 entries. The winning entrant is being flown to New York to perform live on BET's 106 & Park.  Click here to view.
These activities drove more than 280,000 people to engage in at least one element of the Get MotivatED Challenge.
The Get MotivatED Challenge is supported by AT&T, Comcast, Def Jam Rapstar, the Get Schooled Foundation and Viacom.

About Get Schooled
Get Schooled is a non-profit organization dedicated to using the power of media and popular culture to motivate and inspire young people, their families and teachers to improve high school graduation rates and college-going rates. Its success stems from strong partnerships with Viacom, AT&T, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and many other similarly focused companies, organizations and individuals. To find out more, visit www.getschooled.com